here's to going deep in tournaments!

Frost (Chapter Eighteen)

So this chapter slays me, because Tony is 100% ridiculous and Thor is 100% jealous. And there are sweet moments between Thor and Loki. And then you know… stormy type things.
Can’t wait to hear what you guys think!

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“What is our love doing?” Thor sounded amused as he watched Tony make his way through the dining hall, spending a little time at each table, chatting with the visiting royalty, or what was left anyway, after Thor had dismissed the families involved in that incident with the garden.

The end of season tournament was to be held in just a few days, and the energy and excitement in the room was palpable, young warriors anxious to show off in front of their peers, in front of their parents, in front of the women who flocked to the tournament to stare and giggle and give their favors. Several marriage matches would be made based on the outcome of the competitions, children born in the spring from the less official matches made after the tournament as well.

It was also a time for the royal families to mend fences, to re-establish allies and re define boundaries. Though all were from a realm that was decidedly not human, not all were gods and even fewer were immortal, and needed to ensure their cities and peoples were safe for when they passed on.

Tournament time was a jovial time, but also a tense one, and not all the outcomes were good.

This time, however, Tony was charming and smiling and teasing and laughing with every person he came across, and it was all smiles across the room, and Loki could hardly believe it.

“Honestly.” Thor said again. “What is he doing?”

“I believe our love, darling endearing creature that he is, is managing to charm his way through even the most ornery of our guests. Even Sagara is smiling.” Loki narrowed his eyes. “A lot. Thor are you seeing this? Sagara seems quite intent on touching our mate and–”

“I see it.” Thor nearly snarled and stood from his chair at the high table, heading into the crowded dining room to where Tony was leaning over a table and grinning down at the visiting ruler.

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Perseverance: Chapter Two - Derek Hale x Reader

As always, thanks to @julieanncupcake and @lovelybunchofrandoms

Pairing: Derek Hale x Female Reader

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The streets were teeming with people as (y/n) and Allison made their way around the market, admiring the various different goods from far away kingdoms. (Y/n) still wasn’t used to the way the people of Beacon Hills had taken to her, bowing or curtseying to her as she walked passed but she had to remind herself that she was going to be queen someday whether she liked it or not and it was a sign of respect from her future people that she should value.

They were admiring a stall that was selling a multitude of different fabrics when (y/n)’s name was called. She lifted her head, the material in her hands forgotten as she searched the crowd for the owner of the voice. The sea of people in front of her parted as Derek and a knight (y/n) recognised from the day she arrived walked towards them. She bowed her head respectfully as she forced her face to remain neutral. They hadn’t spoken properly in the last week after Derek dismissed her in the courtyard and the few words they’d shared had been less than kind as they mocked one another. (Y/n) didn’t know who had started it but it was slowly eating away at her as she tried and failed to build a relationship with her future husband.

“My lord” Derek nodded at her stiffly, eyeing the fabric she was playing with in her hand. They stood in silence before Scott jumped in, sensing the Princess’ discomfort.

“You could have a dress made from that, my lady, for the tournament at the end of the week” (Y/n) smiled at him appreciatively, not missing the way Allison was focusing on his mesmerising chocolate brown eyes.

“Thank you…”

“Scott” The knight swooped into an agile bow, making the princess laugh quietly.

“Thank you, Scott, I might take you up on that” (Y/n)’s eyes flickered to Derek, wondering why he’d been silent the whole time. Scott caught her eye, turning to his best friend in an attempt to get him to join the conversation before Derek beat him to it.

“You shouldn’t be out here alone, Princess. You need a guard” With that, the prince walked away, leaving Scott to mumble out apologies before rushing after him. (Y/n) turned to Allison a frown pulling at her brows as she open and closed her mouth in confusion.

“That was strange…” The handmaiden’s words trailed off as she watched the men disappear into the crowd.

“I’m destined to marry the grumpiest, most anti-social man who’s ever lived” Allison snickered at (y/n)’s words before they returned their attention back to the materials in front of them.

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''Yeah. Hello~''
Ludwig von Koopa / David J. Goldfarb
''Yeah. Hello~''

For those people who think that Ludwig’s new voice isn’t as good as his voice from the NSMB games because it doesn’t sound mature (or deep?), here ya go. These are voice clips from Mario Kart 8.

Think about it, Ludwig sounds so happy in Mario Kart 8 because it’s his first Mario Kart tournament, and he likes to show off his many tricks!

Title: Trust Me

Warnings: None.

Author’s Note: This is my first piece. All feedback is welcome. (Especially it’s constructive!)

