but i really really wish they had done something different from the comics

anonymous asked:

i'm sorry it why do you ship junkrat with mei?? if you haven't noticed or actually played overwatch, you'd know that mei hates junkrat, they despise each other and they're total opposites. and no, opposites don't always attract.

Ladies and Gentleman, we have a first!

In the two or so years I’ve had this blog, I’ve never had an antagonistic anon before. Then again, I only ever started branching out into non-Soul Eater things in September, so maybe this is just what happens when you start to create content for bigger fandoms? 

First things first: If you don’t like the content I post, I suggest that you either unfollow my blog or use blacklist to block the tags for content you don’t like. Your Tumblr experience is curated by you. I’ll tag my content to help you blacklist topics you wish to avoid, but it’s ultimately up to each user to take the necessary steps to tailor their dashboard.

Secondly, in sending me a rude ask, you have given me an excuse to talk about a favorite ship of mine. So buckle up, we’ve got a long post incoming!

Why ship Junkrat and Mei? Why ship any two characters?

Take a gander at this post by @chaoticlivi. It’s a pretty exhaustive list of reasons people get invested in the relationship between any two characters. They span from aesthetic and visual tastes (these two look great together!) to more in depth, thematic ones (their relationship embodies a theme I care about). Basically, there are many many reasons to love a ship, and canon rarely has much to do with it.  

In general, canon is a box of scraps. This is especially true for Overwatch, which despite its exhaustive lore leaves many holes in character stories and relationships. Nothing in the game itself (which I do play often, btw) is ‘canon.’ The voicelines you hear haven’t actually happened. They are meant to give us insight into the characters, their histories, and their relationships, but you can’t quote them as something Mei or Junkrat have actually said.  

In-game content is also in flux. As more shorts and comics come out, as the actual Overwatch lore grows, the game evolves too. It’s possible what’s canon within the game now will change later on. 

What I’m saying is, you can point at two voicelines and wave around words like ‘hate’ until you are blue in the face, but that won’t 1) make it canon that Junkrat and Mei will be at odds forever or 2) make me any less likely to ship them.

Now that I’ve got the “shipping doesn’t need a canon basis and Overwatch shipping is a crapshoot built on nearly nothing anyway” part done, I can actually talk about Mei and Junkrat.

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Cole Sprouse Opens Up About Growing Up in the Public Eye.

Cole Sprouse once left his Disney mouse ears behind for a cap and gown, but he’s recently pulled on another famous hat—or, should we say, crown beanie? Sprouse returned to the small screen this year as the lovably brooding Jughead Jones on Riverdale, the CW’s twisted take on the beloved Archie comics.

If you haven’t heard of the Gossip Girl–meets–Twin Peaks hit, you’re probably the only one. Since its premiere in January, it’s become a cult favorite. If he were any other member of the cast, Sprouse might be overwhelmed with the fame and recognition. But he’s been here before.

We talked to the 24-year-old about life as a child star with his twin brother, Dylan, weird fan interactions, feminism, and those divisive Riverdale ships.

A lot of the Disney cohort went on to major acting careers and projects right away—what made you choose to go to college and take a different route?

I think regardless of success, all those kids were dealing with a similar dilemma when it came to their maturity and their publicity and fame, and how they were viewed in the public eye. Some people choose sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll to come to terms with it. Some people find religion. [College] seemed like the most productive way to prove to people we were coming into ourselves. I was finding out my identity and growing by going to an institution where I could evolve and become more adept at understanding why I was thinking certain things, and how society viewed me.

Acting requires a great amount of empathy for real lived human experiences. I hadn’t lived any real human experiences outside of homeschool and being in a sound stage, and there was really no other option. I couldn’t continue to live in a bubble and hope to be an empathic actor. It doesn’t work. I was really sick of the entertainment industry and wanted to step away. Dylan and I were nonstop—we were being recognized and it was overbearing, and I figured it would be nice to let that dissolve. I didn’t know if I was going to return, and then this project sort of crept up.

Are you enjoying it now that you’re back?

Yeah, it’s fulfilling, and I think that’s the only currency I am looking for right now. As long as it stays fulfilling, I will continue doing it, but the second it stops being fulfilling I’ll leave.

What does your brother think of 'Riverdale’?

He supports the show…. I don’t know if he enjoys it. This kind of programming has never really been our flavor of choice. I don’t really want him to watch anything I do and I don’t really watch anything he’ll do. We have a very easy time separating work and play and I wouldn’t really care less if he watched or if he enjoyed it. I don’t really have an easy time watching myself, so I guess I sort of imprint that upon my friends and family.

Originally, you you argued to keep Jughead asexual and aromantic, as he is in the comics. What did those conversations sound like?

When we got the parts, the creative team sat down with the actors and asked how they saw each character. I had argued for a super faithful representation of Jughead as he lives in the comics, which inherently was also me arguing for the aromantic, asexual Jughead. But [they] are two very different versions of the same character in two very different universes.

It’s very strange to me how much attention this [has received]. I am an actor. I have an idea of what I see for the character and I can express that idea and that opinion, but ultimately it is out of my hands. If this were a different kind of programming or it were my show, it would probably look a little bit different, but the commercial success of Riverdale and how people are talking and liking it shows that we’ve gone in a direction that makes a lot of sense and works.

It’s one of those things that needs representation but has not been properly represented. It’s something I still fight for and it’s something I fought for about the second season, but ultimately it’s not in my court. I guess we will see where the narrative takes us.

On a lighter note, once and for all, because the internet can’t agree, is the Jughead/Betty ship called Jetty or Bughead?

[Laughs] I think it’s Bughead. It’s the single strangest name for a coupling ever, but it works.

There seem to be two main Riverdale fan ships: Bughead and Beronica (Betty/Veronica). Which one are you behind?

I actually really ship Betty and Archie. When I would read the Archie comics when I was younger I was rooting for Betty and Archie way over any alternative. [I think I would have seen] that long-lived, childlike romance from two people knowing each other since youth as probably quite romantic. I am a sucker for that childhood romance narrative.

I know our fans take very specific camps with who they ship and who they want and all those camps are at huge war with one another. Riverdale is about to ignite into flames considering how the camps are at war with each other. I try not to involve myself too much.

I am sorry I just brought you into it.

[Laughs] Well, the question we get all the time as a cast is, 'Are you a Betty or Veronica person?’ I don’t like that. I think it’s hard and it also puts the cast members against one another in a strange and competitive way that makes me a little uncomfortable. So most of our cast don’t even answer it.

How did your fan-catcher Instagram account @Camera_Duels get started? Are you ever going to bring it back?

I was younger and just about to go to college, and very discontented with the way people were treating me in the public sphere. Sometimes you can read someone’s aura and actions—they’re shifting and fidgeting, and they’re fumbling for the phone. It’s a dehumanizing, very obvious kind of thing.

I would always be dissatisfied that people wouldn’t just ask, because I always say yes. So @camera_duels was born. It was a way of coping or trying to turn it around in my favor and give me more agency in a situation. I felt sort of like a man behind a glass wall. It ended up really helping me, so much that I stopped. I found the whole thing not to really disturb me anymore.

I am sure with Riverdale increasing ever so slowly in prestige, it will only increase in intensity and I’ll bring it back. But I think it deserves something a little bit more now. I’ve been thinking about getting a film camera with a quick auto focus and a nice flash to make it into something that could be found in a gallery space, which I think would be more enjoyable to me.

You recently subtweeted yourself, over a comment you made as an 11-year-old, where you said you like girls who don’t wear too much makeup. Do you consider yourself a feminist?

There is no question I consider myself a feminist, but I also think the term 'feminist’ has become a topical thing to say without backing it up with any real action. My satirical tweet about my old opinion doesn’t solidify me as a figure within a conversation that’s so much greater than my straight, white male opinion. My Twitter is a joke toilet and I filter all these old, cringe-y parts of my brother and my childhood through that, in an attempt to flush it down the drain forever. When you grow older, you unpack the way masculinity teaches you to view women.

Going back to the question of whether I am a feminist or not: Yes. I think the core of that question is do you support equality for women, and of course. It’s funny that it even becomes a touchy or sensitive thing for people to announce formally, it’s kind of fucking ludicrous. There is not a question in my mind. There are, of course, places and spheres where I wish I would have done more to make those actions back up the title, but I think that’s something that as I grow and I age and I get a little more agency within my society, I’ll always try and work towards that.

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Pairing: Jared x Reader, Tom, Shep
Word count: 1,327
Warnings: Angry!Jared, rude people, a swear
Request: Anonymous. Could you please write an imagine where Jared is dating a much younger woman (like 20-22) and they both get a ton of hate because of it. And then at a convention someone asks her a really rude question about their relationship during her panel and Tom and Shep hear or they see her getting hate online and they get super upset because they love her. And then Jared gets SUPER pissed off because someone made his kids and gf upset



It never bothered you that there was an age difference between you and Jared. You were almost 22, and he was 34. That was nothing in your mind. It wasn’t uncommon for you to hear of age differences in older couples, so why should yours be an issue?

Not everyone felt that way, however. You did your best to avoid reading comments and hate blogs. It didn’t always work, but you tried not to let it get to you. Some people were just hateful, or needed an outlet.

Jared and the boys loved you, and that’s all that mattered. Now and then, the three of you would join him at cons. It was fun getting to see him interact with fans, and it warmed your heart when you saw some of them truly touched by meeting him. He’d done a lot of good with his fame, something that made you love him more.

Currently, you were on your way down to watch one of the panels, loving how goofy they got. They were not afraid to have fun, that was for sure.

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GaaLee Summer Fest: The Summertime of Love

It’s finally time to take another stab at a proper GaaLee fest! For those who don’t know, back in 2010 and again in 2011, I attempted to hold GaaLee exchanges that both had to be canceled due to lack of participants. Hopefully, this time will be different! It seems that the GaaLee community is a bit more broad and a bit more diverse and a bit more active! So without further ado: 

(banner art by @rockgaara)

The GaaLee Summer Fest: The Summertime of Love

Sign-ups: May 22nd-June 15th
Prompt Claiming: June 16th-June 30th
Submissions Due: September 1st 
Posting: September 2nd-October 1st (depending on how many entries)

Sign-ups for the GaaLee fest will stake place from now until June 15th to hopefully give plenty of people time to see this and take part. We are looking for artists, writers, betas, and pinch-hitters! There needs to be at least 10 people committed to the fest before we move forward with prompts, because a fest really isn’t a fest without people! Once everyone has signed up, prompt claiming will begin. One person per prompt! After that, you will have two months to write or draw your assignment. Betas will be assigned to writers who don’t already have a beta. Pinch-hitters will be contacted as needed. 

Follow @puregaalee and the tag #gaaleefest17 for updates! If you want to meet your fellow participants, the aforementioned tag is a great way to do so!

This is a general fest, but in the future, if this goes well, we will have more theme-focused fests and exchanges. In this case, I chose ‘Summertime of Love’ because this is really just about having fun and getting people excited to be involved in the GaaLee fandom again. 

Below the cut there is going to be a lot of info, so bear with me. 

Now for the rules and the proper sign-up forms: 

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renaroo  asked:

So your DickBabs commentary is some of the best around, but I was wondering if you might be willing to explain what works about BatCat for you? : )

So, it’s taken me forever to answer this because my life has been ridiculous lately and also I’m terrible sometimes, but! I did not forget about you, dearest of Renas! (To those who don’t know, this post is to celebrate Rena reaching 1000 followers!) So, let’s get down to this:

(Also: Thank you for the compliment on my DickBabs commentary. <3 *hugs*)

So, I think a lot of people spend most of their time talking about why Selina is good for Bruce when they talk about this ship, and there’s definitely a lot to be said there and I’m going to get to that, but I want to start off talking about why I think Bruce is good for Selina, which is a side that I think often gets ignored. (Possibly because Bruce gets such a bad reputation that people can’t believe he could possibly contribute anything positive to a relationship - but that is only true when Bruce is written by terrible writers like Frank Miller, and I firmly ignore that characterization of Bruce.)

So, to get there I’m going to start off talking about this scene, which is one of the most essential Bruce/Selina scenes in my book:

This is from the first issue of Ed Brubaker’s Catwoman run, which I’m sure you already know, but I’m just stating it for the record so that if anyone is reading this post and hasn’t picked up Ed Brubaker’s Catwoman run, consider this my advertisement for it: Go pick up Ed Brubaker’s Catwoman run. You will not be disappointed. (Also… not to beat a dead horse, but… the above scene is the note Ed Brubaker chose to begin his Catwoman run on. Let’s just compare that to how Judd Winick chose to begin his. *moment of silence*)

Anyway, there are a handful of scenes that just define Bruce and Selina to me, that are the first to come to mind when I’m thinking about how I see their dynamic and why I ship them, and this is one of the major ones. Because here’s the thing I think so many people miss: The reason Bruce treats Selina differently than his other antagonists isn’t just because he thinks she looks hot in her costume. It’s because he knows she’s not a villain, at the core of who she is. He thinks she’s a good person, in spite of everything. And that is so, so important.

