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R/J Drabble II
SMJadeite in Exile - dark_branwen
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Happy Birthday to helensheep and bianca_fiore! This is for you.

A sequel to this one.

Jadeite was lying on his back in the rooftop pool, staring up at the clouds, when he heard Mars call his name. He didn't move for a few seconds - he'd finally calmed down from her assault and he was reluctant to relinquish the peaceful sensation of floating in warm water with nothing in his head - but then he heard footsteps walking closer and dropped his legs to float upright in the water. Apart from anything else, it meant that his swimming trunks were well hidden.

"Can I help?" he asked, trying to be polite.

Mars was biting her lip, looking visibly uncertain. It was unusual for her to show any sort of weakness, especially around him. Maybe she was still suffering the aftereffects of the possession? He swam to the side of the pool and looked at her, waiting.

"Did I do something to you?" she asked.

"Do something?" he repeated, his mind in a whirl. What should he say? If he told her what had actually happened, she might accuse him of lying and that would be the end of... well, anything. On the other hand, he couldn't lie to her and say nothing had happened because... she'd probably find out that he was lying and again, that would leave him with nothing.

"When I was possessed." Her eyes held him, hypnotic violet blue that made him want to drown. "Did I do something to you? I remember..." She glanced down at her feet, releasing him. "I pushed you against a wall."

"You were possessed," he said, trying to make it a statement. "Whatever you did... it wasn't you."

"So something did happen," she pursued, eyes narrowing.

Even when she was vulnerable, she was strong. He loved that about her. But then, he loved everything about her. Life would be much easier if he could find something that didn't attract him. Even her temper was a plus in his eyes rather than a minus. "Look," he said, pushing himself out of the water. Startled, she took a few steps backwards and he took the opportunity to stand. "Why don't you tell me what you remember?"

Mars looked down for a moment. "I told you... I pushed you against the wall."

"And?" Jadeite prompted, bending forwards slightly. "If that was all you remembered, you wouldn't be so uncomfortable."

Her head came up again, eyes flashing a warning. "I kissed you, okay? I didn't want to kiss you... I wanted to eat you... or something like it..." Her fingers curled into fists. "But you didn't respond."

Jadeite stared. "You were possessed," he repeated, wondering how many times he'd have to say those words. Every repetition was an extra pinch of salt rubbed into his wound. "Mars, if you remember that much, you must remember my... physical reaction. But you weren't yourself. Responding... would have been wrong. Taking advantage of you. Same if you were drunk or on drugs."

Her eyes remained fixed on his face, their colour shifting slightly, darkening to purple. "Chivalry?" she whispered.

It was Jadeite's turn to clench his fists. "I know you think I'm the scum of the Earth, Mars, but that doesn't mean I would kiss someone who-" He stopped speaking, his eyes widening as one hand grabbed the back of his head and brought him down to her level and her lips touched his for the second time in one day. This kiss was different: softer, tentative. Despite her bold actions, she was still unsure about this, unsure of his reaction. He was suddenly very aware that he was half naked and dripping wet but she didn't seem to mind. He mirrored her action, cupping the nape of her neck and returning the kiss, a little harder, a little stronger. Her whole body shuddered, hips rising instinctively to meet his, and she gasped as she felt his reaction.

Thinking that he'd tested her enough, Jadeite lifted his head slightly and took stock of the situation. Her cheeks were red but her eyes were clear, focused... and not angry. This day was turning out to be one of the best days of his life.

"Thank you for being so honourable," Mars whispered.

He had to clear his throat before he could respond. "My pleasure."

She stepped back and he let her go.

"I'll see you at dinner?" she asked, her tone soft, even hopeful.

Jadeite took her hand and briefly kissed the soft flesh between her knuckles, feeling her shiver again. "Wouldn't miss it for the world," he murmured.

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I don't know how you knew what drabble I unknowingly was craving a response to, but you did. This was excellent, and a wonderful birthday present.

P.S. I'll be in England starting Friday. Still up for a get together?

Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! Um, I'm kind of broke until Wednesday. ^^; How long are you in London for?

Sadly, I think I'm taking off Tuesday. Perhaps on my return journey at the end of July?

Definitely! That's a plan! :D Keep in touch by email/LJ. :)

Will do!

Looking forward to seeing you!

I'm not actually sure which one I prefer, the previous piece of absolute hilarity or this golden little piece of wonderful.

You don't take advantage of the fact that their situation could easily have turned to (awesome) smut here, you kept them both so very in character while moving them forward. I wish so very hard that I had your talent. I *heart* this fic series so very very much, and I REALLY hope you'll continue this verse!


I just didn't feel it was right to do that to Rei... much like Jadeite, haha.

