-LOGAN WAS SO FUCKING GOOD HOLY FUCK
-never in a million years did i think i would cry so many times during an xmen ~related~ film but bitch!!!
-this movie came after me so many times i am shook
-this was such an emotional experience
-it was so packed too i usually go on discount days but i had to see this and wow literally not a seat left open!!!
-first movie from the franchise to be rated r and damn!!! It really needed it, i can’t imagine the film being pg 13
-i really loved the r rating… the gore the cussing the darker and more mature tone was something i didn’t think i needed til i saw this film
-the darker tone made it so much more intense and made logan feel more human
-fight/action scenes were all pure gratuitous fun i enjoyed all of it
-laura is adorable and shes a bad bitch my daughter will be like that!!! like wow this girl got paid to deadass be silent for half the movie but when she talked i was shook af
-and the nurse gabriella being aleida from oitnb like hey girll!!
-the banter between professor x and logan ugh and when logan called charles his dad
-this side of wolverine/ logan was so raw and sad.
-he def was not the mutant hero ive grown up watching but that was also the refreshing part bc it made it seem more realistic to me
-heartbreaking to watch someone spiral downward especially with the drinking and self hatred and the suicidal thoughts ugh
-laura is a mini wolverine but gonna grow to be so much stronger i love her every time she fucked someone up i was screaming YAAS
-finding out shes his daughter ugh i knew it bur dang!!
-honestly pierce the bad guy was sexy af i was having dirty thoughts while hating him at the same time
-i’m not a box of avocados logan
-logan is really so broken and traumatized inside
-charles telling logan that this is what its like to be normal before he left with that mans to fix the water or whatever
-and its sad to see charles so weak and sick and trapped in his mind and broken as well after what he did in westchester
-losing control is so awful and seeing someone who was once so great be at this point hurts
-THIS FILM WAS AFTER ME YALL I WAS SO ATTACKED
-when charles woke up in that familys house and was talking about how he remembered things and that it was the best night of his life but he didnt deserve it I WAS CRYING
-then i was like OMFG LOGAN IS ABOUT TO KILL HIM??? Turns out it was his fuckass clone mutant but i was still shook
-hugh jackman is a daddy he can still get it
-logan coping with charles was so sad this father son relationship rly fucked me up it was so cute when they were joking abt the past at academy during dinner
-laura gives me life!!! W her docs and cute ass outfit in sunglasses but she still vicious yas queen
-her relationship w charles was so beautiful too
-her driving!!! Aha and finally speaking that was a funny cute lil scene i was expecting her to be a little sassier but that wouldnt fit the tone of the movie so its all good
-all the cute lil mutant kids!!!! omfg so adorable its really fcked up what they were doing at transigen i was heated ugh
-they were so sweet helping him and ugh the scenes just between logan and laura rlly fucked me up like when she held his hand after he buried charles…
-my god the development of these relationships really messed me up!!!