See, here’s the thing: Selina is someone who’s been underestimated and dismissed for most of her life. She’s been looked down on for her gender, her lower-class background, her history in sex work. And when she has been taken seriously, she’s been perversely appreciated for the bad side of who she is. The few people to really respect her have appreciated her intelligence and skills for how useful she could be to them as a thief. But no one really looked at her and saw her as someone with the potential to be more than a thief. (Not even Holly, although Holly’s relationship with Selina is positive and good for Selina in different ways.) Certainly no one saw her as someone with the potential to be a hero - until Bruce.

And if you’ll forgive me for going into Psychology Major mode for a minute: People will live up or down to expectations. If you’ve been treated all your life as if you can’t be anything but a thief and a troublemaker and someone with purely selfish interests, it’s really hard to believe that you can be anything else. It’s not impossible, and I’d certainly never suggest that Selina never did anything heroic or altruistic until she met Bruce. But it’s hard. Someone believing in you is a really, really powerful thing.

This is something that, for all its faults as a movie, The Dark Knight Rises did get very right about Bruce and Selina’s relationship:

Selina tries to present herself as someone driven purely by selfishness, but Bruce sees through that: “I think there’s more to you than that.” And I think what Selina says in response is so revealing. It’s clearly intended as a denial - saying that if he keeps expecting her to be better, he’ll only keep being let down in response. But it also clearly shows that he’s gotten to her - which is, of course, confirmed by the decisions she makes later in the movie. As much as she wants to pretend it doesn’t, Bruce’s faith in Selina has an effect on her.

The thing is, knowing you’ve let someone down isn’t a pleasant feeling. But it can sometimes be a positive thing. Knowing you’ve let someone down means knowing that they had high expectations for you in the first place. It means someone saw you as capable of making the right decisions, and that’s actually much healthier than knowing you didn’t let anyone down because they never expected anything better of you to begin with.

Bruce is good for Selina because he looks at her and says “I believe that deep down, you’re really a good person.“ Because he looks at her and says ”There’s more to you than that.” And that’s something Selina hasn’t had a lot of in her life, maybe something she’s never had until Bruce comes along. He sees past her bad side and sees her potential to be something better. And instead of letting her off the hook, he challenges her to be the person he knows she’s capable of being. He has faith in her. He believes she can be a hero, and eventually that leads to Selina believing it, too. 

(But it’s so, so important to note that Selina doesn’t start acting more heroic for Bruce. She’s not doing it because he wanted it or to make him happy. She does it because it’s right for her. At her heart, Selina is a hero - all Bruce did is see the heroic qualities that were in her all along.)

The second reason I ship them so hard together is: They help each other have fun.

(The comic this panel is from - Catwoman #32 - is basically my all-time Bruce/Selina issue ever, and you’ll definitely be seeing more scans from it in this post.) 

Bruce is the one who needs more help in this area, obviously, like he says here. It’s no secret that Bruce is serious and withdrawn even with the people he loves most, and has a tendency to focus on The Mission above everyone else. So it’s a huge deal that he’s playful and mischievous and flirtatious with Selina, because not many people get to see that side of him. And no one brings it out in exactly the way that Selina does. He lets himself relax around her in a way which is really good for him:

(See? I told you we weren’t done with that issue! I love this scene because you so rarely see Bruce - or Selina, for that matter - being so completely relaxed and happy and normal.)

But I think it’s worth noting that Selina always looks like she’s having just as much fun as Bruce is, and I think that’s really good for her, too. I think people tend to forget that as much as Selina is by nature a more playful and flirtatious person than Bruce, she isn’t really a much happier one. She’s had a really hard and lonely life over the years, and that’s why it’s so great to see how genuinely happy she seems with Bruce:

I always love how huge Selina’s smile is in the first panel of this sequence (drawn by the always awesome Cameron Stewart). She’s just having so much fun, and I think that’s really just as good for her as it is for Bruce.

Even when they’re fighting, it’s very often play-fighting more than anything else:

(This scene, which is from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, can be watched here. And it is awesome.)

Look at those smiles. Bruce and Selina just bring out the fun side in each other, and I really love that. You’d never see Bruce smiling like that if he was fighting, say, the Joker. (For good reason.)

This is something Gotham has also gotten very right in their depiction of baby!Bruce and Selina:

SO. FREAKING. CUTE.

AHEM. *is mature*

(By the way: Do you remember a while back when I sent you a message that was basically like “RENA RENA RENA YOU HAVE TO GO WATCH GOTHAM NOW”? It was right after this episode aired.)

I find this scene particularly poignant because this is not long after Bruce’s parents have died, and it’s the first time you really see him having fun, smiling and laughing like that. Frankly, it’s the first time in the show that you see Bruce or Selina acting like normal children. (Even Alfred notices and is forced to approve of Selina!) And even as adults, I think they still bring out that lighthearted side in each other:

Although as this scene shows, what Bruce and Selina consider “fun” might not be what most people consider fun, which bring me to my next point: They just get each other, on a very fundamental level. Partly that’s because they’re very alike, and partly because they’ve come to understand each other over the years. There’s this scene I really wish I could have found - I tried, believe me - where (if I’m remembering correctly) Selina is sneaking into Gotham during the No Man’s Land era, and Bruce knows exactly how she’ll do it - because it’s the same way he would. Bruce and Selina are also very different from each other in certain ways, obviously, but a lot of the time they’re just very in sync like that:

Despite their differences, Bruce and Selina have a lot in common. They’re both highly intelligent and skilled, they’ve both known a lot of tragedy in their lives, they’re both far lonelier than they care to admit. They’re both hesitant to trust people. They both follow a unique moral code that others don’t always understand - though those moral codes are not exactly the same. They’re both highly independent and can be too stubborn for their own good. At their heart, they’re both driven by a very real desire to help other people. And I think they’re similar in a more indefinable way, too. They’re just cut from the same cloth, somehow. They understand each other both instinctively and also, as the years go by, because of the true friendship they’ve formed:

I think that’s something that’s so often overlooked with Bruce and Selina: People look at them and only see the Cat-and-Bat game, the “lovers on opposite sides!” trope, and they overlook the fact that Bruce and Selina are genuinely friends. More than that, despite all the odds, they’ve come to really trust each other over the years. Even though they still disagree over plenty of things, they know they can always turn to each other in a time of need:

I think nothing says more about how much Bruce trusts Selina than the fact that he willingly told her his secret identity - something that I’m not only pretty sure was unheard of for Bruce to do, it’s pretty dang unheard of in the superhero world in general. For a point of comparison, Clark didn’t tell Lois his secret identity until after they were engaged, and whether you think that’s good writing of Clark or not (I don’t, necessarily), it still says something about what a big deal it was for Bruce to trust Selina that way. In the superhero world, telling someone your secret identity is basically the biggest statement of trust you can make.

