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29 April 2012 @ 10:02 am
due South Snippet: Absence  
Title: Absence
Fandom: due South
Characters/Pairings: Fraser
Rating: G
Length: 143 words
Warnings: angst
Author's Note: Written for DW's dsc6dsnippets' challenge 13, 2012 prompt spine. It can also be found here on DW.

**Podfic now available here on DW or here on LJ.

The consulate is silent as Fraser walks back to his office, the early evening darkness settling over everything. Chicago has felt both unbearably loud and strangely muted since his return from Canada this afternoon, and Fraser can not quite grasp why this unnerving feeling of quiet pervades his senses until he opens his closet door.

His father is gone now, well and truly. Despite his absence on the quest, Fraser had half expected to open the door and find his father sitting at his illusionary desk in his phantasmic cabin. Instead, he finds only his clothing, some blankets, and an old cardboard box full of his father’s journals.

Fraser pulls the box out, lifting one of the notebooks from its place amongst the others. He takes in the well-worn cover, smoothes his fingers down the spine. The date is wearing off. Fraser weeps.
Current Location: home, my room, bed
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: none
exbex: Martin Freemanexbex on April 29th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
This is the best kind of story: not a single wasted word, and quietly sad. Gorgeous <3
Howie: F/Khow_obscure on April 30th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for such a wonderful comment! :)
SLWalker: Due South - Fraser - Citysl_walker on April 29th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
Ah, ow. Very nicely done; packs in a lot of emotion in few words.
Howie: F/Khow_obscure on April 30th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Hee, I'm learning just how much joy can come from making people say "ow." ;) I'm glad the story struck an emotional chord as it was meant to do. Thanks!
desireearmfeldt on May 3rd, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)

Edited at 2012-05-03 11:06 pm (UTC)
Howie: F/Khow_obscure on May 3rd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
bghostbghost on June 17th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
Ow. :( I've often thought about how the shape of Fraser's life must change after his father's departure. It would feel like a final bereavement, or perhaps, finally accepting the first. Beautifully done. Oh... and the painful detail of the date beginning to fade. Everything is swallowed by time. An awful lot in so few words.
Howie: F/Khow_obscure on June 17th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly.
ride_4ever (or Ride_Forever: seen it both ways)ride_4ever on July 1st, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Words brief. Story huge. Excellent writing. OW!
Howie: F/Khow_obscure on July 2nd, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!