ELMER for the ask meme, give us your thoughts about smile boy
yes m888888 smile boy
A) Realistically -
honestly thinking about dyslexic Elmer making up spellings as he goes because he’s learnt several languages and can’t keep the spelling systems all in mind and besides it all sounds fake and Huey despairs. Elmer thinks the red squiggly lines are so cool and actually aims to try get as many as he can. Being in touch with Elmer is a nightmare.
B) Fucking hilarious - I fucking love the cryptid one about ‘smile man’ like it’s so nonsense but I find it beautifully funny like yes it’s the smile man with his smile hands. he wants you to smile. I just…know it’s absurd but everything about that delights me.
C) Ahahahah pain - did you mean Elmer’s entire life? I think Elmer’s reaction to trauma is agonising as it stands. I’m also genuinely chilled by him sometimes. He rationalises everything as being in search of smiles. It’s reallllllly unhealthy. But pain headcanons, man, I have a fic I’m avoiding writing bc I’ve never written anything like it. I’m not sure if I’m comfortable talking about all of it openly but it’d be Huey/Elmer and set just after Monica’s death and poor choices (Huey’s life) and Elmer just rolling with everything in hope that Huey will smile. I’ve wanted to write it a while. Who knows when I will? Maybe I will one day and then will no longer be able to say I’ve never written any Sin.
D) Fuck canon - OK BUT MASK MAKER TRIO OT3 OR OT4 W NIKI AND THEY ARE ALL HAPPY AND FERMET NEVER HAPPENED AND EVERYTHING IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL
The contrast between Elmer and Fermet (plus the way they’re set up as foils for each other) functions as an incredibly effective demonstration of how low empathy is not equivalent to cruel and high empathy is not equivalent to kind.
aaand then I went off about other characters’ empathy as well and this’ll make a better post than tag novel, given that I am the originator of the post