how traps work

Disney Hero Medley
Aaron Tveit

Aaron Tveit: Live at Wolf Trap 1/22 — Disney Medley containing: One Step Ahead Reprise (Aladdin), Proud of Your Boy (Aladdin), Go The Distance (Hercules), and Out There (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

  • Kageyama: I have a plan.
  • Tsukishima: I'm not gonna like it, am I?
  • Kageyama: Not one bit.
  • Tsukishima: ... *sigh* Fine, what is it?
The bad reading [of Gender Trouble] goes something like this: I can get up in the morning, look in my closet, and decide which gender I want to be today. I can take out a piece of clothing and change my gender: stylize it, and then that evening I can change it again and be something radically other, so that what you get is something like the commodification of gender, and the understanding of taking on a gender as a kind of consumerism … When my whole point was that the very formation of subjects, the very formation of persons, presupposes gender in a certain way—that gender is not to be chosen and that “performativity” is not radical choice and it’s not voluntarism … Performativity has to do with repetition, very often with the repetition of oppressive and painful gender norms to force them to resignify. This is not freedom, but a question of how to work the trap that one is inevitably in.
—  Judith Butler
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You said you liked watches.

The Quinx Squad

My thoughts so far on the four little shits.


Urie Kuki

Urie has some issues obviously. His father’s death after being “abandoned” by his squad seemed to have a major impact on how he views others. 

Urie tend to mistrust everyone and seems to have translated in two ways The first being that he thinks ”I can only trust myself to get anything done and protect myself.”

The second is his derisive “almost everyone must be an idiot, shallow an a coward but myself” attitude. This possibly as a defense mechanism. I say it’s a defense mechanism because I think if he admits to himself that other people have worth and understandable worries then he’d have to admit that there was an understandable reason his father was left behind. That’s probably why he seems to purposefully find the worst things about people, because they can’t be worth anything, he has to have the moral high ground.  

He has to become the strongest he has to join S3 because he has to be above the ones who hurt him, he has to be more important  He envies and idolizes the strong, he has to become indispensable and self sufficient because he doesn’t want to get left behind not like his dad.

Urie is a danger to himself and others. Urie keeps everything inside his head he lets his anger and derision and stupid ass plans rot.

Urie is smart but because he never tells anyone anything he can’t tell when he’s over reaching himself. He seems to put other people in danger A.) Because he’s put himself in a place where they don’t matter to him and B.) He figures it’s not his problem if they can’t protect themselves.

Sasaki was right when he said Shirazu would be a better leader because he cares for the team. Urie has no business being a team leader when he’s shown over and over he doesn’t care about the team’s welfare or success as a unit. 

.Urie is a danger to himself because he often overestimates his own abilities and goes into situations he can’t get out of because he is so desperate to gain power and rank. He even goes so far as to mistreat his own body in the name of gaining more power, by having the frame opening procedure that could lead to the end of his humanity again medical and personal advice, and biting out chunks of his flesh.

If Urie and the rest of the team survive this arc, and he doesn’t open up to someone, or start trusting others I feel like he’s going to start falling into the dark depths of ghouldom and his own head, and eventually explode like an atomic bomb.

Urie Represents Kaneki’s I have to do everything myself attitude.


Saiko Yonebayashi

Saiko seems like a lot of students from back when i was in High School. When you pushed these types of students into an area of study where they felt out of their depth and did not voluntarily want to be they tended to stop trying. 

Saiko from what we’ve seen and heard never wanted to be a ghoul investigator and through her dialogue doesn’t think she’d ever be good enough for it. As a result she hides herself away and avoids her job at all costs.

Saiko’s relationship with her mother seems a little complicated. Saiko seems to have a very dependent nature both for her emotional and physical needs. She still seems to love her mother, having called her mommy and worked in her mothers snack bar despite being mistreated by her.

 I get the feeling that Saiko often tried for her mothers attention and did what she could to get it but in the end because her mother was so wrapped up in her success never got much affection. She also seemed to develop a similar coping habit as Kaneki with his books only in her case it was manga, anime and nerd culture. 

As she grew up she was probably so wrapped up in it and lacking any real skills in coping with and living in the real world (she can’t even cook) because her mother who was dependent on her husbands and now daughter for money never taught her them. and so she became a neet. 

On the bright sideI really like Saiko’s rather silly sense of humor she does seem to liven up a room whenever she talks or teases.

