“Alright everyone, I know that this is a very difficult time for us now that Lance is gone, but we need to figure out what to do now that he is away. We need to find a temporary replacement until we get him back somehow.” Allura instructed. It had been a solid week since Lance had left Voltron. Tension filled the castle constantly as everyone took their time to cope with the loss of a friend.
“Why don’t you just take over piloting Blue again? You have experience flying her, you have a bond with her, it’s the quickest solution” Keith’s voice cut through the air. Everyone seemed to agree since she obviously had chemistry with piloting the lion. Allura pondered for a moment before she made her choice.
“We will see what Blue will allow. She has kept her barrier up since Lance left so we will see if she opens up for anyone and if she does, that’s who will pilot her. I don’t know if she will allow me to pilot her again.” She responded, standing from her seat. Everyone stood from their chairs and followed her as she made her way to Blues hangar. No one spoke as they made their way through the castle, it was too quiet for comfort, without Lance present to break the tension with some stupid joke that would annoy everyone but secretly they all enjoyed his humor.
Now standing in front of Blues barrier Allura held her hand up to it, seeing if she would open up to her. Nothing happened, Coran and Matt stood to the side, they understood why it wouldn’t open for her. She had been one of the team who had hurt Lance all this time. Paladin after paladin attempted to open her barrier but to no avail. The Lion sat, silent, responding to no one’s attempts to gain her trust. This was until Coran and Matt were told to try. Coran shoved Matt to try before him.
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“Ok so this case came in from a new deputy and they haven’t informed their Sherrif of our involvement yet however I really think we should look at the case.” Garcia informed you all as you sleepily shuffled into the meeting room.
“Great.” You croaked and sipped from the flask of ‘coffee’ in your hand as she handed out the tablets.
So I went on a rambling tangent to a friend of mine and came back to something about the two Black Paladins we’ve encountered, Black Lion herself, and Shiro’s title of Champion.
First and foremost: There’s some implied themes of royalty to the Black Lion, and the paladin that stands by her side. Voltron, when in its strongest form, has five heads, and Black’s stands above the others. She is the head of Voltron, literally and figuratively, and she is, to a degree, symbolically crowned.
The other Lions all have ears that are usually a mix of gray and one other color. Black is the only one who has golden ears- noteworthy, because when Voltron itself is form, those ears transform into horns.
One of the primary stated virtues of the Black Paladin is they are someone who others “follow without question.” This does not merely suggest force of personality and a strong will, but rather, someone who others reflexively turn to. In practice, we see this with both Shiro and Zarkon, with how their respective allies acknowledge them and look to them in situations of doubt. The first time Lance turns to Shiro, no one asks him to do so, and no discussion has been made about who’s in charge. But Lance defers to Shiro. When Shiro was incapacitated on his arrival to Earth, we don’t see a decisive leader between the paladins as much as they collaborate, all piling in their ideas and input as it comes up.
“So Doctor?” Amy asked swinging round the console as the doctor flicked switches here and there with a skip and and a jump. “Yes thats me” he grinned then paused suddenly “sometimes” he corrected before continuing with his jumping. “How many rooms are in this place?” she asked “Yeah, I found a door labelled ‘scone room’” Rory said pulling a face and the doctor shot him a look “What’s wrong with that?” he asked “I like scones” he said with an additional mutter under his breath. “Yeah, but it leads to questions, how many rooms?” Amy asked again. “Oh I don’t know um… a lot?” he said as if too many things where going on in his head and throwing his arms in the air as he thought. “Hang… on” he said pausing suddenly as if he was realising something that should have been obvious. “There’s something else… what is it?” he asked, the doctors voice had become caring and soft. “Doctor, what’s the room with the wooden door?” Amy asked curiously with a bounce as she made her way over to her best friend. His face fell. Why do all the latest companions keep asking? “Nothing, forget it” he said and tried to fake being the excitable puppy he usually was. “No” Amy said dragging out the letters in her Scottish accent. “What is it? Only door to look like its falling apart, so it has to be something” she said following him as he danced around the centre of the TARDIS. “Well of course it has to be something, it can’t literally be nothing, thats impossible. But it doesn’t matter, just leave it.”
“Right well then–“ she said before glancing at her husband and nodding. Before the doctor could stop either of them they had disappeared into the TARDIS corridors. He sighed and leaned his elbows on the console so that his head could rest in the palms of his hands in exhaustion. “Why Y/N does no one ever listen to me?” he muttered out loud.
“Amy?” Rory hissed as he followed her down the corridors. “He said don’t” “Yeah and when do I listen to him? There is something about this door and its important” she said. On reaching the door she reached out on of her perfectly manicured hands and twisted the handle. “It won’t open” she complained “Mind out” Rory said and she moved to one side trying to open it as well but still nothing. “Move” said a soft voice behind the pair made them freeze, look at each other with a sideways glance before turning around to see the doctor stood there. His face was forlorn, that sad expression he did when he was thinking about the past. “Donna found this room as well…” he said and smiled sadly a little bit “I really ought to hide it better” he mused. “Doctor, what’s in there?” Amy asked again. “Something I tried very hard to forget about” he sighed before stepping forwards and pushing the door open without even trying.
On walking in Amy and Rory saw the same thing Donna Noble had done all those years ago; dark and dusty filled with the same furniture. The TARDIS may have changed but this room is a constant. “Doctor… what is this…?” Amy asked “and who is she?” Amy pointed at a picture frame on the vanity table, it was of a girl with Y/C/H and a kind face. “She um…” it was as if the doctor was struggling to find the right words to explain what had happened, or didn’t want to. “Hang on, is that a… a cot?” Rory asked and the doctor smile sadly “Um… yeah.”
“Doctor, do you have children?” Amy asked and he shook his head “She was going to-“ “She being?” “Y/N she was going to have a baby” he said and tears began to well in his eyes. This regeneration of the doctor is much more open emotionally than the last one. “My baby” he added before falling on the bed, face first. What Amy and Rory didn’t know was that he had fallen onto your pillow. Breathing in the sent of your perfume that lingered behind, preserved by the TARDIS just like everything else in the room. “Doctor?” Amy asked carefully, glancing at Rory and creeping forwards to sit on the edge of the bed to place a comforting hand on his shoulder. His head rolled over to look at her, his eyes red and tear streaked cheeks. “What was she like?” Amy asked in an attempt to try and cheer him up. “She was… she was like a star… my own personal star that stayed with me. She was… she was Y/N” he told her before sitting up slowly to look at the pair. “We where going to have a baby… she worried it was going to have three heads or a space face” he chuckled remembering.
“Doctor?” “Hmm?” “I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say something like this has never happened before?” you asked and he glanced at you from behind the console with a frown. “You mean…?” “I mean” you said jumping to your feet, facing him and forcing him to stop jumping around and look at you. “What if its got I don’t know… three heads or a space face?” you pulled a disgruntled face “A space face, whats that supposed to mean?” he asked looking almost offended and going to play with something on the console. “Oh you really bother me sometimes” you huffed “you know what I mean!” he shot you another look “Time lord” you pointed at him. “Human” you pointed at yourself. “Baby” you pointed at your stomach. Tears welled a little in your eyes as you began to panic and your heart began to race. He saw the fear on your face and sighed stopping to walk round and pull you close into his arms and place a kiss on your forehead. “No, this hasn’t happened before… but I promise Y/N that I’ll keep you, both, safe.”
