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Nov. 12th, 2007 | 09:30 pm
posted by: broedym in life_fic

Title: The First Time
Author: broedym
Characters: Reese, Crews (squinting required for Reese/Crews, but then I always was short sighted)
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Through 1x06 (Powerless) and set during the episode
A/N: I scribbled most of this down after watching "Powerless", but I never thought I'd actually post it. But, damn it, I couldn't help myself. It's the red hair...




The First Time

The first time Dani Reese slept with her partner she was too drunk to remember much. But she wasn't so drunk that anything more than sleeping went on, that much she did remember.

The ride in the ambulance was a blur, being poked and prodded in the emergency room only a vague recollection. What she did remember was Crews showing up at the hospital, flipping through an old magazine as he sat by her bedside. And at 2AM when she argued with the nurse on duty that she was fine to go home, he wordlessly took her by the arm and stayed with her as she signed herself out against medical advice.

"You're supposed to be in for observation overnight," the nurse reminded her.

Dani shot her a look through reddened eyes that silenced any further comment.

She didn't want to go back to her apartment. Supposed she couldn't, until scenes of crime were finished with it. Dani hadn't thought that far ahead in her desperate attempt to flee the buzzing fluorescent lights of the hospital.

Crews didn't make her ask. They drove in silence to his house, her head resting against the window of his ridiculous muscle car. They'd given her B12 at the hospital to lessen the affects of the alcohol after she'd refused the other drugs. She still felt it, that familiar euphoria that was dark and murky around the edges. She knew what was to come – the physical as well as the emotional ride. But for now she cast it from her mind and let Crews drive her to his place.

Dani knew about the settlement he received. Like everyone else she didn't know the exact amount, but whatever it was it bought a whole lot of house.

"Whoa," she murmured as she stood before the palatial front doors. "Home sweet home."

Crews didn't say anything as he ushered her in. She was vaguely aware that he had said very little all night which, for Crews, was quite an achievement. But she didn't dwell on it, as she cast her eyes around the spacious foyer.

"Come on," he said, taking her arm once more.

"Where's your furniture?" she asked as they passed another dark, empty room on the upper floor.

Not to be veered off course, his arm slipped around her waist to firmly propel her forward. He didn't bother replying.

His bedroom was sparse, save the king size bed which dominated the space. The rest of the room was untouched, as if nobody lived there. She did a 360 to take it all in, but the resulting dizziness she felt drained her face of color.

Crews sat her on the bed and knelt in front of her to take her boots off, just as he had done at the hospital when he'd helped her put them on. This time she let him do it all, watching him.

"Your hair is really red."

He glanced up, amusement in eyes, as he set her shoes aside.

"You noticed that, huh?" he asked. "You want something to sleep in?"

She smirked, her eyelids feeling heavy. "Is that an invitation to get naked?"

"It's an invitation for a t-shirt and sweats."

He got up and disappeared inside a walk in closet. Alone in the cavernous bedroom, Dani felt a stab of embarrassment over her comment which had fallen flat. If only he knew how familiar the naked scenario was to her.

But his expression had not changed when he returned a few moments later – an echo of a smile still evident on his lips. He handed her a pair of gray sweat pants and a department t-shirt.

"Bathroom's through there," he said, pointing. "You be alright for a few minutes?"

She nodded and waved him away. After he was gone she gingerly got to her feet, her toes sinking into the thick, warm carpet, and found the bathroom light switch. The warm glow of the heat bulbs made the tiled space cozy, despite its size. She shook her head at the refined opulence that surrounded her. It also looked untouched, like a display home. Mirrors lined the wall above the matching sinks but she turned away from them, as fumbling fingers undid the buttons of her shirt and she peeled it off.

His clothes were too big for her, but she felt cocooned in the soft fabric. Safe. And, for once, not alone. Dani shook her head at her own sentimentality, grateful that it would wear off before morning. She leaned into the sink, her hair falling into her eyes, and drank greedily direct from the tap. Anything to stave off the inevitable misery she would feel when she woke.

