don't you think they got the best ending

  • BOBBY: Family don't end with blood, boy. (3x16)
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  • DEAN: You know what I think Mom would say? She'd say just 'cause you're blood doesn't make you family. You got to earn that. (6x16)
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  • DEAN: A wise man once told me, "family don't end in blood," but it doesn't start there, either. Family cares about you, not what you can do for them. Family's there through the good, bad... all of it. They got your back... even when it hurts. That's family. (10x17)
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  • CAS: Thank you. Thank you. Knowing you, it... it's been the best part of my life. And the things that... the things we’ve shared together, they have changed me. You’re my family. I love you. I love all of you. [...] You need to keep fighting.
  • SAM: We are fighting. We’re fighting for you, Cas.
  • DEAN: And like you said, you’re family. And we don’t leave family behind. (12x12)

White Scarf - Natsu Dragneel fanart. 

Yes, another Natsu painting xD I can’t help it ;-; I love the colouring in this painting, though. Especially his face.. I dunno I think I did a good job there xD which is why I got lazy towards the end; I put most of the effort there and kinda rushed the rest.. At least it was worth it I suppose… Hope you like it regardless^^

Made by jiyu-koya. Please, do not repost, do not remove source

Keaton Henson sentence starters
  • "Do you know who you are?"
  • "Do you know your lip shakes when you're mad?"
  • "You don't like to be touched, let alone kissed."
  • "Does his love make your head spin?"
  • "It seems as though I'm on my own."
  • "I'm losing friends."
  • "I know that there's friction between me and you."
  • "I know that you're uncomfortable."
  • "I know it's hard for you to tell me the truth, but while we are doing so... I love you."
  • "You love to argue, you can't play guitar, but still, let me tell you that I love who you are."
  • "Love, I hope you are well."
  • "At least we now both have a story to tell."
  • "I feel you know me better than most."
  • "In spite of real distance, we'll always be close."
  • "I walked through the rain for you, you said to go home."
  • "Miss you terribly already."
  • "I hope for your life, you forget about mine."
  • "Please forget me, you were right, dear. I am cold and self-involved."
  • "I'll write my loneliness in poems, if I can just think how to start."
  • "I still worry more about you."
  • "I am rude and unkind."
  • "It's been four years and it does not end."
  • "I still felt alone, but I knew that you'd be there."
  • "I loved her more than I love myself."
  • "She is with another guy."
  • "I won't dance 'til you hold me."
  • "Please, don't leave me."
  • "I'm sorry, can't make your party."
  • "I'm afraid I'd kill your lover while your back was turned."
  • "So this is where you wanted to be, and it's a goddamn shame that you're not here with me."
  • "I see pictures now of the two of you and it makes me sick."
  • "Damn, I love you."
  • "Here's to you, you miserable fuck."
  • "Drink up, so we can both finally die."
  • "She's as stubborn as winter and as kind as the sun."
  • "Why was she listening to someone like me?"
  • "I know I'm awful, I can't even cry."
  • "You're my best friend, I'll love you til one of us dies."
  • "Teach me how to love you."
  • "I'll learn not to look at you with scorn."
  • "Don't expect me to change."
  • "I never loved you enough."
  • "This feels right and I'm letting it."
  • "I will not tire of you."
  • "Turns out that nothing is fair."
  • "You can leave me if you wish, but I'm not going anywhere."
  • "I am a fragile one."
  • "Please do not break my heart, I think it's had enough pain to last the rest of my life."
  • "You don't have to make any promises."
  • "If you must die, sweetheart, die knowing your life was my life's best part."
  • "I can see in your eyes that you mean it."
  • "All of these years you've been lonely."
  • "You are right, I've been looking as well, babe, I'm not looking for you."
  • "I'm just as damn disappointed as you."
  • "I'm truly alone and I like it."
  • "Though we're young, I feel eighty years old."
  • "Your arms around me are keeping me warm, but baby, I'm still feeling cold."
  • "You're kind and you're beautiful, too."
  • "I feel in some way I do love you but babe, I'm not in love with you."
  • "You seem to look through me, I wonder what you see."
  • "I wish I could stay with you."
  • "I wish I could wake at dawn to see you without make up on."
  • "You look the best today."
  • "I've been right here waiting for you to wake up."
  • "You think you're better than them."
  • "I hope you end up missing me."
  • "Your friends will always just be in your way."
  • "I'm just getting started, let me offend."
  • "The devil's got nothing on me, my friend."
  • "All I want is to be left alone."
  • "Sweetheart, what have you done to us?"
  • "Oh please, just come here, don't fight with me."
  • "Baby, please don't look at me like that."
  • "I will see you in the morning."
  • "Don't think of me like that, just picture me leaving and not coming back."
  • "This is your home now so don't you forget."
  • "I did it all for you."
  • "I'll do my best to teach you to fly."
  • "Come on baby, make me fall in love with you."
  • "I guess we can make it all the way."
  • "Turns out we don't belong after all."
  • "This feels different than it felt before."
  • "Guess that you were just expecting more, come on, you knew me, what'd you do that for?"
  • "I am selfish to my very core."
  • "I'm so damn scared of dying without you."
  • "Don't lie, I know we're fixing to die."
  • "I'll smile and pretend and won't show to the crowd."
  • "No, I won't be the damnedest bit fucking surprised."
  • "I won't give up, not until I'm holding you."
  • "Don't let go of my hand."

