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Black Paladin lance headcanon...au?

I have seen a lot of black Paladin lance head canons and idea of how it will work, so I thought maybe I’d share my own ideas.

To start of, Shiro is in the Astral plane with Black looking over him, and Shiro isn’t really sure how to get out, and Black won’t tell him how to get out, only that he needs to rest, and he can’t talk with the other Paladins to tell him where he is. But he can see and can hear them through Black.

Shiro sees everyone trying to figure out what happened to him, but after weeks of them fleeing battles with the Galra and trying to find Shiro, they all agree that until they find Shiro, they need to have someone be the black paladin. Keith of course reveals the fact that Shiro wanted him to lead, and approaches Black. Shiro is obviously very supportive of this (cough cough-bias-cough) but Shiro is surprised to see that Black is apprehensive about Keith piloting him. but Black allows it since it is Shiro’s wish for Keith to lead.

So Keith is the black Paladin, and Shiro is very happy to see that Keith is leading the team. Only that, he isn’t leading very well. Many times he runs off on his own in battle and leaves the others with half baked directions and no real orders or a half baked plan that he usually abandons to go off. Shiro sees that more times than not, one of the Paladins is always heavily damaged and spend days in the healing pods. Now Shiro is starting to see that he might have overestimated Keith’s ability to lead, but he still trusts that Keith will get the hang of it. But as time goes on, Keith still is doing his own thing. That’s when Shiro notices that Lance, who is always questioning Keith’s decisions, has been giving orders whenever Keith runs off , and his plans have some real form of orders, and not just that, but they work with the skills of Pidge and Hunk, even Allura when she joins in the fight. It’s his plans that gets everyone out of a battle in one piece, it’s his plans that even wins some of the battles. But it’s not until Shiro sees Lance going to the hangars to talk to Blue about how mad he is at Keith, not because of him being the leader, but at how he leads the team. He tells her about all the times Keith has left during battles to ‘follow his instincts’ and leaving the team with no clear idea of what the plan is or what to do. He’s mad that even though it’s clear that Lance has been the reason that they win a battle, he doesn’t get any recognition for his plans, that Allura and the others just assume that Lance knows Keith’s plan when Keith goes AWOL, they assume that it’s Keith plan and not his own. But most of all, Lance talks about his insecurities about his position on the team, and how he misses his home. Shiro’s starts to understand that he was wrong with Keith leading the team, and because of his favoritism, he didn’t see that there was another option in his team. A better option that everyone has more or less been taking advantage of. Shiro tells the Black Lion that he was wrong, that he shouldn’t lead the team if he didn’t see how Lance was struggling. Black tells Shiro that it’s ok to make mistakes, as long as we make an effort to correct them. Black then asks again, who should lead Voltron while Shiro is stuck there. And Shiro doesn’t even hesitate to say….“Lance should lead.” At first, Keith is not happy with being kept out of Black. He’s even more furious that Black let Lance in and not him. But he can’t say that he isn’t glad to back with Red. And after awhile, he realizes that Lance is a really good leader. Yes, he doesn’t lead like Shiro does. He leads his own way, helping others see their full potential, putting the other’s strong points to use as well as listening to their ideas and being able to create or change his plans at a moment. Lance is a great leader, because he doesn’t just lead the others he relies on them. While Lance is in charge, they never lose a battle, and have gained more allies in their fight against Zarkon. One such ally is able to help them get Shiro out of the astral plane, and the first thing he does is give Lance a huge hug and thanked him for leading the team in his absents. Lance is happy to be back with Blue, but even more so now that Shiro includes him in strategy meetings, relies on him more during diplomatic meetings. But mostly glad that Shiro’s talks with him and Hunk more, getting to know them so that he’ll be able support them better. So there’s my idea about how black Paladin Lance going down. I hope you guys liked it!

Update: I am actually writing a fic on this on AO3. If you haven’t read it and want to, it’s called ‘rose colored glasses make it hard to see’.

“You know Sasuke… our roles.. could have been reversed.”

Why Midoriya Izuku is the Best Shounen Main Character

Alright so I’m pretty guilty right now. I have a lot of things to sort out and I still unanswered asks and oh boy do I got a lot of fanfic writing to do before summer ends and I’m opening requests soon but JESUS Y’ALL. Im a huge fan of this series and I’ll be damned if I miss writing something for this boy’s birthday. I already missed writing my Inko appreciation on her birthday but I won’t let her down!


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Woah, broad statement to say huh? Well, my friends, I’ve read a lot of manga, particularly shounens since that’s my more favorite genre, and I have to say that Midoriya Izuku has been the best main character I’ve ever read and I only hope he continues to grow into his beautiful character.

I mean even from the beginning of the manga, the way he was written was so completely relatable and realistic. In the very beginning of the manga, he was written to be this lonely boy who suffered through bullying and suicide comments and continuously kept going because of his obsession with heroes. From the very beginning, Horikoshi gave us this character that wasn’t perfect (rather was filled with psychological issues) and really at the bottom of the totem pole. I know a lot of people have compared Izuku with Naruto but at least Naruto was born with an incredibly gifted ability from the start. Izuku was literally born with nothing. In a society where there are heroes running rampant and where Izuku dreams about being a hero, he was literally born with all odds against him in that regard. Yet, through all the loneliness, through all the bullying, Izuku still stayed strong through all of that and continued to dream on his goal, only truly wavering once when All Might told him he should find a new dream (and even then, he still got himself almost killed but I’ll get to that in a bit).

And to add on to his realistic demeanor, I know a lot of people call Izuku a cry baby and make fun of his constant amount of crying but honestly? Imagine this: you were born a black sheep in society, everyone looks down on you, you dream of being something great but you weren’t born with the skills for it, someone you consider to be a friend looks down on you and literally tells you to go jump off a building and destroys a piece of you that you hold memorable, then you almost get killed but someone saves you, then you finally get to meet your idol, the person keeping you alive essentially and they tell you straight up that you should give up on your dream, then you’re devastated but you see that friend in a life threatening position so you literally sacrifice yourself to go save them even though you can’t do anything, and then instead of praise, you get all the blame and beaten down again while your friend gets all the praise, but then you end that EMOTIONAL DAY (keep in mind it happened within a DAY) with your idol telling you that you can be that person and he will help you achieve your dream. I won’t even go onto the other times he’s cried but honestly? I know if I was in his position, I wouldn’t have even stomached half of what happened and I’m sure most of you reading this wouldn’t be able to have a DAY like that without crying. I’m sure with 99% of you, at least once tears will shed. Izuku during his time has been through emotionally exhausting feats and I think it’s absolutely INCREDIBLE that Horikoshi gives us this raw character with RAW emotions. Through Izuku being this emotional, not only does it help us relate to him much more but it helps shows that, hey you can still be strong AND be emotional too. Emotions doesn’t equal weakness and Horikoshi really shows that tremendously, especially when the audience are a group of young ones-adults that are taught daily showing emotions is weak and you have to be strong and not show weakness because apparently crying shows weakness. With Izuku, all of that is stomped on the ground and it’s truly inspiring.

