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7 Thoughts about Power Rangers

On August 28, 1993, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered on Fox Kids. I was eight years old and whether or not I was the intended demographic for the show, I was instantly hooked. It all started with five teenagers with attitudes summoned by Zordon to defend the world against evil forces led by intergalactic baddie Rita Repulsa. Jason Lee Scott (Austin St. John), Kimberly Ann Hart (Amy Jo Johnson), William “Billy” Cranston (David Yost), Trini Kwan (Thuy Trang) and Zack Taylor (Walter Jones) called on the power of the ancient dinosaurs and became a team of superheroes called the Power Rangers and the world was never the same.

Nearly twenty-five years later, those of us who became acquainted with the Power Rangers discovered there would be a reboot of the franchise in the form of a gritty re-imagining of the original team. While initially thrilled about the idea of seeing my childhood superheroes on the big screen, a part of me wondered just how loyal this new film would be to the original source material. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was a totally kick-ass TV show but even the most die-hard fan has to admit there were some problematic elements in regards to the original series, many I will address later on in this recap.

On March 31, 2017 a couple of friends and I went to our local theater and saw the new film, Power Rangers. One of my friends admitted he was not even born when the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first debuted and my other friend announced he would have been too old to watch such a show despite only being four/five older years than me. I expected them both to hate it and even braced myself for disappointment of epic proportions. The three of us exited the theater two and a half hours later each raving about how amazing the film was. Below, I will list seven thoughts I have in regards to the film. For those who have not seen the Power Rangers, there will be spoilers in this post. You have been warned…

  1. In the original series, Zack, Trini, Billy, Kimberly and Jason all knew each other and were the best of friends before becoming the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In the latest film, our heroes know of each other before discovering Zordon (voiced by Bryan Cranston) but they are certainly not friends. Jason (Dacre Montgomery) is a football star before he winds up in detention (and with an ankle bracelet) after a brush with the law. It is in detention where he meets Billy (RJ Cyler) and Kimberly (Naomi Scott). Trini (Becky G) is a recent transplant in Angel Grove and Zack (Ludi Lin) is a loner who rarely attends class. Instead of Jason being the rallying force behind the five teens coming together, it’s actually Billy who is responsible for the event that eventually leads them to each other…and the power coins.
  2. These ain’t your older brother and sister’s Power Rangers. Our heroes have been re-imagined as more of a modern day Breakfast Club. Jason is a star athlete who loses everything after a prank gone awry. Jason is prone to fits of anger which often-times leaves him incapable of leading the team. However, underneath all of the muscle and bravado there’s a good guy there will a strong moral core who feels the weight of fear, a fear of disappointing those he cares about, most importantly his father (David Denman). Our dear Kimberly, like Jason, used to be one of the popular kids until a sexting scandal rendered her an outcast at Angel Grove High. Billy is a bullied autistic teen who spends a lot of time at the rock quarry because it reminds him of his dad. Trini, the new girl, wrestles with the fact she is not normal like her parents and her two brothers. Zack is trying to deal with the fact that his mother is sick and could possibly die. Instead of our rangers having that established relationship with each other, we get to see them get to know one another before tapping into the power that will ultimately transform them into the Power Rangers.
  3. One of the things my friends and I would joke about in regards to the TV show was how Jason, Trini, Billy, Zack and Kimberly always were together wearing clothing the same color as their respective ranger identities. Anyone with eyes and a shred of common sense in Angel Grove could have put two and two together and figured out these five were the Power Rangers. The movies pays homage to this concept by having each of the rangers wear a pop of color corresponding to their ranger’s color. It’s both effective and subtle.
  4. Morphing is like totally hard, you know? The five of them discover the hidden power coins in the rock quarry and develop superhuman abilities almost immediately. Summoning the armor they will ultimately don in their battle against Rita Repulsa and Goldar takes a lot of time and even after a lengthy training montage (WE NEED A MONTAGE!!!!) our teenagers with attitudes are still not successful in becoming the rangers. I actually like this idea of them not being able to become rangers right away because it forces our characters to learn one another. A team is only effective when it accesses the strengths and weaknesses of it’s individual members. It is only after they are able to truly bond with each other they are able to tap into the power that morphs them into Power Rangers.
  5. Rita Repulsa is freaking terrifying. So yeah, the original Rita Repulsa was a total bad-ass but I never really found her particularly scary. The film’s version of Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) is wicked and not above murdering any and everyone who gets in her way. Rita even goes as far as to kill one of the rangers. No joke. Another added detail I quite enjoyed about the character was how she was the original Green Ranger who served alongside Zordon, the original Red Ranger. This also makes me wonder, when they debut the Green Ranger in the sequel (of course there will be a sequel) will it be Tommy Oliver…or Tommie Oliver?
  6. The Zords were awesome. I enjoyed the sleek look of the design and their free range of movements. In the TV show, most of the Zords were reminiscent of actual tanks and were big and blocky and a bit cumbersome. One of my favorite moments in the film was the creation of the Megazord and how each Power Ranger controlled a particular part of the machine, i.e. the legs, arms, etc. It really took some coordination between all five rangers in order for them to control Megazord.
  7. The last thing I want to address in regard to the Power Rangers film is how cool it was to see a black nerd character on the big screen. Growing up, I always resonated with the character of Billy because my favorite color was blue and Billy was very intelligent and he wore glasses. Billy was this nerd character who was accepted by those we would call popular. As the resident science geek, Billy also plays a vital role to the team. Another thing I thought was pretty cool was Billy being autistic in the film. I was talking to a coworker of mine yesterday and we were talking about the importance of having visibility in regards to autism in TV and film. Her son is autistic and how coll is it he has someone like him on the big screen as a superhero. Another thing I would also like to point out is the importance of having a LGBT character in the film. Trini is not only the new girl but she also likes girls and because of her sexuality she feels somewhat detached from her family. I also detected a bit of something brewing between Trini and Kimberly. Then again maybe it was all in my head. However, I was so glad they did not play out any kind of romance between any of the rangers in this film. I know there were talks about Kimberly and Jason possibly being romantically-involved in the film which would be a great departure from canon but first and foremost Power Rangers has always been the story of a group of friends coming together to save the world. I would be interested to see if future films do further address Trini’s sexuality because how great would it be to see a young woman fully embracing her sexuality and being a total bad-ass in the process. I know there will be a part of the fandom who will wonder why there needed to be an autistic ranger or a lesbian ranger. Some will even ask, why did they have to make Billy black? These are the same people who flip out whenever there is a character introduced on Sesame Street who has two dads or two moms or a parent that’s incarcerated. Representation is so important because in order to eradicate homophobia and racism and bigotry in our society, we have to acknowledge these people exist! So thank you Power Rangers for going there.

