See the thing about Evangeline is that it’s pretty much as old as Jeremy and Michael’s entire friendship. Probably older, actually. Evangeline, of course, being the minifridge in their dorm that houses the Jeremy’s fantastic stock of Mountain Dew Red.
- i like bread -guy in the chair!!! -the glowy thing iS A BOMB!!!1!!! -i sound like my dad -”my dad never really gave me a lot of support and im just trying to break the cycle of shame“ -the interrogation mode voice
- i’M NOT A GIRL!!! I’M A BOY–i mean I’M A MAN!!!
-you know i larb you -just a typical homecoming…….on the outside of an invisible jet…….fighting my girlfriend’s DAD -murph the cat -peter speaking spanish -i was…….watching….porn -this is your chance, peter. KISS HER -INSTANT KILL -“i’m shocked” -the way michelle says hi to peter by giving him the finger
-none of this would’ve happened if you had just LISTENED TO ME :/
-a film by peter parker
-peter getting ready for homecoming
-peter’s face when they were taking pictures before homecoming
-37 minutes -MY FRIENDS CALL ME MJ -flash slapping peter’s ass -”i just wanna thank you for letting me be a part of your journey” -hot date with black widow -cmon peter………CMON SPIDER MAN!!!!! :/ -”suit lady” -peter jumping rope with his webs -”been carrying this since 2008″ -the “monument built by slaves” moment -couldn’t bear to lose a student on a school trip. Not again. -i just like coming here to sketch people in crisis -WHAT THE F—HEY HO, LET’S GO
-assistant to mr. holland harrison osterfield
Moving to another country is exciting, but challenging. Cultural differences become more visible and you have to adapt to a different way of life.
Here are the top things I found strange about life in Germany.
I thought Mexico was very bureaucratic, until I lived in Germany. Do you need to open a bank account in Germany? Are you a foreigner? you’ll need two weeks. First you need to ask for an appointment, then submit all the paperwork and wait until every single document, number and statement comes through the mail. Registering yourself at the local office? three days minimum. Germans know this and always complain about it. On the upside: Germans are very efficient and most things will be done right the first time.
2. Nothing is open on Sundays
In Germany most restaurants, supermarkets and stores are closed on Sundays as most people use this day to relax or be with their family. Most Cafés are open though and there are lots of parks where you can take a walk.
3. Cash only
The first two weeks I was in Germany I had lots of problems with my bank: I could pay with my card but I couldn’t withdraw cash from the ATM’s. This wouldn’t be a problem in most countries but German businesses rarely accept cards and when they do it is usually an EC Card issued by a German bank. Credit cards are not a big thing in Germany and most stores, bars and restaurants are “cash only”.
4. People will tell you what to do
Germans are very forward when giving advice and they will try to make you understand that the best way to do things is "the German way". When Germans are sick they drink ginger tea, so you must also drink ginger tea. Got a zit? rub some German ointment on it. For Germans their cars, beer, technology and everything Deutsch-made is the best (and it kind of is). I got told to “cover up” twice while walking from the gym to my house wearing shorts in the Winter so be ready to get free advice when in Germany.
5. Don’t jaywalk
Germans are very anal about this. Most people will wait until it is their turn to cross the street. If you cross before the Ampelmann turns green, there is a possibility you will be yelled at. It is vital for Germans to set a good example for children so people disregarding order deserves a good dose of public scolding. Just be civil and wait until it is your turn.
6. Internet censorship
In 2011 several foreign exchange students received fines for watching porn online ignoring Germany’s strict copyright laws. Streaming video is not always illegal, but still many youtube videos and websites are blocked and downloading illegally can get you fined with a couple hundred euros.
German cities and towns are full of beautiful buildings and monuments honouring historic moments, great people and also victims of Nazi persecution. Signs with the names of the most famous concentration camps with a big “Remember” on top can also be found outside several train stations. Other common sights are the Stopelsteine which are small golden squares found on sidewalks with information of people killed or sent to concentration camps during WWII.
8. Planning ahead
Germans love to plan ahead. You should have seen the face of my friend’s mom when I told her I had come from Mexico and had not yet found an apartment to live in Berlin. I ended up finding a place a week later but Germans tend to plan everything with lots of anticipation. Germans are not big on being spontaneous and feel more confortable when everything is carefully planned.
9. Beer is everywhere (and is everything)
Germans love beer. Legal age for drinking is 16 and people can drink just about anywhere: the subway, streets and university cafeterias. It is common to see people sipping beer at 11 a.m. and on the train heading back from work. Broken bottles are a common sight on weekends and passed out people laying in their vomit inside the train becomes part of the occasional scenery after a couple of months (in Berlin).
10. Disinfecting food
My friend Valeria who is also Mexican and has lived in Germany for over two years now told me how she looked everywhere for fruit and vegetable disinfectant when she first arrived, but couldn’t find it. Germans don’t use it. Need to wash vegetables? fill the sink with water, throw the vegetables in and stir a little. In Mexico people usually take fruits and vegetables, place them in water and then add some drops of chlorine, iodine or other chemical to disinfect, so that was a strange thing I had to adapt to.
11. Germans are the nicest people you’ll ever meet
I needed to end the list by saying that Germans are some of the nicest people I have met. The occasional douchebag is present, but Germans will go out of their way to explain things, show you their culture and cook for you. Germans will stuff you with their food, speak English to you when you have trouble getting your point across and buy you a beer when you need someone to talk to. Something I noticed as well is people buying extra loafs of bread for the homeless and young children helping the elderly cross streets, and most of all… Germans are fun!
