joins forces

If you haven’t already, please read Of Fire and Stars.

It’s about two princesses, booksmart magic gifted Denna and troublemaker horse expert Mare, reluctantly deciding to join forces to search for the culprit behind the assassination of Mare’s uncle.

As they work together, they realize there’s more to each other than meets the eye and they fall in love. I cant spoil more than that, but if you’re interested in stuff like this, read this book.

Who Should Lead the Avengers

I just commented on This Post about the ranking comparison between Sam Wilson, James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, and Steve Rogers. However that’s not the only thing to consider when saying who should control the Avengers. 

For reference Rhodey has the highest ranking in canon, then Cap, then Sam. 

Now, we don’t know how long Rhodey was in the army exactly, we know Tony graduated in ‘87 and Ironman 1 takes place in 2008, meaning if Rhodey graduated with Tony and immediately joined the air force he’d been serving 21 years, considering it takes on average 18 years to become a lieutenant colonel (his position in this movie) and he was still in the air force through civil war it’s easy to say Rhodey has more than 20 years of experience in the armed forces. Rhodey is also accustomed to cutting edge technology, and modern military politics.

Sam Wilson (Still assuming he is a sergeant) would have had to complete a minimum time in service of 8 years. He worked para-rescue using cutting edge technology during that time period.

Steve Rogers was submitted to project rebirth in 1941 (at the earliest) he then served as a dancing monkey for a while, but I’ll use 1941 as the start date to his service. The last known date of him working with the howling commandos is 1944, at most he had 3-4 years of experience, (at least)half of what Sam would have had, and less than a fourth of what Rhodey would have had. All of this experience occurred in the 40′s and while he was using cutting edge technology for that time he isn’t accustomed to modern tech, or modern politics. He’s still adjusting to the modern time period, and not familiar with new methods of operation. 

I understand that his name carries a lot of weight, but Steve Rogers was not the best person to lead the Avengers based on experience. 

Righting Wrongs Part 2

Thanks for the positive feedback on part 1! It can be found here if you missed it. Here is part 2! Thanks again to @paperbacktrash for the feedback, especially the reactions to the character(s) I have created for this!

This follows the events after ACOWAR so there will be mentions on some of the original story in case you have not read ACOWAR yet.

Summary: Tamlin’s road to redemption. He joins forces with a familiar face and some new faces to further his goals.

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otakugamer333  asked:

How would L light and near react to s.o who is amazing at fighting and catches criminals easily by their skills like 100% of the time

L would love it. He now has someone to go out and physically catch them once he identifies them. However every time you left his sight he was worried about you.

Light would think it was amazing and would encourage them to join the police force.

Near would love it and hate it. He loved it because you could defend yourself should something happen, but you are also much physically stronger than he is that he’s a little jealous

Thanks for the great prompts! I’m having a lovely time filling a few in the little reading/writing nook my wife made for me in our apartment. (It has fairy lights and lots of wonderful soft throw pillows. She’s sitting on the living room couch as we speak, reading the prompt fills as I post them. This is totally symbiotic.)

Anyhow. Just a thought. I know we have tons of incredibly talented artists in this fandom (e.g. @marina-does-things, @pota-totoo, @themaarika, @gallisonaf, and so many more). Would anyone be interested in doing something collaborative? Let me know if you’re an artist and want to join forces. :) 

New mum Cheryl donates £500,000 to charity that helps disadvantaged children

Cheryl ’s charity has made a massive £500,000 donation to the Prince’s Trust to support the charity in helping disadvantaged kids.

The money from Cheryl’s Trust will support the funding of a new state-of-the-art centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

New mum Cheryl, 33 - who welcomed her first child Bear with One Direction singer Liam Payne in March - set up the charity in 2011 with the aim of making a difference to the lives of you disadvantaged young people in the North East of England.

Earlier this year the Geordie singer announced she had joined forces with the Prince’s Trust to open the centre - but it was unknown until now how much money she had contributed.

Speaking at the time, she said: “I am incredibly proud to call Newcastle my hometown and it’s important to me to be able to do my bit to help the young people in the area.

“No young person should be held back by their circumstances, this new centre will transform thousands of young lives by teaching skills, developing confidence and moving young people into education, work or training.”

Cheryl’s Trust plans to further fund the Prince’s Trust with grants over the coming years, according to charity papers.

Some of the donors to Cheryl’s charity include Greggs - who gave £100,000 in 2015 - and TP Icao (formerly ICAP), with Michael Spencer’s stockbroking company giving £500,000 in 2015.

