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Re: BtVS/PoI Crossover

[personal profile] melodyunity 2013-04-24 03:23 am (UTC)(link)
That would be awesome!

AU: Reese/Finch or gen, what if Finch was a plant?

(Anonymous) 2013-04-24 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
Dien writes this gorgeous drabble:


At first Reese had suspected Finch was Agency. Even when it didn't make sense, the suspicion had persisted subconsciously: paranoia isn't rational. Paranoia can entertain logical explanations by daylight, and whisper conspiracy theories in the dark.

He trails Finch, spies on him. Finch has onion layers of secrets; is the Agency one of them?

Only when he gets shot and Finch comes for him does he put that fear to rest.

Months later, standing in his new home, he thinks: Finch is not a plant-- but Finch has planted him, and that he now has roots is much, much worse.

But what if Finch is a plant? A CIA plant or worse? I want that AU. Reese/Finch would be a bonus.


(Anonymous) 2013-04-24 02:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I have read it and <3 it! But I want one where Harold has the tentacles. :D


(Anonymous) 2013-04-24 03:25 pm (UTC)(link)

I wasn't trying to tentacle block you. *g*
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Re: AU: Reese/Finch or gen, what if Finch was a plant?

[personal profile] arduinna 2013-04-24 06:49 pm (UTC)(link)
... I spent too much time in SGA fandom, and read the subject line as literally "what if Finch was a plant" -- like a ficus or something.

The Machine would be Finch's giant root system, spread out and connected to other root systems, gathering information from near and far...

Re: AU: Reese/Finch or gen, what if Finch was a plant?

(Anonymous) 2013-04-24 06:52 pm (UTC)(link)

Stamen of interest?

Trophy Wife AU

(Anonymous) 2013-04-24 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
So what if Finch really was a trophy wife? I know there is one where Finch is pretending to be one but what if it was for real? I was thinking about this to pass the time at the hospital this morning. Perhaps Finch was targeted in college or maybe poor innocent Finch was lured away from Nathan later on. Or maybe Nathan is the one who did the luring. Or perhaps Finch set out to be a trophy wife. Hahaha. Can you tell I was bored at the hospital?

A Prompt Inspired By a Fanfic

(Anonymous) 2013-04-24 07:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Anyone here read Dien's exceedingly good story 'The Ghost and the Machine'? (If you haven't here's the link so you can go and fix that: Basic description is that it's an AU where the line between Finch and the Machine is a very thin one indeed. It ended before the events of the show, which just made me wonder how things would end up going if the relationship between Finch and the Machine was significantly...closer. Hence this prompt. 'Why' is up to the author; they can either go with the same sort of scenario as Dien or they can come up with something else, just don't make things any darker than they are in the show.
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Re: Finch/Reese, hooker AU

[personal profile] amara1783 2013-04-24 09:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Awesome prompt! :)

Re: Finch backstory

(Anonymous) 2013-04-25 12:13 am (UTC)(link)
OMG how did I miss this. (I am OP.)

Thank you this is. Yeah. Tiny and precious, like a gem <3

Re: FILL: the mightiest and fairest (Finch/Reese) [general, no warnings]

(Anonymous) 2013-04-25 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
(OP) hahaha that is hilarious <3 Finch's pink ears <3 Thank you!

FILL: Are you ready (for what I'm about to do to you?), Reese/Finch, explicit (...soon), 1/2

(Anonymous) 2013-04-25 07:38 am (UTC)(link)
The thing is, Finch hadn't expected Reese to be a superhero.

What he'd expected, was for Reese to have a fail rate similar to that of other ex-CIA agents. He'd found enough ex-agents to have an acceptable statistical sample, from which to infer a fail rate. Not that the government kept statistics on their ex-employees. But finding and interpreting data is what Finch does. He'd known what he was getting into when he found Reese. He'd known how good he could expect him to be at his job, and he'd known the odds on Reese dominating situations of physical violence.

So when Reese turned out to have a comic-book-like ability to best anyone in a fight, Finch was… well at first he congratulated himself on having chosen an excellent asset. And he congratulated himself on the excellent job he was obviously doing assisting Reese. But soon enough, it became obvious that Reese was truly unusually good at his job. He rarely needed assistance in the field and when he did, it wasn't unexpected - it was because he sacrificed himself on purpose. Furthermore, he was bewilderingly confident about his physical abilities. He could disarm opponents so quickly, and be so menacing in the process, that any opponent ceded to his authority. Reese even cowed a US Marshall in the middle of a US Marshall office.

