among many reasons

Do you know what else I love...

about Steve. He never talks on Louis’ behalf. He’s never mentioned Jay, he’s never mentioned Freddie. He’s respectful, he’s a good friend, and he knows what is and isn’t being a supportive friend. That is just one reason among many, but yeah. I love Steve. 

anonymous asked:

So we know why castle loves Beckett but what are the things Kate loves about castle?

Kate loves his brain - his intelligence, how he values learning and works to discover new things every day. She loves how well-read he is, how they can have conversations about everything under the sun.

She loves his generosity, his compassion - like when he couldn’t stand the thought of Sky Blue out there alone and went to help, and when he dropped 100 grand to help catch her mother’s killer, when he opened his home to her no questions asked, and when he set up a scholarship in her mother’s honor.

She loves his sense of humor. At times it’s juvenile, of course, and she rolls her eyes then, but other times he makes her laugh so hard her sides ache and her eyes water. She loves his wit, that he’s always ready with a quip, and that they can go back and forth rapid-fire.

She loves that he offers light when the world can be pretty dark, that he’s the eternal optimist, and she can always count on him to keep looking for good things, even when she’s at a loss.

She loves the way he loves. The way he loves his mother and his daughter, the way he loves their friends, the way he loves her and their children, when they come along. She loves his heart and the way he opens it to people when he trusts them with it.

She loves that, for as much as it seemed like they were from different worlds, they have more in common than either of them realized in the beginning. And what they don’t have in common, they manage to find common ground instead.

She loves that he’s fun, that he encourages her to have fun and to open herself up to being silly and ridiculous, and to embrace magic in whatever form it takes for her.

She loves his body, too. The breadth of his shoulders and his chest, his waist, the way his heart beats under her hand. His butt. Other parts (*eyebrow wiggle*), too. She loves the softness of his ears, and often finds herself absently caressing his earlobe as they cuddle. She loves how warm he is - personality wise and physically - and how he doesn’t blink an eye at the way she tunnels her toes under his thigh when they’re sitting on the couch doing their separate things.

She loves his capacity for forgiveness, for understanding, that even when they’re out of sorts and both being stupid, they can make it back to where they want to be.

She loves that he’s her husband.

Among the many, many reasons I like the idea of Lyra Erso as a rejected Jedi-hopeful relegated to the Jedi Engineering Corps is because it gives her a reason to know Saw Gerrera before the rise of the Empire.

Also, I just like imagining graduate student Lyra being assigned to answer all the inquiry transmissions received by the Corps. Most of them are boring—scientists across the galaxy double-checking their facts, senators or contractors requesting results of geological surveys, the occasional oddball request for treasure maps, or a list of which mineraloids are poisonous if ingested.

But one day, she gets an inquiry from a man on Onderon. And though he’s circumspect about it, it’s very clear to her that he’s talking about making chemical weapons. (The war against the Separatists has been raging for some time now. She’s only surprised it’s taken someone this long to ask.)

She opens a new transmission, and keys out:

Dear Master Gerrera,

Thank you for your inquiry to the Jedi Agricultural Corps, Engineering Division. The official uses of the cyanogen silicate compound known as “Sith’s breath” are limited to the construction of Celegian life support chambers, due to the compound’s extreme toxicity to most carbon-based sentient life. Additionally, the components are difficult to procure, and their synthesization without proper licensure under Galactic Republican Statute 1184.2-4 Aleph constitutes fraudulent business practices and illegal production of a controlled chemical compound.

The Jedi Order must warn you that should you pursue this course of action, it will have no choice but to enforce the law to the fullest extent of its authority.

On an unrelated note, baradium bisulfate is an accessible liquid compound, used frequently in mining. Unlike cyanogen silicate, it does not sublimate at 20°C, but it is highly unstable and a very small amount can do a surprising amount of damage. Several years ago, a careless engineering trainee did not calibrate a suspension field carefully, and leveled a small mountain.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have further questions.

May the Force be with you,
Lyra Inair, Geological Engineer, Jedi AgriCorps 

She expects that to be the last of it, and so she’s extremely surprised when he replies directly. Less surprised when she realizes he’s asking how one goes about constructing a suspension field. Possibly one that would destabilize with some sort of trigger or timer or maybe on impact…?

And they keep—writing one another. Even after she’s moved off the transmissions desk, to actual geological work. Rocks and weapon mechanics turn to small talk, turn to little details of their lives, turn to the Force and the Republic. He talks about his sister, about the warfront; she complains about the internal politics of the Corps and Galen (though he’s not Galen, yet, he’s just the handsome Republican engineer with cheekbones like sheered silicate). They argue theology, and justice, and violence. She cries for him, when his sister dies. They—are friends. 

Saw is the only one she tells, when she decides to turn her back on the Order. She is in love and Galen has friends in Coruscant, a prestigious job with an engineering guild—

Please do not stop writing me, she begs.

I will be here, Saw writes, if you ever need me.

Small-minded people are often comforted by the false and dangerous notion that some people are fundamentally evil, regardless of their actions, because of an immutable aspect of their nature that they didn’t choose and cannot change.  The idea that certain people are just innately and irreparably evil is so appealing because it absolves those who believe it of culpability.  It’s an idea that claims “I can treat these people as horribly as I want and retain the moral high ground, because they are fundamentally evil through and through, no matter what they do or say,” while simultaneously asserting “I can’t possibly be a bad person, no matter what awful things I do, because I don’t have any of those traits that make someone inherently evil.”

