like what is the point of a high school show without one we just don't know

anonymous asked:

the gay kiss in svtfoe is like 1 sec long i wish you guys would stop gaslighting people with this being good rep when the entire second season is given over to a completely unnecessary supposedly heterosexual love triangle, because they won't ever canonize marco as a girl. like seriously. pretending this is great rep has consequences, it alienates fans and it tells disney and other corporations they can throw us scraps and that they don't need to try to get our pink dollars. Stop.


First of all, I can do whatever I want. Second of all, I can do whatever I want. And third, I can do whatever I want.

Okay? Glad we established that. With that out of the way, I’m gonna be very clear with people like you who keep telling me and other people like what we should want, need and demand. 

Star has done a lot in terms of destroying gender roles and other stereotypes and taboos for kids and young people out there. Its characters are not flat and they have their own personalities, their own lives and agency, which don’t conform to gender norms as they have been force-fed to us by society. Breaking this kind of stereotypes is gonna be so liberating for so many kids. For example:

  • You don’t have to be girly to be a girl (Janna is into a lot of creepy and icky stuff usually considered boyish, just to mention someone)
  • Being feminine doesn’t define your gender (Marco, and I’m gonna get back to you on this)
  • Having trouble managing your anger does not make you a bad person (Tom. who is working so hard to keep it under control and improve because he wants to be better)
  • You can have a bunch of mixed, apparently contradicting traits, and that doesn’t make you less worthy of the gender you identify with (Star is very girly and likes cute stuff but still kicks ass and loves every second of it)
  • Boys can be affectionate with other boys (if we assume, based on what we know at the moment, that Marco identifies as a boy, and again, I’ll get back to you on that), and that’s okay (Marco and Tom, even though I still think the whole Friendenemies episode was very homoerotic)

Originally posted by mettatonexox

I’m really grateful for this new wave of cartoons (such as Star vs The Forces of Evil, Gravity Falls or Steven Universe). Different shows are exploring different themes from different angles, and that doesn’t mean that one is necessarily above the other. Star may not be exploring queerness in full (like Steven Universe does, for example), more like touching upon its surface, but it is still playing a role in its normalisation.

Never did I say that the infamous 1-second gay kiss was good rep. For me to call it rep, I would need it to feature at least characters whose names we know. But you know what? I’m okay with it being something in the background and I don’t consider it gaslighting, because as far as I know, the show did not make a big deal out of it, they did not announce “Hey! We are giving you guys gay rep! Look at all the diversity we’re including!”. I actually heard nothing from the show-runners. It was the media that blew up and made a huge deal out of it because of some stupid parents’ reaction. The whole thing was a nice detail that acknowledged the existence of gay people and made an effort to normalise queerness by showing them doing something as mundane as going to a concert with their partners. Period.

And on that note, I want to add that yes, more than this is desirable and it’s okay (it’s very important, actually!) to ask for proper representation. But we can’t close our eyes to the stuff that’s already come our way just because it’s not as much as we wanted it to be. Things take time. Society is still coming to terms with LGBT+ people, and rushing them is only gonna make them clam up and reject any notion of it. Hell, parents wanted to take Star out of Disney XD because they were outraged by a 1-sec cartoon gay kiss! Even though I’m tired of waiting, I see that Disney is treading on thin ice with its more conservative audience and has to carefully plan its every step. And they are still making progress. Slowly, but surely.

We got Beauty and the Beast with gay LeFou (even though I still think it should have been the clock and the candelabra), despite the foreseeable boicot from many people. I’m not saying “we’re good, we can stop demanding stuff from show-runners and movie directors”, I’m saying, “let’s appreciate the progress we’re making while aiming for more”. We’ve come a long way since Disney’s massive no-homo when High School Musical gave a girlfriend to Ryan, literally the gayest man alive in the Disney Universe.

And about the “unnecessary heterosexual love triangle”: I dunno, anon, I’m a storyteller and I saw it coming for a long time. The show built up to that point. It’s not like they pulled it out of their asses. Would I have wanted it to be a love square featuring Tom? Why yes, absolutely, but oh well. It still makes sense in the story they’re telling and it’s integrated in the plot. It would have been weird if Marco, who had been crushing on Jackie since Day 1, had just moved on from her without thinking twice.

Originally posted by cosmicstimmer

Now, about Trans!Marco: I’m gonna be very honest with how I view it, and I’ll also let you know that I’m transgender myself (non-binary pal here, hey, how are ya), as well as a transgender rights activist and lecturer, so I know what I’m talking about. I have nothing against the Trans!Marco fannon, obviously. I think some seed has been planted in the show and as of now, people can make of it what they will. I’d be thrilled and on board if there were any confirmation from TPTB. But I’m not taking it as anymore than that for now, and I’ll entertain both Trans!Marco and Cis!Marco notions. Why?

Yes, Marco has been shown as Princess Marco several times already, pronouns have been changed to feminine and nobody has questioned Marco’s new status during those times. However, Marco hasn’t expressed a particular preference for being treated as a girl (true, no preference for masculine treatment has been expressed either, so we’re kind of in a neutral zone I guess?). I mean, you see Marco wearing dresses and a wig with no complain, as well as being treated as a girl, but after that episode is over, you don’t really see Marco displaying any signs of discomfort with gender identity or pronouns or disphoria or gender expression or anything like that. Actually, the character’s development continues as it was before that happened (anybody else remembers that episode where Marco lives on a different dimension for 16 years and embraces every masculinity trope under the sun?). 

Originally posted by soyalexnajera

Now I’m not saying you have to meet a bunch of requirements to be trans (I’m no trans gatekeeper), but these are the kind of things that usually give it away when we’re talking about someone else’s experience, since we are not inside their head. 

Yes, Marco does possess some traits traditionally associated with femininity (like spending hours getting ready for the date with Jackie), but they’re vague enough that they could mean something or nothing at all (like I said, the show does a lot to destroy gender roles). I feel like I can’t really call it for sure based on that. With how indifferent Marco seems to be to different pronouns, I’d actually say that there’s higher chances this character falls somewhere in the non-binary spectrum, rather than identifying as a girl. This is, of course, my personal opinion, and I might be wrong. But it goes to show that the hinting done in the show has been so subtle for now that it could go either way, and so, I fail to see why we should get angry that Marco isn’t being treated as a girl at the moment.

Just my two cents.

“Is Bruce in here?” Tim figured he might be— Bruce spent a lot of time in the children’s wing of Wayne Enterprises. There were a dozen or so kids in daycare most weekdays, and Bruce liked to hang out.

Tim liked to hang out too. They had nice snacks, and he’d known most of the kids since they were toddlers. And sometimes naps were mandatory.

“Conference call,” Damian told him. (For someone who claimed to hate naps, snackfood, kids, and humanity in general, Damian also spent a lot of time in the children’s wing.) “I don’t know where.” 

He went back to what he was doing, which was arranging a set of pewter soldiers into a complex model of a battlefield, presumably for the benefit of the preschooler sitting next to him. 

“What’s this?”

“The Battle of Issus, 333 BC.”

“Right, obviously.” Tim decided he was curious, so he settled down on the mats to watch.  Damian finished his model; he pulled a marker from the art table and used it as a pointer. 

