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[Leverage] - "Striking Hard" {Alec Hardison; Eliot Spencer}

Title: Striking Hard
Author: kenzimone
Disclaimer: Don't own.
Fandom: Leverage
Characters: Alec Hardison, Eliot Spencer
Rating: R
Word count: 1,400
Summary: Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
Note: For trziarre, because she helped push me into action. I wrote this last spring in an attempt to distract myself from my thesis, and since then I've tried to fit it into a longer fic only to realize that it probably stands better on its own. Very, very unbeta'd.
Crossposted: typings, geteven_getfic, fanfiction.net.

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Spot on. Left me shivery. Good job
Thank you!
Eek! I love! Eliot being badass! Eliot angry cause people hurt Hardison! This is wonderful. And I'll leave a more coherent review when I'm...well, coherent. Anyways, thank you, darling. You have my adoration. :)
Haha, thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! ♥
Wow, this is powerful stuff. I especially love Hardison's descriptions of Eliot's movements (and comparing them to Parker and Sophie's talents), and his expressions (or lack thereof).
Thank you so much!
Fantastic. You totally captured the way Eliot would completely go off the rails if something like this happened to one of his teammates, without actually giving us any of Eliot's thoughts--well done!
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Ooh, ouch ouch ouch. But, you know, good. There is definitely this scary potential in Eliot that the show has hinted at but never shown. And I like that it was Hardison – any reason why him and not another of the team, or was that part of the reason it was written?

The present tense gets abused a lot, so I tend to avoid reading it, but you made it work really well, and it definitely brings something to the tension and the action. Very nice.
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. As to why I picked Hardison, I don't really know. He's young and I have a soft spot for him, and perhaps in some way I see him as one of the more vulnerable members of the team - Eliot would definitely have responded differently had it been Nate in that chair.
For sure. And if you're going to do that to them, it can't be Sophie or Parker, can it? That's a whole new level of squick. But I guess part of the reason I liked it was that (for an escape artist) Parker seems to get rescued a lot. Maybe that's just The Future Job and The Inside Job talking, though, I don't know. So it was nice to see that protective button pushed by Hardison instead.
Oh, definitely. That'd be so wrong I never even considered it in writing this! Besides, I have a hard time in general grasping Parker's character, so in my cowardice I usually avoid giving her much focus. Not that there's any need, since I love putting Hardison in an awkward situation and have a snarky, annoyed Eliot come to the rescue.
I needed brain bleach myself when I thought about it. And Hardison and Eliot gen-banter is one of my favourite things to write, so I can't blame you on that one!

Oh, and hi, by the way. Nice to meet you, etc. Checked out your profile – love CS Lewis's stuff. The man's one hell of an apologist, if you'll excuse the slightly ironic language. (A few friends and I are planning on working through some of GK Chesterton's stuff soon, which should be fun.) Mind if I friend?
Oh, no problem - friend away! :)
I can remember that someone compared Eliot to Wolverine. That's how this feels - he goes berserk if someone hurt his family. This is where he would kill, I believe that. Great job. Goosebumps!!!
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
Just fantastic. Perfect even. This is exactly the length it should be and covers exactly what it should. If that makes sense :P
Thank you so much!
very cool, i love the last paragraph that sums it all up.
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
Oh wow. Dark, but so perfect. And I especially love the very end.
Thank you! :)