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FIC: Vir. In a Santa hat.

This one is dedicated to wychwood for putting Vir in a Santa hat. *g* Post-show. 431 words of harmless, G-rated, Christmas-y fluff. With Vir. In a Santa hat.



Enthusiasms
By Hobsonphile

“Your Majesty, I really must ask that you remove that… foolish hat before the procession proceeds to the celebration.”

From beneath furry white trim, Vir Cotto, Emperor of the Centauri Republic and the heart and soul of his race, asked with a peculiar boyish innocence, “Why? It’s one of their traditions.”

What Minister Andra Jaddo said next was delivered with a carefully composed patience, but if a man were watching closely enough, he would see a subtle twitch in the minister’s jaw. “Indeed, it is.” This particular discussion was well traveled ground. “But your… enthusiasms aside, the people, Highness, are expecting a certain… gravity… a certain… deportment… for so important a diplomatic function. It has been less than a year since the restoration of Earth’s embassy.”

Vir sighed, his face falling, once more reflecting his true age. Sinking onto his throne, he absently ran his hand across the velvet armrest. “Minister… what do you know about the Humans’ Santa Claus?”

“I know that he is a gift giver in their legends. Beyond that, I am aware of nothing else.”

The emperor turned his head to take in the city outside his window, the light of day splashing across his face. “There are actually several legends… several versions. I-I’ve been doing some reading.” Vir squinted his eyes in thought. “There is a story of a Saint Nicholas who, when he was alive, secretly provided a poor man enough money to pay for the marriages of his three daughters. And… there is another story… a poem, actually… that describes this legend as warm and cheerful. ‘Jolly’, I think, was the word the poem used.”

“If I may ask what…”

But Vir continued as if Jaddo had not spoken. “That is the sort of man… the sort of leader… I want to be.” Vir met the minister’s gaze. “There’s been enough gravity… enough death. I’m going as I am. And if the people laugh, let them. They need it.” Vir rose from his throne and touched Jaddo’s face with his hand, his eyes gentle and sad. “And the truth is, so do I.”

Jaddo’s shoulders sank slightly as if his strings had been cut. “And what of your hair, Majesty?”

“It’ll grow back.” A slow smile spread across Vir’s features, wrinkles appearing at the corners of his eyes. “The Empress Timov trained you well, Andra. What ever happens next is completely my responsibility.” The emperor tightly squeezed both of Jaddo’s shoulders. “Now let’s go. The ambassador is waiting.”

With that, His Majesty strode from the throne room, the ludicrous white pom-pom bouncing behind him.

The End

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Oh, that was gorgeous *g*. I love the idea of Vir wanting to be a more cheerful Emperor than those in the recent past, and his gesture is very ... yes, I'll say it again ... cute.

(Also, it reminds me of the scene where Turhan refuses to put his wig on - nice link to the history of the Centauri Republic there.)
(Also, it reminds me of the scene where Turhan refuses to put his wig on - nice link to the history of the Centauri Republic there.)

You know, I wasn't consciously thinking about that while I was writing the story, but you're right: The influence is there. *g* Thanks!

Of course, now you've put in mind a desire to tackle Vir's impressions of Turhan...
*feeds carrots to plotbunny* Oh, you should!

And this is lovely! I can see Vir wanting to get people to laugh and think of happy things, even if he doesn't appear as dignified as a Centauri Emperor should.

*hugs Vir*
Vir is a man who has his priorities adorably in order. *g*
The influence is there. *g* Thanks!

My pleasure *g*.

Of course, now you've put in mind a desire to tackle Vir's impressions of Turhan...

Oooo, that would be interesting.

You know, I've always wondered if the Centauri Emperor after Londo finally delivered that public apology. (Which might not be terribly popular after certain Narns bombed Centauri Prime, but still.)

If Vir's part in refugees away from Narn ever came out in public, I imagine they'd be more kindly disposed to him than to you average Centauri - and those refugees must have talked about it later, when the danger was past.
You know, I've always wondered if the Centauri Emperor after Londo finally delivered that public apology.

About a year ago, I was actually working on a story regarding that apology. It may be time to take it out of my WIP folder. I seem to be on something of a roll. *g*
About a year ago, I was actually working on a story regarding that apology. It may be time to take it out of my WIP folder. I seem to be on something of a roll. *g*

So I've noticed *g*. I would love to read that story.

(Oh, and my own Vir fic is officially in progress again. Not very fast progress just now - schoolwork - but I have been prodding at it.)
Oh, and my own Vir fic is officially in progress again.

Oh, yay! *bouncebounce*
Awwww... I love it. :)

And write about Vir and Turhan! I want to read that story! They would probably have got on very well, actually...

Ooh, and yay for Prime Minister Jaddo!!

I do so love Vir.
Awwww... I love it. :)

Thanks for the inspiration. *g*

And write about Vir and Turhan!

And the list of Vir-centered plot bunnies grows ever longer... *g*
Awwww. You go, Vir!
On a related matter, I read your Festival of Light story and adored it. Of course Vila would remember the thief most of all. *sniffle*
Thank you! Have you got to the end of S1 yet, which is when that story was set? If not, the only references to canon were to four of them getting radiation sickness, and the newly-acquired Orac predicting the destruction of the Liberator.

If anyone points you at another seasonal one I wrote which also mentions the Festival and gifts, ignore them--it's set after GP and contains massive spoilers for what happens to various characters.
Very cute indeed. Though now I'm perverse enough to want Vir angst, specifically of the encountering Morden one last time kind!
specifically of the encountering Morden one last time kind!

As I said to Andraste and Astro, I seem to be on a bit of a roll, so you may be in luck. *g*
Hooray!
Aww! I do love Vir. *hugs Vir*
I can't imagine anyone not loving Vir. *hugs Vir*
*whips out Imaginary-Dimension Traveling Device, goes to B5, sneaks up on Vir and hugs him! Then hugs Londo too, who probably needs it even more.*
Oooh. I want one of those imaginary-dimension traveling thingies! *jealous!*

The sky's the limit!

Well, as long as my husband won't tell me what he's getting me for Christmas, I can be quite confident he's giving you a I-D T Device too!

Re: The sky's the limit!

Whoo hoo! *dances jig*
Yay! I like very much that this is a story about a mature Vir returning to a certain childishness/innocence (one of the surest signs of maturity), which is a welcome change from the good but well-explored reverse, Vir's loss of innocence. And really, the Santa hat is just so him.
Well, I hate to think that he lost it completely. Plus, given that scene with his wives in Sleeping in Light, I think a certain amount of playfulness is canonical. ;)
Oh, oh, oh, I love it! LOVE! Vir! With a santa hat! Squeeee!
I'm glad you enjoyed it. *g*