Bruce telling Selina his secret identity (though I firmly headcanon that she’d figured it out anyway) is a huge statement - and, as he basically says himself here, tantamount to an admission that he wants a real relationship with her. For Bruce to willingly make that leap is huge.

Because of that trust, you see Bruce and Selina really open up to each other in a way that they really don’t with most people, especially other love interests. They’re willing to let themselves be vulnerable and emotionally open. And Bruce is actually vocal about his feelings in a way that you practically never see:

Now, obviously Heart of Hush as a storyline is not without its problematic elements, but I still love this scene. Because Bruce pouring his heart out like that? Bruce basically never does that. Getting an “I love you” out of Bruce is a big deal already, but an entire speech? That says a lot, again, about how much he’s willing to open up to Selina. (Granted, she was pretending to be asleep… but let’s be honest: he most likely knew she was pretending.) 

I think it’s also significant that pretty much any time either of them dreams about settling down, or there’s an alternate universe where they do, it shows them ending up married to each other:

I think for both Bruce and Selina, when they imagine living a normal life, they think about having a normal relationship with each other, ending up married. But they think that because they’re not “normal”, they can’t have that - which is a theme going back to the earliest days of their relationship:

(This scene is from Batman #3, which also happens to be the issue where Selina kissed Bruce for the first time.)

Bruce and Selina will never be “just another boy and girl”, and I think they both assume that means they can never have anything resembling an actual committed relationship. The fact that they were starting to take steps in that direction before the reboot was a huge deal for both of them. But I think it’s going to take a lot of character growth for both of them before they realize that they can have an actual relationship without either of them compromising who they are.

One more reason to ship them: Bruce moons over Selina like a little schoolboy. Enough said. ;-)

CONTROL YOUR FACE, BRUCE. You are supposed to be the terrifying personification of justice and the night and you’re acting like an absolute goober.

(And it’s amazing.)

Oh, and Dick approves:

Dick approves so much that Dick is actually the one who encouraged Bruce to tell Selina his secret identity, which, again: Huge frickin’ deal.

It’s not just a “Ha ha, Dick ships it” thing, either. Dick knows Bruce better than pretty much anyone. So the fact that Dick looks at Bruce’s relationship with Selina and says “Yeah, this relationship is good for you”? That says a lot. Because Dick knows what he’s talking about when it comes to Bruce.

Also, they have almost 75 years of history, which is pretty dang cool:

I’m a sucker for history. And theirs is a 75-year-long multimedia history spanning comics, cartoons, live-action TV, movies, and videogames, which just makes it even more amazing. 

In conclusion: Have some of my miscellaneous favorite Bat/Cat scenes that I couldn’t find a way to include in this post.

(This is another scene that speaks to how well Selina understands Bruce… and also brings up a very important point about Bruce’s nature that far too many Batman adaptations forget.)

(I did warn you there’d be a lot of scenes from this issue.)

And last but not least:

Yeah. That seems a good note to end this post on.

Hope you enjoyed, sweetheart! (And same goes to anyone else reading this, too!)

In Dreams 18

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There are times when things are crystal clear, when everything makes perfect sense. He can distinctly remember feeling like he understood his place in the world, but that was a long time ago. Now, he feels like he’s on the road not taken in some strange way, lost in Frost’s yellow wood, meandering about, distracted by sounds, by the beauty and the dark places. Sometimes she’s right there next to him and others, he’s certain he’s lost her.

These last few months, he’s been wandering. Lost as he can be, distracted by Diana, by little white pills, by memories and nightmares when all along, the thing he needed to pay attention to, to keep his eyes wide open for, was her. Always her.

She’s asleep on the couch, she was so drained by the time she checked her apartment and got back to his place that she curled up and drifted off in the space of just a few minutes. He’d read in one of the books that the overwhelming exhaustion is normal, that he shouldn’t worry. But he still does. It can’t be helped.

He’s spent the last couple hours cleaning up the bedroom, making space for her. It dawns on him as he hauls out boxes of magazines and clippings that it’s the first time he’s done something like this for her. It wasn’t so long ago that they were discussing why she didn’t have a desk. She still doesn’t have a desk. She takes up so much of his heart, so many of his thoughts, but she can’t live in either of those places. He’s determined to change that, starting right now.

He may be a lost man, but one thing he’s sees clearly is her and if he can see her, he can find his way.

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DC TV Watch: Tyler Hoechlin Teases Superman-Supergirl Finale Battle
THR rounds up all the major twists, new mysteries and more from this week in DC Comics TV shows.

Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter’s weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox’s Gotham and what it all means. Note: Legends of Tomorrow did not air a new episode this week.

Supergirl

Evil Superman? | Has Supergirl had any better cliffhanger than a surprise evil Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) appearing out of nowhere on the Daxamite ship to knock out Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) with a punch, presumably at Queen Rhea’s (Teri Hatcher) command? The answer is definitely no. Fans knew Superman would be returning for the season two finale, but his appearance in the penultimate episode was a complete surprise. “I can tell you that obviously Queen Rhea is there and we assume that she might have something to do with this. That’s about all I can say about that,” Hoechlin told THR. “It was fun to open up the script and see something different for him. Exploring another part of him, everybody has things that make them angry or make them upset so to find what that was for him was cool to explore as an actor. I had done this character before, so it was nice that I got to do something fresh and new when I jumped back into it. There was even less pressure jumping back into it versus the first time around.”

Rhea and Clark | Because Superman’s story is tied directly with Queen Rhea’s on the Daxamite ship, that meant Hoechlin got to work closely with Hatcher, which lead to some fanboy moments of his own. “Lois & Clark was the one that I grew up with, so to me she was always Lois Lane,” Hoechlin said. “The first time I met her was in the suit, so that was a surreal moment. We had a lot of fun up on her ship.”

