Introducing….Edge!Tulip from my new Edge Train/Infinity Edge AU.
Edge!Tulip found the train after her parents were murdered brutally before her eyes. She is now on a mission to find the murderer, who is on the train, and kill him. Oh, also the murderer cut off her hand, but it’s fine because she has a robot hand now.
-hates all colors, except black. Black is cool
-always wears smeared eyeliner
-has strong barriers that keep everyone out
-doesn’t trust easily
-the entire story, the two aforementioned facts are forgotten
Despite the fact that it’s pretty goddamn crazy that there’s a talking bear in a duffle coat, most people react to Paddington not with amazement, but with prejudice. Like the cab driver who charges extra for bears.
Even Paddington’s adoptive family try have him fit their mold rather than learn about his culture. Instead of taking a few minutes to learn his Peruvian name, they literally give him the first “English one” they see: the name of the goddamn train station they’re all standing in.
It’s pretty clear that Paddington’s story is meant to represent the immigrant experience in England – but it’s likely an even more specific commentary than one might realize. The location of Paddington Station was one of the means by which a large influx of West Indian immigrants entered Britain in the 50s. The racial tension bubbled up into the brutal Notting Hill race riot in 1958 (not to be confused with the Notting Hill riots from 1999, when people demanded Hugh Grant’s head). Incidentally, 1958 is the same year the first Paddington book was published.
The recent movie adaptation didn’t ignore this context, incorporating calypso music in the soundtrack as a reference to the Notting Hill immigrant culture. Even Paddington’s distinctive suitcase and “Please Look After this Bear” tag aren’t totally apolitical – they were inspired by the author’s memories of children being evacuated during WWII, standing in a train station with “a label round their neck with their name and address on and a little case or package containing all their treasured possessions.” So, yep, Paddington is a refugee.
I need a name for my department, but they’ve just rejected Magical Accessories Development and Testing,” Draco says, reaching for his pliers again.
“They’ll reject anything that’s not an acronym,” Potter says with a shrug. “Save yourself a lot of bother and just come up with one straight off.”
“The Ministry and all their bloody acronyms,” Draco mutters, using the pliers to grasp a cog and carefully slide it free. He holds it under the magnifying glass clamped to the edge of his worktable and examines it for physical damage. “I ought to make it something that spells out COCK.”
Potter shakes his head. “They won’t let you. I tried to name my class Training In Tactical Situations and they turned me down. Besides, K’s a tough letter.”
Weasley snorts. “But never let it be said that Harry Potter gives up easily,” he says, and lightly punches Potter on the shoulder. “And you’d know all about the letter K because you tried Knowing Necessary Offensive Basics next. And then Casting Under Noticeable Tension.”
“No, no, then it was Training With Advanced Tactics, and then Casting Under Noticeable Tension,” Potter corrects. “And then Casting Reliably And Proficiently. Oh, and Beneficial And Long-Lasting Spellwork. I really thought they’d take that one.” Potter grimaces. “But no, then they reported me. Apparently what I was doing is considered harassment. I had to write a formal apology and everything.”
Weasley rolls his eyes. “Which you titled So Honestly I’m Terrible-Feeling And Really Truly Sorry.”
Joy/hopeful: 99 Revolutions, 21st Century Breakdown, Carpe Diem, Forever Now, Good Riddance (Time of your life), Holiday, 21 Guns, King for a Day, Last of the American Girls, Minority, Ordinary World, Outlaws, Revolution Radio, See the Light, Somewhere Now, Still Breathing, Sweet 16, Waiting, Welcome to Paradise, ¡Viva la Gloria!
