Lady Hay Drummond-Hay (September 12, 1895—February 12, 1946) was a star journalist who became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, and she did it in a damned Zeppelin. She went on to report from war zones like Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) and Manchuria (now part of China), fell into a tumultuous romance with a fellow reporter, and was eventually captured by the Japanese during WWII.
…swim the English Channel.
Gertrude Ederle (October 23, 1905 – November 30, 2003) was a competitive swimmer, Olympic champion, and at one time held five world records. If there was a world record for coolest nickname she would’ve held six, because hers was “Queen of the Waves.” When Ederle set out to become the first woman to swim the English channel, she used motorcycle goggles and sealed the edges with wax to keep the salt water out of her eyes. Due to unfavorable and violent wind conditions twelve hours into her 14 hour and 34 minute journey, her trainer shouted at her to get out of the water and into his boat. She reportedly popped her head up from the water to simply ask “what for?”
…travel around the world in less than 80 days.
Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864—January 27, 1922) asked her editor at the New York World if she could take a stab at turning the story Around the World in 80 Days from fiction to fact. Using railways and steamships, Bly chuggah-chuggahed and toot-tooted the nearly 25,000 mile trip in just 72 days, meeting Jules Verne and buying a monkey along the way. If her name sounds familiar but these stories don’t, it’s probably because you’ve heard about how she once faked a mental illness so she could write an exposé on psychiatric asylums. Or maybe it’s because of her famed coverage of the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Or maybe it’s because you’re a big fan of farming and industrialist patents and heard she invented a novel milk can and a stacking garbage can. Nellie Bly did a lot in her short 57 years.
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As much as i love the cult ending stuff, i also love the idea of Joseph actually being a real sweet guy.
None of the cult stuff, he’s a regular dad with a failing marriage and a lot of stress and all he wants is to escape life and go to the Bahamas and sail his boat and drink fruity alcohol, the guy is probably having a mid-life crisis, tbh.
His wife flirts with other men, is an alcoholic, snaps at him. He’s not much better than her, he snaps as well and pursues a romance with the New Dad On The Block, but neither of them want eachother anymore, and its written to be very blatantly obvious that they are both terrible for eachother.
I want to imagine a good ending where Mary and Joseph do split, on good terms. Where Amanda’s gone off to college and Joseph stays with you in your house. Where he gets partial custody of his kids and they visit on weekends and holidays and during the week whenever. Where you give the twins more fodder for their creepy charade and chris opens up to you, and you finally get to meet his toddler, crish.
Joseph takes you out on his boat and you have margaritas on the deck together and he teaches you about rigging the sails. He kisses you a lot and he casually puts an arm around your waist and he smiles and you know its a real smile not just a facade.
He’s still the Cool Youth Pastor, and you help him with the dances and the bake sales. Sometimes you sit in when he’s doing bible study with the kids, you help pass out snacks, you help him coordinate vacation bible school in the summer. In the evenings he sits in the living room on a recliner and reads the good book, with his reading glasses sliding down his nose.
And once every now and then you both scrape up enough money for a real vacation to the keys or the caribbean or wherever. You go to the real Margaritaville and live on island time for a week or so. You stay in a cute hut on the water like in the sandals commercials, walk on the beach, have a romantic dinner, and he takes you back to your suite and you both have a slow romantic evening in bed.
You can tell he’s happy being with you, and even after years he still makes your heart skip a beat.
I have seen clues that show it’s possible to be “happy” (term to be individually defined) and that leads me to think that (with application of effort) I can be maybe limitlessly happy myself and bring others happiness. I think that there may be some non-failsafe method for achieving this.
Read William James. (Have it explained to you).
Happiness is like an open canyon. Something specific: dry, fiery. Like a medical condition. You can see, you can contract it.
You are in a river (universe) and it is flowing and it pushes you along. But you can make a boat or build a dam or get out if you want. Or float or drink or whatever you choose. That’s your free will.
PS: Life is just amazing. Molecular biology is so fucking cool.
So I just rewatched Road To El Dorado and, if there was ever any doubt that Chel, Tulio and Miguel were all in a relationship, there’s none left. Here are some things I noticed:
-All the stuff from the beginning with Miguel and Tulio
-Like, Tulio is actually physically unable to say “no” to Miguel, and when he gives in it’s always with this little fond smile
-And lbr Miguel is just as smitten
-The butt nuzzle
-”You made my life an adventure”/ “You made my life rich” are like the most romantic goodbyes ever when they both think they’re gonna die
-They are both really comfortable with nudity with each other, even if not with others
-They both agree that Chel is off limits because they don’t want her to get between them or their plan, since they are “partners”
-Miguel is the first one interested in Chel, though.
-Neither so much as considers the possibility of going or staying without the other at first, it’s just not in the cards.
-Tulio going into hysterics when he loses sight of Miguel.
-Miguel is only not ok with Chel and Tulio when he hears him say “forget Miguel” because that’s when he feels pushed and left out.
-Despite the comment, though, when Miguel suggests he’s not going with them to Spain Tulio panics because there’s no way he’s actually considering leaving Miguel behind.
-Despite their anger, there’s so much physical touching during their fight with the giant Jaguar, pushing and pulling the other to safety before themselves. And after the lava, sorry can’t find a gif, there’s a moment when they’re catching their breath and Tulio carefully puts a hand on Miguel’s back to make sure he’s alright.
-But then of course they have their “fake fight” and their real fears emerge. Tulio is terrified of Miguel’s love for the city, just as much as Miguel is scared that Tulio doesn’t need him anymore, since he has Chel. Their worst fear is losing each other.
-So they have like the most dramatic break up ever where they pretend not to longingly be looking at each other while Chel, Chief Tani and everyone else in the city is like, face palming a lot.
-And then —and here’s the OT3 hidden confirmation— when saying goodbye, Chel kisses Miguel on the lips. She doubts a little at first, but then goes for it, and he is shocked but then gets this small relieved smile like maybe he can not be pushed out of this after all.
