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Remix of : On The Sand: by [livejournal.com profile] emmademarais
Challenge: Sand (#220)


 
Title: On The Sand (The Solar System Remix)
Pairing/Characters: Billy/Charlie
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 300
Spoilers: Man Hunt
Summary: Billy and Charlie are finally alone on a private beach.
Warnings: slash

Please see comment below for Author Notes and thanks. Feedback is love. <3

“The worlds in space are as countless as all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the earth.” –Carl Sagan

Grains of sand trickle through his fingers as swirls of numbers cloud his thoughts. No longer resting, Charlie’s weary brain churns with equations, previously pushed under, now re-surfacing with a vengeance. 

A shadow assails his fugue, crackling the edges of his focus. Eyes narrowed, Charlie gazes up through the glittering nimbus of calculations. His breath catches on Billy’s familiar outline, obscured in darkness except for the red-gold flare of sunlight tangled in his hair, backlit in an aura of incandescent brilliance.

They are multiplicative inverses- opposite but reciprocal- fractions made whole when combined. And no one understands, save his champion, but Charlie doesn’t care. He is a man comprised of complexities, dwelling in the infinite planes ubiquitous behind his eyes. But then his name is a smirk on Billy’s lips, and Charlie awakens to this moment. His lover’s touch grounds him, distilling all the numbers down to one. Billy is his center, golden bright, warming Charlie in the delicious rays of his ardor.

Sand dots Billy’s wet skin in clusters of irregular galaxies. Charlie’s hands gravitate towards them, his fingers scattering the grainy nebulas as he pulls Billy down. Hot whispers rasp in Charlie’s ear as he writhes under the expanse of his lover’s body stretched above him. Charlie scrapes salt crystal spirals off Billy’s jaw with his teeth, mouthing well-mapped constellations of freckles vivid on Billy’s sun-ripened skin. The grit of the universe under Charlie’s tongue tastes sharp and salty, like the earth beneath them that shifts with every rise and fall. Billy’s slick mouth inflames his skin until nothing remains of the numbers but vapor, curling and evaporating like steam. They rock together with limbs entwined, pleasure pounding in concert with the surf. A wave of bliss rolls through him, vibrating out and up into the endless sky.

 


AUTHOR NOTES AND THANKS

Date: 2010-01-14 05:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] t-vo0810.livejournal.com
This fic was written for the Holiday Drabble Remixathon at numb3rs100. The original author was the incomparable [livejournal.com profile] emmademarais whose fic I remixed was On The Sand (see link in Title of Entry above).

Ok, I am going to gush like a girly fangirl. Being squeeful is just as painful for me as it is for you so I promise to be brief- sort of. It is only a coincidence that the only drabbles I have written have been Billy/Charlie (I can write other pairing, I promise). When Emma and Mel first coaxed me into writing, I picked a Billy/Charlie story to drabble for them because I had recently read Harbor House in Emma’s Safe Harbor Verse. Her SHH verse has become an absolute favorite of mine, and Mel and I both bonded over our mutual adoration of it. So when I decided to do a remix for Emma, I knew that my love of her work would shine through if I picked something in the vein of that fic. Technically, this drabble is not in the verse, but if you squint your eyes and tilt your head, it totally can be. (and in my mind, it is :D)

So I took a gander at her Billy/Charlie drabble fic list not on her safe story no fly zone list and this one stood out as clear choice for some Charlie POV. I loved the metaphors she used for Billy and Charlie being opposites but complementary, like day and night, light and dark. So I decided to extend that metaphor a bit, showing how Charlie sees Billy in his world view or universal view as the case may be. (I am resisting calling Charlie ‘Mr. Universe’ right now, so be very proud of me, yeah?) The remix title was chosen to underline the metaphor- a bit boring but illuminating hopefully.

I really hope you enjoy this drabble even a fraction of how much I love your fic, Emma! You and your work are a constant source of inspiration and entertainment. I just wanted to give you a little something back for how wonderful a friend and valuable a mentor you have been. It was a labor of love and a helluva lot of fun.

And GINORMOUS heartfelt thanks to Melissima for being a most spectacular, insightful, and INCREDIBLY PATIENT beta. Cookies and hugs and roses to you for all the handholding, encouragement, squee, and constructive feedback. I am completely serious when I say this: she truly made me a better writer with this piece. <3<3<3 u, braintwin

Date: 2010-01-14 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melissima.livejournal.com
Yaaaaaaaaay! I'm so happy to see this posted! /twirls you/ You've done such an amazing job. :D Brava my dear!

Date: 2010-01-14 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] t-vos-fics.livejournal.com
You did an amazing job as well whipping this piece into shape with me. But then you and Emma excel at helping me write better. /applauds and twirls you/ Thank you for the lovely comments <3. all of them are ever so appreciated. :D

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