Love: 1,000 Hours, 80, 2,000 Light Years Away, Dry Ice, Fell for you, Hearts Collide, Last Night on Earth, Missing you, Only of you, Redundant, Scattered, See you tonight, Stay the Night, Sweet 16, The one I want, Whatsername, When it’s Time, Youngblood
Anger: Bab’s Uvula Who?, Brat, Christian’s Inferno, East Jesus Nowhere, Letterbomb, F.O.D, Ha Ha You’re Dead, Having a Blast, Horseshoes and Handgrenades, Kill the DJ, Know your Enemy, Platypus(I Hate You), Say Goodbye, Take Back, You Lied
Confusion: A Little Boy Named Train, Are We the Waiting, Armatage Shanks, Coming Clean, Going to Pasalacqua, Jaded, Knowledge, Loss of Control, One for the Razorbacks, One of my lies, The Static Age, Too Dumb to Die, Walking Contradiction, Why do you want him?, X-Kid
Sadness/Pain: Amy, Give me novacaine, Macy’s Day Parade, Misery, No one knows, Outlaws, Pulling Teeth, Restless Heart Syndrome, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Whatsername, Words I Might Have Ate
Pity/Desperation: Brutal Love, Church on Sunday, Emenius Sleepus, Hitchin’ a Ride, Lazy Bones, Misery, Murder City, Oh Love, Paper Lanterns, Pulling Teeth, The Forgotten, Walk Away, ¿Viva La Gloria? (Little Girl)
Disgust: 86, All the Time, Jackass, Nice Guys Finish Last, Platypus (I hate you), Prosthetic Head, Reject, Sick of Me, Stuart and the Ave., The Grouch
Bored: Christie Road, Last Ride In, Lazy Bones, Longview, Rest, Rotting, Sassafras Roots, Tired Of Waiting For You, When I Come Around
Afraid: 16, Don’t wanna fall in love, Don’t leave me, No Pride, Peacemaker, Road to Acceptance, Troubled Times, Warning, X-Kid, Working Class Hero
Anxiety: Basket Case, Brain Stew, Burnout, No Pride, One of My Lies, Panic Song, Stuck With Me, Suffocate, Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
Alone: Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Castaway, Disappearing Boy, Jesus Of Suburbia, Misery, Missing You, Suffocate, Walking Alone
Jealousy: Chump, In The End, Nice Guys Finish Last, Paper Lanterns
Astrid stepped up this season and I’m thrilled about that.
I touched on this subject a bit in my review for the season but it deserves its own post. We all know that the writers haven’t really made any effort in her character. I don’t know why but it seems like they took the warrior part of her too seriously. She barley got to show any emotions, she didn’t took her teammates seriously (Meaning: Snotlout and the twins) and that’s just… not how I picture her.
But this season; man. I loved her. She was fearless, brave and kind. In many scenes, when they usually had her being mad, she was kind and thoughtful instead. I liked how she and Snotlout got a lot of scenes together that talked about it. I’m also so emotional over the fact that she cried. We’ve never seen her cry… but she was and I loved it. (Not her crying but that they finally showed her doing it.) (Ruffnut comforting her was a A+ too)
But she levelled up in terms of her warrior side too. She ran through the forest, punched a poisonous dragon and ran half dead back. She didn’t hesitate when she followed K on his dragon when he escaped and thanks to that she realised that Viggo was alive. Also, her outrage when Throck wanted to marry Ruffnut proved what a strong, independent woman she is.
I just… loved her this season. I don’t want to give credit to a man based on her development but somehow I think that being with Hiccup brought out the best in both of them. They became the best versions of themselves, which is what a healthy relationship is all about.
Post series 4 headcanon where Sherlock sets Molly up on a friend date with Janine because Janine is all outgoing and cheeky and confident and he hopes she’ll help Molly find some confidence and joy. So after like awkward beginnings they hit it off spectacularly and start hanging out all the time- movie marathon nights, coffee every Tuesday, deep and meaningful conversations about their shit luck with men (with more than a few hours dedicated to men specifically called Sherlock). They even try double speed dating which ends up being so lame and hilariously bad that they go twice more and give themselves fake names and make up ridiculous background stories and then laugh for hours afterwards that they still managed to get guys numbers despite the bullshit hobbies and repulsive interests they made up in an attempt to put them off. They stumble out giggling and Molly can’t actually believe she was able to pull that off again, couldn’t have imagined 6 months ago that this vivacious woman with a wicked sense of humour could have managed to bring meek, little Molly so far out of her shell. She finds herself bewildered by the fact that Janine not only encourages Molly’s awkward attempts at humour but actually finds her funny and adorable even if 90% of Molly’s jokes are about dead bodies and autopsies and don’t usually translate well with “normal” people.
Eventually it shifts to something more than friendship, and neither of them even realises for ages because they’ve always been into men; a core part of their identity has been tied up in their “bad luck with men” so it doesn’t even occur to them that The Right Man isn’t, in fact, a man at all. They’ve consistently talked about their shit taste in men and one night at Molly’s they are commiserating again. They are both casually self deprecating, wine drunk, and giggly after a romcom session when Molly looks up at Janine, face flushed, and whispers “maybe we’ve been getting it wrong the whole time, we need to forget about men and go after women” and she is only half serious but still gets a bit giddy even suggesting it. Janine leans in, breath warm across Molly’s cheek and smirks; “why miss Molly, aren’t you full of surprises tonight” and thinks why the hell not before pressing her lips against Molly’s. The gasp that comes from Molly is comically loud and they both pull away laughing; this is possibly the most ridiculous thing they’ve done yet…but it’s also fun and feels right in its silliness and they both think oh. there you are.