best best best above all things

Because these are always handy, here are some Hayikuu fic recommendations for amazing one shots

These are just my favourites I thought I should share with the world. 

Pairings: Iwaoi, Bokuaka, Kuroken, Matsuhana, Kyouhaba, Ennotana


IWAOI:

untitled by snoqualmie -  Words: 1,092

Soft and cute Iwaoi.


Dinner and a Movie by rikke -  Words: 11,010

Fake relationship, do I need to say more?


Holding on to You by lahdolphin -  Words: 11,464

Harry Potter au with twists that left me speechless.


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anonymous asked:

Can you do #8 on the soulmates au list for David please? Btw I absolutely adore your writing style and the new fanfic you're working on ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

(I almost made myself cry while writing this one so enjoy the David feels)

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The neat, round letters had written themselves onto your right hip with a pleasant warmth as soon as you turned 18. You had no idea what they meant, or what context they were delivered in, but you loved them nonetheless.

‘We’re here to have a great summer, and remember kids, Campe Diem!’

You couldn’t lie, every summer since you had first seen it you were more concerned with finding your soulmate than actually - as the writing said - having a great summer. Countless hours had been spent pouring over each individual word, as if the inflection placed on the word ‘to’ would lead you any closer to your soulmate.

“Go to a summer camp. What’s the worst that can happen?”

A summer camp did make the most sense. But as a camper or counsellor? You lifted the hem of your shirt to peek at the lettering (even though you had every word memorised) and traced the smooth curves of the neat handwriting. ‘Kids.’ Your soulmate was addressing children, and your mind immediately pictured a tall man with a large smile and a bag of trail mix at his side. Counsellor it was, then.

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Just so everyone is clear:

1) Yes, it was an incredible, historic night for Moonlight, and while I have yet to see this film, I firmly believe it deserves Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor and all other awards.

2) This is NOT La La Land taking away from Moonlight’s spotlight for Variety’s magazine cover, which always honors the Best Director winner. Every. Year. In fact, it’s Damien Chazelle sharing his spotlight with Barry Jenkins, who would tell you the same thing (as shown above).

3) Don’t start drama that never existed. Learn the facts.

anonymous asked:

Any headcanons for Ryuji and a best friend since childhood?

COMING RIGHT UP MY GOOD FRIEND
can y’all tell he’s my fave lmao

  • OK SO
  • ryuji probably met best friend when they were like five right
  • or a similarly young age when he was waaaaayy too hyperactive for his own good and he was always dash ahead, leave everyone else in his dust, and think about the consequences later
  • probably he ran headlong into Best Friend and bowled the both of them over and after the fight that ensued they were inseparable till the end of time.
  • as kids they were constantly getting into way too much trouble like “misadventures” was never a more appropriate descriptor than when it came to those two
  • FUNFACT: ryuji’s mom has a highly detailed and dedicated photo album for this stuff and there are several pictures of ryuji and Best Friend covered in shaving cream, or scraped up from falling out of a tree, or with big grins and foggy swimming goggles.
  • ryuji always pretends to groan and moan when the album comes out but he never fails to lean over the back of the couch and look over his mom’s shoulder.
  • Best Friend didn’t know about his dad, but they also knew about his dad, u feel? like it was never explicitly discussed but if ryuji was sitting on the front step when they came over to play it was kind of understood that they’d be stopping at Best Friend’s house for snacks later instead of going inside ryuji’s.
  • sleepovers were frequent and Best Friend’s parents never really questioned it, even if ryuji was there in the morning when he hadn’t been the previous night
  • everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief when ryuji’s dad left
  • school was probably tough for them when they weren’t in the same classes. like ryuji probably had a lot of friends from his sports things and who knows about Best Friend, but when your best friend isn’t there with you school can be such a drag to get through.
  • but on the other hand when they DID have the same homeroom, hell yes. party city.
  • ryuji’s always been class clown (FITE ME ON THIS, I DARE YOU) and Best Friend was probably right there with him, come hell or high water
  • or, y’know, detention
  • so like here’s the thing with kamoshida right
  • ryuji was basically the star of the track team (shhhhh these are my headcanons i can do what i want) and that’s like a good half of the reason he targeted him so much
  • and i certainly don’t think he was above trying to get a rise by saying things about or doing things to Best Friend
  • and ryuji probably knew that. he probably knew that if he let things get too far out of hand Best Friend could be caught in the crossfire and that was absolutely not okay
  • lashing out at kamoshida over his family stuff wasn’t just anger, it was also for the sake of Best Friend because he COULDN’T let this guy get to them, no way no how.
  • ryuji will fite for u, 100% tru and canon fact
  • this boy just???? deserves all of the love???????
  • he deserves a best friend who tells him not to blame himself for the track team disbanding because, y’know, IT WASN’T HIS FAULT?
  • guess what, assholes, if any of you had had things like that, to that degree of personal and private, spilled to the rest of the team you would have been just as angery so all those dickholes can suck my nuts
  • i mean they can suck Best Friend’s nuts
  • the point still stands: suck nuts, dickwads
  • Best Friend would be so protective of him also like??? god help anyone who insults his intelligence or his personality or his looks or just anything around them bc THEY WILL FITE U
  • lol Best Friend is just turning out to be me 
  • i mean
  • there’s a lot of different ways the whole persona business could go with Best Friend so i won’t get into it here but for sure they would stand beside ryuji and support him 100% no matter what happened
  • because that’s what best friends do
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Mother Knows Best

If there’s one thing Lillian Luthor admires about herself, it’s her determination. 

She’s one of the best surgeons in the country, a businesswoman, a philanthropist, the perfect supporting wife… and above it all, she’s a proud mother. 

She wishes nothing but the best for her children.

So what if her ways a little… harsh?

She’s a determined woman, and since the birth of her first child Lillian had been determined to give only the best for her kids.

If only Lena would stop being so stubborn, she would see that.

If there’s one thing Lena Luthor admires about herself, it’s her stubbornness. 

And yes, sometimes the board members don’t always agree with her unorthodox ways, but maybe that’s because they’re all probably over a hundred years old and refuse to see that this is the 21st century, and that changes don’t always mean bad things, quite the opposite. 

She’s trying to make LuthorCorp a force for good.

And if that means rebranding the company, so be it.

Lena sighs as she walks inside her office, sitting on the couch with a tired groan after a long and boring meeting.

The board it’s the least of her problems right now, though.

Lena has to get rid of her mother. 

Just as she thinks about calling it a day and finally going home, Lena feels her phone vibrating inside the pocket of her tailored blazer.

“What?” She grumbled, after taking the call.

“You're not getting rid of mother.”

Fuck. Her. Life.

“Dammit, Lex! I just got out of a boring meeting with the board. I really don’t need this right now.”

Lena heard her brother laughing on the other side, and she wished she could throw her shoe right on his bald head just as she did when they were kids.

“And you wonder why I left LuthorCorp to open my own company.” He said and she could almost see his smile. 

“You threw me right to the wolves.” Lena mumbled, scratching her forehead. “And it’s L-Corp now.”

“Oh, yeah. L-Corp… L for Lesb-" 

Before Lex could finish his sentence, though, Lena heard a muffled ‘ouch’ and some fumbling, then a 'leave your sister alone’.

"Hello, Lena.”

Lena froze.

“Mom?”

“Well, yes, since you’ve been pretending to be too busy to take my calls I had to ask for your brother’s help.”

Lena sighed, closing her eyes for a moment, “Sorry.”

“Don’t apologize. Just be at your father’s party this weekend and everything’s gonna be fine." 

"I already said I can’t go.”

“Your father is a Senator now, Lena. It will be a shame if his own family it’s not there. Plus…” Lena could already hear the joy in her mother’s voice. “Eliza told me Kara will be there. You girls haven’t seen each other in such a long time, honey." 

"But, mom…" 

"No buts. I’ll see you this weekend.” Before Lena could protest again, Lillian was gone and Lex was back on the line, giggling like a school girl. 

“You’re being set up with Kara again.”

“Shut up, you traitor!" 

"C'mon! She’s your best friend, right?”

“Yes! My best friend and I don’t want mom to ruin it! Especially since I haven’t seen her since last year!” Lena said, getting up and grabbing her things.

“Look, lez be honest…” Lex chuckled at his own joke and Lena only rolled her eyes. “So yes, mother is always trying to set you up with some snob rich lady from high society, but at least now she’s trying to set you up with her old college best friend’s daughter again. And if I remember correctly, you did have a huge lesbian crush on her.”

Lena felt her cheeks burning at that.

Eliza Danvers was Lillian’s old college best friend, and they never lost contact even with Eliza’s husband’s job in the Army, which made the family move frequently all over the country, sometimes all over the world. 

Lena met Kara in one of her parents anual gala fundraiser parties, when they were still 15. Kara still had that lost puppy look after being with the Danvers for only two years, while Lena had the confidence of someone who took piano and cello lessons and already knew five different languages. 

But still, Kara was the first girl who made her heart race like that. 

They’ve been best friends all through high school, and even when Kara moved away, they kept in contact via latters, emails, phone and Skype calls. They reconnected in college for a few years, where Lena would drop every girl she’d been seeing only to spend some more time with Kara. 

It was only a shame Lena moved to National City to take care of her family’s business in the new LuthorCorp subsidiary right after her graduation. 

“That was a long time ago, Lex.” Lena mumbled, cheeks still slightly warm.

“It doesn’t matter. Just go to this damn party and get it over with. At least pretend you’re trying to seduce Kara and mother will leave you alone and then she’ll also leave me alone. I have to go now, see you later." 

Lena ended the call and looked down at her phone with a frown. 

Well, at least she was good at pretending. 

Kara huffed as she felt her mother moving a lock of her hair behind her ear for the fifth time in less than five minutes. 

"Mom, please, stop!” She whispered loudly, noticing Alex was biting her lip to prevent herself from laughing at the scene. 

Eliza pouted but moved away, deciding to rearrange her husband’s lapels once again, but Jeremiah didn’t seem to mind as he looked around the room full of important people. “I just want to make sure you to look good, that’s all.”

“For Lena.” Alex said with a smirk.

“Yes. I-I mean, no!” Eliza cleared her throat, avoiding looking at Kara’s direction. “For the party. It’s Lionel’s inauguration party, and I want us all to look good. It’s been such a long time since we all have been in the same city, let alone the same room… I’m excited. And I missed my best friend.”

Alex quickly grabbed a glass of champagne from of the waiters passing by, taking a sip and humming with pleasure. “And I missed their expensive drinks.”

Kara smiled at her sister’s words, before noticing someone approaching them. 

He was a little bit taller than she remembered, but she could recognize that bald head anywhere. And when Lex stepped aside, Kara saw her. And she could recognize those beautiful green eyes anywhere, really. Kara didn’t even notice Mr. and Mrs. Luthor joining them right after.

Lex was the first to say something, hands inside his pockets.

“Alexandra.” Lex said bitterly.

“Alexander.” Alex said back flatly. 

Lex’s lips turned upwards slowly, before wrapping his arms around Alex’s body in a hug.

Lionel and Jeremiah shared a playful eye roll at their son and daughter’s childish behavior, shaking each other’s hands and immediately talking about politics as their wives hugged and giggled as if they were back in college.

“Looks like nothing’s changed.”

Kara turned her head to the side and gave Lena a quick once over. Lena was wearing a beautiful long dark green dress that left the soft looking skin of her back exposed, golden earrings and necklace shinning with the light of the room, hair up in an elegant bun. Her eyes seemed even greener with the dark eyeliner, jawline even more defined by the make up and red lips stretched in a smirk.

Kara though not for the first time that only the Greek gods could have esculpted that perfect woman next to her.

“Seems like it.” Kara agreed, looking away towards where her sister and Lex were now catching up through their scientific talk.

When she turned back at Lena, green eyes were watching her carefully. Kara felt her cheeks turning pink.

“And seems like our moms will never stop trying to set us up.” Lena smirked again.

Kara chuckled to hide how nervous she suddenly felt. “I’m blushing, right?”

Lena laughed, “But it’s still cute, though.” She shrugged, before opening her arms and inviting Kara to a hug, that the blonde gladly accepted.

Kara closed her eyes when she felt Lena’s arms around her, and Kara hugged her friend even tighter. God, she had forgotten how good Lena’s hugs were.

“I’ve missed you.”

“Me too, Kara." 

Lena kept her arms around Kara’s body, and the blonde felt her friend’s face turning just so, the tip of her nose brushing softly against the side of Kara’s neck and lips pressed against her neck’s tendons. Just as the blonde thought about asking Lena what she was doing, she felt her friend’s lips moving against her skin.

"They’re staring.” Lena whispered, moving her hand to the small of Kara’s back.

