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Above the fresh ruffles of the surf
Bright striped urchins flay each other with sand.
They have contrived a conquest for shell shucks,
And their fingers crumble fragments of baked weed
Gaily digging and scattering.

And in answer to their treble interjections
The sun beats lightning on the waves,
The waves fold thunder on the sand;
And could they hear me I would tell them:

O brilliant kids, frisk with your dog,
Fondle your shells and sticks, bleached
By time and the elements; but there is a line
You must not cross nor ever trust beyond it
Spry cordage of your bodies to caresses
Too lichen-faithful from too wide a breast.
The bottom of the sea is cruel.

—  Hart Crane, from Voyages

When the Knight of Flowers had spoken up, she’d been sure she was about to see one of Old Nan’s stories come to life. Ser Gregor was the monster and Ser Loras the true hero who would slay him. –Sansa, AGOT


“Lord Roose never says a word, he only looks at me, and all I can think of is that room they have in the Dreadfort, where the Boltons hang the skins of their enemies.

"That’s just one of Old Nan’s stories,” Bran said.



Hot Pie was kneeling too, before the tallest man Arya had ever seen, a monster from one of Old Nan’s stories. She never saw where the giant had come from. Three black dogs raced across his faded yellow surcoat, and his face looked as hard as if it had been cut from stone. –Arya, ACOK


Jon remembered Old Nan’s tales of the savage folk who drank blood from human skulls. –Jon, ACOK


She remembered Old Nan’s stories of the castle built on fear. Harren the Black had mixed human blood in the mortar, Nan used to say, dropping her voice so the children would need to lean close to hear, but Aegon’s dragons had roasted Harren and all his sons within their great walls of stone. –Arya, ACOK


The Nightfort had figured in some of Old Nan’s scariest stories. It was here that Night’s King had reigned, before his name was wiped from the memory of man. This was where the Rat Cook had served the Andal king his prince-and-bacon pie, where the seventy-nine sentinels stood their watch, where brave young Danny Flint had been raped and murdered. This was the castle where King Sherrit had called down his curse on the Andals of old, where the ‘prentice boys had faced the thing that came in the night, where blind Symeon Star-Eyes had seen the hellhounds fighting. Mad Axe had once walked these yards and climbed these towers, butchering his brothers in the dark. –Bran, ASOS

Don’t ever let anyone tell you the Starks aren’t hardcore, they literally had a babysitter in their employment who frequently told several generations of little kids stories of rape, murder, cannibalism, kinslaying, immolation, human sacrifice, flaying, and other atrocities. The Starks are the people the rest of the Seven Kingdoms used to live in fear of, because they would send their winter armies down raiding and murdering into the rest of Westeros on suicide missions rather than sit and starve during especially harsh winters

Westallen: The Exception to the Rule

DO NOT READ IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED

So yesterday the Westallen fandom was blessed with glorious pics of our babies having what I imagine is their first kiss. Now today the Westallen fandom died and came back to life after seeing pictures of Barry in his Flash costume to reveal himself to Iris RIGHT AFTER HE KISSED HER (this is what the source says not me). Right now my mind is blown. EVERY SINGLE EXPECTATION I HAVE EVER HAD FOR THE SHOW HAS ALWAYS BEEN MET AND HAS ACTUALLY BEEN EVEN BETTER THAN I COULD HAVE EVER IMAGINED. 

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, most shows do not have a character close to the main character find out about his HUGE secret from the very first episode. Most shows do not have the leading man confess his love for the leading lady nine episodes into the first season of the show. Most shows DO NOT have the main couple (when it’s a slowburn and they’re endgame) kiss in the first season of the show (unless it’s a dream sequence or an AU). Most (superhero) shows DEFINITELY DO NOT HAVE THE SUPERHERO REVEAL HIS SECRET IDENTITY TO HIS LADY LOVE IN THE FIRST SEASON OF THE SHOW.

Of course there are Westallen detractors who are trying to soothe themselves about the release of these pictures that are actual pieces of heaven by using the things that I just mentioned to say that, “Oh, well because this is all happening so soon (right ‘soon’, when Barry’s been in love with Iris for at least a decade, 'soon’ my ass), Westallen are not endgame.” Well maybe they’re on to something.

Now before you go, “WHATT??? HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT?” Allow me to explain (I’m going to get slightly philosophical here so bear with me). The term 'endgame’, in my opinion, usually means that the ship you want to be together will be together by the 'end’ of the show. It also tends to mean that when your ship gets together that’s it. That’s the end. I think most writers and showrunners find it incredibly difficult to keep the story going and keep the chemistry between their actors once the main couple gets together which is why they don’t put the characters in a relationship until several years into the show (see Bones, Castle, Gilmore Girls, Smallville etc…oh and just to be clear I am fully aware of the restrictions that were on Lois/Clois when she came on the show). It is terribly hard to find married couples that are together from the beginning of a series, that stay together throughout the course of the series, that are well written and don’t deal with any third party garbage (yes Naley got together early on AND I LOVE THEM, don’t get me wrong, BUT REALLY MARK SCHWANN? REALLY? They were a married couple for 8 out of 9 seasons on the show and they had at least four third party storylines, which averages to one every other year. Can you say LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT AS NEEDED? Okay I’m getting off topic.) 

BUT…maybe, just maybe, the writers and the showrunners for The Flash are altering the definition of 'endgame’ so it doesn’t inherently mean the fans have to wait til the end (or close to the end) of the show for their couple to become a couple. Maybe TPTB on The Flash are saying that the story doesn’t end when the couple gets together. Maybe the best stories are yet to come. Maybe a show can be successful and have a long healthy run without sticking their main couple in the 'will they/won’t they’ circle of hell. Maybe a show can thrive without a love triangle birthed from the depths of Tartarus (The love triangles on LOST and OTH drove me to the brink of insanity, I swear to God). Maybe a superhero show can work better with the leading lady in the know, instead of keeping her in the dark just for the sake of drama or a good laugh. Maybe Westallen are the exception to the rule and TPTB are telling us that Westallen getting together is not the end of the show-it’s only the beginning.

To those of you who kindly took the time to read this whole post, I leave you with this: