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Fabulous Olicity Fanfic Friday - April 7th, 2017

Originally posted by mariechapuis

Happy Friday! So this is my attempt to both thank awesome fanfic writers for their amazing work and offer my recommendations to anyone who is interested. Here are the fantastic fanfic stories I read this week! Click on the titles to get the links! They are posted in the order I read them. 

What She Had To Do by @wherethereissmoak - Post-5x18 fic. I wanted to explore what Felicity was thinking a bit in the episode and why she wasn’t there with Digg when he talked to Oliver. And then of course, I couldn’t leave it at a sad point so I had to add some future spec. :)

Olicity 5x19 Drabble by @laurabelle2930 - Oliver and Felicity have a very important conversation 

Hold Me Closer by @jsevick - A lovely 4x09 moment

Time Will Wait for No One multi-chapter by @sentence-fragments Oliver and Felicity are blissfully happy together until a cruel twist of fate sinks the Queen’s Gambit while Oliver and his father are on their way to China for business. Oliver miraculously survives, fighting every day to make his way back to her. He learns about some things that have happened in his absence and decides to stay away. Until he doesn’t have a choice.

Time for a Story multi-chapter by @smkkbert - This fic shows Olicity and their life as a (married) couple with family. Although Olicity (and their kids) are the protagonists, other characters of Arrow and Flash make appearances. Totally catching up - I’m on Ch 126!

Therapy by @geneshaven Oliver seeks therapy post 3x23

Every Step of the Way by longlivefelicitythequeen - Things get heated when Oliver tries to stop Felicity. Based on the promo for 5.19.

The White Queen by @felicityollies - How do you break a man that is already so very broken? You break the love of his life, of course. Very Dark.  

In Another Life (I Could be Your Man) multi-chapter by @angelicmisskitty - Their lives couldn’t be more different - and yet Oliver can’t take his eyes off the beautiful blonde woman that leaves the subway every morning at 7.43am. There is something about her that makes him look up every morning - something that also makes him aware he’ll never be good enough for her, or that she’d even notice him. He had no idea how much his life would change the day he rushed over to help her…Olicity AU - no Lian Yu, no saving the city (at least not in the way we know from Arrow :D ) LOVE LOVE, LOVE!

A Touch Unlike Any Other multi-chapter by @mel-loves-all Olicity Regency - The Earl of Archer out for the first time in a long time - LOVE THIS.

Those Eyes by @mr-and-mrs-queen - Olicity scene once Oliver returns from being tortured

A Little One Shot by @ruwithmeguys - Olicity face off with Chase

Autumn Dreams multi-chapter by @sadfangirl05 - What happens when recent college graduate Oliver Queen meets Goth Felicity Smoak? They fall in love, because of course they do. After a rushed elopement they’re quickly separated, but the paperwork was never filed.It’s 10 years later and they need to get divorced right away, as Felicity’s getting married…

Untitled by @dettiot - Felicity meets the star baseball player

Untitled by @dettiot - College AU. Oliver is on the baseball team and needs Felicity to tutor him to stay on the team.

Hidden Alleys by @adiwriting for Olicity Valentine’s Day Smut-a-Thon - Prompt: “I’d be more than happy to show you a good time, if you’re looking for one.”

Exposure Therapy multi-chapter by lilbluednacer - Oliver comes up with a creative solution to help Felicity with a problem. Falling in love with her wasn’t part of the plan.

Another Entry from Oliver’s Journal by @geneshaven - Oliver’s thoughts as written in his journal

Untitled by @dettiot - Oliver is a baseball star who thinks too much of himself and Felicity is the agent who has to rein him in.                                                    

Red Pens and Rescues by @tdgal1 - Picking up where 5x18 ends a look at what could happen

Pacing at Night multi-chapter by @walker-oliciter - The problem didn’t start when she first had a one-night stand with Oliver Queen. It didn’t start when she found out he was a ruthless Bratva Captain, nor did it start when her affair with him continued. It didn’t start when she realized she had a crush on him. No, it started when two tiny pink lines appeared on a pregnancy test.

Untitled by @dettiot - Oliver works in a sports bar and has a crush on one of his customers

To Sacrifice the Sun multi-chapter by @emmilynestill - Oliver and Felicity are ARGUS agents working on a mission in Mexico, the two share some very important history. LOVE THIS

Keep it Professional multi-chapter by @mogirl97 - Oliver is assigned to be Felicity’s bodyguard

Untitled by @dettiot - First meeting, Oliver hits Felicity in the head with a baseball with a throw or popfly gone wrong                                                        

Trust Me multi-chapter by @felicityollies - When a prostitute meets the perfect client, she has to remind herself that there’s no room for getting close to someone in her line of work.

Darling, kiss me slow (your heart is all your own) by @smoakingskye - A short drabble set sometime after the end of season 5 (probably) after Oliver and Felicity finally reconnect.

Untitled @eilowyn1 - Scene with Olicity shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond - BECAUSE it can be done brilliantly as seen here

Pieces of Always multi-chapter by @so-caffeinated and @dust2dust34 - Life continues after Forever is Composed of Nows. Ongoing non-linear collection of family moments for the Queens.

Picture Perfect multi-chapter by @thebookjumper - She’s not really sure what prompted her to do it.   Okay, that might be a bit of a lie.  Sure, she’s not completely positive of her reasoning, but she would bet Oliver’s fortune that it had quite a bit to do with the four empty bottles of wine littering her countertop and the three other women lounging around her apartment in various states of undress.She doesn’t want to be cute anymore.  She’s sexy and she’s going to prove it. SO AWESOME!

In My Daughter’s Eyes multi-chapter by @smkkbert - Oliver and Felicity are parents following a teenage pregnancy, they balance family life with school and I love it!

As Easy As Falling multi-chapter by @charlinert - Felicity has just received tragic news when she meets Oliver, I believe there is hope, highly recommend but you will cry but not every chapter!

Return to Me multi-chapter by @diggo26 - What would you do if you woke up tomorrow with the last 5 years of your memories gone? After an unfortunate accident, Oliver Queen must figure out his place in a life he has no memory of whilst his wife, Felicity, does everything she can to support him. With emotions, secrets and relationships pushed to the limits; will love and friendship be enough to turn back the hands of time?

Can Hell Be Heaven multi-chapter by @marytagus Felicity uses her hacker skills to protect Oliver from Prometheus and gets caught - Excellent!

Married by @geneshaven What would have happened, I wonder, if Cutter never showed up at the fake wedding?

Bound to You multi-chapter by @bindy417 - Felicity is an ARGUS agent and Oliver with the Bratva but they met long before that! This story gives the past and the present.  

Return to the Den of Snakes multi-chapter by @dmichellewrites - Team Arrow and Flash’s joint mission marked their second trip to Markovia. Dimitrij Lazarov Jr., the brother of a foe these heroes had faced once before was seeking revenge not on solely Oliver, but all who chose to help him. It was a vendetta against both Oliver and Barry, three years in the making. They return to the den of snakes, which leads them back to Castle Wallenstein. Love is in the air for Oliver and Felicity. Friendships are stronger than ever, but which two will fall off course from their groups?