-honestly his self loathing and pity party was getting a little annoying and the whole im no good for you act etc etc but i understand i guess
-telling laura she and her friends reminded him of the xmen RIP
-“people hurt me” “were different i hurt people”
-ugh i literally love them so much when he told her he was gonna shoot himself w that bullet then she took it from him wow cryin
-him being like u dont need me everyone i care about gets hurt or killed then she roasted him with the “THEN I GUESS ILL BE FINE” like damn girl
-ugh him coming to the rescue and taking the green stuff ugh i just knew this wouldnt end well but the fight scenes and seeing some of the kids use their powers was nice
-also enjoyed all the bad guys gettjng absolutely destroyed
-literally FUCK clone logan so hard she was really goin at him but i knew logans fate was inevitable since it was hughs last hoorah but wow
-SOBBING HES LITERALLY IMPALED ON THAT FUCKING TREE DYING ANS SHES CUTTING THE TREE AND REALIZES SHE CANT SAVE HIM
-SHE LITERALLY LOST EVERY ADULT WHO CARED FOR HER “dont be what they made you”
-i was in fucking puddles then she held his hand and called him fucking daddy!!!! THAT RUINED ME WHEN SHE ACKNOWLEDGE HE WAS HER FATHER HOLY FRICK
-“so this is what it feels like” logans last words realizing what its like to care for someone again/what it feels like to die omg laura crying made me cry
-then her speech after she buried him!!! THEN SHE WENT AND TURNED THE CROSS TO AN X AND I FELT APART OF MY SOUL DIE LIKE KNOWING EVERYONE IN THAT UNIVERSE FROM THE XMEN WERE DEAD. IT HIT ME SO HARD
-the end. thank u for sticking w me if u read this whole thing talk to me about it im emotionally unstable
-idk i prob left some stuff out but this is a lot already im lowkey so sad rn
-i cant wait for the next xmen movie with the other cast i need more this was all my childhood upto now i need it all please
Apple of his Eye - Everything has to start from somewhere. It is unlike Newton where an apple falls on his head one day and inspires all of his works that shaped the current world.Viktor, however, well…
The Art of Broomstick Waxing - "You wanted to know what I was doing this morning, right?“ JJ winks at Minami. "Just ask your Captain."Seungil shoots him a glare that’s somewhere between I’m going to hex you and shut up or no sex for a month.In which Seungil burns JJ’s "Don’t flirt with me, my boyfriend is an Auror!” shirt, JJ becomes the subject of target practice, and trouble brews amidst the UK Quidditch Cup.
Black and Gold - Yuri!!! On Ice Hogwarts AU. Yuuri is in his seventh and final year at Hogwarts when the next Triwizard Tournament takes place, allowing him to meet his idol, Viktor Nikiforov, for the first time.More pairings and relationships will be added as the story progresses.
Catch Me If You Can -
Yuuri Katsuki is 13 when he gets into the Hogwarts exchange student program. It’s everything that he’s ever imagined it would be and more. There’re pasties and mermaids and butterbeer and centaurs and Quidditch, Quidditch, Quidditch! But probably the best thing about being here is getting to see his longtime idol and renowned Seeker on the Russian national team, Victor Nikiforov, in the flesh. A few chance encounters and not-so chance encounters and maybe, just maybe, can Victor finally notice one of his biggest fans?
Yuuri is now in his sixth year at Hogwarts and the victim of his secret affections, Victor, approaches him one day during Charms. Growing and changing isn’t something Yuuri likes to do, but he soon realizes it’s a crucial part to living.
It’s the beginning of Guang-Hong Ji’s fifth year at Hogwarts, and it seems like it’ll be alright. He’s got good classmates, good (if sometimes questionable) friends, and overall, life is pretty steady. Especially with Leo by his side. But this year is also turning out to be one full of changes - everybody’s starting to fall in love. And that “everybody” might just include Guang-Hong, with the one person he didn’t want to.
darling, we both know - You can grow up with someone and be simultaneously better and worse for it.(Or: the HP Wizarding World (not set in Hogwarts!) AU where they meet as preteens, fuck as teenagers, fall in love as adults, and occasionally find time to magically figure skate.)
Don’t fly past me, darling (I’ve been in love with you since the beginning) - Gryffindor Seeker Yuuri Katsuki Pulls Off Dangerous Nikiforov Spiral, the article had been titled.Of course Viktor wanted a word with him. No one in their right mind attempted the Nikiforov Spiral— especially not bumbling, overweight Hogwarts students who weren’t Gryffindor Seekers anymore, no matter what the article implied. He’d been three sheets to the wind, under the influence of Madam Chulanot’s finest Odgen’s Old Firewhiskey, and flown with half a brain.
Entwining Fates - Imagine if Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, after the demise of you-know-who, started accepting foreign students in an effort for greater unity among wizarding communities around the world. Imagine that, in this changing climate of diversity and social acceptance, Hogwarts also decided to host an exchange programme with select students from Durmstrang Institute and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic for a semester.Imagine, then, if a young Japanese wizard by the name of Yuuri Katsuki had transferred to Hogwarts to escape his past, just in time to meet a Russian Quidditch player who would blow open the very doors he was trying so desperately to close.A story of love, magic, and teenagers trying to find themselves.
