Ordinary-but-special

Yuri on Ice interview translation - CREA 2017/03 (p32-33)

This is the full interview with Mitsurou Kubo published on CREA. I actually wanted to translate all the YOI interviews together but some translations going around urged me to post this one before the others, as I wouldn’t be able to finish everything tonight.

It’s not really an interview, it’s more like a partial interview and a short commentary of each episode.

The other 4 short interviews are with Kenji Miyamoto (choreographer), Eiji Abiko & Junpei Tatenaka (figure skating animators), Yuuko Sagiri (original costume designer), Keisuke Tominaga (music producer). I will try to post them tomorrow night if I can finish them.

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The reality as expressed by 5 people who created “Yuri on Ice”

Reality #1: Story x Mitsurou Kubo

“The reality of emotions” is what Kubo-san gave most importance to when she created the manga storyboard for this series. “Simply listing up the contents of the skaters’ programs and their score and connecting them together is not going to create something emotional. In my storyboard I tried to convey the feelings of all athletes, not just Yuuri, with their performances, to express them carefully, so that other skaters who watch them will in turn be influenced by them like in a chain reaction.”
An important tool to express those feelings are the monologues that can be heard during the programs, blended in harmony with the performance.
“Watching the footage of the choreographies by Kenji Miyamoto-sensei I realized that, even though he simply created them based on the songs, in many cases they perfectly match the athlete’s feelings too. I was so moved and thought that Kenji-sensei is an amazing person.”
As the series is pursuing reality, it does not contain any unrealistic techniques.
“If we had included something over-the-top people would have just said ‘that’s unreal’, so I thought that it was better to just go a little ahead of reality, and consulted with many people to decide the difficulty of the techniques to use. However, shortly thereafter real life skaters actually surpassed that level, which really surprised me. We did decide the level knowing that it would be surpassed one day, but we didn’t think it would happen so soon!”
The writer Mitsurou Kubo also needed a lot of courage to portray Yuuri determined to win for love.
“On the ice rink you can express anything, and that’s why, even if I had never thought about what true love is or represented it before, I decided to try my hand at openly depicting love as fiction. As a result, I myself was encouraged by the story I wrote and felt that I could make a fresh start after that.”

“I ended up being encouraged by the story about love that I openly portrayed as fiction.”

Highlights of every episode by Mitsurou Kubo

#1 Nan no Piroshiki!! Namida no Grand Prix Final
“I want you to watch the best figure skating animation”
Before the series was broadcasted I was worried, because normally original anime not based on a previous work and airing late at night take a long time to catch the viewers’ attention. However, my fear was swept away by the extraordinary skating scenes of the first episode, and the show gained a good reputation right away. Stunning images can provide the best promotion.

#2 Futari no Yuri!? Yutopia no Ran
“Figure skaters feeling more familiar”
This part is set during the off-season in Yuuri’s hometown. If we had showed special people battling each other in a faraway place from the very start the viewers would never have felt close to them, therefore I decided to start the story with the Russians, Victor and Yurio, spending time in the onsen of the castle town Hasetsu, eating katsudon and spreading news via the SNS, so that they would feel more familiar to the audience.

#3 Boku ga Eros de Eros ga Boku de!? Taiketsu! Onsen on ICE
“You can feel the growth of Yuuri and Yurio”
Once the Grand Prix series starts no one can afford to lose anymore, so I created this provisional match between Yuuri and Yurio to emphasize their relationship as rivals but also as comrades. I also wanted to show that a competitive program is progressively brushed up during the season based on each athlete’s pace. Originally I also thought of showing Yurio’s mother rushing to the scene.

#4 Jibun wo Suki ni Natte… Kansei!! Free Program
“Yuuri and Victor gradually become closer”
In the process of completing the free skating program Yuuri and Victor become closer to each other, both as coach and student and as equals. Yuuri’s gesture of poking the top of Victor’s head has no logical meaning. I think it symbolizes how Yuuri, acting on an impulse, breaks his own shell and steps into the territory of the person that previously was only considered a living legend.

