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Week 45//Polka Theme//One Shot 
29th-Mar-2008 01:45 pm
Silver Sky
Title: The List
Author: minerva_one
Word Count: 413
Genre: Romance
Warnings: Not only did I find a way to use the theme, I made it sad.   Take that, you crazy Polka theme!

The List

He sat alone in the German town square with a very large stein of bitter beer in front of him, watching the village gather for a large festival.  Sighing to himself  he looked into his beer, only finding the reflection of his hollow eyes.  “Only one more place to go, Kagome,” he thought.

. . .

They had made a list of places to visit during their life together.  “The List of places to see before we die,” Kagome had called it.  She had laughed then and he had smiled at her, each thinking they would have forever.

. . .   

“You want to visit Siberia?” she had asked with an incredulous look.

“I appreciate desolation,” he replied.  

She rolled her eyes at him.  “You would.”

. . .

He squeezed his eyes shut against the memories, vainly trying to will them away.  They never went away anymore. 

. . .

“Oh, Sesshoumaru!  I thought of another place to put on our list!  Germany!” she had cried out, running into the living room waving their list.

He looked up from his newspaper. “Germany?  And what, exactly, is in Germany?”

She thrust a brochure for a Polka festival under his nose. “Look!  This would be so fun!”

“Polka? That’s ridiculous.” he said, tossing the brochure off to the side and sweeping her in his arms. “How about the Rainforest instead?”

She squealed and wrapped her legs around his waist.  “ You know, I’ve always had a thing for polka dancers,” she said, nuzzling his neck.

“You are insane.”

 . . .

The list grew longer and longer until the day she died.  

Alone in their empty house he raged and destroyed it all, saving the destruction of Tenseiga for the last.  He sat on the floor amidst the ruins, ready to follow her into the afterlife.  

His eyes landed on The List, strewn on the floor.

It lay there silently, mocking him. The List of places they would never get to visit.  The List of places she would never get to see.  The List of memories they would never get to share.  

With a growl he snatched the list from the floor and headed out of the door.  

He had work to do before he could see her again.

 . . .

Now it lay in front of him with neat lines running though the entries, all except one.

It was time.

He finished his beer and walked away, relief in his bones knowing he would see her again soon.   There was a world of memories to share with her, at long last.
29th-Mar-2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
...Woah. That is sad, and so, so sweet. ^^ Good job.
29th-Mar-2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! Glad you like it! =D
29th-Mar-2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
Wow... interesting interpretation of 'polka'. Beautiful and absolutely poignant. The emotion and desperation was really evident in every word. Your portrayal of Sesshoumaru, a man (demon?) who only had a memory to live for, was excellent.
29th-Mar-2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you liked it, I appreciate it! Thanks!! XD
29th-Mar-2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
That was very nice. I really enjoyed it :)
29th-Mar-2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!! =D
29th-Mar-2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
You made me cry. It's okay, I kinda like crying. Really beautiful and sad.
29th-Mar-2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Awww, I'm sorry! I do like tugging on heartstrings, though. *wink* Thank you!! =D
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29th-Mar-2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yay!! I'm glad you liked it! Thank you! =)
29th-Mar-2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh it's so beautiful! You did so well on this piece.
29th-Mar-2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Awww, Thanks Safire! I'm happy you liked it! =D
29th-Mar-2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Great job. I'd never have equated polka to sad. Silly, yes. Annoying, yes. Sad, no. Now that's thinking outside the box!
29th-Mar-2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
lol, I love thinking outside of the box! This theme was just begging for a sneak attack. XD Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
29th-Mar-2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
oh so sad, but so sweet at the same time. I love the sense of desolation in this piece.
29th-Mar-2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Aww, Thanks!! I'm glad you liked it!! XD
30th-Mar-2008 12:20 am (UTC)
I was almost in tears myself when I finished reading this. But then when I scrolled up and read your comment: "Not only did I find a way to use the theme, I made it sad. Take that, you crazy Polka theme!" I couldn't help but laugh. Lovely take on the theme, dear. Fabulous work :)
30th-Mar-2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you Shon! I'm happy you liked it, and I'm happy to see you posting again! YAY! XD
30th-Mar-2008 04:10 am (UTC)
lmao, only you would be able to take this utterly maddening theme and make it soooo sad and lovely! I bow to your greatness ;) This was fantastic and sweet and melancholy and hopeful all tied up into a kickass polka-ing theme! Great job truly! And sweet and sad, it makes for wonderful reading!
30th-Mar-2008 04:20 am (UTC)
This is a maddening theme, no? I've been looking at that theme coming up and wondering how in the heck to tie it to these two, but I really didn't plan this story. It just popped out. ;) lol, the Gods must have taken pity on me today! =D

I'm happy that you loved it. Thank you!!! XD
31st-Mar-2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I want to be indignant (polka and sad?!) but... but you did such a good job. This was really touching. I love it. His despair is beautiful in this piece.
31st-Mar-2008 12:53 am (UTC)
Awww, thank you!! I'm glad you loved it! Who knew polka could be so sad and despair inducing? lol! XD
5th-Apr-2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
This is probably my favorite thing you've written. Beautiful and melancholy...it was perfectly crafted.
5th-Apr-2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Wow! Thanks Tally! ;) I'm just surprised I could find a way to use the theme!
6th-Apr-2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
This was amazing. I loved the flashbacks especially, and you could really tell Sesshomaru's unhappiness. This is great! Good job!
6th-Apr-2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
YAY! Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!! XD
6th-Apr-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
What can I say...morbidly beautiful and full of regrets. I still find it interesting that Sesshoumaru killed himself anyway. But the last line put it all together. Great take on the theme.
6th-Apr-2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it! ;)
2nd-May-2008 05:37 am (UTC)
i like it' very emotional. but i find it funny that he used a door when he destroyed the whole house...
2nd-May-2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
lol, good catch! I didn't even catch it!
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