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daemonmuses Fantasies

The thing that makes a fantasy great is the possibility it might come true. And when you lose that possibility it just... kinda... sucks.
-Catherine Willows (CSI)


This is post canon Harvey.

I have a dream.

Well, no okay that's cliche and it sounds kind of stupid, but it's there and it's a very real dream. Gotham City where people can walk the streets without fear.

Where kids can have daemons that aren't the biggest and the baddest around and that's okay. Where assault isn't a regular problem and where people can live their lives without looking over their shoulder.

It was that which lead me to consider running for District Attorney, leaving private law for Gotham City's Courthouse to become it's very...very public face. Look, I'm sure you've seen the ads right? Justica curled up beside me. They wanted to replace her with an eagle-I turned them down.

Because you know, as much as I approve of the idea of doing things for political gain, the voters aren't electing me because of my looks. (You can step up and agree anytime now Justica) they were voting for me. Size only matters if it matters to you.

I think people can respect that.

I had this dream and it's almost a reality and then everything falls apart.

And I keep coming back to that PR guy who said he wanted to impose an eagle over Justica. Encourage people that I was patriotic. Fantasies only come true if you make them come true.

There can't be a downside. I believed that in my campaign and I believe it now. Loosing the possibility means that you create new ones. It doesn't mean that you give up! I still have that dream. we still have that dream.

We'll just have to be a little more creative about achieving those ends is all.

Muse: Harvey Dent
Fandom: Batman/The Dark Knight
Wordcount: Many.

SECURITY NOTE

To whomever this may concern:

While I'm aware that you are neutral and therefore not in any particular jurisdiction save your own I have a number of concerns regarding someone I think might have visited your establishment.

This person is a wanted criminal in Gotham City, guilty of robbery, homocide and numerous other atrocities. I'm a lawyer, I don't use that word lightly.

In any case, I suppose I'd like...reassurance that he's not here and to warn you if he is. This man is a criminal, he's not to be trusted and he's working for Sal Maroni-guy who makes Tony Soprano look like an idiot.

I'm probably overreacting but things have been tense in Gotham City and the man's bodycount is rather high. I'd like to hear from you folks at your earliest convienence, there's no particular rush on it. I understand and respect what you're trying to do here- one of the reasons I don't want anyone from my world screwing it up.

...This is going to sound ridiculous, but the bar seems to know who I am and where I'm from so...I guess I'll leave contacting me in your hands? (By the way, Great idea. Saves money on labor hours having that...teleporting type thing).

Thank you for your time, Regards:

Harvey James Dent, Attorney-at-Law Gotham City New York,

District Attorney.

Divine Comedy 04

Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being "somebody," to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his overanimation. One can either see or be seen.

-John Updike, Self-Consciousness: Memoirs, ch. 6, 1989

"Nobody controls me. I'm uncontrollable. The only one who can control me is me, and that's just barely possible. And that's the lesson I'm learning. If someone's going to impress me, whether it be a Maharishi or a Yoko, then there comes a point where the emperor has no clothes 'cause I'm naive, but I'm not stupid. For all you folks out there who think I'm having the wool pulled over my eyes, well, that's an insult to me. But if you think you know me, or you have some part of me because of the music, and then you think I'm being controlled like a dog on a leash because I do things with her, then screw you, brother or sister, you don't know what's happening."

- John Lennon

Do you have any idea how close entertainment and enlightenment are when you look them both up? It's really no different from Art when you come down to it.Collapse )

Divine Comedy 03

If the government becomes a law breaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means 'to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal' would bring terrible retribution.
[From dissenting opinion in Olmstead vs. United States, in which the court upheld the use of wiretaps in a case involving an investigation of bootlegging. Brandeis strongly defended the individual right to privacy from government intrusion.]

-Louis D. Brandeis, 1928

"If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side."

-Orson Scott Card

Dishonest men in local government, dishonest men in national government. A rare moment of honesty in Comic-Government brought to you by the same politicians who probably created the <i>Sprang</i> Act.Collapse )

Divine comedy 02

"The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar or Augustus, but because it had already long ceased to be in any real sense a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who with his fellows formed in war the terrible Roman legion, had been changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who directly or indirectly sold his vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the republic was at hand, and nothing could save it. The laws were the same as they had been, but the people behind the laws had changed, and so the laws counted for nothing."

-Teddy Roosevelt

"America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious; and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese."

-David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd

Or how to Extradite a Chinese National if you've got the balls to drive to sixty different agencies and plead your case before the United States Federal Judge. We can't all have clandestine meetings on rooftops begging for masked vigilantes to bring back errant children like schoolboys now can we?Collapse )

Must be something they're hiding
Must be reasons that no one will dare to tell
Must be something inside me
But I don't think so anymore
It's hurting again now
And I don't need friends when I have foes like you

Divine Comedy 01

Laughter and weeping, the Greek masks of comedy and tragedy, mark the extremes of a continuous spectrum; both provide channels for the overflow of emotion; both are “luxury reflexes” without apparent utility. This much they have in common; in every other respect they are direct opposites.

-Arthur Koestler, “Art and Emotion", Bricks to Babel: Selected Writings with Comments by the Author, Hutchison (1980)

A comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.Collapse )

For daemonmuses

I was fourteen. It wasn't particularly exciting.

Harvey...

Quiet.

Don't I always remind you about the importance of telling the truth?

Fine.

Write about the time your daemon first assumed the shape they've chosen.Collapse )