Yes, I DO know the original post was from a different fandom, but you can’t tell me that you couldn’t see this actually happening.
So I’m back I guess??? Truth be told, I’ve wanted to make a comic like this long before @lindsayjones announced she was pregnant, however Iris’s birth made me want to push through all the crap that currently is my life and actually finish some flippin’ art… ♥♥♥
Author’s Note: I probably watched one too many romantic dramas this weekend, but I was trying to make myself feel better after the announcement about Sophia’s departure. To me, the best case scenario we can hope for after 4x23 (and given Sophia may be coming back for a few episodes in S5) is a follow-up to Erin and Jay’s conversation in 4x21 about ideal living situations so this is what I came up with.
She will never get used to the hustle and bustle of this city - the constant honking of car horns, the way people push past each other on crowded sidewalks without the apology that comes with Midwestern nicety, the thin crust pizza being hawked by the slice at the same cart selling skinny hot dogs that don’t deserve to be called sausage or bratwurst, the turf wars among precincts over which borough they serve, or the tunnel vision the highrises create making it is impossible to see city landmarks.
That last change was - is - probably the hardest to adapt to because it used to be she walk down the back steps of the District or swing by Firehouse 51 or chase down a suspect and be able to see Sears Tower standing up straight. Offering orientation as she floored the 300 or the Sierra or as she hopped over a fence in a foot chase. Now? Now she orients herself by the number of blocks to the FBI’s headquarters, by the coffee shops and hole in the way restaurants that Lieutenant Benson pointed out to her the night she arrived in New York City with Hank’s admonishment not to look back still ringing in her ears.
Advice Hank himself hadn’t followed given that Benson was waiting for her at baggage claim, that the first person she saw upon arrival was someone from her past. It had been Benson who helped her find a place - one that was smaller than her condo in Chicago and without the floor to ceiling windows or the fireplace, but in a neighborhood that didn’t feel quite so sterile or gentrified as the place the FBI set her up with. It had been Benson who took her out to the coffee shop around the corner from her new apartment and offered her a position in her own unit. Offered to open up doors for her at the NYPD that would let her out of a life spent in starched, white blouses and pantsuits.
But she had to pass, had to take Hank’s advice that she not look back because she couldn’t imagine facing the kind of monsters like Yates every single day. Couldn’t handle the mental mindfuck that would come every time a woman was brutalized that way Nadia had been. And she had to keep the deal she made five months ago. Five months, eleven days, and six hours ago.
okay but just imagine the Woman’s Pride March in Los Santos. You have your women marching and of course since this is Los Santos you have people who don’t believe in this and so they are throwing things at the marchers, fighting them, yelling slurs.(of course the police isn’t doing anything about it the LSPD is super corrupt) And then suddenly you here a distant rumbling and everybody turns and just sees 8 huge pink monster trucks stopping at the edge of where marchers and the assholes against it are. The doors to the pink trucks open revealing the Fake AH Crew
Author’s Note: I’ll refrain from
writing a diatribe about how angry I am a scene with Jay talking about his PTSD
was cut, and instead offer up this (quick) drabble-ish fic I wrote up that
attempts to fill in the obvious gap in the break room scene between Erin and
Jay at the end of 4x18. I couldn’t find specifics on where PTSD support groups
meet in Chicago so I used the locations of Veteran Service Officers from the
Illinois Warrior Assistance Program’s website as a proxy.
“Thank God for the job, though, right? I
mean, every day you get to meet somebody who’s problems are bigger than yours.”
“Yeah, I guess so,” he replies with a nod
of his head because she’s right. The job keeps him grounded; the job keeps him
focused and tethered to the here and now.
Yet the words still feel heavy and wrong
as she explains how she’s gone above and beyond to help today’s somebody, as
she provides herself with an out to leave him in the breakroom. And his gaze
immediately shifts to the floor; his head tilting downward so he doesn’t have to
look at the small smile she offers him as she moves to tiptoe past him.
“Erin,” he softly calls out, and he can
hear her boots scuff on the linoleum floor as she skids to a stop long before
he’s fully turned around to face her. “I—”
“I, uh,” he says pausing to swallow the
lump in his throat. Her back is still turned to him; her body nearly halfway
out the door. And — despite all their conversations in here, despite the fact
that he followed her in her and initiated this — the break room isn’t exactly where
he imagined himself telling her about this. Telling her about something he’s
spent most of the last eight years trying to tiptoe around.
Yet he spent Monday night’s meeting
listening to an artillery field officer named Jon talk about how he tiptoed around
things until he tried something stupid and this afternoon listening to Voight
tell him to he’ll be out of the unit if he doesn’t stop tiptoeing around what’s
going on. So he squares his shoulders, lifts his head, and forces himself to
find the words to tell her that, in fact, some days somebody else’s problems
don’t seem all that bigger than his.
