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Foxshy for the flist. ;-D

Title: Advice
Pairing: Josh/Foxy plus guest stars ;-D
Rating: PG-13
Note: Great minds think alike! I wrote this to cheer up my flist. It's RPF on crack because it's COMPLETELY made up. Since Josh wasn't even AT the Globes. The other people mentioned here all were, just maybe not at this particular party.


“OhmigodIloveLost! Can I take your picture?”

Even before he or Matt can reply, the girl is shoving her camera at a friend and is squeezing in between them. They obligingly put their arms around her and smile. She asks for one more and they keep grinning into the flash. And then finally she flits off after Patrick Dempsey and they’re alone until the next onslaught.

They look at each other and laugh and that moment is probably being documented by another photographer. There’s dozens of them roaming the InStyle party and after a while they just learn to ignore them, or freeze, smile, and then go back to what they were saying.

It’s still weird, having strangers and, hell, even really famous people come up to him and want to shake his hand. Still can’t believe anyone knows who he is. And there are so many more famous people here -- George Clooney and Jamie Foxx and Paris Hilton. If he weren’t next to Matt, he probably wouldn't even get recognized.

They’re still on a high from the win. Matt doesn’t seem to mind that he lost. The first thing he did after hitting this party was to march up to Hugh Laurie and congratulate him, because that’s just the way he is. Josh thinks he was more disappointed about the whole thing than Matt was, but Matt is all smiles and is shaking hands with ease and Josh hangs back, looking for Maggie, a splash of red, somewhere across the room.

He’s learned to stop gawking like an idiot at the big names, the ones he grew up wanting to be in the movies, but when Harrison Ford strolls past, looking like he’s lost his date, Josh can’t help but stare. He elbows Matt, who nods and winks back, and then somehow the way the crowd flows, Harrison is facing them. “Hey,” he mumbles. “Congratulations.”

All Josh can do is grin from ear to ear because even with that gray beard, it’s still Han Fucking Solo talking to him like he knows who he is but he can’t get one word out.

So Matt’s the one who thanks him, and soon they’re talking about all kinds of outdoorsy guy things and Josh chimes in when he can, but then the conversation shifts to planes and he’s fucking lost. He just nods and smiles and starts to feel like a fifth wheel, but he can’t be mad because it’s Indiana Jones after all, so this is as good a time as any for another drink.

He heads to the bar -- one of about four at the party -- and there’s a line, of course, because Clooney is there, Globe in hand. He’s surrounded by some guys who are probably Warner Bros. execs or something, and their adoring wives, but he glances up when Josh sidles up to the bar and shoots that movie-star smile his way.

Josh gets his drink -- classic martini, dry with an olive -- and raises it in a toast. “Hey, congratulations, man,” he says, and Clooney dips his head in acknowledgement. The bartender is pouring out another martini from the shaker and Clooney takes it, leaving a $50 on the bar.

“You too,” he says, stepping away from the execs, who have gone into a huddle anyway. “Great show.”

“Thanks,” Josh says in surprise, covering his reaction by taking a sip of his drink. He’s sure that a) Clooney has no idea who he is and b) even if he does, has never actually seen an episode of Lost. Guys like him don’t have time to watch TV.

“It’s kind of crazy, isn’t it?” Clooney is saying, and Josh nods, looking around the room at all the people dressed in their borrowed finest.

“Yeah. Still getting used to it,” Josh says, and then he thinks maybe Clooney meant something else. But he’s just gazing out over the crowd, same as he is. He looks serious, but his raises his eyebrows, emphasizing the laugh lines around his eyes, and for a second, he reminds him of Matt.

“It’s weird when you get here in your 30s or later,” George is saying. He points at Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. “God knows what it’s like for them,” and Josh laughs, sloshing his drink a little. He licks the liquor off his thumb, shooting a sidelong glance at Clooney to see if he noticed.

Maybe it’s just that TV thing where everyone seems like your best friend, all those hours logged with Dr. Ross and all, but talking to him is somehow almost as easy as talking to Matt.

“You’re gonna win an Oscar this year,” Josh nods. “You ever think you’d get there?”

“From The Facts of Life?’ No.” And they both laugh, nearly doubling over. It feels so comfortable to stand next to him, like he’s always been knocking back drinks with Clooney and living the high life.

“I’m always expecting it to all go away, one of these days. Just wake up one day, and 'Poof.' So I moved behind the camera. And that’s when they decide to reward me for my acting.” Clooney grins, mad Irish charm making Josh feel warm, even before that last drink.

“You paid your dues,” Josh says, and he thinks back to how close he was to chucking it all. He’s not jealous of Clooney’s success. Hell, he’s still so damn glad just to have landed the show.

“Tell you what,” Clooney says, as if he’s reading his mind. “You’re hot now. TV Guide covers. Photo shoots. Movie offers, right?”

“Yeah. Just did my first lead,” Josh says. It’s a small lie, but he guesses -- prays is more like it -- that Clooney’s never heard of Cold Heart. “Horror film, but it’s a start.”

