does this even make any sense no i do not think so

I didn’t think I was going to wind up writing a post about this because usually I find that ones that have been going around suffice, but I’d like to address this specifically in light of the fact that the bet neutrality tag has started being automatically unfollowed, and share some information that will help those who are interested in protecting net neutrality.

1. Don’t be a dick to the politicians who are still saying no to net neutrality– in written letters nor on social media. It makes you seem petty and certainly does not further the cause in any sense. You have to remember that you are addressing a human (albeit, probably a little out of touch) and consider what you’re saying and how it would sound if you were in their shoes.

2. Don’t use neutrality bots, at least Ajit Pai has started ignoring them entirely, and I imagine the others are probably going to follow suit. You are best off hand-writing a letter to the representatives from an email account that includes your full, legal name. Even if it’s something short– make sure you research and make points about why ending net neutrality is NOT going to benefit them or the policies they stand for.

3. Include a few personal reasons why ending net neutrality will harm you personally, or if you own a business, how it will negatively affect your business.

4. YES, YOU CAN EMAIL REPRESENTATIVES IF YOU ARE UNDER 18, in fact, it’s one of the few ways that minors can actively get involved with politics in the country. In fact, please do, sometimes hearing from younger children and teens can help to swing representatives– it helps to keep in touch with a younger generation.

5. If ending net neutrality does wind up happening– DON’T LET IT REST, continue to petition, speak, and resist it through legal means. It doesn’t always work, but the more kickback that representatives see to a vote can also influence their opinions on how they may vote if it comes up again.

6. Reblog posts that you see that don’t advocate the use of bots and that spread factual information about what’s happening. Which, guess what, means source checking your info of what you’re recovering. I CANNOT stress how important this is.

So you may still be asking why net neutrality is so important, which, I suppose is fair. The best answer that I can give is to do the research yourself, so that you have direct information, but I will give you a few reasons as to why it’s so important to be involved:
-Content creators, including artists, musicians, writers, etc will be impacted because internet providers can choose to charge extra money to use sites which host their art– meaning self supporting artists will lose traffic and visibility.
-Companies can limit our access to sites via pay walls and slow speeds, which can make it harder to contact family and friends in other parts of the country and world.
-Low income households may struggle to fund internet use, and many will lose it entirely.
-It inhibits the creation of jobs in internet based ventures because it is harder for companies to fund and advertise– especially when companies can choose to exclude them from their searches.
-You could lose access to certain browsers without paying for them. Ex: Yahoo, whom is owned by Verizon, may force you to pay to use browsers that are owned by other companies– such as google and fire fox.
-You may have to pay to use services such as steam, iTunes, google play, dropbox, google drive etc.
-Unemployment will rise because job searching websites may be placed under a pay wall.
-Homeless housing, libraries, and other free Wi-Fi establishments may no longer be able to provide internet because of the price jump.
-College tuition may jump in price– and instead of the funding going towards better housing or facilities, it would need to be used towards functional internet because of how much of today’s schooling requires the use of the internet.
-This could lead to a decrease in safe spaces for many people, including but not limited to– LGBT individuals, people of color, assault Victim support groups, and groups coming from certain political views.
-Many countries may look at the political process in the US with Net Neutrality and be influenced to get rid of it there as well.

… and I’m sure there are a lot more I haven’t thought about or read about. Please spread this information if you can, it does matter a great deal.

BTS’ Kinks Masterpost (Based on Astrology) - Maknae Line

warning: mature content, pure filth ahead 🥀

jimin

  • anyone who still doesn’t believe that man’s a dom, listen:

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Study methods, (sorted and organised af)

Originally posted by eminaanimeme

We all find ourselves in a pinch when studying for a particular subject, or some concepts or just studying in general. And then we play the blame game - I’m stupid, I suck at studying, I dumb, yadda yadda yadda.

But sometimes, the fault isn’t ours. Our study skills are largely influenced by external factors that have nothing to do with our brain (because well all humans have the same brain to begin with, yeah? It’s just some know how to use that thing, and some are still learning how to). So here’s so ways that might help you make the most of all sorts of things that are thrown your way:


1. Teachers


Originally posted by horrorandhalloween

Teachers influence our academics deeply and therefore it is important to know how to adjust our methods according to the types of teachers that teach us!

“The best teacher ever”

  • You love them, and are generally doing well in their class.
  • They know how to balance the amount of speech and writing part in class just perfectly and their explanations are heavenly.
  • For their subjects, practice papers are the best because they’ll help you lock all the info in your mind for eternities.
  • Solve as many tests as you can find, and get all your doubts solved by them at the end and I promise you will never have difficulty with that particular chapter again!


“The I’m-gonna-fill-the-board-with-my-marker teacher”

  • Doesn’t even bother speaking, just enters the class and starts writing up stuff in the board.
  • Class is generally noisy because their backs are turned towards you 90% of the time.
  • Just copy down everything form the board. Don’t leave out a single word.
  • Review whatever you’ve written once you get home and find out what is it that you don’t understand.
  • You’re lucky if they teach you math /physics /numericals based topics, because you have an entire guide on how to solve each type of sum with steps and formulas!
  • Once you’ve marked your doubts, take them to the teacher, or to any other teacher who teaches the same topics and get it cleared. Pretty sure you’ll rock their subject!


“The speaker”

  • Babbles on and on all the time, doesn’t know that the board exists.
  • Won’t even breathe in between the doesn’t care if nobody is listening - they’ll finish their part at all costs.
  • Try recording their lectures, you don’t necessarily have to take notes in class.
  • Once you get home, play the entire lecture and take notes now - you’re most likely to cover all important points.
  • If there’s something you don’t understand /think you missed, get your doubts solved by them or maybe online. This way you can do some time pass in class while not missing out at the same time!


“The quiz master”

  • Asks hella lot of questions, engages the class as much as possible.
  • Best thing to do in their class is to sit in front (it won’t make you a loser really) and listen to their questions carefully, note them down and participate.
  • Participating will get you noticed and also help build your confidence - and you get to impress the teacher so it’s a win win!
  • Prepare some questions for them in advance and keep asking, this will create a sense of ‘I’m a good student’ kinda thing in you (trust me I feel like a heavenly potato) and get your queries solved!


2. Subjects


Originally posted by a-night-in-wonderland

There are subjects that you’re so good at you could practically teach them, and then there’s math (no offence, math lovers). And physics. And chemistry. And everything that you don’t know.


Problem solving subjects

  • Math and physics can be a real pain, but referring to solved examples in your textbook, or your teacher’s solutions makes then 37363x easier.
  • A list of formulas is a must, I prefer sorting my formulas chapter wise in sticky notes but you can totally make a 'formula + solving methods cheatsheet’ to help for finals!
  • Practice problems are life savers!! Keep solving until you’re pretty sure you’ll crack these types of questions.
  • Mostly there is a certain way of solving certain problems, figure out that common way for a bunch of problems and nite the method down. All you need to do during the exam is figure out what type of problem you are dealing with and how to solve it will be known to you automatically!
  • Find a good teacher - maybe a school teacher, a tutor, a classmate or maybe your dad who happens to be a math expert. You need one person to guide you through the “numerical labyrinth”. There are many awesome people on the Internet (studyblrs I’m looking at y'all) who can help.


“Theory based subjects”

  • History and essay writing type of subjects can be difficult to tackle, since there’s no logic you need to apply here - they only test your memory half the time.
  • Bullet points are so helpful when taking notes for such subjects idk I just fall in love with words that are bullet pointed.
  • Aesthetic note making, embellishments and all that jazz totally works here because the more time you spend with the information, the better you remember it and are able to retain it.
  • Try recording the lectures and playing them in your free time (as podcasts and all), maybe when cleaning your room or making yourself breakfast or doing mundane chores.
  • I once slept with my earphones on and was playing 'the French revolution’ and the next day I topped our test on that topic. Now this may not be a legit tip but hey - you’re sleeping. Come on.


