everything I aspire to be and have

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Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of those movies that I feel any aspiring artist should see. The struggle of Kiki in this movie is one that ANYONE who wants to further themselves goes through, that transition from taking what you love to do to something that you make a living off of.

As artists we have all been in the place where Kiki is. That place where we can’t draw anything right, can’t paint anything right, can’t sculpt anything right, that place where everything comes out wrong over and over and we begin to question if we’re actually good enough for the talents and skills that used to come to us like second nature when we were just using them for fun. That place where we want to give up because we suddenly can’t ‘fly’ like we want to, because everything seems too difficult to do that. 

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there, just because it isn’t working right then and there when you want it to be. If you can always fly, then it wouldn’t make those times when you did as special. It isn’t necessarily easy to grow up, nor is it necessarily easy to live with the artistic struggle of losing inspiration. But you can’t just throw up your hands and say ‘No, I can’t do it anymore’ because you’ll NEVER fly if you do that. 

You gotta wobble before you stand. 

The Element EVERYTHING in Your Story Needs

To all the writers who have ever felt lost, alone, and completely confused during the labyrinthine journey that is writing anything, and felt like screaming this at your story …

There’s hope.

There’s a light at the end of that darn tunnel. First, let me describe how I used to fight my way out of these periods of confusion and hopelessness. 

Usually, I would try to force myself to get back into the groove of the story. I would reread it, and be yelling at myself in my head, “Remember why you love it! LOVE your book again! Keep reading and FALL IN LOVE, damn it!” I’d go over descriptions, bits of dialogue, banter between the characters. I’d go over settings and imagery, and try to make myself remember how much they’d once excited me. I’d read things that had made me laugh when I typed them, sentences that I was particularly proud of, paragraphs that made me feel particularly clever. But the thing was, it didn’t work. 

I didn’t care.  

What was the problem? The problem was some of those descriptions, settings, images, and witty episodes of bantering had no Story Reason to be there. They were just there because they amused me. Just because I found the imagery beautiful. Just because I found a sentence or joke really clever and wanted to share my wit with the world. But the world didn’t care about my wit. Because the world (the people reading my book) knew subconsciously that there was no story to give that so-called witty sentence substance and meaning. I could create the most breath-taking images, I could make the most well-rounded living and breathing character, I could make a setting that you wanted to run away from home and live inside … and it didn’t matter. If the thing didn’t have a purpose for being there within the narrative, nobody cared. And I didn’t either. 

So what is a Story Reason? 

Everything in a story exists to support one of three things. 

1. The A-story: The surface plot, the quest of the main character to achieve a specific tangible goal. What the story is about on the surface. 

2. The B-Story: The love story, or relationship of the thing. Usually this relationship is instrumental in causing the third element, which is …  

3. The Character Arc. The theme of the story, the purpose, the piece of truth the story seeks to prove to the main character and the audience. 

If something in a story doesn’t contribute to the progress of these three, there’s no reason we should care about it. It has no point. Because in the end, all we care about is the story!

When it comes to scenes, story reason means continuity. It means the way the story unfolds logically. If every scene is there for a darn good reason, the scenes after and before will make total sense, they’ll connect seamlessly, a steady progression of events. Every scene’s turn triggers the next scene. 

And to do this, every scene must be able to be linked with three words: Because of that.

Because of the turn of one scene … 

The next scene happens. 

And because of the turn of that scene the next scene happens.

To illustrate how this works, let’s look at a small movie you might have heard about called Zootopia. (Thanks to @inked-withlove for the movie suggestion!)

So let’s start at this point, the turn of the scene with Clawhauser and Judy searching the file on Emmitt Otterton. 

Turn: “I have a lead." 

Because of that …

Judy has to get Nick to tell her what he knows about Otterton.

Turn: It all goes poorly, and now Nick and Judy are stuck together by an incriminating adorable carrot recorder. (The B Story, the relationship, has intertwined with the A Story.)


Because of that …

Nick takes Judy to the place he saw Otterton go, a place he thinks will cause her to give up. 