“Okay. This is the Macedonian army, outnumbered but in the better tactical position, south of the Pinarus River. Their leader is Alexander the Great. And this—” He pointed to his enemy line. “—is the Achaemenid Empire. They’re about to lose.”

Damian tapped his marker on the Macedonian right. “This is the companion calvary, Alexander’s elite force, and they—” he cut off when he noticed his pupil digging in the toy bin, clearly distracted. The kid came up with a battered Transformer, which he set behind Damian’s lines. 

“Elliot. Alexander did not have robots.”

“But,” said Tim, rummaging through the box himself, “did he have wizards?” He pulled a bearded magician out of the tub and held it up for Damian to see. 

“You know he didn’t.”

Tim passed the wizard to Elliot. “But what if he did?”


“How would that go?”


“Abracadabra, Alexander!” Elliot yelled, gleefully smashing through Damian’s entire left flank.

“Damn it, Drake.” Damian sighed in frustration— not quite the rise Tim was hoping for, but still something. He dropped Elliot’s discarded robot back into the box.

“I don’t know what you were expecting,” Tim told him. “Elliot’s four. He’s too young for— what is this— military history?”

“He was doing fine before you showed up.” Damian started to re-erect his soldiers, but he gave it up after Elliot came in for a second pass. “Which is typical, isn’t it?”

“Good one.”

“Thank you.” Damian crossed his arms. “Fine. I’ll bite. When is he supposed to learn this kind of thing?”

“High school? Maybe never.”

“That can’t be right.”

“Have I ever lied to you?”

“Frequently.” Damian rolled his eyes. “I’m getting a second opinion.”

“I’ll wait.”

Damian checked the room for potential allies. “Thomas?” he called over his shoulder, “You learned military strategy as a kid, right?”

Duke looked up from the book he was reading to a pair of kindergardeners. “Just you, man.”

“Told you.” Tim fished a bag of plastic ninja from the toy box and arranged them pointedly into a row. “How are you still surprised by this kind of thing?”

Damian glared at him. “Okay, first of all? I’m not a— hold on a second. Elliot!”

Elliot froze with a large, plastic dinosaur held aloft over the battlefield. He drew it sheepishly back to his chest. “Sorry.”

“Not in the calvary wing,” Damian told him. “You’ll scare the horses.”

“Here?” Elliot pointed to the front of the phalanx.



“Aim for his center.” Damian turned back to Tim. “Anyway. Why are you still talking to me? I thought we had an agreement about unnecessary contact.”

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notsarasblog  asked:

In ep8 the search team is out in the forrest, V is talking about her plans to go party and kev suggusts inviting bettey as a distraction and veronica goes "i think she allready has one" (or something like that) and points to the blossems i had thought she was pointing to jug and betty at first. Could you maybe write a fic: V and arch don't connect the dots about bughead during the group couch scene and V and kev see bets and jug making out and tripping over tree branchs ect. (Fluff) thank you

Cute! I love it!

“Shhh” Jughead chuckled lowly, tugging Betty behind the trees, his hand wrapped around her tiny wrist.

She was giggling as her ankle got tangled up in a loose tree limb, causing her to fall directly into the handsome boys arms.

Blowing a loose strand of honey blonde hair out of her face, she looked up at him, sea green meeting stormy blue.

“Hi.” She smiled at him, her shiny white teeth showing through plump perfectly pink lips.

She was so damn pretty, it was almost impossible not to stare at her. Brushing a hand to her cheek, he looked down at her.

“How are you doing? Holding up okay?”

She sighed softly, leaning her head into his chest

“You mean the search party? Or the turf war against my family and the girl who’s made my entire high school experience miserable? Or maybe the fact that my pregnant sister is missing?” She laughed humorlessly, pulling even tighter into his body.

He smiled sadly at the exhausted blonde

“All of the above?”

She giggled, looking up at him.
“I’m okay. I’ve got you to hold me up don’t I?” Her eyes were tired, and even though he knew she was joking he could see the insecurity in her face.

He placed his hands to either side of her face and brought his lips close to hers.
“Always” he whispered closing the gap.

Every time they kissed, it felt like coming home. It felt like everything they had been missing. The unsupportive families, the pressure to do everything on your own, the broken hearts and lonely nights, they didn’t matter. What mattered was this. Was us. Betty thought contentedly.

He couldn’t imagine being without her, even in the stillness of the woods, she had a spark that was undeniable. He had been missing that spark for the longest time, resigned to live in his black and white world alone. Not anymore, not when he had found his home, and she was pushed up against the old weeping willow, her hands buried in his hair.

The kissing turned more and more passionate, the cold chill of the late fall air pushing them even closer into each other, Betty’s hips pressed firmly into his, while his hands explored the bare skin under her sweater.


The pair pulled apart so quickly Jughead almost lost his grip on Betty and she flew backwards before his hands caught her waist.

Veronica and Kevin were standing in front of them now, hands on their hips.

“Well what do we have here?” The cocky smirk never leaving Veronica’s lips as Kevin practically bounced with excitement.

“This is a totally new development, our very own tortured writer and the one and only girl next door. I love it. I need it. I have to have it.” Kevin rambled, squeezing Veronica’s arm.

Jughead was bright red, his hands still on Betty’s waist as she tried unsuccessfully to hide behind him.

“Listen guys, it’s not…”

Veronica cut her off

“Save it B, if Holden Caudfield over there can make you this happy, even in this horrible situation, I am all for it. You have officially gained the Veronica lodge seal of approval. Don’t make me regret this Jughead.” Veronica raised a dangerous brow, before winking at Betty and turning on her her heel.

Kevin went to follow Veronica, before turning back, running to Betty and wrapping her up in his arms.
“You have so much to tell me, I’m sleeping over tonight. I’ve been an awful best friend and I’m sorry for neglecting you.”

She kissed his cheek and nodded as he sprinted off.

Jughead wrapped his arms behind her waist and rested his chin on her shoulder and she leaned back

“Are you okay with this?” He whispered in her ear.

She turned around at that and raised a brow, resting her arms around his neck.

“Okay with what?”

He dropped his eyes
“With everyone knowing we’re together, knowing you’re with me.”

She gripped his chin gently

“Jughead jones, there is no one else in this world I would want to be with. Let everyone know! It just means I get to do this in public.”

She pressed a slow long kiss to his lips.

Pulling away with the goofiest face she had ever seen him wear, he grabbed her hand and helped her over a fallen branch

“Well come on then girlfriend, let’s go find your sister.”

Why Harry is not a bad father in cursed child

So on the Harry Potter amino i had a quite “nasty” discussion (when you can actually call it that as for a discussion both persons actually have to use arguments, not just one person) with a very thin skinned person (when you spread around cc hate, be prepared that some cc fans may actually argue against you, especially when you don’t use any real arguments whatsover) about Harry in cursed child and cursed child in general. He/she made a blog about his/her arguments after i “rudely forced him” to actually give me some things to back up his /her opinion, but well it is actually amazing how you can make a full blog without giving any actual arguments and just keep repeating “Harry just wouldn’t do that” (you may remember my blog about his/her dealthy hallows argument) all the time without using any quotes or explanations.So i made a blog in respond. Well he/she told me that he/she doesn’t care about my opinion, but i wrote and published this anyway!(When i made effort to write it, why not post it on Tumblr as well?)So here we go! As i structured this based on his/her blog, this is the structure i came up with:

1)      Why cursed child is canon

2)      Why Harry isn’t out of character in cursed child

3)      Why Harry is not a bad father

This will be quite long, so be prepared xD

1)      Why cursed child is canon

I heard a lot of people saying that cc isn’t canon, because Rowling didn’t completely write it. It is true that she got help by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne and that she didn’t completely write it on her own. The reasons are clear: She is not a playwriter, she hasn’t done this before and she didn’t think she could pull off a play script on her own.And i agree, writing novels and movie scripts is very different from writing a play script as this medium works different in some ways.

