Why do roaches feel the need to fly? I’m already scared! They don’t need to now escalate the situation! It’s like if a guy took out a knife and said “gimme your wallet” and then when I’m like “okay man I don’t want any trouble, here you go,” he also takes out a gun.
Stephen Mader, a former police officer in Weirton, West Virginia, is suing the city and local police department for firing him after he didn’t shoot a black man trying to commit suicide by cop.
In May 2016, Mader encountered Ronald Williams, a distressed African-American man whose girlfriend had called police to their Weirton home after Williams reportedly threatened to harm himself.
Williams was holding an unloaded gun and pleaded with Mader to “just shoot me,” according to the former officer’s lawsuit.
Mader, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, said he relied on his training in the military, and attempted to de-escalate the situation and prevent any loss of life. But when two of Mader’s fellow officers joined him on the scene, one of them fatally shot Williams in the head.
The use of lethal force rattled the community, in light of the facts that Williams had apparently been experiencing a mental health crisis and that Mader, a white officer, had attempted to save the black man’s life. Mader was fired following the incident.
Mader’s lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in West Virginia, alleges that the city violated his rights against unjust termination, his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution and other rights under the Constitution of the State of West Virginia. Read more (5/10/17)
the amount of absolutely mindblowingly stupid and wrong facts about what is happening here in Hamburg at the moment that go around on both tumblr and twitter is atrocious.
- there are massive protests against certain policies, behaviour of politicians and some other topics
- they turned violent
- in some instances the police are escalating situations (weather that is deliberate or they are simply not trained well enough is up for debate)
- there have been tons of peaceful protests these past few days, the vast majority actually.
- a certain group of people is deliberately vandalising things (they are neither the majority nor were they there to peacefully protest in the beginning - they’ve come with the explicit wish to do harm)
- no one is protesting bc “we don’t like Trump” - we really don’t like him but this protest is not about him and you all need to take a step back and stop trying to make it about you.
- this is not “a war zone”, “civil war” or whatever extremely stupid other analogy you want to push onto this. stop making comparisons like that.
Steve looked you up and down as he sat opposite you, his brows
“You seem awful calm for a girl in your situation,” he said, crossing
“Not much I can do, really, is there?” you replied, leaning back as far
as your cuffs would allow you.
Steve let out a dry chuckle and shook his head lightly.
“You know, I’ve spent most of my life fighting your kind.”
“So I’ve heard.”
“Shouldn’t you be a bit more scared? I mean, you’re just a kid, after
You let out a scoff of laughter, shaking your head softly.
“I worked for HYDRA, and you thought I’d be scared? I must say,
I thought you were smarter than that, Captain.”
He leaned back, cocking his head to the side as he watched you. You
didn’t break eye-contact for a second.
“And what makes you think we’ll trust you? What makes you think we’re
not going to send you straight into solitary confinement?”
“Oh, no, I didn’t for a second think you’d trust me. I mean, an ex-HYDRA agent walks straight up to your front door and says
she wants to help you out? Not likely,” you mused, a soft smile on your face.
“And as for the ‘solitary confinement’ bit, I don’t think there’s any chance of
that happening, because, as you so gracefully pointed out, I’m just a kid.
There’s no way you’d let that happen.”
“You don’t think I’d let that happen?”
“Oh, absolutely not. Captain, you might have your flaws, but you really
are Captain America. You look deeper than that. You’ve probably already
conjured up a thousand theories about how an innocent child like me gets
herself involved in an organisation like that one. Spoiler alert: it’s never
the child’s fault.”
“Yet, you’ve suddenly had a change of heart, have you?”
Hundreds of anti-fascist organizers and others descended on downtown Portland, Oregon, on Sunday to face off against a smaller but vocal contingent of right-wing demonstrators, CNN reported.
Mayor Ted Wheeler had asked the federal government to revoke permits for two right-wing “free speech” events, including Sunday’s Trump Free Speech Rally, in the wake of the MAX murders.
But organizers Patriot Prayer ended up being allowed to host the event, albeit with heavy security; riot police and federal agents with body armor, batons and long arms lined the streets, while loudspeakers announced movement restrictions for attendees of both the Trump event and counter-demonstrations.
Deepening Social and Political Conflict in your Fiction
In many speculative fiction works, war or civil unrest is common, sometimes it’s a given. And yet so often, these grand, world-shattering wars are shallow when looked at straight-on. If you think about the history of the conflict or the spark that sent the nations to war, you can come up kind of dry. A lot of readers are tired of “WAR” being the default backdrop of a story, especially when it’s used as a prop rather than handled with the care it should be.