Links: My Master List  and My Current Requests


The slamming of a car door woke you. You looked at the clock, 2:00am. You had fallen asleep on the couch, waiting for Tom to get back from the Capitals latest road trip to the West Coast. The book you had been reading fell to the ground as you shrugged off the blanket you had draped over you. You stood up and made your way to the front door, turning the lock and pulling the door open before Tom had a chance to grab his keys out of his pocket.

“Hey.” he smiled as you moved to the side, allowing him to pass into the house. He stepped inside, slipping his bag off his shoulder and onto the ground as he stepped closer to you, wrapping his arms around you. “Missed you.” he mumbled into your hair.

“I missed you.” you yawned, pulling away slightly as your rose onto your toes to press a kiss to his lips.

“You waited up for me?” he asked, as he let go of you, stooping down to pick up his bag. He slung it over his shoulder as he slowly began walking towards the bedroom. “I wasn’t sure if you’d be home.”

“Babe, you know how boring I am. I haven’t stayed out until 2 in the morning in a long time. Especially if I’m not with you.” you laughed, following behind him.

“I dunno, you didn’t answer your phone earlier.” He said as he started walking up the stairs toward the bedroom.

You followed after him.. “Psh, yeah. I had a wild night. A frozen pizza and then a hot date with Harry Potter.” You said with a laugh. “Sorry I didn’t answer, I fell asleep.”

He turned into the bedroom, walking into the closet and dropping his bag. You watched as he slid his suit jacket off and hung it on a hook in the closet. He started loosening his tie as you turned into the bathroom to brush your teeth. You turned the sink on, pulling your tooth brush out of the holder. You glanced into the bedroom and watched as Tom slipped out of the rest of his suit before sitting down on the bed in just his boxers and undershirt. He slumped forward as he propped his elbows on his knees, his face in his hands. Once you had finished brushing your teeth, you turned the bathroom light off and walked towards your side of the bed. Tom was being unusually silent; before you reached it, Tom spoke.

“(Y/N)” he mumbled through his hands, not looking up. “Are you cheating on me?” he whispered.

You stopped in your tracks. You knew there had been something on his mind, but you certainly hadn’t expected this.

“What?” You gasped. Anger rushed through you, how could Tom think you would do that to him? You studied him for a moment, his eyes hidden behind his hands, his frame hunched over. You had never seen Tom like this before. He was usually so self-assured, confident. Looking at him now he looked so scared and vulnerable. You walked over to his crestfallen frame, stopping and looking at him for a moment more before you knelt in front of him, taking a deep breath to calm your anger as you pulled his hands from his face, holding them in your own.

“Tom, no. I’m not cheating on you and I never have.” You said. Not letting go of his hands you moved to sit beside him on the bed. The mattress curved slightly under your weight, your body leaning into his. When Tom didn’t respond you continued. “I wouldn’t do that to you. Ever… Did - did I do something to make you think I was cheating on you?” You asked worriedly.

He avoided looking at you, his eyes finding a spot on the wall above your head as he took a deep breath. “I’m just never here. I’m not around. I’m crossing the country 8 to 10 months a year. Road trips, tournaments, training… I’m not here to give you what you need.” he said, his voice shaking.

“Tom, I knew what I was getting into when we started dating. I knew you wouldn’t be around as much as I wish you could be but I understa-” He cut you off, finally turning to look at you, pulling his hands out of yours.

“Exactly! I’m not giving you anything you need in this relationship.” He barked, throwing his hands in the air in frustration. “You could find someone better than me. Maybe you already have.” his voice rising as he finished his sentence, his head falling back into his hands.

You could feel the tears welling up in your eyes. You were angry, furious. “I haven’t found anyone else, Tom. How could you think I would ever do that to you?” you blinked hard as your voice broke, the tears starting to fall hot and hard down your face. “Fuck.” You muttered, angrily wiping the tears away with the back of your hand as you rose to your feet, walking towards the doorway.

“How do I know what you’re up to when I’m gone? You didn’t answer your phone when I called you earlier.” Tom continued.

You turned to face him. “One missed phone call? That’s what brought all this on? And you know damn well what I’m doing when you’re gone. I have a full-time job, I volunteer with the girls, I, no -” You ran you hand through your hair. “I shouldn’t have to defend myself. You know me, Tom. You’ve known me for the past 12 years. The fact that you think I would ever do that to you makes me sick.” You muttered before turning into the closet to grab a spare blanket. As you turned the doorknob to your bedroom, preparing to go sleep in the guest bedroom, you heard a dry sob escape his lips. You turned to look at him; he stood up and slowly walked over to you, his eyes red and puffy.

