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Birthday Fic: Come to My Senses, 1/1

Title: Come to My Senses
Author: htbthomas
Fandom: Spider-Man 3
Rating: PG
Word Count: 596 words
Betas: mark_clark and van_el
Summary: “Harry Osborn’s senses only register in some distant part of his mind, the part that can still objectively notice the world around him. A part of him which has long since been buried by pain, anger, betrayal… and watered with drugs, alcohol and his father’s blood.”
Author's Notes: A birthday fic for jadeblood, who asked for Scarred!Alive!Harry Osborn.

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A flash of streetlights.

The whipping of a flag on the side of a building.

The fleeting darkness of a low pass through an alley.

Police searchlights above a crowded street.

Harry Osborn’s senses only register in some distant part of his mind, the part that can still objectively notice the world around him. A part of him which has long since been buried by pain, anger, betrayal… and watered with drugs, alcohol and his father’s blood.

But a strange sort of flower has been blooming in that fertile ground now. Harry feels a tendril of hope – hope that there is one last chance.

The blaring of horns in traffic far below.

Wind whistling past the edges of his face mask.

The whine of the motor at his feet.

A distant booming which is somehow also directly ahead.

Harry knows that these sounds are all around him, but his focus is not on them. But they serve to remind him that time may be running out. And one other sound, one only he can hear. The voice of Peter, pleading with him, “I need your help, Harry.”

The dull ache from the side of his face, of muscles forever ruined.

Cold, which cuts through the fabric of his costume, dueling with the fire which burns through his veins.

A sense of vertigo as he swoops downward toward the cacophony, only blocks away now.

The impressions from his senses are coming more quickly now, and Harry embraces them, letting the rush of his mission coalesce them into pure purpose. He can taste the dust in the air, even behind the mask. He smells the acrid scent of battle, the enhancement formula seizing on it, making his blood pound more strongly than ever, more strongly than it had been whilst fighting Peter that terrible night.

And then he is there at the construction site. He glides to a stop, out of sight, not that anyone’s attention is anywhere but on the webslinger, the man made of sand and the red-haired girl suspended in the grotesque, black webbing.

Peter is badly outmatched. Anyone can see this – it doesn’t take a set of enhanced senses to perceive.

Harry hovers for a long moment, surveying the scene before him with an almost preternatural calm. His eye, in that moment, catches his reflection in the mirrored glass of the skyscraper beside him. He turns his head to face the window. The Sky Stick glows iridescent green at his feet, and reflects eerily against his black clothing.

He lets the face plate recede, showing his scarred face clearly in the glass. Only hours before he had regarded this visage with disgust and burning rage, one more reason to destroy Peter Parker and everything he stood for…

And now he sees it with new eyes. He feels as if his entire purpose for living has been transformed. No longer is he a puppet of his deranged father, still able to pull the strings of his son’s sanity. He can use this gift not for destruction, but for salvation. Others’ salvation… and his own.

Harry sees the form of the Sandman raising a massive fist to bludgeon Spider-Man into oblivion, and in an instant, he is diving, the rush of blood and his own triumphant laughter in his ears. He hears the whine of the bomb launching from his outstretched hand, feels and sees the answering flash of heat and light. The shock and relief of the crowd washes across all five senses, but he is focused on one single thought.

“Dad, this one’s for you.”

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Comments

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lastwordslinger
Feb. 10th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
This is positively squeeful on so many levels! Harry accepting his scars and fighting for the side of good with his father in mind in particular. Thank you, dear! This was a lovely present! *hugs*
htbthomas
Feb. 10th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yay! I wasn't sure which direction to focus the story, so I'm really glad you liked it! Happy Birthday!
stormkpr
Feb. 11th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
And now he sees it with new eyes. He feels as if his entire purpose for living has been transformed. No longer is he a puppet of his deranged father, still able to pull the strings of his son’s sanity. He can use this gift not for destruction, but for salvation. Others’ salvation… and his own.

Gorgeous. I love your writing style. You give us a good look inside Harry's mind and everything he's been through.

P.S. - I like your icon. Do you icon-share and can I use it?
htbthomas
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I don't usually write in present tense, but action sequences seem to call for it sometimes. And I was really pleased with the effect!

Sure, take the icon! belltatrix made it -- she does wonderful work. :)
taro_twist
Feb. 11th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Ohh, this was great, Barb! I finally finally got to watch SM3 over the holidays--augh, Harry's storyline broke my heart, but this brings out what was really great about it.

I love that he finally finds his salvation, and that he's still fighting for his father here. And your descriptions were so wonderfully vivid! I almost felt like I was flying along with him.

Wonderful ficlet! *beams*
htbthomas
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
Right, wasn't that so, so heartbreaking? Even though his death was inevitable (canon and all, whatever Marvel is trying to push with Brand New Day, and... oh, oops! Sorry, got all rant-y) I really enjoyed the character arc in the film. It was really the best part of the whole trilogy. And when a Peter/MJ shipper says that... :D

Thanks about the descriptions! I think focusing on his senses made it easier to show.
professorjulia
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
How lovely and sad! I always felt bad for Harry, even when he was being a big fat jerk.
htbthomas
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
I think it's impossible not to feel for him. He's so broken, and all because of the machinations of the people around him... *sniff*

Thanks for the review!
excellencynv
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Loved it!
htbthomas
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! Lovely icon, too. ♥
ham_01
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
Wow... excellent drabble. I wondered what went through Harry's mind after Peter left for the battle and I think you've pretty much nailed it.
htbthomas
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! Harry is one of the characters that I tended to focus on in my earlier fanfic in the SM movieverse -- even while shipping Peter/MJ. He's such a classic tragic figure.
empressaurelius
Feb. 11th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Aaaaw, Henry. *Holds him close*
htbthomas
Feb. 11th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Poor, poor Harry. *hugs him with you*
empressaurelius
Feb. 11th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
Oh my God, WHY did I say Henry? I am so....all over the place tonight, but really, I'm ashamed of myself. *Facepalms*
htbthomas
Feb. 11th, 2008 05:33 am (UTC)
I just figured it for a little slip. No worries. *more hugs for you*
fairfax_verde
Feb. 11th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh Barb, this was heartbreaking and lovely! What a nice surprise to read on a Monday morning. Oh my poor, poor Harry.
htbthomas
Feb. 11th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you! I thought you might enjoy this one. Glad it could brighten your day. :)
jenn_1
Feb. 17th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Aw, I don't want to start crying (sniff)

And you want to bet anything I'll get a plot bunny off of this? And you know how much I love Harry don't you... the angst and I haven't written anything on him in nearly a year at that either....

Anyway... You did a good job on this. I like, though I have a feeling in your mind still canon though for what happens next.
htbthomas
Feb. 17th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Well, considering you get plot bunnies from everything... ;)

I'm not telling here what I think happens next... but you know me pretty well. :D
jessicaaa808
Feb. 17th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC)
i love it! you're a natural. i love your icon, btw.
htbthomas
Feb. 17th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! I really do enjoy writing Harry, he's a very interesting character!

I'm not sure how much you would enjoy my general LJ entries - there's an awful lot of Superman-related stuff as well as Spidey! Not much James Franco in sight, except for a small bit of fanfiction. :)

But thanks for friending. :)
jessicaaa808
Feb. 17th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
it okay. i love spiderman. not much of a superman fan though, but i like to watch smallville.
=D
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