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The Active and Her Programmer: A Fifty Sentence Challenge 
12th-May-2009 08:02 pm

Title: The Active and Her Programmer: A fifty sentence challenge
Pairings/characters: Claire/Whiskey/whoever Claire really is/Topher, with mentions of Adelle, Boyd, and the other dolls
Genre: Friendship/Angst/Romance
Disclaimer: Owning Claire and Topher would be like owning slaves. Illegal.
Summary: Fifty sentences on the best pairing I've seen in a long time.


1. Dozen
He can think of dozens of reasons why he shouldn't program her to hate him but the one reason why he should is the one that makes him do it anyway.

2. Flatter
she doesn't notice how he flatters and dotes upon her more than anyone else in the dollhouse. All Whiskey knows is that out of all the kind strangers, Topher is her only friend.

3. Angle
He loves watching her walk on the outside because the sunlight's always at the right angle to set her skin aglow.

4. Take
She knows something important was taken from him. She just doesn't know what.

5. Need
More than anything, he needs her to remember and that's why his world breaks when she doesn't open the file.

6. Blush
His words annoy her and faltter her in a way that no man has ever done before, scars or no scars, and she can't fight the red that creeps down her neck.

7. Word
One word. All she needs to say is one word (ChrisChrisChrisChrisChris), one word that says she remembers him, that she still loves him. One word and he's hers again. One word.

8. Apathy
No one thinks that he feels nothing when they see him look at her.

9. Whist
He hates whist. But he plays anyway because Claire loves the challenge.

10. Longing
He remembers days of running his back down her back, of watching Lost and of playing laser tag and he wonders why he's longing for something he'll probably never have again.

11. Rival
Whiskey learns what a rival is when she sees Topher with Ivy for the very first time.

12. Style
Topher's fashion style may lean closer to 'super-geek' than anything else but she still thinks that he's handsome beyond belief.

13. Fit
He tries not to focus on how perfectly they fit together. He just tucks Whiskey's head under his and folds her into his embrace.

14. Even
She flips on the lights and grins down on him, twirling her nerf gun expertly. "Now we're even."

15. Serenity
He wonders why they called her Whiskey and not Serenity. After all, he only finds peace when he's with her.

16. Lead
She doesn't let him take the lead as often as he'd like but when she does, it's the safest thing she has ever known.

17. Stress
It takes years of stress lines and insomnia to make him realize that he's stressed. It takes seconds to realize that he's never stressed when she's with him.

18. White
She loves the chair because his face is the first thing she sees after the blue light, the pain, and that flash of pure white.

19. End
He watches her walk away, rejecting her past and embracing her present, and it's not the first time he feels like their story is ending.

20. Snow
She's covered in snow and laughing her head off and Topher realizes that he's never seen anything more beautiful in his life.

21. Bizarre
Nothing and no one is more wonderful and bizarre than his girl, he decides, laughing heartily as she tries and fails to master the hokie-pokie.

22. Window
Somewhere in her mind, she remembers hearing someone tell her that a person's eyes are the windows into their soul. If that's so true, Whiskey wonders, then why are Topher's eyes so empty?

23. Buffer
He had hoped that Claire finding out on her own would lessen the pain of Whiskey's existence. One look at her tells him that he had never been more wrong in his life.

24. Full
Some days, Topher puts his arms around her and draws her against him, wiping his face and complaining weakly that his eyes are too full. On days like those, Whiskey just wraps her arms around him in return and waits until his eyes are dry and empty again.

25. Average
He thinks he's average. She's the one who reminds him that he's anything but.

26. Passion
She likes it best when he's working because his eyes fill with passion and fire and it makes her feel as though they both had lives before this place took them away.

27. Rest
When she's tired out, he secretly contracts her for himself and just lets her sleep on his bed. Even dolls need their rest sometimes.

28. Culture
He's filled with sarcasm and pop culture references while she's filled with depression and medical facts. But Claire knows it's okay because maybe Topher can teach her how to live again.

29. Mystic
He wonders whether or not there's anything mystical left in this world. If there is, could it give him Claire back?

30. Stranded
There are days when she feels stranded and lost in this world filled with lies. On days like those, he's the handsome man who saves her from the monsters.

31. Grave
He looks at her and thanks god everyday that her scars are there instead of her grave.

32. Blue
If she was a color, Claire would be the blue in his sky, flecked with sadness and filled with light.

33. Repent
She closes the door and he realizes that this is the way he has to repent for his sins: he has to watch her walk away.

34. Wing
She looks at him and she can't help but wonder why this angel has no wings.

35. Drip
She hears him accuse her of being an overbearing drip of a woman and she remembers that she wasn't always this way.