Kara couldn’t help but smile at that. She didn’t have to turn to know Lena was talking about their mothers. 

Lillian and Eliza together always have been this calmness before the storm duo. They had high standards to archive from a very young age and luckily they found each other in college. They met their husbands at the same party, traded informations to aprove each other’s dates, coordinated their wedding days, and right after having children, they started to wonder 'wouldn’t it be great if we were in the same family?’

Of course when they first had this amazing idea, Alex had just came out after turning sixteen and Lex was on his senior year, wondering which of the nine colleges he had been accepted in would be the best for him. So Lillian and Eliza just brushed off their silly dreams with a laugh and some drinks, deciding only to support their children, no matter what.

A few months later Lillian received a very enthusiastic call from Eliza, telling her about Kara and gushing out about how quiet but beautiful, smart and strong her new daughter was. Lillian felt nothing but happiness for her best friend, who had the dream to adopt a kid since before they met. 

Lillian had to wait two years to finally meet Kara in person, since the Danvers were living in Australia. But once she did, she fell in love with the girl immediately.

Kara was indeed quiet, and Eliza told her she had been adjusting to the family slowly in her own time, but she was so polite, smart and sounded so certain when Lillian asked her what she wanted for her future, saying almost right away 'I wanna be a reporter!’, blue eyes shining and blonde ponytail bouncing as she nodded. Lillian shared a proud look with Eliza then, before saying, “Well, well, such decided young woman we have here. You talk like a Danvers." 

Kara had smiled brightly at Lillian, hugging Eliza tightly before walking quickly towards the table of appetizers, bumping into Lena and mumbling apologies for being so clumsy. 

That’s when Karlena Operation began. Especially after Lena came out and Kara’s shrug when Eliza asked her if she liked boys or girls.

"Do you think they’ll ever give up?” Kara asked, circling her arms around Lena’s neck.

Lena shook her head, “Luthors never give up." 

The blonde smiled, "Right. The Luthors rules.”

“The Luthors rules.” Lena pulled away then, and Kara resisted the urge to pout. 

“I told you you should just bang each other already.” Lex said, sliding beside them with Alex in tow. Kara noticed they had a bottle of champagne all for themselves. 

“Or maybe tell mom you’re back with Mike and preparing a very big heterosexual wedding.” Alex suggested, giving a big gulp of her drink. 

Kara winced. “Can’t we forget about Mike? I’m not getting a heterosexual wedding.” She turned to Lex, placing a hand on his arm. “Not that there’s anything wrong with bring straight, of course.”

“Kara, please stop reminding me I’m the straight black sheep of the family.”

“Yeah, because who would like a black sheep, let alone a straight one?”

They all laughed at Lena’s joke.

“But, really. They won’t ever leave you guys alone. Especially now that Kara’s moving to National City.” Lex said with a shrug, and Kara felt like punching his defined jawline. 

“You’re moving here?” Lena asked, expression torn between surprised, happy and angry.

“It was supposed to be a surprise!” She glared at Lex. “But yes. I am. I’m not a junior reporter anymore. I’m a reporter now! I’ll start at Catco the next week.”

Lena smiled and hugged her tightly again, and this time Kara saw her mom and Lillian looking at them with hope in their eyes, before they quickly went back to their completely interesting talk about the benefits of spin classes. 

They hated spinning. 

“If you keep hugging each other like that, they’ll probably start to prepare a very lesbian wedding.” Alex mumbled behind her glass.

“It wouldn’t be so bad.” Lex agreed. 

Then they shared that look. 

“Don’t even start, Lex!” Lena said quickly, also noticing the very same look that got them all kicked out of a five star hotel years back, when Alex and Lex had the brilliant idea to test a project in their room. Kara still hates the sound of fire alarms to this day.

“Alexander.” She smirked. 

“Alexandra.” He smirked back. 

Kara and Lena groaned. 


Apparently Alex and Lex came up with a brilliant idea to get their mothers to stop trying to set them up once and for all: Kara and Lena had to start dating each other.

Not for real, of course.

But according to her brother, if Lena and Kara started pretending to be in love only to realize later they worked better off as friends, it would be much easier to convince Lillian and Eliza their friendship wasn’t worth that extra drama, and thus jeopardizing the Danvers-Luthor family’s dinamic.

Alex had been texting her non-stop since the party, and Lena was getting tired to avoid Lex’s calls.

They really were worst than Eliza and Lillian together.

Lena’s phone beeped and she almost threw it against the wall, but she calmed herself after reading Kara’s nickname on the screen.

Supergirl [14:23 pm]: Are they still bothering you? Because I’m almost blocking my own sister’s number.

Lee [14:23 pm]: I may or may not have already blocked Lex on Skype.

Supergirl [14:25 pm]: HAHAHA! Brilliant!

Supergirl  [14:26 pm]: I was wondering if you’d like to have dinner at my place tonight? If you’re free, of course. I’m still getting used to you being the CEO now, BTW.

Lee [14:28 pm]: I’m still getting used to it myself. But I’d love to have dinner.

Supergirl [14:28 pm]: Great! I’ll text you the adress to my completely new and messy apartment. Maybe you could help me get some unboxing done.

Lee [14:30 pm]: That was your plan all along, right, Danvers? Get me to do all your work for you?

Supergirl [14:31 pm]: Oh no, you got me xD See you tonight? Around six?

Lee [14:31 pm]: I’ll be there.

Later that night, Lena found herself knocking on Kara’s door already with Chinese take outs and an unhealthy amount of potstickers, Kara’s favourite since they were young.

A few seconds later Kara opened the door, hair still damp from the shower, wearing sweatpants and a simple white shirt, barefeet touching the floor.

Lena ignored the butterflies in her stomach.

“I smell potstickers.”

“Good evening, Kara! Yes, I would love to walk inside your new and messy apartment, thank you!”

Kara blushed and steped aside to let Lena in.
“Sorry.”

Lena walked inside and was indeed met with a complete mess of boxes scattered all around the floor of Kara’s new apartment. Only the couch and a pair of high chairs by the kitchen island had been set.

Lena raised her eyebrow at Kara, before placing the take outs on the kitchen island, sitting on one of the high chairs. 

“You should be ashamed of yourself." 

Kara quickly joined her, already digging into the bag of potstickers. "I know! I’m a shame!” She said with her mouthful of food.

Lena also started to eat, maneuvering the hashis with ease, almost in an elegant way. “So, how was your first week as a reporter?”

Kara groaned, pouting. “My boss hates me!”

“Nobody can hate you, Kara." 

"But he does! And I thought being a junior reporter for the Daily Planet was hard. At least Perry had the decency to wait for me to get out of his office before throwing my articles in the trash can.”

“He didn’t…”

“But he did!” Kara rested her cheek on her hand, “I honestly don’t know what I can do to impress him and show him I’m ready to be a good reporter.”

“Maybe you could do me?” Lena suggested. 

Only after noticing Kara’s bright red cheeks did Lena realized what she had said.

“Not like that, you perv!”

Kara giggled, biting her lip. “Well… enlighten me then.” She said playfully. 

“Since dad decided to take the political rout and Lex stepped down to open his own company, I haven’t really had the time to do any interviews. I didn’t want to, actually. Forbes tried once, but their reporter was a dick.” Lena rolled her eyes, trying to forget how the guy kept hitting on her in less than five minutes of interview. 

“You’d do that for me?” Kara smiled brightly at Lena, and the CEO melted. 

“Of course.”

They continued catching up through dinner, before Lena actually decided to help Kara do some unboxing. By the time they finished, at least Kara’s bedroom really did look like a decent place to sleep in.

Lena laid down on Kara’s bed with a tired groan, and she felt the matress dipping next to her.

When she looked at Kara, blue eyes were already watching her. 

“I really did miss you.” Kara whispered, small smile on her lips.

Lena opened her arms and Kara quickly snuggled against her best friend.

“I really missed you too.” Lena said. “Even the messy parts.”

Kara chuckled, and they heard her phone ringing. When the reporter reached for the phone, they both could read Alex’s name on the screen. Kara rolled her eyes and took the call, putting it on the speaker. 

“Hey, Alex.”

“Hey, so, you’re having a romantic dinner with the girlfriend?”

Kara frowned. 

“How do you even…? Forget it, I don’t want to know!”

“Hey, sis!” They shared a shocked look when they heard Lex’s voice. “Mom is very happy you’re finally making a move.”

“LEX! I swear to God…”

“I thought you were an atheist…”

“We just want you guys to think about it. Because our moms are already planning another party just so they can get you both in the same room again. And they’ll do it over and over and over until you guys look into each other’s beautiful eyes and realize how you can’t spend another minute away from each other. They’re persistent.” Alex said.

“And they’re pestering us, too. So just do us all a favour and put the plan in motion. I have a company to run instead of being used as a cupid by my own mother.” Lex mumbled.

“And I have bad guys to catch! The FBI kind of bad guys.”

“We’ll think about it, okay? Bye!” Kara hang up before Alex could protest. 

Lena saw Kara close her eyes and take a breath breath to calm herself, then the blonde opened her eyes and looked back at her friend.

“Would you think I’m crazy if I told you I’m considering going through with their crazy plan?”

Lena looked at Kara the widen eyes. Did she really just ask that?

“Really, Kara?”

The blonde sat up and crossed her legs Indian style, adjusting her glasses.

“Listen, my mom and Lillian will never give up. They’ve been pranking us with those blind dates since forever! Maybe it’s time for them to be pranked instead.” Kara said excitedly. 

“By really dating each other?” Lena asked,  raising an eyebrow. 

“Yes!” Kara leaned in closer to Lena with mischief in error eyes, and before she knew it, Lena was trapped against the matress with Kara on top of her, fingers tickling her sides. “C'mon, fake date me, Lee! Please, please, please?"  

Lena laughed hard as she tried to get away from her friend’s fingers, but she knew Kara was insanely strong even though she had a skinny body. Damn all those years of cross-fitting. 

"Okay! I’ll fake date you! Just stop!" 

Kara fist pumped the air and leaned down to press a wet kiss against Lena’s cheek. 

"Thank you, baby!”

Lena was so, so screwed. 

Kara was very screwed. 

Of course, being friends with Lena was kind of a self torture, but since they rarely were in the same city, she could live with it. Phone calls, texts, emails, silly letters and gifts, she could do that. 

Moving to National City and getting trapped by their mothers silly schemes in another blind date? She also could do that. She was used to it since they turned sixteen. It was funny to let them try, actually.

Somehow finding herself wedding planning with Lena and their mothers?

Kara wasn’t prepared for that at all.

She was the opposite of prepared.

She was so unprepared. 

She was probably having a panic attack. 

Kara didn’t know how they get themselves into this, but it probably started when she convinced Lena to go along with Lex and Alex’s crazy plan two months ago. 

Kara just wanted to get back at her mother for trying to set her up with her best friend! So, they decided to take baby steps, or Lillian and Eliza would notice they were lying.

Lena would nonchalantly mention to her mother she would take Kara out to dinner, or meet her for lunch, or even visit her at Catco. Kara sent Eliza a few pictures of her walks with Lena around National City and so on. Those little acts kept going for two weeks, before Kara received a text from Alex:

Alex [19:35 pm]: Mom just asked me what’s going on between you and Lena!!! She’s thrilled!!! I’m pretty sure she was crying over the phone!!!!

Supergirl [19:37 pm]: Wow, that was fast! Actually, I’m not surprised. 

Alex [19:37 pm]: I told you I’m a genius.

Supergirl [19:38 pm]: Right… what’s the next step, genius?

Alex [19:40 pm]: Make it OFFICIAL!

Kara had felt her heart racing then. 

Make it official. 

With Lena. 

Make her fake relationship with her best friend, who she had a crush on - okay, maybe more than just a crush - for years, official. She could do that. Right?

Lena had been acting very professionally about everything. She made a step by step list, like what they were doing was just another work project she had been planning, and she decided one of their family dinners would be the best place to make it official.

That’s how after dessert one night at Lionel and Lillian’s penthouse, Kara felt Lena’s hand covering her own on top of the dinner table. If she had been paying attention to anything other than how soft Lena’s skin was (so so soft, she definitely moisturizes, no wonder her skin looks and feels flawless), she would see Lillian’s eyes widening or hear Eliza’s loud gasp, even Jeremiah and Lionel ceased their talk about their earlier golf game to look at their joined hands, the room going completely silent.

Lena cleared her throat, “I think Kara and I have an announcement to make.”

“You got her pregnant!?” Lex feigned a gasp.

“Be quiet, Alexander!” Lillian very unlady like threw her napkin at her son, eyes never leaving Kara and Lena’s hands. “Go on, dear!”

