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Why Ochako is Actually a Complex Character

I was going to save this post until after finals were over for me BUT THEN I REMEMBERED IT IS MY DARLING PRINCESS’S BIRTHDAY TODAY AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE HER BIRTHDAY THAN TO MAKE A POST THAT CELEBRATES HER.

 So leggo.

 Now I won’t go into overall details about her because I already did that in this post that you can read right here, which I essentially discussed how she’s actually an amazing WSJ heroine and whoever voted her the worst should put their heads in sand because they don’t deserve to see the rest of the world (I kid I kid, promise!).

 Rather, I wanted to challenge the viewpoints people have of her and really argue on the fact that Ochako Uraraka is actually more of a complex character than we give her credit for. Most often than not, the fandom looks towards Katsuki or Izuku or even Todoroki and they build them up and go on and on about their complexity in the series. Hell, those three are my friend’s favorite characters and they are fan favorites for a multitude of reasons that they deserve. I myself have made numerous posts about Katsuki since we are given such complex views of him as well as the others in the series. They are the main focus in the story and their growth has been some of the best we’ve ever seen in a series.

 However, characters iike Ochako, who actually does have a lot of complexity and dimensionality, get lost in their wake and I really want to talk about that.

 Most often than not, when we see Ochako, we see this bubbly smiling girl who has such a wonderful and positive attitude that sometimes comes off ditzy. One glance at her and the words that come to mind are cute, adorable, fluffy, etc because that is the type of character that she mostly is. She is the female support of Izuku and the way she contributes to the story is with her adorable attitude that lightens up the mood in certain situations like the Ground Zero fight and even the room competition (did you see how cute she was with Iida’s glasses!?).

 Yet, what bothers me and possibly other really hardcore fans of her is that she isn’t just this bubbly character that smiles on the side but she does have complex issues that really makes her character more interesting in comparison to other characters.

 I mean for starters, this girl is the QUEEN of keeping her emotions from people and really suppressing them in most situations and not letting them get in the way of what she wants to get done.

 For example, the first real example of this is when she lost to her fight with Katsuki.

Now let’s remember situational factors going into this: we just found out her true goals into going to heroics (which was said in a much more serious tone than we had ever seen from her before)

we found out she was incredibly nervous to be facing Katsuki (and again WAS SUPPRESSING HER EMOTIONS)

we saw her rejecting Izuku’s help (as well as her little speech about feeling ashamed)


we saw her PUTTING HER ALL INTO THAT FIGHT TO SHOW HER TRUE STRENGTH

 So seeing her crying when she’s speaking to her family isn’t just some small defeated thing but it really gives us so much insight in her character and who she is as a person. We finally see how truly hard she is on herself and the perfectionist personality that she usually keeps hidden from others. You can even see by her facial expression when Izuku left that she put on a face for him to not let him get more worried then he already was. 

 And then don’t even get me started with her attitude during the Hero License Exam because oh my gosh, that was so powerful from her.

 From that, we first see her being so strategic af:

Then we get this amazing speech from Izuku about her and how he could have told the difference between her and Kemi (notice the plan part!)

Of course her being a BA here cuz eh why not, she’s really grown from her training

THEN LET’S SKIP TO HER PUSHING HER FEELINGS DOWN FOR IZUKU


I just

There are so many moments of Ochako that I missed that would have proved my point even further than this but these moments here showcase how complex and really interesting Ochako is as a character.

 The bubbly personality that we see from her is only a piece of the whole picture and you could even argue that she’s so good at suppressing her emotions that it’s the personality she chooses to portray to others to keep her other emotions away from people because she doesn’t want to burden others. I personally don’t know if that’s true at all and maybe it is, maybe it isn’t but the fact is that she isn’t just some character that sits on the side and looks cute and adorable. There are so elements about her that makes her different and the fight she had with Katsuki really changed her as well as her inspiration from Izuku. She took both of those interactions with those characters and used them to better herself and it’s just SO POWERFUL. Not many shounen female heroines do that so it’s so refreshing to have Ochako be the way she is.

 Overall, as obvious as it must be, Ochako is one of my favorite characters and I’m so excited to see the growth she’s going to have more in the series. Her feelings for Izuku got cut off during the exam so that’s an arc we need to get from her and I know I want to see Ochako kicking Katsuki’s ass and actually winning to show how much she’s grown from the beginning. I have so much hope that Horikoshi has so many plans for her character and I’m so excited to see what he has in store for her and how he will continue to build upon her.

 Regardless, Happy Birthday Ochako!

 TLDR: Ochako is a very complex character and I wish more people celebrated that.

anonymous asked:

Ok but what about trans flame boy who took puberty suppressors and pretends to be all masculine and cis but knows how it feels and actually relates to Peter a lot ❤️🔥🕷💙

johnny storm takes blockers for several years and starts testosterone at around 15, and he has a flat enough chest where he doesn’t even really need top surgery. so by the time he gets his powers and gets famous from them at around age 19, he is never misgendered because he looks and acts so stereotypically male and nobody has ever known he was anything else, besides the fantastic four. and he never bothers to correct people when they assume he’s a cis guy because he doesn’t feel like it’s anyone’s business but his own. truthfully he feels bad. if he came out as trans then he could probably really help the lgbt+ community, show them that if he can be a hero then so can they. he knows this. but he just isn’t ready.

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When Taylor Swift’s entire back catalog returned to streaming services including Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and Amazon on June 8 (it was already on the subscription-only Apple Music), she posted a note on her Taylor Nation Instagram account saying the move was in “celebration” of her album 1989 selling over 10 million albums worldwide and hitting the RIAA’s 100 million song certification milestone.

