the_cupbearer: (smoke)
2017-07-12 01:11 am
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what-if: convince me of this revolution

It was late evening, in one of the many taverns that dotted the city of New York: Ganymede sat alone with a meal and a pipe, listening vaguely to the conversations around him, most of which were predictably centered on the ongoing war. He didn't have much faith that the colonists would truly win, would honestly separate from Britain and not collapse to anarchy soon thereafter, but being the sort who valued not being tarred-and-feathered, he kept that opinion to himself.

He was writing, actually, a long letter to a friend back on the continent whom he hadn't seen in years. He hoped Johannes was still alive at this point to even receive it.

And Ganymede might have stayed peacefully alone, if he hadn't been at the table with the only empty seat in the place.
the_cupbearer: (modern life)
2016-11-04 11:28 pm
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Man from UNCLE psl

Ganymede, for the last several years masquerading as Alan Kingsley, stretched in the studio, part classroom and part dojo floor, that was his place at the U.N.C.L.E headquarters; he was employed there teaching hand-to-hand combat, and though he had a rather unusual way of doing things his students tended to be successful once past his class.

It was a job, and one he liked, though he did appreciate days off from the minor bruising and aches generally caused by men who didn't know what they were doing and tried to throw him. It never worked out all that well for them. He'd been asked to come in for an agent to train with him, not an unusual request, and so there he was, in comfortable loose pants with his hair braided back, stretching and pulling out the tension in his limbs. For a moment his pose was impressive; Ganymede was balanced on one bare foot, the other pulled up behind him and grasped by both hands, extended over his head and continuing the circle of his spine. Kuryakin was due at any moment, and he preferred to get to business. He'd never been much for the passing comments of nicety as far as Ganymede was aware, though he'd never spoken to the man himself.
the_cupbearer: (weight of royalty)
2016-05-30 11:15 am
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(no subject)

Ganymede was breathtakingly, stunningly beautiful. It was seldom put any other way, and that was why he kept the windows to the carriage dark, gauzed by thin blue-black cloth to obscure the view inside. He was moving into another house, the same routine he'd kept for years and years; today was in many ways no different than the neverending procession of months and decades forward and behind.

He stepped out of the well-oiled door, the hinges making no noise in the atrociously early morning, and looked down the road as he set foot on the street, already moving towards the house's entry. His skin was turned into pale burnished gold by the early sun, his long hair neatly queued and tied back into an elaborate braid wound with silver. He stopped at the base of the short stairs up to the door, momentarily enchanted by the look of the city in the quiet just-pre-dawn, before many people came calling to sell their wares, after many of the street whores had given up selling their bodies. He knew both professions well.

This would be an interesting move.
the_cupbearer: (businessman)
2014-07-30 11:06 pm
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for [personal profile] littlemanbigheart

The cities all tended to blend together after a while; Ganymede would find himself doing the same things in all of them, looking out the windows from where he was leaning against the bar with a ledger book and a pen in his fingers, thinking. Being a business owner, part time bartender, and quasi-part time about a dozen other things made life busy, he supposed. Busy enough that he sometimes didn't immediately notice when someone wanted his attention. He'd heard the jangle of the bell, certainly, as the door opened, but he was focused on the numbers in front of him.

"Can I help you?" he asked absently, pulling his glasses off his face as he turned to look.
the_cupbearer: (puppies)
2014-04-27 02:28 pm
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for [personal profile] inkpaintform

Central Park is a great place to run one's dogs; Ganymede has several himself, a total of nine salukis that all love to run as he throws lures for them, though on coming back the puppies tend to jump up and swarm him. Their mother, however, is somewhat more sedate and only noses his forehead as he lays back on the grass, laughing.

He's an attractive young man, shown as he gets up, edging the dogs aside and shaking his head with the flash of silver from a tiny slave earring, chain snugging the shell of his ear.
the_cupbearer: (maybe flirting maybe not)
2014-02-11 12:54 am
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As They Make Their Way - for [personal profile] immortal_pirate

It's in a whorehouse when they meet next.

A brothel in San Francisco, where Ganymede goes by another name and has another history, and flits like an especially attractive little bee from flower to flower, person to person, different men in the same room pulling him into their laps for a kiss or grope. He's accepting of being taken advantage of in certain ways, being smiled at and catcalled for as he begs a moment to slip away, still laughing as he gets a drink of water in the hall, where it's quieter.

When the door opens, he watches through the mirror, smile still tugging at a corner of his mouth as he sees the hand on the doorknob develop into an arm, a shoulder.

And a face that's altogether too familiar.
the_cupbearer: (god's eye)
2012-03-06 11:32 am
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For Morgan

The beach along the northwest coast of the United States is one Ganymede is familiar with, in passing. The pebbles are big enough that he can feel each rounded shape under his feet, the thin soles on his sandals warping around the obstructions. The hound beside him walks just as peaceably over the damp ground, thin and mottled with colors as her master rests a hand on her head.

He remembers being here several times, years and years ago, always flirting with the sea but never trusting it--or Poseidon, its god--enough to lose sight of the shore. He skips a few stones across the water, listening only to the dull roar of it breaking across the rock and concrete levees. The sky is gray and heavy with dark streaks, but hasn't decided to spit rain yet. He wouldn't mind if it did; the rain is calming, something that's been constant all of his life. One of the only things that constant.
the_cupbearer: (shirtless)
2011-07-11 12:35 am
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For Zeus

Ganymede stood in the bedroom of his apartment in New York, looking over the city that truly never slept; it was some atrociously early hour of the morning--at a guess, he'd say five--and he was just out of the shower, half dressed as he watched the sky lighten with the predawn glow over the horizon. It never got truly dark anymore, a fact he lamtented, but there was precious little he could do about it.

So he stood and watched the neon signs and billboards blink out one by one with a sigh, shirt still resting on the mattress behind him. The whole wall of the bedroom--that entire side of the apartment in fact--was a mirrored and shaded wall, so he could see out, but no one could see back in.