Hello!!💕 Here’s the other side of one of my notes. Usually, I take pictures of the front side bc of the title ahah but I want to show you the other side so here you go! As you can see, the mildliner&watercolor&brushpens I used on the front side doesn’t really show. I’m using Kokuyo loose leaf and they’re super great!!
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“Here’s the thing-” Lily said,
marching into the pub and pulling out a stool.
“We’re closed.” James interrupted
without looking up from wiping down the bar.
“I want a dog.” Lily barrelled on without
hearing him. “But my landlord doesn’t allow pets so I was wondering-“
“I’m not getting a fucking dog for
you.” James said firmly.
Lily blinked at him. “I was going to
ask if you thought it was morally wrong to raise it in my air-vent.” There was
a silence. James was caught between hoping she wasn’t serious and knowing that
she was. “Your idea seems better.” Lily admitted.
“Really. Talk me through that, is it
because there is no animal abuse involved?”
“I was thinking more along the lines
of then you’d have to clean up the poo, but the no animal abuse is also good.”
“Y’know” Sirius was lying on top of
the bar, waving around a beer and staring at the ceiling. Nobody looked up. “I
always thought once we owned a bar we would spend a solid 60% percent of our
time drunk, and that hasn’t happened.”
Remus, still wiping down tables,
said “I shudder to think what you’d be like on your own.”
“Since we bought the bar we spend
more time drunk than we used to?” Peter consoled, baffled.
Sirius sat up. “I would say we spent
about 15% percent of our time drunk before
the bar, and after the bar we
spend about 25%. That is an increase of only ten percent.”
“Where are you pulling these numbers
from?” Lily asked while holding the ladder for James, who was avoiding the
dishwasher by pretending to fix the squeaky window.
“On top of being an excellent barman
I double as a statistician.”
“You are neither of those things.”
Remus said. Sirius glared.
“Fuck you Moony. At school you were
always saying I didn’t do enough math, and here I am, doing math, and you’re abusing me.”
Remus threw a dishtowel at him and
gestured to the kitchen. “Go unstack the dishwasher.”
“Fantastic.” Sirius said, throwing
his hands in the air. “This is what I get for my brief foray into math.
Insulted and unloading dishes.” He jumped off the bar and mockingly gave Remus’
back the finger. James laughed.
He’s written the spoiler right on the first page, like a shit, and he’s ghastly. He really is. Only- of course he isn’t. Quite the opposite. She uses the book to hit him in the chest. He laughs.
You’re the worst gift giver in the world, she informs him. He waggles his eyebrows, and she’d kiss him if Sirius wasn’t here. You two should kiss, Sirius says through a mouthful of crisps, looking on with mild interest. James shoves him sideways and then does, in fact, kiss her. He tastes like tea and mint.
The boys wear party hats all round London. Remus has five coffees, Peter loses his scarf to the wind and Sirius throws away a twenty pound note because he thought it was a very poorly made napkin. It might just be the best birthday she’s ever had.
Naturally she can never tell James this because he’ll just be unbearably smug, as opposed to the bearable level of smug he is normally. He buys her an ice block and then precedes to rip into her for picking lemonade flavor, which he has been told by Remus is the ‘most basic’.
Pathetic Lily, truly embarrassing, he says, and she reaches up and snaps the string of his party hat. Being eighteen feels no different to being seventeen, still being told by a choking James that she’d just ‘broken his throat’, still laughing when Remus says that it’s probably a blessing, still liking them all an inordinate amount.
Afterwards they go home, the two of them, back to the tiny apartment where they eat and sleep and make breakfast. When they’d moved in she’d used James’ wand to flick all the dead moths off the windowsill and to get her back he froze hers in ice. Sometimes when she can’t sleep and her brain is a blank wall she’ll get up, walk around, breathe. She can look at any surface of their place and think here. I kissed you here. I loved you here.
She goes through the door and there is a cake on their bench. The top slants to the left, lopsided, and the icing has melted all down the sides. She freezes, staring. James bounds past her and tries to prop up a drooping candle. I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to ice it while it was still hot, he confesses, guiltily.
She keeps staring. You made me a cake. She says, fumbling around the words. I don’t know if you can still call it that, he says, distracted, trying to even out the slanting top by shifting the icing. She cannot believe him- waking up early just to make her a cake. Her heart is swollen. She could break a rib.
Happy birthday Li- he starts, but she has surged forward and is kissing him instead. His hands are sticky from icing, on her face and jaw and neck and he made her a cake. In this kitchen, in this apartment, in her space, he was here. There has never been a better boy than hers, and here. She loves him here.
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The fact that you had practically carried your friend from the cab
up to her apartment, all while in heels, was a testament to the strength of
your relationship. You muttered something to yourself about not being paid
enough for this shit, which you didn’t think she’d hear.
“Uhm, you’re my best friend, you’re not getting paid at all!”
“But I should be, that’s the point.”
The door opposite hers swung upon before she could respond with
whatever awful, unintelligible retort her drunk brain would come up with.
“I’d ask you guys to keep it down, but I like hearing you bicker.”
writing this in the wake of the new interviews we got at Anime Midwest,
specifically Otsuka-san’s words on Victor and Yuuri’s relationship and the
ensuing salt by antis. What boggles my mind is that people who so desperately
cling to the idea that Victor and Yuuri are just in a “strong platonic
friendship” are now not only disregarding canon context but also actual words
from the creators of the show themselves.
