casual reminder that gravity falls brilliantly said “fuck you” to the whole “i’m the hero because i exposed how douchey your boyfriend is” cliche’
too often do tv shows and movies and the media in general portray dipper’s behavior in “boyz crazy” as appropriate and worthy of some sort of gratitude or “reward” (usually in the form of a kiss or a hug by the person they’re in love with) when really this behavior is actually kind of manipulative and shitty
dipper didn’t expose robbie’s secret for wendy’s sake—he did it for his own sake, because he wanted the couple broken up in order to increase his chances of wendy rebounding to him. he didn’t think about the fact that wendy would be heartbroken and hurt from finding out her boyfriend is a controlling fraud, and that she maybe wouldn’t want to immediately jump into someone else’s arms for comfort. yes, it’s wrong that robbie was manipulating wendy into staying with him, but dipper was being just as manipulative in trying to “rescue” her, because his motives were selfish, insensitive, and careless.
i congratulate gravity falls for trying to teach kids that dipper is no hero here, that ruining a relationship for the sole purpose of wanting someone to use you as a shoulder to cry on, while having absolutely no consideration for the person’s feelings as a result of your meddling, is still not okay.
Art comission for @lenaa-chwann; and random bonus entry for Nalu week (since I won’t be able to participate for all days)
Hope you enjoy! Sorry in advanced for any typos!
It was over. It had been over for a little while. Achnologia was gone. Their battle, hard won. Guild mates and friends were cheering for joy. Cheering for victory. Some happily content with finally relaxing.
Her friends were all around her. She should feel relief. She should feel something, other than the emptiness she had inside.
She turned to look at her family. One by one, they were reunited with their friends. The dragon slayers returned unharmed as soon as Achnologia was gone.
She heard a squeal behind her, and glanced slowly to see a happy Levy, hoisted into the air by Gajeel. Patherlilly joining in their rejoicing.
Wendy was being hugged tightly by a sobbing Carla and Shellia.
To her left she could see Sting and Rogue being greeted by Yukino and Minerva. They exchanged a caring glance before being bombarded by the rest of the Sabertooth guild.
Eric was having his wounds tended to by a timid Kinana. Never before had she seen Kinana smile the way she did when she was with Eric. They too were soon joined by the rest of Crime Sorcière. All except Jellal, who was by Erza’s side. Ezra sat cradling their master’s head in her lap as Laxus sat by them equally exhausted. Happy was sitting in Mira’s lab who kneeled against Laxus and their master. The Raijinshū joined them, with Freed placing a hand on Laxus’ shoulder. Laxus’ face relaxed at the contact and he took his grandfather’s hand in his own and smiled slightly.
She saw them all. Happy. Relieved. Tired, but filled with an energy she could not match. They were complete.
She was not.
Everyone around her almost seemed to disappear. She slowly fell to her knees and rested her hands on the floor. She gripped the earth hard, listening to the crunch of gravel between her fingers, hoping to distract herself from the ache she had inside.
Finally, she relaxed her hands, but the soft crunching continued. She lifted her head slowly, closed eyes swollen with unfallen tears. She didn’t want to be bothered by anyone right now. She didn’t want to be comforted. She just needed to….not feel anything, if only for a moment.
She opened her eyes to the blurry world. She couldn’t hold it back anymore. Not when she could see her guild mates looking at her now. ‘Did they finally just realize that he was gone? Did they forget? How could they? Is that why they all looked so surprised. Yes, this is why I look like this. He’s gone. Our friend, my best friend. Our family, my nakama. My-’
“-Natsu.” She said in a shaky, sob ridden voice.
She snapped back to this reality, as if yanked forcefully by the one who called her name. She turned slowly, tears still falling from her cheeks. Her eyes widened. There he was. Right? He was right there, wasn’t he?
She slowly pushed herself off the ground, and with increasing strides, closed the distance between them. She couldn’t stop her body from lunging forward.
“Natsu!” She exclaimed, hugging Natsu as tightly as she possibly could. Her arms gripped around his neck, and her legs latched tightly around his torso.
Lucy sobbed heavily into a tired Natsu who returned her gesture. He gripped around her back and held her close.