In 2016, £100,000 coming from SAS Licences Limited.

Beauty and the Beast is the Hobbit

really though. it’s kind of bizarre

We begin with a prologue. A male narrator tells us the story of a secluded kingdom/palace that fell into decay..

The narrator then tells us how his kingdom/palace fell into ruin. The ruler of the kingdom/palace became selfish and heartless, obsessed with one of the “seven deadly sins”: (vanity or greed).

Their selfishness drew a powerful evil magic (an enchantress or a dragon.)

It also drew a curse. The enchantress caused the Prince to turn into a beast. There’s a similar concept in the Hobbit. The gold   in Erebor causes the people who obsess over it to get “dragon sickness”– a sort of curse which turns them into gold-obsessed  “dragons” (beasts on the inside )….

After this dark prologue, we transition to a beautiful sunny provincial town. It’s a lovely place, but every day is the same as the day before. These hobbits/ townspeople are fussy and simpleminded. They care a lot about tradition and being “respectable.” They deeply mistrust anything new, exciting, or unfamiliar…..

We meet our second hero- a naiive and very bookish person whose name starts with a B. They can have a snarky sense of humor. They “don’t take anyone’s shit” and are far stronger than they look. They can be proud, even a little arrogant at times, but they’re very soft-hearted. They are a “pure cinammon roll.”

This person’s greatest, defining strength is their compassion. They can see the good in everyone, even in creatures who look like monsters (Belle falls in love with the Beast; Bilbo takes pity even on Gollum)

They also have a parent known for being crazy/unconventional– Belle has her father Maurice, Bilbo has his mother Belladonna Took.

Both the protagonists are different from the other simple farmer-villagers because they want more than just a simple  life.

They long for adventure….

And they’re eventually dragged into an adventure, against their will.

Our protagonist is forced to meet the The Dwarf-King/the Beast-Prince. This person is brooding, intimidating, and glowering. He rarely smiles. He has a dramatic cloak and an uncontrollable temper. He has a Tragic Past, a bizarre troop of followers, and (secretly) a good heart. 

Deep in this King/Prince’s castle is his special glowing Secret Artifact you really shouldn’t touch (Seriously don’t he will FREAK OUT). The reason why the King/Prince needs the protagonist has something to do with this enchanted artifact….

The protagonist makes an agreement to stay with the King/Prince (Belle makes a promise, Bilbo signs a contract.)

They get to know the Prince/King and his more approachable but still very weird group of followers. When the King/Prince isn’t there,  these followers sing an upbeat song to the protagonist as they expertly prepare/clean up after dinner (Be our Guest and That’s What Bilbo Baggins Hates.) Their song is so upbeat you forget they’re singing it to a captive audience.

Meanwhile, the relationship between the Prince/Dwarf-king and the protagonist gets off to a very rocky start. The Prince/King secretly cares about the protagonist (later risking his life multiple times for them) but refuses to show it. Instead he acts cold, dismissive, and controlling. The protagonist, meanwhile, doesn’t know that beneath his cold facade the Prince/King really does have a heart.

Their relationship reaches a breaking point when the protagonist makes an innocent mistake, and The Prince/King lashes out at them….

The protagonist decides that, even though they promised to stay/signed a contract, they can’t do this any longer. They try to leave….

But a wolf attack changes everything.

The Prince/King defends the protagonist from wolves (or guys riding on wolves).He’s gravely injured by one of these wolves.

 The protagonist then saves his life in return.

This near-death experience brings them closer together.

The Prince realizes he was wrong about the protagonist, and about himself…

”Bittersweet and strange, finding you can change, learning you were wrong!” Versus “I have never been so wrong in all my life.” 

There’s a lot of bonding between the Prince/King and the protagonist. The Prince/King becomes kinder, gentler. Their affection for the protagonist, and the protagonist’s kindness to them, makes the Prince/King more openly compassionate. Things are really looking up. It looks like the curse will be overcome (the Beast will become human, and Thorin won’t get the “dragon sickness” that drove his grandfather mad.)

But there’s another force to be reckoned with– a handsome, vain antagonist who loathes the Beast/the Dwarf….

(“I use antlers in all of my decorating!”)

This antagonist convinces everyone the Beast/Dwarf is evil and subhuman. (He’s very against the film’s Beast/human or dwarf/elf relationship).  He rallies a massive force to kill the Prince/King.

The protagonist, armed only with one of the Prince//King’s prized sparkly artifacts (the Mirror/the Arkenstone), tries to convince them to stop. But this only makes things worse.

