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Four - Saving the Vorwuls since 3289
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turps33
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Four
Title: Four
Rating: PG
Fandom: Bandom - My Chemical Romance
Pairing: Gen. Mikey Way and Gerard Way
Word Count 1000
Summary: Mikey's changed forms again.
Notes: Written for picfor1000. Thank you to [personal profile] sperrywink and themoononastick for beta reading.


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When Mikey changes forms it’s never a shock.

In fact, suddenly having a dog for a brother is a nice change in routine. Or a hamster-brother. Even the sister-brother was okay. A few days with Mikey milling around Gerard’s feet or taking up space in his pocket or heading off to the bathroom to ‘explore’ and things go back to normal. It’s how it’s always been.

Until the time it doesn’t feel normal anymore. When one morning Mikey pulls back the curtain of Gerard’s bunk and says, “It’s happened again.”

At least Gerard thinks that it’s Mikey. It sounds like him -- if Gerard goes back in time and matches the voice to stored memories of skinned knees, sticky fingers and a gap-toothed smile.

“Mikey?” Gerard asks, and when he pries open his eyes all he sees are two tiny hands clutched over the side of the bunk. “The fuck?”

“I’m a kid,” Mikey says, the hands disappearing. “A fucking kid.”

“Language.” It’s an automatic response and Gerard’s horrified at himself as he rolls over in his bunk, peering over the side at Mikey. Because, seriously, he’s channelling their mom.

Except, this Mikey is tiny. His hair ruffled up in unruly spikes, and his feet bare, a ragged robot band-aid wrapped around one of his toes. Mikey’s also staring at Gerard, and the soft roundness of his face does little to disguise his unimpressed look. “Remember when you tried to feed me kibble when I was a dog?”

Gerard rubs at his wrist, says slowly, “Yeah.”

“Good.” A last look and Mikey turns and heads toward the kitchenette, the hem of the t-shirt he was wearing last night trailing on the floor behind him. “You need to make me a coffee, I can’t reach the fucking machine.”

Concerned, Gerard pulls on his pants, and rolls out of his bunk, hitting the floor with a thud. “I don’t think caffeine’s good for kids. Maybe....”

“I’m the size of my bass, have hands like a howler monkey and couldn’t reach the toilet to piss this morning,” Mikey says, and he crosses his arms over the gaping neckline of his t-shirt as he stares up at Gerard. “I need coffee.”

“That doesn’t make sense, you’ve a different body,” Gerard points out and crouches so they’re at the same height. “This one isn’t addicted.”

“My brain’s the same,” Mikey says. “And that’s addicted.”

Gerard shakes his head, because even if this is Mikey, it’s Mikey in a tiny, easily damaged package. Adding caffeine isn’t even an option. “No coffee.”

Mikey’s eyes are wide and watery, his bottom lips quivering as he says, “But I want it.”

Which is playing unfair, and no way is Gerard giving in to such blatant manipulation. To prove that he looks away, seeking distraction. “You can have milk instead.”

“I hate milk,” Mikey says, any trace of tears erased as he stalks to the counter and jumps, his knees hitting the cupboard door and his fingertips sliding over the worktop. “I’ll get it myself.”

Gerard gasps, and scoops up Mikey, holding him at arms length. “Are you fucking crazy? Do you want to be in hospital with first degree burns?”

Mikey remains rigid, glaring at Gerard, “I want my own body back.”

Gerard sets Mikey down, well away from the temptations of coffee. “You’ll get it. In a few days.”

“And until then?” Mikey asks, and boosts himself up onto the couch. With his knees tucked up close to his body, he frowns, and says, “I can’t be seen like this.”

“We can tell people you’re sick,” Gerard suggests, because Mikey’s right, unlike previous times when Frank gained an inexplicably skinny dog or when Gerard had to arrange emergency hamster housing, a kid can’t be seen on tour. Unless, “Or I could say that you’re mine.”

Mikey rolls his eyes, which is just weird under baby-fine brows. “Because you suddenly gaining a kid is better than people knowing I’m some kind of freak.”

“You’re not a freak,” Gerard says instantly, that’s something he’ll never allow to be said about Mikey, even if it is self-applied.

“A mutant then,” Mikey says with a shrug.

“That works.” It’s a distinction Gerard’s okay with, especially when mutants are always so awesome. Even though, yeah, this is the strangest change yet -- because while seeing a cat with Mikey’s eyes or a dog with awkward knees is surreal, this is a Mikey Gerard knows, and right now it’s making him feel too big. Like he should be holding a juice box or lying on his belly in front of the TV and not debating yet another speech about body acceptance.

