[thought i'd share haha]

when I was little–real little–like, maybe 4 years old?  I remember playing outside in the cul-de-sac as it was starting to get dark, and my dad had caught a lightning bug.  He told me to hold out my hands, so I did, and he dropped it in my palm.  It started crawling and I, like, instinctively flung it off my hand.  Maybe I didn’t go so far as to stomp on it, but I flung it to the ground pretty violently, and my dad was just like, “Why’d you do that?”, and I said–as if I thought my reaction was justified– “it tickled me.” 

I just remember, like, immediately feeling the guilt of taking an innocent life.  Just completely ruined what should’ve been a really cute father-daughter moment by destroying this beautiful creature of nature. 

A few years later I met a girl at some sort of family gathering who showed me that she would catch lightning bugs, tear them apart, and make earrings out of them by using part of their guts (which was gooey) to stick it to her ears, and she’d push the wings into the gooey part for the little dangly bits of the earring.  She’d also smash them and smear the glowy entrails across her skin, like makeup.  I watched her in disbelief, tearing these little guys apart and making glowing jewelry for all the other kids… and I think in that moment I realized I wasn’t half the monster I thought I was.

If Seokjin wasn’t in BTS...he probably would be one of those mukbang channels on YouTube with 3 million followers and fan base that still wonders why they watch a guy eat, and why does he looks so beautiful doing it....

//So back when I was re-watching Naruto, I noticed something during the Sound and Sand Invasion Arc.
Bear with my long post as I delve and ramble into detail ;)

Sasuke ran off to stop Gaara the moment the attack started, urged by Genma who declared he was already at Chunin level and to consider this the continuation of their fight. Genma holds off Baki who was supposed to capture Sasuke on Orochimaru’s behest. Without question Sasuke runs off ahead to do his part. Once Kakashi notices this, well aware of the danger that threatens his student, he has Sakura wake Naruto and Shikamaru from the genjutsu to pursue their comrade. He wants them to catch up and get Sasuke (and themselves) to a safe location before any harm can come their way. He also knew Gaara was no regular Genin (unaware that he was a Jinchuuriki at the time) and is worried for their safety. Sending Pakkun to help in tracking and avoiding the enemy, he declares it an A rank mission.

As we know, they catch up, Shikamaru separates to fend off a group of Sound ninja that ultimately was no match for him. Asuma’s timely arrival saved him.

Sasuke used too much chakra in pursuit, during his small/brief fight against Temari, and mostly in his battle against Gaara. He fought to the point of exhaustion, pushed himself near death by forcing a third chidori (which Kakashi warned him plain and simple that it could kill him) and ultimately succumbed to the overwhelming pain the curse mark manifested, causing him to become immobile. Gaara was going to kill him, but Naruto comes in time to strike him aside. While Sakura is immediately at Sasuke’s side, worry forming as she fears the worst.

Sakura defends him when Gaara bypassed Naruto, getting caught and rendered unconscious in the process. While she is stuck and Sasuke is incapable of moving, Naruto advances. However, he gets struck and sent flying back. Sasuke, despite the pain he’s enduring, lunges himself forward to soften the blow, something that wouldn’t have harmed Naruto all that badly had he hit the tree instead.

Afterwards, the two debate on the fight, wondering the best course of action to take. Sasuke overcomes the throbbing pain, managing to stand again. This is a very important character development scene for him. Although his whole life, revenge has been his fuel, his reason for existing, Sasuke willingly put the life of his comrades ahead of his own. Claiming that he’d sacrifice himself in order for Naruto and Sakura to get away, even if he only bought them a few minutes, he’d give that. He’s even out of breath as he explains, showcasing his growing fatigue.

It’s just as Orochimaru mentioned back during the preliminaries of the Chunin Exams. Being around his friends, mostly Naruto, changed Sasuke’s heart. For someone who should be preserving his own life, selfish in design in order to kill his brother, shouldn’t be so ready to die. But he takes no reproach upon himself for being weak here. He doesn’t even hesitate or pause to think of another solution. Deciding that if he died here, he was never meant to go further, tossing any chance of avenging his clan aside.