I am thirty-two years old and I have never felt more like that eight year old sitting on the floor of my living room watching Mighty Morphin Power Rangers than I did last night sitting in that movie theater. I recommend Power Rangers to all of you who share the same memories as I do in regards to the TV show. Even if you were never a fan of the show, the story is amazing, the acting was great and it was packed with action. My friends and I definitely had a great time and this is a film I would definitely consider seeing again in theaters and also purchasing once it comes out on DVD. If you have any thoughts or comments in regards to my thoughts, fill free to comment. GO-GO-POWER RANGERS!

anonymous asked:

Could you please tell me some differences between Gryffindors and Hufflepuffs? How to know if a character is a Hufflepuff or a Gryffindor? Because they have a lot in common.

That’s actually a really great question. The line can be pretty blurry but here are the distinctions as I see them*.

Traits: Chivalry, Courage, and Daring
Element: Fire
Gryffindor House has been respected by the Wizarding Community for quite some time, and it is easy to see why. Gryffindor House focuses on fostering courage in it’s members to take action despite their fears. In general, more heroic acts of valor or mischievous and daring pranks get more attention than everyday acts of courage. This has caused many non-Gryffindors to claim they engage in “pointless heroics” or are reckless in their decisions. Gryffindors have also been known to have quick tempers and will jump before questioning whether or not it is safe to do so. This isn’t always a bad thing. Gryffindors help people be decisive and will push for action from those who may tend to over analyze the situation.

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The Curtain, part 7

Steve Rogers x Reader

Summary: You had been Steve Rogers’ best girl for many years, until he took down SHIELD and proclaimed his allegiance to Hydra. And that was when your world came tumbling down. Now you were part of the Underground - a group of rogue heroes and civilians that wanted nothing to do with Hydra. The Mount was the secret headquarters where you lived now, as you all try to find a way to get the world back. And where you try your hardest to forget Steve Rogers or at least the man he is now, but could you ever?

Characters: Hydra! Steve Rogers, Past!Steve Rogers,Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Amadeus Cho/Hulk, Viv Vision.

Warning: If you don’t like the Hydra Steve currently in the Marvel comics, don’t read. Won’t be tagging anyone unless they asked to be tagged. Spoilers for Secret Empire.

A/N: This is mostly based on the comic Secret Empire and most of the characterization is based on comic book counterparts - or at least a mix of the two for those also in the MCU. Also, this is just a mini-series - not sure how many parts. TBH, this story isn’t what you expect. 

Part 1  Part 2  Part 3  Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7

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Sam and Dean and their complement of issues (and complementary issues)

So what started as a random reply turned into our (as always this came out of conversation with @owehimeverything) Grand Unifying Theory of the Winchester brothers relationship…

chiisana-sukima wrote:

…in terms of who they are as people over the long haul, Sam is pretty unwavering in believing that Dean has a good reason for the mistakes he makes and is a good person who is doing the best he can and will come through on the right side in the end. Whereas Dean, I think, wants to believe that same thing of Sam, but doesn’t always (he does always believe he’ll love Sam no matter what though). And so in the places where Sam is weakest, sometimes Dean instead of shoring him up, breaks him down further.

I think is largely true, and along with the cosmic destiny and echoing Michael and Lucifer, a lot of it is the basic psychology of how they were raised. Sam grew up with Dean as a second parent, and the one who provided him unconditional love, who supported him through their rough life; naturally Sam internalized that as Dean being good, generous, to dedicate himself to that duty. While as Dean, acting as Sam’s father and mother as much as brother, loved him unconditionally but was always having to watch out for Sam making mistakes, correcting him when he went wrong, as you do with children. (They talk about this in season 5, Dean trying to get over that long-practiced instinct of thinking of Sam as a kid who Dean has to keep “on the straight and narrow.”)

It’s fascinating how these viewpoints totally flip their usual philosophies. Sam is generally the one more inclined to see in shades of gray, to look for both the good and bad in anything – but he thinks of Dean as an absolute, a Good man (and when Dean completely falters in this, Sam doesn’t know what to do. In season 4, when Dean confesses what he did in Hell, that’s when Sam goes back to Ruby and the demon blood.) While as Dean is more a black-and-white thinker, his morality based on instinct more than reason, this feels right and this feels wrong – but Sam he loves whether he’s right or wrong. Sam may look like a monster to the rest of the world, but he is always Dean’s brother; and no matter how dark Sam gets, Dean always believes he can come back from it. Taking out the monster before it can kill innocents is Dean’s go-to solution with everything but Sam – never with Sam.

Both these views can get distorted and painful and fuck up their relationship on either side. As you say, Dean sometimes inadvertently tears Sam down at his weakest points; and Sam can do the same thing to Dean (but in different ways, at different points).

Sometimes Sam doubts Dean’s love for him – believes that Dean is loyal out of duty, because he is a good person who took responsibility for Sam and won’t forsake that (even if he really would want to). So he sends Dean to Lisa and Ben, assuming that with someone, anyone, to care for and protect, Dean will ultimately be happy. Not realizing that Dean loves him specifically, out of more than altruistic compassion, and losing Sam is far worse a pain than just failing in his duty. I don’t think Sam ever imagined that his going to Stanford would break Dean’s heart; when Dean says that he didn’t call Sam for two years, Sam hears it as Dean was fine without him, until he needed his help – when really Dean staying away was a painful sacrifice, Dean trying to give the space he thought Sam wanted (and trying to protect his own heart).

And on the other side, Dean fears what Sam might be capable of, and that if Sam does do the wrong thing, that Dean won’t be able to stop it (as is his duty – as he’s always understood it, as his dad always told him, as Sam himself has made Dean promise), because he does love Sam so much. And so he will become too judgmental, pointing out Sam’s past and present mistakes. Not because he hates Sam for them but because he can’t hate Sam for them, so hopes the reminder will at least be enough to make Sam question himself. Often worded bluntly or even cruelly, to try to get through – not realizing how much Sam already questions himself, or that to Sam, Dean is almost the ultimate moral authority, and so his seeming judgment cuts deeper than anyone else’s.

This also causes a tragedy of Golden Rule intentions, in that Sam sometimes will try to give Dean what Sam himself most wants/needs (assurances that he’s a good person) while Dean will give Sam what Dean himself most wants/needs (assurances that he is loved no matter what) when sometimes their brother needs the other thing more. Sam needs to be told more than he’s a good person, because it’s maybe his greatest fear, that he’s fundamentally evil and has no right to exist, whether or not he’s loved. While as Dean doesn’t put as much stock in whether Sam or anyone else believes he’s good or evil (he has his own opinion on that, which goes up and down, but ultimately he does what he thinks is right and/or what he feels he has to do, whatever anyone thinks) but he needs to be loved and to love, because he’s never sure of his right to either.

The first half of Season 8 is maybe my favorite (in a painful way) exploration of this, because both of them get their fundamentals so shaken. Dean is supposed to be Sam’s “good man”, who does the right thing – who was indiscriminately killing his way through Purgatory for a year and now is friends with a vampire – while Dean thought his and Sam’s love could see them through anything – but Sam apparently didn’t care he was gone and did just fine without him.

