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30 March 2012 @ 10:04 pm
Fic: Each, Their Own - Justified, PG-13, Angst, Gen, Pre-Series, Raylan & Boyd  
So, about two weeks late, but here is the "Justified" fic I wrote for ranua's birthday! I actually had it finished two weeks early but I have been doing all my posting from my laptop and this fic isn't on my laptop. Anyways, thank you for your patience, babe - I hope you enjoy it! Look, my first official Justified fic!! Like writing Raylan and Boyd isn't hard enough, I had to throw in the extra challenge of writing teenaged Raylan and Boyd.

Summary: A conversation between two teenage boys who are not as far apart as they think. In fact, they are so close, they are nearly touching. Angst, Gen, Pre-Series, Raylan and Boyd, PG-13 for mentions of child abuse with 640 words.

Dedication: For ranua, who not only let me have long drawn out conversations about the nature of Raylan and Boyd’s history together, but who actually encouraged it. This fic is what you get for being such an enabler, babe! Happy Birthday!


Title: Each, Their Own
Author: The Artful Dodger / dodger_sister
Fandom: Justified
Category: Angst, Gen, Pre-Series
Characters/Pairing: Raylan & Boyd
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Mentions of Child Abuse.
Spoilers: None.
Summary: A conversation between two teenage boys who are not as far apart as they think. In fact, they are so close, they are nearly touching.
Word Count: 640 words.
Date Written: 02/27/2012
Disclaimer: Justified is not mine. It belongs to FX Network and Elmore Leonard and probably some other people. I wrote this story and I get no money for it.
Feedback: Bring it. dodger_sister / TheArtofDodger@comcast.net
Beta’d: Nope.
Author's Notes: I seriously had five different ideas for ranua’s birthday fic and writing a Justified one was the farthest back in my mind. I just figured there was no chance I could capture their unique way of speaking. But then none of the other stories were really sticking in my head, so I thought I’d give one shot to attempting to capture a voice that sounded teenaged and Harlan at once. I don’t know what happened but as soon as I focused, I zeroed in on it. I am beyond pleased with how it came out.
Dedication: For ranua, who not only let me have long drawn out conversations about the nature of Raylan and Boyd’s history together, but who actually encouraged it. This fic is what you get for being such an enabler, babe! Happy Birthday!




It wasn’t a lake. To even call it a pond was a bit too flattering.

It was a water hole, plain and simple. It was the place where you went to smoke your cigarettes and drink your whiskey. It was the place you took your girl to make-out.

It was the place Raylan went to get away from the anger that slithered through his house like the Kentucky rattlesnake.

It was where he’d been sitting for long enough now that the night had worn away to the fresh soft colors of morning.

Long enough that he could see in the reflection of the water how the bruise around his eye had started to turn, dark and seeping into his skin.

“Raylan Givens,” a voice said and Raylan turned to see Boyd Crowder standing but ten feet away, duffel thrown over his shoulder.

“Crowder,” he replied and watched while Boyd made his way over, the slightest of limps weighing his every step.

Raylan was fourteen, but that was far old enough to recognize the sight of someone who had recently had the switch taken to his backside.

Boyd made to settle on the ground next to him and Raylan looked away, gave Boyd the decency of not being stared at while he breathed through the pain of the rough ground beneath his wounds.

They sat in silence for a few long moments then, nothing but the sound of the first bird song between them.

Then Boyd asked, “How long you been out here?”

“Long enough to get hungry,” Raylan told him, without looking over.

Boyd opened his duffel and pulled out a box of crackers, handed it over.

“Thanks,” Raylan said and he honestly meant it. Crowders weren’t known for sharing.

“What’s with the duffel?” he asked after a minute more of silence. “You runnin’?”

“Thinkin’ ‘bout it.”

“Yeah? Where to?” because as far as Raylan knew, there weren’t nowhere to run to in these hills.

Boyd shrugged. “Dunno. Someplace Daddy and Bowman ain’t,” and he tossed a stone out into the water, watched it sink down to the bottom where it would stay for all time.

“Sometimes I think Harlan is like a Twilight Zone episode,” Raylan told him. “When you get to the county limits and cross over, then all of a sudden you’re back in the middle of it again.”

“No way out?” Boyd asked.

“Most days it don’t feel like it.”

“Maybe we could get out together,” Boyd said and stared out across the water. “Just go and never look back.”

