I’m doing Miranda’s personal quest atm.
And I can’t get out of my head the idea of an au where Miranda does the emotional thing rather than the rational thing.
Where she looks at her little baby sister she’s holding in her arms and decides she can’t let this little girl be raised by someone else.
She poses as a teen mom, moves from place to place. To colonies that aren’t human but that have a sizable human minority because they’ll take pity. They’ll know it must be /so hard/ to be a single mother so far away from her family on earth, especially one so young. She knows how to charm. How to manipulate.
For awhile she works as a miner on some planet outside council space.
For awhile as a cook on some private vessel.
Taking low paying, or ‘shameful’ jobs because her father would expect her to be the head of a fortune 500 one of these days. Because he’d hear about Miranda Lawson, the best employee on Noveria, but he wouldn’t hear about Star, the best dancer in The Tar Pits.
They move a lot, but as long as Oriana is safe, and in school, and doing well, Miranda doesn’t care.
When Ori is twelve, they move to Omega. Miri gets a job as a dancer.
But when a bunch of mercs who think they’re tough enough to fuck with Aria attack the bar one night, she shows she’s got other skills. Kills them with her biotics without even batting an eyelash.
And Aria takes an interest. In Miri, in Oriana. Takes a liking even. And she makes sure Miri knows how /rarely/ that happens.
They stay on Omega probably longer than they should. A year at first. Then two. If Aria knows who Miri is, she doesn’t say. But she does /show./
Letters about mercs flying near Omega, who’s messages she’s intercepted, transcribed on a data pad and slid under Miri’s door.
Lets Miri and Ori borrow her quarters for the night, the one place on Omega where no one can go, when mercs come in looking for the two of them. She even handles them nicely, lying to them and saying Miranda left months ago, and there was no little girl traveling with her.
And that’s when Miri takes a shine to Aria. Thinks of her as a friend. Something more than just another alien to put up with.
And Aria thinks of Miranda and Oriana as something more than just an employee, a confident.
They protect Oriana together.
And Miranda becomes the first person Aria lets break the one rule on Omega.