The Eros of Magic - He was just an ordinary wizard with a great fondness for magical creatures. He had no serious goals in his life and he was content traveling the world to help with handling and finding new homes for the beings he adored with his whole heart. He did not have great expectations from the future.Until his long time idol, the great Viktor Nikiforov crashed into his life and turned everything upside down.Literally.Or the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them AU no one asked for.
Exchange Student- (Harry Potter AU) Yuuri goes to Mahoutokoro School of Magic in Japan with his friends, Yuuko and Takeshi. One day, it is announced that there will be exchange students from Thailand, China, and Russia visiting from various wizarding schools. It just so happens that one of Russia’s greatest wizard prodigies, Viktor Nikiforov, is one of those students. What happens when Yuuri and Viktor meet for the first time and change each other’s worlds?
Expomise: a transformation spell that bonds two objects together. / Yuuri is at Hogwarts. So is everyone else./
Fundamental Laws of Magic and Attraction - "By the time classes start again, everyone at Hogwarts has heard the story about how Lee Seungil, the Hogwarts Champion, was dramatically played and dumped by Jean-Jacques Leroy, the Durmstrang Champion.“In which the Triwizard Tournament returns to Hogwarts, Hufflepuffs control the student-run rumor mill, more than one person attempts to hex JJ, and Professor Katsuki is hiding something Very Important.
I’d rather be skating - Sometimes, when a muggle child gets an acceptance letter from a wizarding school, they say no.Victor Nikiforov would rather be skating. Yuuri Katsuki would rather be normal.
if these wings could fly - Already, the announcer’s taken the chance to sneak in some snide commentary. Viktor tunes it out by watching Yuuri weave between the Slytherin Beaters expertly, his features tense with concentration as he pulls off a complicated manoeuvre and dodges a Bludger while stealing the Quaffle from one of Slytherin’s Chasers. The early advantage for Gryffindor nets Yuuri loud cheers from three Houses, and Viktor spots Phichit waving a banner charmed to morph between several different cute drawings of Yuuri telling himself words of encouragement. Even from down here, close to the ground, Viktor can see the real Yuuri’s joy and determination as he faces the pumped-up spectators.In that moment, with Yuuri soaring upward, framed by the clear skies and roars from the stands, Viktor finally understands that his friend belongs to a place where he can never follow.
ok but also one thing i haven’t had the chance to mention is that dot brings up there not being many dateable warlocks for her in this realm which suggests there’re a good number of warlocks who simply fuck off out of this realm altogether? we know you can only (safely) portal to places you’ve already been, but nothing says that more powerful warlocks can’t create their own pocket dimensions, either, especially given that the Spiral Labyrinth exists and someone must’ve made that place originally.
also, magnus choosing to stay here is interesting. i’m curious if he ever considered leaving, too, but i guess some other warlocks are much more isolationist than magnus, who’s so connected to the Downworld community overall. but it makes me think that magnus has made some pocket dimensions of his own, just small little realms he ducks into for a vacation from time to time. and it’s like, all his and he can just build whatever he wants inside of it.
What makes a good spiral? I've heard that Jason Brown's spirals are amazing, while Yuna Kim's had some room for improvement. But....I can't really pinpoint what makes them good or bad?
Jason has good spirals, especially for a man, but there are better spirals out there. Two main qualities that make a good spiral are extension (how far up you raise your leg, how straight your leg is) and toe point (what it sounds like, pointing your toes instead of letting your foot just hang there). Yuna’s arabesque spirals did not have very good extension or toe point, her foot just sticks out.
But many other skaters have these problems too, some worse than hers, so she’s not alone.
Here is Sasha Cohen’s arabesque spiral; her leg is straight, raised high, and her toe is pointed. Her legs and body create attractive lines.
Another quality of good spirals is gliding on a deep edge; Michelle Kwan was especially known for her change-of-edge spiral which had great control on both the inside and outside edges.
For spirals in other positions (and skating in general), extension and toe point still apply. For catchfoot spirals and biellmann spirals, forming an aesthetically pleasing shape with your body and leg is important - biellmann spirals/spins typically have a “teardrop” shape.
So, no more being lazy and slacking off on the whole tumblr thing.
