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Not Your Average Zutara Fic Rec

So I’ve gone through a LOT of Zutara fanfiction, probably too much if I’m being honest, and finding good fics can be really hard. When looking up fic rec lists I’ve noticed that a lot of the lists are just the same select fanfictions recommended over and over (We get it, everyone and their mother loves ‘His Majesty Prefers Blue’ and ‘Stormbenders’ [I never finished HMPB, sue me]). 

So this list is for all of you who are in my shoes and can’t seem to find anything besides the same ten or fifteen stories recommended and are desperate for something new. Everything listed is complete! (If I listed the incompletes/abandoned stories I’d have a lot more chaptered stories listed… RIP ‘The Confrontational Approach’…) 

I have a lot of bookmarked stories that I have yet to read and am in the middle of (Almost caught up on @firelordandlady ‘s ‘Say Anything’!), so I’ll try to update this when I finish something I think deserves a recommendation. 

Chaptered

In the Same Candlelight by Like a Dove

In a world where there is no war, Zuko and Katara spend their summers together. Growing up is messy, embarrassing, and at times sad, but they think it might be okay because they have each other. Edited summary.

I know. I KNOW. I LITERALLY JUST SAID I WASN’T GOING TO RECOMMEND FANFICS THAT ARE ON EVERYONE’S LIST. But I NEED to mention this one. I spent so long not interested in this fic. I don’t like drastic AU’s, or modern AU’s. My taste is strictly canon divergence, so I didn’t think I would like this. I WAS SO WRONG. Trust me, if you are like me and don’t like big AU’s, read this anyway. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Characterization is still so spot on, even with such a different take. Aang is precious. There is nothing but fluff, fluff, and fluff. It will melt you. You will probably die and your spirit will rise up smiling and beaming out rainbows and sunshine. That’s what happened to me. 

Lilacs and Lily Pads by sadladybug

A tale of clumsy courtship and calamitous court weddings, featuring awkward family encounters, floral mishaps, cultural complications, and good old fashioned fluff and conflict. Takes place in the five years following war’s end. For Zutara Week 2016. A prequel to Bones.

Clothe Me in Seasons, Dress Me in Snow is a very commonly recommended Zutara fic (And for good reason, I shed many tears reading it). But this two-shot (A companion to Bones, a smut one shot) by the same author is really underrated and beautifully written. It follows Zuko and Katara as they try to plan their wedding, as well as shows two scenes from before they got engaged that solidified the relationship to be one they knew would last. Just really well done overall and very very sweet. 

EDIT: I talked with the author and apparently it isn’t finished?? But they are apparently working on the next chapters so yay!! And each chapter is independent so it doesn’t feel unfinished.  

The Slow Path by Tazainian Devil

Eight years after the fall of Ozai, Aang returns to the friends he left behind - Taang, Zutara, Sukka

This is technically a Taang fic, and if I’m being honest I kind of just skimmed through the non-zutara chapters, but the Zutara storyline was good enough that I think it’s definitely worth the read. And the overall plot has a great premise. Be warned, it has a sequel that was never finished. 

Another Word For Alchemy by FanPanda13

Five years have passed since the Avatar defeated Fire Lord Ozai, and the members of the Gaang have all gone in their own direction. But when Aang invites them all to a Peace Summit at the North Pole and tells them of his new project, for which he will need their support, the group comes together again for adventure, fun and romance. AU. Zutara. COMPLETE.

So this fic is crazy for me. At first, it started as just really good natured fluff. The writing wasn’t anything fantastic (Although I loved how it broke the 4th wall and didn’t take itself seriously), and there were some definite OOC moments. But I had so much FUN with it. The plot (while definitely not the focus as everyone is more concerned about when Zuko and Katara will get together) was interesting, and there were some really sweet moments. It was also HILARIOUS and I had multiple moments where I genuinely laughed out loud. But then about five chapters before the end, the quality SKY ROCKETED. As the plot and mystery come together, the characters all come together in a moment that truly feels like it came from the show. Even the writing quality increases by a lot and I was genuinely shocked and impressed. Definitely recommend. 

Kyoshi Hold ‘Em by cupid-painted-blind

When a blizzard shuts down the fourth annual Peace Summit, the group has to find some way to pass the time. /Zutara, Taang, Jet/Mai, Jet/Everyone, Sukka

If you’re looking for a good crack fic, look no further. It’s post war and utter nonsense. Jet is alive for some reason??? No one questions it and he’s shipped with pretty much everyone. It’s funny, it’s decently written, there are drinking and sexy time shenanigans, and overall just lighthearted. Also, it does a great job of being a crack fic without crossing the line and becoming unfunny and just a trash fic. A lot struggle to find the balance and resort to going over the top and ridiculous, but this one does a really good job. 

Come With Me by Steamboat Ghost

Coauthored by fuzzytomato. Troubled over his newly restored honor, Zuko finds solace in the familiar guise of the Blue Spirit. In a chance meeting with the Painted Lady, a friendship is forged as the two heroes seek to help the Fire Nation’s neglected.

I’ll admit it: I’ve never gotten into Blutara fanfictions. I only read the first couple chapters of HMPB and dropped it after the tree scene. I don’t know, it felt really OOC for me and I may go back and read it again just because EVERYONE raves about it, but IDK. I’ve never been a huge Blutara fan because while I love the concept, I’d much rather see the Painted Lady and the Blue Spirit come together as equals. Most fics present Zuko behind his mask to Katara, and it feels imbalanced. There aren’t a lot of stories where we see their alter persona’s come together even though that’s the entire point of the parallel between the two. Insert this fic. I only wish there was a sequel dealing with Zuko in the Gaang after these events. Hey, a girl can dream. 

A Zutara Story Anastasia by LastSunset

Katara, the only suviving waterbender of the Southern Water Tribe, joins two con men, Zuko and Iroh, while a fearful admiral chases for her death. A Zutara Story. Based on the movie Anastasia.

So this isn’t so much a retelling of Anastasia but with Katara and Zuko as it is a fanfic version of the movie but with the characters names and world changed. It takes a lot of lines from the movie. But WHO CARES? It’s Anastasia and Zutara!!! What more do you need??? 

Oneshot

this burden you bear by cowlicklesschick

Word travels, and war stories will be told round campfires and on freighter ships until every person in the world knows what Master Katara did for the new Fire Lord. She fights the burning in her throat at the thought of people knowing why she had to heal him in the first place. Post-war Zutara.

This is an angst-with-a-happy-ending, which I say is the absolute BEST type of angst. Katara deals with the guilt of what Zuko did for her as the Fire Nation celebrates what she did to save his life during the Agni Kai. The two come together beautifully while struggling to see the feelings they both share. Really well written and like I said, it has a happy ending, which we all need. 

The Best of Me by Laririn-Shadow

The night before his eighteenth birthday Zuko wraps a bandage around his left wrist. He has a country to run and no time for frivolous things. It will make everything easier if he waits. Zutara Soulmates AU

Soulmate AU’s usually aren’t my thing (With the glaring exception of one Until Dawn Soulmate AU, but that’s besides the point), but I really enjoyed this oneshot. It isn’t sweeping or insanely romantic and the reveal isn’t “OMG I’VE LOVED YOU THIS WHOLE TIME” But it’s a subtle love that grows, which I really like. 

snuggling dysfunctional cats by emletish

Toph thinks Katara and Zuko were a ridiculously, incredibly, stupidly adorable couple. There is only one problem, they were not actually going out. This confuses Toph. could stand alone or be read as a companion peice to my stalking series

Fun fact: Before this oneshot, I had only ever read one fanfiction over 200k words, and had no desire to read another one again. And then I read this. This one shot was so fantastic that it was the reason I ended up reading the ‘Not Stalking Zuko’ trilogy (Also by emletish), which totals almost 900k words because this companion piece had me so sold. Yeah, it’s THAT good. 

my salvation, he’s not anything by sarsaparillia

Let’s run away and start another war. — Zuko/Katara.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What can I say? I love the ‘Let’s run away together, consequences be damned’ trope. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The Time is Ripe by Casa Circe

ZUTARA WEEK 2012 Day Seven: Seasons. There are many stages that a heart goes through before it can finally be ready for the love it was meant to have. The road is often a rocky one but eventually, it leads you home.

