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04 May 2009 @ 01:50 am
minor incident on an unmapped highway.  
A belated phone call.

I un-anoned for this one because that 'Twilight Zone' crossover prompt killed me dead, and also: I have no shame. Can't really blame the booze this time.

This is 50% crack, 50% idgaf.

His name is Walter Kovacs, and he is forty-five years old.

He is making his way back to New York City. Back to civilization. Although he has been unemployed for many years, there is an important job that he must complete. An important mission.

He has only the vaguest idea of what this mission is.


He's been driving for two days straight.

(He is glad to be out of the ice and the cold.)

He's never owned a car in his life, never even tested for a driver's license, but these are unimportant details, small, nagging wisps of memory that seem none too pressing. He needed a way to reach the city, and it is only fitting that he found one, gone from one moment in the cold, bitter wind biting into his skin, and to the next, suddenly driving, driving, seeing nothing but the endless stretch of highway, the bent metal road signs, the cold sunlight slanting down through the dusty windshield.

There is a man standing solitary on the side of the road, thumb held aloft.

Walter passes him.


He passes the man, the hitch-hiker, six more times today.

The man is wearing a slanted fedora and a pressed suit, his silhouette not outlined in sharp black or white against the tall landscape of rock bordering the road, but in pale grey. The cut of the suit is modest; old-fashioned.

People don't dress that way. Not anymore.


He has been driving for days, but somehow, the car does not run out of gas, and he thinks it is smart that he chose a vehicle that obviously does not need it.

He pulls over only once, to make a phone call.

He does not know the number, but he knows that they are together, and that he needs to speak with them. He needs to let them know that it is all right, that he is taking care of the job that they are too frightened to attempt on their own.

The operator connects him quickly, and he belatedly realizes he had not even given her any names, any area code, had simply muttered, "I need to talk to them."

The connection doesn't last long.

They believe his call to be a prank, which he thinks foolish. But then, they always were softer, weaker, than him.

Daniel sounds unbearably angry, says in a hard voice that this isn't funny, and Miss Juspeczyk-- Laurel. Her voice. Her voice, when she hung up the phone.

She sounded as though she'd been talking to a ghost.


He sees the hitch-hiker for the last time on his seventh day of driving.

The man carries no luggage with him. He has a kind, wrinkled face.

"Going my way?"

Walter wordlessly moves to unlock the passenger side door. This hitch-hiker--

He thinks he looks the way his father might have.

Superintendent Harry 'Snapper' Organs: angsttheonlytwin on May 4th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
He has been driving for days, but somehow, the car does not run out of gas, and he thinks it is smart that he chose a vehicle that obviously does not need it.
bwahahaha! and also, *shudder*.

twilight zone. it kills me jsut considering it.
i just don't get off on funerals, man.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Someone on the prompt thread mentioned something about Rorschach being sent to the cornfield, but I think it is WAY creepier to consider Rorschach having the power to send others to the cornfield. lol oh mannnnn, that cornfield would consist of not only rapists and murderers but jaywalkers, people who talk during movies, and anyone who didn't vote for Truman.
Superintendent Harry 'Snapper' Organs: young mantheonlytwin on May 4th, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
(compare to icon)
(compare to icon)

it's funny 'cause it's true.
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: rough-knuckled.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)

OH goddd, it would probably be more like the movie adaptation than the TV episode, because the movie version was fucking brutal, what with people's mouths removed, and whatever the hell Anthony did to his real parents, and urghhh. NIGHTMARES.

(also, adult Bill Mumy is still fucking adorable as hell.)

Superintendent Harry 'Snapper' Organs: rorschachtheonlytwin on May 4th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
123not it!

i have not seen the movie. i try to avoid stuf with more the two but less then five directors (at some point you're gonna be looking at credits rolling up a screen, saying "that might have been the worst big budget movie ever." on that day, you should watch the original 1967 casino royale. orson welles is there, hiding in a fat man. ronnie corbett acts on his knees. joanna pettet incest baits. i love that movie so goddamn much. it's like plan 9 with too much money and talent.) so is tz worth it?

he completely is.
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: harum-scarum.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
GODDAMN IT (except i was prob planning to write it anyway idk)

