The thing about the Gift, is that you never quite know what you are going to get, and what it’s going to cost.
It sometimes cost a lot, and early - for such little payback that it hardly seemed worth it. It sometimes cost nothing anyone could ever know - and changed a whole life. Sometimes it was a gift at birth, and sometimes a curse before death, but it always happened.
When Jack Zimmerman was born, his parents were beyond thrilled. He was a weird looking baby, but my god, they loved him more than they ever thought would be possible. That first night, at midnight, a light filled up the dark room and formed a fae shape, indistinct but instantly recognisable.
“I will take his first last breath.” The solid light said, before fading completely. Bob, who had his ability to grow a beard taken as payment for his ability to always land a solid punch, and Alicia (who lost all her memories before she was 4 so that her smile could light up a room) looked at each other and blinked.
Because what the hell did that mean?
When the light filled the hospital room where one Eric Richard Bittle lay sleeping, both his parents were wide awake and trembling. Susan lost her ability to read at 19, and Coach lost his own name three weeks after his 4th birthday, and both knew the sting of a ‘gift’ that never really lived up to the price they paid. Neither of them wanted their darling baby to suffer - to lose anything. They wanted to give him the world. Coach glared at the light while Susan hid her face in her hands.
“That’s my son and I swear to all that is good in this world if you hurt him, if you hurt my boy-” his voice broke at the end. He’d paid a high price for his gift, lost his name and gained only the ability to write with both hands. Susan had it worse - she remembered words, her love of books, the simple skill of reading labels or instructions - gone now… all for the knowledge of when it was best to pick the ripest fruit.
And god, he feared for his boy.
“I will take his joyous childhood.”
And Coach found out that it was impossible to punch a living light.
Sometimes you met people who had the same gift, or paid the same price. Shitty lost his name, just like Coach, and Bitty was pretty sure thats why he trusted the mustachioed man so much. His gift was never feeling cold. Ransom lost his birthmark and Holster lost his first love - and gained each other, a soul bond so strong that sometimes it was difficult for them to tell who was feeling what. Lardo swapped her appendix for the ability to see in the dark, Nursey lost his spatial awareness for his love of words and Dex lost his calm. Dex wasn’t quite sure what he got, which wasn’t all that uncommon because really… in a world where your sense of smell can be traded for the ability to flip a pancake… sometimes it just wasn’t easy to work out what your gift was.
Chowder lost his baby teeth for his joy of life, Johnson his ability to tell the time for some weird alternative universe only he could see.
Jack lost his first last breath on the bathroom floor of a nondescript hotel room for a second chance - Bitty lost his carefree childhood with every taunt and shove as he grew up.
Bitty figured that the price was okay. He could make the best pies anyone had ever tasted.
Sometimes Jack wondered if it was worth it.
And of course, sometimes… you got it wrong.
Bitty always knew his childhood was going to suck. His mamma and Coach did their level best to make sure that home was safe and secure, but it didn’t stop the nightmares at night, the fear of monsters under the bed or the sheer god-awful time at school. The only time he was ever at ease was in the kitchen, where his mamma taught him to bake using her own way of things, never needing to measure, never relying on a recipe she couldn’t read. So, Bitty, and his parents, always just assumed that he was going through hell as a kid, so he could bake.
Coach hated it. Coach hated a lot of things, but seeing his son scared and frightened one too many times had taken its toll on the man. They moved three weeks after the supply closet incident.
All for the sake of some stupid pies, his son suffered.
He never did eat a single one.
It wasn’t until Bitty got to Samwell that his actual gift turned up…
Hello, lovely Kat! I absolutely love your writing and I hope it's not too much of a bother, but can I ask about any of your head canons for Minato? For some reason I've just been in a very Minato-y mood, and I thought some inspiration might do me some good. If you don't want to that's fine! I understand your busy. I hope you have a lovely day XD
- What a Dork.
- Has no Chill ever at all.
- So bad at naming things. SO bad.
- Once stayed up for over 100 hours to read as many books as he could from the library and started hallucinating.
- Once they rebuilt that section of the library he was permanently denied access.
- Rin makes most of her pocket money smuggling books out for him.
- Highkey terrifying but doesn’t really realize it?
- Only not?
- Can remember that one detail of an obscure jutsu that he read in the dark while insanely sleep deprived and dosed with like ten cups of espresso
- But not what he ate for dinner last night
- Sexual orientation is badassery
- Romantic Idiot™
- He tries hard, but it usually ends in disaster.
- Spent most of the Academy planning out his wedding to whatever pretty powerful person he was in love with that week.
