Old-Dogs-&-New-Tricks

SERIES MASTERLIST

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I am an angst writer. All of these series may cause your heart to break. All contain smut unless otherwise noted. 

Jungkook x Reader, best friend!au

Jungkook was your best friend. You held onto his secrets. And he knew all of yours. Except for one. One that would change your friendship forever. You were in love with him.

Aisle One Aisle Two

Hoseok x Reader, vampire!au

Part 1 of the Ashes Trilogy

Your human life was taken from you, only to replaced by a life full of night skies. But how do you break free from obsession when the one who gave you eternal life is the one holding your chains?

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Final 

Jimin x Reader

You bite off more than you can chew during a weekend at your parents’. They always told you not to play with fire, but you weren’t one for listening.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

Namjoon x Reader, idol!au

Your two year long relationship has ended. With a new apartment and job you’re ready to move on from your relationship. But The City seems to have other plans for you.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Final

Jimin x Reader, robot!au & assassin!au

Your new partner is more than meets the eye, but you’re not so sure you want to see what is buried underneath.

part 1

Taehyung x Reader x Jin, badboy!au

His voice haunted you through the speakers. Each syllable reminding you that you can never teach an old dog new tricks.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9

Namjoon x Reader, ceo!au

Power and seduction are a lethal mix, especially when you work at one of the world’s most powerful corporations. But be careful, because someone is always watching.

Part 1 Part 2

Yoongi x reader xJungkook

You told yourself that you would never fall in love again. That no mane would ever be worth the heartache and pain that came with relationships. But promises were meant to be broken as you met your match in Min Yoongi.

 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Final Epilogue

updated: 5/12/17

Doomworld - Len’s Progression

I’ve literally rewatched all of Doomworld to make sense of Len’s characterization and honestly, I don’t think it’s as far off as I originally thought it was, or that it’s irreconcilable with the Len we know. After I calmed down, I could make sense of so much of his behavior by reading between the lines.

So I’m sharing that with you, a sort of quick look into his scenes in the episode. 

Long post, no gifs, but here we go.

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My 91 year old English great-grandmother told my half Native-half white mom recently “we thought we were better than everyone else.” She spent the last few years reading books about Natives and would not ever speak over us. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Stop making excuses.

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Flashback 3 Years

Chris Colfer’s episode, “Old Dog, New Tricks” aired on May 6, 2014

famous french sayings ✨
  • On n'apprend pas aux vieux singes à faire des grimaces. (You cannot teach old monkeys to make faces.) Means: “You cannot teach old dogs new tricks.
  • Chacun voit midi à sa porte. (Everyone sees noon at his own door.) Means: “To each his own.

  • Rien ne sert de courir, il faut partir à point. (There’s no sense in running; you just have to leave on time.) Means: “Slow and steady wins the race.

  • On ne change pas une équipe qui gagne. (One does not change a winning team.) Means: “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

  • Il n'y a pas de fumée sans feu. (There isn’t smoke without fire.) Means: ” Where there’s smoke there’s fire.

  • Vaut mieux prévenir que guérir. (It is better to prevent than to heal.) Means: ”An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

  • Autres temps, autres mœurs. (Other times, other values.) Means: ”Times change.“

  • Un malheur ne vient jamais seul. (Misfortune never arrives alone). Means: ”When it rains, it pours.

  • Vouloir, c'est pouvoir. (To want is to be able.) Means: ”Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  • Il faut réfléchir avant d'agir. (One must reflect before acting.) Means: ”Look before you leap.

  • Si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait. (If youth only knew; if old age only could.) Means: ”Youth is wasted on the young.
I think I finally figured out why I love Mon-El so much

I’m going to start out with saying that Mon-El is nowhere close to being perfect. He has his flaws and he has his past (which I hope we get to find out more about in the next few episodes). I can see he has low self-worth. He is ashamed of things from his past. All of that resonates with me deeply. What I love though is that we get to see this person start from the bottom and work his way up. He doesn’t want to be a hero at first, he was in complete self preservation mode. He has his setbacks and he falls down. But he always moves forward again. I get to see this person grow and learn and become stronger emotionally and mentally and see him rise to becoming a hero. I see that it is possible to rise above your past. And that gives me hope. It tells me that I too can rise to become something amazing.

