what she means:
three days ago thomas stanley holland, a man who i USED to stan, tweeted "bye bye hair". harrison fucking responded to the tweet with an cheeky ass emoji. he knew that little shit he knew but he's holding out on us just like tom is. so tom's hair, the hair i love, the locks, the curls, the softness, is gone. next harrison is back at it again with instagram posts, this one with them riding horses but toms head is covered by a helmet. covered by a helmet. these boys, before we even truly knew it, were setting us up for cardiac arrest. so for three days we were left in the dark. then out of the blue we see tom with a hoodie covering his head strolling the streets in montreal with a laughing harrison beside him. we cannot see the hair. not one bit. THE LITTLE SHIT is specifically is pulling down his hood so we cannot see what he fucking did to his hair. AND THEN he posts another instagram story saying "guys it's not as bad as you think. i actually think it looks really good. i think you'll like it but i'm going to save it for an actual picture to show you." with harrison 'legit devil on the shoulder' osterfield smirking over his shoulder. these two boys are fucking teases and they know it. BUT IT DOESNT STOP THERE! Oh no. Tom then posts a photo on his instagram. throwback to my curls + tash. bitch, we all know you cut your hair. STOP TEASING US FOR FUCKS SAKE. we should've seen this coming. we should've listened to anthony mackie, he knew and we all should've listened. tom is a little asshole. so is harrison. i hate him. i hate them both. they can both CHOKE!
older Miles is a bit of an ass, complete with snide remarks, a perpetual bad mood, and of course, more lying. he almost reminds me of Felix but more obnoxious. he still has a huge crush on Adrienne though that has only gotten worse over the years. only her bright sunshine behavior seems to bring out the softer side of him
Sooo does Wes wear or not wear overalls?? In early works he dose but newer ones he doesn't.
Oh no he actually doesn’t! It’s just that, I have the bad habit of using fanart as reference when I first enter into a fandom…
…and MANY artists draw him with overalls…
He looks good in them! For a while even tho I noticed he doesnt wear them I drew him like that anyway!
But my Wes has a soft, top-heavy silhouette and I noticed overalls break the flow of the design, so I just stopped drawing those on him alltogether.
I still take some liberties tho, like the buttons on his pants and the scar on the eyebrow, but they’re just small details to fill up an otherwise VERY simple design that wouldnt fit too well with my style.
Hi! do you have any tips on anatomy? i struggle so much at it. your art is so cute btw!!!
hi anon!! thank u so much!! im gonna try my best to offer some tips to u!!!! im still learning with anatomy as well (& im not so good with tutorials…) so bare with me:
SIMPLIFY AND BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING IS MY #1 PIECE OF ADVICE. for example lets start small with a hand. instead of looking at a reference or ur own hand and trying to perfectly capture every detail, look at the basic shape!! its p much a square for ur palm, 4 sticks of varying sizes, and as i have described here the little pouring part of a teapot (idk what its called) for a thumb.
u can apply this anywhere!!! just like the hand, other parts of the body like legs and arms have basic shapes too!! ive seen many artists explain it this way so i picked it up as well, but they have this rhythm where one side is curved and the other is straight (its more subtle in realistic art, but if ur going for cartoony u can exaggerate this too). depending on the drawing or sometimes if my drawing is small i’ll just make straight rectangles for arms or legs but rly it will make things more interesting and technically correct if u show these variations in the appendage shapes.
really the best thing in art ever for me is to simplify simplify simplify, im not great @ anatomy but learning to break things down and represent them in the most minimalistic ways has rly helped me a lot and made my anatomy look better too. to be honest i have not done figure drawings in ages and i rarely use real life references when drawing (IM NOT ADVOCATING FOR DOING SO, I KNOW IT HELPS MANY PEOPLE A LOT BUT I JUST CANT EVER GET INTO IT). whenever i use real life reference, i feel like my art becomes stiff since i tend to replicate the image too closely thus making a cartoony style have the proportion and anatomy of a real person which doesnt really fit the style.. i prefer to study the work of other artists especially animators since they have a great grasp on appealing simplification and stylized anatomy (bc u know its hard to have an animated show thats super detailed). craig mccracken and genndy tartakovsky both have really cool simplistic cartoon styles so i draw a lot of inspiration from their art (and i hope to use varying shapes and exaggerate my anatomy more like theirs as well).
