Disclaimer: Muse would like to protest the lack of ownership, brain-brain would like to point out that it doesn't seem matter anyhow, and my not-so-inner child says 'gimme'. You guys haven't met my gremlin yet, but then, it is a shy creature, far too busy keeping keep subconscious track of my storylines to socialize; I don't think anyone's met it.

Author's Note: I need to stop with the vague stories; you guys keep expecting more than I am planning on giving you. That and I feel it is at least partially responsible for my waking up to muse trying to, well, muse two multi chapter stories SIMULTANEOUSLY. Ow. Don't get too excited, while the beginnings are promisingly entertaining, I have been handed no plot or storylines as of yet, so those will likely be in development for quite some time. And those of you that were around for the creation of the Gulchverse: Don't. Even. Say. It.


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I ask so little of you…

There is a price that must be paid for this choice, she has always known this. In older, more ignorant and yet more knowledgeable times she might have been burned at the stake for even considering it. The hob's bargain…

…and yet he offers her her dreams.

Life is about dreams: the ones that motivate you, the ones that get you through the hard times, the ones you fight to obtain, and the ones that you wish for others. The world was built on flights of fancy, dreams of the dreamer, dreamed so hard they made it reality. Dreams not so very different than her own, for she is so very human in her dreaming, though their object is very much not. But then, it wouldn't be the first time in history that wishes should seek to overcome the impossible, and while the distance may not have ever been so great, she is not the first to take this leap of faith.

He has promised her her dreams, and she will hold him to it, for every last one.

The words have been spoken, their meaning understood, the bargain accepted, and at long last she reaches for the crystal, holds it in her hand…

…and somewhere in this ordinary world an actress breaks the audience's hearts with her very real tears at the loss of her fictional daughter…

…a lawyer known for the fierceness of his arguments falters unexpectedly and walks slowly from the courtroom in search of the conversation he can never have…

…a woman's hand pauses over a peace offering she no longer needs as she walks a dog she can't remember getting…

…and in a crowded school playground a small boy wails disconsolately at finding himself suddenly alone in the world…

There was always a price for this choice, one that was never truly hers to pay.