As a survivor of sexual and emotional abuse (from a very young age), I was in complete self preservation mode for years. My brain literally could not handle the trauma, so it blocked out those memories. For years I didn’t remember until something triggered my memories and then when I remembered, I denied it. I felt shame and guilt because I did nothing to stop it. To this day I panic at the thought of being put in another situation like that because I just froze each time I was assaulted and did nothing. Does that mean I will always become immobile if I feel threatened? I don’t know. But it took another FIVE years to finally admit that something terrible happened to me and another two to come forward about it. Now I’m seeking help and I’m making progress. But it’s slow and I have my own set backs. I fall and feel ashamed for not being stronger.

As I said, seeing Mon-El struggle is just inspiring because it’s so human and real. It’s a damn hard fight when you’re fighting against yourself. The internal struggle is very real and the truth is that it does take time to get something. Being told once to change won’t make someone automatically change. It can take years to get rid of negative traits and sometimes it will always be a fight. But Mon-El shows that it is possible to learn and adapt. It is possible to become better.

I’ve said this before, I think Mon-El’s relationship with his parents gives a strong vibe of emotional abuse. No one should say that they would run from their parents. To have that fear says so much. I have that fear of my stepfather. I’ve witnessed him be physically abusive toward my mother. I’ve witnessed him get so angry that he has almost hit me on several occasions. I know that fear. Now, they may not be, but that is the vibe I get and Mon-El’s line alone should raise red flags about his parents. I hope the show expounds on that because it’s something so real. The show already touches on deep topics and for them to touch on that would not only resonate with so many, but bring light to a very big issue not many shows (at least that I watch) touch on.

Mon-El shows that even with a bad past, that does not determine your future. You get to decide where you go. His journey to becoming a superhero is inspiring. He didn’t have good role models growing up (the formative years were those things are essential) and he was surrounded by things he didn’t agree with. Now, though, he has someone (Kara and team Supergirl/DEO) that is telling him he can be an amazing person. He can be a hero. He just needs to believe in himself. The first step in my own recovery was believing I could recover. And the emotional toll that took on me was literally breathtaking. It’s staggering to finally see that maybe what everyone else is saying about me is true, maybe I can be someone. Maybe my past demons can be silenced. That is the story that I see and that I love.

Which is why I think it hurts me so much when people can’t just open their eyes and look at him as an actual person (yes, even though he is fictional) and see that what’s on the surface is just that. I look like a stone cold bitch on the surface that’s brusque with people and probably has the worst attitude. While in actuality, I’m anxiety ridden and afraid of the world and everyone in it but has the deepest yearning to help others in need and puts everyone else before myself. We haven’t gotten any deep emotional scenes from Mon-El, not like with all the other characters in the show (ie. Kara, Alex, J'onn, Winn, and even Maggie). We don’t get to hear what he’s feeling. We only see fleeting moments of his internal battle. He has never broken down over anything he has been through. People judge him off of his external self when the real person that matters hasn’t really been shown that much. When he has shown it, it’s always when no one is looking or paying attention.

This post got away from me, sorry. I just needed to say this. Mon-El’s story is one that shows even the most unlikeliest of people can become a hero. Even with the worst background, you can rise above it and become better. Be better. Your past does not dictate your future. His story is something I have never seen in comics (at least the ones I’ve read). Especially in the Superman verse. Both Clark and Kara had amazing role models that built them up. Mon-El didn’t have that. But we get to see him show us that that doesn’t matter. You can teach an old dog new tricks. It just takes time and patience.

That is the story I love. That is why I love Mon-El. He isn’t perfect and I don’t want him to be. I can relate to him. I can see myself in him. Which means if he can become a superhero then I, too, can do amazing things.