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And oh boy, my favorite part of Izuku! So most shounen protagonists I have seen and come across are usually born or given this great ability suddenly and yes, while they have to train, they normally get the hang of it pretty quickly and are pretty op with it (I’m looking at you Natsu). Most of the time nakama power is enough to win the battle even though the power difference is crazy different. Yet with Izuku, it’s not like that at all. We are 145 chapters in and Izuku can only still use a small portion of One for All still and he’s gotten to the point where, because of his continuous idiotic use of One for All, he has the major consequence that if he uses it too much at 100%, he could lose FUNCTION IN HIS ARMS. OH YEA, PRETTY BIG DEAL AND CONSEQUENCE FOR THAT.

From what I just wrote, this was my favorite thing that was said:

Yes, folks, he not only says that once, not twice, but multiple times throughout the series. I think the most recent time he said it was during Episode 27 when he was climbing the walls, though I’m sure he’s said it in the future arcs and I forgot about it. Due to this new given status he was given, Izuku acknowledges that he is completely far behind from everyone else, he understands that he is at the bottom of the totem pole and that he has to work 10x harder than everyone else since he lost about 10-11 years to get used to his quirk. And throughout the series, Horikoshi doesn’t pull back on that, in fact he really drives it in that, while Izuku does become the greatest hero of all time, it doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a lot of time, training and consequences to get to that point. Even from the beginning, we were given a small glimpse of his incredible training regime and that alone just shows how much effort he has to put in and even that wasn’t enough. I won’t lie, it feels so refreshing that the Main Character isn’t some overpowered person who always gets away with his ridiculous moves, rather it’s nice that he does have consequences and that he see him actually develop into that role while he is being surrounded by others who could take that title from him.

Also, not only is he an intelligent and incredibly hard worker like holy hell, but can we talk about his personality as well? See, here is another perk about Izuku, we weren’t given some either suave person or an annoying character that makes you want to rip out your hair because they’re either too happy or too sad or too emo cringey mess. Rather, Horikoshi gave him a realist personality who thinks through, is incredibly modest and respectful, and holy fuck the most selfless character in the entire show.

I mean, we already know his intelligence and craftiness as he analyzes heroes and their moves as seen through the constant muttering he does as he watches them and his writings in his notebook

 Which might I add right now that I’m really happy Horikoshi gave him this type of analytic behavior as it makes his earlier actions have a bit more sense involved in them, like due to his constant observation he was able to use moves in combat that at least got him by in the beginning

 To also tie in with that, can I say that it is so refreshing to have a main character be a complete DORK about girls and such like that?? Like for someone who was lonely and only had much of the internet to interact with, it makes complete sense that in the beginning he’s really nervous around females or even touching them or talking to them.

Like look at how he talks to Ochako

 Or even how he reacted when Tsuyu said to put her down

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 Or even how he reacted towards Mei when she had her chest all up in his grill.

 Not only does having this personality trait make him a total dork and cutie but it really shows that we won’t see anything super perverted on Deku’s side. Like if he’s too nervous to talk or even touch a girl in a different manner, than it really shows how respectful he is and how modest he is and how we won’t see any pervy side of Deku anytime soon, which is refreshing for an MC to be that way since most MCs have to either touch or acknowledge their love interest’s chest before they can be established as a good character.

 Though, I will say that even though those are amazing points of our birthday boy, the one personality trait of his that truly makes him a much more fitting hero than Bakugou or even Todoroki or even my baby Ochako is how incredibly SELFLESS he is. Ok ok I know that’s a common personality trait but Izuku really takes it to the max throughout the manga.

 Like when right after he was told to jump by Bakugou, his initial thoughts were based on Kacchan not wanting to get severely punished by the law

Or when he risks his life to save Bakugou from the sludge monster even though he has no quirk

Or when he risks his life once again to save Ochako even though he can’t control his quirk

 Or when he risks his life AGAIN to save All Might 

 Or when he attempts to help Ochako before her fight with Bakugou

 Or when he puts his spot in the tournament on the line to help Todoroki reconcile his fire side

 Or when he helps Iida with the Stain fight and notifies the entire class to come and help

Or when he even goes well over his power limit to save Kota and show him that heroes are good people that can hold on their own

 Or when, even though he could lose function in his GOD DAMN ARMS, he still helps the others get Bakugou back from the villains

And note guys, I didn’t even list everything. I just listed the things I could remember but there is so much more that I could have listed as well. And legit, the things I mentioned, there was no benefit in him doing that, like during the time he did them, all there were were cons for him, there was nothing positive in any of those situations for him. And yet? He still did it. He still put himself and his wishes behind to help those around him and make sure they were successful or safe, even if it meant his own life on the line. I’ve never seen other shounen protagonists push themselves this much in only 145 chapters and I think that’s absolutely incredible.

 Alright so this post is reaching to be about 2k and while I can say more about this wonderful boy, I also want to make sure that I not only post this on time but that I don’t find myself repeating the same thing over and over again. While Izuku is not my favorite character of all time, I am so happy and blessed that he is the main character of this amazing manga series. He’s grown so much since the first chapter and Horikoshi is only setting up the series more to have him grow much more and I’m excited to see how much more he grows as the series progresses. He is such a good character that is well balanced and realistic and such and I know for myself personally that I really relate to him in a lot of ways. Truth be told, it makes me actually really incredibly sad when people dismiss his reasoning for being a hero or when people just write him off as a cry baby because there’s so much more to him than just that. His reasoning to be a hero is realistic and deep enough, his emotions are realistic, his psychological issues that he faced with in the beginning shows his strength tremendously.

 Izuku is one of the best main characters and I’m so happy all of us were blessed with him on this wonderful day! Yay!!! Happy Birthday Deku!!!

 Tldr; Izuku’s face appears when you look up the definition of what a friend and a hero is.

Adventure Time Theory

When asked about where Finn came from, Martin said he was born on the raft, which we know isn’t true.

When asked about Finn’s mom, he seemed uncertain about how to answer, and avoided the question. Saying “I don’t know.”

Martin doesn’t remember his life from before leaving the island.

Leaving Finn on the raft and the confrontation with the Guardian are the earliest things he remembers. And he doesn’t remember them correctly.

I believe the confrontation with the Guardian and the following explosion led to Martin suffering from retrograde amnesia, forgetting nearly all of his past life.

Which is why he reverted back to his old scummy self in the present, despite being mostly reform by the time Finn was born.

However, he does still remember some things. Even if they’re only faint memories.

anonymous asked:

Do you think Kara would have saved the plane in the pilot if Alex wasn't on it? I'm not sure but I think she wouldn't have. It would have left her feeling guilty enough to make her sick but she'd sat out emergencies before.

Oh, she’d have let them all die lol.

I’m pretty sure Kara hasn’t saved anyone since Jeremiah gave her the talk after she saved the woman and the baby from the exploding car and Alex got hurt.

It’s so strange to think about because, now, there’d be nothing that could stop Kara from saving that plane.

But do you recall how angry and scared Alex was after she saved her?

