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14 July 2008 @ 10:57 pm
HL50 Prompt - Writer's Choice - Lion  
So, it's been a while, but I've written another fic for the highlander50. You can view my table here to see other fic.

This is a crossover, but I won't say what with yet. Set immediately after Archangel, I think this safely classifies as AU. 
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Prompt 49: Writer's Choice - Lion

After the Angel
 
Richie awoke to find himself lying on a field of grass, in bright sunlight. Groggy, he sat up. Examining his surroundings he found himself in the middle of  beautiful countryside, as far as the eye could see in any direction. And that was far, farther than Richie could have imagined possible.
 
He sat there as his head cleared, for what could have been minutes or forever, he wasn’t entirely sure which. This place, whatever it was, felt so peaceful and welcoming. Richie could almost believe that he had never been anywhere else. The rest of his life receded like a dream, half-remembered and fuzzy.
 
How had he come to this place? The last thing he remembered was following Mac to that racecourse…
 
He was roused from his thoughts as he felt the approach of another Immortal. He reached for his sword and realised that it wasn’t there. Panicked, he leapt to his feet and looked for something with which to defend himself. Finding nothing, he whirled round to face the approaching Immortal.
 
“Darius?!” he cried. It was indeed the old Immortal monk who approached him now. “But you’re…oh God, Mac…” Richie stammered out, the full memory of what had happened awakening in his mind. He knew what had happened and where he had come to be. Darius laid a comforting arm on Richie’s shoulders.
 
“I’m sure you have many questions, my young friend. I will lead you to the one who has the answers. Come, further up and further in!” he cried, and started running toward a hill in the distance.
 
Richie gave chase, but Darius was running so fast, faster than a man, or even a cheetah, should be able to run. Richie thought he would lose sight of Darius, but to his great surprise he was able to keep up, and he wasn’t out of breath at all.
 
Darius led him up a hill, and into a walled orchard. As they entered , Richie looked around, struck by an overwhelming feeling that he had been here before. They continued through the trees until they came to a clearing. There, in the middle, stood a huge, golden lion.
 
“Aslan?” Richie whispered. As he said it, he felt ridiculous. Aslan was a character in a storybook he read as a kid, how could he possibly be real? But in his heart, Richie was certain that he was stood before the Great Lion.
 
“Come forward, Richard, son of Adam,” the Great Lion said. Richie did as he was told, and walked within a few footsteps of the lion and knelt before him. Aslan leaned forward and breathed over Richie, chasing away any doubts he had, a warmth that he had never known before filled his every fibre. “But you wish to leave already, my son?” Aslan asked.
 
“Yes, Aslan. I know where I am, and how I got here, but I believe Mac needs my help,” Richie replied.
 
“You believe that MacLeod cannot defeat Ahriman alone?” Aslan asked him. Richie shook his head.
 
“I believe he shouldn’t have to. He’s my friend, my brother. If there is any way that I can help him…?” Richie explained, leaving the question hanging. Aslan laughed, a great and wondrous noise.
 
“A noble thought indeed, Richard. Ordinarily, I would say that there was no possibility. But in your case, Ahriman has already broken the rules. Perhaps we might return you to your world,” Aslan replied. He shook his mane, and laughed again, before letting out a roar that echoed across Aslan’s country.
 
Richie closed his eyes, and covered his ears. When he opened them again, he found that instead of kneeling before the great lion he was looking up into the faces of concerned friends;  Duncan, Methos and Joe
 
“Rich, are you okay? I thought I’d…” Duncan began.
 
“Don’t sweat it, big guy. It was a trick, that’s all. Ahriman messing with your head,” Richie replied. Relief clear on his face, Duncan helped him to his feet and the four friends walked out into the light.
 
 
 
 
Dragonsinger: Richie curls - Beanariedragonsinger on July 15th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Oh, how much do I love this? That's a great way for Richie to not die. Excellent, excellent writing. And loved the guest appearance.:)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: richie smileidontlikegravy on July 16th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Thank you very much :)

*blush*
catyuycatyuy on July 15th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
Blink Blink
you just crossed Narnia with Highlander.
And it was good.
I'm still confused by this fact.
But good fic.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: stig docidontlikegravy on July 16th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
LOL

Thank you! *beams*

I admit this was one of my odder ideas (which is saying something) so I'm really pleased it works. :)
ancientcitadel: HL - Duncan - Crap I Died Againancientcitadel on August 26th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
Yay, a Ritchie fix and with Darius in it. :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: dariusidontlikegravy on August 27th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked :)

Must write more Richie and Darius, I loved their interactions in the series and we never saw enough of it IMHO.
ancientcitadel: HL - Methos - Deathancientcitadel on August 28th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
There's never enough Ritchie and Darius fics, either together or separately. :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pretty boyidontlikegravy on August 28th, 2008 01:03 pm (UTC)
Very true.
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on February 7th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah! Richie lives! \(^o^)/

(^_^)/
BEM
The other Weird Al: Highlander - Darius church for hl_stillsaeron_lanart on June 14th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
I missed this! If you hadn't recently posted it to AO3 I wouldn't have read it. I love it. Darius *sniff* so good to see him again (I think him and Aslan would have some great conversations) and Kudos to you for managing a believable Narnia/Highlander crossover, tough of course seeing as it's you it shouldn't surprise me. Now I need to read the Last Battle again...
But, I don't want to be a pie,: dariusidontlikegravy on June 14th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Merci beaucoup. :)

I love writing for Darius *sniff*, don't do it enough.

though of course seeing as it's you it shouldn't surprise me

*blushes furiously*

Maybe I should make that my epitahph: 'Wrote the Crossovers others didn't dare to cross' *g*

I've realised there's a ton of stuff I haven't archived to AO3 yet (I think I got bored with the process pretty quickly and decided to come back to it later and then promptly forgot *g*) but this makes it worthwhile! Also I'm currently reading my way through your stuff that I missed for one reason or another and I'm loving the Siannon fics that I'd not read so huzzah for AO3!
The other Weird Al: Highlander - Dariusaeron_lanart on June 14th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
You can never have too much Darius fic. *nods*

Reading this made me look through other stuff and I think that our first comments on each other's LJs were in April 2007. That's 4 years ago, which I find almost unbelievable - it's flown past!

That would be a marvellous epitaph. I have no idea what mine would be in fanfic terms... 'sticking to canon under fire' perhaps?