You know what I miss? There was a long history of a very useful tactic to derail and demoralize autocrats and fascists. It was a thing of beauty, that made them look inept and incapable, and made it impossible for them to retaliate in some functional way. It worked, it worked for a long time, and that the young have abandoned this method is just honestly distressing.
Since it's on it's way: imagine having to explain April Fool's Day and/or the concept of pranking one's friends for the sake of amusement. Like, maybe the aliens understand setting something up in regards to honing reflexes or something, but things like whoopee cushions and complex Rube Goldberg machines to fling shaving cream at someone just baffle them. Also the concept of a prank war in space is just amusing.
Thrnawxh watched in confusion as Human Frankie attached some sort of transparent film to the entryway, snickering to themself and occasionally looking over their shoulder as if fearing they were being watched. It put Thrnawxh ‘on edge’ as the humans would say.
In xir experience, if a human was worried, anyone else ought to be terrified.
Eventually, xir worry won out, causing xem to ask what Human Frankie was doing.
“It’s the first day of April.” Human Frankie said, baring their teeth in a show of either aggression, or bizarrely enough pleasure. Usually Thrnawxh would be able to guess which one it was based on a human’s statement, but this one made no sense.
“Also known as April Fool’s day, and oh boy does Sara got something coming for her.” Frankie continued, apparently having no idea that xe didn’t understand their explanation. What’s worse was that Human Sara apparently had something hunting them.
“And this device will stop Human Sara’s would-be attackers?” Xe asked, not sure how that would work, but xe had seen humans accomplish much more demanding things with seemingly worse odds.
“No, no what I meant is that Sara doesn’t-” they began before pausing, seemingly to reconsider whatever they were going to say. “You remember when I explained human humour to you, right?”
“Yes, when I believed you were ill because of your stomach contracting while you looked at an oddly shaped root vegetable.”
confirmed, not seeing the relevance.
“Great. So this is a joke. I’m going to play a prank on Sara, because it’s April’s Fool’s day.” They said, though some of the words didn’t seem to translate well or at all to xir native language.
“I do not understand,” xe said, looking up at them in a way xe hoped Human Frankie would realise was questioning. Xir hopes were however not high.
“Shit, right okay. Erm. So a prank is a trick - you know what a trick is, right? Good. It’s a trick that you pull on someone because it’s funny, or like today, because it’s tradition. Sometimes they’re mean, but unless you’re a dickhead, they’re just funny. Like… shoving a pie in someone’s face, or pulling cellophane across the doorway and having them walk into it. Just, harmless fun, you know? And April Fool’s day is the first day of April - that’s one of our months; one of the sub-parts we divide the time it takes for our home planet to orbit the sun into. So it’s the first day of that sub-part, and it’s tradition to prank people.” Human Frankie explained, giving a small nod when they were done as if confirming what they’d just said.
“Why?” Xe asked, getting only a shrug in return - a signal of uncertainty or non-commitment. “What purpose does it serve?”
“Oh, no no purpose. I mean, maybe it did at one time? Superstition or what ever, but it’s just fun.” Human Frankie said before delving into a story of a prank they and a friend did on an authoritarian learning monitor when they were younger.
The story itself was interesting, though
Thrnawxh was hardly able to focus when xe had so much new information to process about human behaviour.
August 29 2016 - Jörg Meuthen of the far-right anti-immigration party AfD gets pied at a congress in Hittfeld, near Hamburg. Antifascist pie technology has clearly improved since the last time an AfD partymember got a pie in the face, as this one was still frozen.
because as much as i enjoy 5th 6th and 7th marauders’s years their younger years were just as cute
james and sirius arguing to choose their bed in first year and starting a pillow fight, that peter joins, and remus watches, laughing his arse off
remus accidently blowing up his cauldron in potions and peter helping him to fix it because he has noticed remus can’t afford new school stuffs
james discovering peter is very good at chess and making a point in becoming better than him at it ( goal never reached )
sirius trying to play quidditch with james and falling off his broom and ending up crying even if he was barely two feets off the ground. remus had to bring him to mrs. pomfrey. james ending up playing with peter
the boys playing “never have i ever” ( without alcohol because they are twelve ) sirius admitting he has already kissed a girl, the boys tickling him until he says her name
sirius slowly learning how to express physical affection until he becomes the biggest cuddler in hogwarts
remus using muggle tricks to pull up pranks on the other marauders
THE THREE OTHER BOYS MEETING REGULUS NEVER LET THAT BE FORGOTTEN
the boys having a chocolate feast in their dorm when sirius receives a letter from home or peter is getting bullied
peter shoving a pie in the face of a girl who told him he ate too much, marauders cheering in the background
james getting in the quidditch team
remus coming out as trans when his friends discoveres he’s a werewolf because for the first time of his life he wants to trust people
james starting to notice lily and becoming clumsy everytime he’s around her
remus being super friend with lily and james being like “how does he do it ?? how does he manage to talk around her ???”
marauders getting drunk for the first time, james falling asleep immediatly, peter starting to dance and sirius drunkenly confessing he’s been questioning his gender ever since he learnt remus was trans then hugging him so hard he can’t move
remus telling sirius about non-binary genders, sirius discovering genderfluidity and the joy of pronouns change
remus watching sirius’s face light up the first time he calls her a “she” and how her face light up when she smiles and oh shit he might have a tiny crush on her
peter getting in the quidditch team as well in fourth year because he is surprinsingly good at it
the marauders being only fourteen but already caring about each other like a family