E: Etymology. I love knowing where words come from and why English ended up being the strange creature it is today.
V: Vacations. It means I don’t have to work.
X: Xcolatl, by which I mean chocolate.
Z: Zoos. I really enjoy the zoo (so long as the location is a good one and the animals are being cared for and treated properly). I don’t like Brookfield as much because the habitats are very… …concrete. But Zoo Atlanta was pretty awesome.
My first thought was ice cream. Ice cream’s amazing, especially if it’s mint chocolate chip or Americone Dream. Mmmm.
I was tagged by truncated-symphony!
Nickname: Sapphire, Sapphy, Scooter Johnson (but only to one coworker)
Birthday: January 23
Sexuality: Absolutely pansexual. If you’re pretty, it don’t matter where you fall on the gender spectrum.
Height: 5’1”! 5’2” with shoes maybe!
Time Zone: CST, baby.
Time and date: 12:47pm on September 1
Average hours of sleep I get each night: Probably around 4-6, to be quite honest. If it’s the weekend, sometimes upwards of 12. I need to even this out severely so it’s a good 7 hours or so all around.
The last thing I Googled was: “hot legs bubblegum crisis” It’s a bar from an anime.
My most used phrase(s): “Oh snap!” “Your face.” …I’m a mature adult.
First word that comes to mind: Spaghetti. Looks like I know what I’m making for lunch.
What I last said to a family member: I honestly don’t know. In-person, I don’t remember because it’s been too long. Next question.
One place that makes me happy: Well, it WAS Caribou Coffee, except the last one closed yesterday to make way for Peet’s. So instead I’ll have to go with here, at the table in the living room, typing away.
How I sleep: Like a motherfucking blanket tornado. I will rip the blankets from the bed and twist them around until all is comfortable and destroyed.
Favorite beverage: Probably Coke.
The last movie I watched in the cinema: The 1998 Godzilla, as done by Rifftrax.
Three things I can’t live without: A device with access to the internet, good friends that understand my quirks, and RPGs
Something I plan on learning: How to be less awkward on a social basis
A piece of advice for all my followers: You’re not perfect. I’m not perfect. Nobody is perfect. Treasure the things you do well and the things you enjoy doing (whether you do them well or not). Take pride and joy in the little things, the inconsequential.
You all have to listen to this: http://youtu.be/n5scparvQWE It’s Baba Yetu covered by Peter Hollens and Malukah. It’s fuckin’ beautiful.
I wrote about 2,000 words tonight. That’s pretty good of me considering it’s not even November.
Now I’m gonna go collapse and go to bed.
the fact that there have no leaked nudes in my dashboard proves that i’m following the right people
1. What is one thing others might find intolerable about them?
She presents herself as a sort of full-of-herself know-it-all. She’s got the confidence in her abilities, but doesn’t know how to present that confidence in an entirely socially acceptable way.
2. Do they have any annoying quirks? If so, what are they?
Kestrel tends to chew with her mouth open a lot. It’s also likely she snores, but she’s never heard herself snoring, so she’ll deny it.
She also swears. A lot.
3. Name one or more of their bad habits.
More or less her quirks are also her bad habits. They sort of go hand-in-hand.
5. What is one thing they do that can negatively affect their relationship with friends?
To be honest, Kestrel doesn’t have a lot of close friends. The people she runs with only seem to tolerate her, and she’s reluctant to get any closer with any of them. She knows all too well that runners don’t tend to lead the longest lives.
6. Their romantic relationships?
Kestrel tends to get pretty clingy, which has driven away a lot of potential relationships just as they’d gotten started. She tends to try and cross lines earlier than anticipated, which flies well in the face of some but not so well with others. Since she doesn’t have a lot of friends, her girlfriends (and, once, a boyfriend, but that didn’t last long) become her main social outlet, and that ends up being too much too soon.
7. What is the biggest mistake they’ve ever made?
The biggest? Strictly speaking, running away from home. Her parents were inattentive but not abusive, and she could have easily kept on with her schooling and gone to a (fully funded by mom and dad) college and likely she would have made something out of herself. By staying at home it could have saved her the years spent freezing and starving on Seattle’s streets. She likely would have not spent three years of her life in jail, and had she stayed at home her life would have most likely been much longer.
Shadowrunning makes for dangerous bedfellows, and even at her most careful, it’s unlikely she’ll live to see 40.
8. What mistake(s) do they continue to make/have not learned from?
One of these days, Kestrel will learn to invest in a mask or proper disguise to keep herself from being spotted and caught on a job. She’s been lucky so far, but luck only goes so far.
