future's looking grim

Once Upon a Time's Ginnifer Goodwin on Snow and Charming's 'bittersweet' goodbye

Snow White and Prince Charming got their happy ending after all.

During Once Upon a Time‘s season finale, the future looked grim for everyone. The Black Fairy had unleashed a curse that separated a now memory-wiped Emma (Jennifer Morrison) from her family, who were sent back to the Enchanted Forest as the realms began to crumble at Emma’s lack of belief in fairy tale characters.

As the curse overtook the Enchanted Forest, Charming (Josh Dallas) nearly died climbing back down a beanstalk with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), but Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) found him and — in a scene echoing their true love’s kiss from the pilot — was able to revive him with a smooch.

Ultimately, Rumple (Robert Carlyle) killed the Black Fairy, while Emma sacrificed herself to prevent Gideon from turning dark. Echoing the climax of the season 1 finale, Henry’s kiss resurrected Emma, and the storybook ended, making the heroes realize they get their happily ever after. For Snow and Charming that meant living in Storybrooke, with Snow back to teaching and her family all together. Even though the heroes are missing in action when an adult Henry’s (Andrew J. West) daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez) tracks him down 10 years in the future, for now, the Charmings have their happy ending.

The finale comes in the wake of the news that Goodwin, along with Dallas, Morrison, Emilie de Ravin, Jared Gilmore and Rebecca Mader, will not be returning to Once Upon a Time as series regulars next season. In an email interview, Goodwin exclusively tells EW about the impetus behind her — and real-life husband Dallas’ — exit.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What came with the decision to leave Once Upon a Time?
GINNIFER GOODWIN: What came with the bittersweet decision to give these characters a happy ending — and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for that — is room for a new story to grow and flourish as Snow and Charming’s did.

What was that conversation like with Josh when you guys were deciding this would be your final season?
“Hey, let’s call Eddy and Adam to talk about where our very special arc is headed.” — Ginny
“What a wonderful notion, Ginny. You have EXTRAORDINARY ideas! And have I told you lately that you’re ALWAYS right?” — Josh

How do you feel about how the story ends for Snow and Charming?
Selfishly, I’m pleased as punch. They got exactly what they wanted: dramatic, epic love balanced with normalcy (Snow’s word) and the space to indulge in both. Actually, it’s not an “end.” The final chapter of this story line is a continuation… which is kind of Snow’s own point in the finale.

Would you return in the future — either next season or for whatever ends up being the series finale?
In keeping with the aforementioned continuation-as-happy-ending, OF COURSE I (and we) will be back. It’s merely time for ONCE to focus on something new because ONCE does “new” extremely well.

When you look back at your time playing Snow, is there anything in particular you’re proud of, a moment that will stick with you?
I’m most proud of taking the job in the first place. That pilot was so refreshing and inventive and not-done, which could have been a recipe for disaster. But I took the plunge and was rewarded immeasurably. And as for moments, everything about “Snow Falls,” in which the Charmings fell in love, will stick with me. And I won’t ever forget sitting on a Neverland log with Emma, who found herself by admitting to herself that she was a Lost Boy. I also won’t let go of the scene in which Regina first ripped out Mary Margaret’s heart and then put the thing back in again, all while standing at Regina’s front door.

Do you have any regrets? Anything you wish you had done differently? Anything you’re glad to give up?
I wish I hadn’t been so hard on myself when I had trouble concentrating at work after having my first baby and learning what it is to be up all night… forever. As for wishing I had made different ACTING choices: Oh yes, all the time, and that’ll probably never change.

How do you think Snow has changed over the years?
I think she let more and more of Mary Margaret in.

How do you think you’ve grown and changed during the run of the show?
I’ve learned and learned and learned as an actress and teammate. And, I mean, look at my life! Over the run of this show, I met Prince Charming, fell in love, got married, and had two babies. It doesn’t get better than that.

How did it feel returning to the pilot in many ways, shooting Snow and Charming’s true love’s kiss, but in reverse?
Since I’m so nostalgic about the pilot, it was a gift. And in true ONCEfashion, the narrative was twisty-turny, which was invigorating and fun. And after that many episodes, “fun” is an exception to the general rule.

