Look what I found while lurking in the depths of my computer (1000 things to do instead of studying for finals week). I
completely forgot about it! I did it for @ilonavic because she ships them so hard.
In this theory I’m going to try and unravel the notorious Mary Drake and her family. Since she has been a very big part of 7A and is likely to remain relative to our endgame, I wanted to try and dig deeper.
Who is Mary Drake, who are her children, who is Bethany Young, and who is A.D.?
THE DRAKE FAMILY.
Mary Drake had at least three or four children while she was in Radley and they were all adopted through closed adoptions conducted by Steven Kahn and Jessica DiLaurentis, Mary’s twin sister and POA.
Bethany Young (?)
(In part two I will discuss further why I put these names on the list)
Since Dr. Cochran says, “I dealt with two of her babies” instead of “I delivered her two babies” I’m lead to believe that Mary had more than those two, possibly three or four in total if she had a set of twins. Especially since in the files that the Liars discovered they found the birth information of the second born child, and on that file it states “no complications due to prior birth”. But Dr. Cochran tells Spencer and Aria that the second child he delivered was a fighter, implying that the birth may have been difficult. This means that the second baby born and the second baby he delivered are two different babies.
Spencer is the youngest.
7x08 vs. 7x07
The Drake family is the family from the Dollhouse.
Mary Drake, unknown Mr. Drake (looks like Peter Hastings, no?), Charles, Melissa and baby-in-the-womb Spencer. (Notice the hand on the mothers stomach, like she is pregnant)
BETHANY YOUNG is “CECE DRAKE”.
Bethany Young stole her childhood best friends story - Charles Drake / DiLaurentis. She didn’t want to get caught by the Liars so she created the perfect web of lies that would be nearly impossible to dissect.
Bethany suffered from Intermittent Explosive Disorder and with that she also created many different personalities, one of them being “Cece Drake”. Cece and Bethany Young had the same diagnosis, and that is mighty convenient, eh? Dr. Jekyll and Hyde?
Intermittent Explosive Disorder: “A behavioral disorder characterized by explosive outbursts of anger and violence, often to the point of rage, that are disproportionate to the situation at hand.”
“The discovery of Bethany Young’s body brings up more questions than it answers. While details are scarce on Bethany Young, we know that she was a highly troubled teenager who likely suffered from severe behavioral episodes that may have been violent.”
Bethany Young = Cece Drake.
Bethany met Charles when they were kids in Radley Sanitarium and they became quick friends, allies. Together they wanted to create an escape from Radley and start new lives, all with the perfect plan and story.Charles was going to help Bethany fake her death using Alison’s body and together they were going to run away and start over. Be new people.
This is where I believe they came up with the idea to switch places. To literally assume one another identities to confuse the doctors and everyone they know, as some type of game.
(Like Bethany literally switched lives with Charles and became Cece Drake, which is why Charles was thought to have been transgender. And Charles switched with Bethany and became whom I would call ‘A.D’)
Bethany liked to “switch places” or adopt the personalities of multiple people, in fact. First Charles and then Alison. A pattern.
Remember when Bethany as Cece Drake and Ali switched places, and she went back to Radley disguised as Alison DiLaurentis just to scare Jessica? We hear about this in 4x11 in a flashback.
Then Jessica tells Spencer and Hanna about Cece Drake pretending to be Alison at Radley once, where she met Dr. Palmer who was a psychiatrist there.
This makes a connection between Cece and Dr. Palmer. And Dr. Palmer told Toby Cavanaugh to be careful of the toxic blonde girl, which was declared as Bethany Young.
- The 4x11 flashback -
(Notice how Mrs. DiLaurentis says that Cece Drake is not her daughter. Because Cece Drake is Bethany not Charles, and Bethany is not Jessica’s daughter, but more than likely her niece since “Auntie Jessie”)
I feel as if Jessica would have said something different if Cece was the little girl she was buying yellow dresses for all along. Jessica saw Charles as her own child, and she even says this to her sister Mary Drake in a flashback scene in 7x07 that was set back in season four.
Jessica: “Come on Mary, pull yourself together.”
Mary: “How could you be so cruel? I just found out that my child is dead. I left him in your care.”
Jessica: “And I gave Charles the best life that I could, Mary. I loved him with all of my heart.”
Mary: “How did it happen? I need to know. I need answers. Please, tell me.”
Jessica: “It wasn’t my fault. I gave him everything that I could.”
And then she says, “You are not the victim here. You gave birth, but he was my son. Don’t ever forget that.”
CHARLES DRAKE = A.D?
Charles Drake DiLaurentis is A.D. Whomever they are, they are without a doubt in my mind our big bad. The ultimate play-caller. In my opinion the identity of Charles remains a mystery and will more than likely be the final twist coming in 7B. Charles is a man - and is not Cece Drake.
