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09 January 2009 @ 07:02 pm
four forgotten finished ficlets  
I'm getting all organised, as you may have noticed. *grins* And I found four finished ficlets. Now, as someone that has a pile of unfinished fics all over the show, finding some that were actually completed was like a little miracle. Two have been previously posted, because they were written for people in comments, but two have never seen the light of day: three are from the Harry Potter verse and feature the Weasley twins, and one is from Firefly about Wash.

Title: Superior Stock
Rating/Warnings: PG
Length: 363 words
Summary: A letter from the MLE arrives for the twins whilst they're having breakfast.
Author Note: Apparently this was originally written for kentish_queen on 13/02//08.

Superior Stock


Fred watched the owl as it swooped through the window of the flat above WWW, dropped a rather official-looking letter on top of his toast, turned its beak up at a strip of bacon and flew out again.

"That is the MLE seal," George said as he sat down opposite his twin.

They both eyed the letter with all the trepidation given to smoking howlers from their mum.

"We haven't done anything though," said Fred, "right?"

"Unless you count the miniature punching telescope we slipped into Kingsley's bag at the last Order meeting," George said carefully.

"Or the Canary Creams we gave Dad to share out at the office," Fred added thoughtfully.

"The poster of the Weird Sisters in the nude that we stuck in the visitors' phone box entrance..."

"The joke cauldrons we switched with some of the ones Percy was testing..."

"The items of interest we've sent Perfect Percy in the post..."

"Setting up our own shop containing items of a dubious nature..."

"Nothing really."

Fred nodded decisively. "Absolutely nothing."

They stared at the envelope a little longer.

"Well, open it," George said eventually.

"Me?!"

"It landed in your toast, oh brave Gryffindor brother of mine."

Fred stuck his tongue out at his twin, then quickly ripped open the envelope, unfolded the letter and placed it in the middle of the table so they could both read it at once.

"Are you reading what I'm reading?" Fred asked after a minute.

"That we have in actual fact done absolutely nothing?"

"That some git stole our identities to market his own second rate prank products."

"Ah, that bit." George looked up from the letter. "They say he's been caught, punished and released back into society."

Fred pushed his plate of toast to one side and leaned forward with his arms resting on the table. "What do you think about paying him a little visit?"

"Purely to educated him on what the original, superior stock provided by experienced pranksters actually looks like?" George asked, wearing a grin that any member of the Weasley family would be deeply suspicious of.

"Exactly."

"Well we do have some additions to the Skiving Snackboxes that need testing."

Title: Temptation
Rating/Warnings: G
Length: 146 words
Summary: Apparently around 17/02/08 sugar_fey gave me the prompt tempt not a desperate man from Romeo and Juliet.

Temptation


Ron eyed the plate of biscuits. It was three whole hours until dinner and Mum wouldn't let him near the kitchen, even though he'd woken up late and missed lunch. (She would have let Harry, if he was here. She would have made him a late lunch all for himself.)

"I don't think he's hungry after all," said George.

"Little Ronikins must be sick," said Fred and he pulled the plate he'd been waving under Ron's nose back towards himself.

"No! No, wait."

He really was hungry and it wasn't like Fred and George had ever pranked food before. Well, they had, but it had been pranks along the lines of putting things in food, like worms and stuff, not pranking the actual food. It wasn't like the twins had been cooking up in their room or anything.

It was just one innocent looking custard cream.

Title: April Fools
Rating/Warnings: PG
Length: 315 words
Summary: On their eighth birthday Fred becomes George and George becomes Fred.

April Fools


The first time they swap jumpers is on their eighth birthday.

Mum and Dad think they don’t listen to the lectures and the lessons, because they don’t finish the work or they make jokes about what they’ve been told, but with four ears between them they take everything in.

Dad always does the lessons on Muggles, after he’s come home from work. April Fool’s Day is a Muggle tradition when people make jokes in the morning and then tell people what they’ve done once it’s midday. All of them sit around the front room whilst he tells them about this other culture and that Fred and George were born on April the first, and everyone laughs.

