I don't own these characters, except for Trin, Shin, and Tatsu. The rest belong to Disney.

7: Connections

Shego decided on writing Kim an email, having gotten the address from Kim's website. She hoped the little nerd who ran the website was not actually the person the emails went to. She had gone with this option because it was easier than trying to go talk to Kim, who would probably just assume she had shown up for a fight or she was just messing with Kim, even though she had saved Kim's life not too long ago. Kim had freaked when she woke up after that snow incident, but she calmed down eventually and they left the cabin on their usual terms.

She was also pretty certain Kim opened all of her emails in case it was an emergency of some kind. With Kim being as active as she was, an emergency could be just about anything anywhere. So, she just had to hope Kim did not delete any later ones once she figured out who it was that contacting her.

"Would it kill her to just reply to one so I don't go out of my mind wondering?" Shego asked the ceiling of her hotel room. She was laid out on the bed, in nothing but a robe with her laptop next to her. "Although, I have to already be out of whatever mind I have left.

At first, she had been incredulous as she sent a couple of emails. But, every time she had that feeling, she remembered pulling Kim's almost blue body out of the snow and spooning the girl to warm her up. She had never felt such emotion in her life. The only thing that matched it was when that comet had hit her and her brothers. She had been the first one to regain consciousness when that happened and she swore her brothers had died. Yeah, they annoyed her, but they were still her brothers and to think they were dead for the longest minute in her life was the worst feeling she had ever had. She would never forget it and now she carried that with Kim as well.

"This should be all right. After all, I won her sister over and Trin is definitely the more difficult Possible," she said. With that in mind, she sat up and snatched up her laptop, ready to write something new.

She felt some confidence in her cause as she wrote things to the hero. She figured Kim would talk things out with Trin eventually. With luck, Trin would at least endorse her while, of course, making sure Kim knew better than to take any b.s. from her. Even though she had broken off whatever they had together, she was pretty sure Trin would inform Kim that it was safe to give her a chance.

"I guess meeting that crazy blonde might actually work out in my favor," Shego chuckled and shook her head. It was hard to believe that, but she did.

-8-8-8-8-

Tatsu could not believe the breakfast Trin prepared, but it seemed like Shin expected no less. He actually complained about the food and Trin threatened him with all kinds of things, poisoned dinner being high on the list. Tatsu sat quietly, watching the two go back and forth and she almost could not believe they were not a couple.

"Shin, do you want me to give you some unnecessary surgery?" Trin inquired, holding up a carving knife.

"I dunno, do you want to find your glasses unnecessary?" he countered, holding up a pair of needle shuriken.

It was these interactions that allowed Tatsu to see that they really were more like extremely insane siblings. She finished the breakfast that had been laid out before her, which had been light, fluffy pancakes, scrambled eggs with cheese (Shin's favorite way to have eggs), sausage, and a small bowl of assorted fruits on the side. She wished she could eat like that every morning.

"Um… thanks for everything," Tatsu said as she got up from the table and was about to leave.

"No problem," Trin replied.

The mechanic was very grateful for everything, but really did not have the vocabulary at the moment to express that. She had a feeling it was not really necessary, even though she would have liked to express it. But, she did not want to make a fool of herself. She quietly left the apartment with Trin showing her to the door. She practically bowed when she bid Trin farewell and then hustled away as a blush burned her cheeks. Trin went to finish her food and eyed Shin curiously.

"What do you want, beast-girl?" Shin inquired since he could tell there was something on her mind. He focused mostly on his meal rather than on her, though. He was on his third helping of everything.

"Would it bother you at all if I were to ask Tatsu out?" Trin asked bluntly.

Shin dropped his fork, but his mouth stayed open. Trin did not typically ask girls out. She led them on and waited for them to make that leap, just like she waited for them to break up with her. She was weird in that regard as far as he was concerned.

He started to consider the possibilities of her going out with Tatsu and he doubted it would work out. His evil twin and Tatsu did not have anything in common, not a single thing. Nothing whatsoever in his opinion. He decided against saying something like that and just went with pointing out the obvious.

"Tatsu's straight as far as I know," Shin answered.