In November 2014, however, when she decided to remove her catalog from Spotify, Swift’s record label Big Machine wrote in a blog post, “We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy.”

The issue of piracy hasn’t changed since that post was written nearly three years ago but the streaming market has. At the time Spotify was paying $0.0009, or one-seventh the rate that its premium subscriber tier paid, which is $0.0063. Swift also enjoyed the benefit of physical sales, so she didn’t want her album to appear on the ad-sponsored tier, but was okay with it appearing on the paid Spotify tier. That way her sales and premium plays, and thus the overall revenue and her royalties, wouldn’t be cannibalized by the much lower paying ad-sponsored tier.

Spotify wouldn’t accommodate her and wanted the album on both tiers because they insisted that their business model was to use the free tier to attract users that they could then convert to a paid tier. Now, however, that her albums have their best sales days behind them–until perhaps a new album comes out–it makes perfect sense to let her albums appear on the streaming sites, since she doesn’t have to worry about the low-paying ad-tier hurting potential sales; or potential streams from Spotify’s paid tier.

Another incentive in putting her catalog back on Spotify is that the paid tier is now generating much more streams than the free tier which available directional data demonstrates. Streaming services revenue in 2016 grew a massive 68.5 percent to $3.93 billion, up from $2.33 billion in 2015 and became the primary driver of recorded-music income.

According to Nielsen Music, on-demand audio streams of songs from Swift’s catalog totaled 51.53 million in the U.S. last week, up 608 percent from the 7.3 million streams accumulated in the prior week. That means that, according to Billboard estimates, streams of Swift’s songs generated about $310,000 in revenue in their first week of availability, compared to around $44,000 in revenue the week prior, based on an average blended per-stream audio-on-demand rate of $0.0063. Although, neither estimate is discounted for whatever amount of streams are from Spotify’s lower paying ad-supported tier, which nowadays has a slightly better rate of about $0.0015 per streams.

How much Swift herself would receive from that $354,000 depends on her deal with her label Big Machine.

Meanwhile, the publishing royalties generated from the streams would total a little more than $64,000, up from about $9,000 in the prior week. That revenue would be divided among Swift and her co-writers and their publishers depending on their pro-rata shares of the plays on the songs each writer was affiliated with.

That would put Swift’s catalog’s total U.S. haul since releasing her five albums on June 8 to all streaming services at $418,000, which by itself is reason enough for the return. (Billboard)

“Defend Sam all you like but don’t forget his actions and his words have hurt real people. His feelings are not more important than ours. Let’s try to remember that the next time you want to put his feelings above everyone else’s and act like anyone who doesn’t worship him is a bad person.”

This posts is very telling that some good ol boundaries are in desperate need.
His life choices are being given far too much power over your feelings.
He is an actor, he is also a real life man, who has the right to live his life.
If how he is doing that is wounding you so terribly, it’s time to look at yourself and ask why; then put some boundaries in place so that you can be healthy, not enmeshed with an unfair fantasy, and enjoy his work without thinking he should be his character in real life.
Blessings!


There’s already boundaries in place, anon. Sam is a celebrity, I’m not. I’m a fan, or at least used to be. I know we don’t have a personal connection and never will. You don’t need to speak to me like I’m missing brain cells and think that I’m actually friends with him. There’s plenty of other people in this fandom who could use that advice though.

Living his life has nothing to do with the reason why myself and so many others are hurt. I don’t give a flying fuck about who he dates or who he takes home for the night. It was never about that. It’s about the games. The manipulation. The bullying. The harassment. All of that gets brushed under the rug when you choose to prop him up on that pedestal and worship at his feet. I refuse to be that person. I refuse to treat him like he’s better than me just because of his status. I’ll call him out on his shit when I feel he’s done wrong, and I have every right to do so and so does every other person who feels the same way I do. I guarantee you that he doesn’t give one single fuck about what I say about him here. He has more important things to care about. 

I enjoy his work. He’s a fabulously talented actor. There’s not many like him. Nothing can change that and he’s very lucky that that gift will stay with him for life, but that doesn’t mean he’s someone that I want to be a fan of. That doesn’t mean I’ll excuse everything that he’s allowed to happen to this fandom or that I’ll put his feelings above my own. You don’t get to decide if my reaction is appropriate or not. I won’t let you make me feel less than for being emotionally affected by his actions and the actions of those he’s friends with who have said and done horrendous things in his name. I expect him to take some responsibility for his own part in all of this and that does not make me a bad person. Have fun on that high horse anon. It’s a long way down. 

im not as educated on the Israel and Palestine issue as I’d like to be so if im wrong here feel free to correct me but, im having legit misgivings about the discourse surrounding not watching WW because of the actress playing her. the shit she supports is awful obviously, but so is the shit basically all Americans support. most celebrities aren’t gonna say “the US military and police force is trash”, if you think people in general even the Left would hurl the same vitriol toward them as they are her if they had worked for the military and said some shit about soldiers being heroes, you’re tripping. to pretend that supporting Israel is a greater blow against human rights than supporting allllllll the other countries that have done the same or worse shit is Suspect to say the least

not saying i think we should support her or the film just like, think rlly hard about why the left, which already has an antisemitism problem, is holding jewish people/nations to a far higher standard than that of gentile ones and seemingly jumping at the chance to condemn them for things they turn a blind eye to when other countries do it

Today, on International Women’s Day, we should celebrate the progress toward justice and equality that women have made throughout history. We must also be aware, however, that under Trump and Republican policies, that progress is being viciously attacked. Right now, women’s health care is being put at risk. Republicans are once again trying to defund Planned Parenthood—which provides health care to millions of low-income women—and take away women’s right to control their own bodies. Further, we have a Supreme Court nominee who could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Our child care system, already inadequate, could be made worse by cuts to children and family programs that low income and working families depend upon. Economically, white women earn 80 cents on the dollar compared to men, and for women of color it is much lower. Republicans are trying to undermine efforts to close the pay gap. And when it comes to women’s representation in government in high-income countries, we are among the lowest. I bet things would look very different if the U.S. Congress was 80% women, instead of the 20% it is now.