Going on with the school analogy. People that don’t have a lot of support in their own lives will often attach themselves emotionally to some other authority figure who shows them affection often a teacher. Haise is like Saiko’s nickname suggests her surrogate mother who provides her the affection she desparately wants.

People in these types of situations often do not want to disappoint their surrogate parent. As such Saiko doesn’t want to disappoint Haise and will at least try to do her job even if she has no real idea what she’s doing.

In the end I only three different options for Saiko to survive. 1 Saiko shapes up and start training. 2 She can attempt to stop working for the CCG. 3 She can show some previously untapped potential that goes with her title of most compatible quinx (which she seems to be doing now haha).

Saiko represents Kaneki’s initial unwillingness to fight, as well as his past with a poor uncaring parental figure.


Mutsuki Tooru

One of Mutsuki’s biggest struggles so far has been fear. Fear of people and ghouls, fear of losing humanity. Mutsuki is constantly trying to overcome these fears.

Funnily enough Mutsuki’s two fears solutions seem to be in stark contrast with one another. In order not to fear ghouls Mutsuki must r become a better investigator and learn how to use a kagune. However Mutsuki fears growing stronger will mean losing humanity. 

One way Mutsuki seems to try and overcome fear is through analysis. Mutsuki always seem to want to know everything possible about a situation before entering into it and as probably is probably the most critical thinker of the group on long term projects.

I feel like Mutsuki can be overly self critical at times, and quite obviously has self worth issues. While in some ways such as being unable to use a kagune Mutsuki is seen as somewhat weaker than the rest of the quincke.

Mutsuki definitely has strengths. When in situations of great fear Mutsuki’s does fight with determination and sincerely seems to want to help, and while freezing at first isn’t the best option Mutsuki has never run away from a fight with others involved.

I think it’s safe to assume that some time in the past Mutsuki was probably sexually assaulted. There is many suggestions towards it from an overall fear of the male gaze, the scar on Mutsuki’s breast, the way Mutsuki can recognize a predatory male stare and seemed to imagine a club goer thinking “Rape,rape.”

The funny thing about this though is there never a direct indication that this is connected with a ghoul, it’s always just “men”. This paired with the fact that the death of Mutsuki’s parents and brother are often gossiped about being Mutsuki’s fault makes me think there could be much more to this back-story than there first appears. 

As for Mutsuki’s gender I’ll be brief. I don’t know. Mutsuki felt very uncomfortable living as a woman and wanted to live as a man but at the same time thinks aloud that their mind isn’t like a man. So maybe Mutsuki doesn’t feel comfortable as either. That’s why I’m only referring to Mutsuki by their name, I’m waiting to pass judgement until I get solid confirmation, please don’t hate me.

Mutsuki’s future is a little uncertain in my eyes. It has been suggested that Mutsuki may have already fed on a human to survive.

 I hope Mutsuki grows stronger and more secure overcoming fear but there is always the possibility Tooru could fall in the pursuit of strength much like Kaneki.

Mutsuki represents fear of losing his humanity, as well as his original shy and naive nature, and his contrasting purposes.


Shirazu Ginshi

I adore Shirazu Ginshi. Shirazu has a very kind nature overall even if he often insults the ones he cares about. He also honestly seems to care about the others in his squad (even people who don’t deserve it). 

Initially when he became angry with Sasaki and went off rebelliously with Urie his main reason was he was lied to and told that Sasaki was only out for his own promotion and didn’t care about the group. 

Shirazu seems to value those who care about others, which we see when he defends Haise for being a half-ghoul which and makes sense giving his own kind nature.

When in a lower position Shirazu seemed more rebellious, but once he was put in a position of power and learned to respect his leader Shirazu became much more diligent even if he feels unworthy at times. As he feels unworthy he’s trying very hard to live up to his new rank.

Also Shirazu, honestly cares about the success of their mission and the group’s safety as a whole.

Even if I know he joined the CCG for the money his nature an integrity makes me feel he has a very good reason (possibly someone named Haru?).

Shirazu is an important linchpin in the quinx as he is the lone extrovert amoungst them. Urie doesn’t want to work with anyone, Saiko is a neet, Mutsuki is just plain shy, for all Haise tries to do he’s generally softhearted and quiet in nature, and fears hurting feelings most of the time. Shirazu is loud and active pulling people out of their rooms starting conversations with Tooru, kicking Urie in the face. Without Shirazu I think you’d find the quinx household a very quiet place indeed.

