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FFXII Tribble (Triple Drabble): "Kindling"

Title: Kindling
Fandom: FFXII
Characters: Fran, Penelo
Rating: G
Words: 300
For: owlmoose
A/N: I respect the pure drabble-form, but lately my 100-word drabbles have been too much plot in small space. So, flashfic.

Penelo knelt beside Fran, watching her coax fire from Golmore's damp tinder. "Can I try?"

"As you wish." The viera stood and yielded her place. "Remember our lessons. It is a spark you seek, not a torch. Breathe lightly."

The girl nodded, scooted forward and imitated Fran's gesture, cupping hands to hissing bark in a kind of prayer. There was a whoosh of bright light and intense heat. She fell back with a yelp. "Ow!"

The font of fire subsided almost at once. Fran stooped to blow on kindling until true flames caught. Then she looked over her shoulder. "You are hurt?"

"Not any more," A white shimmer was fading from Penelo's hands. She wiggled her fingers. "Sorry about that." 

Fran's ears swiveled as she turned her head, scanning the dark shadows beyond the small shelf where they had set up camp. The others were off hunting for dinner. Satisfied that the beacon had not drawn any creatures that might make dinner of them first, Fran turned back to her pupil. "White mist answers gently," she said. "The black, it rages. But you have the way of it. You need only to practice."

"Looks like I'll be getting a lot of that before we're done." Penelo smiled. "Thanks."

The viera inclined her head graciously. "It is pleasant teaching again."

Penelo brightened, but she noticed a discordant note in the viera's woodwind whisper. "Again?"

Fran shrugged. "I was not always a pirate."

"Oh." Curiosity danced in Penelo's eyes. However, unlike Vaan, she swallowed nosy questions.

Fran pursed her lips. "I think Mjrn would like you. I shall have to take care you do not meet."

"Hey!" Penelo grinned up at her. "You speak in riddles to tease us, don't you?"

Her ears twitched, a hidden smile. "As you speak in truths."


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
Oooh this is most lovely. You have both of their voices down, and this is exactly the sort of interaction I was hoping for. I love how Penelo is over-eager but also that she has the presence of mind to heal herself, and the hints at a Fran backstory.

Thank you for this! :)
Jan. 29th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
Thank you for the prompt!

I spent a happy hour downloading cutscenes from Blue Laguna and watching Fran and Penelo to get their voices fixed in my head. If nothing else, I am a good mimic. :)

ETA: Also, apparently, I adore writing Fran's highly-mannered speech patterns. I wrote a seer-healer-shamanic RPG character for 13 years who had similar phrasing eccentricities, so it doesn't take much for me to sink back into that style.

Edited at 2010-01-29 08:09 am (UTC)
Jan. 30th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
I really liked this. :) Thank you.
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