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Sequeling the sequel


With thanks for lending  this universe (and the pigeon lady's brain) to me...
fauxcynic's snowy Penthouse evening and mrsevilpigeon's undercover night turning into....

Disclaimer: I don't own Dark Angel.

Morning after

Morning afters were awkward.

This cliché was nothing new for Logan, who over the years had experienced that there was some truth to it. Brightly illuminated morning afters with a threesome of chatty females, however, who seemingly overnight had discovered some obscure new quality about him, were too much for Logan to handle on an empty stomach.

The vague impression of having missed something important was only intensified by the fact that the perfectly natural comfort of the last night had yielded to a certain stiffness now that the sun had come out to melt the icy threats of the last night into harmless slush. It was as if his guests had only now, as they gathered around an opulent breakfast-table à la Cale, become aware of the luxurious surroundings that harshly accented their own rundown and improvised homes.

Coming back from the kitchen with another round of eggs and pancakes, Logan tried to convince himself that all the secret glances and half-hidden smirks had nothing to do with him at all, that they were only the logical result of a long night of girl talk.

He probably would have succeeded had he been in his usual morning state of sleep-deprived mission-focus that allowed little awareness for anything else. But for the first time in quite some months Logan had slept in without a bad consciousness about all the waiting Eyes Only files, the calming sound of laughs and whispers letting him drift off peacefully and even accompanying his unusually vivid dreams. And so he was ready and alert to put all his journalistic skills into observing the slightly conspicuous behavior of three stranded bike-messengers whose enthusiasm over his guest bathroom made him smile sheepishly.

The phenomenon raising his suspicion wasn’t so much Kendra’s raving praise of his homemade plum-jam that was delivered while her eyes wandered over his chest with a different kind of appetite seemingly fueled by the conviction that she knew his every secret. Neither was it really Cindy’s laid-back amusement as she wordily appreciated all the generous offers of the Hotel Cale, her enigmatic, all-knowing smile making Logan feel like a clueless teenager all over again.

It wasn’t even that impression of being under constant observation, or their a trace too caring question about whether he’d slept well despite all their giggling… the thing that ultimately gave them away was Max inability to look at him without a faint blush and an over-aware, tight smirk at how the other two seemed to pay close attention to every nuance of every word that was exchanged between her and him.

In a halfway successful attempt to keep his cheeks from coloring too, Logan occupied himself with being a good host, trying to banish all thoughts about what exactly about him or Max – or seemingly rather him and Max – had been the topic of their discussion…   And even though it was nothing but the truth, the idea of Max squirming uneasily as she told the two persons closest to her about them being nothing but good friends carried a strange, bitter disappointment for Logan’s silly little fantasies.  

It was almost noon when he eventually saw the three women out, feeling himself smile charmingly at their repeated thanks and Kendra’s enthusiastic invitation to join them on Crash’s next Super-Chili-Tuesday.

And just before the door closed behind Max, Logan managed to catch her eyes, succeeding to wipe that flustered nervousness from her face as he mouthed the magic formula of ‘Dinner at eight’…

Comments

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grievingmess
Jun. 1st, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
I can't believe you cooked this up amidst all the exams. Your brain has super powers. You need to give it to me!

Omg, this just begs for a sequel to the sequel of the sequel.

Logan and his morning thoughts is just too adorable! So very well written, and Logan's cluelessness about the 3 girls' reactions is very typically MALE. :D :D

Thanks for this!
geeky_apple
Jun. 2nd, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hope poor, flustered Logan wasn’t too much of a distraction from your exams…

I’ll happily agree to a brain exchange assuming that yours will be very handy for economic questions - you on the other hand would regret it.
grievingmess
Jun. 3rd, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
I got an 18 in Economy out of 20 last year for finals... It is VERY handy for it hahahaha.... how is yours in terms of law? hahahaha

Good luck for your exam today!!
fauxcynic
Jun. 1st, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Stupendous!
This is great! And you never mentioned it being posted! (and why doesn't my e-mail get notices of AURLCO, anyhow? Many thanks to Grievingmess for changing her IM message so I had the hint that *something* was up!!)

This is really terrific! Logan is so *CUTE* being all host-y and efficient and squirmy...

"The vague impression of having missed something important was only intensified by the fact that the perfectly natural comfort of the last night had yielded to a certain stiffness now that the sun had come out to melt the icy threats of the last night into harmless slush."

...I just live this "The vague impression of having missed something important..." because not only it is funny and so easily imagined in this scene, it really set the image for me as I read the rest, how Logan was moving thru this morning. Priceless!

"The phenomenon raising his suspicion wasn’t so much Kendra’s raving praise of his homemade plum-jam that was delivered while her eyes wandered over his chest with a different kind of appetite seemingly fueled by the conviction that she knew his every secret. Neither was it really Cindy’s laid-back amusement as she wordily appreciated all the generous offers of the Hotel Cale, her enigmatic, all-knowing smile making Logan feel like a clueless teenager all over again.

It wasn’t even that impression of being under constant observation, or their a trace too caring question about whether he’d slept well despite all their giggling… the thing that ultimately gave them away was Max inability to look at him without a faint blush and an over-aware, tight smirk at how the other two seemed to pay close attention to every nuance of every word that was exchanged between her and him."


So I'm making this comment longer than the story, but this was just great and none of it should be cut. The descriptions of both Kendra and OC are great, and it's just so easy to see them like this. Of course, we sort of know what you'll say about Max, that it was the most notable of the reactions he had to see (and of course, it's Logan, so the most important to him) but you said it beautifully, about all three women's reactions 'the morning after.' Love it!

Thanks for continuing the saga ... anyone going to take the next round at Jam Pony or Crash? ;}
geeky_apple
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Stupendous!
Thank you:-) (I might just blush if your smiling Logan hadn’t already caused that)

Admittedly I’m really glad you like it, wasn’t really feeling comfortable with posting as I didn’t want to lower the standard of the whole cycle too much after yours and Lisa’s stories.

anyone going to take the next round at Jam Pony or Crash? ;}
Makes me think… considering the usual shortage of M/Lness on FFnet (with you being the lonely exception), would it be silly / too repetitive / unnecessary to post the three parts under Writer’s Pulse?
mrsevilpigeon
Jun. 1st, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
I love that you sequeled the sequel, I love this cute little story, I love Logan, and I loved that last line SO MUCH!
geeky_apple
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, glad you don’t seem to regret me sequeling yours…
mrsevilpigeon
Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Why on earth would I regret it? (Other than that tiny regret I have every time his clothes are left intact)I really, really loved that last line, the more I think about it...gives me that pleasant Logan shivery feeling.
roses_in_may
Aug. 29th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
oh, i really like it. nice
geeky_apple
Aug. 29th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, nice to see someone unfamiliar comment:-)
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