the game of skate

Firedance: An Outlaw Queen AU

On the road to the Olympic Games, finding a skating partner was the easy part.

Regina Mills and Robin Locksley had a dream first season skating together but as they climb the ranks of competitive ice dance and battle with rivals both old and new, balancing their on-ice partnership with their off-ice relationship will be the challenge of a lifetime. But Mills and Locksley aren’t afraid of a little competition. With an Olympic medal on the line, these skaters aren’t leaving anything up to chance. They have what it takes to be competitive, but do they have what it takes to be Olympic champions? Rated M. This chapter in particular is rated M.

Sequel to Fire and Ice | Previous Chapters | AO3 Link

Chapter 18: The Matter at Hand

Regina, Robin and the rest of their skating friends soon learned that a Grand Prix in an Olympic season was a strange beast. Ticket sales skyrocketed and suddenly the stands were filled with diehard fans and casual viewers alike. Some of the skaters were leery of the extra attention but Regina thrived on it. “We have an opportunity every four years to bring new interest to our sport,” she reminded everyone. “We owe it to them and to ourselves to put on a good show.”

And what a show it was. At the first event in America, Marvella and Gardiner scraped out a narrow victory over Tremaine and Scarlet. It was quite shocking to see an American team almost get beaten out on home soil but the event was successful overall for the Americans with Aurelius and Jameson placing third and winning their first ever Grand Prix medal. Wendy Darling and her new partner Neal Cassidy came in fourth and the up-and-coming team from Spain rounded out the top five.

For the second event in Canada, Lucas and Booth came out on top. LeFay and Ambrose surprised the audience by slipping into second place ahead of Swan and Jones, who finished third. French and Hopper came in fourth, triumphing over the Russian team that placed fifth.

Finally it was time for Mills and Locksley’s first Grand Prix of the season: Rostelecom Cup in Russia. They would be facing Marvella and Gardiner again, along with Aurelius and Jameson, an Italian team and a host of Russian teams. Once again Regina had Snow as her hotel roommate, a fact she was grateful for. “I’m not sure I could stomach rooming with Alice or Kathryn,” she admitted. “At least not this season. There’s too much at stake.”

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Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.