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29 November 2013 @ 12:56 pm
Justified Fiction: "Tin Star Salvation"  
Title: Tin Star Salvation
Fandom: Justified
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Boyd (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary (S1): By all accounts, Boyd should have been dead.
Author's Notes: For the writerverse prompt of "Luck Has A New Look," and for this 5_prompts picture entry:

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Boyd's chest hurt like a sonofabitch—truth, now—but he didn't care. The painkillers knocked him out when things got too rough, and when he was awake he was thinking.

Thinking about Raylan and salvation, and the mystery of chance.

By all accounts, Boyd should have been dead. That was the part that didn't make sense. Raylan shot him clear as day (Boyd's fault that it came to that, he couldn't pretend it wasn't). Raylan was known for his deadly aim, and Boyd had felt the reality of it, as far as he remembered.

Still, he'd woken up in a hospital bed feeling like he'd been buried under the worst cave-in any mine had ever had. Boyd was tired and sore and covered in bandages, but somehow still alive. He couldn't help but wonder what it all meant.

What if he'd been given a reprieve, if the Lord had offered him mercy in the hope of Boyd turning his life around? What if the path he'd been on (never righteous, he'd always known that) could be forgiven or at least atoned for by bringing faith and goodness to the world instead?

All of these questions returned to Boyd as he lay in that hospital bed, prison-bound and yet filled with hope the likes of which he'd never felt before.

Raylan was the key, whether the man had any notion of that fact at all.

Boyd's new opportunities had come to town wearing a tin star and a Stetson, offering him a chance for redemption after years of chasing every easy dollar and committing no end of hatred and wrong.

Boyd never would have guessed that was coming, but he'd have been a fool not to see it for what it was.

He was beaten up and scarred inside and out, but for the first time in ages, Boyd was truly grateful.


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cindy: fangirltsuki_no_bara on November 29th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
!!! i love this! i love that boyd sees god (ish) in a hospital bed instead of in prison, and i really love that he thinks it's raylan's doing, because raylan shot him and could have killed him but didn't. because OF COURSE boyd's big life-changing event would involve raylan. :D

and also, you know, any fic that believably gets inside boyd's head is totally fine by me.

also also, f/x has started showing previews for the next season, and i am EXCITE.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on November 29th, 2013 11:17 pm (UTC)
I really liked that whole turn of events in S1, and it was clear that Boyd was genuine in thinking it was an opportunity, even if Raylan didn't believe him (and who could blame Raylan for that)?

The "Luck Has A New Look" prompt didn't grab me at first, but when I thought of Justified as the fandom it all became completely clear.

I love these characters, and my husband's been grousing about why Justified hasn't started up yet-- even though it hasn't been a full year between seasons. But January! All that and Sherlock too. :D
tarynmercury on November 29th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
I love this! Justified is one of my favorite shows. I had no idea there were Justified fics out there. Good job!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
There are definitely fics, though the fandom is pretty small. But there are some terrific writers in it!
cimmielm: JDbondingcimmielm on November 30th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
This is a lovely Thankgiving fic let! You have captured interior Boyd very well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought about the timing, but you're right-- it matches up well with the holiday!

Boyd is such an interesting character. The way he and Raylan pull in different directions and yet sometimes come together is part of what makes this show so fascinating.
cimmielmcimmielm on November 30th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
I totally agree; the dynamics of their relationship is what attached me to the series.
potentiality_26: justifiedpotentiality_26 on November 30th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
This is a lovely little story. Boyd's headspace is a difficult thing to capture, but you do it well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! He is a fascinating character, but tricky to write at times. I really liked this particular episode in the show, because the viewer feels Boyd's sincerity even though Raylan doesn't trust it, and you kind of feel bad for Boyd-- and that will just increase tremendously over the course of Season One.

I saw that you recc'd this for crack_van. What a wonderful surprise!
potentiality_26: justifiedpotentiality_26 on November 30th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
:-) Well, it's a lovely fic that gave me such a good feeling I wanted to end my recs with it.

You give a great description of the effect that moment had on me too. When he was introduced, I was all ready to love to hate Boyd for an episode and then never see him again, but by the end of it I felt for him in a way I'd never expected to, and that just didn't go away. I love Raylan, but Boyd makes Justified what it is for me.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
but by the end of it I felt for him in a way I'd never expected to, and that just didn't go away.

