Food For Thought
by Longreach and Glowfin
CD holt date: 16046
Characters: Glowfin, Longreach
Teaser: Another reason to know where your food comes from.
Glowfin smiled all over his face. Today Stonebranch and he had finished a big drawing in the tunnels. He was all damp from the heat and smeared with the paint but the picture had come out great, one of their best, actually. With a satisfied sigh he lay down on his bed and laughed.
The big drawing of Shadow leading some elves out of the enslavement was finally done. Bidchild had started it ages ago and several cave painters had worked on it… now it was finished and he had been a part of it. All the details, all the work that was in it. He had to tell, and show it Redmark later but first he needed to rest a little.
Some didn’t quite think about it but working close to the firelake was a physical and psychological challenge. It was hot and you had to focus on so many things. Actually he should take a dip but just now he was glad to lay on his furs no matter how damp and sweaty he was.
When he turned his head to look for some water his eyes fell on a plate with fresh cookies. Blinking he looked again. His mother most likely had left them here knowing he’d be hungry after work. Since ages he hadn’t talked about anything else then this picture. This had to be his treat.
Smiling he reached out and took the cookies. He had to thank his mother later but now he was hungry. With delight he noshed them away down to the last crump.
Some time later Glowfin walked over to the hot springs to wash himself off but he felt funny - a little dizzy and very light in his head. Maybe the heat didn’t agree with him. He had worked longer in the hot tunnel then usually. Probably he should go to the lake instead of the hot springs to cool himself off.
Looking down at his still pained and sweaty body he had to giggle and didn’t even know why. He felt odd, but chanced the direction to the lake through. At last the sweat would wash off and he’d cool down.
Longreach had hidden in some shadows and watched Glowfin leave his den, then carefully followed him toward the lake. He smiled at quickly the younger elf accepted the cookies made with dreamplants and chuckled when Glowfin started acting funny. He remained hidden a while longer, wanting to make his arrival seem like a pure coincidence.
Finally, after it was obvious the cookies were in the elf's system, Longreach backed down the tunnel and began whistling, walking casually toward the lake and knowing his whistling would announce his arrival.
Glowfin had slipped into the water but the strange dizzy feeling and the lightness didn’t go away. He rubbed his limps with water but the paint didn’t go. It only smeared more. Something that was awfully amusing at the moment.
When the whistling echoed over to him he turned. The melody was … odd he though. Way too many tones and notes. Through he knew the voice and reached for his loincloth. He actually found it difficult to put it back on.
“Fisheegs and snake dung.” he muttered when he tried it again.
Longreach walked up, trying to not laugh out loud at Glowfin's inability to get dressed by himself all of sudden. "Having trouble?" he asked, leaning against a rock and crossing his arms. "It looks like you fell in a huge jar of paint!"
Glowfin had problems to focus on Longerach. The dizziness and the feeling of flying got stronger every moment. He could fly? Maybe he was a glider like Dash! That was it.
“Didn’t fell in …” he muttered. “The pots are way too small to fall in….” the idea of being able to fly formed in his head. Finally he would be able to hoist the young female with her own petard!
Longreach raised an eyebrow and wondered if he made the cookies too strong. He wasn't sure if Glowfin had any resistance to the dreamplants. The smaller elf seemed to have trouble just standing up. "Perhaps you should sit. I'd hate to have to call Fireneedle because you knocked yourself unconscious."
Glowfin gave a snort and went over to Longreach tipping his finger on his chest. “I know how much I can stand!” he declared. Actually he felt like sitting, but he didn’t want to do it just because Longreach said it. “And when I sit I sit because I want.” With that he let himself fall down on his rare. “See? Sitting because I want…”
Longreach watched and shook his head. His intention had been to get the lad a bit stoned and just mess with him, but since Glowfin was this far gone; he could have even more fun. "I see." He said, and sat next to him, wondering why something seemed different. Usually, Longreach had a snide comment ready at any point, but he found himself just watching Glowfin. "Wanna swim?" He asked, loosening the cord on his own loincloth.
With narrowed eyes Glowfin looked at the other elf. Usually he felt all tensed around him but at the moment he was oddly relaxed.
“What are you up to?” he asked. “Don’t trust you further then I can then… you know?”
"Throw me?" Longreach asked and stood up, letting his loincloth fall. "Then I guess you don't trust me very far at all. I doubt you can manage to throw yourself in the lake right now." he added with a smirk, and jumped in with a huge splash.
