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Bonus Christmas Drabble - Cheesy Pop Love Songs

Requested by anonymous

Pete sends him Celine Dion.

Patrick clicks play out of curiosity. I’m your lady, Celine warbles. You are my man.

“Okay,” Patrick says, and shrugs. Pete is often inexplicable.

Then Pete sends him Trisha Yearwood’s She’s in Love with the Boy. Even if they have to run away, she’s gonna marry that boy someday.

It’s definitely one of the weirder song inspirations Pete has given him.

When it’s Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud, Patrick finally calls Pete. “You want a love song?” he asks, confused.

“No, dumbass, I’m sending you love songs,” Pete replies. “Get it yet?”

“…Oh,” says Patrick.



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Advent Drabble 24 - Teammates

Requested by anonymous.

Brem said that if there was going to be any kind of kickball tournament he ought to be the captain.

Oliver retorted that he wanted to know how much kickball they’d played on the TARDIS.

Lucky had expressed skepticism that Oliver was especially knowledgeable about kickball, either, whereas her dads had encouraged her to play soccer.

Tennyson had pointed out that his dad had almost been a professional soccer player, and Kylie said she’d stick with him. Oliver said he’d keep score.

Miranda was busy recording Athena and Fortuna teaching Hailey the latest temporary hair-dye technology from the planet Birtumhe.



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Advent Drabble 23 - Teenage Lucky

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Arthur had been typically pragmatic in his teenage parenting approach. “We cannot expect her to tell us everything, Eames. Who tells everyone everything? Everyone has secrets. We cannot condemn her for keeping secrets sometimes.”

Eames agreed, because he had despised hypocrisy in his parents and had vowed never to be that kind of father (when being a father at all became a possibility).

Then Lucky met The Boy, and Arthur hired a world-class assassin to follow him. “Don’t hurt him. Just tell us what you think.”

Eames didn’t even think this was overkill. He thought this was merely more pragmatism.



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Advent Drabble 22 - Lullaby

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Ever since childhood, Patrick has always written songs endlessly. Nowadays he tends to write to Pete’s specifications. A song that sounds like the last day of school. A song that sounds like my mom’s apple pie.

Patrick writes them all, but he doesn’t think any of them are what Pete needs. He works on the song he thinks Pete really needs whenever he can steal a minute.

Eventually, it’s done, and he unveils it on a night when Pete really needs it. He sings it soft and soothing, until Pete stills and sleeps. There it is, Patrick thinks. A lullaby.



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Advent Drabble 21 - Opinions

Requested by [personal profile] swtalmnd 

Arthur brings home mincemeat pies. 

Eames is very excited by the mincemeat pies. Kid-on-Christmas-morning. Arthur’s happy he got them. “What I really love, though, is figgy pudding,” Eames says, and sighs.

So Arthur calls Eames’s mom and asks for her figgy pudding recipe. He labors over it and presents it on Christmas Eve as a present.

Eames is absolutely delighted. He says, “And now for the best part—”

“We are not lighting it on fire,” Arthur says swiftly. “Don’t even think about it. Your mother and I are of the same opinion on this: you, fire, figgy pudding, no.”



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Advent Drabble 20 - Oliver

Requested by [personal profile] rifleman_lincoln 

“No,” Sherlock says, “no, no, and no.”

“Hang on—” John begins.

“No, Oliver has rejected all of these.”

“Oliver has rejected all of the Christmas decorations?”

“They’re all tedious, aren’t they, Ollie?”

Oliver nodded.

John didn’t bother to ask why a three-year-old had such opinions on Christmas decorations. “But you love the tree,” he said.

“We’ll allow the tree,” Sherlock said, “but none of the inane elves or grinning reindeer or macabre snowmen.”

“Macabre?”

“That one’s definitely a murderer.”  

“We keep that one.” Oliver pointed.

“Oh, yes,” Sherlock agreed. “That one came from Mrs. Hudson, we’re keeping that one.”



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Advent Drabble 19 - Shenanigans

[personal profile] iria4285  requested Jonah/Elliot but I didn't think I could do that ship justice, so we got a special double-drabble pinch-hit from [personal profile] bookshop !

On the 23rd day, Elliot texts Jonah as he’s on his way home: Can’t go out tonight, it’s too soon. Jonah makes a detour to the Thai place on Mt. Auburn. He arrives home to find Elliot, exactly as he’d anticipated, curled on the couch before the makeshift coffee table shrine he erected after the news. Or, rather, it had started out as a shrine; by now it’s more like a nest lined with Playbills and Post-Its highlighting quotes from Finishing The Hat.

Jonah pauses in the doorway, waiting to see if the aroma of Elliot’s favorite curry will rouse him. When it doesn’t, he puts the takeout on the floor, steps gingerly over the volumes of Ethan Mordden (which Elliot had dragged from the shelves so that Ethan Mordden could mourn with them, spiritually) and the three different librettos of three different versions of Follies, and bends down to gently pry the photo from Elliot’s fist.

“Sorry,” Elliot says, muffled, sitting up and clutching Jonah instead of the photo. “I just miss him.”

"It's okay," Jonah says, ruffling his hair. "We'll miss him together." And he places the picture of Stephen Sondheim back in the center of the shrine.



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Advent Drabble 18 - Home

Requested by anonymous

When Bennet was a boy, home was covered in snow, with crystal clear light and air so sharp it hurt to breathe.

He tries to see Euphonia through Archer’s eyes, tries to imagine how it compares to Archer’s definition of home: to Jadenvale’s heavy golden sunlight and tropical heat and air that Bennet experiences as a wet blanket.

He says apologetically, once they get back, “I know it’s not like home—”

And Archer says quizzically, “What are you talking about? You’re here, aren’t you?”

And Bennet realizes he feels the same way: his definition of “home” has definitely shifted.



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Advent Drabble 17 - Skiing

Requested by [personal profile] auntiesuze 

“You’re not going skiing?” Patrick asks.

“Nope,” Matt agrees.

“But you planned this whole trip. You brought ski goggles and ski boots and skis. And you’re not going skiing?”

“You and the kids love skiing and are ski experts and that’s great, you’ll have a great time skiing. I’ll have a great time getting recognized in the lodge and signing autographs.”

“Matt.” Patrick smiles. “Did you really think that we weren’t going to spend the whole day on bunny slopes with you?”

Matt looks horrified. “You don’t have to—”

“The girls cannot wait to teach you how to ski.”



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Advent Drabble 16 - Swan Song

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“You guys should write a Christmas song,” Kylie suggests.

“Bah humbug,” Matt replies.

“No, I’m serious. Christmas songs make bank. Mariah Carey makes bank.”

“Yeah, she never shuts up about it,” Matt says. “What do you say, Trick? Christmas song?”

“You could do a whole Christmas album,” says Miranda.

“Then we could get invited to light the tree at Rockefeller Center,” adds Hailey.

“I feel you have ulterior motives behind this Christmas song thing,” says Patrick.

“Have you ever seen a Nativity scene with a swan?” muses Matt.

“Oh, God, he’s already doing the marketing, we’re done for,” says Patrick.



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