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SPN fic: 'The Maid of Orléans'

Fandom: Supernatural
Characters: Gabriel, Joan of Arc
Rating: PG-13, gen
Length: 450 words
Warnings/Spoilers: Angst and possible blasphemy.
Author's Notes: Written for the spnland 'Prank War 2010' writing contest, although it ended up wandering off the prompt. I always wondered how an Archangel might become a trickster.
Thanks to: My beta, Steven.
Summary: Gabriel is sent to Joan when she is 16, to prepare the girl to fulfill her destiny.
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Kripke.

Joan was first visited by angels at the age of twelve. Their voices were so beautiful, she later told the theological examiners, that she cried when they left her.

The Archangel Gabriel is the Messenger of Man’s Salvation; God had chosen him to proclaim the good news to Mary. His precise control of time is unique among his brethren, as is his ability to understand and communicate with humans. He is sent to Joan when she is sixteen, to prepare the girl to fulfill her destiny.

Gabriel shows Joan her future. The illiterate peasant girl will lead her nation’s army to victory, a triumph of faith over reason. And she will die at the age of seventeen, smashed by a cannonball as she scales a ladder in Jargeau. *snap*

Another future, a new set of choices. Joan dies of wound fever after liberating Orléans. She is only eighteen years old. *snap*

Another future, and Joan dies under torture by the Inquisition at the age of nineteen. *snap*

Again Joan throws herself into battle, and dies of an arrow wound to the neck at les Tourelles. This time, she is eighteen. *snap*

Joan is raped and murdered in prison by English soldiers when she is nineteen years old. *snap*

Joan once again dons the garments of a man in her tent and prepares for battle. The Archangel Gabriel appears to her, kneeling as he had before Mary.

“You know how this ends. Why don’t you just … walk away?” he begs her. “Go live your life. Marry, raise a family. You have a choice. You could be happy.”

Joan, rosy-cheeked and exalted, clasps his hands between hers and brushes her lips across his forehead. “Because this is God’s plan,” she says, as if that were all the answer required.

And it is. Infinite timelines, and in every one Joan of Arc dies a martyr’s death. Gabriel pushes his senses further.

In every future he sees the apocalypse. A battle between two brothers, on Earth as it was in Heaven. Mankind dies in terrible plagues, in the bright flash of a nuclear blast, clawing and biting at each other in a frenzied need for slaughter, in rivers of fire, in a never-ending winter. God’s plan is revealed to Gabriel in the rattle of the final mortal breath.

Joan of Arc was burned at the stake when she was nineteen years old. Someone watched from the crowd until the last echoes of her screams died away. The being that walked away was no longer Archangel Gabriel.


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Apr. 15th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
I really, really enjoyed this. Taking a historical person and throwing in Gabriel and having that as his reason for leaving. :flail:
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Thank you, ladylothwen! The fun part is, every one of her potential deaths has a historical basis.
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Somehow, Gabriel being able to have such a grasp of time seems, very appropriate, given his Trickster side. Also having the simple words of a child martyr was very fitting. very profound.
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
*nods* Since he can create time loops, it seems possible. Jaon's certainty terrifies me. Thank you, wiccanmama!
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
The places your mind goes just astounds me. This was amazing. Love Gabriel and Joan and his sincere efforts to change her destiny. Makes me wonder a little why he was so bent on Sam and Dean embracing theirs.
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
In one word - despair. In several, he's teaching them the same lesson that Joan taught him. Some things cannot be changed. Thank you for the comment, tifaching! (I have a feedback-buddy, YAY!)
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Apr. 15th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
This was a fantastic entry! Very chilling. Joan's dedication to her cause is a little frightening. If I knew I was going to die no matter what I did, I think I would chicken out. And Gabriel's attempt to persuade her was touching, if futile.

Great job!
Apr. 15th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
I find it very frightening. Thank you, yellowhorde!
Apr. 15th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
gave me goosebumps, :)
Apr. 16th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
Thanks, enchantersnight, I'm glad it had an impact.
Apr. 15th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
Interesting. I think I really like it. (By which I mean, well done, the whole business with Gabriel and the angels just bothers the crap out of me and you make a plausible set of connections here.)

A while back I made an effort, somewhat similar to this, to tell Gabriel's side of things, because there was just so much cognitive dissonance between "Hail, full of grace" and "Play your roles!" that I had to try and make sense of it. I think yours works better; it's more direct, for one thing.

*flails a little* The whole state of everything to do with Heaven and the angels is just so distressing to me it's hard to properly express approval for things that deal with it, but. Good job.
Apr. 16th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
A while back I made an effort, somewhat similar to this, to tell Gabriel's side of things
Oooh! Link me?

*nods* It is a very nasty mess with Heaven and the angels. We can only hope there's some positive resolution on the horizon. Thanks for the comment, chibifrieza!
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Apr. 15th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
Nicely done. And your theory has some weight. I could accept it as true.
Apr. 16th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
One of my friends was recently complaining that she wants to write fic, but only seems to be producing meta these days. Me? I meta through fic. Thanks for backing me on its plausibility, arliss!
Apr. 15th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
Wow. I got chills at the last line. What a fabulous way of examining why Gabriel's evolution.

Apr. 16th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Chills, yay! Thank you, labseraph!
Apr. 15th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Oh. *wibble* You gutted me a little bit here. Okay not a little a lot. Always loved Joan of Arc and this makes perfect sense to me. Gabriel is such a sensitive archangel isn't he? It's why I heart him so. Lovely story.
Apr. 16th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Gabriel seems to GET humans much more than the other angels. How much of that is cause of his self-imposed exile, and how much effect, is hard to say.

Thanks for the feedback, denazia!
Apr. 15th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Amazing, I love it so much. Great description of Gabriel.
Thank you for writing this.
Apr. 16th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: Sandra
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Sandra, thank you!
Apr. 16th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)

That was amazing. I simply adored it. I did not expect it, but that was part of its power. Thank you SO MUCH for writing this and sharing it. Made my night.
Apr. 16th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, pyrebi! I'm really pleased it had such an impact!
Apr. 16th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
That was amazing. A nice snippet of how Gabriel is so far removed.
Apr. 16th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
*nods* Gabriel truly is.
Apr. 17th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)
This was amazing.

(God sure seems to love the martyrdom of youngs girls... Blandine, Catherine, Joan...)

"The being that walked away was no longer Archangel Gabriel."

Really great ending.
Apr. 17th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Like the cigarette companies advertising with cartoons - it's easier when you catch 'em young. Thanks oximore!
Apr. 17th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. Just... just... oh my god this is amazing.
Apr. 19th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
*smiles* Thanks, ewanspotter, I'm glad you think so!
Apr. 17th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
That was deep. I liked it.
Apr. 19th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
Groovy. Thanks for the comment, half_vulcan!
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