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05 July 2004 @ 03:17 am
That's finger lickin' good.  
1. Now that you've gotten your Fourth o' July freak on (also, happy Fourth, all!) you need to go get your selves on over here: Ground Zero: A Smallville Zine

Not only is the site in and of itself simply lovely? But there are some *mighty* talented folks who made really lovely art, and some amazing stories. I wrote a thing that's there, too, Whited Sepulchres And Other White Lies, and if you feel like reading about Lionel, then you may dig on that. Anyway, you should all get down on your knees and worship the wonder that is lexcorp_hope for all of the hard work that she put in getting this all together. I mean, it's really good stuff. So go! And leave people feedback!

2. I wrote this thing.

Title: Set You Free
Summary: The truth will.
Fandom: SV
Pairing: Clark/Lex
And Lyra, as always, thank you for the beta. *snugs*

It will be hard, after, for Clark to explain exactly what happened – the details. He’ll have a bundle of impressions; hands, lips, gasps and friction and the sweet way Lex smiles at him.

But he won’t be able to say, with any type of surety, what he has done, or where his hands have touched, or what he said as they made love. He’ll know he meant every whispered word, and he’ll know that there are streaks of green and red across Lex’s skin and that they both smell like the wild strawberries and grass they have crushed beneath them.

Lex will remember, though, how Clark’s eyelashes sweep down to kiss the gold of his skin, and how the soft triangle of tongue slips out of Clark’s mouth and traces its way across his bottom lip, and how Clark’s hand on his hip is tentative, skittish. How Clark’s fingertips flutter, nervous and charming.

Their first kiss is a whisper, lips brushing against one another like leaves in a wind, and their second is a wave that pushes them down and rolls them over, wet and rough. Uncontrollable.

Gravity pulls and pushes them, bending them down toward the spicy smelling soil, but they feel – they both feel – the sun on their backs and the rush of air over them. They are flying, and they are falling, and they are learning the fumble and rush of their straining bodies. They are breathing life into each other, one soft sigh after another.

This is how it is: they tremble together. The air is thick and hot. It shimmers. Sweat tracks its salty way across Lex’s spine, and he twists closer to Clark. They are young gods, and it is mid morning. Above them are dark leaves, and singing birds.

In ten years, they will be living together in an apartment that will smell like warm laundry and cloves. There will be coasters and napkins and glasses they will have picked out together. Clark will wake up early in the morning and watch Lex sleep, and Lex will stand by the windows, smiling a small private smile as he watches the sky.

They’ll have cocktail parties on the balcony, and Lex’s hand will lie on Clark’s lower back. Someone will ask how long they’ve been together, and Clark will want to say they always have and Lex will answer, “Fourteen years, ever since he saved my life on a riverbank in Smallville.” And it will be true even if it isn’t accurate, and Lex’s eyes will sparkle in the low candlelight, and Clark will kiss him right where his jaw meets his ear, where his skin is thin as paper.

Now, though, Clark watches Lex’s chest move up and down with each breath and he rests his hand across it. He can feel solid ribs beneath Lex’s skin, and the strong beating of Lex’s heart and the hot red flush splashed across his chest. Clark tingles, and quakes, and he blinks again and again.

Lex tells him it’s all right, and pulls him down. They’re sated and quiet and Lex smoothes his hands over Clark’s neck, again and again.

When Lex woke up earlier that morning, the sky was purple and deep, the moon stuck in it like a round tipped pin. There was condensation on the outside of the windows in his bedroom, tiny beads of water – silver circles, like replicas of the moon against the glass. He walked the skinny dark halls of his home, and felt little and alone. He found work on his desk, and wondered when his life had become one long black string of numbers. The sun hadn’t come up yet, and he felt like the day was shut to him already.

He didn’t expect this. He couldn’t have.

Clark woke up to sun touching his face like fingers, and saw the yellow tips of the sunflowers in the window box outside. He thought of Lex, and he felt something clench inside himself and break open. It would be the longest day of the year, long enough for promises and explanations. Long enough to start over, so Clark followed the light outside. He followed the light to Lex, and they walked where the grass was tall and wild. It brushed the backs of his calves, and he told Lex things that were true.

