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Mon-El v Lena, Maggie and Lillian

So, TV Line has elected Mon-El from Supergirl as the Best New Character on an established drama series in 2016. I do not have anything against Mon-El and I do believe that he can become a very interesting character on the second part of Supergirl’s current season. However, the decision to elect a best new character cannot be based on the potential said character has for the future, but on what he has done so far. So, let’s take a look at Mon-El and three other new character on Supergirl, shall we?

Mon-El

  • Was found in a Kryptonian Pod and ran from the DEO as soon as he woke up.
  • Attacked a man in order to force him to send a message to Daxam
  • He got judged wrongly by Kara for being from Daxam, but didn’t really do much to change her view of him in the beginning
  • Did not want to take a job or try to learn how to be human to fit in
  • Acted like a party boy at CatCo. He gave all his work to Eve, used her credit card and fucked her in a supply room
  • He did not want to take any responsibility even for himself
  • He helped The Guardian fight the Parasite
  • He invited himself to L-Corp’s party (rude)
  • He clearly lied about who he really is and what really happened in Daxam before he got in the Pod
  • He only tried to be better after Kara talked to him constantly about this

Conclusion: he did not do anything really important and, except for the fact that he seems to be keeping a secret about whom he really is, he has no more depth of character.

Now, let’s see other three new characters on Supergirl’s second season:

Lena Luthor

  • Carries the surname Luthor which automatically makes everyone distrusts her.
  • Was unjustly accused of being behind the Venture explosion just because of the name Luthor and was proved innocent when Superman and Supergirl realized she was the target of the attack
  • Renamed her company in order to distance it from the evil image created by her brother, even though she knew that Lex had people trying to kill her for him because of this
  • She did not hesitate to kill the man who was trying to kill her and save Alex
  • Helped Supergirl with useful information that could land her in the bad side of some very powerful people by giving the address to the alien fight club.
  • She didn’t shy away from the threat of a gang using alien weaponry given to them by Cadmus and devised a way to destroy them, setting a trap for the gang and eliminating the problem almost single-handedly.
  • When presented with the possibility that her mother was the leader of Cadmus she didn’t ignore Supergirl’s words, instead she confronted her mother and, finding out that it was true, she set a trap to her mother avoiding the genocide of all aliens in National City and sending her own mother to prison.

Conclusion: Lena is a bad-ass woman with incredible talent not only for business, but also technology. She has a good heart and is trying to prove that although her surname is Luthor she does not share the hate and madness that runs in the family.

Okay, another new character.

Maggie Sawyer

  • She is a detective for NCPD who gives Alex, a DEO agent, a little lesson on not contaminating crime scenes in her very first appearance
  • She figures out the place the alien suspected of trying to kill the US President was and got there before the DEO could, even though she has none of the DEO’s technology at her disposal
  • She has a great source of information with the aliens in the alien bar and they trust her
  • She helps Alex and the DEO find and end the alien fight club
  • She is openly gay and does not give a shit about what people think of her
  • She is extremely understanding and patient with Alex when she comes out to her and tries to help the best she can
  • She does not shy away from action even when it means getting shot by an alien
  • She gets the girl, gets shot and yet, doesn’t die

Conclusion: Maggie is a self-assured, strong woman who is not afraid of danger and is constantly throwing herself in the line of fire in order to do her job well, but she also has a soft side and can be a friend and lend a hearing ear when necessary.

And last, but not least:

Lillian Luthor

  • She is a mother that is trying to make the world a better and safer place for her children, however misguided her ideas might be
  • She is the leader of an organization that escaped detection even from the DEO for a long time
  • She managed to kidnap Supergirl and actually make her temporarily powerless so she could hurt her and get her blood to access the Fortress of Solitude
  • She managed to get her hands on the Medusa virus and would have killed all aliens in National City if Lena had not interfered

Conclusion: She may be a force of evil, but she is a powerful and complex woman with strong arguments in favor of her anti-alien actions even if we cannot agree with her.