“What were you thinking? You exposed yourself. To the world. You’re out there now, Kara. Everyone will know about you and you can’t take that back. […] What if people figure out who you are? What you are? It’s just It’s not safe for you to do anything like that. Ever again.”

That’s how all the Danvers treated Kara’s secret. Like there was nothing scarier than someone finding out that she was an alien. They were a family of scientists, they knew how much people would love to get their hands on Kara and what they might do to her in the name of progression.

And that fear was instilled, on purpose, into Kara. Fear for herself, maybe fear for her new family. And she only got over that fear once she had, in her mind, no choice but to use her powers and she felt what it was like to be a hero.

This is one of the reasons I’m super understanding of her not telling any single person on the face of the Earth her secret if she doesn’t want to. Beyond just her general right to keep it a secret & that it’s no one’s business. If her fear of anyone finding out that she’s an alien was enough for her to, despite what she really wanted, have let people die for years, it’s enough fear for her to lie to someone she likes for a while. It’s a lot to over come, and with the anti-alien tensions at play and the high from just becoming Supergirl gone, it’s enough to trip someone up.

But I think people forget how different Kara’s life was before the show.

She didn’t have a Purpose™

She was using her position at Catco as her way to help the world, but she felt it was insufficient. This is the most obvious change.

She didn’t have the confidence or the faith in her own moral compass that she has now

Or she’d have already been saving people. It was what she wanted to do, but she was abiding by the advice of others and their judgment of what The Right Thing To Do was.

She didn’t use her powers regularly to heat up coffee or to fly to work 

She wasn’t even sure if she’d be able to fly because it’d been so long, and Cat having hot coffee was like a first, because Kara was suddenly using her heat vision. She might have used them occasionally, like at thanksgiving or when she was in a jam, but I’d wager it wasn’t frequently by any means. 

(Now, I feel like super strength is different, because I don’t think it’s a turn on/turn off kind of power like the others. At least, I don’t see it that way. So she’d be more likely to use her powers to lift heavy objects than to use super speed. Just for pre-pilot fic reference.)

Aliens weren’t well known

There is some continuity error here, because somewhere between Kara telling Winn that Aliens don’t exist in the pilot and Leslie Willis posturing if Supergirl had tentacles, people figured out that Supergirl and Superman are aliens. But, either way, they weren’t really a discussion people were having before. There were no pro-alien anti-alien debates. (Well, if there were, it was a debate of ‘do they really exist?’) 

So someone finding out that Kara is an alien? It would have been a really big deal. Like you finding out your classmate is an alien. That big.

(This also means that the Luthors, before Lex found out Clark was an alien, weren’t anti-alien. Aliens didn’t exist to the general public when Lena was growing up. She wouldn’t have heard things like ‘aliens are bad!’ from her family. But I wouldn’t be surprised if they were generally xenophobic. So if you’re doing Lena backstory and want to address the toxic/hateful environment she grew up with and that she has to overcome, I’d lean away from the “family that hates alien” idea and toward “family that hates things that are different” idea. Or just have it be a recent development because Lex went crazy.)

She didn’t have a close group of friends, and was likely pretty unpopular when she was younger

When she was talking to the guy who kidnapped Alex, she mentioned how she was sitting alone when Alex was sick. I think she probably had trouble for a long time with human interaction. And Winn is the only friend we know she had before the start of the season, and I don’t think they were as close as they are now.

She didn’t date much or have boys fawning over her as much as she has since the pilot

Eliza was said to have criticized Alex in the past for Kara’s not dating enough, and she started the show with obvious ‘dating troubles’. Remember that clueless guy who wasn’t into her in the pilot? (What a dumb move on his part lmao.) 

But it’d probably be hard to get close to someone romantically with that secret. In fact, the date in the pilot wasn’t going well because Kara couldn’t talk about herself properly. He asked where she lived or was born or something and she’s like “uuuhhhhhhhh up…north????” so yeah…. 

But, if you’re curious, I’d bet money that she hadn’t slept with anyone yet. I’m not even sure if she could sleep with a human without something to de-power her but that’s actually beside the point.

Her relationship with Alex was more strained 

In the early episodes of Supergirl, Alex and Kara worked some things out that hadn’t been worked out before that time. Alex had some resentments toward Kara, and she also was keeping the DEO secret (and before the DEO, her secret downward spiral).

And I think Kara had resentments about them telling her not to use her powers. 

Honestly, just watch this (deleted) scene and feel the tension between them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlvSrSA6hFQ

So I don’t think they were as open as they are now with each other. I think they tried to bury it all, and it affected their relationship, if not their ultimate love for each other.

So Kara’s life has changed a lot since before the series started. 

Becoming Supergirl has really made her life so much better, not only in terms of her impact on the world, but on her own relationships. For the first time, these past two years, she’s felt really connected to people.

And I really don’t think she ever though she’d have real friends or a real relationship, or a relationship without resentment with her sister. 

And this is why, every time she fails in a relationship or loses someone, it feels like “oh, so I don’t get to have this after all.”.

But I think, eventually, Kara would have started using her powers on her own. 

It’d take a push of some kind, or her having an internal realization, sure, but she’d get there. It’s who she is. Who she really is. Even if it takes her some time to understand that.

Hell, having Jimmy Olsen around, reminding her of what her cousin was doing might have done it. 

Or maybe she’d have naturally grown confident enough to try it, over time. 

Or maybe she would just have woken up one day, turned on the news, seen someone who needed help, and said, “No. Not this time. This time I’m going to act.”

While filming in Oregon’s high desert country, Van Sant was surprised to learn that River was born in nearby Madras, in Jefferson County, which is adjacent to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation where the road and the campfire scenes were shot. “I didn’t know until he told me, and I thought it was an amazing coincidence. That road that he stands on in the film is about thirty minutes away from where he was born”

- In Search of River Phoenix (2004)

Domhnall Gleeson on playing Winnie the Pooh's 'complicated' creator

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He’s played a Weasley in Harry Potter, a tech wiz in over his head in Ex Machina, and an evil general in Star Wars — but with Goodbye Christopher Robin, Domhnall Gleeson is stepping into a role that’s a little more familiar to whole generations: Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne.

However, though we know all about the beloved Hundred Acre Wood characters he created — from Pooh and Piglet to Tigger and Eeyore — Milne’s own life, and his relationship with his son Christopher Robin, is more of a mystery. And it’s one that Gleeson and director Simon Curtis seek to illuminate in the forthcoming film. Goodbye Christopher Robin will explore Milne’s experience in World War I, which traumatized him (along with the rest of England), and how his relationship with his young son helped him heal.

Recently, Gleeson hopped on the phone with EW to discuss the challenges of his role, and how he hopes the film will be fascinating for viewers even if it didn’t have such a nostalgia-friendly hook.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did this role come about?
DOMHNALL GLEESON: I was working on some other stuff at the time. I don’t like reading other scripts while I’m working on a job. I just like to kind of do one thing at a time. But [my agents] said, “Look, this one will go away if you don’t get back to them quick.”