A brief thought on the Arpaio pardon:

1. Donald Trump is a vile bigot who is happy to undermine the spirit of any law whenever it suits his political or egomaniacal desires.

2. The President of the United States has almost absolute pardon power, with the sole exception of cases of impeachment. See Article II Section 2 of the US Constitution.

3. Donald Trump, as President of the United States, had the power and authority to pardon Joe Arpaio.

4. In pardoning Arpaio, Donald Trump has continued his unfettered efforts to demean, undermine, and harm the United States. 

5. Which is among the many, many reasons that elections matter even if all you get is the ever-bemoaned “lesser of two evils.”

Wrong Moves

A/N: My very first piece of writing and I’m super nervous but excited to share it with you guys! I decided to start putting my works from wattpad onto here so I hope you guys enjoy this! Please don’t judge, I know how bad it is but I’m getting better!! Let me know what you all think :) 

Prompt: “this isn’t gonna end well”

Characters: Stiles x reader 

Word count: 1070

Originally posted by tweenw


“Okay but in my defense, he was an asshole and most certainly not a gentleman.” Stiles Stilinski said to his best friend Scott McCall, who was standing right beside him. Stiles was putting his chemistry textbook in his locker when he had spotted his beautiful girlfriend Y/N walking into the school. Her hair was flowing down the front of her face, the sun perfectly hitting her eyes making the color stand out more brighter.

Y/N had seen her boyfriend staring at her after she was done talking her best friend, Allison Argent, and continued to make her way over to him.

“Hey cutie” she says as she pecks him on his cheek, her arm now locked in his. A shade of pink started to form on his cheeks as he stared at the love his life. Although they’ve only been together for 3 years, Stiles knew the moment she walked into Mr. Harris’ class sophomore year, she was the one for him.

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“Flirting 101″

Post-Ultron; Everyone survived the events of AoU and returned to Stark tower afterwards.

“You’re staring…” Natasha leaned over to whisper to Steve. The Avengers were scattered around a room within Stark Tower enjoying the cool evening as the sun set. Wanda and Pietro cuddled up in front of the TV, Stark was drinking and laughing heartily with Thor and Banner behind the bar whilst Nat and Steve sat with two mugs of coffee at the dining table. The pair had a good view of the entire room though Steve was only focused on one person in it.

You sat on the other sofa in front of the television with a bowl of noodles that you were attempting to lift into your mouth using chopsticks. Despite Clint sitting next to you and talking you through how to use the utensils, you were not succeeding in this task. Steve watched on from a distance, mesmerised by how innocent you seemed. Yet he knew better than most that you were not to be trifled with after the incident involving Tony whom you’d stabbed with a fork after he tried flirting with you. It was this reason among many that he was reluctant to make his feelings about you known. Natasha and Tony were the only ones to pick up on the signs.

“Ask her out, dummy.” Nat whispered to him though he made no move to acknowledge that he’d heard her for some time. Instead, his gaze remained focused on you as you tried for the nth time to get the noodles in your mouth. He chuckled as they promptly fell from your grasp and plopped back into the bowl. Eventually he looked back at his mug and replied to Nat.
“And risk fork injuries? No thanks.”
“Really? That’s what you’re afraid of? You know as well as I do that she stabbed him purely because he called her “babe”. Frankly, I think he was lucky to get off with just being stabbed - God knows what I would have done if he’d called me that.”
“Not helping Nat.” He grumbled, running his finger around the rim of the mug. At the sound of cheering and clapping, Steve looked up to see that you had managed to shovel some of the food into your mouth. Clint clapped his hands together with a laugh whilst the twins whistled and cheered. Steve felt the side of his mouth turning up into a proud smirk before looking back down again.
“You poor, lovesick little puppy…” Nat said sarcastically, slapping her hand on his shoulder. He chuckled, grateful for Nat’s attempts to console him, even if they weren’t necessarily working yet.

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one (among many) reasons i love snape so much is that he never claims to be a good person or to be right in the unsavory things he does. characters like walter white from breaking bad and light yagami from death note are sooo cringy to me because they’re not only horrible people who do things galaxies worse than snape, but they genuinely believe what they do is righteous. i’ll stick with this spindly greasy-haired jerk, thanks.

[FULL TRANS] SEHUN EX’ACT LUCKY ONE interview

Keywords: dawn, relationship, side road

Q: What kind of movie will EXO be if EXO were to be a kind of movie genre? What about the movie genre based on your life?

Sehun: Fantasy. If I were to boast, I would say we did things that were not realistic, and we are going to do the same for the future. The members are all very different from one another too. If we were to be made into a genre, it wouldn’t be comedy but fantasy action? The main leads would be our team, EXO. 
If I were to seriously express my personal life, it would be a very sad movie that turns happy. Why happy, firstly because our members are doing so well and I, too, have widened my working field. I think it’s because of those two things.

Q: When and where is your favourite time and place? 

Sehun: I like midnight. About 1 or 2AM. The very mid of night. I think the feeling of tranquility and silence that one will only get at midnight suits me well, and I also really like the feelings that I am only able to feel at that time. I can also think more then.
As for my favourite place, I don’t really like being cooped up. If I was locked up, I’ll become gloomy. Or should I say that I get lost in my sadness. I have friends whom I always go out with. Though I like being with them indoors, I don’t really like it when I’m alone. 

Q: What do you mostly think of at midnight?

