phallic symbolism huh
I guess this is an au to A Name’s Witness where Manco goes back and says what he means to Mortimer right away :’)
There were a lot of things I wish I’d said, while my head was still throbbing from the goose egg on my forehead, lips burning from the rasp of his mustache and the warmth of his hand.
I’ve never had anyone I could trust like you.
I don’t regret it.
I’d do it again.
I still want to do it again.
The cart is piled high with the hell-bound corpses, but I can still see Mortimer’s horse on the horizon. He’s far, but I’m pretty damn sure his horse is slower than mine.
You know you’re the first person I’ve told my name to in years? The only one that’s still alive.
And what’s gonna happen to him, now that he’s closed up that chapter of his life’s work. I glance over to the impressive pile of bounty. Well, hell. What’s gonna happen to me?
Without thinking too hard about it, I sling one leg over Riddle and dig my spurs in hard. He can hear me coming, because he slows down his ride.
“What are you doing, boy?”
“You forgot somethin’ of yours, old man.”
“Alright,” Mortimer pauses, eyes downcast, lingering on my face. God above, why won’t he look at me? I swallow, not about to let fear stop me now.
I put my hand into his outstretched, then before I loose my nerve, lean over and kiss him on the lips. It’s clumsy and I almost fall of my horse, but– it’s what I mean, really.
I turn my eyes up, a little afraid I’ve scared him. But he seems thoughtful, if still staring ruefully at the horizon.
“Alright. Alright,” he shakes his head, looking me in the eye for the first time since I rode back. The things I should have said to him rush through my mind like a herd of wild horses.
“Next time, nothin’,” is all I manage.
He smiles, and even with that. I know I’ll get a chance to say everything I want to.
For a Few Dollars More
Manco & Mortimer
(advanced cowboy flirting)
One of the tropes of Westerns is you have an experienced gunfighter who meets the young cowpoke who has some mission that he has to accomplish, and it’s the old, experienced gunfighter who teaches him the tricks of the trade [… that’s in] most of Lee Van Cleef’s spaghetti Westerns that aren’t with Sergio Leone – that’s kind of Van Cleef’s role. (Quentin Tarantino, interview, Dec 2012)
I was on a roll today with writing and editing and thanks to the response I got on here, I decided to go ahead and post chapter 2 of Settled. The link is to chapter 1 for any who’d care to start reading it.
Do let me know what you think of it, please. <3
So, this is the first fic I’ve posted in a long time. It’s set after the events of For A Few Dollars More. It will be slash eventually. I have the first two chapters done and have posted the first one just now. I’ll probably try to post around one a week.
One year after Agua Caliente, Manco and Mortimer meet again. This is the story of their “maybe next time”.
Rating may change with added chapters.