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19 November 2011 @ 08:21 pm
fic: (this is a form of) letting go  

Damon Salvatore & Katherine Pierce (taken from fanpop)

title: (this is a form of) letting go
rating: r
pairing: katherine/damon[/elena]
warnings: post 3x09
a/n: written for the vampire diaries comment ficathon: part 3.
disclaimer: disclaimed.
stainofmylove's prompt: take care of yourself.

“Slept with your transference issues yet?” she asks cheerily, twists the cord hard around her fingers. All you touch and all you see. She can’t touch him and he can’t see her.

“Katherine,” his voice ends in the long-suffering, half-resigned note that it always does when he's using her name. It makes her smile. Sometimes.

“Judging by the degree of sheer frustration in the space of nine letters, I’m assuming it’s a no.”

“This is not a tradition,” he retorts, “don’t make it into a tradition.” 

It’s a habit, she wants to shrug, you’re a habit.

“Seriously, Stefan’s gone and you’re there. And you’ve been doing the whole ‘I will never leave you’ coupled with late night bedroom visits thing since about an eternity now. What’s taking her so long?” she keeps tabs on her boys.

“I’m hanging up,” he threatens. Doesn’t, though. She knew he wouldn’t. She knows a lot of things; his favorite color, his brother’s favorite book, that they both love with the same frightening intensity, and sometimes, she can’t stand it.

“You’re being cockblocked by the memory of your brother? That’s pathetic, even for you. And you’re the guy who spent a hundred and forty five years of his life sitting around waiting for a comet to crash.” she does this sometimes. Occasionally she does things she doesn’t have to do.

“It doesn’t work, you know. Not now. Not anymore.” he says. He’s not breathing though; doesn’t need to, but still does, and now he’s not, and it works every time, love.

“Don’t worry,” she says, quotes his favorite book because she knows. Because she can, “after all, tomorrow is another day. Maybe she’ll get horny enough to—”

“Katherine.” he warns. Doesn't hang up. She wants him to fucking hang up already.

“What?” the pretend innocence feels much more bitter than it did half a millennium ago, when it ran deeper than just the tip of her tongue, “she’s a girl, Damon. A human girl. An eighteen year old, human girl. Do you really think she’s virginal and virtuous and faithful or something? Surely, you’ve heard Stefan fucking her into the mattress as many times as you've sat and listened to them while trying to drown your sorrows in —”

“I swear to god, nothing will give me as much pleasure as driving something hard and wooden through you.”

He’s not angry, not really, and she thinks she might have lost that. The ability. That power. To make him angry, to hurt him like no one else possibly could. And sometimes she just gets tired.

“You’ve already tried, and how’d that work out for you?” Your brother fed from a teenage girl, she doesn’t say. Klaus has no hold over him now, she doesn’t say. 

“I’ll wait,” she can feel him shrugging, clenches the cord tighter, it’ll break and then it’ll be some sort of a metaphor for something she really doesn’t give a fuck about, “I’ll wait till the right time, Katherine. I have a lot of time, really.”

She remembers that about him; waiting. He always waits too much, waits too long. 

“What happened to you?” she asks, teases, soaks in her own stereotype, “you used to be so sweet.”

He laughs mirthlessly, “you happened, actually.”

He’s too honest, brutally so, and he’s terrible at pretenses. She remembers that about him too.

“Come to Vienna,” she says, looks out of the booth at a place that isn’t Vienna. He won’t come anyway, so, whatever, “I could heal you. Blood, sex, everything you’ve ever wanted. I’ll straighten my hair, wear boring clothes.”

“What happened to you?” he counters, her words don’t fit his mouth, but he always tries, “you used to be good at this.”

“And you used to have a dick.” she says, crude, in his face. “Try not to imagine my face when she finally lets you fuck her.”

“Come up with a better excuse for calling tomorrow.”

She won’t call tomorrow. It's not like she needs to or anything. She won’t call tomorrow.

