59 and 74 could be fun. Carolina and whomever else you feel like, I'm not picky.
59. No Way Out/74. Are You Challenging Me?
“She went too far,” Carolina says. This is, she knows, the key to arguing: find a strong thesis. Stick with it. Find new ways to express it, but stay on topic, stay persistent. Sometimes repetition wins where subtler methods of persuasion fail. “We were only ordered to retrieve CT’s armor, not kill her.”
The Director looks at her over his glasses. “Those were your orders, yes.”
“My orders,” says Carolina. She’s been standing at rigid attention for nearly an hour. The bullet graze on her calf is a dull ache at the back of her mind. The tension and pain, she thinks, must be the reason why she’s trembling. “As opposed to Tex’s orders.”
“Agent Texas,” the Director says, “is the current Number One on the leaderboard. If you will recall, Agent Carolina, when you occupied that position, you were privy to certain… details.”
Carolina’s jaw is set. “Details that would justify killing a teammate in cold blood.”
The Director’s hand spasms into a fist; Carolina flinches instinctively. “You failed your mission. The retrieval of Agent Connecticut’s armor was non-negotiable. By any means necessary, Agent.”
Persistence is key. Carolina takes a shaky step forward. “Sir, I understand the importance of retrieving that armor, but–”
“I very much doubt that you do, Agent Carolina,” he says, and looks down at the tablet in front of him. “Dismissed. Tell Agent Texas I’m ready for her debrief at any time.”
“Insubordination,” the Director says, “is not something I’ve come to expect of you, Agent. You do not challenge me.” He glances up at her. “Let’s not forget who taught you to argue in the first place. Persistence without reason is not a virtue. Pick your battles, Carolina. And for God’s sake, start winning the battles you pick.” He lowers his voice. “You’re bleeding on my floor, Agent. Get to the infirmary. Dismissed.”
Carolina meets his eyes for a long moment. She looks away first.
Ahhh, I’ve been staring at this message for a while now because it makes me really happy. I am always ecstatic to know when someone gives Eight a try, especially if they end up loving him, as well!
It was a weird feeling, finally admitting to myself that Eight was my favorite, and Ten was a close second. But yeah. He’s my darling amnesiac puppy. I’m incredibly thrilled to know he’s your darling amnesiac puppy, too!
DUDE when I first read OotP, I was screaming at my book. Not because I hated Harry for whining or anything, but that I was so fucking excited we were finally seeing him react to the events. He's one resilient kid. He's parents died, he was abused, he fought his parent's killer, he found another version of his parent's killer and a motherfucking giant snake, he was united with his godfather only to have him be ripped away, then everything in GoF. HOW HAD HE NOT COMPLAINED BEFORE OotP?!?
UGH RIGHT THANK YOU LIKE I JUST DON’T GET IT. He was 15 fucking years old and the events of the end of Goblet of Fire were beyond traumatizing HE HAS BASICALLY ALMOST DIED ONCE A YEAR FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS AND IN GOF HE ALMOST DIED LIKE A MILLION TIMES AND JUST UGH THANK YOU SO MUCH I love that there are people who understand me and aren’t all fucking idiots like the people who reblogged that post okay I’m done now you’re just wonderful okay I’m DONE.
in regards to carolina acting solely as an epsilon-carrying unit: I'm also kind of peeved at the "can you believe I have to LIVE with her" bit they included. like 1) jesus fuck, church, way to channel the director on that one. but especially because 2) the camera cut to carolina right after that and she didn't get a chance to react and call him out on his bullshit or do ANYTHING, she just took it and instead they just used that time/angle for wash to move into frame.
yeh it’s… not something i’m impressed with, this season. i really enjoy epsilon and all, but i’m irritated that he’s stealing the show here when it would be so easy to throw in a line or two that’d show some actual development for carolina. i’m still really, really, really frustrated that the flashback episode was basically 100% epsilon and 0% carolina, especially since we’ve kinda got this thing going here where she only ever gets character development offscreen and it’s really really really frustrating, y'know?
i mean, sure, on one level it’s the newer team having to work with what was already there, and goodness knows carolina wasn’t especially well-served by s10 on the character development front. but i just… i just think it’s pretty telling that there’s been a lot of fantastic character development in s11/12, and that it’s all gone to the guys.
AMELIA PEABODY MY LOVE. YOU TOTALLY NEED TO READ MORE. like I’m impressed that 15 books down the line I’m still excited and in awe of how well the characters and plots age. also also I could wax poetic about black jewels for DAYS.
That’s what I’m worried about lmao I hate seeing characters get old XD
How do you respond when people tell you to "man up"? My friend told me this the other day when I complained how the pool was way too cold to stay in for a long period of time. I floundered for a bit on a response before pointing out that her male friends we came with knew it was cold and wouldn't even get within a foot of the edge, much less go in.
I kick them in the balls. It’s hard to man up when you’re weeping on the floor, clutching your nuts.
sorry for creeping on your convo, but one time my mom went and got panera as a surprise, and she pulled out an everything bagel for me. I then had to inform her that that was my bff’s favorite bagel, not mine. so she told me to invite Amanda over.
haha aw! Well I’d invite Katie over but she’s in Philly aka two hours away so.
but we’ll be back at our apt on tuesday (wednesday for her) so we can get crappy florida bagels then
"“Holy shit, how long were you and Maine talking?”" so I started composing a message in my head as I was reading about how that's one of the things I love about your fics, that there's always one line that just makes me laugh out loud and have to pause and reread it several times before regrouping. Then I read on and so much of this had me cracking up that I just have to say job well done!