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10 June 2012 @ 12:51 am
[Whitechapel] 37 stitches [Chandler/Kent]  

37 stitches ([archiveofourown.org profile] );
Whitechapel | series: 37 stitches to keep the pain in:
pre Joseph Chandler/Emerson Kent;
U-rated, 1095words;

Coda: 2.01: Kent spends the night in the hospital after the Kray’s attack, but not alone.

Kent buried his face against the scratch of the hospital pillow, feeling the warmth of his tears soak quickly into the material even as he tried to hold them back. His voice hitched on a sob and he bit at his bottom lip, trying to stifle the sound, but it was no use. The pain and the fear of the attack were catching up with him now that the adrenaline and the initial shot of painkillers were beginning to wear off and he hurt.

He’d been stitched and bandaged and put onto a bed with nothing between him and the world but a hospital issued gown and a light sheet draped over his bottom half to allow him the pretence of modesty.

There’d be scars, they’d said, and he’d have trouble moving around comfortably for a while yet, but overall the wounds he’d sustained were pretty superficial on a whole and he was really rather lucky.

The thought of his attack being seen as something lucky and superficial wasn’t comforting to him in the least. If it had been said to make him feel better about his situation, it had succeeded only in making him feel worse. He’d been roughed up some after the knifing- bruised ribs and a likely concussion- and as far as he was concerned that was pretty superficial compared to having his… to being…

Kent bit back another cry, pressing his face further into the pillow, till every breath was a struggle, willing himself to calm down and stop this pathetic wallowing before the nurses came back around. It was late enough in the evening, at least, that even in his distress he was relatively sure that his fellow DC’s wouldn’t be popping in for anymore visits. The humiliation of having been slashed was enough, he didn’t want them to see him crying over it as well.

He almost wished they’d just stabbed him, cut him somewhere else, anywhere else. At least then he’d be able to come away from this without his cheeks flaming with shame every time someone came in to see him; their gazes skimming over his body as if his lying prone on his stomach would stop him from feeling the rake of their eyes as they stared at his arse through the hospital sheet. Staring as if they could see through the flimsy material to the ugly slashes of flesh that lay beneath. No one said it, but he knew; knew they were ugly, that they would always be ugly tears of puckered flesh even once healed, that he could never show them to anyone intimate without reliving this humiliation.

He shifted, body instinctively trying to curl up into as small a position as possible. Red hot spikes of pain shot their way across his lower half, spreading like fire up his back as he pulled at the stitches and he moaned his pain into his pillow, his fingers clenching at the material tight enough to rip through the pillowcase.

“Kent?” DI Chandler’s voice came suddenly and Kent froze, body tensing as he heard the light tread of the DI’s footsteps as he made his way hurriedly into the room.

“Kent?” the call of his name came again, closer, and he knew without looking that Chandler was beside his bed. He felt himself begin to tremble and pressed his face as hard as he was able against the pillow.

This couldn’t be happening. Not this. To have Chandler see him like this, broken and weak, and crying… he couldn’t…

“It’s okay, Kent,” Chandler said, voice softer. Kent shook his head. It wasn’t. It was never going to be okay again.

“Kent,” this time his name came as a murmur, gentle and soothing and accompanied by the hesitant touch of fingers to the back of his neck. Kent flinched at the touch but Chandler didn’t pull away, choosing instead to stroke his fingers against his nape. The touch, though unexpected and initially unwanted, ended up calming him and some time later Kent felt his tears drying against his cheeks, his sobs turning to hiccups.

Even when it became clear that he was no longer crying, Chandler kept his hand against his neck, a lingering sort of comfort… and a reminder that he was still there and that Kent was going to have to face him sooner rather than later. Chandler’s fingers tightened fractionally, as if in agreement and Kent found himself sucking in a shuddering breath before turning his head slowly to the side, his gaze downcast even when the bright lining of Chandler’s coat caught his eye.

Chandler moved his hand with the turn, his fingers trailing from his neck to the wetness of his cheek and Kent couldn’t help but flick his eyes up at the touch. Chandler was looking at him, his stare open and without judgement. He didn’t say anything when Kent looked at him though, just continued to run his fingers lightly across his cheek.

