also my aunt returned the copy of The Upside of Unrequited that she borrowed from me today and she told me how surprised she was by how many more words for orientations there were than she’d known about (i assume she means Mina being pansexual) and how the book prompted her to look those things up and learn what they were and she just seemed really pleased by it in general and just <3 i know i’m not saying anything new but diverse books are so important in so many ways
Miles’s cell phone vibrated in his pocket. He sighed and pulled it out, then immediately answered when he saw Phoenix’s name on the screen.
“Wright,” he said flatly. He didn’t want Phoenix to know how happy he was to hear from him. It would make him seem desperate and lonely. Which he was. Franziska had been away on interpol business, and Phoenix hadn’t contacted him since his disbarment four months ago, so Miles had essentially only interacted with his moronic colleagues and Pess for the past month or so. Thus, pathetic as it was, Miles was thrilled to hear from his old friend again, because he was lonely.
Phoenix muttered something inaudible on the other end of the line.
“I beg your pardon?” Miles said.
“Shit, I knew that was asking too much of you. Sorry,” Phoenix said quickly.
“Wright, wait. Please don’t hang up,” Miles interrupted. “I just couldn’t hear you. What did you say?”
“I need your help, Miles,” Phoenix repeated.
“What do you need?”
“Can you watch Trucy tonight? She was supposed to stay with Maya, but there was some sort of emergency with the acolytes or something, so she bailed. Please, Miles, I’m desperate. I need to go to work and the club won’t let me bring her along tonight,” Phoenix said. Miles could hear his voice shaking, even through the phone.
“Trucy?” Miles asked.
“Fuck, I forgot I haven’t talked to you since I adopted her,” Phoenix said.
Adopted? Miles thought. Is Trucy a dog or something?
Before he could ask for clarification, Phoenix continued. “Trucy is my daughter. It’s kind of a long story. I adopted her four months ago. She’s eight. I just need someone to babysit her tonight, because she can go to Kurain tomorrow. Please, Miles, I know it’s a lot to ask, since you probably don’t even consider me a friend, but she shouldn’t be any trouble. Just feed her and let her watch TV until she goes to bed.”
Miles’s eyes widened. Phoenix had a daughter now, and he was working at some sort of club. It was a lot to take in, but Miles, loathe as he was to admit it, cared too much about Phoenix to refuse his request. How hard could babysitting be? He’d been taking care of Franziska for practically his whole life, and he doubted any child could be more of a handful than his whip-wielding little sister.
“I can take care of your daughter,” Miles answered. He heard Phoenix exhale loudly.
“Thank god. Miles, you’re a lifesaver. Can I drop her off in half an hour?”
Miles nodded. “Yes, that should be fine. And Wright–Phoenix,” he began. “You are right, I don’t consider you a friend. I could never say you were just a friend. After all, after fifteen years, you believed in me enough to save my life, multiple times. So it is no trouble for me to watch your daughter. I would consider it only a fraction of a repayment.”
Breath of the Wild is still one of the most unique and gorgeous takes on a post-apocalyptic world in modern games, in my opinion. A lot of games with post-apocalyptic settings are very stark and colorless and alien and while those are interesting in their own right I still think that BotW’s take on it is just as fascinating and makes it stand out.
Hyrule was utterly destroyed. No matter where you believe it lands on the Zelda timeline, it’s undeniable that it came thousands of years after well established kingdoms we’ve seen within games in the franchise, and that’s before we even discuss the Sheikah technology that predated this iteration of Link. We know that the wild and open Hyrule we have now is a far cry from the established kingdoms we’ve seen. People were killed. Civilizations were ravaged, destroyed, and left empty. Existing towns are small, scattered, and isolated by a violent wilderness full of monsters.
Enormous mechs with land-altering properties and minds of their own threaten the livelihood of those remaining.
There are fields littered with the remains of nigh-unkillable robots, and some of them still prowl the forests and mountains. At the very center of it all, the apocalypse-bringer itself is only barely restrained from releasing its absolute fury on what’s left as it continues to bring monsters back from the dead time and time again.
And yet… the world is still so alive in spite of all its struggles. The dust has settled, but instead of being dark and devoid of life, nature has crept over the ruins and roads. Wildlife thrives, birds sing, and plants grow, including the rarest flower thought to have been nearly extinct making a slow return. The sunrise and sunset are still beautiful, even if that light is cast mostly on empty, grassy fields as far as the eye can see. Wild horses frolic among the remains of guardians. Strange and beautiful spirits soar through the air or shine between the trees. Great fairies watch over towns. Even though the terrain is dangerous, people have made roads and paths for merchants and adventurers who connect the towns and villages. Monsters and guardians haven’t stopped them from exploring, scavenging, and pioneering the wild. Yes, the people know that the world is full of danger which threatens to engulf them- it’s hard to ignore that when Hyrule Castle is so visible- but that hasn’t stopped them from gathering the remains and making the most of it. It isn’t the shining kingdom it once was, but the people have a newfound appreciation and respect for the wilderness that now spans it.
There’s just something so lovely and humbling about a setting which looks at the fallout of a magical kingdom and the new lives its people lead in the midst of a world that’s dangerous, seeing how they’re working on stringing themselves together again, and watching as they rekindle their hope… and all the while, the rest of the world keeps breathing. The sun still rises and the sun still sets.
//gentle sobbing// the song is beautiful and nostalgic ohmygosh TTOTT <333 //on a side note, you guys should check out @weddingvowszine <3 lots and lots of viktuuri weddings it’s going to be wonderful <333