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10 October 2006 @ 10:16 am
Heroes Fic: Outrage  
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Title: Outrage
Pairing/Characters: Nathan, Peter
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Genesis, Don't Look Back, One Giant Leap
Summary: Peter is furious with Nathan for what he said (One Giant Leap Post-Ep)
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

Nathan dismissed his bodyguards at the door to his Manhattan apartment, entered and locked the door behind him with a tired sigh.

Tossing his keys on the console table beside him, he stripped off his tie – the red one had been the right choice after all – and removed his suit jacket as he stepped further into the dimly lit foyer.

The tie and jacket fell to the ground when Peter emerged from the shadows and cold cocked Nathan, knocking him to the floor.

Peter was on him in an instant, straddling him on the floor as he drew his arm back, punching his brother in the face repeatedly.

"You fucking bastard! God damn fucking liar!"

Peter kept pummeling his brother's face with his fist and Nathan laid there, simply taking the blows.

"I told Simone I loved her and you told her I was crazy and suicidal! You fucking told the whole world! You knew I wasn't depressed like Dad and you knew I didn't try to kill myself, but now everyone thinks I'm all fucked up!"

Nathan winced as Peter landed a fresh round of blows strengthened by his renewed ire.

Peter finally pulled his hand back when he realized it was warm and sticky – mottled red from Nathan's bloody nose and split lip.

He deflated all at once, face crumbling into sadness as he all but collapsed over Nathan's still unprotesting form.

"I can't do it anymore," he said haltingly, his voice tinged with despair. "I tried over and over and I can't fly and I can't levitate. It's just gone..."

Nathan heard the hitch in Peter's breath and wrapped his arms around him consolingly.

"It's okay, Pete."

"No, it's not!" Peter said loudly, bolting back up. "I had powers! I was special! We both were! Now it ends up the powers are gone and you fucking betrayed me to the press to save your damn campaign!"

Peter's breath was coming in great heaving gasps now as he fought back his anger and sadness.

"Is that what you think?" Nathan asked. He drew Peter back into his embrace, a little surprised at how easily he allowed it. "I did it for you, buddy. I'm a politician. I work with the government. I know how they operate."

"So?" Peter said, confused.

Nathan looked Peter square in the eye. "Peter, if the government found out that someone had superpowers they'd have them shipped off to a secret lab in a heartbeat and if they thought that person was a threat they might never let them out." He brushed the hair away from Peter's face gently, a gesture he'd done automatically – like his mother – thousands of times in the past. "I couldn't let them do that to you. I couldn't let them take you away. Better for them to think you're a little unstable instead of a danger to national security."

Peter leaned down, resting his heated forehead against Nathan's.

"You could have told me ahead of time."

"No, I really couldn't."

A moment of silence passed where their combined breathing was the only sound; Peter's labored breaths slowing until they unconsciously fell into time with Nathan's.

"You let me hit you. Earlier and now."

"I deserved it." Nathan let out a deep breath. "But I do admit an ice pack would be good about now."

Chastened, Peter scrambled up and off his brother and offered him a hand up, which Nathan accepted.

"I'm sorry I went off like that."

"It's okay. What I did was pretty despicable. I'll probably drop in the polls for doing it, but if it keeps you from winding up some scientist's lab rat or dissected and put under a microscope it was worth it."

"What about you?" Peter asked, concern finding its way back into his voice.

"What about me?"

"Well, you can fly too – or you could before at least – so why aren't you worried they'll drag you off as well?"

Nathan laid his hands on Peter's shoulders.

"Pete, I know we haven't always been the equal partners you wanted us to be, but I'm your big brother. It's my job to protect you. What happens to me isn't important in comparison."

"It's important to me," Peter said quietly.

Nathan nodded and forced a little smile despite the pain.

"For what it's worth, I'm sorry I hurt you. I just did what I thought was best in a bad situation."

Nathan pulled his handkerchief out of his pocket and mopped up the blood from his face.

Peter tugged on his arm. "Come on. Let's go to the kitchen so I can get you fixed up."

"I knew there had to be some benefit to having a nurse in the family," Nathan joshed lightly as Peter led the way through the dark apartment.

"And here you thought my career choice was useless," Peter tossed back, making an effort to sound casual as well.

Nathan leaned against the doorway as Peter walked ahead of him towards the freezer.

