Buckle up again, kids.
Look, if any of them dies I’m dying with them ya hear me?
No, seriously, I didn’t think much of Ren at the begining of the series: quiet guy, cool ninja, badass. Then volume 4 came and I fell in love with the character and became one of my favs. Literally, his backstory is my favorite thing of the volume, and it’s so fucking heartbreaking to watch, I can’t even. It gave him so much depth, and made me love him. He’s so brave yet kind and sad and it’s heartbreaking how he always represses his emotions like he does, because it’s really unhealthy. After what happened in Kuroyuri, he doesn’t want to allow himself to feel, but it’s hard not to feel when you have so much people you care about, when you’re in love with the person who’s always been around you since that terrible night, who you know that she completely understands you. But you just won’t admit it. And that’s gonna be a really serious issue. It already is.
Now, what I thought of Nora at the begining is that she was a mix of Thor (who she is, technically) and a slighly less caothic Harley Quinn. I really like that she is the comedic relief of the series, because there aren’t females with that role; it’s usually taken by boys. But I also love that she’s not only the comedic relief; she has a backstory that we’ve only a part of it, actually. She knows the struggles of the people of Mantle because she was just like them once, and she hasn’t forgotten the times as a poor, orphan girl starving in the streets at the mercy of the Grimm, and for that, she takes no “we all have to make sacrifices even though I’m not the one having to deal with the struggle down there” shit from Ironwood. Also, emotionally speaking, she’s the one of smartest character in the series. Yes, she’s funny, she’s cool, she can and will kick your ass, but as we say in Spanish, “no se le escapa una”. She figures out Pyrrha’s feelings at once, she figures out what’s going on with the Bees and she also knows that something isn’t right with Ren in less than two seconds because she just knows him that well.
He’s usually quiet, yes, but he never dismisses her or her little attempts at flirting (boop) because even if he acts like he doesn’t care, she knows he really does like having her around, and likes her hiperactive personality, and she knows, at least since the Handholding, that he does feel the same for her. She has been giving him time for the past few months because she doesn’t want to be too pushy and she knows he still has to sort stuff out, so she’d rather wait and let things slowly progress. But the thing is, things didn’t progress; as soon as they got to Atlas, Ren started to be even more emotionally repressive, and that’s when Nora acted, because she knows something isn’t right but he won’t tell her and she just doesn’t know what happened and why he doesn’t seem to trust her anymore. Let’s Get Real would be a really depressing song if it weren’t for the music, because the song is basically Nora begging him to finally tell her he feels the same, to talk to her so they can fix things together like they always do, and it’s just heartbreaking. And then the whole thing with Neo and the lamp… That’s only gonna make things even worse. They really need to talk.
Now, when it comes to one of them dying… I don’t even want to think of that possibility. I just can’t. I already went through that with Arkos, I can’t go through the same thing again. Fuck.
Nora has always been, ever since he saved her and gave her that little hammer, so protective of Ren. He’s her family, and she’s in love with him. Every time he gets hurt or seems to be in danger she screams his name, goes fucking feral and gets in the way to protect him or just fucks up whoever or whatever hurt him. Watch that fight against Hazel. Against the Nuckelavee. Even against team BRNZ. She started screaming at Cordovin to bring him back as she shot grenades at her. In that fight against the Geist in vol 4 when all of them are sent flying backwards she even goes and catches Ren before he gets hit because that’s just how protective she is. So I wouldn’t be surprised if, next volume, she does get really hurt trying to protect him. But I don’t want to think about her or Ren dying. Please. I’m not strong enough.
This is longer than I intended lol.