“Diagram and sciency subjects”

  • Most of us consider biology to be our favourite, but fail to do well in it sometimes. This is because we’re studying the whole thing wrongly.
  • Biology can be a very visual subject so all you artists bring out your creativity!
  • Imagining the structures of your body, an animal’s body, plant’s body, cell’s body heck any body will help you clarify the concepts in your mind.
  • Try breaking up large words to understand what they mean. I began learning Latin (and abandoned the effort) to grasp the biological terms better and it helps! Your language is strong - your biology is strong.
  • Aesthetic notes all the way down!
  • Chemistry can be made pretty looking with colourful reactions on paper, and there’s always mnemonics to make it fun.
  • I always try to form mnemonics which reference my favourite songs/dialogue /fandom stuff to spice stuff up. For example, to remember the preference order of functional groups during nomenclature I came up with “PS Sam Winchester Loves Eileen And they go on A date Next friday” (hey spn peeps how’s this?). Write down the first initial of every word you need to remember and come up with combinations, you’ll love it!


“Easy af subjects”

  • Personality Development and Social Science were these type of subjects for me.
  • All I did was read through the textbook the night before exams and I’d get a pretty good score.
  • Tree diagrams and tables often help with these.
  • Explaining the stuff to someone does the job too!


“Languages”

  • Three things - Duolingo /memrise /any app, flashcards, YouTube.
  • Your textbook is likely to have lots of practice activities, solve each one of them.
  • YouTube will help you with the pronouncing part - check out songs in your target language to improve!
  • Grammar is important, so you understand your grammar in the beginning and your base is strong.
  • Come up with terms in your head in your target language, although they’re wrong - there will be a point where you’ll be thinking in that language as a habit.
  • Don’t be afraid to mispronounce, vomit words as much as possible.
  • If you don’t have a vocabulary book, make one right away!
  • Langblrs are so amazing don’t let that resource slip out of your hands!


3. Random tips


Originally posted by maths-and-books

  • Change of environment usually motivate you so keep changing your study space from time to time.
  • Ana Mascara, study with jess, @studyquill @revisign @tbhstudying @studywithinspo have some fabulous YouTube channels and they make 'study with me’ vids too which are just too motivating so check them out!
  • Khanacademy, CrashCourse, ASAP science are there to clear your doubts - use the resources!
  • Keep two notebooks - one for class which has messy notes and scribbles and another for home with the neat and aesthetic ish.
  • Keep track of your portion and note your syllabus.
  • Highly recommended - study journal. Want me make a long ass post about it? Lemme know!
  • Playing teacher is a promised way to engrave the info in your mind. So go teach your friends or mom or dog or teddy! Teach me if you want to!
  • Make sure you have a no study day at least once 2 weeks? Because it’s important. We don’t want to get burned out!
  • Ted talks can be motivating!
  • Writing mock exams is so helpful you should totally do it!
  • Sleep is more important than you think it is, so sleep. Go dream the hell out!


That’s all for now folks, hope this helps a bit! My inbox is always open if you guys have any questions!

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The Proposal | Part Two

Summary: In which a fake proposal leads to the admission of real feelings.

Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Word Count: 3,619

Part One

Originally posted by veronikaphoenix

A knock pulls Bucky away from the mirror and to the door. He takes his time unlocking it and pulling it open, unsure of who’s waiting on the other side.

“Are you ready?” Steve fiddles with his tie, not bothering to look up and properly greet his best friend. “We’re leaving in ten minutes.”

Bucky’s heart stalls for a brief second, long enough to remind him that it’s still there. It still works. It still feels. After everything that has happened with Hydra, he wasn’t sure that would be the case.

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Saturn is in Capricorn, now what?

As many of you may have heard already, Saturn has finally ingressed into Capricorn for the final time, and has begun its tenure of the sign for the next few years. Understandably a lot of people are freaking out about this, since it’s likely the first major Saturn transit that they’ve witnessed as part of their observation of astrology. That being said, however, I do have a couple of things I want to comment on:


1. Where do you think Saturn has been all this time? Oh right, it’s been in Sagittarius. Have all Sagittarian lives completely disintegrated?


2. This is not your first, or your last rodeo with Saturn. You’ll have had all manner of aspects and configurations with Saturn in your life already unless you were literally born yesterday… In which case you likely have it conjunct your Mercury and the point is moot. You’ll survive this just fine.


3. Life is hard sometimes. There is no debating this fact. If everything were sunshine and daisies we would never appreciate anything and we would have no impetus for growth and evolution. As they say: stagnation is death.


On the first point: Sagittarius is a sign that is equipped with a unique brand of emotional buoyancy due to it’s ruler Jupiter. It has by no means had it easy these last few years, but because of their innate sense of optimism they’ve been able to keep that light inside lit as they’ve suffered in silence. Capricorn does not have that same buoyancy, but what it does have is its very own unique gift bestowed by its very own ruler… you guessed it, Saturn. This is the gift of hard work. Capricorn is no stranger to doing what it needs to in order to succeed. Nothing was ever handed to this sign freely, so why should now be any different? What is required of Saturn transits is that very same work ethic, so Capricorn is actually at an advantage during this time.


I have a lot more that I can say about the meaning of Saturn transits in general and why they are extremely beautiful and massively important in our lives, but in lieu of diving in to that I’ll instead provide a cursory overview of a few configurations that you might be facing during this time. I don’t want to hear people getting fatalistic about it. Saturn is a BLESSING. It is the ONLY planet that has a guarantee, and that guarantee is that if you put in the hard work necessary you WILL BE REWARDED. No other planetary archetype makes that claim. Even the so called “benefics” are a crap-shoot at best.




Sun/Saturn – If there’s been any hand-holding, gold stars, and pats on the back for you over the past years expect that to dry up. Why are you so reliant on other people to tell you how good you’re doing anyway? Your direction in life might be called into question, and you’ll either need to put in the work to defend your choices, or adjust course for a better plan of action.
Moon/Saturn – This might be a period where you’re prone to melancholy and depression, where you don’t feel as though others understand you emotionally and you can’t reach out for help. You need to learn to self-soothe, and stop trying to ignore your emotions. Mastery over them does not imply control, rather acceptance.
Mercury/Saturn – At first thoughts and ideas will seem scattered and useless, and as time passes you may struggle with inability to complete what’s required of you academically and communicatively. It might seem like you have to do twice as much mental work to get to the same spot you used to get to with ease. You can bet money on the fact that you’ll master skills that you do develop, however, and what you learn now you’ll know for life. Mercury is dexterity. Learning to play an instrument is a very real possibility with this configuration.
Venus/Saturn – Your love life will probably dry up, and your self-esteem is likely to take a nose-dive. Why do you keep trying to find validation from others though? Aren’t you good enough? It may feel like the color and beauty has drained out of your life, but I guarantee you’ve been taking it for granted. Music won’t have the same spark that it used to, and art won’t move you in the same way. You’ve got to start from within.
Mars/Saturn – With a strong Mars it’s likely that you’ll work yourself into exhaustion every day and end up completely burning out. It’s also likely that this burnout will do lasting damage to your relationships because you’ve been over promising for so long. You’re allowed to be human and take breaks. You need to find a better balance between working smart and working hard, and don’t take on more than you can handle. With a weak Mars you may find that you haven’t been taking on enough responsibility. It might be thrust on you at this time, and you’ll be asked to step up to the plate in ways that you haven’t previously. You’re not going to be given any extra energy though, so make sure you’re using your head and prioritizing what’s necessary. Both strong and weak Mars would benefit enormously from physical exercise and Martial Arts.


