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Title: Third Circle of the Rain
Fandom: Friends
Characters: Chandler Bing and Joey Tribianni
Prompt: #081, How?
Word Count: 568
Rating: er, PG-13ish
Disclaimer: "Friends" is owned by NBC and creators Bright, Kauffman and Crane. No profit, no sue, just fun. The title is from Dante's Inferno, Canto VI, Lines 7-12.
Author's Notes: First fic written for [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100, set after the move-in but before the wedding. Angst with a little h/c. Here's to 99 more...

My prompt table - to the prompt table...

Third Circle of the Rain

It's seven steps from their bedroom to their door, two and a half to cross the hallway and one and a bit more to Joey.

Waiting for him behind the counter because Joey does things like this.

And though Chandler hasn't quite figured out the specifics yet, in some part of the back or maybe the middle of his mind, a part that is all at once so unbearably happy and yet too unbearably sad, he knows that Joey will always be waiting for him.

That Joey will grin at him in that way that makes his mouth dry and his fingers do a nicotine twitch.

That he will stare at Chandler as Chandler looks down at their hands resting in front of each other on the cooled tiles of the counter top before covering Chandler's hand with his larger one and running the pad of his thumb over the skin stretched over the bone protruding from Chandler's wrist.

And Chandler will look up at him, watch him watching.

It seems like he's always been watching.

And Joey will lead him to his bed, to the biggest heart Chandler's ever known.

Joey who Chandler knows would never, not even just the once, ever think less of him for needing this.

Who won't laugh on the outside or the inside but will only breathe slightly faster and heavier as Chandler less-than-whispers, more-than-begs "Please..." as Joey pushes them both down to the matress and presses the entire length of himself to Chandler, running his palm heavily and too roughly down Chandler's side and across his belly.

Chandler thinks of Joey reaching over and finishing off the danish he'd had been eating at the coffee shop this morning. He thinks of the smell of Monica's shampoo and the slightly sticky feel of her lip gloss.

Monica, who has never once failed to smile brightly and kiss him smartly on the cheek after they finish, "That was great honey, I love you."
He makes her pancakes in the morning, takes her out for Chinese for lunch, fixes her a salad for dinner. "That was great honey, I love you."

He makes love to her in the darkness of their bedroom, on and under the sheets she'll change as soon as they're done.

"That was great honey, I love you."

He wants Joey to say so many things to him.

He wants Joey to say everything, he wants Joey to say nothing at all.

And he's so far beyond close now, hands gripping the sheets which haven't been changed since maybe before him and Monica and a bead of sweat rolling down
the side of his forehead.

Joey laps warm and wet at it like the dog Chandler used to pretend he had, slides his own slightly sweaty cheek across Chandler's to whisper "S'ok..." into his ear before Chandler comes too quietly and too soon between their bodies.

He always means to say something to Joey afterwards.

They're sticky and they're damp and almost feverishly warm and Chandler never opens his mouth to even pretend he might have said something.



Joey pulls the comforter over the both of them and rubs his nose against Chandler's temple before immediately launching into a full stereo quality concerto of decidedly Oscar worthy snores.

And Chandler knows he'll have to get up in a few minutes, sleepwalk across the hall and sleep-shower with Monica's soap and his shampoo.. But for now the hall is an ocean away and Joey's hair is tickling his cheek.

He's been thinking about telling Monica about the house he'd thought they'd live in. With a room above the garage for Joey.

He closes the front door softly behind him and leans back against it, contemplates the distance across the hallway, across the ocean.

He thinks maybe he'll use the journey back to figure out how many steps it'll be to that room above their garage.

Date: 2005-11-17 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kirke-novak.livejournal.com
OMG! Can't belive that someone took C/J! That's absolutely great! *applauds*

And the fic *sniffs* Perfect angst, heart breaking, to put it simply- marvelous. I love the way you described Monica in those few short sentences. I hated her actually aftr that :P

Love it. Can't wait for more.

Date: 2005-11-17 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
oh don't hate Mon, it's not her fault that she's not his lobster... ;)
thanks for reading!

