hey, my name is ana, im from colombia, (i'm actually not sure why i'm writing this in english) anyway, i've been wanting to learn korean for a while now, i learned hangul but the thing is that i don't know where to continue or what resources i can use, since it's really hard to find something korean related here; so i just wanted to ask you how you started learning and how do you manage your study time. I hope i didn't bother you ^^
Hola Ana!! :D Learning hangul is the first step, asi que comenzaste bien! c:
What I did: learn hangul, build some vocab with memrise, and then not improve at all for months because I had so many resources that I didn’t know which one to pick. I did check a few lessons of TTMIK and I used the textbook My Korean 1 (made by an Australian University, I think), but to be honest I didnt improve as much as I could have. Now I know the two reasons why: 1. TOO MANY RESOURCES: I was accumulating resources, books, sites, EVERYTHING, but didnt actually pick one to use. 2. Lack of discipline: I didn’t make time to actually study.
Know that I’m more experienced I highly recommend yall to not repeat my mistakes lmao. PICK ONE TEXTBOOK OR WEBSITE AND STICK TO IT. Don’t worry about missing out extra information or whatever. Only look for another explanation if the first one you used wasnt clear enough and you really couldnt understand, but AFTER TRYING; annotate, practice, review, and if it is still unclear then switch to another (reliable) resource. I’m NOT saying that every explanation is going to be accurate and should be trusted, but if it isn’t correct you will probably realize it after you become more comfortable with the language.
Everyone praises TTMIK and they deserve it, they have awesome lessons. My advice is that you find their curriculum (on their page) and start. But remember: DONT STOP. You dont know what to do? Go to the next lesson. As simple as that. Listen to the audios, repeat what they say, read aloud, make flashcards with the vocab and say “I will learn ALL THIS WORDS by the end of the week”, make your own sentences to practice vocab and grammar points, KEEP GOING. You can even skip some lessons (advanced learners are gonna kill me for saying this tho). Dont stress over “but what im a gonna do after i finish all their lessons?!?” You’ll cross that bridge when you get there.
that I recommend
for grammar is using the book Korean Grammar In Use (Beginner). It has a lot of grammar points with simple explanations, sample sentences, conjugations and exercises. You can pair it with the TTMIK lessons if you are a little worried about not getting enough practice.
For vocab I suggest the list of ‘Most common verbs/adjectives/nouns’, and I think some people have already created them on Memrise/Quizlet/Anki (I personally prefer quizlet).
I try to study at least 5 minutes a day. I’ll make a full post soon about how I’ve been managing my time these past few months, but this is what I try to do every week:
Grammar: it can take just 30 minutes to make notes for a grammar point. How many G.P. you do is up to how much time you have. I’m doing 3-5 per week (intensively selfstudying) but I think even one per week is fine!
Vocab: make a list at the start of each week (or month) and review every moment you can: before sleeping, while eating, on the bus. It shouldnt take you too much time either: 30 minutes for the list and 5 minute breaks for reviewing. Make goals: Ill memorize this list by the end of the week, Ill review 5 days of the week, Ill review 4 times each day. Be honest with yourself, but try to step out of your comfort zone.
Listening comprehension: listen to audios of the lessons, listen without reading the transcript and try to pick up words, listen to kpop too and other media like dramas or youtube videos. Doesnt take much time either and its fun to do.
Some kind of pronunciation practice: imitating the audios and reading aloud. If you have a native friend or anyone who knows/is learning korean, talk with them.
Some kind of writing practice like journaling your day, solving workbook exercises or making sentences with what you learn. Time varies with this. My journal entries take me 5-15 minutes (they are very short but sometimes I have to look up words that I dont know/remember)
Reading practice: write the dialogues from the lessons that you study and read them! they probably combine the grammar and vocab you are studying. Also write the sample sentences that they use. Read kpop lyrics and webtoons.
Hope this helps a little bit c: I’ll probably make more posts about this with more information. Lo mas importante es comenzar y seguir! No te bloquees. Si ves algo, aprendelo; no lo guardes para despues.
Nights like this, he doesn’t give much thought to anything but the speed at which the whiskey depletes. Usually, it is much faster than he would like, and usually, he wakes up the next morning with a splitting headache and an even more miserable disposition. Today is no exception, and the whiskey burns every time he swallows, but the heat of it keeps the darkest corners of his mind from intruding into his sleep, so he covets the burn.
It’s raining, as it has been, John thinks, since he can last remember. The city is mostly asleep; the only people still awake at this hour are no one you want to know, present company included. The wind lashes against the windows in his cramped office cum apartment and John sinks back further into his couch. No one but thieves and murderers out in weather like this, he thinks, and closes his eyes, just for a moment.
My first time posting anything of my own in, like, a few years and for a fandom as small as Pillars of Eternity’s? Ya bet yer butts, so buckle down if you’re interested in this at all, because this is something that’s been on my mind for a while now, actually. Oh, and spoilers for the game Pillars of Eternity below the cut, to be fair.
You check your phone for what feels like the fiftieth time. You’ve been sitting at a quiet, unobtrusive table in a restaurant you’ve never been to before for about twenty minutes, severely under dressed for such a refined eating establishment.
Okay, it’s not that refined. But this restaurant in particular isn’t exactly a place you would choose to go to out of the blue, let alone for a date with a stranger.
Then again…Ephemera wasn’t a complete stranger. He literally bumped into you just yesterday, and he’d spilled your drink all over your shirt in his rush to get wherever it was he was supposed to go, so as some sort of an apology, he’d discarded his scarf so you could cover yourself with it. Just as he began to run past you, you’d asked how you were supposed to return it to him. Which then had him scrambling to write his name and number on a piece of paper, at the same time also telling you to meet him the next night at the very restaurant you’re sitting in presently, and then he was on his way before you could fit in a single word.
