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dS Snippet: Accessory

Fandom/Characters: Due South; Fraser, Kowalski
Rating: G
Length: 300 words
Challenge: Written for ds_snippets challenge #43, prompt "stranger"
Notes: Thanks to my beta, nos4a2no9.
Summary: Ray and Fraser argue in the aftermath of a case.

ETA: The snippet sequel, 'End and Means', can be found here.

Cathy LeBeau started crying when they finally broke her, silent tears slipping down her angry, lined face. Her story had been the only thing keeping the DA from prosecuting, and now Jake LeBeau would go down for voluntary manslaughter.

"You gotta admire her," Ray said later, as they pulled up outside the Consulate.

"Admire?" Fraser said, shaking his head. "No. I might understand her actions, but I can't condone them."

"She was trying to protect her husband. Jake wasn't a bad guy, it was just, you know, a crime of passion. And now he'll be spending his golden years scared to drop the soap."

Fraser turned sideways in his seat, forehead wrinkling earnestly in the dim glow of the streetlights. "Mrs. LeBeau knew that her husband was guilty. Lying to corroborate his alibi was shameful, and made her an accessory after the fact."

"She loved him! Come on," Ray said, voice dropping to a near whisper, "I've seen you go to bat to protect Vecchio. Nine kilos of missing heroin? Guy Rankin? This ringing any bells?"

Fraser sat up straighter. "The situations are nothing alike. In each case, I knew that Ray was innocent. I merely acted to prevent a miscarriage of justice."

"And when Cahill came after me for Volpe's murder?" Ray asked.

"You were innocent."

"Yeah, but Fraser, what if I wasn't innocent? What would you have done?"

A car drove by, its headlights capturing Fraser. For a second he looked like a stranger, someone who belonged on the other side of the interrogation glass.

The car passed. Fraser's calm, familiar voice came out of the darkness. "I would have turned you in myself, of course."

Years later, as IA chased their own tails, Ray would remember that night as the first time Fraser lied to protect him.


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Nov. 28th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
WOW. Powerful. Scary new vision of Fraser--or is it? Is it possibly better, because the Fraser who would turn in his lover was Victoria's Fraser?

I like the question. Might possibly be afraid (but would be most intrigued) to see you come up with an answer to it, too. :)
Nov. 28th, 2007 08:52 am (UTC)
I think Fraser may have used up his lifetime's supply of ability to sacrifice the people he loves on the Altar of Justice. What makes it scary is that, while Ray sees doing whatever is necessary to protect the ones you love as a virtue, Fraser sees it as a flaw in his own character.

I'll see if the Muses take thsi one anywhere.
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
I think Fraser may have used up his lifetime's supply of ability to sacrifice the people he loves on the Altar of Justice.

I like that idea. I wonder if that would make him any less Fraser. I don't have a strong opinion on the subject, which is why I think it's perfect for dealing with in fic! You could convince me either way. You could redeem him. You could break my heart. It's all up for grabs.

And it would be SO COOL.

Although, you do understand where my trepidation comes from? Yes, "Con Job"--I'm still spooked! That's not a complaint, you realize? It's a statement of awed, terrified respect. *G* You know I was very impressed by that story. So I'm slightly terrified, but also anticipating this one very much. I hope you do it. Because I can see that the guys are both right...and both wrong...and I wonder which view will prevail. You're the perfect writer for the job!
Nov. 28th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
I've got something percolating in my brain. I'm so delighted that, six months later, "Con Man" still has you shaking in your boots.
Nov. 29th, 2007 07:18 am (UTC)
I'm so delighted that, six months later, "Con Man" still has you shaking in your boots.

When I saw this, I was afraid I'd gotten the title wrong, but no. You did. It's "Con Job." :) *teases you gently*

I've got something percolating in my brain.

Eeeeee! My work here is done. :)
Nov. 29th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
*laughs* The last person to fb on that fic called it "Con Man." Now she's got ME doing it!
Nov. 28th, 2007 08:24 am (UTC)
Awwwww. :)
Nov. 28th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
I'll see your awwwww and raise you an eeep.
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
keerawa, i LOVE the way your brain works. this tiny snippet made my heart and mind zip around in about a million different interesting directions. it is so nuanced and full of their characters.

and i say "amen" to what you said to js: Fraser may have used up his lifetime's supply of ability to sacrifice the people he loves on the Altar of Justice.
Nov. 28th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, zabira, it's got my brain buzzing, too.
Nov. 28th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
Oh, very interesting. That's like a whole story in a snippet. Or the germ of a story, anyway. I want more... *is greedy*
Nov. 28th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks luzula! I admit it, that last sentence is a terrible tease. But I think there's a sequel coming.
Nov. 28th, 2007 10:58 am (UTC)
Fascinating idea...thanks for letting us listen in.
Nov. 28th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed, vsee!
Nov. 28th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Awwww! :)
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
You know, eledhwenlin said the same thing, which is interesting. Because to me, it's more bitter than sweet.
Nov. 28th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Heh. Fraser fooling himself. Though it's kind of scary, 'cause he does mean it, at the moment that he says it. Or he thinks he means it. Oh dear.

I suspect Fraser has learned, since he got to Chicago, that occasionally, maintaining the right might be wrong.

