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Drabble: Counting the Days

Fandom: Highlander
Challenge: highlander100 #132 "Addiction"
Character: Darius
Disclaimer: Render unto Davis/Panzer that which belongs to them.
Rating: PG-13
Thanks to: unovis for an in-depth and thought-provoking beta. I only used a fraction of it. But if I ever write a truly great Darius fic, it will be due to her feedback. Portions of the Latin Mass were cribbed from the Internet Medieval Sourcebook.


Darius gasped awake, the dream echoing sweetly through his body. He dropped to his knees on the cold floor and prayed as the evidence of his failure dried on his thighs.

Munda cor meum, omnipotens Deus.

So many nights spent assaulting the gates of Heaven.

Ita me tua grata miseratione dignare mundare.

89,231 days he had gone without. And still he craved it.

Redime me, et miserere mei.

All he could do to throw himself on God's mercy.

They called him a saint. And still he dreamed of the dance of swords and the desperate, burning ecstasy of the Quickening.

Comments

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ithildyn
Mar. 24th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
I really like that. Something to go to sleep on :)
keerawa
Mar. 24th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you, ithidrial. Hopefully your dreams were more restful than Darius'.
eldritchhobbit
Mar. 24th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Heart-wrenching. Gorgeous.
keerawa
Mar. 24th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
It's a very long time to struggle with something like that.

Thank you for the feedback, eldrtchhobbit!
unovis
Mar. 24th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Well done! Very effective and I love the choice of excerpts.
keerawa
Mar. 24th, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
Why am I not surprised you can read Latin? *winks*

Thank you for the swift kick to the head that made it work, unovis!
pat_t
Mar. 24th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
that is simply breath-taking. Beautiful work and imagery.
keerawa
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you, pat!
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