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The Enemy

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The first thing to realize is that soulmates are just another thing the Horde can’t control, so they treat them like they don’t exist. None of their soldiers are ever told what soulmates are, how they work, nothing.

The second thing is that neither Catra nor Adora has much experience with music, and thus neither has really had much of an opportunity to sing.

The third thing is that, over the course of their Horde training, they’ve both taken so many injuries that they never thought to question it when cuts and bruises showed up that they didn’t remember getting. That’s just the way of things, can’t remember EVERY little scrape.

And then Adora leaves for the Rebellion, and everything changes. The Rebellion has MUSIC, they have light and laughter and SINGING, and Adora loves it SO MUCH that she starts learning to sing herself. And she has a truly lovely voice, which everyone in the Princess Alliance adores.

Small comfort to Catra, who can’t stop hearing Adora’s voice in her head, singing and happy and without her, and she has NO IDEA WHY. It’s like her brain is mocking her that Adora left her behind, that Adora never needed her, that she’s fine without her. And she gets angrier. And she starts making mistakes.

One of those mistakes comes to Shadow Weaver’s attention, and in the middle of an average day in Brightmoon, Adora suddenly drops to the ground screaming without any explanation.

Perfuma is the one who figures it out, and once Glimmer realizes the implications, she has an outright panic attack. She-Ra has a soulmate, and she is the ENEMY. Worse—She-Ra’s soulmate is being tortured, and there’s nothing they can do about it.

Seahawk calls bullshit and immediately commandeers a ship to take Glimmer, Bow, and Mermista on a daring raid of the Fright Zone, for what is perhaps the strangest rescue mission the Alliance has ever undertaken.