Lena quickly glanced towards Kara, lips turning upwards slowly in a lopsided grin, then she looked back at her mother. “I didn’t get her pregnant, yet. But we are together, yes.”

Then she brought Kara’s hand up to her red lips, kissing the back of it softly as she looked right into blue eyes, and Kara was pretty sure she almost came right then and there, with that simple innocent kiss at the back of her hand. 

Then all hell broke loose.

“Oh my God, yes! Yes! That’s all I’ve ever wanted!” Lillian said loudly, her hands joined in front of her as she looked up in a silent prayer.

“I can’t even… I can’t… oh my God, Jerry…” Jeremiah quickly stood up to fan a crying Eliza, looking just as lost as Lionel, still in shock on his chair.

“What do I do? You’re the doctor, honey!” He said.

“Champagne! Lex, go get the best champagne we have downstairs! Hurry up, now!” Lillian yelled like a mad woman, before getting up and wrapping her arms around Lena and Kara so tightly it and most hurt. Then Eliza joined them and Kara saw her sister taking a picture with a smirk in her lips.

She could kill Alex later.

Lex came back with a bottle of champagne and soon they were all celebrating the joint of their family.

Kara glanced at Lena and she saw how surprised and scared she looked.

That was probably the first sign they should stop with that act immediately.

The second sign came with neon capital letters. 

NATIONAL CITY’S NEW GOLDEN COUPLE: C.E.O. LENA LUTHOR DATING CATCO’S REPORTER KARA DANVERS

Kara couldn’t believe her eyes. She quickly threw her coffee in the nearest trash can she could find, before running towards Ms. Grant’s office, bursting inside before her assistant could stop her.

“You have to get me off that front page!" 

Cat pushed her breakfast aside to give Kara a better look.

"Oh. I suppose Lena could do a better lady arm candy, but now that I’m seeing you from up close I guess you’re kind of alright.”

Kara frowned, then shook her head, “Please, Ms. Grant. Lena hates getting exposed! You have to get those magazines out of the street!" 

Cat took a deep breath. "Listen, Kiera…”

“Kara.”

“The Luthors are almost the royal family of America. Lena Luthor has been a public figure since she was born. Surely, she must have known walking around the park taking selfies hand in hand with her new girlfriend would get some attention. Don’t you think?”

“We weren’t thinking, actually.” Kara whispered, looking down at her feet. “We aren’t even dating.”

“What did you say?”

Kara blushed, “I-I… I said… we weren’t even dating, then. W-We were just… sending a few pictures to my mother… but we are dating now. We're so dating!” Kara laughed nervously.

Cat smirked. “Do you want to make this an exclusive? How did you and Lena ended up together? I’ve heard you girls were best friends since childhood. Did you always know you were in love? Planning a wedding already?”

Kara felt her cheeks burning. She shook her head quickly again, walking backwards. “You know what? Forget it. Keep the front page.”

After work, Kara would pay a visit to Lena at L-Corp. She ignored how Lena’s employees treated her with extreme politeness, taking a deep breath before walking inside her friend’s office.

Lena wasn’t working. She had been outside in the balcony, looking at the night sky, but Kara saw the Catco magazine on top of her desk.

“Hey, Lee…” she said quietly, and Lena looked over her shoulder with a sad smile, motioning with her hand for Kara to join her.

“You know…” Lena started after a few minutes in silence. “I’ve been CEO for almost six months now, and I just decided to close down our weaponry department to open medical and biochemical labs, but still my dating life seems more interesting than the work I’m trying to do here. That’s funny.”

“I’m sorry, Lena.” Kara said with a sigh.

“No, it wasn’t your fault. We simply forgot that we wouldn’t just be pranking our mothers in the process. I forgot.”

“Look, we can just tell them the truth and-”

“No! My mom loved the picture in the front page. She called twice to ask me how we’re doing! I can’t… I can't turn her down like this. Not now." 

"I’m really sorry, Lena.”

“Stop saying you’re sorry.” Kara saw Lena clenching her jaw, before taking a deep breath and looking at Kara. “We did look good, though. In those pictures.”

Kara smiled. “You always look good.”

“Come here.” Lena pulled her into hug them, kissing her cheek softly and saying everything would be fine.

But a few weeks later Lillian would stumble with Cat Grant in some event and they would talk about the wedding planning. 

And that was when things got out of hands. 

“We’ve only been dating for a month, mom!” Kara said to Eliza while they were grocery shopping. 

“I thought lesbians moved fast.” Eliza said nonchalantly. “I don’t know how much time I’ll have in National City. It could be years or maybe a few months. You and Lena are so happy, I see the way you look at each other, and you know for how long I’ve wanted you girls to be together! You’ve known each other since you were kids, for God’s sake. What’s there to wait?”

“Mom…”

“Lillian told me Lena already agreed.”

Kara gasped. “What!? Lena agreed to have some afternoon tea to talk about wedding planning? Our wedding planning?!”

Eliza turned to look at Kara with concern in her eyes. “Are you… are you not sure about Lena, honey? I mean… I’ve always dreamed about joining our families, but if there's anything wrong…" 

If Kara had been smart, she would’ve taken that chance to scape the mess she got herself into, but she shook her head. "Of course not! I'm very sure of Lena. Very sure.”

Eliza smiled softly at that, “Then let’s get to this afternoon tea.”

When they arrived in the club Lena and Lillian were waiting, Kara immediately attached herself to Lena’s side, wrapping an arm around her waist and placing a soft kiss against her fake girlfriend’s slightly red cheek.

“C'mon. You girls don’t need to be shy. You can kiss each other. We certainly won’t mind.” Lillian smiled, sharing a look with Eliza. “Actually, I want a picture of it.”

Kara started to panic. Kiss Lena? Kiss those amazing and inviting lips? 

“Mother!”

“Lena! It’s just a kiss. I want to rub my daughter’s perfect relationship in everyone’s faces, specially the homofobic ones.” Lillian took her phone out of her purse and pointed at them. “Now, kiss!”

Kara knew it was wrong but she smiled, anyway. “It’s just a little kiss, Lee. We do much worse when they’re not looking.”

“Oh my God, Kara!” Eliza hid her face behind her hands.

Lena rolled her eyes, but nodded. 

Kara unconsciously licked her lips and she could almost swear she saw Lena following the action with her eyes, before the blonde leaned in and pressed their lips together.

It was only supposed to be a quick kiss, for their mothers cameras. But somehow their lips started to move in sync against each other’s, and Lena’s hands found a comfortable place on Kara’s hips, and the young reporter started thinking we could be doing this the entire time we know each other and oh my god was that Lena’s tongue? And then-

“I think Lillian has a full gallery now, girls.”

- they broke apart.

Breathing heavily and with red cheeks, they sat down, intertwining their hands as they listened to their mothers talk about wedding ideas, and dates, and venues and flowers. 

As she listened to all that, still with the kiss in mind and Lena’s hand in hers, Kara thought: I can’t do this.

I can’t do this!’ Lena thought to herself.

She had to stop that now. They had to stop.

She couldn’t pretend to be okay after almost a month planning a fake wedding. She couldn’t pretend seeing Kara going along with their mothers crazy ideas like it was the most natural thing in the world wasn’t hurting her.

Because it was.

It was tearing her apart.

“Hey!” Kara snapped her fingers in front of Lena’s eyes. “Earth to Lena!”

Lena shook her head, blushing. “Sorry… what were you saying?”

“I was saying I don’t want red roses. They’re cliché. And they’re not our flowers.” Kara pouted, smelling a few lillies that were close by. 

Lena saw Eliza and Alex talking with the flower shop owner in the back. “And what are our flowers, exactly?”

“Plumerias!” Kara said happily.

Lena frowned, “They're my favorite flowers.”

“Exactly!” Kara agreed, taking Lena’s hand and dragging her along to check the bridal bouquet session. “They’re your favorites, so they’re my favorites and I want them! Remember when you sent me that corsage? For prom?”

Lena did. She spent the whole night designing Kara’s corsage herself. 

“Yes. I remember." 

"Hey, lovebirds.” Alex approached the couple, glancing at her mother over her shoulder every now and then, “Have you decided those flower arrangements already? Mom’s going crazy over there.”

Eliza waved at them from the other side of the shop, and Lena quickly wrapped her arm around Kara’s shoulders, waving backwith her free hand. “I can see that.” Lena said through clenched teeth, faking a smile. “I'm so gonna kill you and Lex when this is over.”

“Lena!” Kara elbowed her on the ribs. “No one’s killing anyone.”

“Yes, Lena. Plus, who would be the maid of honor? Lex?” Alex smirked. “Oh, Kara, look at this bouquet! It’s beautiful!”

“I know, right?!’

And that went on.

Kara acted like they were planning their actual wedding! 

She would meet Lillian and Eliza over her lunch breaks to talk about flowers, and guest lists, and how she wanted to marry Lena in the same place they first met. She did everything so naturally, like she had all that planned for a very long time.

And Lena didn’t have the willpower to not follow Kara’s lead.

Until Lena too started to believe they were really getting married in three months. And in the back of her mind she knew she would end up devastatingly heart broken, but a girl could dream, right?

"Jess, can you please clear my schedule after lunch? I have to meet Kara later.”

Jess nodded and smiled at her boss.

“I already did it earlier, Ms. Luthor!” Jess blushed when Lena raised an eyebrow in question. “I-I… Ms. Danvers texted me this morning. Cake tasting, right?”

Lena smiled, looking back down at her tablet. “Yes. I didn’t know the cake was such a big part of the wedding. Kara actually threatened me if I’ll show up late!”

Jess bit her lip, trying to hide her smile. “You guys make such a cute couple, Ms. Luthor!”

Lena blushed and mumbled a 'thank you’, walking back inside her office.

When Lena arrived at the bakey that afternoon Kara, their mothers and surprisingly Lex were already there.

“Lenaaaa!” Lena almost didn’t have time to prepare for the impact when Kara threw herself in the CEO’s arms, kissing her right on the mouth before pulling away with a big smile.

“Wow,” Lena wrapped both arms around Kara’s waist and held her close to her body, giving a good look at the reporter’s face. “You’re cake drunk already, aren’t you? I can taste it.”

Kara had the decency to look guilty, at least. “Your brother, too, to be honest. Everything’s so delicious!”

Lena brushed her nose against Kara’s cheek with a lovingly smile, kissing her fiancé - or fake fiancé - again, slower this time, trying to pretend she was doing it just for show. “So delicious.”

“Hey! Show some respect and stop making out in front of our mothers!” Lex yelled, mouth full of cupcake. 

Lena rolled her eyes at her brother, before letting herself be dragged to taste a few more cakes with Kara. They chose a white chocolate raspberry flavor, even thought Lex said a lemon one would be more fitting. 

Lena was ready to invite Kara to go to the movies when her mother stopped her.

“We’re not done yet, darling.”

Lena frowned, confused as she looked from her mother, to Eliza, to Lex and finally to Kara. “What? I thought it was just cake tasting for the day.”

“We have one more gift for the two of you.”

That’s how Lena found herself outside of the most expensive jewelry store in the city. Once they walked inside, they were lead by the owner to a private room. 

“Kara…” she whispered desperately to the blonde.

“They made me do it!” Kara said back, just as desperate. 

“Here’s the best of Harry Winston collection, ma'am.” The owner said, presenting them with a very large set of wedding bands on top of his desk. 

“Harry Winston?” Lena shook her head so quickly she almost got dizzy. “Mom, these must cost a fortune!”

“Lex is paying, honey.” Lillian brushed it off, taking a pair of wedding bands and placing them on Kara’s palm. “Let’s try those first.”

Lena tried her best to stop her hands from shaking too much as Kara slid the wedding band on her finger. The blonde did it carefully, smiling, before kissing Lena’s finger softly. 

“It looks beautiful on you.” Kara whispered.

Lena closed her eyes, holding back a sigh as she started to test wedding bands with Kara. The blonde looked so happy as they tried ring after ring, kissing the CEO’s hand every time she slid a new band on Lena’s finger. 

They left the store a couple of hours later, a pair of platinum wedding bands adorned with micropavé diamonds around it left in Lex’s possession until the big day. Simple but elegant and classy, Eliza said. 

A few days later, it was time for the wedding dresses shopping. Even though she was dragged out of her office but a excited Kara, she kept working on her tablet, sending emails and orders to her employees as she sat with Eliza and Lillian at the back of the store, waiting for the blonde reporter to come out of the dressing room. 

Kara had been taking too long, trying dress after dress and not letting anyone see her until she could find the one.

“This one’s perfect!” Lena heard Kara yelling behind the curtains.

“Then get the hell out of there, Kara!” Eliza said with a huff.