So why did Mon-El win the title of best new character? Easy, because he is the white heterosexual male who gets to kiss the girl. TV Line’s decision to elect him the best new character undermines the amazing work that has been done so far by Supergirl. This show is about strong women who are not afraid to be themselves, work hard and succeed on their own terms. And yet, TV Line seems to believe that a playboy was the best new character the show had to offer on its second season. Shame on you TV Line.

Waktu adalah hal yang bisa menyapu dan mengantar segalanya. Baik kenangan, maupun perasaan. Baik hal-hal buruk, maupun hal-hal baik. Baik awal maupun kesudahan. Hanya saja, tak banyak manusia yang mau merelakan sedikit detik lebih lama untuk berproses, untuk berani melangkahi sesuatu yang teramat dicintai. Untuk berpindah dari satu pijakan ke pijakan lain yang terasa begitu asing—tapi sesungguhnya adalah rumah yang seharusnya. Karena dalam hidup ini, manusia selalu butuh berpindah. Pindah dari hal-hal yang salah, pindah dari perasaan-perasaan yang keliru. Namun, untuk melakukannya diperlukan keteguhan, dan manusia terlalu tidak sabaran menjalaninya; terlalu tidak berani memilihnya.

- Pindah

Hey Angel Chapter 79

Ever since you and Harry decided on getting married. You two had been in wedding planning mode as well as getting everything ready for the babies. You two had decided on a date, which would be in a little over a month. You both had written down the list of everyone you wanted to be there, which included your close families and the One Direction boys, as well as Abby and Jeff and Glenne, and James and his family.

You had told anyone yet about the wedding because you sort of wanted it to be a surprise. Plus, you and Harry were trying to figure out where you wanted to have the ceremony in the first place.

“I would love to have it at the beach we had the pregnancy photos taken,” you said.

“That place was gorgeous, but I’m not sure how we’d keep it private,” he said.

“True,” you said nodding.

“What if we had it in our backyard?” He asked. “We have an amazing view, it’s spacious and we know it can be private. No one will think on they’re having a wedding there, just a big Barbeque.”

“That could work,” you nodded. “Oooh, what if we invited everyone down and said we were having an engagement party and then we announce that we’re actually getting married.”

“So, like a surprise wedding?” He laughed.

“I guess, yeah,” you giggled.

“I think that would be perfect,” he smiled. “Especially since it would help keep the wedding under wraps and we wouldn’t have to worry about it getting leaked anywhere.”

“Exactly,” you smiled. “I can’t believe this is actually happening.”

“Well, you better believe baby because in a few short weeks you’re going to be Mrs. Styles,” he smirked wrapping his arm around your shoulder.

“I love the sound of that,” you smiled.

“Me too,” he smiled kissing your cheek. “And then two or so months after that, we’ll be adding two more into our little blended family.”

“Yeah, we will,” you smiled. “And speaking of that, there’s something I want to ask you.”

“Okay, what is it, love?” He asked.

“Ella has my last name right?” You stated. “Well, I’ve been thinking about changing her last name to Styles. I would love for you to adopt her officially, but unless we get Simon to sign over his rights, that won’t be happening. And plus, since we have all that court stuff going on from the accident, I don’t think that’s ever going to happen anytime.”

Harry smiled. “Are you sure? I mean, that you can change her last name without me officially adopting her?” He asked.

“Yeah, I’ve talked to my lawyer about it. It’s not really any different than me changing my last name once we get married,” you said. “But I mean, would you want that?”

“Of course I want that,” he smiled widely. “She’s my daughter, Y/N, maybe not by blood and DNA, but she’s mine and I would love for her to share my last name.”

You started to tear up a bit. “Fucking hormones,” you laughed wiping your eyes. “I’m really glad you came into our lives. Ella deserves a father who loves her and would do anything for her and she has that thanks to you.”

