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11 December 2009 @ 01:16 pm
Fringe Gen Fiction: "Bigger Than A Breadbox" (Peter, Walter, PG)  
Title: Bigger Than A Breadbox
Fandom: Fringe
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Walter and Peter (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: A new package arrives for Walter.
Author's Notes: A birthday gift for killabeez, who wanted something with Peter and Walter.
Also for writers_choice, this is "Toy."


"Ah, Peter—could you help me lift this box onto the table? Astrid hasn't come in yet, and I'm anxious to get started."

Peter grabbed the box around the middle, but it resisted moving. He stopped. "What's the Hell's in this thing, Walter? Maybe it should stay on the floor."

"Mm," Walter commented, searching through one of the rolling carts. He located the forceps and syringe he was after and held them up in triumph. "This reminds me of a project we did back in the Seventies with orphaned sheep and psychotropic stimulus," he announced happily. "That is, before the funding dried up of course. Pity." He looked down at the box. "I'm sorry, Peter, weren't you going to—"

"It's heavy, Walter. Why do you need it on the table?"

"I'm going to dissect it, of course."

"Oh God, what now? A possessed carburetor? The first organism made of lead? The leg of a diseased elephant?"

"Really, Peter, it's nothing as improbable as that." Walter put his tools down on a tray. "Would you hand me that beaker over there?"

There were actually two beakers, one with a red and white mixture and the other full of something pink and lumpy. They both looked disgusting. Peter picked up the first one.

"No, no." Walter waved it away. "Don't be ridiculous, I couldn't possibly drink that—though I suppose a cannibal might find it tasty. No, it's the other one, the strawberry smoothie. I made it this morning."

Peter always found Walter's casual juxtaposition of food and experiments utterly nauseating. He regretted breakfast already. "Here."

Walter took a sip. "Delicious!" he pronounced. "Now don't forget about the box..."

"All right, but you're going to have to help me with it."

The two of them hoisted it awkwardly, and managed to get an edge over the table before pushing the whole thing to safety.

"Excellent," Walter beamed. He rummaged through a pile of connectors and wire and came up with a box cutter, which he used to slice carefully along the package's seams. He lifted the lid.

"Wait a minute..." Peter pulled off a cardboard panel to reveal the box's contents. "You can't be serious, Walter!"

"Oh, stop looking at it like that—it's more than just a rock." Walter stroked the surface reverently, eyes shining behind his protective goggles. "Chisel, please, and the mallet too."

"It's a fossil," Peter realized. "A huge fossil," he amended. "What on Earth do you expect to find in that?"

"Some bones, perhaps, or a piece of petrified wood. But one might also come across an insect or single-celled organism, or possibly even ancient bacteria or a long-dead germ!"

"Might one," Peter said dryly.

"Certainly!" Walter angled a light into position and began tapping. "It's all so exciting," he laughed to himself.

"Of course it is. I'll see you later—don't unleash the Ebola virus while I'm gone."

"Mm," Walter agreed absently.

He picked up a brush to dust off the fossil's surface, capturing the particles on a slide. "Let's see what you're made of," he whispered.

It wasn't until an hour later that he finally noticed Peter had gone.

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mercurybard on December 12th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Walter clearly missed the first day of every lab class where they taught you never to eat or drink in the lab in case you accidentally ate or drank the experiment.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
:D I think he's gotten hardened, as so many scientists/doctors do. Those TV shows where coroners are eating in the morgue aren't kidding. :0

My mother said she was served spice cake for her birthday in Cadaver Lab in medical school. She can't even stand the smell of spice cake now!

Beautiful Olivia icon, BTW. :D
Killa: Brainz!killabeez on December 12th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Hey, that's way longer than a drabble! :D

This just made me grin like you wouldn't believe -- and I so, so needed a smile after the day I've had. You have Walter down cold! I've never read Fringe fiction before, but you make me feel like I've been missing out.

{{{{grateful hugs}}}} Thank you, I really, really needed something nice tonight, and this was all kinds of awesome.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
Some things don't fit inside a drabble-- Walter certainly doesn't seem to want to.

I'm glad it gave you a smile, especially after such a hard day! I haven't read any Fringe fiction either, actually-- the other story in the meme was the only one I'd written before this, and I'm not really in the fandom at all so I haven't gone looking for any. Though if people are writing Walter having adventures, that would definitely be fun to read!

Many happy belated returns, and I hope this helps with the "unbirthdayish" aftermath to your week! *hugs*
infinitlight on December 12th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Great character voices, awesome little story :).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I never imagined I'd be writing anything for Fringe, but Walter is fun. :)
~ Emily ~: feeling happy iconspaciireth on December 12th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
So I return to fringefiction with a view to rereading your crossover, and I discover this is up! I just finished watching the latest episode with all its father-son bonding so this has definitely made me smile. You write Walter awesomely.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on December 14th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed this! It was reading the first crossover story (that fic meme thing) that led the birthday girl to offer a Walter & Peter story as an option for a present, and I'm glad she did.

I saw the episode after writing this, which was probably good because it was very poignant and an altogether different tone (it would have turned this into something else, I'm sure!)

What a fascinating episode it was, though-- and I'm still reeling from the revelations of the S1 finale, where Walter is at Peter's graveside. It raised so many interesting questions about their dynamic, and those childhood memories Peter recounts that Walter tends to listen to without comment.

Thanks for reading this, and for your lovely comment!
ossiriand10ossiriand10 on December 16th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I just love this two. Walter amazes me that despite it all, he manages to distinguish food and the experiment. Nice story.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on December 16th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
For all of those colliding thoughts, Walter still seems to have his bearings on the things that interest him right now-- including food vs. sidelined experiments. It's actually one of the things that makes him so funny-- random diversions into other areas or memories followed by snapping back into the present while other people are still lost in his tangents. :)
Starrylizard: NT - Fringe Astrid walter cowstarrylizard on January 27th, 2010 12:04 pm (UTC)
You have the voices down perfectly! lol
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Random Fandomhalfshellvenus on January 27th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I get such a kick out of Walter, and I love the bizarre dynamic between him and Peter. It's the main reason I watch the show. :D