Being active has nothing but positive results, and I have a couple ideas for my witchy friends that may work out for you! Of all people, witches know that everything is connected, so keeping out body happy keeps our mind happy - which means better results for spells too!
Before The Workout
Drink some green or black tea! A little bit of caffeine before a workout is actually good - it gives you a little boost. Most pre-workouts have caffeine too, just be sure to keep it in moderation.
Enchant that water! I always toss some mint leaves and cut up strawberries in my water bottle. You can also use any kind of citrus, or even make some green iced tea to use as your first bottle hitting the gym or studio.
Glamours to look as badass as you’ll feel. Sigils in your pocket or shoes, or even enchanting your perfume or deodorant. I know it sounds silly but I can promise you that boost of confidence goes a long way when you’re pushing yourself, and you can look in the mirror and think, “I’m a badass witch.”
Ready that playlist. Music is everything for getting pumped, whether it’s working out or spell casting!
Don’t eat something too heavy. Save that reward for after the battle! Then you can ask your local kitchen witch for a hardy recipe!
There are so many kinds of ways to keep your body active, and not all of them are picking heavy things up and putting them back down.
Yoga. If you haven’t tried yoga yet I highly recommend this - especially for witches. It’s all about quieting the mind, becoming in touch with your body and the energy around you, strengthening, balancing, and centering yourself. It’s meditation, stretching and a workout all in one; how can you get better than this?!
Pole Dancing. You’re a witch aren’t you? So why don’t you try flying? I’m bias, I’ll admit it - but I teach pole fitness for a reason! There so so many benefits to pole. Confidence, it builds so much confidence. This is an amazing way to enhance your feminine energy, and if you work with any deities that are mainly with feminine power, dancing is a wonderful offering. It doesn’t have to be sexual, it can be sad, creepy, powerful, funny, hiphop or ballet mix, or contemporary! This builds your strength & flexibility and it doesn’t feel like work! It’s all play until before you know it your on the floor sweating and feeling like the sexiest/most graceful/beautiful person ever. Everyone is always supportive, there’s always body love and I’ve had students who are male, female, trans - there’s even a 54 year old man who loves wearing heels & his wife adores it(@manwhopoledances on instagram) and one of the ladies I used to dance with in Colorado named Patty - a 60 year old woman who looks damn good for her age and is so kind and strong! (Any questions feel free to message me!)
Aerial Silks. Another way to soar in the sky! This one I find isn’t as ‘dancy’ as pole but you can make it whatever you like. This one is a lot about holding poses and engaging your muscles for periods of time to do so, so it’s kind of aerial yoga but sometimes you spin. This art is graceful, beautiful and can be very dramatic and lovely!
Lyra. Another aerial art - what can I say? I think you should fly if your a witch! Hehe. This one is involving a hoop that is suspended in the air. It’s a great workout for sure, and the poses look so beautiful and magical once you get them. Check out @ladyinlaluna on instagram for an understanding of Lyra. Plus her hoop is a crescent moon and what’s more witchy than that?
Hula Hoop. This one is a much gentler way to get yourself moving if you’re not looking to get ripped. It’s great for flow, movement, those who like to dance in their kitchen and move freely. It’s a beautiful and hypnotic dance, and I love watching theses artists move. All you need is a hula hoop to start and you can get yourself moving and feeling happy! @danatheleo & @bunnknees are great artists to check out for inspiration.
Not So Witchy(but great workouts)
Boxing. I did kickboxing for a while and let me tell you it is a rush. It’s so fun, the gyms and classes I went to were supportive and kind no matter what level you were on. Plus, a little self-defense was never a bad thing!
Sport Teams. Whether you’re in school or have a community team, try out! Or if that’s too much, get some friends together to play a friendly game of ice hockey at your local rec center, or swim teams, kickball, baseball, or football!
Free running. I haven’t tried this yet but I would love to! Running around, building strength to scale structures and building speed and endurance. I’d say you’d be a survivor in the zombie apocalypse for sure - or at least undefeated winner in a game of Groundies.
Bouldering. This might be harder to access depending on where you live, but this is basically an indoor rock climbing gym. There are some places you are able to free climb, and some places there are colors coordinated to difficulty level. Both are fun, and bringing your family or friends is awesome too.
