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Kaiba and Yami no Yugi at Alcatraz: As a Friend

Is Yu-Gi-Oh! a story about a bunch of teenage kids who happen to play a card game?  Or is it a story told through its card games?  One thing I love about Yu-Gi-Oh! Is the way the duels do their fair share of carrying the story.

I think this is especially true for Kaiba.  He communicates through his cards.  From Death-T onwards, Kaiba frames the duels he participates in and observes as a test of competing philosophies.  He uses duels to help him understand what he needs to do to move forward and to gauge whether he’s on the right track to reach his goals.  Yami no Yugi matches him in this belief – and that turns their duel at Alcatraz into an increasingly urgent conversation and debate about all the things Kaiba is struggling with in his life in his drive to reach the future he wants.  

Kaiba is very clear about the stakes in this duel.

One of the things that makes Kaiba so heartbreaking is that he recognizes that something is wrong… he knows that as much as he desperately wants a future that’s different from his past, something inside himself keeps preventing him from grasping it.  To his enormous credit, Kaiba doesn’t shy away from or dismiss this realization.  Instead he embraces it with a sincerity that’s obvious no matter how wrong headed (and at times jaw-droppingly inappropriate) each extravagant plan becomes.

Unlike most of the characters –  and much of the fandom – Yami never suggests that there is anything maladaptive (not to mention flat-out ridiculous) about the deadly earnestness with which Kaiba approaches his duels or the deep emotional stakes he places on them.  If anything, Yami more than matches him in this regard, and it is this shared belief in their duels and their cards that makes their matches so charged.

Alcatraz is Kaiba’s duel, the duel that he has pursued with increasing desperation throughout Battle City and Yami allows Kaiba to define its meaning. 

At one point in his life,  Kaiba needed every single destructive quality – his anger, his hatred, his refusal to trust anyone or consider  any point of view but his own – to survive… only to have those same qualities end up being the very things preventing him from reaching the future he wants.  And it becomes painfully obvious he’s trying to use the weapons he honed under Gozaburo to escape his adoptive father’s influence, because that’s all he knows.  

This can’t work.  And some part of Kaiba knows this.  He’s said or thought at least twice when with Yami that winning only provides temporary relief.  He even acknowledges that scoring a direct victory over Gozaburo didn’t help bring the changes he’d hoped for.  

But because aggression, competition and winning is all he knows, Kaiba keeps chasing after another, purer victory, one that will finally work.  Yami recognizes the futility of what Kaiba is doing, and tries, with increasing urgency, to knock Kaiba off a path that is never going to lead to the destination he wants.  

There’s a reason that this duel is titled “As a Friend.”  Yami is acting as a friend here, trying to help Kaiba reach his own goals.  And you can feel Yami’s frustration at Kaiba’s single-minded insistence in following a course that Yami can see is going nowhere – as well as his determination to prove to Kaiba he needs to find a better way in a confrontation that has turned painful for them both.  

But words aren’t going to do it and Yami knows that. Kaiba is someone who has been lied to and manipulated throughout his entire life, someone who has been abandoned, betrayed or abused by every single person that he should have been able to expect help from.  He’s never going to believe in mere words.  But Kaiba does put his faith in duels and their outcomes.   So Yami speaks to Kaiba in the language that Kaiba himself has chosen for this conversation; he speaks to Kaiba through his cards.   

A lot of attention, and rightly so, has been placed on the importance of Jounouchi’s Red Eyes Black Dragon card and the way it gives Yami the victory, but the one that gets to me is the Spell card that sets up that win.  Yami has spent the entire duel trying to tell Kaiba that his own anger and hatred are strangling his future before it can be born.  And then Yami underscores this message in the only way he can, the only way that has a chance of getting Kaiba to listen.

Kaiba has build his dragons into an unstoppable force; they are the expression of his rage and hatred.  Yami cries out passionately, trying to get through to Kaiba that he’s trapping himself within his own hatred in his search for freedom, that instead of deliberately feeding his anger until it swallows everything else, Kaiba must, for his own sake, find a way to defuse it instead.

And then…  this is the card Yami plays against Kaiba’s ultimate dragon, the ultimate expression of Kaiba’s anger.


He plays a card that’s literally named De-fusion.

It’s not often a duel has a mic drop moment, but for me, this is it.

And as much as Kaiba lashes out at Yami, he also returns again and again throughout the rest of Alcatraz to consider the meaning of both this duel and Yami’s subsequent one against Malik – and ultimately Kaiba comes to accept their message.

I think it’s significant that Kaiba’s reflection on his duel with Yami ends with a rare, genuine smile.

Sketches - Natasha Romanoff x Reader

Request:  Can you do letters V, C and W with Natasha from your Alphabet Prompts? fluff in the end if possible :)

C - “Clint shut up!”

V - “Very helpful babe.”

W - “Why have you gone bright red?”

