14 - Catch and Release

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

cw for mention of Gamers

Following her lunch date and a wonderful cone of ice cream, Autumn was treated to another surprise to add to her day. Solanum was lifting the location restrictions on her collar, effectively letting her roam about the space station as she pleased. 
“As long as you’re back home before midnight,” Solanum added. “Your collar is already keyed to all the relevant locks, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting in or out of the affini hab ring or roaming around the public spaces of the station. Additionally, I’ve given your access to a limited amount of the medical wing so you can access my office if I’m there.” 
As she spoke, Solanum was using her vines to slither up Autumn’s sleeves and quietly pluck the cuffs from underneath them, then tapped her sides to prompt her to life her legs and allow Solanum to remove her ankle cuffs in short order after. 
“You won’t need these anymore, I believe. But your collar needs to remain for the time being. Additionally, if it sends us a warning at any time a group of medics will rush to your side in short notice.” Quietly unspoken was the fact that it’d also mean she’d effectively have a guard watch to fall down upon her should she try to run away or worse.

“Where will you be then?”

“Since you’re no longer under constant watch, I’ll be returning to my duties in the medical wing during the day.” Autumn shot her a curious look, which prompted Solanum to give a quiet sort of chuff before continuing. “Officially speaking I’m here to help teach human doctors how to use affini medicines and technology that we’ve been allowed to share with them, though I’m also called upon to do medical inspections of human captures, surrenders, and occasional volunteers for our domestication program.” Solanum’s leaves curled defensively as she continued with a hint of worry in her voice. “Also, I think Celasia might prune my flowers if I stay away from my desk for much longer than this and I’m not brave enough to make her angry.”

“Let me guess,” Autumn said. “This is the part where you say please be good?”

“Yes.” Solanum clasped her hands over Autumn’s cheeks. “Please be good.”

“I’ll do my best.”

Autumn took her newfound opportunity at freedom the first chance she could. The very next day she stepped out of the affini hab ring all on her own, head held high. For about three steps until she passed by a window and saw her own reflection. At which point she walked back into the affini hab ring and attempted to psych herself up to being able to travel about on her own for around thirty more minutes. This was, as usual, mostly revolving around the shocking reminder that she looked just like the affini’s pets with an additional layer of spice in that she was now questioning why she hadn’t even TRIED to look like anything else today.

When she did finally manage to bring herself to exit the affini hab ring she repeated the same question several times over at every clothing shop she passed by. She could easily step into any one of them and acquire a new outfit on her own. She didn’t even need money, apparently. The most any of the clerks would have asked of her was to tap the scan bars for their inventory. That was… unusual. One of the affini’s economic demands, she believed. Or perhaps they saw her collar and were to charge the affini embassy. She didn’t quite know, nor did she actually care enough to find out herself at any rate as hey, a free lunch was a free lunch.
On the rare occasions where Autumn actually needed to talk to someone again she found that she was perhaps a bit out of touch now. Strangers’ expressions would start with surprise, then turn to pity, then to confusion as they realized she was actually lucid enough to hold a conversation. They would then slowly return back to pitying as they understood that she wasn’t entirely sober-minded either, followed by a touch of frustration when her mind would inevitably slow down from social exhaustion. 
Autumn quickly learned to stop trying to converse with anyone who didn’t approach her first as it’d just leave her more tired than she started anyway. Instead she filled her time with things. She'd quickly found the library and the park to be her favorite places, where she found an old lost paperback and reclined in the shade of some tree to enjoy it until the simulated daylight set. Though after a few days of that she found she had more energy than patience and needed to find something else to do. 
Autumn took to the arcades instead. As it turned out, she had neither the social interest to talk to strangers there nor the coordination to play many of the games available anymore. Not that she didn’t find some enjoyment in them, as even with clumsy hands there was some base level satisfaction in even trying. She did turn many heads by showing up in one of the bright affini companion dresses though, much to her chagrin as it had led to some untoward comments from the human customers. She decided not to try the arcades again after that.
All in all Autumn was left with a problem. She had nothing but time, but found that she no longer knew what to fill it with. She didn't even need to work, it seemed. Actually, now that she thought about it, she probably wasn't going to be able to find work at all until her whole situation was settled. A hobby then…? She didn't know where to start, so she decided to figure that out at some vague 'later'.
Autumn quickly developed a habit of getting home about an hour before Solanum, taking a quick bath, and kicking up her feet in the living room to enjoy the view of Jupiter and study the affini language some more. The first time she managed to say "welcome home" in the affini's tongue had shocked Solanum so much that she very nearly fell over in surprise, then spent the rest of the night pampering Autumn senseless as revenge.
The human decided that the time she spent close with Solanum was her favorite time of them all. Somehow, with every luxury in her old life freely at her fingertips all she wanted to do was lay around doing nothing with her affini instead.

i'm so fucking gay

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