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28 November 2007 @ 11:42 am
Unsung Heroes (ficlet)  
Today is the amazing only_passenger's birthday. You know what that means, right? Birthday fic! She's been jonesin’ for post-Orpheus Faith/Angel lovin,’ so I tried to cook up a little something for her. I hope you have a wonderful day, girl!

Title: Unsung Heroes
Author: ClawofCat
Timing: AtS Season 4
Rating: R
Pairing: Faith/Angel
Warnings: The sex
Summary: Post-Orpheus, Faith and Angel find strength in each other as they recover from their near-death experience. Things get carnal. 

A/N: Woot! Another rare pairing to add to my repoitoire. This is also my first Angel fic. I swore I would never write him, and looky. I did. 

Disclaimer: The characters are the property of Joss Whedon and Mutant Enemy. No profit is gained from my writerly endeavors and no copyright infringement is intended.

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Enveloped. This is what it is to be enveloped, she thinks as her knees sink into the soft, plush leather of his easy chair, his large thighs wedged under her as she rises and falls steadily on his cock. She’s been with big men before, been with all sorts, but she’s never felt this small or this known. Angel’s solemn gaze levels her, his unwavering focus zeroed in on her wide, brown eyes. His hands cover her hips like a catcher’s mitt, huge and unwieldy, but stabilizing. On every down stroke, the pads of his fingers press into the soft flesh of her waist. The action is subtle, but she knows he’s with her when he simultaneously arches his hips up to meet hers, sealing himself inside momentarily only to be released again.
The pace is slow. It has to be after what they’ve been through. The magical mystery tour sapped a lot out of them, and they’re both running on fumes. It’s not her style though. She doesn’t do leisurely, but she succumbs to the rhythm regardless, barely rising off of him at all now. When she crawls to a snails pace, her hips rocking only slightly, his hands release her to skate up her back and tangle into the untamed mane of her hair. Beneath the dark tendrils, a square of gauze still clings to her neck over the vicious bite he gave her. Angel flinches and looks away. When Angelus drives, it’s easy to forget the unforgiving blow of guilt.
“Don’t do that,” Faith says, hoarseness coating her voice, as she drags his hand up onto her breastbone. “Heart’s still beating. The time for self-flagellation’s come and gone.” She would know. She had three years to work through her shit, try and do the repenty thing. With two sinners like them, it’s hard to check your baggage at the door. She gets that, but she isn’t here to be Miss Understanding. She came to save the day and, right now, she needs all the strength he can give. She wrings it out of him the only way she knows how, primally calling on him to provide what she needs.
“Got a war to fight back in SunnyD, Angel. Something about girls gettin’ killed. Don’t poop out on me now.”
He grunts and pistons himself up into her in response, his mouth set with determination. Taking advantage of the reprieve, she slumps against him, her arms threading around his neck as his hands frame her ass and bounce her in time with his thrusts. She’s content to let him do the work, and goes along for the ride, jouncing against his groin and belly. She wonders if this is what they mean by getting back in the saddle. It sure’s been long enough for her.
With her breasts pressed tight against his chest, Angel moves her on him, his head cradled against her shoulder. She’s so small. All of them are, these beautiful girls. It’s always a wonder to him the power they have at their disposal. He listens intently to the thrumming of her heart, the hitching gasps as he grazes her clit on every upstroke. In that respect, at least, she is like any other woman.
He fleetingly wonders what it would have been like to sink into her evil depths years ago when she double-crossed Buffy to play little orphan Annie to Wilkins’ Daddy Warbucks. He offered to help her then. She refused. But here she is, alive and delivered on the other side.
Holding her close, his grunts start to synch up with hers and she begins to move again. Faith’s not the sort of girl to get lost in, but right now he can think of no one else that would understand the place they’ve come to, the road they’ve traveled. Pushing himself as deeply as he can go, he gives her everything he has because he’s never known anyone more deserving of the effort. If they had only believed in her…
“Angel! Oh God…fuck. Right there,” she moans, her brow pressed against his, lips turned back in a grimace of pleasure as an orgasm starts to shake her. He feels the trembling deep inside, its radiating force constricting and fierce. She clings tight to him as he pumps hard and fast through her resistant muscle, listening to every cry he wrings from her. Breathing rapid fire pants against his neck, she tips his head and bites down on his throat, catapulting him into his own release. Heaving deeply against her shoulder, he mouths her skin, dull teeth lingering over toned muscle.
When they both raise their heads, Angel reaches around and reels Faith into a kiss, palms cradling her head as he faces her honestly, intimately. He wants to say he’s sorry, but she won’t want to hear those words, is tired of them, having thought it so many times herself. So he brushes her lips instead, tongue sliding inside to sign his apologies to her, his thanks, his awe, his pride. She faced the darkness and won. She even faced his own, at the cost of her own life, to bring him back to the light.
Inhaling the scent of her climax, he feels the slight tremors still rippling through her in little ebbs and crests. He knows now the strength that lies inside, seen the inner fortitude and self-sacrificing courage that drives her. Slayer, warrior, fighter are no longer adequate words to describe her, he realizes. She’s so much more than that now.
She’s a hero.

