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19 October 2011 @ 11:59 pm
Blood Ties Fic: Shapes and Shadows  
Written for varietypack100 Multi-Fandom Challenge
Emma DeMarais VarietyPack100 Prompt Table
Crossposted to bloodtiesfic

Title: Shapes and Shadows
Pairing/Characters: Vicki, Henry
Rating: PG13
Spoilers: Blood Price Parts 1 and 2
Summary: Prompt - Shapes
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ

It's only after the cab leaves that Vicki realizes just how dark it is out in the abandoned warehouse district. A massive fire left buildings to crumble as insurance companies fought over payouts that would clear up the mess and let greedy developers start over. For now, for her at least, it means no electricity and no streetlights to help her see her way.

The flashlight in her hand is more of a joke than anything. All it does is create eerie shadows in the ruins that play tricks on her failing eyes.

Adrenaline flushes through her body as creaking noises surround her even though she knows it's the old walls putting up their best front against an early fall gust of wind. She zips up her jacket further against the chill and makes her way to the building at the end, or at least what remains of it.

The clunk of her boot heels on the pavement is comfortingly regular in the silence, interrupted only by the occasional crunch of debris. She gets to the end and shines her light on the one relatively still stable wall.

The sign reads Abel and Sons Importers; she's in the right place.

In the corners of her vision shapes shift and move, taunting her, daring her to acknowledge the fear rising up in her. Are they danger - someone following her who knows the secret about what was imported, what might have caused the fire - or merely an old tarp waving in the breeze?

She ignores it. Years of being a cop taught her to trust her instincts and her instincts are telling her the only living thing out here is her and perhaps a few rodents in the long forgotten trash bins.

And then a shape moves closer and proves her wrong.

Her heart skips a beat in her chest as her flashlight jerks over to reveal a figure.

"I got your call," Henry says blithely, as if he didn't just sneak up on her in the dark. "I didn't startle you, did I?" His wry smile proves his intent and suddenly Vicki's more annoyed than anything.

"No," she lies just as blithely. "Just wondering what was taking you so long."

"I had to stop for a bite before I came," Henry teases. "So your racing heartbeat isn't for me? I'm disappointed."

"Sorry," she offers him a smug grin, "It's just when you didn't show up I was bored and decided to run a few laps to stay warm."

Henry throws his head back and laughs and just like that all the fear and tension evaporates.

"Touche," he offers. "I have to learn that even if I'm right when it comes to you that doesn't mean I'll win the debate point."

Vicki huffs, puffing herself up a bit at having won that round after such a false start.

She taps him on the arm with her flashlight, doing her best to look superior.

"Good! Now next time? Don't keep the lady waiting. And bring coffee!"

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Acting my shoe size: Quiet! Voices.wild_force71 on October 21st, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
I always loved the banter between those two. Great show. I wish it had lasted longer.
devohoneybeedevohoneybee on October 21st, 2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
Oh. this is GOOOD. *grin*. I love how unabashed Henry is about his sadistic enjoyment of her discomfort. And how good she is at the comeback.
Unseelie_Lady: Feeling a little murderous teeheeunseelie_lady on October 21st, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
*BREATHES* NEW BT FIC!!!! SALVATION!!! --lol, very funny fic. Brave little Vicki, ignoring the shadows. And Henry is such an idiot sometimes, this is totally him.
(Anonymous) on October 30th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
New BT story
This is fun! Thanks for sharing.
@unseelie-lady: If someone would finish her stories, there would be more... LOL
Regards, Felicitas
TiserTtisert on February 4th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
Re: New BT story
Always loved Henry sneaking up on Vicki! Thanks for the lovely treat!