A winter morning much like any other; the rain and thunder outside providing a calming ambience. The night guard, thankful for surviving another night, rushes to head home after a quick good-morning conversation with the boss. The rabbit has steadily become more aggressive in moving toward the office, and confident as he is that nothing would happen, he’s not willing to find out if he’s right. After all, the customers had to sign those waivers for a reason, right?
The guard did swear that something was particularly off about the place tonight, but couldn’t quite place it. Of course, he didn’t really have time to look around, what with frantically switching between camera views and rebooting systems, then quickly leaving upon Springy’s automatic deactivation. There isn’t usually a cupcake figurine on the desk, is there? It’s surprising that any would have lasted this long, but sure enough, there one is. If the woman were to pick it up, they would discover it’s quite loose; it’s actually a container that’s partly unscrewed.
Inside lies a crumpled up paper: In our rush to create paradise, we forgot to ask if anyone wanted to come along. Now, we don’t know where you are. Most of those people - the ones of a certain violet persuasion - have been dealt with. The magic is slowly healing. But we’ll have to reach deeply into the few remaining shadows to find you. If by some miracle you end up not only receiving this, but past a time when you’ve met us, know that we are sorry for having disappeared like that. Hopefully you would still consider us friends because we’d very much like to see you again. Please stay well until that day comes. When I said I would be there to help you, to guide you down a happier path, I did mean that.
The letter has no signature, but a second page is beneath it. Printed on it is a photo, showing three animatronic characters atop a semicircular stage. The most unfamiliar of them is a dark orange and white chipmunk with green eyes and a skirt. She grins as a kid hands her a book. On the opposite side, a fluffy golden bear with red eyes wearing a kinked witches hat points a wand at the camera while winking. Front and center is an owl with muted red, brown, and white feathers, yellow-green eyes, and reading glasses. He has an overexcited look on his face and is waving. Inside his open beak, a human’s grin can be seen. The image is captioned with ‘Story Corner - 12/12/72’, but does that mean 1972?
what are your favourite romione scenes from the books series? :]
YOU HAVE UNLEASHED THE KRAKEN, ANON
“Good luck, Ron!” said Hermione, standing tiptoe and kissing him on the cheek. “And you, Harry-” Ron seemed to come to himself slightly as they walked back across the Great Hall. He touched the spot on his face where Hermione had kissed him, looking puzzled, as though he was not quite sure what had just happened. He seemed too distracted to notice much around him.
DON’T EVEN THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME HERMIONE KISSED HIM AND SHE WAS SO PROTECTIVE OF HIM RE: THE WEASLEY IS OUR KING BADGES AND RON’S SO SWEET AND CONFUSED AND LOST AND I’M CRYING
The echoing bang of the slammed cellar door had not died away before there was a terrible, drawn-out scream from directly above them. “HERMIONE!” Ron bellowed, and started to writhe and struggle against the ropes tying them together, so that Harry staggered. “HERMIONE!” “Be quiet!” Harry said. “Shut up, Ron, we need to work out a way-” “HERMIONE! HERMIONE!”
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA I’M NOT HAVING A BREAKDOWN AT ALL OVER RON SCREAMING HERMIONE’S NAME AS IF HE’LL DIE IF HE DOESN’T SAVE HER NOPE I’M TOTALLY FINE TOTALLY O K A Y
Fleur swooped down on him, too, and kissed him. Hermione looked simply furious.
JEALOUS HERMIONE IS MY EVERYTHINGGGGG THEY’RE ALWAYS SO JEALOUS OF EACH OTHER AND THEY’RE ALWAYS SO BLOODY OBVIOUS ABOUT IT, THE ABSOLUTE IDIOTS
“What do you think about this?” Hermione demanded of Ron, and Harry was reminded irresistibly of Mrs Weasley appealing to her husband during Harry’s first dinner in Grimmauld Place.
“Thanks for the book, Harry,” she said happily. “I’ve been wanting that New Theory of Numerology for ages! And that perfume’s really unusual, Ron.” “No problem,” said Ron.
This is such a small moment but ??!?!?!?!?!!? HE BOUGHT HER PERFUME LIKE COME ON THAT IS SUCH BOYFRIEND-Y BEHAVIOUR and of course it would be some strange scent that prob makes hermione go “wtf” because ron would be awful at choosing girly stuff like that wouldn’t he ughhhhhhhh just imagining it makes me want to shriek [hearts in eyes]
“And you’ve been though all that persecution from the Ministry when they were trying to make out you were unstable and a liar. You can still see the marks where that evil woman made you write with your own blood, but you stuck to your story anyway…” “You can still see where those brains got hold of me in the Ministry, look,” said Ron, shaking back his sleeves. “And it doesn’t hurt that you’ve grown about a foot over the summer, either,” Hermione finished, ignoring Ron. “I’m tall,” said Ron inconsequentially.