He can also sometimes set the lead for how others should behave and I think it’s important to note that Shirazu was the first person to become comfortable enough with Haise to joke around him.

Some people act as if Shirazu is an idiot when he really isn’t. Shirazu is brash and tends to react immediately which means sometimes he says and does things without thinking them through properly (and has a bad temper). 

He speaks his mind and often acts on his emotions. Shirazu’s greatest strengths seem to lie in his quick thinking, empathetic and perceptive nature. 

For instance in Chapter 28 he was able to figure out how Nut’s traps work and quickly hatched a plan to use her own strength against her. 

Plus on a side note Shirazu’s quick reacting nature pairs well with his Ukaku kagune.

I fear for Shirazu sometimes. He has strength and intelligence on his side and seems to be getting his brash nature under better control. but as far as we have learned he’s a fairly innocent character who hasn’t suffered badly in life, and we all know what happens to innocent characters in Tokyo Ghoul (just ask Takizawa and Hinami).

Shirazu represents Kaneki’s protective nature, as well as his ability to think on his feet .


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lazyassfinals  asked:

Hi !! I just stumbled upon this weird little creature on the internet, the Melibe viridis. Why is it so weird ?? How does it work ?? Thank you xx P.S I really enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work !! ♡

Hi there! Thanks for asking! I’ve actually never seen this one before and boy is it weird haha

The Melibe viridis is a predatory nudibranch, or type of sea slug that’s got some interesting adaptations to search for and catch its food.

There is in all of its glory. In the front you have its “oral veil” that acts like a net. It scans the sea floor for small fish and crustaceans. When something brushes the sensitive papillae along the edge of the veil, it quickly closes to trap and eat its prey (kind of similar to how a venous fly trap works).

This video shows one going after a little frog fish. It also looks like these sea slugs can swim for short bursts if necessary but they are going to be primarily benthic species (living on the sea floor). The Melibe viridis has also adapted to blend in with its environment, you can actually see in this video that the sea slug and the frog fish have similar colors and textures since they are living in the same environment.

Thanks again for bringing this stunning animal to my attention. I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog!

Tied Up At The Moment

A/N: Underfell!au where Sans gets caught in a trap set up by him and Papyrus. Papyrus isn’t too pleased to say the least. Lots of language. I came up with this one a whim, so I hope you like it anon!

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“Sans!” The name echoed across the seemingly dead underground. The crunching of snow under large boots could be heard from a few yards away.

The smaller skeleton barred his fangs in annoyance. He turned to find his older brother Papyrus towering over him, his usual grim expression set in place. 

“Sans! Have you been watching the spike pits? The holes? All of the traps?” Papyrus growled. “Or have you been lazying off again like always?”

Sans flinched slightly. “N-no, boss. I’ve been watching them. No sign of a human.”

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ennead13x  asked:

Characters, hmm. *spins the wheel* Piccolo (DBZ), Scout (TF2, you can pick the team, if it matters to you), and Sportacus (Lazytown).

(I’m laughing where did Scout come from I haven’t thought about TF2 in a long time)

get randomly assigned as your lab partner for a whole semester
If I remember right Scout’s actually pretty smart and if nothing else I can always bat my eyelashes a little to get him to do shit. Besides he’ll probably skip enough class that I can just do the assignments on my own anyway. (Hello yes I went to a school that didn’t do lab partners I don’t know how they work)

get trapped with on a broken elevator for ten hours
Sportacus because he wouldn’t kill me out of annoyance and he’d probably be a good conversationalist.

get as my employee trainer for my new job at McDonalds
Piccolo since he technically does have some sort of training experience (even if it’s a completely different kind of training) and also I think it’d be hilarious to see him working at McDont’s

i know it may sound like a reach but truly i see young kids around my way wit these hover boards all the time many of them even live in my building 

and now that they are supposedly being banded i feel it dont take much of a leap to think abt how this may be used as another excuse to lock up and or antagonize kids who are already heavily targeted by police in nyc. 

oooh I saw ur request and was like yeh i should do something cool for penny but then my inspiration was viciously murdered so yeah I just decided to do chapter 2 of that one au u mentioned to me about the revenge thing!! hooray for me being lazy and uncreative

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girl almighty

aka act my age part 2

part 1

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“I just…I wanna lick him.”

“Nasty. That’s so nasty, Juvia, god.”

