I understand. It's like, why can't we just be ULTRAFRIENDS?
*nods* Exactly. Like, can I please have the date-thing but like, without the expectation that I will fall in love with you cause I’m like 80% certain that you could be the best person in the world but that would still not happen.
Consider this: Episode 10 showed us that Victor most likely went to Hasetsu with the expectation that Yuri would be at least somewhat like the bold, daring Yuri he felt drawn to at the banquet, which would explain why Victor seemed so surprised/disappointed every time Yuri backed away from his attempts to get closer… and yet, AND YET… even though Yuri turned out to be this shy, anxious soul who was not at all like he expected… Victor ended up completely falling in love with him anyway. And I think that’s beautiful.
some women choose to believe that there is no such thing as a man who can stay loyal 100%… and some men believe the same thing about women… both are wrong. and it makes me believe that the only reason why people have these assumptions is because they’ve been cheated on or been in relationships where someone was unfaithful to them. that’s sad, because it only takes ONE person to change your whole perspective. but I know for a fact there are good ones out there. it may be far and few, but I know it’s possible. don’t lose hope and don’t assume. 🙃
After the election, I didn’t sleep. Around four in the morning I got an unexpected phone call from someone who I thought only spoke to me as an excuse to tease me. Everything he’s ever said has been full of obscenities and 5edgy, and it only intensifies when he’s drunk or stoned. But… he was utterly sincere, and compassionate, and soft in ways I never expected from him. Suspected, yes - deep down and buried under all the posturing rubbish.
And honestly? That meant more to me than anything my friends or family have said. This is a guy who talks in perpetual capslock and usually says the most irritating or inappropriate thing he can imagine. Hearing earnest gentleness from him was surreal but oddly comforting.
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.
To all my overachievers who don’t get praise from parents and loved ones anymore because it’s just expected of you to do well: I’m proud that you passed that test, I’m happy you graduated with honors, I love that you try your hardest all the time.
I know sometimes the lack of support and encouragement from those whose opinions matter the most to you can be disheartening, but keep pushing through and being the amazing person you are.
*suplexes Photoshop* I AM SO READY FOR THIS COMIC TO GET STARTED MORE THAN IT ALREADY HAS
I hope you guys enjoyed what was essentially the prologue :) I’m really excited about what I have planned :3 Expect an announcement in the next day or so about how I’m gonna go about the next part/first chapter of the comic.
Also, thanks SO MUCH for everyone’s patience with me for this update! Like I said before, I wanted to make sure the panels look exactly the way I want them to. You guys deserve only the best!