i couldn't help but join in

  • Luke: *looks at the clock; 4:03 AM*
  • Luke: *opens the connection* Dad? Dad are you awake?
  • Vader: I'm always awake my son.
  • Luke: Wait, you can't sleep?
  • Vader: Why are you still awake at this hour my son.
  • Luke: Couldn't sleep. Now answer my question.
  • Vader: I can't sleep like ordinary people. All I can do is meditate as much as I'm allowed.
  • Luke: Are you ever in pain?
  • Vader:
  • Luke: Dad?
  • Vader: All the time, all the time my son.
  • Luke: I wish I could do something to help you...
  • Vader: You could join me?
  • Luke: Dad!
  • Vader: You are helping, my son.
  • Luke: Huh, how?
  • Vader: This is the first time in very very long time since anyone bothered to ask if I was okay. *cuts the connection*
  • Luke: Oh, Dad. :(

anonymous asked:

do you know if the house partys good for all ages?????? im 19 but i dont have a state ID and my 11 year old sister wants to come with me qAq""

Actually, I was wondering that too, as my little sister wants to come as well! I’m really not sure though- I hope we get more info on the entire thing soon!

I don’t see why it would be age restricted (Gorillaz in general aren’t super kid friendly, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be too “adult” or anything, just a fun experience) but they haven’t confirmed anything, as far as I’m aware.

Does anyone else know????
It’d be extremely appreciated‼️‼️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

I need a Danny Phantom AU tbh.

Like Keith is Danny, and Shiro is his protective older brother. Keith lives with Shiro and Shiro’s girlfriend, Allura, who (along with Coran) are super into the supernatural and ghosts (particularly hunting them).

Keith’s friends are Pidge and Hunk. They were there when Keith had his accident, and they both help him out whenever ghosts (who come through a wormhole Allura accidentally created when Keith caused the accident and call themselves Galra) attack the school.

And like, the best part? Keith has an incredibly huge crush on Lance, who also happens to secretly be a super skilled Ghost hunter hellbent on capturing Keith and sending him back to the Ghost zone. They’re like sickly in love, but have no idea that they’re secretly arch-rivals who fight every week. ((They do that baby project together, and thats actually how they start dating despite getting a D on the project)).

Lance has no idea that Sendak (Vlad) is also a ghost, and let’s just say when he finds out, he is hella pissed at Sendak, and eventually joins Keith in helping to fight the Galra.

When you ask your daughter whom you’ve wronged on a number of different levels to give you her pistol so you can kill yourself but she makes you join a ragtag team of misfits instead and you all get caught up in a planet-wide war and you end up bonding with them to the point where you slowly and finally begin to move on from your burning and unhealthy obsession over your dead wife and actually begin to take responsibility for all the shitty things you did as a result

anonymous asked:

Hello Mimi! I'm a fairly new edition to "A.R.M.Y.", and I'm trying my very best to catch up on literal years worth of BTS. Especially with the whole confusing "Wings" album. Couldn't have joined at a worst time😂 but I just wanted to say thank you. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have stuck around, since everything was so confusing. You played a very big part in helping me find the new loves of my life. Anyways sorry for the long rant, I just wanted to express my gratitude. 💖

Welcome dear. I think you joined us in the best time EVER. A new era is coming. BTS are getting all the recognition they deserve and you were here before the logo changed. So Thank You for staying <3. And It doesn’t matter if you became an ARMY two years or two weeks ago, what matters is “once an ARMY, Forever an ARMY”. 

Let me hug you because I love you 

Originally posted by ultranicolet

norsewanderlust  asked:

To the anon who couldn't choose, how about a threesome?

