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08 March 2010 @ 05:40 am
Karl/Chris RPS: Red Carpet  
Hi all! This is a Karl/Chris RPS piece written for breakthecitysky, for her birthday. Sorry it's a few days late, bb!

Title: Red Carpet
Author: skyblue_reverie
Fandom & Pairing: Chris Pine/Karl Urban RPS (a.k.a. Urbine)
Rating: Disappointingly, PG-13
Warnings: None.
Word Count: around 1400.
Summary: For breakthecitysky's prompt: "I know Chris is scheduled to present at the Oscars, and Karl has been filming in Toronto - not too long a plane ride to come and tease someone about having to get all dressed up even if he's not going himself. ;)" I hope this fits the bill!
Disclaimer: Any resemblance to anything whatsoever is purely coincidental.
A/N : Happy happy birthday to breakthecitysky!

When Chris opened the door to his apartment carrying a bag of groceries, the first thing he noticed was that the door wasn't locked. He was damn sure he'd locked it on his way out. The next thing he noticed was that there were noises coming from inside his bathroom. Shit.

His first thought was burglar, probably a junkie needing to score a hit because he'd lived in crappy, crime-ridden neighborhoods for too long. But hard on the heels of that was oh shit, crazed stalker fan and that? That was even more scary.

He was just surveying his living room, hoping to find something he could use as a weapon besides the bag of baby-cut carrots in his grocery bag, when the bathroom door opened and Karl emerged, wet and dripping and wearing only a towel wrapped low around his hips.

"Oh Jesus, thank fuck it's you," Chris said, the adrenaline leaving him in a rush.

"Well, I'd hoped for a welcome, but I didn't think I'd get that enthusiastic of a reception." Karl said, scrubbing his hair with another towel.

"You asshole, you scared the shit out of me. How'd you get in here, anyway?"

"I have my ways." He looked arch.

"What the fuck, man, if my place is that easy to break into I'd like to know!"

"Relax, Pine. I knew last time you were out of town, Zoe had watered your plants and collected your post, or whatever, and I called her. She still has your spare key."

Oh. But then - "What the fuck are you doing here, anyway?" At Karl's offended look, he hurriedly added "Not that I'm not happy to see you, man. I just didn't expect you."

"Well, a little bird told me that you have a big night tonight, and I thought you might like some help getting ready."

"You mean Zach called you and told you that I was about to commit fashion suicide and only you could save me."

"Something like that, yeah."

"So you flew in all the way from - what, Vancouver? Just to help me out?" Chris was trying for casual as he moved to put his groceries down on the counter. He knew damn well that Karl had been in Toronto, had even been, to his eternal shame, haunting the celebrity sightings websites, hoping to catch a glimpse of Karl, wanting to see if he missed Chris the way Chris missed him. As if you could tell that from a paparazzi shot. Whatever. Chris wasn't proud.

The look Karl gave him told him that he was fooling no one. Well, shit. Karl always could see right through him.

"I've been filming in Toronto, as I think you know," he said, serious now. "I've missed you, Chris. I know this sounds clichéd, but I can't stop thinking about you. This seemed like a good opportunity to see you, maybe see if you were missing me too."

He stood there, still speckled here and there with droplets of water, his hands twisting the towel he'd used on his hair, and he was so beautiful and vulnerable and so real that Chris couldn't stand it anymore.

"Fuck, yes, I've missed you. You have no idea how much."

And then Karl was in front of him, crowding him against the counter, reaching for him and murmuring "Oh, I think I have some idea."

Some time later, when Karl had demonstrated just how much he'd missed Chris, and the ice cream Chris had bought was on the kitchen floor, completely melted, they finally moved to the bedroom, lazing naked on the bed, sharing random little kisses and touches just to reassure themselves that they were really both there, in the same room together.

"So how are you going to save me from fashion disaster, then?" Chris inquired lazily, running one finger around Karl's nipples.

"I know a guy at Ralph Lauren. He's sending over a tux. And some Ferragamo shoes." Chris snorted. Of course Karl knew a guy. Seemed like he fucking knew everybody. "And I called up the stylist I use when I'm in town. She'll be here in a few hours."

"Seems like you've got everything covered," Chris commented.

"Well, there's one last secret to looking good on the red carpet."


"Yeah. Post-orgasmic glow. I recommend at least two more applications before the show."

Chris grinned. "At least, huh? You have a pretty high opinion of yourself."

Karl tried to look modest, failed. Chris laughed. Fuck, he was happy. Just this. This was all he needed in life - a bed with Karl in it, and hours to explore each other.

"Who you bringing?" Karl's voice held an edge Chris couldn't quite identify.

"What, you mean who's my date tonight? My mom."

Karl visibly relaxed. "Pine, that's just adorable."

"Shut up. She's excited. Besides, there isn't anyone else I want to go with. Well, not anyone I can actually bring."

