shoots_kneecaps: (BAMF)
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women and women merely players..." --Willie B. Shakespeare

List five roles you've played in your life. These can be literal (as in, theatrical productions) or metaphorical.


1. Eagle Scout (though after discovering all of the prejudice and bigotry entrenched in the organization, I'd return my badge if I still had it)

2. Soldier

3. Agent

4. Killer

5. ...hero?

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word Count: 28
Written for [community profile] charloft
shoots_kneecaps: (save me)
013 (3) "I couldn't live without them..."

I couldn’t live without Finch. And it's not even because I would have bled to death in that parking structure if he hadn't risked everything to rescue me.

No. When he came into my life I had nothing left. He’s right, I was looking for something or someone to kill me -- the only reason I hadn't done it myself was because I’m just too damned stubborn to stop fighting. But he gave me a job. He gave me hope. He made me want to live. And I don't know if he'll ever truly understand how important he is to me.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: exactly 100
Crossposted to LJ at [community profile] muserevival
Also fills [community profile] charloft 100 Drabbles of Summer #82 - Author's Choice
shoots_kneecaps: (CIA)
95-15. "Behind blue eyes"

He's not sure when it happened or what specific event pushed him over that line, but these days, he's the one everyone seems to be afraid of.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 27
Written for [community profile] musebysentence
shoots_kneecaps: (dying)
95-13. "Where am I to go, now that I've gone too far?"

As he runs away from the explosion lighting up the night behind him, he realizes that he has no idea where he's running to.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 24
Written for [community profile] musebysentence
shoots_kneecaps: (Reese)
List the ten most annoying assumptions that people make about you.

1. That I enjoy killing or hurting people.
2. That I'm a sociopath.
3. That I'm bragging when I'm just stating a fact.
4. That I act without thinking.
5. That I'm all about revenge.
6. That I'm kidding or bluffing when I warn people not to do something.
7. That I deliberately flout the law -- for expediency, out of contempt, or for any other reason.
8. That because of what I am and what I've done, I'm incapable of caring.
9. That I tease out of cruelty instead of affection.
10. That my desire to protect someone means I think they're weak.

[ooc: someone's probably going to regret not locking this...]

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word Count: 93
Written for [community profile] charloft
shoots_kneecaps: (dying)
95-17. "I can feel it coming in the air tonight"

When the black SUV pulled to a stop and Detective Carter and Mark Snow got out, Reese knew that no matter how this night ended, it was going to end badly.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 31
Written for [community profile] musebysentence
shoots_kneecaps: (BAMF)
011 (4) Ten things (List)
Ten things in your past that make you who you are today


1. Basic
2. SFQC
3. Kandahar
4. 9/11
5. the Agency
6. Cara Stanton
7. Mark Snow
8. Ordos
9. New Rochelle
10. meeting Finch

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 15
Crossposted to LJ at [community profile] muserevival
shoots_kneecaps: (military)
8. Sand

There are days when he thinks if he never sees another grain of sand, it will be too soon.

No matter how careful he is, the stuff gets everywhere. In his hair, his eyes, his boots, even his cot. There's sand where no person ever wants sand.

It even haunts his dreams at times, every potable liquid turned to sand while he's dying of thirst.

Though those bad dreams are better than some of the others, where the sand is churned up and scorched; splattered with blood, and sometimes worse.

He misses the days when sand was just a beach.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word Count: 100 words exactly
Written for [community profile] charloft's 100 Drabbles challenge
shoots_kneecaps: (Default)
19. Sundress

It's a moment burned on his memory like footage from a home movie, faded a bit around the edges but still strong.

The golden sun breaks through stormclouds, beaming down on them and brightening the day. A rainbow -- faint, but still beautiful -- arches over the water.

Jessica laughs and turns to face him, her sundress swirling around her lithe form.

A little gust of wind tugs at the white fabric, giving him a glimpse of tanned calves. She kicks off her sandals and scoops them up. "Race you back to the water!" and she darts away.

"Hey! Wait for me!"

