retconman: it was roughly this big (rationalizing)
Maxwell Lord IV ([personal profile] retconman) wrote in [community profile] capeandcowl2012-09-06 12:43 pm

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[ Max is sitting outside somewhere very warm looking, dressed in one of his usual dress shirts (red-and-white striped, like a candy cane) and tie -- though the shirt is actually not buttoned -- a pair of sunglasses and a pair of swim shorts. IT'S WARM THERE, OKAY. He sets the communicator on a table, sitting cross-legged. ]

As some of you know, I'm going to be out of the country for a few weeks mediating diplomatic policy about Imports in some of the countries that haven't banned us yet. Right now I'm in Venezuela with Mockingbird and Hank McCoy, and yes, I can still be reached by cell phone, communicator, or email in case of emergencies. Not fax. Don't fax me anything. I have six other countries still to visit and less than a month to do it, so I'm afraid I can't cut this short for anything short of complete nuclear meltdown or another alien invasion. I still have Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, Greece, Japan, and India to get through.

[ Obviously not hyperbole around here. He leans his head back slightly, sighing and adjusting his sunglasses. ]

But I'll apologize for the inconvenience anyway, and you know I mean that because I really hate apologizing for anything. It is what it is, but I'll be back to resume Avengers business soon enough. Everyone's holding up okay, right? It's been a rough month, I know, but we're holding strong. Death and mayhem is awful no matter how you look at it, and what the people here -- and all the Imbargo'd countries -- don't understand is we're suffering this right along with them while we fight for their safety as well as our own. At least some parts of the world understand what we're trying to do, right? It is important we keep our heads high while we fight the good fight, because even if not everyone likes us we're obviously doing right in some people's eyes. Now we just need to open everyone else's.

[ He rubs his chin thoughtfully. ]

When I get back there's just a bit more to be done in setting up an official, easy to reach Avengers Embassy in the city -- I think a regular, accessible headquarters with a reachable phone number is important not just for organization but image. I shouldn't have to mention that presentation is important, especially when making a good impression is a step that could keep further international incidents at bay. Incidentally, we could talk fundraisers, to help repair damages and house anyone who may have recently lost their homes... but I'm really getting ahead of myself. Aren't I? Why don't I let all that sink in.

There's just not much to do in between meetings here.
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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-07 06:38 am (UTC)(link)
[Hank is wearing a very loud open shirt with a pair of sunglasses and swim trunks. His fur is getting unruly with the humidity, so he's dabbing a towel at his forehead.]

Of course we'd be visiting the hotter locales first! How long until we're in Ireland?
professorlionface: (You're sure about that?)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-08 04:18 am (UTC)(link)
It at least doesn't sound like an unreasonable timetable, though weathering it would be easier if the lifeguard would let me in the pool.
professorlionface: (Um.)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-08 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
Well, I suppose there could be some merit in it, but I don't see him budging. He's afraid I'll shed.
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professorlionface: (I'll have to think about this.)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-08 05:02 am (UTC)(link)
In his heat?

...It would be irresponsible for me to rule out the possibility. But even so!
professorlionface: (I'll explain this slowly.)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-08 02:35 pm (UTC)(link)
[He takes up some papers he'd been looking over and starts fanning himself with them.]

It would be appreciated.

Do you think they'd bill us extra for it?
professorlionface: (I find myself brimming with thoughts.)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-08 11:21 pm (UTC)(link)
So we're off to Brazil tomorrow, then? Any luck negotiating an audience with the Argentinian ambassador?
professorlionface: (What was I thinking?)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-09 06:07 am (UTC)(link)
It's just as well, I suppose. They probably would've liked to put Bobbi through some embarrassment, and in her current condition, I don't think that would be wise.
professorlionface: (All the way up there?)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-10 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
So, we've done what we can and our best hope is to not make it worse while letting them realize we're not all that bad? I guess making and maintaining friendships with the neighbors may eventually get us in.
professorlionface: (Might I just add...)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-10 05:27 am (UTC)(link)
I think we're already behind enough in this round that a good start is just what we need, too!
professorlionface: (Can't be overly concerned at the moment!)

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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-11 02:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Well, all they've had to form their opinions on so far is our bad press. If we can counterbalance that with a friendly face, while doing our damnedest to ensure their fears aren't realized, well, who knows?

Maybe we could turn this around.
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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-12 02:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Things for us are complicated enough as it is, the last thing we need is for them to go further downhill from an act of pure spite. Anyting less would simply be childish! [Kurt.]
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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-14 02:17 am (UTC)(link)
I imagine it's that they'd rather not suffer from the consequences of actions they weren't involved with. Which, yes, can be frustrating, but I guess some of us are more used to it than others.
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[personal profile] professorlionface 2012-09-14 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
Though, in other cases, I could see it only feeding the frustration further. Like the straw that broke the camel's back.

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