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Common People - Being Human - George/Mitchell [May. 22nd, 2009|05:30 pm]
where the daydreams reign

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Title: Common People
Pairing: George/Mitchell
Word Count: 882
Rating: PG
A/N: Written for phantomreviewer for the ABC meme, 'temptation'. Pre-series.
Summary: After meeting George for the first time, Mitchell visits him again.


Mitchell watches George over the rim of his cooling mug of tea. There's something fascinating about it: about everything, about the way he chooses to move and the way he smells and the way he frowns when he's concentrating. He's hard at work in another coffee shop, a different one from the one he'd been at when Mitchell had first met him several months ago. His eyes are hidden behind a thin-rimmed set of glasses and that's all the proof that Mitchell would need to be convinced that it's a long few weeks left to go until the next full moon will make George's senses erupt.

George is pretending that he hasn't seen him, and with Mitchell being served by another waiter he can almost get away with the deception: if he had been anyone other than George then he might have. Yet, while Mitchell knows only very little about George, he knows one thing for certain. Subtly is not his strong point, and nor is lying for that matter. His skittish gaze travels towards Mitchell at least once a minute and he has dropped three cups since Mitchell first came in here one hour ago. That's a rather impressive record, Mitchell has to admit.

He manages to go through his entire shift without acknowledging Mitchell even once, and when he leaves - rushing out of the back door loud enough that Mitchell would have been able to hear him even without enhanced hearing - Mitchell doesn't try to follow him. He smiles against his mug and takes his time finishing his tea. He knows that George will be back tomorrow.

*


He is there for three of George's shifts in a row before George storms towards his two-seater table and crashes down into the chair opposite him.

"This is stalking, you know," George blurts, pleasantly startled. "I could call the police. I could have you arrested."

Mitchell smiles at him and leans his arms against the table. "That's true. Are you going to?"

And George blinks at him, frowns, twitches. Deflates. "No. What do you want?"

"Tea," Mitchell answers, leaning back in his chair and picking up his cup. "Just tea."

*


George is talkative. Very talkative. Being around him is incredibly exhausting and it makes Mitchell feel old, feel ancient, feel alive. He visits the coffee shop every day for an entire week, looking for him, finding him. Most days now George has the tea ready for him when he comes in, steaming and milky. "I don't understand why you keep coming here," he says. "I'm a -" He pauses, looks around to make sure nobody is listening. They're not. Too busy. Mitchell could have told him as much. "- werewolf. I thought werewolves and vampires didn't get on."

"I think we can make an exception," Mitchell tells him. He waves a hand between them. "Just me and you. I like you."

"Don't your mates get at you for it?"

"They're not 'my mates'," Mitchell says. He doesn't know what they are, but they aren't his friends. Not Seth. Not the others. More and more these days, he can't even stand to be around them: it's getting to the point that he can't even stand being around Herrick, and that isn't right. Nothing about that is right. "And they don't know, actually."

"I'm a secret then, am I?" George asks. He sounds far more pissy about it than Mitchell thinks that he really has any right to. "You don't want to let your friends find out that you're hanging out with a 'dog'."

"You're not a dog, George," Mitchell corrects sternly. Seth shouldn't have called him that. Racist. Unacceptable. "You'd be a terrible pet. I'll bet you're not even house-trained."

Beneath the table, George kicks his shin and although it hurts enough to make Mitchell yelp it isn't too bad: he's too busy laughing to really register any pain, and as he watches as George starts to laugh with him - out of control for once, breaking out of that tightly bound shell - he thinks that maybe he could stay like this forever, with him, just with him.

*


His face is a dirty blur of cuts and bruises the next time he visits. He stares down at the table and tries to avoid looking George in the eyes when he approaches. There will be panic and there will be questions and he doesn't think he wants to talk about it. Vampire politics, that's all it is. Like George had predicted, the other vampires hadn't been too pleased with the situation when they'd realised how much time he was spending here with no ulterior motive.

He shouldn't be here now. He can't stop himself.

George sighs deeply when he catches sight of Mitchell's blurred face. He reaches out for him, fingers skimming so lightly over the bruise on his cheek that Mitchell can't even feel it. He doesn't ask difficult questions; only one that is so easy to answer.

"D'you want to stay at mine tonight?" George offers. "It'll be safer."

