They’re just shooting the bull in Bones’ office. Sickbay is slow today, and Jim’s not on bridge duty until beta. They’re only a week into whatever this is, but after spending years in each others’ pockets and six months in deep space, there’s nothing unusual about seeing the captain in sickbay or the CMO on the bridge, and the conversation is easy, comfortable. Jim’s got his feet propped on Bones’ couch, and Bones is sprawled haphazardly across his desk, swinging his left foot and sipping a cup of coffee.
“I’ve got seven in engineering that are late on their vaccination schedule,” Bones is saying. “So, I’ll be handling that fallout later today.” He shakes his head and makes a mental note to check Jim’s record. “I don’t know what it is about engineers, Jim. It’s just a damn hypo.”
“Hey, Bones,” says Jim suddenly. He sits up on the couch, as if the thought has only just occurred to him. “I love you.”
It surprises Len.
In fact, Len doesn’t even answer, he’s so shocked.
In fact, Len spends the next 30 seconds or so hacking and sputtering on the coffee he’d inhaled.
“Jesus, Bones, I just professed my undying devotion to you,” Jim laughs. “Try not to die on me, okay?”
“I’ll… I’ll have your records transferred to M’Benga,” Len says when he can finally speak.
Jim just rolls his eyes.
Who would have the other’s picture as their phone background
The background of Len’s PADD is solid black. Anything else distracts him as he’s trying to read.
The background on Jim’s PADD is a picture of the bridge crew on their most recent shore leave.
They’re on a beach. The sand is fine and black, the sky painted in streaks of soft oranges and greens. Jim’s grinning widely, holding a sprawling Chekov in his arms. Bones has his arms folded across his chest, but the tiny grin that tugs at the corner of his lips and his dancing eyes give him away. Sulu and Scotty are both in mid-air, Scotty’s face screwed up in concentration, Hikaru’s arms and legs outstretched like an exuberant starfish. Nyota’s got hold of one of Pav’s feet, and she’s laughing. Spock looks particularly relaxed, one hand resting delicately on Ny’s shoulder.
It’s Jim’s second favorite picture ever.
When he activates his device, though, the background changes.
This one is of Bones.
It’s a rare moment. Jim had snapped a photo of Bones on that same shore leave, on that same beach. It’s rocky, here. Bones is propped on a large white stone, weight resting on one hand, the other arm slung easily over his knee. He’s looking over the water, away from the camera. He’s shirtless, still damp from swimming, hair mussed from the wind. He’d been completely heedless of Jim’s presence, relaxed and utterly at peace, a soft little smile dancing on his lips.
It’s the only candid picture of Bones that Jim has, and Jim will never, ever change his background to anything else.
Who leaves notes written in fog on the bathroom mirror
Jim likes to leave notes for Len everywhere, not just in foggy mirrors. In fact, Jim has a bundle of old school yellow sticky notes that he uses for exactly this purpose.
It starts in the academy.
Jim leaves an occasional note for Len to find. Len’s confused by them, at first.
He thinks, at first, that it must be some sort of strange recall technique, a weird study habit that Jim had picked up from… somewhere.
When they start to pile up, Len decides that enough is enough. He gathers them up and stuffs them in a spare shoebox. He tosses the box under his bed, thinking Jim can ask for them, if he needs them.
It’s not long before he has quite the collection.
The notes never say anything important, sometimes a random word - “Vagarious,” or “Apoptosis,” or “Jumentous.” Sometimes it’s a quote. Jim’s got an astounding repertoire of collected wisdom, Len learns, referencing everyone from Mark Twain to Surak to Lady Gaga. Sometimes it’s just a garbled, out-of-context sentence - “I do not know where family doctors acquired illegibly perplexing handwriting,” - and occasionally, Jim sketches.
He sketches everything, little scenes from his day, Len’s medkit, a PADD, a discarded bottle of brandy. Jim’s not an artist, not by a long shot, but his subjects are instantly recognizable to Len, if a little cartoonish.
Len finds a few of himself. One in particular that he’s pretty confused by.
He’s sleeping, he can recognize this by the scattering of zzzz’s that surround his face and his (over-exaggerated, Len thinks) mussed hair.
This note is labeled.
“Lips,” it says.
Len furrows his brow at this one, but adds it to his box, anyway. It’s just a habit, by now, his automatic response.
