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February 2nd, 2006
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A Fine Romance - X2 Fic
Written for the xmenflashfic "First Time" prompt. I figured I'd put it here, too.

Title: A Fine Romance

Author: mofic

Scenario: X2 Movieverse, although it takes place long before either movie.

Pairing: Scott/Jean (yes, really)

Sequel/Series and so forth: This fits in with my two X2 series: After the Fall and Returning Spring (I'm working on the third one - working title: Summers in a Sea of Glory). My Scott's gay and in my X2 fiction he and Jean decided while in college to try and make a go of being a couple, in spite of that. Here's how Scott explains it to Logan in After the Fall:

"So Jean and I got an apartment together. In some ways it was the stereotypical gay man/straight woman friendship - we were often lusting after the same guys. But then our second year in college it changed. Maybe we'd both gotten our hearts stamped on too many times, or something. We already had each other as companions, study partners, roommates. It didn't seem that strange to add sex to the mix. We definitely looked on it at first as just friendship, friends who fuck, you know? But over time it felt like more. And when we came back here, after graduation, well we came back as a couple. Got a room together. I started building the school, with Charles. Jean was commuting to the city for med school. My life seemed sort of normal, all of a sudden. Respectable."

Behind the cut, the story of their first time. No explicit sex. No violence. About 1100 words.

Scott was sitting in the dark. That’s why Jean didn’t see him when she came in. Well, that and her miserable and self-absorbed mood, which didn’t allow for noticing her roommate on the couch.

She hadn’t been able to find her keys. She stood there outside the apartment door, rummaging through her purse, the tears and the shaking making it hard to locate anything. And as she tried and failed to find them - coming up with lipstick and her wallet and assorted useless other things - the frustration making her cry harder.

Jean thought she’d die if someone saw her falling apart in the hall like this, especially Nosy Next Door who was always gleefully telling her about the guys who come and go when she’s not there. Jean half wanted to tell her the truth – that she and Scott are roommates, not lovers, and she knows he’s gay – but she didn’t want to give the old bat the satisfaction of knowing anything about them. So when she heard Next Door’s footsteps approaching the door, she just had to get into the apartment before she got caught there crying.

Jean gave up looking for her keys and reached into the lock with her brain, tripping the tumblers. “Why didn’t I ever think of that before?” she asked herself. She slipped into the apartment and slammed the door telekinetically, just as Next Door opened hers.

Safely inside, Jean slid down until she was sitting on the floor. Back to the door, knees pulled up, she put her head down on them and let herself cry in full force now. Sobbing, nose running.

“Jean?” Scott turned on the light, reaching for his glasses as he did.

Jean jumped up, smoothed her clothes, trying to make herself look at least a little presentable before he opened his eyes. “I didn’t know you were home,” she said unnecessarily. “I thought you were on a date.”

“I thought you were on one, too.” He patted the couch. “Sit down. Tell me about it.” He handed her a tissue.

“I must look terrible.”

He shook his head. “You always look beautiful.” He hugged her. “So, what happened with Grant tonight?”

“It’s over.”

“I’m sorry, Red.”

“Me, too. I thought we were good together, you know? I thought this might be it.”

“I’m sorry,” he said again. “I thought it was going to last, too.” He stroked her hair. She leaned on his shoulder. “You two seemed like such a great couple. Plenty in common. He took the mutant thing in stride. And the gay roommate,” he added, with a smile.

“He said he was glad you’re gay. He was worried about competition at first, glad to find out it wasn’t like that between you and me.” She sobbed again. “Shit. Even my mother liked him, and she never likes any of the guys I go out with. And – not to be shallow or anything – but aside from you, Grant’s the best looking guy I know.”

“He’s hot.”

“Yeah, hot. Hot for Anneliese Schneider, unfortunately, not me.”

“The micro TA?” She nodded. “Well, he’s got no taste, then. You’re better looking, smarter, funnier. An all-around better person.”

