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04 August 2012 @ 04:03 pm
Drabble: Keeper  
Title: Keeper
Author: breathless_dawn
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I am no king, therefore I own no Kingdom.
A/N: 400 word drabble written for kh_drabble Challenge [291] Safekeeping. There are a lot of parentheses.

There have been (are, will be) many who have tried (are trying, will try) to capture me. To pry me apart and learn my secrets.

(When I was young, I used to find it strange that people continued to try when none had yet succeeded. I am much older now, eons older, and do not find it so strange anymore.)

I don’t blame them for it. Not anymore. I’ve found my place, just as everyone has (is, will).

I have watched countless thousands rise to meet me. Some have come so close that had I only reached out my hand, I could have touched them.

But all of them fall, in the end. And so very far they have to fall, before I can catch them. (Yes, I always catch them, but I must always let them fall. And that has taken time to get used to.)

And as many as there are who try to capture me, there are even more who do not know of me at all until we are standing face to face.

Sometimes they come slowly, a gentle trickle flowing in to greet me. Sometimes they rush in in great torrents, threatening to overwhelm me. (I remember when I was young I thought I would drown, thought they might destroy me as so many had destroyed themselves. But I am still here. And so are they.)

When they come to me, they are frightened, angry, hurt. Some don’t stay that way. Some never change.

I used to take it personally, when I tried my best and nothing helped. But I learned. Learned about balance and time and coexistence.

It was chaos for ages, in the beginning, as they fought each other, fought me. I tried my best to mediate, but in the end, they solved it themselves, becoming separate but whole, accepting that they couldn’t have one without the other. Ever since then there have been some squabbles, but I haven’t had to endure a war yet, and I hope that I will never have to. (I’m getting to be too old for such things.)

I take care of them, you see, keep them safe because they’ve got nowhere else to go.

My name, you ask?

I have been called many things in my lifetime, but for now they call me Kingdom Hearts, and I’m sure we will meet one day.

(Don’t worry, I’ll catch you when you fall.)
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
pearlseed: thinkin'pearlseed on August 4th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Fantastic--like the strange time travel sort of time framework becos that's how the universe structures things it seems. Haven't a clue about the who and it matters not at all. I love the sweetness of the keeping. It's what I refer to in my family as 'Mama's lap', that place for one's treasures where you know they are safe ever after.

And the last line--'cakes ya done well with what you've writ--makes me happy proud tears becos I adore the idea of there being safe haven even if I don't know it, haven't any idea of it. The voice is proud and humble, separate and connected, welcoming safe and prickley No Trespassing. Real TX is my metaphor, strange and familiar, kinda like loving and having a cactus garden.

breathless_dawn: Sora *grin*breathless_dawn on August 10th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Late reply is late, but LJ didn't notify me of this comment until today :x

So glad you liked it, even though you're not familiar with the fandom! Thanks for stopping by, and for such high praise!! ♥
pearlseed: thoughtful dreadspearlseed on August 4th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Now if I could stop being all happy weepy. Oh yeah gonna memory you.
Dark Hope Assassin: Axel // Sexyhope_assassin on August 13th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC)
I had no idea what this was about and still I couldn't help but read it from beginning till the end, every single word of it. Simply superb right there. Loved it so much. :3 Very deep, very awesome and I adore the amount of parentheses. xD
breathless_dawn: Sora *grin*breathless_dawn on August 14th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, love! I'm really pleased you liked it, and the parentheses :D
Dark Hope Assassin: Gray // Cool & Sexy ♥hope_assassin on August 14th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
I love the parentheses especially cuz it's like writing a story in two levels. I've never tried it myself cuz I think I can't pull it off but you always do it so marvelously, hon <33
eternal_moonieeternal_moonie on June 23rd, 2013 12:55 pm (UTC)

Absolutely AWESOME drabble, Kingdom Hearts!!!