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What's In a Name?

Title: What's In a Name?
Pairing: J/W with minor homage to George/Melchett crossover (blink and you’ll miss it!)
Rating: G (and VF for "very fluffy")
Posted for: karaokegal’s "Come as you’re not" Halloween party.
Word count: about 480 (a mini-costume!)
Summary: Bertie musing
Why it's a costume: My first Bertie POV
Disclaimer: I write for fun, not for profit. A thousand million thanks to Plum for unleashing these incredible characters upon the world!
Warning: This is a last-minute piece and has not been beta’ed; I decided to just go for it. Post-publication feedback and suggestions welcome!


I felt warmth as I’d never known when the realization fully broke like the morning dawn upon me that I love this gentleman’s gentleman, this valet, this paragon. I know how deeply I have come to rely on his sage advice and counsel, and dash it, this Wooster heart flutters like a hummingbird’s wings whenever he enters the room.

I muse at length to determine the proper way to address the objet de mon affection now that my feelings for him have taken a decided turn for the romantic. I read somewhere that a rose by any other name would still smell something-or-other (dash it, he’d know!). I knew this was the same...no matter what name sprang from my lips toward his direction, his glorious aroma of Earl Grey, crisp linen, and whotsis would never change. Even so, I felt it my mission to put the gray matter to work to figure out the bally best way to address him in light of my newfound regard.

Reginald? No, for to me it conjures a chap not unlike my uncles—an older man bent to the iron will of a woman who eats broken bottles and wears barbed wire next to the skin. Reggie? Certainly familiar, but hardly puts one in mind of a man who takes a size 14 hat, eats tons of fish, and moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform, what?

One prays the reader doesn’t misunderstand. I adore both of these sobriquets—if sobriquet is the word I want—for the very fact that they are his. These names have been uttered by others who have confided in him, been guided by him, cared for him, desired him, loved him. However, they do not hit the bull’s eye at which Bertram aims his verbal dart, so to speak.

So then one is led to consider what the females of our race fondly call "pet names." Darling? Sweetheart? Honey? Cutie pie? All too soppy and Bassett-like. Woolly baa-lamb? Specific dream rabbit? Indeed not; these are better left to the Stiffy Byngs of this world. Chipmunk? Laughable, for it conjures in this Wooster brain a coquettish music hall chorine being pursued by an insistent paramour—hardly my vision of my own heart’s desire.

Dash it, there is only one name I can use, one appellation with which I can express my desire and my joy, whether we find ourselves on the most crowded street of the old metrop. or alone in our cozy flat. I have but to have this n. flash in my mind’s ear to experience shivers down the young master’s spine such as nothing else ever had or ever possibly could.

The name to me is a sigh of contentment, a cry of longing, a roar of passion. The name thrills me to the core of my being as much today as the first time I heard it uttered in his warm enveloping voice.

Jeeves.

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axmxz
Oct. 31st, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
O_o

"Specific dream rabbit"? That's an interesting one...

LOL @ 'Chipmunk'.
msliz4857
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
"Specific dream rabbit"? That's an interesting one...

Yep, that's one of Spiffy's from, um, I don't remember which episode. But it's definitely a phrase worth repeating at regular intervals! :)
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neo_star0114
Oct. 31st, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
*Snerk* Chipmunk! X3

Much love! Very nice story!
msliz4857
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
"Chipmunk" just wouldn't stay out of the story. I tried, really I did!
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polypragmosyne
Oct. 31st, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Lovely :)
msliz4857
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I loved writing it.
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princesskraehe
Oct. 31st, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
Splendiferous. ^_^
msliz4857
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you!
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jrosencrantz
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
"Chipmunk".... :D lol
msliz4857
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Chipmunk! *thinking I must make myself an icon that says so!* ;)
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msliz4857
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
*blush* Oh, thank you so much!