Lena laughed at Mrs. Danvers impatient tone, but as soon as Kara stepped out of the dressing room, she was left speechless. 

Lena didn’t think it was possible for Kara to get any more beautiful than she already was.

Until she saw her in a wedding dress.

“Wow! It’s perfect, Kara! You look beautiful!” Lillian was standing in front of Kara, wide smile on her lips.

“What do you think?” Kara asked Lena expectantly.

“I… it’s… you’re beautiful.” Lena stuttered, trying to cease her racing heartbeat. 

Kara was beautiful. But what for? For a lie. They weren’t getting married. It was only a big prank her brother and Kara’s sister planned. Kara wasn’t in love with her. She would be laughing at Lena in the end, just like everyone else. 

It suddenly became clear to Lena that was so wrong. She couldn’t do this. So she stood up and grabbed her things, walking quickly out the room towards the street.

She had to breath.

Lena didn’t notice Kara running after her.

“Lena?” Kara touched her arm, but Lena flinched away. 

“Leave me alone, Kara.”

She would’ve felt bad for how hurt Kara looked, but she was too busy trying to prevent the tears from falling, clenching and unclenching her jaw several times as she looked up and down the street. 

“L-Lena… what’s wrong?" 

Lena huffed, a incredulous laugh coming out of her mouth. "Are you serious, right now?”

The tip of Kara’s nose suddenly turned bright pink, her cheeks blushing slightly, and Lena knew her best friend long enough to notice she too wanted to cry.

“What?”

“This is a fucking lie, Kara! They’re spending a fortune in a wedding that's not gonna happen! Can’t you see it?”

Kara blinked, looking down, “I was just going along with Alex and Lex’s plan… they just-”

“Just what? Expected us to marry and pretend to be in love forever?” Lena said loudly. “We got wedding rings for Christ’s sake, Kara! I won't ruin my life over a stupid joke and you’re just going along with and doing nothing to stop this!”

“Then tell me to stop!”

“Then stop!” Lena finally yelled.

Kara looked at Lena as if the CEO had slapped her. She saw tears streaming down her friend’s face, but still, Lena didn’t move or took the words back.

“Then it’s done. There was never an actual wedding, anyway.”

Kara turned her back at Lena and walked inside the store, body still shaking as she cried. 

Lena locked herself in her apartment for two whole days.

She refused to receive any calls.

She didn’t want to see anyone.

She just ruined the best part of her life.

Kara was her everything. 

But she couldn’t pretend to not be in love with her anymore.

Lena sniffed as she got out of her bed, still in her pajamas even if it was five in the afternoon, and walked towards her kitchen to get some water, when she saw someone sitting on her couch in the living room.

“Mom? Shit!” She jumped, hands on her chest.

“Honey… I thought you were never going to get up.”

Lena approached her mother, sitting next to her in the couch. “How did you get in here?”

“I have a spare key, remember?” Lillian said, placing a comforting hand on her daughter’s thigh. “I wanted to talk.”

“I don’t want to talk.”

Lillian sighed, then she wrapped her arm around Lena’s shoulder, and the brunette couldn’t help but rest her head on her mother’s shoulder.

“Kara and I, we… we broke up.” Lena finally said.

“I noticed.”

“I’m sorry, mom. I knew how much you wanted us to work… but…” Lena sniffed and started crying again.

“Oh, baby. Don’t cry.” Lillian hugged Lena close, kissing the top of her head.

“I just… couldn’t… it was all a lie, mom.”

Lillian took a deep breath. “I know, baby.”

Lena raised her head. “You… you knew?!”

Lillian brushed away a lock of Lena’s hair away from her face. 

“You’re right when you say I’ve always wanted you and Kara to be together. Together, the both of you look so… meant to be. I know you think it’s insane, but it’s clear to anyone with eyes that you both are so in love with each other, but at the same time so afraid to ruin your friendship.” Lillian smiled. “Kara broke up with Mike as soon as she knew she would be coming back to National City. Eliza told me she was excited to surprise you. We had a plan to help you realize how in love you girls are with each other. We just didn’t expect it to go this badly.”

“So… Alex and Lex…”

“We convinced them to be a part of the plan.”

“I can’t believe it…" 

"I realize it now we went too far this time. I just wanted you to be happy, and you’re the happiest when you’re with Kara…” Lillian looked right into Lena’s green eyes. “When your father told me about you… I felt devastated. I felt betrayed in the worst way possible. We tried to work things out despite how angry I was at the time, because I didn’t want Lex to suffer the possible divorce process. And then Lionel took you home.” Lillian caressed Lena’s cheek lovingly, “I prepared myself to feel anger. But when I saw you hugging that teddy bear, when I saw your beautiful eyes, and how you smiled at your brother’s jokes… I loved you right away. I was your mother and you were my daughter, and I promised myself I would only give you and your brother the best of this world. Kara is the best for you, Lena.”

Lena dried her wet cheeks.

“But the wedding planning… it was all a lie.”

“Did it feel like a lie to you?” Lillian asked. 

Lena thought about it for a moment. “No.”

“It don’t think it was for Kara either. She’s heart broken.”

“I hurt her, mom.”

“Then make it up to her.”

“How?”

Lillian smiled and reached for a small velvet box inside her purse, placing it on her daughter’s hand.


Kara heard then doorbell ringing, but she refused to get up of the couch and leave her beloved Netflix behind.

She was tired of Alex or Lex or even her parents calls and visits. She wasn’t sick, she just had her heart torned into pieces.

The doorbell rang again and Kara groaned, standing up and walking angrily towards the door, opening it only to come face to face with Lena.

“Lena?" 

The CEO looked like she hadn’t slept in a few days, her hair up in a messy bun and she was wearing an oversized sweater as she stood there nervously.

"Can we talk?”

Kara bit her lip, looking down as she nodded and stepped aside to ler her best friend in.

Lena stood in the middle of Kara’s living room, hands inside the pockets of her jeans. The reporter couldn’t help but find her beautiful, despite everything.

“I’m so sorry I yelled at you, Kara.” Lena finally said.

Kara shook her head. “It’s okay.”

“No, its not!” Lena took a step closer, but stopped herself after making a move to touch Kara. “I was a complete ass.”

Kara nodded, “You were." 

They stood there in silence for a few more moments, before it suddenly became too much and they ran to hug the shit out of each other.

"I’m sorry!”

“No, I'm sorry! I got us into this mess! I’m so sorry, Lena." 

Lena shook her head, cupping Kara’s cheeks, their foreheads touching. 

Kara closed her eyes and reveled in that moment. They never had a fight before and it was killing her inside. She couldn’t lose Lena. Not after finally moving back to National City where she could see that beautiful face everyday. 

She had been in love with Lena for so long now. She spent their college years seeing Lena go from one girl to another, but the brunette always came back to her. Kara let herself believe she could plan the perfect wedding, but at the end of the day it was still a lie.

"Kara…” Lena whispered. “My mom… she came to see me…”

“I know. My mother visited yesterday. She told me everything about their crazy plan. I can’t believe they made us plan a freaking wedding!” Kara chuckled. 

Lena didn’t smile, she bit her bottom lip nervously instead. 

“And we did.”

Kara frowned, “What?”

“We did plan a wedding.”

“Oh.” Kara felt herself blushing. “Yeah, we kind of did.”

“I specially liked the cake’s flavor.” Lena said, arms still loosely wrapped around Kara’s waist.

Kara hummed, “So delicious, right?”

“Totally! And my dad did schedule a shipment of plumerias for the wedding.”

“Oh… he’ll probably have to cancel, huh?”

Lena shrugged. “Maybe. Maybe not.”

She reached inside her pocket, showing Kara the velvet box that was supposed to be with Lex. 

“We planned a wedding, Kara. We really did. We have a date, and a guest list, and the flowers, the cake, your perfect dress, the wedding rings…”

Kara’s heart was racing now.

“Maybe it started as lie, but it wasn’t… for me. And I think it wasn’t for you, either. Just tell me what you want to do, and we’ll do it, Kara.”

The blonde blinked back a few tears, “I wanna marry you, Lena. I love you so much!”

Lena smiled incredulously, “You do? For real?”

Kara nodded quickly, “Yes! For real!”

“I love you, too.”

They kissed, giggling in between kisses as they whispered how much they loved each other over and over.

“Wait!” Lena pulled back, getting down on one knee, Kara’s hand in between hers, smiling like a fool. “Will you marry me?”

“Yes!” Kara responded, before tackling Lena to the floor in a hug.

 •

“I can’t believe their plan actually worked!” Alex said, glass of champagne already in hands as she spoke to the newlyweds. 

Lena smiled at Kara, pecking her beautiful wife’s lips, pulling away and looking at the mass of people on the dance floor of the reception.

“It really did. I’m glad for my mom’s stubbornness for once.”

“What you call stubbornness I call determination, honey." 

They turned their heads to see Lillian and Eliza approaching them, wide accomplished smiles on their faces. 

Lena hugged her mother one more time, kissing her cheek lovingly. 

"How’s everything? The wedding planner is doing an excellent job. Of course I didn’t expect any less, since I hired her after doing most of the hard work.”

They laughed and Kara nodded at her mother-in-law’s words. “Everything’s perfect, Mrs. Luthor! Thank you, really!”

“Own, you girls are so beautiful together! I feel like crying!” Eliza said.

“You mean again?” Alex said with an eye roll.

“Hello, ladies!” They heard a few moments later, Lex joined them with a friend in tow. “So, this is Maggie Sawyer, my detective friend I told you about. These are mom, the bride’s mother Eliza, the bride Kara, my dear sister Lena, and the FBI un-special agent Alexandra." 

"I hate you, Alexander.” Alex said bitterly.

“Oh, a detective, such an honorable work!” Lillian gushed. 

“Maybe not as honorable as being a doctor, but thank you, ma'am.” Maggie smiled, showing off her dimples. 

“A very polite and gorgeous detective, too. This one’s a keeper, Lex." 

Lex laughed, "Oh, no, Eliza! Apparently I only find myself surrounded by lesbian friends.”

Lena shared a look with Kara, and they knew without saying anything their mothers minds were already moving to the next targets.

“Oh…” Lillian and Eliza said together, glancing briefly at each other, their eyes glinting and lips turning into little smirks. 

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ORIGINAL WORK ON AO3!
I CAN’T SEEM TO STOP WRITING ABOUT SUPERCORP, I NEED HELP!

Anyway, enjoy :)

Sometimes things between them could get awkward.

They were two radically different people, was the problem. Hot and cold, doing something much different from what either of them had ever tried before; James bleeding money and Aleks going night after sleepless night budgeting it to take some of the strain off James’ shoulders. They had people to pay, and he and James didn’t mind taking the blunt end of the stick to starting out new and fresh on their own but it still could put a strain on them.

And did.

Regularly.

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Apps for Learning Korean

@markmeevil asked what I apps I’ve been using since I started learning Korean 2 years ago so here’s my faves (on the apple app store):

AnkiApp: basically a flashcard/memorization tool app for literally anything (I use it for music scales and to brush up on my French as well). But there’s a TOPIK grammar set that has like, 7,000 flashcards and a Common Words set that I use a lot. 

best pro: all of the flashcards have voice recordings so you don’t teach yourself the wrong pronunciation 

Naver Dictionary: pretty self explanatory, but this dictionary app is really useful, and the translation feature is way better than regular google translate.

best pro: it’ll recognize Korean slang

DictBox: best plain-Jane dictionary app. will read things out to you, offers example sentences,  parts of speech, how to change the tense and form of words. will even give you the hanja (Chinese characters) for most words

worst con: if slang is involved, it might not translate properly 

Hangeul 101: no one is above drilling the basics. my Korean professor in the states had a really strong satori dialect so my vowels are forever in need of sharpening into something my Seoul friends can understand

worst con: offers in-app purchases, can’t unlock the entire alphabet (like, really?) but still worth a look at 

If you know enough hangul to get by with reading, I suggest downloading Naver and trying to read news articles. anything. entertainment, fashion, sports news, or, my favorite, webtoons. it doesn’t matter if you have to stop after every sentence to look up a few words or what a particle does to a certain noun or verb. It all counts! every little thing you do to further your skills counts, so don’t ever let not knowing anything at first discourage you!

A/N if you want another au where naegi gave hinata hope and prevented him from accepting the HPC then read this one

We’re Ordinary People - au where Naegi and Hinata are cousins

Hinata was someone born without talent. A worthless nobody.

That’s what has been drilled into him as he grew up. Day in and day out all he could get from his parents was their unmasked disappointment. Of course they’d be disappointed, after all they were both ultimates so  naturally they were supposed to have a child with an ultimate talent as well. Hinata proved them otherwise.

