Fic: Sleep

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:20 pm
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SUMMER HOLIDAYS!!! I am behind with comments and everything and I will start replying tomorrow AND write more than one nonsensical paragraph per day. But as for today, I give you something rather autobiographical again.



There are a myriad of things happening on the last day of school at JC. Some start with tears, some end with them, some are happy tears, some sad ones (there is, it may be noteworthy, quite a bit of crying going on. Some people blame pollen.). At some point or other during the upcoming holidays, every JCer will most probably have a moment of fond recollection of one moment or other from this Friday.

There is, however, one small incident worth mentioning now. It's late afternoon – all report cards have been handed out, most of the kids are busy packing, and Viggo is in the kitchen of Arnor House, trying to bake a cake for John's retirement bash (emphasis on 'trying) – when Maddy Friedman pokes his shoulder, clears her throat and then beckons him to follow her. She is only five feet tall, but Viggo (hands covered in flour) still does as he is told because of the long-suffering expression on her face. She will make a fine actress one day soon, he thinks as he follows her up the stairs to her room. There is a reason why both Johnny and Eric won't shut up about the comedic talent that she regularly shows in drama club.

She doesn't disappoint this time either. When she halts in front of her open door and wordlessly points inside, the first thing that Viggo sees is her room mate Patricia Cole who is sitting at her desk and grinning broadly. Maddy's face, on the other hand, still shows nothing but exasperation. When Viggo raises an eyebrow at her, she grabs his sleeve and pulls him into the door frame, then points at her bed, shoved up to the side of the wall, that is substituting as a couch during daytime.

And kudos to her, and to Eric's and Johnny's skills as drama tutors. Because when Viggo sees what she is pointing at, he can't help but laugh out loud. There are Thomas Pierce and Devon Shaw, Maddy's and Patricia's boyfriends, sitting on the couch-bed with their backs leaned against the wall and their faces slack. They are fast asleep. So is the third person in the row, leaned against the wall as well, a copy of the play that Maddy has been writing all year, on his lap. It's Eric of course.

'He fell asleep in the middle of the third act,' Maddy says and points at Eric.

'So did Thommy and Dev,' Patricia says, that huge grin still on her face. 'Maybe the play isn't that good, Mads.'

Maddy gives her a dark glare that silences Patricia before she looks back at Viggo expectantly.

'I'm sure it's exciting,' Viggo says, even though she doesn't particularly seem in need of reassurance. 'We all just had a long year, right?'

'Yeah, sure,' Maddy says with a shrug, then points her thumb at Eric again whose jaw has dropped a bit now. He'll be snoring in about two minutes.

'Can you maybe wake him anyway and get him, like, elsewhere? I need my bed to pack my suitcase.'

on 2017-07-14 08:02 pm (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] openidwouldwork
Cake, cake... I know I read a Gondorian advocado cake recipe somewhere... *wanders off searching*



on 2017-07-15 10:13 am (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] openidwouldwork
Also, it's quite a desireable ability to have a calming, soothing voice that allows people to let go and sleep!

Like James Marsters, for example; I have a couple of the Dresden Files books voice-acted by him, by now they are my go-to when sleep is just not possible (stresswise). I have no idea what's going on in the books (I keep thinking I should go to the Phantastische Bibliothek and rent them and actually read them ;), but I can sleep when I hear him talking in the background... Great, great voice, great talent!
Edited on 2017-07-15 10:14 am (UTC)

on 2017-07-15 06:55 pm (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] openidwouldwork
Yeah, must be one of these guy/gal things... the male part of my circle of freinds thinks the Dresden Files are the greatest work of Fantasy in the last 30 years, the female part... is not impressed.

Hm, he could be writing in secret? Mysterious author? And students ask him to read their blasted English lit reading to them, 'he really brings that dead stuff to life, doesn't he?'

on 2017-07-15 08:41 pm (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] openidwouldwork
I can has no writing ability

on 2017-07-16 06:36 am (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] openidwouldwork
True. Kopfkino works just fine, but what gets out of my fingers is just sludge...

on 2017-07-14 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] noalinnea
I love all of it- from the domestic scene in the beginning with Viggo baking (or trying to), his interaction with the girl (that is such a great contrast to what I wrote yesterday because he knows all their names, of course, and also knows who's whom's boyfriend/girlfriend). And the picture of sleeping Eric amongst the kids is so touching- a long year indeed and then he had to clean up the kitchen after Viggo two nights ago. Most of all, though, I love Viggo's offhand observation that he will start to snore in two minutes because that says so much about them and their relationship. ❤️

on 2017-07-17 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] gattodoro
Maddy must have some flair as a dramatist - she knew enough to play the scene for everything it was worth and have Viggo come and remove sleeping beauty. I love that the kids view Viggo as Eric's minder and vice versa and have no issue with that.

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