almost as good as the one i love

just a quick FYI in regards to Joseph

I can’t believe this is really a thing people are upset about, but do y'all realize this is a standard thing in the otome game community? And that the surprise psycho is almost always one of the most well loved route options? This is basically a tradition at this point and it’s such a good one.

1o3o1  asked:

So my new manager is a young guy. He's very very good looking. Kinda built. Perfect face and everything. When one of my supervisors told me to help him out at the register. ( he's runs the register and I bag) While I was bagging there were tears running down my cheeks. I was crying because he was that beautiful. He actually asked me why in was crying and I got super flustered. It was super embarrassing. >///<

oh my god, that’s the literal “I saw a man so beautiful I almost cried??” meme brought to life hahahaha. I love it.

So I laughed really hard when I saw this, but I kept thinking “who would this fit?” and then I mentioned it to @longhairpidge​ and she straight up was like “This is Shance.” – SOOOO what do you know! This is my first ever attempt at Shance! :)

(Okay, I know in canon, Shiro and Lance seem to have only “officially” met for the first time in season 1 episode 1 but… just roll with it lmao.)


“Ugh, I can’t believe I was the only one who got caught,” Lance groans to Hunk when he arrives back in their dorm room. “You get away with everything.”

Hunk looks up from his book and shakes his head.

“Dude, I warned you about stalling in the corridors but nope. Ms. Quintana shows up and you had to stop and stare.”

“Thanks for your support,” Lance rolls his eyes.

“No problem,” Hunk says proudly. “So what did Iverson give you?”

“Just the usual disciplinary stuff,” Lance drones as he changes out of his uniform and into more comfortable clothes he can work in. “Cleaning out the engines in the east hangars today.”

“Oh. That doesn’t sound too bad,” Hunk shrugs.

“Says the mechanic,” Lance sighs. “Whatever, I should probably go now before Iverson finds more shitty duties to tack onto me. See you at dinner?”

“Yup. Good luck, buddy,” Hunk says, turning back to his book as Lance leaves the room.

Lance drags his feet in stubborn annoyance towards the hangar. When he arrives, the doors open to him and his breath catches in his throat.

Takashi Shirogane — THE Takashi Shirogane AKA Garrison’s resident Golden boy — turns to look over at him.

“Hello, cadet,” he nods. “You must be Lance.”

“H-hi,” Lance squeaks with an awkward wave of his hand. “Uh — what are you doing here? How do you know my name?”

“I was scheduled to supervise you today,” the Takashi Shirogane answers him. “Are you ready to get to work?”

Supervise?! Lance almost forgets to breathe. His hero, Takashi Shirogane, is supervising him? And Lance, a lowly cargo pilot, gets to be in his presence? For an extended amount of time?!

Lance gulps and takes a deep breath. Although the older man is just wearing his uniform, Lance can’t help but notice just how well the guy fills it out — especially in the arms area.

And not to mention, his face in general, and just, everything, is so damn handsome.

Don’t freak out, don’t freak out, don’t freak out, Lance runs through his head. It’s too late, I’m freaking out, I’m freaking out. Shit, that’s what Hunk would say. WHAT IS HAPPENING?

“Are… you alright?” Takashi Shirogane asks with a polite tilt of his head. “It’s a pretty hot day outside, but we’re indoors, which is nice.”

It’s only then that Lance realizes there are quite possibly tears forming in his eyes. He’s only ever dreamed of getting to meet his hero in person, and being in such close proximity to him for several hours? Lance can hardly handle it.

“I know it sucks to have to do disciplinary work on your day off like this,” he continues, “but don’t worry. I’ll take it easy on you.”

“T-take it easy? On me?” Lance laughs nervously, fidgeting with the collar of his shirt. “S-sure. I’m fine with that!”

“Um, okay,” he replies uncertainly, though there’s a ghost of a chuckle behind his voice. “Well, if you’re ready, maybe you could start at the end of the line over there.”

He gestures with his thumb to the leftmost corner of the room where a bunch of hovercrafts sat.

“Let me know if you need anything, alright?”

“Y-yeah,” Lance stammers as he ducks his head and starts walking towards the vehicles of his duties. “I’ll probably be fine…”

Nervous and giddy, he picks up the cleaning supplies and bucket and gets to work. But not without stealing glances every now and then at the Takashi Shirogane.

Perhaps disciplinary actions weren’t all that bad.

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I haven’t seen anyone really play through Robert’s story aside from one-night stands that BY THE WAY, INSTANTLY GET YOU THE BAD ENDING IF YOU COMMIT THE THIRD TIME, so I decided that my goal was to get this asshole bad daddy’s good ending!

