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Fandoms; Characters: due South/H2O; Fraser and an OC
Rating: G
Word Count: 300
Challenge: Written for the ds_snippets Challenge#89, prompt: Cole Porter's lyrics, I get no kick from champagne - mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all.
Author's Notes: Readers may recognize Kirti from A Woman of Ambition, but the snippet can stand alone. Thanks to my beta, nos4a2no9, for helping me get those opening lines right.

Kirti shut down her computer. She was wearily shrugging into her coat when the intercom beeped.

“My apologies, ma’am,” her secretary said. “That RCMP fellow who bullied his way through security is still out here. He’s been waiting for seven hours.”

Kirti pressed the button. “Send him in, Eleanor.”

The man who appeared in her doorway wore the Red Serge with the Order of Merit pinned to his chest. His features were attractive and vaguely familiar. Kirti mentally erased a few creases from around the eyes. “Ah. Meg’s pretty boy. Do come in, Corporal Fraser.” She sat down behind her desk. “How can the Intelligence Service be of service tonight? Tea? A nice brandy, perhaps?”

“No, ma’am,” he answered, shutting the door and standing at parade rest. “I need your assistance on an urgent matter.”

Kirti flipped the switch under her desk that would record the conversation. “Of course you do,” she said drily. “And if I refuse, you’ll disclose certain details about my relationship with Meg where it’ll do the most harm?”

“Of course not,” the Corporal said, looking like she’d accused him of fucking sheep in his spare time.

“Then why, exactly, should I feel moved to act in this matter? I assume it’s nothing to do with my brief.”

“No, Assistant Director. But it’s the right thing to do.”

She rather wished he’d been a simple extortionist. They were easily dealt with. Idealists were a murkier kettle of fish.

His voice was quiet, eyes solemn. “Inspector Thatcher’s out of the country, and I didn’t know who else to trust.”

The promise of espionage thrilled through her veins, better than the finest champagne. She leaned slightly forwards. “I'm listening, Corporal.”

He reported out, “The first evidence of a government conspiracy in the water pipeline came to my attention … ”

Comments

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luzula
Oct. 19th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
I liked Kirti the first time, and she's still awesome. Great use of the prompt, I like how you didn't use it for romance!
keerawa
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, luzula! Kirit was the only Muse interested in it.
springwoof
Oct. 19th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
this was excellent Fraser! When I saw this line: His voice was quiet, eyes solemn. “Inspector Thatcher’s out of the country, and I didn’t know who else to trust.” I could just *see* him saying that.
keerawa
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Thanks, springwoof! How could Kirti refuse?
mizface
Oct. 19th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Ooh - like this! It makes me all warm and fuzzy that Fraser's still an idealist. And that he can still get help by simply saying it's the right thing to do.

And the fucking sheep line made me laugh - beauty!
keerawa
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Fraser is an eternal idealist, and he makes those around him to live up to those ideals. Glad you liked the sheep-fucking line. Kirti has this rather odd, dry sense of humor.
gryphonrhi
Oct. 19th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
The patiently waiting 7 hours sounded like Fraser, and then I got to "Inspector Thatcher’s out of the country, and I didn’t know who else to trust." Man. Lovely. Leave it to Fraser to find these things!
keerawa
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Thank you, Rhi! Fraser's a Hero, no doubt.
primroseburrows
Jan. 8th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Why didn't I know this fic existed before? Yay H20 fic! Fandom needs more of it, darnit. :)

And Fraser? Could definitely have saved Canada.
keerawa
Jan. 9th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
He could! Of course, that's exactly what the PM was trying to do...

Thanks, primroseburrows!
primroseburrows
Jan. 9th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Of course, that's exactly what the PM was trying to do...

Well, yes, of course he was. *looks around furtively*

Fraser maybe could have warned him about the Americans?
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