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Author: [livejournal.com profile] linndechir 
Fandom: True Blood
Pairing: Godric/Eric
Rating: PG
Words: 547
Author’s note: Written for the first challenge on [livejournal.com profile] godriceric : “You’re slipping slowly from my reach.” The line reminded me very much of an idea I had a few days ago, when I wondered why Godric and Eric ever parted ways. I will definitely write a longer story about that, but I also wanted to use the idea for this ficlet. I hope it will make sense even without a more detailed background. This is set around the 1900s; Godric is getting depressed and doubtful, Eric doesn’t understand why.



"You’re slipping slowly from my reach.”


Eric stopped short when he entered their bedroom, confronted with a sight that had become painfully familiar. Godric was sitting cross-legged on the huge bed, looking small and lost, his shoulders slumped, his face thoughtful. The older vampire had always had occasional moments of introspection, but in the past weeks he had constantly seemed withdrawn, so lost in his thoughts that he sometimes hardly acknowledged Eric’s presence. Even now he didn’t even look up when his child came into the room.

Eric wasn’t sure what to do. For centuries he had always known how to behave around his maker, how to cheer him up when he was feeling gloomy, when to leave him alone … But in all these centuries he had never seen Godric like this. He had seen him brooding, distressed, irritable, but never listless, never apathetic. Godric had to know that Eric was in the room, but he didn’t seem to care.

“Are you sure you don’t want to feed?” Eric finally asked when he couldn‘t stand the silence anymore. “The girl has left, but I’m sure we could find somebody else …”

Usually it would have been the right thing to say. His maker had always wanted blood. But apparently nothing was the way it used to be anymore.

“I told you, I’m not hungry.” Godric sighed, and he sounded tired, almost annoyed by Eric’s persistence.

“How can you not be hungry? You haven’t fed in over a week.” Eric had kept himself from asking for months now, ever since Godric‘s strange behaviour had started. He was confused, almost scared: for the first time in centuries, he had no idea what was going on in his maker’s, his lover’s mind.

Godric simply sighed again, still not looking at Eric. He didn’t even bother to answer.

Anger surged up in Eric, outrage that anyone dared to ignore him like that. He had seen other makers treat their children either like subordinates or like ignorant infants, but Godric had never been like that. He had always shared even his darkest thoughts with Eric. Were it not for his boundless respect for his maker, Eric might have yelled at him and demanded an answer.

Instead he walked over to the bed and sank on his knees, gently taking Godric’s limp hand and kissing it.

“Why can‘t you just tell me what bothers you?” Eric whispered, and the genuine concern in his voice finally snapped Godric out of his brooding. Sad eyes met Eric’s, and the expression on Godric’s face was like a distorted echo of the radiant smile that should have been there.

The lack of blood had made him even paler than usual; and he would truly have looked like a lost little boy had it not been for the unspeakable, century-old pain and weariness in his eyes.

“My child,” he whispered. His voice was too soft, too resigned; the voice of someone who had lost faith in himself and in the world. He looked down at Eric’s hand on his own, as if he wondered how it had got there.

“Why?” Eric repeated when there was no answer, more forcefully this time. Godric looked up; their eyes met again.

“Because you wouldn’t understand.”

Date: 2009-08-15 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kodonaa.livejournal.com
This was beautiful and sad ;3; Poor Eric... Poor Godric.
Excellent fic. Really.
It fits the challenge perfectly.

Date: 2009-08-15 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Yay, thank you. :D You deserve hugs and cookies for your faithful reviews. ;)

Date: 2009-08-15 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kodonaa.livejournal.com
I try to review every fic I read, even if it's small.
You're very welcome! I love your stories.
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Date: 2009-08-15 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Thank you so much. I'm happy you liked it. :D

Date: 2009-08-15 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liz-sumeragi.livejournal.com
sooo sad ;_; but truly beautiful...

I wanna hug them forever... ;_;

loved it =)

Date: 2009-08-15 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Thank you. ^^

Date: 2009-08-15 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srmarybadass.livejournal.com
AWWW I WANT TO HUG GODRIC AND TAKE HIM HOME AND FEED HIM SOUP

or. you know. tasty eric soup.

:)

Date: 2009-08-15 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Tasty eric coup? That sounds so dirty. ;) But that's probably exactly what Godric needs right now. ^^ Thanks for commenting. :D

Date: 2009-08-15 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guanin.livejournal.com
This is a lovely rendition of their relationship, with just enough subtle detail to express the gulf widening between Godric and Eric. It fits very well with the latest episode.