Saturn transiting the 1st House – If you don’t already have a strong sense of self-esteem and personal identity you’re going to have to get one quick. Who the hell are you anyway? What do you actually want from life?
Saturn transiting the 2nd House – Say goodbye to your money! Financial hardships are the most common thing for this transit, but as usual it’s not actually about money. Why do you let your financial situation control your self-worth so much? Why do you need objects to make you feel happy and secure? What does that say about you? Better learn how to stretch those dollars.
Saturn transiting the 3rd House – Your siblings might face some hardships, learning new things will be hard AF, and in general it’s not likely that you’ll be able to effectively communicate with others. Education might become a focal point in your life, and this might be the time when you get serious about going back to school or learning a new trade.
Saturn transiting the 4th House – Your home life will probably become pretty unbearable. It’s going to feel stifling, and relating to your family gets really tough. If you’re overly attached to your mother life will cut the apron strings for you. If you can’t find a way to build stronger internal stability all on your own then things can get really out of hand.
Saturn transiting the 5th House – Another “say goodbye to your love life” transit. Why are you dating all of those losers that aren’t worth your time and attention anyway? Why are you so afraid to be alone and wait for someone worthwhile to come knocking? Your creativity dries up like a well in a drought, and if you don’t make creativity a consistent priority in your life then it can seem like the entire world loses its luster.
Saturn transiting the 6th House – You might develop a chronic health issue. It’s not going to kill you (unless you ignore it) though. It’s mainly to force you to pay attention to the health you’ve been neglecting. Keep in mind that health isn’t “working out to get ripped” or “having a hot bod”. What have you been putting into your body, and what is your relationship with it? Do you have a sound mind-body connection? The other manifestation of this transit is that you become so busy and stressed that you want to pull your hair out 24/7. How can you be more efficient and prioritize what’s really important so that you can keep afloat?
Saturn transiting the 7th House – You might meet a partner that you’ll be in a long-term relationship with. You might get married. You might get divorced from that same person because what the heck were you thinking? You might get sued and have to go to court. Your business partner might steal all of your money. You might get a divorce from the spouse you’ve had for years. What’s for sure is that you’ve got a lot to learn from relationships, friendships included, and so you’d better pick your associations wisely.
Saturn transiting the 8th House – There’s likely to be a reckoning when it comes to debt if you’ve incurred it. You may also get an up close and personal brush with death that really forces you to reevaluate your life and priorities. What is truly important to you? What are you willing to do to keep it?
Saturn transiting the 9th House – Like the 3rd House this can signify a time when you get serious about returning to education. Travel might become difficult and experiences abroad during this transit might not be the best… They will, however, teach you a lot. You’ll be forced to question the big things in life, like what do you believe in? It might be a time when it seems like every dream you have gets squashed, but the ones that survive are surely worth your time, right?
Saturn transiting the 10th House – This can be a great time for buckling down and working on your career and life goals…. It can also be a time where you get fired from the job you’ve had for years and are forced to start completely over from square one. You might be asked to go back to the drawing board of your life if you haven’t sown your seeds in the right places.
Saturn transiting the 11th House – Say goodbye to most of your friends!! It’s okay though, they probably weren’t that great of friends to begin with if they don’t survive this transit. You’re going to be forced to seriously look at who you’ve been associating yourself with, and reflect on what that says about you. We’re as good as the company we keep after all.
Saturn transiting the 12th House – This can be a really depressive time, and it can easily feel like you’re isolated and alone a lot. You’re not alone though, we never really are. It’s up to you to discover that. A lot of things will pass out of your life during this time never to return again. Get comfortable with loss, as it’s a part of life. You must clear away the old in order to make room for the new.




As a final note I want to point out that Saturn is domicile in Capricorn, which means that it is much stronger than elsewhere in the Zodiac. This also means that Saturnian themes won’t be joking around, and this taskmaster will expect results. Because it is in its own sign, however, we can expect to see (in general) more positive manifestations of the energy (up until the conjunction with Pluto anyway). Take a very hard look at the world right now. It is in desperate need of change. We cannot allow it to continue down the same road it’s been on, and it is for that reason (among many others) that Saturn is so vital. A lot of us have hard work to do in the coming years, and we’ll be asked to steel ourselves for a much longer battle ahead. Saturn will give you the inner fortitude and strength that you need to create beauty and meaning in your life. It will teach you how to hold what is truly important close to your heart while it strengthens your outer layers against the harsh realities of the world. Take this time to do some serious work. Learn the lessons of the Great Teacher, and when this transit has passed count all of the powerful and enduring gifts that you’ve been given.

Adam Driver is Kylo Ren

[ I dedicate this transcript to @monharki​ who sent me another coffee recently. Thank you once again! ]


The mysterious Kylo Ren, as played by Adam Driver, menaces our heroes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

— Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2018

Star Wars Insider: How did you get involved with The Force Awakens? 

Adam Driver: I think it was the last day of shooting Girls and I got a phone call to see if I was interested in meeting J.J. Abrams to talk about Star Wars. I thought that it would be interesting to do, so I said “yes.“ A month later, I left for LA and I met J.J. to talk about the role. Then I met with Kathleen Kennedy, who talked more about it. I was very excited. It’s such a big thing and I’ve never done anything quite like this, with this many moving pieces. Wearing a mask is quite a challenging thing. It was very scary and terrifying, so it wasn’t something that immediately seemed like a “yes.” Actually, I thought about it quite a bit, even though it was kind of a no-brainer, but I didn’t want to take it lightly.

How much was J.J. Abrams able to share with you after you signed on?

J.J. Abrams pretty much walked me through the whole thing. He talked about how he wanted to start it and the themes that he was going with. He talked about things that inspired him that he and Lawrence Kasdan were already working on. There have been small changes since then, but it’s all pretty much the same. J.J. had ideas that were very clear in his mind about the conventions that he wanted to upturn and things that grounded Kylo Ren as a character. 

Character was something that he talked about the most. I feel like some of the movies are so heavy on special effects or visuals and lots of things get lost as far as two people talking to one another. And that was something that J.J. stressed from the beginning; it was all character—there was hardly any talk of special effects. When we originally met and talked, it was all about grounding these people in a reality, even though it’s a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. If no one cares about what’s happening or no one believes that these people are real, then you won’t care about any of it.

What sense did you have of taking on such a role?

The idea of doing it is a scary thing. Even though J.J. mapped out what that character does, he left out a lot of things for us to discover. He wanted to get my input, which was a huge thing also in a movie of this scale. Suddenly you have a director who wants you to be involved in making it, and given the history of these movies, that’s very exciting. I was a fan of the Star Wars movies when I was younger, so suddenly to work on it in my adult life and have input seems unbelievable.

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Something I find incredible about the interactions between Rey and Kylo is that… He really does help her. He’s forcing her to talk, to ask questions… to accept these hard truths about her past. She opens up- he lets her be open with him, confiding in him.She’s come to grips with it and was able to start moving forward. Instead of lingering in the past she’s ready to create her future.

The sad and ironic thing is… He can’t even do that for himself. He talks a big game about letting the past die, letting go… When he’s the only one still stuck in it. He doesn’t see. His conflict is still very much there, still clinging to the past… because that’s what Snoke taught him. But Snoke’s not there anymore… he has no direction and no one to turn to after fucking up with Rey. He’s still stuck.

Rey tried but… god knows how many years of being groomed to think one way… It’s going to take time and work and he really just needs to do that himself I think.

His Jacket - Sweet Pea

You and one Serpent in particular have been dancing around your feelings for one another. That is, until you literally start dancing.

(Sweet Pea X Fem!Reader where you’re not exactly a Serpent either)

Originally posted by my-sweet-pea

“Pea! Put me down!” You squealed as Sweet Pea threw you over his shoulder. Toni let out a loud laugh as the large boy carried you down the halls of Southside High and to your next class. You swung your arms, your tiny fists lightly hitting his broad shoulders and upper back.

“No can do,” he said as he continued to carry you. You let out a joyous laugh then, knowing there was no escape from Sweet Pea’s hold. “You have math next, right?”

“Yes, room 114, you dick,” you said, still laughing. Sweet Pea let out a chuckle as well as he stopped in front of your next classroom. When you had both feet firmly planted on the ground, you jokingly glared up at him. “I could’ve walked.”

“That’s no way for a princess to travel,” he teased and brushed a stray strand of hair out of your face. Your breath caught at your friend’s action, and a red blush spread across your cheeks. Sensing your shock, he pulled his hand away quickly. He twirled one of the rings around his fingers in an almost nervous habit.

“Thank you, then,” you said suddenly bashful. Sweet Pea smiled, regaining his confidence for a moment. You held the other’s gaze, getting lost in the color to his irises. Friends don’t stare at each other like this, you thought to yourself, but that didn’t break you and Sweet Pea from your own little world. Only when the bell rang did you pulled your gaze from his.

“Hey are you going to that party?” Sweet Pea asked, looking down at you hopefully.

“I don’t know, Pea,” you said, reaching out to straighten the lapels of his leather jacket, “parties just aren’t my style. You know that.”

