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FIC: A Beautiful Mind - moonspinner
FIC: A Beautiful Mind
Title: A Beautiful Mind
Author: moonspinner
Timeframe: Pre-JA, 5 years before Dooku's Knighting.
Rating: PG
Characters: Dooku and Jocasta Nu.
Summary: Even as a teenager, Dooku gave the most backhanded compliments.
Author's Note: This isn't really new but I did some tweaking and felt like sharing.


5 years before Yan Dooku’s Knighthood...

Ancient tomes were spread open in front of the pair as they studied. The little light that came into their secluded corner reflected off her pale hair and when Dooku glanced up from his datapad the dance of light as she moved her head distracted him. His eyes rested on the top of her head for so long that she looked up inquisitively.

“What?” she asked.


She bent her head to her work again. He kept on staring. After a few seconds, she raised her head, irritated.

“I can’t help it,” he said before she could speak, “I’ve never seen anything so beautiful.”

Her eyes narrowed.

“You, that is,” he said, to make his point clearer.

Her eyes were still narrowed but she was colouring as well. She looked down at her work.

“You have a beautiful mind.”

She jerked back up. “A beautiful mind?”

“What else?” It was his turn to narrow his eyes. “Don’t tell me you’ve become as vain as that Twi’lek Padawan of Master Sapiro?”

“Don’t pretend you can’t remember her name,” she snapped.

“Irrelevant.” He drawled. “You used to be so sensible.”

She favoured him with such a cold, piercing glare that he turned back at once to his tome. She glared at his dark head a few seconds longer for good measure before she also returned to her work. Strained silence, punctuated by the sporadic and furious flapping of turning pages, followed.

Jocasta finally closed ‘The Annals of Healer Meg’i’ton’, and reached for another tome. As she did so, she sneaked a glance at him. His pale face was even paler against his night-black cloak: he never tanned well. He was not a handsome boy, not technically: the bones of his face were too sharp, and his mouth’s natural slant looked cruel except when he smiled. No, it was not his looks. It was something else, something closer to charisma…

“You aren’t falling in love with me, are you?”

Her eyes jumped to his direct, smirking gaze. She flushed. “Don’t flatter yourself.”

“Well, one of us has to do it, don’t you think?”

A cold glare was not as effective from a blushing face so she tried to ignore him and drew the tome to herself.

“Which is a pity,” he continued easily. He leaned in close - she looked up, startled - until his nose was almost touching hers, “because it would be so easy to fall in love …” his mouth twitched “… with your mind.”

His eyes were so grey they were almost silver. She could see her own wide blue ones reflected in his, as well as the rest of her shocked face. He was laughing at her with his eyes, but it was not cruel, it was never cruel, although many people who only looked at his mouth tended not to know this. The amusement that stared at her out of those silver eyes was laced with gentle affection… and then something else…

Her eyes darkened at the same time his did. Jocasta bit her lip.

Dooku drew back so sharply she almost fell forward. Instead, she sat frozen, blinking rapidly in confusion, then slowly she slumped into her chair, feeling dazed, then gradually annoyed, foolish and very worked up.

“Why don’t you just run off and play with your nameless Twi’lek friend?” She snarled, pushing back from her chair as she got up angrily.

He caught her wrist as she passed him. His eyes were downcast, hidden beneath long dark lashes, as he deliberately placed his thumb on her pulse. Jocasta hated herself for not yanking her hand away, for letting him hold her there.

“‘Waterfall of Impassivity’” he murmured. “That’s the most effective calming technique to use when you’re…” his mouth twitched again; she longed to slap it “… worked up.”

She yanked her wrist away and walked off.

Dooku was left alone in the silence of the Archive stall. Without her to obstruct them, the shards of sunlight now bathed the tomes on the desk with a soft glow that reflected off his face, turning it from pale to golden. He rubbed his thumb and forefinger together, fancying that he could still feel Jocasta’s furious pulse on his skin.

“I guess I was right,” he murmured. “You are falling in love with me.”

