summary: When Killian shows up on Emma’s doorstep, the last thing she wants is to take him back home to Misthaven and relive memories of their broken relationship, but it’s exactly what she’s about to do. modern royalty au.
Henry’s playing in the other room while Emma sits at her
window seat. Her eyes are trained on the water below- more specifically on the
ship, The Jewel of the Realm, that’s
Since her conversation with Killian in the middle of the
night, she’s been deep in thought about what she’s doing. Friendship with
Killian had been easy before. They’d sort of just fallen into it, and
subsequently into love, and Emma doesn’t regret it, but she certainly does wish
it wasn’t as difficult afterwards.
Did she really just? Gold had to resist the wholly amused snort (and failed) then and there at the antics. Yet this shine of liveliness was the sort he naturally tied with. So inevitably would he go and play his part. Once delinquent like features faded, a shyer and more frantic demeanor taking place as he bashfully looked away.
“A– again!? But Crystal-senpai..”
”I thought you said you just needed that because you were starving the other day, a– and only from me too! Don’t think I haven’t seen you taking it from others!” None the less, he’d draw a hand forth to reveal his Snortlax wallet. His cheeks were even childishly puffed for extra effect.
“Bully. Here! S’not like I wanna help you or anything! Not at all!”
R U L E S: Tell your followers 11 random facts about yourself and tag 11 people. Tag backs are allowed but if you do get tagged again you must not repeat any of the facts you mentioned in the previous round. The facts can be absolutely anything, whatever comes to mind first.
i love leonard snart more than anything in the entire goddamn multiverse
i used 2 major in computer science but starting next semester i will b studying media and information (sweet, sweet freedom)
i’ve never been to pottery barn
i think i’ve spent around $200 on avengers academy (i hate myself)
the first fandom i actively got involved with online is sonny with a chance in sixth grade LMAO
once i ran over my friend with my car and she had to go to the ER and it was a traumatic experience for both of us but she fuckin laughed about it
my favorite disney princesses are mulan, belle, and moana (even tho she aint a princess, she’s the chief’s daughter)
the one thing that has kept me consistently happy for the last six years is my doggo sirius
my senior year of high school i won the “selfie queen” award in mock elections
the only dctv show i havent seen is arrow (and i dont really wanna but i Gotta)
"The World Just Changed in a Big Way" - Buffy Season 11 #01
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 issue 1 is a stunning season opening with a
memorable setup and tight writing, featuring a full cast and an
intriguing setup, and ending on an ominous note that leaves one
wanting for more. (Spoilers below.)
Here’s the situation:
Buffy and friends are thriving, each in their own way, in San Francisco.
There are the usual anxieties and insecurities, but things are quiet,
more or less.
Then catastrophe strikes, in the form of a Chinese dragon (shenlong)
which appears with a sudden storm that devastates the City of San
Francisco. Buffy and friends’ attempt to help devolves quickly from
disaster prevention to disaster response.
Even in comic form, the
post-apocalyptic images of SF — buildings reduced to rubble, residents
displaced to emergency tents, a fire raging on, enveloping the whole
city — hit pretty close to home, bringing to mind the city’s devastation
in the 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake, and horrific history book account of the Big One in 1906.
On the very last page, the narrative pivots to the White House, where a worried
President and an enraged VP debrief a decorated general who’s
none-the-wiser about the situation. Three powerful men and not a clue among them. The issue ends with the VP
looking determined and menacing, declaring: “I think the question
before us right now is less how this happened…and more what we’re going to do about it.”
First, because the Chinese mythological shenlong
is not a demon capable of declaring war on the human race. It’s the
god/spirit that embodies storms and rivers. So, the natural disaster in SF is
not the intentional act of an enemy dragon with motives and agency, because the shenlong doesn’t cause disruptions in weather patterns. Instead, severe weather phenomena are
merely a reflection of the disharmony on Earth; they happen as a
direct result of things in our world being out of balance,
usually attributable to those in power.
(Get it? It’s the perfect
metaphor for climate change. We harm the planet; we get super storms.
The storms are not the Big Bad here; they’re the effect, not the cause, in a
cause-effect chain reaction of our doom-in-the-making.
if you’re one of those in power, if you’re part of the cause for the
planet being out of balance, if it’s your unconscionable dealings that
have incurred the wrath of Heaven — if you’re a denier of climate
change — you’re probably not going to react to the SF situation as a
wake-up call. Quite the opposite. You’re more likely to double-down on your belief, and
blame it on someone else, someone you’ve been dying to frame, to
That leads me to the other reason that I think things do not bode
well for our heroes in Season 11: that the political and military leadership in
Buffy’s world has proved to be both ignorant and fearful of the
supernatural. What they do not understand, they seek to vilify; what
they fear, they in turn attempt to suppress; what they cannot control,
they will do everything to destroy. Where understanding may lead to a
natural solution, they’ll instead resort to violence, to blatant abuse
In peace, this tension quietly brews. But given the
whole-city wipe-out emergency situation in SF, the politicians may see
this as “an act of war” (a phrase used by Buffy in a bewildered question
to Spike in this issue). And any war, any government countermeasure, any “war time” executive order, requires an enemy, an easy target made of “the others”; just as any disaster, anything that could be seen as a failure of the government, requires a scapegoat.
Guess who’s going to be fulfilling the roles of target and scapegoat? If you ask me — the entire supernatural community.
Anyone with powers or abilities (witches, slayers), vampires, demons,
gods, and other magical beings, may be seen as allies, held (in)directly responsible for the shenlong’s “attack” on U.S. soil. Collectively, they will be made an enemy of
the state, to be monitored and controlled and held as accomplices.
As the VP states, they don’t care about the how or the why; they care only about how they may take control of the situation. With the
political leaders ruling from fear of, anger towards, and need for
the little-understood “others” that make up the supernatural community,
will we see a project like a large-scale installation of the Initiative? Will we, perhaps, see something chillingly similar to one of the darkest pages in our nation’s history?
I’m not sure. But for the first time in a long time, we see everyone in
Buffy’s little found family out of crises and doing relatively well,
and as Spike says, drawing from over a century of experience, “The world
just changed in a big way.”
alternately heart-warming and devastating, full of self-introspection
and witty dialogue, and above all, politically relevant in 2016 heading
into 2017 – all of that in just 22 comic pages (!!!), Season 11 #1 packs a heck of a strong punch. Do not miss this season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s going to be a wild ride.