Next portrait is done! My girl Nina. I can’t wait to see them all together. I edited Matthias to have his name too. Each portrait takes long enough that I might as well just keep throwing them up as I finish them.
omg so much microfic. How about some Shiro & Ulaz & a panic attack?
how about it? ;)
Shiro comes back to himself with a panicked start, lungs burning as he struggles for air. His heart’s pounding, fit to burst right out of his chest. His eyes skitter frantically over a blurred nothing. Where - where - ?!
“Shiro,” the voice repeats, insistent but calm. Something squeezes his hand. “Shiro, you must breathe. Can you do that? Inhale.”
Shiro sucks in a ragged gasp of air, lungs heaving, trying.
“Good,” the voice says, fierce but hushed. “Let it out. Again.”
Shiro obeys. Inch by inch he breathes; inch by inch the voice talks him down. Inch by inch his heart stops pounding. Gradually his surroundings clarify into dull sense. He’s sitting on the dirt floor, back pressed hard against two walls. He’s curled up into the corner. He can’t move his hands -
No. His right arm rests palm-up by his side, heavy and limp. Only his left hand is being held. Long fingers grip his, and the slight tip of claws brush against his wrist.
Someone crouches in front of him, their face furrowed in deep concern.
“Ulaz,” Shiro gasps.
“That is correct,” Ulaz says, quietly. His yellow eyes betray no alarm, merely worry. “Are you with me?”
Shiro’s left hand is caught up in Ulaz’s own, the Galra’s grip firm but not restrictive. Shiro’s knees are tucked tightly into his chest; Ulaz is crouched before him, immobile and steady. Even squatting down, Ulaz is so much larger than Shiro is. His knees press right above Shiro’s own, and his larger form neatly blocks Shiro’s view of the cell door. The edges of the door’s active energy field shimmer brightly around Ulaz’s form, a purple halo Shiro will see in his dreams for a week -
“No.” A hand grips his chin. Shiro flinches, bucking, but Ulaz’s claws are gentle. “Look at me. Do not look at the door.”
“H-how are you here?” Shiro manages. His tongue’s dry, lips cracked.
“I came after you,” Ulaz says, as matter-of-fact as if he were merely discussing the weather.
Came after you. But the cell door is active, and locked. That means -
Shiro fights against Ulaz’s grip, weak and shaking. Ulaz releases Shiro’s chin, but remains crouched before him, still blocking Shiro’s view of the active door. Even so - “You s-shouldn’t be here! What have you done?!”
“Do not worry about me,” Ulaz says, sharp. There’s no sign of injury on his face or hands. Ulaz is unharmed except that he’s imprisoned here, too, trapped just like Shiro. “This was my choice. Shiro, listen to me. The rest of your team is coming, but your Paladins will not get here in time. Your captors are coming for you first, unless we can stop them.”
The brief hope winging through Shiro’s chest sputters, caught. He thinks about crying: not in front of Ulaz. He thinks about running: the door is locked. He thinks about fighting -
“My arm,” Shiro whispers. His right arm is a deadweight at his side, metal fingers limp and lifeless. He cannot move them. “They - they did something-”
“I know,” Ulaz says. His calm voice is a rock, steady despite the undercurrent of urgency running through his words. “I can fix it, but it will hurt. However, if I re-activate your arm, we can use it to get out of this cell and find somewhere to bide time until your team arrives. Your captors will not hurt you.”
It will hurt.
Your captors are coming for you first.
Not even a choice. Shiro laughs, the shakiest of exhales. “Do it.”
Pride flits into Ulaz’s eyes, chased by a clear measure of confusion. Maybe laughing about their impending demise and torture through one way or another isn’t the reaction Ulaz expected. Oh, well. Ulaz should’ve thought of that before he ended up in this cell with Shiro.
“Do you understand me?” Ulaz repeats. “It will hurt. The hard reset was not designed to be easy on the host.”
“I heard you,” Shiro confirms. It takes all his energy but he pulls his head away from the wall, staring back at Ulaz with determination. “Do it. Pidge and Hunk can fix it later.”
Ulaz’s gaze softens inexplicably.
“I will assist them,” he promises. His hand hovers over Shiro’s immobile arm - and then, for the first time since Shiro came to, Ulaz hesitates. “You are sure?”
It will hurt.
Your Paladins will not get here in time.
“No other way, right?” Shiro says, hoarse. “My hand can open the door. Do it.”
“Then take a deep breath,” Ulaz says, and gently - carefully - he takes the elbow of Shiro’s Galra arm into his hands.
hey guys ive decided to start making url graphics again! you can see the url graphics i made last year here. if you would be interested in receiving one you can like or reblog this post (it doesnt matter). I will probably only make a few of these (like 5) over the next month or so, and i will only be making graphics for urls that inspire me.
David realizing that Gwen picked up a habit of biting her nails from stress at the beginning of the summer, but now it’s at the point where he can almost see the skin under her nails. Gwen insists she’s doing fine and trying her best to stop, and David reluctantly let’s it go after Gwen nearly slaps him for trying to touch her hand.