Gabriel x reader masterlist

~ Alive: The reader comes back to life, with no idea how. (from gabrielxreader)

^ Revival: Part 2 of “Alive”

All’s (Fun)fair in Love and War: Gabe takes the reader to an amusement park

~ All too Familiar: AU with witch!reader and familiar!gabriel (from gabrielxreader)

^Nothin’ but a Hound Dog: Part 2 of the familiar AU

^Puppy-dog Tales: Part 3 of the familiar AU

^Ruff Day?:  Part 4 of the familiar AU

An Unexpected Visit: Gabriel drops in for a surprise visit during the holidays.

A Thousand Years and Thousands More: A soulmate AU based off the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri

Birthday Breakfast: Gabriel surprises the reader on their birthday

Broken Wings: How Gabriel left Heaven (not an xreader)

Check and Soulmate: The Winchesters don’t seem to notice the massive pair of wings on Gabriel’s back…

~ Cops and Robbers: An AU drabble with sheriff!Gabriel and thief!reader

^ Cat and Mouse: Part 2 of “Cops and Robbers

^ Hot and Cold: Part 3 of “Cops and Robbers

^ Guilt and Innocence: Final part of  “Cops and Robbers

Doctor Sexy: The reader meets Gabriel on a cheesy medical drama (actor au)

Fighting Feelings: Based on the song “I Can’t Fight This Feeling”

Forget Me Not: An amnesiac and a charming doctor. (from gabrielxreader)

Fun Sized: child!gabriel and child!reader  

Guardian: A not so imaginary best friend.

I’ll Be Good: Based on the song by Jaymes Young

I’m Your’s: The reader gets jealous.

~ In Your Dreams: A djinn dream shows an apple pie life making reality hard to believe

It’s Complicated: Sam and Gabriel compete for the reader’s affection

^ What Was and Never Will Be: Part 2 of “In Your Dreams”

Just Dance: The reader has a solo dance party when an archangel drops by.

Let it Snow: Winter weather is more fun with an archangel.

May the Force be With You: Star Wars marathon with Team free will +1

Movie Night: Castiel, Gabriel and Lucifer preference (from angelsxreader)

~ No Rest for the Wicked: The devil has an important question

^ The Devil’s in the Details: Sequel to “No Rest for the Wicked”

Oh Brother: Gabriel finally goes on a hunt in search for his long lost sibling (archangel!reader friendship)

Paint it Black: Trapped in a soul eater’s nest, you’re faced with demon!Gabriel

Playing Doctor:  The reader gets sick, and Gabriel is left to care for them. Let’s hope he knows what he’s doing.

Prince of the Forest: pixie!Gabriel x reader (from gabrielxreader)

Shorty Squad: The Winchesters get a taste of their own medicine when Gabriel and Chuck pay them back for teasing a short reader.

Shots Fired: A nerf gun fight with Gabriel (from angelsxreader)

Snowed in: AU with human!Gabriel

“Supernatural”: There’s no singing in Supernatural!

~ Surprises and Secrets: Winchester-sister!reader has a few secrets to share

^ Feathers and Fathers: Part 2 of “Surprises and Secrets”

Switcheroo: A witch switches your bodies

Tennant of Ten: Gabe gets a little jealous of a timelord.

The Beauty of a Beast: A Beauty and the Beast au

~ The French Mispeight: After “dying” on Supernatural, Gabriel hops universes and ends up in our own.

^ Fictional Shmictional: Part 2 of The French Mispeight

^ Trickster Times Two: Part 2 of The French Mispeight

The Night Before Christmas: A twist on a classic poem (from gabriel x reader)

~ The Trickster: A charismatic demigod is more than he seems.

^ Channel Surfing: Part 2/4 of The Trickster

^ Teach an Old Dog New Tricks: Part 3/4 of The Trickster

^ Hammer Time!: Part 4/4 of The Trickster

The Write Choice: An AU where any ink on your skin also shows up on your soulmate’s.

Truth be Told: Hunting a witch goes wrong and you’re forced to speak your mind

~ Two for the Price of One: When Gabriel’s vessel is severely damaged, there’s only one suitable candidate: you

^ Buy One Get One Free: Part 2/2 of “Two for the Price of One”

Winged Without Warning: Gabriel meets the Winchesters for the first time since his death. Well, Gabriel’s body at least.