It was all very impromptu. Informal. Surreal. You wouldn’t have had the courage to go to the restaurant if he hadn’t given you his scarf. It seemed a bit worn, so you’d assumed that it possibly held at least some sentimental value. You felt obliged to return it. That, and also the fact that…Ephemera was super cute. You don’t have a clue whether or not you’ll ever have a chance to go on a date with such a cute person ever again - even if it might not be a traditional blind date - so you’ve chosen to take a chance and make this count.
As ten more minutes pass, you begin to wonder if this was all some sort of joke. Getting one of your favourite shirts ruined, spending the night getting your hopes up for a chance with a cute boy, and then getting stood up by him, were not things you wanted to happen.
Feeling deeply embarrassed and ashamed of yourself for getting your hopes up so high, you begin to stand. But before you can even get an inch off your seat, someone takes the seat across from you.
“Sorry I’m late, babe!” she states louder than she needs to.
You stare bewilderedly at the dark-haired girl, feeling your mouth opening but no words coming out.
She leans in, and gestures for you to lean forward as well. “You’ve been sitting here for a long time. The staff were beginning to gossip. Don’t worry, I’m here to save you from any more embarrassment.”
“Wh…What?” You squeak, “How do you even know that the staff are gossiping?”
“I’m a waitress here. My shift just ended,” the mystery girl explains, “Honestly, I felt a bit bad seeing you sitting here all alone. Do you mind me joining you? We can split the bill.”
You’re having a hard time believing this is actually happening to you. First you’re stood up by a cute boy, and now you’re entertaining a cute girl. You nod slightly and introduce yourself.
“The name’s Skuld.” She smiles sweetly at you.
‘Oh god, she’s beautiful…’ You say in your head, trying not to look like an idiot as she asks you a question.
“Yeah…” You admit, pursing your lips and staring at your empty plate.
“Don’t beat yourself up over it,” Skuld tells you with an amiable tone, “I get stood up all the time. You just have to brush it off and treat yourself.”
“Why would anyone ever stand you up?”
Skuld stares at you blankly for a moment. You stare back for another moment before realizing what just tumbled out of your mouth.
“Sorry…it’s just…hard to believe that anyone…wouldn’t want to date you.”
This makes Skuld laugh. ‘Music to my ears…’
“You’re very sweet.” She smiles again. “Now I’m more sorry for the person who stood you up. They totally missed out.”
Your face feels like it’s on fire. Maybe it is. Even if it was, you probably wouldn’t care.
Skuld makes eye contact and waves at a waiter with swept platinum white hair across the room. “Good, he’s not too busy. Friendly’s a good waiter.”
“Friendly?” You ask.
“It’s a nickname.” Skuld explains as Friendly makes his way through several tables, “He’s dating this guy that used to have a huge attitude problem. I nicknamed him ‘Attitude’, so together they’re called ‘Friendly Attitude’.”
“That’s cute.” You whisper to her as Friendly stands in front of the table, holding up his notepad.
“Can I get you two some drinks to start, or have you already decided what you’d like to eat?”
“What’s your special today?” Skuld asks.
“You already know what it is, Skuld.”
“Yeah, but my date doesn’t.”
Friendly rolls his eyes, but it’s obvious that he isn’t upset when he gives you a…well, friendly smile. You and Skuld order drinks and continue talking once he leaves.
At her prodding, you tell Skuld a bit about yourself, and in turn, Skuld does the same. She’s currently studying at the same school you’re at, University of Daybreak. Waitressing is one of her two part-time jobs, the other being at the ice cream parlour on campus. You make a mental note to visit said parlour from now on.
You’re so enthralled in Skuld’s stories that you don’t even notice a boy with silver hair enter, attempting to catch his breath as he surveys the restaurant. Another young man with golden blond hair speaks with him, and points him in the right direction.
You’re in for a surprise when you finally notice him hurrying towards you. Your eyes widen and your lips part as you glance between him and Skuld.
“I’m so sorry, something came up…” he trails off as he does a double take, “Skuld?”
“Ephemera?” Skuld is just as wide-eyed as you are.
The three of you are shell-shocked for a couple of moments before you find your words. “You two know each other?”
“That’s what I’m wondering!” Ephemera looks puzzled.
“Oh…oh my gosh…” Skuld begins to laugh a little. “Is he your date?”
You nod, still not completely sure what’s happening.
Skuld’s laugh follows through, and she finds herself covering her face. “That’s hilarious! Eph, why didn’t you tell me you found someone?”
“It’s not what you think!” Ephemera waves his hands in front of him, “We promised to meet here because I wasn’t able to get my scarf back - wait, do you have my scarf?”
“Yeah, I brought it.” You reach into your bag and pull out the neatly folded red scarf. “I-I washed it too.”
“Aw, you didn’t have to do that. Thanks, I owe ya one.” Ephemera immediately wraps it around his neck. “I’m sorry about being so late. I feel really bad…”
“Tell us over drinks. I’m sure Friendly won’t mind getting you one.” While you and Ephemera were talking, Skuld had composed herself, but you can still see a grin on her face. “Take a seat.”
Ephemera takes the third out of four seats at your little round table, looking a bit awkward. He begins to explain himself. You quickly learn that Ephemera is a teaching assistant for a philosophy class - also at Daybreak - and that he’d been given the responsibility of supervising students undertaking an exam at the last minute, hence him being so late.
“I’m really sorry.” He bows his head. “Professor Ava was desperate. Actually, now that I think about it, it’s possible that she was finally asked out by that other professor, and she couldn’t turn down his…sorry, I’m rambling. That’s besides the point. I’m really, really sorry.”
“It’s okay, don’t worry about it.” You say sincerely, “You sound like a busy person.”
“Oh, he definitely is,” Skuld comments, sipping her drink before continuing, “You’re lucky that he actually showed up for you.”
“Skuld…” Ephemera frowns. “You’re still mad about that?”
“Yeah, a bit.”
He sighs. “Look, I regret what happened. Or what didn’t happen.”