He lost his family, everything that was precious to him when he was merely seven years old. His heart and mind never fully healed, but being around Team Seven, living instead of simply surviving, caused them to become family. Just like in the Land of Waves, Sasuke stopped Haku from killing Naruto by getting in the way of a fatal attack. And later when he hears Itachi is back in the village, his instinct isn’t vengeance, it’s saving his friend.

Sasuke has taken loss after loss, structured his world on loneliness and sorrow, growing up in a devastation he learned to hon and tolerate. Yet, he’s grown. He managed to comprehend what truly mattered throughout his time with them. Although his protective instincts are usually buried in fear of losing more, he’s learned from those around him. Orochimaru’s offer of power is certainly desirable, but there was never a moment where Masashi depicted him contemplating the idea (despite the fact that he probably had at some point prior to the Sasuke Retrieval Arc).

His words stir Naruto into action, making him realize what it means to be strong. Sasuke sparked the notion of strength via protecting others into Naruto’s head, making him remember the power that lies in having people you care about. Due to Gaara’s ferocity, he nearly forgot, questioning it. He and Gaara were alike, so much that he began to fear the idea of what he could’ve become if he didn’t have Iruka and the others, that it somehow made Gaara stronger than him, unbeatable. Until this very instant, recalling all former mentions and selfless actions that were proved by Sasuke’s words, he knew he had nothing to be afraid of.

Naruto tells Sasuke that’s he’s done enough, that he should rest, while he decided to take over the fight. In obvious consequence to Naruto’s raging power and capabilities to take down Gaara, Sasuke is surprised to see just how much stronger his friend became. And as Naruto did the same during the exams, while Sasuke and Gaara fought, he belittled his own strength by comparing. It’s only natural that this occurs due to their rivalry and competitive nature. 

However, in Sasuke’s perception, it’s different. He considers himself only strong when he’s stronger than those around him, stifling his inferiority by his nurtured superiority complex. He gets criticized over this, but it’s what he’s done in order to make it this far. He has to claw his way out of the past, out of the vulnerability that was exposed when Itachi took his entire world away from him. Rebuilding a future around the destruction caged inside was all he considered himself capable of until those ideals were squandered by his upcoming defeat at Itachi’s hand.

Once the fight draws to a close, the sand binding Sakura to the tree disappears. Her interference in order to protect him caused her to get hurt. The guilt is betrayed on his face. He catches her, placed her down gently, telling Pakkun to keep an eye on her as he goes to check on Naruto’s condition.

After reaching Naruto, hearing that Gaara wishes to stop fighting and go home, the other passes out with a smile on his face. Initially, Naruto is still trying to move, but Sasuke warns him that it’s enough, and tells him Sakura is safe, allowing Naruto to feel relieved. Their teamwork might not have been on display during this fight, but their devotion to protecting one another outweighed any question to how deeply they care for each other. This is a prime example to how much Team Seven has developed since they first formed as a team. They’re imperfect, maybe even mismatched at times, but their imbalance stabilizes them, forming bonds.

Now I can get to the actual point of my post. This is where Masashi decided to close on their progress and we only see these three later on, well after the invasion forces are being drawn back, this arc coming to a close.

But at this time, after the Sand Siblings leave, they still need to get somewhere safe. While his teammates are both unconscious, Sasuke is the only one able to move despite his physical exhaustion taking a toll. He has to take the both of them to a place they can hide from enemies. Now as Pakkun and Shikamaru stated enemy shinobi are lurking around, travelling in strategic groups to ambush any ninja they come by in the forest, all Chunin level or higher.

Sasuke had to manage all on his own, carrying his friends, probably running into numerous fights along the way in order to protect them. The strain he must feel on his body is enormous since the curse mark siphons chakra and he depleted himself the moment he decided to use a third chidori. Forcing himself to stand is one thing, but being on the verge of collapse, pushing past his lack of strength, he gathers himself, his friends, and fights.

