Title: Penny Dreadful ( 3/ ? )
Fandom: The Faculty = Zeke / Casey and a touch of Penny Dreadful (though I don't know much about this series)
Summery: Some time after graduation the boys meet again
Disclaimer: It's all Fan-Fiction - of course I don't own The Faculty nor Penny Dreadful - just playing around a bit with the characters and Josh Hartnett (I hope he will forgive me)
You can find the other parts of the story, when you klick here: Penny Dreadful
“You deal with all this quite well, huh,” Casey said.
“Back then in Herrington you've tried to avoid every camera.”
“Well, it's Comic Con. The fans want to get in touch with their stars.”
Zeke looked over to Penny, the waitress, who was now rushing back and forth between the tables and he smiled.
“I actually don't mind. Most of them are okay, give them a smile and a few words and they are happy. Only a few of them don't know to accept the line. You learn to deal with that.
Though I have to admit, the attention I get because of Ethan first took me by surprise. Of course, pwoplw did regognize me as a model too, but it's different.There will always be some distance between you. As an actor they identify you with the role you are playing and think they know all about you.”
Casey kept quiet, thinking about Zeke's behavior during the last days. How close he was with his co-actors. How open and relaxed. What did John Logan tell them during the press conference on Monday?
'It's so much fun to work with this team. We are not just doing another horror series. It comes to live because theew is a real bound between the actors.'
The panel today. The chemistry between Zeke and Reeve. How they laughed together, whispered, touched each other. They were very close in the series. And they seemed to be just as close in real live. It was almost impossible to meet one of them alone at Con. They shared an autograph table, they sat together during the interviews and panels and in their free time they did hang around at the gaming area at Con, playing the newest video games. And they visible had a lot fun. No wonder that their fans didn't know where to draw the line between fiction and reality, that they were even asking for a kiss, a real kiss.
Casey was still not sure what to think about this. Back then in Herrington Zeke had been known as the biggest heart-breaker at school who could get every girl he wanted. Never before Casey had questioned it that Zeke was straight. But things could change. Back then he had been together with the school's cheerleader queen … and it had needed some time until he was ready to be honest at least to himself.
“Well, I can understand the reason for this,” Casey finally murmured.
“You two do a really convincing job.”
Zeke looked at him questioning.
“You and Reeve.”
“Oh, yeah, we get a lot attention because of this one scene. It was a risk but like John said at the press conference: It's a series about horror and dark creatures and there is no reason to keep out gay sex as long as it fits into the storyline.
John is great, he gives us plenty of room to develop the characters. Shooting a scene like this isn't difficult when you are working together with people like him or Reeve. We had a hell of a lot fun.”
“That's obvious. And it looks like you get really well with Reeve off-screen, too. Not a big surprise so that people start to wonder whats going on between you two.”
“My agent would tell you now that it's always a good thing to arouse public interest,” Zeke said and grinned.
“But it's not that alone. We are on the same wavelength. Like me Reeve is always looking for a new challenge.
He's not a trained actor too, he's a musician. For a long time he was standing on stage at Broadway, for the musical Spiderman. He's still playing in his own band, Carney, he did build at the age of seventeen together with his brother. You should go and visit a gig of them one day, I'm sure you would like the music. A lot songs are written by himself. And in the moment he's working on a soundtrack for a movie.
And beside of all that he's a nice guy you can count onto whenever it's needed. I'm lucky to work together with someone like him … and the rest of the team. Showbiz can get pretty rough sometimes.”
Casey kept quiet pensively. Of course all this was nothing new for him. He had looked up the name Reeve Carney the moment he had watched the first trailer with him and Zeke. The bound between them had been obvious even back then. And what he had seen during the last days … maybe it was time to accept it.
You can't turn back time. Reeve was a part of Zeke's life now, maybe as his friend, maybe as his lover, it actually didn't matter. There were others too, actors, musicians, models. Casey was history. No matter how good it had felt with him only some minutes ago, it was just a nostalgic flare up of a shared past. Zeke was living a different life now, an interesting one, which could give him what he had always been looking for.
But Casey's life was not that bad, too. He needed to remember this. He was successful in a job he loved, he had some good friends and his family around, he had his own apartment … This did remind him on John. He had tried to call him yesterday but he hadn't picked up the phone. Which hopefully meant that he already had moved out. It would be strange though to come back into an empty home which he had shared with John for almost two years. Maybe he would do some changes, paint the walls more colorful, rearrange the furniture, finally visit his favorite gallery in Columbus and buy some new pictures. John didn't like modern art, he was somehow old-fashioned with everything in his life, liked it steady, without ups and downs. So different from Zeke.
“Hey, earth to Casey.”
He could hear Zeke's laughing.
“You are still a day-dreamer.”
He forced himself to shake the uneasiness up.
“Sorry,” he said.
“Just thinking about the article I need to write. My editor wants a first draft tomorrow.”
“Always busy, huh? I'm afraid I need to go back now, too. One of the prizes at the costume contest yesterday was a Meet-and-Greet with me and John.“
“So don't let them wait!”
“But, hey, it was great to see you again. I'm glad that we did find some minutes to talk.”
Zeke stood up, suddenly looking pensive.
“Hey, Case, what are you doing this evening? Enjoying the big party?”
“You know me, I never got crazy about wild parties-nights. So I guess I will go back into my hotel soon, over-read my article and then go to bed early. It was a long day.”
“That's too bad!”
“That I don't come to the party tonight? I'm sure you will have a lot fun even without me.”
Zeke shook his head.
“That you feel so worn out. I had hoped we could meet in my suite later. Having a beer, or two. Watching a cheesy movie. Chatting until dawn.”
Casey laughed surprised.
“Like back then, when I did spend a night with you secretly while my parents had left over the weekend?”
“One of the rare things from my old life I miss.”