Title: Brotherly Love: 9:14 Dragon
Fandom: Dragon Age
Characters: Cormac Hawke ♂, Artemis Hawke ♂
Rating: G (L0 N0 S0 V0 D0)
Notes: Cormac’s 11, Artie’s 9. Artie, please don’t scare the shit out of your brother…
They always slept the same way, Cormac curled protectively around Artemis, one blanket for both of them. The twins were small enough to still be sleeping with their mother, and Malcolm and Anton slept side by side, as if there were no magic separating the mage father from his yet-unafflicted son. Malcolm would point out stars and constellations, until Anton fell asleep, and then Cormac and Artemis were left to quietly amuse themselves, which generally involved several reprimands from their mother for laughing when they should have been sleeping.
Cormac whispered another story to his brother, something he’d picked up from one of their father’s books. Malcolm refused to abandon his library, no matter how many times they moved, and the shelves he’d had built to store the books folded into trunks, leaving little excuse for any of the rare texts to be left behind. This one was a story about Andraste, and Cormac found the more he learned about Andraste, the less he liked the Chantry for lying about her. It wasn’t fair, he thought, that they’d taken away her magic and her best friend, so he told Artemis a story about Andraste, the mage, saviour of Thedas. They were mages, too, and he thought maybe some day, they could be heroes and bring down the templars, like Andraste forced the Imperium out of Ferelden. He told his brother this, as well.
Artemis’s eyelids were growing heavy, and in that liminal stage between waking and dreaming, Artie could see everything Cormac described. It would be fun to be a hero, and he pictured him and Cormac as taller versions of themselves, staffs held high as they led an army of mages. He pictured their family safe, a home they could