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Heart in a Box, 4

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.

Don't worry, Lira, Joe engages in absolutely no kissing in this fic! :P


Heart in a Box, 4

Joe was still too excited about that night's game to go to sleep; he could barely even wipe the grin off his face. He couldn't have hoped for a better debut with his new team: a shot off the post in his first shift and two assists in a 5-0 win--the first win for the team in almost a month.

He closed his eyes and breathed deeply, trying to calm himself down. His roommate was already fast asleep, or seemed to be, anyway. Joe preferred to think that Patty had slipped into unconsciousness, that he wouldn't get up and go to the bathroom, because even in the dim light sifting through the hotel room curtains, the dark scab running over Patty's sternum was visible, and it wasn't something that Joe was keen on seeing again.

As his ears adjusted to the silence, he started to hear something--a muffled pounding sound, like someone two rooms away was thumping the wall with his fist. The sounds were coming regularly, two at a time, and he thought that it was like hearing the blood pounding in his ears, but from a distance. He didn't know what was making the sounds, or where they were coming from, but he found them strangely soothing and reassuring, and he drifted off to sleep as his heart slowed to match the beats.

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Oh my goodness, Joe hears the heart! Hmm. I absolutely love this concept and your execution of it.

And it puts him to sleep! What a weirdo. :P

Thank you so much. :)

dude the fact that you pull this off is making me like be all jaw droppy, not because its you but that its anyone! and its so good! :D

Ahh, thank you!!! It's a weird premise, so I'm glad it works for you. :D

Oh, oh. I don't have time to fb properly, but SO GOOD. I'm still all kinds of in love with this idea. :)

*squeaks* Thanks! I'm glad that it works for you. :)

I have already spazzed at you about how much I love the idea of this, right? And dude: you are not disappointing me at all - so fucking gorgeous. I especially love part four: there's something so beautiful and sad about them sharing a room when Patty's heart's ripped out and Joe can hear it beating. Mmmph.

You did! :D Joe and Patty really were roommates after the trade. Marco was Patty's roommate before that. *sniffle* There was an article in the local newspaper by a general sports person about how weird it was that two stars shared a room whereas in other sports two stars wouldn't even share a floor. :P But what got to me was that Patty and Marco were so close, (Patty was one of his groomsman! Flew all the way to Germany!) and then to be immediately replaced by Joe. Meep!

Dude. I had a dream about a huge spider and woke up crouched in bed with my heart pounding, and the trauma of that faded way faster than that... other dream we won't talk about. :(

The image of Joe being soothed to sleep by Patty's cut-out heart is... strangely appropriate.

*shrieks* I was just thinking I'm glad I don't have nightmares about big scary monsters like that, then I realised that sometimes I dream about my mother and it's scarier. :P

Ahh, I'm glad. The part about being soothed to sleep was unplanned. My mind is strange that way. :)

IT'S LIKE THE TELL-TALE HEART!!!!!

How creepy. I wonder where Patty is keeping it. Although it makes me wonder what that means for Joe and Patty (their relationship) since he's falling into rhythm with Patty's heart. Is he going to be that understanding friend or what? And I like the description because it makes it sound like the heart is trying to get out.

I haven't read that but it sounds like a really nifty story! Poe is great that way.

Joe's not kissing anyone!!!

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