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Here are the first three drabbles from the "request a drabble" thing I posted earlier. (There's still room for one more request, by the way!)

For [livejournal.com profile] brewsternorth, who asked for Top Gear, James and Richard, Routemasters:

Obsolescence


James likes the old Routemaster buses. They may whiff a bit of Heritage and tourism, but they're good engineering and they deserve to last.

It's not a Top Gear-compatible opinion, so one boozy evening when Hammond says, "You're narked at Jezza for blowing up that Routemaster, aren't you?" James denies it.

Clarkson's not the problem; obsolescence is. Everything melts into air: technology, fashion, ideas. In his attic, James has a musical graveyard of vinyl albums, eight-track tapes, and cassettes that'll never be mp3s.

He looks at Hammond, seeing new laugh lines and grey hairs, and says, "It's only a bus."



For [livejournal.com profile] vandonovan, who asked for a positive portrayal of atheism: "The Nothing That Is," Star Trek TOS, McCoy gen.

The Nothing That Is


When Leonard was a boy, God was in the sky and the devil was under his feet. Everything solid and real carried the devil's taint, and holiness was too far away to touch.

He's been escaping his parents' church ever since. First the Atheist Club at Ole Miss, then medical school and Starfleet Academy, where believers were so few that they formed clubs. And finally, space.

There's no divine particle, no God force. Just a big universe and every imaginable and unimaginable kind of people.

Some folks hate the emptiness. Leonard looks out into vacuum and feels, at last, joy.



For [livejournal.com profile] stunt_muppet, who asked for X-Men (I made it movieverse), Charles/Erik, backgrounds:

Prince and Pauper


Charles owns a Westchester mansion with silk wallpaper. His cook is French. His suits are tailor-made, and so are Erik's, now.

Five years ago Erik hoarded stale bread. He had lice and his hands were filthy from digging graves.

He hates himself for wanting to forget.

Some days he could smash every pretty thing. Break the windows and let the winter in, pour the wine down the sink.

Charles always knows. Charles comes to him, holds his hands but stays mercifully out of his mind. Hinges creak, loose screws rattle, and Erik crawls back up from history one more time.

on 2011-03-09 10:24 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: "Magneto Was Right" (magneto was right)
Posted by [personal profile] lilacsigil
Sometimes I'm glad someone cared so much about Erik, but also sad about the way it was needed, and what could never be put aside or made pretty.

on 2011-03-09 12:15 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] lemposoi
That last one really makes me empathize with Magneto. Is that the word? Feel his anger and frustration, that is. It's also interesting because I'd normally think that anger at the sight of abundance is a noble impulse; a lot of people who are very poor and become very rich (or get access to riches) tend to go a little crazy with it, splurge and lose perspective.

Bless Leonard McCoy, and that first drabble was great because I didn't need to know who these people are to appreciate it.

on 2011-03-09 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] ellen_fremedon
The McCoy one is beautiful.

on 2011-03-09 07:30 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] starlady
I really like that McCoy one.

on 2011-03-10 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] sunspot67
I know nothing about Top Gear but got a strong sense of character from the first drabble.

Loved the TOS McCoy, he's a favorite character of mine and I think the atheism was very in character for him. Also the joy--the man is in space for a reason.

The last line really made the X-Men drabble.

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