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170608 Thoughts:  BTS and THAT Japanese Article

On Colorism:

Colorism is an issue, especially for countries with mixed skin tones. No. It isn’t that it is not frowned upon in Asia (as I’ve read some people say) it is an accepted mindset that quite plainly, sucks. It is truly more about your color and what it means as opposed to what race you are form. It is sad how some people still equate lighter skin colors with people who are more learned and urbanized. Here in our country it roots from the idea that those with darker skin tones work in the fields or by the seas while those with lighter skin tones spend days working in doors. This is also the reason why in some countries like Korea, Japan, Philippines, whitening creams are all the fad.

That is the root and it is stupid and it should stop. It would be hard for this mindset to just abruptly die, but seeing all skin colors as beautiful and understanding that it does not define what you do and what you CAN do can be a start.

On Bangtan having preference:

This question of ideal lover (no, not just girl as Yoongi have stated clearly in the past) should never be asked. No matter how many times they get asked this, they always have to create a BS statement that would have to be vague enough for any fan to fit in anyway. So what is the point?

Everyone is allowed to have ideals and preferences, but when you are being followed by millions of people worldwide, saying something that will hit any type of sensitivities is possible. They have the right to have ideals and preferences especially if it is with respect to the type of lover they hope to have, but do we really need to know? No. It should not affect how we love them or their music. So please, for the love of world peace and fandom fam love. Just don’t.

On that Japanese article released:

I was surprised when I saw the questions and answers to be honest, because some of them did look familiar, and yet some where not. The last part about the member’s relationships with each other was clearly from their profile release in 2016 BTS Festa. Some descriptions like whether the girl should be taller or shorter seemed rehashed from a 2014 interview (Jimin didn’t say short, he said shorter than him, LOL). The jeans or skirt question has also been answered in a 2014 interview, but I remember Yoongi said skirt instead of jeans. Even the type of hair and heels/sneakers question has been old. Of course they answered sneakers, this was in 2014! They were younger then!

Anyway, on the topic of the fair skin/wheat skin issue. Based from what I have seen in the article, the responses were all rehashed and put together in a very shady manner. Taking bits and pieces from wherever and editing other bits too. But for this question, in my memory, only Kookie and Namjoon ever mentioned a preference (Kookie – fair skin, Namjoon – pale skin) and they both received heat for this.

When I read what they answered at first, I was surprised that the BTS we know today would answer something like this. And that’s the thing, based from the questions and answers in the articles, it does not seem like they did an actual interview with the members.

I think the article is shady and that BTS now knows better than to say anything like that. Unless it is an official update, meaning the interview was shared by either BTS or Bighit, or you have seen and heard them say it (warning sometimes even subs and trans are not accurate), take everything in with a grain of salt. 

please don’t quote any part out of context. Ty!


The article in question: 

Link to the article trans thread: @Naikyuu

Likes and Dislikes of the Zodiac Signs!
  • Aries
Likes:
Comfortable clothes, taking the lead, physical challenges, individual sports. Dislikes:
Inactivity, delays, work that doesn’t use one’s talents.
  • Taurus 
Likes:
Gardening, cooking, working with hands, music, romance, high-quality clothing. Dislikes:
Sudden changes, complications, insecurity of any kind, synthetic fabrics.
  • Gemini
Likes:
Music, magazines, books, music, blogs, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around town. Dislikes:
Repetition and routine, being alone, being confined.
  • Cancer
Likes:
Relaxing near or in water, art, home-based hobbies, a good meal with friends, helping loved ones. Dislikes:
Strangers, revealing of personal life, any criticism of Mom.
  • Leo
Likes:
The theater, being admired, taking holidays, fun with friends, expensive things, bright colors. Dislikes:
Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being king or queen.
  • Virgo
Likes:
Cleanliness, animals, healthy foods, books, nature. Dislikes:
Taking center stage, rudeness, asking for help.
  • Libra
Likes:
Harmony, sharing with others, gentleness, the outdoors. Dislikes:
Injustice, violence, conformity, and loudmouths.
  • Scorpio
Likes:
Truth, facts, being right, teasing, longtime friends, a grand passion, a worthy adversary. Dislikes:
Dishonesty, passive people, revealing secrets.
  • Sagittarius
Likes:
Travel, being outdoors, freedom, philosophy. Dislikes:
Details, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, clingy people.
  • Capricorn
Likes:
Family, tradition, quality craftsmanship, understated status, music. Dislikes:
Almost everything at some point.
  • Aquarius
Likes:
Fun with friends, fighting for causes, helping others, intellectual conversation, a good listener. Dislikes:
Limitations, being lonely, broken promises, dull or boring situations, people who disagree with them.
  • Pisces
Likes:
Spiritual themes, time alone, visual media, time to sleep, romance, music, swimming. Dislikes:
Know-it-alls, the past coming back to haunt, being criticized, cruelty of any kind.

