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According to my journal, I haven't completed a story since August. *weeps* So. [livejournal.com profile] ds_snippets. 300 words. That's acheivable, right? Plus, I get to use my new icon. Oh, and er, I'm incapable of coming up with titles. You don't want to hear the possibilities I tossed around before I gave up. Let's just leave it there, shall we?


Fandom and Pairing: Due South/Harry Potter crossover. Briefly implied Fraser/Kowalski and Snape/Lupin
Rating: PG
Length: 344 words (yes, I'm over, I'm sorry)
Prompt: Of all the dogs whom I have served I've never known one who understood so much of what I say or held it in such deep contempt.
Author's Notes: I'm fairly sure this has been done before, but meh. A passing familiarity with Harry Potter will probably help, but if for some reason you've been living under a rock for the past ten years you haven't read it, all you need to know is that Remus Lupin is a werewolf and Severus Snape is a Potions Master. I've never written in any fandom other than dS, so [livejournal.com profile] ds_snippets seemed like a good place to try out a crossover without comitting myself (I should probably be comitted anyway, but that's neither here nor there). Concrit always appreciated.



"Lupin! Lupin! Get back here, dammit!"

Fraser glanced up to see a slim, dark figure with a clipped British accent striding towards him across the grass. He was preceded by one of the largest dogs Fraser had ever seen, bigger even than One-Eared Joe’s huge, shaggy St Bernard. Dief looked up from the bush he had been nosing around in the hope of finding rabbits or donuts (preferably donuts, as sugar-coated rabbits were sadly rare these days) to growl at the interloper, but he settled back down when the other wolf merely licked Fraser’s hand. Fraser could take care of himself.

“Interesting name for a dog.” Fraser smiled politely as the stranger approached.

“Wolf.” The stranger scowled, as though it were only under the most vehement protest that he were wondering around a cold Chicago park in the November dusk.

“Oh, really?” Fraser’s smile grew a fraction warmer. “So is Diefenbaker. Well, half-wolf, actually.” He leaned forward and examined Remus. “Well, you’re certainly a fine specimen. One of the European sub-species, if I’m not mistaken?” Remus barked something and Fraser smiled again and nodded. “Oh, Scottish? Well, that’s fascinating. I’ve never seen a Scottish wolf before.”

“You can understand him?” Severus asked, shock jerking the words out of him before his brain had a chance to censor them. He had spent the last six months looking for a potion, a charm, anything, that would let Remus communicate with him properly during the full moon. It was very frustrating not being able to have a decent argument for three nights a month.

“Of course.” Fraser was wearing the most earnest expression Severus had ever seen outside of Percy Weasley.

“Teach me.” Fraser raised his eyebrows a little at the imperious command, but Severus waved his hand airily. “I’m sure I can make it worth your while.”

Remus barked again. Fraser looked puzzled. “He says that a sample of what you, ah, ‘brewed’ last week should be adequate payment.”

“Oh, yes.” Severus smiled. “I’ve been working on a new kind of lubricant. It heightens sensation, can go hot or cold on command, and tastes of toffee. Shall we say four gallons?”

Fraser blushed bright red and was about to protest that no payment was necessary, when the image popped into his head of the expression Ray would wear were he to turn up at Ray’s apartment with four gallons of personal lubricant. He smiled. “Well then, let’s start.”




Fandom and Pairing:Due South, Damian Kowalski, gen.
Rating: G
Length: 247 words
Prompt: polish (er, I've taken this to mean 'Polish', not 'polish', which is probably cheating, but that's how I read it when I first saw it.
Author's Notes: This seems to have turned out a bit too emo? Sorry?


You’re never quite one thing or another. Polish-American. It’s always implied to you some dark hint of duplicity, double-agent status, the constant need to present a façade. Everyone at school thought of you as ‘that Polish kid’, never quite American enough, for all that you were born in this very city. But to your family you were too American, too modern, too ready to relinquish tradition and embrace the country that is your home.

So you ran. That’s what you do when you’re sixteen.

That was a mistake. At work you’re still ‘that Polish guy’, and not much has changed since you were at school. You wanted your son to get away from this, get into some profession where he wouldn’t be judged for his surname. But instead he ended up a cop, and that’s ten times worse, the shit you’ve seen cops pull against other cops who didn’t fit in with the way they thought or acted or came from or were.

