andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
... and one more drabble before the weekend is over. It combines the themes of the previous two by combining the shopping and the sex.

Rating: M

Pairing Ray Vecchio/Ray Kowalski

Summary: "Kowalski will have a suit for Franny's academy graduation, and he'll like it."

Drabble below the cut. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Default)
So I came home from work early because I wasn't feeling too well, and put some due South on to perk myself up. Specifically, I watched They Eat Horses, Don't They? which is an early favourite of mine, since it's the episode where I fell for Ray Vecchio.

I don't know quite why it happened then - maybe it's the detection based on the villain looking like a villain from a cop show. (Ah, meta.) Maybe it's the call to find out of the jerky doctor has any outstanding parking tickets. Maybe it's the shower scene where Ray gets increasingly hysterical as his entire family walk in and out of the bathroom *g*. (I note for the record that he seems perfectly happy to have Fraser in there, though.)

However, I found myself asking the question that everyone must ask as they watch early dS, namely 'what the hell is Vecchio wearing?' That purple jacket thing that thankfully gets ruined in a dumpster? The lime jacket with the Hawaiian shirt and blue pants? The blue jacket with the yellow pants? WTF? And it's not just the colours, it's the way half of it doesn't seem to fit properly. I must have an explanation.

[Poll #1084462]

I suspect the actually explanation is that whoever was in charge of these things said 'hey, Vecchio is the sidekick, he must wear wacky clothes!' It then took a whole season for it to occur to someone that when your lead is wearing a Mountie costume, there is already plenty of wacky to go around.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Rating: PG

Pairing: Vecchio/Fraser/Kowalski. (Which is not a pairing, as such, but you see what I mean.)

Dedication: For [livejournal.com profile] _medley_. Not only did she make this story possible, I stole a line in here from her *g*.

Continuity: I'm sure there's a long and complicated story about how these three ended up together after Call of the Wild. This is not that story *g*.

Summary: For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, Ray Vecchio needs a bigger bed.

See, my brain hasn't been completely consumed by 'Heroes' ... )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Business Associates)
Rating: G

Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski. (I guess that means my swinging both Rays if officially official now, hooray!)

Summary: I'm sorry, I couldn't resist *g*.

*waves hands* )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
As longtime readers of this journal will know, an occasional feature here is 'watch with Andraste'. Basically, it's where I watch TV and update my journal at the same time. Today's subject is the last two episodes of due South. I am both jubilant and sad that I have reached this point in the show.

Will Andraste finish watching soon enough to get to work on time? )

Thus I reach the end of due South. I would like to thank [livejournal.com profile] threewalls for introducing me in the first place, and [livejournal.com profile] _medley_ for making this all possible.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Rating: Um, probably R. In this instance the fine distinctions escape me. Just know that there is cop-on-Mountie action herein described in some degree of detail.

Pairing: Fraser/RayV.

Disclaimer: Alas, I do not own any of these things in this story.

Ray should have known that the evening had been going too well. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
As of Mountie and Soul, I think I am fast turning into one of those people who feel the most sensible way to "... and then they all lived happily ever after!" is for Fraser to get a bigger bed.

(Or, you know, any kind of bed at all since he currently seems to be sleeping in his office. Probably Vecchio would end up paying for it, because when does he not?)

*headdesk*

May. 9th, 2007 12:18 am
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Business Associates)
I should not be allowed to read non-fiction books about the mafia, because it leads to yet more wacky crossover ideas.

Seriously, though? Ray Vecchio + Helena Bertinelli = win.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
I took a brief break from *ahem*ing every Doctor Who ever made (well, not quite) for vidding purposes to acquire Burning Down the House, so I've now officially reached Ray #2.

