shanaqui: River from Firefly. ((River) I walk alone)
Nikki ([personal profile] shanaqui) wrote in [community profile] overlooked2010-04-30 05:56 pm

Hills and Rivers Remain - Out of Ashes

Fandom: Hills and Rivers Remain
Claim: Hills and Rivers Remain
Specific characters/pairings (if different): Alan, Viola, reference to Zelgius
Theme set + Theme number & prompt: Set I, #7, Letting go
Rating: G
Warnings: N/a
Summary: A man and a woman stand in the midst of the destruction, ready to begin again.

"There are almost no supplies remaining," Viola says. Her face is still pale, and Alan wonders if her death-wound still somehow pains her, even though she is somehow restored to him. He can smell fire, on the wind, and tries not to imagine what it might be: funeral pyres, perhaps, or some destruction of the cannons.

"We will have to march to the nearest fort."

Viola nods, although she must know, as well as he does, that there's little chance. Zelgius knew what he was condemning them to. None better.

"There must be others still alive."

She nods again. "We had best take weapons," she says. He looks down at the sword on his hip, knowing that if he draws it there will be red-brown blood drying on the blade, even now. It pains him to think of Viola's own sword, surely just as stained -- of her bright-eyed idealism, drowned in blood.

"No," he says, drawing his sword and letting it fall. "If we fight, then we please Zelgius. We prove to him that he is right."

Slowly, Viola lets her own sword fall. It rings on the stone, bright and hard. "I will follow you," she says.