like, i know the point of stranger things is for the kids to have scary adventures and such, but i am regardless 100% prepared to yell “kiss, kiss, kiss!” at the screen every time joyce and hopper are in a scene together in season 2
this is what i feel i can best bring to the situation
Where the Lightwoods take note of Alec’s sexuality earlier, after he had his parabatai bond with Jace but still a teenager, and decide to hire a warlock (not Magnus because I’d rather Alec be an actual adult when they meet for shipping purposes) to ~*magic*~ the gay away.
The warlock, not being a complete bastard, talks to Alec in private (because he needs specifics if the spell is to work properly and boys rarely tell the truth if they think their parents can hear, he tells the Lightwoods) and lays it out for him. There is no spell, he can wave his hands and send pretty lights and sparkles out, and Alec can go back to living in the closet to make his family proud. Or he can fool his parents for as long as he needs to to get out, and the warlock will find him a safe place to stay where people won’t try to ‘fix’ him.
Alec takes option 2 and slowly makes a name for himself with downworlders as an independent shadowhunter that truly cares (I’m thinking a Batman or Archangel-like figure that the Clave is aware of, but doesn’t really expend resources on unmasking because he helps more that he hurts them).
By the time season 1 starts he’s been dating Magnus for a year or so, has friends and connection throughout all the downworld, and has been tracking all the Valentine rumors (and relaying them to Jace and Izzy, cause let’s be honest, they would never have taken any side but Alecs).
Summary: Reader and Bellamy are the leaders of the camp and are really close. One day Bellamy starts avoiding her without any reason. Reader is hurt because she loves him and tries to find out why he ignores her. One day she finally makes him talk to her and he admits that he got scared of being in love with her.
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I had never thought that a person could influence someone else’s life so much just by their presence. But now, after my life had completely turned upside down and I found myself on the Earth with another 100 delinquents, I knew it was possible. Somehow I had earned a leadership position which I shared with Bellamy Blake.
Yesterday when Harru said that his favorite song off the album was "A little bit of my heart", I remembered "Two Ghosts", "Do not let me go" and stockholm syndrome. Harry looks like that poet in a relationship in which after a fight, he takes a bottle of drink, a cigarette and a guitar and writes his wounds. And Louis from his writing, is the one who comes home, sees him fall, and says "ok baby, I love you, let's solve this.
I think about:
1. Their tattoos. Louis is the one who finds the way out. He is the compass home.
2. Harry is the Rose. Louis is the Dagger.
3. Louis was the one who confronted Savan Kotecha about getting more control of their music, and by extension of their image.
4. Savan acknowledged Louis as the de facto leader.
5. Harry has a tattoo of a bird cage. Of hangers. Of the Bible. Of an eagle.
6. Louis “It is what it is” Tomlinson. Rolls up sleeves and gets to work.
7. Louis: 28
8. Harry is the Little Spoon.
9. Louis watching over Harry on the bed during the “Perfect” music video shoot
10. “The wind makes nice waves.” “That is true, Harry.”
11. Achuoo = Harry + Louis in Doris talk (this is from @larry-god-mother)
12. The shared costume closet during OTRA
13. Louis’s hand on Harry’s back
14. In that iconic video where they’re walking backstage during OTRA, and Harry’s fixing his hair and Louis wipes his mouth, Louis is walking behind Harry. Always walking behind Harry.
15. Louis brings bottles of water onstage for Harry. Kicks away empty bottles for Harry.
16. SBB is the GROOM
Avengers Assemble is back this weekend! So here’s some happy stony reunion fluff, inspired by @axiomatiq‘s tags.
Once the team succeeds in bringing Tony back from the magical dimension he’s been trapped in, Steve can’t stop touching him. He doesn’t even notice he’s doing it at first, the way he places a friendly hand on Tony’s shoulder when they’re going through a briefing, or how he’ll bump their elbows together when they’re walking the corridors of the tower.
It’s only when Tony leaves for a business trip that Steve realizes he feels panicky and on edge. He and Tony talk on the phone, and they can communicate in an emergency via their Avengers ID cards, but it doesn’t feel right. He’s antsy and uncomfortable and he can’t shake this feeling that something bad might happen.
Steve feels a bit ridiculous when he wakes up from a nightmare that night with his breath heaving, thinking just for a moment that Tony is still trapped in that other dimension. Being able to talk to Tony had helped get him through that time, but he still gets anxious when Tony’s not there for him to touch.
When Tony gets home from his business trip the next morning, Steve wraps him up in a fierce hug that lifts him off his feet. Tony squawks and complains that’s undignified, but he holds on tight around Steve’s shoulders and quietly confesses that he’s missed this. Steve decides that he can live with them both being undignified together.
I was avoiding ships in the new generation because I wanted to focus only on Sarada and how beautiful she is without a boyfriend, but lately Shikadai x Sarada is flooding my head. Please tell me you don’t think they would be very interesting together.
So in light of what happened on Critical Role last night, I want to talk about a couple of things trope wise. Spoilers ahead so if you aren’t caught up, be wary!!
For this, I want to focus more specifically on the NPCs. Throughout the show, there have been several NPCs that have been LGBT+ in some way or another. Kima, Allura, J”mon, Gilmore, Artagan, all amazing characters who are all not straight or not cis in canon. It’s not a fan-bait play-and-switch, it is real, undeniable canon. They are all very powerful and very visible characters who have had major impact on the story and the PCs throughout the course of the game.