The Story Writes Itself  by @geneshaven - How an episode of Arrow is created

A Cure for the Cold by @it-was-a-red-heeler - A glimpse into Season 6

Falling for an Angel multi-chapter by @missafairy - What happens if an angel falls from the sky? Oliver Queen is a respected club owner in his hometown - Starling City. His life abruptly changes when one night he finds a beautiful girl claiming to have fallen from heaven. With her wings tucked into a jacket he helps her navigate her now human life while trying not to fall in love. Nothing can go wrong even if she drinks all of his coffee and cries in the shower, right?

Teddy Bears and Lullabies by @emmilynestill - John Diggle was not ready to forgive Oliver for what he had done to his family.  He didn’t care how many incredibly thoughtful gifts with accompanying heartwarming notes arrived for his daughter every Monday afternoon.  In fact, the whole thing was starting to make him rather grumpy. But this, this last gift might push Digg right over the edge.Set between Arrow Season 3-4, but now Season 4 Cannon Compliant

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Felicity x Dinah x Thea (mentions of olicity) || ao3 || teen || light angst || 1476 || more fics

summary: prompt: the ladies of team arrow seek revenge against Susan Williams (thank you, @blackcanarydinah)
a/n: happy birthday bb!! i hope you enjoy (: 

p.s - the c-word gets dropped once in this fic. idk i know some people don’t like that word so i thought i would warn


Normally, Felicity wasn’t the type to get her hands dirty. She didn’t mind being on the field of course; she did it when she had to. And right now she definitely had to. It wasn’t technically a mission. Not one that Oliver had given a stamp of approval on. Well, he can’t approve something he doesn’t know about. That was beside the point. What she was doing was important. What she, Thea, and Dinah were doing was important.

“The alarm has been disabled,” she whispered, “And security cameras are offline.”

The three of them walked right into Susan Williams’ apartment building without a problem. She was able to find the exact room with just as much ease. The place was nice. A lot nicer than the average local news reporter would be able to afford.

“You sure you still wanna do this, babe?” Dinah asked.

Felicity nodded, “I need to,” she said, “Oliver would do the same for any of us.”

Dinah couldn’t argue with that. She might not have been on the team for very long, but she already fit well. The other woman got along with everyone on the team and was protective of her and Thea.

“Alright, let’s do this,” Dinah nodded to the door.

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Return To Me.

Can be found on AO3 and FF.net, also this chapter under the cut….

Summary: What would you do if you woke up tomorrow with the last 5 years of your memories gone? After an unfortunate accident, Oliver Queen must figure out his place in a life he has no memory of whilst his wife, Felicity, does everything she can to support him. With emotions, secrets and relationships pushed to the limits; will love and friendship be enough to turn back the hands of time?

Authors Note: Thank you again as always and to say thank you I thought I’d give you the next chapter early! The support for this has been overwhelming which as meant writing it has truly gone better than I ever could have imagined. Now some questions will be answered here, but as always I want to warn you this fic is heartbreaking, of course there will be happy moments too, but mainly this might be a tough read (I am preparing you for future chapters I’ve been writing), but I hope you continue to enjoy the angsty heartbreak!

Chapter 4: Moving On.

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anonymous asked:

It would be so much easier to swallow this whole Felicity has to learn her lesson.. if the show gave her a single person leading character who understood her last season. Diggle got an apology, Thea agreed she was dangerous and she got nothing. I get it. He's the lead but I'd enjoy this more if it was balanced. I do not feel it was wrong to want honesty about a child in her relationship. But I guess I'm alone or at least not on same page as the narrative.

This isn’t about Felicity learning her lesson, Nonnie. I don’t believe that is the narrative at all. This is about Felicity understanding more about herself and her needs and where they come from. It’s about her coming to grips with her legacy and shaping it going forward. This is not about her going through this to reunite or ‘be good enough’ to be with Oliver. The fact that they’ll reunite will be incidental. The important thing is all the stuff she’ll learn about herself in the process. This is Felicity’s journey. Not Olicity’s. Even though whatever Felicity and Oliver learn as individuals will feedback into their relationship, of course. 

I ABSOLUTELY believe she did the right thing in walking away from Oliver after the lie about William. I’ll always back her 1000% about that move. You teach people how to treat you, and up until that point, Felicity had absorbed this behaviour of Oliver’s to call the shots for other people. It doesn’t matter if he was right or wrong, it matters that he offered Felicity a complete partnership in his life, she accepted, and then she found out that at that point, he wasn’t able to offer her a real partnership of equals. At some point, he was always going to ‘pull rank’ on some things in their lives that effect them both. 

That’s not cool. That’s not sustainable in a relationship without generating resentment down the line. 

Bottom line, NEITHER one of them were in a place to be able to offer each other a life time commitment and that is why they broke up. 

And now that they’ve broken up, they BOTH get to reflect on their lives and experience the other person’s life experiences in a way they never had before. I get that people want to soften Felicity’s fall, but the thing is, she needs to fall. For herself. For her to work out how she is going to deal with the consequences of the life she’s chosen. For her to work out what kind of hero and person she wants to be. For her to work out her limits. If there are other people always pulling her back from that, always making it easy for her to make a quip and put a mask on and move forward, then we never get to the bottom of what truly makes Felicity tick, of what she’s capable of. 

Isolating the hero is a tried and true trope and it’s that way for a reason. By isolating them, reducing their support systems, we get to see who they are at their core, down into their bones. They’ve done it for all of OTA and Thea. Like I said, it’s a standard, popular trope because it’s so effective. And for that trope to happen, you either have to physically remove them (ie Oliver on the island, him going off to be killed on a cliff, Diggle in prison/army, Thea going off with MM etc) or you create barriers between characters so their is an emotional estrangement rather than a physical one. They’ve opted for an emotional barrier between Felicity and the rest of OTA. With Oliver because they’ve broken up and both are trying to let the other one go off and be happy and trying to stay out of each other’s ways, or with Diggle because of his issues with Andy and his dark spiral. 

When it’s the time in the story, all of that is going to fall away and they’re going to get in sync again. I don’t believe we’re meant to write off the relationships between these people just because of where they are in the story right now. They can’t have Felicity being supported and encouraged, because that would truncate her journey and cheat her out of important growth that we get to watch on screen. Why do you think we sat through 4+ years of Oliver trying to learn the same lessons over and over again? To see him put all the pieces together and finally not just know it intellectually but work out how he was gong to apply all those lessons he’d learned practically to his life. Felicity’s journey will be shorter, but I’m okay with seeing her on her island, struggling alone. It’s only when we’ve felt truly alone that we appreciate what not being alone is like. It’s only after exhausting all our own cures for loneliness that we finally allow ourselves to come home. 

Felicity will find her light again this season. With that light, she’ll be equipped to face the challenges of the life she’s chosen… and the man she’s chosen to love. Just as Oliver has gone on exactly the same journey. They are equals in every way, and the writers are treating them just that way. :)

Rebecca Bunch vs. Internalized Misogyny, Heteronormativity, and Fear of Rejection: An Essay by Someone in Way Too Deep

“I can’t find anybody to love me. Like, real love. Like, boy-girl love. I mean, that’s okay, that’s gender-normative. But you get what I’m saying, right?” Rebecca laments to her dream-ghost in “Josh has No Idea Where I Am!”. Rebecca understands heteronormativity in theory but she can’t apply it to her own life. She views “boy-girl love” and romantic love as one-in-the-same because she’s been taught that heterosexual love is the holy grail of fulfillment. Pre-series her relationships with women were always defined by competition and anxiety and so, Rebecca sticks to the heterosexual mold, unable to understand her latent attraction to women.  

