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    “... Listener... Listener...”

    That voice.

    The owner of the voice bent closer to you, so that his nose was nearly touching your ear... And it spoke in a way that was intended to sound like whispering... But it was not.

    “LISTENER... This is SACRILIGE-”

    “NO!” you finally snapped, sending the keeper to send his head back against the wall. “Cicero...” you said in a huff of long-held breath. “It'd be sacrilege if there was a dead body in here.”

    Currently; the only thing wrong about this situation was that it was you and Cicero were bound and crammed into a small wooden coffin, somewhere, being jostled around by a cart- going only where SITHIS knows where.

    Though, you could be more thankful. There was a board missing from Cicero's side of the coffin, making it both easy to breathe, and giving you a relatively usable source of light

    Isn't it funny how you always wound up doing things in or for coffins?

    “Cicero was just... saying...” chided the Jester as he fiddled with his fingers, which were helplessly tied together up at his chest... “Cicero doesn't think he likes coffins all that much anymore...”

    “I was never too much of a fan of one...” you admitted. “Especially after-”

    “OH YES!” Cicero hummed. “How could Cicero and the Night Mother forget? After you fell backwards out of the Night Mother's casket! When we discovered that the kind _______ was really the kind Listener, __________!”

    You let out a sigh. “Yes, Cicero...”

    “Funny that the listener always winds up in coffins isn't it?”

    The palms of your hands meet your forehead in annoyance.

    “... Or perhaps it's not funny indeed?... Maybe a little morose?...” Cicero added lightly, looking to his hands. “... How are we to get out of this jam?”

    “I have no idea,” you sighed as you too, eyed your bonds. “... Maybe this is the end?... Maybe it's ended already and this is just... Our passage to the void?”

    For a moment, your follower said nothing, which unnerved you a little; you'd later admit... But then your Jester spoke up in a scrutinizing and almost sane way.

    “...That's foolish of you to jest, Listener...” Cicero actually whispered, his tone growing darker and darker with each passing moment. “... Cicero's dear sweet Listener will not go to the void... Not while Cicero has anything to say about it...”

    You gave Cicero a slightly mortified look. “Um... Do you know how to get out of here, then?”

    Cicero's amber eyes flicked up, towards the head of the coffin, his lips in a faint, but venomous frown. When Cicero returned his eyes to you he lowered his hands. “I have a dagger in my tunic... Get it out and hold it, Listener.”

    You raised an eyebrow at your companion but did exactly as he said, eventually pulling out a very... Small knife, no bigger than the palm of your hand... Almost as if you had no control of the situation yourself.

    Cicero immediately began working away at the bonds around his wrist and- for a madman- was incredibly fast. He took the knife from you and pulled his legs up, freeing himself entirely from the binds... Squishing you a bit in the process, but only a little bit.

    “By the nine, Cicer-”

    The Jester's cold stare interrupted you before you could finish, and his finger came up to your lips, and you could honestly say that you were mortified. You were tied up, in a coffin, with Cicero who was wielding a knife, and the single most sane face you had ever seen him with.

    Suddenly the Jester smiled, removed his finger. “Such filth as our captors are not worthy of your worry, Listener! Let Cicero take good care of them!” he hummed, quickly pecking you on the forehead. Cicero rolled over, bringing his boots to the top of the coffin, and he hit the lid, leaving you, alone in less than a minute, with only the sounds of screams and blood-curdling begs for mercy.

    As comforting as this was that the wagon stopped, that was the only comfort that you got. You were alone, tied up still, with boards blocking your only means of exit. You had no idea who was screaming, and you had no idea who was winning...

    You wanted to talk when the noise had died down... But in reality you were too upset to do anything...

    The silence was... Maddening. It tore at your insides like no tomorrow. You wanted so bad to know what happened; if Cicero was safe or not- if you'd be able to return to the Sanctuary again... It scared you.

    It scared you so much in fact, that you didn't realize the coffin was being pryed open again.

    “LISTENER!” Cicero squealed, happy as a clam. “... Is the Listener alright?”

    “Don't EVER. Leave me like that again....”

    “Cicero won't~” he hummed. “Not while he lives!~ The Listener is most precious to Cicero!... And if Listener dies horribly; Cicero will be sure to keep her just like Mother!” Cicero bent down and pulled you to your shaky feet.