At the beginning of second year, when Jim’s Survival Strategies field study group goes missing, Len finds himself sitting on his bed with the box in his lap.
Jim’s been gone for days. Len’s hounded and hounded administration, and gets the same deferral every time. “We have no information to disclose,” they say.
Len takes the notes out of the box one by one and just stares.
The depth of emotion that they evoke, the ridiculous sentences punctuated by stark wisdom - “Gary eats lots of pies,” juxtaposed with, “It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense,” - the surprisingly elegant script, it all brings Len to his knees, and in that moment, Leonard McCoy quits fooling himself.
He’s in love with Jim Kirk.
Jim, of course, comes sauntering back into the apartment at 3 am that morning, unkempt and sleep-deprived, but otherwise totally fine.
And Len can breathe again.
He doesn’t say anything about the notes, but he starts to look forward to them. He’s keeping them intentionally now, storing them up for the one awful, inevitable day when Jim doesn’t come back to him.
“It’s just part of the game, Bones,” Jim’s words echo in his thoughts. “Command is all about sacrifice.”
Len feels a little guilty about it, like he’s doing something he shouldn’t, like he’s harboring a dirty secret by hoarding away little pieces of the man who will inevitably break him. Loving Jim Kirk is like loving a streak of lightning - blazing, brilliant, blinding and beautiful, but gone far too soon, and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
Len knows he’s going to get burned, but he keeps the notes anyway.
Later, after the boys fucking finally sort things out and Len pulls his head out of his ass, it becomes a game to Jim, leaving sappy post-its around sickbay for Bones to find.
And Len saves them.
Every single one.
Who buys the other cheesy gifts
Totally Len, at least at first.
It starts during their first Christmas at the academy.
Len buys Jim a coconut bra.
Jim wears it proudly, sauntering up and down the dorm hallways and singing Blue Hawaii at the top of his lungs until Len’s burying himself under his blanket and wondering what in the name of god possessed him to think that would be a funny joke, anyway.
After that, it becomes a fierce competition.
Who initiated the first kiss
When Jim beams back on board after spending a week and a half in a Romulan prison camp, something in Len snaps.
He charges up the steps of the transporter pad, heedless of his audience, and catches Jim hard by the upper arms.
Jim, who’s shirtless and smiling.
Jim, who appears to be remarkably intact.
Jim, who’s eyes are impossibly blue and sparkling.
Jim, who’s bare skin is deliciously warm beneath Len’s palms.
Jim, who is so wonderfully, blessedly alive.
“You stupid, stupid fuck,” Len breathes, and then his lips are on Jim’s.
It’s instinctive, automatic.
Jim’s eyes open wide, and then he’s kissing Len back, feverishly, desperately, clinging to Len like a drowning man, soft little groan humming in his throat.
It goes on for a while. Len curls his body protectively around Jim’s, and Jim melts into him, finally, finally, and it’s like coming home.
“Oh,” says Jim, a little breathless, as Len pulls back.
“Yeah,” Len tells him simply.
And after that, things fall into place.
Who kisses the other awake in the morning
Len, contrary to popular belief, is the early riser of the two. It’s a product of years of early morning surgeries and wonky call schedules; try as he might - and oh, does he try - he has a hard time sleeping in.
It’s a rare thing, on the Enterprise, for them to have a morning together.
Len savors it.
Len lays still as long as he’s able. He counts Jim’s respirations, the steady in and out whoosh of soft breaths that tickle Len’s cheeks and flutter gently through his hair. He numbers the tiny freckles that kiss Jim’s nose, traces the delicate curve of Jim’s eyelashes and the tilt of his jaw.
He lays there and he memorizes Jim, piece by piece, reveling in the stillness of the moment and the heat of Jim’s bare skin on his.
Finally, when he can stand it no longer, Len eases carefully out of bed and replicates a cup of coffee.
He has every intention of letting Jim sleep, of sitting on the edge of the bed with his hand resting on Jim’s shoulder and the latest issue The United Federation Journal of Neurosurgery pulled up on his PADD, but then Jim gives a snuffling little sigh and crinkles his nose just so, and Len is done for.
He slides smoothly back into bed, wrapping his arms and his legs around Jim and starting at the hollow of his neck.
Who starts tickle fights
Jim tries this once.
Who asks who if they can join the other in the shower
It is a foregone conclusion that Jim’s gonna follow Len uninvited everywhere.
Into his office.
Into the bathroom.
