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22 June 2009 @ 01:55 am
dark angel - Insticts 6/?  
Title: Instincts 6/?
Liv darkmagic_luvr
Fandom: Dark Angel
Characters: Max, Alec, Renfro, Joshua
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Spoilers through season two. AU through Designate This.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Dark Angel. Any characters you don’t recognize are original and should not be used without my permission.
Author’s Note: Written as part of my alphabet meme for jazmin22, the prompt was ‘instinct’. This couldn’t be contained in a one shot, so it’ll be multi-chaptered. First Dark Angel fic.
Summery: There was really only one way he could keep both their asses safe, he just didn't think she'd kiss him back.
part 1|part 2|part 3|part 4|part 5

Renfro rolled her eyes as 452 and ‘Project Joshua’ walked the halls of the basement, dodging behind doors whenever a guard walked by. Jesus, did they really think the entire facility was incompetent? That they didn’t have cameras and inferred sensors lining every hallway? Did 452 think that they were stupid? Renfro’s only insurance was that when (not if) 452 escaped she would eliminate Logan Cale and the threat of exposure, then 494 would bring her back in. He couldn’t not. They’d done experiments with the X-3’s before locking them up in the basement. Mate wars and heat were the product of the cat DNA in every X, too much cat in the X-3’s made them absolutely useless. Sure they seemed fine at first, stronger, faster, but torture them just a tinsy little bit and they went feral. Completely retreated into their animal instincts and after that there was no talking to them. 494 had claimed 452 as his mate, and the research clearly said he wasn’t going to give her up for another guy. Even the great Eyes Only blah blah woof woof.

494 would have to be debriefed on the mission, maybe even told that his mate was breaking out to be with another man. That way if the virus didn’t do the job, maybe 494 would.


Okay, so dog-boy could talk and he knew how to get out. Problem, one X7 in the forest. Lots of one. Limited verbage was Josh’s only setback but he got the point across. Only thing to do know was get Alec and book it home. Maybe Max’d introduce him to Sketchy and OC, they’d love him, hell Normal would love him. Despite the lack of money and having to physically work all day Jam Pony was almost like home. She couldn’t wait to just get back to Seattle and her baby and her friends and Crash.

And Logan. Right. Getting back to Logan.

Max shifted as she pulled the rest of her body through the hole in her wall, so lost in thought that she didn’t notice Alec sitting cross legged on her cot until he spoke up.

“Eyes Only is your boyfriend?”

“Jesus, Alec!” hissed Max, whipping her head around. “You scared the hell outta me!”

Alec just raised an eyebrow, well you should have been paying attention, and watched Max stand up, dusting off her fatigues. “Well?”

“Well, what?” snapped Max, giving him a look and placing her hands on her hips. He just looked at her blankly, his forearms resting on his knees casually.

“Eyes Only is your boyfriend,” he repeated, more of a statement than an accusation this time. Max shrugged, slightly miffed that he knew about Logan and hell, it wasn’t any of his business anyways!

“What do you care?” Alec shrugged, feigning casual as he glanced down at her shoes.

“Just wondering how your going to explain the permanent hickey on your neck to him.”

Well, shit.

“What are you doing here, Alec?” he shrugged again.

“Overheard the techs talking. They’re sending an X-5 to take out some guy named Cale. They figure he’s got contacts to Eyes Only-”

Max felt her insides disappear. Not Logan. Oh god, please not Logan-

“-and once they take care of Cale they’re going for the big guy.”

“Why?” Max heard herself ask weakly. Alec’s eyes flickered, but his voice didn’t change.

“He’s doing hacks about Manticore, someone upstairs wants him gone,” Alec shrugged again, his eyes darting up to catch hers. “I just thought you should know.”

Oh god, no. Please god no. Not when she was almost ready to escape. Not now.


“I can’t let them kill him,” she half whispered, dropping to the floor on her stomach and crawling back to the hole in her wall. The bed springs squeaked and Alec’s boots hit the concrete behind her. Max dropped the rest of the way into the basement and turned back to tell Alec to keep his mouth shut only to watch him follow her into the hole.

