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Blossoming on the young Rhine
2013-10-09 03:29 pm (UTC)
Liechtenstein nods agreement. 'I wouldn't want that for anyone, either. But it doesn't have to be only the one or the other, does it? And even on a cold hearth, it's not too much to hope that there might be a spark hidden somewhere in the ashes. Someone who is good with fire might be able to bring it back to life.'
It was just such a spark that kept her alive long enough for someone to find her -- someone who had fire enough for both of them, however little else he had to share with her at the time -- on the coldest, darkest day she had ever known. She can feel something of that same warmth in the young Frenchman sitting across from her, and it doesn't surprise her in the least that Switzerland would have wanted her to meet him.
'My brother's been that way for as long as I've known him. Most of that fire goes into his work, but sometimes even that's not enough. He spends a lot more time with the army reserves then, drilling and instructing them. Sometimes I think he wishes he could be back chasing Austrian knights off his land with a pike and sword, like he would have done in olden times.' She can't help but smile at the mental image that thought brings. 'But I know he has to work hard to remember that not everyone feels as strongly as he does -- or at least, not in quite the same way that he does.'
She pauses, and then adds with a shake of her head, 'I wouldn't want him to change, though. I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him.'
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