…vent…?

thegaang6  asked:

How would you have liked to see Zuko and Katara's relationship build up if we got a Book 4 with Ehasz vision of the story? Like how would you have liked to see it go from their already super strong relationship at the end of Book 3? Assuming Maiko and Kataang (bleh) don't exist and we're never the plan.

Honestly, the thread series I’m doing with @theadamantdaughter is my vision for what I think would have been best. A slow burn friendship that develops into deeper, romantic feelings, which leads to true and pure love, and eventually ends in them being married with children! 

I would like Katara to first focus on the Water Tribe, then Zuko would come and learn about her culture and help rebuild the South. Then, Zuko would go home, and Katara would visit, insisting he go with her and find his mother. They’d get even closer then, and Zuko would offer her the position of Ambassador. From there, they’d fall super deeply in love over the years. Katara would keep her autonomy, and play a super important role in politics as she would have wanted. She would stay in tune with her own tribe and culture as well, going home very often, as her job would even call for that. Zuko would propose a couple years later. They’d get married, have kids, and live happily ever after getting grandbabies and kicking ass as a politically influential, difference-making power couple. 

story rec: The Course of Honour by Avoliot

hey! have you ever read something so great you think about it for days on end? And re-read pieces of it while waiting for the bus and while on hold on the phone? that’s so amazing you need to share it with everyone you know? 

this is the best original story I have read in months - it’s got everything  - futuristic space politics! arranged marriages! slow burn! space pirates! danger and intrigue! you-fell-in-an-icy-river-and-we-need-to-cuddle-naked-for-warmth! 


The Course of Honour by @avoliot 

When Jainan arrived on Iskat to represent his home planet in a diplomatic marriage to Imperial Prince Taam, he was naïve enough to hope the match would work. Taam knew better. Five years later, his confidence shattered, Jainan is released when Taam dies in an accident, only to be faced with another marriage to help salvage his treaty. Jainan understands how the real world works now; but Prince Kiem - the cheerful, scandal-prone darling of the Iskat celebrity magazines - keeps breaking all the rules he’s learned.

it’s a story with great characterization and an amazing plot and when I read the first line, I said to myself, now that’s how to open a story. 

so yeah check it out :D

(read the warnings on the story as they’re quite relevant to the entire story)

anonymous asked:

Instead of Leo going to Calypso's island I think it would have been kinda cool to have Calypso show up at Camp Halfblood sometime during Trials of Apollo or the end of HoO and if someone asked how she even got there she would say "I learned to love myself, and the raft came to take me off my island" and her and Leo become close and she teaches him you don't need a BF or GF to be happy and be loved (which is a lesson that should have been taught in HoO) and then they are best friends forever