Troian Bellisario who plays Spencer is 5′7″ and Vanessa Ray who played Cece Drake is only 5′4″ so this cannot be her as Charles.
(Julian Morris who plays Wren is 5′11″ and so is Ian Harding who plays Ezra. I understand that this could be literally any actor or staff member in this costume acting as ‘A’ but… I felt the significance and the familiarity that Spencer did in this scene, too. This was Charles.)
Now, given what I said earlier about how it is possible that Bethany and Charles switched lives when they were children….
Did Bethany somehow weasel her way out of Radley by pretending to be Charles? According to the Radley files Charles was taken out of Radley when he was sixteen, but was that actually Bethany? Did she “transform” into Cece Drake and go back to High School?
Is that why Charles was seeking revenge? And is that why he kidnapped the Liars and threw the dungeon prom, which was recreating the prom he would have had? Was he somehow connected to the N.A.T videos or did he just watch them all of the time, leaving him to feel like he knew the Liars? (Just like us? Just like EzrA?)
Could Ezra be Charles?
What do we really know about Ezra Fitz, other than the fact that he comes from a rich family named the Fitzgerald’s?
Is it possible that he was at some point adopted again by them? Is he Charles?
Hint #1 : The Painting
Lyle and Frances Springer - Alison and Charles’ grandparents? (Plot hole?)
Hint #2 : Mrs. Grumwald
This is right before we learn that Ezra was the “Board Shorts” Alison wrote about in her diary, and that he is the one who she was dating the summer. We know Ezra is Board Shorts because Ali describes him in her story and states that he is eating boysenberry pie and “Board Shorts Ale” beer.
In 4x18 Spencer goes to the bar she thinks Alison is talking about in that same story which is called The Hart and the Huntsman. To her surprise, she finds Ezra sitting there eating a piece of boysenberry pie.
Was Ezra also the same boy Ali was afraid of, the one that would kill her if he knew she were possibly pregnant?
Hint #3 : Aria Montgomery
5x03 vs. 7x07
In the “A” closer we see A.D. save Aria’s file, and burn Noel’s….
I’m not saying Ezra is 100% Charles or A.D., I’m just saying that he is still a very strong candidate.
The writers can go two directions in my eyes - EzrA or Doctor Wren and Melissa. One of them HAS to be A.D. or working for/with them.
There we have it. Part one of my last Pretty Little Liars theory ever.
7 years and 4 “A” suspects later….. who is it going to be?
(Big props to @gwennyr for helping me in the development of this idea and for being an all-around wonderful human bean!)
Imagine Amy as Snow White, and the evil Edgelord Darkiplier
wants her promised throne. He’s jealous of her immense beauty and kindness that
captures the hearts and minds of all her subjects, both great and small.
Imagine Mark, a prince from a faraway land, meeting Amy by chance
on one of her many adventures on the great, blue seas surrounding her grand
kingdom. Amy saves the dashing prince from a band of marauding pirates, and the
two fall deeply in love. Mark asks for her hand in marriage, and Amy gladly
accepts the floofy-haired prince. Mark promises that once he has told his
father the great news, he will return and marry Princess Amy right away.
One day the evil Darkiplier asks his All Seeing Magic
Mirror, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all?” fully
expecting the answer to be, “Oh, you, the Great and Terrible Darkiplier.” A
solemn face appears in the misty surface of the mirror, his eyes masked in
swirls of purple smoke with a single streak of golden hair, and speaks, as always, in rhyme, “The fairest in the
land is a sweet, Golden lass who is far more fair and kind than your emo a—,”
Dark cuts off the mirror with a loud roar of anger, and he stomps off to find a
way to kill the princess.
Imagine Amy fleeing from Dark’s Huntsman, the feared
Yandereplier, but just as the Huntsman captures his prey, he is baffled by her
kind words and strong spirit. So, he tells her to run, run far into the woods
where she can hide from the evil Edgelord and his vicious plot to murder her. The huntsman, in turn, will present Dark with the heart of a pig instead.
Imagine an exhausted Princess Amy stumbling across what
looks like an abandoned cottage deep within the woods and falling asleep in a
little bed upstairs. While she slumbers, seven whistling Egos march home from
working in the diamond mines all day long. Lo and behold they find the princess
sleeping in one of their beds. Grumpy, his glowing blue eyes flaring with
anger, insists that they wake her up and throw her out! What business does she
have being here?
The pink mustached Happy claps his hands together and
declare that they’ll simply have to wake her up and get her to clean and cook
for them! Doc, the most reasonable of the seven, smacks Happy on the back of
his head and informs him that this is, in fact, the princess of the entire land
and that she is most likely in grave danger. “I’m sorry,” he says, “she may be
It’s about that time that Sneezy sneezes into one of his giant, gloved hands so loudly that it could’ve awaken the dead, let alone a sleeping princess.