I CHOKED ON MY WATER

______________________

-Lucas always hugging Clancy and Ethan just joins the muddle of limbs

-Clancy, Lucas and Ethan love hugging in a giant pile

-Clancy inviting them over for a date and they all curl up on the floor with blankets, food and cheesy horror movies

-Lucas gets twice the amount of love and it makes him happy

-Clancy gets, even more, support and help with his work and it helps with the stress load

-Ethan has two wonderful boyfriends that care for him when he has loads of work chucked at him and that remind him to eat or sleep

-Ethan and Lucas both have terrible sleep schedules and stay up together. Clancy has to remind them to sleep quite regularly

-Lucas sometimes gets really jealous when Clancy and Ethan go on dates without him

-Clancy and Ethan then proceed to spend the whole day with him and smother him with affection

-Marguerite and Jack find it really strange how Lucas has two male partners but end up like ‘eh okay’

-They see how happy Lucas is and welcome the two men into the family

-Zoe finds it weird too but she really likes that she can mess around with Ethan and Clancy

-They’re all very happy together

vylhunter  asked:

If Bokuto, Oikawa, Ushijima and Kageyama couldn't o didn't play sports, in what kind of club they would be in?

Sen: Ooh, cutting off sports in general. Also, I almost tagged this as “ushijima senpai” i’m a very tired person.

Kageyama

Art: Without sports, Kageyama doesn’t actually have much going for him. He ends up in art with Yachi, having been dragged along since Kags wanted to be part of the going home club. He actually doesn’t do much at first, just helping to tidy up and watching the artists in work. However, he’s eventually convinced to join in, getting easily frustrated when his work doesn’t come out as he wants. However, he does have occasional success, only when he’s told what to paint. Kageyama isn’t very creative but he can do as told. 

Oikawa

Drama: If he wasn’t into volleyball, he’d be pouring his heart and soul into everything. He’s got a nice face and all that so the drama club would probably just drag him into it for popularity. Despite this, he’s going to put 100% of his heart into it because if everyone’s working hard, it’d just be plain rude to half ass what he does. In the end, he’d actually enjoy the thrill of performing for the crowd, even when he was initially afraid of embarrassing himself, like he usually does, but his worries are misplaced when he can put on such stellar performances.

Bokuto

Science: This guy only joined on the premise that he’d be blowing stuff up. Despite the first few ‘boring experiments’ he still kept coming back since the people were pretty cool and were pretty determined to teach him something - since they thought that teaching someone like him would be a challenge. He ended up fitting right in with a bunch of kids who found why and how things work interesting. Though, now it’s just a simple case of getting him to actually do calculations now without making a fuss about how he can’t do it.

Ushijima

Gardening: No, this isn’t a fertile soil joke. He wants to do something calm and productive with his time after school that’s helpful as well. Ushijima isn’t a big performer, neither is he someone who’d be down for big mental challenges when he’s supposed to be relaxed. That’s why he likes the gardening club, full of supportive people who don’t talk too much but are extremely helpful. He can just tunnel his focus into his gardening and it makes the school environment much nicer to be in.

Night gathers, and now my boycott begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall watch no more character assassinations, see no more senseless rapes, suffer no more bullshit. I shall feel no shame and suffer no more insults. I shall live and die at by the books. GRRM is the only hope in against the show’s darkness. He is the keeper of the characters we know and love. He is the hope that burns against the bullshit, the author that brings the true canon, the one in which I have faith, the shield that guards the realms of fans. I pledge my life and honor to A Song of Ice and Fire, for this night and all the nights to come.
—  The vow of all done in ASOIAF fans and now former show watchers.

wilford-jpg  asked:

hey fam! i started watching markiplier about a week ago and after hearing so much good about u guys i couldn't help but join the fandom. problem is i know absolutely no one here so could u maybe recommend some quality blogs™ for me to follow? thanks in advance 💖

aw geez, every blog that i encounter is a quality blog! this community is honestly so nice and i love everyone in here. you’ll have a great time here, i guarantee it! i don’t wanna leave you empty handed, but i do have a blogroll right here of all the blogs that i follow. welcome to the community, sweets! 💛

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“Stay here!”
“Xena, no!  Xena!”
“I thought I told you not to come in here!”
“I never listen!”
- “The Ring” -

There’s something quintessential about the above scene and the exchange between Xena and Gabrielle.  

There are so many occasions in the series when Gabrielle doesn’t listen, doesn’t do what Xena has told her to do or what Xena would want her to do–and many of them are delicious, subtexty delights. Gabrielle not listening to Xena is at the very foundation of their relationship and of the premise of the series.  Also, it’s a common plot device in S1 in particular, often getting them into or out of dramatic events.

SEASON ONE
“Sins of the Past”
Xena says “Don’t even think about it… . Following me.  You don’t want to make me mad, now do you?” and Gabrielle follows her anyway.  SUBTEXT.