Let us celebrate International Women’s Day with a pledge to defend women’s rights. Our job: continue the fight for pay equity, for paid family leave, for health care and reproductive rights. We must go forward, not backward.

—  Bernie Sanders
(Translation) Danna-sama series vol.4

敬語旦那さま 変態カレシのお気に召すまま (R18!! Please proceed only if you’re above 18!)

CV. Furukawa Makoto


T/N: I KNOW, I KNOOOW!!! I KNOW I’m on a furukawa-abstinence but this is a commission!! a job!!! that i secretly enjoyed that i can’t run away from!!!

okayy professionalism aside, i just realized the voice he makes sound quite similar to Saitama (god help me) and i’m surprised I managed to finish translating through the end so quickly even though this is my first time translating his work omg. Tho, I can’t deny the whole time I’m translating, an image of Saitama scolding me to not sin keep appearing in my head.


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Will you share your life with me...? || Part 1 ||

Will you share your life with me for the next 10 minutes?

That was one hell of a week. At least, for Nami it was. Who would have thought that the real problems would start after completing their dreams? Well, kind of. Since they arrived to Raftel and found the legendary One Piece, everyone had been slowly reaching their goals. And even if she was happy about everyone’s dreams coming true, deep down she knew she was jealous. She just wished to feel that great too, she wanted to relax and chill like the rest was doing. But no. Why couldn’t her dream be completed as soon as Zoro’s? She felt awful thinking that, but she couldn’t help it. Drawing the whole world’s map wasn’t an easy task.

She had each and every island on paper. She had everything measured. She was so close… but she hadn’t arrived yet. And it infuriated her. She didn’t even had time to celebrate, since she was so focused on that freaking piece of paper. Nami never allowed anyone but herself underrate her work, and she would have killed anyone that would call her map anything but perfect, but as much as she liked drawing maps, she also liked free time for God’s sake!  Nami relaxed her muscles from all the tension, thinking about the lovely weather and how wonderful it would be to just chill with the others, instead of spending another day locked up. However, she soon recovered her posture: she had to this. This was all she ever wanted. This was her dream and she wasn’t going to give up, not now that she had come so far. She breathed out and grabbed her pen again, ready to continue her task.

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The Queen Pt. 3

A/N: Hey guys!! Really sorry for my mysterious MIA status. Writer’s block and business in general have kept me on my toes and I promised to get something out to you guys. I said I would finish my previous request and I will. I was just hitting a wall and “The Queen Pt. 3” was waiting to be written in my mind and I couldn’t stand it anymore. SO here you go!! I hope you like it. Feedback is always welcome.

Title: The Queen

Pairing: T’Challa x Reader

Pt. 2

Originally posted by protectbuckybarnesatallcosts

 

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just-another-mutant-fangirl  asked:

Well, I've been daydreaming this idea where Lewis takes Arthur and Vivi to meet the Peppers family, and to break it to them that he's actually dating both of them. Of course there's a bit of anxiety, some tension, but the Pepper parents are loving and supporting of Lew-Lew. This leads to a celebratory and incredibly spicy feast that Arthur does not cope well with. While Vivi and the three pepper daughters get into a contest to see how much/how spicy food they can eat, Arthur (part 2 coming)

Arthur hides in the bathroom and tries to flush all the spice out of his mouth with water which turns out to be a terrible idea so eventually he just buries his mouth underwater and waits for the pain to subside. Lewis gets concerned and brings him a glass of milk, and then I had this kind of pervy idea that Lewis tries to help him cope with spicy food with sloppy makeouts with remnant spice flavour, but that’s just me. Eh? EH? Am I selling this headcanon or what?

(That is too flippin’ cute and I love it to pieces. I hope I did your idea justice. Also I deeply apologize for the delay on this :( My computer decided to be a jerk and get the blue screen of death while typing it up.)

It was hard to imagine that Lewis’ parents wouldn’t approve. Arthur and Vivi found it almost hilarious at how panicked Lewis was getting. “Geez Lew, and here I thought overthinking things was Arthur’s thing, not yours,” Vivi remarked with a chuckle, watching her ghostly boyfriend pace back and forth.

“I know, I know, I shouldn’t be so nervous. It’s just…”

Arthur and Vivi shared a look. “Come on, man,” Arthur chimed in. “I’m the one that should be worried. It’s me they have to approve of.” They had already approved of Vivi way back when she and Lewis first started dating. And he’d be lying if he said he wasn’t a little scared. Lewis was just the one showing it. “Besides, your parents are like the nicest people in the world. If my uncle can accept it then I seriously doubt your parents’ll have any problems.”

“Arthur, your uncle threatened me.”

The mechanic grinned nervously. Lance could be a little overprotective, especially after learning Lewis had tried to kill his nephew. It was all water under the bridge now. “That’s just how he is. Besides, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like you.”

