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The Price of Selfishness

June 12th, 2009 (12:11 pm)

Story Info

Title: The Price of Selfishness

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

Fandom: Heroes

Era: Possibly AU Volume 5

Genre: Drama, angst

Rating: T/ FRT

Characters: Peter Petrelli (, Angela Petrelli, Nathan Petrelli, Sylar)

Summary: Peter is bearing a slight grudge against his mother.

Written for: Heroes_Contest’s (heroes_contest) Drabble Challenge 14: Price

Warnings: Implied death, murder, and violence.

Beta: Mythra (mythras_fire)

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

Feedback: Very much appreciated.

About The Price of Selfishness: A little piece slightly inspired by season 1 and season 3, and the connection drawn between them. Stealing socks might be a family trait, who knows…

Story and 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 Price of Selfishness

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Written for Heroes_Contest’s Drabble Challenge 14 (Price).

The Price of Selfishness

“What could you possibly need so bad that you had to steal it?”


Peter smiles, much like his mother did that day. Back then it was just one of her stunts; meaningless if you dismissed her need for attention.

“Hey, Mom,” he finally greets her and sits down on the freshly cut grass. “I stole you socks today,” Peter informs her, and keeping a straight face should be harder than it is.

“Nathan was so pissed that day,” he ventures on. “But he isn’t here to nag at me today… Just like you, or dad,” he muses, fondling the soft, fresh socks in his hands.

The three gravestones in front of him offer no comment. It’s ironic that here in the cemetery they look almost like an idyllic family – with the slight dent that Peter’s the only one alive.

“They didn’t cost all that much, if one’s thinking about the price; they were on sale.” Even in theft, Peter apparently has an unconscious need to do as little harm to others as possible. Perhaps it’s some kind of compensation for all the bad things he’s done.

An old woman walks past him, then halts beside the grave next to the Petrellis. She looks at him, and Peter offers her a smile.

“It’s so nice to see young people here. Usually they are… too busy. I think they are simply too selfish to bother.”


Peter wonders how selfish his mother was, not telling them that Nathan was dead. How selfish she was when she turned Sylar into Peter’s brother.

Of course that was the case until Sylar broke free and killed Angela as his first victim. He called it ‘justified revenge’.

Peter was the one who had to deal with the madman whose new favorite pastime was to antagonize Peter with the face of his brother. Once Peter knew the truth, though… he never looked at him the same way again; never looked at pictures of Nathan the same way again.

Eventually he ripped Sylar’s head off, figuring the only way to finish him for sure, and to make him stay dead, was to separate his brain from the rest of his nervous system. That Sylar wore Nathan’s face when he died wasn’t lost on Peter. One more thing he could never erase from his mind…

The woman next to him goes on with her business, and Peter gently places the socks next to Angela’s headstone. Maybe someone will find them there and take them, gaining some warm comfort on a cold night. Peter is beyond any such simple joy, though, and so he wonders why he even bothered in the first place. After all, he now knows why Angela stole socks.

But perhaps it isn’t about socks. Maybe it’s about the lonely echo inside all of them; a faint call of something long lost. Something they yearn to get back so that they can do better next time, knowing the price it may otherwise cost them.

The End


Posted by: Katiepants (superkappa)
Posted at: June 12th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)

I loved this. Poor Peter. He really does kind of get the raw end of the deal so much of the time.

I especially loved the last bit.

But perhaps it isn’t about socks. Maybe it’s about the lonely echo inside all of them; a faint call of something long lost. Something they yearn to get back so that they can do better next time, knowing the price it may otherwise cost them.

Oh so good.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: June 12th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Peter Petrelli 22

Yeah, Peter's the guy who always cleans up the mess - be it his own or someone else's. A rotten deal, but what can you do :P

Glad you liked it! Also thanks for reading and leaving me a comment *pets*

Posted by: eccentric addict (commen_sense)
Posted at: June 12th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
brothers till the end

you really love peter dont you? anyways, this brought tears to my eyes. so truly peter, so perfect. loved it. wonderful job. so hearttouching... and i can totally imagine sylar killing angela when he finds out...

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: June 12th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Peter Petrelli 20

How could you know that I adore Peter? :P (other than by the fact that I don't quite imagine writing a Heroes fic without him in there... XD)

Anyway, yeah, thanks *hands over a tissue* I wasn't all that certain I hit the nail the right way with this, so to speak, but at least for you it was something deeper than season 3 altogether (no tears there, really...) :P

Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm always very, very pleased to hear that someone likes the way I write the characters - helps me to improve my writing, and so on... (I still think I'm a novice in this fandom, so I have a lot to learn still)

Posted by: kirara3345 (kirara3345)
Posted at: June 13th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)

I enjoyed reading this very much indeed, despite the bleak subject matter, and that is because it's so well written. I love this. So keenly brilliant, exquisite job. Something like I most wanted to read about Heroes, bout Peter. And I love the way you used “the socks” as a symbol.
I'm sure you are far more talented, deep, brilliant and skillful than any writer of Heroes XD
Thanks for giving me such a joy to read excellent works of literature.

Posted by: Del Rion (del_rion)
Posted at: June 13th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
Milo b/w

The bleak is my domain, dearest :D (at least I wish it was) *giggles*

Thanks for reading once again, and thinking so highly of me! I think I still have a lot to learn, about writing in general and Heroes in particular, but I'm getting there ^^ And as long as my writing entertains someone, it's all good :D

Nice that you liked the socks XD I loved the line starting the fic; such an awesome meaningless scene on season 1.

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