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23 April 2009 @ 06:02 pm
Sensory Perception [Repo; Nathan/Mag]  
TITLE: Sensory Perception
FANDOM: Repo! The Genetic Opera
PAIRING: Nathan/Mag
SPOILERS: none; pre-canon
SUMMARY: A lovelorn Nathan Wallace finds solace and companionship not in the object of his affection, but her best friend.


Nathan Wallace had never considered himself a jealous man; one that fawns over a woman already taken. But here he was, weeks into his new business relationship with Rotti Largo, founder and CEO of GeneCo, and he found himself incredibly jealous. Not of Rotti's status, no -- in his eyes, Nathan had much more to offer than Rotti, if one were to discount the endless amounts of wealth. It was the woman Rotti was seeing -- Marni -- that made Nathan incredibly envious of the organ-transplant tycoon.

He couldn't fathom how a businessman so cold and ruthless could capture the attention of a woman so kind and gentle... so beautiful. Marni's classic features and dark, magnetic eyes would be enough to reel in any man, so Nathan had to wonder - why Rotti? Marni hardly seemed the type to go after money and status, so that couldn't have been it. Perhaps Rotti portrayed something else around her that kept her under his spell. Nathan considered the "family man" angle, but he doubted Marni would be that enamored with Rotti's children from his previous marriage: Luigi, Pavi, and Amber. All three were little monsters; Luigi violent and hard to control, Pavi vain and vulgar, and Amber, a princess who Rotti would happily hand the entire company over to with enough stomping of her tiny feet.

What was it about Rotti that enchanted Marni so? Why not him?

"You look like you're lost in thought," came a smooth, crystalline voice from above him.

Nathan glanced up, into the unseeing eyes of Marni's best friend, Mag, and just barely smiled. "Funny."

"Oh, Nathan." Using her cane and hand to guide her, Mag took a seat on the bench where Nathan perched, elbows on his thighs and head lowered. "I wish you would cheer up. I don't want a depressed surgeon performing my operation next week, after all," she jested, leaning slightly to the side and giving his shoulder a nudge with hers.

"Not depressed," he sighed, sitting back and letting their shoulders brush. There was always something comforting about sitting with Mag; she didn't put him on edge as Marni did.

"Will you always be a man of so few words, Nate?" she teased good-naturedly.

"Yes." He glanced sidelong at her, smirking when she did.

Mag chuckled, reaching out and feeling for his face. "You had better be smiling. Don't make me tell another blind joke."

He rolled his eyes, forcing a smile once her fingers reached his lips, tracing them. "There. Smiling."


"Touché." He slowly drew in a breath as her fingers withdrew from his lips, and he watched her small, graceful hand fall back to her lap, playing with the handle of her cane.

They sat in silence for a moment, Nathan staring at the ruins beyond the large picture window inside GeneCo's garden room; perhaps the one room left on earth where things were still green and growing. After what felt like hours, he heard Mag's voice again... tone sage, wise.

"Marni may not be as happy as she seems."

"How do you know?"

"I just know," she murmured, unseeing eyes staring straight ahead as if she, too, were observing the ruins right along with him. "Sensory perception, dear Nate."

At that, he gave a slight, but genuine smile, knowing that Mag was the only one he would allow to call him 'Nate.' His entire life he preferred 'Nathan,' but from her, the shortening of his name to its first syllable wasn't all that bad.

"Just as I know," she continued, "that you're deeply smitten with my best friend and heartbroken that she doesn't seem to notice you."

Nathan glanced down at the tile floor, once more leaning his elbows on his thighs and dipping his head. He almost startled at the feel of fingers in his hair, making their way toward his face. He couldn't help confiding in her, "I just can't understand what she sees in Rotti Largo."

"She just doesn't see the same thing you see," she told him, hand finding his cheek. "Or that I see."

When he glanced up at her, she smiled, ducking her head and removing her hand from his face to tuck dark tendrils behind her ear. "Perceive, rather." And she sighed. "We all see what we wish to see, in everyone. It always differs from person to person. What I see in... you, for example, may not be what Rotti sees or Marni sees."

"What do you see?" he asked suddenly.

"I see a man fishing for compliments," she teased.


"Alright." Sighing, her hand reached for his face again, finding his hair first.

Nathan closed his eyes, feeling her long, graceful fingers tickle through the strands before finding his cheek, turning his face toward her. Her fingertips fluttered over his cheekbones, gliding across the softness of his eyelashes and down his nose. They feather-kissed his jawline before finally ending up at his lips, tracing around them endlessly.

"I see someone who is very kind. Feels deeply and is loyal to a fault. I see a very handsome man who should be able to have any woman he wants, a man deserving to be loved in return."

"And what about Marni?" he asked breathlessly, searching those unseeing eyes, eyes he would in a week replace.

Mag tilted her chin to the downward diagonal, fingers sliding from his face as she murmured softly, almost sadly, "I can't tell you what Marni sees, Nate. I can only tell you what I see." After a moment, she seemed to have recovered from whatever mood had briefly overcome her, and she turned to him. "Do you realize that one week from today I'll be able to actually see you?"

