no_sin_but: ((don't you) forget about me)
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The streets are full of people who had come to pay their last respects to the only monarch most of them had ever known. Watching from windows, doorways, the streets and gutters and it's crowded.

(the queen is dead)

Marlowe keeps his hand tight around Mary Anne's, so tight that the wedding ring on his finger digs in, but it's that kind of crowd. Let go, and let go forever.

(and the bells are tolling)

He leads her over to a wall, the wall of an inn and helps her up onto the barrels before joining her. One hand holding into the sign to the left of him for balance, the other hook around her waist and keeping her close.

(the queen is dead)

"'Right?" He asks her, voice loud in her ear but it's the only way to hear over the press of people and the church bells.

Date: 2008-05-30 09:24 am (UTC)
song_tra_bong: (music on clinton street)
From: [personal profile] song_tra_bong
One of her arms goes over his, fingers curving over his hand; the other manages to hook around his waist. Personal space be damned--she's never seen this many people packed in so tight before and she's not going to get separated from him. Not now.

"Right where?" she yells back.

Date: 2008-05-30 09:27 am (UTC)
song_tra_bong: (golden)
From: [personal profile] song_tra_bong

She would facepalm if it didn't mean letting go of Kit.

"Fine, thanks!"

Date: 2008-05-30 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Idiot, goes his expression. All he does is kiss her hair. The gesture is fond, unconscious.

He doesn't have time to notice, because then the wailing starts. As one John Staw later wrote, "when they beheld her statue lying upon the coffin, there was such a general sighing, groaning and weeping as the like hath not been seen or known in the memory of man, neither doth any history mention any people, time or state to make like lamentation for the death of their sovereign"

The procession moves slowly through the crowds, the bell-ringers clearing a passage to make way for the procession of paupers, followed by servants from the royal household, then the servants of the gentry and nobility of the court.

Marlowe ignores them, turns his head and waits.

Silent as, dare we say it, the grave.

Date: 2008-06-02 04:32 am (UTC)
song_tra_bong: (if i die in a combat zone)
From: [personal profile] song_tra_bong
Mary Anne has never been to a funeral.

You didn't bury people in Vietnam.

Tagging and bagging your best friend is not a funeral.

There is something rising here--like a tide, like a wave--the anticipation for when this procession of the living peters out and it becomes a procession of the dead. Everyone is waiting to see her. Everyone is waiting to say goodbye.

Mary Anne's fingers tighten on Kit's arm and she hangs on.

Date: 2008-06-03 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The coffin is covered in purple velvet, and drawn by four horses in black. The effigy of the late Queen is dressed in the robes of state complete with crown and sceptre and it's all a theatre.

That's all royalty really is.

It doesn't mean that it isn't damn effective, though, and it doesn't mean that Marlowe's arm doesn't tighten around Mary Anne even as not a shred of emotion passes over his too pale face.

Date: 2008-06-04 05:00 am (UTC)
song_tra_bong: (remembering)
From: [personal profile] song_tra_bong
Mary Anne remains statue-still beside him

(there will never be anything like this for you by the time you're dead the universe will probably be collapsing and there will be no one left to mourn you will only get to watch watch watch them go so get used to it)

and tries not to think.

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