So I’m already a day late. So I officially start today XD
Decided to use this challenge to pump out some AussieStuck stuff. This is a first edit of the first chapter. Expect to see some random chapters or side stories from this AU as well.
AussieStuck is a HumanStuck AU by SlinkyCat and Deerishus
So far the summer has been brutal. It’s exactly like everyone imagine Australia to be; sweltering heat that leaves you burning scarlet just for standing near a window for more than a few minutes.
It was raining yesterday though. Very good Melbourne, keep up that consistent weather.
It’s a good thing their apartment is so sparse or it’d be worse. Clutter makes the heat worse in Eridan’s mind. He’s been listening to the radio all day every day for the last week, wracking up his phone bill with calls to the station. They’re giving away free tickets to Pyramid Rock and Eridan needs to go like burning.
He’d been saving to go since July, but his car had broken down in November and he was barely pulling enough together for rent and food and other expenses, let alone 300 dollar tickets to a music festival.
He knows that deadpan voice too well and he can’t help the little swell of his heart and the smile that pulls on his lips as he stands in front of the living room fan with his phone to his ear.
Dave saunters in all blonde hair and straining muscles, arms loaded down with groceries and uni gear.
Eridan waves a dismissive hand, hoping the other will take the hint and be quiet.
"You’re not gonna get through, Ampora. There’s thousands of people all over Australia trying to get those tickets."
The engaged tone sounds in his ear and Eridan groans in frustration, sinking into the couch and running a hand through his meticulously styled brown hair. He’s already had classes today, he doesn’t need to look pretty for Dave. Dave who’s seen him at his worst and stays; Dave who doesn’t criticise his photography or paintings; Dave who he may or may not have a thing for.
The blonde sniggers from somewhere in the kitchenette in their tiny apartment. “Told you.”
"Shut it, Dave." He turns the radio up once some dickhead who has no idea about real music wins his tickets. He needs to hear the songs that play so he can win the next round.
"I can hear you pouting from here. Get off your arse and come put shit away."
Eridan shoves himself from the hideous threadbare couch Dave’s brother had graced them with. It’s sick green with rotten yellow swirls and flowers. Eridan hates it, but Dave refuses to part with it. Calls it a victory. He moved out and got a free couch from his bro. Eridan just throws quilts and crocheted blankets over it in the hopes it looks less puke worthy.
In the kitchen Dave is on the counter pushing things around in the high cupboard in the hopes of fitting another cereal box in there.
"Why don’t you finish some of the cereal you already have?" Eridan grumbles, crouching down to pull out a few packets of meat for the freezer.
"Variety, Ampora. Fucking hell, can’t eat the same shit every day."
The brunette just groans and thumps his head against the freezer door. “It’s a waste.”
Dave snorts and tosses a can of red beans to Eridan and leaps off the counter with ease. "Whatever. Hungry now or later?" He’s already getting pans out so Eridan just shrugs and goes back to sitting by the radio. He will win these tickets.
They’re halfway through dinner when another chance to win comes up and Eridan pounces on his phone. Dave just manages to stop their plates hitting the floor while the brunette hammers the recall button with all his might and jamming the phone against his ear.
"Fucking hell, Ampora-"
Eridan jams his hand against Dave’s mouth and holds his breath.
He squeaks and goes wide eyed.
"Tripple J, please hold."
His heart is hammering in his chest.
"Hey there, could we get a name?"
"Okay." More hold music.
"Hey Eridan, mate, you ready to try for those VIP Pyramid Rock tickets?"
"Oh god yes, I’ve been trying since you started this comp!"
There’s laughter on the other end of the phone. "Alright, Eridan. Last 5 songs we played by Australian bands. Go!"
"Boys Like You, 360 and Gossling; Buttons, Sia; Heard It All, Illy; March On, N’fa Jones; and Heart’s A Mess by Gotye," he blurts in one breath. His teeth sink into his lip when he’s done and even Dave is looking attentive, head cocked slightly to one side and leaning towards him slightly.
"Congratulations Eridan you and a mate are going to Pyramid Rock! Two VIP tickets for all three days!"
Eridan shouts and throws his hands in the air, nearly losing the phone in the process. “I won! Oh fuckin’ shit yeah! I won!”
Dave finds himself with an armful of room mate who’s blathering like an idiot, but he can’t help the little smile. Eridan’s been dying for these tickets and he’s already said he’s taking Dave if he won. The blonde might have gone anyway, but everything is better with free.
While the brunette hangs on the line, Dave’s phone goes off twice. The first text is from his pseudo-sister.
Heard your boyfriend on the radio. Shall Kanaya and I be seeing you at the festival?
The second is from a mate of his who lives in Perth.
H34RD 3R1D4N ON TH3 R4D1O. PL34S3 T3LL M3 H3’S BR1NG1NG YOU. H3’LL B3 UNB34R4BL3 OTH3RW1S3!
"Oh fuck, Dave I won, I can’t believe I did it." Eridan clambers into his lap and hugs him around the neck, face pressing into his shoulder. He’s shaking.
"Dude, calm down before you do yourself damage."
"You’re coming with me right?"
Dave smirks. “Who else is gonna drive your sorry ass four hours to Phillip Island so you can go jizz over your indie bands?”
"I thought you liked them too?" he says with a pout.
The blonde snorts and gives Eridan’s rump a squeeze before pushing him off. “Yeah, yeah, no puppy eyes. I was intending to beat the other ticket out of you if you were gonna take someone else anyway.”
Eridan smiles and melts into the couch. “This is gonna be great.” His phone buzzes. “Fef’s going to be there! Dave, this is officially amazing.”
Dave replies to both texts with a confirmation. “You now it’s supposed to reach the high 30’s on New Years.”