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Title: Silent Places
Fandom: Dexter
Prompt: #25, Placebo Effect
Rating: PG13
Warnings: None besides the fandom.
Summary: A list of things unsaid.
Spoilers: Spoilers for S1, although it takes place before.
Word Count: About two hundred and fifty.

You had your doubts. About many things.

Doubts about him being a cop. Doubts about the stories he told your daughter over dinner, even as you knew he was sugar-coating them to make her sleep better when he worked the night shift. Doubts about the nights he came with empty eyes, and you almost hoped he was thinking about cheating on you.

You never told him any of them, just as your mother had never told your father any of hers. You weren't sure either about the wisdom of that lesson, but silence was always the safest choice.

And he's your husband.

You almost protested when he brought the kid home. It was one thing to bring back the pain and violence of his work, the always-present possibility of having to raise your daughter alone, but this was something else. He had brought the kid from a place so bad he had refused to speak about it, and had asked, no, he had needed you to be a mother for him.

You aren't sure you understand why. By the time you think of him as 'Dexter' instead of 'the kid', it no longer matters.

Pretty soon his 'A's make you as proud as Debra's. He's bright, and polite, and he tries so hard.

You still have your doubts about his smile and his reluctant hugs, and about the way he sometimes looks at other people, but you never tell anybody about them. He's bright, and polite, and he tries so hard.

And he's your son.



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 15th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)

And he's your son.

There needs to be lots more stories about mommy!Morgan out there. Lots and lots.
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
*nods* I agree!
Mar. 15th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Also, "Awwwwww."
I really need a broader mind; I never even once queried the existence of Mommy Morgan.

*hangs head in shame*
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Also, "Awwwwww."
The show didn't pay much attention to her, either; I don't know about the books. It's... well, I guess the underlying metaphor is that Dexter's biological mother and Harry were his parents (one, in a sense, giving him his forgotten emotions, the other training his mind/techné). The other two parents are somewhat forgotten.
Mar. 15th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
I don't have much experience trying to write from a mother's POV; after writing this, I'm not sure I'd be very comfortable trying to get more.
Mar. 15th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
... and his reluctant hugs, and about the way he sometimes looks at other people,

Guh. I love it. I too never thought about Momma Morgan. I just always assumed she was dead or something. This is really good.
Mar. 15th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
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cass, can you not

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