I didn’t know if I’d done something like that before. But actually, the more I read it, [I realized] there’s a very important backdrop of a version of post-traumatic stress disorder, or something like that, in Milne, and what he saw [during the war], that I found really interesting. And I had done the father-son thing before, but not so much where I was the father, so I really enjoyed taking that on. Then once I’d talked to Simon about it, he knew what he wanted it to be, and we kind of came at it from slightly different angles, which made it really interesting as well.

What about his angle was different from yours?
Well, I think we’re different people with different sensibilities. His responsibility is to the story and my responsibility is just purely to the character, you know? I think he felt the same way about this, but I didn’t want it to be the Winnie the Pooh story alone. I wanted it to be about a very complicated man and his very complicated relationship [with wife Daphne de Selincourt (Margot Robbie)], even before their son arrives, his complicated relationship with war and what that had done to him, and where he sought solace and brought solace to so many other people, and how that came about.

My feeling was, if this was about, say, Walter the Pig instead of Winnie the Pooh — some character that no one has ever heard of — it should be just as interesting. And I hope that that’s what we achieved, you know?

How did you prepare for the part?
Ah, man. I’m actually in the hotel at the moment where we stayed while we were shooting some of it, so I’m getting these weird flashbacks. I did a lot of reading on post-traumatic stress disorder. Obviously I read everything I could about A.A. Milne. Ann Thwaite’s book was great, but I also read his autobiography, and I read the Winnie the Pooh stuff again, and I read Christopher Robin’s books that he wrote. Something Christopher Robin talks about is [Milne] was very stern in lots of ways, and yet could be very funny in a room. Could be quite warm, but could also kind of cut you with a glance. He did not suffer fools gladly, and all that sort of stuff. So it was about trying to fill up the character that I hadn’t played before, and trying to remain true to the man.

I didn’t realize that PTSD was such a part of his life.
Well this is the thing. He fought in the first World War. But in his autobiography, he glosses over it. The autobiography is only about his childhood, for the most part. And then he very briefly talks about working at [literary magazine] Punch and being in the war. The war takes up like half a chapter in the book. He just goes through it very [quickly] but also mentions seeing somebody die — mentions it just in a very offhand way.

He became staunchly anti-war. Once he saw it, he thought it was the most stupid and awful thing that men could do to other men. It really changed him. And so whether you call it post-traumatic stress disorder… they certainly didn’t call it [that] then. He didn’t have the shell-shock that we know from films and stuff, but it certainly affected his life. Christopher Robin described it as, he had his dark sides to him where he would go into himself. He could be quite a loner. Christopher Robin suggests that he basically bundled all those bad feelings up and kind of gave them to the world in the form of Eeyore. Turned them into this really downbeat character who you can love.

Can you explain a little about what the “Goodbye” means? It’s such a melancholy title for what seems like a sweet story from the trailers.
It’ll mean a lot more when you see it, but there’s a side of this where… he adored his son. And his wife loved her son. But his wife had a very strange relationship with their boy. But he wrote this book for his boy, about his boy. He named him Christopher Robin and then he gave that to the world.

At that time, fame was a very different thing. I don’t think we knew how toxic it was in the way that we do now. But Christopher Robin became an absolutely huge celebrity at a very young age. I mean like, the only other people who would have been comparatively as famous in terms of children would have maybe been the royals. He was in newspapers. People knew what he must have looked like, and they dressed him up a little bit. He became a symbol of these books which were wildly successful.

But as a result, he was bullied hugely at school. He really came to resent what his father had done. And then ended up going to war himself, which was the very last thing, I’m sure, that his father ever could have wanted. He actually went missing in action in war for a while as well.

They had a fractious relationship as he got older, or complicated at least. And so the “Goodbye Christopher Robin” has to do with that. Also, they called him Billy in real life. He was named Billy Moon rather than Christopher Robin, so I guess they kind of felt like Christopher Robin was for the whole world… but Christopher Robin ended up paying that price, you know?

Did you do any family bonding with Will Tilston, who plays Christopher Robin, and Margot, or did you specifically avoid that because the relationships are tough?
That’s an interesting question. With Margot, I had worked with her before — I adore her as a person and as an actress. I just think she’s kind of a wonder. And the same with Kelly Macdonald. We’ve all done it before, so then you can really stick the knife in when you need to and kind of push each other around on camera, work each other a little bit.

I’m interested to see how people will respond to it in America. It was a very different time. Like, people didn’t hug each other. They saw their kids maybe half an hour a day in the evening. The rest of the time, it was the nanny bringing up the kid. And people were not scared of their fathers, but they were certainly an authoritative. And Milne was that.

So we had to kind of lay down some pretty strong things at the beginning, and say to Will [Tilston, who plays Christopher Robin]: “Look, it’s going to feel like we’re not friends sometimes during the day… At the end of every day, we’ll be friends again. But sometimes, it’s going to be hard.” Like, I’ve got to shout at him, and scare him. And he was great, because he was able to do the same thing. We would give each other time and space before getting ready for scenes. But we played all the time. He’s a really funny kid. We made each other laugh a lot. I’ve probably got the sense of humor of a 10-year-old, so that works out well! Lots of fart jokes.

Did your opinion of Winnie the Pooh change at all after going through all this?
No. My opinion of what the stories were did not change at all, because I always knew that they were amazing, that they were filled with real life and real skill as a writer. I mean, [Milne] came to resent the fact that he was only known for Winnie the Pooh. He had a hard time dealing with the fact that he was a very celebrated writer who then became uncool because he wrote these books, which a lot of people made fun of. They weren’t seen as being serious things, you know?

But my opinion of the man — I didn’t even have an opinion of the man other than he was a great writer. Now I just have such empathy for him. I spent a long time thinking about him, walking around where he was born, where he lived and everything. My idea of where these books came from has changed a huge amount. But the books themselves remain all they were to me before, which is just something full of wonder.

Goodbye Christopher Robin hits theaters Oct. 13.

If Aizen Sousuke was Orihime's father...

Orihime: Hi, dad, there is someone i want you to introduce to. His name is Ichigo Kuro…
Aizen: Ichigo Kurosaki.
Aizen: Yes, i know.
Aizen: I know everything about him.
Aizen: I know where he was born, who are his parents, what sort of food he prefers, I know what school he graduated from…
Orihime: …
Orihime: …
Aizen: marry him.

@littleteenblog replied to your post: “Fantasy AU Because the last thing I need is another AU in the middle…”

Ok but like I love this so much, you should really expand on it

I’ll list a few basic things about the four knights in charge of Prince Lloyd’s well-being.
(Keep in mind any “deaths of parents” are made prior to me watching Hands of Time and knowing what happens in there. I only mention this because I know that Kai’s parents and Jay’s mother is there)

Kai, the Knight of Fire

Born in the small village Ignacia in the Ninjago Kingdom, his father and mother died in the same war that the First King (a.k.a the First Spinjitzu Master) died in. 
Being that his father was the captain of the Ninjago Army, and his mother was a high ranked knight, Kai was practically born into the role of knight. 
He’s titled the “Knight of Fire” for his iconic sword, which bursts into flames when drawn. It’s rumored to be passed down from his father. The special enchanted blade doesn’t harm anyone who is touching its handle, and the flame will not burn the user. 

