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The Hue of Betrayal

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Title: The Hue of Betrayal

Author: Del Rion (delrion.mail (at) gmail.com)

Fandom: Heroes

Era: Season 3, Volume 4: Fugitives

Genre: Angst

Rating: K+ / FRC

Characters: Peter Petrelli (,Nathan Petrelli, Adam Monroe, Matt Parkman)

Summary: How can he hate his brother without hating himself? After all, he had the chance to stop him – but he chose not to.

Written for: Heroes_Contest’s (heroes_contest) Drabble Challenge 10: Colors

Warnings: Season 1-3 spoilers, implied violence.

Beta: Mythra (mythras_fire)

Disclaimer: The show, its characters, its places, and everything else, belong to Tim Kring and the other respective creators and owners of ‘Heroes’. I have made no profit by writing this story, and make no claim over the show.

Feedback: The good, the bad, the ugly – as long as it’s fair and constructive, keep it coming.

Author’s note: Written in Peter’s POV.

About The Hue of Betrayal: This piece was written about a month before the Volume 4: Fugitives began, so this is speculation inspired by the trailers and sneak peeks I have seen. Peter seemed conflicted enough during the third season of Heroes; I would imagine the new volume will give him a lot to think about.

Story and its status: Below you see the writing process of the story. If there is no text after the title, then it is finished and checked. Possible updates shall be marked after the title.

The Hue of Betrayal

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Written for Heroes_Contest’s Drabble Challenge 10 (Colors).

The Hue of Betrayal

The colors he wears these days…

“I’m gonna go red. The president wears red.” That’s what he used to be like. He has always known what he wants, and the dilemma simply was how to get there, but he always found his way.

These days, it’s as if I don’t know him anymore, but I have to keep telling myself that I do; this is still the Nathan I know. Beneath all these actions and words and decisions he’s my brother, and I love him – even though he says he wouldn’t have saved me. I know he would have. After all, he’s Nathan, and I’m his brother too.

Still it begs the question: who is this man? He has the same sense of self as before, only it seems rougher and sharper. As if he woke up one morning and found that he had been missing something.

Since I came back, he became a senator, and the whole mess with dad that came between us, he’s almost reverted to the Nathan I knew when our powers first surfaced. Something went wrong, though. Maybe it was something that dad said, or did, or promised him. Perhaps it was someone else.

In the end the result is the same: my brother has become a Villain. They say it behind my back, but rarely to my face. They know how I feel about Nathan, so they keep it from me. Instead I see it in their eyes; the distrust, the hate and the fear.

The ugly fact remains the same nonetheless. Nathan betrayed us. Or, he betrayed them; he’s still trying to keep his family out of this. I feel warmth when I think of that, but it isn’t simple gratitude. Is Nathan only protecting himself by keeping us safe? To hell with everyone else as long as he stays clean? The seed of doubt is growing in my mind, and I hate it as much as I hate to remember how easily Adam manipulated me only some months ago.

It angers me to think of Nathan this way; to even entertain the idea. He’s my brother, and even if he’s erred, I of all people should be able to forgive him.

But can I forgive him this, if it becomes a small genocide? He didn’t let me blow up New York, but was that to spare the city, me, or just his own conscience? Back then I believed that I could trust Nathan and follow him blindly without falling. I wouldn’t entertain such thoughts of him now, but sometimes I regret that I didn’t read his mind while I still had Matt Parkman’s power.

It’s my mistake that I didn’t stop him when I had the chance. My fault that I believed in him. There’ll be hell to pay for that, because it seems Nathan has changed colors. There’s another shade to him, and that is the one of betrayal.

The End


Posted by: Jemmz (jemmalynette)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
Heroes-Peter (drown out reality)

Wow! I love it! I love how you repeated the reference to the colours and how Nathan has changed. Awesome job!

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
Peter Petrelli 10

*squees at your pretty icon for a moment* I love the colors <3

Besides that, thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I'm glad you liked, and noticed the "colorful" theme ;)

Posted by: Ibonekoen (ibonekoen)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Peter Petrelli helix

The whole concept of Nathan betraying Peter sort of breaks my heart, but this fic has a beautiful, haunting quality about it. I really like this. You get into Peter's head very well. Good job! :D

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Milo&Adrian always

Thank you so much! Peter is my favorite, and part of the time I have only eyes for him, which means I take it as a compliment that you thought I got his "voice" right ^^

I'm really looking forward to the new Volume, since there are a lot of good things that could happen between Peter and Nathan. The whole hero-worship/trust/betrayal aspect that they've brought to us during the three first Volumes is now given an opportunity to grow and expand - and maybe break down completely in case Nathan really takes the path shown to us in the trailer.

Thank you again for reading and dropping a comment!

Posted by: Ibonekoen (ibonekoen)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)

Peter is definitely my favorite too! ^_^

Oh yeah, as much as it breaks my heart, I am very excited about the next Volume. I can't wait to see how Peter reacts and what path Nathan takes. It'll definitely be interesting. I had this theory for Season Three that if they'd gone ahead with Nathan dying after being shot, Peter would've gone dark. I'd have liked to see that.

You're welcome!

Posted by: Пру (kate_swynford)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)

Very good and convincing.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: January 21st, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Peter Petrelli 10

I'm glad you thought so! For such a small fic, I'm kind of satisfied with it myself ^^

Posted by: kirara3345 (kirara3345)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)

Awww....I'm really sorry for Peter. His sorrowful feelings break my heart.
Theme is painful, but I love this so much. Love the delicate description of Peter's emotions.

Me too looking forward to the new Volume.I heard the good news about His Bangs Are Back!

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Milo *smirk*

Yeah, I saw new pics too, and seems like the EMO is back in the picture ^^ at least for now... *is happy*

Season 2 hair was okay when I got used to it, nice and short, but the 3rd season this far? WTF messy bedhair? XD It's been rather annoying; it wasn't short, it wasn't long, and it never seemed to be in order :D

Anyway, as for the rest of the comment: thanks XD Glad you liked, thanks for reading, and yes, the theme is love, as is Peter, so what else can you do? =)

Posted by: I have a PhD in derrière millinery. (cruiscin_lan)
Posted at: January 24th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
vote petrelli

I love how you've spanned such a short piece across three seasons - succint and bittersweet.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: January 24th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Milo&Adrian darlin'

Thank you ^^ Considering the storyline between the Petrelli boys, there's a lot to choose from that one could include... So, I'm all the more pleased that you liked this one! Thanks for replying.

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