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Title: Clean
Author: ciaranbochna
Characters: Loki, OC
Fandom: MCU/Avengers movieverse
Disclaimer: I own neither the characters nor the world.
Warnings: Depictions of grief, mental instability
Length: 204 words

A/N: Tied to my other MCU fic. Done for this prompt on comment_fic Avengers movieverse, Loki, Waking up is nice for those first few moments before you remember who and what you are.

Wind blows the halls through the door one fallen piece of scoured stone at a time. If sun has a smell it is this: hot stone, saffron and water set afire.

The rasp of sand through each room. Voices carried from ceiling to shadow. Marble’s cold pressed against the soles of his feet. A murmuring star hangs over an infant world tree. The ghost of water passes through, finding its heart in a fountain open to the air. The only music that lingers, now.

His mouth is sealed with blood. Screaming or a bitten tongue. It doesn’t matter. Both are easy. Blood. Flesh. Fractured remembrance. Bones in his feet shear tightly against each other. He hears them splinter.  He barely feels the rivulets passing over his heels, pooling on the cold floor.

Days he hopes pain/rage will scour him. If he lives a thousand years it could.  A thousand times a thousand stars.


There are spaces light cannot reach. Memories of stone. Sand singing in Petra’s halls.  Borghild’s gifts to him. An absent ruin for a child who speaks to the water and stars.

Absence is greater than madness. Living in a fractured mind is simple. There is little enough left, besides.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 26th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
*waves hands around wordlessly meeping about darkness and identity in adversity*
Feb. 26th, 2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
Nearly started crying at work(that will teach me to read comments here;)

I am very relieved that you read it exactly as I was hoping. Thank you.

Edited at 2014-02-26 10:04 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2014 05:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting it!

If the prompt is from tigriswolf (it sounds like her) I think she'd love it. If you don't want to post a link to your fill on the meme, maybe drop the prompter a link to this post in a PM instead?
Feb. 27th, 2014 06:38 am (UTC)
It is hers, yes. I also filled it because it is one of my favourite A Softer World comics.

I don't think it's fair to drop her into something that references an AU she won't read (and of course I thought it was crap as usual). I still worry she will think I am stalking her because I fill her prompts fairly often.
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