“Chariots of War”
Xena leaves Gabrielle in a safe place while she goes on ahead–and then gets into trouble.  By the time she eventually heads back, she meets Gabrielle, who has come out looking for her.  Proto-SUBTEXT.

“Dreamworker”
Xena tells Gabrielle to steer clear of swords because she’ll become a target the moment she picks one up.  The very next fight Xena finds herself in, Gabrielle picks up a sword.

Click to Enlarge. (Image Credit: hyxenagabrielle)

“The Reckoning”
Xena tells Gabrielle that her imprisonment and whatever vigilante justice the locals decide to mete out is not about her … and Gabrielle loops the rope that binds Xena around her own neck anyway–and thus makes everyone pause long enough that cooler heads prevail and Xena is, for the moment, saved. Proto-SUBTEXT

“The Titans”
When Xena rejects out of hand her proposal to go to the Titans’ cave and read the scroll that will put them back to sleep, Gabrielle sneaks off to carry out her plan on her own.  Because, as Xena puts it, “she must be trying to prove herself to me.” SUBTEXT.

“Death in Chains”
Xena sends Gabrielle off to the hospital with Talus to keep her out of danger while she goes to free Celeste … and Gabrielle, having learned that touching Death will mean the death of her friend, hares off after Xena to warn her. Proto-SUBTEXT.

(Image Credit: hyxenagabrielle)

“The Black Wolf”
Learning that Xena has been arrested and imprisoned, Gabrielle assumes that Xena of course intended for Gabrielle to find a way to join her in the prison to lend a hand.

G: "I figure two things.  One--if you’re here, it’s because you 
want to be, which means that you have a plan to get out; and two--you’re gonna need my help. You couldn't ask for it, of
course--that’s not you. But you knew I’d get down here and
I’d bring you this--” X: “My chakram.” G: “Ah--and this.”

“A Fistful of Dinars”
Xena tells Gabrielle to avoid Petracles, who’s manipulative and can’t be trusted, but Gabrielle can’t resist learning all she can about the man who actually convinced Xena to marry him. Proto-SUBTEXT.

“Altared States”
Xena leaves the stoned Gabrielle in the cave where she’s safe and goes to rescue Icus … and Gabrielle comes looking for her.  She says a rock told her she had to find Xena, but we can be pretty sure that was just her subconscious giving her a nudge, eh? ;-)  SUBTEXT. (Considering the “By the gods! You–are–beautiful!” line from earlier, I’ll drop the “proto.”)

“Ties That Bind”
Gabrielle intends to leave Xena for the latter’s own good so that she can have the opportunity to travel with her father (who’s actually Ares in disguise). Proto-SUBTEXT.

“The Greater Good”
This one is implied.  Xena is taking on the warlord and Gabrielle is watching from a hiding spot in the bushes.  We can assume that Xena has told her to stay back and stay hidden to keep her safe.  When Xena goes down, Gabrielle is out of hiding and taking down the warlord with a thrown staff to get to Xena.

(Image Credit: hyxenagabrielle)

“Death Mask”
One of my favorites!  When Xena attempts to send Gabrielle out of harm’s way, Gabrielle doesn’t merely agree and then follow her anyway; she outright defies Xena with a tirade that draws an unseen smile from our warrior princess.

X: “Gabrielle, that mother whose baby you saved the other 
day ask her to put you up for a few days. You know, guard
the village.”
G:  “Huh--oh no.  No, no--that’s your way of saying, ‘It’s too 
dangerous to be around me right now, Gabrielle.’ Well, have
you ever considered that there isn’t a safe time to be around
you? Now, that village doesn’t need my help, but you might--
and I’m going with you. Now, if that’s all, I’ll just be practicing with my staff--end of discussion. Sorry you had to witness
that, Toris.”

Later on, when Xena needs it to be just her and Toris who take on Cortese (for purposes of closure), however, Gabrielle volunteers to stay behind on her own initiative.

G:  “Oh, I know.  It’s easier to get two in than three.  I’ll
just go guard some villagers or something--even if they’re
not in danger.”

 SUBTEXT.