Unlike his parents, he was exceedingly normal. No matter what he tried, he just never performed anything above the average and oh did he try. When they weren’t busy neglecting to give him the love and affection he deserves, they were busy having him tested for just about any talent. They had him try out all sorts of things and he always did his best. But his best didn’t matter to them. They didn’t want his best, they wanted him to be the ultimate.

However, he could never be an ultimate. He just wasn’t born one.

But even so, he couldn’t help but admire those that were ultimates. He couldn’t hate his parents even if they were horrible to him. He thought that their actions were justified since they were genuinely a cut above the rest or so he understood. Talent separated the ordinary people from those who would become hope. They could do all these amazing things that he couldn’t. They could wake up and do their thing and just be proud of themselves.

They could be easily loved unlike him.

It was his parents choice to have him enrolled as a reserve student for Hope’s Peak Academy. He didn’t reject the decision since he admired that school with all his heart. Even if he wasn’t a main course student, he’d take what he can get. Knowing that they were in the same vicinity made him look forward to his high school life. Just a glimpse of those talented youth would be enough for him.

Or so he thought until the Hope Cultivation Plan was proposed to him.

It was a project where they would take someone without talent and have him become the most talented person in the world. They wouldn’t have just any talent, they wouldn’t have just a few talents, they’d have ALL known talents. They would become so talented that they’d be worthy of the tilte Ultimate Hope. However, it wasn’t just any project. It was an experiment.

A human experiment where he was the human test subject.

Hinata has always wanted to have a talent of his own but he’s not sure if he wanted one at all costs. The proposal would have him go through intensive surgery and there’s not even a concrete success rate. It was all too suspicious and yet all too enticing at the same time. On one hand, there were a lot of things that could go wrong here, not to mention there’s also the issue of moral grayness here. On the other hand, this was his only shot at getting a talent and he’s honored that they would choose him. He was still torn over his decision.

He needed advice from an unbiased source.

That’s why he called up Naegi. Unlike him, his cousin ironically was in the opposite situation. He grew up in an ordinary household and lived an ordinary life with ordinary expectations. He was set out to live his average ways and he was satisfied with the reality that he would never amount to anything as remarkable as those with talent. That was until Naegi got drawn in a lottery and suddenly he had acquired a talent just like that. But even then, he didn’t let the title get to his head and he was still the same easygoing person he was before Hope’s Peak Academy. Hinata almost cried when his cousin treated him no differently despite now having talent, the right, to look down on him.

He had envied Naegi’s innocence and carefreeness.

But more than that, Naegi had one thing going on for him. He was more optimistic than others, so much in fact that he self-proclaimed it to be his one redeeming quality. His words weren’t just empty. He was ridiculously optimistic and it was contagious. Whenever Hinata found himself in despair, Naegi always knew the right words to get him back to the path of hope. He couldn’t count the times that his cousin had helped him out and he trusted him more than anyone else.

And so he trusted Naegi with this ultimate secret, Hinata at least owed him that much.

“I think I get the gist of it.” Naegi said after he had digested the information. With his hand still on his chin, in thought, he looked at Hinata. “What do you think about all of this?”

Hinata sighed as he ran a hand through his hair. Of course he’d ask about his feelings first. He was always that considerate. He probably cared about Hinata more than he did. “Honestly? I just might do it. I mean, I parents would have wanted it and the world would probably be a better place if someone that amazing existed, don’t you think? Compare to my ordinary self, that person with talent would be worth more.”

Naegi frowned, he looked terrified at the declaration. “Hey, don’t talk about yourself like that.” He started gently because he knew how much of a sensitive topic this was. “Comparing to your ideals isn’t fair. I agree that a person that talented is amazing.” Naegi reached out and held him by the shoulder, he squeezed once for reassurance.  "But I think you’re amazing too.“

“You’re just saying that to make me feel better.” He scoffed, not quite believing his words. “Name one thing that’s amazing about me.”

“Well for starters, you don’t give up. You haven’t given up at all. Despite the way your parents treat you, you’re still pushing forward and that’s something I’ve always admired about you.” Naegi said with a heartfelt smile. “You’re caring too. You’ve always got my back even though your parents hate mine and me by extension.” He chuckled once and then continued, “You think a lot and that makes you careful. You’re reliable when people need you to be which makes you already better than most of the people in the world.”

“That’s more than one.” Hinata snorted as he discreetly wiped the tears that threatened to fall. “You suck at counting.”

They shared a laugh at this and when it passed, Naegi continued, “You’re all of these and so much more.” He declared in one breath. “And you are this even without the talent. You’re already amazing as you are.” He tentatively gave his shoulder another squeeze. “I’m not saying you shouldn’t want to be better. It’s okay to want that. But this? This project? I’m saying it’s not worth risking your life just to get better using a shortcut.”

“Talent isn’t just something that you’re born with. Talent is something you create for yourself. It’s hardwork and experience that you’ve honed throughout the years. It’s watching yourself grow as you train and push yourself farther every day. Talent is something you earn with hard work.” Naegi explained and hoped that his point would get across along with his steeled gaze. This was a decision that Hinata would have to choose for himself and Naegi wanted to make sure that he’d choose without regrets. “So even if you do get the talent that you want after the surgery, could you confidently say that it give you the same satisfaction?”

Hinata stared at him for a long while, processing his speech. Everything Naegi said had made sense. Again, he shouldn’t have expected any less from his cousin. The Hope Cultivation Plan just seemed too good to be true. There had to be some repercussions to it like hidden side effects. Maybe he’d end up with brain damage after all, was it even possible to cram so much potential in one’s brain without it overloading? Worst case scenario, he’d go mad. No, actually, the worst case would be that he’d die during the surgery.

And should it be successful, would Hinata be proud over it? He’d get all of the talent in the world but if anyone asked how he got it, he’d come off as fake. He cheated his way into talent. Unlike everyone else who had worked for it, he’d get it almost instantly compared to their years of dedication. He remembered that part of what he admired of those with talent was their discipline in their respective fields. To stand on the same stage as them, claiming to have struggled like them, would be unfair to them. More importantly, it wouldn’t feel right to him.

With a shaky breath, he finally made his decision.

“Yeah, you’re right. I… don’t want that.” He admitted and he felt another reassuring squeeze that made him look up. Naegi was smiling softly at him and Hinata returned him with a hesitant version of his own. “Thanks for listening to me.”

Naegi shook his head. “I should be thanking you for listening to me.”

The two stayed silent for a while. It seemed as though the heaviness of the conversation still hung in the air and weighed over their shoulders. But with each passing second, they breathed, and each breath filled them with air that seemed to lighten the weight. In a matter of minutes, they were still quiet but the tension had seemingly dissolved. All that’s left between them was calmness and a comfort brought out by their bond.

Hinata broke the silence first. “You do know that as much as inspiring that little speech of yours was, it was kind of hypocrital coming from you who got an instant talent.”

“I! Well!” Naegi was immediately flustered and he had to will himself from not hiding his face. His voice broke though as he spoke hurriedly in a panic, “Getting drawn in a lottery is different from signing up for surgery!”

Hinata simply laughed at his weak retort and teased him even further, much to Naegi’s chagrin. The rest of their conversation followed the same carefree tone and they passed time together just talking. For a while, it was almost as if they didn’t start this with a heavy topic. But they knew, they still remembered the words exchanged. And they knew that they had come to a decision they both agreed on. Maybe they’ll talk about it again some day but for now, they talked about other things. Ordinary things for ordinary people just like them.

Hinata was someone born without talent. Naegi was also another someone born without talent.

And together, they thought it was alright to not have talent.

You know what I love most about Akko

She feels like a genuine mirror to my true self deep within, with all that excessive energy and optimism, being quite gullible and impulsive at times - yet very empathetic, tolerant child  that wants only best for everyone 

Like, this OP right here was diagnosed with ADHD and had rough family history because of it, especially with a mom that had no idea what to do with me and resolted to domestic violence and verbally abusing me out of this behaviour because I acted like a “cartoon character” or “a clown” instead of a proper man. (Didn’t also help that I was notorious for making pretty expressive faces or grimaces, which is also Akko’s well-known thing, lol)

Yet, most people agreed that out of all children/teenager they had met, I was perhaps the most brightest and happiest of all through my energy and endless curiosity. It kind of saddens me to think I don’t act this way as openly due how hard my upbringing would get from there after I moved to 4th grade and didn’t find as close of a support.

Speaking of studying, we know that isn’t Akko’s best forte due above things - and people already headcanon some mental disorders like ADHD on Akko which I find pretty fittin.  Yet, fortunately she has a supportive teacher that tries her best to help her through it out of all the other teachers in Luna Nova. 


Even better is how we see her find her thing through efforts from both Akko and Ursula - and that only flourishing further throughout the series!

The best part is, I had the same fortune of being tutored by a sweet, hardowrking teacher from 1st to 3rd grade. In fact, it even made me “reform” some of my more outlandish, selfish behavior stemming from my stress with my difficult family environment. 
Over time I opened myself more on taking it less anxiously and impatiently to deal with my problems with that same vein (though Mom didn’t help really growing that further, but again). 

Like, I’m just super-happy she exists, and her character is just a lovely assurance that I still cherish and love myself through the happiness and fortune I can bring to myself and other people despite my ADHD, and always pursue making my life just a little bit more fun.


angelicpiedd  asked:

Hey I love your blog, it always helps when I'm feeling down so quick question. What would you recommend when someone is feeling unloved and... just not enough for anyone?

One of my mantras is “my best is always enough.” It basically means that literally all you can do is your best, all you can be is your best self. 

Best =/= above and beyond. 

Best = WHO YOU ARE = Enough 

Like literally all that you are is a person is enough, and if that’s not good enough for people then that’s their problem. Obviously we all have flaws and we can work on those, but wherever you are at - is enough. 

These are things i like to remind myself so i hope it can help you too

Can we talk about how fast Wynonna’s face fell when Nicole said the word miracle. She has been kicked in the teeth enough times to know that things like miracles don’t happen to Earps, let alone her. In season 1, Gus told Wynonna you don’t look a miracle in the mouth. But life has taught her good things never come without a price. They are still paying the price for that small moment of happiness she had for Willia’s return.

The fact that Waverly can barely look at her cements the feeling that something is wrong.

 Wynonna loves Waverly, she is the one character whose needs and wants she will always put first and above own well being. She trust Waverly enough to be vulnerable with her which is tough for Wynonna. She knows she hasn’t always been the best big sister but she has always tried to do her best by Waverly. Growing up she wasn’t there for all the little things due to the mental hospital, foster homes and her juvie stint. Even by leaving she thought she was doing what was best. Especially with all the adults in her life telling her how better off Waverly would be is she was gone ( i.e. Season 1 Nedley and Gus). I think Wynonna’s anger is more from hurt that Waverly didn’t trust or believe in her enough to wait than a feeling of betrayal.

 Waverly has not slept in 2 days. The day before she spent her morning training with Wynonna, the afternoon dealing with the burnt body and her evening with Rosita. The rest of the night she dealt with the trauma that was Tucker and her almost abduction. The girl is already exhausted and emotionally drained when she finds Widow!Mercedes attacking Nicole. These things are not conducive to healthy decision making. Which is why she let it slip that Rosita was a revenant after she said she wouldn’t

Wynonna isn’t used to people helping her out of the goodness of their hearts. The small amount of social pleasantries that she has are pushed aside because this is for Nicole (and Waverly) and she is tired of loosing the few people she has. 

Her plan to break the seal after the baby is born is contingent on her finding the demon Clootie’s weakness. I think she wants to wait until after the baby is born because she doubts she will survive the battle. If she can kill Clootie and break the curse this is a consequence she has made peace with. She knows between Waverly and Doc the baby will be okay. And neither Waverly or the baby will inherit the miserable life and early death sentence that is the curse. 

If this doesn’t pan out she still has the original plan from season one: to kill all of the revenants.

 Wynonna likes Rosita but the truth is no matter how much she likes her she will eventually have to kill her to break the curse. Killing her last is the only kindness she can offer. Because at the end of the day Wynonna refuses to past this curse to another generation. Even if it means killing Rosita on the eve of her kid’s 27th birthday.

kyousuke-nii  asked:

Whenever I look at Otabek, My head or I always say "Why can't I have a cool and hot best friend like him?!" or "I wish he was my dad..." Every time I look at my real dad, I began to sulk, "Every time I stare at him, It breaks my heart."

well, dads are rarely perfect. of course there are ones that are better, because their way of thinking is different or closer to what we also think or want in life.
my father always wanted the best for me, but also pretended the best from me. and he did it in a very bad way, and above all things by being rarely present when i needed him the most.
I don’t hate him, but ironically we got close when i went far away. and when i stopped spending his money because i had mine lmao. 
on another note, dad otabek is just what i am pushing into him. we still don’t know him well and maybe in second season we’ll discover some things that are gonna make the character doing an overturn, who knows! 

