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Eyes On Me (A Dollhouse Fic) 
13th-Apr-2009 05:47 pm

Title: Eyes On Me
Rating: G
Pairing/Characters: Topher/Claire (hinted), mentions of Boyd and Echo
Warnings: None (No spoilers either!)
Summary: Claire feels him watching her. (Challenge 009: "Hide")
Word Count: 221 (so short for me!)

She feels his gaze everywhere.

When she enters the room, his eyes flash to her momentarily, noticing her despite whatever she’s doing. When she’s walking past, his gaze narrows. When she heads out the door, his vision lingers on her, watching, always watching.

Some days, she tries to convince herself that it’s a poison, like he’s burning her with his eyes alone. On those days, she spends every free moment with Boyd because he doesn’t judge her. Boyd understands, perhaps more than even she understands, and he knows that all she needs is someone else, someone other than him, someone else who sees how she sees herself and is still willing to go out of their way to make sure that she’s alright.

Other days, she sees it for what it is. There are words in that gaze and it makes her feel as though he's actually speaking to her and he's willing her to listen. You can trust me, I won't hurt you, I'll watch over you, I'm here for you. And she knows that she’s hiding from him, no matter how she tries to convince herself otherwise. But she can’t do anything, not when her scars are still there to remind them what monsters they all are and when Echo still looks at her in that way, her gaze trusting and her words soothing. And she can’t tell him no, no matter what she says.

And so she hides because secretly, Claire wants Topher to look at her. And that fact scares her more than anything.

A/N:
This is SOOOO different for me.
I've been itching to write a Claire/Topher fic for weeks, ever since I first saw a scene between Amy Acker and Fran Kranz (She's gorgeous and Fred-ish, he's hot and oh so hilarious. POIFECT). And I love Dollhouse because it's hilarious and amazing and it deserves a second season because Joss is wonderful and he knows how to make my world revolve around one of his shows. So here's my break from JENT Fanfics! WOW, I ACTUALLY HAVE A LIFE OUTSIDE OF JAPANESE BOY BANDS. HOW VERY STRANGE.
Comment if you wish, I love hearing from people!
Comments 
13th-Apr-2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
Loved it. Very well done :)
14th-Apr-2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
13th-Apr-2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
Nice to see more Claire/Topher fic (must get round to posting mine soon).

One thing - apart from yay - is I found it hard to discern who he was in the paragraph as you mention Boyd and I wasn't 100% sure which bits applied to Boyd and which potentially to Topher, but that may just be me reading this with late night confuddledness.
14th-Apr-2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'd love to see yours (POST IT. I'M DYING FROM LACK OF CLOPHER. OR WHATEVER THE HECK THIS PAIRING IS CALLED)!
Oh, I see what you mean. Good catch, dear. *fiddles a bit* Better? =D?
14th-Apr-2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Clopher? Has an interesting ring to it...Hmmm
14th-Apr-2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
^_^, that's what I call them when I'm watching the show with my friends. It's the only one I could think of that actually sounded like a REAL pairing name. Like it?
14th-Apr-2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely warming up to it! What's Topher's Last name again? Brink? So, we could have:

Clopher
Taire
Crink
Clink
Slink
Sink
Cink [Which has an ironic resemblance to "Kink" ;)]
Baunders
Taunders

Just thinking out loud. I think Clopher is the best choice, yes.
15th-Apr-2009 02:28 am (UTC)
....LAWL. YOU ARE TOO CUTE.
I think my personal favorite was probably the Cink one (for the "Kink" resemblance, ^_^). Actually, I think I liked all the '-inks'. It makes it that much more adorable.
Though yeah, Clopher has a certain ring to it, ^_^ *NOT BIASED AT ALL*. Time to advertise it! *goes hunting for billboard space*
15th-Apr-2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you, m'dear! You as well. :)

I think the one I'll cross off my list is "sink". It has rather negative connotations, I think.

YES, we should advertise this. Perhaps on the FOX forums.
16th-Apr-2009 04:14 am (UTC)
xD, then we'll be cute together. 's all good!
Yeah, sink was HILARIOUS...but only made me think of plumbers, >_>. Not exactly what we're looking for, ne?
LAWL, the Fox Forums? That would be awwwwwweesome. IF PEOPLE ACTUALLY START USING THE TERM "CLOPHER" BECAUSE OF THIS CONVERSATION, I WILL HIGHFIVE YOU TIL THE END OF TIME.
16th-Apr-2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yup, reads that bit better now. :)

Pairing name? Personally I don't often go for those. Can't say I've seen one used for Claiire/Topher anywhere yet though.

As for fic, I have 3 sent to my beta and I dearly hope I'll have at least one posted in the next week. I also know mcsmutty who has a lengthier (and smutty, who would've guessed!) plot bunny for the pairing, in hibernation. Hopefully they can be encouraged to write that fic soon enough. :D
18th-Apr-2009 08:46 am (UTC)
I love the last two lines. Claire is so very ambivalent :P

Nicely done!
19th-Apr-2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! LOVE that icon of yours, btw (I've seen you around the claire/topher comm and I kept on forgetting to tell you that I liked it. So here, =D)
20th-Apr-2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I will so pay attention to this pairing once a torrent for ep.10 appears XD



(goooood, I need Amy Acker icons)
21st-Apr-2009 01:42 am (UTC)
....You're into Dollhouse? I think I love you all the more, dear. AND YOU TOTALLY HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS PAIRING BECAUSE THEY ARE BEYOND WORTH IT, ZOMG, SQUEEEEEEE!
....kay, I'm done.
21st-Apr-2009 06:20 am (UTC)
Of course! Mostly due to my crush on Eliza Dushku ever since I was 11 or so and the fact that Joss Whedon is God (even though I never bothered watching Firefly, lol).

and here I was squeeling over the cuteness of Topher and Ivy XD
21st-Apr-2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
XD, Eliza Dushku is amazing and the Whedonverse is the only place I'd ever want to live....but yeah, no one watched Firefly (come on, a space cowboy series? Way to steal from Cowboy Bebop, >_>). Angel and Dollhouse are the only shows I ever watched of his but I liked Buffy when Spike was on, =D.

Topher and Ivy, PSHHHHH. Claire/Topher is the way to be, my dear, the way to be.
1st-May-2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Beautiful! I love this line:

But she can’t do anything, not when her scars are still there to remind them what monsters they all are and when Echo still looks at her in that way, her gaze trusting and her words soothing.
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