Title: Seeds of the Pomegranate
Author: Kelandris the Mad
Fandom: View Askewniverse
Pairing: Jay/Silent Bob
Rating: NC-17 towards the end, PG-13 throughout most of it
Status: posted to the site 8 October 2004
Archive: Yes if you tell me
Series/Sequel: Answer to Meghan's Goth Bob challenge.
Disclaimer: All characters belong to Kevin Smith and the View Askewniverse,
save for Avriel, who worked very hard at the Spirit Superstore during the
Hallows season here in Spokane. Very cool lady; I hope she comes in to the
shop soon so we can talk more.
Notes: Yes, Avriel is a real person, but this is my creation of her, not
actually her; not that I need to make the point, but still. This was written
in slashes to three strange soundtracks--scattered childrens' programming,
New Age music, and repeated viewings of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode,
"Once More with Feeling". And "Curl Up and Dye" may be somewhere in New
Jersey, I haven't checked; but I know it's here in Spokane. Sadly, it's not
a goth outlet.
Warnings: Some chick action with Bob. Oh, please, deal--he gets Jay in the end. :>
Summary: Bob helps a girl by going undercover in a goth club.
"Seeds of the Pomegranate"
by Kelandris the Mad
*At the death of Eurydice, Orpheus in mourning struck a bargain to enter the
Underworld alive. He walked through the labyrinth of the dead, looking for
Hades, who told him he could play for Eurydice's life. He played so skillfully
Hades granted him Eurydice, but only if he walked out of Hades' realm without
looking back. He nearly made it, though at every step he was convinced this was
all a cruel trick of Hades' invention, and Eurydice was not, in truth, following
him at all. At the last minute, at the mouth of the Underworld, he experienced
doubt, and turned around.
*Eurydice faded before his eyes, reaching for him, and he knew all hope was
*The First Step: Orpheus Loses Eurydice*
The customer looked unconvinced, standing there peering uneasily at the bag of
rich bud Jay held. The blond smirked, rolling it up in practiced fingers and
moving it like a cigar beside his face.
"Never gonna see this again, my man. Look at those heavy buds. Those fine
little red hairs. Look at the bottom of the bag, dude--do you see even *five*
Jay shook the bag out for him to look again, then folded his long fingers
around the bag.
"Going...going...better grab it quick, dude, we got other fuckin' places to
"I'll take it!" the man said, sounding hysterical and disconnected at the same
time. Jay just nodded.
"You made the right choice, dude. Now cough up the cash."
While the man uncrumpled various bills, Jay looked over his shoulder. He had a
prime insult salting his lips, but Bob wasn't standing. Now, where the fuck had
*he* gone? He looked around for a moment, then spotted him standing off
a little distance, next to some slut. Shit, all the fuckin' time...
Wait, it was some slut he knew. What the fuck was her name...Amy...no. April?
No, *Avriel*...who the hell was named Avriel anyway...some
Cali-fuckin-transplant from San *Fran* of al places, right here in Red
Bank. Or did she live in Highlands? Like he even cared enough to keep track.
As usual, she was all gothed out an' shit. Pale face, extravagantly shadowed
eyes, blood-red lips, black nails. Lace an' frills an' piercings--one through
the nose, one through the lip, and one through the eyebrow. Okay, the piercings
didn't bug him, hell, he had the nose pierced himself, and the rings in his
eyebrow, so like he had fucking ground to stand on there. But there were a
whole bunch of rings on her ears, like trophy markers.
Briefly he was distracted by the thought of those ruby lips wrapped around his
cock, but he shook it off and ambled over. What was the confab session for,
He caught only snatches of their conversation as he stepped closer.
"--taking a big risk, Vree--"
Jay sneered. Oh, sure, bitch talks to *other* people--bitch talks to
*girls*--but not him. Silent motherfucker. One of these days--
They were talkin' again. Jay inched closer.
"Tell me what you need."
"All you have to do is--"
"Yo, my *man!*"
Jay jumped a clear foot, snarling as he turned. "What the fuck do you--oh," he
said. He looked at the big, vaguely dazed man standing beside him, loopy grin
wandering around his face.
Fred Oberkowski. Pothead Fred. Normally one of his nearest and dearest. Today,
though, he could have stood without seeing him.
"Hey, dude," Fred said.
"Hey," he said distractedly.
"You got some choice bud this week?"
"Some," he hedged. He scanned the lot--normally Bob's job, but Moron Boy was
still flirtin' with the chicklet, not doin' his job.
Looked clear. He rolled out his stash, and Pothead--bless his stoned li'l
heart--bought everything he had.
"Big party," he mumbled, rolling his eyes.
Yeah, Jay thought. Like I fucking care. Jay watched him walk away, the clean
weight of several hundred dollars in one pocket cheering him, even with
GothGirl slobbering all over his Muscle. Pretty good day overall. Then his
eyes drifted back to Bob and his mood sunk. What now? He stalked over to where
they stood talking, only to watch Bob's last nod and shoulder squeeze on the
mutant chicky, and watch her scurry away.
