her sense of humor made this season

Dear @marcguggenheim;

I stopped watching Arrow after Laurel died bc that was so ridiculous for Marc to kill her off, she’s an iconic Green Arrow staple.

Black Canary and Green Arrow’s relationship is as legendary as Lois and Superman, just because it is less known, shouldn’t mean it’s alright to be disrespected. Killing Laurel Lance is still so infuriating.

Like seriously, are we ever going to get the REAL Green Arrow? Like, y'know, the goatee, the sense of humor and the iconic duo with Black Canary? We have none of that in a so called, ‘Green Arrow’ TV Show and it’s so disappointing. It’s been 5 seasons and Oliver has made like, 3 jokes, has never had his ICONIC goatee and you freaking KILLED his WIFE, Black Canary. have you ever read a Green Arrow comic?

The Disrespect;

  • Her sister got to be The Canary while she was saddled with making everyone hate her.
  • No appearances in any character promotional pictures during Season 4.
  • Despite being the female lead, she got heavily minimized screen time, dialogue, and multi-episode storylines in Season 4.
  • She got killed off helplessly.
  • Last words used to prop up Olicity and Laurel’s replacements.
  • Evelyn, a teenage drop-out, looted her fresh corpse for her tech and tried to ruin her legacy.
  • Felicity wielded her baton against a Ghost.
  • Black Canary’s costume mannequin was the only one to fall down during H.I.V.E.’s assault on the base.
  • Chocolate Statue, intended to 'honor her memory’ then destroyed.
  • Felicity gets to emulate her fans and belittle and ultimately punch out Laurel.
  • Replacement #4 introduced.

Anyways…

All of Marc Guggenheim’s responses to the backlash of killing Laurel is basically “who cares about canon, we’re telling our own story”. Which implies that he think the only reason people are pissed they killed Laurel is because in the comics BC and GA are together. I just can’t help but feel this shows exactly how tone deaf he is to everything regarding the show. If we really wanted everything to be canon, wouldn’t we be pissed that John Diggle is even a character? Or that Mia Dearden was changed to Thea Queen, Oliver’s sister, and doesn’t wear a black and yellow costume? Wouldn’t we be pissed that Roy Harper was a petty thief from the Glades rather than an orphan raised on a Native American reserve? Or the whole story with Sara Lance coming back from the League of Assassins? Or that even BC goes by Laurel instead of Dinah, and is a brunette? What I’m trying to say is that we’ve never had a problem with the creators taking liberty with the comics because the changes they made were well done and made sense. So the fact that Marc Guggenheim thinks that the only reason killing Laurel was a bad choice is because she had a different story in the comics really worries me about how blind he is to the fact that the show has become so poor. Going against canon doesn’t help, but I’m pissed about killing Laurel because she was possibly the most developed character and had so much potential going forward.

Marc really hates Laurel, It’s like Katie Cassidy pissed someone off upstairs or something. and the  Sad thing is, that the hacks writers behind this show, will never get the backslash they deserve for ruining this character since she’s not as famous as Superman, Wonder Woman or Batman. Same goes for Green Arrow. Since both are relative unknown and are being used in a teen, soap opera show on the CW, Guggie & Mericle can do whatever they want with both without getting the bad press they deserves. All of them will be still working on the industry, even if they suck. It’s infuriating.

Marc Guggenheim comes along and writes off Black Canary before having her promote Felicity as she dies. He turns Ra’s al Ghul into a spineless ruler who pushes Oliver and Felicity together. He makes Oliver weak beyond belief and has Felicity save his life in action, not just by hacking, several times. I don’t care what you thought about Seasons 1 and 2, but they had an identity and a mission. Seasons 3 and 4 have wavered so much between dark, quirky, bright, dour, hopeful and much more that it is clear Guggenheim doesn’t know what he wants to do. All he is concerned about is making Felicity as important as she can be. And you know what? I used to like Felicity. By trying to make her so important and so powerful he is even ruining her.

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Sorry for not putting Arya into Gryffindor. Especially if you look at the J/A quotes (”More courage than sense.” and “Jaqen made me brave again.”). But I lately started to sort her into Hufflepuff. Nah, actually I can’t decide. What do you think? Is Hufflepuff still acceptable for her? :D

At least we can all agree that Jaqen is to 400% Slytherin, right?

