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Ten Thousand Nights [PG] Lenore, gen

Title: Ten Thousand Nights
Character: Lenore
Rating: PG
Length: 167 words
Spoilers/Warnings: Vague season 6 spoilers
Disclaimer: These characters belong to the CW.
Author's Notes: First place winner in the spnland 'Location, Location, Location' short writing challenge.

Lenore remembers.

She remembers waking to the delicious scent of fresh baked bread from her father’s bakery every morning.

She remembers waking to the delicious scent of her father’s lifeblood splattered across the floor. Grief and terror and hunger curdled in her gut, gums prickling with sharp teeth as she ran from the monster that had taken both their lives.

She remembers hunger. Burning, gnawing hunger.

Hunger, hunger, hunger.

Ten thousand nights of hunger, an unceasing battle of instinct versus will.

Then Eve’s voice - calling, beckoning, raising the hunger within her from the familiar torturous growl to an irresistible scream.

She can still taste the man. Licks for the last traces of him in her mouth. A Good Samaritan in a beat-up old Volvo who had spotted her collapsed on the sidewalk and pulled over to ask if he should call 911. He wasn’t her father. But he was someone’s father.

For the first time, Lenore is more afraid of the hunger than she is Purgatory.

Comments

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borgmama1of5
Oct. 6th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
I feel for Lenore.
keerawa
Oct. 6th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
She tried SO HARD. Lenore was the first character to start breaking down the Winchester's (and perhaps our own) black and white view of the supernatural, and I treasure her for it.
dragonlit
Oct. 6th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Such a poignant picture of what Lenore went through, never really wanting to be the monster she'd become, never embracing it. Love this. She really was a great character, shades of grey for sure.
keerawa
Oct. 7th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
The poor woman warred successfully against her own nature for decades, and then Eve showed up. Thanks dragonlit!
monicawoe
Oct. 6th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
This is excellent. She's a gret character.
keerawa
Oct. 7th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
She really was! Her appearance in the show completely re-structured how we viewed monsters.
counteragent
Oct. 6th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
*sobs* great job!
keerawa
Oct. 7th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you, counteragent!
luzula
Oct. 6th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Since I don't know SPN, I tried reading this with Poe's "The Raven" in mind. *g* Which actually was kind of interesting (the Volvo was a bit jarring, though).
keerawa
Oct. 7th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I imagine that it would be! Thanks for your unique take on it, luzula!
tifaching
Oct. 6th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
I always liked Lenore. I just wish she'd manage to escape Eve.

Lovely.
keerawa
Oct. 7th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, so do I. Interestingly enough, I originally set out to write about Lenore's soul being one of the ones Cas stole from Hell to power himself up. Lenore wanted to tell me THIS story, instead.

Thanks, Ti!
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