Harry looked upward and saw a velvety black ceiling dotted with stars. He heard Hermione whisper, “Its bewitched to look like the sky outside. I read about it in Hogwarts, A History.” It was hard to believe there was a ceiling there at all, and that the Great Hall didn’t simply open on to the heavens.
I saw a post about introverted humans in Space and thought of this scenario:
Can you imagine the
aliens bringing human companions on board and all of them are boisterous
and loud and spilling their pack-bonding everywhere, except one?
the humans whisper, and the aliens are confused because sweet stars, is
it ill? Is it deficient? Is it going to die? Worse: is it going to get
them all killed?
But, no. It speaks. Quietly and only when
necessary, but it performs the formal greeting of “Friend” when crossing
paths with crewmates, and answers all questions. It attends all
meetings and functions and engagements, but it sits off to the side,
sometimes reading, sometimes participating, sometimes observing. This
observing causes some alarm among the aliens because is it hunting? Are
It even hides in the ventilation shafts - “For peace and quiet,” it says, when asked.
Queries are posed to the other humans: “What is “introvert”? Is it remedial? Will it infect us?“
“No,” the humans respond. “It’s normal. It’s just a trait some humans have. You’re perfectly safe.”
So the aliens continue on but it’s no unknown fact that everyone has a set of eyes on the introvert.
aren’t uncommon in these nebulae. They take anything of value: momentos, tech, food, and crew. Humans are a popular trade item
on black markets - as companions, as toys, as food - and are literally
worth their weight in credits.
The crew is subdued quickly, and
the roster produced. The aliens fear for their humans, all eleven of
them. But wait. Where’s the introvert?
It’s missing, and the pirate captain sends out five of his biggest to recover it.
five don’t even make it to the cargo bay doors before the lights shut
off. Bad news for the pirates who have bio-luminescent markings on their
hides, particularly around their bare heads.
The glare of a fired
photon pistol is their only warning. The number of glares matches the
number of pirates, no more, no less. And when the lights come back up,
there’s the introvert, sliding out of the ventilation shaft to stand in a
lake of bio-luminescent blood with a supernova burning in its eyes.
It smiles at them and murmurs, “Friends” in its usual quiet tone as it cuts the captain free.
There is nothing but stunned awe as each crewmate greets in reply, “Friend.”
No, there truly is nothing wrong with their introverted human whose designation is Danielle, and even if there were, no one would change it. They very much like Danielle the way she is.
a magical baby-finder what can tell Anakin Skywalker who his children are.
/BANGS ONE MILLION POTS AND PANS
WORK THAT WAY
Darth Vader doesn’t know who Luke is until he’s told the name of the Force sensitive pilot who destroyed the Death Star. He couldn’t even sense Luke until Luke actually used the Force in the Death Star trench. Untrained Force sensitives do not go PING PING PING on your handy dandy Force Radar, even less the “magical relationship and baby-finder” extra app that doesn’t exist.
Darth Vader can’t tell that Leia is his daughter because she isn’t trained and thus doesn’t ping in the Force and they have no personal relationship and Vader… doesn’t know who she is to him.
Darth Vader can’t tell Luke is his son before he’s told his name. Their handy dandy telepathic connection? Does not come into existence until AFTER Luke has been told who Vader is and thus is as aware of Vader (and who/what he is) and there’s enough of something like a “relationship” for the Force to ping off on.
The Force, friends, droids, galactic citizens of the Republic and Empire and various sundry criminal elements and Hutts,
“You could rattle the stars,“ she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.” // “Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.”