I’m dead, guys. I’m dead. I can’t compute.
All our efforts, all our determination and endurance to shuffle though unwanted hate and harassment from anti-Ward protesters, the tear-jerking and mind exploding (but, above all, very impressive) meta, the gif sets and manips. All of us, the dedicated fans and shippers, have come together and created this family, this community where we know who we are, and can recognize a fellow defender, who we backed up on multiple occassions, fighting a good fight -and nothing was in vain, because you know what? We did something amazing.
We sent our message to the fandom, and directly to Brett Dalton, who received our wonderful StandWithWard poster, made beautifully by the dedicated defender msdevindanielle. He was blown away. We sent one of our own wanderingrookie (aka Lily, my precious partner with grantwarddefenseleague, along with asidefromthenorm) and she earned a lifetime experience that she 100% deserves. We have a video, and that face - the face is exactly why we do what we do.
Not only that, standwithward earned a shoutout from Brett. He acknowledge the wonderful movement via twitter after verbally pointing it out on the panel. That’s two times! Not onces, two!
And if it wasn’t perfect enough, we have confirmed Skyeward news that Skyeward does in fact LOVE each other. They dropped the LOVE bomb. Not only that, Chloe Bennet -our beloved captain -not only deterred haters from attacking Ward’s character, she fucking defended him like the precious jewel she is.
Today has been a good day, and that’s an understatement.
Personal shout-out to my dream team:
aislingyngaio-maos, aavonlea, hollyedolly, ladytodd, Lily, of course, but you’re already tagged, my dear ;) antoinetriplett, skyewward, skyewardsstan, hi-everyone-this-is-anna, ezriela, afgani, vesperass-anuna, astrid-v, v23474, doom-overlord, webothsoldit and marysuepoots. While there are so many more, like nathyfaith, eveningspirit, kat2107, punmasterbrett, agentromanofff, fighthehurricane, phantomroxas, lerelene, daxcat79, agent-penguinduck, .. I could go on forever, because this team grew from something small to something significant - a force that proved time to time again we’re something to be reckoned with. I started knowing only a few, taking from their examples, and then we all somehow crafted this wonderful community of supporters who not only support Ward but each other.
I don’t want this to turn sappy. This has been a great day to celebrate. We should be proud of ourselves! We did something great! We worked tirelessly and we earned these results. We earned this. We’ll share this moment of victory!
My advice from this point now that we hit this mark? Don’t stop. Keep doing your thing. As Kevin G would say,