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19 December 2013 @ 04:55 am
Fic: ‘Tis the Season: Suck it, baby, suck it.  
Title: ‘Tis the Season: Suck it, baby, suck it.
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)
Rating: (PG)
Time Period: Season 1, after Thanksgiving (after the Golem).
Summary: Ichabod learns about candy canes.

Author's Note: This is quick ‘n’ dirty (for definition see the F. A. Q.).

I had fun with the title, needed after the turn the story took but it seems in keeping with the show! (Or so I hope!)

You don't need to have seen the show to read this but maybe if you have seen it, you might pick up on stuff you otherwise might not. 'Lieutenant' is also written as it is due to how Ichabod says it on the show.

All characters contained herein are the intellectual property of Washington Irving, Phillip Iscove, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci & Len Wiseman; I am not affiliated with nor endorsed by them.


“Thank you,” he says as Abbie gives him a curved lolly. “What is this?” He holds it up for her to see the red and white peppermint curves. “I have not seen this before this month.”

“Are you serious, Crane?”

“I am perfectly serious,” he replies. “What is it?”

“A Christmas tradition,” she answers, knowing it best to be honest. “Candy for the holidays.”

“What is it, Leftenant?”

“Can't you let it be, Crane?” She asks, knowing he won't.

“Leftenant ...”

“Fine,” she sighs; she'd wanted to avoid this conversation until after Christmas. She'd already had to explain the oversized hosiery he'd kept asking about. “It's a candy cane.”

He turns the cane in his fingers. “A candy cane,” he repeats.


Oh dear, Abbie thinks when she hears his question. His slow answer.

“A candy cane,” she repeats. “A … lolly,” she finally remembers the word. “Usually children have them. A Christmas tradition that even adults enjoy now. You must have had them” she finishes.

“We didn't have this.” He flourishes the lolly. “We never had these at Christmas.”

She looks to him when there isn't more. “What did you have?” She finally asks.

“Sticks,” he says softly, twirling the plastic wrapped cane between his fingers. “White sticks the parson gave children to be quiet, usually,” he smiles wryly, “at Christmas to keep them quiet.” He looks at her. “If these are a Christmas tradition, they must mean something.”


“Because everything at Christmas means something. There are always stories about how something started,” he explains, still quietly. “And they gave them to children?”

“That's what I remember,” she says before sitting at a desk. “Let's look up candy canes on the internet,” she ignores his slight shudder at that suggestion, “and see what we can find about them,” she says as she pulls the keyboard towards her.

He sits at the desk, still holding onto the red and white cane.

She flips through webpages --- expertly, in his opinion --- before looking at him. “There's lots of history here,” she gestures at the webpage she left open, “but not a lot about the myth. That,“ she glances at the screen briefly, “I can see. They didn't become like that,” she nods at the candy cane, “until they reached America and then not until the twentieth century. The first historical mention of them in America is not until the nineteenth century.”

No need to mention it was a German immigrant with their recent experiences with Hessians.

He nods. “I see,” he says and smiles at Abbie. “Thank you, Leftenant.” He stands. “For the candy cane and the information.”

“What are you going to do, Crane?”

“Go home, Leftenant,” he explains simply. “Go home.”

“And chop firewood?”

“However did you guess?”

She stands and reaches into her pocket; the keys are there. “Lucky guess, Crane. Lucky guess.” She shrugs into the coat she'd left on the back of the chair. “Come on,” she says. “I'll take you.”

He inclines his head, falling into step beside her. “What does one do with a candy cane, Leftenant?”

She doesn't laugh, or smile, as he asks.

“You see, Crane, you suck it ...”
Armchair DM: Carson: No no no AIEEE!!armchairdm on December 19th, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
Suck iiiittttt......

But how many people chew it when they first encounter it?
F. J.: shalowater: golden candlesmorethanacandle on December 19th, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
Did you have to mention that? It makes me think of Psych!

And Crane mightn't chew it now ...