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Oasis - Ch. 74/??

Title: Oasis - Ch.74/??
Author: [info]shirleyann66
Character: Major Edward Beck
Prompt:   Table 2, #44 - Runaway
Fandom:  Jericho
Rating:  PG-13
Warnings : Spoilers for pretty much everything that's ever happened in the series may lie within.  Mild references to child abuse, prostitution and drug addiction.
Word count:  679
Disclaimer/Claimer: I do not own nor am I affiliated with Jericho or CBS or any of the other PTB in relation to the show (although if anybody has a Major Beck just kickin' around with nothing to do...send him my way!). No infringement is intended. I'm just taking the characters out to play, and will do my best to show them a very, VERY good time. ;)

A/N1: Words in red are Beck's thoughts as he's writing; not what was actually sent.



May 2, 2008

Ronnie -

I see you've already heard the news about Del from Heather. I would have liked to have explained it to you face-to-face – and I would have, if you hadn't delayed your trip to Patterson. I'm glad you're taking a more pragmatic approach to the situation, and no – I'm not about to suggest that you allow brothels to be opened in Rogue River, too!


As for the issue of Lucy's custody, I understand and appreciate where Gail Green – through Heather – is coming from. But Del and Bobby won't give Lucy up, and as I've already said to Gail, it wouldn't be in Lucy's best interest either.


Well, Del might be persuaded if you could convince her Lucy would be better off with someone else. She knows a madam for a foster mother isn't the best role model for a child – especially one as traumatized as Lucy. But she would need to really trust whoever the family was who took Lucy and even in the short time I've known her, it's obvious Del doesn't trust easily. Bobby's distrust is even more pronounced than Del's and he will never willingly let Lucy go, even though he admits he's not much better for her than Del.


After much persuasion, Bobby finally told me he was a runaway – before the Attacks, I mean. Escaping an abusive home, including sexually, he was a street kid in San Antonio for about a year; a prostitute, supporting a drug habit and a group of street kids who became his friends.


Most of these friends died after the Attacks through starvation, violence, overdose or withdrawal. As Bobby told me yesterday - reluctantly and with a strangely endearing mixture of sullenness and defiance - the Attacks forced him to get clean. Surprisingly enough, even the drugs became scarce even though San Antonio weathered the first Attacks better than most.


He and his surviving friends left San Antonio shortly after the War started, and ended up as camp followers to a Texas Army battalion in Missouri where they survived in the usual way – for awhile (and I sincerely hope without the knowledge of the commanding officers; they're children!) Shortly before the final push into Wyoming, all of the camp followers were left behind, which is why they weren't in Cheyenne when the Second Attacks occurred.


Bobby and his surviving friends swear they're eighteen, although I've certainly called them on it. Bobby says he's just small for his age, but I stick by my initial guess that he's only about fourteen or fifteen at best. His friends are no different; if any of them are even sixteen I'll eat my boots. Bobby's determined to make a positive contribution to Patterson for Lucy's sake, and he told me he would keep Lucy even if I told Del she couldn't have Lucy anymore. A baby looking after a baby...


Ronnie, I wouldn't separate him from the little girl he rescued without a gun pointed to my head. The connection between Bobby and Lucy is obvious from the moment you see them together.


Besides, I think all of us currently in Patterson have adopted them both, and have adopted Del by default. We've found a house in the heart of town that's in fairly good shape and already attached to the power grid and we'll be transferring the three of them as soon as we get a few repairs made. Getting the three of them into their own home will hopefully allow them to start living a semi-normal life, allow Lucy freedom of movement with less chance of seeing men in uniform, and hopefully help all of them begin to heal.


I'd prefer it if Del wasn't a madam – but that's a battle for another day.


I'm sorry you're not making it to Patterson anytime soon. I probably won't get to Rogue River now until next month. We're setting up the new refugee camp and I'll be busy moving refugees and setting up a Refugee Assessment Office. If you need me, of course, just send word.





Oasis - Fanfic in response to the letter100 comm

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