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Chaos ficlet: Weird is a Relative Term 1/1

July 15th, 2011 (03:36 pm)
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Title:  Weird is a Relative Term

Disclaimer:  Not mine.

A/N:  eviinsanemonkey  wanted Michael Dorest has weird hobbies.  I’m not sure I made the hobby weird enough but my brain is never sure what’s normal and what’s not.  Also, no beta :)

Summary:  Michael Dorest has weird hobbies.

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“It’s not normal,” Billy says.

In the driver’s seat, Michael sighs.  “It’s not abnormal.”

“Yes, actually it is,” Billy protests from the passenger’s seat.  “Things that are not done by a sizable segment of the population are, in fact, considered to be not normal.”

Michael shakes his head.  “You’re overreacting.”

Billy lifts his eyebrows.  “Considering the nature of what you just told me, I actually think my response is rather tame.”

Michael wets his lips, guiding the car through the rush of morning traffic.  “What I mean is that it’s entirely benign.”

“Certainly,” Billy agrees.  “And so are most chins but you don’t see me running around thinking about them in my scarce free time.”  He waves his hand around as if to make his point.

“Oh, that’s right,” Michael says, pouncing on the detail.  “Like you have any room to judge, Mr. I’m-Scared-of-Chins.”

Billy stiffens and his face goes serious.  “Chins are disturbing protrusions on the human face,” he says.  “They serve no inherent function except to injure and terrify.”

“They’re a basic part of our anatomical structure,” Michael counters.

Billy shakes his head, adamant.  “You’re changing the topic.”

“No, I’m just pointing out that you have no room to talk when it comes to a discussion of normal,” Michael tells him, squaring his shoulders in the driver’s seat.

Billy’s eyes narrow.  “It’s possible,” he concedes.  His jaw works for a moment.  “So I guess that means you won’t mind if I let Rick and Casey in on your little secret.”

Michael’s eyes turn to Billy, wide.  “You wouldn’t dare.”

Billy shrugs.  “If it’s totally normal.”

“You’re not playing fair,” Michael protests.

“You’re the one who brought it up,” Billy says in stubborn defiance.

Michael sighs, his spirits deflating.  He can’t help but sulk for a moment as the car advances onward.  “Fine,” he mutters.  “I guess maybe it’s not entirely normal.”

Billy looks expectant.

Michael rolls his eyes.  “I guess it’s really not normal.”

Billy nods his head.  “Not normal to...?” he prompts.

Michael glares at him in earnest.  “I guess it’s not normal to know the title and plot to every Star Trek episodes ever filmed,” he says.

Billy seems satisfied.  “There,” he says.  “You know, they say that admission is the first step for recovery.”

“I still say it’s not that weird,” Michael says.  “If it wasn’t a popular show, then how did it have so many spinoffs?”

“I think the fact that you can list the guest stars and offer quotes in a number of nonexistent languages is part of the problem,” Billy suggests.

“But it has a large fan base,” he says.  “It’s spanned generations.”

“It has an avid fan base,” Billy corrects.  “There’s a difference.”

Michael can’t think of a reply.  He sits sullenly in his seat as the traffic hums along.

“Besides,” Billy continues with a shrug.  “It’s not even high quality storytelling.  I mean, it'd be entirely different if we were talking Dr. Who or something really brilliant.”

Michael turns to look at Billy again.

Billy shrugs.  “What?”

Michael shakes his head.  “And you think I have weird hobbies,” he mutters as he continues to drive them to work.

Comments

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 15th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
TOS: McCoy

I love it!
And now I'm imagining Michael yelling at the team in Klingon...

(you're up)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 15th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
chaos group

Ever since our Star Trek back and forth, it's been on my mind :)

(Ummmm. The team: the things that matter most.)

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 15th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Chaos: Casey

I think of all the team members, Michael'd be the most likely to be into Star Trek. Billy, of course, is all for Doctor Who. Casey'd be into Star Wars...and IDK about Rick

(I shall see what I can come up with)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 15th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
billy

I can see that. I can sort of see Rick being into Lord of the Rings.

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 15th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)

hee...yes.
And you know he goes to cons. and dresses up as Frodo.

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Chaos: Casey

here you are

Posted by: The Headkicker (tekiclutch)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)

hehehe, Michael as a closet nerd is the best idea ever. XD

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
billy likes

I think most people really are closet nerds in their own way :) At least, most interesting people.

Thanks!

Posted by: i want to cause a ruckus (geminigrl11)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)

LOL!! Too cute!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
billy likes

I really do enjoy writing these characters :)

(Though sometimes your wee!Sam makes me pine a bit.)

Thanks!

Posted by: fara (farad)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Martin - sex

LOL - brilliant! And what a wicked discussion for the two of them, I love it!

Are they going to move onto a discussion of slash? *g*

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
billy earnest

I imagine they have an interesting time carpooling together.

And hee. I almost went the fic route, but I couldn't quite bring myself to try it :)

Thanks!

Posted by: fara (farad)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Vin forward-half

Well, I suspect there are many more mornings of being bogged down in traffic.

And Billy probably has read some Doctor/Rose *g*

Or Rose/OFC?

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
billy content

It's one of the many things I wish we'd get to see but never will.

Is it wrong that I actually know nothing of Dr. Who? Never even seen an episode but it still seemed like an appropriately Billy sort of thing.

And Billy would be an epic fic writer. Now I'm fairly convinced that's how he spends his free time.

Posted by: fara (farad)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
Vin profile - sharp

LOL - I can totally see that. It would definitely appeal to his story-telling nature. Expanding on the idea, I can see him eventually being found out by Casey - who read a f/f story of his online, and who would then explain to him why what he, um, suggested wasn't possible. (I love the fact that Casey is the one whose dated so many women!)

And Billy could also be a "Covert Affairs" fan *g* It is, after all, a show about a female CIA agent.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:44 pm (UTC)
billy earnest

LOL--it is entirely plausible and I love the idea of Casey critiquing him on it. And Billy would be crushed until they started writing it furtively together.

And yes--I can very much see Billy enjoying the exploits of Annie Walker (and Casey again critiquing everything about it).

Posted by: fara (farad)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Vin profile - sharp

And Annie/her female boss *g* I can totally see Billy writing that.

What a great conversation for Michael to walk in on - Casey and Billy writing discussing that! *g* Poor Michael.

Wide-eyed Rick. Which could then lead to Casey saying something about Faye and Adele together to which all three of the others would be quite aghast (in a humorous way. Poor Michael. Wide-eyed Rick.)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
billy watches

And then they'd all end up talking about fic and reading it. Michael would assess the plots as not plausible and Billy telling him that's not the point. And Rick trying to write and simply not being able to do it with the other three ripping everything he writes to shreds.

Posted by: fara (farad)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Vin profile - sharp

LOL - and all of them going home to write in secret! *g*

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
billy likes

And then I can totally see them getting into online squabbles and trying to keep it anonymous but it keeps spilling over into their real jobs.

Posted by: nietie (nietie)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Chaos

LOL Great bantering.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 16th, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
chaos group

Thank you! I'm going to miss their banter terribly.

Posted by: Ala (ohioala19)
Posted at: July 17th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)

lol, this was great!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 18th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC)
billy content

Thank you :)

Posted by: Average Girl Extraordinaire (legsi003)
Posted at: July 19th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)

So cute! Love the banter, and the topic! I love anything scifi.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 19th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
billy likes

I think most people are closet Sci-fi fans :)

Thanks!

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