ANYWAYS i reached a really small compared to my other mutuals’ follower goal today and i wanted to share my thanks? so i’m gonna thank all of my mutuals (under the cut) as a way to do that (i guess?) !!! thank you so, so much for 150+ followers !!!
There are three main aspects as to why Flintwood draws me in so much as a ship - as a writer, they have to do with what canon gives us, and what canon allows us to build off of. I personally love expanding on minor characters that aren’t as constrained by canon; therefore this ship is writer’s gold for me.
war & peace - named for one another;
Starting from last names, the connection between Wood and Flint is pretty obvious - one incites the other. Tie in their given names, where Oliver equates to peace, and Marcus referring to the Roman god of war. Now, JKR is always deliberate in names, and her choice most likely refers to peace winning out over war in the end (Oliver beating Marcus finally in POA). But this naming explicitly ties these two characters together in a way I love to explore.
What is interesting to me, in rereading their characters, is that Oliver is the one who is emotionally charged, quick to anger and retaliation in the face of Marcus’ needling. Marcus, on the other hand, sticks to more snide remarks, and seems relatively calm, albeit amused by Wood’s reactions. Oliver is noted as capable of putting aside all other concerns in favor of winning, even other’s well being. Marcus, on the other hand, seems to place more value on having the strongest team. He practices sneaky tricks and physical fouls on the pitch, yes, but doesn’t seem to want to risk the overall well-being of his team. “Peace” and “War” aren’t apparent in their actions, nor their motives. Both are bent on winning - the ways they go about it aren’t the usual representation. One could argue diplomatic Cedric Diggory seems to match a picture of peace better than Oliver does.
In shipping terms, their names may speak to initial conflict, but digging a little deeper in the meaning of their names brings surprising similarities. Oliver also has meanings of affection; Marcus, defense and tenderness. It’s this semi-meta that’s drawn me in - that under the surface there is so much more to their characters, and so much could grow in a potential relationship. It makes for a fascinating play on characterization. As canon doesn’t give us much past the standard traits (enthusiastic mentor of a captain, the surly rival, respectively), I always go back to their names when writing.
see i say ‘you’re all diamonds’ but that implies that this is a metal gear focused blog … which i swear it isn’t. as much as i love big boss, this is about richard and his development that was all thanks to you guys. i’ve a lot of ground to cover when it comes to his development, and i know i’m a bit behind, but all-in-all i just want you to know how grateful i am to all the mutuals i have here. since i can’t gush about each and every one of you, here, i’ll just make a quick blogroll instead. and in the end, i really do want you guys to remember that you are all diamonds to me.
but okay WOW 130+ followers is a lot for me. i’m excited to get deeper into this character, explore more universes with him, and just see where it goes. keep in mind that this is just an appreciation post, so it’s nothing special (but it rly is to me), so you guys may get mentioned more than once if we’re mutuals on more than one of your blogs. that’s intentional, and without any further word-vomit, here’s the blogroll!
The realest mystic messenger headcanon (spoiler alert)
This is the headcannon nobody asked for but you’re welcome. We wrote it in the spur of the moment, and honestly, we’re pretty proud
Zen • Too busy at rehearsals • Can’t come
Yoosung • Would’ve loved to come • But retaking a class he probs failed • Because LOLOL
Jaehee • The fuck do u think • She’s working • She barely sleeps • She ain’t got time for this bullshit
Jumin • He’s working too • Dude he got a company to run • Ain’t got time for you • Only got time for Elizabeth III
Seven • Bitch he’s locked up in his house • He ain’t getting out • He’s got governments to take down • Vanderwood got a taser • this is no joke
Saeran • Bitch he stuck in a hospital • He’s craycray • His craycray head ain’t got no room for u • Only room for suffering
Vanderwood • He’s trying to get as far away from the RFA as humanly possible • U r the RFA • He tryna get away from u
Rika • GUUURL she’s lost in Alaska for autism • No one got her address remember • How u gon contact someone with no address
V • Boooi he’d love to do lovey dovey shit with u but a bit hard cos he’s very blind • Also he got shot • He dead • Can’t attend no party
• Moment she got that sketchy ass text telling her to go to the sketchy ass apartment on her sketchy ass phone she chucked that phone and got a new phone
• Ain’t got time to host no parties
• She got a life
• she got bills to pay
• Places to be and people wondering where the fuck she is
• she got a last name
• she got eyes
• and some common sense
• ain’t doing jail time for breaking into someone’s apartment
• “I got mysterious messages” won’t hold up in court