I can’t stop thinking about ‘it’s quite surreal’, and 'amazing, yeah. This is incredible, isn’t it?’ Because that’s how Sam and Anthony were last year. And they lost it so fast because people are awful.
With Theo and Samuel we have two young men, at the start of their career, and I just think that as a fandom we should be respectful of them and not invasive or over-excitable or rude or any of the other countless things we could do to them.
They’re human beings, doing a job that should probably be the most amazing, fun job in the world. And it looks like they’re going to be spectacular at it. But can we remember that they are just that? Human beings doing a job. They’re not toys. They’re not play things. They’re not characters. They’re not for us to speculate over or ship. They’re people with lives and families and friendships.
So can we please be kind to them and show them we care about them and value them, and not drive them away and make them jaded? Let them have this amazing experience without us ruining it for them.
They’re so young. And they deserve to enjoy themselves and keep the wonder we saw in the video today. Is that so much to ask? Can people please be nice?
I didn’t see this process play out from the beginning last time, but I know it’s coming this time and it’s horrible. It’s beginning already, and I hate everything about it.
I did the art style meme thing, that i was meaning to do for a while, and picked my favorite artists uvu, completely butchered everyone’s style. Did No Game No LIfe’s cuz the colors in that animation is amazing tbh. This was harder than I thought it would be D:
the zuko + druk headcanons list that nobody asked for:
druk’s favorite pasttime is curling around zuko’s body. he twines around his arm, up his neck, down his leg, and when he’s not napping, he’s constantly moving. you think that important looking guy over there is the fire lord? hahahaha–NO. he’s actually the royal dragon holder .
(speaking of, zuko does install a royal position with the purpose of taking care of druk when he’s away.)
bby druk is a little shy and official fire lord clothing is ridiculously large, so druk mostly does the above underneath zuko’s robes. it makes zuko twitchy during important meetings, much to aang’s amusement.
also druk is just clingy in general (tbh so is zuko, but he doesn’t show it), and they love each other v much, so they sleep together every night, druk finding a place by zuko’s feet or side, or laying on the pillow across from him. my heart.
sometimes druk sleeps on zuko’s head, aheh.
druk has a teething phase, in which he starts knawing on anything and everything. harmless while he hasn’t gotten any teeth yet, extremely destructive once they start growing.
as in zuko has at least once had to recomission a new crown because someone–who shall remain nameless–turned the old one into scrap metal.
also because of this teething phase, zuko has to start teaching druk a few things. the dragon’s cute when he’s gently gumming on zuko’s finger, but when he actually starts to grow teeth… that isn’t a cute experience. druk may be small and cute and cuddly now, but one day he’ll be four tons of giant-ass dragon with giant-ass dragon fangs, so zuko starts to do that pretending-to-be-hurt-after-being-bitten thing to train him not to bite anymore. (it was iroh’s idea, because he’s smart like that)
no but just imagine that you’re a servant in the royal palace, and one day while passing the fire lord looking all regal and powerful and shit with his fucking pet dragon what the fuck aren’t those fuckers extinct, he suddenly yelps overdramatically and jumps back from it, putting on the most hilariously fake expression of hurt at the lil thing.
imagine zuko doing that in some fukcening official meeting because druk needs it to be reinforced constantly if he’s going to learn it.
consider: zuko and druk sunning themselves in the palace gardens they’re both smol fire breathers who like to be warmed by the giant ball of light in the sky.
druk is a mischivous little shit who likes to hide zuko’s personal belongings. and //hoard them//.
firelords have lots of shiny official decorations, both for one’s body and one’s room, and druk wants them all.
o v e r p r o t e c t i v e ! z u k o . zuko used to druk being rlly clingy and freaking out just a little bit when his tiny beloved lizard suddenly wanders off in that ginormous palace. or out in the middle of the wilderness bc zuko had to do a thing with the gaang and druk didn’t want to be left behind. do u even know how panicked zuko would get. why am i hurting myself like this. why am i asking you.
continuing ^that: i bet sokka is absolutely thrilled with the whole “pet dragon” development. and the rest of the gaang just thinks it’s really freaking cool. so they, you know, want to hold druk when zuko first gets him. nbd. and zuko lets them, because hey, what are friends for if they won’t let you meet their miniature dragon. but then he keeps getting anxious like “aang!!! be careful with him!!” or “sOKKA HE CANT FLY HE CANT FLY YET pUT h IM DOwN.”
sokka, probably: does he play fetch ?
zuko nearly dies of relief when katara just gently scoops druk into her arms and coos at him. suki doesn’t even want to hold him, which zuko loves even more, just leans over to look at him and goes “rad,” because that’s how suki rolls.
good mama zuko wanting to take care of his smol bb.
druk doesn’t really like anyone else?? it takes a while for anyone to notice because druk honestly is with zuko like 24/7 and spends maybe 2% of his time with other people. they look it up, and apparently, dragons imprint. as in, dragon companions (not wild ones) find one (1) special person that they care deeply about and everyone else is “whatever” at best to them, and “ew” at worst.
when he’s Very Smol, druk doesn’t care bc he’s a baby, but once he starts growing a little and actually has a personality, druk is like “lol no” when people try to interact with him (zuko relates). druk doesn’t even like aang, Mr. Animal Person. he snaps at katara and hisses at sokka.
sokka is, of course, pissy about being personally disliked by the dragon and quips that the only reason druk chose zuko is bc they’re exactly alike: prickly, moody, and judge-y.
(zuko is legitimately touched by being druk’s special person. like wants to cry over it touched. bc he can’t believe anyone would choose him over everybody else.)
druk tolerates iroh, and for that, zuko is grateful. he wonders if maybe the reason druk likes his uncle at all is because he can tell how much zuko cares about him and how much iroh cares in return.
druk, despite being nonsocialable, is a great judge of character. zuko mentions this and quips that it’s exactly why he doesn’t like sokka.
imagine the transition from druk sleeping on zuko to zuko being able to sleep on druk. cry. rinse. repeat.