i seriously didn't expect to love you like this

There are so many things I love about Skin Deep and Rumbelle.

But one of my absolute favourite twists on OUAT is that their Beauty and the Beast story starts with ending a war. I… can’t really explain why, but the idea that Beauty in this story is not simply making a deal with the Beast to save her father (or -in some versions-  is basically being sold by her father who already made the deal with the Beast so he would let him go home), this Beauty is a peacemaker. OUAT’s Belle is a nobelwoman in a town under siege. A nobelwoman in a war council room, who is kind and gentle but at the same time has this incredible strength to her. She is someone who is not just capable of finding solutions that others wouldn’t have thought of (in this case summoning the Dark One) she is also the person who is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her people. The stakes are much higher than in any other BatB adaptation I know and that just gives this really interesting vibe to that very first scene. 

But it’s not just that it made (at least to me) Belle someone who is instantly a fascinating character. I also love how the Ogre Wars are something that played an extremely important role in both Rumple’s and Belle’s lives. 

I mean, here we have these two people who couldn’t come from more different backgrounds, born 300 years apart… and yet… war brings them together, in a way. The same kind of war, that so long ago ruined Rumplestiltskin’s life and ultimately made him who he is (after all if there were no Ogre Wars, he wouldn’t have become the Dark One). 

But it’s also interesting what kind of role they played in the Ogre Wars. Rumple was a soldier, who suffered because the nobels who ruled that territory (probably) couldn’t care less for their subjects. Rumple in that situation didn’t have any power or privilege. 300 years later he is the one with all the power, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that he finds himself fascinated by- and later falls for this young noblewoman, who is willing to give up all her privilege and her freedom to save her own subjects. Belle becomes what Rumplestiltskin once was (a peasant/servant, someone whose life is basically in the hands of their master(s)) -what fate he later escaped from!- willingly, so she can save people like Spinner Rumple and Bae. And I don’t think that’s something Rumplestiltskin saw many times in his long life. 

There are many important things about Rumbelle, and the Ogre Wars being a shared experience (even if from totally different POV’s - but imo, that’s what makes it interesting) is probably not one of the most important ones. But damn, it’s fascinating.

Voltron: Legendary Defenders- Galra!Altean!Keith AU

So, what if it’s Galra!Keith with a twist… he already knows he’s an alien.  He’s known for his entire life.

Keith’s father, Thace, is secretly a member of the Galra resistance.  His mother is Altean, a descendant from those who managed to escape Zarkon’s destruction of Altea ten thousand years ago.  Keith was born and lived on a secret resistance base for maybe the first five years or so of his life, hidden away on the fringes of the known galaxy.  From a young age, his father teaches him how to fight (as much as you can teach a five year old to fight, anyway) and his mother teaches him how to use his shapeshifting abilities to his advantage– both in battle and in normal life.

At some point, Zarkon discovers the base and orders it destroyed.  Thace gives them enough warning for them to evacuate, except during the escape, Keith and his mother’s ship is  damaged and separated from the rest of the group.  They go spinning off into deep space, presumably lost forever (leading Thace to think that he lost both of them), but in reality they crash-land on Earth.

Keith’s mother, once she pulls herself and Keith out of the wreckage, realizes that the ship is unsalvageable.  They’re trapped on an unfamiliar planet, who knows how far away from civilization– if the planet even has a civilization –and with only each other to depend on.  

And to top it all off, they seem to have landed in a desert in the middle of nowhere.  Wonderful.

After several long and harrowing days trekking through the desert, they stumble across a town.  Once Keith and his mother disguise themselves as humans, they find the homeless population and integrate themselves into there.  Keith’s mother learns everything she can about Earth, Keith has to adjust to losing everything he’s ever known, and consequently the next few years are very hard for both of them.

Soon enough, Keith’s mother figures out how to hack Earth systems (“Rather primitive, compared to ours, but we don’t complain about easy marks, eh?” she says to Keithek– no, Keith, who grins in agreement) and fakes their records so that they can really blend in with the rest of the population.  Her name gets changed to a similar Earth equivalent and Keith gets his changed from Keithek, his birth name, to Keith.  From there, she finds a job, they get an apartment, and things sort of settle down.  Eventually, they save enough money to even just build their own little house far outside city limits, where they can go back to their natural forms and be themselves.  (Yes, this is Keith’s wooden cabin-thing from the first episode.)

Except, then, the accident happens.

There’s a traffic-heavy intersection.  A drunk driver.  Keith is the only one who survives.

A combination of a concussion and trauma from the accident gives Keith minor amnesia.  His memories get… scrambled.  Some things stay, but others don’t.  He knows his name wasn’t always Keith, but he doesn’t know what it used to be.  He knows he isn’t human, but he doesn’t know what species he really is.  He knows he’s an alien, but all the memories he has of space are flashes, impressions, hazy images that fade even further as the years pass.

It doesn’t help that he’s immersed in Earth culture, living amongst humans who treat him as one of them, and there’s nothing left to keep him in touch with his heritage.  Nothing except a dagger, hilt beneath its wrappings inscribed with two symbols that he understands mean family but can’t remember why.  Nothing except a dagger and the tattered fragments of his memories, but even those are slipping away, and that terrifies him.

