Fandom: The Princess Bride
Character: Inigo Montoya
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: The word hand anchors your hand to this.
Notes: Set before the movie
There are things, Inigo discovers, besides talent. Besides knowing the blade, learning, loving, hating it.
There is sleep. He loses a round, two, five. He gets sloppy, because he's been fighting his ghosts by candlelight.
There is food. He must work to eat and to drink. A brawl leaves two long tears in the sleeve of his tunic, and the tailor rubs his fingers together in that universal signal.
There is knowledge. In that, he barely knows where to start. Clothing, accent, demeanor, currency. The six-fingered man is a blur of blood and shadow in his memory.
And there is kindness. He forgets, sometimes, that people can live for something other than death, in the past and in the future.
When it is time for lunch, Fezzik draws Inigo's attention away from the plaza with a bowl of stew and a clap on the shoulder.
Inigo smiles, and he eats.
A/N: Title and summary adapted from Margaret Atwood's You Begin.