“I was an angry thief who would never trust another human. Look at me now…”
I would like to reframe this along the lines of:
- vaea valuing her skills and the way she uses them (i.e. to help the destitute at the expense of those who abuse them)
- healing from the trauma of her childhood
- connecting with fenris
over the implication here that growth is contingent on her forgetting what was done to her entire family. the way its framed feels like punching down and simultaneously putting her on a pedestal (”see, if she can move past her family’s murders, why can’t you?”). I really, really dislike that narrative.
Nor does she need to connect with Francesca. I won’t nix entirely that they have similar experiences, but there’s such a differential in power that shouldn’t be ignored, either.