flashes twice

ANYWAY:

The Flash is doing something absolutely incredible and I love them from the bottom of my heart.

The new promo was released and in it Barry tells Iris and the rest of the team that he saw Iris die in his Flash Forward.

And then, after the opening scene, we see everyone on that team working to save Iris’ life. 

Even New Wells. 

And yes, sure, we all know that everyone on the team loves Iris and they don’t want her to die but like….

The Flash is confirming that Iris’ life matters.

That a Black Woman’s life matters.

That a Black Life Matters. 

And it doesn’t only matter to one guy because he’s dating her. 

But it matters to her father.

And her brother.

And her teammates because they value her contributions and just value her as a person and I am so grateful. 

I’m so grateful.   

And this doesn’t even touch on the ways in which they are tearing apart the “Strong Black Woman” stereotype.

Vader’s pun in Rogue One felt like A Bit Much. Then I remembered the novelization of RotS and one of the newly minted Vader’s first scenes. The entire time he’s slaughtering the surviving Separatist leaders, the dialogue is peppered with things like this:

“Please, I’ll give you anything. Anything you want!”
The blade flashed twice; Tambor’s arms fell to the floor, followed by his head.
“Thank you.”

And this unbelievable gold:

“We were promised a reward,” she gasped. “A h-h-handsome reward-”
“I am your reward,” the Sith Lord said. “You don’t find me handsome?”

And perhaps my favorite, because please:

“The war is over- Lord Sidious promised- he promised we would be left in peace…”
“His transmission was garbled.” The blade came up. “He promised you would be left in pieces.”

Flashlight

Summary: You and Calum have been best friends for as long as you can remember and flashing the light of your rooms has become a signal that you need each other. ((this is a long one guys but I’ve been inactive for like a year so see it as a big comeback lol))

You’re 5 years old and the light flashes twice. You’re already in bed, but not yet asleep, and the flashing lights pull you out of bed and towards the window like an invisible cord. On the opposite side of your window is another window, one belonging to your neighbor. The houses are close together, in your street, and you see the familiar boy standing in front of his window.

“Did you flash the light?” you ask.

“Yes,” Calum answers. “I need to tell you a secret, but you have to promise you won’t laugh.”

You and Calum have been living next to each other your whole lives, and he’s always been your friend. You don’t even remember how you met; you assume you were just babies, because your mom is such good friends with his mom. You just know he’s always been there, and he’s always been nice to you, even though he teases his sister all the time, and surely that grants him the one wish of you not laughing.

“Okay.”

“I think there’s a monster in my room.” You notice his voice is shaky.

You frown. “Well, I can’t help you with that. Go tell your mommy and daddy. They can beat it up.” Because at 5 years old, you didn’t think there was any problem out there that couldn’t be fixed by parents.

“I already told them,” Calum says, sounding a bit annoyed with you. As if it’s your fault there’s a monster in his room. “They don’t believe me. They say I just need to go to sleep. But if I go to sleep, the monster could eat me!”

“Leave the lights on,” you offer him. “Monsters don’t like light.” You don’t know if that’s an actual fact, but you’re sure you saw it in a cartoon once.

“Mom would be mad if I left the light on.” Sure enough, Calum’s room, behind him, is dark. After flashing the light, he turned it back off.

You yawn. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to do about it, then.” It’s late, and you just wanna go to bed. Calum never wants to go to bed; you know that, because he always throws a tantrum when his mom tells him it’s bed time. But you like sleeping, because it lets the dreams into your head.

“Come sleep with me.” You look up in surprise, but Calum looks completely serious. “You can come over Mali’s way.”

There’s a plank of wood between your roof and Calum’s. Mali-Koa, his sister, always uses it to sneak over to your house and talk to your sister, Natalie. They’re best friends, just like you and Calum. But you’ve never used the plank, cause you’d have to climb out of your window first, and that seems scary.

You sigh. But he is your best friend. And Natalie once told you that best friends do everything for each other, so you can’t really say no. Very carefully, you swing your leg out of the window.

“Don’t be scared,” says Calum, and you shoot him an angry look.

“You’re the one that’s scared of monsters!”

He doesn’t say anything after that, and just watches you as you slowly but steadily make your way out of your house and onto the plank. As soon as you reach his window, his tiny hands wrap around your arms and help you into his room.

You’re not scared of monsters. You know that if the monster really was dangerous, one of your cartoon hero’s would come to save you. But you’re still a little nervous, so you quickly jump onto the bed.

Everyone knows monsters that live under beds can’t come out from under them.

Calum joins you, a content look on your face. “You know,” he says, “I won’t forget this. You’re gonna be my best friend forever and ever.”

