the black goat of a thousand young

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"--ell! Hey, Bell! Bellwether!"

Bell started awake, sitting up sharply. What? Who wanted him? Some woman...no, wait. Cat. Right, Cat. He looked around the room, then reached out lazily to pull his shirt on. Why was she yelling at him so early? He turned. "Daniel, the damn girl is--"

Empty space. No Daniel.

Bell stared for a long second, then jumped to his feet. Shit, shit, shit, where the hell had Daniel run off to? The man was delusional! Shit! He shouldn't have fallen asleep! Actually, how could he fall asleep? How stupid was he? "Next time, I'm tying your ass up," he promised the empty space that should have held Daniel as he shoved his feet into his shoes.

The car started as he thundered down the stairs at top speed, engine grumbling. The keys! He had the--no, shit, Daniel had stolen them. Last night, with the cream. Shit!

"Where's Daniel going?" Cat asked, as Bell raced past. Spot lifted his head, concerned at Bell's fear. Something was wrong? But Daniel had seemed happy and calm. Even patted his head good morning.

"Nowhere!" Bell snapped, practically vaulting through the window.

What the hell was Daniel doing? 'You're the only one who ever tried to leave,' his ass! "Damn it, what the hell?" he shouted, just angry. The car was around back; he sprinted around the opposite side to come out in front of it, then jumped in front of the car. Daniel would have to run him over to get anywhere.

A second after he jumped out in front, it occurred to him that Daniel might not be able to see him, or might see him as an enemy and run him over anyways. Too late, he was committed. Well, whatever. He'd heal. "Daniel, stop!" he shouted, putting his arms out. "It's me, please stop!" A thought struck him, and he tried adopting a smile. It was difficult; he was tense, his heart racing. Daniel really might run him over. Hot damn, did he not want to be run over. He had to try, though. "Wherever you want to go--I'll drive you, okay? You aren't in your right mind, right? Let me drive." He smiled as big as he could. Daniel was usually aware of the delusions--it might work.
  Bellwether / kaitoXi / 17d 23h 28m 58s
He woke with a start. Wild eyes searched an unfamiliar ceiling. There was a man, right there next to him, but it wasn't Bell-boy. Wait, how? He wouldn't ever have cheated. Never. Because he loved Bell-boy, but then, Bellwether was disgusted by him. Daniel remembered Bell's look when he'd seen his arm was entirely black, when it was suggested that he might be entirely goat now. And he was, wasn't he?
Dead inside.
All that black inside, like a thick tar it weighed Daniel down, but then he shifted, started moving. Moving proved strangely easy. The goat was strong, after all. So he was too. Away from the stranger, who still slept. Daniel was quiet about it too, making sure not to wake the man.

It was weird. He didn't recognize the house.
But they'd stayed at a house that hadn't been finished before. This one looked similar, but it wasn't the same. Everything felt vaguely off. Daniel reached down for clothes, slipping them on. They fit, though Daniel was fairly certain they weren't his.
Why would they fit so nicely then?
The boots too. He could've understood about the pants, or shirt, but the boots? No. That...were these his then?

It was like stepping into an alien world. That's what it felt like to wade through the house and amble down the stairs. There was a dog there, who greeted him kindly enough. Didn't seem like a threatening sort anyway, so Daniel just pet the dog's head and continued his exploration.
A truck.
Wait.

There were keys in his pocket. Was the truck his? He recognized it. It did seem familiar enough. Maybe he ought to go some place.

"What're you doing?"

The voice startled him. A young woman -a girl- stood, half-dressed, rubbing the sleep from her eyes.

"I was uhm..." What was he doing? Daniel blinked, floundering for words.

"You're weird," Cat mumbled, before retreating back into the room she'd holed up in.

Daniel furrowed his brow. Had they met before? She seemed familiar, but also not. Maybe he'd seen her upon entering the house or whatever. Daniel blinked down at the keys and rubbed at his face. He must've gotten shit-faced last night or something.
Maybe he ought to go home. Yeah.
Or tell someone about the blackness that was trapped inside of him so they could cut it out. So maybe a hospital then? That sounded like a good plan.

Daniel found the door was locked, but there were no windows, so getting outside wasn't particularly hard. Muscle memory kicked in when he tried getting the truck to start. It felt good. He knew this, so it had to be right.
  Landon Turner / THERE IS NO EXPLANATION OR REASON / Urizen / 18d 49m 34s
At first, Daniel didn't struggle. Then his instincts took over, hands grappling at Bell's. It was disgusting how used to it he was, fighting back against Daniel; Bell gritted his teeth and held on, his heart aching. He didn't want to do this, but he had to. He didn't have an option.

