Length/Rating: 100 and 100 words (paired drabbles)
Summary: Paired drabbles written for sga_flashfic: The Hurt/Comfort Challenge. I roughed these out back on Aug. 17th, 2009 and just now put on the final polish… some things take time. 😉
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For All The Years That Do Us Harm
It’s a different kind of hurt, different strata of loss, when the life you’ve left behind was so much more than you’d ever imagined it could be. Your world’s so very small now, faint against the backdrop of all you’ve done and all you might have been. It’s hard –-impossible– finding solace trapped in what used to be home, knowing Atlantis still fights, and suffers, and dies to keep it from sharing your nightmares.
You cry until your chest hurts and your eyes burn, because this life, here, now, still isn’t real and won’t ever be real again.
And These Cold Comforts Warm
Time mends some wounds, but nothing wears away the scars. Sometimes the world’s still too small and the sky too large. When memories of loves and loss —nightmares of what almost was— swallows more than just the night.
But nightmares fade, wispy and half-alive, and the world’s too small in all the right ways. Tiny, perfect moments that spark against the darkness, reminding them of what they’d fought for a galaxy away.
And when the dreams loom large —memories burnt bright against the sky— they focus on each other, on the bits of home they’d never truly lost, and live.