Day 2 of the 10 day Robron Challenge (Saturday 11th Feb): Favourite Aaron quote to Robert
Super Soap Week was incredible, and it was so different to anything I’d seen before. I was blown away with every episode and who would’ve thought that we’d get a whole episode dedicated to Robron?
In one year, we went from thinking that there was no turning back for their relationship to Aaron declaring that he’d neverstopped loving Robert. I feel so emotional watching this because Aaron didn’t just say it to make Robert feel better (Robert had just told Aaron something that he couldn’t say to anyone else, might I add), he did it because he loves Robert with every bone in his body and there’s no one else he could ever love more.
Based off talking with @plketrickfoot last night after the episode, and this post I made earlier. Sponsored by: Too Many Feelings™.
Alternative title: “realizations”
“Scanlan, your letter to me was wonderful, and I want to do what you asked, but I can’t raise Kaylie alone. I need you to come back.” -Pike Trickfoot, Critical Role, Episode 80
He gives her the letter in her room in the mansion. Her extravagant room that is far too much for her usual simple way of living, but which fits Scanlan very well, and she can’t help but smile at its coziness.
When her door closes behind him, it’s a spur-of-the-moment decision. It’s not necessarily what she wants to do, but after everything that happened she can’t bring herself to wait.
She reads the letter, and her heart hurts, and she can’t help the hot tears that flow down her cheeks.
A day later- two days? (It all blurs together with the looming threat of the black dragon looming over them from the mountainside.) There’s the fight with Kevdak and the Herd, and while she can’t move fast enough to get over to her friends, at the end of the battle she sings a young boy back to life, and they bring him home, and she sees something in Scanlan’s face - a longing? a determination? a resolve? - that she hasn’t seen there before.
(Briefly, she wonders what sort of spell or attack had missed its target and sent the boy into the realm of the Raven Queen, and if Scanlan knows more than she does.)
The words of the letter, small snippets and disconnected words, fly through her mind until they fight the dragon and their bard disappears into the beast’s stomach.
Then the words disappear with him, like she has suddenly forgotten how to speak, to even think.
(How could they have been so stupid?)
He disappears, and Pike realizes she doesn’t know if she can do what he wants her to.
But they survive, all of them, and they congregate in the black dragon’s lair, relatively safe, and she wants to talk to him, to confess her sins, to apologize, but she can’t bring herself to.
(She realizes she’s never even met Kaylie before…)
They have a cannonball contest in the basement of the mansion, and they laugh and joke and Pike wraps up her fears and insecurities tightly, binding them to her heart, because they have, at the very least, one more night. A night where they can relax and recoup and, thankfully, not count their losses.
The next day, when Scanlan says he’s going to Kymal to check on the refugees (Kaylie), Pike agrees to go with him.
Part of her feels that she should stay and help the rebuilding efforts in Westruun (her home for so many years), but another, stronger, part of her realizes she has to go with him. She successfully convinces herself, as Scanlan has convinced himself, that it is to check on the refugees, those who had fled. But there’s a tiny corner of her mind that is not fooled, that knows her own artifice is but a mask, a duty.
(Meeting Kaylie with him - it’s the least she can do, when he’s trusting her with such an important task.)
For a moment she realizes he has no idea that she even read the letter-
Scanlan takes Kaylie aside and she’s too busy taking care of Doctor Dranzel’s foot to catch all of what they say, but she hears the familiar syllable of her name and the curiosity tugs sharply at her heart even as the Doctor invites her to join them on their troupe’s journey.
Their banter dips into silence just as Kaylie says “Get out of my fucking face,” but as the two gnomes, so similar in face and standing, come up to them, there’s a connection that wasn’t there before.
(Pike has always been good at picking up on connections. Her heart smiles.)
Doctor Dranzel offers again for her to come with them, and she says, simply, “I don’t think I can.”
