Let me take this opportunity to kind of come out to everyone.
I recently discovered that I am not completely female. I’ve never felt 100% comfortable in my body. I’ve always felt awkward in female clothing, or wearing makeup, etc., and whenever I wear makeup I feel like it’s this facade. I’ve always felt like something was missing. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that sometimes I felt like I should have been a boy. Not all the time, but sometimes I just feel…like I’m in the wrong body. I feel like I should have male anatomy on those days. It’s completely new to me, and it scared me at first. What does this mean? What will my husband think? What will my kids think? Fortunately, my husband and kids are totally cool with it! I’m still “mom”. I’m comfortable with being called mom, and using she/her pronouns because that’s what I’ve been called my whole life. But I will admit that on my male days, I wish I could be seen as such. It’s a long journey, and it’s still so new and fresh to me, and I have a lot of learning to do about myself.
I’m so grateful that I have the support of my family though, because I know there are so many people out there who don’t have any. So if anyone out there needs support, I am here! Reach out! You are not alone.
One day, Sidon asks, completely out of the blue, why Link loves him and won’t take the answer of ‘I just do’ but instead insists on Link giving him actual reasons - he knows Link loves him and isn’t doubting him, he’s just curious is all
Link, in a moment of panic because it’s hard for him to verbalize how he feels, just blurts out loudly that he likes Sidon’s butt. To which Sidon’s response is, of course, to burst out laughing while Link flushes violently in embarrassment and tries to walk away because he can’t believe he just said that, what kind of response even was that
But Sidon catches his arm, pulls him into a hug, kisses his cheek and informs him he was just teasing him, that he wanted to see what he’d respond with and he’s sorry for being mean and promises to make it up to Link later (which, of course, means food and/or extra time spent together)
so,,, i heard it was mermay. consider shark siren!yuri messing with humans by the shore (maybe not.. dragging them to the seafloor but scaring the shit out of them) but one day a human completely ignores his song. people aren’t supposed to be able resist siren calls? ? ?? how dare he disrespect him like this unbelievable
not pictured: “oh hey man didn’t see you there. nice costume. wanna listen to my mixta– why are you swimming away”
Two months after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the Civil War, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger steamed into the port of Galveston, Tex. With 1,800 Union soldiers, including a contingent of United States Colored Troops. Granger was there to establish martial law over the westernmost state in the defeated Confederacy.
On June 19, two days after his arrival and 150 years ago today, Granger stood on the balcony of a building in downtown Galveston and read General Order No. 3 to the assembled crowd below.
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free,” he pronounced.
This was the first time many in the crowd had learned of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln had issued two and a half years before.
White slaveholders had suppressed the news of the decree freeing the slaves in Confederate territory not under Union control.
“We all walked down the road singing and shouting to beat the band,” a Texas freedwoman recounted.
“Black men pitched their hats high in the muggy June air,” according to another report.
“Men and women screamed ‘We’s free! We’s free!’ ” Others left town, in what became known as “the scatter.”
The jubilation following Granger’s announcement in Galveston moved across Texas, quickly reaching the state’s 250,000 enslaved people.
A year later, a spontaneous holiday called Juneteenth — formed from the words June and nineteenth — began to be celebrated by the newly freed people of Galveston and other parts of Texas.
In 1867, Austin, the state capital, saw its first Juneteenth celebration under the direction of the Freedmen’s Bureau, the federal agency created to provide relief to people displaced by the Civil War.
Embraced as an exuberant day of jubilee, Juneteenth combined a history lesson and a political rally with the gospel hymns and sermons of a church service.
Barbecue was soon added to the mix — this being Texas — with strawberry-flavored red soda water to wash it down.
In time, rodeos, baseball games and family reunions all became part of Juneteenth tradition.
As former slaveholders attempted to maintain their control, this display of freedom was often met with violence.
Juneteenth revelers sought the relative safe haven of black churches — a poignant irony given the tragedy on Wednesday night in Charleston, S.C. Some of these churches began raising money to buy land on which to mark Juneteenth.
