Title: Dance in Shadows
Fandom: Vision of Escaflowne
Characters: Dilandau, Merle
Warnings: This one-shot follows the events of an older story of mine: To Mend the Rose. It's not necessary to have read this story (thankfully, since it's not at all any good), but some points of clarification concerning the events that took place do need to be made:
Dilandau deserted the Zaibach army in ep. 25 just before the final battle. Remember the tent scene? He deserts there. Long story short, he hooks up with Van and Allen after a series of very weird, twisted events. The madoushi are brought to justice, Dilandau gets a bit of piece of mind, begins the slow process of recovery, is pardoned, and Allen is now his legal guardian.
Dance in Shadows was written a long time ago, so this post is backdated to reflect that. The writing here is not terribly good, but it's probably the best of my older Escaflowne stories, so I'm not too ashamed to archive it here.