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Summary: Like a spider, like a god, Rhode will make the paths that save her family.
Prompt: 05. Abyss
Disclaimer: The D.Gray-man series and characters don't belong to me.

There was an abyss, the uniform black of endless nothing, under their feet. Wherever they walked it was there, but they never saw it.

Rhode could see it. That is, she could make out its shape in the absence of dreams. People carried their dreams with them in their waking hours, and lived them as they slept. Dreams made the world colorful. But Rhode hated the weakness of the humans teeming over the world's surface, and their dreams made poor toys, besides. She didn't care if they vanished and took the images with them into the black, where there were none—in fact, she'd happily send them on their way.

But those close to her also walked over the abyss, and when Rhode saw the nothingness waiting beneath them, she turned her mind towards preventing their fall. Where they traveled, she would build paths, narrow and steady surfaces stretching out beneath their feet.

For all her knowledge, Rhode didn't know what happened after death. She had never been there, though she'd died before, and cast off bodies like cicada shells. She didn't know, but trusted that if she ended in an afterlife she'd be Queen that unknown country as she was on Earth. Let the humans go there, when it was their time. Or let their souls be called back from wherever-it-was to power her weapons. Or let the abyss erase them.

Then came the question of greater powers even than hers. Maybe there was a God, and maybe there wasn't, but if there was, he allowed Rhode to play her game of destruction. She had no complaints.

Or maybe there was a God who would drop the walkers into nothingness as easy as cutting the filament of a spider’s web. But nothing could be done to spiders who'd snapped the line themselves.

Nor to demigods. Through the haze of the past and in distant memory, Rhode had been human. Part of her still was. But she was nothing like the rest--most of them. Besides, she would praise another human who had the audacity to chain their human self to another being, one that could travel the paths from antiquity to the present world without tumbling into the abyss. Such was the nature of her fellow travelers. Outsiders might see a monstrous laughing thing behind their human faces, but Rhode saw the future, the whole, and the generations of human dreams, all in a single one of her family. Despite many rebirths, the essence stayed the same, and Rhode's companions did not plummet from the safe paths she laid for them.

Oh, there were times. When Tiki had stumbled onto the verge, Rhode's heart had stopped. She made it go on beating, though she'd thought that he would become too human, and vanish, and leave her for all time. She'd taken him in her too-thin arms, because there were times when dreams and plotting failed her, and the fragile human body was all that was left. Holding him close had its own comfort. But in the end, the inhuman thing had pulled Tiki back. He existed still.

Worse memories remained in her mind. There had been a new companion who would not walk beside the rest. Quite the contrary—he'd tried to set the paths aflame, and send everything tumbling down, but he hadn't succeeded. Rhode had survived. The smoldering fire had died, allowing her family to rise again. So slowly the flames abated, and Wisely’s awakening delayed, but now they were nearly all assembled. The rogue among them, having scuttled off, hid himself in a corner and waited, and the ground beneath them was steady again. Rhode and hers would meet and outmatch him, extinguish his flame.

The Earl of Millennium stood with them, after all. Rhode had first encountered him standing on the side of the paths, watching her. He was an architect if she'd ever saw one.

So Rhode would strengthen the path. She would keep them alive, every one of them. Even Jasdevi, whose childish erratic steps threatened to stray from safety over and over, and Skinn, whose rage had clouded his judgment and sent him through another death. Sherril, her father despite everything, and Lulu, ever-changing in body but not mind. Foolish Tiki, who walked often with humans. Yes, except for Wisely, they were still too foolish to let go of their human memories, but their stubbornness had grown endearing.

Until the waters rose above the abyss and flooded the paths, Rhode would step at the center of her family with zigzag lines radiating all around.

Rhode would never admit that she didn't know where they were going. There might be no destination. As an Arkbuilder she disliked this thought, but even if the deep waters never subsided, the ship would make its own path. She would steer it.

And, whether or not there was an arrival, they would not be alone.

Date: 2010-03-06 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've actually been a long-time reader of your fiction. :) I love how in-character it is, and how fluid the characters are--not a single one out of place, and the seriousness here is divine.