Into medical staff meetings.
Into supply closets.
Into the shower.
Who surprises the other at work with lunch
During the academy, he can rarely catch Len. Their schedules never quite seem to jive, and when Jim does occasionally slip out of his Tactics class a little early, Len always seems to be seeing a patient or doing a case.
He manages it just once, in their third year. Len’s shocked to see him, but grateful for the sandwich. They sit huddled in the tiny clinic break room, and if Dr. McCoy seems a little less tense after, “Jim Kirk, my roommate, not my boyfriend,” leaves, well, the nurses don’t say a word.
Later, on the Enterprise, it’s a little easier. Jim typically a has a pretty good idea of what Bones’ schedule looks like, not to mention a direct commlink to the CMO, so they take their lunch breaks together more often than not, usually in Bones’ office.
Bones will never admit it, but it’s the highlight of his day.
Who was nervous and shy on the first date
Len’s a bundle of nerves too, but seeing silver-tongued Jim stumbling over his words fixes that real quick. Len’s an utter gentleman by nature, and god, after so long, it’s just so good to finally be with Jim, without pretense or doubt, that Len finds all his apprehension falling away. He’s suave and charismatic, disarming Jim with an easy smile and a southern charm that’s as natural as breathing.
Years later, Jim asks him about it. “Were you not scared, Bones?”
Bones shakes his head. “Of course not,” he says. “I was with you.”
Who kills/takes out the spiders
“Bones.” Jim’s standing at the edge of the room, pointing a shaking finger.
“My god, Jim, it’s just a wolf spider.”
“It eats ants, Jim, not people.”
Jim’s shaking his head emphatically. “I do not care,” he whines. “I want it gone, Bones. Please.”
Bones is laughing now.
“It thinks you’re ugly too, you know,” he’s saying as he reaches with his bare hand. He’s paying more attention to Jim, not the spider.
The spider, who’s back seems to be writhing, pulsing, moving.
Len nudges her gently with a finger, and the babies go swarming, hundreds of them pouring from her back and scurrying across the floor.
Jim shrieks and launches himself on top of his desk. “Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.”
“Well, I’ll be,” says Len softly, wondering how the hell he’s going to get them all out, now that they’re scattered through the apartment.
It’s a long, long time before Jim forgives him.
Who loudly proclaims their love when they’re drunk
Jim boldly, loudly, unapologetically proclaims his love for Len when he’s drunk.
Len’s a little quieter.
Oh, he’s a shameless flirt, but his words are a little softer, the platitudes a little sweeter. He catches Jim by the waist and calls him beautiful. He nuzzles into the back of Jim’s neck, and he smiles into his skin. “Jim, Jim, Jim,” he whispers, over and over again, running his hands worshipfully over Jim’s chest and shoulders.
Jim is unashamed to admit that these are his favorite nights.
so if Captain Cold has a weakness for super-powered Boy Scouts, what would he think of Clark? (even though they are in different universes on tv, iirc)
To be totally honest, I’m not entirely convinced he does have a weakness for super-powered Boy Scouts? ^^;
Rather, I think that he has a particularly soft spot for Barry that develops over time and because of Barry’s sheer strength of faith in him, which feels misguided but likely still humbling, how much Barry believes in him, how he sees through him, how he’ll go out of his way for Len (and his sister) when he really and truly has no reason to care this much.
And he has different sorts of soft spots for different people. One for Sara, a different type for Jax, though not a huge amount of love for Ray except that Ray is Good and there’s something about that that’s precious and worth protecting?
Anyway, I digress. Thinking about in-universe Clark (i.e., the Clark played on Supergirl by Tyler Hoechlin), I think that Len’s reaction to him would be… entertaining to say the least. Because this Clark is sweet and awkward and very “human” (in contrast to Kara who only pretends at it) but he’s also not the dry blue ‘boyscout’ that some DC writers have shoe-horned him as before. This Clark has some attitude, some snark to him.
He’s a bit cocky, he knows how attractive he is, he’s funny. And stubborn, and gets mad and holds grudges? He’s suspicious, and imperfect. But he’s not unkind, and he’s incredibly emotionally mature and nonjudgmental. He’s humble
And I think Len would be very attracted to a lot of that, interpersonally at least. Annoyed at first, maybe, in the way that Good People get his back up somewhat, especially good people that are so incredibly powerful. Len would snark at him, and Clark would either snark back or not rise to the bait and that would intrigue Len or else leave him feeling peeved and childish. I think Clark would become one of the rare people that Len actually wants to impress/make proud, a little?