I spent over 3 hours and stayed up all night despite a 5:30 am shift, playing through so far twice (yes, I got the bad ending AGAIN AFTER I WAS LITERALLY ALMOST DONE) with the third time being scheduled for after work, and I take great pride in saying that I love this fucking asshole!

To see my current progress and to stay updated, follow this thread! And use this continuation from the thread for the 2nd time I fucked up!

Follow my journey as my dadsona, Gabe Summett, a once rebellious spirit during his youth and college days that was tamed after meeting his now late husband and then maintained to keep his daughter Amanda from following in his footsteps, returns to his roots for a brooding, mysterious man that steals his heart time after time again! (I stayed up all night I keep rambling lmao)

Maybe it’ll help you if you decide you want Robert to be your Dream Daddy! Or maybe you need tips because you keep getting the bad ending? Who knows! This thread so far has been SO MUCH FUN. I CAN’T WAIT TO ACTUALLY GET THE GOOD ENDING AND NOT BE A DICK NEXT TIME AROUND.

(also if you get the good ending before me, DO NOT TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS I WILL FUCKING FIGHT)

anonymous asked:

Do you feel there was a lack of richonne in last season? I have seen complaints about this but, I thought it was a pretty good amount?

No, not at all. Of the many, many things wrong with S7, Richonne was not one of them for me. I mean, they actually had a storyline, which I wasn’t expecting, and it allowed Michonne to still be her own person. Plus, we got almost an entire episode of Richonne shenanigans. Of course I’m still waiting on my Richonne sex, but aside from that, I really loved their development last season. Like, that’s ALL that I loved about S7. 😄

based off of this vine

you know when you haven’t listened to a band that you used to love with all your heart years ago and you stumble upon some of their old songs and listen to them and you just remember all the small things, like tears rolling down your face when you first hear a song that soon becomes your favorite or staring at the night sky in the middle of the summer, while mouthing along the lyrics, it’s just small stuff like that that makes you think “wow, i really don’t know why i ever let this go”

anonymous asked:

If you have the time and if you don't mind, what are some books you really recommend? Doesn't have to be all time faves, but anything that pops into mind that you want more ppl to read and love, Extra points if lgbt+ , i got the whole summer with little to do and i wanna spend it reading some good quality writing and honestly so far your recs have introduced me to so many faves its unbelievable

[blushes profusely] oh wow, thank you!!!  i’m so glad you’ve trusted me enough to check out some of the stuff i reblog; that is like the ultimate compliment, i can’t even???  i don’t mind at all(!), fair warning though: i only started recording what i read partway through last year and my mind is like a sieve so i’ll do my absolute best to remember what’s sang to me in the recent past.  warning number two: i’m in an open relationship with absolutely every genre out there so i’ll try to note which belongs where so you can avoid those that hold no interest for you.

LGBT+

  • i’ll give you the sun.  i loved this book, the writing is fucking transformative and all the characters are so damn likable, while still being realistically flawed human beings.
  • the raven cycle (tetralogy).  definitely my favorite series since harry potter.  the writing, the world-building, the characters, it’s all on top-form.  i wrote a little, mini non-spoilery review of it: here, back when i was better (worse?) wordly-wise and my feels were brand new.
  • more happy than not.  i’m still not sure how i feel about this book.  it was hard, but it felt very true to the characters and the lingo and style matched the ages of the players and i have a lot of respect for that.
  • the watchmaker of filigree street.  woooow i loved this book.  i admit ‘historical fiction’ kind of makes me cringe.  it never precludes me from reading a book but it does knock it down the list by a book or five because they’re often very dense and very clunky and end up taking me ages to get through.  but this one was gorgeous.  i loved the plot, the attention lovingly placed on every character and the historical elements.  the surprise gay in an already brilliant book felt like winning the lottery honestly.
  • captive prince (trilogy).  okay, truthfully, i’m only putting this on here because the second book is such a high point for me.  it was never bad at any point but it had unfortunately been hyped far too much for it to live up to my, admittedly, very high expectations.  hopefully it’ll fare better with you?
  • everything i never told you.  i go back and forth on this one.  i like the writing a lot, i like the LGBT aspect a lot, and i like the mystery aspect a lot but there are definitely characters i would cut out entirely for sheer predictability if i could and that killed a lot of my enjoyment at the time (but i think much more highly of it in retrospect?).  so, take that as you like.
  • aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe.  if there’s a book that handles its characters with more care or respect or consideration then i haven’t run into it.  i love the way this is written and the people it’s populated with.
  • flying lessons & other stories.  a bunch of uber talented authors writing a bunch of uber diverse and LGBT-focused stories and, yes, that is exactly as awesome as it sounds.
  • the song of achilles.  it is utterly heart-breaking but so rich, honestly.

