@ave-arianna‘s drawing of my happy happy girls, Sue and Castellan from Sighted crows in a desert of rime. Thank you, fren, for bringing these two to life :’).
A little bit about…
Sue is of the Vuntut Gwitch’in nation, but in the original fanfic , left her tribe to be with Castellan and in some sense, to rescue her. She is a strong and savvy hunter, and keeps her town from starving. In the fanfic she has a complicated relationship to her past which is hinted at.
Castellan is a surgeon – which is unusual for a woman in the mid-late 1800s– but she wasn’t trained by any normal surgeon. Her ‘master’ as she refers to him (I don’t know that she ever knew his name), kidnapped vulnerable girls like her and used them for blood typing experiments. Being of sharp mind herself, she became one of his favorites and learned from him, even acting publically as an aide or apprentice despite being under threat from him at all times. Sue helped her escape from her entrapment and they fell in love. They made a go of it together in the Yukon wilderness, and eventually found a bit of peace, forced the space into somewhere where they could belong.
Sighted Crows is an entirely different story where they play secondary characters to a couple of cowboy assholes 😉 but in writing it, I found them to be far more interesting, and absolutely deserving of their own story. I’m taking a course in creative writing with an indigenous focus this term and hoping I might get a chance to flesh out a bit of their tale.
In any case, they love each other very very much, and yes, Harold, they’re lesbians :’)
Thanks Ari <>