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all that is gold does not glitter, the boy's goddess  
28th-Mar-2011 03:37 pm
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Title: all that is gold does not glitter
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: K+
Summary: Bethany has a hard time adjusting. Posted here originally. SPOILERS for DA2.

“You stop that, girl.”

Bethany bit at her lip. It helped alleviate some of the pain in her swollen feet. Girl – that form of address alone was enough to rankle her, though she’d never objected to it before, in Lothering or in Kirkwall. But after five days of being called girl, like she was nothing more than a mabari bitch, when she clearly had a name

“My name is Bethany,” she said, under her breath, but not loud enough for Stroud to hear. The recruit at her side, Grange, gave her a cool look but said nothing more.

One of the few things she could say in Stroud’s favor was that, unlike Grange, he wasn’t eying her up.

She repeated her name in her head: Bethany Hawke, Bethany Hawke. I am a mage. I had a twin named Carver and a sister named Marian. Have. I suppose. She didn’t dare think of Mother. Stroud hated tears, though she had only shed them once, and then only hardly.

She reached for her necklace, fingering it in the manner Stroud so enjoyed condemning. Even her personal habits seemed to fall under his jurisdiction, she thought sharply. She paused. Her staff had become a common walking stick, and she leaned on it then, taking the barest of breaks.

In that time, Stroud strode over to her and tore the necklace off.

The thin chain broke easily when he snapped it, but Bethany’s hand flew to her neck anyway. He grasped it in his big hand, the thin links sticking out of his grasp like intestines from some goring.

“I do not like to repeat myself,” he said dryly, and he dropped the necklace on the wayside.

She could feel Grange’s pity and disdain, mixed together in a confused mess. She refused to meet his eye, and she didn’t have to, once he started treading onward.

She thought of the little pearl, a tiny Amell heirloom that her mother had gifted her when she was young. It used to be a plaything, an instrument of make-believe. Heiresses, Bethany believed then, wore single pearls on silver chains.

“Are you coming, girl?”

Bethany felt the heat of the mid-afternoon sun on her face as she turned to face Stroud.

Slowly, one movement after another, her feet found the strength to walk.

“You are one of us now,” Stroud said, a bit more softly, and Bethany did not reply. A reply was not called for. It was only a fact. She would have to accept it, as she had accepted all things in her life. It was acceptance or death.

She turned her mind from the chain, that old glint in the dust, and hoped that another girl might find it.

: the boy's goddess
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating: K+
A/n: A first glimpse of temptation. SPOILERS for DA2. 

When she turned the shadows fell on her face just right and he had to shield his eyes.

She was beautiful and perfect and painful. Her skin looked like silk, slightly worn in, enough to be comfortable, and her eyes were a cross between jewels and children’s marbles. Her smile quirked at him in doubt. He could only smile back, like a goon. Like a child.

“Is there something you need?”

He used to crush ants when he was a child.

“Nothing at all.” He watched her hips sway as she walked away – so dainty, refined and reserved, but wrong, her hips don’t sway, but her mouth, it opens exactly right. It was her. In her he saw his goddess, and he wanted its face.
28th-Mar-2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Okay, the Bethany one broke my heart. I get his point, but dude. Unnecessarily harsh.
29th-Mar-2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
I am not a fan of Stroud.

When you meet him again, he seems like a good mentor in his own way but it's very rough, and I always feel so sorry for Bethany.
28th-Mar-2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, these were both wonderful - so precise and compact. I can totally see Quentin having those kinds of thoughts, too (though seriously, creepy thinking of childhood when you're obsessing over the memory of your wife). And I like how the characterisation of Stroud makes Bethany's character transformation so believable (never got that outcome since I forgot to take Anders with me O_o)
29th-Mar-2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)

Stroud seems to me an instrumental factor that shape Bethany into Grey Warden!Bethany. Makes me think she would've had more fun romping around with *the* Warden.

(never got that outcome since I forgot to take Anders with me O_o)

Oh, man, ouch. I can never bring myself to do that. I feel lucky that I left Carver at home my first playthrough.
28th-Mar-2011 10:41 pm (UTC)
I really like the Bethany one. It's a good but simple exploration of a different look at the Wardens than what we really see in the games.

Also, it took me a bit to get that the second one was about Quentin. And then I did. And he is creepy.
29th-Mar-2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
Stroud is not nearly as fun as the Warden. Does he let his recruits keep kittens? No way.

I'm glad that the confusion was effective in achieving the desired result. Quentin is such a creep.

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