The bad reading [of Gender Trouble] goes something like this: I can get up in the morning, look in my closet, and decide which gender I want to be today. I can take out a piece of clothing and change my gender: stylize it, and then that evening I can change it again and be something radically other, so that what you get is something like the commodification of gender, and the understanding of taking on a gender as a kind of consumerism … When my whole point was that the very formation of subjects, the very formation of persons, presupposes gender in a certain way—that gender is not to be chosen and that “performativity” is not radical choice and it’s not voluntarism … Performativity has to do with repetition, very often with the repetition of oppressive and painful gender norms to force them to resignify. This is not freedom, but a question of how to work the trap that one is inevitably in.
Urie has some issues obviously. His father’s death after being “abandoned” by his squad seemed to have a major impact on how he views others.
Urie tend to mistrust everyone and seems to have translated in two ways The first being that he thinks ”I can only trust myself to get anything done and protect myself.”
The second is his derisive “almost everyone must be an idiot, shallow an a coward but myself” attitude. This possibly as a defense mechanism. I say it’s a defense mechanism because I think if he admits to himself that other people have worth and understandable worries then he’d have to admit that there was an understandable reason his father was left behind. That’s probably why he seems to purposefully find the worst things about people, because they can’t be worth anything, he has to have the moral high ground.
He has to become the strongest he has to join
S3 because he has to be above the ones who hurt him, he has to be more important He envies and idolizes the strong, he has to become indispensable and self sufficient because he doesn’t want to get left behind not like his dad.
Urie is a danger to himself and others. Urie keeps everything inside his head he lets his anger and derision and stupid ass plans rot.
Urie is smart but because he never tells anyone anything he can’t tell when he’s over reaching himself. He seems to put other people in danger A.) Because he’s put himself in a place where they don’t matter to him and B.)
He figures it’s not his problem if they can’t protect themselves.
Sasaki was right when he said Shirazu would be a better leader because he cares for the team. Urie has no business being a team leader when he’s shown over and over he doesn’t care about the team’s welfare or success as a unit.
.Urie is a danger to himself because he often overestimates his own abilities and goes into situations he can’t get out of because he is so desperate to gain power and rank. He even goes so far as to mistreat his own body in the name of gaining more power, by having the frame opening procedure that could lead to the end of his humanity again medical and personal advice, and biting out chunks of his flesh.
If Urie and the rest of the team survive this arc, and he doesn’t open up to someone, or start trusting others I feel like he’s going to start falling into the dark depths of ghouldom and his own head, and eventually explode like an atomic bomb.
Urie Represents Kaneki’s I have to do everything myself attitude.
Saiko seems like a lot of students from back when i was in High School. When you pushed these types of students into an area of study where they felt out of their depth and did not voluntarily want to be they tended to stop trying.
Saiko from what we’ve seen and heard never wanted to be a ghoul investigator and through her dialogue doesn’t think she’d ever be good enough for it. As a result she hides herself away and avoids her job at all costs.
Saiko’s relationship with her mother seems a little complicated. Saiko seems to have a very dependent nature both for her emotional and physical needs. She still seems to love her mother, having called her mommy and worked in her mothers snack bar despite being mistreated by her.
I get the feeling that Saiko often tried for her mothers attention and did what she could to get it but in the end because her mother was so wrapped up in her success never got much affection. She also seemed to develop a similar coping habit as Kaneki with his books only in her case it was manga, anime and nerd culture.
As she grew up she was probably so wrapped up in it and lacking any real skills in coping with and living in the real world (she can’t even cook) because her mother who was dependent on her husbands and now daughter for money never taught her them. and so she became a neet.
On the bright sideI really like Saiko’s rather silly sense of humor she does seem to liven up a room whenever she talks or teases.
Going on with the school analogy. People that don’t have a lot of support in their own lives will often attach themselves emotionally to some other authority figure who shows them affection often a teacher. Haise is like Saiko’s nickname suggests her surrogate mother who provides her the affection she desparately wants.
