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Empty Chairs At Empty Tables

Posted by Aderia , Jun 04 2012 · 762 views

Flash Fiction Marathon
Theme: Bionicle - The Legacy
Word Count: 558
Story: Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone.

Brother, dear brother, it was my time. It was my time to go. It was Mata Nui’s will. Toa live to uphold his will, and so I have no regrets for myself. But my heart goes out to you, brother. To have your team torn away from you, I cannot imagine.

Here they talked of revolution.
Here it was they lit the flame.
Here they sang about `tomorrow'
And tomorrow never came.

Brother, dear brother, don’t you know that torturing yourself tortures me? You know that living in such endless torment by your own hand is not something I would ever wish upon you. And yet you continue to drown yourself in your guilt, drowning me. If there was any form of comfort I could send across to you, I would do so in a heartbeat. Not to lessen my vicarious suffering, but to start to heal the wounds to your heart.

From the table in the corner
They could see a world reborn
And they rose with voices ringing
I can hear them now!
The very words that they had sung
Became their last communion
On the lonely barricade at dawn.

Brother, dear brother, please, please understand this. I do not blame you for anything. So why do you? There is no fate but what we make for ourselves. As your sister and friend, I cannot bear to watch you struggle without being able to help. At the same time, as your sister and friend, as well as your star and angel, I must and I do.

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me
That I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on.

Brother, dear brother, isn’t it shameful? Shameful that just one little moment in time can drown out years and years of companionship? Why must you remember me, remember us, as we lay broken and bloody on our last battlefield? I do not think it fair. That single, horrible moment is burned into your mind, making you blind to all the wonderful times we had as a team. It pains me to no end. You knew me, you know me. Would the Nikila you knew, the Nikila you know, want you to remember her forever in her weakest and last moments of life? Would any of us want that? I know you know the answer.

Phantom faces at the window.
Phantom shadows on the floor.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.

Brother, dear brother, I pray to Mata Nui ceaselessly that he will give you strength to forgive yourself. I can no longer give you my strength, fighting by your side. But I hope that one day, I will still be able to make you smile. One day, when you can finally recall the times we had as a team, laughing and living life to the fullest.

Oh my friends, my friends, don't ask me
What your sacrifice was for
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more

Lesovikk, dear brother, there is one promise I can give. We will wait for you.

(*Lyrics from Les Misérables)

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Ahhhhhh I saw this title and was like "YES." That song is so, so amazing. So moving every time. *favorites blog*

And awesome story, too -- definitely worthy of the song. Of course I wish it was COT, but hey, it's still awesome. =P

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As I said, Ads, you have my vote already for this thing. The song describes Lesovikk well, and you handled it excellently.

And please don't ask me why it keeps reminding me of one of ST. Paul's epistles, because I really don't know. :P
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@Velox: Dwahh, you flatter me. Worthy of the song? =3 Haha, kinda wished it was COT as well, because mushing the two ideas together in my head was kinda weird. /shrug/ but thank you! Really awesome contest, by the way, did wonders for killing some writer's blocks I've had laying around.

@Zar: Heh, thanks bro. And hey, why does this keep reminding you of one of St. Paul's epistles? Also, what is an epistle, exactly?
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