tough to be tender
aka the sugar pine 7 gta au i wrote at like four in the morning and haven’t edited
pairing: can be taken as steven/james/cib
rating: m for semi-graphic violence
content: darker timeline, cib conducts interrogation torture on a random dude, cib is a Scarily Competent Buffoon, you better believe i abuse the hell out of the are you a good listener line, canon-typical amounts of vaping, cib alludes to recreational drug use
Cib tilts his head in some pastiche of curiosity. “Are you a good listener?” he murmurs, smiling faintly. It doesn’t reach his eyes.
Steven watches the guy sneer, watches him open his mouth and have to spit blood before he can respond. “What, motherfucker?”
The leather of Cib’s glove creaks as he tightens his one-handed grip on the bat, lets the nail-riddled head swing gently just inches from the floor. To the untrained eye, his body language almost looks relaxed, and he takes a couple of lazy steps forward.
Then his voice goes hard. “Are you a good listener,” he says again, and then, mockingly, “motherfucker.”