Part II

ash_carpenterash_carpenter on November 28th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! This is wonderful and beautiful and achy and melancholy in the best way. I adore it!

(Very impressed with your Angel, btw, but I'm impressed by all of your stuff!)

I really liked the sense in this that what they were doing really had nothing at all to do with sex - it was just that they had no other way to express it. Perfect.
ClawofCat: angelfaithclawofcat on November 28th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, hun. I'm glad you liked it! I think I got around the Angel dilemma by not having him speak. I can guess the sort of thoughts Angel might think, but the actual words he would use to express them utterly evade me.

I really liked the sense in this that what they were doing really had nothing at all to do with sex - it was just that they had no other way to express it.
That's pretty much my modus operandi. You got me. I do it again and again. It's never about sex in my fics. They have sex, but the conversations the characters have with their bodies really never address lust. It digs at the muck inside. The things between people that are left unsaid, but need to be communicated. I don't know if I can actually write straight up sex without that added element, actually. *scratches head* I'll have to experiment.

*flaps arms* I'm so excited about Faith being next month's nekid_guest!

Edited at 2007-11-28 10:08 pm (UTC)
shawty got flava like a peach lifesaver: btvs: angel fed up animatedonly_passenger on November 28th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
oh, fuck, l.

i know you wrote this for me. but it also feels like you wrote this for me, like you crawled inside my brain and did an indepth interview with my subconscious as preperation for writing this. it's absolutly exactly everything i could have asked for. it's perfection.

thank you so much, baby. this is seriously on of my favorite fics ever. period.
ClawofCat: Angelclawofcat on November 28th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad it met your expectations. So glad. *hugs you tight* I love writing fics for you because I just know what to say. I was sitting around last night at 2AM and thought to myself "I really outta write something for pass." I opened up the Word document, stared at the page for a moment, and then all of this just came out at once.

Sometimes I get this thing where I completely do not remember writing things. I just dont know how the words get there. It's like being possessed. That's what happened with this. I woke up this morning and was like, "Well, damn. Look! A fic." Other times, when it's more difficult and it's an entire process, point A to point B is very clear to me.

Tell me all about the bday celebration. And, of course, if you got any fine loot. You're an amazing woman, S. Rock on.
Adjoviadjovi on November 28th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Wow...this was really wonderful. So bleak and believeable, yet underlaid with acceptance and well...faith. Great stuff. :)
ClawofCat: faith deathwishclawofcat on November 29th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Angel has always seen Faith from a unique perspective, and is the only one to have never given up on her. He knows where she comes from. And when she needs support and strength to keep going, to recoup so she can move on to the next battle, he gives it to her freely. She would do the same for him. This fic is basically the evolution of Faith through Angel's eyes.

The life of heroes is bleak with lots of pain and few rewards, but they face it together one day at a time. There is always hope.
philips: hungerphilips on December 1st, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
I love fics that makes me happily check my fandom baggage at the door. So rewarding. Angel/Faith are one those couples that make so much sense and yet I'm always thinking about about how Buffy would feel. Not here. Somehow you made this moment belong to them and made it honest. There's the eroticism about the difference in physical size but that's not all. They recognize each other and that's incredibly intimate. Face to face in every way that counts. Very nice. Thank you.

Edited at 2007-12-01 02:09 am (UTC)
ClawofCat: faithclawofcat on December 1st, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughtful feedback! I recently rewatched "5x5" and "Sanctuary" from Angel s1, and the potential for chemistry between them was very strong even then. Something unique about their relationship is that Angel is the only character on the shows to never give up on Faith. The support he offered her has been consistant throughout their relationship, and I tried to express that same support here.

It's wonderful to hear that Buffy never even crossed your mind. She's certainly the connecting force between the two of them, but the idea of redemption and faith is sort of the third character in this fic. They're both tired, war-weary, but they're there for each other, helping one another get through to the next moment. I'm thrilled that their recognition of the other and the intense intimacy that brings came across here. Buffy and any notion of losing souls I pushed to the side. I was also very conscious of their sex to reflect those feelings as well. She's straddling him, facing him as an equal. There are no power plays here, they give and take, move and support each other fluidly. I think this may actually be the most egalitarian sex scene I've ever written.

