in the movie a little boy recognises steve at the captain america exhibit. it’s my headcanon that a little girl recognises bucky when he goes to the smithsonian exhibit to find out who he really is
because little girls have heroes too
"You should tie your hair back," a little girl with pitch-black hair says to the Winter Soldier. He stares down at her, silent, but she continues undeterred. "Mommy says that we need to have our hair tied back or we’ll trip over things because we can’t see. She makes me wear these—" She displays her wrist, which is encircled by a rainbow of different hair bands. "—because mine keep falling out. You can’t fight evil if you can’t see it. I want to be a police officer when I grow up. Are you a…"
She trails off, her eyes steadily getting bigger. They dart to the large digital image of James Buchanan Barnes, then back to his face. The Winter Soldier’s eyes dart, too, over the exits and the crowd and the girl’s distracted mother—attempting to corral three other black-haired children—before landing back on the girl’s face, where an improbable grin has begun to grow.
"I knew it," she whispers.
The Winter Soldier blinks down at her, thrown off by the delight in her expression. No one is ever happy to see the Soldier.
The girl reins in her wide grin and does her own scan of the crowd. “Don’t worry, I won’t tell. People can’t handle the truth. But I can.” She turns her shining eyes back to the Soldier.
Slowly, very slowly, the Soldier reaches out with hands that have broken, maimed, strangled, shot, stabbed, and ripped apart human flesh. His voice creaks out of him, rusty with disuse. “Can I have a hair tie?”
Without taking her eyes off him, the girl rolls a light blue one out of the rainbow and hands it over.
One of the things that I’ve newly realized I really love about Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series is the way that femininity is valued. I realize that it’s apparently the hot new “realistic” thing to load your fantasy settings with lots of unnecessary casual sexism because “that’s just the way the world is” or to give us all a cheap thrill when the antagonistic, aggressively sexist character is told off with a rousing speech about how women are equal to men (and then never bring up the issue again) but damned if Tamora Pierce doesn’t kick that shitty idea right back where it came from. I realized I kept expecting it to show up at some point while reading Sandry’s Book, and was pleasantly surprised when it doesn’t.
Frostpine never tells Daja that smithing will be harder for her since she’s a girl and not as strong/won’t be taken as seriously as a boy. In fact, the smith Daja remembers working gold when she first tries to work magic is casually mentioned as female, and Daja doesn’t view it as though it’s anything odd. The narrative never sets her up to be competing against Kirel as the “real” male apprentice, or for him to resent working alongside and not having the same magical skills as a girl. (Daja is, in fact, the physically strongest one in the group, being the tallest, the most muscular from her smith work, and well versed in staff fighting.)
Briar never puts down Sandry’s work of spinning as being girly or of less inherent worth, even though it’s very much seen as women’s work (and commoner women’s work at that.) In fact says that it seems soothing and asks to learn to do it himself, with no teasing or indication that it’s odd a boy should want to learn it.
Tris and Briar are both seen noting the price and quality of people’s clothes, and this is shown merely as a trait of their respectively growing up in positions, as a merchant and thief, where they needed to know those values, without a mention of shopping and clothing being stereotypically feminine areas of knowledge.
Rosethorn is fairly butch, with short hair and no interest in nice clothes that would just get dirty in the garden or other feminine pursuits, but she never puts down the girly things she’s not interested in (as is an unfortunately common trait in tomboyish female characters.) She is, in fact, at least a little interested in her appearance, shown making sure to use broad brimmed hats and lotions to keep the ivory complexion she’s proud of, even when she works in the sun all day, and no one ever makes fun of that for being out of character, girly, or frivolous.
Honestly, it’s pretty refreshing to read a series that isn’t shoving sexism as the status quo down your throat every few pages. Not to say that Tamora Pierce doesn’t address sexism in her books, but when she does they’re generally the books meant for an older audience who’s better equipped to handle it, like the sequel Circle Opens series, or The Will of the Empress. The Circle of Magic series is mostly aimed at girls (and boys) about the ages of the protagonists (ages 12 and up, grades 6-9 apparently) who don’t need the toxic message that sexism is omnipresent and has to be accepted as a constant part of life. They’ll get that soon enough thank you, or are already getting it and deserve a refuge from it. It’s better to give girls an empowering message that they can do anything and that their work is valuable as firm ground to stand on first.
do you have those friends on tumblr
that you pretty much never talk to
but you follow them and they follow you
and whenever you see them on your dash
it just makes you smile and you’re so happy they’re there
and yet you’ve still barely spoken to one another
because i have a few of those
and i love you to bits okay
- Sandry can manipulate magic like thread
- Magic is basically fueled by the mage’s own life force, particularly for academic mages
- I’m pretty sure that if someone tried to attack Sandry with a spell, she could grab it and use it as a loose thread to just pull the magic and even life right out of their bodies
- with practice, she might not even need them to cast a spell
- with practice, they might not even need to be a mage
- Sandrilene fa Toren has terrifying potential as a villain