    “Only- Cicero doesn't think the Listener should have a coffin... Cicero thinks she should have a tomb! Yes! A whole LOVELY tomb for the Listener!~”
THERE. I did it.
I FINALLY did it.... I'm so sorry it's a short lil ficlet, but... Gosh. I had to get this done.

Come at me fangirls. I'mma big lore-breaker. :iconcomeatmebroplz:

I wish I owned Cicero, but he is copyright Bethesda games
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TheDarkPhoenixQueen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Aw!! I laughed at the fact that Cicero was actually sane for a moment! XD Gives him a beautiful moment of humanity for the Listener to take in and use to admire how loyal and chivalrous sweet Cicero is! X3

By the Nine, I love that beautiful psychopathic jester. 
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theratchetlover24 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely loved this writing and how everything is portrayed. You, my good woman (sir?) are a genious! Great job!
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohmygoodgolly-
Thank you so much.
And yes. I am a lady.
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theratchetlover24 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcoooooome! :la:
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WingsofFreedom32 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Perfect, i love Cicero to death and this definitely shows his true character
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AcidicFox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to hate Cicero... But all that changed when the fan art attacked! ouo
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FlenaiaWings Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
That is so cute!
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finnfan98 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man,I used to HATE Cicero. Then I read his journals and now I don't want him away from my side.
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's always them journals.
Always them journals that seal the deal.
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finnfan98 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cuz I had never actually read them, just grabbed the one and brought it to Astrid. Now that damn lunatic goes wherever I go, with his precious "listener"
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ShadowLikesCookies Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Cicero you adorably mad man you.
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tee-heeee~
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roxygthor Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Morbidly adorable >:-)
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you~
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roxygthor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
You're welcome. Btw had to read it again, still good!
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:blush:
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SingleSunflower95 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness this was so wonderful! :3
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! UuU
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SingleSunflower95 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I so wish you would write another :3
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, sadly Cicero was a one-shot.
I really like the character, but writing for him is R E A L L Y  H A R D.
Between coming up with plot from my limited knowledge of elder-scrolls; I fear I will botch the character.
So until I get inspiration to write him again- this stays a one-shot.
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Devlin66 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Those last few lines are so cute! (Even if they are morbid.)
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank youu~ I tried to stay as true to character as possible!
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haibabe Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the Cicero I know and love~
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you~
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haibabe Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome, darling~
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8thDimention Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Awww! So sweet! I love it!
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, thank you, friend. ouo
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8thDimention Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You are welcome
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ShanMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
oooh, i'mma come at ya...with a bear hug for writing(or typing per say) this wonderful piece of art!.
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
(braces for impact)
THANK YOU! :D
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ShanMonkey Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
:iconoldschoolownedplz: your welcome~
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raesnowgirl Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
<3 Perfection.

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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :heart:
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TaffyToots Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh godd you need to make more reader x cicero

i am strangely atrracted to the stranger jester myself and there isn't enough stuff like this with him
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Weeellll... To be honest I wasn't planning on making another Cicero x Reader. XD
Cicero is adorable in all of his wonderful, murderous glee, but he tends to have a huuuuge following. I imagine that, while he be flattered, he'd be really confused with all the love the readers seem to want to give him. XD

HOWEVER.
For a while now, I have been mulling over the ideas for a new Onmund x Reader, since there seems to be none. You know, spread the love equally? ouo
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AScarletmoon17 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder why I'm mentally married to cicero *ponders* There are too many things about him that answer that... lets just say he's awesome and leave it at that. :jester:
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do believe
that even those who dislike Cicero because he is "annoying"
are in a way
always mentally married to him.
.... Just not in the way they wanna be...
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AScarletmoon17 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is true :)
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
<achievement: Skyrim Philosopher>
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AScarletmoon17 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconsheishappyplz:
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1keeper4mother Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Artist
Cicero would do exactly that for the listener, given the situation of course. ^^ Any orders given by the listener after such an ordeal would be most valuable to Cicero too. *smiles*
(( *sits here waiting for other fangirls* >u> ))
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I concur~ I concur~
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1keeper4mother Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Artist
(( XD ))
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TorturedThief Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh sithis, I love this ^^
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Majorfreakingcupcake Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad! Mara's blessings upon you. ^-^
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TorturedThief Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
same to you ^^
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