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2007. FINALLY. - tranquility... best achieved in chaos
2007. FINALLY.
1. No surprise, I caught the winter flu bug floating around. My life is a series of illnesses it seems.

2. Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! I'm suddenly having post-holiday depression since my food/sugar high of the last few weeks has ended. And, of course, work is now an uphill battle mentally as it seems forever before holiday time again. You know what I still miss? Summer vacation.

3. To add to my thank you list for Christmas goodies... much glee and happiness also arrived from aoihikari, aabchamp, tinseltowngirl, drummergurl, tvisgood, nobodysomeday, and other_summers! Thank you cards are coming (will try not to be lame and write before March this time).

4. Oh dude. "Bones" you guys. My newest addiction/obsession/love tv show. Expect discs in the mail from me, ya'll. Really. No really.

5. Four-year anniversary of my lj! Aw. And I'm still working on these ficlets believe it or not.

For nobodysomeday -

John Carter and Abby Lockhart

He finds her in a meeting, in another city, in another life, and it scares him how little some things change.

She’s in profile, but he needs no more than a first glance to recognize her and his chest grows tight. He stands in the doorway, half in, half out, wonders about all the things they used to say and what words he eventually left her with. He had regret, he had a lot of things for a while, but he’s gotten better at forgiving the past.

He makes his choice and walks in, doesn’t hesitate until he’s standing in the aisle next to her and the closeness makes him weak.

She looks up as he sits beside her, and her intake of breath is audible. “John.”

“Hi Abby,” he says, has the urge to shrug helplessly because what are the odds? He struggles suddenly for words, lost in the fate of it all, in the way she’ll always look beautiful and broken. “I don’t really know what to say.”

“It’s been a long time.” Her voice is soft and warm. She shakes her head in disbelief, smiles in the way that makes him hurt. “How are you? Are you living here?”

He nods. “Yeah, I’m working at the Children’s Hospital.”

It occurs to him how circular his life has become as a doctor. She associates him with Africa, and he hasn’t thought about that time in years.

“I’m… good,” he says, runs a hand through his hair. “I’m better.”

She really looks at him then, searches his face with a little crinkle in her brow. Over time he eventually stopped thinking about her completely, but that frown, that look – that was the last thing to go.

“How about you?” he asks. “Where are you working?”

She shrugs at the question, already dismissing the positive. “I’m an attending over at St. Luke’s.”

“That’s great, Abby.” He wants to touch her arm to let her know he means it, but isn’t sure where he’d go from there.

She smiles. “Thanks.”

He realizes he is staring and lets his gaze drift to the front of the room, listens to the steps and confessions he’s heard a thousand times. He slipped once, swallowed a pill and was surprised when it went down bitter and hard.

Abby shifts beside him. “I have a son.”

His heart is loud and he thinks about how he almost married her, almost started a life with her. “What’s his name?”

“Joe,” she says, and her eyes lighten at something he doesn’t catch. “Joseph.”

He nods slowly, sees her empty ring finger; he used to be much better at dealing with the unexpected. Her smile is soft in understanding.

“It’s been a long time,” she says again, but this time she means something different. She touches his leg, an apology in the light pressure though she says nothing. He knows everyone has always been good at letting her go.

The meeting drags on, longer and longer until finally Abby moves and grabs her coat. She hesitates before she stands, looks over at him. “I have to go.”

“Joseph?” he guesses.

“It’s almost his bedtime.”

He thinks about offering her a ride or giving her his phone number, all the little insanities that used to keep him preoccupied for months. In the end, he ignores it all and smiles. “It was good to see you, Abby.”

“Yeah,” she says. “You too.”

Her coat is a deep blue and he watches as she shrugs into it, hair loose and falling in front of her face. She’s a brunette again and the color suits her.

“I’ll see you around, Carter.” She pauses next to the chair, smiles goodbye.

And he says it without thinking. “Do you know Tops Coffee on Market?”

He continues before she asks questions, everything between them always in the timing.

“Great breakfasts,” he explains. “I’m there a lot.”

She puts her hands in her pockets, gives a little half-shrug that he knows means more than how it looks. “Okay.”

He nods, grins. “Okay.”

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tater_mae From: tater_mae Date: January 4th, 2007 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Bwa HAHAHAHA!!! BONES!!!!! *squishes you*

ps. i am converting my friend rocksalted to the greatness that is Atlantis. actually, i got her hooked on sparky before she even watched an ep. is that bad?
phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 4th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why do I get hooked on EVERYTHING? I don't know why I complain because obviously I love it, but still. I feel I should be normal and "omg too much tv waaah!" or something?

And hee, it's never bad when you can get someone into a show by the mere power of suggestion and badgering. You get a gold star! ;)
tater_mae From: tater_mae Date: January 4th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Psh. normal is over-rated. Its much more fun to be obsessive and OMG!TV!!!! because then you find other crazies like that!

YAY! for gold stars! I WIN!! You get a smiley face for your fic writings!
tvisgood From: tvisgood Date: January 4th, 2007 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, man. Do you know how long it's been since I've read Carby fic? Good fic, no less?

