“My daughter is going through her Harry Styles phase, right? First, she insisted for tickets which I got it for her anyway. Second, his album has been on repeat every passing second since release. Third, is there anything else I should worry about? Any warnings about this Styles guy?” Cassandra questioned, arms firmly crossing over her chest before raising a brow at the other.
In your universe,
The quality of air undulates.
Clear skies cloud and
Rain collapses onto me.
I cannot speak here.
Cannot breathe, or be,
Cannot even dream,
For your sky is starless and your world
I was never meant to surpass you,
Rather live perpetually in your unremarkable shadow.
In your universe,
Your stare pecks at me like
Crows swarming hostile
Fogged with smog.
You say this is how cities were meant to be,
Cars made to pollute
Air couldn’t stay free of toxins forever,
and the same rain that cleanses also burns,
But give me acid rain to remind me
That I cannot live in your reality.
In my universe,
Cities are fleeting,
Destinations liminal like departures from terminals:
A waiting room for the end.
But I have steadily rebuilt
What you have eroded
With your acidic precipitations.
My cities, now shadowless,
Where we have turned the remnants
Of pollutants into nutrients
Needed to regrow
This land you destroyed with one intention:
To hone into me the truth
That what nourishes, can also
But I have relearned the opposite,
Have returned to a time
When air was breatheable
And horizons visible
In a sky where stars are reborn
And you are not welcomed here.
What is this straight up bullshit that I’m always seeing about the Minutemen being the only ones looking to avoid killing innocents in the Institute? No faction has more of a reason to hate the Institute than the Railroad and yet Desdemona says straight out the gate that they’ll be doing everything they can to avoid collateral damage.
When you get into the Institute, she tells Tom to “send out anyone that’s unarmed, Institute personnel included.” And it’s not like the Sole Survivor has to argue her into it or like she even puts it up to debate with them. This is how the RR operates. You can see it in her dialogue again-
“But the Institute isn’t just populated by diabolical scientists. Families live there. Children. If we destroy them, we’re going to evacuate more than just Synths.”
“I can’t condone the killing of innocents. That is not what the Railroad is about.”
“…if we ever can permanently disable or even destroy the Institute, we will do it. But we won’t do it for revenge. We’ll do it out of necessity. To ensure that the synths stay safe and free, forever… We will spill only as much blood as we have to. We’re more than murderers…”
My other Queer Storytelling Thing is, when it comes to romantic relationships, I get to be as unrealistic as I want. “But there’s no way people who fell in love as teenagers would stay together foreve–” Mm, nope, I don’t care. Y'all got Disney and all the fairytale fantasy relationships that came with it. If you get love at first sight in every other movie I think I have a right to have a couple that stays together and doesn’t die or break up like every other gay movie.