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From today's DE, it's time for the ask-my-characters meme again!

Ask a character a question, any question, and they HAVE to answer completely honestly. Have to. It's the meme rule. Even if they'd normally lie, they suddenly have been hit with a truth serum of some kind and must tell the truth. Bwaha.

River Tam ([livejournal.com profile] river_meimei)
Lan Mandragoran ([livejournal.com profile] taishar_malkier)
Trowa Barton ([livejournal.com profile] 3nanashi)
Regan Tam ([livejournal.com profile] regan_tam)
Piotr Rasputin ([livejournal.com profile] steelartisan)
Honey ([livejournal.com profile] letmeeat_cake)
Edel ([livejournal.com profile] authorsbypass)

You can also ask about Uzura or any of my past characters, if you want, but I reserve the right to wimp out if I need to. (Past characters, for reference: Will Stanton, Alain Johns, Edmund Pevensie, A-ko the Shadow Girl if you really want.)

To River. Of course.

Date: 2009-08-20 02:21 pm (UTC)
tobeclosetohim: (Just Jo)
From: [personal profile] tobeclosetohim

What d' you say?

Re: To River. Of course.

Date: 2009-08-20 06:05 pm (UTC)
genarti: River from Firefly smiling. ([ff] she's so bright)
From: [personal profile] genarti
Hi. :D

Date: 2009-08-20 05:48 pm (UTC)
aberration: Pabu from LoK taking a nap next to an old-fashioned radio. (and she had no fear)
From: [personal profile] aberration
Not really IC, but I wouldn't mind River's end of the 'what your character thinks of my character' thing for Elle?

Date: 2009-08-20 07:55 pm (UTC)
genarti: River from Firefly on the catwalk's railings, with text "strange little girl" ([ff] strange little girl)
From: [personal profile] genarti
Oooh. Sure!

River's feelings here are, unsurprisingly enough, complicated.

The first major aspect is empathy, with a lot of compassion and identifying mixed in. Being a student at the Academy and being a daughter of the Company aren't the same thing, of course, but they're absolutely close enough for River to identify with Elle. She's frustrated on Elle's behalf, and angry at the Company, and she wants Elle to get out of there; she's frustrated at Elle for not being ready to do so, even though she also knows it's not that easy and that it's all Elle's ever known, which is a lot different than River's situation was.

The other big dimension of this is a certain wariness. Elle likes to hurt people. Being able to inflict lots of damage doesn't bother River -- lots of her friends are really dangerous! -- but enjoying it for its own sake and without qualms does. She wants Elle to be free, but she's also aware that Elle on her own would not necessarily be a good person. So she's always got half an eye on her, kind of. Is Elle, when she's not being used and controlled by other people, going to turn into someone who goes around hurting bystanders for fun or profit? If that goes far enough, even someone River would have to get rid of (one way or another) for innocent people's sake? (This says nothing about whether River could, logistically speaking, but she has a pretty wide-ranging sense of her responsibilities in life. Elle's path and hers have crossed enough for that, and also this is the flip side of that identification I mentioned above.)


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