Title: I Will Survive
Author: Gaeriel Mallory
Distribution: Twisting the Hellmouth, The Haven, FF. net
Disclaimer: Lorne belongs to Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy, Inc. Warren Worthington III and Scott Summers belongs to Marvel Comics. The songs are "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor and "Holding Out For a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler.
Note: Written in response to TTH's Fic-for-all #232: Lorne / Scott Summers.
This takes place during my story Shades of Green.
"First I was afraid, I was petrified. Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side."
Warren looked over at Lorne and smirked. "Well?"
Lorne smirked and sipped his drink. "I still can't believe that Scott went up there, even if you did dare him."
The blond mutant laughed and adjusted the fit of his jacket to settle more comfortably against his wing rack. "I've known Scott for years. You just have to know the specific words needed to edge him on."
Lorne poked the crushed ice in his glass with the swizzle stick. "Not to mention just have to know how much alcohol is necessary to get him to react to such words."
Warren grinned and clinked his drink against Lorne's. "Of course." The two returned their attention to Scott, strutting on stage belting out Gloria Gaynor into the microphone.
Warren laughed as Scott twirled. "I forgot that he can really sing." He glanced at Lorne. "So, are you picking up anything interesting?"
Lorne grinned. "Yeah, and it's all good." The demon finished his too-pink Bahama Mama and gestured to the waiter for a refill. He settled back against the plush cushioning of the booth and sighed. "He will survive – and thrive."
Warren examined his singing friend wistfully. "That's very good to know. Does this mean that he'll move on from Jean's death finally?" He sat up straighter and looked at his bottle of beer. "I mean, I miss her, but I don't think she would have wanted us all to be stuck unhappy."
Lorne placed a hand on the other man's shoulder. "I don't think you'll have to worry about that, Warren," he said softly. "Everything is going to be just fine in the end." He smiled at Scott. "I promise."
"I've got all my life to live and I've got all my love to give – I will survive. I will surive!"
The two applauded as Scott bowed, with a huge grin on his face. Lorne nudged Warren. "Thanks for dragging out us tonight. I think I needed it just as much as Scott did."
"No problem." Warren clapped Scott on the arm as he slid back into the booth. "Nice set of pipes, there, Scotty."
Scott laughed and blushed a little. "So when are you going up there, War?"
Warren held up his hands in front of him, shaking his head. "Nuh uh. Not unless you want your eardrums to bleed. Maybe Lorne will?" He winked at the demon and chuckled.
Lorne sighed and smiled a little shakily. "Hey, I guess I gotta get back on the horse sometime, eh?" He got up and walked over to the DJ to put his name on the list.
Scott snagged Warren's bottle and drained it. "So why did you really want to go to karaoke night? I know this isn't your type of thing."
"There's all different ways to heal, Scott, and this is long overdue for Lorne." And you, he added in his head.
Lorne slowly climbed the steps to the stage and took the microphone from the stand. He looked across the room to where Warren and Scott were sitting. Warren raised his hand and nodded. The music started playing and Lorne started out softly: "Where have all the good men gone, and where are all the gods? Where's the street-wise Hercules to fight the rising odds?"
Scott smothered his laughter and Warren smiled, though for a different reason than Scott, he suspected. After hearing Lorne's past and his split with Angel, he suspected that Lorne specifically chose this song for the irony – or maybe the hope.
Lorne's voice grew louder and he planted his feet on the stage, slowly gaining his confidence. "I need a hero. I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night. He's gotta be strong and he's gotta be fast and he's gotta be fresh from the fight. I need a hero."
It was surprising just how well Lorne could sing, though he didn't know why. He knew that the demon used to own a karaoke bar, hence why he had persuaded his best friend and Lorne to come with him tonight. Scott needed some fun and Lorne—
"I need a hero!"
Warren grinned. Too bad that the demon didn't seem to realize that he didn't have to look much further than the mirror. Yes, both of his broken friends will survive. Lorne had Seen Scott's when Scott had sung and now Warren could see that Lorne will be just fine as well.
The entire club burst into cheers and applause when Lorne finished singing and the demon bowed with a flourish.
Warren gave Lorne a thumbs-up. Maybe he would sing after all.