"And what the fuck was *that* all about?" he asked, looking after her.
The corset she wore was the same shade of eggplant velvet as her skirt, but the
shirt was black, as were the leather boots that seemed molded to her shapely
calves. Just for a moment, he was entranced, then he shook it off again, and
turned back to Bob.
Bob just shrugged. Jay snarled again.
"So I get nothin'? You have some conspiracy going with the dead set, and you don't tell me?"
Bob shrugged again. "Nothing to tell. She's a friend."
"Friend. Sure. Blow you in the nearest back room, think I don't know that?"
Bob shook his head. Jay turned, one arm flailing in the air behind him. His
face contorted as he looked around the empty lot.
"Fuck you, dude. We're sold out. Let's get home already." He didn't wait for
confirmation, just started walking towards the bus stop. He knew Bob would
follow, but something in him still waited until he heard the slight sussurance
of leather brushing against sweats to be sure Bob was behind him. Fucker and
his secrets, let him keep 'em. Like he cared. Like he cared at all.
The ride home was silent and tense. Jay didn't feel up to his usual patter;
after the first few comments, everything seemed to have hidden edges, and he
just sat there, arms folded across his chest. By the time he got home, he was
reaching a fine simmer, and couldn't seem to shake the grimace from his mug.
Being home didn't help. He couldn't remember what the movie was they watched,
after the credits rolled, and he didn't feel up to a bowl of the good stuff, or
even a beer. He drank coffee and felt as bitter as the black liquid in the cup.
Bob, man. Motherfuckin' Bob. It wasn't like they didn't share things. Fuck,
roommates did that. Bob knew everything about him, and where girls were
concerned...Okay, sure, some years Bob got more bush, some years him, and
sometimes they shared a split-tail now and again. Nothin' wrong with that.
Guys did that. But this...what the hell did he see in Avriel, anyway? It wasn't
the first time he'd caught them talking.
Friend, my ass, he thought resentfully, and rose from the couch. Time to take
this all to bed, let his head clear out before tomorrow. But at the door to his
room, he turned, looking behind him. Bob still sat on the couch, but now he was
looking over to where Jay stood. The expression on his face...
Jay closed his eyes, willing the expression away. When he opened them, Bob's
face was blank, but that unguarded vulnerability was gone.
"So," he said. He sounded unsure, and damned himself for it. "You wanna hang
out at the mall tomorrow? We still have some of the mid-range, we could bring
Bob shook his head. "Thought I'd stay in," he said softly. He looked away and
Jay felt his fists clench. Mother*fucker*...
"Yeah," he said. "Sure." And he walked into his room, throwing clothes wherever
they fell, and curled around his pillow, looking at the blank wall which was
his side of Bob's room. Fucker...
He'd show him. He'd dog him until Bob told him what the fuck was up. Then he'd
know. Then he'd know what it was Bob was hiding.
Then he'd clock him in his stupid, pretty face. One good right hook...yeah, and
then Bob would get up and tear him to pieces. Jay sighed, curling tighter
around the pillow. Still. Wipe that smug look off his Muscle's face...even for
With that thought, he fell asleep.
*The Second Step: Orpheus Plays for the life of Eurydice*
It was three o'clock and Bob couldn't take it any more. Jay had been twitchy
all this morning. He hadn't let Bob out of his sight, and he'd been behaving
very oddly--even for his normally odd self. Bob had finally gotten tired of
the suspicious glances, and called a cab. He figured, the extra expense was
worth it. Plus, anything to get rid of the new Jay-on-paranoia motif he'd
started. He sighed, leaning back into the back seat of the cab, thinking.
The sad thing was, he'd started this, because he didn't feel he could tell
Jay about what Avriel had asked. He didn't think Jay would understand;
moreover, might want to interfere somehow. And that wouldn't help the
Half an hour went by as the thoughts circled in his head, heavy. Avriel had
told him about her sister, trapped in the bad relationship with a control
freak. "If we get her away from him, I'll have a chance to talk with her,"
she'd said. "If this is really what she wants, then I'll step out of it. Good
or bad, it's her choice. But if he's holding her against her will...Rob-my-lad,
you have to help."
He smiled at the memory. She was still the only one who could get away with
calling him anything other than Bob. It made him smile.
On the other hand, what she wanted him to do...wasn't really the lace and
makeup type, though he understood the drive of high fashion. He just wasn't a
fashion plate himself. Normally, he left that for Jay. Of course, Jay had some
pretty strange ideas about what looked good. He still remembered that one
Christmas Jay had him dress up as Santa, and he'd played one of Santa's elves,
but his version of an elf was complete with torn black mesh tee and fishnets.
Not that it had been unattractive, especially with the Star Wars ornaments and
the little flashing lights. But it had been very odd.