But this doesn’t mean cc isn’t canon. The inventing process was a close cooperation between these three and Rowling had the last say about her characters.

QUOTE: „The collaborators she approved were Thorne and Tiffany. They emphasized that Rowling made sure they stayed true to HER VISION of the characters“

„It took about six months to really map the whole thing out. (…) Jo would say `This feels right, this doesn’t´   - Jack Thorne

„And we didn’t start writing the play as such-or Jack didn’t-until we agreed on what that story was. Jack produced an AMAZING script“    -  J.K. Rowling

Do you really think she would agree on a play to be published, if she would disagree with the things that are in it?

Our queen herself stated that cc is 100% canon and when someone can define canon, then it’s her. She wouldn’t have published cc, if she wouldn’t see the story to continue like this and i trust her to know best how HER characters, she invented, would behave.

So yes cursed child is canon, if you like it or not. Of course you are free to dislike the new developement as much as you want, but just because it destroyed your personal headcanons, it’s not less canon. Creators don’t owe us anything, especially not our headcanons, and this is how she sees HER characters. We as a fandom can’t claim to know her characters better than she does and we shouldn’t, which leads me to my next point.


2)      Why Harry wasn’t out of character in cc

First of all (a point i actually agree on) cursed child is not a novel. It’s not written in Harry’s perspective and we have an objective look at Harry’s character. And no it’s not Albus‘ perspective, a play unlike a novel isn’t written out of anyone’s perpective.We are no longer influenced by Harry’s subjective opinion, but see everything a little bit more objective, especially Harry’s character. I think due to the perspective used in the novels it’s harder for some people to see Harry’s flaws in the original series.

In cc Harry of course grew up and got older, but he still has a lot of his original character traits.

I think a big problem for a big part of the fandom is that they forgot book Harry, because they watched the movies too often. The movies showed a very different and more bland, perfect and boring version of him.

Here are some things movie Harry didn’t do or did different:

-books Harry had quite a temper and anger issues at times. In book 5 he totally destroyed Dumbledore’s office in a big anger burst and he loses control over himself, when he is under emotional stress (sounds familiar, right?)


-book Harry sucessfully uses crucio (yes an unforgivable torture curse) on a death eater and doesn’t even regret it


-book Harry didn’t hide Snape’s book in halfblood prince, because he thought it was dangerous or wrong to use it, he hid it so Snape wouldn’t find it and he could continue using it


-book Harry said pretty mean stuff to Lupin in Dealthy Hallows. When he is under a lot of emotional pressure, he tends to say things to loved ones, he regrets afterwards (sounds VERY familiar, does it?)

There is more, but i stop now. (and no this has nothing to do with the epilouge from dealthy hallows as this scene is in the books, the movies and cursed child). I love complex and flawed book Harry and they did a very poor job adapting his personality to the screen.

Harry is not a „perfect“ human in cc and he never was in the original series. No well written and realistic and relatable character is „perfect“. The headcanons some people create for Harry are simply unrealistic and don’t fit his flawed personality at all. I am happy Rowling decided to stay with her vision of the characters and didn’t give in to the unrealistic, glorified Harry headcanons.

This doesn’t mean Harry lost his amazing and great characteristics in cc!

He is still the adventurous and brave and caring Harry we know from the books. Although he is indeed an office/ministry worker now, he actually isn’t in his office a lot. Harry still hates paper work and he still loves to explore the danger personally instead of reading about it.

„HERMIONE: (…) – thought i’d check whether you’d kept your promise and were on top of your paperwork.

HARRY: Ah. Turns out i’m not.


HARRY: Great, let’s get out there. I’ll get the team together.

HERMIONE: Harry, i get it. Paperwork’s boring…“

He is still the brave, charming and adventurous Harry we know so well and love from the books and he wants to be right in the action. He is also still very caring about his loved ones, but i will get to that at my next point.


3)      Why Harry isn’t a bad father

As i said Harry is not a perfect human being and he is not a perfect father, which doesn’t mean that he is a bad one!

In the play it gets clear that Harry is still very traumatised by the war, the dead people, his parent’s death and his abusive childhood. It is very hard for him to connect to people and to open up to another person.

You always have to look at both parts of a relationship to understand the motives why characters are acting like they do.

a)      Blanket scene

In this scene we have the infamous „I wish you weren’t my son “ line, which so many people take out of context and totally ignore the circumstances of.

The blanket scene is VERY important as it shows the basic misunderstanding between Harry and Albus, which leads to their difficult relationship.

In this scene we have proof of how much Harry cares for Albus. He knows that they distant themselve from each other and Harry wants to change that, because he loves Albus. So he decides to give Albus his most precious possession, the only thing he has left from his mother. It is clear how much this blanket means to Harry and that he wants to give it to Albus shows how caring Harry in cc is.

But when Albus rejects the blanket and distants himself more from him, of course Harry feels horribly hurt. This blanket means everything to him and that Albus rejects his kind gesture, really breaks his heart.

Parents are humans too and they are not immune to feelings and pain of rejection, especially not Harry who always had a bad temper. As in the original series Harry is portrayed very human and realistic in cc.

People who just look at this line out of context, mostly forget Albus‘ line immediately before Harry’s:

ALBUS: No! I just wish you weren’t my dad.

Here is where the essence of the play lies, the reason their relationship is so difficult.

Here lies the big misunderstanding between Harry and Albus. Everyone expects Harry to be perfect. Everyone just sees him as the „hero“ without any flaws, noone sees the human Harry, the frightened and flawed and realistic human being and person.

So Albus suffers under the unrealistically high expectations people set for him and he gets bullied at school. So of course he understandably projects his anger and pain on to Harry. He blames Harry for his suffering, but he actually doesn’t mean Harry as a person, but Harry’s fame and the high expectations that come with it. So with „i wish you weren’t my dad“ deep down he didn’t mean that Harry personally shouldn’t be his father, but that the famous Harry Potter shouldn’t be his father.

Harry of course is heartbroken, because he feels rejected by Albus and the line escapes his mouth. It is VERY clear, that he immediately regrets it and he tries the whole play to make up for it.

And  their relationship wasn’t always like that. At the beginning of the play their relationship is portrayed as very close and friendly. Albus is open about his fears and Harry is as open to him. Their relationship just went in the wrong direction after Albus gets bullied at school. Harry didn’t do anything wrong or different, it was Albus who (understandably) changed because of his father’s fame. We don’t see any problems between Harry and his other children, it’s just between Albus and him. The problem of their relationship isn’t based on what Harry did wrong as a parent, it’s based on what happened in his past and how his fame affects the way people treat Albus. They are both complex and interesting characters, who i can both understand very well. I can see why both of them feel how they feel and i feel bad for both of them. That’s why their relationship is so interesting and amazingly written, because you can understand both parts of this difficult relationship and you are rooting for them to overcome their problems.


b)      Seperating Albus and Scorpius

You can say what you want, but you can’t say that Harry doesn’t love his son and that he doesn’t care for him. Every mistake he makes is based on his desperate need to protect Albus.

