JEWEL TONES: Five Faiths That Never Were - Part 4: Sapphire
Characters: Faith, Angel
Summary: Her new life irrevocably destroyed, Faith gets a visit from the one person who might be able to convince her to pick up the pieces.
The sky is cool blue and calm, smooth, unmarred expanse stretching out as far as the eye can see, filled with dreams of another place, another time, and hope for the future that carries to the edge of the horizon. She always waits for the sun to rise, always stands atop this building like a dark silhouette cut from the fabric of night, still lingering like a wraith along the edges of dawn. One foot on the stone ledge, the other planted firmly against the concrete roof, hands held straight down at her sides, shoulders high as she stares up into the morning sun. She imagines she paints a tragic image in the minds of any who glimpse her there, and perhaps that is only because she imagines herself as such. One girl against all the world, head and shoulders held high beneath its pressing weight.
But that's only her imagination, only dreaming, as she's given to do when she stands here like this beneath the dawning day and imagines that anything is possible. She's not the only girl in all the world--never has been. The world is filled with Slayers now, and she learned a long time ago that that being chosen didn't make her any more special than anyone else. She's gotten used to that. As used to it as she can get, anyway.
She looks down at the streets below; gray and solemn, just struggling from the sleep of night as people stream from their homes, blinking with sleep filled eyes, and head off to their offices, their wives, their mistresses. All caught up in the doldrums of everyday life, slugging through another day, trying to find a reason to make it all worth while.
She may not be special, but at least she's not like them. Not anymore.( Read more...Collapse )