Imagine Bashful, nervously hugging one of his potted plants
to his chest and gasping when Amy’s eyes blink open to see seven four-foot tall
little men, who look strangely like her charming prince, standing around her
bed. After the initial surprise, Princess Amy quickly explains her situation to
the little men and begs that they give her a place to stay. “I’ll even cook and
clean for you, if I must. But please!”
Happy wiggles his mustache and smiles. “See? I told you.” Sleepy tips his cowboy hat to her and requests politely that she exit his bed so he can go to sleep.
Imagine them living happily for a few blessed weeks until
the evil Edgelord Darkiplier discovers that the heart he was given is a fake.
He forces his Huntsman to tell him where Princess Amy was last seen, and Dark
transforms himself into a simple beggar armed with a particularly dangerous apple.
Imagine the other Egos being away while only Amy and Dopey, practicing
his skateboard tricks, are at home. Dopey sees the old man shamble up, and Amy
happily invites the beggar inside. “Would you like some food and water, kind
sir?” The princess seems to notice something odd about the old man, but she
pushes that thought aside as she caters to his every need.
“Oh, sweet young lady, all I have to repay your wonderful
kindness is this apple,” the beggar croaks, pulling the deadly fruit from his
coat pocket. Amy accepts it, but she is hesitant to take a bite. “Please, dear.
Won’t you humor a poor, old man?” Not wanting to insult him or his gift,
Princess Amy takes a bite.
Imagine Dopey watching the old man flee the house cackling. Wondering what has happened, he goes inside to check on Amy only to find her
under a horrible sleeping-curse. Dopey, distraught and afraid, runs to find the
other Egos and tells them the terrible, terrible news.
Imagine the Egos, saddened at the fate of their friend,
crafting a beautiful bejeweled coffin for their lovely Princess with a glass
top in hopes that one day, her prince will return to wake her with true love’s
kiss. Word spreads of the Princess’s curse, and Prince Mark, finally returning
after the sudden death of his father, searches the forest for his lost fiancé.
Imagine Dark hearing of the prince’s return and stalking
into the woods to kill him. The two of them meet, and the battle is a bloody
one. Finally, however, Prince Mark stands triumphant. Beaten and battered, he
finds the little cottage in the woods and the resting place of his princess in
a grove of weeping willows.
Imagine the Egos gathering around as the prince removes the
lid of the coffin and places a gentle kiss upon his princess’s lips. Amy takes
a sudden, deep breath, her eyes fluttering open. She embraces her prince,
peppering his face with butterfly kisses.
And together with the Egos, the two lovers return to the castle
where Amy is crowned Queen before all of her adoring subjects.
I think Auli’i Cravalho seems like a great person based on what we’ve seen of her since she was announced as Moana’s voice actress. So, I’m not trying to antagonize her with this post. But I just want to say, “Why can’t Moana be both?” Disney Princesses have shown plenty of heroism in the different films that feature them. A heroine can be a Disney Princess and a Disney Princess can be a heroine.
Snow White escaped the Queen after the huntsman spared her and the princess’ kindness helped her enlist the help of woodland creatures who helped her find the cottage of the dwarves. When she got there, she convinced them to let her stay by earning her keep. And, even though she was cooking and cleaning for them, she still had those men wrapped around her finger. When she first met them and said “How do you do?” and they didn’t respond, she enunciated, “I said, how do you do?” Yeah, Snow White could be a little sassy. And she was assertive with the dwarves and only let them eat dinner after they all cleaned up and even got Grumpy to do it. So, yes, she fell for the witch’s trick (but she was only 14 and very sheltered in the castle as a scullery maid) and then fell asleep for the last part of the film, so the dwarves and animals had to confront the queen and she could only be woken up the kiss of the prince she liked. But people always seem to forget some of the cool stuff that she did.
Cinderella spent most of her childhood abused by her stepmother and stepsisters. She retained her kindness and never stooped to the mean and petty levels of her family. But that does not mean she just gleefully put up with their crap. She had a little bit sass and had a few sarcastic quips about her stepfamily and their cat Lucifer under her belt. Take this quote, for instance,
“Oh, that clock! Old killjoy. I hear you. Come on, get up, you say, Time to start another day. Even he orders me around. Well, there’s one thing. They can’t order me to stop dreaming.”
Also, the primary lesson Cinderella teaches us is to never give up on our dreams. That as long we believe in them, they can come true. That is a beautiful moral that not just little girls, but everyone can take something away from.
And I’ve explained in another post how there is more to Cinderella than just marrying the prince.
