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07 June 2006 @ 10:40 pm
Doctor Who - 10th Doctor Fan Fic  
Title: The Fabric That God Weaves
Author: Bimo
Characters: Ten, Reinette
Summary: Human beings are time-blind

Lots of thanks to uktechgirl for beta-reading and kind words :-)




THE FABRIC THAT GOD WEAVES
by Bimo

Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson knows better than to stir during the funeral service. People would misinterpret any sign of curiosity as haughtiness.

No, she did not meet the Cavaliere's wife often enough for any serious emotions. To her the woman is merely a stranger who died during childbirth, dragging the fruit of her womb with her, into the ground. Of course, Jeanne-Antoinette feels a vague sadness about this. Sympathy is humankind's most common bond. Identify. Always remember that one day you are the one in the coffin.

Outside the chapel, the world is sunlit , flowery, light. The service continues.

Once the priest, in his fine, paper-dry voice has safely established the image of Heaven, he goes on about the eternal qualities of the Divine, indirectly quoting St. Augustine. God, he finally sums up, exists outside of time. For Him there is no past and no future, just everlasting present.

The words echo in Jeanne-Antoinette's head, get filtered, broken, refocused by the slivers of star stuff she conceived in the night she twirled through Versailles in the arms of a Time Lord.

She crosses her arms, lets them rest on her chest.

The priest, who continues to preach the limits of human perception in Latin, has little drops of sweat on his temples. His pale long face with his terribly awake eyes gives away the fact that he, too, is in love with an eternal, clear, brilliant, linear, non-linear glory.

Later in bed, when her lover, the king, wants her opinion, Jeanne-Antoinette will whisper that the priest appears not very Christian; driven by thought, not human compassion.

Speaking to the congregation to him must be what a stage act is to a well-meaning but utterly untalented performer. He struggles. Doesn't know where to fit in the reality of grief, the reality of forgiveness and mercy.

Jeanne-Antoinette would love to tell him in private that whatever notion you have of eternity and time, regardless of how you picture the almighty creator, your ideas are perfectly pointless. For human beings are time-blind, time-numb, time-deaf.

That much she has learned from her guardian fireplace angel.

It is her understanding that time and space and eternity are the fabric that God weaves. And that her Time Lord walks, runs, chases up and down on this carpet; fully aware of the all the threads and the knots, just not the grace.

 
 
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Hmpf: fanatichmpf on June 7th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Me likes!
You're very good at the art of the short-yet-poignant Doctor Who ficlet.

*hopes you will be inspired to fic by Life On Mars, as well...*
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on June 8th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: Me likes!
Glad you enjoyed the story!

You're very good at the art of the short-yet-poignant Doctor Who ficlet.

Well I guess, the genre kind of suits me ;-)

If only there weren't the big, ugly downside of being a "short distance specialist". You may write your heart out, work on a particular story for days, even weeks, but seldom get noticed, never ever get recced.



Judith Proctorwatervole on June 8th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Me likes!
seldom get noticed, never ever get recced.




I'm here via a rec - smile
Selena: Tardis - saavaselenak on June 8th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
The historian in me rejoices, as does the Who fan and reader. Sensitive and beautifully written. Love it!
Bimo: Best_of_Timelordsbimo on June 9th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
The historian in me rejoices, as does the Who fan and reader. Sensitive and beautifully written. Love it!

*beams*

So glad you liked it :-)

As for the period flair, the fun thing is that I know the era mainly through its philosophy, art and a few little bits gathered here and there (movies, novels, etc.)

It's great to see things worked out just fine!
Judith Proctorwatervole on June 8th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
Here via selenak

You write beautiful descriptive text and I love the way the ideas of God and time intermingle.

The words echo in Jeanne-Antoinette's head, get filtered, broken, refocused by the slivers of star stuff she conceived in the night she twirled through Versailles in the arms of a Time Lord.

I think that's the only bit I'd change. for me, the moment she recalls should be when she shared his mind.
Bimo: Best_of_Timelordsbimo on June 9th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
You write beautiful descriptive text and I love the way the ideas of God and time intermingle.

Thank you :-)

The whole God/time/space thing is a cool topic to muse about. There exists a certain branch in modern analytical religious philosophy where people have been discussing the problem from the 1950s onwards and haven't stopped ever since...

I think that's the only bit I'd change. for me, the moment she recalls should be when she shared his mind.

I thought about the mind-melting moment as well, but then got tempted by what I believed to be the more powerful image. Vanity over truth so to speak ;-)