Now, as he pulled in front of Trieste, he shook his head again. Import shops
now. And Avriel inside, waiting for him. Shit...what had he gotten himself
He steeled his resolve, flipping a twenty to the driver and stepping to the
curb. He swallowed, walking inside, and immediately had his bones pounded to
jelly by an old Sex Pistols track on high volume. "ANARCHY!" Sid Vicious
screamed. "ANARCHY IN THE UK!"
Latex hung in various shades from the walls, leather lined the forward racks.
He saw tees and boots painted with the Union Jack, and one mannequin wore a
corset that looked like it would cinch down to a ten-inch waist. He shook his
head, turning to leave, and Avriel walked in from the back room.
"Rob-my-Rob, right on time," she murmured, and took his arm. "Let's get you in
mufti for your mission."
He rolled his eyes, but went with her into the back room. Boxes were piled
haphazardly, some spilling out boas, some spilling out whips. He swallowed
"Now, Bob...you're not nervous, are you?"
He just shrugged. She smiled, tweaking his chin.
"And that's why you're so unbearably cute," she said, then turned to the
nearest box, digging through it.
"We just got a shipment in of larger size stuff. The demand is incredible." She
pulled out a white shirt, the front a precise line of pearl buttons, all the
way to the throat. She pressed it against him, gauging the size.
"Or would you prefer this?"
She pressed another one against him, this one a soft, stonewashed silk, lined
with faceted jet buttons that couldn't be more than a quarter-inch in diameter.
His eyebrows went up, and she nodded.
"The black it is. Okay, leather pants? Or, we do have black denim from the Rue
de Punk collection?"
**Rue de...** He shook his head.
"Leather, leather..." she mused. She began to rummage through boxes and bins.
"Let's see...accessories, well, here!" She tossed him a black spiked collar,
and then a second one flew out of the air at him. He caught both, and his eyes
grew wide. One buckled on and had what looked like four-inch daggers spraying
off it every inch. The other snapped on, and had small, square studs. He held
up that one, but shrugged.
"Hmm...maybe you're right." She rummaged deeper in the bin, then shrieked.
She turned, holding up what looked like a collar at first, and then Bob pursed
his lips, thinking. One side of his mouth quirked up. Yeah. Maybe that. Yeah.
He took what she was holding, seeing if it would buckle around his neck. It fit
perfectly. She led him to a mirror, and watched as she took his hair out of the
ponytail it was in, laying it over his shoulders.
The collar buckled on in back, but that would be hidden by hair. It wasn't a
simple band, either--it angled down in front like the front of the corset he'd
seen in the store, and was a narrower band only near the buckle. The rest of it
wasn't studded, it was just unrelieved black leather, but it was carved--twin
rose cut-outs trailed down each side of his neck, from thorn ends to blooms at
the front of the throat. And dangling from the bottom of the arch, a sterling
ankh. It seemed to rest at the hollow of his throat as if it had been designed
"Oh, that's too perfect," Avriel whispered behind him. He could only nod and
smile, turning to face her. She pecked a kiss on the tip of his nose.
"Now, for the rest of it..."
He spent the next hour trying on various things. It turned out the first black
shirt wouldn't fit him, but the third one did. (Avriel apologized for that--
"Imports, you know, sizes are never right"--and he just nodded, feeling
uncomfortable.) Finding leather pants in his size was looking grim indeed,
until she remembered the lace-ups in the very back. He put a pair on and then
shook his head, stepping away from the mirror.
"Oh, no," he said, looking over the changing room doors. "No."
"What? Let me see."
He shook his head, backing away. Contrary to protocol, she stepped into the
changing room to see him. When she did, she looked him over with a critical
eye, and then shrugged.
"What's the big deal? So there's more of Bob than we expected."
He frowned at her, gesturing at the pants. There were large gaps along the
sides, showing a considerable amount of thigh.
She just shook her head. "All right, you big baby...Hold on." She went back to
the storeroom, humming something ethereal as she dug through the back box. She
made some triumphant noise, and suddenly a length of black was sailing towards
his head. He caught it. It was soft to the touch, glimmering under the
fluorescents, and decidedly not leather. He raised an eyebrow at her and she
raised her arms.
"Like you're complaining over me making you more pettable. It's panné velvet,
bonded to a cotton blend, in case you're curious. Should fit. At least, I hope
He tried them on, and they did fit, after a fashion. The waistband was a bit
tight, but with the black silk shirt untucked, the hem fell to mid-thigh and
covered up the waist. Okay. It could work.
Within moments, then, he'd tried on the boots she'd tossed him, and the suede
duster she'd handed back--it drifted like the silk shirt, so unlike his normal
black leather I-am-a-tank outfit. He changed back, bundled everything up, and
stepped out of the changing room. She was just finishing up writing down the
product codes--"Inventory,", she said briefly--then led him out of the
storeroom, and out of Trieste, grabbing a bag for his outfit as she went.
