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02.14.2013 , 05:49 PM |
Here, a Chronicles-era Sith Warrior Nalenne for a holiday-themed
Night of the Living Prompt: Food
. No spoilers. 500 words.
Quinn found Nalenne curled up on the couch in the
's lounge, as usual. "Good evening, my lord. Are you…"
He trailed off, looking at the table, which was stacked with boxes upon which were littered smaller boxes and bags and foil-wrapped objects in the shapes of miscellaneous adorable small animals.
"I got some chocolates," Nalenne explained, and popped another one from the open box in her lap into her mouth.
"I see that."
"Mrf fnuf hng–" she swallowed – "I don't know why you're looking surprised."
"I'm not surprised, my lord. It's just that traditionally, rather than acquiring some yourself, you demand that I buy you some at this time of year."
"Well, yes, but you never do. Because you hate happiness. Less than you did, but you do."
Quinn looked annoyed. "You know my feelings on Valentine's Day specifically, my lord."
"Yeah, you managed to make it something about ultranationalism."
"Valentine's Day is an elaborate ploy, the single greatest propaganda victory the
has ever implemented."
"Good for them. It gets me great food. There is no downside."
"The downside is that the heavily marketed products linked to this artificial holiday serve no purpose but to extract maximum profit from star systems of every type and affiliation to swell the Guild's coffers. It's built for maximum broad-base appeal linked directly to this uncontrolled political interest's economic benefit. Frankly, it's ingenious, but it's also a pernicious influence among the Empire's populace."
She plucked one of the chocolates out of the box and held it up. "This one's coconut," she said helpfully. "I think you said once you don't hate things with coconut in them, which is more praise than you give for most non-ration food." She waved it a little. "Interested?"
"But delicious. Sure you don't want any?"
"I mean, they've already been bought. They're not going to subvert anything more than they already have."
Quinn clenched his jaw for a second, then rather obviously switched gears and started recalculating. "May I point out that every chocolate I eat, if I were to have any, would be one that you don't get?"
to be generous, you idiot."
"That really isn't necessary."
She glared at him.
A few long moments later he sighed. "Is this truly disappointing you, Nalenne?"
"Not really. I just wanted to spend a few minutes arguing to a standstill with you." She set aside the chocolates and, grinning, ran over to kiss him. "I know what you like."
"I see." He settled his arms around her. "Then would my giving in have ruined your enjoyment?"
"Oh, hell no," she said cheerfully, "that would also have meant I won."
He froze, looking thoughtful, for about half a second before hugging her even closer. "I do love seeing you stack the deck."
"Told you. I know what you like."
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