People in these types of situations often do not want to disappoint their surrogate parent. As such Saiko doesn’t want to disappoint Haise and will at least try to do her job even if she has no real idea what she’s doing.
In the end I only three different options for Saiko to survive. 1 Saiko shapes up and start training. 2 She can attempt to stop working for the CCG. 3 She can show some previously untapped potential that goes with her title of most compatible quinx (which she seems to be doing now haha).
Saiko represents Kaneki’s initial unwillingness to fight, as well as his past with a poor uncaring parental figure.
One of Mutsuki’s biggest struggles so far has been fear. Fear of people and ghouls, fear of losing humanity. Mutsuki is constantly trying to overcome these fears.
Funnily enough Mutsuki’s two fears
solutions seem to be in stark contrast with one another. In order not to fear ghouls Mutsuki must r become a better investigator and learn how to use a kagune. However Mutsuki fears growing stronger will mean losing humanity.
One way Mutsuki seems to try and overcome fear is through analysis. Mutsuki always seem to want to know everything possible about a situation before entering into it and as probably is probably the most critical thinker of the group on long term projects.
I feel like Mutsuki can be overly self critical at times, and quite obviously has self worth issues. While in some ways such as being unable to use a kagune Mutsuki is seen as somewhat weaker than the rest of the quincke.
Mutsuki definitely has strengths. When in situations of great fear Mutsuki’s does fight with determination and sincerely seems to want to help, and while freezing at first isn’t the best option Mutsuki has never run away from a fight with others involved.
I think it’s safe to assume that some time in the past Mutsuki was probably sexually assaulted. There is many suggestions towards it from an overall fear of the male gaze, the scar on Mutsuki’s breast, the way Mutsuki can recognize a predatory male stare and seemed to imagine a club goer thinking “Rape,rape.”
The funny thing about this though is there never a direct indication that this is connected with a ghoul, it’s always just “men”. This paired with the fact that the death of Mutsuki’s parents and brother are often gossiped about being Mutsuki’s fault makes me think there could be much more to this back-story than there first appears.
As for Mutsuki’s gender I’ll be brief. I don’t know. Mutsuki felt very uncomfortable living as a woman and wanted to live as a man but at the same time thinks aloud that their mind isn’t like a man. So maybe Mutsuki doesn’t feel comfortable as either. That’s why I’m only referring to Mutsuki by
their name, I’m waiting to pass judgement until I get solid confirmation, please don’t hate me.
Mutsuki’s future is a little uncertain in my eyes. It has been suggested that Mutsuki may have already fed on a human to survive.
I hope Mutsuki grows stronger and more secure overcoming fear but there is always the possibility Tooru could fall in the pursuit of strength much like Kaneki.
Mutsuki represents fear of losing his humanity, as well as his original shy and naive nature, and his contrasting purposes.
I adore Shirazu Ginshi. Shirazu has a very kind nature overall even if he often insults the ones he cares about. He also honestly seems to care about the others in his squad
(even people who don’t deserve it).
Initially when he became angry with Sasaki and went off rebelliously with Urie his main reason was he was lied to and told that Sasaki was only out for his own promotion and didn’t care about the group.
Shirazu seems to value those who care about others, which we see when he defends Haise for being a half-ghoul which and makes sense giving his own kind nature.
When in a lower position Shirazu seemed more rebellious, but once he was put in
a position of
power and learned to respect his leader Shirazu became much more diligent even if he feels unworthy at times. As he feels unworthy he’s trying very hard to live up to his new rank.
Also Shirazu, honestly cares about the success of their mission and the group’s safety as a whole.
Even if I know he joined the CCG for the money his nature an integrity makes me feel he has a very good reason (possibly someone named Haru?).
Shirazu is an important linchpin in the quinx as he is the lone extrovert amoungst them. Urie doesn’t want to work with anyone, Saiko is a neet, Mutsuki is just plain shy, for all Haise tries to do he’s generally softhearted and quiet in nature, and fears hurting feelings most of the time. Shirazu is loud and active pulling people out of their rooms starting conversations with Tooru, kicking
in the face. Without Shirazu I think you’d find the quinx household a very quiet place indeed.
