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23 April 2007 @ 07:34 pm
Nny/Teatime ficlet  
Title: Spattered
Fandom: JtHM/Discworld
Character/Pairing: Nny/Teatime
Prompt List: Bewitching Brews
Prompt: Ode on Melancholy
Rating: PG-13 for language
Word Count: 174
Author's Notes: Starting off for 6impearfics with a little mood piece.
Summary: Nny wants to paint something worth showing to Teatime.

Ode on Melancholy: Beauty, joy, pleasure and delight: devastated. This is the scent of the hopelessness, torment and despair of love. Lavender and wisteria, heart-wrenching pale rose, desolate white sandalwood and thin, tear-streaked white musk.

Stained again. Spattered again. Covered in...

Paint. It was paint, but it always took a moment for that to register. Even in blues and greens, even cool to the touch as it was.

I could show it to Teatime.

Nny looked at the canvas in front of him. It had taken such effort, was it supposed to be so hard? And for what? An odd, mostly-abstract image, the colors and angles giving it an underwater appearance.

It wasn't any good. Not any good, of course, and he could try again and it would be the same, just another fucking phthalocyanine blue abortion and his knife (the spatters on its handle very much not paint) was in his hand, slicing it to shreds, and his throat was raw before he realized he was shouting.

He didn't want Teatime to see that, see that ugliness that poured out of him. He wanted something that would make Teatime smile at him.

Almost painfully, Nny reached for another canvas.