Next door was Curl Up and Dye, and several white-faced boys in torn clothing
sneered at Bob as they went in. He looked back, putting everything he had into
Menacing Man Shopping, and apparently they bought it, fading back from the door
as he stepped into the place. He shook his head, and Avriel just snickered.
She walked over to a man leaning against a full-length mirror, cleaning his
nails with a small dagger.
"Hey, Tone," she said, smiling.
"Avriel, my darling girl," he purred. "And what do you have here?"
"Larval goth," she said. "We need hair and makeup, at least, if not a full
consultation on movement. And," she added, glancing at the pendant on her
chest, an ornate silver watch, "we need to be out of here by nine at the
"Hmm...Tricky," he purred, his gaze nearly groping Bob as it drifted down from
nape to heels. "I love a challenge, though...All right, my boy, into the
**How do I get myself talked into these things?** he thought, but walked
over and sat down. Avriel took the Trieste bag, holding it as she perched on a
What followed would have been fascinating if he was watching someone else. As
it was him, it was by turns uncomfortable, painful, embarrassing or just
downright weird. First, Tone called over a girl who carefully shaved his face
everywhere the beard wasn't, and plucked his eyebrows. That hurt a *great*
deal. Then Tone carefully foiled his hair and beard, applying a strong bleaching
solution that burned whenever he inhaled. It took his hair up to a reddish shade,
and Tone washed it carefully out before applying a coating of hot oil to his scalp,
rubbing it in while he clucked over his hair.
"You have lovely hair, my lad, and I'm mutilating it for you. The things I do
for a fellow merchant...Just don't do this at home, all right? Or you'll lose
Bob doubted he was in any danger, watching in the mirror as Tone applied more
foil and bleach. Another round brought him up to a strawberry blond, and
another application of oil later, Tone had one of the other stylists wash out
his hair while he prepared the dye. Bob had to admit, it was interesting having
his hair washed by a girl in a blue spiked Mohawk. He thought, he might be able
to come back here on occasion, if only for that.
Once back in the chair, Tone applied dye carefully to the newly bleached hair
and beard, and then very carefully across his eyebrows. Because of the plucking,
he thought, it burned slightly there, causing him to shift uncomfortably in his
"Try not to open your eyes," he muttered. He shrugged slightly, keeping his
eyes closed. Tone applied something cool and minty-smelling to his face, neck
and hands, smoothing more of it over the upper part of his chest. It was a long
forty-five minutes until the next washing. This time he got a girl in a bi-level
bob--the top layer was dyed blonde, the bottom layer was dyed pink, and the
roots were just coming in copper-penny red. Interesting.
Then he blinked, as she was towel-drying his hair. That wasn't him. He leaned
forward, blinking. That was *him?*
In the mirror was a man with jet-black hair and beard, and arching eyebrows
over gleaming seal-brown eyes. His skin was as pale as Avriel's, even before
makeup. He looked at Tone, who only shook his head.
"Trade secret. And yes, it will wear off."
Well. Okay, then. Mystified, he took one more look, and then Tone grabbed him,
spinning him around. "And now, makeup!" he announced, in a very self-satisfied
This time, both Avriel and the girl with the bi-level crowded around him,
applying green concealer to even out his skin tone, powdering his face and
neck with rice powder and talc, outlining his eyes in black. Avriel straddled
him and he shifted in the chair again.
"Lips, silly," she muttered. But it still felt terribly intimate to have her
lean forward on him, while she painted his lips a deep purple-black. The other
girl, meanwhile, was humming that same ethereal tune while she painted his
"What is that you're humming?" he asked after Avriel stood up.
"Chainsaw Babies," the girl said, her voice sounding younger than her face.
"Don't kill me too soon."
He must have looked baffled, because she smiled, shaking her head. "It's their
newest single--'Don't Kill Me Too Soon'. They're playing at the Pom tonight;
you're in for a treat."
Bob blinked. Ooooo-kay...He'd heard stories about the Pomegranate, of
course--cops liked to raid the place, searching for drugs and other
contraband. They never found any inside. Sometimes the parking lot, but that
wasn't the Pom. Still, the cops watched the owner of the bar, simply because
he owned a bar that catered predominately to the counterculture--goths, punks,
subs, doms, freaks of all descriptions. And tonight, for the first time Bob
was going to go inside. He wasn't as thrilled about the idea at this point.
Avriel glanced at her watch. "'Bout that time, bruiser. Go back and change.
I'll call a cab."
He grabbed the bag, and Tone led him back to a storeroom, where he changed
into what still felt like costume attire. Dear God, he hoped this worked.
*The Last Step: Orpheus Walks from the Underworld*
Jay wasn't as stupid as everyone seemed to think he was. He knew Avriel owned a
shop somewhere downtown, and he hopped on a bus, riding down the strip until he
found the heaviest concentration of clown-faced motherfuckers. He got off,
scanning the names. Unimpressed. The Shop. Ovo Loco Body Piercing. And on the
next street, Trieste and Curl Up and Dye.