Date: 2005-11-18 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lamiaastaroth.livejournal.com

That was amazingly written. You said so much in such a short fic. Those are the best one-shots, I think. The emotion was dead-on. And the last line was my favorite; even made me smile a little.

Can't wait to read the next fic.

Oh, and, can I add you? I love meeting C/J shippers.

Date: 2005-11-18 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
sure, and thanks for reading!
I'm so happy that there are more C/J shippers than I thought there were.
I was so surprised to find out how tiny the fandom is, I mean... honestly you guys, are we all watching the same show?

Date: 2005-11-19 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dewdropinn.livejournal.com
The fandom's tiny since the majority of it is dominated by Monica/Chandler shippers. It's gotten to the point that I don't even like that pairing anymore. I'm J/C all the way! :D

Date: 2005-11-19 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
that's kind of true now that I think about it... if I watch an ep. with C/M moments I'm all like - "er, so when do we get to some J/C?"

Date: 2005-11-18 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argyletheme.livejournal.com

okay. I LOVE this fic. I love Chandler/Joey. And I especially love that There are 99 more fics to come.

Also, I checked out your userinfo, and I KNEW I knew you from somewhere. TDS SLASH YEY.

I'm sorry if I come off as annoying, I can do that sometimes. and God, I'm rambling x_x add me please? :P

Date: 2005-11-18 08:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
hee... and the tds_rpsers shall inherit the earth...
Thanks for reading and I hope I'll live up to the challenge (though if the Jon/Anderson bit I'm working on has anything to say about it I guess I won't...)

Date: 2005-11-18 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dewdropinn.livejournal.com
... Holy....

That was FANTASTIC! You should definetly write more!

Date: 2005-11-18 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
*loves your icon*
I adore that Joey expression, it's such a classic...
thanks for reading!

Date: 2005-11-18 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsosh.livejournal.com
(here from Israeli slashers)
I was very disappointed that G/C never got together on the show... So thank god for fanfiction!
That was a lovely read. You have a wonderful writing style and very good English (I'm jealous!).
Looking forward for more,

Date: 2005-11-19 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
hey... I remember you...
thanks for reading!

Date: 2005-11-18 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teh-gandu.livejournal.com
Loved this.

Date: 2005-11-19 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
thanks for reading!
and I'm sorta waiting for that House/Wilson fic your info promises you'll do someday...

Date: 2005-11-24 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Oh, this was wonderful and I'm so happy that you're doing this. I was originally only going to sign up for one challenge in the Harry Potter fandom, but when I saw that no one had claimed anything from Friends (this was pre-you I suppose) I claimed two more and got Monica/Chandler and Ross/Rachel. I was planning on taking this one once I finished my original three challenges, but now you've got them and yay! I'm so glad that I'm not the only one doing Friends at [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100! *hugs* I'm going to Friend you if that's okay because us Friends [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 writers need to stick together! :-D

P.S. You wrote them beautifully. ♥

Date: 2005-11-24 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jamie-dakin.livejournal.com
oh yay, so you're the brave one who took not one but *two* pairings... that's brilliant.
Friends [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100 writers unite indeed.
*scampers off to find and subsequently be jealous of your fics*
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Date: 2005-11-24 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I do not slash Friends, it's too much like slashing your gay brother or something.

hee... that's so true.
probably why the fics are coming out so weird.
there shall be a new one either tonight or tomorrow.
oh the horror.

Date: 2005-12-06 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] violetfishy.livejournal.com
That was hot and it made my heart ache. Oh god, and you're going to write 100? *dies from joygasm*

Ilove the bit about the hallway being an ocean away and the way you wrote Monica (I hate it when people destroy and bash her character). She's lovely but just not Chandler's soul-mate. Uh, lobster, I mean :D

Date: 2005-12-07 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bourne-parker.livejournal.com
I'm glad to see some C/J love. Did you know they have there own com?

Date: 2005-12-18 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gato-sucio.livejournal.com
damnit, i love you. this was absolutely beautiful. and i'm waiting for more. i'm waiting for a claim for fanfic100 and i was thinking about doing joey/chandler. but now i'm glad you got there first. i could never capture what you captured here

"With a room above the garage for Joey" when he said that in that episode i always hoped he wasnt kidding. they need each other.
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