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28 January 2008 @ 08:09 pm
Fic, Lost: Four Times in Which Truth wasn't the Best Policy (And One in Which It Was), PG13  
Title: Four Times in Which Truth wasn't the Best Policy (And One in Which It Was)
Rating: PG13 to be overly sure.
Characters/Pairings: Locke, Boone, Sun/Jin, Jack/Sawyer, Sayid, Juliet, Desmond, Charlie
Word counting: 1000
Disclaimer: The title alone should prove nothing here is mine.
Spoilers: From 'Deus Ex Machina' up to 'The Man Behind the Curtain.'
Summary: Four canon moments which could have gone differently if someone had been more honest and one which is totally made up but could have happened.
A/N: So I forced myself not to get wordy and to make every section 200 words. I'm proud of proving that I can be short when I want. Written for today's prompt at lostsquee, Losties telling the truth for once. And re-reading it I realize that the first part could, uhm, be kinda shippy if you want it to be shippy, but it wasn't my target.

#1: When Locke Had a Sudden Fit of Honesty

The overwhelming need to walk is suddenly replaced by a fit of honesty so sudden that Locke finds himself unable to stand the sight of Boone climbing up to the beechcraft. Ten seconds and he’ll get in.

The plane isn’t stable enough for someone to stay there. Locke can see it.

His body pleads for him not to act, his legs aching to be able to stand again. His mind calmly pleads the exact contrary.

One says this is meant to happen; the other one simply says you can’t.

“Don’t, it’s too dangerous!”, he manages to say without losing his voice before Boone gets in. Boone waits for a second, nods, climbs down.

Locke feels tears prickling under his eyelids, he feels the aching of ever muscle of his body which isn’t below his waist. He manages not to cry. He can’t.

“Help me up.”, he mutters when Boone crouches near him. Boone does so and their eyes meet, Boone’s arm strong around his shoulders, half-smile on his lips.

The island can test him another time, Locke decides, gazing into the deep, crystal-clear blue of Boone’s eyes, just slightly perturbed by a sparkle of doubt. What he sees, is beautiful.

#2: When Sun Told Jin The Whole Truth

Sun doesn’t want to tell him. He’s so happy. Can she shatter his happiness telling him that the baby might not be his, that she cheated on him? No use excusing herself with the he was changed card anymore. If Jin had changed, it had been because of her and she knows it.

By the time they left Korea, what once had been love was stained in lies. This is their fresh start. He deserves to know.

Sun speaks those few sentences in a language that becomes more foreign for her every passing day and tells Jin the whole truth.

Jin listens. Then she’s slightly trembling, his arms still around her waist.

He can understand her.

It wasn’t exactly that Jin knew. He had suspected and sometimes he couldn’t resent her. He had changed for the worse. No use excusing himself with the I’ve done everything for her card. If she had loved him, it had been because of what he was.

Jin knew how twisted in deceptions their relationship had become. After what happened, though, he knows they have another chance and he won’t throw it away.

Sun expects him to lash at her, but he kisses her instead.

#3: When Sawyer Confided in Jack

Sawyer hadn’t planned on going the whole way with that confession, not at all.

Closest thing to a friend was more than enough for his standards.

But as Jack’s expression changed, as that artificial light of the hatch created unnatural reflections on his much too wide eyes, which seemed golden-brown now, as Jack’s lips parted just slightly trying to speak and not being able to, Sawyer felt an overwhelming need to confess, to confide in him. Something so uncharacteristic of him that he could sense his lip trembling oh so slightly, while opening his mouth again to speak.

But no words were going to come out of it, he knew, and so he just leaned that bit more, came just that little closer and brushed Jack’s lips with his, letting them linger a bit, confessing the whole truth and confiding in him to keep it. Then Jack’s hands were on his cheeks and he was kissing him back, a light touch which was the most perfect kiss Sawyer ever experienced. Suddenly he thought how his ma would always say that honesty was the best policy.

Then closed his eyes and tried to forget the world, if only for a moment.

#4: Where Juliet Was Honest with Sayid Before Everyone Else

Sayid doesn’t know what to make out of Juliet.

