he saved my life so many times and in so many ways
he saved my life so many times and in so many ways

he saved my life so many times and in so many ways

  • in so many ways
  • in so many ways
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  2. i n  s o  m a n y  w a y s

I N  S O  M A N Y  W A Y S

  • I N  S O  M A N Y  W A Y S

favorite supernatural screencaps; part one  

CUDDLE HEADCANONS GO:

Bruce cuddles are sort of stiff and awkward, but are still hugely comfortable because he is hulking and warm and really gentle and smells amazing. Plus there is the whole emotional thing, which, coming from Bruce, well. It’s practically a miracle.

Dick cuddles and he means it. He is gentle but firm (no escapes allowed), and wraps himself and his limbs around his prey victim pal as many times as he can. According to Dick, a hug should last for a good fifteen seconds, whereas a cuddle can be anywhere from two minutes to an hour and a half. (Alternately, use your arms falling asleep as a good indicator.) Dick is unashamedly a nuzzler, will sometimes hum or mumble through a hug, and typically shifts around even during hugs. This can be as simple as patting a hand on someone’s back, petting hair, or he can be in constant motion, a wave of warmth and petting and squishing that smells faintly of sugary cereals.

Jason cuddles with his whole damn self. He doesn’t do shit halfway, thank you very much. His hugs are usually short but genuine, a quick squeeze and usually a follow-up shoulder touch or hair ruffle, depending on the hugee. He’s awkward with his family, especially lately, but has always been affectionate, usually just sticks with a rough arm slung around a neck and a mocking whisper so as not to damage his reputation. And his hugs are nice enough no one minds the faint smell of cigarettes. 

Tim cuddles are clingy. He buries his face, too, is largely uncomfortable and embarrassed about hugs but sometimes needs them. Tim has a habit of fitting himself into the spaces of other people, does the same when he hugs, finds a spot that feels comfortable and unassuming. And because of his clinginess, people usually feel bad if they’re the first to let go.

Damian cuddles like a little kid. He uses both arms and squeezes and usually makes cranky-sounds, even when he’s squishing closer. He’s a bit like a cat in that, one second, cuddling him is fine, and the next it is literally the worst thing you have ever done, truly, get off me this instant, Grayson, especially if you wish to keep that hand. 

Alfred cuddles are far too rare. Alfred is old and British and mostly proper, and ‘cuddles’ are something not technically in any Valet’s contract, but he has been known to make exceptions. Alfred hugs fiercely when it comes to it, because he loves his boys, but is also gentle and lovely and knows just how to read the moment. On top of this, he is kept well-informed of any injuries, so he makes sure not to hug too hard, depending. 


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✗✗ R’S DISNEY FANCAST: MULAN

  • Fa Mulan: Tang Wei (Chinese, 23-34) || more choices here
  • Li Shang: Wang Leehom (Taiwanese, 26-37)
  • Mushu: Chow Sing-Chi (from Hong Kong, 45-51)
  • Cri-Kee: Hsu Hsi Yuan (Taiwanese, 25-37)
  • Khan: Gao Yi Xiang (Chinese/Chinese-Malaysian, 23-30)
  • Ling: Patrick Chan (Han Chinese-Canadian, 22-25)
  • Ting-Ting: Zhang Lanxin (Chinese, 23-29)
  • Yao: Osric Chau (Chinese/Malaysian-Canadian, 18-27)
  • Mei: Liu Shishi (Chinese, 23-27)
  • Chien-Po: Lam Chi-Chung (from Hong Kong, 26-37)
  • Su: Zheng Shuang (Chinese, 18-23)
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And may your dreams never leave you
Even when you’ve lost it all.

I thought this was going to take a week at least, but I cracked through it in a day and a half! It’s the first collage/edit song lyric project I’ve ever done so I hope it doesn’t look too gross!

This song always makes me think of Young Justice. These guys really are my favourite little superhero gang of all time.

Breeze comes from a family of emotional Allomancers. It’s how they advanced from relative obscurity to their current position. If the heir has no Allomancy, or burns one of the more indelicate metals (like pewter, iron, or steel), it’s not unusual for the child to have an “accident” so that a more aptly-gifted younger sibling can inherit.

Most people, even noblemen, misunderstood Soothing. They thought of it as some kind of mind control, and even those who knew more presumed that Soothing was an invasive, terrible thing.

Breeze had never seen it that way…. Soothing, when done right, was no more a violation of another person than it was for a woman to wear a low-cut gown or speak in a commanding voice. All three produced common, understandable, and—most important—natural reactions in people….