Aurora may have spent most of her film asleep, but she was a little sassy, like with her fairy guardians (she was raised by three women, that’s pretty cool, right?) And she at least had some knowledge about stranger danger when first meeting the prince. It didn’t take long for him to charm her, but she did turn away and dismiss him at first. Also, she left Phillip when she needed to and set the terms for their next meeting. I think she deserves a little credit.
And let’s not forget Princess Eilonwy. She maneuvered through the Horned King’s castle and allowed Taran to team up with her so that they could escape. Also, when Taran made a sexist comment about girls, “what does a girl know about swords, anyway”, oh, boy Eilonwy set him straight.
I also talked about Ariel in that other post which I actually do recommend. But I’ll add a few points here, too. She went all kinds of adventures, including exploring sunken ships and escaping sharks. Many of these exploits of hers are shown in her prequel movie and in the 90′s TV show (and this was long before she met Eric, proving that he as her love interest, does not exclude her from being a capable heroine). Also, she is the one who saved Eric from drowning. And though she made a not entirely wise decision to run away from home and be on land, you at least have to give Ariel props for going after what she wanted, which is something the film makers made a full intent on making apparent (there was an interview from when the movie came out where this was mentioned, but I’m not quite sure where, but I’m sure the peeps that read this could find it if you’re interested :D).
Belle enjoys reading, even though that’s not what women usually did in her time period. She rejects the sexist, egotistical Gaston when he tries to flirt with her, insults her father (then later tries to incarcerate him if she doesn’t marry him) and tries to make her his “little wife”. She dreams of bigger and better things. She sacrifices herself for the sake of her father and later goes out to save him when he becomes ill. Belle does not take the Beast’s crap and even tries to leave when he explodes on her. When she gets attacked by wolves, she does defend herself and when the Beast saves her, she helps him back to the castle after he falls unconscious. She treats his wounds and sets him straight about his anger issues. Her patience and open-minded personality helps Beast slowly regain his humanity. And her love for him helps break the curse over him, his servants and the castle.
Jasmine also took charge. She refused to be forced into an arranged marriage and preferred to marry who she wanted and when she wanted. She did not like being stuck in the castle, and though, like Ariel, she wasn’t that wise in running away, she still took it upon herself to get somewhere. She did not put up with the men in the story deciding her future and called Aladdin out on his lies. Also, she has a pet tiger! That’s pretty freaking cool. Sure, she had to dress up for Jafar and kissed him as a distraction. But she used her beauty against the piggish (actually he’s rather horse-like) Jafar. And Jasmine has also displayed her resolve in the extended Aladdin media, too.
Pocahontas was just as adventurous as the last Disney princesses. She wanted more than to marry the stoic Kocoum. And, though wary, she managed to befriend John Smith and help open his mind to the beauty of the world and accepting people who aren’t the same as you. Colors of the Wind is a perfect summary of what Pocahontas teaches. Her wise, humanitarian ways stopped a conflict between her people and the Europeans. And although she cared very much about John, Pocahontas chose to stay and look after her family, friends and other peers.
Mulan knew that her father was too weak from a previous war injury to be drafted, so she took his place and became a soldier in the Chinese army. Yes, she had to pretend to be a man, but that’s just how it was in her time. Mulan trained and became a skilled fighter. With some help from her friends, she saved her country from invading Huns. ‘Nuff said.
Kida kicked some serious butt in her film (including punching Mole when he said some… things… in her ear) and she took responsibility for the sake of her people, like Pocahontas did.
Tiana worked very hard for what she dreamed of. She did not put up with Naveen’s selfish, narcissistic ways and taught him of what it meant to strive for something truly important in life (while he showed her that there is more to life than work, work, work). Though she could get down on herself, Tiana tried her hardest to obtain her dreams and in the end, refused to let people stop her (like those realtor guys). She become the owner of her own restaurant, just like she always wanted, and helped her late father’s dream become realized as well.
Rapunzel was trapped in a tower for her entire childhood. The reason why she didn’t try to escape is because Gothel pretended to be her mother and insisted that staying in there was for her own good. And being as sheltered as she was, Rapunzel believed her. But when she got her chance, Rapunzel made the decision to leave. She knocked Flynn out and tied him up and didn’t let him go until he agreed to help her see the floating lights like she always wanted to. On their journey, she faced pub thugs and a very intense horse and helped them reveal their better sides. She also did this with Flynn, bringing out Eugene Fitzherbert. Rapunzel used her extremely long hair as a valuable asset on her adventure with Eugene. She stood up to Gothel and was willing to sacrifice her freedom so that he would not have to die. And a tear, her care for him and sorrow over his death combined, brought Eugene back. And it appears that Rapunzel will go on many more adventures in Tangled: Before Ever After in 2017!
