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24 October 2008 @ 09:17 pm
'Family Matters' (01/01)  
This is a ficlet I wrote a little more than a month ago. It's probably going to be an AU to our AU since I haven't quite convinced strangevisitor7 that this needs to be canon [g] But no reason you can't read it anyway!

Characters: Ezra Standish, Oren Travis, Charlotte Sparrow
Notes: PG, Magnificent Seven, Highlander. This takes place around the same time as strangevisitor7's story Child of My Heart. Other Charlotte stories may be found here.
Summary: Charlotte delivers a warning.


Family Matters

Doña Ana, New Mexico ~ February, 1866

“See what you gave up by deciding to settle in Four Corners instead of Doña Ana?” Charlotte asked as she and Ezra walked down the wide, well maintained sidewalks the bustling town.

Ezra patted her hand in the crook of his arm. “I must say that you have a most lovely town, dear cousin. However, I am oddly content with my choice.”

“Then I am pleased, Ezra. My only wish has ever been for you to be happy.” Her hand tightened on his arm, a reflex reaction she hadn’t quite been able to stop as the presence of another Immortal washed across her.

“Are you well, Charlotte?” he asked, obviously noticing the sudden tension.

Her eyes scanned the mill of people on the streets. “Yes, of course, I’m fine. I just felt a little lightheaded for a moment,” she dissembled.

“Then let us find a place for you to sit.”

She finally found what she’d been searching for and relaxed, taking a deep breath. “No need, dearest. I am fine now; it has passed.”

“If you’re sure?” He still sounded concerned.

“Quite!” she said reassuringly. “Now, let me introduce you.” She directed his attention to the two men approaching them. It was Ezra’s turn to stiffen, but Charlotte didn’t have time to enquire as they drew even with them; the town’s sheriff, and an older man in a black suit and hat who carried himself with confidence.

“Mrs. Black, what a pleasant surprise to find you here in town,” the older man greeted her genteelly, touching the brim of his hat.

“Pearl,” the sheriff greeted her with a matching gesture.

The older man turned his attention to Ezra. “I hope Mr. Standish isn’t making a nuisance of himself?”

“Fancy meeting you here, Judge,” Ezra said with a smile that didn’t reach his eyes.

“Ezra, this is Sheriff Jenkins. Hank, this is my cousin, Ezra Standish. He’s currently residing in Four Corners and has come to visit me and the children. And of course you already know Judge Travis.”

“Good to meet you,” Hank Jenkins said, the two men shaking hands.

“I didn’t realize you had family nearby, Standish,” Judge Travis said.

“My cousin is the reason I moved west,” Ezra explained, still sounding wary.

“Is that right?”

“It is, Judge Travis,” Charlotte said, stepping back into the conversation. “Ezra spent a great deal of time with my family when he was a child, and having him here has brought me great joy.” She locked eyes with the other Immortal. “I intend to make sure he has a very long and happy life here.”

Travis nodded, understanding the warning in her seemingly innocent statement. Glancing over at Ezra, then back to Charlotte, he said, “It’s always good to have family around.”

“Indeed it is,” she replied softly. Oren Travis was a good man, but it had been necessary for the other Immortal to know that Ezra was under her protection. She couldn’t risk any misunderstandings should Ezra suffer his first death with her not there to look out for him.

“If you’ll excuse us, Mrs. Black, the sheriff and I have an appointment at the courthouse.” Travis took her extended hand, bowing slightly over it. “It was a pleasure seeing you again.”

“And you, Judge Travis.”

They made their goodbyes and Ezra and Charlotte watched them walk away.

“I think I could use a drink,” she said brightly.

Ezra’s hand on her arm stopped her. “What just happened here?”

“What are you talking about, dear?” Charlotte feigned innocence.

“You just warned the judge off.”

“Ezra, really!” She laughed. “A little suspicious aren’t you?”

He waved a finger at her. “Dear Auntie Lottie, you are a woman of many accomplishments, but you are a terrible liar.”

Sighing in irritation, no little of it due to Ezra calling her ‘Lottie’ which she hated – well he knew – she pulled from his hold on her arm. “Very well, I suppose you could say I was warning him off, but it wasn’t anything quite so dramatic. I am a woman of considerable standing in the community, and I just wanted to make sure that Judge Travis remembers that in his dealings with you.” It wasn’t entirely the truth, but close enough that Ezra should believe her.

He still looked suspicious, searching her eyes. “I have no desire for you to be my rescuer, Charlotte,” he said firmly. “I am no longer a child to be protected.”

She waved away his protest. “We are family, Ezra, and family looks out for each other. So I suggest you reconcile yourself to that.”

