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KBTBB HC - If there was a fire and you were still inside (or thought to be) [w/ GIFs]

Hey guys, I know I’ve been kind of M.I.A lately. Haven’t had the time to write as much as I’d like, so whenever I get a chance I’m going to post up little headcannons. This one is for the KBTBB boys. Got the idea from a scene I saw in another Voltage game (you’ll know it lol) Hope you enjoy :)

Baba: 

Baba had just returned into town from another heist. He hated leaving you home by yourself, but you couldn’t afford to take off work to go with him. He had a present he’d gotten for you tucked under his arm, excited to see your reaction to him coming home a day early. He hadn’t told you so as to surprise you. But it was him that got a surprise when he turned the corner to see the building you two lived in up in smoke, fire bursting through some of the windows on the upper floors. Baba dropped everything and took off at a dead sprint towards it. The two of you lived on the upper levels. 

He sprinted towards the door, guarded and blocked off by the firefighters trying to put the fire out. He knocked several people out of the way, throwing them to the side like rag dolls in order to get inside. He had to get to you at all costs. It took several of the firefighters to eventually wrangle him and prevent him from running inside. Baba fought them with all of his strength, screaming your name as they dragged him away from the entrance. 

It was then that he heard someone call his name from behind. He immediately stopped and looked over, seeing you emerging from the crowd. You had soot on your face from the flames, but you were there. The firefighters, seeing the situation and understanding what had happened, let Baba go. Then, like a flash of lightning, he ran to you and gathered you in his arms. He pressed his face into your neck as he trembled, holding you to him as if he would never let go. 

“Thank God…. Thank God you’re alright.” He whispered, feeling you wrap your arms around him in response. 

Originally posted by hippie-dippy-lesbo-chicky

Eisuke

A guest in the hotel had poorly discarded a lit cigarette, and the small fire that resulted erupted into one that consumed several floors. All within the matter of minutes. Eisuke had been in the conference room on the first floor when the fire started. The alarms had gone off and everyone began fleeing, the overhead sprinklers raining down water on them. But Eisuke didn’t follow the others. It was the second that alarm went off and he realized what it was for, smelling the smoke, that he realized that you were up in the penthouse cleaning. You’d be trapped there with the flames coming up towards you. 

Eisuke shoved through the crowds of people rushing out of the building, sprinting towards the stairs. If he got t you quick enough, he thought, he’d be able to get you out safely. But he had to hurry. He took several stairs at a time, his thoughts solely on you. He began to panic as he ran, wondering what would happen if the flames blocked his way up and he couldn’t get to you. Or blocked you as you tried to come down. 

But as he turned the bend towards the next flight, he saw you running down the stairs. Relief slammed into him and he took the next several stairs to you and grabbed your hand. Your eyes met for a brief moment, as if to confirm that the other was alright. But then as the smoke began to thicken, Eisuke pulled you behind him as the two of you ran back down the stairs. You had your other arm in front of you, covering your mouth from the smoke.  

The two of you managed to make it out before the flames consumed the top floors, only by a few minutes. The two of you panted as you stood on the street next to the building with the rest of the crowd. It took a moment or two for you to catch your breath, but when you did, the two of you looked at each other softly. Glad that you both were alright. Eisuke gently pulled you against him, holding your head to his chest protectively. 

“I’m glad I was able to get to you in time…” He whispered against your hair, rubbing your back soothingly. 

Originally posted by hippie-dippy-lesbo-chicky

Soryu

It had been a rival gang that had started it while Soryu had been out one day. He’d gotten a threatening phone call, eluding to an accident you were about to have. He didn’t even listen to the rest, he tore out of his office and rushed home as quickly as possible. His worst nightmares became a reality when he turned the corner and saw the flames licking the sky above your house, consuming it. 

Without a second thought, Soryu broke through a window as passerby’s gathered around the house, sirens wailing in the distance as the firefighters neared. But he had something precious in the house that he couldn’t wait for them to get there for. Breaking through the glass, he held his arm in front of his face to shield himself from the smoke searching for you. He called your name several times, worried distantly that he was too late. You called out a few moments later to his relief, your voice hoarse and weak from breathing in the smoke. You were trapped in the bedroom, the door leading to your freedom consumed by the flames. Soryu took his foot and kicked it flat, rushing in and gathering you in his arms. 

