Tangible Schizophrenia


The Cat That Walked by Herself

Author: Guede Mazaka
Rating: PG
Pairing: None. Miho pov.
Feedback: Good lines, bad ones, etc.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Notes: Title adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s delightful short story. Slight reference to Family Values.
Summary: Eyes on the roof.


She is not a whore anymore.

Once she was caged by silk and leather, but now she slinks over the city in it. Once she was barred by steel, but now it licks from her hand into the flesh of her enemies. Her bed is her own and the roofs are hers, as much as they can belong to anyone. She does not strut for her keep, but instead sits and waits while they bring her tribute. The twins thought they ruled her—she let them think so. There never came the time to correct their wrong belief, and Gail knew better to begin with, so now Miho stalks her land and her people with no reins except those which she holds.

Though sometimes she deigns to come in from the cold, windy tops of buildings. Gail has her temper, but she keeps a good kitchen. And Dwight is smart, for a man, and when he dares touch Miho’s shoulder or back, he does so more for reassurance than for possession.

Miho goes alone. But she appreciates an extra hand when she needs one. And she repays the favor, for she will not allow herself to fall into a cage again.