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14 March 2010 @ 06:18 pm
'Paving the Road To Hell' (01/01)  
This was a scene I'd rather thought would go into 'I am Going to the West', but now I'm nearing the end of that, and it never quite fit. But I liked the idea, and it was something that needed to happen at some point, so it gets to be its own ficlet.

This takes place just before Practical Applications and sheds some light on just why Charlotte never told Methos about Tony.


Paving the Road To Hell

“You know him?” Methos picked up the framed photo from its place on the book shelves across from her desk. It wasn’t the only photo there; her office was peppered with photographs, most of them taken by Ezra, of the vineyard, her staff, friends, and clients at various winery and charitable events. No, it wasn’t the only photo there, but of course, it was the one Methos picked out from all the others. “I didn’t realize your wine was that popular,” he said with a grin. “Having a man like Tony Stark as a customer must be a feather in your cap.”

Charlotte looked at the photo, it was of her and Tony at the charity auction just before Tony had gone to Afghanistan. She swallowed back the emotion that event still had the power to overwhelm her with. “Yes, he’s one of my most important clients,” she heard herself saying. Why had she said that? Why had she avoided ever mentioning her friendship with Tony to Methos in the weeks he’d been back in her life? You know why! The truth was, she dreaded Tony and Methos ever meeting. They’d despise one another, each for his own reasons, and when it came down to it, she was a coward. She just wanted a few weeks, maybe a few months, of normal, before she had to try and juggle her best friend and her lover and the two dominant personalities that would never ever mesh.

She took a deep breath. It was time, time to tell Methos the truth. But his next words stopped her good intentions dead in their tracks.

“The man’s a fool,” Methos said witheringly. “’I am Iron Man’ – did it ever occur to the idiot that he was painting a target on the back of everyone close to him? Though I doubt there are many that would fall into that category.” He shook his head, looking at the photo, not noticing the distress on Charlotte’s face before she carefully schooled her expression. “I’m just thankful he’s only a customer of yours.”

“He…,” she began, only to be interrupted by an oblivious Methos.

“Can you imagine?” He chuckled.

“Imagine what?”

“You traveling in those circles,” he explained. “Yachts, sipping champagne with the idle rich, parties in Monte Carlo with the Jet Set, drunken Beverly Hills orgies – if the tabloid reports are to be believed; you hate that sort of thing.”

She felt her resolve slipping away. There would be time later, to tell Methos about Tony. After all, it wasn’t as if Tony was going to unexpectedly appear on her doorstep anytime soon, now was he?

End (for now)

catyuycatyuy on March 15th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Oh Charlotte.
Ith: My Fic Icons - Charlotteithildyn on March 16th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
Uh huh.
tygermamatygermama on March 15th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
After all, it wasn’t as if Tony was going to unexpectedly appear on her doorstep anytime soon, now was he?

Poor Charlotte, she really should know better than to even think such a thing.

Tony, Methos, Ezra... all the men in her life would show up within 48 hours just to be contrary. But I can't blame her for wanting some peace and quiet.

*hugs Charlotte*
Ith: My Fic Icons - Charlotte Pearlsithildyn on March 16th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Much regret is going to stem from her decision.
I will call her George: Ironman - 2strangevisitor7 on March 15th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Brilliant! Poor Charlotte. It's bad enough she's fighting for Methos and Ezra to get along. Now she has to worry about how Methos will deal with the idea that Tony is a good friend. Looking forward to Ez and Tony vs. Methos. Should be interesting.
Ith: My Fic Icons - Charlotte & Ezraithildyn on March 16th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Doesn't she watch soap operas? The truth always comes out! [g]
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on March 15th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Poor Charlotte. And I so want to see Tony turn up on her doorstep with Methos there.

And why do I suddenly want to see Tony/Charlotte now?
Ith: Iron Man - Heart Lightithildyn on March 16th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
The urge to write Tony/Charlotte is nearly irresistible some days, believe me. And Tony's always pushing the idea [g]
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on March 16th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I'll bet he is. Tony is such a man-whore.
Julie Frost, SFF writer: Mine is an evil laughagilebrit on March 15th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Now I'm just waiting for Tony to breeze right into the room and give her an enormous hug and a peck on the cheek...
Ith: Iron Man -  Forgeithildyn on March 16th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
Well if I hadn't written the sequel first, I would have been tempted!
Black Rook: Marygrachonok on March 15th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Poor Charlotte... Though Methos, too, should now better than jumping to any conclusions about her:).
Ith: Methos - Cheersithildyn on March 16th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
I kinda like that even at his age, he's still just a guy.
tpena19tpena19 on March 15th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
hah, you just know Tony is going to pop up now.
Ith: Iron Man -  Partyithildyn on March 16th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
zedthezebrazedthezebra on March 15th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was lovely. Can't wait to them meeting. Poor Charlotte!!
Ith: My Fic Icons - Chibi Tony & Ezraithildyn on March 16th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it!
birggitt: being awesomebirggitt on March 18th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Oh, my! Poor Charlotte! But she should know better, by know. Even thinking it wasn’t as if Tony was going to unexpectedly appear on her doorstep anytime soon, now was he? is like calling troubles.
And troubles would be if Tony shows up with Methos in there. *shakes head* Men! Actually, Alpha Men!
And... just asking, you know? but... are you planning to write Charlotte/Tony? *bats eyelashes innocently*

Ith: Iron Man -  Partyithildyn on March 18th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, i know, she's going to be ruing the day. Silly girl.

And... just asking, you know? but... are you planning to write Charlotte/Tony? *bats eyelashes innocently*

So how much is Tony paying you guys anyway? LOL
birggitt: Methosbirggitt on March 18th, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
Oh, you know... is not about payment. It's just... I'd love to see how they'll manage to make it work :D

Not that I wouldn't love to see the verbal fight between Methos and Tony, too. Sarcasm and irony at the higher expression, lol!
Ith: Iron Man - Heart Lightithildyn on March 19th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
I've been getting many requests for Tony/Charlotte, so I can only assume Tony's plying you all with either his smile or monetary gain [g] Seeing as it's his one goal these days it would seem.

There will be an 'almost' moment to come, but anything else will have to be in an AU version!
birggitt: Methosbirggitt on March 19th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Well, I'd say his smile is enough to make us to agree with anything he'd want *g*

Well, I'm totally open to AU versions *g*