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Persuading Jack (Lost/GA crossover) PG-13

Title: Persuading Jack
Fandom: Lost/Grey's Anatomy
Summary: Jack won't do the surgery but maybe someone can persuade him?
Notes: I kept thinking "Wouldn't it be funny if Meredith were on the island instead of Juliet?" And then when I caught myself thinking how much I'd prefer Addison to Juliet, this fic idea was born. Not to be taken remotely seriously.
Spoilers: "Not in Portland" for Lost and vague Grey's Anatomy references up through "Drowning on Dry Land."




The woman stares at him mournfully through the glass, the clipboard held awkwardly in her hands like she’s going to drop it at any moment. Girl. He mentally corrects himself. She looks too young and desperately thin and fragile to be thought of as a woman.

“Look. Jack,” she says, adopting a brisk tone and a confidence that’s completely undermined by her body language. Her shoulders hunch forward and her fingers tap the edge of the clipboard. Just a kid, he thinks, and he has the insane urge to feed her.

She’s been talking and he hasn’t been listening, but she just sighs and starts over. “Jack. We really need you to do the surgery.” She furrows her brow, as if this is how she’s practiced looking serious in a mirror.

He just shrugs, waiting to see what she’ll do now.

She steps closer to the glass and puts her hand up to it. Her eyes, if it’s even possible, get even bigger and that much dewier. More than anything, she reminds him of a forlorn puppy hoping to get adopted at the pound. “It’s the right thing to do,” she says firmly.

That melancholy act might work on other men, but not on Jack. “Sorry,” he says, but he doesn’t mean it.

Her head drops and her shoulders slump forward a little more and she nods sadly. “I tried,” she says and heads for the door. As she leaves, her can hear her muttering under her breath.

“I knew it. Burning the muffins was a sign, a definite sign that nothing was going to go right today. And then no one else liked Carrie and now he won’t do the damn surgery and ...”

The door closes softly behind her and he breathes in, happy to be alone again.

----

The next one is blonde and buxom and seems to be running on all the missing energy that must have been sucked out of the last girl. She happily announces he knows he has a thing for blondes and how she’s supposed to be using that to her advantage and she winks at him. She’s speaking entirely too fast and when she approaches the glass, he’s suddenly glad he’s safely on the other side of it.

“So. You have to do the surgery. You just have to,” she insists. She’s smiling and she starts to speak even faster, if that’s possible. “Because, like, Ben will die if you don’t and I know you don’t care about that, but of course you do, because you’re a doctor, but really, I know you couldn’t just let someone die.” She lets out a high-pitched laugh to punctuate that last thought. There’s a mad glint in her eyes that is probably the scariest thing Jack has seen since being dragged here against his will.

“So, anyway, I know we should have just come out and asked, but then things got a little out of hand and, well, but you’re here now, and you’re going to say yes, aren’t you?” She pauses for a millisecond and, when he doesn’t answer instantly, she wrings her hands together. “Oh my God, you have to say yes.”

Jack takes pleasure in telling her, slowly and deliberately. “No.”

Her face falls. “But ... you have to.”

“You do it.”

She laughs that odd strangled laugh again. “No, I can’t, I’m on probation. You see, there was this guy and...” Her eyes start to well up, her entire mood switching in an instant. “Well, anyway, it doesn’t matter now. The important thing is that you’re here and I believe that you’re going to save the day and everything will be fine. Because it has to be.” She finishes on a cheery note, smiling through her tears.

Jack just turns his back to her. He hears her spluttering incoherently in indignation and then the door slams shut.

---

“Hmm, Jack.” The redhaired woman looks up from her clipboard, pen poised in one hand as she pushes her glasses down the bridge of her nose to regard him coolly. “They’re telling me you don’t want to do the surgery. You mind telling me why that is?”

Unlike the other two, she radiates quiet authority. Her white lab coat is so much crisper than their scrubs were. And, he can’t help but notice, she’s wearing heels. The withering gaze she’s fixing him with is precisely the kind his mother used to turn on him.

“What’s the point?” He says, crossing his arms, knowing just how it shows off his biceps. Sure enough, her eye goes to his tattoo and she, unconsciously, he’s sure, bites her lower lip.

She’s only distracted for a second and then she snaps back with laserlike focus. “The point is to save a man’s life. You’re the only one here who can do this, Jack. I’m an OB/GYN, I can’t possibly do spinal surgery.” She stops, frowning slightly. “We need you.”

“What about what I need?”

“What’s that?” One eyebrow raises suggestively and, again, he’s convinced that she’s not aware of it.

“I need to get out of here. With my friends.”

The eyebrow lowers and the frown deepens. “You know that’s not going to happen. Not until you do the surgery.”

Jack bares his teeth. “Let them go first.”