Lewis heaved a sigh and rubbed his temples, even if he couldn’t physically get a headache anymore. A habit he never managed to break even in death (usually it was reserved for Vivi). It was the sound of the front door opening that made all three of them snap their heads up. “Better brace yourself, Lew!”

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Singer’s Automotive (Part 6 of Mechanic!Dean)

Ever have a day, or week, where everything that can possibly go wrong does? Ever get rescued by someone you can’t resist?

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

Summary: It’s Dean’s career that’s changing this time…or is it?

Word Count: 3450

Warnings: smut, angst

A/N: I’m sorry. You knew it was coming. As always, thanks to my Mishka ( @abaddonwithyall )  , the babe-iest babe on Tumblr, for letting me use some of her real life events in this story. Again, I encourage you to wonder which parts are Jess’ life and which parts are made up. It’s a fun game!

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Lucky Part 31

Jensen x Reader

Warnings: Swearing

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10,
Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26, Part 27, Part 28, Part 29, Part 30

Alright guys, this is a little shorter than my other ones. I’m sorry. I was trying to think of what else to write in but couldn’t think of anything. I’ll try to make it up to you with the next one. Enjoy!

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A GRUVIA THANKSGIVING

With the war over and the autumn season upon them, Gray and Juvia retired to their home once more. To celebrate the oncoming season, Juvia began a rather strenuous cooking expedition for their first ever Thanksgiving.

Juvia: Gray-sama! Juvia is baking an apple pie from scratch to celebrate our first Thanksgiving!

Gray: How the hell are we supposed to eat that whole thing?

Juvia: Well, Juvia has something to share with Gray-sama. Juvia thought it would be a good idea–

Lyon: We have arrived! And I see Juvia has already begun baking a delicious pie that Gray is failing to appreciate.

Meredy: I’m sorry Juvia… I tried to leave him behind, but you know how he gets.

Gray: No. Get out of my house.

Juvia: Gray-sama, be nice! This is our first Thanksgiving and it should be shared with friends and family, right?

Meredy: Lyon, try not to instigate anything? Juvia tried hard for this.

Lyon: I wouldn’t dare. If anything happens, it will be because of Gray’s stubborn attitude.

Meredy: I think you miss the fact that you are just as bad as he is.

Lyon: So, you move in and live with Juvia but you won’t marry her? Are you trying to defile her?!

Gray: Shut up and stay out of it! You shouldn’t even be here!

Lyon: As Juvia said before, Thanksgiving is for family. Even if there are ungrateful members in that family. Luckily for you, I happen to know how to throw a party.

Lyon: I have brought champagne for everyone!

Juvia: Juvia wants to drink the Erotica one with Gray-sama!

Gray-sama: It’s EROICA, not erotica!

Meredy: She already has the wrong idea…

Lyon: I made sure to get pink for you, Meredy. It matches the loveliness of your hair.

Meredy: It’s over-the-top is what it is. We can’t drink all of this.

Lyon: What do you  mean? Can’t you see how happy it has made Juvia? 

Juvia: Please Gray-sama! Lets drink the erotica!

Gray: IT’S NOT EROTICA! Do you even know what that means?!

Meredy: I have a feeling you planned this all out.

Lyon: You would be correct.

Juvia: Meredy, Juvia made roasted pecans because she forgot to add them to the pie! But she thinks she may have burnt them…

Meredy: They tasted better because of the extra smokey flavor. I wouldn’t worry about it.

Lyon: My hen will taste much better than yours.

Gray: What the hell? They’re the same thing with the same spices!

Lyon: Lets make a bet.

Gray: NO!

Lyon: Compensating for something, Gray? A bigger dish of stuffing, with far too many spices?

Gray: You don’t even know how to cook.

Lyon: I am sure mine will be far better than yours. Delicate and flavorful.

Gray: Stuffing isn’t supposed to be delicate!

Lyon: Lets mak ea bet. If my stuffin gis better than yours, then Ju-

Gray: NO!

Gray: Why the hell did you bring boiled eggs?! We need fresh ones!

Lyon: Obviously you had these eggs already.

Gray: Juvia wouldn’t buy boiled eggs, idiot.

Lyon: Precisely. It must have been you.

Juvia: Perhaps this was a bad idea….

Meredy: They’ll get over it Juvia. Lets finish setting the table before they find something else to fight about.

Meredy: Um…

Gray: I don’t care what bottle we open first so long as it’s not that stupid green one!

Lyon: You know nothing of sparkling wine!

Gray: Says the guy who bought MANGO champagne!

Lyon: You are ruining Juvia and Meredy’s hard work!

Gray: ME?!

Lyon: And for that matter, Juvia obviously only planned for three people to be here today. You should give up your seat for her.

Gray: And then where are you sitting?

Lyon: Next to her and across from Meredy, obviously. You can eat in the kitchen.

Gray: Lke hell! You can go eat outside!

Juvia: Um… Juvia thinks something is burning….

Gray: What was that again about how much better your stuffing would be? It’s completely sunken in and burnt!

Lyon: Don’t talk to me.

Lyon: …..

Gray: …..

Juvia and Meredy: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


And so the remainder of their meal went off without a hitch. Thanks to @tea-lief who allowed me to use her plushies in questioning ways to make this post!

Barisi Episode Tag, 17x12

(3.1K. The fic version of this post. Inspired by Barba eating whatever that was, by Sonny’s testimony, by Rita Calhoun, by ‘like a broken clock’ and by my thoughts on Sonny’s professional future)

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Sweet Tooth

“You did good, Carisi.”