Laughing softly, he took her hand. “Yes, ma’am.”

“That’s better. Now, I believe you were buying me a drink?”

tygermamatygermama on October 25th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)

Charlotte warning the judge off FTW!
Suspicious Ezra not quite buying it, but letting it go because he trusts Charlotte!

Thank you for posting this!
Ith: Art - Pink Poolithildyn on October 25th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it! I was just tickled by the idea of Travis being an immortal, so I had to write it :) But Casey needs convincing [snicker]
ronneemronneem on October 25th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Oh that's sweet! Hilarious that the Judge is an Immortal, one who respects Charlotte enough to quietly back down in regards to Ezra. And hilarious that Ezra is a suspicious cuss who knows Charlotte's up to something. Brilliant idea of dragging Travis into play.
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Buck Shootithildyn on October 25th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
The first time I saw M7, I just thought, damn, Robert Vaughn really needs to be an immortal [g]

And in my imaginary world, I think that's how he knew Ezra was Ezra before he saw his face at the saloon.

Glad you liked my wee bit of weirdness :)
ex_egorstan on October 26th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Now that's interesting!

Judge Travis as an immortal ... mmm.

Have you convinced George (strangevisitor7) that she should carry this over into her stories?

Ithithildyn on October 26th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
To tell the truth, I haven't really tried :) It was just a whimsy of mine.
ex_egorstan on October 26th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
It's a very interesting concept!

I do love what the two of you have come up with in this immortal au, especially your Charlotte character.

Ithithildyn on October 26th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Well, thank you :) I have a very odd imagination, I'll admit.

I certainly never expected Charlotte to end up so busy when I started writing her last year!
tpena19tpena19 on October 26th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
hmm...the judge as an immortal. That could work, it would explain his attitude and seeming fearlessness in some episodes (always thought he was a bit much for a judge). Just need to explain his son somehow (maybe his wife's kid? maybe adopted?).

Also, loved how Ezra called her "Auntie Lottie" too great. Has to come from a childhood shared with Charlotte, great way to work in some history between the two.
Ithithildyn on October 26th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
Re: interesting
Adopted of his wife's -- either works :) Either way, it's just AU crack! [g]
sfulton229sfulton229 on October 27th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
What a nice addition to the main story. I can see Travis as an Immortal, especially since Robert Vaughn is ageing well. The warning was delivered nicely but not subtly enough that Ezra didn't pick up on the fact that it was a warning but not what Charlotte was warning Travis about. I really was delighted to read this lovely surprise. Thank you so much for posting this.
Ithithildyn on October 27th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
You're welcome :) It was just one of those things that came to me and I had to write it -- whether it made sense or not :)
sfulton229sfulton229 on October 27th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
I think it worked just fine.
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Smileithildyn on October 27th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly :)
I will call her George: Mag 7 - Buck & Ezrastrangevisitor7 on October 27th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
This came out wonderfully. it does explain how Judge Travis recognized Ezra in the bar without actually seeing his face - that preimmortal buzz was a dead give away.

This AU just keep on chugging along! SO if the judge is offically Immortal - You have to write the one after Ezra turns. It would be funny if Charlotte forgot to tell him about the judge and Ezra experiences his first non Charlotte buzz.
Ithithildyn on October 27th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
If it were official, I think the Judge was a friend of Charlotte's father when she was a little girl. Took care of his legal affairs in the Colonies [g] He had always intended to keep an eye on her, but lost track of her after she married and moved to South America. They ran into each other again in NM after Charlotte settled there.

I will call her George: Mag 7 -  Ezra Kiddingstrangevisitor7 on October 27th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Ok now that's just to many coincidences. LOL But I have no problem keeping this as an AU of the main story.
Ithithildyn on October 27th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Highlander is just one big coincidence! I'm just going with canon there [g] I swear Highlander is probably the worst show to pay too much attention to all the things that don't really make sense :)

That's okay, I don't think I can handle keeping track of an AU to an AU. It's hard enough now.
Katfairykatfairy on October 29th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
One small problem- the M7 costumes aren't from 1866, but from a later period. Mary wore a small bustle, which wasn't invented until some time after 1870. In the 1860s, it was still the hoop skirt, and wasn't much different than what you'd see in any Civil War-era drama.

The usual date I've seen for M7 is 1876, which is a reasonable guess judging by the clothes and the ages of the characters compared with events mentioned in their pasts.
Ithithildyn on October 29th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
My Highlander character/ series is set in 1866 and I went along with what strangevisitor7 used when she borrowed my character. So I suppose the dating can just be an additional AU aspect :)