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Fandom: Mad Men
Title: The Thrill of the Chase
Pairing: Roger/Don, Roger/Vicky
Rating: R
Spoilers: "Three Sundays"
Note: For zelda_zee, who said she would be interested in something with this pairing. :)
Disclaimer: Property of AMC, etc., etc.


Roger Sterling has always loved a challenge. Only the things that are hard to get are worth having, and Roger definitely files people under that catchall category.

He watches the way Don drinks his Scotch, the way he grimaces a little as it hits the back of his throat, the way he holds the glass, balanced just so on the arm of the chair. There's something about the way that Don inhabits that chair, a sort of gloomy authority cloaking him that suggests a king of sorts, one who sits while others stand. One whom everyone else bows down to. Everyone, that is, but Roger.

After the failure with American Airlines, Don is dour, depressed. He's drowning in Scotch and regret but Roger's almost giddy. The taste of Vicky is still fresh on his lips from the night before and part of the savor to that taste is knowing that she didn't want to kiss him, not at first.

Don doesn't know it, but Roger isn't just talking about the rush you get from landing a big client. He's talking about Vicky, and yes, she's a call girl, so of course she'll do anything for money. But she has her own rules and Roger can't resist getting her to break them for him. Getting her to kiss him, to cancel her other date, and then taking her out to dinner at Lutece -- where anyone could see them -- is almost more enjoyable than the sex itself. He loves to see the small flash of impatience and doubt as she weighs what it's worth to her to give in and finally that sweet, yielding smile when she does give in.

"I haven't done this since the Navy," he tells Vicky, but that's not quite truthful. Of course, he doesn't tell her, or anyone else, all the other things he hasn't done since the Navy. There was a dark-haired young sailor, built a lot like Don, who was also hard to get, but Roger did get him. It took all his charm and persuasion but Roger has never been the kind of man who likes to hear, "No." He got on his knees for that boy but he didn't stay there. Funny how getting some guy to take your cock in his mouth makes you feel even more like a man. Roger never understood how fucking men was supposed to make you effeminate. The power of getting a man to want you, really fucking want you, was maybe the biggest thrill he'd ever had in his life.

He imagines how much it would take to get Don on his knees, how much cajoling, how much flattery, or maybe how much force. He could, without much trouble, probably, find something to blackmail Don with. Don thinks he's discreet but really everyone is just too intimidated to ever call him on his many misdeeds.

No, as effective and, no doubt, satisfying as blackmail might be, Roger needs Don to want it, to want him. And he can do it. He can get anyone to do anything.

He's not really listening to Don and Don's not really listening to him. He's just focusing on Don's lips on that glass of Scotch and wondering what kinds of sounds Don makes when he comes.

Don brings his hand to his forehead, lost in thought or disappointment, or maybe impotent rage towards Roger for forcing his hand on this account. Whatever the case, Roger takes it as his cue to exit, to leave the king brooding alone in the dark.

He's going to see Vicky again tonight. Last time, she turned off the lights before joining him in bed. Tonight, he'll pay her to keep them on.

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zelda_zee
Sep. 9th, 2008 07:08 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, hon. Wow! I can't believe you wrote Mad Men fic and for me and it's SO awesome. Roger! God, I love him, and you just nail him here. This is so Roger, it's not even funny. I know you said it'd be tough because of the time period and yes, true, but here you find a way to make it work and make it completely believable.

It's so easy to see this side of Roger. He's a shark, a predator, and he'd see Don as the ultimate challenge - a worthy adversary, but yes, he'd want to get him on his knees.

Roger never understood how fucking men was supposed to make you effeminate. The power of getting a man to want you, really fucking want you, was maybe the biggest thrill he'd ever had in his life.

Fantastic line! So very Roger. So perfect and true.

Is there a Mad Men comm? You HAVE TO post this to a comm! *flails some more*
halfdutch
Sep. 9th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm so happy I kept this a surprise then, LOL. I hadn't yet seen the "Three Sundays" ep and when I did, those few lines of Roger's (about the thrill of the chase and being in the Navy) and his whole interaction with Vicky just leaped out at me and demanded to be interpreted in a slashy fashion! So you have yourself to thank for planting the Roger/Don seed!

I'm so happy to hear you think I got Roger down as I haven't even seen any of S1 yet! But this ep really gave me the slash jumping-off point I needed. SO Happy that you love it!

And I don't know of any fic MM comms! Only graphics or general ones. *searches*
zelda_zee
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I loved this, hon, I really did. Thank you!

I encourage you to watch S1, it's every it as excellent as S2 and you get backstory on a lot of the characters. Roger's S1 story is especially good, I thought.

I searched and could not find a fic comm. There's a general one and a graphics comm. Maybe we should start one!
halfdutch
Sep. 10th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks for all your cheerleading for this! YAY!

And I am definitely going to watch S1. S2 just keeps reeling me in more and more! And we might need to start a slashy-minded MM (m/m!) comm down the road, LOL.

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