Everyone keeps asking about Bendy and Susan or Bendy and Henry, but what about Bendy and Darlene? What's THEIR relationship like? How do they feel about each other? Please tell me Darlene is the"Nani" character in this au!😄
She is 100% the Nani, mixed with the mom from Iron Giant.
Darlene is actually fairly wary of Bendy, compared to her older brother and baby girl. There’s a living?? Cartoon?? DEMON??? And your first instinct is to shrug it off and take it home???? Henry what the fuck.
She obviously isn’t told the full story, but Henry’s utter chill and the fact Bendy is NERVOUS AS HELL when she’s first being talked to get her to squint, sigh, and then roll out the cot.
Compared to the rest of the town, she is still inordinately chill, and mostly treats him like a foster child with a known criminal record– gently and kindly, but with a bit of squinting.
Bendy, for his part, is kind of nervous– that lady has sharp eyes– but… she always looks so tired. So he usually ends up doing his best to try to make her smile, from bad jokes to little dance routines, which actually do work and result in her slowly being equally as chill and “this is my kid now” as Henry.
It is exactly as cute as you think it is.
On a more plot-related note, she breaks someone’s nose defending him once, but why is getting into spoilers.
I read your Winter Soldier analysis, and I have a question : you say that "There’s a reason his code name is drawn from an investigation into one of the ugliest chapters of American history." Please help a non-American understand what you meant? I mean I obviously see the Cold War reference in the movie, but from what you've written it seems like something more subtle *within* the Cold War... shit, I mean just "Cold War" seems too evident and I can't find the deeper meaning?
Oh gosh, don’t feel bad, there are plenty of Americans who have never even heard of this.
The Winter Soldier Investigation was a 1971 veteran-organized media event intended to draw attention to the war crimes that had taken place in Vietnam. Directly inspired by the exposure of the My Lai Massacre (the mass murder of over five hundred unarmed civilians by American troops) in 1969, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) brought together discharged servicemen from every branch of the military to discuss the atrocities they had seen and committed during their time in the war. They hoped bring these tragedies before the public eye, and to prove that American military policies led directly to the death and torment of civilians. Eventually a transcript from this conference made its way before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Fullbright Hearings.
When Ed Brubaker, the author who wrote the original Winter Soldier arc, chose the name, he wanted something that would call up both cold Siberian winters and the atrocities of war. This fit the bill.
But the term itself, the idea of “winter soldiers”, was coined by VVAW as a response to the writings of Thomas Paine, who described the men who deserted at Valley Forge during the American Revolution:
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
A winter soldier is someone who will warm their hands over a meager fire and weather the cold. Someone who refuses to abandon their country and its potential, no matter what the personal cost.
So how’s that for a weird little twist? According to Thomas Paine—activist, political philosopher, and revolutionary—the real winter soldier is Captain America.
I don't get why people against wars still celebrate Veterans Day. If you're against, say, the Iraq War, why should you thank the veterans of it for their service? Shouldn't you frown on them instead?
Veterans aren’t actually the people who decided to go to war. They’re just the people who were stuck having to do it. Harassing a random veteran over a war you oppose is like yelling at a minimum-wage cashier because Wal-Mart’s business practices are unfair.
Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., a veteran fighter pilot, runs the air war against ISIS from the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC, pronounced “KAY-ock”) at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, a sandy peninsula adjacent to Saudi Arabia that juts 100 miles north into the Persian Gulf.
NOTE: Easy knowing I have been watching WAY too much GoT.
Loki stared at the bed, not twenty four hours ago you had been curled against him in it, your head against his chest, above his heart; you had been under him, giving him every last part of you as he showed you how much he loved you. And now you were gone. He did not know if he would ever get to lay you to rest, he prayed to the Norn’s he would, he would give everything he had to just find you.
He walked over to the bed and took the pillow you had rested on, holding it to his nose, he inhaled, sure enough, the citrus scent of your soaps were on it. He inhaled deeply again, trying to keep the scent strong in his nose. When he ceased, he knew he was not alone. “I do not require anything Wilhelm.” He stated, barely looking behind him.
“She lives.” Loki spun around. “Thor has been sent to Alfheim after her, the Allfather fears you will be too emotional.”
Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto is King of Genosha, forty-three and the veteran of countless wars against the British Empire.
Charles Xavier is his younger by two decades husband, in a marriage arranged by the King of England as part of the long awaited peace treaty between their two kingdoms.
Logan Howlett is Charles’ long time friend and bodyguard, in a secret love affair with the newly married Prince Consort.
