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Summary - Modern day AU/AU. Jack is a fashion stylist and meets Ennis one night in a club.

Length - c1,200 words. Part 5 of around 7 or so...
Feedback - yes please!
Big smooches to the lovely [ profile] sandscrit for the beta. I love reading your comments on the story!

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From Russia With Love

Jack is in Starbucks and has just spotted Anja, Ennis' friend and fellow model...

Part 5

Jack gulped down his large mouthful of too hot coffee and stood up quickly. “Anja!” he called.

Anja spun around and saw Jack waving at her. “Jack!” she exclaimed happily. “You wait for me?”

“Sure,” Jack nodded.

Anja collected her drink, a pink frothy thing, and moved to sit with Jack.

“What the hell is that?” Jack asked, pointing at her cup.

Anja smiled and sucked on her drink with relish. “Strawberreez and cream.”

“Does it even have any coffee in it?”

Anja shrugged and settled into the chair, crossing her long legs elegantly. “So Jack. How are you?”

“Ok.” Jack said. “You?”

“I am good. Thank you.”

“You’re here for Fashion Week, right?”

“Yes, a few of us are here,” Anja said.

“Cool. Where are you staying?”

Anja waved her hand and made a dismissive sound.“I do not know the name, some place near Times Square.”

Jack loved how she said “square.” It sounded more like ‘sk-vair’. He’d put money on Ennis having a sexy accent too—not that he could remember much. They’d hardly spoken and the music in the club had been way too loud.

“So… er… how many of your friends came too? Guy and girls?”

Anja narrowed her eyes and looked at Jack over her drink. “You mean Ennis, yes?”

Jack’s heart jumped as she said his name. “Ennis? Why do you say that?”

Anja leaned forward and put her hand on his knee. “Jack, I saw you dancing with him in Moscow. After you said you did not want to dance with me. I think everyone saw. You were not really dancing, more… ah... ” Her English failed at this point and Anja simply rolled her hips back and forth.

Oh hell, Jack wanted to hide under the sofa.

Anja looked at him through her lashes. “I also saw you are his friend on Facebook. You like him, yes?”

“I… yeah, yeah I like him. But I don’t know him, I just wondered…”

“If he is here?”

“Uh huh.”

Anja just smiled and sucked at her drink again.

Jack felt like grabbing it from her hands and dumping it all over her perfect, shiny head. “Anja!”

“Ok, ok.” She waved her hand again and sighed, “yes, he is here.”

Jack inhaled sharply. Ennis. Here in New York. He really, really hoped Ennis wanted to meet up again. “Do you have his number?”


“Can I have it?”



Anja shook her head. “I cannot. He is very private person. It is not my number to give.”

“But… fuck… shit… ok, here, can you give him mine?” Jack hastily grabbed a pen from his backpack and scribbled his number on a napkin. “You can do that, can’t you?”

Anja took the crumpled napkin between finger and thumb and looked at it suspiciously. “Yes I can do that.”

“Thank you.” Jack relaxed in relief.

Anja carefully folded the napkin into her leather hobo bag and stood up. “I must go, Jack. I have work soon.”

“Sure.” Jack stood up too and reached his arms out to give her a hug.

Anja responded cautiously and patted his back. “We all go to a club tomorrow night, maybe.” She said. “You would like to come too?”

Jack smiled and squeezed Anja so tight that she squeaked. “Tomorrow? Yeah, I’d like that. A lot.”

“I will send you the address.”


Anja gave him a quick wave and disappeared out of the coffee shop and into the crowds.

Jack’s heart felt so much lighter than it had an hour ago. He grabbed his cell phone and checked that it had a good signal – and enough battery. Of course Ennis wouldn’t be getting in touch yet, but he had to make sure he was prepared. His computer had already let him down and he wouldn’t put it past his shitty old cell phone to die on him as well. An idea formed in his mind. He gulped down the rest of his coffee and left quickly, heading towards the Apple store on West 14th Street. He should have done this ages ago. It was time to get a new phone – one with internet access – and Facebook.


After a while all clubs looked the same. New York, Paris, Moscow. Once the lights go down, the drink starts flowing and the music gets pumping, you really could be anywhere in the world. Jack paid the cover charge and pushed his way through the crowd of sweaty bodies to squeeze himself into a spot by the bar. He ran his hands quickly across his ass to check that his new iPhone was still in the pocket – not that he was too worried, the jeans he had on were like a second skin and nothing could get extracted without some serious rummaging. He checked his reflection in the mirror behind the bar, fearing he may have gone overboard with the hair gel, but his dark hair looked spiked to perfection and he was happy that he looked good. He just hoped he looked good enough.