Vessel: The reader meets the new patient in the hospital. (Gabriel x reader and Cas x reader friendships)

Good Cannibal, Sit

This is my late (sorry) entry to @hannibalcreative‘s #ReleaseTheCrackin! It’s also dedicated to the ever wonderful @evertonem, because I promised her dog-related crack in the hopes of bringing some cheer. I hope you enjoy!

         In retrospect, Hannibal could admit that giving Will psilocybin mushroom tea might have been a bit of an overreaction. Will had been unusually quiet for days, and Hannibal had let fear, of another cliff or another person, get the better of him. He’d tried speaking to Will, but was greeted with eyerolls and the invitation to “shut his big bazoo”.

         Still, perhaps it wasn’t wise to drug the one you love. Will certainly hadn’t reacted well to the stabbings, so he probably wouldn’t react well to surreptitious hallucinogens. Hannibal made the decision to bring out a tray of goodies and replace Will’s tea with a slightly less nefarious chai blend. If Will wanted to be moody, then Hannibal would just have to let him.

         “Will?” Hannibal walked along the flagstones toward the patio that overlooked the Loire Valley, a tray of fresh blackberry jam and brown sugar scones in one hand.

         “Hey! Put that down!”

         Hannibal turned to see Will stomping toward him, stern expression on his face. With a raised brow, Hannibal took a few steps and placed the tray on their wrought iron table. When he turned, Will flicked him on the nose.

         “Bad! No stealing food!” Will swatted Hannibal on the ass. Hannibal opened his mouth to respond, but closed it when noticed Will’s empty teacup by the tray of scones. A hallucination then, but of who?

         Will looked at Hannibal for a long moment, something soft creeping into his eyes. Hannibal cocked his head taking in the expression. Will yanked Hannibal to his chest, his hands sinking into the doctor’s hair and scratching roughly.

         “God, I’ve missed you,” Will whispered into Hannibal’s disheveled locks. “Who’s my good boy? You are, Winston. You are!”

         “Will…” Hannibal tried to disentangle from Will’s grip. Clearly, he’d overestimated Will’s tolerance for the mushrooms. He should probably have him lay down and hydrate before dinner.

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taken from the 2012 film skyfall of the james bond franchise.

