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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 08:24 pm
Watchmen fic

Nobody gets out
By Mary

Watchmen fic. Rorschach's legacy. Oddly, not a comedy fic this time, wtf.




Girl is still alive. Her leg has been severed, clean cut above the knee. Butcher implements on table. Bloodied cutting board. Bleeding stopped; likely wound has been cauterized. Small wood stove in room has old style of manually heated clothing iron nearby. Girl's clothes are gone. Cuts on her body, bandage on remains of missing leg. She is unconscious. Skin pale, likely feverish. Needs hospital quickly.

Dogs fighting over bone in yard. When girl is safe across street, resting on overcoat, dogs taken care of. Criminal returns home. Criminal taken care of.

Rorshach stands across street and watches the house burn. Nobody gets out. Whatever remained of Walter Kovacs dies. Only Rorschach left.

Girl in his arms opens her eyes, firelight making her pale face gold. Eyes are black like empty sky. She watches house burn too. She knows universe means nothing. Not if she can be put through such things. Whatever remained of Blaire Roche dies. She is alone in unforgiving universe.

No. Not alone. Rorschach is with her. And she is with him.

--

Emergency room doctor puts drip in her arm, stitches her cuts. She has severe concussion and massive blood loss. May not live. Rorschach calls her parents. They catch cab to hospital. Rorschach meets them as cab arrives at entrance. Tells cab driver not to charge them. Driver isn't stupid, agrees quickly. Roches are good American family, but not wealthy. Should not have to pay for cab to hospital.

Rorschach does not stay. He sleeps badly. Cannot stop thnking about Blaire Roche, abused and frightened and in pain. Losing her leg. Losing the part of her that is Blaire Roche.

Newspaper two days later says she will survive. Rorschach feels comfortable returning to hospital. Waits until late hours before sunrise. Night nurse does not hear him arrive by window. Mrs Roche asleep in chair beside hospital bed. Good woman. Modest. Loyal to husband. Does best to protect daughter. Even best not always good enough in meaningless world. The world needs Rorschach to impose meaning. To save little girls like Blaire Roche.

Girl's eyes are open. Still dark like sky. She watches him slip inside room, silent. Does not speak. Rorschach nods hello and sits beside her. She reaches for his hand, and does not let go for long time.

--

Years pass. Girl has problems at school. Gets into fights. Bleeding-heart teachers think it is because her prosthetic leg makes her awkward, resentful of other students. Rorschach knows it is because she hates to see smaller children bullied. One opponent loses section of scalp when she pulls his hair too hard. Head wounds bleed a lot. Blood splatters her face like inkblot. She smiles.

--

She is a good girl. Not sexually promiscuous like many juvenile delinquents. Body is no longer the body of a child's, not when she is sixteen years old. Looks like a woman. It's unfortunate, but Rorschach knows she is not really a woman. She is something different. Like him. They are outside those concerns. Other things to think about. Thinks that whimper in the dark.

Journal goes to New Frontiersman; only reliable news source not bribed by decadent liars. Truth will be known even if Rorschach does not survive.

He leaves Dreiberg for long enough to make one other preparation for his death. She has window open. Always has window open, though she must know it would not matter if he had reason to come in. Her eyes are black when she opens them and looks at him. She does not speak. She does not look surprised. It has been ten years. She has not forgotten his face. Hers is dark and light in outdoor streetlamp glow and night shadows. Tree branches move, shadows shift. Her expression stays the same underneath the movements. She looks like him.

He knows she is a faster runner than many who have two legs, despite her prosthetic. Never lazy. Always pushes to limit of abilities and then beyond, out to other side. No compromises.

City will be safe. City will be protected. Even if he dies. She has not been Blaire Roche for many years.

Rorschach reaches for her hand. They do not let go for a long time.

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__marcelo
__marcelo
__marcelo
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)

I like this very, very, very much.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)

Thank you. I'm in awe of the way you use words, so this means so much to me.


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girlneedsagun
girlneedsagun
oh most defiantly
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)

OH...Oh...Dude, this is amazing! ♥ Seriously.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC)

You are possibly a homosexual.


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maggiebloome
maggiebloome
Captain Oblivious
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)

Wow, that was awesome! It cannot be easy to write a coherent narrative in Rorschach's speech patterns but you've done it damn well!

Also I have to say that literally within a sentence of introducing the girl I was thinking "oh, it's Mary's Robin Thing again" :P not in a bad way though. Watchmen pretty much ignored the whole sidekick scene but... this is how it would have gone.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)

Ahahahahahahaha honestly? I GENUINELY DID NOT REALISE I WAS DOING THE ROBIN THING. Truly!


