Iko:*sighs* *pulls out megaphone* HAS ANYONE SEEN LINH CINDER?!?!
Kai:WHO IS THIS LINH CINDER YOU SPEAK OF? HA WHAT A CRIMINAL THIEF! SHE DESERVES TO BE EXECUTED AND ROT IN JAIL- unless you found any news about her is she hurt is she okay oh my gosh cinder i love you
Ze’ev Kesley is my precious demisexual son and here’s why:
So clearly the Lunar soldiers didn’t get any sort of real sex education, and what little they got was probably Jael just saying “DONT HAVE SEX WITH EARTHENS OR YOU WILL DIE”. Clearly there were a decent number of gay/bisexual soldiers but they were severely punished for having any kind of sexual/romantic relationships with fellow soldiers. But Wolf never really felt the need for a relationship, he was too busy trying to prove that he was worthy of being an LSOP soldier. So he never really paid much attention because honestly he couldn’t understand WHY anyone would ever break the rules it’s really not that hard! And then he goes to Earth and a lot of his fellow soldiers are having problems with Earthen women but he’s just…not feeling that. He has a job to do, and sure he finds some of them attractive but he doesn’t really have time for this anyway. He gets uncomfortable when the nice waitress at the Tavern tries to flirt with him because he. Does. Not. Compute.
And then Scarlet Benoit walks in and sure, she’s aesthetically pleasing and nice, but the moment she gets on the bar and starts yelling, showing her passion and emotion he get it. This is his first time feeling any kind of real romantic interest in someone and he is very confused. So while he’s trying to earn her trust he’s also trying to be a bit of a showoff, doing the only thing he thinks he’s good at: fighting. Except she actually hates that and he really has no idea what he’s doing anymore so he just kind of tags along with her in the hopes that he can prove himself worthy of her. And then on the train they’re stuck in close quarters and she smells so nice and he can’t get it out of his head until he catches Ran’s scent and yes, this is what he’s good at and he escapes, carrying her with without thinking. In the woods everything is fine, there’s a million other things to concentrate on like the danger they may be in or the animals he notices every once in a while.
And then she takes off her sweatshirt and his whole world crumbles. Again. He’s sure he’s seen women in more revealing clothing but he can’t concentrate because she’s right there and her shoulders and arms are bare and the damn tank top is just stuck to her body and he’s going to lose his mind soon if he doesn’t get some space. She finds out about Ran, and he wants to tell her the rest of the truth, that he’s a soldier not just some gang member, but he’s afraid she’ll hate him. And then she kisses him on the cheek right before he jumps and he nearly loses her and his head is just buzzing when he gets her back safe in his arms on the roof of that train. He’s losing himself in her warmth and smell and everything else when she tries to kiss him, and that snaps him out of it because it’s not right. He’s a soldier and she’s technically the enemy and she’s going to hate him in a few hours anyway. So he peels himself away from her and does his best to remember why he can’t kiss her or even hold her hand, but the excuses are getting weaker and she’s still so. Close.
When she asks about his scars he wants to tell her the truth more than anything in the world. That the scar on his jaw is where they reinforced it so his bite would be strong enough to splinter bone, that he’s got a million surgical scars just like it where they took a 12-year-old boy and turned him into a soldier. But he doesn’t, he just stays still and tries not to betray everything he’s known for the last 11 years of his life. Until she kisses him softly and he can’t fight the need to just lose himself in her, and he does for a few wonderful minutes before they both fall asleep wrapped in one another.
I wanted to draw Scarlet in her dress. It’s not exactly how it was described in the book but this is how I kept picturing it heh Stars Above was amazing and this chapter was so great, I felt like my kids were growing up :’)