Title: Shorter than the day
Characters: Leon, Merlin
Summary: Leon sometimes questions Merlin's taste in poetry.
Word Count: 165
Prompt: 381, Eternity
Author's Notes: Whee! Another Immortality is Overrated bit. I think I love these two almost as much as I love Merwaine. Anyway, the poem Leon is referring to is Emily Dickinson's 'Because I could not stop for death', published in 1890. (Personally, I agree with Leon. Dickinson is, by and large, fucking depressing, but she did write beautifully.) Leon's book is The Influence of Sea Power upon History, by Alfred Thayer Mahan. Both books were published in 1890, so that's when this is set. :D
Question for the mods: Can we make a Leon/Merlin pairing tag? I think there's everything but that one at this point. LOL
Leon cringed and set the book Merlin had purchased a few days ago on the table next to the settee. “Merlin, this is depressing. Why do you like her work so much?”
His lover just shrugged. “She wrote such beautiful imagery. Which one did you read?”
“One of the death ones.”
Merlin chuckled. “That doesn’t narrow it all that much.”
“True. It was the one with Death picking her up in a carriage.”
“Oh, that one I really do like. I think it suits us, don’t you?”
“What, riding in Death’s carriage for all Eternity? Merlin, we’re still alive.” Leon stretched his arms. “Doesn’t seem likely to change any time soon, either.”
Merlin joined Leon on the settee, the fire sufficiently fed that it should last for a while. “Hand me my book. You read your boring book on naval warfare.” He snuggled under Leon’s arm after the redhead picked up both of their books and the two men settled in for a quiet night.