Sehun: Everyone might not think the same but, worries for my future, my expectations, my excitement, don’t we all have thoughts like these? Thoughts of our lives.

Q: Between something familiar and something unfamiliar, which do you enjoy more?

Sehun: I enjoy unfamiliar things. We’re comfortable with familiar things, aren’t we. But we have to adapt to unfamiliar places. Just like how we have to follow the Roman law when we go to Rome, I think the process of adapting to a new place is fun. New people, new things, getting to experience those kinds of things for the first time while there will be many eye-opening and challenging things too. That is why I think I can enjoy unfamiliar things more.

Q: Where do you think you will make your home if you were to travel your entire life? 

Sehun: I hope to have my home in Seoul. I think it would be great if my ordinary day is in the city, living with many people in a place where the air isn’t good and then sometimes going to somewhere that doesn’t have anyone and where the air is good. 

Q: How was your very first travelling trip?

Sehun: I can’t remember my first trip because I travel a lot. I obviously had my first trip but I just can’t remember. 

Q: Then can you talk more about a trip you’re thinking about now?

Sehun: With travelling, I should organise the trip and then travel. But I like travelling whenever I feel like it. I don’t ever plan it and I just go spontaneously. I won’t even bring my clothes, I won’t even book a place, I will just go carrying only my wallet. It’s fun going with my friends and doing things there. I don’t know what will happen but the people that I match well with all like that kind of things. So I think our relationship will last for a long time. If there is a baseball game when we get to a rest stop, we’d do that and then leave, and when we get to Daegu, we eat something. Those kind of unpredictable trips. It makes you excited. When I see others making plans for their trips, I also wish to do the same. I really want to do that but I don’t follow my plans very well. Then I think that will screw up the planning even more. So I just travel comfortably with a “Okay, whatever!” mindset.

Q:  How would you explain something that you like because it’s been a long time with it, and something that you like because it’s new?

Sehun: I think of new things as something that I get to experience and be enlightened by. As for old things, what I learn from them will become feelings and memories and that way, I can remember them. To be specific, it would be human relationships. I think relationships are the most important in life. With humans, the more you see each other, the more you become fond of the other, don’t you? The process of getting close with someone is fun. It’s the same with new things. If you meet someone new, you will obviously have things to learn from them, there will be things you get to gain and on the other hand, you will have an influence on that person. I think those kind of things are fun. 

Q: The past, the present, and the future. Which one of them do you think is the most important?

Sehun: For me, I think the future is important. I think about 10 minutes has passed since the start of the interview but that’s still the past, isn’t it. And so, I wonder if there is such a thing as the present. The moment a minute and a second passes, those moments become the past and besides, we are walking in the direction of our future, aren’t we. I think the thing about the present is that it’s quite ambiguous. Are we able to talk about the present? I don’t think so. That is why I wonder if there is such a thing as the present. Can we even call it the present. Of course if we look at the big picture, we can call the time from just now until this moment the present but if you really consider it, isn’t the passing of 1 minute and 1 second history? Time is always moving so isn’t the the future important? I think of it that way. 

Q: When did you experience the broadening of your outlook on the world?

Sehun: I like things that are eye-openers, I like learning, I like experiencing, and I said that I enjoy coming upon new things. And so I am the type to try everything. That way, I can inform the people that I like and I can be of help. When people say they’ll do something, I can recount my experience and that will help them. I think that also includes how I see the world. So I think I will challenge all kinds of things.

Q: What do you think is the most valuable among all visible things? 

Sehun: Firstly, I am unable to point out just one. Um, isn’t everything valuable? We use every little thing because we need them. Wherever we are, they are all essential and they are all important, are they not? It’s difficult coming up with an explanation right away but I think that even the things that we normally think is bad all have their own roles to play. 

Q: Among the things men made, what do you think is the most praiseworthy?

Sehun: It’s difficult just talking about one, so everything, all. Because wherever we are, they have their uses, and we need them. Isn’t it thanks to them, that we are able to live conveniently? 

Q: What is a moment that you wish to have in your life? 

Sehun: Um, I hope to have a very touching moment. I’m really looking forward to that moment. What it is specifically, I am also uncertain, but I wish to have a touching moment that renders me speechless. I think it is impossible to feel touched if you don’t like that person. When you think of someone you really like, when you were once touched by that person or because they did something that touched you, that is when you are able to come up with plans to make them feel touched. Surprise is also incorporated in the sentiment of feeling touched, isn’t it. Because if there is no element of surprise, you cannot feel touched. 

Q: If you have a twin or a doppelganger, what kind of person do you wish they would be? 

Sehun: We have to be similar. Ah, no. I hope they would be the complete opposite of me. Only that way we can learn from each other, and the way we think will be different too. I think it will be fun if their logic/reasoning is different from mine. I think only in that way, we can inform and enlighten each other. I like taking care of someone. I wish to become someone who strengthens the other. Among the many reasons why living is essential, I think that is one of it. That is my life’s joy. I believe that it is a really happy thing to be able to be of help. And I think that those things will come back to you. So if I die, who will be sad? I have those thoughts too. Among the people I sincerely interacted with, who would be sad? I occasionally have those thoughts too. 

Q: If you were born into a family with 9 brothers, which position would you like to be born as?

Sehun: The oldest one. Then I can take care of everyone. There is joy in busily living in a tough life. Of course I’d be extremely tired and I will need time for myself. But still, if I lived like that, I’ll have things to do and I think that having a life where you get to take care of things will be satisfying and interesting. 

