Ooh Rescue Bots! Could we see them having some adventures in learning to fish?
A Chief's Guide to Relaxation
“I don’t understand the purpose of this,” Chase says as he perches behind the Chief, looking over his shoulder.
“Not everything has to have a purpose, Chase,” the Chief answers as he rifles through something he’s called a tackle box, plucking out brightly colored items one by one and examining them intently. “Sometimes, we do things for fun, or to relax.”
“How is this relaxing?” Chase asks.
Chief Burns chuckles and looks up at him, eyes bright beneath the brim of his tan hat. “Well, usually, it’s very quiet and I have a lot of time to myself. To think.”
“Oh.” Chase supposes the Chief has a point. There is usually very little quiet to be found in Griffin Rock, especially for the Chief, who not only has to look after the whole city, but also his family and the Rescue Bots.
No wonder the Chief needs to relax.
“And what do you do with the fish once you’ve caught them?” Chase asks.
Chief finally chooses one of the items -- it has neon-bright feathers and lots of sparkling decorations on it. “That’s if I catch one,” he says, and holds up the item. “This is one of my best lures, but it’s still no guarantee.”
“If? This isn’t a certainty?” Chase asks, flabbergasted. It feels like a waste of time. Why participate in a relaxing activity that has no guaranteed outcome?
Chief laughs as he threads the lure onto the end of the hook. “No. It’s not about catching something, Chase. It’s about the trying of it. And even if I do manage to catch something, I’ll likely let it go.”
Chase does not think he will ever understand these humans. “That seems so pointless.”
“Don’t knock it until you try it.”
Chase frowns at the rod in the Chief’s hands. It’s sized for a human of course, and he can’t imagine trying to hold the tiny stick between his fingers. “I appreciate the offer, but I don’t think that it is very logical for me to attempt this fishing.”
“Then it’s a good thing I’m here.”
Chase turns as Heatwave’s voice rises from behind him, the crashing of his feet through the underbrush something Chase should have heard. He has a long box propped up against one shoulder, and Kade walking along beside him, wearing his own floppy hat and carrying his own rod.
“If I have to participate in this, then so do you,” Heatwave grunts as he drops the crate onto the ground with a heavy thud.
“Boulder and Blades aren’t participating,” Chase points out as Heatwave crouches to flick the latch on the box and lift the lid.
“Boulder is ankle-deep in a swamp, waxing poetry about the lifecycle of tadpoles, and Graham’s with him,” Kade says with a snort as he drops his tackle box beside his father and snaps the straps of his rubbery outfit. “Blades and Dani got called for a rescue.”
He mutters something like ‘lucky’ under his breath, but the Chief doesn’t comment on it.
“Well, I think the four of us can have fun without them for now. We’ll do something with the whole family on another day,” Chief Burns says. He focuses on his fishing rod, inspecting every inch of it.
Chase cycles his optics as Heatwave thrusts an object up at him. He takes it automatically, surprised to find a very good approximation of the Chief’s fishing rod, only sized for Cybertronians. It looks very much like Boulder’s handiwork.
“Boulder requests that we release anything we catch,” Heatwave grunts.
“Of course he does,” Kade sighs.
“I see no reason why we shouldn’t,” Chase says as he watches Chief Burns and attempts to emulate his partner in examining the fishing rod. He has no idea what he’s looking for, however, and anyway, it looks like Boulder hadn’t supplied them with any lures.
Heatwave swishes his own fishing rod through the air and grins when it makes a satisfying whistling sound. “Hey, I think I could make a decent weapon out of this.”
“Watch it!” Kade snaps, ducking to avoid the dangling line.
Chief Burns eyes all three of them. “I’m not sure why I thought this would be relaxing.”
Chase frowns at his fingers, which have become entangled in the fishing line, though he’s not entirely sure how that happened. “Neither do I.”
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⚡ 80s movie asks
bill and ted’s excellent adventure: are you more of an optimist or pessimist?
back to the future: which decade in the last century would you most have liked to live in?
the breakfast club: which high school stereotype do you fit into best?
ferris bueller’s day off: what’s your guilty pleasure?
footloose: who did you last dance with?
the goonies: what was the last thing to make you laugh?
the outsiders: why is your best friend your best friend?
the lost boys: would you rather be immortal or objectively beautiful to everyone?
labyrinth: what’s the relationship with your siblings like?
the karate kid: when did you last have to work really hard to achieve something you’re proud of?
stand by me: why did you last go on a road trip?
pretty in pink: what’s your signature ‘look’?
drugstore cowboy: which historical figure most spikes your interest?
ghostbusters: where were you when you watched your favourite movie for the first time?
sixteen candles: at which age do you consider a person to be mature?
dirty dancing: where were you when you first heard your favourite song?
better off dead: why did you last laugh so hard it reduced you to tears?
heathers: did you apologise the last time you were unreasonably mean?
parenthood: is there anyone you’re not biologically related to that you consider ‘family’?
permanent record: where were you the last time you told someone you loved them?
st. elmo’s fire: what’s one piece advice you would give to someone two years younger than yourself?
dangerous liaisons: which language would you most like to learn?
rumble fish: who do you look to for guidance in times of need?
e.t.: what’s one ‘weird’ feature that you love about yourself?
young guns: what’s one style that you love on others, but would never try yourself?
oxford blues: why did you last pretend to be something you’re not?
dead poet’s society: the last time you made a decision that everyone around you told you not to make, how did it work out?
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learning how not to fish for compliments can really help how you interact with others. here’s some common phrases i’ve noticed:
“here’s my shitty art”
“lol i’m so ugly in this selfie”
“you’re so creative. i’m nowhere near as creative as you”
“your writing is amazing! i wish mine was that good”
what all of these have in common is that they all involve putting yourself down. when you do that, those around you feel obligated to compliment you, which can make them feel frustrated that they have to just to be polite. not only that, but by talking yourself down you feel worse about yourself. the latter two phrases also centre your problems, distracting the attention from the person you’re trying to compliment. that often makes them feel bad!
here’s how to fix those phrases:
“here’s my art”
“you’re so creative. how do you do it?”
“your writing is amazing! do you have any tips?”
by cutting out the negativity, you make it so nobody feels obligated to compliment you. you’ll usually get more compliments this way because people don’t feel uncomfortable! the latter two phrases now also centre the artist and their knowledge. not only do they make the artist feel good, they also might score you some good advice.
this strategy will also help to boost your confidence in the long run. if you stop prefacing every compliment with negativity, you’ll be able to internalise them better.
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