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28 January 2009 @ 04:32 pm
[fic] : robin hood (bbc) - white magic, part one  
Title: White Magic [Part Two | Part Three]
Rating: G
Word count: 665 words
Characters: Guy/Marian
Summary: Post 2x13, AU. Guy has travelled to the Holy Land to bring Marian back from the dead. Somewhat inspired by dollsome, except that her idea put a vastly more hilarious spin on the thing. I believe there may have been a magical goat.

Disclaimer: Robin Hood is copyright to Tiger Aspect and the BBC. All Rights Reserved. No copyright infringement is intended, and no money is being made.

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"There was a place, a light beyond the dark," she said. "But I was trapped halfway, caught in a never-fading dusk. A voice, a faint but insistent whisper of a voice told me I must wait. So wait I did, for such a time. Such a long time..."
Marian shifted her head, nestling closer. He kissed her forehead.
"What was it like?" he asked.
"Like...nothing. Half nothing and half something. A murmur of sound that I couldn't make out and shapes against light at the end of a corridor that I couldn't move down. A threatening pause in the dusk."
"And then I opened my eyes. And saw you," she added.
"Thought you were in heaven?"
"Hardly."


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Guy'd had a vision of lifting her from the grave. Her face would be peaceful, her white dress still unblemished, no scar or darkening mark. He would hold her in his arms, tip the potion into her ready lips, and she would awake. And smile to see him.

It was not quite like that. In the Holy Land it is hot and dry and the heat dries bodies as they lie packed in sand, far better than in dank English soil.

Guy pushed away the last clumps of sand, and moved his hand slowly, slowly, to peel back the gravecloth. Her face was drawn, almost tense at the lips. Older. The skin had wrinkled into the hollow of her cheekbones. Guy felt suddenly shaky, even a little ill. He let the grave clothes fall from his hand. The woman, that woman who had reluctantly sold him the potion had warned him. She had. And he hadn't listened. How long would Marian look like this? How long - no. He steeled himself.

He must do this, or not. And having come so far, could he bury her again? He shoved the questions from his mind. Before they could begin to whisper again, he took her up, held the small glass bottle to her lips, and with an awkward clutch of an embrace, tipped it into her mouth.

He waited.

"Marian?" he said, his voice a mere scratch in a throat dry from heat and waterless walking. He'd been in too much of a hurry to stop for more than a mouthful of water. He put his head to her chest. He thought - he was almost sure - he could hear the faintest thrum-thump. As he listened it grew stronger, minutely so. Achingly, incrementally, slowly. But there was no mistaking it. Marian would live again.

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He stayed there for several minutes, his hand at her throat, feeling the slow pulse beneath his fingers. There was even (perhaps) a slight lessening of her face's pallor. The sun was rising higher in the sky, strengthening. In a few hours it would be overhead and scorchingly hot. He would have to move her.

It was the jolting that woke her, the unsteady rocking of being lifted and carried the distance from grave to town, the nearby cluster of buildings. Her eyes opened almost hesitantly.

"Guy? Guy - where am I? You -" her face, her eyes - they were not yet the Marian he knew. But the voice was. Perhaps the potion worked from inside out.

Marian looked dazed. Her eyes were sunken, tired, still distant. But they moved across his face, and her expression changed - a faint mixture of fear and dislike. He could guess the memory occupying her thoughts.

"Guy...I died. I remember. You -" She struggled weakly in his arms as he carried her. Once, twice she shifted herself, trying to free herself, and Guy almost lost his grip. But the effort had exhausted her. She lay still and closed her eyes, though whether in tiredness or frustration, Guy couldn't tell. "You killed me," she said, her quiet voice tinged with accusation.

"I remember. And now you have brought me back? Guy. Guy. What have you done...? It is...it is an abomination."

"No. No - it is - it will be perfect. The most perfect." He kept his eyes straight ahead, focused on moving step by step towards the squat town buildings in the distance. His words sounded as weak as Marian's attempts to free herself. But it would be. He would make it so.

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Part Two
 
 
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with a dreamy far-off looklalumena on January 28th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I should have put end (ish) because I am going to try and continue it? We'll see how that goes, though. I have some of it planned out in my head, anyway. :)

Thank you! I was a bit creeped out while I was writing it, I got to admit. Just a little.
with blue eyes: marian blackan_lagat_glas on January 28th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, creepy. Imagine being in Marian's position! I want to know more!
with a dreamy far-off look: [gg] rory/jesslalumena on January 28th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
I am writing more as we speak. Er, write. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. ;)
(no subject) - an_lagat_glas on January 28th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - lalumena on January 28th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
DarkenTwisted: guy happydarkentwisted on January 28th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
"I remember. And now you have brought me back? Guy. Guy. What have you done...it is...it is an abomination."