What’s next for you?
I’m performing in the play Constellations at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. It’s one of, if not THE, most challenging, demanding role I’ve ever tackled and I’m doing it live, so I’m shaking in my freaking boots, which is AWESOME. I’m completely infatuated with the writing. I adore everyone involved — ridiculously talented Allen Leech costars — I try not to fangirl out over the Downton of it all— and I’m director-crushing on Giovanna Sardelli. I’d been obsessing over a homesickness for theatre when this came into my life (which is all very ONCE UPON A TIME.)

What would you like to say to the fans who have followed you on this journey?
Thank you.

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MAS Mle1874 prix de tir revolver

Manufactured in France c.1885 as a reward for state-sponsored shooting competition by the Manufacture d’Armes de St-Etienne, issued instead at the beginning of WW1 - serial number N35858.
11mm73 six-round cylinder, double action, side loading gate with manual ejector rod, blank recipient grip medallion.

Offering firearms as rewards is a custom that dates back to the Napoleonic era in France, back when those accompanied some special mentions and medals. In the second half of the 19th century they were used to promote marksmanship, a government initiative particularly active on the Franco-German border. I wonder why.
By WW1 however nobody could afford to leave even a hundred handguns unused, and with the prospect for future amiable shooting competition looking grim, the award firearms were issued as regular officer sidearms.

Honestly, if Alec Ryder hadn’t meddled with AI, with SAM?

Scott would be dead as soon as the first wave of Reapers came, he was standing watch over the Charon Relay, and that space station was obliterated.

And Sara? She would’ve been turned into a Husk, maybe, most probably, or taken up arms to defend her unit.

Their future looked grim in the Milky Way

Bobby’s Angel Part 9

A/n - this is an intense chapter. There is death of a character mentioned here. We all know that the life of SAMCRO is full of pain and angst, this is no difference. Bambi is a character that belongs to @mrstellerwinston, who has agreed to let me use her in this series.

Bobby’s Angel Masterlist - find all previous chapters here.


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Homage to Diana Rigg

For those of you into the amazing television series Game of Thrones (I, being addicted to it as well from its inception) let me loan a bit of interesting ‘trivia’ to you about one of the actresses there in the show. She is so incredibly amazing, and yet she does not get the true coverage or tribute she deserves. That actress is none other than Dame Diana Rigg.

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Prompt: “Request for angst!! Maybe the scene where Kirk dies in ‘Into Darkness’, but instead of Kirk, it’s the reader. :)”-Anon

Word Count: 1,557

Warnings: Spoilers for Into Darkness. Reader death.

Author’s Note: I think it ended up a wee bit fluffier than expected, but I like how it worked out. I hope you enjoy it Anon!

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anonymous asked:

As far as I've been keeping track for, Bodyline hasn't restocked for almost an entire year. Do you think there's any chance of Bodyline ever restocking, or does the future look grim? The shop's practically empty.

 I wouldn’t necessarily say the future looks grim, but it’s not an easy call to make. Bodyline has never particularly been smart or straightforward about anything so there are a lot of ways their actions could be taken. The way I see it though, they probably aren’t going under or anything like that, they might just be trying to get back in shape. The fact that they closed the Osaka and Nagoya stores but not the Harajuku store tells me that they haven’t given up on anything, if that was the case why not just shut down all the stores at once? There’s always the chance that they said “Okay, these two stores aren’t doing very well but online is doing so well we’re almost sold out of everything, so let’s switch gears and refocus our energy.” It’s possible that the product from the closed stores will be added to the online inventory. It’s possible that the site is down so they can revamp and add new product. Or it’s possible that Mr. Yan is just a weird dude and terrible business owner and doesn’t know what’s happening with his own brand anymore. 
It’s not outside the realm of possibility that Bodyline isn’t doing well. Their business practices have always been a bit shady but they’re popular because they’re cheap. Nowadays though Bodyline isn’t the only place to get cheap Lolita. It seems that new TaoBao shops are popping up everyday offering beautiful designs for reasonable prices from designers who don’t put themselves on body pillows and hold model contests to search for a waifu. In all honesty, Bodyline going under wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. When I first started getting into Lolita nobody really bought Bodyline! Back then they didn’t have anything worth buying so those of us who couldn’t afford brand (or the shopping services required to buy brand at that time for that matter) would find other means. It may not have been as easy as it is when Bodyline forgets about a sale and keeps it around for a year, but I promise it is possible to survive as a broke Lolita in a world without Bodyline. Take my word for it, even if they are going under it’s not the end of the world or the end of Lolita.
That being said, I don’t think they are going under and I don’t think there is sufficient evidence as of now to imply that they are. If and when such evidence does arise however I will admit that I was wrong and share the news.