He can also sometimes set the lead for how others should behave and I think it’s important to note that Shirazu was the first person to become comfortable enough with Haise to joke around him.
Some people act as if Shirazu is an idiot when he really isn’t. Shirazu is brash and tends to react immediately which means sometimes he says and does things without thinking them through properly (and has a bad temper).
He speaks his mind and often acts on his emotions. Shirazu’s greatest strengths seem to lie in his quick thinking, empathetic and perceptive nature.
For instance in Chapter 28 he was able to figure out how Nut’s traps work and quickly hatched a plan to use her own strength against her.
Plus on a side note Shirazu’s quick reacting nature pairs well with his Ukaku kagune.
I fear for Shirazu sometimes. He has strength and intelligence on his side and seems to be getting his brash nature under better control. but as far as we have learned he’s a fairly innocent character who hasn’t suffered badly in life, and we all know what happens to innocent characters in Tokyo Ghoul (just ask Takizawa and Hinami).
Shirazu represents Kaneki’s protective nature, as well as his ability to think on his feet .
If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to contact me.
Hi !! I just stumbled upon this weird little creature on the internet, the Melibe viridis. Why is it so weird ?? How does it work ?? Thank you xx P.S I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work !! ♡
Hi there! Thanks for asking! I’ve actually never seen this one before and boy is it weird haha
The Melibe viridis is a predatory nudibranch, or type of sea slug that’s got some interesting adaptations to search for and catch its food.
There is in all of its glory. In the front you have its “oral veil” that acts like a net. It scans the sea floor for small fish and crustaceans. When something brushes the
along the edge of the veil, it quickly closes to trap and eat its prey (kind of similar to how a venous fly trap works).
This video shows one going after a little frog fish. It also looks like these sea slugs can swim for short bursts if necessary but they are going to be primarily benthic species (living on the sea floor). The
Melibe viridis has also adapted to blend in with its environment, you can actually see in this video that the sea slug and the frog fish have similar colors and textures since they are living in the same environment.
Thanks again for bringing this stunning animal to my attention. I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog!
Characters, hmm. *spins the wheel* Piccolo (DBZ), Scout (TF2, you can pick the team, if it matters to you), and Sportacus (Lazytown).
(I’m laughing where did Scout come from I haven’t thought about TF2 in a long time)
get randomly assigned as your lab partner for a whole semester If I remember right Scout’s actually pretty smart and if nothing else I can always bat my eyelashes a little to get him to do shit. Besides he’ll probably skip enough class that I can just do the assignments on my own anyway. (Hello yes I went to a school that didn’t do lab partners I don’t know how they work)
get trapped with on a broken elevator for ten hours Sportacus because he wouldn’t kill me out of annoyance and he’d probably be a good conversationalist.
get as my employee trainer for my new job at McDonalds Piccolo since he technically does have some sort of training experience (even if it’s a completely different kind of training) and also I think it’d be hilarious to see him working at McDont’s
i know it may sound like a reach but truly i see young kids around my way wit these hover boards all the time many of them even live in my building
and now that they are supposedly being banded i feel it dont take much of a leap to think abt how this may be used as another excuse to lock up and or antagonize kids who are already heavily targeted by police in nyc.
oooh I saw ur request and was like yeh i should do something cool for penny but then my inspiration was viciously murdered so yeah I just decided to do chapter 2 of that one au u mentioned to me about the revenge thing!! hooray for me being lazy and uncreative
Erza didn’t even conceal her groan. “Natsu, go away.”
Natsu sat down with a pout. Gray sat next to him.
“Don’t you lovely ladies want some company?” He asked while
batting his eyelashes seductively.
“How can I say ‘no’ in a way you’ll understand?” Erza
“Not a chance, come on, what were you guys just talking
about? Boobs? Periods?” Natsu inquired.
“Everything you just said was mildly offensive. I’m
impressed.” Juvia admitted, even though her gaze was fixed on Gray.