Merida loves archery, sword-wielding and horseback riding. She also is very good at those things. She’s very active and goes out to explore, even climbing a tall rock structure at the beginning of the film. Merida is a very capable Disney princess. She also, like Jasmine, does not like her future being chosen for, especially when it comes to marriage. She does make unwise decisions, like trying to give her mother a spell that will make her see things Merida’s way. And it takes her a while to take responsibility for her actions. But she learns to understand her mother better (and so does her mother with her), the two bond, and she does her best to break the curse she set and make everything right again. She learns to be diplomatic and maturely express her thoughts to the men at her castle. She defends her mother and bests her father in a sword match. All the while, Merida still retains her adventurous spirit.
Sofia is a wonderful role model for young girls and older audiences, as well. She helps those in need, even those who have done her wrong (though she doesn’t always forgive people that easily, like when Amber took her amulet and brought a curse on their home- though that was an accident, and Amber, too, is a testament to a character learning to be more responsible and open-minded). She changes the status quo and becomes the first female member of her school’s flying derby team. Sofia makes mistakes, but she learns from them. She goes on many adventures where she and her friends learn important lessons. She’s saved her family and friends numerous times, as well. Also, the film princesses appear every now and again to help bring the moral of the episode home.
Anna is just as adventurous as many of the others I’ve mentioned. And she certainly has good reason, spending her entire childhood behind castle walls, similar to Rapunzel in the tower. She is very brave, going after her sister in harsh winter weather, despite their estranged status. She enlists the help of Kristoff and Sven, treks up the mountain and also confronts the giant snow creature, Marshmallow. And she gave her life to save Elsa. Sure, she took things too far, too fast with Hans, but she was desperate for affection after all those years alone and like some of the other princesses, grew up sheltered from the world. Anna’s parents were dead and she believed that the only other family she had abandoned her. She learned her lesson with Hans, though. And, well, he got what he deserved.
Elsa isn’t a princess, she becomes a queen early on in her film, but Pocahontas and Mulan aren’t technical princesses, either (but they are in the official lineup). So, yeah, I’m going to include her, too. I can’t just have Anna and not Elsa. Elsa dealt with many problems after growing up thinking that her powers were a curse. But after she had some time to herself, she realized that her abilities were actually capable of wonderful feats. She bested Weselton’s goons and almost killed them before Hans intervened. And with Anna’s help, she overcame her fears and brought happiness to her kingdom. And she has been a great ruler ever since.
Elena is a princess learning to rule her kingdom as queen. She defended her family from a wicked sorceress and was stuck in Sofia’s amulet for a few decades. Once she was freed, she defeated the villain and now is becoming a capable monarch while also going on several daring adventures with her family and friends.
So, there is nothing wrong with considering Moana as a Disney princess (I also think it makes sense because she is a chief’s daughter like Pocahontas). She will display brave, empowering traits just like the other royalty before her. A princess can be a heroine just as much as a heroine can be princess. Those two things do not have to or need to be mutually exclusive. Disney has been proving that for decades and with the arrival of Moana this fall, I think we can see that it will continue on for many more years to come.
I need a minute to yell about a fic writer whose work I absolutely LOVE. @rhysiana produces some of the most amazing and moving pieces of writing I have literally ever read (and since I am a Nursey/Dex blog, this will focus on her fics for that ship). As you guys probably know, one of my favorite fics ever is her huntsman piece, which is absolutely perfect in all ways and I read all the time, and time and time again. The writing flows so beautifully and all of the characters are so well described, the scenery she sets is absolutely gorgeous, and the plot is just oh my god amazing and stunning and wonderful (it follows a folklore tale, the Ballad of Tam Lin, but does such a wonderful job of using the Check, Please! Characters). Literally every time I read this fic it’s like the first time, I will never get tired of reading it. SHE ALSO just updated another fic, Sprezzatura, which kinda resonated a bit with my own experiences (read my earlier post) re private school and protecting oneself. This fic explores Nursey’s character quite beautifully. My favorite line of the first chapter is “In his mind, he touched the glass.” UGH. Such amazing writing. I absolutely love this fic.
Besides the Bard and the Huntsman, my all-time favorite 100% MVP GOAT wonderful beautiful tear-inducing gorgeous aaaaaa fic/series is the “Petals and Thorns” series. Ho. Ly. Shit. The first fic, “The Punk and the Florist,” is the fic that tossed me down the NurseyDex hole, and added a cushion at the bottom of my fall with its sequel “Isla Negra.” It’s an AU fic where Dex is a punk artist and Nursey is a florist and the author just molds absolutely beautiful characters who interact so wonderfully and they’re so relatable. The writing is just fantastic. I have no way to express just how much I love this series. GO READ IT. You deserve it.