And as dark as the Carver era got, a lot of it was a climb up from this, a working through of these issues. Between Gadreel and the MoC, Sam had to face Dean’s darker sides, that Dean could do terrible things, with or without reason – he still believes Dean is ultimately good, but he also knows Dean can do wrong, and will act to stop it. And Dean is less likely to pass judgment, and more likely to put faith in Sam’s choices – to not just love him but trust him as well (the MoC worked this from both sides; when sunk into its influence Dean was more judgmental than ever, but when he was keeping his head above the surface he was more likely to defer to Sam’s judgment, accepting that his own was compromised. And that’s continued through s11-12, that Dean makes his opinion known but follows Sam’s lead with complex calls like going to Lucifer or working with the BMOL, or affirming his leadership in 12x22.)

Meanwhile Dean is more sure of Sam’s love, after the MoC and all Sam did – he didn’t want Sam to do it, to risk the world like that and put that much more on Dean’s conscience; but that Sam did anyway (that he would again, in a second) has settled Dean in a deep way, maybe finally convinced him that Sam does love him that much, such that Dean can openly acknowledge how his death will mess up Sam, that he can say with confidence “but we always came back.” And Sam likewise is more sure of where they stand, telling Dean how he feels, criticizing and expecting Dean to respond to it without taking it as a rejection of their bond.

Of course they’ve still got some distance to go yet, and personal issues within themselves to work out. And they might still fall back into old patterns. But they’ve gotten further than ever before (and for all my criticisms of season 12, I am so satisfied that it didn’t set them back in this. Here’s hoping that season 13 will continue progressing forward!)

More Quartz and Kindergarten Ramblings

I subscribe to the theory that prior to colonizing Earth, Homeworld, comparatively-speaking, did not have that large of a military presence - enough to have a solid structure and to allow White, Yellow, and Blue Diamond to enforce colonizing their own planets, but I don’t think it really spread out until Homeworld located Earth. And since the Earth was rich in minerals needed to make Quartz - given that Quartz is the second most abundant material in the Earth’s crust - it serves to speculate that the big reason it was colonized was for Homeworld to expand its military. And since it was Pink Diamond’s first colony, we can hypothesize that she was going to be the leader of the military sector of Homeworld.


Eyeball: Earth was Pink Diamond’s colony. Everything was going smoothly at first. Kindergartens were incubating their first soldiers. Big, warm pieces of Quartz…were being created from its rich minerals with great success. Then – bam! One of Pink Diamond’s very own Quartz soldiers started a rebellion and took it too far.

Bismuth: Rose Quartz changed my life. I came to Earth thinking this was just another colony. Build another arena for important fighters to fight in, build another spire for important thinkers to think in, and then, I met her. Just another Quartz soldier, made right here in the dirt, but she was different. And she was different because she decided to be.

We so far only know of two Kindergartens that Homeworld built on Earth - and that’s what shows in the reports - but there’s a distinct possibility that the first Kindergarten made was not Prime. Eyeball made mention of Kindergartens, as in the plural. The first Kindergarten was most likely the one that produced Rose Quartz and her cut - Pink Diamond’s first Earth-born soldiers. While the rest of the Earth was being colonized, with Arenas and Spires being built, the Rose Quartzes were likely being integrated into the Homeworld society that was coming to the colony. There they learned the caste system and social structure, and it’s my speculation this is probably when our Rose Quartz would have met Pearl.

But Rose Quartz - as among the first ever Earth-produced Gems - also was a product of her colony. Most importantly, she became enamored with the planet’s organic life. We know PD - whether it was really because she considered them trophies or because she wanted to preserve the species that would have faced extinction - put humans on her station. Perhaps the Rose Quartzes, as the soldiers, had been the first ones responsible with interacting with the humans. I think maybe PD sent Rose Quartz on missions to pick up humans as she conquered the planet, and it’s from there that Rose became fascinated with them - namely their free will, the ability to change and choose what they want to do.

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100 reasons to love Philip Michael Lester

Dan’s appreciation post

I’d like 2017 to be the year we really show our appreciation, and honestly there are so many reasons to love him and who said showing a little extra love and appreciation would be a bad thing? So I present to you, 100 reasons to love Philip Michael Lester a.k.a. @amazingphil! Don’t hesitate to add to the list!

