Can you do a zemo x reader where the reader is scared to marry or be in a relationship with zemo because they feel like they are replacing zemo's dead wife?
An Honest Proposal [Baron Helmut Zemo x Fem!Reader]
Word count: 2k
Warnings: mention of losing a loved one
Author’s note: This is a theme that I loved to analyse while writing, thank you so much for offering it to me to write!
You looked at him, you gulped down as he was proposing there, in that moment.
It wasn't like you weren't already on cloud nine when he brought you to Paris for a long weekend out, or when he told you that he booked the Palace of Versailles for the two of you to dine in the mirrored halls in your evening clothes.
He had to take your hand and give you a tour showing off his cultured self, how much he knew, all the trivia and the famous quotes and rules of the french court.
His charm was over pouring and you were feeling like a princess, like the world was made to unravel around you and develop from you.
Then he did it, he dropped onto his knee presenting you the finest piece of jewellery and craftsmanship that had ever been done on a ring.
“Would you give me the honour to become my wife?"
Those the words, and here you are now, staring at him, the lights of Versailles shining upon you, suddenly you couldn't hear any sound but the rhythmical beating of your heart.
"Yes, yes I do"
You said it or maybe you shouted it but then he took your hand and slipped that ring on your finger and you kissed him.
The world was perfect and you were the luckiest one in the world.
But then you couldn't sleep that night.
You kept rolling around in the sheets as your mind was a mess.
He promised you love forever, he swore to you time and time again you were his love, that he wanted to have a future with you, sometimes he even dropped a little hint of your future life together.
You usually smiled it off, you nodded and giggled or shut him up with a kiss.
But now the ring made it real, his honest smile making you feel guilty to the bone for the distrust you were giving in for him.
He did it all, he did it all perfectly, he was romantic, attentive, gentle, observant. He tried all his best to show you only the best side of himself and even when arguing he would be cold and try to detain the fiery nature of his character.
You sighed as you realised sleep was not coming to you, not even after the also amazing good night sex you had.
You slipped out of bed trying to be less noisy as possible, you had a luxurious suite to stay in Paris so you could let him rest. You wore your night gown and wrapped it safely around your body as you closed the door behind you going to the living room area turning on the tv to low volume as you sat on the comfortable couch.
Your eyes went down to your left hand, that ring so proportionate for your hand that it looked like made for it.
You inhaled deeply as you let out a soft sigh, tears started to surge from your eyes, a sense of loss taking over you.
A series of 'What if...?'s creeping into your mind like a snake into the little mouses's house.
You can't do it.
How could you?
It was not like he was divorced, he was a widower. He lost her, he lost his son.
Nothing you could ever do could replace her, nothing you could ever say. She was still alive for you, she was unbeatable like the art you saw tonight, she was perfect and idealised and you were human and flawed.
You almost didn't realise when tears were running down your cheeks freely, the sense of helplessness washing over you.
You didn't want to lose him, you loved him, but how could you ever leave a mark in his life when she was there?
You jolted up as you felt Helmut's warm hands on your shoulders as he leaned above you standing from behind the couch.
He asked as he moved around the couch to sit with you.
"No, it is nothing"
He stared at you titling his head on side "darling" he warned you, he hated lies.
"Helmut I.." you looked away to the screen like the people in there could tell you what to say "I don't know if I can marry you"
He opened his mouth, he looked like he didn't expect it, like he could face anything but that. He looked down at his own lap, for once speechless.
"Did I do anything that upset you?"
"No, of course not, the night was perfect"
"Is it because I want to get married in church? We can do the civil rite, we have time"
"No, no Helmut, it is not because of it"
"It is because of my past?"
You said but the sad twist into the corner of his mind meant that he captured the lie in that. You looked at him a bit upset, did he just pulled his military tricks on you?
"No" You interrupted him "It is not because of the terrorist attacks or the whole Avengers thing..."
He was really confused by now, his body wrapped into the night gown looked almost weak as you presented those doubts to him.
"It is you wife, Helmut"
You admitted it and as soon as you did you felt a new wave of tears rushing over you like a storm, you hiccupped as you tried to hide it and he frowned, lips pressing against each other tight.
“What about her?"
You glared at him, you rarely did it but this time you had to.
You were mad he couldn’t understand your doubts and fears, he leaned his hand to touch yours and you slapped it away.
