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10 March 2015 @ 09:57 am
In the Quiet Cold  
Author: brunettepet
Title: In the Quiet Cold
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Uther/Ygraine
Character/s: Uther
Warnings: Grief
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 150, Uther

Uther missed the sound of another’s breaths in his now too empty chambers, the warmth of another body in his too empty bed. Heated bricks were no substitute for warm feet, tangled legs, sweet hands.

He’d thought to settle the prince in his rooms as he and Ygraine had planned but Gaius dissuaded him, citing the new prince’s erratic feeding schedule as a constant disruption for some time. Placing his son with the wet nurse made better sense.

In the quiet cold, Uther lay awake, knowing a crying baby would be more welcome than the lonely, empty hours stretching ahead.
archaeologist_d: Arthur and Merlinarchaeologist_d on March 10th, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
I could almost forgive him for what he'd done. Well done.
brunettepetbrunettepet on March 10th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
The operative word is almost. The purge was unforgivable.

Thanks for reading.
adsullattaadsullatta on March 10th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Sad...I think it might have been much better for both father and son to have been allowed that bonding time. Inconvenient for a King but crucial for a father. One has to wonder if Uther would have been such a cold, distant father had he personally taken care of Arthur as a baby...somehow I doubt it. This was excellently done!!
brunettepetbrunettepet on March 10th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, I wondered how different it might have been if Uther had been more hands on in raising of Arthur. He wouldn't have been going it alone with a castle full of servants and his relationship with Arthur would probably have been much warmer.

Thanks for reading!
digthewriter: Arthur_Sworddigthewriter on March 10th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)

Great job w/ this! ♥
brunettepetbrunettepet on March 10th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you :D
candymacaron on March 11th, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
Dare I say it, I almost feel bad for Uther here, and that's not an easy task. Very nice. ;)
brunettepetbrunettepet on March 11th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I was able to make you feel sorry for him because I have great sympathy for Uther's loss even though he made terrible decisions in its wake.

Thanks for reading.
aeris444aeris444 on May 4th, 2015 11:22 am (UTC)
Uther's grief for Ygraine is rarely described like this! Well done!