9. Name some of their major physical shortcomings.
She is pretty damned short for an elf, coming in at a tiny 5’2”.
10. Some of their emotional shortcomings?
She’s a bit of a firecracker. She lives for the moment and tends to get caught up and lost in it.
11. What are their intellectual shortcomings?
Her confidence is king and she’ll try to rely on it as much as possible, but when it comes to upper-class etiquette and knowledge, she’s a fish out of water. She’ll dress the part and she does in fact look snazzy in the expensive tailored suit she owns, but acting the part is something else entirely. She’d much rather discuss B-list movies and bands than Vonnegut and politics.
12. At least one thing that they tend to overreact to.
Kestrel’s quick to snap back at someone who calls her stupid or treats her like an idiot. Ever since the first Matrix crash left her reading and writing abilities stunted (via a seizure-induced stroke that left written language looking like gibberish), she’s been very sensitive of criticism, even of the perceived kind. She works hard to earn her place in the world and to try and garner as much respect as possible, and any attempts to cut her down a notch are treated with hostility and sometimes even violence.
13. In what ways might they be overly negative and/or pessimistic?
This tends to extent primarily to other people’s abilities. If they’ve shown incompetence before in an area, she won’t trust them again there (even if the incompetence was only perceived and not actually their fault). It can make her a bit hard to work with sometimes.
15. How might they be ignorant or prejudiced?
Again, politics are not her forte and she is woefully ignorant on the matter. Legally speaking, she could vote since she’s a SINner, but she’s never gone up to the polls. She claims to not be prejudiced, however she likely doesn’t treat trolls as well as she would other metahumans in the same situation.
16. Do they have any behaviors and/or beliefs that cannot be adequately justified?
Although Kestrel claims to work with a code of honor, she’s still a pretty brutal murderer. She tries to see herself as the “good guy” because seeing herself any other way would be too hard. She tries to help the people who started out on the streets like her, yet at the same time she’ll turn around and murder someone in cold blood just because a job was paying well and had it on the dossier.
She’s cut someone’s head off with a mini-welder while they were unconscious, for Christ’s sake, and then left the body in an alley with a cardboard sign reading, “Trying to get ahead in life.” She’s a bit fucked up.
17. When would they be too judgmental of someone or something?
Kestrel judges pretty hard on appearances. She’s not particularly prejudiced against any specific type of metahuman, but dress like a slob and she’ll treat you like one even if you’ve flashed a billfold full of cashy-money.
19. Is there anything they refuse to budge on? What are they stubborn about?
If she thinks she’s got a good idea or plan, she’ll pursue it and argue for it even if other people try to dismiss it.
20. What is a self-inflicted misery of theirs? (i.e. something they perpetuate themselves)
Honestly, Kestrel could easily get herself a rather swanky apartment at this point, and she could even quit her job at the Brunchoreum without damaging her income. Shadowrunning’s become a pretty sweet gig. At the same time, she still works her 10 hours a week (sometimes upped to 15 or even 20), hate it to death, and she’ll still sleep in her shithole of an apartment because she thinks she has to.
She’s almost got enough stowed away to buy a house in the Barrens of her very own, anyway.
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS SCENE
OK, so this scene wasn’t originally scripted. RTD added it into the script based on Bernard Cribbins’ experience of the war.
Bernard Cribbins fought in World War Two
Bernard Cribbins never killed a man
And Bernard Cribbins is incredibly proud of that.
AND IN THAT MOMENT I LOVED WILFRED MOTT’S CHARACTER EVEN MORE!!
4: Any addictions?
Kestrel’s record with drugs and alcohol is pretty clean. She’s tried various drugs out of curiosity (deepweed made her sick and cram left her jittery for a week), but seeing other people fall into the chasm of addiction has kept her from doing anything more than experimenting. She is fairly addicted to fast food, though, although addiction’s a strong word for it.
14: Anything they’re too optimistic about? Romance and relationships, really. She has a habit to get super involved super quickly, which has led to her trusting her partners more than she should at times. She’s only had a handful of serious partners (Olivia and Ophidian being the top two), both of whom she’s given her real, legal name to. That’s something she doesn’t tend to give out freely, especially considering the fact that her SIN is linked to a past jail sentence AND she does shadowrunning on the side. She’s had quite a few shorter flings lasting a month or two at most, and in the past found it left her with things missing from her apartment, a motorcycle stolen (in one incident), and such monetary/tangible losses.
18: Are they a pushover about anything? How? Related to the above question, Kestrel’s a pushover when it comes to pretty girls. She’ll curb the flirting if she’s already involved with someone or (usually) if she’s on a job, but generally she can be pretty smitten around someone she considers physically and mentally attractive.