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HVFF Chicago 2017 Wrap Up

What an amazing weekend! First, I got to spend it with my dear friend @triciaolicity​. She generously let me stay at her house, which gave us ample more time to talk about Arrow and our lives as wives & mothers. We are two Irish ladies who love to sit around a kitchen table and share stories. She is such a blessing in my life. I love you!

Second, HVFF Chicago was AWESOME. Seriously great. I tweeted out as much information as I could, but I do have a few more details that cannot fit in a 144 character limit.

This was my third convention, not including SDCC. I realize there are so many of you who would love to go, but may never get the chance to for a variety of reasons. So, all the goodies I picked up at the convention I will be giving away.  It’s just my small way of trying to bring HVFF to you. The giveaways will start the week before 5x20 airs. I’ll give away something each week (5x20-5x23). I thought it’d be a fun way to wrap up the season together.

Back to HVFF though. Let’s dig in!

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My thoughts on “The Predator” Chapter 16

Okay so you might see this I’m tagging you now… @supersillyanddorky06

 Matty, matty, matty how do you do you do it! Each time I read one of your masterfully done chapters something inside of me simply sparks to life. I go from being surrounded by dangerous thunderheads to then being transported into a meadow of endless, divine light. It’s as if your words are able to bridge the gap between heaven and hell and, that my friend is a gift that we all hope and wish for. 

Anyways now that I’ve slightly embarrassed myself I’ll continue on to attempting a small conveyance of what this chapter made me see.  

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Arsenal vs. Flash (Part 1/3)

Summary: Barry and Roy are man-posing for you.

Word Count: 1427

Warnings: mentions of violence, mild swearing

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Fire and Ice ~ Barry Allen

Request: A Barry Allen imagine where the reader is part of Team Flash and has fire and ice powers. Both Barry and Oliver Queen like the reader and the reader is a flirt with both of them.  

Warnings: None

Pairing: Barry Allen x Reader, Oliver Queen x Reader

Word Count: 1,758

Author’s Note: This was more of a Barry imagine because I’m just better at writing for him and this is a Barry blog, but I love Oliver too. I might be the only one, but I thought that the title would be appropriate, not only because of the power but because Barry and Oliver are opposites. Yeah, I’m that lame. 

Y/S/N: Your superhero name

Y/C: Your choice


Barry Allen and Oliver Queen, Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. You couldn’t get those idiots out of your head even if you tried to burn them out with your fire powers, or freeze them out with your ice ones. It was extremely frustrating. It was odd that you were attracted to such polar opposites. 

Oliver was rippling with muscles, so much so that it was hard to look away during training. Barry only got his ‘abs’ from lightning. You like to tease him about it, so he ends up getting frustrated and his face gets all red.  

It would usually go down like, “Why don’t you try getting struck by lightning then?” “You might want to keep in mind I almost died in an explosion of liquid nitrogen that night. Lightning would be nothing. Time and place, pretty boy.” You reply, patting him lightly on the head. His cheeks would tint slightly at the nickname. 

Besides the obvious metahuman and human difference, their ideals, personalities and mannerisms clash. 

Where Oliver walked with confidence, Barry just tried not to trip over his own feet, because apparently the fastest man alive can’t bring himself to use his feet right when he’s not running. Barry’s clumsiness always brought a smile to your face. 

Barry was a nerd, could go on for hours about scientific theorem, and it would be adorable. Oliver was far from a nerd, he didn’t graduate high school, but he was extremely smart in other areas. 

Barry by some miracle, maintained a sort of innocence through his life. He is optimistic and willing to put his faith in other people. Oliver got sucked into the darkness, you can see it in his eyes. It took him awhile to trust you, but you’re glad you gained it. 

Both were amazing guys who had gone through hell. They both turned out differently because of it. The only thing they have in common is their feelings for you. 

You don’t understand why two amazing guys fell for the girl who shoots fire and ice out of her palms, but it started somewhere. It took awhile for Barry to fall for you because he was in love with Iris. 

You had come to S.T.A.R. Labs seeking help controlling your powers after the Particle Accelerator. That night, you were working in a factory that stored liquid nitrogen and it exploded. You would have died if it hadn’t been that night. 

Instead you woke up being able to basically shoot fire and ice out of your hands. It’s actually much more complicated than that, but the only important thing is that it was hard to control.

With the help of Caitlin, Cisco, and Dr. Wells, you were able to learn control. You still wanted to expand though, test all of your limits, so you stayed with S.T.A.R. Labs. 

That and a certain brunette intrigued you. This was before Barry came out of the coma, so Felicity visited from time to time. This worked out in your favor when you met Oliver, but that’s for later. 

When he woke up you helped Barry figure out his powers while figuring your own. It was an amazing feeling not being the only metahuman anymore. You hadn’t even considered crime fighting until Barry suggested it. 

The creation of Team Flash led to you meeting the Arrow, a.k.a Oliver Queen. He was skeptical of you at first, it was hard enough for him to trust one metahuman, let alone two. 

Felicity backed you up, so Oliver decided to let his defenses down. That didn’t mean Oliver didn’t try to shoot you with a few arrows first. 

He got to know you and it turned out he was very fond of you. This led to a few unnecessary trips into Central City, with Oliver insisting it was ‘Official Arrow Business’ that needed Team Flash’s help.  

It was so hard to make a decision, but just because you hadn’t made a choice, that didn’t mean you couldn’t have a little fun. It was like you had a different variation of your personality with both of them. They brought out different aspects of you. 

Today was a typical day for you. You and Cisco were hanging out in the Cortex going over designs for your suit. It needed temperature modifications to withstand absolute zero and absolute hot. He had factored one, but not the other. 

“What about color?” Cisco asks, gesturing to the digital design. “I’m thinking purple.” You answer. Cisco rolls his eyes at you. “Really? The mixture of blue and red? Very original.” Cisco comments. 

“What? I like the symbolism. You’re not gonna be wearing the suit now, are you? That’s my decision and it’s final.” You state, crossing your arms. “At least you can make a decision.” Cisco mutters. 

“And what does that mean?” You question, raising your eyebrow. “Oh, just that you’ve got two certain superheroes wrapped around your finger, and have for months.” Cisco announces. 

“I don’t have them wrapped around my finger.” You argue. “Yeah, and metahumans don’t exist.” Cisco replies. “Don’t sass me, Ramon. I’ll burn you.” You threaten, opening your palm and letting some fire through. “Then who would build your suit?” Cisco counters. “Touche.” You respond. 

“I’m personally on Team Barry, but seriously, you need to pick one, soon.” Cisco says. “I know. They’re just both amazing, their literal profession is saving lives. And they’re extremely hot. Have you seen their asses in leather?” You question, banging your head on the desk. Cisco just laughs at you. 

A breeze blows in. “Do I even want to know what you were talking about?” Barry asks. “Come on Barry, you have brains with all that beauty. It doesn’t take a genius.” You reply. 

“I’m taking that as a compliment.” Barry responds. “I’ll just be over there, working on the suit. Totally not listening to this conversation.” Cisco announces, walking to the other side of the room. 

“How was today’s patrol?” You ask. “Nothing special, just put a few bad guys in the back of squad cars. No need to even put on the suit.” Barry answers. “But I like you in the suit.” You interject. 

Barry turns more scarlet than his suit. “Speaking of suits, what about yours?” Barry asks. “It’s a work in progress. It’s gonna be purple though, you hear that Cisco?” You shout the last part. 

