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23 April 2010 @ 03:42 pm
The Unit Fic: Red and Brown Swirling Down  
Written for varietypack100 Multi-Fandom Challenge
Emma DeMarais VarietyPack100 Prompt Table
Crossposted to unit_command

Title: Red and Brown Swirling Down
Pairing/Characters: Mack, Bob, Jonas, Hector, Charles
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: First Responders
Summary: Prompt - Brown
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

It isn't the poshest of facilities, but Mack's not complaining. After close to six days skulking through muddy insect-infested rice paddies on a mission, a hot shower is right up there on the list with sex and a hearty home-cooked meal that doesn't in any way resemble MREs.

The water pressure is good and hard and the soap just as harsh as the general who sent the Unit on this covert op. It's just what Mack needs though, to wash away the last week and get back to his girls.

The water flows brown, swirling down the drain as his body sheds caked-on dirt like a second skin. He'd gone so long without cleaning up even the blood had gone rusty brown beneath the field dressing he tossed in the trash as he shed his cammies.

Jonas, three stalls over, starts up a song in his deep rich voice and Hector joins in as Charles just laughs at them. Mack leans his forehead against the cool tile, watching the water flow down the drain as it clears.

Then the shower in the next stall over starts up and its water flows into the shared drain. This time it's more red than brown. Bob's still new to the Unit. But Mack can give him time. Red will give way to brown eventually, like it did for all of them.

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Emma DeMaraisemmademarais on April 23rd, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Last year I was rather lame and left publishing fic for some of my smaller, less frequently written fandoms, until December. Trying to sneak just one fic in per fandom when you've got over 20? Not easy. Ergo this year, me trying to get some of them in earlier. Plus I've been embarrassingly slow on filling my varietypack100 and drabble123 claims. /hangs head/ numb3rs100 has been a great way to keep myself ficcing when I'm too busy for long works so I should remind myself that I've got the other drabble commitments as well to offer me brief escapes from life/work/school/flailage for other fandoms.

I confess that I'm amused at the idea that Red and Brown could refer to the fic's subjects as well: Mack (the redhead) and Bob (who doesn't just have brown hair and brown eyes, his last name *is* Brown).

Very special thanks to beta melissima for her assistance with this fic.


Emma DeMarais