You knew this was a step in the right direction. After the talk with Tyler, you had felt better. You knew you were closer to getting your life back, what you didn’t know was if that involved Tyler.
You weren’t avoiding him anymore, but you weren’t going out of your way to see him either. You were currently laid out on the lawn in your bikini. If you were supposed to be enjoying the outdoors, at least you would get a tan.
You were focused on your book when you heard a commotion across the yard. You watched as Tyler, Candace, Jamie, and Jordie were all headed for the dock. You figured they were going out for a day on the lake. You smiled and went to return to your book when Jordie noticed you.
“Y/N!” he called out running up to you. He flashed you his killer smile and you knew he was about to ask you to come with.
“We were just about to go out on the boat, come with.” He smiled reaching out his hand.
“I don’t know Jordie, Me and Tyler just became friends again. I don’t know how well being stuck on a boat with him would go.” You answered unsure about how you actually felt about going.
“We are all going to be there, we won’t let it get awkward, I promise. Plus, I miss hanging out with you, please?” He replied confidently once again he flashed his smile hoping he could convince you.
“Fine, I’ll come.” You flashed him a smile, for the first time in a while it was sincere.
His smile grew and suddenly you were thrown over his shoulder headed towards the boat dock.
“Jordie, I need shoes! And What about a towel?” you asked squirming in his grasp but it was no use.
“You’ll be fine.” He ignored your protests. “Look who I found!” He answered as he placed you down in the boat.
You were met by excited greetings from Jamie and Candace. Tyler shot you a soft smile from the driver’s seat.
Candace came and sat next to you and she began to fill you in on things. You pretended to listen as you watched Tyler speak to Jordie. You were worried, that maybe Tyler wasn’t okay with you being here.
You hadn’t even noticed that Candace had stopped talking until Jamie sat next to you and grasped your leg.
“He wants you here.”
You just nodded. Jamie was always good at reading your mind, almost as good as Tyler.
“He misses you.”
“I know Jamie, I know.” You answered sending him a small smile. He left it at that and you began to watch the waves behind the boat as the splashed. Music had been put on and you found yourself moving back and forth. Candace suddenly grabbed your hand bringing you to your feet against your wishes. She danced with you and you could feel eyes watching you. You glanced over and Tyler was glancing at you ever so often while trying to keep his eyes on the water in front of him.
You sat back down once the song was over. You swayed back and forth in your seat to a few more songs, laughing at jokes made by the Benn Brothers and occasionally chatting with Tyler, while Candace switched songs on the aux cord. For the first time in a long while, you felt as if things were normal.
That normalcy was short lived when you heard a familiar song come from the radio speakers.
You knew what Candace was doing, and you weren’t sure how to react. You just sat there listening to the lyrics of the Katy Perry song.
“& On my 18th birthday, we got matching tattoos…”
You glanced at the small honeybee tattoo on your wrist, following your glance to the small matching bee sitting on Tyler’s shoulder. He followed your eyes and frowned.
“In another life, I would be your girl. We’d keep all our promises, be us against the world…”
The song continued and you could feel the tears coming, you didn’t want to cry in front of him. Not now, not after you were finally starting to feel like yourself again. So you decided to do something drastic. Tyler wasn’t going so fast anymore and you figured you would be fine. You suddenly stood up on the seat and moved to the edge of the boat. You jumped before you could fully hear Jamie’s objection.
You hit the cool water with force. At first, the feeling was deafening, but suddenly you never felt freer. You felt the pressure just roll off you. It felt like you were under for years when it had only been a few moments. You held your breath as you heard the motor cut. You closed your eyes as you pushed yourself up towards the surface. You smiled as you wiped the stuck hair from your face.
You looked up at the boat sitting a few yards from you. All three boys were now standing on the edge of the boat their eyes scanning for where you would surface.
Tyler’s eyes found you first. “HAVE YOU LOST YOUR DAMN MIND?”
You just smiled. “What? I know how to swim.” You started to swim towards the boat.
Jamie and Jordie sighed breaths of relief.
“The water is really nice actually.” You stated matter of factly as you got hold of the ladder on the boat.
“Not funny,” Jamie answered
You just chuckled as you got on the boat. Tyler quickly wrapped you in a towel while you insisted you were fine.
“You really scared me… us, you know” He said as he sat back down on the driver’s seat.
“Don’t you guys play a sport where people literally punch one another?” you asked with a smirk.
