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Title: Our Own Little Corner of Hell
Characters: Frank, Sawyer (Gen)
Summary: Sawyer's just the kind of drinking buddy he likes.
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: General S4. This one's purely speculative.



Frank misses flying, misses it like hell. Not just the freedom of it; he misses the rush of the takeoff, the challenge of nailing the landing, the pride of knowing he was damn good at both. Maybe even more than that, he misses being the pilot, the man in charge. Here he's just another marooned schmuck.

There isn't enough Dharma Beer on the whole island to change that fact.

He might be fond of his drink, but he's not stupid. Definitely not stupid enough to cozy up to Locke. He keeps his distant from the crazy bald coot. Sawyer had it right when he pegged him as Col. Kurtz. They'e all slowly going mad here but Locke has a headstart on them all. He's stark raving bonkers.

Sawyer's just the kind of drinking buddy Frank likes, one who doesn't talk too much except to make the odd, wry joke. They share a bitter laugh over their shared misery and then get back to making a serious dent in the Dharma booze stash. It doesn't matter how much they drink -- just when things looked their bleakest, more always arrives.

Frank started to wait out the Dharma drops, just to get a glimpse of the copter flying overhead, the one he wasn't on. Could have been his job, flying out to God knows where, making drops of God knows what to God knows who. He could keep his mouth shut, dammit. He shouldn't be stuck here, waiting for more of the same crappy beer to fall from the sky. He should be up there, headed off somewhere new, somewhere, anywhere, else.

He tried signaling the pilot, but of course that did no good. He was told of the SOS that Bernard had started, the abandoned one on the beach, and it was only then that the depth of his fellow castaways' indifference to being rescued hit home. They'd dug in here, in this bizarre little village, each closing their own door on the others at nightfall, eager to retreat into his or her own fantasy world where this was home, where your neighbors weren't psychotic murderers. A world where you could come and go as you pleased, wander down to the local bar, or hell, drive across town to one you've never even been in before. Where you could meet a beautiful woman and be fucking her in the alley at the end of the evening, instead of this same boring menu of sad women who want nothing to do with you.

Maybe Frank's the only one who's still new at this, who's still daydreaming about the real world. Trying that line of conversation with Sawyer gets him shut down every time. "Right where I wanna be," Sawyer says, smacking his lips as if he actually enjoys his beer. "Don't miss that shithole one bit." The man is lying through his teeth, Frank's sure, but who is he to call Sawyer a liar?

From what Frank's heard, Sawyer's the kind of guy who has a hair-trigger temper, one who loves a good fight almost as much as a good fuck. Truth be told, so is Frank. So he's kind of disappointed when Sawyer lets vague insults slide off his back, when he shrugs off pointed remarks about his parentage.

Frank doesn't forget the only time he ever got mad. He made some crack about Kate, how he didn't know what Sawyer saw in her anyway, not when she left his ass here.

He was on Frank in a flash, the fist coming out of nowhere, splitting Frank's lip. Frank were on the ground like that - it was late and they'd both had a few -- and Sawyer just stood over him, fist still clenched and eyes that threatened murder. For a second, Frank thought Sawyer really might kill him. He tried to decide whether fighting back would be worth it.

But then Sawyer blew out a breath and unclenched his hand, holding it out to help him

"Sorry," Frank said and Sawyer shrugged, like it was no big deal.

He went back to the couch and Frank settled back into the big chair and they both cracked open new beers and that was that.

It was probably the last time Frank saw any real sign of life in those eyes. Frank might be a sad old drunk, but Sawyer's battling for the crown. He thinks of mentioning Kate again, just for kicks, just to see what Sawyer will do.

Has to be more interesting than sitting here, night, after night, drinking themselves to death.

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elliotsmelliot
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
A great look at both Frank and Sawyer and the flagging life seeping out of those left behind. I hope Frank does choose to continue to rile him and force the blood to keep flowing in his veins. See, you have me believing this is all real!
halfdutch
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
See, you have me believing this is all real!

Wow, thank you so much! :) I'd hope Frank would continue to push Sawyer out of his indifference too!
bachlava
Mar. 22nd, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Lovely work - very true to both characters and a very insightful look into canon as it seems to be unfolding. (Which is, unfortunately, in a direction I don't intend to watch.) It can't be easy to get inside Frank's head, but you've done a good job of it.
halfdutch
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, hon! I have no idea what'll happen on the island (or if Frank gets left behind) but this is the first thing I thought of when I tried to write Frank for the first time. So glad you liked it. And I haven't seen any exit interviews yet from Mira, so there's still hope. (I hope!)
slybrunette
Mar. 22nd, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
This is a really great look at these two characters. I don't think I've actually read very much with Frank in it, but this was very, very good. I like that you talked about how the survivors have dug in because really they have made a little home for themselves.

Fabulous work hun!
halfdutch
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I haven't seen a lot of Frank fic yet either but he's a great character and I would love to see him have some scenes with Sawyer! :)
deej240z
Mar. 22nd, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Love this! Nice comparison between Frank who's new and dreams of getting out, and Sawyer who's dreams are dead and couldn't care less about leaving. Sweet.

I want to cross my fingers and hope that these two would some day share a scene or story together, but what I want never happens on this show.
halfdutch
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'd love to see Frank and Sawyer interact but, of course, have no idea if that'll ever happen.