“I can throw you all I want!” Glowfin called after him, fighting to get on his feet. “Beside ... I can fly!” he added convinced.
He walked to the edge of the lake still fumbling on his loincloth. He wouldn’t go swimming naked with Longreach around. Once not looked and his cloth were gone like the last time he had dared. The run back to the caves had been all but embarrassing..
Longreach started laughing; he wasn't able to control it any more. "Then fly little Finny!" he teased, still not sure why he felt like watching him so closely. Treading water in the lake was easy, and Longreach wondered if he would have to actually help keep Glowfin...of all elves...from drowning.
“You don’t laugh at me!” Glowfin complained. “Maybe I can fly but not for you!”
Looked down into the water and the ripples fascinated him more then usually. Slowly he sat down on his knees and reached with one hand out to grasp one. Even If his mind told him that it was impossible to get a grip on a ripple he was absolutely sure he could get one right now.
When his hand broke through the surface… which he had expected to be more soiled, he fell forward and head first into the water. The shock woke him for a moment and he managed to get his head over the water again. How embarrassing! He was the “little fish” but now he paddled like a bloody beginner with down to no talent.
Longreach moved a bit closer to the edge, really not sure how he would ever explain if Glowfin got hurt in the shallow water at the edge of the lake, and watched him try to grab the ripples. He turned his head at the splash when the smaller elf fell in and moved beside him, grasping Glowfin around the chest and pulling him close so he didn't drown.
"Watch it Finny!" Longreach said, quickly finding a shallow enough spot that he could touch the bottom. "What got into you?" he added, knowing full well it was the drugged cookie but not about to admit it. Having Glowfin in his arms, even if it was to rescue him from the lake for a moment, gave the big elf an odd feeling.
Glowfin tried to struggle free, but somehow his body didn’t really do what he wanted. He thought he gave Longerach a good heroic fight but the reality showed he was just squirming in his grip.
“’M not Finny!” he said. “That’s not my name… I don’t call you stupid names either!”
"Fine...GLOWFIN." Longreach said, slowly walking to the edge of the lake, still holding Glowfin's head above the water. The elf was squirming and the paint made him a bit slippery. He got to a point that was shallow enough the lad should have been able to stand up, and slowly started to let go, finding it very hard to take his eyes off him.
“That’s…” better he wanted to say but when Longerach’s support stopped the young elf started to stumble again. The world was ... no, not spinning. It was moving like waves. That was just confusing and made standing hard. “I fell funny…” he muttered and slumped back against Longerach. “I think the gas from the firelake was rotten…”
That made no sense but it was funny somehow and made Glowfin giggle a little.
"Oh boy..." Longreach said, catching Glowfin before he fell into the water again. He felt a bit funny too, and still couldn't figure out why. If rotten gas from a firelake actually made any sense, he might have thought it affected him too. Suddenly, having the lad in his arms a second time Longreach felt light, and oddly nervous. "Sure. Rotten firelake gas. Whatever you say." he replied softly, moving closer to the edge again. "Look, sit down, ok?" he asked, trying to figure out what was wrong with himself.
Without completing Glowfin sat down on the edge but peddled his feet in the water still. “I don’t think I can fly…” he said with a frown. “But … maybe the water can!” that was the idea. Shaking his head again to get a bit clearer he looked to Longerach his eyes half closed. “Or maybe you can fly? I don’t know but something can… and it’s here…”
Longreach suddenly felt a bit frozen, and confused. He had his arms out, ready to catch Glowfin if....or when...he fell forward again. But.... he found himself leaning forward until his face was mere inches from the lad's. "Flying eh?" he said, looking in the lad's eyes.
„Too close…“ Glowfin said and tried to push Longerach back. “That’s not funny…” He added but his hand went into the air. “Dang… You move too quickly!” he complained then tried again and almost lost balance again. He fell forward and because the world seemed to move even more he just rested his forehead on Longerach’s shoulder.
“I don’t feel very well…” he confessed.
Longreach decided that if they didn't leave the lake soon, the lad would mostly likely drown somehow. "Come on, I'm taking you back." he said with a sigh, and easily lifted Glowfin in his arms. Longreach looked around and saw his loincloth on the ground, and scooped it with a foot, tossing it up to catch easily with a finger. "I'm not going to be responsible for you drowning!" He said.
“I can’t drown..” Glowfin said his tongue feeling heavy. “I’m a fish…”
Again he though he was fighting but in reality he did nothing at all.
