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Michael/Tom fic: What He Learned from Tom [Feb. 1st, 2010|10:07 pm]
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Pairing: Michael/Tom...with bonus Jensen!
Warning: RPS is definitely not to everyone's taste! If it's not your thing, please skip this one :)
Disclaimer: No real people and not a word of truth in it!
Summary: Jensen's having a rough time. Tom & Michael help him relax.



The first time Jared got engaged, Jensen thought it would kill him. He'd been forced to act all the time: twelve hours a day as Dean and the rest of the time, playing the part of a guy who's happy for his best friend.

It's not that he doesn't want Jared to be happy, he does. But mostly he wants Jared.

When that engagement had ended, there was relief, followed by almost instant guilt. And now there is worry. Jensen is sharing a house with Jared and sometimes a bed. There's an uneasy sense of balance; Jared often slips into Jensen's room at night and smiles at him in the morning.

It can't last forever though. At some point Jared will want a change, a wife, permanence – and Jensen will lose him. Jensen tilts back and forth between bliss and worry, comfort and panic: such is the state of him in November, 2009.

* * * *

Tom never lets anyone know when he's coming to the set. Jensen finishes his scene, looks up and suddenly Tom is there, propped in the corner of the studio. For a big guy, he's skilled at making himself inconspicuous.

"Here's trouble," says Jensen, joining him.

Tom grins.

"You wrapped early today?" says Jensen.

"Yeah, go figure," says Tom. "A mere ten hours."

"Lucky. We got another two to go."

"I won't keep you," says Tom. "Are you in L.A. on Saturday? Want to come over to Rosenbaum's?"

Jensen hesitates. He's not really in the mood for a party. Tom seems to read his mind.

"No big deal. Just beer and movies."

Jared has plans this weekend. Jensen's alternative is to sit home and brood. He says:

"Sounds good."


* * * *

Michael opens the door and pulls Jensen in for a hug.

"C'mere, you. How long has it been? Good lord…"

"When did you last drag your ass to Vancouver?"

Michael thumps his back and tugs him into the living room. Tom is sprawled on the couch, feet propped on the coffee table.

"He's cooking for us," says Tom.

"Consider yourself honoured," calls Michael, from the kitchen.

"Beer," says Tom, pointing at a cooler.

Michael makes great tacos. His dog circles the table, hoping for a dropped bite.

"So, home stretch for you?" says Michael. "Last season?"

Jensen shifts in his chair.

"Not sure. They're looking at one more year…"

"And you hassled me for re-signing," says Tom.

Jensen throws his hands up.

"Yeah, I owe you an apology…had no idea what the pressure could be like."

"Do you want to go another season?" asks Michael.

Jensen hesitates. The truth is…he wants another year with Jared. Even if it's a compromised year, even if it's better to end things with a band-aid rip before they both wind up married…

"I don't know," he says. "There's the crew, you know. Loyalty to Eric…"

"And there's Padalecki," says Michael. "What's he think about it?"

And that's the question, isn’t it? Jensen answers with a shrug.

"Tom misses me on set," remarks Michael.

"There's no one to constantly pinch my ass and make me crack up during takes," says Tom. "It's a tragedy."

"You need regular ass-pinching," says Michael. "It grounds you."

He reaches for Tom, who amiably tilts his hips in Michael's direction.

"Or is it you who misses his ass?" says Jensen.

"I do. Yes," says Michael. "It was part of my morning ritual. Coffee, head shaved, gossip with Nathalie-"

"Harass co-star," says Tom.

"C'mon, you loved it." Michael turns to Jensen. "Sometimes he'd feel neglected and shove right up against my hand, just like Irv does when he wants to be petted."

"This never happened," says Tom.

Jensen watches them. The banter isn't surprising – they always talk like this; it’s the way they're looking at each other, the open affection. It’s as though they've put themselves on display for a night – for his benefit? When they sit down to watch the movie, Tom throws an arm around Michael. Michael adjusts the remote, then leans back against Tom's shoulder. Jensen notices, then pretends not to notice, but as the credits roll, he wonders again – what are they trying to show him?

Michael falls asleep midway through the movie.

Tom whispers:

"I guess Kieslowski films aren’t his thing."

Jensen chuckles.

Tom says:

"We have these movie nights; they’re just excuses to get together, really."

Jensen turns to look at Tom.

Tom says:

"He's right. I do miss him. When he left Vancouver…. I was very unhappy at first, but it's worked out. It’s good for me to have him as an outlet to talk about the set. Change isn't necessarily bad, you can roll with it."

Jensen says:

"Is this…thinly veiled advice?"