Surfing. Obviously, if your land locked this might be harder to do. But if you’re close to the beach and have the desire, why not take a class or two, try it out and see how you like it!
Not About That Commitment
Swimming. What better way to be a sea witch even if your land locked? Especially for the summer! Local beaches, lakes, rivers(if swimming is legal), are all wonderful, or even if you can wear yourself out at a waterpark or local pool.
Hiking. Back home I was spoiled with the Rocky Mountains and my easy access to it for beautiful hikes. It’s a wonderful way to connect with the Earth. Get to know the local wildlife! Hikes can very from difficulty. Make sure to pack a few snacks, a lot of water, and a few safety items(whistle, mirror, & bear spray) just incase something takes a wrong turn! Nature can be very unpredictable.
Taking walks. It can be as simple as walking your companion around a few blocks or to the park. You still get to meditate a little and get yourself moving a little for the day.
Park day! Bring a ball and some frisbees! Some snacks and water, and maybe some jump ropes or hula-hoops!
These are the best I could come up with on the top of my head, but please do let me know if I should add anything or if you have any questions. I hope this was helpful for you guys!
This will be my first post on places to get inexpensive items for you!
DOLLAR TREE!!! I can not explain my love for this store to be honest. Now it may be an obvious store for budget friendly people but I know many people may not think about going there for items for your altar, spells, etc but it is my go to place for all of my items! I will list below all of my favorite items you can get from there! Also they always get in new items all the time so I go quite frequently to see what I can pick up! And of course everything is $1 so to be honest it can’t get any better than that!
SALTS: 2lb boxes of sea salt, regular table salt, and they will even sometimes have pink Himalayan sea salt! Do I even have to mention why this is useful? Well I will anyway! Salt is like the boss of protection and purification. Use it in baths, spells, throw it around the house to keep negative things out, use it when you cast circles, etc. Salt is the bomb I my opinion. And why not get a huge box of it for $1?
SPICES AND HERBS: they have amazing spices to be honest. (Not just to use for cooking which I do) but they have cinnamon, parsley, ground sage, Basil, oregano, ground cloves, All spice, Ginger, etc. You can use these in jar spells, dream sachets, cooking spells, etc. They are fantastic especially for beginner witches who don’t want to spend tons on dried herbs or can’t find them locally outside in the wild or like those who live in a big city far from lots of nature where it’s hard to grow them yourself… Or for those who don’t have as much of a green thumb!
CANDLES!!! : THIS is one of my favorite sections at the dollar tree. You can probably get a better deal for bulk tea light candles somewhere else like Walmart but the dollar tree has amazing tall pillar candles, Scented candles, cute jar candles, Mason jar candles which obviously you can re-use for spells or storage! They have candles in different colors as well! For those who don’t like much flame they have great battery operated candles as well!
GLASS CONTAINERS AND JARS: THEY HAVE SO MANY GLASS OPTIONS! I love finding glass bowls, jars, vases, cups, etc you name it. All can be used for your altar for decor, spell work, collecting water, mixing stuff in, and anything else your little witchy heart desires to use for a glass container!
FOOD ITEMS: *PLEASE be aware to look at expiration dates and read labels. In my experience I’ve had no negative ones as of yet and I’m very sensitive to food and such* I Love getting my baking soda, sugar for offerings or spell jars, candies for offerings, sweets for the fae, jelly (I love their preserves they are delicious! The strawberry and raspberry ones are a house staple), Crackers, unsweetened apple sauce (it’s fantastic), teas (LOVEEEE THE TEAS they have fruit teas, camomile tea, green tea, black tea, and more) these are fabulous to use in spell work or just to drink, and mainly anything a kitchen witch or just a witch in general wants to use for offerings. *I do not advise on getting any meat or dairy products for obvious reasons. Though their vegan spring rolls are my go-to and the dark chocolate covered banana slices are also amazing in the freezer section along with their frozen fruit and vegetables I always make sure to get the ones grown in the USA. *
Fruit infuser tumbler cups! Need I say more?