I was crushed for him, the way things went near the end of S1 when his faith was not only destroyed but all the people he'd led toward better things right along with it. And, of course, more hurt because Raylan still didn't seem to believe him. It's a little like the "Smallville" effect-- you can't help wondering whether what affected the villain's direction the most was the lack of support given by the one person who could have swayed them toward the good.

Boyd is also what makes the show for me, partly because he is SO complex but also because Raylan is his weakness even after all these years. That makes him unpredictable, which is irresistible to viewers. This is one of the few Gen pieces I've written for Justified, because that dynamic between the two of them practically begs for Slash.

I liked how S2 opened as well, where again... Boyd could really have used Raylan's friendship. You get the feeling there that, had those men not practically backed Boyd into that robbery, he still might have turned out very different. The moment I wrote about in this story was a big turning point for Boyd... but that robbery in S2 was another.

Which just suckers you into thinking that there could be more of those ahead. ;)
potentiality_26: justifiedpotentiality_26 on November 30th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
All true- although I'm not sure I would say that in Smallville I ever wondered if the lack of support from a certain someone was to blame- I %100 thought it was. With Boyd, it's a little trickier to say- but there is so much of early S2 where if one person had believed he could change, it might have made a lot of difference.

Then again, a big part of what I love about Justified is how it embraces the shades of grey in its characters. Boyd does good things and bad things, and you're never entirely sure where he's going next- and that's okay, because this is not about good and evil or heroes and villains. It's about something a lot more complicated.

And of course it begs for slash too- I'll never forget the "sounds like a love story" moment. Especially because the actors clearly chose to not to have Boyd and Raylan get all 'but I'm so hetero!' about it- they just looked tired.
Silver M: b-neardeanexperiencemaldeluxx on November 30th, 2013 12:21 pm (UTC)
This fic feels like that picture looks, definitely. Great fic, loved it a lot *hugs* :) <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I loved the Season One arc of Boyd's story-- it was so unexpected, and you just get drawn into that character and then torn in seasons to come because you know he is capable of better than he is choosing to do.
Swedish for "Smith": J Avacolls on November 30th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on November 30th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you!
vanillafluffy: Justified -- Gospel/Boydvanillafluffy on December 1st, 2013 06:25 am (UTC)
This is a great look at one of my favorite aspects of Boyd. I loved his arc in S1, I understand how the tragedy of it shaped him for things to come, but part of me wishes he'd stayed righteous and exacted his own version of divine retribution of evildoers. (Although that's not so different from what he's still doing, his motives are a lot less pure.)

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on December 1st, 2013 07:15 am (UTC)
I like to imagine how Boyd might have turned out differently, had he stayed on the side of good. I wrote a Justified Zombie AU (really) that painted him a little lighter based on the S2 robbery storyline going differently-- one in which Boyd disentangled himself from that scheme in time, and kept working at the mine. It seemed as if S1 held his major chance to be someone different (and that his father's death freed him to consider it), and that S2 had possibilities as well, had that robbery not happened. Even with his flock gone, Boyd was still determined to stay on the side of the law, for a time. But the path of least resistence won out.

He's such an interesting character-- I'd love to see him swerve back in future episodes, rather than always pushing darker. I don't think he'd stay on the side of right, but that potential is so tempting.

nikki6 on December 8th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
Really enjoyed this. I've always loved the Raylan/Boyd dynamic and how no matter what, they seem linked to each other. Loved this line,

"Raylan was known for his deadly aim, and Boyd had felt the reality of it, as far as he remembered."

Thanks for sharing,
Nik
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Justified Black As Coalhalfshellvenus on December 9th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it!

Raylan & Boyd's interactions are the most fascinating part of the show for me. Raylan so easily could have been Boyd, and at times it seems that Boyd could choose a path more like Raylan's (and oh, how the show tempts us with those brief periods where he does).

This moment in S1 was one of those times the door opened for Boyd to be different, and all of the things that managed to shut it were the worst kind of bad luck. His hope was genuine, and it's nice to dwell on it a little without thinking about what comes after.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. :)