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04 November 2009 @ 02:31 am
Time Lapse - Lucil/Elma (FFX)  
Title: Time Lapse
Fandom: Final Fantasy X
Pairing: Lucil/Elma
Prompt:Slow
Rating: R
Words: 200



They had been knights who rode the wind. Now, wingless, they walked a landscape more alien than Mushroom Rock: Eternal Calm.

Sin was gone. There were still troops to train, patrols to command, politics to despise. But by the time Clasko went north to breed new chocobos, Al Bhed machina had replaced birds on the Highroad. Knights, like summoners, were an obsolete tradition.

There were still fiends to clear, but nights were free of Sin's terror.

There was a possibility of old age.
Of slowing down.

Lucil faced it, the first time she removed Elma's headband to find silver strands in the black. Chocobo's feet fanned the corners of the younger woman's eyes.

"Ma'am?"

"We should pay Clasko a visit," Lucil said. "Borrow birds. There must be fiends wanting our attention in the Calm Lands."

Elma grinned. "Sounds fun. Fed up with Yaibal's new operation, eh?"

"It's not that."

That had no name.

It was why Lucil savored their lovemaking, slowed the pace, made each caress a lingering journey instead of lightning strokes.

Why she held the younger woman long after their sweat had cooled, watching her face as she dozed.

Why she dreamed of the wind in Elma's hair.
 
 
 
Twilittwilit on November 5th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
Don't ever stop writing these. Please. I barely remembered who these characters were when I saw the first of your fics. They're getting close to real people now.
Helluin: elmaauronlu on November 5th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
It's funny. I just barely noticed them the very first time I played the game -- Elma's little sotto voce "Do you think Captain Lucil's noticing my efforts?" made me think, "awwww, puppy crush."

But then I forgot about them. They have little bits and pieces, and in X-2 both of them get to shine a little more, but they're such minor roles.

I didn't really start writing them until Love Her and Despair, a whole-cast saga. In that story, Elma shows up to escort a summoner on the Highroad. I didn't intend for her to stick around. But before I knew it, she had become a steady character with an important role, and her relationship with Lucil is one of the most endearing subplots in the saga.

I couldn't let them take over that story, so I started writing drabbles!

Edited at 2009-11-05 07:13 am (UTC)
Bat: Akamatsu's Quistis!hamimifk on November 5th, 2009 08:54 am (UTC)
Aw, I like how you used the prompt here. Definitely not one I had thought of, so kudos. ^.^