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A Wicked Accent (Part 1/2)

Title: A Wicked Accent (Part 1/2)
Rating: PG for language
Genre: Magnificent Seven, ATF AU
Characters: All
Summary: On a boring day at the office, the boys discuss JD's Boston Background.

JD sat at his desk in Team Seven’s office area.  He was bored.  This lull in between cases was a killer.

 

He and Buck had kept themselves occupied doing different things throughout the day, coming to a head by taking the screws out of Ezra’s chair when he left to get coffee from the breakroom.  Buck and JD worked quickly to achieve this task.  Buck even thought they could have worked for a pit crew at the Indy 500 with the speed with which they removed those all-so-important bolts. 

  

 

The two scampered back to their own desks with evil smirks on their faces, but immediately put their game faces on.  Both men sat and pretended to do what they were doing before ezra’s departure.  JD laid his face on his left hand and idly clicked his mouse with his right, staring blankly at his computer screen.  Buck resumed his attempt at pencil stalagmites.

 

When the southerner returned to his desk and put his coffee down, he knew something was up.  How many times had one of them been gotten by someone’s practical joke when they left the room?  There was the time that Josiah had left the room only to find his coffee had been heavily salted when he got back.  That was unpleasant for all.  Then the time that Nathan returned to his desk to find that his computer display was backwards, like you were looking out from within.  They even got Vin.  They glued his phone receiver down to the cradle, then called his number from one of their cell phones.  Granted, these weren’t their “A Game” pranks, but they still were annoying. 

 

Ezra was tired of this.  Yes, they were all clearly bored.  Yes, they were all trying their best not to invoke the wrath of their leader.  But the Dreadful Duo was pushing it.  Why couldn’t they just enjoy the silence for once?  Ezra even thought about getting the two of them coloring books.  At least then they would be semi-occupied.

 

Looking out of the corner of his eye, Ezra caught JD glance at him.  I wonder which one of your original pranks you have pulled from your arsenal gentlemen.  Glue? No, I wasn’t gone long enough.  Computer shenanigans?  Again, not gone long enough.  Chair.  Definitely chair.

 

Ezra took a deep breath and made no attempt to hide the fact that he blew it out in a not-so-gentlemanly huff.  “Gentlemen,” he began, “If, when I sit in my chair, anything happens, and I do mean anything, I will shoot one of you, and I don’t care which.”  For emphasis, Ezra took his gun from his holster and placed it on his desk next to his coffee.

 

Buck’s eyes looked at the gun for a moment, then over to JD.  JD gave him a look of ‘You’re on your own’ and Buck locked eyes with the southerner.

 

“You’re no fun Ezra,” Buck said, reaching for the two screws he had slipped into his jeans pocket.  He lobbed one, then the other at Ezra, who caught them and began fixing his chair.  Buck blew out his breath, much like Ezra had just moments before.  “Just no fun at all.”  He leaned back, and enjoyed the fact that Ezra had to fix his chair, engaging in manual labor, which he so abhorred. 

 

JD snorted at the entire scene.  Yup, everyone was bored.  And that could be scary.

 

“Never said I was,” drawled Ezra from under his desk.  He appeared a moment later, and holstered his gun.

 

JD’s email icon popped up and chimed, signaling a new message.  He opened it immediately.  It was from a friend of his from Boston. 

 

What’s up chief?  How’s life going?  Seriously, we need to chat more.  I know this is a forward, but I thought of you when I got it, and just had to share.  The sad thing is, most of these were so true I was laughing my ass off in the middle of a coffee shop while reading them!  I wish you could have seen people’s faces while they were glaring at me.  Not my fault people don’t have a god damn sense of humor…  Enjoy!

~jinx

 

JD opened up the attached message.  It was entitled “101 Reasons you know you’re from Massachusetts.”  These were always good for a laugh. 

 

For native and not-so-native Bostonians... (and from RI....)

