Modern AU: Street Artist
Inspired by Iuliia Koloskova.
Anna is a spray paint artist, able to quickly and skillfully create beautiful city skylines, out-of-this-world landscapes, and fantastical designs. Elsa finds the art beautiful, the artist cheerful. Though Anna moves from place to place to sell her wares, she typically sets up shop near Elsa’s building on Wednesday afternoons, allowing the blonde to watch her until evening. Elsa buys many of Anna’s paintings, tipping the redhead in ever increasing amounts with each purchase. One late evening, as Anna is ready to close shop, Elsa summons the courage and asks Anna to dinner. The smile she receives is even more beautiful than her paintings.
Inspired by Bryson Andres.
Elsa is a street musician, never seen without her violin. She wanders from store front to street, playing covers from a wide range of genres: rock, pop, classical, country, etc. She plays for spare change. Some give generously; others, not so much. Many wonder why she isn’t playing in more prestigious settings, because she truly is talented. The truth is simple: she’s stranded in this country and is barely making ends meet. She lives day to day; her playing is what keeps her fed.
Enter Anna, music professor at the local university. She catches Elsa’s soulful rendition of Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” while hoping to get some hot chocolate and is intrigued, especially since no one should be out in this kind of cold playing anything, and certainly not a stringed instrument. The pair converse, Elsa in broken English, and Anna offers to get her some hot chocolate as well.
- This eventually leads to Anna inviting Elsa to stay with her for the time being, out of the cold.
- The “time being” slowly becomes the entire semester.
- Elsa starts tagging along with Anna to the university, comfortable staying in the redhead’s office while the latter goes on to teach.
- The pair stay after hours often, practicing. Elsa on her violin, Anna on the piano.
- As a birthday present, Anna offers to have Elsa’s violin restored. She asks permission because she doesn’t want to cause offense by simply outright doing it. Elsa is in tears, gratitude pouring from her.
- Though not an official student, Elsa is a regular at the university, and is getting better at learning the language. Through a weird loophole, she is able to enroll at the university as a part-time student, despite questions of her visa.
- In the end, Elsa’s long-expired visa is no longer needed. She is nationalized a citizen of the US, happily married to the luckiest music professor around.