[ტ] The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
☑ The Princess Bride
Our little entourage follows some excited, official looking kappa to a large building 5 cavern-sections away from the concert hall.
We stock up on food What a pity, no paytza this time?
and eat eat eat. Some of the kappa are passing out little pieces of paper. Apparently it's some kind of Outside history lesson, or something.
"What's this for?"
"Oh, that's for the movies tonight. They, uh might be a little confusing if you don't know some of the situations they're set up in, and, um... Well, it's mostly all in there."
I have a seat and begin to read while munching on rectangular crackers made by miniature wrinkled old men in trees, assuming the drawing on the box is one of the bakers, or something.
Apparently one man got twitchy about a lot of other people and started rounding them up and killing them.
I feel a little sorry for outsiders. No danmaku, no peaceful solutions?
...That doesn't really stop broken people from being broken. Or breaking others.
I speak from experience, after all.
So apparently lots of people took issue with this and tried getting out of there.
...is that all?
They're not even going to tell how it ended?
The next section is shorter.
There's someone next to me.
It's mostly a list of terms, and a few events. Some kind of war was happening, again. It takes place long before the first movie, but was made after.
...I was probably alive when both of this things were happening.
I turn the page over, and there's a small "ah!" from behind me.
I turn around, and a long lock of red hair brushes over my nose.
Orange smiles at me.
"Sorry, did I spook you?" No.
"I hadn't finished reading yet. I didn't me--"
I smile back.
"Hey, it's fine. Keep reading."
I'm content to sit still while she reads.
I'm conscious, now, of her presence (not uncomfortable at all), her breathing (gentle, even, measured), her scent (like the smell of a kitchen).
After a while: "Heehee. Okay, all done, now."
Turning the paper over reveals nothing.
Hmm. It seems it's going to start soon.
The two of us gather more food before heading into this "theater."
It looks like the concert hall, but smaller, and more square, rather than fan-like. Also instead of singers, there's a big, flat, dim white wall.
Ceiling lights go down, wall lights up.
And so the movies begin.
I don't think I took too much away from the first movie. It was sort of nice, and the way the kappa were talking about it, it was some kind of important classic. I still didn't understand a number of things about it, but I was able to pick up some of it from context.
The one thing I remember the most is when the man Rick is drunk and grumbling. 'Of all the gin joints in all the world, she had to walk into mine.'
It struck me as sort of funny, and I looked over at the citrus princess next to me.
Just as she turned to look at me.
There was a little pause, and then we were both giggling hard enough to have a few of the kappa shoot us a glare. Pinkblue Madness threw some kind of small candy at us. I know it was her because a 'thwap' resounded a moment later and Black Hand of Slap Earning her name once again?
hissed "Don't do that, Merlin!"
At some point before the end of the movie, I realized her hand had found its way into mine.
eeeee hee hee hee hee hee~ get excited and hormonal later, i'm trying to watch this
she's holding my haaand~ i can tell she's holding my hand~ ...i know
i just wanted to make sure you did~ if only i had a life that i could voluntarily end
The second movie starts.
It's oh so very, very long, and yet.
I notice White Opening, down a row or two from us, staring at the screen as if enchanted.
Whenever "Blondie" shoots the rope, she twitches and grins madly.
Actually, whenever he shoots someone at all. But the rope especially.
Must be a favorite of hers.
Orange seems to have fallen asleep during this, and I don't blame her. I guess it's not for everyone.
She's leaning against me, so yes. Blaming her is out of the question.
I'm glad Gensokyo doesn't have a desert.
Not one that I know of, anyway. There might be one in Elsewhere, though. I wouldn't doubt Down Under in the Bad Place has a few. It looks like the sort of thing they specialize in.
Either way, I'm just glad I don't have to run the risk of crossing one.
The friendship of the two characters is very, very odd. Backstab, smile, lie, reality, helping out. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The end has me-- ha ha --on edge.
I sigh in relief as the man screams his final epithets at Blondie, and then the movie is over.
Oh, break time?
"Mmm? Oh, hi Kabuki..."
Bleary, blinking beautiful red eyes.
"There's an intersomething before the last movie, they said. Do you want anything?"
"Mm? Oh, sure. Can you bring me back some of those devil eggs and the salami-cucumber sandwiches?"
"If my princess commands it."
and a giggle.
"You can be such a damn show-off, you know that? Now get going, minion!"
I snicker as well, and take my leave.
Normal lights, but they seem bright.
Time for the mighty hunter-gatherer to go to work.
[ ] I must feed first, in order to carry out her wishes
[ ] FOR THE QUEEN
A few thoughts:
-I hope I didn't screw this one up too much. I feel sort of okay with it, so that can't be a good sign.
-Would probably have replaced Princess Bride with Munchausen if it hadn't meant another few hours taken up.
-I'm so goddamn glad I watched The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly before the first two movies. I don't think I'd have been nearly as eager to keep watching them otherwise. >>102643
...And? You say that like it's an uncommon thing to like that movie. Who doesn't