“What happened to her?” Amy asked pulling the doctor back to reality. “She died. She had gone to labour…” the doctor trailed off again as the tears over took. Amy’s hand flew to her mouth as her heart broke. “Y/N died… I couldn’t save her, the baby was too much like me. I killed her” he cried.
I picked a random Doctor Who episode to rewatch and ended up picking Closing Time.
I’ve always liked this episode, but rewatching it… I don’t think I’ve ever understood just how much I liked this episode until now. It has so many wonderful things in it.
It’s a Cyberman story that, like all the best Cyberman stories, isn’t about the Cybermen.
I really like James Corden as Craig, he’s a definitive aspect of Matt Smith’s era.
I also really like that Craig seems to be bisexual. When Eleven tries to kiss him (in order to prevent him from realising they’ve been teleported onto the Cyberman ship), his reason for not going for it is “I’m taken” because he’s with Sophie. He doesn’t actually seem at all opposed to the idea of the Doctor kissing him (likewise I love that Eleven is ready to full-on snog a man so he won’t panic that his life is in danger - the Doctor ain’t straight, lads), he’s simply taken.
Umm… LYNDA BARON.
AUNTIE MABEL IS IN THIS EPISODE.
AUNTIE MABEL sprang out of my childhood and was nothing but warm and encouraging about the idea of Doctor Who and Craig being a gay couple.
Eleven speaking baby is an endearingly comical highlight of Series 6, every time.
Stormaggeddon, Dark Lord of All.
Modern Cybermats! They’re a brilliant mixture of silly, ridiculous, and a wee bit horrifying.
That scene where Eleven holds Alfie and talks to him about the stars and the all the wonderful things he’s got to look forward to in life - Matt Smith always does killer speeches, but this is a nicely subdued one that always makes me feel good.
The episode centring around two men looking after a baby on an ordinary day subtly plays with gender norms quite well, too. Eleven buys Craig a papoose to wear and these things are presented as totally normal for men (I work in a primary school with a number of male teachers who are fathers and they often talk about their experiences out in public and how our facilities and attitudes when it comes to caregiving for babies is still considered to be a thing women do - things like nappy-changing facilities being in toilets for women but not men, for instance - so these basic things being normalised is a small yet important detail in the episode).
Amy and Rory’s cameo is a ridiculously coincidental moment, but it’s really emotional to see Eleven back away so they won’t see him because he knows he needs to stay out of their lives - even after 200 years have passed for him and he’s been waving to them throughout history.
The Power of Love™ ending that is just so quintessentially Doctor Who.
Craig literally manages to fight back against the Cybermen and prevent them from converting him because he hears Alfie crying and honestly that is just wonderful to watch.
The writing isn’t pretentious about it either. Eleven tries to explain Craig’s actions with scientific technobabble and Craig says he “blew them up with love”.
Doctor Who owns its cheesy resolutions like that and it’s fab because in what way is a technobabble explanation better? Blowing up the Cybermen with love means something, no matter how simplistic and sentimental a narrative it is.
The scene with River at the end.
Just Alex Kingston’s incredible acting, really, and how you can tell where we are in River’s timeline from her performance.
Holy fuck the Silence. They’re so creepy, and one of my favourite monsters in the show. I love any episode where they appear.
The horror factor of the last scene and how River is overpowered makes her reclamation of agency and Amy killing Kovarian in the next episode both really satisfying to watch and sets the stage for some really interesting developments in Series 7.
THE CLIFFHANGER leading straight into The Impossible Astronaut, the reveal, at last, that it was indeed River in the astronaut suit.
Like… yeah, this is a really bloody good episode that hits all the right beats for me.
(Just finished watching the latest GT Live stream, haven’t
done that in a while, and wow, super appropriate for this chapter with MadPat,
as Matt and Steph went insane trying to figure out TJoC! Also keep in mind that
my little joking/serious headcanon is that MadPat is secretly Scott Cawthon…)
Matthew yelps when he sees his doppelganger, but a curious look
plays across his face as he studies the other Matthew. The golden streak
in Host’s hair fades a bit, and Wilford jumps up to help him into a seat. “Settle down there,
buddy. You’ve really worn yourself out tonight.”
Mark watches the animatronics closely. They seem to have
shut down, reverting back to their original poses as if they’re standing
on-stage at the restaurant. Convinced that the giant robots are no longer a
threat, he turns back to MadPat. “You. I thought you burned to death in that
Mad shrugs his shoulders a bit and holds up his hands. “Apparently
not…” His eyes go wide with an insane stare. “I just came along to watch the
show. Such a shame that it had to end so quickly. It was getting good there for
a minute.” He hops up from his chair and steps over to Matthew’s bedside. “So
nice to finally meet you in person.” Mad offers Matt his hand.
“You’re a crazy murderer,” Matthew says, inching away.
“You’re correct,” MadPat croons. “But I’m not feeling quite
so murder-y at the moment. Not with those two involved,” Mad points at Wilford and
Host. “Honestly, they’re much scarier than I am.”
Mark looks down at Nathan on the floor and back up at
MadPat. “Don’t you care about him?”
Mad shakes his head, a disturbing grin pulling at the corner
of his mouth. “Why should I care about that useless puppet? I’ve got better
things to do, like tease an entire fanbase with another game, two books, and a
movie.” He shrugs and heads for the window. “I’ll see you in your nightmares,”
MadPat says to Matthew and slips out the window. Mark rushes over and peers out
to find that the Ego has disappeared.
“Well, he’s freaky,” Mark mutters more to himself than to
any of the others. Matthew nods, and the Host leans his head back against the
wall. “Are you alright there, Host?”
“The next time Mark needs someone to deal with a
psychopath whose abilities deal with causing others to go insane, maybe don’t
bring along the Ego with the most pent-up emotional issues.” He gets up. “The
Host is going to go to his room now. Will the others be able to fair well
Wilford nudges Nate’s hand with his foot. “Other than
knowing how to deal with this one… I assume we can get the animatronics back to
Freddy’s now that they’re… ah, out of commission.” He walks over and flicks
Freddy’s nose. The animatronic lurches at him, and Wilford jumps back. But the
robot just goes back to its original position, and Warfstache makes an insulted
face. “Why you…” He’s about to start firing shots when he feels Host sending
angered thoughts of “Don’t you dare” in his direction.
Mark laughs and shakes his head. “You two are ridiculous.”
Nathan wakes up in a place that he doesn’t recognize with
what feels like a hundred tubes and wires attached to him. He pulls the
breathing mask off his face and tries to sit up only to be forced down by a
strong pair of hands. “Let go of me!” He fights against this unknown person
until he sees Mark’s face. “Mark?”
“No, I’m a doctor, Dr. Iplier. I’m one of Mark’s Egos. Do
you know what that is? Do you, um, even know who you are?” the Doctor asks in a
quick stream of consciousness.
Nate blinks. “Not another one.”
Dr. Iplier steps back and makes a face. “How dare—,” he
starts, but Mark rushes in, cutting him off.
“Nate!” He grabs the other young man’s shoulder and smiles. “We
thought we’d lost you, buddy!”
Nathan rubs at his eyes. “God, I’ve got a headache.”
