So most of the photos I put up are photos I take with bigger cameras and put time into the presentation, but my favorite group of photos I’ve taken all year are the daily photos on my phone of my son to string together for his first birthday. This will continue and get more precise as he can assist me with it. But for now it was a fun experiment. Happy birthday bodhi.
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“I loved it" Caitriona Balfe told EW about the South African shoot. “I
think it was definitely tough sometimes just because it was hot and
that’s something we’re not always used to. And the scripts were quite
physically intensive. Either you’re out on the beaches all day or
traipsing through a jungle. But I relished the chance to get down and
dirty. So it’s good.”
Some filming in South Africa required some very extreme stunts involving
the water. “Half the time they won’t let me do as much as I want to,”
says Balfe. “They end up using stunt doubles for insurance purposes, but
I think Sam [Heughan] and I – and Tobias [Menzies] actually – we all
like to get physical and we like the challenges of the physical elements
of the job.”
Heughan relished the opportunity to film in a new setting. “This is the
most relaxed I think I’ve ever been on this job,” he says.
Moving the production to South Africa was a massive undertaking, which
contributed to the extended length of this year’s Droughtlander. “I
understand fans and their disappointment, but we just physically
couldn’t do it quicker,” explains co-executive producer Maril Davis.
"For every episode, we have four weeks of prep. I think people were
like, ‘Oh, they went on vacation for a month, but we really did need
“Jamie is always covered in dirt,” confesses Heughan of his character.
“It’s sort of caked on him. I go home every night covered. No matter how
much you shower, you wake up in the morning and my sheets are covered
in makeup. That’s one of the joys of playing Jamie Fraser.”
Of shooting in South Africa, Balfe smiles and says, “It’s a nice change from freezing in Scotland.”
Heughan loved exploring the ships and climbing up the masts. “It was
amazing to go up there,” he says. "We’ve got these very tall ships in
the middle of the desert!”
“It’s funny because you do actually start to feel seasick,” Balfe says
about shooting on the ships that were rigged with gimbals. “The whole
ship is moving and because you’re down in the dark, you don’t get any
view of the horizon. It was … interesting.”
All the cover photos were shot at Cape Town Studios in South Africa,
where two- and three-massed vessels doubled as the Artemis and HMS
Porpoise for season 3 of Outlander. Here, Balfe and Heughan strike a
pose for photographer Ruven Afanador on the deck of the Artemis.
Fortunately for the cover shoot, Cape Town Studios has its own lagoon —
though some of the shots required Afanador and his crew to get a little
wet since the beach was so narrow. “He had these big fisherman-time
pants on,” explains EW photo editor Natalie Gialluca. “We had to be
mid-thigh in the water to shoot.”
Last week, we shared a little preview of Claire and Jamie’s long-awaited Outlander reunion with the show’s stars, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, reading your fan fiction envisioning the big moment. Now that we’ve finally digested (and watched and re-watched) Sunday’s print shop episode, Balfe and Heughan are back for round two. This time, the fan fiction—“Written in the Stones,” by Lenny9987—imagines what would happen if, 10 years after their separation, Jamie accidentally fell through the standing stones—then decided to find Claire and their child on his own. Balfe and Heughan’s dramatic narration features the Outlander stars swapping their roles (and accents), a surprise appearance from Mrs. Graham, and a few inadvertent appendage innuendos…
Hopefully, the video will hold you over until Sunday, when the series picks up right after last episode’s cliffhanger. Now that Claire and Jamie have vowed to stay together forever, what comes next? Heughan teased the upcoming episodes in a recent interview with BAZAAR.com: “[Jamie] has some secrets, and things have happened that he kind of doesn’t want to tell her because he’s terrified to lose her again… There’s still some unfinished business.” And after that, the show heads to sea. Balfe also teased the final episodes of Season 3, shot in South Africa, telling us, “It was just such a new environment, the ship was gimbaling and we had rats and fake vomit. It was really exciting.” We’re so ready.