A/N: This is the first Natasha Romanoff x reader fic I’ve done, no idea if its actually any good so…tell me what you think? Anyway, enjoy!

You sighed as you continued your sketch, still trying to get the proportions of the face right. Clint chuckled as he looked over your shoulder. “Is that supposed to be Natasha?” He teased causing you to slam your hand over the paper in embarrassment. “Clint shut up!” You growled, tears threatening to fall from your eyes.

“Okay, sorry sorry, you know Nat will kill me if I make you cry…” Clint squeaked as Natasha walked in. “Clint what are you doing now?” Natasha almost snapped, she could see you were slightly upset. Clint fled the room in response whilst Natasha sat next to you, prying your hand from the paper.

 “Have you tried a different pencil?” She suggested causing you to squint at her. “Very helpful babe.” You stated sarcastically, grabbing a different pencil in the process.

“What’s it supposed to be anyway?” Natasha questioned causing you to look at her giving her a ‘are you serious’ look. She gave you a ‘i’m a spy’ look in response causing you to sigh and curse under your breath. She smirked before noticing your flustered appearance.

“Why have you gone bright red, baby?” Natasha questioned, almost teasingly, she knew why you were bright red. You started stuttering before passing the sketchpad to her. Natasha smiled, a rare smile in Tony’s opinion as she looked at all the sketches of the Avengers, smiling at the group photo with her, Pepper, Maria and Wanda in, Wanda’s red energy displayed around the picture. It had been painted by you.

“You don’t need to stress over one drawing baby, how about we go take a break by watching a film then you come back to this later?” Natasha suggested, her warm breath hitting your neck. You nodded, tensing before Natasha dragged you from the table onto the couch, playing The Lion King on the TV. You smiled as you curled up on the couch, resting your head on Natasha’s shoulder. Natasha wrapped her arm around your waist in response, her hand slipping under your t-shirt, resting on your back.

You smiled in response, kissing her cheek before the two of you relaxed, watching the film.

Patching Pain With Presents

Aaaaaand once again, a day late. Hopefully I’ll catch up soon. Anyway, this is my fic for Day 2 of Scarlet Inertia Week. I hope you enjoy it in its fluffy glory. (And yes, I realize how weird it is to think of these three being fluffy at each other. It can happen.)

And if anyone’s curious, the song mentioned in this fic is [this one].

Day 2. Gifts/Presents

‘I got you something’ were the most dreaded words in the English language as far as Thad was concerned. Every time he’d ever heard it from Zoom it was always right before he got thrown into one more situation he didn’t want to be in. A new friction-less suit? Go fight Flash or Impulse and make their lives hell for me. A suit that had a stealth mode that could disguise him as Bart so he’d be less likely to be harassed? Go take Impulse’s place for me and sabotage that family from the inside. More reliable communications systems built in? Listen to me bitch and complain constantly over how you’re doing everything wrong no matter how hard you work— no it’s not good enough and how dare you question me. A decent computer that could almost keep up with him? Learn how to use this so you can be useful for once— and while you’re at it work your ass off until I’m satisfied that you’re better with computers than Impulse can ever be. It was always a trap, a back-handed gift, another way to use and manipulate and maneuver him to whatever ends Zoom had— all while constantly being given the message that no matter how hard he tried that it would never be good enough.

So when Red bashfully said, “I got you something,” that worry slammed full-force into his mind.

Thad eyed him warily, not quite looking at him head on. “Yeah? What?”

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underscoreasta  asked:

I want to know my author! If it's not too much, 8, 16, and 23 please? Have a lovely day (:

8) favorite genre to write

I’m fix-it trash, no surprise there. I like to write about what someone (Tolkien? Lewis?) called the “eucatastrophe” which is the sudden, awe-inducing, terrible, and seismic moment in a character’s life when something goes right. And all its repercussions.

16) are there any characters who haunt you?

I feel like I tend to get more seized by moments than by characters. The very large and very fucked-up cast of Naruto probably also prevents any one character from totally seizing my imagination also.

23) any obscure life experiences that you feel have helped your writing?

I think I answered this number from another person but I’ll give another answer anyway. Knowing Chinese has been unexpectedly helpful in writing Naruto fanfiction. Naruto is consciously modeled after Japanese culture, and specifically an older period of Japanese culture which was very heavily Chinese-influenced; also, being able to read Chinese characters helps a lot with coming up with names for OCs and places.

My supah sekrit OC naming scheme:

  1. Come up with a thematically appropriate Chinese character. I want a surname for Konan? Let’s go with 折 which means “to fold (paper)”.
  2. I go over to jisho.org and put “折” in the input bar with “#names” as a filter.
  3. I scroll through the authentic Japanese names until I see one that seems like it has an attractive meaning. Ooh, Orikubo 折久保! That means something along the lines of “fold - forever - protect”. How thematically appropriate for angelic Konan!
  4. ????
  5. Profit!

