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05 April 2011 @ 03:20 pm
April Flowers Prompt #5: The Last Supper  
Title: The Last Supper
Author: mrstater
Rating & Warnings: G
Characters/Pairing: Cazaril (Caz/Betriz)
Prompt: #5
Format & Word Count: drabble, 120 words
Summary: On the most important night of his life, Caz needs a drink.
Author's Notes: Something about this image struck me as distinctly religious, though I'm not sure I managed to capture quite what I had in mind along that line. For better or for worse, here it is.

Before he must stand, Cazaril reaches for his goblet to take a fortifying drink of wine, but Betriz catches his hand, squeezing it, and there isn't time for the drink. As a man in a dream, he watches the Royina announce to her court that she appoints him Chancellor.


He, himself, Caz.

How can a man be lifted from galley slave to Lord of the land?

The chain of office round his neck, however, is undeniably real, heavy as the shackles of slavery, throwing him off-balance.

At last, the time comes for that drink.

While the court toasts Lupe dy Cazaril the Chancellor of Chalion-Ibra, Caz drinks in remembrance of the Lady of Spring.

And her yoke seems easy.
shimotsuki: chalion3shimotsuki on April 5th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is nicely done -- setting up galley slave and lord of the land as polar opposites, but then coming back to the idea that the chain is just as heavy in either case... (Though certainly Caz prefers his current state!)

And I like the echo of the Biblical reference at the end.
What's Taters, Precious?: Springmrstater on April 6th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really glad you felt the contrasts and biblical themes work. I was just reading through the scene today where Iselle tells him about her ideas for improving the office of chancellor, and smiled when he said he had some thoughts about who she should ask. He really can't imagine...So I thought he'd still be a bit dazed that night at the feast!
Elisel d'Ivantelisel on April 6th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)
It is my fate to comment on your drabbles and say "yeah, what that person said." But it's true. I love the parallel between the two types of chains Cazaril has borne in his lifetime.

The last line made me wibble. Go, go, gadget goddess! ♥
What's Taters, Precious?: Ivy Heartsmrstater on April 6th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC)
Hee, "What she said" is just fine by me--if two people say it, then it must be true. ;) Thanks very much for reading and commenting; I'm so very pleased this idea came out like I hoped it would.
bookish_brownie: Cazbookish_brownie on April 6th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
I can imagine Caz wanting to take a drink at this moment. I also second what shimotsuki said about the comparison of the chain of office and the galley shackles; it works really well.
What's Taters, Precious?: T is for Tatermrstater on April 6th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Hee, I was inspired by the scene where Iselle tells him she wants him to be Chancellor and he sits down, heavily, and hangs on to Betriz's hand. This is only a few hours later, so I can't imagine him being used to the idea yet! Really pleased you think he's in-character and that the comparison of his past and future roles works well. Thanks for your kind words.
gilpin25: Springgilpin25 on April 6th, 2011 11:10 am (UTC)
What a well done and interesting take on the prompt, which I like very much. Especially the use of 'yoke' in the last line, which makes me think of an animal bound to work in harness and speaks volumes about what those 'shackles of slavery' mentioned before meant to him. And also says quite a lot about Caz's disbelief and perhaps slight trepidation over the responsibility of his new role?

I love, however, that thinking of the Lady of Spring gives him inner strength. That's a lovely take on the faith and resilience he now has. ♥
What's Taters, Precious?: Springmrstater on April 6th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how relieved I am this furry little problem plot bunny translated, because it really never cemented itself in my head and I just wrote hoping something that made sense would come out! I'm just thrilled you think I managed to capture the idea I hoped to convey, that Caz would be gobsmacked about this whole thing and have to draw on some other source of strength. I was struck by the idea that his life isn't really his own, for bad or for good, but that at least he trusts the guiding hand of the Daughter and reveres her as she leads him along that path.

Thanks for your comments. :)
katyhasclogskatyhasclogs on April 19th, 2011 11:06 am (UTC)
What I love most about this is the strong sense I get of Caz feeling overwhelmed, and that at this point the Daughter is a kind of rock to steady him. Which is what, ultimately, I think the value of religion is, for those who want it.
What's Taters, Precious?mrstater on April 19th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
That was the idea I came away with from the book. Thank you very much for reading and commenting!