Jess shanking Daud with a hair pin is truly the brightest timeline
I’m glad i saw that piece of historical info about deadly hat pins being an actual thing, because I’m only on my morning coffee stage and my day has already been made
I mean, it’s sad that Emily still had to be a witness to something this gruesome and it will take some time before she can approach the gazebo without her heart beginning to race, and remembering the blood spilled on the white marble and the dead bodies of the men who attacked her mom and her friend being dragged away. She never saw this much blood in one place before, only her nosebleeds and scratched knees and elbows, she could barely grasp the concept of so much blood being in one person and trickling from a single tiny stabwound in his neck. It was clearly not something for her to say and she could see a passing horro and guilt in the eyes of Corvo and her mom, because they woulkd shield her from seeing this if they could.
But everyone is alive and that’s what matters.
Jessamine would still be shaking, the realisation of her life being so close to ending hits her like a heavy ocean wave, and she suddenly feels very weak, there’s blood all over her hands and the front of her jacket (ruined, probably, irrepairably), it’s grows dry, sticky and disgusting, and the air still smells of gunpowder from Corvo shooting the remaining assassins. But she’s the empress, she is not supposed to fall apart, she needs to put her mask of composure back on, because if she won’t inspire confidence and the sense of safety in her daughter, then who will?
Needless to say, the news spread with terrifying speed, the wildest gossip blooms on the streets and the most ridiculous details are added to the story as it passes from one person from another. Jessamine was known for a number of things, including the aristocracy’s disdainful “empress of the beggars” for her attempts at improving the lives of the lower class, but now everyone in Dunwall knows that she killed an assassin with her own hands, and…..may I say the aristocracy feels more than a little afraid of her now, seeing what this highly compassionate person is capable of doing.