Tom laughs:

"Only if it’s applicable."

"Yeah," says Jensen. "Well….you know how it is. Another season, hanging in the ether. We don't know where exactly things are headed."

Tom scratches his knee:

"There's a balance, you know. He gives me the runaround sometimes. We text a lot but if it’s too long between visits, then suddenly it’s radio silence from him."

"And you're in the dog house," says Jensen.

"Yeah," Tom glances at sleeping Michael and grins.

"Yeah, I've been there," says Jensen.

Michael yawns and opens his eyes:

"Are you talking about me?"

"Of course not," says Tom.

Michael yawns again and stretches.

"The film's paused…are we fooling around with Jensen or not?"

"Subtle, Michael," says Tom, and smiles at Jensen.

Jensen blinks. Okay, then…

He'd thought about this sometimes on Smallville, wondered if Tom and Michael had something going on. Wondered if he might get an invite one day. And now, on the threshold of Michael's bedroom, he wonders if it’s going to turn out horribly awkward.

Michael breaks the tension by taking off his t-shirt with a bump and grind, then segueing into a little dance. Tom watches from the bed, laughing. Jensen takes a step toward the bed and Michael tackles him the rest of the way. Jensen rears up and nips Michael's thigh.

"Oh, so that's how it's going to go," says Michael. "You see that, Tommy?"

Tom and Michael maintain their usual characters in bed: Michael is chatty and not shy when he wants attention. Tom is an observer and likes to direct the action. When he wants Michael and Jensen to kiss he guides them together; when he's ready for them to stop, he gently pulls Michael back.

Then it's Jensen's turn to watch and though both Michael and Tom have amazing bodies, it's their faces that fascinate him. Michael, staring up at Tom, suddenly looks very young and vulnerable. And Tom – to see Tom, who rarely gives anything away, to see him give everything to Michael, just for a second…it’s a minor miracle.

They turn their attention to Jensen. He is held in Tom's arms while Michael does things and occasionally narrates why he's doing them. Jensen wriggles and gasps. He is warm and safe, Tom's mouth is on his neck; there are four hands moving across his body. Michael dips his head again and Jensen comes, collapsing into Tom's chest.

"Awesome," says Michael, pleased with himself. "Take a bow, guys." He leans over to kiss Tom and ruffles Jensen's hair. "One more thing to check off my Bucket List."

Tom does a little more "directing" and climbs over Jensen to put himself in the middle of the bed. Michael yawns and falls asleep almost instantly, propped against Tom's shoulder. Jensen hangs back, shy, but Tom reaches over and pulls him in anyway.

"Symmetry," says Tom.

Jensen rests his head on Tom but doesn't sleep. It's nice to have had fun sex again, un-freighted by aching love and anxiety.

Presently Tom says:

"You know, you can set your own course. If you have the right partner, if she understands and accepts you just as you are – and you accept her, just as she is: you're all set. There's room for her," he nods at Michael. "And him. As long as you're honest."

Jensen listens. It's one of the longest speeches he's ever heard Tom make. He says:

"And if you choose the other way?"

Tom laughs; his chest rumbles against Jensen's ear.

"Then that's all right too. It's your life, dude. You don't owe it to anyone to follow their template. We'll still like you."

Michael is sleep-muttering, confiding secrets to Tom's shoulder. Tom is watching him fondly. Jensen watches both, then leans back and closes his eyes.

He loves Jared, he does. But maybe it is time to reclaim a little power. It's his turn to drive the bus for a while..

Yeah.
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[User Picture]From: cinderella81
2010-02-02 03:43 am (UTC)
Oh I so enjoyed that!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-02 04:44 am (UTC)
Thank you! And that's a very appropriate icon!
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[User Picture]From: twinsarein
2010-02-02 04:16 am (UTC)
That was marvelous. I enjoyed Tom and Michael's way of helping a friend.

This paragraph Then it's Jensen's turn to watch and though both Michael and Tom have amazing bodies, it's their faces that fascinate him. Michael, staring up at Tom, suddenly looks very young and vulnerable. And Tom – to see Tom, who rarely gives anything away, to see him give everything to Michael, just for a second…it’s a minor miracle. was just so wonderful and made me wish I could be a fly on the wall to see such looks from them.

I also enjoyed how you described Tom as directing everything, and Michael sleep-muttering was a stitch.

Great story.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-02 04:46 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I enjoyed Tom and Michael's way of helping a friend.
Hee! They're generous that way ;)

made me wish I could be a fly on the wall to see such looks from them.
If only!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2010-02-02 04:54 am (UTC)
That was really sweet!

