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26 July 2011 @ 02:06 pm
An entirely unsurprising surprise  

Here be the companion piece to Pud's awesome birthday art for Eirik. That's right, it's a double present! Very sorry for the belated-ness and LJ is still being slightly uncooperative, so I hope this posts at least now. Going to try for all the caps again in a minute as well; watch you-know-where for that. (ETA: Yep, here they are!)

Meanwhile...

Title: Until There's Light
Pairing: Big Boss/Zero
Rating: SFW
Word Count: ~480
Summary: Trust can be found in the smallest things.
Disclaimer: MGS belongs to Hideo Kojima & Konami.


Until There's Light


Major Zero rarely smoked. It was ironic; his own habit of enjoying a cigar now and then had ended up playing a vital part in the development of Jack's much less occasional fondness for the things, and now Zero carried his cigar tin around more for his friend's sake than his own. Sometimes, he'd make a private joke to himself about “corrupting the youth”, or at least the youth's lungs, with his decadent proclivities—a joke that he never shared with Jack, who was unlikely to decode sarcasm about good old England quite as well as Zero could. Too young, too practical, too preoccupied with living in the moment at the expense of everything else. It was what Snake was for.

As the sunlight crept across the bedding, Zero thought that he might live in the moment, too.

There was an almost unreal freshness to being just a man on a calm morning, seated at the edge of a bed half-dressed, watching the cigar between his fingers flare to life. Funny how the smoke only reminded him of Jack anymore. Not to mention that, right now, both were equally quiet.

A soldier at peace sounded uncomfortably close to an oxymoron, and yet Jack's current state looked perfectly natural as he lay on his side on the covers, taking up space like some bizarre specimen of a cat enjoying a well-earned bout of relaxation. His hands were curled into loose fists beside his head, vaguely mirroring his overall position. The tentative light painted his features softer, somehow; his face was almost fully obscured by his messy hair, his eyepatch out of sight, his skin slowly becoming golden as the sunrise outside gathered momentum. The steady rise and fall of his outline was the only source of motion that Zero could detect. He didn't even seem to be dreaming.

Sighing, Zero reached out and drew his discarded jacket over the other's bare torso, the gesture more affectionate than he cared to admit. It was not that he didn't appreciate Jack while the latter was awake—the night that was just lifting could serve as a testament to that—but to get this almost reckless trust from him now was something utterly humbling. Bittersweet as well, recalling that last mission. It was a wonder, come to think of it, that they were together in this room at all.

Zero had to face the other way, unable to look at the man any longer. A little cigar ash had found its way to the floor in the meantime—had he managed to get so distracted? He smoked more diligently, studying the wall for a while instead. Then he turned back to his sleeping companion, brushing wayward strands of hair out of his face. He didn't stand a chance of disguising that as anything but tenderness, now.

And once again, Jack didn't stir.

 
 
 
Cherry: Kaz Eyescherrytruck on July 26th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
[INSERT A LOT OF FRUCTOSE HERE]
See I say fructose because it's supposed to be sweeter than regular sugar BUT ANYWAY

THE IMAGE OF BOTH PUD'S LITERAL IMAGE AND THIS FIC COMBINED TOGETHER IS MAKING MY DIABETES GO UP ALL OVER AGAIN, you followed the original image very well and PUD, CONSIDER YOURSELF LUCKY FOR HAVING SUCH A NICE DRABBLE BASED ON YOUR PIC <3

Very sneaky of you to include subtext and a story for this too, how do you come up with character for a guy who has no character in the game at all /RUNS FOR THE HILLS
See you later, instigator: Kaz Miller - shadesoudeteron on July 26th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
[OM NOM NOM]
Is it? But if you want to really tickle my tastes, go for BROWN SUGAR~

I ALWAYS FEEL GUILTY WHEN YOU USE THE DIABETES METAPHOR, BUT AS LONG AS IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A GOOD THING... XD I'm glad you liked this, and that you found it adequate to the original pic! I was trying for the same sort of atmosphere, so glad that worked.

But of course, it needed hints of a backstory - I mean, the drawing had them too, so I just picked one of the possible interpretations. OH WHAT THE HELL, COME ON, NOW YOU'RE JUST BEING MEAN; all I do is take his character in canon and expound /RUNS AFTER YOU
Cherry: Kazcherrytruck on July 30th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Re: [OM NOM NOM]
I didn't know you also feasted on brown sugar, HOORAY FOR BEING SLIGHTLY HEALTHIER AND NON-MAINSTREAM!

Of course it's meant to be used in a nice way xD BUT THIS MAY BE RELEVANT TO THE SUBJECT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KICIOYlZTr8 I'M SURROUNDED BY DIABEETUS!

And indeed, what's a story without a backstory xD I'M NOT BEING MEAN I AM JUST POINTING OUT HOW ZERO'S CHARACTER IS ZERO WHICH IS WHY HE'S CALLED ZERO BECAUSE HE HAS ZERO PERSONALITY expand hurrhur /KEEPS RUNNING
See you later, instigator: Kaz Miller - no commentoudeteron on July 31st, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
Re: [OM NOM NOM]
I indeed feast on it! Right now I have huge gem-shaped lumps of it that I quite enjoy melting in a cup of tea or coffee. WHITE SUGAR? TOO MAINSTREAM

THAT VIDEO IS TERRIBLE, POOR GUY. But I do see the relevance. XD

A frontstory, that's what. HE'S ONLY CALLED ZERO BECAUSE OF HIS ORIGINAL NAME AND TO SIGNIFY THAT HE'S AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING ;_; pff, you said it first /GIVES CHASE
Cherry: Kaznicecherrytruck on August 3rd, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
Re: [OM NOM NOM]
EWWWWWWWW TEA, how dare you mix the grains of sweetness with such disgusting substance! Even if putting in sugar is the only way to make tea capable of being SWALLOWED

HAHA yes, poor guy, but the videos that they make of him are genius xD

HAR HAR HAR HAR NICE ONE OUDE HOW THE HECK DOES DAVID TURN TO ZERO, THEY COULD'VE GIVEN HIM ANOTHER NAME LIKE PLONKER OR TEABALLS OR GAMES BOND lolwhat AND WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY, THAT HE'S GOD? ...that would actually be a pretty interesting theory and comparison WAIT NO ZERO DOESN'T HAVE A STORY BECAUSE HIS NAME IS ZERO /RUNS LIKE THE WIND

Oh and I only randomly noticed now,
And once again, Jack didn't stir.
IS THIS A SHAKEN NOT STIRRED REFERENCE
See you later, instigator: Johnny Weir - Imperatoroudeteron on August 3rd, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: [OM NOM NOM]
YUMMY TEA, how dare you insult its magnificence! I see I should go back to drinking my Earl Grey with NOTHING ADDED

Yeah, I miss out on all the funny infomercials! XD

HAR HAR THANK YOU FFF SHOULD I REALLY HAVE TO SPECIFY "SURNAME" OR ARE YOU JUST TROLLING ME, BUT LOL GAMES BOND WOULD'VE BEEN META, AND WHY CAN'T HE BE GOD IF KOJIMA CAN? ...that's actually pretty interesting, yes, and YOU CANNOT ESCAPE IT, MWAHAHA! /LEAPS ONTO RED HARE AND GIVES CHASE fff why am I making Lu Bu jokes in this

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I HONESTLY DIDN'T NOTICE THAT AT ALL. FREUDIAN SLIP? XD
missmonkeh on July 26th, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC)
this ficlet is sepia toned and sleepy and warm, and I love it.
See you later, instigator: Big Boss/Zero - drunk nightoudeteron on July 26th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3