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ladyfoxxx ([personal profile] ladyfoxxx) wrote2010-11-28 12:24 am
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Fic: There And Gone (Part 2/2, Pete/Patrick for the pxp_flashbang)

Continued from Part One


Patrick's drafting his resignation letter. He does this a few times a day. It calms him. He hasn't gotten to the point of printing it out and submitting it yet, but that's just because he doesn't know what he'll do after he leaves his job. He will leave, just as soon as he figures that part out.

He's down to the yours sincerely sign off when his phone trills. He reaches for the receiver and mutters a droll greeting.

"Is this Patrick Stump?" The perky female voice at the other end of the line asks.

"This is he." Patrick reports, stabbing his name into the keyboard.

"This is Penny from United Airlines, I'm calling about your lost luggage. We have your suitcase here from your recent flight from Russia?"

Patrick chokes on his own spit at the word 'Russia'. "I'm sorry?" He hasn't left the country in years.

Penny sighs, sounding put out. "You reported via email that your suitcase was misplaced? Well we've located it, and we have it here at Dulles International. You can come and pick it up, or we can have it delivered to you for a nominal charge."

Patrick's fingers are frozen on the keyboard and he nearly drops the phone. "My flight from Russia?" He stammers.

"Yes, you were on the UA964 service from Moscow to Washington three days ago. Your suitcase wasn't. It's arrived on a later service and we have it here for you now." Penny is starting to slow her speech like Patrick is special needs. Patrick is feeling pretty special needs right about now because what the fuck?

"I. Um. I'll come by and collect it then?" He utters haltingly, mind still spinning around the word Russia. His hands are shaking a little and his heart is pounding so hard it feels like his ribcage is rattling.

"Just look for the United Airlines desk at Concourse C. Have a nice day."

Patrick sits frozen for a long time, gripping the phone to his ear in a trembling hand and staring into space. Without any real thought, he takes a breath and presses 'print'. He signs the document and leaves it on his desk, striding out of the office. By the time he gets down the elevator and onto the ground floor, he's nearly running.

He flags down a taxi and goes straight to Dulles International. He's doing his level best not to think about anything and mostly succeeding.

He steps up to the United Airlines desk, drumming his fingers on the counter until he gets served by a bored, business-like woman with a hard face and too-bright lipstick.

The suitcase, when she hands it over, is fairly non-descript, black and medium sized, only slightly battered. Patrick nods like he recognises it even though he's never laid eyes on it. He fills out the form the woman behind the counter pushes at him and carries the suitcase to a bench outside.

He's not sure what he's expecting to find inside it, a bomb? A circus midget? He unzips the case and opens it, pawing through the contents to find everything you'd expect a traveller to pack: clothes, toiletries, shoes. It doesn't look like a suitcase for a trip to Russia, however. It's full of warm weather gear - Hawaiian shirts, cargo shorts, swim trunks, flip flops, sunscreen. Sitting at the top of the case is a Lonely Planet guide to Jamaica. Patrick lifts it out of the case, staring at the book in his hand, puzzled.

A piece of card flutters from between the pages. He catches it clumsily before it hits the floor, turning it in his hands. It's a postcard, showing an idyllic beach scene, the words "Wish you were here" scrawled across the sky. When he turns it over there's the name and location of the photographed beach printed up in the corner. The area to write a message and address is blank.

Patrick stares at the postcard until his eyes start to defocus. His brain scrambles to put the pieces together. He knows what he wants it to mean, but is that what it means?

He opens the Lonely Planet book to put the postcard back inside. The pages fall open easily to a centre page, marked by an unusual bookmark. He tugs the object from between the pages, barely able to process what it is.

It's a small pink drink umbrella.

All Patrick's breath rushes out between his teeth and he closes his eyes. Blood thrums through his body in a rush of relief and a sentiment he hasn't felt in far too long: hope. He presses the pink drink umbrella back between the pages of the book with infinite care, before putting it back into the case and zipping it closed.

He picks up the suitcase and approaches the counter again.

"I'd like to buy a one way ticket to Jamaica."


The Bagman's Gambit - The Decemberists
On the lam from the law
on the steps of the capitol
you shot a plainclothes cop on the ten o'clock
and I saw momentarily
they flashed a photograph, it couldn't be you
you'd been abused so horribly
but you were there in some anonymous room
and I recall that fall
I was working for the government
and in a bathroom stall off the National Mall
how we kissed so sweetly
how could I refuse a favor or two
for a tryst in the greenery
I gave you documents and microfilm, too

And from my ten floor tenement
where once our bodies lay
how I long to hear you say
no, they'll never catch me now
no, they'll never catch me
no, they cannot catch me now
we will escape somehow

It was late one night
I was awoken by the telephone
I heard a strangled cry on the end of the line
purloined in Petrograd
they were suspicious of where your loyalties lay
so I paid off a bureaucrat
to convince your captors they're to secret you away

And at the gate of the embassy
our hands met through the bars
as your whisper stilled my heart
no, they'll never catch me now
no, they'll never catch me
no, they cannot catch me now
we will escape somehow

And I dreamt one night
you were there in force
head held high
in uniform

It was ten years on
when you resurfaced in a motorcar
with the wave of an arm
you were there and gone

[identity profile] 2010-11-28 02:38 am (UTC)(link)
*is dead*

This is so many sorts of wonderful. I think my brain is broken.
ext_399013: (peterick - snarl and goofyface)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 11:16 am (UTC)(link)
I am the latest to reply but THANK YOU, so much. I am so glad you liked it and I'm sorry about your brain being broken.

