because only in death can she touch the most precious person in the whole world to her

Muse - Mother Hen

Before Stanford Pines, throughout the history of humankind, Bill Cipher struck countless deals with many great minds.
Some more memorable than others.

A/N: Here’s the tag I use for these oneshots.
Partly based on Bill’s backstory as detailed in Flat Dreams and Flat Minds.

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Emmy Noether

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14 April 1935

When the light in her Mindscape begins to slowly fade, turning all colors to gray, Emmy Noether is sitting on the couch with her hands folded on her lap. The chalkboard before her is completely empty, but she still looks at it as though she can read something on its surface that Bill cannot. Which is, of course, impossible. He sees everything.

And now he sees her end is not long in coming.

“You’re not gonna wake up again, Mother Hen,” he says. His voice seems to echo around them, as though through a vast and empty space.

The law of conservation of mass states that nothing is created and nothing is destroyed - but it can be changed beyond recognition, taken apart, shattered, and there is hardly any difference at all. Besides, this is not mass. This is a mind.

And soon it will be gone along with its owner.

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On Slytherin Primaries

For a broader overview of our system, which we suggest you read first, please go here!

Slytherins believe in the importance of taking care of their own. Everyone else is a person, but so are they, so a Slytherin’s job, before everything else, is taking care of them and theirs. This makes what Slytherin are known for, their ambition and ruthlessness, stand out strikingly even while a Slytherin’s core is not inherently selfish or cut-throat.

All of the Houses contain people with great ambitions and great desire for accomplishment and the furthering of their goals. Gryffindors will take on the world to do what they think is right, and are willing to make sacrifices and overrule those who would compromise on what needs to be done, and that’s nothing if not ambition. What makes the Slytherin ambition stand out so significantly is that it’s seen as a selfish ambition, and a guiltlessly selfish one at that. That drive is tied to personal achievement instead of idealistic achievement, and that makes it easier to point at.

But this is key: selfish ambition is idealistic ambition for a Slytherin. A Slytherin’s first priority is to their loved ones not because they love deeper or harder than the other Houses (they don’t), but because it is wrong to betray or abandon your people and right to defend and promote them. Loyalty and defense of your own is an inherent part of the Slytherin morality.

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Ships and Songs

Along with my own personal explanations, this is for the lovely little anon who requested to know about my favorite gays!

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ANONYMOUS ASKED : Hi, I really love your TSH meta. I was wondering what your interpretations/opinions were on Henry and Camilla?


Let me just apologize for the somewhat late reply: I’m both swamped and lazy these days. Now that I have a huge cup of coffee and an hour of free time, I’m all yours.

First of all, you can find a little something about them and their relationship at the end of my Henry head-canons.

Now, Camilla and Henry. As I said before, I’m one of those optimists who likes to think that they did love each other, even though more cynical interpretations are fascinating (Camilla coldly using Henry to protect herself against the abuse of her brother and against the possible wrath of Henry himself, him being a bit of a murderer by the end of the book; Henry using Camilla to fulfil his Greek Hero ambitions, and making her another object to win or to lose; etc). I did not think it was staged while reading the book; I did not see it as a selfish, cerebral courtship. On the contrary, I felt that this underlying, subtle, rising complicity was a secret well-kept, a precious one, an exception in the centre of all the plots, all the icy stares, all the increasing hate separating the other protagonists. Camilla and Henry alone grew fonder of each other throughout the book; maybe because they were actually relentless enough to think of themselves and to seek pleasure and reassurance when the others were busy losing their shit.
Yes, I don’t think their affection was another string to add to their personal bows, another complicated lie, a proof of their calculating genius; but I do think they are both cold, self-serving creatures; Camilla through her laziness, her selfishness, her indifference to everything that was not her, her brother, her family or Henry himself; Henry through his God-complex and overall pretentiousness. I think that is what attracted them to each other; a similar way of thinking, of acting, a rare and thus exquisite mutual respect; they usually feel that they are better than most people; they must have thought they had met their match.

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EVA Pilots and Fan Perceptions of their Characters

So, let’s get one thing straight: the characters of Evangelion aren’t designed  to be your perfect, lovable fan-fodder. They weren’t conceptualized to rake in the dough, even if, as circumstance has it, they did eventually become that.

No, the Eva characters all are very human I think. They all have their issues (and all share a root issue) alongside their positives.

Analyses of some problematic and positive traits of characters, as well as how certain spheres of the fandom view and filter said pros and cons under the cut.

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Ichabod was going to tell Abbie he loved her and here’s why.

I’ve watched this scene about 50 times now. I’m very tired, but I just had to get this out of my system.

I am a total sucker for slow burn relationships. To me, it makes the relationship all the more worthwhile if we get to watch that chemistry grow and develop and become something beautiful over time. Strangers to friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and it’s even better when the two people involved are so thickheaded and can’t see what’s right in front of them, even when everyone around them can. 