  1. His name is literally my aesthetic, as is everything about him!
  2. He is British and can do more than one British accent (Surrey and Northern, specifically. Yes, Britain has loads of different accents.)
  3. As a certain someone once said, his eyes are so beautiful “you could go swimming in them”…
  4. …however according to said person, they are also “green, blue and yellow”.
  5. He looks equally handsome with black, dark blue and ginger/brownish hair.
  6. His name means ‘lover of horses’, yet in typical Phil-fashion he happens to have a fear of horses instead.
  7. Most of the time looks like the softest angel bean…
  8. …however the rest of the time he is devilishly handsome and makes ovaries explode (sorry about the last bit, it had to be said).
  9. His laugh is better than the sweetest symphony…
  10. …and his smile is brighter than the sun.
  11. Those cheekbones… I can’t even…
  12. He loves anime and is a massive weeaboo *falls even more in love*.
  13. He always knows what to say to brighten up anyone’s day.
  14. He is the sweetest, most charming, most charismatic person I could ever hope to meet.
  15. He loves animals and dogs, which makes him an even better person (which I didn’t think was possible).
  16. He’s really fucking intelligent…
  17. …and he doesn’t need two university degrees to prove it (although he has those as well)…
  18. …not to mention he’s pretty damn wise, with some of the best philosophies I’ve ever heard (PHILosophies! Ha, ha… I’ll let myself out).
  19. He actually makes an effort, and a huge one at that, to engage with his audience, unlike many YouTubers out there.
  20. He has common sense. Might not sound like a good reason, but honestly, I’ve learned the hard way that many people out there have no fucking clue about anything in life so I’ve come to appreciate those who do a hell of a lot more.
  21. His compassion, love and care meters are somewhere around the ∞ level.
  22. He has a great sense of humour, and that’s not as easy to come by as it might sound.
  23. He’s been doing YouTube for over a decade now! He’s literally a dinosaur, but an immortal dinosaur.
  24. Y’all, I’m starting to wonder if he’s a vampire. Perfect pale skin, hella fine teeth and he literally hasn’t aged.
  25. He’s unapologetic in his quirkiness.
  26. ‘Self-confidence’ is his middle name.
  27. His origin story… oh my god. A fucking cereal box? Why haven’t Marvel or DC requested permission to release Phil Striker merch, comics and movies?!
  28. He’s too damn patient and I love it so much it almost annoys me.
  29. He’s always willing to listen to others, which is a skill may people never learn and suffer for it.
  30. Y’all know that his best friend is the memelord, Daniel James Howell.
  31. They’re polar opposites but at the same time they couldn’t be more alike.
  32. They’ve done so much together, I can’t even right now…
  33. Like, can you say that you’ve made a game with your BFFL?
  34. Can you say that the two of you have released a chart-topping single (The Internet Is Here)?
  35. That you’ve written two books together that are full of all-round goodness?
  36. Done a BBC Radio 1 show together?
  37. Made a mobile game together?
  38. Written a script for a full-scale, high-budget stage show together?
  39. Taken that stage show around the world and met so many of your fans together?
  40. Made said stage show into two movies together?
  41. Didn’t think so. There are tons more, but I don’t wanna be here a month later still writing them and miss out on their uploads, so let’s all agree that they’ve done so many things throughout their history.
  42. They got PewDiePie himself calling them YouTube’s Power Duo. That’s like being fucking knighted by the king or queen!
  43. People say that a friendship that can last seven years can last a lifetime. Guess how long they’ve been friends? SEVEN YEARS, five of which they’ve been living together!
  44. I mean, literally every justgirlythings post about friendship can apply to them. #friendshipgoals
  45. He’s a giant. He’s 6 feet tall. No explanation needed.
  46. He looks hot with and without glasses…
  47. …well, he looks hot all the time and it’s not fair.
  48. He’s always made an effort to keep things friendly for people of all backgrounds and ages…
  49. …yet he still remains true to who he is and what he makes.
  50. Clickbait on his channel? Nuh-uh, bitch.
  51. I’ve just realised that he made me swear more in this one than in the one I wrote for Dan, which is kind of ironic but it makes me love him even more so fuck it, I’m writing it down.
  52. ‘Sell-out?’ Who is she, I don’t know her.
  53. He really appreciates us and everyone around him. I’m love.
  54. He’s won awards, including his own one at the first BONCAs, Creator of the Year.
  55. His acceptance speech was really inspiring and also remained classically ‘him’.
  56. “I’ve spent the majority of 2016 with another person, Dan Howell… so I think it’s only fair that he comes up here and shares this award with me.”
  57. “What would happen if we did go further apart?” “I think the universe would rip in half, let’s not try that.”
  58. My point? If Phil isn’t selfless then selfless doesn’t exist.
  59. His accidental and not-so-accidental (because come on, not all of them can be accidents) innuendos.
  60. He’s inspired art and creativity in people who otherwise would have no way to express it.
  61. He’s inspired people to keep on going and persevering with life, and in doing so has saved millions of lives…
  62. …not to mention he’s done it in a new and different way to what would normally be expected of life-savers (making videos)…
  63. …so you heard it here guys: he is officially a pioneer AND a hero.
  64. His voice is really relaxing to listen to.
  65. He is an innocent angel who must be protected…
  66. …but we all know that secretly he is a dirty-minded, flirtatious lil’ devil.
  67. Charities must love him because boy, has he given them a lot of money.
  68. He is an extremely hard-worker and he doesn’t procrastinate (not to say procrastination’s a bad thing, but as someone who does it constantly I can tell you it’s not fun).
  69. He’s loads of fun at parties, from what we can tell. Who doesn’t love a party animal?
  70. He directly avoids drama. God bless him (because God sure as hell ain’t blessing me).
  71. He has never said a harsh word to or harmed anyone or anything in any way.
  72. Bless his gentle soul in general.
  73. He’s loyal and honest - loyalty and honesty are something we need more of.
  74. Arrogance? Never heard of her.
  75. He’s not afraid to admit to his mistakes and imperfections (I mean I think he’s as close to perfect as you can get, but his willingness to show his faults makes him even better).
  76. He is talented, people. Want me to spell it out? T-A-L-E-N-T-E-D.
  77. His sympathy and kindness levels are… actually, I was gonna say through the roof, but I’m looking now and not even aeroplanes can see them, they’re so high.
  78. Why am I so sassy in this post when it’s Phil, not Dan, we’re talking about? Eh, I’ll take it, and I love it too.
  79. Come to think of it, he can actually be pretty sassy when he wants to be.
  80. He’s seen and learned so much over the years, all of which he’s been willing to share with us and teach us.
  81. He’s also been through a lot, y’know. His best friend from university died, yet he remains happy and optimistic because he knows his friend would want him to be.
  82. The above point is the literal definition of ‘courage’, which is him in a nutshell.
  83. Actually you can’t fit him into a nutshell because he’s so complex and infinite.
  84. I can never decide whether he’s the sun (bright; giving and inspiring life)…
  85. …or the moon (mysterious; always watching over the world) but either works, I guess.
  86. He’s so accepting of diversity and variety, it’s amazing (puns for days).
  87. “You know what I say? You should never make fun of something a person can’t change about himself”…
  88. …but what makes it funny is that he goes on to make fun of Dan for having deep dimples, which is something he can’t change about himself (something Dan points out).
  89. Honestly the banter and domestic moments between him and his buddy are just really cute, so fuck it, I’m writing it down.
  90. He deserves so much, you cannot comprehend it, but he never asks us or anyone else for anything.
  91. He is really trusting of those around him, and in turn he is really trustworthy.
  92. He’s literally psychic:
  93. …”Some guy is gonna come into my life, an energetic warrior. He has a hasty personality and is really quick to love or hate.”
  94. …”I wish for pandas to mate and increase in population.” “My panda wish came true!”
  95. Bonus points for making his wish be saving the pandas. You can’t not love him for that.
  96. He’s grown really thick thicc (metaphorical) skin and is as immune to negativity as you can get.
  97. His music taste is… *nodding* yes.
  98. Nerd galore, people! I love it!
  99. His moral compass is on point (geddit?).
  100. He is the purest man alive and he has done so much for me personally and many others out there. Thank you for existing, Phil, and always remain true to yourself, as you have taught us to do.
  101. Come on, 100 reasons is not nearly enough. There are an infinite number of reasons to love him, but everything has a start or beginning.
There Was Some Good in Him All Along: A Grant Ward Retrospective

I know a lot of Ward fans are disappointed we didn’t get a more meaningful goodbye in the Framework, but I personally consider this whole arc to be the closest thing we’ll ever have to a win-win. 

Because if the show isn’t renewed and this is the last season (though that seems unlikely), this will have been a reward for those of us who have stuck with him since season one, and a nice send-off to his character. And if the show is renewed without him coming back, it will be validation that he wasn’t inherently evil, that he was instead the product of his environment and the people around him. And if the show is renewed and he does come back, it will have set the stage for the other characters to accept him as a different man and not judge him by the actions of his predecessor.

I’ve been a Ward fan since season one and while I’m still salty about the wringer the writers put this character through, I’ve made my peace. This meta is about moving on and moving forward and remembering a truly memorable character, so if you’re looking to bash Ward or the show, please look elsewhere because this is a positive post. 

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Thoughts about Spn 12x10


I have a lot of feelings about this. Also Steve Yockey might be my new favourite writer next to the Dabb and Bobo Berens. So, let’s take a closer look at this.

Lily Sunders

First of all, I really like the way this character was portrayed. And that they didn’t made her into a monster, but instead told us her story, her real story, and through that made us understand why she wanted revenge. And it’s a very legitime reason. Which creates a moral dilemma for Sam and Dean here. Because they get it, and if it wasn’t for Cas they might have didn’t intervene and let Lily get her revenge. So their approach is yet again a non-violent one. They try to talk to her, reason with her. After deciding not to kill the soldiers in 12x09 because they were just doing their jobs and Dean solving the Amara-Chuck-conflict in 11x23 through talking, this becomes a theme.

