I’m not sure what I just read but it was fucking fantastic.
Lightly altered Mark Twain.Tags: slithyt0ves
Whoo-oop! bow your neck and spread, for the kingdom of sorrow’s a-coming! Hold me down to the earth, for I feel my powers a-working! whoo-oop! I’m a child of sin, don’t let me get a start! Smoked glass, here, for all! Don’t attempt to look at me with the naked eye, gentlemen! When I’m playful I use the meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude for a seine, and drag the Atlantic Ocean for whales! I scratch my head with the lightning, and purr myself to sleep with the thunder! When I’m cold, I bile the Gulf of Mexico and bathe in it; when I’m hot I fan myself with an equinoctial storm; when I’m thirsty I reach up and suck a cloud dry like a sponge; when I range the earth hungry, famine follows in my tracks! Whoo-oop! Bow your neck and spread! I put my hand on the sun’s face and make it night in the earth; I bite a piece out of the moon and hurry the seasons; I shake myself and crumble the mountains! Contemplate me through leather - don’t use the naked eye! I’m the gal with a petrified heart and biler-iron bowels! The massacre of isolated communities is the pastime of my idle moments, the destruction of nationalities the serious business of my life! The boundless vastness of the great American desert is my enclosed property, and I bury my dead on my own premises! Whoo-oop! bow your neck and spread, for the pet child of calamity’s a-coming!Tags: Airy post
Do you ever sort of just wish feebly that something unexpected and nice would happen, but feel pretty sure that it won’t?Tags: Airy post kind of a blah day
I get the impression from anime and manga that it’s not unusual for Japanese girls to trim their own bangs in the bathroom mirror. (Both Kodocha and K-On! featured a storyline in which a girl is embarrassed because she accidentally cut her bangs too short on a day when she wants to look her best - in one case, the first day of middle school, in the other, school picture day.) Haircutting is symbolic because of the samurai custom of cutting off the topknot if dishonoured; this has filtered down into modern culture in a couple of different ways, with a girl getting a short haircut representing her determination to make a fresh start after the end of a relationship, or a boy shaving his head in penance for doing something wrong. (The author of Marmalade Boy featured both these tropes in her manga, and recalled in the epilogue notes that when she was in college, the men’s tennis team all had to shave their heads after losing an important tournament.) So there’s hair-cutting stuff in Japanese culture that is different from in my culture, but I’m prepared to bet that we have this in common: getting your hair cut professionally, at a good place where they listen to your instructions and understand how to work with your cowlicks and so on, can be flipping expensive.
So anyway. Because I see Makoto as having to budget carefully, because in my head she lives on an allowance from a trust fund set up in her parents’ wills, I don’t think she can afford to go to the salon. She does love fashion, we know that, but she makes and mends a lot of her own clothes, in my imagination, and she cuts her own hair, carefully trimming her bangs and any split ends she may get. Because Mako is a gentle, friendly person who loves children, she’s friends with all the little kids in her apartment building, who see her as a cool big sister who makes bullies run away and shares excellent after-school baking, and at least one little girl said ‘Mako-nee-chan, will you do my hair like yours?’ At first this just meant putting their hair in a high ponytail, but then they wanted their bangs cut like hers too. Then some of the little boys started getting envious and grumpy because the girls were getting something special from Mako-nee-chan that they didn’t get, and Mako ran some numbers in her head, went down to the little old beauty supply shop run by a tiny old blue-permed lady, and bought a home hairdresser’s kit, with scissors, a plastic cape and adjustable electric clippers.
Now she cuts the whole building’s kids’ hair, cheaper than the local barber or family salon, they don’t whine about going to Makoto to get their hair cut, and the extra money has paid for both the hairdresser’s kit and a trip to a real hairdresser’s for Mako herself (she asked Michiru to recommend a good one, and Michiru had the tact to name one who was good but also moderately priced).
Rei has offered her twice her usual fee to cut Yuuichirou’s hair while he sleeps, but this would be against Mako’s professional standards, not to mention her sense of honour.Tags: Airy post Sailor Moon headcanon Sailor Jupiter Makoto Kino Kino Makoto
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