She sighs and shrugs, tossing that gorgeous red mane of hair. “Well, I’m sorry, Jack. I knew you weren’t going to cooperate without a little more coercion.”

The hair prickles on the back of his neck. But she’s clicked her pen off and is walking away. “Wait!” he calls after her. She shoots him one more raised-eyebrow glance -- her eyes on his tattoo, not his face, and then, with one last flip of her hair, walks out.

---

He’s not at all prepared for who they send in next, a man with model-perfect wavy black hair with just a touch of gray in it and a few lines of age, just like his own, etched around those intense blue eyes.

“Derek?! What the hell are you doing here?”

“Well, I’m here to talk you into the surgery of course.”

“But .. here, on the island?”

Derek sighs and crosses his arms. “Well, I left New York after Addison and I split up. I took the first job I could find, one outside of Portland. I figured the Pacific Northwest was as far away as I could possibly go. But I was wrong. The job wasn’t in Portland. It was here. And then they recruited Addison too. Seems they needed a fertility specialist even more than they needed a neurosurgeon.” He offers Jack a wry smile.

“Who’s Addison?”

“You just met her. Jesus, Jack, did you really never ... wow, I guess you didn’t.”

Jack tries to picture Derek with her and fails. He wonders if she reminds Derek of their mother too. “Never mind. They flew you here?”

“I don’t really remember the trip. They must have drugged me. Anyway, here we both are. Brain and spine, together again.”

“How long have you known I was here?” Jack is beyond outrage.

Derek shakes his head. “Jack, it’s not like I have any say here. I’m a prisoner, just like you. The sooner you do this, the sooner we can all get off the island.”

“So they’ll just let us all go?” Jack huffs in disbelief. “Derek, they’ve killed. You can’t possibly trust them.”

“I don’t trust anyone anymore, Jack,” Derek sighs. “Did I mention that Addison was cheating on me? With Mark? At least your wife didn’t cheat on you with your best friend.”

“I never told you about Sarah.”

“Oh, I read your file,” Derek says, rubbing his forehead. “We all did.”

“Great, that’s just great. My own fucking brother working with these madmen.“

Derek shrugs. “Tell me you wouldn’t do the same if they threatened to kill the woman you love.”

“Addison?”

Derek winces at the name. “No, Meredith. She came in and asked you first...”

“Oh, right.” Jack nods, as if he approves. “Well, yeah, she’s pretty.”

“It’s more than that,” Derek says, rubbing at his chin like he’s just remembered he hadn’t shaved that morning. “There’s something about her ...”

And so Derek begins, warming to his topic as he rattles off the long list of Meredith's charms. He has them send in a few bottles of beer and then he joins Jack inside his cell, like he’s just come over to watch a baseball game. Jack asks Derek what he thinks of Kate and Derek looks thoughtful and asks what this Sawyer fellow means to her. Jack admits that Sawyer can be a problem and that causes Derek to go off on a tangent about Mark and how could Jack possibly have ever liked him. Jack confesses that Kate’s a fugitive and Derek nods and says that he knows all about her.

“They’re not like other women,” Derek finally sighs and Jack clinks his third bottle against his. The question of the surgery can wait, at least for tonight. And Jack's going to have a helluva hangover in the morning.

Comments

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halfdutch
Feb. 17th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
:) Thank you!
emiliglia
Feb. 17th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my God this was amazing. Can I marry this fic? Like...right now? Your characterization was, like, spot-on. I could hear everyone's voices in my head as I read this. I'd be very intrigued to read more like this - maybe not necessarily on the island, but after, with Derek and Jack as brothers.
halfdutch
Feb. 17th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much! :) I hadn't given this much more thought than this immediate story. I just kind of liked the idea of them chatting about the women in their life and ignoring everything else for the moment. And I think I've only read one fic where they're brothers -- seems too ripe an opportunity to pass up!
hendercats
Feb. 17th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Hee! Every one of them is spot on. Loved Jack's assessments of Meredith and Izzy, and making Derek Jack's brother ... *snort* Would love to be a fly on the wall next time Addison visits him. *g*
halfdutch
Feb. 17th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you! And yes, Addison definitely saw something she liked! :)
alliecat8
Feb. 17th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
OMG, I would SO much rather see Addison in Juliet's role than Juliet! I'm obsessing about this slightly now. Addison/Jack are my semi-secret crossover OTP, and I have no idea why except I think they'd look pretty together. I loved this fic. I think you did an especially good job with the Izzie characterization. And Jack and Derek as brothers -- I can totally see it! I love how each has his or her own persuasion style, and I think you really did a good job with all of them. Loved it!
halfdutch
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, and you've read holycitygirl's Jack/Addison fic, of course? They would be SO much better together!

