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A Canal in Seoul (Sun/Jin)

Title: A Canal in Seoul
Pairing: Sun/Jin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Up through "Ji Yeon"
Note: My first time writing this pairing! I kept pondering on the Day 3 photo prompt at lostsquee and finally this is what occurred to me. I'm dedicating it to my favorite Sun fan: isis2015. :)



She returns to the place where they met, by the canal in Seoul, wearing the same dress.

Jin might have thought it was that orange dress that brought them together, but she always thought maybe it was the site itself that was lucky.

All her luck is gone now, gone with Jin.

She sits in the same spot, on the edge of the canal and rubs her hands over the rough stone, trying to remember the feel of Jin next to her, the sound of his laugh, the shy smile he had only for her.

She looks down on the swiftly flowing water. The surface is smooth, so unlike the surf that had battered their little island for so long. The ocean always seemed to be saying, "come," with each outgoing tide and "stay" with each incoming rush. Now she is the one who can come and go as she likes and it is the water that appears still.

She takes the two fluted glasses out of her bag and sets them on the ledge. Slowly, she opens the bottle of champagne -- a screw-off top, she always relied on Jin to pop the cork -- and slowly fills each glass halfway. She sits there for a long time. She hasn't really decided how this little ceremony will go. Finally, she clinks glass against the other, then takes a sip from each one.

The smallest amount of champagne always goes to her head. She stares at both glasses, wishing, willing Jin to stroll up the sidewalk, to sit beside her, to take his glass and toast her, as they did on the night of their engagement.

She thinks back to how she tried to buy the customary sets of five place settings after the island and was constantly faced with the strange American standard of four. Nothing in Korea comes in sets of four, not with the word for the number and "death" being so similar. It's the worst possible luck. Only now, staring at the extra glass, she decides that maybe two is even more unlucky.

She switches her gaze to the water, trailing one hand in the swiftly moving stream. Flow backwards, she wants to tell it. She holds her palm against the current, as if she can change its direction if she wills it so.

For a second, just a second, she closes her eyes and imagines falling backwards into the water, slipping under the surface. The sun goes behind a cloud and she shivers. The water is cold, too cold.

She checks her wedding band to make sure that it didn't slip off her finger again. Even though she can see it's still there, she has to touch it to make sure.

She sighs and stands up. She has a child to get back to. She's about to gather up the glasses and the bottle and put them back in her bag, but at the last moment, decides to leave them there.

Let them bring luck to someone else, if they can.

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isis2015
Apr. 5th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
;_;

This is so beautiful, hun. You did an amazing job with her, and with them. This is a lovely fic, and I can't thank you enough for dedicating it to me. *squeezes*
halfdutch
Apr. 5th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
Aww, yay! I'm so happy you liked it, hon. :) I thought long and hard about that photo and who it could apply to and a happy wedding scenario was just not going to work for any of the Lost folk that I tried to shoehorn in there. And then I realized it looked a lot like the site where Jin and Sun met -- and that it could be a sad occasion and not a happy one -- and I took it from there.

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halfdutch
Apr. 5th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, thank you so much! I couldn't think of a happy scenario to go with that photo prompt but this one seemed to fit! Thanks for reading. :)
jenthegypsy
Apr. 5th, 2008 11:10 am (UTC)
Bittersweet - beautifully done. Wonderful job with the pairing and the prompt. And brief! Perfect for a "damn it, I have to go to work" Saturday morning. Thanks for getting me started off on the right foot. :)
halfdutch
Apr. 5th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you, hon! And glad it was the perfect length for a quick weekend morning read! :)
elliotsmelliot
Apr. 5th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
Way to christen your new community. Poor Sun. I loved this line: The ocean always seemed to be saying, "come," with each outgoing tide and "stay" with each incoming rush. I could hear the sound of the tide rushing in and out.
halfdutch
Apr. 5th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! And I'm flattered you found it so evocative. ♥
janie_tangerine
Apr. 5th, 2008 06:42 pm (UTC)
That was really poignant. The use of the prompt was absolutely great and it just fits so well with what we've seen/known. Really beautiful!
halfdutch
Apr. 5th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you, hon! *hugs* I'm really glad it fit and that you liked it!
gottalovev
Apr. 5th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
oh, i love the feel of this, it's subdued and beautiful. awesome job!
halfdutch
Apr. 5th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, darlin'! :) And ooh, that's a lovely icon!
elise_509
Apr. 5th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful and sad. I especially love the ending.
halfdutch
Apr. 5th, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I wasn't sure how I'd end it when I started but then that idea just kind of clicked into place. :)
siluria
Apr. 7th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Very poignant, a really beautiful atmosphere throughout!
halfdutch
Apr. 8th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
Thank you! And thanks for reading. :)
demonqueen666
Apr. 7th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. You kept this very subdued, yet elegant and evocative tone throughout, which is perfect for the character of Sun.
halfdutch
Apr. 8th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) I don't think I've written a Sun POV since ... the Happy Birthday fic! (Heh! Ancient history!) Thanks for this lovely fb!
patch_tank
Apr. 8th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Beautifully subdued, a great insight into Sun :)
halfdutch
Apr. 8th, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
eponine119
Apr. 11th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Very nice characterization here. You seem to get into Sun's head easily, and the details make the physical setting seem real, too. Very well done.
halfdutch
Apr. 11th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you, hon! I kind of can't believe I never wrote her before this. :)
bachlava
Apr. 11th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
This is such a lovely Sun voice, and such a true-to-character exploration of her psyche. When things are going really wrong for Sun, she's always ambivalent: she really wants to fall apart completely with them, so badly, but she's also very determined to get through, and she's shrewd. She's such a subtle, complex character, and you've done a lovely job of bringing her to light here.
halfdutch
Apr. 12th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! :) She never really does let herself fall apart, does she? And with a daughter to take care of, I think she'd be even less likely to. Thanks for this fb, hon!
aurorawest
Apr. 19th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. It's heartbreaking, but I like the hope injected at the end. Very nice! :)
halfdutch
Apr. 20th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) Thanks for reading!
silvestra
May. 26th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Oh I love this! Jin/Sun = <3. *Memories it.*

The ocean always seemed to be saying, "come," with each outgoing tide and "stay" with each incoming rush.
LOVELY line.
halfdutch
May. 27th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Oh, what a wonderful surprise to find such sweet fb! Thank you! :)
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