CRAFT SUPPLIES: GLITTER, PENS, PENCILS, STICKERS, TAPE, FLORAL WIRE, FAKE FLOWERS, WREATH WIRE, FLORAL FOAM, WOODEN DOWELS, GLUE, ROCKS, SHELLS, SAND, YOU NAME IT ITS ALL THERE!!!! Anything you could possibly need for your journal, spell books, spells, etc. Everything is there!
BATH SUPPLIES: GLAMOUR, RESTORATING, AND SELF LOVE BATHS HELLO! they sell Epsom salt, good bubble baths, bath loofas, scrubs, soaps, anything your heart would want for a bath spell! I love getting my favorite brown sugar vanilla bath soap mix it with some Epsom salt and sea salt throw in some green or black tea and have myself a self love and clearing bath!
There are a lot more wonderful things that can be found at your local dollar tree! Those are all the top categories that came to my mind. Next blog post will be on online websites that have inexpensive things for my lovely witches out there! Sending blessings to you all!
There’s a huge whiteboard wall in front of my desk at work and I recently convinced my coworkers that it would be okay to fill up a section of it with fanart. They know about the blog but many of them haven’t seen much of the fanart being done so I thought it’d be great to share! I’m not sure how the IT department feels about me using up a bunch of the color ink but
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Hopefully we can get better pictures than these quick phone photos that I took after putting on the last few at the bottom today. Uh it’s obvious I had no plan going in as to where to put anything. ._.
I keep getting comments about the ratio of Tweek/Craig fanart to everything else hahaha.
Welcome to your 21st year! As per the wonderful tradition of the house of Hale, you will be attending some of the best places to be single that Beacon Hills has to offer today. First, it’s to the Coffee Shop on Main where you will get two lemon zest chocolate chip muffins. Listen to me very carefully, I’m going to ease you into the way this works. Buy two muffins, but you’re only going to eat one. Find someone cute to give the second one to…
The letter went on, but Derek was staring at it in horror, unable to process how terrible that sounded in just the first paragraph. Today was going to suck.
Or: Derek’s grandmother relishes setting her single grandchildren up on Valentine’s Day. Only, less ‘setting up’ and more ‘forcing them to run a singles-only scavenger hunt where the prize is love or at least sex’.
Disclaimer: this is my very first Peter Parker imagine so please be kind 😬
Request: reader is in the decathalons and has a crush on Peter. She doesn’t think he feels the same way so she says yes when someone else asks her to Homecoming. But little does she know, he actually does like her. (Includes jealous Peter!)
I look up at the clock and sigh as the minute hand reads 15 minutes. This is the fourth time that Peter has been late to our decathalons meeting. Nationals are just around the corner and he keeps doing this. My hope of him asking me to Homecoming fades away each time he pulls the same stunt.
A repetitive tapping of a pen brings me back. It stops. “Okay, we’re going to start this meeting without Peter”, Liz says, annoyed. We go over a few things to further prep us then we begin practicing.
As our responses quicken, the remaining member of our team finally shows up. “I’m so sorry I’m late”, he says out of breath.
“Peter”, our teacher calls. He pulls him over to the side, most likely to lecture him. My attention shifts from Liz to Peter. I watch his face instantly fill with guilt.
“If he did want to be a part of this team, he’d show up on time”, Flash mutters. I look away from Peter. “Guys like that will keep on disappointing.”
I try to keep myself from getting worked up by Flash’s words. I would defend Peter but Flash has a point. I let out a sigh. Homecoming with him is most likely out of the question. Heck, it isn’t even a possibility.
“It’s just the Stark internship it’s-”
“Honestly Parker, who are you kidding? Cut the lies”, Flash says angrily.
My eyes go back to Peter and his lips just shut. No words. I wish he could come up with a better excuse, or to be honest about where he is. I look down.
“Hey, Y/N. Homecoming is coming up after nationals and I’ve been thinking..would you like to go with me?” Flash asks. His tone soft now.
It’s not like Peter has a crush on me anyway. I look up and smile. “Yeah, sure.”
“Guys, we have to focus, okay?” Liz reminds me and Flash.
“Yes Liz. I apologize, I’m just really excited about Homecoming!” Flash beams.
“Alright Flash.” Liz shakes her head and continues on with the questions.