They were sent out to stop him, and in the end, Sasuke is the one that has to safeguard them on his own against all odds. If that doesn’t display Sasuke’s development and where his priority truly lies before he was enticed by the lure of power, then I don’t know what does. But even then, Sasuke proves himself many times over before leaving the village that he cares and is no longer the child he used to be, clinging only to self-preservation. His devotion goes beyond revenge. It’s only the mix of fear and confusion that shatters that resolve later.


The Chronicles of Byakuya and Toshiro [Part 1]

teddyai  asked:

The lion changes make me cry, especially thinking it could be permanent ;-; This is just a hypothesis, but I kind of wonder if blue did it to make sure Lance piloted the red lion, since it rejected Allura? Since the blue lion seems to be, in my mind, more open and understanding, maybe it knew this change was needed and chose to become the deciding factor. Thinking of it that way makes me feel a little better so I thought I'd share this with you haha

;_; thank you for sharing with me. i’m worried since in the original Golion series, this change of roles was pretty much permanent. i do think that Blue is definitely the most accepting out of them all.

 also, the fact that Red being the most fickle lion choosing Lance is a wonderful thing and should be celebrated, but I’m really biased because I’m just so attached to Red/Keith and Blue/Lance its hard for me not to miss it

i do feel better knowing that lots of people also feel this way - lets hope season 3 leave us with some non-angst!!!!!

rebelvakarian  asked:

Hi! I am a hug fan of both you and Buttons! (Your art is amazing😍) But tonight while watching some of my old copy's of tv shows, I realized why I like him so much! He reminds me of Shaggy Rogers from Scooby-Doo, Where are you! My all time favorite tv as a child (and adult I am not ashamed haha) Any I just thought I'd share my revelation. I hope you (And Buttons) have a wonderful day/night! And a very happy Holiday!

Ahaha thank you, your ask made my night because all I could think of was

Btw I totally drew Buttons+Dogmeat in a similar pose to Shaggy+Scooby back in 2013 :D

Our game design project

Remember the board game me and my friends created for our game design class? The one with the characters I made that I intended to be all queer?

We now want to turn said boardgame into a PC game (because the final goal of the class is creating a small PC game). And just for your information: I’m in a group with 3 friends, all male and straight. One of them has played all the Dragon Age games, the other one DA:O and DA2 (and now he’s playing Mass Effect :D), the third one none of these as far as I know, but he roughly knows what they are about.

Anyway, to take that step from a board game to a PC game we have to make some small adjustements about the concept, but we also want to add some new things. One of my friends suggested tht it would be cool if our four main characters each had a background story and that all those stories are somehow connected (and for example explain why they fight each other in the game or how they earn their money). As an example he said that the Hunter could return home to his house and wife at some point in the story.

I saw my chance and took it.

“Or his husband!” I added. He seemed a little confused at first, then he laughed and said: “Okay, or his husband, if you want to. But if we have a gay character we also need a lesbian character.”

A small success.

“Okay,” I said, “Let’s let the mage be a lesbian, the paladin asexual, the hunter gay and the warrior bisexual.”

He seemed shocked.

“No, we can’t make every character gay. We have to have some normal characters as well.”

When he said “normal” he just made me insist on it even more.

“Oh yes, we can,” I said, “And what do you mean with ‘normal’?”

“Why do you want every character to be gay?”, he then asked.

“I don’t want every character to be gay, I want a gay, a lesbian, a bi and an asexual character”, I explained, “Furthermore I want them to be this way, because it’s extremely rare to have non-hetero characters in a game.”

The friend who’s already played Inquisition interrupts us.

“But Dorian is gay,” he said.

And I feel how my time has come.

“Yes, he is,” I agreed, “But if you think about it, he’s the first and only gay romance option in the whole Dragon Age series. All the other guys before were hetero or bisexual.”

“But -” he starts, but then he thinks for a moment and I could see a hint of realization in his face.

“Hmm… yeah, I guess you’re right.”