[identity profile] 2010-11-28 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
YOU. JUST. YOU!!!! I DON'T EVEN READ FALL OUT BOY BANDOM AND YET HERE I AM. This is just all kinds of awesome, words can't even describe it. First of all, THE DECEMBERISTS? YESSSS!!!! Secondly, the bartender? Thought of our dear old Bob Bryar. XD The whole story was beautiful and super detailed. Oh! and the lava-hot smut? \o/ AWESOME WORK. GOOD JOB!!!

pee ess. I finally finished my fic that I dedicated to you. It's in my journal when you have time! LOVE YOU FOREVER <333333
ext_399013: (wentz)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 11:29 am (UTC)(link)
I'M SORRY I MADE YOU READ FOB. But dude I didn't read FOB when I first started out in Bandom either. But PETE! He's so LOVEABLE. And emotive! You will adore him. Open your heart to him and roll around in all his awesome mottsiness. Everyone falls for Pete eventually. And you totally picked Bob the bartender. And I'm glad you liked the smut! I am all about the smut as you know already.

P.S. Oh goody. I have to go check that out!

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 04:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I actually read one a LOOOONG time ago. Like six years ago. I have a soft spot for Patrick even though he's all...weird now. I don't want to offend anyone, but---WEIRD RIGHT? I saw the video of him at SXSW. My face was like :/. AM I WRONG? /o\

[identity profile] 2010-11-28 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
This was amazing. Literally, throughout the whole thing (except for the sexy times, I couldn't think of anything during that ;D), I kept thinking "How does anyone come up with this kind of stuff?" but then I read the lyrics and listened to the song and realized that it just fits so perfectly. You did a great job of writing this based around that song -and the parts that weren't based around the song. And the song itself, by the way is amazing. It was only the first time I've heard it, but there's so much emotion behind it, I can't even begin to think of what the song is literally about (because to me, it just seemes odd that this situation REALLY happened, y'know?)

Loved this whole thing and I'm not really even into government type fics, they tend to bore me, but this one was just great <3
ext_399013: (wentz oh his face)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 11:33 am (UTC)(link)
I'm so happy to introduce you to The Decemberists! I wish I could take credit for the story, but no that is all Colin Meloy's doing. He's written many great story-songs and I want to read fic about all of them. I'm really chuffed that you think it fit the song well because my love for the song is quite boundless.

Thanks so sincerely for this wonderful feedback. I'm really chuffed you liked it and I hope you go out and find more Decemberists stuff to love and enjoy. <3

[identity profile] 2010-11-28 08:01 am (UTC)(link)
This is just amazing. I'm so glad you continued with it-- it's absolutely fabulous. I love how well it fits the lyric, and the epilogue is just so sweet, the type of ending they deserved!
ext_399013: (peterick boyfriends who look damn sharp)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 11:53 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so SO much. And OMG I just found the art you made for me in my spam folder! STUPID SPAM FOLDER EATING MY STUFF. *draws hearts all around it* I've linked it in the fic now and I just... agh! Patrick's little sleeping FACE. I love that you've taken a moment that is off-page and captured it, because this is the part that he slept through so it's not actually in the story. Thank you so SO SO much.

I'm so glad you liked the continuation of the story and the epilogue in particular. I just had to change it from the song, I couldn't handle it ending badly.


[identity profile] 2010-11-28 05:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I enjoyed this so much and I love the details. But most especially, I'm really glad you gave Pete and Patrick a happier ending than the song does. :)
ext_399013: (peterick - secret boyfriends)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 12:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much, babe! Glad you liked it. Especially the ending, since I was going off track, so to speak. But I wanted them to have some hope. Thanks for commenting! <3

[identity profile] 2010-11-29 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
This, my dear, was definitely worth the wait. It was hot, and just, amazing. And their characters! OMG. -dies- I.LOVED.IT.

And you totally got me into The Decemberists. I fell in love with the lyrics, checked out a few of their songs, and then I fangirled for awhile. <3
ext_399013: (pete's stripper party)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 12:03 pm (UTC)(link)
This, my dear, was definitely worth the wait.

I am so glad to hear that! Because it took a LOT longer to get out than it should have. I'm stoked you liked it! And YES! \o/ I am incredibly pleased you found the Decemberists through this. They are a fantastic band and Colin Meloy writes so many songs that make spectacular fic fodder. <3 Thanks so much bb.

[identity profile] 2010-11-30 12:34 pm (UTC)(link)
No, no, no. You can't make addict to FOB, too. I refuse. I don't have time for this.

