Lmao okay but in carentan when Blithe hears someone say “flash” from the bushes, he goes “thunder” as you do, in the most collected voice and it’s like the only reason why it’s followed by another loud, panicked “THUNDER!!!” is because he’s realized that it’s Speirs who’s gonna approach him and that man is causing a much bigger fear than any Mr. Kraut von Jerry ever could.
new thing i’m emotional about: how sourpuss grumbler who never lets anyone get away with anything or slack off for even a second, johnny martin, is with blithe so much in carentan and never takes him on. there are some sidelong looks, but he’s mostly just there, quietly watching, and he’s right fucking there taking care of blithe and screaming for the medic when he gets hit.
blithe brings out interesting things in all of them (notice that shifty, of all people almost always looks at him with mild apprehension), but the patience and silent, watchful care he brings out in martin is about to make me cry.
As soon as Bull jogs up the path to find Johnny halfway up a tree, he realizes that today isn’t going to be a normal Monday morning.
Very few things can freak Johnny out so badly that he has to climb a tree just to get away. Clowns, for one thing. (Bull still remembers the afternoon a few members of the local circus troupe were handing out balloons in the park. It took him an hour to coax Johnny down from the branches.) A really bold squirrel picking a fight with him has been known to accomplish it on more than one occasion. The only thing Bull can think of that would really get to Johnny, however, and leave him looking like that, is…
“Bull!” Johnny’s voice rings out, on just the right end of shrill. “Get this thing away from me!”