You smiled as Tyler turned the boat back on and began driving once more. Your eyes drooped as you yawned. You leaned against Jamie and closed your eyes drifting to sleep to the song on the radio.
If we crawl ‘til we can walk again.
Then we’ll run until we’re strong enough to jump.
Then we’ll fly until there is no wind.
You woke up, quickly realizing you were laying on something that was not moving. You were about to sit up when you heard talking. Your curiosity got the best of you and you continued to pretend you were asleep.
“Candace what you pulled back there wasn’t cool! What if she had actually gotten hurt?” Tyler asked
“I was just trying to help! I’m doing more than you are!” she responded defensively.
“I’m trying Candace. I just got her back into my life! I’m not trying to push her!”
“I have to say I agree with Tyler, you need to let him handle it,” Jackie added.
You could hear Candace huffed as she headed upstairs.
Tyler groaned in frustration and you could just imagine him leaning over putting his head in his hands.
“But Your sister has a point, Ty. Losing Y/N is probably one of your dumbest mistakes.” Jamie stated blatantly.
“You don’t think I know that? I’m going to win her back; I’ll wait as long as I have to.”
You peeked over the back of the couch and when you saw that everyone was distracted, you slowly sneaked towards the front door. You somehow escaped the Seguin house and started the walk over to your own. Were you willing to take Tyler back? You weren’t so sure of your answer just yet.
is there any performance of hugh's you think he deserves an oscar for?
I’ve enjoyed some of his work. To be honest, I wasn’t super big on Les Miserables, but I do understand why he was nominated for it. As far as the performances I’ve liked that I thought he did really good in…I thought Prisoners was actually quite good and that film got overlooked sadly. I think he was good in The Fountain. The Prestige was fantastic, but if we’re talking Oscar worthy, Prisoners was pretty darn good if you ask me :)
I really felt his character’s pain in that movie and if someone is a parent, I think they would understand his character’s motivation completely.
Magnus: Is the equipment secure? Taako: Check. Magnus: Weapon loaded? Taako: Check. Magnus: Did you have breakfast? Taako: What? That’s not on the checklist. Magnus: I added it because I care about you. Taako: No, I did not have breakfast. Magnus: Unacceptable. Look in your pocket. [Taako finds a breakfast bar in his pocket] Taako: Hey, there’s little chocolate chips in this. Magnus: Yeah, I’m not an idiot. I know how to trick my best friend into eating his fiber.
Question: Before you decided to make Bill the main bad guy, did you have another character in mind that would have been the villain?
Alex: Yeah, um that’s a good question. Uh, so, when we came up with the villain of the show, I knew that… I knew that Bill was involved. And I knew that Ford had disappeared due to some deal gone wrong with some villain next to the mystery of how Gravity Falls was all assembled.
Um, but, I didn’t yet decide that Bill was that character in the very beginning, y'know? I had always imagined it was some sort of evil character somewhere kinda hidden in the woods.
I wasn’t sure I could go with the Bill idea cuz I thought it would be too much like Twin Peaks, but as we got further along the series we discussed it among the repairs and we were like, ‘none of our other villain ideas were as good.’ Bill, Bill was weirder than anything else we thought of.
Um, I remember there were other ideas. Strange monsters and government officials; some kind of cthulhu– some weird crazy old man. But nothing was ever better than Bill, so it ended up sticking.
Probably somewhere around, y'know, season one– midway through season one, we started thinking we might be– might be on point.
Q: Was Grunkle Stan ever aware of McGucket’s connection to his brother?
A: Oh, oh that’s such a good question. Wait, let me think about that for a second… Uh… lemme see… I don’t think so. I don’t think Stan was ever aware of McGucket’s connection to his brother.
Because, by the time Stan traded identities with Ford, uh… McGucket had already gone off the deep end– Was already y'know, had already created the Society of the Blind Eye; had already lost his own memory. So Stan would’ve really only known McGucket as a local obnoxious fisherman.
And McGucket, probably somewhere deep in the back of his mind, was eerily just drawn to Stan in a way he just couldn’t put his finger on, because he thought maybe he knew him, but–
I don’t– I think Stan was ignorant of that. Um, I think Stan… I think Stan looking through the journals probably should’ve put two and two together, but Stan’s not the best at book-learnin’.
Uh, so… my guess is Stan wouldn’t have known despite that uh, that there’s a lot of tumblr art out there showing them as like the Scooby-Doo gang. I don’t think Stan ever really knew McGucket before.
Q: What episode do you believe came out the strongest and the most well rounded overall? And is it the same as your personal favorite episode?
