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Superstitious (Sawyer/Sayid) PG-13

Title: Superstitious
Pairing: Sawyer/Sayid
Summary: Sawyer's superstitious about cats
Note: For Queen crowgirl13, who asked for "superstition." Hope this fits the bill. Thanks to zelda_zee for the quick beta! And hey, don't get me wrong, I like cats!

It’s not that Sawyer didn’t like cats. They just made him uneasy in a way he couldn’t quite pinpoint. He wouldn’t call himself superstitious but damn if it didn’t get to be a pattern: whenever he encountered a cat in a mark’s house, the deal almost always ended up going sour.

He didn’t want to say they spooked him, exactly. It was more the way they stared at him with those unblinking green or amber or gray eyes, like they could see right through him, like they knew that he’d leave their owner in tears or worse.

It got to the point where a cat on the premises meant he wouldn’t even stay the night on that first pivotal visit to a woman’s home when her husband was away. He’d finish his drink, maybe make out with her on the couch but, sure enough, every time he looked up, the cat would be staring at him with a baleful, judgmental expression.

He’d blown more deals than he could count because once he saw the twitch of a cat’s tail, he was as good as gone, pleading allergies, prior engagement, whatever, it didn’t matter.

He’d never told Hibbs about it, always made sure to have some other damn good reason why he had to bail. No need for Hibbs to have one more hold over him, one more thing to tease him about.

So he wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit to share his phobia with anyone else either, certainly not Sayid, who was intensely precise and logical and frequently looked like he was silently laughing at Sawyer even when he swore he wasn’t.

Oddly enough, Sayid was always comparing Sawyer to a cat, calling him his “golden panther,” or some nonsense, which Sawyer didn’t mind because it was usually a prelude to sex. Sayid would run his hands through his hair, pull him closer and kiss him slowly while grinding him up against the wall or the couch or the bed -- really, the whole house got a workout -- and by then Sawyer was so hard and so aching that Sayid could have called him “my little bunny-wunny” and he wouldn’t have minded, as long as Sayid still made him come like it was the fuckin’ Fourth of July. And somehow endearments that would sound ridiculous coming from someone else were unbelievably seductive when uttered in Sayid’s very proper accented English.

Sawyer wasn’t particularly superstitious about cats crossing his path, however, so when Sayid froze as they were walking home from their local bar one night, he didn’t immediately connect it to the gray-and-white cat that had just trotted in front of them and was now busy cleaning a front paw on the doorstep of a run-down looking apartment building.

“What?” Sawyer asked impatiently, dragging Sayid along by the arm, thinking he was checking out the property. “We agreed, we are not buyin’ and flippin’ any pain-in-the-ass fixer-uppers.”

“No, no,” Sayid, said hastily, shaking himself and moving on. “I just ... I have rather a superstition about cats.”

“Oh?” Now it was Sawyer who stopped, looking from him to the cat. “You don’t say. You? Mr. Logic and Science?”

”It’s merely that they remind of of something unpleasant,” Sayid shrugged. “Surely there is something you have a similar reaction to.”

Sawyer appeared to take a moment to think it over. “No, can’t say that I do.” They started to walk again, arm in arm. “Guess this means we’re not getting a cat then.”

“I would prefer not,” Sayid said firmly.

“Good. I always liked dogs better.”


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Aug. 3rd, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Oh my my! If anyone's going to have Sawyer's number, it will be cats. ;) I especially liked this line: ...and he wouldn’t have minded, as long as Sayid still made him come like it was the fuckin’ Fourth of July. Whoa. The imagery is going to keep me up tonight. :)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I wasn't sure if that sounded sexy or not! :) And yes, can't fool a cat, can you? (Although I know several that perversely like to befriend people who don't like cats!)
Aug. 4th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
they know! They do it to annoy!
Aug. 5th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Oh, totally! LOL.
Aug. 3rd, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
What a beautifully done little sketch! I confess that I would prefer to have them sharing their life together with a moggy or three, but I can buy your vision of superstitious!Sawyer and shaken!Sayid. (Who I still cannot imagine calling Sawyer, or anyone, his "little bunny-wunny" - but I can imagine Sawyer thinking of it, somehow.;)

Excellent work.
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I think Sayid is probably not a fan of fluffy white-and-gray cats in particular! And hee, I can't imagine Sayid even thinking of calling someone his little bunny-wunny! LOL. Glad you liked this!
Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
I'm not a fan of cats either, did you see the one that predicts death..I'm convinced that one is evil..he just happens to be around when someone dies..I think it's MORE than a coincidence. *smile*

Sawyer's a big ol' dog person, I can so see him with a Golden Retriever..see, now I'm thinking about that, and him not really wanting one and Jack totally catching him playing with it and being all shoompy too.

Sorry for the ramble, I think it's the heat. ;)

Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I read that story! It is freaky! Cats are objects of superstition because they do seem to move so silently and just suddenly show up and then they're staring at you - it can be unnerving! Of course, I do like cats a lot myself, I just happen to have a dog! :)

And I was going to throw in a Vincent mention but it was getting off topic but yes, that does seem like a good dog for Sawyer. ;)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
This is such a fun little ficlet, and very clever too, because I can totally see Sayid having some 'issues' with cats.

