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Kaidan Appreciation Week, Day 1 - Childhood

Oh boy so whatever I’’m real late, here’s a story okay let’s do this here we go alright got some of these written let’s kick it off here goes.


Kaidan was staring up into the glaring lights, willing himself to get a migraine.

It was the first time he’d really gotten a good look at the waiting room of John Shepard Hospital: usually, when his mom brought him in, his head hurt so much he couldn’t make out much of anything. Nothing but the teal and purple pattern of the carpet under his shoes.

Now his face hurt so much, he’d actually pay for a headache to come along and take his mind off the searing pain in his lip. His mom was outside the window, probably arguing with work about needing to come in an hour late because of her son, again. Every time he was brought in with a migraine, it seemed the urgent care waiting room was always packed—loud noises and crying kids and talking, talking, talking.

But for now, it was dead. Just Kaidan and the news broadcast and all the empty, uncomfortable chairs. Kaidan pushed the wad of tissues harder into his face, winced at the bite of pain. He knew he should be grateful nobody was here to see him like this. But. Oh well.

A boy walked in, about Kaidan’s age, but a little shorter, a lot scrappier.

“Go sit down in the waiting room,” said the woman towing him in. When she took off her coat, it was obvious to Kaidan she was a nurse at the hospital. “You keep pressing on that, and once I get your paperwork done I’ll take you back.”

The nurse hustled behind the desk, and the boy turned into the waiting room. He was holding a wad of tissues too, pressed to his hairline. His eyes immediately found Kaidan: bright blue, sizing him up.

He had an awkward gait, and he bee-lined through the waiting room and tumbled down—almost perched—on the chair right next to Kaidan.

“Hi,” the boy said, winced when he jostled the clump of tissues pressed to his forehead.

“Um, hi.” Kaidan didn’t look him in the face. Not his blue eyes or the dark red clump of tissues. The kid had thin legs and broad shoulders, he was sitting really close.

“Are you okay?” The boy asked more like he was hoping to hear a grizzly story, but he still leaned forward and tried to catch his eye. Kaidan looked out the window: his mom looked exhausted, still arguing. He sighed.

“I’m gonna be fine. I just need some stitches, probably,” he mumbled into his own wad of bloody tissues, shrinking away just a little from the boy’s intent stare.

“Yeah, me too. What’s your name?”

“What’s yours?” Kaidan fired back. The boy’s eyes got grim for a second.

“Not telling.”

“Shepard,” called the nurse from the in-patient desk. “You making friends or you making me regret bringing you in?”

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I’m no expert—I’m hearing and my understanding of American Sign Language is extremely limited—so please feel free to correct/add on to this! But I was just really struck by (and loved!) Elisa’s “F U” to Strickland in the above scene, which was featured at the end of the newly-released Red Band trailer for The Shape of Water.

Here, Elisa is literally signing “F” and “U” from the ASL alphabet, but what makes this so striking is that, by doing so, she’s not exactly speaking ASL—she’s fingerspelling English. 

ASL is a completely separate language from spoken/written English, and fingerspelling is pretty much only used if there are no ASL equivalents for what needs to be conveyed, such as in the case of names. (In fact, when I was learning ASL, my teacher waited a while before teaching us the alphabet because she didn’t want us fingerspelling English instead of actually trying to sign!)

So the fact that Elisa uses fingerspelling here, when there are other ways in ASL to convey the idea of “fuck you,” says a lot. It says even more when you consider how she’s fingerspelling, since her fingerspelling here is not how a deaf person/someone who speaks ASL would typically fingerspell. 

‘Cause fingerspelling? It’s fast. Extremely fast. Each letter flows smoothly into the next. When you fingerspell, it should be an incredibly fluid motion.

But here? That’s 110% not the case. Elisa is slow and measured. She holds out each letter nice and long. It’s the kinda way you’d fingerspell to someone learning ASL—and actually, my teacher would say to not even do that. If you slow down so much for them all the time, they’ll never be able to keep up with real ASL!