“What happened?” You ask automatically, “Oh - sorry. It’s none of my business.”
“No, no, I’ll tell you,” says Skuld, “I think we could use some middle ground.”
Ephemera sinks a bit into his chair, looking slightly worried. You’re slightly worried as well. You wouldn’t really consider yourself a good mediator.
“It’s a simple story. Perfect summer day at the pier.” Skuld sets the scene bluntly, “Picnic set for two. One is very excited. One doesn’t show up. At all.”
“It’s not like I didn’t want to come.” Ephemera defends himself, “Professor Ava needed me that day too.”
“It’s always her, isn’t it? You know, Eph, you mean well, but sometimes, you really need to get your priorities straight.”
“I owe her my life - literally! The least I can do is help her out when she needs an extra hand, which is basically what I’m supposed to do anyway!”
“Well, you made me a promise! You told me that we’d see how things would go on that specific date before going any further!”
“That’s true, but that day didn’t go the way I wanted it to!”
“Don’t you get it?! If things had gone well that day, maybe we’d be-”
“Um, guys?” You interrupt, “If you’re just gonna keep talking about your failed date, I…think I’m just gonna just go…”
“No!” Ephemera and Skuld protest. They glance at each other, before looking back at you.
“…Sorry if we made you uncomfortable.” Skuld sighs, “I shouldn’t have brought this up. This was supposed to be our date.”
“This was supposed to be our date too,” Ephemera adds, “But I ruined it by coming late.”
“No, I ruined it by bringing up our failed date.” Skuld says.
“Which you had every right to.”
“…But not tonight.”
Ephemera doesn’t respond. He fiddles with the tassels of his scarf while Skuld laces her fingers on the table, staring at a speck on the table. Seeing them so despondent makes your heart drop into your stomach.
“…I can still be the middle ground, if you want.” You offer timidly, “I wouldn’t mind helping you two work this out. I don’t like seeing you guys troubled.”
“You don’t deserve that. I know we haven’t known each other long, but you seem like a really nice person,” Ephemera says, rising to his feet, “I’ll just go-”
You and Skuld surprise each other with your same outbursts exactly like the one she and Ephemera had prior. Wide eyed and confused, Ephemera glances between the two of you, waiting for a follow up.
It’s Skuld who delivers. “Ephemera, just…stay. I didn’t mean to make things complicated. This date is between you two. I’m going to leave ins-”
“I don’t want either of you leaving.” You say firmly, staring them both down. “No one leaves until we’re all happy.”
Skuld looks like she wants to protest, but she doesn’t say anything. She just sinks into the chair, looking a bit somber.
Ephemera runs his hand through his hair, sighing. “…Look, Skuld, I’m sorry. I know you deserve better. But I’m just…so bad at managing my time, and my life, and just…everything.”
He looks her in the eye. “Y'know, aside from Professor Ava…you’re the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
You try your best not to squeal by covering your mouth, and look at Skuld to see her reaction.
She’s blushing. She breaks eye contact with Ephemera when their waiter comes.
“Well, well,” the dark-haired waiter speaks with a somewhat gruff, but sultry voice as he takes out a small notepad, “Relationship troubles, Skuld?”
Skuld rolls her eyes. “Not now, Blaine.”
“Good evening, y'all.” Blaine grins, tipping his hat slightly. You’re somewhat surprised that he’s allowed to work with a hat on in such a fancy restaurant. “The name’s Blaine, and I’ll be your server for the evening. I see you two have drinks already, that’s good. Can I get you something, Eph? Maybe a beer?”
Ephemera shakes his head. “No thanks, Blaine. I can’t drink.”
“Ah, yeah, that’s right. Forgot.”
You wonder incredulously if everyone in this restaurant knows each other somehow. You’re starting to feel a bit left out.
It takes a little while for the three of you order your food. Or Ephemera and Skuld at least. Blaine gets your order down in the blink of an eye, but he keeps conversing with Ephemera, often teasing Skuld in between his small talk. You begin to survey the restaurant and the people dining. It’s something you always do when you’re bored. There’s a trio at a nearby table and it’s obvious that they’ve pushed the chairs closer to each other. One of them, a girl, is contentedly feeding the other two a meal, occasionally stealing the spoonfuls for herself. You keep your eyes on them for a while, feeling warm and fuzzy inside just watching them. So cute…
Another group, of four this time, are very calm, but occasionally, the tall red-haired man will say something that will cause the other three to burst into wild laughter. One of the girls, dressed in white, reminds you of your childhood friend Strelitzia. You haven’t heard from her in a long time. But you’re sure she’s doing well.
A turn of your head allows you to see the same golden-haired boy from earlier speaking to two taller people near the door, probably exchanging pleasantries. You do a bit of a double take. The golden-haired boy near the door looks like one of the people seated at the table for four. Interesting…
You’re brought back to your own table when Blaine addresses you. “Good luck with these two, my friend. They’re both pretty all over the place, if you know what I mean.”
You don’t really know what he means, but you give a tight smile before he leaves.
“Sorry about that. Blaine is…Blaine.” Skuld shakes her head. “What were we talking about?”
“I was complimenting you,” Ephemera recalls, “And I’m not done yet. You’re awesome, and funny, and just really responsible and direct with things. I want to make things work between us.”
Skuld’s blush is back on her face. “…Are you sure?”
“Positive! It’d be a shame if…we didn’t try at all.”
Skuld looks at you. You nod encouragingly.
“Well…okay, I’ll give you another shot. But if you don’t show up again, you better start digging your own grave.”
Ephemera laughs nervously, and turns to you with his best puppy eyes. “If I somehow mess up really badly with Skuld again, will you take me instead?”
“Definitely.” You say without thinking.
And then your blood runs cold. Holy crap, did you really just say that?!
You visibly wince, bracing yourself for the awkwardness, but instead, Ephemera smiles. “Glad I can count on you.”