"Did you really tell Simone you loved her?" he asked suddenly.

Peter stopped and paused briefly before turning around. He lifted his chin and spoke clearly and simply.

"Yes. I did."

Nathan nodded approvingly. "Good for you." He slid onto one of the kitchen bar stools and fingered his swollen jaw gingerly. "I like this new Peter – confident, self-assured... Of course, I'd like him better if he didn't punch me out every time he saw me..."

"Shush..." Peter admonished softly, pulling up a stool in front of Nathan and holding an ice pack carefully wrapped inside a towel against his brother's battered face. "Just let me take care of you."

"I thought that was my job," Nathan countered, leaning into the cool relief in Peter's hand.

"It's what brothers do for each other," Peter explained. "So don't try to fight it."

Nathan closed his eyes and let the pain begin to slip away.


Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 10th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
We will return you shortly to your regularly scheduled confession post, but first – a commercial break.

I stupidly posted a Heroes fic I like very much on Friday when nobody reads fic. Please make me a happy fic author and go read it. It's lonely back there on the 6th by itself.

Moving on...

So I was out and about last night and wasn't home for Heroes. (Go ahead and sue me – I have a life outside of TV. /grins/) I watched it twice in a row after midnight though and then went to sleep. I woke up after maybe a couple of hours of sleep and had a bunny in my head for yet another Nathan and Peter fic (and a Peter/Simone PWP one). I fought the P/S one off, but I kept getting dialogue from the Nathan and Peter one so after a half hour or so of tossing and turning I gave in and got up to write it.

This fic is unbetaed and since I'm running on almost no sleep it's bound to have errors in it. Mea culpa. Must post this and go back to bed... /tries not to nod off too soon/

No betas again, but a wave to melissima for feeding me a bunny for Mohinder/Charlie which sounds yummy and might just graduate from comment porn to a real fic soon, it's so appealing.


Emma DeMarais
NV: BtVS - Get Outta Hereneur0vanity on October 10th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
a bunny for Mohinder/Charlie

*squeals* Yes!

I love this fic and how you found a way to twist and justify what Nathan did. 'Cause dude? That was really shitty of Nate.

And OMG, didn't Milo look hot in that suit? Very Bond. Like emo!Bond. Huzzah.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 10th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Confession
Mohinder/Charlie - because teh pretty compels me... (It's only a tantalizing tidbit, but why not share it?) ;-)


AAAH! That is freaking funny *and* spot on!

Yes, Milo cleaned up alarmingly well. Very classy in a slick 'way too much like Nathan' sort of way. It's like showing us how we might have lost Peter to the dark side if he'd truly followed in Nathan's shark footsteps instead of just worshiping him.

I wonder how much of it was
a) showing that Peter really does support Nathan
b) showing that Peter's going dark already
c) reminding us Peter's from a wealthy family too and therefore worthy of someone at Simone's level
(The pilot had made him out to be considered more like 'the help' so this might have been her wake up call to remember he's part of one of Manhattan's tony families as well)

Regardless, Milo+suit=hottness. I'm a believer now. ;-)

Glad you liked the fic. Please - if you haven't done so yet - go read Empty Hand Empty Heart and make me a happy woman...

melissima: Garcia Guh! <lj user=slick-puppy>melissima on October 11th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
Okay, this one is my favorite of the Petrelli fics so far. (Mohinder/Charlie is entirely hot, also. I do hope it becomes a full-on fic.)

your ability to dive into new fandoms and write so well right away just fascinates me.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 12th, 2006 09:01 am (UTC)
Re: Confession
Words like 'favorite' make me so happy. /holds in quiet squee/

I do think I can do something with Mohinder/Charlie, but this crazy Nathan/Isaac has my muse all tied up in the porn department so it might have to wait.

your ability to dive into new fandoms and write so well right away just fascinates me.

At the risk of sounding hopelessly vain (too late for that right? /grins/) I can't tell you how/why that occurs since it is natural and easy for me. I josh about my muse, but honestly that's really how I feel it works. I don't have any special skills or training when it comes to writing fiction, but the muse puts things in my head and I just type them for her. I take credit for them sure, but it's not like I was really a conscious participant in the act of creation.

