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25 May 2007 @ 12:29 pm
Ficlet... because it wouldn't leave my brain alone.  
This rather insistent little plot bunny showed up to take residence in my head this morning, and as I'm trying to work out a much longer fic, this bunny needed to be evicted, and fast. It's hastily written, un-betaed and plays a little free with one particular bit of the movie (because I don't think the Father Christmas stabbing happened in an alley - although reviewing that scene on my ipod doesn't help to clear the matter up!), but I thought I'd share, nonetheless.

Title: Overheard on the streets of London
Author: skitz_phenom
Series/Movie: Hot Fuzz
Disclaimer: Not mine. Only borrowing for a bit. I promise I’ll give them right back when I’m through.
Pairing: Nicholas/Danny implied. Mention of Nicholas/Janine
Ratings: PG for a teeny-tiny bit of language.

What a day. Janine thought wearily as she made her way home, trudging down the street towards her flat. The early evening was a typical pale, hazy, London grey, and rain looked to be threatening. She could only hope she made it home before the weather broke, as she hadn’t thought to drop her umbrella into her shoulder bag when she left the office. The CSI had spent the bulk of her morning at a crime scene where a bumbling PC had compromised blood evidence by running water in a tap, and then had an afternoon full of paper pushing to try to deal with the mess. Now she just wanted to get home, perhaps have a bath and leave the day behind her.

A gust of wind breezed by, carrying the damp smell of coming rain, so she hurried her step, high-heels clacking against the pavement as she strode down the sidewalk. “And this,” Janine heard a man say, quite enthusiastically, as she passed by the mouth of an alleyway, “is where I got stabbed in the hand by a man dressed as Father Christmas.”

Stabbed by Father Christmas? Her steps slowed. The voice sounded familiar, but didn’t quite ring true in her mind, especially not the emotion so apparent in it; but that description was just so particular it gave her pause. She tried to remember if this was where her ex,then PC Nicholas Angel, had received his injury of the same description, but the details were fuzzy in her mind. They’d split up not long after that particular incident, and it had been easy to forget their sadly un-tumultuous parting.

Trotting past the alley, she stopped just beyond the entrance and peered curiously around the corner of a clock repair shop. There was a rather large, dark-haired bloke standing half-dozen yards away, and someone standing next to him pointing at a bit of wrought iron railing, though the second figure was mostly obscured from view.

“Aww, right.” The rotund fellow gaped gleefully at the spot as if he were viewing the locale of some particularly significant historical event. And to Janine’s mind, it was certainly a strange reaction to such an odd description of events.

It got even stranger when the big man took hold of the other figure’s hand and cradled it quite lovingly, tracing a forefinger over the palm. “Healed up quite nicely though, didn’t it?”

“That it did, Danny.” The other man responded, sounding pleased, even chipper. She stared at those pale digits, watched as the hand curled around the man called Danny’s fingers, lingering for quite a few moments before finally pulling away with a tug. “C’mon. Got lots more to show you.”

Janine ducked back around her corner when the men in the alley began to move her way. Hastily she grabbed the folded copy of The Times that was tucked into her bag and flicked it open to hold in front of her face. Just another random pedestrian, leaning against a building, reading the paper.

She lowered the paper a fraction just as the two walked by, her eyes peering over the edge of the newsprint warily, but they didn’t even spare her a glance. The bloke called Danny was smiling and staring the other fellow with pure adoration. And the object of this blatantly affectionate expression was… smiling right back.

It wasn’t until they’d walked past and she was staring at their backs that recognition finally hit. She blamed the delay on the fact that the she’d never quite seen that particular smile on his face. The closest she could recall, and even that had been a guarded and tight little grin, was the day that his peace lily bloomed. It was difficult not to be a bit jealous; he looked so happy, so free, so …switched off.

She’d heard from Dave, who’d heard from Bob who’d heard from the desk Sergeant at the Met that Nicholas had been through some rather far-fetched ordeal in that town in the country he’d been shuffled off too, and that he’d been promoted to Inspector as a result of it. And hadn’t there been an officer called Daniel wounded in the line of duty during that same fracas as well?

Well, she decided as she stared after the pair, it looked as though Nick had finally found a person he cared about more than his job. It struck her as rather ironic that it took a fellow officer to make that change in him, but rather appropriate all the same.

The last thing she overheard as they meandered out of earshot was a laughing -laughing!- Nick saying: “Want to see the place where I cocked that fool with the Kalashnikov?”

“Fuck yeah!”

Cross-posted to fregg_love
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Proud Misha Minion: Nick & Simonmckay_ocd on May 25th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Aww that was great!!! Awesome! I loved it! *dances*
Cute Nick and Danny! It was great to see them through Janine's eyes. :P
Well done!
Hippie Geek Girl: HF - sofa snugglinggypsyjr on May 25th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
That was SO cute.
sammiface!: hot fuzz | POINT BREAK.chibijelly on May 25th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
So cute! Loved it. ♥
A One-Way Ticket to Laughtertowne, USA: Eli Cash by iconseeyouhybridutensil on May 25th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
Hee, this is great! I love the change in perspective :D Thank you for posting! :)
Colette: [hf] bring the noisetruthespian on May 25th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
that was so good.
and just perfect. :]

nice job!
alouette_sparraalouette_sparra on May 25th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Awww... I really don't think I have anything to say that hasn't been said already. This was a good idea, and well executed. Yay for the mention of the peace lily!

I also love it when people use uncommon words like "fracas" properly. That is a pretty accurate word for what happened, isn't it?

And Nicholas definitely seems switched off, because somehow I cannot picture him talking at all like he is to Danny if he were still the way he was at the beginning of the film.
Pandonkey: Nick and Dannypandonkey on May 26th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this! I can just picture it. They're adorable. :)
in some realities: Caught in the Actladyames on May 26th, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
this is amazing. i was contemplating writing something similar, but this is a millions times better than i would have come up with! coming from Janine's perspective makes it even better. i wish i had thought of it. XD
Lady Day: (HF) Blue & Yellowday221b on February 27th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
LOL! Loved it!