In Houston, two black congregations collected pennies and nickels until a 10-acre parcel was purchased for $800 in 1872 and named Emancipation Park, which is still used today.
The festival of freedom spread across the former Confederacy in the late 19th century.
And as African-Americans moved north, they carried this celebration of liberation with them.
As Isabel Wilkerson wrote in “The Warmth of Other Suns,” her prizewinning account of the Great Migration: “The people from Texas took Juneteenth Day to Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, and other places they went. Even now, with barbecues and red soda pop, they celebrate June 19, 1865.”
Granger’s order was momentous, but it was no magic bullet. Even with the ratification of the 13th Amendment in December 1865, the emancipated people of Texas, and the rest of America, confronted violent resistance as they attempted to claim the promise of their liberation. Any small gains came in the face of whips and guns, followed by the well-documented decades of Jim Crow laws and Klan terror.
Officially neglected, over time Juneteenth lost much of its resonance in the black community.
But it has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Spurred by a revival of pride in African-American traditions long denied or suppressed, Juneteenth has gained official recognition — although not necessarily full legal holiday status — in a number of states, starting, appropriately, with Texas, which made Juneteenth a paid holiday for state employees in 1980.
Still, 150 years after its birth, Juneteenth remains largely unacknowledged on America’s national calendar. Many Americans are unaware of its existence, or its roots. Sadly, that ignorance of Juneteenth reflects a deeper issue: the continued existence of two histories, black and white, separate and unequal.
Frederick Douglass voiced that fundamental divide in a memorable speech on July 4, 1852. “The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me,” he said. “This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine.”
Juneteenth is the flip side of the Independence Day coin. One hundred and fifty years after General Granger told the enslaved people of Texas they were free, Juneteenth is viewed by many of those who are aware of it as an “African-American holiday.”
That perception unfairly diminishes the fundamental significance of Juneteenth. The day should be recognized for what it is: a shared point of pride in the symbolic end of centuries of racial slavery — a crime against humanity and the great stain on America’s soul. As meaningful as Independence Day itself, Juneteenth completes the circle, reaffirming “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as the rights of all, not a select few.
This is a 30 day challenge meant to help people improve their self-esteem and learn to love and appreciate themselves a little bit more! You can start this challenge whenever you want, completing each day in the order listed or in whatever order you prefer. If any day is too uncomfortable to complete you can feel free to skip it and come back to it later or just skip it entirely.
If you choose to do this challenge please tag your posts with #30DaySelfLoveChallenge or #30 Day Self Love Challenge so everyone else who is doing it can view all the responses!
💗 Day 01: On a scale from 1-10 (with 1 being “horrible, can’t possibly be any worse” and 10 being “wonderful, can’t possibly be any better”), how would you rate your self-esteem right now? Why would you rate it that way?
💗 Day 02: List out at least 5 accomplishments or achievements you’ve made that you are proud of. These can be small or large, recent or made further back.
💗 Day 03: List out at least 5 non-physical things you like about yourself. These can be personality traits, talents, things you’ve done for other people, etc.
💗 Day 04: List out at least 5 physical things you like about yourself.
💗 Day 05: People are often kinder to others than they are to themselves, so imagine yourself from the perspective of a loved one. If you were your own best friend, what would your outside impression of yourself be?
💗 Day 06: Think of how old you were when you first started struggling with your self-esteem and write a letter of encouragement to your younger self.
💗 Day 07: List out at least 5 compliments people have given you. These can be compliments from people IRL or online and they can be about anything.
💗 Day 08: List out at least 5 good things that have happened recently. These can be things that have happened to you or to someone else or even just good stories you’ve heard in the news.
💗 Day 09: When your emotions get to be too much, what are some healthy things you can do to ground you and help you calm down? List out as many as you can think of.
💗 Day 10: Imagine you have a loved one who is on a long voyage (to sea, outer space, wherever) and misses you desperately. What would they write in a letter to you? What would they miss about you? Write a love letter to yourself.
💗 Day 11: List out at least 5 quotes that inspire you or make you feel happy.
💗 Day 12: List out at least 5 songs that make you happy when you listen to them.
