i don't think the subject matter of this show is a joke

In The Rain Pt. 3

So I wrote this –> http://maximumjinx.tumblr.com/post/159133693249/in-the-rain and Im out for school so I thought hey! short form fic

So here goes it
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Adrien felt the weight of guilt uncomfortably sitting at the bottom of his stomach as he walked into school that morning. He hadn’t been able to get any sleep since last night, after leaving Marinette in the rain. He was ashamed to admit his cowardice, despite the overwhelming dread he felt in that moment. And now he had to see her this morning looking his worst. Even concealer couldn’t mask the puffiness of his eyes.

“Dude, you look absolutely terrible,” Nino winced, having just walked into class and taking a seat beside his best friend. Adrien let out a weak laugh.

“Thanks bro, it’s lovely to see you too.”

“What happened?” Nino brushed past the sarcasm and faced Adrien in concern. Adrien could only shrug, a small frown etched on his face.

“Don’t really want to go into it,” He mumbled. More students steadily poured in, Alya taking her usual seat with a nod, almost bumping into the desk as her phone occupied her attention.

Ten minutes after class began, Adrien’s guilt began to grow and claw at his throat. Marinette still hadn’t shown.

It’s alright- her being late wasn’t anything new. Adrien tried to focus on the lecture, struggling not to blatantly stare at the door. First and second period passed without so much as an interruption from a wide eyed black haired girl.

When break finally came Adrien whipped around so fast that it shocked Alya enough to drop her phone.

“Sunshine, don’t scare me like that!” She scolded, inspecting her phone for any damage.

Adrien sighed, “Sorry.”

Alya hummed and went back to her phone, scrolling through something with a worried expression.

“Al, you haven’t taken your eyes off that thing. Bustier didn’t say anything ‘cause of the situation but I doubt Dr. M will be as complacent.” Nino frowned at his girlfriend, trying to carefully pry her attention away from the screen. Adrien looked between the two in confusion.

“Wait, what’s going on?”

Alya snapped her attention towards the model in surprise. Her hands gripped at her phone tightly that her knuckles became white.

“Haven’t you heard? It’s been all over the news.” Her eyes flickered toward the empty seat beside her. “Marinette has been akumatized.”

Adrien’s blood ran cold. His hands clenched watching his two friend’s expressions to see if they were joking.

“That’s not possible.” Was all he could manage, as panic began to fill his very core. “The city would be in chaos.”

His Lady couldn’t get akumatized, the miraculous prevented it. Right? And wouldn’t he have known? The city wouldn’t stand a chance under Marinette’s fury, there would be no one to stop her.

All Adrien could think with a sickening lurch in his chest that it was his fault.

“That’s the thing dude,” Nino began, “she’s akumatized- the whole get up, powers and all- but she hasn’t done anything, only sit on top of the Eiffel with this blank expression.”

Alya nodded, also looking a bit queasy. “It’s absolutely terrifying. When police noticed her and tried to get her down, something went wrong and they came back with the same expression, completely unresponsive. No one has tried to get her since.”

“The area’s blocked off now, no one has managed to get in touch with Ladybug or Chat Noir.” Nino glanced toward the back of the classroom. Adrien turned and with a sad realization noticed another missing seat. “Nath, hasn’t left the base of the tower since he found out this morning.”

Adrien felt a pulse in his chest and his ring felt heavier on his hand than it had ever been. He tried not to show his distress but he felt like he was going to throw up.

Marinette was in danger, probably because he messed up and hurt her. Echoes of her face as he turned to leave, the split second of her entire resolve crumbling began to resurface in Adrien’s mind. His Lady was akumatized, subject to Hawkmoth’s influence, and without Ladybug he had no idea how he would even begin to save her.

How could everything have gone so wrong in just a matter of hours?

He couldn’t think of a response, he couldn’t even feel his legs at that moment. Hands trembling, he could only think of how he let the 2 most important- no, the ONLY important person in his life down. His Lady, his princess.

First things first, he had to find her.

Plagg shuffled in his bag, and Adrien got up from his seat. Usually the chaos would give him an excuse to transform, but as the teacher walked in to begin class Adrien ignored her confused look, and simply walked out. Despite the protests of his friends, and the threat of detention or worse, he calmly walked down the stairs and out the school.

He needed to get to Marinette.

anonymous asked:

Hey. Saw you were on. 😂 It's 3am here and I was wondering if you could do something where (Y/N) is Tyler's sister and is wary about her dating Josh, because Josh does it the old fashioned way and sort of "asks for her hand in datage" and she's all giggly and bubbly or something. I have no idea. I'm really sleepy but that sounds cute. You don't have ta if you don't want to.

Ahh sorry that this took so long anon, here is a little drabble, I changed the idea slightly and its pretty crap but here it is:

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A YouTube AU for Arbor

Allura:
- she has a beauty channel!
- Does lots of makeup videos but also stuff about clothes and what sorts of things look good together
- The channel is part of her own company, Altea Designs
- She has some of her models guest star a lot, so she can show different ways to use makeup on different face shapes and skin tones
- She also has her models come on with her fashion tips vids
- Her company & videos are well known for diversity; she has models that represent a vast array of race, body type, health, gender, age, and orientation
- Shiro will sometimes guest star and do one of those “boyfriend does your makeup” videos except he’s atually Really Good at it because he likes to watch allura’s videos and he has learned from them

Shiro & Matt:
- they co-run a channel
- It’s one of those vlog channels where the videos are kind of random topic-wise, but they always end up geeking out no matter the subject
- Shiro and matt are long distance, and whenever they visit each other they make sure to make a bunch of videos together
- Those end up being the longest ones because they geek out even MORE when they’re together and they keep causing each other to digress into different subjects until their discussion on recycled water somehow becomes excited rambling about aliens
- They are also really animated in their videos together because being near each other makes them happy
- The running gag of the channel is that they trade off turns posting and making videos, so at the end of each video Shiro will give matt his next topic and vice versa. Sometimes he will choose himself or take a question from their fanbase, whichever one he feels like
- Allura likes to guest star in shiros videos, and she’ll happily join in on the subject if she knows things about it, but if she doesn’t she’ll just listen to Shiro talk and ask him questions to keep him going. A very common video topic fans always request for matt to give to Shiro is one about his relationship with Allura, and matt has given that as a topic at least ten times (because he loves seeing his boyfriend full of love. that and he always gets mentioned and gushed about too)
- They aren’t exactly sure how they got fans, seeing as they’re pretty random in content, but they love their fan base very much and go to conventions a lot to meet fans

