Title: Sooner Or Later

Rating: K+

Genre: Angst/Family

Summary: Sooner or later, I will die, like my mother did. Drabble.

Sooner or later, I'll show everyone here who I really am. Sooner or later, I'll finally give in, pull down the fa├žade of Keris Barkwater; devoted wife, dutiful daughter and granddaughter, vessel for the oh-so-precious Verginix bloodline, aspiring mother.

Sooner or later, I will be a mother. Sooner or later, Earth and Sky will bless us with a child. Sooner or later, my stomach will swell to truly gross proportions. Sooner or later there will pain and blood and death. Sooner or later, I will die, like my mother did.

Nobody ever talked about her.

Will anybody talk about me?

A/N: The wording for this came to me all at once in a flash of inspiration, although the general idea has been floating around in my head for a while. In my fanon, Keris has a huge fear of pregnancy and childbirth because she's convinced it will lead to her death as it did for Sinew, and conceiving Rook was more or less a huge accident. I might write a few more drabbles like this. Keris is one of my favourite characters and it makes me sad that she doesn't get much love.