As if you needed another reason to love Ace
Some people would take Ace here as being a typical moody, angsty teen who maybe gets into sad songs because “so deep” and “my life is awful!” but I seriously think that the real arc of Ace in every story in every form of media is that she wouldn’t know happiness, real, honest-to-goodness, unassailable happiness, if it walked up and shook her by the hand.
She had a crushingly bad childhood, the Doctor manipulated her almost endlessly, every person she’s ever even LIKED has been separated from her at some point, often permanently, and - I don’t know what’ll happen to her in the “Gallifrey: Intervention Earth” audios, but I have a bad feeling…
(Sure, she has a possible current timeline existence running A Charitable Earth, but…even if she seems happy doing that ((well, working for UNIT with that as a front)) and has good stuff in her life…poor Ace is sort of doomed to have all her happiness at least partly smashed.)
That’s true but… the song she describes. Sad songs like that are sad because they’re about love, unconditional eternal love and loyalty, loving someone even after they’re gone… and that’s the kind of ideal that I think really does make her happy.
Also, at this point, the Doctor hasn’t really manipulated her at all. This is only Ace’s third story. Ace goes on to become very loyal to the Doctor. I admit I’ve not read the 7/Ace novels, but the impression I get is that she remains very much his protegee for a long time. Especially in the audios, despite the Doctor’s lies, she is very loyal.
Apparently I broke tag limit (didn’t even know there was such a thing) so I’m just going to move my comments up here:
# yes okay but why aren’t we talking about the fact that this conversation # takes place in a world where you’re literally killed for not being 100% happy # at all times # ace is cheeky and DEFIANT AS FUCK # she’s not unable to think of songs that aren’t sad she’s doing it deliberately # and also # it’s not that she isn’t ever happy # because she is # sometimes #but she is also sad # and so what? so what if she’s sad? # so what if she’s hurt and angry and really kind of broken? #that’s the point # it’s the point of the happiness patrol and it’s the point of ace # it is HER sadness and it is HER anger and it is HER hurt and she has the right to feel it and she WILL feel it # because it is REAL and it is HERS and no one can ever take that truth away # and heaven help anyone who tries # because god damnit those feelings are hers and she has FOUGHT for the right to have them # and people have always tried to squash her down and make her behave and stop her from feeling anything that endangers their reality # because she will bring it crashing down on the strength of her feelings #the happiness patrol is truly ace’s episode # it wouldn’t have worked nearly as well with any other companion # because ace is a messed-up swirling mass of emotion # and it’s what makes her GREAT # she holds onto it # fiercely and with whatever it takes # because she knows she has the right to feel it # because she knows that anyone who tries to deny it is only at it for themself # because she knows the world won’t get better if people don’t feel it when they’re hurt # because her emotions belong to her # because there are times when that is all she has.
“When you’ve seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind is waiting there and the time will come when you see we’re all one and life flows on within you and without you.”
(Serves 4-6 )
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup apple or pineapple juice
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup Bourbon
Total Cooking time: 45 minutes
1. The first step is to cut the boneless chicken into small 1 inch pieces. You can use either a knife or kitchen scissors.
2. Mix the garlic, apple or pineapple juice, brown sugar, ginger, apple vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch and the bourbon into a medium sized bowl. Stir until it all blends together.
3. Pour 1/3 of the sauce on the chicken and leave it to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. It is better is you leave it overnight.
4. After the chicken marinated, heat up a large frying pan and pour the oil into it. When the oil is hot add the chicken pieces and cook at medium-high heat and stir until the chicken turns a golden.
5. Add 1/2 cup water to the remaining sauce and when the chicken is done pour it in the frying pan.
6. Reduce to low heat and cover the pan leaving a small opening for the air to escape. Cook for 20 minutes and don’t forget to stir a few times. If the sauce is too thick you can add a tablespoon of Chicken broth.
7. Serve hot with white or brown rice garnish or fries. Enjoy!
Elegant and simple, the Cajun Bourbon Chicken Recipe pleases the senses and makes a great meal for the entire family.