canon kit

When the sorcerer found the dragon, it was attacking a grape.

This was only possible because the dragon was not much larger than a grape itself, but she still had to do a double take to be sure the object it was fighting with such animosity was in fact inanimate.

She crouched so that her eyes were level with the top of the table and squinted at it. The dragon sank its tiny fangs into the grape’s skin and gave a great tug, succeeding only in throwing it and the grape into a backwards tumble. The tiny green reptile rolled to a stop with its whole body wrapped around the grape and shook its head ferociously, managing to pull its teeth out but also launching the grape across the table. It gave a mighty roar of anger (about as loud as a human clearing their throat) and stalked after it, tail swishing dangerously.

“Do you need help?” she offered.

The dragon froze mid-prowl and whipped its head around to look at her, looking so offended she almost apologized for asking.

“I mean, I could peel it for you, if that’s the problem.” She wasn’t sure it was getting the message. One could never tell how much human language these little creatures picked up by hanging around the magic labs. Some understood only such essentials as “scat!” or “oh fuck, that sure did just explode”, while others could hold entire conversations — if they deigned to interact.

This one looked like it was deciding whether she was worthy. Finally, it sniffed daintily and flicked its tail, scales clacking together. “Little monster is my prey, and you can’t have it. Found it first. Will devour it!”

“Oh, sure,” she agreed. “But you know it’s a grape, right?”

This was the wrong thing to say. It glared at her and then bounded away to the other end of the table, where it slithered up to the grape and pounced on it.

Grape and dragon promptly rolled off the edge of the table.

The sorcerer quickly went around to that side, alarmed that it would be stepped on. The labs were bustling with shoppers stopping by to watch demonstrations this time of day, and a small dragon wouldn’t be easily visible on the blue and green tiled floor.

“Horrible! Dirty!” The tiny dragon was screeching at the top of its lungs, holding onto its prey for dear life. It would have been hard to hear anyway, with all the noise of the labs, but with the sorcerer’s diminished hearing it took several seconds to locate the screaming creature.

She scanned the pattern of the tiles for it and sighed. “Oh, hold on, we mopped this morning.” She cupped her hands around it and deposited it into her skirt pocket, an indignity the dragon endured only with more screaming.

“An outrage! Put me down!”

“Shh,” she advised. Lab workers were strongly discouraged from bringing creatures into the back rooms, which was where she was heading, picking her way through the crowded front lab.

“Fuck pockets!” her pocket responded.

“Oh, you can curse. Wonderful.”

The dragon seemed to take this as an actual compliment. “Am multitalented. Can also compose poetry.”

“Really? Can I hear some?”

“No. For dragon ears only.” It sounded viciously pleased to hold this over her head. The bulge in her pocket rearranged itself, and she thought it might be trying to gnaw on the grape.

She felt herself smiling even as she tried to squash her mouth into a straight line. She liked this little bad-tempered thing, even though its spiky feet were digging into her thigh.

In the much quieter kitchen of the back rooms behind the lab, she transferred the wriggling, scaly handful from her pocket to the table. The dragon hissed out a few more insults as it got up and straightened itself out, but its jaw fell open when it finally took in its surroundings. She’d set it down next to the fruit bowl.

“There you go. Food mountain.”

The dragon’s shock didn’t last long. Abandoning the grape, it scraped and scrabbled its way up the side of the bowl and from there onto an apple, its claws leaving tiny puncture marks as it hiked to the top of the arrangement. “Food mountain!” It repeated, its gleeful crowing much clearer and almost sing-song without having to compete with the noise of the crowd.

She watched it turn in a circle, surveying the feast. “But… cannot eat it all,” it observed after a while, crestfallen. “Human-sized. Big shame.”

“Don’t you have nest-mates who can help you with it?” she asked. She had assumed not, from the way it had apparently been foraging for food on its own, but she needed to be sure she’d found a loner.

“No nest. No mates. No nest-mates. You’re rude.” It flopped down ungracefully, wings spread out flat on the apple like it was trying to hug the entire much-larger fruit.

She gave it a moment to be dramatic, and then offered it the grape, minus the peel. “You seem to have a good grasp on human-speak.”

It grabbed the grape without so much as a thank you. “Yes. Have composed poetry in both Dragonese and Humanese. Not for humans to hear, though.” Bragging cheered it up a little.

“You mentioned. I can’t hear very well, anyway.” She pulled up a stool and sat down. “Actually, I’ve been looking for a helper.”

“An assistant,” it said, apparently showing off its Humanese. “An attendant. An aid.”