!!!!!!! I would pay so much money to have this be canon. P l e a s e  it is perfect I need it

the signs as bright eyes lyrics
  • aries: As you tear and tear your hair from roots/Of that same head you have twice removed now/A lock of hair you said would prove/Our love would never die (Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh)
  • taurus: And on the way home held your camera like a bible/Just wishing so bad that it held some kind of truth/And I stood nervous next to you in the dark room/You dropped the paper in the water/And it all begins to bloom/Ya they go wild (Old Soul Song [For The New World Order])
  • gemini: I have sat too long in my silence./I have grown too old in my pain./To shed this skin, be born again,/it starts with an ending./So thank you friends for the time we shared./My love stays with you like sunlight and air. (Method Acting)
  • cancer: Well, let the poets cry themselves to sleep/And all their tearful words will turn back into steam/But me I'm a single cell/On a serpents tongue/There's a muddy field where a garden was/And I'm glad you got away/But I'm still stuck out here/My clothes are soaking wet/From your brother's tears (Poison Oak)
  • leo: That is why I'm singing.../Baby don't worry cause now I got your back./And every time you feel like crying,/I'm gonna try and make you laugh./And if I can't, if it just hurts too bad,/then we will wait for it to pass and I will keep you company/through those days so long and black (Bowl of Oranges)
  • virgo: And my father was there, in a chair, by the window, staring so far away./I tried talking, just whispered, "...so sorry...so selfish..."/He stopped me and said, "Child I love you regardless/and there's nothing you could do that would ever change this./I'm not angry. It happens. But you just can't do it again." (Let's Not Shit Ourselves [To Love And To Be Loved])
  • libra: In an abandoned building where/Squatters made a mural of a Mexican girl/With fifteen cans of spray paint and a chemical swirl/She's standing in the ashes at the end of the world/Four winds blowing through her hair (Four Winds)
  • scorpio: When I feel lost I am not at all/.../Oh, I've made love, yeah, I've been fucked, so what?/I'm a cartoon, you're a full moon, let's stay up (Hot Knives)
  • sagittarius: I was a fool, you were my friend/We made it happen/You took off your clothes/left on the light/You stood there so brave/You used to be shy/Each feature improved, each movement refined and eyes like a showroom (Take it Easy [Love Nothing])
  • capricorn: And the future hangs over our heads/And it moves with each current event/Until it falls all around like a cold steady rain/Just stay in when it's looking this way (Landlocked Blues)
  • aquarius: So when you're asked to fight a war that's over nothing/It's best to join the side that's gonna win/And no one's sure how all of this got started/But we're gonna make them goddam certain how its gonna end/Oh ya we will, oh ya we will! (Road To Joy)
  • pisces: Yours is the first face that I saw/I think I was blind before I met you/Now I don't know where I am/I don't know where I've been/But I know where I want to go (First Day of My Life)
THE SIGNS AS LYRICS (pt. 2)
  • Aries: You can run, but you can't hide. (True Friends - Bring Me The Horizon)
  • Taurus: Sometimes the silence guides our minds so move to a place so far away. (Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood)