SUCCESS!!! is all I can think.

“Okay, come on, but what about Mass Effect?” the first friend starts again, “They have some more gay characters.”

I shake my head.

“Same here. One exclusively gay romance option in the entire series so far.“

The third friend in the meantime tries his best not to listen to us because he doesn’t want to get spoiled about both games.

“Argh, okay. I can’t say anything against that argument then, I guess” the first friend admits, “Okay, then let’s make them gay, lesbian, bi and asexual.”

We also had a short discussion about what it means to be asexual, and I think I might even have convinced them to let one of the characters be a transwoman… But I’m already more than happy that they listened to my idea and that our game has characters of different races AND representig the lgbtqa community. And I promise, I will insist on this, in case my friends (or that professor) want to change something about the character’s sexual identities.

But overall I’d say: today was a successful day :D

anonymous asked:

Hello dear person who may or who may have not (definitely did) thrown IronPanther on my face. And now my guilty pleasure whenever I feel sad about Civil War is T'Challa gathering Cap's team in a conference room and everybody's think shit something's important is gonna down. And then T'challa took out his tablet and started, "So, what do you think Tony would enjoy more, Itaian or sushi? Or Steak, maybe?" And Steve's vein just pops and yeah, I'm happy again haha just thought I'd share that.

Oh my god that is fantastic.

“Next item-”
“Er, Your Highness, how many ‘items’ are there?”
T’Challa’s eyes rise from the tablet to level Steve with a look. “Enough. Now, if you please. Concert or a movie? If a movie, would he prefer going out or watching it at home?”
“Why don’t you just ask him?” Scott said, voice faint with confusion. T’Challa sighs.
“And have him make an excuse so he can talk himself out of it in the meantime? No, Mr. Lang, I need a preemptive strike.”
To Steve’s horror, Sam is nodded sagely at T’Challa. “That’s a good plan, Your Highness. Don’t give him time to think.” T’Challa inclines his head with a small smirk at the corner of his lips.
Steve is not completely sure how this became his life. “He likes sushi,” he grits out, even though Tony is a snob and hates raw fish. “And he likes staying in for movies. He always complains about theater popcorn.” Even though Tony loves going out for movies because he never got to as a child and the last time they went together the man bought a whole large popcorn just for himself along with like three boxes of Buncha Crunch. “Did you have anything important to talk about, Your Highness, or just Tony Stark’s love life?”
T’Challa looks at him evenly, just a hint of speculation and…amusement in his eyes. Steve kind of hates him, hates himself more for being petty, but dammit he will not have one more thing taken away from him.
The king rises smoothly. “Thank you for your assistance, Captain.”
One week later Natasha visits and her eyebrows seems permanently cocked. “What?” he finally asks her.
“The last three nights Tony’s been passed out in T’Challa’s lap in the living room,” she says in one breath. Steve blanches but she holds up a hand. “That’s not the weirdest part. Tony told me to tell you ‘thanks.’ Said you helped T’Challa.”
Steve opens his mouth but has no breath to speak. He feels vaguely ashamed but it is drowned out at the happiness of Tony speaking to him, even by proxy. He hangs his head and huffs out a laugh. “I’m glad he’s getting some rest. He deserves it.” Nothing’s been stolen from him after all, but this is Tony Stark; he should have known the man would just build something new.
Nat smiles at him and pats him on the cheek before leaning in conspiratorially. “That wasn’t the weirdest part either. They were watching Gingerdead Man. T’Challa was laughing.” Steve laughs harder and she holds her hand over her heart dramatically. “Don’t make me go back there, Steve, it’s scary.”

battybizarre  asked:

Being a goth in Hufflepuff must be quite convenient for outfits seeing that the colours are black and yellow. Like, your scarf looks so nice with your black outfits! You could probably even wear Batman stuff if you like Batman and still look true to Hufflepuff. Odd observation but thought I'd share it anyways haha

Hahaha yes I was totally just saying to my boyfriend the other day that batman is clearly a hufflepuff 😂😂😂