-So of course they end up getting back to each other and Tulio even urges Miguel to get out of the boat while he can but Miguel say he can’t let him have all the fun, meaning he wants in in whatever weird trio this is.
-By the end, Chel is sitting on Altivo, inviting both boys to join her and they share this quick confused glance before smiling to one another, because maybe they can have it all and they both get on the horse.
-so basically Miguel and Tulio are super dramatic bi poly boyfriends and Chel can’t believe how oblivious they are like 90% of the time
Osomatsu-san Season 2 Hoodies for Animal Crossing New Leaf!🎉🍃
You guys really liked the last set, so I decided to make some more! This time, the new baseball cut hoodies from the season 2 promotional art. I hope you guys enjoy them! I decided to condense them all into one post this time. I had trouble with the links last time, and I won’t be around this time to fix them…
…oh yeah, I’m going on vacation! 😃⛱️ I’ll be gone for a couple of weeks, so I thought I’d make one last post for you guys to enjoy while I’m gone.
IT IS A PRIVATE COMPANY THEY CAN REFUSE SERVICE SOMEONE REFUSING TO GET OFF A PLANE (when they’d be reimbursed plus some btw) IS A BAD LOOK IF SOMEONE REFUSED TO GET OUT OF A TAXI OR REFUSED TO GET OFF A BOAT IT WOULD BE BAD TOO AND COPS WOULD DRAG THEM OUT
STOP ACTING SO HIGH AND FUCKIN MIGHTY BECAUSE THE DUDE IS A DOCTOR
Tony added Wanda, Natasha, Clint, Bruce, Bucky, Sam.
Bucky: STOP SENDING ME REJECTION PACKAGES. I DON’T WANT TO DATE YOU
Sam: YOUR LETTER SAID OTHERWISE
Bucky: SHOVE THAT LETTER UP YOUR FUCKING BIRD HOLE, YOU PIGEON-”
Tony: What a pleasant, calm family we are
Bucky: Shut the fuck up Tony. You’re not the one who’s been receiving-
Sam: Bucky check your door, you’ll find something there
DAMN IT SAM I WILL SHOVE THIS FLOWER UP YOUR ASS
Clint: Y'all are talking about shoving things up each other’s asses without me? I thought we were a team
Bucky: I need a break
Tony: We all do, Mother Russia
Bucky: Why in the ever loving fuck am I Mother Russia? I want to be Father Russia
Tony: Because of your hair, Rapunzel
Bucky: EXCUSE ME-
Tony: How about we all go camping?
Clint: Yeah, okay. I’m out
Clint has left the chat.
Bruce: I’m with him.
Bruce has left the chat
Tony: Natasha? Sam?
Natasha: I don’t think I’m in this time Tony
Natasha has left the chat
Tony: ok you all fucking suck
Sam: I don’t mind going camping
Bucky: That means I’m out
Y/N: I’ll join too
Bucky: Well would you look at that!! Nature!! Trees!! Lakes!! My home place!! I’d love to go camping
Sam: smooth ass motherfucker
Tony: Very subtle Barnes
Wanda: May i join in as well?
Tony: Of course! Okay so Sam, Wanda, Y/N, Rapunzel-
Tony: -and myself. Perfect! See you all tomorrow
Tony has removed Wanda, Y/N, Sam, Bucky.
Tony has left the chat.
Bucky didn’t have Steve to rely on to supply ideas on how to ask you out since he was on a mission with Vision, and Tony would just start blasting Christmas music as loudly as possible to block out any of Bucky’s requests.
He had to science this shit out himself.
And by that he meant that he’d Google it.
“Serenade her at the bonfire with an instrument that you can play!” He could feel the vomit rise to his mouth as he turned pink in embarrassment. What the fuck even was this?
“Take her out on a walk, offer her something sweet, like candy-”
“Are these instructions on how to ask a girl out, or how to kidnap her?” Bucky nearly shrieked and punched the person who spoke behind him before realising it was Quail Boy.
“What the hell Sam?” he yelled, shielding his phone away.
“Look man. If you want to ask Y/N out, I’ll help you. But for the love of God, don’t follow the last one. The first one was perfectly acceptable.” He ignored Bucky’s cries of protest as he flung himself over the couch to join him.
“I wasn’t- I-”
“Oh come on. The letter clearly was meant for the postbox next to mine, and I see the way you carried flowers around for her the first time.” Sam scoffed.
“If you knew about the letter then why-”
“Because it’s fun messing around with you. Now, the main business.”
“I don’t know how to play an instrument,” he mumbled, looking down. Fuck it, he had decided, I’ll take all the help I can get.
“Good thing I know how to play, then.”
When Tony meant camping, he didn’t mean out in the wilderness, trees everywhere camping.
Oh no, he meant massive-backyard-of-my-summer-forest-house-camping-where-there-are-no-wild-animals-and-no-dangers camping.
“I was told that camping was not exactly in this kind of an environment.” Wanda stared at the large house ahead of her.
“That’s because it isn’t.” Sam answered, equally weirded out.
“We’re not camping inside the house, God. We’re camping a 1 mile and a half away from it.” Tony huffed, trudging forward, leaving the others to follow.
Sure enough, he led you all through the house and out the back door, not even giving you all enough time to appreciate the interiors, into the thick forest of trees.
A path was made along quite clearly, leading into the thick blanket of trees. The smell of the bark and wet leaves made you smile as you revelled in the feeling of fresh air.
The path took a sudden turn before opening out into a large clearing. The sky was perfectly blue as you could see due to the sufficient lack of trees in this part.
But what gathered the most of your attention was the gorgeous body of water a few hundred metres away from where you were standing. You could see the small movements in the lake as the sun shone off it, reflecting the light in the most beautiful manner,
“Damn,” Sam muttered, everyone either humming an agreement or nodding along.
“I want to build a tent!” Wanda’s accent cut through the silence, making you smile fondly at her excitement.
“Great, you can build mine too while I go check out how my house is doing, then. Thanks, bye!” Tony said quickly before stalking off, leaving you to stare behind him.
“Pepper would have his head if she was here,” you noted making Sam snigger.