He looked down, wouldn't meet Karl's eyes. Karl put a finger under his chin, tipped his face up. "I'm sorry. You know if I could I'd - "

"Yeah, I know." He cut Karl off. Didn't want to waste the time they had on this shit. They'd talked it to death anyway, hashed and rehashed it and nothing had changed. Impossible fucking situation, and he was done thinking about it.

"So how's Nat, anyway?" Or, okay, maybe he wasn't done. He was being a passive-aggressive little shit, and he knew it, but oh well.

Now Karl looked away, wouldn't meet his eyes. "Yeah, I wanted to tell you..."

Chris's heart clenched. Oh, shit, this couldn't be good.

"We've separated."

Chris blinked. Wait, what? "Wait, what?" Well, that was articulate. He winced.

"It wasn't working out. I mean, it hasn't been, for ages. We just both finally admitted it."

"So, I mean, then, what... I mean, I'm sorry, man." He wasn't, he so wasn't, but it seemed like the thing to say.

"No you're not," Karl said, but it was with wry affection, and shit, Karl really could read him like a book. "But that's okay."

"So... can you stay, then? Tonight?"

"Yeah, yeah I can." Karl looked almost relieved, as if he'd thought there was a chance Chris might not want him for as much time as he could possibly get him. Hell, Chris thought maybe they'd just stay in bed all day and all night. But wait -

"Shit, the Oscars. Fuck. I don't want to go. I'd rather stay here with you. I'd ditch it, but I'm presenting."

Karl chuckled. "It's all right. We'll get you all prettied up, not that you need much help in that department, you'll do your young Hollywood stud routine, and then you'll come back here and we'll pick up where we left off."

Chris exhaled shakily. Fuck, the thought that Karl would be here, naked in his bed, waiting for him to get back - hell, he'd thought presenting at the Academy Awards would be the thrill of his life, and now he couldn't wait for it to be over and done with. Still, deciding what to do with Karl when he got back home would give him something to think about during all the boring acceptance speeches.

"Yeah, okay. I won't go to the after-parties. I'll just come straight back here."

"Yeah?" Karl looked shyly pleased at this and it was just about the most irresistible thing Chris'd ever seen.

"Yeah. Now where were we?"

"Hmmm. I think you're about ready for your next application of post-orgasmic glow."

"Well, by all means, Mr. Urban. I put myself entirely into your capable hands."

And, of course, Karl was right. Post-orgasmic glow was definitely the best way to walk the red carpet.

...Hmmm, both of my Urbine fics so far are named for floor coverings. Weird. /random
How do I feel?: awakeawake
this is not a thalia: C/K: MAH BOYSthalialunacy on March 8th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)

Adorbs, of course, bb. And you manage to put a real humanity in to the characters in such a short span, it's quite something. For example:

"Yeah, I know." He cut Karl off. Didn't want to waste the time they had on this shit. They'd talked it to death anyway, hashed and rehashed it and nothing had changed. Impossible fucking situation, and he was done thinking about it.

"So how's Nat, anyway?" Or, okay, maybe he wasn't done. He was being a passive-aggressive little shit, and he knew it, but oh well.

Is so VERY Chris, or, at the very least, so very HUMAN.

Sky: [star trek aos] chris pine sepiaskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
AWWW, THANK YOU BB!!! Don't you worry, you will definitely get an Urbine fic for your birthday. Whatever prompt you want. If it's something epic, tell me now so I can get started. :p

Is so VERY Chris, or, at the very least, so very HUMAN

*flaily flail* THANK YOUUUUUUUUU. This is like, my primary goal when I write. To say something true about the characters, or at least about what it is to be a person in this crappy life.

*smishes you all up*
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The Hysterical Hystorian: Karl-Chrisabigail89 on March 8th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, bb! This is wonderful! We were all speculating that Karl was in town, helping Chris out by making him mellow and beautiful. The little touches make this delightful: their shyness, Chris's P-A move (nice, dude), Karl 'knowing a guy', Chris being all excited that Karl would be waiting for him later, Karl being pleased Chris is pleased. It's ALL GOOD!
Sky: [star trek aos] chris karl i heart himskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, bb! Eee, I'm so thrilled that it fit with your speculations about what was going on! Aww, thanks for pointing out the bits that you especially enjoyed. That always makes me all happy in my pants heart.

Ellen: Urbine laughingsail_aweigh on March 8th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
Awwww, man, Karl and Chris with making my heart all melty. And Chris sure as fuck had a post-orgasmic glow going last night!
Sky: [star trek aos] chris karl i heart himskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)

And yeah, Karl and Chris totally melt me too. :)

Thanks for the lovely comment, bb!
...a kind of sweet metaphysical blur...: captainmccoyhitlikehammers on March 8th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
This is both absolutely adorable, and absolutely real. And absolutely, subtly sexy. Which makes it a hella potent mix, and a lovely, lovely read :D
Sky: [star trek aos] karl sexyfaceskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
♥_♥ To hear that I've written something that strikes a reader as "real," is like, the highest compliment imaginable to me. Seriously, it's why I write and it's always my goal, whatever kind of story I'm writing - to say something real.

