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Drabble: Faded Glory

Challenge: highlander 100 #120, "The Lie in the Looks"
Disclaimer: Duncan MacLeod, Linda Plager, and Tessa Noel belong to Davis/Panzer

Linda recognized him. Duncan denied her automatically. She was embarrassed and confused. Wrinkled skin, bowed back, hair faded from its glory. In his 400 years he had rarely seen a woman first young, then aged. It could be a sign of things to come.

Was there anything left of the woman he had loved? Duncan visited her in the hospital, desperate to know. He offered an article and crumbs of truth. Linda … was Linda. Brave and warm, with an eye for beauty and a strong sense of self. She passed into the night, and Duncan went home to Tessa.