She watched it bury its snout in the grape, juice dribbling down onto the apple it sat on. “Yes. A hearing aid. How would you feel about having a job?”

It smiled craftily. “Would feel positively, if job comes with chocolate chips.”

“It could,” she said, grinning. She had some friends who employed bird-sized dragons as messengers, but this was the first time she’d heard of one negotiating its salary for itself. “It certainly could. What’s your name?”

“Peep,” said Peep. “It is self-explanatory.”

“Don’t worry, I got it.”

Peep expressed its doubt that humans ever got anything, but she thought the tiny, prickly creature might be warming up to her.

I thought you were here about Kit,” Julian said. “What with him being a Herondale and all." 
There was a rustle upstairs and a faint muttering. Ty had been sleeping in front of Kit’s door for the past nights, an odd behaviour no one had remarked on. Emma assumed Ty found Kit unusual and interesting in the matter that he sometimes found bees and lizards unusual and interesting.
—  Lord of Shadows
  • Livvy: *laughs*
  • Kit: cute
  • Ty: *laughs*
  • Kit: "the salt air had tangled his arrow-straight black hair, and his eyes glowed like moonlight on the water. Kit just stared, unable to think of anything else clever to say as Ty..."
  • Me: *gaping* fuck.

this is a story about a sorcerer and a knight. well, a knight-in-training. they go by KiT, a nickname for their title, but a perfectly good name for anyone. kit’s a good squire, for the most part, but they have a knack for getting into trouble.

this time the trouble is they just fuckin decked another knight in the middle of the tavern.

“keep your hands off my friend,” kit tells the shocked personification of grossness, now sitting on his ass on the ground. kit’s pretty sure the message was already sent though the ass-kicking, but it doesn’t hurt to be thorough.

the man splutters for a minute before finding his tongue. “you— you— you piece of shit, you’ll pay for this. i have powerful friends.”

“bring it on,” kit retorts. they’re feeling pretty confident right now.

they’re feeling significantly less confident as two other men step up behind the first guy.

“outside,” the first growls.

“we’re zit and wedge, and we’re going to kick your ass,” the second one clarifies. 

zit nods. “but we don’t want to make a mess of you on mal’s floor, since it was just scrubbed and all.”

kit glances at mal, who they rather thought was a friend, to find her nodding appreciatively. “brawlers these days are so polite. out you three go.”

kit wilts. “but… there’s just one of me.”

it’s around this time, when the two other guys are starting to crack their knuckles and look like they’re going to drag kit outside whether they like it or not, that someone else pushes their way through the small crowd that’s forming.

“’scuse me, pardon me. hello. what’s going on here?”

she’s got bright blue hair, of the kind that you get from mucking around with magic too much. everyone immediately reassesses the situation, and watches her warily. a sorcerer can quickly change the way a brawl plays out, if they feel like intervening. kit sincerely hopes she does.

“miss,” zit jumps in before kit can get a word in, “this young… person, here, just brutally attacked my poor friend, and me and wedge think we ought to be able to teach them a lesson in manners.”

the sorcerer studies him for a moment, as if considering his statement, and kit grabs their chance.

“pimple here is completely leaving out the fact that their friend wouldn’t leave my friend alone, after she asked him to go away twice!”

zit bristles, and looks to the sorcerer for her judgment.

she considers for while. “can anyone vouch for this knight’s statement?”

“i was the one getting hit on!” tea shouts from behind kit’s shoulder.

the sorcerer digests the witness’s statement. “hm. i’m inclined to see this as a case of self-defense, through the channel of someone who was not the self being hit on. i would suggest that all the parties involved accept the ruling of “he who gets their ass kicked probably deserves it”, and move on.”

“fat chance,” wedge growls. “the pack sticks together. we have to defend our leader.”

werewolves, kit sighs internally. it just figured.

there’s a dramatic pause, then the sorcerer says cooly, “you try it, and you’ll get your asses kicked too.”

zit and wedge eye her warily. kit eyes all three of them, which is hard with only two eyes.

“i reckon we could take a sorcerer,” wedge hypothesizes— an idea that would be quickly proven false in any laboratory experiment.

but this is a tavern, and the sorcerer has a delayed reaction, only raising her hands when zit charges at her. kit flinches back, sure she’s about to be crushed, but the next moment flames explode in the small space between the sorcerer and zit. there’s a yelp, and mad scrambling back from the sorcerer.

“i have nowhere to be until book club at midnight,” the sorcerer informs them calmly, her hands still out, palms up and ready to summon more flame. kit squints at them. “so i have plenty of time to teach you a lesson.”

apparently rescinding their hypothesis, all three werewolves make a mad dash for the door and disappear into the night.

the sorcerer smiles victoriously, and shakes her bright hair out of her face. kit squints at her scalp as she turns to them. “all good?”