We finish and our teacher lets us know that Peter is out. He really does keep on disappointing.
“He already quit band and-” Michelle gets cut off by Peter’s death stare.
The other members make their way out. Flash comes up to me with a huge smile on his face. “Today is the best day of my life! I’m going to Homecoming with you and now I’m taking Peter’s place! Can life get any better than this?” He hugs me and I catch Peter’s expression in this very moment.
He looks heartbroken. Flash makes his way out and Peter’s eyes follow him. His brows furrowed.
“Sorry to hear that you won’t be a part of the decathalons anymore”, I say. His head snaps in my direction, anger no longer present. “It’s a shame, I liked having you on the team.”
He gives me a small smile. “Nice to know at least one person enjoyed having me around. Seems like everyone else hates my guts.” His head hangs low.
He sighs. “Even Ned.”
“I mean, you were given a huge opportunity so it doesn’t hurt to take it on. I get it. You got to do you. I wish you all the best with it.” I grab my bag and head out.
He takes a few seconds to continue. “Are you actually going to Homecoming with..Flash?” I question the expression he makes as he says Flash’s name.
“I never thought I would, but yeah.”
“Are you sure? I mean, it’s Flash we’re talking about.”
“I’m sure, it’s not like anyone else was going to ask me so…” I instantly regret letting that slip.
Silence comes forth. I look at him and it seems as though he’s choked up.
“Are you okay Peter?”
“Yeah. I just-I got to go”, he says and books it. And just like that, he’s gone.
I try to get Peter off my mind but I’m reminded just before lunch. As I make my way to my locker I see him, still with that expression he had earlier. I unlock my locker to put my books away and grab my lunch but something stops me in my tracks.
I overhear Peter talk – well more like rant to Ned. “I can’t believe Y/N is going to Homecoming with Flash! Of all people! Does he even like her? Ugh, I swear if he hurts her or treats her wrong I will-” I turn my head slightly in their direction and freeze as I see that water has now formed in Peter’s eyes.
“Just take a deep breath. Maybe she’ll change her mind. Or maybe you should’ve asked her when you had the chance, I don’t know.” Ned shrugs.
Peter lets out a long sigh. The tears still on the rims of his sad puppy eyes.
“Look, I know it sucks but just remember I’m here for you”, Ned says as he places a hand on Peter’s shoulder.
Peter closes his eyes, takes a deep breath in then releases it. “Thanks Ned. I don’t know what I’d do without you.”
I turn my head back and stand at my locker in shock. Eyes wide, jaw dropped. Good thing no one can see my face right now. I take a few seconds to grasp whether or not that actually happened. Peter likes me. Peter. Likes. Me.
Reggie x Reader: Fingers and thumbs, baby. (Part III)
A/N: Hi, I need your help. Is this story too long? Cause if it is i’ll try to speed up the way the story goes so that it won’t bore you to death or I could leave it as it is (I already finished it it just needs editing) and let the sotry run it’s course? You’re response will be appreciated, my lovelies. Enjoy x
Plot: When Reggie and (Y/N) have been bestfriends their whole lives but the universe had other plans.
You couldn’t sleep. The
moment Reggie fell asleep you had just been staring at his perfect profile.
Staring at what could’ve been, staring at what could never be anymore. You
decided you couldn’t stay there, you couldn’t stay with Reggie for 48 hours without
wanting to kill him or yourself.
With a lot of effort you
texted Cheryl to pick you up.
You continued stroking his
hair and thinking of all the things you wanted to say.
Reg, I’m kinda in love with you and i’d really love it if you would give us a
chance because I can promise you I have loved and I can love you better than
any girl can.
Reg, I love you and I wish I asked you out on prom instead of going with Betty
and Jughead on that investigation. I just really wanted to help Cheryl.
Reg, please pick me. For once in your life please see me. And pick me.
Reg,” You whispered as a tear fell at the back of your palm, nearly
on his face. “I’m in love with
You heard a small thunk at
the window and you saw Cheryl below in her pajamas a red faux fur coat. You
smirked despite you circumstances, Cheryl just can’t do low key to save her
life. You looked at Cheryl and then back at Reggie. You leaned down and gave
him the smallest hint of a kiss on the cheeks before gently removing his arms
around you. You replaced yourself with a pillow and walked out of his house.