“Y/N” he begun taking a deep breath in “Heike is dead, she is not a threat toward you in any way. She lost her life cruelly and unrightfully, but that doesn’t make you different to my eyes”
You stared at him shaking your head
“She is perfect to your eyes Helmut” you said collecting the courage to speak up “She was the perfect mother to your perfect son, she was all kindness and being the exceptional baroness full of this and that…”
“You destroyed the Avengers for her!”
You didn’t realised you shouted it in his face until you just did.
He looked at you, he could see what was going on now, he wondered what of all he did brought you to that point, and also, how could he not see it?
“It is true” he said “I destroyed them for her, they took away my family and I took away theirs. It was fair to me in some very cruel sense”
You opened your mouth and now he was the one blocking your words
“But” he looked at you taking a pause “she was not you and you are not her. She wasn’t perfect, she had her flaws like any human and my life was flawed in its own way. You’re not a second take, you’re not taking her place. I want you to be my wife. That’s it. Full stop. I want to be flawed with you, I want to make a life with you, maybe a family, if you’d like. But the truth is that I wouldn’t do it with anyone else but with you and in my eyes there’s nobody, and I repeat it, nobody that could compare with you”
His palm opened in front of you offering you to take his hand
“I just want the chance to make you happy, to call you mine officially in front of the world. I want you to have my name and my title, I want us to be a now but also a tomorrow, together”
He smiled at you, he looked so bare to your eyes, his heart almost visible to you through his words.
“I love you Y/N, I will love you no matter if you’d wear that ring”
You pushed his hand away and he looked at you afraid for a moment, his heart sinking down into his stomach, before you hugged him wrapping your arms around his neck.
“I love you too” you whispered.
He smiled wrapping his arms around you and he stayed like this, holding you, giving you a gentle squeeze as he buried his face against your neck.
Only the thought of losing you breaking his heart, if something ever happened to you the Avengers wouldn’t be able to detain him.
“My husband”you called his attention now “I am hungry”
He looked up at you as you said those words, the most genuine smile taking over his lips as he caressed your cheek pulling you closer into a kiss, sealing the end of your doubts with it.
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Sometimes ... I do things just for fun.
So here's the very definitive list of which Dream SMP villain would have which Disney Villain song. I do not take criticism.
Dream: In Here from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
I also considered Mother Knows Best from Tangled, but that one ultimately seemed too campy and learned more on a traditionally maternal-coded form of abuse, where I think Dream - if anything - fulfills more the paternally-coded abuse. Also, I think it's fitting that Dream - one of Dream SMP's vilest villains - gets a song from who is arguably Disney's vilest villain, Judge Claude Frollo.
(Also ironic, because Dream's now stuck "in there")
Schlatt: Be Prepared from The Lion King
Pretty self-explanatory. Schlatt in general fits the mold of Disney villain the best, as I explained plenty of times in the past, in that he balances big, fun evil, while carrying some level of threat. As such, there's a lot of altenatives that could have fit him, such as Mine, Mine, Mine from Pocahontas, which would focus more on his greedy business man-aspect or You're only Second Rate from Aladdin 2: Return of Jafar which pretty explicitely fits with Schlatt's victory over Wilbur.
Wilbur Soot: Trust in Me from The Jungle Book
Pretty easy as Wilbur is known for his great charisma - both in good and in bad. It's like the famous Tommy quote goes about butterflies in the brain. This song doesn't really reflect the self-destructive nature of Wilbur's spiral, though. For that Hellfire from The Hunchback of Notre Dame or Ready As I'll Ever Be from Tangled: The Animated Series would have been contenders, but ultimately I don't really think they capture Wilbur's ... vibe.
BadBoyHalo: Friends on the Other Side from The Princess and the Frog
Very Easy. I mean, c'mon. Luring people in with false promises? Some sort of demonic, otherworldly component? Transforming your victims? There has never been a more perfect fit for BadBoyHalo or the Eggpire. I also considered Trust In Me and Poor Unfortunate Souls, but I assigned both to other villains on this list.
Jack Manifold: The World’s Greatest Criminal Mind from The Great Mouse Detective
This one is very campy even for Disney Villain Songs, which is why I think it fits with the campiest villain on the Dream SMP, the delightful Jack Manifold. I think it very easily fits with Jack's delusions of grandeur, while also playing up that he's in for some ludicrous schemes. Also considered was My Lullaby from The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride for the revenge aspect, but that one is ... way too heavy for poor Jack Manifold.
