2020sight: (Animal magnetism (feed the birds))
Epimetheus ([personal profile] 2020sight) wrote2007-11-06 10:02 pm
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There's a nice little park on 57th Street -- fountain in the middle, baseball diamond nearby. It's busy in the summers, with students and tourists and kids on the playground.

It's November now, though, and getting chilly, and the only person in the park is a figure on a bench feeding the pigeons, long legs stretched in front of him.

He's not exactly covered in birds, but he's definitely surrounded.

No Hitchcock jokes, please.

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 03:23 am (UTC)(link)
There are such things in Chicago as wind advisories. When those blasts off the lake come whipping past at your back, you don't need extra impetus to keep your head down, huddle into your jacket and just keep moving.

Prometheus has never liked to half-ass anything, though. And it's not like he hasn't been giving himself plenty to think about. He's tired and ragged, even for him. It doesn't make him any more prone to pay attention to things he's walking past.

Hell, it's not like he really has anything he couldn't take on here, right?

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
"Shit!"

Lucky his hair is so thick, or he'd have felt that fucker harder.

He turns around, clutching at the affronted section of his head.

"What the hell was--"

Whoa.

That wasn't what he was expecting at all.

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
Prometheus eyes him sidelong, and talks a few slow steps closer.

"That wasn't unobservant. That was exercising the Life of the Mind."

He jerks a thumb over one shoulder. "Bakery's down that way. Gimme a minute and I'm sure I can return the favor."

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
"With all these birds around? Not yet, you're not."

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
"I knew you were gonna say that."

It never stops being fun, pulling that one out.

He refrains from reminding his brother that pigeons are commonly known in the vernacular as "rats with wings." Given that Epimetheus is tight with the rat community, Prometheus has no intentions of turning his day into a deleted scene from Willard either.

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
Prometheus crooks one side of his mouth. "I'm touched. You didn't smell me out just to offer me a makeover, did you?"

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 04:23 am (UTC)(link)
"It's all over the teevee. You get that where you keep yourself? Which, where the hell is it, these days?"

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
"That close? Who's the asshole now?" But there's no heat behind the admonition. "Come on, you owe me a hug or something now." He even takes his hands out of his pockets, helpfully.

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
"What the hell else is Chicago for if not for ditching good, honest labor and mixing it up with wild hellions? I'm confused."

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 05:06 am (UTC)(link)
That raises a grin. "Well hell, there's a set of lanes just two blocks that way. Assuming you're still stuck in 1957." He flicks the collar of Epimetheus' shirt. "There are better places for that in other parts of the city. But that's a quick fix, if you're just passing through."

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-07 05:32 am (UTC)(link)
"Two and three, we can take care of, but one ain't gonna happen without an arduous and epic fight."

...to hell with this manly standoffish thing. Prometheus pulls his little brother in for a hug.

He doesn't say anything about that. There's a reason he looks like shit, after all.

[identity profile] notboundnow.livejournal.com 2007-11-08 02:34 am (UTC)(link)
Prometheus clears his throat, and lets go. He nods, once, before meeting his brother's eye.

That's all he's prepared to allow himself in public, for the moment.

"If we're gonna go make trouble, I think your buddies might not squeeze past the 'no shoes, no shirt, no service' rule."

He eyeballs the pigeons. They better not have been staring just now.

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