Big Apple isn’t so big after all || Meg and Killian
Meg and Ruby weren’t only roommates, but they were best friends. Ruby was like a big sister to Meg, the only family she actually cared to have. She’d ran away from home when she was 15 and she never looked back. Ruby had been 22 at the time and needing a roommate. Meg couldn’t pay her just yet, but Ruby assured her that it would be fine until she did.
Meg really did love Ruby, and if she was totally into girls and didn’t picture Ruby as a sister, she would totally do her. Not that Ruby was into girls either, but yeah.
Meg sat at the booth reading over her notes from class earlier that morning. She only had 3 hours between the time she got off work and the time she had to be to her first class of the day. Then she had two hours to study and have breakfast before heading to her second class after which she had a five hour block where she went home and slept before heading to her night class that let out an hour before she had to be back to work.
And that was just Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesdays and Thursdays she could actually get more than three hours of sleep before she had to show up for her unpaid internship at Mr. Gold’s lawfirm. Tuesday and Thursday were actually her easy days, but as it was, it was Friday. She had to go through her day, go to work and work until 4am like she did on the weekends instead of 1 or 2 am during the week, and then she could go home and sleep until work, and then she used Sunday to study before heading back to work and starting her week all over again. It was a never ending cycle.
What do you think about Zayn working with Chris Brown?
I think the situation is more complex than the fandom is trying to make it. Once again, it’s all black and white as far as this fandom is concerned. But reality is a lot more gray. There’s some tough questions to be asked here but you know how people are…swerve. They’d rather characterize Chris Brown as an irredeemable supervillain as opposed to considering the factors that led to him doing some terrible things and what that means. And let’s be real, the fact that he’s black makes it that much easier for certain people to drag him. Just like they did with Krept and Konan. Just like they did with Juicy J. Brown guys don’t get off any easier, right Naughty Boy? Do I detect a pattern?
The deal is that he is guilty of beating Rihanna and various other anti-social acts. However we now know he had untreated bipolar disorder, PTSD and came from an abusive home. That doesn’t excuse him, but it does help explain. And explanations are key to finding solutions. So many mentally ill people are caught up in the criminal justice system because we focus on punishment and not treatment. It’s even worse when you’re a mentally ill POC. People would rather write you off as some kinda pathological degenerate.
You can’t get on your high horse about victims of crime without concern about how we treat perpetrators who can be rehabilitated. Because you can’t and shouldn’t lock everybody up forever. Some perpetrators will be back out here among us. And then what? You can’t exile every criminal who’s paid their debt (as far as the legal system is concerned). Shunning people and cutting off their means to support themselves will only lead to recidivism. Again, we’re talking about people who can potentially be rehabilitated, which doesn’t apply to every criminal. So without considering how to stop criminality, it’s just a set up to create more victims. All of this is relevant to Chris Brown’s situation, imo.
Speaking of rehabilitation, at what point is a person who’s done the bad thing and taken their punishment (setting aside whether or not he got off too easy) allowed to move on? Especially if they did the bad thing as a teen and while influenced by untreated mental illness? Especially if the perpetrator is very capable of contributing to society. And I don’t mean by entertaining per se, I mean by paying taxes, employing people, contributing to the raising of his kid, etc. THESE ARE THE REAL ISSUES. WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT?
Do you wanna execute him? Do you wanna punish Zayn for seeing him as a human and not the evil caricature pissy fangirls have made him out to be. This is a real human being who really fucked up but is really still out here in the world and really probably has a long life ahead of him and really is the father of a real little girl. SO WHAT DO YOU WANNA DO? After the bitching and moaning and condemning, what do you do about the rest of this person’s life? What can he do to redeem his life? How do we move forward without further destruction? It’s easy to say Chris Brown is awful and Zayn is wrong for working with him. And ok, then what? I feel like there’s a lot of self righteous sound and fury signifying nothing out there. Because people have nothing to contribute beyond the usual fangirl bitchery and that’s not real life. That doesn’t address any of these gray areas.
I’m actually rooting for Chris Brown to get his shit together and keep it together. Because it does no one any good if he doesn’t. Unless you count giving self serving faux politically correct snots on the internet another thing to be indignant and indignant only about as good. God forbid they get their hands dirty down here where it’s gray and grimy and not so simple to figure out.
To sum up, I hope they make beautiful music together. What else could I hope for? Disaster? There’s enough people out here wanting both of them to fail.