“Yeah, but maybe you could go with me. I’ll make it fun, I promise.” You threw your head back a little, looking up and into his brown eyes. “Please,” he begged, leaning down to you. 

“Fine,” you said, pressing your palm to his chest to push him away gently. He grinned at your action but leaned back anyway. “On one condition,” you added quickly.

“What? I’ll do anything,” he said, his smile still playing on his lips.

“I get to wear your jacket,” and without another word, you walked inside to your classroom. Sweet Pea was left at the door, still grinning like a kid on Christmas morning. He felt a tap on his shoulder and he turned around to face Toni.

“By your smile I take it that she’s going to Fangz party?” Sweet Pea nodded and fell into step beside Toni. The two Serpents slithered off to their next class together.

“She is,” he said happily, “it’s going to be fun.” Toni glanced up at her tall friend, amazed that he was still smiling. Y/N definitely had a wonderful effect on him.

“Are you going to tell her?” Toni asked quietly, but loud enough for Sweet Pea to hear. His smile faded at her words, and he became the cold teen that even other Serpents feared.

“Toni,” he said, a warning tone in his voice, “you know that-”

“You love her? Yeah, I do. What are you going to do about that?” Sweet Pea clenched his jaw and rolled his eyes at his friend.

“She doesn’t-”

“Pea, she adores you. You’re blind if you can’t see it!” Toni’s voice carried and brought a few prying eyes to their conversation. Sweet Pea glared at the people staring and they quickly looked away. He shot a glance at Toni then.

“Not now, T, I don’t wanna talk about it here.” With that, he stormed off to his class. Toni threw her arms up a little in defeat before pulling out her phone. She opened your shared messages and sent you a text.

Toni:  Your boyfriend is pissed at me fyi

You felt your phone buzz against your leg and you pulled it out. You read the text and let out a sigh. The teacher wasn’t ready yet, so you had time to reply.

You: P isn’t my boyfriend

Toni: yeah, whatever :( see ya at the party

You slid your phone back into your pocket and let out a sigh. Toni had been pressing you to admit your feelings towards Sweet Pea for months. She didn’t realize that it wasn’t that easy. You were friend with him and you didn’t want to ruin that.

Toni would claim that he liked you too, loved you even; but you saw that as farfetched. Sweet Pea was flirty by nature and very close to the friends he did have. His affection towards you was nothing a friend wouldn’t have. You would be lying to yourself if you didn’t think that, when you both stared at each other, you couldn’t sense a tension. It was hard to reason with that possibility, because, afterall, you were you and Sweet Pea was…amazing.

When you had transferred to Southside High, he and Toni were the only ones willing to hang out with you. It took a while to build the closeness you had with him now, due to his untrusting nature towards outsiders. But when a few Ghoulies had you cornered in the parking lot, Sweet Pea jumped to your defense. After he took a few punches for you, the two of you committed to the relationship growing between you.

Maybe, just maybe, your relationship was still growing.


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DECEMBER HOROSCOPES

SAGITTARIUS: It’s no secret that you’ve always been drawn to other people: you love attention, and you love giving it back to those in your life that have earned it. But consider this a reminder that you have to learn how to be alone, and obtain a level of acceptance with that, sooner rather than later. There will inevitably come a time in your life where you have to rely solely on yourself and your own devices to overcome a situation, and it’ll be extremely easy to forget how capable you are of handling things without another’s guidance. Don’t let yourself forget.

CAPRICORN: More of us care about you and your creations than you let yourself believe. Start trusting people when they tell you that they’re interested in what you have to offer the world. I know that in the past you’ve been force-fed little white lies to the point of sickness, but you can’t let those memories insert doubt where there doesn’t need to be. It’s the last month of the year, and there are so many months sitting between you and the words that used to cut like glass. Leave them there. Look ahead.

AQUARIUS: You never used to be one for drama, or getting tangled in webs of missed connections, but lately you’ve found yourself stuck in the middle of a fist fight and you don’t know how you ended up there. You just know that even though you’re merely a bystander, there are bruises all over your body and they ache when you try to sleep at night. Start using your voice more. This isn’t the first time you’ve found yourself in an uncomfortable situation because of a choice to remain silent. Nobody has the ability to read your mind.

PISCES: Your progress does not lose meaning if you happen to relapse. You’re still the person that re-learned how to fall in love with the world, and the person that finds beauty in simplicity. The road to happiness is never an easy one, especially when the road has as many roadblocks as yours has. But the path hasn’t disappeared just because you’ve wandered off of it, or because you’ve had to sit down and catch your breath. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, if you feel yourself staggering. You are not weak or any less of a survivor for doing so.

ARIES: Your view of the world has always been dependent upon a lack of change, and it’s time that you realize that not only is this unrealistic, but it’s damaging. By assuming that your relationships, and your setting, and your personality will always remain stagnant, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. The truth is that time embraces everyone and everything, and she’s prone to makeovers of epic proportions. Make a list of everything that is constant in your life, and everything that isn’t. Be honest with yourself.

TAURUS: Lately you’ve been dividing your emotions up into fragments, so that they’re easier to swallow. There are photographs on the coffee table, water-damaged love notes in the couch cushions, pennies tumbling out of your shoes because you read once that they were supposed to bring good luck, and you need all of the positivity you can get. But just because you’re unearthing the past and sifting through the rubble, that doesn’t mean you’re actually making progress. Sometimes it seems like you’re just doing this to torture yourself. Are you?

GEMINI: Like a boomerang, you always find yourself coming back to the same place and the same people. You so desperately want to be a part of something, and you’ve been settling for the mundane and the familiar because at least with that, you know how the stories end. You know that you’ll make a mistake that you won’t learn from and that you’ll end up right back where you started because that’s how it always is. Don’t accept measly scraps of acceptance as if that’s all you deserve. It isn’t. It never was. It never will be.

CANCER: It seems as though you’re still getting used to the idea that it’s okay to want certain things. Desire is a very human thing to experience, whether that’s for friendship or love or any number of things. Stop holding yourself to a standard that’s higher than the one you apply to others; you wouldn’t get upset with somebody for telling you that they wanted happiness, would you? Of course not. Acknowledge that, like anybody else, you have wishes that you make over birthday candles and under moonlit skies. You’re allowed to hope that they come true.

LEO: Even the easiest of tasks has felt overwhelming recently and that’s a sign that you need to step back and take a break. I know that your life is busy, and it doesn’t feel as though you can afford to do this, but you can. Concentrate on your mental health instead of leaving it to fend for itself. You know what you need to do in order to feel better and instead of consciously making the decision to ignore these thoughts, you need to act on them. Knowing the answer doesn’t mean anything if you keep it a secret.

VIRGO: There’s something about making lists that’s always appealed to you. Perhaps it’s how simple everything looks once you’ve put it down on paper, or the satisfaction of feeling as though you’ve accomplished something. But you don’t need to squeeze your entire life into categories. You don’t have to map out all of the places that you can’t visit anymore, or tally up the number of times you cry each month. You’re so much more than what you can record, or graph, or give statistics to. Let yourself be spontaneous where you wouldn’t normally.

LIBRA: You’ve been daydreaming of places you’ve never been to, creating entire worlds for yourself where you’re comfortable and you’re happy and you don’t wake up reeking of past mistakes. The problem here, though, is that you want to run away. You want to leave and forget instead of putting forth the effort required to develop and grow into a new stage of your life. The time you’d save by doing the former isn’t worth it. You future contentment lies in your ability to be patient while working towards a goal. You’ll get there. Honestly.

SCORPIO: You’ve pulled yourself out of your own grave so many times that you still feel surprised whenever you see a reflection of yourself that isn’t covered in mud and decay. I think a lot of the time you forget that you’re no longer at rock bottom, and it’s easy to see every surface-level issue as a personal attack when you’re used to having no sense of direction. But you aren’t in that terrible place anymore. You can see the sun, and your hands are clean. Relax, and think things through before automatically building a wall between you and any inconvenience.

WRITTEN BY: CAITLIN CONLON

anonymous asked:

do you have any Shiro and Allura friendship headcanons?

This is a healing prompt.