So thank you, thank you SO much for that. Adorable and sexy are awesome compliments too, of course! :D

*billions of hugs*
Wattle: ST - Bones & Sulu clearly awesomewattle_neurotic on March 8th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
Aw this was fabulous! I love how they are with each other ♥
Sky: [star trek aos] karl hand to foreheadskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you bb! Yeah, I do too, as if you couldn't tell. :p

ETA: Oooh, and you're Australian, right? Question for you: would an Australian/Kiwi (if they're the same in this instance) use the world "call" as in "I called her on the phone" or would it be better to change it to "phone" or "ring up" or something else?

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amine_eyesamine_eyes on March 8th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)
I love Chris's panic about whether a burglar or stalker would be worse - and then Karl in a towel! I'm suprised he didn't eep :P

Lovely writing :)
Sky: [star trek aos] chris karl i heart himskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you bb! Oh, Chris is far too manly to eep (or okay maybe I didn't think of it, but yes he totally did eep so just pretend that's in there :p).

I'd be freaked to come home and find a burglar or a stalker (um, not that I have any stalkers), but Karl in a towel? Oh, man, YESPLZ.

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Hotcakes Snake-Charmer the Third.: rpseonism on March 8th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Very real, very honest, and very sexy, in a warm and subtle way. Good stuff, :)
Sky: [star trek aos] karl thumbskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, really. "Real" and "honest" is what I strive for, so to hear that I've achieved it is so incredibly happymaking. And subtlety is always a bonus too! :)

Kay: urbineroyal_chandler on March 8th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
After last night, I needed this so badly.

This is so wonderful! I love Karl being the one to help him 'prepare' for the Oscars. lol and who can blame Chris for not wanting to go when he has a naked Karl Urban in his apartment?

Lovely! ♥
Sky: [star trek aos] chris handskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Aww, hon, did you have a bad night? Did something happen? *smishes you* I'm glad I could help cheer you up a little, at least.

NGL, if I had a naked Karl in my bed? Screw the Oscars, scheduled presenter or not. :p Not that, you know, EITHER of those things would ever be my life.

Thank you, bb. ♥
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claudia_nic: weddingpicturesclaudia_nic on March 8th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Cute...now for the next installment I think Karl should feed Chris, because the boy looked a bit too skinny in his very nice sexy black tux last night. Maybe that icecream miraculously could be saved and refrozen :)
Sky: [star trek aos] karl heartskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks, b.

Or maybe they can get a new container of ice cream and Karl can dribble it all over his body and make Chris lick it off. Mmmmmm. *happy place*

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Tour Guide Barbie: smilekinderjedi on March 8th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)

This is just so very human - I love all of their awkward and shy moments (Chris telling Karl he'll skip the after-parties for him = love).
Sky: [star trek aos] karl braceletskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Aww, ILU2, BB! ♥

And your comment makes me super-happy, so thank you for that. :) I love hearing that I've made something feel/read as human.
mrasakimrasaki on March 8th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Adorable, and so THEM. <3
Sky: [star trek aos] chris karl i heart himskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
THANK YOUUUUUUUU. I LOVE hearing that it's "them." *twirls*

sangue: karl pointing jeans eonismsangueuk on March 8th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
*snogs you* THIS, my darling, is proof of my theory last night!

And, of course, Karl was right. Post-orgasmic glow was definitely the best way to walk the red carpet He had another application in th elimo on the way!

Loved this, bb!

Sky: [star trek aos] karl crotch grab!skyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh! Somehow I overlooked this comment! I'm sorry, bb!

*smooch* Ah, so you were the evil genius who came up with the theory, eh?

OH, he TOTALLY had another application in the limo. In fact, I think you should tell us all about it. In GREAT detail. :D

Thanks, bb!
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AQ aka Syredronning: karl_chrissyredronning on March 8th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Awww funny and sweet and sexy and I like the post-orgasmic glow *G*

(Also, nothing wrong about floor coverings as long as the boys end on the floor *giggles*)
Sky: [star trek aos] chris karl i heart himskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, bb! Ha, yeah, I think the boys spend a lot of time together on the floor... and the furniture... and against the walls... :p
Jen: barletjem80 on March 8th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
The thought of Karl in a towel just made my night. This made me all smishy and warm. Loved it, darlin'!!
Sky: [star trek aos] karl thumbskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Glad I could warm up your night with a little Karl-in-towel action. :D

Thanks so much, bb!

p.s. Love your icon!
punch it, margaret.: karl smiles and the world goes awwwwbreakthecitysky on March 8th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oh man. *twirls* This is fantastic! Perfect! Absolutely what I was hoping for, even better, thank you so much. I love the whole idea of it, Karl sneaking in, Karl helping him get himself together. Karl waiting after. Bravo! Thank you so much!
Sky: [other] cupcakesskyblue_reverie on March 8th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! Woo-hoo! You like it! I'm so glad, bb. You are very welcome, and it was super-fun to write, so thanks for the awesome prompt!

*hugs & cupcakes for the birthday girl*