What's he building in there?

Fueled by the current (as opposed to the past) existential crisis (let’s call it EC for short) I present, ten drabbles of EXACTLY ONE HUNDRED WORDS EACH (it felt like burning, and one drabble just wouldn’t do, but I did it!) in which Schwarz ponders the meaning of existence. Most of this has been done, but let’s do it again, shall we? One day Farfarello might join us.  I promise,[info]ahpookishere ,  when I can wrap myself around anatomical references, I LOVE YOU will be yours. Until then, have these drabbles.


Title: Existential Crises
Fandom: Weiss Kreuz
Characters: Crawford / Schuldig, Nagi
Notes:  Ten brief encounters that might all go together in some way.
 

 

*

The wine was thick, sweet like cough syrup. It coated Schuldig’s throat, landed like oil in his stomach. Bathroom to the left; wrong turn. He stumble-sprawled onto Crawford’s bed.

“Do I need to post signs in the hallway?” Crawford asked. “If you puke here, I’ll leave you to lie in it.”

“Mmph.”

“Really?”

Schuldig shoved himself up onto his elbows and peered through sticky strands of hair. “What are we doing here?”

With that, Crawford’s existential crisis promptly passed out in a heap of jet lag. Which was a shame, really, because Schuldig finally asked a question he could answer.

*

Schuldig’s eyes were filled with ash. “I think I ate sand,” he said, experimentally, pleased to find his throat worked. He dusted himself off, took stock of his limbs and poked around in the smoke for Crawford.

Explosives are a useful cure for hangover.

“And hearing,” Schuldig said aloud, and pressed his palms to his ears. On. Off. Good, still there. “What are we doing here?”

“Timing our fortune.” Crawford fired across Schuldig’s right shoulder, through the murk and debris, and brought down the last target.

“Fortunate timing,” Schuldig said, and pressed his hand to his ear again.

*

“What are we doing here?” Schuldig’s voice echoed against the curved underside of the bridge before the gunmetal sluice of the river swallowed it up.

“Waiting.” Crawford’s hands rested in his trouser pockets as he peered into the line of the water edge.

Schuldig paced. “For what?

“For this. Fetch it out.”

“I don’t fetch.” But he came to where Crawford stood and bent down for a closer look.

The water-bloated, long-dead fist clutched something tightly.

“How important is . . .”

“Very.”

Schuldig sighed and started prying fingers apart. “I wish you’d see yourself doing these things.”

*

They boarded the first available flight to Vienna. Schuldig pressed his knees into the seat in front of him. Waited. Listened. Felt the fellow passenger, a Swiss man in his sixties, almost drift off in sleep before Schuldig pressed again, harder.

“He’s going to turn around and punch you in ten minutes.” Crawford stared into the plastic cup of hot tea and grimaced.

“I might let him. What are we doing here?”

“Business class was booked.”

“I could have arranged something.”

“Hardship breeds possibility.”

“Yeah, right.” Schuldig watched Crawford take a sip of tea before he pressed his knees harder.

*

Carry-on baggage clutched closely to their sides, Schuldig and Crawford stared up at the looming building front where the taxi had dropped them past the front gates of Rosenkreuz.

“What are we doing here?” Crawford said to himself.

Schuldig glanced at him anxiously. “You said we needed to pick someone up.”

“I was being rhetorical. Let’s get on with it.”

“Good,” Schuldig said, and followed Crawford up the wide steps, past the mouths of stony, yawning lions, forward into the past. If he kept his sight on the clipped motion of Crawford’s heels the sound would beat out the silence.

*

“What are we doing here?” The manager of the east wing used absent-mindedness for slow, calculated advantage. “Oh, yes. A recent acquisition. We haven’t had time to put him through the usual tests, but you have a way with the outcasts, don’t you Crawford?”

The manager glanced toward Schuldig, who smiled, winningly. 

The door opened and the boy looked up.

“I like to buy low,” Crawford said.

“Nagi, Na – whatever, take your things, you’re being transferred.” The manager said, and disappeared down the hall.

Schuldig watched him go and grabbed Nagi’s wrist, pulling him along. “Let’s be quick,” he said.

