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01 July 2007 @ 11:23 pm


But squeee! There are totally adorable romantic MARRIED COUPLES! And MY FIRST GIRL!SLASH OTP EVAR! And uniforms and things. AND POSSIBILITIES FOR OT3 OF AWESOME (... actually, that part's all in my head. Oh, and on the Lifetime Official Website, because if you go to the "cast" section, each character is totally shown with the two characters they most need to have sex with. TRY IT.)

Yes, I just linked the Lifetime Official Website non-ironically. THIS IS BAD, PEOPLE. I also now belong to lots of show-related communities that are populated with lots of real life Army Wives And Other Verreh Conservative Folk who might hit me with sticks for requesting lots of lesbian pr0n.

thebratqueen wrote a Pimp Post for Army Wives a while back that has pictures and can better convince you not to make fun of me.

I was in such distress this morning over my complete omg-not-sleeping love for this show and the fact that there is ZERO FANFIC ON THE INTARWEBS AT ALL led me even to writing a really bad ficlet:

Title: "Standing Invitation"
Author: Little Red
Rating: G
Category: Claudia Joy, Denise!angst, friendship with a side of UST.
Timeline: Between episodes 2 and 3. No real spoilers, though.
For: triciabyrne1978

When things are bad (like they have been, lately), Denise goes to Claudia Joy's for breakfast. There's no invitation. One was made a long time ago (eight years, almost, when Jeremy was at camp and Frank and Michael were both overseas and it was another hard time) but Denise never needs an invitation, because the Holdens seem to know that it must be bad if she's not at home making breakfast for her son.

"He's a big boy," Claudia Joy says, complete with a look of confident certainty, whenever Denise starts to feel guilty for leaving Jeremy to start his day without a fresh omelette. "He's old enough to pour himself some cereal."

Claudia Joy has a simple way of looking at things that tends to help.

Denise finds herself laughing as she helps with the pancakes. It's easy, somehow, as they reminisce about the years of Mickey Mouse pancakes when the kids were young, and the first time Amanda made pancakes and she flipped the pan so hard the half-cooked pancake stuck to the wall.

"Those were good times, weren't they?" Denise asks, and it's rhetorical, because she doesn't want to talk about it, about everything that's happening, but she really wants to talk.

Claudia Joy catches her eye, a moment of seriousness amid the pancakes and the silly stories and the pretending that everything is fine. "They still are, Denise."

Michael comes in then, asks about the status of breakfast, keeps his nose buried in his palm pilot. Claudia Joy adds ears to the pancake on the stove and nudges her, and Denise rolls her eyes but obediently drops chocolate chips into the batter for eyes and a mouth. There's something reassuring about the way Claudia Joy keeps brushing against her with her elbow, a sort of shared laughter and I'm here for you and something else all at once, something that makes Denise feel like things will be okay, as long as she has this friendship. This connection. Someone who gets her and cares about her this much, someone who isn't Frank, because Frank loves her and adores her as much as she does him, but sometimes Denise thinks she isn't strong enough to be his second-in-command and just wants... this.

Whenever she thinks that, she comes here.

Michael raises an eyebrow when a stack of cartoon pancakes end up on his plate, and says, "You two..." He's looking at Claudia Joy like she's the most incredible thing in the world -- he does that, all the time, even when they're just talking about pancakes or groceries or who's going to bring the car to the shop -- but Claudia Joy is looking at her, and sometimes Denise feels like Michael's the third wheel at this breakfast table.

As they clear the dishes, Claudia Joy asks her, "What are your plans for the day?"

The guilt comes back, like Frank can see her contemplating having fun, curling up next to Claudia Joy on the couch and drinking wine in the middle of the day when she should be doing something (Frank in real life wouldn't mind, because he tells her all the time she should take more time for herself, but in Denise's head, Frank is always saying she's not doing enough).

And Claudia Joy's hand is on her cheek, brushing her hair back, like she knows exactly what Denise is thinking. She probably does. "I've got some more preparations to make for the supply drive on Saturday. I could use your help."

"Of course," she says, because that's easy. Helping is easy.

Claudia Joy's hand is still in her hair. "I'm here for you, you know."

Denise closes her eyes, doesn't want to cry (but does want to, wants to feel her friend's arms around her and hear one more time that everything will be okay), and says, "I know. Thank you."

"I like it when you come for breakfast," Claudia Joy says, moving back to the sink to finish washing the pan. "You should do it more often. It'll be good for Jeremy to eat cereal once in a while."

Denise laughs, and it feels good. "I just might do that." She brushes Claudia Joy's soapy hands as she takes dishes from her to dry them and she thinks that, as long as she has this, she'll be able to keep it together.


Conclusion: WATCH IT BECAUSE YOU LOVE MEEE. Or just pretend you watch it and make me icons.

