how i love that all the figureheads can have their own expressions


Sent to my website email this morning - Subject: Enough Message: Enough of the gay stuff on Bright Sessions. Please we are begging you. Sent on: June 2, 2017.

So here we are, two days into PRIDE month. How’s everybody doing?

I’m going to start off by leaning into the mic and saying with full-throat clarity: “Fuck you…you fucking fuck”.

I am a gay man…and before that, I was a gay kid…a scared and angry kid who had so much internal homophobia brewing inside of him that he thought he might explode because nothing in the world was convincing him, or trying to convince him for that matter, that it was normal and okay to be who he really was. And I can tell you, when I was that scared kid, shows like The Bright Session were almost non-existent; and what a shame.

I would have cried from happiness if The Bright Sessions existed when I was a boy. Shows like The Fosters, Glee, Eye Witness, Riverdale, Shadowhunters…shows where I could see myself on the screen in a way all of my heterosexual friends could without question since birth. 

Today I turn on the radio…and 99.999% of the music is, narratively, written/produced with a straight audience in mind…and in some cases/genres it’s used to target and ridicule me and my sexuality.

I live in a world where gay men are being thrown off of rooftops and “exorcized” in Chechnya because they are seen as aberrations; less than…underserving of love and existence. I live in a world where in my own country, a venomous discriminatory fear-based movement validated by the election of their figurehead sent a resounding message that my rights are actually up for debate.

In a world where there is so little positive reflected back at me…so little out there saying that my truth and the stories that express my life and experiences on this earth are valid…in a world where I feel like every day and every breath is a stand to qualify my existence…In that world, I get a message that tells me “enough of the gay stuff”. 

So…to the person who sent this message, I feel sorry for you; I genuinely do…I truly, genuinely and absolutely do. How terrible your life must be, and how delicate your self-image must be to reach out and say something like that. At first look, the message is mean and evil…but then the shaky-ground of masculine fragility reveals itself, as it always does, and I pity you. 

This is Pride Month…It’s meant to celebrate the LGBT+ community and our allies by opening up to share the beauty and diversity of our lives with everyone. I am proud of who I am…and it took a damn long time to get here.

I can’t really speak for Lauren, our creator/show-runner, or the rest of the cast, but…we have a gay character, a bi character, a lesbian character and a “no labels at this time” character confirmed as canon in The Bright Sessions…and I’m here to tell you we will never “enough with the gay stuff”. We are here to celebrate the people and stories that matter to us…Caleb, Adam, Mark and Rose are my friends; these are the people I have in my life and I think you’d be lucky to know. So yeah, no…not “enough of the gay stuff”. 

*throws glitter in the air and walks off*

- Briggon 

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Adrien frowned, yet again.

“Dude,” Nino raised an eyebrow, interrupting the blonde’s deep thought. “Are you planning on consuming that pencil whole?”

Adrien paused red-handed at the question. He’d been chewing on the end of said mistreated pencil for unnaturally long and flushed red, lowering it from his lips.

Nino chuckled. “What’s got you so twisted dude?”

Adrien tilted his head and Nino followed his line of vision, pushing up his glasses.

There you were.

Not too far from them, close up against the wall and almost blending into it. Your head was down in a book as usual, fingers absentmindedly twisting the strands of your hair into a mess. All that was known about you was that you were a new foreign exchange student and that your name was Y/N. Besides that, it was like you had faded into the background without so much as a trace.

Adrien found it…intriguing.

As if feeling the stare on your person you glanced up. Your eyes met Adrien’s for a split second before you purposely glanced away, your lips tugging down.

Nino whistled slowly, amused. “Well that was intentional.”

Adrien groaned, leaning back into his chair and boring holes into the ceiling. “I know. She’s been acting that way around me since she got here, and I don’t know why. Anytime I even try and start up a conversation she bolts.”

“Technically she’s like that around everyone; some chicks just can’t be fazed man,” Nino shrugged, patting his friend’s shoulder in a consoling motion. “Let it go.”

Adrien furrowed his eyebrows. He wished it was that simple, as he’d been telling himself the same thing for the past two weeks. But no matter how he tried to push you out of his head you had taken up permanent residence there with a mortgage and everything. No, there had to be something he could do.

In the middle of his contemplation someone passed by your desk, laughing at a pun they had shouted across the room. You visibly bit the inside of your cheek and giggled, before coughing into your hand.

Adrien’s eyes widened. “She likes jokes.”

“I guess,” Nino blinked, scratching the back of his neck. “So what? Are you gonna start cracking up like a clown to get her attention?”

Adrien shoved him in the side and Nino retaliated with a contagious grin, ruffling his hair.

No I’m not,” Adrien rolled his eyes. “And I can’t anyway, because, like you said, she is uncomfortable around everyone.”

Light came to his jeweled eyes as he turned to look outside the window with a concealed smile.


“But I do know someone who can.”

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Nobody asked for... [Part 4]

Cuz @tsume-yuki continued her crossover, so I decided to follow up on mine~

You can find the links to the other parts here.

He didn’t like it. Not one bit.

Another round of giggles echoed from the Moby Dick’s figurehead and Ace felt a tingle down his spine at the sound. Whipping around, he glowered at the pair of women sunning themselves, heads of red and white sitting opposite each other in stark contrast like a chess pieces.

Riskua was doing that talking-with-her-hands thing she does when she gets really into a topic. Ace longed to spend time with her…


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an after credits scene, if you will // a Dear White People fic



lol finished watching Dear White People and immediately needed this little moment written; SPOILERS ABOUND for the series; picks up right after the end of the finale.

post-Defamation, Sam’s got a lot to process too. + on ao3



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Scandal Review, Episode 417, Put A Ring On It...

Guys, I loved this episode so much, even though it messed with all of my OTP fangirl feels.  

It was so good, and once again, we had a great episode that was made even greater by the absence of The Human Vibrator.  Next week seems to be all about him though, but we’ll tackle that later in predictions.