Juvia flipped her hair and made a ‘la-di-da’ expression. “Not in a weird way, like, I just wanna lick his face. You know?”

“I can’t even describe all the levels of not knowing I’m going through right now.” Erza answered. She peered through the peepy hole in her magazine and sighed.

“Oh, shut up. You don’t have any room to talk, Miss I’m-gonna-spy-on-a-bunch-of-hot-guys-for-research.” Juvia huffed.

Erza blanched and set her magazine down with a smack. “Well it’s not like you’ve got any better ideas!”

“I do have a better idea.” Juvia said haughtily.

“Let’s hear it then.” Erza pressed.

“Well…there’s a party at his dorm later tonight, right?” Juvia began. By now Erza had lost her focus and stopped spying.

“So…?” Erza failed to see her conclusion.

“Duh. You hide a mouse trap somewhere in his house – so then when he least expects it – blammo! His hand gets decapitated!” Juvia smacked her hand on the table loudly to prove her point.

“A mouse trap?” Erza asked disappointedly. “That’s it?”

“That’s-“

“Well, well, well, what do we have here?”

Erza didn’t even conceal her groan. “Natsu, go away.”

Natsu sat down with a pout. Gray sat next to him.

“Don’t you lovely ladies want some company?” He asked while batting his eyelashes seductively.

“How can I say ‘no’ in a way you’ll understand?” Erza wondered.

“Not a chance, come on, what were you guys just talking about? Boobs? Periods?” Natsu inquired.

“Everything you just said was mildly offensive. I’m impressed.” Juvia admitted, even though her gaze was fixed on Gray.

“We were talking about revenge, if you really must know.” Erza informed tightly.

“Revenge? Any particular reasons?” Gray asked, interest piqued.

“If she told you, she’d have to kill you.” Juvia joked. Well, who knows. Maybe she wasn’t joking.

“Of course – standard revenge procedure, we get it,” Natsu nodded like he wasn’t going to pry any further. “Are you guys going to Jellal’s dorm tonight to study?”

Erza scoffed. Like any studying was actually going to occur.

“We sure are! We love to…study…” Juvia trailed off awkwardly, probably losing her train of thought to Gray’s hair, or face, or whatever she was attracted to.

“Awesome. Bring hot friends.” Natsu said pointedly. “I’m counting on you guys.”

“For what? Pussy? We’re not a delivery service, do it yourself.” Erza sniffed.

“Yeah, if you’re that horny, why don’t you just use each other?” Juvia asked before letting out a happy laugh. She probably wasn’t even joking.

“Gross. Gray’s an STD circus, I don’t want any of that biz.” Natsu informed. Gray punched his shoulder blade.

“Yeah? Well Natsu can’t even put a tampon in, I doubt he could take me anyways.”

“You wanna fight?”

“Right here. Right now. Let’s go.”

“Wait, are they doing it, or fighting?” Juvia asked lowly as the two boys stared at each other heatedly.

“I can confidently say both?” Erza responded. There was enough passion in their gazes to say they were far past being straight.

“Cool it, we’re not supposed to talk about fight club, you idiots.” Juvia decided to intervene.

“Yeah Gray, rule number one.” Natsu reminded. Gray kicked his shin.

“Hey, totally unrelated question,” Erza began begrudgingly, hardly able to believe she had sunk to this level of immaturity. “You guys wouldn’t know where I can buy mouse traps, would you?”

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“-and then I was like, why even bother dating Edward, if that sexy piece of werewolf was right there in front of you? I totally don’t get this emo bitch Bella, hell, why won’t werewolf hot guys chase me? “

Erza stopped short, lamenting not taking a migraine pill and massaging her temple. “I’m gonna be honest here – I stopped listening a long, long time ago.”

“Aw, you missed my impromptu Twilight review.”

“On-“

“-accident, probably.” Juvia interrupted with a cute little blink. “Right Erza?”

Erza stopped in front of Jellal’s dorm, digging her hand in her purse gently. “I got the mouse trap, what do I do now?”

Juvia slapped her arm. “What do you mean, ‘what do I do now’? You hide it in his cereal cabinet, and then when he goes for a little cap’n crunch he gets his hand chopped off!” Juvia ended her charade with a karate chop.

“That…I don’t think that’s how mouse traps work-“

“-course it is! Haven’t you ever seen Tom and Jerry, Erz? Honestly, what would you do without my boundless knowledge?” Juvia asked rhetorically. Naturally, Erza didn’t give her the pleasure of ending on a good note.