"As far as you knew, you were straight less than forty-eight hours ago," she remarked.

"Hey, it was more than forty-eight hours, okay," he defended himself.

"I don't care if it was forty-eight seconds ago. Would it bother you if I asked her out?" Trin asked again.

"I think she's in a relationship," Shin commented.

"That doesn't answer my question."

He knew it did not answer her question, but he always had a good time being evasive, especially with her. It got on her nerves so much. He thought on her question, seriously thought on it. And, just the question, not if his evil twin and former flame were compatible. Would it bother him if Trin asked Tatsu out?

It actually would not bother him at all if she went out with Tatsu, if that were possible anyway. Trin was a good girlfriend, after all, except for her dislike for touching. He supposed he would not care since Tatsu would have a caring mate for a while, someone spoiling her the way he never could. And then, she would undoubtedly eventually break up with Trin for the same reason all girls did. And then, he and Trin's lives would go on as usual.

"It wouldn't bother me any more than on those rare occasions that you have a girlfriend. Which reminds me, don't you have a girlfriend?" the half-Japanese male inquired with a cocked eyebrow.

"She broke up with me," Trin reported in a dull voice. Her pride was still smarting over the fact that Shego had broken things off with her as far as their inside play went. But, she supposed she was happy for her sister. She had gotten to know Shego fairly well over the months they had spent time with each other.

Shego was not the type to pour her heart out over something, so it was big for her to just admit she probably loved Kim. She was also a person who liked what she liked and she did what she liked, which included pestering Trin with physical attention. For her to suggest they stop before she even knew how Kim would respond to her affections was tremendous. It was something that could blow up in her face and she would not have anything to fall back on. As far as her personal life went, Shego did not like working without a net, but she was doing that now.

"Hey, why do you want to go out with Tatsu anyway?" Shin inquired, twisting his mouth up a little before he shoved some eggs in his face.

"Well, we had a really nice talk last night," Trin answered. She had enjoyed Tatsu's company and that was a strange thing for her. Usually, she was the very picture of a misanthrope. She would like to see if it meant something or if it was just a hiccup in life.

"You do know she's a mechanic right? Not up to your usual standards." His evil twin was all about intellectuals, fellow college students or other geniuses she met while doing conferences with her parents. "She dresses like that all time, she doesn't know any chemicals, and doesn't act all intellectual and whatnot," he added.

She rolled her eyes. He knew she was not that shallow. "If you don't want me to ask her, I won't."

"I didn't say that. I just don't think she's your type, but hey, go for it," he declared with a shrug, not knowing what he might be starting obviously.

Trin nodded. She would go for it. They had the last of their finals in a couple of days and then they were going to go home for the summer. She would get to see Kim graduate high school in a couple of months, too, which would be great. And maybe, she would have a girlfriend for a little while, a girlfriend who offered interesting conversation. She never expected to have a girlfriend for more than a couple of months and, often, she doubted she would want one for longer than that.

-8-8-8-8-

Tatsu got home and guessed it was time to release Kim, too. The very thought drew a deep sigh, hurting her chest. She would miss the spirited redhead, but she had to do what she had to do. She hoped things went as well with Kim as they did with Shin, even though she doubted it. After all, Kim was already gay, so that one was not going to come up to save her hide.

She sighed again and she called Kim to see if she could come over. Kim was the only person she ever called for recreational purposes. Everyone else got calls in regards to their cars or things like that. She guessed it was going to be her last phone call that did not involve business. It was actually saddening.

"Gonna be alone forever…" she muttered, feeling a sting in her heart. The word worthless echoed through her head.

Kim arrived, smiling bright as the sun as usual. She gave Tatsu an enthusiastic hug and a peck on the mouth as a greeting. Tatsu felt like such an ass as she accepted those things. A lump formed in her throat and a stone settled in her stomach. How could she hurt someone who cared so much about her? The mechanic felt beyond awful and it was visible on her face, which was rare.

"Hey, sweetie, what's wrong?" Kim asked because of the downtrodden look in Tatsu's entrancing ice blue eyes.

"I have to tell you something," Tatsu mumbled, worse than usual. She put her head down and rubbing her forehead with the heel of her palm as if it would help her feel better, but it did no such thing.