FANTASY

  • the diviners.  (also has a minor LGBT character, who may play a bigger role in the sequel?)  fair warning, i have not read the sequel, lair of dreams, because it is somehow still not out in paperback (yes, i read physical books, yes, i pretty exclusively read paperbacks so i can lug them everywhere with me, YES, I PRE-ORDERED THIS ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO AND IT’S STILL NOT OUT, NOT THAT I’M BITTER ABOUT THAT OR ANYTHING) so i can’t speak to that one finishing on a high note as i don’t know.  but this was the first historical novel i managed to like in a long while.  it does such a good job of fusing in 1920s lingo and dress and aspects that i couldn’t help but love it.  add in the fantasy elements and i can admit i’m the perfect sucker for it.
  • the scorpio races.  i’m not sure why but it took me a long-ass time to get into this book, i wasn’t flipping pages with gusto until well towards the end but - especially as i was reading so much YA at the time - i really appreciated coming across a romance that lets both people come into it as themselves and stay themselves, neither puck nor sean were ever smashed or crumpled or shaved away to fit into their relationship, which was so refreshing.  plus the water horses were fucking cool.
  • the night circus.  the writing, the atmosphere, the circus.  just… it is all very whoa.
  • all the birds in the sky.  i loved this writing style and these characters and the magical elements.

CONTEMPORARY

  • i’ll meet you there.  there was something about this and i just… ended up liking it way more than i expected to.  i might’ve just read it at exactly the right time, i’m not sure, but i really enjoyed it.
  • the invoice.  this is honestly just hella cute and so freaking surreal.  swedes, man.

NON-FICTION

  • why not me?  i like mindy kaling a lot.  i make no apologies for that.  plus you can read both her books in about five seconds, haha.

SCIENCE FICTION

  • station eleven.  i loved this book.  the way the narrative is woven is so refreshing and i wish the comic book miranda was writing in this book was a real thing more than anything else in the woooorld.
  • illuminae.  hot DAMN this book was cool.  the plot was rock solid, the characters were hilarious and badass and the graphics made out of text and spiraling words and just the way this thing is put together?  shit, it’s worth your money and then some.
  • a robot in the garden.  okay this is just cute as hell.  i can’t even with tang, he’s the most adorable robot to ever adorable.
  • annihilation (southern reach trilogy).  (LGBT minor characters.)  okay, honestly?  i don’t know.  this was freaking zany but i was invested as fuck in all the kookiness for reasons i can’t articulately elaborate on.
  • the martian.  hilarious, engaging, SPACE.  what more do you want?

HORROR

  • things we lost in the fire.  this is more atmospheric than anything but, damn, could this get me wishing i wasn’t reading this in the dark or looking over my shoulder to make absolutely sure no one was standing behind me.  it’s a book of short stories (by the way, i love books of short stories and i definitely realize that is not true for everyone) and each one is so well-delivered and stylized.  i really enjoyed reading this.
  • let the right one in.  okay, this is legit horror so definitely stay away if you’re easily squicked out but it is harrrrrd to find good horror (at least in my opinion) and this definitely, definitely qualifies.
  • horrorstör.  i honestly had such low expectations for this, a horror story set in a wannabe-ikea, but it ended up being so ridiculous and strange and funny that i was won over by the finish.
  • the girl with all the gifts.  holy unique and well-executed zombie idea, batman!

SHORT STORIES

  • the bigness of the world.  there were definitely ones here that hit better than others but the ones i liked, i really liked!

GRAPHIC NOVELS (i read a lot of these so, um, prepare yourself)

