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31 July 2009 @ 05:27 am
Closure [Jet x The Painted Lady]  
Title: Closure
Pairing: Jet x The Painted Lady (NOT Katara)
Fandom: Avatar the Last Airbender
Genre: Romance, Friendship, General
Rating: G
Word Count: 300

 

Closure

They said he died tragically. Said he perished, drowned, in the stagnant pools of Lake Laogai, said that he died a hero, said quatrains and sestets (those he heard as paeans sung). All because he did something human.

Jet shifted in limbo, pinched at the flickering bits of morning hue, swearing that he wasn’t dead.

“Of course you’re not,” because I saved you.

“Who are you?” what are you.

She entered focus, a trick lens breathed over hot and opaque—dispersing light through phantom fog. The Painted Lady lifted her veil (erased his fears, unclasped hope). And gingerly, she kissed him awake.

…just like sleeping beauty reversed…

And she told him a fairytale: of a young boy who almost died and was recovered from a watery grave. Because he had a task to accomplish and a lifetime of redemption to finish.

“You’ve been asleep for days,” ignoring his question, continuing rapidly (wrapped medicinal cloths around his wounds), “But you will be better soon. I was trained as a physician.”

—before they made her a deity

“Are you some kind of evil ghost?”

“If I were would you still be breathing?”

He supposed not and ventured another guess. “Are you…human?”

“A long time ago.”

“Where—what—is this place?”

“My home.”

Jet examined the room: spacious but sparse. White walls with a white bed. Outside the solitary window, he spied birds taking flight. Beyond that was a meadow, was a path and stream (and the boat that led him here). All completely white and barren.

He saw the future and the past reflected in everything, realized the world he knew was only a fabrication. This was the realm of the gods. And he was just a mortal boy on the verge of mortality.

“Thank you,” Jet whispered and laid down to rest.

 

 
 
 
Ivy: graceful kataraivy_chan on July 31st, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Fics like this help me keep the denial BURNING STRONG. That said, I do always love when the spiritual element in Avatar is taken and played with, in this case, a spirit herself. I always go into Painted Lady fics expecting Katara in the get-up, but the appearance of the actual Painted Lady here threw me off and made me pleased. That said, the realm of the gods is really awesome and reminds me of Narnia, and Jet is very clearly Not Dead.
Y U no auto-translate?lye_tea on July 31st, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Piffle, Jet's awesomeness surpasses death. :D

I just love The Painted Lady for some reason. I wish she got more airtime and backstory.
der anonymtemari778 on August 1st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
I loved this. O: It was wonderful~. <3 I never would have thought of these two together.
and all shall know the wonderredsilverchains on July 2nd, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
This is every kind of pretty, especially this line:

And she told him a fairytale: of a young boy who almost died and was recovered from a watery grave. Because he had a task to accomplish and a lifetime of redemption to finish.
Love it! I like the idea that she rescued him for his redemption and that it's a fairy tale.

Also, points to you for writing alive!Jet (psh, Bryke, he transcends your kill-off powers :p) AND awesomely pulling off a rarepair.