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17 February 2008 @ 08:42 pm
Little ficcie!  
Title: Balance
Fandom: Final Fantasy XII
Characters: Larsa/Penelo, Vaan
Prompt: 97. Balance
Word Count: 531
Rating: E for everyone
Summary: Penelo reflects on the balancing act she is doing as Empress of Archadia and a sky pirate.
Author's Notes: My first time playing in this fandom. Be gentle.

It wasn’t always easy balancing the life of a sky pirate and the duties of an empress. Emotionally and mentally, she had accepted the decisions she had made. She thought Larsa secretly approved of them as well, even though he could never publically commend her double life. Still, in their intimate moments together, he would say something or give her a knowing look that she interpreted as “I know what you’re doing, and you have my full blessings if it makes you happy.” And she was happy. She loved her life as a sky pirate with Vaan, and she loved the time spent with Larsa. She was perfectly content with living both lives for as long as she could.

Legally and politically, she was on the edge. Her sky pirating was a point of contention for the law, and politically many people saw her actions as degrading to Archades and the royal family. Behind her back, the Senate insisted upon telling Larsa that he should declare her an enemy to the state, divorce her, and find a docile Archadian Lady to spend the rest of his days with.

The legal problems with her sky pirating Penelo tended to ignore. Until Larsa did abandon her, if the imperial guards happened to catch her, they would have to release their empress and she would then use her influence to ensure Vaan’s freedom as well. Within Archades’ borders, they were safe as a result of her status as Larsa’s wife. It was an additional benefit of being married to Larsa that she and Vaan both appreciated. Of course, she appreciated much more than he did, but she was the one who had to balance the life of sky pirate and empress.

Vaan had it easy; the only thing he had to worry about was being a sky pirate. He never would have been able to pull off the balancing act she did. He never wanted to. He wanted them to be true sky pirates like Balthier and Fran were. Penelo had had to explain to him repeatedly that that was not going to happen, and every time he would look at her with his puppy eyes and asked why. She was growing tired of explaining.

Penelo took one last look at the night sky painted with stars, a view that was just as beautiful anywhere she was. Her dress, being too tight, had forced her to step outside for a breath of fresh air. She loved Larsa dearly, but all the formalities could be overbearing. She liked having the option to wear what she wanted, even when she was supposed to be representing the empire.

Her balance was faltering. She was on the highest peak in Ivalice with nothing supporting her and the cold rain pelting down on her bare skin. She knew she would soon have to decide which way she wanted to fall, but in the dark she could not see which way was farther down. Still, Penelo thought as she turned back towards the ball to rejoin Larsa, she wanted to enjoy her balancing act a little while longer, even if it made the night darker and the fall more dangerous.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: From Yesterday - 30 Seconds to Mars
The One Without a Name, Forevermore: penelofireflypenance on February 18th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh Penelo. Darling darling Penelo. You capture her quite well for your first time writing in the fandom. <3

This is something I would like to see you expand upon, too. >.> Do you intend to?
✩ Lex: Hunny & Morisparkism on February 18th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
♥ !
Very nice for your first time writing FFXII. :D
I fail at writing FFXII. lol

Poor Vaan, it's like he's married to Larsa too. xD
Maria the Lostmariagoner on February 18th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
This is a really interesting AU. I'd love to see you expand it more. How does Penelo have the time to play both roles? And how on earth do people react to being robbed by an empress? I'd imagine most would just look the other way, considering having the wrath of her husband the emperor fall on their heads would be pretty perilous, even in other countries...
MCthreewalls on February 26th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. I like how you've conveyed her awareness of both the benefits and downfalls of having both roles at the same time.