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The meme is here: Give me the names of two characters and I will tell you why character A loves character B.

Here are [personal profile] rix_scaedu's second and [personal profile] clare_dragonfly's first prompts. Kailani and Rozen are from Addergoole; Autumn from Stranded World.


Kai and Rozen
End of Year Five

Some days it felt like she hardly had time to think, like Conrad was too busy to even look at her, like nobody in the suite but her would look at Tolly's child, because the boy was Tolly's, even though he was hers.

Kai had the twins in a stroller and was walking down the halls. It was a week before graduation; she doubted anyone was going to try to attack her now. Besides, she still had Conrad collared, even if he was acting more like it was a collar now and less like a trophy.

She noticed someone sneaking up on her anyway. One of the Thorne Girls might've done something clever, like going around in circles until they were behind their stalker.

Kai wasn't that sort of clever. She turned around so that the stroller was behind her.

"Rozen." She found she was pleased but not too startled, and smiled. "I wasn't expecting you."

"Nobody ever does." He smirked, proud of himself. "You're looking good, Red. Motherhood suits you."

"Yeah?" There was nobody around to yell at her for blushing, which was good, because she hadn't figured out a Working to get around that yet. "Thank you."

"I mean, it would suit you more if those were my brats, but hey. Take what you can get, hey?"

Kai rolled her eyes at him, but she was still smiling. "They're not brats. And I think they're happier with their mother having some free will."

"Yeah, well." He leaned down to whisper in her ear, his breath tickling her. "Some day you might feel differently."

What she felt had nothing to do with it. She didn't think she needed to say that, though. "Some day."

He was leaving soon, after all, and it was a big world. She'd probably never see him again.


Autumn and Ink

Autumn would probably always remember the first time she'd put ink to her skin.

Winter was struggling to teach her, their mother was busy with Spring and Summer, and their father had been dead for two years. Autumn's skills weren't falling into line with Winter's, with their mother's, or even with what they could remember of their father, so she had gone on her own to a family friend and asked him to teach her.

Pastor Jim had taken a long look at the wide-eyed child and sighed. "All right. But we keep this between us and your mother, all right? We don't need to tell the parishioners."

"Church magic is church magic and Strand magic is Strand Magic." Even then, Autumn understood that.

"Good. Now." He'd called her mother, been very very polite and respectful - everyone was polite and respectful when it came to Autumn's mother, but he was even more so. When he'd hung up the phone, he'd headed to the daycare section behind the church and come back with some washable Crayola markers. "Let's see, shall we, if what works for me works for you."

He drew a circle on the back of Autumn's wrist, and suddenly, she understood so much more.


Want More?

Date: 2017-02-15 09:51 pm (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
!!

Have we met Pastor Jim before?

Nit: "asked him to tech her": tech -> teach

Date: 2017-02-16 04:20 am (UTC)
kelkyag: notched triangle signature mark in light blue on yellow (Default)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
I like him already. (Also washable Crayola markers++. I'm a little tempted to look them up and see how tightly that ties down the story timeline. ;)

More tiny Autumn and Pastor Jim, please. Because learning about how the strands work and Autumn before romantic angst colored her worldview so painfully both sound like fun reading. :)

Date: 2017-02-16 09:19 am (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
OH!

• woudl suit you more
~ would

Date: 2017-02-16 03:42 pm (UTC)
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Oh yes! Surprise at the last paragraph, mirroring Autumn's surprise, expressing my own.

Date: 2017-02-19 01:42 am (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
♥ I hope you never wish for me to stop shipping those two, because I never will.

I love the Autumn story, too.

Date: 2017-02-20 04:36 am (UTC)
sauergeek: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sauergeek
Rozen comes off as rather a jerk here. I think, having only seen these two in this vignette, that I'm glad Kai is with someone else.

I'm surprised that Autumn hadn't tried drawing on herself before -- an awful lot of children seem to do that at some point. But maybe it takes the proper intent or focus or some such, and a doodling child simply doesn't have that? I think I want to see more of Autumn in this learning phase, both before and after this meeting with Pastor Jim.

Date: 2017-10-30 12:30 am (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
I love Autumn, and how ink works for her as her magic art. And how it grounds her.

Does she end up needing to remove or alter her ink, after getting that man out of her life? That would be a story...

Date: 2017-11-02 02:31 pm (UTC)
eseme: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eseme
Will do! I am keeping the comment in my inbox, I will be able to find it. Grins. Yay for inspiration!

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