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Author: [livejournal.com profile] thuribrandybuck
Author's Email: Thuri at GypsyPyrates dot com
Website: http://www.in-the-shire-reckoning.com/
Pairing(s): Dom/Billy
Rating: Series is G -- NC-17.
Summary: Phone calls and complications
Disclaimer: Yeah. This is sooooo not true.
Warning: AU
Authors Note: Yet another alternative universe.
(Part One) (Part Two) (Part Three) (Part Four) (Part Five) (Part Six) (Part Seven) (Part Eight) (Part Nine) (Part Ten) (Part Eleven) (Part Twelve) (Part Thirteen)




Eventually, the cramped position was too much, even considering the size of the tub, and Dom had to move. He groaned, softly, as he pulled himself up and shut the water off. "Big, wide ocean you said, right, Bills?"

Billy laughed, hooking his arms over the edge of the tub and pulling himself up a little, letting the water flow down and to the drain. "Aye. Why, lad? Want to go exploring?"

Dom grinned, at that, deciding he very much did, if not necessarily in the way Billy meant. Then again, with that look in those impossibly green eyes . . . maybe it was exactly what his merman lover had in mind. "In ways I couldn't've imagined, before last night," he replied, leaning in to kiss Billy thoroughly. "But I thought maybe breakfast, first?"

"Breakfast, first," Billy agreed. "Toss me a towel, Dommie?"

Dom did so, watching out of the corner of his eye, half drying himself, half puttering around the room, as Billy rubbed the towel carefully over himself, concentrating on the tail most of all. Not that Dom could see much of it, from across the room. But the fins were still resting over the end, his tail too long to fit in the tub even when he sat up. As much as he could, of course . . . Dom shook his head a little, drying his hair. And so, in that moment the towel passed in front of his eyes, missed the change. Arms slid around his stomach from behind, and Billy pressed a kiss between his shoulder blades. "Breakfast, mo cridhe?" he asked, resting his chin on Dom's shoulder.


Billy left, reluctantly, that afternoon, with a long, drawn-out kiss. "Tomorrow, lad," he promised. "Tomorrow, when the sun's overhead."

Dom smiled. "Noon, Bills," he said, kissing him back. "That's noon. Have to find you a watch."

Billy laughed, kissed him one last time, and headed down the stairs.

Dom walked back into the house, in something of a daze. Had this really just happened? Had he really spent the night with the merman from his dreams?

Well, yeah, he had. The evidence in his tub this morning had been pretty hard to ignore, after all. And the memory of Billy's silver green scales sliding beneath his fingers . . .

Dom shivered, surveying the wreck of the bedroom, the bathroom. The living room, too, they'd made love as humans again, before Billy'd left. Dom was exhausted, drained, and more content than he could've imagined. Except for the lingering surrealism of it all.

The ringing phone pulled him somewhat from his daze. "Yo," he said, answering and flopping back on the couch when he saw it was Elijah. "What's up, mate?"

"Dude, Dom, you sound happy. What gives?" Lij asked accusingly.

Dom rolled his eyes. "Thanks, Doodle. Am happy. Hell, I'm Dominic Monaghan, babe. I'm always happy. It's in the contracts." But rather than bitter, the words came out with a kind of giddiness. Something that would've, in a girl, been called a giggle.

"You're not fucked up, are you?" Lij's voice was wary, now.

"Swear I'm totally sober," Dom replied. And he was, unless mer come was an intoxicant. That thought made him giggle again.

"Oooookay," Elijah said, his tone clearly saying he wasn't touching Dom's state of mind with a ten-foot pole. "Anyway. When are you coming back?"

Dom shrugged. "Eventually. Someday. Never. Don't know yet. Why?"

"Because you've been in the ass end of nowhere for over two weeks?" Elijah suggested. "And fuck, man, you're making me sound like Astin."

Dom laughed again. "Not quite. You haven't lectured me on safety or the money I'm wasting by not working right now. You planning to?"