Life of the Camelot Royals ft. Sick Tedros
  • Tedros: *is very sick* Aggie, i'M COLD
  • Agatha: *trying to finish Tedros' paperwork since he's sick* you are literally swaddled in blankets
  • Tedros: can you tuck me in, Aggie?
  • Aggie: Tedros i am trying to accomplish this report you were supposed to send in yesterday
  • Tedros: *sighs*
  • Tedros: Aggie, i'M HUUUNGRRYYY
  • Aggie: *sighs and decides to humor him* wait for a moment
  • Aggie: *leaves the room and comes back later with a bowl of Tedros' favorite soup* here, you big baby
  • Tedros: *stares expectantly at Agatha*
  • Agatha: *sighs* fine
  • Agatha: *starts feeding Tedros*
  • Tedros: *makes sound of contentment* tell the staff the food's getting better
  • Agatha: *blushes* i'll be sure to tell them

anonymous asked:

okay, so this is kind of a random question, but I know you're into buffy and I just finished watching the series for the first time and I was wondering what hogwarts houses you think the main characters would be in?

okay, so: it wasn’t until i’d finished sorting the characters that i realized my choices were almost exclusively gryffindor and slytherin. this absolutely wasn’t my intention going in, but i do feel comfortable with these sortings (for the most part) and i’d rather not change them for the sake of ratios, so! apologies about that. i chose not to sort angel and cordelia; i haven’t finished angel yet and felt it would be disingenuous to attempt to sort them without having done so. i didn’t forget anya and oz but i got tired toward the end, so! well! apologies again. anyway:

willow [slytherin]

willow is a textbook slytherin. growing up, she constantly felt that she was on the outside looking in; exposure to the world of slayers (and–as a byproduct–the world of magic) introduced her to a latent talent she never knew she had. the desire to access this “special” side of her eventually gave way to an incredible thirst for power, which she would go on to pursue at great cost to those around her. willow isn’t opposed to bending the rules to get what she wants, and while she’s shown to deeply value her friends, and to harbor a strong sense of loyalty toward them, she has no qualms about making decisions on their behalf (denying their right to autonomy in the process) if she feels she has ample reason to do so. needless to say, willow is also clever, cunning, and highly resourceful–all common characteristics of slytherin students.

xander [gryffindor] 

xander was a more difficult sorting, but i came to the eventual conclusion that his will to fight is driven more so by the need to prove himself competent and courageous than by any overwhelming desire to protect the innocent; the claim that gryffindors have a tendency to engage in “pointless heroics” springs to mind. that’s not to say xander isn’t brave in his own right, or even that he doesn’t care about victims in need, but rather that bravery as a concept (and whether or not others perceive him to be brave) carries more weight with him than it might with others, due to his insecurities.

tara [hufflepuff] 

this may seem like an obvious sorting, but that’s probably the case because this house fits tara so neatly. tara is very much the “earth” elemental–endlessly patient; not an inherently talented witch, but one who has the potential to become great over time due to steady perseverance; kind, tolerant, and always willing to lend an ear to those in need. unlike willow, tara doesn’t pursue magic out of a desire for power, and nor does she use it to manipulate others; in fact, she’s shown to be guided by a very firm moral compass where the use of magic is concerned, and reacts negatively to any apparent misuse of it. tara appears quiet and modest to those who don’t know her well (and often, even those who do) but she’s willing to defend both her beliefs and the people she considers to be family.

dawn [gryffindor]

an argument can definitely be made for other houses, chief among them being ravenclaw. we see that dawn is driven in great part by her desire to learn, particularly during the final season when dawn becomes the go-to for supernatural information. dawn is a fast learner, and very obviously possesses above average intelligence–not to mention an unconventional sense of humor particular to ravenclaws. but while dawn’s affinity for book-learning and hungry curiosity are staples of her personality, her bravery is at the heart of her character. dawn is often left with the niggling feeling that she’s a “fifth wheel” of sorts, destined to wither in her more powerful sister’s shadow; the discovery that she’s not “real” only worsens matters, and the realization that she is not a potential cements her sense of her own ordinariness. despite that, dawn is exceptionally brave, even in circumstances where older, stronger people would balk. it’s also later revealed (in this scene in particular) that the reason for her close attention to detail springs not just from her desire to gain knowledge, but from the hope that one day she can also be a capable warrior.