Kent swallowed heavily, his hands gradually releasing their vice-like grip upon his pillow as the minutes dragged out. Finally, sure he had his emotions under enough control to speak, he reached up and caught Chandler’s fingers, pulling them away from his face but not-quite letting go of them even as he did so.

“I’m okay, sir.” He said, his voice hoarse. He dropped his eyes from Chandler’s to land upon their hands. Chandler didn’t pull away. Kent thought he should probably let go but… Chandler’s fingers tightened against his and it was easy enough then to tell himself then that he couldn’t.

“I know you are, Emerson.” Chandler said, offering him a rare smile. Kent returned it with a somewhat watery one of his own, his eyes flickering closed at the sound of Chandler using his given name.

“Try to get some sleep,” he said then, his other hand coming up to brush Kent’s hair from his forehead. “I’ll be here when you wake up,” he promised and Kent found himself overwhelmingly grateful for receiving something he’d never have found it in himself to ask for.

“Thank you, sir,” he breathed, body already relaxing itself into a sleep borne of exhaustion.

“You’re welcome,” Chandler whispered a second before Kent felt the press of his lips against his temple. He still hurt, was still filled with shame and humiliation, but none of that seemed to matter right now. Everything else he could deal with in the morning, but this… this was okay for now, he thought, the slightest of smiles turning his lips as sleep finally overcame him. 


 Just finished the second series of Whitechapel and omg. These boys! I just couldn't get away from writing this wee coda to show my love of all the ridiculously divine angst this show hands to us on a plate.
 I would like to thank the following enablers for getting me into Whitechapel: dancy_dreamer, galaxy_song, & erin_giles! You girls are just glorious. Even if I really didn't need another new fandom to play with! :P
Shaz: [TV] White Collardancy_dreamer on June 10th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
I cannot express my love for both you and this fic. The words do not exist.

I just love how strong the emotions come across and how little the boys have to say to communicate. I love how Chandler is just there for Kent and doesn't need awkward speech. Urgh this is perfect.

I want to carefully hug Kent forever okay?
I'm so happy you're all watching this too :D
Campaspe: Criminal Minds \\ Reid; capturedcs_whitewolf on June 10th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
♥ the love goes to you, my darling, for being such a good temptation puppy!

This show! I didn't realise how much I loved it till series 2. There's just so much unspoken between these boys- so much said with looks and gestures in the show that it it was such a pleasure to be able to put the idea of that into a fic. They don't need the words so much, they just need each other and asdfghj these boys are too perfect.

Ugh. You and me both! The scene where he got striped had my heart in my throat. Kent needs all of the hugs all of the time. I'll be sure to have Chandler oblige him in the next instalments (why yes, I do suddenly have a couple more pieces planned to follow on from this one! XD)

I'm so happy you got me into it! Now, I just need to get my grubby paws on series three! ::hintnudge::
yorkshirewench: [Whitechapel] Chandler/Kent blackboardyorkshirewench on June 10th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
I saw this on AO3 and commented (as loves_fealty) over there. It's so lovely.

And I've just noticed it's part 1 of a series - that's excellent news!

As you obviously like Chandler/Kent and you're a big fan of the angst you will love series 3, I'm sure! :D
Campaspe: Inception \\  Arthur; elevatorcs_whitewolf on June 10th, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for commenting again :) I saw the comment on AO3, but the site is being funny with me today and keeps throwing up 502's.

I'm so glad you've enjoyed this piece! After watching series two, this coda just wouldn't leave me alone. I have a ridiculous love of angst and bad things happening to my favourite characters so this show's pretty much been hitting all my buttons so far XD I can't wait to get started on series three!

And yes, there will be more! I woke myself up at stupid-o'clock this morning with all these ~ideas that just wouldn't leave me alone until I'd jotted them down. Nothing major, but there will be at least three more parts, two with codas to 2.02 and 2.02 respectfully, and one set maybe a couple weeks/months after the end of the series. I do hope you'll keep reading and enjoying :)
yorkshirewench: [Lewis] Lewis/Hathaway daddyyorkshirewench on June 11th, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, for me too. I've just looked at their Twitter page and apparently they're aware of the problem and trying to sort it out so at least that's something.