💗 Day 13: Imagine the perfect day. What does it look like for you? Describe the weather, where you’re at, what you’re doing, who (if anyone) you’re with, and how it all makes you feel.
💗 Day 14: Many people have a problem with comparing themselves negatively to others. Take a moment to truly acknowledge the progress you have made in life without comparing that progress to anyone else. How have you become a better person? What hobbies do you have that you’ve improved at? What other areas of your life (no matter how small) have you gotten better in? List out as many examples as you can think of.
💗 Day 15: Being positive towards others can often help people be positive about themselves, so take some time and send anonymous positive messages to at least 10 people. These can be compliments or just a “hope you have a good day!”, to people you follow or just random people in tags you track. Look at how these people react to your messages and describe how it makes you feel.
💗 Day 16: List out at least 5 fictional characters you admire or connect with and describe what it is you admire about them.
💗 Day 17: What is your favorite positive interest or hobby? Describe how you first got into it and what you like about it.
💗 Day 18: List out at least 5 “I will ___” statements that you can apply to your day-to-day life in order to be more positive (example: I will believe people when they compliment me, I will ignore the voice in my head that tells me to doubt myself, etc.).
💗 Day 19: List out at least 5 coping statements. Coping statements are statements you use in order to feel better about yourself/your current state (example: I’m going to be okay, My feelings are difficult but I can handle them, I will survive this situation, etc).
💗 Day 20: Go outside. Use all your senses to observe your environment and identify things around you that you like, that make you feel calm or happy. Describe what those things are, what you see/hear/feel/smell that makes you feel calm or happy.
💗 Day 21: Everyone makes mistakes. What defines people is not that they have made mistakes but that they have learned from them and made an effort to do better in the future. List out at least 1 mistake you have made (using however much or little detail as you feel comfortable with) and describe how you have learned from it and grown as a person after making it.
💗 Day 22: List out at least 5 good deeds you have done for other people. These can be small things or large ones and can be as simple as something nice you’ve done for/said to someone rather than an actual favor.
💗 Day 23: List out at least 5 things that make you laugh. These can be jokes, movies, youtube videos or anything else.
💗 Day 24: What are you insecure about? Divide these things into two lists: things you can change and things you can’t. Now imagine that someone else has made this list. What advice or words of support would you give them about their insecurities?
💗 Day 25: What bad habits do you have? Make a list of them sorted by the ones you think will be easiest to break to the hardest. Beside of each bad habit write out things you can do in order to improve on them or ideas for more positive things you can do as alternatives to whatever the bad habit is.
💗 Day 26: What good habits do you have? What things do you already do that are positive and healthy and how did you come to start doing them? What advice would you give to people who struggle with those things?
💗 Day 27: Imagine your ideal self, focusing mostly on non-physical traits. How would this person feel about themself? What kind of person are they? What kind of friend are they to the people they care about? How is this ideal self different from you as you are now? List out things you can do in order to be more like them.
💗 Day 28: List out at least 5 short-term goals (things you want to do this week/this month/this year) and at least 5 long-term goals (things you want to do in the next 5+ years).
💗 Day 29: List out at least 5 reasons to stay alive.
💗 Day 30: Now that the challenge is over, rate your self-esteem again. On a scale from 1 to 10 (with 1 being “horrible, can’t possibly be any worse” and 10 being “wonderful, can’t possibly be any better”), where is your self-esteem at now? Why would you rate it that way? List out the things you have learned about yourself from doing this challenge and how you can continue to improve your self-esteem from here on out.
I may have just zoned out but can anyone riddle me this: the liars got their phone taken away for investigation. Spencer gives them all burner flip phones to use for the time being. While grilling Aria, Ali gets a call. She walks off then comes back to tell the girls it’s Detective Tanner wanting them down at the station………………….how did detective Tanner get Ali’s number to the secret burner phone if they had just got it that day?
The Human ability to survive even in horrible circumstances is uncanny. There are thousands of stories out there of humans after a disaster who are presumed dead only to have them stumble into town a few days later or people who survived on the open ocean for days or weeks.