giles [slytherin]

again, i was on the verge of sorting giles into ravenclaw, but ultimately decided against it because i felt that his primary exterior traits (intellectual, a knowledge seeker) were ultimately not as significant to his character as the more subtle traits lurking beneath the surface–the ones that serve as his moral compass, in a sense, and guide him to act as he does. from his history alone, we know that giles has a rebellious streak a mile wide (one that he carries over into his years as a watcher–disregarding wesley and other members of the watcher’s council in favor of doing things his way). giles is deeply devoted to the scooby gang, as well as to buffy in particular, but he’s also capable of making cold and calculating decisions when he feels the occasion calls for it. on more than one occasion, he is prepared to sacrifice dawn’s life–in the first case for the safety of the many, but later simply to teach buffy a lesson.

faith [gryffindor]

this sorting is as surprising to me as it probably is to everyone else; slytherin was my original inclination, and that stands to reason. faith has a lot of the qualities typically associated with slytherins: she takes what she wants without letting rules (or the potential injury–be it physical or emotional–of those around her, for that matter) get in her way and tends to look out for herself before anyone else. but, upon further inspection, faith also lacks the traits that (to my mind at least) are truly essential to slytherin characters. for one, she lacks a driving sense of ambition or purpose; for another, she has almost no instincts of self-preservation. faith doesn’t necessarily fight to achieve set goals; she’s in it for the thrill, and doesn’t really mind where it takes her or what tangible rewards she gets out of it (if anything at all), which strikes me as very gryffindor. moreover, despite outward appearances to the contrary, faith does harbor a strong sense of justice–one she’s just beginning to grow into toward the series’ final season, though we see that it plagues her conscience much earlier on. 

spike [slytherin]

this is fairly self-explanatory. spike’s history is splattered with the blood of past slayers whose lives he’d claimed essentially for bragging rights. prior to being turned by drusilla, spike was subject to ridicule from peers who considered him to be pathetic. these humiliating memories drove him to make a name for himself–an ambition he would pursue at the expense of countless lives. it can be said that most (if not all) of spike’s crimes can be attributed to the desperate desire to make a name for himself, and to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that he is a creature to be feared (an interesting variation on the slytherin thirst for power, but a thirst for power nevertheless). unlike other vampires, spike arguably has the ability to love (or, at the very least, to cherish other individuals on a personal and emotional level that other vampires don’t seem capable of) meaning that his loyalty is intense, often even to the point of obsession; with that comes a very slytherin sense of fraternity–a tendency to look out for one’s own, as spike does for drusilla and later for buffy.

buffy [hufflepuff]

so, sorting buffy has proven to be extremely difficult, and even now i’m not 100% on this. gryffindor seemed like a suitable option for her in a myriad of ways, not the least of which being her utter disregard for the rules. she of course possesses many of the traits gryffindors prize so highly (bravery, nerve, a strong sense of will, daring, etc.) and in spades at that. but, where buffy is concerned, these traits merely serve as a means to an end (the “end” in question being the protection of the innocent); that is to say, buffy doesn’t preoccupy herself with notions of bravery for the sake of bravery, but rather, harnesses and uses her bravery because it allows her to fulfill her duty as a slayer. and while it would be fair to say that buffy puts her life on the line on an almost daily basis, she rarely (if ever) does so recklessly, especially when innocent lives are at stake. time and again, buffy can be counted upon to uphold her duties as a slayer above all else, regardless of circumstances. despite these extraordinary feats, buffy doesn’t have an overinflated opinion of herself (“but you’re just a girl” “that’s what I keep saying). just as buffy displays traits shared by most gryffindors, she also exemplifies those typical of hufflepuffs: “dedication, hard work, patience, kindness, tolerance, unafraid of toil”; the difference is that these traits are absolutely integral to her character. even without her slayerhood, they remain a constant.

