EXPLICIT HET. No, this is not a coy love story. It contains hints of the darker themes I was trying to explore in "Carving".
For what it's worth, the idea of writing this scene is what attracted me to the fandom in the first place, um lots of years ago. The only E/L fics I read then were very young adult fluff fic, with manufactured conflicts and not a whole lot of innovation. Or so it seemed to me. I wanted them to be darker and more complex characters. So here's my attempt.