And then there’s the wonderful Samwell Faculty AU series, in which Nursey and Dex a) adopt a daughter (aaaaa) and b) said daughter throws a fit. The characters are so well written and so true to themselves. Then there’s the cuticle care fic in which Dex shows an affinity for making sure your hands are healthy and takes care of Nursey, and the zombie fic which made me laugh soooo many times, and her collection of mini-fics which describe Nursey and Dex’s evolving friendship/relationship and is just so awesome to read.
So I think it’s pretty clear how much I love this author’s work. The writing is so wonderful, all of the characters just come alive and are written so well, and they stay true to themselves and most of all they’re really real, the interactions aren’t forced, nothing is too cliche, everything is just perfect. Her way of describing settings is just amazing and brings you directly into the situations. The plots are so wonderfully constructed, always original and they make you look at the characters in ways I’ve never read before. I am so blessed to have entered this fandom and support this ship and we have such wonderful authors and artists to provide happy feels and angst and fics and headcanons and illustrations and everything for us. Go follow her blog, @rhysiana!!! Read her stories (all her Check! Please fics can be found here!!! You all deserve good things, and she gives them to us.
Kristen Stewart is in negotiations to star in Underwater, a Twentieth Century Fox adventure thriller that is being produced by Chernin Entertainment.
Will Eubank, who co-wrote and directed the sci-fi thriller The Signal, is directing.
Underwater centers on an underwater scientific crew that, after facing an earthquake, are forced to go on dangerous journey for survival. The story has been described as an underwater Armageddon.
If a deal makes, Stewart will play the film’s lead, a jaded and hardened crew member. A March start of production in New Orleans is being eyed.
The move puts Stewart, who has developed a strong acting resume working on a wide range of indies since her days of toplining the Twilight movies, back into a more mainstream space.
Although she toplined such movies as Snow White and the Huntsman, it’s her work in movies such as Equalsand Still Alice that have shown she is interested in material that is deeper and meaningful than most standard fare. Her upcoming projects include Lizzie opposite Chloe Sevigny and she has plans to direct another short film, this one about gun control. Stewart is repped by Gersh.
Red wasn’t always known by her now famous moniker. A long time ago she was a Lady, in a fortunate household. Possessing all the makings of a comfortable, easy, life, Red threw it all away chasing a Wolf.
Of course, it was no ordinary Wolf, but instead a dark, cruel man praying on young maidens and murdering them in unspeakable ways. Red was, unfortunately, one of those to stumble across a victim. The trauma of the incident hung over her head until she finally decided to act, teaming up with a Huntsman and using her own maiden-status to lure the Wolf into a deadly trap, defeating him once and for all.
The sight of her formerly white cloak, now doused and splattered with the blood of the Wolf, earned her the nickname “Red Riding Hood.”
It was the final straw for her cold, unloving parents. Having had enough of her wild, uncontrollable ways, they turned her out of the house. Luckily she had already formed a close bond with her Huntsman and the pair married, started a Tavern/Inn business, and lived happily in the woods for a great many years.
In The Girl Fairy Tales Forgot, Red is a widow and a self-professed protector of vulnerable women and children. Possessing a gruff nature but a gentle heart, she took both Paige and Kai under her wing. She teaches Paige ways to protect herself, and becomes a much needed strong female influence for them both.
She knows, deep down, that she can’t replace what both of them have lost- both willing and unwillingly- but she’s willing to help however she can…
I’ve mentioned in a few of my Beauty and the Beast headcanon
posts a headcanon in which Belle and Adam’s daughter and Lumière
and Plumette’s children put on plays
for the castle and the villagers. This cute little scene kept playing in my
head so I thought I would write it out and share the fluff.
If you’re interested, my related headcanon posts are here, here and
Summary – Adam and the children put on a little play as a
surprise for Belle’s birthday.
A/N – I hope you enjoy this silly little fanfic! Writing it made
me happy at the very least. Ready? Alright! Here we go…
It was a joyous evening at the castle. The dining room was
alive with the sounds of friendly chatter as a crackling fire danced in the
fireplace. Prince Adam had invited their closest friends from the village to
the castle for a dinner party in celebration of Belle’s birthday. Plumette and
Belle were having a lively literary discussion with Père Robert, while LeFou and Stanley
laughed with the Potts family. At the end of the meal Lumière
gave Adam a conspiratorial signal and a smile. Adam stood, clinking his
glass for an announcement.
“I’d like to thank you all for coming tonight to celebrate
my beautiful wife’s birthday. Now, if you would all kindly adjourn to the
library, the princess and her friends have prepared a little entertainment for
“Entertainment?” Belle asked curiously, as they got up from
Adam just smiled and offered her his arm. “You’ll see.”
As they made their way into the library, they found Lumière’s
seven year old son, Soleil setting up a makeshift stage, his twin sister Luna
sorting through a box of handmade props with Belle’s daughter Rosie. Chip was
standing by patiently as the two girls used his lanky arms as a costume rack.
