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Rebelcaptain Prompts 19 - 'Alternate Universe'

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They’ve made it, somehow, to a place of trust.

When they first met, he was Jeron Willix, Imperial programmer assigned to assist in Galen Erso’s lab on Eadu. Just another walking uniform, to she who treats them all to the same blank stare.

To him she was untouchable, Galen’s daughter, a hostage to the success of the Death Star. A useful surprise, he hadn’t been expecting there to be any leverage he could use against the scientist.

They passed in the halls, forced polite conversation at her father’s insistence when she visited his lab. Her boredom made her mischievous; his stoic quietness a challenge to her. She wanted to play with him because he was new and young and handsome, she wanted to see if she could break him.

She invited him to give his mind a rest from his work and come spar with her, and he saw it as a chance to groom a new source.

The first session ended up with him underneath her, his hips pinned by her thighs and the ice-maiden suddenly seemed more like a goddess above him that would burn him alive. She stared down at him as if he was something new, something untainted by the bleakness of Imperial upbringing. She ground her hips into his, seeking dominance and control, but found that she melted right along with him, sparks shooting up each of their spines, something that felt like the Force alive between them. Frightened, she had pulled back and darted off like a wounded animal, but they couldn’t seem to stop falling into each other’s orbit.

There was no where to run on Eadu. She pulled him into her room, her bed, only a few weeks after he arrived on the base.

Four months later, Jyn Erso knows who Cassian Andor is and what he’s doing on Eadu, and he stops listening to the voice in the back of his mind that tells him maybe she’s as much a spy as he is. His heart is running the show for the first time in his life.

Right now they’re stripped bare and he has her pressed against the wall of her gilded cage; late at night when duty won’t come calling. She whispers his name, his real name, against his neck as her fingers claw at his back. He’s lost in the warmth of her; the catch of her breath each time he thrusts. He sees stars when he falls over the edge with her. She kisses him, lush and tender, and uncrosses her legs from around his waist, but doesn’t unwrap her arms from around his neck.

They stand there, breathing each other in. Jyn smiles into his chest, Cassian kisses the top of her head. She dreams of freedom, she says, of any life at all outside these walls. He tells her there’s a home for her, with the Alliance.

I don’t care where, she says when she looks up at him, stardust in her eyes, and strokes a hand over his cheek. Wherever you are, that’s home.

The Death Star is nearing completion. The order will come soon, Cassian knows.

Earn his trust. Find the weakness. Kill Galen.

Destroy the facility.

Leave no one alive.

He has never disobeyed an order before.

He’s already planned exactly how he’s going to get both father and daughter out of there alive.

“Put some food in a wok and stir fry the shit out of it; the secret to cooking barely edible food for basically just yourself” is my new cookbook. The pages are blank as all you need to know is in the title. Would make a decent sketchbook 🍳🍴🍆

does anyone else just think of katy perry and like, not feel anything? Like when you think of her your mind just blanks and all you feel is hollow wind blowing through your skull because she’s just kind of there, trying so hard but failing to leave even the most basic impression upon your psyche? might just be me

So I’ve rewatched this episode a few times at this point, and each time I noticed new things about this scene. As more pieces fell together, we get a clear picture as to just how brutal Lars’ death was.

And this specific screenshot says it all.

Why? Because LARS IS CLEARLY STILL ALIVE AT THIS MOMENT. (Look at how tense his facial features are. There is no way that Lars could make this face if he was dead right now.)

Why is that important? Look at what happened seconds before, and what happens shortly after.

1) The explosion.
The robanoid had just exploded, and Lars was physically on top of it when it happened. At this point-blank range, and without any sort of protection, Lars was exposed to the full force of the blast. Just imagine being blown up at point-blank. All the fire, all the force, and whatever shrapnel would have been flying around, that’s what Lars was exposed to. AND HE WAS STILL ALIVE TO FEEL ALL OF IT.