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Dirty 30 Birthday Bash

Part 2

“He was naked?!”

“Naked.”

“Fully naked?”

“Full frontal, I could see everything, naked.”

Waverly’s mouth was hanging slightly open, shocked by the tale of my morning adventure. She looked past me at the glass doors, and I could see her face transform into curiosity as she crossed the living room. “Think he’s still out there?” She pressed her face against the glass hoping to get a glimpse of the half naked man, not even attempting to try to hide her peeping tom tendencies.

“Real subtle, Waverly. And I seriously doubt it. He seemed genuinely sorry for surprising me in that state.”

“I don’t know. From what you told me, he sounded pretty confident with himself.”

“That he was,” I say, thinking about that smile and his question.

“What are you going to do if you see him later today?” Waverly pulls herself away from the doors, sitting down next to me.

“Honestly, I’m planning on trying to dodge him.”

Waverly sighs, shaking her head. “Claire, don’t be stupid. You’re not going to be able to dodge him all week.”

“I don’t know, Wave. I guess pretending like I haven’t met him before really isn’t an option either, huh?”

Waverly doesn’t even respond to my ridiculous question. She just stares at me and shakes her head a few more times before leaving to grab herself a cup of coffee.

——————-

The other girls in the house slowly began to wake up as the morning crept on, each one being told the story of my encounter with our neighbor over breakfast. Kate was thrilled to hear about the guys staying next door.

“This is really going to turn the week into a party!”

“You do have a boyfriend back home, remember?” asked Kate’s roommate Colleen.

Kate waves a hand at her, “Oh stop, it’s just a little innocent fun.”

“And flirting,” Waverly adds, giving Kate a knowing glance.

“Well, it’s a good thing Claire doesn’t have a guy back home so she can enjoy her new Aussie beau,” my friend Rachel teases, her twin sister Hannah making kissing sounds while the other girls laugh.

“Ha ha, very funny you two,” I reply.

Kate’s cousin Lisa turns to me and asks, “What did you say his name was again?”

“His name is Jai.”

Lisa pulls out her phone and begins typing something in. “And he’s Australian?”

“Yeah…why?”

Lisa turns her phone around for everyone at the table to see. “Is this the guy you saw on the deck this morning?”

There on her screen was a picture of Jai. Only, this Jai had a different haircut, an eyebrow piercing, and black tattoos along both sides of his neck.

“That does look like him but he doesn’t-”

“Doesn’t have the piercing or tattoos. That’s because this is a character that Jai has played in a movie. Jai’s an actor.”

At first I wasn’t sure if Lisa was being serious. Kate could read the skepticism on my face as I just sat there and stared at her, waiting for Lisa to spring a ‘Just Kidding!’ at me but it never came. Kate looked at the photo and then googled Jai herself. “Lisa’s right. There’s an Australian actor named Jai Courtney. Here’s a normal photo of himself from his Instagram.”
I looked at the photo Kate held up and back again at the photo on Lisa’s phone and sure enough, they were the same person as the guy I ran into this morning. “Holy shit,” was all I could manage to say. Jai was an actor. In Hollywood. And I had seen him naked.

Kate jumped up from the table and clapped her hands, “Ladies, we have a celebrity next door! I expect everyone to look their best once you step outside. We NEED to be friends with them by the end of the week.”

“I think Claire has taken care of that already, Kate,” Colleen replies while all the other girls nod their heads.

“Of course she has!” Kate laughs, “It just doesn’t hurt if we all make a little effort too.” Kate practically runs to her room to get ready.

“Is anyone else a little offended right now?” Hannah asks.

“Yes. But that’s just Kate,” Waverly says.

“I think we should get back to the more important topic here,” Rachel interrupts, snapping me out of my daze. “So Claire, when do you think the wedding will take place, and will it be in Australia or here in the US?”

I look back at the picture on Lisa’s phone. “Neither, because it’s never going to happen.”

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Since my workout was interrupted this morning, I decide to go for a run along the beach of the lake. There are paths that lead up into the surrounding woods too, and I make my way through some of them to challenge my legs. I’m not much of a long distance runner but after the bizarre direction this day had taken, I knew I needed to push myself to workout some of the crazy.

As I approach the steps from our secluded beach that leads to our house, I feel my right calf muscle begin to tighten and in an instant, I’m falling to the ground, my leg impossible to stand on. I’ve been cursed with Charley horses since my soccer days in high school and despite years of dealing with them, the pain never gets easier to bear. My hands reach for my leg as I try to breathe through the increasing ache from the pull of my muscle as it cramps. I flex the heel of my foot to stretch it out, but it doesn’t seem to be helping.

“Claire? Are you alright?” I look up to see Jai running down the stairs from the deck towards me.

“Yes. Just a cramp. In my leg,” I stammer out through clenched teeth.

Jai kneels down beside me and immediately takes my calf in his hand. He begins kneading the knot that has formed in the back of my leg, and pushes against my toes with his other hand to help me extend my stretch. It takes a minute but the knot starts to slowly unwind. His fingers dig into my skin in a soothing, rhythmic pattern and the pain begins to fade.

“Thank you. It’s feeling much better,” I tell him as my breathing returns to a normal pace and the rest of my body relaxes. That is until I meet Jai’s eyes and my heart starts racing again. He smiles at me and with the pain gone, I’m suddenly very aware of his hand still massaging my leg, along with the disgusting state I must be in after my run.