First off, where I’ve been for the past couple months. My roommate is still my roommate, and she’s still an airhead, although it’s worn off a little, and works at a strip club now. We get along great though, so there’s that, but I can’t help feeling bad about making her like this. Anyways, as for me, I’ve still been getting hypnotized, but by a hypnotherapist in person. We know eachother from school, and I got in touch with her because I figured she wouldn’t mind hypnotizing me for non-therapy stuff. So she’s been hypnotizing me twice a week, making me more susceptible to hypnosis files, subliminals, and especially spirals (some of you guys send me spirals every now and then; I start drifting away then everything goes blank, then i wake up what feels like instantly, in reality 5 hours have passed. The longest I’ve been out was 7 hours after a really strong one, and it’s all because of this hypnosis). I’m doing this to try to become as weak and powerless when it comes to hypnosis and brainwashing as possible so I can do more stuff on here, and I think it’s working really well since I started about a month ago.
So I’ve been hearing about these bambisleep files, and I think I’m going to start to try them. Of course, I want some suggestions and crazy files from you guys. I’ll take anything! I’m not abandoning this place anymore, and that’s final. I’m back.
“Wake up! Wake the fuck up. When are you going to stop destroying yourself? I’m done with it. I’m done with all of it. I’m fucking pissed. I’m so sick of seeing you get high. Why can’t you stop?”
(or something to that extent was screamed at my father)…
the last thing he said to me with tears streaking down his sweat slick cheeks was, “I’m sorry, Anonymous(I’m not revealing my actual name); I love you.”
Short backstory: my father struggled with addiction his whole life. He had a weakness when it came to benzos. The last night he was alive, I’d been trying to reach him via his cell phone. He answered once around 6 or 7 completely trashed. Worried but also growing more pissed by the second that he had not come upstairs to go to bed like he promised, at around ten or eleven, I went down to his workshop to check on him. My dad was out cold, propped up against the wooden barn door. As a matter of fact, approaching the barn from the distance, I could tell that the door was creaking open from the pressure of his weight against it. I stormed into the barn, shaking with anger all over. Even though it was a freezing December night, my body was red hot, lit up like coals from the inside, with rage. The first thing I noticed was that my father had turned on his mini grill he received from his father on to keep everything insulated since his wood stove had been deemed a ‘fire hazard’ and taken out of the workshop. To the degree of what I stated above, my words to him were razor sharp and clipped. My father was completely oblivious to what was going on. He wanted to pee in the garbage can adjacent to him. I told him, even pleaded with him that we had to go upstairs. He said, voice thick with sleep, that he needed help getting upstairs. I tried to help him, but you have to understand I was still extremely irate with him. He had put me through years and years of overdoses, being messed up all the time, etc. More often than not, I was left to fend for myself alongside my brother especially in the later years of his downward spiral, especially in the last month of his life. I made one more phone call to him, went upstairs to go to sleep, woke up the next day at like, 12 and my whole world came crashing down. He’d been discovered dead by one of his closest friends.
@marquitacarstairs-valdez1 ok yes I’m all about Damen having the same sort of idolization we hear from Laurent! But maybe not as strong, because maybe it wasn’t returned by Kastor in the same way that Auguste doted on Laurent (like paschals quote about the devotion going both ways)
However I do think that Kastor did honestly love Damen. At some point. Especially when they were younger (by the time of the first book maybe he was too far gone to say that) but OK I love the idea of SmolDamen having a phase of wanting nothing more than to follow big brother around and be like him. Because he probably thought he was so cool????Which I think Kastor would find endearing but I see his annoyance at the time in more of a young man wanting have time where he’s not being followed by a 6 year old rather than a this bitch stole my throne sort of way? Which is why of course he’d consistently act unbothered.
I think a lot (this should be my catch phrase tbh) about what Damen said at the end of KR about all he could see when he thought about his older brother (Kastor teaching him things, sitting with him) and so I think Kastors feelings are complicated. I think his jealousy and hate was a slow, progressive spiral (especially once a snake started to whisper in his ear)
Do you have any headcanons about Percy and Annabeth's nightmares post-Tartarus, and like how they cope?
not well lol
It’s less of actual nightmares for Annabeth, more of her waking up and beginning to panic. She’s afraid of the dark. If she’s not alone in the room though, particularly if Percy is in sight, she can usually calm herself down before she has a full blown panic attack.
