Vals-things

Steve thinks of Eleven as the little sister he’s always secretly wanted and he takes his role as honorary big brother very seriously, thrilled and more than a little affected by the fact that someone finally looks up to him in a serious and meaningful way. 

His face lights up every time El asks him for a piggyback ride and he never misses an opportunity to run around in zig-zag patterns on the Wheeler’s lawn, El perched on his back giggling as he picks up speed until he’s practically sprinting and she’s laughing joyfully in his ear. 

And you can bet that Steve picks up Jonathan, Will, and El and treats them all for ice cream every Saturday afternoon in the summer. El always has to swat him away when he tries to take a bite out of her banana split. Sometimes, when she’s certain no one is looking, El uses her powers to levitate the top scoop of Steve’s ice cream cone into her banana split bowl and, even though he makes a big fuss about it, Steve secretly adores her trouble-making potential. 

Alright. I’m gonna drown my anxiety in a big bowl of popcorn and some fic writing tonight because this season is already stressing me out and we haven’t even had the damn cast announcement yet!

FYI This Val/Sharna/James thing will be multi-chapter. It has to be to do it justice. But I’m so bad about starting a multi-chapter then losing interest halfway through, so I’m going to try to write a lot of it before I start posting it. 

That face that Hopper makes when they pull Will’s “body” from the lake hurts me every time. He’s so broken by the thought that he’s failed Joyce, because he knows just how much pain she’s going to feel; he’s lived that pain. He’s broken by the thought that he’s failed Will, another innocent kid he couldn’t save. And it’s one of the most viscerally emotional moments in the show for me because you can practically see the air leaving his lungs and his heart breaking. Thanks David Harbour. You’re incredible.

It breaks my heart to think that Eleven is going to feel nervous about meeting Nancy again, worried that Nancy will never want to be her friend or her sister because she wasn’t able to save Barb.

But then I think about how Mike is going to spend the year that El’s gone talking about her to Nancy, because she’s the only one who really understands. And he’s going to tell Nancy all about how Eleven saved his life and I think about how Nancy, even though she misses Barb each and every day of her life, is going to welcome El home with a big hug and when she tries to apologize, Nancy is just going to thank her for being brave enough to save her baby brother.

And then I think even more and I think about how El is going to ask Nancy to tell her stories about Barb; how she’s going to sit at the edge of Nancy’s bed, wrapped up in a blanket while Nancy curls her hair and tells her all the fondest memories she has of Barb. I think about how every time El has a question about friendship, Nancy will be able to teach her something based on lessons she learned with Barb by her side. And it breaks my heart again. 

My husband asked my father for permission to ask me to marry him. I was 26 years old and hadn’t lived at home in a decade. My parents live 2,000 miles away from me.

But my husband still asked him because he wanted to be respectful. And he liked the tradition of it. 

So, please … come tell me about how awful that tradition is. I’d love to hear about it.

Originally posted by jedimastercorderriere

Important Female Characters that have been cut out of Game of Thrones

Arianne Martell: The female heir to Dorne who demands recognition and acknowledgement and refuses to be passed over.

“You will not rob me of my birthright!”

Wylla Manderly: Grandaughter of Wyman Manderly, insults the Freys in front of a hall full of people and refuses to be married off. And she has green hair which is pretty sick.

“He was our king! He was brave and good, and the Freys murdered him. If Lord Stannis will avenge him, we should join Lord Stannis”

Val: Sister of mance Rayder’s wife Dalla (who has also been cut) said to be extremely beautiful yet is fiercely independent and strong.

“I am no southron lady but a woman of the free folk. I know the forest better than all your black cloaked rangers. It holds no ghosts for me.”

Mya Stone: One of Robert Baratheon’s bastards, lives in the vale and is in charge of helping people up to the Eyrie.

“Men come and go. They lie, or die, or leave you. A mountain is not a man, though, and stone is a mountain’s daughter. I trust my father, and I trust my mules. I won’t fall.”

Lady Stoneheart: *spoiler alert or not really because she won’t be in the show* Catelyn Stark resurrected seeking revenge on the Frey’s and leading the Brotherhood without banners (there’s your revenge plot D&D)

“She don’t speak. You bloody bastards cut her throat too deep for that. But she remembers.”

Asha Greyjoy: not to be confused with whoever “Yara” Greyjoy is, Asha does not believe in flippantly calling people “cunts” and is not scared of dogs.

“My mother raised me to be bold”

Alysane Mormont: Fights with Stannis’ army and guards Asha when she is captured (oops not really spoilers again) and don’t tell me that they don’t become best friends because they do.

“Mormont women are skinchangers. We turn into bears and find mates in the woods.”

Barbrey Dustin: The widow of Lord Dustin, hates the Starks because she blames Ned for the death of her husband. She is cunning, intelligent and one of Roose Bolton’s biggest supporters in Winterfell (but you know in the show no northern lords are in Winterfell because logic)

The bride weeps … Dressing her in grey and white serves no good if the girl is left to sob. The Freys might not care, but the northmen … they fear the Dreadfort, but they love the Starks.“

All these women are unique, different and complicated, even though some of them do not fit into d&d’s “strong women” or “sexually empowered” archetypes they are important and interesting parts of the story. All of these amazing characters were axed in favor of a storyline depicting a violent rape and that is truly unforgivable and disgusting.

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Let’s think about the pink dress Eleven wears and how it used to belong to Nancy.

Imagine eleven-year-old Nancy Wheeler wearing that pink dress with white buckle-up shoes to church on Sunday morning with her family and, after the service, being dropped off at the Byers’s place to play with Jonathan while the Wheelers take Will home for the afternoon.

Imagine Nancy and Jonathan chasing the Byers’s dog, Bilbo, out in front of the house, Nancy’s pink dress getting dirty when Bilbo clumsily bounds towards her and jumps onto her, overexcited, causing her to fall backwards. Jonathan is super apologetic and offers help her clean the mud off her dress (which she looks so pretty in) but Nancy just laughs and insists they keep playing.

They pass a good portion of the afternoon giggling and telling jokes, imagining that Bilbo is a terrifying monster they have to catch, and snacking on the hotdogs Joyce brings outside to them (Nancy spills some mustard on her dress and laughs again). But then a black car comes barrelling down the dirt road and Jonathan’s heart sinks. Lonnie.

He and Nancy freeze in the middle of their game of tag, forgetting who was it. Nancy knows what this means. Jonathan always sends her away when Lonnie comes over. She can’t help the frown that catches her lips, nor can she stop herself from grabbing his hand and tugging at him. “Come with me,” she insists. Jonathan refuses. He always does. “I have to be here for my mom,” he tells her, as Lonnie steps out of the car.

Nancy runs all the way home and slams the front door as she enters her house. It’s not fair things are so normal for her while Jonathan has to be sad. Karen meets her in the entryway and takes one look at her pink dress before sending her upstairs to change. Without a word, Nancy marches to her bedroom. She flops onto her bed, not caring about the mud and mustard stains on her dress, and clutches the phone to her chest, crying. She waits for Jonathan to call and tell her that everything is okay. He always does.