Cousin vs. cousin | Kara wasn’t able to get any punches in herself against her cousin because he had the element of surprise in this week’s episode. That will change in the finale, as the two Kryptonian heroes will go head to head in one big battle. “I know they’ve been teasing it as the battle of the century, and they definitely did not hold anything back,” Hoechlin said. “We spent a lot of time on this fight scene and then the stunt people did such a great job. I think everyone will be very pleased with how this looks. It’s going to be an epic battle. Sometimes you do a fight scene and it takes half a day, sometimes it can take the whole day. This took multiple days. I’m really excited for people to see that.”

A new dynamic | Hoechlin was pleased that he got to explore a new kind of relationship between Clark Kent and Kara this time around as adversaries (at least, at first) instead of allies. “The first two episodes that we did, it was nice to do that as family teaming up and taking on the world, but to be able to square off this time was definitely fun,” Hoechlin said. “Melissa and I always have a good laugh with this stuff so it was great to find the humor and face off against each other once they called cut. We get into some things with Clark and Kara, and it’s always nice when you get to step away from the action for a minute and see more of the heart that these people have and how much they care about each other. I’m most proud of his ability to be a part of a team as opposed to having to feel like he’s got to always be the guy to save the day or the one to take credit. It’s great that he’s able to be supportive and not having to, I guess, save the day.”

An answer worthy of Superman | When asked who he would pick to win in a fight between Superman and Supergirl, Hoechlin gave a very political answer. “I would love to see that fight,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve gotten really good at this over the years.”

Get your Superman fix now … | While Hoechlin promises there will be a suitable amount of the caped hero in the finale episode – “I spent quite a bit of time in Vancouver filming the finale so it’s fair to say it will be more than a quick hello and goodbye,” – he revealed there are currently no plans for Superman to return to the series again. “Nothing in the future,” he said. “I think even just jumping in doing the first two episodes, at that time it was just those two episodes. I was excited and happy about that opportunity. I was very open and eager to go back up if that opportunity came up and thankfully it did for the finale. I’m just taking it a day at a time at this point.”

Hoechlin’s wish | However, Hoechlin already knows what he’d want to see from Superman on Supergirl should he ever return. “I’d love to see more about what his relationship with Kara and the rest of her family,” he said. “I think it could be fun to see exactly how much he’s kept up with them over the years. And the Superman/Martian Manhunter [David Harewood] thing is such a fun story arc. And with Jimmy Olsen [Mehcad Brooks] too, there’s still a lot to explore with him and James. Obviously they have the greatest history of anybody on the show, so… now that he’s doing his thing, it would be interesting to see how Clark and Superman feel about what James has been up to [as Guardian].”

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'The Flash'-'Supergirl' Musical Crossover: Darren Criss Details Dastardly New Villain

“Yay musicals! This is fun!”

Darren Criss is trying to hype the 20+ dancers assembled for one of The Flash–Supergirl musical crossover’s most epic moments, a giant dance number set in a ’40s nightclub to Jackie DeShannon’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.”

The Glee alum has reunited with former costars and classmates to play the Music Meister, a dastardly villain who causes his victims to break into song — a role first made famous when Neil Patrick Harris voiced the character during an episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

During the crossover, however, the Meister sets his sights on The Flash (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), trapping them in an alternate reality movie musical in which their only means of escape is to play through the Meister’s script, complete with singing and dancing. EW hit the set to get Criss’ take on entering the world of singing superheroes

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How Prometheus became my favorite Arrow villain

Originally posted by arrowsource

It’s no secret that for 2/3 of this season, I’ve wanted either Billy or Tommy to be Prometheus. I admit, I fell for the whole “Adrian Chase is Vigilante” thing that the show’s writers wanted me to fall for. But even more than that, I felt that Adrian was a bit obvious in a way. The way Chase came across those first 14 episodes was pretty heavy on the smarmy quips. It was a situation of “I know Adrian is Vigilante but it really seems like they want me to think he’s Prometheus.” It was obvious in a way that made me discount it entirely. 

Then I felt the reveal in 5x15 was a bit… anti-climactic. They kept Prometheus’ identity a secret from everyone for 15 episodes to reveal it like that? It was frustrating to me. Like @jbuffyangel, I thought the only way they could “pull off” Adrian as Prometheus was if they made the how bigger than the who. I will admit I was a little unsure if Arrow could pull that off, because at least for me, it was a tall order. 

For what it’s worth, I didn’t hold the fact that he wasn’t Tommy or Billy against Adrian that much. I’ve learned, in my time as a fan of this show, not to get too caught in my own speculation. This show rarely ever does what I think it should, when I think it should, how I think it should. Rather than suffer disappointment after disappointment after disappointment (seriously… so much disappointment), I learned to let go of what I want and just… be open to the story the writers are telling. It doesn’t mean I don’t still love my ideas (and often love them better), but it means that I can compartmentalize my wishes and look for the value in the story the writers are choosing to tell. I guess, in a way, it’s all fanfic in my head. The show’s creators vision for the story is an AU on the vision I have in my head, and vice versa. It’s all just story and once I let go of my vision being the best/only/etc avenue, I find I can enjoy those other avenues for what they are. 

Long story short? I love my speculation but I’m not married to it. I like to give canon the benefit of the doubt, since canon is why I’m here at all in the first place. 

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One of These Nights (5/?)

Jinki knows that he’s gay. What he doesn’t know is how to handle a crush on someone as entwined in the music industry as he is. 

part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4

this part is thru the beginning of japanese promotions. i tried to make jongyu’s conversation on blue night kinda imitate this one with kim yeon woo. if anything, i toned it down a bit because i was worried it’d come off too forward for these two. ^^;

this part ends on an angsty note…sorry to make y’all suffer 8) but i thought it was a good stopping point. hopefully, i can get the next part up soon! (and the ao3 link i’ve been putting off) ^^;

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5x20 aka:  Olicity heaven (with a bit of hell in the last 4 minutes)

It’s official, season 5 of Arrow has started! It’s a shame the season is so short (starting at 5x17 for some reason. Weird) but I’m enjoying it so far!

I’m only slightly kidding. There was very little about the previous 16 episodes of the show that remotely interested me, and I doubt I’ll ever watch them in full; I saw all the ‘best’ parts in gif-form and short clips and that will do as far as I’m concerned. And you may think that disqualifies me from giving my opinion on the final 7 episodes of the season…but I’m going to anyway. Because what I have to say about 5x20 really only concerns one aspect of the show.

Olicity

Originally posted by sarcasticbritishtwat

This episode was amazing for us shippers. So many wonderful moments. And a few terrible ones as well, but I’ll save them for last, lest I be accused of harshing people’s buzz or being overly negative.

So first, the positives.

