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Detonation - Ch. 1/1

Title:   Detonation
Author:  shirleyann66 
Fandom/Character(s)/Pairing(s):  Jericho/Major Edward Beck
Genre:  Gen; pre-series
Rating:  PG
Words:  296
Challenge/Prompt:  Challenge #1/Beginnings
Warnings:  erm...if you don't know anything about the TV show Jericho, then this may make absolutely no sense to you.  Also, everything in this fic is speculation (Beck's location and his relationship with his wife and daughter) since we never had a chance to learn much *shakes fist in the general direction of CBS*

Disclaimer:   I do not own, nor am I affiliated with, CBS or Jericho or...whoever else may actually own this show.  I just like to take the characters out to play.  I put them back, mostly unharmed...although not always...this is for fun, not profit and no copyright infringement is intended.

A/N:  This did not turn the out the way I intended.  I like it a lot, though, and may use it in my het_bigbang if the rules will allow it.  :) 

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<September 20, 2006 - 18:56 hrs Washington; September 21, 2006 - 02:56 hrs Baghdad
4 minutes to detonation>

Major Edward Beck should have been sleeping hours before. Instead, he was still sitting, staring at the papers in front of him, a clandestine glass of scotch beside him.

<3 minutes to detonation>

He placed his palms flat on the table and stared at the back of his hands. Stared at the wedding ring on the left one.

He remembered the day she put it on his finger, surrounded by friends and family, smiles of hope, of love, on both their faces. She'd been beautiful. Stunning, actually. She'd taken his breath away and he'd barely been able to say his vows, he'd been so distracted by her.

It had been a wonderful start to their lives together.

<2 minutes to detonation>

Fourteen years later she was back in Santa Fe. He had a ten year old daughter he barely knew - and the papers in front of him already bore her signature: bold; firm.

No matter how hard he looked, he couldn't see any sign of regret. Any sign of hesitation. Any sign that she'd thought twice - three times - before signing her name. No sign that the dissolution of a fourteen-year marriage mattered to her.

<1 minute to detonation>

Beck took a slow sip of scotch. He pondered his wedding ring before slowly pulling it off. The ring had been her father's and she'd specifically requested it be returned to her. He slipped it into the envelope he'd already addressed to his lawyer.

He picked up the pen and slid the papers towards him. He read them carefully.

<detonation>

Beck pressed his pen to paper and firmly wrote his name.

He sat back with a sigh, and wondered what would happen next.


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alaria
Jun. 13th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
I don't know Jericho but still enjoyed it :) The way you described her signature and what it said to him was very expressive!
shirleyann66
Jun. 16th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it even though you don't know the fandom. :)
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