“I know you’re not cheating on me. Fuck, (Y/N). I’m sorry. There’s just been a lot of shit happening in the locker room and -” his voice drifted off as he saw you close your eyes, trying to regain composure. You opened them slowly, looking at the pain on your boyfriend’s face.

“So because ‘shit is happening’ in the locker room I get accused of cheating?” you ask as calmly as you’re able, crossing your arms.

“Schmitty came home from the last road trip to find his girl with another guy. She went on tirade about how he’s never there for her, how there are a million guys who she could be with whenever she needed them. And the thing is, she’s right. She could find another guy - she did find another guy. Just like you could.” He took a deep breath before continuing. “You could go to the grocery store tomorrow and find a guy that works a 9-5 and could be home with you every night. You could go the movies and find a guy who would have time to take you those couples dance classes you always ask me to take you to. You could go the coffee shop and find a guy with a degree, who does yoga, who -”

“Tommy, stop.” You said as you closed the space between you, tossing the spare blanket onto the dresser before lightly grabbing his arm and walking him back over to the bed, both taking a seat on the edge.

“I’m sorry that happened to Nate. That’s really shitty.”

“Yeah, and it just made me realize how easy it would be for you to find someone else.” He said.

“Tom you know I think about this too, right? It’s not like you don’t already have a girls throwing themselves at you… We spend so much time apart; you could do anything you wanted on the road.” It hurt to think about what Tom could be doing on the road. All the insecurities you tried so hard to hide or suppress were springing to the forefront of you mind.

“Babe, I don’t –“

“I know you don’t Tom. I know you don’t because I trust you. And I wouldn’t find someone else out there, there’s no one else out there for me. You’re it. I need you to trust me.” You whispered as you leaned over, entwining your fingers, resting your forehead against his own. “Please, just trust me.”

“God (Y/N), I do trust you.” Tom said, looking into your eyes. He brought his hand to your cheek, caressing it softly before pressing his lips to yours. “Everything that’s been stressing me out for the past few weeks just came to a head and I took it out on you. I’m sorry, baby.” He said, his forehead still resting on yours as he drew you in for another slow kiss. “Please forgive me?” he questioned quietly as he pulled away, sitting up straighter on the bed.

“Of course, I forgive you. If you ever feel that stressed again, just talk to me about it, yeah? We’ll figure it out together. I love you.” You said standing up and walking over to your side of the bed and slipping under the covers. Tom did the same, flicking the lights off before wrapping his arm around you, pulling you closer to his warm body. You rested your head on his chest, his chin on top of your head, your legs tangled with his.

“I love you, too, (Y/N). You’re more than I deserve.”

11 times The Simpsons predicted the future with eerie precision

Dismiss ‘The Simpsons’ simply as a cartoon for kids at your peril. In the 25+ years it’s been running, Matt Groening’s hit animated sitcom has delivered countless storylines over 27 seasons and one movie, and nestled among the anarchic tales of America’s premiere nuclear family have been some weirdly prescient predictions about the near future.

Here’s the 10 most chillingly accurate predictions made by ‘The Simpsons’.

President Trump - Predicted in 2000

Episode: S11 E17 ‘Bart To The Future’

Donald Trump has just been elected as the next President of the United States, but his ambition was foreseen by this classic ‘Simpsons’ episode where Bart was shown his future by a Native American.

Lisa has become President and, in a scene where she addresses her inner circle, she says: “We’ve inherited quite the budget crunch from President Trump.” Spooky.

The Higgs Boson Particle – Predicted in 1998

Episode: S10 E2 ‘The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace’

Simon Singh, the author of a book titled ‘The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets’, claims Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the Higgs Boson particle 14 years before it was actually figured out for real by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider.

Singh says this equation, written by Homer on a blackboard, is eerily accurate. “If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is.”

Greece’s economic collapse – Predicted in 2012

Episode: S23 E10 ‘Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson’

Three years before this year’s government debt meltdown in Greece that saw it become the first country to default on an IMF loan repayment, a throwaway gag on this 2012 episode predicted how outlandish the situation would become.

A ticker on a rolling news station that Homer appears on reads “Europe puts Greece on eBay”. We wonder if the Greeks have considered this option during their darkest hours.

Ebola outbreak – Predicted in 1997

Episode: S9 E3 ‘Lisa’s Sax’

A crackpot viral video that did the rounds in 2014 claims ‘The Simpsons’ predicted the recent American Ebola outbreak. The episode saw Marge offering to read Bart a book titled “Curious George and The Ebola Virus”, which the YouTube creator Thecontroversy7 says proves that the makers of the show knew about the future outbreak and are, of course, members of the illuminati.

