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Solstice Future - Montage Scene 1
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This follows on from Solstice Day 3.  Not immediately but you'll see what I mean.

It was the first time they had met since that brief meeting she’d engineered almost twenty five years ago as he was being hurried into the dangerous exile of being a an agent in a foreign, hostile land.  There had been messages on and off, often years apart.  After he’d come home she’d enjoyed using the message drop techniques he’d taught her all those years previously for the pleasures of both his communication and defying those who confined her.  This was face to face though, and that was different.

He was still tall and still spare.  His hair had gone white but his gaze was still sharp and alert.

She felt the weight of every negative thought and comment from the years of empty nights, clutching at straws and dashed hopes.

“I’m broken, I’m sorry,” was what she blurted out when they were in arm’s reach of each other again.

“And I’m old,” he smiled at her, the warmth of it everything she remembered, “but we could still go and have coffee together.  Just to talk, if that is what you want.”

“Talk about what?”  Maybe being broken didn’t matter.  Maybe the days of punishment for pursuing hope really were over.

“How to be parents?”  He suggested that with his wonderful smile.  “My brothers keep telling me that I have no idea what I’m doing.  Mind you, I don’t think Rune has any idea of how to be a daughter either.”

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Yes. They are at least looking into their possibiliites.

My brothers keep telling me that I have no idea what I’m doing.

What, and any of them do? Foo on them. Rune seems to be the only child any of the four of them has. (Only surviving child? Nothing so far has suggested that there were others, that I've noticed.)

I think -- I hope -- that Dagmar has the strength to heal, now that she's not being lied to and about.

Haven't you noticed that people without children are always happy to give people with children advice? :)

At least Sebastian and Caliburn have lots of experience dealing with her age group from their work (and seeing how other people stuff things up with children that age.)

There aren't others. Caliburn is gay. Algernon, and I don't know if I've managed to convey it, is a bit odd. Sebastian, well, who knows. He's about to retire. He might yet marry a widow in her early forties and surprise everyone (including himself). Constantine is still the second oldest brother...

Haven't you noticed that people without children are always happy to give people with children advice? :)

Yup! Foo on them, too. :)

Caliburn is gay or bi; I don't think I'd reached any conclusions about Algernon or Sebastian, other than "not currently married". When there is a line of succession in a major noble family at stake, sometimes people decide to or are pressed into making compromises or political marriages; I am a little surprised that none of them (well, the other three) had in fourty-something years. On the other hand, I would believe that Citrine foxed more romances -- or political negotiations -- than Dagmar and Constantine's.

Finding Rune twenty-something years later would have been even more awkward if either of the younger brothers had acknowledged kids!

Edited at 2012-03-12 12:24 am (UTC)

It might have been awkward, mightn't it?

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