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11 November 2009 @ 03:52 pm
Markers  
I get lots of story ideas (like that's news!). Some get written, some don't. Very often though, if it's something that really grabs me, or a scene that just sticks in my brain, I'll write it down as something of a mental marker when/if I revisit the idea of wrting the actual fic. So I thought I'd share a few of them here.

Some of them are opening scenes, some are scenes that would be set later at some point in the story.



This one is set 1883ish, after Ezra has to leave FC and take on a new identity. He and Charlotte travel to Paris to see Penny perform on the Paris stage. And Vin and Cecily accompany them so Vin can deal with some Watcher business.

Bright Lights of Paris

“Sean,” Charlotte called out delightedly as her old friend crossed the floor towards her. “I am so pleased you are here.”

He took her proffered hand, kissing the back gallantly. “I would not miss Penelope’s grand premiere for anything.” He turned his attention towards Charlotte’s companion, extending a hand. “Sean Burns.”

“Vin Tanner,” he responded, shaking Sean’s hand.

“Sean, this is my son-in-law, Vin Tanner. He and Cecily made the trip with us, along with my perfect grandchildren,” she told him, eyes glinting with merriment.

“Perfect grandchildren,” Vin huffed. “I’m thinking they can stay with you and Ez while we’re here,” he warned darkly, though a smile tugged at his lips.

“I can not wait to meet them, and to see Cecily again,” Sean told them.


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I've been tossing around the idea of wrting an ATF AU using Charlotte and Cecily, etc., but where everyone is mortal. No immortals, no crossover elements. I have most of it plotted out in my head, along with sequels, but not sure if I'll ever write any of it. This was just a snippet I jotted down that had made me laugh.

Untitled ATF AU

“Until Agent Black has a chance to get her bearings here in Denver, I’ve offered her my guestroom until she gets settled,” Ezra explained to the other members of his team.

“Cool!” JD exclaimed. “You’ll be just like me and Buck!”

Buck chuckled, giving Ezra a wink. “Boy, if they’re just like you and me, Ez ain’t doing it right!”

Charlotte flashed a grin at Ezra, who just rolled his eyes as the other men laughed, their amusement only fed by the perplexed look on the youngest agent’s face.

Batting the back of JD’s head, Buck whispered loudly, “Don’t worry, kid, ol’ Buck will explain everything later.”


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A snippet of that story I'd talked about a few months ago where Tony, after some sort of lab accident, ends up in the life of his great great grandfather.

Beyond the Pale

What the hell? Tony shook his head, grimacing at the pain the movement caused. “Damnit, the capacitor must have overloaded,” he muttered to himself, surprised he was still conscious, let alone alive.

“Are you well, sir?” a softly accented voice asked.

Tony gingerly cracked open his eyes, seeing a woman looking down at him, concern plain on her face. He realized several things in that moment: he was lying on his back, outside, someplace that wasn’t his workroom, and that his head felt like someone had taken an ice pick to it. Oh, then there was Charlotte asking him if he was all right, except she looked like she’d stepped off the set of Bonanza. God, he needed a drink.

He closed his eyes again. Okay, you’re going to open them next time and all the crazy will be gone, he instructed himself firmly. But her hand felt very real as her fingers gently began to run across his head, and the scent of her perfume…. He opened his eyes not quite wanting the vision to be gone after all.

“You have a nasty bump,” she said, her face now very close to his from where she knelt next to his prone form. “Maybe a concussion. Do you remember what happened?”


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I'm pretty sure I'll never write this story, just because I'd cry too much. A snippet of what would be the story of Chris's death. This is the aftermath.

A Wreath of Willow

“How long has she been this way?” Maude demanded.

Ezra rubbed his face. “Since the funeral. At first, she showed no emotion at all, it was as if she were made of stone, then….” He collapsed into a chair, burying his face in his hands. “It wasn’t supposed to be this way, Mother.”

“I know, baby boy, I know.” She squeezed his shoulder. “I shall take care of Charlotte now. I know full well what she’s feeling. When your father died…well.” She sighed. “I need you to go find Mr. Jackson and procure some laudanum. She needs sleep, she needs to forget, if only for a little while.”

Ezra looked at her, perplexed. “Laudanum? But, Mother, surely—“

“We’re immortal, Ezra, not inhuman! Did it occur to no one that her grief and her pain required the same care as that of a mortal woman? Obviously not,” she answered her own question.

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This is a scene from what will, one day, be the sequel to Practical Applications. My goal is to get it done before IM II comes out.

Transformative Variations

Charlotte flinched at the hurt in Tony’s eyes. She knew he felt betrayed, and in all honesty she couldn’t blame him. The thought that one day she might tell him about her immortality was something she’d considered from time to time, but it had always been an ephemeral ‘what if?’. All the reasons she had for not revealing her secret still held true, but up against the reality of the pain she’d caused her best friend, none of those reasons made her feel better.

“Tony, I….” her voice faltered, looking down at her blood covered blouse, pooled on the floor at her feet. “I’m sorry,” she finally said in a soft voice.

Ezra put a hand on her shoulder, handing her a tumbler of scotch with the other. Gratefully, she took the glass, taking a long drink. God, she hated being shot.

“Is this why we were never together?” Tony demanded. “I never had a chance, did I?” He laughed bitterly.

“No, Tony, it wasn’t like that! Please, let me explain.” She glanced over at Methos leaning against the bulkhead behind Tony. He hadn’t said a word since he and Pepper had come back into the salon. She couldn’t read his expression; his eyes carefully blank of all emotion. She felt trapped between the two men she loved, each in their own way.

Ezra squeezed her shoulder sympathetically. Never had she been so grateful for his presence. She didn’t know what she would have done without him being here to be a buffer between Methos and Tony.