So, this scene? This scene with Elisa fingerspelling something that doesn’t need to be fingerspelled, in an incredible, deliberate, slower-than-college-WiFi pace? Well, Elisa is doing more than just dissing Strickland—she’s absolutely taunting him. She’s saying, “I’m speaking your language. I dare you to understand me.”

And she knows that he won’t. She’s speaking crystal clearly, no stuttering, no hesitance, no nothing, and Strickland can’t even be damned to attempt the basic ASL alphabet because he would never, ever try to understand anything different from him.

And Elisa knows this and completely, totally rubs it in his bigoted face.

You’re sitting in the theatre. Everything is perfect. It’s accurate, it’s visually stunning, everyone is on point. It’s a perfect adaption. The title flies on screen.
Deep voice: Fullmetal Alchemist
Everyone in the theatre:(slightly different intonation) Fullmetal Alchemist.


“It’s pathetic to lose against a single child.”
Todoroki Shouto for @miyukei; happy birthday to the lovely Dan ♡


Eleven + “Mike”

Ravenclaw Headcanon

Ravenclaws are very happy that their dormitory is in a tower. Most of the windows can be climbed out of and they pull themselves onto the roof. They don’t do it like the Gryffindors do, for bravery, but for solitude. There is an unspoken rule that if a Ravenclaw sees another Ravenclaw on the roof, they don’t talk. On the roof or afterwards. It’s a safe space. Sometimes it’s where Ravenclaws be the teenagers they are and smoke, while sometimes it’s a peaceful place to just read. If a Ravenclaw is sitting on the roof crying, any other Ravenclaw, friend or not, will go and sit on the roof with them until they calm down. And another unspoken rule is that if someone sat on the roof and cried more than twice in a week, they have to talk to someone about it, a friend, a professor, or Madam Pomfrey. This is what once led a third year Ravenclaw to march a first year Gryffindor, who had somehow made his way on the roof of Ravenclaw Tower, to Professor McGonagall. He thought he was in trouble, but became very confused when he was simply asked how he felt.

The signs as science memes













What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.

Ice Dance Elements presented by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir | Dance Lifts

insp. by @eggplantgifs​ and feat. special guest appearance by Marie France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon

Lifts are essential elements in any Ice Dance program. They are used to enhance the character, music and choreography of the dance. They are graded on a level scale and awarded Grades of Execution (GOEs). Levels are awarded based on difficultly in the form of difficult positions, change of positions, entry and exit features, and number of rotations. Unlike pairs lifts, in Ice Dance the lifted partner cannot be supported over the head of the lifter so the lifts are identified by the position of the lifter and are split into two categories:

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journaling ideas/inspiration

So here’s a list of thing to inspire you, some are for drawings and other are for writing or both

1. angels/gods/feathers/wings

2. once when I was in a dream someone told me…

3. parallel universes (I’m right here why can’t you see/hear me)

4. cut out shapes from images (”there’s something missing”)

5. winter/summer sky at 5pm/5am/10am… (colors cut out from magazines or painted with watercolors/acrylics/whatever)

6. moments right before the storm, when everything is flying around, grey clouds, unrest

7.too tired to think ( random thoughts/pictures that go through my head right before I fall asleep)

8.illustrate a dream you had

9. what do you believe in ( about life/death, what comes after, meaning of it all…)

10. the butterfly effect

11.draw same thing in different mediums/ with left and right hand

12. favorite movie/series (favorite quote from it, scenes, how it made you feel)

13. what do you think about when you’re laying in dark,empty room

14. abandoned buildings/ playgrounds, empty train stations/parks, old houses

15. places where no one has been in a while and a nature got to it and grew all over the walls and floor, shattered glass, spider webs, sun rays shining through tree branches

these are just ideas and pictures in my mind I haven’t yet managed to put on paper and if anyone decides to use some of them and posts please tag me I’d like to see how you imagined it :)

if you like it let me know, I might make another one