Title: If the Ravens Leave the Tower
Warnings: Incest (father/daughter) (symbolic), age difference, emotionally abusive relationship, mildly dubious consent, suicidal thoughts
Word Count: 15,304
Pairing: Corvo Attano / Emily Kaldwin
Summary: “She will always be the princess in the tower, and you will always climb for her. He has never heard the Heart sound so afraid.” There is no one left for the Empress and her assassin to trust, except perhaps each other.
Notes: This was written as an exploration of how twisted and codependent a High-Chaos Corvo and adult Emily’s relationship can become. I’ve tried to treat this as sensitively and realistically as I can manage. The ‘M’ rating is more for subject matter than content. Please don’t kill me.
As he drops his sword and crossbow and bolts to the end of the rickety walkway with wind and freezing water whipping all around him, drops to his knees, reaches out a hand, Corvo understands three things.
First, Havelock did not deserve such a merciful death.
Second, it’s going to be hard to let go of Emily’s hand. To leave her side. Ever. He can never, ever fail her again.
Third (he thinks, as her little nails gouge his wrist and he pulls her up, as he wraps her in his arms to make sure she’s safe and the blood on his coat smears all over her white clothes and he doesn’t care and he doesn’t let go), it’s not Corvo who’s just pulled Emily back from the brink of a horrible fall.
It’s the other way around.