Disclaimer: Dragon Age belongs to Bioware and EA Games

AN: This was written for the 10 Minute challenge at Cheeky Monkeys. "Think of an idea (no writing yet!). Set your timer or whatever for 10 minutes. Write. When the 10 minutes is up, stop. Take a minute to check for typos only. Post what you wrote."

Acknowledgement of Pain

I cannot understand it at times. That man infuriated me day in and day out. This human, this mage, was everything I despised. He was an abomination, a demon inhabiting his body and corrupting his soul. But I just could not help but be drawn towards him. There was a light in his eyes that showed his conviction to his cause. I could not support that, and I have tried to stay away from the man.

Why? I wanted to hate him. I did want to truly kill him at one point. I believed that was when the abomination and I first met when Hawke helped me with those slavers and then into Danarius' mansion in Hightown. If it wasn't for that woman warrior, I probably would have run my hand through Anders' heart and squeezed the life out of him.

However, that was not meant to be. In time, I reluctantly got to know him and his personality grew on me. But I tried so hard to hate him and I had told him every time I saw the mage. And then when he came back from the Deep Roads expedition, I could not control myself. I dragged the man into a back alley in Lowtown and had my way with him.

And then it hit me after Anders almost killed that mage girl. If I wasn't there, he would have killed the girl. I was not about to let that happen so I stopped him telling him that I would break his heart if he did.

Later, I confronted Anders in his clinic and things…happened. The pain I felt for a long time was actually love for the abomination…for the man…for Anders.

AN: After writing this and checking it over, I realized it was a companion piece to Pain of Love…^_^