home is where the vlog is


With Thanksgiving tomorrow I wanted to bring this old vlog back. In this Mark was home for Thanksgiving and this was REALLY soon after I started watching Mark’s videos. It was right when he was posting To The Moon and I loved it so much I would constantly check youtube to see if a new part was out yet. This was back before Mark had a schedule and he just posted whenever lol It was when I found out Mark was from Cincinnati too and I was just !!!! omg that’s where I live! lol 

This video is very nostalgic in a way. When Mark was super floofy and I was still learning about him and the community. I was going through a pretty rough patch back then and finding Mark inspired me to create and that really helped pull me out of that.

I just wanted to say that I’m so thankful for being a part of this awesome community. Thank you~

Buddi Loves ALL OF YOU!!

i cannot believe the lack of youtuber au’s. i mean, bitty is canonically a youtuber. where’s the au where jack is a history youtuber, bitty is a baking youtuber/vlogger, shitty screams about social justice, lardo makes painting timelapses and talks about art, ransom talks about anxiety and mental illness, holster sings and rants about broadway, dex talks about home repair and demonstrates how to fix stuff, and nursey does slam poetry and vlogs. they all either reach out to eachother or meet at vidcon

edit: i wrote this at 4:30 am and i spaced out on adding chowder even though i had him planned out. he’s a scuba diver in california who dives with sharks and stuff. he’s also very into the filming side of youtube and all of his videos are very relaxing and aesthetic. also he does lots of girlfriend tags with farmer. farmer’s channel is her recording various strength training workouts and chowder helps with those sometimes


So Taylor’s been following me for over 2 years now and she’s showed up for me somewhat regularly ever since she followed me which I’m incredibly grateful for (like INCREDIBLY). When she did secret sessions last era, I didn’t even have a fan account for anything and I got all the news off insta and my best friends in real life @thislove-brittany and @thosegeorgiastars13 when we would come into school and talk about how some extremely lucky fans got to go into her home and hang with her for hours on end. At that point we all almost had to laugh because we live in Australia and we weren’t known AT ALL by Taylor and we just told ourselves it was such a far fetched dream it was ridiculous… Fast forward a few months later that next year in 2015, when Taylor followed me – I believe to this day she saw a photo of B, G and I posing as Bad Blood characters, and she followed me from that. So basically the first memory I have of Taylor acknowledging my existence was shared with my 2 best friends, but let me now continue with the story….

 On the 1st of January this year, I wrote this post: 

About 4 weeks ago, things at uni went downhill and I had quite literally hit rock bottom in terms of my stress and my future regarding uni. At the same sort of time Taylor had started joining people’s livestreams but she would do so between the hours of 3-7am Australian time so I just kept waking up to her lurking people and watching their lives while I had zero chances in the first place and it was there and then that I thought to myself ‘I’m never meeting her, I have negative hope that I’ll ever meet Taylor” and basically I spent a few days not logging in very much because I was so upset about everything and just didn’t want to bother. But then I started having so many fun events like friends and family birthday parties over those next few weekends and life felt a bit better. During one of those weeks, Taylor had seen 2 or 3 of my tumblr posts where I complimented people’s selfies and it hit me then that good things were still coming and that she still probably maybe had her eye on me (but it was still just wishful thinking). Then London SS happened and my best friend from England, Katy aka @ethereal-swiftness ended up meeting T and I’d sent her an ask about keeping the secret and Taylor saw that a day later and once again I really started to feel things again and it was almost as if right then I knew something was coming for me – like I just knew.

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A Summary of all the Fallout 4 Factions
  • Minutemen: Oh, you have a son lost out in the Wasteland, presumably in the clutches of an evil organization that everyone lives in fear of? Fuck off another settlement needs your help.
  • The Institute: We're just nerds, but, like... EVIL nerds...
  • Gunners: Haha you wanted to travel in peace EAT LASERS YOU DICK
  • Raiders: *Sees a Power-Armour-clad, Gatling-Laser-wielding, self-healing death machine charging at full speed towards them*
  • Diamond City: *insert snarky comment about you being an outsider here*
  • Goodneighbor: We're the most chill dudes in the Commonwealth as long as you don't fuck up our shit.
  • Covenant: Suspicious? What's a suspicious I've never even heard of that why don't you stay forever in our lovely home where nothing bad ever happens not even remotely related to synths at all hahahahaha
  • Vault-Tec: *shitty vlog YouTube intro* Hey what is up everybody! It’s ya boi Vault-Tec here with another social experiment where we’re gonna see how many people REALLY value the life of a black man! Let’s go!
  • Pillars of the Community: Give us your shit. That's-that's it. There's nothing else to it. Just give us your shit you asshole. Just give us-just give us your- JUST GIVE US YOUR SHIT NOW JUST-

“I said I wouldn’t cry!”

I was going to colour this but I feel like this looks a lot nicer as just lines.

The Vlog really got to me… gah………>>>…>>. I tend to internalise a lot of my problems and lash out when people try to ask me about them. I push people away because I don’t want to be the one who gets rejected. 

It’s nice to know that I’m not alone.

Also, Dreamworks put klance in the tags. Dreamworks wyd :0

ALSO also, I really like the Korean Keith AU. Maybe it’s because I’m Korean. Idk. AAHHHh

There’s an AU where Haggar shows Lance his greatest fear (being ignored by the team and made insignificant and unneeded basically) but the vlog made me think of what Keith would see. Probably Shiro taking the Black Lion and him being sent back to his shack on earth because he’s not needed anymore. He probably sees himself staring up at the stars, trying not to cry, wondering if someone, somewhere actually wants him around.

“We don’t need you anymore.”
"I- I…”
“Go home.”



the evidence:

  • dan trying out a new angle to film his liveshow that prevents us from seeing the majority of his room
  • using the younow app on his phone instead of using his laptop
  • avoiding any questions specifically asking why he’s sitting on his bed and why he’s using the mobile app
  • the corner of his room was completely fucking empty and void of his lamp and the wirrow painting that usually hangs above his bed
  • said he was RELOCATING the wirrow art
  • rearranging his possessions for a more aesthetic video background
  • contemplating a new video setup overall
  • whipped some keys out of no where and started jingling them all over the place
  • no more liveshows for 3 weeks

the outcomes:

  • the chaotic good outcome: dan and phil move into a new house together in may and vlog themselves stepping through the front door and we get to see their first reactions to official home ownership and then they also vlog themselves going to the shelter to adopt a new member of their family
  • the chaotic neutral outcome: dan and phil stay in their apartment together and dan just does a lot of rearranging in his room for a new monotone and minimalistic video background with houseplants (but they still end up moving later)
  • the chaotic evil outcome: there is no chaotic evil outcome because chaotic evil would imply that dan and phil are never going to move and that just isn’t correct

anonymous asked:

im not too involved with the voltron fandom, mainly because it is so poisonous, but the writing for lance does seem very inconsistant, and it feels like every time they have some character development for him, he reverts back to his season 1 behaviour.

i mean if by season 1 behavior you mean him acting like a goofball, him flirting with girls, him talking himself up like he’s the coolest thing since sliced bread….that’s who he is. that’s his personality. that’s not something he grows out of and that’s not something he reverts back to like he’s regressed as a character. 

lance season 1 is us getting a taste of who he is on the surface. he’s a loud mouth who talks a lot. he flirts with girls constantly, so much so that he’ll botch a mission if one successfully distracts him. he makes jokes to lighten the mood (self-deprecating jokes where keith is concerned bc hello imaginary rivalry). and he’s all around light hearted and meant to add some comic relief to the show. 

as we got further in the show, especially when we got to seasons 2-3, we got to see a deeper side of him. he’s got insecurities that sort of make him wonder where his place on this team is. he misses home terribly. he’s able to learn to put aside his own desire for glory for the good of the team. he’s able to quit the stupid rivalry with keith in favor of supporting him as their new leader and helping him where he sees he needs it.

all that development doesn’t go away because lance decides to act like a little playboy during season 4. that doesn’t go away because he has a comedic scene with kaltenecker, allura, and coran. that doesn’t go away because he’s signing autographs and flirting with girls and being funny. that doesn’t go away because he spends an entire vlog talking about his crush on allura and meeting other girls. 

everything i mentioned above – his goofiness, his leadership skills, his flirting, his unending support for his teammates – that’s lance. he’s not reverting and he’s not regressing. he’s showing us multiple sides of him. that’s what you call a well rounded character. lance especially is nice because you can appreciate him from a comedic standpoint as well as value him for the way he’s grown as a voltron paladin. 

there’s nothing inconsistent about his writing. likely what people are annoyed about is that his development is not being highlighted in every single episode. to which i say – there are 5 other main characters that need screen time and need development and lance can’t be the center of it all. 

character development doesn’t always mean “i’ve become a totally different person.” sometimes it means “i’ve become a multi-faceted person with different sides and depths to me.” 

zimbits facebook au

Here’s some ramble for a zimbits (what? whoda thunk) alternate meeting thing.

Samwell has a missed connections page on Facebook. All our favs follow it, mainly for lols and as a procrastination method. Like any good zimbits-at-samwell au, Bitty is not on the hockey team. He’s just a regular, non-athletic student (well he’s athletic, but, like, not on a team on campus, you get what I’m saying).

Jack takes photos still because I love incorporating photography into my fics. So he takes a photo, let’s say of some geese, and when he’s looking through the photos later, he notices Bitty in the background of one of them. It’s not in a creepy, “oh my god that person is so sexy I’m want to date/bone them” way, more like “do I know this person from somewhere?”

So anyway, Jack maybe mentions it at team bfast and people are like “we’re going to solve the shit outta this case! Let’s get us a floral van and a dog!”. Impressive sounding, but really all they do is post the photo to the Facebook page (Samwell Campus Missed Connections) with like a “if anyone knows who this is, please let the hockey captain know because he recognizes you but can’t remember where from and it’s bugging him and driving us mental”… or something to that effect.

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“Nice to Meet You”

Alex Ernst x Reader 

request: do you do alex ernst imagines? can you do one where the reader is an up and coming youtuber and she’s visiting LA to see if she wants to move there and she meets alex?

    As you boarded your plane at 2:00 a.m, you hugged your family and home-town friends goodbye. You had visited L.A so frequently to hang out with people you had met or to audition for commercials, ads, movies, and separate things, but at the moment, you were focusing on your career as a youtuber, you decided to Check out L.A as a place to live, permanently.

    You weren’t some hot shot youtube star with 1 million subs, but you were close, with 750,000 people were bound to recognize you, especially in a place like Los Angeles. You were staying with your close friend Y/F/N who recently moved to L.A but wasn’t anyone famous, once you heard first class being called you knew it was time for you to board, You hugged your family one last time and grabbed your bags while reaching in your wallet to grab your ticket. 

    As you walked out of the airport, your legs were shaking, the warm climate was nothing like you were used to, sure, it got hot where you lived, but nothing even close to this, it was almost comfortable but something made the air taste different. Pulling down your sunglasses, you walked over to the car where your best friend was waiting. 

“Hey! ready to go?” 

    Your friend asks with such excitement, they pull out a list with stuff they want to do while your there, and you roll your eyes, you knew something like this would happen, considering Y/F/N was so organized all the time, unless it came to their room. 

“Let’s get this show on the road”

You laughed hopping into the passenger side of the car, headed towards downtown L.A.

You got out of the car and instantly heard the sound of millions of people talking, some recording, others yelling at random people on the street, it reminded you of New York, a place you wanted/had to visit so many times.

    You pulled out your vlog camera and started talking, this was normal for downtown Los Angeles, it was the center of youtubers, you probably passed about 10 people holding video cameras, you talked to your fans about possibly living in L.A and if they saw you to come up and ask for a photo 

“Don’t be shy”

were your words exactly. 

   As you were telling your camera about some really exciting differences you’ve seen between your home city and L.A, you bumped into a stranger causing your camera to drop to the ground. 

“I’m so sorry” 

   The stranger said, picking up the camera and placing it back in your hands. 

“Don’t worry about it, I’m new in downtown L.A, better watch where I vlog next time”

    You laughed wiping the dirt of the camera previously placed in your hand, you looked into the strangers eyes and noticed how inviting they seemed, after an awkward moment of staring he coughed and said

“I’m Alex, you Mentioned you were new here?” 

“Yeah, just arrived, and I’m y/n” 

     You shook his hand, and he told you to wait, he pulled out a black sharpie and flipped your hand onto it’s back, exposing your palm. He pulled the cap off with his teeth, leaving the cap between his lips, he wrote his number on the palm of your hand, and told you…

“If you need anything call, I’m Alex, once again” 

    He added for the second time, winking and walking away, and as you watched his figure disappear in the crowd you turned to your friend saying…

“I think I’m going to like it here”

Vlogger Confessions

Youtuber AU where Simon is a daily vlogger and Baz has no idea what his roommate is always filming.

For @snowbaz-feda

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]

Part 2

I don’t really care about the cameras anymore, I’m used to him talking around the flat.

I’ve been wondering what’s like, to see his vlogs. From what I can see, he always tries to be an optimistic person on camera, and film funny little things that he wants to share.

The problem now, is that he’s always here. I just got home from classes and he’s trying to open a letter, while also trying to vlog and it’s ridiculous.

He notices me, “Hey Baz can you uh… help me?” I roll my eyes, but I do before going to my bedroom.

The problem of him being here all the time, is because he keeps distracting me. If I’m in the living room, he starts talking to me or makes me go with him grab some scones, he’s addicted to the bloody thing.


It’s Saturday and Snow is doing a live show again, he asks me to say hello to everyone and I do. I would do anything, if he always rewarded me with his stupid smiles, like he’s doing right now.

“Do you want me to bring you scones on my way home?” He gives me an even bigger smile, when I ask him.

In the evening, I’m in my bed when I call him over.

“Need anything?” He says, with his laptop in one hand and then he starts to enter my bedroom, “Can I sit too? I need to edit.”

“You may not” I tell him but he doesn’t stop. To my disgrace, Snow has already learned that sometimes, I say things I don’t mean.

Having him in my bed, with only a few inches separating us, feels like torture. I keep glancing at him, because his mouth is slightly open. All I can do is imagine myself reach for him, turn his face in my direction and kiss him, then bite his lip to see what he would do.

“If Penny comes here tomorrow, can you ask her to bring my book?” This wasn’t what I wanted to ask, but I called him over so I had to say something.

Sometimes he lets me see him edit, like now. He’s fast cutting pieces and putting them together, in order for the final version. I’m in there sometimes, in the footage, he asked me if it was okay and I said I don’t mind really mind.

Perhaps tomorrow I can ask to see his videos, for some reason, Snow is still embarrassed about them.


I knock on his door and when I enter. He’s laying down on his bed, almost asleep editing a video. If I didn’t know better, I would say that he’s looking like this just to mess with me.

“Hey Baz” and he gives me a sleepy smile. I can feel myself beginning to blush.

“I can see that you’re busy, we can talk tomorrow.”

“No no, you can stay, I’ve just finished editing anyway.”

“Can I see it?” Because he just said that I can stay, and I’m feeling bold so I decide to sit on his bed to make my point, “Come on Snow, I appear in your videos, only fair you let me see them.”

He’s looking at me, like he’s trying to figure me out “Okay fine, I’ll show you today’s video, It’s not long so you won’t get bored.”

If only he knew how much I like listening to him, about random things. I even heard him complaining about me once, I almost laughed at how ridiculous it all was.

As soon as the vlog starts though, I know that this was a bad idea. He’s in bed, saying good morning to everyone, telling them that he’s gonna meet Penny later on and that they’re gonna go to the beach. I can’t stop looking at his chest, there’s a constellation of little moles painted there, that I desperately want to have a closer look.

When he’s about to leave the house, I appear in the vlog to give him his scones, he thanks me before leaving, and keeps talking about how such a nice roommate I am.

I glance at him and he’s blushing, but not taking his eyes off the screen. The rest of the vlog is just him and Penny, almost getting attacked by a seagull because they were eating fish and chips, and I laugh at that.

He’s laughing lightly by my side too, and I love how good this feels, feeling his body heat because our shoulders and legs are touching, and I have to restrain myself to not get closer to him.

When we finish, I ask to see another video, which takes him a few moments, but he chooses one called dragging my roommate outside, and I snort because I remember that day all too well.

He had a camera in one hand and was trying to convince me to go to the beach, to which I said no several times, so he just grabbed my hand and pulled me, until we were out of the building.

That was a good day, we grabbed some food and went to the pier. Snow wanted to make a timelapse of the sunset, so we just sat there talking and looking at the sea. The end result of the timelapse was actually quite good so I praise him for that. The video finishes with him in bed, saying he had a great time with me.

I’m looking at him and I realize that I’m falling in love with this moron, fuck. I’m falling for Simon and this is not going to end well.

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Joe Sugg x Reader - Coat Lending

Joe had a bunch of meetings beginning midday and ending in the evening. I, of course, accompanied him watching my boyfriend being fully focused in excitement for his new projects. It was always adorable how his light blue eyes would widen and face would light up, as he smiled nodding with the people in the board room. I loved going along with him and seeing his element on the business side of his YouTube career, so I always tried to go when I had a free day. But now it was nighttime in London with the cold and frost already catching up to us. We had a car drop us from his management office near the river because Joe and I wanted to do some shopping. Joe clogged a little bit of the day in morning, partial at the meeting and in taxi, so I’d say he’d have 12 minutes of footage.

“The meetings today looks like everything sounds good.” I say looking over at my boyfriend proudly.
“Yeah, yeah I know. I’m really excited, they’ve been wanting to do more things with Caspar too. But I have to get these vlog and gaming videos up. Oh and edit my main channel…” Joe started to ramble with slight concern. I gripped his hand firmer to calm him, “Hey.”
He stopped and began to take a breath, walking slower, he gave a cute bittersweet smirk on his face.
“Stop worrying okay? You need to relax Joe. You’re working yourself too hard.” I tell him carefully as he pulls me into his chest for hug. He’s wearing many layers, a beanie along with a hoodie, yet I can still smell his sweet fragrance mixed with his natural scent. He feels (and smells) like home.
“I love you y/n.” Joe says as he kisses me atop my forehead, “You always know how to handle me.” I giggle as does he, and we point to a Nike store. I buy some new sneakers, then Joe runs to the Adidas one. I roll my eyes, “Adidas is obviously better y/n.” I laugh as both are fine and he knows that, but Joe loves to banter.
After we go to Topman and Joe gets a few more things, I a top from TopShop and Joe vlogs a bit more. It’s now about 7PM and I feel the London frost really coming down.
I had about 3 layers on, but my smaller hoodie wasn’t enough nor the jacket above it. Joe and I walked hand in hand to a part of the London bridge because we figured it would look pretty and be relaxing, but I was shivering. The site of Joe illuminated in front of all the lights on the city were beautiful, but I couldn’t help the fact I was immensely cold. After Joe filmed a bit of me and it for the vlog, he quickly set the camera down as he saw me.

“y/n?!” I turned around looking to Joe and felt the cold air hit my face. “You look freezing! Oh my gosh are you okay?”
I don’t know why but I just shrugged,
“Yeah, fine.”
Joe practically ran over to me the few feet he was away, and touched me by the arms and face. I chuckled a little at his fitness and the surprised look on his face when he felt my cold surface.
“You’re freezing!” He proclaimed and I hid myself grinning from the people looking at us from his loud action.
“Babe, take my jacket.” Joe said very protectively, but the causality of the sweet British accent was clear. His jacket was halfway off in a matter of seconds. I tried to ignore the gesture, “No–no it’s fine…”
Swiftly Joe’s warm long black coat was draped over me with the lion like hoodie. I laughed and Joe smiled at me in satisfaction. It did feel amazing warm and I felt fine again right away.
“Thanks baby.” I say kissing him as he fixes my good admiring me with his pretty eyes.
“You look better in it that me anyways.” Joe flirtatiously says smoothly. He draws me in for a kiss on the lips, on top of the bridge with the pretty view behind us. London might be freezing, but we were hotter than ever.

After a little awhile longer, I tap on Joe.
“I’m hungry, can we go eat?” I ask and he nods.
“Oh yeah. I need to my girlfriend warm
and fed, of course.”
I giggle at his dorky statement and he walks me back vlogging as the two of us laugh and talk to the camera. We reach a restaurant we both like and walk in. I feel warm and fuzzy inside, and it’s all thanks to my favorite person in the world, Joe Sugg.

Bonus Part!

I woke up the morning after we went home, to see a bunch of twitter messages and notifications more than I usually get. Confused I rub my eyes to look and see a sleepy Joe beside me. Obviously he went to sleep later than me as always, probably staying up to edit a video; always working this one. I scoff and when seeing the explanation for my Twitter going nuts, my assumptions are right.

I scroll to see the pictures posted of the one frame where I’m coat-less and the other one not.
“@joe_sugg he’s so slick. bruh we see you giving @y/t/n your coat.”
Even Zoe caught it and replied,
“Ok, but look how cute my brother and his girlfriend are!! @Y/t/n & Joe_Sugg love you two Xx”

I respond with emoji hearts to Zoe and laugh to myself at the numerous reactions. We didn’t even think to mention the coat ending up in the vlog, it was so random but yes, ridiculously romantic.
Leave it to Joe to stay up all night editing and uploading a vlog early, I admire the gorgeous sleeping man in bed and see his coat in the corner of my eye just hung up in his closet. I giggle and put my phone down. I lay back into bed and beside Joe’s shirtless chest as I feel his peaceful breathing. Since when did everything become so perfect?

trust me

this is hella fluffy, I hope you all enjoy!

Word Count: 1,600+ 

Rating: PG

“Hey gorgeous, have you seen my laptop anywhere?” Joe called out to you from the bedroom.

“It’s out here!” You called back, zipping the final bag that you had gathered by the door. It was very convenient for you that Joe was just about the deepest sleeper you had ever met. It had given you plenty of time to pack his bag and yours and edit his main channel video for him all last night before climbing into bed beside him.

“Can you bring it to me?”

“Nope, you’ll have to come out here and get it.” Your answer was met with a groan, followed by the creak of the bed and a shuffle of feet. Your boyfriend emerged shirtless, rubbing sleep from his eyes before seeing all the bags. You could practically see the gears turning in his mind, running through all the possibilities.

“You didn’t forget anything. It’s a surprise from me!” You explained with a grin, but you knew his next response.

“Love, that sounds amazing, but I’ve got meetings today,” he looked almost guilty. He hated when he was too busy to spend time with you.

“Cancelled. I can be pretty persuasive when I want to. I also edited and scheduled your main channel video for Sunday.”

“We’re gonna be gone on Sunday? It’s Thursday!” You rolled your eyes at him, coming over to give him a kiss. He relaxed at your touch, hugging you close. His skin was warm against you as you ran your nails gently on his back, one of his favorite things.

“Will you quit worrying and let me do something nice for you? Everything is covered and planned out, you just have to trust me. Now, go get dressed, we’re leaving in twenty. And pack your vlogging camera!” With that you backed off of him, heading to the kitchen to pack some snacks.

“This is actually incredible,” Joe was practically beaming as he drove. You’d taken it upon yourself to rent one of his dream cars; a jeep wrangler. You’d simply put the address into your phone and decided to let him drive while you told him where to go. He was like a child on Christmas behind the wheel, the wind blowing through both of your hair, seeing that the top was down and the doors were off.

“Are we going home?” He asked as you continued to drive. You just shook your head – even though you weren’t going back to Wiltshire, you weren’t going to give him any hints. He had his vlogging camera secured on the dash, and you were both jamming out to some of your favorite old songs, holding hands on the center console. You couldn’t help but smile – it wasn’t often that you got alone time with your boyfriend. Between all his events, his work responsibilities, meetings and videos, the only time you really truly got together was the mornings and the evenings. It made this whole getaway that much more exciting.

Joe got worse as the drive went on, trying to coerce you to tell him your final destination, with puppy dog eyes and little pleas. By the end it was quite the triumph for you to be able to say you didn’t break.

He had fallen quiet as you got closer to your destination, admiring the forest around the two of you. The road narrowed and his awe grew with each turn you took. The wildflowers were blooming all around, shaded by massive, ancient trees. It was like something out of a fairytale. And nestled away amongst the trees was a tiny little cottage (an air b&b that you had managed to snag for four nights).

“No way. Is this where we’re staying?” Joe’s face lit up when you nodded. He parked the car and was out of it before you even had your seatbelt off. He ran to your side of the car, pulling you out and spinning you around.

“Thank you for this,” he murmured, kissing you slowly before putting you down.

“You’re very welcome,” you smiled, and though his hair was already messy from the ride, you ruffled it anyways and planted another kiss on his lips before taking his hand and leading him inside.

The cottage was cute and rustic, with a small kitchen and a cozy couch in the other room. The bedroom was just big enough to be comfortable, but it fit a king size bed that you knew would be enjoyed later, alongside the claw-foot bathtub in the bathroom.

The two of you spent the rest of the day settling in, and then exploring the forest around you. Joe even managed to convince you to climb a few trees, and the two of you sat on the branches, his hand on your hip reassuring you that you wouldn’t fall as you chatted about anything and everything. You made a quick dinner later on (you had packed ingredients for some simple meals to bring) and ate at the tiny kitchen table with glasses of wine and pink cheeks.

It wasn’t until you went back outside in the warm spring air, sunset falling, that things got interesting.

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so. 2016 dan and phil. eating sweet potato fries in bed while binge watching a tv show third day into 2016. dan makes his memes of 2015 video and mentions phil trash #1 and editing tips. then they both switch it up and dan wears more colors on camera than black during january and phil wears more black. pancake day - dan and phil demonstrate how domestic they are with a nice video of phil flipping a pancake on dan’s instagram. dan’s. anyways brit awards - both look amazing. phil doesn’t give a flower to dan and dan is let tf down. they prepare for usa tour lots of cute pictures. ‘this is the most fun i’ve ever had’ signs at a tatinof show with dan lookin like he’s crying. at yt summit they were seen sitting alone together as per usual. somewhere along the line phil signs a formspring answer about being best friends with dan forever. phil goes on a random burst of posting pictures of dan on twitter (burnt finger, doge t shirt, totoro onesie, sleeping on a plane, the list goes on). dans one insta story literally being all about phil (and actually skyping phil even tho they were spending like a few days apart). will dan and phil survive australia video - just like….all of it (‘phil you’re so precious’). dans mentions of phil continuing to increase until it gets to the point where he mentions him every two minutes. phils smoldering magazine model parallel on a train with dan with no explanation. dan calling phil adorable because he’s a hufflepuff. sick phil scene in tatinof doc. generally amazing accomplishments with the tours and the films and just Wonderful Things. continuously updating us on the tv shows they are watching together on their separate liveshows. dan and phil confirming dan is the sun and phil is the moon in their relationship. not wearing trousers with their suit jackets for dils marriage video (not confirmed but dan joked/implied). dan saying he loves phils koala picture. that car picture of dan because it was hot in arizona and dan was still wearing black. dan wearing a stupid hat in a gift shop. that weird video of dan before they started a show. pic of dan sticking his head out of the lounge door. the april calendar picture. the impossible quiz 2. phil lint rolling dan. confirmed password sharing for laptops and phones. phils cereal exposé. dans leggings and phil missing them. phil missing when dan was super tan. dan having a twitter header of him and phil and a bunch of dogs for like a week or so. spooky week and not seeing dan’s neck fully for the last few days. that halloween baking monster pops dan won’t stop mentioning. dan calling phil dad. dan calling phil daddy during a tatinof show. the dapgoose events. phil choking dan. the british online creator awards. dan’s sparkly suit. phil winning two awards and promptly calling dan up to the stage twice. “i’ve spent the majority of 2016 with another person. dan howell.” finishing up tatinof for good. finally performing the cake scene which was far more sexually charged than any french girl drawing could have been. dan being emotional. two joint liveshows? gamingmas. (honorable mentions: are we best friends or fiends, katamari, dance evolution, bubble bobble, gang beasts, crossy road, undertale #10). being gorilla princes in that super cute show. dan naming a ratata after phil. dan posting aesthetic pictures on instagram including his all black mirror selfie god bless. youtube rewind 2016 and phil in a fur-lined jean jacket. dan being all alone for a weekend and posting about bee movie yaoi. performing with james corden and then realizing they never responded to his tweet. how did honey get in my bellybutton? …danta claus and ur lap-land lol ..i guess. phil mystocking. sometimes i dream about being one of the reindeer galloping through the sky with leather straps tying me to my friends mm yes carrots please. pinof 8???? resulting bloopers????? dan! with! colin! the! dog! phil’s lady bug selfie that killed us all. new merch and the sweet little plushies. when dan and phil found their own billboard in los angeles. dan’s vegas pictures in dapgo. honestly just dapgo in general. joking about fan service and rebranding. that christmas party they went to where phil did shots and dan went home to edit a video and phil was hungover the next day but wouldn’t admit it. the vlogs of the christmas party showing them sitting closer than everyone else once more. dan’s sexual fantasies shirt. dan liking a picture of someone doing hand hearts around dan and phil. dan lifting up phil. dan being lonely and posing in a picture to model fan art to pass the time. dan replying to someone on twitter saying he took the picture with his arm and front camera. the anime cosplay video and the makoharu parallels. dan’s diss track. phil helping dan film ‘i almost blinded myself’ and almost breaking his hand. dan almost blinding himself. i killed my houseplant. during a liveshow dan found out someone’s dog’s name is mister and he almost cries because he liked it so much. dan implying he had the choice to go on holiday with the lesters. either having matching pokemon go tshirts or sharing it. dan! painting! his! nails! dans bolder fashion choices this year (yeezy sweater, vetements apparel, black calvin klein jean jacket). the gatorgirl hat. getting medicine for phil in hong kong. dan and phil in matching shirts on dan’s birthday. delet. dan and phil talking about cute boys i don’t make the rules. phil’s voice when he answered the phone in pinof. put dan’s sheets on phil’s bed. reviewgate. dan and phil talking to phil’s mum. dan saying, “yeah, we’re good,” without being asked. phil becoming progressively more snarky to dan and calling him and idiot or to shut up. dan being vegan. the milkshake phil spilled in their motel room during a liveshow. dan touching phil’s butt. dan and phil talking to an accountant. gradually dropping hints about where they live. needing storage. wanting a dog. dan learning ‘true love waits.’ dan’s transparent rain coat. phil’s bird shirt. phil wearing the fox jumper and green bomber jacket at the same time. dan being genuinely excited for 2017.

"Boyfriend buys my clothes." (Ethan)

Requested by anonymous: “an imagine where the reader is E’s girlfriend and she has a YouTube channel and they do the girlfriend/boyfriend outfit challenge?”


“E, babe, are you ready?” You called from your bedroom. You had a YouTube channel, and ever since you and Ethan had started dating, it was pretty common for him to appear in your videos.

“Almost. I’m finishing my hair.” He called from the bathroom.

“Oh jeez, this is gonna take forever.” You joked as you finished setting up your camera and your lights.

“Oh, ha ha.” Ethan laughed as he came into your bedroom. You sat on the edge of your bed and started filming.

“Hello everyone, (Y/N) here with another videoooo! Today, I have my lovely boyfriend, Ethan, here with me, and we have sort of a challenge for you.” You said.

“Challenges are always fun.” Ethan said.

“I’ve seen a few videos of this on YouTube, from Gabe and Jess, and Kristin and Marcus, and I thought it would be fun to do with Ethan.” You began explaining. The video idea was that you and Ethan were gonna go shopping and but a couple of outfits for wach other, and just see if they turned out being outfits that other liked and would actually wear.

“Oh man, this is gonna be so good for you. I’m so easy to shop for. And I hate going shopping.” Ethan joked.

“Awe, you’ll be fine.” You said as you kissed the top of his head. “Alright, so we’re gonna go to the mall, we each have $200 and an hour to shop for each other. Nothing is off limits, so you can get whatever we want.” You said.

You drove to the mall and made your way to the food court. You both had your vlog cameras to film your shopping experiences.

“Alright, well thisbis where we separate. We’ll meet back here after an hour, and then go home to go through our outfits.” You said. You waved bye to Ethan as you made your way down the escalator. Throughout the hour, you went in a couple different stores, picking out clothes that you thought Ethan would like, or that you thought he would look good in. You felt pretty good about your purchases and you were anxious to see what his reaction would be, and to see what he had gotten you.

After your hour was up, you went back to the food court and found Ethan sitting at a table on his phone.

“Hey, you ready to go?” He asked. You nodded.

“Yep.” You smiled as you waved your bags. “How do you think you did?” You asked.

“I think I did pretty well. Made some solid choices.” He said. You smiled and headed back out to your car to head home.

“Okay, how are we gonna do this?” Ethan asked as you sat back down in front of the camera.

“I think, we should just swap bags, so into separate rooms and put on the outfits. Are your outfits put together?” You asked. You rummaged through the bags, swapping pieces of clothing.

“Okay, each bag has one complete outfit.” He said, handing you his purchases.

“As do mine.” You said, handing him his bags, then you turned to the camera. “Alright, we’re gonna go put on our first outfits.” You said. You walked into the bathroom and grabbed one of the bags to put on your outfit. Once dressed, you met Ethan back in your room.

“Ah, yes. I knew that would look good on you.” He said when he saw you. Your outfit was a white and black flannel that Ethan had paired with a black tank top to wear underneath and a pair of denim jeans.

“I said the same about this jacket when I picked it up.” You smiled. The first outfit you picked out dor him was a gray t-shirt that you paired with a pair of ripped black jeans and a black jacket. “While putting this outfit together, I could really picture you in it, and I reallt liked it. And now, actually seeing you in it, I like it a lot more.” You said. You then went off to change into your other outfits.

“Okay, this romper is really cute.” You said as you came back into your room. It was a pink color and had a floral print. “This is a really nice summer outfit.” You said as you looked at yourself in your camera screen.

“Wow, that looks really nice on you. The color compliments your skin tone.” Ethan said.

“Yeah, it does. You did a good job with this one.” You smiled, kissing him. “What do you think about your outfit?” You asked him.

“I like this one more than the first one. It’s more of a casual look, but more than just a t-shirt.” Ethan said. The second outfit you picked for him was a navy blue button up shirt that you paired with khaki pants.

“This top makes your arms look really good.” You smiled as you ran your fingers up and down his biceps.

“Well, looks like I’ll be wearing this pretty often then.” Ethan said with a smirk, wrapping his arms around your waist.

“Okay, all in all, I think we both did a pretty good job. We both got each other outfits that we’d both definitely wear again.” You said to your camera.

“Yeah, for sure. This was fun. And we both stayed under budget.” Ethan said.

“Oh yeah, we stayed way under budget. Um, I encourage all of you to go out and try this with your boyfriends or girlfriends. Aside from being fun, it gives you an excuse to shop, which is always nice.” You laughed. “Oh, also, we filmed a video over on Ethan and Grayson’s channel.”

“Yes, we had Grayson put us to the test to see how much we really know about each other and our relationship.” Ethan said.

“But other than that, we’re gonna go. Make sure to give this video a thumbs up, and subscribe if you’re not already. Thanks for watching, byeeeeee.” You said as you waved to the camera. You turned off the camera and got ready to start editing.


Okay, after writing this, I think this would be really funny for the twins to do this for their channel, but put together ridiculous outfits for each other. 😂

anonymous asked:

omg a modern-day youtuber au. jim vlogs, does comedy skits, and also plays scary games (which is what he's most known for). spock does makeup reviews, tutorials for (non-volatile) science experiments, and neat math games, tricks, and walk-throughs for the more difficult stuff. bones doesn't have one, but shows up in their videos anyway. they collaborate a lot together. jim's most popular video is of all three of them playing five nights at freddy's w face cam. bones fell out of his chair ;)

  • The first time Bones shows up in one of their videos, it’s mostly coincidental. Spock is in the living room because the lighting works better there. He’s just casually talking about MAC’s new mascara line when Bones just passes by behind him. He’s pulling on his leather jacket, and grabbing an apple from the fruit bowl. “I’m off to work,” he says, kissing Spock’s cheek, “tell Jim I said hi, okay?” “Of course,” Spock says. He doesn’t edit Bones’ brief visit out of the video, and so his first online appearance is made.
  • “Jim, I’m not sure this is a good idea,” Spock says. He’s filming Jim standing on the kitchen table – that’s something that can honestly only go wrong. The ceiling fan is spinning on full speed, and Jim looks awfully determined to do something stupid. “What’s the worst that could happen?” Jim asks, and Spock raises an eyebrow. “You could get seriously hurt,” he replied. “I’ll be fine,” Jim says. Honestly, Spock doesn’t know why Jim insists on doing stupid stunts and getting hurt doing so. Jim probably doesn’t even know, either. Jim gets enough subscribers just based on video games, but he insists on jumping off high things, or, in this case, jump headfirst into a spinning ceiling fan because he made a bet with one of his viewers. Spock also films Bones when he stitches the back of Jim’s head afterwards. “Got anything to say to the audience?” Jim asks to Bones. He looks pained, even though he’s grinning when Bones sits behind him and fixes him up. “Yeah,” Bones says, briefly glancing at Spock’s phone as he films, “don’t try this stupidity at home. Also don’t date a complete idiot.” 
  • Bones shows up in videos more often from that moment on, and people are asking for him. So he assists Spock in this video where he’s manipulating electricity, and they make a smartphone hologram together. He plays against Jim in a game called Ultimate Chicken Horse - and Jim’s views skyrocket when Bones presses a kiss to Jim’s neck to distract him from winning.
  • He’s requested to join in Spock and Jim’s videos more often, but because Bones works fulltime (and then some), and he’s tired when he comes home, he doesn’t always comply to those requests. He’s in almost all of Jim’s vlogs, though. Jim films them on the couch - Bones’ back pressed against Spock’s chest and he’s quietly napping while Spock’s working on crossword puzzles. They’re always just short, uninteresting videos, but they are somehow very popular.
  • Jim often shows up in Spock’s videos, too. They race through a maths exam, which proves that Jim is also incredibly smart - even if Spock finishes it slightly faster. Spock does a make-up tutorial and uses Jim’s face doing so. Bones is his next victim, and even Bones just sits down and lets Spock do his job.
  • Because make-up is literally Spock’s job, and he vlogs about being on a movie set because he’s doing the makeup for the stars of the movie. The vlogs are destined to Jim and Bones, mostly, because he’s on set for the full three weeks they are scheduled to shoot. Jim responds with a vlog of the two of them at home. Bones is going through medical reports, Jim is distracting him with messages from and to Spock, and he’s forcing himself in Bones’ personal space - as usual, until Bones responds to the camera and says just a quick “good luck on set, darlin’.”
  • In Spock’s absence, Bones joins Jim playing video games. Bones has agreed to join Jim for a full playthrough on this game called Outlast, though he has no knowledge of what this game is all about. Pretty much immediately after the first jump scare, however, he regrets promising to sit through the whole game. Jim is tensed while playing, he’s on edge and he’s just saying “I’m so scared,” but it has nothing on Bones. Bones’ hand is on Jim’s arm, his shoulder, the arm rest of his chair. And as soon as they have to run from the first bad guy, Bones is just yelling at Jim - not at the game. “Get in the fucking vent, Jim. The vent! Do I need to fucking spell that out for you?!” “Bones, you’re stressing me out more than the game does!” Jim counters, simultaneously annoyed and amused. The first video ends when they die a gruesome death after having been chased, and Bones just yanks his headphones off. “No. I did not sign up for this.” He says, and like that, he walks out of Jim’s room. Jim glances at the door as it slams shut, and then back in the camera. “Check in for part 2 soon,” he says with a smirk. It’s one of the most watched videos on Jim’s channel from then on, and Bones begrudgingly agrees to continue.
  • But not all is always so great, because Bones has a stressful job, and he doesn’t always understand the obsession his two boyfriends have with just uploading every moment of their lives to YouTube. The morning after Spock’s returned, Jim and Spock quietly shoot a vlog together - which mostly consists of a few kisses and soft “I’m so happy you’re back”, while Bones is still asleep. When he wakes up, though, and he sees a camera, he just groans and turns his back to them. “Bones, don’t you have anything to say about Spock’s return?” Jim asks. “Yeah,” Bones says, “but not to the fucking camera. I was working til midnight last night and I’m hungover- I don’t need everything filmed right now.”
  • It’s fine. It’s understandable. Jim and Spock leave the bedroom to instead film in the kitchen. Or, Jim films while Spock prepares breakfast for the three of them. “Bones and I are playing the Outlast DLC tonight,” Jim explains, “and the three of us are gonna do a Let’s Play of Five Nights of Freddy’s tomorrow. I don’t think we can convince Bones to do any more horror afterwards. It’s not really his thing,” Jim says, and Spock chuckles softly. “He can sleep in between us tonight,” he says with a small smile, and Jim nods. “Sounds good to me.”
  • Bones’ presence in Jim’s videos is hilarious. Because Bones is on edge all the time. He’s literally watching through his fingers, and he absolutely freaks out during the DLC. “Jim, do something!” “This is a cut scene, Bones. I literally can’t-” “Do something! I’m a doctor and that is not how you do surgery– Jim!” Now, Jim is grossed out at everything the main character has to endure, but Bones is literally either standing on his chair or standing behind it - as if that’s going to make the game more bearable. “I hate you for putting me through this,” Bones says, slouches back down in his chair eventually, and Jim laughs. “You love me,” he says, and Bones only huffs.
  • Jim admires Spock from the couch while he’s doing a live Q&A for his audience on science and math questions. And he seems to have little trouble answering every question thrown at him. Spock’s so incredibly intelligent, it almost seems a shame he’s not chasing a career in either fields instead of a makeup artist, but at the end of the day, Spock knows what he enjoys doing professionally. All the nerdy stuff’s just a hobby. Bones passes by Spock, kissing him just briefly. “See you tonight,” Bones says, and Spock nods. “Don’t be late, we’re shooting tonight.” “Yeah, yeah.” Bones says, waving Spock off before kissing Jim goodbye, too.
  • And he’s there, on time. Bones is fine until all three of them sit in that dark room and Jim holds the controller while the other two sit with him. Spock doesn’t seem too affected by horror games. Honestly, the way Bones gets startled every time one of those animatronics jumps out at them scares Spock more than the actual game. And Jim is really trying to win, because he’s not into losing and because he wants to make it through all the nights to see what happens at the end. But his own attention span gets in the way of concentrating on the game, and so he keeps losing and Bones keeps jumping. Eventually, he jumps far and hard enough to topple backwards with his chair. “I’m so done with this shit,” Bones says, getting up from the ground with Spock’s help, “my heart literally hurts, I can’t do this. I hate both of you.” He snarls at them before leaving the room. Spock turns to Jim worriedly. “Do you think we broke him?” “Nah,” Jim says, leaning back in his chair, “he’ll suffer through Outlast 2 with us when it’s released, because he loves us. Plus, we’ll make it up to him tonight.” He finishes, shooting the camera just a short, meaningful smirk, before stopping the recording.

December 2010.

This month was one of the most influential in my little time on earth. It shook up my health - both mental and physical, my relationship with religion, the relationship with my family, ruined my education and changed the direction of my future for the worst. This is the winter I don’t remember, because it was so dark - I have no memories… all I have are my vlogs, my photos and the snippets my interally-dying-self posted online. This person is but a ghost to me. It’s me, but not someone I remember. If I could go back to a point in time and comfort, advise or change - this is where I would go. I’d bring some light to that 17 year old and perhaps the future would have been brighter.

The Earth Chat

So I have a headcanon that the paladins have this whole group chat set up with all their friends and family’s on earth phone numbers in it. It’s full of videos,pictures, and stories from space. (Minus the dangerous ones of course)This is all i have for now. Feel free to add on. Whiteout further ado, here are what I think they’d include in headcanon format. Enjoy!

  • The idea was Lance’s
  • He had a lot of pictures and videos from where they had been so he basically thought “Why not?”
  • When he brought up the idea to the team they all agreed
  • Everything will obviusly be sent when they are in range of earth so before they go home they basically make an explanation video
    • “Hi mom! I’m in space.” 
    • It’s just them giving a short summary to their family on what happened to them
    • It’s kinda like the paladin vlogs but not as angsty ‘cause everyone’s family is going to see this, not just their own
    • That doesn’t stop there from being a few tears
      • Shiro started to tear up a bit because he haan’t allowed himself the luxury of thinking about going back to earth and now its not a hope or possibility, its happening. He’s going to see his family.
    • Matt and Sam are back when they make this
    • Pidge, Matt, and Mr. Holt are together for theirs
      • Mr. Holt gets a little poetic in saying that he loves his wife and can’t wait to see her again.
      • Pidge and Matt talk about getting reunited and specifically Pidge talks about how she got into space
  • Hunk talks about the Balmerra (Idk how to spell it) and a lot of the people he met, and mentions how he has a bunk of stories and recipes that he’ll share when he gets back
  • Lance talks about how he misses them and, like Hunk, about the people he met
    • I see him as a people watcher, extremely observant, and enjoys paying attention to mannerisms
    • Also talking about little gifts that he’s going to give them
  • Lance is behind the camera for all the interviews except from his own
  • When it comes to Keith whoever is dating him will be like “This is Keith. He was lonely, but he’s now my boyfriend and is now part of the family.”
    • Personally I ship Klance but this could work for any ship except Kallura
  • They introduce Allura and Coran in the video and explain who they are 
  • There’s a lot of selfies with aliens and picture of scenery and just random people
  • There will be videos of different gadgets 
    • They’re mainly from Pidge or Matt 
  • Them there’s ones of them goofing off
    • Lance once called Pidge “Pidge Podge” and Keith recorded her chasing him through the castle 
    • Somehow at the space mall they found a saxophone and Kieth turned out to be really good at it
      • “I lived in the middle of nowhere. It got boring.”
      • Shiro recorded him playing ‘Sugar We’re Going Down’ because ever since Lance said “We’re going down swinging” Keith just needed to get the urge to hear it out of his system
    • They had another space snowball fight
    • One was Lance showing off his flexibility and Coran walks in and nearly has a heart attack and then proceeds to try to get home to a healing pod
    • Then there’s the sleep deprived paladins
      •  “Shiro’s weapon is a bitch slap”
      • “How did Alteans know what lions are?”
      • * someone’s random Disney songs at 5 A.M*.   *everyone else joins in*
      • “Turn Zarkon Zarkoff”
      • “If there’s infinite realities then there has to be one where were all badgers”
    • “Can i have a hand?” Cue Shiro pretending to take his prosthetic off and throwing it at them
  • There’s some of flying the lions and forming voltron
    • There was one where they dramatically formed voltron and Matt undercuts the drama and ruins the whole mood by playing one of the power rangers themes from the castle
    • The lion stack was recorded
  • Everyone had a video of their own daily routines
  • Space lessons 
  • When the videos reach home, the families are overjoyed and somewhat disbelieving that what they saw was true. There’s also tears.
    • But when the paladins are on earth, the waterworks start up again
    • Keith get’s welcomed into his s/o’s family easily
    • Allura and Coran are also welcomed to everyne’s families
  • Overall the Earth Chat gives everyone a sense of closure
EXO Reaction to: You Being a Famous Vlogger

Xiumin: is impressed that you’re creative and talented enough to not only create vlogs but be famous for them. he likes watching and re-watching your vlogs when he’s on tour, so he can see what you’re up to and hear your voice

Originally posted by chenrrerorocher

Luhan: is reading the comments. “what? jagi, you should block these people. look at the disgusting things they’re saying about you!”

Originally posted by meiren-menglu

Kris: it’s a way for him to know you’re okay while he’s away, without him having to call or text you 24/7. he watches them before bed, since it helps him relax to know that you’re fine

Originally posted by krismehard

Suho: *watches the vlogs he’s in and cringes at how corny he can be* “do I really say those cheesy things?”

Originally posted by bemineinseoul

Lay: “so you film your life and people sit at home, watching you have fun? why don’t they just go outside and do those things themselves?”

“who cares?” you say. “it’s how I make money”

“fair enough”

Originally posted by laygion

Baekhyun: “I’m guessing you want me to appear in some, right? to up your views?”

“no, thanks, babe. I’m already famous. I don’t need you dragging out some crazy fan girls and ruining that”

“but I’ll make the video better?”

“no you won’t”

Originally posted by pandaluvstofu

Chen: “let’s face it, jagi. the only reason you got so famous is because of that one video where I was about to take off my shirt”

Originally posted by purpleuhan

“that’s my vlog with the least amount of views” you inform him


Originally posted by dyo-soo

Chanyeol: “why do people find this so interesting? you’re just eating your breakfast and walking our dog?”

Originally posted by jungkooktouchbutts

D.O: “so you’re making videos where people get to see you bare faced, in pajama’s and with morning voice? that’s great, babe” jealous, jealous, jealous

Originally posted by kyunseu

Tao: “oh, you want me to be in one?” *completely acts up and steals the spotlight from you*

Originally posted by lil-duckling

Kai: “I’m really proud of you but make sure you talk about me a lot, so people know you’re taken!”

Originally posted by blondejongin

Sehun: thinking, ‘I can’t believe I’ve never been asked to appear in any of these vlogs’

Originally posted by wooyoung

Keith Last-Name-As-Yet-Unknown and his origin story

I basically only read Sheith fics, so I don’t know what goes on in the broader VLD fandom, but I nonetheless have Thoughts about Keith’s backstory. More specifically, his experiences as an orphan.

Canonically, Keith is an orphan. We don’t know much about his family beyond hints (though tbh I’m not sure his hallucinations about his father in BoM were any more “real” than those of Shiro). Sheith fics usually have Keith raised in orphanages and/or foster families.

Children’s services in the USA vary by state, and my experiences are limited to California, but generally speaking, orphanages, in the Dickensian-run-by-nuns sense are a dying species. Orphanages have transitioned into group homes and “residential treatment facilities” and other orphanage-like entities. As the few remaining orphanages close down (often due to lack of funding), they are not being replaced.

Keith is much more likely to have entered the foster care system. There is a terrible stigma attached to the foster care system in the United States, as horror stories about both foster families and foster children have dominated the popular narrative. In Sheith fics I have read about Keith being abused, raped, ignored, neglected, and in one devastating case, sent to conversion therapy. There are rare fics where Keith ends up with the Holts or Shiroganes or some other positive foster situation, but these are the exceptions.

Losing one’s parents causes psychological trauma in children. This is a fact. I completely buy the HC that Keith has attachment problems, and his vlog bears this out. However, I’d like to suggest that not all foster homes are abusive and may not be the direct (and sole) cause of his emotional insecurity. Many people have experiences in the foster care system that result in long-term psychological damage, but many people don’t.

It would be nice if fictional worlds could contribute to reducing the stigma attached to foster care. Practically speaking,  the stigma ends up hurting the kids more than the system as a structure.  I’d love to see a fic where Shiro was Keith’s Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). It would be completely consistent with their backstory so far, and it would acknowledge that kids in the foster care system are not always completely alone, that they are not damaged, and that they are worthy of being loved.