Things I wonder about First Word Soulmate AUs/new take on the trope:
Tattoo parlors that specialize in covering soulmarks.
- Having a soulmate doesn’t mean things will work out. Maybe your soulmate brought out the worst of you and you only fit as that version of yourself, but you can’t stand it so you leave because you rather be single and a good person.
- Maybe they died and seeing their words becomes too much.
- Maybe that relationship was toxic and hell if you survived all that to keep their words on your skin.
- You don’t believe in fate and refuse to give into it, so fuck it, you are not even getting a nice tattoo you are getting a big fucking black square.
- You find love outside your soulmark and want to show that person those words don’t matter.
- A spy/person with a dangerous job wants to keep their soulmate safe.
Do you need to be face to face for the words to work? For example:
- If your soulmate was famous, and the first time you heard them was when a popular song was on the radio, does that mean you get the whole song tattoed into your skin?
- Similarly, what if you think somebody famous is your soulmate because you have the first song you heard from them tattoed, and then it turns out you went to a karaoke place and somebody sang it there? (and sang it badly)
- If you saw a TV show and one of the actors was your soulmate, and they addressed the camera like in the office, would that mean you have those words?
- Would they work if a telemarketer called you?
- What if you saw a youtube video/vine?
- You don’t get a set soulmate. The decisions you make in life and the person you become change the outcome, so you start with “hello” and then decide to go study abroad and the words change to “thank fuck, you speak English too” and the hand writing is totally different so you know it’s not the same person.
- You start dating somebody who doesn’t have your words, but things are great and you absolutely fall madly in love, you can’t picture anybody else in your life and then the words in your wrist change to “hey did you pick up the milk?” and you recognize that handwriting and your partner comes out of the bedroom all sleepy and asks “hey did you pick up the milk?”
- The words are not on your skin immediately, so you meet somebody and then a few hours later notice that the asshole who yelled “get out of the way you moron” is your soulmate and now you have to fucking track them. Joy.
What about medieval times when people couldn’t read?
- Would there have been a profession/people capable of reading who dedicated their life to traveling around and reading people’s words to them so they could memorize them?
What if you are deaf or mute?
- Would you instead of having words be marked in the place where your soulmate touches you the first time?