run hard

guess what I wrote fic because I decided to take Barry’s advice to Iris to “keep running” literally aka ‘Iris and Cisco go running together in the mornings’

Iris West spends a lot of time with Cisco after Barry vanishes into the Speed Force. Barry isn’t dead (which is…hard to explain to her colleagues) but she’s still feeling something like grief. And Cisco helps. She knows that what happened to Barry and what happened to Cisco can’t really be compared, but Cisco shares grief counseling tips with her anyway. (She can’t go to the actual classes - that would be like admitting that Barry was gone for real. And what would it look like to the other group members if her dead fiance came back to life?)

Cisco tells her that sticking to a routine - not playing video games for hours for hours on end - helped him after Dante died. Barry told her to keep running, and, well, that’s what she’s going to do. And an exercise buddy is the best way to keep accountability, so that’s how she and Cisco ended up jogging together three mornings a week.

She has a little bit more stamina than Cisco, but, well, she was better at boxing than cross-country. And running helps, it really does. Cisco jokes that cardio is part of his “superhero training”, but it’s just…nice to spend time with him. Sometimes they chat, sometimes they run in silence, and sometimes Cisco blasts Work, Bitch from his phone. The routine helps. Cisco helps (and she thinks it’s helping Cisco too.)

And, well, running makes her feel closer to Barry. Iris doesn’t have speed coursing through her veins, but she’s running on the same streets he ran on. Barry is gone, but she and Cisco brought him back one time, there’s no reason they can’t do it again, right?

In the meantime, she’ll keep running. 

Possible plagiarism

There’s an ao3 member that we know ripped off @melsanfo ‘s Masquerade. This member goes by Kittengirl998. Besides the A/B/O fic, there are two others on her page:

When Lightning Strikes-Arrow AU
What happens when Felicity is with Barry during the particle accelerator explosion? In this AU Felicity isn’t just a tech girl she also goes out on the field in her own leather mask when needed and is well trained with a bow and a sword, kind of like speedy.

Felicity al Ghul
When an old friend of Oliver’s shows up on the steps of the Arrow cave, Felicity immediately hits her with the cold shoulder. Diggle thinks she’s jealous, but Felicity knows otherwise. Felicity worked so hard to run from her past, but what does she do when it begins to catch up? Can this stranger catch Felicity in the web of lies she’s created? Or can she get through undetected?

Maybe they’re her original work, but I would check, just in case. The first one sounds familiar, Killer Frost Smoak by @tdgal1


“what do you think about when you daydream or get distracted?”

nothing. my head is just a running loop of the hamilton original cast recording

  • person: how can you keep that in your ROOM? it wants to kill and eat you!! it's vicious!!
  • my snake: (balls up because I wiggled her feeder at her)
  • my snake: (balls up because she saw a paper towel)
  • my snake: (balls up because she saw her reflection)
  • my snake: (periscopes too high and falls over dramatically, balls up and peeks around like "WHO DID DAT")
  • my snake: (hides in my bra for warmth)
  • my snake: (puts her own head under a running faucet and sits there for ten years) (it feels nice I guess?)
  • my snake: (rubs her chin all over my hand until I scratch the itch)
  • my snake: (gets stuck inside a paper towel tube, balls up when I free her from it, immediately goes back in)
  • me:
  • me:
  • me: totally agree

I’m already in love with this game. It hits real hard as a young adult. Mae is a fantastic protagonist.