It’s appropriate for them, and even more appropriate that they play a joke, so they swap jumpers; Fred becomes George and George becomes Fred.

And no one notices.

People had gotten them mixed up before, even Mum, but they didn’t realise how often it happened until they mixed things up further. They might look the same, but apparently no one but Fred knew that George always sat next to Ginny at meal times and no one but George knew that Fred always ate his eggs before his bacon. It came as a bit of a shock that the little things that made Fred Fred and George George weren’t noticed by anyone else.

First it was annoying, then they did what they always did and laughed it off. They made it into a joke, created Gred and Forge, deliberately dressed the same. They didn’t tell anyone that the wrong boy blew out the candles on the wrong cake and that little Ginny gave her paintings of your favourite things to the wrong brother, even though she got their individual favourites right.

Contrary to popular belief, although they deliberately confused people they never deliberately switched again.

(Although George wishes they had.)

Title: Exaggeration and Fabrication
Rating/Warnings: PG13
Length: 328 words
Summary: Pre-War Stories Wash thinks about the stories of his war.

Exaggeration and Fabrication


Wash doesn't have any war stories, or rather they're not what Zoe and Mal mean by war stories. Those two talk about heads being blown off, knives in the dark and mud baths in shallow trenches. Actual things that really happened.

Wash can't tell stories like that.

When he was a kid his mum would tell them all bedtime stories, about daring rescues by chivalrous princes and clever little princesses who found their own way out of trouble, but it was the stories about when she met their dad and life back when she was young that had young Hoban's mouth hanging open.

At flight school he spun tales of what they might do on a drunken night out or repeated stories he'd heard from retired pilots when he was trying (and failing) to cook fry-ups at a nearby eatery. The point of them was to take people's attention away from asking about his home life, which wasn't much but it was theirs, or to make them laugh, to make them like him.

During the war they became an escape. Shadowed shapes on the walls, dinosaurs and aliens in the night, keep them all laughing so it wasn’t as dark.

Wash can talk, has always been able to talk, and he can spin a yarn as good as the next flyboy, but that's exaggeration at best and complete fabrication at the other end of the scale. He never tells true stories.

He doesn't know how to.

Mal and Zoe talk about blown off heads, knives in the dark and mud baths in shallow trenches. Those are the stories of their war.

He tries not to hear them, tries to alter the endings to happiness, or sarcasm, or something they can laugh at.

Wash remembers how the dinosaurs defeated the aliens and conquered Earth-That-Was for themselves. Those were the stories of his war.

The dying and the dead aren't stories, they're a truth, and those he keeps to himself.
 
 
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sarahetc on January 9th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Superior Stock: Wonderful! Perfect voice. And I love the phrase, "Perfect Percy." I do like to read some Perfect Percy angst. But back to the point: your twins are just fantastic!

Temptation: Oh, poor thing. Oh dear.

April Fools: I was giggling along and then oh. There's just nothing to say after that.

Exaggeration and Fabrication: Our fannons have collided and I want to rescue your Wash. Or maybe they've always been pretty close and it's my Wash who needs rescuing. Either way, yeah, exaggerate, fabricate, and always leave them laughing. It's only later they'll realize they never knew you. God. I don't know why, really, and I think I don't want to know, but this:

Wash remembers how the dinosaurs defeated the aliens and conquered Earth-That-Was for themselves.

Makes me want to weep.
inkvoices: F:world without sininkvoices on January 10th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
- Thank you!

- Ron probably doesn't care that much when Hermione complains about the twins testing products on first years because he thinks, 'been there, done that, still here'. *grins*

- I meant to write something longer, I think, then I wrote that and it was effectively The End.

- I'm not sure what you mean by the fandom collision. I have dumb moment.
I like to think that Wash talks a lot but that Zoe listens, if that makes sense.
I'd take a shot at why that line upsets you, but still with the dumb moment here. *heads desk* Think I need sleep or something.