Glad you liked this one! It's a bit silly and exaggerated but I'm so pleased to hear you liked it. One of those ideas I just decided to run with. :)
slybrunette
Feb. 17th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
Random person here who's usually too nervous to comment, but I just had to say that this was absolutely fabulous. I've been waiting to see a good crossover between Grey's and Lost forever, and this really hit the spot. Great fic, thanks for posting!
halfdutch
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated! And I'm so glad to hear this hit the spot. :)
xunderstatedx
Feb. 17th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
This was really good! I wish that would happen, lol. And Derek and Jack as brothers, lol, that I've never thought of. Stupid, really. I've been trying to connect them. Now you have. Thanks:D
halfdutch
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) I wouldn't mind seeing this happen either, LOL, especially the Addison instead of Juliet part. I'd read one fic previously where Mark and Derek are brothers but I can't find the link. All I remember is that it's not on LJ, and it was Derek grieving for Jack being lost.
velena
Feb. 17th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, so funny! Jack and Derek would be related. They're both such princesses.
halfdutch
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
LOL, they totally are! :) Ever since GA came on, I was waiting for some crossover fic! I read one fic where they're brothers but I can't find the link anymore. It was definitely more serious than this one!
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halfdutch
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hee, I'm glad they all rang true. I am kind of shipping Addison/Jack now! :) And I'm glad you liked how it ended. I wasn't quite sure when I started it!

And LOL, that's exactly how Cristina would be! Perfect! I didn't want to stretch it out too long and have every intern in here (George stammering over himself, for example), but I do love me some Cristina! :) Thanks for reading.
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speedcat93
Feb. 18th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Hi! really liked that. Especially the comparison you made between Addison & Jack's mother, I think because of the bossy aspect. That's one of the things that could repel & attract Jack at the same time. Thanks for that, more GA/LOST X-over soon??Bye ;-)
halfdutch
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Personally, I think she's much nicer than his mother but there is that bossy element there, definitely! I really love the idea of Jack/Addison. Have you read this Jack/Addison fic by holycitygirl?
uhzoomzip
Feb. 19th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
this is too funny! you hit all the grey's personalities perfectly! :-)
halfdutch
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you, m'dear! :) That makes me happy to hear!
cmonkatiekatie
Feb. 19th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
I had to wait till I'd seen Drowning on Dry land - I'm so glad I remembered to come back because this? This is so much awesome. I'm still giggling over the Izzie bit - so frigin perfect. The whole thing is flawless. I've read crossovers that put Jack at Seattle Grace, but never the other way around. Ingenius.

I think I done dumped my GA icons...
halfdutch
Feb. 19th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much for coming back to read! :) There aren't any major spoilers for DoDL, just that reference to Izzie's whacked-out "I believe" speech.

So glad you liked this one! It was really fun to write some new characters, even if I kind of over-exaggerated them a bit. :)
siluria
Feb. 20th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
I've not watched GA, but I thought you brought the characters in really well - I found myself nodded at the bicep remarks ;) I think I'd get caught staring too, but the fact that Jack's aware of the effect was just great :)
halfdutch
Feb. 20th, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you for reading, esp. if you don't know the GA characters! The bicep-appreciating chick is my favorite, if you couldn't tell. *points to icon* She came in as Derek's mean old wife but she really became much more sympathetic and now I like her a lot. She's recently started checking out one of the hot young interns, which is always a source of amusement. So who could resist when presented with Jack in his sleeveless glory? :) And hee, the man knows how to work it!

qafhappy
Feb. 22nd, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
This is super!! You got their mannerisms down perfectly - but of course, because you are a writing god!

*loves madly*

*realizes I need some newer LOST icons...
qafhappy
Feb. 22nd, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
P.S.
Do you have a website? I have a fic one (that I don't upkeep as good as I should), but I'd be willing to host your fic there. Do you mind? I already put a few there (just for myself, really, I haven't advertised it or anything).

Check it out: http://qafvault.com (because QaF is my first love), or more exactly at http://qafvault.com/LOSTfic.htm and http://qafvault.com/GAfic.htm ...

Now, if only I could get damn FrontPage to get the headers up on my newest stories... *gnashes teeth*
alemyrddin
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
Apparently I never commented on this, though I read it a while ago.

I loved how you built a connection among Derek and Jack (that same name thing must mean something, right?, and the description of the women had me giggling, because it was so perfect... Meredith being sad as usual, Izzie busting with energy, and Addison "radiating authority". And then, a man "with model-perfect wavy black hair"... lol!

thanks for this :)
halfdutch
Oct. 13th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was fun to write the GA characters! And I was always intrigued by the idea of the two (hot) Shephard doctor brothers! :) Thanks for coming back to comment!
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