This is the second of three gift-ficlets written for L&L’s first anniversary. It’s for spark-of-jenius, who asked me how Fenris acquired Agrippa. I do apologize for how long this took me—I went a bit out of my comfort zone on this one. ;)
Laudanum and Lyrium: A Horse by Any Other Name
Word Count: 3243
Characters: Fenris, Agrippa
Summary: When two broken pieces fit together.
Sorrow is not new to her.
Long ago, when she’d spent her days, young children upon her back, their short, weak legs learning to grip her broad sides, their soft little hands clutching her reins as they learned how to speak to her, pressing against one side or another, laughing delightedly as she turned this way and that.
They called her Lily.
She knew of sorrow even during those sun-soaked days of bran mash and sugar cubes and uncalloused fingertips stroking her nose. She knew it even when she ran from one end of the pasture to the other, legs pumping beneath her, the wind snapping at her mane, her tail sailing out behind her.
Medicine is now personalised to the person just by looking at their gnome.
i like to think my gnome is a dark-haired temptress with a smoky tenor, a jaunty green hat, and a wheelbarrow full o’ toads and toadstools.