LOUIS CASUALLY DROPPING A PHOTO OF HIM MODELING AS IF WE HAVE NOT BEEN ASKING FOR THIS OUR ENTIRE LIVES??? IMAGINE THE POWER?? WHAT DID WE DO TO DESERVE THIS HONOR??? I WOULD LIKE TO THANK GOD BUT ALSO JESUS FOR THIS INCREDIBLE AND MONUMENTAL MOMENT?? HE’S PROBABLY WATCHING ALL OF US COLLECTIVE EXPLODE RIGHT NOW??
I went to Paris and got the chance to visit the Eiffel tower. It was around 8 PM, there was a beautiful sunset and to top it off: a couple got married in front of the monument. Such a magical moment, I feel so blessed to have witnessed it. 💕
Did you notice how this fighting scene hasn’t even had any dialogue except yelling? But the action is so suspenseful. And what came before it was Jack’s monumental moment of encouraging himself to just survive? That’s another thing Samurai Jack excels at—making your eyeballs stick to the screen minus needless dialogue.
Inside a Burbank rehearsal studio, the women of Fifth Harmony — surrounded by the thousands of album booklets they’ve autographed for fans, the most dedicated of whom are known as “Harmonizers” — are having an emoji debate.
They want to use the digital icons to accompany the online reveal of the track list for their upcoming self-titled album, due Aug. 25 via Syco Music/Epic.
Dinah Jane Hansen, 20, suggested a finger pointing downward as a clue for the album’s lead single, “Down,” but the rest weren’t as easy.
“We need to go quicker, guys,” Ally Brooke Hernandez, 24, instructed as they struggled to stifle giggles.
After all, there’s other, more important business for Fifth Harmony to convey in 2017.
“We should mention we wrote most of these,” said Normani Kordei, 21.
Co-writing and ownership of records is a first for these women — since being put together on the U.S. edition of the televised singing competition “The X Factor,” the members of Fifth Harmony, which also includes Lauren Jauregui, 21, have struggled to assert their independence and prove they’re singular artists who are not just a made-for-TV creation.
We’re so in sync, the four of us. When you have a strong unit, there’s no stopping you.
— Lauren Jauregui
That Fifth Harmony even made it to album No. 3 is something of a feat. Just a few months ago, the group was parting ways — acrimoniously — with one of its founding members as rumors of conflict hit a fever pitch.
And yet in recent weeks, the act has filmed two music videos — including a sexy, lo-fi clip for “Angel,” its new single that was produced by Skrillex and carries hip-hop-inflections — and its members are rehearsing for a tour and Fifth Harmony’s debut at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 27.
“It’s the most monumental moment of our careers,” Kordei said. And the turnaround couldn’t have come quicker. Though the act seemed to be coming into its own with last year’s well-received release “7/27,” there was enough behind-the-scenes drama to fill a whole other reality show.
In December, the group appeared to be in crisis when it announced that singer Camila Cabello had exited just hours after a performance.
The group claims Cabello informed them via her representatives that she was out, something Cabello has rebutted.
And then things got messier.
Shortly after news of Cabello’s departure broke, a recording was leaked of Jauregui tearfully telling Hernandez that the group was being treated like “literal slaves.”
They were exhausted from touring — a period in which more than one member lost loved ones — and frustrated by a lack of creative fulfillment. From the beginning, Fifth Harmony has said that it had zero say in collaborators or the creation of its music, often receiving songs the day before studio sessions.
Often, its members say, the anxiety was crippling, and they started to resent performing. The dream of being the preeminent girl group of its generation was proving to be anything but.
We’ve been taking leaps of faiths — and trusting ourselves.
— Dinah Jane Hansen
“We lost the magic of it all,” Hansen added. “We were doing songs just to do songs.”
The magic, such as it was, began in 2012 when the thenteens entered the short-lived U.S. edition of “The X Factor” as solo contestants. They fizzled out but were then packaged as a group by Simon Cowell and then-Epic Records Chairman L.A. Reid.
Fifth Harmony took third place in the competition, scoring a joint deal with Epic Records and Cowell’s Syco Music.
Though a wave of boy bands had found recent success — including One Direction (assembled on the British version of “X Factor” — no girl group had managed to hit it big like Danity Kane, Pussycat Dolls, Destiny’s Child, the Spice Girls or TLC did in their prime.
Today, pop is dominated by assertive yet solo female artists, and Fifth Harmony risked looking like a relic from another era. And that doesn’t even consider the simple challenge of cultivating chemistry among a group of teenage girls who met on a TV show.
“When you get in a group, you have to go in understanding it’s not just about you and your ideas. It is a collaboration,” said TLC’s Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. “When you think of [girl groups], most of them don’t stay together, because it’s not easy at all. Chemistry is something you either have or don’t have.”
Epic worked heavily to sell Fifth Harmony, keeping the group on the road constantly, often booking concerts at malls. “Every season, for 4½ years … I was a zombie,” Jauregui recalls.
From the outside, there was much to celebrate.
Fifth Harmony’s 2015 debut, “Reflection,” saw the group pick up where Destiny’s Child and TLC had left off, with an album full of slinky dance-pop and R&B/hip-hop-informed girl power anthems — with breakout single “Worth It” becoming one of the year’s biggest earworms.
The act then made history last year as the first girl group to score a top 10 Billboard Hot 100 smash in nearly a decade with the snappy “Work From Home.”
Yet the women in Fifth Harmony said they it felt burnt out and controlled by the label — like “puppets,” they agree. The women pushed though teary onstage breakdowns, infighting and family feuding.
“It came to a point where I’d catch myself onstage and realize, ‘I’m not feeling this,’” Kordei said. “It scared me, because this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
Today, the women are relaxed and comfortable discussing their recent history. They’re dressed in active wear — Kordei’s shirt has “Phenomenal Woman” emblazoned across it, while Jauregui is wearing the anti-discrimination top Frank Ocean recently made famous — and their faces are makeup-free.