The Importance of Fan Favorite Characters


As you all know by now, I’m incredibly obsessed with Felicity Smoak and her backstory. If you have any doubts read this, this, oh, and this, too. It’s amazing how this character has evolved and all of the credit for everything that makes Felicity, well, Felicity, goes to Emily Bett Rickards. EBR has made Felicity irreplaceable, and we, as fans and through our voices, have further cemented her popularity and place in the show. I’m always puzzled when I see Tweets or blog posts that the studio and EPs are only paying lip service to the fan base, or that Felicity Smoak will eventually be phased out. I am even more puzzled by those posts that call Felicity a terrible character and EBR a terrible actress. I’m puzzled why these naysayers would think that the studio, or for that matter, the EPs, would keep a character and an actress on the show if they weren’t any good….Felicity Smoak would not be on this show if EBR had not played her one shot to perfection. If she had been a one dimensional character, Felicity Smoak would have made her appearance, there would have been no buzz, and we never would have seen her again. Instead, EBR took her limited materials, and created a multi-layered character in less than 5 minutes of screen time. And that, my friends, is talent. She set Twitter buzzing, phones ringing, and a fan favorite was born.

As you all know by now (and if you didn’t, where have you been????), Felicity Smoak was set to be a one-off character, bridging a gap in the storyline. She was created to help Oliver get from Point A to Point B and that was supposed to be it. Instead, when the dailies started coming, MG and AK saw the positive effect the character was having and started writing more scenes for her. She was different from any other character, and as they have said many times in multiple interviews, more representative of their sense of humor, their banter and was therefore great fun for them to write. She was brought back at different points during the first half of Season 1 and then, the day before The Odyssey aired (the episode when Felicity was brought onto Team Arrow) she was made a series regular for Season 2. From the beginning, the chemistry between EBR and SA was undeniable. They clicked in a way that was lacking on the show. They had a spark that made every interaction they had onscreen enjoyable and mesmerizing. While the EPs have said that Felicity was unable to have banter with Oliver like she can with Ray Palmer, I disagree to a certain extent. It certainly isn’t comedic or “geeky” type banter, but Oliver and Felicity do banter, it’s just different, more subtle and definitely flirtatious!

Fan favorites having an impact on a television show is certainly nothing new. The experts in television have long recognized that valuable commodity of a fan favorite character. In fact, as far back as the 60s, fan favorite characters have led show runners to sometimes completely change the course of a show because of the response from the television audience. For example, in the original Dark Shadows television show, the character of Barnabas Collins was introduced to help “boost sagging ratings” during the show’s second season. The character was so well-liked, that fans started writing (ah, the days of actual fan mail!) ABC, demanding more appearances. By the third season, the entire show (yes, the ENTIRE show) was written around this character.

Can you imagine Happy Days without the Fonz? Yeah, neither can I. But originally, the Fonz was supposed to be a background character. However, Henry Winkler’s performance changed the minds of the producers because fans were either pining for “the bad boy” or “wanted to be him.” So The Fonz was upgraded to a main character, and Potsie (the BFF) was demoted….Fonz even rated entire episodes built around him.

There are other fan favorite characters in television history that changed the dynamic of a television show. More recently, Supernatural changed it’s dynamic by changing from a two brothers fighting demons show to a trio by adding Castiel as a series lead. Played by Misha Collins, Castiel was originally slated for a six episode story arc in Season 4. At the end of the arc, fans wanted more, they wanted Castiel back. According to whatculture.com, the success of Castiel was how Misha Collins perfectly balanced an arrogant, holier-than-though angel who was broken and afraid of the world he found himself in. “Subtle vulnerability” was key to the success of the character and made him a major player.

But what about other comic book shows? Take a look at the Walking Dead. Fans of the comic intensely disliked the idea of the comic characters being replaced by new characters on the TV adaptation (sound familiar?). Yet Daryl Dixon (played brilliantly by Norman Reedus), who was supposed to be a minor background character, quickly became a fan favorite during season 1, even among the “nitpicky comic fans that scrutinized every point where TV strayed from the comic (again, sound familiar?). Norman Reedus became a series regular in Season 2, and despite a small minority of fans who “hate” Daryl, he is still one of the most popular characters in the show.

Other fan favorite characters that changed a television series include Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike was originally slated to be a three episode villain and then killed off. Yet, the character, as portrayed by James Marsters, became incredibly popular due to his evil charming self and was promoted to series regular. Even Scandal re-worked itself around a fan favorite - Mellie Grant. Yes…Mellie Grant was a fan favorite that was meant to only appear in three episodes of the first season. She ended up in every episode, became a main cast member by the second season and has been described as the breakout character of the show and often termed a scene stealer.

