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19 January 2011 @ 12:43 pm
Die Hard 4 Slash Fiction: "Some Kind Of Miracle" (John/Matt, PG-13)  
Title: Some Kind Of Miracle
Fandom: Die Hard 4
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: John/Matt (Slash, Schmoopy)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Funny how things change…
Author's Notes: A very late birthday present for tyrical. I'm sorry it took so long to get a hook back into this fandom, but I hope you enjoy this all the same.:)
Also for writers_choice and schmoop_bingo ("anniversary").

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It was the Friday heading into the Fourth of July weekend, and John McClane had vacation on his mind.

The Captain, unfortunately, must have gotten some memo from City Hall on public safety. He'd hauled everyone at the station into a meeting, and was going through statistics on traffic fatalities and fireworks-related injuries. John was as serious about his job as anyone, but he wasn't scheduled to work over the weekend and he'd be damned if he was going to pull out his badge and start policing his neighbors and random civilians in his spare time.

No, John's plans involved spending the weekend in bed with Matt and barbecuing the hell out of whatever was in the fridge. He kept checking his watch, wondering how long the meeting would continue. It was already advancing so slowly that the actual duration could only be measured in dog years.

When it was over, John went back to his desk to file papers and square things away before the weekend. The telephone was ringing before he even got there.

"McClane" he said.

"Hey," Matt said, the sound unbelievably welcome. "You about done for the day?"

"Not soon enough," John murmured.

"Thought you'd have called by now," Matt said. "I left something in your lunch."

John glanced down to where his lunch bag was still sitting. "Sorry," he said. "I wound up getting a burger with Latrelle. Hang on…" He grabbed the bag and fished around inside it until he found a piece of paper, which he pulled out to study. "Why are wolves attacking Grand Central station?"

"What?"

"Right here." John pointed at the picture, which Matt of course could not see. "On your picture."

"Wolves, McClane? Really? That's how you respond to my awesome drawing of the two of us saving the world?"

"Oh. It's—" John rotated the paper ninety-degrees counterclockwise. "Oh, I get it.! And this person with the devil horns, that's Gabriel?"

"Of course. Who else would it be?"

Kung-fu lady would've worked for me, John thought, remembering that finale in the elevator shaft. Luck had definitely been on his side.

"So, you know what day this is?" Matt asked.

"Yeah." John put his feet up on his desk. "Hard to believe it's been a year already."

"To the day. Little did I know that having a beefy cop come banging on my door would turn out so well."

"Apart from your apartment blowing up."

Matt chuckled. "I'm pretty sure it was inevitable by then. You just got me out before the worst of it. So, how're we going to celebrate?"

"I was thinking maybe a picnic," John said.

"Okay…"

"We could load up the car and head out on the freeway, then drive all night to West Virginia and—"

"Hold it," Matt said. "You're screwing with me, aren't you?"

John laughed. "Pretty much."

"Hmm…" Matt said. Things were quiet for a moment. "I bought champagne," he offered.

"Yeah?"

"Yeah. Between that and getting naked, I thought we'd probably be set. So, when are you coming home again?"

John yanked at his collar as the room grew unexpectedly hot. "Clearly, not soon enough."

"Well when you do," Matt said, his voice low and warm, "I'll be waiting."

"All right," John smiled. He hung up the phone, with Matt's promise leaving all kinds of fun images running through his head.

In the room around him, true-blue officers were doing their best to close out as much paperwork as possible before the weekend. John opened one of the file folders lying on his desk and prepared to do the same.

It was funny, he thought, as he updated the case notes on a homicide from two nights before. It wasn't just the sex he was looking forward to, though at the moment it was hard to focus on anything else. But a year ago, he couldn't have imagined his life being anything remotely like this.

It wasn't that Matt was a guy, though that was new. It was just that John would never have dreamed he'd be this lucky. Sometimes it hardly seemed real.

The kid was some kind of miracle, and for once it had actually happened to him.


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natasha_alexisnatasha_alexis on January 19th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Sigh....swoon... sigh
'The kid was some kind of miracle, and for once it had actually happened to him.'

I read the above and promptly melted....sigh.