  • saga.  (LGBT minor characters as well.)  this is world-building to a degree that i’m convinced did not exist before.  just, i can’t say enough amazing things about this series and the staggering amount of imagination that regularly goes into it.
  • ms. marvel.  heart-warming as fuck.  it’s definitely really easy to lose faith in the world these days, luckily kamala is there to remind you that people are primarily and genuinely good.
  • black science.  this is another one that took just an insane amount of imagination to cook up.  i got off to kind of a rocky start with this one but the gray-ness of all the characters really speaks to me, and that doesn’t really blossom until later in the series.
  • spider-man/deadpool.  this was very satisfying for my super duper spideypool-shipping mind.  joe and ed did us so good, and joe basically said in his sign-off: i made it absolutely as gay as they would let me, haha.
  • the wicked + the divine.  (LGBT minor characters that you’re going to get way too attached to, and retroactively.  it’s awful [sobs].)  the concept for this, gods reincarnating into teenagers before they burn up their hosts after a predetermined set of time, is so fucking cool.  the humor and the characters and the plot is all just aces.
  • iceman (LGBT MAIN CHARACTER).  okay, so this just started.  like issue #2 was only released days ago but 1) i am liking it so far and 2) marvel did it so dirty and barely advertised bobby - an openly homosexual superhero - was getting his own series, like, i found out about it the day before it went on sale and i keep my ear fairly close to the ground (not as close as some BY A LOT, but closer than the lay person i’d say) so if you can support it, please do!  pre-orders mean a lot in terms of numbers. :))))
  • descender.  admittedly, this starts out rooough.  because the main character, TIM-21 (and his little dog too), are annoying as hell.  he’s an android so there’s no dimension to him so he’s booooring as all get out but i am so glad i stuck with it through to the next trade because, probably picking up on the unsustainability of him as a main character, he gets shuffled off and the side characters get the stage and they rock so hard.
  • paper girls. (LGBT main characters.)  i’m kind of just convinced that brian k. vaughan can do no wrong at this point.  his plots are so tight and mind-blowing and badass.
  • monstress.  here’s a little tid-bit about me: female comic book writers are 100% more likely to get my money and my time because they are so damn rare and this series is unique, badass, and eye-opening.
  • black monday murders.  i’m a little premature with this since there’s only one volume and i usually try to wait until there are at least two but i check up on a volume two a lot so that definitely means something intrigued me!
  • nailbiter.  okay, i haven’t read the final volume yet ‘cause i’m reluctant to let it go but, so far, a series about multiple serial killers all being from the same town has me VERY HOOKED.

i wish i could remember more but this is honestly way better than i expected to do, haha.  they’re definitely not all my all-time faves but they’re ones that have stuck with me for one reason or another and that i didn’t feel i wasted my time on, so that’s something, right?  i hope this helps get you started and that you don’t think too awfully of me when you inevitably run across ones that aren’t your cup of tea!

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HAPPY 29TH BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEETHEART: TAKAHIRO MORIUCHI [880417]

I really like the image of Vader rolling Luke’s name around in his head, saying it out loud to himself, testing it, hearing it. 

Luke. Luke Skywalker. My son’s name is Luke. 

Practicing different ways to say it. Maybe he tries it out in all of his different, typical Vader tones. You know, in the way he addresses Imperial Officers or Rebel Prisoners or even the Emporer. None of them probably sound right. 

Saying it quietly, in a gentle voice. It’s unfamiliar and maybe uncomfortable because he hasn’t been gentle in years but it’d sound right and good. 

I like the idea that there’s a build-up for Vader to that first moment. That the moment when he is looking at his son and calls him by his name for the first time, that it would be this important moment for him. One that he has thought a lot about and prepared for. 

And that every time he says it is precious. That he just keeps trying to get it right because this is his son and his name is Luke. 

bts scenario: they eat you out

i hope you don’t mind that i turned this into all of bts! it seemed like a good scenario to write, and everyone can get one from their bias! thank you for your request, hun. enjoy! xx 

 requests: open

commissions/donations

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jin: jin loved to take care of people, this was a fact, and in his mind taking care of you in that way was something almost ephemeral. you and jin were watching a movie when he had asked you, “how would you feel if i ate you out?” you choked on the water you were drinking, but quickly replied with a nod of your head. the idea of jin eating you out seemed to good to be true. a few days later, jin’s request had come to life. his head between your legs and god did it feel good. you didn’t think you’d ever cum harder in your life. 

Originally posted by melanielovesgaysempai

yoongi: yoongi was straight up with his desires. one night when you were about to pull down his pants to give him a blowjob, he stopped you. “i wanna taste you baby,” he would say before lying you on the bed. he’d trail slow kisses down your body before taking off your pants, leaving you bare. yoongi hiked your legs over his shoulder before pressing his tongue flat against you, “you taste just as good as i thought you would baby.” 

Originally posted by hidden--demons

hoseok: hoseok was always eager to please, the big ball of sunshine that he was. so when you were having a particularly bad day he asked, “wanna try something new baby?” you agreed and it wasn’t long before hoseok’s head was between your legs, eating you out like a full course meal. he made you cum once, twice, three times, and he didn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.

Originally posted by btsumari

namjoon: you and namjoon were grinding against each other in bed, panting and moaning at the feeling of your bare bodies pressing against each other. namjoon began to trail kisses down your body, stopping at certain places to leave hickies. he got lower and lower until he was right over you and blew air over your heat. the action sent a strong shiver down your spine and he grabbed harder on your hips, sure to leave bruises. the tip of his tongue flicked over your clit and shit you were already seeing stars.