(one little other important thing i didnt rly mention but ill keep it short since everyone says this. of course u have to practice too. i know it sucks to hear “just keep doing it” from everyone when ur frustrated with ur abilities and dont want to keep doing it, but continuing to draw bodies will boost ur abilities so much. u can look at art and read a million tutorials, but actually drawing will continuously build up ur muscle memory for drawing arms, legs, etc and after a while it comes naturally!!)
tldr practice & study not just from real life but look at how other artists break down and simplify shapes of the body. also remember art doesnt have to have flawless realistic anatomy to look good! there are so many incredible artists who bend the rules of anatomy whether its as a stylistic choice or to exaggerate emotion or perspective, etc.
Now, while I know that katsudeku would most likely never become canon (and while it breaks my heart, im
totally okay with it). BUT you know what. I’ve started to ship
them ever since the start of the manga, it was during the well-known slug villain scene when king-of-explodo-kills got captured, it was just so beautiful for me. dekus’ will to save kacchan despite everything kacchan’s done to him, his shout of kacchan’s name as he desperately tried to save his friend, and the expression on Kacchans’ face, he just looked so vulnerable as if he was asking for help, he wanted to be saved it had a lot of impact on me and it was there and then that i told myself ‘that’s it, that’s my ship!’
sure, they may not be in talking terms as of now. but they’re slowly, very slowly, in their own pace, getting there. They’ve managed to change their perspective of each other and because of that, they’re trying to become better, stronger. Whether or not it’s intentional, they have both managed to make an impact on the others life: kacchan has realized that he isnt the only one who’s strong and talented, he’s managed to lessen his shouting and violence and is trying to get better, to not stop trying to give it his all.
deku on the other hand has viewed kacchan as someone worth looking up to and becoming a source of inspiration, he admires kacchan a lot and sees him as someone worth surpassing.
the thing is, while i do agree that kacchan has caused deku troubles (and i do hope that he apologizes one day) they were kids, and while that doesnt justify kacchan’s actions and behavior, what im trying to say here is that they were kids, they make mistakes and learn from it and would probably try to correct their mistakes, and i think that’s what’s happening with them.
katsudeku isnt as toxic and unhealthy as some people claim/make it to be. In the end, it’s just kacchan’s inflated ego (he’s a head full of pride) that’s preventing him from
recognizing his care towards deku; i mean, if people reread the manga they’ll
see katsuki isn’t that bad of a person at all, he can be caring and nice (though he can be very subtle about it), honestly
kacchan isnt the nicest character nor is he the
most honest. kacchan can be violent, but he doesnt take it to a point where in he’ll try to kill someone. He wants to be a hero, fighting bad guys excites him and just like deku, he looks up to All Might, and i believe some people tend to forget that. Katsuki is a very complex character whose personality isnt just that of a bully. he’s full of depth and character development (and i can’t help but love him and would want to protect him) and this is why i believe, deku never really took
his bullying to a point where he’d actually jump off the roof and stop
aiming to become a hero. katsuki might still call him deku, but i think the intensity and the reason is different now. remember that time when kacchan got kidnapped? when he said deku that time, it got to me. he wasnt angry or upset but he looked concernrd: kacchan knew they’d lost and if izuku tried to reach out to save him, izuku will get dragged with him or worse get hurt. he wanted deku to stay back in order to protect him, and that just speaks volume to me.
and let’s not forget the fact that izuku still calls katsuki “kacchan” of all things, and katsuki lets him, sure he might shout and look pissed but he just lets it go, and i just love that.
i mean just look at this, when izuku found out that the villains were targeting katsuki, he was worried and he still cares for kacchan.
and here we have king-of-expolod-kills itching for a fight, he looks hella pissed and he knows izuku’s the one behind it yet he still let the nickname go, he just brushes it off, he doesnt get mad at deku.
i mean look at their genuine concern for the other… sure, this ship is a little bit problematic, but that’s what makes it interesting.
