Summary: In which a friendship drastically changes due to an all-campus text alert about a strange man wandering the campus.
A/N: Another one from draft-purgatory. It feels weird releasing it into the wild.
“I hate you. So. Much,” Bucky deadpans, looking up from a stapled packet of papers. “It takes me two weeks to write something of this quality, yet you pulled it off in two hours.”
"We’ll know if it’s really ‘quality’ when Professor Coulson gives it back,” you yawn, snatching the 18-page research paper from him.
“How do I obtain your kind of focus? What’s your secret?”
“The startling realization that a deadline is actually 8am and not 8pm.”
The brunette stares at you as if you just grew a third eye on your forehead. “You’re either completely insane or a brilliant genius,” Bucky sighs with either admiration or exasperation.
“Well, all this insane genius wants to do right now is sleep,” you sleepily murmur as you slide your paper back into your bag.
“Too bad Coulson docks points if you’re absent.” Bucky swings his messenger bag around and swiftly zips it open and pulls out a bottled iced coffee. “Take this,” he nudges.
“No, for the unicorn behind you,” Bucky sarcastically says, pushing the iced coffee towards you. “I can tell by your dark circles that you didn’t sleep much. Take it, you have class until 8pm today,” he insists.
Touched, you take the iced coffee and scrunch up your face in a cute way, but you don’t know that, of course. “You’re one of a kind, James Barnes,” you grin.
Bucky crosses his arms against his chest, a slightly peeved look crossing his face. “How many times did I ask you not to call me 'James’?“ he defeatedly sighs.
"A little less than a million times.” You laugh as Bucky looks like he can’t decide on laughing with you or strangling you, but both of you know that you’re absolutely right.
You’ve all heard of “Full Boyle,” but have you considered… Full Thorin?
Dwalin having to hold Thorin back as he plans to make the most wild, over-the-top declarations of love to Bilbo inappropriately soon.
Balin explaining why it’s not practical, not at all, to propose marriage (two weeks into their courtship, mind you) in front of a full court, or to have a gold statue of Bilbo in full armour erected in the middle of the throne room.
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No superhero show would be complete without a brilliant tech support team. On “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Jemma Simmons and Leopold Fitz provide that support as the dynamic duo “FitzSimmons.”
Their teamwork and friendship over the last four seasons has blossomed into a remarkable romance. They have been through thick and thin together: When Jemma was infected by the Chitauri helmet in Season 1, Fitz exposed himself to the infection to come up with the vaccine to save her. In Season 2, Jemma and Fitz’s relationship was painfully strained because of Fitz’s brain damage. In Season 3, when Jemma vanished into the Monolith and was sent to the exile planet Maveth, Fitz moved heaven and earth to find her and rescue her. Their friendship, their love for one another, their constant belief in one another is a powerful reminder that love can endure, even in the midst of harrowing conditions, like Hive, Hydra, and LMD takeovers. Their love on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is completely unmatched by any other superhero show that’s currently on television.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is the best superhero show on television because of its amazing cast. Each actor brings such depth, such emotion, and such intensity to his or her role. The casting is strengthened by its unmatched diversity. While most superhero shows feature one or two men or women from different ethnic or national backgrounds, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” continuously casts men and women of different ages, skin tones, and nationalities.
For instance, Clark Gregg is a Caucasian-American man who is well into his 50’s. Coulson is both super dad and super spy, and that’s not a role a 20-year-old could play. Ming-Na Wen is Chinese American, also in her 50’s. She could have been typecast as someone’s mother, instead “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” booked her as “The Cavalry,” the most feared woman in all of S.H.I.E.L.D. Chloe Bennet is also Chinese American and is in her 20s. Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain de Caestecker are both 29 and are both citizens of the United Kingdom. Henry Simmons is in his 40s and is African-American. Natalia Cordova-Buckley is a Mexican actress in her 30s. The diversity in age, ethnicity, and nationality sets this show apart from every other superhero show on television.
Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova (born 1987), with the help of professional trainers and their animals, has completed a series of brilliant photographs with the participation of ‘princesses’ and wild creatures, proving that you don’t need to be a master of Photoshop to achieve the images present only in fairy tales and dreams.
What she says: I’m fine. Really. What she means: San Junipero was literally the savior of queer television this year. A stand out episode from the rest of the dystopian show, giving a happy ending to characters that throughout the past year have not received happy endings, breaking through 2016s dismal television landscape. I will personally create my own award show in order to give Charlie Brooker the award he deserves for shattering stereotypes and creating this wonderful, lovely, completely brilliant show that he has created. I seriously cannot find anymore words.