Jauregui reflected on the stress of the past.
We’ve been grateful to have a machine behind us. But we definitely needed respect — and we had to demand it.
— Ally Brooke Hernandez
“You’re in front of so many people that you know love you,” she said. “To be in a space where you don’t connect or when you feel bored in that kinda setting …”
“You feel guilty,” Kordei offered.
“It’s overwhelming to have your whole, entire life planned for something you don’t feel passionate about,” said Jauregui, the room falling silent. “You’re not seeing your family, your friends. You’re not doing anything for yourself. It was depressing, draining and sad. Now, it’s a whole different thing.”
In fact, the members of Fifth Harmony had long been fighting for the autonomy and respect that they are only now receiving. In late 2015, Hernandez contacted outspoken L.A. music lawyer Dina LaPolt, who helped the group clean house.
LaPolt got them new management with the powerhouse firm Maverick and helped transfer the Fifth Harmony trademark from Cowell to its members, giving them complete ownership of the brand.
A more favorable contact with Epic was then negotiated, but the women still weren’t in the driver’s seat when it came to music.
Everything we’ve been through, the ups and downs, I really believe it was to shape and mold us for this moment.
— Normani Kordei
“We were 15, 16 and 19 when we started,” Jauregui said. “We didn’t have any basic understanding of business, and we’re being thrown into this world of wolves where they really screw you over with contracts. We were really in a line of adversity.”
After Cabello’s departure, the women realized they wanted to work on repairing the group’s dynamic as well as its relationship with the label in order to become more vocal about its career ambitions. “We all got on the same page … and fought for our say,” Hansen said.
A key ally was Epic A&R executive Chris Anokute, who joined their team during the recording of “7/27.”
“They were uninspired, beaten up, bruised. They weren’t gelling,” Anokute said. “You could tell there were some things going on between the girls … issues with management. They started venting their insecurities and desire to write songs, and I realized they were never a part of it.”
Anokute pushed Reid to commit to another album after the turmoil with Cabello (Reid left the label in May), bolstering the group’s confidence.
“We are being more respected this time around,” Hansen said. “We are in a place where we know what we want and who we are. We’ve recognized our truth and what we have to offer — and our power.”
I love these girls and consider them sisters. I have such high visions for us, the four of us. Everything that has come true this year has been validation.
— Ally Brooke Hernandez
Fifth Harmony finding its voice shows on the new album — its title a nod to the group’s newfound independence.
The album was recorded in seven weeks at Santa Monica’s Windmark Recording, and the women co-wrote more than half of the songs on the project — splitting into pairs and penning the type of tunes they’ve wanted to do alongside handpicked producers, including Dreamlab, the Stereotypes, Harmony Samuels, the Monsters & Strangerz and Tommy Brown.
The record is raw, soulful, sexy and fully the group’s own vision.
On a recent afternoon, the pop of a Champagne bottle echoed around a boardroom inside Epic Records’ headquarters on the Sony lot in Culver City.
Cheers, air kisses and hugs awaited the ladies as they filed into a room stuffed with label staff gathered to hear Fifth Harmony’s new album — a mountain of tacos and bottles of tequila and Champagne awaiting them.
Before the music began, acting Epic President Sylvia Rhone led the room in a toast.
“To the baddest ladies in the business — it’s a pleasure to have worked with you guys,” Rhone said, her glass of Champagne hoisted high above her head as the women looked on with glassy eyes, clutching one another’s hands.
“It finally feels like we are living our lives. We’ve taken ownership,” Kordei said. “It’s been there all along, but maybe we weren’t confident enough or bold enough. This time, we’ve got the extra fire … and we don’t care what anyone else has to say.
“I kinda wish it could have been like this all along,” Kordei said with a sigh.
Jauregui, unarguably Fifth Harmony’s most outspoken member — she’s the first to admit group members barely listen to their earlier work — takes a bolder stance.
“When it comes to my personal politics and beliefs and why they’ve been so central to how I manoeuvre through the world, I think that definitely stems from my family and how I’ve been raised. I’m really into history and understanding past political movements, learning about those people who’ve made my literal existence possible, who have paved the way for me to thrive within the world. It wasn’t by accident that I am living here and living freely. There are so many movements and moments and monumental things that have happened in our world that have allowed for our collective identity to expand. We need to continue to push ourselves to be more inclusive and understanding of all people.” - Yara Shahidi featured in i-D Magazine
Could u write Dex dealing w anxiety n Nursey helping him? Literally anything pls im not having a great day tbh. No pressure though
“Okay, okay, okay, okay,” Dex whispers to himself, pacing back and forth in the room, wiping his sweaty hands on the thighs of his jeans.
“Yo, Dexy!” Nursey yells as he yanks open the door. Dex freezes in place, and his face must show some sort of existential dread because Nursey’s easy smile melts into a grimace at best as he gingerly steps inside the door and closes it softly. “Uh, you okay, dude?”
“Yeah, yeah, I’m good,” Dex nods, probably a little too hard. “I just - I have to kind of psych myself up before kegsters.”
“Psych yourself up?” Nursey repeats as Dex resumes his pacing.
“Social anxiety’s a bitch, dude,” Dex shrugs. “There’s going to be, like, a shit ton of people in the Haus and about two thirds of them are going to be strangers to me. That’s… I gotta prepare myself for that.”
After s2&3 it's safe to say Keith loving Shiro is explicitly canon (whether or not K recognizes his feelings could be romantic are another story). But I'm having a really hard time seeing Shiro's feelings towards K as anything more than "younger brother" or "young padawan" that he's got a soft spot for and trusts because he sees himself in him. As a S/heith shipper this is very frustrating!! Do you think Shiro can ever, or already does, see K in a romantic light? Give me hope o wise metawizard!
