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ficlet: Of snakes and birds (PG13, DC AU)

Title: Of snakes and birds
Rating: PG13
Author Notes: Utterly senseless if you haven't read this silly pseudohaiku before. Inspired by katarik, as usual.


With hindsight, training and Shiva's idea of education, Dinah had realized that Ollie had been wrong about everything. About why Dinah had been with him and about why Dinah had left him. Dinah herself hadn't known why.

Now she knew that there was no reason for an arrow's path but the place where it hit.

No reason for her life but to reach this place, this murmuring temple where a blind, naked woman walked through the sound as if she were enjoying her favorite garden.

"You shall enter the Snake Queen's temple, Black Canary" Shiva had said, "and only one of you will survive the encounter."

Dinah had bowed and accepted her words. Not out of obedience, because neither of them cared for that, but out of experience. Shiva never spoke idly.

Now they were circling each other, the Snake Queen smiling through the red hairs that fell over her face. Dinah realized that the soft sounds that echoed through the temple were information feeds, hundreds of voices, human and otherwise, changing and shifting, perhaps at the Snake Queen's subtle commands.

If there were sensors in the temple, if they were hooked to the sounds... Dinah was the blind one here.

The Queen cocked her head to one side, clearly choosing to let Dinah know that she was listening to something in particular.

"What is that?," asked Dinah. "My heart?"

"I hear Oliver Queen speaking," said the Queen, "although it's nothing I particularly care to know. I hear evil plans hatching in far away cities, and the rumble of wars, and silent places that speak to me of death. I hear. And know. But I can't change."

The Queen walked toward Dinah with the speed and grace that Shiva had taught them they could seize for themselves.

"Be my hands, Dinah Lance." She touched Dinah's cheek. "I've listened to your words and thoughts and..." she sounded almost vulnerable now, in a way that made Dinah shiver. Nobody Shiva-taught could sound like that, not with the truth written in every muscle and movement, without willing herself to. "I love you. Be my consort." It wasn't an order, and it wasn't a request.

It was prophecy.

Dinah didn't ask why. She looked inside herself and answered with the truth she saw in there.

"Yes."

Then she realized that Shiva had been right, of course. The Black Canary was dead. Shiva's apprentice wouldn't leave this temple.

A black mamba would.

.finis.

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caiusmajor
Sep. 18th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
The pseudohaiku suddenly makes sense, now!

And this is wonderfully mythic au of the Birds of Prey team (snakes of prey?).

(Unfortunately, when I think about Black Mamba, I think about Marvel's Serpent Society, which makes me giggle.)
__marcelo
Sep. 18th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
The pseudohaiku suddenly makes sense, now! *laughs*

*checks the link* Oh, that's cracky. I was thinking (he shamefully confesses) about Kill Bill... :P
razorsmile
Sep. 19th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Kill Bill

Same here :p
sockich
Sep. 18th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
I think I want to print a hundred copies of this and then just roll around them making happy squeaky noises.

It...probably says more than I care to examine that stuff like this makes me feel warm and snugly. ;)
__marcelo
Sep. 18th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I think I want to print a hundred copies of this and then just roll around them making happy squeaky noises. :D :D :D

It...probably says more than I care to examine that stuff like this makes me feel warm and snugly. Well, it works like that for me too. But... yeah, I know what you mean.
arch_schatten
Sep. 18th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yessss! Oh, this is awesome. My slasher mind supposed there would be sex instead of death in the Temple, and I wasn't that far away fro the truth :P I have a fascination with Shiva that you feed singlehandedly. Thanks for that!
__marcelo
Sep. 18th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
My slasher mind supposed there would be sex instead of death in the Temple, and I wasn't that far away fro the truth :P

It was naked Babs. And Dinah. Both Shiva-trained. I didn't *dare* not to slash them. *g*
razorsmile
Sep. 18th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
Is it weird that my first reading of this starred an all-nude cast? It troubles me that there was nothing titillating at the time*; it just made sense!



*okay obviously, there is now :D
__marcelo
Sep. 19th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)
:D No, I have to agree with you there. Nudity -at least, Babs- felt just *natural*. It's the kind of Oracle she is, I think.
anita
Sep. 19th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Tu blog a simple vista me parece fantástico y, a la vez, misterioso. Agregado!
__marcelo
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
*g* Gracias!
katarik
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooh.

Oh, I love you so *much*.

Babs! And Dinah! And... dude, they're kinda Zen, in a way. I can see Shiva all over them both.
__marcelo
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
And... dude, they're kinda Zen, in a way. I can see Shiva all over them both.

*nods a lot* Yeah, that was pretty much the whole excuse for this. And blind oracle!Babs, of course. She scares me.
cosmicastaway
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
Now there's a use for "super-hearing" that you can't ever attribute to Supers. Wow. And creepy. But mostly, wow.
petronelle
Sep. 20th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
*shivers* Oh, DINAH.

Poor Ollie. He hasn't known who she was since she became herself while he was dead.
__marcelo
Sep. 21st, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
Yeah. BTW, have you read last week's Green Arrow? I'm... he's actually impressing me a lot these last issues.
petronelle
Sep. 21st, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
I haven't read last week's anything, sorry. Or even post-OYL GA, at all. Or post 40-something. For a fangirl, I'm very slack in my reading.
razorsmile
May. 29th, 2019 02:30 am (UTC)
You don't want to know how long I spent digging through old emails trying to find this fic since the LJ search function doesn't work for your account.

That didn't work. Ended up having to brute-force my way through Shiva_fic, Oracle_Fic, somehow getting sidetracked by Tim_Fic and Slade_Fic along the way before finally realizing that it was of course under Babs_Fic.


Blind Oracle, Shiva Trained Snake Queen. For future reference.



... I think I might be a special kind of idiot 🤦🏿‍♂️
__marcelo
May. 29th, 2019 05:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it enough to search for it, but I do feel bad that you had to dig through stuff. Next time do let me know (I keep an on-disk backup of my journal, so I just grep whenever I need to find anything, sidestepping my admittedly atrocious tag system).
razorsmile
May. 29th, 2019 08:21 am (UTC)
Journey, destination, potayto, potahto 😄
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