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Ask the characters, Coco edition
I haven't done one of these for a while. Ask the Coco characters (including my OCs) anything you want, and I'll answer.
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: June 30th, 2019 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
This one is for Enrique, since he's got that hidden adventurous streak. Do you ever wish you could have gone (or could go) to the Land of the Dead yourself -- before it's time for you to go permanently, of course? Were you ever tempted to give it a shot?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2019 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if I ever wished that, exactly... I mean, it's not an adventure I ever thought, "Wow, I wish I could do that!" I'd have rather accidentally stumbled on a time portal and gone back to be a bartender or something in a little cantina, and gotten into a fight with de la Cruz and punched him in the teeth. Don't tell Miguel, though. It would be sub par role-modeling.

Though maybe I was just the smallest bit jealous of not having a big adventure, whatever it might have been.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 1st, 2019 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Isidro and Coco the first share a moment. Whichever answers from whichever world.

Willow at work
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 1st, 2019 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Isidro: Just one? Really? I had a lot of good times with Mamá Coco. When I first came down to Santa Cecilia, she looked in on me at the dormitory. Said it was about making sure the scholarship was all right, but she grilled me for a while about life in San Pedro, and how everyone was doing. She invited me to have supper with the family once, which I liked because at the age of eleven, I was madly in love with Victoria, and was sure that if I just waited, she wouldn't care about such a trifling age difference. She came to see me every year at school, and when my grandfather, Papá Ángel, died, she came up the mountain with Victoria again and she was the one who hugged me while I cried, and made sure none of the other boys saw me do it. (Stupid. But I was a boy, and I think those are synonyms.) When Julio was sick, I came over to the shop and took care of as much as I could for the family. It was only after Victoria died that I think things got a little awkward, but not hostile. She reached out to me and my little family even after that, and when Dulcie died having Luisa, it was Mamá Coco who taught me to properly change diapers and give bottles.

But the best time was after Miguel's christening. She came over to my little house by the cemetery and she brought beer, and we drank together and toasted the future, and made up about a hundred stories of what Miguel would grow up to be. (Oddly enough, she tossed out "world famous composer." I thought she was making a joke.)

Edited at 2019-07-01 06:32 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2019 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Bridget, how has your training been treating you, and what have been your impressions of Miguel/'s career in the past few years?

--- FFR
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2019 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Training from hell is training from hell. I have callouses worse than a guitar player's from the obstacle course (though I do have the hurdles record at the moment), and it turns out that having an aunt in a domestic terrorist group--even though I've never actually visited her there--gets me a few odd looks. (They're making noises about me being able to infiltrate after a little more training, but I don't know how they think they're going to hide the fact that I've been very publicly on the other side for years. Then again, they're kind of desperate. These goddamned groups keep popping up like zombies.) We're supposed to pretend there's not an active war going on in several cities--it's just 'disturbances'--and everyone's working triple-time trying to round up what amounts to a hundred tiny armies. Which is leaving run-of-the-mill interstate criminals to the local yokels (some of whom are good, none of whom have resources), and... yeah. I'm pretty busy.

I still get a lot of Miguel's songs first, which makes me happy. I loved his concert. His detour into writing librettos (I tried to explain wherein most musicals have one person for the libretto and another for the music, but... you know Miguel) was interesting, and I think the play is genuinely good, but I don't like the stress levels, or the dumb choices he seems to be making because of them. *cough*Anja*cough*
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2019 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

(out of character question/to fern)

you keep talking about this conflict/terrorism threat in the coco stories and I'm trying to figure out if you're talking about a irl one or a made up one. Is it the drug wars or something else?

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2019 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: (out of character question/to fern)

It's purely American internal stuff--I'm positing that the current polarization has flared up into battles in several places, though they're being called "riots" and "disturbances."
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 3rd, 2019 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
The aunt is Meg, isn't she.

---FFR
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 3rd, 2019 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
The one and only. I doubt she's personally doing anything more threatening than cooking and mending their fake camo jackets, but she's there.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 2nd, 2019 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
To Denny:
How did you managed to become a detective so young?! I thought you were much much older than Bridget!

to Bridget:
If distance wasn't an obstacle at all, would you and Miguel have stayed together?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: July 2nd, 2019 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Denny: When I was in the Air Force, right out of secondary school, I ended up working with the military police. I turned out to be good at it, so after I did my service, I got my detective's license. I was a little short of my 21st birthday. Carlos is trying to talk me into college. Enrique was really one of my first clients.

Bridget: Hard to say. I'm literally working for the government at the moment, and it's the work I want to do... and it's not like Miguel wants to live in a border town where I could commute.

On the other hand, there's nothing in our cultures that particularly clashes. We're both Catholic, both family-oriented, and basically compatible. And we do love each other. So... who knows?
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