04 May 2010 @ 10:20 pm
Title: My Impure Hair
Fandom: Ace Attorney
Spoilers: Case 4 of Justice for All, vaguely.
Pairing(s): Adrian Andrews/Franziska von Karma.
Genre: Fluff, angst.
Warnings/Rating: PG-13, mentions of mental illness.
Notes: This is a drabble that became a ficlet, not that I'm complaining :) The title is from a Blonde Redhead song, "My Impure Hair", which is... well, not really related to this fic at all, but it's a beautiful song, so go and listen all the same. Unbetaed, as usual, because I'm still frightened that if I get something betaed I will automatically assume any con-crit is code for, "YOU SUCK, AND YOUR FIC IS A WASTE OF VALUABLE BANDWIDTH. PLEASE DIE." Because I'm balanced like that.
Summary: "Do you ever think I might be doing it again?"

Adrian lets herself into their hotel room as quietly as possible: her logical brain knows all too well that it's highly unlikely Franziska will be asleep, but the guilt if she did accidentally wake her is always worth avoiding, as Franziska so rarely gets a proper night's rest.

As usual, her logic wins this bout. When she enters, the room is bathed in the light from the evening news, and Franziska is sitting straight-backed on the sofa, a stack of case notes balanced on her knee, speaking tersely into her cell. She covers the mouthpiece with a finger when Adrian kisses her on the top of the head, whispering, "You look tired."

"I am tired," Adrian replies, dropping her purse on to the coffee table and sinking down beside Franziska. Stifling a yawn, she lets her body relax into Franziska's side, closing her eyes and listening distantly as Franziska finishes up her call.

"...Very well, I will speak with you further tomorrow. Good evening." She slips the handset on top of her papers with a sigh, wrinkling her nose. "My apologies, love... it seems the foolish police force in this country is still incapable of fulfilling its duties without me there to hold its collectively foolish hand."

"Mmm, I noticed," Adrian mumbles into Franziska's shoulder. Franziska looks down at her, raising an eyebrow. She shifts the papers off her knee carefully, relocating them on to the coffee table alongside Adrian's bag, before gesturing back to her knee somewhat self-consciously. Adrian curls her legs up and under her body, dropping her head gratefully into the softness of her girlfriend's lap.

"Is something the matter?" Franziska asks, in the most gentle voice she possesses. She brushes the hair back from Adrian's face, running her fingers deftly through the loose ends.

"Just a long day."


They are quiet for several minutes, the kind of easy, warm, comfortable silence they so often share at the end of a day, when both of them are too tired and drained to do anything but finalise their diaries for the next day before curling up on the sofa with a bottle of wine. Franziska would never admit it aloud, but she actually quite enjoys playing with Adrian's hair in these moments - it's long, and so shiny, like her father would never allow her to have; the kind of foolish vanity she would wish for in quiet moments when she knew her Papa couldn't read the weakness on her face. She toys with a silky blond length thoughtfully, letting it run through her hands like water.

"Do you ever think I might be doing it again?" Adrian says eventually, so quietly Franziska almost thinks she's imagined it at first. She shifts her knees, smoothing Adrian's hair neatly over her thigh.


Adrian sighs. "My problem. My... dependency."

Franziska frowns, nonplussed. She flicks through her own diary mentally, coming to a stop on today's date - she sees the small, scribbled letters in her own hand, "Adrian, psych. appointment, 7pm." Understanding comes like the proverbial light-bulb.

"The longer it takes you to reply, the worse I think the answer's going to be," Adrian says, with a thin chuckle. Franziska rolls her eyes.

"You know how I hate it when you assume you know what I'm thinking," she scolds lightly, tracing a perfect impression of Adrian's jaw. "Do you think you might be doing it again?"

Adrian turns over, looking up into Franziska's face searchingly. "What do you mean?"

Franziska doesn't speak for a moment, her attention apparently focused on unraveling a knot in Adrian's hair. When Adrian thinks she can stand it no longer, Franziska finally responds.

"It doesn't really matter what I think, Adrian," she says, with the frankness Adrian has always so admired. "You are no fool. You are an intelligent, capable woman - the best person to judge your own wellbeing is you. Do you think you are dependent on me?"

The honest answer comes to her in seconds. "No." She pauses, searching for the right words. "I mean... I love you, but we have our own lives, our own worlds, don't we? And... I'm happy. I'm looking after myself, I have a career I love, and it feels good. There's none of the desperation I remember from before."

"Then, you have your answer."

Adrian narrows her eyes. "I can hardly believe it is that simple."

Franziska raises her eyebrows, a small, teasing smile appearing on her lips. "And you honestly think you might be dependent on me? You have proven my point, Adrian Andrews." The hand in Adrian's hair wanders to her face; she runs the pad of her thumb over Adrian's bottom lip. "You are still worrying, aren't you?"

"Only a little," Adrian smiles apologetically. Her own hand reaches up for Franziska's, entangling her fingers in her girlfriend's. "It's what I do best, after all."

"Indeed," Franziska concedes, and she presses a kiss to the back of their entwined hands, lips against Adrian's pale knuckles. She smirks. "Although I believe that these days, they're calling it 'management'."

"Oh, you're paying for that one, Franziska von Karma..."

