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09 July 2007 @ 12:28 pm
Ficlet: 'Amongst the Stars'  
Yet another lunch hour ficlet, and another fic featuring Duncan! What is the world coming to? Heck if I know!

Rated PG, gen, 400 words, Methos, Duncan, and a bottle of whisky.

Amongst the Stars

Methos poured himself a cup of coffee before joining Duncan MacLeod in front of the crackling campfire. “There’s a great deal to be said for anachronisms,” he said contentedly as he sprawled against a log, stretching out his long legs. He held out his mug, and Duncan poured Methos a healthy slosh of scotch from the bottle that sat between them.

“Yeah, several of the youngsters have already pointed out that a thermal unit would be much more efficient,” Duncan commented with an eye roll.

“I presume you gave them a sufficiently cowing glower?” Methos asked with a grin. Duncan just snorted in reply, and the two men drank in companionable silence, watching the sparks from the fire climb up into the alien night.

Methos poured more scotch into their mugs. “I will admit that being here on this new planet almost makes me feel young myself. Four moons, new stars, a red sun – bloody amazing.”

“I remember seeing the first moon landing on TV. But I never thought it would lead to here two hundred years later; founding a new colony on another planet, starting a new life.” He threw another piece of wood on the fire. "We've been here a week now, but I don't know if I'll ever get used to it."

Methos leaned back against his log, staring up at the stars. “I have sat in front of countless campfires and looked up at the night sky and wondered. And you know what? That hasn’t changed; even though I’m part of the stars now.”

“That was very profound,” Duncan proclaimed. “Must be the scotch.”

He tossed what looked like a pinecone at the Highlander. “A little respect, thank you!”

Laughing, he batted the almost-pinecone aside. Then more seriously, he asked, “Do you ever think that maybe the answers are out here?” Methos didn’t answer, looking down at the mug in his hands. “You have to have wondered if this is where we’re from, Immortals. From another planet entirely.”

“Yeah, I’ve thought about it.” Sighing, Methos looked at his friend. “But honestly, Mac, I don’t know. And even now that we’re out here amongst the stars, we might never know the answer to that question.”

“Still, it would be good to find out, one way or the other.”

Smirking, Methos replied, “Let me share something else profound with you: home is where the heart is. Wherever we may be from, that will never change, Highlander. Guaranteed.”

Nodding, Duncan said half to himself, “Definitely the scotch.”

“It usually is,” Methos agreed.

Their laughter floated out into the night reaching for the stars above.


A wee sequel here.

The Series In Total:
Amongst the Stars
Make That Two Bottles
To the Victor Go the Spoils
Just Desserts

Mischief: DandMem_kellesvig on July 9th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
You have a wonderful way of setting the scene so that I can "see" it. Great little ficlet!

Nodding, Duncan said half to himself, “Definitely the whisky.”

“It usually is,” Methos agreed.

Ith: Methos - Forestithildyn on July 9th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!
dejladejla on July 9th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Love this. It is so perfect, the two of them sitting there. And always the question of where--
dejladejla on July 9th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
That is, where did they come from, is there a purpose... that must be even more nagging for an Immortal.
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on July 9th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
[nods] Yep :)

And thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

I have a wee follow up planned -- I think. Actually the follow up is what this initially was before it did the morphotastic in my brain.
Full Circlesteelvictory on July 9th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
So sweet! Thanks for sharing.
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on July 9th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading!
Kay: d/m -- hl -- cuppa tea?silvercobwebs on July 9th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Lovely! You easily set up a familiar and companionable atmosphere - all very enjoyable! Thank you for sharing this.
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on July 9th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you!
debbiemethosdeb on July 9th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
wonderful story ,so in line with how I have come to know them .thanks for sharing .
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on July 9th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)
That's wonderful to hear! Thank you :)
I will call her George: piestrangevisitor7 on July 10th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Really like the mood you set here. I love these kind of character moments. The in between the action stuff that makes us like these men. I should mention I still haven't seen Methos in action but I like him any way
Ith: What's Left - Ith's Ficithildyn on July 10th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
Thank you :) I love doing little character tableaus.

You'll LOVE Methos when you finally 'meet' him!
endaewen: horseendaewen on July 10th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
I like it. Made me think of Darkover the description of the planet though. Was that what you were going for?
Ith: Art - Absinthe Posterithildyn on July 10th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Errr.. no? :) And giving me new crossover ideas is really and truly cruel, you know! [g]

Glad you liked it!
endaewen: puppyendaewen on July 10th, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
I take it by that that you are familiar with Bradley's Darkover series? Did you know there's a new one out in the series?

Have fun with the ideas :)
Ith: Japan - Sunset Lanternsithildyn on July 10th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
The second SF book I ever read was 'Two To Conquer' :) The first was 'Restoree'. I haven't read anything put out after she died. None of them seemed quite 'right'. I met her once, you know. Just before she died, at a con. She insisted on signing something for me :)
endaewen: booksendaewen on July 10th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
Lucky You.
Ekaterinn: mi casa su casaekaterinn on July 10th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh, simply lovely! I love that Methos and Duncan are very at ease with each other on this new planet.
Ith: Methos - Forestithildyn on July 10th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
Jennifer/Gail: Methos_eyeslferion on July 10th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
Just yummy. Lovely & atmospheric. I adore the almost-pinecone.
Ith: Holby - Amusedithildyn on July 10th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Thank you :) Yeah, you really have to watch out for those poser pinecones!
ardienne on July 10th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
This is so Duncan and Methos. You have their voices down so well I can
hear them as well as see them. Thanks for this bit of the future.
Ith: Media - Bambi Butterflyithildyn on July 10th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
That's wonderful to hear! Thanks for the kind words.
holde_maidholde_maid on July 11th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)
It's so Duncan to ask questions, so Methos to only half-answer them. He is past the need for profound answers. Or past believing they can be had.
Ith: Methos - Yoda Guyithildyn on July 11th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)