“Yeah, we had to use cognitive recalibration to bring you
back.” Mark smirks. “In other words, we hit you really hard on the head.”
“Well, I guess that explains it.” Nate shudders. “What
exactly happened to me?”
Mark crosses his arms over his chest and leans back. “We
were sort of hoping you could tell us. We’re pretty sure you were possessed by
a figment who calls himself the Puppet, though when he was controlling you, he
called himself Natemare.” Nate just stares up at Mark, obviously not following.
“You mean you don’t remember any of it?” Nate shakes his head, and Mark sighs,
biting his lower lip.
“What about Matt?” Nate asks.
“He went home yesterday morning to see Steph,” Mark answers.
“But he’s fine. I promise.”
Nate sighs and lets his head drop against the pillow again. “Tell
me that whatever happened to me is over.”
Mark shrugs. “Honestly, Nate, I have no idea.”
(I can assure you that it is most definitely not over…)
1.) “What do you want from me?”
“I want you to find my son!”
2.) “What do you think happened here?”
“Don’t ask me that question.”
3.) “Wheres the flamethrower?”
4.)“Trust me, I’m just as clueless as you are.”
5.) “You think you can just steal from me, boy?”
6.) “This shit just keep getting weirder.”
“Lets just keep going.”
7.) “What did I just say? One at a damn time.”
8.) “Why do I even try with you? Sometimes I just wish…”
9.) “Anybody home?”
“What’s the password?”
10.) “You don’t have many friends do you?”
“Never felt the need to make any.”
11.) “Who names their child after a number?”
“I think you’re missing the point here.”
12.) “We’re running low on time.”
“Time doesn’t exist.”
13.) You live in a Utopian society, but the problems aren’t with the structure of the society, but at home. Perhaps your grandmother is dying of old age and she’s the last living relative that you know in your family. Maybe despite the peacefulness of life you wish for a thrill. Maybe you struggle with loneliness as your only friend is the robotic servent who practically raised you by itself. Maybe life is as good as it gets and the story is just about you enjoying the protection and peace that your life encompasses.
14.) “Man, I almost feel bad for ruining your life.”
15.) “Do whatever you want. This is the only life you’re going to get so you might as well live it the only way you can.“
16.) “It’s just as our parents taught us. We do what we can with what we have. And if we can’t do anything or if we don't have anything then we keep trying. That’s how this works.”
17.) “Stop questioning me and do what I say!”
18.) “This won’t end well.”
“Don’t jinx us.”
19.) “Put the fork down and we can all walk away from this peacefully.”
20.) “Your ignorance knows no bounds.”
21.) “I am five hundred years too old for this shit.”
“And yet you don’t look a day over two hundred.”
“Stop trying to butter me up.”
22.) “I trust only what I can see.”
“If so, then you are only limiting yourself to an extremely narrow view of life.”
23.) “Just be open. That is one of the many ways.”
“Can you tell me another way because I don’t understand what that means.”
24.) “So let me get this straight. We’re about to ask a princess to help us?”
“Technically she’s the Queen, but yeah, that’s the plan.”
“How are we about to do that smart guy?”
“She owes me a favor.”
25.) “I don’t think you understand what’s at stake here.”
26.) “Never trust a Shadow Elf.”
“What’s the difference between a Shadow Elf and a Dark Elf.”
27.) “You don’t really have a clear definition of who your dad really was. Let me explain.”
28.) “Everything is at random. Everything is random. Maybe that’s all we needed to know.”
29.) “Do you think we should trust her word for it? I really don’t want to go back to the estate bound and gagged simply because you gained a moment of conscious.”
30.) “Normally I’d agree, but I’ve seen what she can do. Trust me, it isn’t pretty.”
31.) “I can’t think of a better way for me to die than in your arms.”
32.) “You got me into this mess. You get me out.”
33.) “Trusting you seems to be a double edged sword and I have terrible luck.”
34.) “Remember what I did to your poor maid. You don’t want to end up like that do you?”
35.) “I made a gamble. Only time will tell if I made the right choice.”
36.) Write a store about two students. Person A appears to be the outgoing type but they’re really introverted and Person B is a mute, but one who chooses not to speak. The two meet by chance one day at Person A’s job.
37.) “Fuck that, I’m not giving you anymore money.”
38.) “Hey, did you eat the last of the pizza?”
“Why are you lying?”
39.) “You really should stop drinking soda.”
“You really need to stop telling me how to live my life.”
40.) “I understand your anger but that doesn’t mean you had to kick my car.”
41.) “Let me take a hit of that.”
“You sure? I thought you had a drug test later this week?”
“My mom just died, Matt. The last thing I’m thinking about is my job.”
42.) “Welcome to the Soul Plane.”
“Doesn’t look like much.”
“Thats because you don’t have much of a soul. Or maybe you just don’t believe.”
43.) “You saved me, Milord. I don't understand.”
“When I saw you. I saw the eyes of my grandfather. Those were eyes of pure kindness and compassion. You did not commit that crime.”
44.) You are the victim of a gruesome vampire prank which results of you being unaware of your new state. You work at night and sleep most of the day so the vampire is anticipating your demise. New Vamps can still eat regular food but it's no longer has the nutritional properties it used too. The longer newbies go without blood the more irritable and at worse cases, feral they become. One day your boss asks you to work someone else’s shift as they failed to show up to work. Needing the extra money you accept and leave just before sun rises. As you're walking home you decide to watch the sunrise, cue you bursting into flames for an agonizing period of time. Luckily someone, maybe another vampire or different monster, saves you by pulling you into an alley.
45.) “Here, can you hold her for me? Make sure not to wake her up. She gets really angry when someone other than me is holding her.”
“Then why did you give her to me?”
46.) “Trust me. I wanna quit too, but having to see her heart break because we couldn’t complete our job is not on my bucket list.”
47.) “Just because I’m blind doesn’t mean I don’t have other ways of finding you.”
48.) “The moon isn’t what you think it is.”
“If I had a dollar for every time I’ve had this conversation.”
49.) You are in the process of exploring a dirlect temple on the outskirts of your town. You used to explore here when you were younger but after years of mentally sketching the temple down in your mind you notice one day that in the basement there is a blood red mirror that wasn’t always there.
50.) One day while laying on the beach watching the sunset in the distance you see something too big to comprehend brushed across the surface of the water. You stand up in shock and look around to see if anyone else saw. Out of the few people who on the beach you spot a few others who look as though they saw what you saw.