Jay was pretty sure one of those two was the business Avriel worked in. He hung
out in a coffeeshop across the street, watching both stores for two hours,
until Avriel walked out of the hair place. He blinked, rubbing his eyes. That
black-haired guy with the face paint...That couldn't be...Shit...that *couldn't*
be Bob, could it??
He watched as they got into a cab, and waited until he was sure they were out
of sight. Tossing a few bills on the table, he ran across the street and into
"Hey," he said to the first girl he saw. "Friend of mine was in here, came in
brown-haired, just left with shiny black hair."
The girl with the Mohawk shrugged, making the blue spikes wobble a bit. "Yeah?"
"Well, uh...You know where he's going?"
She smiled wickedly, leaning forward. "Like you'd last two seconds in the Pom,
lookin' like that."
"The Pom? They're going to the--hey, uh, thanks!" And he ran back out, racing
to the next bus stop. He checked his watch. It'd take him a half hour to get
there walking, an hour by bus. Sighing, he set off by foot.
By the time he'd reached the club, he'd been hit on five times, made three
sales, and had an uncomfortable encounter in a back alley with a former parole
officer. The side of one jaw was bruising slightly, and the skin across one of
his left knuckles was split. He got to the line in front of the club, and
despaired of ever getting in, and then a girl in a plum-colored velvet gown
stepped forward, smiling.
"Let this one in, Marcus," she said softly. Her voice was like bells, and Jay
was briefly entranced.
"Whatever you say, Lady Sylver," and Marcus ushered him inside.
"All *right*," he said softly, turning to thank the girl. She sneered,
pushing him against the wall, and raised his bleeding hand to her mouth. He
watched, fascinated, as she sucked at the knuckle, drawing a trickle of blood
out of him.
"Hey," he said aloud, "you sure about that? I could have all kinds'a diseases
"But you don't," she said, stepping back and dropping his hand. She looked
slightly flushed, and there was an impression of black lips on the back of his
"I don't know that," he said, as she walked away.
"Welcome to the Pom," she tossed back over her shoulder. "Hope you survive..."
**Survive??** And he walked out of the hallway, into the main floor of
"Holy *fuck*," he said. **Bob's in *this* madhouse?**
The entire high-ceilinged space was painted black. Silver cages hung at
intervals from the ceiling, with people either chained inside rattling at the
cages and moaning, or girls in strips of leather and metal dancing for all
they were worth. The music pounded thought to shreds, reducing everything to
pulse-pounding beat. He was definitely the odd man out, from the looks he was
getting. The guys looked like they wanted to beat him up, or worse. The third
one to lick his lips when he saw him made him swallow uncomfortably.
Definitely worse. The girls, though...
One pressed a spiked bracelet onto his arm, and was gone before he could thank
her. Another draped a length of chain around his neck, buckling it in back. For
a long scary moment he thought she'd put him on a chain, until she realized it
was hers she was holding out behind him. He shook his head, and she just looked
vaguely disappointed, fading back into the dancers. Another girl, busy
spraypainting one section of wall, spraypainted the back of his shirt. He
turned on her, angrily, and she turned him so he could see the symbol on the
back. He didn't know what it was, but he'd seen it on several guys here.
"Protective camouflage, my pretty," she said, and went back to painting black
lines on the black wall. Jay just shook his head. Had to find Bob. Had to find
Bob and get the fuck back to Leonardo, man. Soon as fucking possible.
He drifted deeper into the crowd, looking.
On the other side of the dance floor, Avriel introduced her friends to a young
man she named Orpheus. Suddenly young Orpheus had nearly every girl in the
place stroking his silks and velvets. It wasn't uncomfortable, Bob thought, it
just wasn't what he was here to do. He leaned in towards Avriel.
"Where?" he whispered, close to her ear.
She pointed with her chin. In an open back room were two high-backed chairs,
all dark wood and red velvet. A thin rake of a man was in one, eyes burning
hollows in his face, mouth thin-lipped and pursed. In the other was Alice,
Avriel's sister. She looked as tense and uncomfortable as Bob felt. He pushed
through the crowd only to be pulled back by Avriel.
Her lips were very close to his ear. "Ask Alice to dance. Lord Damon can't
refuse, that's why he has her on display tonight. Dance to the other side of
the floor, there's a side exit there. I'll have a car waiting." She stepped
back into the crowd then, and vanished. Great. His big chance to play James
He looked down, frowning slightly. James Bond in drag. Then he caught his
reflection in a set of ornate mirror shards glued to one wall. Well, James
Bond in really *good* drag.
He stepped forward, cocking his head to one side. With a flourish he didn't
know he possessed, he bowed before Alice, sweeping his hair to one side and
"My lady," he said softly. "Wilt thou dance with this poor soul?"
Damon looked over at that, frowning, then looked at Alice. She shrank back into
"And you are?"
