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Title: Trust Me
Author: marinw
Rating: PG
Characters Diane/Frank Flynn
Summary: Set six months pre Day 5. Diane takes in a border.
Disclaimer: 24 is the property of the Fox Production Company. Etc.
A/N: Written for an armbell challenge. The prompt was “Trust”. Thanks to my beta, worsdthatfail

"So this is all the ID you have?”

“Yes, Ma'am.”

Diane regarded the face in the driver’s license. The man looked rather impatient, as if annoyed that he had to give up a few minutes of his precious time being photographed.

“My name’s Diane. So why should I let you into my home?”

“I can pay you two month’s rent in advance. In cash. And I can help out around here.”

“So you’re a handyman as well as a roughneck.”


“Look, Mr. Flynn…”


“Frank. You can’t blame me for being cautious. I have a teenage son I have to think about.”

“Your want to keep your child safe. I understand that.”

“Do you have any kids?”

“No, I don’t”

Frank said that a little too quickly. For the briefest of moments, he looked sad.

“Diane, I just need a place to stay. I’m quiet. I don’t drink. I promise not to cause you or your son any trouble.”

Frank’s half-smile lit up his eyes a little. Those eyes were an indetermable shade of blue or green and encased by lashes worthy of a mascara model.

He didn’t seem like a typical roughneck. Sure, his clothes looked worn and he had several day’s worth of stubble on his jaw, but there was a softness there. A gentleness, even. Some other quality that was impossible for Diane to pin down.

Frank was charming. Diane had to admit that.

That alone should have been enough for Diane to send Frank back out to the suspiciously late-model Toyota pickup that now sat in her driveway. “Charming” could so often become “Shifty” and “Untrustworthy.” Derek’s father had been charming.

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for…

And yet…

Diane needed a border if she wanted to keep the house. And, as ridiculously sexist as it sounded, it would be good to have a man around the house. Frank seemed to be the sort of man who could handle things in an emergency.

And then there was Derek, He was a good kid. But he needed a male influence. A role model.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

So why don’t you tell me about yourself?”

He shrugged. “There’s not much to tell.”

“You have to give me something, Frank. Not many people decide to pack up and move to the Mojave. Not since that nuke went off a few years ago.”

“Which means there’s plenty of work.”

Diane knew better than to judge someone on whether or not he had steady work. The labor market was a bitch. Many good people were transient workers.

“You need to tell me one thing, Frank, and you have to be completely honest.”

“I’ll try.”

“If you’re in trouble with the law I don’t need to hear about it. But I need to know if you’ve ever done anything violent. Derek’s father was violent. I can’t have that.”

Too much information. Watch yourself, Diane.

“No. You can’t.”

“So, have you ever hurt anybody? On purpose? Look me in the eye and tell me you’ve never hurt anyone.”

“No. I haven’t. I’ve never hurt anybody. Not on purpose.”

Frank was looking directly at Diane now. Right in the eye.

“I believe you.” Diane said

“You can trust me.” Replied Frank.

“You can have the room.”



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 12th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Ooo - Jack! Lying to her face! This kind of reminded me of the scene in Desert Saints where the girl asks him if he's killed anyone, and he replies "Not today."

Love it. I adore Jack and Diane fics, even though I wasn't a huge fan of Diane or Derek, Jack's reactions to them provided some nice moments. "Listen, kid. The only reason you're still conscious is because I don't want to carry you" is one of my favourite lines ever.
Oct. 12th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that line ranks right up there with "I'm gonna to need a hacksaw"

I kind of liked Diane, but we don't know that much of her backstory: What (if anything) does she do for a living? Where's Derek's father? Ect.

Diane was interesting because she was so unlike Teri, Kate, or Audrey. I hesitate to describe her as "trailer trash" but, for lack of a better term, she seemed to lack the wordliness and sophistication of Jack's other love interests (except for Claudia, of cource).

Thanks for commenting.
Oct. 13th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Eee! Jack-Frank/Diane! You know I'm a sucker for that. *grins non-stop*

I loved the dialogue and Diane's sidethoughts. Jack's wormed his way into another life, although somewhat reluctantly and mostly out of necessity.

- and also - Arcade Fire *squee*!
Oct. 13th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
Jack's wormed his way into another life, although somewhat reluctantly and mostly out of necessity.

Here's question: Would Jack be honest if he wanted to? I must contemplate this question for my next shrink!fic.

"Keep The Car Running" is thed perfect Frank/Diane Song IMO

Men are coming to take me away
I don't know why, but I know I can't stay

Thanks for reading
Oct. 19th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Hmmm...would Jack be honest if he wanted to...

Well...I guess that would have to be yes and no. I wonder if he even could be completely honest, whether he could let his guard down enough to let himself go there. It probably depends on the thing he's being honest about, but I'm not sure he could.

And if he wasn't being honest, yet he was trying, I wonder if he would even notice - kind of like his lying/denial/deceit/protection mode is second-nature now.

I...totally just answered your question with more ponderings. *G*
Oct. 13th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
Whee! I just read my first 24 fanfic in months. And I love it! I love Diane and wouldn't mind to read lots of fanfic about her. We know so little and she seems like a very interesting person.

I liked that moment when he said he has no kids a bit too fast. *hugs_him* And lying directly into her face? That's so harsh. 0_o I always want to think he would never do that, but of course he does. ^__^
Oct. 13th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
And lying directly into her face? That's so harsh. 0_o I always want to think he would never do that, but of course he does

Jack is an incredibly good liar. How else could Jack maintain his cover with the Salazars and Joe Wald? It would be a necessary skill.

So glad you've taken a moment to read my little fic.
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