And now I understand your thoughts, like why you always worried about me. I haven’t quite kicked my habits and it’s slowly killing me. Would you like to hear the bright news? I got a few good habits from you. I read more often now. Sometimes I hate it though, it reminds me of you. Isn’t that why we do anything? There’s something inside of us pushing to get out. I’ve been clawing my way out of an internal hell. I think I’ve killed myself a few times to forget your smile, but then I remember that at one point you were all that I had– happiness and love is such a sore subject, it’s also so temporary. Sometimes when I yell at people, I can hear you cry. So when I get upset, I just turn the music a little louder. I take walks now. I enjoy the loudness of this silence between us, it’s bittersweet. I haven’t gotten around to getting rid of our things, it’s a line that I can’t cut. I guess in a way, I’m still messed up. You know, I ask for forgiveness, but I’ll never understand why I do the things that I do. I’ll never understand why I am the way I am. I talk a big game, I tell my friends to accept themselves, but I still fucking hate myself. I’m just a little lost and sometimes I wish that I didn’t take you for granted. I wish that you weren’t just a memory. I wish that you were next to me. Sometimes maybe we’ll just talk things out without the anger, or sleep together without the sex. Sometimes I wish the broken didn’t crave the broken. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to break out a new poem just to hear your voice. Sometimes I’m a little lost and tonight is just one of those nights. I’m so fucking sorry. I’m sorry.
You could remember arriving to the party with Archie at
your side and you remembered the first shot of that cheap spiced rum that
Reggie had at the makeshift bar in his parent’s basement – but besides that all
you had were snippets.
Am I the only one upset with YNWA comeback? It's been barely 4 months since WINGS came out, and they've been busy with concert preparations and now comeback preparations... Sigh, and this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if they were to part ways with Big Hit in future :-/
I’m sorry that this turned into an extremely long answer, but I felt the need to do this.
Hm, I don’t know, I can’t say I agree with you. I mean, I wouldn’t say that they aren’t overworked or anything, but how come no one has ever considered that maybe it’s the members who want this, and it isn’t the company that is forcing it unto them?
I’ve mentioned this before, but BTS was formed for their musicality in the first place, they have a different purpose in comparison to other idols. Most if not all the members focus a lot on the music part of their career, so I find that it’s only normal that they would want to constantly come out with new music, which explains all the active comebacks they have despite the short breaks between comebacks. Same goes for concerts/tours that they do; if you’re someone who wants to make music, you want to connect with people through music, naturally you’d want to be able to perform and showcase this music, no?
And regarding BigHit, I think people don’t give them enough credit, honestly. Yeah, they lack in certain areas, but which entertainment company out there can you call perfect? If anything, BigHit has done swell when it comes to the management of the boys.
Before I talk about the good in BigHit, I am aware about their problems as a company. They constantly come up with new content to sell to the fans for extra profit, and they never really give fans much time to prepare themselves for a new comeback/release of new content. When it comes to the members themselves, I’m sure they have their own complains towards the company. Take Suga, the one who has been the most vocal about his complaints, as an example. At the start of BTS’ career, he talked about how he was conned into learning how to dance and becoming an idol, when all along he thought and was promised that all he needed to do was write music and rap. He was expecting to become a group like 1TYM, not a group known for their knife-like choreography. Watch the evidence here, it starts at 19:00. But over the years, I think Yoongi doesn’t feel against it anymore, because BTS is recognized for their dance and has been rewarded a ton of awards for best dance. Then fast forward after countless of comebacks with multiple hair colours, Yoongi has seriously damaged scalp and over bleached hair. He said he was going to sue BigHit for hair loss, and even though most took it as a joke, he didn’t only talk about it once, he said it twice. If anything, Yoongi isn’t really someone to say things he doesn’t mean. He’s a straightforward type guy, and he probably really feels dissatisfied towards the company for constantly bleaching his hair. The first time he talked about it was here (5:19 mark), and the second time, here (2:22 mark). He also talked about how people who dye their hair constantly suffer at the Gaon Charts Yinyuetai interview earlier this year. The era where they were most overworked was probably during their RUN days, and Yoongi talked about this too. It’s in this video, at the 5:09 mark as well as the 10:59 mark onwards. They haven’t slept more than 3 hours, they have back to back schedules, etc.
Now, with all that aside, I am aware of the vices of BigHit, but back to my point -
BigHit has done swell when it comes to the management of the boys.
There are a few aspects when it comes to this. We can talk about the efforts BigHit makes in ensuring that they are able to keep their artistes satisfied. One classic example would be Yoongi. I just talked about how he’s complained throughout the RUN era about his hair and scalp, and what did BigHit do for the Blood, Sweat and Tears era?