"What? What's wrong?" Kim asked again, placing her hand on Tatsu's shoulder for support.

"Kim, you're just about the only person I ever met in life that I like being around for a long time. I wish I did this right and that way I wouldn't feel so screwed up…" Sighing, Tatsu's shoulders slumped and she shrugged off Kim's hand.

Kim did not take the hint and simply moved her hand to Tatsu's bicep. "What? What did you do?" she inquired in a gentle tone.

Tatsu took a deep breath and tried to speak, but the lump in her throat made it very hard. Closing her mouth, she took another deep breath, but through her nose this time. She released it slowly and forced herself to look at Kim. She deserves this and you brought this pain on yourself because you're so damned stupid.

"All the time we've been going out, I had a boyfriend…" Tatsu admitted. Her eyes were stricken and looked like she had shattered internally.

"What?" Kim gasped and backed away, putting her hand to her chest. Suddenly, it was hard for her to breathe.

"He didn't come around often. He lives in another city. We broke up last night. I wish that could be it. I wish it was so easy…" the mechanic mumbled more so than usual, but the hero understood her words.

Kim squinted, studying the mechanic. She thought she knew Tatsu so well. She never expected this level of betrayal. "What do you mean?" Tears welled up in her eyes as she felt collapsed in on herself and her chest burned, like she was drowning. She hoped she misunderstood what was going on.

Tatsu shook her head. "I need to let you go, too, Kim. It's only right. You deserve someone so much better than me. I wasn't honest with you or anything about this, so this has to be it."

"You make it sound so simple…" Kim whispered, looking absolutely destroyed in her olive eyes, which crushed Tatsu.

The mechanic nervously played with her hands. She felt like such a worthless wretch, unworthy of any company she might enjoy. She then suddenly began hitting herself in the head with her palm. This was an old habit from childhood when she did something so obviously stupid that even she recognized it for what it was.

"It's my fault. I'm sorry. I'm so stupid…" Tatsu mumbled so badly that Kim did not understand her at all. Each hit to her head echoed loudly through the garage.

"Stop it," Kim begged, putting her up hands, like she was about to stop Tatsu, but she was worried about making this worse. Tatsu just continued on, hitting herself undoubtedly hard.

"Stupid, stupid, stupid," the raven-haired female murmured. Everyone was right about her. She was just so stupid. That was why she could not make it through high school, that was why her parents had never paid her much mind, and that was why she was going to lose Kim.

"Tatsu!" Kim grabbed Tatsu's hand to get her to stop. She held the offensive attachment tightly to make sure that Tatsu did not abuse herself anymore.

"I'm so sorry I did this to us," Tatsu apologized. It sounded like a sob and tears stung her eyes, but she held them at bay. Her stomach twisted and she felt like she might throw up.

"It's okay. We could work through it," Kim offered, tears sneaking out of her eyes. She said that more for how distressed the older female was than the fact that she believed they could survive as a couple after Tatsu confessed to two-timing, but she was not totally sure.

Tatsu shook her head like crazy. "No, we can't. You shouldn't trust me anymore. If I could do something like this to someone I like, what kind of person does that make me? I want you to be with someone better than me. You deserve so much better than me."

"Tatsu…" Kim was not sure what to say. She liked to think they could work through it all, because Tatsu was the type of person to say something like that. But, maybe Tatsu had a point.

Tatsu had been having an affair with her. Tatsu had made her the other woman. She had been so good to Tatsu. She could not figure out what she had done to make Tatsu do something like this to her. And even though Tatsu seemed all choked up and sincere now, she might go out and do it again. Maybe they did need to just call it quits now, but she would hate to leave Tatsu feeling so horrible.

"You deserve so much better," Tatsu sniffled and then her tears came.

Kim felt bad on two levels now. She was crushed that Tatsu had done this to her, but she was also pained by Tatsu's agony. How could Tatsu do this, hurt them both so much?

"Then, why did you do this?" Kim asked, wiping her eyes to no avail.

"I'm just so stupid," Tatsu replied.

Kim knew this was the most answer she would ever get from Tatsu. It was probably more than most got. "Was I not enough?"