  • They’ve bonded over how fucking awful their coping skills are but also gently call each other out when they cope too far.
  • They both like to complain about how reckless the team is but whenever they’re paired together on a mission they have literally Zero Common Sense.
    • Shiro: (looks up) Give me a boost?
    • Allura: (grabs him by the collar and bodily chucks him upward)
    • Shiro: (hijacks a passing Galra cruiser and takes control of it)
    • The other paladins: WHAT THE FU
  • Whenever one tries to get the other to like, take a break, it immediately triggers person b’s need to take care of everyone.
    • Shiro: Princess, you need to rest. I can watch over for-
    • Allura: Don’t be daft Shiro, you need rest far more than I do, you need to sleep. I can hold the fort down while you-
    • Shiro: No, no, I took a nap a few hours ago, you on the other hand haven’t sat down all day, I’m more than able-
    • (this continues for several minutes until Coran kicks them both out)
  • Shiro isn’t very comfortable around Allura when she uses her magic. He thinks she hasn’t noticed. Allura doesn’t know how to bring it up.
  • Allura graciously allows Shiro to borrow Coran.
    • Just kidding. She is So Pleased when Coran decides that Shiro is starved of love and support and starts smothering him instead. Like, she loves Coran, she really does, but it’s so nice to see Coran wrap someone else in bubble wrap for a change.
    • Allura: Shiro is truly a leader… Sacrificing himself for the good of his team.
    • Keith: (solemnly) He is.
    • Shiro, moving around the table in front of them, trying to escape Coran: Coran I am a grown-ass man, please stop trying to make me wear a sweater.
    • Coran: But it’s cold!
    • Allura: His courage shall not be forgotten.
  • The two of them are surprisingly the biggest sports aficionados on the team. They love teaching each other about their planets’ sports/sports culture, and have even used the Castle’s neuron link thing to project their favorite remembered games to each other, lol. They also fixed the hologram room just so Shiro could show Allura an example football game.
    • Lance: … Did Shiro just invent Space Madden NFL?
  • Adding to the above, both love learning about the different kinds of sports across the galaxy, and while they can’t always have the time to catch a game, they record ones when they can or listen using the Castle’s radio.
    • They get really into it like, imagine Shiro wearing the beer can hat and Allura shape-shifting into the team’s colors. They love the skill, strategy, and competition of it all.
  • Shiro once brought Allura a sparkly souveneir and immediately won the undying loyalty of the mice.
call me by your name - things you might have missed

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS AND MOVIE SCREENSHOTS - BOOK AND MOVIE

after having viewed the movie a couple hundred more times, i noticed some stuff that i definitely overlooked when i first saw it. more under the cut.

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pairing—kim seokjin x reader
genre/warnings—smut, comedy, slight angst/drama, romance, slow burn, roommates/friends
words— 14,725

:: summary— What’s the rule again? How many dates does it take for you have sex with a guy? Three? Five? Ten?! What if all this waiting and you can’t remember how to do it? It’s been so long since the last time you swear you’ve forgotten! You’re desperate, and that’s how you end up asking your roommate for help. Only trouble is, you get much more than you bargained for…

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Quirks and Genetics

Disclaimer: I do not study genetics/biology, this is not my major and what I’m saying here is all very basic, product of my own interest in the topic. It might have mistakes on it and miss some things (by all means, correct them). It was born from excitement and from a wish to understand it better. It also makes some inferences as we don’t have that much information in canon. It involves a lot of conjecture. TL;DR: all that follows here may very well be complete bollocks.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look in one of the only instances of explanation about quirk function we have in canon.

Alright, so we have some very useful information here. However, the explanation is a bit confusing, so I want to break it down: Aizawa states his quirk does not attack the quirk itself, but instead halts the quirk factor. And then there’s the addition of the plus alpha. I believe he is talking about two different things. Using the example from the manga:

  • Tail (Quirk) + Mechanism to move the tail (Plus Alpha) = Quirk Factor.

That’s my conclusion. Ultimately Erasure can halt the Plus Alpha temporarily, but it is not affecting the quirk directly. The quirk erasing bullets (and Eri’s quirk), despite its name, affects the functioning of the Quirk Factor by causing damage to the Plus Alpha.

Let’s use Midoriya as an example. He is quirkless, but in order for him to be able to use a quirk (OfA) then it means that he must have a Plus Alpha. It stands to logic that, without the mechanism, he could not use the quirk even if he had the quirk to begin with. Basically, without the presence of a Quirk to activate Plus Alpha it becomes a useless/inactive mechanism in the body.

Working with this framework, we can perhaps safely assume that everyone in the BNHA universe most likely has a Plus Alpha, but not everyone has a Quirk. That is, they have the gene for the Plus Alpha expressed, but not everyone inherited the Quirk that would activate or link to Plus Alpha.

This is the logic I will be working with. Everyone has a Plus Alpha*, not everyone has a Quirk. Let’s move on.

> Quirk Inheritance

I believe that the pattern of inheritance for quirks is based on a dominant gene. Let’s just explain this quickly as I will be using some language as we go along: homozygous are genotypes of a pair of dominant/recessive chromosome alleles (AA, aa), heterozygous are pairs of mixed alleles (Aa). Dominant traits only need one allele to be observed phenotypically, whereas a recessive trait needs both alleles, according to Mendel.

Using that logic, for someone to inherit a quirk, they would have to receive at least one dominant allele for the quirk expression from their parents. This may explain why quirks became so quickly widespread in the overall population since they first appeared, as opposed of them being recessive. This can affect both if you are going to inherit a quirk, as well as which quirk you are going to inherit.

Let me explain using Midoriya as an example again. Both his parents have a quirk, but he was quirkless just the same - the odds are small but they are real. This can mean that both his parents are heterozygous (Aa), in which their dominant allele is their quirk and the recessive allele is “no quirk”. Something like this:

A(quirk)a(no quirk):

  • Both parents: Aa
  • Possible combinations: AA (25%), Aa (50%), aa (25%)
  • Izuku: aa

So Izuku ended up quirkless because he inherited two recessive genes that did not carry any quirk. This also means that if one of the parents has a dominant homozygous gene for their quirk (AA) it is impossible for the child to be born quirkless even if the other parent does have a recessive “no quirk” gene.

However, in my opinion, the recessive genes can also carry another quirk that is simply not expressed on the parents, but might have been expressed on the grandparents. So, a quirk may jump a generation and someone can carry a quirk gene without necessarily having that quirk expressed, and being a recessive homozygous doesn’t necessarily mean that you are quirkless.

Alternatively, it can also be that it is an interaction of different pairs. For example, a pair of chromosomes may decide if you have a quirk expression or a no-quirk expression. Another pair (or two pairs) may decide which quirk you get. Either way, it’s going to be looking very similar.

But what about quirk marriage?

This is where things begin to get more interesting. Now, we don’t have that many known examples of quirk marriages characters, and the main examples are Todoroki Shouto and Bakugou Katsuki (and I have reasons to believe Aizawa also has a married quirk, but that’s another story entirely).

Todoroki’s story tells us some neat things. One of them is that it is very hard indeed to get a child to be born with a married quirk. His parents had borne 3 children before finally Shouto came along. This tells us that the concept of quirks being passed by a dominant allele is rather credible – as well as the more probable way in which a married quirk will be expressed.

One way it could go is that if a child ends up being dominant homozygous (AA), then they should probably inherit “both” the quirks - and how those genes would express themselves is another point entirely. It could also happen (perhaps more rarely) with the child being heterozygous (Aa), in which one of the parent’s quirk is recessive homozygous (aa). So here are the options:

  • Mother: Aa
  • Father: Aa
  • Possibilities: AA (25%), Aa (50%), aa (25%)

Or:

  • Mother/father (vice versa): Aa, aa
  • Possibilities: Aa (50%), aa (50%)

The reason why I think that would be the case, is because an AA would mean automatically a married quirk, whereas Aa can mean a married quirk depending on the circumstances. Shouto could be any of these two, the result would probably be the same.

But it doesn’t end there. If there’s something that confuses people a lot when coming up with quirk marriages ideas or their own OC’s quirks, is how exactly does married quirks get expressed. I reckon there’s plenty of debate in that area, so let’s try to settle it.