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'Once Upon a Time' Star Ginnifer Goodwin on Snow and Charming's 'Bittersweet' Goodbye — Exclusive
Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of Once Upon a Time. Read at your own risk. Snow White and Prince Charming got their happy ending after all. During Once Upon a Ti…

Snow White and Prince Charming got their happy ending after all.

During Once Upon a Time‘s season finale, the future looked grim for everyone. The Black Fairy had unleashed a curse that separated a now memory-wiped Emma (Jennifer Morrison) from her family, who were sent back to the Enchanted Forest as the realms began to crumble at Emma’s lack of belief in fairy tale characters.

As the curse overtook the Enchanted Forest, Charming (Josh Dallas) nearly died climbing back down a beanstalk with Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), but Snow (Ginnifer Goodwin) found him and — in a scene echoing their true love’s kiss from the pilot — was able to revive him with a smooch.

Ultimately, Rumple (Robert Carlyle) killed the Black Fairy, while Emma sacrificed herself to prevent Gideon from turning dark. Echoing the climax of the season 1 finale, Henry’s kiss resurrected Emma, and the storybook ended, making the heroes realize they get their happily ever after. For Snow and Charming that meant living in Storybrooke, with Snow back to teaching and her family all together. Even though the heroes are missing in action when an adult Henry’s (Andrew J. West) daughter Lucy (Alison Fernandez) tracks him down 10 years in the future, for now, the Charmings have their happy ending.

The finale comes in the wake of the news that Goodwin, along with Dallas, Morrison, Emilie de Ravin, Jared Gilmore and Rebecca Mader, will not be returning to Once Upon a Time as series regulars next season. In an email interview, Goodwin exclusively tells EW about the impetus behind her — and real-life husband Dallas’ — exit.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What came with the decision to leave Once Upon a Time?
GINNIFER GOODWIN: What came with the bittersweet decision to give these characters a happy ending — and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect for that — is room for a new story to grow and flourish as Snow and Charming’s did.

What was that conversation like with Josh when you guys were deciding this would be your final season?
“Hey, let’s call Eddy and Adam to talk about where our very special arc is headed.” — Ginny
“What a wonderful notion, Ginny. You have EXTRAORDINARY ideas! And have I told you lately that you’re ALWAYS right?” — Josh

How do you feel about how the story ends for Snow and Charming?
Selfishly, I’m pleased as punch. They got exactly what they wanted: dramatic, epic love balanced with normalcy (Snow’s word) and the space to indulge in both. Actually, it’s not an “end.” The final chapter of this story line is a continuation… which is kind of Snow’s own point in the finale.

Would you return in the future — either next season or for whatever ends up being the series finale?
In keeping with the aforementioned continuation-as-happy-ending, OF COURSE I (and we) will be back. It’s merely time for ONCE to focus on something new because ONCE does “new” extremely well.

When you look back at your time playing Snow, is there anything in particular you’re proud of, a moment that will stick with you?
I’m most proud of taking the job in the first place. That pilot was so refreshing and inventive and not-done, which could have been a recipe for disaster. But I took the plunge and was rewarded immeasurably. And as for moments, everything about “Snow Falls,” in which the Charmings fell in love, will stick with me. And I won’t ever forget sitting on a Neverland log with Emma, who found herself by admitting to herself that she was a Lost Boy. I also won’t let go of the scene in which Regina first ripped out Mary Margaret’s heart and then put the thing back in again, all while standing at Regina’s front door.