Or maybe I’m just projecting…
But the emotional maturity attached to Clark’s unflinching faith in mankind and goodness would be something, for Len. Because it’s not this blind faith and constant 1000-watt smile, it’s got more depth than that, and Clark’s humanity and willingness to be vulnerable and open up would hit some notes in Len.
If this godlike man can admit fear and defeat and fault to those around him, can have flaws and even be a bit of a dick, and yet still inspire and believe in others and choose to do the right thing with his power not because of any reason except that’s The Right Thing…. idk, I think that inspires most of us, when we let it. When we get close to it and let ourselves get past the ego that makes us feel too insignificant to measure up. And I don’t think Len would be an exception.
(And, I mean, I can totally see Len being into him. That smile, that hint of sass, all that power? I think he’d definitely check some of Len’s boxes).
Title from Queen Latifah’s Hard Times because me and titles, man. Also while this wasn’t intended to be @robininthelabyrinth’s birthday present, given the fortuitous timing, why not make it a present?
Title: Rest Your Tired Body Next to Mine Fandom: DC TV Rating: PG-13 though edging into NSFW territory Word Count: 1051 Characters: Len, Mick, Lisa Summary: Len contemplates his partner, Lisa is an untimely brat.
It was a rare event for Len to wake up before Mick. In the mornings anyway, there’d been many a time Len had woken in the hours teetering between one day and the next. But while those times were marred by anxiety and nightmares and restlessness, this was overlayed with comfort and a lethargic happiness.
He laid there, watching Mick snoring away next to him. In those private, intimate moments when Len could drink in the sight of his partner to his fill, Len couldn’t help but be amazed at his luck. Barely three years ago he had thought himself worthless, beyond the concern of any other human being, barely able to keep himself and his sister alive. He had thought- he had been certain -that no one would ever care about him. And yet there was Mick. He’d seen Len through some of his toughest years, stood by Len when Len was full of anger and despair, lashing out because he felt helpless. And, through Mick’s steadfastness and faith, Len was able to come into his own. Len was on the road to become someone, someone his father shouldn’t stomp down on and it was all because of the man next to him. His partner.
Barry was about to roll out of bed, when an arm wrapped
around his waist and dragged him back across the sheets.
sneaking out on me?” Len muttered, one eye peeking open. A grin pulled at Barry’s
lover’s lips as he scooched back far enough to press a gentle kiss to his lips.
going to go get some breakfast and surprise you before you woke up.” He
answered with a grin. His boyfriend quickly snagged an arm around Barry’s waist
and, before he knew it, he was pinned to the mattress under Len’s weight.
think of what I’d really like for breakfast.” He smirked before dropping his
head to nip, kiss, and suck at the skin of Barry’s neck.
hummed in satisfaction, biting his lip to hold in his moans and whimpers. “Y’know…”
He finally gasped out. “Cold criminals may be able to run on a diet of sex and
love, but we speedsters, unfortunately, require more sustenance than that.
Unless said cold criminals want their speedster boyfriends to pass out during
said love and sex.”
loudly at a hard bite against his skin right before Len popped back up with a
pout. “Fine. I guess even sex slaves deserve food.” He joked, laughing as Barry
smacked his arm. He caught the hand and pressed a kiss to his palm. “I love
you, Scarlet. You know that, right?”
blushed. Of course he knew, even if Len rarely ever said it, he showed it all
the time. Hearing the words though never failed to make his heart flutter. “I
love you, too, Popsicle.”
scrunched at the nickname, but said nothing as he rolled off the bed. Barry
moved to follow, but Len raised a hand to stop him. “Nope. You’re staying here,
I’m getting you some poptarts and cereal, then we’re continuing with that love
and sex you talked about.”
He left with
a saucy wink, and Barry suddenly forgot he was even hungry.
OK, to make up for the lack of Halloween fanart, I decided to try and actually get out a new Mikunology File/Info Post! It’s been a while, anyway.
So, like the last Mikunology File about Miku, this time we will be talking about Rin, my personal favorite and our token lancer! Strap yourselves in, folks, because BOY do I have some headcanons for this character.
Info under the cut! (WARNING: Lots of ranting. I’m very passionate about this one.)