(edit: okay, tonight's episode kind of wanked out at the end there. BUT STILL. If you watched the show we could complain about it together, see?)
feel: ecstaticecstatic
hear: Army Wives. OH MY.
Fallon Ash: connectedfallon_ash on July 2nd, 2007 08:13 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know when I'll get around to seeing this show, but yay!! Girlslash!! And it was lovely, too...!

And I hope that was the Catherine Bell and Kim Delaney characters... if it wasn't, don't tell me, because I like the way they look together in my head...
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 2nd, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)

It's indeed Catherine Bell and Kim Delaney. OMG. It is fabulous. They look even better when they're hugging all the time on the show. ;)
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babylil on July 2nd, 2007 09:52 am (UTC)
I am scared to read your fic in case it spoils me, as there are NO TORRENTS AT ALL for this week's episode yet!!! *cries* I am being deprived of my terrible</i> wonderful crack!

Who's your girlslash OTP? Claudia Joy/Denise or Roxy/Pamela? Or are you going to be controversial and mix 'n' match? *g*

P.S. I was about to pimp alloutofscones to you when I saw your post there!
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 2nd, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Zero spoilers for this week! You are home freee.

And Claudia Joy/Denise is totally my ridonculous girlslash OTP of lust, omg. I'd hang my head in shame but I'm too busy gawping at the TV for how oddly obvious it is.

I really should be more into Roxy/Pamela, I suppose, because they're the ones more likely to actually do it (and actually talk about it all the time, the hell?)... perhaps I'll get more into that in future episodes. :)
~*Cassandra*~: JN mischiefpolkadotsnplaid on July 2nd, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Okay I saw part of an episode the other day....er...yeah. Not really my thing. However, if you provide photos, I most certainly will make you icons.
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on July 2nd, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, nor should it be, really. *SIGH* My sister has also banned me to only watch it while she is asleep.
live the life you've imaginedcalleigh_j on July 2nd, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
Ok, this show? Looks more awesome than most things I'm watching at the moment. Gonna be searching for a torrent or something when I get home.
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 2nd, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
It's just sort of important to watch it IRONICALLY. :) As it is with most things on Lifetime, I suppose. HEE. I'm going to try and download torrents at some point and ahem some episodes onto my eljay, but you try too! Bestest eps are episodes #3 and #4, but if you can get 'em all, do that. :)
(no subject) - calleigh_j on July 2nd, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - triciabyrne1978 on July 2nd, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - triciabyrne1978 on July 3rd, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyannawiliqueen on July 2nd, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
I need to watch it not only because I love you, but because I want to love Lifetime and have it be the Cool Place To Hang Out that the prez evidently wants it to be. Which, y'know, all for that. And the resulting karma will make them buy season 2 of Blood Ties, darnit!

I should be watching it anyway on account of, y'know, military brat. But I haven't gotten around to it. :: hangs head in shame ::

Perhaps this week I shall get caught up on the website. To which I have also been linking unironically in order to point out that all the BT eps can be streamed there in their entirety. Ditto for AW, I do believe.
Little Red: aw - holdens - bornto_flymylittleredgirl on July 2nd, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
I stared at that first sentence a very long time trying to figure out why Bush cared so much about Lifetime, and if I was in some sort of strange political plot involving Possibly Gay Army Wives and Canadian vampires. But if Lifetime really was The Cool Place To Hang Out, wouldn't that take away from its Lifetime-ness?

I just made a mental note of your military brat-ness for ficwriting reference. Because damn, I just hate writing shows that aren't sci-fi because then you're constrained by REALITY.

I couldn't find streamingness on the website when I looked. HRM.
(no subject) - wiliqueen on July 2nd, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Christidaisycm83 on July 2nd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
OMG, it is brain eating SQUEEEEE! You know who got me addicted? WHOSE FAULT IT IS?!?!


....Oh, Lifetime. You cracktastic channel of badness. How I love you.

Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 2nd, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
LOLOLOL. Your whole comment is just PERFECT. Cracktastic channel of badness INDEED.

It's such utter Dramahtic Squeee. LOVE.
Blue: Pushing Daisies - Horizonbluebanrigh on July 2nd, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Nuts, I wish I could watch this series, I've always been a sucker for uniforms.
Little Red: aw - holdens - bornto_flymylittleredgirl on July 2nd, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
If I were to locate and ahem some episodes, would you be interested? Uniforms in squintyvision are still uniforms... *makes tempting faces*
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señora beaverhausensombras_azules on July 2nd, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really like Army Wives! Yay, we have a fandom in common! And I adore Kim Delaney in it. I was always bumbed that she left CSI: Miami. She's so prettyful.
Little Red: aw - holdens - bornto_flymylittleredgirl on July 3rd, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
YAY!! Oh my, it's been a while for that one. She is prettyful. So prettyful that you should make icons. Yesssss.