It was almost convincing before the illuminati stuff wasn’t it?

Siegfried and Roy tiger attack  - Predicted in 1993

Episode: S5 E10 ‘$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)’

The stage career of flamboyant German magic duo Siegfried & Roy was brought to a shocking end in 2003 when Roy Horn was mauled by one of their trademark white tigers while performing live on stage in Las Vegas.

Ten years earlier, in a ‘Simpsons’ episode that sees Springfield briefly legalise gambling, a flamboyant Germanic magic duo with a penchant for albino big cats called Gunter and Ernst make an appearance at Mr Burns’ casino. Their performance is cut short when their mauled by their trademark white tigers. Makes you paws for thought doesn’t it?

The NSA scandal – Predicted in 2007

Episode: ‘The Simpsons Movie’

Six years before Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the true extent of the NSA’s spying on American citizens, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ featured an extended gag about the extensive surveillance network of the National Security Agency.

A chance remark from Marge chastising Lisa for worrying about spies while on the run sparks an alarm in a NSA building. The building contains thousands of workers listening to private conversations across the country and Marge’s loose lips lead to the family’s arrest.

Horse meat scandal – Predicted in 1994

Episode: S5 E19 ‘Sweet Seymour Skinner’s Baadasssss Song’

A full 19 years before it was revealed that some beef sold in Europe had been contaminated with horse meat, ‘The Simpsons’ made a joke about Lunchlady Doris cooking with “assorted horse parks – now with more testicles”.

On a side note, Lunchlady Doris is now Lunchlady Dora, a name change facilitated when the character’s original voice actor Doris Grau died in 1995.

Faulty voting machines – Predicted in 2008

Episode: S20 E4 ‘Treehouse of Horror XIX’

In the 2008 Halloween special, Homer tries to vote for Barack Obama at an electronic voting both, but the machine malfunctions casting a vote for his rival John McCain instead.

Just 4 years later, a Pennsylvania voting machine was taken out of service when it was filmed casting votes intended for Obama in favour of his real-life rival Mitt Romney.

FIFA Scandal - Predicted in 2014

Episode: S25 E16 ‘You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee’

A year before the football world was turned upside when a series of high-ranking FIFA officials were arrested by the FBI on charges of corruption, a similar thing played out in this 2014 episode of ‘The Simpsons’.

Homer is visited by the executive vice president of the “world football federation” who wants him to be a referee in the upcoming World Cup. He’s promptly arrested by American authorities for corruption and carted off. The episode even predicted Germany as the winners of that year’s tournament.

9/11 – Predicted in 1997

Episode: S9 E1 ‘The City of New York vs Homer Simpsons’

You’re deep into the conspiracy theory rabbit hole if you think this one is even vaguely feasible, but here we go anyway.

A YouTube video from user “truthwillfindyoubru” points to a moment in the 1997 series 9 opener that sees Lisa holding up a bus coupon ad that promises New York tickets for $9. The placement of the price, next to the Big Apple’s skyline including the World Trade Center, makes the ad read “New York 9 11” which they suggest means the show’s makers had “foreknowledge” of the attacks.

2016 Nobel prize winner

Episode: S22 E1 ‘Elementary School Musical’

In the 2010 season opener Lisa, Millhouse, and a bunch of her nerdy friends have stayed up late to hear the winners of the Nobel prize, in which Krusty wins the Nobel Peace Prize.

So far, so Simpsons, but then we get a look at Martin’s betting pool card and we see Millhouse had predicted an Economics prize for Bengt R. Holmstrom, who actually went on to win in earlier this year. MIT’s Holmstrom was joint winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics with Oliver Hart for their work on “contact theory”. No, us neither.

Image credits: 20th Century Fox

Dating Harry Potter Would Include…

So i have a thing with would-includes haha

Request: malfoys-whore said to everythingharrypotterblog:

Can I request a Dating Harry Potter Would Include? Maybe what smut with him would be like. If you want. 😊❤

A/N : So i can’t write any decent smut, BUT @malfoys-whore definitely can so go check her out. Welcome boo x

Originally posted by outerspades

Dating Harry Potter Would Include…

-Wow this is going to be long because Harry is such an amazing character

-So at first, you’d definitely start out as friends

-And people would think you were dating because you were always together and were really close

-Of course the media went crazy

-“Harry Potter falls deep in love with a girl names Y/N and can’t fall out of it…” Rita Skeeter would write

-At first, you would just laugh at these articles, not noticing how sad Harry would look when you called him just a friend

-But slowly, you listen to the rumors and actually think about what it would be like to date Harry

-And you definitely like what you’re thinking

-So whenever you’d hang out, you’d always be blushing and smiling

-And flirtatious jokes would go around more often

-And after a little while, it’d be crystal clear that you two like eachother

-EVERYONE knows it, but you two still don’t get together

-Ron and Hermione would constantly plot to bring you guys together

-But it would all happen when Gryffindor wins their Quidditch match

-If you’re on the team, you guys would descend from the sky and with all the adrenaline, Harry would say “Y/N I really like you. Be mine.”