Okay sure! First off, while Shiro is definitely protective of Keith–fiercely so–their dynamic is never portrayed as “Shiro taking care of Keith.” It’s Keith who’s always running in to rescue Shiro. And we see this right from the very beginning. Keith’s intro is him setting off bombs and taking out a number of medics at the garrison. He only knocks them unconscious but it’s obvious from the death glare and fire in his eyes that this is very personal. And he’s ready for some payback.
Then he approaches Shiro and immediately softens, reaching out to gently turn his face closer and get a better look. His very first line? Saying Shiro’s name in awe and disbelief. It feels very fairytale with Shiro as the “damsel in distress” and Keith as his knight in shining armor. He fights a battle, rescues Shiro, and brings him back to his home by dawn. If they were being set up as merely having a brotherly or mentor and successor relationship, then…this intro was bizarrely, uncomfortably intimate. If Shiro were a girl, I’m pretty sure most people would agree that their intro set them up as love interests.
They’re far too overly familiar and tactile with one another for Shiro to just be Keith’s mentor I think. They share a lot of lingering touches, longing gazes, the intimate way they hold each other during the hug, ect. But at the same time, there’s this noticeable distance between them that doesn’t make sense if they’re meant to have a brotherly relationship. Keith’s constant fear of losing Shiro, Shiro not realizing how much that really terrified him, Shiro being surprised that his advice meant so much to Keith–they’re very close, but their relationship always feels like it has this sort of gravity and tension to it. It’s got this dramatic element you didn’t see with other people who are close friends, like Lance and Hunk.
And there’s also the fact that Shiro acknowledges Keith’s abilities. Yes, this ordinarily reads as “student surpassing the master,” but it feels very different. For one thing, Shiro already sees how talented Keith is right off the bat. He knows just how much Keith is capable of, knows he’s the best pilot on the team, and can already see him as the new leader of Voltron. He thinks of Keith as his equal and someone who he trusts to be another Black paladin. That’s not something you see from mentors really. And even when Shiro’s still the leader, he doesn’t order around Keith.
In season 2, Keith decides to sign up for a veritable suicide mission. Shiro knows that he’s putting his life at risk, and Kolivan expresses tells him that he needs to order Keith to stay for his own safety. Keith counters with, “No one’s commanding me. I’m doing it.” And had Shiro been Keith’s mentor, I think he would’ve just outright told him it was too dangerous. If it was Pidge or Lance or Hunk or anyone else, I think he would have said this.
And if he saw Keith as a little brother, I think he would’ve also forced him not to go for his own good. But Shiro sees Keith as someone on equal ground, someone who’s capable of making his own decisions. So even though it clearly pains Shiro, even though he softy says Keith’s name and needs to close his eyes and compose himself for a moment–he still agrees. He never tries to infringe on Keith’s autonomy.
Going back to this idea that Keith is the one who’s taking care of Shiro, we see Shiro allow himself to be vulnerable in front of Keith. And only Keith. When they crash landed on that planet in Across the Universe, I think Shiro would’ve kept up his leader facade had it been anyone else. But it’s Keith. So Shiro confesses that he might not make it, that he has no idea what they should do, that he wants Keith to come save him. And Keith comforts him, entreats him to just hold on a little longer with soft promises that siphon through the pain. “Hang on, I’m coming.”
And this is nothing new either. We’ve seen Keith protect Shiro time and again and be there for him during his panic attacks. Keith alone tends to Kuron’s bedside, the only one “Shiro” can bear to see in his condition. The way Keith constantly rescues, comforts, and cares for Shiro just doesn’t make sense if he’s like a younger brother or successor. Shiro should be the one looking after him. But instead they’re portrayed as equals. And the tender love and care Keith shows for Shiro is something you’d expect from a lover.
It’s really Keith who I think motivates Shiro to keep going. Because really, he’d given himself up for dead. He wanted so badly to live, but he was unable to let himself believe it. But then Keith says, “Don’t worry, you’re gonna make it.” And Shiro looks at him with such fondness, it’s like Keith’s just lit up his whole world. And really, I think the tenderness to his expression here looks way too intimate for something brotherly or anything you’d expect from your mentor. Feels more romantic to me
I also want to just point out how Shiro’s gaze softens during Keith’s galra reveal. It’s like he’s really seeing Keith for the first time, and he’s not horrified or upset. He’s just in awe–and no matter who Keith is, he’ll still love him just the same. I think, more than anything, he was kind of moved by the fact that he was there for such a monumental moment in Keith’s life
There are also little things here and there of course, like the way Shiro’s voice softens when he calls for him in the showdown against Zarkon. And how Keith is always so insistent that Shiro will survive–inspiring him to keep going. And then there’s that point where Kuron’s dying. Just as his eyes are slipping shut, the very first memory that resurfaces is Keith. Kuron might well have never lived those moments, but Shiro’s memory is enough to still hold Keith close to his heart. Enough for him to only allow Keith at his bedside. Enough for him to try and comfort Keith the way Shiro would.
I also think Kuron is a bit more forward than Shiro, more honest about his feelings. Shiro strikes me as a very private person, someone more withdrawn. But Kuron just smiles knowingly at Keith and teases, “How many times are you gonna have to save me before this is over?” He acknowledges just how much Keith cares for him, how he’s always going to such lengths to save him. And he’s completely unabashed in his admission.
When I saw that, I honestly thought just Shiro’s memories were enough for Kuron to have feelings for Keith. And this is interesting, because it’s not like he saw events playing out as a passive observer the way we do. Every memory he has of Keith–it’s Kuron seeing him from Shiro’s point of view. Shiro’s fond memories, Shiro’s feelings and attachments. So that Kuron seems to have a soft spot for Keith is indicative of Shiro’s perspective as well.
