not that i should be complaining

anonymous asked:

I feel like adults don't get Spider-Man homecoming like I've seen plenty of reviews complaining that flash is non threatening and not a bully (nobody gets beat up by the jock anymore) and how Peter is too childish and immature (LITERALLY THE POINT HES A CHILD)

Really omg everyone I know who’s seen it has loved it when will Adults relax like you said he’s a kid in high school ofc he’s immature have you met a high schooler and yeah no one gets pushed into lockers anymore bullying is more subversive than that maybe people should actually listen to kids when they talk about their lives now and get with the times babes

I hate parents who tell their kid, “I spent so much money on your clothes, for your food and for you to live here!!” and make the child feel guilty, convincing themselves they’re not worth being taken care of. The parent is complaining about spending money on the child’s basic necessities, which no one should be denied nor should they feel awful for receiving support that aids them in everyday life (especially food, you NEED to eat everyday). This grooms the child to feel burdensome and fear asking for things in the future. They need those things to live…you need clothes on your back, you need to eat and you need shelter; parents like this are literally complaining about sustaining and taking care of their child when it’s their obligation and job as a parent. 

anonymous asked:

Complaining about how men in relationships with women tend to do certain shitty things helps me articulate those problems with my boyfriend and makes us better equipped to fix them, though. Saying that men don't do their share of emotional labor doesn't necessarily absolve men of having to do emotional labor: it empowers women to talk about something they might think they're making up otherwise.

I agree, but I think the difference is in describing it as something that men can and should change, not something that’s permanent and hopeless.

“Your boyfriend should support you emotionally, and don’t put up with it if he doesn’t” is a whole ‘nother thing to say than “men won’t support you emotionally, love it or leave it I guess.”

anonymous asked:

In "Game Development Myths: Players Want Smart Artificial Intelligence", you gave some good arguments against having "smart" enemy AI. But what about allied AI? I don't think anyone complained that his squad mates should be stupider :)

You might be surprised. Imagine this hypothetical scenario.

Let’s say that you’re playing an awesome new Batman game. You’re playing as Batman and they’ve added Robin as an AI sidekick to fight alongside you. You see your first group of enemies to take down - it’s a couple of thugs trying to rob a store. You lock on and Robin acknowledges your command to engage. You jump at the first thug, bowling him over with a mighty punch combo and knocking him to the floor. You turn to move on to the next thug, only to see Robin finishing off the last of the bad guys. The four enemies you hadn’t engaged lie broken and defeated at your AI sidekick’s feet.

“Great job, Batman! Where do we go next?” he asks.

You shrug it off, hop into the Batmobile and drive to the next crime scene - more thugs, this time a small army of them barricaded inside a bank. You and Robin sneak up to the rooftop and drop in via a skylight, taking care not to be seen. You sneak up behind one of the sentries and quietly take him out with a stealth move. You turn to see all of the other thugs knocked out on the ground, as Robin drags the last of them into a neat little pile by the one you took out.

“Looks like these guys won’t be bothering the police anymore, right boss?” quips Robin.

You do the detective work and feed the evidence into the bat-computer. The analysis confirms that these thugs are working for the Penguin. It’s time to hit the Iceberg Lounge and take Cobblepot down. You arrive on the scene to find that the Penguin is prepared. Many enemies are patrolling the Penguin’s night club, but you need to do little but approach them and Robin defeats them all before you can figure out a second combo. You stride into the main concourse of the Lounge, where the Penguin himself appears. He’s driving an enormous ducky-shaped tank, firing rockets and summoning thugs in a big spectacular boss fight. You try to close the distance to the tank, but it’s your first time and the rocket pattern knocks you back. As you rise, you see the Boy Wonder rush the tank and smash it with a barrage of martial arts attacks. The tank shudders and collapses, and the Penguin gives up.

“Whew, that was a tough fight. Great work, Batman!” praises Robin.

