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Keep Your Friends Close - PG

Title: Keep Your Friends Close
Characters: Ana-Lucia, Claire, Kate
Summary: Claire can't help being afraid of Ana-Lucia
Note: Most definitely NOT femmeslash. This came from my own fic challenge to write characters I hadn't written before. These were the first two that popped into my head.
Word count: 738
Feedback: If you like. ;-D Not pressuring anyone to read this one.


“Oh my God, will that baby ever shut up?” Ana-Lucia said, lips drawn back in something too close to a snarl for Claire’s liking. The disgust on her face was plain and Claire felt the same fury shoot through her as when another strange, feral woman had paid too much attention to Aaron. Only this one meant to hurt her baby, she knew.

She nervously eyed the knife strapped to Ana-Lucia’s belt and held Aaron closer to her. She couldn’t help shivering as she patted his back in an attempt to soothe him. She wanted to stop trying to shush him, if that’s what she wanted. But she kept trying to quiet him, as she’d been doing.

“You’re not very maternal, are you?” was all Claire said, her voice shaking. She was afraid of this woman, who, she had heard, liked to settle all arguments with her fists. She walked like a boxer or some predatory cat. She couldn’t have been on the plane, couldn’t have been like this in civilization. She was as wild and brutal as the island. Like Ethan.

“No,” came the amused one-word answer, Ana-Lucia shaking her head as if Claire was the one who was crazy.

She wished she were bigger and stronger, better able to defend herself. She looked around her, starting to panic. She was alone with Ana-Lucia and there was no one else on the beach.

Claire didn’t want to turn her back on her, thinking, maybe irrationally, of wild animals giving pursuit if you ran. She nearly cried with relief when she saw Kate appear a few yards off.

“Kate!” she cried out and started to run toward her. She saw her size up the situation, saw her frown. Kate stepped between the two of them.

“What’s going on here?” she asked, her voice colder than Claire had ever heard it. “Are you bothering Claire?” She wondered if Ana-Lucia knew that back in the world, Kate was probably much more dangerous than she ever was. Ana-Lucia looked Kate up and down, that contemptuous smile coming to her face again.

“You telling me I can’t walk on your beach, girlie?” she smirked.

“You can walk wherever you want,” Kate replied, frost still in her voice, body tense. She eased the backpack she was carrying off her shoulders and put it down on the sand, like she was getting ready to fight. Instead she pointed towards the ocean. “Out there’s nice.”

Ana-Lucia laughed. “Fine. You don’t like me. You think I care? While you girls have been having tea parties over here, I’ve been ....” she stopped and shook her head, looking up at the sky as if for God to bear witness. “Whatever,” she spat and stalked off.

“Oh, thank God you came along,” Claire said when she was out of earshot. “I was so afraid she was going to hurt Aaron.”

“Don’t worry,” Kate said as she smiled down at Aaron, who had finally stopped crying. “She might find that it’s not so safe here on this side of the island either.” She looked beyond the baby, past the horizon and her smile faded.

“What would you do?” Claire asked, chilled by the look on Kate’s face. She knew Kate was some kind of criminal but that was the first time she thought she saw the face of someone who could commit murder.

Kate smiled. She reached down into the backpack and took out a bottle of water and held it up, looking at it for a few seconds before drinking, “If I want to get to her, I can,” she said, wiping her lips. “And hey, we need to stick together, right?”

“Kate, you wouldn’t ... for me?” Claire said, flushed with the idea, not exactly sure how she felt about it.

“Oh, I’d been giving it some thought already,” Kate answered with a sly grin, turning the bottle around in her hands. At the look on Claire’s face, she hastily shoved it back into her backpack. “Only in case of emergency,” she laughed. “I promise.”

“I wish it were still just us,” Claire said, her face puckering into a frown. “Well, Libby’s OK, and of course I’m glad Bernard and Rose are together again....”

“It’s just her.” Kate stared at the spot where Ana-Lucia had stood. “Just our luck, huh?”

“Yeah,” Claire sighed. At least Aaron was quiet now.

Comments

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gravi_girl123
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Loved this a whole lot. You. Made. Me. Like. Kate. Or maybe it's just the combination of this story and the fact that Ana-Lucia annoys me--I know I know we shouldn't pass judgement yet blah blah, but seriously--but I really liked Kate in this. The whole Kate/Clair interaction was great.

“I wish it were still just us,” Claire said, her face puckering into a frown. “Well, Libby’s OK, and of course I’m glad Bernard and Rose are together again....” I agree, Claire *snuggles Claire and her accent* Yeah, Libby is okay, isn't she? Since I've only caught a few of the episodes so far this season I haven't seen much of Libby, but I hear she's okay.

I think Jack falling for Ana-Lucia at this point would make no sense despite their "flirting" at the bar--seriously, it was barely even flirting. Just stupid.

She wondered if Ana-Lucia knew that back in the world, Kate was probably much more dangerous than she ever was. Ana-Lucia looked Kate up and down, that contemptuous smile coming to her face again. I think you've just predicted a major show dynamic. Kate, the criminal, and Ana-Lucia the cop. In a way I think it'd be interesting if, in a sudden twist of fate, they got along, but that's not going to happen and maybe that's for the better. I really don't know. But in any case I liked that detail.

