The Magnificent Seven M7M Challenge
03 January 2005 - Third Time's The Charm

Disclaimer: The Magnificent Seven belong to MGM, Trilogy, etc.
Challenge: M7M Challenge for 1-03-05: use the phrase "That's the second time he's done that to me, there'll not be a third." from "Master And Commander".
Universe: Various
Characters: Seven
Rating: Gen
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Third Time's The Charm

Little Britches ATF – Chris, Buck

Chris ducked around the base of the tree and blew out a breath as he wiped his face.

Buck chuckled to himself. “Looks like Vin got you again,” he observed of his drenched friend.

The small family was playing a game where Vin and JD were defending their tree fort from the encroaching enemy (Buck and Chris). The weapons were water guns and so far the two boys were winning quite handily.

Chris turned rueful eyes upon his oldest friend and nodded his head in agreement. “This is the second time he’s done this too me.” He paused then to check his water level and peer around the tree. “There’ll not be a third.”

Dungeons and Dragons – Vin, JD

“Vin!” JD called out, reaching down to help his friend up. “What happened?” he asked. Last he knew Vin had been up in the tree firing at their enemy.

Vin brushed himself off and glared across the field of battle at the wizard standing safely behind the lines; the one who had knocked him out of the tree – again. “This is the second time he’s done this to me, there’ll not be a third,” the determined half-elf declared as he drew an arrow and prepared to fire, using JD to block the wizard’s view.

The arrow was loosed. The wizard fell. The battle ended soon thereafter leaving the seven once more victorious.

ATF – JD, Buck

“No!” screamed JD, slapping his hand against his desk.

Buck came racing into the room from the kitchen where he’d been making his lunch. “What is it?” he asked, scanning the room for threats.

JD turned, eyes burning in frustration as he wordlessly indicated the computer screen. Buck saw that his friend was logged onto a gaming site where players could go one-on-one.

Eyes narrowing in determination, JD turned a steely gaze upon Buck. “This is the second time he’s done this to me,” he hissed, “there’ll not be a third.” With that declaration hanging in the air, JD turned his attention back to the computer and a new session.

Old West – Buck, Josiah

Buck stood still in disbelief, holding a glass of punch in either hand. The town dance had given him the perfect excuse to get close to Inez. He had gone to get them both punch and turned back to see her walking out onto the dance floor with Ezra.

“Problem, brother?” Josiah asked, walking up behind Buck.

Wilmington glanced at Josiah and then at the dancing couple. Shoving the punch into the other man’s hands, Buck declared, ‘This is the second time he’s done this to me, there’ll not be a third,” before he headed out onto the dance floor to cut-in between Ezra and Inez.

Promises – Ezra, Vin

Ezra sat in his chair utterly chagrined as Buck went scampering off, a shiny penny in his pants pocket; one he’d just won from Ezra. “I don’t believe it, “ the stunned conman said aloud.

“That boy of mine is pretty slick,” Vin observed quietly, watching Buck as he ran to show Nathan his new prize.

After a moment’s disbelief, he squared his shoulders in determination. “This is the second time he’s done this to me,” Ezra declared, turning his gaze upward to meet Vin’s. “There’ll not be third.”

The proud father smiled and clapped Standish on the shoulder. “We’ll see,” he offered, walking away to catch up with his boy.

Lost Lambs – Josiah, Chris

Chris heard the scuffling sounds coming from behind the church and headed back to see what was going on, ready to break up trouble. In stead he found Josiah, hoe still raised in the air, glaring at a crow that had perched in a nearby tree. Glancing around the garden, he could see the signs that the crow had gotten into the corn. “Crow?” Chris asked.

“This is the second time he’s done this to me, there’ll not be a third,” he finished, a calculating smile appearing on his face. Turning toward Chris he held out his hand. “Might I have use of your gun for a moment?”

Little Britches Star Trek – Nathan, Vin, JD

The two little boys raced up to their uncle as he shook his head, trying to clear it.

Nathan finally got the ringing in his ears to stop and looked up at the boys. He had known this would be a bad idea, but the boys had been so good recently so he had agreed to take them back to the medieval program on the holo-deck. Now, as he shifted his armor around, he remembered why he’d stopped coming. Jousting was painful.

“You ok?” the boys asked.

Nodding, Nathan’s eyes wandered toward his opponent. Forcing himself up, he declared, “This is the second time he’s done this to me, there’ll not be a third.”

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