Interesting days, limited time to write about them… Cell-phone roaming charges being what they are, I mostly don’t get to post stuff until I get up to work in the middle of the night. And I do actually need to work (no, really…<g>. I’m answering the copy-edit of the BESIEGED novella, so the whole SEVEN STONES book can go to press). A quick bit, though, of Our Adventures to Date:
Friday was our first full day in Cape Town, and the major activity was going to the Outlander Studio, to meet Maril and everybody, and tour the amazing new sets!
Wonderful to see Maril, Sam and Caitriona again, as well as Nick Heckstall-Smith (AD) and a few other of the Scottish crew that have come down. Also Luke Schelhaas, one of the new writers, who’s covering this block (meaning he’s the writer on set every day, responsible for the billions of on-the-spot changes and adjustments to the script that are needed; all scripts flex a _lot_ during the actual filming, no matter how many revisions they’ve been through beforehand).
We were just in time to catch David Brown, the Executive Producer for the whole show (meaning he’s the person without whom none of this could happen–he knows where to find anything and anybody, and how it all works) before he caught his flight back to Scotland (where the flock is gathering to begin prep for Season 4–this stuff takes a _LOT_ of work and thought and planning). David drove us off at high speed in his golf-cart, and we zipped out to tour the ships (I figure I’m not giving away any state secrets by telling you there are ships in this part of the show…), which are fabulous, and I don’t only mean cosmetically (my baseline for 18th century sailing ships is Disneyland’s “Columbia” and these are even better); they’re equipped with all kinds of hydraulics, gimbals, and water cannons (!!!) that make the ships nearly as expressive as the actors.
We also roared through several newly-built (and in-progress) outdoor sets, some adapted from the existing Black Sails sets (but you’ll never recognize them) and some newly built. Most striking aspects were the landscape plantings and the sand (I won’t tell you why; you’ll just have to wait and see…). Ditto several enormous tanks of water (well, we didn’t roar _through_ those; just up to the edge to have a look).
Then David had to rush to catch a plane, so Maril took over and we had a look at the indoor sets inside the (HUGE!!) studio buildings. The last one we came to was in use, and we waited a moment for the take to finish. Then Maril led us up a short flight of stairs to the door. It opened before she could reach for the door-handle, and out popped Sam and then Caitriona, both in costume and perspiring as though it was in fact July in Jamaica (film lights are Way Hot, especially in a small, confined space). Lovely to see them both again.
Short break, then back to filming. We were kindly accommodated with seats in the DOP (Director of Photography)’s tent, with headphones, so we could watch the filming. Usual mixture of fascination and boredom, with incidental entertainment (as someone said to me afterward, “How can they be giggling and poking each other, then in half a second, they’re somebody else completely and doing their lines?” To which the only reply is, “They’re actors.”)
Shared the late lunch/tea-break (they were shooting until 11 PM, so “lunch” was at 6:00 PM) with the crew, watched a bit more filming, and then bade the hard-working cast and crew a cheery farewell, and rolled back to our hotel to eat medium-rare springbok and mango sorbet. And the morning and the evening were the First Day…
A Red fox perched on a snowbank in early spring, Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. - photography: Christopher MacDonald finalist of Popular Photography’s 23rd Annual Reader’s Photo Contest (April / May 2017 issue)
tech info: tripod-and-gimbal-mounted Canaon EOS-1D Mark IV with 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Canon EFIS lens at 300mm; 1/400 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000. Edited in Photoshop CC.
Favorite memories from 50 years of Center Theatre Group
Chris Pine, actor
“The Lieutenant of Inishmore” (2010)
in Los Angeles at the Taper was a joy. It was just down the road from
where I was living at the time in Silver Lake, and I was working for
Michael Ritchie, who ran the Williamstown Theatre Festival the first
summer I was there. My mom was a part of the Taper’s brief repertoire
company in the late ’60s, so there was a special resonance there on the
During Act 2, I end up all the way down stage, nearly in
the audience, holding my dear ol’ dead cat, crying my eyes out. I’m
there for a while. One night, most likely a matinee, actually (it seems
to always be the matinees when something interesting happens), two older
ladies right in front of me are yelling to each other about how
disgusting the show was (there was a copious amount of fake blood on the
gimbaled stage, which was built especially for the purposes of draining
it) and wondering why anyone would put on this play or why anyone would
want to see it. As they’re yelling, they step over me on their way out.
