I’m already in love with this game. It hits real hard as a young adult. Mae is a fantastic protagonist.

Shiro and the Black Lion meta: “You Saved Me.”

I’ve been wanting to write this meta for a while, because after season 2 came out I’ve seen a lot of people characterise the Black Lion as disloyal or fickle, and I don’t think this is the case. I think the Black Lion is extremely loyal to Shiro, and very closely bonded to him; and I think she probably hates Zarkon as much as Shiro does. That might be a strange conclusion to come to after she literally spat Shiro out in the season 1 finale, so let’s break this down a little bit:

If you leave aside the incident in 1x11, the rest of the show portrays the Black Lion and Shiro as very closely bonded. In 1x02 Shiro is the only Paladin who’s able to do the nosedive exercise. At this point he’s been piloting the Lion for like… a couple of days MAX, but he’s able to bond with her to the point that he can see through her eyes. So far, we haven’t seen any of the other Paladins pull this off. The Lion/Paladin bond is a two-way thing - we see that clearly with Red and Keith - so we have to assume that this bonding moment is not just down to Shiro’s calm focus. It’s also coming from Black.

You can also see Black’s willingness to bond with Shiro in 2x07. Shiro goes down to the hangar, sits in the Lion, and goes: “Work with me. What do I have to do to strengthen our bond?” And the Lion is like: “YES BONDING! ALRIGHT! LET’S GO!!” She immediately powers up and whisks Shiro off on a spiritual journey. She invites Shiro to see through her eyes, and shows him her history and how she was made. Shiro asks ‘what do I have to do to strengthen our bond?’ and the Lion’s answer is 'you need to understand my history and where I come from’. And again - we’ve not seen any of the other Lions do this. Shiro is the only Paladin whose Lion has opened up about their past or told their Paladin this kind of visual story.

None of this is consistent with the characterisation of the Black Lion as disloyal. It certainly doesn’t seem like she mistrusts or dislikes Shiro, right? If anything, she seems positively eager to open up to him.

Which brings me to my theory about the Black Lion: I don’t think she’s fickle, or contrary, or lowkey still into her ex. I don’t think she likes Zarkon at all, or misses him, or wants him back as her Paladin.

I think she’s traumatised.

More under the cut, because sweet quiznak did this get long:

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Friendly reminder that Klaus’ letter was preceded by “that is the beginning of another story”, which is meant to highlight key components in the letter, such as Klaus wanting to thank Caroline in person. This suggests that they do eventually meet up, and that their meeting is not a mere fleeting chapter in their lives.

This isn’t a nod to their friendship. They’ve never been just friends. This is a promise of a romantic future. 

There is no doubt in my mind that if Caroline and Klaus were to ever reunite (and according to the finale they do) that Klaus would want something romantic from her. And if you believe otherwise, you’re kidding yourself. 

However long it takes is a throwback to a romantic scene. A romantic scene that suggests a promise of a romantic future between the characters. This isn’t mere banter between friends. Because Caroline has never been just a friend to Klaus. It’s a promise of a romantic future. 

“that is the beginning of another story”
“however long it takes” 

Eventually this story will be realized. And it isn’t a story about friendship. 

why theo decker is the most relatable donna tartt character:
  • has only one (1) friend
  • Bisexual ™
  • amazing fashion sense. walk walk fashion baby
  • makes bad decisions
  • romanticized the girl he had a crush on
  • wants to die like. all the time
  • tried to kill himself once with alcohol poisoning but ended up puking on the bed and crying
  • #aesthetic

Fun fact: The debt he’s referring to here happened between chapters 310-311. It took him over 200 chapters to repay his debt and he never once forgot about it this whole time.

anonymous asked:

Why are labradors and golden retrievers always so happy? They always look like they're really enjoying life. What is their secret??? <3

Genetics! Retrievers have been purposely bred to be biddable and friendly. While genetics do not guarantee a breed trait, they definitely guarantee physical features and can have a heavy impact on personality.

This is why puppies cannot be considered “blank slates” and why it is not “all how they are raised.” Environment does play a big role in a dog’s outcome, but some dogs are raised in all the right conditions and can still end up being rude to other dogs, or weird with strangers. And from a different perspective, dogs can be raised in terrible circumstances and still end up completely level headed.

Genetics are a great reason why you cannot just adopt any dog you think looks cute. Breed 👏🏻 traits 👏🏻 matter 👏🏻! Yes, there are dogs who defy their breed traits, but it has more to do with their personality than their upbringing. You cannot adopt whichever dog you want with the intention of training away their predispositions.

You can try, and you may succeed, but you must be prepared for the undesired outcome. Don’t all of a sudden not be able to care for the Beagle who just won’t listen off leash, or the Afghan Hound who doesn’t seem to be an obedience champion, or the Border Collie who won’t just relax for like 5 minutes, or the Labrador who has an unhealthy obsession with fetch.


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