I will certainly keep reading - and enjoying, I'm sure. :)
Campaspe: Avengers \\ Bruce Banner; not impressedcs_whitewolf on June 11th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
:D cheers, darling! Second part should be going up within the next hour. Definitely on LJ, but maybe AO3 too depending on whether it's playing nice this evening or not! (seriously, what did we do before AO3?! All I want to do is go read fic now that I know it's broken, lol.)
galaxy_song: xditaxgalaxy_song on June 10th, 2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh this was wonderful woman, poor Kent broke my heart. When will Chandler realise Kent is perfect for him?

Season 2 will be forever be my favourite (Unless they finaly make a s4)
Campaspe: Game of Thrones \\ Bran &Summercs_whitewolf on June 11th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, darling! :)

Ugh, these boys! They're doing terrible things to my heartstrings. I'm so inlove with series two, it's got everything I love- boys in denial/love, wobbies, angst, drama- I'm kind of in heaven at the moment! heh.

Keira and I have just started watching series 3! ...is there word on a fourth series yet??
galaxy_song: pic#116377289galaxy_song on June 11th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
lol oh season 3 was a bit creepy.

No, no mention of a 4th season yet but I think s3 was just aired the beginning of this year so heres hoping we do get a new season.
Campaspe: Avengers \\ Steve/Tony; catfightcs_whitewolf on June 12th, 2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
We've seen the first two episodes of series three, and for a moment there we thought we were watching an episode of Supernatural! XD especially with the whole thing about the crossroads and the creepy guy crawling all over the walls thing they were showing between scenes- I greatly approved of this technique! ;D

Whoop-whoop! This is good news then. Fingers crossed it does get one.
galaxy_songgalaxy_song on June 13th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Oh god the guy on the walls freaked me out! And the creepy noise. All of season 3 is really freaky.
Campaspe: Whitechapel \\ Kent; :Dcs_whitewolf on June 18th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Series three is AMAZING! I love how dark and creepy they tried to make it- it really paid off! (of course, not all I can think about is Whitechapel/Supernatural crossover type fics XD) UNGHFFFF. I need the next series asap, why is it not out yet, Stace!?
galaxy_song: dhgalaxy_song on June 18th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Lol as soon as find out anything out about a new season I will tell you:) Oh yes a crossover would be great:)
Campaspe: Whitechapel \\ Kent; starecs_whitewolf on June 22nd, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
:D I'ma hold you to that!

heh. I have this image of Chandler coming in during S1 with all these ideas of shaping up the team (as he did) but it turns out that the reason they are the way they are is because they're all hunters and secretly foiling the supernatural under the guise of being police detectives! XD can't you just imagine Kent trying to preform an exorcism?! heh
galaxy_song: rockygalaxy_song on June 23rd, 2012 01:27 am (UTC)
Kent speaking latin??? You must do this! I think Kent would get all kick ass when he needed to but then all nervous and bambi like after the fighting:)

Poor Chandler would be following them around trying to clean up after them lol
she was a work in progress.: joseph chandlerdreamer_98 on June 11th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Oh dear, poor Kent. This was so heartbreaking but so sweet of Chandler to be there for him and comfort him.
Campaspe: Supernatural \\ Dean; bittercs_whitewolf on June 11th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
<33 that boy just needs all the hugs in the world!

Thank you for reading! After I watched series two I just couldn't get the idea of this coda out of my head. I wanted someone to be there for him, and Chandler was just the perfect person for the job! :)
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Campaspe: Avengers \\ Bruce; green handscs_whitewolf on June 12th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
♥ thank you!

I can't believe I've missed this show before now. I'm so excited to have finally started watching it, especially since it's given me the chance to play with these boys :D
(Anonymous) on December 4th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Aww so cut and really well written :) Series 4 is due to come out on the 24th September 2013 :)
Campaspe: Whitechapel \\ Kent; caughtcs_whitewolf on December 5th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much! I'm so glad you enjoyed this part :)

I am SO excited for the new series! It really cannot come soon enough. Ugh. I don't want to wait like a whole year for it!! XD