I also adore the bit about Sayid calling Sawyer his 'golden panther' which I can totally imagine and which fills me with glee. As does the idea of him making Sawyer come like the 'fuckin' Fourth of July'. Ahh, happy sigh. :)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you! This is the first thing that occurred to me about superstitions, with Sayid doing such a doubletake when he saw the cat on the island.

And happy to hear the Sawyer/Sayid part played! It was fun to write them again! :)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 01:23 pm (UTC)
Cats can certainly detect feeling etc, the ones we had always could so it's a given that Sawyer's caught by them ;)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Cats are very astute, aren't they? Dogs too, but they're more direct in letting you know you don't like them, I think! :)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
ohh, love that! what a great idea, Sawyer being shooed away by protective mark's cats! lol! and I see Sayid's reluctance about cats too, after that woman in Paris...

lovely! and that house... it needs live web camera. *nods*
Aug. 5th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) It just occurred to me that Sawyer would have a mild aversion to cats now and then Sawyer being superstitious too seemed a good way to connect them!

And hee, yes, that would indeed be a very hot web cam!
Aug. 4th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
Yay for Sawyer/Sayid! :)

I'm continually impressed by your characterization skills. I guess it's not surprising that your Sawyer is so multi-layered, since you do spend so much time with him, but I was just floored by the way you sketch out the dynamic between the two with roughly seven lines of dialogue. Those voices are so friggin' right, I can hear the pair of them speaking.

I think that gamblers and con men are almost obligated to possess superstitions. Their work depends so much on luck and trickery - that has to balance out somewhere. I like the choice of a cat as Sawyer's conscience - he *is* quite cat-like, in the Kipling 'Cat Who Walks Alone' way. And cats really don't put up with bullshit from other cats...

I love the Jiminy Cricket [er... Jiminy Feline?] overlap between Sawyer and Sayid. And it was awfully kind of you to let Sawyer save face here. :D

This is excellent. Thank you so much!

*hands you a chain of golden stars, etched with lions*

One last thing: Wouldn't it be 'my widdle bunny-wunny'?

Aug. 5th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
Gold stars! Yay, I'm so pleased you liked this! :) And that, even though short, you found it multi-layered. Many thanks! And I'm always comparing Sawyer to a cat myself, so it just seemed to fit, as you say, that other cats could read him so accurately, or at least that he'd think they could!

And hee, you're right, I guess it probably would be "widdle bunny-wunny," if anyone would actually dare call Sawyer that, LOL!

This was a great prompt and I'm glad I was able to come up with something you liked!

Aug. 4th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
HA! Totally works, both the cat-thing for both and the gorgeous image of Sawyer coming like the Fourth of July!!! (and the bunny-wunny line is just giggle-worthy enough to really be something Sawyer would think!) Lovely to see more S/Sd too!
Aug. 5th, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, m'dear! :) It was fun to write them again!
Aug. 5th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Ok now I SO want to read a fic in which Sayid calls Sawyer his 'little bunny-wunny' *g*

I love the idea of Sawyer being scared away from cons by the stare of a disapproving cat, I can totally imagine that happening. LOL. I also love the rest of it as well. Yummy.
Aug. 6th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Hee, I'd like to see Sayid try, LOL!

Glad you liked this, hon. :)
Aug. 20th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Hee, I think you're just about the only person on my flist who isn't a crazy cat lady.... (You make up for it with Dulcie, though, and that's meant as a compliment!) I can see Sawyer being superstitious about cats. They have a knowing, watchful way about them just like Sawyer does. Sawyer might feel like he doesn't have any secrets around cats, like they can see right through him, and that would really unnerve him. Sayid is uncomfortable about being assessed too closely, too...and then, he'd also have a memory of a cat that was part of a traumatic event in his past, so his superstition makes perfect sense. Y'know, I don't think cats *want* people to be totally comfortable around them, so I don't think they'd be offended by knowing that they're often the cause for phobias!

and Sawyer is SUCH a cat! :p

Loved this, especially since I've always believed that Sawyer was a superstitious person. It was a great prompt, and you made a great use of it! :)
Aug. 21st, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
Hee, I actually adore cats, but I'm extremely allergic, hence the switch to doggies! :) I know a lot of people don't trust cats because they seem to always be watching and move so silently that they can catch you by surprise, so if you have something to hide, I imagine that would be quite unnerving! This started with Sayid's reaction to that one cat and went from there.

And yes, Sawyer *is* such a cat! And I can easily see him being superstitious since so much of what he did was based on judging and exploiting someone else's mood, so he'd be likely to pick up on something as subtle as a cat's disapproval! I think cats can be very perverse when they know someone doesn't like them (or is allergic) and enjoy making those people uncomfortable! Little buggers, LOL.

And wow, you read Sawyer/Sayid! Sweet!
Aug. 21st, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
lol! I'm catching up with some of the luau posts I haven't read or commented on in the past weeks and this is so funny and in character!
I love how Sawyer is able not to show his fear of cats, hiding behind Sayid's decision... he is such a smart boy! ;)
and I'm really a dog person, but I consider cats very bright and I believe that Sawyer wouldn't have fooled a cat!
Aug. 21st, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks for catching up with this! I'm glad you liked it, especially Sawyer not revealing he shares Sayid's little phobia! I love both cats and dogs but I agree that cats are much harder to win over and can be somewhat perversely friendly when they know someone doesn't like them! :)
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