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The Man Who Sold The World (Life on Mars, PG13)

Title: The Man Who Sold The World
Fandom: Life on Mars
Rating: PG-13 for language, sexual situations
Summary: One night he wakes up, 'cos the telly's on, and Sam's not there.
Warnings: Some content in this could be read as Intimate Partner Violence.

Originally Posted 6.28.07

Now available at AO3.

Sam has terrible nightmares. Nearly every night.

Hunt figures it's a typical copper thing -- some of 'em are high strung, never get quite used to all the things they see. Sam's like that. Uncomfortable in his own skin. That's why Hunt's there, to give him a good fuckin' dose of reality when he needs it.

One night he wakes up, 'cos the telly's on, and Sam's not there. He hardly ever stays the night -- on account of the dreams, right? -- and anyway Hunt's none too comfortable with the idea that he might be a pouf, so it's easier on everyone if they fuck and then Sam fucks off (and fucking at Sam's place would be stupid, have you seen the size of his bed?).

But the telly's on, and why would Sam turn the telly on before he left?

Sam's not in the bed but, when Hunt sits up all confused because the telly's on, he sees him sitting at the foot of the bed, back to the footboard. Starin' at the test card.

"What the fuck are you doing, you daft bumwipe?"

Never let it be said that Sam's lover is at a loss for words.

Sam doesn't answer, so Hunt gets out of bed and puts himself between Sam and the telly. He'll clip him round the ear if he needs it, and Sam does sometimes need it. But he's more wary of Sam than he used to be because Sam will slug him back, and he's a wiry little bastard.

Sam's eyes don't move, pupils hugely dilated. He's shivering.

"Sam. Sam. Arsehole. I'm up here," Hunt says, and picks Sam up by the collar of his shirt. They rarely undress -- Sam'd probably like to, but if he's got to fuck around with another man, Gene Hunt's not going to be naked while he does it. Sam doesn't fight the lift, but he isn't a passive body either -- his legs are under him and he goes with the rise, head still forward, eyes still huge and unfocused. He stands on his own. Hunt doesn't let go.

"Right, you little bugger," he says, and raises a hand to smack him -- not hard, just enough to get his attention. Sam catches his wrist without looking. And it hurts.

Then Sam does turn his head slightly, and he meets Hunt's eyes, and Hunt is suddenly frightened, pit-of-stomach frightened in a way he hasn't been since he was a flatfoot. It's dark and alien, what he sees in Sam's eyes.

"Yeah? Guv?" Sam says, in a voice that is terribly wrong.

And the next thing Hunt says doesn't make any sense, even to him. "Are you there or here, Sam?"

"Little bit'a both," Sam replies. "You should see it, Guv. You'd hate it."

"Hate what?"

Sam closes his eyes and smiles, and when he opens his eyes again they're not alien or hard or endless, they're just Sam's eyes. Curious and a little confused, just like always.

"Why's the TV on?" he asks.

"Why's the -- I should -- " Hunt stops, lets go of Sam's shirtfront. He shoves him. "Go back to bed."

"Thought I ought to go home," Sam mumbles.

"That's just what I need. Detective Inspector crashes car into lamppost, returning from sordid buggery with superior officer," Hunt replies. "Stay the fuck here."

Sam looks behind him, twisting his thin body around to glance at the bed, and then shrugs. "Whatever you say, Guv."

He settles back down on the sheet, pulling the blanket across his hips.

"Are you a nutter, Sam?" Hunt asks, standing over him, head tilted. "Are you a nutter as well as a fairy?"

"Might be."

"Might be which?"

"Might be both," Sam says, eyes drifting shut.

Sam has nightmares, just about every night, and once in a while Hunt wakes up to find the telly on. But he never sees the darkness in Sam's eyes again, and Sam is still here with him in 1973, not off in whatever world he used to live in before he came here. Hunt's not stupid. He knows Sam is out of place, he knows he wandered into this life by mistake.

But. Sam stayed.

This is now and this is real, and Sam can have his nightmares and his crazytime with the telly if Hunt gets to keep him for good.


Although I wasn't there, he said I was his friend
Which came as some surprise I spoke into his eyes
I thought you died alone, a long long time ago
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[identity profile] 2007-06-29 02:41 am (UTC)(link)

That is just so...weird

And so not in the usual Sam-voice. Love that :D
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[identity profile] 2007-06-29 02:54 am (UTC)(link)
*returns from having read the Wiki entry on "Life on Mars" ( and is just as boggled*

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[identity profile] 2007-06-29 03:12 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, really weird. Very good, and it's very different.

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
Please note: I hate you. ~_^

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 12:14 pm (UTC)(link)
I shall write it on a sticky note and attach it to the screen. :D

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
I love you. I don't know if you're interested in reading any other Sam/Gene, but I can at least point you to the good ones, if you care to check them out.

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[identity profile] 2007-06-29 05:59 am (UTC)(link)
Sam, my mother watches this show.

I really don't know what to say.

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 12:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Kudos to your mum, then -- mine wouldn't watch this much sex and violence in a million years :D

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[identity profile] 2007-06-29 06:47 am (UTC)(link)
This was excellent, Sam. You really caught their voices, and as for Hunt's mindset - yeah, spot-on. *And* you had the Brit-voice as well. Not every non-Brit can manage that, just as we can't always get another non-Brit voice.

Am I making sense? I had a bad night...