(I don’t want to forget, he whispers to himself, clinging to the sound of his mother’s voice.  He saves what he can, holds them close to his heart, but sometimes the little things slip through the cracks.

I can’t remember what Dad’s smile looks like, he realizes, and has to try very hard not to cry.)

Keith grows older, moves from foster home to foster home, and never quite manages to fit in.  He joins the Garrison, drawn to space and flight and he’s good at piloting, he knows this, and the first time he gets behind the controls of a ship he has a sudden image of longer hands wrapped around his, a gentle voice guiding him through the sky, and it was Keith’s father who taught him how to fight but it was his mother who taught him how to fly.

But the problem is he’s still too wild to obey the Garrison’s rules, too reckless and disobedient and despite his talent they still force him out.  He ends up wandering after that, but is still drawn back to the desert.  Back to the little cabin his mother built, following a strange pull he can’t explain, and then–

An alien ship crash-lands in a fiery explosion.  Keith goes out to investigate and turns out it’s Shiro, Shiro whom he hasn’t seen in years (they were neighbors, once, even friends, but then Keith left that foster family and they hadn’t crossed paths since), Shiro whom everyone thought was dead somewhere out in space.

Keith rescues him, meets three other teens in the process and somehow he ends up driving them all off a cliff.  But it’s fine, everything works out, and they escape the Garrison successfully.  Even if Keith is dragging along three more people than initially planned.

He doesn’t know why, but he tells him about the strange energy he feels.  About how he was drawn out to the desert, about the lion cave, about all the strange things that he’s found.  Then it turns out that Hunk and Pidge are veritable engineering geniuses, the carvings can light up like neon, and there’s apparently being a giant blue robotic lion sitting hidden in the desert for who knows how long.

(Ten thousand years, he thinks, and isn’t quite sure why he feels so certain about it.)

Flying in the lion is an adventure.  Going through the wormhole, even more so.  The castle, majestic and proud and oddly barren, is breathtaking.

Princess Allura, on the other hand… the first time he sees her, it’s a struggle not to let his knees give out on him.  Because she has pointed ears like his mother’s, eye-markings just a few shades paler than hers were, and perhaps Allura’s hair and skin and eyes are the wrong colors but she’s similar enough that it makes Keith ache.

She is what my mom was, he realizes, when she speaks to them of Altea and her people and what is ancient history for them was just yesterday for her.  My mother… was Altean.  

…I’m half Altean.

But he doesn’t tell her or Coran, in part because he’s afraid and in part because after he gets the Red Lion and sees a Galran he knows what species his father was.  The memories are trickling back, not quite clear and not quite sharp because it’s been over a decade but they’re coming back.  They’re coming back, slowly but surely, yet sometimes Keith wishes that they weren’t.

Because he remembers now.  He remembers that while he might be half Altean he’s half Galran too, but it’s the Galran Empire that they’re fighting and it’s his people who have taken over most of the universe.  It makes him sick that he knows, now, and for the first time in a long time he’s wished that he was human like the others.

(For a moment, Keith thinks he might hate his father.  But– no.  He can’t.  His memories of the man are blurry but warm, tinted with affection and happiness.  He wonders where his father is, if he’s even still alive.)

Keith doesn’t tell the others, of course.  He would never admit it but he’s scared, scared of what they’ll think and what they’ll say.  Terrified, actually, and half-convinced that they all would hate him if they found out.  It was Galrans who destroyed Altea, after all (and isn’t it strange to realize that Altea could have been his planet as well, that it was his father’s people who destroyed his mother’s), it was Galrans who captured and tortured Shiro, it’s Galrans that they’re fighting and Galrans are the enemy.

So, yeah.  Telling them: not an option.

(But that doesn’t stop it from tearing him apart inside.)

Keith buries it.  Buries the doubts and fears and all thoughts of his alien blood deep, deep within the crevices of his mind, and throws himself into being a paladin.  He knows he can’t ignore it forever because it’s festering, eating away like poison like rot, but– he can put it off.  Just a little longer.  He can deal with it on his own, and the others need never, ever find out.

(And then, to make things worse: Zarkon says to him, You fight like a Galra soldier.  Like it’s a compliment.

And Keith, Keith feels angry yet proud, because his mother taught him how to fly but his father taught him how to fight.)

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REALLY STUPID COMIC I AM SORRY. Present day AU older Mav and Benny are THE most dysfunctonial couple and they’re DUMB AS HELL. I am also dumb as hell.

(Also demonstates rather well why I don’t do comics on my own.)

Spawned by this drawing.

anonymous asked:

I like a lot of the Jedi Council members, but seriously guys. You put this teenager in a war, one who's mental stability isn't the best and expect him to fight in hell, watch tons of clones he came to love die, not to mention jedi he grew up with, and expect him to come back fine? Even after you forced him to plan and attack again and again because you didn't bother to? Then you say "we don't trust you" Jedi council wtf? Sorry im rambling but just-I'm sorry but god Anakin was so young!