Behind The Scenes (1/???)

Author’s note: I apologize in advanced if “Y/n” seems to be very specific. I did not originally intended for that to happened, but this scenario series manifested itself into what it is now. I hope you all can still put yourself in the story and will still be able to enjoy it. It is going to be a long series. I’m not the best writer and writing all this was challenging, but I really wanted to share this story. I hope you all like it. Sorry for any grammatical errors. 

Genre: Intro

Word Count: 1319

Summary: You first meet BTS while attending one of their concerts/ fan meeting. You get closer to the members and get stuck in the web of their real lives.

Other parts: HERE 


This GIF is mine. I made it based off of this scenario series.


Ø  You have been an army since the day BTS debuted.

Ø  Your all time ultimate bias is Jungkook.

Ø  After stanning them for 4-years, you finally have the time and money to go their 4th anniversary tour and get a VIP pass for a fan signing. This concert is going to be the biggest concert of the tour because is the final concert of their tour.


 You couldn’t believe it. You were actually at your first BTS fan signing. Finally, you were going to get to meet the 7 boys you have been obsessing over for years! You looked at the line in front of you, when your eyes fell upon the seven boys, you could feel yourself shaking. You tried your best to calm yourself down. You still couldn’t believe they were actually real. Before today they have only been little people on your screen and now they are actually sitting a few feet in front of you. They look so much better in person!

It was finally your turn. Jin was the first member in the line-up. Your nervousness doubled as you stumbled your way up to him. As you stood in front of him, you quietly handed him your poster. You’re so shy that you use your hands to cover your face, mostly just your mouth. Jin noticed how nervous you were and he tried to make you feel better by saying, “Aw, you really shouldn’t cover up a cute face like yours. Look at me, I’m so handsome and I want to show my face to the world! You should do the same!”. This made you laugh and you felt a bit more comfortable. Then he handed you back your poster, giving you his signature smile.

The next members you met were Rap Monster, Suga, and Jhope. They were all so polite and cute with you, just like they were with the other fans. you felt less nervous as you met each of them. They were so down to earth that they made you feel so comfortable being in front of them. They asked your name and asked you how your day was or if you were excited for the concert that was going to happen after the fan signing. As they all had a tiny conversation with you, they signed your poster. They left tiny cliché, but cute, notes under their signatures.

The next member in the line-up was Jungkook. Even though your nerves left you, they returned once your eyes landed on Jungkook, and they returned with a vengeance. The butterflies in your stomach were doing backflips in your stomach. You could feel your face heat up.

You forced yourself to walk over to Jungkook. When you are in front of him, he gives you the cutest smile ever and tells you that you look really cute. You could feel yourself blushing even more and you look away so that he can’t see you. When you did that he said, “No! Don’t do that! I want to see your face!”. Despite that fact that you wanted to run away because you were flooded with emotion, you did what he said and looked back at him.

When you look back at him, he is sitting there giving you that adorable smile of his. He asks you what you name is. When you told him, he said that it is “really nice to meet you”. You suddenly felt the need to apologize because you could feel yourself getting nervous again and you were scared to embarrass yourself in front of him. At least by apologizing you would be giving him some kind of disclaimer to your actions. “I’m sorry. I’m just so nervous. You are my bias and I can’t believe I’m seeing you in person.”

When you say this to him, you notice his demeanor change. He goes from all cute, to all “rude”. He says, “Oh really? Why?”. You go on to tell him you find him so handsome and tell him how angelic his voice is. You knew you were speaking rather loudly, but you didn’t really care. All you could focus on was his cute smirk growing more and more as you complimented him.

As he signs your poster, you are too busy looking to the next member you are going to, that you don’t see it when he writes something on the back of your poster. Before you leave, you tell him good luck and to do well on stage. You move on to V and he is just as cute with you as Jin, Suga, Rap Monster, and Jhope were. When he is done signing your poster you move on to Jimin.

Jimin was very different from the rest of the members. As you are walking towards him, you noticed he looks towards you as if he were annoyed by you. You got in front of him and gave him a big smile, but he only gives you a half smile and tells you hello. You don’t want him to be mad, so you tell him how much you love his voice. He then, in a rather passive aggressive attitude, asks, “Is my voice just as angelic as Jungkook’s?”.