‘ i have to stop the bleeding! ’
‘ leave him! ’
‘ take the bloody shot! ’
‘ agent down. ’
‘ where the hell have you been? ’
‘ what was it you said? take the bloody shot? ’
‘ i made a judgment call. ’
‘ didn’t you get the postcard? ’
‘ run out of drink where you were, did they? ’
‘ you know the rules of the game, you’ve been playing it long enough. ’
‘ so, that’s it.. we’re both played out. ’
‘ speak for yourself. ’
‘ you should’ve called! ’
‘ well, you’re bloody well not sleeping here. ’
‘ i’m sorry, have we met before? ’
‘ i’m the one who should say sorry. ’
‘ it was only four ribs, some of the less vital organs.. nothing major. ’
‘ do be a favor: if they do ever let you back out there, warn me first. ’
‘ well, you gave it your best shot. ’
‘ it was hardly my best shot! ’
‘ in your defense, a moving target is much harder to hit. ’
‘ then you better keep moving! ’
‘ the whole place goes up in smoke, and that bloody thing survives. ’
‘ your interior decorating tips have always been appreciated. ’
‘ there’s no shame in admitting you’ve lost a step. ’
‘ you don’t need to be an operative to see the obvious. ’
‘ don’t cock it up. ’
‘ room service. ’
‘ i didn’t order anything, not even you. ’
‘ aren’t you a little over-qualified to be delivering messages? ’
‘ cut-throat razor.. how very traditional. ’
‘ well, i like to do some things the old fashioned way. ’
‘ sometimes the old ways are the best. ’
‘ are you putting your life in my hands again? ’
‘ raising the tantalizing question of what you’re really doing here. ’
‘ hold still, this is the tricky part. ’
‘ old dog, new tricks. ’
‘ don’t touch your ear. ’
‘ you look beautiful in that dress. ’
‘ it’s amazing what one can do with an extra pair of hands. ’
‘ now you can afford to buy me a drink. ’
‘ i’m not very lucky. ’
‘  well it takes a certain kind of girl to wear a backless dress with a beretta 70 strapped to her thigh. ’
‘ one can never be too careful when handsome men in tuxedos carry walthers. ’
‘ be careful what you wish for. ’
‘ how much do you know about fear? ’
‘ not like this.. not like him. ’
‘ i like you better without your beretta. ’
‘ it’s not too late, you can still turn back. ’
‘ it’s amazing, the panic you can cause with a simple computer. ’ 
‘ does he always get what he wants? ’
‘ hello, (name), welcome! do you like the island? ’
‘ you have changed their nature. ’
‘ the two survivors: this is what she made us. ’
‘ i made my own choices. ’
‘ that’s your genius. ’
‘ back then, i was her favorite. ’
‘ just look at you, barely held together by your pills and your drink. ’
‘ what is this if not betrayal? ’
‘ she sent you off to me, knowing you are not ready, knowing you would likely die. ’
‘ mommy was very bad. ’
‘ look at what she’s/he’s done to you. ’
‘ we are the last two rats.. we can either eat each other, or eat everyone else. ’
‘ how you’re trying to remember your training now. ’
‘ well, first time for everything. ’
‘ what makes you think this is my first time? ’
‘ everyone needs a hobby. ’
‘ to the women we love. ’
‘ did you really die that day? ’
‘ i win, what do you say to that? ’
‘ you’re smaller than i remember! ’
‘ but they made me suffer, and suffer, and suffer. ’
‘ you betrayed me. ’
‘ life clung to me like a disease. ’
‘ i needed to look in your eyes one last time. ’
‘ soon, your past will be as nonexistent as your future. ’
‘ look upon your work, mother. ’
‘ i invented them. ’
‘ put your back into it! ’
‘ why don’t you come down here and put your back into it. ’
‘ well, that’s vexing. ’
‘ you caught me! now, here’s your prize. ’
‘ the latest thing from my local toy store: it’s called radio. ’
‘ how safe do you feel? ’
‘ to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield! ’
‘ i’m guessing this isn’t strictly official? ’
‘ so much for my promising career in espionage. ’
‘ are you going to complain the whole way? ’
‘ go on then, eject me. see if i care. ’
‘ orphans always make the best recruits. ’
‘ a storm’s coming. ’
‘ are you still alive? ’
‘ nice to see you, too. ’
‘ some men are coming to kill us, but we’re gonna kill them first. ’
‘ sometimes the old ways are the best. ’
‘ try and stop me, you jumped up little shit! ’
‘ i did call you an exemplary of british fortitude. ’
‘ that bit was alright. ’
‘ always gotta make an entrance. ’
‘ all this jumping and fighting, it’s exhausting! ’
‘ relax, you need to relax. ’
‘ well, mother’s calling. ’
‘ of course, it had to be here.. it had to be this way. ’
‘ free both of us. ’
‘ only you can do it. ’
‘ last rat standing. ’
‘ i guess it’s too late to make a run for it. ’
‘ i did get one thing right. ’
‘ hate to waste a view. ’
‘ maybe it was her way of saying you should take a desk job. ’
‘ just the opposite. ’

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Flashback 3 Years

Chris Colfer’s episode “Old Dog, New Tricks” aired on May 6, 2014

Despite highly advanced weapons being deployed in the battlefield, retrofitting old rigs is still the most efficient and cost-effective way of warfare. APCs from the early 21st century made up the vast majority of these refurbished battlefront machines. This Eurasian Prowler has been rebuilt with a later gen rail gun and a lot of extra ballistic and ablative armor plating has been added to provide protection from more advanced projectiles. The rail gun requires extra power so cables have been rerouted to additional batteries at the back of the vehicle. Old dogs can learn new tricks.