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13 March 2013 @ 09:33 pm
Fic: To Fight Another Day - Chicago Fire, PG, Angst, Gen, Pre-Series, Matt, Severide & Andy  
Just a little Chicago Fire fic, to get us all through the mini-hiatus! This one is for oxoniensis, because I was power-reading all her episode posts and I got this overwhelming urge to start writing this fic immediately. My first Chicago Fire fic, thus completing my fall over the edge into this fandom. Just a little pre-series contemplation with Matt, Severide & Andy - PG, Angst, Gen, 561 words.


Title: To Fight Another Day
Author: The Artful Dodger / dodger_sister
Fandom: Chicago Fire
Category: Angst, Gen, Pre-Series
Characters/Pairing: Matt Casey, Kelly Severide & Andy Darden
Rating: PG
Warnings: None.
Spoilers: None.
Summary: Matt contemplates what life can take from you.
Word Count: 561 words.
Date Written: 01/07/13
Disclaimer: Chicago Fire does not belong to me. I wrote this story for fun, not profit.
Feedback: Bring it. dodger_sister / TheArtofDodger@comcast.net
Beta’d: Nope.
Author's Notes: Chicago Fire has really started to hit me hard. And then reading through oxoniensis’s fannish episode reviews, I got kind of overwhelmed with All The Feels and had to stop in the middle of reading to go write this story - my first Chicago Fire fic! I guess I was just in the mood for a little imagery and foreshadowing. And also, some Casey & Severide time, but I’m always in the mood for that!
Dedication: For oxoniensis, whose delight over this show tipped me from teetering on the edge of this fandom to falling straight over the side!




It’d been a slow day and to be honest, Matt liked days like this far better than Severide did, days where time almost stood still, where the world outside the firehouse barely even existed.

He was leaning against the front of the building, legs outstretched, hands shoved into his jacket pockets, the sun barely visible behind the overhead clouds. Across the street, in a small patch of grass and sunshine, two little boys were running and leaping. They wore towels tied around their necks like capes, superheroes saving the world from imagined danger.

The dark-haired boy held a stick aloft like a sword and his friend, blonde hair lightened from the now dwindling summer sun, held his own stick like a bow and arrow.

As Matt watched, it became clear to him how unaware these two boys were of the world around them, lost in their own land of endless possibilities and adventures, everything right at their fingertips.

“What’s that about?” Severide asked, leaning up against the wall next to Matt and nodding at the two little boys. “They causing trouble?”

“No, not yet,” Matt said. “Give them a few more years though.”

“Come on,” Severide said and nudged his shoulder against Matt’s own, “Not all teenagers are as terrible as you were.”

“I was an angel,” Matt told him in mock disgust.

“Sure you were. And I was a virgin,” Severide said and couldn’t keep the grin from his face, eyes crinkling at the corners.

“Just thinking,” Matt said, more serious this time, “They really have no idea, do they?”

The boys were fighting something now that only they could see, some imaginary giant or another, towering over them.

“How’s that?”

“What the world will do to them as they grow up,” Matt told him. “It’s not all dreams and fantasies, you know.”

“You’re in a mood,” Severide said with a scowl and brought one hand up, gripped tight at the back of Matt’s neck and pulled until he was resting the top of his head against the side of Severide’s own. “Don’t be so sure the world will beat them down, Matt,” he said, soft and sure against the other man’s hair. “We grew up to be superheroes. So can they.”

“You don’t think the world takes more than it gives?” Matt asked him, unsure now despite knowing all the things the world had taken from him.

“No,” Severide said and curled his fingers in the short hairs on the back of Matt’s neck. “Not even a little bit.”

Someone cleared his throat loudly behind them then and the two men pulled apart to see Andy standing there, grinning at them like a delighted child.

“If you two ladies are done playing Dear Abby, there’s food on the table,” he said.

Matt took one last look across the street at the boys, watched them defeat their invisible foe and cheer like the world had been saved. Perhaps it had.

Then he pulled away from the wall and let Andy drape himself across Matt’s back so he was dragging the man along behind him with each step, Severide nudging their shoulders together as they made their way towards the smell of dinner.

