Keladry of Mindelan watched Roald and Shinko dance with a small smile on her face. It was odd, to be at a fancy noble gala once more without refugees to distract her, not half-listening always for the sound of a trumpet or the run of a messenger. Just soft music, soft clothing, soft laughter. The war was over and for a time everyone wanted to celebrate. Kel could enjoy that easily.
Others began to join the dance. First young couples, like Neal and Yuki stepped across the floor with the prince and princess, but when Miles and his lady Elani swept across the floor even more joined in. A hand touched her arm and Kel looked up into the bright eyes of Uline of Hannalof, no- Uline HaMinch now.
Kel smiled and bowed. For this occasion she wore a dress, a loose gown made of green silk and embroidered gold leaves, but the instinct to curtsey had never been hers. “Lady Uline, it is always a pleasure to see you.” She said as she rose and Uline’s smile, already bright, grew larger. “The pleasure is all mine Lady Knight.” she replied, warmth in her voice.
"How are you? I have been hearing so many stories of your exploits. It always tickles me to know I met you as a page, and to know you would do wonderful things even then."
Kel felt a blush rise to her cheeks and she resisted the urge to rub the back of her neck, a habit she had pulled from her once knightmaster. “Thank you, really, all I have been doing is trying to keep up with what this war threw at us is all.”
Uline chuckled, “I had a feeling you would say something of the sort.”
Keladry decided a subject change was in order. “And how are you doing?” She asked instead of replying to the comment, which only drew a laugh from Uline. It was a musical sound.
"Oh I am doing well. I’ve settled in my new home, though truth to tell it is a little boring without the excitement of the Queen’s riders to draw me through the time while Kieran is away."
Keladry nodded. “Has he not come back from the north yet?”
Uline shook her head. “No…he still had things to finish up with his uncle, leaving me alone at this party with no one to dance with, and I do love to dance.” Suddenly an idea brightened her face and she looked to Kel.
"Would you like to dance?"
Kel blinked. “Yes, but-“
Uline didn’t let her finish, instead she put her arm on Kel and led her to the floor. “Then we should dance.”
The next song was starting up as Kel took up the leading position. People were watching them of course, and Kel could feel her cheeks heat up again. She wondered what she should do next, when she decided she didn’t care. In the Yamani Islands, women danced together all the time- in fact, some dances played at parties were for just women to dance too.
Also, it didn’t escape her that Uline was a wonderful partner to dance with. She was graceful and light and followed Kel’s lead with no effort. She also took pleasure in the soft russle their dresses made as they swept together in the steps.
They danced four dances together, continuing to talk and laugh as they moved through the steps and when at last Uline pulled back to the sidelines to get something to drink, she threw Kel a wink and said “that was quite fun. We should dance again sometime soon.” Kel replied with a smile, before going back to the spot she had stood before.
This time she felt a bit different. She was no longer content to watch all the dancers as before, instead she kept feeling her eyes being drawn to Uline in her soft peach gown and swept back curls. Her skin felt warmer, her chest a pinch too tight. Oh dear, she had felt this way before- hadn’t she?
She looked up as a thump sounded beside her, and raised her brows at Neal’s twinkling green eyes.
"Is the Page in you jealous that I got to dance with your once crush?" she asked as she folded her arms over her chest. Neal gave a crooked smile. "not as much as he is wondering if you caught the same fever he did." he drawled.
Kel raised eyebrows stayed in place as she watched her friend. “One dance isn’t enough to make me fall in love with anyone.”
"It was four."
"You are as bad as a court gossip, Sir Meathead."
he laughed at that but then looked to Uline. “it certainly would be an interesting development for you.”
"Interesting indeed, and if it were to develop, I would be sure to come to you for poetry lessons." her tone was as dry as his. He laughed and turned to respond when Yuki called him from across the room. Neal looked to her and then back to Kel.
"No, no poetry from me. Instead advice to maybe ask her for another dance." He winked and walked away. Kel shook her head and turned to look for Uline once more, who was now sitting with two glasses in front of her.
Keladry paused and then moved across the room to go and join her.
I FORGOT I HAD THIS KINDER EGG
I’M AMERICAN AND LOOK AT THIS CHOCOLATE MIRACLE
AND NOW THE SURPRISE, SHIT
I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS PRODUCT IS BANNED HERE, YOU SCREWED UP BIG TIME AMERICA
just once. just one day. please make the notes stop.
i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，CHAIR 椅子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
everyone should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAL CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).
- Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
- Star Wars (All of them)
- Lord of the Rings (All of them)
- Meet Joe Black
- Pride and Prejudice (1995)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- American Beauty
- The following classical musicals I’m combining into one giant, camp fun-fest: Singing in the Rain, An American in Paris, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Mulan. Also Camelot, which is less happy and camp, but I still have a lot of feelings for it. ^_^
1. The Godfather
2. Iron Man 3
5. Lion King (look at all these animated movies)
6. Pitch Perfect
7. Sound of Music
8. Legally Blonde
9. A Beautiful Mind
10. Xiao Ao Jiang Hu (2001 version) (Ok, I’m cheating, this is a series buuut it’s so good)
ADAM BROWN IS ALSO GOING TO DRAGONCON
SO WE HAVE JED BROPHY, BILLY BOYD, AND ADAM BROWN.
TWO DWARVES AND A HOBBIT… (and a nazgul and an orc and a rider of rohan, and good god Jed)