There was no sign of Crews when she returned to the bedroom. Dani was too tired to care. She located the main light switch and plunged the room into semi darkness. The light from the full moon outside was still sufficient to see by, and she contemplated closing the curtains. But suddenly it was all too hard, and all she wanted to do was sleep. Dani slipped into one side of the bed, barely disturbing the quilt which covered the rest of it.

As her bare arm snaked towards the middle of the bed she thought fleetingly that there wouldn't be too many cops with 1000 thread count sheets in their department. She didn't think about much else as she floated towards sleep. The images that danced on the back of eyelids melded together into a flash of that damn vodka bottle. But then she saw Crews' smile. He had given her her moment.

"That's all I needed," she slurred more from sleep than intoxication.

"What?" Crews asked from where he stood on the opposite side of the bed.

Dani's eyes fluttered open but she didn't have the energy to raise her head from the pillow.

"Nothing."

Like an apparition he was gone again, how long she couldn't tell. Then she felt a slight movement on the bed and realized he had climbed into the other side.

"What're you doing, Crews?"

"Going to sleep. Goodnight." He let out a long breath.

Consciousness returned to Dani long enough for a frown to appear on her forehead.

"Here?" she asked.

There was another deep inhale and exhale. "It's where I am."

"It's where I am."

"Then here we are." More measured breathing.

Dani summoned her energy and peered at him. He lay on his back, his arms crossed underneath his pillow.

"Why are you here?" she said bluntly.

She saw his pale eyes, now dark from the shadows, turn to meet hers. "Why are any of us here?"

Dani closed her eyes when it stung to roll them. She licked her dry lips.

"Don't you have another bed?"

"Nope."

"A couch?"

"Nuh-uh." He paused. "Well, technically, yes, there's one in Ted's room. But I don't think Ted enjoys the company of men in his bedroom. In fact he chose to stay above the garage, which is about as far away from this room as you can get in this house. Besides, it's late and I don't like to impose."

Dani no longer cared, she just wanted to sleep. To forget. To quiet the demons from her past that were always lurking.

"It's a big bed, Reese," Crews commented. "Biggest I could find."

"Remind me not to ask you why you need such a big bed," she said, snuggling into her downy pillow.

But then to test his claim she slid her arm above the quilt towards him. Even fully extended she did not make contact with him. She withdrew it slowly, but then he was reaching out for her, his hand curling briefly around hers before they separated.

Dani allowed herself a small smile.

"Goodnight, Crews," she whispered.

"Goodnight, Reese."

* * *

The second time Dani Reese slept with her partner....



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Lidia

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from: lidi_photos
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Awwwwwwwwww, this was perfect!
Wonderful story. And really, really hope that you're going to continue, because if not - it'd be just cruel ;)
Once again - brilliant. Loved it!

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Eeee! I'll have to see where the show takes me, but a follow up is definitely a happy thing to think about. And I couldn't be cruel now, could I?!

Thank you so much for your kind words.

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Thank you kindly!

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kymba

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from: kymba
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Very, very nice. I really like the sort of ambience you've created for them in this situation which seems entirely plausible. And yes, although I see everything through smut goggles I can totally see a follow up flowing naturally.

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Thanks very much and can I just say, I love your icon! I'll have to borrow those smut goggles some time.

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One zarkin frood

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from: scarletumbrella
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
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So cute! I love that you managed to keep them both so completely in character and yet hint at something else there... ;) Really good!

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Thank you kindly! It was my first foray into the fandom so I really appreciate the feedback.

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
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:-D Smiling is good. It's what I was aiming for. Thank you!

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languid air

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from: kseda
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
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I will not ship. I do not ship partners. That has been my policy since X-Files. I refuse to ship.



Damnit. This left me all warm and fuzzy, the whole thing is just perfectly in character too, the Zen and the banter and Dani trying to quietly keep it all together. I squeed at bit at the hand thing, it was just icing on the cake. Can't wait for more from you!

Edited at 2007-11-12 06:58 pm (UTC)

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
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I totally support your stance on shipping partners. It's a recipe for disaster and/or disappointment. However... however...

I couldn't resist just a hint. ;-) Thank you very much for your kind words!

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Elli

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from: theevilpuppy
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
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This was so absolutely adorable and awesome and still totally believable. You managed to create this really squee-worthy scenario and still keep Charlie and Dani in character.