Not exactly proper theater etiquette, but I loved it just the same. It
meant we were doing something right.
I loved doing that play and,
especially given how provocative a piece it was, every single
performance pulled something unique and different from the audience.
The Enterprise-E bridge set under construction. For the final TNG film, it was built on gimbals allowing it to shake around for the first time in Star Trek history. No more need for the actors to shake around in their seats for once!
Here it is a transcript of the bits that were interesting to me as a Karamel shipper, Mon-El stan and Melwood fan in the commentary of this episode (“Supergirl Lives”) by Andrew Kreisberg (Supergirl Executive Producer) and Kevin Smith (Supergirl 2x09 Director and long time comics fan).
The transcript does not include a lot of interesting info about the show. It is so long that I’m going to post it in several parts. This is part one.
When you say deep, how deep is deep? There's been a lot of debate lately about the lack of certain things in the Jamie and Claire kisses this season, and A. Malcolm is so dark, can anything even be seen? What's your take, if any, on the topic?
How deep is deep? I’d say pretty deep. My gifs are shit to the extreme, but while watching AND giffing for that matter, you can def see Cait’s tongue come out to play real quick in that first kiss in the gifset (the kiss right after the “take out my price in trade” convo). And I’d even say the second one too (after the “loved no one but you” convo) is pretty damn deep - tongue or no tongue - that’s a full on, proper languid kiss.
I have seen the chatter lately and while I do think things have changed a little, I do think a lot of factors have gone into that. Perhaps direction/cam angles, perhaps it’s the characters’ eagerness to tear into each other (which NGL has been 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥), perhaps the ship’s gimballing made them a bit more hesitant to kiss too deeply for fear of biting tongues off or breaking teeth or something lol I dunno ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, the face smooshing kinda looks more painful IMO but whatever.
We still have two eps to go and at least a couple of hawt AF scenes to come given the wee clips we’ve seen. And who knows, maybe all Claire and Jamie need is some time off a gimballing ship, a solid, big enough bed and some quiet time for some slow, languid kissing. That smooch from the trailer could be exactly what that is. Or just think about the 🔥 to come from him describing in detail what he’d like to do with and to her given space and time!
That’s a mighty tall crane, or two, or six. “Normally at a shoot, we get a crane out for a day,” explains Roberts. “We had 14 to 15 cranes every day. It was crazy.”“This year was much heavier in visual effects than we’ve ever had,” admits Roberts. “Every time you look this way or that way, you have to see ocean, so we need visual effects.”But sticking Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan on a ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean isn’t feasible. That’s what made filming Outlander at Cape Town Studios in South Africa so ideal: Practical ships already existed because that’s where Starz shot Black Sails. And there was more than enough room to create a whole new Jamaican world for the final five episodes of season 3.
All they needed was the appearance of an ocean. That’s where the green-screen technology came in — massive partitions held up by cranes that make the appearance of water around that “bucket of sh—e” possible.
“The page count was funny [in Voyager],” executive producer Matthew B. Roberts tells EW. “I think there was 104 pages, and 6 pages are on land. When I first did the tally, a little aneurysm started in my head. I was like, I don’t know how we’re gonna do it. That’s just so much on the water, and we want to do it great. But it just so happened that on the same network, a drama with ships! Can we use ’em? Is it okay? Do we have to revamp ’em? And it ended up working out perfectly, timing-wise. The transition really didn’t take as long as you might think to move continents, hemispheres, time zones, everything you can think of.”
EW obtained this exclusive video and behind-the-scenes shots that demonstrate how those soggy scenes were executed.
“This year was much heavier in visual effects than we’ve ever had,” admits Roberts. “Every time you look this way or that way, you have to see ocean, so we need visual effects.”
The Artemis has short gunnels (or sides), which required heavy use of special effects. “We knew in these episodes that we were going to have to direct a large portion of our visual effects,” says Roberts. “The difference between the Porpoise and the Artemis is the gunnels. When you are on Porpoise, the gunnels are high. So if you are standing next to them, you don’t see the water. We get a free shot. But when you are on the Artemis, the gunnels are low, so every time you look out you see water. Those aren’t free, so that’s where the green screens come in.”