-If you’re not, you would run down to the pitch, jump into Harry’s arms and he would say “Y/N I really like you. Be mine.”

-And you two would kiss

-“500 POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!” Lee would shout

-And you two would pull apart, smiling to eachother when the whole pitch is roaring

-So now to the dating part

-Harry would be the sweetest boyfriend ever

-Study dates

-Being really close to Ron and Hermione

-Girl talks with Hermione

-“Hermione stop stealing Y/N away.” Harry would say

-“Oh don’t sound like a five year old Harry, we’re doing eachother’s makeup. I doubt you’re interested in that.”

-Holding hands in the hallways

-Not that he’d be clingy, but when Harry likes a girl, he’s dedicated

-So he’d always want to spend time with you

-And it’d be adorable

-Some crazy girls who were in love with Harry would hate you

-But Harry would always put a stopper to the hate

-“Guys Y/N is my girlfriend and I love her. So if you’re making her unhappy, you’re making me unhappy.”

-“Harry. You love me?”

-“Yes.”

-Cuddle sessions

-Always wearing his clothes

-Deep conversations at night

-“Like who the hell would enter me in this? People get killed in the Triwizard Tournament.”

-“To be honest Harry, I have no clue. But I’m here for you.”

-“I love you Y/N.”

-“I love you too.”

-“WILL YOU TWO EVER SHUT UP?”

-“Sorry Ron.”

-Going to the Yule Ball with him

-Walks along the Black Lake

-Being the power couple at Hogwarts

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TITLE: Little Secrets

SUMMARY: There is a reason why Hinata became manager of the basketball team. [High school AU]

WORDS: 3,076

RATED: T

A/N: This really was a one-shot. I’ve been writing it the whole day at around 8pm and barely finished it now. I hope you guys like it? There might be some errors, considering I did not do a full out spelling check on it.



It had been three years already since Hinata became the manager of the Basketball Team. It was a little hectic at first, considering many of the players did not believe she was strong or loud enough to hold them all in place. But the young Hyuuga managed and proved them all wrong.

Though she had a voice of a mouse; Hinata never quivered or shied away when she had to huddle the boys together. She had never missed practiced before nor had she ever stopped making new gameplays. She was always there when it was game day and she was always the first one to cheer for them. The indigo beauty was more than what the team could have asked for.

People had talked about her before, asking and wondering why such a quiet, timid girl became the basketball manager. Some even stepped up to ask her why but she would just merely brush them off stating that it was because she liked the sport.

Truth was Hinata had a reason why she became the manager and why she chose to be one despite how shy she was.

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anonymous asked:

Hey hello hi, are you at all taking prompts for that post you reblogged of 'aus for when your otp is really competitive'? Because I imagined Lily and James with the first one about team leaders and little kids and now I can't stop thinking about it and would love love love to read it???

prompt (a personal favorite, btw): we’re both ‘team leaders’ at a summer camp for little people and you may be hot but goddammit my collection of twelve-year-olds are going to beat yours into the dust

prompt lists here and here

Quick note: this is an American AU on top of being modern because I have no idea how 1970s UK summer camps worked…

“Alright, guys, line up!” I called, smiling as fifteen twelve year olds scrambled to do as I said. “You know what today is, right?” I asked, surveying my troops. “Hogwarts Camp Tri-Event Tournament!” A barrage of cheering interrupted me here. “We’ve been preparing for weeks, and we’ve gotten really good, right?”

“Yes, Miss Lily!” they chanted. My smile grew wider.

“Who’s going to win dodgeball?”

“We are!”

“Who’s going to win the swim race?”

“We are!” 

“Who’s going to win the scavenger hunt?”

We are!”

“Yeah we are!” Another round of cheering erupted noisily, with lots of hugging and - “Oh, Milly, what have we said about pulling down Jeremy’s pants? We said not to, right? Good.” 