“Ah! Welcome madames and monsieurs! Welcome. Welcome. Come,
come. Sit. Make yourselves comfortable. Help yourself to some cake madame!”
Soleil greeted, wheeling over a cart of desserts to the adults as they seated
themselves. “As you all know, I am Soleil. I will be your story teller for this
evening. In honor of the lovely Madame Belle’s birthday, we would like to present
you with a tale near and dear to all of our hearts. A tale as old as time, yet
not so very long ago… Are we ready, mademoiselles?”
Rosie and Luna gave him a thumbs up from their “backstage”
behind one of the couches.
“Très bien! Than it is without further ado that we present
the tale of “Beauty and the Beast!””
Belle looked over at Adam as they applauded, her eyebrow
raised inquisitively. He chuckled as he handed her a piece of cake.
“Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, a young prince
lived in a shining castle” Soleil began. He offered Adam a hand up from the
couch and led him out to the makeshift stage. Adam shot Belle a wink.
“Although he had everything, the prince was spoiled, selfish,
and unkind. Then one winter’s night an old beggar woman came to the castle…”
Soleil continued as Luna entered the stage in a hooded cloak. “And offered him
a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold! Repulsed by her haggard
appearance, the prince turned her away. But she warned him not to be deceived
by appearances, for true beauty is found within. When the prince dismissed her
again, she revealed that she was truly an enchantress! As punishment for his
cruelty, she turned the prince into a beast and placed a spell on the castle
and all who lived there…”
Chip held up finger puppet versions of the enchanted castle
staff over the top of the couch, improvising a quiet falsetto chorus of
reactions for them.
Luna tossed back her cloak, waving her fingers at him. “Uncle
Highness, bend down.” She whispered. Adam bent over so that she could reach his
head. She placed a fluffy hat on his head to turn him into the “beast.” Luna
led Adam to the side of the stage, Adam playfully baring his teeth with a
little “grr” at the crowd as he made his exit.
Belle glanced over to Plumette, doing her very best to
control a laugh.
“Now the rose the
enchantress had offered was truly an enchanted rose. If the prince could learn
to love another, and earn their love in return before the last petal fell, the
spell would be broken. As the years past the prince lost hope, for who could
ever learn to love a beast? Well…” Soleil explained “As fate would have it,
there was a certain young maiden of exceptional mind and heart living in a nearby
Rosie entered the stage, her nose in a book.
“While the maiden was exceedingly beautiful and kind, her
village thought she was incredibly strange because she loved to read. They were
a simple minded people, lacking in imagination as well as literacy, which left
the maiden feeling quite alone. She longed for adventure beyond her quiet
provincial life and for someone who understood and shared her interests. This
village was also home to the villain of our story, a brutish huntsman adored by
the village for reasons unknown.”
Stanley began to raise his hand as if to volunteer. LeFou
immediately pulled his arm down.
“That’s not funny.” He chided. Stanley grinned and shrugged
Instead of calling for a volunteer from the audience, Soleil
produced a red handkerchief from his pocket and began to tie it around his neck
as he continued his narration.
“Now the huntsman was a vain sort of fellow –Narcissus himself
didn’t enjoy his own reflection as much as this guy– and when he found himself
taken by our fair maiden’s beauty, he vowed to make her his bride.”
Soleil puffed out his chest and sauntered over to Rosie.
“Mademoiselle it is time you get your head out of those
silly books and focus your attention on more important things… Like being my
wife!” He stated in an exaggerated macho voice, knocking the book from her hands.
“Ew, no!” Rosie said in disgust, picking up her book and
walking away. This drew several chuckles from the crowd and an audible snort
from Adam off stage.
Soleil removed his handkerchief and continued his narration “Unsurprisingly,
the maiden had no interest in marrying the huntsman. Despite her many firm refusals,
he would still persist in demanding her hand. While the huntsman sulked over
her rejected, our heroine went in search for her missing father, who had not
returned from his trip to the market the day before. She soon found herself in
a mysterious castle, where her father was being held prisoner by a beast after
attempting to pick a rose from the castle garden as a gift for her. Knowing her
father would surely die if he stayed in the castle dungeon, the maiden took her
father’s place as the beast’s prisoner. This beast of course was none other
than our enchanted prince.”
Luna held up a sign from behind the couch that read “Ooooh!”
Adam entered the stage again to stand next to Rosie. They
both crossed their arms, making silly, antagonistic faces at each other.
“The maiden and the beastly prince were off to a rough
start. But as time passed, they found they had more in common than they
realized. They soon became friends, and then perhaps something even more…”
Adam and Rosie allowed themselves to laugh at the silly faces
they had been making. Adam took his daughter’s hands and began to dance with
her. From behind the couch Chip made the finger puppet staff dance along the
couch with them while Luna held up a sign that read “Awwwww!” producing a mix
of “awwws” and laughter from the audience.