 

 

1. The Red Sox World Series win was, and will always be, one of the greatest moments in your life. 

2. The guy driving in front of you is going 70 mph and you're swearing at him for going too slow.  

3. When ordering a tonic, you mean a Coke.  or Moxie 

4. You went to Canobie Lake Park or Water Country as a kid  - orWhalom or Riva-side 
5. You actually enjoy driving around rotaries. 

6. You do not recognize the letter "R" as a part of the English language.   eva!
7. Your social security number starts with a 0
8. You can actually find your way around
Boston .
9. You know what a "regular" coffee is.  and get it at Dunkys 
10. You keep an ice scraper in your car year-round.   

 

JD snorted and couldn’t help but smile.  Yup, so far, so true.

 

11. You can tell the difference between a Revere accent and a Dorchester accent.
12.
Springfield is located "way out west."  neah Riva-side right? 
13. You almost feel disappointed if someone doesn't flip you the bird when you cut them off or steal their parking space.
14. You know how to pronounce the names of towns like Worcester, Billerica, Gloucester, and
Haverhill.

15. Anyone you don't know is a potential idiot until proven otherwise.

16. Paranoia sets in if you can't see a Dunkin Donuts or a CVS Pharmacy within eyeshot at all times.  and you know CVS as Medi-Maht 
17. You have driven to
New Hampshire on a Sunday just to buy alcohol.
18. You know how to pronounce Yastrzemski.
19. You know there's a trophy at the end of the Bean Pot.
20. You order iced coffee in January   

 

JD’s smile grew and he caught himself laughing at 20.  He still did that out here in Denver.  Buck always made fun of him for that.  There could be 4 feet of snow on the ground, and JD would still be drinking iced coffee.

 

“What’cha laughing at kid?” Vin asked from his nearby desk.  JD’s laugh had been the only break in the monotonous day so far.

 

“Just an email a friend of mine sent.  One of those ‘Hometown Humor’ things.”

 

“Yeah?  Any good?” asked Buck.  He needed a laugh or something to break up this day.

 

“I don’t think you’d get it Buck.”

 

“What?  I’ve been to Boston before JD.”

 

“I know Buck.  I’m not knockin you.  I’m just saying… I mean, I wouldn’t get ‘You know you’re from the Midwest…’ humor.”

 

Now everyone was involved.  Even Nathan and Josiah, who had been sitting idly by, watching the other members’ actions, were following the banter between the other agents.

 

“I think we could figure it out JD,” drawled Vin.  He was curious about the email.  He knew that anything about Texas in that form would be entertaining to him, but he could understand if others didn’t quite fully grasp a lot of the regional jokes.

 

“I’m not saying you couldn’t, Vin.  I just don’t know that you’d find it all that funny.”

 

“Is this about the funny Boston accent thing?  Saying ‘cah’ and shit like that?” asked Buck.

 

“Part of it, yeah.” JD answered.

 

“JD, how come you don’t have an accent like that?” asked Nathan, now fully engrossed in the topic at hand.

 

“I hang out with you guys too much.  I haven’t been there for a while, but usually after I visit, it gets all charged up again and I do say ‘cah’ for a few days afterwards.”

 

“Bullshit.  I never heard you say that,” said Vin. 

“I get a lot of crap for it.  Ask casey.  She makes fun of me wicked bad.”  JD closed his eyes after he spoke.  Please, no one catch that.

 

“Wicked?” asked Ezra.

 

Dammit.  Leave it to Ezra to catch everything.  “Yeah.  Sorry.  See, it slips through sometimes.”

 

“I never did understand that colloquialism.  Perhaps you should elaborate on it,” continued Ezra.  “I have heard that that regional dialect and accent are quite difficult to carry off, unless you are from the area.”  Ezra smiled at JD.  He always enjoyed a good discussion such as this.  Plus it was amusing to put their youngest in the hot seat, so to speak.

 

Chris opened the door to his office, also looking for a reprieve from the boredom.  There were only so many expense reports one could look at before actually asking good on the threat to shoot someone.