So how do you make sure that your social and political conflicts don’t just provide a canvas to your story, but help deepen and strengthen the world and the characters therein? Simple! Just do a little thinking!
What are they fighting over/why are they fighting?
Misconceptions or misunderstanding
Political or social ideologies
Who is the root of the conflict between?
Nation & Nation
Government & People
Two factions of people
Parts of the same government
Government & Church/Religious group
Church & People
Government & Private institution
Or does it span numerous groups?
How has it spread?
How long has this conflict been going on?
What was the origin point of this disagreement?
How quickly have things escalated?
How has magic or technology figured into the conflict as it is and as it’s developed?
What has motivated the continuation of this fighting?
What level of devastation have the people dealt with?
What is the military structure of the two sides?
How much do your characters know and understand about the history or reasons surrounding the war? How does that influence their feelings toward it?
Are there outside influences that are escalating the situation by getting involved? Perhaps manipulating or aiding one side?
What event triggered the initial conflict? The war (if they’re two separate things)?
Do the people remember what started the war, or has too much time passed?
How has the constant presence of war altered the society and culture?
How much fear is present in the day-to-day life of the citizens?
How do parents handle the knowledge that their children will undoubtedly go off to war at X age?
How has the family structure changed with the constant absence of soldiers?
Does lineage play any part in how likely a child is to be recruited or what level they start at?
How hardened have people come to war and death?
When does soldier training start for children? Is there a gender divide on who fights and who doesn’t? How is “fitness” determined for combat?
Has there been any tries at peace between the warring factions? How were they handled? Why did they fail?
Have art, literature, music etc. survived the enduring war? How has the umbrella of unrest affected the arts?
What do the people believe this war is trying to accomplish? Or do they accept it as a part of life that will likely never go away?
How do people cope with the upheaval of their lives?
How are soldiers selected and trained?
How informed are the general citizens?
How in-danger are the non-combatant people?
Are emotions running rampant, or are they in check? Or is ignorance bliss for most people?
How quickly did the inciting incident lead to the full-on war?
How well- or ill-tempered are the leaders of the sides and how does that contribute to the way the delegations, exchanges, and treaties are handled?
Are the people of the general public on board with going to war, or are they angry about their leaders’ involvement?
How well-documented and reported are the goings-on at the front lines/in governmental offices?
Why are the people unhappy or unsettled?
What groups are trying to resolve the issues or help the needy during the fragile times?
What are the opposing sides/ideas trying to accomplish and how are they balanced over discontentment rather than heading straight to war?
How much pressure is there to start an uprising?
Has the disagreement between some groups brought unity to others?
Is the unrest more mental and political, or are there mobs rioting in the streets?
Are there rumors (true or not) circulating that are adding to the tension?
Is there a press involved? How are their reportings affecting the people? How are they viewed by the ones in power?
How long has this unrest been present? Do people think that it will eventually lead to a revolution or war…or are they just resigned to the way things are?
Could you possibly do a mafia!daddy!phil × pastel!little!Dan ? ?? Cause that hc is freaking grEAT (possibly some smut?)
Prompt: dan wearing those cute velvet shorts you see on Instagram and phil can’t keep his hands off of him. (mafia!daddy!phil and whiny!little!dan?)
Oral fixation pastel Dan is all I beg you for
can i pleeease have some more little dan with oral fixation???
Here y’all go. Plus dirty talk, exhibitionism, and cockslut!dan. If you have trouble getting past the cut on mobile, open in your browser.
son of the boss always has it perks, but when your father is the boss of the
mafia, the fringe benefits are almost endless. It certainly isn’t the most
relatable circumstance, but Phil Lester is acutely aware of the privilege his
heritage brings. His family has never had any financial issues, and, although
it may not be the most honest money, it made for a very comfortable childhood.
Growing up, Phil never had to worry about being bullied in school – even though
he was a fairly strange, quirky kid that would usually attract that kind of
negative energy in the cesspool of teenage hormones that is high school,
everyone was well aware of who his father was and what he could do, so he was
left well alone. Now that he’s older, his blood keeps on giving in the form of
a large house in London and connections with almost every business in a ten
kilometre radius. That’s not to say Phil has had an easy life, but his problems
are quite disparate from the average persons’. He may be rich with a notorious
last name that opens back doors, but he does live with the constant knowledge
that he may be shot dead at any moment, so he supposes it all evens out.