Then again, maybe Ray made the right choice, because these days he wears and discards other men’s names as effortlessly as you climb into your overalls. Dobson. Rayne. Vecchio.

But you, you’ll always be the outsider, won’t you? The other, because both sides will always see you as the thing you are not, half-and-half, never entirely whole. You never really belong anywhere, and that’s what breaks your heart, because all you want is someone to open their arms and say ‘welcome home’.

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Date: 2007-12-11 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spuffyduds.livejournal.com
Oh, Damian made me sad. But I can just HEAR Alan Rickman saying "tastes of toffee"----mmmm.

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Date: 2007-12-11 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
I can just HEAR Alan Rickman saying "tastes of toffee".

I'm not sure why that made me giggle so much, unless it's because he would say it in such a dignified way, even about lube. But yes. Alan Rickman has a lovely voice. *swoons*

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Date: 2007-12-11 12:47 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] isiscolo.livejournal.com
I really liked the second one!

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Date: 2007-12-11 01:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
Thank you! I was afraid I'd put more of my personal experience into this one than was strictly advisable. *koff* I'm really glad you liked it!

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Date: 2007-12-11 05:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] akamine_chan
four gallons??!? Oh, my. That was cute, but I really iked Polish. I relate to that kind of thing, being a weird genetic representation of World War II (Japanese, German and American). Always the outside, sigh. 'Course, these days, in the digital realm, it doesn't matter as much.

Progress, I think.

Good snippets.

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Date: 2007-12-11 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
Japanese, German and American? That is quite a combination. I thought a lot of people on my flist would relate to this - being caught between two cultures is so common, and it's sometimes difficult to find a balance that makes you happy. Glad you enjoyed!

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Date: 2007-12-11 01:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luzula
Oh, cool. I like reading about secondary characters, and I'm not sure I've seen anything about Damian Kowalski before. It's interesting to see his thoughts about Ray and what he wanted for him compared to where he ended up in life.

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Date: 2007-12-11 01:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] luzula
Also, yay for writing when you haven't done it in a while!

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Date: 2007-12-11 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
I have a soft spot for some of the really minor characters (Delmar!) because there's so much more room to play around, so I'm really glad you enjoyed it.

And yeah, writing, wow. ;-) There are words. On the page. And they came from my head. \o/

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Date: 2007-12-11 02:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] keerawa.livejournal.com
I like the pure snape-ness of It was very frustrating not being able to have a decent argument for three nights a month.

Damien as an outsider was interesting. these days he wears and discards other men’s names as effortlessly as you climb into your overalls. Part of the reason I'm delighted to use a penname is because no one ever pronounced my name right, anyway. It really does make you feel like you're pretending to be someone else.

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Date: 2007-12-11 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
Hehe! That was one of my favourite bits. Even though I like Lupin/Snape, I imagine they fight quite a bit.

I sort of sympathise with the whole caught-between-two-cultures thing, because I grew up in rural north Wales, where Welsh is still the predominant language, but I was teased for sounding English. And then inevitably, when I went to university in England, I was (gently) teased for being 'the Welsh girl'. But it was really fairly minor given that both countries are part of Britain, and I can't imagine how much harder it must be when you have to teach people to pronounce your name properly.

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Date: 2007-12-11 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nos4a2no9.livejournal.com
Very nice work on these! I liked "Polish" a lot - I think it's the first Damian-centric story I've read, and it offers an interesting take on the character that I hadn't quite considered. The HP/dS snippet was interesting (very first piece of HP fic I've ever read!) and funny. I second the "mmmm, Alan Rickman saying 'tastes like toffee' sentiment. Great job!

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Date: 2007-12-11 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
I tried to write the 'Polish' prompt for Ray initially but oddly he refused to co-operate, so I transferred it to Damian instead. I'm glad it worked for you!

...very first piece of HP fic I've ever read!

Woo! *defiles the virgin* Ahem. I mean, er, good! I feel I can write for HP now that it's closed canon and JKR can't contradict me. Although I'm ignoring Deathly Hallows, what with the way she killed off every character I was remotely interested in, and let the whinging brat Harry live.

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Date: 2007-12-12 09:50 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tanisafan.livejournal.com
Fraser was wearing the most earnest expression Severus had ever seen outside of Percy Weasley.
Hee!

the image popped into his head of the expression Ray would wear were he to turn up at Ray’s apartment with four gallons of personal lubricant.
More hee! Heh, what an awesome lil' crossover *squishes it*.