A oneshot for the Zutara Week 2012 prompt ‘Seasons’. Not too much to say about it. Short, sweet, and well written. What more do you need? 

Serendipity by Boriqua-chan

Iroh goes hunting for tea leaves and finds something…interesting. /Zutara week, day 1/

Secret relationships! Fluff! Happiness! And all from Uncle Iroh’s perspective!! Everything I love in one great oneshot! 

Too Close for Comfort also by Casa Circe

ZUTARA WEEK 2010 Day Three: Pain. After watching “The Ember Island Players”, no one is in the mood for teasing. But a little slip of the tongue leads to the painful realization that the play was more accurate than they were willing to admit.

There are two Zutara plots/tropes that I am a complete and utter SLUT for. The first is the ‘Let’s talk about that EIP show’ trope. This is one of my favorites. 

The Color of Truth is Red by Mrs. Pettyfer

Written for Zutara Week prompt “awkward.” Zuko and Katara discuss the Ember Island Players.

Another post EIP oneshot

Enlightenment by Blade Quill

Choices are made on the day of Zuko’s coronation, and sometimes, enlightenment is just the simple truth at hand. Zutara. AU of the final moments of the Book 3 Finale

The OTHER plot/trope I’m a slut for is finale rewrites. LET ME SEE THEM COME TOGETHER AFTER HE TAKES LIGHTNING FOR HER. Ugh, I love it. 

Framework by profoundlycan

What if in “Sozin’s Comet” Katara had come into the room instead of Mai? Zuko/Katara. Prequel to Schema.

 Another finale rewrite! Let’s just get Mai out of the picture here… 

Lightning Shocks the Heart by drunkzutarafeels

Why do our hearts remain dormant until a climactic moment makes time stand still?

And here’s yet another finale rewrite. There is a really popular Zutara gifset that someone animated of the Agni Kai ‘Thank you’ scene, but Katara kisses Zuko after she hugs him. This is the fanfiction equivalent of that gif set. 

Sunrise by lewilder

The days go on and on, and even if she feels more comfort from the moon, Katara learns to cherish the promise of each new sunrise. Zutara AU, largely finale-centric. Oneshot.

LAST FINALE AU I PROMISE. Really sweet, starts right after The Southern Raiders and goes past canon. 

all the ghosts we cannot kill (we learn to love) by raisindeatre

Zuko and Katara; the moments we didn’t see. Or: Maybe we are all somebody’s ghost. And maybe sometimes we can be more than that.

“…My quarrel has only ever been with you, Zuko,” she says, his name sharp on her tongue. “This has only ever been about me and you.”

“You’re wrong,” he rasps, his voice rough in the late afternoon sunlight that falls around them, tangles them in golden nets. “This has only ever been about me and the Avatar. Not you and me. What we hold between us has nothing to do with it.”

This is a really beautiful one-shot that follows a battered, war torn and hardened Zuko and Katara through the scenes we DIDN’T see throughout the entire show. A Zutara must-read.

Drabble Collection/Series

And Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Advocaat

A collection of humorous and crack-tastic oneshots corresponding to the days of Zutara Month

Really great Zutara Month themed drabbles, and it contains the only body swapping plot that I’ve read and really enjoyed. Also the chapters ‘Potential’ and ‘Festival’ are some of my all time favorites. 

Zuko Was No Coward by hootowl

Zuko was many things, but a coward he was not. A collection of Zutara100 prompts. Title may change.

Definitely some heartbreakers and angsty drabbles in here, but all well written and thoroughly enjoyable. If you read ANYTHING from this list, read chapter two of this drabble collection. I MELTED when I read it. It’s perfection. Aunt Wu’s prediction has always been a plotline I’ve loved in Zutara fanfiction, and this one just does it PERFECTLY. 

Zutara Week 2012 by ichilover3

A collection of oneshots inspired by the prompts for Zutara Week

Not much more to say. The first, third, and fourth prompts are my favorite from this series. 

Zutara Week 2015 by bianca_anna

It started at a tea shop and ended with forever. My entries for Zutara Week 2015. I hope you enjoy them.

Oh my GOODNESS. So they’re Zutara Week prompts, but all set in the same universe. The Zutara!Family depicted in these drabbles has become my headcanon. I’ve seen many a Zutara family, but this one is by far my FAVORITE. This is now my official family for them. I want the very last chapter fully animated because it’s so good and epic and I want more of this families adventures. 

on allura and the castleship

So like the show often stresses that Allura is needed in the castle to run it, since it’s linked up to her quintessence. Coran seems to be able to pilot it to an extent in a fix (like when Allura and Keith ran off in that pod), but it looks like the castle doesn’t have its full range of weapons and abilities without her. Including wormholing, which is like. A really big deal.

With Shiro likely to be gone from the team for at least a little while, we’re probably going to need someone to pilot one of the lions. But with all that about Allura and the castle in mind, the question is: can Allura actually pilot a lion at all?

It turns out we might actually already have an answer: it depends on Slav. Because the castleship’s probably going to get some sort of an upgrade next season.

Slav’s already shown shitting on the castle during his first scene in it, which is a fun hint of what could be coming. Allura and Coran have said it several times throughout the series: the castle’s old. Its technology is almost definitely outdated, if Slav’s complaints are any indication, and it breaks down often, to the point where it doing so is a major plot point in season 2. Compared to its Galra counterparts, which have 10000 years worth of technological advancement on their side, the castleship is probably the equivalent of bringing like. a pointy stick to a knife fight.

But now they have the means to update it. 

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Ok so, anti Kylo Ren people - I don’t understand them. Not in the sense that I can’t understand why someone wouldn’t like Kylo - you like what you like or not - but it’s the analysis of the character, something you can interpret on a sliding scale of better or worse accuracy, that strikes me as profoundly odd. It’s completely in defiance not in just to what we’ve been given in the material but also to the things the directors and actors have said themselves explicitly. Which is just…weird. It’s like alternative facts land. It gets especially weird when comparing him to Anakin, which antis always seem to do in a way that treats suffering as a vulgar balance beam of precisely measurable and predictable quantity and quality. 

“Unlike Anakin, Kyle Ron grew up with 2 parents who loved him”

No offense but - so?? Barring the very few wrongheaded outliers who label Han and Leia as abusive and uncaring (and to whom antis seem determined to sniff out and then cling to like a barnacle as a way of judging the wider fandom), most of us recognize the genuine parental love Han and Leia have for their son. My question is since when has love alone ever been enough to keep a young man from falling into darkness? Especially when said young man is growing up in a complicated family situation. If that were the case our world would be a less fucked up place than it is now.

Yes, Han and Leia loved Ben. But guess what? You can love your child and still be a dysfunctional family. You can care a lot for your kid and still make bad choices. You can still try to do your best and fail miserably. You can even do these things and inflict damage because you love them so much. Leia recognizes this - she thought she was doing good in sending Ben away to Luke for training. She was wrong and the decision hurt rather than helped, regardless of her intentions. She said so in the fucking movie.

I find it funny that the people who are vehemently against the idea of love, either from Leia or Rey or Luke or whoever, playing a part in Kylo’s redemption because they think love doesn’t redeem bad men and the notion is toxic are the same people who think love should have kept Ben Solo from becoming Kylo Ren in the first place. That’s some outstanding cognitive dissonance. The idea that because Han and Leia loved Ben and he grew up in a materially comfortable setting compared to his granddaddy somehow eliminates for him profound suffering and turmoil or immunizes Han or Leia from making long-lasting errors as parents and human beings is laughable to me. 

