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stargate, DanielJackson

Tomb of challenges; Vampire Diaries fic; Smile, while we have the time

Posted on 2011.06.04 at 17:48
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TVD

 

Anna has always had a soft spot for the sweet boys, the pragmatic ones at least- she’s far too old for nonsensical sugary types. She plays her part as the shyly demure woman-child, carefully signing her name- free of ink blots or smudges- for the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. It’s for appearances sake, a silly game for silly girls, but she can’t help smiling inside when she pictures it. She imagines Stefan will be her escort. She likes him, perhaps more than she should, especially considering that she would lay all her expensive dresses as a wager that Katherine will steal him from her once she arrives; it’s what Katherine does.


But for now she and Stefan are haplessly drawn to each other, the not-still-children in the shadows. Stefan the good son and Anna the good daughter, dancing elegantly out of everyone’s way. Stefan makes her a picnic and they sit in the shade of an old willow tree, conversing all day about books they’ve read. One day they kiss; it’s soft and chaste, lips like an erroneous seam. They go for long walks and Stefan always sticks to the path, an action that would usually annoy is made ok by Stefan’s surprisingly genuine nature. She frowns as she thinks Katherine will surely break him of all his adorable habits.


The night she hears that Katherine will arrive by the week’s end, Anna sneaks into the Salvatore Manor and takes to Stefan’s bed. Stefan is shocked but hides it well, feigning nonchalance; she might’ve been convinced if it wasn’t for her enhanced senses. After a few minutes he says he wants to do this for her, she would laugh except she knows he’s being honest. He hasn’t considered this at all in the duration of their courtship. The boy is so ridiculously gentlemanly it almost makes her want to cry.


Stefan begins undoing corset strings with self-assured confidence. She almost sighs in disappointment at his fakery. He’s but a human boy after all. Then she tells him this isn’t her first time, and that apparently gives him permission to fall to pieces, he instantly lets her take the lead. Stefan is awkward, with cheeks so red they look painted, but he follows her lead well. She lies in the bed smiling afterwards, giving thought to stealing Stefan away. Except mother would follow her and Katherine would in turn follow mother. Anna knows it’s a silly idea anyway. She leaves in the morning, refusing to speak to him for the next few days; it’s for the best.


Anna watches from afar as Katherine’s carriage approaches the Salvatore manor, and thinks of Katherine dousing Stefan’s bright shining flames with bloodied water, leaving cold charcoals in her wake. She takes comfort in her overly fanciful imagery- it’s less damning than the truth. Anna’s unsurprised to find Stefan’s smile wider than she’s ever seen.


But she is startled by Katherine’s- more honest than ever- smile, and thinks that maybe Katherine’s dooming herself as well.  


Comments:


consumedly
consumedly at 2011-06-07 10:31 (UTC) (Link)
I'd have never even though of them that way, but I've to admit you made me wonder...
swirlsofblue
swirlsofblue at 2011-06-07 13:25 (UTC) (Link)
Thankyou, I'm glad it made you wonder :).

I hadn't actually thought of them that way either, but then as I read through the long list of possible pairing choices for this challenge, this was the one that just clicked into place in my head :).
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