Lance, Hunk, Keith, and Pidge:
- they have a channel that’s kind of like a talk show in a way (like gmm)
- Pidge is the camera gal, and the other three are the talkers
- Lance likes to do weird challenges the fans come up with. The episodes where he has the most say are the food challenges (like guessing what kind of meat something is, or testing their spice tolerance) and the wacky game episodes (so far his all time favorite was the fast food themed mini olympics, and he is the reigning champ)
- Keith likes the more fact-based episodes, where they really just talk about a subject and make the learning really entertaining. Think of those videos that like, show you the stuff certain foods like pineapples and cashews grow on. However in this category of episodes his favorites are talking about urban legends, ghosts, cryptids, and aliens, and he ends up talking a lot more than usual in these episodes.
- Hunks favorite videos are the ones where they test certain things. They’ve done stuff like seeing how ice baths effect your ability to answer trivia questions, or if there’s really that much of a difference between brand name products and generic products. However he is always very talkative on other episodes, and has never been one to refuse to do something in a challenge, not matter how outlandish it may seem
- Pidge is the channel cryptid. She’s constantly referred to by the others, and her voice is in an episode once in a blue moon, but the fans Never See Her And Never Will
- The fanbase they have is super supportive and loving, and there’s running jokes about who’s the best host. The fandom will often color code their blogs and such with the primary color that’s assigned to their “favorite” host. There are many, many blogs with yellow themes in their fanbase
- There used to be some gross fans in the beginning that shipped lance and Keith together. However they all found out this was happening and made a video specifically focused on irl shipping and how toxic it is, and they asked everyone to either stop shipping them or to unsubscribe, because they wouldn’t tolerate it and were made very uncomfortable by it
- This is a fictional world so the fans actually respected that
- Eventually, after a few years of having the channel together and growing ever closer, the three announced they had all started dating. They made sure to clarify that them dating didn’t mean people could still make ship content of them, and the fans were very happy that they found love with each other and never, not once, make klunk fanfiction because all the fans love them dearly and would never ever purposely make them uncomfortable like that

Coran:
- Coran doesn’t actually have a channel, but he’s basically everyone’s surrogate uncle (or in Alluras case, step father)
- He’s made guest appearances on everyone’s channels, and he’s the biggest fan of each channel
- His appearances aren’t rare, but they’re also not common, but the fans of all the channels absolutely adore him
- He has a small fanbase of his own that call themselves the Coranics, and while this confuses coran greatly it also makes him very happy

That’s all I have for right now, but I’m actually really liking this au so I might write more for you later

aaaaaa i love this and u??? 11/10 best youtube au i’ve ever seen!!!!

anonymous asked:

You are one of the only people I could find that still really believe destiel could become canon. I'd LOVE for that to happen, but I mean... We've had much more obvious romantic storylines between Dean and Cas before (looking at you season 8), and they still didn't make it canon. I'm really hoping you're right about this, but I don't see why it would happen this season

Hi!

Well, I follow quite a few people who I believe are pretty positive about canon Destiel, but I think the important thing to most of us (including me) is that it is clear to us that the story is there, that we are not making it up.

Whether they decide to follow through on what has been laid down in the text and on screen is another matter and while I am cautiously positive I also am not deluding myself that it is a certainty.

Personally, I don’t have a lot of knowledge of the production side, but from what I can tell since Dabb took over (I believe officially since s12 but really since mid s11) the Dean/Cas story has really ramped up and I can’t believe anyone would be so stupid as to ramp this up without following through at this point. It has already been a PR disaster for the show, Supernatural is the no 1 show that comes up on google when you search ‘queerbaiting’, the fandom is divided, it is a controversial subject. Why would you even touch it with a barge pole let alone increase the subtext and lead it even into the text at this point?

TBH I got to early season 11 feeling like they had decided not to follow through and it was only with the Casifer / Dean’s reaction / Sam’s reaction to Dean story that I started to sit back up and think hang on, I feel like there’s been a turning point in TPTB here and then found out the showrunner had changed? And now we have a whole host of new writers too, under this showrunner, who when he writes, writes AMAZING DESTIEL EPISODES. So perhaps I’m reading too much into it but as this is how I felt at the time it felt like it was kind of obvious to me?

Listing my favourite episodes recently I realised many of them are written by Dabb. Most of these are extremely heavy on Destiel (either between them or by paralleling them with canon couples), so I feel like Dabb gets it and is working towards this as endgame.

So, mid s11 onwards made me sit up and notice this again. Now the story so far this season has heavily rested on focusing on the emotional side of the characters (as Dabb said it would).

With Dean it focuses on the dropping of his façade and his wanting to be honest, also letting go of his brother and letting him grow up. With Sam its his self forgiveness arc and his misunderstanding of his brother. With Mary it’s the guilt. With Cas it’s his sense of belonging and family.

Meanwhile we have whole Cas-centric episodes resting on stories about Angels loving Humans, the whole Lucifer arc rests on the result of ‘love’ between Angels and Humans. The whole BMOL arc rests on (dis)honesty. The honestly arc for Dean, the love arc for Cas - these are things they didn’t have to have the whole season focusing on repeatedly, nearly every damn episode!

Do I think they’ll end this season in each others arms kissing and declaring their undying love to each other? Hell no. I believe in endgame Destiel. In the meantime it’s gonna be painful. Because that’s how narratives like this work and that’s how this show works. But I will be surprised if it’s not endgame given everything we have now seen since mid s11 and the choices they have made regarding their story.

Am I right? Who knows! We shall see!

Honestly though, joking aside, but also in no way to I expect it, I just really want this for this season finale as Cas gets dragged off to I don’t know where ;)

Originally posted by watchthebeesandfish

admiralboo  asked:

I figured I'd message you back here! For a request, what about Izaya being told 'I love you' for the first time? I don't think anyone's ever said it to him, so I wonder what his reaction would be.

I was really excited once I read this prompt and it was so fun to write~! The poor, evil child needs some love tbh~


Love…

He loved humans. He loved humanity. He was infatuated with the push and pull of emotions that humans caused in their inevitable and inescapable turmoil. He never thought he would be a victim of such things.

Izaya was the curator; coordinator of all havoc and misfortune in this city. No matter how many times he walked into other people’s lives and directly polluted their state of being, he never actually set foot in their fragile reality. He had never played a part, had only directed. And this person, with bright eyes and subtle smiles, forced him into the quaint human reality he had avoided for so long.

“Forced” may be too gentle a word for what actually happened. They tied a noose of red ribbon and slung it around his neck as they whispered phrases that were so alien to him. He thought he had transcended not only the petty human reality he toyed with but his own idea of real life. All the while, he was being dragged through the mud and grime by this miraculous creature he has involved himself with.

“Who are you playing with today, Izaya?” they said quietly, resting their arms around his neck and reading the messages presented in the colorful chatroom before the two of them.

Izaya leaned his head back until it was just barely grazing the jut of their chin. He spoke just as quietly, “Why, none other than the infamous leader of the Dollars~.”

