Tennis fic

Feb. 25th, 2013 02:36 pm
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Title: Over an End
Pairing: Andy Murray/Roger Federer
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: This is made up and done for the purpose of entertainment, not profit
Warnings: angry Roger (because that's a legit warning, right?), potential retirement talk
Summary: Andy and Roger in the aftermath of the Olympic final
A/N: This was just supposed to be Roger freaking out about wearing red at Wimbledon, but then it turned into a bit more too
Word count: 539

When Andy finally gets back to the locker room, he stands back by the door just watching Roger for a few minutes. He jumps when he sees Roger punch the wall and then rip his shirt off. He drops his bags to the floor and takes a step forward.

Roger stops when he hears Andy and glances back over his shoulder. He shakes his head.

“It’s wrong.”

“What is?”

“Red at Wimbledon.”

Andy smiles fondly. He wants to kiss Roger for how utterly adorable he sounded right there so he does. He strides across the locker room, takes Roger’s face in his hands and presses a soft kiss to Roger’s lips.

Roger frowns slightly when Andy pulls back, but then sighs lightly and leans in towards Andy.

Andy wraps his arms around Roger and holds him tightly.

“I think you look good in red.”

“That doesn’t count- you think I look good in anything.” Roger pulls away again and looks at Andy. “I could put my shirt back on, if you’d like.”

“I wouldn’t go that far. I think you ruined your shirt anyway.”

“I have spares.”

“Of course you do.” Andy gently strokes Roger’s cheek with his thumb. “Don’t bother, yeah?”

Roger smiles softly and leans in towards Andy again. He buries his head in Andy’s neck and mutters something a few minutes later.

“I didn’t get that.”

Roger turns his head to the other side.

“I said you deserved this.”

Andy smiles brightly.

“Thank you.” Andy is quiet for a few seconds. “I’m sor…”

“Don’t be.” Roger presses a kiss to Andy’s shoulder. “Never apologise for playing well, for winning, for being better, for…”

“For making you sad?”

Roger sighs lightly.

“It’s nice that you’d want to, but please don’t.” Roger closes his eyes. “I thought… Everyone misses out on one thing they really want, don’t they?”

“You’re not missing out- you just have to wait a bit longer.”

“No. Not this time. I’m too old to come back again.”

“Don’t say that. You’ll make it.”

“I think it’s time to leave it for you young ones.”

“No, you…”

Roger pulls back slightly and presses a kiss to Andy’s cheek.

“It’s one tournament in four years- you will still have plenty more opportunities to beat me.”

“I…” Andy looks down and frowns slightly. “I can’t beat everyone.”

“You just have.”

“Not when it really counts.”

“This counts, Andy, and even if you don’t think so you can still do it the rest of the time. Why do you not believe in yourself?”

“I’ve got you to do it for me.” Andy tries to laugh, but can’t quite manage it. “I don’t know.”

“You need to remember. When you get to the worst, remember today and what you can do.”

Andy looks down and tries to blink back the tears he can feel forming in his eyes.

Roger shifts a little closer to Andy and puts his hand on the back of Andy’s neck.

“Now, come on- they’re waiting for us and you have a very important prize to collect.”

“Yeah,” Andy mutters. He looks up at Roger and smiles as best he can. “You really are going to have to put on a shirt for this though.”

on 2013-02-26 10:34 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Oh wow I *love* this! I'm such a Roger/Andy fan and I love the way you have them here, being so sweet together through the heartache of having to compete. You get the rhythm of their speech really well - I love the banter - and the last line made me giggle *g* Scared!Andy and Pragmatic!Wise!Roger and their tenderness together - lovely! Thank you for writing this! I'm hoping so much that the summer of 2013 has as many Roger/Andy moments as the Epic that was 2012 *g*

on 2013-02-26 10:58 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Oh, thank you! The stuff towards the end wasn't really planned- it was just supposed to be about the red, but then they just kept going and demanding more so I had to give it to them. They definitely never made things difficult, though, and I like when they're easy to deal with like that.
Oh, definitely- it would be nice to have a summer/year full of such nice Andy/Roger moments again

on 2013-02-27 06:59 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I <3 this fic.
I remember our conversation ages ago about how Roger would not like wearing anything but white at Wimbledon, and I remember thinking it would be very funny; but you have made this so much more.

It is now a beautifully written, understated little gem which perfectly captures this scene between these two men. I love how Andy makes the first move, and I think you capture the 'voices' of these two quiet players really well.

I want to hug Roger very tight for thinking he's old and for maybe never an Olympic Gold (was it Rafa in Beijing?) I also want to hug Andy for not believing still.

You write all combinations of your tennis muses well. The relationships are all subtlety different, yet all still very natural. how are Novak and Andy?

on 2013-02-27 11:19 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
It wasn't supposed to be more, but when I startedit, I had to carry on through

After the Olympics, I think Andy would have been utterly full of confidence so he wouldn't have held back before he would have gone right for it all now

Yeah, Rafa won the singles gold in Beijing. Though Roger did win the doubles gold there so he has some Olympic success at least

I've actually got another Andy/Novak epic started, but it took a backseat for all my cycling epics


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