Hello, class. Today I would like to tell you why “Yasha” is not a good thing for you to call Bucky in fic while he is the Winter Soldier.
It’s not “James” in Russian. It’s not. “Yasha” is the diminutive of “Yakov,” which is obviously Jacob. And yes, I know they have the same Aramaic? (I think) root, but like, here’s the deal – neither I (immigrated from the former Soviet Union as a child) nor my parents (lived in the Soviet Union for a good chunk of their lives) have ever met anyone named Yasha who wasn’t Jewish.
Don’t come at me with some exception you found on the internet – it’s a name that carries strong signifiers of Eastern European Jewishness. And we all know how the Soviets felt about Eastern European Jews (in case you don’t know – hint: really fuckin’ not great). It’s really unlikely that they would give a name with those signifiers to their super-weapon, especially in order to give him a name that’s etymologically close to his given name.
I think one of my favourite things about redeemed!Kylo is the thought of him coming face-to-face with Hux.
Scruffy and feral Hux who’s still hurt from Kylo abandoning him, abandoning them.
Hux, who’s lost everything now that the First Order is in ruins, is almost growling as Kylo stands in front of him. He tries not to think of how his Ren has been replaced by this cowardly, false hero with Ren’s body, the body that Hux knows so well.
And Kylo is at peace with himself so he’s unnaturally calm in front of Hux, so opposite of what Hux’s Ren would be like, his eyes soft and his tone warm despite being able to sense the intense anger and hatred rolling off Hux in tsunami-like waves.
Hux calls him ‘Ben’, sneering at him as though the name is an insult and Kylo tries not to react, tries not to show how much Hux’s fury is hurting him.
Kylo promises Hux that he’ll be unharmed if he surrenders quietly, that he doesn’t want to cause Hux any more pain. And he means it.
But Hux won’t surrender, especially not to Ben Solo, the man who killed Kylo Ren and took everything from him.
This is Hux’s last stand.
And it’s against the man who he’s sold his heart and soul to.
“It made no sense that his eyes had been drawn to Alec, over and over again. Alec had hung to the back of their little group, had made no effort to attract the eye. He had striking coloring, the rare combination of black hair and blue eyes that had always been Magnus’s favorite, and Magnus supposed that was why he had looked in Alec’s direction at first. Strange to see the coloring that had so distinguished Will and his sister, so many miles and years gone by, and on someone with an entirely different last name …
Then Alec had smiled at one of Magnus’s jokes, and the smile had lit a lamp in his solemn face, making his blue eyes brilliant, and briefly taking Magnus’s breath away.”
Because it wasn’t just the Korean members’ dream to have a Tokyo Dome concert…it was his too.
And he’s going to have to miss not one…not two…but ALL of their Japan tour. He is going to get/has gotten so much hate for not being able to attend…But can anyone else imagine him looking at calendar after calendar, having meeting after meeting with his managers and studio in China in order to find a way for him to make it to at least the first concert date? Because i see it so vividly. That is who Yixing is. He loves EXO and has stated ten too many times that he will not leave. He worked to write us a song called Promise - a word he doesn’t take lightly.
But I am also imagining him being overcome with all the harsh words to be thrown his way after the Japan tour has ended and all the fans are bitter and angry and disappointed and sad. After all the articles detailing how he missed one of the biggest concerts of EXO’s career come out one after the other like an endless document of failures. After all the calls from the members telling him how amazing the concert was and how they wished he was there but understand that he couldn’t make it.
Why do i feel like he would leave if it all became too much? And it would be terrible because Yixing would feel horrible for letting not only his fans down, but also himself. But there is a line to be crossed and i think the time is near.
Cloud play-fighting with the bfs though
They see him sort of like a harmless kitten, who bats his adorable little paws at you and is generally harmless. He likes to tap his hands against things when he’s bored, and if he’s close that can mean Angeal’s scruffy jaw and cheeks, Genesis’s shoulders, Zack’s arms and Sephiroth’s hips.
Angeal scrunches his face up in a way that’s cute when that happens which just encourages the violence, really, so if he’s sitting on the couch Cloud will climb onto his lap and harass him a little. Genesis and Sephiroth tend to grab his wrists when he starts to gently whack at them - they get locked in a struggle where Cloud will growl in his throat and try not to laugh as he attempts to overpower them. Sometimes Genesis will switch both Cloud’s wrists to one hand and use the other to tickle him, the asshole - then Cloud will try to get him with his knees and feet and anything he can flail, really. Sephiroth always, /always/ uses kisses to distract him, making Cloud’s arms go from lax copies of what he learned in hand-to-hand to winding sweetly around Sephiroth’s neck, his cheeks turning pink.
Zack, as the one primarily in charge of Cloud’s training, can get rough - they roll around on the floor and Cloud does his best to force the SOLDIER into submission. Zack lets him get close but always slips out of his hold, usually to turn the tables and make Cloud wriggle out of his own, usually with a murmured praise or two if he manages it (or even if he doesn’t).
They indulge him and never hurt the infantryman (with a few small exceptions that led to Cures, apologies, shaken SOLDIERs, and lots of talking as a group). Cloud is occasionally too awkward or quiet to initiate intimate moments on his own so sometimes this is his way of getting close and getting those kisses he was after all along, and other times it’s just fun to make the four super SOLDIERs stay on their toes
And eventually the day comes that Genesis does something stupid, and Cloud rolls his eyes, laughs, and hits him–and Genesis says “Ow!” and the four of them stare wide-eyed at their young man and realize soon he’s going to be a SOLDIER too.
you want to know what bothers me? the fact that Lay had to ask ppl not to hate him. the fact that he deals with microaggressions and mistreatment from exo-Ls and SM. the fact that this boy is trying to prove he’s loyal and trustworthy to ppl who don’t deserve the time of day from him.
the fact that besides Xingmis, everyone else ignores these things, it sickens me.
he doesn’t exist in a bubble so that you can make nsfw comments about him and drool over his abs. news flash, he’s a real person, and you need to acknowledge that. cut the crap and be a real fan.
Friendly reminder that children are not obligated to let you hug or kiss them no matter who you are. If a child is saying they don’t want to touch you, respect that. If a non-verbal child is pulling or pushing away when you go to touch them, respect that. Just because they’re children doesn’t mean they don’t have basic human rights too, and in fact, we should be extra careful to teach them this as early as possible. Please respect children. They are not a separate species with a separate set of rules. They are human beings.