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dS snippet: "The Art of Boxing"

Fandom; Character: due South; Fraser
Rating: PG
Word Count: 299
Challenge: Written for the ds_snippets Rapid Fire Challenge, prompt: tape
Disclaimer: Fraser does not belong to me. Neither does the Art of Boxing and Manual of Training.
Author's Notes: Takes place during 'Mountie and Soul'. Thanks to my betas, akamine_chan and annieb1955, for the quick and delicate pruning.

Ray was rooting around in his gym locker, breathing ragged and muscles still tightly coiled from the punishment he’d inflicted on the heavy bag. Fraser carefully took off his tunic and folded it before examining the equipment Ray had laid out for their sparring session. He slid his left hand into a boxing glove and began lacing it up.

Ray straightened up. “Fraser. What are you doing?”

Fraser glanced down at himself. The undershirt he was wearing seemed appropriate for the ring, even if the suspenders were a tad unusual. “Just putting on the protective gear.”

Ray closed his eyes for a moment and shook his head. “Have you ever actually boxed before?”

Fraser’s grandmother had taught him to box during the blizzard of ‘74. They’d been trapped for days. He’d been at his wit’s end, his body thrumming with the need to move when grandmother unearthed the ‘Art of Boxing and Manual of Training’ by William Edwards.

She’d paged through the book with him. Each of the 26 illustrations was pored over and mimicked. Grandmother was painstaking about the placement of his feet. Once he mastered each of the static forms, she counted out a cadence for him to move from one to the other, much like the way she’d taught him the waltz.

“Of course I’ve boxed before.”

“Well, I can’t tape over the gloves,” Ray said, gesturing Fraser onto the bench.

Fraser took off the glove, sat down, and held out his bare hand. Ray sat beside him and slowly wrapped the gauze across Fraser's knuckles and around his hand. Ray’s breathing steadied as they both concentrated on the startlingly intimate ritual.

While Fraser hadn’t yet found much use for the waltz, today he was grateful to his grandmother for her insistence on a well-rounded education.

Comments

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mackiedockie
Mar. 6th, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
Much love to Fraser's grandmother!!!
keerawa
Mar. 6th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
She was quite a lady, that's for sure! Thanks, mackiedockie!
podfic_lover
Mar. 6th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
He’d been at his wit’s end, his body thrumming with the need to move when grandmother unearthed the ‘Art of Boxing and Manual of Training’ by William Edwards.

What an image! Fraser's so vibrant and energetic while his grandma's understanding and down-to-earth. Thanks for sharing!
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
I had to cut that section down to bare bones to get under 300 words, so I'm delighted that it still works. Thanks, podfic_lover!
luzula
Mar. 6th, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)
Yay Martha and her well-rounded education!

Also, Ray is very sexy in the first sentence.
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I wanted to give Martha a medal for recognizing what enton was going through, and finding a way to help.

Ray is very sexy. I don't think that sentence needs any more words. Thanks, Luzula!
lamentables
Mar. 6th, 2009 09:28 am (UTC)
I find the idea of Fraser being taught to box by his grandmother startling. Startling in the best, dS way.

I hope he has occasion to waltz with Ray, too.
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
I can take no credit for this slice of awesomeness.
Quote from 'Diefenbaker's Day off'
Boxer: Your old man taught you how to box like that?
Fraser: My grandmother actually. Although I'm beginning to suspect that the book she used was somewhat outdated.


I hope he gets to waltz with Ray, too! That's why that bit didn't end up on the cutting-room floor.
lamentables
Mar. 9th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC)
Re: I can take no credit for this slice of awesomeness.
Doh!
But you made it your own in the snippet :-)
wihluta
Mar. 6th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is very nice and intimate in such an understated way. *loves*
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
Thank you, Wihluta.
love_jackianto
Mar. 6th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
That was great! I love the image of Fraser's grandmother teaching him how to box.
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
As a disciplined way exercise the body and uplift the spirit, no doubt.
cyberducks
Mar. 6th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ha! I imagine Fraser's grandmother as a combination of lady, battle ax and groovy old broad.

Of course she taught Fraser how to box.
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Absolutely! I think that when we search for the person who inspired Fraser to become a Hero, we spend too much time looking at Bob Fraser, and not enough with Martha Fraser.
aqua_eyes
Mar. 6th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
<3
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
:-)
nos4a2no9
Mar. 7th, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
I loved this! Terrific look at the weirdness of The Fraser, complete with bonus Martha! Also, Ray is A. Dor. Able. He's so patient with Fraser, and that makes me all warm and squishy inside. You = brilliant as always, Peaches.
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
Fraser is a peculiar fellow, sideways to most, isn't he? Glad you enjoyed, Nos!
brigantine
Mar. 7th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I like! So important to Benton to be able to keep up with Ray, and Ray gets all calm performing this familiar ritual, as he's bringing Fraser into this part of his life. And it's Ray, not somebody else doing this, but Ray taking Fraser's hand, and wrapping it up in the protective tape, as though he's helping Fraser into his armor.

(Then of course later in the ring Fraser decks him. Sigh. Honestly, Benton, y'don't need to take everything so darned seriously. *pets*)
keerawa
Mar. 7th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
It's not that Fraser wanted to hit him. Ray insisted. Repeatedly! Heh. Thanks for the detailed feedback, brig!
leafy22
Mar. 8th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
I love this - such an interesting look at Fraser.
The contents page of that book has lots of potential dS fic titles.....
keerawa
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks leafy! It really does! I should suggest them as prompts over at ds_snippets.
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