Dark Asha au
I’d had the idea for this verse for a while, actually, and I think it’d be great to explore the darker side of Asha— see how differently she’d react to certain situations and how she may react to muses she knows in other verses. Hell, how they’d react to seeing her in this verse. Unfortunately, I don’t have any threads for this AU at the moment, but I’m hoping to change that soon.
She didn’t seem at all affected by his smile. At least, not in the way he might have expected. In fact, her own seemed to grow at the sight. The few times she’d seen him, mostly in passing, he never really seemed to smile much. She couldn’t help but wonder why that was, but she kept those thoughts to herself. There was time enough to figure it out later.
It was strange, Jack thought, feeling at home somewhere. It had been a very long time since he could remember feeling this way. The tent they had given him wasn’t much but it was his and it symbolized a kind of freedom. Nobody here looked at him like he was a freak. Nobody treated him like a monster. He was free to come and go as he pleased and he was shocked at how deeply that mattered to him.
He had settled himself on a folding chair outside his tent and the deck of cards rolled easily through his hands. Without thinking, he ran through all his shuffles on rails. They had been burned into his mind since childhood. It was still hard, talking to the other performers. He was grateful for how readily they had accepted his strange and often gloomy presence in their camp but a lingering voice in the back of his mind warned not to get to comfortable. All it took was for one person to recognize him and suddenly this new life would crumble like a house of cards.
A woman was approaching and Jack recognized her as one of the silk dancers. Asha, they had said her name was. They’d never been properly introduced but he had heard plenty of good things. Now she was approaching with an ease and comfort that he was still unaccustomed to and Jack folded the cards neatly in his hands and watched her take a seat.
"It’s been good. Definitely an improvement over just winging it each day. I really appreciate being offered a place here." He ventured a smile, hoping he wouldn’t scare her. "It’s Asha, isn’t it? To what do I owe the pleasure?"
The dancer gave a quiet hum in thought as she moved through the grounds of the circus. She and the rest of the circus members had held a meeting in secret the night prior, while the newest member of their mis-matched family slept out in his own tent.
Asha had seen him in passing, though she hardly got a chance to speak with him. She and the rest of the performers agreed, the poor man seemed rather distant, despite their attempts to include him in their activities. They’d all come to the conclusion that perhaps it was because he didn’t truly feel as if he were really a part of them. Clearly, an initiation was required— and for that, Everyone had to do their part.
It was no surprise that Asha was voted to be the one to send for him, she often had a knack for helping the shy ones out of their shells. And so, she wandered, eyes scanning the grounds closely for any sign of the vaguely familiar stark white skin or bright green hair.
A small smile of success tugged at her lips as she finally spotted him sitting just outside his tent, toying with his ever-present deck of cards. Weaving her way in and out of the multi-colored tents, she made her way over to him.
"Well hello there, Jack." She said, flashing him a friendly smile. With out hesitation, she moved to take a seat on the grass beside him. "How’re you enjoying the circus so far..?"
When I hear about people coming to Virginia Beach to surf:
Before Jai could make a sound, the door was shut in his face. Well, there was always a first time for everything. In order to keep from saying something dripping with sarcasm - like, she didn’t have anything he hadn’t seen before, he bit his lip and waited patiently.
Once she returned, her stare weighed down on him and he sighed before speaking. “Obviously you work around here, but do you also live in this area? I need to know if you’ve noticed anything strange going on in this part of town? I ask because women fitting your description have been disappearing at an alarming rate lately. At first, we thought it was just a coincidence, but now we’re certain the likenesses are deliberate.” And now the Bambi eyes. “Please, if you know anything, tell me. I can’t let anyone else go missing on my watch.”
She stood there, silent as he spoke. Her gaze was hard and cold, a stark contrast to her usual friendly and pleasant demeanor, but then again, she didn’t really believe he deserved such kindness. It wasn’t until he mentioned women of her description disappearing that she grew stiff and a look of alarm, and for the slightest second, the tiniest bit of fear crossed her features. At that point, everything else he’d said or asked was forgotten.
"What do you mean women of my description?” She asked sternly.
It could be about anything.
-goes to do drafts-
bf starts playing obnoxious music
I’ll just wait. :T
This is one of my favorite Hindi films! I loved the small details in the plot. In the end, Satyoki ended up being vital to her. If you haven’t watched the movie, please do!
So, Asha... how's your shit? Haven't eaten anything to mess up your digestion recently have you? (it said to ask the muse about shit so... )
"……….." The look on her face clearly sates ‘I am done with your shit.’