Hello, if you have time and are willing to answer this, could you tell me if you have any Annabeth/Rachel friendship headcannons? And maybe something with Sally/Poseidon too? I love you and your blog! Stay awesome x
Thank you so much!! <3 I’ll do these in two separate posts, so look out for the Sally and Poseidon one.
Annabeth and Rachel:
When Percy goes missing, Rachel is the one Annabeth goes to first, because if anyone should have answers it’d be her. Rachel can’t explain what’s happening, though, and the look on Annabeth’s face when she says, “I don’t know where he is,” haunts her dreams for months.
Annabeth tells her it’s not her fault that the Oracle’s gone silent, but Rachel is still so angry at herself for a long time over it, because this is supposed to be the thing that makes her special, the one thing that makes her worthy of Camp Half Blood, and now that it’s not working she feels like an intruder.
Rachel stays up with Annabeth when she can’t sleep because she’s sick with worry while Piper, Jason and Leo are on their quest and Percy is still nowhere to be found.
They sit in silence for a few nights before Annabeth eventually says, “I’m sorry. For how I treated you when we first met. I was jealous, and I - I’m sorry. It was stupid.” Rachel looks at her, eyes wide. “It wasn’t stupid. You had every right to be jealous.” Annabeth looks like she’s going to hit her. Rachel braces herself for the punch, but it never comes. Instead, Annabeth laughs. It’s a small, shattered sort of laugh, but it’s a laugh nonetheless. Rachel laughs, too, and even when tears start to fall down Annabeth’s cheeks she doesn’t stop laughing.
“I’m sorry, too,” Rachel says the next morning. She doesn’t know exactly what she’s apologising for, but Annabeth accepts it graciously.
They bond over having distant parents.
Rachel steals Annabeth’s sketching equipment sometimes and Annabeth always yells at her for it because, “Why did you take my ruler, Rachel? You never use a ruler! You just throw paint at the canvas and hope it sticks!”
Annabeth likes to go to Rachel when she needs to talk out an idea, because she’s just annoying enough to push her towards new angles without making her murderously angry. (Most of the time, anyway.)
Annabeth gives her painting supplies for her birthday (”So you’ll stop stealing mine.”) and Rachel uses them to paint her a portrait for her birthday. It’s Annabeth laughing, the sun haloing around her golden curls, and when she asks Rachel if that’s how she really sees her, she says, “Do you really have to ask, oh wise one?”
After the second war they message each other constantly, sharing mundane information about their days and school and how annoying Percy can be.
Rachel likes to send her the most annoying memes.
Annabeth likes to retaliate with bad puns. Always, all the time, puns.
They have sleepovers that mainly involve watching bad B-grade movies and pigging out on bad food. Percy’s not invited.
Rachel is secretly jealous of Annabeth’s hair.
Annabeth doodles her name on at least four pairs of Rachel’s pants.
When they’re older they continue their sleepovers but swap out (most of) the junk food for wine instead.
Drunk Annabeth might be Rachel’s favourite, but she makes sure not to tell sober Annabeth that.
Jake. (In case you couldn’t tell from my URL, my fic, my previous blog posts, etc.)
What I love about him:
His (lack of a) sense of humor
Jake is so adorably awkward every time he tries to be funny, because he’s terrible at it. It’s some combination of his utter inability to grasp comedic timing (“I said you’d have to be nuts… oh, never mind,” #17) and everyone else’s tendency to take everything he says seriously (“… and then I’ll be the Jake Formerly Known as Prince!” #18), but I love that he’s the only one of the main six who consistently fails at using sarcasm and irony. Except, of course, when he gets angry.
The pissy-sarcastic losing his temper moments
“So, there we were, suddenly appearing the middle of a bunch of tents full of guys wearing armor. Naturally we figured we’d better lie low. Not attract attention. Not cause any trouble… I figured I’d try the subtle approach. But, of course, that’s just me. It hadn’t occurred to me that what I should do is morph into elephant and STOMP PEOPLE INTO THE MUD!” (MM3) will probably always be the best Jake rant of all time. But there are some other really spectacular ones in #35 (yelling at Marco to stop worrying and get his shit together or they’re all gonna die), #9 (calling Cassie on her BS by offering to go explain to Tom that according to her view he deserves to have a yeerk in his head), #12 (going nuts over people quibbling about crocodiles vs. alligators in the middle of a life-and-death situation). Part of what’s so awesome is that he almost always uses sarcasm to get the person he’s arguing with to back down, by really cynically deconstructing his opponent’s logic.
… and the moments when he doesn’t lose his temper
Jake just accepts Marco’s decision to tell his dad everything. It’s over with, it’s done, and Jake knows that what Marco needs right then isn’t more recrimination, it’s support (#45).
When Cassie quits (on more than one occasion), Jake doesn’t contest that decision, and he doesn’t raise any protest when she wants back in. He lets her walk away if she wants, and can’t fault her for doing so (#19, #43).