The fact that BigHit gave Jin and V the opportunity to sing bangtan’s first ever OST instead of the other members would be another classic example. BigHit could’ve given the duet to Jungkook and Jimin easily, considering they are the main and lead vocals respectively, but they gave it to Seokjin and Taehyung instead. Okay, you can argue and say it’s natural that Taehyung got it since he’s the one acting in the show, but how about Jin? Watch this, from the 28:00 mark. You can tell Seokjin really wanted a chance to sing an OST, and BigHit indeed gave him one, which he’s so grateful for.
Back to Yoongi again (he seems to be surfacing a lot today), as well as Rap Monster this time, and in due time, J-Hope. The former two have always been extremely passionate in their music, and there’s a lot of areas they cannot explore as rappers/musicians when it comes to working as a team, because they have to ensure that the song fits 7 members, that the song is something worth putting on an album, etc. It limits them a lot, so what did BigHit do? BigHit opened a SoundCloud account for them where they can freely post up their own tracks and random raps and even song covers when it comes to vocal line, and they’ve never limited what bangtan do/post on the SoundCloud account. In fact, BigHit even fully funded Yoongi and Namjoon’s mixtapes despite not being able to make any profit from doing so. They provided a set, cameras, make up and stylists, everything necessary to produce an MV, just so that they are able to come up with their own mixtapes for them to showcase the stories that they were unable to tell through BTS.
Even when it comes to schedules, BigHit never makes the members do things they don’t want to. Remember in Yoongi’s track, ‘The Last’?
Show me the money, it’s not that I couldn’t but I didn’t shit
Also, realize that Yoongi is the only member that has never tried emceeing yet? Yoongi is the only member who has yet to have his own solo appearance in any one variety show/schedule, and if you ask me, I really think it’s because Yoongi never intended to live the idol life in the first place. He just wants to make music, not go on shows for more exposure or anything. But BigHit never once forced him to doing any, doesn’t that say a lot?
Enough with keeping their artistes satisfied, let’s move on to the care factor the company has. In any other company, their idols are all overworked to the point of fainting/working despite injuries or health issues, etc. But what has BigHit done every time any one member is injured? Here’s a compact list of the more prominent occurrences.
28th Dec 2013 - Yoongi was diagnosed with appendicitis, BigHit withdrew him from year end schedules.
27th Dec 2015 - BigHit cancelled 2 concerts in Japan for the sake of Yoongi and Taehyung.
30thDec 2015 - Namjoon was withdrawn from year end schedules because of his leg injury.
24th July 2016 - BigHit chose to let Namjoon rest despite the hospital giving him the green light to resume schedules because there was nothing seriously wrong with his health.
30th Sept 2016 - BigHit withdrew Namjoon from
the 2016 K-Pop World Festival
performance as well as
the Busan One Asia Festival
performance so that his leg will not result in injury. It was a preventive measure on their end.
22nd Dec 2016 - BigHit withdrew Yoongi from all further activities so that he can rest, when it was a ear injury which technically isn’t a very big deal.
BigHit could’ve easily made the members continue to promote and perform, because in most cases, it wasn’t really anything serious, but yet, they chose to make them rest instead. Other companies wouldn’t have done that unless the member has a leg injury or is bed ridden.
BigHit has also been very protective of their artistes. It’s very important that a company addresses issues early in order to protect their artistes, and it’s even more important that the company is willing to come to the rescue of their artistes when the need arises. There’s this, and there’s this too. There was also this too.
Another thing would be how BigHit doesn’t limit the boys in any way at all. Even as trainees, the boys were given handphones and allowed to communicate with the outside world through logs and Twitter, unlike every other idol trainee out there who practically lives in a dungeon. There was never dating bans in their contracts (evidence here) and they were never told to behave a certain way nor were they put under extremely strict diets. When they dieted, it was mostly out of their own will rather than their company wanting them to be slim or whatever.
In lyrics, they were never told to not talk about a certain topic, and in fact, they are now known for always attacking real world topics and issues. They aren’t the first group to do so, but it still definitely sets them apart from boring old romance lyrics in present day kpop.
And the most important thing of all…
And then there was Jin who talked about missing the managers,
I mean, if you don’t enjoy the time you spend with the company I don’t think you’d talk about missing them. You can tell they are grateful to these people who care for them no matter what. Remember how they all hugged their managers (not one, all) when they won the daesang?
Look at the managers looking so happy for them. The one in green striped shirt was hugging Jungkook and there’s Namjoon hugging the other manager on the right.
I don’t know about you, and although I wouldn’t say that they have a family bond with the staff, but you can tell they all really love each other and there’s definitely some form of a bond between them. Not just with the managers, but even with the producers who have worked hard behind the scenes for the boys. Look at this video, Mr Son and the staff who were with him were literally so elated for BTS’ first win. And then there was this, where Slow Rabbit (Big Hit producer) cried when bangtan got Artist of the Year at MAMA. Then there’s Pdogg (Big Hit producer, aka the man behind BTS’ title tracks) who was constantly supportive of the boys in his tweets here and here.
