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    au; Kara's a retired smokejumper, and she meets Lena in a crowded coffee shop.

     

    OR, the one where Kara can't figure out life outside of fighting fire, Alex is trying her best to help out, and Lena keeps showing up to the coffee shop.

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    The one thing Kara's found to be undeniably true in her lifetime, is that mental illness, or not even that--just dealing with the fallout of grief or trauma or pain--it takes a lot of fucking energy. It wears her down. It's like fighting a never-ending battle that no one can understand, comprehend, or some days relate to, because they can't see it, too. It's like being seven steps behind her opponent, because her opponent is always her and she has a lot of fucked up shit in her arsenal. It's like nine rounds of holding herself up as someone else punches.

    It's like, it's like something she can barely describe herself most days. So, Kara always feels like she's bracing herself, getting ready for a fight, but it's never with anything that's actually out in the world. She loves this song because it reminds her, on days that she needs to hear it, that there are people out there that get her, that she's not going crazy, that maybe, someday, she'll actually win the fight.

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    This fic has hit me right in the feels. Kara's struggle with dealing with trauma and pain have hit very close to my experience and to that of someone who was very close to me. I'm bookmarking it so I can read something beautiful when I want to be inspired, but also to revisit it on my bad days, as a reminder that time passes, wounds will heal and being kind to yourself is most difficult yet worthwhile

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