“Hey Y/N. Do you want to go check out the lake with me?” Bucky asked, giving a weird look to Sam.
“But what about the tents?” you asked concernedly, not wanting to leave all the work load on them.
“Me and Wanda can do those. You guys go do whatever.” He rolled his eyes at Bucky, sending you a small smile as he beckoned you towards the lake. “Have fun.”
“Come on.” Bucky gently grabbed onto your hand, sending butterflies into your stomach as he tugged you along with him. “I think I saw some boats there. Do you want to go out onto the lake?”
“Do you know how to work a paddle boat?” You asked, raising your eyebrow.
“Well… no,” he admitted. “But it can’t be that hard, right?”
“I think we’ll be able to manage it.”
It took hardly 2 minutes to get the boat out into the water due to the fact that both of you were pretty strong. Just as it hit the water Bucky leapt in, picking up the oars that were on the floor of the boat and handing one to you.
“If we lose our balance, we’re both going to drown to death.”
“Ever the optimistic one, Y/N.” You simply winked at him, making him nearly drop his oar into the water as he rowed it in sync with yours.
He was sitting opposite to you, leaning slightly to the left to balance out the both of you, his back facing the evening sun. His metal arm glittered in the light, a thin sheet of sweat covering his skin, and you could swear that he looked ethereal in that moment as he smiled at you, the focused look on his face leaving for a second.
The water ripples made a calming sound, the only noise in the surrounding other than the occasional grunts Bucky made, making you wish that you had a gallon of holy water to wash out the thoughts in your head.
The small chirps of birds made both of you turn your head every now and then to see if you could spot them. It was serenity at its best, and exactly what you needed after being put on back to back missions in this past week.
A small smile overtook your face as you saw the fishes darting around under the crystal clear water, not staying in one place for more than a few seconds.
As you looked back at Bucky to tell him you were almost at the centre of the lake, you found him already gazing at you with an intense look.
“What’s wrong, Buck?” you inquired, feeling fluttery and nervous at the same time under his expression.
“I- I wanted to say something. Well, a lot of somethings, but right now I can only think of a few and give me a minute, I have a lot to-” His usually calm way of talking was knocked off as he looked incredibly flustered.
You looked at the grip he had on the oar, his knuckles nearly white from his grip. You carefully stood up and crossed over, making sure not to tip the boat over as you made your way to him.
His puppy like stare followed you and it took all that you had not to kiss him right there and then. You sat down next to him, waiting for the boat to stop moving before turning to face him.
“Relax. What happened, James?” The way his name fell so effortlessly from your lips made him weak in the knees. He was a grown, 100 year old man with the mentality of a 12 year old.
“See, the thing is, these few weeks since I-” His words got cut short as his breath hitched at your hand holding his shoulder supportively. He swallowed thickly before forcing himself to continue, trying to get this off his chest as soon as possible.
“What I’m trying to say Y/N, is that I really, really-” he instinctively shifted uncomfortably to the other side, trying to put some space between you both due to how nerve-wracking this was for him.
“Bucky, no! Don’t mo-”
Before you could complete that sentence, air whooshed by your ears before coolness encapsulated you, Bucky’s shriek being the only noise you heard before you were both dunked in water, the boat overturned and floating besides you.
Just as the both of you surfaced, gasping for breath, Bucky contemplated right then and there whether to let himself drown rather than face the reality of another failed mission.
When the apocalypse happened Lance had to watch helplessly as the world he knew was destroyed.
It started with burning buildings all over town, then neighbors and friends being killed and turned, and finally his family.
He watched every member of his family die by the hands of the infected.
First his grandparents,
Then his younger siblings and parents, and finally his older siblings.
All of them dead.
After that he refused to join anyones group, and if anyone ever came to him for help, he would force them out as soon as possible.
Never again would Lance get attached to someone, would he care for someone, just to watch them die at the hands of the dead.
Months past and Lance continued to live by that rule. Never talking to the rare surviver and avoiding people as much as possible.
He had been planning it out for a while.
Collect supplies, find a boat, and get the heck out of there.
He had everything he needed to get to the the nearby island, everything was packed and he was just about to leave when he heard screaming and gunshots nearby.
He grabbed his pistol and sprinted down the road towards the sound of screaming.
There were seven people in total, all surrounded by the dead.
Lance rose his gun and fired six shots, each bullet embedding itself into the sculls of the intended target.
When he lowered his gun, all eyes were turned towards him and without a word he turned to leave. A small hand wrapped around his upper arm and when he turned he saw it was a young girl.
“Please, help us.” She said. She turned back to the group and Lance looked at the faces of each of them.
When he noticed the largest man out of the group had a hand wrapped around his arm and blood dripping down, he instantly pulled out a hatchet from his belt and walked toward him.
He only got a few feet before he was stopped by another man about the same height and age as himself.
“What are you doing?!” He demanded roughly
“If you don’t let me do this, your friend will die.” Lance responded
They all looked at each other before letting Lance pass.
Lance gave the man a rag to bite and a small look of sympathy before he cut his arm off in one quick swing.
The man had passed out and with nowhere for these people to go, Lance led them to the boat he had prepared and made it clear to each of them.
“As soon as we get there, and your friend is healed, you’re on your own.”
He was telling about a recently failed relationship when his friend drew an odd but interesting analogy. Talking about this ex-love, she said “She sounds like she was a snorkeler, not a scuba diver.”
He was confused. “I don’t get what you’re saying.”
“A snorkeler is content to float just below the surface of the water, looking at whatever pretty fish and reefs are within sight. At any sign of danger they can swim back to the boat and get out quickly.
“But the scuba diver wants to go deep because they know that’s where the really interesting things live. To do that though you’ve got to be willing to learn how to use and wear heavy equipment. Plus we all know diving into the depths can sometimes be very dangerous.
“I believe for real loves, the long lasting loves, even just the ones that are memorable and important to our growth, both of you need to be scuba divers. To make it real, to make a bond last and genuinely mean something, you’ve both got to be willing to put on the ‘equipment’ and go deep.” She smiled “Most of all, you have to have the courage and curiosity to swim into the caves and the darkness down there where the big ones live.