This is gonna be nothing groundbreaking. You’ve all seen the episode; you’ve posted and reblogged and tweeted the gifs, with all the appropriate accompanying squeeing. But let me break down my favs:

The flashback scenes were DELIGHTFUL! 

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anonymous asked:

Every episode of season two of Legends seems to have at least one (usually more) joke about Mick's intelligence or usefulness. This didn't happen nearly as often in season one. Each character has done it now, even the genuinely good and kind ones you wouldn't expect this from like Jax, Ray, and Nate. It's not like Mick has been incompetent. He was useful with Washington and in the last episode. Do you think this is leading up to something for when Len returns? Or is it all just comic relief?

No, season 1 was really different. Ray had issues with Mick’s morality but wasn’t so likely disparage his (anyone’s) intellect. Martin was always a dick to everyone in his own special way, but didn’t call Mick an idiot really, certainly not so often or bluntly. Sara had no issue with Mick, it seemed. Jax was always chill with him, barring the whole ‘criminal’ thing. The only one who really put him down as ‘thick’ or ‘IQ of meat’ was Rip, in S1. And even then, Rip would agree with him when he had points (like about Druce wanting to kill Rip in that forest) and defer to Mick’s better judgement without making a huge production of it.

S2, like you said, obviously different. Literally everyone has made comments, or multiple. He keeps displaying an amazing amount of competence and keeps getting shit on for it. From finding them all through history (with Nate, of course, but Mick did the piloting), to defeating a bunch of ninjas single-handedly to actually building rapport with the enemy of the week in the old west (they could have used that instead of starting a brawl omg), to saving Washington (and the United States in the process) to coming up with plans to taking charge and owning it in the Capone era to taking out an entire army in Camelot 3000 with just his mind

Mick kicks ass. 

He’s literally never been incompetent in any way, shape, or form on the team. I’ve been pointing out since season 1 that he’s probably the most skilled of them all (barring maybe Rip) in terms of what their journey demands (here’s a decent overview with in-line links to other posts all about Mick’s skill and intellect).

So… ugh. I’ve complained about it a lot, how the team seems to be incapable of recognizing and respecting that. I won’t link the posts – they’re plentiful though, in my Mick Rory tag.

But I do think you might have a point. It’s been something I’m pondering. 

At first I thought they were creating a split-team rift. I thought they were going to have Ray and Mick get close, him get close to Amaya too, but maybe feel more distant from Sara (and Rip, upon return) and maybe Martin too? So that when Len showed back up, Mick was going to have this tension between the members of the team he wanted to protect vs. those he didn’t feel so close with, so that going with Len was a real, genuine dilemma for him. So I didn’t think the comments would really take off with the whole team.

But then they did and now… well, my honest suspicion? They changed the story starting after 2x04. My best guess is that Mick won’t be around next season (Dominic Purcell is vocal on social media about disliking Vancouver and missing his family) and so they realized that the stories they were building with him couldn’t be carried forward. So they swapped major parts of those stories (closeness and budding romance with Amaya, close friendship/partnership with Ray) over to Nate instead (which I argue doesn’t work as well for character dynamics but w/e). I can’t say this is really the case, obviously, but it feels that way if you look at what they were building and then how it started to change and what abruptly got dropped or added.

As a consequence of that, they decided that Mick’s dilemma isn’t going to be so tough after all. He’s going to be crapped on by the team a lot and eventually start to show that he’s getting fed up with it, instead of taking it so much in stride (look at how he stood up to Sara’s orders in Camelot, basically ready to throw down, or how he bent Ray’s arm for poking him about crumbs, compared to how he didn’t mind Rip complaining about his stealing stuff in France in 2x01). So then the dilemma of going along with Len wouldn’t seem like such a difficult decision. He’s going to go with Len, hands down. He’s under-appreciated by the team and he’s going to peace out. 

Wishful thinking version? The team is going to realize they’ve made a grave mistake and end up in a dire situation and Mick’s going to cave enough to help save the day, and then he’s going to be done for good with the Legends and return to Central City with Len. In a perfect world, they’re then going to use some of the knowledge and skills (and allies, like Reverse Flash) they’ve gained in order to really start the Rogues. The Rogues become a major part of Flash season 4. My crops are watered and my skin is clear.

I mean, it’s a little far-fetched but that’s how I would write it, personally.

More realistically, they’re still going to show some serious dilemma for Mick and the team aren’t ever going to be properly reprimanded or remorseful over the shitty way they’ve treated Mick, and the writers are doing it at least a little for the sake of humor, because a lot of those lines have seemed like they’re trying to be comedic (unlike Rip and Mick’s blowout with the pirates), even if they fall totally flat.

But eh. At least for one moment, someone recognized his value.

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Day 10: Favorite Romance

Fair Warning: This is an incredibly long essay with tons and tons of flycammed screencaps.

Obviously, my fav romance is Shakarian. It’s my favorite for many reasons, but I think the reason that I like it best is simply because it is actually a romance. I honestly love it so god damn much that I’m having a hard time focusing on what I want to talk about with it, because its that damn good.

I think I’m going to talk about the development of it, because there’s lots of essays out there already about why they’re suited for each other or what makes them such a good pairing. What I think is particularly interesting about the way the Shakarian romance is set up is that so much of the romance is not in what they say – it’s in how they say it.

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Meant for You Part Two // Barry Allen x Reader

Summary: Barry decides to go back in time to save his mother but when he finds he doesn’t have you in the new timeline he tries to go back to the ‘original’ timeline. Only to find he doesn’t have you there either. He goes on to try to convince you that you two are meant for one another.

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Warnings: None

Barry went outside onto the porch to call you, he just needed to hear your voice and make sure you were still here. He looks through his contacts, three times, and he can’t find your name. He looks past it and just dials your number. It doesn’t ring but an automated message says how the number is no longer in use. Again, he looks past it and just decides he’ll go and see you tomorrow.

The next morning he heads to Jitters before going down to the precinct. When he’s walking out, you’re walking in. He sighs in relief when he sees you.

“Y/N, oh my gosh it’s so great to see you,” he hugs you, clearly catching you off guard.

“Oh, hey, Barry,” you say hesitantly. “It’s Barry, right?”

“Um, yeah,” he says confused as to why you seem to not know him that well. “When was the last time we saw each other?” He tries to play it off cool, while trying to get some information.

“Um, I guess when Team Arrow was helping Team Flash with Zoom,” you shrug with a slight laugh in your voice.

“Oh, yeah,” he acts as if he recalls you being there, he does but not for Team Arrow.