I mean - it definitely is nowhere near the level of the original series, which goes without saying, but SEE IT FOR THE KITSCH FACTOR, MAN. The 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet' update is pretty fucking awesome, and the original segment with Vic Morrow is horrifying even if you don't know the backstory about the filming tragedy, and even though I hate the 'It's a Good Life' update, it's BECAUSE it is so campy and scary.
Superintendent Harry 'Snapper' Organstheonlytwin on May 4th, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
my plan was elegance in it's simplicity.

i do love kitsch. and i did hear about the helicopter tragedy, mainly because i read the speech that john landis reputedly gave to that cast after the kids died. it went something like "we're all really sad about what happened, but i'm pretty sure that vic, renee and myca would have wanted to make twilight zone the best movie ever!"

fail hollywoood. fail.

but it'll do me good to finally see "there's a gremlin on the wing!".
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: penance.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 10:18 am (UTC)

John Landis-- you're talented and awesome. but. Yeah. Hearing about that, and how he apparently deals with interview questions about said tragedy? made my respect go down juuuuuust a tad.

I personally think the gremlin from the episode is WAY creepier than the movie one and am clearly in the minority, but idk. Something about the way he pulls back the curtain... and THAT FACE.

Superintendent Harry 'Snapper' Organs: streetlamptheonlytwin on May 4th, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
oh john landis. i love you for blues brothers and the delightfully dodgy sliders, but srsly dude. a little tact. just a little.


ps you can keep zac efron. if i have to have to be buried with any tween star it'd be corbin bleu. he has a floppy afro! he can dance!
Ronch Ronch Ronch: Watchmen: The Abyss Gazes Alsosandoz_iscariot on May 4th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
AHHHH I shouldn't have read this at 2 AM. By which I mean--this is awesome.
i just don't get off on funerals, man.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
I wish the full episode was on Youtube instead of just the intro (which gives you all of the chills but none of the warm fuzzy resolution):

precious: not a faggotholyheat on May 4th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
Best crossover ever, haha!

Although, it really is sad.
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: you think i'm scared?orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)

I had an idea for an Adrian-centric one, too, and by "had an idea", I mean thought of another episode I can shamelessly rip-off.
preciousholyheat on May 4th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Please let it be an episode with William Shatner in it.


By the way, if you wrote Dan in the episode with the guy who had all the books he ever wanted but broke his glasses, I'd totally read it.
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: june of '58.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
It isn't, but it IS an episode with Peter Falk who is just as awesome I thinkkk

lol I actually opened a word doc and made a LONG list of episodes I could see re-imagined with Watchmen characters the instant I saw that prompt. And one of them involves the Comedian sentenced to prison time on an asteroid with only a robot for company.
precious: VeidtBoysholyheat on May 4th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
...does the robot get raped?
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: rough-knuckled.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)

oh man

Actually, it is a really fucking beautiful and heartbreaking episode that deserves far better than me potentially raping it for the sake of lulz, but. idk man
precious: rorschachholyheat on May 4th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
Ohhhh I remember that one! It made so depressed the first time I saw it. (but maybe you could do two versions, one with heartbreaking goodness and one with rape-y lulz?)

Now I wish it was New Years so Sci Fi would actually play that show. :(
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: thanksgiving's early.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)

"I don't know if this is such a good idea. Leaving him there alone with that robot."

"After the things Blake has done? No. No, this punishment is what I'd call mild."

"Oh, it's not BLAKE I'm worried about..."

precious: ozyholyheat on May 4th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)

thank you <3
roachroachpatrol on May 4th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
Oh, this is spooky and sad. I hope things go okay for those poor guys.
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: rough-knuckled.orangesparks on May 4th, 2009 10:14 am (UTC)
Rorschach and his ghost dad can totally bond over Truman and goddamned kids who have it way too good these days.

(...typing the words "ghost dad" make me suddenly want to watch an episode of The Cosby Show)
biliousnekobiliousneko on August 16th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
Ffff d'aww now I've got this image in my head of undead roadtrip between Walter and Charlie. :C This was fantastic, and so twilightzonishly handled!
i just don't get off on funerals, man.: you think i'm scared?orangesparks on August 16th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)

(And thank you so much!)