(Yes, I posted this before. Tumblr wouldn’t let me enter a proper description last time, and I think it got lost in the shuffle. And someone was asking for more Nagron fic, so let’s try this again, shall we? Even if it’s outdated now and a bunch of other people have also tackled the subject. XD ….)
Genres/Themes: Character Study (Nasir and Agron), Drama, Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Introspection, Fluffy, Episode Tag
Relationships Featured: Romantic: Agron/Nasir, light Crixus/Naevia; Friends: Nasir/Chadara, Agron/Spartacus, Agron/Crixus (kinda)
Spoilers: All the Spartacus episodes up to Spartacus: Vengeance, 1.5 “Libertus”
Length: about 3000 words
Notes: Starts right after the events of “Libertus”, and explores the thoughts of Nasir and Agron before their reunion, as well as a bit after. It was, of course, thoroughly Jossed by the actual reunion in “Chosen Path”. Eh, muses, what can you do? XD
Nasir supposed it was best he hadn’t gone with Spartacus this time. The drink Naevia had given him to dull the pain of his wound had long since worn off, and every second now was agony. Welcome agony, as it largely clouded all thought, including his worry for Agron, but agony all the same; he would have been useless on the mission. They would have had to carry him home again!
For a fleeting moment, he imagined Agron carrying him, strong arms under him and a chest firm as a stone wall against his side. He felt the heat rise in his cheeks, just as Chadara had once noted as his reaction to mention of the former gladiator. Then a most unwelcome thought snuck in: that perhaps Agron wouldn’t have survived to carry him anyway — wouldn’t survive in any case, whether Nasir was there to be a burden or not.
He thanked the pain again as another wave of it distracted him from his fear.
“He’ll be fine,” Chadara assured him, apparently playing oracle as she sat beside him against a column. “You survived past skirmish, and you — forgive me — are not half the warrior your Agron is.”
He couldn’t bring himself to point out that several men who were great warriors had fallen on the last mission. “My Agron?” he asked himself as much as her, wondering if she just meant it in that he was closer to Agron than she was, or if she was implying something more by it. Could Agron really be considered his? If she’d said that a day ago, he might not have believed it, but after that kiss ….
Chadara snorted, a habit she couldn’t blame on the influence of her uncouth Gaul even if she tried — Nasir had known her too long. “I saw you together, just before he left,” she informed him. “Rhaskos never looks at me in such way.” She tossed a pebble, smirking ruefully, and suddenly it occurred to Nasir that she might be worried for Rhaskos …. “Spartacus never looks at Mira so, either,” she continued. “When Agron sets eyes upon on you, there is more than simple friendship in them — and more than lust. There is tenderness in his touch. Do not doubt — you own him, my friend.” Her smirk did not hide her wistfulness.
Nasir’s head was reeling, and he wasn’t sure if it was because of his wound or his thoughts. He had been “owned” himself, in the context of being used for the pleasure of another, and had feared that Spartacus had intended to simply become the next rein-holder. Nasir was happy to be proven wrong about Spartacus, but while Chadara claimed that being with Rhaskos was her choice, not forced upon her, Nasir couldn’t seem to help but see the Gaul as being little better than their old master.
And then Chadara had to go and point out Nasir’s growing friendship with Agron, and Nasir’s attraction to him — and the possibility that Agron was attracted back. Nasir had been left wondering if it were true, and, if it was, if Agron just wanted his body, the way his former master had or the way Rhaskos wanted Chadara. Then he wondered if it mattered. He could think of worse fates than being Agron’s bed-warmer — and not really any better. In fact, were Nasir to, by some miracle, come into power equal enough to have an army at his own beck and call, and not need the protection or status associating with Agron would give him, as Chadara sought from Rhaskos, he still would want Agron in his bed — and at his side, as his friend.
Or as more? Could Agron truly … love him? Not just want him as a lover?
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DISCLAIMER: Agron, Nasir, Chadara, Naevia, Mira, Rhaksos, and he depiction of Spartacus, Oenimaus, and Crixus as in Spartcus series all © Starz. This is just fanfiction, not an official story for the series, and no profit is being made by the author.