Turn: She doesn’t quit, she marches right in. (B Story: Nick sounds surprised, and a little impressed, that she didn’t back down.)

Because of that … 

She has to question a rude yoga-performing elephant. 

Turn: Though the elephant is absolutely no help, the seemingly addled yak is more than helpful – he even remembers the license plate number of the car Emmitt left in. 

Because of that …

Nick thinks his part in this endeavor is complete. But Judy remembers that she’s not in the system yet, and thus can’t run a plate. Nick, however, can. And he’s going to, or else. 

Turn: It just so happens that he has a pal at the DMV. 

Because of that …

Sloths. He takes her to a DMV run by sloths and wastes as much of her precious dwindling time as he can.

Turn: “It’s night?!”

Because of that …

Legitimate Enterprise Car Service (at least that’s what it’s called in the screenplay) is closed. Judy doesn’t have a warrant and Nick is enjoying her suffering tremendously. After a spat, she tosses the carrot over the fence instead of handing it to him.

Turn: Because she has now seen a shifty low-life climbing the fence, she has probable cause, and doesn’t need a warrant. She can go in. (B Story: Nick is looking at her with more respect.)

Because of that …

They find the car and begin investigating. The car is a crime scene; claw marks everywhere, the missing otter’s wallet … and a cocktail glass etched with a "B”.

Turn: And it all adds up for Nick. This car belongs to Mr Big, a notorious crime boss. And his polar bear henchman are right outside. They grab Judy and Nick and yank them off screen. 

Because of that  …

Judy and Nick are wedged between the bear henchman, on their way to face Mr Big. 

Turn: Nick sold him a very expensive rug that happened to be made from the fur of a skunk’s butt. Or in other words, Mr Big really doesn’t like Nick.

Because of that …

They wait fearfully for Mr Big to appear, and even when he’s revealed to be a tiny shrew, Nick still launches into obsequious and panicked mode. He tries talking his way out of it, but Mr Big really REALLY doesn’t like him. And when Judy shouts at him that she’s a cop and she has evidence on him –

Turn: “Ice ‘em.”

Because of that …

“No icing anyone at my wedding!” Fru Fru Shrew is not a happy camper. Father and daughter bicker about his promise of no murder on her wedding day, and the fact that “I have to, baby. Daddy has to.” Until – 

Turn: “She’s the bunny who saved my life yesterday. From that giant doughnut!” Well, Judy is now in Mr Big’s good books. He’s going to pay her kindness forward. Nick is floored. 

I’m gonna stop there.

SO! After going through that analysis of how the scenes are linked together, let’s abandon the “everything needs a story reason to be in there” rule, and see what happens. 

After the scene where Judy and Nick reluctantly join forces, we could add a scene where Nick is trying to remember the name of the place, and where it is. Then we could have them asking around, searching the city, refusing to ask for directions, lots of banter. THEN we can finally get to The Mystic Springs Oasis.

And after they get the plate number, maybe Nick grabs the carrot pen and makes a run for it. Then we can have a chase scene, but he gets away. Then we can have Judy trying to run the plate on her own, before realizing she isn’t in the system, and failing. Then we can have a scene where she has to track down Nick again. Then a scene where she figures out how to blackmail him into it. THEN they finally get to the DMV. 

And you know what would have happened then?

Zootopia would have made everyone bored. 

All of these inserted scenes are unnecessary. Sure, they might add conflict, add complications to Judy’s quest, but they’re ultimately just filler. They’re just there for the sake of bulking out the story. This is why that tip I hear so often in writing circles always perplexes me: “Figure out the worst possible thing that can happen to your character, then do that.” If people went with this rule, they’d just keep throwing terrible things at the characters for no apparent reason, one after another, and the reader or audience would be expected to be entertained by it (but wouldn’t be). It would be like cartoons before Mickey Mouse came along and applied story to animation: before, cartoons were just gag after gag, slapstick situations mashed together like a funny video compilation. Except with books and movies, it would just be conflict-heavy situations strung together, taking an inordinate amount of time to make any actual progress.  

