Log in

No account? Create an account
Living Loz
watch your life slide out of view 
27th-Feb-2008 12:13 am
Loz Cola
Title: watch your life slide out of view
Fandom: Being Human
Rating: PG
Word Count: 800 words or thereabouts.
Notes: Sort of gen with subtext? Oh, I don't know. Can't take me anywhere. Title from Pulp's "Common People".

“Why is it Mitchell and not John?” Annie asks, holding out the Bovril with both hands and an expectant smile.

“I like the mystique,” Mitchell says back. He takes the mug, takes a sip, takes a step back and leans against the counter.

George adjusts his glasses, concentrating once again on his sudoku. “Because, somehow, being a vampire isn’t mysterious enough as it is.”

The room goes cold and quiet. Somewhere outside a horn blares. George frowns and looks up.

Mitchell is staring at him, dark eyes looking faintly… disappointed, like a teacher who’s repeated an action seven times and is praying for his students to grasp its meaning. And that’s when George remembers; he can tease and prod and mock almost everything, from Mitchell’s hairstyle, to random assortment of necklaces, to sexuality, but talking so lightly of Vampirism is bound to garner him a sigh of frustration that only Mitchell has turned into an art form.

“I didn’t… really… sorry,” George mutters, and it’s enough. At least, he thinks it’s enough. Mitchell cocks his hip, refrains from glaring and sighing, licks the corner of his lips. George wonders what he’s thinking, whether there’s a rhythm going through him reminding him of the freshness of blood. He gets that, sometimes, George. It’s always there, buried below the surface, but a word or a phrase can make it rear up – the feeling of a pulse beneath the pads of his fingers, the tannic smell and salty taste.

Mitchell snaps him out of his reverie. “I was thinking we might go dancing.”

George snorts. “I don’t dance.”

“I like to sway.” Annie demonstrates the point before handing George his own mug of beverage – hot chocolate this time, by request.

“Anyway, you’re not the type who likes to dance either,” George continues.

“What makes you say that?”

“You brood.”


“You wear black.”


“You’re all bohemian and indie and… thin.”

Mitchell quirks an eyebrow, obviously amused now, though George thinks it’s most likely at his expense. “Your point?”


The club is dark, which pleases George as far as he’s going to allow himself to be pleased on this particular evening. They settle into a booth and order drinks. Annie spends a long time deliberating on hers, considering its intended fate.

“So what’s this about?” George asks over the din of Goldfrapp, clutching onto his beer like a man set upon by rabid badgers. Ambitious wildlife. He could snap them in two.

“I thought it would be nice for Annie to get to know us better,” Mitchell answers. “Hell, for us to get to know each other better.”

“We’ve known each other over a year.”

“We haven’t lived together before.”

“It’s not going too badly. Was there anything specific you wanted to know, Annie?”

Annie shakes her head. “I can always just listen in to your conversations back home.”

George rolls his eyes, staring at the ceiling.

“Come on, let’s get groovy,” Mitchell says with a self-mocking purr. He stands, grabs hold of George’s shirtsleeve, gestures at Annie, and starts walking to the dancefloor.

George really can’t dance. He has no co-ordination, very little timing. He feels awkward and foolish and undeniably disenfranchised from the wider clubbing scene. And judging from the way he’s shuffling from foot to foot, Mitchell’s much the same. George follows the taut line of his usually relaxed posture, the rigidity with which he ‘grooves’. Annie, on the other hand, doesn’t just show an impressive skill with swaying. She can also do some fancy footwork and something vaguely Dadaist with her hands.

“No, really, Mitchell, why are we here?” George calls above the thumping of the music.

“If I told you, I’d have to be as annoying as possible for as long as possible.”

“Not a strange new way of being for you, that, is it?”

Mitchell leans closer, mouth by the shell of George’s ear, breath brushing cool and steady against his neck.

“Some people have been following me,” he says quietly; so quietly George can barely hear him.

George tilts his head. “When you say people…?”


“Alright.” George jumps up and down once or twice, twisting his hips from side-to-side. “Might as well make the most of the night, then.”


They don’t get home until early morning. George finds himself watching the shadows as they arrive. He thinks he sees the glimmer of a pair of open eyes, but after a blink, dismisses it. He’s seen those eyes before, following him around. They’re always phantoms of his curse.

“Do you really think we could ever be normal?” he asks, settling onto the sofa, unsurprised when Mitchell props his legs up over his lap.

“No, but it’s fun to try.”

“Is it, though?”

