Áine Navarro is a twenty-year-old woman who sees herself as having been destined to die an early, spiteful death, and has lived her life as such, getting into conflict after conflict with no expectation of safety. After a bad fistfight too many left her a bloodied mess one night, her life is suddenly saved by a trickster spirit, who wants repayment in the form of a deal, for the spirit to “stay with her for the rest of her mortal life” (read: give work to, and otherwise generally mooch off of her for about fifty to seventy years). The scarred-up woman accepts immediately, leaving the spirit, Bee, absolutely confused as to why her first deal worked out this easily… and then, upon realizing how much longer Áine expects to live, is suddenly aware of what she’s gotten into.
Not content letting her new lazy life slip away this easily, the odd girl’s now tasked with keeping the world’s most precarious kind of woman alive, as she tries to navigate a system of the immortal that isn’t quite used to spirits wanting their problematic mortal counterparts to continue living.
(OR: jokes comic about spirit girl attempting to get this fucking lady to stop fighting everyone as she navigates the broken trans healthcaaaaauuuuhhhh i mean spirit system what no there’s no metaphors here)
(It’s said out loud like Ah-Nah)
- Direct and to the point at all times, Áine’s assumption that she hasn’t much time left in the world translates to the very way she speaks, often just having most of her sentences consist of a single word. With most forms of human contact that don’t involve blood being a complete unknown to her, she has no idea how to handle much of the real world, and usually needs Bee to explain basically everything to her.
- She’s still caring, however–arguably a bit too much, as her assumed death wish led her to abandon almost all the friends she had once upon a time, as she had thought they would all be in harm’s way. Her attempts at caring also extend to other complete strangers, as she’ll often try to help out when she can… even though that usually means getting into scuffs with anyone she thinks wronged them.
- While she eventually warms up to Bee, she doesn’t quite know how to show it, her entire brain having been so heavily hardwired to solely assess threats that the concept of feeling a close, deep safety is alien to her.
“Okay, see, Ann? This is simple de-escalation, you don’t have toooooooooh my god can you PLEASE STOP THREATENING PEOPLE FOR FIVE SECONDS”
(Age is ~22 when converted to a human lifespan adjacent)
- A trickster spirit who just finally got out of Tricks College, after about one hundred grueling years, Spirit Being #413467553 (Áine nicknamed her Bee due to how much she prefers to float about) was set to have the coziest few decades of her life, so in natural form to every other time she’s had to be very careful but completely forgot, she instead flung herself to the first girl she thought needed help. Hindsight being 20/20, she wasn’t wrong!
- While the common trickster is one that would prefer their mortal counterparts to die off sooner rather than later, as the more humans one can “rack up”, the better it tends to look to others, Bee has some troubles with that, by virtue of harnessing such annoying spiritual abnormalities like having empathy and caring about the people you’re with. Knowing that her dear, extremely fistfight-happy partner isn’t going to be of much help, Bee begins to navigate a system where it’s not very profitable to actually want to save someone.
- A klutz that desperately wants to be a perfectionist, Bee is trying her absolute damnest to keep as much of her plans together, even if they all explode spectacularly in a comedic mess. Having an unpredictable woman for a mortal counterpart doesn’t help, though Bee will openly admit that what ends up happening is usually hilarious.