When Harry hears about the „black cloud“, he feels such a big need to protect his son that he loses his sense of reality. He never met Scorpius and he doesn’t know him. He just connects the black cloud to Scorpius (isn’t the first time his mistery solving attempts went wrong…Snape and Quirell *cough).

Is it illogical and wrong to do this? Of course! But it is also understandable in Harry’s situation as he is put under a lot of emotional pressure and all he wants is to see his son safe. I’m pretty sure he never really believed in what he was saying. He was so easily convinced by Ginny and Draco and he very easily regrets it and apologizes to Albus for it.


Harry is not a perfect dad in cursed child and like any real parent he makes mistakes, but he is by no means a bad father.

„Love blinds“ is a theme of the play and yes, his love for Albus does blind him. But you can’t argue that he doesn’t love or care for Albus. He would do everything to keep his son safe – he throws himself in front of a killing curse for Albus – and his love and his caring make him a pretty good dad actually. Their relationship started of with difficulties because of Harry’s fame, but he never gave up on Albus and it is beautiful to see them finally finding each other at the end of the play. They finally show their love for one another and Albus can finally see Harry as a human, not as a famous hero. This is why the pidgeon line is so important. Harry admits his flaws and his fears to Albus and shows him that he is human. I love how Harry puts his arm around Albus in the last scene on stage. It’s such a beautiful and hopeful ending to the play.

Thanks @bounding-heart (i always take inspiration for my blogs from your page :))and @mrsellacott (the blogs you posted lately about Harry as a father really helped me writing this!)

anonymous asked:

You have such a wonderful deep grasp of characters so I was hoping u'd help. I'm having a hard time connecting with Chloe. It is not because I don't like her I do, she reminds me a bit of Emma Swan or Kate Beckett two of my favs. With Lucifer we get inside his head, delve into his issues and idiosyncrasies where Chloe is mostly the job I really need them to give me more of and for her so I can connect. How do u see her? Do u hope we get more? Would u analyze her for me so maybe I can see more?


My thing with Chloe is that I also want to see more of her backstory/her outside the job at times, such as the hinted-at rebellion during her Hot Tub High School days (why did she leave acting? Just because of her dad dying? Was there more of it? TELL ME!) and so forth. But I also feel like the show has acknowledged that at this point, her job (and Trixie) basically are her life, and she’s been prodded to open up and to make some friends (including Maze, who she probably never thought would be one…) and to work out some of her issues. I think that will also change as she and Lucifer continue to become more than just work partners. And what I, and everyone, really need is for her to be fully clued in on the supernatural stuff, so the two of them can face that together like the badass power couple they are, rather than Lucifer just winging it (literally) and making dumb, if well-intentioned, decisions without ever talking to her about them. But that is just showing how much story there is to tell and how much character development there is to undergo. But with these hints about their relationship being a major focus of s3 and continuing to be explored and expanded, I am hopeful for that coming.

Honestly, one of the things I love most about Chloe is exactly her sometimes dry manner and her emotional restraint and her ability to both be incredibly patient with Lucifer and call him out on his BS. I love that she has the Devil wrapped around her little finger, and that since he is the constant five-year-old in the relationship, and the colorful/eccentric character, he needs someone who can handle that about him. Chloe is exactly what he needs precisely because she’s one of the few people who does NOT melt around him, makes him work for what he gets, and yet has enough affection and patience with him to genuinely give him what he has gotten from very few, if no, people before her. We’ve seen her be dorky and giggly and (very poorly) flirty when she was trying to make a move on him, we’ve seen her give him far more leash than he sometimes deserves, and moments of vulnerability, such as in 2x05 when she admits she’s scared to die and talks the guy down from shooting her by herself. In some ways she is the basic model of the “tough female straight shooter paired with quirky male free spirit,” yes, but she’s not a Strong Female Character who’s never allowed to have emotions. She’s just more subtle with them (…. sometimes. Aka, if you are a woman and you are near Chloe Decker’s man, she will give you absolute, unsubtle stink eye until you step off).

Obviously, Lucifer is the protagonist and a lot of the plot is centered around him and things that Chloe doesn’t (yet) know about, so there is a limit to what she can be involved in outside the procedural element. I think that will change when she finally learns the truth, and can hopefully help continue to deepen their relationship and what she can do with him. But yeah, I like that she is able to handle Lucifer in a way most people can’t (and that they are made for each other, even if he currently sees it as a trick from Dad, welp) and that she can be both loving and tough with him. It’s easy to forget the sheer amount of stuff he does not know, and the way Chloe can show him what a healthy parent/child relationship looks like, how a healthy person acts, what a normal relationship looks like, and so forth.

One thing I super love, though, is that Chloe is NOT charged with fixing Lucifer. She is not expected to be his doctor or his nurse or to hold his hand. She wants him to talk to her more, because she cares about him, but the person whose job it is to fix Lucifer, or at least provide him what clarity she can, is Lucifer’s paid mental health professional who is likewise far too good for this shit. I love that Chloe and Dr. Linda are separate characters, and that Chloe has zero obligation at all to alter Lucifer’s behavior or to be responsible for his actions. She doesn’t actively teach him to be human; he learns it from watching her. And slowly gets better by being around her, and has always loved her selflessly and clumsily and incredibly, from day one.

So yes. I love that Chloe is Chloe, that she is kind but tough, that she is patient but can crack the whip, that she doesn’t put up with Lucifer’s often copious BS and makes him genuinely earn what he gets from her, but is never cruel to him, and is often far more forgiving than many of us would be. As he says, she is truly good, and since everyone knows what a sucker I am for heroine/antihero ships, I really enjoy that about her. We can tell that she loves him a lot, but has just come off a divorce and when she really tried to start something with Lucifer, he (with the best of intentions, but still) fucked it up and ran away, because there’s still a lot of their journey left, and development to be had. It’s no surprise that they left off in a tentative place as a result, and that their relationship does have to come to the forefront. And yes. I want season 3. And beyond. Because I am greedy. And want them all.