I feel you anon.

Anakin is incredibly young when he’s sent to war, and he’s already most likely dealing with complex PTSD from his history as a slave before the war even comes into it. And that’s never been addressed at all. At no point did anyone on the Jedi Council, or even anyone else in the Temple, think that perhaps this was a thing that should be addressed, or that a lifelong history of abuse and dehumanization might have an effect on his development as a person. At no point did anyone even consider that hey, maybe he’d find it easier to give up his attachment to his mother if he knew that she was free and safe.

And the war obviously doesn’t help.

The thing is, the Jedi as a whole don’t seem to have any concept of mental health at all. There are no psychological services. There doesn’t even seem to be anything like religious counseling. The closest we get is Anakin’s attempt to talk to Yoda in ROTS, in which Yoda demonstrates categorically that he has definitely never had any training in counseling.

But it’s not just Anakin. This is a systemic issue.

Clone Wars is, for me, the most horrifying thing to come out of the PT era, because it confirmed and made canon all of my most awful headcanons about the Jedi. To whit:

- The Jedi take children from their parents for training, with or without the parents’ consent.

- Child soldiers are normalized and completely unremarkable in the Jedi ranks. (Also apparently no one else in the Republic has an issue with child commanders of military operations.)

- The Jedi have no qualms about using mind tricks as mental torture to obtain information.

- The Jedi don’t just ignore slavery - they are actually willing to work with slavers if it will further their own / the Republic military’s goals. (It should be noted that I haven’t even seen the Zygerria arc: I’m talking here about the opening movie, and the Jedi / Republic’s willingness to work with Jabba the Hutt without so much as suggesting that hey, maybe he should stop enslaving people.)

- The Jedi are willing to potentially wipe out an entire race (remember that brain worms Geonosis arc?) as part of the war effort. No one is disturbed by this.

And I could go on. All of this is canon now.

But the fact that no one is ever disturbed by any of this just goes to show that it is systemic. We’re not talking about the members of the Jedi Council, as individuals, screwing up. We’re talking about a Jedi culture, a culture that has formed most if not all of those same Council members practically since infancy, a culture that normalizes child soldiers and has no concept of psychological trauma. The members of the Jedi Council are as much products of that Jedi culture as anyone else.

The reason they clash so much with Anakin is that he isn’t a product of that culture. He’s trying desperately to fit into it, but he also has his birth culture and his mother’s teachings and he consistently finds himself approaching things differently than a Temple-raised Jedi would and it’s that conflict between his cultures that most often sets him at odds with the Council.

And that’s also the main reason, when you get down to it, that the Council doesn’t trust him. He’s an outsider, and the Jedi of the PT are incredibly insular.

The rogue one fandom from what I’ve seen is such a great fandom…like everyone I’ve followed is so wonderful and nice and just amazing!!! And there’s so many talented people writing fics and making fan art and I just appreciate that So So Much…seriously thank you it makes me so happy every time I see y'all!!!

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#god this makes me imagine ash like  #blushing when he puts on the capris  #crossing his ankles in front of each other  #“is… is it too much skin…?”  #hau: no dud e you look fi–  #mallow: SHOW US YOUR TITS

look. look. if you expected me to see these quality tags on this post and not attempt to doodle something then idk what to tell you also i am adoring ash’s stupid little outfit it’s so different in so many ways from his previous incarnations and i wanna poke him

here are some fics I’ve enjoyed and loved reading throughout the month of March and I recommend that you read them in April (if you haven’t already)! 


1. We Were Just Like Glue (23k)
Louis works in a library where his own books sit on the shelves. Also, there may or may not be a Harry Styles involved and he may or may not be Louis’ muse. Not that Louis is admitting to anything.

2. California Sold (123k)
Notoriously closeted boyband member Harry Styles is famous on a global scale, meanwhile Louis, as his best friend, is back home in Manchester, living the typical life of a 24 year old. When Harry needs Louis with him in LA, a publicity stunt gone wrong changes their friendship forever.

A fake-relationship AU between two lifelong best friends.

3. Are You Missing Underwear? (4k)
Just to keep things brief, my cat has stolen a large amount of socks and underwear from a neighbor.

I am very sorry.I live on Cherry Street.

If these are your clothes, please call 112-358-1321

I promise I will give them back, I wasn’t the one who wanted them, it was my asshole cat.

Or, Harry’s cat frequently steals Louis’ underwear.

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katastickatastrophe  asked:

So incredibly grateful for this organization. I often will look to you for inspiration, encouraging words, reassurance that everything will be alright. You guys exceed my expectations every single time. To someone who didn't receive a lot of positive feedback growing up, it's a beautiful thing to experience it from an organization that generates so much love and positivity. I know that you get this kind of gushy stuff all of the time, but you are doing great work. I love you&I like you:]

A. We LOVE the gushy stuff. It hits us right in the feels. 

B. We’re so glad you’re here. 

C. Seriously, we’re thrilled you know that you can come hang out with us and get complimented and feel supported and just be yourself. 

D. We love you and we like you too. 

xo, 

Team Smart Girls

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