She gaped at him. “What are you doing?”

Alec frowned at her. “I thought you were taking my stupid ass with you when you broke out?”

“Oh.” Max blinked. “Right.”

Alec waved his hand out, gesturing for her to continue on and she rolled her eyes at him, turning on her heel and retracing her steps until she found the spot Joshua had taken her. Dog-man looked up at her as she and Alec moved closer, his head cocking to the side in confusion.

“Holy crap!” muttered Alec and Max whacked him in the stomach for such a comment about her new friend.

“Shut up, Alec.”

“Cat,” said Joshua, listing his head slightly to sniff the air. “Cat in your cocktail.”

“He’s a giant dog man,” said Alec dryly.

“Shut up, Alec. His name is Joshua.”

“Little Fella back soon,” said Joshua, ignoring the way Alec’s face twisted in a grimace. “You not blazing?”

“Change of plans, Big Fella,” said Max, sounding all mother hen like. She moved forward with a shrug before glancing over at Alec. “Joshua, this is Alec. Alec’s gonna come Outside with me.”

“Alec,” repeated Joshua. He looked from Max to Alec and back again. “Alec, Max’s mate. Alec and Max going Outside. That‘s the plan.”

“What can I say? I’m irresistible,” said Alec with a slow smirk, shoving his hands into the pockets of his pants. He gave Joshua a more thorough glance over and nodded. “Dig your teeth man.”

Joshua nodded back and turned to Max who was moving boxes down to reveal a window, complete with metal bars. She turned to Joshua.

“Hey, Big Fella, you think you could give us a hand with this?” Alec stared skeptically as Joshua ‘woofed’ in affirmation, gripping the bars with both hands and with a couple jerks, tearing the bars clean out of the concrete wall.

“Dog-Boy’s got skills,” muttered Alec, moving closer to inspect the damage. Joshua thumped himself on the chest proudly.

“Joshua first. Special.” Alec tried not to look to freaked out.

“Sure you are, buddy.”

“C’mon, Alec,” snapped Max, reaching out and jerking him forward by the collar of his t-shirt.

“Joshua Outside too?” asked Joshua. Alec coughed uncomfortably behind his hand. Max looked pained.

“Joshua, we went over this-”

“Joshua different,” said Dog-boy, hanging his head slightly. “People Outside, afraid of different.”

“We’ll come back for you, Big Fella, I promise.” Joshua nodded, shuffling his feet on the concrete, his head turning up to look at the ceiling.

“Joshua stay down here then. In the basement.”

“Not forever,” said Max, pulling Joshua into a hug. Joshua nodded and pulled away. He gave Alec an awkward wave goodbye.

“Max and Alec come back for Joshua. That’s the plan?”

“That’s the plan,” said Alec, too enthusiastic and still kind of freaked out. “Maxie, let’s go.”

“Don’t call me Maxie,” growled Max, climbing up next to Alec and glancing out the window. She watched for the X7’s in the forest and pointed them out to Alec who shrugged.

“We outrank them,” he said as explanation. “Let’s go.”

Joshua watched the two X5’s race across the yard, a low whine escaping his throat as his two friends left for Outside. Hoping that Little Fella would keep her promise and come back so he could go Outside too.


“Director Renfro. The X7’s guarding the perimeter have just relayed to us that X5-494 and X5-452 have scaled the fence.”

Renfro smirked, listening to the report and watching 452 and 494 escape on the monitor in front of her. They were gracefully, cat-like and well-trained. The perfect soldiers they never wanted to be.


part 6|part 7|part 8
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maxandalec_recsmaxandalec_recs on June 22nd, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I love your version on Designate This (it's much more fun than the actual episode) :D
death_of_dreams: Dark Angel: Max/Alecdeath_of_dreams on June 22nd, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I love this fic, it's hot and sexy and funny and all around awesome. ^^
sani: DA: Max:Justagirlsanaazzy on July 7th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
brilliant fic I hope you update soon