“Yeah? Like out west maybe? Start a detective agency or somethin’.”

“I was thinkin’ we’d be bounty hunters. Who knows how to catch criminals better ’n two guys raised up by criminals?”

Raylan smiled, soft and kind of sad like. “Think we’ll make it to being old enough where we can actually go? Think we’ll make it that long in this disease of a place?”

Boyd leaned a little towards him, not so as they were touchin’ but close enough Raylan felt a little warmth at his side.

“Did you know there are actual living creatures on the floor of the ocean?” Boyd asked.

“How’s that?”

“All the way on the floor of the ocean. Miles below the surface and they like live down there. They’d have to be some pretty hard-edged life forms to live in a place like that.”

Raylan let out a long breath, watched the puffs of it dissipate in front of him on the morning air. “People can’t breathe under water, Boyd. We’d suffocate.”

“Then I guess we’ll just have to hold our breaths until we break the surface, Raylan.”

“Alright,” Raylan said and neither of them spoke again for a long while.

They just sat there then, ‘til the world called them home and they went each their own way.


The End
 
 
 
ranuaranua on March 31st, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
WooHoo!! I will happily enable you til the cows come home if it gets me this!

I think you did a very good job of capturing their voices. You always do so well with voices for younger people and you managed to capture that something that says Harlan too.

Raylan's comparison of Harlan to a Twilight Zone episode is spot on and prophetic since as an adult he can't escape either. And Boyd's metaphor bout life on the bottom of the ocean, too perfect. Of course he would have 'useless' knowledge floating around in his head even at a young age.

It's a fabulous birthday gift and I can't thank you enough for thinking of me bb. :D
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 3rd, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
I will happily enable you til the cows come home if it gets me this!

ahahaha - Excellent! I am so glad you liked it, babe!! I can honestly say it was a joy to write. I was so excited to show it to you, it's been driving me crazy having to wait.

You always do so well with voices for younger people and you managed to capture that something that says Harlan too.

Thank you! I don't know what it says about me that I am able to write kids and teens so well, but I'll take it because I really enjoy it. (I'll tell you the secret to writing 'Harlan' is to go "Firefly-lite' but the real challenge was capturing the very unique way both of these particular men engage with each other).

Of course he would have 'useless' knowledge floating around in his head even at a young age.

LOL I wasn't sure if people actually knew that about the life at the bottom of the ocean back then, but once I thought of it, it seemed both the perfect, metaphor for this situation and like one of those random things Boyd is always spewing. :)

I am so happy you enjoyed it! I wanted to do something really cool for you, something I hadn't tried before - Justified seemed like the perfect thing for you and I. (though I did come up with an idea where Dean Winchester picks up a young blonde hitchhiking musician on the side of the road one day - maybe I'll still write that one too).
ranuaranua on April 3rd, 2012 11:31 am (UTC)
It is really cool babe. :D And I think Justified is our thing now since I do believe your birthday fic last year was a Justified/Supernatural fusion. It certainly works for me!

Dean Winchester picks up a young blonde hitchhiking musician on the side of the road one day - maybe I'll still write that one too Oh gods!! what do I need to do to get you to write this?! Please, please. please *begs with puppy eyes and offers of chocolate*
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 4th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
I'd forgotten that Justified/SPN fusion fic was for my birthday! lol I am totally cool with Justified being our thing!

Oh gods!! what do I need to do to get you to write this?! Please, please. please *begs with puppy eyes and offers of chocolate*

Calm down!! It's on the list! I swear, it's on the list. But you know how long the list is.
ranuaranua on April 11th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
you know how long the list is. oh yeah, my list keeps getting longer and I haven't been writing at all lately *hangs head in shame*

*perks up* on the bright side, everything is taking so long that it'll all be a surprise when/if it ever gets done! lol
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on March 31st, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
I'm completely ignorant about Justified, but this seems like a very powerful character piece to me. It's intriguing.
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 3rd, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
I'm completely ignorant about Justified, but this seems like a very powerful character piece to me.

Thank you!! That is an amazing compliment that someone who doesn't watch the show was intrigued by these characters. (because on the show they are highly compelling individuals with a very unique relationship). I take this as high praise.