Once you make sure everything has a purpose within the narrative, things get so much better.  And I find, when I reread my work I don’t have to scream at myself to “love your book or else” if everything has a reason for being there. And instead of feeling like yelling at my story like an angry overworked crab, I feel a lot more like this gif.

I hope it works for you too.

Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer.


Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone.


Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.

—  Alan Watts, answering a writer’s request for advice

~Capricorn 

if i could cradle the capricorn heart i would say 
i know you are broken but you did not lose your volume 
in between those breaks i see lines of silver 
the light behind the cloud that follows you

i know that nobody and nowhere feels like home 
everything you have built or tried to hold 
was never enough
only dense and cold 
the validation you aspired to achieve 
when i do this i will feel better 
and i won’t feel sicker 
once i have this everything will stop
but it never does, the person inside remains 
the world changes and you never do 
or so it seems 
compared to the dreams
inherited unwillingly, survivalist mentality 
it doesn’t have to be this way, a violation 

you were born with a path, and you know it 
this is your pressure and your pain 
but follow the path seeking your own treasure
you will receive recognition from the master 

-C.

peachystorm  asked:

hi! im a new simblr, can you give me any advice to start off? i love your page and theme, by the way. :)

Sandy’s Masterpost for starting a new Simblr! 👍

Welcome to the community! I’m so glad you like my blog! Just a few months ago I was also new to the community so I know how daunting it can be! Below I’ve put together a bunch of helpful tips and links that I’ve either used in the past or believe will be useful to you, and any other new/aspiring simblrs! Obviously, everything is subjective- what works for me might not work for everyone else!

🎁 The Basics:

  • Make your tumblr a seperate tumblr, not a sideblog under your main/personal blog. It will make everything easier in the long run, trust me!
  • Use your description to advertise to others what you and your blog are all about. Also having either your URL or your avatar sim related will quickly advertise to others that you’re a simblr! 
  • Enable replies and asks in your blogs settings, if you want people to be able to interact with you and your posts! Bare in mind an interactive simblr is much more approachable!!
  • Keep it sim related! A few personal posts every once and a while is perfectly fine, but post a lot of unrelated stuff you could lose followers. 
  • Network! Follow other simblr’s, like their posts, leave friendly and encouraging comments! Making friends in this community is a sure-fire way to get started. I would be nowhere without my simblr friends!
  • Don’t become disheartened if it takes you a while to take off! Every simblr grows at a different rate.
  • Don’t mistag your posts! Failing to tag your NSFW content or tagging posts that aren’t cc posts as ts4cc will make you very unpopular.
  • Keep your blog atleast 80% original content! It’s much easier for a blog that tries to be original to gain traction in this community! 
  • Don’t get caught up in how many followers/notes you have! Just post what you post because you love it! Don’t worry what other people think.
  • Everyone at some point or another will recieve anon hate. It’s sad that there’s so many negative people out there, but my advice is just to delete it. If you do want to post it, handle it with grace and dignity! (think of Audrey Hepburn!)
  • This is more a personal one but: try your best to avoid the drama!!
  • Finally, treasure your followers & always stay humble!

🎁 Common Simblr Terms Explained:

  • NSFW: Not safe for work. This is used for any posts that contain nudity of adult themes! It’s very important to tag these posts.
  • WIP: Work In Progress. This can refer to any sim related project that is unfinished. 
  • WCIF: Where Can I Find? If someone sees a peice of CC in one of your posts that they like they may send you a ‘WCIF’ through your ask box, they’re simply asking where they can find that certain peice of cc. Not all simblrs agree to answer WCIF’s but it’s certainly very nice to!
  • MM: Maxis Match. Refering to custom content that matches the general aesthetic of the game.
  • Alpha:  Refers to hairstyles that don’t fit the aesthetic of the game, as they have alpha layers which allow certain parts of the mesh to be transparent. This is what makes alpha hairstyles more realistic looking.
  • Clayified: Refers to Alpha hairstyles that have been retextured to look more maxis match. 