About a week passes before David catches Gwen rummaging around looking for… Something. He asks what’s wrong, and Gwen immediately hides her hand behind her back. David manages to get a hold of her arm and realizes that Gwen bit the nail of her thumb so short that it was bleeding. Suddenly in a panic, David puts a bandaid on each of Gwen’s fingers, even though she is adamant that it isn’t necessary.
Five minutes later, Max pokes a bit of fun at Gwen’s bandages and she sneaks them all off behind David’s back. When he finds out, David scolds Max and this time, bandages Gwen’s fingers. She complains that she won’t be able to get any work done, hoping to convince him to let her take them off, but David says that if he switches around some of the planned activities, it’ll be easier on her.
The next week is a series of dropping things, being unable to turn pages without making a scene, and a lot of taunting from Max, but at the end of that week, David lets Gwen take her bandages off, confident that she’ll be able to find another way to let out her anger. He gives her a key ring, but instead of keys, it was decorated with five different coloured beads. He tells her that he made it so instead of biting her nails, she could spin the beads on the ring.
Gwen tells him that it’s a stupid idea, but David insists that she keep it.
The next day, Gwen is about to leave her room to start the day when she notices the ring of beads on the floor of her room. Relucantly, she picks it up, puts it in her pocket, and goes outside.
For the rest of the summer, she keeps the ring in her pocket. At first it was difficult to remember not to bite her nails, but she eventually kicked her habit completely. Not only because she never wanted David to put bandages on her hands again, but because she knew it would break his heart to go through it again.
bucky writing to his ma during the war and rambling about steve in his letters, answering her arsenal of questions about the two of them like “nah he can keep himself warm now,” “yes we could use more socks” “I’m fine, yes I’m getting enough rest” and “you should see steve, he’s massive.”
also getting steve to do a quick sketch to send so she’ll know they’re ok and together bc of the odds of that were slim and everything bucky is saying sounds so outrageous (tho he makes sure to hold back the grimy stuff like almost dying with steve on purpose)
if bakugou and kirishima grew up together, can we really assume it would go well? i mean, kiri was a bit like deku in some ways, and if bakugou's childhood relationship with /him/ is anything to go by....
I’ve actually thought about this a whole damn lot - in the sense that this is an AU I’ve been thinking about for months and for a real long time I was super ambivalent about it because it could have actually gone both ways? It’s honestly one of the reasons why I found the idea so entertaining, since Bakugou is a complete asshat this might as well have been the only childhood-friends AU that could have ended my ship altogether hahaha incredible, usually that sort of AUs are all about the fluff lmao
Anyway now that I have Kirishima’s backstory I feel a bit more confident about the possibility of it ending well! Ah, this is assuming they’d always known each other like Deku and Bakugou have, but to be honest I think it could go fairly well whatever period of their lives they’d have met? The thing about Bakugou and Kirishima is that they like each other independently from their quirks, and that’s all the difference you need between their relationship and the one Bakugou and Deku have.
Bakugou likes in Kirishima the strength to stand up for himself and speak out and not let others walk over him while still never putting himself above others, his confidence and his trust in others and himself; Kirishima likes in Bakugou his one track mind towards his objectives, his strength both physical and psychological, his “live without regrets” way of going about life - these are things both of them have always had, quirks or not, UA or not. They’re also things that with time you realize aren’t actually true about them, but the first time they met, when they decided that they wanted to be friends, that was what they saw - and I think whatever age they met, that’d be what they’d see in each other anyway, so I think they’d still get along. Kirishima even said that he doesn’t mind Bakugou’s habit of picking fights left and right!
There’s also how Bakugou isn’t the type to judge a person based on how far they can push their quirks at the moment/how well they know how to use it - even a seemingly silly quirk can be a great one when properly trained, he isn’t stupid enough to look at Kirishima’s hardening and scoff at it. And be it Kirishima’s insecurities or Bakugou’s bullying, I think growing up together and finding their quirks together (even training together) might have actually made both of them better, in the end.
A Bakugou that’s just found his quirk would look at hardening, the one thing that can oppose him, and think “this is a strong quirk”. And when you remember that it’s not their quirks that got them to be friends in canon, in this scenario too Bakugou would already consider Kirishima worth it for other reasons, and that would mean he’d have no problems with telling him that he can do better, he can be better - and the younger you make them the more this is bound to end up well, imho. Same goes for Kirishima seeing Bakugou start acting like a bully, I think. He wouldn’t keep quiet about it, Kirishima, and even in canon Bakugou does stop being an ass when Kirishima tells him to quit it so, again, the younger you make them the more this should work, for me. Kirishima would be inspired by Bakugou, Bakugou calmed down by Kirishima, they would have probably just started their growth way earlier if they’d known each other as kids
Then again, it’s not like we know for sure. All I know is that Kirishima has liked Bakugou since the start, even though he had straight out told All Might that he thought Bakugou was crazy, and that Bakugou has only ever bullied Deku just because he couldn’t read him at all and that made him convinced Deku was making fun of him, which is a problem he would never have with baby Kirishima