They nodded silently, toying with a piece of black hair and smiling at the contented sigh that they got in return. “You’ve corrupted him quite a lot, haven’t you, Iza?” they asked, unphased by his hobby. They’d never really cared about the bad things Izaya did, only focused on living their lives and the triumph of receiving special affection from the chaotic neutral, pseudo-god of this world. 

He laughed. Not an eccentric, worrisome cackle, but something more gentle. It was a sound that sweetened the air around them in subtle increments. Each breath preparing the world for the next bit of harmony he brought into their life, doing the opposite for the rest of the world. His laughter slowly faded into familiar phrases, “Corrupted is such a strong word. I’m simply showing my love for my dear humans. You’re still my favorite, of course.”

They nuzzled the back of Izaya’s ear before leaning forward to place a gentle kiss on his cheek. His fingers, which were typing vigorously, stuttered, resulting in a misspelled word. Quickly, he fixed his error and mumbled, slightly out of focus from his previous task, “What was that for, my dear Y/N-chan?”

“I’m simply showing how I love you, my dear Iza-kun~.” they said, a small giggle escaping past his ear.

He turned swiftly, pulling them into his lap. A slender hand held their chin steady, eyes locked. Izaya’s pupils darted across their countenance, his own face expressionless but his eyes searching violently for any sign of a lie. He seemed desperate to find the joke lying behind their words to save his carefully built world from crumbling to pieces and consequently came up short.

No-one had ever told him such a thing. As far as he could remember, his own parents hadn’t said anything remotely close to those three valuable words even as he left to live on his own at the young age that he did. “Now, don’t tease me, Y/N-chan. That’s very rude of you,” he spoke with forced amusement.

Drowning in your own head never looked so subtle, and unfortunately, Izaya certainly was drowning. They had seen him do things that broke people into pieces, they’ve watched him stab people and carry himself with an unwavering sense of calmness. He has destroyed and rebuilt the very foundations of people’s minds and he has never felt an ounce of regret; Izaya has never hesitated. This very moment pushed him beyond hesitation and into an unfamiliar fear because of this creature, surpassing human qualities, is more than qualified to carry his relentlessly devoted trust. He is so afraid of being destroyed by this monster he has sworn to protect, afraid of what his trust would bring him.

“I could never be rude to you and you know that,” they said, placing their hand over his own and pulling its grasp away from their chin. They placed his palm flat over their heart and smiled faintly, the same adoring grin they gave him every day was revealing something he’d never noticed. It was a genuine kindness only shown to him and it shook him to the core as he looked back on the months he’s spent with this remarkable being. That smile was what woke him every morning and what put him to sleep at night, and the racing heartbeat under his palm reassured him that this monster was here to protect, not to kill.

It was then that Izaya finally lets out his more recognizable laugh, bordering a cackle and almost visibly distressed. “Aren’t you the one who just accused me of corrupting children?” he said, blatantly avoiding the subject that had thrown him through a disastrous onslaught of thoughts.

“I am. Now, are you going to continue to look petrified or are you going to kiss me and tell me you love me too?” They leaned forward, nose clumsily bumping his in childlike eagerness.

Izaya kissed them, short and sweet. He prided himself on the way they leaned in further, chasing his lips, before mumbling quietly, “You’re my favorite human.” He kissed them again, a little longer this time as he hummed against their mouth.

They pulled away and sighed in an amused contentedness before saying, laughter in their voice, “That works too, Izaya.”


- Pasya

anonymous asked:

RFA +V and Unknown comforting a bi MC who came out to her friends but was shunned. This just happened to me and I am currently...... well I guess not in my right mind. These boys (and girl) have gotten me through a lot and I kinda hope they can help with this. Sorry if this isn't a good request or is too heavy a subject. Thanks if you do it, and I understand if you don't.

I’ve been avoiding writing for a month now but I just saw this and wanted to do it. I’m so sorry you’ve had this experience, that’s fucking awful. You don’t deserve to be treated like that. It’s not much but I hope this helps. ♥


Yoosung 

  • Yoosung would be mad. Like, super mad. He seems all sweet and cuddly, but when it comes to you? Nope, consider his Yandere Mode™ activated.
  • He just won’t understand how anyone could shun you for something that should be so easy to accept.
  • You’re his absolute world and the thought of anyone treating you badly simply for your sexual orientation will fry his damn brain.
  • Eventually after pacing the room ranting he will see how hurt you are by what happened, and he’ll calm himself down immediately.
  • He just wants to see you smiling again.
  • Yoosung will definitely tell you that it’s ok, you don’t need to have friends like that when you have him.
  • In fact he would probably love having you all to himself.
  • He’ll wipe away any tears and hold you tight until you feel a teeny bit at ease.
  • And if that doesn’t take your mind off things he’ll find a game that requires maximum concentration so you aren’t even able to think about it.
  • He adores you and will do anything to make you feel better.

Zen

  • There are two beasts within Zen.
  • The one we all know and love, and the one that comes out when someone upsets the person he loves.
  • He can probably hide it very well, instead focusing on making you feel better.
  • He accepts you no matter what so the thought of your own friends not accepting you confuses him so much.
  • Like, you’re incredible? Why would they be so weird about this? It doesn’t change who you are as an individual, just who you are likely to fall in love with?
  • He doesn’t understand in the slightest.
  • He adores that you are bi.
  • Not in a weird fetishy way, but in the way in which you are brave for being open about your sexuality in a world that is not always accepting.
  • He admires your courage for telling them, and he will tell you all about it whilst holding you in his arms.
  • He loves you and will stay with you until he sees you smiling again.

Jaehee

  • Jaehee is a logical person. She’s always thinking 20 steps ahead of other people.
  • So when you tell her that your friends didn’t like the fact that you were bi, she was dumbfounded.
  • She ??? didn’t ??? expect ??? this ???
  • She honestly didn’t even think it would be such a big deal, it’s nothing out of the ordinary. Being bisexual isn’t weird or different, it’s a normal thing that a lot of people experience???
  • Despite her lack of understanding about why your friends were so shitty, she will push those thoughts aside and do what is best for you.
  • Making you feel better is her priority now.
  • Her phone is off, and so is yours.
  • Tonight she’s focusing all her energy on you and making sure you aren’t feeling so down about what happened.
  • Want to watch a movie that doesn’t star Zen? Done.
  • Want some nice comfort food to fill the empty space within you? Done.
  • Anything you want to do, she will do it.
  • She understands the struggle, she’s bi too, and it took some time for her to realise and come to terms with that.
  • So she will make sure you don’t feel bad about it at all, despite how your friends reacted.
  • You’re the light of her life, you showed her a whole new side of herself and she sure as hell will make sure she helps you in return.