I grew up with a super critical and moody father. It often felt like he didn’t like me or my brother. It was only later that my dad confessed that he thought he was being helpful by chewing us out all the time even though it had the opposite effect on us. And my dad loved the shit out of me. But he didn’t realize the damage he was doing and it wasn’t intended but his own flaws kept him from realizing that and by then, the damage was done and there was no taking it back. Granted, I didn’t join a murderous regime, but then again I don’t live in a galaxy far, far away.

To refresh, reminder that these are canon facts: 1. Han admitted to being uncomfortable around Ben because of his powers. 2. According to both Carrie (”We neglected him a little”) and Adam Driver (”having these incredible powers and not having his parents really be around”), and supplemental material (Bloodline) that Leia and Han ran a contentious household with their work keeping them divided at times. 3. Ben didn’t even know about his true heritage and he found out not through his family but through someone outing his mother as Vader’s daughter. By then he had already been sent to Luke to learn to control himself.

And honestly, to reduce the Solo/Organa family situation as being informed above all else by the love Han and Leia had for their son is to completely erase the strength that outside forces had in tearing the family apart. 

Antis will unfavorably compare Anakin’s life to Kylo by saying “Anakin was a former slave who was then manipulated by Palpatine so it makes him more understandable” but like uh Ben was preyed upon by a dark entity since he was in the womb - since he was in the womb. Mama Leia says even says in the movie that it was Snoke who seduced their son, so I don’t get what distinguishing Palpatine’s manipulations while erasing Snoke’s does except make anti-Kylos look like hypocrites. 

And then there is this whole “Han offered Kylo redemption and he didn’t take it so that’s that!” 

Yeah. Han offered Kylo a chance to come back. It was the last thing he did. And he did it 6 years after Kylo fell. And after 29 years of constant struggle and misunderstanding that constituted Ben/Kylo’s life. He did so at Leia’s prompting. Not that he didn’t want his son back too - he did and he was sincere about it - but he also showed more doubt than his wife. This is gonna sound harsh but from an in-universe perspective and certainly from the character’s perspectives that’s not good enough. That’s not to downplay the love with which the gesture was made or the wrongness of Kylo’s decision. But what Han offered in that moment was just that - a moment. And redemption needs more than a moment, it requires a journey. Han even acknowledges his failures in the last moments of his life, hoping that Kylo will someday forgive him too.

What Han did wasn’t showing a way back, it was a more of a drop-everything-and-run-away-with-me proposition that did not resolve all the underlying issues subsequent actions that led to their estrangement in the first place. 

Again, there is a certain irony that anti-Kylo/anti-redemption folks who quip this line that Han was offering redemption and Kylo rejecting it and killing him therefore his chance are over are often the same ones who scorn the idea of Rey or Leia playing a role in Kylo’s redemption. Yet (putting aside that this is mischaracterizing how most of us envision the redemption arc going) by taking the position of the former, aren’t you contradicting yourself with the latter by acknowledging that yes, redemption can be given through love? Because that is what is being said when you say Han had the solution. 

At any rate, the way back must be something that Kylo finds on his own, not have given to him, with others serving as influences and inspirations but not as his patrons of good. This whole analysis of redemption being closed to Kylo Ren, of him being a “privileged white boy” who threw it all away or of his life being so comparatively better than Anakin’s thus rendering any parallels between them moot is just wrongheaded. There is a lot we don’t know yet and have been promised by those involved in the film to see, including Kylo’s “humanity”. If you’re one of those people with the viewpoint that I have spent this entire post taking down, my honest to god non-snarky recommendation is that you either adjust your reading of the material and change your expectations or not see Episode 8 at all. You will be profoundly confused, angered or disappointed otherwise.

Why DaveKat is Narratively Important

Let’s talk about DaveKat because I have nothing better to do!!
So, whether or not you personally ship or agree with davekat, this is just going to be about how, from a narrative standpoint, it is 100% vital to both Dave’s and Karkat’s storylines and personal character arcs, let’s start with:

Knight Class- So, bit of class/aspect analysis because the fact they both Dave and Karkat are both Knights is absolutely VITAL to their character development and their connection to each other. Something Kanaya said, that classpects are not necessarily chosen to suit the strengths of each player but rather to challenge them in a way that is most beneficial to their personal growth? That is completely correct, Dave and Karkat being some of the best examples in the comic. The aspects are the elements which the game, and therefore the universe(s) are made of - literally. Like, these are the constructs out of which the world exists, the building blocks so to speak. However, they also represent more metaphorical concepts, Life=Optimism, Hope=Belief, Heart=Soul, so on and so forth etc. So paired with the Knight class, the active pairing of Maid class, we have to examine how exactly the aspect *applies*. Obviously, being active, the Knight class is self serving (more on active vs passive or knight vs maid specifically if y'all hmu with some asks I’d be happy to explain more in depth), there’s also a metric shitload of symbolism involved in the name. I’ve been reading this comic for almost five years and the sheer amount of symbolism never ceases to amaze me, but the absolutely loaded amount of metaphorical value behind this class has to be in my top 5. The classic “knight” iteration, sword and shield type of deal, is instrumental in the interpretation of how Dave and Karkat wield their abilities and grow as characters. The weapon is obviously the way in which they wield their aspects, but the shield is so much more interesting: it’s their PERSONA. Part of the blatant parallels between Dave and Karkat’s story arcs is how they allow others to perceive them in regard to their own internal struggles, they both put up a persona to protect themselves. For Dave it’s his “coolkid” facade, he doesn’t let others see his emotions, feelings, or motivations because he’s so wrapped up in this delusion of irony and toxic masculinity that he feels it would be a weakness to show himself for what he is, one that could very possibly (at the hands of Bro) get him severely injured at best, dead at worst if he fears for his life which is a distinct possibility. Karkat suffers in a similar way, his persona is this image of the overly aggressive, “shouty/angry” guy, he’s loud and obnoxious because he’s trying to keep people at arms length, similar to how Dave doesn’t let anyone in. Karkat also has similar motivations behind this persona, because of his blood color he knows he will be in immediate danger if people get too close, look to closely, care too much, so if he can shout and seem just as bloodthirsty and aggressive as other trolls, he can both keep them away and keep himself free of suspicion. So, they have their shields, their personas, this is how they protect themselves from the world. Let’s talk about their weapons.

Aspects- As I mentioned above, aspects are the literal elements that make up the world, but also have a more metaphorical meaning. In the same way that Heart=Soul, Dave’s aspect Time is not only literally representative of time, but metaphorically representative of PROGRESSION. Karkat’s aspect of blood is therefore, while literally blood (possibly a reference to his mutation), also more symbolically representative of UNITY. Now, let’s see how those apply to each players personal struggle, because remember that’s the key here, how their classpects tie in to their character arcs. Dave is troubled by his aspect at multiple points throughout the storyline, severely disturbed by dead Dave’s and essentially haunted by the multiple loops he has running, in what is a single day to his fellow beta players likely feels like *weeks* for him, he’s not progressing in the game, he’s running all these loops and doing so much and yet he’s not really going anywhere. He’s like a broken record, if you will. Dave doesn’t see himself as a hero, broken sword symbolism aside because I cannot get into that rn lmao that’s way too loaded and this is long enough, Dave *can’t* see himself as a hero because in his mind, Bro was a hero, and he will never live up to it, so why bother. Easier to just run his loops and do whatever Terezi says because she’s probably right and anyways it’s just easier to do something menial and meaningless that doesn’t move anything forward because he would probably fuck it up anyways, right? Dave is so stuck in the past, haunted by his loops, haunted by the legacy of his Bro, haunted by dead Daves, he is terrified (whether consciously or subconsciously) of moving forward, of Progression. Alternatively, Karkat’s aspect of Blood, or UNITY trips him up in similar ways. Karkat’s relationships are…complicated. It’s been *headcanoned* that he comes across as pale towards most of his friends, because despite how hard he tries to act loud and aggressive, he’s a big softie who cares way too goddamn much about everything. Terezi also represents his biggest struggle with Unity and relationships, he “wanted her in every quadrant like a desperate fool”, and she played along for a while to see if he would settle in any one quadrant, but when he never did she moved on. This is a huge blow to Karkat’s self-esteem, he thought he was being so suave and smooth just like his romance novels and movies, but really he was pushing her away either knowingly or unknowingly. On the topic of his romance novels, his obsession with relationships also shows him trying to compensate (more on this in a sec) for his lack of capability in the area, as if he’s studying them to get a better understanding of how relationships should work because he really has no idea. In his very first conversation with Sollux that we see, he ends by affirming that he hasn’t gone too far right? They’re still friends? Because underneath his loud, obnoxious persona, he’s just acting the way he thinks he’s supposed to in this hyper-aggressive society. Sound familiar? It’s because Dave is doing the same thing. They’re both using their personas to survive, to appear the way they think they should to other people, because when it comes to their aspects, they’re fucking terrified and don’t have a clue as to what they’re really doing.