I know exactly how John felt sitting in that meeting... the boring ones DO FEEL like they should be measured in dog years!!! The great ones, where you actually learn things that you need for your job... they go by in the bat of an eyelash! Sometimes life is strange, but John survived the meeting and then.... wolves attacking Grand Central Station? That had me chuckling... guess Matt's not much of an artist, but the rotating thing, that had me laughing.

The ending of this was so touching, I did melt. Thank you very much and a belated happy birthday to tyrical, and thanks for sharing your birthday gift with us.

n_a

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 20th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Re: Sigh....swoon... sigh
the boring ones DO FEEL like they should be measured in dog years!!!
It's true. You either zone out completely, or you start fidgeting and internally mocking everything that's being said because why for the love of god is that person still talking?!? ;)

I'm so glad you enjoyed this story. It's always a fine linle between schmoop and goop, but I try to stay on the side that brings the warm fuzzies and a little bit of a smile. :)
scarlett_oscarlett_o on January 20th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
It was already advancing so slowly that the actual duration could only be measured in dog years. I think I've been in that meeting.

As always I love your John/Matt.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 20th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
I think I've been in that meeting.

Hahaha! God knows I have. :0

Glad you found this one and enjoyed it. I'm still grateful for the epic John/Matt fic that you brought about with your Sweet Charity win. Seems like yesterday. :)
scarlett_oscarlett_o on January 20th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
I still go back and read that fic. I just consider myself lucky to have won you. :D
ebilchickens: Geekebilchickens on January 20th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Like this. A peek at them when things are calm between the buildings blowing up and car chases. A sweet read, thanks for posting this.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 20th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it!

I like to think that when the dust settled, the two of them together was the one part that really made sense. It's nice to imagine that continuing on, where when the surroundings become more ordinary that spark is still there. :)
J. Lynn: great minds t00b alike...inteligrrl on January 20th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
awww, such a cute coda to the movie!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 20th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I always like to think that DH4 had a secret, really happy ending that has kept on going ever since. :)
Severina: die hard: john eyes closed by atlantisgrseverina2001 on January 20th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, domestic John/Matt is one of my favourites. Love John yanking Matt's chain. And *wolves*, HAH.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 20th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

The wolves thing... poor Matt, sending his own version of a kind of commorative love note and John so totally fails to recognize the topic that the message is lost.

Though not permanently, clearly. ;)
sara_tsuzukisara_tsuzuki on January 21st, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, sweet! Thanks so much!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 21st, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
You're welcome-- glad you enjoyed it! :)
'Snickpersnickett on January 21st, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Aw, at least John can never forget their anniversary. I hope champagne becomes a yearly tradition for them on the 4th. Even if there are *wolves*. LOL!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on January 22nd, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Aw, at least John can never forget their anniversary.
Not only is it conveniently tied to a national disaster (which will fall off the media map after a year or two), but it's just before a national holiday. \o/

Champagne would be great as an anniversary staple, especially for the combination of drunk!sex and schmoopiness that would ensue. :)
tyrical: Snoopy_ThankYoutyrical on February 3rd, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
:squishes:

Once again you redefine the Matt/John dynamic.
I'm in the middle of setting up the background for my Mini-Bang Matt/John fic and I was having trouble figuring out their dynamic and this is kind of perfect in viewing the relationship from another perspective. You rule!

My birthday fic is some kind of wonderful. Thank you.

xxx's & ooo's
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on February 3rd, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad to hear that you like it-- and even better that it's helping with a completely different project.

Many happy (and very belated) returns, and I hope your year of Wonderful New You continues on its highly successful course! ♥
max_q: onlylightmax_q on February 5th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
"Little did I know that having a beefy cop come banging on my door would turn out so well."
Little did I know that the two would turn out so slashily well, when I saw the movie at first. Thanks for a cute fic.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on February 7th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Little did I know that the two would turn out so slashily well, when I saw the movie at first.

Me either! Though I came back from the movie theater and immediately went searching for John/Matt slash online. Their chemistry, and the hotness of them together! *swoons*

Thanks for reading. :)
Littlest Coyotelil_coyote on February 12th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
John deserves to finally get a reward for being the hero so often. I'd say this is a pretty good one. =]
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: John/Matt Lovehalfshellvenus on February 12th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
That's a great way of looking at it. He came out of this disaster with his own personal fan club, co-conspirator, and young stud, all in one. :)