I took a deep breath. This was a big deal. It was possibly the most important event of the summer. “Alright guys, how about you all help the other teams set up for the events. It’s going to be fun!” The kids scattered, and I surveyed them with my hands on her hips, smiling fondly. They were super cute. And also champions, which was the most important thing in this scenario. I was about to head toward the judges’ station when - “Aw, Lils, that was cute, but you shouldn’t teach little kids lies.”

I turned on my heel to see James Potter grinning at me.

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SouTori? xD

[[ SouTori/SouAi - The Mirror Ship

This is one of my absolute favorite ships for Sousuke and for Ai.  Just going through the tag for SouTori or SouAi (whichever you prefer) you’ll find a lot of discussion and I am so glad that I wasn’t the only one who saw this ship’s potential in the show.

So let’s break this down and I’ll explain why I ship this so hard.

I think what first draws them to each other, what first makes them closer than just teammates, is the fact that Sousuke sees a part of himself in Ai and, later on, Ai sees it too.

Consider this scene where Ai is upset and Sousuke happens upon him:

Ai expresses his desire to swim with Rin, how upset he is that Momo, a first year, has already surpassed him due to talent when Ai is one of the hardest workers on the team and has yet to be noticed.  He confesses this to Sousuke. Sousuke is a confidant, someone he looks up to for guidance and highly respects as someone who is Rin’s friend and also someone who is a greatly talented swimmer (Ranked Top 10 for Butterfly + Perfect Body!). 

It takes a moment, but Sousuke recognizes that same drive, that same desire to swim with Rin that he has in Ai and he offers him some advice in return, which, for Ai, means the world.  Sousuke isn’t the most approachable character and Ai even seems intimidated by him quite often, but here Sousuke goes from Senpai to Friend. 

Then we have this scene:

This scene cements their relationship and Sousuke becomes a Mentor to Ai as well.   Sousuke doesn’t want Ai to suffer how he did, doesn’t want to see another person get hurt trying to follow Rin, and he cares enough about Ai (because he is a sweet person, dammit!) that he is willing to sacrifice his time and energy to helping Ai improve.  Now they’ll have more time alone together which - huzzah! - has the potential to lead to something more.  WinkWink~.

Also, let me point out that Rin did not offer to train Ai.  Rin is all about hard work and dedication, but he doesn’t have the negative experience with over-training that Sousuke has.  He brings him a water bottle and a snack bar and leaves without a word of “Good job” or “Wow you’re training so hard!” Rin even mentions to Mikoshiba that he’s noticed Ai’s improvement, but “hasn’t done a thing” to help him.  In fact, Rin doesn’t have to.  Ai is driven by the mere existence of Rin, but Ai is almost desperate, throwing away his health and could possibly hurt himself in order to swim with Rin.  Sound familiar?

But really, consider the difference between how Sousuke treats Ai and how Rin treats Ai.  Now, I ship RinAi/RinTori hard, but Sousuke, right off the bat, offers him a warm smile, is kind and supportive, is helpful and understanding, and acts as an adviser.  When Ai first met Rin, he was all angst and attitude.  Ai sees Rin as his idol, as the person he aspires to be, but I think that, right from the beginning, there’s a very different, more personal relationship with Sou. 

Finally, we have Ep10.  God bless Ep10.  Ai’s the first one on the team to figure out Sousuke is injured and, because he was brushed off in a defensive manner and because he cares about Sousuke, he tells Rin.  “Ai is worried about you” is what Rin said when he’s confronting Sousuke by the vending machine. (what is it with Sou and vending machines? SouCola.)

Then, even after everyone finds out he’s injured and it’s all out in the open, Ai (with Momo) encourages Rin to let them all swim together because that’s what Sousuke needs now.  This is his last chance to swim with Rin just like it’s Ai’s last chance to swim with Rin.  Ai and Sousuke have this understanding and I think that moment was pivotal to Ai’s understanding of Sousuke’s motivation. They are so incredibly similar and, in their own ways, they received support from the other person.  They are easily, I think, two of the most supportive and encouraging characters on the show (not that the others aren’t at all!).

Can you imagine how empowered you would feel to know that you would always be supported and unconditionally cared for by your partner?  The key to this ship is: Empowerment.

After this tournament, we don’t see Ai or Momo or Sousuke quite as much because the show goes back to focus on Haru and Rin, but I think there’s a deep understanding created between Ai and Sousuke here and there’s a huge potential for a very deep, very close, very understanding relationship here.  

I’ll stop here cuz damn this is long already, but here is my reasoning for why I ship SouAi and why I think this ship has immense potential.  If you want headcanons, though, go ahead and ask away!

