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sam_storyteller ([personal profile] sam_storyteller) wrote2005-07-12 10:35 am
Entry tags:

Meeting of the Minds; CSI/Dexter, PG.

Rating: PG
Fandoms: CSI/Dexter
Summary: Gil Grissom meets a young forensics expert from Miami and uncovers an intriguing puzzle.
Warnings: None.

Originally Posted 10.14.06

Also available at AO3.

There is a podfic of this available from Reena Jenkins!


"Mr. Grissom!"

Gil Grissom heard his name even over the chatter of the crowded reception hall, perhaps because he was standing next to a plaster wall that bounced it back at him. He had learned, over the years, that the left ear picks up patterns and harmonics, while the right ear picks up speech; he turned his head slightly and listened to be sure.

"Mr. Grissom," someone said again, and pushing through the crowd --

No. He didn't push through the crowd at all. He was moving through the crowd like a jaguar, and people were parting before him unconsciously, swaying away, making a path wherever the lantern-jawed young man looked. Gil watched in fascination.

"Mr. Grissom," he said for a third time, and held out his hand. Gil smiled and shook it, noting strong blunt fingers and a firm policeman's grip. "I'm Dexter Morgan, forensics out of Miami PD. I was at your lecture this afternoon. I wanted to introduce myself."

"The pleasure is mine," Gil replied, studying his eyes. Pale, greenish, and very cold. A pleasant, handsome young face, almost boyish -- Dexter Morgan couldn't be more than thirty-five, if that. "I hope you enjoyed it."

"I did," Dexter said solemnly, releasing his hand. "Blood is my specialty, particularly spatter patterns. The work your team's been doing with lasers is really impressive. Out in Miami we're still using yarn and telescopoles."

"Well, there's something to be said for hands-on work, particularly as a trainee. Lasers are tricky business," Gil replied, falling easily into the clipped rhythm of forensic shoptalk.

"So's blood," Dexter answered, grinning cryptically.

Gil realised, quite suddenly, that he was in the presence of a monster. He'd felt this before, over the years, with other cases. Pale men with unruly hair who drew pictures of women strapped up and gagged; tall, muscular fellows who dressed in latex and flayed people alive.

Dexter was more handsome, he was well-put-together and he wore a pressed white shirt, had neatly trimmed light brown hair and straight teeth. His face was animated and Gil had no doubt that intellectually he was truly enjoying their discussion.

But his eyes were flat and cold and took everything in, and Gil could see in them that something about the human race was perpetually gnawing at Dexter, perplexing him.

" -- attention to detail is really admirable. I'd like to buy you dinner and pick your brain," Dexter was saying.

I'll bet you would, Gil thought. But then...he knew a little bit about how perplexing people could be, and just because you were a monster didn't mean you were a bad person. Gil tended to reserve judgement until observation and science had provided him with more evidence.

"I'll buy dinner," he said impusively. "And you can pick my brain for free, Mr. Morgan."

After all, you didn't learn anything about a crime scene unless you were standing in the middle of it.


[identity profile] 2006-10-15 04:52 am (UTC)(link)
Eee, my first Dexter fic! I was just thinking yesterday what an fascinating addition Dexter is to the forensics shows airing now. I'm not surprised Grissom could pick up on Dexter's underlying creepiness and would find him an intriguing object of study. It also makes sense that Dexter would be, in his own way, impressed by Gil's methods. Oh yes, I like this very much. :)

[identity profile] 2006-10-15 05:11 am (UTC)(link)
This makes me very, very happy, you should know.

[identity profile] 2006-10-16 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Glad to hear it! :D

[identity profile] 2006-10-15 05:13 am (UTC)(link)
... Huh.


(Anonymous) 2006-10-15 06:02 am (UTC)(link)
First Dexter fic, yay!!!

Dexter is my shiny new obsession, although my landlady thinks I'm a little nutty to like it...

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[identity profile] 2006-10-15 03:28 pm (UTC)(link)
I've never seen "Dexter" since I don't have Showtime, but I really am impressed by the deft way you captured Grissom's voice. Well done. Nice vignette.

[identity profile] 2006-10-15 05:21 pm (UTC)(link)
...Interesting. I've never seen Dexter, either, but it seems like an intriguing show. Maybe I'll look into adding Showtime after all...

[identity profile] 2006-10-15 06:53 pm (UTC)(link)
If you know how to use Torrent, you don't need to -- you can download the episodes, generally a day or two after they air. I think right now Showtime is offering the first two episodes on their website, too. :)

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[identity profile] 2006-10-15 07:41 pm (UTC)(link)
That was interesting. Grisoms sarcastic nature in this was very true to the show. Its awesome.

[identity profile] 2006-10-16 11:36 am (UTC)(link)
HOLY-- that was truly freaky. I didn't know you wrote CSI fics!

Although I'm afraid I don't know too much about Dexter, living in the Philippines makes me a late recepient of cool new American tv shows.

I don't have a problem imagining Michael C. Hall as creepy (I'm a fan of his from Six Feet Under). Their forensics masterminds showdown dinner should prove to be a thrilling scenario. I like these mind-bending scares crime-solving tv can offer.