 

“What’s up boys?” he asked, walking out of his office.

 

“JD here got one of those ‘Hometown Humor’ emails.  ‘You know you’re from Boston if…’ type of thing,” Buck answered. 

 

“I see.”  But he didn’t.  Were they all really this bored?

 

“He was laughing at something in it, but doesn’t want to share now,” said Vin. 

 

“Why not JD?” asked Chris.

 

“It’s dumb Chris.  Just skip it.”  JD didn’t want to go into all of it.

 

“Well, now I want to see this list.  Send it to us JD,” Chris said. 

 

“Fine,” JD relented.  But if one person made him say ‘park the car…’

 

“Good.”  Chris headed back to his office. 

 

JD emailed the list to everyone, and expected a whole ration of crap for it.  It was just one of those lists, why did everyone want to check it out so badly?  After it was sent, JD continued reading it where he left off…

 

21. You know that the Purple Line will take you anywhere
22. You love scorpion bowls.
23. You know what they sell at a Packie.
24. Sorry Manny, but number 24 means DEWEY EVANS.
25. You know what First Night is.
26. You know at least one guy named Sean, Pat, Whitey, Red, Bud or Seamus.
27. McLobster= McCrap!  what were they thinkin??? 
28. You know at least 2 cops in your town because they were your high school drinking buddies.
29. Sure there are 6 New England states, but
Connecticut really doesn't count.
30. You intentionally give wrong directions to tourists, feel bad when the drive off, but then say to yourself, "Ah, screw them."

31. You know at least one bar where you can get something to drink after last call.
32. You're sick of the Kennedy's, but you vote for them anyway.
33. You know holding onto the railing when riding the Green Line is not optional
34. The numbers '78 and '86 make you cringe.  BUCK-nah! 
35. You've been to Goodtimes before
36. You think the rest of the country owes you for Thanksgiving and Independence Day. (...and they DO).
37. You have never been to "Cheers."
38. The words 'WICKED' and 'GOOD' go together.
39. You've been to
Fenway Park several times.
40. You've gone to at least one party at U
Mass.

41. You own a "Yankees Suck" shirt or hat.
42. You know what a Frappe is.   and probably said HEY - how come this frappe has no ICE CREAM in it!! 
43. You've been to Hempfest.
44. You know who Frank Averuch is.  and been on his show as a kid 
45. ADVANCED: You know Frank Averuch was once Bozo the Clown
46. You can complete the following: "Lynn,
Lynn ......"  city of sin, you never come out the way you went in...and many other versions 
47. You get pissed off when a restaurant serves clam chowder, and it turns out to be friggin' Snows.
48. You actually know how to merge from six lanes of traffic down to one.
49. The TV weatherman is damn good if he's right 25% of the time.
50. You never go to "
Cape Cod," you go "down the Cape".

51. You think that Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon are more evil than Whitey Bulger.
52. You know who Whitey Bulger is.
53. You went to the Swan Boats, House of Seven Gables, or
Plymouth Plantation on a field trip in elementary school
54. Bobby Orr is loved as much as Larry Bird, Tom Brady, and Ted Williams.
55. You remember Major Mudd.  I-B-B-Y!! 
56. You know what candlepin bowling is  what other kind is there??? oh yeah...big-ball 
57. You can drive to the mountains and the ocean all in one day
58. You know
Scollay Square once stood where Government Center is.  
59. When you were a kid, Rex Trailer was the coolest guy around. Speaking of which...  I wanted a horse like Gold Rush! 
60. You can still hum the song from the end of
Boom Town

 

JD looked at the rest of his teammates.  They were all still engrossed in the list, so he continued.