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 12:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

I have to admit in the "non brit" regard I cheat a bit. I spent ten years in Britain as a child. :D

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[identity profile] 2007-06-29 07:28 am (UTC)(link)
Bwah! You caught Gene perfectly - thanks!
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[personal profile] doire 2007-06-29 07:51 am (UTC)(link)
Nice, multi layer ending.

Just a tiny britpick; Gene would think of it as a test card.

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 12:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Blargh! Changing now. :D

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 08:19 am (UTC)(link)
i really liked this. there aren't enough gene-POV stories. and it's especially nice to see one be so matter-of-fact about them, because it really does just slot right into canon, i feel.

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 12:04 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm a little surprised there aren't many stories from Hunt's perspective -- writing him is terrifically cathartic :D

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 09:51 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, this was excellent - your Gene-voice is spot on.

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 12:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! He's not all that hard to nail, really...very distinct voice, has our Gene :D

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 11:21 am (UTC)(link)
Perfect! From the telly test pattern to the David Bowie song.

Every time you discover a new fandom, a fangirl gets her wings is very pleased. :)

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 12:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, I'll be the dumb person to ask. Which fandom is this? (Although, I STILL liked the story, even if I don't know these people...)

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 12:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Okay, I obviously need more Diet Coke... I Googled "Life WITH Mars" and that's why I couldn't find it.

::Insert Emily LaTella Voice Here:: Never mind, Cheddar.

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[identity profile] 2007-06-29 01:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Haven't read this yet, but holy crap Sam! You keep joining fandoms that I'm in. In the order that I've joined them.

And I don't even (properly) know you, so it's getting a little eerie.

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Now I have read it and I like it a lot! Even though I'm not much of a Sam/Gene shipper (bizarrely, I'm almost completely a canon-shipper for this show), I think you really captured how their relationship would work.

I hope you write more for Life on Mars.
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[identity profile] 2007-06-29 01:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Omg omg You wrote Life on Mars fic! OMG! And it's brilliant, of course :D And Sam/Gene makes me so happy!

Hunt figures it's a typical copper thing -- some of 'em are high strung, never get quite used to all the things they see. Sam's like that. Uncomfortable in his own skin.


Hunt's not stupid. He knows Sam is out of place, he knows he wandered into this life by mistake.

oh, and-

And the next thing Hunt says doesn't make any sense, even to him. "Are you there or here, Sam?"

-are all perfect :D

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 01:30 pm (UTC)(link)
May the Bowie be with you and your awesome :)

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 03:14 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm going to have to check out this "Life on Mars" show... I've never heard of it before.

[identity profile] 2007-06-29 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Read this early this morning, and wasn't sure what to say, although I wanted to say somethine.

It's creepy as hell, and good, and spot on.

Am I the only one that didn't buy Sam/Annie, like, at all? I get that Sam thought he needed her, but really it was the trust between Gene and Sam that drove the show. And I don't think that's just my slash blinders on.

[identity profile] 2007-06-30 02:21 am (UTC)(link)
I actually loved Sam/Annie, but let's face it -- Sam/Hunt got WAAAAY more sceentime :D

[identity profile] 2007-06-30 12:39 am (UTC)(link)
Oh my gosh, you've written LoM fic!!! And this is wonderful!

[identity profile] 2007-06-30 12:12 pm (UTC)(link)
*seconds this*

You know, I thought things couldn't get better sometime around the posting of the Doctor Who fic AND NOW THIS *loves to bits*

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[identity profile] 2007-06-30 10:44 pm (UTC)(link)
Detective Inspector crashes car into lamppost, returning from sordid buggery with superior officer

In character and worded like only the Guv would manage.

Are those lyrics or poetry lines there at the end, and where do they come from?

[identity profile] 2007-06-30 10:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, wait, David, of course.
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[personal profile] andrealyn 2007-07-02 01:36 am (UTC)(link)
Came here via a rec and this was so absolutely wonderful. Sam/Gene is a quiet little pleasure of mine for Life on Mars and this hit all the right notes without being too sappy or too unreal and I love the bit about the darkness and Gene is just so Gene. ♥

[identity profile] 2007-07-02 12:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it :)

Can I ask, just out of curiosity, where the recc was?

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[personal profile] loz 2007-07-02 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
This is a very interesting take on it and I like it a lot.

[identity profile] 2007-07-02 12:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

Love your icon, btw :D

[identity profile] 2007-07-02 08:24 am (UTC)(link)
(1) OMG, Sam is writing LOM Fic! Eeeeeeeeee!
(2) And lo, it is good fic!!
(3) With the right voices and words and and and... right *everything*!!!
(4) Is that a Doctor Who reference in there, or am I reading too much into it? (I probably am. Sorry about that.)
Seriously? This discovery has brightened up my Monday morning. Thank you.

[identity profile] 2007-07-02 12:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! Glad you liked it.

What line was the possible Who reference? I remember reading through it once I'd finished and thinking "That's very Who-like" but now I can't remember what it was...

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[identity profile] 2008-04-02 03:06 am (UTC)(link)
My, my. This is quite frightening, and yet oddly... sweet? Sentimental? Optimistically melancholy? Fuck it, it's good. That's enough for me. :)
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[personal profile] shehasathree 2009-07-18 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
have only just watched Life on Mars (2 eps to go; eep!)
this was *awesome*.
i also squeed when i recognised the Sam-in-Camberwick-Green icon from your lj. :D

[identity profile] 2009-07-18 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
LOL! That's one of my favourite episodes of the entire show. "I CAME OUT OF A BOX!"