Heather's Lyric Meme
  • "I believe I'm a good person. You know, I think there's good in everyone."
  • "This ain't no high school. This is the Thunderdome."
  • "College will be the paradise if I'm not dead by June."
  • "I know life can be beautiful."
  • "What can I say? I'm a sucker for a happy ending."
  • "He is the smartest guy on the football team, which is kind of like being the tallest dwarf."
  • "She is a mythic bitch."
  • "Never bothered, never harassed. I would give anything to be like that."
  • "For a greasy little nobody, you do have a good bone structure."
  • "Let's make her beautiful."
  • "Ask me how it feels looking like hell on wheels."
  • "Time for you to prove you're not a lose anymore."
  • "That freaks not your friend."
  • "If she had your shot, she would leave you to rot."
  • "You just gotta prove you're not a pussy anymore."
  • "You can join the team or you can bitch and moan."
  • "You can live the dream or you can die alone."
  • "Time for you to prove you're not a lame ass anymore."
  • "Why when you see boys fight does it look so horrible yet feel so right?"
  • "Could you fight for me?"
  • "Could you be seen with me and still act proud?"
  • "I would fight for you if you would fight for me."
  • "You can set my broken bones."
  • "You've lasted longer than I thought you would."
  • "No point in planting your roots cause you're gone in a hurry."
  • "I don't learn the names, can't bother with faces."
  • "Freeze your brain."
  • "Happiness comes when everything numbs."
  • "I learned to cook pasta. I learned to pay rent. Learned the world doesn't owe you a cent."
  • "Fight pain with more pain."
  • "When the voice in your head says your better off dead, don't open a vein."
  • "Ain't nobody home tonight."
  • "The folks are gone, it's time for big fun."
  • "So, wait, it's lime then salt then shot?"
  • "Woah. A hot guy smiled at me without a trace of mockery."
  • "Dreams are coming true when people laugh but not at you."
  • "Showing up here took some guts. Time to rip them out."
  • "People wouldn't hate you so much if you acted normal."
  • "There's no alcohol in here! Are you trying to poison me?"
  • "The demon queen of high school has decreed it."
  • "I'm a dead girl walking!"
  • "I decided I must ride you til I break you."
  • "You're my last meal on death row."
  • "Slap me! Pull my hair! Touch me there and there and there!"
  • "Believe it or not, I knew about fear."
  • "No one thinks a pretty girl has feelings."
  • "No one sees the me inside of me."
  • "They've left me a myriad of scars."
  • "No one thinks a pretty girl has substance. That's the curse of popularity."
  • "This is the loveliest suicide note I've ever read."
  • "Don't talk mean like that."
  • "You make my balls so blue."
  • "You are the only thing that's right about this broken world."
  • "Our love is God."
  • "The new world needed room for me and you."
  • "I worship you. I'd trade my life for yours."
  • "Let's go hunt some jocks."
  • "They'll die because we say they must."
  • "It is ignorant, hateful talk like yours that makes this world a place our boys could not live in."
  • "I want the world to know I love my dead, gay son."
  • "We're damaged, really damaged, but that does not make us wise."
  • "We don't choose who lives or dies."
  • "Don't you want a life with me?"
  • "That's all I want to do if you could let me in."
  • "I could be good with you."
  • "Can't we be seventeen? Is that so hard to do?"
  • "Your loves too good to lose."
  • "I'll stay if I'm what you choose."
  • "You're the one I choose."
  • "Deep inside of everyone there's a hot ball of shame."
  • "If we show the ugly parts that we hide away, they turn out to be beautiful by the light of day."
  • "Everyday a battlefield when prides on the line."
  • "Who wants to share what's in their heart?"
  • "You're gonna die alone."
  • "I believe any dream worth having is a dream that should not have to end."
  • "Yo girl, keep it together. I knew you would come far."
  • "Your problems seem like life and death."
  • "You chucked me out like I was trash. For that you should be dead."
  • "They made you blind, messed up your mind. But I can set you free."
  • "I found you changed my heart and set loose all that truthful shit inside."
  • "I was meant to be yours!"
  • "We were meant to be one!"
  • "I am all you need!"
  • "You carved open my heart, can't just leave me to bleed!"
  • "Please don't leave me alone! You were all I could trust!"
  • "I let his anger fester and infect me."
  • "No one here deserves to die except for me and the monster I created."
  • "I wish we met before they convinced you life is war."
  • "I am damaged, far too damaged."
  • "Stick around, make things better."
  • "We are done with acting evil. We will lay our weapons down."
  • "Maybe then we'll never die."
I don't usually...

I mainly just “like” stuff and reblog, but I have to say something. I’ve seen some horrible things, but this is just plain stupidity. I’m not naming any names though 🙃
(Insert sarcastic tone) “I can’t believe everyone was effected by Iris’ death. You mean to tell me no one is happy in he future because Iris died?”
First off, you big mad or nah? 😂 Anyway, let’s get to it. You have to know that when it’s said “everyone” they mean all of the main characters we see in most episodes.
Certain people are upset because Team Flash has disbanded. Side note- team Flash expanded beyond Caitlin, Cisco, and Barry a long time ago. If it hadn’t, at some point one of y'alls faves would’ve died already. Be grateful.
Let’s go ahead and breakdown “everyone” and see if we can find out why you really mad.

Wally West: HER BROTHER!!! Wally has been trying to be a hero before he even got speed. He has been training to save people and trying to be the champion that Iris needed in saving her from death. Of course he is sad and out of pocket.

Joe West: HER FATHER!!!! This is his “baby girl”. You think he isn’t supposed to be sad or upset? He has taken on so much in this Metahuman world just to save his little girl. Why wouldn’t he be out of pocket?

What good is it being able to save random people if you can’t use your speed to save the people you care about the most. (Insert mom, dad, and Iris)…y'all getting crazy.

*Cisco: is a good friend to Iris, but let’s be real…their friendship wasn’t carved in stone. However, if Barry is done, Wally is done, Joe is done, Caitlin is Killer Frost…what do you expect him to do? Also lets not forget, they are going to battle Savitar. That has to leave lasting effects on all of them. Cisco has lost so much, including Caitlin.
By the way, lets talk about that. Now that’s a ship!!! Cisco loves Caitlin. Now maybe they are better as friends, but you cannot ignore their connection. One they’ve had long before Barry came on the scene (same with Barry and Iris 😉) anyway, people keep wanting Barry to be Cisco. He is not Cisco. Barry may care for her, she is not Iris. He is not in love with her and never will be. Cisco actually loves Caitlin and could fall in love with her. People make up these scenes between Barry and Caitlin that never happen. What they actually mean to say is that CISCO is so supportive, CISCO knows her better than anyone (with the exception of Ronnie), CISCO is always by her side, CISCO is always talking her down, CISCO was genuinely afraid of losing her…but Barry.

So the reason y'all really mad is that that Barry (the main character) has a love interest that isn’t your fave. Iris (the main FEMALE lead) should be in every episode, frame, scene that she can be in because this show is about Barry’s life. And Barry already told you Iris is his life. So why you mad that she on the screen? Why you mad that he can’t function properly without Iris? That’s his love. As a married woman (married to my high school sweetheart, celebrating 10 years) I GET IT. Could he eventually move on, yes, but not right now. And NOT with your fave.

Also…I love Caitlin Snow, but I do prefer Killer Frost. She was petty as hell!! I hope she has a redemption arc where she can still be a bit crazy and petty, but a good villain? 🤔

a-moment-of-such-peace  asked:

I'm tired, kinda sick, hungry, and forced to be at school. Could you write me some cute headcanons? I don't care what they're about.

((girl… you can have as many headcanons as you desire. now let me introduce you to alabama native!peter simmonds and new yorker!jason mcconnell 🙌🏼))

• peter actually enjoys college football and is most likely an alabama fan

• his family lives in a small but very rich town where there’s nothing but big, fancy homes, each sitting on 50+ acres of land

• you wanna talk about living in bumfuck eqypt? come to alabama, where it takes you 30 minutes to get to the nearest gas station and another 20 on top of that to get to walmart

• he has a horse named hamlet :) hamlet tries to bite jason the first time they meet (he’s a jealous horse)

• peter says “y'all” and “bless your/his/her/their heart(s)” all the fucking time and everyone thinks it’s a compliment at first, but jason knows the truth

• matt thinks peter’s accent sounds funny when they’re like 11 or 12 and he makes fun of him for it, but peter just claps back and asks him why his hairline is already receding


• jason is just… so enamored with this little southern firecracker and can’t get enough of him

• all of peter’s old friends from back home know about him being gay and beg him to bring jason to alabama so they can finally meet him and threaten jason’s life if he hurts their best friend
- “did they threaten you in any way, honey?”
- *laughs nervously* “nope! they were nice!”