Even the most ferocious terrifying creature loves Matt
Hes the guy you call whenever you need help with animals
A bird flew into your house and you cant get it out??? Call Matt
A gator is swimming in your pool??? Call Matt
Catch him @ ur local animal shelter just chillin with the animals
Or catch him @ the gym bc y'all know my boy is fit af
Nina always goes with him to the gym but she never works out she just stands next to him in cute gym clothes encouraging him and he loves it (and her)
They both have a ton of pictures on their phones of them at the gym ranging from pics straight out of a Calvin Klein ad to absolutely ridiculous ones
Hes super fucking competitive
Jesper: hey Matty i bet you cant bench press me and Wylan at the same time
Matt: watch me jackass
Speaking of Jesper hes the one that came up with the nickname “Matty”
The others swear it annoys him so they use it all the time but whenever Matthias gets called “Matty” his heart grows 3 sizes :’)
So all the dregs got a matching tattoo and and Matt becomes addicted to them
Pretty soon he has full sleeves on both his arms
He doesn’t get tattoos just to get tattoos tho they all have very deep and personal meanings to him and he only tells them to Nina
Whenever Nina is really tired she’ll aimlessly trace his tattoos and my boy loves that shit
Hes a big softy
Like a literal giant teddy bear
Don’t get me wrong he will not hesitate to fuck someone up if they mess with him or his friends but if you’re nice to him hes the sweetest
Hes a stickler about routines so he has his mornings planned down to the second
The only thing that will make him break his routine is Nina (she doesn’t really have to try that hard to do it tho bc we all know my boy is whipped for her)
Whenever he travels without Nina (which is very rare) he sends her letters and postcards everyday from wherever he is in the world
Nina and Matthias have a whole wall in their house covered in postcards from all over the world
When he first met and started hanging out with the dregs he was super quiet and shy around them (he still is when they’re in public) but as he got more comfortable with them he also became more outgoing and extroverted when they’re all alone together hanging out
So I feel like the dregs would roast each other all day everyday but they never did it to Matty in the beginning bc lets be real hes v intimidating but one day Jes and Kaz are going back and forth and Matthias drags them both sO HARD and everyone is so shook but now no one holds back when they wanna roast Matthias
Matthias is very observant so whenever someone is feeling bad hes the first to notice
He will also do the Most™ to make them feel better
Like a couple years back he realized that Jesper always gets really depressed and distant around the same time every year bc its the anniversary of his mother’s death so Matthias will make Jes this dish that Jes’s mom used to make for him all the time before she passed
Speaking of Matthias cooking, out of all the dregs he’s the best cook
Nina cant cook for shit so Matthias does it all and Nina just sits on the counter watching him work and stealing small bites of food
Or she’ll play music and dance around him trying to distract him and get him to join in
He can never resist her beguiling so there has been a couple close calls where the kitchen almost went up in flames
Kuwei came to Matty to ask for cooking lessons bc hes the only one of the Squad™ that lives alone and he can’t survive on takeout anymore
Matt and Jesper have a slightly similar style of clothes so every once in awhile they accidentally wear the same or matching outfits
Whenever this happens they become the most annoying pair of Bros™ to ever walk the face of the earth
They’re never like this at all when they wear different clothes but when they match every five minutes its just
Jes: “hey bro”
Matt: “what bro”
Jes: “i love you bro”
Matt: “love you too bro”
No one can explain why this happens they just go along with it
Kaz got Matty to watch Game of Thrones and now hes hooked
Every Sunday they get together with a shit ton of food to watch the new episode
Whenever the dregs do something ridiculous 90% of the time Matthias and Inej are looking on from the side silently judging the crew
The other 10% Matthias actively participates (e.g. that time Jesper dared Matthias to eat a huge spoonful of hot sauce and he did in no problem and then flipped Jes off)
Matthias is essentially Wylan’s bodyguard
Baby Wy is really quick to anger and sometimes that lands him into some pretty deep shit but its ok bc my boy Matty will fuck up anyone and everyone who would dare to hurt a hair on one of his friends heads
This one time Matthias, Jesper, and Wylan were all hanging out at this outdoor mall and this group of fuckboys walks past them and purposely trip Wylan so Wylan turns around and goes the fuck off on them
And these assholes are about to go and beat his ass when Matthias steps up behind Wylan with this intense Death Glare™ all like “i fucking dare you to try something”
You best believe when they saw Matty they turned and ran the other way
To this day Baby Wy still thinks that they ran away because of him but no one has the heart to tell him that they actually ran away bc of the guardian angel that is Matthias Helvar
I asked you first. You tell me your side and I'll tell you mine :)
Well I’ve already had this argument with an anon, for all I know it could’ve been you but fine, let’s do it again.
I’m not saying that Katherine didn’t go through her fair share of trauma. Her parents took her child away from her and then Klaus wanted her blood to break Tatia’s spell so she turned herself into a vampire and she came home to find her family slaughtered. No one is saying that that isn’t traumatic. But. I don’t think that means she went through more than Bonnie when the writers consistently entwine not only Bonnie’s plot line but her worth as a character with how much she can sacrifice for the people around her and how much pain she can withstand.
Like there are the actual life and death situations:
Not only does Bonnie die to save Jeremy because she loves him and so Elena can have her brother back
But on the Other Side she watches a man who looks exactly like one of her friends slit her father’s throat without being able to do anything because she herself is dead
When she finally comes back in season 5, she has to withstand the physical pain of being an anchor
and then she dies again when she had just come back to life in the same season
and then after being stabbed with an arrow, she sacrifices herself so Damon can see Elena again:
And then she and Kai have a brutal chess match
And then is in the prison world alone and becomes suicidal
And in the previous argument that anon said that it’s not as bad as Katherine because through all of that Bonnie had people in her life she could count on, the thing is though, she didn’t
Damon and Elena were too busy thinking about the future of their relationship,
they didn’t meet Bonnie half-way in the prison world and of course they ran out of time
Bonnie has no one to count on because she is the one that everyone counts on, the show uses the fact that she’s strong as an excuse, it’s emotionally manipulative for her friends to be like Bonnie you’re so strong so be strong for me so I can get through this, it’s self-serving and it’s the show not allowing her any sort of catharsis
What her friends do is they verbally abuse her or use her:
Bonnie was once again in excruciating pain because of the Phoenix Stone and Damon chose Alaric over Bonnie’s well-being
Or they only think of her when they need her to sacrifice for them or help them with something.
Bonnie is traumatized because the witches punished her by hurting Grams:
But when Stefan comes, the show doesn’t let them talk about her pain for long before she has to do something for the core group
Elena only realizes that Bonnie is dead when she wants her to do a spell for Stefan’s memory and the funeral isn’t even about Bonnie, it’s about Elena and Caroline and Matt
And then there’s the fact that we consistently see Bonnie brutalized onscreen whether it’s emotional or physical trauma and these are essentially day-to-day occurrences
And when Bonnie is finally supposed to find ultimate happiness with Enzo, Stefan kills him
Once again no one really comforts her, Matt legitimately just goes “Sorry” and then leaves and then the show forces her to watch her best friend marry the man who killed the man she loves, she’s supposed to repress her resentment and her sadness and her hurt to be happy for someone else because she’s just that strong and that good of a person?
And in season 2 when she saves Jeremy’s life, the consequence for that is Jeremy being able to see his ex-girlfriends which leads to her being cheated on?
Like the pain Bonnie experiences is daily and it’s per season and it’s emotional and psychological and physical and never-ending. It’s the small things, it’s the big things, it’s the in between things, it’s in everything.
Like I said before, the writers entwine Bonnie’s “worth” with being a support for others and by how much pain she can endure
DRIES: We’re going to see Bonnie continue to try to adjust to life in
the prison world. She tried to have Christmas, and it just made things
worse for her. She’s going to have a birthday in the prison world,
which is going to be worse. She’s really going to hit rock bottom
before she pulls herself up by the bootstraps and says, “You know what?
Let me get out of here!” She will finally find her way back, and it
will come at the perfect time for our friends, who are in need of a
friend rejuvenation and beautiful reunion. So, she comes back and is
emotionally scarred from it.