She’s almost put the phone down, and maybe today, maybe this time, he won't.

“—take care of yourself, Katherine.”

The click of the receiver on her end drowns out his words, almost. Not quite. But close enough. Maybe next time, he won't.

(So fine, she’ll come up with a better excuse tomorrow, she’s good at those anyway).
 
 
unoshotunoshot on November 21st, 2011 07:18 am (UTC)
Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
(I got to Stefan saying 'That's a euphemism' and nearly spit coffee on my keyboard.)

**

"Stefan's kicking me under the table."

"Am not."

"... Stefan's using some dead guy's leg to kick me under the table."

"Okay, that, I --"

Katherine sashays into the dining room with an unconscious young policeman over her shoulder, dropping him half-ceremoniously to the polished oak. Crystal glasses rattle faintly; the cop groans, his head hitting with a dull thud.

Lifting his scotch safely away from any rogue body parts, Damon raises an eyebrow. "What's the occasion?"

"I just thought we could have a nice family dinner. Also, he tried to give me a parking ticket."

"Sweet," is Stefan's verdict. "Dibs on drumstick."

"Dibs on --" starts Katherine, but the brothers chorus a weary, "We know."

"Seriously?" says Caroline. She slumps down an inch further in her chair.

"Well," replies Damon, considering, "If you want to share with her, most particularly while we watch, we could --"

"I don't eat humans," points out Caroline. "For the five thousand, three hundred and sixty-fifth time. You never listen to me."

"We listen," says Katherine, settling herself into a chair. She prods at the cop with a fingertip. "You need to get over this stupid little phase."

"It's not a phase! It's been ten years. You have no sense of social respo --"

"Talk to me when you hit a hundred," interrupts Damon. "Look, your pseudo-mother went to a lot of trouble to prepare this lovely meal --"

"Which I don't eat --"

"-- and while you live in our house, you'll obey our rules."

"I ran away three times last week! You pulled my spleen out through my ribs!" Caroline shoves herself back from the table and throws her bunched-up napkin, watching it bounce off the cop's slack face. It narrowly misses Damon's drink, which earns her a stern frown.

"Okay, listen," says Stefan, "can I eat?" It's a rhetorical question; he's already got his knife slicing up the stripe on the prone man's uniform pants.

"See? Stefan appreciates his meal." Katherine's arms are folded, lip ever so slightly pouting.

Caroline stalks toward the kitchen. "You didn't even think to bring me a rabbit, did you."

"If you leave this table," threatens Damon, "you are so grounded."

"I don't care."

(Halfway to the back stairs, Caroline hears Katherine sigh, "I don't know what we're going to do with that girl." "Well, obviously, we could just kill her." "DIBS.")
youcallitwinter: you won't be seventeen foreveryoucallitwinter on November 21st, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
I WILL DIE IF THIS SPINOFF DOESN'T HAPPEN. And oh my god, the family dinner. This is exactly how it would be; with Katherine sashaying in with corpses and Damon being a slut (subtly, of course) and suitably patriarchal and Stefan casually eating people and Caroline bitching about all of them. I WANT TO SEE THIS ON MY SCREEN.

"Dibs on --" starts Katherine, but the brothers chorus a weary, "We know."

HAHAHA, KATHERINE, QUEEN OF MY HEART <3

Caroline hears Katherine sigh, "I don't know what we're going to do with that girl." "Well, obviously, we could just kill her." "DIBS."

A++++++
youcallitwinter: you won't be seventeen foreveryoucallitwinter on November 21st, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
I don't even D: goddammit.

x

The light snaps on, just as she finally manages to sling the rucksack over her back.

Oh, man.

“Where are you going,” Damon asks calmly. calm/ kä(l)m / n / The absence of violent or confrontational activity within a place or group. Okay, so maybe that isn’t the right word exactly.

“Out?” she tries.

