+ RPF + Jodie Comer / Jacob Collins-Levy + pg + 751 words
Of course Jacob had heard about Jodie Comer. He knew an agent –well, his agent knew an agent– in London to ask what she was like. The reputation, the character, the whims. And he wasn’t stupid, you know? He did his research. He knew that the girl was from Liverpool, that she was one year younger but way more experienced
than him, and that she had a smile that could turn a pit bull into a lap dog.
A bit of a continuation to the townsfolk post I wrote a while back.
Natsume does not dislike children he just does not think they will like him due to past experience.
Most of the kids he was with growing up react negatively to hints of his ability so he assumes that’s how all children will react
He has had to deal with younger cousins and such when he moved around and throughout his life. The younger the child is the better he can handle them.
babies/ toddlers: he’s great!
Middle Schoolers: fears for his health and feels mentally drained. Butdontweall?
One day he’s visiting the manju shop and chatting with one of the servers. she seems pretty stressed and complaining about how she never has time for just her and her husband to hang out together. Its not like they are workaholics it just sometimes their off days don’t coincide. and when they do they have no one to watch their 7 year old daughter.
or don’t they?
“Natsume-kun~ you don’t have any after school responsibilities right? no clubs and no job yes?”
Natsume get’s that feeling he usually gets when youkai try to ask him a favor that he is not trained for in the slightest. He confirms her questions anyway. She’s human and this can’t go too horribly wrong. right?
“would you watch my kid for me this Saturday evening?”
oh no. abort abORT ABORT
“Ah I don’t think you should leave me to-”
“PLEASE NATSUME! You’re so sweet and honest! a good role model and it will only be for a few hours! i’ll pay you! and you can even bring your cat. I’ll leave some manju buns for you three too!”
cue Nyanko-sensei’s insistent mews and the server’s pleading eyes and well Natsume can’t say no
fast forward to the weekend Natsume has read a child care book, asked advice from friends on how they treat their younger siblings/ cousins and grilled his foster parents on things they recommend.
Nyanko-sensei suggest locking her in her room so they can enjoy the manju but no sensei she did nothing wrong we cant DO THAT!
They arrive and the 7-year old is pretty nervous to be around him and is very shy
Natsume is also very nervous but he swallows it down and power through like he always does.
He was only really given emergency numbers and a bed time so he decides to just?? do??? whatever she wants to????
she wants to play with Nyanko-sensei but alas Natsume brought no toys
“lets make them!”
so they wander around the house picking up things Natsume hopes will not be missed and spend time crafting toys
Natsume at it turns out is very resoursful and the little girl is full of ideas so combine the two and they actually make some pretty good toys
Nyanko was muttering about how he wouldn’t play with them at all but then a puff ball made out of old rags fling in front of his face and he cannot resist the power to pounce
The entire time Natsume is talking with the girl and going along with all the weird twist and turns their conversations gets into.
Natsume spends so much time with youkai the imagination of a 7-year old is very easy to handle
she’s talking about odd things that have happened in the forest and telling him his theories
Natsume decides to add his own taking experience from his encounters with Youkai
“there was this little frog I saw one day! It looked lost so i put him back in the forest” “ah that’s good he has a really big and powerful master he’ll be grateful you helped the underlying out and might owe you a favor” “how big is he???” “bigger than this entire house!” “:0 woah”
overall he has a good night and when he’s tucking her in to bed she says: “Natsume-nii I hope mommy and daddy go on a date again soon so you and kitty can come over again!”
Natsume is generally shocked she had such a good time she’d even say that. he smiles gently at her and tells her good night. She’s happy so that’s all he could ever ask for and hey it wasn’t so bad he could do this again
Nyanko-sensei huffs but doesn’t directly say anything against which basically means he wants to come again too
Natsume tells the parents if they ever need one he’s free to babysit and the tears of joy that he sees streaming down his eyes mean that yes this will be a reoccurring thing. and he even finds himself looking forward to it a bit.
