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Snark or Boojum?

Ira sipped his coffee carefully. It was fresh and hot, and he didn't want to distract himself one fraction of a second from the things that were happening out there. He'd managed to get himself calmed down so he wouldn't be too much trouble for Ms. Scott, but he hadn't slept well the night before. He was here and involved, and he'd been invited.

He couldn't really remember the last time that had happened.

He focused his attention on the kids from the House. They were understandably nervous. The only one with experience was Simon, and the information coming in from his senses was amazingly detailed. Ira hadn't even known that daffodils had a scent before. Also, being able to see so clearly, and to be able to switch "cameras", as it were, was quite a thrill.

Simon noticed the man first, and Ira could feel hackles rising on his neck, despite a distinct lack of hackles.

Brandon, Simon said in the link, and there was a bitter, angry taste to the name.

And there was their housemate Brandon, tall and blond and smirking lazily. He reminded Ira a bit of Damned Yankee in his war bond advertisements, sleek with careless arrogance, certain that Americans would do anything he asked of them because he was their golden boy.

The House crew stopped about fifteen feet from where Brandon posed casually against a light post. They considered him with open hostility.

"Hey, guys," Brandon said after a few moments of silence. He gestured at the camerawoman. "Guess they'll find out that I'm not really at my grandmother's funeral, huh?"

"I doubt that will surprise anyone," Lizzie said with a curl to her lip.

"What the hell do you want?" Jeshri snapped, anger snapping off her mentally like those Pop Rocks things kids loved in the 80s. "I don't like wasting my night off to meet up with you."

"Aw, Jeshri, baby, don't be like that," Brandon said, sounding like he was trying a really bad impression of a particularly smarmy Tony Curtis character. "I know you've got better things to do with your Friday night -- I've seen all the photos, after all."

Jeshri's jaw and fists clenched. Tom said, with an exaggeratedly tired sigh, "What do you want, asshole?"

"I'd really rather talk to Jeshri alone, thanks, Tim," Brandon said without even looking away from Jeshri.

Tom didn't rise to the bait. He folded his arms across his chest, and said, "Like hell."

"I guess I'll just have to post the next photo then," Brandon said, plucking what looked like a photo from his shirt pocket and waving it in the air.

Jeshri, Lizzie, and Tom all took a step forward, speaking all at once, but Simon's mental voice cut across everything.

BEHIND US!

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I gotta give Ira some more air time. I like the old guy.

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Date: 2011-09-06 05:41 pm (UTC)
pheyne: Cat (Default)
From: [personal profile] pheyne
Love the title!

Date: 2011-09-06 11:06 pm (UTC)
contrarywise: Captain Jack Harkness, smiling (Smile!)
From: [personal profile] contrarywise
It's good to see Ira involved with the plot, I've missed him too.

Hey, does this mean that Brandon has a) admitted to blackmail and b) is possibly an accessory to murder? Hmmm...

Date: 2011-09-07 08:42 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hmmm.

and on camera too.
Bad move if it's a live feed.......

Date: 2011-09-07 08:47 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I think looking at the original text (OMG grad school marked me for life) may help us out here -

"It's a Snark!" was the sound that first came to their ears,
And seemed almost too good to be true.
Then followed a torrent of laughter and cheers:
Then the ominous words "It's a Boo-"

Then, silence. Some fancied they heard in the air
A weary and wandering sigh
Then sounded like "-jum!" but the others declare
It was only a breeze that went by.

They hunted till darkness came on, but they found
Not a button, or feather, or mark,
By which they could tell that they stood on the ground
Where the Baker had met with the Snark.

In the midst of the word he was trying to say,
In the midst of his laughter and glee,
He had softly and suddenly vanished away -- -
For the Snark was a Boojum, you see.


SO, UM, THAT'S REASSURING.

Date: 2011-09-08 03:05 pm (UTC)
contrarywise: Glowing green trees along a road (Default)
From: [personal profile] contrarywise
While it's sadly commonplace for rape to be dismissed by police and citizens alike, that's less true for murder, especially serial murder. Brandon probably would be able to plea out of any related charges, but the real threat of prosecution and jail time would be a fitting dilemma for him, and might prompt him to grow up a bit. Then again, this is Brandon we're talking about...

Date: 2011-09-07 08:37 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
AAAAAAAAH CLIFFHANGER

OMG do multiple comments count? No? They don't, right?

Date: 2011-09-07 08:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyleri
ACK ACK ACK WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

(also, yeah with the Ira love)

Date: 2011-09-07 08:47 pm (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
Ira! <333

Date: 2012-01-28 09:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_leaky_pen
Unrelated to the goings-on above, I'd like to see a post-Wonderful House story of Tom. And Jeshri, too, actually, as two cool people who are very minor characters.

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