But Cas is their family. And when they met the other angels from Cas’s old flight and he tells them the reason why Lily wants to kill those angels they are painfully reminded of the way Cas used to be. Still, I think the way Sam and Dean cared so obvious about Cas and tried to help him and reason with Lily might be one of the reasons Lily didn’t kill him. She knows through Akobel that not all angels are bad. And speaking of Akobel: he was such a strong Cas parallel. An angel whose mission it was to observe humanity but instead he fell in love with a human. So Lily recognizes the same kind of devoution Akobel had for her with Sam and Dean and knows that Cas must have changed.

I also think that Lily worked as a parallel for Sam. Both believed in angels all their life, but when they finally got in contact with them they soon realized how evil and conflicted they can be. Both are associated with magic - Lily used it to give her strength and youth, Sam is usually the one who comes up with spells. And just when we think, hey Enochian magic sounds cool, we lern it comes with a prize: losing your soul piece after piece. And well, Sam knows a thing or two about losing your soul (and of course Lily lost an eye in the process - they are the windows to the soul after all).

The angels

I’m always so excited when we meet new angels, because we kind of never know what we get (good guy or bad guy?) and we still learn something new from them.

So, let’s talk about Benjamin here. We first see him playing “Rampage”. According to Wikipedia its a play about monsters (who were formerly human) trying to survive against military forces. Sounds familar? Angels are described as monsters in this episode, taking a formerly human vessel, trying to survive on earth. And speaking of vessels: I think this the first time we heard of an angel thinking of its vessel as a friend. (And the way Cas said friend it kind sounded like more than just a friend???) Normaly angels don’t seem to care a lot about their vessel. In seson 9 we saw countless angels taking whatever vessel they could get, even it kille some of the humans. The only other angel who cared about her vessel was Hannah. (And Cas in a way, but since Jimmy was already dead, he tried to redeem himself towards Claire.) Cas also reminds Dean that Benjamin was no woman, but his vessel was, and I think it is fair to assume angels are indeed genderless. But this tells us a lot about Dean, who humanized Cas since the beginning, and always applied a gender to him. (*shippergoogleson* Which makes his attraction to Cas so complicated because he sees Cas as a man, when in fact he isn’t, and not a woman as well, or even human *shippergooglesoff*) Also kudos to the show for showing us Cas in a female vessel.

Back to the game Benjamin was playing: I wondered a bit about this, why an angel would do this/find enterainment in it. But it kinda reminded me of Cas bingewatching Netflix. Maybe it was a way for Benjamin to distract him as well, a mundane game to fill the void an angel without a mission felt.

The other angels (well, mostly Ishim) were there to remind us what Cas has done, his standing among other angels, and to question his loyality and identity. I think Cas wants to seperate his (former) angel family and his new family that he found in the Winchesters. Previously whenever he had to deal with angel business he did it on his own. This time though Sam and Dean come along. And despite what Dean said not because they are worried Cas does something stupid again, but because they are worried. They’ve met enough angels and know how they think of Cas to be suspicious. And after all, whatever Cas’s problem is is theirs as well; they are family.

This of course creates the great conflict of this episode: the question where Cas belongs. Both sides question Cas why he cares about the other. To Ishim humans are beneath him, they are apes. He thinks Cas doesn’t owe Sam and Dean an explanation of what happened or that they should get involved at all. And that whatever bond formed between them weakended Cas (the way Lily weakened him).

Sam and Dean though don’t get why Cas allows Ishim to talk to him like that, calling him weak and fallen. Cas doesn’t care as long as he is able to might save the remaining angels (because of course in true Cas fashion he blames himself for it and in the end is the only one who shows remorse and apologizes). Though I wished Dean would have told Ishim that Cas has indeed a family and home with them, thank you very much.

And then we had some great plot-twist with the nephilim that wasn’t a nephilim after all. It was a good way to bring thi topic back, though it never really left. We start the episode with Dean trying to find new leads on Kelly (and could it be that the powers of her unborn child help her to disappear?), and end with the brothers talking about it. But what the episode did was to bring back the moral dilemma of it. We hear Lily’s story and even in the first fake version we feel pity for her and that her child didn’t deserve to die. And is Kelly’s situation any different? Even though an archangels child is more powerfull, at the end it is like Sam said: a mother and her child. So we either go the route of non violent conflict solving again (though the British MoL will disagree) or the nephilim does something bad enough the Winchesters have no other choice than to kill it. They also talk about the mix of grace and a human soul, and that that is what makes the nephilim so powerfull. We know that both things alone - angelic grace, a human soul - contain a lot of power. Combining both is like a nuclear bomb. But we know that angels leave some of their grace in a human vessel when they leave it (Gadreel did so with Sam) and some fans headcanon Cas left some of his grace in Dean when he rescued him from hell. So does the grace mix with the soul in those instances as well?

But back to Ishim and his obsession for Lily. Though from his side it was love. And that is yet another ongoing theme: false love. We had it in season 11 with Amara confusing her feelings for Chuck with love for Dean, and this season with Rosaleen’s and Lucifer’s false love in 12x07, or the false love of Magda’s mother in 12x04 (and at some point I might write a proper meta about this, because it leads us to the question how real love looks like). If Akobel worked as a mirror for Cas then Ishim does as well, but as a dark mirror. Like I said Ishim thinks his love/obsession for Lily made him weak and thinks the same happens to Cas, when instead Cas tells him his relationship to Sam and Dean made him stronger. Ishim thought of Lily as his human weakness and killed the one person she loved most in the world: her daughter. And he considers Dean to be Cas human weakness and in order to punish Cas he wants to kill Dean. If we see Ishim’s love for Lily as romantic (and I think it was intended as this) it means Ishim thought of Cas’s love for Dean as romantic as well. Also this line:

You know why we’re meant to stay away from them humans? Hmm? It’s not because we’re a danger to them. They’re a danger to us. 

Because humans corrupt. They make angels start to question their orders, their existence. They make angels feel. Not just love, but also pain. Lily broke Ishim’s heart, so he broke hers.

Also, Ishim calls Cas a spanner in the works. Which of course are the exact words Naomi used, so I don’t think this was a coincidence. Did he work for/with Naomi? Lily said he is a big name up in heaven after all.

And at last that abandoned church was one of the most beautiful sets that had lately. And I think it is intersting that Ishim used a church as a safe house. I feel like there might be some connection between churches and angels: the first episode that mentioned angels (2x13) takes place in a church. They first encounter Anna in a church (I think her human father was a deacon). And human!Cas seeked chelter in a church in 9x03. Someone write some meta about this.

The Winchesters

So Mary is hunting again. This gives the show a good excuse why is not around. And the reason she didn’t ask her sons for help is because she might already work for the British MoL and knows they won’t be happy about it.

