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28 July 2008 @ 12:15 am
Fic: Unsaid; Unseen (Crossover)  
Fandoms: Batman Begins/Iron Man/Smallville
Pairing: Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark/Lex Luthor
Rating: R
Disclaimer: These characters aren't mine.
Notes: Written for the porn battle. Prompt: "He's always watching". But the story got a little away from that.
Summary: Bruce likes to watch. Tony likes the attention. Lex likes control.

- - -

It’s Tony Stark’s turn to host it.

None of them really have enough time to take a night off. Each of them makes enough time.

~*~


Back in the prep school, where it began, each of the three was heir to a larger fortune than the rest of the kids there combined. Bruce Wayne ignored it; Tony Stark flaunted it; Lex Luthor shied away.

They never should have become friends. None of them particularly enjoyed the company of the other two. But, after a while, it was the most normal thing they knew.

~*~


Bruce accepts a single glass of wine. Lex looks like he’s itching for the drugs he, theoretically, gave up years ago.

Tony grins like a cat. Leans his elbows on the bar top in his kitchen. “To the new year,” he says, raising his glass of something most definitely stronger than wine.

~*~


Tony Stark’s boldest memory is of a particular look of Bruce’s – as blank as usual, but something in his eyes feral, predatory, as he watched Lex pin Tony down and fuck him.

Lex Luthor’s boldest memory is of the way Tony sucked him off, one day, merciless and fast. In the aftermath, with Lex panting, trying to recover his control, Tony kissed him once, where his neck met his shoulder.

Bruce Wayne remembers it all. He thinks often, though, of the contrast between Tony’s eager sex appeal and Lex’s calculated precision.

~*~


They discuss business matters, for the most part. How their companies did over the last year. Strategies. Rivals. It’s a sparring match as much as a conversation, and it’s foreplay far more than it is either.

There are no rules, to this. None of them are structure-oriented enough to follow them, if there were.

~*~


Some friends had to make an effort to keep in touch. With them, it happened almost accidentally. They just were in the same place, every few months. And Lex would kick out his latest girl without fanfare, Tony would smile and make her feel lucky but certain it was over, and Bruce would give his a tender kiss and tell her goodnight.

They’d still be up, early in the morning – maybe the remnants of a necktie hooked through the headboard, a few used condoms in the trash, and one of the two hotel beds utterly untouched.

When they slept, Tony slept in the middle. Always, Tony was in the middle.

~*~


Bruce likes to watch. Tony likes the attention. Lex likes control.

So it’s now that Lex follows Tony to the bed. Pushes Tony’s leg out of the way and settles above him, palming his erection.

Tony lets a hissed “oh, yeah” escape and brings Lex up into a kiss.

Bruce, still standing, casually loosens his tie.

~*~


After Tony’s parents died, he withdrew from their presence. Lex was helpless, and it infuriated him. Bruce understood, and he took action. That time, it was Lex who watched: Bruce was kissing Tony more than not, Bruce was touching Tony more than not, and they took it slow.

Before then, Tony occasionally thought Bruce was creepy. After then, he never minded Bruce watching.

Before then, Lex thought he was in charge. After then, he never stopped trying to get that back.

~*~


Bruce holds Tony’s wrists back, in a grip that might as well have been marble, as Lex’s fingers stroke inside Tony, his tongue grazing over Tony’s nipple.

Tony milks it for all it’s worth, arching back against Bruce’s grip. Rubbing against Bruce’s erection. Because Bruce may not react, but he does feel, and Tony knows how to use that.

~*~


They never, ever discuss superheroes.

~*~


Lex fucks Tony first, rough and fast, and he’s not satisfied until Tony comes for the first time. Lex looks up to Bruce in a challenge, then. So, when Bruce slides inside Tony, there’s still the burn from Lex, but there’s a cool courtesy in it that Lex didn’t have.

After, Lex and Bruce share a kiss that’s concession, on both sides. A demonstration of equality.

Tony wonders if they’ll have a round three later that night.

~*~


It’s only once a year, these days. All they need.

Tony Stark doesn’t know why he still does it.

Lex Luthor still does it because there’s a mystery, one each in Tony and in Bruce, and he can’t let himself rest until he knows what it is.

Bruce Wayne does it because he realizes, as Tony and Lex don’t, that they have more in common than they have differences.

~*~


“See you next year,” says Tony, with a wave.

“Yeah,” says Bruce. He gives Tony a nod, curt, as he steps into the limo.

“Until then.” Lex takes Tony’s hand – a handshake, ostensibly, but there’s much, much more to it than that.

This time, as always, each of them wonder how they’ll wait that long. And the next day, they forget why.
 
