Imagine being the new bartender at Molly’s and all the Chicago guys flirting with you.
——— Request for anon ———
It was part of the job, really, and you played it up as much as you could for good tips. That said, when you had first applied for the bartending position open at Molly’s, you hadn’t quite expected for the amount of attention you would get. The flirting you carried on with nearly every guy who showed up only boosted your tips and their spirits.
Cops, firefighters, as well as medical personnel flocked to the bar on both busy and slow days. Hell, it was even owned by some of Chicago’s finest firefighters, as Gabby, Otis, and Herrmann loved to let you know. Really, it was only a matter of time before you began knowing the regulars by name.
Pouring drinks, flirting, and laughing became just as much a part of your job as anything else, and you loved it.
“There’s our favorite bartender,” the Halstead brothers call out as they come into Molly’s at a solid ten o’clock, the elder taking a moment to check you out before the younger did, too, only serving to make your smile wider as you move away from Severide and Jimmy to where the newcomers chose to sit.
“Don’t spoil me, boys,” you shoot back with a wink, making the two of them laugh while you carry on, asking for their order, “What’ll it be for you tonight?”
“Aside from your phone number?” Jay tries, making Will roll his eyes.
The beauty of the Chicago PD characters is that they’re all in the grey area. No one is just good or bad. No one is a perfect hero. They’re all flawed, they all make mistakes. They all have demons and issues. But they all learn, and grow. That’s the point. The heroes are flawed. That’s what makes them realistic.
If you don’t get that, that’s your problem.
When someone comes up to me and says, “Hey, I’m a big Pushing Daisies fan.” You just feel like, “Oh, wow: You’re the one who watched it. So nice to meet you.” […] When I meet one of the fans, I’m always like, “Aw, one of my people. You liked it, too? I liked it. You liked it. Let’s talk about it a little bit.”
Lee Pace really loves Pushing Daisies and Pushing Daisies fans. (x)
In this post, I want to talk about Homeworld’s attitudes towards its gems during the war, as well as how Jasper conducted herself during the war, especially with the experience of Pink Diamond’s disappearance from her life.
I’ll refrain from my usual introductions and just jump right in. So let’s get started.
1. Jasper was traumatised by the war
One idea I’m not too fond of is that Homeworld wantonly made use of their soldiers. The fact that they’re a conquering race means that soldiers are one of the most precious resources they have. The demand for Quartzes is always on the increase, and according to basic economics, (which is about managing resources and not just money) their price, in this case, rank, should increase as well. Add to this the rarity of finding a planet rich in quartz-forming minerals and you have the perfect recipe for a masterclass of soldier gems.
Anonymous said: So I was wondering, jasper has a yellow diamond on her outfit. But she was apart of the pink diamond authority. Do you think they would have poofed her to make her change her uniform?
This is why I find it unlikely that any aesthetically motivated poofing of gems would have occurred.
From its very origin, Homeworld knows that with its current methods, it cannot take up a planet without completely draining of its resources and minerals. Much like on Earth, the minerals they need are a non-renewable resource. At a very early point, Homeworld would have had to master efficiency and economics, something I bring up a lot.
The very idea that gems would have to be poofed for an outfit change, during the war, is precious time used regenerating, precious gems that may reform unstably, resources wasted. What I think is a more likely occurrence was that gems were reassigned to other Diamonds, and similar to Ruby in The Answer, had no markings of allegiance. (Which actually leads me to consider the idea that gems pop out without markers and incorporate them as they go along in life. You don’t see people forcing Peridot’s poofing just to incorporate a star on her after all.) Even the Ruby Squad have varying outfits, which show that uniformity isn’t really Homeworld’s primary goal. Recall, the goal of the Diamonds doing the war was to put up a united front. Fighting for dominance wouldn’t have helped the war effort.
Jasper said in Earthlings that she fought her way out of Earth. The thing is, she was a relatively young gem, born in the midst of the war, when it was at its worst. If the Alpha was ideally PD’s “military academy” where she would train young quartz gems to be soldiers, Beta was the baptism by fire and Jasper did not escape unburnt.
War is a terrifying experience for anyone. Jasper lost friends, comrades, Jaspers just like her, her Kindergarten-mates, her superiors, no one was spared. And then she lost PD, about whom she probably heard stories. Recall that the Homeworld gems see the diamonds as their mother-goddesses. In the same way Peridot described and called out to YD as though YD could deliver her from her situation, wave her hand and solve everything.
Jasper gives the impression of someone who just shoulders her way through the worst, but everyone has started out vulnerable at one point. When she’s at her absolute worst, Jasper finally opens up about why she’s so torn up about the war.
In the above shot, Jasper looks to be an the edge of tears. Here’s the thing, Jasper feels a deep connection to PD, and this is without any indication that she even met the latter. She wears a yellow diamond on her uniform but when pushed to the very brink of desperation, she doesn’t look to YD for help, doesn’t cry for YD to deliver her, the way Peridot did in Message Received and even Cry for Help.
PD would have played a vital role in Jasper’s life. She would be someone who offered hope, the promise that after the war, Jasper had someone to call “home.” Because Home doesn’t refer to the place where she was born, it’s the Diamond she serves. It gave her hope that if she kept fighting and climbing, she could leave. And what is fighting and climbing but the function of a Quartz soldier? In her service to her Diamond, Jasper also found a way to cope and justify the war.
Jasper knows the war is a horrible thing. She’s experienced it firsthand. In The Return and Jail Break, she makes a big deal about having fought here on Earth. She doesn’t sound like she was that same scared quartz we saw in the latter part of Earthlings, but that’s because the destruction and chaos could easily be explained away by being a quartz, being PD’s quartz.
PD was the foundation upon which Jasper built her worldview. When PD disappeared, Jasper was left with no foundation and everything she built up to help her cope with the stress and trauma of the war just crumbled. That’s why her discussion of the war makes it seem like a good experience. But notice when she gets to PD, she’s emotional, vulnerable even.
Because someone like Jasper has a lot of words about topics she deems “safe,” and it leads us to think she has nothing to hide. But that’s not true, and we’re seeing it more and more. The war was a very helpless time in her life. Being on Earth makes her feel helpless, as if there’s no way to get out but fight. Those fight-or-flight feelings of insecurity come back and resurface when she feels powerless, like when she sees herself next to Lapis.
This is the physically capable, gem-etically perfect Jasper we’re talking about. The worst of the damage she got from the war may have been a couple of regenerations, but really, it was the trauma on the inside, that until now she continues to bury that really left its mark on her.