okay peeps i’ve got a fic idea and i wanna see what you guys think. i’ve been letting it percolate since last night and i just wrote a three page outline for it soooo yeah here it is:
Liz is expected to make a full physical recovery but she’s got one persistent mental issue: apraxia of speech. (this is idea was inspired by her having to write on a clipboard bc she was connected to a ventilator in that last scene.) this condition can result from brain damage (yes, i did research!!) and it means that she can understand speech and knows exactly what she wants to say but she has trouble actually speaking. apraxia can be cured with speech therapy and time. red, having been with her literally every second since she’s woken up, has become a touchstone for her and she doesn’t like being without him. they decide to move into a safe house together once she is released from the hospital so red can care for her. they do so but lizzie is depressed and receding into herself, unwilling to speak to anyone, save red on occasion, and carrying around a notebook and red pen to communicate. red is so absorbed with caring for her in any way he can that he doesn’t see these problems. it takes dembe to point it out to him.
tl;dr: liz has apraxia and is writing instead of speaking and red is taking care of her and there will be lots of handwritten letters from liz and red reading to her and physical contact and bed sharing because liz needs her touchstone and just a metric shit-ton of hurt/comfort basically bc i could not take the sight of red there at liz’s bedside without typing out some serious feelings about it so yeah.
the only thing is, there would be no daddygate to speak of (obviously) and no stupid suitcase full of bones, just forget that, no drama on that front. also, no tom, like at all, just lizzie having been in an accident with little to no context on that bc i just really wanna focus on red and liz’s relationship and that development during her recovery, that’s all. and to accomplish that, i think i might also exclude agnes. i know that’s mean but i think these two crazy kids and all their feelings will be enough to deal with without throwing a baby in the mix. (also, something about liz missing a whole 10 months of agnes’ life, after her being separated literally after giving birth, just doesn’t sit right with me, i’m not willing to explore that stuff, i don’t think i can handle it, i’m sorry about that.)
also, i don’t know if this would necessarily be a chronological, chaptered fic, or instead a collection of snippets of their interactions and whatnot. i guess whatever feels better and jives right. i mean, i’ve got a pretty sappy happy ending sketched out, so if there’s demand, i can use that, but i could also just accumulate whole bunch of angsty snippets full of feelings and hurt/comfort and really stay in that whole mindset until we know where they’re taking us in 5b. idk, what do you guys think? does this sound like something you’d be interested in reading? cause i’m definitely interested in writing it :))) let me know please!!! <333
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