It may not have happened, but you have a way of writing that makes it all too possible. lol
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-02 05:01 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you very much! I suspect Tom would be an excellent director in bed, though we'll never know for sure!
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[User Picture]From: eeyore1017
2010-02-02 05:24 am (UTC)
Such a good story! I love how you really capture their voices. The dialogue sounds totally believable from what we know about these guys. I so enjoy imagining Tom as the bossy director. :-)

If only something like this (on-screen or off) would really happen and we could be privy to it! :-)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:40 am (UTC)
Thanks very much!

I so enjoy imagining Tom as the bossy director. :-)
Mmmm, me too. There's something very sexy about a Take Charge Tom!
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[User Picture]From: roxymissrose
2010-02-02 05:51 am (UTC)
*CRIES*
You do love me, don't you?

Thomas, Thomas, I *adore* how you write him, he's so perfect here. Reading CWRPS written from the view point of the SpN fandom is enough to make me cry sometimes. If I have to suffer through one more pointlessly evil or stupid Thomas...GRRRRRRR.

And Mike is a sweetie pie here, just like I imagine him to be in RL, and Jensen is a dear conflicted woobie--just my flavor!

Now, you know you can't stop it there, right? *G*

*HUGS* Thanks for making me happy!

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:44 am (UTC)
Aw thanks, my love!

Reading CWRPS written from the view point of the SpN fandom is enough to make me cry sometimes. If I have to suffer through one more pointlessly evil or stupid Thomas...GRRRRRRR.
Yes, it bugs me when the SV boys just get used as villains or comic relief in the Epic Love Story of J & J! They should be the STARS!
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[User Picture]From: sexyclex
2010-02-02 06:49 am (UTC)
awwww!! I love this!! very well written, thanks for sharing it :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, love! Brilliant icon.
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[User Picture]From: hils
2010-02-02 09:40 am (UTC)
Aww! I love this! Hot and also adorable!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:48 am (UTC)

Re: Wait a minute

Certainly not everyone likes to read RPS or RPF stories, which is why I always post a warning at the top of the story, along with this statement: No real people and not a word of truth in it!

For me, I don't like to read stories with violence or rape. So I heed the warnings and avoid them.

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[User Picture]From: eternal_moonie
2010-02-02 11:02 am (UTC)
totally AWESOME!!!!

Bonus points for Jensen!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:48 am (UTC)
Why, thank you!
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[User Picture]From: earthseed_fic
2010-02-02 02:08 pm (UTC)
Bonus points for Jensen! I usually cringe whenever I come across CWRPS because they always get MR and TW so *wrong*, but everyone is so right here. And it has everything a good fic needs: a little bit of angst, great banter, and sexy boys. Well done!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:51 am (UTC)
I usually cringe whenever I come across CWRPS because they always get MR and TW so *wrong*, but everyone is so right here.
Thanks very much! Our boys do tend to get used as props & comic relief in CWRPS stories sometimes.

(Now, how about a little TW/MR story from you!)
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2010-02-02 08:58 pm (UTC)
Ooh, fabulous! I love your Michael and Tom, and this time with bonus!Jensen too!

Love the 'Good Lord' too. Heh.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:53 am (UTC)
Love the 'Good Lord' too. Heh.
Twitter has been helpful in adding to the repertoire of Michael-phrases!

(Did you see James G's recent entry? He wrote himself a little 140 character RPS story!)
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[User Picture]From: herohunter
2010-02-02 10:47 pm (UTC)
Ooooo, what a treat!!

Loved this, babe; you gave them wonderful voices!!



And BTW, I think I might have found the plot for your MR/TW RPS, YAY!!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 01:53 am (UTC)
Thanks, hon!

And BTW, I think I might have found the plot for your MR/TW RPS, YAY!!!!
Hurray!
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[User Picture]From: lexalicious70
2010-02-03 04:31 am (UTC)
YAY! This was win! I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy having Jensen in there with my OTP, but you wrote him so well that I ended up liking him!

Great job!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-03 04:33 am (UTC)
Thanks, Lexi!

I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy having Jensen in there with my OTP, but you wrote him so well that I ended up liking him!
It was a one-time only event to cheer him up! The boys are generous that way ;)
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[User Picture]From: azrielle_jones
2010-02-03 08:38 am (UTC)
This was so great! I loved this line:

When he wants Michael and Jensen to kiss he guides them together; when he's ready for them to stop, he gently pulls Michael back.

It gave me chills! Your writing sucks me in so completely, that when it's over I have to snap out of it and remember they aren't actually together. (Well. That we know of...)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-04 01:00 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I rather enjoy an "in-charge" fictional!Tom, directing the action!
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