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Vaccines

And the dangers of tampering with herd immunity.

I kind of get why vaccines creep people out. Vaccination can mean getting injected by a needle filled with science juice. Although, pretty much every medical practice sounds terrifying when you break it down like that. An appendectomy means removing one of your organs through stabbery. Antibiotics are poisons used to murder things living in you. And even exercise means forcibly burning up your insides. My point is, the human body is a true carnival of horrors and frankly, I’m embarrassed to have one.

Derek + Casey + a Fake Baby (Part 2)

They enter the house much the same as they left it (bickering), only now, Casey is holding both the baby and the diaper bag and Derek is carrying both book bags. George and Nora find this to be a more unsettling arrangement, even though they haven’t the slightest idea why.

Casey goes upstairs to start on whatever homework she hasn’t already done and Derek sits in his recliner watching Tv with ‘Lex’ in his lap for a good two hours. When a particularly loud noise sets ‘her’ off, Derek mutes the Tv and bounces her for a minute (Which it can apparently respond to, and seriously, this thing is beginning to give Nora the creeps.) Then turns the volume back on lower when she settles down. George think he might hear a ‘sorry, kiddo’ somewhere in there but it was probably just his imagination.

About a half hour before dinner, Casey comes down and takes the baby from Derek, feeding it a bottle while they fight (but don’t yell, which makes more sense now) over what to watch. And, um, has Casey always sat that close to Derek’s chair even when the couch is empty? It kind of seems like she has but that’s an odd choice for two people who don’t get along…

Right as dinner is served, the baby starts to cry again and Derek changes her more or less without complaint, which, even though it’s just water, is really weird. He then hands her to Casey, who takes her upstairs to ‘bed’ while Derek takes his place at the table.

Casey comes back down and they all eat and talk and argue as they normally would, but George and Nora can’t help but pay a little extra attention to their eldest children who are mostly only talking to, at, or about each other. When Casey gets absorbed in a conversation with Lizzie and doesn’t look at him for two whole minutes, he starts trying to throw little bits of his roll down the front of her top until she yells “Der-EK” and starts lecturing him about respect and maturity and manners and his profound lack of all of the above. Derek rolls his eyes but also looks like he’s won something.

When the sound of the robo-baby crying makes its way down stairs, Casey starts to get up, saying she must not have rocked her long enough (seriously what is this thing and what ever happened to just not destroying a bag of flour?), but Derek is done eating and says he’ll get it. The way Casey smiles down at her food when the crying stops just a minute or so later leaves George and Nora with a sense of dread that they cannot (refuse to) puzzle out a reason for.

The way I see it, Prince Lotor could either be a great opportunity for serious drama or just an absolute Team Rocket-style shitty villain, and either way I am 110% ready to see Voltron dropkick him into space.

The 9 Elements of a VILLAIN

If we’re being honest, one character is always the most fun to develop when you’re writing a new story. It must be the main character, right? The person you’re going to follow throughout the story, the one that means the most to you?

Nope. It’s the villain.

Villains are just FUN. You get to creep into the darkest corners of your writer brain and conjure up the most unashamedly detestable human being you possibly can. 

This is how we look when we begin creating a villain. 

But sometimes, it can be difficult to to make sure they’re fully believable humans. So here are the nine elements that have helped me out when developing these terrible people … 

1) Hero’s Shadow:

The relationship between the main character and the villain is the most important one in the story, because it is the source of all conflict. Without the villain causing trouble, the main character wouldn’t have the chance to be a hero. Without that trouble, the main character’s weaknesses wouldn’t be pressured, which means they couldn’t change. The villain is a condensed and magnified embodiment of the inner weakness that the hero is battling. They’re the SHADOW of hero, the example of what will happen if the main character goes down the wrong path. Both are facing the same problem in different ways. For example Darth Vader and Luke.  