“I tried to ignore it,” she said, sniffing. “I mean, he wasn’t cheating on me. Not that he wouldn’t if he could, but she’s married. Happily. And I just tried to tell myself there’s nothing wrong with him being attracted to other people. It’s not fair to expect a guy not to even think about other women, is it?”

“You’re the only woman I ever think about,” he replied. It made her laugh, which is what he’d wanted. “You’re right, though. It’s probably hard being with a telepath."

"I know! Sometimes I wish I'd never developed telepathy. It was easier just being telekinetic, I'll tell you." She smiled a little.

"So, he’s got a bit of a crush on the teacher. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you, just because he thinks about her.”

“Every time we have sex? I swear, he can’t get it up unless he closes his eyes and pretends I’m her. He’s obsessed.” She blew her nose and continued. “I told him so. And then he got mad and said I’d been eavesdropping on him. It’s not like I’m doing it on purpose! He’s broadcasting so loud I can’t ignore it. Believe me, I don’t want to know my boyfriend is thinking about some other woman right while he’s making love to me.”

“I believe you.”

“Well he didn’t. Or maybe it was just an excuse to break up with me.” She took another tissue from the box and wiped her eyes. “What happened with Tim?”

Scott shrugged. “He wanted to see my eyes.”

“He didn’t know?”

“He knew. I told him when I met him. I’m not getting dumped by some guy I liked when he finds out I’m a mutant. Not again. I tell them right up front now.”

“So, if you told him...”

“Well, there’s telling. And then there’s showing.” He looked away. “And maybe I didn’t tell him all that clearly anyway," he added sheepishly. "I liked Tim. I didn’t want to scare him off. So I told him I’m a mutant, yes. And explained about optic blasts, sort of. Downplayed it a bit. I don’t think he realized how dangerous I am,” he added, with a sour smile. She squeezed his hand. “So he wanted a demo and tonight I gave him one. End of story. End of Tim.”

“I’m sorry, Scott.”

“Yeah, me too.” She hugged him. “Hey, we still have each other,” he told her, smiling.

He’d said it before. They both had. But this time she looked at him when he said it. Really looked at that perfect face – cheekbones to die for, such a kissable mouth. So, she kissed him, leaning in to brush her lips against his.

He kissed her back. It started out friendly, like all the hugs and cuddles and snuggling together watching movies on the couch they’d done. But it turned into something different. He pulled her close, slid his tongue between her lips. She sucked on it, pushed her whole body against his. It made her clit tingle. And, to her surprise, she felt him getting hard, pressed against her.

Jean broke off the kiss, pulled away. Sitting there on the couch she looked at him with something approaching wonder. “You were thinking about kissing me.”

“I was kissing you.”

“I know. But you were thinking about that, about me. And you were...” She looked away.

“I know.” He took her by the chin, turned her head back to him.

“Scott, have you ever had sex with a woman?”

“Never.”

“Do you want to give it a try?”

He nodded and smiled. “Yeah,” he said, “I do.”

Current Mood: thirstythirsty
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From:blue_braces
Date:February 2nd, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
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That's a really sweet story! Please do post your xmenflashfic stuff here, too, if it's not too much trouble. I don't have time right now to wade through a whole community of fics, but I love reading your stuff (and penknife's), so I really appreciate it when you post fics in your lj. Especially lovely short take-a-break-from-work-to-read-length fics. :)
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From:mofic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
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It's no trouble to post two places. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think it's sweet, too, although a bit bittersweet, since I know where it goes...
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From:blue_braces
Date:February 3rd, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
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I'm not sure if I've read your X2 fic, actually. I definitely don't have as clear a sense of it as your X1 fic. I'll have to take a look sometime soon. :)
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From:mofic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
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I hope you like it. It was fun sort of starting from scratch with the characters. I particularly enjoyed trying a less repressed, less closeted Scott and a more honest Scott/Jean relationship (although we only see it in flashback, really, since she's already dead).
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 3rd, 2006 01:48 am (UTC)

Loved It.