"Yes," he smiled, hearing the excitement in her tone. "But Mag... are you sure about this? Rotti... may not be as generous as he appears to be."

"Are you sure that's not a little jealousy eeking out?"

"As objectively as possible, I am telling you: something about him is off."

"Okay," she brushed him off lightly. "Just... make sure that when I see you for the first time," her hand found his face immediately, thumb on one side of his chin and fingers on the other, smushing his cheeks together, "at least promise me I don't have to see this oh-woe-is-me look on your face, hmm?" She quirked a brow.

Nathan chuckled in spite of himself. "I promise."

"And Nate..."


"Promise me something else."

"Anything," was his response without thinking, and he reached up to touch her wrist, inciting her to loosen her grip on his face. It slid to one cheek and he gave the underside of her wrist a friendly stroke with his thumb.

"Promise me that you'll be the first face I see when I open my eyes next week."

"I promise." Shrugging one shoulder, he added, "I'll have to be the first face you see anyway, considering I'll be the one taking the bandages off."

"One more thing."

He chuckled. "What?"

Her thumb slid to his lips, stroking across them before putting pressure in the middle. "When I wake up... smile for me."

"I will."

"A real one," she demanded, her other hand pointing a finger in his direction. "No faking, or I'll know."

"You always know," he teased.

"Like I said - sensory perception," she sighed. "Nate, trust me. Even blind, I can see straight through you."

"You always have."

"And I always will."

After a moment, he smiled against her thumb. "I'll smile for you, Mag," he promised. "Genuinely."

"Thank you," she smiled back, leaning in to peck his cheek. She murmured against him, "Marni doesn't know what she's missing."

And then, it just seemed natural. Nathan tilted his head, brushing his lips against Mag's gently, gratitude his intent. What he didn't count on was her lips clinging; his feeling a spark and wanting to cling, too. So the kiss lingered, just beyond the point of being platonic, but not outwardly passionate. His lips moved over hers gently, softly, as his hand reached for the alabaster softness of her cheek, knuckles sweeping gently across it.

When their lips broke he leaned back and looked at her, eyes closed and lashes fluttering. "Um..." He struggled with himself, struggled to compute the new sensation he felt bubbling up inside him, and scooted away from her a bit as if distance would douse the sensations, the spark. "I should go."

"I understand."

And she did; her tone held no sadness or no regret. Just a kind understanding that instantly set his nerves at ease; a skill that was Mag's alone. "It's just that Rotti, and... and Marni, they uh... they'd like to go over some more of the details regarding your surgery."

"Shall I go with?"

"No. No need. It's more of the technical stuff, you don't need to worry about it." He was already backing for the door when she called to him again, this time using his full name to gain his attention.


He spun to face her, seeing her toying with her cane once more. "Yes."

"Give Marni time," she advised. "One day she'll see you like I do."

Nathan paused in the doorway and just watched her a moment, taking the time to observe the calm that she emanated, that serenity she seemed to emanate everywhere, in any situation. Then, he walked slowly back over to her, the sound of his wing-tips echoing on the tile until he stopped in front of her. Bending down, he bestowed a soft kiss upon her forehead, murmuring, "Thank you, Mag," against her skin before he turned on his heel and left the garden room.


{x-posted to repofiction}
versus the world: ;r! :when i see you. i see me.sinistercircus on April 24th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
"I see a man fishing for compliments," she teased.


I love how you portrayed Mag's voice. There's a wisdom there that she reveals to us, in the movie and I believe you captured it really well. Her rhythm is beautifully set, and you allow Nathan and Mag to play off each other so well.

Hauntingly touching, actually. And the small touches of this intimacy, though not full-out physical, was still quite intense.

Great jorrrrb! ♥
a.: repo; aching hourregalish on April 27th, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much as always, cherie, for your constant encouragement! It really helps me, particularly when entering new fandoms.

Hauntingly touching, actually. And the small touches of this intimacy, though not full-out physical, was still quite intense. Awww, thank you thank you! That's precisely how I see their relationship (or what it was/could've been): subtly intense and intimate.

Or maybe it's just because I'd like to be intimate with ASH? Hehehehe. Never knowwwwwwww! ♥

Tasare's Wristtasareswrist on April 24th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
awww so adorable!
a.: models; butterflyregalish on April 27th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Thanks much! :)
нσω ∂σ уσυ нσℓ∂ α мσση вєαм ιη уσυʀ нαη∂?: {Movie} Repo! - Wonder why I even botherfiddlings on April 24th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Oh, this was beautiful, beautiful. Perfect. The tone was just right. It wasn't over-the-top passionate, but it wasn't too subtle, either.

I love how you portrayed the characters; you captured both of them remarkably well.

(Any chance you'll consider writing more Nathan/Mag? *bats eyelashes* And yay! I'm glad to see you got a Blind Mag icon. ♥ )
a.: repo; zydrate anatomyregalish on April 27th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
Thank you very muchly, love! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

(Any chance you'll consider writing more Nathan/Mag? *bats eyelashes*) Heeee! I am already hard at work on my second Nathan/Mag fic, which I hope to get posted soon! ♥

I can't spell, get over it.: chase the morningi_am_cedes on April 24th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
this is honestly the best Mag or Nathan fic I have ever read.