Annie brings the tea, so no further conversation in that vein occurs. And a new day dawns.

26th-Feb-2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
“You’re all bohemian and indie and… thin.”
hahahahahahaha. oh, george.

also. eeeee, crap dancing! i always thought mitchell would be quite good. or at least, y'know, sway... provocatively. or something.
26th-Feb-2008 03:19 pm (UTC)

Mitchell gets better as the night progresses, deciding to get into the moment. If anything, George gets worse.

Thanks for the comment!
26th-Feb-2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
I love you! More Being Human fic!

I also ♥ George in this. And all of them. But mostly George.

*squishes you*
26th-Feb-2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I like George. I want to play with him.

26th-Feb-2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Being Human fic! *applauds* You captured them all very well with a few quick sketches. I quite like that Annie's the best dancer.
26th-Feb-2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Have you read lo0o0ony_lauren's here ? It has a plot!

Thank you!
26th-Feb-2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Heeee! Oh man, I love them. This was wicked cute. :D

(Although I do want you to write proper, no-fooling George/Mitchell at some point, because somebody has to and it bloody well won't be me. DO IT DO IT DO IT, LOZ. DOOOOO IT.)
26th-Feb-2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
:D Why not you? I think it should be you, Loz. I'm happy with quirky gen.

26th-Feb-2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
That was brilliant, just lovely.

I love how everybody has pretty much decided that Mitchell has made a habit of putting his feet in George's lap because of that one scene. I'm in the middle of writing something and I've alluded to its regularity as well.
They'll start a series and we'll all be writing to the BBC saying 'Why is Mitchell not sitting with his feet in George's lap! That's so out of character!!'

Anyway, on topic. I loved that, there were some nice undertones and it was well written, good characterisation XD

Edited at 2008-02-26 10:42 pm (UTC)
27th-Feb-2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Thank you :D

Hey, fanon has been inspired by less than one scene! Mitchell's feet in George's lap are canon! :D
26th-Feb-2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Fun and interesting. :)
27th-Feb-2008 06:29 am (UTC)
27th-Feb-2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
CATCHING UP ON FLIST, HOW ARE YOU SO FAST, and by "fast" I also mean "amazing". I love their bad dancing, and camaraderie, and desperate attempts to be normal but it never quite works, and oh. ♥
27th-Feb-2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
27th-Feb-2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
The dancing bit was brilliant

It just fits the characters perfectly that not being able to dance won't stop Mitchell, George can't and (almost) won't while Annie just goes for it

And now I have to add "characters dancing" to the list of things I want to see in the series
28th-Feb-2008 06:35 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! :D
27th-Feb-2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
OHHH and AHHH and YAY for great fic! ♥

I've just finished watching the pilot and I'm already hooked to Being Human. If the Beeb doesn't turn it into a full series, I'm seriously gonna cry.
28th-Feb-2008 06:36 am (UTC)
Thank you.

If it isn't made into a series, I will be severely disappointed.
28th-Feb-2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
>They settle into a booth and order drinks. Annie spends a long time deliberating on hers, considering its intended fate.
most - priceless - line - ever.

29th-Feb-2008 06:09 am (UTC)
29th-Feb-2008 01:21 am (UTC)
Real great, i love how you wrote George, you got his voice just right.
29th-Feb-2008 06:08 am (UTC)
Thank you!
6th-Mar-2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
I think I've decided that if the pilot of this show doesn't go to series, I will be okay as long as you continue to write fic for it.

Think about it, the BBC gave us the set up, now you can take the premise and run with it and turn it into whatever you want. You've proven you can write some of Matthew's characters better than he can so this should be a cake walk.

In summation, I loved this.
6th-Mar-2008 12:51 pm (UTC)

Thank you!
18th-Mar-2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Hee! That was terrific :) Some cracking lines in there, the badgers and the indie LOL. Very good stuff, a bit of intrigue and angst there too, loved it!
19th-Mar-2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
15th-Jul-2009 12:49 am (UTC)
I just discovered "Being Human" on ABC2 a few weeks ago ... and stumbled across this story via beinghuman_fic today. *g* I really enjoyed this - what a treat - a Loz fic in one of my new fandoms! I have to ask, have you written any more?
20th-Jul-2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
I only wrote slash pieces, NC, sorry!

I didn't really like the actual series much (I believe saying that is akin to heresy around other Being Human fans), so I don't have the inclination to write any more.

Thank you!
This page was loaded Sep 22nd 2019, 12:25 am GMT.