"I was with him first and just never told you because I didn't think about him much. You were more than enough. You made me forget about him," Tatsu replied, trying to force out a laugh. It came out as a hiccup. She rubbed her eye with the heel of her hand, making it redder than the crying did.

Kim was not sure what to say to that. She hid her face in her hands and cried. Tatsu took her into an awkward hug. She let her. Even now, she felt some weird form of comfort in Tatsu. Kim clutched onto Tatsu and reached up to wipe away Tatsu's tears.

The now ex-couple took a few minutes trying to make each other feel better. It was odd for both of them. Tatsu did not think she was worth the time for Kim to even try to cheer her up. Kim would like to leave as soon as she could as this hurt her to the core of her being. She felt like her soul had been shredded.

Once Kim left, Tatsu just went to work. She figured she would do the only thing that brought her joy now, fixing vehicles. It would be able to keep her out of trouble and keep her from hurting anyone else, which was fine by her.

-*-(New day)-*-

Kim was eager for the day to end. Her sister was coming home and she had a lot of things she needed to talk about, most of those things having to do with emails she kept getting from a certain green-skinned villainess. She did not know what to do, especially since having her heart broken recently. She hoped Trin had some answers for her. But, she was going to have to wait until the blonde showed up.

Trin had made a detour when she got into Middleton. She had come alone; Shin wanted to do some end-of-school partying with some new associates, so he would come along in a week or so… or so he claimed. That was not her problem, though. She went to visit Tatsu, finding the mechanic elbow deep in the hood of a car.

"Excuse me," Trin called in, knocking on the side door that was open to let in some air.

Tatsu turned to see who was there. "You…" Her eyes went wide as she caught sight of the blonde female. She almost banged her head on the hood on the car, but remembered just in time to avoid making a complete ass out of herself.

"Hello again. Quite the space you have here," Trin commented as she looked around. There were three cars parked in the garage area with a workbench up against a wall.

Tatsu frowned slightly and did not respond, thinking Trin was making fun of her. She really did not need this at the moment. She still felt terrible from her breakup with Kim. She did not want company of any kind, especially if that company was going to try to belittle her.

Trin took note of Tatsu's cold shoulder, but pressed on. She truly wanted to get to know Tatsu better. They had gotten along quite well for the short time that they had been together. She would like to see if that was just a fluke.

"I was wondering if you're not busy tonight, perhaps you'd like to join me for dinner? I know quite the nice restaurant," Trin said. She knew a good restaurant that she thought the mechanic would like since Tatsu had enjoyed the dinner they had in the apartment. It was also a place she would not be stared at or bothered by local Middleton assholes.

"So?" Tatsu replied, practically biting Trin's head off with that one word.

Trin took the blow and just stood stronger. Nothing worth having was gained easily, after all. "I thought you would enjoy it."

"I wouldn't," Tatsu replied.

"Are you sure?"

"Could you just leave?" the mechanic huffed.

Trin scowled at being ordered around, but she did not have time to screw around. Besides, she could take a hint. Apparently, the time at the apartment was a fluke.

Trin planned to pick up Kim from school, so she turned and left. But, things were not done by far in her opinion. Tatsu flinched as the blonde slammed the door loudly. Tatsu actually had to look to make sure it had not fallen off its hinges.

Tatsu sighed. "That's that." She thought she would feel better with Trin gone, but she did not. Her stomach twisted and turned to the point she feared she might throw up.

To ignore the feeling, Tatsu returned to her business inside of the car. It was about as distracting as it had been before, which was not very. Minutes after she left, Tatsu's phone went off and she answered without looking at it.

"What?" Tatsu snarled, annoyed by the interruption.

"Man, you sound pissy. Did the harpy make it to you yet?" Shin inquired.

"Harpy?"

"Trin," he clarified. He called because he had to know what happened and he knew Trin would not tell him without him being able to pester her in person, which he would only be able to do in about a week.

"Oh…" she sort of grunted the word out. "Yeah."

"Cool. So, did you accept her offer or did you bust her little pink bubble by telling her you're straight and with a dude?"

"Huh?"

"She asked you out, right?" he asked.

