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24 October 2010 @ 10:26 pm
Graceful Not-losing  
Title: Graceful Not-losing
Characters: CJ Cregg, Danny Concannon, Gail
Rating: Harmless
Notes: Early Season 2; challenge entry for nbc_las
Disclaimer: All credit goes to Sorkin, Wells, & NBC/Warner Bros.

“You lost.”

“I did not lose.”

“Yeah? Cause it feels like ya did.”

“No. I didn’t win –“


“-but I didn’t lose. There’s a difference.”

“The difference being that, instead of you being right and me being wrong, it was the other way ‘round. Which would mean that I won.”


“Listen, CJ, I get that you’re not thrilled, here.”

“Look at you, being all insightful. No wonder they gave you that Pulitzer with your stellar, down-home people reading skills.”

“It’s a stupid bet, is what I’m saying.”


“But I’m still gonna hold you to it.”

“Of course you are.”

“Not cause I’m trying t’stick it to ya. Cause if I were, I would’ve asked for something else.”

“I can’t think of anything else –seriously, a single thing –that’d stick it to me more.”

“No? Cause there’s at least one.”

“That’s not funny.”

“Maybe three.”



“Go away.”

“A’kay, but I’m coming back to collect after the next briefing.”

“Like hell you are.”

“Sorry, CJ –a bet’s a bet, and I’m entitled to my winnings.”

“Shared custody of a goldfish is not –“

“Visitation rights! S’all I wagered. Custody’s a whole other thing.”


“We’d need to talk lawyers, then. Mediation. Court dates.”

“I hate you.”

“See ya later!”

Third Place (yay!) for Round One. Prompt was [character] loses a bet.