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23 May 2009 @ 01:16 am
'On A Raven's Wing' (07/07)  
It's done! Thanks to everyone who read and commented over the last weeks. I know this was one of my more obscure crossovers, so I appreciate you taking the time to read.

Rating: PG15 for adult situations.
Notes: 3:10 To Yuma/Magnificent Seven/Highlander, a story in the 'Echoes the Sea' AU series, Ben Wade/OFC. This exists entirely due to the repetitive poking efforts of ninjababe and her posse. This story is set a few weeks after the events in strangevisitor7's story Child Of My Heart.
Characters: Ben Wade, Chris Larabee, Vin Tanner, Ezra Standish, Oren Travis, Charlotte Sparrow.
Summary: Ben Wade's arrival in New Mexico brings him full circle with his past.

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On A Raven's Wing ~ Epilogue

Six Weeks Later

Charlotte stopped at the bottom of the steps leading to her front door. She was home, and home was a very good place to be.

“Ma’am?” Vin asked quietly at her side.

Glancing up at him, she smiled softly. “I am just taking a moment to appreciate what I have.” The glow of lamplight spilled through the windows, tingeing the early dusk outside with warmth and welcome. From somewhere inside, she could hear her childrens’ laughter, and she realized how very much she had missed that sound.

Vin didn’t say anything, but she knew he understood. The last three weeks had brought her to a new appreciation of the young tracker, and she thanked God for the friend He had brought to Ezra. Though initially she had been outraged at the young man’s audacity at insisting on traveling with her, it had only taken a few days on the trail for her to value his company. Vin Tanner was a fine man, and Charlotte was proud to consider him a friend.

They had traveled to Bisbee, and Charlotte had done as Ben asked; successfully convincing Alice Evans that moving to Doña Ana would be best for her and her children. And now, that chapter of Charlotte’s life was finally ended. She wasn’t sure where this next chapter would lead, but it would be filled with the love and the comfort of family and friends; for that, she was grateful.

Slowly, she walked up the stairs, reaching the large ironbound oak door. But before she could open it, the door was flung wide, Patrick, Penney, and Jess, throwing themselves at her in an excited rush, while Jemma and Timothy leaned over the mass of younger children to kiss her on the cheek.

“It’s good to have you home, mama,” Jemma said. “We’ve all missed you something terrible.”

“Missed you, mama,” Timothy agreed.

“It’s good to be home,” she said, brushing Jemma’s face with her palm, and squeezing Timothy’s shoulder. “I’ve missed you all so much!” she told them all, leaning down to gather the younger children in a hug.

“Did you bring us presents?” Penney asked excitedly.

“I’m not sure.” She looked at Vin with a grin. “Do you recall presents, Mr. Tanner?”

Vin made a great show of scratching his chin, as if trying to remember. “Reckon I’ll have to think on it some.”

The children’s groans turned to whoops of joy as Charlotte said, “Of course there are presents!”

She looked down the hall, feeling an Immortal presence, smiling at Ezra as he entered the tiled foyer holding Constance in his arms.

“Now, children,” Ezra said, “let’s give your mother enough room to breathe, shall we?” He handed Constance to Charlotte, who rocked the toddler in her arms, kissing her face all over. “I do believe Beth could use some help in the kitchen with dinner preparations.”

Jemma and Timothy herded their siblings out, with Charlotte promising she would tell them all about her travels at supper.

“Vin,” Ezra slapped the tracker on the shoulder, “good to have you back.”

“Good to be back,” Vin acknowledged with a grin. “How ‘bout I take the lil’ one back to the kitchen? Sure you two would like to do some catching up.” He took Constance from Charlotte, the two-year-old immediately latching onto Vin’s long hair.

“Thank you, Vin,” Charlotte said, leaning up to kiss him on the cheek, “for everything.”

“Were my pleasure, ma’am. Ez.” Vin gave him a nod before leaving the two alone.

Charlotte hugged Ezra tightly. “Thank you for looking out for the children while I was away.”

He returned her embrace. “That’s what family is for.”

Stepping back, she took his hands in hers, squeezing them. She looked up at his dear face, remembering the child he’d been. “This time, I hope you had no doubts of my returning,” she said softly….


Richmond, Virginia, 1850

Charlotte wearily tossed her hat and gloves onto the table next to the front door. She had hired a buggy at the docks to bring her home; Mr. Holcombe would fetch her things from the ship later. It had been a long voyage back to Virginia with nothing but thoughts of Ben to fill it, no matter how she had tried to push his memory into the back of her mind. Looking around the grand entry, she felt only a sad emptiness in her heart. When Ezra wasn’t here, this was a house, not a home.

But her feeling of melancholy swiftly fled as the gentle murmur of a pre-immortal presence floated into her awareness. Then the sitting room door opened, and Ezra was racing down the hall towards her at full tilt, throwing his arms around her waist.

“Cousin Charlotte, you came back!” the boy said, looking up at her with suspiciously bright eyes.

“But of course I did, dearest,” she said, dropping to her knees to enfold him in her arms. He buried his head into her shoulder, and she realized he was crying. “Ezra, what’s wrong?” She looked up at Livy, who had joined them.

“The young master was afraid you wouldn’t be returning to us,” she told her mistress. “Not a one of us could ease his mind.” She ruffled Ezra’s hair. “See? What did I tell you, Master Ezra? Madam always comes home.”

Charlotte stroked Ezra’s back comfortingly. “How long?” she asked her maid.