"Oh… yeah."

"Did you accept or what?" he inquired.

"No…" she answered. She was serious about that? Why the hell would someone like Trin seriously ask her out?

"Why not? Because of the other boyfriend?"

"I'm single now," she found herself telling him. "I didn't accept."

"What? And you're single? Is it because you're straight then?" he pressed, like he really needed to know.

"No…" she answered. This was a weird conversation. Why would her ex-boyfriend be so invested in her dating the roommate he had a weird relationship with? How weird was their relationship exactly?

"Well, then why?"

"I just don't want to be bothered now," Tatsu informed him.

"Look, Tatsu, I don't know what happened with you and not wanting to be bothered, but if you're single and not against going out with women, you really should take the harpy up on her offer. Trust me, she doesn't usually offer, but when she does, you really need to take her up on it. She likes you and you'd like her company, plus she pays for everything," he remarked.

"I don't know…" she replied hesitantly. Trin had been nice for the day they sat together, but she did not think that meant anything.

"Trust me, if you two got along while you were here, you'll like going out with her. So, you really should give it a try. I bet it'll clear up your pissy attitude. If anything, you get free food and drinks out of her and maybe some good conversation, since apparently you two managed to have that, not that I understand how. Anyway, just think about it for a while and then call her up and tell her you changed your mind. With luck, the offer is still out there," he quipped, which was not making her feel much better.

"I don't have her number," she pointed out.

"I'll give it to you," he declared proudly. He felt like he was helping and that made him feel good. Well, helping when it came to people he was close to. He was not a fan of helping in general. He thought if nothing else, going out with Trin would get Tatsu out of whatever funk she was in and Trin would have a girlfriend to shower her odd affections on for the summer while he ran around doing fun stuff. Come fall term, everything would go back to normal, though. Well, that was what he thought anyway.

-8-8-8-8-

Kim was glad to see Trin and she was ready to confess something rather heavy to her older sister. She managed to hold it in until they got home and let everyone get through their welcomes. She then dragged Trin to her room and paced for a moment. She was so confused she needed to tell someone and so, she told Trin. After all, they told each other everything.

"So… Shego's being weird and trying to, like, woo me through the Internet. It's weird, but a good weird because it's working, but it's still weird. You want to see?" Kim was already pulling Trin to her computer.

Trin sighed as she read the emails, almost ten altogether, but not very repetitive. Shego was obviously no romantic, which she knew already, but at least she got her point across. She was also very honest about her feelings. The tone of the messages conveyed just how deeply Shego's emotions ran for Kim.

"Well, Mini-me, it would seem the ball is in your court. Now, are you or are you not interested in exploring her feelings with her?" Trin asked, leaning back in the desk chair.

"I don't know…" Kim replied in an unsure tone, throwing herself onto her bed. She stared at the ceiling and sighed. She had thought about Shego a lot thanks to the emails and also about how Shego saved her life. It meant a lot to her, she realized.

"Well, until you know, this is going to be quite the dull conversation," Trin pointed out.

Kim sat up enough to look at her sister. "Do you think I should?"

"Don't you like taking chances?" the blonde countered blandly.

"But, she's a criminal."

"She's expressed a willingness to change for you, so that's not the best argument. If she's willing to try, shouldn't you have faith?" Trin asked.

"What if she's lying?" Kim countered.

"We can all possibly be lying. Yes, some more likely than others. She's invested a lot of time and effort into this lie if that is the case. Even if it might be, you've expressed an interest, which is why this is on your mind. Are you going to let that go?"

Kim nibbled her bottom lip briefly. "But, if it's a trick, she could go around saying… things about me."

Trin waved that off. "People say things all the time, whether they're true or not." It was unfortunate that other people's opinions mattered to Kim.

Nodding, Kim glanced away, fiddling her fingers together. "Trin… would you care if I was… um… a…" She could not get the question out. It was one of the things that kept her from moving forward with the decision on her current situation. What would her sister say about her now that she had shown her so much?

"Mini-me, between the two of us, I understand exactly where you're coming from," the elder female replied. She was still very much in the closet. She did not see the point in coming out since her girlfriends did not last long. And, maybe she was a little nervous about how her family might react.

