There’s a travel-themed Instagram account suddenly gets a lot of people’s attention. It’s like most of the travel-themed account where the owners travel to a lot of countries and share beautiful photos on their trip.
It could be the good look of the blogger or the aesthetic photos he takes that people start paying attention to the blog. Some fans even dig deep enough to know the photographer’s name is Iwaizumi Hajime.
Iwa updates very often, snips of his trip on Instagram four or five or tentimes a day. There are scenery, foods, merchandise in a shop, people on the street or just everything (including himself.)
Iwa gets quite a few (well, many) followers in a short time and is dubbed “your vagabond lover” among his fans because Iwa tends to leave messages such as “Did you see this dog? I’d love to cuddle you but I need to hug it first.” on a dog picture or “What do you think? You’d fall in love with this instead of me really.” on a scenery photo like he’s talking to a lover. He also ends everyday with a picture of himself, may it be a selfie or a candid photo taken by a friend he befriends on the trip, saying good night or good day.
There’s a follower who always leaves long message below Iwa’s post. It’s usually a short story that matches the picture or their thoughts or what they feel about the photo. Their words work so well with Iwa’s photo that more people follow Iwa’s Instagram account for both their sakes.
One day, without any notification, Iwa suddenly disappears for a long time without posting anything. Then after a few days he resurfaces with a dim selfie of himself in a hospital room, smiling so bright to lit the dark room.
There’s someone in the bed besides him, sleeping peacefully and unaware of the camera. The caption says “I can’t wait to see the world with you.”
The blog remains silent after that.
Followers are confused until a couple days later, the writer-follower appears and writes a story about a boy and his lover, where the boy is diagnosed of serious illness and needs to take a risky surgery. The boy has a dream to see the world and is afraid he could never be able to after he learns about the surgery. His lover believes the boy can make it through no matter what but doesn’t want the boy to have any regret before taking the surgery so the lover suggests to go see the world for the boy instead. He travels to the places the boy wants to see, taking picture of the scenery and himself for the boy staying in the hospital room. The lover gets back before the surgery and sits through the whole time outside the operating room. And to the lovers greatest joy, the boy makes it!
Two months later, the blog becomes active again, starting with a selfie of Iwa and another handsome man, holding their hands to the camera, big smiles on their faces, in an airport. The caption says “We are ready to go. Are you ready?”
People hold hands a lot in LOTR and it’s really nice? It’s not just Frodo and Sam, but I never noticed before this reread. Pippin just now took Gandalf’s hand, and earlier he’d taken I think Bergil’s, a kid (ten, so old enough to walk around without help) he just met, as they walked around the city. So it’s apparently not weird, it’s just a Normal Thing.
Vaguely of relevance as well is the fact that Frodo says “he is very dear to me” of Aragorn after, what, about a fortnight of knowing him. I’m not saying he doesn’t have cause; it was a very crowded and busy fortnight. I too would probably call someone very dear to me if they had saved me from dying from stabbery and guided my friends safely through the wilderness.
It’s just all those ‘my dear Sam’ and ‘I love him’ that he and Sam do, even though they’re a product of extreme circumstances, aren’t even out of line with the culture they live in. They’re still just as meaningful, and I don’t think their power is decreased by that. I just think it’s notable that this isn’t even beyond the bounds of “propriety” for really close friends in high stress situations.
This isn’t where I meant this post to go, but I think this is why this story resonated with me so hard specifically as an aro and why I still don’t ship anything romantically in the Tolkienverse, because the world of Middle Earth is one where loving your close platonic friends and companions to the point of being physically and verbally affectionate is a normal occurrence. It’s just how things are. There’s a lot to be said about the cultural implications of that vs here and now, but I’m not really in a position to say it. But I think even before I knew How I Was, I knew that friends were much more important to me than romance seemed to be. And I feel, with the preponderance of love interests in most adult fiction, like Lord of the Rings was the first Grown Up Story where I saw that aspect of myself reflected.
I’ve seen a few comments that this storyline may also have been happening so that robron can bring the kids topic and decide if they want a baby.