"Orpheus, my lord, a wanderer, far from home." Where the hell was this coming
from? He was going to see right through him, send his bully boys by the thrones
"Go on, then," Damon said roughly. He gestured towards Alice, then turned his
attention back to whatever one of his boys had been saying. The girl sighed,
but she rose, stepping lightly towards Bob. Whatever she wore was blood-red
and cut to her curves precisely, stopping just above her thighs and lightly
muscled calves, which were bare to a set of high-heeled ankle boots. Sighing
again, she took hold of Bob's outstretched hands, letting him guide her onto
the dance floor. She draped her arms around him, pressing her body close, and
for a moment, Bob forgot why he was there. His hands fell to her hips, pulling
her closer, and the music surrounded them, pounding and vital, making them
tingle and sway to the beat vibrating through them. Then he looked down,
catching sight of the pain in her grey eyes, and sighed himself. He leaned
down, putting his lips close to her ear.
"Avriel sent me," he whispered. She jerked as if stung, then darted a look over
towards the back room. She leaned up, her lips grazing Bob's earlobe.
"He'll never let me go," she said. "Never."
"He might. Avriel's just through that door," he said, pointing with his chin.
"If we dance over there--"
"It's guarded. You can't take me through. But..." She paused, thinking. "If you
walk over, and I follow, maybe...You can't look back, though. Then he'll know
we're together. You just have to drift around and move towards the door. I just
have to follow you."
"If you think that would work...?"
The song was ending. She nodded frantically. "It has to." She stepped back,
curtseying, and he bowed, already turning away as if bored. He watched in the
shards of mirror as she drifted back to the throne room, fanning herself as if
"I'd like some air, Damon," he caught her saying, then she moved out of range.
He swallowed. This has to work, he thought. This has to...
...Jay. He blinked. That was Jay. Jay was *here*. Why the hell was--
*Shit*. He clenched his eyes shut for a moment. Paranoia boy must be
thinking he was off on a date. Why he even cared...It was almost like he
No. Bob shook his head. He knew he'd had feelings for the li'l sonic boom just
about from the first month they'd been roommates. But first Jay had been too
young, then Jay had been too bitter. Then Jay had been something else or other,
and by then the insults had started. Tubby bitch. Tons-o-fun. Lunchbox.
*Lunchbox*, by God...where the hell had *that* one come from??
And all the gay shit that had started in the past two years. Like he'd ever let
it slip now he wanted to kiss the boy, when that was all Jay seemed capable of
talking about, how goddamned straight he was, and how Bob was always after a
piece. Shit, nothing worse could happen.
He shrugged again, firming his resolve. He'd just have to ignore him, that was
all. He caught a flash in the mirror of Alice turning out of the main room,
and turned himself, away from the mirror to walk along the outside wall.
Peripheral vision showed him Jay looking shocked and surprised, then overcome
by something, and angling towards him. He couldn't see Alice, and he knew if
he turned around, something would happen. Damon would know somehow. And that
would be the end of the attempt. Not including, of course, the sure possibility
of getting badly beaten--how many men in the Pom were Damon's?
He walked along the wall, nodding at the boys, trailing a languid hand down the
faces of the girls. He heard behind him Jay cursing, and shook his head.
Architecture, he thought, become fascinated with the architecture...He looked
up just as he was spun around from behind.
It was Jay.
"What the hell, dude? What the fucking hell?"
He cocked his head to one side, blinking. "Are you addressing me?" he said in a
"Addressing you, undressing you, redressing you--whatever, dude! I just want to
know what the hell is going on! Why you're dressed like the fucking Crow on a
"Pardon," growled a low voice near both men. They turned to see one of the
bouncers. He still couldn't see Alice, and couldn't turn to look now. Was this
one of Damon's men?
"Yes?" Bob said, still in that weirdly disaffected voice.
"Is this...*infant*...bothering you, sir?"
"Call me infant again and I'll clock you one, bondage-boy," Jay growled.
Bob only sighed, raising a hand and flailing it slowly.
"Nothing that won't be solved by...a little air," he said softly, struck by
"Oh. Yeah. *That's* rich, dude. Lie to me, come sneakin' off here to the
freakshow, an' then get in a few back-alley punches. Oh, that's just
"I see, sir," the bouncer said, moving away. "A...private disturbance. Do let
me know if things get...out of hand."
"Most assuredly," Bob murmured, and pointed towards the side exit. "After you,
Jay's face suffused with red and his lips curled back.
"Oh, you are *so* gonna pay for that crack, tubs..." But he stalked over
to the side door, not even noticing the lithe girl in red who slipped out ahead
of him. In fact, only one of the bouncers noticed--the one who was watching Jay
and Bob leave. Frowning, he followed, out to the alley.
Alice was waiting when Jay and Bob emerged. Two seconds later, a cab pulled
into the alley, Avriel leaning out a window, gesturing wildly.