“I’m glad that I’m able to give that to her,” he whispered holding you tightly. “And you, I mean Jackson already had the best mother ever, but I had hoped that whoever I fell in love with would love him and for him to have two damn good mothers and he has that.”

“Are you trying to get me to turn me into a blubbering mess?” you laughed. “God, I better make sure I use waterproof makeup at the wedding or I’m going to look a hot mess.”

He laughed. “You’ll look beautiful either way,” he smiled.

**

The next day was a big day for you and Ella. You two were going to go dress shopping for the wedding. You still weren’t comfortable driving yourself around since the accident and plus, it was quite hard to drive with your belly hitting the steering wheel in general.

Harry got Ella in the car while Jackson got himself in. Harry was going to drop you and Ella off at the dress shop and he and Jackson were going to have a father-son day looking at tuxedos.

“Are you excited to go dress shopping with Mummy, Ella?” Harry asked as he pulled out of the driveway.

“Ya! Gonna wook pwetty!” She giggled.

“Yes, you are,” Harry smiled. “No matter what you pick out.”

“Now, Jackson, I’m going to hold it to you to not let your Daddy pick out some random tux to wear, okay?” You said. “Nothing too crazy.”

“Kay Mummy! No problem!” Jackson smirked.

“Hey now! That’s not fair!” He whined.

“Babe, I love you and I’m all for your fashion choices when it comes to performing or going to award shows, but I’m not going to get outshined by fiance because he decided to wear a pink or some crazily patterned suit,” you laughed.

He laughed. “Okay, okay, I got this,” he said. “As long as it’s not patterned or pink, I’m good,” he shrugged.

“I’m being serious,” you laughed hitting his arm causing the kids to giggle.

Harry pulled up to the dress shop and parked outside. “I’ll get Ella out,” he said.

“Thank you,” you smiled getting out of the car. Jackson rolled down the window and smiled. “Have fun with Daddy today,” you smiled.

“Kay Mummy! I love ya!” He giggled.

“I love you too,” you smiled before taking Ella’s hand from Harry.

“Call me when you’re ready,” Harry smiled. “We won’t be too far from here.”

You nod giving him a quick kiss and walking inside the dress shop. 

“Welcome, what can we do for you today?” The worker asked. 

“Uh, yes, I had an appointment for my daughter and I. We need some dresses,” you smiled. 

“What’s the occasion?” She asked. 

“Well, my fiancé and I are having an engagement party to celebrate our engagement, obviously, but we’re looking for some nice, elegant, but still simple dresses. And I need one to fit all this,” you laughed rubbing your belly. 

She laughed. “Don’t worry, we can find anything and if we do happen to find something you like, but it isn’t maternity, we can definitely make alterations to it,” she said. 

“Great,” you smiled. “We should probably get hers first, just because I don’t want her getting fussy waiting around.” 

“Okay, that works,” she smiled kneeling down to Ella. “What’s your name pretty lady?” 

“Elwa,” she blushed. 

She smiled. “Nice to meet you Ella, my name is Amy. Do you want to come with me so we can find you some pretty dresses?” 

“Ya!” She giggled taking her hand and walking with her. 

“You can have seat here and we can bring some dresses to you, if you’d like. Do you know of what style you might want?” Another lady asked.

“Um, I would love to have a dress that fits tight up here around my chest and then maybe is really flowly at the bottom. I want some lace and some gems and as far cut, I’d like strapless or the sort of straps that connect from the chest area and just hit the shoulders about right here,” you said showing on the middle of your bicep. 

“Okay, I think we have a few things that have at least a few of the things you’d like,” she smiled. “Would you like some water or tea?” 

“Um, water would be great,” you smiled. 

“I’ll be right back with that and your dresses,” she smiled. 

It took a good two hours before you finally found a dress that you loved for both you and Ella. As soon as you put the dress on, you knew it was the one. A few things needed to be altered, but for the most part it fit you perfectly. 

