“It‘s going to be lonely in here,” she said. “But at least he won‘t take you too. Don‘t forget me.”
“That’d be kind of hard.” It was John‘s voice, even more vivid and real than that of long-dead Lance Corporal Yate. Reality meant nothing now. She was … comfortable with that. “And he‘s not taking either of us, okay?”
The visor came closer. Cortana made a final effort to shut down whatever systems she could to leave her higher functions focused on assessing the environment around her.
There was little of High Charity‘s system left functional, but the sensors gave her enough feedback to determine that there really was a human-sized solid object in front of the podium, and that it was emitting certain EM frequencies.
There really was a man in armor leaning over her.
He’s real. It’s John. It’s really him. Oh, he did it - he did it, he came back, he kept his promise …
“You found me,” she whispered.
John tilted his head slightly. She hadn’t wanted him to see her in this state. She was still so close to system failure that she might not make it after all. But if she was going to sink farther into that unknown oblivion, then at least a familiar face—shielded in a visor or not—would be the last thing she saw, and it would be real .
“So much of me is wrong … out of place. You might be too late …”
John seemed unmoved, as always. Cortana was certain she knew better.
You know me,“ he said. "When I make a promise …”
“… You keep it.”
“You‘ll be back to normal soon. Don‘t worry.”
“That bad, huh?”
“Good as new, in fact.”
John was lying. If she‘d been embedded in his neural interface at that moment, she‘d have detected the galvanic skin response and raised heartbeat. But she could hear the faint change of pitch in his voice. And she knew how badly damaged she was. He had to be able to see that too; he put on that same reassuring voice she‘d heard him use with comrades bleeding out their lives on the battlefield.
But seven minutes, seven hours, seven years - whatever remained, Cortana would be more than satisfied with it. Eternity and all the data you could eat weren’t worth a damn if you didn’t have the right company.
“I’ve looked into it,” she said. “The abyss. My abyss.”
“Okay.” John transferred her to his suit. She could have sworn she felt him wince as they interfaced. That told her more eloquently than any diagnostic that something was irreparably wrong with her. “Take a long look. But you won‘t fall in. I‘m here now.”
She already felt some relief, probably because she was free of the Gravemind. When you were composed of pure thought, then confusion was agony, but certain reality was a soothing balm. “I‘m lucky to have you.”
“No,” John said. “Remember - I‘m the lucky one.”
“So you are,” she said.
Halo: Evolutions, Human Weakness
If they ever remaster Halo 3 I hope they replace the original dialogue with this.
Thank you for asking this! I’m sorry it’s been a few days since you asked. It’s been crazy with the finale and I’m just now becoming coherent enough to write anything of worth. I’ve actually been pondering on this the last couple of weeks. Especially as it was looking more and more like we weren’t going to get a resolution to these relationship troubles anytime soon.
I do, in fact, think that the astounding duo of Edward and Oswald isn’t going to go away after this. Nygmobblepot will forever be a part of the Batman universe from now on. Something to keep in mind, DC approves every story line that we see on Gotham. The people in charge at DC are very much aware of what’s been happening on the show and the reaction to it. Interviewers were asking about the introduction of these two before they ever met on screen. And once they did, the chemistry between them was electric. Robin and Cory kicked open a door that can’t be closed. It’s like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube. It’s not going to happen.
I don’t know how soon the effect will be felt throughout the mythos though. It will probably start small. Maybe a throw away line that mentions them. Something like, “Hey Pengy, haven’t seen Nygma around lately. Did you forget your anniversary again?” I think it is much more likely that any focus on either character would simply have their relationship as “established background” info, if anything at all.
I’m not sure what project Josh Gad will be heading as the Penguin but whatever they have planned is already in the works. So I’m not sure they have plans to highlight Penguin’s love life. But I can guarantee that the issue of Nygmobblepot and Penguin’s sexuality will be asked! There is no doubt about that. The creators of whatever secretive project this is will have to have answers about how they plan to portray Oswald and whether or not his relationship with Edward will factor into it. If these questions are asked early enough it may even have an impact.
Aside from future seasons of Gotham, I think the comics and video games are where their relationship might develop further first, before we see anything of the live-action movie variety. Plus, heroes are the ones that usually headline movies. While villains do steal the show, they are not the ones that usually get romantic subplots full of angst and depth. So if anyone is hoping to see Nygmobblepot on the big screen it might be a very long time. I would wager that we are far more likely to see the characters interact in a romantic way in something similar to The Lego Batman Movie or a stand alone comic series, than in a big DCEU project.
I know there is a ton of angst over how the Nygmobblepot story broke, but DC deserves heaps of praise for decided to move this story forward within the text instead of keeping it subtext, which they could have easily done. When the story first broke it reverberated. It was noticed. Whatever happens going forward, this iteration of them will forever be canon. Case in point is each of the character’s respective wikipedia pages now reference not only each other, but their relationship. Both entries were obviously written by the same person, but the facts still stand.
There is something inherently iconic about these two that is undeniable. It’s like peanut butter & jelly. Now that we know they go so well together, there is no going back. Whether it be their harmonious color scheme or the fact their personalities can compliment each other so well. Even their names just sound good together! I’m not a linguist so I can’t break it down but my tiny bit of googling reveals assonance to be one factor. There is also an explanation as for why “Edward & Oswald” sounds better than “Oswald & Edward”. E before O.
Add to that, Gotham continues to build on the idea that they are an essential part of each other’s origins. Depending on how Gotham proceeds, it could permanently cement them as the formidable duo we know they could truly be. They were basically a goldmine waiting to be tapped. Gotham just did it first. I have no doubt we will see a lot of them together in other forms of media in the coming years.
In the meantime, Gotham is serving up some of the best ‘break my shipper heart’ angst and pain that I have seen in a long time. I am floored by what went down this season and can’t wait to see how their relationship continues to evolve. Because no matter what, they will always be in each other’s orbit. Going forward, due to its long form storytelling, Gotham will be where we’ll see the most in depth portrayal of their complex relationship. I’m so ready!
Me and my brain in unison: FEW KNOW THE TRUTH.
WAS MORTAL ONCE, AS WERE WE ALL. HOWEVER, HIS CONTEMPT FOR HUMANITY DROVE HIM
TO CREATE ME AND MY BRETHREN. I AM RAZIEL, FIRST BORN OF HIS LIEUTENANTS. I STOOD WITH KAIN AND MY BRETHREN
AT THE DAWN OF THE EMPIRE. I HAVE SERVED HIM A MILLENNIUM. OVER TIME WE BECAME LESS HUMAN AND MORE … DIVINE. KAIN WOULD ENTER THE
STATE OF CHANGE AND EMERGE WITH A NEW GIFT. SOME YEARS AFTER THE MASTER, OUR EVOLUTION WOULD FOLLOW, UNTIL I HAD THE HONOUR
OF SURPASSING MY LORD. FOR MY TRANSGRESSION, I EARNED A NEW KIND OF REWARD.
AGONY. THERE WAS ONLY ONE POSSIBLE OUTCOME, MY ETERNAL DAMNATION. I, RAZIEL, WAS TO
SUFFER THE FATE OF TRAITORS AND WEAKLINGS: TO BURN FOREVER IN THE BOWELS OF THE
LAKE OF THE DEAD. TUMBLING, BURNING WITH WHITE HOT FIRE,
I PLUNGED INTO THE DEPTHS OF THE ABYSS. UNSPEAKABLE PAIN, RELENTLESS AGONY,
TIME CEASED TO EXIST. ONLY THIS TORTURE AND A DEEPENING HATRED OF THE HYPOCRISY THAT DAMNED ME TO
THIS HELL. AN ETERNITY PASSED AND MY TORMENT RECEDED, BRINGING ME BACK FROM THE
PRECIPICE OF MADNESS. THE DESCENT HAD DESTROYED ME, AND YET, I LIVED.
8 months ago I was struggling to pay my bills and feed myself. 8 months ago I was trying to figure out how to get my hands on enough heroin to overdose. Today I am finishing up my masters degree in evolutionary neuroscience and applying for PhD programs. Today I still sometimes question my decision to get clean.
Sometimes it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. Sometimes you have to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, even if it hurts and even if you’re tired of being brave. You are so much more incredible than you give yourself credit for.
Alan is a trainer who’s continuing his Pokemon journey to master Mega Evolution and become the strongest of the strong with his partner Charizard, who can Mega Evolve into Mega Charizard X. He was once researching Mega Evolution with Professor Sycamore, but….
Manon is a new trainer just beginning his journey with her partner Chespin, who she calls Mrs. Pin, she’s always needing rescuing… So how is she going to figure into Alan’s journey?
Siebold is a member of the Elite Four, but he also works as a chef. His partner Blastoise can Mega Evolve into Mega Blastoise… seems like a grand battle with Alan’s Mega Charizard is in store to unfold….
Ayaka also gets into a fierce battle with Alan. Her partner Absol can Mega Evolve into Mega Absol. As a matter of fact, she’ll also appear in this year’s movie for a battle with Ash as well?! (so that’s who’s earring it is!)
Louie/Rui/(Louis? honhon don’t forget we’re in pokefance)
His big, imposing appearance sure packs a punch…. but so does his skill in battle! He gets into a major battle with Alan over Mega Stones. His partner is Garchomp, who can evolve into Mega Garchomp.