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Prompts by:sardonicynic,ellie987 and adrenalin211

I still have a pair of 24's and a Battlestar Galactica ficlet to get to. Thanks as always to the super speedy beta by cybertoothtiger

We all know how this works: The Challenger provides the fandom, two characters and the first line. I do the rest, to the tune of at least 100 words.

I will wait until I respond to the other challenges before cross-posting on 24_fanfic, 24n'more, and 24armbell

This is a breakthrough as two of these three ficlets are my first Non 24 fics in forver. The start of a new era, mehopes.

Title: So Much Woman
Challenge by: sardonicynic
Fandom: Mad Men
Rating: PG
Characters: Joan/Roger
Disclaimer: Mad Men is the property of AMC.
Spoilers: The Chrysanthemum and the Sword
A/C: So I'm shipping Joan/Roger now? That's disturbing.
"Will that be all, Mr. Sterling?"
Damm, thought Roger, she is so much woman.
Joan was married. Even, so, there was no harm in looking.
Roger realized how skinny Jane was by comparison. Too skinny. Scrawny even.
“Mr. Sterling?” Joan repeated.
Her voice. It was musical.
“Yes, Joan, just schedule another meeting with the good people from Honda.”
She raised her eyebrows. “I’m surprised.”
“Don insists. This account is too good not to go after. And…I thought about what you said.”
Joan seemed genuinely surprised. She sat down in the chair opposite Roger’s desk. She put her hands in her lap, a piece of body language which would have seemed demur in any other woman. In this ridiculously tiny office he could smell her perfume.
“From almost anybody else, your words wouldn’t have met anything. I was there, in the Pacific theatre during the war. Almost no one else in this firm was. But your husband. He’s about to leave for Vietnam. That carries weight.”
Joan lowered her eyes.
“I’m sorry, Red. You don’t need the reminder.”
“No, sir. I don’t. But…thank you. I appreciate the sentiment.”
“You can come to me, Red. About anything.”
Joan stood up. “I’ll contact Honda.”
As Joan left the office Roger’s eyes could not help but travel to her small waist and her full hips as they swayed back and forth in her form-fitting cobalt blue sheath.
Even if he hadn’t married Jane, and Joan hadn’t married Greg (the useless bugger) Roger would have still considered Joan off-limits. He had enjoyed her company years ago, but Roger knew when to move on. Yet he still felt strangely protective towards Joan. He felt … what was the word he wanted? Respect. That was it. Respect.
Roger didn’t like to analyze his emotions too deeply. It was distracting.
Still, Joan’s presence was in the room even after she left.
So much woman.

Title:  Reaching Out
Challenge by:ellie987
Fandom: 24
Rating: PG for shameless smarm.
Characters: Bill/Jack
Spoilers: Season 6 Debrief
Disclaimer: 24 is the property of Fox
A/C: Bill fusing over Jack post Day 6 is my biggest fanwank of all time. 
"I didn't expect to see you here, Jack."
It was midnight and raining, a rain that may or may have not been radioactive. The man standing on the doorstep of Bill’s Los Angeles home seemed oblivious to the downpour.
“I’m sorry. I…I didn’t know where else to go.”  Jack said.
“It’s all right. Come in.”
Jack now stood in the hallway, his face and clothes dripping. He looked around at the well-appointed house, not sure of what to do next.
Bill went into the nearest bathroom and returned with a towel. He handed it to Jack.
Jack ran the towel over his face and hair, which looked as damp with sweat as it did with rain.
He looks like hell, Bill thought.
“Ryan called about an hour ago,” Bill said. “He told me what happened at Division tonight. Dammit, Jack. You could have come to me. I could have prevented this.”
Jack stopped drying his face. He stared at Bill.
“No. You couldn’t have. You’re not the director of CTU anymore.”
“I still have some pull."
Jack looked at Bill incredulously.
“Come on.” Bill lead Jack into the living room and motioned to the couch. Jack sat down carefully, as if unfamiliar with any deliberately comfortable piece of furniture.
What did they do to him? Bill wondered. He knew he was never going to get an answer to that inquiry. Especially not from Jack.
Bill poured Jack a glass of water.
“Are you hungry?” Bill asked.
“No. Bill, I’ll come straight to the point. I wasn’t officially part of CTU when the Chinese took me, so I don’t know what protocol you followed about putting me on the CTU payroll.”
“You need money.”
He wants to leave the country, Bill concluded.
“Yeah. I don’t want to ask you for anything. I just want any money that’s mine.”
Interesting, Bill thought. Jack could have asked Chloe to hack into one of his numbered bank accounts. Instead, Jack had come to Bill and asked him for the money that was rightfully his.
He was reaching out to Bill. Ever so carefully.
“You were on the payroll. You’re owed almost two years of back pay. In the morning I’ll call Nadia and have her release the funds.”
“Thank you,” Jack took a sip of water and put the glass down. He started to get up.
“Jack. Wait. You need to see a doctor.”
“I’m fine.”
“I don’t think you are. I saw what you looked liked when Cheng released you yesterday morning. You were gone for twenty months. You need to be checked out.”
“I’m not going back to CTU.”
“You don’t have to. I know some people at a private clinic in Beverly Hills. We can go there right now. And don’t try to tell me that you’re not in any pain.”
Jack lowered his eyes, not knowing how to respond.
He can’t admit any weakness. It’s not that he doesn’t want to. He just can’t.Bill realized.
“I left my phone in the kitchen. I’ll go make the call.” Bill said.
Bill left the living room and went to fetch his phone.
His was only half sure that Jack would still be there when he returned.
Title:  Mystery Meat
Challenge by:adrenalin211
Fandom: Fringe
Rating: PG
Characters: Peter/Olivia
Spoilers: Over There, Part 2
Disclaimer: The property of Fox, again.
A/C: My first Fringe ficlet. Will there be more?
"You wanna grab a burger or something?"
Olivia smiled, a smile that was half way to a snort. “A burger. That sounds exciting.”
“It is exiting. The usual place then.”
“We’ll walk there together.”
Peter felt a little guilty for not inviting Walter. His father never said no to anything food-related.  But his interaction with the man was strained, difficult.
His father. Peter still thought of Walter that way.
Peter needed a Walter-free evening. The informal date with Olivia seemed ideal.
Peter liked to eat, but his obsession with food didn’t come close to Walter’s.
Peter suspected that Olivia regarded food as mere fuel.
But this evening she must have been hungry. When the waitress came she ordered a bacon cheeseburger with the works, a root beer, and onion rings.
Peter loved going out with a woman with a healthy appetite.
When the food arrived Olivia went for the root beer first. She sniffed it carefully. When she took her first sip she smiled, as if she had just consumed fine wine.
It was then that Peter realized that something was wrong.
Olivia never drank root beer. Olivia hated root beer.
Oh shit.
The woman sitting across from him wasn’t Olivia.


( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
See, I really like root beer, so maybe it was me instead of Olivia? Mwah-ha-ha!

I liked your solutions. Augh, Bill and Jack get to me every time. And I think you captured Roger's voice really well. Plus, I get to use my icon.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
I need more MM icons.

Glad Roger sounded right to you. I find him hard to write. He is the ultimate sensualist, but think he has a sensitive side somewhere.

Olivia IS a redhead, right now, so.

Bill! We need you here now.

Thanks for Betaing. Will try to get to the other challenges this weekend
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:11 pm (UTC)
Nice current music:)

Although we all know my biggest 24 issue of all time, I do love Bill so much, and I think given everything we saw him do, up to and including his death, he would be pretty much as protective of Jack as you have him here. I really like the way you leave the ending open in the sense that the reader, like Bill, doesn't know if Jack will be waiting when Bill comes back.

And the Fringe ficlet. So creepy! This is actually one of the reasons I'm not sure I can get into the show, because having two versions of everybody but Peter is seriously WEIRD. But I love that you have Peter observing Fauxlivia closely enough to realize she's a fake.

You go with these! I should . . . do the same.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
I did write a draft of yoour own Karen/Jack prompt, but I'm letting it sit for a day or so before I revisit.

because having two versions of everybody but Peter is seriously WEIRD

Wait until you meet the Cylons on Battlestar Galactica if you want multiple copy weirdness.

After Day 6 I was so desperate for Bill to fuss over Jack. Maybe because Bill's uter agony in 6x01 was so wonderfully awful and understated. James Morrsion tore my heart out. So I like to think that after Day 6 was over Bill would make SOME effort. In the end, he did sacrifice himself to save POTUS so that Jack could live, so there was that.

Get writing, you. *pokes with stick*
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Very nice job with these. I haven't really seen Fringe, or Mad Men, and I know I prompted for Fringe, but... you know. I was very interested to read it. Not the real Olivia! I didn't see that one coming, then again I didn't know there were multiple versions of the characters. Hee.

Aww Jack and Bill. Sigh. So full of manpain.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Eeeeek. I spolied the end of Season 2 for you. I ASSumed you had seen it since you gave the prompt.

Ahhhh...ManPain. NOBODY manpains like Kiefer.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Ohhh no worries! I'm not sure if I'll watch it anyway. But I wanted to be less cliche and give you a different prompt. I'm SO prone to just tossing off Jack and Renee prompts, and I know you're really not a shipper, even if you like both characters. So I tried to resist the urge!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
I sorta shipped Jack/Renee. I was more properly a Jack/Audrey shipper.

*runs away*

I appreciate the prompt, as I AM trying to branch out into other fandoms, so thanks for the nudge.
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Sep. 3rd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
I love Broken! Day 6 Jack.

I HAVE done a draft of your prompt, BTW.
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Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
*Wibble* is a wonderful word- that choacky feeling you get when you are trying not to cry.
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Sep. 5th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
*g* mean *grin*. Meepy is a variant on wibble.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, M, these are fantastic.

I love how you framed Roger and Joan — acknowledging just a fraction of that bittersweetness, that little bit of nostalgia, rings so true for Roger. ♥
Sep. 3rd, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Roger is soooo hard to read. What DOES go on in the perfectly groomed gary-haired head of his?

Thanks for the prompt, BB
Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I really love the Bill/Jack one. I've always liked their interaction on the show (and in your fics) and this is a great example of it.

The Fringe one is fantastic as well! Partly, I wish things would have gone this way, but partly I'm happy they didn't.
Dec. 22nd, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on Fringe. Peter was rather clueless, but this plot thread lead to a very dramatic conclusion IMO.

Ah, Bill and Jack. The smarm that will not die.

Thanks for reading.
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