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17 January 2010 @ 12:11 pm
'The Pattern' (01/01)  
A ficlet, or perhaps a drabble on steroids. Inspired by a post this morning on one of the winery blogs I read. So it's timely fic [g] And hey, not a crossover.


The Pattern

San Luis Obispo, Califonia
January 18, 2010

Methos grinned as Duncan swung Charlotte around, both of them seemingly oblivious to the fact they were soaked through. No, that wasn’t it, the fact they were drenched, standing out in the middle of a downpour, seemed to be the reason for their glee.

“It’s raining, Methos!” Charlotte said slightly breathlessly as he joined the two of them at the edge of Duncan’s vineyard.

Cocking an eyebrow, he replied, “Is it really? I hadn’t noticed.” He put an arm around her shoulder, pulling her close.

Sticking her tongue out at him playfully, she continued, “After three years of drought, this is an answer to our prayers.”

“And this is only the first of five storms this week,” Duncan added, fingering a grape vine with a look of contentment on his face. “Charlotte’s right, this is definitely worth celebrating.”

“The more things change…,” Methos said softly, looking over the acres of vines rolling out before him, the heavy gray sky overhead deluging them and all life around with precious rain.

Duncan and Charlotte nodded in understanding, neither Immortal as ancient as Methos, but old enough to recognize the endless pattern of drought and plenty. No matter how many centuries passed, times like these would always be treasured.

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Ith: Art - Lily Pondithildyn on January 17th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: painty methosidontlikegravy on January 17th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh I like this very much, nice little ficlet hon! :)
Ith: Art - Haida Maskithildyn on January 17th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Otterly Evilotterevil on January 17th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Very nice :)
Ith: Art - Ring of Brodgar  Orkneyithildyn on January 17th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Renee M Romeroeasilymused1956 on January 17th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
You've caught the relief that comes when much-needed rain falls perfectly. And the Immortals are perfect for showcasing the memory of the cycles of life.

Lovely story.


Ith: Art - Callanishithildyn on January 17th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
LadyTygerEyezladytygereyez on January 17th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
This reminds me of the drought story in the Bible when there was no rain for three years. Makes you wonder if Methos might have known the prophet Elijah. *grin*

Thank you for sharing.
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on January 17th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading :)
rodlox: going to hugrodlox on January 17th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
The rain in Spain out there, lands mainly on the plain Methos. ;)

delightful ficlet. I agree that they'd see patterns and be glad all at the same time.
Ith: Art - Callanishithildyn on January 17th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it.
lizbet0lizbet0 on January 17th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
I really liked this snippet! It shows how how winery owners are constantly concerned about the weather, and also how the Immortals have seen such times come & go.

(A minor typo: 1st paragraph, 2nd sentence: "the fact")

I'm glad you're back to writing some! :-D
Ith: Art - 100 Acre Woodithildyn on January 17th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the catch. Pleased you enjoyed it :)
I will call her George: Mag 7 - Ezra & Charlottestrangevisitor7 on January 20th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
You really pull great a moment from minimal words
Ith: Art - Wildwoodithildyn on January 22nd, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Thank you :)
KickAir 8P~: Mona Lisa Truekickair8p on January 20th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Current, simple, moving. Liked this.

Ith: Art - 100 Acre Woodithildyn on January 22nd, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
I'm glad!
dejladejla on January 20th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
I missed this!!

Yeah, they'd all know the need for rain -- Methos most of all. It works so well. So simple, so short -- so perfect.
Ith: Art - Lily Pondithildyn on January 22nd, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!