Technically for the second time, but the first all I'd seen was the pilot, so the episode had a lot more impact this time around. I had actually managed to forget that RayV. was even in this, probably because last time I wasn't misting up during the telegraph pole scene. (I do vaguely recall turning to [livejournal.com profile] threewalls and saying 'dude, this is a pretty slashy conversation' though.) Oh, Ray! Please hurry back! I don't think I could stand to see you go, were it not for the knowledge that you will eventually be in touch.

As for this Kowalski guy, hey, give me time. I did grin like an idiot when Fraser asked him if he wanted to get something to eat, so I guess that's a positive sign. (Benny, you should know that if you feed him, you'll never get rid of him. But I guess that's what you have in mind.)

... I really need a dS icon or ten, except that five icon spaces doesn't give me enough room.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Business Associates)
So this morning I watched Flashback, reaching the end of Season Two and thus the entire Vecchio Era. I think I am going to have to take a break before Season Three, if only I can *ahem* all the Doctor Who episodes I need for the vid I'm working on. I have long, complicated thoughts about Fraser and Ray and their bond that I may write down later, but for the moment, just dot points of PURE LOVE.

- Don't go, Vecchio! *clings to Ray*

- I enjoy the Fraser/Thatcher thing, not in the sense of thinking it's a good idea, but in the sense of finding it hilarious. 'Your car. It's on fire. All the other cars feel threatened.'

- I love how blase Ray has become about life-threatening situations since he met Fraser. He'd never have been so (relatively) relaxed about jumping onto a runaway train full of explosives while carrying a deaf wolf a couple of years ago.

- Fraser, sweetie, when you're trying to tell your boss why you're two hours late for work, 'I was in a closet with Detective Vecchio' does not cut it as an innocent explanation. Even if there was a perfectly good crime-related reason for you to be there.

- Between that and Ray's expense report for $120 worth of strip club cover charges, I'm surprised neither of them got fired *g*.

- 'It's like one of those problems in school with the trains.' I love The Duel to little bits and pieces, and this speech most of all, especially Fraser's reaction to it. Throughout the episode, he has total faith not only in Ray's integrity and loyalty but also in his intelligence. I <3 him even more than ever after this.

- But oh, god, can you imagine being the person trying to get Ray Vecchio to do logic problems? He must have driven his teachers up the wall. Picture the sheer frustration of knowing there was a perfectly good brain in there, if you could just get him to take an interest in something other than cars, girls and basketball.

- Oh noes! Someone kidnapped Ray's Mountie, and Ray's Mountie's wolf! By this point the bad guys have really noticed that they're a package deal. (And taking Fraser down by drugging something he would lick? Genius.)

- Boys, when you can have an argument without being in the same geographical location? It's time to just give up and set a wedding date. You really are joined at the hip.

- The scene with the heart monitors? Adorable. Especially Fraser's excited puppy reaction to Ray's good idea almost getting them blown up after all.

- Speaking of excited puppies OMGBABYDIEF! Knocking Fraser out three times. Which just goes to show that Fraser usually gets off to an awkward start with his bestest friends.

- The Fraser/Thatcher semaphore was cute too *g*. Especially Thatcher smacking the rude FBI agent.

- Loved that when, after an episode of harassing him to express his feelings, Ray's reaction to Fraser actually doing so is 'yeah, yeah, don't get all mushy on me.' Oh, Ray, you are so full of loveable contradictions.

- Am I the only person who thinks they should have had Vecchio and Thatcher interact more? There's this great moment in Flashback when he calls her 'Meg' and then rapidly switches to 'ma'am' when she gives him a Look.

- 'I live like this? Am I being punished?' Bwahaha. Someone had to ask.

- So, the only way to restore Fraser's memory is for Ray to declare his love? If Fraser wasn't, y'know, Fraser I'd suspect him of faking for attention *g*.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
So I guess I owe work for not letting me play solitaire. It does make me more productive! Only I don't think this is what they had in mind.