Reg, i’m sorry.
Cheryl remained silent knowing full well what happened
without you having to say a word. She was silent as she drove, she was silent
as she watched you stare at nothing with your hair blowing in the wind with
your silent tears, she was silent as she walked you to her room with your heart
breaking at every step you took.
She took a fluffy white blanket and prepared you tea
herself. As she entered her room she saw you sitting in front of her mirror.
She placed the tea on the ground in front of you and wrapping you up
with the blanket. She knew you needed space and that you would talk to her when
you’re ready so she just sat beside you. And then, the first sob came.
“Oh darling,” she
hugged you as you cried in her arms.
“It hurts so much …”
“I know, love. Just
let it out.” She started rubbing her hands in your arms as you cried and
cried until all that was left was your trembling figure and a cold tea.
“I almost told him
That surprised Cheryl. She glanced at you at the mirror but
you were just staring at your necklace that was given to you by Reggie for your
eighteenth birthday. He worked so hard at Mr.Andrews the whole summer just to
earn that necklace and even declined Cheryl’s offer to give him at least half
the amount or his parent’s offer to just pay for it saying he needed this to
come from just him.
“But now, it’s too
“Hey,” Cheryl has
had enough. She made you look at her. “It’s
his loss. Not yours. You can get so much better than him.”
You nodded trying to stay strong but that only lasted for
about five seconds before the tears started falling again. How you will face
Reggie when school starts you will never know.
Cheryl tucked you in once more, making sure you get the most
comfort in this time of tragedy. She checked her clock, 5:21. Oh shit.
It was almost time for Reggie’s morning run and with his
crazy body clock he would’ve woken up by now. And when he wakes up and sees you
gone with no explanation he will go ballistic.
She nearly dove for her phone and saw that she had 12
messages and 4 missed calls all from Reggie.
Before she could type in a response she received another
call from Reggie which she accepted after breathing in and going out to her
balcony where you won’t be disturbed.
“She’s with me.”
It took everything in her not to reach out into the phone and strangle this fucking moron for thinking he had the
right to hurt Cheryl’s (Y/N) like this. Cheryl knew it was not Reggie’s fault,
heck, it wasn’t anybody’s fault but he is just so goddamn stupid and Cheryl
wanted to slap the stupidity out his body just so he can see what is already in front of him. What he is losing.
Cheryl can almost see his confusion. “And why is that?”
Cheryl gritted her teeth wanting nothing more than to chew
his goddamn ear off but knew it wasn’t her place. “I had a nightmare about Jason and freaked out. I called her.” She
went for the one thing Reggie can’t say shit about. Was she a manipulative bitch? Yes. At least she wasn’t fucking stupid.
He sighed, probably calming down from his mini freak out.
You fucking deserve
that you fucking asshole, Cheryl thought. She can’t let her mouth ruin what
was left of Reggie’s and (Y/N)’s friendship. The one thing (Y/N) has spent her
whole life protecting.
“Can I talk to her?”
I think the fuck not.
“She’s asleep. And
she’ll be staying with me for the rest of the weekend in case I have any other
dramatic episodes. Sorry, Reg.”
You’d probably be too
busy fucking that tacky new girl anyway,you fucking –
Another sigh. “Okay,
whatever. Tell her I’ll see her on Monday and I’llpick her –“
“I have a limo and a
driver. We’ll see you there, fucktard.” Cheryl couldn’t help herself, she
needed to insult him a bit or else she’s gonna explode. She ended the call before
she can die of too much anger.
Nobody is going to make her best friend cry and not pay for
it. Not even the great Reggie Mantle. She will teach Reggie Mantle a lesson for
You have successfully ignored all of Reggie’s efforts of
trying to talk to you, with the help of Cheryl, of course.
Texting and calling?
Phone’s turned off.
Going to Cheryl’s house? A big ass gate and a few
Calling Cheryl? Not an option.
But you couldn’t hide in her house forever so you decided to
get your ducks in a row and face the inevitable. Cheryl wanted to walk you to
your first class but she was dragged to her responsibilities with the Vixens
which she has ignored the whole weekend for you so you let her go with a
promise you’d eat together at lunch.