RON IS SO DUMB AND IN LOVE OMG
“You did brilliantly, Ron!” This time it really was Hermione running towards them from the stands; Harry saw Lavender walking off the pitch, arm in arm with Parvati, a rather grumpy expression on her face. Ron looked extremely pleased with himself and even taller than usual as he grinned around the team and at Hermione.
i don’t even have anything to say right now i’m just gUSHING
“Then the poisoner didn’t know Slughorn very well,” said Hermione, speaking for the first time in hours and sounding as though she had a bad head-cold. “Anyone who knew Slughorn would have known there was a good chance he’d keep something that tasty for himself.” “Er-my-nee,” croaked Ron unexpectedly from between them.
I’M C R Y I N G THIS PART IS THE ABSOLUTE WORST!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hermione was watching Ron fret over the fate of the Cattermoles, and there was such tenderness in her expression that Harry felt as if he had surprised her in the act of kissing him.
again such a small moment but ughhhHHHHHHH I LOVE THESE LITTLE HIDDEN THINGS THAT HARRY NOTICES I MEAN AFTER ALL WE DO SEE RON AND HERMIONE FALL IN LOVE THROUGH HIS PERSPECTIVE AND IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL
okay i’m gonna stop now but srsly there’s like a million more in particular THE AMORTENTIA SCENE and the HERBOLOGY SCENE WHERE HERMIONE KIND OF ASKS RON TO SLUGHORN’S PARTY OH GOD and the I LOVE YOU SCENE WHERE HERMIONE BLUSHES (!!!!!!!!!) and THE ONE WHERE RON’S MAKING IT SNOW AND SHE MOVES HIS WAND AWAY and THE SLEEPING/HANDS ALMOST TOUCHING SCENE and EVEN THE CoS SCENE WHERE LOOKING AT HERMIONE’S PETRIFIED BODY GIVES RON THE RESOLVE TO GO INTO THE FORBIDDEN FOREST and oh my god someone sedate me i’m dying from feels
butbut for kagami vs mukkun food battle hmhmm I think kagami would taunt murasakibara and say he's suxh a coward (LMAO) just like S2; and then ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE and akashi would have to sponsor all the cooking ware for serious mode murasakibara //KICKED// MURASAKIBARA HAS UNLEASHED THE KRAKENS
hMMMMMM you know what, you may be on to something. trash talking Murasakibara’s ability to consume food at a nigh inhuman pace could prove very effective… now they have to settle this like real athletes - with a competition.
Akashi provides all the cookware for the contest. Sakurai (with assistant chef Mitobe) cooks for the first part until Momoi and Riko take over for the bonus challenge round (the trick is just to survive it). Seirin and Yosen set up cheering sections. Himuro sits in a lawn chair in the middle and sweats because he feels guilty no matter who he roots for.
I am excited for JP4, as I am excited for any movie that has dinosaurs in it, and that theme music gets me every time because I remember how beautiful it was to see that first film. The first film showed us dinosaurs as they’d never been seen, dinosaurs based on thorough research (though not without their faults— those raptors and dilophosaurus for instance) and it changed the way dinos were portrayed in media forever.
And this is why I am so, so upset with JP4. It’s showing us the same old green-skinned scaly monsters and totally ignoring DECADES of new developments. It’s ignoring the reason why the first film worked so well— it was something new, based on actual scientific research. People love innovation, and many love learning really neat science facts, and JP4 is in no way going to do either of those.
Now I have heard the arguments FOR the scaly green-skinned boring designs:
1. “But Abby, there’s an in-universe explanation, they have frog DNA! They’re just trying to stay consistent.” Never, never never say “but there’s a canonical reason” for something that’s problematic. . Someone at some point made a conscious decision to make it so, it’s not some unchangeable law that must be adhered to. It’s been at least 20 years in-universe since the first movie, are we really supposed to believe they didn’t keep making developments in their cloning process? Remember how frog DNA fricked everything up by making the dinos able to reproduce? What if they changed it to bird DNA once it became apparent that birds and dinos were so closely related, and to stop them from changing sex? And beyond all that the important thing to remember here is that it doesn’t MATTER if they aren’t exactly supposed to be dinosaurs in-universe, people who watch this movie are going to see them as dinosaurs. They are going to come away from this film thinking the “feathers theory” is still some weird fringe science and REAL dinosaurs are still green and scaly and naked. Also calling “consistency” when the dinosaurs’ appearances were changed between films is hardly a steady argument.
2. “There’s no way we could know what they look like so why even bother, we can make them look however we want!!1!”This is you choosing to ignore the vast wealth of knowledge we DO have. Paleontologists aren’t just making wild guesses, sitting around thinking “whooa duuude what if they had feathers, wouldn’t that just be wild” we KNOW. We have FOSSIL EVIDENCE. Technology has progressed to a point that we can look at the same fossil we had 30 years ago and find countless more details we didn’t know were there, didn’t think to look for. We even know what COLOR some feathers were, we know there were feather mites that preyed on those feathers. Trackways tell us how they walked, how many walked, where they walked. Fossilized nesting sites give us clues on how they cared for their young. We know so much, there is no reason to ignore the incredible amount of research people have done just because we haven’t seen living, breathing non-avian dinosaurs with our own eyes, especially considering the fact that so many people don’t know about all the stuff we know, because public outreach movies like JP4 keep blatantly ignoring it.