This completely puzzles aliens. Their own kind has nearly a low chance of survival if they are in any physically stressful circumstances. It is not uncommon for certain species to voluntarily leave a group if they know they have a low chance of survival. Because of this most alien species have do not have a great will to live in the face of difficulty. Since this is common in space, people don’t really think about it much when they abandon someone who is slowing them down.
So when their human counterparts race out of safety to save one of their crew even as the ship around them is being blown to pieces, they all flip out. They can’t understand why someone in peak physical condition would risk harm to save someone who is probably already dead.
When the human comes back, carrying the lost crew member in their arms, and stumbles onto the escape pod just before the doors closed all of them are in shock.
Humans quickly become the heroic/stupid species. Stories pile up of their strange fascination of saving others just before death. Some of the more survival driven species begin to pick up on it and try saving their own too.
But unfortunately there is more than one story of aliens leaving a human behind, thinking them dead, only to be hunted down by the human who had to cut off their own arm before signaling another ship to pick them up and take them to a space hospital. The human’s old crew all get pummeled by the human as soon as he finds them. Each of them gets a good black eye from the human’s cybernetic arm
◇ pairing: jungkook | reader ◇ genre: too much fluff.. too much cute ◇ word count: 3.986 ◇ author’s note: surprise! \o/ I honestly have no idea how or why this happened. yesterday I just… started writing, and here we are, a few thousand words later. also, bear in mind that this is a sequel to blue orchids, so you need to read that one first if you want to understand this short piece. hope you all enjoy!
This story is set six years into the future within Blue Orchids’ universe.
The sun rays are melting on your skin. It has been a while since the skies opened up like this, leaving the sun bare to the living, its warmth a pleasant gift after days of storm and gloom. The sand under your legs and feet is, fortunately, not scorching — not yet, at least. The early morning is still warming up to the pristine sun, and the salty winds of the beach are still a strange mixture of the growing heatwave and the remnants of past iciness.
You cannot remember the last time you visited the beach, but it does not feel foreign or uncomfortable. It feels like you belong, mind at peace and body molding to the sand as your extended legs allow your toes to brush against the gentle waves that break and ebb away, water still too chilly to enjoy at its fullest.
The Birth of the Fifth Sun, the Mexica (Aztec) sacred narrative which tells of the birth of our current sun. The paintings are posted in order, and follow the progress of the narrative told below.
14.1 It is said that when the earth was still dark, when there was yet no warmth, nor day, nor light, the Teteo came together at Teotihuacan to take counsel, and there they lit the Spirit Fires, great blazes set atop the twin pyramids of the sacred city. For four years they burned. “Come here, oh Teteo! Who shall carry the sun? Who shall bear it? The warming, the dawning? The burning fire? The celestial Light? Who shall leap into the Spirit Fire?” Than forth stepped Four Flint, Tecuciztecatl, Our Lord of Snails, and he cried out, “Oh Teteo! Indeed, it shall be I!” Yoaltecuhtli and Tlaloc stepped forward, “You are one who must keep the sky and the earth.” 14.2 “And yet, another is needed,” said the Teteo. “Who shall be the other?” Yet the Teteo were frightened, and none among them stepped forth. They took counsel with one another, and summoned Nanahuatzin, The Pimpled Lord, the Crippled One, and summoned him to the counsel. Tonacatecuhtli and Xiuhtecuhtli stepped forward and said to him, “You are the one who must keep the sky and the earth.” Many tears did Nanahuatzin shed, for he felt unequal to the task, he, the worthless invalid. 14.3 The Teteo Nanahuatzin and Tecuciztecatl began their fasts, their sacrifices, in preparation for the Spirit Fire, the God Oven. Tecuciztecatl prepared himself with precious things. His fasting-ropes were of quetzal feathers, and his ritual branches of cotinga plumes. His grass heart was of woven gold, his incense of the finest copal. He did not offer his own blood, his own Yollia, but instead offered maguey thorns and lancets made of coral. Resplendent he looked, shining and beautiful, as he made his sacrifices. 