Go back,” said Granny. “You call yourself some kind of goddess and you know nothing, madam, nothing. What don’t die can’t live. What don’t live can’t change. What don’t change can’t learn. The smallest creature that dies in the grass knows more than you. You’re right. I’m older. You’ve lived longer than me but I’m older than you. And better'n you. And, madam, that ain’t hard.
Allura never thought she’d be so comforted by the idea of growing old, but youthful dreams of immortality lose their shine when you’re among the last few standing and the world has only just stopped ending. [Kima/Allura; 1.2K]
for the prompt “we had been seduced into thinking that we were immortal and suddenly the affair is over” for cr femslash fest. title from “ozymandias” by percy shelley
Try as she might, Allura can’t quite remember when she realized her own mortality, when she realized exactly what that word meant, old. It’s a rather maudlin thought to have, but she seems to have grown mawkish in her age and can’t decide if it bothers her that that she has trouble pinning down the moment when the end of life went from being some vague threat to a truth.
Most days she thinks it’s a blessing, but sometimes she isn’t so sure.
Kima knew, of course. Before they met, back when they were prickly and so sure of themselves in the way of children, Kima knew all about illness and age and loss. Kima didn’t talk about it back then––she still doesn’t, really––but Allura knows. It’s something about her eyes, the way they go hollow, as if they can see past the borders of this world onto something beyond.
Allura isn’t sure when her own eyes took on that hollowness. She doesn’t mind it too much. Everyone figures it out sooner or later.
2016: i like my baby heir with baby hair and afros i like my negro nose with jackson five nostrils
2017: no matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life i’m on the right track baby i was born to survive no matter black, white or beige, chola or orient made i’m on the right track baby i was born to be brave
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