In other news - You Should Watch "Justified". The cast is all smokin hot, every episode is packed full in a way that leaves you wanting more, the characters are all subtle and yet unendingly complex and everyone has guns and shit blows up. Seriously, Deputy US Marshall Raylan Givens is so your type, babe - this show was made for you. The Awesome Husband (TM) would love it too, I think.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on April 3rd, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
With an endorsement like this, how can I not at least give it a try? :) How many seasons are there already, as I'll probably catch up on it when summer comes (although, if there's just one season, I may work faster than that.)

Ha, you called The Awesome Husband (TM) by his internet name! Sweet!
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 4th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Justified is just ending its third season. It is a FX show, so each season is only 12 or 13 epsiodes.

And now that I think about it - Boyd Crowder is totally your type too.

Ha, you called The Awesome Husband (TM) by his internet name! Sweet!

Wait...that's not his actual name? Here I always thought it was. ;)

Edited at 2012-04-04 06:52 pm (UTC)
fragrantwoods: happyfragrantwoods on March 31st, 2012 02:11 pm (UTC)
That was wonderful-I could feel both the boys' sadness weighing down, both of them trying to cover it up but knowing it would be okay if some slipped through. Your description of the Twilight Zone-effect of Harlan County was really evocative and made me think of the other time bubbles in the hollers.

I think this was a realistic, age-appropriate look at how the Boyd/Ralen dynamic could have begun. It would have worked with Ava as easily, with the concentration on the bond of shared experience and empathy instead of the sexual at this stage.

Boyd's voice was perfectly Boyd, with Raylen pulling him back to earth. This was great :-)
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 3rd, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I could feel both the boys' sadness weighing down, both of them trying to cover it up but knowing it would be okay if some slipped through.

I am so thrilled you felt that coming through my words. And I am so glad The Twilight Zone metaphor worked as well.

It would have worked with Ava as easily

I hadn't thought of that until you mentioned it and then I couldn't help but think of how this conversation would have been different, and at the same time, the same between Ava and Raylan. It was fascinating to think about and I am definitely catalouging it away for future writing ideas.

This comment made me incredibly happy, darling. Thank you.
Kate: never forget to wipe your swordceitfianna on March 31st, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, this is chilling and I love the touches of the Twilight Zone and how grown up they are.
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 3rd, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you!!

this is chilling

That makes me happy in ways I can't even express.

how grown up they are.

I was struggling at first with making them sound in-character and yet like teenagers...and then I realized that neither Raylan nor Boyd ever really had the luxury of being kids and then suddenly, the whole feel of the piece slipped into place.

I am so happy you enjoyed it, darling.
Kate: Up end in sightceitfianna on April 3rd, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
I did and need to watch more of Justified as I've loved what I've seen but I'm behind on it.

Oh and I've been writing Hunger Games AU, the world its an AU with shouldn't matter too much but I'd love your thoughts.
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 3rd, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh yes, you need to catch up on Justified - this season has had some great side characters and a fantastic bad guy for the season.

I saw you wrote some characters into The Hunger Games!! I am still that far behind on my Flist from being sick, but I actually bounced a little in my seat to see you had written that.
Kate: Hatter is bemusedceitfianna on April 3rd, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
There are two entries, snippet and then the finished one from last night. A lot of my friends are writing AUs and an idea just appeared though be warned, its depressing.

Yeah, I started to watch it and then ran out of energy, someday I will marathon.
vanillafluffy: Justified -- Boyd/Raylanvanillafluffy on April 1st, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
“Maybe we could get out together,” Boyd said and stared out across the water. “Just go and never look back.”

“Yeah? Like out west maybe? Start a detective agency or somethin’.”

“I was thinkin’ we’d be bounty hunters. Who knows how to catch criminals better ’n two guys raised up by criminals?”


NowI want to read this AU like crazy! This would be excellent!

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dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 3rd, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
NowI want to read this AU like crazy!

Hahahaha Well, I kind of want to write it! I would have to watch some of those reality-TV bounty hunter shows so I knew what the hell I was talking about.

Thanks for reading! Glad you liked it!
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatre: boydbleodswean on April 1st, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Nicely done! You have some wonderful single lines in this that rock the piece.
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 3rd, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
You have some wonderful single lines in this that rock the piece

Thank you so much! That is a lovely compliment! Glad you enjoyed it.
Various Things: Teafred_god_of on April 1st, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
fucking awesome
dodger_sister: raylanboyddodger_sister on April 3rd, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
fucking awesome

ahahahaha Excellent! I am glad you enjoyed it. Thank you!