“This is an intervention,” Stefan shrugs, raising his bare arm in a gesture of indifference. Or it could be the severed arm of the dead guy on the floor. She has excellent eyesight, but in the dark it’s still kind of hard to tell.

Caroline looks at them suspiciously, “then why aren’t you wearing any clothes.”

“This is a special sort of intervention.” Katherine adds.

“Oh my god, this is an orgy, isn’t it? You guys were just doing it. Oh my god.”

“You don’t get to join in.” Damon says firmly, “that is your punishment for your unacceptable behavior at dinner today.”

Okay, she so totally does not want to join in. Ew, “I so totally do not want to join in. Ew. Like I would ever let you touch me.”

“That’s not what you said last night while we were talking.” She hopes his stupid face freezes in that smirk.

“That’s a euphemism.” Stefan says, turning to Katherine.

"Baby girl still needs to taught that little girls should be seen, not heard.” she sighs.

“I hear a lot more of you that I would like,” Caroline says indignantly.

“She gets her temper from me,” Katherine smiles at her fondly. It is faintly reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn in that movie about the jewelry store. Although it is much more reminiscent of Anthony Hopkins in that one movie where he eats people, "like mother, like daughter."

“Your deflection is as childish as it is obvious, Caroline,” Damon crosses his arms, “Now tell us where you thought you were going?”

“You already know,” she says sulkily putting the rucksack down, “you don’t have to pretend with me.”

“That’s my line,” Stefan observes, “I’m not sure you should be using it without appropriate disclaimers.”

“You’re supposed to be on my side!”

“I am on your side,” Stefan says soothingly, “I just don’t condone plagiarism on ethical grounds.” He waves the hand to emphasize his point.

“You all suck,” she pouts, slinking down on the couch, “and that isn’t a pun.”

“Or a euphemism,” she adds hastily as Stefan opens his mouth.

“Okay, this,” says Damon menacingly, “is exactly what I’m talking about. You’re getting out of hand, young lady. If this phase of yours is just a need for guidance about the facts of life, specifically the ones that involve touching, then I’m sure Katherine would be more than willing to help. And we can watch via the video camera installed in your room to make sure she doesn’t kill you. But if this phase is anything other than a need for guidance about the facts of life, specifically the ones that involve touching, then you’re grounded.”

“Whatever,” she says, crossing her arms in his pose, “whatever. See if I care. I’ll just wait till your next orgy and slip away when you’re in the middle of…things. And you can’t stop me. So there.”

“See,” Katherine narrows her eyes at Damon, “this is what you’re teaching your daughter. The pretend apathy and talking back to people who know better is signature you.”

“My daughter,” he says in outrage, “She’s my daughter now? It takes two, Katherine. You’re the one who smothered her with a fucking pillow. And where do you think she gets the habit of constantly running away from anyway?”

“You’re making them fight,” Stefan shakes his head, spitting the ring out, as the hand disappears between his teeth.

“They’re not going to break up, are they?” she asks, eyes wide.

He shrugs, “that. Or have wild sex on the floor. You can’t be sure with these two.”

“Okay,” she runs to them, placing her hand placatingly on both their bare chests, “I swear I’ll try to do better. I swear. Just, don’t fight, okay. Please. I love you. Sometimes. Okay, rarely, but it counts.”

Katherine’s smirk is exceptionally dirty, while Damon seems to think her hand is a full-time license for other things. But as Stefan smiles at her through a mouthful of teeth and flesh, she find out that maybe she doesn’t mind quite so much this time.

Family is family, after all.
a girl like that: carecassiehayes on November 21st, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
Oh my god.

