Title: On the Level
Fandom: WK
Pairing: Crawford/Schuldig
Rating: PG (part 1) R (part 2)
Word count: 1450
Summary: a drabble in two parts written for[info]naiyad, the problem being that Schuldig is never oblivious and Crawford doesn’t do angst.


“I have no fucking idea what you’re talking about,” Schuldig says, and stares at Crawford with such a sense of genuine confusion that Crawford almost laughs.

Crawford’s so busy roping in his humor that he fails to notice Schuldig leaving until he’s left alone with the echo of the door slamming. One person shouldn’t be required to see everything,  but Crawford does know what comes next. He reaches for the phone before it rings. “Where are you going?”

“The kitchen.”

“Get back in here.”

“It’s easier to talk to you if I don’t have to look at you. I have a thing for voices.”

Crawford catches himself from saying, I know. He changes his tone. “When I asked if you had any plan to keep slithering off to wherever you’re going in the middle of the night, it was an indirect order to stop.”

“I got that much,” Schuldig says and Crawford hears him opening and closing the refrigerator. He has a brief image of Schuldig’s hands, memory, not premonition. He rests the phone on his shoulder and begins to arrange the papers on his desk.

“Do you have any plans to stop?”

“And I answered you. Yes, if you feel that it complicates things. Yes. If . . .” Schuldig pauses and Crawford can hear his breath. . . “If you’re just doing it to get off on your control thing, then the answer’s no. You’ve always let me do what I want; I don’t know why you’ve picked now to get all concerned.”

Crawford doesn’t answer him, but rushes forward to the question that had Schuldig storming from the room. “Who are you seeing?” Because Crawford can’t see it, and that omission has been steadily eating away at his mind for three weeks until it’s all he thinks about, a constant speculation. So, yes, Schuldig’s nocturnal wanderings are bad for business.

Schuldig is silent, but Crawford hears the bang of a coffee mug against the counter. He hears it at two levels: the sound through the phone and the quieter sound through the closed door. This is how they operate, and Crawford doesn’t care what Schuldig does, as long as he knows everything.

“Who are you seeing?” Crawford repeats for the third time in a tone of voice that promises the fourth will be accompanied by the release of a safety. He rises and crosses the room, but his hand is barely on the door handle when Schuldig speaks.

“No one.”

“No one?”

“No one. I walk, or go have a drink or go see what people are up to. The middle of the night’s good for that sort of stuff.”

Crawford doesn’t realize how much he was holding his breath until he rests his forehead against the door and breathes. He wants to say, Good, but he does not. His thumb presses against the door latch, but not enough to open it. “Stick close for a while,” he says instead, and then adds, “something might happen.”

“Like what?” Schuldig asks, and Crawford hears him again on two levels: the voice in his ear and the voice, close, on the other side of the door, too close. He imagines, not for the first time, what it would feel like to have both at once, Schuldig’s voice in his ear and the rush of his breath against his neck. It’s enough to make Crawford doubt his order; maybe it would be best for Schuldig stay away in the middle of the night. Even the most tempting inevitability can be changed.

“Like what?” Schuldig repeats, nothing between them but the door.

Crawford’s forehead is still pressed to the wood. He closes his eyes. “Something horrible."

(Part 2)

From: [identity profile] levadegratchets.livejournal.com

I can't keep these two straight. No matter what I do they get mangled in my mind and ...one can see the future and one reads minds, yes? One has red hair, one has dark? Which is which? Please take pity on me...please??

Normally I don't like angst a great deal. It goes on and on and I want to smack the characters and tell them to get real! This, I like this.

Schuldig is silent, but Crawford hears the bang of a coffee mug against the counter. He hears it at two levels: the sound through the phone and the quieter sound through the closed door. This is how they operate, and Crawford doesn’t care what Schuldig does, as long as he knows everything.

Great paragraph! I'm not sure if he's being honest with himself, however.

“Like what?” Schuldig repeats, nothing between them but the door.

Crawford’s forehead is still pressed to the wood. He closes his eyes. “Something horrible."

I love, love, the door thing. It works on two levels..maybe three. I love that sort of thing! The sound of their voices through the door and on the phone....

Yum. Beautiful writing.

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

Why are you always so wonderful? Yes, red head reads minds, dark haired one sees the future. And like you, there's only so much angst I can take. They're both fooling themselves about everything, and that's why I love writing them too much (all the time).

Thank you!

From: [identity profile] wispykitty.livejournal.com

So I just found you through ff.net and dude...

Me = in love with your B/S!!

I assume the second part if friends locked, right? Because it doesn't work for me. So I will friend you so I can read it, because I am hooked on the wonderful way you write these two. It's just perfect. Absolutely perfect!

I love love LOVE how they're so close, but yet they're talking on the phone. It totally seems like something they'd do, since Brad wouldn't want to let Schu into his mind telepathically. Very nice touch. :)

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

You have made my week. I was just whining about how WK was no longer getting any really great readers and then you show up and leave the most wonderful comments.

I'm smitten with these two. I try to write other things and they rush in to sabatoge it. Thank you for thinking I do them some justice. I've got a couple stories sitting here that I was less than inspired to edit, and now you've got me all excited about them again.

Thank you!!!

From: [identity profile] wispykitty.livejournal.com

YAY! I used to be obsessive over them 5-7 years ago but then I went and fell into other fandoms and the poor guys got pushed to the wayside.

But then, just yesterday, I was thinking in my head about one of my other muses (who kinda looks like a younger, blonde version of Schu, except he's a kid in high school playing soccer instead of a dangerous assassin;) and Schu popped up in my head.

So then I thought I'd go and peruse the WK section and your stories were the first things that interested me, and I was smitted from then on. ;)

Now the boys are back and are trying to push my other muses away. I keep telling them to share, but we all know they're selfish assholes, haha.

I'm happy my reviews made you so happy! I felt they were poor and rushed, but seeing as how 95% of readers think "Great story I love it!" is a perfect review, I can understand your excitement over something more, haha. I read a few more today but didn't have time to comment, but I will! Your stories are brilliant and deserve reviews! I hate seeing great stories sit there with little to no reviews, while other crappy stories get a ton. It makes me sad!

Anyway, I am thrilled that I have managed to get you excited about editing more stuff for them!! The more you write, the better off the fandom is for these two. :)

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

I'm printing your comments out and pasting them above my desk.

Thank you thank you thank you, for, in one day, changing the way I feel about writing this stuff.

I will now purposefully apply myself to finishing the B/S stories that are sitting in my hard drive gathering dust.

From: [identity profile] wispykitty.livejournal.com

Oh wow. It feels so good to be able to make a difference to someone in such a simple manner. I'm so glad I found your fics! It's a nice trade off, I think. ;)

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

Don't be a crazy person, I live by your squee.

But remember my depressive fit last week? Look! A reader came out of nowhere! Yay!

From: [identity profile] voksen.livejournal.com

I, too, need a gift from the fandom gods, for lo, I have been cursed with fucking morons writing unfunny crack and more god damn ayafetish garbage.

help, i'm about to /fandomquit over this.

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

If you fandomquit, I'll fandomquit and go write elf fluff for the rest of my life.

I think we need to stage a coup, but I've been saying this for some time. Unfortunately the only stories I have in reserve at this point are rehashes of the same C/S I keep writing.

But I am doing serious work on your Berger/Geisel as soon as I finish making another flyer.

I'm serious about the coup.

From: [identity profile] voksen.livejournal.com

the only thing I have in reserve is huge stockpiles of hatred. I've already made a solemn vow that the next time I see someone oozing on about how beautiful aya is I'm going to leave a bitchy comment.


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