Wearing Pearl Necklaces in Forensics: A Not Quite Solicited Guide

Thank you for the question! Unfortunately, I’ve been having some difficulties answering with pictures in question-answer format - so this will have plenty of pictures, and have to be a text post.

Pearls work with whatever image you’re constructing for yourself - they should either add to the persona you’re building or serve not to actively diminish it. That means something different between classifications of events. I can be sort of helpful with both.

The thing to remember is that the congressperson, the debater, the orator, the interper - it is all a construction. This doesn’t have to necessarily reflect who you are. You reflect your judge’s expectations for you, and you win because you are the best - at meeting those unspoken expectations. There are a lot more invisible stumbling blocks for a competitor the judge perceives as female. Be aware of those, but likewise be aware that your persona within forensics doesn’t have to compromise your identity extrinsic to forensics.

I might dress up as Wonder Woman for Halloween, but no one expects me to whip out my invisible jet for a trip to the theater - I am not Wonder Woman. It is a costume I wear for Halloween. Disassociate yourself with your forensics self as much or as little as you feel comfortable.

Disclaimer: I am actually Wonder Woman. The above statement in which I profess not to be is misleading.

But with that said, here are some ways to pair pearls with suits, based on my individual views and not necessarily reflective of anything beyond one person’s experience with societal perceptions of what they’re wearing.

This is my favorite suit. I met this suit and I bought three of them. I own three of this suit. It’s understated, fits properly, and settles well around a collared blouse. I love this suit.

That said, I pair it - a dark blue pinstriped suit - with any number of things, but this is a general starting point. A blouse that buttons all the way up, with a button-down collar, in a color traditionally associated with power.

This is modulated by the completely modest, don’t-look-at-me white round uniformly shaped pearls. It comes off professional, ish.

This is the sort of conservative jewelry-suit-blouse combination you’re gonna want to go with in a debate event where you’re likely to be judged against the standard ideal of a professional businesslady, if the judge is looking at you as a lady.

In Congress, for example, I absolutely never diverge from this formula and top it off with opaque black tights. Sometimes it’s more useful to have a lighter colored blouse underneath. Heck yeah, do it.

With a white blouse, there’s a bit more leeway with necklace style. You’re no longer 100% bound to ‘uniform white pearls’ - from here, so long as it’s understated enough to be in keeping with the formality of your objective self-presentation, you can go with any number of different necklaces.

Here, there’s a nice seed pearl necklace interspersed with little gold beads. Subtlety and nothing too shiny.

Because the white is a more baseline color, you have a little more room to mess around with jewelry and stay within a judge’s comfort zone. Also, pairing a white blouse and plain white pearls is a little basic.

From there, though, there’s nothing to stop you from having a little fun with the style of the blouse itself - provided you end up looking and feeling professional, there’s room to adjust according to what you like or already own, or what is affordable.

Case in point: fun secretary-neck blouse, back to straight up nondescript pearls that don’t make much of a statement beyond 'I’m trying really hard not to make a statement with these’.

I’m personally a really big fan of secretary-neck blouses. A lot of more traditional judges like them - it registers 'feminine’ but without some of the negative socialized views of femininity you sometimes get with judges who lived through Mad Men before Mad Men was a thing.

But there are other ways to wear bows - though the next two examples are more what I’d wear for speech events, they’re about as fashionably sound as anything else I’d wear. Which is to say not very. I dress like my clothes were picked out for me by a ten-year-old deep in their Barbie phase.

While my tournament suits are usually an exception, not always!

Here, for example, is something I absolutely would wear the heck out of during Original Oratory. You’ve got a nice cream blouse layered with a kinda moss-green tweed that’s nicer-looking in person. Couple with a pink pearl necklace because it’s a little offbeat and balances well enough with the suit to not be overwhelmed by the other elements you’ve got going on.

Similarly, on a high-necked blouse - just a style observation in general - you want a shorter-strand necklace. Think more like 12-16 inches rather than 18-20.

But the main point being, pieces working well and professionally together doesn’t necessarily mean color-matching - shade is often enough (pastel, for example) to keep an outfit looking cohesive.

Finally, for a nontraditionally colored suit, particularly one that buttons fairly high in the collar like most of what Le Suit does, you’ll need something lower cut to wear under since button-down collars tend to fit poorly.

Not necessarily lower cut like 'low cut’, unless that’s what you’re about, in which case you’ll get no negative judgement from me! What you want is for your collar to sit flat against your clavicle area without bunching, which is uncomfortable. however you choose to accomplish that is great.

The thing about lower-cut necklines on blouses/dresses is it takes some of the interest away from your face. You lose the neat lines that point straight to your expression like 'hey check out what’s going on up here’ and that spreads the interest of the judge/observer elsewhere when you could be focusing it up.

That’s why I like to wear a more statement-y pearly necklace here - pink again, but in the right shade to work with the white-pale brown and with a neat geometric pattern that provides an observer something to rest their gaze on so they don’t feel awkward about staring you full in the face for ten minutes.

You could also do this with an off-white double strand or something larger in size, but be careful about keeping the collar flat. Suits with collars close to your neck can get super uncomfortable if there’s any friction going on with a chunky necklace and literally the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable!

Conclusion here: ultimately, wear what you want, and don’t let anyone who isn’t you make the final call on what is or is not the right way to wear a pearl necklace. In fact, I heartily endorse wearing as many pearl necklaces as possible - a suggestion which is not limited by a gender binary or heteronormative assumptions about wardrobe choice.

Have fun with pearls and have fun with tournament attire and just have fun, period. Ultimately, while image counts for a lot in debate, there is always room for trailblazers and challenges to the norm!

I’m not kidding, wear all of the pearl necklaces.

A L L O F T H E M

And you’ll win at debate because you’ll be winning at life.

anonymous asked:

how to get into hockey fandom?

How to Get Into Hockey Fandom, a Comprehensive Guide:

Step 1: peruse a few hockey tumblrs, to get a feel for who the key players and teams are. And also who is the prettiest. Recommended: @confusedhockey @sadquebecois @halvedhab @antoinerousssel 

Step 2: pick a team. It’s the world cup right now (preliminary matches currently going on, tournament to start Sept 17). If your country is in it, you could pick them. Recommended: team north america aka the babies

Step 3: watch a game! Schedule here, stream information here from @dayumpens

Step 3.5: get really confused about what’s going on. google a bunch of stuff. peruse r/hockey for answers.

Step 4: yell about it on tumblr.

Step 5: you’re in too deep now.

Step 6: surrender.

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“There is a reason I didn’t retire, because I figured deep down, I wanted to go out on my own terms. A huge part of it is just coming back here, enjoying the tournament one last time and sort of conquering what happened. I spent a lot of time on the court today telling myself that I’m going to be OK, everything’s going to be OK. You’re going to be fine.”

Today Mardy Fish played his last match as a professional tennis player, having made a comeback after major heart and anxiety problems which left him dealing with panic attacks every 15-30 minutes and even being unable to leave his house for 3 months. But he knew it wasn’t over for him and he’s fought hard to come back and inspire hundreds of people along the way. Thank you for your great spirit and I wish you good luck with everything Mardy!

dammitloki  asked:

I'm not sure what to call what I'm looking for, but I'm looking for kinds of plot progressions. I have a series of 7 books, and I have a book that's their origin story, one where they're searching for a Macguffin, another that's a tournament, another where they're running from something, one that's the final battle, etc. Would you have a list or know of other was a plot can go or other "types" of plots per se? Sorry if I'm not describing myself well!

Writer’s Digest offers 20 Master Plots And How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias in ebook form for sale. It digs deep into each plot type and also has information about plotting. But you can also get a checklist version of the book in pdf format here. The checklist is 30 pages long and full of good stuff. 

You’ll probably find lots of other lists of plot types online, but the Tobias list is, IMO, the most comprehensive and applicable across genres and mediums. 

– mod Aliya

Fighting to survive||closed

Sasuga stood among a large group of both humans and demons. She was questioning why she was here still and how things were going to play out. The demoness had never been in a tournament that involved both humans and demons…or one with humans at all.  This entire thing was starting to send up red flags. She tried to calm herself, guessing that this humans had powers, or that maybe a demon would only fight against a demon and the humans against humans…

The monkey took a deep breath and gave a thought to something less troublesome. Schuldig wasn’t going to be here. She hated it. The entire reason she had signed up for this was to have him get the chance to see her fight it out, but no…his work demanded he miss it. He had told her he wouldn’t be showing up, though at least he didn’t seem to happy about it either. He had almost yelled at her for even bringing it up.  Bright eyes watched as somebody had been lifted up through the ceiling….and then another person…Sasuga gave a soft hum as she wondered if there was a certain order to this..Surely there was.

People surrounding her seemed nervous, scared even and for a moment she faltered once more. Maybe…she should back out now…something still seemed off. But there was a loud sound followed by a roar  of the crowds from up above and she felt ready again…Ready and curious…