What do you think happened to him? uhh… he doesnt look happy. something bad. what do you think his name is? …orca. because he’s blue. his name is actually ciel, his name means sky in French. that’s nice!! his parents where killed in a fire, and he and his brother where captured and sold to a cult, then they used his brother as a sacrifice. gasps that’s awful!!
this is his butler. what do you think about him. is he his father figure? he must be if he’s protecting ciel. …in a way. what do you think his name is. ….Jeffery. ….his name is actually sebastian, and he is the demon that ciel summoned. gasp what!? ciel uses his power to find out who killed his parents, and when he does Sebastian gets his soul. wow.. such a price to pay.
this is mey-rin. what do you think about her. …she must be the demons side kick. nope. no one knows he’s a demon. she actually has super good sight and doesnt need a scope when she shoots so she’s like… bad ass.
what do you think his name is. … humfry. …his name is baldroy, and he is an american soldier. really? thats cool, so he’s like a body guard for ciel? yes, in a way.
what do you think about him? he looks good and pure… im probably wrong. …in a way, his name is finny and he was tested on by germans. gasps really!? thats awful!
what do you think her name is. … is it milly? her name is actually sieglinde, she is from germany and her mother binded her feet and made her think of a huge fictional world as reality. ….some parents are awful. did ciel kill them? yes. good.
what do you think about her? are her and the other girl related? nope, but they are friends. ok, is her name…. lilly? no, her name is elizabeth, and what do you think about her? … she likes pink, and she is one of those girly girls. … shows her lizzy sword fighting what do you think of her now? she hid that side because she thought he wouldnt like her, but im guessing this made him like her a whole lot more. yeah.
ok.. what do you think his name is? ….billy. ……….his name is actually tanaka. he was ciel’s dad’s butler. ooooh…
what do you think his name is? is he a friend of ciel’s? laughs NO! not at all, they hate each other. …hmm… his name iiiiiisssss…. fred. …his name is actually alois. oh, i was way off. how do you expect me to think that? well, he had a little brother named luka, and they where part of a village that bullied them so luka summoned a demon, to destroy the village. …poor alois.. i guess, but, she actually grew fond of alois and started to take care of him. then he summoned another demon. what!? why!? he already had another one!! he wanted to capture ciel or something, its unclear because the writers are bad. laughs
what do you think about him? is he ciel’s father? laughs no. his long lost brother? laughsmore no! …. ok, his name is Alfred. his name is claude, and he killed alois. he was the demon he summoned. what!? thats so rude!! yeah everyone hates him because of that.
ok, what do you think about him? is he another demon? no. there are things called grim reapers. ooooh… silver. … his name is actually undertaker.
ok, what about him. his name is billy and he takes selfies. …close i guess, his name is ronald and he’s another reaper. i thought he was a demon..
ok, what about her? is she a demon? she must be the one that protected alois. ..no. she is another reaper. ok, her name iss… rose. her name is actually grell, and she is trans. .. whisperes i like my name better.
Ok. last one, what do you think his name is. ….is he a demon? no. he is another reaper. rolls her eyes of course. anyways, what do you think his name is? his name is.. uhh… hm… his name iss…. Alfred. ….. his name is william. ooh. people become reapers when they kill themselves. this story is dark, but if your into that…
“We have to start giving back because Greendale has given us so much. It gave us the study room, and that study room is our home. But our home is more than those four walls, and our family is more than the seven of us. It’s all of Greendale. And everyone deserves to have what we have.”