He works as part of the family, of course. That’s how the mob operates
and, although he’s had his fair share of morality crises, he enjoys it. He’s
not the eldest son, so, as long as nothing happens to Martyn, he isn’t expected
to take over when his father – willingly, or otherwise – steps down, but he is
still in control of some aspects of it. He supposes he’s a capo, in a way,
being able to give orders to soldiers to do the bidding that’s sometimes his
own, and sometimes passed down to him from his father. Most of the members he
ranks above are considerably older than him, considering he’s only twenty-five,
and he can tell from the hard look in their eyes when he gives orders that
they’re not exactly thrilled about that. It doesn’t really matter, though,
because to go against Phil is to go against the boss and, unless they’re
actively looking to be killed, that’s not a very bright idea.
Phil’s seen a lot of shit since being inducted into the business at
twenty. Before that, his father always kept things vague and the gory details
hidden, probably more on Phil’s mothers’ wishes than his own, but the reality
of what being in the mafia involves couldn’t be sugar-coated for him forever.
He’s seen theft, assault, battery, and a fair share of murder. It’s not what
Phil would call ideal, but it comes with the kill-or-be-killed lifestyle. He’s
pretty much desensitised to the horror of it all by this point, but there is
one incident that affected him above any other; it was also the chain of events
that led to him meeting Dan.
title of the article: Boy Band Beatdown! Watch Louis Tomlinson Flip Photographer During Airport Brawl
what should have been the article: Louis Tomlinson Defending Girlfriend From Paps Who Won’t Stop Harassing Her, Trying To Get To Her While She’s Being Cornered By Three Girls, Security Just Watching, Slipping In Haste And Dragging Pap With Him While Shouting For Help, To Afterwards Pry A Girl Off Of His Girlfriend To Stop Her From Hitting His Girlfriend To Eventually Walk Away With Her To Avoid Having The Situation Escalate More But Being Arrested Anyway
On Friday, a white man in Washington approached a Sikh man and shot him in the arm.
The gunman allegedly told the victim to “go back to your own country,” the Seattle Times reported. The shooter is still at large, and the 39-year-old victim’s name has not been released.
According to the Times, the Sikh man was working on his car in the driveway of his Kent, Wash., home when the gunman walked up. The two began talking, and the situation escalated into an “altercation,” according to the Times, and the Sikh man was shot.
Definitely my longest list of transgressions commited by a character and I may be just a little angry but MCU Steve doesn’t behave well in Ca;cw which is understandable considering Bucky is involved in the situation, but it creates a host of issues.
Refers to Wanda as just a kid, brings her into
If Wanda is just a kid who doesn’t belong on the
raft, or imprisoned in the compound, and shouldn’t be held responsible for her
actions why is she invited into battle with the Avengers, that seems
Allows his team to throw a plane at a teenage
Unwilling to compromise
Tony offers a very fair offer in which the
accords will be adapted and Bucky will be protected
Steve as far as we know never tells his
teammates that this occurred
Has a standoff in a public airport
Tony evacuated the airport, Steve did not know
that was going to happen and could have easily put civilian lives in danger
Leaves Tony to pay for the damages
Ignores 117 countries will because the safest
hands are our own
Ends up a fugitive in Wakanda unable to help
Calls 117 governments most of them democratic
and thus ignores the will of 117 countries worth of people
Doesn’t tell Tony about his parents murder for 3
“Sometimes my teammates don’t tell me things”
Is literally a soldier for the US military,
works with SHIELD a government agency
The accords are just governments with agendas
trying to control us
Steve what? You listen to people in power, it’s
good. Tony listens to people in power, and now it’s bad.
Does not stay to face the consequences of his
The concept of Civil Disobedience (MLK) is that
it is our duty to stand againt unjust laws, however Civil disobedience also
claims that you must answer for the laws you break in standing against those
you view as unjust
Steve runs away to Wakanda leaving Tony to deal
with the fallout.