“Yeah,” you smile, “forever and ever.” And you close your eyes.

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You’re 7 years old and the light flashes twice. Normally it’s Calum using the emergency call, but this time you have no other option. All you can do is hope he’ll answer.

He does; within seconds he appears in front of his window and opens it. It’s raining, tonight, big droplets of water crashing down onto your roofs.

“What’s wrong?” he says with a worried tone in his voice, when he sees you. You’ve been crying, and your eyes are red and your face is blotched and you can barely get the words out of your mouth.

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Rating: Mature / PG-13 through NC-17
TImeline: Season 7
Summary:  Fresh off a particularly brutal case, Mulder tries to finally make good on his promise to take Scully on a nice trip to the forest, only to stumble onto evidence that there may be more to a local urban legend than just rumor and superstition.

A/N: Special thank yous to @kateyes224​ for being the best friend and beta extraordinaire for this beast, @2momsmakearight​ for the non-stop brainstorming, and @gilliansboobs​ for the unwavering support through my late night meltdowns while writing this and the amazing gif and banner.  I couldn’t have done this without you guys xo




PART 1

Her shoulder muscles screamed at the tension that had twisted into them, the hours of hunching over the paperwork of the case and his profile notes etched out sloppily across lined sheets.  The rolling of her neck did little to pacify the muscles, instead they coiled tighter and burned like fire up to base of her skull.

The keypad above the doorknob beeped twice and flashed a green light as Mulder swiped the card and unlocked the door to their motel room, then stepped aside, allowing her to cross the threshold first.

“I’m exhausted,” she said as she dropped her coat onto the chair.  Neither of them made a move towards the lamp, content in the quiet that the darkness offered.   Instead, he pressed his chest to her back, his arms wrapping around her waist, and a deep sigh reverberated through her signaling to him that her eyes had drifted closed and she was finally allowing herself to relax.  The past few days had gotten to her just as much as him, though she’d never admit that to him.  Always the strong one.  Always ‘fine.’

“I’m sorry you got as wrapped up in this case as you did,” he whispered in her ear, his arms tightened around her.  “As much as I appreciate that you were there, I hate that you had to see me that way.”

She turned in his arms, running her hands up the length of them to the back of his neck, pulling his face close enough so that she could press a kiss to the tip of his nose.

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Mary is the Biggest Mystery on Sherlock

We first meet Mary Morstan at the very beginning of Series 3. Sherlock is still dead, and John is preparing to get married. Although she was a major character throughout Series 3 and 4, we still know almost nothing about her history.

Sure, we don’t know much of anything about Molly, Lestrade, or Mrs. Hudson, either.

BUT… their history hasn’t been a major plot point in the show. Mary’s history – Mary’s story – has been THE major plot point throughout series 3 and into series 4. 

And that plot has never been resolved. We don’t know who she is, where she came from, or how (or more importantly, why) she ended up living in London, working as a nurse for Sherlock Holmes’ best friend.

The show has given us very blunt reminders that we do not know anything about Mary. 

We’ve been shown an AGRA flash drive twice now. A flash drive that contains everything there is to know about Mary. The woman who married John and who shot Sherlock without hesitation. The first time, no one looked at it and John burned it. The second time, Sherlock “glanced at it,” but wanted to hear the story from Mary herself. Mary tells Sherlock the bare minimum and then knocks him out with a soporific she apparently borrowed from Vastra (that was a reference to The Name of the Doctor, FYI). The AGRA drive, although now bugged, is never seen or mentioned again.

Why should we care? 

Because everyone in Sherlock’s world has trust issues. John does. Sherlock does. Mycroft does. 

But when it comes to Mary - no one has any trouble trusting her. 

Remember when we first met Mycroft? He put on a big scary show of his power for John. He even read quotes from John’s therapist’s session notes. This took place one day after John met Sherlock. In the span of a single day, Mycroft not only found out that John was moving in with Sherlock, but deeply researched his history and even had John’s therapist’s notes in his possession. 

But research on Mary? It appears Mycroft just didn’t bother to do any. 

Although … The Study in Pink was quite a few years ago. Maybe Mycroft isn’t keeping as close of a watch on John and Sherlock as he used to? 

Well, no. Mycroft is still keeping a very close watch on John. Granted, Mycroft likely anticipated that Sherlock would want to see John as soon as he got back to London, so he probably checked on where John would be that evening. I doubt that Mycroft makes sure that he knows where John plans to be every night… but still. We know that Mycroft is continuing to watch John. So why isn’t he watching John’s soon-to-be-fiance? 