ok so, nick is a complete fucking moron for not realizing the position of power he was in and that he was using it, even if totally inadvertently, to get attention and nudes from his fans. thats so incredibly fucked up and he really should have realized what the fuck he was doing and why it was bad. i looked at the screenshots though, and they dont scream “i know exactly what im doing and i am manipulating you with my position” as much as “i am an idiot manchild that is unaware of my reach and flirts with people like im a god damn 17 year old that doesnt know how human beings work or what they want but this works for me even though its actually fucked up i just dont realize it yet.” im not in any way being an apologist for his actions, ESPECIALLY if its proven that he did in fact try to pull this shit on anyone thats underage (i havent seen proof of that specifically, which would obviously be totally inexcusable and would render anything im saying moot because holy shit fuck him if he did that so much). my personal opinion is that theres a difference between someone like him, who is an adult that clearly hasnt grown the fuck up and needs to, fucking ASAP, and someone fully aware that what they’re doing is harmful and that they’re hurting people but they just dont give a shit because they’re full on evil predators. at the same time im trying really hard not to give him any leeway he doesnt deserve because hes in his mid-20s, hes a god damn adult. he should know better and its good that he got punished. literally if he was just god damn mature enough to realize what he was doing, which he fucking should have been, none of this would have happened. but i dont think hes evil just really really stupid and he probably shouldnt ever have the complete trust of any of his fans the same way he did before nor should he have the amount of fans he had before. even if this wasnt as bad as it could have been i dont want for a second for anyone to feel like what they’re doing is in any way ok if its similar to what nick was doing because it is just, not, ok.
murdoc being fussy about 2d eating or washing his hair and pretending he doesnt actually give a damn like “your not going on stage looking like shit, your gonna make me look bad” but actually doing it because he cares about 2ds health and well being,,
ok so retail drug store AU!! im 100% shamelessly basing this off of my own job
about 1/3 of the store is cosmetics, skincare, bath & beauty, etc. the rest is pharmacy, OTC, food, and other general drug store stuff
have u seen drake’s video for ‘started from the bottom’? thats where i fuckin work
this is really long. im sorry
allura owns the store. she’s also the head pharmacist
which is always the owner of the store
in a permanent state of “my employees are fucking incompetent i should fire them” but never does only reprimands them
the cameras in the store show her everything thats happening she has a big screen that show all of the 24 areas. sometimes when shes bored and it’s slow she’ll sit there and watch the employees
she calls lance several times and tells him to stop fucking around bc he’ll just be hanging around the front cash bugging the fuck out of keith and pidge and hunk, if he’s there
theres a betting pool w the staff on when she and shiro are finally going to hook up
she deals with customer complaints when shiro isn’t around; a lot of customers see her pretty face and think she’ll be lenient on them , but oh boy. ohhh boy are they wrong
she’ll fuckin shred em
she’s stern but a very kind and understanding boss
coran is one of the front store managers (meaning he’s one of the managers of everything that isn’t pharmacy and cosmetics).
he’s also the product receiver
has to do a lot of cycle counts and damage reports bc customers drop things, especially cosmetic things, so often
jokes around a lot
will come check up on employees and see if they’re working or not
usually doesn’t do much if they’re not
just tells them to get to work but like doesnt actually do anyhing about it
one time he walked into the cosmetics department and saw lance giving hunk an impromptu makeover and said “dont do that on store time!” but lance offered to give him one too so coran was like ‘oh yes’ and never actually gave lance shit
very smart and suggests a lot of ways to improve customer service, ignores keith whenever he says ‘or we could not do that’
VERY protective of the staff, will fight anyone who treats them poorly
shiro is the head front store manager, meaning he’s above coran but below allura
(fs managers wear blue collared long sleeve shirts and ties. pciture shiro wearing that. thank u for ur time)
the store is severely understaffed so shiro is permanently stressdt
because he’s the one that deals with hiring and raises and wages and whatnot
is literally the Team Dad™ and the employees go to him a lot when they have issues/are being harrassed by a customer
since they cant tell customers to fuck off they get shiro to do it instead bc shiro is the manager and can do what he wants
(shiro never tells customers to fuck off. not explicitly. he’s too kind for that. hes very good at subtly telling them off though. kindly.)
takes naps in allura’s office a lot
is also in charge of what products get brought in
wants to go for a yearlong nap when lance and pidge keep suggesting all these weird sex toys and lubes
“look at this thing it looks like a BANANA shiro can you bring it in i’m gonna fucking sell this to that cranky ass old dude–” “NO, pidge, we are not bringing in a banana sex toy. jesus christ.”