You didn’t protest, too weak from smoke inhalation to do anything but allow him to carry you to safety. The air outside felt crisp and fresh in comparison when the two of you made it outside safely. Your lungs protested to the contrast, causing you to cough as Soryu continued to hold you, walking towards one of the ambulances to have you checked out. It was about that time that you felt the tears falling down your cheeks, realizing what would’ve happened had Soryu not shown up. You wrapped your arms around his neck and held onto him, gently sobbing against him. 

He continued to hold you up against him as you cried, refusing you put you down. “I’ve got you baby… I won’t let you go I promise.” 

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Originally posted by hippie-dippy-lesbo-chicky

Ota

A kitchen fire had broken out at one of the galleries Ota was having his displays at, and with all of the grease that had been around from all the cooking, it exploded quickly into a all-consuming fire. Ota had stepped outside just beforehand in order to speak to one of the gallery attendants. You’d been inside with him when he’d stepped out, with him asking for you to remain inside with everyone else while he spoke with the attendant. It was the screaming of other guests that caused him to come running back. 

He kicked himself repeatedly as he ran towards the building, wishing he’d just asked for you to come along with him. He knew you were still inside and had to get to you. People ran out of the building in droves, slowing his efforts as he tried to shove past people to try to get back inside. What if you’d been hurt in the grease explosion? Thoughts raced through his mind until he was shoving and pushing through the crowd in a blind panic. 

But that was the moment his eyes met yours as you rushed out behind a couple. You appeared to be unhurt, though you did appear to be quite fearful. For good reason. Ota could’ve cried in relief knowing that you weren’t hurt. His life had flashed before his eyes when he thought something had happened to you. And he felt a twinge in his heart at knowing that it was your heart that beated in his chest, not his own. It had been yours the day he’d fallen in love with you. When you saw Ota, you rushed forward to him and threw yourself into his arms, so happy that he was also safe. 

“Are you hurt?” Ota asked gently, and when you shook your head with a small smile, he let out a breath, “Thank goodness.” 

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Originally posted by hippie-dippy-lesbo-chicky

Mamoru:

It had been a bomb that’d been planted in the building you two lived in that had caused the fire. Mamoru had been returning home to you after a long day at work when it had gone off. He heard the explosion from down the street, and he dropped all of the groceries he’d picked up. Screaming your name, he ran towards the building. His feet pounded against the ground as he ran to you, ignoring everyone else who had gathered around watching the building catch fire. 

He ignored the other policeman and firefighters who’d quickly gathered to the building, shoving past them without a second thought. His very existence was still upstairs, at home waiting for him. His heart shattered at the very thought of anything happening to you, and him not being there for you. He momentarily hated himself for it, thinking about how he hadn’t been able to protect you when you’d needed it most. He took several stairs at a time as he ran up towards you, racing against the rising heat as he ascended. 

You practically ran into him as you ran down the stairs. The world fell away for just a moment then, feeling himself able to breathe once again seeing you. He grabbed you then, checking you over. You’d been heading down to go pick something up from a friend when the explosion had occurred. You told him that you’d been a few flights below and were unharmed. Knowing that you still needed to exit the building, the two of you rushed outside to the waiting ambulances. 

As you reached safety, he gathered you in his arms then, unable to keep himself from touching you. He needed to hold you more than he needed to breathe. It hurt to without your touch. He realized how close he’d come to losing you, and that thought caused him to squeeze you tightly. As if someone were going to tear you away from him. 

“You scared me sweetheart…” He said, wrapping his arms around you and leaning his forehead against your shoulder. Your own heart tore as you felt his hot tears hit your shoulder, knowing you would’ve felt the exact same way had it been him inside. You ran your hand through his hair soothingly, assuring him that you were okay.

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Originally posted by hippie-dippy-lesbo-chicky

The Big Nintendo Crypost

Since the past couple days have been ‘whine about Nintendo’ days and the NX will probably be outed in a month or so and everyone will be starstruck by the shininess, I might as well get out in front and much like The Gaming Brit, get my own crystorm about the company out. And while I’m sure I’ll get 100 people with nintendo-related names and icons of incidental Nintendo characters yelling at me as some CoD playing dudebro regardless, I’ll still point out that I have bought every single Nintendo platform, usually at or close to launch. For most of my life I was one step below Bob “Empty My Nine On The Halo Line” Chipman in terms of Nintendo fanboyism.

And Nintendo, for the past.. whoof, six years? Has sucked.

Nintendo Pricing

Nintendo’s pricing is bullshit.