Kim's eyes went wide and for a moment she could not make words. She could hardly believe those implications. "You're a…"

Trin nodded. "I am. And in my professional opinion, I think you should give this a try. If it is a trick, you know Shin and I have your back and we would all make her pay dearly for such a thing."

"I don't like you hurting people," Kim reminded Trin.

"Well, I don't like people hurting you," Trin riposted.

The redhead sighed. "So, you think I should try?"

"I do. While there is a chance that it is a trick, there's also a chance that she's being sincere. What if she's being sincere?"

Kim nodded. Trin left Kim to think of what they talked about. As soon as the blonde got into her bedroom, her phone went off. She checked to see who was calling, but did not recognize the phone number. She answered anyway and it turned out to be Tatsu. It would seem the mechanic had changed her mind. Trin had to think on that, pride stung yet again, but still curious. She accepted, despite being upset with being brushed off before.

"Just know there will not be a third time," Trin decided to say. She was no one's yo-yo.

"No, no, no. I understand," Tatsu replied. "Thanks for accepting this time, actually."

"As I said, there will not be a third." Of course, there might not be a now if she continued speaking like this and Trin knew that.

"I didn't mean to be such an ass before. It's just been rough lately," Tatsu stated.

"Tell me about it."

Realizing this was not rhetorical, Tatsu explained she was having a bad few days… well, no, couple of weeks now and she had taken that out on Trin. The college student accepted that and then explained she might have a situation of her own soon, so she would like to move their date to next week. Tatsu accepted. It would give her time to get her head together.

Trin was right to postpone her date since she would barely have time to think. A couple of days later, Kim decided she would like to see if Shego was serious, so Trin had to help plot and plan for that to be possible. She called Shin and they came up with an idea to "rescue" Shego from not only Drakken's madness, but also from the arms of any systems of justice that might be looking to take her down. Trin and Shin sighed; the things they did for Kim.

"You know, I actually think she'll be the death of us one day instead of me," Shin remarked.

Trin wished she could argue that. "At least with her, I can die happy. With you, I get to go to Hell pissed off."

"That'll happen anyway since you'll be going to Hell with me." Once again, she wished she could argue that.

-8-8-8-8-

Epilogue: The Right Way

After a trying time of getting Global Justice to plea bargain away any time in jail Shego would have had to serve by getting Shego to tell a few secrets of Drakken's, everyone got a chance to take a breather. The so-called bargain for Shego to end up with probation for a few years was actually stacked in GJ's favor as far as Trin was concerned. Mostly because come her next break from school, she and Shin would have to work for the bloody organization doing computer work and maybe even a few missions. She was irked, but she was fine with doing it. So far Kim seemed very happy with Shego.

It had been a very blissful summer for Kim and Shego, going on dates and just being sickeningly in love… or just sickening in Shego's case as far as Trin was concerned. In fact, they lived together in the apartment down the hall. Kim now went to the same school as Trin and Shin.

Trin herself was now grossly enchanted with Tatsu, dating her and loving her, and making a better effort than Shin ever did to maintain the long distance relationship between the two of them. Tatsu seemed to truly appreciate the effort and did her best to return it, surprisingly romantic when motivated. Tatsu often sent Trin cards, flowers, or other little items to let Trin know she was in Tatsu's thoughts and missed. Tatsu was definitely glad Shin talked her into that date with Trin a few months ago because Trin certainly did make her happy.

Shin was making up for lost time, as Trin suspected he would, when it came to his sexuality. He was wilder than ever now that he found out he was gay. A couple of times, Trin had walked in on him with a random male in the middle of the living room, much to her disgust. This was something that never happened when he was going out with girls. She hated he would do such things on her good furniture and her polished floors, like he ever cleaned anything! But, he seemed to love every second that he was able to get on her nerves and have a good time.

The one thing Shin started to notice was that his harpy seemed to be falling away from him. Slowly but surely, things with her were drifting more toward Tatsu. It was a bit upsetting for him since he was used to Trin being his and he sometimes threw fits about it, but she did not care. Eventually, he figured it out; his nutty shrew had fallen in love.