I think nightmares are one of the milder areas for Annabeth, her symptoms in other areas are the ones that give her the hardest time
Percy’s are technically night terrors—like, he doesn’t necessarily wake up or remember them. He’ll lash out or thrash but he’s still asleep.
Or sometimes he’ll “wake up” but he’s dissociating so hard that he’s totally out of touch with his surroundings
Which really freaks him out when he hears about it later or wakes up in a weird position or spot
He develops insomnia because he’s so freaked out by his own sleeping habits
He’s obviously snappish and in a generally awful mood when he’s barely sleeping and it’s really hard on his mother and Annabeth, which might be why Piper is usually the one to diffuse the situation
Percy should really do hypnotherapy and maybe he would except that after having his memories stolen and being put to sleep for months he has a paralyzing fear of people messing around in his head
It’s one of those things that gets so bad because they’re not sure how to manage it and the longer it goes untreated the more it spirals out of control
He really can’t sleep alone because he needs to be woken before he really starts to get worked up otherwise he’ll lose a whole night of sleep, and the more sleep he loses the worse the night terrors get
He feels so stupid because he hates being babied but like… he really does need to be watched when he’s sleeping
He finally agrees to it the night he punches his fist through a mirror
They start off slow, like in hour shifts, early in the night. They gradually work up to the point where he can sleep for the whole hour without interruption, and then they work up to two, then three, and so on.
The brunt of it falls on Sally and Paul obviously (mostly Sally, of course), because they’re stable adults and his parents and they can afford to lose nights of sleep.
It’s a huge win when he’s able to get six hours of solid sleep a night.
And by that point, he can be on his own, as well.
Eventually, if Annabeth or his mother is nearby (or anyone really; when you’re that exhausted friendly faces in general are very helpful, even strangers), he can get back to sleep, and make it to like nine hours
And while the nightmares don’t stop for many years, the night terrors go away after the first year
Honestly, when it comes down to it, one of my favorite things about Orphan Black is how actively accepting, respectful, and anti-judgemental it is about so many things that are often judged so harshly by society.
The most obvious example, perhaps, is Cosima and the show’s treatment of her queer identity. It is simply accepted in the narrative and allowed to be, without interrogation. There’s no need to rehash all the potential negativity she might encounter because of it: it’s beating a dead horse. We know already. Far better, the show merely allows Rachel her little “So, you’re gay” dig, only to throw one of the most powerful shutdowns/affirmations in the entire series back in her face: “My sexuality is not the most interesting thing about me.” It so elegantly turns Rachel’s nasty pointed question into an irrelevant pettiness, resists reducing Cosima to her orientation, and refuses to let Rachel claim any power there.
Sarah’s troubled relationship with motherhood and its attendant impossible ideals is another arena where it would be oh so easy to judge. However, Sarah is allowed to be neither a saint nor a demon, and still narratively respected as a valid woman and mother just the same. Her past and current struggles with the responsibility of parenthood, up to and including her months-long abandonment of her daughter, is never denied, but neither is her soul-consuming desperation and commitment to doing everything she can (and attempting many things she can’t) to protect Kira. Once again, a small moment of judgement occurs early on in the series, this time coming from Alison. However, that mentality is completely shut down by Felix, and from then on, Sarah’s identity and validity as a mother is mostly challenged only by her own self-doubt.
I find the show’s treatment of Beth and her mental illness to be both particularly subtle and especially powerful. Her perfect spiralling storm of depression, anxiety, addiction, and incredible levels of stress are not played off as pathetic and hopeless, but as devastating and valid. Never once is Beth blamed for ‘not being able to handle it.’ Even Sarah’s feeble denial of the conspiracy, her attempt to write Beth off as just someone who made a mistake and couldn’t cope, is allowed to be just that - a feeble denial of the very real troubles she’s inherited from Beth. Furthermore, the way in which a (successfully) suicidal woman is remembered not for her weakness, but for her strength, is simply mind-blowing to me. Three seasons on, and Beth is still regarded by all as a pillar of incredible strength who was simply put under more pressure than anyone should ever be asked to bear. The narrative never affords her anything but the utmost respect with regard to her struggles.