The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Break Boundaries: The Top Five Most Thought Provoking Moments in the Avatar Universe
When we think of children’s shows in America, often time’s images of bright anthropomorphic cartoon animals, large quantities of campy bliss, and simple, but entertaining, content often come to mind. While Avatar the Last Airbender and the Legend of Korra have their fair share of all three of those ubiquitous cartoon qualities, they evolve past the simple images, music, and themes in traditional American cartons and grow to become a truly impactful, thoughtful, critical, and subversive piece of work. How does it do this? Well simply put, both Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra treat their children and teen based audience with respect and pushes them to understand large concepts of equality, grief, pacifism, anarchy, order, spiritualism, justice, peace, marginalization, queerness, and much much more. In this list we will count down the top five most thought provoking moments in which Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra broke the mold for children’s shows and challenged its audience to think.
(In this list, I wanted to separate the ideas of thought provoking and subversive. Generally, I wanted to focus more on intellectual stimulation, and less social subversion and social justice. While this is an important topic, that is another list we must compile!)
5. Wu Shi Tong’s Library
Avatar the Last Airbender, Book 2 (Earth); Episode 10 – The Library
“You think you’re the first person to believe their war was justified? Countless others have come here seeking weapons or weaknesses or battle strategies”
– Wu Shi Tong
During this mid-season episode, Katara, Sokka, and Aang set off into an ancient spirit Library to discover knowledge that can help them defeat the fire nation. However, during the latter half of this episode, the keeper of the Library, a spirit known as Wu Shi Tong, attempts to prevent the group from leaving the expansive collection of books and scrolls with knowledge of an eclipse which could help the group defeat the Fire Nation. With Wu Shi Tong’s words, he challenged the notion that the war that the Avatar was fighting was morally right or justified. He challenges the audience to think about war itself and asks the audience to confront topics about peace, justice, politics, and morality in a way no children’s show had done before. This line from Wu Shi Tong pushes the audience to think critically about the show’s central conflict and asks the Avatar to consider his own morals and methods. This theme would continue to grow and run throughout the rest of the original Avatar series.
4. Toph and Katara’s Day Off
Avatar the Last Airbender, Book 2 (Earth); Episode 15 – Tales of Ba Sing Se
“One of the good things about being blind is that I don’t have to waste my time worrying about appearances. I don’t care what I look like. I am not looking for anyone’s approval. I know who I am”
– Toph Beifong
In this episode, we see Toph and Katara go to the spa for a relaxing day off. We see as they are leaving, a group of girls start making fun of Toph’s appearance. In this scene we see not only a character deal with issues of bullying and self-esteem, but the intersection of disability and societal expectations of feminine beauty. This seen employs the audience to think about beauty and self-esteem in an organic and thoughtful way that develops the characters into well rounded people that face common problems just like every other child. Not only does this scene send out positive messages about self-esteem and self-image, it represents disability in a show in a way that has largely not been done in any mainstream American television.
3. Toph’s Idea of Balance
Legend of Korra, Book 4 (Balance); Episode 4 – The Calling
“What did Amon want? Equality for all. Unalaq? He brought back the spirits, and Zaheer believed in freedom…the problem with those guys is that they were totally out of balance and took their ideologies too far”
In this scene, we see Toph and Korra discuss the idea of balance, a central theme of the Legend of Korra. This scene asks the audience to critically examine its villains in a way that considers not only their actions, but their motivations. The show prompts the audience to understand its plot in a thoughtful way that seeks to learn and grow from past experiences. This scene employs its audience to use introspection to grow and come to a better understanding of how to use balance to become a more effective, grounded, and thoughtful person. Furthermore, this scene emphasizes the idea of balance as method to view past experiences in order to move forward from trauma and depression. This kind of critical examination is rare in T.V. in general, but especially uncommon in a children’s program.
2. Korra’s New Path
“I’ve realized that even though we should learn from those who came before us, we must also forge our own path”
- Avatar Korra
Legend of Korra, Book 2 (Spirits); Episode 13 – Light in the Dark
During this last scene in Book 2 Korra elaborates on the need to both learn from the past, and grow towards a distinct future which is actively and thoughtfully crafted. This theme is reflected throughout much of book 2 and employs its audience to think of history through a critical lens. Rarely do we see children’s show approach the past in such a critical way. Korra’s new outlook on past Avatar’s, and her literal separation from her past lives, sends the clear message that the future is not just a continuation of the past, but a critical evolution of it.
