rachel and young do

anonymous asked:

I'm just curious, you've given some speculation on where you think the characters would be without the war and it seems you view Jake's future as pretty dismal. I'm curious why that is. To me, I think he'd be just pretty average but you portray him as a dropout who never does anything, I believe. I mean, I know he's not super motivated at 13 but that's 13 and he can be incredibly driven and move mountains when he wants something.

To be honest, a lot of what I find so appealing about Jake as a character is that he is so very ordinary.  He says in the first couple pages of The Invasion that the two things he’s best at are basketball and video games—and yet he’s not good enough at basketball to make his school’s team, and not good enough at video games to beat Marco (who has considerably less experience).  He’s a C average student as of #1 and an F average student as of #23.  He mentions no specific ambitions outside of “be a decent person for a day” (#31) at any point during the war and seems to want to do nothing more than marry Cassie, have her kids, and retire young (#47).  When Rachel asks him what he’d do if the war ended tomorrow, he has no answer for her (#22), and when Cassie asks him on the eve of the final battle about his plans in case they win, he can’t come up with anything outside of marrying her and going to basketball games (#53).  

Jake is also a hardworking, dedicated, loyal, unbelievably brave individual who (as Marco says in #54) achieves the impossible through courage and determination more so than brilliance or skill.  And the thing is that he doesn’t have much in the way of skills.  He’s a “dumb jock” (#35) who admits to being bad at math and other academic pursuits (#4), fairly clueless at figuring out other people (#21), and too much of a klutz to be much of a jock (#6).  When he finally moves out of his parents’ place after the war and gets a job, he seems apathetic toward it at best and literally willing to go on a suicide mission to get out of it at worst (#54).  

Anyway, most of the reason that I adore that side of the character (and celebrate it in some of my AUs, you are correct) is that IMHO there are not nearly enough heroes like Jake in young adult science fiction.  The huge majority of YA SF heroes are smart, talented, misunderstood, artistic, and usually otherwise special as well (Ender Wiggen, Katinss Everdeen, Tris Prior, Meg and Charles Wallace Murray, etc.)  The huge majority of YA SF portrayals of “dumb” or otherwise untalented characters, especially dumb jocks, show those characters as villains (Vladimir Todd, Blue Bloods, I Am Number Four, My Teacher is an Alien, Valiant, etc.)  Tobias is a classic YA SF hero (artistic, intelligent, misunderstood, descended from an ancient line of warriors); Jake is a genuinely unlikely hero according to the conventions of the genre.  I like Tobias perfectly well, but I love Jake (even more than I love the other five cinnamon rolls on that team) largely because K.A. Applegate does a very convincing job of suggesting that Jake is heading nowhere fast with his life before an alien invasion lands in his lap and he rises spectacularly to the occasion.  

  • Guy: hey what's your number?
  • Me: 24601
  • Guy:
  • Me: I'm a wanted criminal
  • Me: I stole some bread once
  • Me: I wouldn't get involved it's really not worth it, you'd be dealing with like at least another 8 musical numbers

Lockscreens - Heirs pt.2

Requested by anon and @life-fullof-happiness. Hope you guys like them! ♥
I was more of a Young Do and Rachel shipper lol.

Pictures – Eun-Sang


Eun-Sang took Rachel home immediately after the arraignment. She handed Rachel over to Young-Do and wanted to hide in her garden until she realized her garden now consisted of one tree. She slowly walked up to the tree and her hand hovered over the slim trunk.

She was impressed with Young-Do. He’d removed all the dead soil and replaced it with fresh, healthy dirt. Even without touching the pomegranate tree, she could feel the bright and healthy hum underneath the bark and in the branches.

Swallowing hurt, but she put her fingertips against it. Hello.

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Board Meetings – Rachel & Young-Do

confused p2

“Hyo-Shin told me you have an official boyfriend,” Michael said interrupting her thoughts. Rachel looked up and felt herself automatically smile. “You should look happier with an official boyfriend.”

“We had a fight last night,” she said simply as she walked over to him. “I’m not good at fights, especially with two men at the same time.”

“We never fought,” he pointed out. He kissed her and it felt refreshingly normal. “I’m too meek to fight.”

Rachel laughed quietly at that before she gestured to her couch. “What are you doing here? My appointment with your fiance isn’t until tomorrow. I already told you, she gets final say on the dress. She is the one wearing it. If you don’t like it, you can destroy it on the wedding night.”

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