• peter drives a truck (cue jason drooling everywhere) and definitely has some mean ass road rage because everyone drives like they’re in the fucking fast and the furious down here, especially on backroads

• driving down backroads and there’s so. much. green. and so. many. ANIMALS. especially cows. jason’s in heaven.

• going to bonfires with peter’s childhood friends
- jason just thought he could handle his alcohol
- he is a lightweight compared to these people
- peter tried to warn him…

• jason swears he’s dying of a heatstroke every second he’s outside
- “sweetheart, it’s only 85°”

• getting caught up on all the small town gossip because honey, there is A LOT of gossip
- jason can’t keep up with aunt betty sue’s ex-husband’s affair with his brother’s wife

• peter defies the stereotype of southerners speaking slow and low and jason didn’t think he could talk any faster. boy howdy, was he proven wrong.

• THICKENED ACCENT WHEN PETER IS HOME (cue more drooling jason because that accent does some things to his soul)

going to the lake or the river for the day
- peter driving a boat (jason: 🤤)
- peter skiing and wakeboarding

• local diners with the best food jason has ever tasted
- “why am i just now eating cornbread?! this shit’s amazing!”

• fourth of july date 😍

• going on horseback riding trails once jason finally gets the hang of sitting on the saddle without falling off


• dealing with that one homophobic kid that peter hated growing up

• jason beating that guy’s ass for being a dick to peter at a party (ง •̀_•́)ง

• sneaking into bars to go listen to bands

• peter singing at a bar one night like he used to do every summer


• going to atlanta baseball games together

going down to gulf shores together to peter’s family’s beach house

• no cell service = high strung jason

• outside concerts galore

• these two idiots actually getting to love each other and not be harshly judged like people assume (because, contrary to popular belief, southerners are not as publicly nasty about homophobia as people believe)

• peter: “we need to have sex in the truck bed”
- “why?”
- “because… aesthetic, baby”
- turns out it’s kind of uncomfortable but they laugh about it

• peter is damn good at cooking (obvs) and jason finally gets to see peter really cook with an unlimited amount of food unlike back at school

• peter teaching jason how to cook 😌 it turns out to be a disaster, but at least he tried

((ok…. now let’s talk about new yorker!jason for a minute…))

• hockey fanatic and more than likely a rangers fan

• probs a new york mets fan when it comes to baseball

• prefers walking everywhere because the subway and taxis are gross af

• most likely lives in a nice loft in tribeca or somewhere of that nature

• he takes peter to his first broadway show, a baseball game, AND a hockey game when he comes to visit during spring break

• shopping spree in soho 😏 jason does not even give a shit about how much peter spends and just lets him loose in every store possible
- try to prove that he does this out of spite against his parents by maxing out all of their credit cards

• “so living here is why you walk so fast… WILL YOU SLOW DOWN?!”

• peter will never be satisfied with domino’s pizza ever again

• jason is a walking encyclopedia of new york city

• peter really really REALLY likes jason’s yankee accent when he sees him in his element 😛

• jason likes being super high up on skyscrapers and it scares the ever living shit out of peter

• so. many. PEOPLE. what the FUCK.

• peter freaking the fuck out at seeing every single one of his favorite celebrities just… walking by him…. jason is used to it at this point.

- “that’s it. i’m never going back to alabama.”

• peter is not used to all of the sirens, car horns, and yelling people when he sleeps, but jason is knocked the fuck out and sleeping like a baby

• jason always gives money to street performers when he can because he’s a nice person and peter is all 😍 because of it

• jason makes fun of peter for hating the cold
- “peter, it’s only 40° out”

((this post could go on forever, but here’s some of he best ones 😌 hope you have a better day, my dear! 💕))

anonymous asked:

#99 andreil?

thank you!!<3 not humongously andreil but.. i tried! i hope it’s good enough :)

99. “I don’t think I’ve ever played spin the bottle.”

  • it happens when they’re all watching some shitty teenage movie about high schoolers who play lacrosse
  • (renee chose it. everyone is confused and slightly disgusted but agree to honor her decision. no one but andrew sees the smirk.)
  • drinks are broken out pretty quickly, because they “need to drink to deal with this bullshit”

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anonymous asked:

How did you start studying Korean? I'm currently 16 and want to start learning but don't know where to start. Did you use computer programs, other people, books? Also do You speak Korean?

Wow, okay. First you need to give yourself a high five right now. You’re beginning to learn a language on your own without being forced! So good job from the get go! Now to answer your questions.

1. How? I first started learning Korean when we had a transfer student to my school (she was a couple of grades above me). So I looked on the internet and learned just a couple of phrases to show off, (I mostly had no clue what I was actually saying). Then, I bought the “Pimsleur” program for Korean. It was pretty good, but the program is to learn how to say conversational things. It would be good to use if you’re going to stay in Korea for a week and don’t want to starve while you’re there, but not good for actually learning Korean so I don’t recommend it.

2. I don’t really have any computer programs I use or books or anything but I do have some tips!!!

Before you start learning Korean you need this one thing:

  • Motivation! It can be anything! It can be because there is a boy you like in class, or you want to live in South Korea, or you just want to sing a Korean song properly! Just have a motivation big enough that you won’t give up

(If you don’t have this, you can try your hardest but you will never get to fully learn Korean)

Okay, so now for the tips:

  1. Learn 한글. It’s Korea’s alphabet. It’s something you just have to do, or you’ll never be able to learn Korean.
  2. Read anything you can find that’s in Korean, Lyrics, news, magazines, it doesn’t matter just keep reading!
  3. (This is one of the best tips I can give you) No ROMANIZATION! NONE! When learning the alphabet it’s ok, but other than that, don’t use it! You need to get your brain to speak Korean and visualize Korean words in your head as 한글, NOT romanized.
  4. Listen to as much Korean as you can! At first it all sounds like a bunch of noise (and complete jibberish) you need to get your brain to learn how to focus of the sounds of the language!
  5. [this is the fun part] listen to k-pop! watch Korean dramas! watch Korean TV. If you can, do it without the subs, trust me it’ll help! Your brain will help you learn how to change your pitch and it will also help you learn hand gestures! When someone points to something you’ll be able to learn what they mean from their actions.
  6. Practice! PRACTICE! I can say this a million times, but it’ll never be enough! You need to say the words out-loud! The easiest way would be to find a Korean market near you and practice with the people who work there! You have to practice everyday! What I’ve started doing is weekly vocabulary. Every week I give myself 5 Korean words to study and at the end of the week I have to use them in a sentence.
  7. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! When I was first beginning Korean I went to the Korean Market to buy some green tea powder, but what I asked the auntie was “백추 이소요?” which roughly translates to “cabbage I am?” Yeah, that was embarrassing!
  8. Truthfully, watch Korean kids shows. It’s embarrassing but, the audience is to Korean children who only have a grasp on basic words in the Korean vocabulary. Which will be on the same level as what you know and understand. I learned the colors from a Pororo song, seriously it helps a lot! (Pororo~)
  9. Learn how to speak formally first! This is very important! The way I see it is that it is better to be overly polite than to be completely disrespectful. Learning how to speak informally is pretty easy after you’ve learned formality, (it’s just dropping some sounds off the ends of your sentences).