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word Count: 100 words exactly
Written for charloft's 100 Drabbles challenge
shoots_kneecaps: (BAMF)
Friday - Clothes, as the saying goeth, make the man (or woman, or emancipated House-elf). What are your clothes saying about you behind your back?

List ten items that your wardrobe would be incomplete without.


1. boxer-briefs (last thing I want to be distracted by when I'm dodging bullets is boxers bunching up or things not being where they should be as I'm running around!)
2. socks - appropriate to the footwear I'll be wearing that day (in other words, dress socks for the usual suit attire, but cushioned-sole socks if I'm going to be wearing boots. You learn things like that very quickly in the Sandbox.)
3. shoes or boots, depending on the situation
4. undershirt if it's cool or a dressier situation, not necessarily if casual (cotton only - I avoid the moisture-wicking type on general principal. See #2)
5. shirt - preferably white or charcoal
6. suit jacket and trousers, or motorcycle jacket and jeans, depending on the situation
7. belt - plain black leather
8. watch - water & shock-proof with plain black band
9. coat for the colder days
10. earwig to stay in touch with Finch

(And for a bonus, list one item that your significant other/parent/valet would surreptitiously eliminate from your wardrobe, if given the opportunity).

1. Anything even remotely related to firearms (with the marked exception of body armor - get the feeling the preference would be me wearing that every time I step outside...)

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word Count: 180 not counting prompt
Written for [community profile] charloft
shoots_kneecaps: (Default)
[ooc: I don't know what I'm thinking, even trying this... It's Summer!]

Table of Prompts )
shoots_kneecaps: (fond)
441. Do/Did you want to get married?

Love -- real love -- just doesn't happen to people like me. Once someone gets to see what's inside, they don't want to spend their whole life tied to that. All the lies, all the secrecy, the never being able to be there for the important things and not even being able to honestly say why. Who would ever want that?

And that's just the everyday part of it. There are the less... pleasant things one has to do -- what person would want to be with someone who could do those things?

At one point, before I took that next step over the line, I really did want to marry someone. I loved her enough to put in my resignation from the military to be with her.

And then the Towers came down.

I cancelled my terminal leave and went back, and after that I fell down the rabbit hole. I... let her go so she could find someone better -- someone good. I had no way of knowing she'd end up with someone just as bad -- with someone who would hurt her and eventually kill her...

Just more paving on my road to Hell.

Now -- well, it's different. I do have someone who knows all my dark secrets, and though I'm sure he doesn't really understand how I could do those things, he knows there were reasons. A number of them turned out to be lies, but I didn't know that at the time.

He also knows the job -- I don't have to feel guilty about missing something and being unable to explain why. And unlike the last person I was close to, who I now know was lying through his teeth to me, I know his motives are good and honest.

I know how I feel -- and it kind of scares me to think about it...

I just wish I knew how he feels...

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 313 per WordPerfect
Crossposted to LJ at "theatrical_muse"
shoots_kneecaps: (Default)
437. Do you keep to a routine?

As far as the job allows it, yes. Obviously there are days when situations and circumstances make it impossible, but on the days when it doesn't, a routine can be a good thing.

Part of my routine is much easier where I live now -- no more sharing the communal bathroom down the hall or having to go to a gym to do any more extensive workouts than stretches.

Now, once I wake up and deal with necessities, I head upstairs for a full workout -- everything from stretches and some yoga (gotta stay flexible in my line of work, believe me) to weights and a few rounds with the heavy bag. Three days a week I go for a run, too -- though there are times when I have to be very cautious choosing my route. Of course a t-shirt and sweatpants help there, since most of the folks trying to track me are still stuck on the whole 'guy in a suit' thing.

After the run and/or workout, I shower and dress for the day. Sometimes I make breakfast, but most of the time I pick up something on the way to the Library, along with a coffee for me and sometimes a tea for Finch.