I think there are types of married quirks.

Or maybe, that a quirk marriage happens when dominance behaves differently than expected (which would be the complete dominance we’ve been talking about).

Originally posted by the-last-95

Todoroki‘s quirk have a similar expression as that of codominance. Which is when both traits of the parents are somewhat equally present in their offspring (usually on heterozygous). I don’t want to say that genetically a married quirk would have to be heterozygous and would need to have codominance, I’m just using it as an example of how his quirk behaves. If you pay close attention to Todoroki, you will notice that his quirk, rather than being a mixture of his parent’s quirks (which then would give him a whole new quirk, something like A+B=C. Whereas his looks more like A+B=AB) behaves more like two quirks in one body, sharing the space. He can even manipulate those powers separately. So, he has both quirks of his parents somehow expressed, behaving a lot like the concept of codominance.

Bakugou quirk, however, looks more like Partial Dominance. Which is when the offspring phenotype seems to express a mixture (or middle ground) of both parent’s traits. His mother has glycerine on her sweat, and his father has an acidic sweat that can create explosions sometimes. Different from Todoroki, Bakugou cannot manipulate and separate these two abilities as if they are independent from each other, his quirk being instead a fusion of those quirks to create a brand new one (A+B=C). Like a flower offspring between a red and white flower being pink.

To summarize, quirks can either be inherited with:

  • Complete Dominance -> receiving the same quirk as one of the parents (Example: Jirou Kyouka)
  • Codominance -> receiving both quirks somewhat equally (Example: Todoroki Shouto)
  • Partial Dominance -> manifest a quirk that is a mixture/intermediate of both parent’s quirks (Example: Bakugou Katsuki)

This is outrageously long, but I hope it makes sense and it doesn’t have that many mistakes on it. If you have any questions or would like to debate this further, please do send in asks and whatnot i LOVE debating BNHA chars and worldbuilding.

I have some other ideas about Noumu’s, OfA, AfO and Eri’s quirk as well, but then it would be a bit much. I might do something about them at another point in time.


* Plus Alpha may be affected by Epigenetics.

P.s.: I want to reiterate this is very simplified and I am aware that genetic interactions are much more complex than this.

hold my heart

summary: bucky asks you to help him get ready for a date, but your crush on him may get in the way of your pure intention of helping him

pairing: bucky x reader 

word count: 1268 words

warnings: none, unless you’re allergic to fluff or some shit

notes: sorry if I haven’t posted original stuff in a while, I’ve been a lil sick and busy, and my eyes haven’t been good, but hopefully I’m back! also i’ve never seen the below gif so…goodbye to my heart. thanks to @denialanderror for being a beta at such short notice!

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“Y/N!” A voice calls, and you shut your book, setting it down beside you on the couch. You’re half asleep, wearing a strappy singlet and a pair of pyjama shorts, because you basically never go out.

“What do you want, Bucky?” You raise an eyebrow when you see him appear in the hallway, his hair dishevelled and still wet from the shower. Not to mention that he was only in his boxers and his v-line was showing. Great.

He gestures to himself a little, before saying, “You know what the girls want, right? Can you help me with choosing an outfit for my date?”

You can’t help but feel your heart clench a little, but you plaster a small smile on your face. “Of course, Buck. Come on, let’s see your options.”

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Navigating a white space as a PoC

This comes after a 7 hour conversation with the lovely Anna @pukingpastilles. Bear in mind that this is drawn from our specific experiences and may not be universal. We hope it resonates with some of you.

Scrolling past this is an act of white privilege.

A lot of people either see race as irrelevant or that we talk about it too much in our ‘post-racial’ age. However, for us, it is our daily reality. We cannot choose to switch off our race, and thus cannot remove the burdens that accompany it. We do not have the ‘luxury’ of ignoring race. Until then, we’re going to keep talking about it. You may want to ‘skip the drama’ but it is a privilege for you to be able to scroll past this. It is our very lives that you are scrolling past. We are attempting to argue for our right to exist in this space. The topic of race is extremely underdiscussed in fandom discourse. Some people either see race as not relevant to fandom or something that they think they’ve sussed because they’re ‘open’, ‘liberal’ or have a PoC friend or something. That’s very different from actively educating yourself on issues that affect us beyond what you see in the news or from history. That’s good, but there’s more. Just because you’re socially liberal does not excuse you from perpetuating the cycle of racism. We have to fight to validly exist, and that is exhausting. Existing is exhausting.

Being a PoC in a predominantly white space is an act of protest as our very existence is politicised.

It can never be just a story of two people, not when we are so burdened. You are never just yourself, race comes first, and you are never not conscious of this. A PoC would be constantly hyperaware of their race because it informs how society treats them in every way. You are always self-conscious about things like not associating with too many people of your own race in case it comes off as threatening or exclusive or discriminatory. You subconsciously make adjustments to blend into the space as much as possible in fear of offending somebody, such as changing your accent or clothes. You feel a constant sense of double alienation. You occupy a liminal space. You are the hyphen in the Asian-American. We are marginalised, Othered. We are never granted full rights to exist independently of a Eurocentric standard.

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Personal present

Jungkook x reader

genre: smut, fluff, festive theme and boyfriend!JK

word count: 4.2k

Merry Christmas, my Boos!


It was the first Christmas you two spent all alone. And you were his personal present.

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I’m gonna preface this by saying I don’t approve of Gabriel’s behavior so please don’t skew this as such.

I see a lot of analysis of Gabriel Agreste lately and the latest episode (Dark Owl) revealed a really crucial bit that I think people aren’t thinking much of in regards to the rest of his character.

He’s seeking the power to change the past.

I know, you’re probably thinking ‘but we’ve been talking about that.’ Except, here’s the thing, people are only really talking about it in regards to his motives. No one seems to be applying it to his current behavior.

One of the main things people are, of course, talking about is how he treats people, especially in regards to Adrien. He seems completely focused on the miraculous without any regard to anyone else’s safety. That’s cruel and terrible and yet he seems to be okay with having people killed, possibly even his own son.

Except, if he got that power… would he really be killing anyone?

The actual answer is, of course, yes. But to the one who can change the past? Likely not. Just go back in time and change things so those deaths didn’t actually happen. Suddenly, to someone who thinks more logically than anything, people are just disposable overall because they can just be brought back. There’s no consequences.

Except, of course, there are.

Which comes to my next point. The equivalent exchange. I’ll start by saying that I honestly don’t think he knows the extent of the equivalent exchange even if he does know it is part of this. However, most are thinking Mama Agreste is dead so someone else will have to die for her to be brought back.

Except it’s never been stated that she’s dead. He’s only said she’s disappeared. And now we know his motivation centers more around changing something in the past rather than specifically bringing someone back to life.

Either way, we know from all our wonderful time travel stories in media that if you change something in the past, that creates ripples that will change the present and future. The equivalent exchange may very well not be a life for a life but a reality for a reality, in a sense. The reality where she disappeared and the reality where she didn’t.

Either way, no matter what we think of the equivalent exchange, one thing is for certain: he thinks he can change the past and that anything that happens currently gets fixed with Ladybug’s abilities.

There’s no consequences. If he kills people and fails, they just get brought back. If he kills people and succeeds, he’ll just change the past so it didn’t happen.

I feel like its not necessarily that he doesn’t care at all overall, but more that he doesn’t care about people getting hurt when they’ll just get fixed back up no problem (disregarding the mental side of it, which I do honestly feel he gives very little regard to). That would explain why he seemed concerned about Adrien in the Christmas special because he disappeared when there was no akuma, meaning there might not be an easy fix. Yet, he turns right back around to send an akuma out once Adrien is safely back despite likely knowing who Chat is. Akuma damage is fixed with Lucky Charm, so the first disappearance could actually make him concerned while the akuma encounter…Yeah. You get the picture.

He’s displaced himself from his humanity because now its more like a strategy game than a city full of real, living people.

I mean, what reason is there for him to care if the current versions of these people will no longer exist once he’s reached his end goal?

And that’s what I think many people aren’t considering. That if he has to kill Ladybug and Chat Noir to get the miraculous, then he isn’t likely to think of that as a permanent ending for them, even if he knows Chat is Adrien. If Chat dies for him to get the miraculous, then he can turn around and change things in the past to get both Adrien and his wife back.