"Come on, guys! Get in!" She opened the door, waving them forward.
"Vree?" the girl in red said shakily. "It's...it's really you?"
"It's really me, Alice-Alice, but you have to hurry! Before they--"
And the back door opened. The bouncer stepped through quietly, shaking his
"I am sorry, miss. I don't see how I can allow this." He raised his fists,
bowing slightly as he brought the knuckles together. Alice shrank back against
the cab, and Avriel leaned out, pulling her inside.
"Close the door!" she hissed. But Alice seemed frozen, staring in horror out of
the open door.
Jay threw up his hands. "OKAY!" he screamed. "I have *HAD* *IT* with all
this costume shit!" And he ran forward, winding up his fist and driving it hard
into the bouncer's jaw. He went down and Jay didn't stop, kicking him in the
sides until Bob pulled him away, running for the cab.
"Exit stage left," he said, smiling at Avriel. Then he shut the door, pounding
on the roof of the cab. It sped off into the night, both girls looking out the
back window at Jay and Bob's dwindling figures. Meanwhile, Bob grabbed Jay's
hand and pulled him onto the main street, into a second alley, down that to the
back street and ran for a bit, exhilarated. He could hear Jay bitching behind
him, but it wasn't until he pulled him into a third alley that he learned why.
"Man, my hand's all bleeding and shit again, and that had to be the one you
Bob looked down. There was a dark glistening streak of blood on his palm.
"I'm sorry," he said softly.
"Yeah," Jay said, looking at the torn skin. Then he tightened his hand into a
fist, pulling it back and looking up.
"You fucking *should* be sorry, shithead! I hadda spend all day worrying
about your ass joining some weird new cult, or running off with that chick, and
you couldn't have even written me a goddamned *note*?" He stepped forward,
and for a moment, Bob was absolutely sure he was going to get cold-cocked.
Then Jay dropped the fist, hands hanging limply at his sides.
"I mean...what the fuck, man? I didn't know where you were. I hadda find you,
track you down, like some stranger. I mean...that's fucked up, you know?"
He knew. Suddenly, he knew, and the half-smile on his face from getting away
from the Pom intact broadened. Jay had been worried about him. Jay had been
*very* worried about him. Which meant...Jay cared for him. Maybe...could
he hope for this?...as much as Bob cared for Jay.
He stepped forward, touching Jay's face where the swelling was.
"Orpheus doesn't always have to lose," he whispered.
"What the fuck are you on now, fat boy? My God, if I haveta listen to any more
of your shit--"
"Shhh," he said, pushing him back against the alley wall. He stepped closer,
just looking down into those deep, burning blue eyes. Anger turned to confusion,
which turned to...could it be hope? Then panic rose and Jay stiffened in his
arms. Stupid boy, not to know. Then he laughed at himself. Stupid Bob, not to
know what Jay knew. Stroking a strand of limp gold from Jay's forehead, he
kissed the place where his fingers had been. Jay inhaled sharply. He leaned
down, tilting Jay's head up and kissing gently along the line of bruised flesh.
He thought Jay stopped breathing for that moment. Then he tilted Jay's head
down again, and finally kissed the lips that had taunted him all these years.
For this, for one taste of Jay, he'd take whatever came after. Beatings, abuse,
the end of the friendship--he was ready. He was hoping it wouldn't go that way,
but he was ready. He could take it. For this one, sweet kiss.
Didn't work out that way. Jay whimpered, pulled away, eyes large and staring.
"You...you...I didn't...I..." And suddenly Jay moved in his arms, slamming *him*
against the alley wall, still whimpering. He stroked his hands up Bob's silk shirt,
fighting with the little buttons, kissing him savagely. His mouth was open, his
tongue forcing its way into Bob's mouth, and Bob felt his cock stiffen, just
feeling Jay squirming against him.
"Ah...God...yeah...*fuck*, *fuckin'* buttons, I can't--" He pulled back,
preparing to tear the shirt off, and Bob seized his hands.
"No, don't," he gasped. "It's silk."
"I don't care if it's bat leather, get it off, man! I gotta...I--"
And he was kissing Bob again, pressing against him so tightly it was hard for
Bob's fingers to unbutton the shirt. Finally it was open, and Jay moaned,
scorching kisses down his torso, across his nipples, tangling his fingers in
the brown curled hair. Bob closed his eyes, drowning in sensation, leaning back
against the wall. He heard snaps unsnap, and his eyes snapped open, looking
Jay was on his knees, tugging the velvet pants down, shaking his head.
"What, she *pour* you into these, Lunchbox? Fuck, not that you don't
look good, but...oh, yeah, there you are...Holy *fuck*, Lunchbox, you're
Bob blinked. He'd never thought of it that way. In fact, he'd thought he was
"AHHH!" His mouth widened into an 'o' of surprise; Jay had engulfed him,
swallowing all of him he'd been able, the moment he'd looked up again. Jay was
trembling, his hands clenching, and he was making odd strangled sounds. But he
kept sucking, and Bob clenched his eyes shut--he couldn't watch that blond head
bobbing at his crotch and not lose it entirely.