I wish so very hard that I had your talent. I *heart* this fic series so very very much, and I REALLY hope you'll continue this verse!

Aww, thank you. If I get another good idea, I will. :)

She was concerned 'cause he didn't respond? Awww, see Mars, you ARE a girl! I'll 2nd what CC said: it's just one of those one step at a time deals & these two are handling it marvelously.

And the fact that it's Mars realization of his chivalry that's just kind of the tipping point for her. It's just so lovely.

She was concerned 'cause he didn't respond? Awww, see Mars, you ARE a girl!

Haha, I know, right? He would have been in such trouble if he had, though. ;)

And the fact that it's Mars realization of his chivalry that's just kind of the tipping point for her. It's just so lovely.

Thank you very much! :D I do think that seeing his respect for her would be a big turning point. I'm glad this gave you a warm, happy feeling.

He's going to go jerk off. You can tell. Before dinner, there is going to be a Jergens wack-off marathon, the likes of which are so epic that the ceiling will never be the same.

I love this. I love that you wrote this. Can I beg in all-caps now?? PLEASE WRITE MORE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

Before dinner, there is going to be a Jergens wack-off marathon, the likes of which are so epic that the ceiling will never be the same.

I'm not sure what that means and I'm not sure I want to know! ^^;

I love this. I love that you wrote this. Can I beg in all-caps now?? PLEASE WRITE MORE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

It's good to see you, V, and thanks for commenting! I'll see if I can come up with any further ideas.

I have to agree with the previous comment. Jadeite might be... chivalrous... but that doesn't mean he can't try a little penile stress relief, no?

This is a lovely little drabble. I love this pairing SFM, and you really get them... but then, I'm not all that surprised, dear :D

Well, maybe. ;) Who could blame him?

I love this pairing SFM, and you really get them... but then, I'm not all that surprised, dear :D

Thank you! :D

Aww, AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. What a difficult situation for him: he has to be extremely careful with her, first about revealing how the whole possession situation went down and then about kissing her, and I think he does really well on both accounts. Obviously, so does Mars. A dinner date it is. As I said: awwwww. Your Jadeite is wonderful, you write him so well.

What a difficult situation for him: he has to be extremely careful with her, first about revealing how the whole possession situation went down and then about kissing her, and I think he does really well on both accounts.

Of course! Jadeite's brave not only when it comes to physical actions but when it comes to emotions, too. Which is much, much harder. But hey, that's why he's so good for her.

Obviously, so does Mars.

Rei needs someone who's emotionally brave because she's still so young when it comes to emotions. His honesty and respect inspire her to be equally honest and help her to be brave.

A dinner date it is. As I said: awwwww. Your Jadeite is wonderful, you write him so well.

Jadeite's brilliant. I can't wait for Isamu to be broken down so he can start becoming a better man because I think Jadeite is at his best when all the chips are against him (same with Kunzite).

I can't wait for Isamu to be broken down so he can start becoming a better man because I think Jadeite is at his best when all the chips are against him (same with Kunzite).
Very, very interesting thing to say. I never thought of them this way, but I think you might be onto something. *ponders this* Very interesting indeed.

And I can't wait for Isamu to be broken down too, because right now, what with the whole Minako debacle, he's a bit of a dick, if you excuse the vocabulary. I think Takehiko tells him to treat her decently though, doesn't he?

You don't need to excuse your language, because that is exactly what he's being. I wrote him like that for a reason (which is why I am a bit disturbed by how many fans he has). Yes, Takehiko tells him to treat Minako decently but... will he? Does he even have the ability to be decent at this moment in time?

Ah, that is a question only the next chapter can answer, isn't it?

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But throwing in my five cents, I'd say it depends on what his most dominant motives are. Does he want to keep his head and not have it ripped off by Takehiko if he ignores the 'advice'? Does he want to continue annoying Rei because that's some sort of reaction at least? From what I remember (it's been a while since I last read The Exiles), Isamu wasn't entirely happy with his and Minako's relationship, so he may grow fully wary of it and end things, but I don't think he has the emotional maturity to do it decently at this moment of time.

(And now guess who will go and reread Exiles tomorrow. The big, fat, metaphorical sign with my name on it should serve as a subtle hint.)

Does he want to keep his head and not have it ripped off by Takehiko if he ignores the 'advice'?

Who says it'll be Takehiko ripping off his head if he ignores it? :3

And now guess who will go and reread Exiles tomorrow.

That's good because I'm writing the next chapter.

Oh. Oh. Oh you tease! *wibbles on chair*

In Lyttonspeak, this means: "I am very excited by the fact that you are writing Exiles and will now mentally dissect your comment to find out who will do Isamu's head in."

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