"No." Lij sighed. "Not yet. But you should get your ass back. Before you lose the show. It's what you've been trying for, Dom, you know that as well as I do. And running off 'cause a chick you didn't even care about dumped you . . ."

"Lij . . ." Dom's voice softened, and he sighed, too. "It wasn't like that."

"I know," Elijah replied, his voice slightly bitter, raising memories of old wounds. "Look, Dom, you know how I feel but . . . just come home? If only long enough to sort things out?"

Dom sighed again, long and soft, and nodded, though he knew Lij wouldn't see it. "I'll try. I've got some stuff happening, here, and . . . can't get away real fast."

"Meet a local?" Lij asked, his tone closer to the half-amused teasing he normally had for Dom's relationships.

"Maybe," Dom replied, on more familiar ground now.

"So bring him along," Lij suggested with a shrug. "Impress him with Hollywood, and your great success and famous friends. Offer to introduce him to Frodo."

"Couldn't do that, Frodo's too busy," Dom replied, grinning a little, though the thought of Billy in Hollywood was . . . unsettling, to say the least.

"Yeah. Well, he's a bit of a fucker, anyway," Elijah agreed thoughtfully. "But whatever gives with this guy, come back soon. Astin and I won't let you wreck yourself over this. She's not worth it."

Dom smiled a little, imaging Lij, playing with a clove, pacing as he talked, the look in his eyes . . . "I know. And I won't fuck this up, too. Promise."

Lij sighed in relief. "See you soon, then. And, uh, Astin'll probably be calling about the same thing . . ."

Dom laughed aloud. "Wouldn't be at all surprised. And Lij? I don't know if I'll convince him to come with me, but I am happy."

"Good, Dom," Elijah said softly, once again pushing down his own regrets. "I'm glad. Take care of yourself, man."

"You, too," Dom said, smile softening a little as Elijah hung up. Elijah. Brash and young and surprising vulnerable underneath it all, despite his years in Hollywood, as a child actor. And, to the American's endless frustration, like the younger brother Dom'd never had. Nothing more.

Date: 2005-01-10 09:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fallonblackdays.livejournal.com
Oooh! Things are getting complicated now. How's Dom saying to Billy that he's leaving? And will he leave for a while and then come back to Scotland or will he stay in LA? And is Billy going with him? (that makes me wonder on some "techincal" detail: how long exactly can Billy stay out of the water?)

And this:

And, to the American's endless frustration, like the younger brother Dom'd never had. Nothing more.

This made wonder... That "Nothing more" at the end... Is Elijah in love with Dom?

Anyway, I loved Elijah in this, so protective towards his friend. I loved it all, truth to be told. And I once again can't waith for more!!

*gives you another hug for posting this*

Date: 2005-01-10 05:02 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
That "Nothing more" at the end... Is Elijah in love with Dom?

la la la

And yeah, if Billy's grandfather is upset about him being late to dinner, what'll he say if his heir goes off to LA . . . ?

*hugs*

I'm so glad you liked it, and thanks for letting me know!

Date: 2005-01-10 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stormscrystal.livejournal.com
Yes, I am so happy to turn on my comp and see another epi of this wonderful series. I am wondering if Elijah and Sean will get to meet Billy. Getting ahead of myself there, but I am so looking forard to more of this. I love what you are doing with this fic. Just lovely.

Date: 2005-01-10 05:07 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (Waterhouse mermaid -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
I'm so glad you're still enjoying it as it progresses and changes, and thank you so much for letting me know!

I am wondering if Elijah and Sean will get to meet Billy.
Hmmm. I'm wondering that, too. ;)

Date: 2005-01-10 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] illblancesgrl.livejournal.com
cant wait to read more of this fic. love it. and i dont know why but i think i know what going to happen next.

Date: 2005-01-10 05:08 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

And oooo. What do you think will happen next? I always like to know if my foreshadowing is working! ;)

also, I absolutely love your icon!

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Date: 2005-01-10 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bam-a-lam.livejournal.com
Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou!

I can't wait to see what happens next!

Date: 2005-01-10 05:33 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
You're welcome!