(Bonus fun fact: you will not be able to spell properly, you will get things wrong and your spelling will be weird and totally off sometimes.)

Yes, I can speak Korean. But, I still have so much to learn! It’s an ongoing journey, but I’ve been learning for 5 years once and everyday there’s something amazing to learn!

Here are some resources that might help:  (this is how I learned the Korean alphabet)  (talk to me in Korean is really helpful, they explain phrases and why things mean what they do, it’s reaaaaally good)  (also very helpful, she usually doesn’t use rominization in her lessons) (PORORO~~~!!!)

smart phone (android) apps that are good are:

talking translator (this is good but, it does use rominization)

Pop Popping Korean (learning game surprisingly fun and informative)

TS Talk Game (it has rominization but is easy to ignore)

alright i’m in a bad mood so here we go

- The last chapter is showing us events ten years into the future. Pretty much anything can happen in ten years. People change, situations change, etc. Keep that in mind.

- There is nothing wrong with Uryu being a doctor. He said he didn’t want to become one because he saw his dad dissecting his mom. He then found out WHY his dad had to do it himself, and that he wasn’t just cold or heartless. Uryu and Ryuken’s relationship was implied to be repaired, at least somewhat. Uryu’s angst was resolved.

- Nothing in the final chapter implied that Uryu was sad, lonely, or “just like his father.” His face was hidden in the color spread, and we saw his back up until his smile was revealed, because Kubo wanted the audience to experience a tinge of worry for Uryu before revealing no, he’s really okay, he didn’t become like his dad, even when he’s working hard he’s still thinking about his friends. (Doctors can’t just blow off work to attend a party. Welcome to adulthood and all the responsibilities that come with it. Uryu’s doing his job and saving lives, and STILL found a way to watch Chad’s match. That says a lot.)

- Uryu is perfectly capable of getting over a crush he had in high school and moving on, there’s nothing to imply he’s sad and “pining,” ffs he’s a grown adult, stop treating him like a child.

- Chad became a boxer. We do not know WHY he became a boxer. His abuelo wanted him to stop being a bully; Chad chose to make his own promise to “not swing his fist for himself.” (That promise was never specifically about Ichigo btw…) He could be fighting for charity, or using his winnings to support his family, etc. WE DON’T KNOW. (And fyi, Chad’s in the “heavyweight” match. Whoever he’s fighting won’t go down with one punch, trust me.)

- Up until now, most of the people complaining never gave a damn about Chad anyway, so quit pretending like he’s been your “precious bb” this whole time when you left him out of your edits/meta/fanart/etc for fifteen damn years. “Chad deserved better!!” Yeah, no shit, he deserved better; he deserved to be recognized by the fanbase as a MC before it was convenient to do so for your “bleach sux” arguments.

- There is nothing to suggest that Orihime was shoved into the role of “housewife.” We have no evidence that she doesn’t have a job outside of the house, or that she doesn’t work in the clinic with her husband. There’s also no confirmed age for Kazui, so the “teen pregnancy” theory isn’t canon either.

- Ichigo defeated Yhwach ten years ago. He killed him. The “time skip” is a flashforward to show us Yhwach FAILING to move into the future and wreck everyone’s lives again. There would be no reason for Ichigo to purposely screw himself over in order to “be unhappy so Yhwach won’t come back.” HE ALREADY STOPPED YHWACH FROM COMING BACK. I KNOW YHWACH’S ABILITIES ARE CONFUSING BUT OH MY GOD GUYS, READ.

- Also, if you think Ichigo Kurosaki is the type of person to just “accept fate” and ruin his own life out of fear of some dipshit who hurt his loved ones, you know literally nothing about his character. Even if Yhwach’s defeat wasn’t already confirmed, Ichigo would do whatever he damn well pleased and wait for Yhwach to show up so he can kick the bastard’s ass again.

- Even IF Yhwach wasn’t already dead, even IF Ichigo was afraid of him, you know Ichigo is the kind of guy to say “welp, time to go become a mountain hermit.” He would isolate himself and let the people he loves have a “safe life” without him. He is NOT the type of person to DRAG AN INNOCENT WOMAN AND CHILD INTO A LIFE HE KNOWS WILL BE “MISERABLE.”


- Prior to chapter 686, Ichigo did not have confirmed feelings for Rukia or Orihime. Rukia did not have confirmed feelings for Ichigo or Renji. Renji’s feelings for Rukia were ambiguous ever since his introduction. Orihime was the only corner of this supposed “love square” that had canon romantic feelings for anyone. No amount of twisting the text to suit your ship will negate any of that.

- The creator also said flat out what kind of bond Ichigo and Rukia had. He was ignored then and is still ignored now. Non-canon romantic subtext in the anime, color spreads, and whatever went down in the rock musical do not erase what he said about their canon relationship in the manga.

- Oh, and Renji is not abusive. You are taking a very complicated situation that happened years ago and cherry picking to fit your narrative. Cut it out.

- Ichigo likes being a shinigami, as it gives him the power to protect those around him. He has mourned the loss of his powers before. However, he never showed any desire to move to Soul Society or become a part of the Gotei 13. Even at the beginning of the Thousand Year Blood War arc, we saw him perfectly content working as a substitute shinigami in the living world, fighting alongside his friends. There was nothing preventing him from trying to jump over to Soul Society and join them, yet, he didn’t??? Crazy.

- There’s also literally nothing in chapter 686 that implies that he no longer has his shinigami powers. “WE DIDN’T SEE THEM THO” is not a valid argument. I guess because we don’t see something, it stops existing? Kubo has no reason to show us he still has his powers, since there’s no reason for us to believe he lost them.

- Yuzu does not have a brother complex. Her favoritism and hero worship of Ichigo have always been obvious, and they now extend to Kazui (aka tiny Ichigo), which is what Karin was commenting on. Anyone who has a relationship like that with their older brother would understand why it’s embarrassing to have it pointed out.

- And stop calling Kazui an “incest baby,” you little shits. I don’t know what’s with your obsession with incest, but it’s not cute or witty.

Meanwhile, actual serious issues with the ending:
- Urahara?
- Yoruichi??
- Nel???
- Grimmjow????
- Kira?????
- Seriously, Kubo, buddy, wtf


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Stiles makes it home.  Mostly.  He has his hand on the knob but then kind of just sinks down to his knees and starfishes face-down over the threshold, half in his apartment and half in the hall.  This feels like as good a place as any to live out the rest of his life, gets a nice draft and everything.

That’s how Scott and Lydia find him when Scott gets home twenty minutes later.

Scott crouches down next to his head and squawks out an alarmed: “Stiles, Jesus, what happened?”

Stiles turns his head so his cheek is pressed flat to the floorboard and he can see Scott’s concerned puppy expression under his fringe.  “I met him.”  It sounds like a death sentence the way he’s said it, all croaky and broken.  In a way, it kind of is so fair play to Stiles.  “I—We talked.  He asked me to come back tomorrow.”  He props himself up with his hands on the floor, halfway to standing but not that invested in it yet.