Massive green screens flank the Artemis, which was dolled up especially for Outlander. “I watched a lot of clips from Black Sails ’cause I didn’t want to repeat anything,” says Roberts.
That’s a mighty tall crane, or two, or six. “Normally at a shoot, we get a crane out for a day,” explains Roberts. “We had 14 to 15 cranes every day. It was crazy.”
The production used gimbals to make it seem like the ships were rocking. “We would have to stop because there’s usually 40 to 50 people on [the ship] and people get seasick. I get seasick, even when we were doing the tests on the Artemis, which actually does go from 10 degrees to 10 degrees. At first everybody up there was going, ‘Oh, this is great.’ Then about five seconds later, we were like, ‘This is not so great.’”
The resulting scenes aboard the ships continue to amaze Roberts. “You know, there was no water for miles. Even seeing this and how it’s done and built and looking at mock-ups, I’m still amazed. It’s truly movie magic.”
For more about the final episodes of Outlander this season, pick up the newest issue of EW, on newsstands now!
Do you know how they filmed the water scenes of The Gang Goes to Hell?
yes actually! they basically built a HUGE gimbal in a water tank and built the brig set in there. they could raise and lower the water level as needed and i thiiiiink maybe the set could also rotate to accommodate it ending up sideways? but i might be making that last part up idk
in any case if you live in the US fxx actually posted a bts video on youtube about this! (if you don’t live in the US, i’m sorry– i don’t think anyone’s posted a mirror of this one yet)
i mean one thing people say is that 3d anim is easier because you can reuse assets, but like, that’s really not the whole picture here. while that fact is true, working in 3d also presents a shitton of new issues unique to the medium such as gimbal lock, fk/ik switching, using world/character space correctly, etc
'Outlander' Postmortem: Lauren Lyle analyzes Marsali's relationships with Fergus, Jamie, and Claire
Lauren Lyle as Marsali and César Domboy as Fergus in ‘Outlander’ (Photo: Starz)
Warning: This interview contains spoilers for the “Heaven and Earth” episode of Outlander.
Here’s how you know that Nell Hudson and Lauren Lyle are perfectly cast as Outlander‘s mother and daughter team of Laoghaire and Marsali, respectively. Even in real life, they’re each other’s biggest fans. Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment recently, Hudson called her on-screen daughter “awesome,” and now Lyle is returning the compliment. “She’s amazing,” the British actress says of Hudson. “When we first met, we laughed because we look so similar.”
Of course, the striking resemblance between the two wasn’t the sole reason that Lyle landed the role of Laoghaire’s eldest child. “It was more the attitude,” Lyle says. “Matthew [Roberts, one of Outlander‘s executive producers] told me that the minute I left the audition they were like, ‘That’s it, we found her.’ The resemblance is an extra bonus on top of everything else!”
In another case of like mother, like daughter, Marsila is currently none too happy with lovers Jamie and Claire Fraser, whose happy reunion none-too-happily ended Jamie’s admittedly strained marriage to her mom. But she’s keeping it all in the family, after a fashion. Jamie’s no longer her adopted father figure — he’s now her adopted father-in-law. Having carried on a secret romance with Fergus, the boy Jamie helped raise to adulthood, the two arranged a hasty marriage before stepping aboard the Jamaica-bound ship ferrying the elder Frasers in their pursuit of Young Ian. It was so hasty that Jamie, for one, doesn’t consider it legitimate, although as we saw in tonight’s episode, he was willing to overlook that detail if the lovers agreed to help him out of a jam.
We spoke with Lyle about the ways in which Marsali is — and isn’t — like her mother, and whether she and Claire are destined to be friends… and maybe even family.