I don’t want that. I still think they aren’t ready for this step: 1. I think Aaron needs his time and needs the therapy that emmerdale promised adressing his mental health, he needs time to be able to learn to trust people and don’t expect the worse for them. Also he needs to learn and understand 100% robert’s sexuality, because if he doesn’t understand, all this insecurity issues will always come to the light again and not only that, he’ll always feel like he won’t ever be enough because he is not woman - he needs to understand or their relationship was always have troubles. Not to mention, he needs time on his own (with robert maybe), because since the gordon’s trial, he didn’t even got time to breath, to take a long holiday and enjoy himself. Emmerdale decided to throw Liv into the picture and made him her legal guardian and since she’s a teen, she’s always doing something to make aaron worry - I think he didn’t need that fuss that soon.
2. Robert is no way near ready to be a dad, that’s why spoilers are mentioning he’s not steping in into rebecca’s pregnany, it’s not only because of aaron but also because he’s not ready to be a dad. Robert needs therapy as well to overcome all his issues with his dad and needs to love himself enough. He needs to be able to talk about what happen to Jack with his sister and step mom and needs to move on from it. He needs time to fully acept his sexuality. He needs time to forgive himself as well (because well i think he never fully forgive himself destroying andy’s life when he acidentally killed katie and right now he hates himself because of hurting the men of his life).
They both have lack of comunication and they both have insecurities and they both needs to overcome it and will become a strong couple if they do that. I’m hoping in the reveal we have an honest conversation with them discussing their feelings - and how each other’s opinion affect them in their judgment. I believe we’re reaching a point that if they don’t start talking, nothing will hold the relationship so I believe a kid at this moment, or even this year, won’t be a good idea.
happy birthday to my dear friend risu! (@risusgarbage) here’s a cute drawing of our sibling zelink fanchildren ivy and ancel ;; cause i love them and there’s nothing i enjoy more than spend hours and hours making headcanons and aus about these two with you! i have so many fond memories of developing these two over the years, i hope we can come up with even more angsty headcanons/aus for them!
hope you have a rad birthday! ALSO i decided to make a BONUS:
our sibling hildavio fanchildren too! lmao fiori and lancel! clearly the zelink kids inherited dad’s love for adventuring while the hildavio kids are all about rupees like their bunny dad lmao
ALSO ivy and fiori (the girls) belong to my friend risu! while ancel and lancel (the boys) belong to me! (lmao i’m so original with the names)
I've just heard about the threat level being heightened to critical and I sincerely hope you and all your loved ones stay safe. Sending my best hopes and thoughts your way.
Thank you love. It’s been at Severe for 3 years so it’s not a huge increase and is just a matter of precaution really, to keep people vigilant and such, hopefully no one takes this period of mourning as a chance to spread more chaos 💖
-the “shovel talk”, which would be kara attempting to be intimidating, but maggie is so understanding and straightforward about her intentions with alex that they end up just hanging out and bonding instead.
-supergirl showing up to maggie’s crime scenes unannounced just to “check in” and maggie realizing that kara keeps an eye on her when she’s on the job bc she cares about her safety.
-kara talking about game night and assuming maggie will be there because she’s part of the family now. maggie’s heart swelling at having people who love her.
-kara being all up in sanvers’ business all the time bc she has no concept of boundaries. alex being semi annoyed, and maggie being amused.
-maggie giving kara sound advice about something and kara telling her she’s grateful that now she has two sisters to look to for help.
-both of them getting together for a regular tv night, exchanging theories for the outcome of the show. maggie sitting at her desk the next day loving all the “ooh but what if…” texts from kara.
-kara helping maggie set up a perfect date or surprise for alex. maggie thinking kara will for sure ruin the surprise because of her giggles, but she’s better at keeping secrets than maggie thought.
-kara blowing out her powers one day and maggie not passing up the opportunity to try and beat supergirl at arm wrestling.
-maggie and kara getting to know each other, protecting/supporting each other, and slowly becoming sisters like they should be.