“What do you think Ella?” you smiled. “Do you think Daddy will like it?” 

“He gon wuv it! So pwetty!” She clapped. 

You smiled widely and started to tear up a bit.

“I think that’s the one,” the lady smiled. 

“i think so too,” you giggled. 

Once you changed out of the dress, you paid for it and called Harry to pick you and Ella up. 

**

Meanwhile at the other shop, Harry and Jackson were having a little too much fun. 

“This is amazing,” Harry said grabbing a blood red suit off the rack. 

“Nu uh, Daddy,” Jackson said crossing his arms. “Mummy said no crazy.” 

“It’s not! There’s no pattern and it’s not pink,” he pointed out. 

Jackson just shook his head, while Harry groaned. “Okay, so maybe not for the party, but I’m still getting it,” he mumbled. 

“Ooh look at this one!” Jackson gasped touching another suit. “It feels soft!” 

“That’s because it’s velvet,” Harry said. “And it’s black, which means it would fit Mummy’s wishes and my fashion choices,” he smirked. 

“We also have one in the little man’s size,” the tailor said. 

“Really?” Both Harry and Jackson said at the same time. 

He laughed, “Yes,” he nodded. 

“I want it!” Jackson nodded. “Please, Daddy!” 

Harry laughed. “Of course.” 

“Okay, let’s get you two in these and we’ll fit them to you guys,” he said. 

Once the suits were on Jackson and Harry, they both started making weird poses and taking pictures. 

“Kid, if you didn’t look like my little mini me before, you certainly do now,” Harry laughed.

Jackson giggled and soon they changed back into their clothes. Just as they were finishing up, Harry got your call and loaded Jackson into the car before going to pick you up. 

**

“So, did you find something?” Harry asked once you got inside the car. 

“We did,” you smiled. 

“Do we get see them?” Jackson asked. 

“Sorry, buddy, you’ll have to wait till the wedding,” you smiled. 

“Aww,” he pouted. 

You giggled and looked over at Harry. “I’m afraid to ask if you found anything,” you said. 

“We did and just so you know, they’re both solid black,” he said. 

“Do you have a picture?” You asked. 

“Nope, you’re going to have to wait till the wedding,” he said. 

“Hey! That’s not how this goes. It’s tradition for the man not to see the dress before the wedding, not the other way around,” you groaned. 

“Well, I’m making it our tradition,” he smirked. 

“You know technically, as you’re stylist, I should be able to see it,” you smirked. 

“That’s not gonna work, baby,” he said. 

You groaned while Harry laughed. “How about we go and get some food, yeah? That’ll take your mind off it,” he smirked. 

“Only because me and the babies are starving, but it wasn’t for that, I would keep asking,” you said. 

“Okay, baby,” he laughed and drove to the nearest restaurant. 

i drew fan-designs of what aaron’s parents could look like in the hopes that it’ll drive lego to eventually ACTUALLY reveal them someday. bleas

(i modeled these designs after cary elwas and amy yasbeck as robin hood and maid marian in robin hood: men in tights, figured it was exactly the kinda reference the folks down at HQ would go for)

Barangkali, ada baiknya sebelum kamu buat seseorang jatuh hati. Kamu tak meninggikan hatinya sebelum kau tinggal pergi.
—  Elwa

Photo by Caitlin Ryan/MSF

Angel and Patricia learned that they were both negative for Ebola and could leave ELWA 3, MSF’s Ebola management center in Monrovia, Liberia. Angel’s mother died of Ebola in the facility and Patricia, who was in the bed next to Angel’s mother, began to care for the girl. They were discharged together and Patricia is now looking after Angel at home.

Photo by Fernando Calero/MSF

Meet Siah Togba, one of more than 2,300 Ebola survivors treated by MSF during the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014. Here, Togba adds her hand to the survivor wall at MSF’s ELWA 3 Ebola management center in Monrovia, Liberia. http://bit.ly/1BYRD8B