One hand mutely reached for Bob, and Bob held it, leaning down to kiss the
fingertips. They tasted like nicotine and pot, and he smiled, licking the pads
as Jay moaned against him. Jay was thrusting against his leg now, sucking on
him so hard, and Bob began to twitch. Jay pulled off enough to kiss along the
length of him, nipping him lightly, lips only.
"Oh, yeah, baby," he breathed. "Come on, Bob, come for me, come for me, 'kay?"
And he swallowed him again.
Fuck, it was good...It was good, Jay was good, oh, *God*, Jay was good...He
couldn't stop himself; he started thrusting against Jay's face, little hip jerks
while he breathed Jay's name, just at the audible range.
"Ummm," Jay said. "A-mmm..." His hands clenched in Bob's silks. He was
whimpering again, licking the tip of Bob's cock, and then his tongue licked
over the fluttering slit at the tip and Bob couldn't hold it back. He arched,
crying out, crying Jay's name, and jetted into Jay's open mouth, looking down
in astonishment as Jay tried to swallow all he could.
Bob helped him stand; he was still shaking, and his legs weren't steady yet. He
waited a few moments, nuzzling against Jay's neck as he moaned and twitched,
then he carefully knelt, undoing Jay's pants.
"Jesus, Bob, what the fuck are you--" Jay was looking around frantically. Bob
just shook his head, pulling down his shorts and his pants.
Well, now he saw why Jay had been so impressed. Jay wasn't small, by any means,
but he was narrower in width than Bob, and there was a slight curve to one side
that grew more pronounced, the more Jay got aroused. Bob looking at Jay's cock
was all it seemed to take. Then Bob leaned forward, licking at the tip. He was
a little unsure; he'd never done this before. But Jay's huge gasp above him
convinced him he was at least on the right track.
For Jay's part, he'd thought the night couldn't get any better--or weirder--than
him on his fucking knees, blowing Bob. Now he was looking down, seeing those
nearly black lips sucking him in, those nearly black lips that belonged to
Bob, for Christ's sake, and he almost shot his load right then. Breath
shuddered out of him, and he felt like he was going to collapse onto the
alley floor. Bob's arms snaked around his hips, holding him up, and he
whimpered, leaning forward.
"Fuck, Bob, fuck yeah, fuck...fuck..." He gasped Bob's name over and over,
tangling his fingers in Bob's newly black hair. "Oh yeah, oh, yeah, oh God..."
Slowly, Bob sucked him in, the feeling of a man's cock in his mouth entirely
novel. He didn't know in this moment if this was something he'd always wanted.
He did know Jay had been something he'd always wanted. And he had no idea what
to expect after this. Jay's skin tasted salty, and the drops that he licked
from the tip of Jay's cock tasted musky, salty, like...like...He didn't know.
He didn't have a comparison. Other than it was good, what he was doing felt
good, and he wanted to do more of it...His tongue danced patterns along the
senstive skin in his mouth, and Jay whimpered louder.
"Oh, man...fuck, man, fuck, Bob, I'm gonna...I can't, I can't, I can't I can't
hold back, it's too much, too fucking much, I'm gonna--I'm gonna--*COME!*"
he cried, and arched his hips forward, head flying back to crack against the
"Ugnh..." He staggered along the wall, pulling free of Bob's seeking mouth.
Conscious of the silk still, he pulled to one side, letting Jay jet onto the
pavement. Then he stood, supporting Jay over to some wooden crates in the
middle of the alley.
"Hit my fuckin' head," the blond said dizzily.
"I guess so," Bob said. He pulled up Jay's pants, chancing a light caress, and
delighted in Jay's whimpered moan. Fastening them, he then turned to his own,
pulling them up, snapping them closed. He reached for his shirt.
"No, not yet," Jay breathed.
Jay leaned forward, licking the skin along his collarbone, hands on his
nipples. He moved his mouth into the hollow of Bob's throat, and Bob stopped
breathing for a moment himself. Then Jay's mouth was against his ear, licking
at it, biting the earlobe, and Bob whimpered.
"Gotta get you home," Jay said after a bit. "Get you into a shower, get all
this crap off you, that you do *not* need to be pretty...and then get
you in bed. Gotta have more of you, man...Can I have more of you?"
Bob pulled back, shouldering Jay to his feet. He held the younger man close,
looking at him.
"All of me you want, Jay. As long as you want."
"Good." Then Jay chuckled, blinking heavily. "Dude, you are *so* my
"Don't even start," Bob growled. "Let's find the bus stop."
"Yeah," Jay gasped, hands digging at Bob's waistband. "Then let's find a bed."
Bob shook his head, laughing. Yeah. *Yeah*. Sometimes Orpheus gets the
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