“In a better place, probably.” She answered her question before looking down at her outfit. “Ok, I look hot, right? Hot enough to destroy Jellal where he stands?”

Juvia looked at her sideways, tightening her lips and sighing. Then she reached forward and tugged her crop top down a little bit.

“Christ Erza, why do you cover them up so much? They’re there, use them.” Juvia gestured to Erza’s boobs disappointedly. “And you look so good in black, you’re making me look like a sad petunia.”

Erza scrunched up her face. “Are petunias blue?”

“Shut up.” Juvia seethed. She pushed a small red strand out of Erza’s face and nodded at her work. “Perfect. If Jellal doesn’t explode from jealousy, or whatever you had planned, I’ll be absolutely damned.”

“I don’t want him to explode – I just want him to hate himself for being an asshole to me and missing out on all this.” Erza corrected, gesturing to her well-endowed body proudly.

“Ah. Self-hatred. And after that, we can steal his identity and buy a lifetime supply of cat food!” Juvia plotted deviously.

Erza looked at her blankly. “We went over this. We’re not stealing his identity.”

Juvia pouted. “Can it be plan B?”

“We’re going inside now.” Erza said, knocking on the door crisply.

“Ooh, pull up your shorts a bit – let him see that ass – hey, Jellal!” Juvia halted her sentence midway through with an awkward smile.

“Hey – wow, you guys look…”

Erza smiled. Amazing? Gorgeous? Fantastic? Ha, suck it Jellal, you motherfucking-

“-dressed up.” He finished lamely.

Erza felt her spirit droop. That was anticlimactic.

“Yeah, Erza was just on a hot date, so…yeah.” Juvia said, snapping her fingers like she was a sassy twelve year old.

“Wow. Sorry to interrupt, I guess.” He concluded. “Do you guys want to come in, or…?”

“Step aside, pretty boy!” Juvia yelled, pushing her palm to Jellal’s cheek and quite literally forcing him to step aside.

Erza scooted around Jellal. He looked rather awestruck at Juvia’s forwardness, but shut the door after them anyways.

“Looks like the party’s arrived, come sit by me, flower child!” Cana wailed from the futon, referring to Juvia’s short flowery skirt.

“Wow, you guys look great!” Mira admired aloud. All of their fellow speech kids were cramped up in Jellal’s living room, doing a lot to do with nothing and nothing to do with studying.

“Thanks,” Erza responded, making the decision to sit next to her.

“Wow Erza, wow. I thought I told you to bring hot friends. I’m not seeing any hot friends.” Natsu deadpanned.

“Ouch Natsu, that hurts.” Juvia whined, kicking him in the head from her spot on the couch next to Cana and Gray. Erza was sure she was losing her mind being that close to him, but she seemed to be hiding it quite well.

“You don’t count, blue.” Gray added in, most likely for brownie points.

“I’m honored to be the exception to Natsu’s wannabe booty call.” Juvia said to Gray, one hand poised over her heart.

“Did you guys finish yesterday’s homework?” Jellal asked conversationally, entering with a bucket full of pretzels. Literally, a metal bucket. Maybe he was out of bowls.

“No way,” Cana answered for the group. “I’m waiting till midnight tonight to finish that shit.”

Erza said nothing. The truth was she had finished the homework. She was a fan of getting a good night’s sleep – as far as that extended when you share a room with Juvia.

“Writing intros sucks, I never know how to write an attention-getter, or whatever their called.” Gray said.

“How bout this – you shout the word boobs. Then you’ll have everyone’s attention.” Juvia offered with a shrug.

“You have a nice dorm, Jellal. Who’s your roommate?” Mirajane asked. His dorm was remarkably clean, almost like he was there alone.

“Ah, his name is Laxus. He’s pretty cool, but he doesn’t come here much. He’s kind of a party animal, actually.” Jellal informed.

“Is he hot?” Juvia asked crudely. Cana high-fived her and waited eagerly for Jellal’ answer.

“I…don’t know how to answer that.” Jellal admitted.

“Do you have any cereal?” Erza interrupted, not really listening to the conversation at hand.

“Uh…yeah?” Jellal asked, raising his eyebrows in suspicion.

Erza gave him a sharp look.

“Do you…want some?” He asked cautiously.

She nodded, her face a mixture of ‘obviously’ and ‘please don’t think I’m weird’.