“You’re not very maternal, are you?” was all Claire said, her voice shaking. She was afraid of this woman, who, she had heard, liked to settle all arguments with her fists. She walked like a boxer or some predatory cat. She couldn’t have been on the plane, couldn’t have been like this in civilization. She was as wild and brutal as the island. Like Ethan.

“No,” came the amused one-word answer, Ana-Lucia shaking her head as if Claire was the one who was crazy.
So best. I feel that was extremely in character even though we don't know Ana-Lucia well yet. She *doesn't* strike me as maternal. At. All.
halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm not at all a fan of Ana-Lucia, partly because I'm not a fan of the actress. And that airport scene was just so clunky and OOC for Jack not to mind her using his dead father as her way of flirting. Oy! And then of course all the Sawyer abuse hasn't helped me like her any more.

I never in a million years planned to write her so this was definitely a challenge. And I don't think I've ever written Claire either!

Glad you liked and thanks for reading!

halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I'd just learned that about Ana-Lucia's background when I went over to Lost-Media.com. (They always post those promo photos up on the front page. :-/)

I think we'll see a major clash between these two, partly over the men, but also because they were on opposite sides of the fence in the real world. But of course, our sympathies are much more with Kate, the criminal, so far. At least mine are.
gravi_girl123
Nov. 10th, 2005 12:28 am (UTC)
This is really weird of me, but all of a sudden I'm like "Fighting over the men? Oh my god! BACK OFF ANA, KATE WAS THERE FIRST!" It's not even about her *with* Jack or Sawyer, just even friendship wise or flirt-wise. I feel extremely betrayed by myself right now. I need to go brood for a while. And dislike Ana from afar.

They need to have a Kate/Ana catfight.
arabella_hope
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
It's the end of the world. halfdutch has written Ana. :P

Excellent. There's a use for Kate after all. Very bad-ass. GIRLFIGHT!
halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
I know it IS the end of the world! ;-D Well, I wanted to challenge myself. And, in retrospect, I think I've been kind of fair to her because this is all in Claire's mind that she's going to hurt her.

And yes, I imagine Kate and Ana won't get on at all.
holycitygirl
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
OOOOOoooh Killer Kate. I love it. :D

Job well done!
halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
Bwaha. Thanks! ;-D I was going to have her actually dose Ana-Lucia's water to warn her off but I decided to leave it open-ended. Plus, Ana hasn't actually *done* anything to warrant that so far, apart from all the (grrrr) Sawyer abuse. It's not like she was actually going to hurt Aaron.
holycitygirl
Nov. 9th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
The Sawyer abuse was enough. Write a sequel. Kill her ass. ;)
alliecat8
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
I second that. *points up*
halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
Bwah! If she doesn't get some serious payback on the show, then I'll have to get to that!
halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
Ha! Maybe. I'm sure Kate will want to kick her ASS when she finds out about the Sawyer abuse. At least, if they're writing the characters to react like normal people this season.
holycitygirl
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
Ahh! The icon is fabulous.

And yes you are right, perhaps we will get a little girl fight action.
foxxcub
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Would you murder me in my sleep if I said you write AL like a vague early S1 Sawyer? Yes? Okay, then. *runs away*

And OMG, you SNUCK UP on me! Sneaky girl! ;D
halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:30 pm (UTC)
Heh. I didn't want to force you to read this one. ;-D

And no, you're not off with that comparison. She's really not doing anything worse here than Sawyer's ever done. Her canon abusive spree, is however, astronomically worse than his mouthing off and occasional fistfights.

I actually thought I was being quite fair to her since this is all about everyone else's perception that she's going to be dangerous to everyone, all the time, which obviously can't be true.

alliecat8
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Your Ana voice is dead-on. I really mean it, even if I did also get insane pleasure from writing "Ana" and "dead" in the same sentence. And I do think that Claire will be wary of Ana, and that there will be a power struggle between Ana and Kate. I hope you're right, and that Kate will do whatever it takes to win! Go Kate!

Great job! I really enjoyed it, even without any Sawyer. Imagine that! ;D
halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks! ;-D It was my first fic without either Jack *or* Sawyer. Of course, I was thinking that Kate is itching to get back at Ana for how she treated Sawyer.

I'd love to see her dose Ana's water, at the very least.
isis2015
Nov. 9th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
My world as I know it has been turned on it's head. You wrote Ana.

Very tense. I hope Ana and Kate do end up fighting on the show (and not over Jack). And I hope Kate beats her ass.
halfdutch
Nov. 9th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC)
Bwaha! You can check my basement for a pod if I ever write Sawyer/Ana. ;-D

I'd love to see Kate deliver a vicious smackdown. Oh yeah!
guineverekay
Nov. 10th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
Hey, you think you could maybe write a sequel that involves Sawyer or Locke throwing Ana and Kate into the pit and making them fight to the death? You know, 2 shall enter the pit and none shall return kinda thing?

Just a thought.....
halfdutch
Nov. 11th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
Ha. I think I'd rather see Sayid vs. Ana, now that he's got cause. Island justice, isn't that what Sawyer said a while back?
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