Storyline Parallels- So, I’ve seen a lot of good analysis of this and I doubt any of what I’m saying will be news to any of you, but I’m gonna put it in my own words as best I can bc this shit is imperative to understanding why DaveKat works so perfectly in the narrative. Dave is obviously working an uphill battle the entire story to overcome the hyper-masculinity (see also: toxic) that his Bro has ingrained in his psyche for 13 years. Not the least of which is some deeply rooted homophobia. Dave fronts constantly, accusing others of being gay, accusing *Karkat* of being gay pretty amusingly. Obviously he pokes at this in other people because he’s so insecure about it in himself, he struggles heavily with his sexuality the way so many pre-teens do, only he’s fighting against a decades worth of anti-gay propaganda basically so there’s no room for him to search within himself too deeply without feeling deeply uncomfortable because obviously that’s Wrong and Bad and that’s not how society works in his world. Similarly, Karkat struggles with the quadrants which is practically unheard of on Alternia. It’s such a clear parallel to human homophobia that like. I’m left speechless when I think about it honestly. Their struggles are so overwhelmingly similar and parallel to each other sometimes I just have to stop and appreciate it. But back on topic, his whole life, Karkat has grown up with this over idealized concept of romance, the quadrants, and he obviously knows something is wrong with himself from an early age. Karkat’s obsession with romance novels is no coincidence, he’s clearly always felt off when it comes to that and so he most likely reached out to these novels and movies to get a better grasp of the quadrants, consuming what was essentially romantic propaganda to overcompensate. The problem is, in studying these works, he latched onto the wrong thing which is so funny to me. He’s reading these trying to understand, to make himself fit into this system because that’s what society is like *cough* heteronormativity *cough* and yet he latched onto quadrant vacillation like it’s the holy fucking grail of romance. Like oh, okay, this is normal? Obviously people do this, as long as they switch within the bounds of the system it’s Okay™ and even romantic in some occasions. Only, this is fiction he’s reading and if you try to apply the logic of romance novels to real life…well, we all know what happened with Terezi. He was constantly pushing the boundaries of vacillation, he was red for her, he wanted to act black on occasion, he cares so much about everyone it’s impossible for him not to be pale, and we see him (though I doubt he realizes he’s doing it) trying to auspistice for her and Gamzee in the pre-retcon timeline by staging a sort of intervention. He “wanted her in every quadrant like a desperate fool” and I don’t understand how people put Karkat into the quadrant system!!! That line is so IMPORTANT, not even taking into account that we know his dancestor, who shared his blood mutation which may have had something to do with his irregularities, loved the Disciple “beyond the quadrants”. It’s. So. Obvious. Karkat is overcoming the stigma of wanting to love beyond the quadrants in the same way that Dave is struggling to overcome the loaded idea behind being Not Straight. They’re both overcoming these extremely similar prospects and it’s an absolutely stunning feat of narrative that as an English major it makes me fucking weak in the goddamn knees like Hussie is a lot of things but this? This is fucking genius. I’ve never seen two characters written together in such an in depth and parallel way before.

Opposites Attract- So we’ve talked about their similarities, let’s talk about their differences and how those differences are also actually poorly disguised similarities. Karkat is obviously a Loud Boy, thats his coping mechanism. He keeps people out and away by being loud and aggressive. Dave needs to cope for similar reasons, to protect himself he needs to keep people out and away but he does it in just the opposite way, he gets quiet. He doesn’t talk about his shit. Sure, he’ll go on the rambling metaphor when the occasion calls, but although he’s always talking he’s never really saying anything. Karkat is an almost compulsive over sharer, like, the boy (bless his heart) has zero filter. Dave will talk your ear off just as well, but I’ll be fuckin damned if he says anything worthwhile outright (his many, many Freudian slips aside). It’s also interesting to note that while I’ve seen people talk about how part of the reason Karkat doesn’t fit into Alternian society is that he’s so human, as its stated in the narrative that after seeing this soft species, that shares his blood color and stupid, stupid compassion, even *Vriska* admits that Karkat seems to fit in better with them than he ever did with trolls, we don’t see the same for Dave? I’ve rarely, if ever, seen the situation flipped, in that Dave was more suited for Alternian society the same way Karkat was more human than troll or at least had severely human aspects. Obviously Dave’s romance is still very human in that he’s a big ol’ fan of monogamy (he and Karkat both faced problems in their relationships with Terezi romantically when she became involved in other quadrants, these boys love monogamy I’ll fight), but his upbringing? Yikes. Lusii are supposed to, while still protecting their trolls, prepare them for the harsh and violent world. Whether they had to kill other trolls and Lusii to feed them, or learn how to fight to fend off other trolls on their own, there was a shit ton of fighting in their pre-pubescent years. Trolls are a hyper aggressive, violent species that learn to fight basically as soon as they can walk, which is exactly what Bro did to Dave. Dave could fight practically from the second he crawled off the meteor, I doubt a day went by without a sword in his hand for some reason and god knows he suffered through enough strifes. Both boys were brought up just thoroughly *wrong* for their societies in a way that ensured they would never feel like they truly fit in.

Finally, Romance- In the final culmination of all this, let’s actually talk about how they work together as a couple. So, they have this overwhelmingly similar upbringing and life experience, what happens when they finally meet up? Dave thinks it’s hilarious that Karkat is always yelling, “get a load of this guy I was telling you about, Rose”, and while I have no doubt he thought Karkat’s shitfits were the funniest thing since Colonel Sassacre, there had to be a part of him that was just in awe of how someone could be so free with their emotions. Like, he’s angry? And you know it the second he walks into a room?? This is an entirely new concept to Dave, my son, who grew up with an insanely passive-aggressive psychopath who would sneak up on him and fight him with a crazy fucking puppet like what the fuck?? Dave has always had to be on edge at home, Bro was quiet so you never knew when he was upset and you never knew when he was coming for you. With Karkat, that’s such a non-issue it’s like the issue dined and dashed, no bill and no tip, vanished into the wind. You can hear Karkat stomping down the hall five minutes before he even gets into the room, and once he gets there oh boy he will Let You Know What The Problem Is. Why is Dave always provoking Karkat? Literally just to hear him yell because it’s so goddamn refreshing to know exactly with 100% certainty what someone is thinking, no irony, no bullshit, just genuine fucking refreshing annoyance. And for Karkat, well here’s the guy he’s always wanted to be, right? Cool and suave, the romcom hero who could smooth talk the paint off a wall. Only, Dave isn’t actually cool in the way he pretends to be, he’s not this smooth suave hero, he’s not even just a hero. He can’t be. He’s just…a kid. A kid like Karkat who has issues like Karkat and talks just as much when he’s nervous as Karkat and he’s relatable even though he’s trying not to be. He’s trying so hard to be what society wants from him he wants to be the tough guy with the sword but he’s just so not and that’s so refreshing! Karkat realizes he’s not the only one who’s trying to live up to some buttfuck impossiblestandards and he realizes…that’s okay. He doesn’t have to be anything he’s not. And they figure that out together.