I can understand the heart of those ARMYs who are constantly upset with BigHit because they are worried about the members’ health in general, but sometimes we have to look at things from different perspectives. In my opinion, bangtan is happy under their management, and when they have complaints, Bang PD is willing to talk it out with them. I mean, he’s clearly close to the boys, to the point where he’s alright with joking around with them all the time. If he wasn’t we wouldn’t be blessed with things like this:
Even when renewal of contracts becomes an issue, I feel like he’d try to meet the needs of the members and he’d want to continue housing all 7 of them. BTS is the first group he’s ever produced. GLAM and 8Eight were collaborations with Source Music, HOMME, 2AM, and everyone else were transferred under him, so BTS would mean more to him than anything else. He single-handedly made them, so I don’t know. I don’t feel you on this.
A/N: I hope you all enjoy this very short third part! Let me know :D Things are about to get even better, I promise!
Bucky kept his promise to you,
getting up early the next morning and sitting down with you at his dining room
table. Slowly chewing on his cereal, he looks at you and quirks a brow.
“Do you remember what happened
before you woke up in my bathroom?”
You narrow your eyes at him, not
missing the different pronunciation when it came to him declaring whose
bathroom it was. Yet, your mind tries to travel further back than you crying in
the bathroom, and you come up blank.
Now I'm losing him! What'll I do? What'll I do?
What are you talking about?
You are MY SON! For god's sake...
*swatting Mika with a newspaper* Pull-yourself-together! "What will you do?" Is this a question?! You will show him you remember that he is Yuichiro Hyakuya, and you will remind him who YOU are! Go, confront the problem. Fight! Win!
And call me when you get back, darling. I enjoy our visits.
Summary: Based on the prompt: “I have a key to the theatre, and sometimes I go there when I need to think. Apparently so do you.”
Words: 5,296 (ren and i are just…yeah)
A/N: From Ren (@alexanderhamllton) - Guys, it happened!!! Here’s my first collab with Liv, which I’m so so excited about, we wrote the whole thing in one afternoon and I couldn’t be more proud of the result. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do <3
From Liv - I am still dizzy from how much I enjoyed writing this. I finally had the honour of collaborating with Ren (aka real human sunshine) and it was so much more than I could have ever hoped for. Honestly, it is amazing. Happy reading!
There is something very beautiful about a
theatre without an audience. It is filled to the brim with potential, all these
seats just waiting to be filled, an empty stage that could become an entirely
different universe. The lights are dimmed down, and from inside a deserted
Richard Rodgers, it is as if the entire world has stopped spinning.
Note: Theres a scene below that belongs to Sarah J Maas. I take no claim over it. I simply rewrote it a bit to fit my story. Enjoy!
Summary: He thinks she wants nothing to do with him. She thinks he can’t remember her. Aelin and Rowan were friends once upon a time. But high school drove them apart. However, one night - one party - is about to change not only their lives, but the lives of their friend as well.
Aelin knew what this day was going to hold. She could already tell. It was going to be horrible. Drama-filled. Downright dreadful. And here was why: The Havilliard’s were coming.
Aelin had zero problems with Dorian coming over for dinner. It was the rest of his family the she’d rather leave outside. His brother, Hollin, was a little devil. Aelin always wanted a sibling (Elide and Aedion didn’t count) but every time she saw Hollin, she couldn’t help but be grateful it was just her. Then there was Georgina Havilliard, who had her nose so far in the air Aelin was sure she could see her brain. And of course, Mr. Havilliard, Dorian’s father. He refused to be called anything but Mr. Havilliard, never mind the fact their families had been friends forever. Aelin wasn’t even sure she knew Mr. Havilliard’s actual name.
But the Havilliard’s weren’t the only thing about the day that was horrible. Because Aedion and his family were coming over also.
I’m not in the ml fandom bUT @illustraice ‘s Sun/Moon au has me h o o k e d. Now, I’m no artist so I can’t draw for it (believe me I just tried drawing Mari and I spent more time outlining muscles than anything so that was a lost cause), and because I’m not in the ml fandom and I have no grasp on Mari and Adrien’s characters, I can’t write for it, either. Buuuuut, given what I’ve read for this AU, I can certainly devise a playlist for it. Because music is universal.