“Gotta start somewhere. Mix it up. I got so sick of playing the dashing doctor. It was such a fucking blast to get a gun, play a bad guy."

Josh laughs, “Well, maybe I’m doing the exact same guy I play on TV. I don’t know. Maybe I should go play a doctor instead?”

His eye falls on Matt, still in deep conversation with Harrison Ford. He wishes he’d look over just then, and see who he’s talking to, but he doesn’t. Matt’s probably getting an offer for Harrison’s next movie. Which could only be the villain or his police partner who gets murdered or something, which gives Harrison an excuse to kick ass. Take names. Look pissed off and save the day. Either way, the second lead in a Harrison Ford film ends up dying doesn’t he? Josh doesn’t really want to see Foxy dying on the big screen.

“Only roles in town: Doctor or criminal,” Clooney is saying with a laugh. “Or cowboy.”

“Yeah.” Josh nods. “Gonna be a whole lot more cowboy movies now, I figure.”

Clooney gives him an appraising glance. “You’d make a good cowboy.” Josh is too busy blushing to respond. “Just one bit of advice. If someone ever asks you to put on a rubber suit for a part ... don’t.”

“You mean ... Batman?”

“Yeah.” Clooney shudders. “Can’t believe I have a career after that. Nearly killed the franchise.”

Josh makes dismissive noises, while secretly wondering if Clooney knows about the meetings to play Gambit. “Worked out OK for Hugh Jackman. And Christian Bale,” he says. It wasn’t ever going to happen, on his schedule, but he can’t admit that that small part of him that’s still squealing inside over meeting Harrison Ford -- that teenage boy part of him really wanted him to play a big damn superhero.

“Sure, hey, don’t listen to me,” Clooney says. “I'm making this up as I go. And hey, good luck with your movie.”

He’s tipping his head and Josh just has time to mumble “You too,” before he's mobbed by a fresh set of wellwishers.

Josh grabs another drink, one for him and one for Matt, and walks back over.

“Did you get to touch it?” Matt is rocking on his heels and grinning at him.

“What?”

“His Globe. Did he let you hold it?”

“Ha. Very funny. And no. Just gave me some career advice.”

“Which was?”

“Tell you later,” Josh says, handing Matt his drink. Matt shrugs and jerks his head toward the balcony. “Smoke?”

“Yeah.” Josh follows behind. Matt’s really the one who should be getting advice from Clooney. Josh is still getting started. Matt’s poised to break through. He’s already a whiz with that camera of his. He could be directing. Making that movie with Harrison Ford, maybe. Could be the next Harrison Ford. Matt does that righteous, pissed-off thing even better than him, really.

The show is just a stepping stone for Matt. For Josh, now, it’s everything.

“Hey, what is it?” Matt is saying as he lights Josh’s cigarette. He looks concerned. Like he’s prepared to pack it all in right now if Josh wants to leave.

”Nothing. Just feels good to win.”

“Yeah.” Matt grins. “It does.”

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lillyjk
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
OMG Josh and Foxy and Clooney *dies from imagined threesome of hotness to end all hotness*

and *g* don't forget Sabretooth. That's the one Josh should really be ashamed of!
halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:13 am (UTC)
Hee. If only Josh had been there with them. With us. In a hotel room. LOL. ;-D (And Clooney and Foxy *were* both at the InStyle party, judging from the photos.)

And yeah, Sabretooth is just AWFUL. But it's for TV so I guess I didn't count it. Although Josh probably gives a better performance in it. Have you *seen* Cold Heart? :-D

corellianjedi
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
You win at life for inserting Harrison Ford and having Josh be happy to meet Han Solo. Win.
halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! *preens* I TOTALLY thought of you when I was writing that part. ;-D
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foxxcub
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
The show is just a stepping stone for Matt. For Josh, now, it’s everything.

That makes me ache. :(

BUT, the rest? Ackfgfgdkgsfmcgnm OMG CLOONEY!!!!!!!!!11
halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
Awww, I know. Where did you come from, bit o' angst?

But woo for our fave men who make it big in their 30s! *toasts them all*

And you, partner in crime! ;-D
eponine119
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:29 am (UTC)
This was really sweet.

halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! ;-D And it was sweet of you to read it. (And comment!)
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gobsmackit
Jan. 18th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
HOMG, awesomeness! Just enough bitter and just enough sweet. Also, Josh has a good rapport with actors who play doctors, :-P. AND YOU HAD HIM LOOK FOR MAGGIE! They're my secret-until-now RPS ship - always so cute in pictures.

Matt does that righteous, pissed-off thing even better than him, really.

Only bad thing? NO DOM. Hence the necessity of this icon.
halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:05 am (UTC)
I LOVE Josh and Maggie together. And I have a Foxshy bunny involving her in a non-smutty way that I've been meaning to write. Now I shall have to get on that, at last!