You exhale, feeling your body temperature return to normal. What the hell, brain?!
“This is a little strange,” Skuld comments, “You two were here for a date, but I totally gatecrashed, and I guess now Ephemera and I are the ones going on a date. I’m sorry.”
“There’s no need to apologize. I’m just glad I could help. I think you two are really good for each other. When you’re not arguing, that is.”
That makes them both laugh. You feel your heart soar.
The three of you are in a much cheerier mood when your food arrives (and this time, Blaine doesn’t stick around for too long, so you can all dig in together). In between bites, the three of you talk about practically every topic you can think of. You talk about your cat and faithful companion, Chirithy. Ephemera almost chokes from laughing too hard at Skuld’s story concerning one of her customers at the parlour. Skuld tells you that she likes your outfit, and you blush and sputter, having always thought that your fashion sense was much too eccentric for anyone to like.
It doesn’t take long to get through dessert, then the payment (though you do have to smooth out a debate between Ephemera and Skuld over who gets to pay; Ephemera does), and finally, you reach the point that has your heart sinking into your stomach.
“It’s getting late.” Skuld yawns a bit, “And this tired waitress needs a long, long sleep.”
Ephemera chuckles. “This teaching assistant could use one of those too.”
You look at both of them. Really look, trying to engrave everything about them into your memory. It feels like you’ll never see them again after this. Why would they need to see you again? They’ve got each other, after all…
You don’t regret helping them, but you can’t help but wish for more time-
“Let’s meet again tomorrow!” Ephemera declares cheerfully. “And this time, I’ll be the first one there. Promise.”
Skuld looks a bit wary. “…You’re not busy?”
“Nope! I oversaw an exam today, remember? That was the last one for this semester.” He gives both her and you a fond smile. “I’m all yours.”
It takes you longer than it should to process what Ephemera said. “We can meet again tomorrow?”
He looks at you, still smiling that perfect smile. “Yeah! Are you free?”
“Y-Yes.” Even if you weren’t, you probably still would’ve said the same thing.
“It’s a date!” He cheers, and pats down his pockets in search of something. “I’ll give you my number-”
“You gave it to me yesterday.”
“Oh, right.” He scratches his head. “Well, just text me, okay?”
“Let me put my number too.” Skuld puts her hand out so you can give her your phone. The fact that a girl is putting her number into your phone has you short circuiting a bit. “So we can plan something ourselves in the high chance that Ephemera bails again.”
“Aw, Skuld, come on. That was kinda uncalled for.”
She puts up a peace sign, winking. You get your phone back when she’s done with it. Skuld pats the blond boy’s shoulder on the way out, Ephemera opens the door for you, and you all step out into a star-filled night.
“Beautiful…” Skuld whispers.
‘Just like you.’ You wish you could say.
“Tonight was fun,” Ephemera says, “Bit of a weird set up, but I’d say it all turned out well! Fixed up stuff with an old friend, and met a nice new one.”
He surprises you by placing his hand on your shoulder. “It was really nice meeting you. You’re really cool.”
You turn away to hide your blush. “It was nice meeting you too, Ephemera. For the second time.”
He gives you and Skuld one last smile, waving. “'Kay, I’ll be off now. See you guys tomorrow!”
Both yours and Skuld’s gazes linger on the direction he left, before she turns to you. “I should get going too.”
“Okay. If you don’t mind…will you text me when you get home so I know you’re safe?”
It’s Skuld’s turn to show off her perfect smile. “I still can’t believe how sweet you are. I will. Goodnight!”
You wave her off, and when she’s out of sight, you feel the butterflies dancing from the bottom of your stomach all the way to your throat. You make your way home with a smile so wide it makes your face hurt, but you keep smiling anyway, right up to the point where you’re about to fall asleep in your warm and cozy bed.
“Tomorrow’s looking bright.” You whisper to the air before closing your eyes and going to dream land, where you will inevitably rendezvous with Ephemera and Skuld once more.
Prompt: Can u write a sequel to ‘returning the favour’ where they both decide to date and take it slow with no sex policy and they achieve that for a month and then they can’t keep their hands off each other.
This prompt is so wonderful!! To Anon, whoever you are who keeps on giving me amazing prompts to write, please keep going. THEY’RE AMAZING. I have divided this into weeks, because it said a month and I may have tweaked it a little because you know. Lol. Expect three more of these.
They had decided it was most logical to stop.
The “favors” they’d been giving each other, as favorable as they were, weren’t exactly something that could ever amount to any good. It had been decided that those incidents were just a combination of built up stress and freak incidences that were a one-time thing and nothing more. Anything “else” that it may have implied was just a mere figment of their imagination. It was one friend helping out another friend: like when you forget to study for an exam and your friend let you copy their notes. It was that kind of a supportive friendship that was sure enough to last. Relationships (god forbid they mentioned the word out loud) were messy, emotional and were too much pressure to even think about – both of them knew it, and they wholeheartedly agreed. Plane crashes and dead fiancés were enough for one lifetime. And so they had come upon the agreement that they would not be illogical and commit the same mistake like last year. They were brilliant surgeons (one army-trained and the other one with abilities beyond any mortal on earth), they would be able to do this with determination and self-discipline, right? Mind over matter and all that crap. Whatever they had to continuously repeat to themselves to get them through the day without imagining the other in the throes of mind-blowing and earth-shattering sex.
Okay, I’m going to have to come clean at the start. This is
another recap of two performances. One was with the full original cast (which
I’ll talk less about, but I will cover the mistakes in it which were plentiful and
glorious), which I will refer to as the Boxing Day show when I mention it, and
the other was with James Howard as Draco and Morag Cross as McGonagall. The
latter is the one for which I was sitting near the front of the stalls, and
that’s the one I’ll focus on, because it was better and more interesting.
(You’ll all be pleased to know I wrote over 2000 words less in this recap than I did my last one. It’s still almost long enough to be a dissertation though so… Sorry about that! I hope you enjoy.)