Jumin

  • Jumin is very similar to Yoosung in the respect he wants to keep you all to himself.
  • He may have stopped joking about putting you in a cage but that doesn’t mean the thought doesn’t occasionally cross his mind.
  • So when you tell him about what happened with your friends, he will feel extremely smug.
  • But when he sees how shit you’re feeling because of it, that’ll change instantly.
  • He isn’t equipped to deal with this kind of situation, but the sight of you being so hurt by what happened will break his heart.
  • He’ll likely try comforting you with praise, but with his monotone voice it doesn’t do much to help.
  • His next method is Elizabeth 3rd. It’s a well known fact that petting cats has mega soothing affects on people, Jumin uses it to calm himself after stressful days at work so he’s aware of how helpful it can be.
  • So he’ll sit you down and put her on your lap, encouraging you to stroke her.
  • He will sit next to you, an arm around your shoulders, watching quietly as his two favourite things in the universe interact with each other.
  • He doesn’t know how to effectively comfort you, but he wants to, and you can see the effort he’s making.
  • He reminds you that you still have the entire RFA who think so highly of you and love you no matter what.
  • Every now and then you’ll see his fist clench as he thinks about what your friends did, but placing your hand on his relaxes him instantly.
  • It’s a quiet and peaceful night, and it surprisingly eases your mind.

Seven

  • If anyone is going to understand you, it’s Seven.
  • This boy is bi himself, so he’s probably experienced some struggles in his life, especially with his religion.
  • He will probably feel hurt on your behalf?? Anything that upsets you feels like a personal attack on him.
  • Like his heart will physically ache at the thought of how much this is hurting you.
  • His first reaction is to make jokes.
  • He’ll tell you not to worry, he can destroy their life in an instant if you so wish.
  • You laugh quietly along with his jokes but you both know he genuinely means it.
  • He will pull you in to snuggle on the sofa, rubbing his thumbs over you hands soothingly.
  • His joke level will be at max, and he will try anything to make you crack a smile.
  • But if that doesn’t work then he’ll just hold onto you.
  • He may always be messing around but he knows when it’s time to stop and be serious. 
  • He reminds you that even if your friends don’t accept you for who you are, he does, and he loves for who you are.
  • He wouldn’t change a thing about you.
  • You are everything he ever wanted and needed, and he’ll make damn sure you don’t feel shit because of people who don’t deserve you in their life.

V

  • He is an angel.
  • Like, a legit angel.
  • The second he sees you are upset he’s by your side trying his damn hardest to fix what is broken.
  • Once he realises that your own friends have shunned you for simply being bi, his heart sinks.
  • He knows there isn’t much he can do to fix that, if anything at all.
  • But he wants to help you feel better, so he’ll try his best.
  • The first thing he thinks of is a hot beverage. He will likely make you some tea, or if you prefer something else he’ll make that.
  • Once you’re settled together drinking something hot, he’ll quietly tell you in his soft voice all the reasons why your friends are ridiculous for treating you so badly.
  • He’ll leave his tea on the table and pull you into his arms, stroking your hair as he talks.
  • The tea, his soft voice, and his kind words all sooth you in a way you didn’t even think was possible. 
  • It doesn’t seem like he’s doing much but his small gestures make such a huge impact.
  • He never thought he would love anyone but Rika, so you are probably the most precious thing in his life.
  • He’ll do all he can to make you feel better about what happened, even if it takes all night.

Saeran

  • To say he is angry would be an understatement.
  • He is absolutely seething that anyone would treat you this way.
  • There’s almost definitely a small part of him that wants to see them suffer for doing this to you.
  • But he’s grown a lot, thanks to the help of the RFA and especially you he’s gotten a lot better at handling his anger.
  • Just like Jumin, he’s not really sure how to handle this, but he desperately wants to help.
  • After being insanely awkward for what feels like forever, he finally gets an idea.
  • Without saying anything he grabs your hand and leads you to the bedroom.
  • Once there he unbuttons the duvet cover, opening it up and gesturing for you to climb inside.
  • He gets in after you, clearing his throat.
  • He tells you about how when he starts to feel shit he gets inside the duvet and forgets about the world.
  • You sit cross legged, facing each other, and it’s more blissful than you could even imagine.
  • He tells you how it feels like you’re in your own little bubble, and once he says it you start to understand what he means.
  • He doesn’t press on the issue with your friends, instead giving you an escape where you can feel peaceful again.
  • As you sit and chat about meaningless things he holds your hand, something which is a huge step for him.
  • But he just wants to see you smile again, so he’s willing to push himself beyond his comfort zone if it helps.
  • He wouldn’t share his escape with anyone else, only you.

anonymous asked:

Calgaras, how do you feel about the possibility of Jinbe and Hancock being actual friends, eventhough he's a male and all? She seemed to tolerate him during the Timeskip, and if you don't think they're friends, how would you see their relationship?

Of course I would like to see Hancock and Jinbe become friends. Jinbe both helped save Luffy’s life during Marineford, and he was one of the closest people to Fisher Tiger, the person who saved the Boa Sisters from their enslavement. That’s Grade A stuff for them to bond over. 

The premise of this question bugs me though. “Even though he’s a male and all” is such an unnecessary thing to say. Did Hancock not fall in love with Luffy? Did Hancock not say that she owes Fisher Tiger “an unfathomable debt” and speak of him as a savior to them? Did Hancock not show fondness for Rayleigh, as it was Rayleigh and Shakky who helped the sisters after they escaped their slavery? But people forget this stuff because it is so easy for them to buy into the stereotype of Hancock being “irrationally man-hating.” People don’t process that Hancock keeps virtually all people distant from herself, both men and women. And they don’t process that Hancock has damn good reasons not to trust men, but that she still can and has opened up to them once they’ve demonstrated that she can trust them. 

Why the hell shouldn’t Hancock have her guard up around every man she comes across? She is a pirate after all, so killing literally anyone she wants is fair game for her, and she is a survivor of some of the most horrific abuse imaginable. She was kidnapped by men, sold into slavery by men, and tortured for years by one or more men who literally branded her as their property. And nearly every man that Hancock comes across acts towards her in a way that tells her that she is a [sexual] object to them

Marines who try to spy on her for their own sexual gratification, criminals who harass her, and even Hanyabal slipped up and said “My Hancock,” openly declaring that he wants to “possess” her. You don’t think a former slave should be repulsed by that? 

Whenever I hear things that dismiss the idea that Hancock has every right not to trust men (and remember she doesn’t trust almost all women either), it bothers me. Because again, she is a survivor of abuse more traumatic than most people reading this could ever even imagine–all at the hands of men. And the appropriate response to that is not “not all men are like that!” because the only way to actually demonstrate that you are not like that–not some creep who wants to take advantage of her–is to recognize that she doesn’t want shit to do with you, respect that, and leave her alone. 