Niki Nihachu: Nothing Left To Lose from Tangled: The Animated Series
Even though most of Niki's villain arc was with Jack and thus also very comedic in tone, she often fluctuated to a more dramatic, tragic tone, when she was doing solo lore, so I stuck with that. This one is kinda bombastic in the beginning and then more resigned at the end, which I think is perfect for Niki and her subtle, understated sort-of return to a more moral place. Crossing the Line from the same property also could have worked, but then one felt more triumphant, whereas Niki's villain arc never really had any triumphant component. Like with Jack, I also considered My Lullaby for her, but decided against it, because it lacked that tragic quality. Zira is just way too deliciously evil.
Quackity: Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid
I mean, does it get any more perfect? This song gives me so many vibes of Quackity browbeating and manipulating people to join his vanity nation, it's insane. It even mentions a contract, which people would have to sign. Like I said, perfect. I imagine Sam and Charlie are the Flotsam and Jetsam to Quackity's Ursula.
I did not manage to find any villain songs really corollating to Eret and Technoblade, because Eret's villainous moment is rather underdeveloped (narratively) compared to their eventual redemption (and there ain't a lot of villain songs dealing with that).
And Technoblade doesn't really fulfil the villainous archetype so it's hard to find a match. My best effort is Shiny from Moana?
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Q&A: What You Can Learn From Weapon Triangles
Hello, I could have sworn you’ve answered this already, but I can’t find the post, so I’m asking anyway. Is there any validity to the weapons triangle from Fire Emblem? Swords have advantage against Axes, Axes have advantage against Lances, Lances have advantage against Swords. I understand that reach is very important so Lances “beating” Swords makes sense, but I feel like the other two are arbitrary.
I know we’ve touched on this in the past, but it’s probably been years. The answer is, “kinda, sorta, not exactly.” These kinds of simple triangles tend to be more about gameplay, and less about reality.
There are specific weapon priorities. A classic example is polearms offering an extremely effective counter to cavalry. Historically, cavalry dominated forces frequently had serious difficulty when fighting against foes who prioritized spears as their main infantry units. Similarly, cavalry are extremely effective against most melee infantry. So we have two parts of a triangle… except, it doesn’t really close. Sword infantry doesn’t dominate polearm infantry. You can bring archers into the mix, and they will be more effective against unshielded infantry than shielded infantry. Your sword infantry are likely to be using shields, while your spear users are less likely to be doing so (though, this isn’t always going to be the case.) So, you start to have a four sided priority “triangle.” Except it doesn’t work that way, because your shielded infantry is going to get stuck in the tarpit of frontline melee, so, if the archers are significantly behind the lines, they’re more vulnerable to skirmishing cavalry, not the infantry they’re less effective against.
Oh, right, and those spear infantry that are so effective against cavalry? The best tool to deal with them is, ironically, cavalry. Get the polearm fighters tied up in melee with friendly infantry, then get your skirmishing cavalry around behind them, and charge into their rear. (This is why protecting your flanks and keeping skirmishers from getting behind your front lines is so important. Once you have skirmishers, especially fast moving ones, loose behind the lines, it’s over.)
If the above borders on impenetrable, that’s why many games use much simpler triangles. It’s not replicating reality, but it is replicating the concept that certain kinds of units serve different functions, and a battlefield is about getting different units to operate in tandem with each other.
A famous quote from Sid Meier holds that, games are about making a series of interesting choices. That’s the point of the triangle. It’s turning strategy into a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Without any kind of priority, it’s very easy to create mono-unit forces that will steamroll anything in their path. Ironically, some of Sid Meier’s Civilization series are guilty of this. But, I’m also specifically remembering the armies of six Terminator squads, with Assault Cannons in one of the Dawn of War expansions. (I don’t remember which one had no recruitment limits, it’s not Dark Crusade.)
Introducing priority systems (even if they’re a natural interaction of unit stats) can go a long way towards forcing players to make “an interesting decision,” when assembling their army. It’s not enough to just load up on super heavy infantry, or cavalry, and roll the map without a second thought. Now you need to consider what enemies you’re going to face, and set up your army accordingly.
The irony is that, Sid Meier’s advice works for writing. Stories are a series of interesting choices made by your characters. The idea of a triangle is simple, but it’s also good advice for building your characters, if your character excels against one kind of foe, it stands to reason there are other threats out there they’re unprepared for. If your character is some kind of hotshot cavalry officer, putting them in a jungle fight would be an absolute nightmare. If your character is an archer, putting them in an overrun fortress, fighting to escape in close quarters, really plays against their strengths.
Triangles may be simple, but they are an abstract concept you can adapt for your writing.
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Q&A: What You Can Learn From Weapon Triangles was originally published on How to Fight Write.
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