(2014-10-24) Making Peace with Changes
Making Peace with Changes
Summary: Karen (in the body of Sara Pezzini) and Caitlin get together for a quiet evening.
Date: 2014-10-24
Related: http://ageofheroesmux.wikidot.com/plots/switcheroo
Scene Runner: NA
Social/Plot: Social

The brunette in the room shows some visible signs of nerves, as she fidgets with Caitlin's coat before hanging it up in the small closet, then gestures the tall redhead towards the sofa. Obviously, Sara Pezzini's apartment is not a very big one, and it's most certainly not a location Kara Zor-L, or Karen Starr, would call 'home'. Except, see, Kara is stuck in Sara's body, and doing her - sometimes awful - best to live Sara's life until the situation can be reversed. One thing she is not really willing to do, though, is cut off contact with the woman she loves while going through this.

"I … I know this is weird, Caitlin. I'm sorry for that. But I really wanted to see you. And I … well. Dashing up to the school isn't nearly so easy when I can only get there by driving a car - or that damned motorcycle - up to the school." Not to mention the weird factor of having a cop visit the school, or the kids seeing Caitlin hanging out with some strange woman. "This was the best idea I could come up with."

Caitlin Fairchild smiles quietly as she steps in, still feeling awkward, as if she were cheating, and the 'real' Kara will show up any minute and confront her. "It… It's alright. I know I've been distant lately. I just.. wanted to give you the space you needed to figure this out. I want to be there, to help you be more… human… but I know it would become all too easy to depend on me if this becomes… well… permanent." She sighs, shaking her head, not wanting it to be permanent, but, well, you never know with these things. After her coat is hung up, the first thing she does is envelope the much smaller woman in a big hug. Awkwardly, she now understands how Kara was feeling with others, as she now has to be careful with the force she uses around the woman. "So… how are you doing? Is there anything that I can do for you?"

The woman trapped in Sara Pezzini's body, however, hugs Caitlin as tightly and fiercely as she is able, because she needs that. "It's OK, Caitlin. I understand. And I appreciate you being patient enough to give me time to figure some of this out. But … I need you. I /need/ to depend on you." Just as she needs for Caitlin to be able to depend on her. "I can't let this be permanent. The Witchblade won't accept that, and frankly neither will Sara's bosses at the NYPD. I'm not awful, but I'm definitely not Sara's skill level. If nothing else, I don't have her experience or instincts for the job."

Once their hug breaks up, Kara - in Sara's body - leads Caitlin to the sofa and settles them both down. Best if they talk, right? "As greedy and desperate as it may be, Caitlin, what I need most right now is you." She isn't worried about a solution to the problem. She's trusting that those who know how to do such things are on it. What she needs to work on is her relationship with the woman she loves. As hard as that is, when she's trapped in another woman's body.

Caitlin Fairchild nods and listens as she's led. She sits on the sofa, leaning an elbow on the edge and leaning her head onto the hand. "Well, I'm here, Baby. It doesn't matter who's body you're in, I'll still be here." She smiles. "School's been picking up, but Ill always have time for you." She looks and turns, making herself available for cuddling. "You're a hero. Cops are bound to procedures. You're an expert in thinking out of the box. I can see where having limits would be an issue with you."

Kara's borrowed body turns and curls up against Caitlin's, pulling the other woman's arms around her midsection once she's in place. "The limitations and rules are part of it, true. The lack of experience and cop instincts is a part. Another biggie is … I hate guns. I always have. Now, I have to use one, taking the chance I have to shoot someone, almost every day. I get tired, and achey, and run-down in ways I never did in my own body. And I've lost so many advantages that I'm sued to having every second of every day. Not just strength or flight, invulnerability or physical speed. Mental speed. My enhanced senses. My memory acuity." It's a lot.

Kara sighs and shrugs. "It's also a real challenge to use /my/ skills, instead of Sara's. I'm a tech geek. Sara is most definitely not. So the one best thing I could offer on most of her cases, I have to let less skilled, slower people, with fewer resources than I would normally have, do that work." She leans her head to the side, pressing her cheek against Caitlin. "And damnit, I miss school."

Caitlin Fairchild kisses the brunette's temple. "I know, Babe. I'm sorry. I'm sure Sara's not having a blast in your body, either. Thankfully I haven't seen any news stories about Power Woman knocking over buildings accidentally, so I think she's getting a handle on it." She giggles gently, her body vibrating a bit when she does so. "We'll figure this out. Have you learned anything new or different while you're in there? Something on a positive note?"

Kara has been exceptionally glad of the lack of news items about Power Woman having disasters with her powers, given how difficult the adjustments have been for her with Sara's body and powers. "True. I hope so, anyway." She purses her lips a bit, considering Caitlin's question. "Well. I never imagined how good a hot shower could feel. Or a hot bath. Long hair isn't as much of a pain as I thought it would be, and the feeling of running a brush through it is … really nice, when I'm relaxed enough to enjoy it." A rarity, but it has happened. "Shopping off the rack has been a nice experience." Kara's body won't fit 'off the rack'. It just won't happen. "Kind of nice that I don't have to worry about breaking anything by accident, too." Rather liberating, one might imagine.

Caitlin Fairchild smiles. "And you don't need to fly to Paris just to buy undergarments." She winks.. "Though, that's as good enough of an excuse as any." She kisses the girl's forehead again. "Plus grooming is easier when you don't need to use heat vision… though.." she cringes at the thought of razor burn. "Nevermind.. perhaps heat vision is easier." "Plus, I can help you explore every nook and cranny of this body before you get switched back.." She winks, playfully.

"Shopping off the rack is a nice perk, I'll admit." But it's a perk Kara would give up in a heartbeat to be back in her own body again. "Yeah. Razors do NOT feel good on the skin. I definitely prefer the heat vision solution, as weird as it must be for some." Kara tilts her head and turns it around, regarding her girlfriend, grinning. "You sure about that? I know you haven't felt all that comfy with this, and I'm not going to push you." Not so long as they can at least agree on hugs, anyway. Total distance is unacceptable, but if Caitlin wants to shy away from some degrees of intimacy with someone else's body, Kara can understand and respect that. Even if she would love to learn what it's like.

Caitlin Fairchild blushes. "Honestly, I've been wanting to, but the moral dilemma comes up, and all the possible issues. There's all the What If's, that if I like this body better will I want to be with Sara when everything's normal, and then there's the whole question of invading Sara's bodily privacy…" She shrugs. "I just didn't want your mind to get jealous of the body."

Kara leans up, just a bit, and tenderly kisses Caitlin on the lips, using the lips of her borrowed body. "Believe me, I understand about all of that. I've thought of all of it. And if it makes you uncomfortable, and you'd rather wait until I'm back in my own body, I'm OK with that." Then she smiles impishly. "But I will not somehow promise that I haven't been thinking, wondering what it would feel like, what it would be like."

Caitlin Fairchild smiles and kisses back softly, tasting someone new but feeling the familiar in her soul. Her arms hold the woman close, hands moving along the body, caressing every curve. After the kiss, she leans in and whispers. "Let's stop wondering and find out." She says, with a twinkle in her eye.

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