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30 April 2009 @ 08:09 pm
'Man of the Family' (01/01)  
This is the snippet I mentioned in my post earlier today. I've worked on it a bit, so it's more of a ficlet than a snippet now. I still may incorporate it into a larger fic at some point in the future, but for now, I present the evidence of the day I caved to the Charlotte/Chris pressure :)

Hope you like it!

Rating: PG15
Notes: A story in the 'Echoes the Sea' AU series, Chris Larabee/OFC. This is a bit of an interlude between 'Too Young for Heaven' and strangevisitor7's story, 'Each Must Know His Part'.
Characters: Ezra Standish, Charlotte Sparrow.
Summary: Even if it means a shotgun wedding, Ezra is determined that Chris do right by Charlotte. But the truth of the situation can often be the opposite of what you believe.


Man of the Family

Ezra reached over, pulling on the reins of Charlotte's horse, bringing both of their mounts to a halt. "We need to discuss this," he told her firmly.

"I am not having this conversation with you," she said in a voice that brooked no opposition.

"Whether we have it now or later is immaterial, but we are going to talk about it," he replied, not about to be gainsaid.

Dismounting, she walked over to the riverbank, staring at the water. "Say what you need to," she said tonelessly.

Joining her, he placed a gentle hand against the back of her neck. "Someone will discover your affair; dearest Charlotte, it almost happened today. You are a mother, you have standing in the community, and you cannot continue to risk your reputation in this fashion.”

"It's my reputation to risk, Ezra, and is none of your concern!"

"That is not true, on either count, and you know that very well," he countered reprovingly. "It is not just your reputation, but that of your children as well. As for it not being my concern; need I remind you that you were the one that insisted I take up my responsibilities as head of the family?"

"For the children!" she snapped. "You are not my father, Ezra, so I would appreciate you not acting as if you were!"

Laughing softly, he replied, "If I were your father, I'd be locking you in your room and fetching a shotgun and a minister."

She pulled away from him, walking farther along the riverbank.

"You deserve better than an illicit affair, Charlotte! And I intend to see that Mr. Larabee does right by you. After three months, it is time for him to declare his intentions." Ezra was determined in this. He would not allow the man to continue to disrespect Charlotte in such a manner. If Chris refused to behave as a gentleman should, then Ezra would force the issue.

Whirling, she looked at him with narrowed eyes. "You’ve known all this time?"

"Of course I have!” he told her in exasperation. “My dearest cousin, you wear your emotions plainly on your face for all to see. Anyone who knew you well would realize there was something between the two of you. And Chris has been happy, something so rare an occurrence during our acquaintance that the meaning was obvious to anyone with eyes."

"Who else knows?" she demanded.

"Buck, of course, realized when I did, for much the same reason. And I am certain Vin knows." Actually Ezra believed that most of the men he rode with suspected there was something between Charlotte and their leader, except perhaps for JD.

Sighing, she didn't look at him when he came to stand in front of her.

"If you have any trepidation about Buck knowing, you shouldn’t; he is thrilled at the prospect of Chris finally being happy after so long. Though, like me, he had hoped that a proposal of marriage would be in the offing."

"There was," she said so softly that he barely heard her. "He broached the subject weeks ago; I refused him."

Ezra was not expecting that and found himself momentarily taken aback. Finally, he said, "I admit that I find myself at a loss, Charlotte. I know you are not one for casual dalliances, so I had assumed that you loved him. Was I mistaken?"

"No, you are not mistaken. I do love him, and that is why I cannot marry him!" It was obvious from Ezra's expression that he was baffled by her response. She elaborated, ”He deserves a wife who can give him children, someone he can grow old with. I can't give him any of those things."

"And does he get any say in this? Or have you decided you know what is best for him and his life?"

"That's not fair!" she cried, clenching her hands into fists at her sides.

"And you think you are being fair?" he asked with a note of censure.

She shook her head, angrily pushing past him. "This conversation is over!"

"Not quite yet," he contradicted, taking hold of her upper arm, stopping her. "You told me that you loved me as if I were a child of your own body. Was that a lie?"

"Of course not!"

"Then don't you think Chris is just as capable of loving children who are not his?"

