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03 May 2008 @ 10:35 am
Vignettes - Wrinkles  
Title: Wrinkles
Author: ladygray99
Chapter: 1/1
Pairing: Alan, Colby/(Charlie)
Rating: FRA
Disclaimer: Belongs to other people, not me.
Warnings/Squicks: A little politics
Summary: Alan and Colby have a chat over laundry.
Previous chapters: Part of the Vignettes ‘verse after Domestic Bliss.
Notes: Am I the only one who has a little old Jewish man constantly talking in my head? I hope not. Feedback, as always, is desperately wanted.
Beta(s): None


Colby felt an almost meditative peace as he glided the iron over his laundry his mind wandering to no place special.  Alan half whistled a tune that was probably popular a decade before Colby was born as he piled sheets into the washer.

Colby folded the neatly pressed shirt then plucked the next item from his basket.

"You iron your shorts?"

Colby's head popped up. "What?"

Alan gestured to the ironing board. "You iron your shorts?" He asked again.

Colby looked down.  Yes he was indeed ironing his boxers.  Colby shrugged. "Had a base commander with a bit of a screw loose. Liked to do inspections at three in the morning. Wrinkled shorts earned you push-ups. Guess it kinda became habit."

Alan blinked a few times and shook his head. "I knew there was a reason I burned my draft card." He mumbled.

Colby froze. "You...What?" He couldn't have heard right "You burned your draft card?"

"Well I was hardly the first."

Colby's jaw dropped open. No Granger in history had been drafted.  There was no need. Volunteers or career military the lot of them, but even with out that there was no way in hell one of them would have burned their draft card.  The thought wouldn't have even processed.

Colby shook his head and quickly lifted the iron off his shorts before he burned through them.

"What...what happened?" Colby asked.

"What do you mean what happened?"

"Well I think it's a federal offence for one."

Alan shrugged. "I burnt it.  I wrote a very polite letter telling them I burned it and my reasons why, and two weeks later I got a new one in the mail.  It was very anti-climatic I must say.  Though apparently they also opened an FBI file on me.  Go figure."

Colby was still trying to process how casual Alan was about an act that went against every inch of Colby's upbringing.
"It was a very different time Colby." Alan said obviously reading the shock on Colby's face. "I had a wife, a young son and the thought of fighting a war I was fundamentally against just really didn't appeal."

"Alan, they wouldn't have drafted you anyways. You were head of household with a kid. 3-A."

"I was also 4-F.  Early onset arthritis in both hands. That wasn't the point."

"Then..." Colby shook his head feeling very confused.

"I'd had a son, Colby. A son."  Alan leaned heavily on the washing machine. "The TV had been on in the maternity ward waiting room, and it was the first pictures of flag covered coffins being loaded off planes and the doctor came in and said 'it's a boy' and I very quickly came to the conclusion that the only uniform I ever wanted to see him in would say Dodgers on the front and have his name on the back." Alan looked over to Colby. "You've got to understand there were no other Eppes.  My own father had been dead five years and he'd been the only one to get out of Europe. It was me and Donnie and I was not about ready to see him shipped off somewhere and killed for some generals folly. So I burned my draft card and I protest and was investigated and arrested three times and..."

"You were arrested?!"

"Didn't Donnie tell you?  You should look at my file, it's an interesting read, a good four inches thick.  Donnie's horribly embarrassed by the whole thing but I was doing it for him.  Trying to make a peaceful world for him." Alan gave a sarcastic chuckle. "And what a job I did."

"Well you couldn't have exactly waved a magic wand, Alan."

"Believe me, when you're a parent, you try." Alan looked up into the rafters of the garage and seemingly beyond them. "As much as I want Don and Charlie to have kids of their own some day, with the world as it is now, I hope they have girls."

