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IT'S DONE! Hillary's Holiday Chapter 7/7

As You Wish by kronette
The final chapter of Hillary's Holiday
Fandom: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Movies)
Rating: Explicit, NC17
Relationships: Hillary/Original Female Character
Summary: Yes, I stole the title from The Princess Bride. The important thing to focus on is that this is the end. Hillary is back at the Manor, but his heart remains in Hull, with Ryanne.
Daylight (17619 words) by kronette
Chapters: 6/7 of Hillary's Holiday
Fandom: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Movies)
Rating: Explicit/NC17
Relationships: Hillary/Original Female Character
Summary: Hillary has to leave in the morning. Will he ever see Ryanne again?

I was honestly hoping to have the final chapter done today, but what I've been writing has become absolute dreck and so far off course. So, this is the much smaller chapter to get you to the final chapter. I have to start over and rethink how to get to the ending I want. Overthinking will get you every time *sigh*
Chapters 5: It Must Have Been
Hillary's Holiday (15991 words) by kronette
Fandom: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Movies)
Rating: Explicit/ NC17
Relationships: Hillary/Original Female Character
Additional Tags: Explicit Sexual Content
Summary: Hillary's introspection doesn't give him any answers, but he stumbles into one that leaves him defenseless around Ryanne.

Wikipedia entry for Tomb Raider

I wasn't aware Hillary had a first name. I wonder where they got this info? I've never seen it anywhere else. Maybe the video game?

Lara's butler, James "Hilly" Hillary (Chris Barrie), tries to interest her in several projects but she ignores them. May 15, as Hilly is aware, is the day that Lara's father disappeared many years earlier. She never recovered from his loss.

Also, a bit of fun :)

The film marked the feature film debut of television actor Christopher Barrie, known for his role of "Arnold Rimmer" in the BBC science fiction comedy series Red Dwarf. Iain Glen, a Scot, adopted an English accent as Powell, whilst English actor Daniel Craig adopts an American accent for the role of Alex West. Jolie, being American herself, takes on an English accent. Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie's father plays Richard Croft, Lara's father in the film.

Chapter 4: Something Undefined
Hillary's Holiday (10467 words) by kronette
Chapters: 4/?
Fandom: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Movies)
Relationships: Hillary/Original Female Character

Hillary contemplates his situation with Ryanne while cooking dinner for her - an apology for his behavior the previous morning.

Why's it so hard to find a good woman?

Or, rather, a good female character in fiction, that is?

I think it's getting a little better. People are more aware women are human beings with similar motivations and behaviors as men and some writers are addressing that more and more. One sci-fi writer I like, John Scalzi, incorporates quite a number of female characters into his novels as military and government officers, ambassadors, scientists, and other officials. He treats them as he treats the men (although he still sort of falls into the trap once in a while of "being a mother makes a woman awesome" but to be fair he seems to feel the same way about fatherhood, so I'll let it pass).

Recent discussions and things have made me wonder what it takes to get a female-led action movie (i.e., to use a hated term, a non-chick-flick) to a high enough box office earning to encourage studios to put women in more leads - specifically, my frustration comes from no studio being willing to take on "Wonder Woman" as a feature film after so many years - yet, they'll keep cranking out the penis-led superhero movies for lesser-known characters. "The Hunger Games" may be a good example of a recent success, though.

Naturally, this made me try to think of other projects featuring female leads that were strong, yet human enough to be relatable for both sexes, driven by something other than obtaining a man, that ended up being popular. "Xena" was a good example**, featuring a lead who was badass but also capable of self-deprecation and getting beat on occasion. And I'm pretty sure the first "Tomb Raider" movie was the first female-led action movie to break $100 million at the box office. While Xena was working from scratch, admittedly TR was helped by its video game predecessor - but I think the movies had their own charm, as well. Jolie managed to show Lara as an adventurous badass who was also educated and motivated by something other than chasing some guy - and, in fact, had men at her disposal, particularly her dedicated (though small) manor staff***. The time she does let herself feel something for a man (Terry), she shows she is willing to put him aside for The Good of All Things - and to recognize when he's no longer worthy of her potential affections.

So if we think Lara could teach screenwriters something about good female character leads, what could they learn and incorporate into their own scripts, do you think? (I will say the one weakness with my argument is there's a dearth of other females in the TR movies, which frustrates me - I think it's possible to include quantity along with quality in such movies when it comes to XX representation.)

**I realize "Xena" is TV and, as such, has a LOT more time to flesh out a female character than a movie. But still, it can be done.

***I think part of what made this such an awesome thing was not that men were serving a woman, but that the three of them, Lara, Bryce, and Hillary, were very family-like and the men clearly seemed to have respect for Lara that went beyond their paychecks.
Hillary's Holiday (7961 words) by kronette
Chapter: 3
Fandom: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Hillary/Original Female Character
This is a slightly shorter section than I originally intended to post, but the next section is coming along nicely! TEN DAYS LEFT OMG I best write faster, eh?

Trained as his body and mind were, Hillary woke before sunrise. Instead of his usual ritual of exercise, bath, dress and rounds of the manor, he looked his fill of Ryanne asleep.

Game image

I don't do the games, and normally I wouldn't post it here, but I thought the cover on the forthcoming game was kind of badass:

That is all.

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