2) Conflict Strategy:  

In the pursuit of stopping the hero from achieving their goal, the villain is going to attack them on 1) a personal relationship level 2) a societal level and 3) an inner level. They’re going to attack the people around them, they’re going to cause consequences for the community surrounding them, they’re going to get into their head and plague them. Because the hallmark of a villain is that they’re the person who’s perfectly suited to attack the hero’s greatest weakness. Villains should have a distinct set of tactics to destroy the main character, on at least two levels. 

3) Flaws: 

This one’s expected. Of course a villain has flaws, it’s in the job description. But flaws do not equate to ‘He kicks turtles every morning before breakfast’ or 'His favorite hobby is butterfly stomping’ or, more within the realm of possibility, “He wants to kill the hero”. These are evil actions, NOT flaws. A lot of villains, particularly in movies, will be given horrible things to do without any explanation for WHY they do them. And it’s pretty easy to give them reasons: just give them human weaknesses! That’s it. Whether the actions they take are as small as theft or as big as blowing up a planet, these actions stem from recognizable HUMAN FLAWS. So like a main character, a villain needs mental and moral flaws.  

Yup, even Maleficent has human flaws. And she’s a dragon part of the time. 

4) Counter Goal: 

All characters exist because they want something. And what do villains want? To get whatever the main character wants (for very different reasons), to stop them from reaching their goal, or another goal that directly conflicts with the hero’s goal. As long as that big tangible thing they want locks hero and villain in battle, you’re good. Think 101 Dalmatians: Cruella and the good guys are fighting over the puppies.  

5) Surface Motivations:  

Why is it that villains always have a team of followers? Because villains never outright state their true motivations. They always have a cover story, and that cover will paint them as righteous. Villains want to look like the good guy. So their real Hidden Motivations are defended by twisting perceptions of Good & Evil, by portraying evil acts in a positive light, by indulging their followers selfish emotions and desire to feel like “one of the good guys. " 

Take Gothel for example: she’s a loving mother who wants to protect her daughter from all the world’s darkness. (Sure you do, Flynn stabber.)  

Surface Motivations never stand up to logical scrutiny and a functioning moral compass, but giving your bad guy a compelling argument against your good side always makes things more interesting, which brings us to …

6) Counter Statement:

The main character needs to learn some kind of truth that will enable them to fix their lives, overcome their weaknesses, banish their ghosts. It’s whatever statement about "how to live a better life” you want to prove with your story. Your villain has other ideas. They don’t agree with that statement, have other beliefs about living life well, and represent an argument against it. For example, Voldemort: “there is no good and evil, there is only power, and those too weak to seek it." 

Although your argument isn’t very convincing, Voldy. I mean, you’re living in the back of some guy’s head.

7) Characterization: 

This is everything on the surface of the villain. The way they speak, the way they look, the way they act, their role in life, their status and power. This is the facade they project for the world to see, a calculated effort to control how they are perceived. This is closely connected to that surface want, because that surface is what they wish people to believe about them. Over time, the reader and the other characters are going to be able to see through this mask and see what it conceals. My favorite Disney example of this is Mother Gothel: on the surface she’s this bubbly mom who loves Rapunzel and wants to protect her from the harshness of the world. 

You can think of this as the text … 

8) Hidden Motivation: 

And this is the subtext. That surface motivation they want the world to believe is a mask concealing their true motivation, which is always rooted in their flaws,  selfishness, and skewed beliefs. 

9) Ghosts, Justification, Self-Obsession: 

These three are closely related, so they get counted together.
Like main characters, villains have GHOSTS: events from their backstories that knocked their worldviews out of alignment, that marked the beginning of their weaknesses, that haunt them still. Because these happened, the originally benign person allowed themselves to turn into someone who could occupy the job of "villain” in a story. Usually, these events are genuine misfortunes and are worthy of sympathy, just like the ghosts of a main character. Think of Voldemort growing up in an orphanage talking to snakes.

BUT! When it comes to ghosts, the major difference between a hero and a villain is HOW THEY DEAL with these unpleasant past events. Both have suffered, but react to suffering in very different ways. A villain will be consumed by these events, obsessed with the real (or imagined) persecution or disadvantage they’ve endured, convinced that all personal responsibility is nullified by their status of injured party. Past tragedies become a talisman that grants immunity from decency. 