1. Avatar Aang’s Pacifism and Conflict
Avatar the Last Airbender, Book 3 (Fire); Finale – Sozin’s Comet
“The true mind can weather all the lies and illusions without being lost, the true heart can tough the posion of hatred without being harmed.”
- Lion Turtle
In the finale of Avatar the Last Airbender, Aang is forced to confront the conflict between one of his fundamental principles (pacifism) and his duty to the world. This thematic conflict would eventually end in Aang using his perseverance and conviction to find another way to defeat the Fire Lord. This scene challenges the audience to critically understand what is important and when to stand strong on their belief’s and morals. The dilemma of killing the Fire Lord still presents the Avatar audience with critical questions around compromise, morality, conviction, and justice that resonate with all people. These are hard questions that often have no right answers. Avatar doesn’t look down on its audiences but rather presents this complex moral dilemma to enrich the story and prompt the audience to think about conviction, right, and wrong.
Who falls asleep on who? What is their reaction when the other falls sleep on them?
Jim’s more likely to fall asleep on Leonard. Len does fall asleep on him on occasion, but it’s rare. Early on, Len’s reaction was much more of one of exasperation (Like “if you were so tired, couldn’t you have just gone to bed?”). Over time, the more Jim does it, the majority of the exasperation fades and Len starts almost liking it. He processes the fact that Jim does it, or manages to do it, because he feels safe with him. And because Leonard playing with Jim’s hair is almost a surefire way of causing Jim to fall asleep. Plus, once Jim is captain of the Enterprise and is almost perpetually under immense amounts of stress, Len likes seeing how relaxed Jim is when he’s asleep. Even if it does mean he has to get comfortable on the couch because Jim’s not waking up soon and Len wouldn’t dare wake him up.
I had a thought, and I love your writing, and I thought you could do something amazing with it. So I know some people are shamed for having a higher sex drive then others. So can you image before Barry gets his powers he's got an extremely active sex drive, then he gets his powers and it's in 150% over drive. Then he gets with Len, so he's afraid because of what past partners have told him, calling him things like a freak and weirdo because of something he can't control?
Thank you for thinking of me! I feel I tend to write Barry like this anyway, but haven’t explored him feeling embarrassed about it much, or taken the route that he had an overactive sex drive already before the lightning and had partners who thought it was weird or too much.
I like the thought that this is part of HOW Len and Barry even got together. Because he was between partners, and super horny, with no outlet other than himself, and there pops up Captain Cold with one of his bantering, not really that threatening heists, just wanting to have a good time.
Barry may not be thinking straight when he says, “I could show you a good time and we wouldn’t even need to throw a punch.”
Analysis of Len’s Speech to Mick about Joining the Legends: Complete Bullshit
I haven’t seen anyone else talk about the speech that Len gave Mick in the first Legends of Tomorrow episode. His entire speech is such a lie and complete bullshit.
Len may have given the speech to convince Mick to go along with Legends, but there’s no way that Len actually believed anything that he was saying; it goes against everything that we know about Len as a character.
Before Fingerprints, Surveillance Cameras, and DNA Analysis
While, going back in time and easily stealing objects might be fun for Mick, it would be horrible for Len.
In the infamous woods scene, Len tells Barry that he doesn’t want to stop being a thief because of “[t]he adrenaline. The thrill of the chase. I love this game. And I’m very good at it.”
Len loves the challenge and loves planning and outwitting people; stealing wouldn’t be as much fun for him if it was too easy.
Mick, on the other hand, would probably be happy because he would be able to burn a bunch of shit without having to worry about messing up Len’s plans. He sounded so happy in last week’s episode, when he noticed that Savage’s house didn’t have any smoke detectors.
Hate Working and Love Money
There’s no way that Len and Mick need the money: (1) they’ve been criminals for years; (2) they always go after extremely valuable items; and (3) they don’t seem to spend that much money.
Also, Mick burns a $25 million painting just to make a point. That is not the act of someone who cares all that much about money.
Criminals for years
We know that Len has been stealing since he was a child. Obviously, Len wouldn’t have started to get any proceeds from the heists until he split from his father, but it can be assumed that this was at a fairly young age. In Going Rogue, we find out from Felicity that Len didn’t finish high school. He probably either dropped out right after his father was arrested or when he was old enough to get away from his father.