Forsome reason my favourite part was: "Whoa," she murmured as she stood before the palatial front doors. "Home sweet home."

I laughed so hard, it took a couple minutes beforeI was ableto read on. And that last part when Charlie takes Dani's hand just put a huge smile on my face.

Are you planning on continuing with this? If so I'm very much looking forward to a second part. :0)

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I really hope we get to see Dani's reaction to Crews' place some time... I can just imagine the look on her face.

If inspiration strikes I'll continue, but I have to admit I don't see an easy route with these two when it comes to shipping, which is why they're so interesting as characters, I suppose. I certainly wouldn't mind a few subtle hints on the show, though!

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cmk418

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from: cmk418
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
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I really liked this. And you know, with that ending, you'll have to continue. The line that really stood out for me was -

As her bare arm snaked towards the middle of the bed she thought fleetingly that there wouldn't be too many cops with 1000 thread count sheets in their department.

I'm not really sure why, but her observation make me laugh.

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Hee, I think I just indulged myself in a little fantasy of Charlie picking out Egyptian cotton sheets... it's all about the tactile experience. Sigh. I could so get on board with that!

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imsanehonest

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from: imsanehonest
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Aw, this is lovely! Funny and emotional without either being overwhelming.

And, you know. The second time they slept together? *So* needs to be a fic too... *wink*

Just brilliant! Many thanks for this lovely gem!

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
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*wink* I'm with you on that one... I really appreciate the feedback!

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Alli Snow

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from: allisnow
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Oh, this just made me grin.

I love the Zen banter. I could completely hear their voices.

And if you don't follow up on that last sentence, you will forevermore be considered a cruel, cruel person ;)

PS: Recced at my journal.

Edited at 2007-11-12 09:07 pm (UTC)

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
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I would hate to be thought of as cruel... It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow, but there *will* be a follow up. (cue music)

Thank you muchly for the rec!

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Rob

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from: chiroho
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Found my way here through allisnow's rec.

Very cute little fic. I can definitely picture that happening after the end of the episode, when Crews was so supportive and, for him, so silent about it.

And while I probably don't really ship Crews/Reese, they can be very cute the way they banter on occasion. And this particular situation did somewhat demand that. I'm interested to see where you go with any follow up.

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 13th, 2007 08:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks. I must admit I was tentative about the shipping of these two because I don't see it happening on the show (at least until we're several seasons in... that's optimism for you!). Probably because canon shipping often results in the ruination of a good partnership. And I would really hate to see that.

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Jessica

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from: kitiara1304
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
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I could feel the trust between the two. You should write the second time. Hehehe

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 13th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
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Hope to do just that. I have a story percolatin'. If the writers strike means an extended hiatus I may just have to exercise my right to fic. ;-)

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i love you, wang chung chung

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from: piecesofalice
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Wow, wonderful! The last bit was pitch perfect. :)

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 13th, 2007 08:27 am (UTC)
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Hee! Thank you v. much.

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creese_fan

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from: creese_fan
date: Nov. 13th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
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"Dani knew about the settlement he received. Like everyone else she didn't know the exact amount, but whatever it was it bought a whole lot of house."
Loved this sentence! It put a smile on my face. Other things I loved: Dani's comment about Charlie's red hair, and the whole dialogue when Crews gets into the bed, and the ending. Very believable scenario you've created. It was enjoyable to read. Thanks again for sharing!

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 13th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC)
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See, the red hair is my favourite line too. Because it is. Really red. And I love it.

Thank you for the great feedback, it put a smile on my face.

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deepsea_dreamer

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from: deepsea_dreamer
date: Nov. 13th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
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oh, now i'm all warm and fuzzy inside. Very in-character. I like how she asks where his furniture is (because everybody asks that lol), and the Zen moments (of course).

definatly seconding lidi_photos's request for more!

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I always been a girl

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from: broedym
date: Nov. 13th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC)
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Yay for warm and fuzzies! And, yes, the furniture statement was a necessary nod. I, for one, am longing to see the rest of the house, furnished or not. Gimme more!

Thanks for the seconding. All encouragement gratefully received.

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