Q: When have you felt that your life is perfect? 

Sehun: I think the greed of humans is never ending. Many a time I have thought that I don’t have more to wish for but because my field of work has widened, I want to know more, I want to do more, I want to experience things. By doing that, it seems like this is how I wish for more. Even now, I have something I am hoping for. 

Q: If you were to be invisible one day and only one person could see you, who would you pick that person to be?

Sehun: The woman I love. 

Q:  When do you feel that the day has gotten shorter? 

Sehun: When I’m happy. When I’m playing with people I love. Or when I go on trips. When I’m happy, I don’t think of what was difficult, or something that I am agonising over at that moment, or what I am stressed over, so it seems like time is passing so quickly. When you’re doing something you hate, you will keep thinking “when is it going to end” and you’ll keep waiting, when is it going to end. By doing that, you’ll become delusional. Then you will feel like time is taking too long. I think humans are mysterious in that aspect. When we do something we like, we go ‘I want to do this until I die.’ When we have that kind of mindset, we don’t have anything to wait upon and we have something we want to do and we do it. And when it happens, you won’t even know that time is passing. 

Q: If day or night was to keep going, which would you like better? 

Sehun: Night, midnight. The tranquil atmosphere of midnight. But day and night have to co-exist. Night is only nice because there is day. 

Q:  What time of the day do you think the sky looks the most beautiful? 

Sehun: Midnight. During that time. It’s very pretty. It’s dark but I like it. Even though we can’t really see the stars in Seoul, I don’t think that it is very important. I’m not the kind to feel moved when I see that kind of things. 

Q: Have you ever felt that someone is of great importance in your life? 

Sehun: I feel that way most of the time. If there is something yummy, I’ll say “let’s come together again.” When something bad happens, they’ll run to me. When something good happens, we share it together. People, though it doesn’t have to be the people I know, but I think that value that people have is amazing. And I can’t even measure their worth. Those people, are the first ones I think of. The ones I can’t live without. 

Q: What is the compass in your life?

Sehun: How should I explain this. If there is a road straight forward or backward, and if there is a road on my left and right as well as side roads, I will take the side roads. There are pros and cons of side roads. Side roads are fresh and they’re not complete. Also, there is something you can experience from it. As with the common straight roads ahead, because there are already many information on it, I know that there might not be things I want to try experiencing. However, as for the side roads, people who have not gone through them don’t know what they hold. And though it cannot be gauranteed, I might be able to be a bit more comfortable and be able to go faster, and it will be fun. The con is that there are many bends. Extremely many. And if you’re not careful, you might end up at the start and go the straight road ahead instead, you might not keep walking the same road too. So you need to be wise with your choice of roads. You’ll learn and experience many things, I think you need to rely on and go with people who make the the environment great. If I can only handle being wise, I will be able to safely and enjoyably cross that bend while living a dynamic life. I think being an EXO member isn’t all straight roads and within that, I want to have more dynamic experiences, do a lot more, know more things, help the people around me and learn from each other. I want to live that way.


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One of the things I love the most about kylo is the depth of his loyalty and love. Even when directed at Snoke, a manipulative monster (literally), kylo’s capacity for love and the strength of his devotion demonstrate a truly beautiful soul that now is warped and twisted because the object of that love is warped and twisted.

This is just one reason among many why kylo falling in love with rey makes sense to me. He’s lived so long with Snoke in his mind and heart that I don’t know if kylo could break free from such a formative influence on his own. No one believes more firmly than I that redemption, if it happens, is no one’s responsibility but Ben Solo’s but I also believe, equally passionately, that redemption never happens in a vacuum. Nor should it. The entire point of redemption is learning to care for other people, learning to look beyond the prison of your own mind and heart, your own selfishness that is keeping you on the path of destruction.

Something needs to happen to kylo before he will find within him the strength to free himself from Snoke and from the fetters of his own crimes. Star Wars, if it’s about anything, is most certainly about family but kylo, as so many people have pointed out already, has already rejected his father’s plea to come home. He has rejected his family. Redemption, if it happens, will not come through them. Unlike some people, I do not consider this a bad thing or a sign that he’s beyond recall. Redemption happens to people in different ways. We’re not all saved through the same channels nor in the same manner, though I would argue we all need to be saved (which is why Ben Solo’s redemption arc is so important to me but that’s another essay).

So, if not family, what then? I believe love is the answer. Not platonic or familial love which he has already rejected but romantic love. Every kind of love is beautiful in its own way and I’ve always believed in not necessarily prioritizing romantic love over other kinds of love but.There is something in the nature of romantic love that is a little more unsought and unlooked for than, say, platonic love. It seizes the soul by surprise. It can be upsetting in its strength and passion; it can come out of nowhere and overturn a soul completely, wreaking havoc. There’s a reason we call it “falling in love”.

kylo’s depth of passion and feeling, his struggle with his attraction to the light, the strength of his devotion to whatever holds his heart prime him perfectly, I think, for an arc about romantic love. His feelings (his emotions, his sensitivity, whatever you choose to call it) are both his biggest weakness and his strength. It was why Snoke preyed on him so successfully, harnessing that capacity for attachment to suit his own wicked ends. Rey stands opposite Snoke and opposite the dark side but she represents everything kylo has always desired in his secret heart but has always been ashamed of wanting. “Forgive me. I feel it again.”