Daniel stopped struggling. The man was still conscious, but he wasn't fighting anyone. For a long time, they made eye contact, Daniel watching as Bell subdued him. The goatling didn't intervene. After the last few times, Bell had almost expected it, but no. Daniel struggled under him, body giving one last fight, then went limp.

Bell released his neck almost immediately and held him instead, scared, guilty, afraid Daniel might remember wrong and wake up and hate him. When Daniel instead laid there, unmoving, he relaxed his grip a little. A little while longer, and his eyes started to droop shut, sleep weighing heavy on him. It was so early. The sun wasn't even properly up yet. But he had to stay up. Daniel, Daniel would... what if he woke up and ran away? He wasn't in his right mind. Bell had to stay awake, stay vigilant, make sure Daniel didn't escape while he was asleep. Had to stay awake.

But it was so hard. His eyes were itchy and tired, and it felt so good when he closed them. Just a little bit. Just a little bit. He'd wake up in five minutes, long before Daniel woke up, and it would be fine. Right? Just a little sleep. Daniel wouldn't even notice he was gone. He'd be the one driving today, after all, with Daniel seeing things. He needed the rest, right? Needed it. Didn't want him to sleep on the road. And it'd feel so good just to sleep. Just for a minute.

Bell's eyes closed, and he sunk off to sleep before he knew it. One arm stayed wrapped around Daniel, holding him close, just in case the other man woke up, but before long, he was so dead asleep he wouldn't have noticed if Daniel had gotten up and started dancing on his back. It was just too early. A few more hours, and he'd be OK.
  Bellwether / kaitoXi / 18d 1h 21m 33s
Bell-boy hesitated, but where his mind said 'maybe not', his hands gave Daniel a definite and gratifying 'okay'. Sorry, yeah.
"Me too," Daniel whispered, already feeling Bell-boy's hands tighten around his neck. The darkness started to spark into grey. It was becoming difficult to inhale and Daniel brought up his hands, reconsidered, but then his instincts started taking over. He needed air. No. No, this was...what he wanted, this was kind of nice. The darkness from before was turning a comfortable and familiar grey instead.

Daniel's hands rested on Bell-boy's wrists, but while his lungs struggled to inhale, his hands had already given up. His eyes never left Bellwether's.
Daniel held Bell-boy's gaze for as long as he could, until his consciousness flagged and his muscles grew weak.

That's right. Bell-boy wouldn't hurt him. So who was this? Calm?
Shit.
He'd lost all strength already.
Daniel's hands slipped down Bell-boy's arms, onto the floor. His eyes rolled back in their sockets and Daniel blissfully passed out.

Daniel felt as if he was floating outside of his body, looking down at their little makeshift love-nest. There was no emotion, just nothing. Even though he could clearly make out they were entangled in a fight.
Or whatever passed for it.
The suspended awareness didn't last long. Soon, all Daniel knew was darkness.

He dreamt.
At first they were nonsense images, but soon there was the back garden he'd become so familiar with. Lily was there, telling him some weird story about a neighbour and what she'd suffered through at work. He was sat in a chair with a beer in hand, just listening with his eyes closed. And suddenly she was so close, he could feel her warmth bounce against his skin. Daniel opened her eyes to see the large, green goo filled vats that retained the goat they'd faced in the facility.
The warmth from before was because he was losing blood, rapidly, out of a hole in his chest. Daniel reached for the blood, knowing this wasn't right and underneath the broken skin saw only black.
'You're one of us'.
No spoken words, but a truth. Engraved upon his mind.
  Landon Turner / THERE IS NO EXPLANATION OR REASON / Urizen / 18d 2h 18m 50s
Daniel knew it wasn't real, but it didn't stop him from thrashing in Bell's grip and pleading to be set free. It hurt, each word cutting somewhere deep in Bell's chest, but he held on through it all. He couldn't let Daniel get up right now--who knew where he'd end up. He had to keep him here. "You're fine here," he insisted. "Please, Daniel, it's okay. Just trust me and try to relax?"

