You said to send cats stuff for your to talk about so:
Any Munku-dad headcanons?
Ahhh yessss! Munkustrap is a wonderful father!! He has lots of experience kitten rearing, and it’s something he really enjoys. He’s learned all he knows from the older queens in the tribe, because they took on the role for him and Tugger after Grizabella left, and they taught him well. He knows when to be stern, when to let things slide, and can stay calm enough most of the time to sort problems out. He still defers to their wisdom on occasion when there’s something even he can’t figure out, but for the most part, Munkustrap is a tom you would have no problem leaving your children with for long lengths of time, which is such a blessing for Demeter.
Munk adores and cares for all the kittens in the Junkyard as often as he can, but even though he will deny it, Jemima is his favorite. She may not be his in blood, but she is in heart, and that’s a lot more important, he would say. Jemima was only about a week old when Demeter joined the Jellicles, and Demeter is the first to admit she’s not exactly sure what she’s doing most of the time. Jemima is her first kitten, and she didn’t have any siblings growing up, and her mother died years ago, so she didn’t have any guiding hands beyond instinct and intuition. And she does a good job, tries her best, asks for help when she needs it. She might ask too much, honestly, instead of trusting in herself. She worries often that she’s doing something wrong, that she’s not a good enough mother, but Munkustrap, and Jennyanydots and Jellylorum assure her she’s doing just fine.
Munk takes special joy in helping raise Jemima, especially since he and Demeter got together. It makes him happy to be able to help both of them, after hearing about what Demeter had been through, and he just, sort of fell in love with them both the moment he met them. Honestly, he took one look at the tiny kitten in her arms, said, “Is anyone going to father her?” and didn’t wait for an answer. He just felt this sense of responsibility different even from how he feels for the rest of the kittens and the tribe(because he does feel responsible for each and every one of them, and does everything he can to take care of them all.) And it’s great, because Jemima turns out to be a daddy’s girl too, 100% and always has been. They just have a really sweet and special connection, and spend lots of quality time together. Jemima loves her mother too, of course, but she’s undeniably closer to Munkustrap. Demeter points it out one day, and Munkustrap denies it at first, but in the end he admits it, and has a hard time hiding his proud smile. Demeter shakes her head fondly and rolls her eyes.
Munkustrap has taught several of the kittens in the yard important skills like pouncing and scenting for danger, what to eat and what not to eat, and the importance of communication. He’s an expert at breaking up squabbles too, whether it be with a simple phrase, or if he has to be a bit harsher, and raise his voice. Sometimes he’ll just pick up the arguing kitten closest to him and hold them up high, and refuse to put them down, and eventually the argument dissolves into giggles instead. He loves teaching them all little songs too, and encouraging creativity. He’s been there for first steps, first dances, and first songs. He beams with pride every time a new kitten decides to perform their first dance. It’s just entirely satisfying to him, seeing them achieve new things, watching them grow up. It makes him feel like he’s done something amazing, even though he’ll always downplay his involvement.
And the kittens love him too, obviously. They’re always clinging to him, playing with his tail or asking to be held, fighting over the most coveted spot in the junkyard, which is right between his legs when he stands, and he rarely denies them. Honestly he hardly notices them half of the time. He’s that used to it. Grizabella was never really affectionate towards him and Tugger, except on rare occasions, and it’s something that still sort of bothers Munkustrap. He would never think of denying a kitten the chance to cuddle, of making them all aware of his love for them.
Sometimes he gets exhausted dealing with them though, and needs to step away, take some time for himself. On the rare days Munkustrap is actually angry or in a bad mood, everyone knows to behave. Getting in serious trouble with Munkustrap is the last thing on anyone’s list. He’d never hurt anyone when angry, but he’s undeniably a little intimidating, thanks to his size, and it’s always startling to see someone who is often calm and affectionate feeling entirely the opposite. He retreats to his den or even his owner’s house in times like that, not wanting to put anyone off or scare them with his bad mood, but he always comes back recharged, in his usual demeanor, and things continue as normal.
In short, Munkustrap’s relationship with children is just one of the 90000 reasons he’s the world’s best man.
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im reading the heartstriker books rn, and i love how julius is like "maybe we should be nicer to each other?" literally any dragon "how dare you say that you moron. idiot" julius *continues being nice* the same dragon, 2 hours later "actually, julius is right and i will fight anyone who disagrees" its so good
I AM CONVERTING PEOPLE!!!!! VICTORY!!!!!
God, the running theme of “Julius converting his attempted murderers to Being Nice” is absolutely my favorite part of that entire series. Chelsie Heartstriker’s entire existence is a very close second, and Ghost is a very close third.
I’m not sure if you’ve gotten to this point yet (although you probably will have by the time this gets spat out of the queue) but I need to write some Stuff about Chelsie and Xian. Let Chelsie Be Soft!!!! Let Chelsie Get Laid!!!! Let Chelsie Be Nice!!!! Chelsie’s gonna roll up to the DFZ and offer her services as a bodyguard for hire the first time she has a crisis, and Julius is going to stealth-call his brother-in-law on Marci’s phone and snitch on her to the whole entire Golden Emperor. You KNOW that Xian decides real fast who his favorite in-law is, and it is Julius “Too Nice For You To Notice That He’s Already Taken Over The World” Heartstriker, who believes that Chelsie deserves a sabbatical lasting at least, oh, say, six hundred years.
Technically Fredrick still works as Julius’ assistant because he wore Julius down, but he’s being paid...a lot. A lot. And also he’s been terrorizing all his potential replacements to the point that some more progressive dragon clans have started sending their uppity young whelps to intern as the Peacemaker’s personal assistant, because they know that the Crown Prince of China the Shade of the Heartstrikers Fredrick will whip them into shape and knock their egos down a peg before he kicks them out of the DFZ. Julius doesn’t even meet most of Fredrick’s potential replacements. He’s been trying to hire someone to take Fredrick’s place for years--he hears about Opal turning down the job as a priest of the DFZ and literally calls her personal number to ask if she wants to work for him, totally legit, he swears to any god she wants that he’s not looking to collect mortals, he just needs someone competent who won’t be cowed by dragons or gods so that he can stop having Fredrick as his nonconsensual PA.
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