This scene from A Series of Unfortunate Events sums it up.  An adult makes an excuse for a terrible person by saying he had a terrible childhood. And Klaus replies: 

Yes, maybe they’ve both lived through tragedy. But THE KIDS aren’t hurting others because of it. 

Because villains, who are constantly victimizing heroes, are completely convinced that THEY are the true victims here. No matter what they do, no matter what they are, they blame everything on that ghost, whether it was another person, society, or circumstances. And later they blame the hero, who they see as the REAL villain. For example, Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame:  

“It’s not my fault, I’m not to blame”

So! WHY are villains like this?

SELF-OBSESSION! Yup, villains spend an unhealthy amount of time thinking about themselves and their plights and their plots. Think of any villain and it’s not hard to see the inherent narcissism behind everything they do. Like willingness to take action is the nonnegotiable trait of a main character, self-obsession is the trait that all villains seem to share. 

So! Developing villains in this way has worked out for me so far. If it looks like it might be helpful for you, give it a try.

And in the spirit of creating someone to torment our main characters and ruin their lives, here’s one more maniacal laugh for the road:

I love the Winnie the Pooh newspaper comics. Everyone’s such a dick to eachother, it’s so out of character. Is it simply called “Winnie the Pooh”? I never bothered to read the title, I just call it “It’s Always Sunny in the Hundred Acre Woods”

Sansa: *apologizes to Jon about how bad she treated him in the past and asks for his forgiveness*

Fandom: ……

Sansa: *Makes Jon clothes with the house stark sigil on it*

Fandom: ……..

Sansa: *Encourages Jon to keep going after he apparently gave up on fighting*

Fandom: ……

Sansa: *Tells Jon he should have the Lord’s chambers in winterfell (basically saying she doesn’t want to rule and he should)*

Fandom: ……..

Sansa (to jon): You are (a stark) to me.

Fandom: ……..

Sansa: *smiles at Jon while he is giving his speech*

Fandom: …….

Sansa: *Makes a sour face while looking at Littlefinger at the end of the episode*

Fandom: I KNEW IT!! THIS BITCH CAN’T BE TRUSTED!! SHE IS GONNA BETRAY JON!! SHE HATES JON!!! KILL THE WITCH I SAID KILL HER OFF!!!!

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Men of Reddit, what innocent behaviors have you changed out of fear you might be accused of wrong doing? • r/AskReddit
14353 points and 13890 comments so far on reddit

Just a short selection of comments I found. It seems men can’t seem to get away from being called pedos and perverts.

Sticking to myself at shopping centers.

I’m a tall(6'3), bearded man who grew up in a small town of about 800. So I grew up holding the door for anyone, saying have a nice day or howdy everywhere I go, and help anyone with anything if they need it. It’s just how I was raised.

One day I was headed to my girlfriends house and decided to stop at Walmart to grab some snacks on the way down. I was 20 years old at the time, but for as big as I am and the beard you could confuse me for 25-30. Anyhow, I was standing in the chip isle and noticed a little girl no older than 5 wandering around looking frightened, so I walked over and said are you lost? And she just kept saying “ mommy ” so instantly trying to do the right thing I thought to take her to the cashier so she may call over the loud speaker and call for her mother. As I walked she held her hand up to hold mine and I thought nothing of it, being as I was only doing the logical thing. Next thing I know the mother runs up to me screaming and snatching her daughter up, calling me a kidnapper and threatening to call the police. I tried explaining the situation and where I was trying to take her, unfortunately she was an uneducated moron and at that point I got a little heated and decided to tell her to maybe not let her child run off next time. Moral of the story, I tried to do the right thing not even thinking about how it would look for a bearded man to be walking with your little girl, even though they shouldn’t of been left alone, but it’s definitely something I’ll never do again.

When shopping with my wife and she wants to try stuff on I just have her text me pictures of her outfits if she wants my opinion.

We were at Macy’s a few months ago and I was just patiently waiting outside the dressing room waiting for my wife and she would open the door and step out to get my opinion.