I don’t know about you, but this doesn’t exactly sound like a lot of fun to me. 

It’s important to remember that AI doesn’t have feelings or care about having fun, but players do. If the AI doesn’t get to be the hero, isn’t very strong, or has a frustrating time, that’s ok - the AI won’t complain. It will dutifully continue to do its job. If the AI is super effective, it won’t have a better time either - it won’t feel anything at all, good or bad. However, if the AI is too strong, it can overshadow players and make them feel inferior. That is not a particularly fun or engaging experience, especially since the fantasy is supposed to be the player as the hero of the story. It’s really hard to feel heroic if the heroism isn’t coming from you - it doesn’t feel earned, so it robs the gameplay of the fun. Remember, an experience feels rewarding when the player is able to recognize the relative difficulty of a task and still complete it. If the task seems super trivial, it won’t be fun… and hyper-competent AI allies can trivialize a lot of things by overshadowing the player. 


Got a burning question you want answered?

Rant #26372

Is it just me that thinks it’s highkey annoying when people find out their idols are enlisting, they’re like “why do they have to do this” “it’s not fair” “don’t make them enlist” blah blah bleh

1. Try understanding and educating yourself about Korea and their politics, and why they have the mandatory enlistment policies in the first place

2. Military service is a sign of honor in Korea. And idk about you, but honor is very very VERY serious and is not taken lightly specially in Asia

3. Just because they are celebrities and they’re your faves does not mean they should be exempt from service. You know what happens when celebrities get special privileges regarding military service? They get major disrespect from the people.

4. Currently, with the whole military policies changing and stuff, I see so many people complaining and saying it’s unfair, and a lot of them are from international fans. I’m an international fan, and who are we to judge and say whether it’s fair or unfair? We don’t live in Korea. We aren’t Korean. So just shh.

I see so many petitions and complaints and shit and I’m like:

Originally posted by instalaugh

I want to be good for you but you won’t let me and that frustrates me but okay I understand, why should I even complain I’m not in the right place anyway.

this is me complaining bc i super hate the “wow why does tumblr think youre suddenly an adultie adult when u turn 18″ bc thats not it. you gain lots of experience over your teenage years, a 16 year old is drastically different in development to a 14 yr old. im 18 now, and even though i had a serious regression period before my 18th birthday that should of knocked me back a couple years, i Am An Adult?

youre not “suddenly” an adult. from age 12 - 18 you are Gradually Becoming an Adult. its not that hard a concept to grasp. if youre an adult and just want a way to shift blame and never have to critically think abt your interactions with children then fucking fine but stay 500 feet away from me you creep

anonymous asked:

Ayo same! I'm a lesbian too, I seem to have the bad luck of never meeting a lesbian in real life besides myself which feels lonely sometimes. I have my girlfriend tho so I really can't complain😁

‘kay people freaking out (in a good way) is really strange like i’ve gotten several messages now about it, why does it matter so much?? i’m really confused, tumblr is not like a site where meeting a person of a sexual orientation that is not hetero is extraordinary so why so many people still pay so much attention to it i don’t get it

anyway, being the only one who likes girls isn’t a thing that should make you feel lonely, my dear anon! it’s just a lil detail of yourself. if you have good friends and especially girlfriend who share similar interests with you then you shouldn’t feel lonely! spend time with those wonderful human beings and focus more on things that make you happy~

I do appreciate the knowledge that Ragone has brought to the fandom. His book on Tsuburaya definitely got more people informed about the rich history of tokusatsu as well as why Tsuburaya deserves the praise he has. On the other hand, I cannot stand his self-righteous perspective on the series and by extension his self-entitled ‘ownership’ of it. 

