Author's Note: I'm finally back. Updates to this story won't be as frequent as they were in the past, but I'm back. And a lot has happened in the nearly two years since the last time I updated this story, but this isn't the place for that. Just a few announcements before I get started on the chapter itself, which, sadly, is rather brief.

First, I'm nearly done with the prizes from my contest. You can find them on my profile. I'm hoping to write for those pairings again in the future, so check them out if you want!

Second, I joined two other fandoms. If you like Avatar: the Last Airbender or Fullmetal Alchemist, you might like some of the things that I've posted most recently. I've got a lot of stuff planned for the future.

Third, if you're on tumblr, you should check out my writing and personal blogs over there. You can find the links on my profile.

Anyway, enjoy this update, and hopefully you'll hang around to see some even better stuff!


The Booster and the Snitch

"The only marks that Ruby will have to hide from anyone after this ordeal are the line of hickeys up and down his shoulder and neck."


001. fashion

It starts with the shattering of glass and the rush of wind against his face and it takes mere seconds for him to stuff the merchandise under his jacket and hope no one notices. After all, they're all a bit distracted by the automobile that has just entered the department store, front tires still spinning, and really it's a miracle that no one was hurt. But the guy with red hair sees him and grabs him and starts running, because they're both in this thing together now, like it or not.

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002. space program

Hiding out in the Science Center is one of the worst ideas Ruby has ever heard. High-end security, lots of mysterious and threatening technology; the other guy - Silver, he says his name is - says it doesn't matter. In fact, Ruby thinks he might have planned this in advance, since you wouldn't normally expect for a couple of stowaways to be handed pre-made lunches every day (by an attractive lady in a black dress at that).

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003. apocalypse

By the time the police catch on, Silver has already figured out a plan, even if he won't share that plan with Ruby. After all, Ruby is the outsider - technically a hostage, even if he came along gratefully - and based on the looks that Silver gives him on a regular basis, he's not to be trusted. That theory doesn't explain the softened eyebrows, the slumped shoulders, the ginger kiss to the back of his hand.

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004. skype

The authorities believe Silver when he brandishes a pistol and threatens to shoot Ruby if they attempt to arrest him. Never mind that Ruby is standing in the next room, howling with laughter. Never mind that the pistol is unloaded, the police only see Silver through a tiny cell phone camera, and the only marks that Ruby will have to hide from anyone after this ordeal are the line of hickeys up and down his shoulder and neck.

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005. hair

Once they bust down the door, it's a piece of cake to apprehend a couple of teenage boys that take themselves too seriously. Especially when one is midway through grooming the other's hair. By the time they arrive at headquarters to share their own cozy little cell, Ruby has finished his styling job and has begun tending to Silver's nails; after all, they're way too short and stubby for his liking.


Author's Note: It feels incredibly good to be back. Once again, I've written an absolute ton since the last time this was updated, and a lot of it is really excellent. Thanks for reading!