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Fandom/Pairing: Due South; Fraser/Kowalski
Rating: PG
Length: 300 words
Author's Notes: lucifage_5 asked the Fraser from Guilty Until Proven Innocent how life was going with Ray. I'm rather relieved that innocent!Fraser decided to reply. Unbeta'd.
Summary: Three months after Fraser's acquital.

It’s been a difficult few months. The nights give me the most trouble. I've found myself encouraging Diefenbaker to join me on the bed, his warmth and steady breath a shelter from nocturnal visitations. Victoria is as vicious as might be expected, but when Ray Vecchio appears - well. Those nights can only be endured.

Ray Kowalski turned up in a battered Ford Explorer 29 days after my acquittal carrying a bouquet of wild flowers. Since then he’s come by every morning at precisely 9am with a thermos of coffee, a donut for Diefenbaker, and his own set of tools. He’s a passable carpenter, and a surprisingly talented electrician. The repairs on my father's cabin are progressing very well. On a more personal level, however … each evening, after dinner, Ray returns to the room he’s rented in town. I apologized today, told Ray that I understood this wasn’t what he had hoped, and that he should feel free to return to his life in Chicago. Diefenbaker made his opinion clear by stalking off.

Ray smiled gently, stepped close, and ruffled his hand through my hair in a soft, caressing slide. I leaned towards him and brushed my lips against his cheek.

Ray took a breath and expelled it on a nearly inaudible mmmm. He took a half-step back and turned to face me. “You’re worth waiting for,” Ray rumbled, eyes so intent and serious that I couldn’t help but believe him. Then he grinned. “And tomorrow, Frase, I am bringing you a house warming gift. I was thinking maybe a coffee maker.”

Ray slung a companionable arm over my shoulders and walked me towards his SUV, chattering about the advantages of various brands. “See you tomorrow,” Ray said as he hopped into the driver’s seat.

“Tomorrow,” I promised.

Tomorrow.

Comments

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j_s_cavalcante
Oct. 10th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
\o/ Innocent!Fraser and Patient!Ray! I love them.

Okay, now you have whetted our appetites, and you are in for some pestering for more. You must write the next chapter, kiddo!

(By the way, the remastered model photos just came in and I immediately bought them. So...as soon as I can carve out some time between assignments, he'll be underway. :)
keerawa
Oct. 10th, 2009 08:08 am (UTC)
Unless an A story shows up to go with that B story, I don't think that one's in the cards, m'dear. Sorry!

Ooh, model photos! Fraser behind bars! I'm excited to see your next rendition!
j_s_cavalcante
Oct. 10th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
I don't think that one's in the cards, m'dear. Sorry!

That is SO UNFAIR. You, my friend, are a tease. :)

Okay, well...you did suggest a problem that needs a solution, though. Apparently Fraser needs some ghostbusting help. Just saying. :)

As to Jailed!Fraser...you know, I hadn't given any thought to depicting the actual bars. Planning to rely on atmosphere for the jail idea. That and the WALL. I'm studying background and...well, I'm studying all of it. Figure painting. Did we discuss the fact that this is going to have to be fairly large? Like maybe as large as 18x24"...otherwise Fraser would be pretty small. Because there's a lot of wall, and there needs to be space for that sense of isolation...not to mention his drawings. If that's too big, though, do let me know. It's your wall.

As of now I am not contemplating putting any clothes on him, either. It makes him look more vulnerable, also more like a classical figure. Feel free to weigh in on this issue, too. I might end up painting it twice if you want clothes on him. Either way, it will be okay. Practice is just about everything in art.

Okay...I'm ready to sleep. Have been drawing CKR's ear in black and white pastel on toned paper. Another fun assignment. I have to do the rest of the features; not sure whose I'm going to do.

keerawa
Oct. 10th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, ghostbusting, good point.

No, I don't believe actual bars are necessary. ;-) I think that Fraser would wear a prison jumpsuit raher than go naked in his cell, as much he hated it. But you, as the artist, are the deciding vote, of course.

May CKR ears dance through your dreams like sugar plum fairies!

ETA: Oh, and I agree with you that it needs to be quite large.

Edited at 2009-10-10 05:43 pm (UTC)
j_s_cavalcante
Oct. 10th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know Fraser wouldn't go naked in the cell. I'm not aiming for a realistic representation of what he would have looked like to an observer. I'm more trying to portray his psychological state. It isn't a scene that we see in the story, anyway.