#5 Kao Makka!! Shosen Da yo! Chuu-shikoku-kyuushuu Senshuken Taikai
“Check out the relationship between seniors and juniors”
Minami-kun, a skater that looks up to Yuuri, appears in this episode. I really like the scene where Yuuri, finally becoming aware that he is going to lead the current generation of Japanese skaters, silently hits Minami-kun’s back. As in the scene where he pokes Victor’s head, once again Yuuri uses a physical action, instead of logic or words, to try to communicate something. When it’s animated it looks really awesome.

#6 Kaimaku Grand Prix Series Yacchaina!! Chuugoku Taikai SP
“Check out Chris’ sexiness”
The tournament starts and many fascinating athletes make their appearances, but this episode is also an occasion to fully enjoy the charm of Chris’ ass. After watching Kenji-sensei’s choreography I decided to draw a beautiful ass in my storyboard, then its charm was further emphasized in the animation, and finally thanks to the voice actor’s absolutely sexy voice we could obtain the best ass animation ever.

#7 Kaimaku Grand Prix Series Yacchaina!! Chuugoku Taikai FS
“An FSP where Yuuri and Victor overcome their fears”
Yuuri and Victor were both anxious before the FS, and I feel that the strongly emotional scenes following that were represented in a very effective way. Regarding the last scene, I started receiving lots of questions from overseas, asking “Did Yuuri and Victor hug? Or was it a kiss?” and that’s when I realized how much the anime’s popularity had spread worldwide.

#8 Yuuri VS Yuri Osoroshia!! Russia Taikai SP
“JJ’s striking appearance is a must see”
This episode is where Jean-Jacques Leroy, aka JJ, one of the most likely candidates to win the gold medal, appears. What is scary about JJ is that he has the ability to paint any story in JJ color, overshadowing even the protagonist. Mamoru Miyano-san, the one who played his role, managed to take JJ to the next level with his natural personality and made him all the more convincing.

#9 Yuuri VS Yuri Osoroshia!! Russia Taikai FS
“When the absence of an important person makes you grow”
This episode is where Yuuri grows after fighting without Victor next to him. When we went location hunting at the Fukuoka airport there was a glassed-in corridor close to the arrival lobby, and as the director saw it she excitedly said “Yuuri and Victor are going to run side by side separated by the glass!”. I was like “they definitely are!”, and we started taking heaps of pictures. The airport is currently being remodeled and it’s not possible to recreate the scene.

#10 Chou Ganbaranba! Grand Prix Final Chokuzen Special
“Ordinary life episode the night before the last fight”
As the last part depicting ordinary life before the Grand Prix Final, I wanted to create a relaxing episode without skating scenes while at the same time introducing the athletes, but in the end so many things happened in it that no one could relax and I was told that even animating it was a pain. The ring Yuuri gave Victor also carries the meaning of a symbol that the two of them are like soul mates.

#11 Chou Chou Ganbaranba!! Grand Prix Final SP
“The speed leading to the last episode is impressive to watch”
The OP footage, that was gradually changed from episode 1 by adding colors, is finally complete. I was happy that we could welcome as voice actors Ken Gamada-san, who actually works as an MC in tournaments and ice shows, and Nobunari Oda-san as himself doing the commentary. With the pace of the story speeding up toward the finale, this episode was just chaos.

#12 Chou Chou Chou Ganbaranba!!! Grand Prix Final FS
“A final episode where you can catch a glimpse of everyone’s future”
Including Stéphane Lambiel-san’s debut as an anime seiyuu, which is something no one could have expected, the chaotic mixup of anime and reality reaches a climax in this episode. Beside the sense of fulfillment for the victory, I think that the contents also let you catch a glimpse of each character’s future. I was about to faint looking at the beauty of Victor’s tears.