WOW I CANT BELEIVE I BROKE MY HIATUS FOR THIS BUT ITS IM P O R T A N T
WONDER WOMAN WAS SO GOOD. SO GOOD. (a lil cliche at the end, admittedly, but SO. GOOD.) ok lemme just
The little things. In the flashback to Ares corrupting man or whatever, it wasn’t just men fighting, it was also women.
NO SEXY SHOTS, NO GLORIFIED POSES, NO STUPID ARMOR THAT COVERED NOTHING. EVERYTHING WAS PRACTICAL AND BEAUTIFUL. THEY DIDNT HAVE FULL SKIRTS, SOME OF THEM EVEN WORE LEGGINGS, EVERYTHING WAS FULLY COVERED.
when diana landed at the very end and her thighs jiggled like a real fucking person i damn near started crying im. wow
THERE WERE SO MANY DIVERSE WOMEN ON THEMISCRYA! All sizes, colors, builds, it was so nice so so so nice
those entire scenes when steve gets out of the bath and also on the boat
uh side note “she came to the conclusion that men were necessary for procreation, but not for pleasure”
“I’m a bit…above average”
“where i come from, we call that slavery” “i like her” in short etta candy is?? a blessing?? i wish she could have had a bigger role than just pointing a sword at that one guy trailing them. obviously that was incredible but i wanted etta fucking up some shit
that plot twist with ares was pretty good, although i was half laughing bc the actor who played him was remus lupin and why would the god of war be a skinny white dude with a curly mustache i just. i cant
this may seem like a really small deal for anyone else but in the train scene when they’re at the station and other scenes as well there were Indian soldiers and a lot of people forget thousands of Indians were drafted and forced to fight as they were under british imperial rule at the time and you know what? when you’re so overlooked all of the fucking time? Even saying two or three faces in the crowd is fucking amazing? Because someone remembered you existed?
out of that team of 5 2 were POC and hey. its not perfect but. its definitely. good™
Chief was portrayed so well?? no Native American stereotypes that I could catch (then again, I’m not familiar with any and wasn’t actively looking out for them, please correct me if I’m wrong) but he actually USED his knowledge and culture?? so good??? Also at least one sentence about how white men ruined Native Americans to a horrific extent. I would’ve preferred a conversation, but def better than nothing
I love how they addressed the “how come she speaks english”, because it wasn’t just some offhand “I speak thousands of languages, no biggie”, but it was pretty damn vital to the plot
It got really in touch with humanity as a whole and I fucking loved it. I think it’s also hella fitting for the current political climate - the whole “yes, they’re the bad guys, but it’s also partially my fault” - I can’t really phrase it, it was just - nice.
Honestly? I REALLY liked how they used WWI instead of II. WWII is a little overdone in the superhero genre, and WWI was the biggest war the world had ever faced. It was the Great War up until the 1940s. It was an enormous humanitarian crisis (not that WWII wasn’t ofc) but its really not talked about in the movies. I think this is really the first time the world as a whole saw such international, dangerous war, and it was perfect for the reasoning and the timeline. if it had been WWII, the world would already be war-weary. This way, it’s fresh for man AND Diana.
thank GOODNESS dc has upped their game and didn’t make the part where she was in no-man’s zone the climax and just drag it on from there (because that’s what they did with suicide squad and it was absolutely terrible). They actually had a mini climax then a rest and a buildup before the biG climax which made my plot chart loving heart happy.
steve is a pure man who tried his best not to objectify diana and told off others who did as well and its not like diana was taking aNY of that shit and the ways he complemented her weren’t creepy or gross they were nice and genuine
if i recall correctly, charlie really didn’t show off his sharpshooting skills that much. he had problems. he wasn’t the greatest at what he did. But then diana was like “then who would sing for us?” and i just. even if ur not great at something. even if youre plagued by nightmares and ghosts and haunting wars. you’re still wanted. you’re still valued. sorry it was SO nice
NO!!!! SEXUALIZATION!!! OF!!! DIANA!!
wonder woman saved both all of dc and my soul for superhero movies
Some of you might have noticed something kind of funny about people.
Almost none of them like Treasure Planet.
And, considering I joined this fandom well over three years
ago by now, this comes as absolutely no surprise to me – and chances are, if
you’ve known about this film for longer than, say, a day, it fails to surprise
you, too. I mean, we’ve all heard the reasons, haven’t we – valid though they are, it’s depressing to hear them, the millions upon
millions upon millions of them.
“Sorry, the sci-fi
just wasn’t my thing.”
“I liked it okay, but
I can’t see myself ever watching it again.”
“The animation was
good, but I didn’t really like the rest of it.”
“It was…sort of weird
“It doesn’t measure up
to Treasure Island.”
“It just wasn’t my cup
Or - and here’s the one that gets to me:
“I just really didn’t like the main kid.”
The words come across as pretty innocent - it’s just a matter of preference, it’s just their opinion, live and let live, nothing wrong with disagreeing…and there’s not. There’s really, really not. You can hate Jim Hawkins as much as you want. But you can look me in the eye and can you tell me why you hate him? Can you tell me why, exactly, that’s the argument I’ve heard the most out of any of them? Can you tell me why, in my 3+ years in this wonderful fandom, in the thousands of days I’ve now spent promoting the shit out of this film every chance I get, can you tell me why that argument is the one I find myself dealing with the most? Can you look at me and can you tell me why you hate Jim Hawkins? Can you do that?
Because here’s the thing - I can tell you why I love him. And I got shit to back up me up.
Let’s get down to business. Let me tell you why I love Jim Hawkins - every habit, every quirk, every mannerism, every virtue, and every flaw. Let’s plunge right in.
Sure, you can roll your eyes if you want to, but honestly? Being really, truly, simply, genuinely nice is such a rare quality in the world, and Jim has - and displays - this quality in abundance. I mean, for one thing, bringing Billy Bones to the Benbow when he seems ninety percent sure the guy’s just crazy? Yet he takes a chance anyway, because the sailor’s sick, the sailor’s injured, it’s raining really hard, he shouldn’t be out in this in his state, here, give me your arm, let me help you, you can come in out of the rain and stay in my house for a bit.