So pardon me if I don’t understand how you can put Dave with John, or Jade, because they don’t fit. The narrative literally doesn’t benefit in any way for them to fit, and if it’s your personal preference then by all means go for it who am I to stop you, but there is no benefit to them being together. They will not grow from it, John is explicitly someone who doesn’t seem to focus or care much about romance even? And Jade has no concept of anything Dave has gone through, she couldn’t even begin to understand. Same with Terezi and Karkat, or Gamzee and Karkat or John and Karkat or whatever, Terezi likes quadrants. They make sense to her and she enjoys them, Karkat cannot bring himself to deal with with that and they’re so much happier as just friends. I’m not even getting into Gamzee, I’m not even gonna dip my toe into that discourse because everyone likes different characters for different reasons and I won’t begrudge you of that so I’m just gonna stay away. So again, if you ship those then that’s fine! Go for it! This is just an analysis of why the narrative, in my personal perspective, supports DaveKat and why I personally think they are good and healthy for each other and help each other grow as people.

Having grown up in Norway, which in many ways is a similar country to Scotland, I have practically no doubts Scotland /can/ survive as an independent nation.

(Obviously I also have plenty of reasons why Scotland /should/ be independent, but that’s not the topic of this post)

Growing up, I was taught in school about how Norway was treated as just another region of Denmark, and then later ruled by Sweden, for a total of about 500 years. Since going independent, Norway’s gone from being one of the poorest countries in Europe to being one of the richest in the world. And sure, oil had a great deal to do with that, but Scotland’s got about the same amount of oil as Norway does, and a roughly similar population.

Basically, I’m seeing a lot of parallels here, and I’m convinced if Norway could go independent and succeed, Scotland can as well

as all my jewish followers and friends know, we have a holiday coming up! the featival of purim is this sunday. purim celebrates hidden miracles and hidden beauty and hidden saviours. there’s a lot of hiding. that’s why we dress up!

i’m aware that the vast majority of gentiles and a lot of jews don’t fully know the story of purim, which is recorded in the scroll of esther, or megillat esther. the megillah’s my favourite story, and has so many amazing midrashim (bit like rabbinical fanfiction) that i study year round. this story, which is the story of how a young jewish woman saved our people from a genocide, has a lot of parallels with our current political situation in the u.s., so i thought now would be a great time to tell the story!

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anonymous asked:

On a scale of 1 to 10 how likely do you think is the possibility of Sheith being canon? - Sincerely, a very distraught Sheith shipper who doesn't know whether she should trust the overwhelming staff support for Sheith as something more or just bait.

oh i think theres a good chance actually! i wouldnt believe that if not for 1 korrasami and 2 the staff already voicing that lgbt representation is something important to them that they’d like to add. sheith has a lot of backing from staff, both the writers and vas. and its nice to see that, even with some fans demanding that staff stop “withholding information” and outright writing callout posts about even the showrunner and episode directors for supporting shieth, that they haven’t stopped. there seems to be this general sentiment that the staff owes those kinds of fans something when?? its the writers’ story not theirs? and im glad they’ve made it clear that they aren’t willing to compromise decisions they’ve already made in the writing to suit what’s popular (see: “space mom” allura). 

so anyway: what’s done is done. and from what we have, i think season 2 basically establishes two potential love interests for keith: Shiro and allura. both are kinda unpopular with a lot of the fandom, but based on character interactions so far theyre the two that make the most sense to me. so anyway, i think that sheith has just as good a shot as kallura, which fans are already recognizing as something possibly romantic. There’s a bunch of parallels in their interactions i really like: 

  • shiro and allura are both represented as opposite sides of the scale in reaction to keith’s galra reveal. or, on a scale of allura to shiro, how well do you handle keith being galra after youve gotten close to him?
  • they both hug keith goodbye in this private moment to see him off before a dangerous mission. these scenes also both relate to keith being galra—shiro showing his support immediately after bom, and allura apologizing for her (quite understandable) reaction
  • both ships have an episode where they’re separated from the team and get a lot of one on one character development—see arc of traujeer  and across the universe/blade of marmora 
  • keith is the one who reassures both shiro and allura that the team needs them–who would open wormholes? and Nothing is gonna happen 

so anyway, in terms of which pairing i think is most likely, its either of those two, and id be happy with either ;;    but some other things shieth has going for it: 

  • its the ship i can most easily see being lgbt representation 
  • they already have an established backstory, one that we havent even explored yet, and we know whatever happened it was monumental enough that keith says shiro literally changed his life 
  • shiro is the person keith most desperately wants to see. out of everyone, lying there dying on the floor, the person he wants is shiro. whether you see it as platonic or romantic, its obvious that 1 keith loves him and 2 shiro is the most important person in his life. he doesnt even stay for his dad, but he does chase after the fake shiro
  • seems like theyre fated to keep getting separated and then reuniting, i dunno that seems pretty fairytale to me 
  • keith’s intro scene being his rescue of shiro. right when we first meet keith, we automatically associate him with shiro 
  • shiro wants keith to pilot black, and they already both share a mental link with her 
  • keith’s first and last lines right now are both “Shiro”
  • shiro seeing keith’s hallucinations in bom is, to me, the most deeply interpersonal, intimate scene in the entire series. its one thing to talk to another character about your feelings, but its another to be right there with them in their head. shiro saw a part of him that i dont think anyone else ever will 
  • i talked about this in my hug post a bit but while keith kinda represents this galra side of shiro (he’s the right arm of voltron and shiro’s right arm is also galra) it seems like shiro represents keith’s humanity. keith is humanized by his compassion and vulnerability with shiro. shiro is basically shown to be the one thing tying keith to earth–his family was gone, and he really had no other friends. he was lost without the garrison. after shiro was taken he had nothing left. he’s one of the only paladins who never expresses being homesick. Whatever good memories he had of earth, im guessing shiro was a big part of them. and shiro is the one there when keith finds out he’s galra, is the first one to reassure him. 
  • they mirror each other in a lot of their scenes 
  • seems to get a lot of staff support 

anyway i think it has a pretty fair shot, but that’s just my take on it. as for queer baiting in general, im already seeing people talk about that, but like…we’re 24 or so episodes into a 78 confirmed episode series. major ships aren’t gonna be cannon for a while now, so i think its best to wait a little and give some more time for relationships to develop. korrasami wasnt even a thing until the very end. and while i dont think that will be the case here, i think we just need to give it a little more time. id like to believe theyre sincere about lgbt representation, and would rather them take their time to develop it properly than get something just thrown together and feel like my identity was just reduced to a stereotype 

“I’m the Chosen One, deal with it!”

Sooo I recently (finally!!) caught up on Korra Books 3 & 4, and fell hard in love with the show again. <3

obviously this means I need an AU with Korra as a Jedi - not sure whether sleeveless tunics fit into the Jedi uniform code, but if anyone was going to wear an unconventional uniform anyway, you know it would be the Avatar Chosen One.

inspired by matereya’s amazing Star Wars/Korra AU’s, of course!! ;D

onefangirlamongmany  asked:

Which of the songs from the Hamilton soundtrack would you say are house themes? (I just finished listening to it and hnnnnnnnggggggggg.) Personally, 'My Shot' seems very much a gryffindor song.

(Yeah, My Shot could be Gryffindor, but it’s the musical’s mantra. It’s Alex’s lifeline, what everyone comes back to. And I have a lot to say on how that parallels with him literally throwing away his shot in the end, but that’s not the point of this post)

Gryffindor:

Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)

SUCH A KICK ASS SONG

You see Alex caught in the middle of EVERYTHING in this battle. Winning Yorktown means freedom for America and France. It means liberation for slaves and it means so much more than just proving himself. Alex is fighting at Yorktown for and with other people, not just because of his own shot. Eliza needs him, future Phillip needs him, his men, Washington, and the whole country need him. This is his moment of selflessness and bravery. It’s incredible. 

Hufflepuff:

Take a Break

Because it focuses on family. It also emphasizes Alex’s hard work ethic and loyalty to his project. It’s sweet and Phillip raps and it makes me go awwww and I love it. Hufflepuff for sure. 

