The whole thing was written in three rapid bursts over a few short hours on Sunday afternoon. Maybe I should lose my access to the internet more often...
TITLE: Promises Made to a Lady V. Messages from the Never Departed
A/N: It's D-Day and the characters various endgames are beginning to come into play. One note here to be added to the narrative. Gustav was born in Germany on the other side of the border with Alsace, at a time when Alsace was a German province. His Slayer Emilie, though French-speaking, was conceived when Alsace was not yet under French control.
Re-edit: had a very reasonable query about the last line. Juno Beach is where the Canadian Third Division landed on D-Day; Gustav, taking advantage of his part-Quebecois parentage has been in the guise of a Captain in the Canadian Army since Dunkirk.
V. Messages from the Never Departed (June 1944)
The Slayer had four hours on Gustav before he hit Juno Beach; he was unconcerned.
Even a Slayer couldn't get ahead of him for days yet.
All changed radically when he found the note left on the body of a Flemish SS gunner.
Riddled with bullets; he was nevertheless not fooled.
As they moved the corpses from the emplacement; he spotted the message.
The German was horrendous, but translated into Quebecois it was crystal clear.
It was taunting him.
It was hunting her.
It helped that there never had been a Captaine Richard Neuvelle for a body to be found.
May the Goddess watch over us all,