another one of those Lauren character studies with fire
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i am my own person (i will not set myself on fire to keep you warm) by aletterinthenameofsanity for Tsukino_Akume
Fandoms: Power Rangers, Power Rangers Samurai
05 Feb 2019
Lauren Shiba is the Red Ranger, the heir to the Shiba legacy, but she is not what they made her. She is something new, something glorious in its own way. She is something beyond them, beyond what even Jayden wants her to be. She is not theirs to command- the fire is hers to control, her own voice hers to make heard. She is not a wordless vessel, a weapon that can be aimed without question.
She doesn't want her daughter to live the way she did. The only legacy Hatsu Shiba will have to carry will be her own, not hundreds of years of pain and submission and isolation. She wants her daughter to love her Soulmate, to be able to smile, to be able to carry any color with as much pride as the Shiba family colors.
If Hatsu chooses red, then Lauren wants it to be because Hatsu wanted to, not because she felt like she had to.
"Be better than me," she begs to the walls of her room, after she's back from another trip to the Shiba House to visit her daughter. "You have a choice, not a legacy. Please, I beg you, be better than me."
Lauren's mantra to her daughter, never written, never spoken, is this: Be better than your mother, be better than the legacy of your ancestors, be yourself, be something more.
- Part 12 of this could be good (love is patient, love is kind)
- Part 3 of kill your heroes and fly (never let fear decide your fate)
- Part 5 of she's just like the weather (can't hold her together)