Cole, the Knight of Earth

Born in the second biggest city in the Ninjago Kingdom- Jamanakai City, Cole doesn’t know much about his mother. Cole doesn’t talk much about home, and if any of the others ask about it Cole glares at them before walking away. There are rumors spread around about who Cole’s father is, but Cole never states whether they’re true or not. Nobody quite knows how Cole came to become a knight, either. 
Cole’s titled the “Knight of Earth” for his odd inhuman strength. Rumor has spread that he can carry more than five times his weight, and he’s an immovable rock on the battlefield. He’s been known for breaking various swords he uses while in combat from swinging too hard and hitting the ground.

Jay, the Knight of Lightning

Born in an unknown location on the outskirts of the Ninjago Kingdom, and his parents own a traveler’s shop in their home. Jay was raised as an inventor and sought to be a scientist. He didn’t expect to land a job in Ninjago Castle, where he even more unexpectedly was given a role as a knight. Jay had never been in a fight in his life, and he’s constantly wondering if King Wu had made a mistake in giving him the role. 
Jay’s titled the “Knight of Lightning” for his vast knowledge of electronics. He’s rigged his sword and other various metal weapons to have an electric charge go through them. When they hit their mark, they shock the target like a taser. He’s trying hard to learn various lightning spells because he likes how they look. 

Zane, the Knight of Ice

Not much is known about Zane. Not even he knows where he comes from, where he was born, or who his family is. Various rumors have spread, some stating that Zane was abandoned as a baby and given to the guard and others stating that he’s lying about knowing nothing and that he may be a spy from a different kingdom. He has exceptional form, and his movements are very carefully calculated. 
Zane’s titled the “Knight of Ice” because of his extensive knowledge of ice-based magic spells. All of his arrows are enchanted with a freezing property that instantly freezes their target on contact. His arrows, unless some unseen force manipulates them, always hit their mark.

8.12: Let me tell you what I understand! Some asshat pops out of my closet asking about my dad, smashes up my ride. So why am I not getting violent, again?

Sam, Dean. Meet your grandfather. And the Men of Letters.

Here’s a great little using your words scene. When Henry popped out of their closet asking for John Winchester, Sam and Dean were obviously wary of him and were’t about to start answering some stranger’s questions directly, but Henry assumed that his spell must have failed and that there’d been a mistake, He was the one intruding, yet offered no explanation to Sam and Dean, becoming hostile and assuming the worst of them:

HENRY: I’m quite certain this is all beyond your understanding, my alpha-male-monkey friend. And violence will not help you comprehend this any easier.

I mean, not exactly the best way to earn the trust of the people whose lives you’ve just invaded, right? But that superiority is pretty typical of the Men of Letters. Even the ones from back in Henry’s time.

Poor Henry learns that John is dead, just like Samuel once learned that Mary was dead. The interesting difference is in how they each reacted differently to learning those facts about their respective children far into the future.

Sam believes Henry’s story because he knows all the relevant facts about John’s early life (his birthday, where he was born), but Dean thinks all of that’s irrelevant because Henry abandoned John as a child. Sam wonders if he didn’t abandon John, but somehow came here to the future and was unable to return. Dean takes John’s side, because the story became the story, and that was the only story John really had about his real father:

DEAN : Yeah, well, either way, Dad hated the son of a bitch.
SAM : And Dad made up for that how? By being father of the year?

Henry tries to introduce himself properly after his initial insulting non-introduction, but Dean’s not having it… yet. Henry quickly learns that Sam and Dean aren’t a couple of ignorant civilians, hence my favorite gif:

I know, Dean. You’re gonna go around it a few more… I hope you’re wearing comfy shoes.

SAM : Our father taught us how to be hunters.
HENRY : [laughs] You’re not. Are you? Hunters? Well, hunters are… Hunters are apes. You’re supposed to – you’re legacies.

And this is the early version of the modern mindset of the Men of Letters toward hunters ,and I think a LOT of the reason why they feel no qualms about just wiping all the American hunters off the board and starting over with their own brainwashed goons:

DEAN : Okay, enough with the decoder talk. How about you tell us what this whole “Men of Letters” business is, or you’re on your own.
HENRY : It’s none of your concern.
DEAN : Why, because we’re hunters? What do you have against us?
HENRY : Aside from the unthinking, unwashed, shoot-first-and-don’t-bother-to-ask-questions-later part, not much, really.
SAM : You know what? Wait a second. We’re also John’s children.
HENRY : You’re more than that, actually. My father and his father before him were both Men of Letters, as John and you two should have been. We’re preceptors, beholders, chroniclers of all that which man does not understand. We share our findings with a few trusted hunters – the very elite. They do the rest.

Dean’s incensed that Henry was willing to travel through time to protect a mysterious object he knew nothing about without question.

It takes Henry noticing John’s journal, and seeing his own initials embossed in it, to realize that he never makes it back to his own time, and Dean tells him John always thought he just ran out on him. Dean gives a rather objective rundown of John’s life:

DEAN : The hard way. Surviving a lonely childhood, a stinking war… only to get married and have his wife taken by a demon… and later killed by one himself. That man got a bum rap around every turn. But you know what? He kept going. And in the end, he did a hell of a lot more good than he did bad.
HENRY : I’m sorry. I wish I had been there for him.
DEAN : Yeah, it’s a little late for that now, don’t you think?
DEAN gets up and walks towards the door.
HENRY : It’s the price we pay for upholding great responsibility. We know that.
DEAN : Your responsibility was to your family, not some glorified book club!
HENRY : I was a legacy. I had no choice.
DEAN : Yeah, you keep telling yourself that.

Henry reads John’s journal, waits until Sam and Dean are asleep, and then goes of to try and make things right, to return to the past. Dean tracks him to the nearest shop that trades with hunters, and stops him right before he goes through the portal. Meanwhile Sam goes to talk to Larry Ganem.

Larry Ganem was convinced that all the Men of Letters were wiped out, that he was the only survivor of the entire organization.

SAM : The box. Listen, Abaddon is here, and she wants this thing. So I need to know everything there is to know about it.
LARRY: In the box is the key to every object, scroll, spell ever collected for thousands of years under one roof. It is the supernatural mother lode.

Meanwhile back with Henry and Dean:

HENRY : You cannot begin to understand how I felt after reading John’s journal.
DEAN : Oh, I think I can. See, I’ve read that thing more times than you can imagine, and it hurts every time.

(I wonder how Mary feels having read it also…)

HENRY : Maybe so, but you didn’t let him down! I did! Just like you said!
DEAN : Well, I was wrong.
HENRY : No! No, you were right. And I’m going to go back and give him the life he deserves, not the one he was forced to live.

But it’s not really possible to change the past.

