Enjolras and Courfeyrac and Feuilly: They’re men with a plan, and unfortunately that plan is about dealing with the corrupt government forces and possibly re-storming the halls of government. Barricades, basically, is the plan. But it’s a REALLY SOLID plan, they know what they’re doing, they build a barricade like nobody’s business, and since in the face of SEA MONSTERPOCALYPSE the people of Paris really DO see the point of coming together against the tentacular shared enemy, THIS time there is ALL THE FURNITURE and ALL HANDS ON THE EQUIVALENT OF THE DECK, and that sucker’s thirty feet high and could keep out the actual *sea* . Their group of barricade-islanders holds out as well as anyone possibly can.
Combeferre is also at the barricade, pretty much by virtue of mostly hanging out with Enjolras and Courfeyrac, and that’s good, because it gives him something to focus on beside SEA MONSTERS WHAT WHY HOW EXISTENTIAL REWRITE THINK OF THE IMPLICATIONS; something more Explosions-y. It’s not easy, creating something explosions-y when you didn’t plan for it that morning, but HE IS THE MAN TO DO IT, and he’s rather less conflicted about deploying that skill in the current circumstances (“Enjolras, you are looking at that pulsating horror, you are not seeing it. It might have a hivemind, a brood, an unearthly consort preparing to unleash doom on us all! *lights fuse* LET’S NOT SEE IT HAPPEN.”)
…”What Horizon” is a much shorter speech though. “CITIZENS, DO YOU PICTURE SOMETHING WITH A BEAK AND A SORT OF GLOWING ANTENNA AND LIKE WALKING FINS? BECAUSE IT’S HEADED THIS WAY. SOMEDAY WE WILL CONQUER THE HYDRA, AND IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE PRETTY QUICK, SOMEONE HAND ME ANOTHER RIFLE, THANKS FEUILLY YOU’RE AWESOME.”
Bahorel also has a plan, are you kidding, he’s had plans for this since he was EIGHT, and it does not involve any sort of barricade or hiding or “optimal survival strategy”. It DOES involve a cannon, a set of Carnival masks, homemade medieval siege equipement, and an accordion. Also, there is a fire-moat. It’s not around HIS house. (Gavroche shows up because IS THAT A FIRE MOAT?!? IT’S A FIRE MOAT, YOU HAVE A TREBUCHET, THIS IS THE AWESOMEST PART OF PARIS NOW.)
Jehan has ALSO planned for this since he was a tiny creature, but with less emphasis on “hitting it with cart-sized projectiles” and more on “embracing the unknowable” and “communing with the infinite” and “walking right up to a kraken and trying to talk to it, dammit, Jehan, you’re RIGHT IN THE LINE OF FIRE and now we have to wait”. How survivable this is depends on many factors, I suppose.
Joly and Bossuet and Grantaire….do NOT have a plan, but they are okay with that! They’re pretty much just walking their way around Paris while buildings topple, making frustratingly layered jokes, collecting samples and observations for Joly to study and theorize over later, and performing casual acts of heroism (“Do we have to gallop into EVERY collapsing building to pull people out?” “You would prefer to polka?” (cue footnotes about the galop infernal and the art of immigrant communities in Paris, etc). They’re having a grand time. They are AMAZINGLY drunk.This has nothing to do with the sea monsters, it’s just how things are.
(Valjean and Marius don’t even go here. They really, really don’t, because Marius was on his way to die dramatically because he thought Cosette dumped him, and Valjean ran out to talk some sense into the boy, and they both get swallowed whole and spend the whole time fighting their way out of the intestines of the Leviathan, having a lot of very useful conversations on the way out, and coming to a mutual understanding of each other and how they will treat Cosette that does not involve LYING TO HER ABOUT EVERYTHING CONSTANTLY, so, hey.)
oh my god I don’t even know what I just read, but it’s THE BEST THING.