I love you for more than your mad ski11z, really, I DO.
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Tricia: denise/cjtriciabyrne1978 on July 2nd, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
Okay, now as to the conservative-ness of some of the members of certain lists... I actually chatted with a few last night during the episode and turned them to the darkside. They are agreeing that the show is full of femslashy vibes but don't think the SHOW will ever go there... so I simply told them that's what femslash is for.

A few of them have signed up for the site!
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 3rd, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
That was... surprisingly easy. Wow. Like... the really hardcore ones? You turned them?

And oh, dewd, how much do you not trust a Lifetime show to ever go there on the show? PLEASE DON'T EVEN TRY, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY. Leave it to the internets. We are good at it.

(no subject) - triciabyrne1978 on July 3rd, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Natalie Von Doom: OMFG! Fangirl Moment!!natushka on July 3rd, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
omfg thats so weird, cause like only yesterday I saw some promo thing and I was all "CATHERINE BELL OMFG *flails*" so instantly i was going to go home and d/l.

and then I totally SAW YOUR POST! *dead* heee! and yay! girl!slash!

*stares at torrents* omfg, they are d/l SO slow cause like no one is seeding... *sighs*
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 3rd, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
OMG OMG OMG, I am trying to get real live non-torrented episodes to ahem for you! It is just taking a beeellion years, because I can't figure out what filesharing program EXISTS today in a free format for big fileage. (I'm trying zupload.com -- have you heard of it? I'm totally opposed to winrar splits because it requires extra clicking.)

YOU SHOULD INDEED FLAIL. She is all the Lifetime damsel-in-distress-who-discovers-her-spine but YOU WILL LOVE EET anyway. And the girl!slash is seriously "um... what?" because it is... just... OMG WATCH.
::andante affetuoso::carterfraiser on July 3rd, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
Anything that inspires Little Red to write her first piece of femslash is something to be celebrated! Sweet fic, too.
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 3rd, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
I really don't think I've ever had a femmeslash OTP before! (Aside from Talia/Lyta on B5, but that doesn't count, because it's ENTIRELY IN MY HEAD.) But I am all ridiculously a-twitter about this and flailing all over the place. FUN.

Hopefully my femmeslash offerings will improve, since this was kind of dashed off for Tricia to try and get her to make icons (it didn't work, alas). Thar be plot bunnies afoot, though.

TEEHEE, I love it when you show up on livejournal. It amuses me endlessly. Post something!
nenya_kanadka on July 3rd, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
HAHAHA! You're doing femslash! Woohoo!

"Of course," she says, because that's easy. Helping is easy.

Oooh. Yes, that's Denise exactly.

Have seen the first 2 or 3 episodes so far but missed the latest couple...must hunt them down. Roxy and Pamela are great, and I love that Roxy's husband doesn't suck. Also Joan is hawt despite PTSD. And the scones, hee. :D (And you do just know that that convertible is made for girlslash makeouts, don't you?)
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 3rd, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh you will LOVE THEM. Eeee. Eps 3 and 4 are my mad favorites for all the flaily girlslashy angst.

The convertible is such lust. LOVE.

Oooh. Yes, that's Denise exactly.

Eee, yay! This makes me supah happy, because it's so hard to write new characters. *pleased*
(no subject) - nenya_kanadka on July 4th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
ex_spockette108 on July 3rd, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)

I am now searching for torrents for this show. DAMN YOU.

Yay for your first girlslash OTP, though. *dances for you*

Hmmm. If you provide photos, I could mebbe make icons? I could do with the practice, anyhow.

ALSO. You realize I am now repaying the favor by making a post pimping out Wicked (the gay is unbelievable - *points to icon of girls holding hands and leaving the dance together, after Glinda left her boyfriend (literally, an actual prince) in favour of dancing with Elphaba*) and Wicked RPF, right? XD
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 3rd, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
You will NOT be disappointed, I assure you. OMG. SQUEEE. (I think what I like best about my new girlslash OTP is that one of them was all "Yep, I was totally gay in college" and probably totally realizes there's UST and all, and the other one is supah innocent and clueless. OH. And that they're Kim Delaney and Catherine Bell.)

It will not be as gay as Wicked, but then, what could be?

I'm going to post a megaupload link of the first episode in a few minutes. :)
(no subject) - ex_spockette108 on July 3rd, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Sarah (aka Smish): {actors} [Kate] Cute!smishpixie on July 4th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)

(Yes... it needed a capital letter overload!! lol)

And for subtext by the barrel, tell me you've seen the end of episode 4! I read your post and natushka's post and then watched it and saw the light!! lol
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 4th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
babylil on July 7th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
OMG! They are SO ADORABLY IN LOVE! *dies*
Little Red: aw - cj/d friends - tomcat2510mylittleredgirl on July 7th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
*squeeee!* I know! It is silly and excellent! OMG.