August 27th, 2009

s/we scream in cathedrals

"Don't Linger Love, Come Take My Hand", Hamlet, Horatio-Ophelia centric

Title: Don’t Linger Love, Come Take My Hand
Fandom: Hamlet
Characters: Horatio, Ophelia; Hamlet, Laertes
Challenge/Prompt: paliphrase, “Never”
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 7300
Genre: Gen [het]
Copyright: Title is from Ophelia by Jon Boden.
Summary: Horatio looks down at the trembling woman encircled in his arms and feels something break, something that he did not know that he had until now.
Author’s Notes: Not that I expect anyone to read this, I just wanted to write it and I’m very proud of it. I’ve fucked with the timeline a little, but plausibly so. I saw Jude Law’s Hamlet, which inspired me to write this. Ophelia’s appearance here, and her death, are inspired by the painting of Ophelia by John Everett Millais (I’ve a renewed interest in it because of Desperate Romantics, but it’s always been one of my favourite paintings). Slightly Horatio/Ophelia if you squint, but it’s not meant to be that sort of story, though there is a very creepy Polonius/Ophelia undercurrent that you may try to ignore.

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