🎁 Tagging Posts:

🎁 Queues, Drafts, & Scheduling:

🎁 Setting Up Your Theme:

🎁 Editing:

🎁Screenshot Tips:

🎁Helpful Tutorials & Guides:

🎁 Managing Your CC:

🎁 Places To Upload your CC for download:

🎁 X-Kit (optional):

🎁 Reshade (optional):

This is everything I could think of! I hope something here helps you get started! If you’re hoping to be a story based blog I’d reccomend checking out my storytelling masterpost! Otherwise, good luck love!! 💖

anonymous asked:

would it be too rude to ask for more lance and pidge headcanons

not rude at all my guy this is all i do with my life

  • The Meme Team™
  • lance, smushing pidge’s face to his chest: “never talk to me or my child ever again”
    • alternatively: pidge pretends to be lance’s kid whenever he tries to flirt w someone
  • lance secretly aspires to one day be as savage as pidge
  • “excuse me sir I lost my friend lance, can I make an announcement?” *pidge leans into the intercom* “goodbye you little shit”
  • lance is horrified by the state of pidge’s everything. you don’t sleep a full 8 hours a night?? you don’t exfoliate??? and how could you just forget to trim your nails what the fuck are you a cat-
    • he detangles pidge’s hair regularly and angrily
    • hunk walks in on this once, vaguely recalls a documentary on monkeys’ grooming habits that he saw on animal planet once, and then leaves
  • “i have a problem” “you have many but go on”
  • actually a pretty horrifying duo. usually use their power for dumb pranks but one time some aliens make the mistake of capturing the two of them together and it takes them like five minutes to blow up their base
  • constant mecha anime jokes
    • “get in the robot, lance”
    • “don’t believe in yourself pidge. believe in the me that believes in you”
    • one day lance wakes up in a cold sweat and barges into pidge’s room. “pidge. pidge oh my god” “lance what the fuck” “pidge we’re piloting a fucking gundam oh my god”
  • *one walks into the room* the other: “yikes”

Sometimes I think and wonder how much of an extraordinary person Lily Evans must have been….I mean, her characterization doesn’t have much to go on, but really, if we analyze it, it’s obvious that she captivated the attention and admiration of so many people; Slughorn adored her, always admiring her cheekiness, bravery and wit + her inexhaustible intelligence. I mean, she really must have been truly a great person for James to chase after her for so long and never find himself capable to shake his feelings for her. Lily Evans was an explosion of personality; she was charming, clever, intelligent, cheeky, kind, caring, vivacious, and seemed to run more on emotion than logistics, despite the fact that she was very smart. I think it’s safe to say that her death was at least a little bit of a blow to her professors and people she met even in mere passing. Remember what Slughorn said from HBL: “Liked her?” said Slughorn, his eyes brimming with tears once more. “I don’t imagine anyone who met her wouldn’t have liked her….Very brave….Very funny….It was the most horrible thing….” She was radiant and always affected the people around her in positive ways. Lily Evans is everything someone should aspire and hope to be. She’s such a wonderful, lovely character and I desperately wish there was more that we knew about her.