(There’s a lot she doesn’t say, about people counting on her, about the strange mish-mash of a family and one bard in particular to whom she has made promises in her heart of hearts. “I can’t leave my family right now” is what her hearts says.)
He gives her a look that says he knows what she’s thinking, but he plays off the look, transitioning to talking about moving on.
She pulls Kaylie aside; she needs to meet this daughter, this young woman that Scanlan would give his life for.
Pike introduces herself, and Kaylie tells her: “he made a promise.”
Her mind races, the letter in her pocket seeming to burn with its own heat, and she wonders for a moment, but she sees the determination in Kaylie’s eyes, and she realizes just what his promise to his daughter was.
She wants to hate Scanlan Shorthalt in that moment, to have him razed by the gods for giving her this choice to make, to fulfill his dying wishes or to help him keep his promise to his daughter.
(She can’t bring herself to do so, because she knows that Kaylie is still young, still in need of the hope that a promise of life will bring. Pike doesn’t agree with Scanlan, but she does understand.)
Still, as she looks into the still-teary eyes of the gnome before her, the letter heavy in her pocket and thoughts running riotously through her head, she finds her mouth moving and her tongue forming the words that she knows are, ultimately, true.
“Okay, well, this is just a disaster, isn’t it? This is the worst political event ever in history. Well, I can assure you people in the bleachers that if you follow my campaign, it will be interesting.”
I’ve been sitting here for ten minutes thinking about how nice john is to sherlock exclusively. especially in scandal. john is so incredibly NICE to sherlock in this episode? DOES IT EVER HIT YOU HOW NICE HE IS BUT ONLY EVER TO SHERLOCK?? is this episode the source of people’s terrible pushover characterization? I mean he’s perfectly grumpy and sarcastic and “I killed people” for like half of the episode but then the minute he thinks sherlock is sad he’s just like….okay ill be here if you need anything, okay it’s fine if you don’t need me ill still be here, how are we feeling about that, it’s okay that you just slammed this door in my face but are you okay, ok bye bye girlfriend im not gonna stop you i need to take care of sherlock, okay here is this phone i mean it belongs to the government but you stole that ashtray for me so here im just gonna give you this actual piece of evidence…yeah ok she’s alive just don’t be sad anymore…
I WANT TO SCREAM ABOUT THE VAULT SCENE BECAUSE THAT WAS THE MOST INTIMATE AND ROMANTIC MOMENT THAT I REMEMBER ON THIS SHOW. THEY WERE SO CUTE AND TOUCHY AND THEY DIDN'T WANT TO LET GO OF EACH OTHER. THE WAY REGINA LOOKED AT HIS LIPS AND LEANED FORWARD BEFORE STOPPING HERSELF. AND HOW SHE KISSED HIS NOSE. THEY WERE FRESH FROM SEX SO GOOD REGINA COULDN'T BUTTON HER SHIRT PROPERLY AND YET HE OFFERED TO COOK HER BREAKFAST AND THEY CUDDLED AND OH GOD THEY WERE SO IN LOVE. THAT SCENE KILLS ME. IM DEAD
PERFECTION. IN A SCENE. THEY WERE SOOOO IN LOVE AND YOU JUST KNOW THE SEX WAS AMAZING. SOMETIMES PICTURES PAINT A THOUSAND WORDS SO….
(look at lana’s arms though)
GIFS NOT ENOUGH- HERE HAVE A REWATCH
SO YES I DIED. AND WILL CONTINUE TO DIE EVERYTIME I WATCH THIS SCENE
Okay, but the fact that the first thing Klaus asked when he met Stefan was “How is Caroline?” shows that he cares more for her than the MF gang who doesn’t give a sh*t about her, and Klaus and Caroline haven’t seen each other in years.
He also helped Stefan because Caroline was is already suffering too much, losing control of everything around her (the pregnancy, the babies, her boyfriend…), not doing what she wants, what she isn’t feeling obligated to do. Klaus just wanting to take a burden off her shoulders because he knows she can’t live like that is ughh…