“We were talking about revenge, if you really must know.”
Erza informed tightly.
“Revenge? Any particular reasons?” Gray asked, interest
“If she told you, she’d have to kill you.” Juvia joked.
Well, who knows. Maybe she wasn’t joking.
“Of course – standard revenge procedure, we get it,” Natsu
nodded like he wasn’t going to pry any further. “Are you guys going to Jellal’s
dorm tonight to study?”
Erza scoffed. Like any studying was actually going to
“We sure are! We love to…study…” Juvia trailed off
awkwardly, probably losing her train of thought to Gray’s hair, or face, or
whatever she was attracted to.
“Awesome. Bring hot friends.” Natsu said pointedly. “I’m
counting on you guys.”
“For what? Pussy? We’re not a delivery service, do it
yourself.” Erza sniffed.
“Yeah, if you’re that horny, why don’t you just use each
other?” Juvia asked before letting out a happy laugh. She probably wasn’t even joking.
“Gross. Gray’s an STD circus, I don’t want any of that biz.”
Natsu informed. Gray punched his shoulder blade.
“Yeah? Well Natsu can’t even put a tampon in, I doubt he
could take me anyways.”
“You wanna fight?”
“Right here. Right now. Let’s go.”
“Wait, are they doing it, or fighting?” Juvia asked lowly as
the two boys stared at each other heatedly.
“I can confidently say both?” Erza responded. There was
enough passion in their gazes to say they were far past being straight.
“Cool it, we’re not supposed to talk about fight club, you
idiots.” Juvia decided to intervene.
“Yeah Gray, rule number one.” Natsu reminded. Gray kicked
“Hey, totally unrelated question,” Erza began begrudgingly,
hardly able to believe she had sunk to this level of immaturity. “You guys
wouldn’t know where I can buy mouse traps, would you?”
“-and then I was like, why even bother dating Edward, if
that sexy piece of werewolf was right there in front of you? I totally
don’t get this emo bitch Bella, hell, why won’t werewolf hot guys chase me?
Erza stopped short, lamenting not taking a migraine pill and
massaging her temple. “I’m gonna be honest here – I stopped listening a long, long
“Aw, you missed my impromptu Twilight review.”
“-accident, probably.” Juvia interrupted with a cute
little blink. “Right Erza?”
Erza stopped in front of Jellal’s dorm, digging her hand in
her purse gently. “I got the mouse trap, what do I do now?”
Juvia slapped her arm. “What do you mean, ‘what do I do
now’? You hide it in his cereal cabinet, and then when he goes for a little
cap’n crunch he gets his hand chopped off!” Juvia ended her charade with
a karate chop.
“That…I don’t think that’s how mouse traps work-“
“-course it is! Haven’t you ever seen Tom and Jerry,
Erz? Honestly, what would you do without my boundless knowledge?” Juvia asked
rhetorically. Naturally, Erza didn’t give her the pleasure of ending on a good
“In a better place, probably.” She answered her question
before looking down at her outfit. “Ok, I look hot, right? Hot enough to destroy
Jellal where he stands?”
Juvia looked at her sideways, tightening her lips and
sighing. Then she reached forward and tugged her crop top down a little bit.
“Christ Erza, why do you cover them up so much? They’re there,
use them.” Juvia gestured to Erza’s boobs disappointedly. “And you look
so good in black, you’re making me look like a sad petunia.”
Erza scrunched up her face. “Are petunias blue?”
“Shut up.” Juvia seethed. She pushed a small red strand out
of Erza’s face and nodded at her work. “Perfect. If Jellal doesn’t explode from
jealousy, or whatever you had planned, I’ll be absolutely damned.”
“I don’t want him to explode – I just want him to
hate himself for being an asshole to me and missing out on all this.” Erza
corrected, gesturing to her well-endowed body proudly.
“Ah. Self-hatred. And after that, we can steal his identity
and buy a lifetime supply of cat food!” Juvia plotted deviously.
Erza looked at her blankly. “We went over this. We’re not
stealing his identity.”