Various Varieties of Vegans, Pt. 2
  • minimalist vegan: probably makes youtube videos and lives out a backpack. what we should all aspire to be.
  • traveling vegan: most likely sticks to the equator and lives off of fresh fruit. alternatively, east asia is an excellent choice for vegan cuisine.
  • unstable vegan: can barely take care of theirself so compensates by being compassionate to literally everyone and everything.
  • depressed vegan: life is sad so i'm going to cry into this bowl of nice cream...
  • sad vegan: there's nothing to eat here...
  • freegan: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • healthy vegan: veganism cured my depression and made my skin glow and might as well have already cured world hunger <3
  • punk vegan: manic panic hair dye. faux leather. fresh fruits and vegetables. anarchy.
  • small town vegan: food? lol. friends? lol. you can find them in a field stroking a cat and chewing on grass with the nearby grazing cattle.
  • city vegan: food? three vegan cafes within five blocks. friends? there's a vegan meet up this weekend! you can find them in the park feeding the pigeons with a flock of other vegans.
  • synthetic vegan: only wears polyester and only eats texturized soy protein.
  • romantic vegan: is determined to convert their partner to veganism, and will never give up.
  • gay vegan: the only animal they eat is pussy. either that, or their favorite fruit is banana.
  • jaded vegan: yeah no one's ever changing and i can never find a vegan partner sooooo...
  • apologetic vegan: meat is murder! jk pls don't hurt me im a pacifist >_<
  • rampant vegan: MEAT IS MURDER! CONFESS YOUR CRIMES AND APOLOGIZE TO THIS GROUND BEEF. (also known as the vegan meat eaters expect us to be)
  • communist vegan: a spectre is haunting earth--the spectre of veganism. the powers of this planet have aligned in a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: the meat industry, the consumer, and the FDA...
  • Saturn: If you give up your dream because of me
  • It wasn't the right one to begin with
  • Saturn: I only want you to make your aspirations real
  • Saturn: I want you to physically see what you have accomplished
  • Saturn: I want to stand on top of the world with me
  • Saturn: If you are saying you 'can't do this', because, 'I told you so'
  • You are not listening to me properly
  • I didn't say you couldn't do it
  • I said I wanted you to do it with the dignity and exquisiteness I know you possess
  • I said I want you to do it as well as we planned
  • When you were a star
  • And you knew you could do everything
SPOILERS

Just saw Doctor Strange

THE CLOAK

THE CLOAK IS EVERYTHING I ASPIRE TO BE

THE CLOAK IS THE TRUE HERO

Wong is all that is good and precious

Oh Mordo my sweet pure hearted bb

Christine, girl, I feel ya

Strange, you’re lucky that Cloak likes you

I feel like this entire movie is about showing people the consequences of driving while texting and not reading your warning labels or terms of service agreement

BUT THE CLOAK

THE CLOAK IS THE STAR

This movie should really have been called The Cloak of Levitation

Now I’m super curious how all of this is gonna play out in the greater MCU, they’ve really just opened up the gates to the multiverse and introducing magic, I wanna know what else is out there and how all of this is gonna come into play when Thanos arrives!

aggressively-fangirling  asked:

Dear friend: Your gem cats are everything and more. That is all. Sincerely, aspiring cat lady (since, you know, all hopes of Jasper's redemption and hand in marriage are dwindling to nothing :') )

I’m glad <:3
have some homeworld kitties

(Jasper cat probably had more gem cats hiding inside her tail) 

Happy Birthday @danisnotonfire! 🍰🎂🍰🎂 You are such an inspiration to me (and millions of others) and I aspire to one day be able to make others smile just like you do for us :) Thank you so much for everything you do, I hope your birthday is filled with happiness, and that you have a wonderful rest of the tour. You deserve so much in life and I hope you enjoy this artwork I made 🎨 We love you Dan ❤️❤️❤️

I have way too many aspirations for one life. I want to be an author and a poet and a nurse and a flight attendant and I want to own a cute little coffee shop where people come to write or read or just exist and I want to sell everything I own and just travel sound the world and I want to live in a super small town where everyone knows each others names and I want to raise my children there and I want to be a tattoo artist and make my body into the master piece that it deserves to be and I want to travel to Africa and build houses and I want to become a doctor and cure cancer and I want to be be a dog trainer and an astronaut and I want to be a photographer and I want to be a journalist for a major magazine in New York and walk everywhere in heels and go to fashion shows on my days off and I want to be a consoler for teenagers who struggle with mental illness and help them the way no one helped me and I want to be a kindergarten teacher and a stay at home mom and all of this is too much for one lifetime and that’s the problem.
—  4am

There’s one thing I’d like to say, and this one goes out to new or aspiring vegans.

If you’re similar to me, in the way that I dropped all animal products overnight, I binge researched, I immersed myself in educational videos for weeks, and I watched so much horrific footage that I made sure I would never EVER touch an animal product intentionally again.

And if you’re a new or aspiring vegan and you’re taking a similar approach to the one I did, anything like that, anything like me, then you are fucking angry.