Does not share the information the Zemo
orchestrated the assassination
Hurt’s innocent German police officers in his
quest to save Bucky
Threw german swat team members down the stairs
Threw an admantium shield at German swat team
just trying to do their job
Participates in a high-speed chase through the
city with T’challa Bucky and the police
Most likely resulting in a multitude of casualties
Does not blame Wanda for her actions against
This is fine, Steve doesn’t have to blame Wanda
for her actions against Tony even Though she made them after having years to
process her grief
He does not offer Tony the same courtesy when
Tony attacks Bucky immediately after learning the truth of his parents death
No man left behind
Steve disables the arc reactor powering the suit
(PTSD anyone?) and then leaves Tony in a metal suit in the middle of Siberia,
That suit probably weighs more than 300 pounds.
Also the force required to break the arc probably would have shattered
Tony’s ribcage how he walked away with just a black eye is pure comic book
logic, but whatever.
Told antman to grow
Scott “Hey I can do this thing, it might kill
Steve. “Do it!”
Don’t get me
wrong I love Steve, and he absolutely should have defended Bucky against Tony in Siberia because Bucky did not deserve to die for his actions while brainwashed. He also
had every right to disagree with the Accords, however he could have fought them
legally, and he could have used the legal system to protect Bucky. He instead
chose to escalate the situation repeatedly. Ignoring every attempt of Tony to
compromise throughout the movie.
MCU Steve Rogers in
Civil War reminds me a lot of Thor before he was worthy of the hammer. He
chooses to fight instead of compromise, and believes in himself as an absolute
moral goodness. Thor chose to fight during a time of peace, and believed
himself to be in the right morally at the beginning of his banishment.
If you think about it… Sam Wilson was one of the main driving forces in CACW. He’s the one that convinced Steve not to tell Tony about the other Winter Soldiers. He helped escalate the situation by bringing in Ant Man. In the Raft he was the one who directed Tony to Siberia.
His timing was so perfect that it almost begs the question of if he was working with Zemo the whole time…
What are some hurdles a person who has practiced taekwondo, fencing and aikido might have to jump when thrown into a real life or death fight? What will happen when they get much better at escalating quickly (almost too quickly) and they're thrown into a situation where that's the opposite of what they need to do?
By, “the opposite of what they need to do,” you mean, not
escalate the situation, or specifically work to try to limit the harm being
inflicted. You know, like an Aikido practitioner?
I know we’ve said this before, but; martial arts are not interchangeable.
They’re not just alternate move sets, or aesthetic considerations. Every
martial art, every one, brings its
own philosophies and outlooks into play. When those philosophies overlap, you
might have options to start mixing them together, or lifting elements from one
for the other. Aikido and Taekwondo don’t really have much of anything to talk
Aikido is a martial art of pacifism. It works well for self defense
because the entire idea is, you stand at the center, plant your feet, and send
anyone who attacks you to the floor, so they can think about all of the mistakes
they just made.
As I said at the beginning, Aikido doesn’t escalate, at
least not on its own. This is a martial art that focuses on ending conflicts
with as little harm done as humanly possible. People will get hurt, that’s an inevitability,
but, this is a martial art that is heavily focused on avoiding escalation.
If you want to start mixing it with something else, there
are other martial arts that have common ground. Jujitsu and Judo both have some
of the same philosophical underpinnings, they’re just pretty sure that plopping
someone on the ground isn’t enough to get the message across, that sometimes
you’re going to want to get down there and make your point in person.
There are even aggressive martial arts that you can
(probably) mix Aikido with fairly effectively, including Muay Thai or Krav
Maga. Martial arts that say, “I want to get really close to someone and turn
them into goulash.” They do have common ground on the ranges that they think
combat should be taking place at.
Taekwondo doesn’t. It’s a very active martial art. It wants
to go places and kick people in the head. As a practical martial style it
shares almost nothing with Aikido. Where Aikido wants its foes close enough to
reach out and touch, Taekwondo is all about forcing your foes away, and keeping
them off balance while you drive your foot through any internal organs they
Taekwondo exists as a practical martial art, but you’re
going to be hard pressed to find that variant outside of Korea. If your
character served in the South Korean military, worked for the police or as a
bodyguard there, then it’s possible they learned this.
Taekwondo traditionally pairs with Hapkido. I don’t know
much about the martial art itself, beyond that it has a focus on joint locks.
But, these are designed to work together, and against one another, so a
practitioner in one would probably also learn the other.
Ironically, Taekwondo can also find common ground with
martial arts like Muay Thai or Krav Maga. These are all martial arts that enjoy
moving around a lot and messing people up. Where Taekwondo excels at doing this
at range, Muay Thai or Krav Maga offer options to do this up close.