Colby couldn't begin to figure out what to say to that.  Alan gathered up his own wash and left the garage. Colby looked down and his half ironed shorts, scrunched them up and tossed them back on the pile of wrinkled laundry.
Current Mood: sicksick
Cynthia: Colby Math by angeliksmall1trackmind on May 2nd, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Colby looked down and his half ironed shorts, scrunched them up and tossed them back on the pile of wrinkled laundry.

A perfect ending! I love Colby's shock and horror.
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on May 2nd, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
:icon love!: sex'emup!colby mmmm....
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 2nd, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
I knew a Marine who always ironed his shorts. I tried to explain the anti war movement to him and he just looked at me like I had a second head.
Glad you liked the ending.
boymommytotwoboymommytotwo on May 2nd, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
new vingettes!!! yipee!!!
your alan is just lays it all out, doesn't he? colby's surprise reminds me he's aware of alan's dissatisfaction with the boys' employer, etc., but that he also didn't realize the extent to which the father was angry. to the core.
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 2nd, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: new vingettes!!! yipee!!!
Alan would do anything to keep his boys safe and sticking little plastic covers on wall sockets just wasn't going to be enough. And after all his hard work they go out and get themselves shot at anyways. kids.
Devo79devo79 on May 2nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Great fic.
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 2nd, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
paranoid_womanparanoid_woman on May 3rd, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
I love your Vignettes so much. This was amazing. I can so imagine Colby's face. Great!
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 3rd, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
and what a face it is. :-)
del_writesdel_writes on May 3rd, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Wonderful, as always. I absolutely adore Alan, and I have this wonderful image of Colby's shocked face in my head.
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 3rd, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)
Yeah, he does that face well.
fredbassettfredbassett on May 3rd, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
Love Alan to pieces as always :)
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 3rd, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Well what's not to love. Good to see you back :-)
ninou1ninou1 on May 3rd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Great insight of Alan. And a shocked Colby, is a good one... *Mmm*
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 3rd, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think any Colby is a good one really.
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ladygray99ladygray99 on May 3rd, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I really enjoy writing it.
autumnwriting: colbyautumnwriting on May 5th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
New vignette!!! *cheers*

My favorite series!! =D

Well done. Nicely written.
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 5th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Thank you. I've been neglecting vignettes lately but it's so easy and nice to write for. I'm glad people enjoy it.
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm old enough to remember the Vietnam War (though I was very small then). My dad was an army sargent (and very proud of it) in the Korean Conflict (isn't called a war, go figure). He wanted my older brother to join the army too, until he saw all the horror from Vietnam played out on TV. Then he wasn't so gung-ho. You write a beautiful Alan. I can feel his struggle to keep Donnie safe. And I can also feel Colby's shock at Alan's disregard for service to his country. And welcome back!! I've missed your stories.

Twins' Mom

P.S. Congratulations on winning your Numb3rs FanFic award!
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 5th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. My Uncle was in Korea, a sargent too. My dad missed Vietnam by the skin of his teeth. I wanted show a bit where Colby's upbringing clashed with Alan's protest days. At the same time I wanted to give Alan a personal reason for how much he protested. Nothing high and ideological, he just didn't want his only son at the time to ever have to fight a war.

I'm sort of setting up ideas here for a much longer fic in which Colby, Charlie and Esther go to Idaho for a family reunion. By this point Esther is really keen to join the CIA and server her country in her own way but Colby having been almost killed as a spy is freaking out and dead set against his only daughter being anywhere near danger. Suddenly seeing Alan's side of the equation.
(Anonymous) on May 5th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh that sounds really good. Can't wait to read it. As a mom, I know how being protective just comes naturally, even if it forces you to make decisions that you wouldn't make otherwise.

Twins' Mom
(Anonymous) on May 8th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Amazing page..
nice work, dude
ladygray99ladygray99 on May 8th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: Amazing page..
Thank you.
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ladygray99ladygray99 on December 16th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
I always want to hug Alan but my grandpas died when I was little so I missed out on grandpa love.