It wasn't going to work, he knew that. His words wouldn't get through. They hadn't yet, and Daniel barely reacted, even when he was kissed. It felt wrong to kiss him like this, so Bell stopped trying to distract him. It hadn't worked. Nothing worked. Nothing ever worked.

Daniel looked at him at last, and Bell's heart stuttered. Choke him? But--but he-- "I don't want to hurt you," he argued. But...it'd keep Daniel from hurting himself, or trying to escape. And if he tied the man up, he'd still see the things and be terrified. It was a fucked up situation. Daniel knew it as well as he did. But...it might be their only option. The only way for him to get back some sleep, the only way for Daniel to relax.

His hands were already around Daniel's neck. He hadn't meant to do it, hadn't meant to move, but there they were. Just loosely holding him. "I'm sorry," he said. His hands tightened, cutting off air, more air, until he could feel Daniel's throat struggle against his hands, muscles fighting automatically for air.

He braced himself. Who knew what Daniel would see, now that Bell was "attacking?" He'd be more surprised if Daniel didn't act out on instinct, at the very least, fight off the one who was trying to hurt him. But he wasn't trying to hurt him. He didn't want to hurt him. Daniel had asked for it.

Sure, and his sick mind was going to remember that, was it?

"Daniel, I love you. It's okay, I won't hurt you," he said, trying to find Daniel's eyes. He had to believe that Daniel could hear him, even if he hadn't reacted yet. "Stay calm, it's okay." It wasn't. Nothing was okay. And he didn't know if it would ever be okay again.
  Bellwether / kaitoXi / 18d 3h 1m 13s
"I know...I know it's just, just an empty room," Daniel muttered, slightly frustrated. More so with himself, for being unable to fight the anxiety that rose, for pushing down the desire to get up and run away from it all. Bell-boy was there, soothing him with random thoughts. It didn't matter, Bell-boy's voice remained even and calm, that was what mattered.
"But if I just-" Do what? Get up?
Get lost like he had the other day?
Bell-boy restrained him and Daniel's eyes sought out the man's, imploring Bell-boy to just let him go. He didn't. Instead he was kissed. Daniel wasn't sure what to do. Kisses were nice, felt nice. His body responded, for sure, but his heart was also trying to escape his chest, fuelled by adrenalin.

Focus. If only.
His attention was everywhere.
Daniel could hear the shadow gurgle just to his left, heard how several large chunks landed with succulent splats on the floor, but he was also keenly aware of Bell-boy straddling him, of the soothing whispers that were phasing in and out like a steady drone being contorted by his own perception.
Bell-boy stroked his hair and Daniel tried just not to do anything.
Not give in to the nervous drive forcing his body into action. It wasn't necessary. Daniel knew this. But it felt like there were a million bugs running underneath his skin, making the urge to get up and move to get rid of that sensation even greater.

"It'll be fine if I get to the truck," Daniel promised -he'd have said anything to just be let go at that point.
"I just need to get out -just get outside, it'll be fine if I go there, please?" He started to struggle against Bell-boy's hold, but there was also a part of Daniel aware it wouldn't make a difference. His struggle was only half-hearted.
Might even be things at the truck would be worse.
And he'd have to go through the darkness that oozed all around them. It threatened to overtake them both. Daniel felt it stick to his back, ride up his ankles and legs. Would he drown, like Lenny would?
"Just choke me -knock me out?" Daniel pleaded. That much Bell-boy could do, right? He'd be able to just sleep then.
  Landon Turner / THERE IS NO EXPLANATION OR REASON / Urizen / 18d 9h 15m 54s
"Hmm, you wanna find out?" Bell teased. Daniel's eyes were unfocused, though, distracted. Still seeing something, huh? Even Bell couldn't distract him enough. At least he was awake. Damn, good thing he'd woken up. Who knows what would've happened if Daniel hadn't woken him up.

Just darkness? He didn't look, already knowing he'd see nothing. "It's not real, Daniel. There's no darkness, just you and me and this empty house," he said, trying to comfort him. "Oh, well, and Cat and Spot, but they're downstairs." He petted Daniel's hair, trying to calm him down. "It's okay, it's fine, we're all safe."

Daniel bucked under him, trying to climb to his feet. Bell held him down, spreading his legs to fully straddle Daniel. Good thing he'd climbed over Daniel. It gave him a much easier angle to hold him down from. "No, you're not. Calm down. It's okay." After the wild goose chase Daniel had led them off on last time he'd taken off while delusional, Bell wasn't exactly eager to hurry off on another one.