History shows us the impact a fan base can have on a television show. Positive promotion, feedback, and comments go a long way to cementing the stability of a character. While anything could happen in a television show, it’s without doubt that fan favorite characters are treated with the same intensity and care as original characters. I’m so glad that as Felicity Smoak/Emily Bett Rickards fans, we constantly show Arrow, the producers, the studio, and EBR, how much we love and value Felicity Smoak on Arrow.

Resources:
whatculture.com
comicbookresources.com
YouTube Paley Fest Panels from 2013, SDCC 2013 Walker Stalker Con 2014
NYPost.com
EW.com
EOnline.com
DenofGeek.com
IGN.com
tvtropes.com

Thoughts on "The Grove" (Feminist Walking Dead)

A brilliant episode. Amazing, heartbreaking performances. Beautifully written. Please assume I said this about a thousand times.

Let’s talk about what was revealed in this episode: No surprise – Lizzie was the walker-feeder and rat-dissector. But it was also revealed that Carol actually did kill Karen and David. (To be fair, Melissa McBride has been saying since day one that Carol did it.) I still think it was a sloppy job and unlike Carol, but at this point, it is what it is.

So, we have Carol, who is haunted throughout this episode – by Sophia, by what she did to Karen and David, and ultimately, by the realization that despite all her efforts to protect the people she loves, she ultimately has little control over how things will play out. It’s going to change her, and I look forward to seeing how.

Despite the consequences of her decisions, she hasn’t been written into a corner like Andrea and Lori were. Unlike those two characters, she also hasn’t been punished, and she hasn’t been redeemed. Her path is more complicated than that. In fact, this episode absolutely cements Carol’s status as the most nuanced and well-developed character on the show. I’m impressed. The Season 1 Curse (something I just made up) seems to have been lifted.

The show also did a great job of defining Mika in very little time. The sweet-faced child was a tender-hearted little science geek who had a very clear moral code and a playful sense of humor. (Compare this to what we knew about Sophia.) I’m happy they fleshed her out, because we didn’t need any more blonde sacrificial lambs on this show.

Bring Back Tommy Merlyn for Season 4.

I’ve been seeing so many Tommy posts in the past two days (and we shall not speak of why), but I want/need him to come back in season 4 and this is why it may actually be possible (in my opinion). 

                                             Damien Darhk

We know he has some of the water from the Lazarus Pit and we know that he was Ra’s nemesis. When Malcolm was forced to leave the League at the end of Season 1, what if he went to Darhk to try and bring back Tommy? (Or Darhk could have brought back Tommy on his own so that he could use him against Malcolm; Malcolm was Ra’s right hand man before the whole earthquake fiasco so he was still an enemy of Darhk). Maybe Tommy was brainwashed after being back or the Pit had a more of effect on him than Thea and he was trained to be the new Dark Archer. I mean Malcolm is known as The Magician and yes, they also called him the Dark Archer in season 1, but Tommy could still be called the Dark Archer now that Malcolm is leading the League. 


Anyways, what if he’s a member of H.I.V.E. and he has a more prominent role in season 4 to take out Oliver and the team? A subplot of the season could be to try and bring Tommy back to the good side. If Darhk is Felicity’s father, he will have a more personal relationship to her as the Big Bad next season, but with Tommy present, Oliver, Laurel and Thea will have more of an incentive to fight Darhk to get Tommy back. This also gives opportunity for Malcolm and the League to show up. If Malcolm and Darhk are now enemies (since he’s the new Ra’s), Malcolm could be invested in the fight to save his son (or make Tommy join him…and then they all kill Malcolm and Nyssa becomes the next Ra’s, hopefully). 

In my opinion, Tommy was the love of Laurel’s life; I’m Team Merlance all the way and bringing him back gives her something to fight for beyond just saving the city. It will give her a more personal connection to the enemy this time and give her chance to develop more as a character and as a hero. Plus, once they save him (because you know they will), Tommy and Laurel can live happily ever after

Also, a personal headcanon of mine is Tommy and Felicity being bffs. At least in season 1, Tommy was adorable, quirky, and light with a great sense of humor. If he was saved with the Pit and he could get back to being normal by the end of the season or during season 5, I would like to think he and Felicity would get along great; his humor and her babbling? That’s what bffs are made of. Plus, I can totally see him teasing Oliver and Felicity about their relationship and how in sync they are, about them being totally married, and beverything else. I want double dates with Olicity and Merlance, family dinners with the entire team and everything in between.