It was definitely a fun little piece of fluff to write.
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msliz4857
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

Yes, I was laughing when writing the Chipmunk part...she just HAD to work her way in!

Candy? *holds out bowl* There's some candy corn, a popcorn ball or two, lots of chocolate, Pixie Stix, and lots more. Happy Halloween!
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ennui_blue_lite
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Okay, Chipmunk wins the world. Very cute, rather silly little story. If Bertie were a living, breathing, flesh and blood creation, I'd wager that this is disturbingly close to his hypothetical thought process.

Specific dream rabbit?

Isn't that what Frank Zappa named one of his kids?
msliz4857
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
I'm going to take everything you said as a compliment. ;) So thank you!

Isn't that what Frank Zappa named one of his kids?
Wouldn't surprise me! LOL!

Something from the candy dish, m'dear? Chocolate, perhaps? *holds out bowl*
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derien
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)
Very nice! :)

(Only... er... Isn't her name Stiffy Byng? Unless they changed it for the show because that sounded a little too racey.)
msliz4857
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
Er, um, yes she is Stiffy Byng. I *cough* intentionally called her "Spiffy Bingham" (!) as a contest...yeah, that's the ticket...a contest to see who the eagle-eye ficcers are! *glances from side to side to see if anyone is buying this. anyone? anyone?*

Thanks for the catch; I've made the correction!

*extends candy bowl* You get double for catching the typo!

Happy H'ween m'dear (Ernie to my Bert)!

Ernie to my Bert-ie...ruh roh...that's probably a crossover we don't want to go near! Hee!
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jestana
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Hee! Love it! *claps* There's really only one term of endearment that fits Jeeves: Jeeves! *grin* I loved the Chipmunk reference. *sporfles* Bravo!
msliz4857
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly! *curtseys*

Candy, m'dear? *offers Halloween bowl*
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sandssavvy
Nov. 1st, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
I agree with Bertie here. I enjoyed the way you wrote his POV as well. :)
msliz4857
Nov. 1st, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!

*passes the candy bowl* Please, have a Halloween treat!
ayamemishi
Nov. 1st, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
The ending to this makes me smile. :) Bertie's right- there's one name for Jeeves, and that's Jeeves.

Gah! I feel like an ass for missing that chipmunk reference- and I call myself a Blackadder fan! *shame*
msliz4857
Nov. 1st, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
:) Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for your kind comment.

*looks into nearly empty candy bowl* You're lucky...there are still a few pieces of chocolate (do you prefer dark chocolate or 3 Musketeers?) and a caramel apple left. Care for something? *holds out bowl*
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zekkass
Nov. 1st, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
Congratulations, you have just solved the naming problem. Lovely, beautiful, and sweet sweet sweet. :)
msliz4857
Nov. 1st, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
Why thank you, my dear! I love sweet!fluffy!Bertie. ;)
out_there
Nov. 1st, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
*happy sigh* Oh, that's delightful.

msliz4857
Nov. 1st, 2006 10:44 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! You're sweet to say so. :)
skyblue_reverie
Nov. 1st, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
Oh, my dear, we are such kindred spirits. I love Stiffy and "specific dream rabbit" and I cannot imagine Bertie ever calling Jeeves anything but Jeeves. No way, no how.

And, OMG, Bertie's sweet thought processes, and dear god, you killed me with Jeeves's scent. Earl Grey and crisp linen. *dies* So perfect.

I love you for writing this.

msliz4857
Nov. 1st, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you, m'dear! I absolutely knew you would like this. :)

I was looking forward to hearing your reaction to Jeeves's scent. Score one for me! So now we have Bertie smelling of leather, cologne, cedar, and soap, and Jeeves of Earl Grey, fresh linen, and "whotsis" (reader, please fill in your own favorite here). I can just imagine walking into their flat and reveling in the combination of their two scents hanging in the air. Mmmmmmmm...total nose-gasm!

And my answer to your icon? Yes, please, gentlemen! Or I can just watch...
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