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Notes: written for [livejournal.com profile] ranalore, who requested something on Sanzo or Konzen with the prompt "silk." I'm not sure how I started from "silk" and got scars, but it made sense in my head at the time...



There is a prince with skin as pale as snow and hair as shining as the sun. He wears silks as silvery-white as the moon, gossamer thin and feather light, unstained by drops of heart's blood. They are barrier enough from scars, for he has no mother to bleed for him, no companions to shield him, no stepmother to flee. He was not born and will not die; he fears not the poisoned comb or sharpened dagger. He has built himself a glass coffin of words, and he lines it with ennui.

He lies there, skin unscarred and untorn, and sorrow and pain pass him by.

There is a monk who doesn't remember being a prince. His hair still shines, but his skin is cut with hurt and pierced with memory. His father bled on him and his companions give him wrinkles; he flees no one but is chased by all. He tries to protect himself with swathes of cloth -- sutra and robes of office, leather and denim. But they only cover up old wounds and scars; they cannot return the untouched body of lives past.

He wishes sometimes for a life without pain, but he has forgotten that his first scar is not a gift of the river. If he could remember, he would say his first scar comes from the time he skinned his knee chasing a monkey around the palace. He stopped that day and wondered at the sting and the red dotting his pristine robes, but not for too long, for fear of losing his imbecile charge.

He should know by now that the first scar was not written on the skin, but carved into the heart with glass that broke the day a golden-eyed animal yanked out his hair.

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Date: 2006-05-09 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ranalore.livejournal.com
Eeeeee! Oh, I love it. The imagery, the astute contrast between Konzen and Sanzo, the subtle connection of scarring and living. It's marvelous!

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Date: 2006-05-09 05:04 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Yay, I'm so glad you like it! And eeee, I'm so glad that the scarring=pain=life thing worked!

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Date: 2006-05-09 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wordsofastory.livejournal.com
Oh, wow. That is really, really awesome; I love the fairy-tale feel to it.

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Date: 2006-05-09 05:04 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad it worked for you; I was a little scared with trying the new style.

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Date: 2006-05-09 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livinglaurel.livejournal.com
Wow. This was really lovely -- beautifully written.

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Date: 2006-05-09 05:05 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you!

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Date: 2006-05-09 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com
Beautiful!

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Date: 2006-05-09 05:05 am (UTC)

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Date: 2006-05-09 10:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tadity.livejournal.com
Absoutley beautiful metaphor... thank you. That was wonderful.

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Date: 2006-05-10 04:31 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

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Date: 2006-05-09 10:57 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] timmesque.livejournal.com
Very pretty. Sanzo being a prince suits him rather well. And if you've read Burial (which I'm sure you have), Goku was the Little Prince in one of the pictures.

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Date: 2006-05-10 04:32 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Ooo yes, I remember that picture! I can't quite see Sanzo as a prince, but Konzen... very much so.

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Date: 2006-05-09 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] new-kate.livejournal.com
Oh, this is so absolutely gorgeous and the last two paragraphs are pure mad love. Thank you!

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Date: 2006-05-10 04:33 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Yay, I'm glad you liked it! Poor Konzen, probably never knew what hit him.

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Date: 2006-05-09 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aqua-eyes.livejournal.com
That's so beautfil, yet ow.

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Date: 2006-05-10 04:33 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2006-05-09 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trensaddiction.livejournal.com
here on a rec from [livejournal.com profile] ranalore

Excellent use of fairytale imagery: I never would have thought of Konzen as Snow White, and yet you make it work perfectly. Further, the idea of him skinning his knee is so sweetly charming as to be poignant, as is the delicate equation of the pristine god to his all-too-marred reincarnation. Lovely.

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Date: 2006-05-10 04:35 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Oh thank you! Much as I love Kenren and Tenpou (and I love them a lot), I think one of my favorite things about Gaiden is watching Konzen very, very gradually find out what it's like to love. Also, I'm just amused by how blindsided he is by Goku.

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Date: 2006-05-11 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistressrenet.livejournal.com
That's just lovely and amazing. ♥

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Date: 2006-05-12 06:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2006-05-17 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elihice.livejournal.com
Really, really pretty.

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Date: 2006-05-17 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2006-05-17 08:54 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/solo____/
I like the story as a whole, but I like the last two paras best. And that very last paragraph? Gives me happy shivery goosebumps over and over.

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Date: 2006-05-17 05:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Oh thank you! I like the last two the best as well. Poor, unsuspecting Konzen. Never knew what hit him.

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Date: 2006-05-27 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cicer.livejournal.com
Aw. Lovely and lyrical. Very, very pretty. ♥

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Date: 2006-05-30 06:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] springgreen.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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