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kisahawklin ([personal profile] kisahawklin) wrote in [community profile] 15_minute_ficlets2011-01-10 12:50 am

Prompt #60

If you wish to do this as a spontaneous exercise, don't look at the word until you're ready to write (I recommend having Write or Die open in another tab). If you're going to mull over the word and write later, peek away.

Once you've completed your ficlet, please either comment here, or post a link to it, if you're posting on your own journal. Feel free to reference the community or number of the prompt in your outside posts, but if you use the actual word, please put it under a cut to avoid spoiling others, should they want to write spontaneously.

Today's word is: charcoal

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Supernatural, Broken is the Promise, Sam/Ruby, PG-13

[personal profile] alexseanchai 2011-01-10 02:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Sam worries sometimes that using demon-derived powers will make him a demon himself. It can't be true, because Sam isn't in hell (not literally) (not yet), but often after a session with Ruby, Sam will stare into the mirror, searching his eyes for any trace of charcoal black.

It doesn't matter, in the end, if Sam does become a demon. Dean's already on his way, so if Sam ends up a demon (which he will; Sam's hellbound as surely as Dean, though he's keeping title to his soul), it'll mean they can stay together forever, once Sam finds him again.

It doesn't matter, in the end, if Sam does become a demon. Envy threatened to slaughter people like animals; Sam's read Fast Food Nation, so he knows exactly what Envy meant. Lining people up for execution, like Azazel did with Ava as executioner, and not caring how painful it is, or worse, enjoying the pain. The demon with the fixation on planes killed a hundred people at a time, many times. Ruby's mistress killed a great many people over her history, though she was more interested in tricking people out of their souls. The demons Sam's been taking out mostly have body counts, though some are like the bartender and priest demons, convincing people to do things they think are wrong instead (and if that's enough to condemn one, Sam's already damned). Lilith means to end the world.

Sam sacrificing himself to save one person has always been something he knew he might have to do. He hasn't always thought it'd be worth it (selfish, so selfish, running off to college when his family needed him, learning from books things that have no use here in the real world), but now he knows it is. Sam sacrificing himself to save everyone, well, if that's not worthwhile, nothing is.

It does matter if Sam becomes a demon. That's the price he'll have to pay.
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Re: Supernatural, Broken is the Promise, Sam/Ruby, PG-13

[personal profile] alexseanchai 2011-01-10 03:57 pm (UTC)(link)
:) Glad you enjoyed!
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[personal profile] edenfalling 2011-01-11 09:43 am (UTC)(link)
Title: The Principle of Fire
Original: sidestory for "Ashes"
Wordcount: 350
Summary: The nature of magic and Morgalen's motives.

Common understanding has it that she is bound to fire -- that all flames, whether of her own creation or not, ignore her because they acknowledge her as their mistress.
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[personal profile] ashley 2011-01-12 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
Title: Sacrifice
Genre: A Draco/Pansy ficlet set in the war while the Death Eaters are occupying the Malfoy's manor.
Summary: Just a little something I wrote. First ficlet or anything I've written in QUITE some time, and I feel very rusty, so please be gentle and cut me some slack, okay?

He stood in front of the mirror, and a deep sigh escaped his lips. The end of another unproductive day, another pointless battle in an even less productive war. A war for what? His father's glory? His shoulders fell, finally somewhat relaxed, despite all the stress that seemed to be placed upon them. His hands were running through his golden blonde tresses, a nervous habit that had been with him since what seemed like birth.

He turned his back to the mirror and faced the rest of his bedroom. He had been in this home since birth, as had his father, and his father's father before him. And now, instead of a home, it was simply the headquarters for the Death Eaters. He was supposed to feel some sort of pride, or perhaps honor in serving the Dark Lord; but instead, the sense that his home was being ripped from himself and Narcissa could not be so easily subdued in the sense of some sort of meaningless glory. He approached the bed, sitting beside the slumbering body that moved only slightly in response to his presence.

"Pansy," he mumbled to himself, pushing a tendril of charcoal black hair from her face. "How did I feel justified bringing you into this?"

He had told Pansy everything, from the moment when he was still in Hogwarts and serving the Dark Lord seemed exhilarating and adultlike. It was a way to be taken seriously by his father and his peers, a way to prove he was more valuable than Potter or his mudblood traitors and friends. When it was discovered all he shared with her, it was determined that she, too, must be involved. He loathed the mornings when she was forced to take lessons from Bellatrix, a bloodlusting fiend with no mind or willpower outside of Voldemort. It was his fault that she was here, and his father's fault that he had been called upon in the frst place. There was no word that better described him than "bitter", and there was no heart in the cause that he fought for. He was simply required to fight, and try to make it out alive.

What was more important than his own safety, however, was that she made it out alive. She was everything; his backbone, his confidante during this entire experience. He knew that she was growing weary of a battle she had never wished to fight. She had never wanted to be part of this. And for that, he owed her whatever it may cost, even if it meant that he himself may be hurt in the process.
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[personal profile] ashley 2011-01-12 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I realized just now that I used the word "glory" twice and it's a bit awkward, but I didn't want to cheat and edit after the fifteen minutes.