A continuation of this that I didn’t think I’d actually do but…here it is anyway. Again, Blackmadhi, with implied past Blackbright/Phantomquill and a lot of focus on Simon’s mental state. Deals once again with Simon’s PTSD and includes descriptions of a panic attack. Approx. 2600 words.
After that first night, Simon would be lying if he said that things hadn’t gotten better with Nahyuta within the next couple of days.
The investigation seemed to run smoother, and even though they still bickered some, it was mostly teasing, and the two prosecutors would smile at each other after delivering some half-hearted insults. Yes, once in a while they would actually get frustrated, but that was mostly due to the contrasts in their personalities. Luckily, it would not really last.
Nahyuta was even able to find a local restaurant that specialized in Japanese food, and surprised Simon with that one evening, which had made him smile rather happily instead of just giving one of his trademark sly smirks. He could have sworn he saw Nahyuta’s cheeks tinge pink after that, but perhaps he had just imagined it, because the foreign prosecutor had turned his face away.
Even the nights had gotten a little bit better, if only because Nahyuta had been able to drag him out of his nightmares almost as quickly as they began. Each time he slept, as soon as Fulbright’s face materialized in his mind, Nahyuta was gently shaking Simon awake. It was poetic, Simon couldn’t help but think…when Fulbright’s face – only existing in his unconscious thoughts – disappeared and Nahyuta’s took its place. At times, Simon had felt an overwhelming urge to reach out and touch the other prosecutor’s features…his cheeks, his hair, his lips…if only because Simon wanted to make sure that he was real.
And that his face was actually his own.