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TITLE: Spliced Interlude (Ficlet): Secrets
AUTHOR: [livejournal.com profile] flighty_dreams
FEEDBACK: Always welcome, even if it's just to say that you read it.

NOTES:  Another ficlet that takes place between Part 4 and Part 5. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] aurila for feedback.

“Matt, there’s something I should tell you.”

He froze. Min’s secrets were never good ones.

They’d just gotten into the hovercar. His hair was still wet; he’d showered at the club gym after playing netterball with some friends. Intending to run a couple of errands afterwards, he’d brought Min along.

He looked over at Min now, who was staring straight ahead. He wasn’t doing anything obvious like biting his lip or fidgeting, but Matt could still sense his nervousness. His own anxiety ratcheted up in response.

Finding some reserve of patience, he waited him out. Min offering honesty instead of Matt dragging it out of him was an improvement.

A little chuckle slipped out of Min, although it sounded off. “It’s odd to spell out, after all this time, but… I’m not just attracted to men.”

For a moment Matt’s hyper-anxious mind thought, What more do you want to do with them? Then logic kicked in. “You’re interested in women?”

He must’ve sounded more surprised than he realized, because Min winced. “It’s not such a ridiculous idea.”

Well no, it wasn’t, but the more he thought about it the more he didn’t like it. “Those women in the court next to mine—you were checking them out, weren’t you?” Beautiful and fit, he’d seen Min look over at them, but had thought it was just curiosity.

Min flushed. “It’s not a crime to look.”

“But hiding this from me was,” Matt said, more concerned with the worse offense.

Those arctic blue eyes flashed—something that never failed to distract Matt—until Min opened his mouth. “You made an assumption all on your own.”

Min wasn’t escaping the blame for this. “An assumption you deliberately didn’t correct.”

“All right, I didn’t,” Min said with a grimace. “You were pissed enough as it was when I first came back. You made the assumption and it seemed better to leave it alone for now.”

“It was better for you to avoid it than for you to be honest?? Better for yourself you mean.”

The earlier flush returned with greater force. “I’m being honest now! And look how well you’re taking it.”

Matt swallowed back a retort that wouldn’t help anything. Min did have a point. He was being honest, even if belatedly, and yelling at him for it would discourage him from doing so again in the future. He didn’t want that.

“Don’t think you’re forgiven,” Matt said at last, “but better late than not at all.”

Watching him for a minute, Min seemed to be waiting for more censure. When he didn’t receive any, he relaxed a little.

“Anything else you feel like sharing?” asked Matt. To not try would’ve been like ignoring credits that fell from the sky.

Min started, his hair slipping forward. “Uh, not at the moment.”

Swallowing back his disappointment, Matt stared out at the gym building in front of them. Made of metal and glass, it had a sleek appearance to it. As his gaze slid over the front door, something else occurred to him. “You said I made the assumption when you first came back?” The pieces suddenly fell into place. “You were seeing a woman before?”

Finally Min looked ashamed, as he should have from the first. “With Hayeston and all the other stuff I was revealing, it wasn’t a good time to get you riled up even more, thinking ‘women are a threat too.’ Then later I didn’t want to bring up the subject of my ex, since we seemed to have silently agreed not to talk about it anymore.”

Agreed not to talk about it anymore? Matt wanted to shake him. More like early on he’d discovered Min had forged a wall of steel around the topic, resisting all efforts to discuss it. Between that and the reluctance to hear about it that was almost—but not quite—as strong as the need to know, he’d stopped bringing it up after the first two weeks. He’d decided that Min’s past could wait, he was here now, and Matt wasn’t letting him get away again.

Whatever look he’d just given Min had said enough. “I should’ve told you then, when you asked about her.”

“Yes, you should have.” Matt paused, fairly certain of this but still needing to ask. “Was what you said then even the truth? Did she work with you?”

“Yes. I didn’t lie outright,” Min said with a frown.

“No, just by omission.” He’d walked right into that one; even Min knew it, sighing and turning away. Pushing for more, Matt asked, “What’s her name?”


“Really, that’s her name too?”

Min gawked at him for a long moment, before he grinned. He hesitated, the smile still playing at his lips. “Her name is Kate.”

Matt was surprised too that he’d managed a joke about this. While he’d noticed Min responded well to humor, using it as a defense mechanism often enough, somehow it’d had an effect on Matt too this time. Although still angry, he was also… relieved. Min was volunteering sensitive information. That meant something, though he wasn’t sure what yet.

“What, she only has a first name?” he prodded, taking advantage of the opportunity.

Min gave him such a look then. “As far as you’re concerned, yes. No stalking of exes.”