And what about the time he met that half-mad robot on Treasure Planet and, despite the fact that BEN blatantly oversteps his boundaries a good ten times (”Will you let go of me?/Stop touching me!”/Will you quit hugging me?”) or so within the first five minutes of their introduction, despite the fact that he is very obviously unhinged from all that time alone, despite the fact that BEN is loud and attention-drawing and the word stealthy isn’t in his vocabulary, despite the fact that he’s putting the captain and the doctor and himself in peril by doing so, Jim allows BEN to come with him - all he needs is to hear about the robot’s century of solitude, his loneliness, his desolation, and he just drops everything and says, “If you’re gonna come along…”
And don’t even get me started on the deleted scenes - such as the one where he offers to fix this child’s scooter, even though he and this kid have never met before, never even spoken to one another, and yet he offers to fix this scooter because aww the kid’s sad let me fix it for you.
Because, beneath that black jacket and that dark scowl of his, Jim has a huge, huge heart and it’s there and it’s evident for anyone willing to look. Because Jim just legitimately cares about other people, and there’s no ulterior motive, he doesn’t ask for compensation, he doesn’t expect anything in return, he just genuinely likes helping others.
(And as I don’t happen to have an image on hand for the child’s scooter bit mentioned above, have a few bonus pictures of times when Jim was nice)
Comforting a frightened Morph despite the fact that his life is in the most immediate and intense danger
And how about the time he lets a pirate - the leader of a mutiny in which he was supposed to be killed - walk the fuck away from him because he believes there’s good in Silver?
Don’t get me started on this kid and his kindness. Don’t. Get me started.
And he’s smart.
I don’t mean passing-his-finals-with-flying-colors oh-haha-that-was-a-total-seat-of-my-pants-test can’t-believe-I-pulled-through-with-a-B I-was-pulling-answers-out-of-my-ass kind of smart.
I mean completely, incredibly, off-the-charts, blow-your-mind brilliant. He might be failing his high school classes, but it’s certainly not due to the challenge; he doesn’t put any effort into his work because he just doesn’t care. I mean, we even hear Sarah state that he built his first solar surfer when he was eight. So let’s let that sink in for a second.
was no older than that when he built one of these
Just let that sit a minute. He built one of those gizmos
when he was eight fucking years old. Hell, I’m not one hundred percent sure I understand them now, and he was eight and he understood them so well he could make them. (Sure, he ultimately uses it to cause trouble and ride straight into restricted areas, but it still makes him pretty brainy.)
And not to mention, when Silver tries to teach him how to steer a skiff, he doesn’t even let the guy finish his sentence before he starts powering it up. Despite the other’s best attempts to stop him, Jim ignites the engine and sends them whirling straight into a comet. He fucking steers a boat - with limited knowledge, considering Silver didn’t get a chance to teach him everything - he steers a boat into a comet, and rides that comet to its end and does it without ever missing a beat, without ever throwing himself or his companion out of the boat, without ever messing up or getting hurt or hurting Silver or anything, just gets the hang of it right off the bat.
And at the end of it, all Silver says is, “If I could maneuver a skiff like that when I was your age, they’d be bowing in the streets when I walked by today!”
Oh, and did I mention he powers up a century-old crashed boat in sixty seconds? No? Well, he did that, too.
Oh, and he also made another solar surfer, this time at fifteen, out of the useless parts of their failing ship while the planet explodes around them.
And, when said surfer begins failing, threatening to send him plummeting to his death in a raging river of lava bubbling and frothing beneath him, he keeps it going - literally rams it into the wall, striking it against the metal surface until enough friction occurs to power the thrusters again, and he does this all in the space of thirty seconds.
Oh, and he figured out where Flint’s trove was hidden before anyone else, just based on the fragmented bits and pieces he’d picked up from other people
And did I mention yet that he was the only one who could open the map leading to the planet?
There were people thirty and forty years his senior trying to figure it out
and he figures it out in seconds
And he’s brave
Remember when he casually faced down a whole crew of pirates three and four times over, all in the space of twenty-four hours?
And how about the fact that he refuses, at great risk to himself, to open the map for the pirates - until Silver threatens the captain and the doctor?
Or when he’s fixing that hundred-year-old boat we discussed earlier, and tells BEN to leave without him if he can’t get away in the next five minutes?
Oh, and when the star Pellucid goes supernova on their voyage and the hands are sent to secure the solar sails, not only does Jim immediately ascend, no hesitation
he also spots Silver, who followed him there, fall from his perch, and literally fucking throws himself down onto the wood and hauls the cook - who, to be honest, has a good hundred pounds on Jim and probably almost took the kid down with him, and definitely dragged the kid closer to the edge than would be advised - back up to safety.
And later in the film, he receives an order from the captain to scout ahead and find them a better place to hide - and even though the pirates were spotted seconds earlier, circling the skies in a longboat, Jim expresses no hesitation, simply obeys.
And, oh, uh, you remember that solar surfer we talked about earlier, the one he constructed as the planet bursts into flames and burns down around him?
Yeah, here he is riding it through the fires and eruptions and random debris, here he is casually risking his life to save everyone else, most of them being pirates who would have loved to see him dead.
Yep, don’t mind him, he’s just saving everyone else. He might die doing it, but damn, he’s doing it anyway.
But wait. I did promise to discuss his flaws as well, and, so far, I haven’t been making good on that promise, have I?
Fear not, for Jim Hawkins is far from perfect and it’s time for us to explore the reasons why.
While most readily refer to this as a “Mary Sue trait” and “not really a flaw” , I can’t help but disagree; if we consider it an undesirable trait in a real person, why on earth would we think it little more than a cute quirk in a fictional character? Believe me when I say, Jim’s consistent failure to think before he acts is not a charming little thing - it’s a flaw, plain and simple.
For all Jim’s kindness, for all his bravery and unfailing ability to think fast on his feet, he is impulsive as all hell.