Final note (this is just my opinion, it’s not part of the translation): There is a translation going around where the line about soul mates is translated as “proof”, but actually the word 証 (akashi) can have many different meanings, among which symbol/mark/token/proof/sign etc. In this case, I personally do not think it means “proof” (also to be honest when it’s “proof” usually they write it as 証拠 shouko). It’s more like symbol/token, as in “it’s meant to symbolize Yuuri and Victor’s deep bond that goes beyond a normal relationship”. Although the difference is only subtle, I still think it’s not the same. Also please understand that the Japanese word “soul mate” does not have the meaning that is used in fanfiction… I believe it’s actually the same in English too, but in normal conversation it means “two people that have a strong spiritual/emotional bond (that makes them suited for each other, be it either as friends or lovers)”, not “two people who were destined to be together from their previous life”. That is something you are free to imagine or fantasize about, however please do not twist the creators’ words just to fit people’s headcanons…

P.S.: And please do not misunderstand me. I love Victuuri, but I prefer to draw a line between canon and fanon, and I don’t really like it when words by the creators are “adapted” to accomodate people’s shipping ideas. I think what she says is deep enough even without mistranslating it anyway…

Dear my once upon a time,

You’re running and I’m running and our ‘x’ is complete, we made our mark. You’ll be miles away and I’m never coming back. We’ll never meet again.

But please don’t forget me?

Don’t forget that girl who caught your eye and kept you for herself. That girl who spoke to you in whispers when the whole world was screaming at you. So ordinary, yet so special. That girl who kept you up till the whole world was asleep, till the noise died down, till all was silent, only her breath in your ear. That girl who didn’t talk much but knew you like the back of her hand. Don’t forget that girl who looked at you with her eyes big and wide, and all the chaos faded and the world seemed complete. That girl who got mad at you a hundred times, but loved you a hundred and one. That girl who knit your fingers together and refused to let go. Between passing days and fleeting moments, remember that girl you trusted the most. Don’t forget that girl who kept her hand on your chest, your hand on her chest, said she loves you “from here to there” and the earth stopped in its tilt. Don’t forget that girl who hugged you from behind when you were riding that night, city lights in your eyes, skin melting into skin. That girl you didn’t want to leave behind. She was her happiest when she was sitting on your lap, head on your shoulder, your smile in her hair: that girl you couldn’t live without.

Don’t forget her, 'cause I’m never forgetting you.

Signed,
Yours truly.

—  Lakshmi Nagaraj // Now I’m here and you’re there, but love will always stay, “from here to there”.
[ENG] 170530 Hoshi’s Twitter Interaction With Fans

Opening tweet: [17’ Hoshi] CARATs~ Hello, I’m doing a mention party for the first time in a while *laughs* Those who want to party with me, please upload some tweets ><

Fan: Soonyoung-ah, what did you eat today???
HS: CARATs’ love?

Fan: I want to tell you thank you for existing.
HS: Thank you for making an ordinary me special *cries* I’ll work harder.

Fan: Soonyoung-ah, you’re cuter than Pikachu~~~~❤❤❤ (attached picture)
HS: *laughs* Pi~ka pika~!!!

Fan: What time is it? 💕
HS: It’s now 2:53.

Fan: Did it hurt when you fell from the sky?
HS: Nope, it was alright because I have wings ///~///

Fan: Your smile makes flowers grow 🌻🌷 (attached pictures)
HS: Chub-ster, it’s chub-ster ><
(T/N: Chub-ster = Chubby hamster)

cr: kass @ what17says
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Cashiering

Ordinary day, nothing special. Customer comes up to my 15-item express lane with about 30 items, good start. Last few items, I grab a bag of cilantro that is tied off and filled with air. I go to place it on the scale….she snatches it out of my hands and says “the air will add to the weight and I will not pay for that” she then unties the bag and empties the air out. ***disbelief***

Shingeki no Kyojin chapter 94 review (+ theories)

Too bad June means I’ll be busy till the end of the month but… finally… This is the chapter that concluded volume 23: a volume specifically dedicated to Marley, with mentions from the inhabitants of Paradis.

