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Thanksgiving Drabble Shipment #3: The Leftovers [Nov. 30th, 2008|12:16 pm]
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Not What I Had in Mind


Sam held the bird up by its small, cold feet and studied it dubiously. Frodo wore a look of quiet amusement, reaching up to brush down a few soft, mussed feathers.

"It's a bit...small, if you don't mind my saying so, sir."

Pippin wagged a knowing finger at him. "Well, of course it is! That's partridge for you. We haven't got much else in Tuckborough, but they're ever so tasty. Merry?"

Frodo's cousin stumbled into the kitchen with a heavy-looking wicker basket.

"Got 'em right here. Break my back, why don't you, Pip!"

Sam peered into the basket and studied its contents even more dubiously.

"Not quite what I had in mind," he said, "but twenty's enough for everybody, yes."


Penance


"I'm sorry," insisted Crowley, forcing his way into the bookshop. "I didn't know."

Aziraphale stood back, arms folded, glowering at him. Crowley had hoped he'd never see that look again. It had been unbearable enough the first time, misplaced sword and displaced humans be damned. They hadn't spoken for decades.

"Of all your faults, I assure you that obliviousness is the worst."

Crowley pulled the door shut as gracefully as he could, staring at the floor. "What can I do, angel? Turn back time to the part where I switch the kids, hopefully fail to bollocks it up, and thereby spare us the whole unpleasant closeness thing that comes of godparenting and other miscellaneous association? Because, I have to tell you—"

"You also talk too much," said Aziraphale, suddenly looking very sorry and desperate.

And although what came later was far from easy—Aziraphale's neuroses, his own reservations—Crowley bent for another hungry kiss, fingers twisted in the pillowcase, and silently thanked the little brat for giving the whole world a second chance.


Chameleon


The girl just won't die. Or maybe she can't. The knife slips from his fingers, landing on the grass with a soft thump. She's all rags and tatters, has mismatched eyes, and gives him no more than an uncomprehending blink. No terror. Nothing.

"Hm." He sighs and waves one hand, disgusted. "You're no fun."

"I could show you something fun," she says. Abruptly. Even hopefully. Her small white hand twists in the grass, then raises the knife with unfocused purpose. "If you, um, want. I like fun things. Like - I'm not sure. Flowers. Maybe - "

Red ones, he thinks, pondering the blossoms of blood on his gloves and the way that his entire face seems to be on fire as she flees, tripping off into the dark. Fun.


Doing It Wrong


"Should it...look like that?" Crowley asked, poking at the bit of suspiciously pink flesh he'd just carved into. He glanced doubtfully at the picture in the cookery book.

Aziraphale leaned over his shoulder and frowned. "No. That means it's not done yet."

"But it's been in there for three hours," muttered Crowley, withdrawing his knife and skewer in disgust. He set them on the countertop and picked up the potholders, carefully pushing the bird back into the oven. "I'm starving."

"I don't know about that," said Aziraphale, soothingly, taking him by the shoulders and steering him out of the kitchen. "You've waited longer."

Crowley let Aziraphale seat him on the couch and tug the blanket down over his shoulders before he whisked the potholders off to the kitchen.

"At least what I was waiting on was worth it," Crowley said, just loudly enough.



For What We Are About to Receive


Joey folded his arms and let his forehead rest against the freezing glass. He'd hoped it wouldn't be one of those fierce early winters, as he could never seem to get warm in that kind of weather. In the next room, Rosemary was pottering around, clearing up dishes and wiping down the table. It had been the slowest meal of Joey's life.

And then a set of headlights flared, blinding him, receding tide-like across the snow. The car was unfamiliar, but it had been described to him enough times in urgent phonecall updates throughout the day that he'd drawn it a dozen times over. We're still stuck. The pile-up will take hours to clear. It's ten miles ahead of us.

Joey splayed his fingers against the glass and squinted: first the unfamiliar man who got out of the driver's side, then the more familiar shape that emerged from the passenger side. Fuck, I'm going to miss dinner. Joey, I'm sorry.

It didn't matter, though. Not really. Now he was at the door, and Billy was there.
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[User Picture]From: ineptshieldmaid
2008-11-30 12:35 pm (UTC)

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nyaww, the A/C ones are adorable!

