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Drabble: "I Just Don't Know", Didi, ~200 words

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Mar. 23rd, 2007 | 08:47 am
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
posted by: quivo in theriches_fx

Um, I guess this is the first fic/drabble post here. Also my first post here, so bear with me. I used to wonder why people were so into TV show fandoms. I used to. Hope you like...

Title: I Just Don't Know.
Author: quivo
Summary: Didi wonders.
Rating: PG. A bit of swearing.

It’s not like we’re normal.

No, we’re really not. I used to mind, when I was young. Dad spotted it— the way he spots things you didn’t think he would or could— and so he started buying me pretty dresses. I puffed up, is all I can say. I loved pretending to be a princess.

Sam wears my dresses now. Looks cuter than I ever did in them. It’s good for business, you know? People trust little girls; people trust daddies with two cute little daughters he obviously loves enough to be toting them around with him.

Mom’s not good for business. Not drinking that stuff, she isn’t. Not drinking that stuff, she’s worse, like a needy alley cat scratching away at you until you throw it something. It’s horrible watching her sometimes, because I remember how she used to be before she took the fall for Dad. She used to be hard– a theiving, lying bitch, with eyes like ATMs. She used to count the money best.

Now, she buries it.

I thought she’d changed. When she said we weren’t taking back the money. I thought…you know? Maybe she was getting better. That’s how she used to sound. Decisive. Now, she sounds…crazy. I don’t know.

I just don’t know.

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Erin

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from: erinya
date: Mar. 23rd, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Not drinking that stuff, she’s worse, like a needy alley cat scratching away at you until you throw it something.

You've captured addiction very well with that simile. And I like the way Didi wants her hard, tough-as-nails mom back. Even though we wouldn't think "eyes like ATMs" is a compliment, she does.

I think this is the first fic for this fandom! Go you!

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Ms. Invidious will make a racist problem out of yo

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from: quivo
date: Mar. 23rd, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks so much! I felt nervous about posting this, but thought I might as well jump in.

And I like the way Didi wants her hard, tough-as-nails mom back.
Even though we don't exactly know much about the family yet, I get the feeling that Didi thought everything would be better with their mother home. I think she sort of took over the 'dammit, wayne' line of action (i.e. keeping their Dad from getting them busted, keeping everyone in line and so on) from Dahlia. Seeing Dahlia fumble that role would have really scared her, ergo her voting loudly to stay with Wayne when Dahlia wanted to go back to the Travelers.

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Erin

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from: erinya
date: Mar. 23rd, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Yes. And Didi's the one who's seen her mother's habit. I'm not sure any of the rest of the family knows about it--or if they suspect, they're ignoring it, the way families do. I've been there, when I was about the same age, too. It's a lonely place for a kid to be--and that frustration and confusion comes through quite well in this fic.

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Ms. Invidious will make a racist problem out of yo

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from: quivo
date: Mar. 23rd, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
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I've been there, when I was about the same age, too. It's a lonely place for a kid to be--and that frustration and confusion comes through quite well in this fic.
Really? I'm super glad this really connected with you, then, as I don't have any experience with it at all. One thing I love about this show is how they've presented Dahlia's habit so far. I tremble to see what it'll do to the Malloys in the future.

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from: pourtant
date: Mar. 25th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
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This was great. For some reason I really liked this line, She used to be hard– a theiving, lying bitch, with eyes like ATMs. She used to count the money best.

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Ms. Invidious will make a racist problem out of yo

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from: quivo
date: Mar. 25th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I don't know if Dahlia was anything like that, but hope so- it would make her current state all the more poignant, as well as make a whole lot of sense.

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wicked17writer

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from: wicked17writer
date: May. 29th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I really liked this, it showed the closer relationship Wayne Didi had even when she was little and it shows Didi's resentment of her mom. Good job.

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Ms. Invidious will make a racist problem out of yo

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from: quivo
date: May. 30th, 2007 09:53 am (UTC)
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Thanks a bunch! I'm glad you liked this :)

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