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perverbially ([personal profile] perverbially) wrote on April 20th, 2010 at 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.

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