Again, Hancock is close with some men. But it has to happen organically, and through clear demonstrations of the kind of people they are so that she can know she can trust them. And Hancock’s character doesn’t need to change at all for that sort of them to happen again–for her to become friends with a character like Jinbe. Meanwhile, there are characters who aren’t even villains who kill people for nothing but their own entertainment and no one gives a damn because that’s just what pirates do. Mihawk single-handedly annihilated almost all of Don Krieg’s crew, which was 5000 people strong, and left only 100 people alive. Mihawk killed 4900 people just to pass the time. And Kid executed a group of pirates trying to leave the New World for no reason too. But we don’t even think of them as villains, and no one expects them to change. But when a female pirate who has been through godawful trauma at the hands of men doesn’t trust men as a default and will kill anyone who harasses or disrespects her, suddenly it’s a problem. 

This is an excessive reply to such an innocuous ask, but it’s riding on the back of multiple asks I got yesterday that directly said the ideas I’m fighting against here. It’s a frustrating subject because no matter how much I explain things, I still get people messaging me who have missed every point I try to make. Please don’t be one of those people, everyone. (Maybe I should have a rule that if people want to ask me about Hancock, they need to read through my whole “Boa Hancock” tag first.) (I’m joking, but also not–people should totally do that)  

When ‘Show Don’t Tell’ is Bad Advice, Again

Part 2

I’ve seen more of those “stop telling when you should be showing” articles floating around in my Tumblr feed, and they got me thinking.

I had responded to an article regarding the whole ‘Show Don’t Tell’ mantra before this year rolled around, and my opinion of it still stands. I think that there’s a place for showing and a place for telling in writing. I also think that professing the whole “only do one and not the other” thing is probably sending the wrong message to young writers.

I understand why the advice is given so readily. I know that a lot of novice writers tend to tell way more than they should, and it’s an easy trap to fall into. Showing is much more difficult and much more time-consuming to do. While I agree that it’s important, and that it can vastly improve your writing, I believe that it’s not something you should strive to do all the time. There are instances where telling is more effective than showing. Aside from pacing, which I explained in the first article, here are a couple of other instances I came up with.

When You Have Something to Hide

Showing is unpacking. Showing is using vivid description (including simile and metaphor), sensory details, and actions to allow the reader to experience the story instead of being told via author exposition. When you do this, you make your writing more interesting, but you also draw attention to whatever it is you’re describing.

This stands out: “Wrapped around his body and held together by hundreds of messy cross-stitches, was a trench coat that smelled like moth balls soaked in cheap beer. The stench was so strong that I found myself plunging my nose into the collar of my own coat before I even reached him.”

A line like this does not: “He wore a tattered trench coat.”

As a reader, you remember the lines of good description where the author takes the time to unpack rather than the lines where you’re just told something.

However, telling can be effective when you’re not trying to draw attention to an aspect of your story. For example, say you have a minor character in the beginning of your story that will end up being a major player later on, but you don’t want the readers to know. You’re going to have to briefly introduce that character in some manner, and then have him slip into the background for a while. You can accomplish this by not giving him a lot of focus, and by proxy, not giving him a shown, memorable description.

This applies to not only characters, but to scenes as well. Sometimes there are incredibly boring things that happen in a story that you as an author is going to want to summarize by telling instead of showing.

As author James Scott Bell puts it, “Sometimes a writer tells as a shortcut, to move quickly to the meaty part of the story or scene. Showing is essentially about making scenes vivid. If you try to do it constantly, the parts that are supposed to stand out won’t, and your readers will get exhausted.“

In essence, showing is about choosing what stands out in a story and what doesn’t. Remember when you’re deciding what you should focus on, always ask yourself why. Why is it important that this character, object, or scene stands out?

Tone of Voice

I’m going to say it here, even if some people don’t agree. I think it’s okay to tell tone, and for that matter, pitch of a character’s voice when appropriate.

When we speak, we have “ups and downs”, and even if we don’t understand the language, we can generally tell if someone is asking a question vs. making a joke vs. giving a command vs. being serious based on them. These “ups and downs”, called inflection, are expressed in text through punctuation and by inferring via the subject matter of a conversation.

However, even with these tools, it’s sometimes hard to gauge how a character sounds without being told, especially if the author has something specific in mind or if what a character is saying doesn’t correlate to how they sound.

For example if you have a character who is talking about killing someone, but is overly cheery about it, it may be prudent to mention the tone since it’s not one commonly associated with the topic of murder.

You can also include a word about tone and/or pitch if there’s a specific way the character sounds, like:

  • Smooth/Rich/Velvety
  • Nasally/Breathy
  • Deep/Gruff/Gravelly/Guttural

Keep in mind that you also have great opportunities to show some of these sounds (depending on what you pick) with great descriptions, again keeping in mind how much focus you want to be put on this character’s voice.

Example: “When he spoke it was like he had swallowed a pail of beach sand.”

Final Words

From author Francine Prose, “Needless to say, many great novelists combine "dramatic” showing with long sections of the flat-out authorial narration that is, I guess, what is meant by telling. And the warning against telling leads to a confusion that causes novice writers to think that everything should be acted out … when in fact the responsibility of showing should be assumed by the energetic and specific use of language.”

Showing vs. telling is all about the choice of what’s going to work better for your story. Don’t be afraid to show. Don’t be afraid to tell. Just know there’s a place for each.

-Morgan

aliensagainstshitposting-blog  asked:

Is our love of memes a meme? When does the discourse cross the line from a description of reality into the realm of surrealism? I think i could probably write a really good paper about it

fuck ok let’s get heavy and shit’s about to get long so buckle up and get comfy

i absolutely think our love of memes is a meme in and of itself, and i believe it began in response to another meme about memes: tumblr’s proclaimed hatred of memes for that dark period between late 2012 and 2013 (henceforth referred to as the Meme Depression). that was when everyone was condemning rage faces and similar “traditional” memes, along with the over-use of current memes thought to be past their expiration date in terms of cultural relevance (something that still lingers a bit today). also we weren’t calling “”trends”” that were clearly memes “memes” because the word had negative connotations and made everyone think of rage comics or rick rolling. 

i think hatred of memes likely occurred as a backlash to more widespread love of memes (rick astley playing at the macy’s day parade, consumerist co-opting of internet memes for marketing purposes, references to internet memes in non-internet media like TV shows, etc.)

around late 2013/early 2014 some brave soul was like “wait guys why the fuck did we decide to hate memes??? memes are great. also why are we pretending that the memes that occur on this site aren’t memes??? they’re fucking memes guys. they’re memes and we’re all garbage.” im paraphrasing obviously and it was more gradual than a change made by a single post BUT IM TAKING ARTISTIC LICENSE.  

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anonymous asked:

But - that anon seriously has a point. You all don't treat the gods as beings to be respected, and no matter how much fun it all seems it really comes off as childish at best and blasphemous at worst, so I can totally see how other branches of pagans are shocked and appalled by the way you behave. They are *gods*, they are the world, they simply aren't something you come to lightly. Nor, indeed, should they be a job. Disillusioned priests leave their religion because they can't love any more.

