12 - Languid

by Fluxom

Tags: #cw:gore #cw:noncon #D/s #drugs #f/f #graphic_violence #hurt/comfort #scifi #accidental_conditioning #anxiety #blood #depression #disassociation #dom:female #dom:internalized_imperialism #dom:plant #Human_Domestication_Guide #medical_play #mindbreak #paranoia #self_care_is_over_were_doing_drugs_now #self_harm #self_harm_is_over_were_still_doing_drugs #sub:female #xenophobia
See spoiler tags : #awake_surgery #parasite/symbiote #plant_vampirism #sadomasochism #torture

Autumn felt as if she'd drifted into awareness at such a languid pace that by the time she even knew her eyes were open she'd been active for a few minutes. She was draped over Solanum's arms, limbs dangling freely beneath her. Everything felt so foggy and distant to her, even as she slowly slipped back up to waking. Her limbs seemed oddly vague, and the air felt as if it were thick soup in her lungs. 
"I'd hoped you'd sleep through this part." Solanum's voice echoed within her skull. "A shame, not that you'll remember it anyway."
Autumn opened her mouth to speak but nothing came out. What was wrong with her? With great effort she managed to lift her arm up towards Solanum, hand brushing against her chest weakly.

“Shh, sleep now, little one. When you awake you’ll be in the care of a loving new home.”

Autumn tried to speak but nothing came out. Whatever confusion marred her veins seemed to paint her face similarly as Solanum continued talking.

“Do you not understand?” Her face seemed… wrong. Pointed edges where it was supposed to be soft curves. “I’m giving up on you.” Autumn tried to flail but her body seemed too heavy to even move. “You’ve been nothing but a waste of my time, and I’m tired of pretending to believe you can get better.” This couldn’t be happening. She’d done her best. She was TRYING! “I’m sure your new owner will love you plenty.” She didn’t want to go somewhere else, someone else, off to a faceless something countless stars away. She looked up and saw nothing but rows of teeth and thorns. A needle surrounded by flowers pierced into the center of her chest, but somehow it didn’t hurt. It pushed toxins into her heart. Unknown things were crawling through her chest into her spine. Anything but this. Anything but now. 
Autumn flailed, and the world blurred around her. She’d fallen to the floor with crimson blood pooling around her from her chest. She scrambled to the baths on hands and feet, throwing the door closed behind her. Everything felt wrong. Too fuzzy. Too vague. Her body just felt heavy. The walls shook and the ventilation rattled violently. Leaves and flowers burst from the seams. They were coming for her. She screamed and tried to throw anything her hands could grab, but her limbs fell into a random splay around her body. The walls collapsed inward, revealing a hoard of teeth, thorn, and needles all facing in on her. She screamed mutely. Everything blurred and fell apart, bent in fluid form and wrapped around her like a tight blanket as she fell through the void.

Autumn was shaking. Her hands twitched awkwardly. Her voice was stuck in her throat. Then all at once she was awake, still laying under Solanum’s arm and covered by thick blankets. Visions of anguish chased after her from her dream and painted her vision a scarlet red, filling her veins with adrenaline as her throat slowly crawled into alertness behind her to become a pained scream. Her limbs, at first sluggish, filled back with energy to become a sudden kick and flail that sent her tumbling to the floor.

Solanum bolted upright at the sudden noise, eyes wide and darting around the room. “What’s wrong?” She said, her voice tense and serious. Autumn, meanwhile, was still trapped in between dream and reality and had scrambled across the floor to the furthest corner where she collapsed into a ball and continued screaming. Solanum darted through the rooms first, double checking everything before she knelt down next to Autumn. “Little one, there’s nobody else here but you and me. You’re safe.”

Autumn didn’t know how to elaborate her fear then. The only thing she truly saw was the Solanum in her dreams, with pointed teeth and bare thorns and a jagged face, whose needle punctured through her sternum and bled out her heart. Her scream broke apart into a whimpered gasp, followed by rapid attempts to pull air. Something was beeping. She needed to stop. She couldn’t. She didn’t want to go. She didn’t want to be abandoned. She didn’t she didn’t she didn’t-

Something shifted inside her cuffs and collars, followed by a sharp pinch on her skin. It was happening. She’d fucked up. Her hands shot up to her throat and tried to grab at the soft material clinging to it, but that just caused a second pinch at her wrists that caused her hands to tighten up backwards. Her forearms shakily bent away from her neck, hands tense and fingers splayed in a fit of awkward twitching that defied her conscious commands to move. 
“Autumn,” Someone spoke in a calming voice. “Autumn, breathe for me dear.” A small sense of warmth bloomed from the initial pinches, slowly seeping out over the rest of her body in short order. Someone was running their hand along her back, the other grasping her wrist and gently easing it down. Autumn’s anxiety couldn’t keep up against the chemical blanket that was being drawn over her body, and within minutes she lay still.

“Sshorryy,” Autumn attempted to speak as Solanum bundled her up into her arms. Her body had returned to the familiar comfort of the xenodrug induced haze, sending waves of calm over her mind that mirrored the relaxed feelings pulsing through her nerves.

“It’s okay, little one. Can you tell me what happened?” Solanum returned to their couch, holding her tight against her in an attempt to comfort her.

“Nightmare.” Autumn mumbled, head rolling limply to one side. “Sssscary plant. Said I was going away.”

“I see, I think I’ll give you a pass on this one then.”

“Don’t send me away.”

“I won’t, dear. You’ve been doing very well so far and I won’t let this little incident change that.”



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