Oikawa’s fall from grace during the Karasuno v. Seijoh match

We all saw how after setting to Iwa ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE COURT WHILE MOVING and still managed to get it perfectly to him, Oikawa crashed into a bunch of tables and slipped on the carpet while trying to get back into play. 

To me, this was clear foreshadowing (although it was pretty evident at that point) of how Seijoh was losing the match. He was desperate, doing anything he could to try and win no matter what. But even against his best efforts, how hard he worked, his work was all for nothing. He tried to get up but something he couldn’t control kept him down, much like the difference between his skills and Kageyamas. Him trying hard to be the best player he can for his team but someone else being better. Something that Oikawa feared ever since middle school where they played together and he caught a glimpse of, for the first time, the fact that he can’t be the best forever.

In short, this symbolized his fall from grace. He was acknowledged as “The Great King” by Hinata, meaning he was put on a pedestal and thought of as better than Hinata. But after Hinata defeated this immense and seemingly impossible to crush opponent, he can’t think of Oikawa as an absolute and indestructible power anymore. Kageyama can see that Oikawa isn’t as powerful as he idolized him to be, and Oikawa is finally being surpassed by Kageyama. Oikawa knew all this, and saw it in finality as the gap in points between the two teams widened.

And to make all this more painful for him, pointed out in this ask on @hailsousuke‘s blog, Oikawa fell while trying to get back up onto his BAD KNEE. He was in physical and emotional pain, fighting against the realization that he is being surpassed and the pain brought by his knee must have been neARLY UNBEARABLE. But he kept playing knowing that if he gave up, his team would no longer have a strong six players, despite the obvious fact that Karasuno’s six were stronger, proven by their points. He knew that everyone else was fighting till the end, that if he gave up he would never be able to play volleyball with this team again. As their captain he had a responsibility to his teammates to hold face and push himself to his limits, even if it meant fighting against a barrier of mind and bodily pain. 

The one and only Tinder date I ever went on was with this guy who straight-up told me ten minutes after we matched that he really wasn’t looking for a “relationship.” Stupidly, I thought that maybe if he met me in person he’d change his mind.

He asked me to meet him at a Starbucks across the street from a Half Price Books I frequent so I was like ‘eh alright if nothing else I can at least go browse HPB afterwards.’ So I show up five minutes early and order a drink and sit at a table against the window closest to the HPB. I pull out my phone and browse Facebook and try not to look like I’m not the most awkward human being on the planet.

He walks through the door ten minutes late but makes a beeline straight for me. He’s not quite as good-looking as he was in the pictures but he has a nice smile. I wait while he jumps in line and a few minutes later he sits down and awkwardness ensues.

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But ultimately nothing Ronaldo does as an individual or for a club again will ever match what he has done this month. He has made the extraordinary so ordinary that no 50-goal season will ever register again. He has won enough club finals and trophies that one more would not tip any balance.

This win, though, counts for more than anything else he has won before. He has inspired a team to be better than they thought they could be, and shock a whole tournament. He has dragged a team up to his level, which no-one thought he could do. And he has done so with a maturity and selflessness few saw in him. Nothing else he has done or will do will match this.

Minkey & Ontae: Without Limits, pg-15

AUTHOR: otshineon

PAIRING: Minkey, hints of Ontae


RATED: pg-15

Read on: AO3 // AFF

SUMMARY: In which Minho buys flowers, Jinki doesn’t burn down Jjong’s house (thank god), Taemin is his usual trash baby self & Key plays his hand at match-making. Ft. autistic Taem & aro ace Jjong!

Sequel to Like You Imagined. I hope it lives up to expectations!

Dedicated to one of my most favourite fic authors ever aka senpai: taketaemtoyourleader​.  Thank you for inspiring, motivating and making me flail with happiness on so many occasions.

Minho glances down at his watch and frowns at the time. He doesn’t want to forgo the flowers, but if that’s what it takes to be on time…

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Something funny is that people who believe in all the boys’ “relationships” or who believe that nothing is being hidden or covered up by their team often accuse those who analyze these things of not believing what the boys say. 

In reality, hardly any of the fake relationships are ever officially confirmed and many of them are actually denied at least once.  Only the ones that are meant to last more than a few months tend to get confirmed.

Those who say “oh, (s)he denied it, but it’s obviously a lie and they’re dating”, have no ground to stand on when someone else says “this supposed relationship doesn’t match up with what I can see for myself, it’s obviously a lie” instead.