It was a joy to do this. Thanks for reading!
Shapinglightshapinglight on December 4th, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
That was great! Very hot - and they do make a lovely couple.

There really aren't enough Faith/Angel fics in the world.

Thank you very much for linking me because I would have missed it.
ClawofCat: paybacks a bitchclawofcat on December 4th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. And I agree. There aren't enough Faith/Angel fics out there. They're very much alike in a lot of ways and compliment each other beautifully. Between their search for redemption and trying to curtail the beast inside, they're in a position to understand each other much more intimately than others characters may.

I'm always of the opinion that Faith makes just about anything hot with that blunt, potty mouth of hers. Guh, love her.
Shapinglightshapinglight on December 5th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
I like her too. I wish I could write her but I don't think I could.
hello_spikeyhello_spikey on February 1st, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Saw this on "rogue poet awards" yay!

So beautiful! loved it! Reads very true to the characters and so full of heart. *sigh*

ClawofCat: fangel kissclawofcat on February 1st, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *bows* I really enjoyed writing this fic. Pass wanted to see them paired, I wanted to see them paired, so it worked out rather nicely how easily it was to envision them together. Theirs is a relationship that I feel is built on an adult respect and understanding for each other, sans bullshit. There's a mutual potential for understanding in the other that we just didn't get to see with *actual* canon pairings. Haha, but that's why we have fanfic. Write them the way "it was meant to be"
they call me genius jen: faith royo manipgirlpire on March 6th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
found this via the forbidden awards, and i love it really hard. angel/faith = so hot the internet should explode every time someone writes them. i know this was less about the sex and more about the thinky thoughts, but just picturing them the way you described them was amazing. :)
ClawofCat: fangel s3clawofcat on March 6th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
*flaps arms wildly* Oh, this is a squee moment. See me squee. I've only recently become familiar with your work, but I tore through a few of your het stories a couple of days ago. You're addictive. I really must go back and comment because they're so well done. Also, I love rare pairings. It's a thing.

I'm new to writing Angel, a character I wasn't too fond of for awhile, but through your fics and my own reassessment of him I've come to feel rathy gushy over the lout, mostly when he's with Faith cause I love them together. So, thank you for reading this! I feel really... I dunno, happy?

I've been enjoying writing the two of them in this 'verse and am working on Part III at the 'mo. I think i'm getting a little more comfortable writing Angel at this point, which means he'll have more to say than just a handful of words in the next installment. My Kate/Angel fic was sort of the training wheels experiment for writing Angel as the lead character.

Gah, I ramble. *zips lips* Thanks for the comment!
they call me genius jengirlpire on March 6th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
you like my fics? awesome! *high fives*

i enjoy rare pairings as well, but tend to only read/write them if angel makes up half of the pairing. he's my tv boyfriend, you know. i've attempted angel/faith in the past but never finished it because i really don't have her voice down. wish i did, though, because i have lots of stories i could tell with that pairing.

you don't know how happy it makes me to hear that i've helped convert someone into an angel lover! and you know, it's okay if he doesn't say much. because he doesn't. say much.

i'm adding your angel/kate to my "to read" list. :)
The One Who Isn't Chosen: willow lightergabrielleabelle on February 10th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Wow. A sex scene with Angel that I actually enjoyed. Kudos for that. :)
ClawofCat: think sexclawofcat on November 27th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
LOL. Thanks?

What was it about it that made it enjoyable? I suppose that he wasn't with Buffy or Spike helped, you Spuffy shipper you. Always awesome when I get someone who isn't into a character, but the fic works for them. I'll take it!
pingback_botpingback_bot on December 25th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Rebcake: ats_roguerebcake on January 22nd, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Things get carnal.

Oh no. Things start carnal and just get more interesting from there. Fantastic job, sweetie! *runs to part 2*
ClawofCat: faith redemptionclawofcat on January 24th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
Hee, everything starts carnal with me and then gets all thinky and angsty. Glad you liked it and were inspired to continue reading!
ares132006ares132006 on January 22nd, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
Wow! I'm glad you reminded us of this fic. It is new to me. Brilliant scene.

Thank you.
ClawofCat: faithsmileclawofcat on January 24th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
It's just a wee ficlet, but it's one of my faves. I really loved writing Faith and glad you enjoyed it. There's a continuation hyperlinked at the bottom of fic called Part II. It will send you to the "By A Thread" one shot if you care to read on about the two of them circa NFA.
ares132006: Girls are niceares132006 on January 25th, 2013 05:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, I will.