So far kylo has been able to reject the pull to the light that lives deep in his bones (though it’s been a struggle!) because so far that attraction in him has been outweighed by the strength of his personal loyalty and love for Snoke. And that’s the key difference. The latter is personal; the former is abstract. He feels the power and beauty of the light and he fights against it but he does so blindly, clinging to the people he considers family ever more firmly, darth vader and Snoke. He has never yet encountered the light in a person outside of his family, his family whom he has already rejected. The concept of family, at least his biological family, has already been poisoned for kylo. But Rey. Rey is something different.

Rey represents the Other. She is the light side as it is embodied in a person and the point is never that therefore she is flawless or without stain, incapable of evil or a porcelain princess. In her own way she is damaged and very much human too. But she is radiant nonetheless. She is radiant and beautiful in her imperfections. She draws people to her; her very name sounds like light. Finn, Han, maz kanata, everyone who meets her feels it. Everyone including kylo. Especially Kylo.

Here at last he encounters the light in a person not from his family, in a girl who seems to be a bundle of contradictions. She’s a mere scavenger but she is more powerful than he is. She seems weak but she is strong. She is beautiful and fierce and good and all of those things are united in her. She should be afraid of him, she should quake before him, but she never flinches. She turns his weapons upon him, exposes his shame to himself and emerges the victor.

This is why I always talk about wanting kylo to fall at her feet (metaphorically speaking, or what the heck literally too.) Because in Rey, at last, kylo has found somebody who unites the power and strength he associates exclusively with the dark side (“he was weak and foolish so I destroyed him”) with the beauty and attraction of the light side. Kylo has separated the two in his mind. Rey unites both of them. How could kylo withstand that? Kylo with his capacity for love and loyalty, with his light side instincts and his sensitivity and the depths of his passion?

My answer is he couldn’t and he can’t. And I believe the moment when Rey calls the light saber to her (his light saber!) he knows it. The look on his face, to me, signalizes that he knows that he has found what he’s looking for, that here right in front of him is everything he has ever wanted in one person. Rey unites it all. When he looks at her, he knows that body and soul he’s hers. She’s stormed the castle; she’s won the war. And the best part is she doesn’t even know it. Because he’s hers. She is not his and won’t be until and if she decides she is. But he is hers. He has found, at last, a worthy recipient of the depths of love in him and I believe his tenacity and his loyalty to that love, the strength of his feelings will lead to his salvation.

It is no accident that almost immediately after this moment of realization kylo and Rey are separated by a chasm. They are literally forced apart by the ground under their feet and so for the time being each of their heart’s desires is suspended. The chasm keeps Rey from killing kylo while it separates kylo from the one place he wants to be, wherever she is. I don’t think kylo fully understand what it is that is keeping them apart. No doubt he will have his theories and many of them will be wrong. His moment of clarity with Rey, the sudden understanding in his heart that his fundamental loyalties have shifted, is not enough on its own to clarify every aspect of his life. Perhaps he thinks the chasm that divides them is Rey’s loyalty to the light, that it is his job to bring her to the darkness to him. Perhaps he sees his family and the resistance as the chasm that is separating them and that destroying them will bring Rey to him. Look I ain’t saying he’s got any of this figured out. Kylo’s a mess, emotionally, morally and physically, no denying.

As he lies in the snow, bruised and bloodied and beaten, he only knows one thing for certain. The chasm between him and Rey, call it fate or chance or ill-luck or the forces of the universe, cannot stand. He must cross the chasm. He must cross the chasm. And in that realization there is the faint hope that in trying to bridge the chasm he will learn (because he will have to) that what is keeping he and rey apart is nothing but the barrenness of the dark side. He will learn, or at least he could learn, that in order to have Rey (and by that I mean in order to love Rey) he must cast off the shadows and step into the light.

Thedas Cuisine Project: Antivan Arroz De Los Cuervos

Wheat and Barley are two of the most populous exports of Antiva, making it one of the prosperous nations in Thedas. After all, every nation in the continent relies on one of these grains in one way or another. 

Two grains that most other nations have little interest in, however, are rice and corn. An old Antivan saying might very well be: El trigo es para el rey, pero el arroz es para el mendigo. “Wheat is for the king, but rice is for the beggar.” Rice and corn were considered through Thedas to be poor people food, with wheat and barley being the grains that most people desired. For this reason, among many, there were different flours for the poor than the rich. While the rich would get a flour that was a luxurious mix of wheat and barley (or only wheat if they were especially affluent), the poor would make due with what was known as ‘beggars flour’ or ‘peasants flour,’ which was usually a mixture of barley, wheat, dried peas and any other number of grains. 

Rice and corn became very popular grains among the Antivan and Rivaini peoples, primarily because of how most of the wheat and barley were exported to other nations, with the more affluent among them buying up the lions share of what was left over. Breads made with rice and corn were more often seen than those made with barley or wheat, and dishes that consisted of a primary ingredient of either rice or corn became increasingly common.

As any person who has been to either Rivian or Antiva can attest - the chefs of these countries can make rice or corn taste like a luxury that neither wheat not barley can match.

Arroz de los Cuervos (”Crows’ Rice” in Antivan), or Pasto Corvo (“Crow Feed” in Antilian) as it is also called is a very common peasants dish throughout Antiva. It is named after The Antivan Crows - the famous order of Assassins that calls Antiva its home - because of the common theme amongst Antivan fantasies that the Crows must subsist on nothing but water and rice for months on end. In reality, the Crows eat much better than the vast majority of the nation, but that hasn’t stopped the myth from spreading.