Aw man, and then the second snippet is so very, very heartbreaking.

Lovely stuff, both of them. *hearts*

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Date: 2007-12-12 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
...sorry, what? I just got a little distracted by your icon. *stares* *drools* *stares some more* I could actually spend most of the afternoon watching that.

Anyway, I'm so glad you enjoyed the snippets, thank you!

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Date: 2007-12-13 10:01 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tanisafan.livejournal.com
I probably have spent afternoons watching that *g*.

You're welcome! And I friended you back, yay (because hee, you're an archaeologist and you like my fandoms. Clearly, we must befriend!)

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Date: 2007-12-13 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
Are you an archaeologist too? \o/ Um, I know this is a strange question, but did you ever dig at a place called Sedgeford in Norfolk? In 2004 or 2005? I met someone called Tanya there once, and I think she was from Belgium, and I realise there are probably lots of people called Tanya in Belgium, but I thought I would ask.

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Date: 2007-12-13 01:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tanisafan.livejournal.com
Holy crap, really? I did spend a couple of weeks at Sedgeford with my friend Inge :|. Meep, what a small world! Um, so what's your name then?

*is slightly baffled, lol*

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Date: 2007-12-13 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
Wow, it really is a small world! Er, my real name is Victoria, I'm 22, and I really can't think how to describe myself so that you'd remember me...

I think I spent most of the season working at the bottom of New Trench, looking for the foundations of the building, whereas I seem to remember you and Inge spent a lot of time on the Roman stuff?

ETA: Oh, and I think I'm on Inge's facebook f-list if you want to look at that, although I'm not sure my profile will be all that helpful. I'm still a bit scared of facebook.

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Date: 2007-12-13 10:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tanisafan.livejournal.com
Ohhh, of course I remember you! Hi! *waves*
I'm pretty sure I still have pictures of you somewhere, even :P.
Heh, this is odd. It also strenghtens my belief that slashy fangirls have invaded every branch of society *g*.

(I think I have a Facebook account, but I've never used it and have no idea how to use it. Will look into it though!)

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Date: 2007-12-13 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
I'm pretty sure I still have pictures of you somewhere, even.

Now that's terrifying, especially if said pictures are of me drunk and/or dancing. Not that those things ever happened, or anything. *g*

Fangirls are clearly taking over the WORLD. Yay!

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Date: 2007-12-20 09:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tanisafan.livejournal.com
I think it was all of the above, probably :P. Must remember to find them for you!

Yay! \o/

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Date: 2007-12-12 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2-4-joy.livejournal.com
"Interesting name for a dog." Um, Diefenbaker? LOL

And I know it's been said, but I loved the snarkiness of Snape not being able to argue with Lupin for 3 nights a month.

Great job, on both snippets.

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Date: 2007-12-12 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
Heh, yeah! I suppose to a dedicated Canadian there's nothing wrong with naming your half-wolf after a dead Prime Minister. I'm so happy you liked them, thank you!

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Date: 2007-12-13 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 2-4-joy.livejournal.com
Oh, is that where it comes from! I figured it was something I was just too American to understand.

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Date: 2007-12-13 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
I'm pretty sure someone on my flist had to explain it to me when I first joined fandom, being something I'm too British to understand. *g* Either way, it's still a slightly odd name for a dog...

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Date: 2007-12-12 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leafy22.livejournal.com
My first time with HP fic too - and what a way to end it! Hilarious!

the image popped into his head of the expression Ray would wear were he to turn up at Ray’s apartment with four gallons of personal lubricant.

And I loved the idea of Damian not wanting Ray to be judged because of his surname and then realising that "he wears and discards other men’s names as effortlessly as you climb into your overalls."

So lovely to read something new from you!

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Date: 2007-12-12 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
Well, I'm glad I could be your first time. *g* I don't usually like writing in book-based fandoms, either because the author has a distinctive style which I can't replicate (like Terry Pratchett) or because even the author's most mediocre work is better than anything I could ever write (I'm looking at you, Philip Pullman). So in a bizzare way, it's because I don't love Harry Potter that I can write in it. \o?

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Date: 2007-12-14 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the_antichris.livejournal.com
HEEEEEEE. I love you! Hilarious and sad, respectively.

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Date: 2007-12-14 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kill-claudio.livejournal.com
Thank you! Clearly I live to manipulate everyone's emotions. Mwahahahaha. Ahem.