Okay I love this scene and I want to wax lyrical about it for a mo.
Because it’s so gentle.
So often in media, when (on those rare occasions) you do see two men kiss, it can be rough, or aggressive, or fiercely passionate. Which is fine, depending on the circumstances (although sometimes it is jarring if the intensity of the kiss is disproportionate to the scene.)
But this is so soft and warm and lovely.
And they easily could have played it different. We’ve seen the badass that James can be, the strength and violence he has in him. They so easily could have turned this into something fierce, something possessive and manly.
But it’s not. It’s gentle and slow and full of joy and relief. And that’s such a wonderful thing to see in a series that is so often full of pain and blood and violence.
when one (or more) of the bros gets hit in the face with a mining cart in the balouve mines
or like the elevator in the balouve mines is so old it actually gets stuck and there’s 4 boys looking at each other blankly like why didn’t we split up in case this happened????
next time they DO split up anD ONE TWISTS AN ANKLE SLIPPING DOWN A SLOPE AND ENDS UP GETTING CARRIED PIGGYBACK STYLE ONLY TO FIND THE OTHER TWO ARE STUCK IN YET ANOTHER ELEVATOR
that time noctis used blizzaga while they’re fighting in a cauthess crater or the vesperpool and eVERYONE IS LIVID BECAUSE NOW THEY’RE STUCK ANKLE-DEEP IN SOLID ICE, EVEN NOCTIS IS LIKE ME @ ME WHY DID YOU D O THIS
someone stumbles into a cactuar needle trap and spends the rest of the day near the campfire in their underwear, getting small sharp annoying needles tweezed out of every inch of their body
Noctis actually buying that 20,000Gil can of cat food
putting the most important and cherished book of communication in a dog’s mouth
what if the thing Cindy put in the trunk of the regalia to deliver is still there
what if the statue we take pictures with was the real Kenny Crow following us around
climbing a rooftop on a chocobo to steal an item from the saxham farmers
using your monster truck to jump off the duscae arcs straight into a town
someone gets their accessory stuck in a spiracorn’s horn(s)
Toad and Confusion are status ailments that happen, just sayin ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
everyone gets shocked by the static electricity that clings to Noctis after using thunder elementals
Gentiana and Aranea somehow show up for the same battle, Aranea is VERY curious
someone stands in the magic campfire thinking it doesn’t burn
someone gets petrified in a compromising position, prompto has permanent photographic evidence
So I know Steve is in those school detention videos, but do they ever try to get you to be in any of them too?
they tried. they did not succeed.
this occurred for two reasons. 1. steve made those videos while i was still with hydra, so i wasnt around then. and after i came back and they asked me to do them, i watched steves videos and saw how dumb he looked. so i passed.
and 2. steve only did them in the first place because he got blackmailed.
so back during the war, steve had a reputation among the howlies as being terrible with women. which he was. so every so often when we were on leave, one of us would get it into our heads to try and help stevie develop some sort of game, in hopes that we would have to listen to him pine for peggy carter less.
he did a lot of pining.
we were all hanging out at a bar near camp after a stressful operation, killing time before the next transport turned up. morita was running late because he was getting a stark update for his radio kit, but the rest of us were already a few drinks in and well on our way to heckling steve into doing something dumb.
(we didnt have tv back then, so we had to get our entertainment somewhere. and let me tell you, steve is better than the kardashians in terms of just-cant-look-away decision making.)
so dumdum had convinced steve that he had the perfect line, and all steve would have to do was walk up to some dame and say it. steve obviously wasnt interested in anybody but pegs, but he admitted that a bit of practice just holding conversation with a lady would probably do him some good. dumdum pointed out a lovely dame with long brown hair and a WASP uniform sitting up at the bar, whispered the line in steve’s ear (because he didnt trust the rest of us with his perfect line) and sent steve off.
we watched as steve made his way over and sat down. he’d never looked more awkwardly enormous as he did wedged into the bar stool next to that tiny dame. he flagged down the bartender, ordered a couple drinks, and turned to deliver dumdum’s line.
except that right then, the bartender slid the drinks down the bar to him, and his arm caught them both as he turned.
so he delivered the line and then promptly doused the dame in two pints of terrible beer.
that’s when morita showed up. and just as the lady delivering a really lovely slap across that chiseled-as-rushmore jawline, jim morita says:
“what the hell is steve doing with my wife??”
because it turned out his wife was a civilian pilot who’d joined the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, and happened to be the transport pilot we were waiting for. none of us even knew he was married. he and his wife both kept their rings on their tags under their uniforms. her name was jenny, and she thought the whole thing was pretty damn funny.
she and steve both refused to divluge what exactly the line had been. but it must have been pretty bad, because when jenny and jim morita’s son found steve after the war, he used it as blackmail to get steve to do those videos. turns out he’s a high school principal somewhere in queens. and he’s on some sort of educational board that makes those things.
but morita never had any blackmail on me to pass along, so i got out home free.