Anyway, let’s do this.

What I Hated

Cyrus’s wig.

Seriously guys, you couldn’t find a wig that at least looked like it belonged on his head?

What I Liked and Loved

1.  Olivia dreaming of her kidnapping interspersed with images of Fitz.

Ugh. Baby Girl is going through so much right now.

Did you all notice that her dreams had  a pattern to them? First we saw images of her kidnapping, specifically of her running towards the red door, running towards a perceived safety, then we saw when she first met Fitz, then back to the kidnapping and running, then back to her and Fitz in the Oval, then she dreamt of her throwing the ring at him, then she was running towards the red door, then other images of other key Olitz moments, including when Fitz ran out the clock for her, then lots of her running towards the red door, then throwing the ring at him.

I decided to slow-mo Liv’s  dream to see what order the images were coming in. Here’s what I got:

1.  When she first met Fitz (The Trail)
2.   Running towards the red door
3.   Her and Fitz making love in the Oval (Happy Birthday Mr President)
4.   Liv throwing the ring at Fitz
5.   Running towards the red door
6.   Fitz crying in her arms after his dad’s funeral (Episode 211)
7.   Ring throwing
8.   Running towards the door
9.   Fitz running out the clock with her (episode 220)
10. Running towards the red door
11. Them making love in the Oval
12.  Running towards the red door
13.  Throwing the ring
14.   Running towards the red door
15.   Throwing the ring
16.  Fitz crying in her arms after his dad died
17.  Fitz running out the clock with her
18.  Running towards the red door
19.  Throwing the ring
20.  Running towards the red door
21.  Throwing the ring
22.  Running towards the red door
23.  Throwing the ring
24.  Running towards the red door
25.  Throwing the ring
26.  Red door
27.  Throwing the ring
28.  Red door
29. Ring
30.  Red door

Now isn’t that interesting?  I found it fascinating that as the dream went on, the images that recurred the most were those of her trying to run to safety and her throwing the ring at Fitz. It was almost like she was equating the fact that she couldn’t reach the door, with her throwing the ring at him. I wish I could hear from the writers themselves about what the dream really symbolized.

2.   Olivia calling everybody but Jake to help with the Cyrus situation.

Yes, I’m petty, but that shit made me happy as fuck.

3.  Cyrus:  “I want that whore out of my house”

Cyrus about to give himself another heart attack.

4.   “Gentleman Johns

Great name for a gay bar.

5.   Cyrus:  "It sounds like a shotgun wedding"
Liv:        "It is, and you’re the pregnant bride"


6.   Cyrus:   “There hasn’t been a good time”
Liv:        "Of course not, it’s impossible to find time to do something that you don’t wanna do, funny how that works.“

There’s something quite delicious about this happening to Cyrus.  The person who never hesitates to make people do shit that they don’t want to do. I’m really happy that Liv called him out on his crap.  If anybody knows what it’s like to do something they don’t want to do, it’s Olivia Pope. Her entire relationship in one way or the other has been about doing the opposite of what she wants to do, in order to keep Fitz in the White House.

7.   Liv:  "We need the White House. There is no bigger stage, there is no bigger moment.”

I’m still puzzled as to why it wouldn’t have been a better option to simply call the wedding off, but I guess having a big splashy gay wedding at the White House would definitely change the conversation.

8.   Cyrus:  "We have bills to pass, we need the Teapartiers to pass them.  He has yet to publicly express his views on same sex marriage and he can’t rock the boat with Mellie’s senate campaign on the horizon. I can’t pile on and bother the president with my hooker problems.“

So Liv has to come up with a plan that doesn’t put Fitz in jeopardy, politically.

9.   Mellie: "A White House wedding? A gay Republican White House wedding?”

Olivia: “Hosted by the First Lady, and more importantly, the Republican candidate for senator of Virginia. Posting an historic White House wedding would be the perfect platform for a candidate who’s looking to transition from a social figurehead to someone who’s engaging at the forefront one of our most divisive issues of our time.  A leader, taking a bold step towards the right side of history. Breaking with her husband’s beliefs. Decisively. Unapologetically. Publicly. Never once considering asking the president’s permission, because this is something you feel.  In your heart. In your gut. Politics should never stand in the way of fundamental rights for an oppressed population of law-abiding Americans. That yours is the party of Lincoln, that love, is love. To be celebrated, never relegated or regulated.”

Man, Olivia played Mellie like a fiddle. She knows her so well. And she knows that Mellie’s ambition leaves little room for any kind of questioning or clarity of thought, when it comes to pushing up her presidential aspirations.
Bravo Liv!  This was such a great way of getting what she wanted without compromising Fitz.  She also didn’t do Mellie’s future potential run any harm. 

Did y'all peep that self-satisfied smile on Olivia’s face when Mellie was doing exactly what she asked her to do?

10.   Janet:  "I am Cyrus Beene and I would make a great controller

Oh man, I loved the flashbacks to Cyrus and his wife. She seemed like she was such a good person. Somebody who really loved him.

11.   Cyrus:  ”You know what, why don’t we get married?“

The fact that Cyrus didn’t have a ring prepared, and took his own ring off to propose to Janet tells you how spontaneous the whole marriage idea was. Especially as they’d only been dating a few months. Marry in haste repent at leisure Cyrus Beene.

12.  Janet:  ”You better not be joking. I am Catholic, I have been saving myself and I can’t just get divorced..“

Ooops. Talk about doomed from the start.

13.  Fitz:  ”I hear we’re running a quickie wedding service out of the White House now.“

All the lols.

14.  Fitz: "Who’s idea was this?”
Abby: “The First Lady just announced it.”
Fitz:    "Mellie did not think of this.“

Fitz knows that his wife ain’t shit.

15.  Abby:  "The president’s views remain unchanged.”

Even though publicly nobody really knows what his views are either way.  It was such a smart move by Olivia to use Mellie to get this done.

