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Gypsy Fiddle: that '24' reference

Here's the scene which inspired the poll. I'd like to note I'm not stressing over this, I'm just curious what people think.
The sound of helicopters makes Kostyantyn's heart jump before he notices that the TV is on, colored flicker on the wall, hushed voices and the sound of gunshots. Why is this on when nothing else is?

He approaches the room, crossing the small hallway. He hears the familiar beep beep of Jack Bauer's ticking clock, probably a repeat on FX. A shadow parts the amber glow for a moment, then disappears. The fictional agent continues to shout at somebody amidst the sounds of guns and helicopters.

Kostyantyn stops cold. His right hand moves back to touch the bottom part of his violin case; an unnecessary but nonetheless vital reassurance that the instrument is still there. It sings a nervous tune in his mind, the notes cautious and somber at the same time. He's never felt such apprehension from the fiddle before. His breath shivering, he forces one foot in front of the other. He forces himself to believe the shadow was a trick of the lights and his mother has fallen asleep on the love seat.

In the room the television is louder, the screaming nonsensical to Kostyantyn as he steps over to the set to turn it off. The sudden silence hurts almost as much as the sounds. The couch is empty, the window open just a crack.


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Jul. 9th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
IMHO putting it as a rerun sorta defuses the 'omg 2009!' thing. OTOH people may be wondering who Jack Bauer is in 15 years too.... I'd probably leave it myself.
Jul. 9th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I don't see any reason to change it. All it tells you is that the setting is sometime in the past six or seven years. And that's vague enough that it won't tie into anything that's going to 'date' the story at all.
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