I just want
to start out by saying that we shouldn’t even be having this discussion. I am
100% certain that if Victor and Yuuri were a heterosexual couple there would be no controversy at all. No
one would have to sit here and argue the validity of their romantic relationship—we
would all have automatically assumed it from the get-go. If Victuuri were a heterosexual couple we would all be under the
assumption that they were romantically involved already without half the things
we actually got to see between them on the show.
times have we all seen movies or shows that start out with a female character
and a male character at the very beginning and have thought “okay they’re going
to end up together” (unless they’re related, one of them dies, etc)? A lot—even
if we aren’t always conscious of it. It’s a common conclusion we all make and
directors of such movies and shows rely on this assumption as they weave the
romance. And almost always, these assumptions are correct. “He was a boy, she was a girl. Can I make it any more obvious?” Avril
Lavigne said in her infinite wisdom once.
We even see
this very trope subversion in episode one, with Yuuko. When we as an audience
are first introduced to her character, we’re done so under the guise of Yuuri
having a long-standing crush on her. She’s his childhood friend, the girl next
door, etc. It’s natural for us to assume that he’s in love with her and that
his narrative will probably revolve around those feelings. It’s natural because
we’ve been conditioned this way. And then at the critical moment, when we think
Yuuri is literally about to confess his feeling for Yuuko, our expectations are
smashed when we find out that she’s happily married with three children. Some
antis even still cling to Yuuri’s past feelings for Yuuko as proof that she’s
somehow Yuuri’s true love interest and this is hilariously reach-y. Yuuko is so
far removed from the realm of possibility for being Yuuri’s love interest that
it’s comical—and purposefully so. The
same time that we’re presented with Yuuko as possible love interested, we are
also introduced to Victor. Victor,
who is shown as being Yuuri’s ultimate inspiration and who Yuuri’s narrative
ACTUALLY revolves around. (Similarly, Victor’s narrative revolves around
Yuuri, as we’re shown in episode 10.) This is not a coincidence. We are shown
this here, in this manner, for a reason—and not only because Yuuko is the one
who introduced Yuuri to the wonder that was Victor. This is storytelling.
the series we’ve been bombarded with clear evidence for Yuuri and Victor’s
romantic attraction towards each other. And unlike in many other shows where
these are played off as jokes, these moments are taken rather seriously. Even
when presented in a funny light (such as the “naked hug” scene in episode 6),
they’re not jokes. They’re actual moments that happen between
Yuuri and Victor and are either proof of their romantic interest in each other
or serve to deepen their relationship in that regard. A lot has already
been said on this matter, however, so I’ll move on.
really, really want to address is the
fact that antis are taking the “soulmate” thing and either twisting it or
refusing to see both sides of the picture. Kubo and Sayo (along with other
staff) have said that Yuuri and Victor are soulmates and that their relationship
goes beyond conventional labels. This is a beautiful notion—the idea that their
love, in all its forms, is transcendent. That their bond is so strong and unshakable.
And we even have confirmation that the
reason Yuuri and Victor are now together in St. Petersburg is because they cannot bear to be apart.
So let me
deviate a little here by saying sure, yes: there can be “platonic friendships”
which are very strong and it’s important that such friendships are portrayed
well in media. It’s vital that people understand that friendships can be just significant
as romantic relationships. However Yuri!!!
on ICE is not setting out to do that, nor should it have to. We now know very clearly that Sayo’s intent
for Victor and Yuuri’s relationship is distinctly romantic. The show itself
pulls no punches on this matter. There is no room left for self-interpretation.
trying to say is that when we get a heterosexual couple, we assume romance
first and friendship second. But when we get a homosexual couple, we assume
friendship first and romance second. I don’t intend to sit here and say how
unfair this is—how it forces same-sex
couples to go through various hurdles that het couples don’t have to bother
with in order to prove the status of their relationship. That’s a topic
that’s already been discussed at length but I want all antis to take a step
back and realize that this may be one reason why they’re still clinging onto
the “they’re just friends” rationale.
back to the soulmate thing. Yes, soulmates can be platonic, but why are they
not allowed to also be romantic? Antis seem to cling to the snippet of their
relationship going beyond labels and somehow try to weaponize this as evidence
of them only being close friends. But “going
beyond labels” and “being soulmates” is not automatically exclusionary. It’s inclusive
of all forms of love, including romantic and sexual.
getting long enough so let me just end by saying I know a lot of people aren’t
trying to downplay their relationship for any homophobic reasons but are
actually just afraid of being queerbaited. And thus these people are wary of any
representation until and unless it’s absolute representation. This is
understandable and honestly for a long time, I was afraid too. But now we have confirmation from the creators that yes,
Yuuri and Victor’s relationship was always meant to be a romance and also that the
staff now understands that ambiguity in this case is not what people want. They’ve
listened to us and now it’s time that we trust what they’ve been saying as
all antis to ask themselves why they’re so intent on ignoring canon evidence
and now actual interviews from creators on the matter in order to downplay
Victor and Yuuri’s relationship. Please, just stop and think. If you’re so
dead-set on thinking that they’re just friends then, fam, maybe this isn’t the
right show or fandom for you. Life is short. Go away.
several sources who have transcripts of what was said at Anime Midwest,
including @hanleia on twitter. Please check them out if you are interested!)