I just wanna stay in the sun where I find Pieces of peace in the sun’s peace of mind I know it’s hard sometimes Yeah, I think about the end just way too much But it’s fun to fantasize On my enemies who wouldn’t wish who I was But it’s fun to fantasize
Oh, oh, I’m falling, so I’m taking my time on my ride
*Lyrics from Twenty one pilots - Ride
Gladiolus Amicitia, Ignis Scientia, Prompto Argentum & Noctis Lucis Caelum in the happy days before Altissia, Final Fantasy XV
I’m sorry I’ve been so absent recently. Excuses, excuses etc. etc. but basically I’ve had a bazillion work socials, commissions up the wazoo and am severely lacking in sleep. These things combined do not make for good artings.
Have some more fic recs! Knock yourselves out. See if you can spot the thing I said I wasn’t interested in and would probably never read >__> Ahaha ha look how that turned out…
As with any rec list, please pay attention to the tags and warnings <3
all we have to do - 19.5K; klance; Keith gets hurt during a mission, and Lance is not sure how to handle that.
To the Universe and Back with You - 10k (WIP); klance; When Keith took off after the Galra empire fell he left Lance with a broken heart and a whole lot of resentment. Fast forward seven years later and Lance is the only paladin living on Earth, with his cat Peaches for company. It’s not perfect, but he’s happy. That is, until Shiro summons them to form Voltron again…
it’s quite bizarre, and will remain this way - 16.5k; klance; Keith is determined to keep his head down while serving out his community service volunteering at the Rex Alfor Memorial Space Muesum, but one rather loud member of staff won’t leave him alone…
shining like the stars - 139k (WIP); shklance; In a bid to help strengthen team Volron and their lion bonds, Allura takes the paladins on a pilgrimage to face the trials in the paladin temples. Keith unexpectely presenting as an omega rather throws a rather large spanner in the works…
Stormchasing - 18k; klance; Lance never intended to spend his vacation chasing after Keith’s premonitions, but here he is. Keith makes bad decision, Lance makes mistakes, and both of them are stuck together on a space pirate adventure neither of them asked for.
Purple Marks and Bleeding Hearts - 46.5k (WIP); klance;
Lance’s newest job is not what the sniper signed up for when he joined team Voltron. This mark shouldn’t be any different from the other Galra, but he is.
Feel the Bonds - 53.5k; klance; Being a paladin of Voltron is honestly the coolest thing that ever could’ve happened to Lance, but the people who should know probably never will. And despite their fighting, Keith is there for him when Lance is feeling particularly homesick.
Inspired by these awesome posts: x, x, here’s a list of ten (of many tbh) romance tropes played with in Mike and Harvey’s narrative, starting with ones that actually are on TVTropes, followed by ones that are just general narrative things (All gif credits at bottom of post):
Do I even need to explain this one? A sick grandmother, running from the cops, mistaken identity…Literally the first 20 minutes of this series is about these two and how they’re going to meet thanks to some crazy circumstances, and how a malfunctioning briefcase full of pot is going to change their lives (and they don’t even know it yet):
Harvey passed Mike and Trevor on the street ‘five years ago’ when Mike was working as a bike messenger and Mike said ‘If I ever look like that shoot me’ which is ironic because he will work so hard to look like that in five years but also not that ironic because Mike probably said that to deflect Trevor’s attention from the fact that he is 100% checking Harvey out and very interested in what he sees (And it is what he sees, since the camera is Mike’s gaze and it does a full elevator scan. Interesting choice there, editors):
I’d have to post the entirety of 3x02 to illustrate it all tbh? From the ‘We’re done but I’m still going to be pissy about your new relationship nvm that the trigger for you falling into the relationship was that you were upset from our “break-up”’:
to the ‘I’m going to get right in your face for maximum UST and heartbreak for when I tell you we’re done’:
to poor Louis becoming the disposable fiancé who sees an opportunity:
and woos Mike:
while Harvey denies to himself how much he loves misses him (while looking that heartbroken jesus gabriel):
And of course it doesn’t work because right as Mike and Louis are about to ‘make it official’:
Along comes Harvey like everyone knew he would with these faces and ‘You’re not going back on your word [to Louis], you’re going back where you belong [with me]’:
And then you get the Big Damn…High Five:
(with Louis looking on which is bittersweet because unlike the usual disposable fiancé scenario he is sympathetic).