Loved it, babe. So full of grey areas and despair. Wonderful.
ext_399013: (patrick's little smile awww)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 12:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh come on! You WANT to love Pete too! I don't have time for all of fandom either! But still, PETE. And Patrick is far too adroable. Love them *makes wiggly fingers at you*

So very glad you liked it. It's weird for me to be writing something that is not fluff, so I'm extra glad it worked for you, even with all the sad. <3

[identity profile] 2010-12-02 05:44 pm (UTC)(link)
*Melts into a puddle of goo*

This is gorgeous. I love the whole world, and I love how intense you can make lovers. beautiful darling. x
ext_399013: (Wentz flashes his tummy HOO YEAH)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 12:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I really didn't intend for it to be QUITE this smutty. But hey, you love that! So I'm in the clear. I'm so very glad you liked it babe, and the universe worked for you. It was a really tricky one to write because it's a little outside my comfort zone, so thanks for the love, means a lot. <3

[identity profile] 2010-12-02 06:01 pm (UTC)(link)
oh jesus woman, look at this, such a romantic song made in to PURE PORN GLORY.

why is pete speaking russian so fucking hot?

anyway, the porn is glorious but the story, it fol.lows the song so well and its so heart breaking but then the big romantic shawshank ending with the going to the islands to be IN LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE AND HAVE SEX ON THE BEACH.

bad pete for getting patrick in trouble but YAY LOVE.
ext_399013: (wentz bass licking shenanigans)

[identity profile] 2010-12-03 12:10 pm (UTC)(link)

I kind of love the idea of Pete speaking russian. [ profile] madame_d speaks russian and I made her make me a recording of her speaking russian and send it to me. I love it kind of a lot.

Yes! You liked the Shawshank Redemption ending where I changed the song because I can't handle the sads! They are going to go live in a bungalow owned by someone with an unpronouncable name! And smile and be damp in their swimsuits. It will be awesome.


[identity profile] 2010-12-27 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
I'm almost positive I've read another bandom fic based on this same song. Panic, maybe? I think Brendon was in the spy role, and the embassy scene took place in Russia. This is gonna kill me now...
ext_399013: (wentz oh his face)

Late response is late!

[identity profile] 2011-07-31 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Did you ever figure it out? I am SO CURIOUS and would love to read another fic about this song.
jedusaur: A hockey stick with the paddle wrapped in rainbow-colored tape next to a puck, lying just above the blue line on a rink. (no fluff)

Re: Late response is late!

[personal profile] jedusaur 2011-08-02 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
ahahaha, I barely even remember this fic now. I left this comment near the end of my initial "oh hey, this bandom shiznit is actually kinda relevant to my interests, let's just read one more fic, one more, just one more, wait... what day is it?" phase. I'm sure you know the one. :P Anyway, no, I have no idea what fic I was talking about.

[identity profile] 2011-01-19 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
so i'm gonna be a creeper here and comment on something way after it was posted.

seriously, this is ah-maaaaaaazing!! i got here because someone recced your mcr fic, then i discovered the rest of your fic, and then i read this even though i don't really care for fob, but YOU MADE ME CARE. and i LOVE you for it!
/end ramble. just wanted to let you know that you write really really really really awesome fic. :D
ext_399013: (Default)

[identity profile] 2011-07-31 06:09 pm (UTC)(link)
So I'm gonna be terribly rude and respond to this WAY late.

Thank you so much for commenting and I'm chuffed someone recced me to you. I'm so happy I made you care about Pete and Patrick! It's such an excellent song, I've been dying to write a fic based on it forever. Thanks so much for your totally not-creepy comment. <3
ext_92498: (Default)

[identity profile] 2011-03-23 07:35 am (UTC)(link)
This is just BRILLIANT! So fast paced, I felt like I was out of breath the whole way through, not to mention that my heart was in my mouth the entire time. Wow!
ext_399013: (Wentz wants a cookie!)

[identity profile] 2011-07-31 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow thanks for a lovely compliment, I hadn't realised how quickly it moved, but I was writing to a deadline so I guess that kept the words rolling. Thanks so much for commenting and I'm so sorry it took me forever to reply. <3

[identity profile] 2011-04-12 01:58 am (UTC)(link)
so, i don't even read much FOB fandom, but eiwoghbnwoeiubvnirwejbnweojknbwrb
i fucking loved it. seriously, it's AMAZING!!!!
i mean, i came mostly to read your MCR fic, but then i saw this, said what the hell, i might as well read it, and now I'm so happy i didbowrinbpweironb
it's so perfect and just eoevbgpiirdj
i ave no words. my heart was racing, and i loved every fucking second of it.
ext_399013: (peterick - secret boyfriends)

[identity profile] 2011-07-31 06:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow I'm so blown away at how many people who aren't into FOB read this fic. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know! I'm so sorry it's taken me forever to get back to you, but I'm glad you liked the fic. Thanks so much for commenting.

[identity profile] 2011-07-31 09:57 am (UTC)(link)
Ugh my eyes, you made them tear up from all the feelings. This was just exhilarating. *adds fic to the rec list*
ext_399013: (wentz)

[identity profile] 2011-07-31 06:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Aw thank you! I can't believe I made you tear up. I'll blame the Decemberists for making the song so angsty. So happy to make the rec list! <3