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23 October 2007 @ 07:49 pm
Kiss #5, "Hey, you know..." (Ano sa)...  
Title: Thirty First Kisses, Kiss #5
Author: tiptoe39
Rated: G
Warnings: Spoilers for 2x05, "Fight or Flight"

This is the fifth of thirty possible first kisses for Matt and Mohinder. It is set after 2x05 and will probably become AU as of 2x06.

Previous kisses: One | Two | Three | Four



Mohinder was waiting at the precinct when Matt returned. He looked anxious, like he had something to say. Matt brought him into a spare conference room and shut the door. Mohinder's first words sounded over the click of the latch.

"Did you find him?"

"Yeah."

"And?"

"And... he got away."

"How the hell? How could you do that? How could you let him?"

"He... caught me by surprise. He did something to my mind. By the time I got out of it, he was gone."

Matt slumped into a chair, sighing heavily. Mohinder seemed to know enough not to press him. He paced, biting his lip.

It was Matt who broke the silence. "Hey, you know...?"

"What?"

"I didn't go alone."

"No?" Some surprise in his voice.

"No." Matt got up again with a groan - he was still sore from the tumbles and punches he took. "Did you ever meet Nathan Petrelli?"

To Matt's surprise, Mohinder flushed with anger. "You went with that guy? What the hell did he have to do with it?"

"He has skin in the game. His mother's in jail for what this killer has done."

"He was very rude to me the first time i met him," Mohinder sniffed defensively.

"Oh, and that's a cardinal sin." Matt rolled his eyes.

"Why are you defending him?"

"Why are you attacking him?"

Mohinder wasn't entirely sure. "I'm not att-- I just said he was rude to me!"

"Right. Whatever." This bored Matt. Mohinder was acting like a jealous wife.

"Hey, you know..." This time it was Mohinder's turn to speak.

"What?"

"Molly's... at the Company."

Matt flew across the room, grabbing Mohinder by the shoulders. "What!? What the hell were you thinking?"

"They're the only people who are equipped to deal with what's happening to her." Still, he looked guilty as hell for saying it.

"Yeah, except for the fact that they kept her hostage for a year after her parents were killed."

"They were protecting her," Mohinder hissed. "Sylar was still out there, remember?"

"Riiight." Matt was beside himself. Which one of them was trying to bring these people down, anyway? "In exchange for using her to find the rest of us."

"As if you're any better."

"What?" The accusation hit Matt right between the eyes and like one who'd been slapped, he stumbled.

"You claim to be her protector," hissed Mohinder. "And yet you used her just as shamelessly as the Company did."

This stung. "Only so I could find the man who's been tormenting her!"

"You knew he would find out. You're a police officer. You could have used all the resources of the police department to find your father. But no, you had to make a little girl face her worst fears for you. And you won't even face the truth about what you've done. That's really brave, detective."

That stopped Matt cold. He remembered Janice excoriating him in the depths of his subconscious. Running from the truth seemed to be his specialty. It was all he could think to do since it had started leaking directly into his brain. Things he shouldn't know, he knew. And he wasn't even brave enough to face them.

But Mohinder had no special powers. Even surrounded by those who did, he was never afraid. How could Matt ever be half the man Mohinder was if he kept acting this way? Shame singed his heart.

"Hey, you know..."

"What?" Mohinder turned at the softness of Matt's voice.

"I wish you had been there." He wasn't looking at him.

"What? Why?" Mohinder took a step forward, confused.

"Maybe you could have... explained to him..." Matt shook his head. "I don't really have a reason. I just wish you could have been there. I feel like.. I might have been stronger if you were."

"You didn't ask," The words slipped out before Mohinder knew he was saying them.

Matt's eyebrows lifted. "You were so angry at me. You told me I had to go and you had to stay."

"I did," Mohinder corrected himself. "I couldn't think about leaving Molly alone."

"Neither could I."

"Then what did you mean, you wish I could have been there?"

"I don't know." Matt paced, "I was just thinking out loud, that's all."

"How considerate of you," Mohinder snapped, "considering that around you, I can't think any other way."

