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10 August 2009 @ 07:40 pm
'The More Things Change' (01/01)  
Rating: PG
Notes: Complete, a bit of lighthearted fluff inspired by a recent archeological find I read about.
Character(s): Methos, Joe Dawson, OFC.
Summary: A bored Methos could try the patience of a saint; just ask one!

Just a little ficlet inspired by my post from earlier today.


The More Things Change

San Luis Obispo, August, 2009

“Leave it,” Charlotte warned as Methos tried to snag the other half of her bagel. “You’ve already had yours.”

“But I’m still hungry.” He looked at her entreatingly.

“You know where the Bagel Bakery is,” she replied unsympathetically, pointing towards the front door of the saloon, not even looking up from the liquor manifest Joe had given her to check over.



“Fine,” he said snippily.

“Joe,” he turned towards the man sitting next to him, “are you—“

“Yes, I am actually.” He picked up his bagel with a flourish, moving it farther away from Methos.

“Some friend you are,” he groused.

Joe just grinned, and Charlotte rolled her eyes, shaking her head.

Slouching in his chair, Methos started fiddling with the pile of invoices Joe and Charlotte were going over for the end of the month books at Standish & Black.

This time, she smacked his hand. "Stop it!”

“Hey, no need for violence,” he protested.

She gave him a flinty look. “Is that what you think?”

“Give it up, old man,” Joe advised with a laugh.

Methos sighed dramatically. “At least tell me you’ll be finished soon.”

“For God’s sake, Methos!” Charlotte exclaimed. “I didn’t ask you to tag along this morning, did I? You’re a big boy; if you’re bored, go find something to do and leave me and Joe in peace!”

“Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed,” Methos muttered under his breath.

Joe reached across the small table, putting a placating hand on Charlotte’s wrist before she exploded. “Come on, man, give us a break, okay? It ain’t exciting, but this is what working stiffs do.”

“You do remember what work is, don’t you, dear?” Charlotte asked with mock sweetness.


“That’s what I thought.” Now it was Charlotte’s turn to mutter under her breath.

“And why isn’t Ezra here?” Methos asked suddenly.

She looked up at the ceiling in exasperation. “Because he was delayed in Belize.”

“Well that’s just fine, isn’t it? At least if he were here, there’d be a card game in the offing.”

She snorted, waving her hand at the paperwork scattered over the table the three were sitting at in the back of the saloon. “Not if he knew what was good for him, there wouldn’t.”

“Nice beaches in Belize,” Methos commented absently. "You know, I remember this time—“

Cutting him off before he could say anything else, she picked up a newspaper from the chair next to her, thrusting it toward the peevish Immortal. “Read this and be quiet,” she ordered.



“I’d do as the lady suggests,” Joe told his friend, obviously losing patience.

Methos huffed, but opened the newspaper, pouting at the lack of empathy from his companions.

For a few minutes, all was peaceful; a very few minutes.

“So that’s where those got to!”

Charlotte and Joe looked at each other, neither sure they wanted to ask.

Warily, she finally asked, “Where what got to?”

Methos folded over the paper, turning it so they both could see. The headline read: University of Toronto archaeologists find cache of cuneiform tablets in 2,700-year old Turkish temple. “I kept records for the temple, but you know how it is, paperwork is always getting misplaced – even when it’s in stone.”

“You never could keep track of your things,” Charlotte noted dryly.

“Ha ha.”

“So, any earth shattering knowledge to be discovered once they translate them?” Joe asked curiously.

Methos looked sheepish. “Not really.”

“Well?” she prodded. “What's on them?”

He picked up the pile of papers in the center of the table. “Liquor inventory.”


catyuy: Methos and Joecatyuy on August 11th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
*tackle hug*
Ith: Methos - Cheersithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC)
LOL! Nice to be loved [g]
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on August 11th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)

And usually those tablets the archeologists find are inventories and the like. Or tax records. Or census records. Not great stuff to the average person, but to someone who likes history it gives an idea of lifestyle at that time.

Ith: Methos - Latte Foamithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Nice to write something short and light for a change!
rodlox: Parkerrodlox on August 11th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)

(and very likely all too true!)

I'm tempted to suggest Joe or Charlotte say one of these:
* "And that is why we don't let you help."
* "So, Methos, gotten any better since then?"


excellent story!!
Ith: Methos - Shadowithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
Thank you.
tygermama: Gleetygermama on August 11th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
I think that Methos doctored those books. I can't see him not skimming at least a little off the liquor inventory. :D
Ith: Methos - Mythithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
More than likely.
I will call her George: Methos (2)strangevisitor7 on August 11th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
That was terrific! Poor bored Methos. Guess he and Ezra must be getting along if he's wishing Ez was there to entertain him. [g]
Ith: Methos - Cheersithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
Or his boredom was so painful that even having Ezra there would be pleasant by comparison [g]
caitymomcaitymom on August 11th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
That was so much fun to read.
Ith: Methos - Neckithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
Black Rook: cutiegrachonok on August 11th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
And whow, Joe is employed in Standish&Black! Is there any chance we'll read how it has happpened?:)
Ith: Highlander - Friendsithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
It's a possibility [g] It's a little peek into the future.
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Ith: Methos - Cheersithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
tpena19: Whatevertpena19 on August 11th, 2009 08:15 am (UTC)
Hah. And here's how serious I take you, I had to go check and see if they really were liquor inventories...*headsmack*
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Menial Labourithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)

You know what really cracked me up?

The cella also contained gold, bronze and iron implements, libation vessels and ornately decorated ritual objects.

Libation vessels!!
(no subject) - tpena19 on August 11th, 2009 08:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
The other Weird Al: Highlander - Methos 'To Someday'aeron_lanart on August 11th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
Liquor inventory


I like. And I like Joe and Charlotte being peeved with the ROG and all.
Ith: Methos - Latte Foamithildyn on August 11th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
He really can be a pain in the neck [g] Glad you liked it :) I haven't written anything just off the top of my head for a while. It was fun!
fractured_sunfractured_sun on August 11th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
LOL, Methos reminds me of a cat, you pay him attention and he dances away but ignore me and he does the equivalent of coming and sitting on your work until you start noticing him again.

Ith: What's Left - Danger Kittenithildyn on August 12th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Perfect description!
juniperphoenix on August 11th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, Methos. Can't ignore him, can't get anything done when he's around. :)
Ith: Methos - Alexa: Compassionithildyn on August 12th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Too true :)
dejladejla on August 11th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, hysterical!!
Ith: Art - Royo: Eyesithildyn on August 12th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it :)
LadyTygerEyezladytygereyez on August 11th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Okay, now that is funny. I can see that happening. I'm still a relative newbie to the Highlander fandom (was too busy watching other shows!), but this was definitely in Methos' character.

You are really helping me to love this guy. And you're one of the reasons that I'm getting drawn into this world. Your Charlotte/Tony stories got me started. *grin* So let me thank you now!!
Ith: Iron Man - Burn Outithildyn on August 12th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Thank you! Lovely compliment :) Glad you enjoy the stories.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: egyptidontlikegravy on August 11th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)

I have no words for how much fun this is! Love it to pieces, nice job.

I love those moments when serendipity throws a bunny in your lap, especially when it's a good one like this clearly was. :-)
Ith: Art - Callanishithildyn on August 12th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
It was just too perfect to pass up!

Glad you enjoyed it!