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28 September 2009 @ 01:04 am
Drabble - Like Ashes  
Since I've had menstruation on the brain, here's a drabble.

Title: Like Ashes
Timing: The morning after NFA
Rating: PG
Pairing: Faith/Angel
Summary: Angel faces a sad truth.

The sky is grey when he opens his eyes, the first rays of sun pressing through the blinds. He watches the triangle of light against the wall grow minutely. It means the world hasn’t ended. 


A finger prods the corner of his mouth, tip pressed to tooth until he reluctantly opens. His gums itch, eyes widen, brow furrows.


“Not like you haven’t had it before,” she says. 


When Faith withdraws, brushing his lip with her pinky, he balls his fists. Her hand gleams with clotted blood.


His world is ash, but tastes like heaven. Tears fall unbidden with the irony.

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ClawofCat: ow my angstclawofcat on September 28th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I know. Poor Angel! *pets him* Poor baby is suffering and not even nummy blood can cheer him up.
KSena: Me Goth Pink by jovi_diva@autumnknightskseenaa on October 2nd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Awww... Poor Angel. *pats him*
ClawofCat: Dru Angelus cruelclawofcat on October 3rd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
I know. Sympathy for the old broodpire is definately in store.
virtue is relative at beststreet_kitty on October 21st, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
i loved this when you read it to me, and wanted to comment.

open-ended yet so concrete. true drabbles are difficult; this is one of the best i've read.

the world hasn't ended. the light proves it. life goes on, faith's blood proves it. angel is moved to cry. how couldn't he be?

so sad. so hopeful. the beginning and the end. except not the end. the end of an era, more like.

leaves me wanting more, but knowing in my gut that it's enough by itself. all packed in, tight as a cinderblock and fluid as a stream. one line from faith gives it the weight it requires.
ClawofCat: ow my angstclawofcat on October 21st, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the lovely feedback, doll. Always nice to get a comment from you. I like this, too, but when you said this is one of the best i've read I just thought surely you jest. I'm not much a drabbler and as you can see not many people have read it.

You do know that you won two awards for Angels and Gemini at Fang, right? So proud of you. There was much hand clapping on my part when they announced on Monday.

How's the Bangel coming? I'd like to see something soon, if possible. My own deadlines are making me antsy and I want to devote proper attention to yours, since I figure there's going to be more than one round of edits.

Having an extraordinarily hard time with my SS fic. Lots of obstacles I'm facing. I was actually going to give up yesterday, but Gus convinced me not to and I had a long convo with my mom. She had some truly excellent ideas and advice for how to bypass what's been holding me up. She's been reading and editing my writing for so long, sometimes I think she knows it best. Doesn't hurt that she's watched the show and can talk about characterization, too. She'll definately be getting a beta credit on this one. I feel like she snatched me from the flames. I've been doubting myself a lot lately. I've been so insecure on this story and I wonder if I've just lost it - I'm no good anymore. Hopefully I can rise to the occasion.