anonymous asked:

( Weird question ahead ) How did Oliver react to Jules getting her first period? Is he the omg-I-cant-deal-with-this-where-is-Felicity type of dad? Or the crying-because-my-baby-girl-is-growing-up type? Or the supportive sweetie-you-are-a-woman-now-your-body-is-changing, totally OK with buying tampons and chocolate for his daughter? I'm assuming it was easier with Ellie, since it was the second time. And also it must have been EXTREMELY HARD for Will with Bethany ...

Kudos to you, Anon, because you asked something I had not thought about yet. LOL. I feel like that deserves some kind of award… Okay, but let’s suss this out… 

We’re talking about Jules here. And Jules is not telling her father she started her period. No way in hell. Not if there’s any way around that, anyhow, but maybe there isn’t. She’d be what? 11? 12? Something like that? So, we’re talking right around the time of the Valentine’s Day one-shot, maybe a little later. So… okay I’ve got this (it’s like live-blogging my writing process…). 

Jules is 12. She’s home with her dad and her siblings, all three of them. She’s been a grouch all day and Oliver’s kinda worried because what the heck Jules? You’re snapping at people and you’d gotten so much better about relating and being open and now I’m worried that we missed something and it’s all getting worse. She starts bleeding and quietly freaks out but tells no one. She hides in the bathroom for like fifteen minutes wondering what the hell she does until she remembers her mom keeps pads under the sink and thank goodness for that. She fumbles through figuring that out and bypasses tampons because they’re intimidating. She snaps really hard at Ellie after she leaves the bathroom because she’s sort of internally screaming still and on edge and just wants to curl up with her stuffed elephant and buster and hot cocoa and some potato chips, because those sound awesome right now. Ellie’s feelings are hurt and she’s worried, so she goes off to tell Oliver. 

Jules is like awesome this is totally not what I need right now oh my god as she runs to her room to find clean panties and then scurries back to the bathroom to try and scrub the old pair clean (she’s the Arrow’s daughter; she knows to use cold water, so that works out okay but then she has to hide sopping wet panties somewhere and she runs back to her room to do that). She gets back to her room before her dad’s up the stairs, but she knows that’s coming and she just wants to cry because this is big and weird and she’s uncomfortable and she sorta wants her mom but she also just really wants to be alone and possibly eat her weight in fried cheese and chocolate covered-everything. 

Oliver gets there - just like she knew he would - and he’s sooooooo concerned and worried about her and tip-toeing around trying to figure out what’s wrong right up until she starts crying and yells at him “I started - you know… bleeding… like the girly kind… for the first time and I just really don’t want to deal with people right now, okay?” He’s all “…oh…” like a light bulb goes off over his head. He’s a hell of a lot less worried because this… this he can deal with. This he knows how to manage. At least sort of. He’s been with his wife for about 13 years now. This isn’t foreign to him. He asks her if she’s okay and she says “Yes. No… I dunno. Maybe? Am I supposed to hate everything in the whole world because right now I do.” And he tells her that’s okay because it’s probably a little scary and she’s not used to any of this yet. She grumbles that she doesn’t want to get used to it because it sucks. He asks if she wants him to call her mom or her aunt or one of her grandmas and she says no… it’s fine. She just wants her bed and to not feel like she’s being stabbed in the stomach over and over. He tells her to hold that thought and leaves for a few minutes. She wonders where the fuck he went, but really doesn’t care too much except that it makes her want to cry more. Buster’s a whiny mess because his girl is unhappy and when she sits down on her bed he jumps up immediately and rests his head in her lap whimpering up at her in concern. 

By the time her dad gets back, she’s curled up with Buster and her stuffed elephant that the first Ellie left her. She’s uncomfortable and tired, but nowhere near asleep. Her dad’s got a bowl of her mom’s favorite ice cream in hand along with a bag of chips, a coke, some midol and a heating pad. Jules starts crying like the hormonal pre-teen she is when she realizes he left to get things for her to make her feel better. He puts it all on her nightstand and kisses her on the top of her head. He promises her that the other kids will leave her alone and says her mom left work early and she’ll be home soon, just in case she decides she wants her mom after all. Jules cries more and says “yeah, I kinda do, but you being here is a whole lot more helpful than I’d have thought.” And Oliver sits next to her quietly on the bed and strokes her hair with her head in his lap until Felicity gets home and finds them like that. The ice cream by Jules’ bedside is melted by then, but that’s okay. She brought more with her. 

cc: @dust2dust34

lmao my brother just told me that today, when he was doing grocery shopping with our dad, the two of them were at the female hygiene section and they were picking up the brand of pads my mom and I use (my dad and bro have always been the ones in charge of stacking up our bathroom with pads and tampons whenever we so much start showing signs of our periods coming up) and this guy that’s around his mid 30′s suddenly comes up to the two of them and says shit about ‘how embarrassing must be for him and his dad to be getting this items’ and that ‘next time he should just tell his wife or girlfriend or daughter or whatever to pick the pads themselves, it’s not like they’re drying or something’ and my dad and bro are just there speechless because of the attitude of the guy and they look just a bit off to the side of the guy and there’s a girl that’s clearly with him, and my dad just looks directly at her and says, from the bottom of his heart, ‘I’m sorry you have to deal with this kind of shit, dear’ and she kinda just nods and says ‘well, not anymore’ and looks at the guy that’s suddenly aware that she was standing there and says ‘because guess who’s without a girlfriend now. We are OVER (insert asshole’s name here cuz’ my bro couldn’t remember)’ and she just drops whatever items she had in her hands and walks away

Not to get all sappy and emotional, but I’m about to get really fucking sappy and emotional. Because Paget Brewster cares so much about Emily Prentiss. This is a woman who is triple-booked right now, she just finished filming Grandfathered not even a few days ago & is also filming Another Period; she’s so fucking busy the poor thing is probably exhausted. On top of that, CBS treated her like complete shit and it would be totally okay if she decided she wanted no part of them or Criminal Minds ever again. But what does she do??? Takes time out of her insanely busy schedule to film a CM episode and bring Prentiss back to life for even just a little while.

Emily is so important to me. I started watching CM my sophomore year of high school and I was in a pretty dark place then. I loved everyone on the show, but I knew Prentiss was my fave because Paget played her so real. Junior year when I was in the hospital, I’d do doodles of her during occupational therapy, or write quotes she said to remind myself to keep going. Emily had been through hell and back and I could do it too. I know I am responsible for where I am today and how far I’ve come, but Emily Prentiss has definitely played a small, significant part in that. And getting to thank Paget in person was everything to me. The fact that she cares so much about her fans, and the incredible character she’s given life to, makes me so happy. And seeing all the bts pics the past 2 days is highkey making me cry. We really don’t deserve Paget Brewster, but I’m so grateful she exists and spreads nothing but love and authenticity ❤️❤️❤️