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To Keep Up The Appearances (Chapter 5)Chapter 5: An Unresolved Desire
Magnus was walking quietly in the busy street, snow falling regularly on his shoulders and hair but he didn’t notice it. He didn’t notice the cheerful persons surrounding him, excited over the upcoming holidays, he didn’t notice either how New York wrapped itself in sparkling lights, Christmas’s decoration adorning the shop fronts, street lamps covered in garlands and trees shining millions of colors in the evening air. It was all very beautiful but the tall man’s mind was settled on his blue eyes beauty. The same one he’d seen regularly this past month... leading him on and lying to him. He hated himself even more each day, trying to gather up courage and just ending up empty handed every time he saw the shining blue orbs, the slow smile, the bright red blush and most of all... the undeniable desire burning in his angel’s eyes, growing more everyday. Unresolved, unsatisfied and left intact. If Magnus wish
To Keep Up The Appearances (Chapter 4)Chapter 4: A Date With You
I had found the cafe fairly quickly. I looked at my cell phone and sighed with nervousness. I was really early... again. It was only 6h15. I hadn’t brought Chairman Meow today, as I was sure he would have been kicked out of the coffee shop and now I was anxiously twirling around with the excuse I would give Alec for the feline’s absence. Doing so just added to my nerves and I was already a mess. I hated lying. My blooming relation with sexy Alec was promising and I just... didn’t know how to cross the line and out myself to my blue-eyed angel. I chuckled darkly at the irony of it... I never had had to out myself ever; my being gay was always painfully obvious. I looked up the street again and beamed when I saw Alexander coming down my way. I would tell him today... or not. Soon, I would do it soon. I didn’t want to ruin everything. Not now.
I smiled broadly when Alec stood in front of me, hands in the pocket of his leathe
To Keep Up The Appearances (Chapter 3)Chapter 3: An Angel’s Name
The next morning, I was eagerly readying myself for work. I showered in a spree and spent way too much time picking up the clothes I would wear, which was rather useless as I only had a long line of similar baggy jeans and black shirts. I didn’t know if what I was doing was crazy or dangerous or if I shouldn’t even be so excited about meeting the sexy Magnus but, the more I thought about it, the less I cared. For the second time in my life, I was following my heart’s desire and at the moment, it desired a very fit and mouth-watering man, with a smile to die for and a flawless skin I had to contain myself to touch about every second I was near him. I just hoped that this time, my heart wouldn’t send me tumbling down on my own, all alone, as it had with my first heart’s moment, coming out to my parents... The thought made me scowl for a second but it went away quickly. I stuffed down my breakfast like a pig, quickly fe
To Keep Up The Appearances (Chapter 2)Chapter 2: A Coffee and A Cat
I was waiting impatiently in the cold morning of November with a very grumpy Chairman Meow. Usually he enjoyed our little escapade but today his fur was all bristled and he was curled up in a little fur ball. I must admit it was a bit cold for a November morning in New York, 47 only when at this time we could expect near 50-55, and the Chairman was angry with me. I sighed in irritation and looked at my cell phone, obviously usually hidden in the depths of my pockets, and saw that it was only 6h45am. Overeager would you say? Yes absolutely. I placed back my phone in my skinny jeans pocket, enjoying the red tattered pants so comfortable, and pulling down my purple ratty sweater on top of it. Thank god, when planning my character, I had thought about a worn out leather coat, some colorful fringed scarf, knee-length buckled boots and studded fingerless gloves. At least I wasn’t freezing.
I was fidgeting like a teenage girl, fingering
To Keep Up The Appearances (Chapter 1)Chapter 1: An Intriguing Sight
The first thing I saw was the cat. I know it sounds stupid when I finally realized how gorgeous the man was but that’s really what caught my eyes. Most homeless people that have animals will choose dogs because, really, let’s face it, which cats in their rightful mind will ever accept to have anything less than the best? If they will embarrass themselves with a human, it has to be worth it. If cats will live in the streets, it’s on their own terms, surviving by their own means with all the pride they are masters at achieving. I know it sounds like I’m humanizing these little beasts but I have a cat... believe me, I know of none human who can muster as much dignity and primal contempt then our lovely felines.