DEAN : Listen, I understand that this is not your idea of a happy ending, okay, and that – that you’re disappointed that me and Sam are mouth-breathing hunters. But you know what? We stopped the Apocalypse.
HENRY : If this works the way I planned, there will never be an Apocalypse to stop.

Oh, Henry. The machinations that brought on the apocalypse are so much larger than just you disappearing from John’s life…

Abaddon calls Dean offering to trade Henry and the key for Sam, or she kills him. Dean and Henry finally get to talk properly, and really begin to understand one another.

DEAN : Henry, you need to understand something. When my dad died, I couldn’t save him… no matter how bad I wanted to. I never want that to happen to Sam… ever. If there’s a chance that I can save him, I’m gonna do it. He’s my brother. He’s the only family I got.

They put on an act for Abaddon, because Henry taught Dean a few tricks– like carving a devil’s trap into a bullet and shooting it into Abaddon’s head.

DEAN : A devil’s trap carved into the bullet.
DEAN puts the bullet into a gun and hands the gun to HENRY.
DEAN : You’re gonna have to get close. And “close” means it could get ugly.
HENRY : I know. But you do that for blood.

And honestly, this sounds just like Castiel’s speech at the end of 12.09:

HENRY : [smiles] I’m sorry I judged you two so harshly for being hunters. I should have known better.
SAM : About?
HENRY: You’re also Winchesters. As long as we’re alive, there’s always hope. I didn’t know my son as a man, but having met you two, I know I would have been proud of him.

Over Henry’s grave, Sam mentions the Cupid who’d told them how Heaven worked to get their parents together, and how it makes sense now knowing their family legacy with the Men of Letters, and they wonder if it would’ve changed anything if Henry had survived and gone back to raise John. But they decide to take a chance on the Bunker still standing, because they’re legacies. It’s their responsibility now.

Because they can’t go back and change the past, but they sure can take what the past left for them– their legacy– and make something new, and something better, that brings their entire family’s legacy together.

Men of Letters AND Hunters.

Sam and Dean are both at the same time, 2 in 1 if you will… Balanced. 

👑 I’ve read a lot about Anne of Austria over the past several months and thought I’d list some of my favorite bits

  • Her favorite color was blue
  • Although she was the firstborn, her parents called her infanta instead of princess. Until Philip IV was born though, she was styled as heiress and called “Most Illustrious Infanta”
  • She supposedly questioned her ladies and servants about where her brother, Philip IV, had been before he was born and warned her servants not to associate with those of her brother
  • Anne was godmother to all of her siblings
  • She enjoyed hunting and, according to the French ambassador, was capable of bringing down deer and boar with a crossbow
  • The French ambassador also heard Anne exclaim that if her younger sister Maria was chosen to marry Louis XIII, she would enter a convent and never marry
  • One of her last actions in Spain was to commission a portrait of her mother as Saint Margarita
  • Philip III had a hard time parting from Anne and it was reported that he was delaying the journey to France
  • Her first night in France, Anne missed Spanish bread and the snow they used to cool drinks in Spain
  • She ordered a Spanish vegetable stew, olla, every day until it became clear the French didn’t like this reminder of Spain, so she had it brought to the rooms of her chamberwoman so she could have it in private
  • French museum specialists credit Anne with making the tooled leather hangings she brought from Spain fashionable and the two solid silver tables she had also brought were the forerunners of the silver furniture used in Versailles
  • The day after her formal arrival in Bordeaux, Louis XIII gave her a feather from his hat in exchange for one of her ribbons
  • Philip III constantly wrote to her; asking for more portraits of her, impatiently asking for reports of her health when she was sick, how often Louis slept with her (which she wouldn’t reply to), and sending her pocket money and other little gifts
  • Her aunt the infanta Clara Isabella Eugenia sent her a parrot
  • Anne’s standard response to people asking when she would give France an heir was to blush, smile, and say that it must await the will of God
  • When Anne had a bad fever in 1620, Louis, for the only time in his life, suspended court protocol and ceremonial to stay by her side and cried when he thought her to be in danger of not recovering
  • When Louis won a series of races in the equestrian exhibition in the Place Royale and came to the tribune to collect the prize of a diamond ring from Anne, he saw that her eyes were filled with tears of emotion and he was so touched that he leaped up the steps, took her in his arms and kissed her
  • Her favorite jewelry was a choker of pearls and tear-drop pearl earrings
  • When she went to Lyon in 1622, she was presented with a solid gold lion which held a shield that depicted her sleeping while a hand emerging from a crowned cloud placed a medal showing a dolphin on her arm
  • Richelieu learned that after a failed assassination attempt, Anne and Marie de Rohan spent an entire dinner party laughing about it
  • Richelieu kept a list of “grievances of the reigning queen against the cardinal”
  • Anne loved going to the theatre (so you know she was really mad at Louis when she declined his invitations to go on a couple of occasions)
  • In 1636, Madame du Fargis wrote to Anne “But for God’s sake, to put an end to the disputes, make a son”
  • Louis prohibited Anne from visiting convents in 1637 and even though it was then modified to only mean the convent Val-de-Grâce, Anne had decided that if she was not allowed to go to Val-de-Grâce, she wouldn’t go to any other convent either
  • When she was pregnant with Louis XIV, she became depressed toward the end because she feared she would die in childbirth
  • At the ceremony that marked the end of her period of lying-in, the court broke into sympathetic weeping at the sight of her holding the dauphin. She had tears in her eyes, and observers noted that she held him without assistance the entire time–three quarters of an hour
  • When Louis sent word for her to leave their sons and join him in Provence, she feared it would be the start of a permanent separation and told him she was ill and unable to travel I can’t go *cough cough* I’m sick
  • Louis XIV often handed her the chemise at her ceremonial rising, which was traditionally the prerogative of a high-born lady, and sealed the deed with a kiss
  • She was famous for her love of cleanliness and her passion for perfumes. So when Louis XIII was dying, people were amazed at how she stayed at his bedside. Even Louis was embarrassed by the smell and repeatedly asked her not to come too close, but she gave no sign of anything amiss and stayed with him until he lost speech and hearing
  • When she saw Louis dying, Anne felt as though her heart was being torn from her body
Long Week (Alec Lightwood)

Requested by: @annabella-applewhite23 /// Okay! So,I was thinking about an imagine where y/n and Alec have been dating for a couple of years and got engaged in secret. The reason of why they got engaged in secret was because she is half shadowhunter and half mundane (his parents wouldn’t accept such thing …i think). So, when his parents show up at the institute they chance everything and get y/n a new trainer. Which is a guy from an institute for half mundane and half shadowhunters. Y/n and the trainer start getting closer but just as friends;she barely has time to be with Alec. However, Alec gets the wrong idea and develops the fear of losing her. you can take it from there and thank you! Sorry ..it’s kind of long lol :)