In this chapter, we’re back to Rebellio: the internment zone confining all Eldians from Paradis. 

That chapter certainly didn’t end up in a whole cliffhanger, but more like as a comparison between children’s lives on Paradis and outside of Paradis. We also got more details about two things: the lifestyle of an Eldian family inside the walls, present-time, and the birth of the present warrior generation.

  1. Falco
  2. The mysterious man
  3. The comeback
  4. Gabi and the Braun family
  5. Reiner’s past

I doubt this is going to be as long as last review, but there’s still a couple of points worth elaborating. As always, follow me under the cut.

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ya’ll... we gotta talk about this.

Nameless ~The One Thing You Must Recall~

ALL ABOARD THE FEELS TRAIN TO FEELSTOWN… FEELS TRAIN BOARDING NOW!

So, I just finished playing through every good ending for every route in Nameless. I accomplished this in a matter of three days. Three. Days. That’s how phenomenal this game is. I never thought anything would ever come close to my love for Mystic Messenger. Nameless blew me away. Everything about this game is beautiful. Beautiful art, beautiful soundtrack, beautiful voice acting, beautiful characters. I didn’t expect anything less from Cheritz. For those who aren’t familar with Nameless, it is a fully voiced visual novel-style game from Cheritz, the developers of the extremely popular mobile game Mystic Messenger. With Christmas basically here, I REALLY WANT EVERY ONE TO PURCHASE THIS GAME AND PLAY IT. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. I PINKY SWEAR. I’M GOING TO TRY AND CONVINCE YOU. 

The game description as found on Steam is:  “Eri (the name is replaceable) is a high school student and everything about her seems ordinary except she has a special hobby. Eri is into collecting ball-jointed dolls made from the doll company, Crobidoll. Although she treats her dolls like her real family, she cannot talk about them to even her "normal” best friends. With her parents living overseas, she was left all alone after her grandpa’s death. She started to rely on her dolls to escape from her loneliness. Then, one day, she had a dream about feathers coming out of her diary and when she woke up, she heard strange sounds coming from her kitchen…”

Now, let me just tell you. This game was full of emotions, just like Mystic Messenger. To be corny, it’s a literal roller-coaster of emotions. This game has made me feel really happy, this game has made me literally laugh out loud, and I have shed actual tears due to this game on multiple occasions. The characters are so precious and dear to me, and they all have their own individual problems. They are not perfect, they are flawed. Just like in reality, no one is perfect. I absolutely love games, ESPECIALLY otome games, that embrace that. And Cheritz is extremely good at this, as much in Nameless as in Mystic Messenger. I’ll tell you my opinions on the characters, of course with no spoilers, to further convince you to buy this game. I hate comparing characters, but for Mystic Messenger fans (AKA all of my followers), I will compare since I saw a lot of similarities.

Nameless’s MC, Eri | You can change the name to whatever name you wish in the beginning of the game. She is a freshman at her school, and she lives by herself in her grandfather’s house. Her parents are extremely busy and work overseas, so she lived with her grandfather from an early age. I really, really like this MC. I found her extremely relatable. She has such a gentle heart, but she has pessimistic tendencies and is mature for her age.

Lance | I really enjoyed Lance. He was Eri’s first ball-jointed doll, and the only one that was around when Eri’s grandpa was alive. He’s very smart, but he can be pretty cold at times. He is in the same freshman class as Eri, and is popular against his wishes. He doesn’t really express himself well in front of others. He acts like he doesn’t care about you, but actually cares a lot. He’s a classic tsundere. I couldn’t really compare him to anyone in MysMe personality wise, he’s his own person. I cried during his route.

