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Holiday Fic: Stranded

Originally written 12/2006

After hearing about Denver being snowed in, this came to me. Since I wanted to
write a Christmas story for my 15minuteficlet (with the word being peppermint),
the two seemed to go together. Hope you enjoy this.

Title: Stranded
Author: debbiet
Email: debbie020556@...
Fandom: The Sentinel
Characters: Blair Sandburg, Jim Ellison
Genre: Gen
Rating: FRT
Word count: 533
Summary: Blair is stuck in an airport and won't make it home for
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: I don't own The Sentinel or any of the characters. Any
similarities to real persons or real situations are coincidental.
Written for 15minuteficlets, word peppermint.
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Blair sighed and closed his eyes as the last flights out were
cancelled. He, along with several thousand other people, was stuck at the
airport because of the recent snowstorm. Blair hoped to be one of the lucky
ones and get a flight out before the oncoming storm, but it moved too
fast, taking most of the officials and the weather forecasters by

Blair looked at his watch, calculating the time difference between here
and Cascade. He got out his cell phone, punching in the number for the
Cascade Police Department. He knew Jim would still be at work.

There was an answer after the second ring. "Ellison."

Blair heard the tiredness in his friend's voice. He almost hated to
give Jim the news that he wouldn't be home for Christmas.

"Hey, Jim. How's it going?" Blair tried sounding upbeat, hoping to
lessen the blow.

"It's been a long day. Are you calling with your flight info?"

"Um… not exactly. I'm stuck here in Denver. At the airport. The
snowstorm moved in quicker than anyone anticipated. I'm not going to make it
to Cascade by Christmas."

There was silence on the other end. Blair became concerned.

"Jim? Are you there?"

"Yeah… sorry, Chief. We can celebrate Christmas when you do get

Blair wasn't convinced. Something just seemed… off about Jim. "Did
something happen, Jim?"

Jim mumbled his answer into the phone.

"Ah, Jim? I'm not the sentinel in this partnership. What did you say?"

"I zoned last night." Jim whispered it into the phone.

Blair smiled, even though it was potentially serious. Blair realized
that it took a lot for Jim Ellison to admit even a small bit of weakness.

"What did you zone on, Jim?"

"The snowfall. It was snowing here last night. I watched it from the
balcony. I got lost in each individual flake."

"How did you come out of it?" Blair needed to know the details.

"The temperature dropped. The cold brought me out of the zone."

"See, if I was there with you, I could have talked you through it all
without a zone-out."

"I don't doubt it, Chief. So, are they putting you up in a hotel or
motel or somewhere?"

"Nope. We're stuck here. I have to make a claim for my piece of the
floor. I just felt I should call to let you know. I'll call again after I
recharge my cell phone."

"Thanks for thinking about me. I'm going to miss you, Chief."

"I'll miss you too, Jim. But we'll talk again. And I'll be home soon.
Just make sure there's no more zoning on the snowflakes or we'll run
multiple tests when I get home." Blair tried sounding tough, but it didn't
come through that way.

"It won't happen again, Chief."

"Good night, Jim."

"Night, Chief."

Blair put his cell phone in his backpack. He felt something there and
smiled. He pulled out three peppermint candy canes. They were from Jim.
It was a nice gesture. His friend, and sentinel was always with him and
he always thought about him. He also left candy canes behind for Jim to

Blair ate the candy cane, thinking of home.


( 1 speaker — Speak )
Jan. 3rd, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
I really liked this story and especially the end with the candy canes. Very nicely done.
( 1 speaker — Speak )


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