~x~

And that’s just Season One!  Which very likely contains the largest number of instances because, later on, as Gabrielle became a proficient warrior, Xena stopped leaving Gabrielle behind and they became partners.

In later seasons, there’s a less-but-more dichotomy.  There are fewer instances but they often mean more.  The instances of Gabrielle disregarding Xena’s instructions are for the most part just rife with subtext because Xena only gives those instructions in direly dangerous situations and Gabrielle ignores them to save Xena.  The examples in S2 are a little different, though; they are surrounded by subtext but not necessarily manifestations of it.

~x~

SEASON TWO
“Return of Callisto”
Xena tries and fails to talk Gabrielle out of going after Callisto.  Then, Gabrielle hears Xena praying to any gods who will listen–“please, don’t let [Gabrielle’s] light go out.”–and tells Xena that she will go home and let Xena handle Callisto, only to slip off to take revenge on Callisto on her own.  What was the point of telling Xena she would go home?  If she hadn’t said that, she’d have still gotten to go after Callisto with Xena.  Perhaps she merely wanted to make sure that she got to exact revenge by her own hand and thus wanted to go without Xena.  But as the catalyst for her actions was overhearing a desperate Xena’s plea, it seems more likely that she was trying to protect Xena in some way–protect her from risking herself by taking on Callisto, protect her from witnessing the fading of Gabrielle’s “light” by being present when the bard took her revenge–or simply to make Xena stop worrying and angsting over Gabrielle by giving her reason to believe Gabrielle had been persuaded away from vengeance.  So I think we can call it … SUBTEXT.

“The Price”
Gabrielle disregards Xena’s orders about rationing supplies only to the healthy men who can fight.  She disregards her wishes when giving water to the Horde prisoner and even more strongly disregards what would have been Xena’s wishes by using Xena’s authority to go outside the walls so she could give water to the injured on the battlefield.  None of that is subtextual, really, but Xena’s reaction to the latter certainly is.  Xena apparently has to stop herself from killing the messenger when she learns Gabrielle is outside and in danger and is then deliciously ruthless in getting to Gabrielle to get her back inside.

“If I give you the word, kill anything near her.”

Then, when Xena comes to Gabrielle to tell Gabrielle that she was right, the SUBTEXT skyrockets.

X: “I let my fear and hatred blind me to everything.”

G:  “Sometimes the past can do that.  Xena, if I had been
through what you’ve been through--” X: “No. No. You understand hatred, but you have never
given into it. You don’t know how much I love . . . that.

SEASON THREE
“The Furies”
A mad Xena ties Gabrielle to a tree to get away from her so she won’t inadvertently hurt Gabrielle.  Of course, as soon as she can get loose, Gabrielle follows Xena to Cyrene’s inn, intent on taking care of and saving her.  SUBTEXT.

“Gabrielle’s Hope”
A dark example of Gabrielle not listening.  Refusing to believe her newborn daughter is evil despite Xena’s insistence, Gabrielle runs away with Hope and then lies to Xena, telling her Hope is dead.

“The Debt”
Shall we include this example of not listening?  It’s rather a different sort, but Gabrielle definitely does NOT listen to Xena as Xena tries to explain to her why she has to go to Chin to kill someone.  That’s a huge failure on consistent characterization on the writers’ part more than anything, but the subtext comes into play when we learn that the real reason Gabrielle went on ahead to Chin to betray Xena was jealously over Lao Ma.  SUBTEXT.

“Maternal Instincts”
Another much darker example of not listening.  Gabrielle hides from Xena the fact that the strange little girl is Hope until it’s too late.

“One Against an Army”
Twice Xena moves to abandon their stand against the Persians in favor of taking Gabrielle to medical help and twice Gabrielle talks her into staying and fighting for the “greater good.”  SUBTEXT (though more from Xena’s side just there).

“Sacrifice”
Now we’re getting into the later-season type of examples.  Gabrielle knows that if Xena kills Hope, Xena will die, thanks to Ares’ calling in her debt through the Fates.  Xena insists that Hope must die anyway and that if she has to die to make that happen, so be it.  Gabrielle seems to agree, but when the moment arrives, she intervenes and kills Hope herself, sacrificing herself in the process.  MAJOR SUBTEXT.