I honestly think that the theme of season 4 is  family. If that’s the case, then it makes it the perfect time for Tommy to come back. Darhk will, hopefully, have a connection to Felicity as her father, but Tommy will have a connection to Malcolm, Laurel, Thea, and Oliver. Diggle will have an extended connection to Darhk as well since H.I.V.E killed his brother. This pretty much ties everyone into the fight next season personally which hasn’t really been done before. We also know that season 4 is supposed to be somewhat lighter compared to this season and Tommy was definitely one of the lighter characters in season 1; he was fun, cute, and he had some of the best lines that season. Once they save him, he (and Felicity of course) will help keep that lighter tones with babbles and innuendos and the whole shebang.

So bring back 

Tommy

Merlyn

Episode Review: ‘Orgalorg’ (206E40)

“Of all history’s greatest monsters, you are by far the most evil thing I’ve encountered.” – Hunson Abadeer

And all along, I think that that one line would remain a throw away gag. “Orgalorg” instead proves that no line in the series is exempt from being revisited and retconned.

After Gunter and the other penguins successfully manage to drug the Ice King, they throw a crazy rad penguin party. At this party, two walruses are racing, but something goes wrong, and Gunter ends up getting thrown by an angry walrus into an ice wall. When she comes to, her brains are exposed… and they are glowing bright green! The other penguins are terrified, and the injury seems to put Gunter into some sort of trance. She pulls out a woodcutter, crafts strange wood figures, and chants a spell that is beamed into the cosmos.

On an alien world, several entities hear the call of Gunter—or as they recognize her, Orgalorg. Orgalorg was a primeval entity that existed before the dawn of time, as revealed in “Gold Stars” who attempted to absorb the power from a Catalyst Comet. After angering Abraham Lincoln, King of Mars, Orgalorg was struck down by Grob Gob Glob Grod and fell onto Earth, where the alien-demon was compressed into the form of an adorable penguin. Apparently, the fall caused Orgalorg great amnesia, and she wandered the world for millennia, until she was taken in by the Ice King and dubbed ‘Gunter’.

What’s most striking about this episode is how it goes from light-hearted and funny to dark and distressing in a matter of seconds. Graham Falk is a funny person, and his boards often resonate with humor (”Shh!”, “Ghost Fly”) and so it came as no surprise to me that first half of the episode was pretty silly. But once Gunter had her accident, the horror began.

The sight of Gunter’s green brains was creepy in-and-of-itself, but because the show never stopped to explain what exactly was going on until we were on the alien planet, the atmosphere of foreboding just kept building and building. Why was Gunter seeing these weird visions? What’s with the woodcutter? Is that Abraham Lincoln?

As the show was rapidly approaching the season finale, it only made sense that it would try to lay the foundations for the climactic last episodes. Some people have said that the cosmological revelations in this episode were a bit rushed, but I feel that these criticisms are misguided; Adventure Time has never been a show that puts this much effort and care into setting up its finales. We should be thankful that the producers were willing to experiment this season!

Finally, I want to applaud the fact that Adventure Time managed to snag Graham Falk as a guest boarded these last few seasons. While I was critical of “Sad Face”, every other episode that Falk has worked on has been funny, creative, touching, and clever. He’s able to delve into any situation, take any character, and make them behave in a way that’s fresh and interesting. Hats off to you, Mr. Falk!

Mushroom War Evidence: Nothing.

Final Grade: “Funny but also foreboding, ‘Orgalorg’ nicely sets up the season finale.”

Quick crackfic before the new ep? Aye, go on then.

I apologise in advance. 

~*~

“Hey, Mykes? You got a minute?” Curls sway as she turns in the direction of the voice, warm and familiar, if not a little uncertain, and she watches Pete’s approach with a distracted curiosity. Because when Myka Bering is organising, there is little room for anything else.

