Steve's puppy is in love with his shield. She insists on sleeping in it, eating out of it, and is not impressed when Steve tries to swap in a replica to fool her.
Tabitha was tiny and black
and white with a little black spot around one eye and Sam took one look at her
and joked that she had the same worried crease between her eyes that Steve did.
He’d adopted her from down
South, a pit mix of some kind that was attentive and sweet. And curious.
Snuffling around his gear and when she tipped his shield over on
accident she went scurrying away, only to creep back when it didn’t chase her
and nose at it until she realized it was perfect for a rocking-bed.
Steve took approximately
300 pictures and decided there was no harm in letting her doze in his shield
while he set up her bed and bowls and toys and made sure he’d puppy-proofed
Only that wasn’t the end
of it. A week later, and she was still
nudging it with her nose until it tipped over and snuggled in for the night
every night. He’d given her a meat bone
earlier in the day and she’d trotted off with it, tail high, to curl up in his
shield and chew on it.
It was on his next mission
he decided things had to change. The fur
could be easily brushed away and the bone bits washed off, but the leather
straps had little teeth marks in them that would soon be big teeth marks and Steve realized he might have encouraged a bad
habit without meaning to because it happened to be cute.
So he bought her one of
the plastic replicas he found on Amazon and set it on the floor for her. She was interested at first but had barely
gotten a paw in it before she pulled back and left it for his actual
shield. He put treats in it and tried redirection
and she kept stubbornly (like you,
Sam smirked as he filmed some of Steve’s unsuccessful retraining) refusing to
use the plastic shield.
He went on Etsy and bought
a cosplay replica that was an impressive facsimile. So good, Tabitha laid down in it.
For five minutes.
It was Clint who finally
fixed everything, sending T’Challa a series of photos and a note that simply
read “a little help?”.
A week after that, a
package arrived from Wakanda. Inside, a
perfect replica of Steve’s shield in pink, white, and blue with “Tabitha America” painted on it
and half-dozen leather straps for her to chew.
tbh sometimes I wonder exactly how much Welcome to Night Vale had an influence on our sort of weird casual surrealist humor (cryptids, cursed images, “self care is drinking six redbulls behind a 7-Eleven and fist fighting god”, dark kmart, etc.)
A relationship between two adults with a large age gap is not inherently abusive.
Parents maintaining some form of control over their child’s life whilst that child is underage and still under their parents’ care is not inherently abusive.
A parent reasonably disciplining their child is not inherently abusive.
Arguments in a relationship of any kind do not automatically make the relationship, or any of the people involved, abusive.
Friends who aren’t available to tend to other friends’ needs 24/7 are not inherently abusive or “toxic”.
Can people seriously stop automatically categorising things as abusive because it just trivialises the seriousness of actual abuse. I’m so tired of seeing things like “if your partner yells at you then leave them”, “if a friend isn’t there for you then they’re not a real friend”, “if your parents don’t let you do what you want then they’re bad parents”.
Just because you don’t agree with someone’s behaviour it doesn’t mean the behaviour is abusive. Humans are complex and very emotional and while small things can sometimes be indicators of abuse, usually negative emotions or behaviours are just because people are fucking complicated.
Things are not as black and white as “100% abusive” and “100% not abusive” - please keep in mind that there are shades of grey such as “possibly abusive” or “a shitty thing to do, but not abusive”, or “just fucking normal human emotions because not everyone can be 100% positive and nice to everyone all the time you twats”.
Today in history, March 22nd 1873, Puerto Rico officially, Abolished slavery. Although that date was the official date for the abolition of slavery, enslaved Africans and their descendants still suffered under the conditions of slavery for a minimum of three more years, while slave owners were given money, and land agreements in their favor to compensate for the incoming loss to their revenue. Even after that, previously enslaved Africans and African descendants worked under similarly harsh conditions under the same “employer” for low wages.
It’s now been 144 years later, and I would implore us, Puerto Ricans , to reflect on what the abolition meant, and how the effects of race-based social structure still lingers on in current day Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rican diaspora. How are conditions like for Puerto Rican’s of African descent, what are conditions like for Puerto Rican’s who’s African heritage is worn on their skin? What can we do to continue fighting against anti-blackness, and ensure a more inclusive, and less discriminatory Puerto Rican culture?
In 2003-2005, there was a guy on BZP who made bionicle sprite comics. I don’t want to say what they were about since I don’t want to risk the 0.01% chance he’ll find this, but his comics are still out there.
When I was around 7-8 years old, I loved his comics. I thought they were the funniest stuff I ever read. I loved them so much, in fact, that I used to private message him all the time. I can’t bring myself to re-read our conversations, but I know that I could barely form complete sentences, and he did a very polite job handling a stupid barely-sentient child. I even used to make him a guest star in my old comics, because I considered us best friends for no reason. I think it’s because I just wished we were(I was a lonely child).
Fast forward to over a decade later. I just happened to remember he existed and started reading his comics over the past few days. I would leave the bricklink tab open, and before I went to sleep I’d read a couple comics. I finished today, and through sheer curiosity, used my NSA skills(google) to see if he was still around. I found him.
He works as a graphic designer for Lego, and even got one of his MOC designs to be an official Lego set. He also worked on the Lego movie and a whole list of other Lego themes and media.
I can’t believe it. The same guy I used to pretend was my best friend when I was 7 years old ended up working for Lego. After years of wondering if he was even still alive, I just found out that he’s living his dreams.