"Hey, focus on me, okay?" He kissed Daniel again, trying to attract his attention back to the here and now. "Don't worry about the shadow. It won't hurt you. Nothing is going to hurt you while I'm here." He wished he could believe that. Or better yet, believe it was going to help. He smiled at Daniel, trying to make eye contact. Was he even still getting through? Sometimes they just tuned out reality completely. But usually his voice got through, right? So he'd keep speaking. "It's okay, everything is okay. Just breathe, in, out, nice and slow. We're calm, it's all fine."

And to think Daniel had offered to drive while he slept. Yeah, he could see how that was going to go: about as well as the last time he'd let Daniel drive unsupervised. At least they were here, tucked away where no one could hurt them and Daniel couldn't hurt anyone.

"Shh, it's okay. The shadow won't hurt you. I'm here." He pet Daniel's hair, wishing he didn't feel so powerless, wishing there was something he could really do to help.
  Bellwether / kaitoXi / 18d 20h 57m 39s
"Hmm, you wanna find out?" Bell teased. Daniel's eyes were unfocused, though, distracted. Still seeing something, huh? Even Bell couldn't distract him enough. At least he was awake. Damn, good thing he'd woken up. Who knows what would've happened if Daniel hadn't woken him up.

Just darkness? He didn't look, already knowing he'd see nothing. "It's not real, Daniel. There's no darkness, just you and me and this empty house," he said, trying to comfort him. "Oh, well, and Cat and Spot, but they're downstairs." He petted Daniel's hair, trying to calm him down. "It's okay, it's fine, we're all safe."

Daniel bucked under him, trying to climb to his feet. Bell held him down, spreading his legs to fully straddle Daniel. Good thing he'd climbed over Daniel. It gave him a much easier angle to hold him down from. "No, you're not. Calm down. It's okay." After the wild goose chase Daniel had led them off on last time he'd taken off while delusional, Bell wasn't exactly eager to hurry off on another one.

"Hey, focus on me, okay?" He kissed Daniel again, trying to attract his attention back to the here and now. "Don't worry about the shadow. It won't hurt you. Nothing is going to hurt you while I'm here." He wished he could believe that. Or better yet, believe it was going to help. He smiled at Daniel, trying to make eye contact. Was he even still getting through? Sometimes they just tuned out reality completely. But usually his voice got through, right? So he'd keep speaking. "It's okay, everything is okay. Just breathe, in, out, nice and slow. We're calm, it's all fine."

And to think Daniel had offered to drive while he slept. Yeah, he could see how that was going to go: about as well as the last time he'd let Daniel drive unsupervised. At least they were here, tucked away where no one could hurt them and Daniel couldn't hurt anyone.

"Shh, it's okay. The shadow won't hurt you. I'm here." He pet Daniel's hair, wishing he didn't feel so powerless, wishing there was something he could really do to help.
  Bellwether / kaitoXi / 18d 20h 57m 54s
Finally Bell-boy stirred, lazily shifting underneath the palms of his hands. Daniel felt how Bell-boy's muscles shifted across bone and the man changed position to hover above him, making it impossible for Daniel to continue working on Bell's back.
Awake, was he? Sounded like it.
A kiss was pressed against his lips. Daniel snorted, "I am awake. I think..." That one was up for debate. Would be nice if the whole seeing things was a nightmare he could easily wake up from.
If only.

It'd been Bell-boy to suggest he wake the man if shit was sliding sideways the way it was now. Something terrible? Like what? Curious, Daniel carefully cracked an eyelid to see -curious to see Bell-boy's face, he man's expression. The ceiling was dark, all light absorbed by the shadows that were slowly taking over the entire room.

Maybe this was where Lenny took back over. That'd be nice -not the transition part, but, it being Lenny for a while. It'd give him a much needed break.
"What'cha going to do?" Daniel asked lazily, his legs accommodating Bell-boy's being between his, hands on the man's arms. He trapped the exploring finger, not because he wanted Bell-boy to stop, but because Daniel needed something to anchor him to reality.

The darkness was like a weight on the ceiling. In thick, sticky droplets, it started to ooze down. Some of it made a splat right next to him and Daniel tried to ignore its quivering mass. It was an empty room, with plain wooden floors and gaps for windows.
Just a plane old empty room. Nothing in it, but them and their clothes and whatever stains they'd left behind after last night.