*

Schuldig kept his knees to himself on the return flight. He leaned against Crawford’s shoulder and pretended to be asleep. When he sensed the kid drift off and Crawford’s watchful wakefulness falter, Schuldig climbed carefully over knees and wandered to the bathroom.

He swayed with the motion of the plane and stared at himself in the mirror. He always expected to see someone else. Cupping his hands, he filled them with water and tossed the cold liquid onto his face. The water tasted like chlorine and mercury.

He watched the water drip from his chin.

“What are we doing here?”

*

Schuldig flicked ash out the window and watched the rain plaster it back against the glass. The alley below was filled with rushing water, a grimy, swirling canal.

He heard Crawford come up behind him, a vacuum of soundlessness. Schuldig had to focus harder to catch the end of the kid’s confusing thoughts in the next room.

“Quit distracting me.”

“What are we doing?” Crawford pushed Schuldig’s hair aside and bit the back of his neck. “Here?”

Schuldig pressed his forehead to the glass. “Yes,” he whispered, “there.”

Crawford reached around, took the cigarette, and tossed it out the window.

*

Nagi closed the fridge, turned around, and gasped. The overhead light flickered dully. Schuldig’s hair was a mess, the rest . . .too much bone and height and watchfulness, propped against the counter. Nagi was trapped in a horror movie with talkative ghosts.

 “That’s sweet!” Schuldig said.

“What are you doing here?”

“What are you doing here? Crawford asked if you’d died in your room. I told him your little brain was still clicking.”

“There’s nothing to eat.”

“Food comes from restaurants.”

Nagi frowned.

Schuldig sighed. “Give me a minute.”

Nagi sat on the couch and waited for Schuldig to get dressed.

*

Crawford met them outside the building. Schuldig gestured with his hands, a manic flourish that matched his expression, meaning he’d seen carnage on a greater scale than usual. Nagi trailed behind Schuldig.

“And then he . . . I don’t know what he did, but they walked into the restaurant, all four of them and they were all like, Where have you been?  And they came straight over – why the fuck did you not tell me we’d see them? – and then the kid stepped in front of me and they were all like, What are we doing here? And then BAM, they’re all dead.” Schuldig paused to catch his breath.

“I didn’t have a chance to eat,” Nagi reminded.

Crawford looked back and forth between them. Really looked. And then he smiled. “I’ve packed our things, let’s go.”

Schuldig’s eyes were huge. Nagi’s mouth was a thin, unbroken line.

Everything made more sense now.

*

(Okay – so I lied. All exactly one hundred words until the last one, but Schuldig was all, “Let me talk! Let me talk!” And Nagi was all, “No, I’m leaving.” And Crawford was too busy trying to figure out what came next and then . . .)

 


 

From: [identity profile] voksen.livejournal.com


by which I mean dlfksfl;dkhjasldjkfadf I LOVE YOU FOR WRITING WK DRABBLES THAT DON'T MAKE ME CHEW TINFOIL

by which I mean they were super awesometacular
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↑ SHE LINKED ME. These are amazing. One of them was SO AWESOME that it made me mime my head exploding in front of my open window, so now everyone who was looking at my window knows I was reading awesome drabbles.

From: [identity profile] two-point.livejournal.com


Something just double posted and then ate all my comments. This is wrong.

From: [identity profile] two-point.livejournal.com


Let me try that again.

I will not be responsible for brains on the window -- but holy shit, THANK YOU!!!

I didn't think it was possible for me to write a complete thought in 100 words.

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From: [identity profile] mainekosama.livejournal.com


*Gives Nagi a cookie*

I liked the repetativness of the phrase and how it evolved and adapted to the circumstances. Also, Nagi was seriously cool. Nice to see him as something alse a a frightened little lamb from the start. I could read that forever. I'm all for 100 word drabbles (cherish them and pet them and call them ...) and I love how you framed the scenes into them - they are perfect, flow completely naturally, without any rough edges or indication there was a word limit. They are beautiful alone, but form an even more beautiful whole.

From: [identity profile] two-point.livejournal.com


These were the most addictive, fun things I have ever written. And you, as I said before, need to be bottled and placed beside the computer. Thank you!!!

There's really no going back once the drabble road has been found, is there?

Also -- I want to keep Nagi beside the computer too, or in front of it. He's an addiction I didn't seen coming, but once he was there, he was there for good.

