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Last Man Standing

I've not been in a writery mood at all the past couple of weeks, but I couldn't let poetry month go by without posting something.

Setting: During Chosen
Rating: PG
For the prompt: The boy stood on the burning deck
Whence all but him had fled
The flame that lit the battle’s wreck
Shone round him o’er the dead
- Felicia Hemans
200 words, on the angsty side.



"I love you," she says.

Her eyes gazing into his are fiery, but that's because the flames engulfing their joined hands are spreading up his arm . He disentangles his fingers from hers.

"No, you don't, but thanks for saying it."

Then he tells her to run.

Nice of her to give him that, he thinks, as he watches her flee, across the crumbling cavern, past the bodies of dead Slayers, up the stairs and gone. She didn't have to.

He wishes she hadn't used that word, though. If she'd wanted him to die happy, "I forgive you," would've been better.

He might even have believed her.

But she meant well. Any fool can see that. Besides, it's pointless dwelling on it.

No time.

No time for anything, except watching the concentrated sunlight spewing from the fiery wheel that was once an amulet mow down ubervamps in their thousands.

And wondering just how much more than it already hurts burning to death can hurt before it ends.

He laughs aloud so he won't scream.

There are flames in his own eyes now, but not reflections this time. These are on the inside.

But then he always did want something effulgent.

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kikimay
Sep. 27th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! And the last line is absolutely amazing.
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
sueworld2003
Sep. 27th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
God that actually made me tear up there. :(
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC)
:(

Sorry, Sue. Didn't mean to upset you.
hello_spikey
Sep. 27th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
ooo - *shiver* very very nice. What a view from the inside of the fire!
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:07 am (UTC)
Thanks, love. Glad it worked for you.
gillo
Sep. 27th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Love the use of "effulgent" here. But so sad...
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:07 am (UTC)
:(

It is sad, I agree.
velvetwhip
Sep. 27th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
*sniffles*

This is beautifully tragic. Poor Spike. All kinds of pain at the end.


Gabrielle
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. Have to agree. ;(
zanthinegirl
Sep. 27th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
Gah.

There are flames in his own eyes now, but not reflections this time. These are on the inside.

Gorgeous and powerful!
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
waddiwasiwitch
Sep. 27th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
This was so perfect.
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. :)
chasingdemons
Sep. 27th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Ugh. That was exquisite!
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
Thanks, love. I know what you mean.
sarian71
Sep. 28th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
I have no words to describe how much I love this!
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. :)
empresspatti
Sep. 28th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC)
Well done!
shapinglight
Sep. 30th, 2013 11:10 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)
sibilant
Sep. 30th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Angsty but yummy - just like Spike!
shapinglight
Oct. 1st, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. He's taking it fairly well on the whole, I think.
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