It was too much, Mohinder realized as Matt's face fell. He had spent so long burning up with anger that it hadn't occurred to him until just now, but he and Matt were in this together. This was a problem they were both facing, and instead of working together, they were playing a ridiculous game of one-upsmanship, of who could be the better parent. When Molly needed them both equally. He sighed.

"Hey, you know..." This time they both spoke at once.

Mohinder was faster to reply. "What?"

Matt hesitated, then went on. "I know why Molly's so scared of my father now."

"I'd think that'd be obvious." How easily the sarcasm slipped back into the conversation!

But Matt didn't pick up on it. "No, I didn't tell you, but... I know what it must be like for her now." He paced briefly, then came to where Mohinder was standing, leaning in toward him. "He's done something awful to her. He's trapped her inside her worst fears. He did the same to us."

Mohinder's brow furrowed. "But you got out."

It was almost surprising to hear. "Yeah. I did."

"How?"

A good question. "I don't know. I thought my way out, I think. I started looking at everything really hard, and then I realized it was Nathan I was hitting, not the guard... and then..."

"Guard?"

His gaze faltered and his voice slowed, as though he were re-entering that dream world. "I was in prison. I was in prison and Janice was there, and she said--"

Mohinder grabbed his shoulders and shook him. "Matt. Enough. We need to figure out how you got out."

"Right." Matt focused, thought hard. "I was able to talk to Nathan. In my mind."

This was a stunning development. "You were able to transmit a thought?"

"I think so. I kept yelling, but it didn't work. But then I yelled at him in my mind... and it was over."

Mohinder went rigid.

"What?"

"You got him out of it, too?" he asked insistently.

"Yeah."

His eyes were full of light. "We've got to get you to Molly."

"You think--"

"--you can bring her back? Yes, I do." He grabbed Matt's hand and tried to pull him toward the door.

Matt resisted. "But wait. I don't even know... Maybe I have to be inside, too... I've never tried..."

Mohinder sighed, turned, walked right up to him. "Snap out of it. We have a chance of getting our daughter back; we have to take it."

"You're right," sighed Matt. Then he twitched. "...Our daughter?" he asked incredulously.

Despite himself, Mohinder blushed. "Isn't she?"

He turned again toward the door, but again Matt stopped him. "What does that make us, then?"

In response, for the first time in the conversation, Mohinder smiled. And then, emboldened by something he couldn't explain, he faced Matt, touched his face, and kissed him tenderly. "We'll worry about that later," he said.

Matt's hand flew to his lips, his face red. "Y-yeah," he whispered. "Let's go."

They moved in silence through the office and out to the parking lot. It wasn't until they were outside, in the bitter October air, that Mohinder spoke again. "Thank you," he said. "You've given me a little hope for the first time."

"That's it," Matt said suddenly. "That's why I wished you were there." He grinned.

"What do you mean?" Mohinder unlocked the car and slipped inside.

Swinging into the car, Matt looked straight at him. "I mean, you give me hope," he said.

Mohinder smiled slightly. "Then we're even." He shifted the car into reverse and pulled out of the parking space, craning his neck to see behind him. As he shifted into drive, Matt's hand came to rest atop his. They shared a smile and drove away.
 
 
 
Renée: Mohinder/Molly. HugSquee!rogueslayer452 on October 24th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Awwww! This is so cute. Now I desperately want this to happen in the show, because it fits so well with everything that's happening right now. You have both Mohinder and Matt's character voices down, and I especially loved this line:

This was a problem they were both facing, and instead of working together, they were playing a ridiculous game of one-upsmanship, of who could be the better parent. When Molly needed them both equally.