Yeonho | Yeonho was Eri’s second doll. He had an owner before Eri, but he was sold at auction, with Eri as the winning bid. I absolutely LOVE Yeonho. He is so so so so so sweet. I want to love and protect him forever, the precious angel. I would definitely call him the Yoosung of Nameless. His voice even sounds similar to Yoosung. He is also in the same freshman class with Eri and Lance. He REALLY loves Eri, and is really attached to her. He’s 100% a yandere. He is also really popular at school and he is known as the Yellow Chick. I can’t really get to much into his character without spoiling anything.

Yuri | I like to call Yuri a Jumin-Zen hybrid, with some differences. He is very narcissistic and flirtatious, ESPECIALLY towards Eri. He is very fashion forward, and spends a lot of money on clothes and material items. Out of all the dolls, he appears the most mature physically. He enjoys music, and plays the drums really well. He teaches music at Eri’s school. He appears frivolous, but is actually pretty serious when is alone with Eri. Again, I can’t go into detail without spoiling. I cried during his route.

Tei | I think Tei is probably my favorite route, for many reasons that I can’t disclose without spoiling. I would compare him most to Jumin. He acts like the “mother/father” of the group, but he is actually very complicated. He is the most popular of the group at school, a sophomore, and works in a cafe part-time. I think that he has such a kind heart. I would say that he loves Eri the most out of everyone. Also a yandere. I definitely cried during his route.

Red | And lastly, we have darling Red, warrior of justice! Yes, I said “warrior of justice.” That wasn’t an error. Sounds like our dear defender of justice, Seven Zero Seven, doesn’t it? He reminds me SO MUCH of Seven sometimes, even his voice acting. He’s definitely his own person though. He’s innocent, kind of naive, and very slow at times. That just adds to his cuteness. He is full of energy and is bright like the sun. He loves online games and watching action shows about justice warriors. He believes that he will one day gain special powers. However, is his smile just a mask to hide how he really feels? His route… gosh. So many feels I felt like I was drowning. I definitely cried during his route. A lot. His route is also easily tied as my favorite with Tei’s.

IN CONCLUSION,

Please consider purchasing this beautiful masterpiece. It would make me so happy if you did. And Cheritz, 정말 고맙습니다. 사랑해.

anonymous asked:

Do you really believe after this CS marriage that in the finale they could pull off SQ? Not even getting together like that but you think they'd end CS just like that after they've done nothing but promo CS this and CS that for so many years and so hard too? Especially with tensions high and uncertain about a S7, which I hear the musical doing well in ratings is essentially to the fate of the show? (not sure how accurate that is though).

Why not? I think I’m with Zelena on this one.

I don’t believe anything, I simply still think it’s more likely than not that they will end and that Emma & Regina’s romantic feelings for each other will become text, based on what we’ve seen so far. There’s a book I’ve read that I’m pretty sure the showrunners used for their story structure. You should see if you can find it, but I’ll quote you a few things that are interesting in this context.

THE ORDINARY WORLD
Because so many stories are journeys that take heroes and audiences to Special Worlds, most begin by establishing an Ordinary World as a baseline for comparison. The Special World of the story is only special if we can see it in contrast to a mundane world of everyday affairs from which the hero issues forth. The Ordinary World is the context, home base, and background of the hero.
FromThe Writer’s Journey || Christopher Vogler

Emma’s Ordinary World is the City. We’re introduced to her while she’s on the job and later we get a little glimpse of her apartment until Henry shows up to take her to Storybrooke.

CONTRAST
Its a good idea for writers to make the Ordinary World as different as possible from the Special World, so audience and hero will experience a dramatic change when the threshold is finally crossed. In The Wizard of Oz the Ordinary World is depicted in black and white, to make a stunning contrast with the Technicolor Special World of Oz. In the thriller Dead Again, the Ordinary World of modern day is shot in color to contrast with the nightmarish black-and-white Special World of the 1940s flashbacks. 
FromThe Writer’s Journey || Christopher Vogler

While we don’t go from black and white to color, we do go from night to day when Emma wakes up in jail after she tried to leave Storybrooke. This marks her first venture into the Special World. Later, when Emma believes and magic comes to town, we get another shift in color gradation, suggesting we went to a deeper level of the Special World. 