Like when he, in his first meeting with Silver, throws out several thinly-veiled accusations - showing his cards, playing his whole hand right off the bat on the off chance that his opponent might show his, too.
Unsurprisingly, of course, Silver does not rise to the bait - meaning Jim revealed everything to the man who will later become his enemy, in a sense losing the only advantage he really held, whereas Silver lost nothing and now has additional information to help him on his way. And all this could have been avoided had Jim just kept his mouth shut.
And that time when he attempted to eavesdrop on a couple of the other hands cause he thought they were acting suspicious
But it’s not long before they notice him and immediately shut up - meaning Jim has now given his suspicions away to four different people, four people whom he suspects. (Five, if you count Oxy and Moron as two.)
Or how about when they find that map we talked about earlier, and when he opens it up and realizes it leads to Treasure Planet, his first thought is to follow it? Like, this could be anything. A trap, a red herring, a fool’s errand, and Jim just throws himself headlong into it because look there’s a slim chance it could be treasure let’s go right now!
I mean, there’s just no room for doubt: Jim is super impulsive, and that’s not a good quality to have. Sure, it gets shit done, but cautious people get shit done too, and they probably get it done better because they’re not making snap decisions every 2.5 seconds.
And Jim is selfish.
Sure, we all love him. Well, some of you hate him, and some of you love to hate him, but the sentiment stands; we all love Jim, but you can’t love somebody for too long without noticing his flaws. And Jim has his flaws.
And it’s especially obvious in scenes like this
where we see that Jim was just out on a joyride while his mother visibly struggles to run the inn by herself.
It’s obvious he uses that solar surfing hobby to escape, to distract him from his problems after a tough day, but this, in turn, suggests that he feels his problems at the moment are more important than Sarah’s, and so puts himself before his mother.
And he makes things harder on her than probably anyone else in her life, going out and getting in trouble all the time and bringing the police to her door
Not only is this probably really bad for business, it’s also likely embarrassing and obviously upsetting for poor Sarah - yet Jim offers no apology, offers almost nothing beyond the words, “Mom, it’s no big deal!”
And when they open the map and realize where it leads, Jim jumps on the chance to leave Sarah
Not just their lonely little planet, but Sarah, he wants to leave her. And though his intentions here are honorable (”We could rebuild the Benbow a hundred times over!” / “I’ll make you proud!”) it still fails to completely sugarcoat the fact that he left her there, lured away by the promise of adventure.
Because Jim is selfish.
He’stouchy, and defiant as all hell.
Sure, this is a flaw. Sure, it’s not a great quality to have. Sure, it holds him back more than anything, and it probably gets him in more trouble than it’s worth - but I still tip my hat to Disney for introducing this flaw at all. It has been proven in the past that children with absentee parents - particularly boys with neglectful fathers - tend to become obstinate teens with no regard for authority, and I’m just so proud of them for doing their research on that one.
Admittedly, however, this quality does cause him more trouble than it’s worth. I mean, he makes himself an enemy out of the scariest alien aboard in the first five minutes, all because he has to have the last word.
As a matter of fact, when I think about it, Jim has single-handedly gotten on the bad side of every one of these pirates on board this ship, with the obvious exception of Silver, and he does it all because he is just that feisty.
On the other hand, however, his pluck is the first thing Silver notices - and likes - about him. It’s obvious that while the pirate captain plans to work the spunk out of him, he can’t help but respect it, too.
Like, for instance, on Treasure Planet, when Jim refuses to allow Silver to leave without him
there’s an instant where Silver looks like he’s about to argue
and he could, he could just hold the captain, the doctor, or even BEN at gunpoint, and chances are, Jim would likely obey just to spare those he cares for. Despite the fact that Silver is clearly the one in power here, he gives into Jim’s demands - because, even if he doesn’t like it, Jim’s defiance is something he can respect. They may be enemies now, but Silver recognizes and respects that Jim makes a worthy enemy.
And let’s not forget that he’s stubborn.
Seriously, once he’s found something to fight for, he’ll fight for that, and he’ll get it, no matter what it takes, and there’s nobody in the world that can change his mind. If he gets it in his head that he wants to do something, if he gets it in his head that he should do something, he’ll do it, no matter what.
And in some cases, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It means he has a strong sense of right and wrong and knows the difference between the two, and will do what he believes to be right, regardless of what other people say. He has a moral code, and a strong one, at that, and he rarely deviates from it. And this is actually a good thing when, say, there’s a treasure-hunting pirate captain attempting to bribe him into betraying the captain and the doctor and handing over the map.
And, when this fails and Silver resorts to trying to frighten him into submission, the kid doesn’t even blink. He can’t be bought, and he sure as hell can’t be intimidated.
Of course, this isn’t always a good quality to have; while it does make him more resistant to tactics such as temptation, it also makes him inflexible and, in some cases, extremely resistant to change, even when that change would be for the better.
But that iron will has another advantage.
It makes him hardworking.
Whether it’s as trivial as swabbing the deck, or as enormous as seeking out a legendary treasure trove, if Jim sees the point in a task - if he sees, for himself, why it’s worthy of his time - he will put his all into it, no questions asked. So though most would call him a delinquent, and while the robo-cops on Montressor outright tell him that he is a loser
Jim is actually extremely industrious and capable - he just doesn’t always show it. But it’s there, if you know how to look.
Like when Silver leaves him with this huge pile of dishes in the galley
and he just picks up his brush and keeps right on going
and in fact, is so determined to finish up that damn stack that he ends up falling asleep in the galley, head resting on the pot in his hand
but the dishes around him are gleaming.
Or how about when he was failing at school at the beginning of the film, and by the end, he has graduated from the prestigious Interstellar Academy?
Can you imagine how much work it must have taken to get himself into that Academy? I mean, how long did it take for him to pull those grades up, to convince others he was really serious about this, and can you imagine how much work it took to get through the Academy once he got there? But Jim got there anyway, and he did graduate, and he did do all that amazing stuff, and he did it because he works hard.
