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13 July 2007 @ 11:54 pm
The Unit Fic: Full Dress Uniform  
Written for varietypack100 Multi-Fandom Challenge
Emma DeMarais VarietyPack100 Prompt Table
Crossposted to unit_command


Title: Full Dress Uniform
Pairing/Characters: Mack, Jonas, Tiffy
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None
Summary: Prompt – Passing
Notes/Warnings: Read the disclaimer on my LJ


065. Passing

Mack dressed slowly, carefully...

Deliberately.

Full dress uniform meant attention to detail. Not a thread out of place, not a single medal crooked.

There were precious few occasions for a Unit man to wear the full regalia, but the passing of one of their leaders was cause enough.

Only no one enjoyed dressing for a funeral.

He scrutinized his appearance in his wife's full length mirror then had her examine him from all angles as well. Once he passed her muster, he checked again himself.

It was a sign of respect for the dead to make sure he did justice to the uniform.

At the service he stood beside Jonas, both hiding their true thoughts behind the stoic mask of a soldier.

When he finally got home, he found it hard to take the uniform off. Removing it meant destroying the precision he'd achieved in setting it perfectly in place.

Tiffy finally came and eased the jacket off his shoulders, putting a drink in his hand and making him sit on the bed, covering the mirror with her bathrobe so he could no longer stare at his reflection and see the imperfection that so bothered him.

Mack let the liquor slide down his throat, feeling the burn.

A drink to toast the memory of a fallen comrade.

He just couldn't help but wonder if one day Jonas would end up toasting him.

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Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 14th, 2007 07:55 am (UTC)
Confession
This is for Mel and all the Max fans out there.

A side of Mack to go with your Billy...

Thanks,

Emma DeMarais
andi: Billy smilingadmiralandrea on July 14th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
Unit fic! *Mack* Unit fic! I am beside myself with joy, even if it was very angsty. And what a lovely hot image to start the day with... :happy sigh:
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 14th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
I didn't realize you were into The Unit too.

/makes note to write more Unit fic/

Yes angst, but also a) Tiffy being a good wife for a change and b) Mack in a full dress military uniform! That *has* to be sexy!

Glad to send you off with a nice visual...

Thanks...
andi: Billy thoughtfuladmiralandrea on July 14th, 2007 08:21 am (UTC)
Oh yes! Only because of Max initially, but I really enjoyed the first season. I'm partial to the likes of Tom Clancy etc which is why I had no problem liking that show. I'm now waiting for S2 DVDs to appear most impatiently, after the shoot-out at the end of the last ep of S1.
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 14th, 2007 08:39 am (UTC)
Yeah normally I wouldn't be at all interested in a show about the military, but I believe in checking out new show pilots to give them a chance and I did want to support Max after he'd done such a great job on Numb3rs.

I saw all of Season 1 and the first half or so of Season 2. I intend on catching up on Season 2 this summer, but for now I'm pretty seriously behind.

A word of advice... Lower your expectations drastically before watching the Season 2 opener. I was all set for a certain follow up to the big shoot up finale and I was really disappointed. It wasn't a bad ep, just not what I - or many people - wanted to see after the finale's final scene.
andi: Billy thoughtfuladmiralandrea on July 14th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. I'm trying to go into it with no preconceptions at all, but that's not easy!
Emma DeMarais: BlueEyeemmademarais on July 14th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
Well I could spoil one aspect that - if I did - would set your expectations to a more reasonable level.

It doesn't give away plot points - just approach if you will.

LMK if you want to hear it...
andi: Don & Billyadmiralandrea on July 14th, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
Sure, I'd be happy to hear. I'm terrible about spoilers. On the one hand, with some things I want to be unspoiled, on the other, with some things, I'm all gimme with the grabby hands. I'd kill anyone who spoiled Harry Potter or Doctor Who for me, other things, not so much...
melissima: Mack Hot by <lj user=melissima>melissima on July 14th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Guh. This is so perfectly Mack! And yay for Tiffy doing her job for once.

I went through every uploaded cap I have, and no dress uniform. :-( I think I do have one somewhere...but I wanted to applaud this sooner than I can apparently find it.


When he finally got home, he found it hard to take the uniform off. Removing it meant destroying the precision he'd achieved in setting it perfectly in place.


AW! So beautiful. I can feel him thinking that. *loves*

Thank you so much for this! Je m'estime heureux parce que tu m'appelles slash!wife. ♥
gypsy_eyes100 on August 3rd, 2007 07:26 am (UTC)
Full Dress Uniform
Can't believe I found an actual unit fic! And a about Mack too. Your story just rings so true to Mack's character, especially the last line.

Sorry, I'm never sure what to say other than thank you for writing and sharing a wonderful piece of fiction.