He complains about fans misinterpreting Honda’s vision to suit their own perspectives yet acts as though his reading of the films is absolute; one informed by years of research and living in Japan (because that, apparently, makes one an expert). Perhaps he feels that being one of the first Westerners to properly examine tokusatsu lends him an ambassadorial role for the Godzilla series. In some ways, I’m sure it does, but that role shouldn’t entail belittling any other reasonable reading of the series. Whatever the case, his views do not and should not have any more validity just because he 'got there first’. 

I’d also hazard a guess and say he’s a tad insecure. Should anyone challenge him on his views he is instantly in attack position, immediately calling up his 'position’ as an author to evidence his superiority. I remember when I asked what his source was for Banno’s passing a few months ago. He got so defensive. I just wanted to know the source, yet he acted as though I’d called his entire career into question. 

Ragone’s brought a lot to the fandom, but polite consideration and understanding of opposing interpretations isn’t one of them.

Next week we will finally get the fix-it scene. That’s right remember the fuck up in S2A, with the fade in black and the anger roaring through the fandom. 
Well next week the team of shadowhunters have taking it upon themselves to fix their epic fail of that scene along with the epic fail that was Magnus his first reveal of his cat eyes in Alec’s presents. They are taking down two birds with one stone. Hooray! Right……

I have seen posts saying that next week we shouldn’t complain if the scene doesn’t turn out to be as we had hoped, because hey at least they listened to us. So let’s just forgive and forget. But hear me out.
You should forgive, only if the scene is like all the heterosexual scenes they shuffed down our throat, forgive only if the scenes we are getting represent equality. Otherwise you have to call them out again. You have to call them out on their double standards, yes even if they tried with this scene to set something right. If you’re not going to tolerate homophobia, stand behind that in every way. Don’t tolerate it all of the sudden because you’re getting something better. You can always tweet “Were the scene was a great step in the right direction and lovely done, you need to work harder in S3 to uphold the standards of equality for Malec.”
Judge the scenes you get, and compare them to Climon, compare them Jaia, or to the random hook up Jace had. Compare them and then say, is this equality? Or is there still something very crucial missing. 
You can be happy with the scenes but still acknowledge it’s not quite there yet compared to the straights but much better than anything else so far you’ve seen for Malec. 

But whatever you concluded and I would ask you to pay attention to the out and proud part of this fandom when you do. Never ever FORGET.
Don’t forget that we as a fandom had to BEG them to even give Malec intimate scenes, that we had to be angry at them for weeks to get them to listen to us. We’re getting this scene because they listened to us, not because they genuinely wanted to give us this scene. If they had we would have gotten it sooner. If you forget than there is a good chance S3 will not look much different. And instead of getting equality, you are getting second hand civilian malec treatment all over again.
Keep fighting, make sure that malec getting equality is not something they forgot, or didn’t think was a golden moment. Ensure by being vocal even after next week that they keep on improving the show and their treatment of lgbtq characters. 
Equality is not something Todd and the team originally want for Malec, just like them getting a lot screen time, so as a fandom we cannot for one second allow this to be forgotten and we have to remind them of this until enough evidence is given that they understand and no longer need our roars to deliver. 
We are one of the most open-minded fandoms I know, there is no excuse for two men on this show to be treated any differently than the rest of the couples. Don’t Forget that! 

anonymous asked:

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im hella tired and should sleep so this may be small 

@@musepirations i love this blog, god i go onto it every day, the human behind the blog is so sweet and cute af. — @matthewddarios you followed me today and i got real happy yOU reblog matt sm my tl is full of matt most days ( i do only follow 83 people ) bUT I WONT COMPLAIN just keep filling my dash with the loml and you’ll soon become my fav. — @stiilestilnski im going to sleep i promise EHDJNS i don’t see much of u on my dash but i included u in my ff bc when i do i enjoy it pls dont stop bein rad af. — @jcnnie i admire ur theme work sO FUCKING MUCH, ur themes are flawless, beautiful magnificent i honestly wish i could code like u !! — @pocmuzings one of my favs that i follow i love seeing u on my dash i don’t think i’ll ever unfollow tbh