 

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Importance

Inspired by THAT scene from 6x18 “Where Blue Birds Fly” this is just a bit captain swan smuff. I actually originally had nearly the same idea that played out in that scene, but it happened before (and much better) I could write it. So I changed up my idea so as not to totally copy what they did on the show. Emma and Killian just want one, uninterrupted morning to themselves, but it seems that Mary Margaret has sixth sense about these things and has really the worst timing ever. And also a terrible definition of the word emergency. 

A big thanks to @wholockgal for her help with beta and editing, working out the details, and the title. She’s amazing and I love her and you all should too. 

Also read here on A03 or on FF.net

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Emma was seated at the kitchen table, one foot tucked under the opposite leg, a cup of coffee and a plate containing what was left of the strawberry pop-tarts she’d consumed for breakfast next to her while she flipped through the bridal magazine she’s picked up at the store yesterday. As she turned the pages, folding down the corner on anything that caught her eye, she absent mindedly twirled the diamond ring that now sat on the third finger of her left hand. It had recently been placed back on said finger, after Killian had returned being sent off to another realm by Gideon. And since the moment he’d proposed for the second time, they had made good use of every quiet moment alone to enjoy each other. (Sometimes several times in one night, and on nearly every surface of the house.)

 “Finding anything you like, love?” 

Emma looked up at the sound of her fiance’s voice. She’d been lost in her own thoughts and hadn’t heard him come down the stairs. 

“A few things,” she replied, giving him a smile. “But I don’t know if I can find anything like them in Storybrooke. I think my choices are going to be pretty limited.”

 Killian moved into the kitchen and stood behind her, hand and hook on her shoulders as leaned down, his lips brushing her ear as he spoke. “I’m sure, whatever you choose, you’ll be ravishing,” he said, his voice husky as he nipped her earlobe. 

Emma squirmed a little in her chair, and bit her bottom lip as memories of everything else he’d nipped last night came flooding back to her. They’d had quite the pleasurable evening when they returned home from dinner at her parents apartment, with Henry deciding to stay at Regina’s they’d had the house to themselves. Being separated by realms, and with the Final Battle looming in the not too distant future they weren’t wasting any of the quiet moment they had together and, well, Emma hadn’t been sure she was going to be able to walk down the stairs this morning. 

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Hi! Thank you for sending this in – it’s honestly my first ever attempt at a soulmate AU and it’s really fun! The ending is a bit vague, might write a part two but we shall see. Hopefully you will enjoy this! Quite sorry if it feels like there is a lack of Dick in this piece!! (So how is my first attempt at soulmate au!?) Anyways, hope you enjoy!


You have always known who your soulmate had been the first time you saw the name appear on the inside of your arm – this is mostly because you are friends with the owner of the name. You have always had an inkling at the back of your mind that he is your soulmate mostly because the two of you have been friends ever since you were a young child. Not only that, there is a zing between the two of you – he always manages to cheer you up whenever your favourite food cannot and he is always there for you too almost all of the time. He is your best friend just as you are his. Obviously, you have entertained the thought of him being your soulmate.

John.

When you are of age, you will receive your soulmate’s middle name appear on some part of your arm and yours had appeared the moment you turn of age. It caused you to panic at first – mostly because John is a very, very generic name and anyone and everyone can have the name ‘John’ too.

When Dick had asked you whose name appeared on your arm, you simply told him you didn’t know who the person is and that you are looking forward to Dick receiving his – you are after all two months older than him so obviously you would get yours before him – and Dick simply pouts but relents with your decision anyways.

“Hey, Y/N. Are we still up for movies tonight?” Dick asks you over the phone one day. Ever since you have found out that Dick is your soulmate – there are a lot of signs that shows who your soulmates are and all of yours point right to Dick – you have tried your hardest to go out of your way to avoid him. It hurts to be apart from Dick but you also don’t know how to act properly in front of him too. Especially since you are now very aware of your own state as Dick’s soulmate.

You ponder for a while. You miss Dick. You really do – you don’t even remember the same time you have hung out with Dick and just bask in each other’s presence, talking about work and random stuff in life. “I’m getting in late from work…” You trail off when you hear Dick sighing.

“Are we okay, Y/N? I don’t know why but I’ve got this feeling that you have been avoiding me.” Dick points out and your cheeks flush in embarrassment. “Did I do something wrong?” Dick only noticed you avoiding him the second week you received your soulmate’s middle name. “Is it because you have got yours already – but we promised to still be friends regardless of who our soulmates are?”

That definitely made you feel extremely guilty and try as you might, you know you can no longer deny Dick anymore. “We are fine – you’re just thinking too much.” You lie through your teeth. “I was going to tell you I’d still be up for movie night if you can get take-out for dinner because I doubt I will even have the energy to cook from scratch.” You tell Dick who then chuckles, sounding relieved at what you have just said.

“Our favourites for dinner then?” Dick says excitedly. He really has missed you quite a lot. Dick has an inkling that you actually know who your soulmate is but instead of pestering you to tell him, Dick figures you will tell him whenever you are ready so he will wait until you are. “I’ll see you tonight, Y/N.” Dick hesitates for a bit before quickly adding, “I miss you, you know?”

