Did you notice how unsure aquamarine looked when she fired at the “emergency ship”. She looked extremely shocked by what Topaz just did. This must be the first time her “partner” is disobeying orders and it really brought her out of balance.
This was our first day of the CHC meet at Lake Topaz, NV, and Kai’s first time flying in snow. It snowed the entire day and I was soaked by the time the hunt was over, but it was worth it! Kai loved the cold and was completely undaunted by the snow. We had a lot of chases and ended up catching three.
I love the Bowling Pack (special thanks to @heartsickpixels because I won her giveaway!!!) so I made this lil lookbook inspired by it! This was my first time using photoshop and I def went overboard with topaz clean :/ oh well, enjoy!
What do you think about the relationship between Topaz and Aquamarine?
It’s… really… complicated. But it’s interesting.
I think Aquamarine uses fear as a controlling tactic, but she still cares about Topaz, which is why she was willing to brush the incident under the rug so quickly.
I think Topaz holds a lot of resentment for Aquamarine, but Aquamarine is the only one she feels comfortable working with, because at least with her, she gets to stay fused.
Something tells me this isn’t the first time they’ve butted heads, but it always ends with Topaz giving into Aquamarine, and Aquamarine acting like the conversation never happened, because in some weird messed up way, they still rely on each other.
i. The first time I realise I am in love with a girl, I am two moments past ghosting and every single cup of chai sneers as I pass. I wish so desperately to be anywhere but in this family. Somewhere catatonic, with no lungs for knowing. I am in love with a girl who has light skin and glass-stained eyes, and this is just another way of pronouncing star-crossed, autumn, the worn-down temple elevator when it grinds to a halt for no reason at all.
ii. I am Indian in the way of American accent and smiling in Tamil when the relatives come to visit. Call me creature cobbled from medulla and the rhythm of song in a foreign tongue. My mother’s cousin squeezes my cheeks, asks when I will find a nice boy to settle down with. None of this is revolution, nor giant solitude, but I want to remember what the sky looks like when the world ends. In private, I disappear in her soft arms. In public, my uncle teases me about boys, pokes my ribcage, mistakes the tears leaking out of the corners of my eyes for good-natured laughter.
iii. My body is a country pulled three different ways, trampled into topography of wanting. I read myths of goddesses who rolled India into their palms, conquered without blinking. Who baptised their souls with blood from another aching land, who refused to let memories pull them under. I curse profusely. I dream of her mouth. I do not let the words I bet Kali is a lesbian slip out of me at family reunions. My cousins side-eye me when I laugh at a sexual innuendo, wolf pack wondering. Later they will go home and speak fast in Hindi about my scandalous shoulders, how they peek around the edges of my sari like something not meant to be remembered.
iv. I love her in the way I love garlic naan and the feeling of a temple after dark. My mother passes the prata, alu curry. In this life, I am girl with hair cut short and heart too big for my body, too afraid of seizured legends and my cousins’ warring tongues. I ignore the questions cascading around me. With one hand I eat the food of a land I am learning to call my own, even as it pushes me further away. With the other I send her text messages under the table, feel the ground beneath my feet return to holy as I do.
What's your opinion on Topaz (the kid from chapter 42) I'm upset that he doesn't really have a canon name, but this fandom has been kind enough to give him one. He's really sweet imo :) (also that panel where he dried Fyodor's hair was kinda cute)
Okay so here is the thing with Topaz. Because I get the raws, I usually see them before the rest of the group. And in this case, I read through the chapter the first time fully thinking that with all the detail Topaz was getting, he was a new minor character (kinda like Michizou-level?). And by the time I got to the end, I was Too Attached and knew I had to build him up for fellow unsuspecting victims readers so they too could Feel.
He was really given a name for translation purposes because referring to him as ??? or Boy (which is what he was later captioned as in the artbook - he’s in the artbook! - ‘shounen’ :P) when he has quite a few lines/actual backstory was kinda sad, but I think? it also helped people feel more attached to him too? Maybe? It does seem a bit easier when there’s some sort of name attached. And somehow it stuck, which was both a little scary* (something I’d done had had an effect?) and kinda cool~
So Topaz definitely has a special place in my heart haha. Especially his face when Fyodor sneezes, and him drying Fyodor’s hair (and Fyodor’s little ‘wah wah’s).
*Okay not quite scary, but… surprising? We’re just a little scanlation group, after all. XD