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This was inspired, as you know, by that set of pictures where Milo is wearing that pretty and rather feminine looking coat, which made me giggle at the antics of the wardrobe department, bless them. A discussion with [livejournal.com profile] visiblemarket broke out, zanniness took over my brain and the hilarity came to life.

“What are you wearing?” Claude asked, frowning at Peter’s new coat as if were covered in a particularly disgusting mold.

Claude may sound annoyed, but he's really cackling with triumph on the inside.

Peter looked down at it, seeing nothing wrong.

“It’s a coat. It’s cold, therefore I’m wearing a coat.”

“But this coat? Did you get confused by all the signs and bright lights and wind up in the women’s section of the shop? Either that or you nicked it from your mother’s closet.”

“I did not,” Peter sputtered, indignant. “It’s not a woman’s coat.”

“Of course it is. Look at it. I see this exact model on women all the time. Nothing masculine about it at all, mate. And look at the way the bottom flounces out. It’s positively skirt-like.”

“It’s not—Would you stop that?”

Peter batted away Claude’s hands, smoothing down his coat flat against his hips to prevent Claude from waving it around again.

I always imagine Peter blushing and looking around them in embarrassment even though no one can see them.

“Unless you are coming out of the closet, which is the only healthy thing to do.”

“I’m not in the—“ he stopped as Claude lifted a skeptical eyebrow, grinning as if Peter were the most comical thing in existence. “Shut up. It’s complicated.

I always picture Peter as bisexual, but he's never dared own up to his family for obvious reasons (a bit like me, really). But Angela probably knows.

The point is, this isn’t a woman’s coat. I found it in the men’s section, okay?”

“Was it by itself?”

“What does that matter?”

“Well, someone could have just dropped it there, deciding not to buy it. A female someone, most likely, or perhaps a transsexual, or a gay man, which by the way—“

“I didn’t buy a woman’s coat. Now drop it.”

“Denial and deflection. Classic symptoms of the guilty. Look. See her?” Claude pointed at a woman across the street and Peter’s heart sank as he realized Claude’s point. “Doesn’t her coat look like yours? Granted, different color. Hers is red, yours is grey. But otherwise—“

“Fine. Shut up. It’s just one of those unisex things, that’s all.”

“Bisexual, you mean.”

Peter gritted his teeth, swallowing a growl and hunched further inside his coat, which was not a woman’s model no matter what Claude said.

“Are you going to bug me the whole day or are we going to get to the lesson part?”

“Oh, so you want me to beat you up?”

“If it’ll shut you up.”

||||

The next day, Peter showed up on the roof with his old short jacket. He lifted a foreboding hand as a huge grin took over Claude’s face.

“Don’t say a word.”

Sucking his bottom lip into his mouth in a show of silence, Claude closed in on him, leaned close to his ear, and murmured,

“Girlie.”

Peter jumped him.

Like [livejournal.com profile] lotus0kid pointed out, that last line is very ripe for interpretation, which was a bit on purpose. The way I see it, first Peter expresses his indignation by trying to beat Claude in fisticuffs that are woefully one-sided against him, and soon succumbs to the much more satisfying option of smex.

I kept laughing as I was reading this again, just like when I was writing it. There was no way I could not write this. The idea was too cute. I love wirting sweet scenes between these two. They need them. Which makes me wonder why my muse insists on feeding me so much tragic angst.

From: [identity profile] visiblemarket.livejournal.com


Claude may sound annoyed, but he's really cackling with triumph on the inside.

*laughs* So totally true, I love it.

I always imagine Peter blushing and looking around them in embarrassment even though no one can see them.

And I can picture that as well. I think he forgets that he's invisible with Claude a lot of the time, like in the scenes where they're walking on crowded sidewalks; he looks downright apologetic when he bumps into people (and he also keeps doing it, it's hilarious, and really good acting by Milo).

I always picture Peter as bisexual, but he's never dared own up to his family for obvious reasons (a bit like me, really). But Angela probably knows.

I once read a really good fic about this, about Peter coming out to Angela (who did know), and then to Arthur (who was predictably an ass about it) and then to Nathan, who was relatively understanding. I can see him keeping it to himself too, though; because it's private, because it could hurt Nathan politically (because come now, Nathan's totally a Republican), and because they do seem Catholic enough for it to be kind of a problem. But who knows.

trying to beat Claude in fisticuffs that are woefully one-sided against him, and soon succumbs to the much more satisfying option of smex.

Clearly this is exactly what happened, yes ;) This whole thing is still so cheering and adorable and hilarious, I liked getting a chance to read it again.

From: [identity profile] guanin.livejournal.com


Peter's just so naturally courteous that he can't help it, but I can also see how it might take a while to get used to understanding that he's invisible.

It does help that his preferred beau is invisible, thus they can be invisible together. Though McCain managed to do alright with a gay daughter (awfully convenient that it's now that he's out of office that he's for gay marriage).

Thanks! I also enjoyed re-reading it. Thanks for picking it.

From: [identity profile] visiblemarket.livejournal.com


Whereas Claude is so used to it, and probably finds it hilarious when he knocks people over anyway. Plus just the mass of Claude is probably enough to cause other people to get out of the way without doing him much damage, while Peter's a bit of a runt and couldn't plow through a crowd.

Heh, I think you mean Dick Cheney's daughter. Unless there's something about Meghan McCain that I don't know. Girl is pro sex, though.

Thanks for writing it!

From: [identity profile] c-quinn.livejournal.com


This is one of my favorites by you; there can never be enough Plaude humor.

I always picture Peter as bisexual, but he's never dared own up to his family for obvious reasons (a bit like me, really). But Angela probably knows.

That is an excellent point. Peter, though it's never addressed on the show (silly writers), would fall for people, not genders.

. The way I see it, first Peter expresses his indignation by trying to beat Claude in fisticuffs that are woefully one-sided against him, and soon succumbs to the much more satisfying option of smex.

That is, of course, what happened. Yes. Most definitely.

From: [identity profile] guanin.livejournal.com


Thanks! I really have to force my muse in a more humorous direction. She's way too depressing lately. It hurts.

Silly writers indeed. The wardrobe people know better.

Of course. :)
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