Well… perhaps he did check into her history. Mary is a “retired super spy with a terrifying skill set.” Maybe her false persona was really well constructed, and Mycroft was fooled. Or maybe he wasn’t that interested in her, so he didn’t dig quite far enough to find anything suspicious.  

As it turns out, Mary’s cover wasn’t very good. Sherlock managed to find the source of Mary’s identity in less than a day, apparently without Mycroft’s help. And he did this while running around London planning his ambush of Mary for John. Oh, and he had just been shot. In the chest. And almost died. 

So… it doesn’t seem as though Mary had an airtight fake identity. 

So what is going on here? Is Mary just a big plot-hole? Is this just shoddy writing?

I don’t think Mary is a plot-hole. 

Sherlock’s initial deductions of Mary were a storm of trouble. 

“Liar” is the one that everyone remembers (because of HLV), but some of my favorites are “cat lover,” “shortsighted,” “only child,” “12,” and, “secret tattoo” (12 is shown alone and as “Size 12”). There are quite a few others, but these ones have not been explained.

That storm of deductions does not suggest that Sherlock was fooled by Mary. She’s a shortsighted only child, but we never see her wear glasses and she claims to be an orphan. She’s a liar, she disillusioned, she’s a linguist, and she’s a nurse? 

Of course, Sherlock doesn’t follow up on any of this. He just… ignores all of these warning signs? He immediately trusts this woman whom he just met and whom he knows is a liar? Seems… unlikely. 

Of course, nothing in the deduction storm directly suggests that Mary is dangerous, so maybe Sherlock knew she was lying about her past, but let it go because he didn’t think she was dangerous? 

Well, no. 

Sherlock definitely believed that John was in danger. John is in so much danger that Sherlock actually comes back from the dead to save him. 

His solution to that danger? Take down Charles Augustus Magnussen. Because he was the threat, right? He had info on people that would want to see Mary dead. That would put John in danger, so it makes sense, right? 

Not really. 

Sherlock describes Mary shooting him as “surgery.” But was it really? 

According to Sherlock, Mary shot him, knocked out Magnussen, and then immediately called an ambulance. Sherlock still nearly died. From the look of things, Mary shot Sherlock in the liver. And the show was accurate - the biggest risk of death from a liver shot is bleeding to death. 

I don’t think Mary necessarily wanted to kill Sherlock, but I also don’t think she shot him where she did in order to make sure he lived. I think she shot Sherlock in the liver because 1) it would look like a kill shot to Magnussen (he was shot in the chest and was on the ground convulsing within seconds), 2) there would be a lot of blood, and 3) Sherlock might not die. 

In other words, I think Mary’s priority was making Magnussen believe that she would kill Sherlock to protect her secrets. That wouldn’t work if she shot Sherlock in the shoulder or the arm. She had to shoot him in a place that could very likely prove fatal. If Sherlock lived, that was just a bit of good luck. 

So… Sherlock knows John is in definitely in danger and he definitely knows Mary is dangerous.  What does Sherlock do? He creates an overly complicated plan to pretend to sell Mycroft’s laptop to Magnussen in exchange for a look at the Appledore vaults. A plan that requires drugging his entire family. 

That plan fails because -surprise!- Magnussen has a mind palace. No vaults. 

Sherlock’s solution to that problem? Murder Magnussen in front of about twenty witnesses. That seems like a pretty severe approach, but whatever. It worked. Sherlock is just really lucky John remembered to bring his gun.  

Yeah, I’m not buying any of this. 

I’ll add my theories on what is actually happening shortly. 

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In which Barry Allen says his first name for the first time ever.

How to take over any gym in PokemonGo

Watch the yellow screen flash!!! That’s it. Forget everything else; ignore the animation, just watch for the flash, swipe to dodge, then quick attack. You will take no or very little damage.

The end. It’s that easy.

Other notes:

  1. The first time an opponent appears, it attacks twice. So dodge twice first: flash dodge flash dodge, then attack.
  2. If the server glitches/lags, you can take damage
  3. You can safely get in one quick attack before the next flash - sometimes you can get two (flash dodge, attack, attack, flash dodge, attack, attack…repeat).
  4. You are vulnerable after using a special attack because you can’t immediately dodge - don’t use them unless you need to.
  5. You’re up against the clock. If your 800CP is against a 1400CP, you can avoid taking damage, but you may not be able to whittle down their health in time.
  6. You can cut through Pokemon within +/- 200CP of your attacker like butter (without losing health)
  7. You get a lot of xp at no cost for taking down high level gyms, and it’s fun! (although it does take a while)
  8. It is way more fun than spamming quick attack and it’ll save you a TON of revive and health potions.
  9. Bonus: you can really annoy the ‘super-gyms’ when you take them down by yourself!