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What They Don't See

Fic: What They Don't See
Author: ScruffyBunny
Pairing: Kradam, Manny(is that what they call it?) if you squint.
Rating: PG
Summary: Danny may need glasses, but he isn't blind. -Just a bit of introspection after watching the results show tonight.
Disclaimer: Didn't happen, as far as I know. Don't own.

It’s almost like being punched in the gut, the sudden shock of it all. And he is shocked, more shocked than he’s been in a while. He looks at Allison, who is staring out into the crowd, looking as surprised as he feels. He takes a moment to wonder if it’s showing on his face, even though he knows that it is.

It wasn’t that he wasn’t relieved. After all, he wanted to win, and not being in the bottom three seemed like a step in the right direction. Still, though…

“How?” Allison mouths at him. He shrugs because he doesn’t have an answer. All he can think to do is stare across the stage. Matt isn’t panicking, but he doesn’t look happy, either. His expression is resigned, flat, defeated. It pains Danny to see him that way. He wants to tell him not to lose hope, but he’s rooted to the spot, and Seacrest is still talking, pacing in front of the bottom three.

That’s when Danny notices Kris and Adam and realizes that neither of them have ever been in the bottom three before. He also notices that they are reacting in two entirely different ways. Kris is shifting his weight from one foot to the other. He’s smiling, but it’s the nervous sort of smile, like he’s only doing it to suppress the gag reflex. Adam, however, is nothing short of statuesque. He seems calm, relaxed, the polar opposite of Kris, the polar opposite of how Danny knows that he himself would react in the same situation.

They cut to commercial, and the bottom three are led backstage. Matt walks with the same grim resolve, steeling himself for what he feels is inevitable. Danny nearly starts to walk after him, wanting so much to offer his support, but even as he’s thinking this he’s being herded to the other side of the stage. Kris is more or less walking, but his legs are visibly shaking, so much so that by the time they reach the wings he stops in his tracks. The crowd can’t see it, but Danny and Allison are privy to the scene playing out behind the curtain.

Kris stops and stands there, literally shivering. For a minute Danny thinks that he might be having a panic attack, so he sits forward and nudges Allison and nods at their friend. Allison turns to him with a worried look in her eyes, but she almost immediately turns back to Kris, who continues to shake on the spot.  

Looking wildly around the stage, Danny is five seconds away from saying something to someone, but Allison’s hand rests on his arm, and he looks back. He’s just in time to see Adam take Kris by the shoulders, turning the shorter man towards him. Kris looks up at Adam, whispering something that Danny can’t hear and shaking the whole time.

Adam responds by smiling that confident smile of his and drawing him into a tight hug. Kris doesn’t expect the sudden embrace and finds his hands pinned to Adam’s chest. Instinctively, he grips at Adam’s lapel, the material of the taller man’s jacket bunching up in his hands. He calms down almost immediately, and Adam releases him, though his hand lingers at the small of Kris’ back, gently guiding him the rest of the way. Danny sincerely hopes that neither of them goes home tonight, as much as he wants Matt to stay. Matt would be missed, but what Kris and Adam have bypasses “want” and makes a direct dive into “need.” Danny may need glasses, but he isn’t blind. That hug was just as comforting to Adam as it was to Kris.

“This really sucks,” he mutters under his breath. Allison nods in agreement.


( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:27 am (UTC)
Wow, this actually made me like Gokey.

Great job!
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
I don't know that I care for Gokey's voice, but I think he's pretty precious as a person. I guess that puts me in the minority? I dunno...

Glad you liked it!
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
Almost like Gokey too, thanks :)
May. 1st, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Aww. I feel that I'm alone in not disliking the Gokey.
Apr. 30th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Your Gokey>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>The real Gokey. Well done.
May. 1st, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
Thanks! glad you liked it!
Apr. 30th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
I love this is told from Danny's POV and it is so well written, I am one of those that read this and like the way you write him, I hope that is how he is as a person because then I wouldn't mind it so much if he stuck around.
May. 1st, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I don't know about his singing, but I think Danny would be a fun person to hang out with. I know he's rarely written as such, but...

Yeah. Thanks for the review!
Apr. 30th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
well i think i love your gokey. this is fantastic.
May. 1st, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!
May. 1st, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
I liked this. Honestly, I don't know about anyone else but I don't dislike Gokey- he's just my bottom idol here at the end so when I need some to be disliked he's it.
May. 1st, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I know what you mean. I'd be least upset if he goes home next.
May. 1st, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
like everyone in here, you made me like Gokey. XD

A++++ work, bb. <3
May. 1st, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Aww, shucks. I'm glad you liked it!
May. 22nd, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
i literally am stupid.

i forgot to comment on some fics again. *facepalms*

so sorry.

I LOVE IT. And Gokey suddenly went into my 'nice guy' category. XD
May. 24th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
That's okay! As long as you enjoy the fic, that's what matters. :)

Gokey's always been in my "nice guy" category. Then again, he's also in my "not a great dancer" category.
May. 24th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
bahaha, XD not a great dancer. but yeah, that's true. sorry Gokey! =P
May. 26th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Bless him; he tries so hard.
May. 23rd, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
I've actually always adored Danny. I didn't even realize people didn't like him until I got into Kradam. I think he's a gifted singer, and a very good person. So I really enjoyed being able to read this with a smile! Most Kradam fics put Danny down so bad, when I think he understands Kradam (friendship, relationship, whatever) just as much as the rest of us. I mean, he lived with the boys. So thank you! This made me feel all googly on the inside. ;3
May. 24th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's pretty much my experience, too.

I think he caught a lot of flack because people thought he was "pimping his dead wife," but I never really got that from him.
May. 24th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
I never got that feeling. I mean, how could he not mention something like that? It's not his fault it was so emotional for him, and it definitely wasn't his fault American Idol decided it was an interesting story to run with. I think he did great with the whole thing.

But yes, your writing is fantastic! I love all your little one-shots. :D
May. 26th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
I know! And I would get so frustrated when someone would bring it up, and he'd make that "I'm trying not to wibble" face.

And I was like, "You can wibble all you need to, precious!"
May. 26th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
Aw! No, I don't want to see Danny wibble! D:



... Poor Danny. *sends him virtual hugs*
Feb. 14th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)

You have achieved the impossible. :D
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