Grey Bard (grey_bard) wrote in valabars,
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Fic: The Tiassa and the Dzur - A Dragaeran Fable

A ficlet for little Dragaerans that I posted to my livejournal a year ago, and then promptly forgot.

Once upon a time there was a very small tiassa, and the very small tiassa sang a very small song. He sang this little song as he toddled along and ate of the fruit of the purplesnap tree - which was really quite ordinary fruit despite the fact that he was a carnivore. The tiassa *was* a carnivore, as indeed all tiassas are, but he also liked a little something for dessert and so he was eating the fruit.

As he bumbled along, munching and singing, a large dzur popped out of the bushes and offered to eat him. "Oh, do not do that," said the little tiassa, "For I likewise am a carnivore, and in a way we are brothers in arms. It would be quite dishonorable for you to eat me, as if I were a common teckla."

The dzur bowed. "I am sorry, my brother. You are quite right. It is absurd for such as we to prey upon each other. Instead, should we not pay each other respect and give each other sport?"

"Indeed, this is so!" said the tiassa, who then asked - "Sport?"

"Indeed," said the dzur. "I have not had a worthy battle, for lo these many days! Arm yourself, brother, and have at you!"

And the tiassa readied himself as best he could, and put up a most satisfying fight. Definitively satisfying for the dzur, for the tiassa lost most handily, with just enough struggle for it to seem almost fair.

The tiassa, of course, was dead.
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... I'm not sure if I agree with the morale of this story (well, 'don't tangle with dzur, for you are not a dzur, and liable to get killed' sounds right enough, but I'm sure that's not the actual lesson we're supposed to learn from this). I enjoyed reading this though - it sounded very Brust-esque, right down to the punch-line.

Which reminds me: I have a friend who'd really love to read a piece of Dragaera-fanfiction containing slash. Might you, by any chance, know of someone who might help him in fulfilling this wish?
The moral of the story is indeed that a dzur is liable to get you killed despite his fine manners for you are not a dzur yourself.

To elaborate, even if your opponent puts on a big show of it being a fair fight and feels very proud of himself for it, if you're so hideously overmatched as to be utterly doomed, you're still just as dead.

I don't write Dragaera slash myself, but I suppose I might have a friend who does... It might be arranged.
Hm. I still feel that if, say, Tazendra or Paarfi were to tell or read this fable, they'd come up with a completely different moral.

Of course, I didn't mean to imply you wrote Dragaera-slash yourself, just that you sound like someone who might know people who do so. I don't believe my friend owns 70 pieces of silver, but he does dabble in writing, and I've been told that in some circles, an exchange of ficlets is not entirely unheard of.
Um. Uh. No.

See, I thought you were referencing my post "The Jhereg Slash Merchant" , and in true Jhereg fashion, I was pretending that I had "a friend".

Of course Tazendra or Paarfi would come up with a different moral of the story! Such is the nature and the beauty of fables - particularly Dragaeran ones.
Ah. My apologies for being overly optimistic.

Would it also be too optimistic to hope that you might write more for either Dragaera or the Vorkosigan-verse?
Overly optimistic? Nope! I *totally* write slash. I just don't know if I'll write any Dragaera slash. I'm flattered, though!

I almost certainly will write more Dragaera fic and Vorkosigan fic, but given that I have many many fandoms and write slowly, I have no idea when or what genre. Sorry about that.

However! Seeing as you like Vorkosific, I would like to recommend "A Deeper Season" at . Very, very, very good. Possibly the best Vorkosigan slash I've ever seen, and epic in length, not a page of which was wasted.