SEASON FOUR
“Locked Up and Tied Down”
Though Xena insists that she needs to be punished for her past crimes, Gabrielle sneaks into Shark Island Prison.  Perhaps at first her intention was merely to be near Xena as she served her life sentence, or perhaps she meant all along to break her out, which is what she does, almost being hanged in the process.  MAJOR SUBTEXT.

“Crusader”
Gabrielle throws her own body over that of the unconscious Xena’s to spare her from Najara’s sword.  Now, this isn’t a case of her disregarding Xena’s stated instructions, but we all know that Xena would never have approved of Gabrielle risking her life for Xena’s … nor of her agreeing to spend her life with Najara to save Xena.  

G: "I need to move on, but I could never live with someone 
who killed her. There would be no going back from that."

MAJOR SUBTEXT.

(Image Credit: hyxenagabrielle)

“Past Imperfect”
Gabrielle refuses to accede to Xena’s intention of getting Gabrielle out of the besieged city.  That refusal is not particularly subtext but that intention definitely IS.  As is the way Gabrielle phrases her refusal.

G:  "Xena, I don't believe in your vision.  I can't afford to!
Now, either I prove you wrong and we go on from here--or I
prove you right and we die.  But either way--I will not
continue like this."

She can’t afford to believe in the vision because if it’s true, avoiding it would mean separating from Xena, and that is not an option.  Death is an option but not separation.

“The Convert”
Gabrielle gives Najara the benefit of the doubt despite Xena’s warnings.  That in itself is not very subtexty but pretty much everything else about Najara’s part in this episode is.

“Takes One to Know One”
Gabrielle poisons the bounty hunter to slow her down so she can reach Xena in time to warn her.  You know that if Xena had known her position would have been that she could take care of herself and even if she couldn’t, she wouldn’t want Gabrielle to risk danger on her behalf.  SUBTEXT.

“Ides of March”
This is one of the most significant examples.  Gabrielle abandons the non-violent Way of Love without even a moment’s thought as she picks up Xena’s fallen sword to defend her fallen warrior.  She slaughters an onslaught of soldiers while the paralyzed Xena, crying, screams “Noo!” MAJOR SUBTEXT.

(Image Credit: hyxenagabrielle)

SEASON FIVE
“Fallen Angel”
Gabrielle refuses to return to Hell with the demon Xena, despite the latter’s epic plea.  It’s like …anti-SUBTEXT.  But Xena’s attitude and words save the episode.

X:  "She has to be rescued."

Michael:  "That's the responsibility of the archangels."

X:  "No, it's my responsibility." [swoon]

M:  "Yours?  You're not even an angel.  You're to be reborn in a new body."

X:  "Well, that's gonna have to wait.  Right now, I'm going 
after my friend." Mic: "That's impossible." X: "No, it's not. No, it's not. [Xena throws herself off the cliffs of Heaven to fall to Hell but Michael catches her and brings
her back.] Huh? Huh? Huh? Don't!" M: "Are you insane??" X: "It depends who you talk to." Mic: "If you go down to Hell voluntarily, you'll be doomed to
everlasting suffering. Gripped with an unbearable thirst and
hunger--you'll be tempted to eat the fruit of Hell-- and when
you do that, you're well on your way to becoming one of
them." X: "Gabrielle and I have already been through hell together. I didn't come all this way to lose her now. So, either you set me up with a pair of wings, or I take another dive. Michael,
Gabrielle's soul and mine were destined to be together. I can't let her walk through Hell alone. Please."



X: "Gabrielle? We shouldn't be fighting." G: "You're right, Xena." X: "I wanna spend eternity with you. Won't you join me?" G: "Lay down your sword, Xena. If Callisto can be redeemed, why not you?" X: "Callisto's a trick. They deceive you, Gabrielle. Callisto can't change. You know that. Our master is greatly pleased when a soul joins him of its own free will. Come with me, now. Whaddya say?" G: "I can't." X: "Why not? Gabrielle, the love that we have, it's--it's stronger than Heaven or Hell. It transcends good or evil. It's an end in itself! Our souls are destined to be together. Gabrielle, you can't let me walk through Hell alone." G: "I'm sorry."

