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Dave Strider ([personal profile] ironicoolly) wrote in [community profile] souljammed2016-12-26 12:12 pm



1. post with your characters
2. respond to other people's characters with your characters
3. they tell you in detail what their character thinks of your character, ic or ooc! tl;dr is enouraged. don't have much/any cr? respond anyway, make magic happen!
4. then you react if you want!
5. other people do the same thing to you! maybe you can harvest your tl;dr to use in a cr chart later!

(shamelessly stolen from other people)
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[personal profile] pugilize 2016-12-26 09:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Gee, I wonder what Jimmy Hopkins could think of Gary.

...Okay no, it's actually kind of complicated, even if Jimmy will insist that it can be summed up with, "Gary sucks and needs his face beaten in."

Gary was Jimmy's first friend at Bullworth. For everything about Gary that aggravated Jimmy, that fact really did mean a lot to him. Gary could have been like everyone else Jimmy had met up to that point; he could've tried to make Jimmy's life miserable. He could've flung rocks at him, or actively antagonized him, or tried to beat him up. From the way Jimmy talks to Gary when Gary first addresses him, it's clear that that's what Jimmy had been expecting Gary to do.

But Gary doesn't do any of that. Instead, he explains how things work in Bullworth, shows Jimmy around, and offers him friendship - at a time when everyone else was just trying to make him miserable. And beyond that, at a time when everyone was dismissing him as just "fresh meat" or treating him like he was beneath their notice, Gary saw potential in Jimmy. That meant something to Jimmy, even if Gary is a dick who takes jokes way too far sometimes and his plots often get Jimmy into trouble with the school staff. That's the reason Jimmy is willing to go along with the crazy ideas that Gary throws at him.

Jimmy has to admit, too, that Gary is pretty fun to be around. His pranks are mean, but they're funny. They make him laugh, and sometimes they're carried out on people whom Jimmy happens to dislike. If there's one thing Jimmy is a stickler for, it's giving people "what's coming to them." This means that Jimmy enjoys seeing bad things happening to bad people, and he enjoys being the vehicle for those bad things to happen. That's part of the reason Jimmy carries Gary's pranks out so willingly. This also means that Jimmy can appreciate Gary's brutal honesty, too. He'll stop Gary when Gary goes too far, but he can't say he cares much if Gary calls an insecure jock out on being insecure.

On top of that, Jimmy isn't stupid, but he's no good at details or long-term planning. If Jimmy sees something he wants, he'll take the shortest and straightest path to it; the most blatant path. All the little machinations that Gary has going on, all the roundabout ways of achieving his goal... Gary's good with the minutiae that's lost on him, and Jimmy can appreciate that, so when Gary complains about Jimmy being self-absorbed and not seeing the bigger picture, Jimmy takes him at his word.

Gary Smith was his friend. When Gary backstabs him all of a sudden, it's completely out of left field for Jimmy, and he can't understand the reason for it. That, more than anything, is what he focuses on when Gary turns on him: the "why" if it all. He's hurt and he's angry, of course. He feels betrayed, of course. But he's also stuck on this, and it's something he obsessively goes over in his head because he just hasn't come to terms with it. He's unable to process that this is something that is happening to him, and that's partly why he's so dismissive of Petey whenever Petey warns him that he needs to do something about Gary.

Then Gary gets him expelled, and he ends up in Nyoi-cho. Now the "why" of it matters a lot less, because the only thing he can focus on is his rage. Gary has ruined his life, and that's what really matters, isn't it? Fuck him. He isn't someone to be trusted, he took Jimmy's trust and spat it in his face, and that's the end of the matter.

At least, it is until Jimmy runs into Gary again.

At first, Jimmy is determined to make Gary eat pavement until Gary can never open his stupid mouth again. Never laugh that stupid laugh, never try to deceive him with lies, never turn everyone else against him with dumb rumors. Then he hears how bad it is here, and he hears that Gary's been here for long enough to be a well-established member of the community. He grows afraid.

Jimmy had never wanted Gary as an enemy, but his anger and his pride won't allow him to treat Gary as anything else, now that Gary's gone and ruined his life so thoroughly. But anger and pride are nothing next to survival, and Jimmy knows how tough it can be to survive. So in a place like this, where having Gary as his enemy might actually cost him his life? Sure, he's willing to swallow his anger and his pride. Sure, he's willing to try to work with Gary.

But that's all this is. Survival. He sure as fuck isn't about to make the mistake of trying to befriend Gary again, nor is about to allow himself to forget what Gary's done to him anytime soon. This time, he's going to be more aware so that Gary can't ever screw him over again, and he's determined to not let things end in the same way that they did before.
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[personal profile] relaxfriend 2016-12-26 11:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Damn this breaks my heart. I love how Jimmy is focused on the "why" really is the first thing he asks him when he gets the chance. HE JUST WANTS TO UNDERSTAND. But he can't because Gary is Gary.
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[personal profile] pugilize 2016-12-26 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)