“YOOOO I’D GET A THIRTY PERCENT DISCOUNT ON THIS LUBE ITS STRAWBERRY FLAVOUREDO OOHH” “i dont want to hear about your sex life, lance.”
no one knows how tf he got his scar or lost his arm but everyone always asks if he can robot punch the dick customer in the face and shiro always has to firmly tell them that’s rude and also, no, but only because theyd get fined
hunk is the best merchandiser (stock person basically, the ones putting products out and whatnot)
often climbs the shelves in the receiving room bc although he doesnt look it hes super nimble
the toilet paper is always on the top shelf and customers always want it bc its always on sale so hunk is perpetually climbing the shelves
sometimes he gets stuck up there and isnt let down until shiro hears him screaming, sometimes hours later
shiro leaves him in charge of signage and sale tickets which is fine bc hunk always bums off half of them to lance (who always whines bc he has enough to do in cosmetics which is a lie because theres nothing happening there ever)
deals with a lot of shit in general
“are you sure you dont have any more of this in the back?” “well ma’am, you see, this thing here” (handheld device) “tells me we have zero in stock, so, like, yeah. im sure”
has a small crush on one of the regular customers called shay, who will hang around and talk to him until shiro comes around the corner and says “Get back to work”
whenever he sees one of his coworkers being bothered by a customer he’ll come up and very cheerfully say “can i help you??” as said coworker makes a break for it
a VERY hard worker, always gets compliments from customers and even hugs sometimes from the regulars
always brings in cookies or donuts he baked and leaves them in the staff room for everyone to share; they always tell him to quit his job and open a bakery
hunk flushes and beams but would never leave this shit hole of a place, he says
spends like 70% of the time he’s in the receiving room dancing and singing loudly along with the radio, pidge joins him sometimes
so does lance and theyll play impromptu basketball with garbage and empty boxes
dabs at lance when he sees him across the store
pidge is the cash supervisor meaning theyre the one who deals with counting the safe, covering breaks, and dealing with customers when shiro, allura and coran have gone home
since the managers usually dont work night shifts, pidge is in charge almost every night from 2pm to close, at midnight
literally dead inside, makes jokes about it a lot
“hey pidge can you bring me a roll of toonies when you have the chance?” “sure, keith, i’m not doing anything anyway, only taking care of this entire fucking store on my own and wanting to die” “same” “nice”
will enter the staff room and announce “i hate my fucking life” and do a shot of chocolate milk
the tills crash a lot, and pidge gets at least 6 calls a day from lance especially because the tills are shit in the cosmetics department
“my cash crashed again” “just fucking leave it lance i dont give a shit” “i have customers” “okay ill come reboot it but only because youll cry if i dont” “Thanks pidge love u” (pidge has hung up already)
very small but always ready to fight
will literally tell a customer to eat a dick if they deserve it
one old guy was harrassing keith because he didnt have enough lottery tickets and keith was trying to remain polite (which he sucks at) and pidge came up and said “sir kindly calm down or leave this store immediately and dont come back”
covers lance’s breaks, since the department cant be unattended, and will shout across the store when they see lance stopping at front cash on the way back to flirt with keith
“YOURE NOT BEING PAID TO FLIRT WITH KEITH LANCE GET UR ASS BACK HERE” (customers stare)
got called “she” after specifying they want “they” pronouns multitple times, and then refused to serve the customer again
is that stereotypical cashier that literally wants to die
“hi welcome to quiznak did you find everything you were looking for?” *customer bitches about sale prices and blames keith as though he personally chose the price* “okay”
its always dead from 7pm to midnight so he’ll just stand there and read a book, and pidge will be like “u cant do that” and keith will be like “too bad” and pidge is like “tru”
has stupid competitions with lance, will often compete with him for Worst Customer Ever Stories
lance: “this woman told me i shouldnt work in cosmetics because im a guy!! what kind of bullshit!! i didnt give her free samples” keith, flatly: “a man yelled at me for five minutes solid because we don’t sell duracell batteries and then threw his empty coffee cup at me and walked away”
the uniform is a short sleeved t shirt but keith always wears a black shirt underneath it and no one cares enough to stop him
he also wears his skinny jeans instead of work slacks but again no one cares
this pleases keith because he knows his ass looks great in those jeans, and he knows lance stares at it from across the store
actually has terrible apathy and poor social etiquette and is bad at reading social cues which hes working on with shiro’s help
a customer sadly said “i lost my husband” and keith blankly says “did you find him” and shiro, who’s there for whatever reason, gives him a pained look, until keith says “oh god im so sorry i didnt realise oh god”
when its really slow and pidge is on cash he’ll leave to go “straighten up” the aisles but hes actually going to visit lance in the cosmetics department bc arguing with lance is fun
literally doesnt care about makeup or skincare but lance does and keith thinks its cute
if theres no customers pidge will get on the PA and say GAYYY for the whole store to hear
hunk will join in from the receiving
okay so im a cosmetician so this is entirely based off of my experience
lance is one of the only cosmeticians. there are 4 running the entire department. lance suffers everyday. he might as well be the fucking manager
knows so much about skincare that it’s lowkey terrifying. has amazing skin. “Whats your secret???” asks a customer. lance will never reveal. (its glycolic peels and a good moisturiser)
also is incredible at eyeliner, gives shiro a run for his money
“youre a guy why are you working in cosmetics” “because im beautiful”
the cosmetician uniforms are all black, long sleeve blazers and black pants. lance looks really good because he’s tall and slim, and pidge always tells him what a gay look it is
“im BI, pidge” “i know but its a gay look because its a GOOD look”
its always fucking HOT in the cosmetics department because its far away from the freezers and the lights for the makeup make the entire dpt like a sauna
lance will cry about it at any given time. he BEGS allura to change the AC settings but she never does
goes to front cash to steal bags a lot because they run out a lot at cosmetics but mostly actually goes to say some kind of pickup line to keith, or to whatever cute girl is waiting in keith’s line (earning himself a savage glare)
always has makeup swatches up and down his arms and all over his hands and smudges on his cheeks; somehow still looks flawless, and he knows it
shamelessly applies makeup in the middlle of his shift, earning himself calls from allura and shiro telling him to work andstop doing that
he doesnt stop
when hes bored hell leave the department and go hang out with hunk in the back for like a half hour and claim he was printing signs when asked
“i may hate my job and want to die most of the time, but at least i look good” *finger guns* *keith rolling his eyes*
a pretty girl or cute boy enters the department looking for a consultation and lance flirts the whole time, partially because hes a flirty dude, and partially because he KNOWS it’ll up his sales. also he likes making people smile.
makes faces at keith from across the store when keith is standing at his cash looking like a zombie. keith responds and they have an ugly face contest
after close, pidge, hunk, and lance will grab the trolleys and race down the aisles, often crashing into shelves or each other. keith joins sometimes and fucking slaughters them all
is it bad im not over ur FANTASTIC jily genderswap n im hopin this doesnt come off as rude but i'd kill for some more !!
“I’m going to piss in your coffee. You hear me? If you don’t hurry up I will literally piss in your literal coffee. Actual urine, Evans.”
Liam doesn’t look up from tying his shoelaces. “At least wait ‘till we’re out of the street.”
“I’ll piss wherever I want, thanks.” Jane says, as Liam straightens and she hands him his piss-free drink. “Now we’re going to be late.”
Liam can’t believe her. “The only reason you’re even out of bed right now is because I said I’d pay for coffees, and you’ve repaid me by swearing the whole way here and threatening to piss in the beverages I paid for.”
Jane smirks, all teeth. “’Beverages’” she does air-quotes around the word, spinning so she’s walking backwards facing him. “We get it Evans, you read.”
