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FOTD: Cachinnate

Author: Regret
Rating: PG
Story: Arkadian
Challenge: FOTD: Cachinnate
Word Count: 550
Summary: If Arkadiy ever expected a fair fight from Havoc, he'd be sorely disappointed.
Notes: My brain is still MIA, which is a bit... frustrating. Let's see if I can kickstart it. Side note: had to check the word count online - Works is telling me 3,000. I think this is a side effect of running Window set to a Japanese locale. :)

It was three interminable days, dragged out like a dying breath. Three days in the dark, unable to stretch, barely able to turn over; three days to lay in contorted positions, where everything ached but his legs. Only when it felt like his stomach tried to move up to the roof of his crate, when his heart lagged two seconds behind the rest of him, did he realise they were passing back through the atmosphere and down toward planetfall.

He thought he was prepared for the blast of light, but it still made him squint and flinch back.

“Weren’t you expecting to see me?” Just out of eyeshot, half a silhouette against the white, Havoc was no doubt smirking.

Arkadiy said nothing, not trusting his voice to betray his anger. Not wanting to feed Havoc’s enjoyment.

The silence carried on for just long enough to be uncomfortable. Arkadiy could imagine the other man’s unseen expression and suspected he might suffer for it. Finally, quietly, Havoc muttered, “get out then.”

That the whole side panel slid upwards was unexpected, but made sense. He slid from it awkwardly, the loading bay floor rough against his skin, and was halfway through the motions of standing when a stabbing pain jolted through his spine. Abruptly, his feet went numb and his legs gave out, depositing him heavily on the floor.

The laughter echoed around the bay with an edge sharp enough to cut someone, louder and far longer than he’d have liked. “You really thought I’d let you move around?” Havoc managed to choke out, doubled over with mirth. “You really thought I’d give you a chance at a fair fight?”

Arkadiy stared down at the floor bare inches from his face and grit his teeth. Fool me once, fool me twice. Even when Havoc’s booted foot flicked out and caught him in the ribs he swallowed the groan and instead turned up impassive blue eyes at his captor.

Wrong response. He glared, swinging his foot again for good measure. When his quarry didn’t respond his foot came back a third time, before settling back on the ground in sudden nonchalance. “That’s just no fun, ’Kadiy,” he murmured, smiling lopsidedly in a way that reminded the soldier suddenly, horribly, of Havoc’s brother. “Still, maybe later you’ll want to talk to me.”

A single gesture and another man appeared by Havoc’s side. They couldn’t have looked less alike: Havoc’s smile and vivid purple eyes a sharp contrast to the matted and tangled brown hair and unsmiling face, sullen brown stare fixed on Arkadiy. “What?” The voice was rough, almost rusted.

“Can you put him somewhere more… More comfortable?” If he noticed the stranger’s tone, he paid it no heed. “Somewhere shit like him deserves to be.” Even as the man grabbed Arkadiy by the arms, dragging him upright in a display of unexpected and terrifying strength Havoc turned away, casually dismissing both men. “I’ll deal with him later.”

Refusing to let himself give in, to shout and scream and rant at the man’s departing back, Arkadiy bit his lip hard enough to make it bleed and allowed his senseless legs to be dragged wherever the stranger took them.

Comments

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13066301
Sep. 3rd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the first paragraph--totally sets the mood for the whole piece. But poor Arkadiy--I wonder where he's going to end up now... *worryhands*
nothingtoregret
Sep. 4th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
Have to admit that the first paragraph is my favourite bit too... funny what comes to you when you're walking to the shop, haha.

I'd look all mysterious right now, except I, er, don't actually know where he'll end up quite yet. It'll come to me eventually... >_>;
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nothingtoregret
Sep. 4th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Probably not before Havoc gets to have more... words. >_> But he will - although it's only a little kernal of an escape so far... My brain supplied the end, I just need to fill in the rest of it. :s
ssundaysunday
Sep. 4th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
Arkadiy's gotten himself into some trouble =/. I really liked this piece, and I hope he can keep up the not-reactingness (apparently my brain is MIA too since I cannot for the life of me come up with a better word for that atm).
nothingtoregret
Sep. 4th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Arkadiy, I'm starting to suspect, has a talent for getting himself into trouble of some kind or another... And as to the not-reacting (maybe they're MIA together - I know what you mean, but I can't think of the word either), he's had a bit of practice since this is... erk, the third time now that Havoc's got his mitts on him (says a lot about Arkadiy's carelessness on this subject).

I'm glad you liked it! Maybe my brain's at least not KIA...
ichthusfish
Sep. 4th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Aww! Poor boy! He needs some good stuff happening to him. Worried about where he might end up. Interested about the implication of Havoc having a brother that's worse than him lol! Nicely written. Glad you were able to work out the word count :)
nothingtoregret
Sep. 4th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Haha, he does really, doesn't he? I'll have to see what I can come up with once I'm done fretting about the two half-finished stories and the bunnies in my head. And as to the word count... it's a siiiign, haha. I wrote this on my PC and not on the laptop where I usually write. It must be trying to send me back. XD;

Aah I'm not saying a word about Havoc's brother. ;)
bookblather
Sep. 5th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
Oh, man. Why do I get the feeling that Arkadiy just went from bad to worse...? Havoc scares me in this.
nothingtoregret
Sep. 5th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Arkadiy was probably better off in the box, that's for sure (although he'd probably disagree). He should have seen some (well, most) of this coming though, he's known Havoc a long time... :s Although to be fair, it's only in the last two years he found out he's a complete nutcase...
smoothiegarten
Sep. 6th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
Wow, Havoc is a piece of work. Poor Arkadiy. This was very well done in spite of the unpleasantness.
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