“I’m glad that I’m finally seeing you in a time that’s not full of crisis,” you smile.

“Me, too,” he says. “So, what brings you to Central City?”

“Visiting family,” you answer. “I was thinking about stopping by S.T.A.R. Labs later, do you think everyone would be cool with that? I know there’s a lot of tension nowadays,” your lips pull to one side of your face.

“Tension? There’s no tension,” Barry states.

“Barry, you don’t have to lie to me,” you raise an eyebrow. “I know I’ve only been with Team Arrow since the last time you were there but we still need to be transparent with each other.”

“I’m not lying,” he says, genuinely meaning it. How much of this timeline did he change?

“Felicity tells me everything, and you’ve called her a lot about how you and Cisco aren’t getting along and neither are Joe and Iris. I know it’s bad now but you guys can all get through it, I’m sure of it,” you explain and Barry’s knees go weak. He’s changed a lot.

“Well, I better get going,” he says before darting off, not even waiting for your goodbye.

He’s in the alleyway of the precinct when it hits him. You’re not his anymore, you barely even know who he is. He can’t hug and kiss you anymore whenever just because he wants too. He can’t fall asleep holding you in his arms. He can’t pick himself up when he’s down on a mission just from you whispering sweet, encouraging words into his earpiece. He can’t tell you how much he loves you, and he can’t hear those words come from you.
That’s when he breaks. He falls to his knees sobbing. He doesn’t know what’s worse, the timeline where he saw you dead or the timeline where he sees you living a happy life without him and where he can never be happy without you. You don’t know how much you mean to him, you don’t know your his source of light, happiness, and life. You don’t know you’re his everything and he’s supposed to be yours.

“This is all my fault,” he mumbles. “I did this, I lost her.”

He sits there sobbing for what seems to be hours. Nothing else matters, nothing else that changed in this timeline could hurt more than this. He feels his heart breaking and his soul being crushed. How could he lose you, the only person that matters? What has he done?

Barry gets to S.T.A.R. Labs and everyone just seems to be waiting around glumly. Cisco’s normal, chipper demeanor has done a complete one eighty and he just sits there with a frown planted on his face. Caitlin just looks blankly at her screen along with Iris. The only one who seems to be in a good mood is Wally.

“Hello, hello,” Barry hears your voice fill the cortex, lifting everyone’s demeanor just the slightest.

“Y/N,” Caitlin smiles while giving you a hug.

“Hey, stranger,” Cisco smiles, walking over to you.

“What brings you here?” Iris asks.

“Well, I was just in town visiting some family when I ran into to Barry and figured I needed to see the rest of Team Flash,” you smile.

“It’s great to see you,” Caitlin says. “Especially when it’s not about a major crisis breaking out,” you two laugh.

“Though, speaking of major crisis, I could use your engineering expertise on the project I was talking to you about,” Cisco chimes in. “I’ve managed to set fire to my workplace about five times while working on this new project.”

“What?” Everyone in the cortex asks at the same time.

“A small fire,” he defends.

“Yeah, I guess I can take a look at it,” you laugh. “I’ll talk to you guys in a little bit,” you add before following Cisco down to his workshop.

Once you’re gone Barry takes a seat and just rubs a hand on his forehead. Iris walks over to him and takes a seat.

“What’s wrong Barr?” She takes his hand in hers.

“I’ve just messed something up and I don’t know how to fix it,” he shrugs, staring off into the void.

“You want to talk about it?” She asks.

“No,” he shakes his head. “The less people to know the better.”

“Not even your girlfriend?”

His head snaps to her, confusion taking over every fiber in his body. “What?” Is all he can manage to get out.

“Me, silly,” she laughs. “Not even I can know?”

His mouth just moves up and down, trying to form words but not being able to find the right ones. So, he’s not dating you not only because you barely know who he is but also because he is with Iris. Peachy.

“You’re acting really strange today,” she points out. “Listen, I get you aren’t ready to talk but once you are I’ll be here,” she says giving him a peck on the lips before walking back to her computer.

“I’ll be right back,” Barry says, still in a confused daze, before walking out of the cortex.

He makes his way down to Cisco’s workshop where he sees you working on one of his new projects, he’s unsure of which one since he’s unsure of everything in this timeline. Cisco is looking over your shoulder in utter amazement at your engineering skills, at least that stayed the same.

“Hey, Y/N,” Barry nervously asks.

You look up at him, making sure to keep your hands in place to not mess up all the work you’ve just done. “Yeah?” You ask.

“Um, I know your busy right now but when you get the chance can we talk?” His nerves build up, he doesn’t even know what he’ll say to you but he’s hoping whatever you’re working on buys him some time.

“Yeah, sure,” you smile. “This will only take about thirty seconds,” you shrug.

Barry and Cisco watch as you twist a screw, connect some wires, and adjust a few software chips and a blue light on whatever you were making flashes on. You remove your hands and smile down at your work. You close the covering and pick up what looks to be like two bracelets before handing them to Cisco.

“There you go, power altering meta-human cuffs,” you smile proudly at your work.

“And you’re sure they’ll work?” Cisco asks.

“Well, you need to test them first,” you say and take them back from Cisco before walking over to Barry. “Put on these cuffs,” you instruct.

“At least buy me dinner first,” he jokes causing you to blush.

He slips them on to either wrists and looks to you for what to do next. “Now, run,” you instruct, “at high speed, of course.”

He goes off to run but as hard as he tries to run faster he can’t. He can only move at a normal speed. Confused, he runs back to the workshop.

“Could you run full speed?” You ask.

“No,” he shakes his head.

“Good, then the cuffs worked,” you smile while removing them from his wrists. “They’re meant to stall your powers,” you explain.

“Oh, how does that work?”

“Do you really want to get knee deep in engineering?” You raise an eyebrow.

“Not really,” he laughs.

He smiles, nothing feels different between you two. It feels like the same chemistry, to him at least. He knows you don’t feel it, you don’t feel that you two are meant for each other the same way he does. He’s just another science geek with incredible abilities to you. It hurts him to think you’ll never know what you two once had.

“Okay, now what did you want to talk about?” You ask.

“Oh, right,” his nervousness comes back. “Um, come with me,” he says and leads you out of the workshop.

He leads you to the time vault and you stand there in awe when you see how the wall opens into a whole other room.

“You going to have to give me the mechanical notes on that,” you say in awe. “That was the smoothest transitional wall I’ve ever seen.”