“That cramp was a doozie,” he says, his fingers making softer caresses against my sore muscle. “You need more water. And a banana.”

“I know. I usually try to hydrate better before a run, but I wasn’t planning on taking one today. My other workout got a little messed up this morning.”

Jai chuckles, a grin spreading across his cheeks. “Hey, you didn’t need to stop on my account.”

“You mean your naked account?”

“That very one,” Jai laughs again and he looks down at my calf he has been massaging and stops. “I really am sorry for this morning. The last thing I’d want to do is make you feel uncomfortable.” He looks back up at me and I can tell he’s being sincere.

I don’t know if it’s his sincerity that gives me the sudden burst of confidence, but I extend my hand and place it on top of his. “I believe you. And I would say I was more shocked than uncomfortable, so you really don’t need to worry about it anymore.” I gently squeeze his hand, hoping he believes me too.

“That’s a relief. I was afraid I scared you off.”

“Not yet. But there’s still 6 more days,” I tease.

“That’s true.” Jai gives me that sly grin I saw this morning. “What are your plans for tonight?” he asks.

“Kate wants to hang around the house tonight. Grill some food on the deck, have some drinks, and just relax.”

“Kate’s the birthday girl?”

“She is,” I say. “I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if you and your friends wanted to join us.” I know she wouldn’t mind, in fact hanging with the actor is exactly what she wants, but I didn’t want to make Kate sound desperate and I wasn’t ready to let him know that I knew he was a celebrity yet.

He rubs his hand on his chin, scratching at some stubble that has started growing there in the last few days. “Your friends like steak?”

“Most of them. Hannah is a vegetarian and her sister is a vegan. They like to one up each other. Some kind of twin rivalry, I guess.”

“I can work with that,” Jai says. “We’ll take care of the entrees and beverages, if you ladies will take care of the sides.”

“I think we can manage that,” I say.

“Well, now that that’s set, we need to get you some water and a banana.” Jai stands up and offers me his hands. I take them and he pulls me up onto my feet. I go to put weight on my right leg, and it’s still too sore to walk on without limping.

Jai turns around and squats in front of me. “Hop on.”

“What?”

“Hop on. I’ll carry you,” Jai says.

“But…I’m all sweaty and gross. I can make it.”

Jai snorts, “I don’t doubt that. But you don’t have to.” I look at the stairs and then back at Jai.

“You’re gonna regret this. I might look small but I’m hefty.” Jai laughs, and I put my arms around his neck and press my stomach against his back. Jai stands and I wrap my legs around his waist. Something stirs deep in my stomach, and my heart begins to race when I feel his hands on the back of my thighs to keep me in place.

“Man, what did you eat for breakfast, bricks?”

“Watch it, mister.”

“I’m just playing with you, love.”

Jai climbs the stairs with minimal effort even with carrying me on his back. A few of his curls on the top of his head bounce as he takes each step, and I have to keep myself from rubbing my face into his luscious waves. I take my time breathing in the scent of vanilla, sandalwood, and cigarette smoke that graces his skin. We reach the top of the stairs, and as Jai heads towards my house I hear whistles from the other side of the deck. Jai turns to face his friends who are all sitting around the patio table.

“I tell ya, only Jai could leave for 5 minutes and return with a girl on his back,” one of the guy calls. The other guys laugh, and Jai removes his right hand to give his friends the finger in return.

“You’re just jealous, mate.”

“Of course I am,” his friend replies. “Can’t wait to actually meet you, Claire!” I hear more laughter behind me as Jai crosses the deck.

“I see you told them about this morning.”

“Are you telling me you didn’t?” Jai asks and my face flushes. He caught me.

“Well, I may have said something to my friends. Mostly just to warn them, you know, in case you decide to get all naked again,” I say.

Jai shakes his head but I can tell he’s smiling. “How noble of you,” he replies.

“I do what I can.”

Jai stops in front of the glass doors to our house. I unwrap my legs from his waist while he slowly lowers my down until my feet reach the ground.

“Thank you for the lift. Literally.”

“You’re welcome. How’s the leg?”

“Sore but after some water and a hot shower, I think I’ll survive,” I tell him.

“I sure hope so.” Jai brushes a few sweaty strands of hair out of my face. “I’ll see you in a bit, love.” Jai hesitates, and it seems like he doesn’t want to end our conversation like this, but after a few seconds, whatever he was thinking is gone and he heads back to his friends on the other side of the deck.

I head inside and jump into the shower. As the hot water runs down my face, I close my eyes and his face is there. I remember the feel of his muscular back against my stomach and the scent of his neck. The way his curls moved in the wind and the way his hands caressed my calf. There’s a warmth growing between my legs and I can’t believe that in less than 24 hours, I’m already wanting the guy next door. I know I told him I would survive, but now I’m not so sure.

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Bright Lights; The epilogue.

Character: Dean x Reader
Reader Gender: female
Word Count: 2253
Warnings: None that I can think of.

A/N: I’d like to thank all you lovely people out there for the wonderful messages telling me how much you liked Bright Lights. Because I kind of, sort of, left an open ending to the second part, I decided to write this quick epilogue :) Also, I want to wish everyone the very best for the new year! x

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anonymous asked:

It's kinda weird that Yana hasn't decided on a b-day for Lizzie yet, considering that almost a whole year has gone by in the Kuro-verse, and she still hasn't turned 15. And let us consider it like this: I doubt Lizzie, Ciel, Sebastian or any of the Midfords would allow for Lizzie's birthday to just go by without a proper celebration. We know she's one year older than Ciel right now, so 14, she was 14 already when he turned 14, yes? So her birthday should be before the 14th December at least.