“You’ve won this English prize three years in a row. You read too.” She is not watching where she is going and is absolutely going to hit something, most likely a person.
“Yeah, but when I read it’s cool. When you do it’s sad.”
“Your favourite book is Love in a Cold Climate. By what stretch of the imagination are you cool.”
“I refuse to have the Love in a Cold Climate argument again because you haven’t even rea-“ her heel hits a fire hydrant they’d both missed, and he sees her go backwards like it’s in a film or something. He reaches out like a shot, grabs her arm, pulls her forward to his chest. She grabs his shirt, almost popping a button, and the whole thing lasts about three seconds but feels vastly longer.
His heard is thudding, and with her fingers a fist in the middle of his chest, he becomes inexplicably aware that she might feel it. She breathes out, hard, and he hears her swallow. “Clumsy.” He mutters, one hand still on her arm and the other on her back, fingers spread over her spine.
She looks up at him, mouth parted slightly, glasses still broken from Black’s house party last weekend. “I play soccer.” She says thickly, looking from his eyes to lips and back again. “I- I am most absolutely not- clumsy…“
She keeps mumbling, and he leans closer, their faces almost touching. She trails off, eyes darting all over him, and how odd it is- still, that he can make her nervous. He flexes his fingers on her spine, and her breath hitches.
“We’re going to be late.” He says, his mouth practically touching hers, “and your ties twisted.”
She blinks, lightly shoving him backwards. “Leave my tie alone or I’ll piss in your beverage.”
“Save the jacket” Sarah coughs, vomiting again. Jane rolls her eyes.
“It’s leather. It’ll wipe off.” But Jane takes it off her anyway, letting go of her hair to peel back each of the arms. Liam, sitting with his legs spread out over the grass, puts up a hand, and she throws the jacket to him.
“Black, don’t take this the wrong way,” Liam says, looking up at the moon, “but I don’t think you can do five shots in ten minutes and feel nothing.”
“Get fucked.” Sarah chokes, gagging again. Jane grins.
“You fac- face is crooked. Wonky nose.” Jane slurs, grabbing at his face again.
“Cheers, Potter.” He goes sideways through the door and untangles her legs from around his waist, laying her on the bed. “Let go of my neck.” He commands.
“The- you whole ro-oom is crooked,” she’s gone crossed-eyed, drunkenly pleased. “Crooked room, crooked boy.”
“Clever girl.” He says, softly. She unwinds one arm from around his neck and presses a palm against his cheek, thumb brushing over his lips. He says nothing, rooted to her. Her hand drops, eyelids drooping.
“Stay.” She mumbles.
“This is my room.” He says. When he looks down, she is holding is hand.
“If you were there it would have been different.” Liam accuses, opening his fridge.
“Why?” she’s sitting on the bench, kicking her legs at him, “Because I’m the only one who finds you funny?”
“Precisely.” He throws an apple to her. She catches it. “Now Parsons’ just thinks I’m a twat who seriously thinks coal is the energy of the future.”
She grins, taking a bite of the apple and watching him cut a slab of butter from the block. “Please don’t.” She says, knowing that he will, and he spins to face her, shoving the entire stick into his mouth. “I’m never going to kiss you again.” She lies.
“No worries. I have other options.”
Jane, through a mouthful of apple, laughs. “Like who?”
“A cardboard cut-out of you?” He tries.
“Please. My cut-out has standards.” He takes a step towards her, laughing, not even bothering to shut the fridge. “You haven’t shut the fridge.” She points out, and he puts his hands on her knees, leaning forward. She can see every single freckle on his nose. “I am not going to kiss you.” She says, firm. He continues to lean forward. “Evans, I-“
He smacks a kiss against her cheek, letting go of her knees to swing around and shut the fridge door. “Now you have butter cheek.” He says. Grinning, she gives him the finger.
“Is it necessary to slide in the mud every time you score a goal?” Liam asks, sitting on a bench in the abandoned boy’s locker room with his ankles crossed together.
“Don’t ask stupid questions.” Jane answers, walking to him.
“You’re not supposed to be here.” Liam says.
“This is a women’s soccer match. No one’s supposed to be here.”
“I meant in the boy’s locker room.”
“You know the girl’s showers are full.”
Liam tilts his head. “Well actually I don’t, because I don’t make a habit of wandering into changing rooms that aren’t mine.”
“Don’t act like you weren’t waiting for me” Jane says, and Liam abruptly sticks out his tongue and pulls his legs up so his feet are flat on the ground. “What are you doing?” She asks, confused.
“Acting like I wasn’t waiting for you.” He says. She grins.
“’That what that looks like, is it?” She’s standing over him now, his head tilted up to see her face.
“Clearly.” He answers. She can feel a bruise ripening on her knee, swelling purple already. He says nothing for a minute, just looking up at her, and then reaches out to trace nonsense shapes on the side of her thigh. Her heart, still thudding from the match, slows.
She brings up a hand to touch his neck, thumb running along the underside of his jaw, and he shudders right there in the boy’s locker room. She swings a leg up over his knees, straddling his lap and getting dried mud on his legs.
Looking him full in the face, she can see the remnants of supporter’s paint under his eyes that had been rubbed away by the rain. He comes to all her games, wears her old team jerseys as a joke and cheers louder than anyone when she gets a goal or Sarah fouls someone. She brings up her other hand to brush hair off his face, and he keeps looking at her.
She leans forward, because they just won, and he belongs to her, and she is so unbelievably grateful for it. “I love you, stupid boy.’ she breathes into his ear, and she can see his goose bumps.
so this is going to get into the meta, right, this is about characterization/decision making, and basically its going to be a haphazard guide to how i make the taako decisions i do in my fic. maybe it will be helpful?
Also I need to put a DOUBLE DISCLAIMER that this is just one interpretation of the character, and specifically the way I personally write him, which is influenced by my specific interpretation of the canon and my own experiences.
you should write him however you want. this is fanfic, for fuck’s sake. but hey, meta’s always fun to read.
anyway this was gonna be longer and i might do parts ¾ for other taako versions but i ran out of steam writing this and figured i should at least post what i had. tagging @epersonae@maegnus@emi–rose as original req’ers sorry this is like. late. and not done lol.
this is going to be a loose collection of questionable advice/notes. i tried to structure it and honestly it just wasn’t coalescing.
- this is a guy who grows up knowing nobody really cares about him and nothing is permanent and only Taako is going to look out for Taako.
- he comes from a place of self-centered selfishness, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but he’s aware that the world does not care about him and everyone leaves and that affects how he navigates the world.
- depending on how you feel like writing it, his low-empathy behavior is either a guard for his actual feelings, or he actually doesnt give a shit. he wont tell you which it is.
- he misdirects by revealing truths, and is a pretty bad liar but also a pretty good manipulator
- kind of cruel. whether this is an act or not is a characterization decision up for debate.
- weirdly open with kravitz and angus.
- the way he is kind, when given an opportunity, and the fact that he mentors people given the opportunity (ren, angus) suggests that he’s by nature someone who wants to teach, but the way he acts otherwise suggests that he has found it to not be productive.
- wants the world to look at him but specifically at the image of himself that he creates
- wont admit things to himself.
- slowly making connections and opening up as the story progresses.
- constantly flip, but occasionally drops a devastating truth bomb, something sad that he dones’t seem to recognize is sad. “because no one will have me.”
- insecure but wears his insecurities on his sleeve. surprisingly open about his flaws while simultaneously claiming he has none.
What I mean:
Its so nice to see a subversion of the 'bad boy' trope. he isnt a bad boy, he is an actual child with a very real and destructive disorder that he does his best to fix all the time, even after he accepts that he'll never get back with his ex. He is trying so hard to be a good person because he doesnt want to be like his shitty father, he knows he messes up and immediately after his episodes realizes his mistakes and just looks so guilty and broken and sad and you just want to hug him and say "you're trying you sweet gumdrop I'm so proud of you" i just want him to be happy and have the support he needs to grow as a person