20 April 2010 @ 03:11 am
Title: Trace
Fandom: Ace Attorney
Spoilers: Case 4 of PW: Justice for All.
Pairing: Adrian Andrews/Franziska von Karma
Genre: Fluff/angst. Flangst?
Warnings/Rating: TRIGGER WARNING for mentions of an attempted suicide. Please god read this at your own discretion, okay? Otherwise, it's pretty PG-13.
Notes: Why do these two make me so mushy? FOOLISH SENTIMENTALITY IS FOOLISH, MY GOD. *facepalm* I'm sorry, ladies :( If you weren't both so cute and messed up, I would totally leave you alone.
Summary: Adrian needs to show Franziska a part of her past that she's not proud of.

The first time she lets Franziska see the scar, she is shaking. She fumbles as she rolls her collar down, her fingers brushing over the now-familiar dip of scar tissue, and then lets her hands drop to her sides, in an effort to stop herself covering it up again as quickly as possible.

"It scarred so badly because I had unusually deep lacerations when they cut me down..." she says haltingly, unable to look Franziska in the eye. Her throat constricts with nerves as she speaks, but the words begin to tumble out in a rush nevertheless. "I mean, due to the width of the cord I used. It was a telephone cord, actually... I know, it seems silly now, but I wasn't exactly thinking straight at the time and it was the best I had to hand. Unfortunately, when you're in that state, you don't tend to make the most effective long term decisions, and I guess this is what you end up with..."

She finishes just as abruptly as she began, all the while clasping and unclasping her hands tightly over her knee. When Franziska doesn't respond, she continues, "It's quite embarrassing nowadays, that's why I've tended to keep it covered up. My therapist suggested I think of it as a sign of my strength in recovering rather than a relic of my weakness, but obviously you'll understand why that's something I have trouble with..."

"I think that's an excellent idea," Franziska says, a little awkwardly. Adrian finally meets her gaze; she is surprised to find Franziska looking pensive, rather than derisive or disgusted or any one of the other reactions Adrian always dreads. "I can of course understand how that would be difficult in practice, though."

"Yes," is all Adrian can think to say in response; she blushes at the inadequacy of it, finally letting her fingers up to her neck in order to trace the scar distractedly. It feels a hundred times bigger, redder, and uglier than it usually does.

"May I?" Franziska asks eventually, removing one glove and raising her hand to Adrian's face. She runs her fingers lightly through blonde hair, letting them linger over Adrian's jawline. Adrian finds herself nodding, and Franziska drops her attention gently to the sensitive skin of her neck, fingertips carefully ghosting their way over the indented tissue.

"I am very thankful that you did not succeed," Franziska says quietly. Adrian licks her lips nervously.

"I'm sorry, I know this must be awkward for you..."

"Not at all," Franziska says, an edge of formality returning to her voice, and now Adrian finds herself biting back a smile of amusement. "I am flattered that you would share such a personal matter with me."

"I guess I just don't feel like hiding it all the time anymore," Adrian replies, her voice rapidly regaining its strength. She rolls her collar back up all the same, her hands considerably more relaxed as she smooths the material into place. "In particular, it feels faintly ridiculous to keep hiding it from you, of all people."

Franziska raises an eyebrow. "Oh? And why would that be?"

"Well, I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been planning to succumb gracefully to your advances for some time now," Adrian says, with a small, brave smile that Franziska can't help but return.

She is still shaking a little when Franziska presses a careful kiss to her lips, but now, she decides, it is for an infinitely more pleasant reason.

Current Mood: anxious
Current Music: CocoRosie - God Has a Voice She Speaks Through Me
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[identity profile] miss_prince.livejournal.com on April 20th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
That was really sweet. It hadn't even occurred to me before that Adrian always wears high collars, but it makes so much sense.
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[identity profile] perverbially.livejournal.com on April 21st, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you, lovely <3 In all honesty, it's probably not something that would have occurred to me if I hadn't spent so much time whilst making Adrian's mix just staring at her png file mentally screaming, "WHY WON'T YOU BE COVER ART? D:" Which... is a weird reason to come to this conclusion, admittedly, but it just stuck out at me as fitting in particularly well with Celeste's suicide. I think Adrian would totally have gone for a copycat method :/

...Um, anyway, it's just occurred to me that this is a really weird train of thought, so I'll be shutting up now. I promise I'm not always like this? :3
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[identity profile] miss_prince.livejournal.com on April 21st, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
It's not weird, and you don't need to shut up! :P

I always thought Adrian tried to hang herself, definitely. It just never clicked what the consequences of that would be.

Oh, and have you played all the games yet? I just want to know so I don't spoil anything for you in the future.
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[identity profile] perverbially.livejournal.com on April 21st, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
I am all caught up, no worries :D Now I'm just a little bereft that I'm going to have to wait for my next fix! (As I said, I'm pretty new to this, so... I don't suppose there's anywhere I should keep an eye on for announcements? Even then, I'll still have to wait for the translation, I guess... gah, I wish I didn't fail so spectacularly at languages :|)

It's not weird, and you don't need to shut up! :P

Aww, you are too kind. That was definitely one of my more disturbing tangents, no doubt!
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[identity profile] prunesquallormd.livejournal.com on April 21st, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
Flangst! LOL
Not gonna lie, fluffy angst is probably my favourite thing in the world, and this is just lovely. A little sad, but sweet and hopeful, and rather romantic too.
I love Franzy's germanic brusqueness, with that softness just visible underneath.

(Oh, and I love the word 'ghosting' it's just so expressive. I never think to use it, though. Don't know why).

My copy of Phoenix Wright should be arriving soon so I get to see these characters in action. Yay :)
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[identity profile] perverbially.livejournal.com on April 21st, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Well, you don't get Adrian and Franzy until JfA (the second game), but to be quite honest I love them all nevertheless, so I think you're in for some fun :D I am strangely jealous of you for getting to play them for the first time ever, actually. I kind of ripped through them all in that honeymoon!fandom way my first time around :D

Anyway, enjoy your holiday, Si! Talk to you soon, kay? xx
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