Disclaimer: Hercules and Iolaus do not belong to me. No monetary units
have exchanged hands for this story.
A Day In the Life
Hercules sat by the fire he
had built, letting the flames warm him. The night was cool and he could
see Iolaus shivering where he lay, his body curled up and back to the fire.
Hercules sighed. It was his
own fault he knew. Hadn't he been the one to say after all that they needed
some distance between them. Well he was the one who wanted to bridge this
particular distance. He wanted nothing more than to crawl over to where
Iolaus lay and wrap himself around his friend's body.
He ran his hand over his hair
in frustration. His life was so screwed up. Son of a god. What did that
get him? The only thing it got him was the knowledge that any one he ever
let himself love would be in mortal danger. He couldn't live like other
men as long as he had Hera watching him, waiting to take everything away
He was not sure of his own mortality
but he knew this, if he were ever to lose Iolaus he would die as well.
Even if he didn't die physically, his soul would be gone. What would be
left for him to live for after all. Iolaus was his life.
Hercules laughed bitterly to
himself. Hera had won out anyway he realized and she didn't even have to
do anything. He had driven Iolaus away all by himself. Oh, Iolaus was still
there all right but Hercules knew it was only a matter of time before Iolaus
would leave him. Would he be able to stand life without Iolaus? Which was
better? Losing Iolaus' love and possibly his friendship? or risk Hera's
wrath and love Iolaus like he so desperately wanted to?
Hercules was startled from his
thoughts by Iolaus voice. His head whipped around from where he had turned
to watch the fire. Iolaus was sitting up, arms wrapped around his knees.
The light from the fire causing shadows to form on his face as he looked
at Hercules giving a sad smile.
"What did you say?" Hercules
Iolaus stood and walked over
to kneel down in front of his friend.
"I said, a day in the life of
Hercules. Always worrying. I know why you want to send me away but it won't
work you know. I can no more stop loving you than you can stop loving me."
Iolaus said reaching out to brush a hand over Hercules' face.
"This is a love that I am willing
to risk anything for" Iolaus said reaching forward to give Hercules a soft
Hercules smiled as Iolaus gathered
him into his arms. It had often been said that Hercules was the strongest
man alive, but at that moment Hercules had no doubt as to which was the
stronger of the two.
maybe, then again maybe not :-)