The HD Ports of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess were priced about twice as much as they should have been. Every other company under the sun established the pricing pattern for HD Remasters about halfway through last gen when all the PS2 remasters started hitting, but Nintendo seems to have this idea that overpricing their stuff boosts their 'brand’ or something. It doesn’t really matter that they made some gameplay changes to the titles, either - that isn’t uncommon for remasters or HD collections and they don’t charge full price for decade old games for it. Nintendo games are good, but so are a lot of other games, and they don’t deign to charge me forty to sixty dollars per HD port.

But this doesn’t just apply to those games. Nintendo games stay at or close to full price forever. Hell, it was only recently that Nintendo added a bunch of games that had been out two years or more to their 'Nintendo Selects’ brand, reducing them to an actually reasonable price. Nintendo games stay too high for way too long, which again seems to be a deliberate decision made for branding or PR purposes rather than the realities of demand.

Amiibo Is Stupid

Oh god, Amiibo is so stupid.

The idea is sound - Skylanders and Lego Dimensions and Disney Infinity are popular, and people like them. But in all three of those cases, the figures exist to support the game. The game that Nintendo doesn’t have, and doesn’t seem interested in having.

I keep waiting for Nintendo to announce the Amiibo game, that actually uses all these toys for one unified purpose, but I don’t think it’s actually coming. They seem content to hock these figures and never have any game use them more than for an occasional easter egg or bonus. Also, most of the purchasers seem to be adults (I mean, and scalpers, but let’s get there in a second.)

Without a game that seriously uses these figures and the constant pipeline of releases, including special and limited edition Amiibo, the entire product line comes off less like something Nintendo seriously wants to use, and more like a scheme devised to pump their adult fanbase for money. It feels like the equivalent of the floundering comic industry announcing more and more 'variant covers’ and the like, perpetually trying to squeeze more revenue out of a stagnant if not shrinking fanbase.

Forced Scarcity

This is more of a minor point, but Nintendo has this serious issue with Forced Scarcity. They always have, from back in the NES days when they were the only place for publishers to get carts, and routinely underfilled cart orders for… some.. reason. This continued with the DS Lite and Wii, when they deliberately kept them scarce, in the Wii’s case for YEARS, for again, some.. reason…

I guess the logic is that it keeps demand up, and produces the impression that your product is highly desirable which is  beneficial for public perfection, but in the modern era all it really does is empower scalpers. While it’s stupid for hardware, at least most stores will not allow a scalper to buy up an entire stock of consoles. They make no such restrictions on Amiibos, so Nintendo’s bullshit forced scarcity enabled scalpers to take advantage of people. The only mercy was that, in a stunning display of compassion (or, in reality, probably oversight or technical impossibility) amiibos are not region locked, which considering Nintendo is a company that has literally designed the faces of their portables slightly differently in each region to have REGION LOCKED FACE PLATES, is a real amazement.

Anyway that’s not the point - Forced Scarcity is stupid and only benefits scalpers and Nintendo is stupid for continuing to do it.

Region Locking

Region Locking is stupid and pointless. People import games that don’t get released in the US, and reverse importing isn’t a massive issue with games the way it is with Anime DVDs. Region Free hardware gives consumers more freedom and enables developers to make games available to markets they lack the money to release in, or face legal hurdles in, like the recent series of Gundam games having english subs despite being only released in Asia.

Stop it.

The Treehouse Sucks

Nintendo Treehouse is a bad localization division. I’m not gonna get more into it than that since people like to raise their hackles in conversations about the treehouse and I’ve talked about it more and this is about Nintendo as a whole.

The eShop Also Sucks

Oh my god, the eShop sucks so bad. It has a bad UI, it’s a pain to navigate, and Nintendo is still weird about their releases. Especially Virtual Console. Nintendo’s slow trickle of titles on the Virtual Console is dumb. I can only imagine they believe a slow trickle of titles will make people more likely to buy games that they otherwise wouldn’t; like if they release all the games at once, people will only buy the 10/10 games, but if they do it slowly, people might buy a lot more games than they would otherwise.

Also, why do eShop titles not just, y'know, instantly have crossbuy? If I buy a PS1 game on my PS3 digitally, I just get it on my Vita as well. A lot of actual games do that, too. Why are they separate products on Virtual Console? 

It sucks they aren’t on PS4 yet, but when they inevitably ARE, they’ll almost certainly be the PS3/Vita purchases.

Nintendo’s online Infrastructure is STILL half a decade or more behind, and that’s inexcusable.

Spark

Okay, this is a hard one, but ever since about halfway through the Wii’s lifespan, Nintendo’s soul has pretty much died. This is a very hard thing to explain, but I’m going to do my best to articulate it anyway, although I’m sure a lot of people will disagree with me.