If you let go of what you think should happen, and just allow yourself to see what is actually happening, then it is very easy to find that this devastating episode was completely brilliant, and definitely worth the wait. Seriously, I feel like a lot of people have blinded themselves with a lot of prejudgments.
-Peter would definitely work in the department that requires the most math because let’s face it, he’s sooo good with it
-So, he’d be a part of the department that designs & calculates everything necessary for the shuttle to launch, reach its destination, perform its tasks, & return to Earth all in one piece
-This requires A LOT of Physics & Calculus, among many other forms of difficult mathematics, but it’s all a piece of cake for him
-Not a lot of his coworkers like him because he’s like the Mulder of NASA where he does absolutely brilliant work, but he’s obsessed with the idea of extraterrestrial life & alternate universes, so people tend to judge him for that instead of his work
-It doesn’t bother NASA though because he’s completely brilliant & an asset to them, so they happily keep him employed
-He holds 2 PhDs in Quantum Physics & Cosmology, a Master’s in Chemistry, & a BS in Astrobiology, so it’s no wonder he has a love of thinking outside the box & paranormal since he literally holds PhDs in two areas dedicated to utilizing alternate explanations & unconventional thinking
-He’s a fast worker & thinker, another reason why he’s such an important worker
-He was recently appointed as the leader of his sector, although he still behaves as humbly & shyly as he always is
-He’s respectful of everyone’s opinions & input & does an incredible job at making sure that everything was a team effort
-You were also an important worker to NASA, but in a different retrospect
-You were one of those people who didn’t really have an assigned sector, so you jumped around from sector to sector when they were in need & you offered your assistance
-You were incredibly adapt, quick to mold right in to whatever sector you were assigned to & do your work with integrity. This is because your educational background is all over the place. A PhD in Biology/Astrobiology & 3 Master’s in Psychology, Math, & English proves that your dedication lies in more than one field & that makes you especially important to NASA. They need more adaptable employees like you because of your amazing skill in multiple areas
-You eventually get assigned into Peter’s sector & this is where you meet for the first time
-Your desk was right next to his
-Peter is actually one the quieter guys of his group, but he always brings extensive laughter to conversations whenever he does speak
-He’s a total cutie pie the first time you meet, smiling cutely at you with his dimples showing, his gray dress shirt a little messy, but clean & molded nicely to his chest. His black dress pants were really crisp & nice (& made his butt look 👌👌👌). He wore a huge pair of aviator glasses (he wore his glasses on days where he worked at his desk & wore his goggles on the days when he was doing aeronautics testing for the shuttle in the wind tunnel) that he was constantly pushing up his nose, his breastpocket always had three pens stuck inside behind his ID, which was also clipped to his pocket, & he had his Walkman strapped to his hip, claiming he could never work under such stressful conditions without a little Pink Floyd or RUSH to ease the nerves
-He’s a little shy but incredibly friendly & is so happy to have you in his sector
-He flashed you one of his charmed smiles where his dimples showed prominently on his face as he stuck out his hand towards you
-“Hi, I’m Peter. I’m the leader of our sector & I just wanted to welcome you to the team! I’ve heard such great things about you & I’m so excited & honored to have you work with us.“
-He shook your hand so hard you thought it would fall off
-Your first day in Peter’s sector was crazy & you were swamped with so much work that you had to stay way past your shift
-Peter also stayed past his shift, as he always did, so you were able to witness the excited look on his face when looked through your work
-He was so impressed with your work & he wasn’t shy to tell you about it as you both locked up for the night
-“This is incredible work! I can’t even tell you how impressive this is. And how fast you completed it? Wow, just wow; you’re going to be a great addition to this sector!”
-He’d look at you the whole time he complimented you & smile, but then he’d get nervous & blush, maybe even fix his tie so you wouldn’t directly notice the pinkening of his cheeks
-After that night, you both worked overtime a lot & tried to spend as much of that time together as possible
-Besides working in the same sector & Peter basically being your supervisor & second boss, you start spending a lot more time with him because you found out early on that you both tend to stay way after hours completing your work. He had no problem working so late at night, he’s so energized even at 3 am
-Peter totally started falling for you not very long after your first day
-He admired your work, dedication, & kindness (& your face)
-In the beginning, you always referred to him as ‘Dr. Maximoff’ & although he lowkey loved that you recognized his title because it made him feel validated, he reminded you that it wasn’t necessary because you were all doctors here anyway
-The first time you called him ‘Peter’ he choked on his coffee & practically nutted because his name left your lips so smoothly & lovely
-It was so obvious there was something between you two, but you were both scientists & always put your work first before personal pleasures
-That being said, Peter had considered & planned on asking you out to dinner several times, but he always got nervous & uncertain & turned away last minute
-“Before you go, I was wondering…would you…uh…grab me a coffee?”