As you walked towards your first class your books that were
held tightly in your arms were suddenly taken from you. You thought it was
another of those stupid pranks but you were greeted by the stare of the one
person you planned to avoid today.
“Hey, pup.” He
grinned. “Missed you this weekend.”
You said too quickly as you started to walk faster which was proved pointless
since your leg span was significantly different and did not lean into your
advantage which caused Reggie to just block your way out.
“Not even a call? A
text? Now I’m just jealous of Cheryl.”
“Sorry, Reg.” You
sighed. “She was just really having a
You felt bad for lying and you knew that Reggie knew that
you were lying but Jason’s death is something he will never press knowing how
much it affected Cheryl.
“Okay,” he said
looking at you warily. “I thought you
got mad at me or something. It felt like you were avoiding me.” He pouted
and you couldn’t help but try to punch him in the chest. He, unfortunately,
just took your fist and placed your palm on his neck, your thumb just touching
For the love of God
stop making me fall in love with you.
afternoon?” You were about to decline when he gave you that look That look you just couldn’t say no to. “If you ditch me again I’ll be mad at you.”
You chuckled. Too
cute, Reg. Stop, please.
“What are you, five?” You asked raising an
eyebrow at him.
He pouted even more if that’s possible. “I’ll not talk to you for like, for like five minutes.”
You both laughed.
“Okay. I’ll meet you there after your practice, okay?”
“What? Why don’t you
just wait for me at the gym? We can go together, it’ll be safer.”
And see you
eye-fucking with your new Vixen girlfriend? I don’t think so. “Nah, I needed to help, Cheryl with some
Reggie groaned. “If
Voldemort steals you from me any more than she does now I’m gonna go crazy.”
The school bell rang making you jump and Reggie chuckle. “Come on,” he said taking your hand in
God did your hands look perfect together.
“Let me walk you to—“
He was cut off by the one voice that can completely ruin your day, right now.
stiffened, not by her voice. Nor by the fact that she used the nickname only a
few special people were allowed to call Reggie. No, you felt your blood stop
when Reggie quickly let go of your hand. As if it was a sin. As if you were a
mistake. As if the one thing that was like breathing for the two of you became
something very wrong.
But you realized, it is. It is a sin. You are a mistake.
Because he has a girlfriend now. A girlfriend who is supposed to be the one who
gets to hold his hands. A girlfriend he can kiss. A girlfriend he can love.
And it’s not you.
You are the bestfriend, and maybe it was time you act like
Reggie barely saw you slip away as he turned his full
attention to Veronica. “Hey, babe.”
accepted his hug with open arms before smiling up at him.
“I missed you.”
Reggie grinned at her by which she just rolled her eyes.
“You saw me
gave her nose a peck.
“Well, if you missed
me that much then maybe we should just skip school today, huh.” She said,
raising her eyebrows up and down which made Reggie laugh.
“Can’t babe.” As
tempting as it was Reggie shook his head.
“I promised (Y/N) I’m not skipping school this whole school year so I could
pass the college we both agreed to go to.”
Veronica couldn’t help her scowl. There it was again. Fucking (Y/N). Reggie had been running
his mouth off with stories of her the whole day yesterday. She gets that
they’re inseperable but there had to be limits, right?
“Oh, speaking of
which,” Reggie suddenly remembered her bestfriend but frowned when, unlike
usual, she wasn’t safely tucked behind him.
too, looked behind him.
“Oh nothing, I guess
she left.” Reggie looked confused, looking out in the hallway. “Sorry, she’s usually behind me so I
thought she was still there.”
Veronica shook her head. She really wasn’t ready to meet her
greatest competition too. “Y’know what,
if I can’t steal you this morning. Maybe a few hours after school?”
pouted. “I’m your girlfriend now and
contrary to popular belief I actually want to spend time with you. Please? Just
a few hours?”
Reggie weighed his chances. “Two hours, after that I’m taking you home.”
Veronica gave out a small ‘yey’ before wrapping her arms around Reggie’s neck and giving him
a kiss. “I’ll see you later!” she
screamed, which echoed around the hallway.
