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The Love Between Men 
3rd-Oct-2006 10:33 pm
Loz Celestial
Title: The Love Between Men
Rating: PG-13? I don’t know.
Fandom: Life on Mars
Word Count: 445 words.
Notes: It’s a bit difficult to describe this. I woke up with commentary in my head. No sooner had I opened my eyes than I had two voices talking without any interference from me. Since this has never happened to me before, I’m quite shocked. The title should give away what this revolves around. It’s not exactly slash, though.



“Are you sure they’re not…” Sam tilted his hand. He shrugged and said it. “Gay?”

“Of course I’m bloody sure. It might surprise you to know, Tyler, but there’s such a thing as friendship.”

“I know, but–”

“No buts about it.”

“It’s just, they’re never apart.”

“So?”

“They’re always together.”

“And?”

“And they almost died the other day, trying to save each other's lives.”

“Your point?”

“So, how do you know that they don’t share something more than... friendship? I mean, where’s your unequivocal proof?”

Gene’s expression was one akin to disgust.

“Look, not everything has to be tainted by sex. It’s perfectly possible for two men to enjoy spending time together without it relating to in, out, in, out, shake it all about.”

“There should be another ‘in’ there somewhere,” Sam said with a smug little grin. He rolled his head around and pushed his lips forward for a second. “And is that possible for a man and a woman too?”

“Sometimes, in set circumstances, yeah. If you’re both married-like, to other people. Or to each other.”

Sam snorted. He shook his head.

“I’m not sure you’re right.”

“Haven’t you ever had a friend? Is that it? Are you the only kind of your species or something?”

Sam looked hurt. He gazed out of the window and expelled a deep breath.

“I’ve had friends. I’ve had lots of friends.”

“And did you shag all of them?”

“No.”

“So what are you blathering on about, then?”

“I never stepped in front of a bullet for any of them, either.”

There was silence. The kind in which the cliché would say you could hear a pin drop. But where the pin would drop from and why would be another matter.

“Sometimes, that kind of thing is about more than friendship. It’s about loyalty. And trust.”

“Yeah. What I’m saying, though, is that loyalty and trust often feed into the physical.”

“That may be so, but they don’t have to.”

“No, but they do. We’re only human. Our primal instincts are all about connection with others. In, out, in, out, as you so delicately put it.”

“They do connect with others – female others. They’re both married, remember?”

“I remember.” Sam waited a moment. “Are you sure you’re not insisting on this just because you’re bigotted?”

“I don’t give a damn in hell what people do in the privacy of their own homes as long as I don’t have to hear about it. You’re the one thinking of it with a mind which is simple-set.”

“Yes, but-”

“I don’t wanna hear it, Tyler. Shut your cram-hole.”

“Fine.”

“Or I’ll shut it for you.”

“Got it.”

“Fairy.”

“Homophobe.”

Comments 
3rd-Oct-2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!
4th-Oct-2006 03:20 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
3rd-Oct-2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Marry me. Seriously. We can have the kind of marriage that Gene talks about in this.
4th-Oct-2006 03:21 am (UTC)
I will. :D

I'm glad you liked it >:)
4th-Oct-2006 05:01 am (UTC)
And you even used my favoritest icon. Aww!

But since there was little in the way of actual feedback in that last post, I must say that I love the fact that you have Sam arguing the simpler (and dare I say less enlightened) view here. It's all so wonderfully meta. And the last two words are priceless. They're almost terms of endearment. You should let the boys dictate to you more often.
8th-Jan-2010 03:19 am (UTC)
You marry Loz, I'm marrying your icon.
3rd-Oct-2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
Lovely Loz! Lovely! I love gay-not gay banter. :D Especially between to dudes who make me wonder. ;)
4th-Oct-2006 03:21 am (UTC)
Thank you.

Bwahahaha.
4th-Oct-2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Bwahaha? Is that for putting Sam and Gene in that kind of situation? ;)
4th-Oct-2006 03:38 am (UTC)
It wasn't me - it was them!
3rd-Oct-2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
This gets better the second time around. It's the classic slash/anti-slash argument. I've heard it. Hell, I've said quite a bit of it, in one way or another, and from both sides of the issue. It's the classic tension between someone who's comfortable with hizzer own sexuality and someone who's not.