“Hey. What’s up?” He comes to a stop beside her, turning to lean his back against the shelf one over from where she’s working. She’s carefully - very carefully - rearranging Joan of Arc’s chain mail, gentle frown creasing her brow as she concentrates on getting it to fall just so. When Pete doesn’t answer right away she glances askance at the man and finds him running a hand through his shaggy hair. “When are you going to get a hair cut?” He looks at her then, affronted.

“What’s wrong with my hair?”

“It makes you look like an overgrown school boy.” She say easily and he actually pouts at her, which doesn’t help his case at all, but it does distract her from her task long enough to smile and turn her body towards him so that she’s giving him her full attention. “I mean, it’s… kind of… cute?” He rolls his eyes.

“Oh don’t try to butter me up now you’ve thrown me down.” She laughs at him.

“What did you want to talk about?” He lets out a sigh, heavy and a little nervous, and the sound of it pulls a thread of unease through her. She watches as he shoves his hands in his pockets and avoids her gaze for a moment.

“Okay, I don’t really know how to say this, so I’m just gonna go and hope you can make sense of it.” She gives a slow nod, even though he doesn’t see it. “It’s just that lately I’ve been feeling certain… things.” He pauses, awkward, and she feels her heart start to pound unevenly behind her ribcage. Out of sync, stuttering. “And I don’t know why because it’s totally not, normal? I mean, we’ve talked about this right? And I didn’t see you like that but now suddenly I do and it’s like I can’t do anything to stop it?” And he looks at her then, puppy dog eyes filled with confusion and inexplicable hope. Like he doesn’t understand why he’s saying this or why he’s hoping. She feels her heart sink, because she knows what he’s saying. She’s felt it too. “Like someone else has taken hold of the reins or something, you know?”

“Yeah.” Myka nods and he rolls into the shelf so that his shoulder is pressed against it and he’s facing her properly. 

“I feel like we should be together.” He says, suddenly emphatic, only to have his certainty falter in the next heartbeat. “Like, romantically?” She winkles her nose at the suggestion, but finds herself nodding regardless. “So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think I’ve fallen-”

His sentence stops abruptly. He does not blink, he does not breathe; even the air about him is still. And Myka is the same. Still as death, frozen in a moment. 

“I think not.” Helena says with a sigh as she rounds the aisle and strides towards the motionless duo cradling the barometer of the USS Eldridge in her hand. She sniffs, haughtily, as she sets it down on the shelf between them and glances up at Pete. “Much as I have grown to enjoy your company Agent Lattimer, I’m afraid this may have come down to fisticuffs had your little speech gone much further.” And she’s all too aware of the seconds ticking by, of those that could have trickled along and seal some sort of cosmic joke of a deal had Helena dawdled any longer. 

And really, Wisconsin? What had she been thinking? Completely unacceptable, but she had berated herself for the entire duration of the plane right and needs to focus on the task at hand for another… 22 seconds. 

With a gentle shove, she slids the body of Pete Lattimer back a few feet and positions herself in his place. She takes a breath to steady her resolve and looks up into the eyes of Myka Bering. 

And she can’t for the life of her understand what she had been doing for the last six months. When this woman was one single plane ride away. Waiting for her to come to her senses. 

Helena glances down at her attire and hums aloud.

“Oh, can’t forget you.” She thumbs the open the top two buttons of her shirt, then pauses for a heartbeat before opening a third. “Can never be too careful.” And then she feels time start to return to normal around them.

“-in love with… H.G.?” She feels Pete blinking owlishly at the back of her head but her attention won’t be swayed. Myka is staring at her as though she’s a new constellation that’s been brought to life in the aisles, bright and brilliant and stunning. 

“Helena.” And the way Myka says her name, like a breath and a whisper and a promise all in one, is the only thing that has made sense to any of them - Pete included - in months. 

“Hello, Myka." 

"I’m just gonna…” And Pete is grinning at Myka over his shoulder as he jerks his thumb behind him, indicating the direction he’d come and backing away. 

“What are you doing here?” Myka finally asks, breathless. And Helena just smiles.

“I finally came to my senses.” She says, tone humorously self-deprecating, and she offers Myka and apologetic shrug. “I’m sorry it took me so long." 

"I’m just glad you made it.” And she smiles, reaching up to rub at the back of her neck. “I have this horrible feeling I was about to do something really dumb.” Helena’s eyes sparkle.

“Maybe it was the mushrooms.”