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Happy birthday, talitha78! [Aug. 5th, 2009|10:11 pm]
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Happy birthday, to talitha78, one of the sweetest people on LJ (or anywhere in the world!)

A recent post of yours gave me the idea for a little birthday story...




"Animation, guys!" says the photographer. "We're having fun. Fun!"

The models pump their fists and say "Whoo!" with varying degrees of enthusiasm,

"Fun," says Tom, under his breath. The guy to his right gives him a sidelong glance.

It's not that Tom dislikes modeling so much as the things that come along with modeling: the insincerity, the mandatory round of reciprocal compliments, the assumptions that he's a pretty face and nothing more.

"Stir it up, guys! Big smiles! Yeah!"

"Sweaters! I like sweaters. So much! And denim trousers! And other things," says the guy next to Tom. His imitation is pitch-perfect. "What do you like?"

Tom grins.

"Feigning enthusiasm! Yeah!"

He's rewarded with a proper laugh; the photographer notices the small rebellion in the back row.

"Ashton, let's move you down to the front…"

Afterwards, they go for a drink and Tom blinks once when Ashton suggests heading back to his hotel room. He knows this goes on a lot, that models fool around together, but he never has. Also he has a girlfriend.

Just this once.

It's different than being with a girl and almost like being with himself. Which is surprisingly satisfying and also cause for consideration.

"Narcissistic," murmurs Tom, as Ashton licks his way down Tom's chest.

Ashton lifts his head, beaming:

"I sure am!"

Tom laughs and presently moves his leg where Ashton wants it to go. It's a fun night.

*seven years later*

Michael is devoted to the gossip columns and likes to read bits aloud to Tom at lunch.

"Did you find yourself in there?" asks Tom, settling next to him with a plate of chicken.

"No, but I think I found you," says Michael, shooting him a sly look. "This blind item ring any bells? Two successful models-turned-actors, married to beautiful women, a long ago one night stand-"

So one of the other models from that day has being telling tales. Tom calmly takes a bite of chicken.

"That you, Tommy?"

Tom grins, giving away nothing.

"Even if it was, why would you care?"

"History tends to repeat itself," says Michael. He leans in, close to Tom's ear. "It might give an indication of how much of a chance I have with you."

Tom weighs this, looking at Michael from under his eyelashes; a gesture he has borrowed from shy people, although he himself is not shy.

"I guess you'll just have to wait and see…."

THE END

*not a word of truth in it! Happy birthday to an awesome LJ friend ♥ ♥ ♥
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[User Picture]From: eeyore1017
2009-08-06 02:34 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday talitha78!

Great story Tas! Welcome Back! How was camping?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-06 03:31 am (UTC)
Thanks!

How was camping?.
It got a bit soggy yesterday but we did have fun!

Edited at 2009-08-06 03:52 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: earthseed_fic
2009-08-06 02:38 am (UTC)
Hee! Lovely story. Happy birthday talitha78!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-06 03:31 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: clarkscherry
2009-08-06 02:41 am (UTC)
What a nice present! Have a great b-daytalitha78!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-06 03:31 am (UTC)
I adore that icon.
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-08-06 02:52 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday talitha78!

And I love the story you wrote to go with the picture. I once posted it on the bulletin board at work and offered 5 bucks to anyone that identify the guys in it. And nobody could.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-06 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks!

I once posted it on the bulletin board at work and offered 5 bucks to anyone that identify the guys in it. And nobody could.
Really? I would have thought everyone would know Tom & Ashton!
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2009-08-06 03:36 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday again, talitha78! It's another wonderful gift to savor!

OMG, Tas, an RPS birthday gift, and such a lovely one! ♥ Welcome back!

Tom weighs this, looking at Michael from under his eyelashes; a gesture he has borrowed from shy people, although he himself is not shy.

I love this line. I know it's all a fantasy that you spin with your stories, but I adore them because you always capture the essence of the boys (even Ashton!), the nuances that make the words seem true. And the joyful ease between them that makes me want them to be true. :) Thanks for this, it put a happy smile on my face!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-06 04:00 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! I had no idea how to write Ashton so I'm glad to didn't come off as too preposterous. And it's always a pleasure to weave a fantasy around Tom :)

I see you gifted the birthday girl with a great big Tom! Yummy.

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[User Picture]From: chaliebrown363
2009-08-06 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh this is a cute story. As for the blind item, was it ever revealed?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-06 03:54 am (UTC)
No, the mystery remains!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2009-08-06 04:01 am (UTC)
I'll admit... the Tom/Ashton kinda threw me. But this:

"History tends to repeat itself," says Michael. He leans in, close to Tom's ear. "It might give an indication of how much of a chance I have with you."

Oooo! Sent shivers down my spine! :D
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-06 04:05 am (UTC)
I'll admit... the Tom/Ashton kinda threw me.
Heh, not my usual turf I know! And of course, Michael had to get in there somehow :)

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[User Picture]From: roxymissrose
2009-08-06 04:59 am (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeee! So cute! What a lovely birthday gift!

You know...my birthday's coming up soon....*koffkoff blatant shameless bid for ficlet*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-07 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you!

You know...my birthday's coming up soon....*koffkoff blatant shameless bid for ficlet*
I think something can be arranged ;)
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2009-08-06 11:52 am (UTC)
What an intriguing little story and interesting perspective! I liked all the little details you added of Tom: his dislike of false enthusiasm and insincerity, and the looking out from under his eyelashes--Tom weighs this, looking at Michael from under his eyelashes; a gesture he has borrowed from shy people, although he himself is not shy.
Wow! This sentence really packs a punch!


And I knew Michael was going to show up at some point!
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2009-08-06 11:52 am (UTC)
And Happy Birthday to talitha!
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[User Picture]From: talitha78
2009-08-06 03:41 pm (UTC)
"Sweaters! I like sweaters. So much! And denim trousers! And other things," says the guy next to Tom. His imitation is pitch-perfect. "What do you like?"

Tom grins.

"Feigning enthusiasm! Yeah!"


I LOLed. Thank you so much. You're the best. *HUGS*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-07 02:20 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad you liked it! Hope your birthday was fabulous!
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2009-08-06 10:01 pm (UTC)
Cute story!

Tom weighs this, looking at Michael from under his eyelashes; a gesture he has borrowed from shy people, although he himself is not shy.

Love this bit!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-07 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you!

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[User Picture]From: serenography
2009-08-07 01:50 am (UTC)
Here by way of talitha's rec, hope you don't mind. I had to read this! What a fabulous RPS ficlet! And what a wonderful job you did creating a totally believable story out of that blind item. I thought your YoungTom and YoungAshton were pitch-perfect. Of course, Michael flirting with Tom (and Tom reciprocating) also rings completely true. Kudos!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-07 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! Talitha's post set my imagination going....Tom/Ashton is a VERY pretty visual!
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[User Picture]From: safina_chos
2009-08-11 07:02 pm (UTC)
How could I miss this cute ficlet? Where was I?

Your RPS stories always put a smile on my face! :) And Young Tom in that picture is unbelievably adorable.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-08-12 03:57 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Isn't he a sweet young thing?
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