“Why purple?” Barry questions. “Well, not all of us can look as good in red as you do.” You reply. “Liar. You’d look great in any color.” Barry argues. “Just kiss already!” Cisco yells. 

You let a few giggles slip past your mouth at Cisco’s outburst. Barry’s phone vibrates and he checks it. His face falls slightly. “What is it?” You ask. “Hold that thought.” Barry says, disappearing. Seconds later he comes back, hands behind his back. 

You cock your head in confusion. “One of these days your speed won’t be a useful distraction. You know, I can neutralize it.” You state, with a cocky smile. Your cold powers would be more effective than a cold gun at slowing Barry down, not that you intended to ever try it out on him. 

“I’m so scared. If you do that, I couldn’t do this.” Barry says, handing you a candy bar. “Because that isn’t suspicious at all.” You comment, narrowing your eyes. 

You cautiously accept it and take a bite. “This didn’t deter me from whatever you’re hiding, Allen. I can’t be bought.” You state. “Okay, Oliver texted me. He said that he’s coming down to S.T.A.R. Labs to have something analyzed.” Barry confesses. 

“And this calls for candy because?” You ask. Barry sighs, running a hand through his hair. “Do I really need to say it, Y/N? You have brains with that beauty. It doesn’t take a genius.” Barry quotes you from earlier. 

“Barry wait-” You start, but Barry speeds off. “Smooth.” Cisco comments. “Bite me, Cisco.” You reply. 

A few hours later Oliver shows up. There was some DNA that needed to be analyzed. “So, this was impossible to analyze in Starling, huh?” You question. It was a simple blood analysis. 

At this point, even you could run it. There was no doubt that Felicity could. “I might have extenuated the circumstances.” Oliver replies. “And why would that be?” You ask. 

“To see you, obviously. Possibly ask you out on a date.” Oliver answers, without hesitation. He approaches you. “Really?” You ask. “Well, it wasn’t to ask Barry.” Oliver says. “Are you sure? I could totally see it. You two taking me out of the equation and just going for it. That would be so hot.” You joke. 

“You’re hilarious.” Oliver replies. “Oh, come on. The Flash and the Arrow, would make a hell of a power couple.” You say, trying to keep a straight face. “I don’t know, I’m thinking the Arrow and Y/S/N would be a better fit.” Oliver says. 

“You think so?” You ask, faces only inches apart. You almost close the gap, but then pull away at the last second. “I’m sorry. I can’t do this right now. I do have feelings for you Oliver, but I also have feelings for Barry, and it wouldn’t be fair to him.” You state. 

“It’s okay, you think about other people. That’s one of the things I like about you. I’ll give you time to make your decision.” Oliver says, kissing your forehead. 

You don’t sleep much that night, too many thoughts race through your head. If you pick one, you don’t want to lose the other. You think that won’t happen, but you can never be sure. 

In the morning you call both of them and meet them at your apartment. “Okay, I called you both here today because you have been wonderful enough to earn my heart. It’s not fair to either one of you to keep going on like this. I have made a choice, but before I tell you, I need you to promise me something.” You announce. 

“Anything.” Barry says. “Of course.” Oliver replies. “That it won’t effect our friendship, or yours for that matter. That’s all I ask.” You state. They both nod their head. 

You let out a breath of relief. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I choose Y/C.” You state. The other gives you a sad smile and leaves. “What should we do now?” He asks, an eyebrow raised. 

“I have a few ideas.” You reply, ghosting your lips over his. “I like your ideas.” He states, closing the gap. 

Taken – 4x15 – Episode Review

So… it was not that bad, was it? Angst is back but for the best! Everything we saw tonight is extremely positive when we make the effort to look at the bigger picture. Everything is falling into place for Oliver to embrace the hero’s journey. We still have 8 episodes to go and from now on, we are going to go uphill.


DESTROYING THE LIGHT FOR HIM TO FIND IT IN HIS HEART

Tonight, Oliver has lost almost everything he held close to his heart.

When the season began, he wanted to be a symbol of hope, inspire others and be the Green Arrow as much as Oliver Queen. He wanted to marry the woman of his life and build a life with her. He wanted to prove his friends and himself that he could love, that he could trust.

Tonight, Oliver has suspended his campaign, seen the woman he loves walk away from him (literally) and sent his son away. He had to face innumerable lies and accept the consequences.

The Oliver who wanted to be a hero in the light, as much as a hero at night, is on the ground, beaten by his own lies. He has lost people who could help him embrace his inner light. Nothing could be worse (it always could in Arrow… this is just a figure of speech…)

This is depressing… except it’s not! This is the perfect time to set up this obstacle in Oliver’s journey.

A true hero needs to find his own light, his own motivation, his own inspiration. If Oliver wants to inspire others, he needs to be able to inspire himself, to get the confidence and the charisma of someone who needs nothing else but his love for his city to be a leader and a hero in the light.

Left alone, like a phoenix, Oliver will arise from the ashes that this family disaster left behind. He will rebuild himself. Not fully complete as his heart will always seek his second half, but stronger.

By being stronger, Oliver will be more stable and will eventually give his life with Felicity a new impulse, a new chance, a new conviction. He will prove her that he is the man she loves, the man she hopes he could be, the man he deserves to be for her. He knows how to be this man with her by his sides, showing him the way. Now, he will learn to be this man by himself, grounded, true to himself and to her, knowing what his heart desires.

Being a hero. Being with the woman he loves.

Eight episodes to go to fulfill his journey.


WHAT WE LEARNT FROM OLIVER’S SPEECH

FIRST : That Stephen Amell is a more than underrated dramatic actor and that his talent knows no limits. This scene was exceptionally well played, all in subtlety and reserve. It was absolutely brilliant and we need more space on Arrow to allow these performances.

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Understanding Fear

How is this even possible?

He is Oliver Queen. He is The Vigilante, The Hood, The Arrow, whatever you want to call him.

He survived a sinking ship, a deadly island, a deranged doctor, chemical warfare and a stint with the Russian Mafia.

He made it back home and saved his city several times over.

From war and strife, from pestilence and plague.

He’s lost more people than he can count on these tiny fingers and toes.

He came close to losing the love of his life over and over again. Actually lost her a time or two

But he made it.

And up until this very moment, he thought he was out of things to be afraid of.

But he stares into the blue eyes of his baby girl and realizes that he has no idea what fear really is.

Because second he sees her face, the world turns on its axis.

Everything he thought was important seems trivial.

From the moment he returned from hell, he’s devoted every moment of his life to protecting his family. And that family just got a new member.

So he makes promise to himself.

And then repeats it aloud, because he’s not 100% sure that she’s mastered nonverbal communication yet.

And he wants these to be his very first words to her.

Lifting the newborn as close to him as he can, he starts to speak.

“There was a time in my life that I never wanted this. There was time in my life I thought you were impossible. There was a time, only months ago, that I wasn’t sure I would get to meet you. And now you’re here,” He says through happy tears,“And I’m not sure that I can imagine a world that doesn’t include you. So, my little princess, please remember that I made that joke to you first, I’m going to do everything in my not inconsiderable power, to make sure that you are safe for the rest of my days. I’ll allow bumps and bruises. I’ll allow some youthful indiscretions, because lord knows I have not a single leg to stand on there. But I’m gonna ask you to give your old man a break and not fight me on bodyguards like mommy and Auntie Thea do.”

The baby makes a noise of indignation and Oliver chuckles.