“"Bonnie will continue to be a loyal friend to Damon and a very
supportive person for him to lean on as he goes through the drama of the
second half of the season,“ she explained. “But their relationship will
also face its own obstacles down the road. Bonnie and Stefan are
grounding forces in Damon’s life. So for him to put his relationship
with Bonnie at stake would have really, really bad consequences for
Damon, for sure.”
By virtue of being Bonnie, she suffers more than anyone because the show has an obsession with seeing her get smacked down and smacked down repeatedly and refuse to allow her to live for herself.
With Katherine, the framing is different: she is a survivor with hidden vulnerability because she had to deal with tragic incidents in the past:
Katherine never ceased to surprise us as a character. She
was a 500-year-old vampire and for almost all of Season 1, we had only
seen her in 19th century flashbacks. So when she arrived on the scene in
present day Mystic Falls, we as writers expected her to be an
old-world, distinguished woman with a taste for the classics. But she
wasn’t. She was a sexy, modern-day woman of the world who wore designer
heels and drove an Aston Martin. One carving knife and four severed
fingers later, she quickly made her way into our hearts forever.
Using both seduction and good, old-fashioned blunt force
trauma as her weapons of choice, she was never afraid to do whatever it
took to get what she wanted. But over the years, we really got to see
what was underneath those snarky one-liners and cascading curls.
Katherine wasn’t born evil. Her life made her that way. Her infant
daughter was torn away from her at birth. She lost her entire family to a
rampaging Klaus. And she spent the next 5 centuries running, with no
real place to call home. The closest thing she had to a family was her
vast network of sketchy underworld contacts.
That romantic framing changes thingsbecausethere isn’t a preoccupation with seeing her struggle and
seeing her in pain, there is a preoccupation with humanizing her and redeeming her or
gassing her up as the baddest bitch of all, which means yes, Katherine went through some shit but she isn’t consistently tortured by the show.
Saw your personal post of your bookshelf and was wondering if you have any more books recs? (That is not Neil Gaiman's nor Terry Pratchett's 'cause I already added all of their books on my tbr list lol). I genuinely love your taste.
ahahaha I’m very flattered to hear that you trust my taste, thank you friend!! Definitely, definitely start with Discworld and Good Omens but here are some of my other all time favourites and some books that just stick out of the general mass to me, in no particular order:
the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - just an excellent freacking novel that somehow carried through as my main comfort book since childhood, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve reread it at this point but the last time was last December and boy does it just never lose its charm. Don’t get intimidated by the length, it reads very well (even my 9 year old self didnt find it boring hahaha) and the multiple interwoven storylines although complex are easy to follow.
Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham - tbh I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did but it won me over, it’s a quasi-autobiographical coming of age story about a shy boy with a club foot going through many of life’s ups and downs and trying to find the meaning in it. Maugham’s writing style is just lovely and it’s one of those books where you’ll find incoherent thoughts, fears and other emotions that youd usually brush off and not even bother to acknowledge staring back at you perfectly put into words and you just feel understood.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov - Easily an all time favourite. Religious satire, if you enjoy Good Omens, check this one out next. Premise: the devil comes to soviet-era Moscow, does some people-watching and throws a party. Bulgakov wrote it to be a caricature of soviet society but I think it nevertheless passes the test of time and will be enjoyable to anyone. As far as translations go, I checked out the Burgin & O'Connor one a few years ago and recommend that one, I found it does the book justice.
I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan - Another religious fiction. To be entirely honest I’m not yet done with this one but halfway through I do already love it enough to recommend it. Lucifer is offered a chance at redemption, the condition being that he has to take over the body of a writer who had just committed suicide and live a virtuous human life as him, with a trial period of a month to decide if he wants to commit to it. So he decides “fuck it I’m just gonna have some fun and also write a book about what’s it’s like to be me”. It’s profanely hilarious, witty and very thought provoking.
The Humans by Matt Haig - Similar premise to the last one actually, but in this case an alien takes over a scientist’s body and the book is his observations on humans. Not to sound dramatic but tbh this book cheered me up during a very unpleasant time in my life, it’s maybe nothing too elaborate and special but made me look at some simple every day things in a different light, and reading it just felt like a very good, long and comforting hug.
Momo by Michael Ende - Just a really sweet, whimsical and lighthearted tale about Time, Death and the dangers of capitalism. It’s a short childrens’ book that really sticks with you for a long time after you put it down and I strongly recommend it to anyone.
Century by Sarah Singleton - I generally have a huge weakness for cyclic storylines, and this one is just so aesthetic. I find it very similar in mood to a lot of Gaiman, like the Graveyard Book, Coraline, the Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s melancholic, creepy, beautiful, has a nice steampunk-ish mood to it and the kind of plot that is better discovered as you go rather than described beforehand.
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly - This one is a bit on the “Edgier” side of fairy tale retellings that I’m usually strongly against, but BoLT struck a chord with me fsr. It’s very reminiscent in terms of atmosphere (and kind of plot too) of Over the Garden Wall. If you like the “more serious takes on fairy tales” genre, check it out!
The Secret History by Donna Tartt - This book is just. So damn immersive and picturesque.
When a scene is described you feel as if you’re there.
It’s basically a book about a murder that isn’t focused on the investigation but rather on all the events and characters involved in it, it’s more an aesthetic experience than a far reaching story. I fell in love with Donna Tartt’s slow pacing and long descriptions and awfully pretentious but tragically likeable characters.
the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny - An imo outrageously underrated sci-fi/fantasy series by a friend of George Martin’s, about a dysfunctional royal family fighting for the throne of their world. It’s a bit convoluted and would be long to describe but the world building in this series is absolutely incredible and very unique and different from most high-fantasy, I strongly strongly recommend it to all fans of more popular series like LoTR or ASoIF or Name of the Wind.
Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko - Modern fantasy book series that I’ll forever have a soft spot for. The set up is that among regular humans there are some called Others that can manipulate energy and cast spells, and basically have varying levels of supernatural powers. These are divided into the Dark Ones and the Light Ones and both sides try to keep up a balance of good and evil in the world by surveying one another. That one too is a bit complicated to explain but it’s really interesting and the stories touch up on lots of different topics and have lots of fascinating reflections about morality done in an entertaining way through endearing and marvelously flawed characters. Here though, I don’t know how well the translation was done, sorry about that.
A general author recommendation is Christopher Moore’s stuff!! I’ve been making my way through his books to ease my Discworld withdrawal pains, and while I do still prefer Pratchett by ten miles, Moore’s books are genuinely laugh-out-loud hilarious and endearing.
1) I find it interesting how when the opening credits say, “Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck,” it says Damon’s name over Affleck’s character and vice versa.
2) The first character in the film we really get to know is Stellan Skarsgård as Gerald Lambeau.
You get that Skarsgård has good intentions, even though he is a massive pretentious asshole who hits on his students and judges people not based on how happy they are but more their position in life. A janitor is a failure. A community college teacher is a failure. Any other opinions be damned. He’s not EXCLUSIVELY a bad guy though. You understand his intentions are good and he does learn as the film goes on, but damn if he isn’t just a prick for most of the film.
3) The first tavern scene is a nice way of introducing us to Will and his friends. It creates a sense of community between them and South Boston, a sense of character for every member of the group, and their relationships with each other.
4) Matt Damon as Will Hunting.