  • Gemini: I probably still adore you with your hands around my neck. (505 - Arctic Monkeys)
  • Cancer: It's like an avalanche; and I feel myself go under. (Avalanche - Bring Me The Horizon)
  • Leo: Don't threaten me with a good time. (Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time - Panic! At The Disco
  • Virgo: I'm beginning to think I imagined you all along. (Cornerstone - Arctic Monkeys)
  • Libra: Too many pretty faces catching my attention. (West Coast - The Neighbourhood)
  • Scorpio: My days end best when the sun gets itself behind.(Arabella - Arctic Monkeys)
  • Sagittarius: You're not blessed, you're cursed. (Blasphemy - Bring Me The Horizon)
  • Capricorn: I am not afraid to walk this world alone. (Famous Last Words - My Chemical Romance)
  • Aquarius: It's crazy what you do for a friend. (Daddy Issues - The Neighbourhood)
  • Pisces: I'm choking on my words, like I got a noose around my neck. (Will The Sadness Ever End - Bring Me The Horizon
TextsFromLastNight (2/?)
  • [Text] I gave him head during Pitch Perfect 2, I felt like the Bella's were cheering me on with their back up tunes.
  • [Text] Also. I think I just got sentimental over a nude.
  • [Text] I preemptively put on a cape before eating a bunch of weed brownies. Best decision ever.
  • [Text] Nothing makes the walk of shame as great as disapproval from a mom getting ready for work.
  • [Text] I'm like 'WOMAN, YOU'RE 62, RESHEATH THOSE COUGAR CLAWS.'
  • [Text] Dude I'm hungover as fuck in a bed in Baltimore with another man... I don't think I can make it.
  • [Text] You are an awesome peach made of glitter.
  • [Text] We almost ended up sober because of u!!
  • [Text] I said no to friends with benefits because it was too much commitment.
  • [Text] He's been pretending to be gay for 3 months in order to get free weed.
  • [Text] I appreciate the I'll come bail you out of jail tone in the text.
  • [Text] Beyoncé wouldn't let anything bad happen here.
  • [Text] Is this like a preordered booty call?
  • [Text] Learn from my mistakes, you naive soul - Gay love triangles are just as dangerous as straight love triangles.
TKKS - IM transcript
  • Jack: Ianto?
  • Ianto: Captain
  • Jack: The others have gone. I thought you were coming up? :-)
  • Jack: God, did I just use a smiley? I really am going native.
  • Ianto: LOL. B wid u in 5mins, m8. Lking 4wrd 2 it.
  • Jack: Haha.
  • Jack: Ianto?
  • Ianto: Yes Captain?
  • Jack: How are you feeling?
  • Ianto: Fine. Any reason I shouldn't be?
  • Jack: The glove. It brought Suzie back.
  • Ianto: Yeah.
  • Jack: And?
  • Ianto: And?
  • Jack: And? you know we could have used it to on Lisa. Is that what you meant about there being a second glove?
  • Ianto: You think I've got the second glove?
  • Jack: No! No, I don't. But if you did?
  • Ianto: Would you let me bring her back?
  • Jack: You've not asked us to.
  • Ianto: You haven't offered.
  • Jack: You don't want us to?
  • Ianto: Lisa's dead, sir.
  • Jack: I know.
  • Ianto: And I miss her. Every day. But I don't want her back like that. Not like how she was in the end. Not like Suzie.
  • Jack: Good. See you in a minute?
  • Ianto: On my way.
  • Jack: Oh yeah, forgot to say. Loving you in that suit. The Cute Suit.
  • Ianto: Thank you sir but it's probably best if I do the rhymes.
  • [ conversation ends ]
  • (source: torchwood archives, the official torchwood website)