FORESHADOWING: A MODEL OF THE SPECIAL WORLD
Writers often use the Ordinary World section to create a small model of the Special World, foreshadowing its battles and moral dilemmas. In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy clashes with ornery Miss Gulch and is rescued from danger by three farmhands. These early scenes foretell Dorothy’s battles with the Witch and her rescue by the Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow.
From: The Writer’s Journey || Christopher Vogler

If they followed this model, then Emma’s date with Ryan seems like it could be foreshadowing for Hook and Emma’s relationship. Just like we’re made to believe that Emma is in love with Hook, when we are first introduced to her we think she’s on a genuine date. She seems shy and insecure, she acts more traditionally feminine than we later find out she actually is. Ryan seems a pretty decent guy. Handsome, empathic, seems interested in her.

…and then everything turns around. He turns out to be a criminal cheating on his wife, she’s a bail bonds person on the job. To make things even more interesting, before Emma bashes his head against the steering wheel, he asks her what she knows about family anyway. His unconscious form receives the answer. Nothing. She knows nothing about family.

Now she does. She knows about the love, the support and the care. About sticking around… but she also understands the pressure to be who your parents want you to be. I think it’s pretty obvious how the story in the Ordinary World could relate to the current one in our Special World.

Later we see Henry taking Emma home. Storybrooke is both Ordinary World and Special World at that point, since it’s still night, but it is outside of Emma’s comfort zone in the city. When Emma wakes up in jail, we have the first leap in logic of the show, because Emma should have woken up in the hospital. Both that and the transition from night to day mark the end of our little model of what to expect in our Special World.

Henry is the one who saves Emma from her glass coffin - her sterile apartment - in the Ordinary world after her date with Ryan.

This scene from the Final Battle looks like the reverse from when they first met. We have Emma stuck in another glass coffin, but outside it’s day time. This looks like Henry coming to save Emma from the Special World, marking the end of her marriage and the start of the journey home.

I think one of my favorite things about Zexal is that fact that, as far as anyone else is concerned, Yuma is ordinary.  He’s not special to them.  He’s easy to overlook.  He’s not their main enemy, he’s barely someone of consequence as far as they can see.  Even Kaito, the rival character of the series, completely ignores him and says that only Astral is his enemy.

Before now, every other protagonist has been special in some way.  Has been specifically targeted by the enemy.  Yugi might have started out ordinary but as soon as he took on the spirit of the Millennium Puzzle, he was someone that people looked at.  Enemies were drawn to him.  Judai was always attracting trouble for the fact that he was Judai; every enemy targeted him specifically in some way.  And Yusei was being watched by Godwin and Yliaster long before his main story even began, before he was even confirmed as a Signer.

Yuma was not. Yuma was just ignored.  He wasn’t seen as anyone special, anyone worth noticing.  As far as it seems to anyone else, he’s an outsider to this conflict.  Someone who just kind of happened to end up in the middle of it, but no one of any real consequence.  The only time he seemed to be noticed was in relation to other people and things; his relationship to Astral, the fact that he had a Number, etc.

But Yuma proves them all wrong.

He proves to everyone over and over that he is the person that everyone should have been watching.  He proves that he’s more than just a bystander or an outsider.

Everyone ignored him.  He wasn’t special.  At least, no one else thought he was.

But that didn’t matter to Yuma.  It didn’t matter that this was a fight that everyone thought he had no place being a part of.  It didn’t matter that he wasn’t “important.”  He had to make himself special, to make himself be noticed.  He had to work towards becoming the hero of his own story.  And dammit, whatever your impressions of Zexal are, he did.  He became the hero and he became the hero on his own terms.

And that’s just really inspiring to me.

