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By Dorinda: Sinking, Rising - I Spy (Scotty/Kelly) 
24th-Sep-2006 06:33 pm
astolat
Note: This story is by the fabulous Dorinda! I am just posting this for her as she continues to resist the shiny allure of livejournal. :) --astolat

Title: Sinking, Rising
Author: Dorinda
Fandom: I Spy (TV)
Pairing: Scotty/Kelly
Notes: For the classic Eggbeater Challenge: exactly 500 words and an eggbeater.


SINKING, RISING

by Dorinda



Kelly surfaced and shook his wet hair from his eyes. Now they just might be in trouble. The water was too cold. The crevasse walls were too high. The rope—though at least there was a rope—was barely out of reach.

"Wake up, will ya," he said, shaking Scotty, who floated far too quietly on his back, slipping further away with every degree of body temperature he lost.

"...get a job in the morning..." Scotty answered.

Kelly nearly went blind with the fear that that would be the last he'd hear. He shook Scotty again, sharply. "Don't you sink! Hear me?"

"...bossy..."

Kelly let him go to float on his own for a few more perilous seconds. He concentrated, and started kicking hard, each leg circling inward, powering him in a ferocious tread, up, up, straining, arms reaching—

—to grab the rope. He wrapped his legs around Scotty and started hauling them both out.

Scotty clung to him, mumbling against his soggy shirtfront. "...impressive."

"Learned it in water polo," Kelly managed.

"...*water* polo...?"

"Quiet." Another hand up. "I was." Again. "Dating a pearl diver."

After a pause, Scotty said: "...f'you climbed alone... have a better chance."

"Shut up."

"...go for help."

"Shut. Up." Kelly pulled fiercely, his eyes blurring with adrenaline and effort. "I've. Got you. You ain't. Going anywhere."

"...that a threat?" But he stayed alive all the way to the top.

*****

The next time, Kelly couldn't rise high enough, wasn't strong enough, so Scotty drowned. His eyes were open and staring as he sank. And the time after that, same thing. Again and again, relentless, failure and loss and the end—not just the end of Scotty, but the end of everything. You failed him. You lost him.

Kelly woke, a gasp strangling in his throat. He was actually honest-to-God shaking. How long since a close call had done that? He was getting old. He tried to breathe quietly, settle down.

But his blanket drew back, and Scotty's warmth climbed in beside him. "You keep dreaming," Scotty said.

"I'd noticed," Kelly replied, rubbing his face.

"Kicking around." Scotty snorted softly. "The amazing sleeping eggbeater."

Kelly tugged some of the covers back from his bed-hog of a partner. "You're just jealous of the pearl diver."

"Dream on," Scotty said. "So to speak."

They shifted and nudged and stuck their feet out from under the blankets and adjusted for errant elbows, and finally they couldn't get any closer. It was quiet, and warm, and Kelly closed his eyes. Saw Scotty drowning. Opened them again.

"Hey." Scotty reached out, and Kelly'd been wrong, they could get closer. Scotty's arms steadied him, pulled him in, locked him tight. This, right here, was the safest place he'd ever known.

He couldn't say anything. One for the record books. He just held on.

"Hey," Scotty said again, his lips to Kelly's ear. "I've got you. You ain't going anywhere."

Kelly laughed, suddenly breathless. "Is that a threat?"

It was a promise.


**********

September 2006
Thanks to Arduinna and PFL.
Comments 
24th-Sep-2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Is it tacky for me to comment here? Oh, dear, probably so. I apologize in advance. It's just, I wanted to say that not having an LJ yet isn't some kind of imaginary Principled Stance or something. It's that I have to finish my doctorate first, or I'll sink into a morass of LJ and never get it done. I know myself far too well, and it's one big step over my line of multitasking ability. All of you multitaskers with LJs, you have my sincere admiration!

Dorinda, late to the party. And shutting up now. *g*
25th-Sep-2006 12:08 am (UTC)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

"Shut. Up." Kelly pulled fiercely, his eyes blurring with adrenaline and effort. "I've. Got you. You ain't. Going anywhere."

"Hey," Scotty said again, his lips to Kelly's ear. "I've got you. You ain't going anywhere."

God, I could hear them there. You are so good at these boys.
25th-Sep-2006 12:37 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Hi there! I'm so glad you dug it! And as you know, you are no slouch your ownself. *g*

And...*splutter* YOUR ICON! Grar. That scene slays me. Otherwise known as, "Uncle Scotty and Uncle Kelly are going into their room for some (naked) Alone Time now, Stefan. Nighty night."

Dorinda

25th-Sep-2006 12:50 am (UTC)
Oh god, yes. :D I also have to cap "Red Sash of Courage" soon, because of that whole scene with them sitting practically in one anothers' laps on the bed, and Scotty giving Kel that GORGEOUS affectionate grin when the girl explains the "English lessons" Kel gave her, and them waltzing the two guys down the hallway. I was almost asleep when I watched that last scened and I swore I'd hallucinated it. :D
25th-Sep-2006 03:28 am (UTC)
Anonymous
I swore I'd hallucinated it.