"Oh, great," Shin muttered to himself one day while watching Trin preparing for her six-month anniversary with Tatsu, making it by far the longest relationship she had ever been in. "I just pretty much gave her away," he mumbled to himself. He had pretty much put Tatsu into Trin's lap, which bothered him at the moment. She was supposed to be his evil twin, his.

He was quarantined in his room that night for Tatsu's first visit to the apartment since she and Trin had become a couple. Trin would have liked for him to just go out, but he wanted some of the hot, delicious chicken dinner she made. So, they struck the deal that he could have some, as long as he stayed in his room for the entire night once Tatsu showed up. The morning was a different matter altogether, even though Tatsu was still there that morning.

-8-8-8-8-

"Hey, can we get some breakfast?" Shego shouted as she and Kim entered the apartment in the morning.

"Shego, if you picked that lock to get in, you know the harpy is going to eat you alive like the bird demon she is," Shin remarked from the dining room table.

"Damn right I am," Trin concurred from the kitchen.

Shego rolled her eyes. She and Trin got along pretty well when they interacted outside of sparring, much like Trin and Shin got along, though. They exchanged insults, barbs, and smart remarks. Trin nagged Shego on perceived bad habits, like she did with Shin, and Shego shot back with snide comments. It was just like they used to be actually, without the kissing and groping of the past.

"I used my key, sis," Kim said to quell any fight that might arise because Trin seriously hated when Shego picked the door lock for the hell of it.

Trin did not respond and Kim and Shego walked over to the dining area. Kim looked into the kitchen and saw something decidedly weird, Tatsu. Tatsu was in her pajamas, in the kitchen with Trin, just hovering around the blonde. She noticed Kim and they both just started at each other. The world could not be that small, they considered.

Kim's reaction and Tatsu's reaction to seeing each other did not go unnoticed. This was one of the problems with living with trained spies. They were asked about it by their significant others in private.

Shego could barely wait, asking Kim as soon as they stepped out of the apartment to run errands together. "What was that little thing between you and blondie's little lapdog?"

Kim's brow furrowed. "What thing? And don't call her that."

"That thing. You looked at each other and there was something there. You know what I'm talking about. Don't play like you don't."

Sighing, Kim scratched her head. "We used to date."

Emerald eyes went wide. "You used to…?" She could not even say the word. What the hell could Kim have ever seen in that mumbling mess of a mechanic?

Kim gave her a stern look. "Be nice."

Shego threw her hands out. "I haven't even said anything!"

"I know what you're thinking and it's not very nice. Tatsu is a great person. I'm just a little surprised to see her with Trin."

"Why, because your big sis is all about the preppy girls?" Shego teased.

Kim scoffed. "Because Trin hates people and I can't see how they would've met. Trin's not exactly out going and Tatsu isn't either."

"How'd you meet her?"

"I literally ran into and freaked when I thought I spilled hot coffee on her."

Shego laughed. "Smooth, Princess. Real smooth."

Kim stuck her tongue out. "You're just jealous you don't know about my klutzy side and she does."

Shego snorted. "I know you best of all." She put her arm around Kim's shoulder and dragged her into their apartment. And that was the issue for them, at least involving Tatsu.

-8-8-8-8-

It was not so simple for Tatsu. Trin pulled her into the bedroom and just looked at her. Tatsu knew what it was about.

"I… uh… I… used to date Kim," Tatsu confessed, rubbing her palms together.

"You…" Trin took a deep breath. She had not been expecting that answer of all things.

Tatsu decided to get it all out before Trin could grab that piece. If she was going to be yelled at, she wanted it to be for just one thing. If it was going to be worse, she wanted it over as soon as possible.

"I was dating Kim while I was still dating Shin. I was cheating with Kim and I hadn't told her. I told her and broke up with her after Shin broke up with me," Tatsu said, taking a deep breath, but she felt like she could not get any more air into her lungs. She was so certain Trin was going to break up with her and this was the last thing on Earth that she wanted.