Okay, sometimes I am, but considering I wrote a 40 page fic in 24 hours I don't think fic is something I labor over in terms of thought processes. It really just comes and I try not to make too many typos. ;-)

/hugs you for being so nice and complimentary/

Meli Parker: Jumpmeli_64 on October 11th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
Awesome! You're such a wonderful writer. I love your Peter Nathan Stories. :D
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 30th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)

I thought for a while there I wasn't going to be able to write anyone *but* Nathan and Peter, but one of my betas sucked me into a Mohinder/Charlie fic (Crossover with Numb3rs).

Still... I'm itching for more Nathan... I can't help myself... :-)

an innovative dabbler: heroes_watchingoveryou/shippy_nathan/pettechnosage on October 11th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
I desperately wish this were true and this was why Nathan had done it. I believe it in the context of your fic, as it works perfectly.

Alas, I think Nathan is an unmitigated ass on the show and I just wish you were right. Maybe you will be. That would be nice. I'd like to see him redeemed.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 30th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ah well, they can keep making Nathan an ass on the show and I'll just keep redeeming him in fic. /sigh/

Still, they give me tidbits, like how he was with Niki and giving Hiro a ride. Just when I think that he's really that shark (that smile to Linderman's mouthpiece? /shudder/) I see another glimmer of humanity.

Hope springs eternal...

Besides, he's Peter's brother. That alone means there's a chance he can be good underneath all that political bluster.


ms. malcontent: [heroes // peter]lalita82 on October 11th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
Great story! I love the brothers, esp. Peter!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 30th, 2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Nathan's my favorite, but mostly because I loved Adrian's roles in the past.

I'm warming up to Milo/Peter fast though!

magus_69: dancingmagus_69 on October 12th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
I could hear Milo's and Adrian's voices as I read this, so that means that this matches up with their dialogue patterns. This in turn means that you have a good grasp on their voices as they exist. Which in turn is a long-winded way of saying bravo! Well done.

I hope that the show takes this tack, but I don't think it will.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 30th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that nice compliment. Voices are the main thing I tend to do well and while I was a one fandom girl for a very long time (Numb3rs) I added more fandoms over the summer to see if I could stretch out, learn to write more voices and write them faster. I was happy with the results. Somehow these two just flow for me and while I don't feel I have them spot on, I had no trouble getting them down on paper after only like two episodes.

The show will likely never make Nathan the way I do, but that's what fic is good for - wish fulfillment. ;-)


B: PB - fishstrifechaos on October 13th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
Nicely done, this was a way in which Nathan's character could actually be redeemed. I love the way you bring the characters to life with your writing. You keep them realistic. I could see this happening, and the interactions are always spot on.

Simone's character drives me insane, mainly because in the first episode she was 'in love' with Isaac and willing to help him (yet again) get out of his drug phase, but then not only keeps flirting but smooches with Peter later. Not that you know I could blame her, but Isaac wasn't exactly hard on the eyes either.

You could feel the brotherly bond between them, and how shows keep capturing that I'll never know but I love it. The sibling connection was beautiful here.

Loved the ending. *glomps* *waves*
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on October 30th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
First off, Simone...

If you go back and look, when she says I love you to Isaac she looks away from him, more towards his paintings. That to me was a big tell, almost too clumsy on the part of the actress and director.

I think she loved what Isaac could be, not who he was and he called her on it. He told her if she wasn't behind him she shouldn't be there and that was the right call. She wanted to get him cleaned up because then he'd fit into her nice vision of what she wanted him to be, not just because she loved him.

So she was already on the way out with Isaac anyway. I could tell their relationship had degraded to art dealer and junkie artist and they were just acting like there was still love there out of habit.

So is she stupid for jumping in bed with the first sweet honorable guy she meets? Of course, but thankfully that makes her human - something the actress still needs to do on screen IMHO.

Okay, back to the brothers... :-)

I'm glad you think it's realistic. I don't write the brothers the same way the show does (else Nathan would always be an ass), but I do try to keep it grounded in canon enough that it flows.

I keep writing shows with brothers because that bond is so compelling. Sure, I write cestfic too, but brothers just as brothers is great to write as well.

Besides, I had to validate Peter's career as a nurse at some point. People like him get no props and they deserve it. That's not fun work to do, but it's necessary.

Thanks for your great comments.

asha dreamweaverasha_dreamweave on January 28th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
like the dynamics.