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24 March 2011 @ 07:53 am
Fic: Funny Voices  
I totally jinxed myself.  Last night was not quiet at all.  One of my co-workers called in sick, so there were just two of us, and it was Cruise-azy.  Lines and lines of people, tons of books, everything difficult.  So I only got to one fic prompt, but am definitely still planning to work on the other two.  If you think of anything else you might like to read, let me know.

Title: Funny Voices
Specs: Babylon 5, Susan/Michael, 600 words
Rating: PG


“I am not drunk enough for this.” Garibaldi looked over at Ivanova in surprise. Hadn’t she said she wanted a night off? Hadn’t she complained about her workload? Didn’t she constantly harangue him about her lack of a life, lack of anything approaching fun? Didn’t her eyes, when he suggested they sit back and catch a vid tonight, light up? (Hadn’t he, upon seeing said lit up eyes, make a mental note at that moment to come back to his quarters and change his sheets?)

“Sorry, can’t help you there,” he said with what he hoped was a casual air.

“Right, I know.”

“Why would you want to be drunk?” Ivanova turned her basilisk glare on him then – a withering look that Garibaldi knew she thought of as one of her most powerful weapons. A weapon, sure, but probably not quite in the way she thought; the general consensus seemed to be that in lieu of a button she could press labeled “drop to your knees,” the look worked pretty well.

“Look at this,” she said, pointing to the screen. Garibaldi didn’t have to look, he knew these vids front and back, but he indulged her anyway.

“Ah. The inestimable Elmer Fudd.”

“Michael…” Ivanova pinched the bridge of her nose, as though he were making her watch a slasher vid, or a cow giving birth or something, instead of some harmless ‘toons.

“Susan, shh. He’s hunting wabbits.”

“No, absolutely not. Not you, too.”

“Me, too what?” Garibaldi turned his most innocent face to her – big wide eyes and raised brows. It was a winning face, he knew. Perps always ended up telling him whatever he wanted to know when he turned that face to them. But Ivanova wasn’t a perp, and she’d been exposed to that face too much. Inoculated against it, as it were.

“I am not going to hear that voice in stereo.”

“Susan, you’we not making any sense. Awe you feeling all wight?”

She came after him then, with slappy hands and then a couch cushion. Garibaldi allowed the assault, figuring that this probably was Ivanova’s idea of fun. She just didn’t get the chance to beat people up that often. He thought for a moment that it would be nice if this could end like a different kind of vid, her warm body on top of his, her face too close, smiles melting away, one of them finally closing the distance for a kiss…

Instead Ivanova whapped him good one last time, a blow right to the head, and cushion or not he felt his brain jiggle a bit. “I outrank you,” she said, pointing a finger, “and I’m stronger than you, so don’t push it.”

“No pushing. Or Elmer. I say, Ivanova, I say, how ‘bout we put in another one then?”

“No Elmer, no Foghorn.”

“Fine.” He settled back, pulled up good ol’ Wyle E., and, after five minutes of silence and a complete lack of protests or put-upon sighs, Garibaldi dimmed the lights a little. Another five minutes and he faked a yawn and slung an arm over her shoulders. Another basilisk glare, but he hadn’t pushed it, or at least not too far, because she allowed it. Cartoons hath charms to sooth the savage XO.

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enigmaticblues: ivanovaenigmaticblues on March 24th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
LOL! Oh, dear. Those two. I could totally see this.
Shannon: b5 gkar daffy hatkungfuwaynewho on March 24th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
nhpw: garibaldi peeknhpw on March 24th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
I cannot even begin to tell you how cute this is. I don't ship them, but I can just as easily picture this as a fun moment between two friends. Great job.
Shannon: b5 garibaldi bwkungfuwaynewho on March 24th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks. I don't really actively ship them, but I do think they're well-suited for each other. I can see them doing a "if we're not married by the time we're 40/50/whatever, we'll marry each other" and have it totally work out.
nhpw: Ivanova Ranger 1nhpw on March 24th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
I can see them doing a "if we're not married by the time we're 40/50/whatever, we'll marry each other" and have it totally work out.

This totally would've been better than Lise.
Shannon: b5 garibaldi bwkungfuwaynewho on March 24th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Anything would have been better than Lise. Garibaldi marrying a giant squid would have been better than Lise.
nhpw: garibaldi peeknhpw on March 25th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Dude... Tentacle pr0n is not my thing. (Then again, maybe Lise has tentacles and the squid would still be an improvement. IDK.)

(If the series is any indication, Garibaldi never got to have sex very much anyway. He and the giant squid would probably just watch TV.)
Icepixie: [B5] Ivanova Garibaldi this momenticepixie on March 24th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
I can see them doing a "if we're not married by the time we're 40/50/whatever, we'll marry each other" and have it totally work out.




Excuse me, I have to go write something down...

(I ship them more aggressively, along the lines of my Gargantuan AU, but I'm very taken with this idea as well...)
singer_shaper: women warriorssinger_shaper on March 24th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
I am highly amused by the idea of Garibaldi trying to woo Ivanova without her realizing it. And with cartoons, no less - has the entire command staff seen them by now?
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on March 24th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Hee, I love Garibaldi and his cartoons - I always wanted to see him showing them to more people, because him and Delenn watching them is one of my very favorite moments.
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Shannon: b5 ivanovakungfuwaynewho on March 24th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Icepixie: [B5] Ivanova and Garibaldi being cuteicepixie on March 24th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Cuuuuuuute! If I quoted every bit that was just perfectly-characterized, I'd be quoting the whole thing, so consider "perfect!" attached to every sentence. :) And I love the ending!
Shannon: b5 ivanovakungfuwaynewho on March 26th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm very glad you liked it. I obviously haven't written a lot of Garibaldi or Susan, but every time I do get to them I wonder why I don't, since they are just so much fun.
mac_beth13: Delenn1mac_beth13 on March 26th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Hoo, boy! Okay so now that I've wiped away my tears of mirth from laughing so hard let me just say that I love it! A little section of my brain kept going back to the blooper reel with Garibaldi saying "Who awe we a waskawwy wabbit?" when Stephen said 'cwedits' instead of 'credits'. I love Micheal and his cartoons!

Confession time: back when I first fell in love with Babylon 5, back when it first aired (goodness have I really been with the fandom that long? yup.) I had a really bad case of shippiness. My ship was Ivanova/Garibaldi (pauses for gasps and slaps). In my defense it was before Marcus became a big player and Lise kind of annoyed me and once the idea was there it took a lot to shipwreck my good ship. In the end Marcus won but still...Susan and Michael fluffy moments get me. :)

I'm with Susan, Wyle E. and Roadrunner over Foghorn Leghorn and Elmer Fudd anyday. ;)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on March 26th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Sometimes I wonder how I would have watched the show differently had I watched it when it first aired, when I was a teenager instead of an adult.
dragonladyk on April 14th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
*snicker* Smooth, Michael. Or not.

Shannon: b5 garibaldi bwkungfuwaynewho on April 14th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)