there’s a rule about taking Doctor Who seriously and it’s that to take it seriously you need to not take it too seriously 

this show doesn’t take itself seriously, no matter how dark it might get at times

this isn’t some fucking gritty Edgelord show, this is a show watched by millions of children about hope and belief and trying to help people even when it seems hopeless and even when it doesn’t work, we should never hope that anyone in it stays dead, especially not anyone that represents so much for so many

above all we should never as older fans want anything for it that would take away from the enjoyment of the younger fans

you can’t treat it the same way you would a lot of other shows. its demographic is anyone who is willing to believe in it, anyone of any age. 

this is a show about an idiot in a magical box who fixes things with a screwdriver and a belief in the goodness of people

an idiot who gets into ridiculous situations that are often also dire, who saves the day always but only uses violence as a last resort, who tries to win with words and cleverness first 

over the last few years it’s been one of the only shows on television still trying to tell a hopeful story in a world obsessed with Edgy Cynical Realism, while never shying away from how harsh the universe can be

it is a show about possibility where almost any thing or person or story that can be imagined could be plausible (hello, people being killed by plastic inflatable chairs, a small box being infinitely huge on the inside, a lesbian being saved by her magical star girlfriend)

it is a show created by lifelong fans, it is a constant love letter to itself with stupid little in jokes and nostalgic trips, and above all it is a message and lesson of hope and kindness

take it or leave it but that is what it will or at least should always be

Regarding Jae’s Twitter

As we all know, Jae has reactivated his Twitter and we’re all happy that he’s done so. From My Day to random strangers, we all enjoy his tweets and the humor he puts into them. Besides the comedy and hashtags, Jae is known for being super interactive with his fans and replying to our tweets whenever he can. But as always, with any rise of popularity will come with a rise of negativity and hatred as well.

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of blatantly rude and disrespectful comments towards Jae. Yes Jae is very laid back,chill, and funny, but that doesn’t give you any rights to address him like he’s your bestfriend or something. We all still have our boundaries as a fan and everyone needs to understand what those boundaries are. Asking extremely personal questions like “Who has the ‘longest’ among the members?” and “Are you still a virgin” yes i’ve seen both of these are NOT in any way appropriate to be asking him. Saying things like “we don’t care” when he’s expressing his feelings or constantly complaining about him not noticing you isn’t acceptable either.

I’m not trying to be some peace-keeping law maker but I think certain mannerisms should just be common sense? But apparently for some people it’s not so here’s a little DO and DON’T list for things to say/do on Jae’s Twitter

DO:

  • ask about his day/how he’s feeling
  • ask questions you’re curious about (appropriate ones)
  • send in positivity/motivation
  • send memes yo 
  • send fan art / fan videos
  • (or say nothing at all)

DON’T:

  • spam him with “nOTicE mE!!!1!1″ type comments
  • ask about his/members sexuality & sex life
  • send links to nsfw fanfiction…
  • start arguments in his replies
  • make rude replies for attention
  • Bonus: Call Day6 an idol band/boygroup (they aren’t)

I think this about sums everything up. Feel free to add  on if I missed anything. Just remember to have to respect and common decency yall. 