After Jack interrupted his questioning before it could start, she had called him in the back of their little expedition, motioning for him to come alone.

He did and she told him.

While Sayid was sure that she was a mole, he was completely put out by that confession. Why would she tell him?

“I do not understand.”

“What’s there to understand?”

“Does Jack even know?”

“He doesn’t, but I’ll tell him when we reach your camp.”

“Then why telling me now?”

Juliet smiles slightly, puzzling Sayid even more than she had done before, then looks at him straight in the eyes.

“Ben has never been honest with me. I want to be honest with Jack. But you wouldn’t have believed me, if I told him first.”

Juliet turns and approaches Jack and Kate again; Sayid stays in the rear, eyes fixed on her, processing what she said.

He can’t believe in a sudden fit of honesty from her, an Other, of everyone. Then again, he is sure Juliet had her interests on her mind first. And if Jack was one of them, he guesses she couldn’t mean too much harm.

#5: Where Charlie Trusted Desmond

Desmond sits close to the fire, looking at Charlie, who’s playing guitar on the opposite side. He lowers his head, shaking it, and bites his lip.

Desmond can’t do this. Sooner or later fate will get the both of them, he may not bear the immediate consequences, but Charlie will and he can’t bear failing anyone else. He lost track of everything and everyone he failed until now, too many. He doesn’t want Charlie to be another number on his failed list. He doesn’t need a responsability like this.

Next thing he knows, Charlie is sitting next to him.

“We’ll make it, mate. Don’t feel bad.”

Desmond would love to believe him.

“You don’t know it. I...”

“Des. We can do it. You know, I trust you on this.”

Charlie looks at him with such determination and calm that Desmond feels ashamed of how insecure he is. Charlie at least does trust him and Desmond doesn’t want to let it down, not in a situation so fragile. Charlie returns to his place and starts playing again.

Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me..., Charlie sings.

Desmond knows it’s for him.

He smiles. Maybe he can after all.


feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
siluria: Lost_Boonesiluria on January 28th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
These are all really fantastic! I love the logic behind Juliet confiding in Sayid first, love the irony of the Oasis song, Sawyer and Jack is just sooooo sweet - but with that angst that will always hang off those two, Jin's quiet acceptance, and my favourite - Locke and Boone.
the female ghost of tom joad: lost boone ♥janie_tangerine on January 28th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much *blushes*! Glad I balanced the sweet and the angst with the Jack and Sawyer one and extremely glad we share the same favorite one, if I could change one single thing in canon it'd probably be that one scene *is still mourning* I'm really happy you liked this.
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the female ghost of tom joad: lost sunjanie_tangerine on January 28th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm really happy you liked it! When I read it the first thing that came to mind was Locke lying about the plane thing (knowing me..), then I decided to expand it and I'm glad to hear it came out fine ;) thanks again for reading!
elliotsmelliotelliotsmelliot on January 28th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
I really liked the contrast between the first and last one. In some ways Locke and Desmond were put in similar dilemmas. I also liked Locke looking in Boone's eyes, a nice call back to him looking into the island's "eye". I think my favourite part was Jin's reaction because it shows how much he has grown and how aware he is about the island giving them a second chance in so many ways. A strong use of the prompt and a great title!
the female ghost of tom joad: lost locke! **janie_tangerine on January 28th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Glad you liked the island's eye reference, it seemed kind of fitting since here he doesn't fulfill said island's wishes and it'd have been a much wiser choice, but alas. The Jin/Sun part is one I'm quite satisfied with, if only because it was the first time I tried with either of them and I wanted to underline the fact that he's one of the people there who changed most (and who I've come to really like with the progressing). And nice that you liked the title! For once I didn't steal from Springsteen ;)
falafel_fiction: penny tearsfalafel_fiction on January 28th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
OMG! Loved this piece.

Horay for the Boonelives! Not only did you save your boy but it was a beautifully redeeming moment for Locke where he chooses Boone's lovely blue eyes over the eye of the island. The Sayid/Juliet one was really interesting. Of course, the Des/Charlie bit...