“Yeah, I figured that you’d feel that way. But please, baby, please limit the risk taking until you’re old enough to explain yourself. Because one day, I’ll explain everything to you. And you’ll understand how terrifying you are to me.”

Oliver is fully aware that the smile on her face is due to gas, not an outright defiance of his words, but he sees Felicity and Thea in that smile and his anxiety level triples.

“Alright, that was a ridiculous request. I’ll just have to get used to the sensation. You, Eleanor, are going to be the death of me. For real this time”

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Thank you Baby Jesus. Arrow 320 Recap, “The Fallen”

You guys, what can I say about this episode that hasn’t already been fervently prayed sotto voice or bitten longingly into a pillow? Not much, but I’m gonna do it anyway.

Thea Queen, stabbed through the gut, is dragging herself across the floor covered with broken glass towards the phone when Oliver comes home and finds her. What does she say to him? “I couldn’t stop him.” THEA JESUS F.

The fact that this is what she uses possibly her dying breath to say is incredibly telling of her mettle, and my pride in her somewhat helps with the void in my chest as I watch Oliver dial 911, press a blanket into his sister’s wound and tell her to hang on before lifting her up and carrying her out.

Outside the O.R., Oliver is asked to stay outside as the doctors work to save Thea, who flatlines. They manage to get her back, and Oliver falls back against the wall in numb relief. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to be a wall so bad before in my life.

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith AU and Olicity

Oliver Queen was rescued from Lian Yu at the end of his first year there rather than being dragged into Ivo’s plot and then into ARGUS’s machinations. Ra’s al Ghul, curious about the failed missile, sent his assassins to investigate and they returned dragging along the supposedly dead heir of the Queen empire, a fast-talking Aussie, and a woman with aim to rival Nyssa’s. Ra’s gives them a choice: a battle to the death or a chance to join the league.

Two years later, Oliver Queen emerges from the dead covered in scars but a completely changed man—or so everybody believes. Little does everybody know his true job as he returns to Starling City and to working at his family company: he works for the League now as an enforcer, hiding his true actions under the guise of business trips for Queen Consolidated.

In Bogotá, things get complicated. The League’s not the only one keeping a close eye on a local cartel’s activities; Oliver’s still not sure what happened other than everything just went to hell. Desperate to avoid the local police, he does something only the old Oliver Queen would do: he hits on the pretty blonde on the barstool in the hotel bar.

And sometime between “N-no, that seat’s not taken, I mean, unless you need it to be taken, though why would you need that? God. I’m going to stop talking any second now” and “Are you sure you want to order that? I mean, it’s really fruity and it’ll probably rot your teeth,” his heart lands at the feet of Felicity Smoak. What started out as a cover quickly becomes all too real as they explore the city. Oliver tells himself he’s just being smart, just laying low, but really, he knows he’s hanging around solely to see the wonder on Felicity’s face as they explore the emerald market, or the teasing smile she gives him as they share an ice cream cone from a vendor near the Museo Nacional.

Five years later, she can still make his heart stop in his chest, but even he can’t deny that they’re buried very, very deep under the monotony of their life together. Night after night of take-out meals or Felicity’s terrible cooking, nights of staring at the ceiling and wondering what happened between them. Brushing their teeth side by side. A thousand times, he nearly tells her. A hundred times, he sees a strange look cross her face, and he wonders what she’s thinking.

She never tells him.

The picture comes via League routes, as usual. An assassination—why can’t Nyssa or Slade take this?—which admittedly isn’t his forte, but taking out the kid (and he’s just a kid, really) can’t be that hard. He grabs his archery gear and he waits for the armed caravan outside the city limits, but it all goes to hell. Everything is on fire, there are buildings toppling, and in the smoke, he sees a running figure, just a flash of a ponytail, the shine of artificial light from what looks like some kind of computer-controlled wrist-cuff.

He stumbles back to his headquarters nearly missing his eyebrows and a little deafened by all the noise. “There’s an enemy in the game I didn’t account for,” he tells Sara, who came through the League not far behind him and now assists him whenever she’s not sneaking off with the Demon’s Daughter or handling her own missions.

But yeah, anyway, he figures out that ARGUS has an agent in town, which is surprising because what are they even doing in his city? When he finds out it’s Felicity, he’s devastated. Or he is until he’s too busy scrambling away from the crazy amount of ordinance his wife packs in her purse. Somehow in many years of marriage, it has completely escaped his notice that his wife is a) a spy  and b) obsessed with blowing things up. You’d think it would be obvious! But she doesn’t even play with fireworks!

Anyway, cat and mouse ensues with Oliver playing mind games to cover just how hurt he is by the deception (never mind that he’s been deceiving just as much). It all comes to a head in their house—their perfect, storybook house—which is completely destroyed by Felicity’s little explosives and the arrows Oliver is secretly relieved all miss their targets. Lalala, mind-blowing sex that’s amazing because they finally get to be honest with each other, followed by attempts to eat breakfast and find an unbroken dish, embarrassing the neighbors, so on and so forth.

When the bad guys come after them, they escape using Barry and Iris’s minivan from next door (Barry still hasn’t returned those golf clubs, Oliver notes grumpily) and the car chase is fraught with danger and the truth (“I was married to Laurel once.” / “I’m Jewish.”). Everything culminates into a last stand, ironically enough in an electronics store. They work so well together, Oliver thinks. It’s a shame they’ll pretty much never survive this, because god dammit, he really loves his wife, okay?

Somehow, it all ends with Felicity and Oliver standing in the middle of a destroyed electronic store with the dust and bodies settling around them.

“So which one of us is quitting our job?” Felicity asks into the silence after that.

“How do you feel about going into business for ourselves?”

Which is the story of how Team Arrow really forms: Felicity poaches her best friend John Diggle from ARGUS, Oliver brings in the Lance sisters, but the biggest surprise of all is that the kid they were both hired to kill asks for a job. They’re happy to welcome Roy Harper to the team.

I’m pretty sure this has been done tons of times before, but it always tugs at my heart so I had to write something about it, too. So, have parent!cs feels. Dedicated to my darling hiseyestellnolies.

anchor me down.  

She watches him cradle the newborn (their newborn) from her place on the bed, sweat clinging to her forehead and wrists feeling blessedly free compared to the previous situation she’d had to deliver a kid in.

He grins down at his son.

(His son. Their son. It all seemed so terribly unachievable for such a long time but now they’re here despite curses and wicked witches and dark ones and the like. The look on his face is of pure adoration and God, she’s sure if she thinks about this for a second longer, she’ll start crying again.)

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I MET MARC GUGGENHEIM!!! HE GAVE ME SPOILERS (GREAT ONES)

DREAM. COME. TRUE. For those who are familiar with me and my blog you know what an EPIC event this was for me. I love writers. I am as excited about the writers as I am about the cast. In fact, I am MORE excited about the writers. I love stories and I love storytellers. Yes, Stephen Amell plays Oliver Queen and he’s fabulous. But he’s not Oliver Queen. Oliver Queen lives in Marc Guggenheim’s, Wendy Mericle’s, and the Arrow writers’ minds. Marc is my absolute favorite of all the cast and crew, so meeting him has been a dream of mine for a long time. And it came true today. I am going to tell you the WHOLE story and not leave a single thing out.

Yes. He gave me spoilers. REALLY GOOD ONES.