“I think we all need to take a deep breath,” Ezra said calmly. “Too much has happened over the last six months for any of us to say or do anything we’ll regret later.” He shot Methos a look before turning his attention to Tony. “She’s your best friend and she loves you; nothing about today has changed that. You need to remember that, Tony.”

It seemed as if Tony was going to say something, but instead, he just shook his head, scrubbing his hand through his hair in a frustrated gesture.


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And last, but not least, a little Vin and Cecily.

Untitled Vin/Cecily snippet

“First, I have a few questions,” she stated.

“Questions? Thought I was s’posed to get a yes or a no, not danged questions!” Vin said, sounding peeved.

“Well now, darling, I am not most women,” Cecily replied smugly.

“Darn well know that! Wouldn’t be asking you to marry me if you were!”

From her hidden vantage point, Charlotte slapped a hand over her mouth to keep from laughing aloud at Vin’s aggrieved reply. “We really shouldn’t be eavesdropping,“ she whispered to Ezra, who stood next to her.

Ezra’s eyes were dancing as he whispered back, “Why, Charlotte, they’re family, so it’s really not a sin.”

Charlotte looked doubtful at his logic, but was more than willing to be convinced in this case. “You may be right,” she murmured, turning her attention back to the couple in the rose garden.

Cecily twirled her parasol over her shoulder, swaying back and forth with a pleased smile on her face. “Very glad you realize that, darlin’.”

Vin shook his head in exasperation, a smile tugging at his lips. “You had questions?” he drawled.

Nodding, she said, “I am a very wealthy woman, Vin, and I want to make sure from the outset that you do not harbour any outmoded ideas about women and money. It is quite enough that I will have to reside in this dusty backwater, but I absolutely refuse to live in a hovel or wear flour sacks made into dresses!”

“Sounds more like an ultimatum than a question, Cecily,” Vin observed evenly.


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I will call her George: Mag 7 - Vin & Ezrastrangevisitor7 on November 12th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
You are a big tease. Still adore the Vin/Cecily snippet because i just love C/V.

Also the idea of Tony meeting Charlotte as his G-G - Ggrandfather is amusing.

Hell I want see them all except the Chris is dead one - you know that :)
Ith: Iron Man - Heart Lightithildyn on November 12th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
Yes well, we just need to fix things up between C & V after you left them gutted [weg]

I really like the idea of Tony thrown back in the past [g] That one might get written one day :)
I will call her George: Ironman - 2strangevisitor7 on November 12th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
At what point would that happen to Tony would he go back to - four corners or before or an alternate AU. WOUld Eza be in it too.

Does Tony wake up like Dorothy and say "and you were there and you were there" when he sees Ez and Charlotte at his bed side LOL
Ithithildyn on November 12th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
It would be after he knows Charlotte is immortal, and the time period in the past would be after Methos leaves, when Chris and Charlotte are having their sneaking around affair. Yes, Ezra's in it big time :)

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! At some point he must think, I'm not in Malibu anymore.
tygermamatygermama on November 12th, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
*snerk* Ith! you got Strangevistor to say she loves C/V!

I love Cecily and Vin too!

And the Tony in the past one, and the...

I love them all.

*hugs*
I will call her George: Mag 7 - Vin and Chrisstrangevisitor7 on November 12th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Damn - I thought I changed that before I hit post.

I should have told ith to name her something else like Emma then I could write V/E all the time :)
tygermama: Mag7 - Vin/Ezratygermama on November 12th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
I"m suddenly glad Cecily wasn't named Bethany, Natalie or Joanna...
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Talk to the Handithildyn on November 12th, 2009 02:05 am (UTC)
[snorfle]
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Gamblerithildyn on November 12th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, we've taken to using "&" as opposed "/" for that reason. But if that was my thing, I'd have to go for V/E [weg]

Glad you like them :)
Carrie: Fandom Explodedsparrowsverse on November 12th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
Oooo, it all looks absolutly wonderful! I hope all of them get turned into fics. *grins*
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Lawmanithildyn on November 12th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Heh! Well that would be something, wouldn't it? We'll see if I can't do at least half :)
tygermama: Mag7 - Chris and Ezratygermama on November 12th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
They are all wonderful but I'm especially loving the idea of the Tony in the past one.

It makes me think of Tony all steampunked out with goggles and such!

And as sad as I would be that Chris was dead, the one about how Maude and Ezra help Charlotte through it would be great too.
Ith: Mag 7 - Chris Desperadoithildyn on November 12th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm rather partial to OW Tony too :)

[sighs] Chris being dead is so sad. No idea if I could ever write it without flooding the keyboard.
caitymomcaitymom on November 12th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Loved every single one of them! :o)
Thanks for sharing.
*hugs*
Ith: Mag 7 - Buck Smileithildyn on November 12th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
Black Rook: Marygrachonok on November 12th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
Wonderful scenes!
Vin and Cecily are terrific both:). This marriage will never be boring:).

Love a caring side of Maude here, Ezra might learn a thing or two about his mother then... Though a mere thought of Chris's death puts me on the verge of tears, too...

*puppy dog eyes on* I know I told this before, but I do wish to read that ATF story! So if you need someone else to discuss it (especially when it's 3 a.m. in your corner of the world:)) or someone to remind you about it on regular basis...:).
Ith: Mag 7 - Vin B&Withildyn on November 12th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
No, not ever boring at all!

Maude steps up for Charlotte when the going gets tough, and that's one of the things I love about their relationship.

Awe! Puppy! I'm of two minds about the ATF fic. I'm just not sure it's something many people would be interested in reading. Will ponder :)
Black Rook: Seriousgrachonok on November 12th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
*keeps hoping* :)