this is covid cope fic on some level
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01 Mar 2021
After a year of self-imposed solitude, Magdalena decides it's time to pay Annerose a visit.
[spoilers up to e55 of the OVA]
“Is this really living, Annerose?” She tried not to sound dismissive. “I don’t know if I could bear it-- you’ve been locked up here like the princess in the tower for a year, just because…” She leaned forward, elbows on her knees. “I feel like, if people didn’t see me, I’d stop existing. Is that what you want?”
“I don’t feel that way,” Annerose replied. Her voice was firmer than it had been, which made Magdalena curious.
The hesitation was back, but Annerose looked over at her, and the earnesty in Magdalena’s posture seemed to bolster her. “For ten years-- I couldn’t let myself exist. I don’t think I knew who I was. It’s easier to be an empty shell. You understand, right?”
Softly. “I do.”
“Here, there’s nothing except me. I don’t need to be some object for anyone… For the Kaiser. A thing for people to look at.” She squeezed her eyes shut. “That’s all.”
“Can I say something?”
“I never thought you were an empty shell.”
- Part 4 of as in a mirror, dimly