And you know, I planned to haveDom in there and there was going to be some boy!kissing but then it seemed to reach an end before any of that happened. So thank goodness foxxcub had that covered! Because yeah, it's always more fun with Dom.
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hils
Jan. 18th, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
EEEE!!!! That was brilliant! I love starstruck Josh
halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
Awwww, thank you. ;-D I think he's still very far from jaded, and likely never will be. Love that about him!
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halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! *blush* ;-D Glad it made you smile. My work here is done!
vixerunt
Jan. 18th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
Clooney (One of my all time favorite RPF characters), Josh, and Foxy...I think I love you. *fans self*

I loved this one and it just goes to show that you don't need smut to have a good fic in RPF. I like how you interjected some real interests in there with Matthew and Harrison talking about the outdoors and planes. Oh and the "did you get to hold his globe" part was truly inspired.

While I love your Lost stuff to pieces, I can't help but hope you'll do more RPF from time to time. Great work.

And damn, I really want to watch From Dusk till Dawn now...and the part in Out of Sight where he takes his clothes off. That's good too.
halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
*bounces*

I'm thrilled you approve! First time writing Clooney and I know he's a fave of yours so that means a lot from you. ;-D

*And realizes I meant to have Josh and Clooney talking about both being Southern boys and I could have had Harrison & Matt talk more specifically about Wyoming.* Oh well. Hazards of writing fast and posting right away!

While I love your Lost stuff to pieces, I can't help but hope you'll do more RPF from time to time. Great work.
Wow! Thank you! I think so many other people do it better than me, but I love to do it when I get an idea. ;-D

And oh YEAH. Tattooed badass George and George in the tub and George stripping for sex with that big grin on his face. *melts*

And I really hope Josh AND Foxy get some good movie roles down the road, too. And a little more credit at awards time. ;-D


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holycitygirl
Jan. 18th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Oh I want to hug Josh. And you!!!

*adores both*

halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
*HUG*

Thank you! And I only hope Josh's absence means we're getting a KICKASS Sawyer backstory next!

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themoononastick
Jan. 18th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
Eeeep! George Clooney AND Harrison Ford!!!!! You have the bestest guest stars in your Foxshy! :D

I really love this line:

He licks the liquor off his thumb, shooting a sidelong glance at Clooney to see if he noticed.

It's so gorgeously simple and yet there is so much weight to it. Josh being a little unsure of his place and a bit star struck as well. Perfect.

And this:

The show is just a stepping stone for Matt. For Josh, now, it’s everything

adds a lovely little shiver of angsty goodness. Lovely.

I love it, hon! It's just fabulous. I adore your Josh with his uncertainty and his, almost, shyness. And I love that he is more disappointed that Matt didn't win than Matt is. The whole thing is a perfect example of why RPF is a good thing and why it isn't all about the smut. Thank you for writing it.



halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Awwww. YAAAY! Glad it hit the spot. ;-D

And thank you for singling out individual lines. I wrote and posted almost immediately, so of course I'm regretting the lack of sensory detail and description, LOL. *which you always nail so well*

The whole thing is a perfect example of why RPF is a good thing and why it isn't all about the smut. Thank you for writing it.

And yes, RPF can be many things, not all of them smutty! And you are MORE than welcome. We owed you after soaking up your many delicious Foxshy fics. About time I gave back!!

*LUFF*





alliecat8
Jan. 18th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
This is why fic is so great. We can fix whatever bothers us, like Josh not being at the ceremony. Oh, how I love Josh's hero-worship. And it's so sweet that he feels a little bit awed and tongue-tied.

The show is just a stepping stone for Matt. For Josh, now, it’s everything.

Loved that. And I think that either of them could be the next Harrison Ford.

Yay for RPF. This is a shining example. Thanks so much for writing it!
halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Aww, yes! RL is too boring as is. ;-D

*roots for Foxy and Josh's big movie breakthrough*

Shining example? *blush*

Thank you, hon! And thank you for reading!
ellel
Jan. 18th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
He met Han Solo and Clooney!!!:D
I am aware that this is RPF and I still feel like squeeing,lol.And I wish Josh'd be there too.
halfdutch
Jan. 18th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Awwww, that makes *me* squee! ;-D Life's more fun with Josh around. *nods* I'm sure was greatly missed.
queenbtch
Jan. 18th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is lovely. I love the image of Josh all star struck by Harrison Ford. Clooney giving sage advice is classic. Friending you!
halfdutch
Jan. 19th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
;-D Thank you! A constellation of my favorite stars.

And friending you back!
invisiblelove
Jan. 19th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
LOL omg I loved this so much! You can't go wrong with teh Clooney :p Great work! Just witty and adorable and OH the amounts of money I would pay to be there with them ;)
halfdutch
Jan. 20th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
Aw, shucks. Thanks! And woo, wouldn't you love to have been there for this (completely fictional) meeting, LOL.
gottalovev
Jan. 19th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
awwww! that was so very cute (starstruck!Josh is adorable) and fun to read! thanks! :D
halfdutch
Jan. 20th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
My pleasure! Thank YOU for reading! ;-D
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