i just remembered that lena straight up called kara so that kara would talk her out of going to dinner with jack. which is important to me only because lena apparently learned how to use her phone? like how out of character is that? it would have made more sense if mon-el had been like “oh lena stopped by randomly looking for you”
Her strengths: This woman is funny, hot, and spontaneous. When you walk into a room with her, everyone stares at you in envy. Neil Strauss, the author of the best-selling dating memoir The Game, puts it simply, “This is the kind of girl everyone wants, and it makes you feel awesome when you’re the one who has her.“
Her weaknesses: "You need enormous confidence to date a woman like this,” Strauss says. “She gets off on attention, but you can’t get jealous.” If you’re independent, you’ll dig her ambition, but make sure she wants you–and not just the ego boost you provide.
The Arty Hipster: PISCES, GEMINI
Her strengths: She knows where all the dive bars are and all the art shows with free wine. She’s exciting and stylish, but not as untouchable as the urban sophisticate. “She actually likes nerds and intellectuals,” says Ian Coburn, author of God Is a Woman: Dating Disasters. And she actually cares about culture. “She can be great for a guy who wants to learn more about art and music,” says Ian Kerner, Ph.D., a relationship therapist and the author of She Comes First.
Her weaknesses: Do you keep going after her because you hope her cool will rub off on you? If your interests don’t match, don’t expect to just coast along on her taste. “Girls like this have opinions,” Kerner says. “And they want you to know the difference between Jonathan Adler and Jonathan Richman.”
The Vegan Yoga Gal: AQUARIUS, LIBRA
Her strengths: She’s got great skin and a long neck, and she gives you long back rubs with wacky oils. All that deep breathing means she rarely flies off the handle, and you value this perhaps even more than you value her amazing, high, tight rear, which is saying a lot. Strauss says, “This is a woman who really wants to make a deep connection with life, and a man who wants the same could be really into her.” Fisher says that independent, analytical, or creative guys could find her alternative view fascinating.
Her weaknesses: Remember, Strauss notes, “These women are almost exclusively interested in men who are into the same stuff they are.” Love her, love her lifestyle.
The Alpha Female: VIRGO, ARIES
Her strengths: She graduated from college in 3 years and went right to law school without taking a vacation. She’s hard to keep up with. Ironically, it’s not the alpha dog who should try dating her. “A scientist, artist, or teacher will do well with this woman,” says April Masini, author of Date Out of Your League. “If you’re not interested in power plays, she won’t fight you."
Her weaknesses: She has a lot in common with alpha males, but these relationships are too intense. "They can’t make time for each other,” Fisher says. Coburn cautions that pushover types are often attracted to such women, and some alpha females – the sadistic ones – are attracted right back. “Obviously, if this is your dynamic, it isn’t good.”
The Intimacy Junkie: CAPRICORN, SCORPIO
Her strengths: She goes to yoga, too, but it’s the easy kind that’s more about “connection to the self” than sculpting a smoking bod. So what if she’s a little in your face. The sex is amazing. Strauss likes women like this. “She is the best kisser in the world. Very intense, very into connecting.” Fisher says independent men will love such a deeply verbal gal, and Kerner thinks all men should date someone like this. “Most men need help learning to communicate, and she will help them."
Her weaknesses: The intimacy junkie makes you feel great at first. She’s so into you and your feelings. Analytical men will find themselves easily ensnared in her macramé web. "He will be super into her at first, but there’s going to be a lot of talk about the ‘meaning’ of the relationship, which might cause it to implode,” Fisher says.
The Happy Homemaker: CANCER, TAURUS
Her strengths: She’s no gold digger – all she wants is a Volvo wagon and a nice, cozy three-bedroom. She wants to have your kids, take care of them, and take care of you. “Some guys draw a great deal of ego satisfaction from providing for a family, and there is nothing wrong with that,” says Masini. A man who grew up in a very traditional household will love her, and, conversely, a guy who grew up with domestic chaos craves this woman for the stable home she provides.
Her weaknesses: Remember that when she says she’s not going to work, she means it. Career-minded men could be happy with an arrangement that allows them to focus on their work while she manages his domestic life. But if the financial stress builds, you may not be able to convince her to get a job.
Agent-ing continued! i was gonna polish off iokath and umbara but this post was getting long.
everybody really wants me to have a problem with Scorpio but i still don’t! mainly because, like many aspects of this story, these things could have been solved with one thorough conversation!
it would have gone like: “Hi, I think the gravestone and the fleet and I are all tied to the same thing and I’m willing to do pretty much anything to get to it” “cool that’s a fairly compatible goal with ours, let’s work out the details now so we don’t have to screw eachother over later”
(i’m sure other people have brought up the Can We Still Turn Into A Robot thing but look… it’s been on my mind since nar shaddaa….)
not huge fan of game BRINGING UP the fact that i might have a problem with using some kind of code-word to make someone do shit- and then not giving me a choice about using it aannyyyway
Let Me Talk To Vaylin Please
anyway we’re super unqualified for large-scale leadership what’s up
POET: how could you cause me this much pain? why would you want to?
BEE: I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, you just got in the way. you came too close to my jacket and I panicked. everything I touch starts to bloom: flower or bruise, it’s your choice, I can’t tell the difference. don’t you see these colors littering my body? my skin has only ever been a warning sign screaming at the world to stay away.
POET: I’ve never paid attention to things like that. I love quickly and regardless of history. I see a red flag and I rip it to shreds. I read emergency plans and I abandon their language. I pick poison berries and I swallow them whole. this is always how it’s been, I don’t know how to be any other way. safety is a word I stopped using after I found out that our last kiss was our last kiss. wait, sorry, I forgot who I was talking to. ignore that last sentence.
BEE: I…see. well, I didn’t mean to take advantage of your heart, I didn’t realize you would be so soft.
POET: they never do. have you been to the ocean?
BEE: a long time ago.
POET: when I was younger I went to a beach in south carolina, early in the morning before the seagulls began to beg for sustenance. I was alone, and I didn’t have a swimsuit but the water was so flat, and I needed to get closer to the sky, so I ran out up to my waist wearing all of my clothes and just stared at the threshold between shades of blue and shades of oblivion and I waited. I don’t know what for, but I waited, and I think that what I was waiting for must have arrived because when I finally turned back towards the sand I felt better. like I was naked except I wasn’t, I had clothes heavy with salt draped over my frame, but I could’ve been stripped to my bones for all that I knew. I was there, and I was alive, and it happened at a time when that feeling would’ve meant something.
BEE: why are you telling me this?
POET: I just wanted someone to know that I was happy, once. two lifetimes ago I let souls born of typhoon and earth see me vulnerable and thirsty and the act of doing so didn’t bring me to my knees. I was whole, once.
BEE: you’re still whole, it seems like you’ve just changed your parameters.
BEE: look, I’m sorry I stung you. I really am. I feel bad. it won’t happen again.
POET: it’s okay, I’m used to it. everything I’ve ever gotten close to has scarred me then vanished. ache and abandon, burn and bury. I could write a new testament about the memories I’ve had to plan funerals for.
BEE: maybe you should stop getting close to things.
you said you were going to take on another investigator … ?
okay, you might like what i have to say, but just let me get it out… i did take you on thinking i would train you. of course, i didn’t have the money for that, but i reckoned you could learn on the job. until… well, you’re getting married to someone who hates you doing this. i’m not going to ask you to ruin your marriage over a job. i need a partner who can share the long hours, who can give up their weekend at the drop of a hat.
if it’s what you really want, i’ll put you on a surveillance course as soon as i get the money, but i’m not spending that on an assistant.