Thank you for that.
phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 5th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw. Thanks hon. :)

And hee, I know what you mean. I practically stalk nobodysomeday waiting for her to write more.
chickaboo From: chickaboo Date: January 4th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)

I got season 1 on DVD and watched the whole season in like a week (and that was being restrained!). So love that show!
phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 5th, 2007 06:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahaha! Yes, exactly!!

I watched an episode from season two when it aired, and then went straight through everything in a week. I'm in complete Obsessed Over Bones mode. ;)
chickaboo From: chickaboo Date: January 5th, 2007 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, me too!! All I've done since getting back here to Glasgow is download season 2 eps of Bones! Oh the Bones Love!
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phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 5th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
And I can't believe I wrote future!Carby. With Joseph and everything. Perhaps it is perverse of me to write about Luka and Abby being apart, but hell, there's nothing right about that combination (and there never was) and OMG CARBY I HATE YOU WELLS


And eee! Merry Christmas! :)
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stef94 From: stef94 Date: January 4th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn, I miss being at my own place where I have access to all my teevee! I want to watch Bones NOW, dammit *pouts*

Those caps are just =perfect=. Are they from season 2?
phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 5th, 2007 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! Will you be back from the Maldives by the time new episodes start airing again? (speaking of, i totally didn't comment on your post about the trip, but so fun and i'm jealous).

And I'm so completely infatuated with this show suddenly. It's great fun. ;)

The caps are from... *goes to check*

1. Season One, Episode Nine - "The Man In The Fallout Shelter" (the Christmas epi)
2. Season Two, Episode Eleven - "Judas On A Pole"

stef94 From: stef94 Date: January 5th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
They're actually airing season 1 on Dutch tv at the moment, YAY! :-)
I've been downloading season 2 (not sure I got every ep, I've been sloppy this fall), but I'm still watching season 1 :-)
And I found all of season 1 on one of the portable HDs I did bring with me from home! YAY! :-)
I'm in the middle of reorganising my stuff, so I'd lost track of where everything is, but Bones is with me, baby ;-)
And so I watched 3 eps, and one of them was the xmas epi, and OMG, how much do I love stoned Booth? ;-)
Also, Bones and Booth in Hollywood is pure crack ;-)

Must order season 1 off of Amazon, especially since it's on sale atm :-)

Oh, and the trip to the Maldives has been postponed for a week or so. No word on the exact new date yet, so I'm hoping the torrents will keep for a while :-)
It's no biggie, cos I'm not up to speed with the show anyway :-)

And that was a =lot= of rambling, so I'd better shut up now ;-)

BONES! :-)
I need Bones icons ZOMG!!
astrum_presul From: astrum_presul Date: January 4th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
*poke* Didja get the package I sent? Sent it out the Friday before Christmas, I think. :)

And by the way, thank you for the shirts and the coffee! You rock! :) And to prove how awesome and excellent you really are and how well you know me, hehee, one of the shirts you gave me? I have it in blue, but debated getting it in green. I cackled when I saw it. :)
phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 5th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh! I meant to tell you... guess what totally arrived in the mail today. The post office package slip!! Apparently my post office is very behind, but I'm getting my roommate to go and pick up the gift tomorrow. *glee*

And ahaha! Dude! Okay, that's just too funny. LOL. I knew we had the same taste in shirts. ;)
white_ocean From: white_ocean Date: January 4th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
AHHHH! People are finally catching up with me! I've been watching Bones since the beginning! Glad you finally found it!

B/B are the epitome of adorable, no? But I've been rather more interested in Angela/Hodgins as of late, since I know we're not going to get anything really real from B/B for a few seasons.
phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 5th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
HEE! You know, about six episodes in to my crazy marathon of this show, I had this vague recollection that you told me to watch it ages ago. *grins*

And it's AWESOME. Yes. Omg. And David is SO gung-ho about Brennan being The One for Booth that I feel, no matter how long it takes (provided the show isn't cancelled), that 'ship is gonna end well. And that's something I've been hesitant to enjoy since Carby BROKE MY SOUL. *cries*

Also? I totally agree with you on the Angela/Hodgins thing. I mean, I'm still fresh with the Booth/Brennan love seeing as I've been a fan of this show for, oh, two weeks... But I'm really enjoying the progression of Angela and Jack's relationship, the fact that he's hopelessly in love with her. Aw, it's all so sweet.
rocksalted From: rocksalted Date: January 4th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
hiii i was wondering if i could friend you because well... standoff? bones? and now atlantis? all three shows = the madness that is tater_mae. isn't she a doll? ♥
phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 5th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Hiya! And of course! :)

I'm all for encouraging crazy-obsessive fan behavior and CAPSLOCK LOVE over shows like Standoff and Bones. LOL

And yes! tater_mae said she was getting you hooked on Atlantis. *grins* You will love!!
rocksalted From: rocksalted Date: January 5th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Yey! *friends*


And yes.. I'm loving Atlantis. =D
From: tinseltowngirl Date: January 5th, 2007 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I love you...

phrenitis From: phrenitis Date: January 5th, 2007 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
No, I love YOU. ;)
fading_ripples From: fading_ripples Date: January 10th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww..I miss Carby!

And also, your package was *finally* sent some days ago, so it should reach you soonly. I hope.
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