I sighed as I walked into my house. I heard someone humming in the kitchen and I knew it was YN. I slowly walked into the kitchen and I saw YN washing the dishes. I sat down at island and she turned around.
“Hey baby.” She smiled.
“Hey…” I responded.
“What’s wrong?” She asked with a worried expression.
‘I’m going to feel like a complete ass for what I’m about to say and do’ I thought to myself.
“I need to tell you something…” I stated.
“Go on.” She said looking at me whilst washing the dishes.
I took in a deep breath. “I’ve been cheating on you for 3 months with Katie.” I started off
“Oh.” She said, looking away from me.
“But I’m not leaving her. I’m leaving you.” I continued.
I heard her hitch her breath and she dropped the glass that she was currently washing, which then shattered into a million pieces.
I got up from the island and walked towards her. She stopped what she was doing and looked at me, tears brimming in her eyes. I sighed and kissed her forehead.
“I’m sorry.” I murmured against her soft skin.
I pulled away from her and saw the tears streaming down her face. She ran out of the kitchen and up the stairs and I heard a door slam.
I left the house and walked over to my car but before I got in I looked up at my balcony window in my room. I saw YN peeping from behind the curtain and as soon as she saw me she moved away.
I got into my car and drove off to Katie’s.
*1 year later*
So it’s been a year since Justin left me and life is pretty good. I’ve changed my appearance. I have 5 tattoos, one on my left shoulder blade saying ‘True Beauty Comes From Within’, one on my waist line saying ‘Love and Trust’, musical notes behind my ear, another saying ‘Peace’ along my index finger and faith on my right wrist. I also have a nose, tongue, belly and ear cartilage piercing. Oh and I’m dating Justin Bieber and I’m also apart of his gang.
I was going through my clothes trying to find an outfit to go to the club with Justin when a cute figure hugging dress caught my eye. I pulled it out of my closet and flung it on my bed. I swiftly put on my black lace bra and matching panties before slipping on the dress which stopped at my mid-thigh.
I straightened my hair and curled the ends before putting on a soft red lipstick and coating my eyelashes with Mascara.
I put on a pair of black suede heels and I heard someone knock on my balcony door. I turned around and saw Justin standing there with a smirk. I unlocked the door and opened it, letting Jason in.
“Damn babe. You look sexy.” Justin bit his lip.
“Thank you babe. You do know I have a front door right?” I asked him sarcastically.
“Yeah but it’s more fun coming through this way.” He said whilst grabbing me by my waist.
I smiled as he kissed me, our lips moving perfectly in sync. I pulled away before we could go any further and Justin groaned.
“When we get back from the club.” I winked.
He smirked and we left the house. I climbed into the passengers seat of his car and he sat in the driver’s seat and revved up the engine, pulling off towards the club.
Once we arrived we went straight to the V.I.P section and got a booth. We sat down for a while and then Gas Pedal by Sage the Gemini came on. I looked at Justin and smirked before dragging him to the dance floor. I started twerking on him and he held my hips.
We danced to a couple more songs before we went back to the booth and chilled for a bit. I heard Justin’s phone go off signalling that he had a text. He read it and sighed.
“Aye babe I have to go on a mission. Can we do this another time?” Justin asked.
“Sure. Call me if you need anything okay?” I answered him.
“I will baby.” He smiled before pecking my lips and leaving.
After about 15 minutes a waitress came up to me with a glass of martini.
“I didn’t order this.” I said confused as to why she gave me it.
“I know. That guy over there ordered it for you.” She said, pointing towards someone who looked really familiar and was 3 booths away from me.
I smirked at them and sipped on my drink. The person got up and started to make their way over to me and as they got closer I noticed who it was. Jason. I smirked and pretended I didn’t notice him.
“Aye bro I’m gonna go talk to that hot chick over there.” I said pointing to the girl I got a drink for.
“Ohh Bieber’s getting laid tonight.” Alex smirked.
“Who knows.” I smirked.
I got up and walked over to the girl’s booth, sliding in next to her.
“Hey there gorgeous.” I smirked.
“Hey Jason.” She looked at me with a smirk plastered on her face and I froze. It was YN.
She’s changed so much. Bigger boobs, bigger ass and piercings. I stared at her in shock and she chuckled, turning her head. I noticed a tattoo behind her ear. I then saw one on her wrist and index finger.
“How many tattoos have you got?” I asked her.
“5” She answered.
My eyes widened. “Where are the other 2?” I asked.
“Waist line and shoulder blade. May I ask why you care?” She questioned with her right eyebrow raised.
“Because I still have feelings for you.” I blurted out.
She chuckled lightly.
“Well that’s a pity.” She spoke.
“I have a boyfriend.”
“Well who’s that?”
“Justin Bieber.” She smiled.
I laughed and she looked confused. She’s so cute when she’s like that.
“What’s so funny?” She asked.
“You aren’t dating Justin Bieber. You’re way too sweet.” I laughed.
“Yes I am and I’ve changed.” She answered.
She went into her bag and I caught a glimpse of a gun.
“Why the hell do you have a gun?!?” I whisper yelled.
“I’m in Justin’s gang.” She rolled her eyes.
She took her phone out of her bag and showed me all her pictures of her and Justin.
“Believe me now?” She asked.
“Yeah.” I said sadly.
“Can I see your gun?” I asked.
“Sure.” She said handing it to me.
I took it out of her hands and looked at it when something caught my eye. In the handle ‘Thug Angel’ was engraved. My eyes widened and I handed her back the gun.
“You’re Thug Angel?” I asked in surprise.
“Yup.” She smiled.
We sat in silence for a while and I broke it.
“Why?” I asked her.
“Because I didn’t wanna be the same girl who once loved you. It stopped my heart ache and now I’ve found someone who actually loves me.” She smiled.
“I loved you and still do.” I mumbled.
