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19 September 2004 @ 12:29 am
ds/Sandman fic: Voices Prophetic and Patient  
I blame this wholly on lifeinwords and this is, in no way, a sign that I will capitulate to certain demands from certain Caros. Also, btw, OMIGOD IOAN GRUFFUDD IS SO HOT *dies*.

*coughs* Moving on.

Title: Voices Prophetic and Patient
Pairing: None
Characters: Fraser, Dream
Timeline: Post Victoria's Secret



“This is the forest primeval,” Fraser whispers, as he stares up at the dark pines that tower over him and cast purple shadows across the snow. He is barefoot, but he doesn’t feel the cold.

“Yes,” the man beside him says, “it is.”

The trees grow tall enough to blot out the moon, and Fraser’s eyes travel along branches that seem to twine like fingers overhead. Pine needles shiver down, and fall all around Fraser, making patterns by his feet.

Fraser slants a look at his companion who is tall, with skin the same color as the snow and eyes of unrelieved dark that somehow seem to gleam.

“I know that I’m dying,” he states. Here the words sound small and unimportant, because the forest spreads out silent, endless.

The man laughs. “You’re not dying, Benton Fraser,” he says. His voice sounds like the wind that rushes above them.

Fraser doesn’t question this, and follows when the man begins to walk between the round, rough tree trunks.

“I was shot,” he says, and the man nods, black hair falling over his forehead. “It feels like I’m dead.”

The man shrugs. “You mistake momentary peace for death. You are sleeping, and healing in your sleep. You will wake in the morning. ”

“Ah,” Fraser murmurs, and then falls silent. He presses one hand to his chest and another to his back. He is naked and it doesn’t trouble him. The skin over his heart and spine is smooth and whole.

“Look,” the man orders, pointing to the ground before them. There is a scattering of paw prints, shallow in the new snow.

“Wolf,” Fraser murmurs, and the man smiles.

“If you wish.”

It isn’t dark, and it isn’t light. Fraser can see well enough, but he knows it is night. He pulls a twig off a nearby tree, and inhales the sharp, spicy smell. His eyes skitter across the forest floor, watching for wolves. He sees nothing, hears nothing.

“Are you dreaming as well?” Fraser asks, turning again to face the man. “Or are you a part of my dream?”

“All dreams are mine,” the man says, and his cloak flutters a little over his shoulder. “I *am* Dream.”

Fraser stares at him, at the infinitely familiar planes of Dream’s long, pale face. “I have seen you before.”

Dream nods, and places a hand on Fraser’s shoulder. “Yes, you have.”

“Does everyone?” he asks, curious.

“Some do,” Dream tells Fraser. “You more than most.”

“This place – ” Fraser breaks off, and turns his face up to the sky. “This place is powerful.”

“Come,” Dream says softly, drawing Fraser further into the forest, where it is close and calm.

“When I wake up, it will hurt, won’t it?” Fraser asks when they stop.

Dream steps back into the shadows. His eyes glitter, and when he speaks, his voice is less like the wind, more substantial, fuller.

“It will hurt,” Dream admits without emotion. “But you will remember this place. I will grant you that boon.”

Fraser closes his eyes. “Then it will be all right,” he says.

When he opens them, Dream is gone, but beside Fraser stands a tall, black wolf. He touches his hand to its head, reverently.

He says, “Thank you,” and the snow whips fast around them, falling soundlessly onto his skin.
 
 
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Sage: deenasageness on September 18th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhhh, yes. This *is* Fraser's place in the Dreaming. This is so precisely *it*. And so very Fraser that he would see Dream, that Dream would manifest in the dream to accompany him on his path. So very wonderful.

Have you read up to Lucifer yet? Have you read any of his series? I would love to see him paired with Dream or Destruction. *loves the Endless*

Thank you so much for writing this. Sandman was my first ever comic and remains one of my dearest loves.
pure FORESHADOWING: Clark RHPSnifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)
*snugs* It's one of my dearest loves, too. And it's so eminently crossoverable. I read it for the first time last year and oh, God, do I ever love Gaiman. He just *creates* so beautifully, doesn't it?

And, don't think I haven't read the entire Lucifer trade series yet. I need to get my hands on the actual issues because there are so many more that aren't in trade paperback format yet! *bites nails anxiously, and covets story*

But -- yes. This totally is Fraser's place in the Dreaming, to me. And I'm glad it worked for you, too. *snugs again*
every city has its secret...: loverabidfangurl on September 18th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
You are wonderful, and I want to have your cracktastic babies.