"I Spy: the show so slashy, you'll think you made it up!"

Dorinda
25th-Sep-2006 03:50 am (UTC)
God. I don't know this show from Adam, but I want to!
25th-Sep-2006 09:37 am (UTC)
You have browsed my I Spy galleries, right? Because it will convert you, precious. :D
25th-Sep-2006 09:39 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Trust me, I'm already converted - I just want to see if these two honestly do spend that much time touching each other. And wearing such gay pants!
25th-Sep-2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Hee! Yes. And you know what they say: like wearer, like pants.

Dorinda
25th-Sep-2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
They honestly, HONESTLY do. It's beautiful. :)
25th-Sep-2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
Well, you know I love this. How you can capture the exact flavor of the show, in just 499 words, just amazes me. I love Kelly's fierce focus on saving Scotty, and the consequences for that, and I love Scotty's...practical way of handling said consequences. ;-) It's wonderful.

Now, you know you want to do some more challenges, right? Go on, you know you want to....
25th-Sep-2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
in just 499 words

*looks shifty* Oh, but you forgot about the asterisk break! (...which Microsoft Word certainly didn't. Alas.)

And thanks for saying so! You are partly to blame. Troublemaker.

Go on, you know you want to....

I would look around for the angel on my other shoulder, see what it has to say, but somehow I think that one's long gone.

Dorinda
25th-Sep-2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
The mind-control rays must be working because I was just re-reading "Wheat From Chaff" last night.

::adjusts tin hat::

So them. So matter-of-fact and full of love and determination and banter.

I am incoherent. My appreciation cannot be rendered textually.

;a;ljdaljfla;jdfjajsf!!!!!!
25th-Sep-2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
::adjusts tin hat::

You are getting sleeeeepier... er, no, wait. You are getting slaaaaaashier...

And thanks very much for the incoherence! It's the best tribute!

I was just re-reading "Wheat From Chaff" last night.

And that's wonderful to hear as well! I also have a brand new one up, you might have seen, "He Travels Fastest":

http://thechicagoloop.net/dorinda/He_Travels_Fastest.html

...there's no eggbeater in it, though. *thinks* Nope. Eggs, but no eggbeater.

[/self pimping] *g*

Dorinda
25th-Sep-2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, suddenly I feel slashier.

And like taking a nap.

::eyes low-grade tin foil balefully::

a new one up

::runs off to read::
26th-Sep-2006 06:12 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for this! Poor Kelly and his nightmares. But then Scotty gives him the safest place he'd ever known. Awww.
26th-Sep-2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
You are most welcome! And thanks in turn for your icon, because... because...

**thud**

...I'm sorry, I think I hyperventilated and passed out and hit my face on the keyboard, what was I saying?

Dorinda
1st-Oct-2006 09:33 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm! This was terrific! I love the blanket-arranging. It gives me a *very* nice mental image. Yum.
2nd-Oct-2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Thank you! I'm really (reeeeally) glad you liked it! I'm fond of that mental image myself. Oh, these boys, I swear. *squeezes them both*

Dorinda
16th-Oct-2006 04:04 am (UTC)
That's lovely! I've never seen any I Spy slash before. (They'll always be Dr. Huxtable and Uncle Bill Agent Maxwell to me. *g*)
17th-Oct-2006 03:45 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Thanks! There's not much of it, but what there is, is cherce. *g*

Dorinda
21st-Oct-2006 12:49 am (UTC)
"Hey." Scotty reached out, and Kelly'd been wrong, they could get closer.

Ohhhhhh!!!! That's me getting all woobie. Oh, that's LOVELY! This is great!
29th-Oct-2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Thank you so much! I'm sorry for the delay in responding. My multi-tasking abilities have seen better days. *g* I am so very glad you enjoyed this!

And speaking of lovely...your icon! Wet and mostly-naked, *and* an angsty-Kelly! Yowza. Wonderfulness indeed!

Dorinda
14th-Nov-2006 03:43 am (UTC)
And speaking of lovely...your icon! Wet and mostly-naked, *and* an angsty-Kelly! Yowza. Wonderfulness indeed!

My turn to be slow in responding - thank you for the praise! I might resist the nekkid, and I might resist the angst, but the nekkid-plus-angst was purely irresistible!
23rd-Jul-2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Ah, the wonderfullness of this story! :)

I love these two. Not enough I SPY slash out there by far.
14th-Aug-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
My apologies for the delay in responding--and thanks for your kind words! I must agree on the love and the longing for more. Sigh. I should really make one central fiction-link page or something, but in the meantime, I must really direct you to lamardeuse's intro-roundup post, which has links to great stuff:

http://lamardeuse.livejournal.com/376705.html

...And, a few things that didn't make it on there include:

More stories at lamardeuse's site: http://lamardeuse.dreamhost.com/is/

PFL's stories at http://nell.ckrweb.net/pfl/mainpage.html and http://msmoat.livejournal.com/27968.html

And some things up at the fledgling "truetrue" I Spy archive: http://trickster.org/truetrue/

...I don't know if there's anything there you haven't seen, but I thought, just in case! :)

Dorinda



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