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Story Title: The Measure of a Man
Author name: M N Thies
Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
The Setup: Set after Curse of the Black Pearl, Will wants to marry Elizabeth, but the Governor is being completely OOC and is forbidding it. Liz still thinks that Daddy is wonderful, and Will is reduced to be a pitiful, wailing wimp. These exerpts take place after a ball is destroyed by pirates blowing up the ballroom. Governor is stuck inside burning building. Will is being Brave and goes to rescue him.
The words had hurt him badly, crushing his already beaten pride, stabbing into his heart and tearing it like a barbed knife. But he wouldn't let Swann see that. He wouldn't!
For a brief moment he saw Elizabeth. He saw her smiling, her eyes shining, her skin soft beneath his hands. He heard her voice, like the sweetest song caressing his spirit. He tasted her lips, felt the silky strands of her hair slip and curl about her fingers, breathed her intoxicating scent. He knew her so well, every curve of her body, every of her voice, every twist in her honey locks and fleck of gold in her glimmering eyes.
With a lingering, worried glance, Swann turned and ran towards the staircase. Will watched him for a moment, and the wourld seemed to slow. The Governor looked him in the eye, perhaps for the first time. (Liar) Nothing monumental came between them in that long moment. Apologies were not offered or requested. Acceptance was not reached. There was yet the rift between them, and neither made the effort to see it disappear. But it was a chance, a bit of understanding, a sad speck of hope that later, when fate had taken them to the end of this disastrous path, hearts would be opened and amendswould be made. It hurt, somehow. It hurt to realize that only on a night of such bloddy slaughter, that only such a sacrifice, could alter a skewed perception. A moral measure, based not on breeding or bounty, would be borne from this moment, and it was discouraging that only in the face of such destruction could a revolution occur. For the monster of social justice blood would be spilt.
I should proabaly also mention that Will is shot, stabbed and poisoned, all in the course of about two hours. OH, TEH AAAAAAANGST!!!