reasons why monsta x is ACTUALLY the best group to stan ever
  • they ruin their own self images, so u don’t have to worry about the fact that ur embarrassing because i can promise u, they are worse
  • they’re honestly basically in love with like all of their fans. like why would u need a man when u have shownu promising to marry u n stuff. or when minhyuk says you’re the prettiest girl (or boy, hey, mx don’t care) they’ve ever seen !!!!
  • they’re really including of all of their fans. like some other groups only care about girl fans, or about korean fans, or about some other specific type of fan ??? but like monsta x ???? they literally love everyone ?????????? like even ppl who aren’t their fans ????? like they’re the type to see u on the street decked out in some svt merch and still be like “wow she’s so pretty aw i like her sweater i love woozi” ????
  • they’re all super talented. like shownu’s dancing, kihyun’s voice, jooheon’s rap, hyungwon’s modeling,,,, like what can’t this group do ??
  • they all really love each other. they’re not like those groups where u KNOW that they all hate each other on the low. they may want u to think they hate each other sometimes (looking @ u,,, kihyun) but we all know they’re lying
  • honestly the monbebe fandom is so nice ??? so peaceful ?? drama ??? what is that ??/ we don’t know ??? the only drama we have is when other fans of other groups do something against us. but like other than that ???? where the drama @ ???
  • okay,, guys,, WONHO. THAT BOY. HE IS AN ANGEL. LOVE SHIN HOSEOK WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART EVEN IF U AREN’T A MONBEBE. this boy loves EVERYONE. like he LITERALLY SUPPORTS EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. he has like 485975973287589375 pieces of “for a cause” clothing and jewelry. like he has this necklace against child abuse (i think it was) ??? he panted his pinky green for this charity type thing. like WHEN HAS YOUR FAVE EVER ?? like honestly i can’t think of anything wonho doesn’t support ?? gay marriage ? hell he’d marry a guy if he can cook 4 him. causes against domestic and child violence ?? sign him up !! he wants the world to be a happy and good place. wow. such an angel. wow i love hoseok. love hoseok trust me he will never hurt u.
  • they haven’t done anything dumb yet. like problematic. ya know what i mean. like they’re probably gonna do something that starts a scandal one day,, but like they try REALLY hard to make sure they don’t say things that could hurt ANY of their fans. like they don’t talk about race or get offended when they hear people think they’re gay or anything. the only thing they get offended at is cucumbers apparently ???? like honestly they’re angels ?? they care about us so much they try so hard to not screw up n hurt us. get u a man who ?? (or 7 of them,, i support that too ??)
  • they’re literally ?? so dumb ?? and so funny ?? like they argued over which greek goddess is goddess of victory,, LITERALLY for like 20 mins. they have no lives. their lives revolve around doing dumb things to make us laugh ?? like ?? they stopped caring about their image before they debuted ?? who cares ?? they don’t ?? lets ruin it ourselves ??
  • changkyun’s VERY strong urge to see wonho naked. why. i’m sure a lot of mbb won’t complain. but why changkyun. why are u trying tto give us a naked hoseok every single time we see u ??? what is ur motive ??
  • kihyun is really violent. like i don’t understand how someone who dresses in a hamster onsie regularly can be so angry ?? where does he store it ?? why is he so sinister ?? (or should i say why does he just do stuff to people and then laugh for like 2 months over it bc that’s all he really does. he gave minhyuk a cucumber once actually. he still laughs over it. like yoo kihyun are u 5 ??? why are u hurting minhyuk like this ?)
  • changkyun’s really bad puns. those r another reason to stan. trust me u hate it at first but eventually u can’t go a day without listening to him make some weird and oddly funny pun about a name or smth.
  • shownu. dad. honestly a real dad. like. throwback to every member calling him dad and reminding him to not forget the room key. honest dad figure. i wish hyunwoo was my dad.
  • minhyuk is really happy nd cute and honestly u could probably smile for like 3 hours just after looking at a picture of him smiling. he’s literally the definition of sunshine. we need more people like lee mihyuk in this world.
  • i ran out of thing to think of and it’s 2am but honestly stan monsta x ? like it’s so worth it ? they’re so caring and funny and loving and talented and like ??? the fandom is so including and amazing ?? like there isn’t even tension between k-fans and intl-fans ?? we literally all just love each other ?? like stanning monsta x is such an AMAZING thing like it cleanses ur soul from all the bad things in this world. i swear. it’s like actually confirmed. monsta x is so pure and wow. just stan those cute 7 little boys who dress up in animal onsies and dance to girl group songs just to make their fans smile and laugh

the spy au that @philosophium ordered !!