Hehe WOW! Very sinister.
Dori: la belle damecleo_eurydike on January 28th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
BWAHAHAHAHA your icon
(no subject) - lalumena on January 31st, 2009 09:41 am (UTC) (Expand)
the mirror cracked: guy and mariantirra_lyrra on January 28th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
How perfectly creepy, and perfectly Guy. You've given me the chills!
with a dreamy far-off look: [cranf] cowlalumena on January 31st, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)
Hee, great! Thank you so much for the feedback.
leslieg on January 28th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Definitely creepy!!! He's as far in denial as the rest of us! I love it!!! Kudos!!
with a dreamy far-off look: [rh] marianlalumena on January 31st, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
He certainly is in denial...! Thanks for the feedback, I do appreciate it.
lippy kid: [rh] guy/marian hurt my soulsophieisgod on January 28th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
DUUUUUUDE. This is so fabulous; it's just the right amount of wrong and things that are genuinely disturbing, combined with puppydog!Guy and his misguided sense of...everything. Oh Guy, you really were raised by wolves, weren't you?

Also, this?
"And then I opened my eyes. And saw you," she added.
"Thought you were in heaven?"
"Hardly."

BULLSEYE.
with a dreamy far-off look: [rh] guy/marian | beautiful collisionlalumena on January 28th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
He really is rather messed up. And misguided. Were he not played by The Armitage, I probably wouldn't like him nearly as much? How do you do that, sir? Mystifying.

:) Thank you!
bookishy: B&W GMbookishy on January 28th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
This was great! Oh, Guy. Raising the bar on creepiness every time. You do a really fantastic job of hinting at the grotesque aspects of this without overwhelming the reader. And as always, I'm kind of in awe of how MUCH you accomplish in so very little space.

Edited because I insulted you by accident. :P

Edited at 2009-01-28 07:50 pm (UTC)
with a dreamy far-off look: [bh] pigeonlalumena on January 28th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Hee, not a problem. I shall of course cry later. Maybe. ;)

And thank you! Thank you very much. I hint because I wouldn't want details myself...I don't think Guy wants to look too closely either, just yet.
Dori: Robin Hood - Guycleo_eurydike on January 28th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
YESSSSSS AMAZING.
I have to run so I can't write a full review, but I love Guy's talking to himself at the end, "It will be perfect. Perfect. / He would make it so." Kinda creepy, and I love that she's aged a little, too. I really want to see this continued!
with a dreamy far-off look: [n+s] thorntonlalumena on January 28th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
:) It was a toss up between pursuing this and the alternative, more cracktastic storyline. Which has two Marians and a goat. So. I am going to try and continue this! I shall prevail against my one-shot tendencies. I AM LIKE DARCY BUT WITHOUT THE WET SHIRT.

Thank you for your feedback! I do appreciate it. :)
her divine shadow: uma fictionherdivineshadow on January 28th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
eeee yaaaay. write moar pls. :)
with a dreamy far-off look: [rh] guy/marian | convincerlalumena on January 31st, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm working on it. :)
leahrdayleahrday on January 28th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Loved it and need more
with a dreamy far-off look: [rh] muchlalumena on January 31st, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
tigger_01: robin hood will and robin mwahtigger_01 on January 29th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
AAARGH. *has a mini freak out*
Now what have you done, Guy?

(It's fantastic, in an incredibly creeepy kind of way.)
with a dreamy far-off look: [rh] the ganglalumena on January 31st, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
He's been well-meaning. Again. Unfortunately.

(Thank you so much. :))
foreverwriting9: Love Guyforeverwriting9 on January 29th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
"You killed me," she said, her quiet voice tinged with accusation.

Ooh I about died at that part, partly because I found it kind of funny and because I could imagine her saying it.

Hope it'll all be perfect :)
with a dreamy far-off look: [rh] guy/marian | convincerlalumena on January 31st, 2009 10:24 am (UTC)
Aw, your icon. It's true!

Thanks! I'll do my best...
issoriaartemis_issoria on January 29th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
wow! amazingly creepy fantastic!
i do hope you continue it!
with a dreamy far-off look: [rh] guy/marian | charminglalumena on January 31st, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
dcwashdcwash on January 29th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
I kept reading because I couldn't decide where you were going. I mean, [blockquote]"And then I opened my eyes. And saw you," she added.
"Thought you were in heaven?"
"Hardly."[/blockquote]
That's some funny right there. But by the end....[shiver]

I can't wait to see Robin's reaction!
with a dreamy far-off looklalumena on January 31st, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
Well, it is somewhat dark humour, so hopefully it's not too incongruous!
Amy: [rh] and the world was cloaked in blackshadesofsienna on February 1st, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
This is so amazing. :)
with a dreamy far-off looklalumena on February 2nd, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.