Les Miserables Light House AU- Part 5 of 5: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
We went in, we climbed up and looked out
The door locked from the outside
Three ghosts in a lighthouse
The lighthouse has been closed and falling apart for years, the city destroyed long ago but yet, Combeferre, its owner still tends to it, keeping watch. No one knows why he won’t sell the old thing but he won’t and he never will. The lighthouse has been in his family’s name for generations, its sentimental significance being more important to them than the money they could get by selling it. His great-grandmother Eponine had killed herself there, overcome by grief when she realized Enjolras would never return to her, leaving their young son to her sister to care for. And there she still was, haunting that tower, waiting, always looking to the horizon.
She’d been dead many years before Marius and Cosette came to her. Marius had been right, there had been something strange about the woman, she didn’t eat, or sleep or age, just left as a phantom to wait and never move on. He needn’t have been afraid of her, she meant them no harm, she’d had a soft spot for Cosette as a tangible connection to when she was still alive. But Marius’ fear was their undoing. When he convinced Cosette to try to look for anywhere else to go, he left a trail behind that enemy soldiers sent to track them down followed. They were surprised by archers at dawn and Eponine, a phantom of grief had been powerless to stop them. And yet they still run, their souls still not at peace, still frantic in their search for safety and happiness, doomed to repeat the last few days of their lives just as Eponine is to wait, continuing to call for her long lost love, swaying ship towards her.
And still, knowing this, as he has his whole life, he returns to the lighthouse, he knows there is nothing he can do to help, knows they cannot escape their fate but he still hopes. Hopes that maybe Marius and Cosette can stop their constant flight; that the kind, lonely ghost of his great grandmother can stop always looking to the sea, that maybe Enjolras’ ghost will find her one day as well. That’s what keeps him coming back, not to the crumbling building of a time long gone by but to the three ghosts in the lighthouse, tied to their fate there just as he’s tied to try to help them.