Daniel's grip grew tighter.
He didn't want to lose grip on reality.
"It's always darkness," Daniel said, focussing on his breathing. "It's around us, on the ceiling, the floor...it's right there. I can't tell what it is, just, not knowing...it's making me nervous. I'm scared you'll be included in the mess and I'll lose sight of you."
His breathing was hitching up as he spoke. One drink. It'd be better with a drink. There was still some in the truck. Daniel moved against Bell-boy. "I'm just going to -just going..." No. No, he couldn't, because he promised he wouldn't drink. Hadn't Bell-boy tossed the alcohol? He'd asked last night whether Bell might do that.
Real? Or just a lie?
  Landon Turner / THERE IS NO EXPLANATION OR REASON / Urizen / 18d 21h 41m 24s
Not... good? Bell's brows furrowed, struggling to parse that. But Daniel was calm, and happy, and he hadn't been woken up in the middle of the night...but wait, it was still dark out, wasn't it? And he'd thought it was strange that Daniel had woken him at the break of dawn. He should wake up. He needed to, for Daniel.

But Daniel was acting all calm. He wasn't freaking out or anything, just petting Bell's hair back in a pleasant fashion.Maybe it was okay. And he was super sleepy. Just a little longer.

Get up. Sleep in the car. But he was sleeping right here just fine, and he didn't have to move or anything..Daniel started rubbing his back, and it felt nice, except when he found a knot; then it hurt, fingers pushing a little too deep. Bell stirred and opened his eyes again, then yawned. Okay, he was awake now. And he probably should be. Daniel wouldn't be being so insistent if he didn't need Bell awake. Get up. He had to get up.

He shoved up into a push-up position, the effort of pushing up alone kicking his body into a higher gear of awareness. Everything looked the same as it had before they'd gone to sleep, so if anything was wrong, it was only in Daniel's head. The usual, nowadays, quite honestly. "I'm awake," he grumbled, more to himself than anyone else.

Daniel's eyes were shut, for some reason. Hadn't he been the one to get Bell up in the first place? He lifted an arm and planted it on Daniel's other side, so he had him boxed in, then leaned down and kissed him. "I thought you were awake," he grumbled playfully. "Or did you just wake me up to sleep?"

Bell nuzzled him for more kisses, half trying to wake himself up, half trying to get whatever was in Daniel's head to go away--or at least turn less negative. "If you just lay there, I might do something terrible," he teased lightheartedly, running a finger across Daniel's collarbone. "You wouldn't just wake me up for a prank, hmm?" Surely Daniel wouldn't, but Bell had half a mind to do "something terrible" anyways. Just as payback for making him be loud last night.
  Bellwether / kaitoXi / 18d 23h 18m 51s
It was cute. The way Bell-boy slowly woke, reaching out for him with an incoherent mumble. Daniel couldn't help but smile at the adorable picture Bell-boy presented. Safe, secure, right. Nothing was wrong, because Bell-boy wouldn't be this relaxed if something was up. 'I want to be alright,' the words died on Daniel's lips as he was pulled closer. Instinctively Daniel stroked Bell-boy's hair back, just relishing in how Bell-boy's presence made him feel a hundred times less alone.
That said, the shadow hadn't exactly disappeared yet either.
Daniel's eyes flickered between the docile Bellwether snuggling close in his arms and the threatening shadows looming to destroy what peace they had -no. It wasn't the shadow destroying that peace, but his own selfish mind instead.

Good? But he wasn't good.
He wanted to be, desperately so.
Maybe the hallucination would settle again. One could hope.
"I'm not -Bell....I," Daniel couldn't say it. Maybe if he pretended everything would be fine. Close his eyes and imagine the shadow wasn't there, crawling up to them. Wasn't materializing claws, fangs and threatening eyes, ready to invade their privacy, but Daniel knew it wasn't true.

It wasn't real. He was aware enough to realize.
Daniel focussed on Bell-boy, stroking the fine hairs at the back of Bell's neck. So soft, so nice. Precious.
Real?
He pressed a kiss behind Bell-boy's ear and sighed out, then closed his eyes. Nothing was going to happen. They were in an empty room, with a plain wooden floor, unfinished walls and a gap where a window might be soon.

Daniel tried to divert his thoughts to Cat -the way she'd obviously heard what'd been going on between them last night if her blush was any indicator. And how cute Bell-boy was being all flustered at having been heard. Sounds that were private, meant for only him.
It was nice.
Had been nice.

