othersdie: shadows withering the flowers (!Multipurpose)
Justin Pendleton ([personal profile] othersdie) wrote in [community profile] poly_chromatic2013-03-10 03:28 am

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[Action for Neil & Todd / Off-Network In All Conceivable Ways]

[Justin is, by habit, more of a night owl than a morning person. On Saturday morning, however, he finds himself tip-toeing around wakefulness at an early hour. Reluctant to open his eyes and submit to being awake, he groggily tries to determine what might have disturbed him.

It's warm. Justin's bed isn't usually warm (with the exception of the spot by his feet where the cat likes to sleep). There's also... breathing?

That's enough to chase away all remaining vestiges of sleep and, in the dim light, he observes what he can. There's a figure to either side of him, faces obscured by shadow, breathing slow and regular. The bite of something unfamiliar on his left wrist encourages him to lift his arm--carefully--for inspection. The arm of the figure to his left rises as well, connected to his wrist by a set of handcuffs. The sleeper shifts without waking and the wan light makes it possible for Justin to identify him as Neil.

And it all snaps together. He's in Neil and Todd's room. More specifically, he's in the bed that Neil and Todd share, handcuffed to former and sandwiched between the two.

With a very limited number of exceptions, Justin doesn't appreciate interpersonal contact. That this current situation involves physical contact with his best friends and flatmates makes it all the more awkward, if tolerable. What really bothers him at this moment isn't the fact that he's handcuffed to Neil, in bed with his friends, or even that those two friends are very secretly married: it's the fact that they're both, essentially, cuddling him. A necessity, perhaps, in a bed that wasn't meant to contain three people comfortably, but that doesn't help Justin that much at the moment.

He stays still and quiet, reluctant to wake Neil or Todd. This is progress. Not so long ago, finding himself unexpectedly in bed with anyone would have been enough to, at the very least, inspire panic. Justin suspects that his immunity to surprise or anxiety in reaction to bizarre happenings has been increasing exponentially after his four-year anniversary in the City rolled around because there's no panic. There's no overwhelming desire to run away (which is good, as being handcuffed to Neil would have made that difficult). Or maybe it has more to do with a gradual acceptance of snuggling brought about by Euphie.

Whatever the reason for his lack of anxiety, Justin doesn't move. It's not so bad. Physical contact with another human is comforting in its way and the bed is absurdly warm and cozy, heated by three bodies as it is. He doesn't find himself threatened by his roommates' sexual preferences; they don't talk about it, of course, but he doesn't mind that they're a couple and doesn't comment on it. They return the favor by not mentioning Justin's lack of sexual interest in much of anyone.

With no real reason to wake either of them and no inclination to fall asleep, Justin relaxes as much as he can and thinks about how things have changed. He can wait for his friends to wake up.

(And he won't admit that he's comfortable or that this may be doing wonders for his chronic loneliness.)



[Public Voice Post]


I don't remember if this has been asked before, but is there any apparent pattern where the handcuff curse is concerned? Are the participants usually friends? Enemies? Strangers? Given the unlikelihood that I would be handcuffed to a friend, I can't believe it's coincidence.

[And if you know Justin, you will also know that he has three friends in a vast City. The odds of randomly being attached to one of them are slim to none.]

It's nothing important. It just seems that there's significance in what happens here more often than not.
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[personal profile] horseish 2013-03-10 01:07 pm (UTC)(link)
People can get handcuffed, here?

[That's not good.]
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[personal profile] horseish 2013-03-11 12:21 am (UTC)(link)
I got in handcuffed once. I didn't like it at all.

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[personal profile] onsets 2013-03-10 04:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm only now starting to wonder just how random these curses can get.
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[personal profile] onsets 2013-03-10 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
That there's no escape either way?

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[personal profile] beyourarmy 2013-03-10 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
...you know. I've only been handcuffed once, and it was to someone I know. Not exactly a friend, though, or an enemy. That's one of those complicated situations.
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[personal profile] beyourarmy 2013-03-10 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
No, definitely not a stranger.

And it was...well, uncomfortable. Since I was handcuffed to this guy, one of my friends felt the need to tag along with us the entire day and keep an eye on him.

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[personal profile] intheblanks 2013-03-10 06:34 pm (UTC)(link)
If you go with the theory that curses are there to screw with us emotionally, involving people we know makes for a quick shortcut.
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[personal profile] intheblanks 2013-03-10 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I can see the logic in it.

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[personal profile] lawbender 2013-03-11 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
Who handcuffed you?
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[personal profile] lawbender 2013-03-13 01:01 am (UTC)(link)
I hadn't assumed you'd done anything wrong. It seemed rather unlikely.

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[personal profile] had_not_lived 2013-03-11 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
[For two people who are quite reserved in public-- unwilling, in general, to so much as brush hands-- Neil and Todd have become quite comfortable behind closed doors. They've been sharing a bed, in fact, since they admitted they were anything more than friends, though it was a while before that was anything more than the most literal sort of sharing.

Now, though, Neil is sprawled as cozily against Justin's side as he'd otherwise be against Todd's. When Justin moves his arm he leans away by necessity, but rolls back in as soon as his arm is lowered again.

Still, the motion's enough to pull him up from the depths of his dreams, and it's not long before he stirs again, shifting to rub his face on Todd's shoulder and--

and his right arm's at an awkward angle, and something seems off, and.

He opens his eyes, and pulls back a bit, flushing slightly. He doesn't get far before the chain pulls taut.]


Oh...
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[personal profile] had_not_lived 2013-03-11 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
I can guess,

[he says quietly, with a bit of a sheepish grin. Justin's not freaking out, he's glad of that; and if Justin's not in a rush to wake Todd then he's not going to be, either.]

I'm sorry, I hope it's not too... [awkward. Uncomfortable? Embarrassing?] ...crowded.

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[personal profile] maoser 2013-03-11 09:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Has anyone tried cataloguing and indexing the curse incidents here? That would be helpful for tracking patterns.
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[personal profile] maoser 2013-03-12 03:01 pm (UTC)(link)
[derisive snort] If it was only off and on, that's no surprise. You can't expect statistically reliable results from such half-hearted work.

[He may be a hacker, not a scientist, but even he knows that!]

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heartless_magicusing: (sigh :: whatever :: go along)

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[personal profile] heartless_magicusing 2013-03-11 09:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I happened to get handcuffed to a virtual stranger. And not one I wanted to get friendly with, either. [Someone is a tad bitter.]
heartless_magicusing: (annoyed :: blah :: heard this one)

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[personal profile] heartless_magicusing 2013-03-12 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
Some woman named Diva who has no sense of privacy whatsoever. [It was not a pleasant experience.] Trust me, she's nothing close to a friend.

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