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Olicity – From Private to Public Display of Affection – Part 3

When the first part of season 2 (Episode 1 to 7) developed quite significantly the interaction and the attraction between Oliver and Felicity and therefore their display of affection, it appears that everyone is now aware of their incredible chemistry. Oliver clearly stated that he couldn’t be with someone he could really care about, making his point pretty clear. However, as new characters are introduced in the show, the unstable relationship between Oliver and Felicity is about to be shaken up. Today’s work will focus on Barry.

I apologize in advance as this work focuses more on the interaction between the characters than the Olicity PDAs. I’ve been carried away as I realized a few things in these episodes.

When I rewatched The Scientist, Three Ghosts and Blast Radius for the purpose of this meta, I realized how much these episodes, this Barry-arc changed the Olicity dynamic forever. There’s something really tricky about these episodes. A lot of people will focus on Oliver’s behavior, on his “jealousy” or disapproval during these episodes when I think Felicity’s actions are more likely to betray her true feelings.

I DON’T THINK YOU HAD A PROBLEM WITH FELICITY’S PERFORMANCE UNTIL SHE MET BARRY ALLEN

Let’s start with Oliver. Let’s remember first that Felicity almost died during the last episode. Let’s also remember that Oliver shut her away two episodes ago. We are now in a peculiar situation between the two where their behavior and feelings are quite…paradoxical. During the Barry arc, Oliver is being over protective towards Felicity. He clearly shows doubt, uncertainty and a bit of animosity towards Barry. This somehow passive aggressive reaction from Oliver is emphasized by Felicity’s attraction to Barry. It doesn’t matter if this attraction is purely platonic or not for Oliver. He wants to protect Felicity. As usual. As her partner. As her friend.

Sometimes, you shouldn’t overanalyze someone’s behavior. Why? Because acting is not always a consequence of a certain reasoning. It just happens. Your guts take over and you act. Or react. You can’t explain why or how, it just happens. We all have experienced it. It’s really hard to understand why Oliver acts this way around Barry. Does he feel threatened? Does it feel that Barry is not honest with them? Is he scared that Felicity could be hurt by him? Is he jealous of the interest that Felicity shows towards Barry? Maybe a bit of all of the previous? I don’t believe Oliver really thinks before teasing Barry the first time about his parents. The reasoning comes after. When he suspects Barry to be someone else. His first instinct is dedicated to Felicity’s protection.

Only once in these episodes, Oliver doesn’t act like his usual self and lets off a bit of (personal) steam:

Since when Oliver yells when being patched up? I mean, the guy has gone through hell and back, has suffered the worst tortures and survived them. BUT he has to show Felicity his pain. With frowned eyebrows. To me, this is a total symptom of man’s flu. Oliver shows in this scene his sulky mood to Felicity. Totally married behavior! He doesn’t hide anything to her anymore, not even his bad mood. He doesn’t have to suck it up when in pain, he doesn’t have to hide his emotions when he’s angry. Oliver’s emotions are now see-through when it comes to Felicity, showing the level of intimacy they have reached.

As Oliver’s concern grows, he proves Felicity that he was right about Barry and that her judgment was biased. By doing so, Oliver doesn’t act as a jealous lover, he acts as a concerned partner. He uses objective facts to prove his point. As opposed to his reaction when he was injured a bit earlier, we now face a more Arrow-like version of Oliver. This is maybe what hurts Felicity so much. Maybe he wants to protect her but the way he does it is really Arrow-like. He doesn’t talk to her in private to expose her the facts, he doesn’t try to protect her as a person, as a woman. He tries to protect the partner and sends Barry away. Because he has no right to even show an ounce of jealousy. He told felicity he can’t be with someone he could really care about. So Oliver acts like a man. He uses objectivity and facts to get to his point. And Felicity sees it like a woman would do. She sees jealousy, she sees a man who doesn’t want her to be happy, she sees Oliver who uses a point against Barry (he’s not the one he said he is) when he behaves the very same way. She feels betrayed. As a friend, she would expect him to support her. Felicity and Oliver are clearly at a point where they need to talk instead of displaying their feelings through actions and half sentences.

Somehow, Oliver manages to apologize to Felicity without talking about the important matter - where both of them stand about each other. He back pedals. He comes back on his decision and invites Barry to his party. He shows Felicity that they can’t stay angry at each other, he shows her that he cares about her feelings more than his doubts. Moreover, he shows her that he trusts her intuition more than his investigation. He trusts her more than himself when it comes to people. For the first time of the episode, Oliver and Felicity are even.  

If only the story could stop here. No, Oliver has to be in danger again and be deadly injected with a strong coagulant. Comes Barry to save his life when Felicity asks him to “save [her] friend”.

And eventually, comes angry Oliver. Betrayed Oliver. Oliver is mad at Felicity. He doesn’t know that Felicity convinced Dig not to call 911 to protect his identity, to protect one of his most valuable assets. He only sees a betrayal. It’s common knowledge that you can only hurt the people you love. It’s exactly what they are doing to each other here. They hurt each other. Felicity by betraying him and letting Barry know, Oliver by questioning her motivations and not trusting her. I’m not saying that Felicity betrayed Oliver and that Oliver doesn’t trust her but this is the perception they have of each other at that moment. In reality, Felicity protected his life and Oliver trusts her with his life. Deep confusion of emotions for the two of them. None of them think straight and we reach a mess of emotions and misunderstanding.

I DO NOT LIKE OLIVER

Now, let’s analyze Felicity’s behavior during the first two episodes of the Barry Arc.

Where did we stop? We stopped at Felicity being saved by Oliver and an Oliver stated that there was no choice to make… only a few days after he hurt her by sleeping with Isabel and telling her that he couldn’t be with someone he could really care about. The painful look on Felicity’s face showed how disappointed she was in Oliver. She needs to accept that Oliver was a ladies’ man before her time and that he has not always been the man she got to know. She needs to understand that this part of him, his private life, has nothing to do with her and that therefore she can also have a life on her own without being judged. Somehow, Oliver made her understand that their personal lives should not impact Team Arrow, that what they do outside of their missions is only theirs, not their partners’ business.

When Felicity meets Barry, she looks genuinely attracted to him. Not in a lustful kind of way but in the most platonic meaning. Simply because he’s a man around her age, with a similar education and passion as hers and to be honest, he’s cute (Am I confessing my crush on Grant Gustin here? To-ta-lly). Felicity also needs a break at that time of the season. She’s been kidnapped really recently, been hurt by her partner and she may just need to connect with someone who’s not involved in the darkness of her daily life.

Surprisingly enough, it’s by denying her attraction to Oliver that Felicity shows that she cares so much about him. She doesn’t tell Oliver’s secret to Barry even if she genuinely trusts him and bond with him. She knows the limits and risks of being a part of team Arrow. She would never betray Oliver.

We already saw that Oliver and Felicity have a really tense dynamic in the Barry Arc but I believe the main event from Felicity’s point of view is almost losing Oliver. Oliver’s near death experience is to me what makes Felicity aware of her feelings for him, that makes her realize she might be in love with Oliver Queen.

As soon as he wakes up, they argue about Barry’s implication but as soon as this issue is resolved, Felicity acts really differently towards Oliver. She’s worried for him. She lets her emotions and her feelings for Oliver cloud her judgment. She can’t stop touching him either, something that she has never allowed herself to do.

