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31 December 2010 @ 12:19 pm
"Jumble" 1/1  
Title: "Jumble"
Fandom: Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
Pairing: Ezio/Leonardo
Rating: G
Spoilers: None
A/N: AC kink meme fill, originally posted here. The prompt was too sweet not to snatch up.

Prompt:just an idea, but what if, along with the leads to all of his machines, Leo had secret messages (support/love/etc) hidden in the designs, all for Ezio? Maybe like there were small scribbles on the notes he gave to Ezio, which were actually meant to be read or s/t.

I DUNNO just something really heartwarming to let the assassino know Leo cares~

Ezio watched as Leonardo walked away from their bench to blend into the crowd, once again just a man out for a stroll. He clenched the scroll in his fist before standing and moving off in a different direction, back towards Isola Tiberina. He didn't like leaving Leonardo in the hands of the Borgia but currently, his resources were too limited to make a strike to free him. Perhaps once the ranks of recruits had grown a bit.

He was grateful to find the hideout empty. He wasn't in the mood to trade quips with Machiavelli when his thoughts were otherwise occupied. As he unrolled the paper Leonardo had given him, a small scrap of parchment fell out. Ezio frowned and crouched down to retrieve it.

He recognized the handwriting immediately as Leonardo’s. Whenever the man wrote normally—instead of his usual right-to-left backwards script—it always looked like it had taken a great effort, this time even more so because it was written so small. He held the paper closer to the lamplight to read.

"I know you will worry so I will not tell you not to. However, as unpleasant as it is to craft machines of war when I care so little for it, I am not mistreated. Focus your efforts on freeing the city, not me, and be sure my inventions do not have a chance to take lives. Good luck to you, my friend."

Ezio frowned again as he read through the message a second time. When he saw it was a note from Leonardo, he had hoped it would be some clue as to where he was being held. But his friend had correctly guessed his worries and pointedly left that out. It was so like him to casually dismiss the danger he was in. In Firenze and Venezia it had been the same, Leonardo ever the unconcerned one despite the trouble he could get in to just by being Ezio's ally.

Ezio read through the message one last time before setting it aside with a sigh. For now, he had no choice but to go along with Leonardo's wishes since the man had left him no clues. He turned his attention to the list of names, going over it carefully. After a moment, he noticed something unusual.

In the middle of a name spelled out correctly, Leonardo had written one of the letters backwards. At first, Ezio thought it was just a mistake but then he saw it again in another name and several more times further down the list. He snatched the small note he'd set aside and flipped it over to the blank side. Picking up the quill resting in the inkpot, he read through the list again and wrote down each letter. When he was done, he set the quill aside and examined what he had.


Leonardo knew Ezio wasn't very good at working out coded messages but that had never stopped him from constantly throwing little challenges at the assassin. He especially seemed to delight in scrambled word puzzles, since Ezio tended to see the letters as they were written, not as they should be rearranged. Ezio wondered if Leonardo was chuckling to himself right now, imagining the torment he'd put his friend through. And then, as he glared at the letters, it just clicked.

"Ti amo, caro..."

His scowl eased as a smile stole across his lips, not wholly because he'd solved Leonardo's code. He turned the paper over and ran his fingers across the words so carefully written out so as to be legible. Then he tucked the little note into a pouch on his belt, picked up the list of names and headed back out.

The next time he saw Leonardo, he recited the message that had been hidden in the scroll, murmuring it against lips that curled up in delight, as they sat in the shade of a nearby tree.
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viva la vida: daydreamingwanderingflame on April 19th, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
(Quite delayed but still trying to reply to all your comments!)

That was the atmosphere I was going for so I'm glad it made you grin. Seeing Leonardo in Brotherhood always depressed me because he looks so haggard. I really liked the OP's idea that there were sending secret messages to show their support.