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Title: Violets at Christmas
Fandom, Pairing: due South, Elaine/Frannie
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for the More Joy Day Multi-fandom Kissing Fest.
Length: 400 words
Disclaimers: Unbeta'd, so please tell me if you find any errors! The characters of "due South" do not belong to me. If they did, they would have more fun.
Summary: Frannie was gorgeous, and not half the ditz she pretended to be.

Elaine dropped by the 2-7 on her way home on Christmas eve. She didn’t intend to stay long. She just wanted to give the Lieutenant his present, a coffee mug she’d made him in pottery class as thanks for believing in her when to everybody else she was just the Civilian Aide.

Frannie Vecchio, her replacement, was standing on a ladder hanging mistletoe over the entryway with all the focus of a big-game hunter. Elaine would bet money she was still trying for Fraser. Which was too bad, really. Frannie was gorgeous, and not half the ditz she pretended to be.

“Merry Christmas, Frannie,” she called up.

“Oh, Elaine! Merry Christmas,” Frannie responded absent-mindedly. “Does it look straight from down there?”

“I think if you move it a little closer to the corner, you’ll get better coverage.”

Frannie slithered down the ladder. Elaine held it for her while she repositioned the mistletoe.

“Plus,” Elaine said, “this way, if anyone takes advantage of it, there’s this big filing cabinet blocking the view, gives some privacy.”

“Huh.” Frannie moved the ladder off to the side and checked out the angles. “Here, come down the corridor, like you’re headed into the bull pen, okay Elaine?”

Elaine nodded. She walked out through the doorway, and then came back in, trying to stride like Fraser. Frannie appeared out of nowhere, blocking her way, and then glanced up at the mistletoe. When Elaine looked up, Frannie stepped forward into her space, gently maneuvering her back into the space between the filing cabinet and the wall. It was like a dance, and Elaine knew they were just pretending, but it felt real.

Frannie leaned in, pressed her cheek warm against Elaine’s, and breathed, “So, think that’ll work?”

“Umm, yeah,” Elaine muttered into the crook of Frannie’s neck, surrounded by her perfume. “That should do it.”

“Good,” Frannie said, pulling back a bit. Then she darted forwards and pressed her lips against Elaine's. Her tongue touched Elaine’s lips for a moment and then Frannie was gone, straightening her blouse, out in full view of the squad room.

“Give me a call sometime, Elaine,” she said. “We’ll have a girl’s night out.” Frannie shrugged, just slightly flushed. “Or something.” She bustled away, calling out orders to the officers setting up the buffet.

Elaine leaned back against the cool wall, took a deep breath, and licked her lips. Frannie’s lipstick tasted like candied violets.


( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
Awwww. This is lovely! CALL HER, ELAINE! *g*
Jul. 4th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure she will. Thanks, brynn!
Jul. 4th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Guh! Those two are hot. And Elaine is adorably scheming! It'd be great to see you finish this. :)

(It's "unbeatad," really? :) *teases you* It looks great, except that I can't figure out who the Captain is. )
Jul. 4th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it, js! They are kind of hot together, aren't they? Doubt it'll go anywhere though. Thanks for catching my errors!
Jul. 4th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
Ooh. Awesome.

(And Chicago in December sounds good at this moment...)
Jul. 4th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
It sounds nice and chilly. Thanks ainsley!
Jul. 4th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
Ah, a nice cool slice of Due South for the holidays...!
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed, Cath!
Jul. 4th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, girlkissing! They do make a good couple.
Jul. 7th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
*grins* They do! I'm all in favor of more girlkissing.
May. 9th, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
I just read this for the first time due to the remix, and it made me smile hugely :D
May. 9th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
Thank you, prudence!
May. 9th, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)

Thank you.
May. 9th, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
*beams* I'm so glad you enjoyed.
Jun. 21st, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
Hi there!

I'm having a go at making podfics, and was wondering if you'd give me permission to record this gorgeous ficlet for A Peck On The Lips II?

Jun. 21st, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
I would be delighted, please do! Oooh, perhaps I'll podfic something for the collection as well.
Jun. 21st, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly. *g*
Jul. 16th, 2012 10:08 am (UTC)
Hi! The A Peck on the Lips II collection is up, including my podfic of this ficlet. Thanks for letting me record it. I had fun, and I hope you like it.
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