The moment when Abbie and Ichabod come back from Purgatory was more intimate than I could have every imagined. It was all I really needed to know that this relationship is anything but platonic. (I mean we all kind of knew that already, but ya know.) But I theorize that that was the moment when it hit them both. I think they knew that they loved each other, but I’m not so sure they knew in what way. Abbie and Ichabod have this bond, right? Which automatically makes them incredibly close to one another. Ever since they met, they have learned to know the other better than they know themselves. With something like that, especially in a story with all these fantastical elements, it’s not too far of a stretch to wonder if they both mistook any budding romantic feelings and disregarded them as their strong bond. I mean think about it for a second; Abbie is so incredibly guarded. She’s spent years building up these walls that she’s not so sure she wants to let come down quite yet. I want to say that Jenny and Ichabod are the only two people who have really seen her truly vulnerable, which automatically increases the level of intimacy. Ichabod was married for the first two seasons (which I’m not gonna rant about Katrina’s wasted potential because she could have been such an amazing character and wasn’t given the proper character development she deserved). I don’t think he could even entertain the thought of being with someone else while still married to Katrina. Even during all of this, their relationship grew into this unbreakable bond, which neither of them could have ever expected. I think that after Katrina’s death and during all that time Abbie and Ichabod spent away from each other, they felt the other’s absence more strongly than anything. The cliché, “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” is actually pretty valid in this circumstance. The more they’re forcibly taken away from each other, the harder they fight to get back to one another. 

Ichabod was going to tell Abbie he loved her during that last scene in 3x10. There was so much emotion between the two of them throughout the entire episode, but that last scene… Oh my God, it was so raw and so beautiful. I feel like we were witnessing their realization. For the first half Abbie could barely look at him because she was trying so hard to control herself. She had a death grip on his hand while she just stared at nothing. In Purgatory she couldn’t hug him, she couldn’t touch him, nothing. In Purgatory she thought her brain was playing tricks on her when she heard his voice. So she held on while he talked so she knew this was real. HE was real and she was home. When she looks at him again she can’t look away. And the whole time Ichabod is just staring at her like he can’t believe she’s here in front of him, like he can’t believe she’s really here and she’s really, truly safe. He looks at her like she’s his entire world (as he has several times this season).. And then there’s a moment after Abbie whispers, “We made it,” when his eyes grow wider and he looks at her like, “…oh…” and then he shifts a little, like something has just made itself known to him. For the first time he breaks eye contact for the first time and ducks his head to look down before getting to his feet.  I think this was the moment when Ichabod especially realized, “if I lose her, I lose part of my soul. I lose my other half. I lose the person I love.” Both their actions alone just screamed, “I love this person more than I initially realized.” And when they get to their feet Ichabod doesn’t let go of Abbie’s hand. He’s still holding on when Abbie turns to kiss Joe’s cheek. When she turns back around, he’s looking at her before his eyes drop to their hands. 

Looking at Abbie, her hand looks like she’s about to let go. Abbie has her moments for intimacy, but she normally can only take so much. Abbie is a very, let’s get down to business to defeat the huns, and kick some ass, person. She knows when to set all other things aside and step into her role as a Witness. But she also has that side of her that’s emotional and cares so much, which is what makes her such a fantastic and well-rounded character. They’re having this moment and Ichabod senses that he’s about to lose it. So he holds on. He brings his other hand up and just holds on to her before he has to let go. He runs his fingers over her hand like it’s the most precious thing he’s ever seen. His eyes move from their hands to Abbie’s face. And then he looks at Joe and we finally get a sense of how nervous Ichabod is. His mouth is partly open but he can’t find the words. When he looks at Joe, you know he’s thinking about that conversation they had in episode 7. You remember the one:

Ichabod: “There is nothing more frustrating than the feeling of helplessness in the face of an unknown foe, which is why we must seize control whilst we can.”

Joe: “Hm?”

Ichabod: “Talk to her.”

Joe: “…Right… What about you? I get the feeling it’s not just rage monsters that make you feel helpless.”

Ichabod: “Well… I have become well acquainted with the vicissitudes of life.”

Joe: *Chuckles*

Ichabod: “But yes, I have become keenly aware of late that I may be fighting a losing battle. On many fronts, against bureaucrats, against developers, against-” *He breaks off suddenly as his eyes find Abbie across the room. His eyes dart away as soon as they see her and his hands, which he’s been using to indicate his list of struggles, drop to the desk. But not before he’s indicated towards Abbie. He’s suddenly very interested in this book.* *Whispered* “Against many fronts…”

Joe: *Understanding dawns on him as he looks at Abbie.* “Well maybe you should take your own advice. Talk to her.”

Yeah. That one. 

When Ichabod now looks at Joe, you know that conversation is going through his head. Talk to her. So he’s going to. He takes a deep breath and pulls Abbie’s hand to his chest. He’s going to confess that he loves her right there.

So why does he stop?

Well, I think there’s two options here. One is that he chokes at the last second and just can’t confess yet. But personally I think that’s unlikely. 

I think that Ichabod realizes it’s just not the right time. 

