|Genres:||Angst, Drabble, Hurt/Comfort|
|Summary:||A birthday fic. Forever is a very long time.|
Author's Chapter Notes:
This is for the LD Birthday Challenge. I thought about waiting until tomorrow to post but I know me and I'd just spend the intervening time rewriting it over and over and over... :-) Grab that box of tissues as this is set in Daniel's original childhood rather than an AU LD.
Daniel dug until he found four more candles, tips blackened from use. He gently touched each of the pristine red candles already in their places of honor above "birthday". Red was still the color of luck in Egypt. Eight candles to represent the lucky years of his life. He stuck the others slowly into the chocolate frosting, just under his name. The dark blue of mourning almost invisible against the brown. Miss Gwen let him do this himself when he asked. A gentle hand pulled him close and he wept. No more happy birthdays. Just one more year into forever.