"Maybe we should get up, hmm?" Daniel tried. "It'll be nice and cool out."
He was scared to open his eyes now. What if the shadow had moved? What if all that'd meet his gaze would be darkness? An impenetrable darkness, the kind he experienced when Lenny was in control?
"I'll drive, you can sleep in the car?"
Daniel's fingers rubbed at Bell-boy's back, found knotted muscles to play with and slowly worked out some of the stiffness he found there.
  Landon Turner / THERE IS NO EXPLANATION OR REASON / Urizen / 19d 2h 12m 49s
Bell woke to someone shaking him, something that seemed to happen more often than not nowadays. But he didn't recall having a nightmare--or any dream at all, really--so what was this about? He wiped his eyes and yawned, then rolled over to face the warmth at his back and found Daniel looking back at him. "Hmm, what," he mumbled. Everything looked fine to him, except for the part where it was early as balls.

Oh wait, maybe this was about his proposition from last night? He leaned out and kissed Daniel. "Didn't mean this early," he mumbled sleepily. All he wanted right now was another few minutes of sleep. But it was the crack of dawn, wasn't it? Still too dark to really be day, but too bright to be night. Too damn early, is what it was. Bell nuzzled Daniel's neck and closed his eyes again. "What d'you want?"

One arm lazily pulled Daniel closer, and he snuggled up. The floor was hard and uncomfortable; he could already feel where knots would form when he got up and got moving this morning. Though then again, that probably wasn't just the floor's fault. He had to imagine that their little nightly exercise right before sleep probably didn't help with the whole knots-thing. He stretched, then snuggled up closer and closed his eyes.

Wait. Wait a minute. His eyes opened. It was dawn, Daniel was here in his arms and didn't smell like alcohol, and there'd been no hallucinations. It'd actually happened, somehow. Everything had been fine, just for one night. How long had it even been since he'd last been able to sleep through the night? Felt like forever. Weeks, at least. "You're good," he said, somewhat surprised. Daniel was good. He wasn't freaking out or anything. "That's good."

He yawned again, settling down with a smile. Did Daniel really want to get up this morning? He didn't. He bet Cat didn't, either, especially after how hard last night had been on her guts. Just a little longer. Just a little longer. His eyes drifted shut. Another few minutes, and he'd get up.
  Bellwether / kaitoXi / 19d 2h 26m 30s
It'd been a long time Bell-boy had let himself be held like this. The man fit snugly into Daniel's arms, all warm and nice, smelling like cream and cheap soap. He'd become used to sleeping on a thin mattress, but Bell-boy's coat hardly made a dent in how hard the wooden floor was. Daniel nuzzled Bell-boy's hair and sighed out, waiting.
Sleep didn't really happen after having slept all day already. Instead, Daniel dozed lightly for a couple of hours, shaking off the drowsiness their extracurricular activities had caused.

Every time Bell-boy started awake, Daniel soothed the man back to sleep, letting him know that he hadn't gone off the deep end yet until eventually Bell-boy's breathing evened out and became a comfortable rhythm to listen to.
Until the rhythm became distorted. At first Daniel wasn't sure whether what he heard was real, whether or not the distortion was part of an hallucinatory onset, but Bell-boy twitched in his hold, reacting to whatever dream plagued him.

Didn't seem like a nightmare, so Daniel just gently hushed the man, brushing back Bell-boy's hair. Propped up on one elbow, Daniel looked down at the sleeping Bellwether.
He really did love the man.
So why was it so hard to do as Bell-boy asked and just quit drinking? Daniel hadn't thought his drinking to be a problem at first, that's why. Didn't seem like it was necessary to quit.

Spot shuffled down below, the noise of his fur bristling as the mutt shook itself audible in the quiet governing the house. Probably meant Cat was asleep as well. Pitter-patter of paws resounded noisily before things simmered down again.

"Love you, Bell-boy," Daniel whispered, more to himself than anyone else and kissed Bell's temple.
Something shifted against the wall. Daniel looked up and found a silhouette of a man lurking in the shadows. He closed his eyes. No.
Couldn't they just, for one night, not have this?
Just, one night?