Also Dean and Cas give each other the silent treatment and Sam is awkwardly stuck in the middle of it. And let me tell you, I loved every single minute of it (especially the moment Dean stormed into the diner like a jealous boyfriend) . This was such a classic example of Anger Born of Worry. For Dean Cas action at the end of 12x09 and his speech are a painfull reminder just how much Cas loves him. And Dean can’t deal with it. Because who is he to deserves such love? To let Cas put himself in such danger just to save him? And what Cas said at the end, that he doesn’t regret his decision even if it costs him his life, made me worried. Because right now Cas really doesn’t care if he lives or not. He cares about the Winchesters and making up for his mistakes. But not about himself.

And Cas reminded us yet again how special he is. He remembered Lily, unlike Benjamin. He killed Ishim after he realized Lily told the truth. And he was the only one to apologize to her, to show remorse, and to leave his fate to her, given her the decision to kill him or not.

And that is the reason she didn’t. Because she realized how much he changed. How special he is among angels. If only he could see himself like this as well.

anonymous asked:

Part 2 of the "Azula is not like her common stereotype" series: where did people take the idea that Zuko is the hardworking one and Azula is some lazy prodigy? Azula has been established from the beginning as a perfectionist, studied Fire Nation history while Zuko clearly skipped that class, was trained by Ozai from childhood... while Zuko is certainly hardworking in his own way, Azula is undoubtedly the most hardworking, perfectionist, maybe even obssessive character of Avatar.

That one I have certainly pointed out, yes, and @salixj in particular has always brought up this point in her complaints about the series.

There’s a lot about Avatar that’s debatable and questionable, but Zuko’s perception of his sister is one of the main ones if you ask me. No doubt he’s biased because of his own experiences and because she hasn’t been the sweetest sister ever… but he hasn’t been the greatest brother ever either, and yet nobody takes Azula’s words on Zuko as gospel. Nevertheless, the fandom largely takes Zuko’s claims about Azula as absolute, hard truth.

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Root is my favourite character of all time. I have read so many books and fallen for so many shows, related to so many characters, hoped for them, struggled with them, smiled with them and hurt when they were hurt. but Root is my favourite character of all time. my tag for Root is #love of my TV life.

today, for the first time in my life, I cried watching a TV show. I cried because Root died and Root means the world to me.

I don’t want to make her death political but it will be made political, and in a way, rightfully so. I also don’t want to discuss the narrative choice, one I do understand. I don’t want to do it right now because this is my memorial to Root.

this is the space that I’m choosing to share how much I love Root.

this is my love letter to Root.

I have loved Root since before I knew I was watching Person of Interest. one of those lazy days at home, nothing else was on TV and I saw this flashback-looking cinematography. I was curious and I stayed. now I know that the episode that made me stay, two years before I became a fan, was 2x02, Bad Code.

I loved Root because she was pretty and a little on the crazy side. I loved Root because of how passionate she felt about humans being bad code. I loved Root because she became ruthless and misanthropic but she became that way because her best friend (her first love?) died at the hands of a paedophile. one she dealt with because Root, for the five seasons we’ve seen her, has always fought for what she believes in.

I love Root because she’s one of the most intelligent characters I have ever met. she knows so much about so many things, she adapts to all types of environments and people. I love Root because the show set her up in the role of the Prophet - the voice of reason, that people refuse to listen to with grave consequences. the Prophet, such a mythical, central figure, who until now had always been played by a man, usually a white man. 

the Prophet always dies, so I should have known. but love makes you hope. Root made me hope.

I was raised in a Catholic school and, despite not identifying at all with the Catholic church anymore, I am a spiritual person, I am a person of faith. I see Root believing and I understand. maybe I don’t believe in an all-seeing AI with good intentions and admiring morals, but I do believe in something greater than myself. I also believe in Nature. unlike Root, I believe in people.

but what we believe in doesn’t matter so much as the fact that we are both believers. that we walk this earth with the skip on our step brought upon by faith.

I love Root because she had every reason not to, but she opened her heart to the Machine and to the team. I love Root because she’s so self-aware, she is so in tune with who she is and what she’s done, that she respected the space needed by every single member of the team to accept her. it was an acceptance that came at a different pace for Harold, Shaw, John, Fusco, but one she earned with the power of her perseverance, and of her respect for their needs.

Root is so so funny and she is funny in a witty way. her jokes, her comments, her interventions are fucking smart. but Root also has a darkness within her, one born entirely out of pain. we’ve seen it here and there. in Root Path when she’s faced with a number that is now a janitor because she killed everyone he loved in her time as a killer for hire. in Prophets when she shows she understands that she’s lived a more than questionable life, that a good death would be a privilege. in MIA and Sotto Voce when it was made clear that there’s no point for Root to live without Shaw.

you see, Root understands herself so well, but she doesn’t quite love herself all that much.

so I’ll love her for all the love she didn’t give herself.

I’ll love her for that time she was locked in a mental hospital and she doubted herself.

I’ll love her for that time she could have chosen to flee Harold’s prison, but she stayed because it was the right thing to do.

I’ll love her for that time she was tortured and lost her hearing, all for her Machine.

I’ll love her for all the philosophical and theological debates she had with Harold, debates that had me on the edge of my seat, debates that made my brain light up with challenge and awe at conversations on a show that were finally, finally up to my intellectual needs and abilities.

I’ll love her for how she despised John so, but grew to rely on him and trust him and consider him a part of the family.

I’ll love her for how Bear couldn’t care less about her for the longest time, but even the dog she took the time to conquer and love.

I’ll love her for being a queer woman who didn’t have an arc about “omg I’m gay what do I do??”, who didn’t have an arc about how it hurts and/or sucks to be queer. or how it sucks and hurts to be neurodivergent. I’ll love her for being a queer woman who could be literally anything else, but who is a queer woman. the one I never thought I’d get to have.

I’ll love her for falling in love with Shaw for all Shaw is. for falling in love with competent, neurodivergent, ruthless, loyal Shaw. I’ll love her for teasing and flirting with Shaw but never once disrespecting Shaw’s boundaries, never once crossing the line of what Shaw is willing to accept. oh, she played with the line a lot, of course she did. she pushed the line farther and farther back, but she did it with Shaw’s consent.

I’ll love her because Root and Shaw, despite all odds, have showed me what a healthy relationship looks like between two women. one that grew with time, patience, respect, playfulness.

I’ll love her because she’s so fucking extra, with her two guns, and her awkwardly-timed flirting, and her recklessness with her own life.

I’ll love her because she tilts her head when she smiles in a condescending way. I’ll love her because her voice goes ridiculously high-pitched when she’s scared for the people she loves. I’ll love her because she can’t wink and I’ll love her because she doesn’t roll her eyes, even when she’s annoyed.

I’ll love her for her black-painted nails and her love of purple and black. I’ll love her for her beautiful hair and her infinite wigs. I’ll love her for how hot she looks in glasses. I’ll love her for Mr Berenstain and Barbie Nanny and Alien Fangirl and Wedding Crasher.

I’ll love her for her relentless defence of the Machine, of her own beliefs, regardless of Harold’s preferences and morals, and for her unshakable respect for Harold’s decision and point of view. 

I’ll love her for the absurd heart eyes she throws at the Machine (every now and then) and at Shaw (all the time).

