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03 November 2005 @ 01:54 am
What do you think when you look in the mirror?  
James Hook is not an old man. So boasts his reflection, and most convincingly.

The mirror shows someone who did not simply chance upon the prime of life, stumbling into his heyday after a leisurely stroll through his middling years. No, this image belongs to someone who schemed, clawed, ravished and slaughtered his way into a state of physical supremacy that most men can never hope to attain.

And he shows not the slightest sign of descending from that pinnacle. There is no stoop to the breadth of his shoulders, no slouch in the steel of his spine. His black curls remain untainted by a single thread of grey, and his face--somewhat shadowed and rather too pale, perhaps, but surely that can be attributed to his schedule--bears no unsightly lines or wrinkles. None but the most determined of simpletons could deem him elderly, much less infirm.

Yet he knows that in Neverland, it does not matter that he still possesses the fullness of his strength, that he is almost as spry now as he was at Eton. Here vigor and vitality have but one face, and that face grins cockily through all its first teeth. Anything else is adult, unequivocally beyond salvation; eighteen or eighty, you are grown up, and therefore knocking on death's door. He feels this truth in his bones, though his reflection protests mightily.

When Hook looks into the mirror, he does not think he is old. But he thinks he will never again be young.
 
 
 
aoutlaw321 on November 3rd, 2005 08:34 am (UTC)
*pets the Captain*
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 3rd, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC)
Poor old codfish! *also pets the pup, who looks like he's going to dispatch his mun in an extremely messy fashion at any moment*
aoutlaw321 on November 4th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
*laughs!*
Tinkerbell: cutieshattered_laugh on November 3rd, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)
You are a mean old man!
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 4th, 2005 12:19 am (UTC)
And you are an irksome little gnat. We never tire of these most redundant observations, do we, Miss Bell?
Tinkerbellshattered_laugh on November 4th, 2005 06:57 am (UTC)
*bites lips* I'm not that bad.
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 5th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
I'm willing to allow that you have your useful spells, if you're willing to acknowledge that I am not quite so geriatric as you and Pan pretend.
Tinkerbellshattered_laugh on November 5th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
*toes the ground*

Ok....

*looks up*

I'm learning to read.
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 6th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
...Are you? Well.

I suppose I cannot begrudge even my adversaries that learning. Literacy is a gift beyond any measure or magic.

But what exactly do you plan on reading? I should be very much surprised if you turned out to have a head for the classics.
Tinkerbellshattered_laugh on November 6th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
At the moment, I'm starting on things like Sleeping Beauty, cinderella, things like that.

But I am just learning.

Anything you could suggest?'

*turns around, showing her hidden wings and mortal clothing*

Trying to blend in there cause I don't want to be cut up
Wendy Moira Angela Darlingw_darling on November 4th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
What were you like as a school boy?
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 4th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Unfashionably precocious, to say the least.
Wendy Moira Angela Darlingw_darling on November 4th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
How precious! What was your best subject?
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 4th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
*enigmatic smile* Can you not guess?
Wendy Moira Angela Darlingw_darling on November 4th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
Well, I imagine piracy was not an offered course.
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 5th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
*chuckles* Indeed not.

Literature and Latin were my strong suits. I was not without talent for Mathematics, but the Romantic in me much preferred the life metaphors of prose to those of Pythagorean theorem.
Wendy Moira Angela Darlingw_darling on November 5th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)
I guessed it exactly! Well, perhaps not the Maths, but it is quite easy to see that you are a man of the arts, Captain. My father had a classical education, too. We are all very proud of him.
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 6th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
And what of your mother? I imagine she is a wonderfully refined sort of lady, eager to defer to her husband's better judgment, especially when that judgment does not trouble itself over her spending habits.
Wendy Moira Angela Darlingw_darling on November 7th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Mother is the prettiest woman in Bloomsbury and has always had very careful spending habits. I think she is often the more sensible one.
Liya Vicuska Dantesliyavicuska on November 4th, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
Edmond has told me that you do not like children, that you seem to fear them. Why is that?
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 4th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
I daresay he misunderstood me. I fear crocodiles -- and, due to a coincidental connection, clocks -- not children.

But I do indeed dislike children. In fact, I believe it would be more accurate to say that I detest them. As to the reason why... it involves a rather long and convoluted history, which I will not tax your ears by relating just now. Suffice it to say, the children... child who inspires my loathing is nowhere near so innocuous as you might suppose.
Liya Vicuska Dantesliyavicuska on November 7th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Ah. I see. *smiles* Well I do not find children so dangerous as you apparently do.
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 7th, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
*thin smile* You undoubtedly possess the more reasonable nature, madam.
Liya Vicuska Dantesliyavicuska on November 7th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
It would be difficult to be carrying a child and dislike it at the same time. And I have always loved children.
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 7th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
...Carrying a child? I note a distinct lack of future tense.
Liya Vicuska Dantesliyavicuska on November 7th, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)
I am not sure what you mean *is confused* Edmond and I are going to have a child.

[ooc: Liya's speech is just weird lol, it means nothing :)]
Captain Jas. Hookbad_form on November 7th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
*shakes his head* Forgive me. I was merely... surprised.

Well. I suppose congratulations are in order.

ooc: Oh no, her speech is fine! Hook was just being snarky to cover his surprise. Brat pup. *smacks him... gently, since he's the one with the hook and all!*
Liya Vicuska Dantesliyavicuska on November 7th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
Thank you.