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Monologue

Forgive me.

There was no way to ask your permission, or to prepare you.  It wasn't something I wanted to do.  There was no other option.

I did understand what you were trying to tell me - please believe this.  I knew the face I was revealing would no more be the man I knew than the mask that covered it.  I only wish it could have been by your choice.

It's so strange.  We had to take away everything to get to your wounds... the mask, the wig - I never thought of it as a wig, did you know that? - the gauntlets that you so hastily put back on that first morning...

We had to peel away all of it, leaving behind a stranger in your place.  Someone silent and bleeding who looked more dead than alive, staining my sheets red.

This body I tend isn't you.  It's just something you've left in my care until you come back.  It's something of yours, so I cherish it.  I try to care for it the way I've seen you do for all your treasures here.

I remember watching you with your roses, once.  Even with your gauntlets, I could tell you were aware of every last petal.  You handled them so gently...

(Can you feel when I touch you?  Do you know I'm here?)

This body isn't you.  It will be, when your voice comes from its mouth again.  When its hands make your gestures, when its head tilts the way yours does when you're thinking.  When its arms go 'round me to dance again.

I'll be here, waiting.  Please come back soon.


~ Finis ~
More wanderings in my AU. Apologies for any incoherence; this occurs sometime after "Apotheosis".


All my stories are stored in order here.


Standard disclaimer: I'm borrowing these characters and their universes from others.
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ewigestudentin Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very, very touching and so full of insight... I can totally feel Evey's inability to connect V's usually impeccable veneer with his battered, barely alive body, and her resolve to care for that part of him nonetheless, just because it was his, and waiting for him to ome back all the while :heart:
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saniika Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
T_T *arms stretched out* T_T *hurry!*

THERE! :hug: I loved the word peeled off the most...
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FugueState Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm glad you liked that imagery. :) I'd been thinking about what Evey and Finch would have had to do in order to keep V alive, and it would have meant taking so much away from him. Also, Evey had had to "become" V for a time and I was partially thinking of the contrast between the "original" and "new" V. And I'm rambling, I know... :blushes:
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saniika Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
no no...I am interested...o_o I didnt notice some things...I have to reread it...I like it how you think. I generaly like when people think about every little detail before messing with the plot. :D
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FugueState Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Believe me, I try not to go too crazy with changing things around!! :D

In "Mending", Evey is even still in V's outfit briefly. The idea of V passing everything on to Evey and giving her his "power" (and then having her turn around and share it with him again in my universe) sort of fascinates me. ^^;
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saniika Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
o.o I wonder what she felt..i mean the smell...fragrance....maybe even warm of the clothes? I have to reread so much...aaah so far behind.

I do believe you...and I would be interested in what it would be like, if you changed something...
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tamarack1pines Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*sigh of sublime* This is SO stellar...I have no more words to describe the perfection of your words Fugue! :hug: :worship: :clap: :aww:
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FugueState Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:blushes: Thank you. I don't know that I'd call my words "perfect", but I'm happy they've affected you so! :)
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