“yes, thank you,” tea says, sounding impressed. “wow… a fire summoner. i didn’t know there were any teenagers powerful enough.”

kit has no other specific places to squint, so they just stare hard at the sorcerer’s face. “yeah… thanks. that was really cool.”

she waves their thanks off with one hand, a few strands of smoke issuing from her sleeves. “all in a day’s work. i’ll be off now.”

kit leaves tea with mal, though they frankly no longer trust her so much, and follows the sorcerer out the door. “hey, wait! you, blue hair magic person. what are you?”

“a masked vigilante,” she says, after a pause. “without the mask, because magic.”

kit blinks at that, before realizing she’s perfectly right. besides the definite ideas that she’s female and blue-haired, kit seems to forget what she looks like one moment to the next. kinda neat, honestly, though disconcerting.

they shake their head. “no, i mean… you’re not a sorcerer. i’ve seen people summon fire, and it comes from a loosely closed fist, not an open hand. also, your hair is dyed, not magically changed.”

she doesn’t answer for a moment, then looks stumped, and continues to not answer.

“well?” kit asks.

“fine,” she admits. “i’m a sorcerer in training, but the fake mask is about the most complicated magic i can do. the hair is so people will take me seriously when i do masked vigilante stuff.”

“and the fire?” kit persists.

after a moment, she shakes out her sleeve, sending a tiny purple dragon tumbling into her other hand. “my helper. my fire aid, if you will. you’re the first person to notice, you know?”

“just logic and being awesome,” kit says with a shrug, feeling pleased. neither are skills they get to show off a lot. they kinda feel like they’ve earned something for it. “hey, can i ask you a question?”

after a pause, the sorcerer in training says, “go for it.”

“why do you wait a second before responding to anything?”

their question is punctuated by a pause before she answers.

then the sorcerer motions kit closer, and tucks her hair behind her ears. the knight-in-training leans in, gaping. there’s a green dragon no longer than the length of one finger perched behind her ear, claws holding onto her piercings for balance. it unwedges one tiny wing to wave at them.

“what the fuck,” kit says, unable to find a reason for this from logic or being awesome.

“what the fuck,” the dragon repeats, pushing its snoot practically inside the sorcerer’s ear.

“this is peep,” she says. “my hearing is shit, so it helps me out. i call it my hearing aid.”

the draconian hearing aid preens under the knight-in-training’s stare.

“shit,” kit mumbles, for lack of better words.

“shit!” the dragon crows, gleefully.

Rivamika Meta Masterlist [Part I]

[Part II]  

Here’s a masterlist of all the Rivamika-relevant meta ever posted or reblogged in this blog, ordered from oldest to newest. I’m aware this list is still missing some great meta - either they’re queued or I haven’t read them (yet). Feel free to PM me if you have any suggestions about the descriptions or want to show me something new - I’ll keep this list updated. Please be aware that most of this meta contains manga spoilers.

I made sure to credit everyone who created or made contributions to each post, because without you the Rivamika ship fandom wouldn’t be what it is today. 

Thank you, everyone, for shipping Rivamika with so much passion. Isn’t it amazing that we have so much meta content about our ship? Be proud (;