Sorry about the upsetting, but glad you liked them! :o)
sarahetc on January 11th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what you mean by the fandom collision. I have dumb moment.

Or I was inarticulate because that story brought up a lot of feelings and I had a hard time sorting through them. I guess it's that your Wash does have war stories, from the actual war, which he actually fought in. Unless I'm reading it wrong. And if I am, it's because my Wash did. And so few people give him that, and then respect him for both fighting the war, and surviving it as a POW (that's pretty well canon, I think) and then getting over it in a way that Mal and Zoe never do. But the way you voiced him there, his narrative, I guess, reminded me of drowning. Like he manages to tread the water of surviving the war all the time. Except every once in a while he gets tired and slips under. And I wanted to rescue him.

I'm making it worse, aren't I?

I like to think that Wash talks a lot but that Zoe listens, if that makes sense.

Absolutely.

I'd take a shot at why that line upsets you, but still with the dumb moment here.

I still don't know. But it's still very, very powerful. Something there just sorta needled right into the middle of my brain and lodged itself. It's mythic and perfect and is so essentially Wash. I'm adding it to my list of phrases I need icons for.
inkvoices: F:wash washtowninkvoices on January 11th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
No, really, I had a befuzzled brain yesterday. Thankfully my co-workers are the kind inclined to laughing with you at your mistakes than yelling at you, 'cause I did a fair few stupid cock ups at work. *shakes head at self* But thanking you for the greater explaination!

I am never sure if Wash actually fought in the war or was merely a pilot of a supply ship, or refugee evacuation, or went straight from training into that POW camp, and I change my mind as to which side he fought on (although I lean towards him being Alliance, or working with the Alliance)...but I am convinced that a) he ended up in a POW camp and b) that he saw death, albeit within the camp or within the war. That his life wasn't all peaches and cream, and if those are war stories, then yes, he has them. But I also tend towards him feeling that Zoe and Mal's stories are real war stories, whilst his POW stories, however horrific, are not. That he is somehow less for not having real war stories, and that this might incline him towards being antagonistic about them having and sharing their stories.

In War Stories he gets over it, or at least gets to getting over it. Because yes, he does get over things, doesn't he? But that before that episode he has those 'drowning' moments where he wishes they would just shut the hell up, but he's all 'nice, happy, over the war Wash' and 'don't say anything about war because you were on the wrong side Wash', which pushes him towards the confrontation in War Stories. But hey, he was a (bit) better/rescued afterwards! Zoe came for him. *pats you on head* (And then Wash came for Mal. *nods* Because Wash gets over things.)

Wash remembers how the dinosaurs defeated the aliens and conquered Earth-That-Was for themselves.

Okay, here's my stab/s at why this line hurts:
- it's childish in nature, hinting at innocence when we know a POW camp, where we assume this shadow puppet theatre was enacted, is anything but a place of innocence. Lost innocence.
- it can be a metaphor for the simple people defeating all the war-loving 'aliens' and taking back their home for themselves, that Wash and those people he told those stories with had that hope.
- ...which was pointless. Dinosaurs are extinct, Earth-That-Was doesn't exist. Stories like that aren't real. It's whimsical, childish, and his/their situation is hopeless.
- that he doesn't 'remember the story of' but remembers the event; that to him this was real.
- it's Wash, with his dinosaurs and love of Earth-That-Was, and children's games. And this was his story in the middle of a war, like the oddity of seeing a child playing in a minefield.

You're hinting at icon-making, ain't cha? *grins* I want to do a load of Firefly quote icons when I get chance and some more Torchwood icons, so when I get to it I'll message you for your requests or something. :o)
sarahetc on January 12th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
But I also tend towards him feeling that Zoe and Mal's stories are real war stories, whilst his POW stories, however horrific, are not. That he is somehow less for not having real war stories, and that this might incline him towards being antagonistic about them having and sharing their stories

I see where you're coming from. I think that's how a lot of people think. But I can't believe that that could be true, you know? Serenity Valley was bloody and whatnot, but I can't imagine that being a POW was all rations and shadow puppets. I'm pretty convinced there's a deep well of something in there and maybe his antagonism comes from not having anyone to share it with.