In short, Keith gives Shiro hope, encourages him to keep fighting no matter how dire things get. And even if he can’t fight anymore, even if he’s captured or disappears again–Keith vows he’ll always be there to save him. And honestly, I think that’s enough for Shiro to fall for him
Lili Reinhart is not a good actress. She overacts & has 3 facial expressions. KJ Apa is a better actor than her, shown in the ice breaking scene, he doesn't get as many interesting scenes to perform. Lili is a gold digger and has just succeeded in making herself more famous. And it's funny u guys get crazy whenever Lili gets hate, but u couldn't care less when Camila gets called stalker for being friends with Cole, or when people hate on Charles or when ppl r happy that Lili won over KJ
anyway my blog just lost it’s anon hate virginity. i really want to celebrate this monumental moment. :’)
LMAOOOOO, but is this a real ask? Are you being serious? You really think I care about what you have to say about Lili? Like did you really just waste your time (and mine) by sending me this ask that I don’t give a shit about? You obviously know that I stan Lili so why do you think that I’d care at all about anything bad you have to say about her? Not a good actress? that’s funny.
@zumpie, i feel like maybe you’d get a laugh out of this. Lili? A gold digger? I don’t know whether to laugh or what.
Lili gets more hate than anyone on that damn cast. I really don’t care that you don’t like her or that you think she’s a gold digger. Like???? What the fuck are you expecting me to say to this? Take your opinion somewhere else and go spread your hate elsewhere because I don’t care for it at all.
it’s incredible that i defended Lili and yet i somehow ended up getting an ugly anon like this. tragic :/
Fic Prompt: The rangers are at the Beach Boardwalk for a day off and they all want to go on a roller coaster but Trini's too short to ride so Kim jokingly decides that the two of them will go on the Tunnel of Love instead. Cue Kim and Trini on a swan shaped boat in the cheesiest ride possible and Kim loving every minute of it while Trini is just malfunctioning from so much gayness lmaooo
I got this prompt
forever ago and didn’t even realize it! This kinda got a little away from me
but I think it’s okay. Hope you enjoy it!
It’s Zack’s idea to get out of Angel Grove for a little
R&R and it’s Kim’s idea to drive down to Santa Cruz for a beach day, but
it’s Billy’s idea to hit up the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for some much needed
fun and games. And can anyone really say no to Billy? Jason drives while Trini
mans the aux cord.
When they get there the rangers spend the morning walking
through the vendor’s tents and playing games. (Jason is definitely pouting
after losing several rounds at the ring toss, but ends up grinning ear to ear
when he wins a giant teddy bear at the ‘test your strength’ hammer game. No one
comments on his subtle use of ranger strength or his obvious blush as he gives
the bear to Billy who wiggles happily before pulling their fearless leader in
for a hug).
They stop for lunch around noon and end up filling an entire
picnic table with an assortment of boardwalk delicacies (two pizzas, five
burgers, nine funnel cakes, three bags of cotton candy, two plates of fries,
and a twelve pack of Dr. Pepper). The looks on the surrounding patrons faces as
the five of them polish off everything in a matter of minutes is flat out
They dedicate the afternoon to rides. Thankfully they’re
moving through the lines fairly quickly so they decide to start on the smaller rides
before making their way up to the bigger and faster thrill rides. The only ride
they have yet to go on is the Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster that twists
and races through the turns so quickly you think you’ll go flying out of your
seat. The thing looks pretty awesome. There’s just one problem…
“Hijo de puta!” Trini curses at the height indication sign
dangling two inches above her head. She kicks the metal pole, not hard enough
to dent it, but enough to earn a glare from the watching ride attendant. Trini
shoots the guy a glare in return before Jason gently pulls her off to the side
with everyone else.
“Aw, it’s okay T. One day when you grow up you’ll be as tall
as the rest of us!”
Trini growls and swipes at Jason who neatly hops out of her
radius. Zack snickers and holds up his hand for a high five.
Kim rolls her eyes. “Come on you two. Making fun of Trini’s
shortness? How belittling.”
Trini snarls at the other girl but Kim merely smiles back and
wraps her arms around the shorter girl’s neck, pulling the littlest ranger into
her chest and smothering her. Trini thanks her lucky Zords no one can see how
red her face suddenly gets.
“It’s okay Trini. We can just skip this one.” Billy says,
squishing his teddy bear much like Kim was doing to her.
Trini pulls her head as far back as Kim allows, spitting out
a piece of her hair and giving Billy a sympathetic smile. “Thanks B, but you
guys should go ahead. I don’t want to spoil this for all of you.”
“I’ll wait with you,” Kim says, finally releasing Trini from
her hug-hold and reaching to hold her hand instead, squeezing it lightly.
“Y-you don’t have to do that.” Trini winces at how high her
voice sounds and at the way her words trip up. The heat must really be getting
to her head now; probably why her cheeks feel like they’re burning up as well.
Because it certainly has nothing to
do with her insanely gorgeous best-friend currently holding her hand and
smiling her mega-watt grin at her.
No. Not in the slightest.
“Come on Trin. The coaster’s a three-seater anyways, so this
works out perfectly. The boys will go on the ride and we’ll hang out while we
wait. Just the two of us.” Kim winks and Trini feels her knees wobble. Zack has
this shit-eating grin plastered on his face and looks like he’s about to make
some kind of comment that’ll really make Trini’s cheeks burn, but she beats him
to the punch—literally, she punches him in the gut before pulling Kim in the
opposite direction as the guys.
The boys jump on the end of the line while the girls wander
back through the games and the smaller rides, most of which they’d done
already. Kim points out a few things, making a joke every so often, but the
little yellow ranger can hardly focus on what’s happening around them because
she’s trying her damnedest not to freak out over the fact that Kim’s still
holding her hand.