For one, Abbie desperately needs time to rest. Being completely alone like that for so long does things to a person’s head. Abbie was playing chess against herself to try and keep herself remotely sane. She was alone for 10 months and while she might not have had to eat, sleep, or drink, she’s got to be exhausted not only physically but emotionally. She needs time to recoup and Ichabod respects that. He wants her to know, but only when she’s ready. So he makes another call, cracks a joke, and makes everyone laugh. He’ll save the romantic gestures for another day.

Some thoughts on the Owari no Seraph Novel Volume 6

SPOILERS!

If you bother to read this, I’d really love to hear your opinion because this volume is full of emotions.

1) Guren. This volume was so dark and packed with bad things happening to Guren it was almost impossible to read. The scene of Guren and his father before and after the execution was horrible. After reading all the crap that keeps on happening to Guren I’m astonished he managed to keep his sanity at all. The only thing he’s probably good at is “gaman suru”, enduring all the things that happen to him, keep his sanity and become stronger. for sake of his friends.

I also was a bit surprised how mature he sounded when he replied to Mito’s love confession. “If we sleep together we won’t be able to go back to friends anymore, and you’re my precious friend” But I’d say you’re throwing the word “sleep” everywhere to easily after you’ve slept with Mahiru only once, Guren. It doesn’t make you sound more mature.

I liked his conversation with Shinya when they discussed the reason they live in this world, and both seem to have not found it yet. But I believe in their hearts they know that they live for the sake of people that are dear to them, people they can’t give up. But that’s something they’ll realize when they grow older, I guess.

2) Shinya. Not much changed. See above.

3) Mahiru. Honestly speaking… If I were Guren I would blame his father’s death on Mahiru. Of course, if we were to dig deeper than that, then the whole Hiiragi family is at fault in the first place. But I can’t help but blame her. I can’t comprehend Mahiru’s feelings. Just what kind of evil environment was she brought up in? Yes, she’s trying to complete the demon weapons to help everyone survive after the world ends, but she only complicates Guren’s life because all his problems started because of her, didn’t they? This is twisted love. Just like the track “Insanity Love” from the Owari no Seraph X.U. OP Single.

4) Hiiragi Tenri. Not much is said about him but MORE THAN ENOUGH to make me want to tear him apart. The man is like the embodiment of evil itself. Probably scarier than any of the demons out there.

5) Kureto. The fact that Kureto is able to keep up with Tenri just shows how incredibly strong both mentally and physically, I think, Kureto is. I might be a bit biased because Kureto is among my top favourites but I think the Kureto in high school was a good person. Well, as good as a Hiiragi kid can be. He obviously detests his family and his father.

And my guess is that he thinks that throwing away all bonds is strength because if he had any (especially any bonds unapproved by Tenri) those people would unmistakenly die because I suppose that Kureto has no right to choose his friends, choose a girlfriend, etc. The only thing he can choose is surbordinates. So going against Tenri is something only the successor could do, the strongest one. But it pains to see that Kureto has in fact become the very person he hated so much because he’s just like his father now. The difference in their goals doesn’t matter.

I’d say that it all could be easily avoided if Kureto did have someone close to him during his school days. Apparently his character changed drastically after the world ended being pressured by his family and the thought that ‘survival is for the fittest’. Even though he and Guren have a complicated relationship I think they make a good team and Kureto could actually make a really great leader. The high schooler Kureto is still a bit naive and kind in my opinion, and still a kid (those that hate him for torturing Guren might disagree with me but I’d say it’s more complicated than it looks).

6) Vampires. So it says that they maintain order behind the scenes since humans can’t do that. I also find it really sad how they changed from what they used to in the novels and what they are now. I’m 100% sure they are unhappy with the whole thing, and I kind of pity the progenitors that have lived for such long time and then had to see the world destroyed. Crowley that likes interesting things is obviously simply very bored and tired of his long life. As they live on they find that such things as love, bonds, and so on and so forh are fleeting things while power is always with them, so start believing that.


The biggest revelation for me was that Saitou’s the second progenitor. I wonder who’s the first (could it actually be Ashuramaru?). I guess we only have 1, or 2 at best volumes to go. It’s a pity because the novel is awesome.


And now, my main question is: who’s the GOOD here? I mean if you take both novels and manga into account. Everyone keeps saying that Owari no Seraph is very cliche shounen but I personally like how there are no plain good or plain bad characters there (apart from some vampires).

Could you call Guren good? Bad? I personally think neither. I both hate him and like him and pity him. If he stays alive by the end of the series that would be a miracle.

Could you call Mahiru good or bad? Again, neither. She’s the victim of the regime.

Could you call vampires bad for killing people that tried to touch really dangerous stuff? I don’t think so.

Could you call Kureto bad for being probably the most level-headed one in this situation? Or call him good for helping Guren? I say neither. Kureto, just like Mahiru, in the novel is still in search of his own way to fight the current regime. And the current manga/anime Kureto is something he came up with all by himself so you can’t blame him for that.

Let’s not take kids (Yuu, Mikaela, Shinoa, etc) into account. I’m talking about adults.