The best way to describe is that spark a game has when it feels like 'someone WANTED to make this.’

Nintendo games have lacked this spark more and more. In the best cases, it produces something that is technically sound and highly polished, like Super Mario 3D World, or Link Between Worlds, which are good games even if they feel very 'safe’. In the worst cases it produces things like Triforce Heroes and New Super Mario Brothers Iteration 46 which feel like a robot made them. All of Nintendo’s output has been very safe, with very little divergence from formula. And as they did that, they’ve sort of 'turtled up’ and refused to step out of their most comfortable comfort zone even a little bit. I’ve mentioned this on twitter, but we haven’t had a 2D Metroid since like, 2004.

Since 2011 or so, Metroidvania has become, essentially, the dominant 2D Platformer Genre, with dozens of entries. Valdis, Guacamelee, Strider, Cave Story, Shadow Complex, two going on three Shantae games, Dust, Ori and the Blind Forest, Momodora, Rabi-Ribi, Axiom Verge, Knytt, Odallus, hell, even old doujin games in the genre started getting STEAM RELEASES, like Bunny Must Die.

And nothing. Nintendo let a resurgence in a genre named after ONE OF THEIR FRANCHISES happen, and didn’t make a single game. While they slowly make every franchise they have a 2D Platformer. (Please be excited for the Pikmin 2D Platformer.) Hell, no Wario games either, which was their 'soft’ Metroidvania series with lighter versions of those elements. They let an entire trend pass them by solely because the franchises that could take advantage of it weren’t one of their handful of mega franchises.

Nintendo used to be the company that consistently made wholly unique games, even within their own franchises. And they funded a hell of a lot of second party games that were totally unique, too. Now it feels like all those 2008-era /v/ shitposts about 'rehashes’ are true as they release samey game after samey game, slowly declining in quality as we get further in the lifespans of the 3DS and WiiU. And I’m sure we’ll see a bump in quality when the NX lands, but the question is if Nintendo can keep that going. They’ve kind of been on a downslide for a while now, with these brief spikes of improvement, but it’s still a noticeable downslide. Hell, the only games in the entire WiiU library that I’d call 'classic Nintendo’ are Splatoon and Wonderful 101.

Paper Mario went from TTYD and Super Paper Mario to Sticker Star and Color Splash.

3D Mario went from Sunshine and Galaxy to 3D World and NSMB.

Xenoblade lead to Xenoblade Chronicles X, which feels very rehashy of Xenoblade and lacks a ton of the charm.

Smash 4 feels more generic than either of the previous entries (hell, it doesn’t even have a subtitle, why?)

Are these games bad? No. Most of them are at least 'okay’ (not sticker star). Some are great (Smash 4, 3D World). But I’m pointing out that there’s a very clear and visible homogenization of Nintendo properties, and considering how fervant Nintendo’s fanbase is and how much consumer loyalty they (inexplicably still) possess, it’s disheartening that they’re playing it so safe when they really don’t have to.

I’m not saying re-invent the wheel, but they could definitely step outside the box more than they’ve been lately, with absolutely zero risk.

I want Nintendo to be good. I want them to go back to making tons of amazing games that I’ll happily fill my ‘’Best Games Of The Year” list with over and over. But they aren’t that company right now, and I don’t think I should pretend they are just cause they USED to be good.

"Freedom for a minute"

Something I wrote when I thought if Feyre didn’t get locked in.
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Feyre watched Tamlin leave, she hadn’t had the strength to fight him more than she had. Lucien had noticed and said he would talk to Tamlin about it.

She didn’t stay in the manor, she couldn’t. Without a word, she stalked towards the stables. No guards were around as she saddled up her horse.

She wasn’t going to follow Tamlin and Lucien, no, she was going the other way.

As she flew out the stable doors, the guards had no chance of catching up to her, she rode down the drive of the manor.

She saw the sudden rush in the guards before she rode towards the east coast. She was out of sight of the manor as the guards were ready to follow her.

She rode fast through the Spring Court. Nothing was going to stop her.

Hours later, she felt relief as she reached the eastern coast. Feyre had made sure she rode to an empty place at the coast. She didn’t want to interact with anyone, she only wanted to be alone and outside.

Jumping off the horse at the sandy beach at the end of Spring. She stepped into the water, cold and refreshing. Feyre sighed in relief, it felt good.

Breathing heavily Feyre let her newfound freedom wonderfully consume her. Her horse had followed her into the salt water, seeming to not want to not be left alone.