Kill one, bring them back with a plus one. No consequence, only gain.

Which, to be honest, would be a lot scarier and a lot more interesting than a simple one dimensional villian willing to kill his son because he doesn’t care.

pairing— kim seokjin x reader x park jimin 
genre/warnings— devil! Seokjin, devil! Jimin, smut, threesome, dirty talk, dom themes
words— 8,275

An unorthodox end to the office’s Christmas party…

the devil’s dickthe devil’s return

author’s note: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! This is my last fic of the year…a little bit of festive cheer, followed by some devil induced sin, amirite?? I’m now on a much-needed break for the holidays, where I hope to eat my body weight in stuffing and read every fic under the sun! Thank you everyone for a great year!! I’m forever grateful. Here’s to hoping 2018 will be just as good! Love you!!

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karatam  asked:

I sometimes wonder if within the Star Wars universe, bringing balance to the force means being able to use both the Light and the Dark without falling 100% into either side. Like, Rey being pulled to the Dark because it has something she needs, but maintaining her moral compass and compassion and urge to do good. idk it always seemed odd that an order all about balance only placed emphasis on one side of the spectrum 1/2

Tho it might just be a misunderstanding on my part. Is the Dark a separate part of the Force that Force-sensitive people can manipulate, different from the Light part? Or is that just what it’s called when you use the Force for purely selfish reasons? 2/2

oh my friend you have unleashed such a can of worms i am so sorry please bear with me.

there are two answers to your question, one of which is “what we get from the series so far” and the other one being My Obviously Correct Headcanons And Opinions.

In the past, the Dark Side has been pretty much exclusively categorized as “what happens when you use the Force for purely selfish reasons.” That power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so the more you let your anger and resentment and personal need fuel your use of the Force, the more twisted you and it will become. that an act of weakness CREATES a darker seed of weakness within, to be continually exploited.

but that’s always been an inherently unsatisfactory definition–not because of what it implies about corruption, but because of what it identifies as the root of that corruption. it’s been frustrating as far back as Yoda’s lessons on Dagobah, where he told Luke that interfering in order to save his friends would make him vulnerable to the dark side for ???reasons??

It’s wrong to lash out in fear. It’s destructive to let your negative emotions be the sole source of your strength. all of that makes sense.

but where do you draw the line between selfishness and selflessness? Where do you find the boundaries on the spectrum from compassion, to caring, to possessiveness, to obsession?

the OT and PT never really gave us satisfactory answers to these questions–only vague pseudo-buddhist notions about how wanting things will make you miserable and terrible, probably, and that true balance means neutrality. means never having personal investment. and that’s just not how people work. so if we’re going by the idea that that’s the Jedi way, then yeah– the Jedi do need to end.

but as Luke said– the idea that the light side of the force will go away if the Jedi Order becomes obsolete is ridiculous.

so where does that leave us, in canon?

well, if the light side of the force stands for life, growth, connection, and peace, then that would seem to imply that the dark side must stand for death, decay, fractured society, and violence. this means that balance of the Force isn’t just some neutral value, because the Force itself isn’t value neutral. the Force isn’t weather–the Force is the collective intention and interconnectedness of all sentient consciousness. you can’t blame a hurricane for killing people because that’s just what hurricanes do. Hurricanes can’t decide. but people DO. and that’s what makes it the Dark Side of the Force–it’s the decisions behind the actions.

and yet.

so much of where the PT failed was that it did such a poor job of showing us what it actually set out to show us: how a good man, Anakin Skywalker, became corrupted by the dark side. what the PT ends up saying is “he wanted to end slavery so much that he became a fascist; he loved his mom and his wife and that made him Terrible.” which– what the hell kind of lesson is that? We never actually saw that thing click in his head where it suddenly became okay for him to kill younglings. We watched it happen, but I never bought a moment where he gave in, because I never saw how his weaknesses as a good man–how his desire to protect and defend made him selfish and possessive–turn into something outright violent against people who had nothing to do with him. they never sold me on the connection.

but the sequels… they’re doing something different.

the consensus in the OT and PT seemed to be that it’s terrifyingly easy to succumb to the dark side. that you could be minding your own business having friends and wanting good safe things for them and one day you could trip and fall and that would turn you evil. i never vibed with that.

the ST, though… over and over again, what I see it saying is that it’s hard to be evil. It’s hard, and it sucks, and it kills everything good in you. that’s why Finn rejects it; that’s why Kylo Ren is so fucking miserable all the time. but it also demonstrates that there’s something so inherently compelling about using the Force to get what you want that once you’ve gone far enough, the idea of losing it is so incomprehensible you’d do anything–you’d do the worst thing–just to keep it from happening.

(Worth noting: the first Force power Rey ever uses is the Jedi Mind Trick. the first thing out of her mouth when Luke asks her what the Force is is “a way to make people do what you want.”)

it would be the easiest thing in the world for Ben Solo to be the golden boy of the Republic. that life was handed to him on a platter–all he had to do was stay there. all he had to do was take it. even now, Rey is still telling him: the door is open. the life you left behind is right there, waiting for you, needing you, if only you’d be willing to do the work to take it back.

so much of Kylo’s dialogue is talking about how he feels conflict, the pull towards the light, how his only goal is to kill the good in him, kill the past, kill all his ties to his obligation to morality. but it’s a constant fucking struggle for him. you don’t just trip and fall into evil. you have to choose it, every day.

and if that’s true–that tells me so much more about “the dark side” than the other films ever did. it’s not that caring is a curse, because Ben Solo killed his caring a long time ago. it’s that once you’ve had a taste of whatever it is that made Kylo Ren powerful enough to stop a blaster shot in midair and hold it there for five minutes, while carrying on an entire, quite distracting conversation–that once you have that, it digs so deep in you you can’t give it up. it’s a disease, the same way that an addiction is a disease. and with the Force behind it, it has the power to feed itself.

and you’ll never get well from an illness you have no interest in a cure for. so you keep digging deeper into the dark, because even if it’s hard, even if it tears you apart inside, the dark can give you things the light never will. and most of all, it’s convinced you that those are the things you should want.

what i think we might be heading towards–what i would LOVE to see us heading towards– is the conclusion that we’ve been incorrectly defining the Dark Side this whole time.

if I have a rope, I can use it as a lifeline or as a noose. that doesn’t tell me anything about the rope. it tells me about me. 

Evil corrupts. Malice makes you strike first, strike hardest, strike in arbitrary anger. Trauma warps your sense of reality and makes it hard to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy, between acting for for your own survival and actively undermining your own self-interest. Wrath makes you act so that the punishment far outstrips the crime. Jealousy tells you that the things you love belong to you. Hate makes you want to destroy the things you don’t understand. Vengefulness makes you mistake personal satisfaction for justice.

but the Force… I don’t think the Force does any of that. it can be used as a vehicle to get you there faster, but that doesn’t mean that part of the Force is dark and used for dark things only. It means that you MAKE it dark when you USE it for the dark. 

Balance means harmony, not discord. the Force in balance needs must tend toward the light not because death is evil and must be avoided at all costs, but because life, uninterrupted until its natural end, is life as life was intended.

death isn’t the dark side. death is the Force in balance.

murder is the dark side, because it’s using the Force for something it was never meant to be used for, on purpose, for wrong, for personal gain. and no wonder it’s powerful, because the Force is always powerful–it’s all life and thought and spirit that exists! but that doesn’t mean the Force wants you to do a certain amount of bad things and the universe would fall apart otherwise. it means the Force needs people to tell the difference, because that’s all the Force has ever been: the interconnectedness of sentience.

the Force doesn’t tell us what to think. we tell it what to think. and the Force doesn’t need murder any more than people do. 

