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Title: Funny
Fandom: The Devil Wears Prada (film)
Pairing: Miranda/Andy
Rating: M
Disclaimer: I own nothing related to The Devil Wears Prada.
Note: This is a brief scene (502 words) written last week in response to Telanu's requests for the Five Acts Challenge.


“It’s okay to want more,” Andy whispered.

Funny words, those. Funny words to speak to a woman who lived on 73rd Street, in a house tended by a housekeeper. One look from Miranda could change a designer’s entire season. One question from Miranda and a hundred people raced to find the answer. One demand, a hundred results. Miranda often wanted, and got, more.

Funny words for Andy to speak to a woman who used to decide how much Andy had: how much money in her bank account, how much self-worth, how much dignity.

They weren’t on 73rd Street tonight. Miranda and Andy were in Brooklyn, in Andy’s new apartment, lying half under the covers in Andy’s bed. (“Please come over,” Andy had said to Miranda over the phone a few hours before. “I spent most of the day staring at Swedish diagrams, and they, like, guided me to the place I am now, which is sitting on my new bed. I’m not sleeping in it alone on its first night.”) There wasn’t much to the bedroom yet. Window cracked open against the heat. Familiar red digits explaining 10:30, then 10:31. A neat stack of cardboard boxes in one corner. A suitcase propped against the closet door. Even in the dark, you could tell the room was the off-white of an old apartment starting over. Andy was aware of these things, even though her eyes were on Miranda. She committed the feeling of them to memory, the glimmering basics of a new place.

Funny, too, that she and Miranda together were the detail that had carried over, the thing she brought with her when she moved.

Miranda had come maybe a minute prior, her head against the headboard, her back up on the pillow, Andy hovering above, kissing Miranda’s shoulder and working her fingers gently and patiently and happily between Miranda’s legs. She’d been quiet about it--new place--but Andy could tell it was good. She left her hand in place while Miranda came down, and now Miranda’s thighs were holding it there.

“It’s okay,” Andy said again, right into Miranda’s ear. “Tell me. I’ll keep going.”

Miranda shrugged her shoulders and squirmed her hips. She glanced at Andy and looked away just as quickly, down their bodies and towards the foot of the bed. Andy kept going. Miranda breathed harder, Miranda got wetter, Miranda said “Oh, fuck!” as she came. It was a funny choice, if you thought about it, like saying “Oh, lunch!” at lunch or “Oh, subway!” on the train. Miranda didn’t often come twice. It was hard for her to ask for it, and Andy suspected she worried about how long it took her, though it was fast tonight.

This time, Andy pulled out her fingers and rested her hand against Miranda’s shaky thigh. “I love you,” she said, like almost always.

“I love you,” Miranda replied. She did love Andy. She’d already made Andy come twice, Andy who loved asking for more. “I like your new place.”

Date: 2011-01-17 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] perks123.livejournal.com
Awwww. I loved it. How sweet for Andy to care enough to understand that Miranda couldn't/wouldn't ask for what she wanted. Thanks for writing and sharing.

Date: 2011-01-17 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading, and I'm glad you liked it!

Date: 2011-01-17 12:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mayireadtoday.livejournal.com
I love the simplicity of this: “I love you,” Miranda replied. She did love Andy.

Date: 2011-01-17 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you! It's the truth. (In this story, at least.)

Date: 2011-01-17 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ubiquitousmixie.livejournal.com
it's always really exciting to see your name show up on my f-list, bearing wonderful new stories. this was exquisite - i love how you can manage to say SO much in so few words...it was sexy as well as sweet. loved it!

Date: 2011-01-17 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! I'm really happy you enjoyed it.

Date: 2011-01-17 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] punky-96.livejournal.com
Wonderful ineed!

Can we ask for more?

Date: 2011-01-17 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thanks!

This story, as short as it is, is complete. However, I hope to write more Miranda/Andy in the future!

Date: 2011-01-17 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avenavs.livejournal.com
I love how those little words could mean so much. thanks for this.

Date: 2011-01-17 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading; I appreciate the comment!

Date: 2011-01-17 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] writtensword.livejournal.com
Aww... happy fuzzies! That was very... I don't wish to insult by saying "cute". But it kind of was... you know, in a very good way!

