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Poem: A Pretty Good Friend

by shiori_makiba

157 words in 27 lines


Part of the Berettaflies thread of Polychrome Heroics.

Inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman during my April 2016 Thank Muse Its Friday session.

Concurrent with “Playing Games


A Pretty Good Friend”


When asked,

one of the SPAZMAT people

was happy to rig a portable UV lamp

in Ashley's habitat.


It was a little cumbersome

but it lit up more than enough work space

for Ashley to be able to join the rest of them

in playing with the ultraviolet paints and markers.


Cumbersome was certainly preferable over

excluding Ashley from an activity with her team

in her own home.


That Ashley seemed surprised that

they made the effort to include her

made Tsubasa frown.


Did people exclude her a lot?

Disregard the notion that she could

meaningfully contribute to something?

Tsubasa had the bad feeling

the answer was yes.


'Well, not anymore,'

Tsubasa silently promised.

Even if this team thing didn't work,

everyone needed someone in their corner.


Tsubasa wasn't much of a superhera yet

but she was a pretty good friend.

And most of her teammates needed

one of those more than they needed a hero.

Date: 2016-04-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
thnidu: edited from img383.imageshack.us/img383/3066/ss35450qf7.jpg (smiley)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Yeah! The ending made me smile real wide.


• in Ashley's habit.
→ habitat

• but it light up
→ lit up
Edited Date: 2016-04-25 09:11 pm (UTC)

Yay!

Date: 2016-04-26 02:57 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
You totally nailed it with that last verse.

Re: Yay!

Date: 2016-04-26 04:20 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
>> Ashley reads to me as preferring quality over quantity in a friendship and needing her alone time. But needing alone time and wanting a few good friends instead of many casual friends doesn't mean you want to be entirely alone all the time. <<

That is exactly how most introverts are. Hermits and misanthropists are rarer.

>> Tsubasa understands alone time - like a lot of creative and shy people, she also needs a certain amount of time alone. <<

That makes sense.

>> Facet, as you said before, was once more sociable and that's his preference but most people won't see past the compound eyes and avoid him so he's lonely. <<

Poor Facet. He has been fucking miserable and hiding it for so long, he's half-forgotten that being alone is neither his nature nor good for him. It was just preferably to chasing after jerks who didn't want him around. :( But now he's struggling to cope with way more social input than he's had in several years -- and deal with three new soups in the process.

Yay Poem!

Date: 2016-04-27 12:43 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I love Tsubasa's perspective here, and what she is noticing about Ashley. I love that they went ahead and got the lamp instead of discussing it and then dropping it as impractical. I love that Tsubasa is willing (and has self-assessed herself as being able) to commit to being there for Ashley even if they don't succeed as a superhero team.

I now want to see Tsubasa and Haruko conspiring on something nice for Ashley.

Re: Yay Poem!

Date: 2016-04-29 02:53 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
:)

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