I love it... so much.
a.: repo; chase the morningregalish on April 27th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much! That really means a lot considering this is my first Repo fic ever. :)

Thanks again!
I can't spell, get over it.: zooey is lovei_am_cedes on April 27th, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
I'm serious! :D I RP Mag in a few places, pre-canon too, this is exactly how I've always seen their relationship.

...that is, perceive.
a.: repo; aching hourregalish on April 27th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
this is exactly how I've always seen their relationship. Me too. Strange, how they share one mildly intense scene together, and yet it speaks volumes as to what their relationship was in the past, and what kind of potential it had, had he not been so obsessed with Marni.
I can't spell, get over it.i_am_cedes on April 27th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)

It also makes that explains so much of the guilt he had during her final performance, how for that moment he chose to watch her and her death, in lieu of his own daughter.
a.: repo; legal assassinregalish on April 29th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
how for that moment he chose to watch her and her death, in lieu of his own daughter. I LOVED THAT MOMENT. I was so surprised that his attention strayed from Shilo, to look at Mag. And the look on his face was fantastic.
I can't spell, get over it.: Shilry Temple say what?!?i_am_cedes on April 29th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Hee! I <3 that whole scene so freaking much, also, how you can see the heartbreak when he walks on stage and there she is... it just makes the whole Nate/Mag thing so much more believeable.

Also- okay, this is my math, and it kind of is faulty b/c of it, but Mag meets Rotti in '030, yes? However, Nate doesn't marry Marni for almost a decade, since Nate was next in line for Rotti's throne, he had to be around for a while for that to make sense.... so say he even came into the picture five years into it, that's still five years where (in theory) he isn't with Marni... and who is always around Marni and the Voice of GenCo? Mag. Who is the Heir to GenCo? Nate.
I could easily see Rotti playing matchmaker with his two little 'creations' he brought them both up, a simple singer and doctor... perfect heirs to his and Marni's empire company.
a.: repo; legal assassinregalish on April 29th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
YES. I am actually working on a fic very very similar to what you've just described. Not so much that Rotti plays matchmaker (although that is a VERY intriguing idea), but that before Nathan/Marni were involved... he was with Mag. To add a whole 'nother dimension to their dynamic. Because yes. The Chase the Morning scene, and the heartbreak on his face when he saw her impaled definitely speaks of a deeper history there; deeper feelings.

That matchmaker thing is quite a good idea though :D
I can't spell, get over it.: Blind Mag is Blind!i_am_cedes on April 29th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
well, if your interested, (and into RP) there is a pretty amazing pre-canon comm camelotdays that you might want to look into. We're kind of running with that idea- to an extent... I know I'd welcome you there!
(Camelot is a play on the Kennedy's)

Edited at 2009-04-29 05:38 pm (UTC)
a.: giles/jenny; catch me when i fallregalish on April 29th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
I'm actually already in an RP comm for my Buffy the Vampire Slayer OTP right now that takes up a lot of my time, but I will definitely keep an eye on camelotdays!
I can't spell, get over it.: Usnavi is a pimpi_am_cedes on April 29th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
No worries, I look forward to reading more of your fics! :D
a.: giles/jenny; you could be the oneregalish on April 29th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! I've already got my second one up and posted, and there are several more to follow. It's strange how they shared just a few moments onscreen together and yet are inspiring all of these ideas. Normally that doesn't happen to me with movie characters. I'm rather enjoying it :D
anarchicq: SkekNa the SlaveMaster from Dark Crystalanarchicq on April 24th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Ohhh! That was great. You captured Mag perfectly, and Nathan was pathetic and adorable.

I don't think the Genetic Archive has any Mag/Nathan...*Ponders*
a.: repo; genetic emancipationregalish on April 27th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I don't think the Genetic Archive has any Mag/Nathan...*Ponders* That totally perplexes me; I think Nathan and Mag are the most interesting pairing from Repo.

Savvy "The Artist": Repo Mag's Eyessavyleartist on April 29th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
omg this is just........omg woooooooooow just, I can't believe it, it's amazing
a.: repo; chromaggiaregalish on April 29th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked this. I've already got a second Nathan/Mag fic up, and many more on the way :D
Savvy "The Artist": Repo Chromaggiasavyleartist on April 29th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've read that one else, well, I was going to comment on it, but let me tel you know it was AMAING! I was speechless.

Oh, please keep them coming, there are no Nathan/Mag fics out there :'(
a.: repo; aching hourregalish on April 29th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks again, very much! They're so irresistible; it absolutely shocks me that there aren't more N/M fics out there.

I will definitely keep them coming. I expect to have a new one ready soon :)
i'll be your dipping sauce bitch: --donna--inthegiggleloop on June 25th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I loved that so much.
a.: repo; legal assassinregalish on June 25th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you liked it :D

I've got another Nathan/Mag fic planned, which hopefully will be completed soon!