And I'm rather looking forward to what happens next, myself. ;)

Date: 2005-01-10 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juniper200.livejournal.com
This story's catnip and crack to me. I hope we hear more from Billy's people soon. :)

Date: 2005-01-10 06:18 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (Waterhouse mermaid -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Catnip and crack? That's a dangerous combination. And purely selfishly, I hope it continues to be. ;) I'm so glad you're enjoying it!


I hope we hear more from Billy's people soon.
la la la ;)

Date: 2005-01-10 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] athousanderrors.livejournal.com
*bounces*

oooh, the plot thickens....and looking at a comment up there, re elijah and Dom. s'funny, I was thinking it was the other way around, that Dom was wanting it to be something more. The tone just seemed...I dunno, maybe slightly bitter? And it's Dom's viewpoint, so...

Yeah, this was lovely, again.

"Dude, Dom, you sound happy. What gives?" Lij asked accusingly.

hee hee - my friend's said exactly the same thing to me before...

and yeah, can't see Billy's grandad being to happy at the heir to the kingdom going off...

looking forward to more of the merpeople - I love Liv and Orli's playfulness in the previous chapters!

Date: 2005-01-10 07:17 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Thick plot all around, yep.

I was thinking it was the other way around, that Dom was wanting it to be something more.
To reiterate: la la la ;D

Thank you for the feedback, and I think I can assure you there will be more merpeople soon. (Of course, since I'm writing the thing, if I can't assure you of it, who can?)

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Date: 2005-01-10 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruby-took.livejournal.com
I'm always so happy when I see another chapter of this, do you know that? Absolutely wonderful!

I don't know if I'll convince him to come with me, but I am happy.

Now, don't hit me, but I don't really want either of them to go to LA permanentally. I'd much prefer them to go to LA for a while (together, of course) and then go back to Scotland. It's probably because I moved to Scotland myself some time ago and I love it here - I'd never swap it for America *hides from the objects hurled at her*

I'm going to be away on a business trip for two weeks from next Saturday onwards and I know already that I'll miss this story. Oh well, at least I can hope that a new chapter (or two, or three... or more) will be waiting for me when I get back. What a brilliant thing to come home to that'd be :)

Date: 2005-01-11 05:22 am (UTC)
thuriweaver: (Waterhouse mermaid -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
I've been to Scotland. Trust me, I'm not going to hit you. Because dude. I've been to LA, too.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, even with that specter hanging over them. And I'll do what I can to have parts up for you when you're back!

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Date: 2005-01-10 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chimerablack.livejournal.com
This has turned into one of my favorite fics. I love the whole concept, and it feels like just about anything could happen.

And oh my! I hope the Dom/Elijah thing turns out to be nothing serious. Just...*squeaks*

Date: 2005-01-11 05:23 am (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
I'm so very, very glad you like it that much! Thank you very much.

I hope the Dom/Elijah thing turns out to be nothing serious.

Um. Once again I must say. La la la.

Date: 2005-01-10 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cathgon54.livejournal.com
I was so happy to see a new chapter posted this morning. I am so entranced by this fic and the concept of Billy being a merman. Your descriptions of how Dom sees Billy are so vivid, I can almost feel the scales beneath my fingers.

I'm really looking forward to more. With Elijah and Sean entering the picture, I expect all sorts of complications to arise.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Date: 2005-01-11 05:28 am (UTC)
thuriweaver: (Waterhouse mermaid -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Complications galore. What fun is fic without conflict?

And thank you, I'm always so touched to know people enjoy my writing!

Date: 2005-01-11 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krystalshay.livejournal.com
Oooh, this looks intriguing. Hint of unrequited Lij/Dom, the prospect of LA... can't wait to see more of this!! You've managed to take an excellent and original take on the Billy/Dom relationship, I'll be with you until the end!! :)

Date: 2005-01-11 09:40 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Their lives get more complicated, now, and the idyll of the ocean has to be interrupted.

Reality sucks, sometimes, even when writing magical realism . . .