Ravenclaw:

History Has It’s Eyes On You

Set during a turning point in the show and in history, Washington imparts his wisdom onto Hamilton, who’s just been given his first command. It’s one of the shortest songs in the musical, but it holds the weight of history. Washington cautions Alex throughout most of the first act to behave rationally like a leader, but in this, they are equals. In this, Washington insists there is greatness in Alex, and that whatever may happen, history will be watching. 

Chilling and beautiful.

Slytherin:

Schuyler Defeated/Cabinet Battle #2

A period of seized opportunities and getting ahead. No goods or evils, just business. We CLEARLY see the distinction between Hamilton’s and Burr’s thirst; Alex intends on proving himself to himself, on building something to withstand the test of time, while Burr is more focused on the now, determined to get ahead and inch out Hamilton. Cunning and quick-witted. It’s just business.

 -Caitlin (Ravenclaw)

anonymous asked:

RIGHT QUESTION. 6 years is a loooong time for them to be separated. I still believe in Bellarke, but I have to imagine dynamics will have changed by then, personalities, all that kind of stuff. Do you think they'll ever be the same towards each other? Do you think it hinders the story, shipper goggles or no? Curious to hear your thoughts!

Their dynamics (although probably not their personalities) will absolutely change, in fact it’s already begun. We see Bellamy stepping into Clarke’s shoes in the finale as more of the “head” than the “heart” that he normally is. 

When we see Clarke 6 years in the future, she has a child and she’s more emotionally open than we’ve ever seen her before (the confessions on the radio) we’ve never seen or heard Clarke be as emotionally vulnerable as she was in that moment. 

Taking care of a child, most likely on her own, for 5-6 years (meaning she found this girl when she was 7 or 8 years old, has softened Clarke. 

I wouldn’t be surprised if Clarke’s relationship with Madi is meant to…serve as a parallel for Bellamy’s relationship with Octavia (when they were on the Ark and Bellamy basically served as Octavia’s father.)

However, I don’t imagine that a child will cause serious issues between Bellamy and Clarke, in fact, this would be one more thing that they have in common!

Also, I’m going to be honest because I see a lot of people worrying about the length of time Bellarke will be apart (longer than they ever spent together) but, and maybe this is just me, I am closer to a group of women that I met in January of this year (I literally talk to them everyday) than I am to people I have known my entire life and even some of my family members. We’ve visited each other at our homes, send each other birthday gifts and our even planning a Disney World trip for May of next year and all because we originally had one thing in common (we love The 100). 

Bellamy and Clarke’s relationship was forged in fire. The experiences they’ve shared…those aren’t normal. You don’t led a group of people together, save each other’s lives multiple times, take lives together, etc et. al and then have that suddenly erased simply because you spent years believing the other to be dead.

In fact, put yourself in the position of believing someone you loved was dead. And then, unfathomably, after years, you find that they are alive and healthy. Do you think you wouldn’t be overjoyed? Wouldn’t want to spend time catching up on everything that you’d missed? Wouldn’t want to….surround yourself with them?

There is no way that Bellamy and Clarke, upon discovering that they are alive, won’t finally make a go of it. 

I don’t think this separation hinders Bellarke at all, I think they very clearly set up romantic Bellarke in 4x13 and they are going to shoot us to canon-dom in S5.

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“I have brought peace, freedom, justice and security to my new Empire!”

Jedi Master Suyin Beifong and Darth Kuvira, because this parallel was just too strong to resist….. I love Kuvira and the Beifong clan so much (and also the Kuvira vs Suyin duel is one of my most favourite duels in all of Avatar/LOK. Metalbending skills for real!)

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Then why all this now? Just go.

If it were me, I’d be happy. Even if time has passed, even if our bodies have changed, even if he’d forgotten me completely…

As long as he comes back home, things’ll be alright.

For @yoursummerfrost , who asked for weather witch Nursey.  On AO3 here.


There’s something about the spring wind that always gets to Nursey, in a way that winter doesn’t.  It’s softer than winter, more coaxing than sharp.  It carries petals and rustles leaves and breathes life.  The wind in spring feels like the world waking up again, to Nursey, like the sky heaving out a sigh of relief that the winter has passed.

Or maybe that’s just Nursey heaving a sigh of relief.  The spring winds speak easier to Nursey.  The winter winds have always frozen him out, from when he was young, too hell bent on maintaining their sharpness.  Nursey has never been sharp a day in his life; at least, not in the way the winter winds are.  He’s jagged edges, sometimes, raw nerve endings exposed more than he’s ever been comfortable with.  But he’s never been a wall of ice, and no amount of “chill”s have endeared the winter to him.  

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IDK HIS SIGN BUT SOMEONE COME BE HAPPY WITH ME AND TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS OKAY

THERE IS A CUTE BOY IN MY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES CLASS AND USUALLY I CANT TALK TO HIM BECAUSE HE SITS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM AND IS RETAKING MY COURSE SO IS A YEAR OLDER SO LIKE I CANT FIND A WAY TO MAKE CONVERSATION

SO USUALLY WE JUST MAKE EYES FROM ACROSS THE ROOM LOL HE LITERALLY HAS TO TURN HIS HEAD 90 DEGREES TO LOOK AT ME AND I KNOW HE DOES IT TO LOOK AT ME BECAUSE (FOLLOW * FOR THE BACKGROUND INFO)

BUT TODAY

WE WENT ON A TRIP AND I MANAGED TO TALK TO HIM A LOT AND MAKE HIM LAUGH AS OUR CLASS WAS COPPICING TREES AND HE WAS DOING SO NEAR ME AND EVERYONE NEAR ME WAS LIKE MY FRIENDS SO I LIKE WAS JOKEY AND CONVERSING WITH EVERYONE AND YAY HE SMILED A LOT AT WHAT I SAID AND WE HAD A LITTLE CHIT CHAT AND TALKED ABOUT DOGS A LITTLE IN OUR GROUP

SO YEAH

NOW IDK IF I’LL EVER GET SUCH AN OPPORTUNITY AGAIN LIKE I JUST WANT HIS NUMBER AND TO SPEND TIME WITH HIM HE IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND HAS BEAUTIFUL OPINIONS

I SENSE A LOT OF CANCER AND GEMINI IN HIM IF ANYONE //WAS// WONDERING

* I WAS LATE INTO CLASS AND HAD TO SIT DIRECTLY OPPOSITE HIM BUT OUR SEATS ARE LIKE A U SHAPE SO WE WERE THE POINTS OF THE U, AND I HAD NOTICED HIM SINCE DAY ONE OF CLASS BECAUSE HE IS SO CUTE AND ONCE I SAT OPPOSITE HIM I COULD SEE HOW SUDDENLY HE NOTICED ME AND FROM THAT DAY EVEN THO I SIT BACK IN MY SEAT WHICH IS LIKE PARALLEL TO HIS SO LIKE THE BOTTOM OF THE U HE LOOKED TO ME MORE OFTEN WHEN HE NEVER DID BEFORE.

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#remember at some point Lex was genuinely Clark’s best friend #he was someone who Clark went to for advice #he was someone who Clark constantly defended despite his last name “Luthor” #they both saved each other multiple times #and fuck i’m seeing some parallels in Supergirl #they both start of as friends #Lena and Lex at some point just wanted their parents to love and accept them #they both betrayed their parents in the end #point is i think we’re all hoping Lena doesnt turn bad #and we’re probably thinking “eh, she betrayed CADMUS” #she’s good #but look at lex #he still ended up as superman’s arch nemesis #AND I SWEAR TO RAO IF THEY TURN LENA BAD #i’ll cry

this isn’t even necessarily about shipping ok?

Another Top 10 Destiel things that are far too obvious and beutiful.

Because only one post wasn’t enough.

10. The fact that I’m doing another post because there is so much material to work with when it comes to Destiel.

Originally posted by cheesypeeps

Look at them, this little shits.

