21 Nov 2021
The woman at the bar has been pretending not to watch Vi for the last hour. Usually, Vi would be the last person to object – the woman is around her age, with sharp, focused eyes and a mouth Vi would love to get a begrudging smile out of – but it isn’t the first time she’s seen her. Not just in The Last Drop, either. The woman always has that same, calculated focus, and is constantly glancing down to write in the notebook she always carries.
- Part 1 of MMA AU
02 Dec 2021
Rummaging through her pockets, Vi finds one of Powder’s hairpins. She bends it out, only meaning to kill time, but ends up crouched in front of the lock, making a real go of it.
“What do you think you’re doing?” a man’s voice booms from behind her.
“Breaking into a rich girl’s place.” Vi clicks her tongue, concentration lost. “Mind your own business.”
“Call the police. Now,” a woman’s voice joins.
Sighing, Vi pushes herself to her feet and says, “Calm down. My girlfriend lives here.”
She turns, jerks her thumb at the door, and freezes. Before her are two strangers she’s caught glimpses of dozens of times: Caitlyn’s mother and father, caricatures of their own photographs. Vi can’t tell if it’s disbelief or horror on their faces, or if it’s worth discerning between the two. Caitlyn’s mother holds out her phone, thumb hovering over 9.
“Shit,” Vi says.
- Part 2 of MMA AU
18 Feb 2022
She has traced Vi’s scars with her fingers and lips, innumerable, uncounted, and knows that so few are from fair fights; she sees the way Vi always rolls her right shoulder, stiff from a poorly-fixed dislocation, and knows that whatever supposed crime Vi has been unjustly punished for has been visited upon her ten times in kind.
Caitlyn’s chest aches. She wishes she could make her mother understand. She wishes she didn’t have to defend Vi; she wishes someone had defended her all those years ago.
- Part 3 of MMA AU