Now, if you’re sitting there and wondering why I just listed
the same two martial arts as compatible to both of the ones you picked, that’s
because they have common ground with one another, the two you picked, really
kind of don’t. It’s not that martial artists never learn conflicting styles.
That does happen. But the benefit you gain from that isn’t being able to blend
them together into a single style, it’s being able to switch up your approach
to fit the situation you’re in. And, yes, escalation control is an element of your martial art.
A character who’s been trained in Aikido and (practical)
Taekwondo, would be in a very good position to work as a bodyguard. Taekwondo
allows for rapid vicious responses when called for, and Aikido allows for them
to deal with attackers in public situations where you really wouldn’t want a
bodyguard tearing apart an overly eager fan.
I’m just going to toss this one out, but fencing really
doesn’t add much to this situation. It will help with physical conditioning,
but then again they’d already be getting that from Taekwondo and Aikido.
So, if your character’s been training in Aikido, either
recreationally or practically, they shouldn’t be having issues with escalation.
Remember, escalation is where you increase the amount of force you use to a
point where combat ceases to be an appealing option for your opponent. The
entire concept is anathema to Aikido, which seeks to end combat with as little
violence as possible.
Also, there’s a side nitpick, it’s not really possible to
escalate too quickly. The issue is escalating too far. Again, the idea is that
you demonstrate a degree of violence your opponent isn’t psychologically ready
to handle, forcing them to back down.
Escalating too slowly can give them time to come to terms
with what you’re doing, but the only problem with escalating too quickly is
that you’ll use excessive force. For example, grabbing someone by the skull and
gouging out their eyes would (almost certainly) convince their friends or
allies to back down, but if the situation doesn’t warrant that kind of force,
it’s excessive, you’ve escalated too far, and there will be consequences. These
can be the obvious legal issues associated with extreme violence, or it can
provoke responses in opponents where, instead of backing down, they’ll be more
willing to retaliate in kind. For example, pulling a gun on someone’s friend
might get them to back down, where killing their friend will drive them to come
after you, where they wouldn’t have with less escalation.
The problems faced by a character who escalates too far is, that
they’ll make far more enemies, which will eventually catch up with them. This
is part of why escalation is such a tricky concept. It’s requires a substantial
amount of finesse to pull off effectively.
Escalation is also something that is seriously frowned on by
most of the recreational martial arts community. Unnecessary, and excessive
violence is a serious liability issue for the school, particularly if their
students are children (and, honestly, that’s pretty common.) A large part of
this is because of the exact problem you’re describing. The actual difficulty
is about going too far. It’s not hard to go way too far in an instant, that
happens all the time. But, unless your character is operating with some kind of
“above-the-law” protections, going too far once is a good way to end up
spending the next 25 years in a small cell.
Exo’s reaction to you flinching during an argument
hi i was hoping i could get exo’s and got7’s reactions to their s/o flinching during a fight due to a rather unpleasant past relationship?? (they thought they were gonna get hurt) (also i hope this doesn’t break the rules for requests!!)
*TRIGGER WARNING: Harmful Past relationship. Exo in no way harm you.
This was your first real argument after he came back from tour in Hong Kong and you were beginning to doubt if you could handle his absence for so long. “Minseok, I come back to an empty house, empty bed, for months. You have the boys, the fans.” Minseok subconsciously steps towards you, his voice rising momentarily before you flinch quickly. He would freeze and feel his heart break, all arguments forgotten as he cautiously opens his arms for you. You’d run into his hug immediately and feel his hands soothingly rubbing your back, kissing the side of your head. Hours would pass as you both sat down and talked it out, past and future, promising to be there for each other.
“Not all my relationships were as happy and loving as you Minseok…but I do love you”
“I would Never touch you like that. Ever.”
Junmyeon would come back to you after a very hard day of almost everything going wrong at SM. As he walked in late you jokingly complained “Junmyeon I can’t believe you made me wait longer for dinner” and he looked up at you frustrated, snapping “Look if I’m really that much of a burden, you should eat alone” before shame crashed through him at his words and your small step back. Junmyeon would immediately slowly approach you, hands up as his eyes filled, sighing in relief when you tucked your head into the crook of his neck and breathing your scent shakily in. He’d apologise in the softest voice, explaining his troublesome day but not excusing his treatment of you before you’d frame his face, showing your forgiveness.
“Junmyeon, you are not a burden. To me or anyone.”
“I’m so sorry jagi, I shouldn’t have snapped, I appreciate you completely.”