Arroz Cuervo (as it is sometimes shortened to) is a dish primarily made of rice, butter, onions, basic antivan spices, and some kind of flavorful liquid (like chicken or vegetable broth). Food scraps, like cheap meats or cheap vegetables are sometimes also added to the dish.

There is very little difference between Arroz Cuervo and the more famous Paella. The major difference is that paella is usually a meal reserved for the nobility, given the rarity and cost of many of the ingredients (such as saffron, chorizo, many of the herbs, some of the seafood and meats etc). While paella can and will be made by peasants, it is usually a communal affair, with different families bringing different ingredients (which is one of the primary reasons why there are so many different variants of paella). 

There is a major similarity with the two dishes as well, however. Both paella and arroz de los cuervos are traditionally made with rice found within the valleys and bays of Antiva - with arroz bahia (bay rice from Rialto and Salle), arroz treviso (white rice from the area of Treviso), arroz gleva (wild rice from the area of Seleny), and arroz bomba (rice from the valley regions of the weyrs) being the most common. The Antilian names of these rice varieties are riso alloro, riso treviso, riso radura, and riso pompa

Also both Paella and Arroz de los Cuervos are traditionally cooked in a paella. Language is weird.

However, do not let the lack of fancy spices and scarcity of numerous ingredients fool you - Arroz de los Cuervos can be just as luxurious and delicious as its more esteemed cousin.

INGREDIENTS
Makes enough for 6 servings

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion, diced fine
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, gently crushed
  • 1 sweet pepper, diced
  • 2 cups white rice (preferably Antivan rice - or Spanish rice if you’re in the modern world)
  • 3 cups unsalted chicken broth or vegetable broth (water will work fine too, but the rice won’t be as flavorful)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful of parsley and oregano
  • 1 ñora (dried pimento pepper), de-seeded and finely chopped

If you are unable to find ñora, then simply use 1 tsp of sweet spanish paprika. You can also buy pimento peppers, and dry them in a dehydrator (or in your oven on the lowest setting for about 12 hours).

METHOD

  1. In a large pan (Preferably a paella pan, but a large sauce pan or frying pan will work fine), melt the butter until it almost starts to brown.
  2. Add your onions, and saute until translucent.
  3. Add your peppers and garlic, and saute until onions are lightly brown and peppers have gone soft.
  4. Add rice and saute, stirring gently, until rice begins to brown.
  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, ñora, herbs, broth, and salt. Stir gently to incorporate and then never stir it again
  6. Turn down the heat, cover, and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. 
  7. Enjoy your arroz cuervo while observing your target from some shadowy rooftop, and remember: The crows never fail.
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Anon Request; KBTBB guys x MC

“because it like the opposite of how they treat her in the game i think it would be really great if you could write something along the lines of the kbtbb guys all thinking the mc is just super great and obliviously doing sexual/provocative things and all of them being so concerned and frustrated about it. If it was in their POV i think it would be even funnier”

Authors Note; I wrote this as a headcannon & it contains no actual smut. Just the bidders with their naughty thoughts. None of the bidders are dating the MC but like the requests ask they desire her physically & it’s left to your imaginations if they want her emotionally. Please leave comments & stuff for me to work on future headcannon’s since I’ve not written many, I’d love to get better at writing them. Also, nonnie, if you read this, please let me know if this is what you were after? Anyway, Enjoy.

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ihavenotfallenyet  asked:

Vanderbabe please just like gush about everything but uh hmmm how would romancing Jumin work out in this au?

✿ Ok so, to give a little backstory on how things start…


You are a profoundly busy college student juggling both school and work, so you haven’t had time to try Mystic Message Online, though you’ve heard your friend from school gushing about it basically non-stop since you met him. Said friend’s birthday is coming up though, and he’s ALWAYS wanted you to play MMO, so you decide that… hey, why not pick up a copy, level up a character a little, and then surprise him on his special day by telling him your screen-name so you can play together? It’d make him happy, and said friend is pretty cute, anyway. You can take a little bit of a break from work to have fun with him.

You go to the store and, by sheer chance, are awarded a special, milestone, promotional code that will give you a number of rare items, along with a fully leveled character to try the game out with. Sounds great, right? You get home, launch the game, put on the special VR headset that makes everything feel so real, and put in you code.

after a flash of light, something weird happens.

You find that you’re logged into a max-level character with an inventory full of strange items, including a peculiar letter that you open up and read. All it says, in a loopy, elegant script, is you are the key that will unlock this world, and it promptly vanishes after you’ve read it, dissolving into particles that are carried off by the wind.

You don’t have much time to think about that, though, because you are IMMEDIATELY besieged by messages in the guild chat, one of them being from Jumin Han.


Ok, so everyone is weirded the HELL out. Rika has just logged on, which is impossible, because RIka is dead. A volley of accusations are thrown at you, including that you’re a hacker. You’re baffled, having little idea how to use the mechanics and controls of this game, and after a little bit it becomes clear that you are just as confused as everyone else and suspicion drops off of you.

Everyone offers to help you get oriented, but it’s Jumin whose help you accept, because he’s been the most calm and knowledgeable about the whole affair. Jumin gives you an exactingly thorough tutorial, going over how to use Rika’s character and how to play the game. He infodumps about literally EVERYTHING, from the outfit Rika is wearing to the monsters that you fight to try out their powers, and all the good options have you being like, “Oh, that’s really interesting!” and “You really know a lot about this!”