When Oliver tells her that he’ll come back, he talks to his partner. When she asks him to promise her to come back, her feelings speak. It’s Felicity, a woman in love with a man talking, not the partner. It’s the reason why Oliver doesn’t answer. Because he is the Arrow at this very moment and not Oliver. His eyes show what his words and heart can’t say, a hint of hope, a bit of love, a bit of shared concern. Felicity, in front of Barry and Diggle, openly pronounces her feelings for Oliver. Barry’s look during this scene helps us understand the intensity of this Olicity moment.

Felicity reiterates her love display by running to Oliver and hugging him when he’s back to the lair. Alive. He hugs her stiffly but still hugs her back – his eyes open though, which will make a difference by the end of the season, we will go through that later. She shows him, in front of Dig, how happy she is to see him coming back, in a certain way to her. In a fraction of second, the magic is over though. The Arrow business is back and Oliver goes on. Roy has been infected by the Mirakuru, they need to focus on the crusade. There is no time whatsoever for romance or talking and any feeling have to be put aside, the mission being the priority.

I believe this is why Felicity leaves for Central City for a few days at the beginning of Blast Radius. She needs a break. She needs to analyze her feelings and bring them back to a “manageable” normal. She needs to process what she feels for Oliver and burry her expectations and hopes deep down. Sometimes, taking distance is the only way to do this. Because distance is sometimes necessary to process things. Please notice the shift between Felicity hugging Oliver at the end of 2.09 and Felicity coming back in 2.10. We have a Felicity much more on the reserve. She’s almost shy when she gets in the office. Oliver, being clumsy, reminds her that she is needed in team Arrow. As the IT girl.

Unfortunately, leaving was not really the best approach for Felicity and Oliver as both are pretty much on the edge when they are reunited. Oliver understood how dependent of Felicity he is in a moment when he feels more threatened than ever by the Mirakuru when Felicity might have realized what her true feelings are and how she needs to bury them and go on with her life. Both of them are in an unstable emotional state at that moment.

 When Oliver and Felicity argue, their instability shows on both sides. Oliver can’t stand the idea of not being able to rely on Felicity and not having her at 100%. Felicity can’t tolerate Oliver questioning her skills and moreover, her life. Because this is what Oliver just did. He refuses her the right to have a life outside of Team Arrow, he refuses her the right to move on, away from him as a person and as a partner. He treats her as a property, as an asset in his crusade and not as a friend. This is what hurt Felicity the most. She wants to be more than just a partner, she fights not to be a lover and ruin what she hopes they can be, friends. And people don’t treat their friends like Oliver just treated her.

Can you see the pattern from 2.09 coming back? Oliver overreacts and then he apologizes. He knows he’s in the wrong. He knows he’s not being fair to Felicity. This time he needs Diggle to challenge his actions.

I know this sounds like Oliver is jealous of Barry. Stephen Amell declared that this is not the way he played it and I believe him. Oliver is not yet in love with Felicity or not yet aware of his feelings for her so therefore he can’t be jealous. I think he’s more afraid of losing her. He realized during the Count episode how important she is to him. Now, his actions betray the fear he has to lose her. Losing her might not be seeing her die, it can mean see her leave and give up on him. He let her in and now he can’t give her on up.

This is why we have the whole partner talk and the physical contact back from Oliver’s side. Oliver admits to Felicity how important she is to him. He confesses that he needs her in his life, that he relies on her. This is so meaningful for Oliver. He spent 5 years on his own, without trusting anyone, seeing people as threats or targets (I know, I’m being anachronistic here) but now, he is ready to let her in, to make her know the place she has in his life. Next to him, side by side, together. For someone whose life is constantly threatened, this is an accomplishment. For the first time they talk about what they are for each other. It’s clearly not what Felicity could dream of but she’s not looking for anything else. She knows where she belongs and what she can aspire to.

What does the Barry experience teach us?

It shows us that Oliver and Felicity can now experience a multitude of feelings towards each other – anger, pain, love, irrationality - whose magnitude is really high. Their respective feelings are growing faster than the time required to manage them. They go through a roller coaster of emotions within a few weeks and they have been intrinsically impacted by this human experience.

As Felicity reveals the true nature of the Arrow – he’s a hero -, she expresses her deep affection for this man she loves, she has never doubted and values more than anything. It’s the continuation of “you deserve better than her”. He’s a hero to her eyes but also an unreachable man. She understands how important his mission is to him and she decides to be here for him but without asking anything. She believes in him but she doesn’t believe in a “them”. She doesn’t allow herself to believe in a them. What is about to happen with the introduction of Sara as a recurring character will confort her in her decision. 

Okay, you want to talk about Laurel Lance with me.

Fine, go ahead, I’m listening, but you better be prepared to talk about all of her with me.

Talk about how a girl fell in love with a guy and they were so young but she thought – knew in her gut – that they would be endgame because she could see their future planned out ahead of her in calendar days and wedding dresses and 2.5 kids and a white picket fence but they were on such different pages that he could barely see 2.5 feet in front of him because of the amount of alcohol circulating through his blood.

Tell me about how this young girl was so full of hope – wanted to save the world and everyone in it, especially those closest to her. Thought she could save her rebel of a sister and her playboy of a boyfriend and her daredevil of a friend. Thought she could fix them, thought they needed fixing, because they couldn’t see the future in front of them, but it’s not their fault their eyes weren’t made with flecks of a rosy-colored crystal ball. It’s not their fault she just wanted everyone to be happy and healthy and grown up. Girls mature faster than boys anyway.

Tell me the way she loved him. Tell me about how he cheated on her – cheated her out of a healthy, functioning relationship – time and time again just to see how far he could test his limits, and yes, it had so much to do with his plastic family and the destiny he wanted to avoid, but it also had to do with the fact that she always forgave him. So much love in her heart and so much forgiveness not even realizing his future was planned out maybe hours and hers was planned out maybe decades. She never fought back because soulmates shouldn’t have to fight, but all he ever wanted out of her was a good fight, some crazy amount of attention. They were both young, sue them, but don’t try and tell me his side of the story when you keep forgetting hers.

Talk to me about the way her hopes and dreams and perfectly planned Pinterest-board future got shattered in the rocks and smashed in the waves in the South China Sea. Talk to me about how she couldn’t save her sister, couldn’t save her boyfriend, couldn’t save the young girl she’d once thought would be her sister-in-law from falling into a pit of drugs and despair, couldn’t save her parents’ marriage or her father’s sanity, but she could save everyone else. Tell me about a young woman who made her way through school, got her law degree, and set out on trying to change the world. Tell me about the girl who once had so much love in her heart feel only hatred towards those who had left her behind in a world that was much darker than she’d realized, a world that she now felt she needed to save.

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Refuting Nolicity

I don’t have the ability nor mandate to knock someone out for trashtalking my ship like Stephen Amell does, but I do want to address some concerns that I’ve seen floating about the Arrow tags. It’s been said that Olicity is the most unhealthy ship on the show, and I think that’s an opinion that focuses too much on the tropes that the ship can be labelled with.

Olicity hits a lot of time-tested tropes in romance, which I believe is part of the initial appeal. There are hints of Cinderella in it, what with Oliver being a trust-fund kid and Felicity the daughter of a cocktail waitress from Vegas. The Beauty and the Beast undertones are also very strong, because Oliver’s default mode is mope or growl at people and Felicity is a bundle of sunshine by default. The old adage of Opposites Attract also comes into play, and I’ve noticed that a lot of people justify their opposition to ships on the basis of this alone.

