Title: Truth or Dare - Seven Style
Disclaimer: The only way I would ever own the Magnificent Seven is if I
win a rather sizable lottery. I haven’t yet, but one of these days a
string of sevens WILL win. I need only to wait.
Archive: If you want it go ahead, but tell me where please.
Warnings: Very minor damage, they should be back to normal in a few days
Type: March Challenge answer for Community Zero : Give any one of the
seven a hobby the other six do not know about, until events conspire to
bring it to their attention. Hobby must not be anything previously
mentioned in other stories...i.e. no working at a shelter for Josiah, no
piano playing for Ezra, no working with neighborhood kids for Vin. You
get the idea. In essence I want to know what one of the boys does with
his down time, and the reaction of the others when they find out. They
aren't always working.
Pairing/Main Characters: no slash this time, All Seven
Notes: The guys decide to have a game of Truth or Dare, Seven Style.
Truth or Dare - Seven Style
It was a normal weekend for Team Seven after a long, semi-harrowing
case. Thankfully, the case had resulted in no injuries more serious than
a slightly twisted ankle. Suffered by Nathan no less. The team was
celebrating by having a pleasantly drunken weekend at Chris Larabee’s
ranch. None of them could actually explain later why their behavior had
degenerated into the cheerful mentality of five-year-olds, except that
it had seemed like a good idea at the time. They couldn’t claim that
it was the alcohol, since they were at the pleasantly ‘buzzed’
stage, where motor controls were not affected and nearly everything
That was why, after thoroughly exhausting the usual ‘party’ games,
it was decided that the ultimate game had yet to be played. The game
called Truth or Dare. They had tried other games with various results.
Buck had proven himself an able Twister player, claiming that it was his
animal magnetism and the related extracurricular activities that kept
him in shape. A debate between Josiah and Nathan had resulted in the
declaration that JD and not Chris had won the Pin the Tail on the Donkey
game. Chris had pinned the paper donkey, while JD had pinned Buck. Out
of the three rounds of Musical Chairs Vin had won two rounds and Ezra
one-and-a-half. This came about since Ezra had ended up on Vin’s lap
instead of the chair. That game was then retired, and since Hide and
Seek was out of the question, they had tried it before, and it was too
dark to play tag; it was time for Truth or Dare.
This type of Truth or Dare was unique to Team Seven, for the sole reason
that Ezra owned a colorful set of eight-sided dice. Each number up to
seven corresponded to a person, while 8 meant ‘roll again.’ The
first die was the person giving out the challenge, be it dare or
statement of truth. The second die was the number of people the
challenge would be directed to. Dice were then rolled to discover who
the unfortunate recipients of the challenge would be.
As the evening wore on this resulted in some unforeseen results. The
conga line had been done. Chris was wearing white. JD wore panty hose
knotted into a tie around his neck. Vin’s hair was in braids and blue
bows. Ezra had red toenails and had been forced to do traditional Indian
dances with Vin and Nathan. Nathan had run around the house four times
wearing nothing but socks and shoes. Josiah had to kiss the floor of
each room. JD had played Romeo to Josiah’s Juliet. Buck had to give
Chris’ horse a carrot using his teeth, while wearing a dress.
Then the first die rolled a 4 and the second rolled a 7.
“What do you guys say to doing ‘truth’ for a change?” Chris
asked the group at large.
“A truly excellent idea Mr. Larabee.” Ezra said with a faint frown
on his face as his toes cheerfully winked back at him. Similar words,
grunts, and nods signaled the agreement, and six pairs of eyes turned to
Josiah for the truth question.
Josiah thought for a moment. “Brothers, I should like to know what
your hidden hobbies are.”
“Well, you go first Josiah.” Buck said hurriedly.
“Of course Brother Buck. Wildlife photography has been my passion
since I was twelve.”
“That’s neat.” JD said enthusiastically, “Mine is pysanky, my
mom taught me. It’s Ukrainian egg decorating with wax and dyes.”
“I rent movies and do Mystery Science Theater comments all the way
through.” That was a surprise, since Nathan was the last person they
had expected to like that.
“And I enjoy origami and Dragon Dice Tournaments.”
“Dragon Dice, Ez?” Chris asked.
“Dragon Dice,” Ezra confirmed. “The chance roll of the dice, and
the challenge of maneuvering, waging, and winning wars. A truly
“Origami, Ez?” Vin asked him curiously.
“Yes, I’ve been folding a crane for each person who lost their life
on nine-eleven.” Ezra replied somberly.
“I like making pottery.” Chris said to break up the heavy moment of
silence that had fallen. “And basket-weaving.” The rest of the men
just looked at him. That was even stranger than Nathan’s hobby.
“I like caving” came the even more surprising hobby from Vin.
“Vin, you’re claustrophobic. Wouldn’t that be the last thing
“Nah, Nathan.” Vin answered. “I’m closet-phobic in the city,
where the walls shut out the wind. But when I’m caving I’m one with
the earth…. It feels… right.”
“What do you like to do Buck?” JD asked his roommate.
Then came the statement that made Team Seven decide that they’d had
too much beer and it was time to sleep it off.
“I like… flower-arranging.”