04 August 2012 @ 04:03 pm
Drabble: Keeper  
Title: Keeper
Author: breathless_dawn
Rating: G
Disclaimer: I am no king, therefore I own no Kingdom.
A/N: 400 word drabble written for [livejournal.com profile] kh_drabble Challenge [291] Safekeeping. There are a lot of parentheses.

There have been (are, will be) many who have tried (are trying, will try) to capture me. To pry me apart and learn my secrets.

(When I was young, I used to find it strange that people continued to try when none had yet succeeded. I am much older now, eons older, and do not find it so strange anymore.)

I don’t blame them for it. Not anymore. I’ve found my place, just as everyone has (is, will).

I have watched countless thousands rise to meet me. Some have come so close that had I only reached out my hand, I could have touched them.

But all of them fall, in the end. And so very far they have to fall, before I can catch them. (Yes, I always catch them, but I must always let them fall. And that has taken time to get used to.)

And as many as there are who try to capture me, there are even more who do not know of me at all until we are standing face to face.

Sometimes they come slowly, a gentle trickle flowing in to greet me. Sometimes they rush in in great torrents, threatening to overwhelm me. (I remember when I was young I thought I would drown, thought they might destroy me as so many had destroyed themselves. But I am still here. And so are they.)

When they come to me, they are frightened, angry, hurt. Some don’t stay that way. Some never change.

I used to take it personally, when I tried my best and nothing helped. But I learned. Learned about balance and time and coexistence.

It was chaos for ages, in the beginning, as they fought each other, fought me. I tried my best to mediate, but in the end, they solved it themselves, becoming separate but whole, accepting that they couldn’t have one without the other. Ever since then there have been some squabbles, but I haven’t had to endure a war yet, and I hope that I will never have to. (I’m getting to be too old for such things.)

I take care of them, you see, keep them safe because they’ve got nowhere else to go.

My name, you ask?

I have been called many things in my lifetime, but for now they call me Kingdom Hearts, and I’m sure we will meet one day.

(Don’t worry, I’ll catch you when you fall.)
Current Mood: hopeful