Or something. I'm feeling a bit dizzy now, and require a cup of tea. Somehow, this is your fault. ;D
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Fraser does mean it! And he doesn't deal very well with moral ambiguity.
*runs off to make brig a nice cup of Earl Grey*
Nov. 28th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
eeep! that last line!! what's going to happen???

this is awesome.
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
I know, I know, it was naughty of me. Luckily, I think the Muses are willing to play ball. Answering that question will take something between a snippet and an epic, so I can't say when the story will be done, but I'm working on it.

Thanks for the comment, belmanoir!
Nov. 29th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Oh this is absolutely fascinating! Write more!
Nov. 29th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Yes'm, I'm on it!
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Ray would remember that night as the first time Fraser lied to protect him.

Oh, I'm dying to know about the other times Fraser lied to protect Ray...

Fraser has such a twisty brain - he doesn't deal well with the moral shades of grey but his capacity to delude and sometimes outright lie to himself is pretty great.

Really looking forward to more of this, k! Great job.
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Good point about Fraser. I think he sometimes he goes through mental gymnastics to convince himself of things.

I'll definitely be taking this further, thanks akamine_chan!
Nov. 29th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Ooooo, that is extraordinarily intriguing. I'm very curious to see what else is behind that. *peers into your brain*
Nov. 30th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Thanks, green_grrl! *hides the sequl in her brain*
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a KILLER ending, there. Awesome!

(And I agree on the "flaw in his character" thing you mention below. The whole Victoria thing imbues this with so much nuance.)
Nov. 30th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
Thank you, Isis! I'm pretty excited about this particular moral quandry I've landed Fraser in.
Nov. 29th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Oo. Let me chime in with another fascinating. That is a sort of moral grey area that Fraser and Ray would come at from different angles--what/how much does love excuse?

And the idea that Fraser saying the expected "I would do the right thing" is a lie for Ray, not for himself? Wow.

Edited at 2007-11-29 06:19 pm (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
They have very different approaches to morality, in general. And I think, in this scenario, it has some real destructive potential.

I think Fraser works to maintain a certain image for the people around him, even when he can't internally live up to it.

Thanks, ifreet!
Nov. 29th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
Nov. 30th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
*takes a bow*
Dec. 4th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
ooh! I like this. It's kind of spooky, like Fraser is some kind of ghost. Only the ghosts in DS aren't very scary, are they?
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
Huh, I hadn't thought of it that way. The ghosts in DS canon aren't very scary. Until you think about them. And then they really, really are.

If you're a fan of the spooky, perhaps I can point you towards my DS_Match piece, Into A Far Country?
Dec. 4th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
I tried reading that story when it first came out, and couldn't finish it. It was *too* scary, and I was in perpetual "flinch" mode that you were going to hurt us, y'know? It was supposed to be angsty, after all.

At your prompting, I went back and forced myself to read it all the way through, and am glad I did. It *was* spooky! Like a really bad nightmare that leaves you waking up all hollow inside, with your heart racing and your eyes darting all over the room. I liked the Orpheus reference. I loved how you went over the other episodes in the series, with Ray searching for Fraser, and revisited all those great characters. I adored Dief. Oh, Dief! (you always give great Dief, in-character Dief.)

My favorite thing was how courageous you made Ray. Willing to risk his life, his soul, his heart on Fraser. The ending was perfect. thanks for nudging me to read it!
Dec. 4th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
Like a really bad nightmare that leaves you waking up all hollow inside, with your heart racing and your eyes darting all over the room.
Oh, excellent! This was partially inspired by a nightmare I had once, one of those nasty ones, so I'm delighted it came across.

DIEF! Thanks, springwoof. One of my first betas suggested that I was over-anthropomorphizing him. But I went back and look at some episodes, and I was like .... nope. Dief's just like that in canon.

Ray really was all in there. I'm so glad you lied it!
Dec. 4th, 2007 07:44 am (UTC)
One of my first betas suggested that I was over-anthropomorphizing him

oh, that's exactly what I meant! a lot of people, when they write Dief, give in to temptation and "fix" him and make him more dog-like/wolf-like--when, in the show, he's actually just exactly like you write him. not all-the-way anthropomorphized, he's still got lots of canine in him, but certainly more "human like" than a real dog, or wolf/dog would be. You write a perfectly balanced Dief--in-character as the show depicts him.

btw, I'm sending you an additional note on this story over e-mail...
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
This is so well done. A difficult question, and an answer maybe Ray isn't ready to hear. Really nice.

It's an interesting question whether Fraser would or not. He's constantly pushing the people around him to do right, to do better. Maybe it's because he knows he would be helpless not to love them anyway, as much as it hurts.
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you, Arrow!

I believe that Fraser really does believe that it is wrong - but that he'd do it anyway.
Aug. 31st, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
For my bedtime snack this evening, I've been poking around in Aka's snippet recs posts.

I can't believe I failed to comment on this when I first read it. I remember being wowed by it at the time, and I'm so glad I found my way here again. This is just as marvelous on second reading as it was the first time around. Brilliant stuff.
Aug. 31st, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, mal! This is one of my favorite snippets, a big story in a little package.
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Mar. 7th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
The snippet version is done. The epic is still a long ways off. Thanks for commenting, jesse!
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