38. “Why can’t you appreciate my sense of humor?” prompt for yusuke?
You’re not so sure this is a good idea anymore.
A gently crumpled piece of paper sits on your lap,
overturned, folded, unfolded, and then re-folded again. On it is the title
‘couple strengthening exercises’ and several points beneath are listed and
crossed out: go to a place you’ve never been before, cook something together, say something nice, and finally (one of the only points that is yet to be crossed
out) give them something to improve on.
Yusuke has the same piece of paper in front of him.
“Surely there must be something you think I could improve
in,” he says, and sure, you can think
of some points, but you know what he’s like with criticism; you don’t want to
spend the next couple of days on an adventure to improve the shortcoming you
point out. He can be quite a perfectionist, after all, and he holds a lot of
stake in your relationship. Nothing less than perfect will suffice.
“Hm, nope. Nothing’s coming to mind.”
Yusuke sighs and brings a finger to his chin.
“When I proposed this exercise, you seemed very
enthusiastic. May I remind you these couple strengthening activities are an
important part of cultivating our healthy relationship? It would be a shame to
give up before we’re finished with them.”
You nod, because you appreciate that he’s taking your
relationship so seriously, it’s just –
“A lot of relationships that end prematurely do so because
of a failure to communicate. I wouldn’t want our relationship to end in the
same way,” he explains. It feels a little touching, because you realise the
only reason he’s going to such lengths in the first place is because he cares so
much about you.
With a drawn-out sigh, you give in.
“Well, maybe you could appreciate my sense of humour a
There’s a pause, and Yusuke returns to being deep in
“I – I see. I think I might need you to elaborate,” he says,
after thinking about it. You resign yourself to spending the next couple of
days reassuring Yusuke that ‘it’s not a big deal’ and that he ‘you were just exaggerating’.
“Well, a lot of the time you just don’t laugh when I want
you to. Sometimes I feel like you don’t even realise I’m joking.”
He’s thinking again.
“I see. That is entirely possible,” he mumbles. “Perhaps
before you make a joke, you should make some sort of loud noise? That way, I’ll
know to laugh at the end.”
“Not sure that would work, Yusuke.”
Out of the corner of your eye, you see him fiddling with the
sheet of paper nervously. It makes you feel bad, because you know for a fact he’s
taking this a hundred times more seriously than you could ever hope to.
“Is there anything else you could suggest? I’m willing to
try any of your ideas as long as they have a chance of removing obstacles from
“Don’t worry about it Yusuke, it’s not a big deal.”
His face scrunches in a way that looks no less anxious than
“But if there’s something to improve, surely we should begin
work on it? It seems unfair to ask you to overlook such a flaw for the course
of our relationship.”
“Honestly, it’s really not that important. I’ve come to
accept that some jokes are just harder for you to pick up on.”
Suddenly, he shuffles forward and grasps your hand in-between
both of his.
“It is important,” he says resolutely. Determination flares
in his eyes in a way that’s equally as endearing as it is overwhelming and
intimidating. “I refuse to overlook anything that has a chance of putting
distance between the two of us.”
If you had to pick an emotion to describe the way he’s holding
onto your hand, it would probably edge around ‘frantic’ and ‘desperate.’ It’s
rare that Yusuke doesn’t shower your conversations with sincerity when they
trail off like this, but it always manages to surprise you. He’s got the future
in mind when it comes to you, that much is clear. Still, you can’t help but laugh.
He recoils from you a little like he’s not sure what’s
happening, but you pull him back. You use your other hand to clasp his own, and
lean into him to give him a kiss that he returns gladly, if not without
“Don’t be stupid. As if I’d ever leave you over something as
stupid as that,” you say, honestly.
What really sucks about the way Joss Whedon writes is that he sort of has this idea that if he writes about women being strong and confident, that is all it takes for women to appreciate his work. Like, even if the villain constantly belittles a woman for being a woman and people are constantly harassing her and sexualizing her, it’s okay because she’s strong and she can take it.
The biggest difference between Whedon’s version of Wonder Woman and Jenkins is that in Whedon’s version Wonder Woman is A Woman. She (and the audience) must be constantly aware that she is a Woman, that she is Sexy, that she is overcoming incredible odds because she has the terrible disadvantage of Being Born A Woman.
Whereas in Jenkins’ film Diana simply exists. There are some points made by other characters about her being a woman, like when Steve won’t sleep with her because he feels it’s improper, or when his secretary says, “Oh yes, put specs on her, like after that she won’t be the most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen”, but Diana is almost completely unaware of her status as a Dreaded Woman. Her excitement over a baby? She’s literally never seen one before. Her little makeover seen? Spends the whole thing looking for something comfortable she can fight in. She basically never mentions the difference between men and women, never even says that women are better or whatever because she was raised by them.
Joss Whedon would have never let Wonder Woman forget she was a Woman. She would have constantly been making comments about it, wether positive or negative, as would everyone around her. In Whedon’s heyday that might have flown a lot better, but now women seem to be a little sick of grrrrl power. They just want power. They just want to exist, both on screen and in life, without constant reminders that they are Women and that they must pay for that at every turn.
you seem to be focused on your taemin han au which is fabulous because i love this doggo son he's adorable. but omg i would DIE for your mint eye flipped au where the only 'good' characters are mc, rika and saeran that would be AMAZING.
yeah but … do u really wanna see that level of angst :D
i finished my book. it’s a story about my sestras. i call it orphan black.my story is an embroidery with many beginnings and no end. but i will start with the thread of my sestra, sarah, who stepped off a train one day and met herself.
Men: Girls who like Star Wars are so hot, I love nerdy girls ;))) Lucasfilm & Disney: Ayy check out our new tv series ‘Forces of Destiny’, it’s a tv show for girls, featuring our favorite strong Star Wars ladies ! Hasbro: And we sell dolls for said tv show, they’re kinda like barbies but with Star Wars characters ! Men: That’s too much. Is this really neccessary ?? What about boys ???? Girls ans SJW’s destroyed Star Wars.
Y'all realize you can dislike something/someone just cause it doesn’t vibe with you, right? Like doing 726382847282377 hours of research to make things look problematic and telling other people that they’re bad for liking it isn’t necessary at all