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1 - Entropic Spiral - 6D
Blondemaverick
May 31, 2018
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Woody pulled off the interstate, downshifting their tug of a 1980s Silverado, and glanced once at Jude who was smoking, his feet crossed on the dash. The vampire was trying to make rings judging by the shape of his mouth and the cross of his eyes, but the smoke curled about his lips before being sucked out the cracked window with every wasted breath.copyright protection16PENANAsF6BpkpIb9

“Crazy to think it’s only been four days since being in town…” Woody said, facing front.copyright protection16PENANAHVRKOgXPK7

Jude grunted once, then flicked his butt out the window before saying, “Not so crazy.”copyright protection16PENANAPgZUIYyjF1

“Are you sure you--?” Before the entire question was out, Jude turned up the volume on the radio, then closed his eyes and clasped his hands over his stomach, leaning back. “Got it,” Woody grumbled, his knuckles on the steering wheel briefly turning white. “Stupid question.”copyright protection16PENANAh8GoJ6I8PU

“Not stupid,” Jude said just over the music, his eyes still closed. “Just unnecessary.”copyright protection16PENANAhxQ9hEpeua

“Right.”copyright protection16PENANAmjqme9kMt0

We’re just both in our heads about what’s next, Woody told himself, but even the deliberate thought didn’t ring true in his head. He was really brooding about what he would do if everything went to Hell in a breadbasket. He was worried about his mother and Ally’s radio silence.copyright protection16PENANANL8u9SBS0q

They let Queen's Don’t Stop Me Now roll over them and the clean lines and tailored lawns of the South Side rolled passed. It didn’t take long for the metropolitan grime to reach them as they slipped into the traffic congestion of Central, the reassurances sung in Blue Oyster Cult's Don’t Fear the Reaper almost smoothing the tension between them.copyright protection16PENANAMiXCrfgRuL

Woody turned to Jude again and say, “Where to, Sucker?”copyright protection16PENANA1Q4scjCx66

The Holland boy directed him to a rich-looking townhouse on the East Side, a place Woody hadn’t been before, much to his annoyance. They parked in a conjoined garage and made their way into a mudroom that connected with a surprisingly modest kitchenette. Woody was overwhelmed by the smell of bleach, rain, and lilac--aged gifts from Jude’s personal cleaning lady, Queeny, and the downpour that was beginning to pelt the outside of the townhouse.copyright protection16PENANAxURGo1yZTz

Woody threw the truck keys on the counter and sighed, running a tired hand through his hair. The multiple transformations and bloodletting had caught up to him. He was looking forward to a numb sleep more than anything in the world.copyright protection16PENANAqGSojkDAc7

Jude punched him lightly in the arm and pitched a thumb over one shoulder. “Bed’s through there, Pookie. Looks like you’re about to keel over.” He smirked when he caught his eye.copyright protection16PENANAleYqGbJjIQ

“What’ll you be up to?” Woody asked even as he started kicking off his shoes.copyright protection16PENANAqgKhW8jv8d

“Warding the place. Then I’ll make another call to Ally. Might watch the news.”copyright protection16PENANA5zTXXdiANu

“Need any help?”copyright protection16PENANAI8IGzpSiIB

Jude gave him a small smile for his efforts. “No. I’ll mark myself… Thanks though.”copyright protection16PENANA89RTqO1Kka

There was something wedged between them at the moment and Woody couldn’t put his finger on it. I’m just tired, he told himself, shrugging off the uneasy feeling. “Wake me if…”copyright protection16PENANAXpJRnG4FhS

“Yeah, yeah. Go. Sweet dreams… or whatever.” Then Jude did something unlike himself. He took a half step forward and wrapped an arm around Woody in an awkward half-hug. Before the sleepy supernatural could think to reciprocate, the other pulled away from him, trailing a hand across his chest, moving with liquid grace out of the kitchen.copyright protection16PENANA9Z0RGzhyS0

Woody followed him after a moment of contemplation, curious at his behavior. He leaned in the archway between the kitchen and living room and crossed his arms as he watched Jude light a cigarette and sink back into the room’s lonely slate blue couch, faced away from him. The kid was already comfortable in the unfamiliar space, fitting back into his old rhythms. There was a wide window to their right, filling the tiny room with orange evening light. The sunshine seen through a sheet of summer rain made Jude’s eyelashes, seen just above the curve of the cheekbone facing the werewolf, like fire.copyright protection16PENANA9191UAPWk9

The mage turned a little towards him, blinking. “Something wrong?”copyright protection16PENANA6izQ9WweBO

Woody caught himself. He looked away, uncrossing his arms. “It… Nothing.”copyright protection16PENANA6LN7DtHU2A

“You’re being weird.”copyright protection16PENANAUbB3dwE2tY

Woody scoffed. “Me?copyright protection16PENANAcAgLqqIXEj

“Yeah… Something on your mind?”copyright protection16PENANALL5zSI2AC5

“What isn’t?” he mumbled under his breath, but then he shook his head. “Night.”copyright protection16PENANAaxhLBuifxL

Jude was frowning at him. “Night, I guess.” Ash from his cigarette fell in his lap.copyright protection16PENANAeJluvLVdJA

Woody went to the door across from him, to the left of the sizable wall TV, and braced both of his hands on the frame. He leaned his head in before pushing away and looking back at the vampire. Jude was still watching him intently with a concerned frown on his face and Woody met his eyes in kind. “There’s only one bed,” he explained with a vague gesture. “You’re gonna need sleep too, with the whole blood thing, so I’m gonna take the couch if it’s all the same to you.”copyright protection16PENANAxulC4ek6OX

“I’m not getting up,” Jude said with a snort, wiping the ash from his legs as he crossed them. Woody came over and gave his leg a push, unbalancing him. “Watch it!” the vampire barked, raising his cigarette out of harm’s way as Woody sat down heavily and then sprawled out over him dramatically, tongue lolling. “Ow! Ouch, you’re heavy!” Jude snapped, flashing teeth, shoving at him to get off. Woody relaxed then, resting his head on the other’s lap as Jude went back to smoking with his arms crossed over his chest, resigned to his fate. “You’re gonna get ashed on, I hope you realize.”copyright protection16PENANAcYvtK6Y2mv

“Meh,” Woody replied succinctly, content. He was actually too tall to be on the couch anyway. Everything below his knees hung off the right side’s armrest, but he didn’t mind it. He rested his arms on his stomach, affecting much the same position Jude had when they’d been in the truck. Then he closed his eyes, breathing deeply and peacefully, lulled by Jude’s furnace-like heat. He cracked open one gold eye when he felt a feathery dollop of ash hit his forehead. “Really?”copyright protection16PENANANAe95KV0XE

Jude’s eyes were narrowed over his hand as he fueled his cherry with an inhale. “Toldja.”copyright protection16PENANAAv9V7daskY

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Comments ( 3 )

Mikha'il - Jude is such an arse i LOVE HIM
2 months agoreply

Blondemaverick - He's clearly one of my favorites ;D Fair warning: Prepare the tissues and popcorn for the next part. Jude's about to get deep--and Woody's about to be the BIGGEST tease. 
2 months agoreply

Mikha'il - @Blondemaverick, ahhh i cant wait T^T
2 months agoreply

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