Jellal stood up from his sitting position to go to the kitchen to fetch her some cereal. Erza, unwilling to bail on her shitty revenge plot, quickly stood up to follow him.

“So, cereal, huh?” Jellal asked as soon as the rest of the group began their own conversations. They were alone now.

“Y-yeah. Juvia eats all of mine, so…” Erza covered up. Jellal looked mildly skeptical, but not to the point where he’d refuse to give her cereal.

“Alright.” He accepted her excuse. “By the way, you uh…”

She awaited his words with bated breath. For some reason, he always put her on edge despite his up-front friendly behavior.

“You look nice, is all.” He said, looking down in the slightest like even he was embarrassed by the declaration.

The second he looked away, Erza broke into a full-fledged smile. Finally – that idiot was falling right into her trap!

“You ok?” He asked, his hand buried in the cereal cabinet with a concerned look across his face. Right. She was making a Jared Leto face.

“Yeah, oh yeah. Just remembering this…this thing, Juvia told me yesterday.” She excused casually, looking at anything but Jellal.

“We have Lucky Charms,” Jellal told he, retrieving the colorful box from the pantry.

“Awesome,” Erza let out, forgetting how delicious sugary cereal was. Even though the cereal was merely a stepping stone to her intricate revenge, it couldn’t hurt to get spoiled a little in the process.

They both headed back to the living room while Erza waited for the best moment to plant the mouse trap in the cereal cabinet. She just needed a distraction…

As if she had been telepathically summoned, Juvia stepped up to bat with the most ideal distraction there was.

“Does anybody have a tampon?” She asked, particularly loudly.

“I think I got some,” Cana said, digging through her purse experimentally.

Erza continued eating the cereal slowly. It was amazing, just as she had suspected. Stupid spoiled Jellal, probably had oodles of good food spilling out of the pantry that he refused to share with the rest of them.

“Yo, Erza! Throw me some cereal!” Natsu requested, holding his hands up pitcher style.

“Eat a dick,” she hissed protectively, wrapping her arms around the cereal and almost letting out a dragon roar.

“I have more cereal, if you guys want some,” Jellal offered kindly. There was an uproar of positive feedback and he went back into the kitchen to get more, foiling her mouse trap plan.

“So guys, FMK, Gosling, Seacrest, Reynolds.” Cana said. It took Erza a brief second to realize she was referring to three different Ryans.

“Ew, kill Seacrest.” Juvia said with a wrinkled nose.

“Marry Reynolds,” Mira pitched in helpfully.

“FUCK GOSLING.” Natsu said, freakishly loud. It made Erza question his sexuality on a whole different level.

“I mean, or yeah, whatever.” Natsu added in. Gray was practically puking his guts out from laughing so hard at Natsu’s confession.

“Ok, we have Froot Loops and Honey Comb.” Jellal presented the remaining cereal boxes and they were greedily snatched up by the rest o the group. Erza was slightly intrigued by his generosity, normal kids would be fighting like rabid hyenas for delicacies such as these yet Jellal seemed to be feeling rather charitable today. Interesting.

Unfortunately, Jellal took note of her bewildered expression and decided to take a seat next to her. Of course.

“What’s on your mind?” He asked, obviously referring to her dumbstruck expression.

“You sure like sharing,” she mumbled, shoving a dry marshmallow into her mouth ungracefully.

“I guess so,” he shrugged it off like it was no big deal.

“Why?” She pried annoyingly. He sure didn’t like to share in primary school, she could first-hand vouch for that.

“Misery loves company.” He said mysteriously before smiling slyly like he knew something she didn’t.

She felt hatred course through her veins immediately. How dare that smarmy idiot look her in the eye like he knew more than she did?

She crunched her cereal rather loudly and plunged one of her hands inside her purse. It was go time.

“I’m gonna go put this back,” she said, hoping her voice didn’t crack as she made slight eye contact with Juvia. She grabbed the mouse trap from inside her purse and scurried back into the kitchen.

She shoved the box back into the cabinet, and then slowly set the mouse trap and put it in front of the cereal box. There. Now she’d get her revenge. Sort of.

It was then that Erza realized exactly how many flaws her plan had. Who was dumb enough to not see a mouse trap in front of a cereal box? What if his roommate is the one who gets trapped? What if-

“Erza?” Jellal asked, peeking his head into the kitchen.

“A-ha…sorry!” She called, yanking her hand out of the cereal cabinet and placing it on her hip awkwardly. “Be right there!”

