I am sad and worried and I needed to do something with all of it so I drew this for you. I ran out of time to finish it today (but I will!) but I wanted to say I love you guys, I love you Jet, you are all so important to me. Jet, you have kept me going through some terrible times and you absolutely succeed in being a safe haven and I’m so grateful for you. I wish we could do more. PS, after starting critical role, I now imagine Mako doing Grog’s Rage growl thing.
I LOVE THIS PICTURE
I mean it’s always a good day when we get to hear from you, BUT THIS.
Already the details are extraordinary. Rei and Minako’s joy, the way you worked in how Ami looked to be nearly falling off in my picture, Usagi’s BEST glomphug, MAKO’S ROAR OF TRIUMPH.
And then you have the nerve to be so sweet in the text, what the fuck. It’s not at all that my aggression is covering that I’m too touched to know what to say. Never that.
I love you guys too. So much. AND I LOVE THIS THANK YOU SO MUCH.
This gives me all the Usagi x Rei feels. I mean, REI IS SPOON FEEDING USAGI HER CAKE. INTO USAGI’S MOUTH. WITH HER OWN FORK. Mako and Ami think this is something better done in private, but Rei doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with it because Usagi looks like she’s been waiting her whole life for Rei to spoon feed her some cake. AND MINAKO, OH MINAKO, SHE SO COMPLETELY APPROVES OF THIS. OF COURSE SHE DOES. IT’S MINAKO.
Rei's face when she's assured that Usagi is OK. HER FACE AND HER EMOTIONS AND HER STERN TALKING-TO TO EVERYONE.
Oh, you mean when she runs in the room?
YES THE FACES
ALL THE FACES OH MY GOD
I was screaming so hard I glossed over so many amazing facial expressions. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CORRECT MY GRIEVOUS ERROR
Rei when she’s standing there is such a fucking delight.
Rei just ran across town and nobody has the decency to even be bleeding.
Consider it on Usagi as well, like “HOW DARE YOU NOT BE IN MORTAL DANGER.” And the greatest part being that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she’ll come every single time she even THINKS she hears that whistle. There is no The Boy Who Cried Wolf, there is only The Usagi Who Called Rei Hino And Got The Exact Anticipated Result Without Fail And Rei Is Increasingly Grumpy About It.
WAIT BUT THE OTHERS
Usagi and Minako looking exactly the same, because Usagi and Minako. And that expression says just “Damn, Rei-chan.” Like not even surprised exactly, just rendered speechless by it all. And both, I am fairly certain, mentally carving this image into their brains for later. Rei, hair messed up, completely flustered, looking like a wreck, WRONG SHOES ON INSIDE. They may not use this against her tomorrow or the next day, but oh, it will happen.
Ami is so beautiful. SO beautiful. That is the very face of “oh shit”. She is fully expecting Rei to explode about this (if not now then later) and Ami is already like “I’m the one who has to calm her down when she gets like this and this is going to be so much harder when she begins to think about how she looks right now. This is going to be Rei Level Six. I HATE REI LEVEL SIX WHY IS THIS MY FATE.”
But the winner is clearly Mako. SERIOUSLY MAKO YOUR FACE. Her tiny pinprick eyes are fantastic of course, but what I may love even more is how her mouth is hanging slack at an angle. No part of Mako was prepared for what she is facing. And I love this because I don’t think it can simply be in how Rei looks. I think Mako was just so not expecting that Rei got there in like ten seconds. She clearly knew what the whistle was for, so it’s not that it’s a shock to her conceptually. I think it’s all in the details.
Rei adds the whistle to the pile of weapons the girls are assembling for Usagi. Mako picks it up, studying it. “A whistle? Like, for the police?”
“Police? Please. It’s for me,” Rei says.
“For you?” Mako studies Rei instead, curious but uncertain, like she’d just been told potatoes could fly. “But you’ll be at school.”
Rei doesn’t pick up Mako’s skepticism, being too busy trying to figure out how the taser works. “That’s the point. If something happens when I’m not there, blow the whistle and I will be.”
“You do realise we have communicators,” Ami points out.
Mako doesn’t respond to that. (Nobody responds to that. Ami sighs.) “But won’t it already be too late?”
“No,” Rei says simply. She raises her eyebrows at Minako over the taser. Minako pantomimes shocking herself in the neck with it. Rei does not find the the grotesque twitching comforting.
“But …” Mako is in full frown mode now. “How fast can you be there?”
Rei looks up at Mako, her face completely serious and her voice strong and certain over Minako’s strangled gargles. “Fast.”
YET MAKO HAD NO IDEA
DESPITE A SEASON OF REI TURNING UP AT JUUBAN WHEN SHE COULDN’T POSSIBLY BE THERE
DESPITE REI’S CONFIDENCE
DESPITE SEVERAL YEARS OF FIRST-HAND REI HINO EXPERIENCE
STILL MAKO IS COMPLETELY UNPREPARED FOR REI AT HER REIEST AND IT IS GLORIOUS