Although with Penance: where did the pillowcase come from? I get the impression there's supposed to be a small timeskip there but I can't figure out where it is. The crowley bending clause looks to be dependant on the 'and although' clause, which means it IS what came next, and there's a random pillowcase there.

Mind you I've had very little sleep, so perhaps my comprehension isn't up to scratch.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 12:37 pm (UTC)

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There is a time-skip; it's implied that this is happening perhaps half an hour to an hour later, most probably upstairs in the much-neglected flat that I theorize is above Aziraphale's bookshop. I felt that if I put in more of a transition, it'd feel more awkward, demand a full-blown seduction scene. And given that these are drabbles? Not so much.

(I.e. it's in the phrasing "And although what came later was...")

Edited at 2008-11-30 12:39 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: ineptshieldmaid
2008-11-30 12:39 pm (UTC)

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Mkay. :D Evidently the transition isn't clear to me but I'll come back when I have half a brain and see if it looks better then!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 12:41 pm (UTC)

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All you need to know is that they eventually got from where they are now to a bed ;)
[User Picture]From: ineptshieldmaid
2008-11-30 12:41 pm (UTC)

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AHAH that makes so much more sense. I read it four or fives times over as 'although what came next was'. NOBRAIN right now.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 12:43 pm (UTC)

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Can I offer you some tea, darling? Or maybe you'd be better served crawling back into bed. I had trouble getting out today myself...
[User Picture]From: ineptshieldmaid
2008-11-30 12:45 pm (UTC)

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*eyes teacup* That might be a good idea. I need to fortify myself before trying to figure out where the hell my sheets are, and then making my bed.

Went away with the CMS undergrad mob for the weekend. Loopy director of the centre decided he wanted a mob of twenty-something medievalists drinking in his house on the coast for two days. Got drunk one night, sleep deprived the second, and exposed to poisonous personality of our resident alpha female for the whole time. End result = total incoherency.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 01:49 pm (UTC)

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I've been marking papers all weekend. Not happy-making.
[User Picture]From: ineptshieldmaid
2008-11-30 01:53 pm (UTC)

My helpful contribution to marking woes is icons you can print out and stick on papers:

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language,snark

academia,language,snark

(neither of them made by me, click for credit)
[User Picture]From: slightlytookish
2008-11-30 12:46 pm (UTC)

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"At least what I was waiting on was worth it," Crowley said, just loudly enough.

Eee, these are lovely! I adore the idea of them cooking together, and I love "Penance" as well :D
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 01:50 pm (UTC)

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Aziraphale and Crowley really got a lot of screen-time in these requests!
[User Picture]From: tariana
2008-11-30 01:13 pm (UTC)

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Thank you. It's beautiful. It's all right as long as they're together.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 01:50 pm (UTC)

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Northeast snow-storms cause shit like this all the time. If I could count the number of times we never made it to grandma's until nine or ten at night because of accidents ahead of us on the road...

But yes, Billy gets there in the end.
[User Picture]From: tariana
2008-11-30 02:47 pm (UTC)

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I think maybe that's the difference between the Northeast and the Midwest. There, people think they have to get somewhere, and here we just say, "Well, shit," and hunker down until it passes.

*shrugs*
[User Picture]From: meowzy_chan
2008-11-30 01:32 pm (UTC)

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D'awww... The Good Omens ones were beautiful. Though I agree with the above comments by saying the timeskip in the first one was a bit unclear. I had to reread that bit three times, myself.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 01:51 pm (UTC)

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Later is the best I could do, given the space-constraints! I'm already one of those people who disregards the 100-words-on-the-dot definition of a drabble as it is ;)

Thank you.
[User Picture]From: addie71
2008-11-30 05:33 pm (UTC)

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*giggles* I can just picture Sam in this!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 05:52 pm (UTC)

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Hee! Thank you.
[User Picture]From: sirdrakesheir
2008-11-30 06:03 pm (UTC)

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1: They killed twenty little birds! It's a bit horrible, actually. I'm so sorry, way to epically miss the point, I know.

2: Oh, A/C angst is so hard to get right. It's inherently present, due to the whole "star-crossed lovers" thing they have going on, but it's difficult to balance that with the light-hearted nature of the source material. (Although Good Omens is actually heavily philosophical. Oh Terry Pratchett, I love thee so.)

