❝Red is the color of extremes. It’s the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces. ❞
the setting is the twin cities of Derse and Prospit, separated by the Skaia River. Police corruption and organized crime run rampant, so the cities’ residents rely on private detectives, and the Red Eye Detective Agency, run by Jane and Terezi, is widely recognized as the best of the best.
Terezi got involved in some very dangerous situations with the mob in her youth, since she was very close to Vriska, the daughter of one the cities’ most dangerous crime bosses. They took a lot of risks, some of which paid off and some of which led to unmitigated disaster. This was how Terezi lost her sight. After one particularly bad incident, which led to the death of Terezi’s mother, Vriska skipped town, joining the navy and eventually faking a heroic death at sea.
The losses hit Terezi hard, but she fully intended to land of her feet. With what little money she had, she rented a closet-sized office in a sketchy part of derse and took out a newspaper advertisement for her private detective agency. She was getting just enough business to scrape by when she was approached by Jane Crocker, a young heiress who had suspicions about the business empire she was set to inherit. As one of the most powerful business magnates in Derse, The Condesce was practically untouchable, but Jane was determined to expose her corruption.
Terezi and Jane came very close to bringing Condi’s corrupt business practices to light, but they were ultimately unsuccessful in their mission. They did discover, however, that they made an excellent team, and that furthermore they really, really liked each other. Jane, now considered a traitor by the cities’ rich and powerful, quietly cut ties with high society, selling all her shares in the company for just enough money for herself and Terezi to buy a new office on a nice little street in Prospit and start a new life together.
A couple of years later, they’ve established a reputation for tenacious and effective detective work, and business is good.
They’re a criminal’s worst nightmare; determined, implacable, and impossible to bribe.
Greed and corruption still haunt the city more heavily than industrial smog, and you can’t really cut ties with the rich and powerful without invoking the ire of some very important people, but TZ and Jane are sure they can take whatever life throws at them as long as they have one another to rely on.
They always have a plate of fresh-made cookies on the front desk, and sometimes on slow nights they’ll close early, shut the blinds, put on a record, and dance around the office like lovestruck teenagers. It’s cute as shit.
but in the flashback sequence with Bruce in AoU, remember when Natasha was strapped to the chair and there were other little girls standing over her with no mouths? that was symbolic of the fact that the Red Room was stealing their bodily autonomy, what with the whole sterilisation. over and over people aren’t getting the reason behind the whole sterile sequence is that Natasha’s right to her own body was ripped away, and in its place was put the Red Room’s agency and directive: kill without reservation. you are too horrible to touch a child again.
Natasha is overcoming that by being around Clint’s kids, but can you imagine how she probably didn’t trust herself around them, just like recovering!winter soldier, she’d be terrified of her programming taking over, because after all this time, Natasha is still questioning whether she can really make her own decisions, or whether the Red Room will always direct her towards the evil, blood soaked path. Honestly, you may not like her thing with Bruce, but don’t you fucking dare pretend Natalia fucking Romanova was reduced to ANYTHING, let alone a love interest, this is about Natasha, and how she can relate to Bruce with having her agency stripped away and how that makes her feel.
Almost 20 yrs ago (1998) this poster asked people to be a force for change. Today we have the best chance ever to eliminate new HIV infections & help people w HIV stay healthy. We must continue to urge policy makers to fund what science shows us works and eliminate red tape at federal agencies that inhibits critical collaboration across prevention and care that’s needed.