Damn, you're good!
4th-Oct-2006 03:22 am (UTC)
Thank you :D

That was very much it, yes.
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9th-Oct-2006 12:10 pm (UTC)
Bwahah. Thanks :)
9th-Oct-2006 02:50 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHA. brilliant! :)
10th-Oct-2006 05:16 am (UTC)
Thanks :D
9th-Oct-2006 11:05 pm (UTC)
There really needs to be a giggle icon because that is what this fic made me do.

Thank you Loz!
10th-Oct-2006 05:17 am (UTC)
Thank you :D
10th-Oct-2006 06:59 am (UTC)
Anonymous
*Grin*

You know, I'd really like to know who the "they" are whom Gene and Sam are talking about.

*Hoping that last is at least slightly grammatical!*
10th-Oct-2006 07:00 am (UTC)
Umph! - that was me, that was!
11th-Oct-2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Hello you!

It was two suspects actually. And they're in the Cortina, on a stakeout. It was only when I was reading it to Nick that I realised none of that information was actually in the scene.
11th-Oct-2006 11:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for telling me that - because I was starting to wonder if Sam and Gene hadn't been watching The Professionals and thinking, "No, it can't be that, because LOM is set in 1973, and the Pros didn't start until 1978."
18th-Nov-2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
“Look, not everything has to be tainted by sex. It’s perfectly possible for two men to enjoy spending time together without it relating to in, out, in, out, shake it all about.”

That has to be one of the bestest lines ever written! :) Loved the fic - Sam, even when being a prejudiced goit, is still so cute. Lol.

xXx
18th-Nov-2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks :D
7th-Jun-2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
I'm catching up on old LoM fics and... ta-daaa! This one pops up, and it's great, and its yours!!! When I read it, I almost choked on the huge bite of mozzarella I was eating! You're fab, girl.
7th-Jun-2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Hee! :D Thanks!
27th-Nov-2007 02:16 pm (UTC) - How freaking weird is this?
I was doing a Google search on "The Professionals," looking for livejournal icons to cheer up a friend and *this* story game up in the results list!

Crappy morning at work? Put Sam, Gene and the "in, out, in, out" line in a story and ROFLMAO... The Hokey Pokey for the win!

Yet again, the "debate" at the heart of this fandom, beautifully outlined. Thank you!
28th-Nov-2007 10:37 am (UTC) - Re: How freaking weird is this?
What were your search terms?!

Thanks :D Not just the debate in fandom, but the debate I often have with myself.
28th-Nov-2007 01:53 pm (UTC) - Re: How freaking weird is this?
Anonymous
I have the same debate... ongoing. Back to Hardy's "The Oxen" again I guess. I *want* to believe that they're involved beyond what they show us in the show, but I don't *really* believe it. A male friend of mine calls it the "female urge to create relationships." I think there are lots of examples of men having closer *emotional* relationships with men than with women even if they remain *physically* involved with only women. Our culture is riddled with such stories... male bonding indeed! I was fascinated enough to write a thesis about it afterall. This is *exactly* why I enjoyed this story so much.

OK... LJ... I entered these search terms in Google, in different arrangements -- you get different results that way. Your name showed up in several of the arrangements -- commenting on the show/mentioning half finished stories. This is *exact* order though is what produced this story (results 31-40) -- livejournal "the professionals" icon

28th-Nov-2007 02:27 pm (UTC) - Re: How freaking weird is this?
I have the same debate... ongoing. Back to Hardy's "The Oxen" again I guess. I *want* to believe that they're involved beyond what they show us in the show, but I don't *really* believe it. A male friend of mine calls it the "female urge to create relationships." Have you ever noticed that most slash writers are women?

I think there are lots of examples of men having closer *emotional* relationships with men than with women even if they remain *physically* involved with only women. Our culture is riddled with such stories... male bonding indeed! I was fascinated enough to write a thesis about it afterall. This is *exactly* why I enjoyed this story so much.

OK... LJ... I entered these search terms in Google, in different arrangements -- you get different results that way. Your name showed up in several of the arrangements -- commenting on the show/mentioning half finished stories. This is *exact* order though is what produced this story (results 31-40) -- livejournal "the professionals" icon

Oops -- for some reason the sign in didn't take. Sorry!

11th-Oct-2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Yep. “Look, not everything has to be tainted by sex. It’s perfectly possible for two men to enjoy spending time together without it relating to in, out, in, out, shake it all about.”

The best line EVER.
12th-Mar-2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
This is so gorgeously you. And them. The beautiful banter, which you do so well! I'm particularly fond of the "haven't you ever had a friend?" line.
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