Welcome, dear anon, to the world of orthopraxic religion. Where what you think and feel takes a back seat to what you actually do!!!

And also welcome to Kemeticism, where joking about religion and the gods, and threatening the gods is all canon!!!!

I hate to point out a flaw in your logic, my friend, but if the *gods* are really as big and *godly* as you all seem to be pointing out, don’t you think that the *gods* would be able to tell people to stfu if they were being disrespectful???

Where do you get off telling a *god* how they should handle their personal business??????? What gives you the right? You’re just a lowly human, amirite? Which means you’ve no place to tell a *god* what is or isn’t okay when it comes to their personal relationships. (Added irony that none of you have bothered to ask how the gods have even handled the topic we’re talking about. Did you even bother to ask whether my gods even got mad at me for suggesting they were failing me???? Did you bother to ask anyone if the gods got mad over this subject??? Or did you just assume that because it pisses ~you~ off that it must piss the gods off, too???)

And  I’m sorry that you think that doing work for the gods shouldn’t be a job. Maybe where you come from, you’re only allowed to work for the gods if you absolutely ~love~ what you do 24/7, but in our religion, it was a job first and foremost (because orthopraxy). While its possible that the priests and the king himself never ever got bored, frustrated, or disillusioned with their post or lot in life, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that they had bad days, just like the rest of us.

Do you think the king of Egypt quit because he got fed up from time to time? I’m willing to guess that he didn’t.

There is not a single human on earth that does a job day in and day out and doesn’t get bored with it, tired of it, frustrated by it, fed up with it, from time to time. Every. Single. Person. Is going to have days where they want to quit, move on, do something else, questions why they’re bothering. If you leave the religion at any sign of disillusion, crises of faith, etc. you’re not very reliable to the gods, and probably have some other issues that need to be worked on.

Like… do you quit every time you get tired of your day job? Does your supervisor quit every time they get tired of their day job? Do you instantly quit anytime you get frustrated by anything?

And does getting frustrated or disillusioned mean you can’t love???? Like wtf does that have to do with anything??? (Added irony #2 that you’re saying these things to someone who doesn’t feel much about much because of mental illness. Maybe all of the people whinging about this need to quit assuming that everyone’s brain chemistry works the same way that their’s does. And learn to understand that some of us simply don’t feel much, and its entirely out of our control. Feelings are not the be all and end all of efficacy at a job or function. This modern need to place such a high emphasis on how you feel, and then tying that to your inherent worth needs to die in a fucking fire).

Disillusioned devotees (because I’m not a priest, and laity can worship the gods and work for the gods just as much as a priest can) don’t need to leave. And it’s not because they can’t love anymore (wtf????). It’s called they need a break or need assistance. Which is partially why this conversation is even happening.

But you all have your heads so far up your own asses that you can’t see the forest for the trees. Instead of trying to actually understand where people are coming from, you’re too busy telling us how we’re ~wrong~ and ~childish~ and ~disrespectful~ to actually take the time to understand why people are feeling how they’re feeling.

If your gods treat you amazeballs and you love them infinitely and you worship simply because that gets your rocks off, I salute you. You keep doing that. But that doesn’t work for all of us, and some of us had agreements in place that the devotee would do XYZ and the god would do ABC in return, and the gods fell through. Some of us expect our gods to do more than simply show up and eat everything they are given before peacing out until the next wave of offerings shows up on their table. Some of us refuse to do certain jobs for free. Some of us need more than ~love and light~ and “hang in there, but I’m not going to help you!” to get them through.

At the end of the day, all of you sending these stupid anon messages need to remember one vital thing:

If you don’t like how I practice, then don’t practice how I do. If you don’t like how someone is doing something, but they’re not hurting anyone, then keep scrolling. If no one is being hurt by how someone else is doing something, stay in your own lane and keep your yap shut.

Your opinion in this is changing no one’s mind, and in this case you’re being disrespectful to not only humans, but the gods as well. You don’t see me running around telling people that they HAVE to do shit how I do shit. That they HAVE to demand their gods do more. That they HAVE to do anything. So where the hell do all of you get off telling me that I HAVE to leave my religion. That I HAVE to treat my gods a certain way (even though logic would state that the gods would tell me if its a problem). That I HAVE to do things exactly how you do things.

There is no one way to worship the divine. There is no one way to have a “proper” relationship with the gods. There is no one way for the gods to interface with us, interact with us, be with us. And so long as no one is getting hurt, it’s all gravy. Let people handle their business as they see fit.

I pity those who can’t learn this very simple concept.

I Don't care where we are, I need you now. -Michael Smut.

Boy: Michael Clifford
Includes: FWB, *Slightly* rough, Public.
Inspired By: This one was inspired by a request asking for ‘Can you do one when you’re having sex in public and somebody catches you’
Word count: 3.5k +

A/N: I tried not to meantion anything about hair colour or anything so that you could decide what your favourite Michael hair colour was. 


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#ifiwasinatimeloop

summary: dan is stuck in a time loop, and of all the days he could be stuck in, he’s stuck in the day when his best friend kisses him.
genre: angst (bc that’s the only thing i know how to write tbh), a bit of fluff maybe
wordcount: 10,039 words
warnings: anxiety, mention of panic attack
a/n: this is ofc inspired by the #ifiwasinatimeloop hashtag they did for their radio show on 2nd february. also my first phanfic LMAO so i apologise for any errors ok i hope you like it and tysm etc

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Pregnancy Preferences: Starting to Show

Darry: He worried about not being able to comfort you well enough over the weight gain. Nearly all the boys at his job warned him about how sensitive the subject could be. His fears soon settled inside of him once he realized how proud and excited you were of your tiny bulge. You almost always had a protective hand hovering over your little peanut, and he saw you checking yourself out sideways in the mirror one or twice… or five times.

Steve: Being a ‘veteran’, as your mother’s friends called it, you began to show a lot earlier because your uterine and abdominal muscles were already stretched from being pregnant with Ty. You’d been so busy lately with work, that when you finally got time to relax, you began to notice the slight bulge only after Steve’s hand laid itself atop it, almost outlining your stomach’s shape.

“Now I’m gonna be stuck in maternity stuff longer.” You groaned.

“Don’t be like that, baby. You looked hot in those the first time 'round.”

You rolled your eyes then pecked his lips with a small smile on your face.

Two-Bit: You laid out all the ingredients you needed for supper that night, humming to yourself as you moved to pull the apron from where it hung on its respective hook. As you tied the strings from where it fell near the small of your back, Two-Bit stepped in past the doorframe with a wide grin on his face.

“Hey, babe!” You greeted him happily before turning back to your workstation to pick up a knife.