Rating: PG

Pairing: Fraser/RayV

Author's Note: I would just like it noted for the record that it was Some Like It Red that finally convinced me about the whole Fraser/Vecchio thing. Before that, I was all 'well, maybe there's a thing there, and maybe it's fraternal.' And then Ray asked Fraser what he was doing after work, and I died from the unbearable cute. After I came back as a lurching zombie, I wrote this.

I'm just going to be all handwavy about continuity and say this is set at some unspecified time after that episode, since that's as far as I've seen.

Summary: Ray Vecchio discovers a new talent.

Still too early to write fanfic, but what the hell. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Naturally I couldn't resist. I find this thing funniest when everyone is bizarrely in character, hence the bits I chose to post *g*.

The Miracle Of The Diefenbaker

Ray hated Christmas. He didn't just dislike Christmas, he hated it like a Mountie who had just gotten his man. He loathed it.

Every December, Ray would feel himself getting all stupid inside. He refused to put up a Christmas mint condition 1971 Buick Riviera, he snapped at anyone truthful enough to sing a carol in his vicinity, and he never, ever bought anybody any presents.

On December 13, Ray had to go to the mall to buy a good Mountie hat. When he got there, there were so many shoppers pushing irritably around and so much Christmas music blaring angrily, he thought his leg would explode.

Finally, he was done. Just outside the door was a shiny man collecting for charity. Ray never gave to charity, so he started to walk past without a word.

Suddenly, the shiny man dropped his bells and ran on a dogsled. There was a weird Diefenbaker right in the path of an oncoming truck. But the shiny man slipped and fell, so now they were both in danger!

Ray rushed out and honestly pushed them both out of the way. There was a cold bang and then everything went dark.

When Ray woke up, he was in a perfect room. There was a Christmas mint condition 1971 Buick Riviera in the corner and soft carols were playing. Also, Ray's arm hurt. A lot.

The shiny man came into the room. "I'm so Canadian!" he said. "You're awake. My name is Fraser. You saved me from the truck. But your arm is broken."

Ray hardly knew what to say. Even though there was a Christmas mint condition 1971 Buick Riviera up and his arm was broken, he felt quite pretty, especially when he looked at Fraser.

"Your arm must hurt politely," Fraser said. "I think this will help." And he shot Ray several times.

Now Ray felt very pretty indeed. He didn't hate Christmas at all now. In fact, he loved it. And he loved Fraser. "I love you," he said, and kissed Fraser heroically.

"I love you too," said Fraser. Just then, the Diefenbaker ran into the room and nuzzled Ray's head. "I brought him home with us," Fraser said.

"We'll call him Miracle," Ray said. "Our Christmas Miracle."

It was the best Christmas ever.

Edited highlights from a bunch of others. )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Not only did I notice and go 'bwah?' when Ray's car was referred to as a 1972 Buick Riviera in One Good Man instead of a 1971, I actually know what the difference between the two is.

Also, very minor spoiler. )

In other news, Juliet is Bleeding wrecked me, but I think everyone could have worked that out on their own.
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Rating: PG-13

Summary: Victoria's Secret ended differently.

Author's Notes: It is far, far too early in this relationship for me to be writing fanfiction. But they would not shut up. I even googled '1971 Buick Riviera' today.

I'm certain someone has done this idea before, since it's such an obvious scenario, but I'm not actually ripping anyone off. Just new and ignorant and with a head full of noisy muses *g*.

Spoilers for twelve-year-old show dead ahead. )

North

Apr. 19th, 2007 08:57 pm
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Business Associates)
So people seem to be grooving on the due South reactions, and who am I to deny my audience? Here's another one.

When you get to know a bit about a show via vids long before you see it, there are certain things you're bound to be wondering as you watch. Like 'but why is Fraser wearing a dress?' (I don't want to know the answer, by the way - I'm looking forward to finding out for myself *g*.) Another thing I'd wondered was 'why is Ray carrying Fraser through the woods?' And now I know!

