Remix: Counting Seconds (The Clock of Damocles Remix) [Chase, 100 words, rated PG, spoilers for Volume 2, issue 4], by rapunzelita
Somewhere, there's a clock ticking. It's always there, counting away the minutes of his life. He's been hearing it for so long he can't remember what it was like without it — without that permanent presence reminding him of his upcoming death.
It's hanging above his head, waiting to strike the very last hour.
(Gert would have said something about Damocles. But Gert... yeah.)
He doesn't understand why it keeps striking the others before him.
He can't help but think it's his punishment for wanting to live just a bit longer, with her.