Always dark, that's prison.
Faith sees light sometimes, in the exercise yard, when they're taken outside to breathe air empty of smoke, intrigue, and anger. Gets dark fast when they hit her, knife to her skin, and she forgets what it's like to want to not kill.
She struggles to remember that she put herself here to pay penance, but the shadows all taste bitter when she breathes, and each time she steps away without ending it--fight, jail-war, life--it's harder to believe she won't always be in the dark.
Wesley comes, phone clutched to his mouth, breathes her light.
Author's Chapter Notes:
Set during Angel season four.