The combination of all these tropes has the potential to set alarm bells ringing, because people will wonder, is Felicity falling in love with an abusive man who doesn’t know how to solve his emotional problems? Is her attraction to Oliver the product of her daddy issues? Does he put her on a pedestal and fail to see her as a person but just the MPDG that will redeem him?

The beauty of the way Olicity is written is that to an extent you can answer yes to all those questions. However, your ‘yes’ has to be followed with a ‘but’ to be an accurate representation of Olicity, because the show has consistently subverted those tropes after initially piquing their viewers’ interest with them.

Opposites Attract

Originally posted by strawsbarry

At this point I admit to just adding these gifs as an excuse to pepper my post with Olicity

A part of me will never understand why people are fundamentally opposed to two people who are very different getting together. In my mind it always makes sense to have opposites who share common goals in order to have tension, angst and witty repartee but I guess not everyone thinks of relationships in terms of what stories they will be able to tell.

That aside, I don’t think Oliver and Felicity are so different that they can’t be together at all. We’ve seen them work together consistently over 3 years, regardless of how happy they were with each other’s behaviour (cue the ‘You’re my partner’ speech), and I think they would agree on a lot of overall objectives when discussing an issue, although the instinctive way they would get to that objective rather differs (but Oliver consistently capitulates to Felicity’s ideas). They have in common the desire to protect their loved ones, as evinced from his tendency towards highhanded behaviour, and her willingness to sacrifice the mission when it means not losing her partners.

The differences between them are precisely what makes watching them so fun. They are constantly learning about each other and themselves when they interact, and every argument is a question about how to compromise on the way their wants materialise, without compromising on the values they both actually share. Their differences allow them to complement each other’s strengths, which is why they are a great team (albeit missing the third point of their crime-fighting triangle).

A Cinderella Story

Originally posted by fponthedl

As mentioned, it is a Cinderella story, yes, but they’ve never actually had a conversation about solving a problem with money v another way (as opposed to Jane the Virgin’s Jane and Rafael). I personally think the Cinderella aspects will only come up very strongly in Season 4, but otherwise we’ve actually seen very little of this save for Raylicity and the Pretty Woman-inspired scene in Season 3 Episode 7.

The fact that Oliver Queen is a trust fund kid and she’s most likely a scholarship student probably only affects her estimation of the prospect of their being involved subliminally. It would explain her reluctance to confess her feelings to him, despite it being extremely obvious that she is attracted to him. But thankfully this trope has never inspired the classic Catherine de Bourgh-conversations between the Evil Mother-In-Law and the poor girl, and the inclusion of the trope is very much limited to the surface.

Beauty and the Beast

Originally posted by felicityremarkablesmoak

This is probably the most controversial trope in play, as well as the most popular one. Does Oliver have issues? Duh. Does Felicity also have issues? Yes. Are they hindering each other from solving said issues? No. Are they also solving each other’s issues for them? No.

Felicity has abandonment issues because of her father’s leaving, followed by Cooper’s death. Unfortunately she has to work this out herself, and I think Season 4, assuming her father is indeed going to a character featuring in said Season, will address this. But never once is Oliver using this as a means of manipulating her. Contrary to that, he’s actually been really consistent in saying that she (1) will not lose him, (2) failing that, that she will not lose his love.

Oliver is also not having his problems solved by her magical hoo-hah. Okay sorry, couldn’t resist the romance parlance. She’s the woman that harnesses his light, which means that she’s his inspiration to solve his problems. Season 3 Episode 5′s scene where he tells her that he’s very glad that she went through what she did go through just so that they got to where they did is a very big clue to this state of his mind, because one rather gets the feeling that he’s partially projecting his own reflection on her situation. I know that there are some who hold that they are soulmates and so the universe will put them together no matter what, but I think that Oliver does acknowledge that whatever has happened in his life thus far, no matter how awful, has brought him one step closer to knowing her. In light of the above two tropes, would Oliver have fallen in love with Felicity without the tragedies in his life? Maybe. But would he have had the chance to get to know her? Possibly not - I stand by the scene where Clark and Lois meet in Superman: Red Son, which is an alternate history comic book and where they both realise that had things gone differently they would have been together, but the universe was such that they only sensed the could-have-been. I never fail to find that scene particularly romantic, because not only is Oliver no longer trying to restore things to where they were before he left (which was Season 1), or trying to be content with what things were and moving forward (Season 2), he’s going as far as saying ‘I’m glad that everything that happened happened, because they brought me to this place where I know you.’ 

Oliver’s solving his own problems, because he’s come to terms with the events that have caused them. He’s growing past the tendency to self-flagellate, and she’s his inspiration, the impetus for him wanting to do so. Felicity has not asked him to change beyond the whole argument in Season 3 about him wanting to declare his love while keeping her away, because that was her red line, and the beauty of their relationship is that they keep coming from different places with different wants only to compromise on the materialisation of said wants just so they can be better versions of themselves. 

I’ve always found that Oliver and Felicity help each other to grow, in their minds as well as in their hearts. They encourage each other to be better, not by illegitimate pressure, but by being supportive (’You are not alone…and I believe in you’) and by suggesting alternatives to each other. They are a case study in effectively negotiations, and frequently teach us how to bridge differences. This is not an unhealthy ship. This is a ship that teaches us to be better, to try harder when there are difficulties on the surface, and to choose happiness, because the other person is worth it.

Originally posted by sinceriouslysarah

anonymous asked:

Matty! I'm so excited for the yin yang kiss... it's going to be so awesome!

It absolutely is, anon! And also, it’ll be the 11th Olicity kiss (if you don’t count the 2x23 deleted kiss). Which means 10 glorious kisses have passed. 

The first kiss was one of the most beautiful kisses on TV.

Beautiful both in context and aesthetic. A lost man who finally finds home but cannot stay holds it, for one brief second, in the palm of his hands, literally, savoring it for when he’ll be walking alone. A woman who recognized home long ago but has to walk away from the doors that just opened for her, reveling in the press of her dreams against her lips, for lonely nights and longing days.

This kiss was the perfect embodiment of everything that they were, alone, and perfect embodiment of everything that they could be, together. The perfect first kiss. Chaste but more intimate, more soul searing than anything else.

The second kiss is a dream. 

The dream of a man who has tasted death but wants to devour life, of a man who knows regret but owns responsibilities. He dreams that she locks her lips with his, and he latches on, never letting go. A dream he sees in the darkest moments, in his loneliness - a dream she has silently seen many a times, with eyes open too. 

The third kiss is an acceptance - her acceptance of their future, her acceptance of their past, her admission of her emotions to the man who has been communicating his love for her despite knowing their limitations. 

The third kiss is a woman who recognizes the ferocity of the love she feels for him, a ferocity she can see reflected in his eyes every time she looks at him, and she finally takes charge. She kisses him, climbs him, holds him, and he holds her back, both of them knowing this is the culmination of their love but not the end. Never the end. 

The fourth kiss is Oliver taking charge, balancing the previous kiss, removing her clothes, picking her up, leading them to the bed, 

all the while breathing her in like he has never breathed before, while she hangs on to him because that’s all she can do, touching the flesh and blood man she has loved for so long but can only have now, touching his scars, his flaws, and accepting him, loving him, because of them. Because those scars make him this man, and he revels because for all his imperfections, he knows his need has never been more pure. 

The fifth kiss is a string of kisses as they finally wham bam. 

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