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Chaos ficlet: Play On 1/1

July 24th, 2011 (08:45 pm)
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Title:  Play On

Disclaimer:  Not mine.

A/N:  eviinsanemonkey asked for Doris and Billy; "if music be the food of love, play on.”  Unbeta'ed.

Summary:  That just leaves Doris and Billy.  And the guitar.


If Doris is honest, she doesn’t mind being on the lam.

As a general rule, she supposes it’s not her favorite thing, but the notion of being on the run with four attractive and virile men definitely has its perks.  Needless to say, the view is much nicer on the run with said gentlemen than compared to her plain office back at the Agency.

Of course, all that looking and no touching is something of a chore after a while.  She enjoys the glimpses she gets of them while they all change and shower in closer quarters, and it is a pleasant surprise to see how free the Scot is in his dressing habits when protocol is not involved.

But sadly, Rick is still frustratingly chaste and while she respects a man with integrity, she wants a man with rabid passions, and after a month, she’s starting to get an itch needs to be scratched.

Rick is obviously going to hold out.  Michael will, too.  She might be able to persuade Billy on such things, but she has the nagging sense that despite his bravado, he’s actually a bit more shy in the bedroom than he likes to admit.  Casey might entertain a pass, but she’s heard tales of his exploits and wants something somewhat less cliche for the gossip mill at Langley.

It’s been a month, though, and New Guinea is far from luxurious.  They’re all wearing thin with no new leads and no contact with home, and Doris is finding it harder and harder to satiate herself with glistening muscles and rabid fantasies alone.

And then Billy finds a guitar.

How he came across the instrument will forever be a mystery to her, but when she’s changing for bed one night, she hears the chords being strummed by the fire.  Michael and Casey are off with Salazar.  Rick’s already asleep.  That just leaves her and Billy.  And the guitar.

She can take or leave Billy, but damn, she likes the sound of that guitar.

Sauntering up, she inclines her head.  “I didn’t know you played,” she says.

Billy pauses long enough to smile up at her, face alight in the glow of the fire.  “I consider it more a natural expression of the soul rather than a hobby,” he says.

She can buy that, so she sits down opposite him.  “Are you any good?”

“Can you judge the quality of a man’s soul?” he asks.

She shrugs.  “I can judge any quality in a man,” she says.  Her eyebrows waggle.  “Give me a chance.”

The challenge seems to light up his eyes and his fingers move, striking a new chord while he strums.  “Any requests?” he asks.

“Surprise me,” she says.

He doesn’t even hesitate as he launches into a song, fingers moving gracefully and harmoniously, the sounds filling their makeshift home with new warmth and life.

And then he sings.

It’s unexpected, and his voice is rich.  He is talented, that much is certain, but that’s not the thing that catches her eye.  It’s the way he plays, the way it seems to take over his entire body.  The way he closes his eyes and just lets go, losing himself into the song so completely that his expression is almost one of ecstasy.

When he finishes, he looks up, almost shy. 

“Well,” she says, having to catch her breath.  “The accent may not do it for me, Scotty, but you and that guitar certainly do.”

Billy actually blushes.

She waves her hand.  “Well, you can’t leave me with just that,” she says.  “Or else you’re worse of a tease than I am.”

“Ah,” he says, strumming absently.  “They do say that music is the food of love.”

Doris straightens, leaning forward expectantly.  “And you know what I say?”

Billy’s eyes twinkle across the fire.  “What?” he asks, though she suspects he knows the answer as well as she does.

She grins wickedly.  “Play on.”

A smile splitting his face, Billy obeys, letting the sounds feed the growing fire inside of her until it burns itself out and simmers with the embers in the morning.


Posted by: blackdog_lz (blackdog_lz)
Posted at: July 25th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)

Urg, LJ is on the frizz again or I'd have reviewed earlier :)
I love how Billy keeps up the moral with music, and poor Doris at not being able to touch. But at least she could watch :)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
billy watches

LJ has been giving me fits all week. Hopefully it's on the mend now :)

And thank you!

Posted by: smokeygirl19 (smokeygirl19)
Posted at: July 26th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)

It's nice to see a story from Doris' perspective! Well done and a good read. You captured what I've always thought was going on inside Doris...a playful flirt on the ourside but a romantic on the inside.

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
billy earnest

I can finally reply to this!

And I really enjoyed her character, what little we saw her :)


Posted by: smokeygirl19 (smokeygirl19)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)

I've enjoyed the actress playing her...most recently saw her in the movie Secretariat as Mrs. Ham...she was really good!

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)

*fingers crossed* LJ GIMME THIS!

I have been trying to comment for days! I love this, I think it's awesome and wonderful! Thank you so much for it!!

(you're up and feel free to give me two prompts since LJ has been evil...I know that doesn't actually make sense, but whatever, if you want you can give me two)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
billy considers

LJ is back!! I have been pretty pathetically pining with it down.

(And you would think I would have spent these days thinking of a good prompt but I fail. Umm. I am looking at your icon and would like some early Billy and Casey, just getting to know each other or becoming friends or just the early stages of their friendship. And I'm so wordy! Sorry!)

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)

I legit did \o/ when my comment posted you...probably have some idea. Also, I just managed a post and I am about ready to jump up and start dancing, omg.

(oh, I like this one...)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
billy watches

Heh. Yeah, I've been frantically posting all the things I wanted to post and have subsequently gotten nothing in RL done tonight. I'm downright giddy, though!

(And good :) I am eager to see what you do with it. I've actually missed your fic like crazy during this unplanned hiatus.)

Posted by: Evil Insane Monkey (eviinsanemonkey)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)

I was so worried it'd be down again today, lol. So glad it's not, now I can read your PE/Chaos fic!

(here it is!)

Posted by: nietie (nietie)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)

Although Doris and the boys are in a difficult situation, I envy Doris ;)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: July 29th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
billy likes

Heh, yeah, she definitely had some nice perks :)


Posted by: Starrylizard (starrylizard)
Posted at: August 21st, 2011 08:46 am (UTC)
T - *ded* (Stephen Primeval)

I am so envious of Doris right now. :D

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: August 22nd, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
chaos group

She really did have it not so bad during their two AWOL months :)


Posted by: kristen_mara (kristen_mara)
Posted at: August 21st, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
James and Cat

*sporfles* Lucky Doris with Billy being so free with his dress in such circumstances. Love the way she's analysing and profiling and pining ;)

Glad that Billy gives her something to hold onto (oh dear, that sounded wrong!)

Posted by: do i dare or do i dare? (faye_dartmouth)
Posted at: September 2nd, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
billy considers

I have a thing in my mind in which Billy is very okay with his body, LOL. I have no basis in canon for that but it does make me smile :)

And LOL! Remember, I'm a vanilla fic writer!!!!!

Thanks :)

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