Do you have any regrets? Anything you wish you had done differently? Anything you’re glad to give up?
I wish I hadn’t been so hard on myself when I had trouble concentrating at work after having my first baby and learning what it is to be up all night… forever. As for wishing I had made different ACTING choices: Oh yes, all the time, and that’ll probably never change.

How do you think Snow has changed over the years?
I think she let more and more of Mary Margaret in.

How do you think you’ve grown and changed during the run of the show?
I’ve learned and learned and learned as an actress and teammate. And, I mean, look at my life! Over the run of this show, I met Prince Charming, fell in love, got married, and had two babies. It doesn’t get better than that.

How did it feel returning to the pilot in many ways, shooting Snow and Charming’s true love’s kiss, but in reverse?
Since I’m so nostalgic about the pilot, it was a gift. And in true ONCE fashion, the narrative was twisty-turny, which was invigorating and fun. And after that many episodes, “fun” is an exception to the general rule.

What’s next for you?
I’m performing in the play Constellations at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. It’s one of, if not THE, most challenging, demanding role I’ve ever tackled and I’m doing it live, so I’m shaking in my freaking boots, which is AWESOME. I’m completely infatuated with the writing. I adore everyone involved — ridiculously talented Allen Leech costars — I try not to fangirl out over the Downton of it all— and I’m director-crushing on Giovanna Sardelli. I’d been obsessing over a homesickness for theatre when this came into my life (which is all very ONCE UPON A TIME.)

What would you like to say to the fans who have followed you on this journey?
Thank you.

Once Upon a Time is expected to return to ABC this fall.

The TMNT 2012 series finale looks like a combination of Same As It Never Was and Mad Max.

The future’s grim-looking, Casey’s possibly dead, April & Karai & Shini’s status is unknown, and the brothers are mostly separated from the looks of it (Leo’s missing from the trailer, Raph seems to be doing his own thing, and based on the screenshot I saw it looks like Donnie and Mikey are still living together).

I’m sorry, but I giggle every time I see a screenshot of Raph with that ridiculous fake beard (it makes me think of Oscar The Grouch)!

It looks like the arc is going to be focusing on Raph, which I’m happy for. He doesn’t really get many chances to shine compared to his brothers. I mean, in the first three seasons the focus was heavily on Donnie and Leo (which slowly shifted away from Donnie more and more until it was really only Leo getting the focus IMO ), S4 shone a lot of light on Leo some more, and from what little I’ve seen of S5 (but I lurk around in the tags to keep tabs on what’s going on until I can watch the season on Hulu ) Mikey’s been getting a lot of attention (shining as the Big Dang Hero several times, which is lovely, and getting hurt a lot so us Mikey fans can gush over the brothers’ reactions over those moments)….Raph has his romance arc with Y'Gythgba in S4, which was cute, but that doesn’t really let him shine IMO.

This final arc might give him the attention he’s been robbed of in the show up until this point.

Of course, I can’t help thinking that Leo’s going to show up and somehow save the day and magic reset things enough to prevent the Mad Max future from ever happening…

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this goes down.

Chapter 61 Song/Scene for The Show Must Carry On

As some of you may know, there is currently a Carry On fan made musical being written. I am helping with that process, here’s a sneak peak at part of it, for more information visit @carry-on-the-musical.

Chapter 61

CHAPTER 61 SONG AND SCENE (By Cheyenne, aestheticsdan on tumblr)

SIMON is holding BAZ’s face. Both standing, staring at each other, fire surrounding them.

BAZ
This is what I deserve!

SIMON
Well, it isn’t what I deserve.

BAZ
Then go.

SIMON
*shouting* I’ve never turned my back on you and I’m not starting now!”


*Music starts*

BAZ breaks away from SIMON’s hold to look at audience while singing, SIMON doesn’t move, he is still holding his arms like he was holding BAZ. SIMON is unaware of BAZ singing.

