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HL ficlet: Truth and Dare

Fandom, Pairing: Highlander; Joe/Amanda
Summary: A tag for "The Cross of St. Antoine."
Rating: PG
Length: 425 words
Disclaimers: Joe and Amanda are the property of Davis/Panzer Productions. No harm, no foul, no money changing hands.
Author's Notes: A slightly polished version of comment-fic written in response to amberleewriter's Joe and Amanda Are Love challenge. Thanks to mackiedockie for the encouragement!

Joe had played until his hands ached and his throat was sore. Any more and he wouldn't be able to perform tomorrow. And Joe knew he would need to perform tomorrow. He kept flashing back to Lauren's murder. Durgan was dead now. MacLeod had taken care of it.

Didn't mean he'd be getting much sleep tonight.

Joe heard the floorboards by the register creak. He looked up, ready to kick Mac out.

Amanda slid into the chair across the table from him and nodded at his whiskey bottle. "It's no fun to drink alone," she said.

"Amanda - " Joe was torn between the grip of a pure black funk and his inability to be rude to a lady. "I'm just not in the mood for games."

"Oh, I think you'll like this one," Amanda said, picking up the whiskey and tilting it back for a swallow. When she put the bottle back down in front of him, her tongue nimbly chased an amber drop to the corner of her mouth.

Joe was tired, and he was hurting. But he wasn't dead, so he noticed.

"You get to ask me any question you want, and I'll answer it," she said.

The Watcher in Joe sat up and started paying attention, entirely against his will. He'd gotten to know Mac pretty well over the years, but this was Amanda. How had she survived all this time as a female Immortal? Where was she during those Lost Years in the 16th century? Was Amanda the mysterious woman who planned Jack Murphy's infamous 'Star of India' heist? Joe could even confirm the rumors about her relationship with Rebecca, one way or the other.

Amanda was still talking. "Then I get to ask you a question. We'll take turns. And if you don't answer honestly and completely, you have to pay ..." She licked her right forefinger and then reached down below the level of the table into her lap. Joe found himself leaning forwards to see what she was doing. Amanda languorously traced a line up along the buttons of her blouse until she reached the top one. She flicked it open, pale flesh tantalizing between black silk. "... a forfeit."

Joe felt a warm flush across his face that was matched by one south of the border. He tilted his head, a rueful smile dancing across his lips. "I think I might run out of buttons before you do."

"Well," Amanda said huskily, holding his gaze across the table, "I'm sure we can work something out."



( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)
A follow-up
mackiedockie was concerned that Joe would freak out about cheating on Mac with his girlfriend.

Here was Amanda's response:

"Oh, don't be ridiculous, Joe. This is entirely within the rules. It's not cheating if Duncan and I are in different countries. Or in the same country, but in a serious relationship with someone else. Or not in a serious relationship, but across town with a friend. Or not across town, but we're both in the same bed with the same person at the same time. Or if Fitzcairn is in anyway involved. Did you ever meet him?"

Joe sighed.

Amanda smiled innocently. "Would you like me to fetch you a pen and a bar napkin so you can write this down? Or are you done being silly?"
Nov. 28th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
::giggling:: Love the original fic, but I think my favorite parts are "Or if Fitzcairn is in anyway involved," and "Would you like to write this down?"

Thank you!!
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
*grins* Amanda's just a blast.
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
me too. heh. I love this.
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
*snickers* Fitz was unique. Can't you just see "The Joe Dawson Book of Immortal Dating Etiquette" being a hit at the Academy?
Nov. 30th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
yes, yes I can.
Oct. 24th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
Hell, I think you should write up the Joe Dawson Book of Immortal Dating Advice!
Oct. 25th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
*grins* Now that WOULD be fun.
Nov. 29th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
HA! The story above was great and sexy, but this part is just pure awesome. Those are totally my kind of rules. ;) Brilliant.

There does need to be more Amanda/Joe fic.
Nov. 29th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: A follow-up
Those are totally my kind of rules.
I just don't see Amanda as a monogamous kind of gal. Thanks, threerings!
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:47 am (UTC)
"But he wasn't dead, so he noticed." I love it. :) You've really captured their chemistry.
Nov. 28th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks, eldritchhobbit, I know Amanda would have that effect on me!
Nov. 28th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
The awesomeness of this has to be measured in astronomic scales.
Nov. 28th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
*grins* I'm glad you liked it, killa!
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thus we see the allure of an older woman. *nods* (Well, she IS.) Very, very good-amazing how much oomph you got into it with so few words. That's always impressive. Not a pairing I've thought about before, but now...oh, yeah.

Nov. 28th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
It was something of a revelation to me, the chemistry they had between them as I sat down to write this. Thanks realpestilence!
Nov. 28th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
That was great! Perfect way to start my morning :)
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks Ith, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Nov. 28th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Wow! Amanda and Joe really do make lovely chemistry together, don't they? And I love the line about Fitz being involved, in any way. That man rewrote the rule book . . .
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
They do! And as for Fitz - there needs to be more Fitz fic. I was remembering "The Stone of Scone" as I wrote the follow-up, and the way the three of them play together in that episode was such a delight. Thank you for the comment!
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! Amanda can be very -- flexible -- when it comes to Joe. This is wonderful!
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
That she can. Thanks, mischief!
Dec. 4th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
this is the Amanda we know and love! I adore your image of her here, and what she's doing for Joe...
Dec. 4th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Thank you! Amanda really is a terrific character, and lots of fun to write.
Dec. 23rd, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
I love the image of Joe "torn between the grip of a pure black funk and his inability to be rude to a lady." Perfect characterization and a great opportunity for Amanda to worm past his defenses.

Good snippet, and I love the follow up.
Sep. 1st, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
So it turns out I never replied to this lovely feedback! Thanks, 2-4-joy!
Sep. 1st, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Lol, this confused me greatly by being from you and not Team Hell related.

*stalked your fic long before spnland*
Sep. 1st, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
Oh!!!!! You changed your name! How sneaky! And I was all, 'I haven't seen her around for a long time.'
Sep. 1st, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
haha! Yes, I did. The old journal's still there so as not to break links, but I only post under the new account anymore. :D
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