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The Weekly Drabble Challenge 370 - Reflect 
31st-Mar-2017 05:32 pm
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you may respond to the drabble challenge at ANY point during the week, not only the day that it's posted. You can also use the awfully handy "track this" button if you want to keep an eye on it.

The rules, such as they are:
1) A drabble is, by definition, a 100-word story. As this is a drabble challenge and not a snippet-challenge, all responses should be 100 words exactly, no exceptions. You may also choose to respond to this challenge with a five-minute sketch.
2) I have been asked to keep this to a single posting a week to avoid cluttering people's flists. So, drabbles will be posted as individual comments under the posting. IF you would like to post your drabble on your own LJ and link to it that's all right too. Just put that link in a comment under the posting.
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RATING: Rather than worrying about individual headings I'm just going to say that any drabbles posted for these challenges might be a Brown or even Red Cortina for content/language, so let the reader beware!

PLEASE try to remember to make each drabble a comment in response to the original post. That way, if the comments start to collapse, the drabbles themselves should remain visible. Thanks.

brace yourself
1st-Apr-2017 11:25 am (UTC) - Drabble: Regret Me Not
Gene Hunt didn't go in for self-reflection. He did his best work in the moment and afterwards he went home and forgot about it. Mostly.

Policing was one thing. Who he had in his own bed was another.

Hunched over the desk, he turned the whisky glass between finger and thumb. Round, and round, and round.

Close by, the ashtray was overflowing.

Sam's eyes had overflowed, with gratitude and then tears. It made Gene sick to think of it, but think he did.

Why had he done it? He couldn't say.

Worse: he wasn't sure it would never happen again.
1st-Apr-2017 12:50 pm (UTC) - RE: Drabble: Regret Me Not
Ohhh. This one packs such a nice punch, I love it.
1st-Apr-2017 02:24 pm (UTC) - Drabble: The Proposal
The last time Tyler looked quite so nervous, a blagger was aiming a gun at him.
"If you need a chance to...reflect..."

Gene let him flounder for another few seconds. He'd seen this coming, of course - you'd have had to be blind, or DCI Litton, to have missed it - but that didn't mean he couldn't enjoy the moment.

"I'm not walking you down the aisle, am I?"

Tyler moistened his lips. "No, Guv. And for the best man's speech, we've decided-"

"-to let me sort it? Clever lad. Someone has to make sure Cartwright knows what she's getting into."
1st-Apr-2017 02:45 pm (UTC) - RE: Drabble: The Proposal
*delighted cheering* this is so lovely, and so them
1st-Apr-2017 03:01 pm (UTC) - RE: Drabble: The Proposal
Thank you. Provided you could keep Gene off the hip-flask for long enough, I'm sure he'd be a splendid best man. Loyal, unflappable and equipped with enough dirty jokes to make the reception go with a swing.
1st-Apr-2017 06:30 pm (UTC) - Drabble: If It Were So
'I hate it here, I want to go home.'

Gene, stretched out on his settee, watching with guarded eyes, downs a sip of his scotch. 'Then go.'

'It isn't that simple, Guv - and this place, it won't let me forget.' Drunk, but not enough to care, Sam crashes down next to Gene, leans into him with all his weight.

'Jesus, you've bony hips.'

Sam shifts sideways, bumps back into him, harder. 'You could always make me leave.'

Gene, though, is resolute. 'Your subtlety is lacking.'

Sam, lulled by Gene's body-heat, reflects in the sudden calm. 'You really have no idea.'

Edited at 2017-04-01 11:35 pm (UTC)
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