Andrew slips through a slit in the crowd, brushing through the sleek trains of expensive gowns, rich wool suits jackets catching on his own. He’s on his second flute of champagne, and the tartness keeps him focused. His attention is on the flavour and the rim of the glass and the warp of faces through it. His earpiece crackles and whispers.

He can see his mark on the opposite side of the room, surrounded by servers and liars and pretty things. One of them is all three, Andrew can tell: a waiter’s vest, a seam of over-applied foundation, and bright blue eyes.

He’s distracting, flighty, a rubber band pulled all the way back. He looks like the memory of a case file, and a name occurs to Andrew one second before Kevin hisses it into his ear.

“It’s fuckin’ Charlie Pilot. Don’t engage, Minyard, we’re not here for him.”

Andrew doesn’t make any effort to reply, just takes another pull of champagne. He’s not really watching the troupes of entertainers or the clockwork security or the velvet and silk blooming under bowing chandeliers. He’s not even watching the man he’s either going to rob or kill, who’s laughing and weedy, red in the face from the alcohol. He’s stuck on Pilot –  next to his target, holding a heavily stocked tray of appetizers, his expression pleasant and empty.

He’ll be an irritant to what should be a straightforward plan, if he keeps hovering. Andrew takes a loaded step forward and the voice in his ear complains.

“Don’t even think about moving in until Pilot leaves. He’s probably doing reconnaissance for Matt. I bet he doesn’t even know about the file.”

Andrew watches Pilot’s face tick, the way he blinks like he’s on a timer, the way he’s worrying the inside of his cheek with his teeth.

“I bet he does,” Andrew murmurs, and he drains the last of the champagne. He plucks his tie pin away from the fabric and drops it in the empty glass, leaving it on a passing tray.

“What— what the fuck Minyard, we’ve lost visuals. Do you hear me? Andrew? Andrew?”

Andrew weaves through the rest of the golden crowd, ignoring the buzz of Kevin’s reprimands in his ear. He finds a new spot on the outskirts of the crowd where Pilot has installed himself.

“Do you know how fucking expensive those cameras are? You’re such a piece of shit operative,” Kevin says. “When you inevitably come back without the intelligence and without our equipment, it’s costing us to keep you around, do you realize that?”

Andrew’s more focused on the way Pilot’s shoulders are turning to face him, the slim line of his tailored pants, that eyelash-thick smudge of un-blended make up.

“Shrimp?” Pilot offers, swaying the tray in his direction.

“No,” Andrew says, but he stays uncomfortably near, feeling along the edges of his boundaries without finding any seams. Pilot’s composure is still and reserved as a frost-ravaged garden.

“Have a good evening then,” Pilot says graciously, turning back towards the host that Andrew should be sizing up but hasn’t even looked at. He glances at him for a sliver of a moment, finds himself uninterested, and looks back at Pilot.

Andrew catches him suddenly by the arm, but relaxes his grip just as quickly, caught off guard by his own impulsivity. His own disguise is just an invitation and sun bleached hair; he isn’t playing a character like Pilot is. He’s neutral for a living, but Pilot is a new weight on his scale, unbalancing him so that he can’t quite settle at zero.

When their eyes meet, the polite, curious waiter snips out of existence. Charlie Pilot stares at Andrew, with eyes like the bluest part of a fire.

“There’s a conflict of interest,” he tells Andrew calmly. “And your interest will lose.”

“I’m not interested in anything,” Andrew says broadly.

“Hm,” Pilot says, unconvinced. “You’re lying.”

“I don’t lie,” Andrew says. He’s always saying it; it’s a novelty that employers enjoy and enemies challenge, amused.