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soda_and_capes
soda_and_capes
ironclad swandoom
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)

Oh my God. This is amazing.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)

Eeee! Thank you! :D :D


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22by7
22by7
girl talk
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)

I'm in awe, I'm almost in tears. This is beautiful.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much. :):):):)


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violin_road
violin_road
LOUDER THAN GOD'S REVOLVER AND TWICE AS SPARKLY
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)

Mary Mary Mary, you would give Rorschach a Robin ♥

&; AND BY THAT I MEAN "MARY THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL STORY" BUT I AM ASSUMING YOU WERE ABLE TO TRANSLATE, IDK THOUGH YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT ASSUMING

Edited at 2009-03-14 02:26 pm (UTC)


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)

I SPEAK FLUENT BECKAH, DO NOT FEAR.

And I honestly didn't compute that I was doing the Robin thing. IT IS INGRAINED.


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nova_bright
nova_bright
PATHETIC ATTEMPT AT ROBOT SODOMY
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)

MARY DID YOU JUST WRITE RORSCHACH A ROBIN

I JUST...♥___________♥

Fuck me, but that is amazing. I love the blank bleak way this is presented. Oh Rorschach, always surviving.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)

He's a survivor, he's not gonna give up, he will survive and keep on survivin'.

Unless Dr Manhattan makes art out of his guts on the snow.


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pearl_o
pearl_o
the opposite of batman
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)

I agree with everyone else: this is amazing. The mag ic of horrifying and hopeful at the same time.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)

Wheeee! Thank you so much, Miss.


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caiusmajor
caiusmajor
Caius
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)

Okay, this is so very *you* that it makes me laugh a little, but it's also *amazing* and a story I totally want to have been in Watchmen.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)

Ahaha ROBIN OBSESSION ALWAYS OUTS, EVEN IF UNCONSCIOUSLY. xxxx


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)

Yaaay! :D :D


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unlovablehands
unlovablehands
HOT NEW ORC FORTRESS
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)

Oh Mary. :)


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)

Oh, Ang. :p

Also: Thank you! :D :D


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pororoca
pororoca
★ battlestar AWESOME ☆
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)

Aaaaaaaaaaaa ♥

I must agree with violin_road; only you could give Rorschach a Robin and have it be totally believable and utterly cool :)b


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)

Ahaha I promise, I didn't even THINK that was what I was doing, ahahahaha


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coasterchild
coasterchild
Coaster
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)

Holy crap. I didn't even think I wanted to read any Watchmen fic, but these ficlets of yours are just too incredible.

So basically I just want to read your Watchmen fic.

Also, eee, Rorschach with a Robin and a legacy. This was at once adorable and terrifying and completely and totally right.

I <3 you a little bit, okay?


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)

Thank you so much, hee!! :D Your comments mean a lot to me.


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nightlilac
nightlilac
nightlilac
Sat, Mar. 14th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)

Oh, if only! <3 I loved the handholding.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)

Thank you so much! :D :D :D :D


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sparklybee
sparklybee
bee
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)

This was an amazing story. You have Rorschach's patterns of speech and thought down perfectly. Adding this to my memories so I can come back and read it again. ♥


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)

That's so lovely to hear! I'm really glad you enjoyed it that much.


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escherzo
escherzo
They burnt down my house! THEY ATE MY TAILOR!
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)

Have I mentioned lately that you're amazing? ♥____♥


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)

NO YOU.


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becomingblurred
becomingblurred
commencing "@#$% it, fire everything" protocol
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)

This was so lovely. The narration compliments Rorschach so well, and the way that Blair doesn't need to speak to be figured out through the narrative was well done. Great job!


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)

I really appreciate that you enjoyed it! Thank you for letting me know. :)


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seriouscookie
seriouscookie
seriouscookie
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)

I really liked this. I'm not sure of all the reasons why. Because it's Rory well-written is one that comes to mind. The short but full delivery of the story without wasting words. All good stuff. Thanks for sharing it!


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)

Thank you for reading! I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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magdalyna
magdalyna
And that has made all the difference.
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)

Oooh.

Oh.

Wow.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Sun, Mar. 15th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC)

:D

:D

:D :D :D


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narrelle
narrelle
Hum Hallelujah
Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)

You have this way of making ugly things beautiful. And of finding the Robin in everything, apparently.

You make me love Rorshach more. Also, you make me hate Adric less. You are officially magical.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)

Thank yooooo!


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dracunculus
dracunculus
little dragon
Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)

Is "awww" a sane response to this?? Possibly not.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)

Pfft. Sanity gets in the way of crime fighting.


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sharpest_rose
sharpest_rose
Isn't moral anarchy kind of the point?
Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)

Thanks!

Too bad she's going to be dead in less than 24 hours.

Only probably! If Moore's allowed to end with an unresolved outcome then so am I, dagnabbit!


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jenniebellie
jenniebellie
IrregularJEN
Mon, Mar. 16th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)

Oh this is wonderful! You've completely nailed Rorschach's cadence, making it an absolute pleasure to read.

This is, yeah, do not have words ♥


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madripoor_rose
madripoor_rose
madripoor_rose
Sun, Mar. 22nd, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)

Oh, that's just a gut-puncher. Great story.


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finmagik
finmagik
Tue, Mar. 31st, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)

Just found this. It is amazing, thanks.


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