Will is a character who you really get to know over time, and that’s very nice. At first he largely keeps to himself and we get that he doesn’t care about power or prestige. At first that’s a noble thing, but then we learn that this is born less out of humility and more out of fear. Will is a flawed character. He convinces himself of all the disadvantages of somethings, of the shame of it, because he is petrified. His world, his life with his friends, that is safe for him. That is home. And he doesn’t really risk to go for more than that because of his fear of rejection (identified by Robin Williams’ Sean Maguire later in the movie). I think this - along with the beatings he sustained as a child - fuels the aggression we see (and later hear about) when he picks a fight with an old kindergarden bully for no other reason than he just felt like it (and then doesn’t stop until the cops show up).
But Will is SMART. And not like a little smart either, but incredibly intelligent. He’s not afraid to show it either, he doesn’t hide it when he feels a need to use it. But he doesn’t brag about it either. He is not in his friends’ faces with it with an, “I’m so much smarter than you,” attitude. Matt Damon - the film’s cowriter with Ben Affleck - plays Will’s many facets very well. This film is incredibly well cast and most of the actors when you’re watching them don’t FEEL like actors. They feel like the characters, totally and completely. Damon as the lead is no exception.
5) Can I just say: I LIVE for scenes in movies and moments in life where some pretentious condescending asshole is put in their place totally and completely? It’s so cathartic!
6) Minnie Driver as Skylar.
Can I just say I LOVE Skylar, even if she is at risk of falling into the category of manic pixie dream girl on paper. Minnie Driver’s academy award nominated performance in this film just makes her so much MORE than that! I love everything about Skylar: how she approaches Will at the bar and calls him an idiot for not asking her out, how she is able to hold her own against Will’s sense of humor and occasional bullshitting, her laugh, her honesty, her heart! The first time I watched this film I was in awe - more than anything else - with Driver’s realism in the part. She and Damon have knockout chemistry that not only suggests to you their heat but their friendship. It is totally believable that they fall in love in such a quick time, and that is because they work so fucking brilliantly with each other. There is sincerity, trust, comradery, humor, an ability to be themselves around each other. I believe Damon and Driver dated for a while after meeting on this film, and that chemistry shows. I just…gah! I love it so much!
Will [to the douchebag from the bar]: “Do you like apples?”
Will [placing Skylar’s phone number on the glass between them]: “Well I got her number.”
8) The way Lambeau treats Will is…interesting, to say the least. At first it seems like he looks down at him. Like he’s his savior and he knows it. There’s a scene where after they’re done doing math together, Lambeau ruffles Will’s hair. Who the hell does that? It changes as the film goes on. You realize that Lambeau grows to understand that Will is truly an unmatched genius, but early on it’s…weird.
9) The string of psychiatrists Lambeau takes Will to see is very telling and very entertaining. It shows how smart Will is, but also how abrasive he is. How he scoffs at authority and the need for help. It’s a funny scene but it greatly tells to Will’s deeper struggles.
10) Robin Williams as Sean Maguire.
Williams won his first and only Oscar based on his performance in this film, and damn if it isn’t clear why. Williams is chameleonic. Yes you know its Robin Williams playing him, yes he brings some of his trademark improv comedy (more on that later), but you don’t SEE Williams. All you see is Sean, and that is incredible. Damon and Affleck took a character who could have easily been just the token mentor. The Obi-Wan to Will’s Luke Skywalker. But they did more. They gave Sean his own struggles, his own grief, his own desires, his own conflict, his own arc, and made a truly compelling character who can hold his own against Damon’s Will.
You learn a lot about Sean as the film goes along. You learn how his life is defined by his love and loss of his wife, you see that he is able to relate to actual people, that he hates the MIT snobs. The dude chokes Will out for insulting his wife at one point and is the first therapist to kick Lambeau out of his session. Meaning he takes his time with Will far more seriously than the other therapists.
The chemistry between Williams and Damon is on par with the chemistry between Driver and Damon, although of a fundamentally different nature. Williams as Sean is able to sift through Will’s bullshit, knows when he doesn’t need to put up with it, and is able to slowly make this character who is so afraid of rejection comfortable around him. I think it’s the key relationship in the film, and I love it.
11) Danny Elfman’s score in this film is beautiful. Elfman is known for his more macabre work through collaborations with directors like Tim Burton and Sam Raimi, but here he creates a hopeful and sincere melody which carries you through the film like a leaf on the wind. I think it’s great.
12) The scene where Sean is talking to Will on a park bench is somewhat iconic, but I think it is very powerful for one key reason: the filmmakers decided to keep it on William’s performance for most of the scene. They did not cut between him and Damon, they let his acting and his heart carry those minutes and it is incredible I think. You can watch for yourself if you so desire:
This is my favorite line from that monologue:
Sean: “You’re an orphan right. Do you think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been - how you feel, who you are - because I read Oliver Twist?”
People like to say they know what other people are going through, but unless they have personally they don’t have any idea what they’re talking about. Thank you to this film for having that line in there. I love it.
13) According to IMDb:
The lines in the scene when Sean talks about his late wife’s farting antics were ad-libbed by Robin Williams. That is why Matt Damon was laughing so hard. If you watch the scene carefully you can notice the camera shaking a bit, possibly due to the cameraman laughing as well.
14) This film does an excellent job in balancing the aspects of Will’s life. We get the perfect looks at his relationship with his friends, with Skylar, with Sean, and with Lambeau. There’s not too much and there’s not too little, it’s just right.
15) It is interesting to see how Will lets his guard down with Skylar in some regards while also keeping it up in some ways (namely, lying about how he has 12 brothers).
16) I love Skylar’s story with Will’s friends.
Minnie Driver is gold.
Lambeau [after Sean says they should let Sean go down his own path]: “It worked wonders for you didn’t it?”
Sean: “Yeah it did you arrogant fucking prick.”
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WHETHER OR NOT SOMEONE HAS LIVED A GOOD LIFE IS NOT BASED ON THEIR STATURE. IT IS NOT BASED ON THEIR JOB, THEIR WEALTH, THEIR LOOKS, NOTHING LIKE THAT. IT IS EXCLUSIVELY BASED ON HOW HAPPY THEY ARE LIVING THEIR LIFE AND HOW MUCH PAIN THEY ARE OR ARE NOT CAUSING OTHERS!!!!
I have a lot of strong feelings on this matter, can you tell?
18) I love how Will explains the way his brain works. How he says Mozart and Beethoven could just look at a piano and play, that’s how his brain works with history and numbers and science and stuff. It actually makes a lot of sense despite being pretty vague.
19) Get ready to have your heart broken by Will being a fucking idiot.
GODDAMN IT WILL!!!!!
20) Will’s whole monologue about why he doesn’t take a job with the NSA because of what COULD happen and one hypothetical leading to another is just a perfect example of him using his intellect to rationalize his fears in a bullshit way.
