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Ben: In my time working for the state government, my job sent me to 46 cities in 11 years. I lived in villages with eight people, rural farming communities, college towns. I was sent to every corner of Indiana. And then, I came here. And I realized that this whole time, I was just wandering around everywhere, just looking for you.
Leslie: Okay, well, the first draft of my vows, which I wrote the day after we got engaged, clocked in around 70 pages. But I don’t have them with me today. Although maybe there’s a copy of them in my office…
Ben: That’s fine. I think we can just keep going.
Leslie: Okay. Here’s what I’ll say though. The things that you have done for me, to help me, support me, surprise me, to make me happy, go above and beyond what any person deserves. You’re all I need. I love you and I like you.
Ben: I love you and I like you.

Parks and Recreation 5x14 - “Leslie and Ben”

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pairing: Eren/Rivaille (EreRi/RiRen)
rating: M - warning, smut ahead! + dominant uke!Rivaille * v*)/

    Blushing and squirming with his bare back against the bedsheets, Eren feels the sweat trickling down his neck being lapped up by a tongue that seemed even hotter than his own body. His breath hitches as it begins trace upwards towards his ear, and yelps quietly when a pair of lips begin to nibble at the lobe. He reflexively tries to reach his arms out, but is yet again reminded by a twisting pain against both his wrists, that they are being restrained, bound tightly together with a piece of cloth and held above him by strong fingers.
    The hot breaths against his skin momentarily disappear, and Eren shivers in fearful excitement, his vision engulfed in darkness thanks to the neck scarf tied around his eyes. Panting, he waits in anticipation for something else to come, but moments pass with only stillness in the air. Becoming slightly distressed, he swallows his nerves, and asks with some uncertainty, “Corporal, is something wrong…?”
    A brief silence follows Eren’s voice, but soon he feels the corporal’s lips being pressed against his own in a light kiss. In relief, the boy’s body relaxes a little.
    “… No.” Rivaille’s low voice is suddenly right next his ear, and in surprise, the green eyed boy tenses back up immediately, feeling his face flush with heat. “I was just admiring how lewd you look.”

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What’s always stood out to us about Emma Swan isn’t that she’s a courageously empowering woman, but that despite everything she’s been through in her past, she’s never victimized herself. Her life has been anything but easy, and even when she’s falling apart, she does everything in her power to help others. She does whatever she could to live and make the best of everything. Emma Swan is human, and just like the rest of us, her emotions run deep. No matter how brave or relentless someone is, a broken heart will always wound, but what she represents is the idea that one must continuously strive towards healing themselves. And as a strong woman with a broken heart, Emma’s also allowed herself to be vulnerable thus demonstrating that it’s both welcomed to be strong, and okay not to be okay. What Hook represents in this picture is that no one in life deserves to go through things on their own. It’s great that Emma’s capable of thriving on her own, but it’s beautiful to have someone whose adoration and steadfast encouragement bring perpetual ease. As the town’s savior, Emma doesn’t believe she’s entitled to the kind of happiness others are, but what Hook has interminably done is remained by her side to valorize the fact that just as she’s effortlessly saved him, he could do the same for her. He could be the savior’s protector. Telling her he’s glad her heart’s broken is his form of helping her open up. It’s his way of trying to get her to see that it’s okay. If a heartbreak isn’t felt then it means the person’s closed themselves and their feelings from the world. But Emma hasn’t done that, and though she may be wounded, allowing herself to feel the emotions means that there’s a part of her still holding on to hope. It means she hasn’t given up on love entirely, and on a show like Once Upon A Time, we all know it’s pretty simple to remove a heart if one doesn’t want to feel anything. Heartbreaks are what help people grow, and since Emma allows herself to feel the aches that wound her, she wears her past as a shield that validates her bravery. O’Donoghue delivered that scene beautifully as he allowed the audience to feel both the heartbreak and relief Hook feels. Whatever it is that Hook’s not telling her, he probably feels it’s appropriate to keep it hidden as he doesn’t believe in her hurting her unnecessarily. When it comes to Emma, Hook’s honest and he knows what she needs to here, perhaps whatever he’s hiding isn’t even necessary for her to know now as it wouldn’t benefit the situation they’re in. In an episode that focused on facing fears, Emma essentially faced hers as her words illuminated the fact that she’s unable to trust because of the men in her past. By opening up to Hook about her broken heart, without even realizing it, she confronted her fears to the man who’s been her anchor throughout their journeys. And by stepping closer to Emma and keeping his eyes on her, Hook’s telling her that he’s proud of her for facing the truth and encouraging her to keep going because she’s already courageous for fighting through the heartbreak. He’s commending her on both the bravery and vulnerability, but even more than that this moment substantiated that no matter what’s going on, Hook will always do whatever he can to uplift her while proving that he’s not going anywhere. She’ll always get the cold hard truth from him even if it’s not what she wants to hear because he doesn’t believe in lying to her. He’s strengthening their bond with honesty while encouraging her to love and welcome all parts of her. Even outside of that particular conversation, as they were examining the farm house, he’s there as the perfect partner for her - trusting and respecting her abilities while offering his insight when he feels most appropriate.
—  |x|
E a gente não consegue seguir em frente, desgrudar, mudar. E a gente só se joga do mesmo precipício, desde que perdemos medo de cair, de voar. O tempo passa mas aqui continuamos do mesmo jeitinho, com os mesmos enganos. Eu tento nos fazer feliz, mas sou desastrada, então vem aqui me ajudar. Volta e finca teu carinho em mim, volta pra ficar, pra fazer durar.
—  Dara.
Quero te ver, admirar esses lindos olhos. Quero te ouvir, sentir a melodia da sua voz mexendo comigo até os ossos. Quero te tocar, fazer carinho daquele que tu mais gosta. Quero sentir o arrepio de quando tu me beija, abraça, protege. Quero sentir teu cheiro, encostar na tua camisa e sentir exalar aquele perfume que eu amo só porque é você quem usa. Quero meus dedos em seus cabelos, minhas unhas em suas costas, teu sabor na minha boca, teu calor em mim. Te quero, te espero. Vem pra mim, amor. Sou tua.
—  Dara.