Longreach sighed, thinking he should stick around the den with Glowfin for a while to make sure he was going to be alright. "Yeah, a fish." he said, heading directly for Glowfin's den. "I'm taking you to your den to sleep off whatever it is."
„Rotten gas… I told you, stupid.” Glowfin gave back. Being carried by Longerach should be annoying like usually when he fooled around or teased him but Glowfin was still oddly relaxed. When they reached his den and Longerach put him down on his bed he gave a sigh and closed his eyes.
Longreach sat next to Glowfin and found himself oddly concerned. Thinking he may have to call for Fireneedle, the big elf tried to pay close attention so he could relay what was going on. Fireneedle hated being called out and having to run back and get more supplies.
As Glowfin lay there, Longreach felt that strange light feeling again, and stretched out next to him, watching the lad breathe... and hoping he stayed that way.
Glowfin almost had drifted to sleep. His breath went slower, his body relaxed… he felt like flying again and a silly smirk came to his lips.
“DARN!” With wide eyes Glowfin suddenly sat up right again, then his body again relaxed and he fell back in the silken sheets. “Oh to the fire pit with it… I can still wash the paint of later…”
Longreach nearly jumped out of his skin when Glowfin sat up and part of him wanted to strangle the lad for startling him, and would usually have something crude to say. But oddly enough, not this time. Instead, he lay back down and found himself picking dried paint out of Glowfin's hair and studying his face. As time passed, Longreach leaned closer and closer, and he felt more and more confused.
His body felt light, and he was feeling nervous again. Before long, he found his face an inch or so away from the lad's, and then he was lightly kissing his cheek.
Glowfin wrinkled his nose and chuckled at the light warm feeling on this skin and tried to wave what ever it was away. Through his body still didn’t work that well and something tickled in his belly.
Longreach froze again when Glowfin tried to wave him away, and it only made the light floaty feeling stronger. For reasons he didn't understand, he kissed the lad's cheek again, and this time kept his face close.
Glowfin made a face but this time the wave he had intended to do just came out as a lazy pat on the other’s cheek. “Not funny…” he muttered under his breath half-asleep.
Longreach smiled, suddenly finding it very funny, but still confusing. He leaned in to kiss Glowfin's cheek one more time, right at the edge of his lips.
Glowfin squirmed a bit and turned his face away. His belly was tickling all over and his skin felt warmer where he was touched. Probably he’d throw up?
“Don’t …” he asked.
Longreach didn't know why, but he turned Glowfin's face back to him and kissed him fully on the lips, shocking himself as soon as they touched.
Glowfin’s eyes went wide at the kiss. For a moment he didn’t feel relaxed at all! He was overwhelmed by this kiss and even worse his body apparently was as well. The warm tickling in his belly went stronger and so did the lightheaded feeling.
But then… It didn’t feel that bad to have someone else lips on his. His eyes fell shut again and he made a mental note to tell Redmark how kissing felt. The strange relaxing he felt ever since he had walked over to the bath worked here as well.
So this was a kiss… Glowfin found himself lifting his head a little and kissing back. If he had to kiss someone he’d do it right!
Longreach was even more shocked that Glowfin kissed back, and the warm light feeling he felt started to feel more like what he felt with Shadefern than something odd, and that confused him even more. But his body seemed to enjoy the kiss, and he softly touched the lad's face and tried to guide him.
Glowfin’s mind drifted of. He almost could see it waving happily at him while his body stayed back. The kiss lasted and the tickling on his skin where he was touched grew stronger. When the kiss was broken he gave a little sigh.
Longreach looked down at Glowfin in shock... did he really just kiss GLOWFIN??? He shook his head in disbelief, and simply stared for a moment.
The lad stretched and squirmed a little then rolled to his side. “I feel funny…” he repeated, and then chuckled half asleep. “Maybe the cookies had been rotten not the gas…”
Longreach shook his head again, trying to clear it. Was is possible that Glowfin kissed back??? He thought it was because he was under the effects of the cookies... and began to panic.
Muttering some more nonsense about flying fished and dancing ripples Glowfin curled up in his blankets and finally drifted to sleep.
Longreach sat up, trying to think his way out of this. He was only supposed to get Glowfin a bit dosed on the dreamplants, get him to make a fool of himself, and then feel crappy in the morning. How the heck did he end up kissing him??? Longreach reached over and untied Glowfin's loincloth, and started taking it off of him, thinking that making the lad think something happened might be an even better prank. He hoped he was too stoned to remember the kiss and would just be confused.