- Is always very Earnest about it and never means it any less no matter how many people he’s crushing on at once.
- Is most of the reason why Jiraiya’s hair is white
- Jiraiya did nothing to deserve this okay
- (Tsunade and Orochimaru laugh For Days.)
- Taught himself Hiraishin at 13.
- This should probably have been a Sign.
- Jiriaya missed it, so it’s all his own fault that he’s Suffering.
- Clearly, listening to Minato babble about his crushes is totally karma for Jiraiya inflicting his crushes on Orochimaru.
- Originally wanted to be Hokage because the Hokage has access to all of the forbidden scrolls.
Ugh. One of my least favourite tropes in fiction is Good Guy Gaslighting.
You know the drill. Heroic Main Character is part of some Underground World (hidden society of vampires/clones/faerie etc) that needs to be kept Top Secret.
Then oblivious Side Character (most often love interest), who is kept in the dark for Their Own Safety starts to catch glimpses of the Secret World. Maybe they see someone survive an attack that should have killed them, maybe they see someone do magic. Whatever it is, they freak out, and go to The Main Character to tell them this crazy thing they’ve seen.
And of course, of course, the Main Character who Knows Best and is doing it For Their Own Safety, assures them that they were seeing things, and totally mistaken, and it’s OK, they’re not crazy, but maybe they just need to take it easy?
And so it continues for however many episodes the writers decide to drag out the ‘let’s watch this character believe they’re going mad as the main character deliberately encourage that perception for their own ends’.
I just hate it so much because it is, at the core of it, gaslighting. It’s deliberate, cruel gaslighting but because it’s done For Their Own Safety by the Heroic Main Character, it’s never condemned and is regularly used as a plot device.
Head canon: instead of becoming coaches, Yuuri and Victor become commentators but instead of commentating, they just talk about how much they love each other
yES its all like:
Viktor: See how *insert skater name here* landed that quad flip!
Yuuri: Yes, it was really clean!
Viktor: Remember when you changed your quad toe loop to a flip just for me in competition?? *heart smile*
Yuuri: I remember that…
*getting all lovey and fluffy instead of commentating the routine*
Yurio: *snatches mic out of their hands* JUST SHUT UP ALREADY
Do you have videos or images of these? I've never heard of them... when ky*ngsoo sang the word baby he pointed at jong*n | when y*xing kissed ky*ngsoo on the cheek ky*ngsoo looked at jong*ns reaction first | when jong*n threw one of ky*ngsoos "hearts" on the floor and "stomped" on it ky*ngsoo looked hurt | ky*ngsoo grabbed jong*ns balls on stage | :when asked about their ideal types kaisoo looked at each other and ky*ngsoo gulped and jong*n laughed | jong*n literally grinded on ky*ngsoo on stage
yep! if i couldn’t back it up i wouldn’t have put it on the compilation here are said moments (all gifs/images not mine, if you want them removed/credited just ask i’ll happily oblige)
I was having sad thoughts of lonely kid miyuki, which made me return to my sawasprout au ideas. that au did basically start with miyuki wanting a good pitcher to play catch with and he is given seeds to grow one. one of too many other au’s i have.
okay, honestly? hannah seems like a pretty selfish bitch herself. i can understand why she never kept friends. she saw things in a very 1-dimensional, black/white way instead of realizing people have their own shit. i get thats the point of the entire show, that everyone has their own shit, but its obvious that the 13rw fandom is ignoring hannah had her own shit too that didnt just involve the other people. she wasnt nice and perfect all the time some of yall trying to make out :-)
To be honest I just didn’t want to talk to you anymore. They say you can turn anything twisted sound pretty if you know how to write but there is nothing pretty about this. Not even when your words wrapped around my neck down to the inside of my lungs. This is how I want you to remember me: tear-stained cheek and deprived trust. Lately I’ve been using your name when I want to say nightmares / disappointed / but not surprised / thunder strike over sunshine / alive but dying / disappointed / disappointed / disappointed. I guess I dressed you up too much than what you actually are. You’re just human. But I don’t want to be the one who understand and compromise it all. I am, too, just a human.
alright so this is gonna sound really dumb probably but i woke up this morning and i was laying in bed and i was thinking about young justice and then i got onto danny phantom and then i realized that there really should be a crossover and then i was like “huh what if danny and dick look exactly the same and nobody knows what tf is happening” and then i remembered wes weston exists and i was like “wait what if he looks exactly the same as wally west- they even have similar names” and then i made this as a real quick proof of concept and thats all ive got