You and Alec had been best friends for a long time, then he asked you to be his girlfriend. The next step was engagement, the only thing different with this step was that nobody knew about it. You both knew it was for the best, being his parents wouldn’t accept their son marrying a woman who was only half Shadowhunter, so you told nobody but Izzy, Jace, and Clary. Robert and Mayrse were coming back to check up on things at the institute, so you would have to pull your usual trick of pretending you and Alec had nothing to do with each other what so ever. Since Alec was training you, you had to find a new trainer. You found yourself paired up with Tyler Blackthorn, one of the best shadowhunters of your age. “Your going to be okay training with him for the week right Y/N?” Alec asked. “I’ll be fine, don’t worry about me. Besides, it’ll be good to practice with somebody who doesn’t know every move I’m going to make” you said smiling at him. “Yeah, maybe you’ll actually be able to knock him on his ass” Alec said chuckling. You laughed and walked away. “This Tyler guy better treat her right” Alec whispered after you walked away. As you walked you felt the building shake. “Somebody just passed through the portal” you thought. You knew it would probably be Alec’s parents, but it was your duty to make sure. You grabbed a seraph blade and ran to the library. The door was cracked open, so you peeked in. You saw Alec talking to his parents, and decided not to enter. You walked and put your weapon back, then walked into izzy’s room. “Hey, your parents are here” you said leaning in the door. “Are they? I’ll go say hello in a bit” she said putting the magazine she was reading down. “So who’s your trainer this week?” She asked patting the space next to her signaling for you to sit down. “Tyler Blackthorn” you answered. “Ooo, handsome, funny, and skilled.” Izzy said smiling. “Is he?” You asked. “Yeah, I think you’ll like him” she said smiling. “But i can’t say the same thing for Alec” Izzy said with a slight laugh. “Alec will be fine” you said. “Yeah, he’ll just have deal with a hot new guy spending the week with you.” Izzy said deviously. You rolled your eyes and laughed slightly. “I better get downstairs, this Tyler guy should be here any minute” you said walking out. Right as you arrived downstairs you saw the front doors open, and a guy walk in. You walked towards him. “Tyler Blackthorn, are you Y/N Y/L/N?” He asked. “That would be me ” you said with a smile. “I’ll show you your room for the week” you said waving him over to you. He followed you up the stairs and to a room next to Jace’s. You opened the door and lead him in. He set his stuff down and looked at you. “What’s your weapon of choice?” He asked smiling at you. “Bow and Arrow” (or any other one you want I thought it just kinda fit)
you said smiling. “Nice nice” he said. “Let’s go down to the lounge” you said motioning him towards you. Together you walked down and sat on the couch. “So tell me about yourself” you said with curiosity. “Well, I was born and raised in Idris, I’ve been to this institute a couple of times, my weapon of choice is the seraph blades, what about you?” He asked. “I was born and raised in (where ever your from), I moved to this institute a long time ago, and that’s about it.” You said. You thought about telling him about you and Alec, but decided not to trust him with such a secret when Robert and Mayrse were around. “Interesting” he said smiling. “How about you show me your archery skills?” Tyler said. “Yeah sure, the training room is over here” you said getting up and walking into the room. You picked up a bow and quiver, and drew your bow. You released and hit a 9. “Pretty good” he said. “Could’ve been better” you said shrugging your shoulders. “Why don’t we try sparring, so you can show me more of your skills” he suggested. “Let’s do it” you said. You walked on top the mats and went at it. After a minute he swept you out from beneath yourself, but you pulled him down with you. He landed on top of you, propped up on his arm so he wouldn’t crush you. “Wasn’t expecting that” he said and the two of you started laughing until you heard the door open. You both looked to see Alec standing in the doorway. His face was red and he didn’t look happy at all. “Dinners ready you two” he said with a growl in his voice. “Thanks Alec” you said awkwardly as Tyler got off of you. You got up and all walked towards the dining room, when Alec stopped you and pulled you around the corner. “What the hell was that” he said trying not to yell. “He swept me under and I pulled him down with me. Nothing else happened I promise” you said looking up at him. He gave you the look your parents give you when you’ve done something bad, and then looked away. “This is going to be a long week” he said walking away. You sighed and followed him. You sat in between Izzy and Tyler at the table, and Maryse brought dinner to the table and everybody sat. “How are you doing Y/N?” Robert asked. “Pretty good how about yourself?” You asked smiling. “Great” he answered. You ate dinner not saying anything to anyone, surrounded by your thoughts on what had just happened with Alec and Tyler. After dinner you walked back to your room and laid in your bed, missing having Alec next to you. After a while you fell fast asleep. As the week progressed you and Tyler kept training, and Alec kept ignoring you when his parents were around. One night when the Lightwood parents were asleep Alec walked up to your room. “Let’s go out” he said coming behind you and wrapping his arms around your waist as you brushed your hair. You turned around to face him and put your hands on his chest. “I’d love to, but I can’t. I have to go train with Tyler” you said smiling at him. “Of course you do. You might as well marry him already” Alec said walking away. “What’s that supposed to mean?” You said getting irritated. “It means your always with him now! You never have any time for me it’s always Tyler Tyler Tyler” he yelled at you. “It’s not like I want this! For gods sake Alec if you would just tell your parents about us he wouldn’t even have to be here! I’m engaged to you not him, you act like I’d rather spend time with him!” You said blowing up. “You know why I can’t tell my parents” he said yelling. “Why are you even arguing with me about this? You know I want you not him!” You yelled at Alec anger laced in your voice. “Because I’m afraid of losing you!” He yelled back. You stopped and stared at him. “Im afraid of losing you” he said in almost a whisper. “I’m afraid that you’ll find someone better, and leave me, and I won’t have you anymore” he said looking down. His voice lowered and he sounded depressed rather than angry. “Alec” you said walking towards him. “I’ll never want anybody else, your the one I love. I could never want anybody else, your perfect” you said hugging him and laying your head on his chest. He wrapped his arms around you and pulled you closer. “I love you” you said comforting him. “I love you too Y/N.” He said kissing your forehead as you inhaled his scent.

Okay I hope you guys like it! It took me a while because I haven’t really felt like writing a lot lately and I’m lazy so this turned out kinda bad but :P.

Forgotten // OPEN

Family was a subject that Grantaire never touched upon. He never spoke about his family members, where he was born and raised, not about any siblings he may have. It was only known that he had left his family when he was about 17 years old.

For some reason today, he wanted to do nothing but talk about his family. The silence he created, in regards to his family, he wanted it broken.

Drabble: Memories

The moon was shimmering with an eerie light, and the stars were casting a weak light down on Beleriand. But they soon disappeared behind the thick, dark clouds which soon started pouring rain down on Hithlum. A cold wind was wailing above the wilderness, its voice echoing like a lament in the dark. It was a cruel night of winter, as cruel as most nights were after Nirnaeth Arnoediad, the Battle of Unumbered Tears.

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Feet or Tails: Part Nine

Summary: Maiden’s Cove has always had legends of merpeople living nearby. Y/N finds out that those legends might hold some truth to them.

Warnings: gabrielxreader, merman!Gabriel, human!reader, little bit of implied smut at the end…but depends on how you view it/think

Word Count: 1646

Author: Gwen

Parts: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight

“You’re a merman.” Your words hung in the air for a moment with neither of you moving. You stared at him like you finally saw him for the first time. It all made sense now, all the puzzle pieces connected.

