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Lewis fic: Lessons (double drabble)

Author: lindenharp
Title: Lessons

Characters: DC Alex Gray, DC Hooper, OCs
Genre: double drabble, character sketch, episode-related (The Ramblin' Boy, pt. 1)
Length: 200 words
Rating: All ages
Spoilers/Warnings: spoilers for 7.03 (The Ramblin' Boy, pt. 1)
Summary: It's a fantastic opportunity, and he's going to seize it.
A/N:
Beta by the always fantastic wendymr.


After the announcement is made, DC Alex Gray feels his heart leap up, then sink down to his carefully polished shoes.  Everyone here outranks him.  Even the other lowly DCs have more seniority.  Surely one of them will seize this fantastic opportunity.  A few heartbeats later, he discovers with surprise that his hand is the only one raised.

“You’re for it now,” Hooper cackles.

“Why?  I hear he’s a good governor.”

“But you’re not his fair-haired boy, are you?”

Fair-haired…  surely Lewis isn’t one of those?  He glances at DS Mothibatsela, who shakes his head.  “He only means that you aren’t DS Hathaway.”

“And that will make him very, very cranky,” DC Riordan says.  “One wrong step…”  She mimes slitting a throat.

He relaxes.  “It’s just for a little while.  And I can learn so much from him.”

Hooper gives him a withering look.  “D’ye think he’s going to give you lessons?”

In that moment, Alex understands why Hooper has never advanced.  Will never advance.  He doesn’t recognize lessons when they present themselves.  It’s quite simple.  They will investigate together.  DI Lewis is a brilliant detective, and Alex will learn from every moment he spends observing the master at work.

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flowerpotgirl
Jan. 22nd, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
So right. Hooper has a closed mind as Lewis said, but the inspector appreciates open minds.
Even if he misses Hathaway. So much.
I love the outside view of the dynamic duo.
I was surprised when Innocent said he was the only volunteer as even a mediocre governor means experience and improves your chances of promotion.
lindenharp
Jan. 22nd, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
I was very surprised, too, which is why I started thinking the thinky thoughts that led to this piece. Lewis is a damn fine detective, and from what I've seen of his interactions with other subordinates, he's easy-going unless someone is particularly stupid or offensive.

Thanks for commenting!
cedara
Jan. 23rd, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Nice one.
lindenharp
Jan. 24th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
cactusonastair
Jan. 28th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I really like how you've expanded on Gray's character given that we saw so little of him in the episode. It feels absolutely right though, in line with what we did see.
lindenharp
Feb. 9th, 2013 04:25 am (UTC)
Thank you!
hab318princess
Mar. 5th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
loved it
lindenharp
Mar. 6th, 2013 04:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting!
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