Yixing and you rarely argued as you both trusted each other’s decisions and choices however it was the last straw for you when Yixing yet again pushed himself impossibly far and fainted. You’d plead with him “Baobei, please have a break, lighten your load! I cant take watching you get weaker!” but all Yixing could think of was the expectations of all those who supported him and his own determination. He would gesture to the side emotively as he argued back watching your eyes flicker to his hand and close. Sorrow filled him at your past, rushing to gather you up against his warm chest as his familiar voice calmly soothed and comforted you. Sitting you down and brushing your tears away, he swore he would watch his health.
“I never want you to feel like that again y/n. I will always be here for you.”
Baekhyun being the cheerful, playful man he is would rarely have reason to argue with you but he can’t always be happy. It would be a day where he wakes up tired, too tired to put that warm smile on his face and you’d be aware of the sudden shift. Being 6 month into this relationship you’d be clueless on how to help, trying to make him laugh or cuddle him which would only cause him to groan “Can you just leave me alone for now.” as he began to push you aside with his long hands, making you curl into yourself. His usually bright eyes would widen at the sight and he would tentatively stroke over your back, speaking in hushed tones to relax you. He’d hold you on his lap for a long time as both of you find quiet contentment in one another.
Jongdae is the member who always looks out for the others, and tries to look after them to his best ability. Walking in on a brewing argument between Jongdae and Junmyeon, you’d quickly step forward to break it up before something was said that would escalate the situation. Jongdae would shake your hand off his broad shoulder, frustrated and trying to get across how he felt a little taken for granted before Junmyeon took him by the shoulders to turn him towards you, looking down with your shoulders shaking. Junmyeon would quietly leave as Jongdae would realise how he had taken you for granted, repeating all the things he loved about you as he held your hands, smiling that unique grin that made your heart melt.
“I’m an idiot jagya, You’re always just trying to help. Thank you.”
You hadn’t meant to delete the track. Chanyeol always let you mess around and compose your own songs on his laptop, almost communicating with each other through music. Your finger had slipped and when Chanyeol came home and found out, he groaned loudly into his hands and berated you. When you told him what track it was, he stood up fast “The title track. You deleted the title track.”. You knew he hadn’t meant to but his height, usually endearing and clumsy, was intimidating when standing so fast, reminding you of your past. Lowering your head with your hands clenched you would feel his arms envelop you; murmuring into your hair how he’d just make another, that maybe you’d like help compose it.
“Please don’t feel intimidated jagiya, Let’d have some hot chocolate, then we can start our song.”
Kyungsoo is another who wouldn’t argue often, being very self aware and introspective. However when he told you of the news of his new romantic drama and the possibility of a heated scene, you were happy for him but couldn’t help that insecurity that welled up. You’d quietly say “Please don’t… what if she’s perfect for you”.Kyungsoo would bring his large hand up to bring you into him to reassure you but seeing you back away quickly at his hand cause his face to fall, his heart to fill as he held up his hands to wait for when you were ready to be held by him. Seeing each other’s misunderstanding would bring you into a long hug, his hands smoothing down your waist gently.
“You are the only one I’d imagine. I promise you that.”
Jongin would be frustrated at how reluctant you were to go public. He would perfectly understand your cautiousness and apprehension but when he sat you down with a picnic and ask softly again you could only softly refuse. You’d feel awful but the thought of all the cameras, the invasion of privacy, you just couldn’t. Dragging his rich brown hair back in confusion, he replied sharply “It’s not about that, its about showing the world it’s you I love, in order for us to move forward!”. Hearing only his sharp tone, you’d drop your head, leaning away before his soft hands tilted your face gently up to look into his calm brown eyes, his small cheek dimple on display as he smiled reassuringly at you.
“Okay y/n we’ll do this on your time, I’ll wait with you.”
This argument happened after Sehun noticed how much you liked to hang out with his hyungs. He trusted you and them completely, he knew how much you loved him just as you knew how much he loved him. The issue was that you would tease him about being younger, being the maknae with them. So today he would snap, angrily telling you “If i’m so young, such a baby, why’re you even here. I’m 23.” You’d avoid his eyes, immediately making yourself smaller. Sehun would instantly curse himself at his temper, sitting down and coaxing you to cuddle him on the sofa. You understood where his annoyance came from and promised him he was very much someone you respected and loved.
“I mean, I admit I can be childish…but not all the time…”
“You’re the most loyal, caring and genuine man i know Sehun.”
