Concept: One of Otabek's "mischievous friends" takes an interest in Yuri. Otabek can't for the life of him figure out why it bothers him so much, and then one day it hits him.
so disclaimer that just like otabek himself, his friends only look intimidating and scary in reality theyre all just dumb nerds who laugh at fart jokes and otabek is their Mom Friend
when yuri visits him in almaty he demands that he meets otabek’s friends asap bc he talks abt them often and hes totally not jealous of them shut up
so otabek complies and the next time he and The Squad meet up, he brings yuri along
they hang out together for the rest of the day and otabek notices that one of them (the one closest to yuris age, he notices) keeps staring at yuri with the most infatuated gaze he’s ever seen, excluding the stares Viktor always throws at Katsuki
if heart eyes emojis existed irl it would be that friend
and for some reason whenever he sees it, it feels like an actual hit to his heart??? why is he so bothered??? why does he feel strangely betrayed by his friend??????
it gets even worse when he actually pulls otabek aside and goes “yo…. bro…….. yuri is, like, extremely beautiful??? holy shit……….. i think im in love…………….”
and that honestly made him feel furious??? he just nods and the friend is satisfied with that bc hes used to otabek not speaking much but yall,, beka’s pissed
AND HE DOESNT? ? ? KNOW ? ? ? WHY ? ? ? ?
it isnt until after the hang out and he and yuri decide to stop by a cafe before going home and yuri laughs genuinely at him after he says something funny that he realized. oh. his friend isnt the only one in love.
Annabeth- Totally the one that always has correct punctuation, capitalization, and tries to spell the best she can despite her dyslexia. Answers in record time, and always sounds pretty proper when texting. Sends links if she finds something interesting. Definitely has read receipts on.
Percy- Spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and other grammar stuff is literally thrown out of the window. Uses a lot of abbreviations and throws in a blue emoji whenever he can. It can literally be months before he even responds to a text. Always shares funny videos.
Jason- Like Annabeth, pretty professional and responds somewhat quickly. Uses surfer emojis a lot, salty but somewhat glad there isn’t a brick or staple emoji, but get’s gifs that involve them all the time.
Piper- Average in response time. Literally knows all texting lingo in existence and sometimes people have literally no clue what she’s saying. Sends inspo. quotes a lot, and uses emojis pretty frequently.
Hazel- She might be just as bad at responding than Percy (Just kidding, no one’s as bad as Percy). Doesn’t use a lot of abbreviations, texts exactly how she talks IRL, once she finds emojis she literally uses them in every single text she sends.
Frank- Man of few words, he sees your texts but doesn’t necessarily respond. Usually texts back “k” or just the thumbs up emoji when he can. Never initiates convo unless necessarily or if its with Hazel.
Leo- Gif master of all time, literally sends so many that people have blocked him since he makes their phones crash. Some of his texts literally make no sense, and sends texts that are random af.
My poor Fareeha. She could almost see Satya’s smirk, which always managed to make her nervous and excited at the same time. If you promise not to distract me from my work, you can come over and quietly lay at my feet like a good pup. Satya followed that up with a pretty scandalous string of emojis.
I keep thinking about the emoji movie and like I think they’re trying to capitalize on wreck-it ralph’s success but here’s the thing:
wreck-it ralph was successful because it played off nostalgia. everyone can remember going to the arcade or playing classic video games, or even if you didn’t you still know the pop culture references.
the emoji movie is playing off of what’s popular now, and it sucks as a concept not only because fads change really fast, but also because it’s made by adults who may or may not really understand the nuances of emoji language as we do. so because of this, it comes off as cringey. it’s like those parenting articles that are like “decode your teens text!!1!” and it’s all wrong, either the definitions are wrong or they use phrases a teen would never use irl.
sure emojis might be popular now, but in five years? ten years? this movie is gonna be on the same plane as Adam sandlers pixels: a sad, dated mess, whereas wreck-it ralph will be dated, yet timeless because it’s nostalgic.