He told Lex everything, and when he thought Lex would walk away, Lex swayed in place, pushed by the wind.

“Can you forgive me?” Clark asked, his voice rough and seeking, his fingers knotted and tense. “Will you forgive me?”

Lex could see the shadows at the edge of the trees. He could see something dark and secret moving there and Clark’s confessions rattled harshly through his mind, and it seemed like everything around him was splitting. As though beneath his feet, the ground was coming open and above the sky was crumpling inward like paper.

“How…how could…” he laughed harshly, and then Clark’s hand was on his and Clark’s eyes were bright. Between them hung the strangled sentence, and Lex’s skin burned where Clark touched him.

Lex stared hard at the ground. He didn’t move his hand from Clark’s. The silence pressed in, oppressive and thick, and finally, he said, “Why should I?”

“Because you love me,” Clark said, watching the hard line of Lex’s shoulders. “Because I love you.”

“You love me,” Lex repeated, his voice cracked and hollow. “Why?”

The sun was clean and light on Clark’s shoulders through his worn t-shirt. Lex’s skin was pale and fine, and his face was beautiful in profile. He didn’t know he was already speaking.

He didn’t know he was already saying, “You put your hands in your pockets, and your mouth twitches to the side, and I want to kiss you. You don’t know how to be anyone but yourself and you…you know me. You touch me when you talk and you listen when I do. I love you because I have to, and because I want to. Because you’re not perfect and you won’t ever expect anything less of me than what you deserve. Because…because I wake up in the morning, and I open my eyes and I think about you.”

Lex turned and his eyes were wet and his hands were dry, and behind him the white wings of a butterfly fluttered twice as it landed on a tree branch. His lips moved, and no sound came out, and he pulled Clark to him and that moment is a still life that Clark will always carry. He will be able to close his eyes and see Lex forgiving him, choosing him, until the last long breath leaves his lungs and he lies still, done with this life.

What Lex will remember longest is this moment: Clark, heavy and happy and calm, sprawled across him. Clark, *his* now, and when Lex laughs it seems to bound and rebound across the field, through the trees, and into the sky. Into the endless blue of the sky.

Current Mood: jet-lagged like whoa
Current Music: Save Me - Aimee Mann
celli on July 5th, 2004 12:37 am (UTC)
*happy sigh* What a gorgeous piece of writing, Nif.
pure FORESHADOWING: breathlessnifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:08 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* Thank you, babe!
sageness on July 5th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
*loves you, this, everything*

*flails incoherently*

So gorgeous. This is like getting a lyrical prose fix when I didn't even know I was jonesing for it.

And...fourteen years!! *grins like an idiot*
pure FORESHADOWING: big pimpin'nifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I feel like your pusher, dude...and I dig that feeling. I'm glad you liked it, though!
Yavanna: Rainbow love by Hopeyavannauk on July 5th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
Wow, that is beautiful, sensual and gorgeous.
pure FORESHADOWING: charisma!nifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, honey! *snugs*
suzycat: clexclassicsuzycat on July 5th, 2004 01:08 am (UTC)
So beautiful. You write really well.
pure FORESHADOWING: Chloe!nifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you, honey! Thank you so much -- that really means a lot!
Edmund Crankypantsanitac588 on July 5th, 2004 01:21 am (UTC)
Beautiful Nifra!!
pure FORESHADOWING: feel you fallingnifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
*grins* Thank you, sugar! *smooches*
MistressAcemistressace on July 5th, 2004 02:03 am (UTC)
Beautiful work
The flow of the piece is enticing and the detail very rich. I like how the characters respond to one another and the thought of them being together for fourteen years does my heart good.

Thank you for posting this. Simply lovely.


pure FORESHADOWING: Jayne!nifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Beautiful work
*hugs you back* Thank you so much -- I thought we could all use a little happy something or other this hiatus, right? And I"m really glad that this worked for you on an inter-character dynamic level. I really am so happy that you enjoyed this!
Astrea: My Joy My Love Manip by Muse Attackastrea9562 on July 5th, 2004 02:24 am (UTC)
I shed happy tears. I couldn't help it. The entire piece was this lovely, lyrical poem that wrapped me inside of Clark and Lex's souls and I never wanted to emerge.