Date: 2005-01-11 02:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shirasade
Sounds as if things are going to change all too soon... *wibbles* Problems with Dom, if Billy doesn't want to leave Scotland, problmems with the grandfather, should Billy do go with Dom - and then there's Elijah in love (?) with Dom... Intriguing, to say the least!

*adores*

Date: 2005-01-11 09:47 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (Waterhouse mermaid -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Couldn't all just be candle light and roses, could it? I mean . . . it's me. Fluff and I don't even wave at each other anymore.

So the plot thickens. Considerably. From water to mud or something.

*huggles*

Date: 2005-01-12 07:29 am (UTC)
nothing_to_say: (just wish you are in my dream)
From: [personal profile] nothing_to_say
Ah ha. So Elijah seems to have a crush (at least, from the looks of it) on Dom. :D And yay, more sex. Elijah being lecture-ish is too amusing. Yay again, for the human form sex. Oooh. So LOTR did happen, just Billy isn't in it... interesting.

(sidenote: I know it could be just me over-imagine things, but I am slightly interested to know why Billy doesn't want Dom to watch him change. I know he gave a reason in last chapter... but I felt that's not his only reason.)

Anyhow, caught up with this story again. And yay. more sex (didn't I just said it three times already?)

Date: 2005-01-12 07:29 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
More sex is good. Very good.

And yeah, I wasn't planning to have LOTR happening, but Elijah told me rather firmly that it had. So . . . working around that now. And the other things Elijah told me, of course.

la la la

Billy has his reasons, yes.

And more sex? always good.

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Date: 2005-01-12 07:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] blackbird-song.livejournal.com
Lovely episode, this! And I am highly amused by Elijah's hopeless interest in Dom. I do hope he doesn't decide to be too much of a wanker about it. And I'm really looking forward to seeing Astin in this. It'll be very interesting to see how he is without having met Billy.

I wonder how Billy would fare in Hawaii? Very different ocean, but parts of it would probably be relatively safe. Certainly safer than LA. If you go into the Lost production, maybe JJ would be able to provide a secluded hideaway for them, complete with private beach...

Anyway, thank you for the hot mer!sex (I adore what you have him do with that tail!), and the foreshadowing of things to come. And I keep wondering what on earth (or under water) will happen when Dom meets Billy's family! (Pleeeeeeeze???)

Catherine

Date: 2005-01-12 07:36 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (Waterhouse mermaid -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Lij? A wanker? Never! ;D And Astin will be . . . interesting. Because, dude, he's Astin.

I wonder how Billy would fare in Hawaii?
*very firm* La la la

Mer!sex is always good. Always. And there should be more of it in the world.

And I keep wondering what on earth (or under water) will happen when Dom meets Billy's family
How many times do I have to "la la la" you people, anyway? ;D

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Date: 2005-01-12 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maverick0324.livejournal.com
This is gonna turn angsty isn't it? WHY? WHY CAN'T PEOPLE JUST SHAG AND EVERYTHING IS WELL AND GOOD? Arg. *is blaming Elijah for unseen problems because she can*

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU OMG. *goes and buys choklit like she promised*

more?

Date: 2005-01-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Chocolate? Yay!!!

And there might not be angst. I mean, just because Lij is entering into things . . .

Um. Shutting up now.

more soon

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Date: 2005-01-13 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elmathelas.livejournal.com
I want to leave good feedback, but all I feel like doing is rolling about on the floor demanding more more more more more more more more more.

But don't let me bother you.

:--)

Date: 2005-01-13 03:02 am (UTC)
thuriweaver: (On the beach -- iconsss)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Believe me, in it's own way, that is truly wonderful feedback indeed!

Date: 2005-01-17 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Ooh, heading off in a completely new direction!

*follows eagerly*

Date: 2005-01-17 08:00 am (UTC)
thuriweaver: (Siren's Song)
From: [personal profile] thuriweaver
Hee. Hope you enjoy what you find there!

Date: 2005-01-23 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lillywhite1.livejournal.com
YEAHHHHHHHHHH!!!! Wonderful. So sweet. And I'm wondering what could be this ambiguity you're setting up with Elijah...hmm.
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