Caroline trying to run away and Damon and Katherine pulling the parents act on her and Stefan snarking about You're making them fight and Damon outraged it's HIS daughter now, "You're the one who smothered her with a fucking pillow" is absolutely priceless. You're killing meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Asljdsljdslds.
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on November 21st, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
I don't even with this anymore. /shakes head YOU SHOULD WRITE FOR THE C MINOR!VERSE IF INSPIRATION STRIKES BTW. I'd love to read! And I'm guessing this is exactly your crack!ship too, hee :D
a girl like that: katherinebbycassiehayes on November 22nd, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
Oh gosh this is SO my crackship beyond belief, hee, but I have legit never written crack before :O WE SHALL HAVE TO SEE HOW CRAZY ALL THIS STUDYING MAKES ME
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 09:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - cassiehayes on November 22nd, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - cassiehayes on November 22nd, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
take to the skyjezebelz on November 21st, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
THIS IS THE BEST OF ALL THE THINGS. I can't even. *dies*
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on November 21st, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
I obviously need to re-evaluate my life choices right about now D: Haha, THANK YOU!
unoshotunoshot on November 22nd, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
I think you mean our. Our life choices. What is this even? How are people reading this? WHERE DID THIS AUDIENCE COME FROM.

I think we should take this inexplicable popularity as proof of concept, though, and immediately begin contacting the network and assorted agents. This show needs to happen posthaste.

Because: It takes two, Katherine. You’re the one who smothered her with a fucking pillow.

Oh my god, you win at everything. I literally, actually laughed out loud.
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 08:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 08:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - unoshot on November 22nd, 2011 01:02 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 08:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
Dora Painter: Drunk!Elena2taracarter on November 21st, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
OMG< These are just so awesome! Crack!fic
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
I know, right? It's like WHAT IS THIS EVEN?
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - taracarter on November 22nd, 2011 08:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 09:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - taracarter on November 22nd, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
dante_kentdante_kent on November 21st, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
YOU. THIS IS EVERYTHING I'VE EVER WANTED. Stefan/Pointing out euphemisms = my new OTP. THERE MUST BE AN ICON FOR THIS.

"Do you know how many boxes of detergent it's going to take to get the bloodstains out?" the veins under his eyes pop out, "None. Because the bloodstains won't come out."

Neatfreak!Damon is SO frustrated - NO ONE UNDERSTANDS. Evil does not necessitate sloppiness, ok? OK, STEFAN?

Also, you totally slipped my Brothership in there. Damon totally sides with Stefan because they're the Salvatores and they're like that. IN ALL FORMS.

Caroline looks at them suspiciously, “then why aren’t you wearing any clothes.”

“This is a special sort of intervention.” Katherine adds.


This is the best family of all families.

“My daughter,” he says in outrage, “She’s my daughter now? It takes two, Katherine. You’re the one who smothered her with a fucking pillow.

I LOVE YOU. That is all.

I am officially Team Pierceatorebes. Well, maybe we can work on the name. The sentiment remains.
waltzmatildah: tvd: kat and mousewaltzmatildah on November 22nd, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
I was about to write my own comment but really? THIS! Everything that has been said here is my opinion only written much more succinctly and with more flair than I could have managed so... THIS!

(especially: Team Peirceatorebes)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 09:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - dante_kent on November 23rd, 2011 09:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 23rd, 2011 10:07 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - unoshot on November 23rd, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - dante_kent on November 23rd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - youcallitwinter on November 24th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor - dante_kent on November 25th, 2011 09:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
Stefan/Pointing out euphemisms = my new OTP. THERE MUST BE AN ICON FOR THIS.

YEAH, he would just kind of sit around chewing on people and pointing out euphemisms. WHY IS THIS NOT HAPPENING ON MY SCREEN. Also, heh, must look into the icon thing, yes ;)

Neatfreak!Damon is SO frustrated - NO ONE UNDERSTANDS.

IT IS DAMON AGAINST THE WORLD. The harsh, unfeeling, insensitive world. D:

Damon totally sides with Stefan because they're the Salvatores and they're like that. IN ALL FORMS.

Yep, and Stefan leaps to Damon's defense because that is kind of what they do xD SALVACEST FOREVER.