That was when Finch first realized that Reese's abilities provoked a truly inconvenient response in him.

And when Root captures Finch, and Reese comes for him, saves him, Finch feels something overwhelming, something that takes hold of him and won't let go.

Finch tries not to think about it. He's been attracted to colleagues before. He made a really awkward pass at Nathan once. Nathan had not been expecting it, and he'd been confused and probably hadn't meant to make Harold feel humiliated, afterwards. They'd never spoken about it again, but Harold had never been able to shake off the feeling that part of Nathan was laughing at him.

Now, Reese stands too close to Finch sometimes, and Finch feels like all he can see is Reese's overwhelming, terrifying competence. His efficient muscle mass and his calculated, monotone voice and Finch would be able to think straight if Reese put enough distance between them, but Finch can smell his soap and can't find the words to make Reese stop.

Finch doesn't know how other people handle workplace relationships, but it's not like they can sign up for a sexual harassment workshop anyway, and maybe sometimes Reese seems to expect Finch to speak up about it, but it's easier for Finch to just let Reese invade his space.

"What's wrong, Finch? Cat got your tongue?" Reese asks, gentle.

Finch realizes that he's been silent for nearly half a minute.

"My apologies, Mr Reese." He grasps at his train of thought, catches it. "Directions to the Andrews' residence are here. Please keep me apprised of all further developments" he says, and turns, awkwardly, to see Reese looking down at him. Finch breathes out, slowly.

Reese licks his bottom lip. "Thank you, Harold."

Reese exits, and soon enough, finds himself in a situation... that is completely civilized, and sorts itself out with a minimal discussion and paperwork. Finch is horrified to realize that he's disappointed.

Worse, still, are the next four jobs - all solved with very minimal groundwork. Four jobs for which Reese doesn't even break a sweat. Finch doesn't know what's happening, but, a week later, he has a choice between quietly finding the location of their target - it would take a few hours, no more - and letting Reese put the fear of god into a group of ex-Blackwater mercenaries (a pleonasm, surely, but how else to describe a group of people who don't care what side they're on?)... And Finch finds himself biting back a reply when Reese says:

"Maybe I should go pay them a visit."

Finch doesn't condone senseless violence. He doesn't. But he's just had a vision of Reese being stronger, smarter, and faster than everyone else in the room. And he holds his tongue.

That's how it starts.

Re: AU: Reese/Finch or gen, what if Finch was a plant?

(Anonymous) 2013-04-25 11:33 am (UTC)(link)
I this as Harold being like, a flower or something. And immediately thought of:

John: (◡‿◡✿)

John: (ʘ‿ʘ✿) “what you say ‘bout me”

John: (ʘ‿ʘ)ノ✿ “hold my flower”

Harold: ✿(。O_O。) “Wut NO, I AM YO FLOWER.”
ladyvyola: Mr. Finch at a computer, Mr. Reese standing beside him (secret masters of the universe)

Re: FILL: Are you ready (for what I'm about to do to you?), Reese/Finch, explicit (...soon), 1/2

[personal profile] ladyvyola 2013-04-25 02:22 pm (UTC)(link)
But where does it end? Where?

::waits eagerly for Part 2::

Re: AU: Reese/Finch or gen, what if Finch was a plant?

(Anonymous) 2013-04-25 04:05 pm (UTC)(link)
"Oh, right. ... Fusco, hold my flower."

" gotta be kidding me."

Re: FILL: the dark and quiet (Finch) [General] [Warnings: none]

(Anonymous) 2013-04-25 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry, just went and posted to the filled prompts! >_< Thanks for the reminder ^^

Re: FILL: the dark and quiet (Finch) [General] [Warnings: none]

(Anonymous) 2013-04-25 05:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Aaaah, thanks so much~~~ :DD Finch thoughts are kinda hard for me to get straight, bleh, so I'm glad you found it believable! (Also, I just came from reading your leg massage fill hehe, so good!)

