Title: Sys Admin
Fandom: Leverage
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fourzoas
Characters: Parker, Hardison
Genre: Gen
Rating: G
Spoilers: 1.06 The Stork Job
Disclaimer: I don't own any part of Leverage. Just having some fun.
A/N: not my main fandom, but I felt inspired at the end of The Stork Job.

He understands systems. He learned about them as a child, when he learned that he belonged in the works, behind the scenes. He likes it there, every move mediated by a screen, a handle, a code that hides who he is.

He understands systems. He watches, listens, sees how people work together, can tell when they’re in danger of screwing up on their own. Some came to his Nana’s so broken they couldn’t seem to be part of things. He’d learned to read their triggers, to see which inputs produced what outputs, and it didn’t take long to sort out the right protocol to access their operating system.

In his own way, he knows how to tame wild things.

There’s shouting and running and he hears shots fired as he lays the last of the charges. He grins as he walks out of the dark, dank warehouse and sees the battered blue bus and a group of confused Serbian gangsters. She’s framed in the bus doorway, her hands gripping the sides of the door, a confused angel surprised that her instinctive act of sacrifice has been rendered unnecessary by the work of her new family. That’s how they all learned, the orphans in Nana’s home, that they were finally part of something good. Not perfect, never perfect. Just good.

He looks into her eyes as he pushes the button. One less crappy orphanage in the world, he thinks and smiles to give this gift to her. He understands systems; one day, she’ll understand him.

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From: [identity profile] cuzimastripper.livejournal.com

I really liked this :] I love how you described how he can get along with Parker so well.

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com

Thanks! I really love these two and just wish I'd gotten this fic done before The Wedding Job aired; for something so short, it really eluded me!

I'm glad you enjoyed it!

From: [identity profile] rodlox.livejournal.com

<-Parker likes it too

this - is - perfect.

great backstory and it leads seamlessly to a charming final line.

(dare we beg for a sequel?)

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com

Re: <-Parker likes it too

Thanks! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it; I've been thinking quite a bit about Alec's backstory and what makes him tick. He's really fascinating.

As for a sequel--I hope to write more of the two of them and can see doing little short bits like this until the season is over. No promises (I've got a lot of writing to do in other fandoms), but I don't think I'll be able to stay away from them, especially not after The Wedding Job!

From: [identity profile] rodlox.livejournal.com

<-Parker likes it too

depending on the fandom, I offer my services as a beta-reader.

ps: my Hardison muse wants to know if your Hardison muse had a nana like his: "cause I know my nana'd tan my hide if I so much as heard what Parker used as her excuse"
(the whole "i was drunk and meeting the dj {hardison} for sex" conversation)

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com

Re: <-Parker likes it too

Thanks for the offer; I'm working with 2 betas right now in Who fandom, and my other one is a really small fandom (Luther Arkwright)--sometimes feels non-existent! When I'm ready for a Leverage beta, I'll get in touch with you, if that's OK.

LOL at your Hardison muse--mine hasn't said much to me about his nana yet, and we haven't chatted about The Wedding Job since I haven't yet rewatched. I'll ask him what he thought of Parker's little comment!

From: [identity profile] willow-fae-20.livejournal.com

This was a wonderful peek into Hardison's thought process. I love that he blew up that orphanage mostly for Parker but a little for himself too.

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com

Thank you! That moment really grabbed me on rewatch, and in the context of the episode I couldn't help but think of it as a symbolic action (in addition to the usual screw-the-bad-guys-good kind of action). I'm glad you enjoyed it!

From: [identity profile] ijemanja.livejournal.com

Love it, especially this: In his own way, he knows how to tame wild things.

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com

Thank you! I loved writing that line, and was worried it might rub the wrong way (re: Parker), but I think there's some of that dynamic between them.
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From: [personal profile] lavendergaia

Awww, that was beautiful! I love that look at Hardison, it's perfect insight into his character and how he sees Parker. Thank you so much for sharing!

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com

My pleasure to share--I'm glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your comment! It's going to take some time to get these characters in my head, but I'm enjoying tiny explorations along the way.

From: [identity profile] catholicphoton.livejournal.com

Aww! Love this! I especially like the programming metephor, beautiful! :-)

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com

Thanks! Are you watching Leverage? I love it so much--perfect mid-week fluff!

From: [identity profile] catholicphoton.livejournal.com

A friend of mine's going to be in an episode in Feb. so I started watching in solidarity, and found that I LURVE it! There's always such a satisfying pay-off by the end :-)

Why can't life be like that?

From: [identity profile] fourzoas.livejournal.com

Ah, life--always disappointing us. That's why we have television. When television disappoints, we have fan fiction. And so we are driven to worlds of our own making.

Where is this bs coming from? LOL

Very cool about your friend--you'll have to give me advance warning so that I can watch for them!

From: [identity profile] catholicphoton.livejournal.com

Oh, believe me I will be announcing it on my LJ. We've got our fingers crossed that his scene won't get cut out (always a very real possibility when you're only doing one scene). His ep is on Feb 3rd :)


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