But it’s not like they haven’t held hands before, because
they have; such an action was essentially a daily requirement, a stipulation of
being friends with Kimberly Hart. As far as Trini has gathered, Kim loves
physical contact and isn’t shy about initiating it either.
The first time Kim and her held hand was about a week after
Rita’s attack. They were sitting together in biology, working on a project,
when the fire alarm went off. Everyone had jumped, not expecting the piercing
wail in the otherwise quiet classroom, and Trini felt Kim’s hand clamp down
tightly on her own. Her eyes looked wild and she was breathing too hard, too
fast. Trini glanced at the iron grip Kim had on her hand and noticed the
tell-tale signs of Kim’s pink armor wrapping around her wrist.
Their teacher ushered everyone out of the room and Trini
kept to Kim’s side, not that Kim’s hold on her would have allowed her to go
anywhere else. Luckily their hands remained hidden between the two of them and
it wasn’t until they were outside and as far away from the growing crowd did
Kim’s grip ease up and she started to relax. And it wasn’t until they were told
they could go back inside did Kim finally let go of Trini’s hand.
Now Trini can understand the need for contact in that kind
of situation. Kim was scared and need a little comforting. What Trini can’t
wrap her head around is the gradual increase in touching Kim does after that
incident. Little brushes as they walk to class. Occasionally leaning on her
during breaks in training. Playing with Trini’s hair while they studied
together. Cuddling up on the couch for ranger movie marathons. And hugging.
Lots of hugging apparently.
You know, things platonic besties do.
And it’s not like Trini has ever experienced this kind of
thing with other friends, because she’s never had a friend close enough to do
this with. And it’s not like she can just flat out ask Kim if it’s normal for
friends to be this affectionate with each other… that’ll just make her sound
But in all honesty, Trini doesn’t really mind it. Kind of
likes it, in fact (which just makes her an even bigger creep than she already
feels like) but it’s not like her family shows a lot of love physically, and
it’s been a while since she’s hugged another human being, so sue her if she
likes it when Kim wraps her up in one every now and again.
But of course that’s not the end of it. That’s really only
the beginning because Trini’s just one big gay mess of emotions and feelings,
and Kimberly Hart is beautiful and loveable and absolutely amazing, so is it
really a surprise to anyone when she starts crushing on her?
Apparently not, at least according to Zack who had dragged
her off after training one day for a little “bro bonding” and had essentially
called her out on staring at Kim’s ass all practice, which like, yeah guilty as
charged, but in her defense Kim had been wearing spandex… just spandex. Trini’s surprised she was cognizant enough to even
punch that day.
That isn’t to say she’s always functional when Kim is being
especially… Kimberly. Trini had almost
face planted in the parking lot at school once when Kim had shown up wearing
the tiniest skirt known to man. She even had the audacity to wink at her before
walking into the building with a little more sway in her hips (not that Trini
had noticed) (she totally did). Or the time she’d accidentally put a hole in
the wall of the ship when she’d accidentally walked into Kim’s cabin while she
had been changing and Kim had asked if she saw anything she liked (which like…
And let’s not forget the movie night Jason had picked out The Conjuring and Kim had curled into
her side and hid her face in her neck for just about the entire movie. And had then
proceeded to sleepover for three additional weeks because she’s was too scared
to sleep alone. Trini hadn’t gotten much sleep those three weeks, not while Kim
was pressed against her side and breathing softly into the back of her neck.
But lately, Trini’s noticed something else going on.
Something changing. Or maybe she really is just crazy and it’s nothing at all,
but she swears that Kim’s been extra
clingy and extra affectionate towards her recently. Their casual coffee dates
and sleepovers suddenly feel charged,
like at any moment something monumental is supposed to happen. Trini can feel
it in the way they talk, how naturally their conversations flow and how long
they last, but she feels it prominently in the pauses, the comfortable silences
where they just stare at each other. And Trini’s desperate to ask Kim if she
feels it too, the static in the air around them, between them, but then the moment passes and the feeling slips into
the background once more, not noticeable but always present.
And Trini’s kind of terrified, she’ll admit to that at
least. Because she’s known she’s been in love with Kim for months now, but
she’s also fairly certain Kim would never see her as more than a friend.
Trini’s ninety… well, okay, eigh… sev… at least fifty percent sure Kim’s
straight (and quite possibly into Jason) but Trini isn’t going to take any
chances. Not with those odds. Not when there’s too much at stake, so much to
lose if it all goes wrong. Kim could reject her, or laugh at her, or what if
her confession makes Kim uncomfortable and she loses her best-friend? And then
what would happen to the Power Rangers?
She can’t risk everything they’ve built together. So Trini’s
just going to take deep breaths and idly twiddle her thumbs and pretend like
she’s perfectly content with being Kim’s platonic best friend. And pretend like
she’s not absolutely in love with her. And Trini will just have to pick up the
pieces of her heart, the pieces Kim has managed to take from her and write her
initials all over, when Kim eventually stops holding them.
“Will you quit brooding and answer me?”
Trini shakes her head, her attention snapping back to the
present. “Uh- I’m sorry, what was that?”
Kim playfully rolls her eyes. “I asked you if you wanted to
play some more games and get some food. Or we can go on something we haven’t
gone on yet.”
“But we’ve been on all the rides.”
“Well… we haven’t gone on that one.” Kim points to a small
line leading down to what looks like a water ride with white swan-shaped boats.
Trini reads the sign over the entrance and throws her head back laughing.
“Oh fuck no.”
“What? We haven’t been on it and you’re actually tall enough
for it. Come on!” Using a bit of ranger strength Kim pulls a now protesting
Trini into the line beside her.