A: Oh gosh. Um. That’s a great question. Hmm… I probably feel, personally, that the strongest episode is uh, “Not What He Seems” just because it’s such a dramatic episode. Like, we know– We’ve never had an episode that dramatic.
But, when we first pitched it to Disney executives… they thought it was bad. [laughs] Um, Because it didn’t have a lot of jokes in it?
Like, I remember normally when we’re pitching our episode, executives can usually gauge how good they are by how much people laugh. People didn’t really laugh for that one, because it’s really tense. So we thought, maybe we’d screwed up. But, when the animation came back we were like, 'Oh! It’s GOOD that it’s tense. Like, it worked!’
Um, So, I dunno if that’s my favorite episode, but I think– that’s the episode we should’ve won an Emmy for, and I’m still pissed we didn’t. [laughs]
In terms of favorite episode, like… I dunno. I think the first episode that I really felt that the show was really starting to feel the way I wanted it to– “Time Traveler’s Pig” in season one.
Like, that was an episode where Dipper had an interesting story, and Mabel had an interesting story, and uh, felt nostalgic, and based around the summer, and had a big secret callback to even previous episodes, so–
I just remember when we first just got that episode back in color, I was like, 'hey I think maybe I like how I’m making this cartoon show,’ so I think that has a particularly fond place in my heart, y'know.
Q: Is Disney bringing you to SDCC or NYCC later this year to promote the journal and other books coming out?
A: Right, um, yeah, Disney– Disney… Disney-general and me, have like– we’re divorced. Like, they kept the house, and the pets. Y'know what I mean? It’s… we don’t like get dinner or anything. But, the Disney Publishing department, separate from Disney Television, they’re really cool, and enthusiastic, and energized.
And they wanna make new cool stuff. Um, so I think it’s possible I might be at D23 this year, and it’s possible I might be at Comic Con, but I don’t have anything confirmed yet.
Q: In the scene where Bill is trying to convince Ford to join him in the Fearamid, were there any other jokes or story beats that were considered?
A: Which episode specifically are you talking about? [Q: The We’ll Meet Again scene.]
Yea yea yea, We had a– Every scene that you’ve ever seen in the show has a ton of ton of stuff we’ve thought of and had to cut for time or other reasons.
Um, I remember there was definitely a version of that where Bill was a lot trickier. Like, he sort of more successfully lied to Ford about like: 'We’re actually going to make the world a better place. Though I present myself as this chaos lunatic that’s just my personality.' Like, 'here’s ways in which we’ll IMPROVE the universe.'
Um, but it felt out of character. We thought it was much more like Bill to just draw smiley faces in oceans and eat the sun and just– hope, that the force of his charisma could convince Ford that that was a good idea.
But uh, I feel like– I feel like Bill can be really really tricky when he wants to, but by the time Weirdmageddon showed up he’s so impatient, and he’s so convinced that he won, that he was no longer like, this brilliant chess master he used to be. He’s like, 'alright let’s do it! Do what I want or I’ll eat your face.’
Like, no more– No more, like– He wasn’t as smart a tactician as he used to be, y'know?
Q: Was “We’ll Meet Again” always the song you were going to use?
A: Oh yeah, it had to be that. It was like… I think I’d just seen Dr. Strangelove recently around that time and it stuck in my head. It seems to me, if Bill has a taste in music, it would be, like, old timey music that ranges from either weird to obnoxious to obscure.
Uh, Disney wanted me to cut it cuz it cost them a bunch of money to get the rights, even though it’s so old, it still cost them money to get the rights. And I just… said, please. Over and over and over again. I would send an e-mail that just said, 'please.’ And send another e-mail that said, 'please.’ And I would send another e-mail that said–
Yeah. [laughs] Eventually I wore them down that they’re like, 'alright we’ll spend thousands of dollars.’[laughs]
Q: Are real comics coming?
A: You want comics? Would you read Gravity Falls comics? [Audience screams] [Alex leans his ear forward] [AUDIENCE SCREAMS]
A: It’s a terrifying noise isn’t it, Michael? I was at a… Gravity Falls gallery, and like, they didn’t tell us how many people would show up, and it was like, THAT noise echoing from every corner. And uh like, I think I lost a year of my life. My hair started going gray, and it was like, 'oh my god, this is too much love! It’s terrifying.'
