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July 29th, 2011


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03:34 pm
 SUP Y'ALL

going to take advantage of LJ's resurrection to post some X-men nonsense!

so I came out of the movie shipping Angel/Darwin a lot. Well, Angel/Darwin/Alex, to be more precise, but. Here is a relevant sketch.



Emma Frost fights polar bears and wins.



Raven....... wears a T-shirt that has a tiger on it because... I have an abominable sense of humor.



Aaaaand a brief crossover, HP/X-Men, featuring two lovely shapeshifters failing entirely to quite understand one another.

The thing about Tonks is she doesn’t look like anyone at all.

They’re in her bed, and Tonks has her head pillowed on Raven’s stomach in a way that makes Raven feel slightly sick and very good. Tonks is laughing, for no obvious reason.

“Where did you get that face?” says Raven, slowly; she feels as if she’s somehow underwater, the light of the lamp heavy but fragile on her bare shoulder.

Tonk turns her head, her smile curving into view like the bright side of the moon. “Learned it from my mother,” she says, easily, and for a moment her hair slides dark along the underside of Raven’s breasts.

Raven thinks of hours spent with Charles in the Xavier portrait gallery, one hand outstretched before her towards those features that recurred in paint and in the pale, ordinary face of the boy at her elbow, and says: “Did you learn it, or were you taught?”

Tonks blinks. “Both, I reckon.”

Raven says nothing.

Tonks rolls the rest of the way onto her side, reaching over to squeeze the scaleless inside of Raven’s arm. “It’s like- it’s like languages, right?” she says, her voice unusually gentle. “You don’t start out with anything, it’s all just ideas like hungry and cold and mum without any, you know, names. You pick up the symbols as you go. That was me, but with looks.”

Raven tips her head back, breaking eye contact, and nods, half at the ceiling. Tonks makes a frustrated sound.

“And you,” she says, “you’re every bit the polyglot I am, but you were born speaking blue.”

“That’s not,” says Raven, but Tonks lifts her fingers from Raven’s bicep to thumb the swell of Raven’s lip, and in that moment Raven still likes her far too much, so she touches her tongue to the flexible edge of Tonks’ nail.

It’s not, though. The resistance that develops in her cells after too long holding a shape she doesn’t own, maybe that’s like the tremor in an interpreter’s voice, but when Tonks changes there’s no tension at all: no slow ongoing translation.

It occurs to Raven that if Tonks died, right now, right here- if Erik called her and said one word and Raven took the gun from the bedside table while Tonks was sprawled and grinning and tracing the contours of her teeth and shot her in the small delicate head, Tonks would still look just like this, give or take a hole.

It doesn’t matter.

It could.

“Be me,” says Raven, indistinctly, lips closing around in a loose O around Tonks’ knuckle. She is still looking at the ceiling; she’s not sure, really, that she wants to see the silent spread of blue.

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From:possibly_thrice
Date:July 29th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
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GOOD QUESTION

I don't think it's ever specified!
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From:possibly_thrice
Date:July 29th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
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...No.
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From:possibly_thrice
Date:July 29th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
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/sadly observes your inevitable descent into the abyss

/washes hands.
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From:possibly_thrice
Date:July 29th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
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ksdjglskd oh no um there's a line in the First Class movie

where Magneto's all

"DO YOU EVER LOOK AT A TIGER"

"AND THINK YOU SHOULD COVER IT UP"

as part of his argument for why Mystique oughtn't wear clothes.

Magneto is kind of a dick, who knew.
From:browngirl
Date:July 30th, 2011 01:50 am (UTC)
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I really want to make an icon of Raven wearing the tiger tee.

Also, what a breathtaking tale. I love how they're not exactly the same at all.

(Yay art! I love the thought of Emma pwninng a polar bear. And Darwin looks a little terrified by Angel in quite intriguing ways.)
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From:possibly_thrice
Date:July 30th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
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If you make such an icon I must warn you I will steal it like a ninja.

You know. If ninjas... stole things. Maybe I mean pirate? Er.

Also, thank you! I REALLY LIKE SHAPESHIFTERS. In all their various breeds.

(I kind of want a story about Angel being scared out of her fucking wits by Darwin's murder, and vacillating between telling herself that she's going along with Shaw as much to avenge him as anything and believing that she's going along with Shaw because she has no other choice, and hating Alex, a little, for being so fucking stupid, and hating Darwin a little more, for trying to save her and not succeeding; and I want a story about Angel, after the movie, discovering Darwin's cogent dust, and being the one to persuade him back to life, possibly with the grudging assistance of Emma Frost. THAT IS WHAT I WANT. Among many other things.)
From:browngirl
Date:July 30th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)

Here's that story

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If you don't mind that it's from Mystique's POV, that is.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/228969
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From:possibly_thrice
Date:July 30th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
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Hey have I mentioned that I love your entire face.
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From:kayliemalinza
Date:July 30th, 2011 04:54 am (UTC)

Re: Here's that story

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HEY

HEY YOU

NETFLIX DOESN'T HAVE THE X-MEN MOVIES ON INSTANT PLAY BUT IT DOES HAVE THE 1992 AND 2000 ANIMATED SERIES

DO YOU HAVE THOUGHTS



P.S. THIS IS MOTIVATED BY THE PURE ARTISTIC IMPULSE TO EXPAND MY ~CULTURAL HORIZONS AND NOT AT ALL BY PETTY JEALOUSY THAT YOU AND THRICE ARE TALKING ABOUT THINGS WITHOUT ME
From:rubynye
Date:August 3rd, 2011 04:45 am (UTC)

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The Animated Series are not at all related to the movies. They are, however, fun all on their own.

Also, here is an X-Men:FC summary I have not read yet, but some of the authpr's other movie summaries are hilarious and worthwhile:

http://heydontjudgeme.com/2011/06/07/movie-recap-x-men-first-class/#more-684
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From:kayliemalinza
Date:August 4th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC)

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Ah, well, actually the movies mysteriously and completely legally appeared on my computer, so THAT'S SORTED. I watched them with Thrice on IM; it was PRETTY DANG FUN.

That summary is excellent, btw! Thanks for the link, and you should read it when you get the chance.
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From:rain_sleet_snow
Date:August 1st, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
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... Oh Tonks. And Raven. And Raven and Tonks.

I'm not sure which of them I feel sorrier for.
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From:kayliemalinza
Date:August 4th, 2011 07:58 am (UTC)

OH HEY I CAN READ THIS NOW

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It occurs to Raven that if Tonks died, right now, right here- if Erik called her and said one word and Raven took the gun from the bedside table while Tonks was sprawled and grinning and tracing the contours of her teeth and shot her in the small delicate head, Tonks would still look just like this, give or take a hole.

Yeah, that's. That's terrible and pretty neat. :P

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