Jack had arranged to meet Anja at the bar at 11pm. She had a reputation for being late, so Jack hadn’t turned up until 11:30pm. No point in hanging around like a spare part. He swept his eyes over the crowd but didn’t see anyone he knew.

He had just caught the attention of the bartender when he felt a hand on his shoulder. He spun around quickly to see Anja looking ravishing, her slim body poured into a glittering black tube dress.

“Jack!” She exclaimed and did the European thing where she kissed him on both cheeks. “You are late.”

Jack’s eyes darted around behind her as she greeted him, hoping to see a certain dark eyed blond. But nothing. “Anja. You look ravishing, as always.”

Anja ran a finger down his cheek, probably rubbing off some of her lipgloss. “You too, Jack. Why are you not a model? You are so beautiful.”

Jack laughed and turned back to where the bartender was waiting. “Can I get you a drink?” He asked her.

“No.” Anja shook her head, leaning in so she could be heard over the music. “I have one. Over there.” She gestured across the room. “Come. We have champagne for everyone. There is someone who wants to see you.”

Jack felt his stomach lurch. He dismissed the bartender with a nod and followed Anja across the room to a seating area. There were several people lounging around on black vinyl sofas, drinking, posing and talking. A couple of the models waved at him as Anja grabbed a glass of champagne and thrust it into Jack’s hands. Jack took a distracted sip, his eyes roaming the faces, hoping, wanting.

“Where is he?” Anja spun around, clearly puzzled. She said something in Russian to one of the other girls, who pointed a finger in the direction of the bathrooms.

Anja replied and the two girls had a brief conversation, giggling over something. Jack felt awkward and shifted from foot to foot as he drank his champagne, trying to ignore the urge to look over his shoulder every five seconds.

Anja’s eyes flicked back to him and she smiled, a split second before he felt another hand on his shoulder. A firm heavy hand.

Jack spun around and found himself an inch away from the man he had been dreaming about for weeks.



Date: 2012-03-08 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh no you can't stop here!!!! You're mean lady, mean!

Thanks (I think).



Date: 2012-03-08 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry Jules :) No really, I am!! Heheh...

Part 6 is done so I hope it is worth the wait - for us as well as the boys!

Anna x

Date: 2012-03-08 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They got there eventually!!
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-08 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Now then...where's the bedroom? ;)

Date: 2012-03-08 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree with Jul! You are mean. And bad! And cruel!

PS: Europeans kiss both cheeks? I didn't know. Americans kiss only once? (I know though that Russians and Serbians kiss three times...just saying)

Date: 2012-03-08 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, I know. I'm sorry but everyone needs a little anticipation, right??!

Re. Kissing. Yes europeans do kiss on two cheeks - I didn't think it was an American thing? You've caught me out on the Russians and Serbians as I know some DO kiss three times - dang it!! Oh well, perhaps Anja is demonstrating her more widely... uh... experienced European side? Who knows :)

Thanks for reading!
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-09 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
French kiss three times too.


Date: 2012-03-08 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well...shit...that's just cruel, leaving us (and them) there...but the build up was delicious and I swear my heart was thumping like Jack's, waiting for Ennis to return! I only hope they get to go somewhere a little more private now that they're together'll do that for them, at least, right?

Thanks for the update *hugs*

Date: 2012-03-08 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh I'm sure I can arrange for the boys to have a little private time - Ennis has already scoped out the bathrooms so it would seem!
Sorry for being so cruel, mwah hah hah...
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-08 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You stop here? You want to kill me, don't you?! LOL
Another great chapter, I loved it.
I didn't like this Part 5 of around 7 . I want more parts; as usual your stories are addictive.

Thanks so much for your writing.

A big hug

Date: 2012-03-08 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much, Roby! I wish I could commit to writing a longer story, but life is so busy that I don't feel comfortable starting an epic, not yet anyway. At least if I start a short story (10k words or less) it's less daunting and I have a pretty good idea that i'll finish it! Can't leave you all hanging!!
Hugs back!
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-08 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm gasping like everyone else about where you stopped this chapter!

I LOVE Anja; you have her Russian-English down pat.

Looking forward to the next chapter in which we better be finding out that Ennis is wanting Jack just as much as Jack wants him.


Date: 2012-03-08 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Susan! Yeah, the next chapter is pretty much the climax of the boys reuniting. I hope it is worth the wait - for all concerned!!
I like Anja too - she has kind of grown on me!
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-08 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh this chapter was fun - for the most part. I'll explain that later.