“Them Bones, Them Bones”
Gabrielle remains insistent that she go into the spirit realm to fight Alti despite Xena’s initial intense rejection of the very idea.  Xena is convinced after Gabrielle’s heartfelt plea: she loves Xena’s baby as if it were her own and she deserves the chance to fight for its life–because it’s her baby too, of course!  MAJOR SUBTEXT.

“God-Fearing Child”
When Xena goes into labor as an angry Zeus chases them down, she tells Gabrielle to leave her and get to safety.  Gabrielle, of course, refuses.  SUBTEXT.

“Eternal Bonds”
When Joxer is poisoned and Xena tells Gabrielle to get him to the antidote, Gabrielle initially refuses; her place, she insists, is with Xena and Eve, fighting at Xena’s side and protecting her family.  SUBTEXT.

SEASON SIX
“Who’s Gurkhan”
When Xena has drugged Gabrielle to get Gabrielle to stay behind while she hunts down Gurkhan, Gabrielle immediately rejects being left behind when she wakes and throws herself into the dangers of Gurkhan’s harem right alongside Xena. The SUBTEXT here is all in Xena’s attempts to protect Gabrielle.

“Legacy”
Xena lies to protect Gabrielle after the latter has accidentally killed Korah.  Despite Xena’s pleas (omg–heartbreaking), Gabrielle speaks up to declare her guilt.  The look on Xena’s face in that moment makes this one of my favorite examples.  Again, the subtext is all in Xena’s actions.

“The Rheingold”
Xena leaves Gabrielle, sneaking away in the night, to keep Gabrielle out of harm’s way.  This is the example where Xena’s motivation in leaving Gabrielle behind is stated most explicitly–and with the most amount of SUBTEXT.  If you can still call it SUBtext.  

Xena's Letter: "Gabrielle, I've gone to take care of some 
unfinished business. This mission is so dangerous I'm afraid I won't survive--and I can't ask you to die with me once again.
Whatever happens, know that my love for you is endless."

Also, Gabrielle, in the act of following Xena, repeatedly states, “Xena’s path is my path.” ULTIMATE SUBTEXT.

“The Ring”
Xena positions Gabrielle safely out of harm’s way while she lures ‘Grinhilda’ near.  When 'Grinhilda’ bolts, Xena tells Gabrielle to stay put before chasing after the monster.  Gabrielle is furious at Xena for running into danger and immediately takes off after her.  Later in this same episode, when 'Grinhilda’ has Xena in her clutches, Gabrielle rushes in, throws herself onto 'Grinhilda’s’ back, and begins stabbing the chakram into the monster’s neck until it lets go of Xena.  SUBTEXT.

“When Fates Collide”
After Xena has rescued her for the second time, instead of escaping from Rome as Xena had intended she do, Gabrielle instead returns to Rome and visits Xena in Caesar’s dungeon.  Then, when Xena is dragged away to her execution (but not before ordering Alt-Joxer to keep her alive, i.e., get her out of Rome again), instead of fleeing, Gabrielle rides to the temple of the Fates, burns the loom, and destroys the whole damn world because she has lost “what was meant to be.” MAJOR SUBTEXT.

“Friend in Need”
This is the example that wasn’t, alas.  All Gabrielle had to do was follow her usual habit of never listening when not listening means protecting Xena and dump the ashes.  Damn, damn, damn.  My fascination with Gabrielle never listening and the wrongness of FiN has resulted in a fanfic that rewrites the end of that episode to how it should have been, while revisiting some of my favorite themes of the series and adding intimate moments to a number of episodes.  

Its tentative subtitle: “Why Gabrielle Never Listens (And Neither Does Xena).” ;-)

Excerpt:
Later, in the night, the tension in her body awakens me to the awareness of her nightmare.  I immediately wake her.  She bolts upright, clutching me to her, her breath sobbing into my hair as she presses her face against mine.  It’s been a long time since she woke from a nightmare to reach for her weapons instead of for me, but there’s something so particularly desperate in her hold this night that I know what she was dreaming about.  I hug her tightly and stroke her hair and back.  I murmur her name, a request to know if she is okay, a reassurance that she is, and an invitation to share the horror of it, all in one. 

“You did what I said,” she manages.  “We were lost to each other.”  She squeezes me more fiercely.