GENERAL RIVAMIKA

  1. What makes Rivamika so beautiful  ( @kenken-chan )
  2. The chemistry of Rivamika ( @viktornikiiforov )
  3. The canonicity of Rivamika ( @whyiloverivamika )
  4. Levi treats Mikasa differently, Mikasa finally found someone she could relate to ( @amayaokami )
  5. Reasons to love and ship Rivamika ( @viktornikiiforov )
  6. How Levi and Mikasa’s bond evolved, and their eye chemistry ( @rivamikalover )
  7. “I’m with you!”, Levi and Mikasa in the Forest of Giant Trees (@mirime-kisarrastine)
  8. Rivamika and age difference ( @whyiloverivamika )
  9. The manga is full of evidence and backing when it comes to RivaMika (@whyiloverivamika )
  10. Isayama is a Rivamika fanboy  ( @amayaokami )
  11. Solid pro-Rivamika arguments  (@whyiloverivamika)
  12. How do Levi and Mikasa address each other in japanese?  (@canon-rivamika)
  13. Why does Levi get speechless around Mikasa? What’s the meaning of his glances towards her?  ( @canon-rivamika )
  14. SNK Ship Appreciation: Levi and Mikasa  ( @momtaku )
  15. What if Levi and Mikasa met in a different situation?  ( @amayaokami )
  16. Humanity’s strongest soldiers care too much and they share their biggest weakness  ( @canon-rivamika )
  17. Rivamika can go both ways -both have each other’s backs, there is no damsel in distress ( @aboutmikasa / @ackercums )
  18. Do you think Levi and Mikasa hate each other? Think again ( @ackercums )
  19. Rivamika and trust: theory and timeline ( @ackerslave )
  20. Levi is the character who has aided Mikasa’s personal growth the most ( @erensjaegerbombs)
  21. SNK Ship Appreciation: Levi & Mikasa ( @erensjaegerbombs )
  22. What does SASHA know about Rivamika? ( @canon-rivamika )
  23. Levi and Mikasa, who clearly aren’t the best at teamwork since they can rely on their own power, managed to work flawlessly in a team, and that’s one of the reasons why Rivamika is so appealing ( @mirime-kisarrastine )
  24. Mikasa has high esteem for Levi’s abilities, and most of the time Mikasa either imitates or tries to incorporate his moves into her own fighting style ( @heavenlyfury / @canon-rivamika )
  25. How Mikasa’s opinion of Levi has changed ( @whyiloverivamika )
  26. Any kind relationship between Levi and Mikasa would be incredibly beneficial to both of them ( @whyiloverivamika )
  27. Rivamika is one of the select few ships that start from one-sided animosity and grow to a trust-based relationship in canon ( @canon-rivamika )
  28. Levi and Mikasa are now officially humanity’s strongest pair ( @humanitys-strongest-shitposts / @canon-rivamika )
  29. Levi and Mikasa see each other as they really are, and are quick to notice each other’s flaws ( @whyiloverivamika )
  30. Levi and Mikasa don’t actually want to kill each other ( @rynnie-meiru )
  31. What makes us like Rivamika? ( @ask-littl-mikasa / @rynnie-meiru / @cathsjoker / @canon-rivamika)
  32. Rivamika: a balanced partnership where both provide the catalyst for the other’s personal growth ( @mirime-kisarrastine )
  33. Why the Rivamika fandom is the the most chill in the SNK fandom ( @whyiloverivamika )

PRE-CANON

  1. Levi had already heard of Mikasa before they met ( @fuku-shuu )
  2. Levi knew Mikasa’s family when she was just a baby ( @ackersexual )
  3. Levi knew Mikasa and possibly failed to fulfill his duty to her in the past ( @chronic-confessions ) ( @chronic-aesthete )
  4. Levi saw his past ACWNR self in Mikasa ( @shingeki-no-tsubasa​ )
  5. Levi met Mikasa’s family before their death; the Asian clan mark ( @amayaokami​ )
  6. Maybe the reason Levi stares so much at Mikasa is because she reminds him of his younger days ( @trashy-bag / @ackerthugs
  7. What if Levi had heard of Mikasa before the Trost Battle through Keith Shadis? ( @whyiloverivamika )

PRE-UPRISING ARC

  1. Mikasa and Levi’s subtle relationship development ( @wirsinddieranters / @fuku-shuu )
  2. Levi was concerned about Mikasa during the battle against the Female Titan in Stohess ( @hizaki-x )
  3. There’s more to Mikasa’s reaction at Eren’s trial than what it seems ( @whyiloverivamika )
  4. Perhaps Levi got even more violent at Eren’s trial because they also threatened to execute Mikasa ( @canon-rivamika​ )
  5. The pivotal point in Levi and Mikasa’s relationship: the Carriage Scene ( @whyiloverivamika )
  6. Why so many people started shipping Rivamika after Levi saved Mikasa from the Female Titan ( @suniuz / @rivamikaislife / @doseofmyimagination
  7. Changes to the Rivamika scenes in both Season 1 and 2 of the anime ( @canon-rivamika )
  8. Changes to the carriage scene in Season 2 - did Isayama have any say in this? ( @canon-rivamika )
  9. Changes to the Rivamika scenes in Season 2 - what now? ( @canon-rivamika )
  10. The carriage scene might be continued in a different way in Season 2 ( @canon-rivamika )

UPRISING ARC

  1. Trust between Rivamika ( @suniuz )
  2. Levi and Mikasa’s glances at each other; Mikasa doesn’t understand Levi but trusts him ( @accioackerman / @suniuz )
  3. How Levi and Mikasa grew to trust each other ( @rivamikalover )
  4. Levi asked for Mikasa’s help without hesitation because unlike the others he isn’t intimidated by her ( @amayaokami )
  5. Favorite Rivamika moment: Levi wanted to “test” Mikasa by offering Eren to Reeves ( @akutamatsu )
  6. It was a thrill seeing Levi and Mikasa fight in harmony and perfectly synchronized ( @momtaku )
  7. Mikasa accepted Levi’s decisions throughout the Uprising Arc and, together with Armin, she was the first to voice her support for him to the rest of his squad  ( @canon-rivamika )