“Well, ain’t that somethin’.” He chuckled to himself in disbelief.

You turned to him, your eyebrows raised high as he walked over to you. You noticed his eyes were on your stomach and you ran your fingers over it self-consciously, outlining the slight curve of it. His grin grew wider as his eyes met yours a moment later.

Ponyboy: He first noticed when he wanted to meet up with the guys at the park. He took a solid twenty minutes to get ready. He sat in the living room for another ten, tapping his foot impatiently, before checking the time. In a flash, he was knocking on the bedroom’s open door and looking at you from where you sat on the bed, your cheeks a bit puffy and red from the frustrated tears rolling down your cheeks.

“S'the matter, doll?” He took a seat on the storage chest at the end of your bed.

“My favorite sundress isn’t zipping.” You concluded, sniffling as you pushed its straps off of your shoulders. The slight curve of your tummy against the tight material caught his eye. He helped you up before placing the straps back on your shoulders, feeling a wave of pride as he did so. The boys would know he was gonna be a father soon and that didn’t sound too bad to him.

“Wear it.”

“Pony, it don't fit-”

“We’ll pin it!”

Johnny: “Ready to go, (Y/N)?” Johnny asked after he finished dressing for work. He’d been working a comb through his hair in the bathroom. He set it down on the edge of the sink.

“(Y/N)?” He called again at your lack of response.

He stole one last glance at himself in the mirror before walking towards the open bedroom door.

“It was a real battle fittin’ into this skirt, Johnny.” You sighed and went to grab for the matching jacket.

“Soon enough I’ll have to start wearing maternity clothes… And those don’t look too hot for the workplace…”

Two hands wrapped around your waist, making you gasp before leaning into your husband’s touch. He stared at your reflection in the vanity mirror with a huge smile on his face.

“We look like Socs in these monkey suits.” You joked lightly.

“No, we look like a family.” He corrected, his hand slipping down and resting on your slightly protruding tummy as he did so.

Sodapop: “We can always go shoppin’ for maternity clothes, (Y/N). You don’t gotta keep wearin’ our old stuff.

You nodded your head idly as you slipped Soda’s old shirt over your head before climbing into bed next to him. It grew into a routine between you both once you started putting on more weight. You asked all of your friends and they suggested you wore the boys’ old things to bridge time between your regular clothes and maternity wear.

You settled next to him and laid your head on his chest, his arms snaking around your waist as you closed your eyes.

There was a moment of silence as you began to nod off.

"Really, (Y/N). We can go this weekend, I’ll get someone to cover for me at work-”

“Soda, relax.” You stirred by his side before propping yourself up on your elbow. “Why’re you gettin’ so worked up over this anyway? Am I that big already?”

“No!” He answered quickly, turning to face you as he did so. He liked seeing you in his clothes, he just thought you’d be more comfortable in your new ones instead of asking him permission every time you reached into the drawer.

His arms slid down your was until he was able to run his fingers over the thin material of his t-shirt and trace the outline of your small bump as he beamed down at his growing family in pride.

“You know what? I think you look sexy in my shirts. Keep at it, doll.” He pecked your lips lightly before moving to turn out the light.

Dally: “I'm freezin’.” You complained as you sat on the couch. Dally walked over and sat down next to you, practically slamming the phone onto its cradle as he did so.

“We finally have everything pieced together, and our damn boiler breaks in the middle of the winter!” He sighed as you pulled his jacket around you more.

“Why don’t ya zip it up?” He asked, reaching over to do it himself. You pulled away from him and stared down at your lap in embarrassment.

“It can’t zip.”

“Why not? Is it jammed again?”

“No…”

“Then what is it, man?” You were wearing at his already thinned patience after he spent a half hour arguing with one of the repairmen Darry directed him to.

“I’ve put on some weight, Dal, because I'm carryin' your baby!”

He shut his trap and directed his attention towards the tv after that.

~*~

As you began to channel surf idly, Dally sprung off down the hall for five minutes before emerging and block your view of the tv.

You lowered the remote and raised your eyebrows at him questioningly until he pulled a blanket big enough for the two of you from behind his back.

“Fished it outta the linen closet.”

You broke out into a smile at the warm gesture.

As you two laid there, spooning underneath the large blanket, Dally’s big hand slipped underneath your t-shirt and settled over the slight curve of your stomach.

anonymous asked:

So I know that the new ACS thing is equating the CS fandom to Donald Trump fans and being "privileged" because they are white and a heterosexual couple. Do you think ACS ever thinks about the fact that Killian is disabled and was also a child slave at one point? I've seen plenty of ACS actually make fun of him for his disability. I don't know of any other characters that were slaves/child slaves on this show. Regina may be POC but she's had way more opportunity than most other characters...1/2

2/2)… even compared to Rumple. Is it healthy to compare real world issues to a fantasy world? Shouldn’t we judge based on the social constructs within those fantasy worlds? It’s a touchy subject, I know that completely. But if we are going to judge with a real life lens and apply real social justice issues to ships and characters, I think it’s only fair to ask ACS not to ignore Hook’s disability or child slave labor (essentially human trafficking). Thoughts?

Thanks for this question anon. I’ll probably get hate for answering. but as many of you have noticed lately - idgaf.

I do understand the desire to fight for social justice issues within the context of fandom and media - because these things are a reflection of the society we live in - which is anything but socially just.

That said, I agree with you in that it’s important to judge things within a work of fiction based on the social constructs within those fantasy worlds. So, I think it’s appropriate for fans to fight for more and better representation in the show - that is to advocate for a larger number or women, POC, lgbt, and disabled characters - and to have them in roles that important to the story…but I disagree with judging characters or their fans based on real world social issues that do not exist in OUAT.

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Let’s talk about keyboard warriors...

I will preface this by saying that this is only my opinion based on my own personal experiences and you’re free to take it with a grain of salt, or ignore it completely. I’m also completely willing to engage in a healthy debate over it in DM if you’d like. Also, this is really long, you’ve been warned.

Some of the things I’ve seen said about Terry Dresbach on Tumblr today are absolutely disgusting. 

Let’s start there. 

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anonymous asked:

I'm fairly positive Zach feels the same way about Frankie but I don't think he'd act on those feelings and it makes me sad :(

I’m not too sure about that because if you were to watch their old moments together, you’ll notice how Zach was gradually easing into the idea.

He definitely started off the summer being physically/sexually attracted to Frankie, but by the end of his time on the show it was very obvious that he had fallen in love with him.