When something new is about to begin, it means that the end will someday come. But I don’t want to think about the end when it has just begun. - 2009 Jan Issue/ No. 1
If I want to meet a newer version of myself, I don’t have to go out on a self discovery trip or anything. The moment you think that way, aren’t you already meeting…? Your newer self, that is. - 2009 Apr Issue/ No. 4
The choices you make on a daily basis help shape your character and your life. That’s why I want to make the best choice in every moment, as much as possible. - 2009 Aug Issue/ No. 8
In general a man and a woman will never be able to fully understand each other. It’s not really a matter of a man and a woman, but more of a human and a human. To connect with someone isn’t that easy. -2010 July Issue/ No. 19
I really don’t have any worries regarding my work or private life. It’s probably because I know that I have a lot of “answers.” You have to believe in yourself and just do it as you feel. -2011 Aug Issue/ No. 32
I’ve never thought that gaming is a waste of time or that I should use that time to study more. Panicking that you have to do something useful… isn’t that time to think a bigger waste of time? -2011 Sept Issue/ No. 33
When you admire “someone” and aim to become like them, you start to loose “yourself” in exchange. They are perfect because they are they. If you start aiming “you”, then you might even be able to surpass them. -2012 Mar Issue/ No. 39
“To celebrate” and “to tell” are different things. If you want to celebrate someone, you can do it alone by just thinking of them in your heart. -2013 Jan Issue/ No.49
I know it myself that I can’t be Arashi forever. But even so, I love Arashi and I don’t want to end it. That’s why I live today. -2013 Sept Issue/ No. 57
Beginnings and endings occur daily. I don’t try to remember the people who have left my world. I focus on the people and things that are in front of me because I believe that enjoying the present is what’s most important. -2013 Nov Issue/ No. 59
I don’t want the girl who I like to show me her everything. Say that there’s something I want to know about her, but she will never tell me. I think there’s something beautiful about that. -2014 Sept Issue/ No. 69
When I work with someone, I tell them, “Don’t say ‘Let’s just–’ and please explain to me properly.” I think that’s what it means to be face to face with another person and do work together. -2015 Feb Issue/ No. 84
We never know what will happen tomorrow. That’s why I am grateful that I am still Arashi today. -2016 Apr Issue/ No. 88
I want the award not for myself, but for my fans and the people who have supported me throughout it all. -2016 May Issue/ No. 89
Changing directions (or locations) isn’t necessarily the real challenge. What’s more important is if you have the guts to maintain your lifestyle and keep on doing the things you need to do at the setting you’re already placed in. -2016 Sept Issue/ No. 93
My idea of a “good effort” isn’t about constantly taking on challenges that are not in your field or about overcoming big sufferings. It’s about just doing something and if you discover something that’s fun or do-able, then do those. Make an effort to do those things. -2016 Nov Issue/ No. 95
I don’t hesitate to throw away something that I’m not using. But if it’s something that I use, I will continue to use it even if it breaks because even material things, like people, are “fate” if they came to me. -2016 Dec Issue/ No. 96
What’s important is a real plan than the actual wish. Losing weight or getting married…instead of just wishing for them, it’s important to think beyond that. On what you want to do after those wishes come true. -2017 Jan Issue/ No. 97
All translated by me. Are there fully translated interviews posted somewhere? These are amazing! Honestly, I don’t read a lot of texts but Nino’s interviews/answers are always so interesting so I would love to give all 99 of them a full read someday… my new years resolution is to read more anyway. These surely count right? ^^; (I only have hard copies of No. 97-99 tho v.v)
Note: Ben Solo, the most notorious smuggler in the Galaxy, has taken a liking to you. But with his profession of choice, you fear that he hides his true self in favour of a ‘bad boy’ persona. But one night, he shows up at your bedroom window, trying to prove to you how genuine he can be.
“Get out of my way,” you said through gritted teeth as you tried to stroll through the market.
“I just want to talk Y/N,” Ben called after you.
You stopped in your tracks, Ben quickly stepping to the side before he crashed into you.
You sighed, “How many times are you going to pretend to just ‘run in to me’ at the market, Solo?”
“As many times as it takes for you to talk to me,” He smirked.
“We’re talking now, aren’t we?” You asked blankly, “Besides, surely the Ben Solo has somewhere better to be.”
“Can’t think of anywhere better than right here,” he shrugged, “And you brushing me off hardly counts as talking.”
You frowned. It’s not that you didn’t like Ben. You just didn’t agree with what he did for a living.
“Ah, there’s the look.”
“The one you make when you want to talk to me, but then you remember I’m a smuggler.”
“That’s not a real expression,” you replied flatly, “Now get out out of my way, smuggler. I have things to do today, and engaging with your pathetic attempts to charm me isn’t exactly a priority.”
“Well hang on just a minute, sweetheart–
“Don’t you 'sweetheart’ me,” you scoffed, shoving by him. You cursed as you heard his footsteps following you eagerly.
You tried to ignore his presence behind you, turning your attention to the market stall and eyeing the rows of bouquets of flowers lined up. One in particular caught your eye. You were about to pick it up when you felt Ben’s hand grip your wrist gently. You turned around with a scowl, “Let go.“
“I will, sweetheart,” He flashed you a grin as you rolled your eyes, “But only if you tell me what it will take for this pathetic smuggler to ever gain your affection,” he asked you, his hand reaching up to stroke your cheek gently.
