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At the Mercy of Unwanted Emotions 
2nd-Jul-2011 10:34 pm
LoM Neckless Gene & Sam Happy
Title: At the Mercy of Unwanted Emotions
Fandom: Life on Mars
Rating: G
Word Count: 100 words (drabble!)
Notes: Gen. Based on daedal_dream's excellent vid Happy Now.




Sam hates this place. Hates how it makes him feel --- raw and open and like a pinprick is a bullet-wound. Hates it because he needs it, every single day. Hates it because he thinks, in some twisted fashion, that it’s deserved retribution for the many years he spent carefully deleting all of these nasty human glitches.

Everything is hard-won here. Everything comes at a price. He’s learnt that easiness evokes wariness. Better a punch than a smile, an argument than a compliment, Gene Hunt’s wrath than Annie Cartwright’s empathy.

Sam hates this place. Hates it because he loves it, really.
Comments 
2nd-Jul-2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
it's deserved retribution for the many years he spent carefully deleting all of these nasty human glitches.

Eeeep, I adore this line. ♥ You really get inside Sam's head like no-one else can.
2nd-Jul-2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
♥ Thank you!
2nd-Jul-2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic. Oh, poor Sam. It's so hard to overcome a lifetime habit of smoothing things over... controlling everything.

I love how you describe his 1973. Harsh and raw and full of near-bleeding metaphors. It made me reconsider Sam's thumb-cut in 2006, not as a sign that he can't feel, but as a vivid irruption of 1973 into his carefully controlled life.
3rd-Jul-2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! That was a deliberate allusion :D
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