“Huh?” She asked.
“Nothing.” I spoke.
“Okay?” She said.
Her phone buzzed and she picked it up. She sighed and texted the person back before finishing her drink. She got up and looked at me.
“Thanks for the drink but I have to go.” She said.
“Call me if you wanna talk.” She spoke, handing me a slip of paper.
She walked away through the sea of bodies and I sat in the booth, feeling lonely. I got up and went back to the booth I was originally sitting in.
So I'm feeling down... I wanted to ask you if you think they only brought Mulan back because they want us to forget about Swan Queen. Because NOW we might have a character that isn't straight. I'm losing my hope. Just a little...
First things first, let’s cheer you up a bit! This video is my favourite medicine!
Alright, now that we’re feeling better, let’s see how we’ll bring some balance, because I’ve seen enough pessimism tonight. I’m sure you’ll all excuse me if I skip that angle entirely, yes? Great.
When I first read the article’s title and saw Mulan’s picture, I got this sinking feeling, because it seems unlikely they’ll do both Swan Queen and another queer romance. Then I read the article and I actually got pretty excited!
On the subject of relationships, Season 5 of Once Upon A Time might be giving us the show’s first exploration of a same-sex romance. Following discussion about Mulan’s return — and considering that when we last saw her, there was a tease of something between her and Aurora — Edward Kitsis confirmed that the LGBT angle will not be ignored on the series.
“I would say that we know that that community have been big supporters of this show, and we would love to be able to tell a love story that reflects that,” Kitsis said. Horowitz had his own things to add, as well. “We want the show to reflect the world as it is now,” he said. “Whether that’s going to be with any particular character, we’re not going to say, but it is something we want to do this year, and it’s something that we think is important to do on this show, because this is the world we live in.”
Notice how the first part is all the author of the article suggesting that the LGBT angle has something to do with Mulan’s return. It’s not the showrunners saying this. Also note how Adam & Eddy are suddenly confirming there will be a love story for the queer community and talking openly about this. These are the guys who do not like spoilers, but who love to confuse us. On and off the show. By announcing Mulan’s return, adding her photos to the press kit and then talking candidly about LGBT representation and them suddenly confirming they are finally going for it this year… They know they’ve got absolutely everybody on every side thinking they’re talking about Mulan.
Which is exactly the reason I don’t believe that’s what they’re talking about at all. It would be just like them to really enjoy telling us they are finally going there, like we’ve been asking for all along, but do it in a context where everyone thinks they’re talking about something else. Basically, for all I know, Adam & Eddy here are being Evil Queens, hiding in plain sight and having a great inside joke with themselves.
Why on earth would they give a little subplot so much attention in their PR right before the premiere? They know if it’s Mulan, it will not satisfy people who are now in it for Swan Queen. They also know if they do give a Mulan queer love story a little screen time, they can be more convincing when we’re caught by surprise and see it happen. If they are now outright telling us that yes there’ll be a Mulan queer love story. Come on, where’s the fun in that? That is just so unlike them. So that really makes me think they just confirmed they’re doing Swan Queen this year. I predict they’ll at most have Mulan talk about being bisexual or a lesbian, but they won’t give her a love story. They definitely won’t break up Aurora and Philip for them. Young family with a new baby, split up by the evil queer woman. Not gonna happen. Also consider that Disney might still produce more animated movies with Mulan, Aurora or Merida (most likely candidates). From that point of view, they’d be more supportive of OUAT using their original character Emma Swan and their semi-original Regina Mills for a queer love story than their princesses. Let’s face it, the only love story that would really reflect how supportive we’ve been is Swan Queen.
So those are plenty of arguments for you to realize these articles could mean anything. Until we see the show, we have no idea what they’re doing.
The other thing that convinces me they may very well be talking about Swan Queen is the show itself. We’re always talking about subtext and we’re so used to queer baiting, that we’ve come to think of subtext as a separate story. Subtext tells the queer story and text tells the straight story and they’re mutually exclusive. Except in normal storytelling, that is not what subtext is for. Subtext is for foreshadowing, subtext is usually resolved, it’s relevant to the story. It’s an integral part of the story. It’s such an important storytelling tool if you want to add depth to your stories. Yet much of OUAT’s subtext has been entirely dedicated to Swan Queen. Last season, I just thought it was a little too much. Too much to just be queer baiting, it makes far more sense if you look at the subtext and just see it as the story they are telling. If they are only queer baiting, they know we are happy with glances, with little sweet moments. Subtle things. They could just continue what they’d been doing before and I assure you, we would stick around. And they know it. Would an Emma Swan in denial on a show that’s just queer baiting look very different from an Emma Swan in denial on a show that’s planning to tell her story when the character’s ready for it?
The subtext last season undermined the story. Specifically Emma running off to Regina after shoving in Hook’s heart. Emma being frantic and running around like a madwoman because she’s worried about Regina. I thought it was over the top. I genuinely thought it was too much, which leads me to believe it wasn’t meant for me, it was meant for people who need an extra hint about Emma and Regina’s feelings for each other. That glare at Robin in the library, it was noticeable for everybody. The continuous jealousy. Emma being hot and cold with Hook. And don’t you think that sacrifice at least gave people pause?
Then there were the things that didn’t underminde the story, but support Swan Queen, by having both Emma and Regina have a very subtext heavy backstory with a woman. Both of those stories must have been rather obvious to the general audience. Maleficent and Regina got incredibly close to kissing. We’ve also seen Emma be really weird about her history with Lily in ways that canon didn’t actually explain, that really made most sense if she was in love with Lily. Those looks were given a lot of screen time with no explanation. What did the audience make of that?
Plus, the upcoming Dark Swan arc is about Emma letting go of her inhibitions, the way they’ve been promoting it suggests she will be free, she will no longer care about judgement. She will stop trying to fit the mold to please her loved ones. Her sexuality would be part of that. It would make sense for Emma as a queer person to be canon as part of the Dark Swan arc. So it makes perfect sense that it’s going to happen in season 5, that they’re going to write the LGBT angle next year, because it perfectly fits the story where it’s at right now.
