Question: ★★ for MS, ★★★ for Servers - closetextrovert
- Molly, who works at the dispatch and is generally everyone’s favorite job distribution clerk, has a pit bull named Fred. Fred is sometimes known to walk himself, but he never leaves a note, so Molly always worries (Fred is still a pit bull. Pit bulls cannot leave notes. They have neither thumbs nor an understanding of written language).
- Having previously established that the Ghostbusters were an actual thing once, the four main characters all existed to one degree or another but didn’t know one another particularly well; Egon Spengler was a founding member, Ray Stantz was the scientist who developed the technology to capture rather than kill ghosts, Peter Venkman was actually a mixture of Peter Schwarzwald and Royce Hyperis, plus Ronald Venkman’s surname because the director liked the sound of it, and Winston Zeddemore was never a field agent, but he was the director when the organization finally went under. Luke got a chance to meet him once; the experience was informative, although it took a lot of patience since by that time Winston was in his mid-90’s and somewhat senile; he seemed to keep mistaking Luke for his grandson, who was sitting right next to Luke on the couch, being five feet tall, black, and otherwise generally about as un-Luke in appearance as it is possible to be.
- Annie, in spite of being a Nguyen, is actually of Chinese descent; her dad was adopted. Her grandparents aren’t particularly on the best of terms, but they express their animosity exclusively through grandma cooking; they’re constantly trying to win her favor with their own particular specialties of comfort food. It’s not working, because Annie’s brain is still stuck in college mode, which grants her grandparents equal favor because, “A free meal? Sign me up!”
- Maggie’s boss Ben is both moneyed and possessed of a worrying capacity for information retrieval. Employees who are having a tough time routinely find their next few months of loan payments and bills mysteriously paid off. Employees who are getting too big for their britches or otherwise providing poor customer service find their home very rapidly overrun by shipments of all manner of random things (usually based on their internet browsing habits but there’s generally a running undercurrent of “unsettling staring uncanny valley thing”).
- Maggie’s oldest kid brother is the only member of the family with any real interest in their heritage. Maggie immediately renounces all connection to anything she comes to perceive as an aspect of culture, Joshua, the only surviving grandparent of the family, is too senile and too deliberately unhelpful to tell what he knows for certain, if indeed he knows anything, and the rest of the family doesn’t give a shit one way or the other because Mr. and Mrs. Bluefeather work well-paid middle class jobs that keep them and such children still living at home well-fed and live comfortable lives not extensively marked by significantly overt discrimination or attempts to drive them away (when Maggie’s brother gives them flack for celebrating Thanksgiving they say they’re celebrating the fact that the colonists didn’t get ALL the natives). Maggie’s brother, in contrast, feels culturally adrift in a society that’s a demonstration of the flaw in his sister’s philosophy more than anything else, and is desperate to find something, ANYTHING, to give himself and his history a little more meaning. It’s slow going; his grandfather’s memory isn’t the only place where family records were poorly kept.