Okay, literally, this is even more romantic here than in its usual use?? “Most commonly found in Romantic Comedies, Race For Your Love usually occurs five minutes or so before the credits roll.” “Someone is about to leave the city/state/country forever, but their lover runs to the train station/airport to convince them to stay.”
Except Mike is not about to leave the city he’s about to turn himself in to make sure Harvey doesn’t do the same, to protect Harvey, and Harvey’s running to stop him?? And we get shots of Harvey running this long fucking run in slow mo (and it continues into the next episode lmao):
“An act of sacrifice or high risk, motivated by love, which proves beyond a doubt that you put your loved one’s needs before your own.”
Not only do they both pull these, they fight about who gets to put the other’s safety above his own, multiple times:
This happens again for a whole half fucking season I’m not going to post gifs of all of it because it would be too many but it culminates in a downright physical fight because Harvey’s pissed Mike’s pulling the Act of True Love and has locked him out of doing it and so he throws a fucking glass and then goads him into hitting him because he’s in that much pain over what Mike’s doing for him what the fuck:
And then Mike goes to prison and Harvey gets him out because of course, and you’d think it’d be over now right? But nope.
Narrative things that aren’t really on tvtropes:
They’re just very, very protective and territorial of each other. Not hard to interpret as a romance trope at all. Again, to illustrate, I’d have to post gifs from the whole show so just have two at random:
9. “Staring at the empty space you should fill”:
I mean, I guess there’s a platonic interpretation for standing outside someone’s empty office with your morning coffee, broodingly staring at the chair they used to sit in. I usually only see behavior like this in romantic contexts in other media though:
10. “At Your Door” parallels
Doorstep parallels are just an otp staple and they have the most in the show. Like, someone still has to make an updated version with the most recent examples lmao, so here’s another two at random:
Today I hit 5000 followers so I smashed my face into a cake like I promised. This blog has been a wild ride and I want to thank all of you for embracing Aunt Tanya and her family and laughing at my jokes. I love you. Stay classy. Don’t forget your roots. More celebration to come soon.
I know this is like, kinda late to the chapter 18 meta party since chapter 19 comes out tomorrow, but I figured what the heck, I’d post it anyways.
Once again, I have no grand point to make here, but it’s something I noticed about that chapter and I haven’t seen anyone else bring it up. But I want to talk about the angle we saw Bum in some of the frames of this chapter. Y’all - I’m in even going to add pictures.
What always hits me really hard about Mass Effect 3 is how you finally see Shepard get the recognition they always deserved, but it ends up being their downfall. Like, for two games Shepard time and time again saved countless people, countless systems of planets, countless RACES, and was never thanked. They were always told that their assistance wasn’t needed (which of course, it was). Then ME3 comes and all of the people who were saved by Shepard in the past have no choice but to thank Shepard for what they did for them and show them the proper respect, all because they need saving one last time. And all of that added responsibility, the vast amounts of people placing Shepard on a pedestal, put Shepard in a position where the world believed that only Shepard could save them. And although that is in many ways true (how many people in the galaxy could have managed to cure the genophage AND liberate the Citadel for a second time) the fact still remains: Shepard was used. They found a hero who felt an obligation to save all they could, and made it impossible for them to say no. And Shepard paid the ultimate price in the end by dying alone to save the lives of billions of individuals who would GLADLY see Shepard die rather than die themselves. That’s always why I get so emotional over the London mission: you finally see other soldiers in the line of fire, sacrificing their lives so that Shepard can succeed. And then you have the LI, who even when injured wants so badly to stay at Shepard’s side and help them. And finally Anderson, the only person who has truly believed in Shepard from the very start, using his very last breath to remind Shepard how proud he is of them. And I’ve always believed that it was Anderson who pushed Shepard to finally finish it. Shepard didn’t save the Galaxy for the approval of the masses, they saved it for those that mattered to them. And I can’t help but cry when I consider Shepard’s final thought as they ran towards their preferred beam. It wasn’t of the billions of lives they were saving, or the countless reapers they were stopping in their tracks, but of their friends. Those that were escaping safely in the Normandy (or so they hoped) and those who had lost their lives on the way. Because no matter how many people they managed to save, no matter what problems were solved, the best part of the journey was the family they formed. And dying for that family was all that mattered.