Trin took in the information, keeping her usual calm demeanor about her, which did not make her girlfriend feel at ease. It did not help that Trin paced for just a moment and then stopped. Tatsu had been in a relationship with her sister? It was not as big a deal as Tatsu really thought. After knowing that Tatsu was in a relationship with Shin, who was like a brother to her, so her being with a sibling was not so odd, even if she was with them at the same time. Shin had not been much of a boyfriend, after all. Kim had probably been a relief in the desert of Shin. There were other implications, though.

"You're not with me because I remind you of Kim, are you?" Trin asked, her heart in her throat. She was actually scared. This was an emotion she was so familiar with, but tried so hard to forget. She was frightened to know that she might have fallen in love with a woman that just wanted her because she could not have Kim.

"No!" Tatsu practically roared, unable to deal with the shattered look in Trin's eyes. How many people would she hurt and disappoint over this? "No, nothing like that. Hell, I didn't even know she was your sister until today."

"That doesn't mean anything. I could still remind you of her. I could remind you of your ex."

"But, that's not it. You're you and there's no one like you. When I told you I love you last night, I meant it. I do love you. I liked being with Kim because she was the first person that tried to understand me and be nice to me, but I love you."

Trin did not respond or move, but Tatsu did. The mechanic grabbed Trin into a tight hug and held onto her. She inhaled Trin's wonderful scent like she was trying to take in her essence. Oh, god, she did not want to lose Trin. She honest and truly loved this woman.

"Please," Tatsu whispered with a hitch in her throat. "Believe me like you did last night," she begged, her voice breaking. "I can't lose you. Believe me. Please." How could stupidity of some months ago continue to ruin her life? A tear slid from her eye and landed on Trin's bare arm.

Trin's brain was jumpstarted as she felt that tear land on her, but she could only nod. She believed Tatsu. She could feel the desperation of the embrace felt and hear the conviction in her voice.

"I can't be Kim," Trin's voice cracked. She could only be herself. She was not made to be anyone else.

"I would never want you to be. You're you and I love you," Tatsu repeated. "Believe me."

Trin somehow swallowed down the stone in her throat. "I do…" She did.

So, Trin returned the hug, even though she still had a problem with hugging. Of course, this made the embrace even more special to Tatsu, who was aware of how Trin felt about hugging. Tatsu held on even tighter than before. There were some tears, which turned into laughs before silence reigned over the room.

"Just to let you know though, if you cheat on me…" Trin did not even finish the thought.

"Don't worry, I'd never do something like that again, especially not to you. I love you so much and I never want to lose you," Tatsu replied and she pushed herself up to kiss Trin on the lips; the blonde was taller than Tatsu. Trin returned the show of affection, as she believed Tatsu would remain faithful to her. Life was about taking chances anyway, she told herself.

-8-8-8-8-

Shego was going through something similar. She had felt the need to be honest after Kim confessed she had a relationship with Tatsu. Shego had actually came out and said she had "a thing" with Trin. She hesitated in calling it a relationship because she and Trin had not really considered it such. In all honesty, she had no clue what to consider what she had with Trin aside from "a thing."

"Whoa, are you with me because I remind you of Trin then?" Kim inquired, taking a step back and almost falling over the coffee table.

"First of all, Princess, you don't remind me of Trin at all, aside from the nagging anyway. You guys are like apples and oranges to me. No, actually, more like apples and cacti. I stopped the thing that me and Trin had because I figured out that I love you. I do love you and that's that," Shego stated soundly.

"That's that?" Kim echoed, shaking her head. Some of the things that the former villainess let leave her mouth baffled her. That just did not sound like the proper way to end the discussion that they were having.

"Yeah, that's that. I love you and I'm going to stick it out with you, so stop arguing with me and stop trying to pick a fight," the pale woman replied.

"I'm not trying to pick a fight," Kim argued.

"Then just take my word on it that I love you, just like I'm going to take your word on it that you're not doing anything with Tatsu. She's with Trin and you're with me and that's the end," Shego declared.

Kim decided to just go with Shego on this because the former thief did have a point. Tatsu was with Trin and according to Shin, the two were so in love it made him want to disembowel himself to not have to see it anymore. She and Shego were together, also in love. And Shin was, well, himself. So, that was the end.

The End.

The next story in the series: Underdogs.

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