I like Anja. She doesn't beat around the bush. She knew what Jack wanted...LOL!! And you just know Ennis' accent is warm and deep just dripping in sexy honey. A soft, seductive growl that just leaves your knees all weak. Oh I just know Jack is gonna die...he just is...when he hears that voice yet again. LMAO.

Awww Jacky. His heart is flip-flopping. And you just know all the Russian ladies were giggling and talking about our boys...yes they were. Love it.

Now with what is upsetting me...grrrrrr!! How dare you leave us with this cliffhanger?? This is pure torture...and you know it....yes you don't even try and deny it.

Next chapter better be ready ASAP!!!

As always Anna...your stories are a joy to read. More, more, more!!


Date: 2012-03-08 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh George, you know how I love to torture you, LOL!!! I know it's a bit mean, but I have no intention of leaving you (or the boys) hanging and they will definitely make up for it in the next chapter - I'm not that mean :)

I/m 100% sure the Russian girls were gossiping, we girls do love our gossip! They were probably placing bets on whether the boys will do it in the bathroom or not!!

The next chapter is done, but needs a few tweaks - and a beta - so it won't be too long a wait.

Anna x

Date: 2012-03-08 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Mary Sue Anja is fantastic!

I love her take on things:

"You were not really dancing, more… ah... " Her English failed at this point and Anja simply rolled her hips back and forth.

Wheee! This is a lot of fun!


Date: 2012-03-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Donna! Anja definitely grown on me too :)
It's fun to write - and even more fun to read the comments!!
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you evil woman !! ;o)

hurry up with the up-date, so you ca be forgiven !

Date: 2012-03-08 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL!! I love you guys!! I hope I will get your forgiveness soon :)
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-09 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
oh you're good keeping us all on the edge of our seats I hope Anja gave Ennis Jack's # when is the next part set to post?

Linda :)

Date: 2012-03-10 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Linda! The next part should be posted next week :)
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-10 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have to wait that long? blaH

Date: 2012-03-09 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i've been checking my friends' page all day for this story. i can't believe i missed the update till now. however, yayay for getting to read it at home without having to check that my break wasn't over yet!

i'm so glad they've finally met up and i can't wait to see how they handle what has to be at least a slightly awkward situation, what with them not speaking the same language, etc. this was a great update, as always. i can't wait for more! :)

Date: 2012-03-10 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh your avi is too cute!!

Glad you managed to read this at home, uninterrupted - not that it's very long, but whatever!

Yeah, I guess the situation could be awkward, but they can still speak the language of luurrvve and no doubt will do it fluently :)

A x

Date: 2012-03-09 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hope you are writing and not reading this because I really liked how the anticipation of seeing Ennis is here and well so much more to come later on. Joe

Date: 2012-03-10 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry, Joe - I am reading right now!! Next part is drafted, just needs some checking but it should be up within a few days - lots for the boys to look forward to!
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-09 11:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You are mean to stop there. I will now have to withhold espresso made in my seasoned stovetop espresso pot (the older the pot the better the coffee) until you give us more.

Date: 2012-03-10 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nooooo - not the espresso!!!! You are mean too, girl!!
More will come soon, promise. I have written it so I should know :)
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-09 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The end was horrible and you know perfectly well how to make your readers suffer but as I am a very good girl I will humble wait for the next post. I love Anja and her very accepting self. And Ennis is there and ... Thank you so much for sharing. Martha

Date: 2012-03-10 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Martha!
Yeah I know it's a bit mean but I love to see you lot squirm, LOL!! I wouldn't leave you high and dry though, so some fun stuff to come in the next part :)
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-10 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hahaha! No one wants to see this little gem end! You do such a great job with these fun, teasing stories that you have us all begging for more :-)

Date: 2012-03-10 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Tina!
As I said to Roby, I wish I could commit the time to writing longer stories, but it's somewhat intimidating right now as I have next to no spare time (or alone time for that matter!)
More soon - you'll be first to know :)
A x

Date: 2012-03-10 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ohhh. What a place to stop! Nice work though.

Date: 2012-03-10 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sorry! I know it's a bit mean of me!!
Thanks so much for reading,
Anna x

Date: 2012-03-12 05:23 pm (UTC)
lightning070: (BBM Jack Happy)
From: [personal profile] lightning070
Yay, they finally get to meet each other! I'm sure Jack's over the moon by now!

Ooh, Anja saw them dancing humping with each other back in Russia. :p

I think Anja and the girls spoke about Jack and Ennis on Russian. Maybe something naughty. ;)

Great new entry! I'm looking forward to the next part!
Edited Date: 2012-03-12 05:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-03-12 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think the whole of Moscow probably knows about them humping in the club by now!!
And the girls were most certainly gossiping about J and E - they are girls, and that's what we do :)
A x
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