-*swearing at himself under his breath* “You fucking idiot!”
-“Did you say something?”
-“Nope I didn’t say anything. Did you hear anything?”
-“I guess not”
-Before either of you realized it, the shuttle launch day was only a week away & everyone suddenly kicked into overdrive
-You & Peter barely spoke to one another as you hastily prepared for the launch
-‘Hello’s were barely even exchanged
-Peter was too wrapped up in his immensive workload at first, but as he continued to see you staying after with him every night, he wished he could just ask you out already
-Once the shuttle was launched, everything slowed down considerably at NASA & everyone could actually relax for once
-This was when you discovered a whole new side to Peter, one that just made you fall for his dorky ass even more
-As part of being a PhD, you have to conduct research & get it published into the world. Outside of his employment at NASA, Peter was researching & calculating the prospective possibility of alternate universes & extraterrestrial life
-Of course, you heard about how Peter loved his share of conspiracy theories, especially ones involving space, but you didn’t realize he actually conducted research on them
-Both Quantum Physics & Cosmology investigate & attempt to calculate the unknowns of the world, especially the whole concept of duality. Everything in the universe supposedly has an exact opposite: light & dark, sun & moon, etc., but what about things we don’t know the opposites to, like matter or black holes? Theoretically, these fields of science calculate & investigate what these opposites are & attempt to explain how they work, but finding them is a whole different ball park
-It’s all completely mesmerizing & beyond incredible to look at it, but you were amazed that Peter was actually able to calculate & predict what these things were
-Eventually, once you guys get close enough, he shows you all of his work he’s been doing in private, the investigating & mathematical calculations about the possibility of life on other planets, alternate universes, & unknown dualities
-You didn’t think he was crazy for a second, in fact, he was on to something. You were shocked at what his evidence showed & you got so excited “Peter, you have to tell someone! This is incredible!”
-That’s all it took, for you to be proud & astonished by his work for him to finally be completely smitten with you
-He kissed you, right then & there, the taste of old coffee & Twinkies on his breath as you kissed in the warmth of his dimly lit office at 2 am
-“Am I in an alternate universe or did you really just kiss me?”
-“Just shut up & kiss me again”
-“Nope, I’m definitely still in the same universe”
-You guys spent a lot of overtime kissing in his office after that
-You still stayed after late out of habit, but you guys spent most of that time making out (after you finished all your work, of course)
-Unfortunately, not long after the launch, the time had come for you to leave Peter’s sector & be assigned to a new one
-Peter was devastated at first, but he realized later it was actually for the better because now you guys had an excuse to get together outside of work for a real date
-He took you to an art gallery for your first date because Peter had a complete soft spot for art & they were opening up a new space exhibit he was dying to see
-It was the coolest thing ever because there were actual models of planets & satellites hanging from the ceiling & paintings of space were all around you
-It was also really romantic because they dimmed the lighting drastically to really show off the art
-Peter kissed you in the star room because you looked so pretty under the artificial starlight & he just couldn’t help himself
-It was a really really good date
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“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. Let’s talk about Norma Bates.
I was trying to figure out how many times I have written the name “Norma” in a script in the last five years. I think it’s somewhere around 12,000 to 15,000 times. All those times were attached to an instinct of how she would behave, react, act out, be a smartass, be crushed, be scared, be protective, be in love, be angry, be worried, be evasive, be invasive, be bitchy, be comforting, be hopeful.
Carlton Cuse and I knew we wanted, from the beginning, to tell a story about a real woman, not a shrew, as she is presented (with complete and brilliant success) in Psycho. We wanted her to be a flesh and blood woman, with a real problem of raising a son who had a problem. And we went about creating her, piece by piece, instinct by instinct, collaborating with the insanely brilliant Vera Farmiga as she stoked the fires of inspiration with her fearless performance. Norma, in my mind, was a fully living, breathing, red blooded woman. We fought through her fights with her, tried to bury old wounds with her, hoped for the best for her, and always, always, loved the hell out of her.
And then we had to kill her.
