theothermanofsteel: (worried)
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Piotr is seated on one of the rocks out by the lake. He likes the snow and the cold. It feels like childhood.

Date: 2007-01-28 03:17 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (I can squash you like a bug)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
There are only a few men around as big as Piotr is.

One of them is there, snow crunching suddenly (and violently) under his boots.

Destruction's arms are folded. He's staring out at the lake.

Date: 2007-01-28 03:25 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (worried)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
He has never actually met Destruction.

But Piotr has the overwhelming feeling that this just might be him.

"Hello--" Destruction, Kitty's father, Dad, Destruction with a question mark, pretend to not know exactly who this is? "--sir."

Date: 2007-01-28 03:27 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (I can squash you like a bug)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
"Hi."

Piotr gets a sidelong look.

"Tell me you sitting out here in the cold isn't a symbolic move on your part."

Date: 2007-01-28 03:32 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (just a handsome man)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
He doesn't say 'huh', but he does turn his head to give Destruction a quizzical look.

"I like the snow."

Date: 2007-01-28 03:36 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (Destruction and creation both)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
Destruction snorts. "Just as long as it isn't an expression of your -- oh, let's see. How about -- inner frozen wasteland? That's nice and trochaic." Beat. "There's a reason I stopped writing poetry."

Date: 2007-01-28 03:48 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (Artist)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"But it is not." He points to the far bank where deer are grazing, and then closer where ducks are swimming where the ice is broken in the shallows. "It is seeming with life. If I were to paint a wasteland, it would be a dying field. A dust bowl. There is nothing so tragic as a field that can't be plowed."

Beat.

Then he scratches his nose and looks abashed. "Ah. Sorry. You were a poet?"

Date: 2007-01-28 03:52 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (on the roooooad agaaaaain)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
"Yeah. A pretty mediocre one." Beat. "That's the most tragic thing you can think of? Are you sure?"

Date: 2007-01-28 03:54 am (UTC)
steelartisan: ("I promise to come back.")
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"That I would paint."

Date: 2007-01-28 04:28 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (i've got a pickax la la la)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
"Oh." Destruction takes a moment to consider this.

...and doesn't say anything else.

Date: 2007-01-28 04:33 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (russian blue)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"Da."




"Do you..." He stops and thinks about it again. "Do you think I am doing the right thing?"

Date: 2007-01-28 04:39 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (I can squash you like a bug)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
"Do I think you're -- " He sounds exasperated for a moment. "Wrong question. Are you doing what she wants you to do? Because that's the 'right thing'."

The airquotes are audible; he doesn't go so far as to actually make them with his hands.

Date: 2007-01-28 05:03 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (russian blue)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"The right thing is freeing her and ignoring her when she tries to be a martyr. Slow deaths don't suit us."

"I should tear that prison down myself and take her away. She could be happy on Serenity. In a decade, the government would have stopped calling us traitors. She could be a politician like she wants."

He picks up a stone and tosses it. It only skips twice across the water.

"This was much simpler when I was younger. Punch an alien or a human in a costume, and everything was done."

Date: 2007-01-28 05:11 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (I can squash you like a bug)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
Destruction's eyebrows rise. "Does complaining help?"

Date: 2007-01-28 05:14 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (whut)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan









Deadpan. "Kitty is very much your daughter."

Date: 2007-01-28 05:19 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (I can squash you like a bug)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
"Good to know," he says. Rumbles. Dryly.

Date: 2007-01-28 05:33 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (thoughtful)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"After all this, I'm going to marry her. If she'll still have me."

And he thinks, while he all ready has Kitty's anthropomorphic personification father annoyed with him, why not go all the way?

Date: 2007-01-28 05:40 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (I can squash you like a bug)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
...that is a question that Destruction would dearly like to answer.

As it is, he just stares at Piotr. "And you're finding it necessary to tell me this?"

Date: 2007-01-28 05:44 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (half smile)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"I'm old fashioned."

He smiles, just a bit.

Date: 2007-01-28 05:49 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (i think you're really quite amusing)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
"If I tell her -- do you have any idea how she's going to react?"

Destruction seems almost amused.

Date: 2007-01-28 05:53 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (Kitty & Peter)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"She'll be angrier at you, first."

Date: 2007-01-28 06:03 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (i think you're really quite amusing)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
Destruction shakes his head. "No. Well -- maybe. Only because I'll be the one who's there." He sounds remarkably cheerful about this. "But eventually -- it'll all be on you. You know why? Because you're thinking I've got any say at all over what she does with her life."

Date: 2007-01-28 06:26 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (half smile)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
He snorts.

"I love her. I know her temper. If you tell her I'm planning to ask her, she'll have one more thing to bicker with me about when we're old and gray. No matter what we are to each other."

Then, he pauses and mulls over how to say this.

"You do."

"She does not talk about you. Like she does not talk about Doug. Or how it was with my sister and Rachel."

"That isn't why I told you."

Date: 2007-01-28 06:36 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (How can I undo the damage I've done)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
He's not cheerful any more.

"You don't get it." And he won't explain the entirety, but -- "I could have some say. Maybe. But I don't want it."

The last child of an Endless that Destruction -- Olethros -- saw whose father had too much importance placed on his shoulders --

Kitty isn't Orpheus.

Kitty isn't going to turn out like Orpheus.

And Kitty sure as hell isn't going to pull an Orpheus for the sake of this lump.

Date: 2007-01-28 06:49 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (thoughtful)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"No, I don't."

"But, I know I would want to know. If I was a father. That's why I told you. You are her father."

"Even though she does not like it, you do matter."

Date: 2007-01-28 06:51 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (I can squash you like a bug)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
"...let me guess." Destruction is looking at Piotr like he's a particularly interesting orangutan in the monkey house at the zoo. "She likes you because you're persistent?"

Date: 2007-01-28 07:22 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (Kitty & Peter)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
"No, she always had to chase me. I tried for years to get away." He smiles to himself at the memory then shakes his head.

"I've left her. I've broken her heart. I've died. We've known each other ten years."

"She is home."

Then, he shrugs.

"I don't know why she likes me, myself. I don't care."

Date: 2007-01-28 07:25 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (I can squash you like a bug)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
The monkey house expression isn't going away. If anything, it's intensifying. "Can I suggest that you find somebody else to confess to?" Beat. "In that way where it's not really a suggestion?"

Date: 2007-01-28 07:35 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (Kitty & Peter)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
Piotr gives him a look. It's...amused.

In that moment, he can picture a much smaller man in a cowboy hat in Destruction's place.

"Vodka would make a much better companion, yes." He slides off the rock.

Date: 2007-01-28 07:37 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (i think you're really quite amusing)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0



"Consider yourself lucky that I'm taking that as a compliment." Destruction says this with a reasonable amount of cheer.

Date: 2007-01-28 07:46 am (UTC)
steelartisan: (half smile)
From: [personal profile] steelartisan
He has that small smile again and waves as he heads back up the path toward the bar.

"It is, tovarisch! Good evening!"

Date: 2007-01-28 07:53 am (UTC)
destruction1_0: (i think you're really quite amusing)
From: [personal profile] destruction1_0
"...yeah." Destruction is bemused -- and then amused.

'Comrade'.

They are not comrades. They will never be comrade. It doesn't matter who you ask (hello, Joe McCarthy) -- Destruction is not now and has never been a Communist.

"See you around."

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