No, if Soothing were simple “mind control,” Tindwyl would have turned away from Sazed as soon as the two left Breeze’s area of influence. But Breeze knew that she wouldn’t.

(The Well of Ascension, chapter 36)

Breeze has very strong feelings about the “right way” to Soothe. He’s adamant about not calling what he does “forcing,” only “encouraging.” That’s because he’s all too familiar with people who abuse emotional Allomancy.

Breeze’s—or rather, Ladrian’s—father is a Rioter who favors brute force over his son’s deft touch. He uses his Allomancy to woo the daughter of a powerful house, and their marriage solidifies himself as a member of the High Nobility.

It isn’t until Ladrian is older that he realizes that his mother wasn’t “wooed” at all, just Rioted. Constantly. Her lust. Her devotion. Her desire to please. Only when her husband is out of the keep is her mind her own—and only then can she express the utter loathing she feels for him.

Kelsier’s crew was an almost sickeningly tight group, and Breeze did everything within his Allomantic powers to keep it that way. He’d seen what infighting could do to a family.

(The Well of Ascension, chapter 46)

Ladrian watches his parents’ relationship deteriorate with growing horror. He begins to wonder whether his father even realizes what he’s done. When he’s away, his wife writes letters, hires spies, forges alliances—and these acts of rebellion catch Ladrian’s father completely unaware. He is stunned, and hurt, by a betrayal he never saw coming.

Ladrian’s mother ends up under guard whenever her husband is out. Ladrian’s father beats his wife, murders servants who show her any kindness. He Riots her lust and devotion without even trying so that despite it all she still comes to him each night, eager. Adoring. The perfect wife. Her relatives petition the obligators to void the marriage contract, but without success.

Ladrian’s father tells him that Allomancy is only needed to start a relationship, that then you can let things develop on their own. The man never admits to willfully controlling his wife. It may be denial, or ignorance, or simply more posturing. Whatever it is, Ladrian isn’t fooled. There’s nothing natural—or healthy—about his parents’ relationship.

And then Ladrian realizes his father expects him to do the same thing. To Soothe a woman into loving him and then to use her to advance his own interests. Ladrian is too young, too weak, to refuse his father’s training.

The training itself become a rebellion. Ladrian is encouraged to Soothe everyone. Everyone, that is, except his father. His father does not tolerate even incompetent attempts to control him.

So Ladrian learns to be subtle. To touch his father’s emotions so softly the man never realizes his son is making him less angry, less violent. He can’t save his mother, but he can, sometimes, make her suffer less.

Breeze frowned. “I wish you wouldn’t call me that.”

"I apologize, Lord Breeze," Sazed said. "I am still accustomed to calling people by their full names."

"Your name is Ladrian?" Vin asked.

"Unfortunately," Breeze said. "I’ve never been fond of it, and with dear Sazed putting ‘Lord’ before it… well, the alliteration makes it even more atrocious."

(The Well of Ascension, chapter 23)

Then it’s time for Ladrian to “become a man.” To bed a skaa woman.

But not just some prostitute. Ladrian has to find a skaa woman, Soothe her, and make her want him. It’s the final “test” he must pass before his father allows him to take part in house politics. It is what will take a noble brat and turn him into Lord Ladrian—the epitome of everything Ladrian has come to despise.

Ladrian starts the process, if only reluctantly. He finds a girl, he Soothes her—not with his father’s raw Allomantic power, but with a light touch. He thinks that will help. That if the girl doesn’t realize she’s being manipulated, that will somehow make it all right.

It doesn’t.

Breeze was anything but a ladies’ man. Despite his ability to play with emotions, he had expressed no interest in romance for as long as Vin had known him. Dockson had once noted that Breeze was just too focused on himself to consider such things.

(The Well of Ascension, chapter 11)

Ladrian gets the skaa girl to the rented rooms where they are to spend the night, but can’t go any further. Whenever he looks at the girl, he thinks of his mother, sees her clinging to the man who abuses her, hears her screams when she’s alone.

He runs.

There’s no going home after such a failure, but he’s far beyond caring. So he leaves. Helps the skaa girl hide, then disappears into the Luthadel underground. He chooses a new name, Breeze, and lets people believe he’s half-skaa. He joins thieving crews to feed himself, but mostly sticks to small-time jobs that won’t take him where his father might recognize him.

Breeze becomes well-known throughout the thieving community as a Soothing prodigy. He can make anyone do anything—so long as it doesn’t involve wooing a woman. The few times a job calls for him to do it, his guilt and nerves spoil his Allomancy. Before long he just refuses to even try.