Thank you so much for posting this, hon.

pure FORESHADOWING: Mmm red duct tapenifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Joyful
Aww! No crying! This was specifcally meant *not* to create tears! *gives you Kleenex and anxiously pats your shoulder*

But, all crying aside -- happy or otherwise -- you've said the nicest things, here. And it really means a lot to me that you enjoyed it. *snugs you*
garryowengarryowen on July 5th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
Ah, this is beautiful. You are so in denial. I love ya for it!

He told Lex everything, and when he thought Lex would walk away, Lex swayed in place, pushed by the wind.

I love this line. It says so much so succinctly.

I also love all the leaves and light. So lovely.
pure FORESHADOWING: man objectnifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
Who? What? Me? Denial? Surely you jest. *grins* But so long as you love me...*snugs you* I'm glad that you enjoyed this, honey.
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pure FORESHADOWING: Niflet!nifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
*hugs you* Thank you babe -- to get a comment from you about imagery is enough to make me do mental backflips of joy (not literal ones -- I'd break my neck!), because you've such an eye for them. I'm so glad you liked this!
Lady Day: Cheers!ladydey on July 5th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
That was so very beautiful.

I'm a little sniffle-ly.
pure FORESHADOWING: angelina sexnifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:23 pm (UTC)
Your icon? Precious. Absolutely precious. Also, *gives you Kleenex for sniffles* I'm glad you liked, hon!
phoiniksphoiniks on July 5th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
*sniff* Niff, I love the imagery, and this is my favourite part:

"...He didn’t know he was already saying, “You put your hands in your pockets, and your mouth twitches to the side, and I want to kiss you. You don’t know how to be anyone but yourself and you…you know me. You touch me when you talk and you listen when I do. I love you because I have to, and because I want to. Because you’re not perfect and you won’t ever expect anything less of me than what you deserve. Because…because I wake up in the morning, and I open my eyes and I think about you.”
pure FORESHADOWING: absolut!nifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
*snugs* I'm so glad that part worked for you -- that whole speech was rough to write, because I had to toe the line between hokey and romantic, and I'm always really shy about doing that. So I'm so happy to hear it wasn't too much! Thank you!
lady angel: angelicmusedameange on July 5th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
oh my God. that was beautiful. thank you so much for writing it. jesus . . . just thank you.
pure FORESHADOWING: Clarknifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
*grins and hugs you* I'm actually going to have to do the 'No, thank you' thing...because...you made a cover! For me! *hugs you more*
Ut Pictura Poesiswanderlustlover on July 5th, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)
*wipes a few tears and sniffles*

amazing! Simply amazing!
pure FORESHADOWING: clever bradnifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
*pets you* Thank you, sweetheart! I'm so happy you enjoyed!
RivkaT: taste the rainbowrivkat on July 5th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC)
Beautiful writing. What I really liked was that every image contributed to the mood, the flood of details that could have been overwrought or distracting instead snapshot-perfect, the way a memory would be frozen if we could freeze the best of them. Thanks for sharing it.
pure FORESHADOWING: GUHnifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC)
napshot-perfect, the way a memory would be frozen if we could freeze the best of them

That's actually a fairly exact duplicate of the phrase I was using to describe what I was going for in this story when I was talking to someone about it -- it's uncanny, actually. So, *grins* you can just imagine how pleased I was to see that in your comment. I'm so happy this story worked for you. Thank you so much!
digitalwavedigitalwave on July 5th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC)

What a wonderful present for my birthday, to read something this magical. I loved it. I loved how you cpatured the feeling of summer and that day so beautifully, I could almost hear the buzz of the insects.

Thanks so much for sharing this!
pure FORESHADOWING: broken supermannifra_idril on July 11th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
Well, first things first: Happy belated birthday, sugar! *claps hat on head and blows noisemaker*

That having been said -- I'm so happy that you enjoyed this, and to see you call it 'magical' really made me smile a great deal. Thank you!