I’ll love her because she’s grown so much and evolved so much and she did it in front of my own two eyes, with me rooting for her the whole time (yes, even when she was a villain).

I’ll love her for that smile, you know the one, the teary-eyed one. I’ll love her for going from calling Shaw Shaw to calling her Sameen and sweetie and, maybe someday, beautiful girl. I’ll love her for defying Harold’s Ms Groves with her good-spirited Harry. I’ll love her for how big lug and helper monkey went from insults to pet names.

I’ll love her for how unique and remarkable she is as a character. one I’ve never seen, one who’s made me fall hopelessly in love.

I’ll love her for giving me so much joy and so much hope and so much love. I’ll love her because I don’t know what else to do.

Root is my person. and Root will always be my person.

Libra Female's Experiences~

ARIES: I’ve met about two Aries girls and I’ve had a love-hate relationship with both. One was really manipulative and the other was whiny and couldn’t take any kind of criticism. But they were very fun and I enjoyed the time I spent with them. I’ve known one or two Aries guys and they definitely have a bit more of a temper. They’re usually decent at keeping it capped, especially as they get older but once they’re angry they are pissed off. In general though you guys seem like decent people, very fun to party with. You remind me of fireworks.

TAURUS: The only Taurus I know is a guy I was in love with for years and he was kind of the epitome of all the worst parts of a Taurus. Selfish, a little lazy, but unbelievably charming. He could make you feel like you were the only other person in the entire universe when he talked to you. He knew it as well and he used that to his advantage to get what he wanted. You remind me of chocolate.

GEMINI: You people are fantastic for bantering. I could talk to you for hours about anything and it would be interesting. You seem to have an opinion on anything and are always up to debate. I can be slightly judgy about how you change to better suit whoever it is you’re talking to, as that can seem a little fake to me, but I also admire and appreciate it. For whatever reason you remind me of wine?

CANCER: Can you say over-protective? All the Cancers I’ve met are fiercely loyal to their family and I like how in touch you can be with your emotions. The girls tend to be a little less aggressive than the guys, and a lot mopier. The guys are actually pretty serious. You can be a little whiny, but it comes with some great advice as well. You give off a strong Big Brother/Mama Bear vibe. You remind me of Melanie Martinez. 

LEO: Very bright, attractive people. Idk you draw me a moth to flame. The girls tend to be kind of bitchy, but that’s mostly false-bravado to cover up their own insecurities. (Not that the guys aren’t guilty of this too.) Most relationships I’ve had with female Leos were great while they lasted and then crashed and burned. I am hopelessly attracted to you, more so the males than the females. The guys tend to be very suave and overly-confident in a way that I find unfairly attractive. Mostly because you can be very immature douchebags. But the mature ones goddamn. Charming, great conversationalists. You remind me of diamonds.

VIRGO: Great people, I admire your hardworking personality and I strive to be as perfect as some of you are. But then again might wanna take it down a notch. Sadly perfection is an illusion and if you’re all work and no play you’re gonna burn yourselves out. Boys and girls are pretty similar. You’re all very grounded and somehow always morally upstanding? Idk, keep doing what you’re doing. You remind me of coffee.

LIBRA: It’s a toss up on whether I’m going to like another Libra. Either I see too much of what I hate about myself in them and despise them, or we get on great. The girls seem to have more of an IDGAF attitude when it comes to rocking the boat and are very loud, and the guys tend to be quieter and more considerate. Confident Libras are great to hang out with, good for parties or road trips. You remind me of mimosas. 

SCORPIO: See, we get along, we just can sometimes hate practically everything about each other. 0-100 real freaking quick with you guys. It’s like you either don’t respond at all or you respond with every bit of ferocity and emotion you’re capable of. I don’t know why more people don’t say this but Scorpios are stubborn as all hell. Whenever we’re discussing something you tend to just repeat your opinion over and over again because there’s no way you can be wrong. You do have a sort of magnetism that draws me to you though, and when we agree on things we get on like a house on fire. Very sarcastic people. You remind me of black eyeliner.

SAGITTARIUS: There’s a pretty big line between the guys and girls here. Guys tend to annoy the ever-living shit out of me, you always have to comment on the things I do and to an extent it’s humorous but doing it over and over again makes me want to punch you in the face. I like them though, we do have really great conversations and I find pretty much every Sagittarius I meet fascinating. The girls are a little more chill, but they still have their moments. They’re more introverted than the guys, and really enjoy being able to do their own thing. Stubborn in a similar way to Scorpios, but you guys are always up to properly debate and we change each other opinions all the time. Both boys and girls are really sarcastic. And stop being so self-depreciating! You’re awesome! You remind me of vintage cars.

CAPRICORN: I’ve only met girl Capricorns, so I can’t speak for the guys, but the girls. Either they like you or they don’t, and if they don’t they’re stone-cold bitches and just constantly ignore you and attempt to avoid you like the plague. Which would be fine but they never come outright and say “I don’t like you” which is annoying and causes them to send mixed messages that drive me up the wall. Idk, I don’t have much to say on you guys. I’m sure I’ve just met a few bad Caps, and the guys might be great idk. You remind me of mint.

AQUARIUS: WHY. SO. SHY. It takes forever to break them out of their shell but once you do they’re great people. Very opinionated. If they’re naturally extroverted they’re somehow friends with everyone? You are really emotionally distant and I dislike not being able to tell how you’re feeling. If you could be a little more expressive that would be fantastic, thank you. You remind me of fresh paper.

PISCES: You are verbally and emotionally passive-aggressive, and physically aggressive. Like you’ll get drunk and launch yourself into a bar fight no problem but you’re more inclined to leave a million sticky notes by the sink then tell your roommate to do the dishes. You’re very artistic, and caring. Either you have a very short fuse or a very long one. Your passive-aggressiveness can annoy the hell out of me though, mostly because I’d much prefer you come right out and talk about an issue so we can fix it together. Great friends, very loyal and would do anything for you. You guys are also really self-depreciating? Stop caring about whether you’re better or worse than someone, or have more or less and be thankful for what you do have. You remind me of watercolours.   

iveofficiallygonemad  asked:

I would love to read ur list of why u think Jason is gryfindor! I haven't really placed him in a house in my mind (though I am leaning in favor of slytherin or hufflepuff) I could see whys you'd place him in gryfindor tho. Like everyone in the pjo/hoo series has huge amounts of courage and dedication

oh gosh bless your soul and i am so sorry in advance. i’ve thought about this entirely too hard so hERE GOES: drilla’s pointlessly long list of why she thinks jason grace would be a gryffindor. 

now. going back to what you said about everyone having huge amounts of courage/dedication–you’re absolutely right!! all of the demigods possess an incredible amount of strength and willpower!! but it stems from a load of different sources/motivations for all of them and JASON’S comes from things i think are specifically gryffindor.
“Bravery; Nerve; Chivalry; Courage; Daring; Strength of Will; Just; Honour; Courteous” is how their traits are put down for the most part, and jason ticks off each box. so lemme just go thru that list (for starters).

edit: puts it under a cut so i don’t clog the dash!

