Title: The Mood Indigo Rating: R Pairing: WestAllen Characters: Iris West, Barry Allen, Joe West, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon, Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen, John Diggle, Lyla Michaels, Mason Bridge, Kendra Saunders, Linda Park
Summary: 1940s au; Iris is a waitress and aspiring novelist, and Barry is her favourite customer. Anything else between them would be illegal. But in the face of overwhelming prejudice against her, Iris dares to dream, and write, and fall in love. IN THIS CHAPTER: Barry gets shot, Iris gets some allies, gets her way, gets married.
And then Barry Allen takes it into his head to get between
the mayor of Starling City and a bullet.
What follows ranks as one of the worst hours of Iris’ life.
“I knew her,” Barry tells Iris, excitedly, on their way to
hear Oliver Queen speak, “his wife – Felicity. We grew up in the same
“You sure it’s her?” Iris raises her eyebrows.
“Yeah – she writes to me sometimes,” Barry shrugs. “We lost
track of each other after a while – she was always so smart, but I worried, you
know? A lot can go wrong for a girl with no money, even these days. Last I
heard she’d made her way to Starling – then – there she is in the society
pages, marrying some billionaire. Crazy, huh? She wrote me a little while after
that, just to say hi. I thought it was sweet of her. And they say this Queen
guy’s alright. He’s for desegregation, anyway.”
So they go to see Mr Queen talk in front of city hall, and
Barry gets himself shot.
They are separated by the crowd almost immediately, and Iris
can hardly hear herself screaming over the sudden roar of noise, the chaos that
erupts. She can register, vaguely, the surge of bodies, Mr Queen and his wife
being hustled away, a man with a gun being hauled from the crowd by one of Mr
Queen’s bodyguards – but all Iris can truly see is the flailing parts of Barry
through the crowd, and the scarlet streak on the flagstones beneath him,