And you’re angry constantly, and you now feel rage at your family, your friends, random people on the street (they don’t even have to be eating animal products, but you know there’s a good chance they do), billboards, shops, everything.

And you feel totally lost and helpless, your whole world has just become totally dark but in your head you’re setting it all on fire.

This post is here to tell you that those feelings don’t last, there’s no person on earth who can feel those levels of emotion and not become desensitised over time, and that’s okay!

We need you here to be positive and to be happy, that’s how you’re going to help the animals best, we can’t have you sitting in furious solitude your whole life, it helps nobody 🌱

So feel what you have to feel, say what you have to say, and do what you have to do (whilst remembering that non-vegans are not your enemy, up until recently you and them weren’t so different, and they can change too)

And then be here at the end of it, alright?
You’ve got a purpose now, this is why you’re here, and it’ll get easier!
Stay with us, we need you ✌️

Yo, can we talk real quick?

Let’s talk about @kittenofdoomage because a horrible anon disguising themselves as a kind person leaving because of a “stylistic change” in her writing – which was absolutely the R U D E S T  thing someone has said, no matter how it was worded – came along, and it was just awful!

Now, this isn’t me telling you to stay, nor is it me lying to you in order for you to stay, but all I have to say is this:

If your writing has changed in any way, it’s for the better. Your world building, along with the eloquent way you describe a dick going inside of something is something a aspire to achieve. You’re one of the writers who inspired me back in the day before I left, and you continue to inspire me to this day. 

This isn’t about that anon, it’s about you.

You’re so very kind,  so very involved in this community, and everything that you contribute is so very appreciated. If you are inclined to leave tumblr, I just want to thank you for everything that you have done, every story, every headcanon, every single word that you have written. You are appreciated Rhi, and I love you 

Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.
—  Alan Watts

This world has everything save and except peace. Powerful countries say they want peace. Everybody talks about peace. But when we talk about peace, many times we are only juggling with the word ‘peace’. We know the word ‘peace’ so well, but we are only throwing balls into the air.

The problem is that everybody wants peace in a very peculiar way. I may say that as long as I am your lord and you are my servant, we can have peace. I want peace provided I am allowed to stand in front of you. It is not enough for me to stand alongside you. No, I have to be one step ahead of you and you have to remain behind me; then only there will be peace. This is what the world thinks and feels.

But we can never get peace by lording it over others. It is only when everybody is on the same footing that there will be peace. Real peace lies in inseparable oneness. If you are here, I am also here. If you are there, I am also there. This is peace.

—  Sri Chinmoy
Confessions

Lafayette x Reader 

Note: I love that y’all keep requesting Lafayette because he is my favourite and he’s a lot of fun to write (plus I’m kinda in love with Daveed Diggs so…..)

Request: @oliviam2004​ I don’t know if you could but I thought a John Laurens request for 54,89, 135,226,282! Thank you!❤ I hope that is enough for you to work on. If not, just message me! Just to know, I love your work. I aspire to write like you!

Prompts: 54 “H-How long have you been standing there?”, 89. “I didn’t know you could sing.”, 135. "I think I’m in love with you and that scares me to death.”, 226. “Look at that. I’ve never seen your face get so red.” And 282. “The way you flirt is shameful.”     

Hamiltime: Because almost everything I’ve written is Modern and I need to change it up

Word Count: 930

Originally posted by iguessijustlikelikingthings

As you drag the broom across the floor of the bakery where you work you find yourself singing a lullaby your mother used to sing to you as a child. You don’t even know what the words mean considering it’s all in French, you’re pretty sure even your mother didn’t know the meaning when she used to sing it to you.

You’re not sure why the song became stuck in your head in the first place, you hadn’t been thinking about it or even your mother but somehow the song floated into your mind and hasn’t left since.

You know that no one can hear your singing from where you work, sweeping the floors so you continue to do so, singing the song that soothed all your difficult childhood nights.

“I didn’t know you could sing” a voice says behind you, causing you to freeze in place. You spin around to see the tall handsome French soldier Lafayette standing in the doorway, his thick curly hair tied back like always and a wide smile on his face.

