It was the reason he kept coming back. Just to hear him play.
When Johnny started playing at the club again, he asked Paul not to go those nights. Paul didn’t understand why, Johnny played for him all the time at home, wouldn’t be any different watching him at the club, but he didn’t go. At first. After Johnny’s third night playing at the club, Paul went to the club, sneaking in through the back and watching where Johnny couldn’t see him. It was amazing. Despite being up on the stage, crowd of people watching him, Johnny was still himself, more focused on the piano, on each note, the crowd forgotten. It was exactly how he played at home, while Paul cooked dinner or cleaned his guns.
For three more nights, Paul would sneak into the club and watch Johnny play. He’d met Johnny while gambling, that Johnny lost and a little broken, the piano and the music a long forgotten friend compared to the gambling addiction. Idly wondered what might have happened if Paul had met this Johnny first, if he would have kept him from the gambling.
That night, he stayed after Johnny was done, went over to the bar to order a drink. Johnny spotted him once he’d left the stage, walking over with a smile on his face.
"That last one was for you," he said, ordering his own drink as he sat next to Paul. "Hoped you’d stick around tonight."
"How’d you even know I was here?"
"Because I always know when you’re watching me play."
Paul kissed him, chasing the smile on his lips.
After that, he was there every night Johnny played if he wasn’t working himself, seating in the front, his drink forgotten in front of him. And as Johnny played, a smile would appear, a smile for Paul.
Updated the Completed Fics page.
I spent this afternoon/evening updating the Completed Fics page. I added all fics/ficlets I have posted to LiveJournal and/or AO3. I’ve also changed the formatting so I can include ratings and summaries for each fic. A few even include Contain Warnings (CW) at the end of the summary. I’ve also added links to my Sternsky ficlets. They’re currently only posted to LJ but I may post them to AO3.
Protecting both your heart and mine (6531 words) by shayzgirl [AO3]
Fandom: Penelope (2006), Haywire (2011)
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Johnny Martin/Paul
Characters: Johnny Martin, Paul (Haywire)
Additional Tags: Injured Character, Hurt/Comfort, reference to movie canon, Blow Jobs, Hand Jobs, First Time Sex, First Kiss, first time I-love-yous, Love Confessions, reference to addictions, Emotional Hurt/Comfort
Johnny travels to Dublin, where an injured and unconscious Paul waits for him.
Also on LiveJournal
I went ahead and posted that Johnny/Paul ficlet to LJ and AO3, since it’s been a while since my last JP fic. I really need to try to finish the one sitting in my drafts. It’s the most important one, at least I think so.
ATTENTION MY FELLOW ASSASSINS
This is what Johnny buys Paul as a bit of a gag gift.
Paul proceeds to break open the chocolate as he eats them and throws the hot pepper one at Johnny’s head when he finds it.
OMG YES! hehehehe
I’ve updated the Completed Fics page to include links to my DreamWidth. I’ve also added the link to my DreamWidth to the links list by the sidebar.