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Summary: A nameless man waits for his past to find him.

Notes: A rather surprisingly coherent little snippet, considering the bottle of wine [livejournal.com profile] rhianne and I consumed while we were writing it! Written for the 'amnesia' challenge at [livejournal.com profile] sentinel_thurs. Not a death story, though some people have interpreted it as such.





Waiting
By Fluterbev and Rhianne

October 2004



He sits alone, watching life pass him by. Students, joggers, shuffling tramps and mothers with children surround him, but he sees them from across a great chasm, and none of them see him. He is alone in the crowd, disconnected and unimportant, invisible to people who have no time to spare in noticing a nameless man on a bench.

He has no name, no past. Nothing to ground him to a world of strangers. All he knows is that his life began today, a man with no tangible proof of identity, found in a filthy alleyway. Whoever left him there took his wallet, his shoes and his life.

So here he sits, desperately longing for something he doesn’t remember, but somehow knows is missing all the same. He watches the people around him, observing their laughter and the tenderness of mothers towards children. He wonders sadly if there is anyone in the world who would care for him half as much if they were here.

He wonders if his life was always like this, if he has always been on the sidelines, never quite connecting with those around. He watches as their eyes drift towards him, then slide away as if a barrier exists between him and the rest of the world. He hates the thought that he has always been this alone.

From time to time he looks down at his hands where they lay on his lap, half expecting to see through them like a ghost. He wonders if he is really there at all. Maybe he is dreaming, his imagination filling in the empty spaces in his head which exist before the only memory he owns - the memory of sterile, clinical rooms and impersonal doctors.

He lifts one insubstantial hand to scratch at the gauze which covers one temple, and is oddly surprised when his fingers connect without passing through. His skin feels strangely warm to the touch, and yet he feels cold inside, the warmth of the dying sun not enough to ward off the chill deep in his bones.

Despite the pervading cold this is still better than the hospital, where the constant sounds of human interaction only served to highlight his detachment. Seeking a reality he could engage with, that might replace his barren existence, he drifted through the hospital corridors, past swathes of people, transparent to their eyes. No-one challenged him, and he doubts whether anyone has noticed yet that he is gone.

The people he watches here in the park are blurred, and no matter how hard he tries, their images will not come into focus. He sees through a mist and blinks to clear his vision, but nothing changes, and he is still invisible.

He lifts tired eyes and traces across the grass, down to where the park merges with the bay. The sun is now a glowing ball low on the horizon, the water a riot of shimmering colors. He squints as a dark shape emerges from the sun – a strangely familiar shadow with sharp edges, moving towards him with feline grace.

He wonders for a split second why no-one else has noticed the appearance of a black jaguar in the middle of a public park, but then the image resolves further, and he sees that it is not a cat at all, but a man.

The man sees him and smiles, his face the first clear image the nameless man has seen for as long as he can remember. Something inside him shifts, and as he stares back at the man, the fog finally begins to clear.

“Hey, Chief,” says the man. “What’s going on?”

Blair smiles back. “Hey, Jim,” he replies. “I was waiting for you.”


The End



Comments are welcome, but absolutely not necessary - all of my stories are offered freely and without obligation. If you do wish to comment below please sign your name/pseudonym if you are not logged-in to Dreamwidth or Open ID, or alternatively you can email me at fluterbev@gmail.com and Rhianne at rhiannegray@yahoo.co.uk



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Date: 2007-08-02 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] klgrem.livejournal.com
I repeat myself. Another fantastic little story. Great job. :)

Date: 2007-08-03 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluterbev-fic.livejournal.com
Thank you! :-)

On the other hand...

Date: 2007-11-03 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs-tilford.livejournal.com
In spite of your references to filthy alleyways and hospitals, I have long thought that Blair, in this instance of mind- and thought-lessness, may be waiting for a cue, rather than suffering from amnesia. His injuries might not be in real time, but only in his mostly-empty mind, taking up space and marking time until he becomes Blair again.

And that happens when Jim approaches him. Jim's calm greeting does not reflect a Blair who has been mugged and is injured. And Blair's greeting to Jim is so insouciant as to put the lie to the earlier physical/mental descriptions of the young man.

Could Blair truly believe that he only has purpose in the light of Jim's presence? There've been oddles of stories that explore Blair's feelings of inadequacy and fear of separation from Jim, but this is the only story I've read that might suggest that perhaps Blair doesn't exist when not in the company of his partner.

::sounds of The Twilight Zone play softly about::

Re: On the other hand...

Date: 2007-11-20 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluterbev-fic.livejournal.com
Hey there! How are you! I was thinking about you recently, and hadn't realised that you'd commented over here, so apologies for the delay in responding. Hope all is well with you - I didn't realise you were still around LJ, and I'm very pleased to see you!

And ooh, your thoughtful and inciteful comments provide much food for thought. What a great interpretation! Thanks so much :-)

Re: On the other hand...

Date: 2007-11-21 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs-tilford.livejournal.com
No apologies necessary. I'm aware that you don't check your 'fic' e-mail all that often, but I was just too lazy to get off my backside and drop you a line at your other addy.

I've caught up on all of your TS fiction at the moment - I swear, Bev, if you were to write a 'phone book, I'd sit right down and read it!

I hope that you and your young ones are well and looking forward to a joyous Christmas season.

Re: On the other hand...

Date: 2007-11-24 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fluterbev-fic.livejournal.com
You say the sweetest things :-D

I will add you back to my main LJ flist, so you can catch up on my latest goings-on (though I'm not making as many personal posts as I used to). The wee ones are fine, I'm mostly fine, and yep, we're definitely looking forward to Christmas :-)

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