BAZ SINGING
I’m done, i’m done. I’m done with everything
I’m done with Simon fucking Snow, and the way he makes my heart sing.
I’m done with my father’s hateful glances
I’m done Simon’s unrequited romances

I’m done with these horrid fangs and my thirst for blood
I’m never ever going to be my mother’s rose bud.
I’m doing what she would’ve wished if she were still alive
And my last act will be letting Simon Snow survive

*speaking/ mumbling * my whole family will be ashamed

*Singing again*

He’s holding my face and telling me to stay
Thinking because he’s simon bloody snow, he will get his way
He thinks he’ll get whatever he wants if he growls loud
But my mother wouldn’t stand me, and I’m much too proud.

*conflicted*

What can I use to spell him away from the fire?
If i succeed maybe my love will finally transpire.
I think I might kiss him before I send him flying
The last thing I’d ever want, is Simon Snow dying

I think I might kiss him, his lips are hanging open
He’s so alive, alive, *shouting* ALIVE, and yet still so broken.
*Speaking*
You’re so alive, Simon Snow, you got my share of it.

*Singing again*
I think I might kiss him. I’ve never kissed before
I never wanted to bite anyone I might adore
And…
*slight pause*
I’ve never wanted to kiss anyone BUT him
I won’t bite Simon, or my name isn’t Grimm
Call me Romeo, because with a kiss i’d die
But Simon is still standing there, I can’t believe this guy

*BAZ goes back to where SIMON is standing and resumes the pose they were in before*

I think I WILL kiss him, so at least he knows.
My love for him, his curly hair, and his baggy clothes.
I think I will kiss him, once before I die,
I know it’s cruel to think, but I hope it makes him cry.

*Speaking, to SIMON*

BAZ
Simon…

*SIMON kisses BAZ*

SIMON singing

Forget about your mother, she wouldn’t want this
Forget about all the plotting, forget about Nicodemus.
Forget about anything anyone has ever done,
Just keep kissing me
Because this is chapter 61——–


BAZ stands confused at what happened, he touches his lips and freezes. SIMON sings next part, BAZ is unaware of SIMON singing.

I just want him to shut up and stop talking like this
I just want him to follow me. He’s who I want to kiss.

Not Agatha, not Penny, no one but him.
Why did I do that? Just kiss him on a whim?

I just want him back at Watford plotting in our room,
I want to know he’s ok, to snap him out of this gloom

I want to make sure he isn’t hurting anyone,
and no one’s hurting him
I just want to get away from the fire,
Or both our futures look grim.

SIMON freezes looking at audience, BAZ walks downstage next to him. Neither look at each other, only the audience. SIMON is frozen while BAZ sings.

BAZ singing
Forget about my mother, she wouldn’t want this
Forget about all the plotting, forget about Nicodemus.
Forget about anything anyone has ever done,
Just keep kissing me
Because this is chapter 61——–

BAZ singing

His cross rattles in my tongue and jaw
His pulse beats in my throat
His mouth is killing all my thoughts
I’m Kissing Simon Snow

Is this a good kiss?
I guess I wouldn’t know,
His lips are hot, the world is hot
(Loud and excited) I’m kissing Simon Snow.

BAZ freezes, Simon moves again as he sings.

SIMON Singing

Forget about your mother, she wouldn’t want this
Forget about all the plotting, forget about Nicodemus.
Forget about anything anyone has ever done,
Just keep kissing me
Because this is chapter 61——–

SIMON Singing
His mouth is colder than Agatha’s
Is it because he’s a boy?
No, He’s a monster
(Exasperated) I don’t know! Maybe it’s a ploy!


SIMON
(Speaking, frustrated, confused) He’s not a monster, He’s just a villain. (softly, not frustrated or confused anymore) He’s not a villain. He’s just a boy.
(Sort of excited, in disbelief) I’m kissing a boy. I’m kissing Baz.
(tired, sort of scared, but at the same time hopeful) He’s so cold, and the world is so hot.

SIMON freezes, BAZ moves again

BAZ
(speaking) I am going to die kissing Simon Snow. Aleister Crowley, I’m living a charmed life.
(Singing softly) Aleister Crowley, I’m living a charmed life.

