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Title: Snap
Characters/Pairing: Tim, Dick
Rating: PG
Prompt: Tim(/author's choice), why Tim doesn't take photographs anymore.
Notes: For [ profile] the_protagonist  on the anniversary of her birth. <3

There are moments when he misses the weight of his camera in his hands, the feel and sound of the shutter clicking, capturing a moment of frozen motion for Tim to hoard away under his bed. He could catch Dick at the apex of his swing, body fully extended, toes pointed like stalagmites at the twittering ceiling overhead. Catch the backswing, legs spread nearly into a split, toes just brushing the bar, his center of mass brought close to the bar for maximum gain of momentum. Snap and freeze him in the air, twisting, legs piked, arms folded, turning and turning until his feet strike the mat, his arms extending a moment later, straight out to his sides and then upward in a victory 'V'. 

Snap, snap, snap
goes the shutter in Tim's brain. His finger twitches involuntarily.

When Tim began this voyeuristic love affair, moments were all he could capture. He might actually see Dick once in a week, a month. The pictures were kept to tide him over - to lay in bed with, penlight glowing faintly through the tent of his covers, to stare at and memorize and trace over and over with his fingertips.

Dick dusts chalk from his hands and crosses to the horse to fetch his towel. He rubs briskly over his bare chest and arms, wipes his face with a clean corner, before his sweat can cool in the cave air and chill his skin. He loops it around his neck and turns to head toward the showers - and then he spots Tim lingering near the racks of weights, and he lopes toward him with a bouncing step and easy grace. His smile is broad and warm. Snap, snap, snap.

"Hey kid. What's up?" Dick says in greeting. He slings an arm around Tim's shoulders, pulling him into a half-hug, skin still damp and slick. He smells as warm as he feels. Tim forces himself to make a face, earning himself a bright laugh for the effort. "Been watching long?"

Always, Tim thinks, but he shrugs and gives his head a minute shake. "Just a bit. Bruce wouldn't have liked that flashy dismount."

Another laugh. The smile, the sparkling eyes, the shaking of the shoulders, that could be caught on film, maybe, if he were very, very good - and very lucky. The sound of it though, somehow light and rich at the same time, the way it sends shivers down Tim's spine when Dick's body moves against his - there's no way to capture that. All Tim can do is lean into his warmth and smile back.
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Date: 2010-12-03 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!

Date: 2010-12-03 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww! :D

Nothing quite like the real thing. :)


Date: 2010-12-03 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And so many more senses to record than sight! XD

So glad you like it.

Date: 2010-12-03 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awww that's so sweet.

Date: 2010-12-03 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awe man; he has the real thing now!

This was so wonderful, love! Thank you so much! I might have a bit of a Tim-with-a-camera- thing and this was just fodder for my ever growing love!

Also - I think I've tried to have Tim describe Dick's scent before and I almost always right, '... the smell of Dick-' and then I giggle like a 12 year old and revise. You handled it very maturely! lol

<3<3<3 You're wonderful!

Date: 2010-12-03 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This was really awesome! I loved your use of the theme here, and the ways that Tim still things as a photographer even though he isn't practicing. It really makes a lot of sense character wise. I also adore him coming to the realization that photographs can only go so far, and that it can in no way capture all of Dick's essence (like his laugh) and the reaction it provokes in him.

Marvelous job!

Date: 2010-12-03 05:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh baby this was sweet and tender and logical and in character and it made sense and most of all it was loving. Yes Tim there are some things a camera can not capture.
Thanks for sharing

Date: 2010-12-03 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ohmigawd, this is so lovely! You portrayed the atmosphere and Tim's inner feelings in just a couple of paragraphs - that's amazing. Usually I am frustrated by ficlets (big giant teases, is what they are), but this left me totally content and sighing happily. ^_^

And hello, Jessie! I am a very recent pioneer of your writing. Got attracted by all the smutty wonderful porn, but became your devout fan after reading Close to Home. WOW, what a great story. And you're So Good! I am just so excited by how good of a writer you are! I love how concise you are in your descriptions, and pacing, and even the "good bits." Everything flows smoothly and character reactions are justified, and really, my only complaint is that you don't post every day. :D (if wishes were ponies, right? lol)

Anyhoo, thank you for sharing with the world. I am happy to find a writer active in the DC fandom, and totally psyched to find a GOOD one. XD

who has your journal on RSS and checks every day. I'm just saying. :D~

Date: 2010-12-03 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*wibble* So cute!

Date: 2010-12-04 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.

Yes, photos never do turn out as beautiful as the real thing.

Yes to "voyeuristic love affair". Yes to "he smells as warm as he feels". Yes to Tim forcing himself to make a face, just to keep up appearances. That bridges canon and fanon in a really nice way.

Date: 2010-12-04 04:41 pm (UTC)
glymr: (dicktim1)
From: [personal profile] glymr
You already know how much I love this, but I had to tell you again.

"Tim forces himself to make a face, earning himself a bright laugh for the effort."

That's my favorite line. It's so perfect, so *Tim*. This is gorgeously written and made me so happy!


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