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01 March 2008 @ 02:53 pm
Title: Slit
Pairing: Nikolai & Kirill
Fandom: Eastern Promises
Genre: General
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 102

The blade was rusted, un-ideal—hanging from his hand dead and heavy. Dead weight made new.
Nikolai lit up a cigarette (and allowed Kirill to take it away, snatched in a blink, the smoke still trailing). Show some respect for a dead man, the barber said. Said it loud, clear, and worthless. Said seven words dipped in barely hushed-up venom and threat. His throat all tied up with dread.
“I’ll show you some fucking respect,” Kirill laughed and perched neatly on the table, still drunk and inside-beaten.
And off came the fingers, one by one. Algid, stiff, a dead man’s burden.