“Herself dropped him off two weeks ago,” Livy told her with a sniff.

“Thank you, Livy.” She gave the woman a look of gratitude. “A cup of tea wouldn’t be amiss.”

Livy nodded her understanding, leaving the two of them alone.

Gently, she disentangled herself from Ezra’s grip. Pulling a handkerchief from her pocket, she began to wipe his tearstained face. “It’s all right now, child, I am home.”

He nodded, green eyes huge in his face. “I thought I’d been bad and you wouldn’t come back,” he admitted shakily.

She sat on the floor, pulling him down into her lap, holding him against her chest. “I will always come back to you, my dearest. I swear to you; I would never leave you.”


“I promise, with all my heart….”


I made the right choice, she thought as she looked into Ezra’s eyes. Then, and now.

He chuckled. “I never had any doubt, Charlotte. You have always been here for me, whether I knew it or not.”

Eyes twinkling, she asked, “And have you been doing your sword practice while I’ve been away?”

Groaning dramatically, he shook his head before kissing her on the forehead. “Will there ever be a time when you won’t be my teacher?”

Releasing his hands, she nodded. “There will be a day when you will not need me anymore, Ezra. But till then, I shall do my best to prepare you for the centuries ahead of you, as I have always done.”

Ezra took her face between his hands. “I will always need you, cousin.”

She put her hand against one of his. “Perhaps; but a time will come when you will spread your wings and find your own way. That is how it must be for our kind.”

She stepped away, but before she could leave, Ezra took her arm in a gentle hold, stopping her. “Promise me that you’ll be waiting for me when I come home, no matter how many years pass.”

“I promise, Ezra, with all my heart.”



Black Rook: Chris&Vingrachonok on May 23rd, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
I like it and I like them:).
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Lookithildyn on May 24th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it :)
I will call her George: Mag 7 - Ezra & Charlottestrangevisitor7 on May 23rd, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Love the parallel Charlotte/ezra reunions. Made me all teary. Please stop making me cry.[g]
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Smileithildyn on May 24th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
I'll try! [hands you tissue]
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on May 23rd, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)
Ithithildyn on May 24th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
bookaddict43: fencingbookaddict43 on May 23rd, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
I love the ending with the parallel homecomings for Charlotte. Her relationship with Ezra really shines through and the promise at the end is great. I'm glad Charlotte managed to talk Alice into moving and think that her relationship with Vin is cute :D
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Vin Photoithildyn on May 24th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
Vin is a little devil he is [g]

It's going to be very hard for her to let Ezra go when the time comes, but she will because she loves him.

Thanks for reading!
tpena19tpena19 on May 24th, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
Ah, sweet.
Ithithildyn on May 24th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
ex_egorstan on May 24th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Really enjoyed this!

Lot of aww and angst. Just what a story requires :)

I really do like your Charlotte character! Is it possible to have a OFC crush :)

Although I do hope Vin doesn't find out about the cookies, he'll put on too much weight if he eats Charlotte out of house and home :) that and Chris may get a little jealous about the amount of time Vin spends there, even if it's just to eat her cooking.
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Candlesithildyn on May 24th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Awww [g] Thank you :)

I won't tell Charlotte about the crush, the girl's pushy enough already!

I can see Ezra teasing Vin about his middle looking a little bigger these days and must be the cookies.

Glad you enjoyed it!
vintrackergirlvintrackergirl on May 29th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Fabulous story! I rally enjoyed it, particularly the way you wrote Vin...what a rascal!

Thanks for sharing!
Ith: Mag 7 - Vin Beerithildyn on May 29th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've always had a soft spot for Vin and he used that fact unmercifully :) When I was originally plotting the story, he didn't figure into it, but he had other ideas, reminding me that he was a bounty hunter and Ben had been sent to Yuma twice already, so DUH! [g]

He's a scamp.
ael68ael68 on July 8th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
On a Raven's Wing
Great addition to this series. I like Chris's stubborness in wanting to help Charlotte and not taking no for an answer. Wade is an interesting character and I can see how devastated Charlotte was when she found out who her lover really was. I can understand her giving him a chance to get away. From an immortal's pov, mortal's have such a short time, almost no time to make ammends if they've done something horrendous like murder. Vin's insistance that he go with her was too funny as she realized all the boys were just as stubborn. Great job. Judy
Ith: Mag 7 - Ezra Shadowithildyn on July 8th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Re: On a Raven's Wing
Thank you :)

I wrestled with her letting Ben go. When it came down to it, she just wasn't able to gun him down and that's what she would have had to do. And of course, the man escaped Yuma prison twice and the prison train, so he probably wouldn't have been in custody long [g] But I think she's definitely carried the guilt of not being hard enough to kill him that day. And my own personal fanon, since I had to know what happened at the end of the movie, was that Ben was a changed man and was going to leave the criminal life behind. I'm pretty positive he was by the end of the story too. Okay, I'll stop rambling now!

And, you're you! I love you M7 fic :) In fact, in the process of reorganizing my Delicous book marks this weekend, I reread 'Subsequent Existence' which one of the first M7 stories I came across last year when I first started reading the fic. Still one of my favourites.
(Anonymous) on July 8th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
Re: On a Raven's Wing
LOL! Yes, I am me, at least the last time I checked. Thank you for letting me know you like Subsequent Existence. I know a lot of people don't read 'death fic' but it's one of my favorite. And it's not really a death fic. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed it. Judy