Irritating as the refusal was, he couldn’t deny that he’d investigate her thoroughly if given a full name. However, he suspected he wasn’t alone. “So you haven’t looked up Taurent?”

Min’s immediate, intense blush was cute—and gratifying. Suddenly Matt felt much better.

Date: 2011-06-30 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkblue-ice.livejournal.com
Yay!! you are alive!! Thank you for the ficlet =)
Oh no, I've forgotten who Taurent is!!

Date: 2011-06-30 10:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
It's okay, I know it's been a while and he's only been mentioned some in passing. As triptyx said, Taurent was Matt's first love, they grew up together back on (conservative) Karta and had a (secret, scandalous) affair.

Date: 2011-06-30 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaoskir.livejournal.com
Ah!! Nice ficlet! Thanks so much. Unfortunately I'm with darkblue Ice. I've forgotten who Taurent is too.

Date: 2011-07-01 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
It's okay, no worries. I clarified above. Thanks for reading.

Date: 2011-06-30 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] triptyx.livejournal.com
I always assumed that the Andorian genes made you bisexual Min was interested in both genders equally? That he would check out males as much as females? Interesting!

And I was thinking of Taurent too, because Matt I think was pretty straightforward with his preference for only males, wasnt he? He mentioned that it would have been a great scandal if his affair with the a son of another wealthy family would have become public! But I cant remember if he told all this to Min, because then searching for a Taurent would become too easy for Min! >:D But I had the feeling he told Min about being interested in only men...?

And LOL to Taurent, if he knew he was the man Matt not only dated in Karta but loved the whole rule of no stalking murdering of exes would be suddenly be ignored! >:D >:D

Date: 2011-07-01 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Well sure, hopefully the readers knew that, as I showed him in a relationship with Kate too lol. It was Matt that didn't know. :-)

Yeah, I'd say Matt made his interest in only men pretty clear during previous chapters. And obsessive interest in one particular man, ahem.

Are you saying Alex would be hunting him down if he knew the full extent of Matt's feelings for this Taurent? :P I'm sure a 'mysterious disappearance' could be arranged somehow!

Date: 2011-07-01 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] triptyx.livejournal.com
Evidence number 2393493 for not talking/writing/reading/thinking...while under the influence of wine! My befuddled brain yesterday thought that the just was like 'barely'... O_O...hence my weird questions! I had interpreted it as telling Matt he had little attraction to men. And I am talking of Min+Matt! So yeah, not commenting until sober is my new rule! ;)

Exactly the obsessive interest >:D is on both sides! That should have given me a ~hint~ yesterday, you would thin, but...

Matt also has an aversion to country clubs because of the break-up, hasnt he? I think Taurent is not very safe if Min knows more about him! >:D

Date: 2011-07-11 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Lol, I see now! Yes, clearly commenting while inebriated is a dangerous activity. :-)

Just a little obsessive interest on both sides, yes. :D

Yep, that's right. Lol, so you're saying Taurent should be watching his back? Good thing he is far away and Alex is very ahem, distracted, living with Matt.

Date: 2011-07-12 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] triptyx.livejournal.com
If me inebriated leads to think of Min as a suddenly strictly heterosexual...yeah dangerous activity!!! O_o ;) Yeah sorry about that again.

Min should be tied down, just for Taurents safety I mean! >;) :D

Date: 2011-07-12 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Uh huh, JUST for Taurent's safety of course. There couldn't possibly be any other interesting ahem reasons for it... :P

Date: 2011-07-12 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] triptyx.livejournal.com
My altruism knows no bounds! >;) There is no obsession over kinks other reasons as the worry over Taurent's safety! >:D ;)

Date: 2011-06-30 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tommyglitter.livejournal.com
Oh, what a beautiful morning! I'm so glad to see something more on this story, I've missed it so much. Thanks for this chapter, and I hope more is on its way! Love this story so much!

Date: 2011-07-01 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Aww, thanks. I'm sure the boys would be glad to hear they are missed. I'm always working on it in some way, ideas percolating in the brain. Hopefully a full update sooner rather than later!
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Date: 2011-07-01 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Yeah, I hoped it would hit a good note between serious and playful. Glad to hear it! I am working on more, I certainly plan to finish.

Date: 2011-06-30 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lab-jazz.livejournal.com
That's a very nice little interlude.

I liked the nice easy form of their interaction..helped by Matt's ability to hold his temper :)

Date: 2011-07-01 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Thanks, yeah I wanted to give readers a fresh taste at least, since I know it's unfortunately been a while since I updated.

Lol, tempers being held helps, yes!