Oh and remember
He was lost
Though by the end of the film Jim is high-spirited and confident, we know from the beginning that it wasn’t always so. His father’s absence left a hole in him, a hole he felt it was too big to fill - a hole that left him feeling worthless and rejected, it left him feeling angry and defeated, and it left him thinking he wasn’t good enough. It left him with a strong, deep-seated fear of abandonment, and more than that, it left him searching - searching and searching and never quite finding the missing piece he so desperately needed.
Jim felt he had no future; Jim felt he wasn’t worth a future; Jim didn’t really know where he was going, and that’s the kind of relatability I’ve come to expect from Dreamworks. I don’t go into a Disney film expecting to find real characters, so this came as a pleasant surprise.
And something else I’ll probably never get over
Jim is sensitive
So, this one actually sounds funny. I mean, I just said earlier how selfish Jim is, right? How he’s always putting himself before Sarah? Yeah. That whole argument still stands. It’s just that Jim isn’t all selfish, all the time. Can he be selfish? Yes. Extremely. Is he selfish? Sometimes. But he’s also, as mentioned before, a genuinely nice person. A person with honest empathy. His instances of self-absorption don’t cancel that out.
Now, while most define a sensitive person as “one who understands and feels for others” - and while Jim certainly does that, too - we’ve already tackled that. We’ve talked about Jim as a compassionate and thoughtful individual, and I’m not here to talk about it again, though I could.
No, there are drawbacks to feeling for others, and I’m here to talk about them.
I mean, Jim cares about other people - Jim feels deeply for people, deeply enough to welcome complete strangers into his house and offer lonely individuals a place at his side, Jim just feels for people even if he’s never experienced their hardships for himself. And if he can feel so strongly for strangers, if he can look upon a person he hardly knows and want to help ease their pain, if his heart squeezes upon seeing others’ suffering, how much do you think it hurts when he experiences his own?
His father, for example. An indifferent, neglectful parent, the heartache they cause, it would sting even the most impervious - but for somebody as thin-skinned and tender-hearted as Jim, it absolutely devastates him. And when the man finally gives up on his family, leaving behind his wife and their eight-year-old, it just tears the kid apart.
As a matter of fact, it hurts Jim so deeply that it takes him seven years just to realize that it wasn’t his fault, or anyone’s; his father’s rejection caused him so much pain that he is well into his adolescence before he can even begin to accept that he’s gone.
But this isn’t just one instance; it’s not merely a festering childhood wound, no. Jim takes the slightest slip-up straight to heart - and upon believing he caused Mr. Arrow’s death, he spends what appears to be hours beating himself up for this perceived failure.
And ultimately, he might have continued indefinitely had Silver not intervened and comforted him.
And of course, less than twenty-four hours later, Silver tells his bloodthirsty crew - and, unwittingly, an eavesdropping Jim - that his attentions were all for show, that he had to be nice to the kid to keep him from suspecting the crew of anything shady, he had to win the lad’s trust or risk his suspicion…and Jim really believes it, and, in fact, is so hurt, that he appears to take a moment to swallow back tears.
Jim is just so easy to hurt.
And to be honest, it’s great; it makes his empathy for others more believable - after all, if his own wounds have left such obvious marks, who’s to say another’s tribulations won’t win over his sensitive heart?
And, hey, hey, don’t forget
He’s just a kid
I mean, he’s doing all this awesome shit, he’s building solar surfers
and saving lives
and working his ass off and being super kind and impulsive and defiant and selfish and everything, he’s doing all this, and he’s only fifteen years old. Like. He’s fifteen. He’s not even an adult yet. He’s not even of legal age. He’s just casually amazing at fifteen, but what do you think he’ll be like in five years, ten years, twenty?
As Silver says, he really is going to rattle the stars.
Now let’s review before we go:
Jim is kind.
Jim is smart.
Jim is brave.
Jim is impulsive.
Jim is selfish.
Jim is touchy and defiant as all hell.
Jim is stubborn.
Jim is hardworking.
Jim was lost.
Jim is sensitive.
Jim is just a kid.
Just please, for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t ever forget Jim Hawkins.
Remus Lupin + “Headcanons for falling in love with Remus over the years.”
You meet on the train. He’s in a compartment towards the back and you really need a place to sit. When you ask if you can sit he almost says no. But then he realizes you look just as scared as him (defiantly not for the same reasons but he welcomes you anyway.)
On the train you two talk about muggle things and how your parents knew you were magical (He made his toys fly around and you turned your younger cousin Barry blue.)
Half through the train ride a pudgy boy comes wandering in after his cat. He introduces himself as Peter and his (demon) cat as Wallace. He and his cat end up sitting with the two of you for the rest of the ride.
On the boats you meet a boy called Darwin and a girl named Lucy. He’s uninteresting and she doesn’t shut up. Peter also almost topples out of the boat.
You get sorted into Gryffindor. Along with Remus and Peter. At the table you sit next to Remus and meet two nice girls named Lily and Mary. You talk to them as Remus is pulled into a conversation with two dark haired boys who you later meet as James and Sirius.
Nothing really happens until halfway through the year. You’re friends with Lily and Mary, though you’ve attached yourself to Remus’ hip, despite his early on attempts to avoid you. Anyway, halfway through the year you, Remus and his dorm mates all get detention. Remus and you for staying out past curfew (by accident), Peter for missing three homeworks in a row, and Sirius and James for fighting with Sirius’ older cousin Narcissa.
The five of you bond that night, and soon enough you and Remus quickly because you, Remus, Peter, Sirius and James.
By the end of the year you’ve found four passageways out of the castle and a dozen or so that lead you from one end to the other.
This year you and the boys all sit together going to school. Remus looks sick and ends up falling asleep across both yours and James laps.
At the feast you talk to Lily who went to muggle France over the break and Mary who visited Ireland.
You also become top of your class in Astronomy. Which is how you notice Remus ending up in the hospital wing the night of every full moon. You keep it to yourself because Remus Lupin, a werewolf?