Okay hear me out: the critical role cast has some issues when it comes to lgbt+ representation & interacting with fans.
I know it’s easy to look at fans being upset over Marisha’s comments about Keyleth’s sexuality & think fans are “demanding”, “asking too much”, “intruding on a private game”. These are all accusations I’ve seen in the last 24 hours. It’s important to remember that this has all come up because Marisha was joking about f/f attraction on the stream. She has Keyleth say she wanted to see Vex’s breasts and it spiraled from there.
Fans are reacting to this because Keyleth being bi/questioning/etc will remove the sting of this conversation.
Confirming a character as exploring something other than heterosexuality (however badly it’s done) is still better than using other sexualities as a punchline.
And the critical role cast does this. It does this a lot. Here are a few from the top of my head:
the purposeful misgendering of raishan (mainly by sam)
scanlan’s many, many jokes about sex with men*
laura’s whole ‘haha maybe vex will get a gf ;) jk she’s been in love with percy this whole time’
hell, vax’s romance with gilmore started off as liam trying to flirt the price of goods down. to his credit he committed to it for a while, but then he followed the bisexual trope of finding the ‘right’ person of a different sex and choosing them instead.
*sam had been joking about scanlan and men for months before finally discussing the topic seriously on twitter. even then he just said “not 100% heterosexual”. it’s progress, but there’s still a way to go
“but emma, they have good intentions! you have to be patient and respectful of the cast!” my dudes i dont have to respect someone who treats the representation of my community like a novelty shirt they can wear for a day and take off later. i know they’re trying, i know they’re learning, but they still need to apologize when they make a mistake. no one is asking for blood, folks.
This could have been avoided (or certainly at least reduced) if Marisha hadn’t initially been so evasive on twitter. the unwillingness to confirm anything read as Marisha wanting to continue the trend of joking about lgbt+ representation. it was a dismissal.
i love Marisha, god knows i defend her until i’m red in the face, but no one gets a universal pass. she’s an adult and she knew she upset people. it wouldn’t have cost her anything to tweet something like “hey i didn’t think about keyleth’s speech last night and i’m sorry that it came across as a cheap joke. i’d like to explore keyleth’s sexuality more & this will take time bc she’s inexperienced. please bear with me as both she and i figure this out”
that’s literally all she needed to do.
the cast struggles when it comes to apologizing to the lgbt+ community. we just need to look at how they handled the situation with j’mon’s misgendering. matt actually used the “dont get mad at your allies” speech, something i know a lot of us (myself included) have heard before. again, mistakes are going to happen. people slip up, we know this, but you still apologize for mistakes. you dont get to say “hm i dont think what i did caused you any harm”. you have to step back and say “oh i upset you? that wasnt my intention and i’m very sorry for that. this is new to me and i hope i will do better in the future”
-this isn’t a private game anymore. this is a show that many of us pay money to access. that doesn’t give us the right to make demands, but it does give us the right to ask that our sexuality and gender aren’t treated as a joke. it gives us the right to ask a cast member if they were serious when they flirted with the idea of their character not being straight.
-the problem isn’t that keyleth is questioning. the problem is that the cast has a tendency to joke about these things and then never return to it, as if lgbt+ representation is a tap you can turn on or off. (sam is the only exception i can think of, but again that wasn’t confirmed on screen.) minority groups shouldn’t be treated like this.
-it’s not entitlement to ask that your sexuality isn’t a punchline. it’s not demanding to ask for clarification. it’s not asking too much for an apology.
if straight actors dont want to seriously consider non-heterosexual orientations, then they dont get to make jokes about sexuality.
something i’ve noticed since news broke about teddy coming back to the nine nine is talk of jealous jake. i’m super guilty of this myself, actually - in fact i think i made a post just last night that mentioned jealous jake. i’ve been thinking about it all day today, and i’ve sort of had an epiphany about all of that.
i know for me, personally, the term “jealous jake” didn’t accurately describe what i was really wanting to see. we got plenty of “jealous jake” from the middle of season 1 when he first admitted his feelings for amy all the way through the second-to-last episode of the second season - granted, he was incredibly gracious about it and never made it amy’s problem, or anyone else’s problem but his own. see, now, they’re solid enough that he has no reason to be jealous. he knows exactly how he feels about amy and he also knows exactly how she feels about him, and he’s secure enough in that knowledge to trust her. (plus he doesn’t really seem like the type to get super jealous or anything, as fun as that trope can be.)