Both SIMON and BAZ singing

Forget about my (SIMON: your) mother, she wouldn’t want this
Forget about all the plotting, forget about Nicodemus.
Forget about anything anyone has ever done,
Just keep kissing me
Because this is chapter 61——–

BAZ freezes and SIMON moves again.
SIMON sings
If Baz ever thinks I’m letting go, he’s wrong
I like him like this, underneath my thumb
I like being in his arms, I like feeling strong
He’s not off plotting, not off being glum.

(Speaking) I’ve finally got you where I want you.

Both SIMON and BAZ sing

Forget about my (SIMON: your) mother, she wouldn’t want this
Forget about all the plotting, forget about Nicodemus.
Forget about anything anyone has ever done,
Just keep kissing me
Because this is chapter 61——–

BAZ sings
When he pushes me, i just let him go.
I don’t care who dies, I’m too filled with glee
I’m going to die kissing Simon Snow
Simon Snow is going to die kissing me

Both SIMON and BAZ sing

Forget about my (SIMON: your) mother, she wouldn’t want this
Forget about all the plotting, forget about Nicodemus.
Forget about anything anyone has ever done,
Just keep kissing me
Because this is chapter 61——–

*End of music*

BAZ and SIMON stop staring at the audience and stare at each other again. SIMON and BAZ kiss again, longer and more passionate as if they had been kissing through the entire song.

BAZ grabs simon’s shoulders and pushes SIMON off of him.
BAZ reaches into his sleeve and pulls out his wand.
BAZ points his wand at the fire.

BAZ
(Screaming, hysterical) MAKE A WISH

Some fire half heartedly goes out, then quickly springs back up.

SIMON places both of his hands on BAZ’s chest

BAZ
(stronger, more determined) MAKE A WISH

Fire dies instantly

BAZ looks down at his feet

SIMON stares at him

SIMON
(singing softly to himself)
What was that?
Was all he needed a kiss?
(with love, laughing) That brat!
Why am I filled with bliss?

Was that all he needed
to snap out of his suicidal funk
Am I just being conceded
Is this love? Am I drunk?

*End of song*

BAZ pulls down the collar of SIMON’s jumper and yanks the cross necklace off of SIMON’s neck. BAZ tosses the necklace away.

BAZ looks at SIMON,

BAZ touches his own lips and looks at audience.

BAZ
(to audience) Simon Snow is still going to die kissing me. Just not today

*end of scene*

anonymous asked:

Asking all my fav phatom people this, imma get to the bottom of it. In the stage version of poto, what do you think is going through the minds of E/C during point of no return? Does she know its him under the robe? She gets pretty into the performance. But how could she not know it is him?

OOOH ok. Well, short answer: I think it honestly, really depends on the actress/director/etc. Honestly….the logic of Christine’s character can be super, duper inconstant. Some performances, its like “whoa she is constantly entranced by his voice…she can’t help herself” and other times, she is very much aware of what is happening around her with lots of agency and sass. By all accounts, there is NO WAY that she could not know it was him during that scene, though. I mean, she has listened to his voice for years…and he has been singing at her for the majority of the play??? Also, she is aware that there is a scheme to lure him out of his lair so she should be expecting him at any given moment?? Sometimes I feel like the directors can’t decide what they want from the character and it drives me mad! 

When I was working on PotO as a storyboard project last year (which I…abandoned due to…Fantomestein…heh..) I was trying to think through how that the whole Point of No Return scene worked. For me, PERSONALLY (not an expert of the broadway canon)–it all comes down to the Wishing scene (from a storytelling POV). What exactly is happening there for Christine? 

The way I interpreted it was this: Christine is singing a song of resolution. She is singing to her father, asking for guidance, not sure of what to do. Dealing with the fact that she has been manipulated and used is really hard for her! Maybe part of her wishes that the Phantom is still just what she thought he was–an angel, a ghost, or her dad. But she is seeing now that this is not the case, no matter how hard she…wishes. She is someone who dwells in the past, and she is having to give that up and look to the future–which looks pretty grim at the moment! She sings “help me to say goodbye” to her life with her father, but also her life with the now fallen Angel of Music. 