Shoulders slumping, she stopped trying to free herself from his grasp, instead leaning against him wearily. "It's not that easy," she whispered brokenly. “I don’t know if I can bear to lose anyone else I love. It is so hard, watching as they slip away from you in what seems like the blink of an eye, Ezra, so very hard.”

"I know." He put his arms around her, holding her close. "I know."


caitymomcaitymom on May 1st, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this very much! :)
Thank you so much for sharing
(and creating such a wonderful
original chacter). *Hugs*
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Candlesithildyn on May 1st, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! And thank you for reading and taking the time to comment. It truly is so much appreciated!
Carrie: Magnificent7: JD Nummy Treatsparrowsverse on May 1st, 2009 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh! I love this Ezra and Charlotte moment. :D Ezra playing the head of the family and Charlotte being all resisting.

Two forces of equal force. :D

I can't wait to see what else is next in this 'verse.
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Wallpaperithildyn on May 1st, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Masterful Ezra is masterful [weg]

Glad you liked my little interlude!
I will call her George: Mag 7 - Ezra & Charlottestrangevisitor7 on May 1st, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
*squishes this ficlet* i love everything about it. Especially the misconception that Chris is the reluctant participant and somehow Ezra is determined to make him do the right thing. As if he could. [g]
Ith: My Fic Icons - Charlotteithildyn on May 1st, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know, I think if Chris were actually not intending to 'do the right thing' Ezra would be pretty determined [g]

But yes, I do like that Ezra leaps to the totally incorrect conclusion! Considering what happened prior to this scene, I think he owes Chris an apology.
Ninjababe: mag7-maudeninjababe on May 1st, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Awwww! Squeee!

I like!

Yes, that's my intellectual reply to your short masterpiece. :)
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Smileithildyn on May 1st, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Aww! Thank you :)
Black Rook: Rebeccagrachonok on May 1st, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
What a lovely piece!
And it's clearly seen here, that Charlotte is still very young as an Immortal (and Ezra sees most of the things still from mortal standpoint). I'm just remembering Duncan having similar doubts from time to time - while Methos or, for instance, Ceirdwyn both have much more simple view on the subject:).

And... It's really been a while since I've read a good old-fashioned romance:), so I do hope muses allow you to finish 'Too young for heaven' soon:).
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Candlesithildyn on May 1st, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! Old fashioned romance isn't very popular these days so I appreciate your comment more than you know :)

I fully intend to finish 'Heaven'! I want to see how it ends!
Black Rook: Rebeccagrachonok on May 1st, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Oh, when it comes to old-fashioned romance, you can safely count on me:). I'm still thinking that the best romance novels ever are "Pride and Prejudice" and "Persuasion":).
Ith: Art - Lily Pondithildyn on May 1st, 2009 07:26 am (UTC)
Good to know! And I'd add Jane Eyre to that list [g]
Black Rook: Nevagrachonok on May 1st, 2009 07:31 am (UTC)
Naturally, I've just forgotten:)
Ith: Japan - Secretsithildyn on May 1st, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
A woman after my own heart :) So now I ask the question: have tyou seen the move 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'?
Black Rookgrachonok on May 1st, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid no:(. But I'm not sure it has ever been officially aired here...
Ithithildyn on May 1st, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
It's a very old movie, from the 1940s, based on a novel by the same name. Though in this case, I think I prefer the movie.
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Ith: My Fic Icons - Charlotteithildyn on May 1st, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you, sweetie :) [HUGS]
bookaddict43: ezraleaningbookaddict43 on May 1st, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Poor Charlotte! It would be hard to lose another lover, I could see why she wouldn't want to marry. I love Ezra taking the initiative here and the fact he doesn't back down. He makes a great 'man of the family'!
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Vin Photoithildyn on May 2nd, 2009 07:20 am (UTC)
I just love Ezra when he's being all responsible.

Charlotte is definitely a little gun shy right now.
flingslass: DuckyAbby hmmflingslass on May 2nd, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)
I just KNEW this was going to happen :D
Ith: Mag 7 - Chris Profileithildyn on May 2nd, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
LOL! Well I'm glad someone did, because I sure didn't!
tpena19tpena19 on May 6th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
lovely. perfect voices here for who they each are.
Ithithildyn on May 6th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Thank you :)