Pairings/Characters: (this chapter): Clark/Bruce
Rating (this chapter): PG-13
General Summary: Fresh-off-the-farm Clark discovers new experiences in the Big City.
Summary: Tinseltown glamour is just too glittery to resist! :)
Date Of Completion: August 17, 2007
Date Of Posting: August 21, 2007
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 828
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: greeneyelove requested “Clark and Bruce meet and have a one-night stand (or so they think) and then they discover who the other really is” from my DCU GSB Fic Request Meme. All chapters can be found here.
Clark and Jim walked in the fresh night air, Clark impressed by its clear quality. Usually city air was a poor comparison to the country air he was accustomed to breathing.
Clark had to concentrate on blocking out the sounds of the city. So many sounds, so many people! He hoped his lack of conversation didn’t put off Jim.
As they continued to Jim’s hotel, Clark felt himself getting more and more nervous. He wanted this, but what if he messed it up? He wasn’t experienced, after all.
His stomach began to jump. He just hoped this guy wouldn’t end up laughing in his face.
“Hmm, looks like it’s still a hot movie.”
Jim pointed to the marquee of The Bijou across the street: It Happened One Night, Starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. A long line stretched down the block.
“Oh, yeah.” Clark brightened. “I’ve heard it’s real good.”
“Want to go see it? My treat.”
Clark looked at Jim. Was he trying to back out?
Jim’s smile seemed genuine, and Clark liked the idea. It felt like a date. For his first time, it felt right.
“Yeah.” Clark’s smile was dazzling. “I’d like that.”
So they got in line, Jim flirting with the girls in front of them, Clark smiling shyly.
Just two buddies out for a good time.
Of course, the girls thought they were out for a heterosexual good time. Fine, as it was a good cover. Where better to pick up girls than at this movie?
Jim was a generous date. He bought Clark and himself popcorn, Coke, Good ‘N’ Plentys, and Jujube Fruits. Jim led them to seats in the back, but not the balcony, and Clark was glad. He would have felt uncomfortable with all the heterosexual couples necking around him up there.
The first feature was a Max Fleischer Popeye cartoon, Clark amused by the feisty seaman gaining super-strength via a can of Spinach.
The next cartoon was Disney’s Mickey Mouse, and Jim whispered, “Amazing that a man can build an empire based on a rodent.”
Clark grinned and whispered back, “I think it’s the ears. Very cute.”
Jim chuckled and ate his popcorn.
Next was a Three Stooges short, Men In Black, spoofing the Clark Gable movie, Men In White, a serious hospital film. Naturally, Moe, Larry, and Curly set their hospital on its head. Both Clark and Jim chuckled at its Chief of Staff asking, “What did you do for the patient in Room 347?” and Curly’s snappy answer, “Nothin’! What did he ever do for us?” The theme of the short, “For Duty and Humanity!” was spoofing the Gable flick, but Clark liked it. It was a motto worth having, in his opinion.
Movietone News flickered on next, the announcer’s stentorian voice saying, “The First Lady made a visit to the coal miners of West Virginia, putting on a hard hat and taking the elevator down to talk to the men.”
“Amazing woman,” Jim murmured.
More New Deal projects were touted, an artist painting a mural for the WPA; boys and young men planting trees for the CCC; and work on the power projects of the TVA in Tennessee.
The international news featured a rally at Nuremberg, the still-new Chancellor, Adolph Hitler, ranting as the pageantry caught the eye, hundreds of people working in perfect unison as they cheered and saluted, “Heil Hitler!”
Clark frowned. He didn’t like the pronouncements coming out of Germany. Anti-Semitism existed in America, but the Nazis were hammering against Jews with extremely vile statements and laws.
The Coming Attractions started, Clark relaxing. He didn’t want to think about Europe tonight. He wanted to enjoy the movie and the company of the man next to him.
As the films The Black Cat, Cleopatra, The Gay Divorcee, and The Thin Man were touted, he wondered if Jim had sensed his nervousness and suggested this movie to calm him down. If Jim was that attuned and considerate, Clark felt that he could trust him with what was to come later. He hoped that he was reading his companion correctly.
The attractions finished with trailers for The Lost Patrol, Manhattan Melodrama, Of Human Bondage, One Night Of Love, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Tarzan And His Mate, then the main feature, It Happened One Night, began.
The movie captivated Clark. A screwball comedy, it was fast-paced and irreverent, and Clark wanted to be like Clark Gable’s character, reporter Peter Warne. Chasing after a rich heir instead of heiress, falling in love while making snappy patter, and the promise of sex…
Clark watched as Claudette Colbert’s character, Ellie Andrews, insisted on putting a blanket between their twin beds in their cabin, and Gable’s sardonic crack about “The Walls of Jericho” as he walked around bare-chested instead of wearing an undershirt like most men wore.
By the end of the movie, the Walls of Jericho tumbled down.
Clark hoped the same would happen for him.
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