When you didn’t say anything else Gabriel finally spoke. “That’s it? You’re not gonna freak out? Hit me or yell?” He took a step forward, not even covering himself up.

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Creepypasta #595: The Opposite Of Soulmate

Story length: Long

It started when my son was three.

I’m a married mother of four. I’m a nurse and I work weekend shifts so that I can homeschool my youngest son, Justin, who is deaf. My older children, who are from a previous marriage, watch Justin during the weekends while I’m at work. My husband, Mark, works night shifts so he’s not very helpful with the child care. Mark is a police officer and an avid collector of cars. His favorite toy cars from his large collection are displayed in a display case that takes up an entire wall out of our living room.

On this particular day, my son and I were playing in the living room with his toy cars when he suddenly jumped up and hurried to the display case against one wall. He tapped on the glass and motioned me over before signing “I want that one!”

I looked at the car - a 1940’s model of some sort - and shook my head. I tried to explain to him that he couldn’t play with Daddy’s cars because they were special, but he wouldn’t listen.

“I used to have a car like that.” he insisted. “It looks like my car so I should have it.”

I was confused. “When did you have a car like that? Did grandma get you a toy I didn’t know about?”

“No, I had it before I was born.” was his reply. “When I was a grown up.”

I played it off and finally distracted him, but inside I was shocked. Had my son had a past life?

I asked him little questions about it at first, like where did he live before he was born. He told me that at first he had lived in Siam (I had to go to google and I found out that Thailand used to be called Siam… he couldn’t have known that) but then he died and was born in India, where he died again. In his third life, he was born in Jerusalem. In his fourth life, he lived in Germany. This, he explained, was his fifth life (or, in his words, his “fifth birth”).

As he got older, at around age five or six, I tried to ask him harder questions like what he did in those lives. He would explain his jobs. In Siam, he said, he and his friends stole things for a living. In India, he was in charge of many women who he would lend out to men for money. In Jerusalem, he sold fake jewels to “outsiders”, which I gathered to be tourists or perhaps pilgrims. In Germany, he was in charge of a large camp where many people died. It was in his German life that he had a fancy car.

I was beginning to see a pattern and it frightened me. In my son’s past lives he was a thief, a pimp, a fraudster, and a Nazi. Now, Justin is eleven, and about a week ago he started talking about his past lives out of the blue while we were eating a breakfast of toast and cereal.
“Before I’m born, a woman comes to talk to me.” he signed.

“What does the woman say?” I asked, now genuinely worried that perhaps my son had mental problems.

“She tells me what my task is.” Justin responded.

I pushed him further, and he explained.

“In my Siam life, I was supposed to find an old woman and steal her life. In my India life, there was a little girl whose life I had to take. In my Jerusalem life, it was a traveler woman. In my German life, it was a special little Jew.”

I was shocked and prayed that this was all just a figment of his imagination.

“It was all the same girl though.” he continued. “A long time ago, before I was ever born, she killed my Mom while I was in her tummy. The woman who comes to talk to me - my Mommy - wants revenge.”

I was about ready to call a child psychologist when he said something that chilled me right to the bone.

“Usually I have to look for her, but I already found her in this life.” he reached for the butter knife and lunged at me. Luckily, I’m a full grown woman and he’s a little boy. I wrestled the knife for his hand and called for his father.

Justin was admitted to a short-term psych treatment facility. He’s been acting very sweetly toward me, but I know better now. I’ve been having dreams of a robber slicing my throat, of a pimp beating me to death, of a salesman dragging me behind his store and strangling me. And, of course, of a bald and evil man watching me waste away in his camp before ordering me into a horrible room where I can’t breathe.

I know what my son really is now. He is not my son at all. I am going to have to do more than kill him. I am going to have to destroy his soul.

Credits to: Thornypotato

Some People Are Born Monsters

Inspired by the drama I Remember You, in which KyungSoo is a psychopath who takes interest in a certain little boy named Hyun.  Part 2 here!

When you enter the room, he’s not sitting like he should be. Instead, he’s opening the window, his handcuffs now trapping the police officer squirming on the ground.

You sigh, calmly setting the officer free, restraining him when he begins cursing at KyungSoo. You manage to get the officer out of the room, softly closing the door before facing him again. He’s smiling, as if the whole scenario amuses him.

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The Crownless

Author: Anonymous 10 (flyingonthefriendshipship)

Pairing: Minkey

Rating: PG-13


Kibum is a commoner. He’d rather be a king.

He knows his place. He knows, he’s always known, but he’s always wanted more.

Maybe if he hadn’t been the son of a tailor then it would be different. Maybe if it weren’t his job to deliver clothes to the castle, then it’d be different. But he is the son of a tailor, and it is his job to deliver clothes to the castle, and because of that, Kibum has been able to get a glimpse of extravagance.

And god does he want it.

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William Saroyan

William Saroyan was an Armenian dramatist and writer. He is recognized as “one of the most prominent literary figures of the mid-20th century Stephen Fry describes Saroyan as ”one of the most underrated writers of the century.“ Fry suggests that ”he takes his place naturally alongside Hemingway, Steinbeck and Faulkner.

In 1979, William Saroyan was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1940, and in 1943 won the Academy Award for Best Story for the film adaptation of his novel The Human Comedy

His writings were greatly influenced by his Armenian heritage and the Armenian community in California, especially Fresno, where he was born and raised. Saroyan wrote extensively about the Armenian life in California. 

He was born 1908 in Fresno, California, to Armenak and Takoohi Saroyan, both ethnic Armenians who fled from the Ottoman Empire. His father was a priest in the Armenian Apostolic Church but died when Saroyan was about three years old. Saroyan was put in an orphanage togheter with the rest of his siblings untill his mother found a job five years later.

Influenced by his late father’s writings, Saroyan was eager to become an author himself. At first he wrote under the pseudonym Sirak Goryan for various publications such as the Armenian  Hairenik newspaper. His career saw a breakthrough in 1934 with ‘The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze’ about a writer during the depression era. He served in the US army during World War II yet his novel 'The Adventures of Wesley Jackson’ almost got him into trouble for advocating pacifism. He moved to Paris in the 1950s, where he spent most of his money drinking and gambling. He also travelled throughout Europe and the USSR. Spending much time in Armenia. His optimistic and impressionistic style of writing went on to be known as 'Saroyanesque’. Some of his best known work are My Heart’s in the Highlands (1939), The Time of Your Life (1939), The Human Comedy (1943), My Name is Aram (1940) etc.The Saroyanesque style explores a very unique style of storytelling, one that does not necessitate conflict for engaging drama or prose. 

Saroyan has several statues, streets and theaters named after him around the world but mostly in the United States and Armenia.

Saroyan has two children, Aram, who later also became a writer, and Lucy, who went on to be an actress. He died in 1981 in Fresno at the age of 72. He was cremated and his ashes were buried in California whilst his heart was buried in Armenia.

“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” 

― William Saroyan, My Heart’s in the Highlands