36. Luminous
He's filled with hope and light and all that's wonderful about this world and sometimes, she wishes he'd share some of that with her.

37. Spoon
She readies her potato-filled spoon and grins at him before firing. "FOOD FIGHT!"

38. Past
She asks him about his past one day. He smiles sadly and tells her that she knows the answer to that question better than anyone in this world.

39. Deceive
He doesn't mean to deceive Claire about Whiskey. He just doesn't know whether he can face the truth.

40. Least
Topher is the least of her problems. Or so she thinks.

41. Prestige
She knows he wants the power to impress her. What she doesn't say is that he doesn't have to.

42. Front
She hears him teasing Boyd mercilessly and she knows that this isn't the real Topher.

43. Language
She watches him watch her and she realizes that this is a language only the two of them know.

44. Gear
He knows he loves her when she shows up to the laserdome, already equipped with the latest in gear and ready to kick some pre-teen ass.

45. Sparkle
That sparkle in his eyes is what keeps her here. Not Boyd, not Adelle, not even the actives. Just Topher and his sparkle.

46. Answer
She knows he programmed her to hate him. The only answer she wants, though, is why she can't seem to do just that.

47. Spirit
She admires his spirit because he's the only one who still seems to have one.

48. Return
He'll wait forever if it means she'll come back to him.

49. Flash
That flash of recognition (ChrisChrisChrisChrisChris) in her eyes is the reason why he finally kisses her.

50. Clasp
He stays because the dollhouse is the only thing holding them together. He stays because the dollhouse is the only thing that's still letting him love her.

13th-May-2009 01:00 am (UTC)
Beautifully written. :)
13th-May-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Thanks, I think the same of your fics!
13th-May-2009 01:20 am (UTC)
thank you :)
14th-May-2009 10:51 am (UTC)
XD, love that icon. Tahmoh for the win!
13th-May-2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Very nice.
13th-May-2009 11:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!
13th-May-2009 12:14 pm (UTC)
Oh these were wonderful!
13th-May-2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks, I'm glad you liked it! (P.S. your icon is the best moment in the entire show. JUST SAYING.)
13th-May-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
I like #19 best out of the bunch; it's very moving.
13th-May-2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
#19's my favorite too, ^_~. Thanks for reading, I'm glad you liked it, I LOVE YOUR ICON (NPH FOR THE WIN)
14th-May-2009 12:19 am (UTC)
19 & 46 are just gorgeous ♥
14th-May-2009 10:52 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks, I'm glad you liked it. Yeah, 19's my favorite favorite but 46 turned oiut really well too (P.S. love the icon).
14th-May-2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
♥ thank you <333
15th-May-2009 01:02 am (UTC)
XD, you're welcome.
15th-May-2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Brilliant stuff. I think my heart broke a few times during these pieces. I loved the ones with Topher and Whiskey, because. . . I really want to know more about them.
15th-May-2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you, that's so sweet of you. I loved writing the Topher/Whiskey ones...I'm hoping and praying that Fox gives us a second season because I want to know more about them too. Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked it, LOVE THE ICON AND YOUR SCREENNAME (FRED'S QUOTE IN "A HOLE IN THE WORLD"!!!)
15th-May-2009 03:03 am (UTC)
I hope there is a second season of Dollhouse and a third of TSCC. I hear FOX will only renew one, but I do kind of want both. If only for more Topher/Claire(Whiskey) (and Victor and Sierra).

I love my icon too. :) I forget who made it, but the info is in my icons.


No one ever gets that! I made this journal a couple of weeks after that episode aired and it just stuck with me as such a lovely and bittersweet quote. I adored Fred.
15th-May-2009 11:52 am (UTC)
Same. I didn't know too much about TSCC but from what I could tell, the fandom seems amazing. I'm really hoping for a miracle come Monday.
XD, I love the new one too. It looks like Victor and Sierra, YAI.
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD, THAT WAS MY FAVORITE QUOTE IN THE ENTIRE SHOW. Especially when Wesley tells her that she's a hero as well. Beautiful. Fred was my all-time favorite character of any fandom so I immediately jumped on Dollhouse when I heard that Amy Acker was on the show (and I haven't been disappointed at ALL. Pretty much the only episodes I was iffy on were the ones without her (even though the later episodes were still really good)). I can't wait to see her in Epitaph One.
16th-May-2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I love Victor and Sierra.

I could not agree more about Fred. She was a beautiful character. It's just a shame that the show started to go down during season four - I can still not get over Cordelia sleeping with Conner - even if she was possessed.
17th-May-2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Love them. So mich impact for just 50 lines. I think 5 is my favourite.
18th-May-2009 01:29 am (UTC)
My best friend told me the exact same thing, XD, especially about #5. Thanks for reading and I'm glad you liked it!
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