“H-How long have you been standing there?” you ask with a small voice. He chuckles softly before taking a few more steps into the shop.

He’s been coming to the bakery ever since he was stationed near your town and you couldn’t help but notice just how attractive the young General is. Not only that he’s always been uncommonly kind to you, and flirted with you every time he has come by the shop.

“Look at that. I’ve never seen your face get so red. You have quite the lovely voice cheri” your cheeks flush at the compliment and you tuck a lock of hair behind your ear. 

“Oh t-thank you Monsieur Lafayette” you mutter, not making eye contact with him. 

“Your voice is not the only lovely thing about you” He says with a slight smirk, you take a breath and try not to get too flustered by his words. 

You have not admitted it to anyone else but ever since the handsome Frenchman first walked into the shop you couldn’t help but develop feelings for the man that you’ve tried to cover up ever since you realized them.

“The way you flirt is shameful sir” You say, causing him to chuckle. “What can I help you with this evening?” you lean the broom against the wall and brush your hands on your apron. 

“I was wondering if I may be able to escort such a lovely woman on a walk through the park?” he asks and you glance out the window at dim light coming from the sunset. “Amour please know that if the dark worried you I shall be there to protect you” the words roll off his tongue causing you to blush again. 

“I suppose I could leave a little early tonight. Give me a moment to tidy myself?” You ask and he nods, taking a step towards the door. 

“I shall wait outside for you” he says with a smile. 

You duck into the back room of the shop quickly and attempt to brush all of the flour off your dress as you untie you apron from your waist and ensure your hair looks somewhat decent. You can’t imagine why Lafayette want’s to escort you on a walk through the park, you’ve always assumed that to him you are just the woman from the bakery he likes to flirt with. Surely you couldn’t mean more to him than you think? 

When you make your way out of the shop Lafayette is still waiting there, leaning slightly against the wall next to the door, looking off at the sun which is almost completely set now. You clear your throat gently and he turns to smile at you. 

“Shall we?” he asks extending his arm to you. 


The two of you walk in a comfortable silence to the large open park across the street from your bakery. You can feel the toned muscle of his arm under his jacket and smile softly to yourself just thinking about it. 

“Y/N I have something to admit to you” his words break your focus on his muscle and look up at his face. 

You notice the slight anxiety to his features, the way his brows are slightly furrowed and the hard line his mouth has formed into. 

“Is everything alright?” You ask him, worried that you’ve done something to upset him as he leads you to a small bench and gives you a smile. 

“Please sit with me” he says and the two of you sit together on the bench, your knees grazing against his leg. “I think I’m in love with you and that scares me to death” he whispers, his eyes not quite meeting yours. 

“What?” you can’t quite believe the words that just came out of his mouth, you hope that you heard correctly that you didn’t just imagine what he said. 

“I love you Y/N. I think that I have for a long time. Excusez-moi for making such a bold statement cheri, I just could not keep it to myself any longer” he admits. 

His eyes drift down to your skirts and he keeps his focus there, not daring to look you in the eye as he explains to you his feelings. you reach out to take a gentle grasp of his hand and smile up at him, using your free hand to tilt his chin so he looks at you. 

“I think that I love you too Lafayette” you tell him, your hand moving to cup his cheek. 

