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12 October 2005 @ 03:57 am
#32: Sunset  
Title: Appreciate
Fandom: Backstreet Boys
Pairing, etc: Howie/Brian
Prompt: #32: Sunset
Word Count: 947
Rating: PG
Author's Notes: The fluffiest fluff that ever fluffed. I don't know, man. I tried.


It had been a quiet party. Of the four guys Howie were the closest to, only Brian and Nick had shown up, and the rest were friends and acquaintances he didn't get to hang out with when he was on the road. Howie had lit up the grill and flipped burgers most of the day - quite a strategic move actually, since he was accessible to his guests without having to move around too much. It had been nice. Howie loved the road, and he loved partying on the road, but he was getting older. He was learning to appreciate other things.

His guests had been out by 9 – all except one, because there was no way to kick him out – and Howie, not in the mood to start cleaning up yet, stepped out on the balcony. He was just in time for the sunset.

Beer in hand, he sat down on the wide bench right by the rail and let himself relax to the point where he felt pretty much boneless. He looked around, smiled to himself, and took a sip. Beaches really had the best sunsets.

"Howard."

Howie turned, surprised, and laughed a little. "Yeah?"

Brian, who was standing right behind the bench, suddenly beamed back at him. "Hello, Howard."

"Hi, Brian." Howie shook his head and gestured to the spot next to him. "Sit down."

Brian licked his lips, nodded, and took his time before he plopped down on the bench with his side pressed casually against Howie's. "This is nice," Brian sighed contentedly, slouching a little and gazing out over the ocean. "I'm really drunk."

"No kidding," Howie said, who only had a bit of a buzz going. "How'd that happen? You never drink."

"Nick," Brian replied, as if that was a sufficient answer. It probably was. There was nothing Nick loved more than riling Brian up for mischief. "I'm really glad AJ wasn't here," he said after a moment.

Howie was quiet for a while. "You wouldn't have done it if he had been."

Brian turned his head and smiled. There really wasn't much to say to that.

They sat in silence for a little while, save for the tiny thump-thump of Brian knocking his knee against Howie's. The sky was turning pink in the horizon and it was getting colder, but Howie was feeling warm and comfortable. That was probably a little weird if he thought about it - he'd always had a hard time staying warm. Good thing he wasn't thinking about it.

Out of nowhere Brian grabbed his hand and held it up against his own, inspecting the differences. "Howard," he repeated, as if he was musing over something.

"Hm?"

"We're friends, right?"

"'Course we are," Howie agreed, watching as Brian examined his hand with light strokes of his fingertips. He shivered despite himself.

"S'nice," Brian mumbled. "Took us a while."

Leave it to Brian to be shockingly honest when drunk. "Yeah," Howie agreed quietly. "Brian, what are you doing?"

"Nothin'," he replied. "Your thumbs are longer than mine."

Howie did a double take. "You're a weird drunk, you know that?"

"Yeah, I know," Brian agreed easily.

Howie just nodded. Since it didn't look like Brian was letting go of his hand anytime soon, he settled back in his seat and took another swig of his beer. Brian wasn't doing much aside from running his thumb over Howie's palm, and Howie had no clue why, but it probably made sense in Brian's head to do so, and who was he to argue, really? Brian had done stranger things while drunk. Actually, Brian had done stranger things while sober - Howie was still trying to get over the whipped cream incident.

Suddenly Brian let out a loud sigh. "Look, there's something I have to do, so ... if I'm completely off the mark, just tell me, okay?"

Howie blinked. "Um. Okay, sure."

Nothing could've prepared him for Brian taking the beer bottle out of his hand, putting it down on the ground, and crawling into his lap. Halfway from straddling Howie's waist, Brian's hand slipped and landed between Howie's legs, which caused him to jump a mile and let out a very loud, very unmanly squeak. Brian looked scandalized for all of two seconds before he burst out laughing.

"S-sorry," he managed to stutter out amidst the uncontrollable laughter, "I was just gonna-" And then he leaned forward and pressed his lips to Howie's, still chuckling into his mouth, and really, Howie's brain was having a lot of trouble keeping up with what was going on.

He wasn't a big enough of an idiot not to respond, though, even if it was just a little bit. When Brian pulled back, there were purple tints to his hair. This had to be the most gorgeous sunset Howie had ever seen.

"You had to get drunk to do that?" he asked softly.

Brian shrugged. "I never said I was brave."