Glowfin felt … odd but not light anymore, quite the contrary. All of his limps felt as if they were made out of stone and his belly seemed to rebel against him. Everything seemed wrong this beginning of the waking time.
With a moan Glowfin turned slowly around. He should get up but he felt a little sick. Squeezing his eyes shut he almost was afraid to open them but dared it through to slide them open a crack. Then he squeezed them shut again. Maybe he was a still dreaming. Rubbing his eyes he tried it again but the view didn’t change.
Longerach was still there.
Longreach rolled over, and opened his eyes. He was startled to find he was in Glowfin's den...and on his bed. The night before came rushing back, and Longreach grinned, trying to play it off the best he could. "Why did you let me sleep so long?" he asked gruffly.
Suddenly Glowfin was all awake. “What are you doing here?” he asked his voice sounding way to high and shrill.
"I fell asleep, silly." Longreach said, as if it was obvious. He stretched and looked around for his loincloth.
“But why here!?” Glowfin asked again and dragged his cover closer just to see that Longerach was naked… in his bed! “And why do you fall asleep naked in MY bed!?”
Longreach looked at Glowfin like he was still stoned and snorted. "Fine. I'll leave." he pulled on his loincloth and tied it. "Are you always this grumpy when you wake up?"
„Just when I have naked bullies in my bed!“ Glowfin gave back.
"I'm not naked anymore." Longreach said, placing both hands on his hips and grinning. "But if being naked bothers you, perhaps you should look down." He added, and pointed at Glowfin.
Glowfin paled visibly and carefully lifted the silken cover. In disbelieve he starred down the swiftly pressed the blanket against him. “That’s NOT funny!” he said his voice a too high again.
Longreach grinned and chuckled. "I suggest a dip in the hot springs." he said with a wink. "It might help with the paint too." Looking at his own self, he pretended to search for anywhere that paint may have rubbed off.
When Longerach checked his body Glowfin swallowed. No, that couldn’t be! A short memory flashed up. Warm lips… Glowfin stiffed visibly. No! He hadn’t!
Longreach turned and shrugged. "I've got to get to the gardens." he said, preparing to leave. "Got anything to eat since we slept late?”
The lad shook his head. “What did you… do here?” he asked softly. He was not sure if he wanted to hear the answer. “That’s just one of your bad jokes… right?”
Longreach smiled mischievously. "So that's a no to breakfast?" he said and turned back around. "Now why would you assume that I played a prank? I'm offended!"
By and by the young fisher grew angry. „Then ... GET OUT OF MY DEN!”
Longreach turned back around, and had a stunned look on his face. "I'm hurt Glowfin. Such a nice sleepingtime, and you are a great kisser! Now you just toss me out like it was nothing?"
Glowfin starred at him then slowly lifted his fingers to his lips. Might be he hadn’t dreamed that up? Even more why should he dream such a thing? “I didn’t Kiss you!” he tried to deny.
"Yes you did!" Longreach hissed. "How do you forget something like that?"
Glowfin turned away, his cheeks growing hot. It was hard to miss that he tried to think. All he got were blurry memories of dancing ripples and flying fishes. He tried to remember the last sleeping time.
Longreach hung his head. "I guess I thought firsts were supposed to be memorable." he said softly.
„First what?“ Glowfin asked back his eyes wide in shock, his voice high pitched again. A cold shiver ran through him.
"Gee, we both woke up naked, in your bed." Longreach said, still acting hurt. "And you don't seem to remember a thing! Shows how little it meant to you."
The cold feeling turned into sickness. With wide eyes and wobbly knees he starred at Longerach. Some more memories forced to his dazed brain. The touch of lips mixed with him hanging in Longerach’s arms at the lake. Could it be?
Glowfin grasped some cloth and quickly dressed. He shook his head as if he tried to shake off whatever Longerach had said. Tears gathered in his eyes.
"If you have that much trouble remembering, then I guess I did it wrong." Longreach mumbled, secretly taking pleasure in Glowfin's reaction. He took a step back toward the lad and stretched out a hand. "We could try to refresh the memory."
Glowfin looked up between anger and despair. He slapped Longerach’s hand away and the first tears ran down his cheeks. “I HATE you!” he yelled at him then pushed him aside and ran out of his own den just to get away from that awful elf!
"Glowfin, wait!" He called out, not intending for him to believe it this strongly. Oh well, it seemed to Longreach that he would figure it out sooner or later and he set off slowly, trying to follow the lad and let him in on the joke. It had just been a prank after all.