Juvia pouted. “Can it be plan B?”
“We’re going inside now.” Erza said, knocking on the door
“Ooh, pull up your shorts a bit – let him see that ass – hey,
Jellal!” Juvia halted her sentence midway through with an awkward smile.
“Hey – wow, you guys look…”
Erza smiled. Amazing? Gorgeous? Fantastic? Ha, suck it Jellal,
“-dressed up.” He finished lamely.
Erza felt her spirit droop. That was anticlimactic.
“Yeah, Erza was just on a hot date, so…yeah.” Juvia
said, snapping her fingers like she was a sassy twelve year old.
“Wow. Sorry to interrupt, I guess.” He concluded. “Do you
guys want to come in, or…?”
“Step aside, pretty boy!” Juvia yelled, pushing her palm to
Jellal’s cheek and quite literally forcing him to step aside.
Erza scooted around Jellal. He looked rather awestruck at
Juvia’s forwardness, but shut the door after them anyways.
“Looks like the party’s arrived, come sit by me, flower
child!” Cana wailed from the futon, referring to Juvia’s
short flowery skirt.
“Wow, you guys look great!” Mira admired aloud. All of their
fellow speech kids were cramped up in Jellal’s living room, doing a lot to do
with nothing and nothing to do with studying.
“Thanks,” Erza responded, making the decision to sit next to
“Wow Erza, wow. I thought I told you to bring hot
friends. I’m not seeing any hot friends.” Natsu deadpanned.
“Ouch Natsu, that hurts.” Juvia whined, kicking him in the
head from her spot on the couch next to Cana and Gray.
Erza was sure she was losing her mind being that close to him, but she seemed
to be hiding it quite well.
“You don’t count, blue.” Gray added in, most likely for
“I’m honored to be the exception to Natsu’s wannabe booty
call.” Juvia said to Gray, one hand poised over her heart.
“Did you guys finish yesterday’s homework?” Jellal asked
conversationally, entering with a bucket full of pretzels. Literally, a metal
bucket. Maybe he was out of bowls.
“No way,” Cana answered for the
group. “I’m waiting till midnight
tonight to finish that shit.”
Erza said nothing. The truth was she had finished the
homework. She was a fan of getting a good night’s sleep – as far as that
extended when you share a room with Juvia.
“Writing intros sucks, I never know how to write an
attention-getter, or whatever their called.” Gray said.
“How bout this – you shout the word boobs. Then you’ll have
everyone’s attention.” Juvia offered with a shrug.
“You have a nice dorm, Jellal. Who’s your roommate?”
Mirajane asked. His dorm was remarkably clean, almost like he was there alone.
“Ah, his name is Laxus. He’s pretty cool, but he doesn’t
come here much. He’s kind of a party animal, actually.” Jellal informed.
“Is he hot?” Juvia asked crudely. Cana
high-fived her and waited eagerly for Jellal’ answer.
“I…don’t know how to answer that.” Jellal admitted.
“Do you have any cereal?” Erza interrupted, not really
listening to the conversation at hand.
“Uh…yeah?” Jellal asked, raising his eyebrows in suspicion.
Erza gave him a sharp look.
“Do you…want some?” He asked cautiously.
She nodded, her face a mixture of ‘obviously’ and ‘please
don’t think I’m weird’.
Jellal stood up from his sitting position to go to the
kitchen to fetch her some cereal. Erza, unwilling to bail on her shitty revenge
plot, quickly stood up to follow him.
“So, cereal, huh?” Jellal asked as soon as the rest of the
group began their own conversations. They were alone now.
“Y-yeah. Juvia eats all of mine, so…” Erza covered up.
Jellal looked mildly skeptical, but not to the point where he’d refuse to give
“Alright.” He accepted her excuse. “By the way, you uh…”
She awaited his words with bated breath. For some reason, he
always put her on edge despite his up-front friendly behavior.
“You look nice, is all.” He said, looking down in the slightest
like even he was embarrassed by the declaration.
The second he looked away, Erza broke into a full-fledged
smile. Finally – that idiot was falling right into her trap!