Now in any aired television show, we might get one of these characters and they very much would not have gotten half of the character development that these NPCs have gotten on Critical Role. Very likely, they also would’ve died in some tragic way very quickly. The ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope is more alive than any LGBT+ character in mainstream media.
A lot of people complain about any criticism of BYG because they say that it is only realistic for LGBT+ characters to be in the same amount of danger as anyone else and that it should be expected for them to die from time to time. Which, if that were how things actually played out, would not be such a bad thing. HOWEVER. LGBT+ characters are not in the same amount of danger as straight or cis characters. They are in far greater danger.
Writers will claim that if they can’t kill off LGBT+ characters, then there’s never any real danger to them being in a situation and you won’t ever be drawn into it. Not to mention, many writers will put a LGBT+ character into a show to get a pat on the back for being so inclusive, and then promptly kill that character off. They want the brownie points having an LGBT+ character gets them, but they don’t actually want that character in their show.
And then you have Matthew Mercer. Glorious, glorious, Matthew Mercer.
Since the beginning of the stream, there have been LGBT+ characters on the show. And the fantastic thing is, and one of the many reasons I continued to watch the show, is that you know all of these characters. You know something about their backstory and where they came from and the struggles they’ve faced. Even though they aren’t main characters, they are fleshed out and very much a part of the story, critical in many cases even.
Mercer has also, in my opinion, gone to great pains to avoid “Bury Your Gays’. The characters are in very real danger where they could die, but they are never put in inescapable situations and then killed off to further the emotional development of the PCs. Some of them have come very close to dying and might have died if VM had taken a slightly different path, but it was never a shoehorned ‘you could’ve never prevented it’ situation.
What Matt does, and what every writer everywhere should take note of, is that he doesn’t make any situation unsolvable or impossible. Different courses of action have different consequences. Because VM stayed in the Feywild longer than planned, Vecna was able to get to the people they cared about the most. Gilmore, Kaylie, and Cassandra could have all permanently died (I’ve never been more grateful for a nat1 by the way lol) but they didn’t because they players and the characters have that free agency to be able to react as things happen and to be smart and clever. Matt has never made the life/death choice for a character, it has always been the players and their actions/decisions. He lets them be clever and reactionary and he lets them solve problems as they are presented.
As a trans, pansexual person, I cannot begin to express the amount of relief I have felt when my favorite NPCs have continued to live. Because in practically any other show, Kima might have died in the Underdark or drowned with Allura after fighting Raishan. Allura would’ve been the victim of a political power grab on the Tal’dorei council or would’ve died when the Conclave knocked down her tower. Gilmore would’ve died in the first Chroma Conclave attack or in the final battle with Thordak or killed by Hotis. J’mon would’ve died in a heroic, but ultimately meaningless, self sacrifice fighting Thordak or fighting the dracolich over Thar Ampala.
With television and movies, you learn not to get your hopes up. That lesbian character might be a main character and be around for a little while, but you’re just waiting for that stray bullet to the chest. That gay character might be confident and strong, but he’s going to be broken down, outed against his will, and then get blown up because he got caught in a revenge plot he didn’t know existed. That woman has a good relationship with her friends and girlfriend despite living in a zombie infested world? She’s going to get an arrow through the head that was meant for the fan-favorite straight guy.
I will never be over the fact that such a beautiful show as Critical Role has given me so many characters that I can see myself in. I will be forever grateful to Matt for giving those characters real agency and playing them the way he has. Seeing so many long-lived LGBT+ characters shouldn’t be as new or as refreshing of a thing as it is, but that is what mainstream media has conditioned us to. If more people wrote stories/characters the way Matt Mercer does, the world would be a better place.
TL:DR: Critical Role is a beautiful show and Matt Mercer is a writing/acting genius who has helped to restore my hope in humanity and who has worked very hard to give his characters the stories and respect they deserve and for a closeted kid from the deep south, that will never not mean the world to me.
Our Reinhardt was upset. Crabby. I asked what his problem was.
So he says, after some hemming and hawing, “Man, my girl’s coming back today and I’m not ready!”
So I said: “Okay, dudes, let’s solve it up.” Did he have the place clean? He did.
I suggested he bake cookies and have them finishing up when she arrives. She’d enter the place and it would smell great, welcoming.
Tracer said “that’s TIGHT! Cookies! TIGHT!”
Soldier 76 spoke up. "Cookies. Good shit good shit. Know what else? Candles. Candles, man.“
Candles, according to all, were both Tight and Good Shit. Everyone had solid ideas. Reinhardt felt better and thanked us.
Then there was the clicking and clunking noise of someone urgently plugging in his headset. Zenyatta said: "Bath bomb! Bath bomb!”
There was a collective silence, then “TIGHT! GOOD SHIT GOOD SHIT GOOD SHIT!”
The scenario was like this: She enters the place. She smells the cookies and sees the candles (not too many, because then it looks like a horror movie).He will have purchased her favorite dinner (barbecue, it turns out) and have it waiting on the table, buffet style.
And then she will want to clean up, and the bathroom (maximum candle density) will have a robe and bath bombs. With the following effects:
“She’ll have to get naked! TOTALLY naked!”
“She’ll love it cause chicks dig that shit and travel sucks!”
I don’t know if any of it helped. But I haven’t seen that guy log on in a while.