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Disclaimer: This story is written for the private entertainment of fans. The author makes no claims to the series' characters by the creation of this story. Fraser, Vecchio, Kowalski et.al. belong to Alliance, Paul Haggis and all the creative genius who made this show so special. No infringement of any copyrights held by CBS, Alliance, CTV, TNT or any other copyright holders of due SOUTH is intended. No money being made here.

Note to the Readers: This was written in answer to a challenge on one of my fic lists, a challenge that I started and then got twisted back to me. The idea was to write a due South limerick-- only people were having problems with Victoria. Well, after writing Fortitude Pass, I couldn't ignore that one! You'll recognize parts of my story here, combined with VS. The meter's bad and the rhymes are sometimes a stretch--but here it is anyway. Enjoy! 'Thank you kindly!'

due SOUTH:
Ode to Victoria

By: Janice R. Sager
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A wanted wheel man from Alaska fled
Her flight of escape to Canada lead
The plane went down
without a sound
And she faced the harsh tundra with dread

Her pilot was a most evil man
Victoria he would abandon
the sentence was death
and nothing less
but he met his fate in a box canyon

Ben followed their trail from the plane
His duty to him was quite plain
The quarry to track
to arrest and bring back
The felons who'd caused so much pain

Fleeing from the ghosts of her past
Victoria made for Fortitude Pass
To escape the law
she would give her all
And risk death where no one else would trespass

Ben knew that the danger was great
That death just might be her fate
if she ascended the hill
the blizzard could kill
If he followed his own death might await

He found her huddled in a mountain crag
little more than a doll made of rag
Chilled and half dead
in a snow covered bed
Her plight at his heart did drag

Using his rifle and coat to make a shelter
And opening his arms, he just held her
For a day and a night
and a day they must fight
Forcing words so the cold wouldn't take her

When his voice was spent and words came no more
When he realized they waited at death's door
her voice touched his soul
melded and made him whole
The words of a poem through his thoughts did soar

The words of that poem he would never remember
but love was ignited like a dormant ember
the storm passed away
they'd survived the day
And must face the harsh world of November

Back down the mountain side they went
though a thousand lifetimes they had just spent
Ben must take her in
a wanted felon
though his sense of duty his heart it did rent

Trust in the system with her he pled
Trust me to help you he promised and said
he did what he could
as trail she stood
But a guardsman in Alaska was dead

Ten long years of her life slipped away
so slowly the clock, day by day
love turned to hate
she watched the date
And planned her revenge as youth fell away

The shock when at last he saw her again
reawoke a love beyond his ken
she touched his heart
then tore it apart
For betrayal his soul she would rend!

Victoria attacked all that he cherished
She made his life truly nightmarish
but she loved him still
and so could not kill
though she wished such feelings would parish

She asked him to come with her aboard a plane
When he said no she decided to escape by train
the diamonds were scattered
but none of it mattered
Losing him again caused only great pain

Come with me she called or you'll regret it
his honor and duty he did forget it
after the train he ran
before her did stand
then a shot her final victory upset it

He stood frozen for a moment in time
then in slow motion almost sublime
he slipped back
fell beside the track
knowing only loves loss, a true crime

I should be with her he told Ray
Get an ambulance his friend did say
the poem he whispered
and remembered he'd kissed her
As he felt his life slowly draining away.

Months later in hospital he still lay
slowly coming to grips with that day
Dief at his side
his heart it cried
And slowly let love fade away.

The End
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