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February 1st, 2007

Daredevil ficlet (post issue 93) @ 08:32 am

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Back in college, Foggy had discovered that you could tell a lot about Matt’s general state of mind from the way he slept.

There was a particular loose-limbed sprawl, on his back with arms and legs flung out, that meant he was truly exhausted, under so deep that the little noises that usually woke him—creaking doors, a car pulling up outside, Foggy dropping a book—had no effect. A way of lying on his side with a pillow pulled over his head that meant he was in a bad mood and tired of listening to other students’ loud conversations in the hallway. A near fetal ball, all curled in on himself, that meant he was upset or hurting somehow.

Foggy had seen that one a lot over the past couple of years.

Foggy knew from hurting now, had done his own share of sleeping curled against the pain while the knife wound in his stomach healed, cut off from everyone he cared about and slowly going stir crazy in witness protection. Which beat slowly going crazy in Rykers, he knew, but which was still easily near the top of his personal list of Most Miserable Things Ever to Happen to Franklin Nelson.

These days, Matt slept curled around people like a kid with a teddy bear. His arms around Milla’s waist, his head on her shoulder, every inch of physical contact he could get. Like he was afraid that if he wasn’t touching her, she might stop being real.

That, Foggy understood. He couldn’t stop staring at Matt these days, drinking in the little details he’d been afraid he might never see again — the way Matt tilted his chin, the messy, orangey-red hair, the way he slid his fingers across a line of print, fidgeted with the handle of his cane, crouched like a gargoyle on the edge of a roof… Like if he looked away for too long, his friend would disappear.

Matt had his own ways of ‘staring’ at things. That, Foggy told himself, was why his best friend couldn’t keep his hands off him these days. Just… tactical reassurance.

And that conversation on the rooftop had been about Karen Page and only Karen.

If Foggy kept telling himself that long enough, maybe he’d believe it. Because he liked Milla, Matt loved Milla, and he wasn’t going to do anything to screw that up.
 
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From:seanchai
Date:February 1st, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
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I have nothing to say but awww.

God, they're sweet.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:February 1st, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Eeee! How'd you get an icon of them on the rooftop so fast? (and awww is kind of my permenant emotional state re: Matt and Foggy).
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From:seanchai
Date:February 1st, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
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(and awww is kind of my permenant emotional state re: Matt and Foggy).

Oh, same here.

And I've got the issue scanned. I can upload that for you as well, if you'd like.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:February 2nd, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
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Oooh, yay.

And you're right. The cover of Iron Man #172 is like the cover of a bad romance novel. And Obediah Stane is so gratuitously evil that it defies belief (I think my favourite bit was him hypnotizing his board members to make them cluck like chickens for his own personal amusement. I mean, really, WTF?).

Rhodey trying to figure out how to use the Iron Man suit is pretty entertaining, too. "Oh, right. I have lasers. I forgot about the lasers. Oooh, cool, there's an automatic cooling system. Hey, what's this thing do?"

Really stupid random bad guy: "I will burn you alive, establishment pig."

Rhodey: "Who talks like that anymore? And anyway, I have lasers. I think."
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From:seanchai
Date:February 2nd, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
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Rhodey playing around with the suit is half the fun of some of those issues. Although it eventually kind of becomes an issue, especially later on.

Stane is pretty much the evilest person that was ever evil, isn't he? He's so... petty.

And yes, bad romance novel all the way. But then, it kind of works, especially given the era.

And hey, totaly OT, but before I foregt, good luck with the interview tommorow.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:February 2nd, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
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What really kills me (beyond the chicken-clucking thing), is that after he's taken over Stark International and completely defeated Tony, he has to track him down and torment him more. It's like the Kingpin over Daredevil, only minus the sense of proportion, and with less class.

Actually, what really gets me from 172 is the panel of Steve punching the wall. It's just... ow. And surprisingly effective and understated, for an 80s comic.

However, I can't read more than about two-three issues at a go before my desire to beat pretty much everyone for their collective bad-decision making overwhelms me. "People, why aren't you actually trying to help Tony? Why did none of you call up Cap before, back when it might have actually been effective?!? Tony, why are you being such a jerk?!? oh, right, because you're clinically depressed" (only multiple punctuation can properly express my desire to thawp them all--excepting Clytemnestra, who rocks).
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From:seanchai
Date:February 2nd, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
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The wall-punching really is nicely effective. But yeah, it's actually fairly hard to take in all at once - it's one of those things where being a relatively realistic portrayal of a problem that I have some familiarity with makes it occasionally painful.

And Clytemnestra does rock.
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From:seanchai
Date:February 2nd, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
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Also: here.
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From:blukitten
Date:February 1st, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
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"Like he was afraid that if he wasn’t touching her, she might stop being real."

That's beautiful.
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From:elspethdixon
Date:February 1st, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks ^_^. Matt can't see (blind), so touch is more important to him than to most people.
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From:caiusmajor
Date:February 19th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Oh man. Matt and Foggy are so sweet. I like this lots.

Also, I just looked up the cover of Iron Man 172, and OH MY GOD, yes, bad romance novel all the way.

(Hi! I am reading all your Marvel fic at once tonight!)
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From:elspethdixon
Date:February 20th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
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Thanks ^_^. Matt & Foggy are the forever love.

And Iron Man 172 is a special kind of melodrama--the kind otherwise found in Victorian novels. The best thing about it that the writers keep referencing it in later continuity, accompanied by flashback pictures of Steve carrying Tony (like in Captain America/Iron Man: Civil War, where they're preslashed for your convenience in the title).

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From:tartanshell
Date:February 25th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
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Oh, this is wonderful! Gah, so adorable and so sad, and why don't they just sleep together already? ;)

I loved the whole thing, but this was the part that just killed me:

Matt had his own ways of ‘staring’ at things. That, Foggy told himself, was why his best friend couldn’t keep his hands off him these days. Just… tactical reassurance.


Mm-hmm, Foggy. Just keep telling yourself that.

Again, awesome. *g* I really hope you write more DD fic.

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