It occurred to me today that since a lot of the morale boosts on Chorus revolve around stories about the reds and the blues, then it stands to reason that one would develop and revolve around Wash and Tucker.
After all, there are soldiers who were there when Tucker screamed Wash’s name and refused to leave. There’s that medic who was there to hear Tucker’s voice falter on Wash’s name when he asked where the others were. And then there’s all those rumors about how driven Tucker is and how he’d do anything to get Wash back.
And not just that, either, because these soldiers have been raised on a steady diet of heroic stories about the BGC and Project Freelancer. They have the stuff they knew before they met them and all the stuff they learned after they showed up. They have Grif’s stories. They have Caboose’s stories.They’ve undoubtedly heard about how the blues took in the bitter and broken soldier with the tragic past and taught him how to trust again.
But what if they’ve heard the other stuff too? What if they heard Simmons talk about the way Wash put a gun to Carolina’s head when she threatened Tucker? What if they’ve heard Caboose talk about how they were always hanging out with each other? What if they heard Grif flippantly mention their really awkward couple’s arguments?
They might just get the wrong idea.
And why not? Let’s face it: it has all the makings of an epic love story: two lovers torn apart by war, frantically searching for a way to find their way back to each other. It’s bullshit, of course, but it gives the soldiers something to root for, so they build it up into something amazing. They build it up until it’s the love story of the ages. They build it up until it becomes this whole big thing, and when they rescue Wash and get to safety, everyone holds their breath for the big reunion…
And nothing happens. Not a thing. Tucker is relieved and ecstatic and so fucking happy, but he’s not throwing his arms around Wash, and Wash isn’t kissing him desperately, and everyone there feels absolutely CHEATED.
It’s all the rage of anyone who have read every book in a series or have seen every episode of a show and felt completely letdown by a stupid-ass ending that made no sense. It’s bullshit, and they’re not going to stand for it.
Thus starts the greatest matchmaking scheme anyone has ever seen.