That cheered me up! Thank you! :D

Date: 2011-01-17 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! I'm very glad you liked it, and even more glad that it cheered you.

Date: 2011-01-17 07:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pantone462.livejournal.com
Ah, as beautifully crafted as ever... And, "oh, lunch!"? That's really, really funny.

I shall also take this story as an indication of good things (stories) to come :)

Date: 2011-01-17 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! I'm glad you found it funny . . . I liked writing that part about lunch.

I shall also take this story as an indication of good things (stories) to come :)

Oh gosh, I really, really hope so. After spending months with other sorts of writing, I'm very happy about returning at least part way to prose.

Date: 2011-01-17 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pure-ecstasy6.livejournal.com
Aw very beautiful! I always love what you come up with! Thank you <3

Date: 2011-01-17 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading and responding!

8D

Date: 2011-01-17 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-orlean.livejournal.com
Stubborn woman...
But that's her character.
Nice how Andy response to that anyway.
Short, hot and sweet. Perfect. X3

Re: 8D

Date: 2011-01-17 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you!

And yes, Miranda is ridiculously stubborn. I'm not sure if that's the whole issue this time, though. But Andy definitely gets what's going on.

Date: 2011-01-17 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ficburd.livejournal.com
Short but sweet - loved it!

Date: 2011-01-17 10:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-01-17 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ikbenniethier.livejournal.com
Beautiful characterisation in a tiny scene, makes a great story

Date: 2011-01-17 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you very much. I'm really glad the characterization came through in a story this size.

Date: 2011-01-17 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vainscheinker.livejournal.com
The difference for me between excellence and mediocrity in writing is not wanting to miss a word or just going through it...In your case, I never want to miss a single word.

Date: 2011-01-17 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
What a wonderful compliment. Thank you very much.

Date: 2011-01-17 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amles80.livejournal.com
Oh, I like this very much! (I love short fics that are complete, I always use too many words myself so I appreciate well written short fics!)

Date: 2011-01-17 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you! I love writing longer pieces, too, but this piece started as a "comment fic," and I'm very happy that its size works for you.

Date: 2011-01-17 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a-lou-jaxon.livejournal.com
I quite enjoyed this little snippet! Thanks for sharing it.

Date: 2011-01-17 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading!

Date: 2011-01-17 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ragelikeafire.livejournal.com
Wonderful little fic!

You are a beautiful writer, seemingly effortless!

Hope to see you back with more sweet treats soon.

Rage out!

Date: 2011-01-17 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you so much. I'm really happy you liked it. I do hope to be back with more--how soon is yet to be determined, but I'm hoping it happens.

Date: 2011-01-17 11:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] la-fono.livejournal.com
Ah, lovely. This is, well, the word that comes to mind is "well-turned", like something really nicely made. And I know I've mentioned it before, but you do (tell?) such nice interiors.

And very true! (I now find myself wondering how an "oh, lunch!" might happen...)

Cheers for putting it up. :)

Date: 2011-01-19 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Eee, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I truly appreciate your kind feedback, as always, and I hope you're doing well!

Date: 2011-01-18 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xenavirgin.livejournal.com
SSSSSSSSIiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

:D :D How wonderfully, gently, lovingly, thoughtfully, REAL!

As ever, a true pleasure to be allowed to experience your talent.

XV

Date: 2011-01-19 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! "Real," huh? That means a LOT, and I am so grateful for your comment.

Date: 2011-02-21 04:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bargara-b.livejournal.com
Lovely, as always. What was most insightful was that this, in my mind, gently illustrated their difference in age. Being much closer to Miranda's age myself, I identified with the changes in ones body and libido as we age. Sex changes. Orgasms shift. Still it doesn't stop the wanting them. Asking for them is sometimes difficult because it can take longer and that can create a vulnerability that wasn't part of the more youthful experience. And perhaps I'm reading something into this that isn't even there but that would just be a credit to your ability to write so many layers into your stories long and short.
Do write more.

Date: 2011-02-27 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chainofclovers.livejournal.com
Thanks so much for this generous comment, and I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner. I did have age in mind when I wrote this scene, and--heh, being closer to Andy's age myself--I'm very glad to know that it felt right to you.

Date: 2011-05-22 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jah728.livejournal.com
Very nicely done.
Thanks for the read.

Date: 2011-06-16 05:01 am (UTC)
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