Fortunately, the other crewmembers didn’t treat him differently because of his full-blooded noble origin.

That was, of course, because they didn’t know about it.

(The Well of Ascension, chapter 46)

In the underground, Breeze comes into his own. He claims the title of half-breed, telling those who ask that his noble mother took a skaa lover in secret, that he was raised as a noble himself until his mother’s husband discovered the truth.

He makes friends among the thieving crews. Perhaps he holds back, just a bit, because many are like Kelsier, like Dockson. People so angry and bitter he fears what they would do to him if they knew what he really was.

At first he only uses Allomancy when questions get too pointed, but it soon becomes a habit. A way to protect himself. He Soothes away suspicion and curiosity, turning away even a passing interest in his parentage or personal life for fear he will be found out and killed. He Soothes everyone around him, sometimes without even meaning to. He cultivates a reputation for selfishness and disdain, builds up walls and lets no one close, because his Soothing has turned skeptics into friends, and he has to keep himself from getting swept up in these fake friendships.

He liked to think he wasn’t invasive. Yet, how could he trust anyone who said they loved him? Was it he, or his Allomancy, that they responded to?

(The Well of Ascension, chapter 36)

But he can’t convince himself that it’s a lie. Not entirely. Not with Ham or Sazed. Not with Vin. Not with Clubs.

When he was burning copper, every Allomancer’s abilities were invisible to those burning bronze. But more important—at least to Breeze—burning copper made Clubs immune to any form of emotional Allomancy.

(The Well of Ascension, chapter 36)

Clubs doesn’t trust Breeze’s Soothing even with his copper on, and he still likes Breeze well enough. And if Clubs is a friend of his own free will, well, then maybe the others are real friends, too.

Where was the proud man now? The careful diplomat, the Soother with his immaculate suits? He was gone, leaving behind this quivering, useless mass.

(The Well of Ascension, chapter 53)

Clubs’ death tears Breeze apart. Not just the brutality of it. The grief—overwhelming grief like nothing Breeze has ever felt before. Grief he can’t just Soothe away, because his Allomancy doesn’t work on himself.

Clubs was his first real friend. The first person Breeze has ever known who made him believe he could have friends without Soothing them into accepting him. The first time Breeze let himself lower his walls and just be.

He misses Kelsier and Dockson, but there was always a divide between them and Breeze. Breeze has Soothed them both too much—more than most, because of how they hated noblemen—to fully believe they were his friends.

But he can’t distance himself from Clubs that way.

And that almost destroys him.

He only pulls through because of Sazed.

"It’s difficult to tell with you, my dear man. You’re so aware of my touch on your emotions that I can’t use much Allomancy…"

(The Hero of Ages, chapter 10)

It’s no surprise that Breeze credits Sazed with helping him recover after Clubs’ death. Sazed, who is himself broken and grieving. Elend and Vin both have copper, but Elend is far too trusting to think of using it around Breeze. Even Vin, despite herself, has come to trust Breeze and accept his Soothing. She can block it, but that doesn’t mean she always does. And that, in itself, may be the result of Breeze’s meddling.

But Sazed doesn’t need copper. He is far more aware of—and in control of—his own emotions than any of the other crewmembers. Next to Clubs, Sazed is the best way Breeze has to judge the difference between those he has Soothed into befriending him and those he has not.

Sazed’s friendship grounds him the same way Clubs’ did. It lets him believe. Not in a religion, but it friendship.

It lets him accept Allrianne’s love and pursue the only romance he’s ever allowed himself.

It was obvious from the way he looked at her—from the way he held her with a delicate, almost reverent touch—that he loved her very much.

(The Hero of Ages, chapter 10)

Breeze fears their relationship as much as he craves it. He is tentative at first, afraid to hurt her. Afraid to Soothe her free will away.

Afraid to do to Allrianne what his father did to his wife.

But she’s a Rioter. Not like Breeze’s father; she’s as subtle as Breeze, when she wants to be. More importantly, she’s aware of herself, and of others. She can recognize his Soothing, and she can touch his emotions in the same way.

He doesn’t have any more power over her than she has over him. If he Pushes, she Pulls right back. Allomancy becomes another form of communication for them, one in which they are evenly matched, and that more than anything else makes him love her. They are equals in a way Breeze never imagined was possible.

And really, that’s all he needs. The world’s falling to pieces around them, Breeze watches friend after friend die, and he clings to Allrianne to keep him sane.

And maybe it’s selfish of him, but he’s secretly glad she’s so much younger than him, because it means he’s not likely to ever have to survive without her.

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