Date: 2009-08-15 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it. The latest episode inspired me to write this, obviously. ;) Now we'll only have to build a big nice bridge over that gulf to bring them together again. ;D

Date: 2009-08-15 04:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mneiai.livejournal.com
This was wonderfully done.

“Because you wouldn’t understand.”

So heartwrenching.

Date: 2009-08-15 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
I half cried when I wrote that last sentence. :/
Thanks a lot. :D

Date: 2009-08-15 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] highperson2002.livejournal.com
;____; sad but beautiful.. i wanna hug them both..

Date: 2009-08-15 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
I know what you mean ... they need hugs. :( Thanks for commenting. :D

Date: 2009-08-16 12:33 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-08-16 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
I suppose that meant you liked it. ;) Thanks. ^^

Date: 2009-08-16 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] assassin-nariel.livejournal.com
*hugs the fluff fluff*

Date: 2009-08-16 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
That's almost better than "ericandgodricandericandgodric..." But hugs are always good. You do know I'll harass you for more feedback tomorrow, right?

Date: 2009-08-17 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ohioala19.livejournal.com
wow so sad but amazing, this is one of my fav eric/godric fics yet, it was so heartbreaking, i love depressed godric and concerned eric

Date: 2009-08-18 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Thank you. ^^ I'm glad you liked this, because I will definitely use the idea again. With a less heartbreaking ending. Promised. ^^

Date: 2009-08-18 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vinumvitae.livejournal.com
awww, I've just watched the last episode and thanks to you, now I'm in more pain than before. That's just too... full of emotions. Maybe it's just me drowning in the Eric&Godric's love idea, but you're so good at reflecting that emotion.

great challenge, greater response. *thumbs up and runs away to read other responses*

Date: 2009-08-18 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
What last episode? It never happened. *in denial*

Thank you so much for your comment. ^^ I know this is extremely sad, and I have no idea why I felt the urge to write such angst. But in the end, all will end well. At least in fanon. ^^

Date: 2009-08-18 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vinumvitae.livejournal.com
fanon rulez ^^
I hate script-writers for giving us such incredible characters and later, taking them away from us like separating a child from his lollipop or favorite toy.

and you're the most welcome.

Date: 2009-08-18 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Fanon is the only thing that matters. Up to now True Blood was the only fandom in which I didn't hate canon. Now their crappy canon has joined all my other fandoms. I feel surprisingly light-hearted, considering what happened, because I simply decided to ignore canon. Otherwise I wouldn't manage to stop crying. :/
Separating a child from his mother is more like it. :'(

Date: 2009-08-18 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vinumvitae.livejournal.com
aww, yes a mother maybe. Since these characters are my life-saving candies now, lollipop was the first thing that came to my mind. So we need YOU to keep fanon going. One day everyone shall hail to the great Goderic love!! <3 <3 <3

Date: 2009-08-18 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Spread the love! Make everyone you know watch True Blood. ^^ We need everyone to keep the fanon going.

Date: 2009-08-19 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vinumvitae.livejournal.com
already doing that one!

Date: 2009-08-21 04:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yourztruelyak.livejournal.com
Very nice...it really starts to dabble into what caused them to go their separate ways for the last 100 years...*sigh* when will the writers start thinking like all of us and the possibilities for the last 1,000 years?!

Until then...I appreciate all this Godric/Eric fan fic ... soothes my broken heart!

Date: 2009-08-23 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
So many possibilities, I don't even know where to start writing. ;) This only made me want to fix everything. Anyway, thank you for commenting. ^^

Date: 2009-08-25 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lily1836.livejournal.com
oh so sad :((
my heart broke just like Eric's

Date: 2009-08-25 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting. I know it's awfully sad ... I've got happier fics, too, if that's any comfort. ;)

Date: 2009-09-03 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timeofnoreply.livejournal.com
Oh, this was heartbreaking. But I loved it. And now I feel the need to seek out all your other things too!

Date: 2009-09-03 11:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Thank you so much. ^^ I'm glad to hear that; let me know if you like my other fics. ;)

Date: 2009-12-29 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] azulay.livejournal.com
deeply touching and real. and very much in character! Eric's conflict between his respect and his concern about Godric is beautiful!

Date: 2009-12-29 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Thank you so much, I'm very glad you liked this. :)

Date: 2010-04-17 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladykikuri.livejournal.com
I loved loved loved this one so much. <3
Very in character and very deep.
Thank you.

Date: 2010-04-17 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linndechir.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for your comment. :)

Date: 2010-11-13 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] longbca.livejournal.com
Very beautiful

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