I was just looking at my phone and minding my own business when I notice people walking up to me. A middle aged woman had gotten a manager and she had brought a security official of some type and asked me to leave or they would be forced to call the police.

It was super embarrassing and now I feel super self-conscious when shopping with my wife.

I stopped going to the playground with my niece. She loves it when I’m there with her. Going on slides with her or pushing her swing. But according to the mother’s there and the old ladies its creepy for a man to go there, even with my niece.

At first I didn’t care, I just ignored them. But some even went as far to ask my niece who’s only 3 if I was her father and other inappropriate things. Even got the cops called on me twice and after explaining the situation and having to go as far as having to get my sister down there, they left. But I’m still a creep to the woman’s eyes. I don’t talk to the other kids, I say Hi back and answer them if they ask something.

But… I just don’t understand.

I’ve been getting driving lessons recently and after the first one the instructor dropped me off and when we were organising new lessons we just said we would meet at the same place. It’s outside a school.

We probably met there about 10 times at various parts of the day in a car with massive “Driver Learning School” stickers all over it.

A woman came up to me yesterday as told me how it was wierd that two men met there and how people were talking and how there were “weirdos” about who people thought were selling drugs and how we wouldn’t want anyone thinking we were “weirdos”.

I’m a large dude. I seem to get more scared of this at work.

I’ve been told I’m intimidating in meetings. I pay close attention to my tone and body language now.

I stare at the elevator doors with my headphones on, especially when a lady gets on.

When the kids charity uses our offices for events every few weeks, I go to a different floor to use a private bathroom so I’m not alone in a public bathroom with any kids.

I volunteer at cub scouts. No parent or scoutmaster (predominantly male) is allowed to take the children anywhere alone. Not even to let them play in the gym after the pack meeting.

A female colleague was leaving the company. I offered a handshake. She asked for a hug (which I gave). I told her that in a company with 60% women, you never assume a hug. She nodded and said ‘Fair point.’

I have a bad back. I asked for a place to lay down occasionally during the day for short periods of time. They told me to use the 'wellness room’. Which is built for and decorated for nursing moms. And it’s outside the women’s bathroom. I told them a 6'4" dude with a beard laying on the floor outside the women’s bathroom is not a good look. They agreed. I lay on the cold tile of the handicapped bathroom now.

All it takes is an accusation, even if wholly unfounded. The conversation will always be there. I make sure I don’t even put myself in that situation.

It’s About Damn Time

Pairing: Dean x Reader

Summary: Dean and Reader are working a vampire case. When Dean decides to go in alone, things go a little differently than planned.

Word Count: 5204

Warnings: Swearing. Because I’m a fucking lady. Vampire gore and killing. Being tied up. Smut. Again, lady. Fingering. P in V sex. 

A/N: This is for @luci-in-trenchcoats 2k Follower Challange. My prompt was “Wanna try that again like you mean it?”, which is bolded in the fic. Beta’d by the ever lovely @wheresthekillswitch. Thanks for helping me make what I had even better! Feedback is always welcomed and appreciated.

Tags at the bottom. If you want added/removed, let me know!


“Dammit, Dean, answer your phone.” You’re starting to get worried now.

This is the fourth time you’ve called him, and when his voice comes over the line telling you to leave a message, it’s the fourth time you’ve had to swallow down the fear so it doesn’t come through in your voice. “You were supposed to just watch him, Winchester. If you’ve gotten yourself into trouble again, so help me God, you’re going to pay.”

You end the call, tapping your phone against your palm as you try to think. You suck a breath in through your nose, hold it for 5 seconds, then release it. You need to clear your head, figure out your next step. He’s got the Impala, of course, so if you plan on finding the him you’re going to have to borrow a car for a bit. You grab your leather jacket off the chair back, swinging it over your shoulders, shoving your hands through the sleeves as you grab your room key and head for the door. You check your phone one more time before sliding it into your pocket, shutting the door behind you as you scan the parking lot of the motel, eyes squinted to the bright mid-day sun.