“Never,” I assure her.  “I never listen, remember?” An overwrought chuckle bubbles from her throat.  “I’d never let us be lost.  Never.” 

Never again.  I almost made that mistake twice—once on the cliffs of Heaven and again in a desert only slightly less barren—and both times, she saved me from it. 

I keep murmuring reassurances and petting her, and slowly the tension drains away and her grip eases.  We lie back down, holding each other more gently now.  I find tears on her cheeks and dry them away.  After a few more moments, she says, “Not even if it was my choice?”

I feel my mouth quirk in an unexpected smile.  I know my cue when I hear it.  “Especially if it was your choice.”

We have an understanding: this kind of choice, we make for each other.  That is the way of things to which we have come after these years of fighting and loving.  It is the sharp cutting edge of our love, the point of the blade which the greater good sometimes runs up against and is impaled on, sacrificed.

She might have tried to keep the choice to herself this time, given the chance—she almost certainly would have—but that too is only part of our understanding.  I tried to do the same once, in the desert. 

“All right then,” she murmurs, drifting toward sleep again.  Still smiling, I go with her, because that, too, is the way of things.
[Full fic coming soon to www.fanfiction.net/u/3636840/TrekInTandem]

I’m super okay with the fact that Iside still uses the Yato in cutscenes even in magic-oriented classes, because sword + witch getup is actually super good.

But bi-cultural twins, like

  • having different names for stars and constellations (Leia’s stars have descriptive names, like crown and ship and rose, while Luke’s stars have legendary names, like the Trickster, the Queen, the Wanderer)

  • their definitions of family are different (Leia’s family is small and defined: her parents, her sister Winter, her brother Luke, her husband Han. Luke’s family is big and loose, with of course his aunt and uncle and Leia, but also the never truly known biological parents, the Rogues, Ben and Biggs and Lando.)

  • but meeting in the middle in the sense that family is, for both of them, one of the most important parts of their life, and sharing a devotion to their family

  • defining hard work differently: For Leia it’s intellectual work, planning and organizing, outlining a speech and finishing a draft for a law she wants to propose at 3 AM. For Luke it’s physical work, carrying provisions, repairing droids, checking the converters on his farm.

  • The have different expectations of the government (Leia, who grew up on Alderaan with a funtioning government and people who actually enforced and followed the law, believes in a government that can be positive, that should be positive. Luke, from Tatooine, where there was no real government, where the Hutts ruled and crime was always present and the law didn’t truly exist, just wants there to be something that is not the Hutts or the Empire)

  • related to that: respect, or the lack of it, for authority. Leia grew up on a planet where the authority was benevolent and trusted, she has no problem following an idea. Luke grew up on a planet where the authority was either a crime lord or someone he knew personally, he needs to get a feeling of the person he’s following to trust him/her completely.

  • religion!!! Luke comes from deeply spiritual Tatooine, with a strong belief in the Mother Godess and her children, he grew up on stories about heroes and tricksters and villains, but was never part of an institutionalized religion, as all the worship happend in the slave quarters with a wise woman as the closest thing to a priest. Leia, who comes from Alderaan, where many people like to pride themselve in having ‘outgrown such silly superstitions’, who only knows the church of her planet and for whom religion tends to be something outwardly, something she has to be seen performing, not something that is part of her identity like it is for Luke.

  • Different reactions to medical things. Leia, from rich, clean and advaned Alderaan, for whom pneunomia is easily treatable and an abortion is, not exactly something to advertise, but part of life, meets Luke, to whom pneunomia may well be a death sentence and abortion almost certainly is, because it’s done only in dirty side alleys and even the wise woman usually can’t do anything to save them.

  • Both being naive, but in different ways: Luke is socially awkward, he’s a kid who’s never left his home planet and doesn’t know how the big bad galaxy works. But Leia is a core worlder, who grew up comfortably, who never saw true poverty until she joined the rebellion (Alderaan has programs to help the poor, nobody is left to starve), who was genuily not aware that slavery exists and to whom the ugliest parts of the galaxy are still strange and unknown.

  • Reactions to water: to Leia it’s familiar, it’s positive, it’s home, to Luke it’s nothing short of a miracle.

  • Just. Bi-cultural twins.