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14 April 2013 @ 06:02 pm
Prompt #079: Fire  
Title: Smoke, Ash, Flames
Pairing/Characters: Adam, Ashley. Take that how you will.
Rating (Word Count): (3 x 100) and it's maybe PG-13. IDK. Nothing horrific.
Warning(s): You should be okay.
Author's notes: IDK. It's not meant to explicitly be Adam/Ashley but I can't help reading something into it. Please note, I don't think this is real, and I don't think Adam's secretly been hiding his bi side all these years.


Ashley's very good at listening. Adam thinks it comes with the horse thing.

She's really good at fire starting at well. Not like that. In the wood burning stove at the back of the house, in the den, with stone walls, and black and grey mismatched sofas.

The fire burns orange, and yellow, and blue.

Ashley doesn't say much. A word here. A word there.

Adam doesn't talk much either. Not really. Hands wave in the air, fingers pulling his hair, face pulling his lips down just enough to convey despair.

But he's okay. More than okay. He's not mourning.


Sauli’s not dead and buried, he’s not gone like that. He’s just… not here. His stuff’s gone from the bedroom, the kitchen, the bathroom, and all that’s left behind is only Adam again. But Sauli’s not left him completely.

He knows that much.

Their love was a fire, a great burning bonfire of whirlwind romance and old fashioned courtship thrown out the window to make way for early morning sex, and fighting in bars, and tattoos with ink so cold it burned. Adam knew it couldn’t last. It wouldn’t last. Fires like that take so much effort to keep going.


The fire here, in the den, is warm. Adam’s cold, like Finland cold, like cold early morning showers cold, like tea left on the side gone cold but still made with love.

He's been cold for a long time now. Sauli and his relationship was slowly freezing over long before the press got wind of it. Arguing, sniping, too many cameras, too many people, not enough time.

It didn’t have a chance to burn everything all away.

But Ashley's fire is warm.

She doesn’t hold his hand. But she smiles.

He lets her catch him.

She smells like wood smoke.
Current Location: Bangor, Wales
Current Mood: melancholymelancholy
Current Music: smoke on the water ; deep purple
arianne_maya on April 14th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
That's such an interesting take on the prompt. I love where you went with it.
snowstormskiessnowstormskies on April 28th, 2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I just felt a draw to Ashley for this for some reason. IDK why but it worked, apparently!
caseycasey270 on April 14th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
i love all the feelings in this, both physical & emotional. this wasn't what i was expecting, but it's perfect!
snowstormskiessnowstormskies on April 28th, 2013 05:52 pm (UTC)
What were you expecting? #nosy But I felt like Ashley and fire went together really well. IDK why, but they do and so I just followed the feeling.
wynkat1313: Adam and Sauliwynkat1313 on April 14th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
sweet. I love the thought of Ashley being there to listen and catch Adam as it all ends.
snowstormskiessnowstormskies on April 28th, 2013 05:54 pm (UTC)
I like Ashley's POV. She's becoming one of my favourite characters to write! I like the idea that she would catch Adam in a such a gentle way too.
thrace_adams: Adam Tommy & Ashleythrace_adams on April 15th, 2013 11:42 am (UTC)
This was really lovely, what a great take on this prompt.
snowstormskiessnowstormskies on April 28th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was wary of treading on the ol' break up fic path but I'm glad to see it's going down so well!
Zoodlemouse13Zoodlemouse13 on June 9th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
This is lovely. The feeling of a good friend there to catch you ... the quiet warmth...I love this. And I really like how you described Adam & Sauli's relationship in such a small amount of words. It wouldn't surprise me if that wasn't exactly how it went down. Flames burning so hot & bright that without constant tending they couldn't be sustained. Really awesome imagery. Love the whole thing.
snowstormskiessnowstormskies on June 27th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks sweetie.

I tried to just... take it apart. It was there. It's not anymore.

Nothing horrific.