When I spoke with your onscreen mom, Nell Hudson, I asked if she felt that, other failings aside, Laoghaire was at least a good mother to Marsali and Joan. Do you imagine her a strong maternal presence? Nell and I discussed that a little bit. Laoghaire has been married a couple of times; she had one husband that she had me with and another that she had my sister with. When he died, she brought the kids up on her own until marrying Jamie. But Jamie hasn’t really been around; he’s been in and out, and a bit of a ghost since Claire left, so he’s not really a father figure to Marsali. Laoghaire has had to be very, very strong, because she’s had no other option except to bring up these two girls alone. Marsali’s loyalties definitely lie with her mother over anyone else.
Nell also told me that family dinner with the four of them would have been a lot of Laoghaire talking at Jamie. What do you think their dinners might have looked like? I think it would be very female dominated! [Laughs] Jamie wouldn’t have been allowed much of a say. Maybe Laoghaire would have come up with the recipe, and Jamie would cook. He wouldn’t get to make any decisions at all. Marsali would probably be the one to make the decisions. As the first born, she’s the miracle child, so Laoghaire loves her and would let her take the reins from time to time.
Since he’s not a father figure, what is Jamie to Marsali now? Marsali sees him as a convenience more than anything else; she’s never seen him as someone she has to get permission from. I think Fergus’s loyalties like with Jamie more than hers do! When the girls were younger, Jamie was good fun, but he and Marsali haven’t developed much of a relationship as she’s gotten older. Especially after finding out about Claire, everything falls to pieces in terms of how she perceives him. What’s funny is that Sam [Heughan] and I have a great relationship on set! He makes me laugh, and we’re probably the ones that mess around the most. So to have to be harsh and brittle with each other is strange.
I was kind of on Laoghaire’s side when she discovered that Jamie hadn’t told Claire about his “other wife.” He didn’t come off looking too good with the way he handled the situation. Yeah, I think it’s great because it was his choice, wasn’t it? No one forced him to marry Laoghaire. He was in a dark place and saw a little light with Marsali and Joan, so I think that’s what drew him in. He also realized that Laoghaire had changed a little bit by then, and they could maybe be a kind of support for each other. So he was never forced to marry her, but he had a responsibility and he had to honor it. Which I think he does, especially with Marsali. He honors his role in her life, and tries to be responsible for her and doesn’t cast her away by any means, which is good.
We don’t really get the backstory of how Marsali and Fergus’s romance started. Did you and César Domboy come up with a history for them? I think we decided that they’d grown up around each other; they live in the same area, so they’d see each other a lot, and since she’s younger, it would have been Marsali looking toward Fergus. So it happened over time, and we thought of them as a well-balanced unit. Marsali in no way conforms to the century’s norms, and Fergus has had a colorful life as well, so they find each other. César and I didn’t meet until we did the first read-through, so we tried to form a relationship outside of the show. When we were in South Africa [where the shipboard sequences were shot], we hung out a lot and became good mates that way. That really helped on set, because having chemistry as friends meant that we were comfortable with each other.
Marsali and Fergus could have gotten Jamie’s blessing for their marriage had they agreed to free him from the ship’s prison, but they end up not going through with it. What was the significance of that choice to you? It shows that they’re adults. They’ve already made this huge decision to leave Scotland and run away together, so at this point it’s about growing up and making a mature decision that they feel is best for everyone involved, including themselves. Marsali knows the dangers of letting Fergus do what he wants, because that can impact their relationship and leave her alone. It’s also a moment where they have to think of their relationship as being something more serious than just a fling. They want to be together for the rest of their lives, and this decision could really impact that. So you see a whole new layer to who they are at this stage in life, and the tendencies you’ll see more of as the series goes on.
Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in ‘Outlander’ (Photo: Starz)
They do take the idea of matrimony seriously. Is that maybe a reaction to what Marsali has seen growing up? I think so. It’s also about making [their relationship] legitimate in everyone else’s eyes; people haven’t been taking them seriously up to this point — they’ve gotten the impression that it’s just a fling and they’ll be over it in time. But they really do mean this, it’s not just a little bit of fun. Marsali isn’t particularly educated, and comes from a tiny place. Now she’s headed into something completely unknown, and Fergus is all she’s got. And she’s all he’s got!