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Slavic Ritual Bread

Bread is a very important object in Slavic tradition. It has been used for celebrations, feasts, weddings and funerals since the pagan times. It was given as a sacrifice to gods and used as a method of asking for a fertile year, for example on Svetovid’s day priest would hide behind a pile of breads, and ask if people can see him, if they say no, he would say: “Hopefully next year will also be just as fertile as this one”, meaning the pile of breads would be just as big, enough to hide him. This custom is still present in a similar form in Christmas celebration in Herzegovina. In Russia and Poland wedding guests are greeted with bread and salt. 
In celebration of Slava, Serbs ritually break bread* and everyone should eat a piece of it. These breads are not ordinary, they are made with special recipes and often richly decorated. They are also used as food served on funerals and zadušnice**

*I will make a post about this some time later
**translation would be (day)for the souls(of the dead), I will make a post about this as well.

[Two-shot] Eighteen Hours (Saeran x Reader): Part 02

Summary: [Two-shot] He had eighteen hours more, on a flight next to the girl whom he had given his window seat to.



Eighteen hours more.

Without shifting his head, Saeran glanced wistfully at the dark window from the corner of his eye. In the distance below the plane, the city was twinkling with dazzling golden lights, like little stars on the ground as they flew up into the dark veil of night amidst the low rumble of the plane’s engine. He wished he could get a clearer look of the diminishing city beneath him, to see as it grew smaller and smaller till it vanished into thin air, past the heavy fog and dark clouds.

The only thing was, her head was in the way.

With a soundless exhale, he turned his attention back to the blank screen in front of him, and pulled the headphones that rested around his neck up to cover his ears. He closed his sore eyes, relaxing into the soft, quiet instrumental that was playing. He never really liked midnight flights, but he hadn’t had any other choice, since she had chosen to be on this one.

He resisted the urge to peek an eye open to glance over at her, forcing himself to keep his head in place and to keep his eyes screwed shut. But that only reminded him again — this was probably the sixth time — of the face that she had made when she laid her eyes on him.

She had been tired, evident from the dark circles beneath her soft eyes, her eyebrows pressed down slightly in a tiny frown as she tried to wrestle her heavy bag through the tiny aisle without hitting other passengers, her lips pursed in a thin line as she tried to keep from yawning.

She was plain. Ordinary. There wasn’t anything special about her bare face, nor her soft mutterings of “Excuse me” and “Sorry” as she squeezed past several other passengers. She was just a normal girl. Like any other he could find on the street or in the park.

And yet, she wasn’t.

She made him feel nervous in a way he had never felt before, and he didn’t know why. His heart had beat a little faster when she had arrived, bag in tow. And it had gone even faster when their eyes met, and her eyes flickered in recognition.

She remembered him. Clearly, from the way she stared at him for a solid three seconds before shaking her head in disbelief and an embarrassed, shy smile graced her lips. “What a coincidence,” she had said, by way of greeting, before he got up to help her get her luggage in the overhead compartment while she slid into her window seat.

Or more accurately, the window seat he had given her.

It was strange how compromising he was being. He absolutely hated flights when he didn’t get the window seat. There was just nothing to do. Watching movies gave him a headache, made him feel queasy on flights. Not to mention, he could easily download those movies and watch it on his own computer at home in far better quality.

The window seat was the best place to be. He could sit there and watch the clouds go by for hours, look down below and try to spot mountains and hills if it was a clear day, admire the rich, golden sunset closer than he could ever be on the ground on a normal day.

And yet, he had just given up the window seat for a girl he barely knew. For a girl who loved window seats just as much as he did.

For a girl… who was kind of weird. Like he was.

“Yeah, what a coincidence,” his rather cryptic reply had been. That had earned him a rather odd, questioning look from her, before she lowered her gaze and turned back to the window, to look out at the dark night.

Sure, you could call this a coincidence. Just one that was a little more… deliberate.

He heard her shift in her seat, and then there was a quiet little breath of air.

It was hard to fight down the upward twitching of the corners of his lips as he resolutely kept his eyes shut.


