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Episode 18 - Part 1

  • Dec. 17th, 2005 at 9:05 PM
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Parts 2-25 backdated to avoid friends page spammage.


The streets were muddy from the recent rains, but James felt in high spirits regardless. Classes were back in session at Manchester University, and that meant old friends would be returning while new friends waited to be made. The summer had been a particularly boring one, but at least he'd made some pretty decent money working at the factory.

The tavern was bustling with energy that night, filled to capacity with returning students and professors alike. The end of the first day of classes was always the busiest night of the year, and James found himself looking forward to it more than Christmas.

As he pushed open the doors, he found himself stopped in his tracks by the sound of a group of students singing a particularly raunchy bar song. This wasn't unusual in and of its self- raunchy bar songs were a way of life in these parts. What was unusual was the way that they were making the song sound like a work of art- hitting every note and singing in perfect harmony through the occasional outburst of laughter.

One particular voice stood out from the others- a strong tenor coming from one of the younger students in the crowd. James had never heard a range quite like his before- he seemed to be able to hit the highest and lowest notes with the same ease as those in the middle.

When the song ended, the group dissolved into chaotic laughter as the tavern erupted in applause. James made his way over to the young singer, pushing past several people in the process.

James: "That was an amazing rendition of that song, I just had to tell you. Let me buy you a drink for entertaining us!"

The young man let out a nervous laugh, clearly not used to all the attention he was suddenly getting.

Tristan: "Thank you!"
James: "Thank you! James Selwyn."
Tristan: "Tristan Payne."

James: "So, Tristan, I'm going to assume you're studying over at the university."
Tristan: "Indeed- it's my first year in the music programme. How about yourself? Are you attending university?"

James laughed loudly and took a long drink of his beer.

James: "No, not me. I'm just a lowly factory worker."
Tristan: "So you actually live around here year round then?"
James: "Since I was born, as a matter of fact. Is this your first time away from home?"

Tristan's smile faltered briefly. He took a few deep breaths, doing his best to overcome the fleeting feelings of homesickness he'd been too busy during the day to notice.

Tristan: "Yes, it is."

James: "Are you far from them?"
Tristan: "No, I guess not really. We live just a few miles out of town."
James: "It'll get easier, you'll see."
Tristan: "I suppose it will."
James: "I know it will! C'mon, I'll introduce you to some of my friends!"

Tristan felt swept up in James' apparent passion for life. He seemed to know just about everyone at the tavern that night, and was quick to make friends with the few he didn't. He had an easy laugh, a vivaciousness that quickly drew in those around him.

Hours passed, and the room began to empty as students and workers with early morning engagements made their way home to their beds for the night. Fairly soon James and Tristan were the only ones left, sitting at a table by the dying fire.

James: "So you want to make sure that you're not giving anything away with your facial expressions."
Tristan: "I guess openly laughing is out, then?"
James: "Absolutely."

Tristan: "It may be useful for faking someone out."

Tristan triumphantly laid his hand out on the table- complete rubbish, much to James' shock. He was quick to cover it up, however.

James: "I let you win that time. I felt bad for beating you all night."
Tristan: "Suuuure…"

Molly: "Ok boys, time to pack it up for the night."
James: "Already?"
Molly: "If you'd bothered to look up from those cards once in a while, James, you'd have noticed that the rest of our patrons went home hours ago."

There was good humor in Molly's voice as she spoke.

James: "Oh bollocks! Tristan, I hope you didn't have class in the morning- I didn't really intend to keep you up all hours!"
Tristan: "I have the morning off, so no worries."
James: "Will you be back tomorrow night?"
Tristan: "Absolutely."


[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
YAY!!! :D

*starts reading*
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 05:15 am (UTC)
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)

I've been dying for this to come out. :D
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
This is SO perfect. I just sent home the last of my Christmas party guests, and now I have Deception Pass to read before I go to bed!


[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
Aw, they're so cute!

Yay for updates, woohoo!
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 08:17 am (UTC)
oh YAY! what a perfect way to boost my awful weekend!

plus tristan and james are so freakin' cute at that age. XD
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! I've been patiently waiting for my Tristan and James fix. *sighs in happiness*
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
Update!! Wonderful way to start the morning!

::dances in joy and rushes off to read::
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Aw they're so young!
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yay! You have no idea how happy it makes me to see these updates on my friendspage! :D *skips off to read the rest*
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!!!

Another update, must commence reading.
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[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
i really hope this story gets 'discovered' and is turned into a movie!

**tries to avoid reading the new stuff cause i'm still not caught-up**
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 18th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
I love young Tristan!!!

I love young James!!!

I love Deception Pass!!
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 19th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)

*pets young Tristan*

he's so adorable!
[identity profile] wrote:
Nov. 10th, 2006 08:46 am (UTC)
Yay! my first display picture of my favourite DP character!..
[identity profile] wrote:
Jan. 26th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Young!James and young!Tristan are so cute!!!
[identity profile] wrote:
Aug. 8th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! i never imagined james with brown hair but now that i do its really hot but it wouldn't go with the gothy theme. I wish you did a background on Chris *swoons and continues reading*
[identity profile] wrote:
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
very cute.