If anyone thinks living with a character all those years and then doing them in is easy, they would be wrong. I have spent more time with Norma in the last five years than I have spent with any of my friends and possibly more than I have spent with my children. There’s a lot of hours logged into writing “Norma” 12 to 15 thousand times. I’ve travelled a lot of road with Norma. And I love her as much as it is possible to love a fictional character that you kind of secretly think is actually real. And that’s a lot of love.
I know many people who watch the show and love Norma are really hurting. All I can say is so am I. However, the mythology of Robert Bloch loomed large and there was no escaping it, even though I had fantasies of putting Norma and Norman and Alex in a car and driving away to Mexico, far away from Psycho. I had the same fantasies of my mother when she was in the hospital and dying. I just wanted to get her the hell out tof there. But I couldn’t do that either. I don’t think it’s a surprise that Bates came into my life about a year after I lost my mother. I think Bates is a love letter to my mother, and to mothers in general. To the real women out there who struggle against the odds in a world that is not always kind to women, who go above and beyond every day to selflessly take care of the people they love. Women who tirelessly care for their families, fight the dragons, are flawed, get disappointed, cry by themselves in the car when no one is looking. Women who valiantly pick up the pieces and start over and over and over and over again no matter how many times they have been knocked down. Mothers are that voice that cuts through all the craziness and tells us it’s all going to be okay. They are all the softness and strength and beauty in the world.
I was grieving the loss of my mother when Bates came my way. And it became a sort of personal mission to write a mother in all her technicolor dimensions. Norman’s devotion to his mother was a weird sort of channeling of my own devotion to my mother, albeit without the serial killer part. (I know, I am skilled at denial! This is a nuanced family drama — not a tale of horror. Right?) And Norma’s love for her child at all costs was what I missed from my own mother and found a way to express through writing Bates.
Then a year ago, in the writers’ room, we were discussing just the concept of when specifically and how we would have to do the deed. I felt tears starting to roll out of my eyes. It was really embarrassing because this was my job. I was a writer, I needed to think about it. There’s no tears in executive producing! But I’d done such a good job of hiding from the fact of Norma’s eventual demise that the reality of it looming ahead hit me like a truck. I can honestly say I have spent the last year dreading this. Not like 24/7, but quietly, deeply, it has whispered to me for the last year. And still I was not ready.
When it came time to do it, It was important to for us to honor the character and how much Norman loved her, in spite of his insanity, and let her death be as gentle as possible. We wanted it to have a Romeo and Juliet quality; a convergence of potentially avoidable incidents that fell together in exactly the right order so as to render them unavoidable. We set out to write a tragedy.
The tragedy was that we actually had to go through with it.
Norma Bates will continue to be the heart and center and engine of the show. Norman and Alex’s love for her will motivate them forever. It will always be the emotional drive of the storytelling. And the fabulous Vera Farmiga will unfold in fantastical new ways that will be breathtaking to watch.
I couldn’t say goodbye to Norma Bates without spending some time loving on Vera Farmiga. Talk about a f–king muse. Talk about an artist that breathed blood and soul into this character. Vera is all mixed up in my head with this fictional character, which made it all the more heartbreaking to have to kill her on paper. Vera is, quite simply, the most ridiculously talented, brilliantly instinctual, large-hearted, hardworking, passionate, selfless, fearless, bad-assed, queen of an actress that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. The load she has carried for the show and the craft she has put into this role are extraordinary. She has brought her guts and spirit and brain to work every day and thrown them out on the table in the conjuring up of Norma Louise Bates. Bates Motel doesn’t have an innate, given story engine. It has no procedural element. It is a structure scaffolded by writing and sculpted by performance. And Vera has sculpted the f–king Pieta for us.
So thank you from the bottom of my heart, Vera, for Norma Bates. I can’t say goodbye to her. I love her too much. So I will just have to jump on to Norman’s train of denial. In my own brain, Norma and Norman and I will live in Oahu and run a resort, take walks on the beach, live on macadamia nuts, and be very, very happy, .
“It’s all going to be good,” you know.
Because Norma told me it would be. And I believe her.”
Highly requested so here it is, my opinion on all the cusps.