14.4 Nanahuatzin, the Crippled Lord, the Teotl in poverty, formed his fasting-rope of grass and paper. His ritual branches were made of green grass and green reeds, tied in three bundles, bound bundles of nine each. His bloodletting spine was of bone, well reddened with his own blood. His only incense were his scabs, twisted off and cast into the fire. For four days they fasted, for four days they drew blood and meditated their sacred actions, there upon their respective pyramids. When they had completed their days of sacrifice, they burned their ritual branches, their bloodletting instruments, in the sacred fire. They were become slaves. They were become Gods. 14.5 To Tecuciztecatl, the gathered Teteo gave him his egret headdress, his elegant attire of quetzal and jade. 14.6 But Nanahuatzin was attired only in paper, only in cloth of Maguey. They painted the Teteo in white, they chalked them, and adorned them in eagle-down feathers. 15.1 Tecuciztecatl, as the senior Lord, approached the fire first, to leap into its heart. The fire roared, it crackled, it seared his eyes. He grew faint and afraid. He hesitated. He could not bring himself to leap into the fire.Than Nanahuatzin, the Crippled Lord, seeing the terror of the other, walked forward. Bravely he walked, slowly, so as to feel its heat. And when he reached the Spirit Fire, the God Oven, he leapt into its heart and was consumed. Tecuciztecatl grew ashamed, and found his spirit, and he too leapt into the Spirit Fire, but lacking the bravery of Nanahuatzin, he fell only into its embers and ashes, where he, too, was consumed. The Jaguar and the Eagle were among the company of the Teteo, and both leapt over the Spirit Fire. They were singed, they were burned, in its tongues of flame, and thus acquired their spots and dark feathers. For their bravery they were made warriors, ever to serve the sun.
16.1 When, in this way, the two Teteo had thrown themselves into the God Oven, when they had burned to ash, the Teteo sat awaiting to learn from whence they would emerge. Long they waited, meditating in the darkness, when all at once everywhere it became red, everywhere the light of dawn, the reddening of dawn. The Teteo knelt down, facing each of the four directions, to see from whence the sun would emerge at this first dawning of the Fifth Sun. The Teteo fell into confusion; they turned in circles, they faced all directions. The traditional orations, the traditional words, did not bring clarity to the Teteo. Some thought he would emerge from Mictlán, the Place of the Dead, and faced North, to find him there. Some thought The Place of Women, and faced the West, some, The House of Thorns, and faced the South, for the light of the dawning encircled all things, and confusion reigned. Yet some of the Teteo faced the East, the Place of Light, and cried out, “Already, is he there, already, his light illuminates his Eastern Palace! Behold, he is emerging!” Those who waited there, who pointed there, were Quetzalcoátl and his nagual Xolotl. There too was Our Lord Anahuatl, the Red Tezcatlipoca, and the Mimixcoa without number. And there awaited four women; Tiacapan, Teicu, Tlacoyehua, and Xocoyotl. And as the sun rose, his light spread like the red Cochineal dye throughout the East, his dazzling brilliance was such that he could not be faced. He shone, he illuminated, and light came into this world. And afterward, Tecciztecatl, too, arose from the Place of Light, also golden and shining, impossible to behold; a second sun. 16.2 And the Teteo said; “How can this be? Shall there be two suns, who both shall follow the same road, who both shall shine in the same way? The brave Nanahuatzin and the unworthy Tecciztecatl?” And so, Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli, The Morning Star, snatched a rabbit from the earth and flung it in the face of Tecciztecatl. Thus, was his face wrecked and his light dimmed, and he fell into the ashes. 17.1 The Teteo declared, “No longer shall he be known as Nanahuatzin, the Pimpled Lord, the Crippled God. He is Tonatiuh, Our Lord the Sun!” And Tonacatecuhtli and Tonacacihuatl, the Lord and Lady of Our Flesh, Our Sustenance, rose to his place at the center of the sky. They bathed and anointed him. They sat him in his Quechol chair. They adorned his head with the butterfly crest, the red-leather thong. 