Once I get there and get filled in on the latest Number, that's usually the point in the day where routine goes right out the window.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 231 per WordPerfect
Crossposted to LJ at "theatrical_muse"
shoots_kneecaps: (dying)
Drabble Thursday: Back Together - Tonight, 100 words on reunions.

A sense of unease settles over me as the black SUV comes to a stop. When he gets out, every instinct screams at me that it's a trap. There's nothing I can do -- I'm too exposed and I'll be damned if I shoot first with Carter standing right there.

"Hello, Mark."

We chat in conversational tones, even though I feel the noose tightening around my neck. I've turned to give him the smallest target, hoping that the lighting and my black jacket will foul his aim.

His sniper hits me easily.

Not the way I wanted this reunion to go.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word Count: 100 exactly
Written for [community profile] charloft
Also fills 81. Author's Choice prompt for 100 Drabbles of Summer
shoots_kneecaps: (Finch+Reese worried)
Thursday drabble - Tonight, tell us about something or someone mysterious.

[locked from Finch - as much as anything can be]

When we stood by Kohl's grave, I said I always thought I'd die in a place that didn't know my name. He deflected it, but I know he must know my real name -- he's read my file, after all.

But I don't know his.

Lionel's right -- he's been hiding for so long I don't even know if he knows his.

Harold Finch. Wren. Crow. Any number of bird names.

Brilliant man with a tragic past.

A very private person...

He's my friend -- hell, he's pretty much everything to me -- and I still really don't know the first thing about him.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word Count: 100 (not counting heading/notes)
Written for [community profile] charloft
Also fills 14. Bird prompt for 100 Drabbles of Summer
shoots_kneecaps: (fond)
148. What keeps you up at night?

Cut for length & references to drug use )

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 404 per WordPerfect
Crossposted to LJ at "theatrical_muse"
shoots_kneecaps: (fond)
008 (4) Ten Things [b] Ten things about your partner that make you want to ravish them

Ten things... )

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 120 per WordPerfect
Crossposted to LJ at [community profile] muserevival
shoots_kneecaps: (Reese)
Name...

5 loved ones


Finch
Jessica (Do they still count if they're dead?)

I-- there isn't anyone else

4 friends

Finch
Carter
Fusco Fusco
...Zoe's an ally who could possibly be a friend

3 enemies

Root
Mark Agent Snow
Carl Elias

I should probably worry that this list was the easiest one to come up with, shouldn't I.

2 times you won

Jordan Hester
Getting Taylor back unhurt from Elias

1 time you lost

Ordos
New Rochelle
Charlie Burton
the parking structure
selling out to Elias to save Leila
Caroline Turing Root

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word Count: 57 not counting strikeouts
Written for [community profile] charloft
shoots_kneecaps: (Reese)
007 - ( 6 ) Canon prompt (OOC): Write a diary entry from your character with their thoughts of a specific event that deeply impacted on their life.

"I'll get Miss Turing to safety, and I'll come back for you, John."

That's the last thing he said to me -- and he didn't come back. He's gone. Taken -- by her. By the very person I sent out to him. I protected her and gave her a straight, unimpeded shot at him without me around to protect him.

It's Charlie Burton all over again -- and possibly just as lethal, considering what happened to Corwin. I gave her an all expenses paid tour of how we work as a team, of what we're capable of, and I essentially unleashed her on him, while keeping everyone who might have been able to stop her busy following me.

Yeah, I couldn't have known; hindsight is 20/20, whatever bullshit you want to say to reassure me it's not my fault. Except it is my fault. I've been trained to see through this kind of thing. I've been trained to read people and figure out exactly this kind of trick.

And I failed.

And because I failed, the person who means the most to me in the whole world is gone. Taken somewhere, held in the clutches of a computer genius who also happens to be an evil shrink.

I have to get him back -- before she can do too much to him... Before she has a chance to do too much damage.

Right now I wish I didn't know so much about torture.

When I find her and get him safe, she'll wish that, too.

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Muse: John Reese
Fandom: Person of Interest
Word count: 255 per WordPerfect
Crossposted to LJ at [community profile] muserevival

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