16.  Mellie:  "I am doing this for you.“
Cyrus:   "Are you? Are you Ma'am? How generous, how selfless. I cannot tell the difference between you and Mother Teresa.”

So much shade at Mellie from Cyrus here. We all know that Mellie isn’t doing this for anybody but Mellie.

17.  Michael: “Is there any way we can do this without my parents, Cyrus, please?”

The panic on his face though.

18.  Ronnie:  "Are we still in for racquetball next week?

So that’s what the kids are calling it these days? How does Cyrus manage to get all these pretty good looking dudes by the way?

19.  Sally Langston:  ”The spray-tanned former gigolo.

Yesssss, Sally’s back! Man I’ve missed that hypocritical bible-thumping bitch like she was my best friend!

20.  Lizzie:  ”Casting your lot with Olivia Pope, backing this terrible idea without checking with me, your campaign manager. What in the hell was that?“

21.  Mellie:  "We are not partners. We are not friends. You work for me. You fix for me. You don’t accuse me. You do not judge me. You most certainly do not lecture me. You are not me. You wish you were me, but you can’t be me. Remind yourself of that. Do you understand?”

Well that told Lizzie. Although, that speech seemed like something she’d have loved to say to Olivia Pope, but chose to say to a less powerful target.

22.  Liz scurrying away like the rat she is after Mellie gives her a tongue lashing.

Girl where’s your backbone?

23.  Abby:  "You played me.“

Even though Leo and Abby have way better chemistry than her and David, this is why I can’t get on board with them. Leo is a snake and a sleaze, and didn’t even a bat an eye-lid at Abby catching him betraying confidential conversations.  I know that she’d do the same, but once again, what’s healthy about mutual betrayals?

24.  Leo:   ”You poked the hole in the condom, not me. I kept it wrapped up.”.

So many lols.

25.  Cyrus:  “You need to stay on your side of my house.

Ugh. Cyrus stays being a hypocritical ass.

26.  Janet:  ”I definitely never knew it could be different….I am lonely here Cy, with you. It has been 16 years and I barely know you.  Being with you is a lonely experience.“

Poor Janet.

27.  Janet:  ”How about I will admit I’m not having an affair, if you will admit that you are gay?“


28.  James: "Cyrus, are you ok? Because if this is happening too fast, tell me.”

I love the fact that Cyrus literally walked out of the closet from the flashback about the end of his first marriage, into his bedroom with James on his bed.
If that was intentional, then bravo to the writers and Regina King for that great piece of direction.

29.  Olivia:  "No one is calling anything off. No one is quitting. Not until I’ve tried everything. Everything. Is that clear?

Lol at Mellie shutting the fuck up, then resentfully mimicking Olivia’s ”Ok then.“ Man she’s so salty that she can’t be Olivia.

30.  Olivia’s hair and dress in Cyrus’s flashback to his and James’ wedding.

I love how much softer she looked back in the day. I wish she’d wear dresses more often…

31.  James: "I want to be Cyrus Beene’s husband, and I wanna be a journalist, but I don’t want to be ‘Cyrus Beene’s husband, the journalist…”
Cyrus:  "I’m never gonna ask you to do that, compromise your principles, or to influence your work. I love you too much for that.“

Man, when I think of how badly Cyrus fucked up James just before Jake murdered him. 

32.  Olivia’s second dream sequence scene;

1.  Flashback to her and Fitz making love in the Oval.
2.  Throwing the ring at Fitz.
3.  The red door
4. Throwing the ring at Fitz.
5. the red door.
6. Fitz crying in her arms after his dad’s funeral.
7. The red door.
8.  Throwing the ring.
9.  The red door
10.The image of the clock that Fitz was running out with her.
11. The red door
12. Throwing the ring
13. Running towards the red door
14. Throwing the ring
15. The red door
16. Throwing the ring
17.  The red door
18.  Throwing the ring
19. The red door
20. Throwing the ring
21.  The red door.
22.  Throwing the ring.

Once again, Olivia seems to be equating the red door that she can’t reach to safety with throwing the ring at Fitz. Maybe the loss of that ring means that she can’t reach safety without it?

33.  Fitz:  ”Don’t you love Vermont?

Fitz wearing the Navy sweater that Olivia clutched while crying over him in the presidential closet, when he was shot was kind of everything. Shonda knows that Olitzers pay attention to those kinds of details.

34.  Fitz:  “It’s a ring.  Very old. Rare. One of a kind. It even has a name. Doux Bebe. It was my great-grandmother’s. Her father bought it for her at auction in Paris. She wore it at her Debutante ball. And I was supposed to give it to my wife and I didn’t. It just never felt right, so I kept it. And now I know why, because I was supposed to give it to you.” 

So many feels. So damned many.

35.  Fitz:  “You don’t have to love me. You don’t have to come back to me. But if you could wear this…if I could know that you were wearing this. Then even if you hate me, I’ll know we’ll be okay. I’ll know you’re out there.” 

I loved that Fitz said this. It wasn’t him being manipulative or possessive, or him trying to “rob her of her agency”, a charge that regularly gets aimed at him by Haters.  He just wanted a connection to her. One that told him that they were ok, regardless of what she was doing, or even who she was doing.

Dear God, my feels over this entire scene was off the charts. Yes I ugly cried, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Olivia was so torn.  We know why she left the White House, she’d left for his sake as well as for herself. She was protecting him like she always does. Protecting him from her treacherous mistake, trying to make sure that their association didn’t tarnish his reputation and his presidency. Trying to make sure that she didn’t ruin him.

I genuinely don’t see how anybody could watch that scene and not feel moved. Olakers don’t count because they generally tend to hate Fitz more than they love Jake.  For them, Jake not being Fitz is all they really give a shit about, because otherwise, they wouldn’t give two fifths of a fuck about him.

It’s funny, but I was terrified that they were going to have sex, and the relief I felt when it ended with Olivia just hugging him was immense.  We know how hot these two are together, but that scene would have been ruined if they’d got all hot and heavy. It just wouldn’t have been appropriate, and would have ruined a really beautiful moment between them. This was Olitz at their best to me.

36.  Olivia:   ”I could never hate you

All the tears. Dammit. Olitz for life, people.

Honestly, I just don’t see how Shonda isn’t going to have these two people end up together. I don’t see how the writers are going to have her choose The Human Vibrator over Fitz. Not after this episode. I think the choice to not have Jake in the episode was a very deliberate one.  They’re telling us that no matter what happens with Fitz, Jake is not the one, and he never will be. He’s not the one who keeps her awake at night. He’s not the one that makes her heart ache. He’s not the one that she wants to protect to her detriment.  He’s not even worthy of getting mad at.  He’s simply not the one that she truly wants. Some people might want to deny that she loves Fitz, but that’s their business. I think what’s on the screen is pretty clear.  Their back and forth is annoying, but the fact is, Fitz is who she wants, not the spy who choked her.

37.  Fitz:  ”I just want you to be happy.

I’m so back on board the Olitz ship. No half measures.

38.  Fitz seeing Liv’s ring-less finger.

I loved that he didn’t even mention it. You could see that it hurt him, but he just carried on and I loved that.  Back when the writers were trying to make him out to be the devil, they would have had him petulantly mention the fact that she wasn’t wearing the ring. This way, haters can’t say that he pressured Olivia. If and when she decides to put the ring back on, it will be entirely her choice, and I’m such a huge fan of that.

Also, I love that he didn’t even hesitate to sign off on offering Sally Langston the position of Secretary of State. The woman who’d double crossed him and tried to oust him from the White House. The woman who even now was trying to bring him and his administration down.  All he knew was that Olivia wanted it done, and that was that. Gah, I loved that he just calmly gave her what she wanted. But then I guess when you’ve taken the country to war to save this very woman, offering an arch enemy a job is a piece of cake, huh?

39.  Fitz:  "You went around my back to Mellie.”
Liv:    "I did.“
Fitz:   "Nice move.”

Ugh. Fitz had so much pride in her. I loved that he understood that she’d been trying to avoid compromising him politically, by fracturing his already tenuous relationship with the Teapartiers and members of his own party even more.

40.   Olivia:  "But to be clear, you’ll be throwing Michael to the wolves to save yourself.“

Olivia seemed surprised that Cyrus Beene would make such a choice. Has she not met him before?  The guy nearly had his husband killed, and was ready to nuke her black ass, when she was kidnapped. Cyrus ain’t loyal to anybody but Fitz.  

41.  ”You think we approve of this? Of you? Of what you are? You think we spent all those money sending you to camp to fix you, only to have you to end up like this?  You make me sick to my stomach. Both of you.“

Well Michael’s parents sure won’t win any Great Parenting awards any time soon.  The way that they spoke to him though.  I felt so much for Michael in this scene.  It totally reminded me of how Liv used to be with her dad. Head down, shoulders down, eyes down. Submissive and child-like.  You could see that he wanted to just curl up and cry his heart out.  My heart kinda broke for him.  Nobody deserves parents like his.  You could see that Cyrus even felt the same way, despite their differences.

42.  Cyrus taking the tie despite James asking him not to, and manipulating him into helping fix a political situation for him.

Man, he didn’t even wait until after the honeymoon to break his promise.  Cyrus Beene, you’re the worst.

43.  Olivia wearing white!

Yessss, I never thought I’d miss that overdone color so much!

44.  Olivia:  ”We’re not throwing Michael under the bus.

Oh thank God.

45.  Olivia;   ”If you go ahead with this, trying to take down Cyrus, I’ll tell the world about another sham marriage, the one between you and Daniel Douglas.“
Sally:   "You would defame a dead man.”
Olivia:  "Only because you’re defaming a live one.“

I don’t know why Sally Langston even thought for a moment that Liv wouldn’t attempt to blackmail her using what she knows about her and Daniel Douglas’ marriage.  I loved this scene so much. I love Liv being badass, and fixing shit, and I love Sally’s bible-thumping shady ass.

46.  Michael:  I’m one of those people who’s been picturing my wedding since I was a teenager. I believed. Even in my stupid hometown with my stupid parents and idiot guys who threw rocks at me every day, I believed. Even when I was working as a pro, my worst nights on the streets, I still believed. I believed that someone was gonna love me, care about me, that I wouldn’t be alone, and it is my wedding day, and you hate me. You would murder me with your bare hands if you thought you could get away with it and I have no one who would even miss me. I have nothing. It is the day I’ve been dreaming of and I have nothing.
Cyrus: You’re wrong, you know. I would never murder you myself. That’s a rookie move. I’d pay a professional to do it. 

Man this scene made me cry so hard.  I was so happy that Cyrus found his humanity for a minute. I really hope that they make it, even if Cyrus is an asshole.  After all, they had a genuine attraction even back when Michael was trying to play him.

47.  Cyrus:  “You’re wondering what this is going to look like, our life. And I could lie to you right now. That’s how both of my other marriages began, with lies, so I could lie to you right now. I could tell you there’s a chance we will warm to one another, maybe fall in love and live happily ever after. I could lie, but I won’t. We’re not going to fall in love, and that is a relief to me because I cannot disappoint you. I cannot hurt you anymore than I already have. I cannot destroy your image of me or break your heart or damage your soul. You don’t believe in me, so I have nothing in you to break. I am on no pedestals. You see me for what I am. A filthy monster desperately trying to hold on to the last shreds of its humanity. You are a good person. I know that. Ella could use a good personin her life. I’m not promising much, but I will promise this. I may not do it well, but I will do my best to be your someone so you’re not alone. Okay? You’re not alone.

This is literally the most honest that Cyrus has ever been, and I’m here for it. 

48.  Fitz seeing the ring back on Liv’s finger.

I love Olitz at their best. When the writers just let them do what they do best. Be in love, show their love in all the ways that count.  Can you imagine how great they could have been had the writers not done their level best to destroy them?

Random Rambling

Man, that was such a great episode, made even greater because Jake Ballard wasn’t there. It really felt like vintage Scandal.  The writing was good, the case of the week was excellent because it involved somebody that we cared about, or at least knew, and was invested in.

I’ve said it before, but I really think that Shonda meant to tell this story at some point.  We all knew there was a story, but Shonda was never going to tell it until she was ready.  Apparently folks have been going in on her for lying, but what’s the point?  She finally gave us what we wanted, even if it was a ratings ploy, I literally couldn’t give two shits. I’m just happy that we got a poignant and beautiful Olitz flashback moment, and that Olivia put the ring back on herself. At least the Fitz Haters have no way of spinning that Fitz made her do it. She did it of her own volition and it was a beautiful thing.  Suck it haters.

I’ve seen Olitzers bemoan the fact that next week she apparently sleeps with Russell even though she’s got the ring on, and honestly people questioning that, like she hadn’t already been sleeping with her very own portable vibrator, whilst wearing said ring, made me scratch my head.  Where have you people been?  She wore it the entire time she went away to Zanzibar with Jake.  We clearly saw the ring while Jake was fingering her on the beach.   Liv having sex with another guy while wearing the ring, means nothing. Fitz knows that it’s not a promise to be faithful, and he’s been mostly fine with it, and even if he isn’t, as long as he’s still attached to his particular ball and chain, he knows he has no right to expect celibacy or fidelity from her.  Olivia sleeping with Russell while wearing the ring doesn’t negate the importance of the ring, or the significance of her putting it back on. So yeah, pipe down whingers.


Having seen the promo, it seems clear that the show wants us to think that Jake is turning into a maniac.  As much as I’d like to believe that they’re finally ready to show us how crazy he  is, don’t know if I trust it completely. ABC promos lie. They lie blatantly.  I don’t see how anybody can spin "I’ll kill Liv” into anything positive, but I’m damned sure the powers that be will give it a go.   I’m more inclined to believe that Russell will turn out to be yet another person who was sent in to sleep with Olivia, and that will make me so damned mad.

If the episode doesn’t turn out to be quite so anti-Jake, then what does it mean that ABC have done a promo almost promising that Jake would be turning into a fully-fledged bad guy?  It means that they know that the Jake Ballard character aint shit, and that they’re aware that people are waiting for him to die.  I mean… that’s hardly a ringing endorsement is it?

By the way, if it does turn out that Jake is as crazy as we’ve always known that he was, I think it will have something to do with when he went to visit Rowan to ask for help with Olivia.  I’m thinking that Rowan said something to him, much in the same way that he did with Huck back in season 3, when he killed that guy who was threatening to expose what really went on with Operation Remington. Maybe he’s been given his orders by Rowan?

Either way, I’m bracing myself for way too much Jake on my screen. 

Watching Scott Foley make a hash out of his lines is not my favorite thing to do.

Anyway, seeing as the writers regained their senses this episode, here are some Jamie and Claire and Live and Fitz GIFs to end with.

Surfbort. Lol

Charles Xavier/Erik Lehnsherr

(Categories: Trilogy Era, First Class/Future Past Era, AU - Powers, AU - No Powers.) 


Trilogy Era

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The O(l)dd Couple | 7k | [Jean/Scott] [Lorna/Alex]

In public, Erik and Charles are immensely powerful and charismatic world leaders. In private, they’re a pair of stubborn old men.

Everything About It Is a Love Song | 20k | pocky_slash |

Erik’s spent fifty years being a figurehead and he’s ready to leave that behind. Luckily, so is Charles.

(aka Old Retired Dudes in Love)

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The Winter of Banked Fires | 67k | [Rogue/Logan]

Charles Xavier has returned from the dead – but is lost within his own mind. Rogue has cast aside her own power and doesn’t know where she fits in the world any longer. The production of synthetic Cure means mutantkind itself is newly at risk. And Magneto, turned human against his will, is in despair until the day he feels a familiar consciousness tugging at his own –


First Class/Future Past Era

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Fathers and Sons | 6k |

“I have an – interest – in Peter Maximoff,” Erik said, somewhat grudgingly, glaring. “A – familial – interest –”

Everybody stared at him.

“In that – mutantkind is one – large – family –” Erik said valiantly, if pathetically.

“Oh, shit,” Alex said. “No way. No way.”

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Hope | 9k | 

A near-decade of hatred can’t be wiped out with a single summer, no matter how eventful that summer might be. When Erik shows up uninvited at the mansion, Charles is just barely civil enough to not throw him out, but that doesn’t mean he’ll let him stay.

untie the balloons around my neck and ground me | 10k | [Alex/Darwin]

“It’s better here,” Alex says abruptly, drumming his fingers along his windowsill. With you, he doesn’t say.
Darwin blinks. “Well,” he says, “yeah. Obviously.”

Or: how Alex Summers grew up, got a boyfriend, and survived the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Progression of a Family Portrait | 23k |

“You’re sure we can handle one more?” Hank asks from the sidelines.

Unpaid Overtime | 35k

Erik is a transporter for hire. He’ll deliver any package anywhere with no questions asked, for a price. Until he’s paid a small fortune to move a package in secret across the country. Until he can’t help but stop, open his trunk, and look at the package, against express orders not to. There’s a telepath in his trunk, half-conscious, hooked up to an IV, and shaking from the cold. Now what?

Come Together | 35k 

It’s totally normal in Suburban America for the dad to pick up his rebellious teenager from jail, right? Even when it’s the Pentagon instead of the local police station, and your dad is a Mutant Supremacist Assassin and America’s Most Wanted who didn’t post bail so much as murdered all the guards?

Whatever. Peter will take what he can get at this point, even if it means the most painfully awkward road trip in the history of the universe.

Adventures in Babysitting | 50k | [pairing minor]

When Jean, Scott, and Ororo get in trouble and have nowhere to turn, they call on the last person they probably should—Magneto.

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Us | 75k | 

“Charles,” Erik says, and if his voice hits a pleading note then who can really blame him, “Charles, it’s me.”

It takes several longer moments before Charles musters up the strength to answer, breath stuttering horribly as he tries to breathe. He’s shaking, entire body trembling.

“Erik,” Charles says, his voice cracking, “Erik, I want to die.”

Burning Butterflies | 140k |

On a rainy Tuesday evening in March, Charles Xavier tries to kill himself. He accidentally projects his last moments to Erik, thinking this is the way they part.

But Erik is not going to let Charles die just yet. Instead, he hurries to Westchester, setting in motion a breath-taking chain of events.

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The Tower and the Hurricane | 41k | 

(Post-movie AU.) Five years after Shaw’s death, Erik’s predictions prove painfully accurate. Violence rages on both sides of the human/mutant conflict. In a world ravaged by war, it doesn’t really matter who’s more at fault. Charles struggles to teach his students a better way, but what choices will he make when peace really isn’t an option?

Afterlife | 42k | 

A year after Washington, Erik wakes up in excruciating pain as sudden awareness washes over him: Charles is dead. Erik has to adjust to yet another future: no extinction, just a world without Charles. But the death of his former friend leaves Erik weak and his powers drained. His quest for answers leads him back to Westchester, where Erik has to face his past with Charles and put together the puzzle pieces of what happened to the man he once cared for.


Alternate Universe - Powers

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The Vampires Who Drink Tea | 28k |  [btvs]

An obligatory Buffy AU. Features Raven the Vampire Slayer, Charles, the frumpy Watcher to whom nothing interesting should ever happen, and Erik, the penitent ensouled vampire. The preceding statement is 100% true.

Everything You Know is Wrong | 60k | [Moira/Fury] 

When Charles Xavier was five years old, he worshiped his father. When he was eleven, he learned to loathe his abusive stepfather. When he was sixteen, he gave up any claim on the family fortune just to escape. At twenty-four, he’s moved away from home into a crappy, standard-issue graduate student house, and gone through his degree program with his best friend, Moira, by his side.

He’s adjusted. He knows who he is and where he comes from and what his future holds. At least, until a stranger in a bathrobe shows up in his living room, having used his shower, eaten his lunch and, oh yes, broken in uninvited. Suddenly, everything Charles knows to be true about himself may turn out to be wrong, and his future and past both may be more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

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The Masked Man (Who Has Everything) | 8k | [Hank/Alex]

The one where Erik is Batman, and Charles is kidnapped roughly once a week.

The Better Men | 71k | Harry Potter

“I do believe the two of you were in the same year as boys, were you not?” Headmaster Shaw said. “Charles is the most competent deputy any headmaster could ask for, Erik, and he’s been doing this for years…” He trailed off, as if finally noticing something odd in the way his Potions and Divination masters were staring at each other.

“Of course,” Charles said quickly, his voice only a little hoarse, and stuck out his hand. “Welcome back to Hogwarts, Erik.”

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It Takes A Heap O’ Livin’ | 15k | 

They have their day jobs. And then, they have this. Modern!AU in which they are the superheroes of mutantkind.

Spy Games | 19k | 

Charles Francis Xavier, NYPD, Homicide Squad, Brooklyn North precinct, eyeballed him coolly, then he yawned again and made a futile, absent-minded attempt to smooth down his hair. “Twenty three hours ago, an unmarked gray car dumped you at the doorstep to my precinct. Nothing in your pockets save for a white card in your shirt, which had my name on it. You have no idea how much bowing and scraping I had to do to get you out of there. Care to explain?”

Erik frowned, confused. “The last thing I remember, I wasn’t even in the United States.”

X Marks the Spot | 20k |

The year is 1962, and Charles Xavier is a professor of archaeology who knows how his students feel, whether he wants to or not. He spends his spare time researching a mythical artifact, but he knows better than anyone that X never, ever marks the spot.

Linger | 30k | 

Erik had been warned, to be fair. The realtor was very explicit that the last seventeen tenants had run from the premises screaming about the Exorcist or The Ring or some other terrible horror show.

Epoch! | 40k | NC-17 | [Charles/Erik]

When Erik Lehnsherr decides to answer the sketchy job ad on the very last page of the Classifieds, meeting an insane billionaire who has no concept of reality and troubling memory loss is not at all what he expects. He also doesn’t expect to meet Charles Xavier, who might actually be the love of his life if he could ever get around to admitting it to himself.

He also doesn’t expect dinosaurs, but then again, who really does these days?

This Harbor (that we call home) | 73k 

He remembers the stories his father used to tell, and his grandfather before that. Sailing is in his blood, his father used to say, even when he was landlocked, chained to the dockside factories. It seems fitting Erik ended up here, after all was said and done.

A Curious Carriage of Crystal and Cold | 115k |

Charles, a miner from a poor village in the countryside, saves the life of Erik Lehnsherr, scion of a successful business family and the richest man on the planet Eisen. Charles is a telepath and somewhat anxious about it, while Erik abstains from relationships because the lights flicker and doors open and electronics vibrate when he gets too excited.

Also featuring a long-suffering sister, a foul-mouthed bodyguard, and a best friend with a heart that is definitely not gold.

In which there are princes, spaceships, long journeys, and old secrets uncovered. (An AU sci-fi fairytale)

Pantheon | 130k | [Emma/Scott] [Rogue/Logan] 

In the year 96 AD, all Rome is aware that their gods have begun to Mark certain people with their gifts – the healing power of Apollo, the metal control of Vulcan, the deathly touch of Pluto, or the mental powers of Minerva. When those gifts fall to slaves or barbarians instead of the Romans themselves, strict control is necessary.

Then a gladiator from Judea meets an enslaved scribe from Britannia, and the repercussions will shake the Empire itself.


Alternate Universe - No Powers

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Little Blue Riding Hood | 3k | 

An extremely serious retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Into Your Tar, Honey | 16k | [Hank/Raven]

Really, Alex doesn’t know why he’s in the damn class.

Salem Center Mass | 14k | 

Erik Lehnsherr is a professional hitman and has no intention of attending his ten year high school reunion. But since he happens to have a kill lined up in the same town at the same time, he decides he may as well stop by. After all, his high school sweetheart, Charles Xavier, might be there. And it’s not like he’s spent the past ten years pining over Charles. Not at all.

If You Liked The Book, You’ll Hate The Movie | 58k | [Alex/Hank] [Darwin/Angel] [Emma/Shaw] [Sean/Raven]

It’s not until Hank realises half the class are glancing towards the back of the classroom with something like nerves and something like schadenfreude that he finds out Alex Summers is back.

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Curve Fitting | 23k | 

The weird thing is, Charles always introduces Raven as his sister, but he never calls Erik his brother. Erik would be bothered, except he prefers not to think of Charles as his brother, either. He can’t figure it out for four years, and then suddenly he can.

Or. A non-powered AU in which Sharon Xavier never remarries, and Charles ‘adopts’ not only Raven, but Erik too.

Space Jam | 57k | [Logan/Scott]

Prince Charles Xavier is Deputy Commander of the TEF Heartsteel and the newest mission they’ve been assigned starts out less than desirable and quickly goes downhill from there. It’s alright, though, he’ll cope.

It doesn’t help, though, that he’s in unrequited love with his best friend and Commander of the Heartsteel, War-Prince Erik Lehnsherr.

Guilt By Association | 62k  | [Darwin/Alex]

While investigating the homicide of a John Doe who he suspects might’ve been murdered while working the streets as a prostitute, Detective Erik Lehnsherr finds an unexpected ally in a hooker named Charles who seems as determined as he to solve the case. As they become more deeply involved both with the case and each other, there’s just one thing that Charles neglects to mention – that he’s really an investigative journalist, one quickly convinced that what they’re dealing with is more than simple murder. cop!Erik, fake-hooker-slash-reporter!Charles, Modern AU.

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An Exercise in Frustration | 4k |

Erik Lehnsherr’s latest critically-acclaimed film Shame features a full-frontal nudity scene. His long-suffering husband Charles is really very peeved about it.

A Study in Advanced Lecherism | 9k |

“Charles. Charles, turn over,” when this raises no response, Erik leans over further, preparing to flip Charles over and strip him himself. “You owe me so, so much. I’m drawing dicks all over your face and sending you to class like that,” he’s ranting now, and he knows he’s ranting, but he just can’t seem to stop.

Watching the Stars Slide Down | 10k | 

The distant murmur of the arriving guests escalated into lively chatter as Charles approached the entrance hall. It would, of course, be sumptuously decorated for the occasion, all glittering chandeliers and gold-dusted holly entwining the banisters. He used to watch the staff fuss over the decorations as a child, assembling the towering Christmas tree and scrutinising colour charts. It hadn’t lost its novelty, but apparently it was unbecoming for a young man to spy on people from the top of a stairwell.

The Amazing Adventures of Cat-Man | 11k | 

Charles is the non-powered, butt-kicking, high-tech teen sidekick of a cheesy superhero. Erik is the sidekick of the corresponding cheesy supervillain, and makes Charles’s life even more complicated than it already is.

Anarchy in the UK | 162k | 

Good God, Erik thought. The Prince of Wales is gay.

Charles lives in the unceasing glare of the public spotlight, yet keeps his sexual orientation a closely held secret, afraid he could lose his throne and force his deeply troubled younger sister into a role that would crush her. Erik, journalist and world traveler, has been a loner most of his life; he has little patience for closet cases. But a chance meeting in Kenya brings these two opposites together and sets in motion a love affair that will challenge the British monarchy – and their most deeply held beliefs about who they are, and who they should be.


Charles/Erik || Steve/Bucky || Steve/Sam || Steve/Tony || Loki/Tony ||Tony/Bruce || Clint/Coulson || Fitz/Mack || Fitz/Ward || Skye/Simmons ||  Peggy/Angie || Gen || Crossover

anonymous asked:

I just had a horrible, sad thought. Thorin was raised a prince, right? And a lot of times, if royalty expresses an interest in something, people will give it to them, because they feel obligated or because they're trying to curry favor. So what if bb!Thorin was told 'to never ask for anything you don't deserve' to keep him from asking for treats. But in his bb!brain, this translated as never ask for anything you don't think you deserve, like hugs, cuddles, kisses and forgiveness?

Ugh anon why :((((((

And really I don’t think this is farfetched at all. Form what I gather dwarves are very noble and take a lot of pride in what they accomplish, their prowess in battle, their craftsmanship etc. Simply going by the fact that many dwarves aren’t even interested to settle down/marry and instead devote their life to work suggests that their entire race takes ‘pulling your own weight in whichever way you can’ very seriously. Actually I don’t even think it matters whether a dwarf is exceptional at beheading orcs or at fashioning spoons, as long as they show devotion and love for their craft. (side note: I also like to think that dwarves are very good at integrating the mentally or physically challenged members of their society. Take Bifur for example. The other dwarves would recognize the limits of another dwarf and respect those limits and appreciate whatever said dwarf would be willing/able to contribute to their society)

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Seven Things About Supernatural: 12x05 - “The One You’ve Been Waiting For”

So yeah.  It’s been an emotional week, and it took longer than usual to get this together.  Sorry about that.  Have some things. 

  1. I liked Ellie a lot.  She’s smart and awkward and hurting and just trying to figure things out.  Her reactions to basically everything were perfect, because holy shit she is entitled to all the meltdowns.  She’s been attacked, kidnapped, found out that Nazi zombies want her because she’s related to one of the Worst People Ever, she sees firsthand just how scary the Winchesters actually are (”shoot them in the head and set them on fire” and hey let’s execute this kid are particular favorite moments), etc. and came out of it more or less okay. 

    Also, the Winchesters are largely alive and not being eaten by Hitler’s new dogs because of her.  That first fight in the warehouse did not go well, and only ended because she fled.  Later, Ellie is the one who helps ensure their victory in the hangar.  Dean might kill Hitler, but Ellie’s the one who gives him an opening to get that party started.  

    TL;DR, Ellie is a badass.  I think she’s going to be an awesome doctor.
  2. I think a lot of us were expecting more Aaron time than just a Transatlantic telephone call.  Like, it’s nice they got in touch when the brothers twigged that the Thule were involved, and I like that we have some sense of what Aaron’s been up to (quitting school to hunt semi-immortal Nazis), but wow.  Just a tiny bit underwhelming.
  3. THAT BEING SAID, Wanek and Co. had a little ship party in that antique shop, Dean ate cake (he’s got a finished plate covered in chocolate frosting in the second diner scene), and Aaron Bass spent his phone call surrounded by pink and purple light, having just come out of a club (Das Murmeltier) named after an animal (the marmot) on the list of mammal species in which same-sex mates have been documented.  YEAH.

    Also, Dean absolutely checks out that pie Sam brings in.  Like, seriously considers it.  Because he’s still totally into pie even when it’s not his priority.
  4. So much of this episode is uncomfortably on point.  Like, it would have been screamingly funny in places if Trump hadn’t just won the White House two days prior.  

    Instead, we’re watching an episode of SPN drenched in things that resonate with the moment in an uncomfortable way: the idea that destabilization creates fertile ground for the rise of fascism, authoritarianism vs. personal identity and expression, the way those same authoritarian forces long for a return to those kinds of regimes, rank fucking misogyny, the shock some of those who buy into those concepts feel when confronted with the reality of how fucking terrifying their figureheads actually are, etc.

    It’s hard to punch the air and giggle about Dean killing Hitler when people are painting swastikas on schools and the existence of people like Mrs. Lloyd is harder to ignore than it was last week. 
  5. I am not sure what to make of Ellie and Marv as familiar names from previous characters.

    Marv is terrible in some of the same ways Metatron is: he’s in a fairly skeevy line of business, profiting from some of humanity’s worst impulses.

    Ellie, meanwhile, is both an Ellie (our previous one being the ranch hand from 8x14) and an Eleanor (like Dr. Visyak in S6).  The first is a woman who did a self-destructive thing in order to save someone she loves, while the former is a woman who isn’t what she seems, is an ally, and is ultimately killed in terribly unfortunate, fucked-up ways.  Ellie Grant is neither of these.  She’s a person who gets pulled into the action through an accident of her birth.
  6. This is the second time in two weeks that Sam has been in a position to support a woman whose peril resembles his own.  Last week it was someone with powers that made her believe she was evil.  This week it’s being born of a bloodline that affiliates one with a great evil.  

    I’m officially starting to worry about what the writers are planning to do to Sam.  Poor Sam.  

    Like, we can all agree that John Winchester wasn’t a Nazi necromancer who asked an underling to murder his sons for being inconvenient, but can we also agree that Dean and Sam by turns shared some of the kinds of experiences the Christoph did?  

    I don’t like this kid much, but I sympathize with him as someone brought up in something terrible, and hope he breaks with his past.

Bonus Thing: I liked some of the wordplay a lot.  The tool/Thule thing was subtle, and “Deutschnozzles” is among the best portmanteaus of 2016.  

Bonus Thing #2: So the old guard Thule are getting wiped out thanks to Aaron and his golem (and now the Winchesters), but a) they’re surely not all gone given that Aaron said that many of them are hiding in Germany, and b) Christoph’s existence suggest that there may be a new generation of Thule heirs being brought up.  Uncomfortably on point. 

Bonus Thing #3: Grenade launcher moment is so perfect.  THAT.  THAT IS THE ONE WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. 


Why I'm so bothered by Hero/John

Note: The following is only one (and truthfully the least frustrating) of some of the problematic themes I’ve seen cropping up recently. Many of you have asked if my vague “unpopular opinion” post was explicitly about John/Hero and I would like to emphasize that it was much more about the other issues (which I will delve into in the coming days if I’m brave enough) than this one specific ship. However, I also have what to say about John/Hero (aka Donalduke) and at your kind encouragements will be taking this opportunity. Special thanks to wibbelkind and theperksofbeingabooknerd for their encouragement, and a general thanks to the fandom for being so receptive and friendly!

Hero Duke and John Donaldson have one onscreen interaction throughout the whole of Nothing Much to Do. If you’ve been tracking the tag recently, you might be inclined to think otherwise - many fans have giddily adopted “Donalduke” as the new ship, the new default, the new future couple around which to write fanfiction. Yet there it is - three seconds of onscreen interaction. Nothing more.

One of the brilliant things about NMTD is its treatment of characters. In Much Ado About Nothing, Hero is a character largely defined by her virtue - she is a blank slate, a pretty figurehead, and utterly devoid of her own presence. The Candle Wasters did a wonderful job when they not only gave Hero agency over her own story, but also when they made her a full-blown character. We know Hero - her personality, her quirks, her newfound strengths, her firm belief in forgiveness, etc. This is a gift.

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The eluvian sat silent, and Solas grazed his fingers over the frame. In his time away, his hair had grown, reddish-gold and wavy. She had changed, too. With less war, she had done the same. Black hair braided tightly to her scalp, just grazing her shoulders in two separate tails. She wasn’t sure how the year had changed her body otherwise, as she so rarely looked in mirrors that closely.

“Will you come with me, vhenan?”

Khadijah frowned. Solas had returned, for what that was worth. There were no questions answered, and she didn’t even consider kissing him. The feeling ebbed between elation and disgust, and their tiny camp felt constricting. It was as if she was a child again, playing pretend that everything was alright.

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