So, I always saw the end of the Wishing scene as not just a declaration of war on the Phantom’s part (complete with fireballs + angst) but Christine deliberately picking a side (esp. after the Phantom nearly burns Raoul with his crazy fireballs). I think this is confirmed later when she sings “I’ve decided…decided…”. (in the storyboard, juxtaposition-ing Phantom onstage, Raoul in Box 5). She has decided on freedom, on Raoul. On the future. No more gazing across the wasted years, eh? 

THUS, she decides to go along with the scheme of luring him out. And THUS, she totally knows it is him when he shows up. He is not her dad, he is not an angel, she does have a strong connection with him, but he IS still a murderer (who also low-key insults her singing when she doesn’t want to cooperate???). And she doesn’t want to be under his control any longer. 

When she is onstage during the Point of No Return, she is playing the part that the Phantom has written for her. It is prettyyy explicit and laced with innuendo–his words in her mouth. And I’d like to think that she really plays it up and the phantom is taken aback by it. The storyboard that I planned had him going “o-oK WELL LET’S GO TUTS” and beginning to pull her offstage/away from audience/Raoul during the climax of the song, and her breaking away from him, kind of horrified and struggling to maintain her Aminta persona. With her back turned, he begins to entreat her/taunt Raoul with the reprise of All I ask of You. The words that were nice and cute coming from Raoul sound twisted and threatening when coming from the Phantom and I see him kind of grabbing her like “ANYWHERE YOU GO LET ME COME TOOOOO” and her being triggered and frightened and THEN pulling off the mask in front of everyone. 

Also in the storyboards, she’s not wanting to humiliate him by doing this. When she unmasked him the first time, he was pretty fitful, but calmed down and they actually shared A Moment where he was very open and honest with her for 2 seconds, and she legit pitied him. Part of me wonders if that is what she hoped the audience would do?? See him as the miserable man he is, instead of a nebulous ghost dude with mad burn letters?? And WHO knows, they MIGHT HAVE if he didn’t lose his temper, disappear with Christine, and murder Piangi….weh. 

Aaanyway, I have babbled on far too long…*hides* I…honestly don’t even know if that answered your question…but thanks for considering a favorite Phantom person?? You are too kind :,}

Colorful Critique: The Blackout Days

Concerns: I am Han Chinese but adopted, so I was raised in a white family. Im worried that my views may be insensitive because although I have been exposed to racism that a POC experiences and some parts of Chinese culture, it’s not as much a person who grew up in an Chinese family. My character, is biracial. She’s half Han Chinese and half white. Her name is Tabetha Cooper-Féng. I initially didn’t add the Féng part on, but then I started to become worried that people might think she was white, which wasn’t the goal at all. I don’t really want to describe her skintone in purple prose but I can’t seem to find a short and succinct way to say it. (One of my asian friends suggested “yellow” which was shot down for obvious reasons).

Title: The Blackout Days

Summary:

Tabs Cooper-Féng has always gotten the short end of the stick in life. For one, her parents named her Tabetha, not because a relative was named Tabetha, but because they actually liked the name. If that wasn’t bad enough, Tabs can see into the future when she gets drunk, and the future is looking pretty grim.

Unfortunately, Tabs is going to die in a couple of weeks. Tragically, she will be killed by a donut semi truck while crossing the street and her family will not receive free donuts in compensation.

Armed with excellent coping techniques (denial), psychic powers, a new best friend named Vivy, a bucket list and questionable morals, Tabs is determined to live her last weeks in a blaze of glory.

Oh- and maybe she’ll get the girl too.

I included two excerpts which reference tab’s race specifically. I didn’t have enough of one scene to make a full 1k so I ended up combining two. I hope that’s alright. Thank you!

Feedback: For this particular piece I will be looking at description and Chinese family practices as they apply to diaspora Chinese. However, with respect to the later, I am second generation Chinese, so I would like to invite third and fourth-generation Chinese to chime in as well. Comments will be italicized.

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