We don’t know how old she is right now. Yana once said that she “thinks” Lizzie was born in spring (not a confirmation but rather a vague idea), so if we take that as “half-canon”, then I guess she was born around March-May 1875 which makes her 7-9 months older than Ciel (she might have been born in spring 1874, but then she’d be 2 years older than Ciel for most of the year, so I don’t think that’s likely).

Also, it’s not like Kuroshitsuji is a slice of life manga.The characters didn’t celebrate big events like Christmas and New Year’s day either (or at least we weren’t shown those scenes), so as much as I would have loved to see Ciel, Edward, Lizzie’s parents and the servants celebrating her birthday, I don’t think it’s that weird that Yana skipped over that event. And we got this super-lovely illustration, so I’m actually totally satisfied (*´▽`*)

(To avoid confusion: It’s “Happy ‘Un’birthday” not “Happy Birthday”.)

Columbus Day Controversy, last comments

Columbus Controversy Days are over. Further comments and opinions next year. Here are some of the yesterday’s comments. 

rosethealchemist:

We’re celebrating a specific person on Columbus day. This person wasn’t just behind his times on how ruthless and cruel he was. He and his men raped and murdered thousands. They forced the taino into obtaining obsurb amounts of gold or else they would be torn to shreds by dogs or have their hands chopped off. I know this is how a lot of history went down, but because of this we should drop our found memory of certain aspects of history. We can’t be blind to these things cause “it’s just history”

princekervin:

Its cool your posting the Asks. Especially what poo189 said . I love history and im very much into military history and what he said and what everybody said as well are correct. People need to learn to stop being sensitive to historic things. Because we learn from it very much. Theres good and theres always bad. Again thanks for posting em

mindsopenbarsclosed:

I know you’re getting a lot of hate right now, but I’d just like to point out the blog doesn’t say “Opinionated Historical Times,” Columbus happening upon “America,” and causing the mass genocide of Native Americans, isn’t a happy thought, nor was it a good thing. But it’s fucking history, it happened. Stfu please. Thanks for your time.

Anonymous:

I feel Night Vale’s tweet would be appropriate for all of the people freaking out over Columbus Day yesterday:  "Today is Columbus Day, the day in which we all honor the constantly changing narrative of the fiction we call history.“  Remember kids, what is considered "history” is ALWAYS changing; just because someone mentions an out-dated point of view does not mean that they subscribe to that view. Calm yourselves.

Anonymous:

Colombus didn’t DISCOVER those lands… They had been populated for thousands of years.

petroniofrank:

Tumblr is worthless with all the stupid SJWs. Columbus’s bravery and brilliance should be celebrated. When cultures collide, the weaker one subsides… it’s called evolution, nature, reality. It’s going on right now all over the world: capitalism versus communism, islam versus modernity, nation states versus chaos.

mariokart64ost:

Why should we promote and celebrate a man whose arrival on the continent heralded the absolute destruction of indigenous society, with over 90% of american indians wiped out? There’s a reason that several people have already changed yesterday to Indigenous People’s Day– namely, Columbus was a horrible person and not worth celebrating. It’s like how the Mongolians still print Genghis Khan on their money despite his killing tens of millions of Chinese, except worse because it was more recent.

Also, to say that any europeans “civilized” the indigenous population is to use the same jingoistic barbarism that America used before and during Manifest Destiny, while it was systematically demolishing native culture and asserting genetic superiority of the white race

Anonymous:

Columbus did nothing wrong? Well the first thing he did wrong was taking credit for discovering america because he didn’t do shit. And second the sickness’ that the spanish got were purposely given in an attempt to eliminate them all. I was following your blog because i wanted to be well informed but it now it makes since that all you do is give credit to white men. Bye unfollow

Anonymous:

Hello!! Im Mexican and Im really tired of all the people telling that it was Columbus fault, I mean, yeah he didn’t discover the country, because people already lived on it, but they just don’t understand what discover means, it means “tell it to the world”. All the things in the universe are already there, the animals, the minerals, etc. HE found a continent who nobody knew existed, the genocide and all those thing aren’t his fault. Well but we know that here in tumblr just the US citizens..

theophanos:

I too am deeply upset about history I have no part in making. Just kidding, history should be shown and taught. Especially the bad bits. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Otherwise before you know it you have peeps invading countries for resources and religious reasons. Oh wait, whoops! Ah well, you can always try and teach. Love your blog, peace!

bunlord:

I didn’t follow your blog to see people justify what their ancestors did to mine. Yes, things WERE different back then, but that doesn’t mean we can’t speak critically of them a centuries later.

Anonymous:

How dare you post a picture of a man on roller-skates some people don’t even have feet.

Anonymous:

We can talk about the discovery of the Americas and still acknowledge that Columbus made life so horrible for the Taino that they killed themselves rather than endure it. We can talk about how he was sending children as young as five back to Spain as sex slaves. How he forced people to mine gold (a thing there wasn’t actually much of where he landed) and mutilated them if they didn’t bring him enough. We should talk about that. A non-critical view of history serves no one.

mycoloradolife:

Columbus made the last great land discovery. Sure, another person could have done it but fact is, he’s the one who had the balls to approach the queen about it and get funding. And I bet if any other person from any other European country were to discover the Americas and its natives the EXACT SAME THING WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

If history has taught me anything it’s that everyone’s a selfish racist prick who hates everyone, we just call the winners the bad ones. Maybe that’s where the old fashioned “American underdog” comes from…. But I digress.