Capricorn/Aquarius- Cusp of Mystery & Imagination- Always very sophisticated people with lots of power. Can be very stubborn but are usually very loving and loyal. Studious and hard-working but also realises studies aren’t everything and don’t determine self worth. Rebels. Leaders. Can become jealous easily, conceals emotions to everyone around them. Aquarius/Pisces- Cusp of Sensitivity- Ed Sheeran’s one of these!!!! I think they’re great, super emotional sometimes and completely dismissive other times. Brilliant imagination and great ability to express themselves. Very independent but when they love, they love with a tremendous force. They don’t let go of things easily and have lots of pride. Pisces/Aries- Cusp of Rebirth- idk why but I am always attracted to yall, very good looking and mysterious too. Can be chill and go with the flow, very exiting to be around, they also seek alone time and a close group of personal friends as well. They feel misunderstood and are always looking to be understood. Seeks loyalty and devotion from a partner, would give the same in return. Can appear shy at first but opens up easily and is very charming. Aries/Taurus- Cusp of Power- Very influential, dynamic people who achieve a lot in life- they get a lot of experience in short amounts of time and seek to meet new people and ways of living. They are excellent speakers, also loving, loyal and open with the people close to them. They trust easily. They take longer to get back on their feet after a downfall than an Aries but less time than a Taurus. They are empathetic and generous. Taurus/Gemini- Cusp of Energy- VERY charming people with a lot of intellectual things to say. Suave and irresistible. Always up for a challenge, LOTS of fun to be around, they can be problematic and say stupid things though, they also tend to be notorious flirts. Can be stubborn as well. Gemini/Cancer- Cusp of Magic- Very, well, magical people. They are adorable, very individualistic, amazing writers/painters/poets and very artsy in general. They love intensely and fully but recover from heartbreak a lot better than Cancers. They are intellectual but love being at home more than Geminis. Cancer/Leo- Cusp of Oscillation- Selena Gomez is one of these, they are powerful people, they get angry quite a bit, they hold authority in everything they say and are responsible folk. They tend to lash out though. They are very sensitive to criticism but are loyal and love intensely. Leo/Virgo- Cusp of Exposure- Enjoy both the extroverted and introverted life. Love to sit at home with a cup of coffee and read and adventure the world with friends, they look for partners they can show off to the world and are devoted to them. Seek to pleasure themselves primarily. Dramatic. Loving but trouble expressing that, authoritative tone, love fun and being complimented, HATE criticism. Virgo/Libra- Cusp of Beauty- Very laid back people, worry a lot on the inside but doesn’t show it to other people, really good looking/excellent fashion taste. Hates drama and loves to maintain peace. Studious and hardworking, they are dream achievers. Very hard on themselves. Love to explore and travel, also like being by themselves. Very romantic and flirtatious. Libra/Scorpio- Cusp of Drama & Criticism- Ok so I met one of these and he was literally the most good looking guy I had ever met. That being said, these people are very mysterious and to themselves, they share Libra’s love for art and romance. They are not as brooding as a Scorpio but not as talkative as a Libra either. They are excellent artists, can be very dark and sinister sometimes but aims to lead a love-filled adventurous life. Scorpio/Sagittarius- Cusp of Revolution- I’ve mentioned this cusp before lol because they scare me. They are very alluring people- really mysterious and arty- in less of a ‘dark’ way but more of a lighthearted ‘indie’ way. You know those instagram famous people that are always on beaches enjoying life? Yeah probably a sag/scorp cusp. They love to live life freely and tend to party a lot or go to social gatherings. They are very possessive of their lover and can be vengeful towards others if wronged. They do not trust easily, they are quick to anger but also quick to calm down. Sagittarius/Capricorn- Cusp of Prophecy- This cusp has the best sense of humour. They are always light-hearted and down to do anything. These people worry a lot in their own head and are studious. They never let other people see their negative emotions. They are also very money-conscious. They have a way with words- making people laugh and being the life of the party. Usually very popular due to their ability to interact freely and need for a high status. Drama queens and potential gossips but are very loving and appreciative.
This morning I hit the trail early and made it to Two Rivers Lake by
sunrise to watch this incredible display of light, clouds and the
setting moon over Notchtop Mountain. The alpenglow colors can be wildly
intense up there and I’m always amazed by how quickly this peak goes
from total shade to a complete brilliant red-orange glow.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado - August 2015
Ektar 100 4x5, 75mm Super Angulon 2 seconds at f32, 2 stop soft GND filter
God knows most of us could do with a bit, politically speaking. I have this friend who’s an EU citizen, and has been worrying herself sick over the uncertainty about her rights to live and work in the UK. She’s been here for over a decade - studying, working, paying taxes, getting on with her life - and all that could be taken away by people she can’t control. Applying for UK citizenship is a massive, complex and demeaning process, and it now costs an entire month’s wages, FFS! It was making her ill.
So we crowdfunded the money. It took us less than two days. How completely brilliant is that?