Pilot raises his jaw, mouth twitching. “No, you wouldn’t, would you.” His eyes flicker to the side of Andrew’s face, where Kevin is breathing furiously through his earpiece, then down to the grip he still has on his forearm. He lowers his tray down until the rough edge is pressed to the root of Andrew’s hand threateningly. “You’ll want to let me go, Andrew, or you’re going to end up needing a longer armband.”

Andrew feels genuine surprise squeeze his fingers around Pilot’s wrist. He hadn’t noticed the black fabric extending a whiff beyond his crisp white sleeve. He lets go, and Pilot tucks his shoulders back, satisfied. His hair is too dark to match his freckles, Andrew notes quietly. It is, perhaps, what the make up was meant to cover up.

“You are not going to win, Charlie,” Andrew says. “We’re the more capable team.”

Pilot smiles indulgently. “‘Charlie’,” he repeats, mouth curling around the name. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been Charlie Pilot.” He jostles his tray from one hand to another, and loosens his collar with his freed hand. “And I don’t think you understand how much farther ahead we are than you. If you’re looking for information, we already have it. If you’re trying to find the connections this place has to the Yakuza, we’re the ones undoing them.”

“Who’s we? I don’t remember seeing anything about loyalty in your case file. You’re just a runner.”

Pilot looks briefly bothered by this, and he juts his chin again. “I’m loyal to whoever’s doing the work that needs to be done.”

“That doesn’t answer my question. Who are you?”

He looks down, at Andrew’s empty hands, at the hip where he’s hiding his gun. His expression is warped and sad when he looks up, like the real filling in his strange costume is finally oozing out.

“You can call me Neil,” he says, and drops the whole tray of food so that it clatters and rolls into the host’s feet. There are gasps and yelps, partygoers dodging and stooping to catch the runaway platter. Andrew looks impulsively down to track its progress, and when he looks sharply back up into the knot of activity, Neil is gone. Of course he is.

He doesn’t have time to think about where he might have disappeared to, just steps neatly into the opportunity that’s been afforded to him. He uses the distraction as a doorway directly into the offices behind the coddled host.

Kevin is asking repeatedly for updates, and Andrew fishes the earpiece out and tucks it into his breast pocket. He likes to be alone for this part, when the most important door closes behind him and everything makes as much sense as a ticking clock.

He keeps thinking of Neil’s reaction to ‘runner’, of the vulnerability trussed up in his persona. He finds himself sick to his stomach wanting to know what his real hair colour is.

He tries every door in the polished row of them, finding all of them locked. He picks the lock on the door farthest from the burble of the ballroom behind him, and cracks into what looks like a room built for business arrangements and drinking. There’s a snifter next to a half dozen tumblers on a cart along the wall, and extensive cabinets under the desk.

He feels his way along the underside of the desk, and opens each drawer, idealistically left unlocked and unprotected. He finds useless information and shady information and heaps of anonymous, unlabeled tapes.

He finds the safe in the floor, facing up patiently under a wingback chair and a panel of floorboard. He stoops so that he’s face to face with it, shrugs his jacket off like a dead skin onto the floor, and puts the heart of a stethoscope to the face of the safe.

He’s sweating, spread out surreptitiously on the floor, but the safe is flimsy. It cracks in under an hour, the party wilting two rooms over, pressure taking him by the hair. Andrew flicks the door open impatiently, unwinding the stethoscope from around his neck.

It’s filled top to bottom with paper, and he reaches for the first file, carding his fingers through the spill of sheets.

Got you, it says. Over and over again, in unassuming little typescript. And on the next page, got you.

Andrew’s fingers flex. The next file is the same, and the next. A million taunting, twirling repetitions: got you. Got this. Got here first.

The safe was already cracked. The list of names was already stolen. Neil’s face winks and swarms when he closes his eyes, furious. If you’re looking for information, we already have it.

He roots around for the bud in his pocket and pops it back into his ear. He leans back, splayed away from the spill from the safe, the stacks of failure. He enunciates clearly into the microphone sewn into his collar.

“We have to find Neil.”

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