4. Awww, they are cooking a meal. That is really pretty hilarious.

[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 06:17 pm (UTC)

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1. Yes, they did. Hobbits are very hungry creatures, alas!

2. I feel there's a very good balance of angst and humor in the book, which is why I love it so much. Well, and them.

4. Crowley would rather drink Holy Water than spend more time than he has to in the kitchen, I'm convinced. And while Aziraphale kind of likes being there, that doesn't necessarily mean he's especially skilled in cookery. That turkey is doomed.
[User Picture]From: belleferret
2008-11-30 07:23 pm (UTC)

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LOL 20 partridges is 5 each, that should be enough!

Thank you for this delightful glimpse of menu planning!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 07:26 pm (UTC)

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That's what I'm thinking! Any fewer and they'd be fighting over the scraps.

You're welcome!
[User Picture]From: jainas
2008-11-30 08:19 pm (UTC)

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The Good Omen drabbles are lovely, but I'm totally in love with the Sandman/TDK one you wrote. That's not what I would have imagined, but... Somehow both Joker and Delirium, with one trying to kill the other, are perfectly spot on.
Red flowers, indeed. :D
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 08:50 pm (UTC)

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I feel that Joker sort of does inhabit the headspace that Delirium represents; I imagine that, in the event he got those by inflicting them on himself, it was done in that headspace and he just never left it. To have Delirium symbolically doing the mutilating seemed...appropriate. I'm glad you liked it!
[User Picture]From: riddled
2008-11-30 08:35 pm (UTC)

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tripping off into the dark
Man, such a nice touch. :D I love intriguing crossovers, and that one worked really well!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-11-30 08:51 pm (UTC)

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Thank you! That one took a different direction than I'd expected, but it felt like the right one.
[User Picture]From: hinna_koto
2008-11-30 10:57 pm (UTC)

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AH It's been so long since I've read anything A/C...thank you for bringing it back into my life in such a lovely manner :)

:DD The last line of Doing it Wrong is just soo adorable :D
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-12-01 12:13 am (UTC)

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You're welcome! I always love writing them <3
[User Picture]From: teithiwr
2008-12-01 02:07 pm (UTC)

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Oh man, the A/C ones really got to me. Lovely stuff.

Delirium and the Joker! *dances* That is just perfect.

And well, the hobbits just made me go 'aww' in all their glorious domesticity. ♥
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-12-01 04:40 pm (UTC)

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I don't usually go all angstmuffin with those two, either *scratches head* Having a bad week, I guess.

Glad you liked these <3
[User Picture]From: frodosweetstuff
2008-12-01 03:50 pm (UTC)

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Came here via Belleferret's rec. Was giggling muchly about the twenty partridges!! :) Thank you!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-12-01 04:41 pm (UTC)

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...she recced it?! Kind of her, although it's a tiny thing and not, I feel, so very exceptional. Thank you, too!
[User Picture]From: mews1945
2008-12-01 07:50 pm (UTC)

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Here via Belleferret's rec. I love the image of Sam studying this little bird in consternation, wondering how he's supposed to feed four hungry hobbits.
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-12-01 08:07 pm (UTC)

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Thank you very much!
[User Picture]From: sheerpoetry
2008-12-03 05:17 am (UTC)

*sigh*

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Your work generally elicits one of those extremely contented/euphoric sighs.
LOVE the GO drabbles! And the others too--although I'm not too sure what "Chamelon" is from. It was really interesting, though!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2008-12-03 10:14 am (UTC)

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Vacancies. I try to hit at absences that need filling. I can only hope I'll never lose sight of that objective. I'd run around and try to save all the stories I loved if I had the time :-P

"Chameleon" is a Dark Knight/Sandman crossover: Joker and Delirium.
[User Picture]From: gokuma
2008-12-06 10:42 pm (UTC)

Offtopic: Tolkien slash vid

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Iris, have you seen vid? => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSyhDPhaygo I found it yesterday and it's simply hilarous!
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2009-04-22 11:08 am (UTC)

Re: Offtopic: Tolkien slash vid

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Hee, yes - I think I had seen that a while ago!
[User Picture]From: kaoro
2009-04-22 09:29 am (UTC)

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Penance has me melting ^^
[User Picture]From: irisbleufic
2009-04-22 11:07 am (UTC)

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Awww. I'm glad :)