Let’s also not forget the kind of summer hiatus we’ve had. We used to be silenced, it was the thing not to be talked about and suddenly they’ve been promoting it so much. It wasn’t a problem at cons anymore. Why promote Swan Queen all summer and then not follow through? Why not promote that you’ll be doing an LGBT story and continue to keep Swan Queen in the shadows, the way they’d been doing before. Why suddenly stop ignoring us, give us hope, just to be cruel? Or forget about us, their promo reached the General Audience as well and the focus everywhere has been on Emma and Regina. Didn’t Adam & Eddy even call Emma’s sacrifice romantic in its own way? Did Eddy’s little smirk when he mentioned that ‘…when Emma sacrificed herself for Regina, that was earned.’ tell you everything you needed to know whether or not he remembered using the words earning a relationship when asked about writing a queer one?
So, Anon, honestly, PR with these people could mean absolutely anything and they’ve proven that time and time again. So, at the very least, don’t let it discourage you or make you sad. Whatever happens, Emma, Regina and Henry are the heart of the show. Their relationship will always be the most important, it will keep evolving. We’ll see more character growth, we’ll see more love and care between them. We’ll get a hug and it’ll be beautiful. Those are all things we can actually take for granted. The three of them, they will be in the last episode of this show. They will always have scenes together. So don’t be sad.
And you know, everyone can make up their own mind, but I honestly believe we have a fair chance of seeing more than a hug sometime in the future…
people like to talk about white privilege, straight privilege, cis privilege and that's fine...but how convenient that the majority of tumblr ignores another type of privilege - US privilege. It's so frustrating trying to talk to an American about social justice and issues happening in other countries. It seems they're raised to just see their little bubble in the US and then go on to assume that just because something works a certain way in the US it must be like that everywhere. uuughhhh
I know that I’ve used this fifteen times today but whenever I see people being that fucking self-absorbed I just think of:
but honestly, I hate how when this discussion happens people on here conveniently ignore both that yes coming from the US means you’re automatically privileged and not just in the western world for all the reasons I’m sure we don’t need to repeat, and that if something happens in the US doesn’t automatically mean that the rest of the world is the same. But at the same time we should support their causes without blinking an eye even if we’re not connected to them at all, but the flying spaghetti monster and thor forbid they actually do the reverse and/or don’t chastise their compatriots who do.
Because I mean, now I just hope people don’t misread what I’m writing, but anyway, when Ferguson was going down all of tumblr was pretty much continuous reblogging about every single thing that went down there. A lot of people not from the US supported the cause even if it didn’t affect their countries at all - let’s be real, Ferguson was and is a 100% US-related cause. I didn’t personally reblog much because while I am actually interested in what goes on in the US because of various reasons I found that for once my country’s media gave me a way less confused picture of it. But also, I don’t live in the US, I don’t experience what happens there either way and therefore other than saying that in my world view is absolutely insane that if a cop kills someone in a way that’s not blatant self-defense you need a grand jury to send them to trial I had exactly nothing to offer to the debate, I didn’t say anything about it, let others blog about it, informed myself on my own and left it there. But I haven’t once seen anyone being like ‘hey but what about X, Y and Z happening in this other country while you’re all focused on Ferguson?’ (I mean statistically speaking something else horrid must have happened in another part of the world), and I’ve never seen anyone from the US like ‘hey why are you caring about our issues it’s not your country’. Never mind that I saw some serious guilt-tripping posts as in ‘if you don’t talk about it you don’t care shame on you’, but whatever. Now, if foreigners rallying for Ferguson was all good because it was their cause, why the fuck can’t they let others do the fucking same or if they don’t like it can they just… ignore it and avoid pushing their frankly not requested opinions into the world? Because really. Who cares that they don’t care, but them saying fuck france or fuck paris is just blatantly disrespectful and so fucking egocentric I can’t even. Never mind lecturing *white people* in general as if white Europeans also can’t care about terrorism happening in France.
That said, I find it really horrid to pit tragedies against each other and I maintain that you can care about more than one thing at once yes you can, so I’m not saying that people shouldn’t have rallied for Ferguson or anything - I mentioned Ferguson because it was the biggest example I could think of right now. But again, them going black lives matter !!!!! when black lives matter is a strictly 100% American issue right now and neither Paris nor Beirut nor Baghdad nor anything else we’re talking about has zilch to do with racism in the United States is just plain disrespectful. Also I found it fairly ridiculous that they’d go like ‘EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT PARIS BUT THEY’RE SILENCING US ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI!!!’, because I mean uh I looked it up and the entire thing turned out to be a hoax/a fearmongering attempt, so basically there was no KKK there, no one died and the person saying they were gonna shoot people on social media was doing it just to stir fear. Which is bad, but like. No one died. Nothing happened except people getting scared. Meanwhile here there’s 130+ dead people and countless wounded/people still in danger of dying, some of the terrorists are still at loose (and one could be in Italy rn how amazing…), it’s pretty much our Sept. 11th and you complain that people talk more about terrorism in France than the university of Missouri? Uhm I don’t know, look at your life and your choices. I don’t even know what the hell does one say at that kind of thing. Also ‘I don’t know anyone in Paris and I don’t wanna go there so fuck that noise’, lol okay so I don’t know anyone in Lebanon and I have no plans of going there on vacation anytime soon, fuck that noise? What dumbass logic is that even and how self-centered do you have to be to be such an asshole?
