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Heart in a Box, 2

Title: Heart in a Box
Author: Mae
Rating: PG-13, some swearing
Characters: Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton
Archive: http://maefic.50webs.com/slash/heart.html
Dedication: The Vegas girls. :D
Disclaimer: It's all lies!
Author's Notes: This is set just after Joe Thornton was traded to the Sharks in November 2005. I started writing this in 2007 but only picked it up again recently and it's finally done! The idea came from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but I went a different direction with it.

Heart in a Box, 2

The limousine was Patty's idea; he wanted to make Joe feel wanted, like he was welcome on the team. Kyle McLaren was surprised when Patty asked him if he wanted to join him to meet Joe at the airport. He frowned, searching Patty's expression carefully, looking for some trace of emotion, some glimmer of resentment, perhaps, but there was nothing. His eyes were like glass, reflecting light and images but without life of their own.

A streak of red appeared on Patty's shirt, over his chest.

Kyle nodded. He thought it would be a good idea for Joe to see a familiar face when he got to Buffalo. He knew that Joe must have been in a state of shock; Joe had thought that he was going to be a Bruin forever because he wore 19 and he was a captain and well, everyone knew that Steve Yzerman was going to be a Red Wing forever. Kyle had never thought that Boston was a good place for Joe, but he'd kept that to himself because Joe wasn't the kind of person who would even look at the grass on the other side to see if it was greener.

They were quiet in the limo on the way to the airport. Kyle's couldn't stop staring at Patty's chest when he looked at him, full of questions and just a little bit disgusted, so he ended up just looking out the window at the snow-covered trees. He started to think idly about Joe and how he'd fit in on the team; he remembered the amazing passes that Joe had made, and all the times that he was simply unstoppable, the puck tethered to his stick until finally someone on the other team would hook or trip him. Kyle didn't doubt that Joe the player was going to be brilliant, but he thought that Joe the person might need a little support.


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This kinda reminded me of a Ribeiro interview where they asked him about whether he was shocked to have been moved from his boyhood team and he was very matter of fact about it is so rare to stay on one team your entire career. It's only guys like Sakic and Yzerman so I like the callback to Stevie and the 19. Although, I wonder--how awesome was Yzerman when he was young? During a Stars game I got the Wings feed and they showed a bit of Yzerman's retirement speech where he of course was modest and talking about how the organization/city believed in him when he was young. Like Thornton was a stud from the get go, but was Stevie?

That was random.

Anyway, I like the bit about Kyle being disgusted. Like in this world it's totally possible to cut out your heart and be alive, but it's still gross (in both senses of the word). It's extreme and crazy and even if you wanna feel for Patty, he still cut himself open. If he could do that, what else could he do?

I vaguely remember Stevie being some hotshot rookie who came in and--okay, checked hockeydb and he basically tore it up with almost 90 points in each of his first two seasons. Joe was actually a big disappointment his first season with the Bruins. He had like... 7 points. And Samsonov won the Calder, haha. I just read an article titled The Fall of Sergei Samsonov just because it was such an overwrought title, and they were contrasting how Samsonov and Joe started and where they are now.

Gruesome hockey injuries they can deal with, but cutting out your own heart?

REALLY?! Stevie is such a modest bastard.

Man, oh, man. I always wondered what happened to that neckless dude.

Waived and unclaimed. Officially with Rockford now. :P

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