This is the part you hated. Despite everything you had against his chosen profession, you couldn’t deny that Ben Solo was a relentless flirt. And a fantastic one at that.
“I’ll take that smile on your face as a good thing.”
You quickly frowned at his words, shying away from his touch, “You want advice? Try being genuine for once.”
Ben raised his eyebrow, “You think I’m misleading you somehow?”
“I’m sure you can’t be 'Ben Solo: infamous smuggler, ladies’ man and bad boy’ all the time,” you started, “I want to meet the real you.”
“This is the real me,” you could see him getting frustrated now.
“I think you know exactly what I mean… but hey, if you don’t, I’m sure there are plenty of other women in this market you could try and win over,” you told him as you marched off.
“There’s only you, Y/N,” Ben sighed as he watched you walk off, “Only you.”
Three nights later, as you were getting ready to sleep, you heard a knock at your bedroom window. You jumped at the unexpected noise, but curiosity got the better of you as you glanced towards it.
You frowned at the sight as you walked over to open it slightly, “How in the galaxy do you know my address?”
“I asked around about someone called Y/N… gave them an accurate description: beautiful, confident–”
“Alright enough,” you stopped him before he could get carried away, “How did you really find out where I live? This city is enormous!”
“Oh my sweet Y/N, your city is a village compared to some of the other planets I operate in. I just got in touch with a few of my connections, and it took all of five minutes to get your address– I don’t mean to alarm you,” he added as he watched your expression change.
You scowled, “I’m not alarmed, I just have half a mind to push you off this damn ledge.”
“Well before you decide to kill me, let me explain,” Ben said as he gestured for you to open the window fully, his amused expression never faltering. “It’s the least you could do before making me fall to my death.”
You groaned, “Fine. Get in– But if anyone knocks on my door you’re going right out the way you came.”
“Sounds fair, sweetheart,” He said cheerfully as he landed with a low thud.
You glared at him and he gave you a sheepish grin.
“So tell me,” You circled him, “What could I have possibly done to deserve Ben Solo knocking at my bedroom window?“ You asked him mockingly, “And at this ridiculous hour too,” you added with a huff.
“I think we both know you’re enjoying this,” He teased, stepping towards you.
You put a firm hand on his chest to stop him from getting any closer. Had he seriously not listened to anything you said to him during your last encounter? “You said you were going to explain all this. I’m waiting.”
He nodded, “Right, of course. Well, do you remember what you told me at the market a few days ago?”
“I believe I told you a great deal of things that day, you’ll have to be more specific.”
“About being genuine.”
“So is this… I mean are you… being genuine right now?” You went to sit on your bed as you watched him stay put, "Because I’m not sure which version I prefer. The Ben Solo who follows me around the market, or the one who comes knocking at my bedroom window in the middle of the night.”
Ben let out an amused huff. How was it that even while mocking him, he still thought you were the most beautiful person in the entire Galaxy?
“Look, Y/N,” He started, shuffling slightly, “I wanted to bring you a something… Try and be a little ‘genuine’, as you put it.”
Your confusion was quickly met with pleasant surprise as Ben produced a bouquet of flowers from his satchel.
“D-daisies and peonies?… How did you know these are my favourite?” You asked happily as he handed you the flowers, saying a quick thank you as he did so.
“I went back to that stall and asked the merchant which ones you had been looking at. He was confused about who I was talking about at first, until I told him I was buying them for his most beautiful customer.“
There it was again. The word he seemed to love using towards you. “Y- You really think I’m beautiful?”
"Well yes… and clearly the merchant thought so too. He’s the one who told me which flowers you liked, after all.”
"I’m pretty sure I’m that man’s only customer these days,” you laughed, “It’s like one buys flowers in this city anymore.”
“Well now he has two customers,” Ben chuckled, “Just me and you…”
You smiled as you heard his confident tone shy slightly while he spoke.
“Why do you try so hard to impress me?” You couldn’t help but ask, “I-I mean…You can have anyone you want… so why me?”
“Because I can’t get you out of my head, Y/N” Ben said as he stepped forward, “You’re sweet, and by far the most intelligent person I’ve ever met,” he said softly as he put a strand of your hair behind your ear.
“And you’re the only person to ever call me out on being too invested in this whole smuggler image,” he laughed, “You’re not like the other women, Y/N. The ones who agree with every little thing I say, and certainly not like the ones who force themselves on me,” he chuckled again, “So you want to see the real me? Well, here I am. Ben Solo. Just a regular man who can’t stop falling for someone way too good for him.”
“Well this Ben Solo I can see myself falling right back for,” you smiled, grateful that he was showing you the sweeter side of himself.
He grinned, “I would very much like for you to see me as much more than the smuggler you think I am.” He added, “And I want you to see how happy I could make you… you know, the 'real’ me.”
“I think I would like that,” you smiled, “Perhaps there’s still hope for you yet,” You said as you kissed his cheek softly.
With your lips so close to his in that moment, Ben quickly stole a kiss from your lips before looking at you with a gleam in his eye. You were taken aback by his action, trying to hide your growing smile, but it was no use. You couldn’t possibly be mad at him in this moment.
“I will endeavour to be my true self with you, Y/N. But you’ll have more fun kissing the smuggler, promise.”
“I think I can make that one exception then,” you beamed, pressing your lips to his again.
Well Hawks fans, as unbelievable as it is, what seemed like a season that would end in a long playoff run just apparently wasn’t meant to be. Although I find a lot of their fan base to be classless, I totally have to give Nashville credit for playing the right way and doing the right things when they needed to. Rinne had the series of a life time. I do not think they were the impossible nut to crack and time will tell when we see how far they go, but they did what they needed to do and got the job done. Our boys simply couldn’t.
There is a lot to learn and sometimes these hardest lessons that hurt so much will ultimately result in huge payoff some time down the road. Perhaps we needed to understand what it means to be hungry again, to ignite a spark in the face of deep adversity that we may have gotten a bit complacent about. Maybe it is a reminder that there are no givens and that every game has to be played with heart and fire. Maybe it’s to do a little lesson in humility because let’s be honest, some Hawks fans can use that reminder.
No matter what it is, as much as it hurts right now, as embarrassed as we are to be swept, as sad as we are to see an amazing season end far too soon, I want us all to remember that it was exactly that – an amazing season. Sure, people will say your season only matters based on how you do in the playoffs but I don’t buy that. Your season is measured over the long haul and the things you accomplish and do well all year. Only one team gets the cup - but every team has to evaluate themselves against themselves. And that’s the harder measurement.
My heart is broken and I am confused and sick and just don’t understand, but that’s probably not my job. My job is to be a fan - and a proud one at that. I love the Chicago Blackhawks – from the top to the bottom. Some of them may disappoint me sometimes with inconsistency but at the end of the day, they have brought me hours of joy (and stress and tears and happiness and fun) and they have connected me with unbelievable friends that I think will last the rest of my life.
The season ended too early and nowhere near how I wanted, but I am still proud to say that I am an unapologetic Blackhawks fan. I will ignore the hatred and mocking that Hawks haters will undoubtedly enjoy for the next few weeks. I will refuse to bite and I recommend you all do the same. Instead, cry for the amount of time you need to but then straighten your shoulders, puff your chest out, and remember that you are a fan of the best team of the past ten years. That you are a fan of the classiest organization in the league. That you are a fan of genuinely good human beings. We have nothing to be ashamed of and we have every right to still be proud of the men we call our team.
Thank you, Chicago Blackhawks. I know your hearts are breaking as much as ours right now but I am proud to call you my team and i am honored to call myself a fan.
A/N: I was gonna update yesterday, but yanno school is stressful yet a top priority. I don’t have much to say, but I'm glad you all like the last part and I’m thankful for all of the nice feedback in my dms. (You get to learn a small ounce about my childhood you guys lmao) I hope you guys enjoy part 5 and remember as always I need 100 notes to release part 6💕
I coulda ended it better too, sorry bout that. It’s past two in the morning on a school night and I ran out of ideas…
“Y/N…” Calum grumbled, flipping onto his side to see you better and rubbing his eyes tiredly.
“Do you think fish go to heaven?”
You couldn’t help but to snort as the sleepy boy asked the question. You were currently in his bed and watching Law&Order SVU on Netflix as he struggled to stay awake. He had called you over an hour or two ago because he was bored out of his mind and now it was just a little past two in the morning. You were hesitant at coming over at first, not wanting to be seen by his roommate, but he convinced you his friend was heavily sleeping since it was so late at night. You also gave into coming over because you hadn’t seen him in almost a week and missed his scent and cheeky smile.
Requested by anon: “Jason x reader where the reader meets Roy for the first time”
A/N: I love this idea! Love love love! <3 Hope you like it darlings!! ^_^
Today was the day, you’re meeting one of Jason’s ‘coworkers’ as he liked to call them. But you knew it was one of the other members of the Outlaws. Today you were meeting Roy Harper aka Arsenal.
And you were terrified! This is Jason’s best friend! What if he hates you? Or thinks you’re not good enough for him? So many things could go wrong!!
Jason had suggested that you should meet Roy first in order to ease you into this, saying, and I quote “An orange alien may be a bit overwhelming to start with” leaving you rather confused.
But let’s focus on the problem at hand. You’re currently overthinking this, remember?
“[F/n] calm down, Roy’s going to love you.. Well maybe not ‘love,’ we’ll leave that to me.” Smirking as he lead you by the hand. Through the park, to a cafe you both enjoyed.