Most of us guessed that Navy would end up betraying everyone by the end of the episode.
I don’t think most of us expected that having her go from this:
would be really good for Lapis’ mental health.
And despite certain people’s fears about certain story boarders… this was actually very much in character for her. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that Lapis has always been cynical, even in her pre mirror days. After she escaped she went from cynical to detached and apathetic. Not an unexpected defense mechanism for someone who was trapped in an inanimate object for 6,000 years. But she has made progress. She trusts Steven and Peridot. Enough not only to express her concerns, but to essentially make a confession.
Life on Earth is really confusing. It took me a long time to get use to it. I’m still getting use to it.
Given everything that’s happened to her on Earth, it’s only natural that she’s having a hard time adjusting. But she’s just confessed her biggest insecurity: she knows she’s having a hard time dealing with what she’s been through, while having to get use to to living a normal life on the planet where her greatest traumas happened. Before the rebellion she would have done her job and left for the next planet, Earth having been a distant memory by this time. But now she can never leave. Earth has to become home.
She wants to move on, but feels guilty about how difficult actually doing that is.
So here comes this I-Insta-Love-All-Things-Earth ruby, who seems freakishly well adjusted from the moment she crashes face first into the planet. Never mind that she was lied to not once, but twice, by the crystal gems. Never mind that she was blasted out into space and abandoned while they stole her ship. All is instantly forgiven and she just wants to be a part of their happy family.
Worse yet? The people Lapis cares most about just buy it. They go right along with it as though Navy’s behavior is perfectly normal. It took time for Lapis to even begin to be okay with the idea of living in Earth and forgiving the crystal gems- she’s still working on it, and it’s painful. She’s worked so hard for every inch of progress she’s made, and here’s someone who’s seemingly able to move on the same day they got to Earth.
I just don’t get it. Why is it so easy for her when it was so hard for me?
So when the perfectly well adjusted Navy turned out to be a gleeful sociopath gleefully hell bent on revenge, everything fell into place.
Navy’s sudden but inevitable betrayal was the best thing to happen for Lapis’ mental health to date.
So what’s the take away from this? 1) People react differently to trauma. 2) Just because someone seems well adjusted doesn’t mean they are. 3) It’s okay to take a long time to heal from your traumas. It’s okay for it to be a constant work in progress. It’s okay not to be okay.
And at the end of the day, that realization can almost feel like happiness.
more than a few taz moments have been drawing me in to draw or animate them. for some reason i chose an early season moment i didn’t even remember happened until the second time i listened to the series.
In light of an unfortunate display of ignorance I witnessed today, let me take a moment to make something blatantly clear, for anybody that needs it:
-making fun of someone for using a fidget spinner, to the point of them displaying obvious embarrassment and shame, is disgusting.
-when you say things like “Oh my GOD, I hate those spinners! They’re so annoying, what are they even for haha” you are being willfully ignorant. Spinners are marketed towards people with anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADD/ADHD, Autistic people, and many other people with brains different from yours that need an outlet to focus, relax, relieve sensory-related issues, and many other things that yours does automatically. Most of the ones I see advertised even specify “For anxiety/stress/ADHD/Autism/etc”
-Making fun of someone for other behaviors such as rocking, hand flapping, echolalia, hair twirling, skin picking, hair pulling, etc is in fact, also a shitty thing of you to do. It’s also unnecessary, cruel, and humiliates the person who is doing those things.
-Don’t make fun of people who use fidget spinners. Don’t make fun of people who stim. I don’t give a rat’s ass if you think it’s unnecessary, or it “looks weird” or it “looks gross.” Don’t do it. You KNOW what you’re doing. I know what you’re doing. I’ve had it, I’m done.
“the fact they’re animated might turn you off at first, but that’s what they’re all about. it’s not real– without real actors or real places, and that is a good thing because the real world is disgusting.“