Shonen Jump is a lot like Kuroko no Basket

You got the Generation of Miracles with the Big Three (Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Toriko) who are all just the best but for the most part let it get to their heads which was ultimately their downfall (except Akashi who got his shit together by the end, so I guess he’s One Piece?)

You got the Uncrowned Kings (Hunter x Hunter, Gintama, D. Gray-Man, Reborn, Shaman King, maybe some others) who all have the skills/popularity of the GoM/Big 3, but were never quite recognized the same way

And then you got the Phantom Miracles and their team that more or less pushed out all of the GoM/Big 3 with the New Big 3 and the New Power Generation (My Hero Academia, Black Clover and Haikyuu; KnB, Nisekoi, Assassination Classroom and Saiki Kusuo no Sainan)

Edit: Weekly Shonen Magazine is Jabberwock, and Fairy Tail is the Nash Gold Jr. ganking One Piece/Akashi’s style

nonveganzombie  asked:

Got a weird one for you. In the scenario where you don't meet through the chatroom, and RFA doesn't through parties, what AU do you think would be best suited for you and the RFA members to meet? (For ex: Jaehee would probably be an office!au where you two are assigned the same project at your work place when obviously ~*feelings*~ happen)

oooh interesting…

Yoosung: Well, obviously the most likely one would be you’re a student at the same university as him! It could be that you have some classes with him and you end up sitting next to each other or something? Or it could be cute if you didn’t even have any classes together but accidentally bumped into each other in the hall and afterwards you seem to just keep seeing each other around so you end up getting to know each other~ (BONUS: it would be super funny if all that happened but it ALSO turns out that you’re an avid LOLOL player and have met him through the game a bunch, you both just don’t realize until way later!)