Current Mood: optimistic optimistic

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selenak From: selenak Date: September 7th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I haven't seen this before, and I love it. I had been wondering about Dooku and Jocasta, based on her reaction in AotC, and whether she wasn't how he deleted the material in question in the archives...
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 7th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! It's always been my pet theory that she either deleted them for him or he used his *waggles eyebrows* influence over her to delete them.
indiefic From: indiefic Date: September 7th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting. This is the first piece I've ever read written in this time period. I have to say I find the character of Dooku to be very interesting. I hope you continue.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 7th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I make no promises. I wrote another of these 'of like mind' vignettes a while ago and I'll probably re-post it as well once I've polished it off - but that's it.

Re-working this made me realize just how much I liked writing this Dooku though. He's such a cool customer - snarky bastard, but still on the side of the Light - and Jocasta is just so easily flustered in this incarnation... I won't mind playing with them again. :)
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 8th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks a lot! I've already started thinking of a couple of plotlines... One involves Jo as an undercover dancing girl and Dooku crashing her assignment. :-P
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 10th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Argh! I am so tempted! I wish I could tell you the bunny but I've noticed that when I outline ideas before I write them, they go away. Anyway... you're very close but from a 'mirror' approach, if that makes any sense. *g*
geo4real From: geo4real Date: September 7th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember this! Enjoyed it then, and again now. You could cut the tension between them with a knife...

I love your theory. It makes all kinds of sense.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 7th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I've had that theory challenged in several arenas so thanks again! I didn't even know you had read it before. You're all kinds of awesome to figure out it was me under that sock. *g*
atanone From: atanone Date: September 8th, 2007 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
*thumbs up*..you SW knights will slowly make me a fan of SW,lol:)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 8th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
*g* Really? Thanks!
fialleril From: fialleril Date: September 9th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
You know this has always been one of my faves or yours, don't you?

I love Dooku. He's so blasted sure of himself. The cheek. ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 10th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dooku icon! *g*

I do love the guy. *hugs Dooku madly. Dooku looks outraged* I think I'll write more of his young!hot!incarnation. *winks*
fialleril From: fialleril Date: September 10th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You'd better not go hugging the guy. He's likely to start lopping limbs. *looks slightly dizzy at that alliteration*

And "hot"? But I thought "he wasn't a handsome boy"? ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 10th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
D'uh! He's so hot, he doesn't need to be pretty. *g*
fialleril From: fialleril Date: September 10th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*scratches head in confusion* Well, if you say so...
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 11th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe you're using your aggressive-negotiations-Leia icon on me! *g*

Make a young!Dooku icon, please? Pretty please?
fialleril From: fialleril Date: September 11th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grins evilly* I love that icon.

I'll make you a deal: If you'll send me a picture of young!Dooku, I'll make as many icons as you please. :)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 11th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do pictures of a young Chris Lee count?
fialleril From: fialleril Date: September 11th, 2007 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Naturally. ;)

While you're at it, if you can think of any attractive Middle Eastern-looking or black actors, could you pass their names on to me? I need people for Kitster and Palo, respectively. And you seem to know a good deal more about actors than I do. ;)
From: betareject Date: September 23rd, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay that was just downright sexy! Well done I love how you could make such a small and simple gesture so intriguing! m(_ _)m I never considered these two as a pairing but now I'm sold haha
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 24th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I was aiming for sexy. Thank you very much! I've connected the two in my head from the moment I realized that it was Dooku that cleaned out the files of Kamino from her Archives. I always wondered whether there was more to that than met the eye. Then later, I read an Interview of the actress on Insider that hinted that she had been 'sweet' on him. *g*

I plan on writing more of them so I hope you'll be interested. Did you come here from dooku_files?
From: betareject Date: September 24th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow I never considered that before oh now thats awesome!! :cackle: And she hints at it in the interview too? Okay now i'm really curious about this pairing now! I can't wait to read more on this pairing!

Dooku files? I've never heard of this comm before to be honest *blushes* I just stumbled on this by accident I think through the Padmékin comm? I cant remember to be honest it was late when I found this tale lol

*wanders off to join Dooku_files hehe

moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: September 25th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
You should (join). It's a cool place. :D
From: betareject Date: September 25th, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*GGG* hehe I did but with my muse journal (_darthvader_ as thats were most of my stories are =D Thanks for suggesting it, it looks to be a great comm! ^__^
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