Author: Simply Kelp
Word count: 315
Warning: SPOILERS for the finale, descriptions of death
Summary: Noatak does not believe in fairy tales. He believes in the things he can see and touch, he believes in the evil in everyone's heart
Disclaimer: Not mine, unfortunately.
A/N: As gorgeous as Tarrlok and Noatak's deaths were, I felt compelled to give them a happy ending...
All that no one sees
What's inside of me
There was a story Mother told them when Noatak was only a boy. It was about lovers who were separated by fate. They wasted away in longing but the spirits took pity on them and the lovers found themselves together in a second life. Noatak does not believe in fairy tales. He believes in the things he can see and touch, he believes in the evil in everyone's heart (the evil he has touched and felt burning in his own heart for these twenty years).
Still he thinks of this story as he stands at the bow of their little ship. He is so tired. And finally he is not alone. He can feel Tarrlok moving, reaching to grasp an equalizer glove. He knows what is coming even as he reassures his brother.
It is flashing orange and so much pain. Noatak can feel his skin ripping and sizzling off of him. He screams for his brother, can feel the screams of his brother pressing against his ears. And then everything is silent.
The haze of blinding light and pain is gone. Replaced by the whisper of fur against his skin (a feeling he had almost forgotten). His ears are ringing from a noise he realizes is outside of him. He opens his eyes. Next to him is a chubby, brown-skinned infant. It is the baby's cry he hears. They are both swaddled tightly in furs. After much effort, he reaches out a fat hand to touch his brother. Thinks: I know you. The other's eyes open. They are clear and blue like Tarrlok's.
He cannot feel the singing of his brother's blood or the blood of the shadowy figures in the distance. He cannot feel the roar of the ocean under his skin. He looks into his brother's eyes (they are the only ocean he feels) and knows that finally they will be happy.
Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed!