his best role yet

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Our flowering knights are certainly looking good! (But wait–where are Yeo Wool and Han Sung??)

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Why Usnavi is a bad cousin.

Usnavi spent all of In the Heights forgetting Sonny. Or simply not including his cousin in his future. In the opening number, “one day I’ll be on the beach with Sonny writing checks to me”. Completely ignoring the fact that Sonny would basically alone without one of the few familial figures he has left. In the first scene of the show he reiterates the fact that he wants to leave Sonny behind to fend for himself without thinking of the repercussions.

In 96,000 we see Usnavi again, making plans without Sonny in them. He’ll send money on Vanessa, he’ll send money on Abuela and himself, but not his own cousin.

Let’s not forget about the fact that he left Sonny all by himself during the blackout. He left Sonny, a teenager, with no weapons with which to defend himself, alone at the bodega. There’s a whole scene in the show about he neglects to call Vanessa, who at this point isn’t even his girlfriend. They never mention the fact that Usnavi didn’t bother to make sure that Sonny was safe.

In the beginning of act two when Usnavi decides to close the bodega, he doesn’t realize that the store is the only source of income for Sonny. Without the bodega and Usnavi there to run it, he won’t have any way to provide for himself. When Abuela and Usnavi talk about what to do with their lotto winnings, she’s the one who decides to give money to Sonny. Usnavi would probably never have thought about him.

In Carnaval Del Barrio, when Sonny can finally confront Usnavi with how he’s been neglected, Usnavi deflects. Instead of apologizing or taking accountability for his actions, he thinks that giving Sonny some of the money will make everything better. Not to mention that Usnavi doesn’t tell Sonny that he is leaving the country, indefinitely, until literally the day before. If I haven’t been able to convince you that Usnavi is a bad cousin, this should do it. He is about to leave the country, where Sonny won’t be able to contact him. Sonny is about to be without his cousin. He already lost his aunt and uncle, there’s no mention of Sonny’s parents. Sonny is about to lose his only family member. Usnavi doesn’t seem to notice.

After Abuela dies, and Sonny has officially lost every family member, and Usnavi is still going to the Dominican Republic. He doesn’t think about the fact that Sonny is grieving too, that he might want his cousin there, so that they can get through this together. It’s not just Usnavi leaving either. Vanessa is moving downtown, Nina has to go back to collage, Dani and Carla are closing the salon and moving to the Bronx.

In the scene before Champagne, Sonny  once again tells Usnavi that he has been a bad cousin, Usnavi, again, thinks that money will make everything better. Says they’ll talk about it tomorrow. Tomorrow is when he’s leaving. They’ll talk about it before he leaves. You can’t really talk about why your cousin needs you to stay when you’re about to get on a plane.

So in Champagne when Vanessa tells Usnavi that Sonny doesn’t have role models, it all comes flooding in. He realizes that he hasn’t been the best role model for his cousin, and yet, it’s not enough for him to stay. Not until Pete paints the mural of Abuela. He see’s the mural and it reminded of everything he loves about Washington Heights. One of those things is Sonny. Not until then can he really truly see that Sonny needs him, and he needs Sonny. That’s why that moment is one of my favorite parts of the show. In the book the stage directions say ‘Usnavi starts to say something, gets choked up, and motions to his own heart’, before Sonny goes with Pete to tell everyone Usnavi is staying. I don’t know if it makes up for how Usnavi treated Sonny, but it makes for a damn good ending to the show. Usnavi does end up staying, and hopefully he’ll start treating Sonny better. Sonny deserves a cousin who will take care of him, and I think Usnavi can eventually become that.

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Love is The Promise’s stock in trade. Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, this historical romance features epic, emotional stories — captured in 72 days across 20 locations throughout Spain, Malta, Portugal and New York — all set against the backdrop of the Armenian genocide. “Along with this heavy topic, we’ve created a very moving and emotional love quadrangle that carries us through the film,” says Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), the film’s director and co-writer. “We set out to create something that would appeal to a broader audience. This is a big, old-fashioned love story that takes place during a very dark period in history.”

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“Maybe You Didn’t Love Me After All.”

Peter Maximoff x Reader

Requested? Yes.

Prompt: #11: “Maybe you didn’t love me after all.”

Warnings: mentions of cheating, swearing, sad Peter

A/N: I feel so emo today…


People, but not necessarily everyone, told you how Peter was. He could not seem to keep a relationship for very long nor did he seem to be very committed. No matter what they said, you still for the silver haired boy. Peter made you laugh, he made you feel like you didn’t have to be so stressed out all the time, etc. So why? Why was it that the world seemed to hate you and next thing you knew, you found him kissing some other girl?

Cliche, maybe, but hey, cliche things could still happen to people, it wasn’t just in movies.

Did you know how to cope with seeing that? Nope. What happened? Oh, I will not so gladly explain what had previously happened.

You’re kidding me, right? Maybe you didn’t love me after all,” You half-heartedly laughed, your arms crossed over your chest as you stared blankly at Peter and this girl that you had no idea the name of.

Peter was good at many things, but one thing he wasn’t very good at was his emotions. Mostly the romantic ones. Sure, he could flirt and his looks seemed to be a bonus with the ladies, but when it came to commitment? He was fairly last. He didn’t have anyone to go to for advice and nor did anyone give it to him. Most may say his dad isn’t the best role-model, but he hadn’t even told Erik yet for that matter.

The boy watched as his girlfriend walked off, not so much in an angry matter, but as if she was confused and wasn’t really controlling her legs. Like someone who seems lost. The girl he was with…she didn’t matter, he realized that. He knew that. So what made him do it? Maybe he was a bit scared to actually be committed to someone. Lame excuse, he knew that, but people made mistakes.

The girl he was with tried to distract him, said his girlfriend wasn’t worth his time and he snapped at her. “I want you go,” he rolled his eyes, pushing her hands away from him in disgust.

“Dude, I’m telling you. Get her flowers,” Scott told his friend. Kurt nodded, “and chocolate. I heard that’s a nice thing to give,” he added after Scott.

Was he really going to? What was he going to say after that? How would he apologize?

He soon answered one out of three of those questions when he found himself knocking on the door to your room, awkwardly holding flowers in one hand and chocolates in the other.

“…Did you even pay for those?” You asked, raising an eyebrow as you leaned against the door frame, staring at him.

Peter sighed, slightly rolling his eyes as he gave you a look. “You’re concern is if I paid? I…did something stupid, and that’s what you say to me?” He said, staring at you in disbelief. You should be smacking him, punching him, maybe telling him you don’t want anything to do with him, and honest to god, thinking that you were about to say that made him so close to crying.

“I’m confused,” you simply said, stepping aside to let him in and letting him rest the flowers and chocolates on your desk. “I don’t know if I should slap you-”

“I don’t know much about the whole commitment thing,” he cut you off. “I don’t know what it is like to commit to someone. I don’t know what it’s like to any of that. I met you and, god, you’ve been driving me insanely crazy and I’m scared to commit to you. People have left me, [Y/N], and I think the reason I am scared to commit to you is because you might find someone who is better than I am. I can’t take back what I did, but I would if I could, you know that. And you know that I love you.”

“I know.”

“What, you don’t love me?” He frowned.

“You idiot, of course I love you,” you half smiled, wrapping your arms around his neck as you pulled him in for a sweet kiss.

“Our Peter is growing up so fast!” You heard Scott yell from the doorway, grabbing onto Kurt as they disappeared from the hall after receiving a glare from the two of you.

“How about you come lay down with me and we could eat that box of chocolates you gave me?” You suggested before giving him another small kiss on the lips. You could kiss those lips forever if you had wanted to, and you sort of were wishing that you could.

“That depends. Am I forgiven?” Peter smirked, his hands resting on your waist lightly as he looked down at you. You rolled your eyes playfully and smiled, “only if you cuddle and eat chocolates with me.” “Deal.”