This would be the family whose home videos (which would mostly be pornographic clips, negl) I would totally pay to watch.

DUDE, THAT IS AN AWESOME TEAM NAME. It could totally be that. YOU SHOULD ALSO WRITE FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY DESERVE ALL THE CRACK IN THE WORLD.
Amyshineyma on November 22nd, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
OH MY GOD WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL OF MY LIFE.

This is everything I didn't know I wanted and I will now quietly love you for all eternity.
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 09:42 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
YOU SHOULD WRITE FOR THE C MINOR!VERSE



/hypnotize

We all know you're excellent at crack!fic xD

I DIDN'T KNOW HOW BADLY I WANTED THIS IN MY LIFE TILL IT WAS POINTED OUT TO ME. My god, OT4 *hearts*
ever_neutral: stefan ~ to be someoneever_neutral on November 22nd, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER READ IN MY WHOLE LIFE
youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
Re: Where The Heart Is, in C Minor
a girl like that: katherinebbycassiehayes on November 21st, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
HE TRIED TO GIVE KATHERINE A PARKING TICKET. ALJDSLHDSHDKS. OH MY GOD.

AND OH CAROLINE, ANNOYED BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T EAT HUMANS AND THEY ALL THINK IT'S A PHASE

DON'T MIND ME JUST STALKING THIS FLAWLESS SPINOFF.
a girl like that: katherinebbycassiehayes on November 21st, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
OH AND ALSO: "... Stefan's using some dead guy's leg to kick me under the table." KILLED ME.

Everything about this is flawless basically. A+ Family dinner right here and I absolutely need this in my life, aljdlsds :3
unoshotunoshot on November 22nd, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
I AM TERRIFIED THAT PEOPLE ARE EVEN READING THIS but at least you are enjoying it, so hey, there's that. ;) youcallitwinter and I will begin working on our network pitch immediately.

(Thank you for the nice comment!)
a girl like that: katherinebbycassiehayes on November 22nd, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
LOL DO NOT BE, I AM ENJOYING IT IMMENSELY :) And woooooo!
dante_kentdante_kent on November 21st, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
THESE ARE JUST - I AM WITHOUT SPEECH. I AM JUST JOY. You two are just. ACES. Parental Damon and Katherine and OH MY GOD EVIL!STEFAN. I cannot even with Evil!Stefan. I have never loved anyone more. I'm thinking I should compile a list of how TVD has skewed my moral compass, and item #1 will be how much I love this:

Stefan is cross-legged on the floor, some brunette's head in his lap, his hands tracing patterns through her hair like he's playing cat's cradle. Caroline wonders vaguely where the rest of the woman is

OH AND THIS TOO:

"Stefan's kicking me under the table."

"Am not."

"... Stefan's using some dead guy's leg to kick me under the table."

"Okay, that, I --"


GLORIOUS. He's just so cheery! And the sibling bickering between him and Caroline, and how unabashedly awful everyone is, and I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH. Words fail. But this?

Halfway to the back stairs, Caroline hears Katherine sigh, "I don't know what we're going to do with that girl." "Well, obviously, we could just kill her." "DIBS."

THIS IS ME HAPPY. Just. *slow clap*
unoshotunoshot on November 22nd, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
Haha, thank you so much; I came back to this thread today and was like, 'what is even going on here,' and now I feel we have the basis for a community based entirely upon a solid foundation of family values and severed limbs. And euphemisms.

Especially euphemisms.

I hope The CW is paying attention.

youcallitwinter: tonight i think i'll walk aloneyoucallitwinter on November 22nd, 2011 09:45 am (UTC)
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor
Now I feel we have the basis for a community based entirely upon a solid foundation of family values and severed limbs. And euphemisms.

I feel like we've found our Network pitch *nods*
Re: Thicker Than Water, in C Minor - dante_kent on November 23rd, 2011 09:45 am (UTC) (Expand)