When Legend had first introduced me to him, Reno had been nothing but a street punk suddenly plucked off the streets. He had been all sharp angles, gawky spindly limbs, and sarcasm. To see that he'd filled out –the skinny arms becoming muscular, the shoulders broadening with maturity, the chest filled out with hard work, the long slender legs becoming lean with muscle– should have changed my perspective and my opinion of him.
But I hadn't seen it, not at all. I'd noticed his improvement as an operative and properly rewarded him for it, but I'd never looked at him –really looked at him– and saw that the kid I'd met in the first place was no more.
~From chapter three of "Rubber Bands, Super Glue, and Bullet Holes" by SinsofMidnight
I've got more than 2000 words for it, but I want to write the rest of one more perspective before I post it... because, while I'm a horrible little tease, even I'm not that cruel yet!
I will own up to the fact that it's not gonna be a two-chapter fic, like I'd originally hoped. Still, I think the story is better for some of the stylistic choices I made.
Since I've been working on it so tirelessly, I thought I'd share a bit about it, if that's aright with everyone.
I stumbled across it on deviantART one day and ended up talking to RisenWarrior (the artist) about it. I told him that I thought Reno would be the one who would go to rediculous lengths to steal Tseng's hair-bands. I mentioned that I might want to write a fan-fiction based on that, and he said he'd want to see it.
The first chapter of "Rubber Band, Super Glue, and Bullet Holes" is the story I wrote for him --that's one of the reasons it stands alone so well. Still, I wasn't done with the story at that point: I wanted some Reno/Tseng action, because I am, in fact, a fangirl and it makes me happy.
Reno made things ever the more lively in the office, but when he comes in one morning hurt, refuses to tell them how it happened, and demands that they don't tell Tseng, his coworkers are, well, concerned. How did he get hurt and what do his injuries have to do with the new rule memo on everyone's desks?
Oh, and if anyone was curious about the songs that help me write this story...
- "Follow You Home" by Nickleback
Mostly, I think the congruency is actually to Reno's persistence, considering that Tseng shot him three times but he still kept coming back...
- "Til I Forget About You" by Big Time Rush
It comes through mostly when Reno dwells on the past... I believe the exact lines in the story are "... So I slept with strangers, I got drunk, I tried all varieties of drugs, and I went out on suicide missions. All the while, I tried to pretend that all of those things brought me the blissful numbness I craved, that I could somehow forget him..."
- "Boyfriend" by Big Time Rush
I know I'm breaking everyone's hearts by admitting this --heck, I can't believe I'm owning up to this one!-- but this song makes me giggle and helps me write. Since it's a gay, gay world in my brain, all I can think of is gay couples when I hear this song. Oh, I'm so lame!
(Just a note: chapter three [where the quote comes from] has not been posted yet...)
Ever at your pleasure,