“While the maiden had finally found a kindred spirit in our
enchanted prince, she missed her father terribly. They soon learned through the
use of a magic mirror that her father was in great danger as the huntsman had
taken him captive until he agreed to promise him his daughter’s hand in
marriage. The beastly prince immediately granted the maiden her freedom so that
she might save her father, even though he feared it meant losing her forever. The
maiden tried to reason with her father’s captor, but they soon found the
huntsman had riled an angry mob and was off to attack the castle!”
New puppet versions of an angry mob started marching across
the back of the couch.
“The huntsman had come to slay our beastly hero, having
learned the enchanted prince had gained the maiden’s affections when he could
not!” Soleil explained, once again tying on the red handkerchief. “There was a mighty duel!” Soleil began to
scale one of the bookcase ladders to duel with Adam.
“When our beastly prince was distracted by the return of his
love, the huntsman took a dirty shot and blasted the prince in the back. Pow!”
Adam pretended to stumble back and lay on the floor.
“But the castle’s enchantment was causing it to crumble, and
the huntsman soon fell to his doom! Aaaaaah!…” Soleil jumped off the ladder
to the floor.
Rosie knelt by Adam as he lay on the floor doing his best
not to smile. “I love you.” She said sweetly and kissed his forehead.
Soleil undid his handkerchief as he concluded his narration “With
the maiden’s declaration of love coming as the last rose petal fell, the
enchantress returned and lifted her curse!” Luna danced in and started tossing
rose petals and confetti around them. Adam stood up and removed his beast hat,
picking up Rosie and twirling her around happily. Then setting her down, he
walked to Belle, adding to the narration.
“With the spell broken and their humanity restored, the
castle celebrated for weeks on end. The prince and the maiden were wed. And…”
Belle smiled as Adam took her hand and brought her to stand
with him. “And they lived happily ever after.” She finished.
The couple smiled at each other as their friends cheered,
the children taking their bows. Rosie came and joined them, hugging her mother.
“Did you like our show?” she asked.
“I think it might be my new favorite play.” Belle replied
with a smile.
“I told you this would win out over Romeo and Juliet.” Adam
congratulated his daughter.
Belle crinkled her nose at his playful ribbing, but couldn’t
help but smile. “Happy Birthday, Belle.” Adam said, kissing Belle’s hand.
Turning to their friends, he added “Who wants more cake?”
“Someone has been eating our porridge,” the bears observed, surprised.
“Someone has been sitting in our chairs,” the bears realized, concerned.
“Someone has been sleeping in our beds and she’s still here!” cried the bears, outraged.
“Please,” said the child, with hair that had been spun from straw into gold, “The queen has declared that I must die. I only entered your home to hide from her huntsman. Will you help me?”
Well, no one likes a wicked ruler in these sorts of stories.
Plot Similarities in ACOTAR and the Fairy Tales they Draw From
A Court of Thrones and Roses was based on Beauty and the Beast and East of the Sun and West of the moon.
A Court of Mist and Fury was based on the myth of Hades and Persephone.
Here are some similarities between the two tales that I found:
- Feyre is taken by a beast or in this case Tamlin who is a High Fae (this happens in both of the stories)
- The Servant’s have masks instead of becoming the objects themselves
- Feyre like Belle has something that she loves to do that Tamlin/The Beast let her do (painting v. reading)
- There is a spell that must be broken and the heroine does so
- There is an old woman who helps the heroine out in getting to the Mountain (Alis in ACOTAR and an old woman in EotSaWotM)
- There is a bargain that ties the woman to the dark place and it is a bargain that makes them stay in that place multiple times (Hell in Persephone’s case and the Night Court in Feyres case)
- Feyre like Persephone grows to love Rhys (or Hades)
- People try and get back Persephone like they do with Feyre because they don’t trust Hades/Rhys
Now Sarah J. Maas has said that ACOTAR book 3 could also draw from Snow White, so here is where I think the similarities will be
- The Mirror is the cauldron
- The Evil Queen could either be the King of Hybern or Tamlin
- The Dwarfs/The Huntsman, her allies, will be Lucien and Alis in the Spring Court but also the Court of Dreams, her sisters and then some of the other courts too.
- Similar to how the Evil Queen was shocked by the Huntsman’s betrayal so will Tamlin be when Lucien chooses to help Feyre instead of him
- Feyre in order to destroy the cauldron and save everyone will have to use a lot of her magic or have to be put under a spell or does something that puts her in a trace that in order to break she needs True Loves Kiss … RHYSAND !!!!!!!
I’m not saying that the last book will follow the story of Snow White by the book, but like the previous two books, it will draw some major similarities in plot or events.