I don’t know why but I suddenly got the itch today to write a soulmate AU. I don’t usually go for that trope even in reading because the whole “fate” thing is a bit off-putting to me. I like it when people choose who they love. It might not be easy, some days they might regret it, but they choose every day that this is the person they want to be with and they put in the work to make that future with them.
Still I think I can work with that. A world where soulmates aren’t the most important part of the match. A world where prejudice and society comes before whatever the soulmark says. So people can choose not to love who the soulmark points to, or they can love them and not be with them, or they can be with them but only in secret because society would judge them uncaring of the soulmark that binds them.
The soulmark says this could be your future. It doesn’t say it has to be. Not even soulmates are guaranteed happy endings. Sometimes you never meet them, the mark scars over as they died. Sometimes you meet them in a crowded room and can’t be certain who it was and they are lost.
Some see the soulmark as something precious that the world was gifted, something beautiful and look how they screwed it up. Others see it as a pointless curiosity that might be a nice bonus if it works out but really there are more important things.
People hide their soulmarks. Not everyone but enough that those with ‘odd’ marks can keep their secret. Such as those that were born with not one mark but two.
I don’t know if I’ll write this or not. Thus far I’ve written every Sanctuary idea I have had (or it’s scheduled) but I’m unlikely to be able to keep that up forever. It’s interesting though.