So, so true. It's evident in each scene they're in and I like how you've expanded their relationship of them both seeing it (and I do think they know this in the show, we're just not seeing what's happening behind closed doors because we all know what's happening, yes? XD). Okay, I'm babbling now but I really loving these prompts and looking forward for more! ♥
Tiptoe39: matthindertiptoe39 on October 24th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
thank you :) i don't say thank you to my commenters enough but i love you so much for taking the time out to read... you remind me that i'm not insane for shipping them like maaaaaaaaaaad... much love!
Renée: Mohinder/Molly. HugSquee!rogueslayer452 on October 24th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
You are completely welcome. ♥

Oh, I totally hear you. Months ago I would never had considered Mohinder/Matt but ever since the premiere it's been taking over my brain! The whole living arrangement to them "bickering like an old married couple"...it's too damn cute to ignore. :D
saena17: autumnsaena17 on October 24th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
I get busy and read most of your kiss!fics in a hurry, so I don't comment on most of them. But I've read all so far and liked. :)

What I have to say about this one: the episode kind of demanded Matthinder!angst. I knew it had to happen. :( I loved how flustered Matt got when he was kissed, though. :) Lovely job!

Sarah

P.S. Is it sad that when I read the words, "in the bitter October air", the first thing I thought was, "Man, I wish we were getting bitter October air!"? I'm right next to the water, for crying out loud! Where's my chilly fall winds?! ;)
Tiptoe39: raphaeltiptoe39 on October 24th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
ask al gore ^_^
saena17: autumnsaena17 on October 24th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
I thought as much. Although, I looked out my window just now, and judging by the skies...well, if it doesn't rain in the next fifteen minutes I'll be very surprised. And that could cool us down a little. :)

Sarah
Tiptoe39: sadtiptoe39 on October 24th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
At least we're not in California.
saena17: autumnsaena17 on October 25th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
This is very true. I don't think I could live in a warm state like that. I have to have my cold weather and, if at all possible, my snow in winter. The constant warmth would drive me crazy. :)

Sarah
Danisummerkins on October 24th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
ssjjshngjkdngfjsd I just made this....noise in the back of my throat, and i think it was a squee.

I LOVED THIS SO MUCH. I've got plans for some drabbles set after this episode, but you trumped it, and i doubt i'd be able to top this.
Tiptoe39: fanfictiptoe39 on October 24th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
oh don't deny me!!!!
Danisummerkins on October 24th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh i shant....is that the right word? I wont deny you. I was just stating that mine will be shit compared to this ♥
LeiaDianaMinerva: Matt and Mohinderleiadiana on October 24th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
Awwww.
I'm really liking this series. Can't wait for more.

LeiaDianaMinerva
ilsaluvsrickilsaluvsrick on October 24th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
OK, this is how the episode ended for me.

Tell me otherwise and I will just put my fingers in my ears and sing lalalalala.

Life is so unfair. You know if this were a hetero relationship, the producers would be building a whole elaborate ad campaign around the pairing or something. Not that I don't love fic and filling in the gaps and all that jazz, but we live in the 21st century. Can we stop being so hetero-normative and realize that families like this do exist?

And now I get down from my gender studies soapbox.
Tiptoe39: raphaeltiptoe39 on October 24th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
yes, I agree completely. That's what's so frustrating to me about this ship is that it would be sooooooo good canon and they just don't have the stones to do it. sigh.
Kattakattahj on October 24th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
Aw! That was very sweet.
Ayame Hitachiin: lights on metopazeyes on October 24th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
I love this!

You always write them so in character, and I always feel like I'm right there with them. ^__^

Totally wouldn't mind watching that...LOL!
Dana Norram: matt/mohinder - shut up!dana_norram on October 24th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
"In exchange for using her to find the rest of us."
"As if you're any better."


OUCH, Mohinder! That hurt in me! XDD

"You think--"
"--you can bring her back? Yes, I do."


Oooooooooohhhh! It's really makes sense! O_O

In response, for the first time in the conversation, Mohinder smiled. And then, emboldened by something he couldn't explain, he faced Matt, touched his face, and kissed him tenderly. "We'll worry about that later," he said.

Owww, I love sooo much when Mohinder take the initiative like this!

Please, don't stop writing those kisses! *o*
redorchard13redorchard13 on October 24th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
oh, CUTE! <3
Molly is a lucky munchkin thats all i have to say....
Xandri the Gate-pirate: Matt and Ted - thinkinxandri on October 24th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
That NEEDS to happen in the next episode! I mean, probably without the kissing, but the conversation between the two of them was SO in-character and totally needs to happen in the show!

ROCK.