You two step into the vault and you look around at the empty room. You wonder why he brought you here to talk. You wonder what he even needs to talk about anyways. It’s not like you two are extremely close. Though, you will say during this visit something has felt strange between you two. You can’t quite put your finger on it but it’s like there’s more to your relationship than just helping each other when meta-humans are trying to take over the world. It’s like something is missing from your memory, you can sense it but you don’t know what it is.

“So, what is it you need to talk to me about?” You look at him and notice his usually Barry demeanor is a lot more serious. Which makes you wish there were seats in here, who has serious conversations while standing up? Wait, what serious topic would he need to discuss with you.

“I messed up and I don’t know how to fix it,” he sighs.

“Barry, I don’t mean to be rude,” you start. “But why exactly are you coming to me with this? We aren’t exactly close. Iris or Joe could probably help you more than me,” you slightly laugh to lighten the mood.

He runs a hand through his hair, clearly frustrated. You can’t tell if he’s frustrated at you or the situation. You rest a hand on his shoulder, you can feel the tension in his muscles relax under your touch.

“What happened?” You softly ask.

He looks at you and you can see the tears forming in his eyes, “I lost the person who means the most to me.”

“Barry, I heard about your dad but you can’t blame yourself-”

“No,” he cuts you off, the first tear slips from his eyes and he quickly wipes it away. “I’m talking about you.”

You’re taken aback. You? What does he mean by that? You two hardly know each other.

“Me?” You question. “What are you talking about?”

He lets out a sigh, “This next part is going to sound crazy but you’re just going to have to believe me.”

You should just leave then, he sounds completely out of it, but something makes you stay. Something makes you feel like you are the person who means the most to him and that he means the most to you. Except, you don’t know how that’s possible but you can feel it’s true.

“I ran back in time to save my mom,” he starts. “In doing so I changed the original timeline and lived in this alternate one for a little while. One with both my parents, one without any of the friends I once had, one with out you.”

“What were we in the original timeline?” You quietly ask.

He shakes his head and looks to the ground, a few more tears slipping down his cheeks. “We were stupid in love,” he chokes out. “We always said had we were meant for each other, just made to be together. On Earth Two and in the future we were married, we thought it was a sign that in every timeline, in every life, we would be together.”

You feel yourself getting choked up too. You believe what he’s saying, your gut is telling you that everything he’s saying is true. You may not be able to remember the past timeline but you can feel it. You can feel how you used too, you can feel all those feelings for Barry. You know it’s true.

“I guess we were wrong,” he quietly says.

A silence fills the room, neither of you know what to do. You feel all the emotions he described and you need a way to make sure they’re true. You lift up his chin so he is looking at you, and before he can say anything you slowly place your lips onto his. He immediately responds by kissing you back, you can sense his longing to kiss you and you feel it too. You feel his lips on yours is natural, as if you’ve kissed him a million times before. You feel as though you two are meant for each other. You feel as though some time in the past you two were together. You know that what he is saying is true.

That’s when you get a flashback. It’s if you and Barry sitting on his front porch. He’s saying goodbye. He’s saying that he’ll find you in the new timeline. He’s saying that you two will be together on every earth, every universe, every life, and every timeline. You know this memory is real, just from a different timeline, from the original timeline. That is enough to prove to you that you two truly are meant for each other.

He pulls away, leaning his forehead to yours. “No,” he sighs. “I don’t want us to be together because you feel we have too.”

“Barry, this whole time I’ve been here I’ve felt something between us,” you start. “Something I couldn’t understand. It felt like there was something between us, something that had been there for ages,” you explain and you can see the light flooding into his eyes. “When you told me about the original timeline I knew it had to be true, I just wanted to prove it. When we kissed, that was enough proof. It felt just as it did in the original timeline, and I know this because that last memory came back. The one right before you left to save your mom. When we were sitting on the porch and you we’re trying to reassure me that whatever happens we’d always be together. That we’re meant for each other.” His smile makes your heart ache to kiss him again, to be with him again. He’s yours and you’re his, no matter what.

He cups your cheeks in his hands, wiping away your few stray tears with his thumb. “I love you so much,” he smiles through the tears streaming down his face.

“I love you, too,” you smile, placing your hand overtop his.

“I’m meant for you.”

“And I’m meant for you.”

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Last night I had cramps so bad I wanted to carve out my insides with a mechanical pencil so I wanted to know how you think Curly and Tim would deal with Angel if she came to them complaining about stomach pain during Hell Week.

Tim,” Angela drawls, lazily dragging her eyes away from the TV and toward her oldest brother as soon as he walks into the house. She’s curled up on his recliner, nestled underneath a blanket with her arms crossed protectively over her lower stomach.

“I need you to go to the store.”

“Yeah? Well I need you out of my chair.” Tim replies, completely ignoring her request as he saunters into the kitchen. Angela hears a bottle being popped open, and a few seconds later Tim returns to the den with a beer clutched loosely in his hand.

He comes to a stop in front of Angela, and his eyebrows furrow together in confusion as soon as he’s met with his sister’s bare face. It’s rare that Angela doesn’t have makeup on, she took an interest in it as soon as she hit her teen years and has since refused to leave the house without it.

Which, now that he thinks about it, it was even weirder that she hadn’t left the house.

Maybe he should be worried, because, really, she looks horrible. Her curled up position makes her look weak and vulnerable, something that Angela certainly is not, so he decides to bite.

He sighs deeply, not really sure he wants to open this door, and sits on the edge of the coffee table. The old wood creaks under his weight, and he certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it crashed at any minute, which just gives him an excuse to make this conversation quick.

“Alright,” He starts, eyeing her warily, “What’s got you looking like shit?”

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Harvey’s Bar and Grill, Park Row, Gotham City. April 20th, 2028. 11:34 PM.

“To seven years, old friend,” Gordon said, his glass of Scottish whiskey raised, “and my finally joining you.”

Bruce stared silently back at his old partner, his face blank. Despite the sizable age difference between them, they both looked about equally as worn down; their white hair, the lines covering each of their faces, the seasoned look in their eyes. One might never guess that Jim had already been a grown man when Bruce was a boy. But living the life that Bruce Wayne had led comes with a price: being fifty-five years old and looking eighty-six.

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Day 3 of Make-Up MariChat May: Injured 

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“Thinking of You” Part 1

She hadn’t meant to, really. He had completely surprised her, and she had reacted out of instinct.

He rubbed his nose, hot tears edging his bright green eyes.

“I’m really sorry about that,” she apologized saccharinely, though still sincere.

“Guess that’s what I get for trying to be sneaky…” he groaned. “Karma. Or my own bad luck.”

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