Who: Wren and Saint + Luke
What: Taking pictures in bad places
Where: Queens, alleys and backstreets
Warnings/Rating: Violence & NPC death
Wren started out at the park, just like she'd said. Midday, and children laughing. Gus was at school, and she'd left Lia at the NYPD daycare. Luke was working, and she texted him to tell him the name of the park. It had all started out right, sun high in the sky and laughter catching and carrying on the Spring wind. She was dressed in a bright yellow sundress, a tiny cream shrug overtop and her camera-bag slung across her middle. She wasn't scared to be out; she was better about the noises now. Loud, they jarred her, but she could come back from it in a few seconds. No closets and locked doors, and no dead children to worry about. Just the sun on the crown of her cinnamon hair, and her toes curling in her sandals.
She snapped pictures of children on slides and monkey bars, and no one thought anything of the harmless young woman behind the camera lens. She was going to get releases, but someone caught her attention. Out of the corner of her eye, a little boy, curls and dirty feet. Running, and she followed. Maybe she shouldn't, but she did. She snapped a picture as he met with some older men on a corner, as he pulled a fistful of something from one pocket and exchanged it for a roll of money. He was young, five or six, about Gus' size, and Wren watched from behind a camera lens with a quiet snap of images. Unconcerned, though she should be, and she followed when the little boy moved on. His bare feet, and that was dangerous in New York.
She didn't really notice as the streets became dirtier and dirtier. The girls on the streets were red-rimmed eyes and short skirts, and the little boy danced between them like they were his family. She remembered the streets; she remembered how that felt, and she followed as he ducked into a dark alley, maw wide, and she snapped pictures of the graffiti and the trashcan-fire she could see burning deep, deep in the dark space, laundry overhead hanging from the fire escapes and obscuring the midday light. And the boy began scaling the fence at the end of the alley, and Wren followed into the dark.