Abandoned Playground: Subverted. The Warden and the Mistress head out for this in Chapter 3. It then turns out not to be abandoned after all, as a mom with a young daughter comes along and kicks them off a swing.
Amazon Brigade: A group of girls show up, totally enamored by the Warden, and chase him and his friends all throughout Chapter 4.
Ambiguously Jewish: Dr. Lana Mumford is said to be this in Chapter 15 when she reveals she's at a cousin's bar mitzvah.
And I Must Scream: Chapter 17 talks about Mistress telling her children stories about the leader of Cuba, Acacia Castro-Avila, ordering her troops to execute foreigners in some of the worst ways possible. One of her favorite methods of torture (at least, according to Mistress's stories) is gouging out the victim's eyes while permanently sewing the mouth shut and amputating the arms and legs.
Baby Talk: Marguerite exhibits this two years later in Chapters 8 and 9.
Birth-Death Juxtaposition: Mistress gives birth to brother-sister twins in Chapter 15. A chapter later, a swarm of genetically-engineered hornets kill D.L. Diamond.
Bungled Suicide: This is why Warden's suicide attempts in prison never worked, according to the narrator in Chapter 9.
The Bus Came Back: Remember Anais Jacobson, the girl who assisted Mistress for most of her pregnancy with Marguerite? Yep, she comes back in Chapter 12 to be there for her former boss when she gets married.
But We Used a Condom: Warden lampshades this in Chapter 11 after Mistress tells him that she's pregnant again.
The Cake Is a Lie: Chapter 14 has inmates coming to Marguerite's birthday party because they were promised free lap dances.
Call Back: In Chapter 12, Warden recalls in his wedding vows the past two times he and his bride were mistaken for brother and sister.
Conjoined Twins: To Mistress's surprise, the wardens of the prison Warden is at are this. Each woman has a separate head, but they share the same organs in their body.
Crowd Song: In Chapter 9, Syna and Lace are forced to sing "Let's Do It" by Cole Porter, with everyone (including Warden and Mistress themselves) soon joining in.
Kangaroo Court: Chapter 7 takes place in one of these. To top it off, not only are the judge and attorney totally convinced that Warden is guilty (of being in cahoots with Cuba), but they also put him through another trial and sentence him to several years in prison, until Mistress breaks him out two years later.
Karma Houdini: This happens to Mistress more than Warden. She manages to escape being nabbed by police for murdering a woman out in broad daylight and breaking her lover out of prison.
Lookalike Lovers: The blonde mother in Chapter 3 lampshades this when she mistakes Warden and Mistress for brother and sister:
"I don't care if you and your sister are tapping into your childhood nostalgia." the blonde woman replied. "My daughter wants to get on the swing and I'll see to it she gets her swing, whether you like it or not."
"What? Sister?" Mistress asked, puzzled.
"Aren't you his sister?" the blonde replied with another question.
"No, I'm not. But he is the father of my little girl." Mistress replied, glancing at Warden behind her. "Also, who do you think you are waltzing in and announcing that this swing is your daughter's for the taking when we were here first?"
In Chapter 9, even Jaakko seems to think that the two lovers are brother and sister.
Warden lampshades these incidents in his wedding vows in Chapter 12.
Mama Bear: The Mistress displays this after Marguerite is nabbed from her father by a crazy woman.
Mistress later takes over for her daughter in Chapter 19 and fights Leader Acacia. It ends up killing her.
Meaningful Name: The conjoined twin wardens are named Syna and Lace, both names meaning "together" and "united".
Power Gives You Wings: In Chapter 1, the Warden is inspired enough to sprout a pair of green Luna moth wings after seeing one flying outside his window.
Promotion to Parent: In Chapter 17, the narrator explains that because Mistress is pregnant again, young Marguerite has to take on the role as the "second mother" to her siblings.
Rapid Fire No: In Chapter 14, an androgynous Original Character inmate called Lemur goes off into one of these when he/she finds out the free lap dance was a ruse to lure him/her and the other inmates into Marguerite's birthday party.
Mistress Minor: Hey! I don't know who you think you are, but if there's one thing I'm sure you could never be, it would be God.
Warden: Marguerite... No...
Mistress Minor: Dad, butt out. (focuses on Leader Acacia) You think you're so tough, don't you, Acacia? You think you can just sneer all you like and rule from your throne until your son Fidel is ready, don't you, Acacia? Well, I've got three words for you: Go. To. Hell. And I'll say them again. Go. To. Hell.
Mistress Major: Maggie, darling, I don't think that's a good idea.
Mistress Minor: And those threats about reducing me and my family and my friends to limbless, blind, deaf and sewn-up dummies? Guess what? They don't scare me one bit! Ha!
Warden: Marguerite, I think that's quite enough.
Mistress Minor: Dad, let me handle this. (focuses once again on Leader Acacia) I'm tired of waiting for this STUPID war to be over. And I'm tired of people like you who insist that the world revolves around them and that they know their destiny when they know nothing! I don't know my destiny but I don't feel the need to act confident that I do. And that's your worst flaw of all: overconfidence. You can't hurt us, like you say you can, anymore than my father's fatherhas, or Lord Stingraywhen he first came to us, or the man who killed Grandma.
Schedule Slip: Voltalia began to work on this fanfic in February around the same time she had just ended An Unexpected Child. The first three chapters were published that month. Three months later, Chapter 4 was published and Voltalia took straight away to explaining why she took so long. She went back to updating regularly after that, with the exception of the May 19th and 20th tornadoes in Oklahoma that delayed production of Chapter 7.
That Reminds Me of a Song: The Warden starts singing "Come Fly With Me" by Frank Sinatra in Chapter 2 while flying in the air with the Mistress and their daughter. It continues into Chapter 3 and actually advances the plot by having Warden be so distracted by his own musical number that bullets aiming for him catch him off-guard and force him to seek lower ground.
Time Skip: Chapter 8 skips ahead to two years into the future. Chapter 10 then proceeds to take place two months later. Chapter 12 takes place two months after that and Chapter 13 skips ahead to three and a half months after that. Chapter 14 then skips ahead to when Mistress is full-term and she has twins. Chapter 17 then takes place four years after that. Chapter 18 then skips to eleven years later.
Unexpected Positive: Chapter 10 has Cherice, who thinks she may be pregnant. Mistress decides to come along with her to the doctor for some tests, because no one else will. Guess who turns out to be pregnant.