“Wait, you’re not serious right?”
Kim smirks, nodding vigorously. “Absolutely.”
“But- Kim wait, this is… I-I don’t… don’t-”
“You don’t want to go in the Tunnel of Love with me?” Kim
turns to Trini, pushing her lower lip into a pout and widening her eyes so she
looks perfectly pitiful.
Ah shit. Kim knows Trini’s such a sucker for the ‘puppy dog
face’ (really she’s just a sucker for Kimberly) because whenever Kim pouts,
Trini caves. Every. Fucking. Time. One of these days she’ll build up a
tolerance to that look—but really, who is she trying to kid? The only thing
that could possibly make this any worse would be-
“Please? For me?”
Fuck. Okay now that’s just cheating.
Trini gulps, feeling an army of putties suddenly come to
life in her stomach. Her palms suddenly feel like she stuck them under a faucet
and she has to remind herself that there’s no way Kim can hear how fast her
heart is beating with this many people around.
This is bad. This is so
Kim spins to face the employee running the ride, pout gone
and chipper grin in place. “Two please!”
The woman ushers them into a small white swan just pulling
up to the loading dock and Trini has just enough time to realize she didn’t
actually agree to this before she’s pulled into the boat and heading down a
Mercifully Kim had released her hand when they had sat down
so now Trini is as far over on the bench as she can get, putting a sizeable
distance between herself and Kim. “I can’t believe you made me do this,” she
laments, crossing her arms over her chest and schooling her features to look as
annoyed as possible, because she’s definitely freaking out a little under the
surface. Trini’s convinced this is what a gay panic feels like.
best-friend, she’s your straight best-friend!
Get it together Gomez!
But Kim doesn’t seem to mind or thankfully acknowledge
Trini’s odd behavior. Instead she smiles and sticks her tongue out, relaxing
into her seat as they wait to enter the tunnel. “Oh please. Knowing you, you’ll
pretend to hate it but actually love it because you’re such a softie.”
Trini growls, low and mischievous, and Kim squeals as
Trini’s fingers dig into her side. The swan sloshes a little and the couple in
front of them turn to glance at the commotion. The girls separate with
“I’ll get you for that one Hart.”
“Bring it on babe.”
One word. One word is all it takes and suddenly Trini’s
practically melting into a gay puddle in her seat. Quickly she turns into her
side of the bench, mostly so Kim won’t see her all flustered and blushing, but
also so she won’t see the dare in Kim’s smirk or the glint in her eyes and
suddenly forget how to do the simplest things like breathe.
But it would seem Trini’s efforts to distance herself from
the other girl were simply all in vain because as soon as their boat passes
beneath the archway and into the dark, Trini feels Kim press tightly into her
side and one of her hands land on her knee.
(Trini.exe has stopped working).
“This is exciting. I’ve never been on one of these before.
Oh look!” But Trini barely registers whatever it is that Kim’s pointing at, too
preoccupied with restoring her mental faculties, which is proving to be really
difficult with the distracting weight of Kim’s hand on her knee. Trini’s pulse
is thundering in her ears, muting the rides soft music playing overhead, and
she forces herself to take calm, even breaths.
Everything is fine. Kim is just a touchy-feely person, which is not news to
her, and it doesn’t have to mean anything, even if the warmth radiating from
Kim’s hand is making her head spin and her heart palpitate… but it’s fine, she’s totally cool with this, with
the romantic lighting and the music and Kim leaning into her side and
whispering something into her ear, her breath tickling the sensitive skin and
making Trini shiver and how long is this
Trini isn’t sure how long she spends trying to calm herself
down—somewhere between a minute and an eternity—but she’s been so focused on
remaining outwardly collected that she hardly registers when Kim grows quiet.
She’s only partly aware of Kim reclining back in her seat but she’s fully aware
of when Kim removes her hand from Trini’s leg, and she tells herself to ignore
the slight tingle of disappointment because it’s probably much better for her
But then Kim yawns.
And it’s like the world suddenly slows and time stops and
Trini’s sure she’s hallucinating because there is just no way…
Kim yawns, loud and exaggerated, raising both arms over her
head as she stretches unnecessarily, and she leans into Trini just the tiniest
bit so that when she brings her arms back down, one comes to rest across
Trini’s shoulders. Trini’s head snaps towards Kim, befuddled and incredulous,
almost positive she’s crossed into the Twilight Zone and half expecting to see
Lady Gaga sitting next to her, but there’s just Kim.
Kim who’s extremely close and smiling down at her, all soft
edges and warm inviting lips, eyes darting across Trini’s face before resting
on her mouth, eyelids dropping, leaning in…
Trini vaults forward, rocking the boat a little, and Kim’s
arm falls away from her shoulders. The movement startles the other girl into
pulling away, but only slightly. Trini spins to face her fellow ranger, jaw
lost somewhere by their feet. “Did you just-”
Kim’s smile falters. “O-oh… well I just- um…” Kim swallows
and her cheeks grow as pink as her suit, tussling her hair and gnawing on her
lower lip, both ticks Trini knows are a sign that Kim’s nervous. “I’m sorry. I
didn’t mean to make you feel uncomfortable. I just thought… w-well, this is all
pretty romantic, you know? And I’ve been trying to- I mean, I’ve kind of had
a…” Kim huffs, dragging her hand down her face in frustration. “Okay, yeah so,
“Are you hitting on me?” Trini doesn’t realize her thoughts
were voiced until Kim looks back up at her, a surprised arch in her brow, and
she feels her body flush from head to toe.
But then Kim levels her with a look that makes Trini’s heart
leap into her throat when she quietly mutters, “I’m trying to.”
Well, guess you learn something new every day.