Zen: What comes to mind for him is for you to have gone to see one of his musicals (I’m thinking you wouldn’t start off being a fan, it was like one of your friends brought you along to a show or something?) and on the way out you actually bump into Zen and fall over and he does your classic ~*~SHOJO CATCH~*~ and doki dokis ensue lmao but he overreacts to the whole thing and insists upon taking you to the doctor because oh no did you twist your ankle??? and things kinda take off from there haha

Jumin: Jumin was really hard to come up with something for but I think I got a good one! You’re the child of an employee at C&R and you come to the building because your dad forgot his lunch or something, and you get into an elevator and Jumin happens to be in the elevator too. You don’t realize exactly who he is so you’re not concerned. But then the elevator stops working (of course heheh), and you find yourself trapped with Jumin for a few hours before the elevator’s fixed! So you’re awkwardly like “okay we might as well talk to pass the time?”. It takes a little bit but eventually Jumin relaxes a little and you talk until the thing is fixed, and you find yourself taking a liking to him and, by extension, more excuses to come hang out in the C&R building in the hopes that you’ll see him again. Things progress from there. c: (It isn’t until quite a while later that you actually discover he’s the executive director lmao)

As for Seven, I literally have no clue. He lives in a frickin underground bunker and as far as I know rarely leaves it. ._.

anonymous asked:

Heyhey I was wondering if you can elaborate on the single dad AU with Karamatsu? I don't have a twitter so I wasn't sure how you came up with this great idea XD

Oh! This is going to be a bit long since it’s a lot of copy/paste stuff but:

That came about because of a playful discussion in a group chat centered on which matsuno everyone would trust with a child- I voted kara and got teased for it a bit but we all agreed he really would probably be the best father out of the six and I ended up thinking a bit too much about how he’d end up with a child

Basically… he goes out alone one night to get away from his brothers for a while after being ignored by them all again and runs into a woman carrying a baby in her arms who talks to him for a bit and kind of ‘hooks up’ with him- they go somewhere together and she flirts with him a bit, then starts to elaborate on how she got caught up being a single mom

Her partner was horrible, or so she claims (she actually just had a one night stand), and she ran from him in hopes of raising her child all on her own in a better environment and kara sympathizes with her because of the problems he has with his brothers and melts from having someone vent to him like this and pay him attention for once

He listens closely to her story and makes sure to show that he understands and inside he’s somewhat thinking to himself ‘I’ll be her hero for the night and show her that someone cares, I’m such a nice guy, maybe we’ll even fall in love’

They talk like this for a while, he ends up holding and getting distracted by her baby, and then she suddenly says something along the lines of ‘I have to go and do something, I’ll be right back’ and kara responds with a ‘okay, cool!’ only to be left cluelessly holding her baby as she never returns 

He eventually panics and asks if anyone saw where she went and someone tells him that she left over an hour ago- being the dense fool that he is, he never got any of her personal info, not even her name, so he has no way of tracking her down

His first thought is to go to the police but with a crying baby in his arms, he runs home instead, hoping someone there can tell him what to do because he really messed up and has no idea how to get out of his situation- from there, he ends up getting attached to the baby and decides to just keep her as his own

she adds some kind of meaning to his life, gives him some kind of responsibility, makes him feel like he’s useful for once- and he’s kind of personally hurt by her being abandoned because who would do that to a /baby/? He also understands the feeling of being abandoned and not being wanted himself so he makes it his mission to make sure she never has to grow up and experience the same thing or experience being lonely 

She becomes……..the first karamatsu girl

Eventually he moves out on his own and gets a job to support the both of them but what drives him to do so is the fact that his brothers don’t really want to help him raise a child (especially when it’s not even HIS) and he doesn’t want to burden his parents with it at all when they already raised the six of them 

On top of that, it’s CROWDED in their home already and his brothers still treat him exactly the same, like he’s lesser than them- he knows he can’t raise a baby in an environment like that