Date: 2011-06-30 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] methosdeb.livejournal.com
loved it,glad Min came clean about Kate but I have to agree with him about keeping it quite.When Min came back I don't think Matt could have taken the fact that he was sleeping with anyone else ,let alone a woman.

Date: 2011-07-01 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Yeah, I think Matt was going thru enough shocks at the time. Adding to it doesn't seem very helpful. It was a tricky situation.

Date: 2011-07-01 12:25 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] twicet.livejournal.com
Lovely to see this interlude!

I liked that their was an ease between them here.:)

Date: 2011-07-01 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Thanks. Yeah, it's nice to write a lighter moment between them, even as they are still them and all their issues lol.

Date: 2011-07-01 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berthablue.livejournal.com
Aww, how cute! Nice to see them finally be able to joke with one another, even around serious subjects!

The "ex" conversation is so often a difficult one.

Date: 2011-07-01 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Yep, Matt managed to make a joke about a difficult topic! Yay.

And oh yes, it is.

Date: 2011-07-01 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
Oh, those two... :-)

I thought it was Min who was gay and Alex who was straight, or Min who was bi, and alext straight, or... maybe both are bi, or...

OK, I confused myself now... :-D

Date: 2011-07-11 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Lol. They're the same person, so you could say both are bi. :P

Date: 2011-07-11 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
Bi is good! It opens up... posibilities :-)

Date: 2011-07-11 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aurila.livejournal.com
Bi is good as long as he is attracted only to Matt :)

Date: 2011-07-11 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
Not allowed any het-experiences anymore? :-D

Date: 2011-07-11 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aurila.livejournal.com
Nope :)on top of that any other gay experiences aside from Matt also not allowed :)

Date: 2011-07-11 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
In other words... He needs to learn who he belongs to? :-)

Date: 2011-07-11 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aurila.livejournal.com
Now that is very well said :)

Date: 2011-07-11 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
I thought you would approve ;-)

Date: 2011-07-11 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aurila.livejournal.com
What can I say, one cant not aprove of such beautiful statement :)

Date: 2011-07-11 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
I get a gold star? :-)

Date: 2011-07-11 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aurila.livejournal.com
You would, but I dont have one at hand sadly...

Date: 2011-07-11 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
I guess I just have to get myself one then :-)

There! :-D

Date: 2011-07-11 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aurila.livejournal.com
If you are that self eficient why do you need slaveboys again :P ?

Date: 2011-07-11 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
Self effiency in Internet clip art does not exclude a need in slaveboys ;-D

Date: 2011-07-12 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Lol, I think you could be Superwoman squared and still be open to the idea of slaveboys attending you (and your deserving awesomeness). ;-)

Date: 2011-07-12 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
I can only quote aurila here:

"What can I say, one cant not aprove of such beautiful statement :)"


Date: 2011-07-12 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Lol, of course. I would never dare think otherwise, Superwoman! :P

Date: 2011-07-12 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fran-fic.livejournal.com
Superwoman?? I wish!! :-D

Date: 2011-07-12 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Aww seems a little sad, Matt being so greedy and not letting the hotness of Min be experienced by anyone other than himself anymore... :P

Date: 2011-07-17 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aurila.livejournal.com
Seems just right to me, he belongs to Matt!

Date: 2011-07-05 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kiyadreams.livejournal.com
I liked this. I thought the interaction between them was great. Though from part 5 I thought this would be more of a blow-up. I guess that happened when he found out that Kate and Alex had been together for years as opposed to a summer fling.

I also can't remember if Taurent was named. Is this the first time Alex has heard taurent's name or has Matt actually been talking about him?

Date: 2011-07-11 10:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Thanks. Yeah I made references in part 5 to a conversation like this happening, but hadn't shown it. Hmm yes, I believe that would have more of an impression.

You are correct. Alex knew there was someone, but his name hadn't been mentioned aloud in front of him during the 'action' of the story. I just decided that somewhere along the way (if you place this midway between part 4 and part 5, two months have passed) it's plausible he learned the name by now.


Date: 2011-08-01 04:19 am (UTC)
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Date: 2011-08-02 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peony-black.livejournal.com
I think it's high time I openly admit to my hopeless addiction to both your current stories and your wonderful writing.

The part I love best about 'Spliced' is how Alex can be so ...awesomely Alex. I secretly hope he's the one to end up with Matt eventually (or at least, a big part of him).

Would you mind if I friended?

Thank you!

Date: 2011-08-02 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flighty-dreams.livejournal.com
Thanks, I appreciate your de-lurking. :D

Yeah, I won't even try to hide it, Alex is my favorite. As you said, he is just so... Alex. :-)

Not at all, go right ahead. Thanks for commenting.
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