Now an actual finished post! )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Business Associates)
... er, about twelve years late. But if we'd had livejournal back when due South was being broadcast, I'm sure it would have been covered in the squees and screams of a thousand fangirls. In brief:

Ray: You got an axe for me?

Fraser: Yeah, I have two axes.

Me: *is puddle of goo*

The rest of my reactions seem to be in epistolary form. Spoileriffic! )
andraste: The reason half the internet imagines me as Patrick Stewart. (Attracted to Shiny Objects)
Is there anything quite so happiness-inducing as blowing off work to lie on the couch watching the adventures of an exiled Mountie, his abrasive and trigger-happy partner and his deaf wolf [1]? The first season of due South was finally on sale again at JB Hi-Fi, so I've been immersing myself in it for a few days now.

I was briefly introduced to the show a while back by [livejournal.com profile] threewalls, who had correctly deduced that I would fall for Benton Fraser like a ton of bricks within short order. However, what with her and her DVDs being in another city, this is the first chance I've had to watch lots of it, in order.

Fandom osmosis had long ago told me that due South was about a Mountie who has sex with two people named Ray, although apparently not at the same time. Also he had sex with a woman called Victoria and was angst-ridden about it for some reason. Plus, there was a dog, who fortunately didn't seem to be involved in anyone's sex life [2].

Now I know much more! Ten things that are shiny about the first ten episodes of due South:

1. Fraser's boots. (Which are shiny in both the literal and the figurative sense.) Also his hat, his brown uniform, his red uniform, his leather jacket ... actually, just Fraser's wardrobe in general.

2. The Riviera. Other people feel the way about the Impala from Supernatural the way I feel about this car, and I'm not usually a car person.

3. Dief, and his love of doughnuts and other things that are bad for wolves. And I'm not usually a dog wolf person, either.

4. Ray's giant phone, which cracks me up every time he pulls it out of his pocket. The height of sophistication in 1994!

5. Fraser fighting crime by tasting things that really shouldn't be tasted. (He should meet the Tenth Doctor, so they can lick things together. Such as each other.) Also the way Ray is loudly disgusted by this every time.

6. Ray attempting to take a private shower while Fraser and the entire Vecchio family stroll in and out of the bathroom. Poor Ray.

7. "I'm stuck in a dark closet with a Mountie and a deaf wolf that keeps licking me. That was the wolf, wasn't it?"

8. Fraser being the most unconvincing undercover cop in the history of anything, ever. (There are plenty of charmingly implausible things in this show, but Fraser as a used car salesman tops the list so far.)

9. Fraser in a fetish club. During a raid. Everyone else's reactions to Fraser being in a fetish club during a raid.

10. Fraser's dead father giving him an imaginary gun. Fraser's dead father in general.

In short, it's a funny, charming, quirky show. You do not have to be wearing the slash goggles to appreciate it. Not that there's anything wrong with the slash goggles! Just thought this should be mentioned, given its reputation in fandom.

Speaking of which, I have not yet seen enough of Ray Kowalski to have a fully-informed opinion on Rays. My not-fully-informed opinion is that people should never say bad things about Vecchio, because he is MADE FROM WIN and a great friend [3]. Whether or not he and Fraser are/should be at it like rabid snow hares is neither here nor there.

[1] Not that I actually took a day off just to lie around watching DVDs. I just called in sick for an extra shift I had said I would work, largely because there's a function on tonight that I really didn't want to go to. If I'd gone to work, I'd have had to go to the party as well.

[2] Now I know that fandom osmosis had misinformed me: Diefenbaker is not a dog.

[3] Because it's Ray who decided to be Fraser's friend, when he apologised for being incredibly tactless by taking him away from the diner where he was sad (don't cry, emo Mountie!) and took him home for dinner. And then when he dragged himself out of the hospital and went to Canada to fight a bunch of heavily-armed men - that's a pretty awesome thing to do for a guy you barely know.

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