See, Orphan Black has this tendency to take the derogatory status quo and twist our expectations of what always happens into something refreshing and utterly affirming. The normative default is not allowed to be the default. There are so many more examples: the entire creation and existence of Krystal’s character; the way Alison’s comparatively ‘ordinary’ fears and concerns are not dismissed as less real than the more dramatic ones of the rest of Clone Club; the seriousness and care with which Tony Sawicki’s gender was handled; the amazingly sympathetic narrative framing of Helena’s complicated characterization (discussed with great insight and incredibly moving emotion here by @sharkodactyl). Please, add onto this post and discuss these and more! However, the last one I want to focus on is a quiet moment from the Helsinki #2 comic that for me encapsulates this recurring pattern of field-leveling affirmation.
Katsuki Yuuri was born with a full head of hair. The first child in his family actually. However, what shocked everyone the most, was that Yuuri’s hair was half black and half silver. They would have called it grey, but it shined far too much in the light to be a dull shade of grey.
The part was directly down the center of his head. The little boy was absolutely precious.
Of course they learned that the traits he shared with his soulmate, went a lot farther than just hair. Most couples shared hair color or eye color. Rarely did couples share more than one eccentricity between them. However, their darling Yuuri’s left eye went dark by his eighth month out of the womb, and his right eye lightened into a brighter shade of blue.
Yuuri’s unique coloring had brought much attention upon the family, where people wanted to visit to get a good look at the child that would surely find his soulmate much easier. After all, silver/black hair and blue/hazel eyes were a large sign. What were the chances that a lot of people on the planet would share the same coloring?
Yuuri grew up being surrounded by old folks who looked to him as a sort of symbol of hope. He never understood what his special colors had to do with hope, but he let them pinch his cheeks and coo over how adorable he was. He didn’t want to be rude.
There were always those choice few who did not care all too much. His friend Yuuko and her friend/soulmate Takeshi. Though Takeshi was a bit mean sometimes, Yuuri wasn’t sure how to categorize him yet.
Yuuri’s ballet instructor, Minako, liked his colors, but was more focused on his ballet skill and flexibility.
His parents and sister adored his colors.
“Come skating with us!” Yuuko had insisted.
Yuuko was older than him by about three years, but for some reason she did not mind him as a friend, despite the crush he had on her. She thought he was ‘sweet’. Takeshi didn’t feel threatened because he and Yuuko’s hair were a very obvious sign that they were soulmates. There was no contest for either of them.
Not that Yuuri had the courage for that anyway.
“What if I’m bad at it?” he asked, sipping the rest of his juice up until the straw only caught air.
“No one is perfect immediately,” Takeshi scoffed. “You gotta practice to get good. Just come on!”
And he found a love he never thought he’d have.
Minako-sensei supported the shift in his passions and still trained him. Because figure skaters often took gymnastics or ballet classes anyway, because keeping fit and limber was the objective in order to accomplish the rigorous training necessary for skating.
Yuuri loved it.
He wouldn’t give it up for anything.
“Yuuri, I found a new skater to love and he looks like you!”
The small boy winced at how loud Yuuko was being despite standing right next to him. Takeshi was following not too far behind her, the look on his face was priceless.
Yuuko brandished a magazine in his face. “His name is Victor Nikiforov and he is an up and coming Russian prodigy! Look at him!”
Yuuri leaned in closer and adjusted his glasses a bit in order see the photo clearer. His mouth promptly dropped.
This Victor Nikiforov had silver and black two-toned hair, and his eyes… they were hazel and blue. Like Yuuri’s were.
“He has to be your soulmate!”
Yuuri was already denying it because it just couldn’t be true, right? Not someone like that.
“Don’t give up, Yuuri!” said Yuuko, unnaturally excited. “We just need to draw in his attention.”
She said nothing more on the subject. That didn’t lower his worries.
