I asked her once how she managed to master diplomacy and espionage at a
time when no one wanted to see a woman succeed at either. and she said, “compromise where you can. where you can’t, don’t. even if everyone is
telling you that something wrong is something right. even if the whole
world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a
tree, look them in the eye, and say, ‘no, you move’.“
The Playground is the sort of nightclub that a nice woman would never dare set foot in and even a nice man might have his doubts about, so it’s safe to say that neither its Mockingbird (sultry lounge singer Bobbi “don’t call me Barbara” Morse, rumored to have been an honest-to-god Rockette before she busted her knee) nor its Cavalry (taciturn bartender Melinda “don’t talk to me, period” May, known to have been a WAC Lieutenant during the war) are nice women; unbeknownst to the gangsters who’ve set up shop in the place and on top of their reputation for coolly decimating any asshole who gets too fresh with the other of them, Bobbi and Melinda are also private investigators spending every night on stage or at the bar cataloging the criminal activity that goes on, especially regarding the gang of racist kidnappers/murderers/pimps they’ve made it their mission to destroy. In this setting, they’re underestimated and misconstrued constantly, which works in favor of their quest for justice and the intimate relationship they would keep private even if they didn’t have to.
Daisy - sometimes Quake, depending on who’s talking - is a definite bad girl, despite being one of the best all-around people most of her people can name; as the Shieldmaidens’ resident techie-slash-muscle, she puts her hacking and ass-kicking skills to good and sometimes even philanthropic use, but the all-girl gang still technically falls on the vigilante side of things. Jemma, meanwhile, is a very good girl, femme and overachieving and very concerned with things being proper; she’s not expecting to meet Daisy and get swept off her feet and into a world of adventure and gratuitous Sapphic content and motorbikes, but she wouldn’t change it for anything.
(an Agents of SHIELD AU, part one [in time for Skimmons week?])