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POI AU, Finch & Reese

(Anonymous) 2013-07-16 06:45 pm (UTC)(link)
In which Harold Finch is a ten year old genius (or whatever age you want him to be) who hired Reese to work the numbers with him as well as protecting him from government agents who will do anything to capture him and handed him to CIA or Division.
Reese is understandably confused and a bit reluctant at first to accept a job offer from a ten year old billionaire with thick glasses. The boy is too mature for his age and Reese get protective of him eventually.

FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 1/?

(Anonymous) 2013-07-18 05:31 am (UTC)(link)
Harold was four years old when he started correcting his dad's code.

At first it was just kid stuff -- closing brackets, converting strings that should have been numerical variables, that kind of thing. It wasn't fun, exactly; soothing might have been a better word. He didn't have to understand everything the program was meant to do to use the predictable rules of syntax to smooth out minor tangles and restore order to the rows of symbols, and measuring his progress was always as simple as running the compiler and seeing how many errors he'd cleared away. He liked it, and as time went by and his comprehension of the code he was working with increased, he liked it even better.

It mattered more after the divorce. Not the first one, of course -- Harold couldn't remember a time when his dad had been married to Olivia, although he'd been alive for part of it -- but the second one, when Harold's mother left them. There had always been nights when his dad fell asleep in front of his computer, but during and after the divorce, there were a lot more of them, and his work suffered for it. His code got messier and messier in the hours before he passed out, and cleaning it up meant a lot of swearing and wasted time in the morning, if Harold couldn't get to it before then.

That was always the problem -- his dad was happy to let him read through his programming books and even play at writing baby programs, but real work was different, and if he caught Harold debugging his code, he'd thank him and laugh and then revert all his changes without even looking at them. Sleeping people are pretty easy to predict, though, and Harold got very good at knowing when he needed to stop typing for a minute to let his dad fall back asleep, or figuring out whether he had time to get back to bed before he woke up, or if he was going to have to pretend he'd gotten up to check on him. It was frustrating to have to stop in the middle of a really good idea, but he got better at making changes in a way that would make sense if he got interrupted, and at using his time so that wouldn't happen during a particularly complicated bit.

All of it got easier after his dad started drinking more.

It got easier still after Harold's enrollment at the virtual school whose brochures he'd sent out for meant that even his dad had to admit that he needed not just a computer of his own -- which he'd had since he was a toddler, a scuffed-up hand-me-down that by far was the best toy he'd ever owned -- but network capability. He still had to make sure his dad was really asleep before he made changes, but the ability to just copy and paste entire sections of code was a tremendous help. Working in his room, he could get lost in his work in a way he never had before. That was when his programming skills really began to take off.

By the time he was eight, Harold was responsible for all of their best ideas, and the fact that his dad seemed to credit the alcohol couldn't really take the warmth of accomplishment away. The progression from simple fixes to small improvements to meaningful innovation felt like the most natural thing in the world -- not effortless, but right. Each new project his dad got came with better pay and more interesting puzzles than the last, but even so, they couldn't keep pace with Finch's improvement.

He started looking for bigger challenges.

Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 1/?

(Anonymous) 2013-07-18 05:46 am (UTC)(link)
more plz?
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Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 1/?

[personal profile] talitha78 2013-07-19 02:47 am (UTC)(link)
Ohhhhh. This promises to be great!!

Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 1/?

(Anonymous) 2013-07-19 04:57 am (UTC)(link)
love it. will there be nathan? is he the same age as harold? or is he a former bodyguard or father figure who died for harold?

Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 1/?

(Anonymous) 2013-07-19 03:14 pm (UTC)(link)
It might take a little while for the answers to your questions to become clear in the fic, but I will say now that I could never forget Nathan. Although sadly that doesn't mean I'm nicer to him than the show has been. :(

FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 2/?

(Anonymous) 2013-07-19 03:38 pm (UTC)(link)
It's probably impolite to look a gift lawyer in the mouth, but when John comes out of the police station to find a couple of men waiting to bring him to their nameless employer at an unspecified location, he can't say that either surprise or gratitude features prominently among his reactions. All he really wants is a drink and a corner to pass out in, but whoever these guys are, they aren't government, and it's not like there's any real downside to going with them, so he does, looking out the window as they drive circuitous paths through the city and the skyglow shades by degrees to overcast.

They pull up in a park by a bridge in Queens and gesture him towards an empty bench. He figures that's where he gets to wait until the boss shows up, but when he gets close enough, he sees a cell phone resting there, clearly waiting for him. "Someone's paranoid," he murmurs, picking it up, but what interests him more than the caution is the theater: they could have handed him a phone, or for that matter shot him, anytime they liked, but someone wanted to set the scene.

The phone lights in his hands.

I would prefer to describe myself as circumspect, Mr. Reese, the message says.

John stares.

That's the name you prefer, isn't it? I know you've had several. After a moment, a third message joins the first two. Don't worry, I'm not going to tell anybody about you.

"You don't know anything about me," John says to the phone.

There's hardly a pause before the reply appears: I know exactly everything about you, Mr. Reese.

John looks around. There are vantage points, sure, but no obvious observers, and while it's an okay spot for an ambush, it's a terrible one for taking someone alive. The phone chirps angrily in his hand. When he looks back at the screen, it informs him in a rapid-fire series of texts that he's worked for the government, that he had doubts about his work, that the entire world thinks he's dead, and that he's been drinking too much, probably because he's very lonely.

"What the hell," John says, softly.

The last message burns on the screen for several seconds before being replaced.

As I'm sure you can see, Mr. Reese, knowledge is not my problem. Doing something with that knowledge is where you'd come in.

You can call me Mr. Finch. I think we can help each other.

I think you need a job.
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Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 2/?

[personal profile] giandujakiss 2013-07-19 03:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Hee, this is awesome!
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Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 2/?

[personal profile] talitha78 2013-07-19 03:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay, very happy to see more of this! :D

Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 2/?

(Anonymous) 2013-07-19 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
please update again soon. can't wait to see reese's reaction when he's finally meeting little finch. :) i'm glad that you haven't forgetting nathan, he's kinda one of my favorite character in poi. can't wait to see what happen next.

Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 2/?

(Anonymous) 2013-07-20 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
what are you even

what are you even
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Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 2/?

[personal profile] astolat 2013-08-10 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
omg this is AMAZING <3
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Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 2/?

[personal profile] shinra_lackey 2013-08-10 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
*flaily hands* Oh, this is so exciting! I am a sucker for fic where someone isn't a character isn't present right away and there's the whole air of mystery thing going on. Also, little!Harold is the cutest thing ever. I wonder how the rest of the first season would ave gone if Harold was a child now.
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Re: FILL: Fledgling (Finch, Reese) [Not Rated] [No meme warnings so far] 2/?

[personal profile] managerie 2013-09-04 12:12 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG...so intriguing!