called_lioness: (the difference between two souls)
[personal profile] called_lioness
They fall asleep, and they wake up, and the day is spent loving each other.

(Sometimes this consists of kisses, and sometimes this consists of Caspian bringing her tea, and sometimes it consists of them curling up and her reading a fairy tale, voice soft, and each act means the exact same thing.)

They fall asleep, and wake up, and Sunday is one of the best days of Lucy's life, even if she's not alive, really, and her smile is wide as he wraps his arms around her and pulls her to his chest that night.




And nothing lasts forever.




It's a rock she's sitting on, legs against her chest, as her eyes open, and Lucy breathes deep.

It's only been a night she didn't dream of this place, but she'd already almost forgotten what it was like to have her eyes open.

Date: 2006-09-15 04:23 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (outside in sunlight with jacket)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Thee look well," she says softly, from behind Lucy. "Are thee so?"

Date: 2006-09-15 04:48 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (bert/susan outside laughing)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
And oh, but at the sight of the ring Susan beams, and raises her own hand to brush the golden fall of hair back over her shoulder -- and light glints from her own ring.

(Was it there before, these last days? Who can say?)

Her smile is warm and sweet -- and knowing, oh aye.

"The two things together are very well indeed, say true." A beat, and her smile gentles. "I'm well, Lu."

Date: 2006-09-15 04:57 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (two sides of the mirror)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
Susan hugs her back tightly, and in that timeless moment the wind rises, tossing their hair together in a bright cloud around them both.

"It's good to see thee."

Date: 2006-09-15 05:04 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (outside in sunlight with jacket)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
She takes it, lacing her fingers with the other girl's, and says,

"Will'ee come, then?"

Date: 2006-09-15 05:17 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (on the drop)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Aye," she says, and for a moment she's solemn. "It matters, ye see."

And then the moment's gone, and they're walking up a long, wildflower-dotted slope that leads away from the ocean, which glitters brightly behind them in the sunlight.

Date: 2006-09-15 05:30 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (on the drop)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"I weren't quite near enough," Susan says quietly, as her hand tightens a little on Lucy's. "I'd have liked to be, say true."

"But I were there all the same, do'ee ken?"

Date: 2006-09-15 06:06 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (outside in sunlight with jacket)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
She laughs, tossing her head, and swings their linked hands.

"At least, I wot," Susan says, giggling, and tugs at her hand. "Oh Lucy, it's so bright, I can't stand to be calm and still-- let's run!"

Date: 2006-09-17 03:53 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (smiling by lake)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
They race along together, and the sound of their mixed laughter spills out like music in this place.

Susan's the first to slow, although she doesn't seem winded.

"I always loved to run like that, ye see," she tells Lucy. "My da' said it were that the moon got into my blood."

Date: 2006-09-17 04:04 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (susan susannah)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Aye, the moon," Susan says, and then her fog-gray glance grows briefly distant.

"It were Susannah-Detta showed me what it really meant, though."

Date: 2006-09-17 04:20 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (susan susannah)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Because it belongs to us," she says simply, and oh, but the look in her eyes is not entirely her own now.

(seven for a secret)

"Women's birthright, do'ee ken?"

Date: 2006-09-17 04:42 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (susan susannah)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
She shrugs, and holds out her free hand, palm-up.

"There's a wildness and a freedom to it, Lu, do'ee not see it?"

Light glimmers at her fingertips, pallid silver moonlight that shifts slowly, coalescing into a faint globe in the palm of her outstretched hand.

"There's magic in it, too, but not Rhea's sort, for all she were a girl once, too."

Susan's looking down at her hand, and oh, but her smile is fond, so fond.

"My birthright, she said -- all of ours, I wot, but she worried I'd lost my way once."

Date: 2006-09-17 05:03 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (girl at the window)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Some, mayhap," she says softly. "Aye, some."

(take back your birthright)

"Not the first time, either." Susan laughs, closing her fingers around the gleaming moon in her hand, and the silver light is absorbed and shines from her skin as she does.

Date: 2006-09-17 05:25 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (girl at the window)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Oh aye," Susan replies. "More than once, say true."

There's something almost enigmatic about her gaze as she looks at Lucy.

"Thee'll understand, in time, I wot -- mayhap thee already do."

Date: 2006-09-17 05:39 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (on the drop)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"For love's sake," she murmurs softly, so softly. "And never count the cost."

Date: 2006-09-17 06:04 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (girl at the window)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
She's very still, looking at Lucy, the two there in the midst of the green-gold field with clouds scattered above them in the bright blue sky.

"I kennit, Lu."

And oh, but her smile is sweet and heartbreakingly bright.

"Where would'ee go?"

Gently asked.

Date: 2006-09-17 06:16 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (girl at the window)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Home," she echoes, softly.

Home, the grasses around them whisper just as softly, rustling as the breeze stirs them. Home home home.

"I can't be the one to lead thee there, Lu, though I'll walk with thee." There's true regret underlying Susan's tone.

"Do'ee know the--"

(path)

"--way of it?"

Date: 2006-09-18 02:05 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (wind in her hair)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Oh, don't--" she says, helplessly, and holds out both hands to Lucy as she beseeches,

"Don't take on so, don't, please don't--"

Date: 2006-09-18 02:28 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (two sides of the mirror)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
It's a large field that stretches out around them now, with the mountains in the far distance in one direction

(fly to the edge of the world with me)

and the glittering sea behind them in the other. All around them there's the green, green of the grass, dotted with wildflowers. Susan's fingers tighten on Lucy's, and the fog-gray eyes are clear and steady as she says softly,

"Then thee'll have need of a guide, won't thee?"

Green, green grass rustles with the breeze as she speaks -- and then there's something more, as well, off to the side. A large red rock, suitable for sitting, not dissimilar to one that's been seen elsewhere.

Maybe more than one elsewhere.

(other worlds than these)

A white cloud crosses over the sun, and when it moves on, sunlight flashes brightly from something that's lying on the stone.

Date: 2006-09-18 02:54 am (UTC)
sai_delgado: (on the drop)
From: [personal profile] sai_delgado
"Not tonight," she echoes, and oh, but her smile is sweet and heartbreakingly sad as well as she looks down at the shining steel in Lucy's hand.

Ever clever was Pat Delgado's daughter, and here in this place --

(a dream and a memory and so much more beside)

-- the Girl at the Window is often wise, as well, and sometimes knows more than she can yet say.

"It'll wait until I see thee again, Lu." With a quick movement, she's stooped down, arms wrapped tightly around the other girl and her golden hair smelling sweetly of sun-warmed grass as Susan hugs her.

"Long days and pleasant nights--"

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