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Dating Personality

Your personality plays the essential and central role in the dating process. It is what draws your attraction to another person and keeps you engaged in their presence.

As in life, there are certain qualities that you never wish for a potential partner to exhibit while there are others you demand they possess. Your astrological sign can serve as an indicator of your personality traits, so let’s take a look how those can be applied in a dating sense.

Aries (March 20 to April 19)

If you are going to date an Aries, you are in for a real thrill, as these strong, driven and motivated individuals are people to be admired. Their motivation to work is a great quality, but under the wrong circumstances, they can become overly competitive and quick tempered. Having a temper in a relationship can be quite detrimental as these people often have a difficult time admitting their faults and they take too long to apologize.

Aries are self-reliant and don’t need someone else to bring them happiness, as they are more than fine doing that on their own. You think they can’t find someone better than you? Think again. They like to have the upper hand in the relationship, so be careful before they replace you.

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Counting Snowflakes

Gruvia (50 Short Stories)

Request a pairing and I will write one of these for them!

[Timeline not consistent]

#1- Together

Juvia had never moved faster in her life, she thought, as she raced to the guild, prepared to shout from the rooftops that she and her precious Gray Sama were finally together.

#2- Request

Maybe it was the pleading look in her vibrant blue eyes that made Gray cave whenever Juvia asked for something—anything—from a request for him to stay home with her to a kiss in public. He never regretted saying yes.

#3- Puppy

“Please, Gray Sama?” The bluenette begged. Gray folded his arms over his chest, determined to stay strong this time. “Juvia, I don’t care what you do, but we are not getting a pet. Wha—no, don’t give me puppy dog eyes!”

#4- Daydreams

It was always nice when Juvia woke up with Gray next to her. It was even nicer knowing that it wasn’t just another one of her daydreams.

#5- Sing

Gray didn’t sing. He couldn’t sing, not in the slightest. But when he walked in on his girlfriend quietly humming a familiar melody while folding laundry, he couldn’t resist adding in lyrics.

#6- Mirror

Juvia looked at herself in the mirror with a frown on her face, trying to suck in her stomach as far as it would go. “Why are you doing that to my Juvia?” Gray asked as he watched, “she’s already perfect.”

#7- Difference

There’s a difference, Juvia discovered, between being in a real relationship and an imaginary one. It was only in reality that she could feel Gray’s smile as he kissed her, and feel her heart rate speed up when his deep voice whispered things in her ear. Her dreams were laughable compared to that.

#8- Sculpture

Hand-eye coordination was something Gray was quite good at, and he loved taking advantage of that talent by sculpting. He was quite proud of all of his work—all except one, which was of Juvia. When she asked him why he hated it so much, he explained that he simply couldn’t capture all of her beauty in a single piece.

#9- Hands

Juvia loved Gray’s hands. She loved how they looked, how they felt on her skin, and how he ran them through her hair. But mostly, she loved the feeling of his hand holding hers, reminding her that he was always there.

#10- Netflix

Her favorite “worst day” ever was when she came home in a frenzy, cursing everything in existence, to find an ever-so-handsome ice mage waiting by the door with ice cream in hand and Netflix already pulled up on the TV.

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Rough draft for my “Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind are really similar, or: The best movie ever was actually made twice, kinda” script

So I mentioned the other day that I might try to make a video essay over the break, because I want to try out my video making skills. I spit balled some possible essay topics, and this is the one I like. But I wanted to put out the rough draft of the script before I start recording to get some feedback. 

So if there’s anything I’ve missed or seems off or wrong or poorly worded, PLEASE let me know. I’d much rather fix it now than later. 

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Exolvo: a Frozen/Harry Potter crossover


  • conjugation: 3rd conjugation
  • voice: transitive


  1. let flow (body discharge)
  2. open (vein)
  3. solve
  4. thaw (ice)
  5. unfasten/undo/loose

in which counterpunches and arendellesfirstwinter discuss a specific HP/Frozen crossover including boggarts, Slytherin Elsa, memories, reveals, what-ifs and found families

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23/09/2015- The storm that ripped us all apart

Danny, Ryan, Kelvin and Lucy (Chas) were outstanding, as well as the actress who plays Sarah (not sure of her name) in her scene after seeing Andy and Rob fight, kudos!

So first off, I loved how they set out the confession scenes. Moving between Aaron’s and Robs, it was great for comparison and just an example I felt of the skill Emmerdale possesses to make scenes just a bit more special. It was great, then again I’m a sucker for stuff like that.

Robert- He protected Aaron. “It was just me there. She worked out we were meeting at Wiley’s” (Rather than ‘Aaron told her we were meeting at Wiley’s) “Aaron had nothing to do with it.” Now I know you must be sick of hearing it, but he protected Aaron, when it did him no good. He didn’t need to, he was confessing for God’s sake, and he still kept Aaron out of it.  (Have to say I found the little ‘half’ lie entertaining. When he says that Aaron wasn’t there when Katie fell. A:“Was he there when you killed her?” R:“When she fell? No.” Before and after? Yep he was there, helped cover it up. At the exact point that she fell? Nah, wasn’t technically on the premises mate. Got major ‘I would never cheat on you with another woman I promise.’ deja vu from that.)

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Garrus Vakarian: the most Hufflepuff Hufflepuff to ever Hufflepuff

You might belong in Hufflepuff
Where they are just and loyal
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil

So, @ferociousqueak asked me why I sort Garrus in Hufflepuff and I feel like this deserves its own post instead of just a chat reply.

Garrus leaves C-Sec not out of any desire to do evil in the world or to stop doing good, but out of frustration that he can’t do justice his way. There are too many rules and regulations (which are there for a reason) preventing him from dealing properly with the likes of Doctor Saleon. He’s not looking for shortcuts, and he didn’t leave because C-Sec required him to do the work (given that it sounds like he’s been investigating Saren for a while and hitting all kinds of walls but still trying, he’s about the farthest away from a slacker as I can imagine); he’s looking for genuine justice, which he can’t always do within the C-Sec system, and which frustrates him.

Saleon is clearly a bad dude and the universe would be a better place with him locked up or dead, but C-Sec’s handling of the case led to Saleon getting away and continuing his experiments. For Garrus, who wants to stop bad dudes from doing bad things, this is one of the biggest frustrations: he had his case together and they were going to catch him - Garrus did everything right - but C-Sec didn’t fire because the ship was too close to the station. Justice wasn’t served. Justice actually screwed up, because Saleon was let loose to hurt more people. 

Garrus is most definitely hotheaded and a little trigger-happy in ME1 to the point where his desperate sense of justice overrides any logical common sense (and also ME2, because he apparently thinks assassination in the middle of the day in a crowded ward is a good idea). He’s all of those things because he works his ass off to find the bad guy, and wants the bad guy behind bars. His idea of justice is so high and so strong that he was willing to endanger the Citadel and the people on board to shoot down Saleon’s ship. It’s certainly not a good idea, but it’s born out of fairness and morality and a desire to do good.

But here’s the big thing that makes Garrus a Hufflepuff: loyalty

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