3. “But feathered dinosaurs look stupid, like big chickens. They could never sell that to an audience!” Okay look. People are going to see JP4. If you make it look good, and you have Chris Pratt, and you have Chris Pratt on a motorcycle riding with some velociraptors, people will see this movie. And is a chicken the only bird anyone knows? Have you never heard of the bearded vulture? Or eagles, and the fact that they attack BEARS? Even small birds are a formidable opponent to a person. And their feathers make them look magnificent, not stupid. In order to design crowd-pleasing dinosaurs, we don’t need to strip them of their feathers, we need designers who know what they’re doing. The blog paleoillustration reblogs excellent paleo art from capable artists, a game called Saurian is being developed that is using incredible artists such as grimchild to create the most accurate and beautiful dinosaurs possible, Emily Willoughby is excellent at using bird influences to make realistic feathered dinosaurs (including one of my favorite depictions of Microraptor!)— feathered dinosaurs do not look stupid. Even if they look stupid to you, that doesn’t stop them from existing, and perhaps you should immerse yourself in the world of feathered dinosaurs some more and get used to it, because they are here to stay. You aren’t getting Pluto back, and you aren’t getting your naked monsters back, either. When good scientists are presented with theories that disprove old theories, they don’t wallow in nostalgia, they accept it and move forward.
4. “Why do you even care so much, geez, it’s just a movie” Nothing is ever “just a movie”. Even if you think you aren’t, you are affected by what you see in movies. We tend to believe what we see in movies, even some of the ridiculous stuff. Movies can be an excellent way to present science to people in an easy to digest format, as we saw with JP1. Sure, the science was ridiculous, but it got people interested in actual dinosaurs. JP4 will be the only exposure most people have to dinosaurs— and it is decades behind. People will keep chuckling to themselves when I draw them a dinosaur with feathers, asking “haha so you buy into the feather theory?” as if it’s something a scientist posited in a fit of insanity, totally unsupported by evidence. When people keep seeing naked dinosaurs in pop culture, they assume that must be the accepted idea of what they looked like, or else it would be changed. So I have to make a stink, so I can get the word out that Paleontologists and even Junior Paleontologists absolutely do not support the current portrayal of dinosaurs in the media. This way, we can get more movies such as Dinosaur Island which I very much look forward to seeing, and Saurian which I very much look forward to playing.
And why does learning about accurate dinosaurs matter? Why should we want to learn about these weird bird/reptiles that died millions of years ago? Because learning about the world we live in is important. Just as we want to figure out how we fit into the universe, we want to figure out how we fit on our own planet, where we came from, our life history. This isn’t just a bunch of sheltered nerds sitting around saying “Well actually…” in a nasally voice, it’s an entire branch of science whose accomplishments are being ignored because a bunch of nostalgic 20-somethings are afraid of change and think “feathers look stupid, like a chicken”
All this being said, I am still going to see it the day it comes out, in the best seats in the house.
Your apolline verse fics are killing me omg 😭😭 any chance you'd write more?? 💕
Literally 30% of my time is spent on the Apolline verse, you unleashed the kraken :
Grantaire brought a tiny teeny kitten home one day, because it was alone, it was raining, he didn’t have the heart to leave it there. Apolline immediately fell in love with it, chasing the little creature around on her wobbly legs. She kept pursuing it everywhere, calling it “Nou”, since she couldn’t pronounce “minou” (aka kitty). They never gave the cat away. His name is now officially Nou.
Grantaire works from home, so he takes care of her during the day. Enjolras is SO envious, he keeps asking for pics and snapchats all the time!
Enjolras has great original fairytales, stories of destituted princes, of villages saved by ordinary heroes, of despotic kings brought to hell. But Grantaire has epic tales taken from Tolkien and Greek Mythology. He acts them out, taking her toys like props, casting Enjolras as an elf and himself as a dwarf. Bedtime always takes longer than it should, to be honest.
Enjolras got a minimalist lyre tattooed on his wrist to symbolise his daughter. Grantaire has her birthday in roman numerals, just under the hyacinth tattooed above on heart
If Enjolras has to go away for a week because of work, he’ll get cranky as hell. He’ll only light up but when he gets an unexpected call and hear a little voice : “Papa?”. He’ll tear up man. Don’t test him. He just loves his smol citizen so damn much.
Apolline once wanted to dress as a princess for Halloween. Enjolras didn’t have the heart to say no but put one condition : it had to be a badass princess. Well, he didn’t say badass because that’s a bad word, but the idea was there. She dressed as Merida, Cosette did her hair and she collabed with Jehan to make the dress.
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