17.2 But he would not move from his place. Four days he remained at the Zenith, at the center of the sky. “Why does he not move?” asked the Teteo, and they sent the Falcon of the Obsidian Blade to ask why he was immobile in the sky. “I hunger!” replied Tonatiuh. “I need their blood, their precious color, their Yollotl, to find the strength to move across the sky. I need the blood of those who sent me to the Spirit Fire!” 17.3 When the Falcon returned to the gathered Teteo and gave them his message, they were much saddened and afraid. Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli grew angry and cried out, “I will shoot him! He must not stay immobile in the sky!” But his arrows could not reach the sun. Yet the sun, from his lofty perch, shot down his own arrows, his shafts of flame, and they burned the body of The Morning Star, and with the Nine Layers covered up his face, and transformed him into Itztli, the Teótl of the Obsidian Blade, of cold, frost, snow, and judgement. 18.1 Quetzalcoátl raised his eyes sadly to the sky, and spoke to the gods at Teotihuacan. “May he be revived. May we all die!” And the gods mournfully submitted to his will. And so with the Sacred Flint Blade he slit the throats of the gathered Gods; of Titlacahuan, and Huitzilopochtli, and the Goddesses Xochiquetzal, Yapalliicue, and Nochpalliicue. But Xolotl, the god of twins and monstrosities and who is the sprit double of Quetzalcoátl, did not want to die. He fled Quetzalcoátl and his terrible blade. He wept so that his eyes fell from their sockets. “Send me not to the blade, oh Gods! Let me not die!” 18.2 He fled, and Death quickly followed. He followed him to the fields of young corn, were Xolotl transformed himself into the young maize with two stalks in order to hide from Death. He became the Xolotl of the Field. But he was seen by the eyes of Death there among the corn, from whom nothing may be hidden, and so he ran to the Maguey field, and there he turned himself into the double maguey, the Maguey Xolotl. But there too was he seen by the eyes of Death, and so he escaped to the lake, and there turned himself into the Axolotl, the lake-salamander. But there was no more escape, and Death caught him, and Quetzalcoátl slit his throat, amid his tears and lamentations. 19.1 The blood of the Gods rose to the heavens and Tonatiuh drank the sacred strength of their Yollia, on the day Nahui Ollin, Four Movement, the sacred name and destiny of the Fifth Sun. Yet still he could not move, still he could not follow his path. 20.1 But Quetzalcoátl, who had shed the blood of the Gods, who had released the divine force of their Yollia, grew strong and straight. He ran, and blew lightly in the face of the sun, and so pushed him along his path, and than slit his own throat, that his blood and divine Yollia might make the revolutions of the heavens eternal. Thus it was that as the sun was entering into the earth again, into the open jaws of Our Mother, Tlaltecuhtli, the moon arose from the ashes into which he had fallen, and there at the crossroads met the Tzitzimime, the Star Demons, and the Coleletin, and they detained him a while, and dressed him in rags. He who would have been the sun, who would have been clothed in splendor. And thus it is that on the day Four Movement night and day came into being, and the deaths of the gods established the covenant of sacrifice with men.
These original Mashima drafts from Dragon Cry were submitted to me by a very kind anon. Thank you so much! I’m combining the pages, hope you don’t mind!
The first 3 are Gruvia related. We can see see Gray and Juvia meeting up, Juvia hugging him, Gray naked causing Juvia to get flustered and it looks like she passes out from it comedically. And of course the famous Gray with blood on his face screaming for Juvia (he was angry she got hurt). I like that we saw this panel on Mashima’s twitter back in November 2015 and it was promoted in the trailer (both the sketch and the animated version).
The last page is Nalu with their faces inches away from each other. :)
The first day of showings have completed in Japan. The general shipping opinion over all (there were tons of tweets) is that fans of Nalu and Gruvia will be happy–they are the prominent ships. But remember because this is just a movie, there isn’t any major progression. It’s also pre-Alveraz.
so today I was at Phoenix Comic Con my little cousin and I were coming down the stairs and we just so happened to see Cayde-6. We were speechless but we knew we had to get a picture of him and then later had to get a picture with him. pretty much this made our day and completed my life.
