Ame: 21.

Aug. 4th, 2011 09:57 pm
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A man walks into a bar; a bearded, bespectacled geek in his mid-60s; and puts a pair of dollar coins on the bar. This being Callahan's, he is shadowed by a blueish aura, a fractal that looks vaguely like an alien bear with a heart-shaped head and branching antennae. It suits him.

"The usual Genever for me, Mike, and..." he glances at the young woman beside him, her arm around his waist. "Cranberry martini for you, I think?" She nods shyly. "A little light on the gin".

She is an inch or so taller, but clearly his daughter, with dark, slightly wavy hair like his must have been forty years ago, the same nose and face... She has her mother's eyes, though: grey like the sky just before sunrise, with golden highlights. Her skin, also, is like her mother's, pale with a sprinkle of freckles. Very pale.

"I don't have to ask, do I?" the bartender says gently. "And I'm pretty sure they don't have ID where you come from. But I know you turned 21 today -- your drinks are on the house." The man smiles and leaves the coin on the bar -- he knows he'll be wanting another drink tonight.

She is slightly transparent, and vanishes like the Bear's aura when they pass briefly under the light that shows only reality. He deftly takes her glass and hands it back on the other side. They sit for a while, sip their drinks, and chat; more like old friends with years of catching up to do than a father and daughter.

Finally she nods, and they walk over to the chalk line in front of the fireplace, where they stand with her left hand on his shoulder, his arm around her waist.

"Friends," the Bear says, "Allow me to introduce my daughter, Amethyst Rose. She was stillborn twenty-one years ago today, and we've only recently started to get re-acquainted. She prefers to be called Ame now."

He looks at her with what he hopes is an encouraging smile. She laughs lightly. "Silly Daddy. I don't know how often I'll get here; it's a long trip. But I'm glad I'm here."

They raise their mostly-empty glasses. "To coming out!" she says, and looks sternly at him. "Don't say it!"

"To Ame!" They throw their glasses into the fireplace, where they crash and mingle their shards in a cascade of blue flame.

They hug tightly, until she finally lets go and says, "I guess I'd better be going."

"Keep in touch?"

"Of course, silly! You know how to reach me." She turns and walks toward an X-window on the wall.

It shows a twilit clearing among tall trees made of stone; a single rosebush with jade leaves, obsidian thorns, and a single purple blossom stands near the far left edge. She walks through it and the surface ripples like water. The blossom opens as she walks past it into the darkness.

The man stares after her for a moment, blinks, and goes back to the bar. "I think I could use that second drink now," he says.

Date: 2011-08-05 05:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ciarhwyfar
I cried. Couldn't make it through the whole thing without blowing my nose.

*hugs*

What is not forgotten is never lost? I hope that I manage the strength that you have should I ever have the need.

Date: 2011-08-05 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] idancewithlife.livejournal.com
I didn't know this about your family. Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2011-08-05 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
You're welcome.

Date: 2011-08-05 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catalana.livejournal.com
*lifts a glass* To Ame!

*hugs the Bear*

Date: 2011-08-05 06:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
*hugs* Thanks!

Date: 2011-08-05 07:21 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kshandra
Happy Birthday, Ame.

Date: 2011-08-05 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Ame: *smiles* Thanks!

In an echo of times past...

Date: 2011-08-05 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deborah-c.livejournal.com
A small parrot stretches its wings, and takes flight from the shoulder of one of the patrons in a shadowy corner, alighting on the Bear's shoulder. "Can I keep you company with that drink?"

Re: In an echo of times past...

Date: 2011-08-05 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
"Sure."

The Bear adopts a more piratical air, and says, "Arrr! Ye be welcome company."

Date: 2011-08-05 08:33 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lisa-marli.livejournal.com
Sorry I'm a bit late as usual.

*lifts a glass* To Ame.

*hugs* to her parents.

Date: 2011-08-05 03:37 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-05 02:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyrielle
*lifts a glass, a tiny moment late* To Ame.

Date: 2011-08-05 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
*lifts his glass in your direction* Thanks.

Date: 2011-08-05 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jcbemis.livejournal.com
lovely story {hugs}

Date: 2011-08-05 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thanks. (((hugs)))

Date: 2011-08-05 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dejla.livejournal.com
To Ame -- and to being re-acquainted.

Date: 2011-08-05 03:40 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-05 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tomtac.livejournal.com
Prayers and God's Blessings on the both of you, and your family.

(Flings a big two handled flagon, just emptied, into The Hearth.)

*** CRASH ***

Got one of my own, a nephew that died at age two, and would have been a pre-teen now. Also a presence from the Other Side, like Amy.

Good to see you both again. I understand you and your wife married off your eldest a couple of years ago. Hope you've had nothing but good news since.

tom tac (tom the alien cat)
"what a long
strange trip it's been"

Date: 2011-08-05 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thanks. Good to see you, too.

A long, strange trip indeed. News has been mixed, but I'm getting a little more optimistic recently.

Date: 2011-08-05 04:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] thnidu.livejournal.com
A guy looks in from outside, then walks in through the door. As he does so, his male-pattern-bald white hair changes to somewhat-receding 50/50 black-and-silver. He is followed by a kzin with black and silver fur.

The man drops a Sacky on the bar; the kzin, a triangular coin that might be bronze. "Evening, Mike. Bacardi dark, straight up, if you please." "Stoly's, with a dash of capsaicin." They nod their thanks to Mike and take their drinks to the chalk line.

"To all our beloved..."
"Wherever they be!"
"... may their memory be a blessing."

⎧C R A S H ! ⎫
⎨            ⎬
⎩ C R A S H !

Date: 2011-08-06 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
The bear lifts his glass in reply. "Thank you!"

Date: 2011-08-05 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] asavitzk.livejournal.com
Beautiful.

Date: 2011-08-06 04:28 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-05 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] judifilksign.livejournal.com
*lifts a glass in a toast*

To absent friends and loved ones.

Date: 2011-08-06 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
*raises his glass in reply* "To absent friends and loved ones."

Date: 2011-08-05 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocketnaomi.livejournal.com
*lifts her glass*

"To Ame -- happy birthday!"

*crash*

Date: 2011-08-06 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
She smiles over the edge of her glass. ~Thanks!~

Date: 2011-08-06 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] montemplar.livejournal.com
Well written, sir. Best wished to both you and Ame. :)

Date: 2011-08-06 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Thank you!

~Thanks!~

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