Kim leans forward, slowly and a bit cautiously, like she’s
afraid touching Trini again will make her pull back even more, and she carefully
lays one hand over Trini’s and the other reaches out to softly cup her jaw.
Trini swallows hard, sure that at any second she’s going to wake up in the
hospital having passed out from heat exhaustion and all of this will just turn
into some fevered dream.
But Kim’s hands are warm and solid and Trini really, really hopes she isn’t dreaming.
“Trin, I like you. I’m- not the best at being direct, but
this is me trying to, at least. Because you make me feel, geez I don’t know, everything. Like I’m actually kind of
worth it? Worth this, whatever you want
this to be. If you want this? Because for the longest time I’ve just wanted to…
well, I was wondering… or if I could take you- I mean if you’d honor me with- no, wait let me start over. Trini-”
Trini doesn’t remember telling her body to lean into Kim or
telling her chin to tilt up, her nose brushing against Kim’s, the other girl’s
eyes widening and both of them gasping, or telling her eyes to slip shut as
Kim’s lips skim along hers…
But hey, she’s certainly not complaining.
Trini’s never been a fan of clichés. The whole “fireworks
exploding behind the eyelids” thing just always sounded way too corny for her tastes.
What she will admit to, though, is the way Kim’s lips make
her feel like her insides are made of cotton, how the kiss is soft and steady
and warm. That it feels like she’s morphing for the first time all over again
because it just feels so natural. So right.
There’s a bright flash and Trini thinks she should give that
whole “fireworks” trope more credit than she originally thought, but then Kim
adjusts the angle so their kisses are deeper, and fuller, and Trini moans
embarrassingly loud, because holy fuck
Kimberly Hart is a good fucking kisser. But the affect the noise has on Kim is
instantaneous and thrilling because now both her hands are in Trini’s hair,
anchored there and pulling her in tightly, and when Kim gently licks at her
bottom lip and into her mouth, Trini feels herself implode.
They pull back a minute later, slightly breathless and
smiling like crazy. “Wow,” Kim rasps and Trini wants to groan as the sound sends
electricity zipping through her veins.
“Yeah. Wow.” And Trini can’t help the small giggle bubbling
in her throat, but it’s contagious because now they’re both laughing, light and
heartfelt. It’s kind of perfect.
“Alright! Watch your hands and feet as you exit the swan.
Make sure you have all your belongings. And will the girls kissing in swan 4
please exit the bird? Thank-you.”
Kim smiles, wide and just a little bit smug, and Trini has
to forcibly yank the other ranger from the boat. And now they’re back to
holding hands, only this time Trini isn’t panicking; she’s too frickin ecstatic
They reach the exit where a few other riders are milling
about by the photo booth, examining the pictures taken from the ride. They spot
the boys then. Or at least what’s left of them. Jason’s shirt is ripped down
the middle and Billy’s bear is missing it’s head. Zack looks decent enough
except he’s soaked to the bone and still dripping.
“What the hell happened to you guys?” Kim asks while Trini
reaches up with her free hand to playfully ruffle Zack’s hair.
Jason sighs, exasperated. “Don’t ask. Just know we didn’t
get to ride the coaster and Zack nearly go us all killed.”
“Hey! How was I supposed to know that kid’s dad was a
professional MMA fighter? And you know I almost had that kid too!” Zack
defends, batting Trini’s hand away.
“Zack he was four.”
Jason grunts, looking ready to throttle Zack so Billy
quickly interjects. “So what about you girls? What did you do?”
Kim and Trini share a look and Trini feels her cheeks warm
as Kim’s smile triples in size and smugness. “Oh you know,” she says
nonchalantly as she pulls Trini into her side and wraps her arm around her
waist, “just went on a ride. Had some fun.”
The boys look well beyond confused, but then something
catches Zack’s eye and suddenly they’re widening to the size of dinner plates.
He slaps Jason’s arm repeatedly to garner the boy’s attention, gesturing at the
photo booth and sputtering. The rest of the gang look to what he’s pointing at
and suddenly Trini’s whole body flushes. The picture being displayed on one of
the screens is of Kim and Trini kissing, quite heavily in fact.
“Huh,” Jason says, a crooked smile on his lips. “Took you
guys long enough.”
“YASS!” Zack has now transitioned from hitting Jason to
jumping around like a lunatic. “My OTP is CANON!” He pauses to look at the group
before racing for the photo booth. The poor kid behind the counter looks
pleasantly surprised by Zack practically throwing himself onto the countertop,
pointing at the picture on the screen before it has a chance to fade away. He
comes back a few minutes later, three pictures in hand. “One for each of you,
and one for me.”
“I’m happy for you guys,” Billy says. Trini smiles as she
leans back into Kim’s shoulder, feeling dopey and light as Kim nuzzles her neck
and tightens her grip on her waist. Zack thumps Jason’s back a little too
enthusiastically, making the red ranger wheeze.
A sudden pop in the distance makes the rangers tense up, but
their instincts are put at ease when a boom follows and the diming sky lights
up with an array of colors. Billy squeals and claps excitedly, asking Jason if
they can run down to the beach for a better view and taking off before he even
agrees. Jason laughs heartily before meeting Zack’s eye and suddenly they’re
both sprinting after Billy, shoving at one another and trying to trip the other
Trini shakes her head. “Our boys.”
Kim hums, shifting a little to loop both arms around Trini
and hold her from behind, nose buried in the crook of her neck. “Our boys
“Should we follow them?”
“In a minute. I’m quite happy with the view from right here.”
“Oh?” Trini asks, turning in Kim’s arms so that they’re
facing each other, resting her hands on Kim’s shoulders. “How’s this view?”
Kim chuckles, leaning in to rest her forehead against
They’re kissing once more, soft and slow and sure, and this
time Trini really does see fireworks.