i didn't even know it was possible to make this many puns

The Signs (from a Virgo POV)
  • Aries: you're either super sweet and intelligent or way hardcore, i haven't met an in between yet. you're usually so YOU that people get intimidated by you. some people think you're too hot headed or insensitive, but you're really soft and sensitive deep down. you don't deal with stress so well, but honestly, who does.
  • Taurus: the ones that wear it, wear makeup well. you have a very cool style, and people can be jealous of it. sometimes you don't really get why people get upset at you, and that makes you upset, too. people call you lazy, but when you put your mind to something, you don't give up, and that's really cool!
  • Gemini: even though you're surrounded by people who adore you, you can feel pretty lonely. you fight with yourself about whether you want to be grounded with close relationships or fly away freely, doing whatever you want without "consequences." you're all a bunch of smartie pants, and you tell the best jokes, even though sometimes you laugh so hard you don't always finish them.
  • Cancer: the ease you have with being in touch with your emotions is somewhat intimidating to some other signs. they're afraid of hurting your feelings. getting past that though, you're always a delight to talk to, when you want to talk. so nice and gentle, funny, and i haven't met one yet that hasn't pulled the silliest puns or hasn't said YOLO or swag often.
  • Leo: your sense of staying true to yourself can scare away some people, but also cause many others to flock to you. people are often envious of you for one reason or another. your confidence, whether it be faked or not, is something to be admired. you have awesome senses of humor, and you make your friends laugh so hard they choke on their own spit.
  • Virgo: even though you want to stop most of the time, you're trying so hard. easier said than done, but you guys need to take a day off to relax and have some time to yourself. even when you look like you aren't paying attention, you hear everything, which makes some people wary of you. but when you're over-stressed, your elephant-like memory disappears.
  • Libra: the ones i've met have always been what i can't describe anything other than pure. not in the sense that they don't have a dirty side to them, but in the sense that everything they do is so genuine. if they don't like you, you'll know it right off the bad, and visa versa. they're creative and imaginative and are always impressing someone.
  • Scorpio: you guys are hilarious and usually you know it. your smile is beautiful because your whole face lights up too. people get intimidated by your aura, and although you like watching behind the scenes, you can get really lonely. you're mysterious without really even trying, but others always feel like you're keeping something from them.
  • Saggitarius: not everyone really gets you, so when you find someone who does, you tend to be glued to them at the hip, whether you realize that or not. you have one of the most memorable laughs out of your friend groups. your feelings can be pretty set in stone, so people might think you're a little stubborn or be afraid of you, but don't worry. you can feel however you see fit.
  • Capricorn: people wouldn't think it from first glance, but you guys are beyond funny. you make your good friends laugh all the time, and sometimes you didn't even do it on purpose. it comes naturally to you somehow. you're not as motivated as you let on, but you're always doing your best or trying as hard as you can manage. people envy this of you. most of you are pretty insecure, so you try to hide how you're feeling a lot.
  • Aquarius: not many people really get you. and most of the time, neither do you. all you know if you want to be as different as possible from everyone else so you can have a sense of self. people think it's weird, and you take that as a complement. you notice more things than you let on to everyone else. you have a hard time making connections with others, but when you do, you're sooooo loyal.
  • Pisces: you're all cute in some way. people really like your sense of humor, if you'll let them hear it. sometimes you're insecure to share your thoughts, but as great as your imagination is, you should never hold back. some of you have a way with words, and without meaning to, attract people to you. you're all really in touch with how you feel, and sometimes that makes others nervous of you.
I don’t mean to anger any Sherlolly shippers or anything, but

there was something in TRF that I really think is extremely important and notorious, something that concerns how much (or little) the show is investing in Sherlock and Molly’s relationship. It also demonstrates to what extent Sherlock’s concern for Molly is perceived by others.

Upon rewatching the episode (again) I realized something that should be bloody obvious but the momentum didn’t allow me to see at first. 

You know when Sherlock is talking to Moriarty on the roof of St. Barts, and Moriarty reveals his plan of killing all his friends if Sherlock doesn’t commite suicide? (rethoric question, of course you all know this scene from hell because it’s intense as fuck).

All of us Johnlock shippers squee’d a little when Sherlock’s first reaction to that was to immediately think about “John?”. And Moriarty’s answer was: “Not just John. Everyone.” Mrs. Hudson, Lestrade. “Everyone.” At first I thought that ‘everyone’ was meant as a broad term: Just because he didn’t name each of Sherlock’s acquaintances, doesn’t mean Jim Meticulous Moriarty had forgotten about them.

But what does Moriarty add then? “Three bullets, three gunmen, three victims.”

Waitwaitwaitwai— three? Only three? I thought Sherlock had more friends than that, more people that cared about him. Like, I don’t know, Molly.

Now, we all know that Sherlock and Molly are (one-time character appearances aside) probably the two characters that share less screen time throughout the show. This means that they are rarely seen together by other characters. If you had to choose the three people closest to Sherlock’s heart, the show has all but told us she will not be among them. Sherlock might come to her for help on counted occasions, and he may trust her (I mean, if it’s obvious for us that she’s a good person, it must be clear as daylight for him), but she’s not as important as any of those three people. It’s right there, before our eyes.

But that’s what the show tells us. That’s as far as how much the show is actually investing in a Sherlock/Molly relationship (which is not very much, if you ask me). We could probably read a little farther into this:

These lines, while obviously produced by the writers, are all the more important because of who delivers them: Moriarty. Moriarty, the spider. The man who’s so obsessed with Sherlock that he’s made of his disgrace, of his demise, his sole, main purpose. This man, who’s even let himself be tortured in order to gather as much information as possible about the detective. Who has always been one step ahead and made him dance. The man who pretty much outwitted him (or so he thought) ‘till the bitter end. The man that couldn’t stand to leave a story unfinishedEven if it meant getting rid of the last loose end: himself. 