Like fuck’s sake let’s end this post with a less horrid note, can they just take a page from the book of their excellent compatriots here, both musicians and public, and show some human decency? (I saw this earlier today and I kind of maybe teared up halfway)
Hi! I'm new to the Ladybug fandom, and wanted to know more about the 2D version. I read something about Felix being cursed or something..? I'm sorry, I'm just really new and curious By the way, I love your blog! Your art is to die for!!
aw yisss, how lovely to see you! it’s so reassuring to know there are still new fans wanting to investigate the 2D PV; there’s been so much discourse on that lately that it seems most new fans enter the fandom hating the old ideas because it’s the cool thing to do.
i’m gonna say right now that i can’t source most of this information since i found it in various places through production and can’t recall where each individual piece came from, but it’s all pretty common knowledge this side of the fandom so you’ll probably see a lot of people talking about it! please also note that the original show was for teenagers, not little kids, which is why felix acts the way he does without the fear of being a bad influence on children.
yes, felix was cursed! we don’t know how for sure, but he seems to have either been tricked into bonding with plagg or put on the charmed ring before understanding what it was. unlike the CGI show, in the PV universe the kids appear to be bonded with their kwami indefinitely and on a much deeper level, meaning their charmed items can’t be removed. marinette’s earrings are literally glued to her, as is felix’s ring.
felix hates this, of course, but his only way out (bar defeating the butterfly and freeing paris from akuma) is to get a kiss from ladybug which will remove his ring. it’s unclear exactly what the nature of this kiss was (or if it would free both of them from their kwami or only felix), but it most likely needed to be voluntary on ladybug’s end, which is why he has to try romancing her instead of just swooping in and stealing it.
the problem (at least at the beginning) is that felix comes on way too strong (in terms of gooey romance, not being forceful) as chat noir, and ladybug immediately rejects him and proceeds to have no interest whatsoever. it’s also been mentioned that their powers clash when the two superheroes come into close contact with one another during a fight, either canceling each other out or exploding in total carnage, so it’s likely ladybug actively tries to avoid chat noir on the basis that all he does is mess up her otherwise smooth patrols. clearly they form an alliance somewhere along the line and become friends, but it looks like a seriously rocky ride until then!
so basically, the setup is that chat noir has to pretend to be head over heels in love with ladybug - who is utterly disinterested in him - in order to get a kiss from her to break the bond with his kwami so he doesn’t have to be a superhero any more. he would undoubtedly have mellowed out and discovered being a hero isn’t so bad if he gets to do it with her, but that would have taken a character arc much longer than the final show had the time to offer!
if there’s anything else you’d like to ask, feel totally free to come by my inbox again! i love being able to chatter about the 2D PV and i hope you continue to enjoy it! there’s no shame in being a fan of the older ladybug concepts (it’s possible to enjoy both sides of the show, who’d have thought) and don’t let the more volatile members of the fandom tell you otherwise.
I actually think your zigi theory is interesting that's what I thought as well when I first saw the pap stroll lol bc I remembered that Yolanda (Gigi's mom) is on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (another bravo show) and that her realtor was also a guy from million dollar listing lol now I'm not sure if zigi will appear on the show but I'm not expecting them to last until April so showing them might also add to the whole "break up" drama as well just a thought
I’m glad you found my Million Dollar Listing theory interesting :) You’re right - Gigith comes from a reality show background, having appeared lots of times on Real Housewives & Keeping Up With the Kardashians (side note: sometimes I really worry about what useless facts like that are replacing in my brain. Like, did Gigith’s reality show background replace quantum theory or the ability to do the bunny ears bow on my shoes or basic wilderness survival skills, not that i go in the wilderness much because i don’t like spiders or getting my face eaten off by badgers or having lake amoebas go up my nose but i digress). So, with that said, hoe strolling with her A List pretend boyfriend on reality tv, while low rent and tacky af, isn’t a thing for Gigith - she seems to revel in any attention and fame-yness she can get.
I was actually just talking about this with @paynegerouslyinlove and the timeline for it ending last night. I have to disagree with you about Zigi expiring before April. I think before Zayn’s single was a hit, there was seeding being done in December/early January for Gigith’s exit strategy. Once the press roasted them for being fake (which I really don’t think Gigith was expecting), the articles started appearing. She was being set to play the martyr - the girl who gave the loner art heaux fuckboy a chance and got hurt in the process [x, x, x, x]. Legit barf worthy, but the narrative shows there was seeding for it.
So here is where it gets relatively interesting. I got an anon the other day saying that when Zayn was recently in Paris at the same time as Gigi, they believed there were some Beard Crisis Negotiations happening. I waved it off, because show_me_the_receipts.gif, but maybe they weren’t wrong. A few days later, Zayn legitimized the relationship on radio, we just got that Try Hard™ Hoe Stroll at The Nice Guy (is there really nowhere else they can eat in LA? Like, if you’re gonna make me remotely believe Zigi is a thing, at least pick a different restaurant sometimes. That’s literally their Hoe Stroll headquarters), the Snapchat, and now the flurry of articles about “how serious the relationship has been getting” have landed:
There’s dozens more just like those. I genuinely cannot see them ending that relationship before Zayn’s album drops, and I can easily see it going through April. If my Olivia Pope Gut™ hunch is correct and Mind of Mine is gender neutral and The Gayest Love Letter to Limothy Payne, then Gigith will remain to help het Zayn up. Zigi also serves as promo for both.
I’m not really sure what possessed Zayn’s team to fuck with Gigi as a PR beard, because Gigi is always going to be the one to be the main beneficiary of Zigi. She’s far more connected and has far more powerful people in her corner. Gigi also seems extremely calculating and determined to be famous (Kardashian-esque), and I think Zigi will be a thing for as long as Gigi sees benefit and status with being connected to Zayn by association.
I would love to be wrong, but I also don’t see Zigi ending quietly with one of those peaceful amicable publicist drafted press releases, either. I think the breakup will be used for maximum press & maximum drama, and I can easily see Zayn being the sacrificial leather swaddled woobie lamb for that.
Tagging @paynegerouslyinlove so we can continue our incredibly stimulating intellectual discourse on beards.