...You get the icon of love and hot girls for this.
pure FORESHADOWING: Chloe!nifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, yay hot girls! *pets it* And, dude, yay you having my babies. I love babies!
the opposite of batmanpearl_o on September 18th, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, Nif. Oh, Fraser. *sigh*
pure FORESHADOWING: Deathnifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
*snugs you* Oh, Fraser indeed....
northernnorthernveil on September 18th, 2004 10:29 pm (UTC)
Oh wow... So very beautiful.
pure FORESHADOWING: hot ioan - angryhamsternifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! *snugs*
Clannadlvr: dief-heuradysclannadlvr on September 18th, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
wow....just wow.

Lovely crossover...just works perfectly.
pure FORESHADOWING: brad sexnifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- I think Fraser and Dream are oddly suited to talk to one another, don't you? *grins*
Shade: starmandaughtershade on September 19th, 2004 04:58 am (UTC)
Wow! Fab! This was great. You hit Sandman just right, and Fraser's reactions were perfect. Now I want to see either of the Rays and Matthew the smartassed Raven. Hee! Well done.
pure FORESHADOWING: Deathnifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Ray and Matthew would be comic gold . But I'm glad that Dream worked for you here -- he's such a slippery character to write.
Qqe2 on September 19th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
ooh...
...this is lovely. I'm not generally a fan of crossovers - they have to be done extraordinarily well in order for the differing worlds not to collide fatally - but you pulled this one off beautifully.

I think RayK and Matthew would get a kick out of each other. Or even RayK and Mervyn...
pure FORESHADOWING: Deathnifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
Re: ooh...
I think Rayk and Matthew would be just funny, funny, funny together. They're a lot alike -- except Ray is no bird. (Even if he may or may not have chicken legs...*grins hugely*) But I'm glad that this worked for you, especially given your crossover thing, and you're right, they are really hard to do right. So thank you!
Qqe2 on September 28th, 2004 07:33 pm (UTC)
Re: ooh...
I think Rayk and Matthew would be just funny, funny, funny together.

SO agree. In some ways, RayK is Matthew.

Matthew's really one of my favorite Sandman characters. Fun to find someone else who appreciates him :-).

They're a lot alike -- except Ray is no bird. (Even if he may or may not have chicken legs...*grins hugely*)

Oy, I like those legs! (But okay, yeah, they are kind of...skinny...)

But I'm glad that this worked for you, especially given your crossover thing, and you're right, they are really hard to do right. So thank you!

Sorry - the crossover remark wasn't meant to come across snarky. And it so did work for me. Lovely.
(Anonymous) on September 19th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)

If I had the foggiest notion what "Sandman" is, I might have understood this.
pure FORESHADOWING: CRAZY EYES!nifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
Hopefully you would have!
too many shiny glitter: feedback: be afraidlifeinwords on September 19th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is exactly what I'd imagined but so much better! Because you wrote it, for real, and you figured out what they'd -say-, and it's so hushed and detached and believable. *rereads*

I fear my fangirling of you has now risen to fearful heights.
pure FORESHADOWING: Cheekynifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)
*grins* Yay! I'm so glad this is what you wanted! It's such *fertile* ground -- Fraser and dreams, let alone Fraser and Dream. So much to do! *bounces* So much that you should write one, too! *grins cheekily*
What the hell is up with the mummy?!: sandserialkarma on September 20th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, my, yes. So perfectly Dream, and just what Fraser needs right then.
pure FORESHADOWING: clever bradnifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
Man, Fraser just needs and needs and needs him some solitude a lot of the time, doesn't he? *pets the poor guy* I'm glad you liked it, babe. *snugs you*
lynnmonsterlynnmonster on September 24th, 2004 07:25 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhh! In the craziness of my weekend trip and aftermath, I somehow *missed* this!

This was lovely, just wonderful. I love the environment, the moment in which you set this, and most of all, Fraser.

I also love the idea of the boon, what it is and that it will help make things bearable.
pure FORESHADOWING: ckr sexnifra_idril on September 28th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
*snugs Fraser and you* The boon was maybe me just feeling so *bad* for the poor guy -- I mean, he totally gets shafted a lot of the time. *pets him fretfully* I'm glad you liked it, sugar!