Are you still doing Dragon age prompts? Do you have it in you for some Anders/Karl???
I do!! or at least I’m trying rly hard!!
I wanted to go somewhere unexpected and thought, “what if saving Karl was an option?”
Anders brings him to his clinic, but there’s nothing to heal apart from a few paper cuts on Karl’s fingers. Anders heals those nonetheless.
Karl wavers somewhere between tranquility and reality; all confusion and shaking hands. Anders figures that if he keeps Justice close enough to the surface, he should be able to touch Karl’s mind as well, however far away that might be.
So that’s how they are, one lacking, one overflowing. They balance each other out, and Anders can’t say it works perfectly, but then again, what does?
Sometimes Anders lets Hawke drag him out of his clinic, but he always returns swiftly; it breaks his heart every time to find Karl in that same empty-eyed state. Sometimes it’s easier to draw him back, sometimes harder, but Anders draws him close every time anyway, holding his gaze as Justice rumbles beneath his skin, blue and bright, and Karl blinks and says, “Anders.”
“I’m here,” Anders replies. His voice doesn’t crack anymore.