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Beauty and the Beast Part Two (Loki x Reader)

Originally posted by iliveinapineapple

Word Count: 855

Pairing: Loki x Reader

AN: You can read part one part three and part four here

Later that night as you stared off mindlessly at the ceiling, laying on the soft king sized bed situated in the extravagant room that Loki trapped you in, you heard gentle knocks come from the door. Knowing it was Loki you let out a groan, rolling over so that you faced the door. “I thought I told you to go away?”

“Why would I listen to your requests? You are my prisoner after all.” The cockiness dripped from his voice, only causing more anger to erupt within you. Sitting up now so that your feet touched the carpeted floors, your fists coiled in rage. However before you could yell another insult at the man his words cut you off. “Are you hungry? If you join me for dinner you can eat.”

You were starving actually, however you were much too proud to have dinner with the man who’s holding you captive. “I’d rather starve before I ate with you.” The loathing you held for the man was evident in the tone of your voice, but he seemed to ignore it completely. "Don’t lie to me.”

Your body betrayed you at that moment as your stomach released a growl in hunger and you were sure the demigod heard it. Thinking over your options you decided to agree to his request, but only so that you wouldn’t die from starvation. It was purely for survival…or that’s what you were telling yourself anyway. “Fine, yes. But I’m only agreeing to this because food is too good to pass up.”

As soon as you agreed the door flew open and in walked Loki with the same unreadable expression on his face. “Well are you coming?” As much as you despised the man, you couldn’t deny that he was attractive. But that didn’t matter to you as you still hated him with every fiber in your body. Sighing in defeat you made your way towards the door trying your best to avoid eye contact with the man. “Unfortunately.”


Dinner was…awkward to say the least. There were no words exchanged, there was just silence and the sound of forks and knives sliding across the plates. You ignored any manners you held as you scoffed down the food in front of you like a pig but you didn’t care, you hadn’t eaten in a day.

After you finished the meal you decided it was the perfect time to finally ask the question you’d been dying to ask ever since the demigod knocked on your door yesterday. "Loki…I must know. Why did you have to choose me? I’ve been trying my hardest to hide my powers from the world, I never wanted to be dragged into any of this mess. There are plenty of other mutants with telepathic powers running around in spandex suits so why did it have to be me? “

Taking a bite from his steak he finished chewing before answering your question seeming to be unfazed by your words. “Because you’re different from the rest.” Your eyebrows furrowed at his explanation, how were you any different to the other telepaths on this planet? You were just an ordinary mutant, nothing special like a member of the x-men, so what could he think was so unique about your abilities. "How?“

Still not looking at you as he spoke Loki answered your question with a slight smirk on his face. "That’s for me to know and for you to never find out.”

Rolling your eyes instantly at his arrogant words you slouched back in your seat in defeat. “Gosh why is nothing ever simple with you?” Finally looking up at you he crossed his arms smugly as if the answer was obvious, in which it actually was. “I’m a god Y/N, the god of mischief. Why would anything ever be simple with me?”

Deciding to try a different approach you resorted to pleading with the man, hoping that he may just have a slither of sympathy for you and let you free. “Can’t I just go home? Please I beg of you, there must be someone else that can help you it doesn’t have to be me.”

You could tell Loki was becoming frustrated with your questions now as he clenched his fists in irritation. “Yes it does. Y/N you’re not leaving until I say so and that’s never going to change so just accept that already. Or do I have to threaten another loved one just so you will obey me?”

The was a silence in the room for several seconds as you took in his hurtful yet truthful words. Deep down you knew he wasn’t going to let you go but you had to try. You’d hoped that just maybe he wouldn’t be the monster everyone thought him to be, but apparently your assumptions were wrong. Your voice came out quiet yet confident as you looked into his icy blue eyes as you spoke. “You’re a monster Loki…a beast.”

Fear filled your body as he abruptly stood up at your words, slamming his fist down on the table as he yelled out in rage. “I am not a beast!”