This learning process is interrupted by a panicked message over guild-chat. It’s been discovered that NO ONE CAN LOG OUT. Also, no one can access their admin controls, and despite everything that Seven has tried, he can’t contact the outside world in any capacity. No one can contact V, either, and the entire guild is turning to Jumin for guidance.

jumin does not know what to do. seeing Rika’s character model already hurts, and now everyone is trapped in the game that he helped create…?

It’s then that you tells everyone about the strange message you received, about you being the key.

After doing some digging and finding out this all started when you logged in, Jumin takes this to mean that you’re the key to getting everyone out. There must be something hidden within the game, and Jumin seems to have some idea of what it is, though he doesn’t really want to tell everyone else. He starts taking you on a bunch of adventures, and that’s how his route really starts - you seeking the truth with Jumin. 

Over his association with you, he really starts to see you as an intellectual partner. You’re interested about the things he’s interested in, you actually care about the game, and you have a lot of interesting suggestions and ideas that makes him think about things he thought he knew in an entirely fresh way. This is a game he helped build, after all. He didn’t do any of the programming or the art design, but he was heavily involved in the planning process. It’s taken on a life of its own now that there are  tons of people working on it, but at its core, he thought he knew everything about MMO.

But you make connections and observations that he’s never seen before, and he’s fascinated.

The general progression of the route has him learning to mesh with you, and then - once he realizes he’s in love - getting ultra, INCREDIBLY protective. He’s terrified of the idea of you dying (even though death doesn’t seem to be permanent, even when everyone can log out, there’s a growing realization that people are… losing something of themselves piece by piece when they die) and the idea of you leaving his sight turns his stomach to lead. He tries to confine you to the guild hall, which you are not cool with, for many, many reasons. Among them though is one simple, undeniable fact.

Jumin isn’t going to solve this alone. He needs your help. And you are partners. What’s the point of being partners if you’re not going to travel together?

You get through to Jumin after some struggle, and you enter into a more mutual relationship as equals.

Some events that happen on the route - 

  • You and Jumin enter a wooded, floral area, where Elizabeth the III ends up finding a patch of cat-nip. The two of you take a break to let her enjoy herself, and you see Jumin being unusually happy and playful as he takes pictures of his precious familiar.
  • Jumin talks about one of the events that happens near the new year, with special fireworks that represent the blooming hopes of the coming year. You say that you wish you could see it, because you think it’d be beautiful, and Jumin uses his magic to create things like fireworks in the night sky.
  • You enter an old, abandoned library with Jumin, and upon reading one of the books, you point out that the story reminds you of a book you read as a kid. Jumin had never read the book you’re talking about, so he had no idea, but you use that knowledge to solve a puzzle and reveal a new clue, and Jumin is incredibly impressed.
  • Throughout your time there, people keep treating you like you ARE RIKA. You confide this to Jumin, who understands - he’s used to being treated well due to his position rather than his personality. He assures you that he thinks of you as you, not Rika, though it was a bit hard for him to accept at first. He talks about how he felt when he died, and how glad he is to have you as a friend, now. You’re very clever, very brave, and in the end, you’re really nothing like her. Together, you go to a place to customize character appearances, and he helps you pick out a new look for your avatar to help distinguish you from Rika.
  • One night, you and Jumin stay up very, very late researching and coming up with ideas about the next stage of the quest you’re on. Jumin hasn’t gotten much sleep lately though, and he falls asleep with his head on your lap. You let him get some rest… he deserves it.
  • The Mint Eye cult develops a very particular interest in you, and one day, Unknown tries to capture you. Jumin exhausts himself trying to get you back. when he does, he hugs you with an unusual amount of emotion… and confesses that he’d almost forgotten what it was like to want to protect something that isn’t made of pixels.

I don’t want to make this too long, but feel free to ask for more events about specific characters! i have an endless number of ideas about this.

the-certified-cabinet  asked:

Why do you ship Harry x Luna over Harry x Ginny?

Idk how far into this territory I want to go, because I have a very, very large distaste for H/G for multiple reasons, so I’ll try to keep my answer simple.

H/G is a relationship based off of Ginny being the Love Interest to Harry, and not Harry being the Love Interest of Ginny. In other words, their relationship is highly imbalanced. Multiple times throughout the book we see that Harry puts Ginny down. Multiple. Times. I’m not talking about books 1-3, because let’s be honest they are children at that point and it’s unfair to compare the first three books to books 4-7 when it comes to relationships. Harry doesn’t trust Ginny. He may say he does, and he may seem like he does, but he doesn’t. One of the biggest indicators of this is this scene:

“Hi”, said Ginny uncertainly.  “We recognized Harry’s voice – what are you yelling about?”
“Never you mind,” said Harry roughly.
Ginny raised her eyebrows.
“There is no need to take that tone with me,” she said coolly.  “I was only wondering whether I could help.”
“Well, you can’t” said Harry shortly.

I remember reading this scene and wanting to flip my book, I was so mad. Harry talks and treats Ginny like she is a subordinate to him, not his equal. He does this a lot in the books, both before and after they are together. And honestly? That’s not how a relationship should work. J.K. always meant for H/G to be together, and yet she, herself, wrote them as more toxic than anything else. 

