I was reading about your analysis about Holly Blue and a thought came up. Could Holly Blue adopted the physical reaction from being mingled with the Earth Gems for so long? I'm seeing that if she was in charge of a different group of gems, she wouldn't be nearly as physical? Using other methods of getting them in shape and in line?
They’re separated from gems of their kind, so the socialisation process that we usually see, like Peridot still being able to compare herself to Era 1 Peridots in Too Short to Ride, the Ruby Squad, or Jasper talking about Jaspers as a collective, is largely absent.
In fact, there is an attempt from them to distance themselves from similar gems. Holly talks about the specific prestige of serving on an outpost in the middle of nowhere that no one visits.
So like Pearls, HBA’s may be expected to assimilate into the lives of their wards as well in order to get them to listen to her and respect her.
We needn’t go to my now, very tired example of the Ruby Squad. Let’s go to the Famethyst.
They play fight.
They’re not too into personal space.
They pick each other up without asking.
And none of it is seen as threatening or an invasion of space. In their social sphere, the norms for what is acceptable is different. And that doesn’t meant in the slightest that they’re less “civilised.” Some cultures in our world speak louder than others. Some cultures accept what most Western societies would describe as a “too close for comfort” distance when talking to one another. Some cultures go right for the kiss when they greet one another.
Taking a culturally relativism standpoint, we can’t say one is more valid than the other.
So in order to appeal to that, Holly Blue’s “get in your face” tactic may have been learned as well.
Seeing HBA’s as middle-level managers, I could see them acting differently if in case they were in charge of another group of gems, depending on the way they socialise.
One day, the whole world looks like an open page and you’ve been dancing as fast as you can with a smile on your face and then the earth and the sky they open together and carry me away as light as a feather chase the clouds from the ground in the big blue sky don’t wanna watch it all go by so I’m gonna fly
if house fires are triggering to you, you probably shouldn’t read this one (no deaths, but i don’t want to be attacked for not putting some type of disclaimer)
It was a call as routine as any other – someone called 911
about a house fire and the crew was now on the way to put it out. Calum was the
station’s go-to paramedic – even though no serious
injuries were reported, he was always right alongside his coworkers just in
case – so he quickly grabbed the keys to the ambulance and followed the firetruck
to the scene.
The firehouse dog – a black lab named Rusty – was sitting
shotgun in the ambulance. He was there as a form of comfort to victims of car
accidents and fires, and while he was mainly taken in by the department to help
kids feel better, adults were also comforted by the canine as well.
Calum pulled up to the curb and got out of his ambulance,
taking Rusty’s leash and letting him jump out of the vehicle as well. But as he
was standing there, getting his bag from the back, the dog immediately took
off, causing Calum to drop the leash.
called, spinning around. His eyes immediately found the lab as he trotted up to
a (h/c)-haired girl sitting on the ground in front of the burning house.