She claims not to care about Fergus’s previous romantic history, but is there a part of her that’s bothered by it at all? How César and I discussed it is that the two of them have no secrets. She knows about his past. Part of me thinks she does just move on from it. He’s dedicated himself to her, and hasn’t done anything but be with her. He also doesn’t treat her the way he’s treated anyone else; she’s something completely different to him, and his behavior alters when he’s around her. She’s too much of a force for him to let go of, and I think she’s quite confident in the way he feels for her. So she doesn’t let it eat away at her; since being with him, she’s had no reason to feel that way.
Do you think Marsali had romantic interests prior to Fergus, or has he always been the one? I think there have definitely been people she’s attracted to and flirted with. But I don’t think she’s been with anyone else or certainly slept with anyone else. She’s 18 and hasn’t seen much of the world or seen other men. Fergus is someone she’s known for a long time and has probably loved for quite a while. So he’s the one, I think. There’s no one else in competition.
It’s fun to see how Claire and Marsali are both more at ease on the open water than either Fergus or Jamie. They’re also the only two women on the ship, so that alone takes a lot of confidence. It was important to me for Marsali to be comfortable, cool and able. So often you see women onscreen who are depicted as being weaker or finding everything hard. These women don’t feel that way, and take to sailing quite naturally. Marsali has lived on a farm, is a hard worker and has no issues with adventure in any way. This is just another adventure she sails onto… pardon the pun! [Laughs]
You filmed those sequences on ships previously used by the Starz show Black Sails. Did those environments help you get into the spirit of 18th century seafaring? Oh yeah, 100 percent. They were proper, big, functioning machines, and when you got onto them, they would gimbal and whip you around as ships would in the water. At times that could make you a little seasick! Claire and Marsali have come from Scotland, so they have layers and layers of clothing on. So the heat of South Africa really helped, because that was how we were supposed to feel. There were times when I’d be in costume, the sun was beating down, and I thought I was going to die! And that’s probably quite accurate; they wouldn’t have been comfortable on the ship. There was minimal crew on the boats as well, and the actors could do all the activities with the ropes and stuff. The scale of it was vast.
Marsali and Claire are at odds now, but it’s clear that the two of them are alike in many ways. Caitriona [Balfe] and I had a lot of discussions about whether Claire was a mother figure, and the fact that she’s missing Brianna. But Marsali’s not her daughter; that’s not what we were going for. Marsali sees a real edge to Claire that she also sees in herself. Other than her own mother, she hasn’t seen many other women that have that edge. She sees Claire as someone who is quite intimidating at times, and demands respect. Obviously, Marsali doesn’t want to give her that because of how her mother feels about her, but she’s drawn to Claire’s views of the world and her smarts. She’s seen a lot and Marsali also wants to see a lot. I think that’s why they clash and, eventually, why they bond. You’ll get a glimpse of the beautiful relationship forming between them in the next episode. It becomes about putting old arguments aside and understanding each other. Marsali’s got a lot to learn and Claire teaches her.
Is it fair to say that these four become a family by the time the season ends? For sure — we become a team. In Episode 12, there’s a big Governor’s ball and some very dramatic things happen there. I think that’s when Jamie and Claire know they can start trusting Marsali and Fergus when they need help. A family and a unit really does happen, and you’ll see it. It’s really cool if you compare Marsali from where she starts to where she ends up. There’s a really nice moment at the end of the season between her and Claire that shows they’ve gone full circle.
can i have a request w/ semi where he & reader ""hate"" each other so when they're forced to work together on a project, they get answer but secretly they like each other?????? i love for cliches and need semi in my life
You fumed silently at the male sitting across from you on the carpeted floor who in turn was passing a malicious glance your way. It was rather unfortunate how the universe deemed to invoke it’s wrath upon you that through a twisted turn of events you need up being Semi Eita’s partner for the project. The two of you seemed to bump heads since the day you met, quite literally to be exact.
The gym was being occupied by the volleyball team that afternoon when you had forgotten your gimbal up on the stage (they gym was used as an auditorium after all). You had managed to enter unnoticed, the players too absorbed into their practices to notice your arrival which you were thankful for. The last thing you had wanted was to be scolded by the coaches for drawing attention to yourself. The relief was short lived as a chorus of shouts yelled, “Watch out!”, before a ball landed soundly to the top of your head. A curse fell from your lips, bag falling to the floor as you clutched your head.