But the reason I asked your preference was that I want you to be able to hang it if you want to. I realize you have fewer objections to artistic nudity than most people, but the walls of one's home are a usually only a semi-private space. I might try both the nude and the clothed versions, just for the heck of it.

The original reason that I removed the jumpsuit for this was just that I had a good nude pose to work from to get the anatomy correct. I think I had clothes on him in some of the original thumbnails. But when I saw the nude sketch, I realized how appropriate it is for him to have the look of a classical tragic figure.

Of course, once we add in the Harlequin angle, it's clear he really should have clothes on. I'm conflicted. :)

The major problem I have with the jumpsuit is that prison orange would be horrible on him and, even muted, would kill my color scheme. In DS canon, he wore navy blue in prison, and I think it was a shirt and pants. So we could go with that, couldn't we? I was thinking maybe a white t-shirt and some nondescript dark pants that could be part of the prison uniform. Barefoot, though, either way. I still want that sense of vulnerability to be clear. I'm not sure how well I like the closed pose if he is clothed. (Say that three times fast. :) Might do more sketches.

Of course, this all has to wait for me to find time between homework projects.

Today I get to paint my first fully clothed figure! \o/ (And it will be good practice for the clothed Fraser. It's a guy in blue casual clothes, seated. He has a similar build--it's Mr. Twisty, I think. His face is obscured, he's wearing a tuque, and I don't recognize him with his clothes on. :)
keerawa
Oct. 10th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
I would prefer clothes. A white t-shirt and soft dark pants would be appropriate for prison. I certainly agree with you on the bareffot, for both character-driven and artistic reasons.

Good luck with your clothed figure painting session!
mizface
Oct. 10th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oh. I love that this is hopeful but not all happily ever after. And that Fraser tries to get Ray to leave (of COURSE he did) but Ray set him straight (and Dief's reaction was perfection).
keerawa
Oct. 10th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Fraser, such a martyr. And I'm glad you liked Dief's reaction. Even in short pieces like this, I have to be careful not to lose track of that wolf. Thanks, mizface!
love_jackianto
Oct. 10th, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Oh I liked that.
keerawa
Oct. 10th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you for letting me know!
isiscolo
Oct. 10th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥

I was actually going to ask a similar question (of you, not of Fraser) so I'm glad someone else did. I really love this storyverse (both of them :-)
keerawa
Oct. 10th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Isis! There's still an open invitation out there for Guilty!Fraser to let me know how things are going. But he's scary, so I'm rather hoping he doesn't.
sam80853
Oct. 10th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Innocent!Fraser, YES!

Why did it never occur to me to just ask you, huh?:)

Lovely! Thanks!
keerawa
Oct. 10th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)
*laughs* It's so simple, it just might work! but now there's a meme, so I am morally obligated to repond.

Thanks for the comment, sam!
gloriana
Oct. 10th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
I was really taken with the glimpse into Fraser pov for this (having read the first story awhile ago and recapping last night): that first paragraph especially is quite chilling because, in the dS verse, there's the uncertainty as to whether he's just been suffering dreams, or whether he's actually been speaking to ghosts (or losing his mind, depending on your canon interpretation :))

I also love the tentativeniss here - Ray being a 'passable' carpenter, and the feeling of distance both maintained and somewhat forsaken (Fraser kissing Ray's cheek). Combined with those last few lines from Guilty Until Proven Innocent, it's a wonderfully hopeful continuation.

Note the use of the word 'continuation', not 'end'.
keerawa
Oct. 10th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
uncertainty as to whether he's just been suffering dreams, or whether he's actually been speaking to ghosts (or losing his mind,
Exactly! dS is wonderful in that way.

Note the use of the word 'continuation', not 'end'.
Sheesh, give fangirls a snippet and they take a novella... *grins*

Thanks for the feedback, gloriana!
gloriana
Oct. 10th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Sheesh, give fangirls a snippet and they take a novella... *grins*

Nods sagely. Fangirl entitlement rules.
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keerawa
Oct. 11th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
I'm so glad this cheered you up some, m'dear! Dief approves of Ray, and has ever since Fraser first told him the story of how Ray had gotten him acquited. Also, Ray buying Fraser a coffee-maker IS pushy in his own way.

I'm getting little flashes of what guilty!Fraser might be up to - Ray's hot-wiring a car, for some reason.
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