 
Jackie Lamagnifique: by likefluffy Tony Stark Presents!tju_tju_tju_tju on July 28th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
Effing brilliant. Perfect characterizations for all of them. And I loved the snippet structure on this; it worked so well. Amazing job!
eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on July 28th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The snippet structure was me trying to fit it all into a comment ficlet and, yeah, hitting at about 125% of the possible length. -_- Glad you liked :)
Sabbath: Tony_Slept_Withmillari on July 28th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
You know, I was expecting this just to be one big orgy, but pretty soon I began to see what you were doing with it. There are some who say that we reveal our true selves during sex, and this story sorta runs with this premise. :)

I like how it's a quiet character study of all three men. I also like how you subtly show us the evolving of a deeper understanding between Bruce and Tony, where Tony first notices the way Bruce watches him, finds it a bit creepy but then later on, connects with him over their shared loss. You do this all without ever saying anything directly about it. It pays off nicely too when you describe how Tony knows that Bruce doesn't react, but does feel, and makes sure to give him pleasure in the way he can experience it.

I also really liked that Tony sleeps in the middle. Always. Suggests how his gregariousness and social skills maintains the peace between the three of them, serves as a neutral emotional ground between Bruce's brooding withdrawal and Lex's barely suppressed rage.

And LOL, they never, ever, talk about superheroes. FTW.
eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on July 28th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Well, there really isn't much plot beyond SEX A LOT but you were right, it isn't just about that, and much of the plot is below the surface.

Bruce and Tony ended up being kind of the most connected of the triad. Lex would be, but he's a little too self-centered, internally focused. He won't really let himself understand what it's all about because he resents himself for needing it.

Anyhow, thank you! I'm glad you liked ^_^
Nothing to see here, move along.: sparklebuhfly on July 28th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this.
eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on July 28th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ^^
Tangles: Winentangled_now on July 28th, 2008 09:37 am (UTC)
I really love this, the way you have all their complicated personalities tangled round each other is just perfect.
eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on July 28th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, and with the three of them, there would SO be a tangle. I'm glad you liked ^_^
jams: iron man - pretty good companyjamaillith on July 28th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
This is kind of brilliant.
eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on July 28th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^
rocaw: Bruce BBrocaw on July 28th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
LOVED THIS!
eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on July 29th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^^
raz0r.girl - hustler of culture: eames - fan fictionraz0rgirl on July 28th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Joining in the "loved this" chorus, especially for these lines:


Before then, Tony occasionally thought Bruce was creepy. After then, he never minded Bruce watching.

Before then, Lex thought he was in charge. After then, he never stopped trying to get that back.
eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on July 29th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Those were a couple of my favorites, actually ^^

Thank you! I'm glad you liked.
raz0r.girl - hustler of culture: amplificathon participantraz0rgirl on May 5th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
May I record this as podfic for amplificathon? Let me know either way. Thanks!
eradicating evil was always on my to-do list: hell yeahcerebel on May 5th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
Sure, feel free! Any chance I can get a hold of it when it's done?
raz0r.girl - hustler of culture: amplificathon participantraz0rgirl on May 5th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Wow, that was quick. Thanks! And of course. I'll let you know when it's done.
eradicating evil was always on my to-do list: jake nutscerebel on May 5th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
You caught me when I happened to be online :P

Awesome! :)
raz0r.girl - hustler of culture: amplificathon participantraz0rgirl on May 5th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
it's up: http://community.livejournal.com/amplificathon/243093.html
let me know if I pronounced your name incorrectly (I'll fix it).
eradicating evil was always on my to-do list: bashir made of awesomecerebel on May 6th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
Great! And no, you pronounced it absolutely right.
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eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on August 3rd, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Thanks! ^^
Ender: White suit o sexenderwiggin24 on August 2nd, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
I am here via the crossover newsletter, and this is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good on so many different levels of hell!
I absolutely adore how you had all of them, bruce , tony and lex!
eradicating evil was always on my to-do listcerebel on August 3rd, 2008 05:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was pretty hard balancing all of them; I'm glad you liked :)
rednihilist: CB skinrednihilist on August 7th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
WOW!!! Hot and deconstructing and completely cerebral. . . you won me over with just the summary -- a promise of sliding passion and infatuation and disdain that you most certainly delivered! Great job, really!! *g*
Jean-Claude: Guilty Pleasuresmaitredelaville on April 1st, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
Oh my God. That was utterly delicious and sad, in a way. There's this bittersweet ache throughout that gives everything a very poignant edge. Thank you so much for writing this.

I know I'm insanely late to the party, but this was just recced to me, so. <3