i didn’t realize it until just now, but what i’m actually looking forward to in the teddy returns ep is seeing a jake who is willing to defend his relationship with amy. a protective jake, as it were. the same jake who was willing to take a demotion 6 days in just for the chance to keep dating amy.
as much as i’d absolutely LOVE to see teddy blame it on something really really dumb and inconsequential (like having his course record broken at tactical village or having a drink menu thrown at him in the middle of a very awkward double date), in all likelihood, teddy’s going to be the only jealous one in this episode. i just really hope he ends up coming around and seeing the light before irreversible damage is done to the entire squad.
but yeah, that’s my two cents on the concept of “jealous jake”
I made a post a while ago about the time duplicates of the TMNT 2012 kids turning into Space Pirates(!!!) and I was thinking about that again so here are some headcanons I’ve come up with so far:
-the original person to suggest it was Raph in a very sarcastic tone because Donnie had gotten arrested for stealing again, and this is the eleventh time they’ve had to break him out of jail why not just make it official already
-and then Mikey in a very not sarcastic manner wouldn’t let the idea go and essentially one by one they all ended up on board with the plan to become Intergalactic Space Pirates
-their original timeline selves had already accumulated plenty of enemies and bounties on their collective heads, might as well roll with the roles they’ve been given.
-Leo was tempted into it because SPACE ANYTHING is always tempting to him.
-also because typically they only steal from ‘bad guys’ and have a sort of Robin Hood thing going on.
-except when Donnie/Casey/Mikey/Raph/April absolutely have to have that one thing and laws be damned.
-Fugitoid was already a fugitive anyways so he’s just going along with things at this point.
-he has six kids now and apparently they all want to be pirates and he won’t disappoint them by saying no.
-Donnie is scary good at manipulating shit on the digital Black Market, and has actually held fake auctions for the ownership his siblings when he gets pissed at them. he only ever lets his brothers get a little kidnapped after they’re sold off. just until he’s got the money, alright?
-if there’s fire or fighting or a combination of the two anywhere in the area they’ve landed for the day it’s probably the direction Casey and Raph have gone.
-April gets a bigger gun than the pea-shooter she’s given by Fugitoid almost immediately, and then proceeds to keep collecting various guns as they go. she’s breaking twelve universal possession laws just by having a quarter of her collection.
-Leo isn’t always sure how they get into the situations they do but he’s basically just resigned to shenanigans and being chased by space police at this point.
-Mikey has caused more intergalactic incidents than one being should be able to feasibly cause, and has the highest bounty on his head.
-his wanted poster is him smiling widely at the camera and giving a peace sign because even though they’re light-years from earth he’s still a weeaboo piece of shit.
-Mikey might have the highest bounty but April has the biggest rep for being fucking terrifying and she loves it.
-Mikey’s bounty is only higher because of the sheer property damage he causes. April just scares everyone she meets into comas. it’s much less messy.
-Casey and Raph have a running tally of who can get into and win more bar fights.
-April is currently winning that tally.
-there are no legal drinking age laws in space and long story short they all got smashed one night and woke up with matching tattoos on their shoulders.
-the nonsense symbol was then assumed to be their flag sign and now they can’t escape being associated with it, even though it was originally just a half-assed drunk scribble courtesy of Mikey and Donnie fighting over a pen.
-it looks cool enough though so they’re rolling with it.
-Space!Donnie and Earth!Donnie eventually figure out how to contact each other and proceed to become each other’s best friend/worst enemy. they either hate each other’s guts or agree on literally everything together and there’s no in between for those moods.
-their conversations typically end with them either storming off and yelling “WHY AM I SUCH AN ASSHOLE?!” or them saying “Why can’t you be more like him?” to their family.
-Leo has way too much fun monologue-ing villain speeches at the ship crews they rob, and maybe kind of practices said monologues in the bathroom mirror before using them.
-Earth!Leo sometimes asks if they can switch places, and Space!Leo always says no.
-the Earth!Kids are maybe really jealous and want in on the Space Pirating shenanigans.
-it ends up being where they spend their vacation time.
-also everyone is gay in some manner because Space Is Gay and they’re in space so they are all gay and there’s no way around that.