He is a getter-overer, but your use of the verb "swallow" is telling. I think a lot of his getting over is less actual over and more resolution not to think or care.

As for Aliens vs. Dinosaurs, all those things could work. None of them jump out at me. I think it's just special fanfic alchemy.
inkvoices: F:wash iflyinkvoices on January 13th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm betting that the POW camp was horrendous, and that the events leading up to him being in there were far from a picnic as well, but that, being inclined to go for the joke, he chooses to remember the shadow puppets, and share the shadow puppets. But that his stories aren't on the same playing field as Zoe and Mal's.

See, this is why I'm inclined to thinking that regardless of how involved with the Alliance Wash was that he was in a POW camp run by the Independents, because then not only does he see his stories as 'less' than Mal and Zoe's, but also how do you tell stories about horrors committed by the side your wife and captain were on? To them?

Which also makes it less of a truely getting over the past and more of a having to get over it, or seem over it, or at least never mention that you aren't.

Aliencs vs. Dinos: Oh well, I had a shot at explaination anyhow. :o)
Fanartist in training: twins sitkath_ballantyne on January 10th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ohh, ohh I love all of these.
You get the twins' voices perfectly.

Superior Stock: I love the letter falling in Fred's toast and the list of their mischivous things they've done and the fact that it turns out to no be something they've done at all.
Ohhh that person is so going to be in for it. Heee. Their banter is perfect.

Temptation: heee oh boys *g* Poor Ron. *sniggers*

April Fools: oh this one is my favourite. You've dealt with their similarities and their differences and how they feel about those. I adore this look into the stuff they've always seen as different between them and the fact that no one else notices ugh *hugs them*
And I was just re-reading it to make sure i commented on the right stuff and realised I'd totally missed the last line last time through. ohhhh *sobs*
*clings to them* guh. This makes it even more powerful.
Thankyou for sharing this. It was perfect and I've missed reading stuff that really hit on who the twins were.

Exaggeration and Fabrication: This is wonderful. You really get the characters, these are all short pieces but in each of them we get a real sense of who they REALLY are.


The dying and the dead aren't stories, they're a truth, and those he keeps to himself.

Guh.
This just fits so well with Wash
Very well done. these are all amazing.
inkvoices: hp:weasley twinsinkvoices on January 10th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

- I like me some banter. I'm glad you think it sounds appropriate for the twins. :o)

- You just know that when Ron doesn't really care when Hermione complains about the twins testing products on first years because he's thinking, 'been there, done that, still here' *grins*

- For me, stories where the twins are focal characters and yet are treated as the same person almost annoy me, because they're too seperate individuals. And yet they are similar and close and even their own mother admits to confusion. Which is just interesting. I mean, what do they really think about that?
I think this was meant to be a longer look at the twins and that I wrote that bracketted line and couldn't write anymore. It was, effectively, The End. Meh.

- we get a real sense of who they REALLY are one of the best compliments I have ever had, thank you! :oD
zinne80zinne80 on January 11th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Those three twins drabbles are perfect. And a little sad note...
I always love the twins interactions and you did great on that with the first drabble.
inkvoices: hp:weasley twinsinkvoices on January 11th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm pleased you think I hit the right tone with the twins, and I'm glad you enjoyed the ficlets :o)
sugar_fey: FF- wash rainbowsugar_fey on February 4th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
*whacks self* How on earth did I miss these? You have twins!fic and Wash!fic, and I haven't given them proper reading justice. Shocking! I'll have to spend some quality time reading them all properly.
inkvoices: F:wash wannafly?inkvoices on February 7th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
It's okay, I missed them too! They were all hidden on my computer, and I had an 'aha, finished fic!' moment of excitement. *grins*