But the main reason, among many others, that I don’t ship H/G, comes from this quote in the book right here:

“Smart girl, that Hermione,” said Harry, trying to smile. “I just wish I’d asked you sooner. We could’ve had ages… months… years maybe…”
“But you’ve been too busy saving the wizarding world,” said Ginny, half-laughing. “Well… I can’t say I’m surprised. I knew this would happen in the end. I knew you wouldn’t be happy unless you were hunting Voldemort. Maybe that’s why I like you so much.”

I almost have to laugh reading this now, because It’s almost like J.K. was writing to herself in that paragraph with Harry. She could’ve had years to develop a believable relationship between H/G, instead she decided to stuff it all in the last two books and turn Ginny, who is one of my favorite female characters into a LI who, I am suppose to believe, let Harry Potter name of their children after SEVERUS SNAPE.

But I’ve bolded the reason, the real reason that H/G is unlike H/L, a very poignant reason:

Why. The. Hell. Would Ginny like Harry because he hunts Voldemort? Or even believe that he would be? That is the underlining problem with H/G for me. It makes no sense. Harry has multiple times said he doesn’t want to be the chosen one, he didn’t want this life, he just wanted to be Harry. And yet here we see Ginny, saying that Harry won’t be happy unless he’s hunting Voldemort and THAT’S why she likes him so much? What is this? This would be a slap in the face if I was Harry. It shows that Ginny still defines Harry the same way everyone else does. Hero. Noble. Savior. Defeater of Voldemort. Chosen One. That’s why I like you. Because you’re a hero. Because you go risk your life AND THE LIFE OF MANY OTHERS. Because let’s be honest, Harry makes stupid decisions and everytime he gets reprimanded on them by Ginny she either 1. defends his bad decisions or 2. ends up getting into an argument with him about it that leaves both sides irritated.

But you know who doesn’t see Harry like that?

Luna. Freakin’. Lovegood.

Luna stands up for Harry not because he’s the chosen one but because she believes in him. She believes in his cause, believes in his ability, and has faith in him. But she doesn’t take his crap, and when he talks down to her she doesn’t snap back at him. She is grounded, unlike Ginny, who is a firecracker. Two bull-headed people should never be paired together. Luna is like water, she puts out Harry’s flame and calms him, whereas Harry shows multiple times his affection and liking towards Luna for who she is, which no one, outside of Ginny (who also called her Loony once), is shown to do. Luna isn’t Harry’s step stool, she’s his equal.

And, as I’ve said before in other posts, they understand eachother. Luna and Harry are both outcasts. They both have suffered from people not believing in them, or thinking they are crazy. They are both pinpointed, though for different reasons. Harry never undermines Luna’s beliefs, though he finds her amusing (and not in a degrading sense), and Luna is shown to be very fond of Harry, because she cares about him. They are friends, and in many ways, kindred spirits. They have a deeper connection, and it was Luna, not anyone else, who was able to get Harry to take the first step in acceptance of Sirius’s death in Book 5.

Sorry, I didn’t mean this to sound SO anti H/G. I could’ve written a lot more but I’ll end my answer here. Basically, I think H/G is toxic and based on “emotions” more than anything else, where as H/L has a genuine friendship and connection and understanding. H/G only succeeds in doing the opposite. It makes fools out of both Harry and Ginny, and goes against everything we’ve seen in development for the characters thus far. And any ship that can only sail if the female character gets bogged down to fit the mold of a subordinate LI to the hero is not one that I want to see happen. And I think most Lunarry shippers know that if H/L were to have become canon, that would not have been the case. 

i think my problem, or one of my problems, about q*eer being used as an umbrella term, is bc my identity has been personally erased by ppl i know and replaced with q*eer. like i went from being a lesbian to a lot of ppl in the lgbtq community at school/on here/what have you to being considered a q*eer woman, and that makes me so uncomfortable.

i’m not trying to start an argument or make a discourse-y post. all i’m saying is that when i came out as a lesbian, i did not come out as a lesbian. i said i was a gay woman (which is a totally okay label to use if you don’t like the term lesbian! i use it sometimes too even now, but lesbian fits me better), i said i was a girl attracted only to girls (that was literally how i came out to my parents). i did anything i could to avoid labeling myself as a lesbian, even though i knew i was one, because the word felt too dirty and heavy on my tongue. i used to cringe whenever i said it.

lesbian, like q*eer, was a really bad fucking word when i first came out – or at least the ppl around me made it seem like it was. so it took a long fucking time for me to reclaim lesbian. that was the word i took back for myself (though i am by no means suggesting that the history behind the word lesbian is as violent as q*eer is, i’m just saying in my personal life it was something i had to reclaim from homophobes and bullies, etc). not q*eer, but lesbian.

so, among the many other reasons, that’s why i get so upset about being called a q*eer woman. i don’t consider myself one. if you personally do, that’s great, and i’m not invalidating that, but i don’t.

i’m a lesbian, and i want people to acknowledge that, because it took me a long fucking time for me to acknowledge it myself. and i’m proud of being a lesbian.

Seungkwan - (Mornings with SVT Series)

Pairing: Seungkwan x Reader

Type: Fluff

Words: 628

The sunlight teasing at your closed eyelids, though soft, is harsh when compared to the familiar, mellifluous voice dancing its tune through your ears. You smile to yourself, mood lifted immediately after waking, despite the fact that, knowing your boyfriend, it had to be way earlier than your liking. 

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