There aren’t many cars parked in the poorly paved lot, and the ones that are there aren’t ones you want to trouble yourself with. You jog over to the diner across the street, eyes hopping from one car to the next until you spot a nondescript compact sitting in the back row. Yahtzee.

It’s old enough you shouldn’t have to worry about a security system but still looks like it should get you where you’re going without worrying that it’s going to break down. You walk to the car with purpose, looking for all the world like you own it. You slow as you near, hand automatically reaching out to try the handle. It always amazes you how many people just leave their vehicles unlocked in these small towns. You curl your fingers under the handle and give a tug, and sure enough, the door opens right up. With a smirk, you slide in to hotwire it and get your ass moving.

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I saw this idea running through another fandom and thought it was nice

reblog and add a Lockwood & Co. character !

Things I love about Kesh
  • she made an emergency repair kit for Drack
  • she checked in to make sure he had it on the Tempest
  • that “static”
  • the fact that she apparently used to cling to Drack’s plates screaming
  • the fact that she doesn’t take shit from anyone
  • her dedication to getting shit done
  • that she protects her crew from everything (creeps, bureaucracy, you name it)
  • “don’t give the pathfinder too much trouble” to Drack
  • the fact that she fell in love with a Krogan botanist
  • who Drack “hates” (lies - Drack likes him because he makes Kesh happy)
  • Number Eight

anonymous asked:

Hey! Could I request a Scenario for Shiro where his S/O helps bandage up some minor wounds and maybe it gets an little Smexy ( If ya catch my drift ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) )

OK, I’m so so sorry this took so long! I was like halfway through with it when my computer decided to freeze up and crash on me before I saved. I was/still am pissed.

But here we are. Just a little NSFW.

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Seventeen: Early Mornings (Hip-Hop Unit)

Seungcheol
• He’d be the ultimate cuddler tbh
• Messy Hair and his deep morning voice
• He be like super giggly
• “Cheollie, why are you laughing?” “You’re just too cute.”
• Lots of neck and shoulder kisses
• Fluffiest Boy™
• Probably sleeps with no shirt so he’s cold af

Wonwoo
•Okay but like…. Imagine holding hands while you sleep. That’d be the cutest shit.
• Takes him forever to wake up so you get to admire his face
• “Don’t be a creep, Y/n.” “Well, maybe if you weren’t so gorgeous, Jeon Wonwoo.”
• Turning on comfy music and humming the lyrics and whatnot
• Yawning Cuties
• He really likes holding your hand
• Lazy Lazy Lazy

Mingyu
• Big spoon y'all
• This boy melts for you tbh
• He could play w/ your hair all day everyday
• You could play with his hair at the same time omg
• BarefaceBarefaceBareface
• Sleepy Boi
• Caresses your face and lazy kisses

Hansol
• Lays literally all over the bed
• Seriously he’s like a starfish
• Probably seems drunk and confused when he’s sleepy
• Early morning lasts past noon sometimes
• Just cuddling and being cute
• He probably has an existential crisis every morning
• “If Jesus can walk on water, can he swim on land?” “Oh my gooooooddd, Hansol. Just shhhhhh.”

Where is the be more chill merch that my soul craves?!?!! Fuckin,,,
-Michael mell jackets without the patches so people can customize their own
-player1/player2 shirts with mikey and jere on them
-i love play rehearsal stuff for the theater kids (shirt/ hat/mug etc.)
-t-shirts with the whole cast!!!!
-stuff that says squip/squipped on it!!!
-holy heck would I love anything with some quotes on it
-s t i c k e r s
- if there was literally a n y t h i n g for Michael in the bathroom i would spend every cent i have on it
-creeps shirts!!!
-don’t even get me started on a the stuff for pinkberry, richjake, boyf riends you could fuckin do
-posters!!!!
-creeps/Michael hoodie inspired beanies!!!!
-rich’s shirt !!!
-phone cases!!!! (One that says always be aware of auto correct!!)

super special thanks to @alaskancats for helping come up with some of these!!!!