Originally posted by jackjacky5

jimin: jimin had just come back from tour and the distance had made him really horny, and he was ready to please. you and jimin were barely through the front door after picking him up at the airport before he pushed you to the nearest wall and attached his lips to your neck. you swung your legs around his waist as he carried you to the bedroom. clothes were quickly removed and jimin was between your legs giving soft licks. “more jiminie,” you moaned. his lips sucked on your clit and you practically came from that feeling alone. 

Originally posted by louizlake

taehyung: taehyung, the big ball of energy always wanted to try something new. you had given him blowjobs a handful of times before, and he felt it was time to return the favor. while you and taehyung were watching a movie, he began to trail kisses across the sensitive parts of your neck to rile you up. it wasn’t long until his head was between your legs and you were gripping onto the sides of the couch with all your might. “oh my god,” you came so hard you almost blacked out.

Originally posted by btstaehyunged

jungkook: jungkook wanted to tease his princess, so he had been depriving you of sex for the past few days. when you had come to confront him, he picked you up and threw you over his shoulder and took you into the bedroom. he practically ripped your clothes off and attached his lips to your core so fast you didn’t even have time to ask him what he was doing. your lack of sexual completion for the last few days just intensified one of many orgasms you had that night.

Originally posted by bapsae-monsta

Foreign

Plot: Jimin always thought his traditional Korean girlfriend was perfect – that was, until he realized how beautiful foreigners could be.

Pairing: Idol!Park Jimin x Backup Dancer!Reader

Genre: Angst, Fluff

Notes: I based this off of every single MTL I have seen of BTS dating a girl of a different race or a girl of color – Jimin always seems to be one of the people who were least likely to date one. I definitely do not think that Jimin is this ignorant in any way. This is only a work of fiction. This is for all the international beauties! 2,536 Words

Familiar | masterlist

Originally posted by bwipsul

“Oppa, I’m missing you so much!”

“I’m missing you too, my love. Don’t worry, I’ll be back in a few days, okay?”

One of the worst parts about tour was leaving lovers behind. For Jimin, it wasn’t only his lover, it was his home. He enjoyed tour, performing for all of the ARMYs around the world, going on stage; but he wasn’t a huge fan of being in a foreign country. He didn’t know English that well, and he wasn’t fond of being in a place where he couldn’t understand anything. 

“I know,” The soft voice of his significant other brought pink to his cheeks. “Call me when your rehearsal is over.”

“I will, I love you,” He glanced at the leader of his band, who was calling him over.

“I love you too.”

With that, he had ended the call with a sigh, and headed over to his band. It hadn’t even been a few minutes since he cut the call, and he was already missing her – a thought he had experienced after each long-distance conversation with his lover. The short male shook his head and got his head back in the game, his eyes going up to meet a group of people dressed in black.

“This is your dance crew for this city,” The manager announced to the band. “Not all of them know Korean, so if you have an queries, just talk to Jihoon. He is the leader.”

“We understand.”

Once that brief introduction was done, they were all left to their own devices for a few minutes, whilst the leader of the dance team talked to the leader of the band. Jimin had let himself scan over the people he would be working with; not that he would talk to them, he was just curious and bored. Most of them had masks on – no one had really caught his eyes, except for one person. 

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make me choose ♡ will herondale or jace herondale

“Herondales.“ Zachariah’s voice was a breath, half laughter, half pain. "I had almost forgotten. No other family does so much for love, or feels so much guilt for it. Don’t carry the weight of the world on you, Jace. It’s too heavy for even a Herondale to bear.

(for @ravencalws​ )

want one?

whats-an-urza  asked:

"The people who love calling it a 'World of Hats' are doing the same disservice as the people calling Jace a 'Mary Sue'." Just because you casually dismiss it doesn't make you right, it just means you're in denial. Would randomly smashing two worlds together make them great? Of course not, nice straw man. Would Innistrad work as a secluded part of larger world? Yes, until you introduced cosmic horrors. And Jace IS a Mary Sue. Maybe not the most egregious example, but he's still a contender.

One, how am I being a straw man? What *do* Ice Age and Mirage have to do with one another? Them being on the same world is no different than us saying Kaladesh and Amonkhet are on the same world.

They weren’t designed to go together. They were designed as if they were two different worlds by two different external design teams that were working in isolation.

It is *exactly* like us taking two worlds that weren’t designed to go together and then just saying they were on the same world. That’s what happened.

Two, a Mary Sue is defined, on Wikipedia, as

“an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character. Often this character is recognized as an author insert or wish-fulfillment.”

Jace is a person obsessed with information missing the knowledge of his own past. He’s horrible in a physical fight. He reluctantly became the Living Guildpact, a role he neither wants nor is good at.

