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White Wings (Sawyer/Kate - PG)

Title: White Wings
Pairing: Sawyer/Kate
Rating: PG
Prompt: For Lost Riffs at lostsquee, "Fairy tale"
Note: I wasn't going to write anything for today and then this came to mind and voila, fic.

Kate lets her hands hover over the cuts on Sawyer’s back, two angry marks etched deep into his shoulder blades.

He won’t speak and she’s afraid to touch him. Finally, she gathers the courage to take the sponge and lightly dab at his back. He flinches, but he doesn’t cry out. He lies still and lets her clean his wounds. Even if they weren’t in a cage, she would think of a lion, one who should be roaring at its keepers, but now stares at them with dull eyes.

“I read a story once,” she says, hoping the sound of her voice distracts him from the pain. “A fairy tale. There was a girl. I can’t remember if she was trapped on a remote island or she needed to get to the island to free someone else. But every night, she took a thorn from a rose bush. She cut her back in two places and from the wounds, wings grew. And so she flew away.”

“Yeah, let me know when mine grow in,” Sawyer says with a gruff laugh, sounding, just for the moment, like his old self.

That night, curled in his arms, she feels something soft and downy at her cheek. When she turns to look at Sawyer, he stands, drawing proudly up to his full height. He stretches out his arms and behind them, as much a part of him as if they were always there, two, enormous white wings expand. He takes hold of her and flaps his wings and they shoot straight up, out of the cage, into the clear night sky. Beneath them, the island disappears, a black dot in the vast ocean.

A flash of white wakes her and she eagerly turns her head, certain she’ll see wings, but it’s just one of Them in impossibly white scrubs. She closes her eyes again.

If she tries hard enough, maybe she can remember the rest of the story.

Note: This is actually a fairy tale that I've been trying to track down for years! If anyone else is familiar with it, please let me know! I would love to find it again.

ETA: deej240z made me the most amazing banner to illustrate this story HERE. THANK YOU!


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Feb. 6th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh - I'm in love with this! So sad, and like a fairy tale, full of other-worldly hope in a time where there is no other. I vaguely remember a fairy tale like this - and if anyone can help you track it down, someone in this group can. Thanks for the beautifully melancholy read.
Feb. 6th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Oh, your icon is so perfect! *loves*

Thank you, hon. I'm so glad you liked this one. I wish I could find that story again! I've tried Googling and come up with nothing.
Feb. 6th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
Wow! This is so very cool. I love this one. This part really got me:

He stretches out his arms and behind them, as much a part of him as if they were always there, two, enormous white wings expand.

I saw that crystal clear in my head! And for some reason, that imagery is kinda hot. :) It may be photoshop time. ;) And, I hope someone recognizes that fairy tale. I want to read it!
Feb. 6th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
It may be photoshop time.
Oh yes! *bats big puppydog eyes at you* Please?
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Feb. 6th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Oh this is so sad and lovely!

It's not exactly right, but I know a story about seven brothers who were bewitched to be swans during daylight and men only at night. A young girl, who of course loves one of the brothers, is told (in a dream?) that if she makes shirts woven of thread she has spun from thistles (thus pricking her poor hands each day till they are bloodied and raw and impossibly sore), she can break the enchantment. Somehow time runs out before she can complete the task, and one of the shirts is not finished when she drapes them over the swans, so the brother she loves forever has a white swan's wing in place of one arm.
Feb. 6th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm so glad you liked it. I adore fairy tales. ;) I was happy I could find a way to write something for this prompt after all.

And I do know that story! I have a version of it called "The Wild Swans." I love that one. It's kind of like "The Little Mermaid" because a prince falls in love with her but she can't speak until or she'll never break the spell that's cast on her brothers. (In this version, she's their sister and there are eleven brothers. And they've been cursed by a cruel stepmother, of course.) She's accused of being a witch and she's set to hang. The morning of her hanging, her brothers fly overhead and she throws the shirts over them but one of them is missing a sleeve, same as the version you know, so he always has a wing instead of an arm. There's something so fascinating about stories where people are transformed into animals.
Feb. 6th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
I find the mental image of Sawyer with wings inexplicably hawt. *swoon*
Feb. 6th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
And I think you're not alone ... :)
Feb. 6th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Oh God, that's too beautiful and sad, I can't even formulate sentences. Seriously, so perfect. And the length totally works, usually I want more, but it's just such an isolated, heartbreaking thing.
Feb. 6th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Oh thank you! It was just a small idea, but one I'm very happy I could get across if you're having this response to it! *loves* I'm so glad it worked, even so short. This really felt like a "riff." :)
Feb. 6th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
wow. the image itself is breathtaking. and i love that you made him wounded and prostrated at first and then in the dream he stands tall and proud. so awesome.
Feb. 6th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
I do like that idea that, with the wings, he can win back his dignity and freedom. I think he can, even without them. And yes, I'm loving that image myself! Thanks for reading! ;)
Feb. 7th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
Dutchie, again I'm reading outside my OTP..you all are evil evil people!!

But damn, don't you just hate it when you are having a great dream, wake up and it's still lingering and realize it is just a dream.

Feb. 8th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
*chuckles wickedly*

Thank YOU for reading outside your OTP! :) And yes, that happens to me nearly every morning ... although sometimes the dreams aren't so good.
Feb. 7th, 2007 05:06 am (UTC)
so beautiful...now i crave more lost fairytales...
Feb. 8th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) There were several more fics that incorporated the "fairy tale" prompt at lostquee, some more literally than others, of course! I'm so glad you liked this!
Feb. 7th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
oh, this was just lovely. sad and beautiful all at once. *loves*
Feb. 8th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you, hon! That makes me very happy to hear!
Feb. 8th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
I really don't have words to tell you just how beautiful this story is.

The image of Sawyer as a caged, defeated lion is a powerful one, but the image of him as an angel of sorts, with pure white wings, liberated, is even more beautiful.
Feb. 8th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! :) Just a few simple images, yes. I'm glad you found them so powerful! And beautiful. *loves*
Feb. 21st, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
I never left fb here, but I loved this little tale. Beautiful.
Mar. 1st, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this (and it was het!) and to come b ack and leave a comment. Very much appreciated. ♥
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Mar. 15th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
I tried to look at the banner for the full effect, but I got nada. *sigh* But the icon's pretty - I'm assuming it's just the same thing only bigger?

The story is good, btw! Simple, but effective! Imagine dreaming this... wow! Thanks!
Apr. 21st, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Oops, I realize I never responded to this! Thanks for reading and I'm sorry the banner didn't show up for you!

Can you see this?
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