8FOLD: Darkhorse # 6, "Colder Day By Day"

Tom Russell joltcity at gmail.com
Tue Jul 5 15:01:39 PDT 2016

On Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 3:03:25 PM UTC-4, Drew Perron wrote:
> On 7/4/2016 9:46 PM, Tom Russell wrote:
> > On Monday, July 4, 2016 at 7:48:40 PM UTC-4, Drew Perron wrote:
> >> On 6/12/2016 10:12 AM, Tom Russell wrote:
> <snop>
> >>>    "Melody," says Medusa, "are you going to tell her? She should know
> >>> what's at stake. It's her life. Her body."
> >>>    At super-speed: "No, she'll just wig out. We don't need that drama
> >>> slowing us down."
> >>
> >
> Heeheehee
> >Cal's lack of agency at this point in the story is very much on purpose (and
>  > very frustrating for her!).
> Oh, I could tell it was a Theme. :D
>  > It's important to her that she gets to be who she wants to be (once she
>  > figures out who that is), and that she gets to make meaningful choices about
>  > her own life. And she feels that she's never really been allowed to. She's
>  > right to a point-- certainly recently, from her shrinking on, her agency has
>  > been quite literally diminished. But she also has the larger sense that from
>  > her childhood on she hasn't been allowed the same freedom that, say, Melody
>  > or Kate has.
> Yeah, I get the feeling that, while Kate's been raising her, she's been a bit 
> overprotective - though I don't think we really got to see that in detail?

I think you're right on that to a degree. There's also the fact that Kate knows "what to do" with Simon, whose personality is much closer to hers than Cal's is. And...

> It feels like she's the type of person who needs a lot more exploration to find 
> what she wants in life, and the people who don't need that don't realize that it 
> *is* a real need, rather than Just A Phase.

...This, this, a thousand times this.

> Yeah, but Kate's suggestion is way better, for all the reasons she details, and 
> it's clear that his judgment is impaired by a perceived need to protect people 
> from their own decisions, which is why I say again, AGENCY >:I

Fair point. And, also, Derek's probably the sort to overestimate the value of his girlfriend over Kate.
> Drew "Agency of SHIELD" Perron


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