And what are his words of choice? 

“Your only three friends in the world will die”.

Word by word. Moriarty, who has even dated Molly for the sake of getting closer to Sherlock, who has seen the two interact and is most certainly aware of the love Molly feels for the detective, this Moriarty, has been witness to all of that and has decided it wasn’t good enough. That it wasn’t enough to trigger Sherlock’s alarm and make him jump to his death in order to save her. To the point where he doesn’t even consider her a friend of Sherlock’s. 

If the man who’s most willing to hurt Sherlock by killing the people he loves doesn’t deem Molly worthy of his attention, I don’t know what else needs to be said.

He doesn’t consider her one of Sherlock’s weaknesses. Even if she believes in Sherlock, Moriarty must have come to the conclusion that the detective doesn’t reciprocate her feelings at all (not in vain has Sherlock ALWAYS been oblivious to any of her advances, no matter how NOT subtle they were). Like I said, Sherlock trusts her, because it’s extremely evident that she is a good person, and that her infatuation for him means she’d do anything to help, but Moriarty has decided she’s not one of the people that can make Sherlock jump (bad pun, sorry) into action and dance to the spider’s song (which is undoubtedly BeeGee’s Staying Alive, in case anyone was wondering —Why would you?).

So, what we are basically told here, twice at the same time (indirectly by the writers, directly from Moriarty’s lips), is that Molly will never be such an integral part of Sherlock’s life as these three other people are, the first of which is John

It always has been John, and it’s always gonna be John. We still have been shown no indication that this pattern could change in the foreseeable future of the show. In fact, it’s only intensifying with every passing season. So far, there is not a thing Sherlock hasn’t done for John. Whatever it was.

And with all this I just wanna say that we, as Johnlock shippers, have it bad, but boy, would I hate to be on the Sherlolly ship with all that water rushing in through so many holes.


Edit: since it’s been like two years since I last watched the whole 3 seasons, I forgot some important stuff related to this that happened after The Reichenbach Fall. I wrote another (shorter) post about that to correct myself.

Replace VI Novel Ch 2 “THE NEXT GENERATION” English Translation Part 3

OMG I was able to get another part out so soon! IT’S A MIRACLE!  This part wasn’t too long and I was free today so I got this one done fairly quickly.

This part features Hyuuga and Izuki and what happened right after winning the Winter Cup until now, and the former first years becoming senpais!

Next update: Teiko in Hawaii Parts 3-4 (they’re both short so I’m combining them)EDIT: changed my mind. Where Aomine loses Kuroko in Hawaii. Like we didn’t see this coming

So let’s move onto all of the Senpai love!

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Creating Poet: What the wicked hell was I thinking?

A court jester as the hero?? Why would I do that? How could he possibly be hot, seductive, intriguing, or anything but absurd?

These questions entered my mind for about two seconds after I decided that I wanted my guy to be a professional fool, then they promptly disintegrated in a pile of dragon-fire ash, because really, the answers were just as obvious.

What traits does a jester have that would make him an attractive character? Lots, when you think about it. I mean, when you do away with the dumbass (pun intended) costume and latch onto the broader stuff:

  • He’s a wordsmith: a man of verse, a storyteller, a singer.

  • He’s physically, artfully skilled: a dancer and an acrobat.

  • He’s intelligent and perceptive, so much so that he’s a trusted adviser to the monarchy on political and social matters.

  • He’s clever, knows how to turn a phase and influence his superiors, and to talk his way out of scrapes—I read interesting historical anecdotes about that—or to make a vital point without offending his peers.

  • He knows his way around a dagger, with all that knife-throwing and everything, so he could be a little dangerous if he needed to be.

  • He’s famous: the talk of the castle, town, and tavern, and (as far as I read) desired by his admirers.

  • He’s a master of disguise: a figure who plays the fool, when in fact, he’s one of the smartest people in the room.

  • He’s got influence and power (see all of the above), albeit to a degree.

  • Most importantly, he’s got a sense of humor; who doesn’t want a guy who can make you laugh with his quick wit?

These were a few things that I’d considered and then confirmed after researching. From there, I used the advantage of setting TRICK in a fictional, slightly fantastical kingdom and changed features that wouldn’t work for the story.

First, the duds had to be replaced by a more alluring style. Second, Poet’s not a dwarf or madman, as many jesters were. Also, I made him bisexual, wanting him to be a renowned lover to his fullest capacity, which his “voice” took to naturally.

There were many other things I disregarded or shifted to suit this tale, but also many things that remain true to what little we know about court jesters. The research was rather limited, compared to what’s out there on the medieval/Tudor period in general … but what does exist is very interesting. (Who knew that jesters could be so beloved by their kings and queens, that they were spoiled, given extensive and expensive wardrobes, fancy chambers, envious wages, and even property and titles, to list a few benefits.) And then there’s the whole landscape and theme of fools during that time, which is a whole other subject. In short, I realized this type of hero provided a kaleidoscope of possibilities for a novel.

There’s one other special thing about him, one particular role of his that I can’t mention here (re: spoilers), so you’ll have to discover that for yourself. Needless to say, Poet stole my heart. He constantly surprised me, and like my heroine, Love, in TOUCH, I couldn’t be prouder of the heroic rascal he became.