Disclaimer: LOST is the property of ABC. This was written in response to a drabble meme on my livejournal.

La Mer

Sayid is surprised when Shannon begins to sing to him. It's a personal thing, singing, like letting a deep part of yourself (a part that he himself keeps locked away, and believes Shannon does too) out into the world. He is reminded of all sorts of clich├ęd metaphors for the moment when her voice -- thin, girlish, pretty -- hesitantly starts floating through the night air, but he refuses to apply them; to Shannon, to himself, to the two of them, improbably together. So he decides, with firelight flickering on her face and reflecting in her eyes, simply, that she is beautiful.