*collapses.*

anonymous asked:

I really liked how you wrote the a/b/o dynamic in your last fic. It wasn't some thing that overruled and defined everything about the characters, which is so awesome because I doubt many people - Stiles especially - would deal well with that. Anyway, i thought I'd washed my hands with a/b/o fics but it's sucked me back down again. Do you have any fic recs?

thank you so much! that fic was super fun to write, and I loved cramming in all my favorite tropes :)  I’m a big fan of a/b/o, idek why, but I love it. I’m sure all the ones I’d rec are well known, but here’s a list of some of my favs in no particular order.

we can take our time by KouriArashi

Tact and social mores are completely relegated to the back of Derek’s brain, and without thinking, he blurts out, “Did you spend your heat alone?”

Stiles’ head jerks around in surprise, and then he flushes pink and looks away. His voice comes out brusque and unfriendly. “Not that it’s any of your business, but I spend every heat alone.”

Knot if You Don’t Knock by jsea, marguerite_26

Stiles never expects to present as an omega – that’s something that happens to people like Greenberg, not him. He is so wrong.

His life only gets stranger when Derek Hale mistakenly bursts through the door of his exam room during a doctor’s appointment. What happens next is a complicated series of events, including freshly baked cookies, book-carrying and surprise heats.

Build an Ivory Tower by teot 

Stiles didn’t know how Derek sleeping on his floor developed into sleeping in his bed, or how cuddling ended up turning into Derek humping his ass. He didn’t agree to being knotted in the school locker room, either. But what can you do when Derek Hale wants something? He’s the Alpha, after all.

You Smell Like Mine by bleep0bleep, marguerite_26 

People talk about the alpha instinct, an alpha’s head being swayed by a nice-smelling omega, or the desire to drop everything and show off. Derek’s never felt any of that. He’s just not that kind of alpha.

Then he meets Stiles.

Say It With Me (Don’t Assume) by orphan_account (I’m pretty sure this is by KuriKuri, does anyone know if this was abandoned on purpose or not, since they’re’ still on AO3 with other fic?)

Derek knows way too much about how omega heat suppressants work now, after having been partnered with Stiles for as long as he has. They’re probably his favorite thing to bitch about whenever they’re stuck on a stakeout. Of course, omegas on the force aren’t required to take them. Derek’s never really understood why Stiles does, if he hates them so much, especially –

– especially because he’s bonded.

#omegaproblems by subnivean 

Stiles didn’t need an alpha. He might want one, though.

The Sanctuary by chase_acow

Stiles runs away during his first heat, right into the waiting and ambiguously scary arms of the Alpha’s nephew, Derek Hale. He doesn’t have any choice except to submit, but along the way, he digs up a mystery that threatens his family and even the town’s safety.

Old Traditions, Werewolf Edition by Footloose 

Stiles does not work his Omega ass off to attract frat boy Alphas. Absolutely not. He’s at college to get his degree. If he’s crushing on an Alpha who never crosses the lines of propriety, well, no one needs to know, right?

Mix and Match by Jerakeen 

Stiles walks into the Beacon Hills alpha-omega mixer with a smile on his face and three condoms in his wallet.

monday i can fall apart but by friday i’m in love by tryslora

It’s just past five in the morning and Stiles is barely awake, wearing only sleep pants that hang low below his pregnant belly, and he can’t get the damned brand new jar of decaf coffee open. But he has a neighbor, and he’s too tired to think that waking someone else up at this hour might not be the best (or politest) of ideas.

Someday Came Today by Fatebegins

“March 2, 1810…
Today, I met the man I’m going to marry.”

At the age of eight, Genim “Stiles” Stilinski showed no signs of Great Beauty. And even at eight, Stiles learned to accept the expectations society held for him–until the evening when Derek Hale, the handsome and dashing Alpha of the Hale pack, solemnly kissed his hand and promised him that one day he would grow into himself, that one day he would be as beautiful as he already was smart. And even at eight, Stiles knew he would love him forever.

But the years that followed were as cruel to Derek as they were kind to Stiles. Stiles is as intriguing as the Duke boldly predicted on that memorable day–while Derek is a lonely, bitter man, crushed by a devastating loss. But Stiles has never forgotten the truth he set down on paper all those years earlier–and he will not allow the love that is his destiny to slip through his fingers . .

Rare Books and Special Collections by KuriKuri

Derek Hale hates libraries.

Unfortunately, not all books can be ordered on Amazon.

(Or: in which Derek is a grumpy omega writer, and Stiles is an annoyingly attractive alpha special collections librarian.)

The One With The Mail-Order Brides and A/B/O Dynamics by Stoney

Wolves aren’t meant to be alone. Laura tells Derek this repeatedly. Which… is why Derek knows he’s losing his mind, as Laura has been dead for more than six years. Wolves aren’t meant to be alone.

And so he sends away for a companion. JUST for a companion, not for a mate. The universe, however, has a different plan in store for him.

here comes trouble by grimm 

All Derek wants is one day where he can sleep without worry of being woken by gunfire, without the threat of death hanging over his head. He wants a full stomach and no pain clinging to his bones, no ache in his feet from months of running. He wants a shower, a safe place to put his head. He wants his family, the healing comfort of pack. He’ll never have any of that again.

You’re a Mess, But You’re a Catch to Me by jsea

The laws are clear: omegas are required to have an alpha guardian. So when the sheriff gets shot, Derek is roped in to stepping up as Stiles’ temporary alpha while he recovers.

Derek knew it was going to be a bad idea, but he never could have predicted all of the ways that Stiles would end up turning his life upside down.

Worth the Wait by Dexterous_Sinistrous

Stiles always had a thing for Derek, but then again, so did everyone else. Stiles just wanted to be seen as different, which was why he waited.

But maybe he waited a little too long.

Can’t Be Saved (Not So Frail) by weathervaanes

“Kira doesn’t care a wick if you can afford her dresses and bonnets, I’m well aware. It doesn’t change the fact that I have to look after her best interests. I’d like her to be with an Alpha that puts her above all else even if he cannot afford her every luxury.”

Scott looks surprised. “I know you do not know me, sir, but I can promise you that that is my only wish. I—I love Kira quite dearly, and all I want is to provide for her, make her happy.”

“So you will marry off your brother,” Derek says, taking a sip from his drink.

-0-

In which Kira is Derek’s ward, Stiles is Scott’s brother, and omega heat cycles are good for everyone.

Fight Fires In Your Best Clothes by standinginanicedress

The key isn’t actually being confident, he repeats in his head in Lydia’s breathy voice. It’s faking the hell out of it and looking as sexy as possible while you do it. For omegas, it’s easy. There’s a natural charm to all of us that only takes seconds to engage, and barely takes practice.

Walk into the room, he chants in his head. Own it, and look people in the eyes. Find the best looking alpha, have them buy you a drink, and the rest is easy.

Fallen for You by Mynuet

Stiles is not swooning when his hot next door neighbor comes to his rescue. He’s not! Maybe a little.

Survival of the Species by Lissadiane 

“I think I’m dying.” Nothing makes sense – and now Derek has left him.

“No, Mr. Stilinski,” Deaton says grimly, rooting around in his special cupboard of herbs and remedies. “I’m afraid not. You’re merely suffering from a biological imperative to bear your alpha’s children and strengthen the pack.”

Stiles considers that for a moment, as best he can with his mind a hazy mess, and then he says quietly, “I think that might be worse.”

“So, so much worse,” Scott agrees.

*
In which Derek’s pack is apparently stable enough to begin planning for the future, and somehow, the universe has decided Stiles is the perfect candidate to bear his alpha’s children.

i need your sway by thatworldinverted

Stiles always figured it would be Scott who saw him through his first heat. They pinky-swore on it, in fact, when they were eleven and newly-presented. There haven’t exactly been an abundance of offers between then and now.

What there is now, though, is the pack, and pack takes care of each other.

How to Woo Your Local Omega by alocalband

Stiles knows a pity gift when he sees one. Mostly because that’s all he’s ever gotten from anyone since the moment he hit puberty.

I don’t know why, but I guess it has something to do with you by LunaCanisLupus_22

“You smell like me,” the guy says, scowling as he crowds in and Stiles staggers back between the coats and finally hits the wall. “Why do you smell like me?”

He barely lets out a garbled sound as the blood rushes to his cheeks. “No reason,” Stiles yelps, struggling to get his footing and grasping at a whirlwind of puffy fur.

Or the one where Stiles goes thrift shopping and steals an alpha’s shirt. And gets a lot more than he bargains for.