Long Live No King

and you know the truth, I know it too
we've lost much since the world was new
gone 'round and 'round but now we're through
and you've left me and I've left you
but there is still one thing we can do
oh, I'd rather be at war than be dead
and I've never seen a light I couldn't spread
no, I've never seen a light I couldn't spread

{ Al + the Dark Materials }

July 2012

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Title: the loss of a lonely man never makes much of a sound
Rating: PG13 at most
Wordcount: 2,295
Story / World: bracketverse
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] 31_days: January 05 2012, everything reminds me of my baby
Other: after (long after) January 01 (there is an ebbing and flowing stream), spoilers for There Are Bodies On The Ceiling And They’re Fluttering Their Wings
Characters: January Salt, Ciel Noline, Cosma Noline and Arcturus (mentioned)
Notes: January’s one of the few people both native to the Side and almost baseline human that I write here. Her outlook’s kind of interesting.


well what if i am never thrown that bone, and what if this tear in my side just pours and pours and pours?
i wonder if they've noticed that i’m not around; the loss of a lonely man never makes much of a sound

As for the rest, she was so sure she had thrown it all away. Hadn't she? )
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Title: gold light
Rating: PG13 if we’re being strictly cinematic (swearing)
Wordcount: 884
Story / World: bracketverse
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] 31_days: January 06 2012, rules were always bent, but never broken
Other: After but not long after they won’t be stopped, before (among other things) ...Wings.
Characters: Cosma Noline, January Salt, Theresa Kyle, Arcturus
Notes: Arcturus’ lack of surname makes him awkward to tag for; Cosma’s speaking habits throw my ratings off; January Salt generally takes bad news much better than anyone else would expect (see also: her entire character arc).


shadows and their sources stealing away with you
gold light shining on so many things

but Cosma's lost her chance to be the hero now )
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Title: they won’t be stopped
Rating: PG (is necromancy child-safe?)
Wordcount: 429
Story / World: bracketverse
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] 31_days: January 07 2012, maybe in our circle, square pieces never fit
Other: Shortly before gold light.
Characters: Arcturus, January Salt, Cosma Noline.
Notes: Bird is the word but the bird is not a recurring character. (Arcturus has terrible luck with birds! Arcturus has terrible luck, full stop.)


christians and killers, they won't be stopped until
ambulance dancehall is burning on the hill

Arcturus isn't the dove whisperer or whatnot, anyway. )
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Title: try to leave no traces
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 309
Story / World: bracketverse
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] 31_days: January 08 2012, I said ‘it is just me just say it to my face’
Other: During Chondrilla juncea.
Characters: Ciel Noline, the ghost (the ghost is a spoiler)
Notes: Because I cannot be trusted to name anything, this part of Angels of the Silences is called High Hawk Season. It’s just as well this is an AU, really.


half rising to a crouch, sinking back down to the floor
if you're walking, keep your head low; try to leave no traces when you go

and if you don't understand there will be no hope at all )
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Title: and it’s the sum of man
Rating: PG? (potentially disturbing, discussion of violence)
Wordcount: 622
Story / World: bracketverse
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] 31_days: January 09 2012, cast iron hearts go hungry for spare parts
Other: After There Are Bodies On The Ceiling And They’re Fluttering Their Wings, before the beginning of the High Hawk Season arc.
Characters: Tabot Funk.
Notes: He’s very strange-looking. (He’s very strange.)


and it's the sum of man, slouching towards bethlehem
a heart just can't contain all of that outer space

Tabot, unfortunately and obviously, is the only person who looks at all like Tabot. )
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Title: and if you ever make it to ten you won’t make it again
Rating: PG?
Wordcount: 728
Story / World: bracketverse
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] 31_days: January 10 2012, I’m only saved ‘cause I’m tired of sin
Other: Before Chondrilla juncea.
Characters: January Salt, Cosma Noline.
Notes: Comfortable body temperature for January is somewhere around 95 degrees Fahrenheit. She does somewhat broadcast what she is. And a commonality between Cosma and her brother: being human takes some extra effort. She’s better at multitasking, generally, but it’s still a task (or, if you prefer, it’s still tasking).


and it's seven, eight, nine, you get your shuffle back in line
and if you ever make it to ten you won't make it again

Compared to January herself she might as well be ink-black. )
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Title: when we arrive alive at last
Rating: PG13 for dramatic irony
Wordcount: 8,325
Story / World: bracketverse
Challenge: [livejournal.com profile] 31_days: January 11 2012, fine line between love and alibis
Other: Spanning from around Plenipotentiary to after There Are Bodies On The Ceiling And They’re Fluttering Their Wings to a bit before Chondrilla juncea, spoiling appropriately.
Characters: Arianna Castor, David Smith, Isaac Corwin, Margaret Lowes, Tania Clark, the Miriam, Ciel Noline, Tulio Huitrón, Zeke Cartman, Zöe Cartman, Marc Taylor, Ariadne Shaw, Cosma Noline, January Salt, Theresa Kyle, Arcturus, Catherine Jones
Notes: Look! Ensemble! (Look! Omniscient... narration...)


who will be there to catch us in his jaws when we arrive alive at last?
i can't hear you in the dark, wish i knew where you'd gone

Profession, vocation, and lifelong obligation, now. Maybe post is a better term, even with its associations of mail. )

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