Howie had to smile. "I'm glad you did it, in any case." He tried to shift into a more comfortable position. "You could've warned a guy, though. Jeez, Brian."

Brian grinned, completely unrepentant. "Don't they always say first times are never any good?"

Howie grinned back. "Do they?" He leaned closer until their faces were inches apart, lips just barely brushing as he continued, "Let's just skip right on to the second time then."

He could feel Brian's lips form into a smirk against his own. "I don't think they get really good until after about the twentieth, though, so we should just keep trying," he murmured, and then Howie made it impossible for them to talk anymore, because he was dying to test out that theory.
 
 
 
BayouSkye: Backstreet Bellysbayouskye on October 12th, 2005 02:30 am (UTC)
Awwwww!

Heee!

Too freakin' cute!
Mette: howie/brian: no words necessarybubbleforest on October 12th, 2005 09:55 am (UTC)
Heh. Thank you! :)
Michellegypsyavon on October 12th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC)
Aw, I loved it! And, I'm not even a fan of a Brian/Howie coupling. That was really sweet and adorable and I'm feeling all lovely dovely now.

Great job!
Mette: howie/brian: the howie!mattressbubbleforest on October 12th, 2005 09:59 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you! Brian/Howie isn't a lot of people's thing, sadly, but they can just be so damn cute. *LOL* I'm glad you liked it!
Sarah: brian yumminess_titch on October 12th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
You wrote Brian drunk! You made him call Howie HOWARD!!! HOWARD!!!! I love it when Brian calls Howie Howard! *calms down* Really good story, particulary liked this line: Leave it to Brian to be shockingly honest when drunk. because I can SO see him being like that, lol.
Mette: bsb: you sexy-scruffy beastbubbleforest on October 12th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
Hee! I have NEVER written anyone drunk before, so I hope I did okay. And I love it when he calls him Howard, man, it gives me such warm fuzzies. I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for the feedback. ♥
-boomingvoice on October 12th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)
Howie loved the road, and he loved partying on the road, but he was getting older. He was learning to appreciate other things.

First favorite line.

"S'nice," Brian mumbled. "Took us a while."

Second.

Brian had done stranger things while drunk. Actually, Brian had done stranger things while sober

Fourth. (it seemed silly to quote the line right after second as third.

"S-sorry," he managed to stutter out amidst the uncontrollable laughter, "I was just gonna-" And then he leaned forward and pressed his lips to Howie's, still chuckling into his mouth, and really, Howie's brain was having a lot of trouble keeping up with what was going on.

fifth.


it'd be a lot more sensible for me to try and tell you why I loved the story, but I think I'm too tired for that. So I just quoted your story back to you. But this was lovely, sweet and darling and honest. Awesome.
Mette: disney: belle sacrifices omg!bubbleforest on October 12th, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
Aww. I like hearing what people's favorite lines are, though. Means I've done something right. Thank you so much! You thinking it was honest was totally the best thing. :D
Heidi: 5 guyscurlykew on October 12th, 2005 01:00 pm (UTC)
Loved the whole thing, but this:

Actually, Brian had done stranger things while sober - Howie was still trying to get over the whipped cream incident.

...just made me laugh out loud - leaving us to picture that one on our own was genius.
Mette: bsb: a heart of goldbubbleforest on October 12th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you! I bet Brian with a can of whipped cream would be hella dangerous. :D
fricky_writer22fricky_writer22 on October 15th, 2005 06:54 am (UTC)
Damn..you just made me really like DROK...hot damn. *adds it to list of lovely pairings*

This line:

"You had to get drunk to do that?" he asked softly.

Brian shrugged. "I never said I was brave."

Love that...it's cute and sweet and it's all shy! yet sexual!Brian- yum!

Loved this!

Mandy~
Mette: howie/brian: the howie!mattressbubbleforest on October 15th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
Hee! Howie/Brian is SUCH a lovely pairing, so I try to convert people whenever I can. Glad to hear you started liking them. :D

Thank you so much!
fricky_writer22fricky_writer22 on October 16th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
I have read a few before that were...GUH...but there's a severe lack in Brian/Howie stories. I think I am converted, lol, I try to do the same with people and AROK because they should be adored by everyone, lol.

Mandy~
The Other Debotherdeb on October 26th, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
Seconding the really making me like DRok.......
Mette: aj/brian/howie: fanfic100 pimpage!bubbleforest on November 14th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
Heh. I'm glad to hear that - we can always use more Howie/Brian lovers. :) Thank you.