Gerard sits and hunches over, his hands tucked against his lap as he says, “You could be a cousin twice removed on mom’s side. We could say we’re taking you on tour to experience life.”

Mikey looks from Gerard’s hands up to his face, says slowly, “Or I could hide on the bus until I change back.”

It’s a simple plan, but Gerard has to concede it’s the best option. He sighs, says, “I’ll call Brian.”

“Then you can go buy me some clothes,” Mikey says, plucking at his t-shirt. “I feel like I’m wearing a dress.”

“You looked better in a dress,” Gerard says simply, and starts to stand, freezing when Mikey grabs hold of his hand.

“Not yet.” Mikey’s got his fingers wrapped around Gerard’s thumb, holding on tight as he says, “What time is it?”

Concerned at this unusual development, Gerard says, “You don’t know how to tell the time?”

“I’m not stupid.” Mikey wiggles to the edge of the couch and drops to the floor, looks up and stares significantly at Gerard. “It’s almost three. Cartoon time.”

Understanding hitting, Gerard takes two slow steps forward, Mikey holding on until they both kneel, and then lie on the floor. Side-by-by side, Mikey’s feet in the air and chin resting on his joined hands.

Gerard grins and turns on the TV.

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Comments
kopperblaze From: kopperblaze Date: February 25th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
i have such heart eyes for this, omg! i can't even......i'll let my gerard icon do the rest. because....SUCH HEART EYES!!!!!!
turps33 From: turps33 Date: February 25th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

Now that I've posted the annual insane Way fic it feels that the writing year has officially began.
greedy_dancer From: greedy_dancer Date: February 25th, 2011 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwwww! This is too cute! Tiny!Mikey is melting my heart right now! *chinhands*
turps33 From: turps33 Date: February 25th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Androids, mermen, now de-aged Mikey. This challenge always makes for weird stories *g*

Thank you!
lobsterclaaaws From: lobsterclaaaws Date: February 28th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
. . . mermen? What!? WHERE!? *grabbyhandsgrabbyhandsgrabbyhaaaaands*
turps33 From: turps33 Date: February 28th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here.

But be warned, like most of my picfor1000 stories it tends toward the weird *g*
lobsterclaaaws From: lobsterclaaaws Date: February 28th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Weird is my very favorite thing! *clicks eagerly*
inlovewithnight From: inlovewithnight Date: February 25th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my God that is so SWEET. ::loves::
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 9th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked. Thank you!
romanticalgirl From: romanticalgirl Date: February 25th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. ♥ Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaays.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 9th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
They are the best and most awesome!
x_dark_siren_x From: x_dark_siren_x Date: February 25th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brothers. ♥____♥ Have I mentioned at any point how much I love how you write them like that? Because I really, really do. (And I especially love this part - this is a Mikey Gerard knows, and right now it’s making him feel too big. Like he should be holding a juice box or lying on his belly in front of the TV and not debating yet another speech about body acceptance. - though I'm struggling to explain why, because I'm kind of hopped up on cold meds and cough sweeties and stuff. :S)
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 9th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have I mentioned at any point how much I love how you write them like that?

Your comments make me so happy ♥

I'm glad that you enjoyed, and like the way that I write them.

Also, I hope your cold is gone by now.
t_vo0810 From: t_vo0810 Date: February 25th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
too adorable for words. i love this one so much. and the mere vision of the way bros on their tummies watching cartoons with their bare feet in the air and their chins on their hands made me melt into a puddle of awwwwwwwwww.

wonderful job with this. i really enjoyed this beyond measure.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 4th, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

I love the mental image of the Way bros watching cartoons, something I'm sure they do when adults too.
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turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 3rd, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Suddenly finding yourself in a tiny body must suck, even if you have experience of changing before. Of course Gerard isn't helping with his coffee denial!

I'm glad you liked, but I'm sorry you had a bad day ♥
themoononastick From: themoononastick Date: February 25th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tiny, cranky Mikeyway is so my favourite ♥
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 3rd, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
He is very annoyed!

toucanpie From: toucanpie Date: February 25th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god, I have giant GIANT heart eyes right now. This is the best thing ever. TINY MIKEY. I love the mentions of the other times and how Gerard just takes it in his stride and secures hamster housing if necessary (♥♥) and how determined he is to look out for Mikey (ahahaha, denying him coffee, love it). Please be writing the Way brothers always <3
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 3rd, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know that Gerard was off researching the best hamster housing ever when hamster-Mikey was on the scene. No small cage would do for his little brother!

But denying Mikey coffee is just mean *g*

Thank you :)
delphinapterus From: delphinapterus Date: February 26th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
This is really lovely. I like how Gerard gets thrown off by Mikey being little instead of a dog, or a hamster, or something equally unMikey. He knows little Mikey and that seems to put him off balance because it's different dealing with a version of Mikey he's grown up with as opposed to dog!Mikey because versions like that aren't who he grew up with (does that make sense?).