Comics. I would love to do Gravity Falls comics. Um, I have so many… One of the tough things about a half hour show like Gravity Falls is every now and then we think of an idea that we really liked, but it was too short for a half hour; 'oh that’s only five minutes of story’– Or it’s too specific and weird.
And so I have tons and tons of ideas of the show that y'know we’d like to explore this character, we’d like to show this secret, this storyline. So, I’d love to do comics. But, that’s up to Disney Publishing, and I’m trying to convince them. So, hopefully, I’ll have something exciting to announce in not too long.
Q&A with Stan and Soos
Q: Is Dipper adorable or manly?
Stan: Dipper smells like baby wipes. Even if I cut off all my shoulder hair, and taped it to him, he wouldn’t be 1/10th as manly I am.
Q: What would you do if Mabel told you she had a date to prom?
Stan: I would… invite the gentleman over, have some coffee, tie him to a chair and interrogate him for 10 hours, and maybe throw him in the pit. [shrug] Hands off my neice, kid!
Q: What would happen if Soos met Giffany again?
Soos: Oh yea, I recently downloaded this couple’s therapy sim? Uh, I think she and I would have to talk about our issues and pass around a conversation pillow, and really work out these struggles. Cuz she’s got some problems, dude.
Q: Soos, why are you so perfect?
Soos: Yeah, uh, my grandma said that a whole bunch of doves flew down and formed the shape of a perfect angel over my crib. I dunno, dude I guess I was just born that way.
Gentle reminder that yes, Riku was able to conquer his darkness in contrast to Terra, but while Riku has been forced to use his darkness to fight his friends, Terra was forced to use it to save his friends.
Riku grew into his darkness and embraced it willingly, in that way he had way more control over it. Terra on the other hand struggled with it, having been told all his life that darkness is bad and then suddenly it’s the only thing he can use to save Ven, and later on, Aqua. This internal struggle is exactly what Xehanort used to get into Terra. So by no means does that mean that Riku is better or stronger, their situations are simply fundamentally different.
“I wrote her the message while I was lying in my bed. It said: ‘I don’t want to go too fast, but will you be my girlfriend?’ After I hit ‘send,’ I was so nervous that I laid the phone down next to me. I couldn’t even look at the screen. My nose was sweating. After two minutes, I saw it vibrate. I picked it up, and it said: ‘Yes!’ I felt so good. It felt like killing five characters at one time in League of Legends. These last five days have been magic. I feel so happy and nervous at the same time. This is my first girlfriend so I don’t even know what to do. I don’t know what to talk about. I don’t even know how to sit.”
Do you know what makes Rick and Morty such a good series?
The humanistic approach to each story and character and the savage portrayal of real emotions felt by believable characters. The characters in Rick and Morty are not over the top caricatures, such as they are in Family Guy and now the Simpsons, they are real.
When Beth shoots Mr poopybutthole, she shakily sobs into a glass of wine while he lays bleeding. Jerry is whiny but also tries hard to be the man of the house. Summer is not only believable as a teenage girl, but she is also complex and has layers to her character that other equivalents do not.
Morty suffers real trauma throughout the series and it wears on him as it progresses. Each character has real flaws, real developments and strengths.
Most of all, the protagonist Rick is as layered, complex and indecipherable a character as you can get. He is truly a toxic person who struggles between loving his family and yet remaining distant. You feel every single emotional blow he is dealt and you can empathise with how he reacts to it, because we have all done the same.
There’s real drama in the series, better drama than seen in most TV shows today and all the while there is drama, the action is excellent, the stories are great and the laughter is genuine. It doesn’t try to be funny all the time, it doesn’t try to be sad all the time. Behind every laugh is real pain and that makes the comedy in the series so much more effective, because we can relate to it on a human level.
For a series that is based on science fiction and fantasy, it is awfully real.
Nathan was Minnow’s high school boyfriend back home. He plays guitar pretty good and likes video games. He can be kinda clingy, though. Shortly after graduating, Minnow told him she wants to be a freelance space engineer, and he got angry, so she dumped him.
He works at his dad’s bowling alley now. He sells his CDs there too, near the fire exit.
Djynn (that’s his codename)was Minnow’s first boyfriend after she went to space. He’s a freelance hacker who gets hired for badass space missions. He’s a cool dude, but his schedule never matches hers, and they both fly around the galaxy a lot, so they’re usually far away from each other. He’s also an organic being, which means he can’t teleport to her ship. Their relationship ended up just being occasional chats online, so one day they decided they could do that as friends.
He’s currently still a freelance hacker who gets hired for badass space missions.