Desmond can’t do this. Sooner or later fate will get the both of them, he may not bear the immediate consequences, but Charlie will and he can’t bear failing anyone else. He lost track of everything and everyone he failed until now, too many. He doesn’t want Charlie to be another number on his failed list.

*sob* Are you trying to destroy me? No honestly it was gorgeous to see Charlie trying to boost Desmond's spirits in the hopelessness of it all. Siiiighhh...
the female ghost of tom joad: lost des personal jesusjanie_tangerine on January 28th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

Boonelives WINS! I'm not as frustrated with Locke as I am with whoever decided he had to bite in the first place but I always had this ideal scenario in which Locke understands that those lovely blue eyes are much more beautiful that the island's can ever be.

Glad you liked the Sayid/Juliet, it was an interesting one to plot, if only because I'd love them to have some more decent interaction.

Of course I'm most happy that you liked the Des/Charlie one, I trust your judgment on that ;) and well, if it cheers some, I've got one which goes AU for that damn finale for the philosophy thing almost ready to go. I've been editing the thing for some time and I still have to finish some stuff on it, but I'll have it after the riffs are over for sure. I think I'm past caring about canon, really.
falafel_fiction: charlie&desfalafel_fiction on January 28th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm most happy that you liked the Des/Charlie one, I trust your judgment on that ;) and well, if it cheers some, I've got one which goes AU for that damn finale for the philosophy thing almost ready to go.

OMG! Are you saying you wrote a Chesmond wins fic? *has hysterics*

I think I'm past caring about canon, really.

You and the rest of Lost fandom *smirks*

the female ghost of tom joad: lost deeeees **janie_tangerine on January 28th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Sure I did! About the Chesmond I'm planning on at least one more (but set before the finale) which is going to actually be Chesmond. This other I have almost finished is more one of an endless rambling starting from when Des meets Penny and ending in the Looking Glass (though Charlie shows up in two sections), where I went and happily screwed canon and fate together. Though the way I gave Desmond the push to do the things he did in the finale just a little bit faster is, uhm, let's say peculiar enough but anyway, canon was screwed, they win and it's enough *curses canon*. Though I don't exclude to have more of it because well, I've got another fourteen or so to write ;)

Edited at 2008-01-28 11:29 pm (UTC)
Laura: JULIETelise_509 on January 29th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I love love love this! I especially like Juliet's confession to Sayid and her reasoning for it. That is perfectly Juliet.
the female ghost of tom joad: lost CIS jack/julietjanie_tangerine on January 29th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
Well I'm most happy you do, especially that part! I really like her and it's good to know the logic behind it was IC, thank you so much for reading ♥
alemyrddin: Jack Sawyer smirkalemyrddin on January 29th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
i love this!
Adoro i momenti che hai scelto, i motivi per cui Juliet potrebbe essersi confidata con Sayid, il fatto che la coscienza di Locke si sia fatta viva, la canzone degli Oasis per Desmond... Pur essendo relativamente corto è denso di significato. Fantastico!

(e per fortuna che è corto... devo ancora leggere un paio di quelli lunghi e mi chiedo come hai fatto a scrivere più di 5mila parole in un giorno!!)
alemyrddin: Jack Sawyer hugalemyrddin on January 29th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
dimenticavo... ovviamente anche il dolce bacio tra Jack e Sawyer è una delle mie parti preferite. :)
the female ghost of tom joad: lost jack/sawyerjanie_tangerine on January 29th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Evvai qualcuno finalmente se li è filati! Scherzo, ma quella parte l'ha commentata solo una persona e si stavano iniziando a deprimere ;) grazie mille! Ah guarda non chiedermelo, lunedì e martedì ho avuto due momenti in cui qualche scrittore defunto molto prolisso ha preso possesso di me, a riguardare quanto ho scritto non ci credo neanche io °_° e fino alla fine dei riffs mi sono ripromessa di cercare di essere breve, quindi sono contenta che sia riuscita ;) grazie ancora, contenta che sia piaciuta!