I'll be sure and give you a heads up if they do! :)
siluria
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Speculative it might be, but it's good speculation! I like the idea of two world-weary people wiling away the endless hours :)
halfdutch
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :) It's the first thing that came to mind when I tried to think of how to fic Frank!
mrslinus17
Mar. 22nd, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous fic. I haven't read anything like it, thank you for posting!
halfdutch
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
I don't think there has been a lot of Frank fic so far! Thank you for reading! :)
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halfdutch
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Oh! *hugs* I didn't mean to make any cry! I just seem to be writing a lot of melancholy stuff lately. I guess it's hard to think of happy scenarios for Sawyer right now, unless it's in an AU. I do think life on the island will be rather bleak but I'm sure that TPTB will have new adventures for anyone who stays behind.

Thanks so much for this lovely fb.
gottalovev
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
ohh, a Frank POV! how interesting! I absolutely loved it. It also made me really sad to see the life draining from Sawyer. fascinating, great job babe!
halfdutch
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you! This was the first thing I thought of when I tried to figure out how to fic Frank. And Sawyer wanting to stay behind makes me sad. :-/ Esp. since no one wants to play house with him, the fools!
luna481516
Mar. 23rd, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
I like Frank and his down-to-earth, pull no punches style. I can totally see him bunking in with Sawyer. I can see Sawyer giving up on going back but I can see him going in other directions too and I wish TPTB hadn't wussed out on his character this season. We'll see.
And Frank would really want to be flying. he misses the rush of the takeoff, the challenge of nailing the landing, the pride of knowing he was damn good at both. Such a great description of a pilot's rush.
Nice piece!
halfdutch
Mar. 23rd, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
I really like Frank too and I think he and Sawyer would hit it off. I HOPE Sawyer doesn't just spiral down into depression at being left behind but will have plenty to occupy him (and us!) but that was the idea I had for this fic. We need a decent Sawyer storyline, dammit!

Thanks so much for reading!
fosfomifira
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
This is really interesting. I could see this interaction happening on the show. In fact, I wish we could see it.

I think it'll take Sawyer some time to get used to the idea that now he has a new weak spot. It used to be the real Sawyer, but now he's dead and Kate somehow managed to get under his skin and he still doesn't know how to react to people seeing him as Kate's on and off something. I bet he still can't see himself that way. At the same time, he's this new defeated Sawyer. He was already given up on life before Kate left. Him hitting Frank is a reflex, but the will to fight is all but gone. I hope we can see that soon on the show, too.

Loved it.

halfdutch
Mar. 24th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you!

Sawyer does seem adrift now that his mission in life has been accomplished. I'm so sorry he put his love and trust in Kate. She's just the worst for him. :-/ I would like to see a Sawyer storyline where he's *not* pining over Kate (and doing something more meaningful than just bitching about Locke's latest plans.) And I would love to see him and Frank interact, but of course I have no idea that Frank will stay behind. Anyway, I can't see Sawyer's wish to stay behind as anything positive, alas. I hope something interesting and good comes out of it, but right now, it's just a more muted death wish.

Thanks for reading, hon!
janie_tangerine
Mar. 25th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
That is an awesome Frank POV! I definitely could see it all. And if it's what Sawyer needs to get out of that state, I authorize Frank to say everything nasty he can about Kate ;) seriously, the interaction was great and it'd be a nice thing to see them interact on show, too. Definitely loved it!
halfdutch
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh, thanks, hon! I really like Frank and I'd love to see him share some screentime with Sawyer! And I'd like to think he'd push Sawyer in good ways, if he were, indeed, inclined to give up on himself after Kate's gone. Thanks for reading! :)
matitablu
Mar. 27th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
Yay for Frank fic! I love him and I was sort of puzzled by his apparent lack of fanbase *whines* This story was quite awesome - I can really see him reacting this way to the notion of being lost and forgotten on the island, and bonding with Sawyer. They sort of... speak the same language, I think. Keep it coming!
halfdutch
Mar. 30th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you approved! :) I haven't seen a lot of Frank fic, it's true! I would love to see him interact with Sawyer but I have no idea if it's in the cards. *crosses fingers*
aurorawest
Apr. 2nd, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
That was amazing. You nailed Frank's voice -- I could completely hear him in my head, and I could really see all of this playing out. I love that you showed Sawyer's dying hope through a newcomer to the island, too. Very nice! :)
halfdutch
Apr. 3rd, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! It's always nice to hear you've nailed a character you're writing for the first time. This is the first thought I had when I tried to think of how to write Frank. Very glad you liked it!
elise_509
Apr. 4th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
This is so great; I'm glad you posted it to quickfics because I totally missed it first time around! Frank's one of my faves from the newbies (jeff fahey's from buffalo!) and I like how he and Sawyer are relating to one another in this; Sawyer getting angry only over Kate is totally on the mark, as is how they behave after Sawyer punches him. I could totally see that happening, just like that.
halfdutch
Apr. 4th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Aww, yay! :) Glad the comm is useful! And that you liked the fic. I wouldn't mind seeing this in canon. Dammit, Sawyer needs someone interesting to interact with! And I didn't know Fahey was a local! Sweet! I dig Frank too. Hope he sticks around!
orange_yarn
Apr. 6th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Oh, this was wonderful! I totally buy this happening -- it's very well done.
halfdutch
May. 27th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC)
Oh, noes, I completely missed your comment until now! Thank you (belatedly) very much for reading and for the fb! :)
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