 

61. Calling Carrabba's an "Italian" restaurant is sacrilege
62. You still have your old Flexible Flyer somewhere in your parents' attic.
63. You know that the Mass Pike is some sort of strange weather dividing line.  same with 495, "the western front" 

64. The only time you've been on the Freedom Trail is when relatives are in town.
65. The Big Dig tunnel disaster wasn't really that much of a surprise.  no kidding...yawn 
66. You call guys you've just met "Chief" or "Boss."
67. 4:15pm and pitch black out means there's just 3 more shopping days until Christmas
68. You know more than one person with the last name Murphy
69. You refer to Savin Hill as "Stab 'n Kill."
70. You've never eaten at Durgin Park , but recommend it to tourists.

71. You can't look at the zip code 02134 without singing it.    
72. You voted for a Republican Mormon as Governor just to screw with the rest of the country.
73. 11pm? Drunk? It means one thing:
Kowloon !

74. 2am? Drunk? It means one thing: Kelly's Roast Beef!
75. 5am? Drunk? It means one thing: You wish you had a blanket in your back seat
76. You know that P-Town isn't the name of a new rap group.
77. People you don't like are all "Bastids."
78. You took school or work off for the Patriots first Super Bowl Win Parade

79. You've called something "wicked pissa."
80. You'll always get razzed for Dukakis.

81. Saturday afternoons meant Creature Double Feature with Dale Dorman  talk about a face made for radio! 
82. Sunday mornings meant the Three Stooges on Channel 38
83. You've slammed on your brakes to deter a tailgater
84. No, you don't trust the Gorton's Fisherman.
85. You know that Papa Gino's usually has a jukebox
86. You think Aerosmith is the greatest rock band of all time.
87. Your town has at least 6 sub shops, and none of them are a Subway.
88. You know at least three Tony's, one Vinnie and a Frankie.
89. 20 degrees isn't that bad as long as there ain't no wind- then it gets wicked cold.
90. You were very sad when saying goodbye to the
Boston Garden

91. Thanksgiving means family, turkey, High School football, and the long version of
Alice 's Restaurant.
92. You know the guy who founded the
Boston Pops was Athah Feedlah.
93. You know what the Combat Zone is
94. You actually drive 45 minutes to
New Hampshire to save $5 in sales tax
95. You've pulled out of a side street and used your car to block oncoming traffic so you can make a left.  are we the only ones that do this??? 
96. You've bragged about the money you've saved at The Christmas Tree Shop

97. You've been to Hampton Beach on a Saturday night
98. Playing street hockey was a daily after school ritual.
99. Hearing an old lady shout "Numbah 96 for
Sioux City !" means it's time for steak
100. You remember Jordan Marsh, Grants, Bradlees, Caldor, Zayres, or Ann & Hope.
101. You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from
Massachusetts 

 

JD laughed at these.  They reminded him of home.

 


BUT WAIT - THERE'S MORE!!!!

 

  You think crosswalks are for wimps .    or more likely, the crossing SIGNS - like whats with that flashing hand anyway?? is it HURRY UP or BACK OFF!? 

  You think if someone's nice to you, they either want something  (THEY DO!!!)   or they are from out of town and probably lost 

   

  You are amazed when traveling out of town that people who work at McDonald's actually speak English

  You think it's not actually tailgating unless your bumper is touching the car in front of you

  You know that a yellow light means at least 5 more cars can get through ... and that a red light means 2 more can

  A Crown Victoria = Undercover Cop

  The transportation system is known as the "T"   a "Subway" is a lame sandwich shop 

  You could own a small town in Iowa for the cost of your house

  There are 24 Dunkin Donuts shops within 15 minutes of your house

  When people talk about the "curse of the Bambino," you know exactly what they are talking about, and you believe in it, too  REVERSED! 