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Great short fic on the dynamics of how Scott & Jean became a couple even though it was not meant to be in your Universe. I loved the fact of how open the 2 are regarding their mutations and their potential boyfriends even though I was shocked that Scott told them also. And as usual Jean is more aggressive than Scott in term of who intiated the kiss, which is so different in the later parts of the After the Fall series, where Logan has changed Scott. He has now learned to take chances even if they are extremely risky.

Glad for this side of the story because honestly because of all the other fics I have totally forgotten where Scott is coming from.

Vision

PS - Can't wait for the 3rd Installment.
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From:mofic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)

Re: Loved It.

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Nice to see you :-). I'm glad you liked it. I really am working on the third and final part of the Phoenix thing, but it's a big project (research, plot, all that jazz). It's nice to take a break and just write something like this in an hour. And, actually, since it's related to what I'm working on I think it helps. It's giving me a little better understanding of Scott and Jean "now" by seeing more clearly what they were like then.
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From:faramir_boromir
Date:February 3rd, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
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Nice to see you 'in the saddle' again with X fic. Thank you for a sensitive rendering of their first time--it makes the relationship you develop for them seem completely credible.
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From:mofic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
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Thanks. It's such a bad idea, but can you blame them for trying?
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From:faramir_boromir
Date:February 3rd, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
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People in pain do all kinds of dumb things. Makes sense, if they're both hurting. That's why this works, even though Scott is clearly gay and not bi.
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From:marag
Date:February 3rd, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
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::sniffle:: That's very bittersweet. But it's nice to see that friendship, even knowing what's going to happen.
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From:mofic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
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It's been pretty helpful to me in what I'm writing now. I'm not sure they'll ever be able to recreate that loving friendship, but it's good to know what they lost, I think.
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From:talktooloose
Date:February 3rd, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I enjoyed this a lot. It was very believeable. You wrote above that it's such a bad idea. But I bet some people make it work.

Deep friendship and mutual respect is probably not the worst basis for a relationship.
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From:mofic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Deep friendship and mutual respect is probably not the worst basis for a relationship

I think it's a great basis. I think they have so much going for them, really. Deep friendship and mutual respect, as you say, plus shared history and shared purpose and vision. Loyalty to each other; profound mutual admiration.

OTOH if what you're looking for is a sexual relationship - and, particularly if you're looking for a sexually exclusive relationship - gay man/straight woman is just not a good idea. (BTW, do you know the song the title of the story comes from? It always sounded to me like it was about a "mixed orientation" couple, as the people in the Straight Spouses Network say).

I've seen those kinds of couples a lot, and I've seen it lead to such heartache for all concerned, but particularly for the woman. Even if he can manage to live like that indefinitely, there really is something missing, I think. And so many men just can't do it forever. They can do it for years and years, but at some point it breaks down for them. Of course, as you point out, there are some people who make it work. I think - in both my X1 and X2 incarnations - Scott and Jean do make it work, for a long time, and they both get a lot out of it. But then they can't manage anymore. In the X1 line they manage to rebuild the friendship. I don't know if that will be possible in the X2 one, but in both cases, I think they would have been better off to have kept it as a very close friendship, without the attempt to be sexual/romantic partners.

I know - you'll just tell me that monogamy is the problem. But I do think sexually exclusive relationships are best for a lot of people, and for serious reasons, real reasons, not just "that's the way it's done." I'm also not sure that loving a man who's having sex with other men on the side is better than loving a man who isn't, but wants to.

My X1 Jean got deceived - she didn't know Scott was gay. With my X2 fiction they have a much more honest relationship and she knows what she's getting into to some extent. They're both trying for something that they don't know whether it will work or not. I don't know if that's better or worse. I do think that coming back from the dead to find out the man you love is really gay after all can't be fun. Even more painful if you find out he's involved with the guy you thought was waiting in the wings for you if it didn't work out with him.

On a totally different subject - when do I get to see chapter two of your new opus?

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Date:June 21st, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)

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