Night had taken over the sky, though she felt in peace, she also felt as if someone was watching her. Something from the sky.

She loved it. Feyre loves this slight freedom, this open space. The water rushing past her bare feet as she stood there and let the calming sounds take all her pains away.

A howl interrupted Feyre’s calm. She knew that howl. Tamlin.

Tamlin must have returned to the manor, only to find her gone.

Feyre wasn’t sorry for it. She’d do it again if she needed.

The rushing sounds of hooves and running made her turn. On top of a small grassy hill, stood the guards of the manor, and Tamlin.

Tamlin stood in his beast form as he and four -including Lucien- guards.

Feyre turned and smiled to the breeze that took her. She felt one with the water, like she could just melt into it and vanish.

Tamlin walked up to Feyre in the water. He herded her back to her horse, though she didn’t want to leave, she obeyed.

Climbing back on her horse wordlessly she kept her eyes on the sea.

Feyre wondered how Tamlin had tracked her so easily, how had she simply gotten home, then find her within minutes.

They didn’t winnow back, no they rode. Lucien was at her side, he didn’t look at her with anger like Tamlin did, no he looked at her with sorrow.

But her small minute of freedom had been joy and light in her small heart of hell. And she would not be sorry for it.

Stop scrolling for one second PLEASE!! It could save an animals life.

please please please for the love of god dont donate to ASPCA ( the one with the sad animal commercials)… if you call yourself an animal lover, please dont donate. They raised millions of dollars for abandoned animals and you know how much of it actually went to the animals? LESS THAN 2%. Most of it went into private retirement funds for the business owners. Also, little to none goes to help out logal aspca / lesser known shelters.

Thought you were paying to rescue animals? no. Youre paying so rich white men can pad their retirement funds.

Heres what to do if you truly love animals and want to help them:…

Volunteer at / donate to a local animal shelter. Visit websites like consumerfreedom.com and humanewatch.org !! And most importantly, SPREAD THE WORD so corporate ASPCA doesnt earn another penny to waste on lesser issues. Fun fact! If ASPCA actually did donate money to the animals, we would have free spay and neuter clinics around the country. yeah, FREE.

the single biggest freedom we’ve slowly been winning back from empire is the freedom to love deeply and truly whomever we feel compelled to (and there’s still quite a ways to go for many folks);

so, forget, for a minute, your ‘freedom’ of consumer choice or to elect the next corporatized political puppet, and act love as freely as you can; it might not seem much next to ubiquitous social violence, but – unlike such forces – love is limitless

anonymous asked:

Your comments about PETA really annoyed me. I wanted to be mean but instead I'll say this. PETA is correct. PETA and every one who holds the same beliefs, has the moral highground. I hope that one day you, and the rest of the world, will see this. But until then do not attack what you clearly don't understand.

Alas, here is where we will continue to disagree. I cannot accept than an entity that works with shock and misinformation to the level that they do has any sort of moral high ground.

I cannot fathom why a pamphlet such as this is considered okay to pass along to children. I cannot agree that any entity that utilizes staged and doctored video of animal death and suffering to make a point has moral high ground. I cannot agree that an entity that pursues a goal out of context has any sort of moral high ground. I don’t believe an entity with their adopted vs. euthanized record can claim any manner of animal-related moral high ground.

There is a huge difference between animal welfare and animal rights. My concern is with animal welfare. I have no love or respect for those blindly seeking rights, of any kind. Somewhere in that mess, that which they are seeking rights for falls to the wayside and the rights become the prime objective. And that is horrifyingly skewed.

I am not attacking what I do not understand. At all. I am attacking what I have researched, processed, discussed, and disagree with and disapprove of. 

American Veterinary Medical Association. (2014). Animal welfare: What is it? Retrieved from https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/AnimalWelfare/Pages/what-is-animal-welfare.aspx

Center for Consumer Freedom. (2013). University of Wisconsin blasts PETA. Retrieved from  http://www.consumerfreedom.com/2013/10/university-of-wisconsin-blasts-peta/

Fur Commission USA. (2011). Saving Society from Animal Snuff Films. Retrieved from http://www.furcommission.com/saving-society-from-animal-snuff-films/

PETA. (2005). PETA’s comic for kids takes aim at dads who fish. Retrieved from http://www.peta.org/features/daddy-kills-animals/

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (2012). Online animal reporting. Retrieved from https://arr.va-vdacs.com/cgi-bin/Vdacs_search.cgi?link_select=facility&form=fac_select&fac_num=157&year=2012