Based on one of my headcanons that I came up with about Aidan, I was literally unable to stop myself from writing this. In fact, the problem became that I wanted to write so much that it turned into a two parter, which I think works better. This was so much fun. I had a blast getting into Aidan’s mind, especially about something that had to be confusing as hell. There are a few references to an article from my Hamilton-inspired fic “Hightlights” as well. This is seriously one of the angstiest things I’ve ever written, but listen, this fourteen year-old boy has got some shit going on. I loved writing from Aidan’s perspective. It was fun to see Riza and Roy from such a different view. The Havolina kids, Bran and Ally, belong to the brilliant stupidsexymustang, of course! Love them and her! Talking to her helped inspire me to write this.
People have treated him differently for his entire life. Bran says that he should be used to it by now, but Aidan can’t help but feel uncomfortable when people give him strange looks. It’s been like this for as long as he can remember, but then he does have a weird life. Not everyone can say that they’re the Fuhrer’s son. According to history, the Fuhrer before his great grandfather, King Bradley, had a son named Selim. Aidan wonders how he fared, being the son of the most important man in the country, if it made him feel like he was removed from everyone else or if he liked the attention that it garnered him.
Aidan decidedly doesn’t like it. His mom doesn’t either. They share that in common. His father, on the other hand, seems to glow in the spotlight. Aidan only likes the spotlight when it’s of his own choice and most of the time, what with who his parents are, it’s not. But this has been his life for so long. His parents are famous in Amestris for a lot of things. He’s their son. It’s only natural that people are curious about him.
He can only remember flashes of his life before his parents were married, but most of them only involve his mom. She’s always the constant in his memories of his earliest years. His mom hugging him, his mom smiling that secret smile of hers, his mom wrapping her body around his protectively when he crawled into bed with her and she was alone, his mom telling him how brave, strong, smart, kind he was. There are flashes of his dad here and there - letting Aidan sit on his lap in the car and pretend to drive, the flames he’d create while telling a dramatic story, the way he’d try to sneak up on his mom and always got caught.
But what Aidan mostly remembers about his father during the time before his parents married was his distance. It was almost desperate adoration in private and then a cold detachment in public. He did not hold Aidan. He did not take care of him when he tripped and fell. He smiled and made jokes, but they were the kind of interactions one did with their friend’s kid. His mom tried to make it a game, so when he always called his dad by the “correct” name, he got a treat or a little gift, like it was a prize.
“Congrats! You’re only three, but you didn’t make the mistake of calling out ‘Dad’ in public!”
For the first time in Game of Thrones, I’m actually scared for our favorite, scheming badass Petyr.
D&D’s bonehead decision to have Petyr sell Sansa off to the Boltons is gonna bite him in the arse. First, for all of us book readers, we know Petyr has never been that stupid. Petyr is probably the smartest character in the series in how he handles things. He didn’t get where he is without that intelligence. Petyr has made risky moves but they have always been very calculated. He has contingency plans for his contingency plans which is what makes him fascinating character and a true wild card in what is going to happen. You never know what is up his sleeve or his true end game.
Given that Petyr pretty much only cares about himself. I’d say it’s very safe to say that he genuinely does care for Sansa. In his unguarded moments, is when he shows a true part of himself and they are always with Sansa. I don’t see him risking her to the Boltons. Even if he didn’t know about Ramsay, he sure as hell knew what kind of man Roose was. I guess keeping Sansa in the Vale was too boring for D&D and instead subjected her to violence and rape. Because, that is more exciting, right? UGH.
Now, we have a confrontation in the next episode with Brienne, who Sansa has taken on as her personal guard. Brienne doesn’t trust Petyr and will counsel Sansa to do away with him. Plus, one of the first pics released of Petyr in the snowy woods is speculated as the Godswood outside of Winterfell. Then the trailer had him looking scared for the first time ever in the series. I thought that might have been when he and Sansa reunite, but now we know that isn’t the case.
I think Sansa is going to use him and the Vale army to take back Winterfell… and then what? That’s what has me worried. If she has Winterfell back and Jon, what does she need Petyr for? She can negotiate with Robin. Another thing, if Petyr takes Royce with him to command the army and THEN he finds out Petyr lied to him about what happened to Sansa AND then if Sansa sells him out in regards to Lysa’s death, Petyr is so dead. The Vale and Robin will turn against him.
Yeah, I’m scared shitless this season. When will WIND OF WINTER be released damnit???? I need some canon Petyr. Poor Aidan. They’ve totally ruined his character.