9. Morning, sunshine.

This is important, some people want us to believe it was a joke but no one in that kitchen was laughing. Dean just said it like he was calling Castiel by his name, Sam didn’t say anything and Cas didn’t react, like nothing not even his glorious eye-squint thing. I want to hear it again, like one thousand times more.

Originally posted by constiellation

Domestic Destiel is the reason I wake up in the mornings.

8. You just give up an entery army for one guy.

This is magic, true love guys. Metatron had all planed and we all know it. Castiel cares about heaven, about his brothers, but Dean is always first, what a surprise. Maybe Dean is just a simple human, not important in the grand- scheme of things but when it comes to Cas he is the thing that most matters.

Originally posted by ksenianovak

He knows.

7. And Cas…, Cas is my best friend.

Dean has very clear who Mary and Sam are for him, but when it’s Cas’ turn he pauses, he doubts before saying the words ‘’ best friend’’, why? Is he trying to say something else? Are we in front of an emotional crisis?. What is really Cas for Dean? We will never know. We’ll always have ‘’You are my best friend’’ by Queen:

You’re the best friend
That I ever had.
I’ve been with you such a long time.
You’re my sunshine,
And I want you to know
That my feelings are true,
I really love you
You’re my best friend.

6. The difference between Sam and Cas’ relationship and Dean and Cas’ one.

I think this is something we all have seen in 12x10, but it’s very easy to see it in other episodes.

Cas and Sam are very good friends they are there for each other of course but their relationship is clearly less irrational that the relationship between Dean and Cas. This is something that comes with the personality of the characters, Sam is the logical one while Dean is more impulsive. Their chemistry isn’t obviously the same either I would have believed that whole ‘ Cas you are a brother to me’ speech in Alpha and Omega  from Sam that from Dean. The hunter and the angel share a more profound bond that makes their relationship more complicated that the friendly one between Cas and Sam.

 And I have never seen Sam saying: ‘’Personal space Cas’’.

Originally posted by route696

5. “Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind…. or forgotten.”

I don’t care if you ship or not Destiel we all can agree in this:

Dean really cares about Cas, he is his family. And I’m not buying any of that ‘’ Dean only needs Cas to use him’’ shit. Dean has said it, I think that by now is very clear that Cas is part of the Winchester family.

Another thing is if his part as Dean’s husband or as a brother. (I vote for the husband one)

Originally posted by flydestiel

I think Cas thinks the same about the brothers, I’m sorry but is very clear that Heaven doesn’t want him back but he has a home, a palce to return, people who care about him and really apreciate him and what he has done this far.

4. Protective boyfriends.

Yesterday when I was watching ‘’Lily Sunder has some regrets’’ I was thinking all the time about this, Dean and Cas caring and worrying about each other is nothing new but the way Dean storms in the restaurant after like five minutes is amazing. He knows that the relationship between Castiel and the other angels isn’t the best right now and he cares, a lot. Like I said before Sam was going to wait but Dean is not so rational as his brother.

 It’s the same we saw in season 11, Sam was worried about Cas being Lucifer vessel but he was able to control himself, and think rationally, and take care of Dean that was completly going nuts.

The point here is that they will never let anyone hurt the other, even if they are the ones who got hurt.

Originally posted by faramaiofnerdwoodforest

3. I won’t let you die or I don’t care if I die as long as you live.

This is related to number 4 of course, and is one of the main reasons I love this ship and believe so hard in it.

 This is one of the most important romantic tropes we usually see in films, tv and literature. You don’t give your life for a person at least that person is the only one you can’t see dying, the only one you can’t live without. We have seen Dean and Cas putting their lifes in danger a lot of times to save the other. 

Originally posted by flydestiel

They won’t let the other die alone, never.

2. Parallels that are just magic.

Well apart from Cain and Colette, there are other pairs in the series that reminds us of Destiel. For example:

In season 9 we have this couple, the monster version of Romeo and Juliet. I’m not still over the fact they use the sames lines with Dean and Cas and that couple who was so clearly in love.

Originally posted by mrs-novak

I was there, where were you?

Sam seeing Jess after her death and Dean seeing Cas after Purgatory, I know why this was okay but I really love this parallel. 

Originally posted by mishfortunes

The two hunters in season 11. They are not a parallel maybe but I like the reaction Dean has when he meets them, he is curious about them and well they are one of the best examples of a couple who lives hunting, the contrary of what we see with Dean and Lisa.

Originally posted by faramaiofnerdwoodforest

Helping the other to bury his past, being there for him until the end.

And the last one is from the last episode: ‘ Your human weakness’ I still can’t believe that scene, it is so clear that Isham thinks Dean is the same to Cas that Lily was for him, he really thinks this two are in love.

Originally posted by bubblemish

And he is not the only one.


Before we reached number 1 an honorable mention:

The church scene in season 10:

I have talked about it here, but it deserves to be in this post too. Dean’ s confession is just so beutiful. He just wants someone with him, someone to settle with and someone to love. He is no ttalking about Lisa, because that life wasn’t for him. Maybe he is talking about Cas, or maybe not. But is very clear he needs a person who understands him and he deserves someone who loves him as much as Cas does.

Originally posted by welovehaehyuk

And finally:

1. This old married couple or did I fucking miss a wedding?

Since the very star of season 12 we were all saying how married Dean and Cas look and the last episode was just the cherry at the top of this theory. Some people don’t like them being this way, so rude and angry but the thing is that love is like this.

Couples argue all the time, two persons can’t always agree and that’s okay because at the end love is stronger that all of that. I really laughed with this two at the beggining of the episode and we know they are mad at each other, mad because they care and they can’t cope with the idea of losing the other. These two are very impulsive but at the end they forgive and they understand the other.

Originally posted by shirtlesssammy

Just look at them.

yangonfire  asked:

i also think it's really interesting that the scene where we find out that blake used to love adam romantically, rather than just being his partner, is the same scene where we first see that blake actually loves yang. even though the type of love isn't explicitly defined, the parallel that's already been drawn between adam and yang by blake herself gives us MORE than a clue about /how/ blake loves yang.

oh yeah definitely, that whole thing was very much Old Flame vs New Flame in a lot of ways. and the whole set up, the deliberate choice to use ‘love’ (it’s used for the first time in a romantic context in the show, in that episode, but then followed up with a threat at everything Blake loves when ‘everything you care about’ would’ve sufficed), that it was running parallel to a Jaune/Pyrrha scene (this happens a lot in the show - Blake/Yang scenes getting parallels and similar story tools with Jaune/Pyrrha scenes) where there was definite romantic tension, it’s all deliberate directorial choices to clue in that you’re supposed to be making the romantic connection

and then the parallels, which had been set up in volume 2 when we learned how Yang’s semblance worked, building up but Blake making it very clear that despite the incident reminding her of Adam, Yang isn’t him - and we see that, even in their semblances. Yang puts herself in harms way for her semblance to work, which reflects her self-sacrificing nature (another layer to that is she dodges more when she’s alone. callback to their discussion in Burning the Candle, “if we destroy ourselves in the process, what good are we?” Yang tries to avoid getting hurt when fighting alone, but when others are around she can be of some ‘good’ for them there). meanwhile Adam has to put his sword in the way to charge up - similarly, he puts Blake in danger fighting the spider droid until he’s ready to make the winning attack. Yang is selfless, Adam is selfish. and the actual scene we get with the two of them makes it very clear which one actually cares about Blake as a person

finding out that Adam was abusive also gives some additional context to Burning the Candle. when the argument escalates to shoves, and Blake is pushed into the table, and Yang approaches her again, Blake flinches. she shrinks away and is clearly very surprised when Yang hugs her. that seems to be an indication that on at least one occasion, Blake argued with Adam and there was a point where she pushed back at him, went ‘too far’ and was punished for it

even their reactions to Blake leaving - Adam is angered and he’s very clearly possessive of her, Yang is just… sad. being left behind is something she’s used to, but what hurts her the most is that she’s never given an explanation

we’re given set up not just on how similar Yang and Adam are, but ultimately how different they are, and making it clear that the role Adam filled is now taken by a presence that’s much healthier and supportive for Blake

Fresh Start - Part 5

Pairing: Barry Allen x Reader

Featuring: none

Words: 1667

Warnings: none

Tags: @onceuponateenpanwolfian @moonlightbae14  @writingsofagirlintomanyfandoms @jade-cheshire @gothesimplethingsinlife

Request: none

Notes: don’t worry! It’s not the last part even when it may seem like it is. I don’t know how many parts there will be but I’ll tell you when the last part is coming. Thanks to everyone for reading it! Means a lot guys so thank you so much.