More fic? :D

[identity profile] 2006-10-16 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I write CSI once in a long while, when I need to get my Grissom on. :D

You can watch the first two episodes of Dexter on Showtime's website, so I'm told. It's a....creepy, creepy show.

[identity profile] 2006-10-19 10:59 am (UTC)(link)
I swear, Sam, you can make me read and enjoy anything, even for shows I don't watch much and/or at all.

On a semi-related topic, you and your wonderful stories were the topic in my recs journal this week. The link is here - -- and if you don't want it there, I will of course remove it -- but I love your fic and want everyone else to read it too, hence the posting.

[identity profile] 2006-10-19 02:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! What a lovely reccspost you wrote, I'm deeply honoured. :) I would certainly never ask you to remove it!

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[identity profile] 2006-10-20 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
and just because you were a monster didn't mean you were a bad person.

Fantastic! That phrase reflects both Gil's mind and the ethos of the Dexter show perfectly. Kudos!

[identity profile] 2006-10-22 07:53 am (UTC)(link)
"So's blood," Dexter answered, grinning cryptically.

*glees* I love it, especially how you've written Dexter's dextrously polite and easy-going way of talking.
amaresu: Sapphire and Steel from the opening (Default)

[personal profile] amaresu 2006-10-23 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
This made me happy.

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[identity profile] 2006-11-07 12:25 am (UTC)(link)
Hee! NOW YOU WRITE SOME *tags you*

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[identity profile] 2007-01-03 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, I really like this for both of them. I just got hooked on Dexter, got hooked on CSI ages ago, but this sounds right in every detail. That, I think, is exactly what Gil would think, and a great look at Dexter from that angle. The last line was perfect. Do you have any more anywhere?

[identity profile] 2007-01-04 12:22 am (UTC)(link)
Fraid this is all, at least for now :) Glad you enjoyed it, though!

[identity profile] 2007-01-08 09:30 pm (UTC)(link)
This was tremendous and made me very very gleeful, and I'm so pleased that this idea was so well-written. I love that instant recognition. It's actually kinda interesting, thinking about it, because Grissom is very attentive to detail, but at the same time, he's very unobservant when it comes to social cues, rather like Dexter himself. Though, of course, it isn't identification on Gil's part, but rather the experience of all the years of encountering monsters. And it seems very in-character for Grissom to withhold judgement until he gathers more evidence. LOVE the last line. Loveloveloved it. I really really hope you write more.

Most of the world thinks Bush sucks

(Anonymous) 2007-02-16 01:43 am (UTC)(link)
Bush and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren't a lot safer now. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. What do you think? Why has bush turned our country from a country of hope and prosperity to a country of belligerence and fear.
Are we safer today than we were before?
The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren't living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

(Anonymous) 2007-02-28 10:01 am (UTC)(link)
Oh my God. -random comment- Your physical description of Dexter was amazing!

[identity profile] 2007-08-29 04:10 am (UTC)(link)
O.O I was wandering through CSI fic recs and read this and thought it was brilliant and wondered who the author was :P Very nice. Grissom great and in character. Last line is a killer :D

[identity profile] 2007-08-29 05:10 am (UTC)(link)
LOL! Have I told you about the time a friend from high school friended me because "Your writing reminded me of...oh. You." :D

[identity profile] 2007-09-18 08:54 am (UTC)(link)
*squee* I'd like to pick *your* brain. Read this right in time for the second season too...

Any possibility of sequels?


[identity profile] 2007-10-12 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
I just saw the first eight eps of "Dexter" on DVD this week, and I'm intrigued by the many xover fic possibilities "Dexter" offers. Grissom was the first character I thought of who has a similar dry, ironic voice.

Reading this, I remembered the ep a few years ago where Grissom says he financed his first body farm, back in college, by winning poker games. He has that same detached-observer relationship to the rest of humanity.

After all, you didn't learn anything about a crime scene unless you were standing in the middle of it.

What a great line to end on. Let me know if you write more about these two shows.
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this great fic!

[identity profile] 2007-10-16 10:03 pm (UTC)(link)
I just found this fic recced at Dexter_Fanfiction and I loved it! The only thing I can think would make it better is MORE! Please? A dinner scene echoing the food porn of the Dexter opening credits would be cool!

Re: this great fic!

[identity profile] 2007-10-20 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it -- I WANT to write some more but don't know when I'll be able...but I love the idea of foodporn ala opening credits. Hmmm...

[identity profile] 2007-10-17 11:14 pm (UTC)(link)
I agree. It's an awesome fic and it's a pity there's no sequel (at least I didn't find one).

[identity profile] 2007-10-20 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you! Alas there is no sequel, but I never rule out writing one...
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[identity profile] 2007-10-25 07:06 am (UTC)(link)
I just thought of a cool plot bunny, not sure if you've read Dexter in the Dark but if you have let me know.

[identity profile] 2007-10-26 02:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I can't recall -- it seemed to me like I finished the series but now I'm not sure...

Extremely well done

(Anonymous) 2007-10-26 12:39 am (UTC)(link)
Like this a lot. Keep writing. You captured both characters.


Re: Extremely well done

[identity profile] 2007-10-26 02:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!

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