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Chaos ficlet: Staked Out 1/1

July 7th, 2011 (09:29 am)
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Title:  Staked Out

Disclaimer:  Not mine.

A/N:  eviinsanemonkey  prompted with Casey and Billy on a stakeout.  And I actually managed to keep this angst free :)  Thanks to moogsthewriter  for the quick read and enabling me so thoroughly.

Summary:  Casey and Billy bond during a stakeout.  More or less.

-o-

“You’re breathing too much.”

Billy sighs, shaking his head.  “Now what kind of criticism is that?”

“An appropriate one,” Casey returns tersely.  “It’s getting hard to see out the windows with all your unnecessary huffing and puffing.”

“I am not huffing or puffing,” Billy replies.

“You should still learn to reduce your breathing rate,” Casey advises.  “It may save your life someday.”

Billy casts him a glance across the car.  “I know conversation is getting thin in here, but I assure you, that’s just as much my fault as yours,” he says.

Casey’s gaze doesn’t waver.  “I don’t want conversation,” he says.  “I want to get eyes on our suspect so we can’t stop freezing our asses off in this godforsaken car in this miserable country.”

“Germany is quite a nice country,” Billy says, as though Casey has merely forgotten.

“It’s a political wasteland that once supported the Nazis,” Casey deadpans back.

Billy’s brow furrows.  “Spoken like a man who has never made a mistake before,” he says, somewhat pointedly.

Casey barely spares a moment to roll his eyes.  “My mistakes involve one night stands and spilling coffee in the break room,” he says.  “Not the almost-annihilation of a race of people.”

For a moment, Billy is silent.  “Though I suspect you would probably enjoy the idea of worldwide domination.”

At that, Casey seems to stop.  His eyes turn toward Billy skeptically.  “Possibly,” he admits.  “But only if I had the appropriate means to enforce a just society.”

Billy seems encouraged by that answer.  “I have a feeling that such a thing might be harder than you think,” he surmises.

Casey is thoughtful now.  “But not as hard as you think it is,” he says.  “With the right laws in place and appropriate displays of power and grace in equal turns, it’s really not so hard to control the masses.”

“I’m sure Machiavelli couldn’t have said it better himself,” Billy tells him earnestly.

Casey’s fantasy seems to dissipate and he turns back to the stakeout with a scowl.  “What would you know about it,” he says.  “The Scottish have failed to come up with an independent system of government and still choose to live willingly under the archaic British system.”

Billy feigns hurt.  “No need to get personal here, mate,” he says.  “I do my duty to your country and still maintain equal respect of my own.”

“The country that deported you,” Casey reminds him blandly.

Billy shakes his head.  “It was mostly a misunderstanding.”

“Clearly,” Casey says sarcastically.  “You misunderstood that the one-way plane ticket they gave you wasn’t a parting gift.”

Billy’s expression falls a bit further and he slouches in the seat for a moment, watching the door.  “You know,” he says.  “You can be rather cruel when you put your mind to it.”

Casey looks at Billy out of the corner of his eye.  He sighs.  “It’s this damn stakeout,” he says.  “Stuck in a car all night watching a door, freezing our asses off.  In Germany, no less.”  He shrugs.  “It makes me grumpy.”

Billy seems marginally mollified.  “Grumpier than usual, you mean,” he offers.

Casey’s goodwill evaporates.  “You’re still breathing too much,” he says.  “It’s fogging up the glass.”

“If I breathed less, I’d be dead,” Billy reminds him.

At that, Casey looks at Billy fully and smiles.  “I know.”

Billy glares.  “You know,” he says.  “If we didn’t have such a long and colorful history together, I might get the distinct impression that you don’t like me.”

Casey turns back to the door, squinting in the darkness for any sign of movement.  “And that would be the first true observation you’ve made all night.”

Billy opens his mouth to protest but abruptly stops when something moves.  “You see that?”

Casey nods.  “I see that.”

Billy leans forward, fingers on the keys as they watch their mark slink out, slipping into the car parked out front.  They wait in silence while the car pulls away and Billy starts the car, easing out quietly into traffic a few moments later.

Billy maintains an appropriate distance, hands on the wheel as he keeps his focus in front of him.

“Should we call Michael?” Casey asks.

Billy shakes his head.  “We don’t have anything yet.”

“But he’s on the move.”

“He could be getting cigarettes.”

“At three AM?” Casey ask skeptically.

“Nicotine is a powerful drug,” Billy returns.

Casey stares.

Billy glances at him and shrugs.

Finally, Casey shakes his head, sulking a bit on the seat.

A few turns later, Billy is leaning forward to peer through the windshield.  “I think we’re fogging up in here,” he says.  He glances at Casey in all seriousness.  “I think you’re breathing too much.”

Casey is not amused.

Billy can’t help but grin.

“You know I can kill you without even taking my seat belt off,” Casey says.

Billy looks back at the road contentedly.  “You can,” he agrees.  “But you won’t because you love me entirely too much.”

“I’d love you more if you’d stop breathing,” Casey tells him tersely.

“That would perhaps solve our foggy glass problem,” Billy agrees.  Then he glances at Casey again, eyes sparkling.  “But it’d make stakeouts a lot less fun.”

