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30 September 2005 @ 02:30 pm
Dial Tone

By Cate

Summary: For the "war" prompt. John gives an unexpected someone a bit of advice. Based on Gary Grimes' song "Take Good Care Of Her Heart". (.mp3 here, it's a lovely song, and he's a great guy.)

Word Count: 250.


"Linda. It's John. Is Paul around?"

"He's outside with the kids. Do you want me to get him, John?"

"Not at all. I need to speak to you, and it's better he doesn't hear any of it."

"Me? I thought you hated me."

"And who's to say I don't? I need to tell you this, Linda, and whether I hate you or not, the facts don't change."


"... Take care of him. Please."

"John, are you drunk?"

"How the hell else do you think I'm getting up the fucking nerve to call over there? Look, I don't care, just listen to me!"

"Alright, okay."

"Take care of him; I bloody well couldn't, Linda, and it kills me, because he found you."


"Fuck off, alright? I'm serious. He... I loved him. Love him, Linda, and I think I died when he told me he was marrying you."

"... John...."

"Just don't. It was okay when he was with Jane. I got used to that, we went about our business... I think we were at our best then, even. Didn't have to worry about appearances because we were both in... steady relationships. Only thing is that... that was with each other. The... steady bit. And then he met you, and I met Yoko, and--"

"Are you crying?"

"No. Yes. Look, he met you and things were perfect and fuck, I fucking hate you but... oh God damn it...."

"John, what's going on over there?"

"... Tell him I love him, Linda."


- End.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: "Hold On To Love"-- Gary Grimes
moms_envy on September 30th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
Damn! Loved it....the whole idea of Linda and John having a conversation....about that. Wow. Great stuff.
Il Gatto Puzzolone: Mark Bensoncatnip_martini on September 30th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks lots!! It's all Gary's fault, I promise you; I just have a horribly overactive imagination.

Arielle: Beatles in bed // mydarklifeaylaranzz on September 30th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
That was really nice. I never would have thought of it. Good job.
Il Gatto Puzzolone: catnip_martini on September 30th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, aylaranzz! I'm glad you liked it. :)

oh_johnny_oh_johnny_ on September 30th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, very good. Great idea, too.

Il Gatto Puzzolonecatnip_martini on September 30th, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
:D Thanks very much! Glad you liked it.

Emily (Which actually is my name.)ladycadogan on September 30th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was great! Sort of a different idea from the normal stuff... loved it.
some kind of happiness is measured out in milesplasticpepper on October 1st, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
I feel the need to annoyingly point out the irony here.

Anyway, very good! So sad :(
woodchoc_magnumwoodchoc_magnum on October 1st, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
I loved it. It was really good.
Poor John. :-(
poorfrances: NixLicks by cynpoorfrances on October 1st, 2005 02:41 am (UTC)
On the subject of phone calls, the one that always intrigued me was that John was supposedly the one to call Paul to tell him Jim McCartney died. I don't know how true that is, but it was mentioned in a couple of Beatle books.

I don't know how John would find out before Paul, nor why John would call first before his relatives, unless it was an accident. Like John heard Jim died from someone, and just by pure chance (because wasn't Paul touring at the time?) he was the first to get through to Paul, and didn't realize he was the first. So he offered his condolences and Paul asked what are you talking about? And then John realized Paul hadn't heard.

Anyway, anyone can feel free to run with that if they want to.
the heart collectorsummersiren on October 1st, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
Awww! So sad but lovely. Brilliant!
whatsherass on October 1st, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
You're a genuis! I LOVE YOU!!
Jess (per·ad·ven·ture)thisbe on October 4th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Very creative! I find it hard reading these short fics ;) I understand the point of them through an artistic sense and writing them, I just always want more explained.