Yuuko was evil when she got ideas.
Years. Years and years of practicing had lead to Yuuri doing something at the behest of Yuuko. He entered the Chugoku, Shikoku, and Kyushu Championship for Junior Figure skaters.
She had insisted, telling him that he was incredibly talented and that he needed to express himself. That defeating the competition would give him the confidence he needed to perform even better than he already was.
Yuuri simply wanted to skate. He was confident in his skills at present, but against others his age or older? He wasn’t so certain.
“It’ll be fine!” she assured him. “Your steps and spins are really good. And your footwork is fast too, so you can probably get more in with that!”
“Yeah, but my jumps need work.”
“What you need to do, is stop doubting yourself,” Takeshi said with a frown. “You’re always sitting there, worrying about how you’ll do instead of just feeling the music. Ever notice how when you pay attention to the performance and not your worries, you never mess up?”
Yes, he had.
“Just get lost in the music like you do at Ice Castle. And do Hasetsu proud.”
Yuuri hadn’t heard anything so amazing come from Takeshi before, and he couldn’t help but hug the older teen.
“Okay, okay. Get off so you can go train!”
Yuuri’s parents had hired a coach for him. A coach who was very demanding in Yuuri’s opinion. But she got along well with Minako-sensei. In fact, Yuuri was certain they were soulmates, though they weren’t saying anything.
If they chose to remain quiet about it, he would do the same. Out of respect.
However, he now had two trainers to hound him and keep him on a tight schedule. Refining the skills he was already good at and perfecting his leaps.
Yuuri was never more proud of his history in ballet than he was when practicing his skating. If only because it gave him an easier time on the ice and he didn’t pull any muscles, which was a blessing according to Yuuko and Takeshi.
“Raise your leg higher!” Tsubaki-sensei ordered. “Your leg must extend above your own hip in order to be considered a legitimate spiral.”
Yuuri nodded and lifted his leg even higher, using the barre to judge height without placing any of his weight on it. Slowly, he crouched, struggling to keep his free leg aloft while his other continued to bend into an almost squat.
Yuuri held the position for ten seconds, and switched legs.
“That kid is a wonder,” he heard Minako-sensei murmur. “Doesn’t whine and just does it, though I don’t remember teaching him that.”
“Perhaps it’s to challenge himself further.”
“Okay, Yuuri. You are the youngest competitor here. That means there will be a lot of stress on you. But you will not fail. You will focus on your love of skating and you will demonstrate what some of these other skaters need to see. That life isn’t always about perfection, and that enjoying what you love is perfectly okay as well.”
Yuuri was among seven male skaters to compete in the competition. Already he’d gotten comments about his hair and eyes. Some thought it was cool, others thought it was weird. Someone suggested he dye his hair, to which he promptly ignored them from that point onward.
Guardians are the first best swimmers of all dragon breeds, but Spirals (especially Water flight Spirals) are the second best. Their long bodies allow them to slither through the water with grace, while smooth scales allow for hydrodynamic action. The wings on their arms and legs act as stabilizers and rudders while their large primary wings aid with propulsion. When not in a rush, they swim similar to snakes or crocodiles.
How was this unusual looking galaxy created? No one is sure, especially since spiral galaxy NGC 7049 looks so strange. NGC 7049’s striking appearance is primarily due to an unusually prominent dust ring seen mostly in silhouette. The opaque ring is much darker than the din of millions of bright stars glowing behind it. Besides the dark dust, NGC 7049 appears similar to a smooth elliptical galaxy, although featuring surprisingly few globular star clusters. NGC 7049 is pictured above as imaged recently by the Hubble Space Telescope. The bright star near the top of NGC 7049 is an unrelated foreground star in our own Galaxy. Not visible here is an unusual central polar ring of gas circling out of the plane near the galaxy’s center. Since NGC 7049 is the brightest galaxy in its cluster of galaxies, its formation might be fostered by several prominent and recent galaxy collisions. NGC 7049 spans about 150 thousand light years and lies about 100 million light years away toward the constellation of Indus.
Image credit: NASA, ESA and W. Harris (McMaster University)