You are a bit taken aback. You didn’t think that you were that loud when you were complimenting Jungkook that he was able to hear. You were also curious as to why he even brought this up. You replied with “Of course it is! Honestly, your voice is even more angelic than his.” This made Jimin smile a little bit. He signed your poster and you left the fan signing and went to wait for the concert to begin.

 ~~~

The final concert of their tour was beyond amazing! It was the best BTS concert of the tour. Out of all the concerts you’ve been to, this one was the best ever. BTS sounded so amazing live, the vocals were the best you’ve ever heard them and all the choreo was on point. Throughout the concert all the members were being extra… very extra… especially Jungkook.

It wasn’t until after the concert that you had a chance to look at the merch you bought and read your signed poster. On the poster, each member signed above themselves. The little notes they wrote were all similar to each other. There were things like, “You are the best!”, “BTS loves you!”, “BTS loves army!”, etc.

It was Jungkook’s note that made you want to run up a mountain and scream your heart out. He wrote “Hi Y/N! You are honestly the prettiest army I’ve ever seen. I hope I’ll be your bias forever!” You get so excited that you let go of the poster and started jumping up and down and screaming in your bedroom. Once you were done spazzing out, you go to pick up the poster. You noticed a tiny noted on the back. On the bottom right corner there is a phone number written down and under it, it says, “Hope to hear from you soon. -JK” You practically pass out from reading this because you were holding your breath forever. You couldn’t tell if this was a dream or not. This was too good to be true.

For the next hour you debated whether or not you should call/text the number. “It could be a fake number. He might not remember who I am. Maybe this is all some kind of sick joke that he likes to play on random fans. You can’t be the only fan he gave a phone number to, assuming this is even his number.” you thought.

You finally decided to call the number the next day. “What do I really have to lose? If it’s really his number, he’ll answer. If it’s some random number, then I’ll just lie and say that I called them by mistake.”


I will post the next part on Thursday.

Thank you @biasedshawol for giving me the idea to this scenarios series!!!! i had alot of fun writing this!  Thanks @colamaus for brainstorming with me and helping me with this story along the way!

anonymous asked:

Maybe it was because I sent one right after another and tumblr had a moment. Anyways I was wondering if you have and tips or tricks for planning and writing in general because I have a hard time writing out a plan and when I free write I don't really get the point across and jump all of over the place

I’ve gotchu! 

Planning out plot points, certain dialogue, and characters:

Plot points: I write or type out whatever points I need to hit in that chapter or one shot in a notebook or document. They can be vague or they can be specific, but if I write them down I basically have a checklist that I can go down and make sure I hit the points that need hitting. Plus, this also helps with not forgetting plot points for a later chapter or whatever because you can write it down and everything is in the same place.

Certain Dialogue: Like the plot points, I make sure to write down any clever dialogue that I think up so I don’t forget it. 

Characters: There are templates online that you can use to help create your characters and, fuck, they’re amazing. You basically want to develop as much of your character as possible and the templates help you do that. A great blog post that might help is- Tip: Developing Characters by @typedwriters . And then you can find a detailed template here: How to Create a Character Profile 

Don’t multitask:

One thing I have a hard time doing is not multitasking while writing and planning. I always find myself watching and listening to American Dad! or Family Guy or Hamilton when I’m writing and it just distracts me. When I want to write seriously, I can’t have any background noise like tv or lyrical music. I work the best when I’m alone and I have some Classical or Baroque music playing.

Make sure you have your perfect environment to work in. I’ve found writing outside really helps my writing improve because it pulls me out into an open world where I’m not closed in or surrounded by artificial noise.

Listen to what helps you concentrate and work the best. Like I’ve mentioned above, I prefer listening to Classical and Baroque music while working. Some people like listening to instrumentals from their favorite musicals. Some people like listening to lyrical music. It all depends on what works best for you.

When you sit down to write, write. Don’t work on anything else, dedicate that time to writing. If it means having to set a time or word cap because you have other things to do, then do so. But when you sit down to write, you should write your little heart out.

Details:

Details are your best friend, but you don’t have to go over the top with them. There is a thing as too much detail in a work but that’s okay for a first draft. Just be sure to edit out the appropriate amount when it comes to editing. While doing that, you can add and delete what you need to, to focus the reader more on the point you were trying to make. 


That’s all I’ve got for right now, I’m pressed for time at the moment so I apologize if any of my words didn’t make any sense. Feel free to keep sending me asks and I can help with whatever you need and my messages are also open :)

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Dear Zachary Kenneth…. where do I even begin this? The Shiro to my Keith, the Dick to my Wally, the one (1) man I’ll always trust! I wanna start with just thanking you for all of those amazing moments we’ve spent together, for always making me laugh, for always supporting me and my men, for introducing me to ATLA and LOK cause it really changed my life, for making me piss myself with your burping on rabbit, for all the support and chances to rant when I felt like I’m gonna explode you’ve given me, for everything really. You’re really one of the best people I’ve ever met, regardless if it’s just the internet or not. You’re so smart and witty and funny and talented and you drag people so well. You’re so passionate about dick (not just Richard, as presented on the set above) and other things you love, it’s really touching and wonderful to observe. We agree on so many things it’s almost like we’re twins separated at birth with a slight age difference and I really couldn’t express enough how thankful I am for that. You truly deserve all the best in the world, the best food, the best friends, the best games and shows, the best animated dick and the best real life flesh dick. I hope today and the upcoming year are amazing for you, full with joy and unforgettable memories. I also hope all of your wildest dreams and wishes come true, and that a smile never comes off your face. I really don’t know where I would be or what would I do without you. Also, fuck, you’re old enough to be my sugar daddy now! It’s about goddamn time. Happy birthday binch! <3

Everyone go @ryan-potter‘s old ass a very happy birthday or you’ll meet your doom (me).

hellyeahtitans67  asked:

Age old comic questions to ask: in the old debate regarding "which side of Superman is the real person whole other one is the fake identity", I consider Clark Kent the real person and Kal El/Superman his mask. What's your opinion?

In spite of being such a profoundly significant aspect of him - arguably THE significant aspect of him - I actually have two pretty irreconcilable answers to this one. In part it’s a matter of a multitude of fundamentally incompatible takes on him being presented over the years, and to narrow it down to a single vision in terms of legitimacy is impossible after 1940 or so. But if we’re being really honest, it also has to do with my mood at a given time, and my frustration with how he as a character is often treated.

The first answer, what I’d call the proper answer for a modern mainline take on him, is both of them are real. Or, depending on your standards, neither of them. He doesn’t just turn off who he is, or spend half his life pretending. When he’s slouching in a bad suit and pretending to be near-sighted he can still count and mentally sort by size every dust mite in his field of vision in a picosecond, he’s still listening into police band frequencies, he’s still fighting for truth and justice. He’s still being Superman. And when he’s wearing a leotard and holding up collapsing bridges, he’s thinking about hitting deadline and feeling bad about bumping into that one guy from accounting and remembering how to make the recipe he tried on a recent time-travel trip that he’s sure Lois would like. He’s still being Clark. And at the same time he can’t be angry or bold as Clark, or scared or awkward as Superman, same as you might have Work You and With Your Friends You and With Your Family You, and they’re all real but not whole. The ‘truest’ guy such as he is would probably think of himself as Clark, but that’s the guy who knows how to drive a tractor and has been tinkering with a one-man Multiversal transportation unit in the Fortress and is wondering if he’ll ever write another novel, not exactly fitting with either of the above. And you could count on your fingers all the people in the universe who interact with that side of him on anything like a regular basis. Ultimately, they’re both meaningful and valid expressions of who he is, Clark the part of him that feels awkward and alien but determined to do the right thing in spite of the limits even he possesses, and Superman the very nice godling raised by the Kents to help people because he can.

…but there’s another answer too. If you’re enforcing a more rigidly-defined take on the identity binary, if you’re focusing on one side as being a ‘truer’ expression of himself even if neither encompass all of it, if you’re picking between the Silver Age Superman or the Byrne Superman as a more valid expression since they both decide on one, or if I’m just particularly frustrated with DC’s treatment of him on a given day and feel they need to flip the script - if one way or another, you’re being forced to pick one. In that case, my answer is definitely, unquestionably that he has to be Superman who sometimes pretends to be Clark Kent, not the other way around.

I know that goes against 30 years of conventional wisdom - especially since Kill Bill/Quentin Tarantino’s argument to that effect left a sour taste in a lot of mouths - but like the old narrator says, he’s SUPERMAN, DISGUISED AS MILD-MANNERED REPORTER CLARK KENT. That’s how Siegel and Shuster made him, that’s how the majority of his most critically-acclaimed stories portray him, that’s how he was for 48 years until John Byrne kinda-sorta-maybe broke everything forever, and of all the things he changed for the worse, Clark as the unambiguously true character of the two might have been the most destructive. ‘Power levels’ can be adjusted, he can start fighting bigger and stranger or smaller and more intimate threats, Krypton and the presence or lack thereof of Ma & Pa Kent in the present can be retconned, but that’s a fundamental change to the innermost core foundation of who he is, and while it arguably led to the more well-rounded “they’re both real” take down the line - though I’d argue it was headed that way anyway and Byrne actually significantly delayed it - at the time, it absolutely, catastrophically cut the character out at the knees. I would sincerely say that DC accepting it as the True Canon take on the character has been one of the biggest reasons he’s struggled to regain a foothold in the public imagination.

For one thing, if Clark’s the ‘real’ guy, he’s probably not going to be that different from Superman. He has to be brave and charismatic and unwilling to let injustices go unaddressed no matter the cost, because those are all clearly fundamental aspects of who he is, and Superman has to be capable of all those things too. The problem of course being that that makes him a Superman who isn’t doing cool Superman stuff, and unless you really zero in on the office drama or reporter intrigue as equally relevant and exciting parts of the story - which most don’t - that makes a Clark who’s real ironically a distraction from the real event of him being Superman, a set of interstitial scenes to break up the robot-punching. And it takes away the drama of him having a secret identity if they’re both the same: of course he spends half of his life as the guy he truly is when he’s not being a superhero, for the same reason Peter Parker doesn’t just take an Avengers paycheck and spend all his time as Spider-Man. Him willingly spending his time acting klutzy and insecure when he’s actually Superman is a fascinating insight into his character. If nothing else, it hits on the primal motherlode of relatability that is “to be normal and accepted he has to pretend to be someone he’s not”; there’s no overstating what a long way that goes in making a borderline god someone who you can sincerely empathize with, and everyone on Earth can do that with that experience. Handsome Hero Reporter Clark Kent fighting crime on the other hand is an obvious thing that character does if he has superpowers, and nothing more. It cuts him down from having an interesting motivation for each identity to one for both, and undoes a lot of potential complexity in the process.

American Alien is the one story to come down entirely on the side of Clark Kent being the real one that I know of to really, powerfully work, and it rewrites a ton of how he functions to make that fit. In spite of some of what I said above still applying - the story is about how he becomes Clark Kent, superhero, his decision to put on the suit being an ancillary aspect of that, rather than him going down two parallel tracks that converge in interesting ways - it actually turns out well; it’s arguably the best Superman story since All-Star even if I’ve personally preferred a couple others, and in the isolated context of that story, it works incredibly well. As a Superman who’s meant above all else to address the specific themes and aspects of who he is that this story wants to go into, it goes perfectly: he’s a Clark who can still believably do Superman stuff, but because he’s really Clark that image ends up cracking, yet when the chips are down Clark is still tough enough in and of himself to get the job done. It’s absolutely a fair-game reimagining for the sake of what the creators are trying to do.

But just the same, while it fits for that one story and any possible sequels, I don’t think it fits with the broader portrayal of Superman as an icon, for a very important reason: one of the big things at the heart of his story is the idea that it’s our best selves that are our truest selves, at least in his eyes. Jor-El isn’t just the guy who failed to save Krypton, he’s the man who gave us Superman. Jimmy Olsen may be a dope who wanders into danger so often he needs a signal watch to summon the most powerful man on Earth to regularly save him, but he’s also a quick-witted crusading action reporter who’s decent enough that the best guy on Earth considers his best pal. Perry can be a dick boss, but he’s he’s a crusading journalist of integrity who wants to bring the best out of the people he works with, and because of that Clark looks up to him. Lex has done horrific damage, but Superman above all thinks of him in terms of the kernel of goodness inside him being squandered, and all the wonderful things he could do for the world. In Superman’s world it’s the best in us that’s the most essential part of who we are; he…screw it, Morrison put it better the way he always does:

In the end, I saw Superman not as a superhero or even a science fiction character, but as a story of Everyman. We’re all Superman in our own adventures. We have our own Fortresses of Solitude we retreat to, with our own special collections of valued stuff, our own super–pets, our own ‘Bottle Cities’ that we feel guilty for neglecting. We have our own peers and rivals and bizarre emotional or moral tangles to deal with.

I felt I’d really grasped the concept when I saw him as Everyman, or rather as the dreamself of Everyman. That ‘S’ is the radiant emblem of divinity we reveal when we rip off our stuffy shirts, our social masks, our neuroses, our constructed selves, and become who we truly are.

The essential truth of his story is that inside every Clark Kent - the person our fears and vulnerabilities make all of us be, even him - when the time is right and you tear your shirt open there’s a Superman who will emerge as your highest, truest self to make things better. Not that behind every seemingly-magnificent Superman there’s the moments where he has to calm down and stop rocking the boat and go back to being scared, vulnerable, mild-mannered Clark Kent. You can rectify that by presenting Clark as a profoundly appealing figure in and of himself - Superman’s really just like you too! (though isn’t he just Spider-Man at that point?) - but like I said earlier, while Clark should be admirable, past a certain point that runs into some major problems of its own, and Lois is supposed to be the one to show how a normal person can be super anyway. Again, I think the best path forward is for both of them to be true. But if you’re making a decision, Clark may play his part…

My 100 Favorite Movies of the Decade So Far

My goodness this was difficult. Putting together a list of my 100 favorite movies since 2010 was by far the most challenging movie-post I’ve attempted so far (because this is just so hard am I right?); there have just been so many great movies the last few years, and I’ve seen a lot of them. I’m honestly quite proud of this list, there’s a lot of diversity to it, I just wish I had seen more documentaries and foreign films, but what can you do. Without further ado, strap yourself down and prepare for quite the long post. 

100. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Matthew McConaughey solidified his place as one of the hardest working and most versatile actors today. Alright alright alright.

99. Looper (2012)

Rian Johnson proved himself to be on of the most unique voices in sci-fi with this very thought provoking take on time travel. The future of the Star Wars franchise is in great hands.

98. Friends with Benefits (2011)

No, this movie doesn’t break new ground in the romantic comedy genre, but Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are so fun to watch that you can’t help but smile watching them fall in love.

97. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader have terrific chemistry in a movie that might make you all teary eyed if you have a sibling. Even if you don’t, this is a powerful, warm story about two people reconnecting and moving past darkness.

96. The Drop (2014)

James Gandolfini in his last performance is a slow burn of a crime thriller. And you get to see Tom Hardy hold an adorable puppy throughout. Nuff said.

95. Begin Again (2014)

Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo star in quite the feel good movie. And Adam Levine is a surprisingly good actor, plus Lost Stars is one of last year’s best songs.

94. The Ides of March (2011)

One of George Clooney’s more impressive directorial outings. A little bit like House of Cards before House of Cards was a thing.

93. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Quite possibly my favorite Edgar Wright film. This is one of the most visually exciting, fun movies on tis list.

92. Predestination (2015)

If you guess the twist, you are a psychic. 

91. Tangled (2010)

One of Disney’s best modern films in its new Golden Age. The animation is simply gorgeous.

90. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

The first in what is absolutely DreamWorks’ best franchise yet. Unlike many of the studio’s efforts, this is an earnest film focused on heart above all else.

89. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

One of the best examples of why a reboot isn’t always a bad thing. Andy Serkis’ Caesar is one of cinema’s greatest characters.

88. Neighbors (2014)

My god this made me laugh.

87. The Master (2012)

I’m still not entirely sure if I understand this, but I do know it contains two of the best performances I’ve ever seen in Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

86. Don Jon (2013)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s very impressive directorial debut is the most honest romantic comedy in quite some time. 

85. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

The only massive franchise to deserve a split managed to stay great through all eight installments. The Harry and Hermione dancing sequence is one of the best in the series.

84. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

The tear-jerker of two people who refuse to let their disease define their existence. Okay? Okay.

83. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Bryan Singer had the impossible task of reinventing the X-Men franchise, and he succeeded spectacularly. Let’s see if Joss Whedon can top this version of Quicksilver.

82. War Horse (2011)