Re: MINI-FILL: Asking (Reese/Finch) [explicit] [no warnings]

(Anonymous) 2013-04-25 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)

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Re: FILL: the dark and quiet (Finch) [General] [Warnings: none]

[personal profile] astolat 2013-04-26 12:58 am (UTC)(link)
omg this is brilliant and viscerally scary, to me! And I love this SO MUCH:

Something basic, a function that could run on even the most miniscule of power so even near the end it would still execute: print “Hello, world,” except ‘world’ would be replaced with ‘Mr. Reese’ and he had no idea when the two became equivalent expressions.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

(Anonymous) 2013-04-26 01:10 am (UTC)(link)
John and Harold do NOT have the same taste in TV and it's seriously harshing John's secret boner for Harold.
ladyvyola: Mr. Finch at a computer, Mr. Reese standing beside him (secret masters of the universe)

Elias &or/ lady!Finch

[personal profile] ladyvyola 2013-04-26 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, people.

Hit me -- I need Elias interacting with lady!Finch (and related Reese feels, of course).

Any flavor welcome, from flirty chess games with Reese uneasy about their rapport to menace-laced "favors" with Reese frantic to keep Finch from paying the price.
ladyvyola: Mr. Finch at a computer, Mr. Reese standing beside him (secret masters of the universe)

What we need in here is a high school AU

[personal profile] ladyvyola 2013-04-26 02:27 am (UTC)(link)
C'mon, it practically writes inself. :D

Finch is the chess/computer clubs' president, Reese the bad boy everybody knows is in a gang but no one can prove it. (It's probably the motorcycle he rides.)

Fusco's one of those second-string football boys who can't quite figure out if he's a stand-up guy or one of nature's thug, Carter's all straight As and ROTC-bound.

Shaw's a hipster drama student and Root's queen of the mean girls (they've been in the same classes together since pre-K and neither will concede the name "Sam/Samantha" to the other).

And then therei's Elias the lowe-key fixer who seems to know where to get booze, weed, and stolen exam keys for you (all for a price, of course).

Or, you know, whatever works for you. :P

FILL: Are you ready (for what I'm about to do to you?), Reese/Finch, 2/3 (ugh it grew)

(Anonymous) 2013-04-26 07:24 am (UTC)(link)
Part two.

The thing is, Reese hadn't expected Finch to be good at his job.

A bored rich guy. A bored rich guy. A cripple who needed Reese to do his dirty work. Finch couldn't do field work so he bought himself Reese to do it for him. Someone who knew a little bit about the violence part of clandestine operations. Reese had been so sure that the wealthy Mr Finch was just in it for the vicarious thrills. And it was fine. Reese had been willing to indulge him. He figured Finch would find out soon enough that clandestine, or black, missions - real, live missions - weren't any fun.

The shock of finding that Finch was the best operative he'd ever met had completely overwhelmed Reese. Finch wasn't just knowledgeable, resourceful and efficient - he somehow knew just what Reese needed to know, and sometimes, just what he needs to hear.

Once, Reese had been conducting surveillance - on his own - while Finch did some research in the library. Just as Reese's energy had been faltering, he'd heard Finch's voice in his ear.

"Mr Reese", he asked, "do you believe in luck?"

Bewildered, Reese had answered ", Finch, I don't."

"Ah, glad to hear it. I suppose the concept of luck is soothing to some people, but skills, patience, and diligence are so much more reliable."

Somehow, that had just... been exactly the right thing to say. Having Finch's voice in his ear during missions was the most amazing thing that had ever happened to Reese.

Finch's diminutive, unremarkable appearance had been another odd thing. The first time he'd seen him, Reese had catalogued Finch's glasses, his limp, his clothes, and then hadn't given them another thought... Until one day, Reese was shot, and Finch came to rescue him in the parking garage.

"Let me help you, John." Finch had said, as he'd manoeuvred him towards the car. So Reese had let Finch carry some of his weight, just a little of it. And all of a sudden, Reese had felt Finch's hands, how careful they were, and his arms, holding him, and had thought that he would like to rest his head on Finch's shoulder

"You know, Finch" John had said then, "sometimes, it's almost like you know what you're doing."

Finch had laughed, inappropriately, and John had felt the vibrations against his chest.

(visual aid for part two)

(Anonymous) 2013-04-26 08:26 am (UTC)(link)
ladyvyola: Mr. Finch at a computer, Mr. Reese standing beside him (secret masters of the universe)

Re: FILL: Are you ready (for what I'm about to do to you?), Reese/Finch, 2/3 (ugh it grew)

[personal profile] ladyvyola 2013-04-26 01:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I'll just be over here with my chin in my hands and my heart in my eyes.

it grew

Oh, wonderful!