Kdin - Fairy (shes a big fairy, not like tinkerbell or nothin)
Mica - Werewolf
Meg - Siren (evil mermaid)
Caleb - Angel (and also a martyr)
Griffon - Vampire (Millie is also a vampire)
Stuff about each person:
Geoff - Became a vampire sometime in the 80s, tolerates Mica despite the vampire vs werewolf thing, tries his best to keep Griffon and Millie out of heist stuff, dresses like it’s the 1900s
Jack - Very loving, refuses to miss out on a heist, doesn’t usually go outside do to the bugs and leaves that fly onto her and get stuck
Ryan - Keeps on his skull mask despite the face that he’s a skeleton, wears gloves so his bones are concealed, wears thick jackets 24/7 to look fleshed out
Michael - Has been nicknamed “The Jersey Devil”, met Lindsay when there was a Heaven and Hell “meeting” between God and Satan, Left Hell promising to wreak havoc
Gavin - Was only dead for about a day, grave was dug up and suddenly he became conscious again (still hard to talk though), the first member of the crew he met was Michael
Ray - Killed during an amateur store robbery, Usually doesn’t engage in heists, seen floating around the HQ a lot, if Jack does leave the HQ (maybe to go shopping or something) then he has to go with her
Jeremy - Thinks he’s mortal, is ok with knowing his friend’s will never die, after he wakes up from dying Jack offers him food either made by her or bought straight from the store
Matt - Works behind the scenes, gives different heist plans to the rest of the crew, thinks Jeremy is an ok guy, left Hell around the same time Michael did
Lindsay - After falling in love with a demon she was pronounced a fallen angel and banished from Heaven, wandered the streets for weeks and months and years until she finally came across Michael again, watches over heists and makes sure that they go as planned
Kdin - A charmer, able to get gangs to back off of the crew by either threatening them or by using her cuteness to distract their minds, has very big pink and blue wings
Mica - Most of the time she works like Lindsay and Matt, During full moons she’s used as an extra weapon to fend off cops an harm bystanders
Meg - Stays in water at all times, mysteriously appears in different places (from a stream, to the ocean, to a puddle, to inside of a pool, etc.), Sets up get away boats and jet skis, spies on opposing crews and gangs
Caleb - An angel sent by God to make sure Lindsay had learned her lesson, ended up being the crew’s go to when someone has a broken body part, has no plans to return to Heaven
Griffon - A stay at home mom with her vampire daughter Millicent, knows a lot about Geoff’s crew but refuses to let Millie know about it, chainsaws are her favorite
How they joined the crew:
Geoff - Wanted to one day have a vampire gang to scare people with, ended up having a crew of other monsters, sadly not all vamps
Jack - After emerging from a drain in Geoff’s apartment, she was allowed to stay (so long as she didn’t touch anything)
Ryan - Was recruited because he tried to mug Geoff in an alleyway, the deal was fully sealed once Geoff saw that Ryan’s skin mask covered yet another real skull
Michael - Wandered the streets for days looking for ways to fuck people over, Jack spied him setting tiny fires to leaves while she was in the park, and she invited him over. Geoff agreed that he’d rather have Michael on their side than against them
Gavin - Came knocking on Geoff’s door one night asking for his arm, Geoff was like “oh fucking cool, you can’t die either, awesome!” and therefore Gavin became target practice
Ray - Just showed up one day in Geoff’s bathroom, Geoff let him stay b/c he wasn’t doing any harm
Jeremy - The whole crew decided that he was just great at faking his death, so they let him join
Matt - Sneaked out of Hell to join Michael on Earth, when he found Michael, he was offered a place in the crew, but not wanting to bring too much atention to himself, he stayed behind the scenes
Lindsay - After being forced out of Heaven she looked restlessly for Michael, and one day, while telling Caleb that she just couldn’t go back to Heaven, she spotted him and told him she’d do anything to be with him
Kdin - Gavin noticed something shiny zoom past the windows of Geoff’s house, and when he looked out he saw a beautiful fairy, awestruck, he let her in and Geoff made her a distraction
Mica - A girl Jack saw in the park, she thought something was off about her, and so she contronted her and flat out asked if she was a supernatural being. When Mica said yes, Jack introduced her to Geoff, at first they got along, but Geoff was honestly continuously planning to kick her out, that is until she seriously went IN during a heist
Meg - Gavin was walking along in the rain, confused and trying to find his way back to Geoff’s house, when a very pretty lady appeared in a large puddle and told him exactly where to go. Once Gavin arrived back at the HQ, he told Geoff all about Meg and she unknowingly became a member of the crew
Caleb - Couldn’t just leave Lindsay alone on Earth, and it’s in his nature to take care of people, so Caleb stayed put and once again unknowingly joined the crew
They say the FAKEs were the ones who tore down Los Santos and built it from scratch. No one knows where they came from. No one knows their plans. If you ask me, they’re all a bunch of lunatics. Why? They act like it’s all just a game.