He manages to save money from doing odd jobs, win at pachinko, and find a decent place to go- later he packs and announces that he’s leaving but none of his brothers really pay him any attention because they don’t believe him and still haven’t come to term with the fact that one by one, they’ll all eventually need to get jobs and move out

Therefore, he just…..disappears, not running into his brothers again until a few years later- by then, his daughter is walking, and both he and his brothers have changed in ways he never expected

I haven’t really added much to it past that and there isn’t much I can really do with it with my lack of art/writing skills but some people seem to like the idea so far and it already has a bit of fanart, ahehehehe

Hurts Starters
  • "There's too much pain to come."
  • "So just let the heads roll."
  • "The vultures will feed on them."
  • "Look at all of the damage you have done in time."
  • "You can see what a savage I’ve become."
  • "So sing me to sleep tonight."
  • "He will be sorry when he comes to my house."
  • "I’ll show no mercy ‘til the lights go out."
  • "We’re waiting for the sandman, but he never hears the call."
  • "Since the day I left you I hear your voice in every sound."
  • "Since the day I left you I see your face in every crowd."
  • "So if you see me on the street turn away or walk on by."
  • "I don’t care if I never see you again."
  • "No matter where you are, I'll always think of you."
  • "Darling, what's your name and can you hear me?"
  • "Tell me why you're out so late alone."
  • "When I open my eyes, you disappear."
  • "She'll never let you go."
  • "I could give you my devotion, until the end of time."
  • "I've got nothing left to live for."
  • "Don't let go til I reach for you."
  • "They say the best way out is through."
  • "Take my hand and lead the way."
  • "I'm sick and tired of being afraid."
  • "If I cry anymore then my tears will wash me away."
  • "I whisper the word that I never thought I'd ever say."
  • "'Cause I found what I was missing."
  • "I can feel the darkness coming."
  • "Call my name and I'll come running."
  • "Lay all over me and cast away my doubt."
  • "Is this hell or heaven?"
  • "My heart is empty."
  • "There's something about your love."
  • "There's something that makes me lose my mind and never come back down."
  • "You won't feel the pain I've caused at all."
  • "You will find someone new."
  • "He won't lie or torture you."
  • "You won't cry for what you've lost at all."
  • "You will thank the Lord that I'm gone."
Your friend group according to Six of Crows.
  • Kaz: Gets into trouble with authority figures (teachers, principles, parents) a lot, but somehow always manages to get out of whatever it is they've done. Hug them at your own risk, and don't you DARE try to touch their face or the back of their neck, because you WILL die. They probably wear a leather jacket and gloves (fingerless or not) in summer, and they probably say they drink coffee without milk and sugar, which is an utter lie. Don't try to have a heart to heart with them. It won't end well. If you do get them to spill their feelings, you do so at your own peril. They'll do anything to make sure their secrets don't get out. Also, they've got information on everyone, so it's best not to provoke them. Will use any means necessary to reach their end goals (good or not).
  • Inej: Did you hear them open that door? No, I don't think so. This friend is quiet as hell. You don't hear them enter a room, you don't smell their shampoo (which should be impossible), and you don't feel a subtle shift in temperature when they stand next to you. They may as well be a ghost. The Inej friend is guarded, but ultimately a good person, though they may not always use good means for good ends, just the means that are necessary (much like the Kaz friend). They know a bunch of obscure songs but can't sing well enough to teach you, so you always end up with one earphone listening to their 3-hour playlist.
  • Nina: Need a hug? Well, you're getting one. Need a heart-to-heart? Too bad, you're getting one. Need a best friend for life who can kick your ass if you step out of line? If you said no, you're lying and you're still getting one. This friend will always be there for you, most likely on the other end of Inej's earphone wire, sharing music and a piece of well-earned cake. This is the friend you go to when you're feeling insecure, because they'll set you straight in a heartbeat. Somehow the Nina Friend always knows exactly what you need to hear (not necessarily what you want to hear) and is not afraid to say it. Usually this comes with cake, though, so you won't mind hearing what they have to say.
  • Matthias: The friend shrouded in mystery. They've got a complicated history with Nina Friend and they don't want to talk about it. Once they work this out, though, you've got a friend for life. Just remember that you don't have to give up Nina to be friends with Matthias or give up Matthias to be friends with Nina. (So if you're currently struggling with that, do what's right for you, not what's right for "other people." Put yourself and your needs first and be happy.) When you least expect it, this friend will make you laugh harder than you've ever laughed before. The things they say are worthy of yearbook quote status. They've also probably got a notebook covered in wolf stickers, and you've probably caught them binge-watching Game of Thrones in math class more than once.
  • Jesper: Okay, this friend is a whirlwind. They bet on EVERYTHING. Seating plans, lunch options, what the expiration on the milk cartons in the cafeteria fridge is. Everything. If they get it wrong, they'll probably comfort themselves by making darts out of paper, glue, and glitter (necessary, really, since it gets everywhere and is hard to get off). They'll also flirt with anyone, but their type is smart, shy, and easily flustered. They've probably got an entire drawer full of glitter-and-glue darts, so be careful if you want to go up against them in a fight. They don't call glitter Satan's Lip-Gloss for nothing. They've also got a whole bunch of cool things they made themselves, like miniature ships and working miniature catapults with all kinds of cool settings.
  • Wylan: Smart, shy, and easily flustered. Good at math and drawing, bad at literary arts (not for lack of trying), and all around adorable. If you need to copy the homework, Wylan Friend has your back. But that doesn't mean they won't complain about it the whole time. They also play a musical instrument that most people find annoying or useless, so don't piss them off if you don't want an impromptu concert. This friend is easily underestimated, and they easily underestimate themselves, so make sure they know how vital they are to the group. It sucks feeling like all you can contribute is nothing, nothing, and more nothing. They've got a whole notebook full of sketches that they only let their best friends look at. Their phone lockscreen is probably a picture of their cat. If anyone would drink coffee plain, it would be them, mostly because they're so busy running around that they forget to put anything in it.
  • *Me after reading TMI*: I'm gonna marry Jace. No matter what, that's it.
  • *Me after reading TID*: Will is the best. I love him, we're gonna get married and have kids. Well, I must have a thing for Herondales.
  • *Me after reading Lady Midnight*: Jules. Julian. Omg. He's like the best boy ever. He's mine. I know Jemma is my otp but Jules is my boyfriend so screw you Em (juuust kidding I love you too Em, y'know I'm bisexual for a reason).
  • Well, in the end, I don't think I've got a thing for Herondales. It's more about Cassandra Clare's fictional boys.
  • *to everyone who reads this post: sorry for eventual spelling/grammar mistakes, I'm Italian. xx*

