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Poem: Friends

by shiori_makiba / Ashley Weyer

Word Count: 852 words in 145 lines

Inspired by a prompt made by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith during the June 2016 Thank Muse It's Friday session.

Part of the Berettaflies thread of Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING!: Use of one swear word, references to racism and sexism. Characters' current environment is safe.


Tsubasa wanted to see her friends

but she also dreaded their arrival.

She was afraid

that they would hate her now.

Neither Ynez or Priya had ever expressed

any anti-soup sentiment in her hearing

but some people are quiet about their prejudices.

Or are only fine with someone in their life

being a soup when the situation was hypothetical.

Butterfly wings and gods only knew what else

was not a hypothetical.

Logic tried to argued that if they dumped her just

because she had wings now,

then they weren't very good friends

and she was better off without them.

Feelings wailed that they were her friends.

Ynez had been her best friend since kindergarten.

Priya since middle school.

She didn't want to lose them now

when she needed her friends the most.

'They aren't bigots,' she reminded herself.

'They both hate bigots.'

After all, none of them were strangers to prejudice.

Between the three of them, they probably had been called

every racial epithet in the book.

Tsubasa had discovered that many racist people

didn't tend to be very good at identifying what

racial or ethnic background someone was

beyond “not like them.”

Various sexual and gender slurs

had also been hurled in their direction

at one point or another.

Usually for saying 'no' to a date

or failing to swoon after being cat-called.

Tsubasa liked the idea of dating and

didn't mind the idea of sex in concept

but hadn't been interested enough in either

to really give them a go.

She was pretty sure

she was somewhere in the

grey ace spectrum,

maybe demi-sexual,

but wasn't sure yet.

Priya was asexual and aromantic.

Ynez liked dating and liked sex but she wasn't,

as she pointed out once, turned on by assholes.

The sound of knocking

brought Tsubasa back to present day.

And feeling her stomach clench,

she called out, “Come in.”


She didn't lose her best friends.

There had been some staring

when they first walked in.

Tsubasa couldn't blame them for that.

Seeing your best friend with big butterfly wings

was worth a stare or two.

They had been warned about the wings.

Mai had apparently offhandedly mentioned them

to Ynez and Priya during one of their update calls.

But hearing about the wings and

seeing them were two different things.

To their credit, they only stared for a minute

before turning their attention to the rest of Tsubasa.

And since Ynez had known her since she was five and

Priya since she was twelve,

it didn't take either of them long

or any words to figure out

what was really wrong.

Ynez, direct as ever,

looked her straight in the eyes and said,

“You are still my best friend.”

Priya nodded and said, “Mine too.”


“Really, really. It's going to take more

than superpowers and wings to break up

this set of Three Musketeers.”

Tsubasa didn't know why

but that made her laugh.

Maybe it was the tension draining away.

Maybe she just needed to laugh.


There were adjustments

to be made for all of them.

They quickly learned that

if they wanted to see where they going,

avoid being tickled by her wings

when they inevitably twitched,

or sometimes smacked

when they flapped open suddenly,

that they needed to stand and walk

either ahead of Tsubasa or well to the side.

Tsubasa learned that

she looked good in a sari.

Through it had taken some trial and error

(and the assistance of Priya's grandmother and mother)

to figured out how to drape the sari

without damaging it or Tsubasa's wings.

Priya offered to take her shopping

for her own when she was ready.

She also learned that

Priya was good at helping her

with the, at times frustrating and embarrassing,

task of getting dressed and washing

without making her feel

even more frustrated and embarrassed.

Ynez did things

to make her smile and laugh.

Or just gave her a hug

when she needed one.

Or a listening ear.

She also brought food from Mama Ballisario.

And offers of listening ears from some of her relatives

if she needed to talk to another soup

who wasn't involved in this mess.

Apparently Ynez's family tree sported

the full range of soups

from blue-plate to black cape.

It was nice to have

such good friends.


Tsubasa was thinking

about introducing her old friends

to her new friends.

But not today.

First of all,

she hadn't really brought it up

to either party yet.

And she didn't want to just spring

something like this on them without warning.

They had all had enough surprises

for the time being.

Besides, Adalina was still jittery from her kidnapping

and being a new soup.

Facet might be willing

but he was understandably wary of new people.

And Ashley, she had the distinctive feeling

was at the end of her tolerance for

changes and people.

Being introverted,

she could easily recognize the

'need my alone time now –

all of you please go away'

coming off of her.

But one day,

she'll introduce them all.

And she hopes

that meeting goes well.


Date: 2016-07-03 02:59 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I love how this captures the mixed feelings of friends trying to interact after a major change.

Re: Yay!

Date: 2016-07-03 04:01 am (UTC)
technoshaman: BMW Motorrad (beemer)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Yeah. Sounds awfully familiar. (I remember all the reactions to my showing up to [ profile] stealthcello's Concert Under the Trees last year in a dragon caftan and matching red cane... and a Sarmiento and a sling.... I may have been not quite all in one piece, but I held together well, and damn that was fun! )

Tsubasa ... doesn't heal from this like I did, though... OTOH, other than dealing with *width*, it's not a major handicap either.

It's *usually* fun to watch your worlds collide. Every once in a while, though... :/

Re: Yay!

Date: 2016-07-03 07:14 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>> Mixed feelings are better than trying to pretend that nothing happened or that nothing has changed when it has. <<

Yes, exactly.

>> And I think you are kinda of supposed* to have mixed feelings about something like this or a similar RL situation. <<

Supposed in the sense of statistically probable, rather than socially required.

Date: 2016-07-03 03:26 am (UTC)
stardreamer: Meez headshot (Default)
From: [personal profile] stardreamer
Very nice! Now I want artwork of Tsubasa in a sari...

And she didn't want to just sprig "spring"

she'll introduced them all "introduce"

Date: 2016-07-03 05:27 am (UTC)
thnidu: "ND" disarmament symbol, and "Fiat Pax" (let there be peace) (peace)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
I'm glad to see this working out so well, and Tsubasa able to plan going further.

• but she also dreading their arrival.
-> was also dreading (or) also dreaded

• She was afraid
that they will hate her now.
-> would hate

• she looked good in ^ sari.
?^ a


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