“I don’t know if I can do this Jay, what if he doesn’t like me?” Insecurities on full display at this point. Your hand gripping his slightly tighter, but enough for him to notice.
“He’s going to like you I promise” he stopped walking and turned to stand in front of you. Gluing his blue eyes to your [e/c] ones.
“What if he thinks I’m not good enough for you?” diverting your hues to your intertwined hands.
He shook his head, “That’s nonsense, if anything I’m not good enough for you. You’re beautiful, smart, kind, an amazing listener and person in general, shall I go on?” pulling you a bit closer to him.
“I’m flattered by the compliments Jay but I don’t think I’m ready” pulling your hand from his. Turning to retreat, but feelin a grip on your wrist.
You were tugged back and lifted over his shoulder, squealing “JASON!”
“Sorry babe, but Roy’s waiting and I’m not letting you chicken out. I’ll carry you the entire way if I have to” You could hear the blatant smirk in his tone. This boy.
“Jason I swear to all things holy, if you don’t put me down” Threatening in the most intimidating way you could, but in the current situation you were anything but intimidating.
You heard his chuckle, “You’re cute you know that” patting your ass in the process. You normally wouldn’t blush at the gesture, but he usually did it in private. And currently you weren’t in private, getting giggles and chuckles out of every person you passed.
Feeling your face heating up in the process. “FINE!” giving in, “I won’t run just put me down!”
“Magic words?” he stopped walking and smirked over his shoulder so you could see him. “Please” you smiled innocently at him.
“Not that magic word, the other ones” Giving him the ‘you’re joking, right?’ glare. “Say’em”
“Fine… Red Hood is better than Batman” muttering so only he could hear you. “And?” he lead on, “
and was the best Robin” you finished. He laughed before putting you down, “Damn straight”
“Let’s go before I change my mind” chuckling while tugging at his hand. Obeying he followed, making your way to lunch.
It was a nice little cafe. Having outdoor seating on warm days like today. Making your way inside, you watched as Jason examined faces. He stopped on a man that matched Roy’s description.
Standing when Jason walked over to him. They did that bro hug thing that guys do with their buddies. Smiling you walked over to the pair, Jason wrapped an arm around you. “Roy this is [F/n], [F/n] meet Roy”
Shaking his hand he looked you over before allowing a large grin to make it’s way onto his features. “Ah, so this is the one true love. What the hell Jay I thought you were always talking about me?”
You laughed at the hurt expression and tone he used. Jason only shook his head chuckling. You both saw across from the red haired male, holding the others hand on the table.
“I never thought I’d see my jaybird falling in love” Roy wiped away a fake tear. You’re liking this guy.
After ordering a couple drinks, Roy began to dive into stories about Jason on missions. Highlighting his most ungraceful moments. Even making Jason’s cheeks flush from embarrassment.
“And then this one time, he was jumping rooftops with Kori and I. Though Kori doesn’t need to jump roofs. Anyways, Jason thought it would be fun to see who could do it the fastest, and we raced. He was about to win until he got cocky and misstepped. He ended up getting his foot caught on the ledge and he straight up face planted. He.. he” getting cut off with his own laughter. “He ended up breaking his nose and needed stitches on his forehead.” You were both laughing now.
“Oh man that’s nothing! On our one month anniversary..” You began but was cut off.
“Don’t you dare!” his tone darkened but you couldn’t help yourself. You only laughed it off, “Oh come on it’s funny. So anyway, he had called me earlier that day asking me to come over his place that night. He sounded super stressed and I knew he would be out. I went over before he would be home. Set up this whole elaborate relaxing night. Candles, his favorite take out, favorite whiskey, me~ if you’re catching my drift.” He nodded suppressing laughter, while Jason was hiding behind his hands. “So I’m waiting in his room for like an hour after he was supposed to get back, I get tired of it and walk out into the living room. To find he had eaten the food, drank the whiskey and passed out on the couch”
“Oh god no way” Roy laughed. “I’m dead serious. But I didn’t have the heart to wake him up. He felt so bad the next day.” Nudging Jason’s arm.
“I’m disowning both of you” he mumbled before lifting his head to look at you. “Aw but you love us” Roy jutted out his lower lip.
“Yeah, you wouldn’t dare disown me” Pecking his cheek after speaking. “Yeah you’re right I wouldn’t disown you” he pecked your lips, eliciting a teasing ‘aw’ from Roy. “But him!” pointing an accusing finger at the archer, “He started the embarrassing stories”
“But you still love me, right Jaybird?” You were beginning to love that nickname and were definitely going to use it.
Jason only rolled his eyes, “That’s ‘yes’ in Jason speak” Roy made you laugh once again.
Though your laughter was cut off by his phone ringing. “Sorry to cut this short love birds but Ollie needs me and duty calls” he said whilst reading the text.