nahara46  asked:

Hey, I sent in an ask awhile ago and I'm not sure if you actually got it, I don't think anyone has ever responded to one of my asks, so I'm worried it might be a glitch on my end. Totally fine if you haven't gotten to it yet, just in case... I have a character who is 4' 9", female. But despite her size she's supposed to be one of if not the best fighter in her world. Right now I kind of base her style as rather gymnastic, off Black Widow from MCU. Any suggestions for portraying this?

I think you may have missed the point with Black Widow (and to be fair, the movies do this too). She’s not a fighter, she’s a stone cold killer. It’s a small, but significant difference. Basically, she’s the member of the Avengers Fury keeps around in case he has to order the execution of the other Avengers. As a Marvel hero, she fits into the same family as the Punisher. The difference is: she’s more efficient. At this point, she’s one of the Marvel universe’s equivalent to James Bond.

The acrobatics style with Black Widow only works well in the movies and the comics (though they’ve moved away from her bouncing around in the last ten years or so) because it’s visually interesting. In a written format, you don’t have that advantage. Gymnastic based martial arts involve a lot of complex physical movement which makes them hard to convey clearly on the page. They’re also very physically taxing, inefficient, and difficult to sustain even for well-conditioned warriors.

Instead, a form like Systema (also Russian) that focuses on brutal efficiency and finishing the enemy quickly is best for someone like Natasha. It also emphasizes her personality traits. Stark, uncompromising, ruthless, but starts with an unassuming posture that lulls the target into a false sense of not about to die horrifically. This is the other thing to remember about Natasha, she’s an ambush predator and she lives up to her codename. Sex is just another weapon in her arsenal and one she’s not ashamed to wield (and if you want to write a character like this, you can’t be ashamed to let her). That said, she doesn’t make for a good faceman. I know I said James Bond, but she’s an assassin not a spy. If you want a spy, get Fury or Maria Hill. It’s all there in her codename: Black Widow.

To really do this well, you’re going to need to do two things.

First pick up a guide to Military Hand to Hand, I just found the SAS and Elite Forces Guide Self-Defense: Self-Defense Skills From The Word’s Most Elite Military Units by Martin J. Dougherty. It’s geared towards Self-Defense, but it has a lot of tips and strategies that will help you write a character geared toward practical and efficient combat. It also comes with helpful diagrams that will better help you visualize as you write. Simple, straightforward techniques are best. You don’t need flashy movements to convince me your character knows what they’re doing, you need to communicate the right outlook. Your character has to sound like they know what they’re talking about as opposed to looking like it. (If you’re really serious about Black Widow, then the character is also going to need to be skilled in other variants of weaponry like handguns, rifles, knives, seduction, and a wide variety of practical job related skills).

The second thing you need to do is sit down and ask: who do I want this character to be? Are they a fighter or a killer? Black Widow is a killer, she kills some people to save others. She kills for the greater good. Sometimes, she kills because of personal reasons or because Fury convinced her to. You need to firmly establish this in your mind because it’s a key part to the MU Widow’s outlook and personality. She’s business first and goal oriented. She makes Matt Murdock the girl in their on and off again relationship. When she’s written right, she’s exceedingly Russian. She also tends to kill first and ask questions later, unless she’s given a reason not to. She’s intelligent, a tactician, and she’s great at advance planning. She’s also cunning, underhanded, great at lying, and not afraid to strike first. She has a code of honor, but it’s not the same one as the rest of the heroes she runs with. She’s not noble in the traditional martial artist sense. She’s a realist. Dirty jobs have to get done, often in the dark where no one can see. This is her role in S.H.I.E.L.D. and, most of the time, when she save the world no one will hear about it. She can take out the heaviest hitters in the Marvel Universe by planning ahead and I will never ever forgive Joss Whedon for not having her be the one to take out the Hulk when he went crazy on the Helicarrier.

Compare her to DCU’s Lady Shiva. Shiva is a fighter. She kills, but it’s a side effect of her fighting and it’s always in hand to hand because that’s who she is. She’s proud of her skills and constantly looking to better herself, to find more challenging fights, to risk it all. She ascribes to a more traditional martial arts mindset and she has a strong (if twisted) concept of honor. She became the best in the world by fighting her way to the top in one on one bouts. If you asked me who the best fighter in Comics is, I’d say Shiva. Her personality gears her towards that. Black Widow would kill Shiva, but not in hand to hand. She’d do it with a sniper rife from a rooftop and leave nothing to chance. She’s not a knock down, drag out brawler. She’ll do it if she has to, but it’s not going to be her first choice.

They both terrify the ever living shit out of the people they go after, but the approach is very different. You’ll see Shiva saunter towards you and issue the challenge, you won’t see Black Widow for what she is until it’s too late.

The final thing to consider is the question of fame and the impact of reputation. A fighter whose ability to fight is based on ambushes and stealth will be hurt by someone recognizing them on the street or even just among the select groups they work with. You’re going to have to consider what “the best in the world” really means, how it affects their lives, and their ability to do their job. If fighting one on one duels like Shiva is their job then it’s not a problem, if it’s international espionage then it gets a little tougher. (Black Widow is more notorious than famous and she usually makes it work for her, but it still hinders her ability to go unnoticed when it matters most.)

Who you base your character on will affect how you write them, their motivations, and the plots surrounding them. For example, if you were writing a novel that was the equivalent of a Kung Fu action movie then Shiva would be your girl. If you were doing a spy novel or thriller, then you’ll find Black Widow waiting for you in a red Ferrari. You can mix these characters into different genres and break up their parts to make new characters, but each will always contain some facet of the original inspiration and it’s important not to forget.

-Michi