Your cheeks are now burning for a different reason. “I miss you too, Dick. See you tonight.” You tell him and Dick chuckles. The two of you exchange a few more words before hanging up the call. You place your phone down and sigh. You roll your sleeves up and look at the name that is on your arm, tracing the name ‘John’ multiple times. Dick’s birthday is coming up sometime soon and you are deathly afraid of whose middle name will appear on his arm.

The other – more important – reason as to why you tried your hardest to avoid him is because you know the moment you tell him; Dick will not let it go until he knows every single thing – you can never say ‘no’ to Dick too. Being with Dick has always attracted a lot of media attention and this is something you are still uncomfortable with – the fact that almost everyone will know of your stories on the newspapers or magazines – some fabricated, some exaggerated, rarely any ever appears to be true.

You like remaining anonymous, like remaining as a faceless person to the public eye. Which is why most of the time, Dick and you ever meet up whenever you are done with work late at night or Dick drops by your apartment – you also know of his life as Nightwing as well, there is nothing he keeps away from you – or the occasional Dick sneaking you in to the manor from the public eye. Yes, you are really bad with receiving attention and the attention Dick may draw to you (if your middle name ever shows up on his).

Your day could not have gone any slower. Half of you is very excited to finally be able to see Dick again but the other half is just absolutely terrified at the confrontation you know will happen because Dick being Dick will not let you run away with your problems. So you steel yourself the moment you get off work. Your drive back to your apartment is a whole lot of convincing yourself to not cancel very last minute and a lot of “you can do this, Y/N!”

By the time you get to your apartment, you spot Dick’s motorcycle and your heart starts to beat rapidly against your chest and you can feel his name throbbing slightly – that is also another sign of him being your soulmate. You lock your car and pad over to your building – Dick’s most likely either in your apartment or he is waiting outside of your door. Thankfully, you have a little bit of time for yourself when you notice that Dick is not outside your door.

“Alright, Y/N. You can do this, girl.” You mutter to yourself as you unlock your door. You are greeted with the savoury smell of food and your stomach growls, protesting for some food.

Dick must have heard the door unlocking because the next thing you know, you are wrapped tightly in his arms, burying his nose in your hair. Your arms came around your waist and you relish the feel of being in his arms – you have definitely missed this. You only pull away when you smell something starting to burn so you push your hands in to his stomach.

“Dick, do you have something on the stove? It’s starting to smell burnt.” You look towards the kitchen and Dick lets out a gasp before rushing off to the kitchen and you laugh. This is definitely something you have missed. You drop your bag on the floor before walking to the kitchen as well. Dick is currently putting the food on to the plate. “I thought you were going to get take-outs?” You ask him, taking a whiff of the delicious smell.

Dick shrugs his shoulders. “I figured you should at least get something home-cooked! You probably had take-outs and reheated frozen food. Besides, Alfred taught me how to whip up this pasta and it’s the easiest one to do too before you compliment me too much that is.” He explains without you asking. “Do you want to take a shower first or should we do dinner first and then movie?”

You look at the state of your clothes. “I think I’m going to take a quick shower, be right back.” Dick chuckles and nods his head as he watches you leave the kitchen. Dick lets out a sigh, scratching at his arm. His birthday is coming up soon and he really hopes your name will appear on his arm – that’s mostly the reason why he has yet to act on his feelings at all. He knows deep down inside that you will most likely be his soulmate – he has been harboring these indescribable feelings for you ever since he had been old enough to understand the concept of being in love.

IF this knotted feeling in his stomach is love then, Dick knows for sure that he is in love with you. He just needs to make sure you understand that fact too. He seriously cannot wait to get his own mark.

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There’s Something in Your Eyes Pt. 2

So, somehow this became a three part fic. This part isn’t even a prompt for Adrinette Month it literally just kind of happened, although it still falls under Day 13 with the Harry Potter AU. I’ll be posting the final part, that actually fits today’s prompt, later this afternoon. For now, I hope you enjoy! 

Part 1

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It was 2 AM and Adrien was still wide awake in his bed. Nino’s voice was rattling around in his head. It had been all month, ever since Marinette had asked him to the Yule Ball.

“It’s like she’s the sun and your whole world revolves around her.”

Adrien’s mouth scrunched up. Ever since Nino said that, he’d paid closer attention to the way he interacted with his shy friend. Whenever they did something together as a group, it was true, Adrien was a bit more excited to hang out with Marinette. He’d always attributed that to wanting to get to know her better. After all, their best friends had been dating each other for a year and a half, and Adrien still wasn’t very close to her.

She was intelligent, fearless, and strong, but at the same time she seemed to have difficulty stringing together her own words sometimes. She had a tendency to trip over air, and she seemed to always be in a rush somewhere, but Adrien found all of those qualities made her that much more endearing. She was like a lesson in opposites.

Adrien shook off his thoughts. He really couldn’t keep staying up like this, especially when the next challenge was tomorrow. He, Alya, and Nino needed to be there to support Marinette while she prepared, and he couldn’t do that if he fell asleep on all of them.

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