No, this doesn’t stand up to Steven Spielberg’s best, but it is an emotional journey that made me want a horse. And my goodness, it’s beautiful.

81. John Wick (2014)

Keanu Reeves gives possibly his best performance since The Matrix, in one of the best modern action films around. Probably more deserving of a sequel than almost any movie out today.

80. Men, Women and Children (2014)

I truly don’t understand the hate this movie received. It hit my heart hard and it has a lot to say about the modern digital age.

79. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

It’s probably a little too long, but it’s funny and surprisingly emotional. Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling made for a terrific duo.

78. The Raid 2 (2014)

The Raid: Redemption was further proof of why American action films are lacking today, and it’s sequel was even more elaborate, and more exciting. That last fight sequence is perfection.

77. Nightcrawler (2014)

Jake Gyllenhaal is giving great performance after great performance and Lou Bloom is probably his most interesting, and disturbing character to date. If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy the ticket.

76. Contagion (2011)

If you don’t freak out when you hear coughing after watching this, you’re a stronger person than I am.

75. Rush (2013)

Ron Howard’s best movie in quite sometime, and Chris Hemsworth proved his has what it takes to be a movie star beyond the Marvel universe.

74. Moneyball (2011)

How can you not be romantic about baseball?

73. The Hunt (2013)

My goodness is this movie an emotional tornado. Mads Mikkelsen is unbelievably good here.

72. Shutter Island (2010)

I first saw this movie on a date with a girl I had just started seeing. She wanted to make out, I wanted to watch the movie. Her and I broke up, but I still vividly remember the first time I saw this. I made the right choice.

71. The Grey (2012)

This is more than just another Liam Neeson action film. This is a brutal meditation on how fiercely we hold onto life when we think we no longer want it.

70. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Jennifer Lawrence as one of the best modern heroes leads one of the best franchises in sometime. This is a sequel that improves upon the already very good first movie in every way.

69. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

I don’t think anyone would have guessed that last years’ most memorable characters would be a talking raccoon and a tree, but Marvel continues to dominate the blockbuster landscape with the most fun superhero movie maybe ever.

68. The Conjuring (2013)

This may very well be the best horror film in over a decade. James Wan understood that great horror doesn’t rely on jump scares, and instead uses atmosphere and great pacing to create dread.

67. 21 Jump Street (2012)

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are two of the best voices in comedy working today, taking a concept that shouldn’t have worked and turning it into a buddy cop movie classic. And who knew Channing Tatum could be so hilarious?

66. Stories We Tell (2013)

A documentary that challenges what it means to be a documentary. 

65. Frozen (2013)

In an era where Disney is creating nothing but great movies, Frozen stands on top as a modern animated classic. And with Frozen 2 just announced, it looks like they won’t be letting it go anytime soon.

64. About Time (2013)

What could have been a generic romance film turned out to be one of the best father/son stories I’ve ever seen. And Rachel McAdams is such a sweetheart.

63. Skyfall (2013)

This is probably the most beautiful, well shot action film in quite sometime. Daniel Craig as James Bond is perfection and I cannot wait for Spectre.

62. Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol (2011)

Tom Cruise is simply the greatest action star working today. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such an adrenaline rush watching a movie before.

61. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson at his most Wes Anderson-y.

60. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Marvel’s best standalone movie yet, and absolutely the best part of Phase Two so far. More than just a superhero movie, this is an intense spy thriller with some of the most exciting action sequences in quite a while.

59. 127 Hours (2010)

So much more than “the movie where the guy cuts off his arm.” Although that is something to see.

58. Locke (2014)

Tom Hardy carries a movie that has no right to be as compelling as it is.

57. Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck is simply one of the greatest directors working today, and even though this is his weakest film in my opinion, it is still a heart pounding experience.

56. True Grit (2010)

The Coen brothers made the best Western of the modern age, and it is the superior version.

55. Buried (2010)

Anyone who debates Ryan Reynolds’ acting abilities hasn’t seen this.

54. Let Me In (2010)

Another reason why not all remakes are bad. This is just as great as the terrific Swedish version. Forget Twilight, this is a great vampire film.

53. Source Code (2011)

Who knew repeating the same scene over and over could be so interesting.

52. Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

Kathryn Bigelow refuses to coddle her audience, creating war movies that actual delve deep into character and display America’s mistakes. Jessica Chastain gives an incredible performance.

51. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Last year’s biggest surprise. It’s Groundhog Day meets Aliens meets Saving Private Ryan and it’s awesome.

50. A Most Violent Year (2014)

Oscar Isaac channels a young Al Pacino in a very atypical gangster film.

49. Trust (2011)

I feel like I’m the only person in the world that loves this movie, but it’s so much more than just a Lifetime special like some of its critics say. Liana Liberato leads a very emotional, powerful story about how terrible people take advantage of someone who just wants understanding and love.

48. Ted (2012)

This might be my favorite straight comedy in years.

47. The Descendants (2011)

Alexander Payne gave us one of George Clooney’s best performances and introduced me to Shailene Woodley. This is a great family drama.

46. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

So much more than a romantic comedy. It deals with mental illness in a mature way and started the David O. Russell/Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper team.

45. Captain Phillips (2013)

Paul Greengrass is probably the only director capable of using shaky-cam effectively, and Tom Hanks reminds us why he’s such a legend.

44. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Forget all the behind the scenes controversy, this is a heartbreaking look at two lovers growing apart from each other. And Adele Exarchopoulos is everything.

43. Cloud Atlas (2012)

Possibly the most ambitious undertaking on this list. Somehow the Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer made six interweaving stories in different parts of history meld together in quite the extraordinary experience.

42. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Even though the Swedish version is great, David Fincher’s take on the material is more styish and more compelling. Rooney Mara gives my second favorite performance of the decade so far (you’ll see number one later).

41. End of Watch (2012)

David Ayer’s cop film is one of the most emotional expereinces on this list.

40. Les Miserables (2012)

Tom Hooper’s epic musical. The “Can You Hear the People Sing” sequence is one of the greatest scenes of any movie on this list.

39. Midnight in Paris (2011)

I haven’t seen nearly as much Woody Allen as I would like to (which also sounds like a terrible Woody Allen joke), but this is such a charming, funny, unique film. I love it.

38. Hugo (2011)

Martin Scorsese’s love letter to cinema.

37. This Is the End (2013)

I lied, this is my favorite comedy of the last couple years. Jonah Hill getting raped by Satan is the funniest thing you’ll ever see.

36. Gravity (2013)

Alfono Cuaron’s revolutionary space-thriller is an experience that will leave you breathless.

35. Before Midnight (2013)

Richard Linklater is the master of taking normal life and making it into something as compelling as any blockbuster. This is the conclusion as one of the greatest and least likely trilogies in film history. I hope we get one every nine years.

34. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

My goodness, this is one of the most emotionally draining, but necessary films I’ve ever seen. 

33. 50/50 (2011)

I never would have guessed a cancer-comedy would work so well, but this is a funny and ultimately a film that devastates the heart.

32. What If (2014)

This movie just makes me so so happy. It also made me cry. This charming, sweet romantic comedy is my life in so many ways.

31. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Matt Reeves wisely put the focus on the apes in one of the greatest sequels I’ve ever seen.

30. Foxcatcher (2014)

This is a slow, cold, brooding film with three of the best performances in any movie I’ve ever seen. Anyone who argues Channing Tatum isn’t a great actor at this point is just being foolish.

29. The Spectacular Now (2013)

James Ponsoldt has such a great understanding of what it’s like to be in high school, not knowing what the future holds. John Hughes would be proud.

28. The Town (2010)

Ben Affleck’s Heat is a terrific crime thriller with some incredibly tense moments.

27. The Fighter (2010)

This is so much more than a boxing movie. This is a story about two brothers who above all else in their life, love each other.

26. Shame (2011)

Steve McQueen’s study of sex addiction is the most powerful addiction story since Requiem for a Dream. Michael Fassbender is god here.

25. Selma (2014)

This is not a biopic that paints someone’s entire life in a Lifetime sheen, but instead explores Martin Luther King Jr.’s frustrations, fears, and hopes in vivid detail.

24. Blue Valentine (2010)

The most devastatingly honest story about love and the loss of love I’ve ever seen.

23. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

If The Conjuring is the best straight horror film in a while, this is by far the most enjoyable. Deconstructing horror tropes even better than Scream did in the 90′s, this is a brilliant, fun look at a genre that has been weighed down by constant cliche.

22. The Avengers (2012)

This is the movie every comic book nerd like myself has dreamed about, I just couldn’t have imagined it would be this great. The culmination of years of setup, this was cinematic ecstasy.

21. Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino’s bloody “Southern” is brutal, hilarious, dramatic, and gave us some terrific performances.

20. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

One of the best high school films of all time. A great soundtrack, great characters, and an author who directed his own terrific book.

19. Gone Girl (2014)

David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s great novel (and her equally great script) satirizes the media, Nancy Grace, marriage, and a host of other issues in this very effective mystery. Rosamund Pike is unbelievably good.

18. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

DreamWorks’ best film yet is an ambitious, beautifully animated, shocking film about taking on more responsibility than we think we can handle. Toothless is one of the greatest animated creatures of all time.

17. Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman gives one of my favorite performances on this list in Darren Aronofsky’s fable about the horrors of the quest for perfection. And Mila Kunis isn’t a bad addition either.

16. Warrior (2011)

What could have easily been just a predictable sports film turned into one of the most emotional stories I can remember. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton are terrific in this brother vs. brother story.

15. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

One of the Coen brother’s best films is a depressing look into how success doesn’t find everyone. Oscar Isaac is amazing and the music is great. And that cat is so cute.

14. The Place Beyond the Pines (2014)

Derek Cianfrance explores the cause and effect fathers have on their sons in a family drama where the word epic can be appropriately used. This hit me hard.

13. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

I don’t understand the disappointment some felt while watching this masterpiece. Christopher Nolan ended one of the greatest trilogies of all time on a somber, meditative note, and the last 10 minutes are some of the greatest I can remember.

12. Life of Pi (2012)

Ang Lee’s mind-blowingly gorgeous film will leave you awestruck. This is the most beautifully shot film on the list. This is a technical achievement like no other.

11. Boyhood (2014)

Rarely is a filmmaker able to do something that has literally never been done before, but Richard Linklater’s 12 year project is one of simple perfection. He shows us the small moments are what add up and make life worth living.

10. Short Term 12 (2013)

This movie will break your heart, rebuild it, break it again, tape it back together, and leave it up to you to pick up the pieces. Maybe this hit me harder than it will most people because this is what I want to do with my career, but if you’re able to sit through the “octopus story” scene and not have a little something in your eye, you’re cold.

9. Drive (2011)

Nicolas Winding Refn’s neo-noir is the coolest movie I’ve ever seen. Ryan Gosling is perfectly cast in this very different crime movie, where the neon lights shine brightly, the people are brutal, and all the driver needs is five minutes.

8. Whiplash (2014)

My goodness this movie grabs you from the first scene and doesn’t let go. With one of the best final scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie, this film is non-stop excitement. J.K. Simmons is operating on a whole other level here.

7. Interstellar (2014)

Christopher Nolan shot for the stars with his space epic, and in my mind, he flew beyond them. This is one of the most ambitious and emotional movie going experiences I’ve ever had. Beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, incredibly directed, this is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

A perfect conclusion to one of the greatest franchises in film history. I can’t imagine Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s story ending in a better way. The Battle of Hogwarts is one of the most satisfying action sequences I’ve ever seen, and the “Snape memory” sequence is heartbreaking beyond compare. My favorite Harry Potter film.

5. The Social Network (2010)

In 50 years, if there is one movie that defines this generation it’s this one. Mark Zuckerberg changed the way we communicate forever, and David Fincher’s version of this story is one that made “the Facebook movie” so much more than that.

4. Her (2013)

The great romance of the modern era. Spike Jonze’s vision of the future is full of warm, light colors and a lot of loneliness. You believe in the romance between Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. You believe they love each other and you believe Theodore can grow past his inability to truly, selflessly care for someone.

3. Toy Story 3 (2010)

The greatest animated film so far this decade is also the conclusion of one of cinema’s great trilogies. Pixar hit all the right notes in its sendoff to childhood and what it means to let go of the things you love the most. Toy Story 4 needs to be perfect. It just needs to be.

2. Inception (2010)

Christopher Nolan is unlike no other filmmaker working today. He’s able to craft intimate character studies in the backdrop of larger than life action sequences. This mix of The Matrix and James Bond is one of the most unique, bold sci-fi films I’ve witnessed. I left the theater euphoric. 

1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The moment I saw this movie I knew it would be one of my favorites for a long time to come. Leonardo DiCaprio gives my favorite performance so far this decade and maybe one of my favorites of all time. Martin Scorsese made this drug-fueled-3-hour-party into the most exciting, hilarious, wild film experience I can imagine. This is a heroin shot to movie theaters while never losing its social importance and condemnation of what people like Jordan Belfort represent. 

Well, there it is guys. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. I would love to heart your favorite films of the decade so far, because nothing brings us together quite like the power of the movies. 

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This is a rant.

Take a look at these photos. It doesn’t matter if you don’t ship dramione. Take a look at them and replace every ‘dramione’ you see with your own otp.

Does it hurt? That people are saying such rude things about your otp? Well this is what dramione shippers constantly have to deal with. The never-ending insults and negativity directed at our ship. Are we overreacting? Would you get mad if you just casually scrolled through your otp’s tag and see people bashing your ship just for the heck of it?

Don’t get me wrong; you can ship whatever you want. It is perfectly fine if you don’t ship dramione, its perfectly fine if you dislike it. But do you have to bash it for fun? Call our ship ‘a sin’? ‘disgusting’? ‘wrong’? No. Will hating on other ships get you anywhere? Will it make people stop shipping it? No.

Maybe it’s just us, but we have honestly never seen dramione shippers doing this. We’re not saying that dramione shippers are saints, I believe that there are rude people in every fandom, dramione included. Correct me if I’m wrong, but comparatively, dramione seems to get more hate in the hp fandom. And its sad to say that its those who ship drarry/romione/fremione/any other ship that involves draco or hermione who says these things. Don’t twist our words; we respect other ships, we do not hate them. Its just that we ship them as brotp and not otp. Do you see us bashing on them? Nope. People say that shipping wars are stupid, and we agree. But if you see so much negativity being directed at your otp, I believe you would feel the same urge to defend it.

There are many debates on dramione vs romione, but we can’t change the fact that it was endgame, whether we like it or not. Nobody can change that. But what about drarry? It’s not canon, just like dramione. In canon: Draco is straight, Harry is also straight. They were written to dislike each other from the start. So to ship drarry, it is considered as AU. In canon: Draco was brought up to hate muggleborns, Hermione was also written to dislike Draco for his mindset. Draco did not really change his mindset on mudbloods until the epilogue. So to ship dramione it is also AU. So basically it depends on your imagination/perspective, but nobody can change the fact that both are not canon. So if both are not canon, why bother hating on either? It doesn’t change the fact that it is still not canon. Why bother trying to convince people that your ship is the best and another ship is scum? And please do not say that ‘you don’t ship drarry because you’re homophobic’, because that is untrue. We have gay ships, its just that drarry isn’t one of them. Personally, I can see drarry happening, its just that I ship dramione more. Does that make me foolish because I have a different ship than you? Well if so then I guess everyone who has un-canon ships are fools. Sometimes we really, honestly want to be civil about this, but the shippers are the problem, not the ship. I like drarry, but these rude shippers ruin it for me. would be ashamed if dramione shippers were this rude.

And as you have seen in the photos above, people use ’tom felton ships drarry’ as an excuse to mock dramione. Yes, he ships drarry openly. Yes, maybe he isn’t a huge fan of dramione. But does the fact that Tom ships drarry openly make it the best ship of all? I don’t think so. There is no such thing as the ‘best ship’. And also, let me suggest a reason why Tom would ship drarry so openly but not dramione. He is best friends with Dan, and they are still proabably very close now. Therefore Tom wouldn’t feel too awkward about shipping drarry openly. But in case you didn’t know, something happened between Tom and Emma that made them really awkward with each other now. Would he ship dramione openly? That would just makes things even more awkward with her.

Same goes for all other ships, we will respect your ship if you respect ours. Is that so difficult? Well we can’t actually force people to stop hating on dramione, but then you can’t blame us for ranting about this. So before you post something nasty about someone else’s ship, imagine if it was your ship being insulted. We’re not trying to convince people to ship dramione, we just hope people can at least tolerate our ship or even respect it. Seriously, hating on dramione will not make it any less popular. Thank you. 

P.S: Please don’t get butthurt over this rant. You have no reason to, unless you have ship-shamed before. We did not bash any ship mentioned above. We will not do the same and insult other ships even though we don’t ship it. So if we receive any hate about this, be prepared because we will defend this ship with our lives.