  You think of Rhode Island as the "deep South"

  You believe using a turn signal gives away your plan to the enemy

  If you stay on the same road long enough, it will eventually have 3 or more different names

  Someone has honked at you because you didn't peel out the second the light turned green

  You've honked at someone because they didn't peel out the second the light turned green

  All the potholes just add excitement to your driving experience

  Stop signs mean slow down a little, but only if you feel like it

  Six inches of snow is considered a "dusting"

  Three days of 90+ heat is definitely a "heat wave" ... and 63° weather is "on the warm side"

  $15 to park is a bargain

  You cringe every time you hear some actor/actress imitate the "Boston accent" on TV or in a movie. If you don't have
it, you're never going to get it right ... even if you were born here

  At the ice cream shop, you call chocolate sprinkles "Jimmies"   I never knew they were called sprinkles elsewhere, that sounds like glitter 

  You can go from one side of your hometown to the other in less than 15 minutes and see at least 15 losers you
graduated with doing the same exact same thing they were doing the last time you saw them


 

 Thanks for visiting Massachusetts - please drive through... 

 

JD couldn’t stop smiling.  He even chuckled to himself on a lot of these.  Containing his mirth, he looked at the rest of his teammates again.  Nathan and Josiah were smiling as they read.  Obviously, they got at least some of the jokes on the list.

 

JD couldn’t get a read on the others though.  Buck looked deep in thought.  Ezra seemed to be reading at a rapid pace, and was he writing something down?? 

 

JD looked at Vin.  “I don’t get it.”

 

Here we go, thought JD.

 

“Like what?” he asked Vin.

 

“Ok, like number 14.  How do you say them towns?” he asked. 

 

“Woosta, Billricka, Glosta, Havril.”

 

All of them looked at JD when he spoke. 

 

“You’re shitting me,” said Vin. He wasn’t sure if he was being made fun of, cuz there wewre a bunch of letters in those town names, and he was sure JD wasn’t reading all the letters.

 

“No I’m not.  Trust me Vin.”  JD smiled.  Maybe this wasn’t going to be that bad. 

 

“What’s a ‘packie’?” asked Buck.

 

“Liquor Store,” answered Nathan.  He smiled when everyone looked at him.  “Rain has some college friends from Boston.  Last time they visited, I got a tutorial.  Packie is short for Package Store.”

 

Vin nodded.  “Bean Pot?”

 

“College Hockey Tournament.” Answered JD.

 

Chris came back out from his office.  “Why do you have to drive to New Hampshire on Sunday to buy alcohol?”  He sat on the corner of Vin’s desk, holding a printout of the list so that he could be involved in this conversation.

 

JD leaned back in his chair.  “Blue laws… until recently, liquor stores weren’t open on Sundays, so if you wanted beer or something, you had to go to New Hampshire.  They don’t sell beer in the grocery store.” 

 

This was starting to be fun.  The guys could find out things about JD just by asking him about this list.

 

“You really give wrong directions to tourists?” asked Josiah.

 

“Not personally, but yeah, people do.”

 

“78 and 86?” Asked Buck.

 

“World Series losses.  Hard ones.”

 

“Roger Clemens and Johnny Damon?” 

 

“Left the Sox to be on the Yankees.”

 

“Real baseball town, huh?” asked Josiah.

 

“Loyal sports town.  You just don’t go jumping sides to the enemy.”

 

“If Rhode Island is the Deep South, I must be from the pits of Hades,” drawled the southerner with a grin.

 

JD just smiled back.

 

“The Freedom Trail?” asked Chris.

 

“Lost of history up there, but you don’t appreciate it unless someone pointsit out to you.  There’s also Concord and Lexington, Minuteman National Park, Plymouth Plantation  List goes on.  Living there, you see it as commonplace…” JD shrugged.

 

“What’s with the iced coffee?  I’ve seen you do that.  Other people do that?” asked Buck.

 

“Can’t explain that one.  Just something I’ve always done.  Also eat lots of ice cream in the winter.”  Again a shrug.  JD didn’t understand himself why those were commonplace.

 

Kowloon?” Josiah asked.

 

“Awesome Chinese food.”

“Combat Zone?” asked Vin, eyebrows arched.

 

“Bad part of town.  It isn’t there anymore.  They cleaned that up.  Always interesting though.”  JD smiled.  His days as a cop on the Boston PD took him through that area a lot.

 

“Jesus JD, reading this I get why you drive the way you do,” Chris said.