“I’m the size of my bass, have hands like a howler monkey and couldn’t reach the toilet to piss this morning,” Mikey says, and he crosses his arms over the gaping neckline of his t-shirt as he stares up at Gerard. “I need coffee.” I really loves this line because it's so grumpy and it makes sense and it really points out that Mikey is has his current/adult mind but he's trapped as wee Mikey.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 3rd, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
He knows little Mikey and that seems to put him off balance because it's different dealing with a version of Mikey he's grown up with as opposed to dog!Mikey because versions like that aren't who he grew up with (does that make sense?).

Yep! That's it exactly.

All the times Mikey changes Gerard just roles with it, because while he's aware that it's Mikey it's not a Mikey he's ever seen before, so he can compartmentalise to an extent. Which he really can't do in this case.

It must be horrible to be trapped as kid with an adult mind. I was thinking about how to write this and at first it was going to be a full on age reversal, with his mind as well. But I preferred him being aware. And yeah, Mikey is very grumpy just then.
radioaches From: radioaches Date: February 26th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the most adorable thing ever! ♥_____♥
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 1st, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gerard loves Mikey always!

Thank you ♥
saba1789 From: saba1789 Date: February 26th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
You had me at hamster-brother OMG! :D I loved this, Terri, you give such good Way brothers! Thanks for writing and sharing this! <3
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 1st, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
One of the things popslash taught me is that hamster-brothers can happen.

Thank you!
ina_pok From: ina_pok Date: February 27th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
awwwwww ♥
Of course, it's almost three... cartoon time :-)
Gah, so adorable!!!
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 1st, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure Mikey and Gerard watched cartoons together well past childhood. Heck, they probably have a date to do so now :)

Thank you!
lobsterclaaaws From: lobsterclaaaws Date: February 28th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was adorable, seriously. I love that the fact that Mikey just randomly changes form is totally natural and just happens, no rhyme, reason, or worry. So awesome :)
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 1st, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well you know, if anyone would randomly change form it would be Mikeyway.

Thank you!
lobsterclaaaws From: lobsterclaaaws Date: March 1st, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's true. Or Frank! . . . or both.

I've been on a super Frank/Mikey kick lately, don't mind me.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 3rd, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't worry about that. I'm always on a Mikey/Frank kick :D
lobsterclaaaws From: lobsterclaaaws Date: March 3rd, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man, a friend of mine has been asking for writing prompts, so I asked her for a Frank/Mikey (with SEX, sex is a must), but she's totally a Frank/Gerard girl and she says she doesn't know if she can write Mikey . . . I'm all YES YOU CAN FOR YOU ARE AWESOME AND SO IS HE. *writhes* I want iiiiit.
crowgirl13 From: crowgirl13 Date: March 2nd, 2011 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
*gleefaces*

You winning streak of awesome weird Way brother fic continues! This is simply lovely and an excellent use of the prompt. Your deft take on on Way Unit dynamics remains top-notch. Terri, this is just delightful.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 3rd, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee. Thank you!

This annual walk into the weird is always fun, especially as I can indulge in my love of the Way relationship.

I'm glad you liked \o/
arsenicjade From: arsenicjade Date: March 2nd, 2011 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
UM. THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER. *snort* Frank would NEVER have a skinny dog, are you kidding? UGH MIKEY. MIIIIIIIKEY.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 2nd, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
My popslash years have taught me well *g*

The thought of Frank having a skinny dog is all wrong! And yet, I'm sure he'd take Mikey-dog on long walks and then snuggle in to him and watch TV at night.
arsenicjade From: arsenicjade Date: March 3rd, 2011 05:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Certainly he would. He would probably try to feed him a alot, tho, too, let's face it.
auctorial From: auctorial Date: March 3rd, 2011 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god, this is so adorable. Cartoons! <3
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 3rd, 2011 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know they'd watch cartoons together.

Thank you!
isweedan From: isweedan Date: March 5th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh WAYBROS. Your LIVES. Seriously. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 9th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
If anyone would change forms it would be one of the Way bros!

gala_apples From: gala_apples Date: March 6th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
You wrote the coffee bit! *high fives* This was adorable and awesome, and best of all I didn't have to write it! Mikey trying to scale the cabinets was the best bit. Of course Mikeyway doesn't take no for an answer.
turps33 From: turps33 Date: March 9th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had to include the coffee bit!

Mikey is determined when he wants his coffee. Being tiny means nothing to him!

Thank you ♥
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