I just had a little fight in my head (which is, in fact, good news, as it means that my brain is all repaired from my day or two in shock after Violet showed up out of nowhere) but to explain it, I first need to list off the cast members up there… here… yeah, get ready for some weird pronouns.
Linewalker is, as his name describes him, a follower of the rules. He loves logic, reason, and meticulously thought-out, strategic plans of action. He is not a risk-taker. He is not a guesser, cocky, or overconfident. When Linewalker says something, it is true. It is fact. You can’t argue with his facts, and his plans are the safest and the closest to a guarantee of success. That gives him one of the most impressive authoritative presences in my brain, since his world revolves around not being wrong.
Typically opposed to Linewalker’s careful, rational way of thinking is Copperhead. Usually visualized as a man with a hood pulled over his face, he tends to do a lot of whispering and sly smiles. Copperhead thrives on pain, anger, and suffering – most negative emotions, really. He’s how I tend to cope with those negative emotions, but that can lead to my losing control of my own head.
Harmony is closely related to Copperhead but is the incarnation of positive emotions. She’s also the only female personality currently residing in my head. Very poetic, romantic, happy, etc.
Layer is my social side: outgoing, boisterous, loud, joking, and sometimes flirty. He focuses more on being around people than emotionally connecting with them, and thus differs from Harmony’s more intimate, emotional approach.
Five is a project-oriented personality. His sole goal in life is to complete whatever mission he thinks we are on, and will urge us on to complete that mission as soon as is humanly possible. Until the mission is complete, nothing else matters. It is the top priority when he is in charge; food, sleep, friends, and work go clear out the window. Five can be useful, but hazardous to my overall health.
President is my attempt at some control over this whole madness. He’s kind of a created personality, forced into my own head to regain control. He allows me to overrule the others (sometimes) and force my thinking into a different pattern. At the beginning, he was awkward, but has advanced to have more power. The one great power of President is to declare something true. In other words, I can use him to tell my brain something new and simultaneously believe it, literally changing my way of thinking/beliefs/opinions.
Tarik is sort of Layer 2.0, but is a complete badass. When he’s in control I tend to push myself far more physically, be more active socially and more forward around girls I like, and be all-around more devil-may-care in life. He is Linewalker’s polar opposite.
However, my personalities do not always work alone. Occasionally, they work in pairs. Commonly seen pairs (or groups) include:
Harmony & Layer
Together, Harmony and Layer make a good combination of the emotional and social spheres. My brain adopts the twin powers of talking and deep thought, a powerful mix. This pair often leads to my favorite conversational memories, as I tend to be social and outgoing, but also true to myself and open about my emotions.
Copperhead & Harmony
Copperhead and Harmony, the two emotional personalities, make up my full range of emotion between them, from anger to bliss. The two of them working together tends to cause rapid mood swings, openness about my emotions, and poetry.
Linewalker, Five, & Tarik
When I really, really, really want things to work out with a girl, I hope that these three are the ones behind the wheel. Combined, they have the rationale, the drive, and the confidence to make things work out, and balance each other out perfectly. Layer is social, but a bit of a weakling; Tarik is much more powerful and forward when it comes to these things.
Linewalker & Copperhead
If you have made my brain decide to put these two in charge together, you have enraged every ounce of my being. You should run. You should run now. You should run faster. Why aren’t you running?
ANYWAY, getting back to the point, we were deciding whether or not to go get pizza. The conversation went roughly like this:
Linewalker: Okay, just a bit more Spanish homework and then off to bed.
Layer: All the other Seniors are going to go get pizza now!
Linewalker: Well, perhaps they don’t have homework. We need to finish this and get off to bed so that we’ll feel good tomorrow.
Layer: But I want pizza!
Linewalker: I’ll make you a compromise. Let’s finish Spanish really quickly and then we can go get some pizza. How does that sound?
Five: Not so good. I want pizza now. Now now now. Pizza! Let’s go get some pizza. Stand up! Walk! Pizza awaits!
Copperhead: The work can wait. Just stay up a little later!
Linewalker: The work can’t wait. That’ll make us tired tomorrow. Stop being illogical.
Five: We haven’t seen Fred all day. We should go talk to him. You know where he probably is? Getting pizza.
President: Tell you what, let’s go get some pizza.
Five: About time.
Linewalker: *sighs* Well, I suppose we could use some food. But then right back to work!
…which obviously didn’t happen, since I’m currently writing this post.
As always, thanks for reading!
ONE DAY! GERONIMOOOOOOO!