 

“That’s why I usually drive my bike.  Road rage in a car.  You think I’m bad, you should try driving in Boston.  It’s crazy.  Even when I go back there, it’s nuts.”

 

“Ah have ta ask,” Ezra put on his thickest drawl, “tha accent?”

 

“What about it?” asked JD back.

 

“Wheya is it?”

 

JD smiled a large, toothy grin.  “Hidden.  Faded.  Who knows.  You want to hear a good accent, you should hear the girl that sent me the email.”  Dammit!

 

“A girl?” Buck asked, interest piqued.  He turned back to his computer monitor and looked at the email again.  “Jinx?”

 

“What kind of a name is that?” asked Vin.

 

“Nickname.”

 

“She cute?”

 

“Shut up Buck.”

 

“How you know her?” asked Chris.

 

“Long story.”

 

“Short version?” asked Chris again.  It wasn’t like JD to dodge a question.

 

“I arrested her.”

 

part 2

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
ex_egorstan
Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm embarrassed again. Good Lord! I thought I had read all your stories.

Pleas slap me - hard!

This is so different from the others. Means your versatile (I'm sure I've spelt that wrong) and I love a versatile (probably still wrong, even though I spelt it the same) writer.

And just as well written. To me, it shows what a good writer you are when you can keep a reader's interest without putting any h/c into a story.
winks7985
Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
aww thanks...

yeah, i had gotten this email,and for whatever reason, i thought of jd and how he doesn't have an accent in atf fic, even though he's from boston.

i'm from near boston and my accent is wicked thick. but i also have friends who lived here their whole lives and have no boston accent. so i thought, hey that would be a good story.

it was my second story i wrote, and i know it's a little rough, but i enjoyed the humor of it.

and i would never slap you... :D

*spouse hugz*
ex_egorstan
Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Didn't seem rough to me :)

And I also love accents, especially British accents - brought up on British tv!

*big spouse hug*
winks7985
Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
accents rule!!

*S.H.* <-- thet's a spouse hug :)
asong2sing2
Mar. 14th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Ahh, this was just too funny! I was rolling around laughing myself sick and had to share it with my roomies.One of which is from Boston and he was just sitting there saying, 'yep, got it right...'

But why do you want me to ship you up a NYPD if:
28. You know at least 2 cops in your town because they were your high school drinking buddies.

???

Sounds like you are covered!

Some of these like:

You think crosswalks are for wimps . or more likely, the crossing SIGNS - like whats with that flashing hand anyway?? is it HURRY UP or BACK OFF!?

 You think if someone's nice to you, they either want something (THEY DO!!!) or they are from out of town and probably lost



 You are amazed when traveling out of town that people who work at McDonald's actually speak English

 You think it's not actually tailgating unless your bumper is touching the car in front of you

are the same for here...scary!

Now..tell the truth. 'Jinx' is you. I am right. Aren't I?!?

LOL

Thanks so much for sharing.
winks7985
Mar. 14th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
the drinking buddies form high school that are now cops are either 1. married or 2. gross.

jinx is not me, per se. same speech patterns, but no. not me. i don't put myself in my stories. :D

i'm working a bit on a sequel to this, and i've given her the name Leah.

i'm glad your roomies liked it, and you too! where in bostonis your friend from?
asong2sing2
Mar. 14th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
He said North end.

Too bad about the cops up there...we have some of those here to. But I guess, because there are more maybe, we have some nicer ones too...and some that are just too...too! Some are nice, some are jerks. Kind of like life. Huh?!

I know I voted for a sequel for this..just cause of the name. Figued I should read it too. :D

But...gotta go now and have dinner.
Hope you are feeling better!
winks7985
Mar. 15th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
ooo north end is a fun part of town!

i actually live 12 miles north of boston in a wonderful suburb... close enough to boston that i can see it from the mountain in town, but far enough away to not have to deal with it day-to-day.

hahah you had voted for a sequel to this without having read it? that's awesome!!

and yeah, i think i am starting to feel better.

*hugs*
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