Prompt 23 for @huxloween

Kylo’s only been with the circus for a few weeks, thanking whatever’s out there that he’d taught himself to throw knives.  The circus has been a safe haven after…

He shakes the ugly thoughts from his head, refocusing on the bright target in front of him.  Thunk.  Thunk.  Thunk.  The steady rhythm of knives thudding into the target is soothing for Kylo. Eventually, he’ll be aiming at a person ‘strapped’ to the board, but he understands that they want to make sure he’s consistently accurate first.  Someone comes up behind him, but they know enough to stay silent until Kylo’s finished.  

“Impressive,” a male voice mutters with a crisp British accent, not a performer Kylo’s yet encountered.  “I think I might actually trust that you won’t hit me.”

Kylo turns, instinctively looking down and surprised to find he doesn’t need to.  When he raises his view from the man’s collarbones, he meets amused green eyes.

“Hux,” the redhead offers his hand.

Wiping his suddenly sweaty palms on his pants, Kylo shakes Hux’s hand, long fingers slotting easily with his.  “Kylo.  I’m - uhh - new here.”

One coppery eyebrow raises in amusement.  “You don’t say.”  He quirks a small smile and relents.  “I’ve spent the last week and a half on vacation, since it’s the circus’ off season.  It’s going to take a bit of work to get all my flexibility back.”

For the first time, Kylo notices Hux is wearing a loose red tank and the tightest black leggings he’s ever seen.  “Flexibility?”  Kylo is floundering.

“I’m a contortionist.  I’ll be your target, once we get closer to performance.”  With a little half-bow, Hux turns and walks over to a mat set near Kylo’s target.

Kylo turns to go back to his throwing.  The first few knives slice perfectly into the target around the silhouette in the centre.  A flash of coppery hair to the left, and the next knife goes high and wide.  It only just hits the top edge of his target board.  Kylo’s too distracted to notice, his eyes fixed on the contortionist as he begins his warm-up.  Hux is already bent in half, arms extended past his feet and head touching his knees.  Mouth dry, Kylo should be practicing himself, but every time Hux shifts he’s newly distracted.  Rather than risk sending a knife flying off…

At some point, Kylo’s going to have to move his target so he can’t see Hux stretching.  For now, slow strides to pull the knives out allow him to watch the redhead.  He can’t believe how bendy Hux is.  The knives in his hand have an idea building in his mind that quickly decides it has a better home in his groin.

Fuck, he just wants to get Hux back to his trailer.  He’d kiss his lips swollen, bury his fingers in that copper hair and see if it’s as soft as it looks.  Toss Hux onto his mound of blankets and slice his clothes away without leaving a mark on that pale skin.  (Well, not unless Hux wants him to.)

Before he can embarrass himself by blurting any of that out to a man he’s just met, Kylo spins on his heel and bolts for the entrance.  He’ll have to finish practice later.  

ninom3000  asked:

Hi!! I started a blog today called OrbitingHumanCircusTranscripts where (surprise, surprise) I will be attempting to transcribe TOHCOTA episodes! I'd love it if you could get the word out because I've seen people asking about transcripts for that show! I've got the first one done, just have to reread and edit accordingly. Thank you and keep up the awesome work!!

Sure, there you go :) Good luck with the blog and have fun!


Can we talk about Julian on stage for a sec?

Because against his will, Cameron let Julian onto the stage with the cricket whose story he discovered. He could have easily taken the cricket and left Julian in the rafters again, but he let him on stage.
…did Leticia convince him?
You can tell our host is not happy about the janitor being on stage, and yet he let’s him. I want to know.
Because for a moment, Julian was able to be a part of the show like he always wanted.



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