He has one very awkward relationship with Liliana. He constantly bickers with Gideon who both believe they’re leading the Gatewatch. He’s a neurotic mess in almost every aspect of his life.

He lost the fight he had on Zendikar with Ob Nixilis. He lost the fight he had on Innistrad with Nahiri/Avacyn. He lost the fight he had on Amonkhet with Bolas.

How in the world is he a Mary Sue?

So if you believe that Dominaria is somehow not a hodgepodge or Jace is a Mary Sue, I would love to argue over the facts.

Your turn.

SKAM S04E09 Clip 4 - Your Faith Is Strong

SANA: This is me and Noora at a café.

MOM: Red lipstick?

SANA: She’s always wearing red lipstick.

MOM: Yeah? It suits her.

SANA: Yes, it suits her very well. And there she’s also wearing red lipstick.. This is at school..

MOM: She’s a very pretty girl.

SANA: She’s very pretty.

MOM: Yes.

SANA: And this is Chris!

MOM: She looks like lots of fun.

SANA: Yes, she’s very cool.

MOM: Why don’t you invite them here? Wow!

SANA: That’s a picture of Vilde and Eva.

[YOUSEF: Of course I want to hang out with you! What about Friday? I’m leaving on Saturday.]

[Yousef Acar accepted your friend request]

SANA: Aaaand… This is a picture of Noora.

MOM: What are those sunglasses?

SANA: It’s just this halloween party. Because we were.. We had dressed up and stuff.

MOM: Nice pictures!

SANA: I like Yousef. And.. He’s not a Muslim.

MOM: And now you’re going to hang out?

SANA: I know.. I know that Islam says I can’t marry him, but I just.. I don’t understand that because Yousef is a very good person.

MOM: You’re just seventeen years old. You’re not getting married yet.

SANA: No, but what about three years from now? If I still like Yousef - why can’t I marry him?

MOM: When you’re that young, you think crushes and love are the same thing. Crushes pass, but love and a marriage last for your whole life. It’s almost like a cooperation, where you give all the love inside of you to that cooperation. It’s also about having someone by your side your whole life, no matter what happens. And I think you’ll get a bit lonely in that relationship if you’re the only one who believes, because your faith is so strong. Because there are always times in your life where you doubt everything, even Allah and then.. I think it’s important that you have someone by your side who reminds you why you’re a Muslim and who understand what you believe in. Do you understand? It’ll be fine.

MOM [ON THE PHONE]: Hello.

[YOUSEF: Of course I want to hang out with you! What about Friday? I’m leaving on Saturday.]

[SANA: Oh are you leaving this Saturday? I can’t this week.

SANA: I hope you have the world’s best summer]

[CHRIS: Yo girls. What about test driving the van this Friday? I know it’s not Russ Time 2018 yet, but a little trip has to be fine?

VILDE: YEEEES!!!]

it is absolutely, hilariously astonishing to me how often i’m asked to provide a 25 page extensively sourced MLA formatted academic style paper about why i think pansy parkinson is a character worth discussing, but…here we are, i guess.

first thing’s first—

fanon pansy =/= canon pansy.

canon pansy =/= fanon pansy.

canon pansy is a one-dimensional bully with no discernible personality traits beyond “mean” and “myopic”. she’s villainized by the story. her primary function within the narrative is to follow draco malfoy around. she’s background noise. she giggles, and she shrieks, and she makes fun of harry & co. pansy parkinson is also a figurative dumping ground for an alarming number of awful, misogynistic, enormously unflattering stereotypes for female characters—her relationship with draco is depicted as at least partially one-sided, which makes her seem desperate; she has a tendency to mock other students for their physical appearances, which makes her seem insecure; and she’s likened, more than once, to a literal dog. literally. a dog.  

(rowling had a truly terrible habit of peppering the hp books with a lot of these villainous non-characters, who were almost always slytherins, and who were almost always described as either unattractive, unintelligent, or both. see: millicent bulstrode, who is jokingly suspected of being related to a troll. marcus flint, who cheats at quidditch, is held back multiple school years, and has appallingly bad teeth. crabbe & goyle, who are violent, overweight, and implied to need draco’s help with her homework in order to avoid flunking out.)

canon pansy is a poorly constructed caricature of a Mean Girl who readers are meant to find abhorrent. all the ingredients for a spectacularly unlikeable character are there. it’s like rowling had a checklist.

that said, pansy’s role as hermione’s social foil gives her slightly more of a personality than the majority of the other slytherins. pansy is shown to be friendly with blaise zabini, who is, canonically, arrogant and enigmatic and disdainful of draco malfoy. pansy wears a pink dress to the yule ball. she likes unicorns. she possesses leadership qualities—she’s a prefect, she has a “gang” of slytherin girls—and is, by virtue of that, at the very least an above average student. she’s loyal to the people she’s shown to be close to. she cries when draco is hurt. her political affiliations, parentage, and blood status are categorically unknown. we can assume she’s probably a pureblood, and that she chose not to fight against the death eater regime at hogwarts, but she wasn’t a death eater. her dialogue with draco and blaise zabini about the war in HPB was ambiguously supportive, at worst.