I’ve seen a lot of distasteful reactions about Waverly saying “I like you” instead of “I love you,” and I have Some Thoughts™ about it.
First of all, you do you. If it didn’t jive with you, it didn’t jive. But, please, hear me out on this.
They’re in a tumultuous spot in their relationship. They’ve just had their first big fight, and Waverly’s feeling super unsure about where they stand. So, at the start of the episode, she shamelessly flirts with Nicole, and Nicole shuts her down. Hard. This is the first time we’ve ever seen anything remotely like this ever happen between them. Even in 2x01 when Nicole denied her kiss at the end, it was till relatively soft. “This is my job” and then a brusque exit by Nicole had to leave Waverly feeling like a breakup might be coming. She’s used to everyone leaving her, remember?
It’s such a drastic thing for her that later, when Nicole stops kissing her because she hears Wynonna about to walk in on them, Waverly’s first instinct is, Oh, we’re still fighting. Even when Nicole says, Nope, we’re not, there’s just someone coming, Waverly believes that she was looking for a way out the whole time. “She wanted to leave.” This is not a woman who is secure in her relationship.
So, later, when Nicole comes in and they finally have a minute where they’re truly alone, Nicole gives her these applications in order to support her and tells her that she’s all in - that, if Waverly wants her, she’ll be by her side forever. That Waverly is the one in charge of them being together because Nicole is all in. It’s good news, and it’s a boost to Waverly’s confidence, but their history over the past few days is a lot to overcome.
When she tells Nicole “I like you,” you can hear her falter. She 100% hesitates. I’m convinced that in her head, the words “I love you” were rattling around, but they’re about to take a huge step, and Waverly’s nervous. So nervous, that she looks down and completely misses Nicole’s “I like you too,” which to anyone not in Waverly’s state of uncertainty is a not-very-well disguised “I love you, too, Waverly, and you have no idea how much.” Nicole has probably loved her for a long time, but is once again waiting for Waverly to make that first move. Because Nicole Haught is a patient, considerate woman who would never want to push Waverly into something she’s not ready for.
And Waverly totally misses it. It’s okay because Nicole is trying to communicate what she feels with how gentle and soft she’s being. They’ve both got a lot of personal stuff that they’re dealing with outside one another, and the thing that’s about to happen between them in monumental. It’s Waverly’s first time with a woman, and it’s so stupidly obvious that Nicole has been thinking about this for a long time and has been trying to cool her jets until Waverly’s 100% sure.
So, the “I like you” fits where they’re at perfectly, in my opinion. It’s not saying that Waverly has changed her mind about how she feels (I think it’s pretty clear that she’s more in love than ever), but things have felt shaky enough between them over the past few days that she’s not completely sure how Nicole will respond. Maybe she thinks it might be too fast. Maybe she’s afraid Nicole might pull away. It’s a delicate situation, and it felt super real to me. Real couples don’t always know 100% of the time what the other one is thinking, and sometimes they can be afraid that they’re not on same page, even if they totally are.
We all suffer from unrequited love at some point in our lives. Because love is all about caring and being there for someone regardless of the situation is. You are choosing to stay and be with them because you want to, not because you expect anything in return. When we love someone, we love the smile on their face, their presence that completes our day and everything in between that makes us feel happy and contented. Remember, none of these things requires their consent. You are doing it because you want to make them feel you appreciate them even if they cannot reciprocate back everything.
In the end, it all comes down to two things - either you will continue to invest time and prove your love to someone, or you will walk away and move on. Everyone has a different set of preferences, and we cannot question it or find fault with yourself. Just because they don’t love you back, doesn’t mean no one else will.
SUMMARY:After a run in with one of Johnny’s fellow frat brothers, you had thought he had just been after one thing. But when, not only Johnny himself, but with the help of your friends, they helped you realize that you had made some very misguided judgments. //“What tastes better than it smells?”
GENRE/WARNINGS:Fraternity/College!AU // It’s honestly mostly fluff with smut thrown in at the end. This is part of a collab with @versigny and a bunch of other writers. You can read the prologue here.