2) The impact.
This happens a fraction of a second after this screenshot, but is still well worth noting. When Lars hit the wall, we could clearly hear a definite ‘crack’ noise. Judging by how he hit the wall, he most likely broke not just his neck, but probably his spine and skull, as well as several other bones, like his ribs or his arms. Along with this, there’s also a good chance that some of his organs may have been ruptured, such as his heart or his lungs. (Especially since the edge of the gem hole would likely have somewhat impaled him on impact.)

This is definitely the moment Lars died, as shown by how his face and body goes completely limp afterwards. But it’s still very likely he felt the agony of the impact for the split second before his death.

3) Lars’ scar.
This is probably the most brutal part of all of this.
As first said by the lovely @bedknees , the fact that Lars’ scarred eye was specifically covered by his hair before resurrection makes it very likely that his head was split open in that spot.

And I completely agree with this.

But how could this have happened? Shrapnel.

One of the reasons bombs are so deadly is not just because of the explosion, but also the resulting shrapnel that would be launched in all directions at anything in range. With Lars being at point-blank range of the explosion, he could’ve easily been exposed to this. And that’s exactly what I think happened.

Why? Because Lars’ scar doesn’t just slice through his cheek and forehead like skimming across a rocky surface may do. Lars’ scar also goes over his eyelid, which is shown whenever he blinks after his resurrection.

So how would’ve this gone down?

I think that a piece of the robanoid’s outer layer, probably sheetlike in shape, was shot through Lars’ head in a fraction of a second, cutting through this eye, skull, and brain, and launching out the other side. AND HE WAS STILL ALIVE TO FEEL THIS.(His hair deliberately covers his eye in this screenshot, in this moment where he is still alive, which probably proves this.)

And you can clearly see Lars’ face twisted in AGONY in the fraction of a second prior to his death.

Lars’ death was not a long, drawn out one, but was still a torturous one. To see just how violent and brutal his death was, it shows just how tragic this moment really is.

Bonus: Other possible scenarios

1) The shrapnel could’ve stopped partway into Lars’ skull, ultimately altering his brain function. (Steven’s magic likely wouldn’t be able to heal where the shrapnel would still be in)
(Although I think this is incredibly unlikely, since Lars is shown to act and function in the same way both before and after death. The areas of the brain that would’ve been affected would impair his speech, his perception of the environment, his motor abilities, his judgement, his emotional reactions, and his sense of self. This would result in a vastly different Lars than the one we know.)
(A similar injury has happened in real life; Phineas Gage. I suggest Googling him)
2) If the shrapnel had been much bigger, it would’ve cleanly cut off a large chunk of Lars’ head in a Mortal Kombat style death.

concept: Jack Zimmermann walked in on Shitty holding the “yo marry me jack zimmermann” sign once and kind of winked and said “i think you’re gonna have to buy me dinner first, eh?” and shitty fell over laughing and when jack caught bitty holding it he had ever intention of doing the same thing but then his mind went blank and all he could picture was marrying bitty, but somehow, still didn’t realize how gone he was on him 

MONSTA X stones that they chose for each other

During Monsta X’s trip in Japan, they bought stones for each other in which they thought that best represented them (showed in MONTORIES).

Brown/Acorn for Shownu “because he is like a tree”
Green for Jooheon “because he’s attractive, pretty and childish” (according to Shownu)
Pink for Wonho because it’s pretty like cherry blossoms/sakura. Because everyone wants to see cherry blossoms.
Light/Bright Blue for Minhyuk because the colour just matches him, and is a colour that Minhyuk likes.
Dark Blue for Changkyun because he works hard to do his part for the group in hidden.
Black for Kihyun “because he has a dark/black heart”
White/Clear for Hyungwon chosen because he wanted to be the opposite of Kihyun. He wants to be perceived as “pure”; but Wonho said it’s because doesn’t think and he’s blank all the time.