“You ok?” He asked, his hand buried in the cereal cabinet
with a concerned look across his face. Right. She was making a Jared Leto face.
“Yeah, oh yeah. Just remembering this…this thing, Juvia told
me yesterday.” She excused casually, looking at anything but Jellal.
“We have Lucky Charms,” Jellal told he, retrieving the
colorful box from the pantry.
“Awesome,” Erza let out, forgetting how delicious sugary
cereal was. Even though the cereal was merely a stepping stone to her intricate
revenge, it couldn’t hurt to get spoiled a little in the process.
They both headed back to the living room while Erza waited
for the best moment to plant the mouse trap in the cereal cabinet. She just
needed a distraction…
As if she had been telepathically summoned, Juvia stepped up
to bat with the most ideal distraction there was.
“Does anybody have a tampon?” She asked, particularly
“I think I got some,” Cana said,
digging through her purse experimentally.
Erza continued eating the cereal slowly. It was amazing,
just as she had suspected. Stupid spoiled Jellal, probably had oodles of good
food spilling out of the pantry that he refused to share with the rest of them.
“Yo, Erza! Throw me some cereal!” Natsu requested, holding
his hands up pitcher style.
“Eat a dick,” she hissed protectively, wrapping her arms
around the cereal and almost letting out a dragon roar.
“I have more cereal, if you guys want some,” Jellal offered
kindly. There was an uproar of positive feedback and he went back into the
kitchen to get more, foiling her mouse trap plan.
“So guys, FMK, Gosling, Seacrest, Reynolds.” Cana
said. It took Erza a brief second to realize she was referring to three
“Ew, kill Seacrest.” Juvia said with a wrinkled nose.
“Marry Reynolds,” Mira pitched in helpfully.
“FUCK GOSLING.” Natsu said, freakishly loud. It made Erza
question his sexuality on a whole different level.
“I mean, or yeah, whatever.” Natsu added in. Gray was
practically puking his guts out from laughing so hard at Natsu’s confession.
“Ok, we have Froot Loops and Honey Comb.” Jellal presented
the remaining cereal boxes and they were greedily snatched up by the rest o the
group. Erza was slightly intrigued by his generosity, normal kids would be
fighting like rabid hyenas for delicacies such as these yet Jellal seemed to be
feeling rather charitable today. Interesting.
Unfortunately, Jellal took note of her bewildered expression
and decided to take a seat next to her. Of course.
“What’s on your mind?” He asked, obviously referring to her
“You sure like sharing,” she mumbled, shoving a dry marshmallow
into her mouth ungracefully.
“I guess so,” he shrugged it off like it was no big deal.
“Why?” She pried annoyingly. He sure didn’t like to share in
primary school, she could first-hand vouch for that.
“Misery loves company.” He said mysteriously before smiling
slyly like he knew something she didn’t.
She felt hatred course through her veins immediately. How dare
that smarmy idiot look her in the eye like he knew more than she did?
She crunched her cereal rather loudly and plunged one of her
hands inside her purse. It was go time.
“I’m gonna go put this back,” she said, hoping her voice
didn’t crack as she made slight eye contact with Juvia. She grabbed the mouse
trap from inside her purse and scurried back into the kitchen.
She shoved the box back into the cabinet, and then slowly
set the mouse trap and put it in front of the cereal box. There. Now she’d get
her revenge. Sort of.
It was then that Erza realized exactly how many flaws her
plan had. Who was dumb enough to not see a mouse trap in front of a
cereal box? What if his roommate is the one who gets trapped? What if-
“Erza?” Jellal asked, peeking his head into the kitchen.
“A-ha…sorry!” She called, yanking her hand out of the cereal
cabinet and placing it on her hip awkwardly. “Be right there!”
Oh well. She’d just have to hope for the best.
The next day at speech class, both Juvia and Erza were
“You saw it, right?” Juvia asked excitedly, practically
bouncing in her seat.
“Of course I did,” Erza responded. There was a band-aid on
Jellal’s pinky finger. Their plan had worked. Sort of.