(important note—one of the major themes in the books is redemption. see: severus snape. regulus black. the malfoys. rowling’s world building was full of lofty, often convoluted metaphors for racism and homophobia, which had the unfortunate side-effect of humanizing a lot of actively, violently racist characters who would have otherwise been unpalatable to any reasonably self-aware reader. the notion that grand gestures of bravery and self-sacrifice are necessary for redemption—again, see: severus snape, regulus black, the malfoys—is, however, repulsive to me, especially when the argument of worthiness is centered on a teenage girl who has, canonically, spent her formative years hanging around actively, violently racist people. And that’s not even delving into the numerous instances of benign racism perpetrated by characters who aren’t vile slytherin blood supremacists. see: the weasleys. albus dumbledore. rufus scrimgeour. the text goes out of its way to emphasize that combating internalized prejudices is an ongoing battle that has to be consciously fought. it’s a choice. but i digress.)

canon pansy =/= fanon pansy.

fanon pansy =/= canon pansy.

i see a lot of discourse about pansy being an inappropriate “feminist icon"—she’s a bully, she’s mean to other girls, et cetera, et cetera—and the irony of passing that kind of judgment on a female character whose entire narrative existence is predicated on her ability to compare unfavorably to, you know, all the good female characters; it is staggering.

so.

look.

i have loved characters like hermione granger and ginny weasley and fleur delacour since i was a child. they are smart and brave and interesting and Not Like Other Girls. their flaws are considered socially acceptable. hermione is bossy and narrow-minded; but she’s also usually right. ginny is outspoken and reactionary and obstinate; but she’s also pretty and popular and good at sportball. fleur is vain and self-absorbed; but she’s also beautiful and brilliant and fiercely loyal.  

Not. Like. Other. Girls.

not like pansy parkinson, for example, who is, almost unapologetically, exactly the kind of girl no one ever wants to be.  

she likes pink. she giggles. she cries. she chases after a boy who, at best, seems mostly indifferent to her presence. she’s self-conscious enough about her nose that it’s a well-known sore spot for other students to maliciously poke at. i don’t think we ever get a description of what her voice sounds like, but i instinctively associate her with a high-pitched, nasally whine. she’s petty—see: her interview with rita skeeter in GoF—and she’s narcissistic—see: her stint with the inquisitorial squad—and she’s a cliché, of course, just not an especially creative one.

there are obvious, valid criticisms to be made about how people interact with characters like pansy parkinson. and draco malfoy. and severus snape. but there is a huge difference between blindly excusing or romanticizing those characters’ actions and making an effort to humanize them.  

tl;dr

bad people are not bad characters.

Interesting characters I’ve met at the animal shelter
  • Large, muscular, motorcycle man looking for his tiny Pomeranian. Found, exceedingly fluffy.
  • Suit-and-tie dad who drove up in a shiny car with fancy rims, looking for his tiny black pug. Found, pug named Goliath.
  • Woman came in looking for a cat. Asked what it looked like, she said, “Her name is Luna.” Does she have a collar? “I don’t know.” Long or short hair? “I don’t know.” How long has she been missing? “I’m not sure.” Do you know what she looks like? “Her name is Luna…” Turns out it was her son’s cat, and he was out of town. She thought it might have been a little brown cat. She knew it had a microchip, so I went and dug through the books until I found one we’d passed no less than 3 times. It had a note on the paperwork that the mother would be coming in to pick up the cat, yet she failed to mention that to us. The cat was grey calico, btw. Also, the cat’s name was Liberty.
  • Animal Control Officer who stops by at least once a week to pet the bunnies.
  • Latina lady who brought us the corn snake her son had left her when he moved. She tried to act sad about surrendering it, but failed miserably.
  • Gay Deaf couple looking for their cat. Found one they thought might be theirs. Argued for several minutes about whether their cat was a fixed male or a female. Conclusion: it was fixed male, and it was, in fact, their cat.
  • Small, stocky white dad in cargo shorts, tall, heavily pregnant but otherwise slender black mom in a fancy sun dress, 6 hyperactive biracial children. They came in to find their lost dog, almost left with their dog and 3 rabbits. Dad convinced them the dog would eat the rabbits if they got them. The dog, for her part, was a tubby, ancient thing who couldn’t catch a rabbit if she tried. Mom and I had a good conversation about how rats are actually really clean and very loving. She looked like she didn’t believe me.
  • Two late-teenage girls looking for their puggle. Found, named Chewie. When they spotted him, he started making this weird screaming noise and they copied him enthusiastically.
  • Tiny lady animal control officer who scares the pants off one of one of our guys. She threatens to snap him in half (jokingly), and despite the fact that she’s shorter than him (and he’s not very tall, himself), and he also routinely lifts several hundred pounds of food and kitty litter, he actually believes her.
  • Tall skinny animal control officer man who once accidentally stepped on the foot of a front-desk worker’s dog, and the dog never forgot. ACO routinely works to secure aggressive animals but is terrified of Zuko (the dog), because Zuko remembers him and hates his guts. Zuko also happens to be tiny and slightly overweight, and has never bit any living thing in his life.
  • Little old lady was looking to adopt a cat. Left with a giant hound dog instead.