Outside, the sun had disappeared behind the clouds and raindrops had begun to fall, the two boys forced inside by the oncoming storm, living to fight another day.


The End
 
 
 
lanie: kissprincesslanie on March 14th, 2013 03:03 am (UTC)
omg more please. love the show.
dodger_sister: chicago firedodger_sister on March 19th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, darling! I had no idea you watched Chicago Fire too! I swear, this show, there isn't a character on it that I don't love to pieces. Thanks for the lovely comment!
lanie: heartprincesslanie on March 20th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
i do, lol. i try not to watch the new shows with my luck they usually get canceled after i fall in love with them. i'm liking several of them very much. of course some are yummier than others lol.
citron_presse on March 15th, 2013 03:38 am (UTC)
You depicted a really nice moment here and I loved the sense of friendship you created. (Poignant, given that we know where it all goes later.) Kudos on tackling backstory for these guys.
dodger_sister: chicago firedodger_sister on March 19th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much. What a wonderful comment!

Poignant, given that we know where it all goes later

I am so glad that came through for you! <3

oxoniensis: fandom: cf fallingoxoniensis on March 15th, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
You've just made my day! Thank you so much! I so loved this look at the sort of relationship Matt and Kelly might have had once, the easy closeness, hint of sadness for us as Andy appears - the boys live to fight another day, but he doesn't. Wonderful!

Many, many ♥ to you!
dodger_sister: chicago firedodger_sister on March 19th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
I am so thrilled you liked it! I am all smiles right now! All of our conversations about the show have just really inspired me to want to write more for all of these characters.

I so loved this look at the sort of relationship Matt and Kelly might have had once

I love when the show gives us these rare glimpses of what used to be between them and I am glad to have captured a little of that in this fic. Thanks so much!
badger_babebadger_babe on March 15th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful! I love the relationship between Matt and Kelly here. I'm a huge Kelly/Matt slash fan, so even though this is gen, I love how gentle and caring Kelly is towards Matt in trying to comfort him. I can't wait to see more from you!
dodger_sister: chicago firedodger_sister on March 19th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love Matt & Kelly's relationship on the show, how the subtle undertones so easily lend itself to a slash pairing, so I was hoping to do the same thing here and I am so glad it worked for you. (to be honest, I ship everyone with everyone on that show, lol, but Matt/Kelly's past history fascinates me unendingly).

Thank you for the lovely comment!!
samjohnssonsamjohnsson on March 19th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Love the you scene painted!
dodger_sister: chicago firedodger_sister on March 19th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am glad you enjoyed it!
Sying: casey/severidesying on March 24th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
(Here via oxoniensis's rec.)

I love the backstory you've created here, the way their friendship might've been. If the show won't give it, I'm glad that fanfic writers will :D

“You’re in a mood,” Severide said with a scowl and brought one hand up, gripped tight at the back of Matt’s neck and pulled until he was resting the top of his head against the side of Severide’s own. “Don’t be so sure the world will beat them down, Matt,” he said, soft and sure against the other man’s hair. “We grew up to be superheroes. So can they.”

“You don’t think the world takes more than it gives?” Matt asked him, unsure now despite knowing all the things the world had taken from him.

“No,” Severide said and curled his fingers in the short hairs on the back of Matt’s neck. “Not even a little bit.”

Such a nice image and the casual physical intimacy between them and comfort/reassurance from Severide is really lovely.
dodger_sister: chicago firedodger_sister on March 25th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
Mmmmm, your icon is lovely.

Also, I totally recognized your name - I think we've talked a bit in oxoniensis's comments before!

Thank you so much for the awesome love! I really think that Kelly & Matt had to have been so much closer, before, before Darden's death split them up. I wish the show would hint at it more, but fanfic is always there to save the day.

Such a nice image and the casual physical intimacy between them and comfort/reassurance from Severide is really lovely.

That made my day, thank you, darling!
Sying: severide & shaysying on March 26th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
I think we've talked a bit in oxoniensis's comments before!
Yes, I remember that! About that lovely bit you wrote about Kelly getting up in the night to soothe baby Wesley by talking about technical firefighter things and when that first part of it happened on the show. That storyline was so short-lived but at least we got that.