It’s no easy task being an ordinary parent to an extraordinary child. I failed in that task. And because of my prejudices, I failed you. I am haunted by how things might have turned out differently if I had been more willing to hear your side of things. For me, it’s the end. For you, a chance to grow old and someday do better with your own child than I did with mine. It’s for that child that I give you my ring. I don’t ask for your forgiveness or for you to forget. I ask only that you believe this: whether you are now reading this as a human or as a vampire, I love you all the same, as I’ve always loved you and always will.
`I need no map,’ said Gimli, who had come up with Legolas, and was gazing out before him with a strange light in his deep eyes. `There is the land where our fathers worked of old, and we have wrought the image of those mountains into many works of metal and of stone, and into many songs and tales. They stand tall in our dreams: Baraz, Zirak, Shathûr.
`Only once before have I seen them from afar in waking life, but I know them and their names, for under them lies Khazad-dûm, the Dwarrowdelf, that is now called the Black Pit, Moria in the Elvish tongue. Yonder stands Barazinbar, the Redhorn, cruel Caradhras; and beyond him are Silvertine and Cloudyhead: Celebdil the White, and Fanuidhol the Grey, that we call Zirak-zigil and Bundushathûr.
`There the Misty Mountains divide, and between their arms lies the deep-shadowed valley which we cannot forget: Azanulbizar, the Dimrill Dale, which the Elves call Nanduhirion.’
`It is for the Dimrill Dale that we are making,’ said Gandalf. `If we climb the pass that is called the Redhorn Gate, under the far side of Caradhras, we shall come down by the Dimrill Stair into the deep vale of the Dwarves. There lies the Mirrormere, and there the River Silverlode rises in its icy springs.’
`Dark is the water of Kheled-zâram,’ said Gimli, `and cold are the springs of Kibil-nâla. My heart trembles at the thought that I may see them soon.’
-The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, “The Ring Goes South”
Imagine, getting up in the morning, and seeing that you got a spot, and you don’t think that the world has come to an end. You just put something on it and walk out into the world because you’re so happy, with yourself and your space, that you can just take that space and you don’t need to apologize for yourself. Imagine that ! That would be a great place to be. Imagine getting up in the morning and just putting on your clothes without even having to think about whether they make you look one way or the other. Because you know that your space in the world is insured. You’re allowed to be whatever you want or need to be. And you’re welcome like that. Imagine that ! (x)
honestly. bakura crashing atem’s coronation party, looking better than atem could ever hope to in his dead father’s jewelry and dragging a sarcophagus in behind him just for the drama was. iconic. in the truest sense of the word
YA books about fans & fandom are one my favorite recent book trends – as you might have guessed from that printable bookmark I made – and I’m pleased to see that the 2017 crop looks larger than the previous few years combined! To help you increase your TBR piles, I’ve assembled a list of recent and forthcoming titles. Obviously I haven’t yet read most of these, and some look better than others–which ones are you most looking forward to? Which ones are already your faves?
2017 Unconventional, Maggie Harcourt (2/1/2017 UK, no US pub date yet?) Stranger Than Fanfiction, Chris Colfer (2/28/2017) Queens of Geek, Jen Wilde (3/14/2017) Radio Silence, Alice Oseman (3/28/2017) Dead Little Mean Girl, Eva Darrows (3/28/2017) Geekerella, Ashley Poston (4/4/2017) Meg & Linus, Hanna Nowinski (4/18/2017) Looking for Group, Rory Harrison (4/25/2017) Grace and the Fever, Zan Romanoff (5/16/2017) Eliza and Her Monsters, Francesca Zappia (5/30/2017) Follow Me Back, A.V. Geiger (6/6/2017) Internet Famous, Danika Stone (6/6/2017) Kat and Meg Conquer the World, Anna Priemaza (11/7/2017)
2016 and earlier Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here, Anna Breslaw (2016) Kill the Boy Band, Goldy Moldavsky (2016) The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You, Lily Anderson, (2016) The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, Sarvenaz Tash (2016) Gena/Finn, Kat Helgeson and Hanna Moskowitz (2016) All the Feels, Danika Stone (2016) The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak, Brian Katcher (2015) Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell (2013)
One of my favorite things about Sam Wilson as a character is how empathetic he is and how he always seems to figure out the right thing to say to Steve to let him help. Steve Rogers is a character that is terrible at accepting offers for help and even worse at asking for it, but Sam seems to be able to have no difficulty figuring out the right way to word his offers of help to Steve, in a way that Steve doesn’t refuse them.
A scene I haven’t heard talked about in meta, but was a great example of Sam’s character for me, was talking to Steve on the bridge before they bring down the helicarriers. (Okay, I think I have heard some “How dare he tell Steve to kill Bucky?” but I’ve very pointedly ignored that) Because that’s not what the conversation is about. At all.
Sam approaches Steve on the bridge, knowing that Steve is most likely going to have to make a very tough call. The man who used to be his best friend is now a threat to them and a threat to what they’re trying to accomplish, and Steve might have to take him out to take down Hydra.
“I’m thinking he’s not be the kind you save, he’s the kind you stop.” This is not Sam telling Steve that THEY will stop Bucky, that if Steve doesn’t stop Bucky, he will; he uses the word “you”. This is for Steve and up to Steve. Sam makes no ultimatums, nor threats of what will happen if Steve doesn’t follow through.
He’s telling Steve that it’s okay. That he might have to make that hard call, might have to take out the person who used to be his best friend, and that it might be the right call to make. He’s leaving it as a choice, and entirely up to Steve, but letting Steve know before he has to make the choice, that Steve shouldn’t feel guilty if that’s what he ends up having to do. And he’s saying it in an incredibly sensitive and delicate way. Because that’s how great Sam Wilson is.