Daniel sighed out, then shook Bell-boy's shoulder. The man's shadow grew across the floor, invading the street-light's beams of light and the careful, early morning light. The shadows flickered in and out, like the waxing and waning of the tide.
"Bell-boy?"
Maybe if he could convince the man to just leave now. It was early enough to be up.
Be quiet on the road and everything. And cool too.
  Landon Turner / THERE IS NO EXPLANATION OR REASON / Urizen / 19d 9h 10m 24s
Cat approached Daniel almost reluctantly, as though he might bite her. That embarrassed, huh? Though to be fair, he completely understood where she was coming from. Daniel passed over the water, and seconds later, Bell had to dodge as Daniel made her choke and spit out the water. Honestly now, did they have to make this encounter even more awkward?

"No," he lied adamantly. He was NOT about to admit that he'd blushed. Daniel would rip him apart.

Their clothes were scattered across the floor; he spread his coat out underneath them for a kind of blanket to lie on, so they wouldn't have to lay on bare wood. Daniel had a good idea with the pants-pillow; he followed suit, folding up his own pants.

"Here's hoping,," he sighed, shaking his head. He laid down on the blanket and patted the jacket for Daniel to join him. Nice and comfy, a new little love nest for the two of them. And hopefully Daniel wouldn't have hallucinations, and they'd sleep through the night and wake up content in the morning, and everything would be fine.

But when did that ever happen to them?

He snuggled up to Daniel, getting comfy. Daniel knew he liked being the little spoon. Though recently he'd had to hold Daniel and Landon down too often to indulge. But just for a little while, he could pretend everything was okay, right? Just for a little while. He closed his eyes, drifting off to sleep. Daniel was happy, he wouldn't hallucinate, everything was fine. He could dream about that. Maybe it'd come true.

He fell asleep slowly. Occasionally he'd start awake, afraid that Daniel would run off while he was asleep, but Daniel was there every time until he finally settled down to sleep at last. It was a dark sleep, but not empty. Daniel kept pulling away from him, disappearing off to drink alcohol, slink off to places he couldn't follow. He kept chasing after Daniel, but Daniel just kept retreating, getting further and further away from him, no matter what he said, no matter what he did. In the end, he couldn't even see Daniel anymore, and it slowly dawned upon him that he was all alone again, alone in this world.
  kaitoXi / 19d 18h 32m 45s
Bell-boy had some obvious doubts about undressing, but chose the thread of being seen naked over sleeping in soaked shorts. Good choice. Daniel felt nice and toasty, last thing he wanted was someone's went ass in his lap.
A grin played across his lips at Bell-boys decisively dirty look, and Daniel feigned innocence by tracing a finger through the cream.
"Well, there's that," Daniel said playfully, not entirely adverse to Bell-boy's ideas for spending the night and better half of the next day. When Bell-boy reached around, Daniel dabbed some excess cream from his fingers onto Bell-boy's nose, then kissed the man's cheek.

"Those things don't seem mutually exclusive," he mused with a content smile.
Daniel followed Bell-boy back into the house, hands behind his head. Really? Bell-boy wanted to find Cat with little else on but shorts, after what she'd undoubtedly just heard? His funeral.
It didn't quite come to that though.
Even in the twilight of the street-lights, Cat's furious blush was unmistakeably present. Fine, was she? Didn't entirely look it.

"We were worried -well...not that worried," Daniel grinned and offered Cat the water.
Bell-boy's blush was even cuter than Cat's, but Daniel couldn't care less.
"You feeling better?"

"Like you care," Cat muttered, still thoroughly embarrassed and wanting nothing more than to escape the awkward interaction. She took the water from Daniel's grip, mumbling a barely audible 'thanks'.

"Oh, we care. It'll be a nuisance if you got proper sick," Daniel pointed out.

"I'm fine, wouldn't go back there though," she waved at the general direction of the toilet.

Daniel smirked.
"Good thing we can piss standing," he offered.

Cat nearly choked on her water at that remark and glared at Daniel. "Fiend."
With that, the young woman turned and shuffled further into the house, leaving Daniel to follow Bell-boy up the stairs.

"Were you blushing?" Daniel started, haunting Bell-boy. It was too good to pass up on, though Daniel didn't want to waste what good standing he'd regained by fucking it up with too much teasing. He needed some extra points for when he made a stupid mistake again. Or a stupid choice. Hadn't really been a mistake, had it?
Daniel stepped into their room and gathered his clothes up, folding his pants into a improvised pillow. It'd be warm plenty to sleep as they were.
"Here's hoping there'll be no hallucinations tonight," Daniel mentioned, his smile turning into a bitter-sweet one.
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