Say what you want, but EXOs voices have really matured over the years. There’s a distinct difference between their first album and The War, and you can hear each members’ vocal timbre become more unique and more defined than ever.
So i saw a post a few days ago about neurotypicals who say that stim/fidget toys make you *less* focused and how fucked that is and it got me thinking of an analogy.
So you know when you try on a friend’s glasses and you can’t see shit???? Their glasses make your vision worse, right? But you realize that it’s because YOU DON’T NEED THEM. You might mention or make a joke about how blurry things are for you, but you still understand and appreciate that the glasses help your friend see, even though they aren’t good for you personally.
So when you try your friend’s tangle or fidget cube and claim, as a blanket statement, that it makes you *less* focused and that your friend should stop using it for that reason?? You’re being just as much of an asshole as if you tried on your friend’s glasses and said “wow, you know these ACTUALLY make your vision WORSE, right???” because you’re assuming that your experience is the same as theirs when it’s really, really not.
“I really would say, I mean, at this point I feel like Obama is definitely the most, the biggest celebrity in the world at this point, and also… It’s funny you said, you know, it’s funny because I say that because he’s the most known, but I don’t really think we really know who the most powerful political animal really is.”
Lena fills Kara’s office with flowers again the next time Kara saves her (it’s becoming a habit, honestly, in one way or another).
Kara, in an effort to establish that “that’s what friends are for!” and that Lena doesn’t have to do anything special for her, fills Lena’s office with flowers in return.
Lena refuses to accept this, and fills Kara’s office with more flowers.
A gesture that Kara then matches.
Lena, who is too grateful (competitive) to let Kara win this, but who also realizes that Kara is not actually rich, begins sending single flowers instead.
But, of course, these are not just ordinary roses or lilies. Unlike the “pretty rare” flowers she’d sent the first time -the plumerias Kara had said were beautiful- and the pretty but ordinary flowers she’d sent following that, Lena sends a single, exceedingly rare flower to Kara’s apartment.
To Lena’s surprise, Kara sends a different but also very rare flower to Lena’s apartment with the note “You may be rich, but I have connections. ;)” attached.
(Jess, who is wary of Lena’s connection to this reporter but is also very allergic to most flowers is just thankful that they aren’t coming to the office any more…)
They play this game for a while, trying to one-up each other in rarity.
Eventually, after growing tired of strange and expensive flowers, Lena opts for a simple sunflower with the note,
“Not rare, but it’s color reminded me of you. Like the sunflower, you are familiar and just a touch strange, all at once. But it also reminded me of myself. Because I, too, follow the sun and am made taller in it’s light.”
Lena leaves the fact that Kara is the sun in this metaphor unsaid.
The next week, when Kara would typically have a flower waiting on Lena’s doorstep, there isn’t one. Lena goes through a range of emotions, from fearing that she was too forward with her affection for Kara to wondering if Kara is alright. But when she opens the door to her apartment, she sees it, sitting on the living room table.
Lena walks over to the white, shining flower with it’s few, simple, curved petals and it’s red stem, and picks up Kara’s note.
“It’s not from this planet (if you couldn’t tell) and I’m not sure how to write the name but it means ‘The Shining Dark’. It grows in the freezing blackness of the planet Klumithea. Most of these flowers don’t glow due to the harsh conditions of the planet. All of them are survivors for enduring, but this one… this one is special.
It reminded me of you.
I hope you like it, because it will probably stay alive longer than we will.”
The next time Kara is expecting a flower on her doorstep, she finds Lena there instead, empty handed.
“Lena! No flower today?”
“No. Your last one was hard to beat.”
“I’m glad you liked it. It’s actually really interesting, though, how it grows. The-”
“-I have something else, though. Something you might actually like more?”
“Oh. Well. I’ve been trying to tell you, Lena, that’s not necessary. That’s what friends are f-”
But Lena kisses her.
She kisses her deeply and quickly, enough to electrify both of their consciousnesses, but then pulls apart from Kara just as quickly.
Kara’s face is flushed.
“Lena, that’s-” she stops herself, suddenly. Licks her lips.
Kara kisses her back, just as deeply. In seconds, they’re both out of breath.
When Kara pulls back, eyes locked with Lena’s and mind fried from electrocution, she continues her thought,
“That’s… not what friends are for.”
Lena laughs, “No. It’sreallynot.”
“Well,” Kara starts, letting go of her. She slumps against the wall and tilts her head at to look at Lena, whose heart is still racing.