Anonymous:

Celebrating Columbus Day but not Lief Erickson Day? What kinda history blog is this?  Hinga Dinga Durgan to you! Downvoted. Unsubscribed. Reported to ACLU.

mpdarnit7:

The Columbus problem is so …. overplayed.     When did the ships sail ?     And in the time between then and now, what went wrong ?   And in this time what, steps were taken to change the fortunes of the  those whose ANCESTORS witnessed, and were caught in a historical HUMAN MIGRATION.  
They happen often on this earth. And they are never “nice.”   Dwell on the misfortunes of ones ancestors, their misery and pain at the hands of others, the cruelty and inhumanity of the world centuries ago … and longer … and the FUTURE will never happen, it won’t matter, cause your ANCESTORS were so oppressed, that ya can’t get over it.   Only everyone gets over it.   One way or another.   Or we all would still be shivering in caves, till we die of d age, at 18 years old.

OTA, Vodka and Russia

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“I’ve got this, guys. I’m a Vegas girl, remember?” Felicity snorted, knocking down a shot of vodka.

She winced as the hot liquid burnt her throat and squeaked “Woaw. That’s not for wimps.”

Oliver and Dig shared an amused look as they drank their own shot.

Felicity smacked her lips loudly and proceeded to refill their glasses right away.

“Maybe we should slow down here” Oliver said, eyeing her carefully.

“Oh, come on. Anatoly said he was going to help us reason with the Star City branch and you said yourself we should celebrate” Felicity waved him off, already gulping down her second shot “beside, it’s a tradition. When the OG’s are on a mission together, they celebrate their success.”

“Yes, by having a beer or a cocktail. Not hard liquor” Dig taunted her.

Felicity glared at him “Fine. Side with him. I didn’t get to ‘have a drink’ last time we were here, remember? I got shoved into a cab with Isabel. Consider this my reward.”

Dig raised his hands in defense, throwing a look at Oliver that clearly said “That’s your wife, man. You’re on your own.”

Two shots later and Oliver was almost carrying her back to the hotel.

“I’m not a light weight, you know” she slurred, leaning heavily on him as they were walking on the pavement.

“No, hon” he placated her, holding her back when she tripped over her own foot.

She giggled, poking his cheek with her finger “you look grumpy. Like when I have my period and we don’t have sex for days. Even if I totally give you…”

“TMI, Felicity!” Dig’s urgent voice interrupted them.

“Oh, sorry” she whispered, wincing “was I too loud?”

Oliver pinched his lips, trying to keep his smile at bay but failing miserably as he saw her red cheeks and shiny eyes looking at him cheekily.

“You know, this coat looks so sexy on you. You look so sexy on it. No. In it.” she laughed “we’re so gonna bang when we make it back to our room.”

Dig’s groan was loud enough for them to hear despite the distance between them. He had carefully slowed down his pace in order to be several feet behind, but Felicity’s naturally cheerful voice was even higher when she was drunk. And boy… was she drunk.

“Sorry, Dig” Oliver shouted across his shoulder.

“Yeah… You don’t pay me enough, you know that?”

“I know. Take it to the lady in charge.”

“Oh yeah… I’m so gonna be in charge, hot guy” his wife murmured “I’m gonna be in charge reaaaal good.”

“Hon, I’m gonna need you to be quiet for a while. We’re almost there” Oliver said as they entered the hotel, heading straight to the elevators. The three of them were joined by an older couple. The woman openly stared at Oliver, ogling him appreciatively.

Felicity pinched her lips, spreading her hand on Oliver’s chest in a very possessive - and unusual - behavior.

“My husband” she said loudly, staring at the older woman “And I’m going to climb him like a tree.”

The woman blushed furiously, her mouth gaping.

“I’m sorry” Oliver apologized quickly, realizing the couple spoke English as the man looked horrified “… my wife just discovered Russian vodka…”

“And what a discovery it has been” Dig snickered behind him.

The doors opened at that moment and Oliver quickly guided Felicity out. She turned around in his arm to take one last look at the woman.

“I’m gonna tap him like a maple tree!” she yelled “because I’m his wife and he said I could do as I please with his body!”

“Oh my goodness…” Dig muttered “Sorry, sorry, really. Jet lag and… sorry” he apologized once more.

Oliver finally grabbed her under the knees and lifted her across his shoulder.

“Felicity, behave” he tried to scold her when she wiggled in his arms.

She paused “… are you gonna spank me again? Because I kinda liked it last time.”

“Oh man… I’m out” Dig said miserably as he hurried past them “and remind me to never ever let her drink vodka again!”


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Thanks to @pidanka for reading it it through!

It's been a good two days.

Marriage equality was welcomed in Oregon yesterday and in Pennsylvania today.

The human right to love, be loved, and have that love recognized when it matters most is now a reality in all of northeast America. It is clearer every day that things are, indeed, getting better - not because of time, but because of us.

We maintain that this right should exist everywhere already. We know that this is something every state should have done from the start. We are standing with the people whose rights have been denied for too long, not with those who have been doing the denying.

But in an unfortunate reality where progress is an everyday necessity and not just a given, these victories are like nothing else.

Today, we are celebrating. Every day in between, we are working towards more days like this.

To everybody who has been given the right to marry in these past two days: congratulations. To everybody who has been given yet another reason to hope, to fight harder: we’re right there with you.

Equality FTW.