Current Mood: curious
Current Music: Ingrid Michaelson - Masochist
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[identity profile] miss_prince.livejournal.com on May 4th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
This is so sweet <3 I love it.
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[identity profile] perverbially.livejournal.com on May 4th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Sickening, isn't it? :D In all seriousness, thank you - coming from someone who writes my favourite AA femslash, that's lovely to hear.
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[identity profile] prunesquallormd.livejournal.com on May 4th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Just about to go to bed, and I want to give this the attention it deserves, but I'll definitely read tomorrow.
I just wanted to say that I'd be happy to beta for you if you feel that would help.
To be honest I rather suck at con-crit because I'm terrified I'll hurt people's feelings, but I'd be happy to give it a go :)
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[identity profile] perverbially.livejournal.com on May 4th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Well, that would probably work out, then, since I definitely don't need anything too harsh just yet :3 I'm afraid that if you really laid into me, I would most likely end up never writing anything ever again (because me =/= sane, as I mentioned). However, I really do want to improve, so I'm going to have to bite the bullet some time; if you could help with that, that'd be awesome :) (I have a particular problem with missing words out... that's one issue I'd really like to sort, preferably soon.)

I think I may have just the thing, too. I kinda... started writing that epic Maya/Luna crossover? *sheepish grin* Just, oh, 2,502 words of it, so far? That could definitely do with some input, if you fancy a challenge (because it's certainly challenging me! :| I've never written a crossover before. Ever. Least of all one where I have to establish the relationship within the fic. Biting off more than I can chew, you think?)
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[identity profile] prunesquallormd.livejournal.com on May 6th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC)
I'd never lay into anyone, and I'd never want to hurt your feelings, and I couldn't forgive myself if I made you not want to write. But hey, there's a reason it's called constructive criticism :D. The whole point is that it's suppose to be positive. Like I said, I'm not that good at giving criticism because I don't like to risk hurting people, but you can be certain that any criticism I do give would be as positive and sensitively given as possible.

Yay Maya/Luna crossover. That sounds so fab :)
If you want to send it (either in its completed form, or as it is now, if you're having difficulties) I'll try and give you some useful feedback :)

Edited 2010-05-06 07:42 pm (UTC)
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[identity profile] perverbially.livejournal.com on May 6th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
You should know that none of that would be your fault, if for some unlikely reason it did happen - I am just a ridiculously hypersensitive little snowflake, after all :3 I know it's silly, but I'm just pleased to be writing again at all... still taking it slow, you know?

Yay Maya/Luna crossover. That sounds so fab :)
If you want to send it (either in its completed form, or as it is now, if you're having difficulties) I'll try and give you some useful feedback :)

When I get it somewhere more complete, you can bet I will be bothering you incessantly with it, babe. You totally asked for it ;D (Right now, I seem to be taking a few steps backwards, trying to realign my plot, you could say... kinda tricky, for someone who loves her PWP so much!)

I also have another, much less plot-heavy (read: smut, yay!), Adrian/Franziska that is crying out for an expert eye, if you fancy it? That one still needs a bit of tweaking, but it'd be so helpful to get another opinion, if you have the time.

Oh, oh, and of course - if I can do anything in return, you know where I am! I have so much spare time on my hands, it's not even funny anymore :|
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[identity profile] prunesquallormd.livejournal.com on May 7th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know all all about taking it slow. It's my default mode on everything :)

And I'm totally hearing you on the problem with plot. It's so hard, isn't it? I haven't managed to write anything with an actual proper plot, well, ever. I mean, even when I'm not writing smut, my stuff's completely plot free. That's why I'm having so much trouble on the 4th part of Giving Up These Kisses. I have a title for it though, that I'm incredibly pleased with, even though it's totally stolen. It's going to be called "And There Will Your Heart Be Also". It's from the title of this song by Fields of the Nephilim, who are one of my favourite bands (I am a product of the '80s, after all ;)). The song's incredibly gloomy, but also beautiful. They, in turn, nabbed the title from a Biblical quote: "For where your treasure is, there will be heart be also".(Matthew 6:21). The song isn't really relevant to the story, I just think it's a lovely title :).

I'm really looking forward to seeing your Maya/Luna, so whenever you're comfortable showing it, just fire it in my direction :)

More Adrian/Franzy smut too? Squee :). I'd hardly say mine's an expert eye, except that I do really like reading nicely written smut, and what I've read of yours has been lovely.
And I always have the time for you :). I may be a little slow, but I'll always get back to you as soon as I possibly can.

Oh, oh, and of course - if I can do anything in return, you know where I am!
I may have to take you up on that, when I finally get my arse in gear to finish anything. I mentioned I was slow didn't I? (although you've probably figured that out on your own):(
I've been pondering prompts for that little Hermansy piece we discussed. I'll let you know when I come up with something decent, if you fancy giving it a go.

I hope you're feeling positive today <3
(It was a complete downer about the election, but on the up-side, at least the Tories didn't get a landslide, which is what I was worried would happen).
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[identity profile] prunesquallormd.livejournal.com on May 7th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
BTW I sent a reply to your PM, but apparently LJ notifications are being slow too this evening. Hopefully it'll get to you soon :)
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[identity profile] prunesquallormd.livejournal.com on May 6th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Aaaaw ♥
So lovely. Just a beautiful little quiet moment. I love the image of Adrian with her head in Franzy's and Franzy just playing with her hair. It's just so pretty, and Adrian's anxiety just adds to the realism of the moment.
I really loved this.
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