Rating: Explicit Pairings: Cherik, Xavierine
I haven’t done one of these in a while! Here’s a pretty set of images for my Powered Regency AU, chock full of all my favorite tropes - arranged marriage, age difference, a secret relationship and a (soon to be) torrid love triangle…
It’s not okay to use my military service to treat people badly
I just realized I went on two different diatribes about this in what, three days? A week? Something like that. So, since I’ve had my long angry rants, I figured I’d explain why exactly this isn’t okay.
Because it’s not. It’s not okay, and it’s deeply disrespectful, to use military service as a way to mistreat others. So far I’ve seen it in relation to Caitlyn Jenner’s transition and black people protesting. Not cool, guys.
So, in no particular order, here’s why it’s not okay to appropriate my service:
I have never met a veteran or servicemember who wanted to be called a hero. I’m not a fucking hero, I was doing my job. Don’t patronize me.
In addition, civilians do this weird thing where they love the idea of the military and how heroic we are, but their admiration is conditional. As long as we’re fighting. As long as we present as what they think a soldier should be. As long as we’re not homeless. As long as we’re not damaged in a way they think is “acceptable” (that means no PTSD, no uncontrollable fits of rage, no huge swaths of burnt skin and missing limbs, nothing that can’t be treated by wishful thinking). So calling us heroes can feel like a slap in the face or a knife in the back, since we know you don’t care about us.
We get magically removed from realm of “hero” as soon as we need anything. Such as, say, help getting a job or reintegrating with the civilian world or mental health treatment.
Taking on the mantle of hero feels weird anyway, because most people I know don’t get to the point of “hero” by the military’s standards. I’m not Audie Murphey, I didn’t jump on a grenade to save my squad. I worked on helicopters. Thanks for making me feel like a shitbag, I really appreciate all that guilt!
Also, I didn’t join up to serve my country or be heroic or whatever. I joined up to go to college. MOST people join up for economic reasons.
If you want to use military service to mistreat people, join up and get your own. Don’t drag me into your racism.
You don’t see me using my service to prove some bullshit theoretical point. Why the hell would you use it?
I am not an idea. I’m a person. If you don’t care about me, personally, don’t you fucking dare use the idea of me.
It’s possible to care about more than one thing at a time. In the case of Jenner, you could argue that she’s heroic or not, I don’t care. But her being out and trans doesn’t actually impact me or diminish me. Trans kids aren’t looking up to me; I’m a cisgender veteran, why would they? If you want to talk about trans people, don’t talk about the military. If you want to talk about the military, don’t talk about trans people (unless you’re talking about trans people in the military or something, then you can).
If you’re using me to argue that black people are subhuman and have no right to protest an unjust and frequently lethal legal system, you can just fuck off, I have nothing to say to you.
The people who are appropriating my service are acting like they’re doing me a favor, but they’re not. “Why can’t we focus on the real heroes???” How about you get off my dick. You’re not helping me by being a snide little douchbag. These people don’t vote in Senators that fund the VA, give money to or volunteer with veteran charities, vote against us being in continual war or make an effort to hire veterans. In other words, as long as they can pretend they’re helpful, they feel no need to actually do anything.
The military fucked me. My knee is a wreck and I’m damaged psychologically in ways that are probably never going to heal. I don’t see anyone worry about that when they appropriate my past.
I don’t actually want the hero worship. I associate it most strongly with people who are conservative, racist, sexist assholes. The kind of people, in fact, who are the worst when it comes to “I’ll put on a show of loving you when you’re fighting, gonna totally forget about you when you’re not.”
headcanon time because I’m very attached to kira nerys being a lesbian and I gotta fix canon:
as we all know, going the “secret sexual tension” route instead of the “canon happy poly family” route with kira and miles was A Mistake BUT I like to think that kira is just really, really terrible at knowing when she’s genuinely attracted to people. (am I projecting? yes. am I going to believe it anyway? also yes.) like she /likes/ miles - he’s gruff and no-nonsense and imminently practical in much the same way that she is. they’ve both been Through Some Shit and while miles’s manner of Dealing with it is fundamentally different from hers (he uh doesn’t), they’re both the sort of people that would enjoy siting in Quark’s together with a drink and not talking for a solid 20 minutes. they’re both scarred veterans of war, against the same enemy even, who have been forced to come to terms with the fact that the galaxy has many more shades of gray than they’d like to admit.
she’s already carrying his baby when it turns out that miles gives great massages and is generally pretty physically affectionate and she thinks “oh. I must be attracted to him.” no darling. no you aren’t. (for his part, miles /is/ attracted to kira exactly as he thinks he is because a. he’s attracted to women and b. nana visitor but despite the fact that miles is sometimes a clod he is perfectly capable of having female friends and if kira told him she wasn’t interested he wouldn’t be weird or gross about it and besides, he genuinely likes kira for all the reasons mentioned above).