Will [in a session with Sean]: “Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A.? That’s a tough one, but I’ll take a shot. Say I’m working at N.S.A. Somebody puts a code on my desk, something nobody else can break. Maybe I take a shot at it and maybe I break it. And I’m real happy with myself, ‘cause I did my job well. But maybe that code was the location of some rebel army in North Africa or the Middle East. Once they have that location, they bomb the village where the rebels were hiding and fifteen hundred people I never met, never had no problem with, get killed. Now the politicians are sayin’, “Oh, send in the Marines to secure the area” 'cause they don’t give a shit. It won’t be their kid over there, gettin’ shot. Just like it wasn’t them when their number got called, 'cause they were pullin’ a tour in the National Guard. It’ll be some kid from Southie takin’ shrapnel in the ass. And he comes back to find that the plant he used to work at got exported to the country he just got back from. And the guy who put the shrapnel in his ass got his old job, 'cause he’ll work for fifteen cents a day and no bathroom breaks. Meanwhile, he realizes the only reason he was over there in the first place was so we could install a government that would sell us oil at a good price. And, of course, the oil companies used the skirmish over there to scare up domestic oil prices. A cute little ancillary benefit for them, but it ain’t helping my buddy at two-fifty a gallon. And they’re takin’ their sweet time bringin’ the oil back, of course, and maybe even took the liberty of hiring an alcoholic skipper who likes to drink martinis and fuckin’ play slalom with the icebergs, and it ain’t too long 'til he hits one, spills the oil and kills all the sea life in the North Atlantic. So now my buddy’s out of work and he can’t afford to drive, so he’s got to walk to the fuckin’ job interviews, which sucks 'cause the shrapnel in his ass is givin’ him chronic hemorrhoids. And meanwhile he’s starvin’, 'cause every time he tries to get a bite to eat, the only blue plate special they’re servin’ is North Atlantic scrod with Quaker State. So what did I think? I’m holdin’ out for somethin’ better. I figure fuck it, while I’m at it why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal, hit the hash pipe and join the National Guard? I could be elected president.”
21) One of my favorite scenes in this film is Chuckie’s reaction after Will says he’s going to stay in south Boston his whole life.
Chuckie: “Look, you’re my best friend, so don’t take this the wrong way but, in 20 years if you’re still livin’ here, comin’ over to my house, watchin’ the Patriots games, workin’ construction, I’ll fuckin’ kill ya. That’s not a threat, that’s a fact, I’ll fuckin’ kill ya.”
He is like the only one - between Skylar, Sean, and Lambeau - to actually get through to Will. And that is because he speaks Will’s language. It’s one of my favorite character moments in the film.
22) I do really love the climax of the film (Sean telling Will, “It’s not your fault,” for his foster dad beating on him and Will breaking down into tears) even if I’m aware of some of it’s flaws. This is a turning point for Will, but if he were in therapy in real life this wouldn’t be the end. Also most therapists don’t treat their patients this way. But that’s the beauty of fiction: we have this thing called suspension of disbelief which makes movies fun to watch! :D
23) I think the ending for this film is quite lovely. So many different ideas from earlier play into effect, Will goes to make up with Skylar (headcanon: he gets her back after much groveling and attempts to convince her he’s changed), and what Matt Damon said was Robin Williams’ best improvised line in the film.
Will [in a note he leaves for Sean]: "Sean, if the Professor calls about that job, just tell him, sorry, I have to go see about a girl.“
Good Will Hunting is a classic of cinema. It features excellent writing that features a heartwarming story, supported by incredible performances across the board. Williams, Damon, and Driver are all particular standouts, but the film is just so good. Perhaps a little overrated, but still incredible. Go see it!
you weren’t a particularly religious person before, Matt Murdock’s introduction
into your life sure had you reconsidering. Not necessarily because Matt himself
was a God-fearing Catholic, but more so because you personally needed to find
God and shake his hand for doing damn fine job on creating your boyfriend.
all, not everyone could land themselves a miracle in the form of an
intelligent, loyal, handsome sweetheart with backside to kill for.
A/N - omg I miss horse back riding so muchh. I miss my horse and the barn and the feeling of jumping a course perfectly. Ugh anyways, here’s yet another long auston matthews one that is kinda really nostalgic for me. I just reread the request now and realized that I read it wrong the first time so this is a bit different from the prompt but still has the same kind of elements?? idk I’m really sorry anon if this isn’t what you wanted but I think it turned out really good. feel free to ask again if you don’t like it tho..
for the anon request (again sorry I really strayed from the prompt): Hi! Can I have an imagine about the reader being an American and they are competing at the Olympics as an Equestrian and they are the youngest on their team. With either Auston Matthews or Matt Martin. Thank you 😊
You let out a huge smile as soon as you cleared the final rail and brought your horse to a loping, relaxed canter around the arena. He tossed his head and started fighting the bit because he wanted to be lazy now that he knew you weren’t going to do anymore jumping. You were used to your horse being a little shit after practice was over so you calmly sat deep in the saddle to prevent from him bucking in protest. You did two laps around the outside of the ring before bringing him back down to a working walk and letting him fully cool down. You smiled when you saw Auston leaning against the fencing of the ring with a look of awe on his face. You gave your horse, Jiggy, a big pat on the neck and he snorted at you because he was cheeky like that. You gave him more rein as you walked over to where your boyfriend was and dismounted.
“That was so cool.” he said, eyes wide and beaming at you.
“It wasn’t, really, but you have never seen me jumping in person so it probably looked cool.” you replied as you passed the reins over Jiggy’s head and loosened his girth a bit. After tucking the stirrups up and out of the way, you motioned for Matts to jump over the fence before passing him the reins. “Here you go. Bond with my favourite man, Jiggy, while I go pick up my water bottle.” You gave Jiggy a kiss on his neck and him a treat from your pocket. Auston took the leather reins from you nervously and looked at your horse like it was a three-headed monster as Jiggy was rubbing his big head against your body because, as mentioned earlier, he’s a little shit.
By the time you turned back, Jiggy was now nosing at Auston’s hair and your boyfriend looked absolutely terrified. You took the reins back from him and laughed, “Sorry, Jiggy is a nosy ass sometimes.”
“He’s… so… big.” Auston stuttered making you laugh hard as you lead the way out of the arena and back towards the stable.
“I mean he is one of the best show jumpers in the sport right now so yes, he is big. He has to be in order to clear those jumps and make quick times. What were you expecting?” you explained as you stroked the sleek black fur on the neck of your beloved horse.
“I don’t know! It’s just- well..” Matts blushed and looked down at the dirt path you were walking on
“Spit it out Aus.”
“Well, you are so small… and you are riding this huge animal that has a mind of its own…. Is that not, in the slightest bit, terrifying??” he admitted.
“Auston. Do you mean to tell your girlfriend, the youngest member of the US Equestrian team I should add, that you are scared of horses.” you stopped in your place and turned to Auston trying to hide the laughter behind your eyes.
“Maybe?” he admittedly sheepishly while the blush on his face went a deep shade of red.
“Wow, my big, tough, chill-about-everything, hockey player boyfriend is afraid of horses.” you couldn’t resist laughing at that.
“They’re huge okay? And they have hard feet that can trample you! And they can bite you!” he protested while eyeing Jiggy who was getting bored and starting to dig at the ground impatiently.
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” you conceded and start walking towards the stable again so that Jiggy wouldn’t get fussy and start acting up, scaring Auston even more, “Well, today is the perfect day to get over your fear! This is the first time you’ve been at the barn with me so you can get comfortable with Jigs.” you smiled.
Auston looked at you apprehensively and you rolled your eyes, “Look, Jiggy is probably the most important boy in my life besides my dad and I would really appreciate it if my boyfriend, who is a very close tie with said boy, could be relaxed in the one area of my life I love the most.”