Ivar playing with a husky pupper at the dog park. He’s an incredibly socially submissive boy, though he does like to play rough-n-tumble when other dogs make it clear that they’re willing to engage.
I wish I’d been able to get video of him playing with the Akita I mentioned in our last post but I was out of battery. He’s been attending the dog park since he was first old enough, and has earned himself a reputation as a slightly socially awkward but incredibly sweet boy who’d much rather walk calmly away from a conflict and play with someone else than take offense to a transgression and escalate the situation.
I notice that doggy-dogs are far more prone to the latter, while well-socialized wolfdogs are more prone to the former.
It’s my dad’s birthday today. Phoned him up to wish him a good day and he informed me my brother is back in hospital and he promptly broke down in tears.
This is November/December of last year all over again when they escalated the situation to such dire straights Etd’s family kindly paid to send me home on an emergency flight and I made myself deathly sick with exhaustion trying to fix everything, when the whole thing could have been avoided if they just did what the doctor said and kept him on his meds.
*scrubs hands over face*
I’m going home next month for a wedding anyway but I will not kill myself trying to help them, I will not kill myself trying to help them I will not I will not I will not.
I totally get Katara being mad at Zuko when he joined them, but did you think it was kinda unfair, because Zuko never said he was joining them back in Ba Sing Se, she just assumed he would, but still I get it, her being mad, however I do think her blaming Zuko for the death of her mother was unfair, because that had nothing to do with Zuko, she just connected and threw all her anger at him, and I just loved how Zuko took it, all of it, her attitude and her anger and tried his best to fix it.
I mean, it’s no secret that I don’t think highly of the writing in Season 3.
I don’t think it was unfair at all. At least not the way it was presented in “The Western Air Temple”.
Here’s what Katara says at the end of the episode, when she threatens him:
“You might have everyone else here buying your … transformation, but you and I both know you’ve struggled with doing the right thing in the past. So let me tell you something, right now. You make one step backward, one slip-up, give me one reason to think you might hurt Aang, and you won’t have to worry about your destiny anymore. Because I’ll make sure your destiny ends … right then and there. Permanently.”
Katara had been Mama Bear-ing Aang ever since she metaphorically gave birth to him in the very first episode.
She wasn’t angry because he didn’t join them, Katara was angry because Zuko’s choice in “The Crossroads Of Destiny” got Aang killed. Not injured, not hurt, actually killed. And if she hadn’t had that Spirit Water, the one she offered to heal Zuko with, Aang would be dead.Forever.
So, no I don’t think her anger at Zuko in “The Western Air Temple” is unfair.
The problem is that this never gets mentioned again.Probably because it would’ve made her feelings towards Aang even more explicitly motherly.
The very next episode she lets Zuko take Aang on a field trip? Like, literally, right after threatening him, the very next episode, she lets Zuko whisk Aang off to fuck-knows-where, for fuck-knows-how-long?
But, lol, this is Season 3, where the good writers get their scripts revised a hundred times because they’re “too shippy” and the bad ones get to write ¾ of the series finale.
The thing about the way Katara got angry at Zuko in “The Southern Raiders” is that it had a very clear trigger: the fact that she had to see her dad walk away. Again. Because of the Fire Nation. Again. And why is the Fire Nation there at all?
Zuko: “Go ahead! I’ll hold them off. I think this is a family visit.”
So, I think that, in Katara’s head, even though Zuko says that he’s cut ties with his homeland and family, he still manages to bring their evil to them, to her, personally.
So, yeah, I agree with you, she was projecting.
And it is really interesting, isn’t it? Zuko is, aside from Hakoda, the only character shown actually addressing Katara’s anger. Aang goes all ‘kicked puppy,’ so she swallows it up, Toph escalates the situation to a point, then one of them walks away until they calm down, Sokka, I think though years of practice, simply ignores her until she works it out on her own, and Suki hasn’t been around enough for us to see anything of her on this front.
Zuko is the only one who actively works, both on his own, and with her, until they reach the root of the problem and then solve it.
No one has, at any point during the show, put that much effort into Katara’s mental health and emotional well-being. No one but Zuko.
But, lmao, Bryke said: ““Zutara” never would have lasted! It was just dark and intriguing.” So we clearly gotta take known liars’ word above our own eyes and ears and completely disregard the themes of the show, the personalities of the characters involved, and the way the narrative was set up.