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Title: Chasing Time
Fandom: Ashes to Ashes
Pairing: Alex/Gene
Rating: R
Wordcount: 400
Notes: Written for MMOM 2012, Day 18. Prompt from photo_prompt. Challenge #15. Unbeta'd. Comments, concrit and Britchecking welcome.
Summary: What has Alex done to deserve this?

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Alex had a list of things she planned to do as soon as she woke up.

Somewhere between hugging Molly until the poor girl begged to be released and treating herself to a shopping spree at Harvey Nichols, she intended to give her unconscious a good, long talking to, starting with asking it what the hell was going on? It was bad enough to be trapped in an hallucination with these bloody Neanderthals, but the worst part was the fantasies.

In 2008, Alex Drake had no problem conjuring up explicit scenarios to enhance her sex life, whether solo or with a partner. However, even her most graphic daydreams tended to the more romantic side. Her imagined couplings took place on tropical islands, generally with a spectacular sunset in the background of tropical lagoons featuring men who treated her passionately, but with respect. Yes, there was a bit of Mills & Boon about them, but along with a tingly gel and a good vibrator, they certainly got the job done without too much damage to her self-esteem.

So why, in the name of all that was holy, did the 1983 version, find herself spending nearly every night, and some moments of the day, absolutely consumed with pornographic images starring the King of the Neanderthals himself, Gene Hunt. The fantasies were as filthy as anything floating around the darkest recesses of the not-yet born internet, devoid of romantic dialogue or travelogue scenery.

Instead of blue lagoons and white sand beaches, she saw herself being taken in dark alleys and grubby offices, forced against walls and pushed over desks, while Gene growled his demeaning obscenities in her ear, calling every ugly name in his extensive repertoire of vulgarity. She hated it, hated him, hated her body for responding, her fingers for pressing roughly into her cunt and forcing her body into multiple climaxes.

She’d wake up raw and sore on her ridiculous sofa, with Gene banging at her door to kick start another day of her nightmare. On a good day, he might just say she looked tired, but most days weren’t good.

“Rise and shine, Bols. Blimey! I’ve seen Cheetham Hill slappers after a night on the town who looked better than you do right now.”

“Thanks, Guv. You’re a ray of sunshine yourself. ”

Oh yeah. That was going to be a very, very long talk.

If she ever got home.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 19th, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
As usual, I know zero about these people, yet I now have some ideas about this Alex, who used to masturbate dreaming of sunsets on exotic islands, with all kinds of high-quality props. No wonder once she finds someone making her blood boil her fantasies change, and moreso if she isn't getting any in RL.
Now I want to know whether he has an inkling of what's really going on in her mind.

nearly night "every" missing?
May. 19th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the catch. I posted very late so I figured something must have slipped through. The Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes verse is a very complex one, so it's hard to answer the question about how much Gene might know. I know you're not shopping for any new fandoms, but if you do choose to give it a try, you basically HAVE to start with Life on Mars.

Alex is a tricky character to write because for at least 19 episodes she is one of the least likable characters ever to be the "lead" in a television show.

As always, thanks for reading and commenting.
May. 19th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Your Alex is fantastically spot-on, the way she doesn't want to be changed by 1983 and is, despite herself. I love the self-deprecation about the touch of Mills and Boon - she'd rather bare her arse in front of all of CID than admit she's a closet romantic, of course.
May. 20th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for picking up on the Mills and Boon line. I thought that would be a good insight into her character and self-awareness. Glad you like the fic.
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