So, whenever you’re having doubts about whether or not Zach will muster up the courage to act on his feelings, just watch this video

And remember the full dialogue: 

  • Zach: I fucking love you.
  • Frankie: I love you too.
  • Zach: And literally, regardless of what happens in this game, I am completely IN LOVE with you no matter what the fuck happens. It’s crazy how much I LOVE this homosexual! It’s crazy!
  • Frankie: Hey it’s crazy how much I love this fruitloop dingus.
  • Zach: Does it make me gay if I’m in love with a homosexual?
  • Frankie: Um, you know, we can have a talk about it.
  • Zach: When the cameras aren’t watching.

If that isn’t an example of Zach acting on his feelings… I don’t know what is.

Just everything about that conversation.

Zach said that he’s completely in love with Frankie. Not that he loves him, but that he’s in love with him. And there’s a very big difference between those two sentiments.

And then he proceeded to say that he felt it was crazy how much he loved a homosexual. Emphasis on crazy and emphasis on homosexual which indicates that he’s surprised by his feelings for another man—and not just another man, but a man who happens to likes men.

He wouldn’t find his feelings for Frankie crazy if they were purely platonic. And that isn’t the only time that he’s expressed a sort of disbelief with how much he loves him.  

He’s obviously never been in love before and this is obviously the first time he’s felt what he’s feeling, hence his disbelief, his enthusiasm, his compliments, his sensitivity, his breakdown, etc.

And as if that isn’t overwhelming enough, he’s feeling what he’s feeling for a gender that he never expected he’d be physically and emotionally attracted to, so that’s why he finds it so “crazy”, because the entire situation is completely foreign to him.

Then, after already saying a lot, he asked the very daring and implicative “Does it make me gay if I’m in love with a homosexual?”

I mean… maybe we’ve all been desensitized by what Zach says and does because we’ve gotten so used to it over the course of the summer… but that question is sort of a huge deal and will never stop being a huge deal.

It wasn’t said jokingly, it was said during a serious moment of him expressing his feelings for Frankie. And that moment was no doubt the most sincere and serious moment they had on the show.  

Frankie didn’t really push the subject but responded “Um, you know, we can have a talk about it.” to which Zach whispered “When the cameras aren’t watching.”

Um!? UM!? Again, that is not something that would be said as a joke, much less WHISPERED with the intent of not being heard.

Then, to top off the whole conversation, Frankie attempted to talk about the matter even though Zach specifically said “when the cameras aren’t watching.” and Zach IMMEDIATELY changed the subject in the most painstakingly obvious manner.

If he had just been joking he would have said so then because it was obvious that Frankie took the conversation seriously by his following response, but he didn’t say so, instead he changed the subject because the topic of his sexuality is something he wants to discuss with Frankie and Frankie alone.

And I think they definitely will discuss the subject eventually. I mean, if it wasn’t the elephant in the room before it sure as hell is now that they’re aware that thousands of people want them to be together.

I think all Zach needs is a little push. Just think of how he was originally somewhat standoffish about certain things, but the more Frankie pushed and persisted, the more Zach got used to it. Like the first time Frankie made out with Zach’s neck; he was completely embarrassed, but by the second time he was obviously enjoying it and the third gave him CHILLS. He even got to the point where HE licked FRANKIE’s neck.

All of this happened in a matter of days, so it’s not that difficult for Zach to become comfortable with their increasing intimacy. 

Frankie never really pushed as hard as he could have, especially not when it came to the emotional aspect of their relationship, but I think if he did Zach would eventually give in, because he’s obviously weak for him.

I don’t think it’s likely that they’d make it public, but I do think there’s a bigger chance than most of you think that Zach will either act on his feelings and/or give in to Frankie’s. Just look at how far they got while being monitored by cameras 24/7.. without cameras, all bets are off. 

anonymous asked:

I don't remember if you said if you're watching 5b or not, but on last night's ep (5.12), Stiles joked to Scott that he'd always hated his tattoo. Kinda makes me wonder what, exactly, he thought of Derek's ;D

No, I’m not, sweet anon. I think I might watch it when it’s completely done and marathon it. (Because no matter what I do, I can’t get away from my emotional attachments to these characters apparently.) 

Oh, this reminds me of when Scott first got it done! Stiles never liked it, right? 

Stiles: You okay?

Scott: Kinda burns. 

Stiles: Yes, you just had your skin stabbed about 100,000 times with a needle. 

Scott: Yeah, but I don’t think it’s supposed to feel like this. 

Stiles: Oh, God. 

Scott: No, it’s definitely not supposed to feel like this. Oh, I gotta take this thing off. 

Stiles: No, no, no, no, Scott. Oh, Scott, please stop. Whoa, whoa. 

Scott: Oh, no, what? No, no, come on. It healed. 

Stiles: Ah, thank God. I hated it. Sorry.

I don’t know how Stiles feels about tattoos in general. I have this funny headcanon he would be someone to get very angry about how people with tattoos are treated in the workplace, but hates tattoos because every time he sees one he’s reminded there were needles involved in getting it and WHY WOULD SOMEONE SUBJECT THEMSELVES TO NEEDLE TORTURE?? (The bigger the tattoo, the more likely it is he is to faint from the idea alone.)

That tiny bit of crack aside, I’ve always been of the personal opinion Sties didn’t like Scott’s tattoo on a personal level. When Derek asked Scott about why he got it, Scott says the tattoo is ultimately about Allison. 

Scott: Well, that’s in tahitian. In samoan, it means “open wound.” I knew I wanted to get a tattoo when I turned 18. I always wanted one. I just decided to get it now, to make it kind of a reward. 

Derek: For what? 

Scott: For not calling or texting Allison all summer. Even when I really wanted to, even when it was so hard not to sometimes. I was trying to give her the space she wants. Goin’ four months later, it still hurts. It still feels like a, uh… 

Stiles: like an open wound.

I think, for Stiles, the tattoo kind of represents him losing Scott to Allison in a lot of ways, especially considering we know how much Stiles is scared of losing the people he loves; Scott, his Dad. For me, this is where we really first start to see how insecure Stiles is about the people in his life leaving him. 

Derek’s tattoo, on the other hand, is about Derek’s loss and his anger. He tells Scott it’s a revenge symbol in season 1. Boyd, however, points out in season 2 the symbol means different things to different people. It might mean past, present and future or mother, father, child. We then learn, for Derek, the symbol also stands for Alpha, Beta and Omega. He says it reminds him that people will rise, but they can also fall, no matter their status. 

In the season 4 finale, the Alpha, Beta Omega, patterns of three, is a mantra Stiles clearly knows well as he finishes Derek’s sentence for him in the back of the van when they are trying to help Liam control the shift. For me, that shows Stiles has taken the time to research the symbol at some point, maybe asked Derek about it. It’s also a pattern: three. And we know Stiles likes his patterns. For this reason it might even be something he found comfort in. The spiral is a symbol of control, which, after the Nogitsune, would probably mean a hell of a lot to Stiles. It’s a personal headcanon of mine that Derek taught Stiles about his tattoo after the Nogitsune, helping him use it to cope.