Fandom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Characters: Hector Barbossa, Her Most Piratical Majesty
Summary: Barbossa contemplates his mortality
Spoilers: for the end of At World's End
Word Count: 100
Feedback: yes, please! Concrit welcomed.
Distribution: archiving, linking or remixing ok, just credit me and drop me a line!
Cross-Posted were_lemur, pirategasm, potc_fic, potccanonfic, potc_100, whore4hector, barbossa_fic
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He's going to die. Again.
Barbossa stares down at his hand, imagining the skin drying, the tendons pulling tight. Of late, he's had a hard time not seeing it wither. And since Calypso's done with him now, there'll be no coming back.
No reprieve. No escape.
Terror leaves him empty, despair muffles the world.
"Captain Barbossa!" Elizabeth's voice cuts over the clamor and through the silence. "We need you at the helm!"
So there's still a fight to be had, and he decides he'll not be going down without one. He turns toward her. "Aye, that be true."
Author's Note: This is one of my favorite moments in AWE. It's that swing from stark terror to determination. I've been going through a rough time lately, and this moment -- with its reminder that courage isn't being fearless, but acting despite one's fear -- has been important in getting me through it.