RETURN TO SHIGANSHINA ARC

  1. The titan serum will either go to Levi or Mikasa because they’re humanity’s strongest ( @shortie-levi )
  2. Mikasa doesn’t react angrily to Levi beating up Eren ( @canon-rivamika)
  3. The Ackerbowl won’t ruin all the progress made in Levi and Mikasa’s relationship ( @amayaokami )
  4. Levi saw himself in Mikasa during their fight ( @lucyheartfiliadragnir )
  5. Mikasa won’t just willingly go along with Levi’s decision to inject Erwin with the serum, and that is in-character for her ( @lampurple )
  6. What will the next Rivamika be like after their fight? ( @amayaokami )
  7. Levi doesn’t need to apologise to Mikasa or Eren because of their fight, and he didn’t resist Mikasa because her reaction might’ve broken the serum kit ( @canon-rivamika )
  8. Mikasa reversed her blade when Flocke approached her! ( @fuku-shuu / @suniuz )
  9. Levi could’ve manhandled Mikasa if he wanted to ( @ackersexual )
  10. Levi’s new drive after this arc will be Mikasa, and they will bond over their shared lineage ( @canon-rivamika )
  11. Levi and Mikasa need to talk it out after the Ackerbowl, and Mikasa should express her gratitude to him ( @canon-rivamika )
  12. Rivamika is not sinking in Chapter 84 ( @ackerslave )
  13. What will Levi do now that he’s lost his liege? ( @h-c-lima / @canon-rivamika )
  14. Will Levi lose his powers after losing his liege? If we look at how Mikasa handled Eren’s “death”, then he won’t ( @canon-rivamika )
  15. The discovery of the basement and the Grisha files makes for the perfect opportunity to bring up the Ackerman Clan ( @amayaokami )
  16. Levi’s decision to not hold a grudge against Mikasa and Eren shows how unselfish and caring he is towards his squad and Hange ( @lampurple )
  17. This is the first time Mikasa gets a little scared of Levi’s reaction, since usually she is the only one mocking him ( @leviyato )
  18. Is the fight between Levi and Mikasa a good thing for the Rivamika ship? ( @canon-rivamika )
  19. What if the choice for the serum injection was between Erwin and Mikasa instead of Armin? ( @canon-rivamika)
  20. Should Mikasa have fought with all her might against Levi? ( @canon-rivamika )
  21. I loved the Ackerbowl because I know how hard it was for Mikasa to draw her blade on Levi ( @snkception )
  22. Levi’s choice isn’t an easy one ( @dirtylevi
  23. Levi looked in pain knowing that he hurt Mikasa’s feelings during the serum bowl, and he was reluctant to hurt her physically as well ( @whyiloverivamika )

POST-CANON / TIMESKIP

  1. Will Levi and Mikasa’s bond strengthen when EMA go their separate ways? ( @amayaokami )
  2. With EMA going their separate ways, there’s a solid chance of a post-canon AU where Levi and Mikasa end up together ( @alienheartattack )
  3. With SNK ending in a few years, how will Levi and Mikasa’s relationship further develop now that she is basically his right-hand woman? ( @renasaince-fall / @canon-rivamika )
  4. Levi should be there for Mikasa because he relates the most to her pain ( @amayaokami )
  5. Levi and Mikasa’s misfortunes bringing them together doesn’t take away any authenticity from their relationship development ( @amayaokami )
  6. Post-canon Rivamika theories (if they survive to the end of the manga) ( @canon-rivamika / @doseofmyimagination )
  7. Future Rivamika interactions, a possible trip outside the walls to search for possible Ackermans and East Sea people living outside the walls ( @canon-rivamika)
  8. If Levi and Mikasa survived to the end of the manga, would they form some sort of familial bond? ( @renasaince-fall )
  9. There has been a time skip and Mikasa is now older. Both Levi and Mikasa need time to heal after the serumbowl. What happens now? ( @canon-rivamika )
  10. Will Rivamika become canon now that there was a time skip? ( @kenken-chan )

Updated 05/05/17

I don’t know why I’m so shook Cassie has been saying for years that the main characters of TWP were going to be the younger Blackthorns and that it would feature a gay couple and Kitty is basically canon