At one point the Prince/King tells the protagonist to leave. Then the Prince/King, feeling betrayed and hopeless, becomes “beast-like” again. The enemy is at his doorstep but he refuses to fight,  resigned to his fate. One of his servants/followers tries to convince him to join the battle, but fails. Let them come, the Prince King thinks, let them destroy everything– he’ll remain holed up in his castle. He lets his servants/Dain’s troops fight his battle for him.

His servants/Dain’s army does well without him at first, but eventually he’s forced to join the fray. He fights one-on-one against an army/mob’s leader. There’s a moment where he thinks he’s defeated his foe….but then his enemy launches a surprise attack, stabs him, and mortally wounds him. Yet by killing the Prince/King, the evil guy also ends up killing himself. 

The protagonist rushes to the dying Prince/King’s side, blaming themselves for causing his death. The Prince/King, meanwhile, has finally redeemed himself. He apologizes for the way he acted in the past (“maybe it’s better this way”) and speaks lovingly about how wonderful the protagonist is, and how glad they are to see them one last time. The protagonist, meanwhile,  desperately insists that he will be all right.

But he isn’t. He dies. The protagonist collapses, weeping.

But then he comes back to life because love!!! In one of the films, anyway. In the other he is 50000 percent dead


Both films have animated and live-action adaptations. In the live-action adaptations, Ian McKellan plays one of the Prince’s allies (Cogsworth/Gandalf) while Luke Evans plays one of his adversaries (Gaston/Bard).

TL;DR: A Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Bilbo and the Dwarf (or: the Burglar and the Beast?)



Taken for Granted (pt 3)

As Namjoon closed the door behind him, he stood by the entrance, snickering to himself. “Her? Liking me? Wahh” he said silently to himself. He wasn’t sure what it was he was feeling now, but he couldn’t stop smiling. “As if I’d like her?” he said again to himself.

“Hyung what are you doing by yourself there?” Jungkook asked curiously.

“Huh? Oh nothing” Namjoon said, flustered.

(One week later)

“Hey guys, Y/N isn’t coming today! Looks like it’s just us tonight” Jin said, filling his voice through the dorm.

“Awh, whyyy” Taehyung asked, coming out of the living room.

“She said she’s sick” Jin said with a frown.

“Let’s go there then! We can bring her food” Taehyung said, excitedly.

“Yah, if she’s sick she should just rest. She can’t be taking care of you guys too” Jin scolded.

Taehyung walked back to the living room with his head held down. He was looking forward to watching the movie you two had discussed a few weeks ago, but it looks like it would have to wait another week. 

Namjoon meanwhile, listened to everything silently from the dining table. “That’s weird, she never falls sick…” he said to himself. 

“What’s that? Couldn’t hear you” Hoseok said, sitting across from him,

“oh, no it’s nothing” Namjoon said.

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Saddam Hussein’s campaign to kill Shia Muslims, ban Shia practices and literally execute/detain Shias which violated those bans was only years ago. Today, an army called ISIS seeking to “cleanse” Shias from the muslim world exists in the same country carrying out massive attacks against shia shrines–there are literal shia muslim families pretending to be sunni in order to remain alive. In Bahrain, Shia Muslims do not have the same rights as their sunni counterparts; they cannot join the police force, army, are refused immigration on the basis of their (notably shia) names, cannot work/live in certain areas, and despite making up 70% of the population, only comprise <18% of the government. In Malaysia being Shia is illegal. depending where you are, Shia muslims are actually rounded up and thrown in jails should they violate those laws/preach shiism/declare their Shiism. Shia villages in indonesia were burned down shias were literally burned alive just in 2012. In Pakistan, several anti-shia terrorist outfits–many enabled by the government–are proudly “expunging shias” from the country via literal assassination and mass attacks in Shia neighbourhoods, mosques and shrines etc. Hazaras have been extensively, inhumanely persecuted and face death not only at the hands of extremists, but at the hands of the state which seeks to revoke their rightful citizenship and place them in harm’s way. In Nigeria, Shia muslims are persecuted by government forces and hundreds were shot and killed in 2015 alone. 

In Saudi Arabia, the school-system itself preaches death to Shia Muslims with Shias being thrown in jail, or executed regularly. Saudi arabia, an ally to all major Western countries, muslim countries, exports this ideology abroad and funds terrorists who carry out what can only be called shia genocide. 

if after all this you cannot realize anti-shiism is a widespread, state-funded phenomenon in the muslim world, you are no longer just “ignorant” of these crimes.