Before he left they gave each other another bro hug. “It was so nice meeting you Roy, let’s all get together again soon” you hugged him. “You bet” he replied enthusiastically.
When he pulled away and went to leave he made sure to tell Jason, “Treat her right Jaybird, she’s a keeper” patting his shoulder before leaving.
After he left you and Jason followed suit soon after.
“And you were worried” he chuckled, walking through the park once again.
“I was but I’m glad you talked me into going. He’s a really good guy” you smiled, leaning into Jason. “I think I’m going to be the one worried to get you two together now, in order to save my dignity” he chuckled.
Laughing you kissed his cheek, “What dignity?”
“Ouch” he mocked offense, making you both chuckle. “What do you say we head back to my place and I make up for what happened on our anniversary?”
“Oo, someone’s eager” teasing laced in your voice, an amused grin on your face.
He tugged you back toward him throwing you over his shoulder again. “Very eager” he laughed before carrying you through the park.
“Goddammit Jason” yelling as he carried you.
Only getting laughs out of him, smirking he said “You shouldn’t have told that story.”
So collaring lets talk about that shall we. This post is manly for doms specifically masters in petplay but regular doms, littles, and kittens feel free to stick around. Collaring can be an amazing experience putting a collar on your pet for the first time can make you feel so powerful and in control. You might feel the urge to tug it a little or grab a leash and walk your pet around or if you two are into it maybe have them eat out of bowls. BUT wait! Stop! Before you do all that theres things you should consider. This is a very emotional time for your sub. They are giving you complete control just as if a real animal were to allow you to collar them; they are giving you ownership you didnt once have. Before you go tugging on collars,giving them commands or walking around you should first pet them in they’re favorite spot, Give them prase for putting their collar on so nicely, and maybe have treats ready (if thats your thing). Make them feel loved like they’re the best pet in the world. Then after about 10 or 20 minutes you might want to play with them (non sexual) so you may tug their collar but after they come over you play with them and tickle them. Rub their bellies and so on. Afterwards it maybe time for lunch (make sure you and your partner have discussed doing this before petplay has engaged) so you can (if you have been giving consent!) Put their food on the floor and eat lunch with them while you sit above them holding their leash. After you’re done eating lunch you can watch tv/a movie and have your pet lay on your lap and pet them wherever they like it the most. Most pets like the ears(if they are to big then have them lay only their head on your lap so they still feel close to you). During all this they still have the collar on but maybe you took the leash off to watch the movie thats ok because this is only about the collar not really the leashing. After the movie is over you might notice your pet is getting sleepy so you ask them if they want to go to sleep and they nods yes. You can choose to pick them up or you can choose to lead them on a leash another option is you could let them choose. When you get them to bedroom you might remember they haven'tcompleted their nightly routine so you help them brush their teeth, take a bath and put on pajamas all with the collar on (no leash obviously there is no point for that). Once they’re done you walk them to bed and tuck them. This is where you take the collar off you stroke their ear; tell them you love them and how good they are then cuddle them to sleep.
Things not to do:
Do not pressure your pet into sex and try not to ask its already an emotional time for them and unless they ask the FIRST time collaring is probably not the best time to act on sexual needs. Although some pets do enjoy the thrill of feeling ownership by their masters having sex with them the first time. Talk it out when they’re not in pet play and see if they would rather have you wait or when they’re first collared.
Do not just do something because you think you should. Like spank theyre butt out of the blue. Yes they might have enjoyed it before but not right now. After the first collaring then you can do it again. Remember they’re feeling very voluble.
Do not do anything until you’ve talked about it with your sub out of pet space. ANYTHING TO DO WITH COLLARING CAN NOT BE DONE UNTIL YOU HAVE CONSENT. I DONT CARE IF YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE NICE. I DONT CARE IF THEY HAVE BEEN DROPPING HINTS AND I DONT CARE IF YOU REALLY REALLY REALLY WANT TO SO BAD YOU MIGHT DIE! you have to talk to your sub before doing anything because maybe they’re not ready!
Do not collar if you are not ready for the responsibility it entails. Ive said this before and i will say it again collaring is giving up freedom to your master it is allowing them to be your master which means to protect, love, and cherish you. The responsibility that you will have is to protect your pet, love them unconditionally, and cherish them ever when they are misbehaving.
cards and drunken propositionsby Bellakitse ★ Summary: “Eskild, please tell me I didn’t make a fool of myself in front of Even,” Isak begs, groaning when Eskild winces theatrically. “Oh, god, what did I do?” “You mean besides rubbing yourself against him like a cat and started taking your clothes off?” Eskild asks tentatively, giving him a pitying look when Isak lets out a noise of death and mortification. “If it helps he seemed to be enjoying your…attention?” * Isak doesn’t remember the night before but he knows he made a fool of himself in front of this crush.