I’m sure I’ll get more as time goes on, but these are the ones that made me chuckle so far.

why i don’t think we’re done with Even just yet.

the last clip was a bit confusing, most of us were expecting more from the even’s storyline than we were given in the end. seemingly, the balloon squad and even made up again. so that might have happened of screen. is it satisfying storytelling? no, but it is what it is at this point. but is that going to be the end of it? i don’t think so. let’s see what kind of indications we have gotten to remind us of the even story line.

so it all began with this image, in which we were clued into the relationship between even and sana’s new love interest yousef: they were in the same friend group at bakka. 

next thing you know we get the confirmation that even and sana have been acquaintances from before. she knows that he isn’t really involved with her brother and his friends anymore, but she clearly sees that even misses his old friends a lot: he asks after her brother. 

now here is where it gets.. interesting. when asked why he doesn’t believe in allah anymore, yousef specifically focuses on the incident with even: according to yousef, his friend was so conflicted about his sexuality and his friend group’s main religion that he tried to do something horrible to himself. the way yousef frames this story is that even is the sole reason why he thinks religion creates anxiety and fear in people. yousef himself is portrayed as a very compassionate guy, very understanding and very loving. and i certainly don’t dispute that he is.. but what is fascinating to me is that he is constantly framed as a really nice guy who is pretty much perfect. elias even says so:

and that might be so. but considering yousef’s reaction to even’s name and seeing even in the karaoke bar – there has to have been something between these two that happened that doesn’t feel too good to yousef. 

in the first one, yousef is the one most affected by even’s name. in the second one, he almost seems like the only one who’s actually a bit angry about seeing even there? as if he feels a bit betrayed by seeing even there after he told sana about him. now, today’s clip is interesting bc it mentions that yousef felt like something was off between him and sana, bc of facebook. 

she blocked him on facebook and he took that as sana’s disinterest. now, it is significant that this incident is mentioned yet again bc which picture is the one picture that we haven’t seen from that facebook yet? 

this one! in which a fight between even and yousef back at bakka is made explicit. but since sana had blocked him weeks ago she would not have been able to see it. in this clip, however, the connection between yousef and sana is re-established, and it might be a very symbolic move for sana to add yousef on facebook again, in which case she is going to see this picture and might be taken aback by this. it can’t all be smooth sailing for these two in the next two episodes. moreover, it makes sense since through more ‘subliminal messages” we keep on being reminded of even and his mental illness. 

the amount of times “crazy” or “psycho” or something relating to suicide has been brought up has been upped a lot more in comparison to previous seasons. 

are there plotholes in this storyline? yes. do i think everything will get resolved or explained? no. but what i do guess is that the incident at bakka will be the final ‘storyline’ for sana to get through to end up with yousef. and in this case, i feel like even is the only one who can tell her the actual truth about yousef and him, bc i feel it is very deliberate that we have heard two sides to his story already that don’t really seem to add up. yousef needs to have some faults, basically (and since cengiz has mentioned that his most difficult dramatic scene hasn’t aired yet? i think this confrontation might be it.)

in the trailer, even was both the first as well as the last person to be hit (in reverse and in normal): in this case, even was “hit” by the storyline way before he went to nissen in the first place, and i think he is the one who will resolve the final storyline (of yousef), i bet. he’s woven in throughout the season: we still need a pay-off. 

unfortunately, this story plays the long game. i could be totally wrong, of course. but i just think this might not be the end of it yet. let’s just say: keep an eye out if sana adds yousef on facebook again.

I hope we can all agree the best Roy design was Red Arrow on the YJ cartoon series. The short hair, the bare arms… 👌 someone add a pic I’m on mobile