Reggie laughed. Everything was perfect, right now. He has a
bright future, an amazing girlfriend, and even better friends.
God he loved his life.
He had no fucking clue
on the storm coming his way.
He turned around to walk towards his first class when he saw
Cheryl with her hands crossed and that eerie blank face in the middle of the
“What?” he asked
knowing whatever unpleasant thoughts she was having right now, it was directed
towards him. “Mad I got a girlfriend
before you got a new boy toy, Cher?” he joked.
Reggie almost missed the small smirk that formed in her
otherwise emotionless face. The clack on her heels was the only noise that can
be heard in the hallway and as she stopped in front of Reggie he noticed he was
already holding his breath.
“I’m gonna warn you
only once, Mantle,” she spoke softly, as if holding herself back. “Keep what is dearest to your heart,”
she pointed a long red nail in her chest, where his heart was supposed to be,
unnecessarily hard. “Close to you.”
She looked up at him through her lashes before she crossed her arms again.
“Because if there is
one thing you should learn from me it’s that you never knew how, when, and to
who you might lose them to.”
And just like that she was gone. Just like Reggie’s
and like that’s why abba is my favorite band, they combined the folk tradition of telling varied and highly individualized stories through their music with the 80s pop tradition of making the gays go absolutely fucking wild, i can’t imagine it gets any better than that
I have trouble sympathizing with most of the characters in ASOIAF, because none of them represent an ideology I can get behind. Starks are better than Boltons, Stannis is better than Cersei, but they are all unelected hereditary authoritarians. When choosing between 1. Hitler, 2. Stalin and 3. Mussolini, I'd reluctantly go with Mussolini, but I'd much rather choose 4. LEAVE THE PLANET. I don't care who wins the game of thrones. The only winning move is not to play.
I totally get that. GRRM had Tyrion muse on the inherent backwardness of democracy for a reason; we’re never supposed to forget how these characters conceive of power. However, I don’t think that’s an appropriate analogy. Hitler became chancellor as a result of parliamentary politics in the wake of his party doing very well in an election, and none of those three can be called “hereditary” rulers. I’m not remotely saying that this makes popular elections a bad thing, just that I don’t think it’s wise to assume that elections will prevent monsters from rising to power. I’d also argue that it was a very, very good thing for Westeros and in particular the smallfolk of the North that Mance, who didn’t rely on heredity in the least to win his crown, got his ass kicked by Stannis, the avatar of hereditary rule.
I would also push back on the idea that there are no values in Westeros’ social/political model worth defending: “I charge you to be brave, I charge you to be just, I charge you to defend the young and innocent.” Now, of course, The System itself often fails to reflect those values, but we do see individuals live up to them, and that’s an ideology I can get behind. Take Edmure, for example: “My people. They were afraid.” Or Brienne: “No chance, and no choice.” Or Dunk: “a knight who remembered his vows.” Or, perhaps above all, Davos: “a king protects his people, or he is no king at all.”
And speaking of the onion knight, allow me to make the case for the one true king. He raised a peasant-born smuggler to knighthood and then lordship, consistently included him in his councils specifically to get the perspective of someone outside the nobility, and is prepared to “make new lords” alongside him. He not only rode to the defense of the realm when no other king would, but after defeating the wildlings so as to eliminate the immediate threat to the North, his next move was to welcome them through the Wall, believing it his duty to defend them from the Others. So, yeah, I too am not fond of hereditary monarchy as a system of governance. However, I think people often miss that Stannis possesses some genuinely radical politics, especially for someone in his position and with his background. Davos, of course, had to convince Stannis to sail to the Wall…but Davos was only in the position to do that because Stannis raised him up, and Stannis specifically made Davos his Hand because Davos will tell Stannis what he does not want to hear, but needs to. And this “a king who still cared” side of him is rooted in his empathy for the downtrodden and defenseless: “When I was a lad I found an injured goshawk and nursed her back to health. Proudwing, I named her.” The difference between that on the one hand, and Cersei and Tywin on the other, is significantly more than the difference between Hitler and Mussolini.
Finally, I don’t think “not playing” is actually an option. Every action is political.