Oh well. She’d just have to hope for the best.

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The next day at speech class, both Juvia and Erza were pleasantly surprised.

“You saw it, right?” Juvia asked excitedly, practically bouncing in her seat.

“Of course I did,” Erza responded. There was a band-aid on Jellal’s pinky finger. Their plan had worked. Sort of.

“I told you the mouse trap thing would work!” She boasted.

“Keep it down! It’ll be embarrassing if he finds out it was us!” Erza barked, still wary on the idea that she had actually stuck a mouse trap in someone’s cereal cabinet. It didn’t get much lower than this.

“Oh whatever! Next time, we should steal all of his toilet paper, than put it back the next day, and keep doing that for like, ever, and then he’ll think he’s going insane-“

“What’s the story, morning glory?” Natsu interrupted Juvia’s brilliant insight with a yawn, smacking his stuff down on the table.

“Shut up, we’re watching.” Juvia said, pointing Natsu’s head to Jellal who was talking to Gray.

“What? What are we watching? Do you still hate Jellal, or whatever?” Natsu asked boredly.

Yes, now shut up and watch.” Erza grabbed his mouth and closed it.

“Hey guys,” Jellal greeted before taking his seat behind Erza.

“That was…anticlimactic…” Juvia whispered.

“Well, what were you expecting?” Natsu whispered back.

“Perhaps a moan of pain?” Erza put in.

“Yeah, that would’ve been good.” Juvia said. “I should probably get back to my seat – I’ll catch you after, Erz.”

“Ok.” Erza grumbled, barely interested. She couldn’t shake the feeling that maybe she just wasn’t cut out for revenge.

“Hey Erza, can I talk to you for a sec?” Jellal asked suddenly, breaking the tension with ease.

“Somebody’s in trouble~~” Natsu sang softly. Erza punched his shoulder and begrudgingly stood up to follow Jellal.

“So,” Jellal began, once they were out of earshot. “I have a question for you.”

“Uh…fire away.” Erza said, wondering what he could possibly ask of her.

“Did you, uh…” he scratched the back of his head anxiously, “leave a mouse trap in my cereal cabinet?”

Erza stared blankly at him. She hoped her expression didn’t seem guilty, because on the inside, her conscience was in flames. How the hell did he know it was her? Well…besides the fact that she was the only one that went in the kitchen…hm…she really didn’t think this through, did she?

“W-why would you think that?” She laughed, sharing his awkward neck scratching trait and smiling creepily.

“Well, it seems kinda dumb, but…” he paused for a second to evaluate her expression. “I found your receipt.”

No way, she cursed herself, I put it in my pocket…god damn it! Fuck girl pants and their pocket-lessness!!

“I…don’t…”

“So, I figured it would make you feel better if I was hurt.” He added, holding up his bandaged pinky finger. Her eyes narrowed. What did he mean by that?

“I…uh…” she continued to fumble around her words like a dumbass.

His face fell at her lack of response.

“So, I guess what I’m trying to say is – why?”

Her mouth opened and shut like a dying goldfish.

“I…saw…a rat? In your dorm…thought I could…take care of it…”

Jellal shook his head, like he was disappointed in her.

“In that case,” he said, peeling off the tiny band-aid with ease, revealing a fully healthy pinky.

Bastard! He had pretended to get mouse-trapped! What a twist….

He watched her remorseful expression and laughed. “That’s what I thought.”

“I…don’t think I-“

“Erza, if you’re trying to do some petty revenge scheme for all the shit I threw at you in primary school, then have at it.” He said, surprising her by holding his arms in the air like he was surrendering. “…but I expected more than this from you, Erza.”

At this point Erza was fairly sure she looked like the entire audience during the Empire Strikes Back, only this time, it wasn’t her father who was trying to recruit her to the dark side.

“You…want me to…”

He smiled briefly, looking impressively sexy and Erza cursed every god out there for making her mortal enemy as attractive as sin.

“Impress me.” He said, before walking back to his table like nothing had happened.

Erza stared at the whiteboard, at a complete loss for words. Huh. So this is what it felt like to be check-mated. And if there was one thing she hated, it was losing. And chess in general. And Jellal, and his stupid, smug ass.

He may have won that turn, but it was her move next – and she’d be damned if she didn’t win this game.

I have never seen a character make such a long, unbroken series of horrible decisions like Mohinder Suresh.