“Fine.” he muttered and gave Jigs another look. You beamed at him and Jiggy just returned his own uneasy glare. “Why’d you name him Jiggy anyways?”
“Well, when I first met him he was being a cheeky little shit and was stealing the treats out of his breeder’s pocket. Then when I saw him jump he got so excited after landing each one that he would do this little thing with his back legs that looked like he was dancing. So his show name is ‘Getting Jiggy With It’ and his barn name is Jiggy.”
You walked into the near empty barn and smiled when the one horse that wasn’t out in the pasture stuck her head out into the hall. You turned the corner to where Jiggy’s box stall was and walked him in. You took off your helmet and ran a hand through your sweaty helmet hair. You quickly took off Jiggy’s bridle and replaced it with his halter before passing the bridle to Auston to hold while you took off the saddle. You heaved the saddle off of Jiggy’s back who gave a big shake, happy to be free once again. You giggled at your horse’s personality before motioning over for Auston to follow you again. You made sure that the stall was closed correctly because Jiggy was known around the barn for being an escape artist before taking the bridle from Auston and hooking it over your shoulder. You lead the way towards the tack room, pointing out the stalls of your favourite horses, and some of the evil little ponies that you were definitely not the biggest fans of.
“Hold on,” Auston said as you put Jiggy’s tack back on their rack, “why do you not like ponies? Aren’t they supposed to be small and cute?”
“Sure,” you agreed, “Except I have only ridden one pony in my life that didn’t make me think that they were all filled with rage for being small. The very first horse I rode when I was seven years old was a paint pony that was the calmest, sweetest horse in the world. Then I graduated from him and got put on this tiny white pony that the first time I tried to put his saddle on bit me, and then while waiting for my instructor before the lesson, tried to kick me even though I was standing perfectly still right by his shoulder. I have never ridden ponies since.”
“Jeez” Auston sighed, “I always thought that the bigger horses were more dangerous.”
“I mean, it’s not like all ponies are evil and all big horses are angels. I just prefer big horses because: one, they jump higher, and two, I feel so powerful when sitting on top of a thousand pound animal of pure muscle that is so in tune with me and follows my commands. It is the coolest feeling in the world. And I got Jiggy when he was just 3 years old. He was trained, but very green and I immediately fell in love with his sassy personality. Yes, he gives me headaches on multiple occasions, but I’ve ridden other people’s horses that are just so well-trained that they have no personality whatsoever. And I can’t imagine how that would ever be fun.” by the time you finished your explanation you were already back at Jiggy’s stall. He was circling around his stall, obviously impatient that you were taking much longer than normal to brush him and give him his lunch. When Jiggy saw that Auston was still with you, he snorted and put his ears back ever-so-slightly.
“Alright boys, let’s get you two on the same page.” you chuckled and grabbed your bag of brushes before opening the gate. You passed Auston a curry comb and demonstrated how to brush Jiggy. You saw Auston take a shaky breath before doing what he was told and you smiled brightly. “Ok, so just keep doing that in all the sweaty areas, just make sure you avoid any sensitive areas like spine, face, and legs. I’m going to go grab his feed and water, I will be right back.” Auston looked at you with wide eyes but you just gave him a thumbs up and left.
You knew that Jiggy was a sweetie at heart and you would trust him with almost anyone. You also knew that Auston just needed to see how Jiggy was just like an overgrown puppy before he warmed up to him just like you wanted him to so desperately. You had this dream in your head of winning Gold at the Olympics in four years and being able to have Auston waiting for you when you finished. That picture would not be as dream-like if your boyfriend was terrified to be surrounded by all of those high-strung horses. You thought about this as you gathered up the flakes of hay and quickly made the bucket of grain before lugging all of it back to the stall.
As you approached you could hear Auston murmuring to Jiggy, “I know, dude. I love her so much too. I know you probably don’t like some other guy coming around here and stealing her away from you sometimes, but I promise that I love her just as much as you do, and I just love seeing her happy. So if that means that I have to suck it up and talk to a horse like an idiot, then I’m going to do it.”
When you peeked around the corner, trying to hold in the tears that were prickling your eyes and not disrupt this moment, you saw that Auston was standing in front of Jiggy, with Jiggy’s forehead pressed right up against his chest in a display of affection that you rarely see Jiggy give to anyone other than you. You immediately felt your heart swell up in your chest and fumbled for your phone to snap a picture. You captured the moment right when Auston pressed a tiny kiss right to the top of Jiggy’s head and you thought that right then, you could never love something more than you did in that moment.
You watched for a moment longer before hesitantly breaking the bubble, “So I see you guys have bonded…”
Auston jumped slightly but still kept his hands on the side of Jiggy’s neck, petting the soft fur there. “H-How much of that did you hear?”
“Just enough to know that I have never loved someone more in my life.” you beamed at him and set the food down. Auston pulled you to him and wrapped you into a loving kiss. Before it could go anywhere you felt a firm nudge and separated due to a big horse nose being wedged between you.
“Aww someone’s jealous.” you laughed and pressed a kiss to Jiggy’s nose before going back to Auston and letting him sweep you up off your feet.
again… sorry that this is different then the prompt but I was really happy with this. up next: Patrik Laine!
I'm concerned about Jasper's Redemption Arc since cartoon crews meaning including the Crewinverse observe what the fandom does and we know Jasper seems to be the most hated character in the su fandom since people think she abuse Lapis when it's appears to be the other way around and complicated.
Having them pay attention is a good thing, I think, not cause for concern.
In the art book, when they talk about getting the show’s message out there, Matt Burnett explains that “[u]ltimately, the show falls into an audience’s hands, and they get to interpret it however they want. Your intentions can be wildly different from what someone actually takes away from an episode. Over time, I think that has helped us clarify the messages of the show
and really make sure the ideas we are trying to convey read loud and clear to a young audience.”
My discussion on Lapis/Jasper is here. If people are badly misreading the show (and many professional reviewers miss the mark on that abuse, not just tumblr fans), that’s a reason for the crew to present the situation even more clearly and directly. When Jailbreak and Chille Tid were not clear enough, they added the very direct dialogue in Alone at Sea. And since even that was not enough for everyone, I expect they’ll make things even more obvious when we next hear about Malachite.
Because, Matt continues, “The thing about Steven Universe’s particular message about
love and acceptance that I find most interesting, and, I think, can be
challenging, is the totality of it. Anything purely negative does not
exist in the show. The antagonists are never evil–despite the terrible
things they may do or the harmful views they may hold, we always try to
present another side to them and humanize them. With the comedic exception of Kevin, Steven can never bring himself to hate anyone. The ultimate solution to all of the problems the show presents is never violence, really–it’s education and understanding. Steven always tries to understand who someone is, and why they are the way they are, and tries to teach them what he believes in and why it works for him. In the real world, you can’t just get rid of the people you disagree with, no matter how immoral you consider their point of view. You just can’t. You have to figure out a way to inspire change in their way of thinking.”
And remember, that’s not just their philosophy when it comes to the characters, that’s their approach to people in real life. They’re not going to give up in the face of people mis-reading the show. Especially children. They’re going to reach out to those people and explain things in a new way, to make sure the story they’re trying to tell is the one people hear. And that story is indisputably one where Jasper, like everyone else, will get her chance to change and grow.