She’s the betta half of the two

anonymous asked:

Ahhh the Captain America movies give me life, Fran. Like I could watch them around the clock and never get over how great they are. They aren't even just good superhero movies. 1 is a great war movie (so grateful the creators of Wonder Woman seemed to learn from that). 2 is a spy thriller. And Civil War is just everything the Avengers movies should have been. I could yell about it all day. And BUCKY. Cap and Bucky... I cry. So. Much. Have you ever considered a KiriBaku Stucky AU? I have.

Have you ever considered a KiriBaku Stucky AU”  BOI have I, that’s like the most fitting and most heartwrenching AU I’ve ever thought about anon you got no clue you know what here have some shitty doodles to go with it too

Kirishima’s backstory makes him a great Steve - he used to be weak but couldn’t stand back and mind his business anyway, picked fights left and right even though he always lost them, wanted to be a hero even though his body didn’t let him - Steve’s a definitely more extreme case, but Kiri fits amazingly in the role. 

As far as their past goes, Bakugou’s a bit of a loose fit for Bucky (even though you could shorten Bakugou into Bucky if you really wanted to… lmao), but moving up in the story their shared history is… weirdly fitting??

Getting kidnapped to be turned into a villain? Kirishima going against orders to go save him? That’s catfa’s plot in a nutshell, it’s amazing - and later on with Bucky being a hero seen by the whole world as a villain, that’s very Bakugou too. I can see Bakugou fit in the plotline of Bucky struggling with what he’s done as the Winter Soldier a lot too, and Kiri following him around the world and doing anything to save him and always, always, always being on his side? Refusing to fight him at the end of catws? Boi I die, if it didn’t include so much angst this AU would be my favorite thing, I’m not even gonna lie - ah, the Winter Soldier being into fire arms and Steve’s weapon of choice being a shield work amazingly for Bakugou and Kirishima too, don’t they? The bakushima make a perfect team in the same way the stucky do, too!!


YOI Future!Verse ABO AU - 4 Koma

Shura’s cat problem

Shura absolutely adores cats and is a very proud self-proclaimed cat person. He thinks Yurio’s cat magnetism is the best magic in the world. Unfortunately, he did not inherit it, which leads to much heartbreak for his poor glass heart, which he did inherit from his mother…

(Featuring OC kid Shura)

*If the comics are hard to read, tap on the image first to bring it up in the Tumblr viewer, THEN right click view image for the unaltered slightly higher resolution.


IF YOU ARE NEW TO THIS AU: It’s a Yuri!!! on Ice AU, Yuuri-centric with end-game polyamory in an ABO setting, Yuuri gets married to four mates (Victor, Yurio, Phichit, Minami) and they have OC kids.

BASICS and timeline of this AU

INTRO to how ABO works in this AU

A SUPER DETAILED world-building headcanons post on ABO+ in this AU

OTHER POSTS (comics + illustrations) in the Future!Verse ABO section of my YOI Masterpost.


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Some DA2 things that I don’t like and am done working on. 

I always feel afraid to post wips or discarded illustrations, as I see very little artists do the same. I understand why: no one wants to admit defeat, especially when you’re admitting it in front of hundreds. At the same time, I don’t believe in promoting the idea that art is always easy.

Some drawings just don’t work out. I spent close to ten hours on the first one, and once it was finished I hated the result. The other two I worked on for a couple of hours and then lost all love for.

The more this happens, the more I realize it’s not a bad thing. Every hour I put into failed drawings is still an hour of drawing I wouldn’t have had otherwise. Every mistake I make is a mistake that I won’t make again.

It all comes back to the ideas of mileage and masterpieces, and how the two don’t always mean the same thing or lead to the same place. While there’s value in a finished piece, there’s even more value in the work it took to make that piece. If I can’t feel satisfied with the end result, I can at least be proud of myself for that.

WELL its like a month and a half later than the original wedding gown jasper LOL BUT HERE IT IS FINALLY!!! The Jaspearl Wedding 💕

So Jack finds this coffee mug in a thrift store or wherever and thinks–PERFECT gift for Bitty. 

It’s bunnies. With French. And Bitty is all

But then he takes a closer look

“Um…Did you notice…”

And nope, Jack sure did not notice that rabbit orgy occurring in the background of the cute, innocent mug he bought for his boyfriend.


you’d fly with me

doodled a handful of scenes from my latest klance fic bc i’m predictable like that

ok but side note can we not use words like “threw herself on him” or god forbid slut for dot like ??? she got a little boozed up and got carried away; magnus stopped her and she respected that. you all rly do the most when it comes to woc lmao.


pretty odd + subtitles

i just.. . can’t get over sign of the times. there is so much feeling in it - hope, desperation, strength, vulnerability, pain, love, bravery - and all of it is so palpable, i feel like i can taste it in the air while the song’s playing. he pulls you in at the very first note and tangles you into his soul with every note after that. the energy in his voice just. it washes over you, wave after wave, like an ocean of electricity and emotion.