But then James brings it up. His disappearances and flimsy excuses, not the whole lining up with the full moon thing. And Sirius comments on how he always looks sick too. Peter points out he always comes back hurt after visiting his sick mum and suggests maybe it’s something at home. But you’ve met his mother and father and they are sweet people.
Its May before you even suggest to the three that he’s a werewolf. At first Sirius laughs and James waves it off but as another full moon passes it seems to make sense.
Peter asks the three of you, as Remus leaves to “Visit his sick mum” what they should do and James first response is nothing. You all do nothing because he’s still Remus. You agree, werewolf or not he’s still your Remus. Sirius and Peter take a day or two to get used to the idea that their best friend is a werewolf, but they get used to it.
That’s when you all corner Remus and tell him you know. At first he’s crying because he thinks you all hate him. Then he’s crying because he’s so happy to know you all. Sirius swears he wasn’t crying either but he totally was.
The boys have grown. Remus is the tallest, James an inch or two behind. Sirius has lost most of the baby weight on his face and Peter got a new haircut.
You and James take Care of Magical Creatures. Sirius and Remus takes Arithmancy, and Peter, you and the others all have Muggle Studies together.
You’re still the best at Astronomy, but now you’re also excelling in Care of Magical Creatures and Herbology. The “Useless subjects” your father says over dinner that Christmas.
When you and the guys all go down to Hogsmeade for the “first time” it’s a lot more fun than any of you expect.
Remus buys a handful of chocolate and Peter eats all his candy pineapple before you all get back to the castle. Sirius stinks of the Butterbeer James accidentally spilled on him, James ripped his pants and you have mud all over you because Sirius “accidentally” tripped you.
When Remus turns fourteen in March he looks different. You don’t actually notice though, Mary does. She also asks if you could talk to him for her and for a moment you want nothing better to do then hex her. Instead of doing that you nod and find Lily who laughs and says you’re jealous. Of what? - you don’t know.
You don’t talk to Remus about Mary as the two of you started hiding away in the library, readying yourselves for exams. Instead you talk about how his mum is doing all the while thinking how pretty his eyes are.
You like Remus. You fancy your best friend. You realize a few days into the first term and you nearly pitch yourself off the astronomy tower because of it. You fancy your best friend, potentially ruining everything.
Lily is the first to know. She tells you she already knew and when you ask how she shrugs and says she just did.
Peter is the next to find out and not because you told him. He found out because he’d found a doodle you’d done absent mindly in class, it was a heart around RL + YN YSN.
When you alL go down to Hogsmeade in November Sirius says he has a date and James drags Peter to the quidditch store that’s at the edge of town so when you and Remus walk into Honeydukes and an older student makes a joke about the two of you being on a date you don’t let anyone see how you wish you were when Remus tells them that you aren’t on one.
After the trip you ask Remus if he ever would date anyone and he laughs. He points out how no one would ever want a werewolf and all you want to do is scream you would. You do.
Peter accidentally lets James and Sirius in on your crush right before the end of the year. They can’t believe they didn’t notice and you wave them off telling them there’s no hope. But it’s James Potter and Sirius Black you’re talking too.
Remus got hot over the summer, he grew into his lanky body and his shoulders broadened and Sirius would not let you live down the fact he’d found you having a wet dream about the two of you late one night in the common room.
It’s also the year he hid away in the library because of OWLS so most of your interactions, when not in class and at meals were held there. Not That you minded, the library lighting always made him look stunning. This was also-also the year the boys decided to get you two together.
Despite the fact he’d told them numerous times he’d never date. James thinks about locking the two of you in a closet, Peter thinks forging love letters is the way to go but Sirius, instead of waiting to make a decision decides the way to go is by making him jealous. And how? By paying seventh year Benjy Fenwick to flirt with you.
At first Benjy was apprehensive about it but once Sirius explained the plan to him, and you, and for the low price of twenty gallons Benjy Fenwick became your shadow. At first Remus didn’t notice. In fact he seemed oblivious until Benjy had fallen into your lap one afternoon, knocking ink onto a Potions essay. It was safe to say he wasn’t pleased to see the Ravenclaw after that.
Sirius, after another “date” (it’s not a date, the pair of you usually sneak off to hogsmeade to go to the Three Broomsticks and have a chat (debate) over issues like how Death Eaters should be handled, how muggles and muggle borns could be integrated into wizarding society better, and etc) with Benjy, three or so months into the charade, comes to you smiling because the plan is working!
Apparently Peter had mentioned, unaware about the full moon in two days time, how you and Benjy looks fitting for one another and Remus had gone off. Ranting about how Benjy was a “Shit person and didn’t deserve you” and so on, only to then lamley answer James question about fancying you with a “Course I do.” So obviously you think you can stop having Benjy follow you around and pretending fancy you, only Sirius tells the you not yet, soon, but to keep up the act. So you do.
Until Remus catches Benjy with Emmeline Vance (the girl he actually fancies) and hexes him so badly Benjy refused to even look in your direction. You weren’t mad at Remus because he did think Benjy was stepping out on you but you wouldn’t had minded if after the plan the two of you could still go on down to the Three Broomsticks and have a nice chat.
You passed your OWLS, unlike Remus you didn’t get an O in everything, though you got an O in most things.
You’re also pretty sure you’re in love in Remus but you don’t tell anyone. Even if it’s obvious to everyone but him.
The boys still want to get the two of you together so this year they go with Peter’s idea about forging love letters. They don’t bother to tell you, so for months you think you’re getting letters from Remus and vise versa. It isn’t until Lily finds out and puts a stop to it before either of you got anymore hurt in the end. She tells the two of you separately. You cry and Remus just looks dejected.
The two of you avoid each other for what feels like forever and the boys think they’ve messed up big time. Unily Lily and Mary come in and save the day by locking the two of you in a small cupboard. They don’t let you or Remus out until you’ve both talked about your feelings and had a proper snog.
So it takes a while. Four hours and fifty two minutes before either one of you start talking. It then takes two more hours to convince him that he deserves to be loved (by you). By the end of it you both stumble out almost several hours later with your finger intertwined, large grins on both your faces and hickeys forming under your collars.