According to Flash: Season Zero, Mick and Len met 5 years before the start of the show and Mick was already a criminal when they met. So, it can be assumed that Mick has taken part in his fair share of jobs. Granted, before he hooked up with Len, he was probably pulling much smaller jobs.
Len usually only pulls off jobs where the prize was something very valuable. The reward would have to be high because, according to Joe, Len would spend months planning each heist (or at least take several months off between each job). We first see Len steal the Kahndaq Dynasty Diamond, which being that it is a huge-ass diamond, is worth a lot of money. Next, we see him and Mick steal the Fire and Ice painting, which had been bought for $25 million.
Although, we do have to take into account the fact that stolen jewelry and paintings would not go for market price because they would need to be sold on the black market. Also, the proceeds would need to be split among the crew and, in the past, Len tended to run with more people.
Neither Len nor Mick look like they spend that much money. The safe house that we see in Legends looks pretty barren and more like a place for Mick to work on his gun and burn stuff. They both looked comfortable, like it’s a place they spend a lot of time in. Not to say that they’re uncomfortable surrounded in luxury; they seemed to have no problem squatting in a mansion with Lisa.
We rarely see either Len or Mick in anything outside of their Captain Cold and Heat Wave costumes, so they probably don’t spend that much money on clothes either.
They also both have very negative views of rich people who squander their money. In Revenge of the Rogues, in reference to the Hathaways having spent $25 million on a painting, Mick stated that “it [the painting] represents to me that people with lots of money buy dumb stuff.” In the second Legends of Tomorrow episode, Len, who knows absolutely nothing about the person who purchased the dagger, calls him a “rich Russian douche bag.”
Mona Lisa and Hope Diamond
Len’s comments about the Mona Lisa and the Hope Diamond, were actually the most striking to me.
I’m sure that he mentions the Mona Lisa and the Hope Diamond because they are, respectively, the most famous painting and diamond in the world and attempting to steal either of them in 2016 is virtually impossible.
What actually bothers me about these examples is when he says that they should steal them. He talks about stealing the Mona Lisa from Da Vinci’s easel and snatching the Hope Diamond before it was discovered, but doing these things would make the items relatively worthless (I mean relative to how much they’re worth now).
The Mona Lisa is probably the most valuable painting in the entire world; it has the highest insurance value of any painting at $782 million. If Len and Mick stole the painting from Da Vinci before it was discovered, the painting would be worth nothing. They might be able to prove that it’s a lost painting of Da Vinci’s and get money for it, but it wouldn’t be anywhere near the amount that it would get if, for example, they stole it from the Louve in the 1800s instead.
The Hope Diamond is estimated to be worth somewhere between $200 -$250 million. While, it would still be worth a ton of money if Len and Mick took it before it was discovered, it is after all a huge, blue diamond, it wouldn’t be worth as much as it is now. One of the reasons that it’s so valuable is because of its infamy due to the supposed curse that caused death and ill-fortune to all of its owners. Again, Len and Mick would be much better off just stealing it from the Smithsonian in the 1950s.
I think even Mick knows that Len’s speech is bullshit, based on his rather lackluster response.
Len tends to give Mick a speech when he’s trying to convince him to do something. Normally Len’s speeches garner a much more enthusiastic response from Mick. In Going Rogue, after Len gives the speech about renewing their partnership, Mick chuckles and says “yeah, Buddy, I’m in.” In Revenge of the Rogues, after Len gives Mick the speech about needing to stop the Flash, Mick burns the painting and says “very motivational.”
After this speech, Mick just says “you want me in, I’m in, but I’m not going to be anyone’s hero.” Mick just agrees to go because Len wants him to come. The speech itself did not make Mick change his mind and want to come, it just seemed to made him realize how much Len wanted to go and how much he wanted Mick to come with him.
I feel almost like Len is trying to convince himself that this is why he wants to join Rip.
Len uses a different drawl than his normal Captain Cold drawl. (I’m not really sure why, @coldtomyflash is much better at analyzing the nuances of Len’s speech patterns.) Len doesn’t tend to use the Captain Cold drawl when he’s just talking to Mick; it’s absent in both of his previous speeches.to Mick. Also, when he says “this is everything we got into thieving for in the first place; more than everything,” he drops the drawl. It sounds more like he’s trying to convince himself that this is all about thieving and that it’s the only thing he should be thinking about when it comes to time travel.