“I’ll handle it, don’t stop practice on account of this.” A gruff voice called before a pair of sneakers stopped in front of your line of vision facing the ground. “Are you okay?” He leaned down to meet your level.
You peaked up, still clutching your head as you met the piercing gaze of the former Shiratorizawa setter, Semi Eita. Your expression fell dramatically, mirroring the distasteful look he had as he recognized who you were. It was always him who seem to cause you problems, stealing your pencils, accidentally bumping into you in the hallway, a complete nuisance. The pair of you were in constant competition with each other which only added fuel to your growing distaste.
“Of course it’s this ass.” The insult caused Semi to growl, irritated at how he went out of his way to ask if you were okay only to get such a response.
“If anything you’re being one! I just asked if you were feeling okay, but maybe the ball his you harder than I thought!” Growing flustered you both stood up at the same time to size each other up, but your heads ended up butting together in a painful crack.
“Idiot!” The others could see that the situation wasn’t going to become any better, Ushijima interjecting before Semi lost his cool.
“Tendou, do me a favor and make sure _____ gets to class.” He turned to the team who had momentarily stopped to watch the ordeal. “Let’s get back to practice.” The red head helped you to the door with a sly smile on his face as if he knew something you were unaware of, but that didn’t stop you from casting another glare at the blonde.
“Maybe if you’d stop glaring at me, and actually do your share of the work we can get out of each other’s sights much faster.” Semi chimed, shifting the ruler across the page to draw a straight edge.
Scoffing you returned your attention back to the project at hand, although you were a bit embarrassed for being caught staring. It was infuriating how he was always on your mind. Perhaps there was something you found attractive in the way he pouted when his serves didn’t go through during a match, or how his eyes lit up in passion when asked anything concerning volleyball, but you’d never admit it, especially not to his face.
Semi could say the same for you. You were in constant competition to out do one another, but it wasn’t often where he met someone with as much vigor and determination as you. There was this air about you that attracted him and made him want to be near, but the stubbornness in your personality was proving to be far more complicated. Besides, his own pride and ego prevented him form caving in first.
“You’re doing it wrong.” In your eyes he was always making a mistake.
“No, I’m not. Just focus on what you’re doing.” He hissed, shooing you off with a wave of his hand.
“Look, the directions specifically say to-” And suddenly you were caged between the floor and the setter’s heated gaze, embers burning in warm hues.
“You’re always on my case, you know that? I don’t know why it is you find the need to butt heads with me on every detail, but you do. I don’t know what it’s going to take to please you! I’m doing everything I can to put a smile on your face, but nothing works.” A lump formed in his throat as he finished his piece, the air electric between the minimal space.
Confusion predominated the emotions you felt whirling in your brain. What did he mean by trying to put a smile on your face? If anything you swore that he hated you. “Yo-you what? Do you even know what you’re saying?” Your voice wavered, trying not to scream, but in truth you were flustered. After all this time you were starting to discover your won hidden feelings you had for him.
Semi flushed, cursing himself for having a slippery tongue and allowing his feelings to be known. “Yeah, I do. If you don’t accept it that’s fine. We can continue to do this project and then go our separate ways when we’re done.”It was silent for a moment, neither of you uttering a word as you contemplated the possible outcomes of what would happen next if you followed through with an absurd idea.
”Now why would I do that when we’ve already come so far?” You leaned up slowly, closing the space between your mouth. His lips were soft, but slightly chapped as they worked against yours in tandem. He was surprised at first that you were the first to make the move, but reciprocated it wholesomely.
The blonde was the first to pull away, both of you sporting cheeks painted red, but a newfound feeling of happiness spreading in your chest. “So what does this mean for us?” He grinned, a sight that sent your heart thundering in your chest.
“It means the I’m yours, dummy.” The term was affectionate coming from your mouth, not laced with the usual malice. Perhaps it wasn’t a mistake to be paired with you after all.