Casey seems to want to protest but after a minute, he slinks lower in his seat.  “Agreed.”

Billy is practically beaming when he looks back at the road, following their mark carefully into the night.

Comments

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Chaos: Casey/Billy

This is fantastic!
I love their banter, it's so perfect.
Also, I'm now imagining undead!Billy on a stakeout with Casey commenting about how hungry he is and Casey being like "you're right, this is less fun. don't you dare bite me."

(and you're up!)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
billy content

LOL. Your sequel idea amuses me greatly. Because I can hear both of them in that context.

(and ever since you let me think about whumped Billy, drowned!Billy has still been on my mind. Though I'd settle for a wet Billy if your muse needs more leeway)

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Chaos: Casey

I made myself crave Vampire Billy, lol.

(I will see what I can do :D)

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 8th, 2011 11:57 am (UTC)
Chaos: Team

here you go

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Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
billy content

I'm always glad when it sounds realistic :) Thanks!

Posted by: nietie (nietie)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Chaosketeers

Awesome banter. And at last they finally agreed on somthing! *bg*

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
billy content

Thank you!

Posted by: blackdog_lz (blackdog_lz)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)

I can only agree to everyone who's commented before me, that banter was awesome.
But Casey's attitude toward Germany is a bit brusque, we can be pretty nice people :)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
billy earnest

LOL, my apologies to Germans! I have nothing against them or the country but Casey seems to be overly cross against almost everything so I was going for in character over reality :)

Thanks!

Posted by: blackdog_lz (blackdog_lz)
Posted at: July 8th, 2011 08:12 am (UTC)
Coffee

:) Don't worry. We're just slowly starting to come to terms with what happened and are able to be proud again to be German. It took us quite a while not to feel guilty waving the German flag, which is just ridiculous, since my generation is not responsible for what happened, we just have to make sure that it doesn't happen again.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 8th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
billy approves

Every country has its share of moments that it would rather forget; some countries just have the luxury of ignoring it better.

Also, was going to mention earlier--I really like your icon :) Since we've dabbled in two of the same fandoms, do you mind if I friend you?

Posted by: blackdog_lz (blackdog_lz)
Posted at: July 8th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)

True enough, but Germany brought the world to war twice :)
No problem in friending me :)

Posted by: lukadreaming (lukadreaming)
Posted at: July 7th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Billy

You write cracking dialogue - and the banter here is top-class (and, as always, captures the characters so neatly).

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 8th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
billy earnest

That means a lot :) Thank you!

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Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 8th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
billy watches

I'm so glad you enjoyed it that much! I love writing dialogue for these characters, so I'm glad it reads well :)

Thanks!

Posted by: Walking Liability (asemic)
Posted at: July 8th, 2011 01:18 am (UTC)

Perfect as hell.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 8th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
billy

Thank you :)

Posted by: Lym (lymricks)
Posted at: July 10th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)

You do back and forth dialogue so well, I can totally hear them saying all of this. You also use adverbs and adjectives well. A lot of times with dialogue they can feel clunky, or like the way someone said something should have been implied in the phrasing, but your descriptors work seamlessly with the actual dialogue.

This was adorable!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 10th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
billy content

I'm glad you like my adverbs. My creative writing teacher in college told me I overused them and that it sounded like I was writing a romance novel all the time. Hopefully I've improved since then :)

Thanks!

Posted by: sophie_deangirl (sophie_deangirl)
Posted at: January 6th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
HILARIOUS! SO CUTE!

There's this delightful "odd couple" effect between these two that is just so ENDEARING! Yin and yang of the ODS. It's a lovely pairing! The banter is so sweet and Billy always manages to lighten Casey up with said banter. It's there way of getting on each other's nerves as well as to reassure that things are okay between them. *Sigh...How I hate that this show is gone! So much to mine!

Fav Parts:

Billy feigns hurt. “No need to get personal here, mate,” he says. “I do my duty to your country and still maintain equal respect of my own.”

“The country that deported you,” Casey reminds him blandly.

Billy shakes his head. “It was mostly a misunderstanding.”

“Clearly,” Casey says sarcastically. “You misunderstood that the one-way plane ticket they gave you wasn’t a parting gift.”

Billy’s expression falls a bit further and he slouches in the seat for a moment, watching the door. “You know,” he says. “You can be rather cruel when you put your mind to it.”

--Casey is brutally truthful which Billy understands he needs, but it's also Casey's way of saying that Billy shouldn't be so forgiving and move on.


Billy glares. “You know,” he says. “If we didn’t have such a long and colorful history together, I might get the distinct impression that you don’t like me.”

Casey turns back to the door, squinting in the darkness for any sign of movement. “And that would be the first true observation you’ve made all night.”

-- It's almost like a virtual hug!! HAHAHA!

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: January 8th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: HILARIOUS! SO CUTE!
billy earnest

It's still really too bad this show didn't last longer because I know that the dynamic between Casey and Billy would have continued to thrive and grow. I can only imagine the protective nature we would have seen from Casey if Billy had been injured.

That's what fic is good for, I guess, but I still am going to wonder what if for quite some time.

*sigh* Hopefully James' Pilot will do well and we'll have something new to squee over next year.

As always, thanks!

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