From: [identity profile] mainekosama.livejournal.com


Sometimes I do feel like I'm bottled up beside a computer.

Drabbles will eat your life ;-) - and so shall Nagi (muahahahahahaha ...).

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From: [identity profile] daegaer.livejournal.com


These are excellent! I really liked reluctant corpse-robbing Schuldig and Nagi (mmmm, Nagi).

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Thank you! I have spent the day thinking in tiny blocks of text and scenes. Please tell me this affliction isn’t permanent.

Oh, god, Nagi. . .

From: [identity profile] ahpookishere.livejournal.com


OMG YAY I LOVE LOGGING IN AND SEEING YOUR POSTESIS.

I LOVE YOUR SCHWARZ GIVE THEM TO ME NOW.

I CANNOT BE COHERENT AFTER READING THAT.

DAMN YOU.

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I am stealing this word ‘postesis’ and you cannot have it back.

And thank you, love, thank you. That is exactly how I feel when I see you’ve also postesized. (So, PLEASE post Nagi/Schuldig soon).

From: [identity profile] ahpookishere.livejournal.com


I realized that scene was in no way going to be 2,000 words. Scene is going to be much longer. I have the first 2,000 words typed, reading over now, and will send promptly. Then, I shall continue.

Did that make any sense?

PS POSTESIS FTW

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Haha! Those were fun, and I really enjoyed reading them!

Thanks for posting them

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From: [identity profile] lauand.livejournal.com


<3<3<3<3<3

So much loooooove!!

I really enjoyed these, especially the third one. I'm unable to keep drabbles drabbly (that is 100 words).

I wouldn't mind reading more... (I'm so subtle)

From: [identity profile] two-point.livejournal.com


The urge to put JUST ONE MORE WORD was so overwhelming that I had to take frequent breaks. I'm going to settle for drabble-ish from here on out, but they've kind of taken over my life, and I can't stop writing them (or using them as an excuse to not write long stuff).

Thank you!!!!

From: [identity profile] rubyroh.livejournal.com


Awesome! I loved them all ♥

“Good,” Schuldig said, and followed Crawford up the wide steps, past the mouths of stony, yawning lions, forward into the past. I loved the phrase "forward into the past" and couldn't help thinking what a great title for a fic it would make.

Also this "too much bone and height and watchfulness, propped against the counter" Fantastically descriptive and all too easy to understand why Nagi feels so trapped.

More, please ^_^

From: [identity profile] two-point.livejournal.com


Thank you! There will have to be more, or else my head will explode from all the little snippets that are inundating it.

Also, I think I added your Bowie AMV to my favorites last night. That would be yours, would it not? If so, I loved it.

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I don't know who these people are, but you make me want to know them! Considering that they're assassins, this is obviously evidence of a talent on your part that is (of course) best used for dark, evil purposes.

Having been drinking, I don't know that I'm up to my usual standard of commenting; I can say, however, that these drabbles are better than the spare nuts from 1001 Nachts, and being that *those* nuts are worth getting married to an inanimate object over?

There are wonderful drabbles. Drabbles are an addictive writing form, rather like.. mm.. 30-second pencil sketched. You get the most essential essence of the thing, and if well done, the clarity is addictive.

(Erm, sorry? I'm just not the person to talk a very good drabble writer out of the habit. I love them.)

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. . .these drabbles are better than the spare nuts from 1001 Nachts . . .

That, my dear, is the highest form of praise. I just want to know where this person found the nuts. Were the nuts laying about? Did she ask for the nuts? Did they save the nuts for her?

That is what I was asking about the visual form of a drabble. The clarity is addictive. I've been taking words out of my wordier stuff this week (which still leaves it all rather wordy). How often do you do these sketches.

Let's compare drabbles to coffee, wine and cigarettes and see which ones are more dangerous. I am a walking bad habit.

THANK YOU!!!!

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drabbles


It has taken me forever to finally get on here and read these but well worth the wait. These are fantastic in the fact that they work together and yet could indeed stand alone... so this 100 words is fun and flash fiction... oh man. The possibilities are endless! Well done!!

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Re: drabbles


Hello! And thank you. Now I must squeeze you 'til you pop. Now, minus the corpses and other things, imagine what we could do with this in a workshop: school and barn. The possibilities are endless.
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