Date: 2010-03-07 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, have you? I'm delighted to hear it. :) I love the Noah Clan characters, which I'm sure is more than apparent.

(Ahhh, your icon is so lovely!)

Date: 2010-03-08 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I have. :) <3 And of course it's apparent XD it's hard to stumble across fiction about the Clan that isn't too OOC, so I appreciate it whenever I can.

(Thank you, very much <3 When I saw the panel, I sighed out loud. Road is becoming more lovely each time she appears.)

Date: 2010-03-08 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you enjoyed my fics. <3 I was frustrated by how hard it was to find good Noah fics, myself, and ended up writing the kind of stories I wanted to read. But there ARE some amazing fics out there! I finally made that rec post of my favorites.

So true! I loved the Rhode-and-Allen moments in the latest chapter. I was grinning the whole time.

Date: 2010-03-09 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
>///w///< their interaction is just so sweet, and amusing. It's fun to read and watch, especially since Road rarely shows off her more serious nature...I mean, I think one of the reasons I find her a very hard character to write for, is that her whole past is unknown.

If not for Skinn, none of us would ever know *how* they were born, exactly. <3

Oh! *goes to see the said post*

Date: 2010-03-09 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is amusing, and kinda sweet. Of course, Allen is freaked out by Rhode, too, and who can blame him? Rhode is SO hard to write--her sheer capricious power is hard to capture. I like her past as depicted in "Centuries Before I Come to Where You Are" because damn, that story is amazing enough to suit her.

Thank you, Skinn's flashback! I wonder if any other Noah awakenings will be depicted in the manga. There was Wisely's brief one, too, but it didn't tell us much. I'm hoping for flashbacks here...

Enjoy. :)

Date: 2010-03-09 11:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Exactly. Gah! I've been toying with a few story ideas but they all don't have that special -click- for Road. xD Getting just the right pinches of eloquence, sweetness, sadism and childish playfulness is hard to do...without making Road seem OOC.

"Centuries..." is an awesome fic, I love the idea of Road laughing in the midst of suits her so well.

Yes, thank you, Skinn flashback! I can't wait to see if Road's own past will be revealed, or it is entirely left up to us, the readers/viewers...she must have had the hardest time since she alone was born first, and only first...

(Road quoting a Bible passage made reading the bible a whole lot more interesting...personally. ;D)

Lol, Waizuri...I remember seeing that and thinking "wtf happened there?!"

Then I saw everyone's party outfits + Tyki's new hairstyle...Waizuri is a pretty cool guy himself, reading people's thoughts like that XD

Date: 2010-03-11 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Those ideas are worth trying to write anyway--you could always experiment and see how they turn out. :) It is hard to include and balance all those traits of hers, though...

Isn't it though? I love how that fic conveys the passage of centuries, with Rhode in the middle of them.

I'm not too hopeful for more Noah flashbacks at this point, except that maybe the 14th's past will be explored a little more.

Two-page awakening sequence! XD But don't talk to me about those horrible outfits...

Date: 2010-03-11 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, it is...DX add too much of this and too much of that and boom, OC!Road comes into play. Oh well...I'll keep trying, in any case. I think I already have a small inkling of an idea...

It's simply something else, entirely. The way the seiyuu spoke was as if Road really was there, just casually narrating the scenery...<3

I have a feeling that the 14th's past really will be delved into, if not thoroughly, then at least enough for us to understand his side of the story.

I guess it does take away the certain mystique Road has about her for Awakening, and how much she really does seem to know...:'D

While I do agree that they are a bit...odd, to be kind, I did get a kick seeing her in a dress...

Date: 2010-03-12 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I suspect I add too little of everything...Let's all keep trying. Whatever your idea is, it's a start. :3 (Now I'm curious!)

Yeah, since it has to do directly with Allen and all.

Good point--Rhode's so mysterious it's almost more fun to imagine what her past is like ourselves.

I do love Rhode's dress, actually! That one's cute. And the twins aren't so bad, they're likely to wear something weird. It's just...uhhh, Tiki, why...(I blame Sheryl. For everything.)


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