Originally posted by atravelgirl

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Luckily for you, you didn’t have much time next day to think about your date with Barry. It actually helped you in order not to get too nervous during the day. The dark side of it was that all that nervousness appeared the moment you opened your closet to decide what you were going to wear.

Your first thought, was calling Thea for some advice but you didn’t want to tell her you had a date. She would tell Oliver and you knew how he would react. And since it was just a date, you didn’t need your big brother to freak out like he would do if he knew about it. So you were on your own. The bright side was that you didn’t need to think too much to go to the Big Belly Burger. It had to be something normal and casual.

Finally, you came up with a pair of ripped black jeans, a blue top and a leather jacket, along with your favourite Converse: the white ones. Before you even noticed, it was almost 7 so you took a little bag and put the phone, wallet and keys in it before heading out. As you were walking towards the coffee shop, your nervousness started to grow, which made you feel stupid. You had only known this guy for a few days, it was impossible to have such a crush on him. Anyway, there you were, like a fifteen-year-old teenager on her way to her first date.

By the time you got to your destination, Barry was already waiting at the door. You were glad to see that he was wearing something as casual as you were: a sweater, jeans and Converse. He was checking his phone but when he saw you he smiled and put it in his pocket.

“Am I too late?” You asked as soon as you were in front of him.

“I was early” he smiled. “Are you hungry?” He asked.

“Starving” you admitted.

“Me too” he laughed before you two started walking.

“I’m so happy you guys have Big Belly” you told him.

“Who doesn’t have Big Belly Burger?” He said looking down at you.

“I don’t know…maybe in a parallel universe or something like that” you shrugged and looked at him to see him smiling like he used to do a lot. Like he knew something you didn’t. “You always have that look”

“What look?” He asked now confused.

“That look like…you knew something I don’t” you explained.

“Oh” he laughed and shook his head. “I was just thinking. It would be fun if there were actually parallel universes, right?” He asked.

“You mean like…one where I’m a boy and you’re a girl?” You asked raising an eyebrow.

“Well, that would be interesting” he replied with a laugh. “I mean one when we are…us but with totally different lives and even different personalities” he explained.

“Sounds interesting actually” you laughed. “You could be the journalist and I could be the scientist?” You suggested making him laugh.

“That would be fun” he nodded. “Actually…” he said after a few moments of silence. “I wanted to apologise again. What I did this morning was awful. Leaving you there without an explanation… I really am sorry” he said looking down at you.

“Don’t worry about it now, Barry” you smiled with a shrug. “I mean yeah, it was rude and I thought about killing you but I’m here now, right?” You said.

“And I’m glad you are” he replied.              

You looked down to hide your smile from him. The effect he had on you was incredible. You barely knew the guy and he still could make you blush easily. It was obvious that there was something about him, something you liked even unconsciously. But you didn’t really want to overthink it. If you did, you would screw everything up.

It didn’t take you two much to get to the fast food restaurant. Once you were inside, he insisted on paying. Actually, he didn’t give you much of a choice. Before you could do anything, he was already ordering your food with his wallet out. With a sigh of resignation, you finally told him what you wanted before looking for a table.

“So…” he said when he went to the table with the tray of food in his hands. “Bon appetite” he winked taking a seat.

“You didn’t have to pay” you said rolling your eyes.

“I wanted to” he shrugged.

“Thank you” you said.

He smiled at you before taking his burger and unwrapping it, while you took a sip from your drink.

“So…” he said after a while. “What about you?” He asked looking at you.

“What about me?” You laughed confused.

“You’re new here, nobody knows you…” he shrugged. “What brought you here? I’ve heard journalism school in Star City is good as well”

“Let’s say that Star City is not the safest city at the moment” you replied. You wasn’t willing to give away personal information. At least about what he was asking.

“You have the Green Arrow” he commented.

“You have The Flash” you replied back, making him laugh. “I don’t know…so many things have happened there in so little time that I didn’t feel safe anymore. I wanted a fresh start” you shrugged.

“What about your family?” He frowned. “Are they ok with this?”

“They’ll come around” you laughed. “My sister is really supportive. My brother, on the other hand, is still trying to wrap his head around this” you explained.

“So a brother and a sister?” You nodded with a smile. “Older?”

“How did you know?” You laughed surprised.

“Intuition I guess” he shrugged.

“Well, Mr. Intuition” you said sarcastic, “you’re right. I’m the youngest one. That’s why they’re protective over me. The only difference is that my sister knows I will do whatever I want to, despite what they think, so she supports me”

“Sounds like an agreement” he commented.

“A great one” you smiled. “What about you?” You asked.

“Well…my parents…died” he said. You bite your lip as he said that, feeling so sorry for him but, at the same time, knowing exactly what he meant. “So I was raised by Joe, you met him at the station. He’s like a father to me” he smiled a little.

Just by the way he talked about the detective you knew how much he loved him. It was obvious he was his family.

“What?” He chuckled.

“Nothing” you said shaking your head. “I’m just glad you had someone to look after you when your parents…you know…”

“Yeah…me too. He and Iris are my family” he shrugged.

“Iris?” You asked.

“She’s the friend I told you who is a journalist” he explained.

“Oh yeah, I remember” you said.

For some reason, you felt a bit of jealousy when he talked about Iris, which made you feel so stupid. You didn’t even know her! You had no reason to be jealous of a girl you didn’t know. Yet, there you were, wishing he was talking about you the way he talked about her.

“You like her, don’t you?” You asked.

“What?” He asked looking at you and then laughed. “No…” he shook his head. “There was a time, a long time, when I had feelings for her. But it was a long time ago” he said.

You were about to say something when suddenly his phone started ringing. He looked at the ID and excused himself for a moment saying it was from work. When he got up you kept on eating your burger as you thought about this Iris. It was obvious she meant a lot to him so you were finding hard to believe that there was just a friendship there actually.

After a while you looked around trying to see Barry since it had been a while since he got up to talk on the phone, but he was nowhere to be seen. You peaked outside but he wasn’t there either. Where was he? You got up and asked the cashier if she had seen the guy you were with.

“He went out talking on the phone and the he left” she shrugged.

Left? With a frown, you walked outside and looked around trying to see him but he wasn’t there. You tried calling him but you were sent to his voicemail. It had to be a joke. He had actually left you again and this time it had been during an actual date. You just couldn’t believe it.

Trying to keep it cool, you took your things and left the restaurant to go home. It wasn’t until you had been walking for some minutes that you realised that you actually didn’t really know how to get home from there. Just fucking great. Not only had he left you, but thanks to him you were completely lost.

You were going to kill him.

It took you three hours to get to your apartment and by the time you walked through the door, you were completely freezing and wishing you knew your address so you could have called a taxi. You took a hot shower and, after drying your hair, you went straight to bed, trying not to think about Barry Allen which turned out to be complicated.

You couldn’t believe he had left you alone twice in the same day. He looked like a decent guy but obviously you were completely wrong. You were a fool. Eventually, you fell asleep feeling disappointed and sad, ignoring completely the buzzing of your phone, supposing it was him.

When you woke up in the morning and saw the text you had from Oliver, your whole world trembled for a moment: Thea is at hospital. Immediately, you got dressed, took the car and made your way back to your city. Maybe you had class, maybe you had to talk to Barry, but it was your sister we were talking about, you didn’t need to think twice.