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01 January 2013 @ 11:51 am
Die Hard 4 Slash Fiction: "Worthwhile Compromises" (PG)  
Title: Worthwhile Compromises
Fandom: Die Hard 4
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: John/Matt (Slash)
Rating: PG
Summary: Opposites attract, and negotiations are never-ending.
Author's Notes: A Yuletide Madness extra for thewhiterose3, who wanted mouthy snark and domestic fluff.

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"So, kid, I was thinking—" John began.

Matt looked up from his cup of coffee. "Do you know what time it is?"

"Yeah, it's—"

"Dark," Matt said. "Dark means no talking and no big ideas."

"It's six o'clock!" John said. "Not exactly the unholiest of hours…"

Matt groaned. "God, stop yelling. Why did you get me up?"

"Sorry," John stage-whispered, with the kind of volume that could hit the back row of a Broadway theater. "I thought you'd gone to bed when I did. I didn't realize you were up so late."

"There was a thing. Online gaming. With some of the guys."

"Your buddy Walrus," John finished for him.

"War1ock!" Matt said, reflexively.

"Yeah, him. So you were up killing dragons until all hours."

"Saving Middle Earth."

"Whatever. Meanwhile, I've gotta be in Queens by seven."

"But you went to bed on time, so what's the big deal?"

"The deal," John said, leaning across the table, "is that most days, I work late and get up early. During the week, it feels like I hardly ever see you."

"Oh."

"Yeah, 'Oh.' So if you're still in bed when I go to work, we spend even less time together. It's kind of…"

"Sad…" Matt said.

John smiled softly. "Exactly."

Matt rubbed the table with his finger. "But you know I'm not really a morning person. I mean, a lot of our mornings might be like this, with me all stupid and cranky."

John reached out a squeezed Matt's arm. "I'll take you any way I can get you, kid."

Something flickered to life inside Matt's eyes. "Is that a promise, McClane?"

John twinkled that sideways smile that made Matt want to do stupid things like follow him into exploding traffic tunnels.

"You get up early enough, Kid, and it just might very well be."


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Severina: lfodh: you got meseverina2001 on January 6th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
Love it. Sweet, snarky, and sexy, just the way I like 'em. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 8th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I so adore these two together. :)
twilighthdfantwilighthdfan on January 6th, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
Aww, this was great. Sweet and snarky, exactly how the boys are. Loved it :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 8th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked it! The snark is almost 50% of the reason I love this pairing (the hotness being the other 50%). :)
Pen: Die Hard and slashilypensnest on January 6th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
This makes me smile.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 8th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad to oblige. :D
Tiger: Man Upstairsquiet__tiger on January 7th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
Nothing says love like exploding traffic tunnels!

It's gotta be hard living with someone on such a different schedule. They need to plan more date time.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 8th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Nothing says love like exploding traffic tunnels!
And taking on terrorists with nothing but hacker smarts and dogged hero-worship!

You just know this schedule conflict would come up. Policing tends to be an early-rising activity, wherease most coders/gamers are night owls. *raises hand*
emma_in_oz: Die Hardemma_in_oz on January 8th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
Ha! Made me smile when my baby does not want to sleep - now that's an achievement.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 8th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Glad to help you through a long night. I remember those days, and even though it only really lasted months... with the sleep deprivation, that seemed like forever. :)
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on January 8th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
John twinkled that sideways smile that made Matt want to do stupid things like follow him into exploding traffic tunnels.

I adore this sentence! XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 8th, 2013 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hee! And you know just what that smile is, because we've seen Matt fall for it before. Who wouldn't? ;)

Thanks for reading!
Mrs_Sweetpeachmrs_sweetpeach on January 9th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
I think I've read this four times now. For sure it's been an open tab in my browser for days and days, and I've landed on the tab and reread it multiple times. Short but sweet and it always makes me grin. Well done!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 9th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
That makes writing it completely worthwhile! It was a late-night Yuletide extra treat for someone, whose prompt I really liked. Glad it's bringing so many smiles to other people, too. :)