And this time Mitchell has no difficulty with giving into temptation and saying, "Please."
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[User Picture]From: trobadora
2009-05-22 04:59 pm (UTC)
This is lovely!
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-05-23 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
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[User Picture]From: dancinguniverse
2009-05-22 06:12 pm (UTC)
aww. This was lovely. They're so comfortable with one another.
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-05-23 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: stealth_rose
2009-05-22 07:15 pm (UTC)
Very nice and very in voice. :) Thank you for writing this!
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-05-23 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
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[User Picture]From: vanishing_cake
2009-05-22 11:07 pm (UTC)
This was paced just right, it didn't feel too fast or too wrong, and you got the characters' voices about down. I'm not sure about the pleasantly startled in the second scene for George; that's the only thing I couldn't picture the way you described, because he is kind of a snarky, spastic personality. Other than that, though, it was perfect.

Now I'm singing the Pulp song they used in the pilot in my head, and can't stop. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-05-23 01:30 pm (UTC)
I've had that song stuck in my head for ages. It's only right that I inflict it on other people. :P

I might have phrased that bit badly, come to think of it. I meant that George is startled by Mitchell's not-so-subtle stalking and that Mitchell finds that pleasant, but I can see how that might come off wrong. I'll think about a way to phrase it better - thank you for the input!
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[User Picture]From: alba17
2009-05-23 01:34 am (UTC)
Awww, very nice. Nice sequence of little scenes and George taking care of him at the end. Sweet.
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-05-23 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^^
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[User Picture]From: hazelayes
2009-05-23 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah. *dreamy place* Like Mitchell, I'd be drinking a lot of tea too, just so I could watch George.
This was really on the bitton with voices, atmosphere and development. I liked it a lot. :)
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-05-23 01:31 pm (UTC)
Mmm, I don't even like tea but I think I'd develop a taste for it for George. ;)
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[User Picture]From: phantomreviewer
2009-05-23 07:38 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful. It's so realistic, because although episode 6 told us how they met, it doesn't explain them getting along does it?

Wonderful!
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-05-25 11:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! There's so many blanks in their backstory that still need to be filled it - I love it. ♥
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[User Picture]From: daphne121
2009-05-24 06:31 pm (UTC)
AWW! This is lovely! I love George taking care of hurt Mitchell.
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-05-25 11:59 am (UTC)
Ah, our boys are so adorable. Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: china_shop
2009-07-22 09:05 am (UTC)
Oh, I liked this a lot. Great voices! (And ouch!) :-)
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-07-24 11:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: dragonfly126
2009-07-30 09:03 pm (UTC)
This is a great look at early Mitchell/George.
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-07-31 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: magickaldreamer
2009-07-31 05:45 am (UTC)
I just found this show (it just came to BBC America) and I go looking for fic, and find that *you've* written for this fandom! *Dances.*
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-07-31 04:41 pm (UTC)
♥ Being Human is my favouritest TV show out of all my favourite shows! I've been writing fic since the pilot. It's so awesome to see new fans coming in now the show is airing over in the US!
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[User Picture]From: baka_sensei
2009-08-02 05:10 am (UTC)
I just watched all of season 1 today and fell in love with George and the possibilities of George/Mitchell. Since Torchwood has made me cry for the last time, I have decided to move on. *nods sternly* This will be my new Torchwood, and if fic this wonderful exists, I will be more than satisfied. :D Wonderful job, fabulously in character, and your GEORGE. Omg, I want to hug him. He's so FLAILY. One little con-crit:


"I'm a secret then, am I?" George asks. He sounds far more pissy about it than Mitchell thinks that he really has any right to. "You don't want to let your friends find out that hanging out with a 'dog'."


That should be "...don't want to let your find out that YOU'RE hanging out with a 'dog.'"

Much love to this fic. Do you have any more you might direct me towards? *booboo eyes of pleading*
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-08-02 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for catching that typo! Sadly there isn't too much fic out there (I'm hoping the show airing in the US might help to change that!), but I have a small handful saved on my delicious if you're looking for recs. I'd definitely check out entangled_now's stuff - she's brilliant.
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[User Picture]From: lost2mercy
2009-08-09 07:04 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. I just discovered this fandom and now I find there is great fic too. Yay. :D
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[User Picture]From: toestastegood
2009-08-13 05:35 pm (UTC)
^^ Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: isarn
2011-03-29 01:30 pm (UTC)
I love this. Great job!
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