StephenT (stormwreath) wrote,

(Fic) Two drabbles: 'The Choice of Achilles' and 'Torment'

A couple of drabbles, one about Tara and one about Kennedy. For author's notes, see the first comment.

The Choice of Achilles

When Achilles was young, his mother learned his two possible destinies. A slow grey life, years stretching into emptiness - or passion and anger, early death and glory everlasting. Fearful for her son, she hid him away among the women at court. But there crafty Odysseus found him, and Achilles never hesitated as he grasped the sword.

Tara had never understood his decision. What could ever make such a price worthwhile? But when she read the red-headed girl's aura, saw their futures written there in all their possibilities - in that moment, she understood Achilles' choice. 

And made her own.



Kennedy writhed in agony, biting her lip to keep from screaming. The cold white sterility of the room stank of sweat and fear. The masked man spoke, something sharp gleaming in his hands, and she shook her head in frantic denial.

Willow couldn't bear it any longer. She reached out her mind to her lover, begging her to share her pain, let her bear the burden through their link. The torment was worse than any she'd known; but they clung on, riding out each wave, until they crested and broke. A thin wailing filled the room.

"Congratulations. It's a girl!"
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