Voltron Modelling au

• Coran runs one of the biggest modelling agencies around, all models aspire to be hired by him/or his co-workers.
• Hunk works alongside Coran, he is a fashion designer and o h b o y does he produce gorgeous summer clothes.
• He includes flowers in everything and makes sure to keep all of his work bright and happy, cause he believes fashion should bring out everyone’s ‘true colours’ - he is adored by a lot of people and everyone enjoys working with him.
• Lance went to uni with Hunk and always agreed to model his handmade clothes for him to make sure it looked good when they shared dorms together; Lance decided he liked the idea of showcasing other people’s artistic ideas and such, this is how he got into modelling and is now well known throughout the modelling industry.
• Shiro created (what started as a minor project to raise money and suddenly got popular) his own company which focused entirely on making prosthetics look more aesthetically pleasing; he himself has a prosthetic arm and was constantly being declined modelling jobs because of it. He was outraged at this, and decided to take a stand against it. The business grew quickly and is extremely popular throughout the country.
• Pidge also works alongside Coran; they are the head of all advertisement (billboards, TV adverts, fliers etc etc) - they are very talented throughout graphics and media design, therefore always producing extremely high quality work which will always attract the public eye.
• Keith worked extremely hard to get to where he is; he spent years (since uni finished) trying to get himself noticed by large modelling companies, but unfortunately was stuck working for low-paying ones instead, advertising unknown brands in clothes that made his skin itch. One day Keith was headed back to his apartment with flower petals were woven into his hair (placed there by his younger cousins) and of course Hunk spotted him. He rushed over to Keith and asked him about his experience with modelling. He was almost immediately hired.
• Of course Lance wasn’t too happy about the ’gorgeous awkward mullet kid’ being hired to work alongside him, however he admitted that once the camera was on the boy, he looked like he belonged there.
• And oh boy did Lance get a massive crush on him (who wouldnt??).
• Lance played his crush off as a rivalry and it suddenly turned into a game of 'who can get hired for another shoot faster’ and ’if i get recognised in the street before you, you owe me ten bucks’ - so basically a petty modelling rivalry.
• Allura owned a less well known company which produced wedding attire; one time she noticed Keith and Lance walking down the street together (arguing like an old married couple) and offered them a joint photoshoot ((no context was provided)) – of course they said yes.
• They were horrified when they turned up the next day and Allura had planned for them to take fake wedding pictures as loving husbands - she had decided she wanted to appeal to all gendered couples and needed some more representation, and she totally misjudged the two boys as a couple when she had seen them the previous day. Keith and Lance were debating on leaving but the job was going to pay SO WELL so they did it.
• At first it was lowkey uncomfortable and awkward but they got really into their 'roles’ and by the end they were totally happy with basically making out whilst wearing fancy clothes and having their picture taken (all simultaneously) — this p much brings them together and thus Klance is born.
• Coran notices all the attention Allura’s company is getting at her newly released 'Gay couple wedding’ photos that she has released, and decides to use his employees to his advantage.
• Because nobody loves anything more than 80s-style model boyfriends right? – along with a hint of flowers and good vibes. ((aka, Coran forces Klance into a photoshoot where they’re wearing brightly coloured turtlenecks, mom jeans and black blazers - all whilst holding hands, holding hands or kissing))
• So there’s basically a gay uprising in the fashion industry; everyone is loving it.
• Pidge and Coran team up to totally play on the public’s love for Klance and make sure they’re always on the advertisements for the company somewhere or other (they are smart business owners, giving the people what they want)
• Everyone trusts Hunk’s sense of colour and he must be present in every single shoot that the company does; he will spot if the colours don’t compliment each other or the 'tone’ of the scene doesn’t fit in with the style and 'message’ of the clothing – a lot of the time Hunk discusses clothes in a manner that is so complex, that most people don’t actually understand what he is saying UNTIL he shows them the finished product. It’s always perfect. Always.
• Shiro and Hunk are good buds and work together throughout the summer season to produce some of the most gorgeous prosthetic limbs you will ever see. As a working duo they are ADORED by the public, their art and fashion always catching people’s eye and making them completely identifiable (when compared to other artists) since their work is so individual.
• Although Coran and Allura don’t work together, they are lifelong friends and often help each other with their work – Coran promotes Allura’s company in his weekly magazine, and is very open to the public bout their close friendship - which means they often team up to produce large projects which are showcased at an extremely large level.
• The whole group are good friends and meet up most weekends - this strengthens the way they work together, which is how they’re all so successfull
Oh and Coran’s company is 'Voltron Modelling’, Allura’s is 'Altea: Wedding Wear’ and Shiro’s is 'Paladin Prosthetics’.

– please feel free to add more to this !!

p.s i don’t know much about the fashion industry so a lot of this is probably wrong so correct me if you must