“I told you the mouse trap thing would work!” She
“Keep it down! It’ll be embarrassing if he finds out it was
us!” Erza barked, still wary on the idea that she had actually stuck a mouse
trap in someone’s cereal cabinet. It didn’t get much lower than this.
“Oh whatever! Next time, we should steal all of his toilet
paper, than put it back the next day, and keep doing that for like, ever,
and then he’ll think he’s going insane-“
“What’s the story, morning glory?” Natsu interrupted Juvia’s
brilliant insight with a yawn, smacking his stuff down on the table.
“Shut up, we’re watching.” Juvia said, pointing
Natsu’s head to Jellal who was talking to Gray.
“What? What are we watching? Do you still hate Jellal, or
whatever?” Natsu asked boredly.
“Yes, now shut up and watch.” Erza grabbed his mouth
and closed it.
“Hey guys,” Jellal greeted before taking his seat behind
“That was…anticlimactic…” Juvia whispered.
“Well, what were you expecting?” Natsu whispered back.
“Perhaps a moan of pain?” Erza put in.
“Yeah, that would’ve been good.” Juvia said. “I should
probably get back to my seat – I’ll catch you after, Erz.”
“Ok.” Erza grumbled, barely interested. She couldn’t shake
the feeling that maybe she just wasn’t cut out for revenge.
“Hey Erza, can I talk to you for a sec?” Jellal asked
suddenly, breaking the tension with ease.
“Somebody’s in trouble~~” Natsu sang softly. Erza punched
his shoulder and begrudgingly stood up to follow Jellal.
“So,” Jellal began, once they were out of earshot. “I have a
question for you.”
“Uh…fire away.” Erza said, wondering what he could possibly
ask of her.
“Did you, uh…” he scratched the back of his head anxiously, “leave
a mouse trap in my cereal cabinet?”
Erza stared blankly at him. She hoped her expression didn’t
seem guilty, because on the inside, her conscience was in flames. How the hell
did he know it was her? Well…besides the fact that she was the only
one that went in the kitchen…hm…she really didn’t think this through, did she?
“W-why would you think that?” She laughed, sharing his
awkward neck scratching trait and smiling creepily.
“Well, it seems kinda dumb, but…” he paused for a second to
evaluate her expression. “I found your receipt.”
No way, she cursed herself, I put it in my pocket…god
damn it! Fuck girl pants and their pocket-lessness!!
“So, I figured it would make you feel better if I was hurt.”
He added, holding up his bandaged pinky finger. Her eyes narrowed. What did he
mean by that?
“I…uh…” she continued to fumble around her words like a
His face fell at her lack of response.
“So, I guess what I’m trying to say is – why?”
Her mouth opened and shut like a dying goldfish.
“I…saw…a rat? In your dorm…thought I could…take care of it…”
Jellal shook his head, like he was disappointed in her.
“In that case,” he said, peeling off the tiny band-aid with
ease, revealing a fully healthy pinky.
Bastard! He had pretended to get mouse-trapped! What
He watched her remorseful expression and laughed. “That’s
what I thought.”
“I…don’t think I-“
“Erza, if you’re trying to do some petty revenge scheme for
all the shit I threw at you in primary school, then have at it.” He
said, surprising her by holding his arms in the air like he was surrendering. “…but
I expected more than this from you, Erza.”
At this point Erza was fairly sure she looked like the
entire audience during the Empire Strikes Back, only this time, it wasn’t her
father who was trying to recruit her to the dark side.
“You…want me to…”
He smiled briefly, looking impressively sexy and Erza cursed
every god out there for making her mortal enemy as attractive as sin.
“Impress me.” He said, before walking back to his table like
nothing had happened.
Erza stared at the whiteboard, at a complete loss for words.
Huh. So this is what it felt like to be check-mated. And if there was one thing
she hated, it was losing. And chess in general. And Jellal, and his stupid,
He may have won that turn, but it was her move next – and she’d
be damned if she didn’t win this game.