Jake pretty much never pushes back against Mean Rachel, even when she’s threatening to kill Marco. Like an airbender, he just (verbally, and then physically) dodges out of her way and lets her tire herself out without ever bothering to attack in turn, because he understands that fighting her will make the situation worse, not better (#32).
He also doesn’t contest pretty much anything David says, right up until he can maneuver David into a position that there’s no doubt who’s in the wrong. Even when the chips are way, way down Jake never loses his cool when it comes to dealing with the David situation (#21, #22).
His discomfort with leadership
One of Jake’s most-repeated lines is “I’m not anyone’s dad” (that and “It’s all my fault” are practically his catchphrases), and he repeatedly shows that he fully understands the limits of his responsibility for the others. Jake doesn’t hold any real authority, and is painfully conscious of it; if anyone outright rebelled against his leadership (which Rachel comes close to doing in #22 and #48), he wouldn’t be able to do a damned thing to stop it. For Jake, his first and last role as a leader is to be the one who takes responsibility for the hard calls. That means he’s the one who decides when to leave Cassie to face the Veleek on her own (MM1), when it’s more important to make a tactical retreat than trying to save endangered teammates (#41, #33), when to sacrifice the few to save the many (#16, #52), and when to abandon a mission as hopeless (#1, #44, #20). And that means that if someone dies (when Rachel eventually does die), it’s his fault. He knows that that’s the ultimate meaning of leadership in this context, and that’s a big part of the reason he’s so reluctant—it’s not false modesty, it’s fear of responsibility. It’s the knowledge that one of these days the worst will happen and he’ll be the one left holding the ball.
… and his secret, guilty pleasure in being a leader
As the series goes on, Jake becomes downright manipulative. Of everyone. Maybe the scariest moment happens when he maneuvers Tobias into volunteering to get tortured and possibly murdered in #33 because he doesn’t want to suggest it himself, but there are a bunch of other moments where Jake’s apparently egalitarian tactics are basically just a way to get what he wants. Think about the number of times “drawing straws” ends in Jake being the one with the difficult job on the team (#9, #18, #27). There’s also the fact that, for all that Jake absolutely loves calling for a vote, pretty much every single vote the Animorphs make ends up going the way he wants it to (#52, #7, #9, MM3, #49, #43, etc.), because Jake understands the group dynamic perfectly: all he has to do is declare a position and Ax will either back his play or abstain, Cassie will go along with him to avoid conflict, Marco will back him up because Marco trusts Jake way too much, and even if Rachel and/or Tobias disagree they’re already outvoted. Marco actually expresses admiration for how sneaky Jake has become by #25 when Jake sends Cassie to tell Marco that they followed Marco’s girlfriend around to make sure she wasn’t a controller. I love just how much Jake becomes addicted to the war, addicted to the sheer amount of power the war gives him, but never really recognizes it in himself even though Marco and Rachel are all too quick to call him on it.
The fact that he’s not that smart
As Marco so bluntly explains in #54, Jake is no tactical genius. He’s not a brilliant strategic mind who outsmarts his enemies with complex Rube Goldberg plans, because his great strength as a leader is his combination of ballsiness (in trying absolutely anything it takes to win) and opportunism (in adapting rapidly to curveballs like Tom’s yeerk rebelling by using them to his advantage). Jake himself specifies in #1 that basketball and video games are pretty much the only important things in his life… and he’s not good enough at video games to beat Marco, nor is he good enough at basketball to make his school’s team. We see him demonstrate a pretty questionable grasp of math (#4), science (#11) and literature (#27). It’s a refreshing change from the nerdy heroes that so many nerdy writers love to create, because there are far too many books out there where the dumb jocks are the villains.
… and all the ways in which he is quietly brilliant
Jake understands other people. And even when he doesn’t, he keeps working at it for as long as it takes. Big-picture thinking and complex strategizing don’t come naturally to Jake, but he works at learning those skills because he understands how important they are. It takes Jake forever to understand what David’s motivation is, but he spends almost the entirety of #21 turning the problem over and over until he finally gets there. He doesn’t know how to plan a complex long-term fight, so he studies military history and leadership theory throughout his (nearly nonexistent) spare time trying to learn. Jake commits himself 100% to any problem that comes his way, persisting in the face of failure, and that’s what ultimately makes him a smarter and better leader than someone with Marco’s analytical brilliance but relatively thin skin could be.
Omg the last post abt our ciel being the 'extra' one !!!!!!! Omg that's really sad. Does that mean his parents have more attention to real ciel ?!?!?!?
I don’t like to think so! We’ve never seen OC’s parents ignoring him in any way (see the murder arc flashback where OC climbs into bed with his parents) and because that I’d hate to think they did - at least not intentionally. However, OC’s insecurities are probably an inevitable consequence of being both “the spare” as well as a sickly child. He was bound to get left out but at the moment I don’t entirely believe it was Vincent or Rachel’s fault, it’d be interesting if his bitterness wasn’t entirely warranted I think. There’s probably a lot at work here.
Either way, I’m sure Yana has something up her sleeve! She’s been planning this for so long and simple explanations are never something she uses. As in the GW arc, things aren’t as they first appear I suppose.