So when I left my apartment that day, stopping at my favorite cafe, Prospect Perk, to get my daily dosage of caffeine, I walked down Flatbush street to reach the Grand Army Plaza metro station that would get me to
Kissed : The beginning (Chapter 19)Chapter 19 : Of Ashes and Pain
Alec was lurking in the shadows of the Institute. He was slightly hunched and tried to be as unconspicuous as possible. He had drawn silence runes on himself but he couldn’t be careful enough after he saw the crazy look in the Inquisitor’s eyes. She was a dangerous ennemy and Alec did planned to free his parabatai, no matter what. He was on his way to the training room, where he knew Jace was kept captive but had a hard time keeping his concentration. His mind kept wandering to the night before, the utter panic attack he had felt when he had awoken from the daze of the fearless rune. At the moment though, he could feel frustration that Magnus hadn’t let the rune run its course... His lover deserved all ackowlegments Alec could give him, no matter how strangely they could happen. After all, Alec had decided to come out to his parents for his beautiful lover. But it looked like he wasn’t ready yet. Although, through his
Kissed : The Beginning (Chapter 18)Chapter 18 : To Fear or Not To Fear?
Magnus awoke with a strange feeling of dread. It wasn’t until he reached full consciousness that he knew what was wrong. Jace was gone. He could just feel it. And then something else caught with him... Alec’s pained eyes and sorrowful expression. His heart clenched and he had to breathe deeply, trying to erase his worries. He was good at it, centuries of practice. Although, at this moment, it didn’t seem to work quite well. He felt also slightly ashamed being more concerned about his lover’s fate than Jace’s disappearance. If the blond shadowhunter had gone and done something stupid (as he most probably did), it could mean hell for his status with the Clave. But he couldn’t care less. Not really.
He closed his eyes and carefully gathered his composure. It was not the time and place to brood over his chaotic relationship. He stood up quickly, in dire need of a warm shower and ended up waiting by the b
Kissed : The Beginning (Chapter 17)Chapter 17 : Love’s Worth
The sky was gloomy and the night was dark. The trees that were so colorful in their autumn’s coat when the sunlight hit them were now stretching their shadows ominously over a small hunched silhouette, barely visible on the pathways of the silent park. Alec had wandered in their solitude for what felt like hours. Maybe it had been. But the world didn’t look its usual way in this eerie glow, it seemed to settle down and watch him in silence, whispering accusations and shivering in disgust. And they were right.
‘I think we should stop seeing each other’, ‘I won’t play second place forever’, ‘You need to figure out what you want’... These words were circling his mind, haunting him, tearing him and slicing open his heart. He deserved all of them. How could he pretend to love the beautiful warlock when he couldn’t allow Magnus in his life for all to see ? By the Angel, he de
Kissed : The Beginning (Chapter 16)Chapter 16 : I Don’t Come Cheap
They arrived at Luke’s house in an even more awkward silence. The supposedly funny comment of Jace had turned sour when his ever dismissive boyfriend had finally been able to tell his parabatai to stop making up stories, that he was not ‘dating’ Magnus and that most of all, he wasn’t gay. Though the word had barely escaped his lips. After that, Magnus’s laughter had run dry abrubtly and he had stared hatefully at his lover who, of course, escaped his eyes. Even Jace, who never seemed to be taken aback by anything, looked almost as hurt as Magnus himself. This was ridiculous. The fact that Alec kept blurring the lines of both his relationships with the golden boy and the sexy warlock were getting on everybody’s nerves. Magnus supposed that Jace wouldn’t come back to him defending his parabatai’s honor as he was more than aware now of who wanted to keep the relationship secre
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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