Scott frowns at him.  “Why do you look like the world just ended then?”  Stiles flops back down unhappily and Scott points a finger in his face.  Literally in his face, cheek depressed under Scott’s fingertip.  He pokes a few more times, says, “Because that all sounds like really good news.”

Stiles shifts his cheek away from Scott, which puts him squashed-nose-down against their floor again.  He blinks into the darkness from his own shadow.  “I’m in love with him,” he mumbles to himself, groans.  “This is so stupid, I know, Lydia, shut up” he points at where she was standing against the doorframe before he returned to his friend the floor and stabs at her with his finger, “—preemptively shut up—but he actually is it.  He’s my person.”  Stiles rolls over like a depressed seal, sits up and digs the heels of his palms into his eyes, making starbursts and orange blobs bloom behind the lids.  “I’m… finished.  I just knew it.  He was sitting there, being all—” Stiles lowers his hands, blinks plaintively up at Scott and Lydia, “you know, with the face and the surliness and I thought, I thought, yeah, this face, this surliness, that’s my new forever.”  He drops back down, floor and spine smushed together again.  “Only it isn’t and I am massively, irreparably fucked because he has a girlfriend.  And even if he wasn’t unobtainable, he’s still unobtainable.  In an ‘I have to invent new words because there aren’t ones that so much as touch him’ kind of way.”

Lydia taps the toe of her high heel into his chest and tells him thoughtfully, “You’re depressing, you know that?”  She carefully sips from the same latte cup she had earlier, purses her lips.  “Also, did you say tomorrow?  Your computer science midterm is tomorrow.”

Stiles pops upright, eyes wide. Nooooo.  That can’t—it isn’t—goddamn it!   “Oh shit.  Shit.  Fuck.  Shit.  I can’t meet him tomorrow.”  His midterm’s not until late evening but he hasn’t even started the studying process yet.  Which consists of downing a bunch of his Adderall pills, holing up in the library, jamming all related information that’ll stick into the folds of his brain where it’ll later leak out to be replaced by song lyrics and Friends quotes, sobbing - bitterly, going to the corner gas station for 5am Red Bulls, an hour or so of unscheduled and repeated cat naps while he slaps himself in the face to try to spark consciousness, drooling, desperate crying, panicked reading and, finally, acceptance that he will not pass.  Until he miraculously does (about an 87% success rate on that).

There was no room for Derek in that.  Derek eclipses everything, even the Friends quotes.  Stiles can’t see him and retain anything to do with computers on the same day.

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“Those who can’t do, teach”

That is the biggest load of bullshit and the root of so many systematic flaws in our (Canada’s) education system. Why?

Kids are always told, always taught “Hey even if you fail at this, you can always be a teacher” because of the myth that “anyone can teach!” Well you know what that leads to?

People who failed at their passion, failed at their achieving their dream, becoming teachers. True, some people really find their passion in teaching even if they never originally considered it, but I’m not talking about those people.

I’m talking about those asshole teachers man, the ones you can just TELL don’t give a fuck. You know the ones, we’ve all had them at least in our school if not personally for a class.

(For me, my love of science was destroyed and left rotting in the sun because of the same shitty teacher for grade 9 and 10. Utterly gone. Sometimes a spark of it comes back, but never the way it was before I had that teacher.)

Problem is, they are by far NOT the majority of teachers. 

Most teachers truly WANT to teach, want to work with kids and help them grow and share knowledge with them. Here is where those rotted teachers affect the good fruit.

We all know negativity overshadows everything with even a touch of it, so to a student who has a truly shitty teacher, well all teachers suddenly look as bad as that asshole. So a rowdy 15 year old whose mad about that one teacher, suddenly starts treating all their teachers like shit. Whatever, kids have hormones and emotions, and most teachers don’t take it personally (the assholes will) BUT!

Now take that one kid, add like say 6/ class and over 20 years. THAT is the origin of the other kind of asshole teacher: they achieved their dream and loved it until it rotted from beneath them, and they no longer love their job, and what was the point of it all anyways? 

(My school had a teacher like this. She was horrid and impatient and an academic death sentence to anyone who had her class. But she was very very intelligent and if you bothered to notice you could just TELL she was tired and just didn’t care anymore.)

So now there are teachers who just SHOULDN’T be teachers, and others who are SO WORN DOWN they become evil (Die a hero or become the villain kind of thing).

The Good Teachers are suddenly in a losing battle, because kids expect them to be awful, (also teenagers take everything personally man, I did, but damn), and even when a teacher is THE BEST who remembers them? We all have Shitty Teacher stories, but so few actually have like Good/Inspiring Teacher stories.

Thus the entire legitimacy of their profession is lost, because of a few bad apple and a society that believes “Those who can’t do, teach.”


  1. Psychological/ Personality analyses for prospective teachers. Some people just plain and simple should not be teachers. Get rid of them right off the bat. I’m sure they’ll be fucking great in another field, but not this one. 
  2. Respect your teachers. This sounds simple, but I’m not just talking about students I mean their parents, other members of society, basically everyone. No one would be where they are without teachers, your kids are going to be partially raised by their teachers, they are extraordinarily important and yet people don’t just take them for granted, they think they are ‘lazy’ and took the easy road for life. DESTROY THIS MENTALITY, KILL IT, BURN IT, AND SALT THE GROUND FROM WHICH IT WAS BORN.
  3. Tailor classes to fit students’ learning style/personality. This is not coddling, the fact of the matter is people have different learning styles and the current education system works only for one group while royally fucking over everyone else. Many learning disabilities people have are ways the system says “They are different so we’ll label and marginalize them because we don’t know/don’t care what to do about them” but the reality is a lot of these kids just learn in a different way (OK I KNOW THAT’S SUPER GENERAL IM SORRY, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY???). So many BRILLIANT kids struggle through school because they don’t fit the education system’s tiny box, and because they struggle they are labelled “stupid”. In a different environment, with a different teaching method, they could truly excel. Instead of diving schools with “The Smart/Elite Classes” “The Medium Difficulty” and “The Dumb Kids”, schools should be divided by the different learning styles. Help kids learn to learn, don’t smother them and try to cram them into a very specific box.
  4. Stop Mountains of Homework and Change Tests. Forcing someone to do anything will ultimately ruin their enjoyment of it, and homework is a great way to make kids hate learning. People LIKE learning, we really do, but the fastest way to kill a spark is to bury it. Even tests, if you just encourage kids to show off what they know instead of shame them for what they don’t, all they does is fuel the mentality of not being “smart enough” and seriously create a fear of failure. My adult siblings still have nightmares about standardized tests ok, YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG WHEN DECADES LATER PEOPLE ARE SO TRAUMATIZED THEY HAVE NIGHTMARES. 
  5. Start School Later. Teenagers need their god damned sleep. Adults do too, but the body is going through so many changes during your adolescence that you need more sleep. Even if you are well rested, everyone’s mind is basically soup in the morning (because you’re TIRED) but also you don’t absorb information as well when you are exhausted. Also fewer grumpy students and teachers, which leads to more enjoyable classroom environments. THERE ARE LITERALLY NO DOWNSIDES TO STARTING SCHOOL LATER. (This one is so easy and obvious it’s dumb that we still start school before sunrise.)
  6. Pay Teachers Better. BEING PAID MORE DOES NOT MAKE PEOPLE LAZY, FROM US POOR MINIMUM WAGE FOLKS TO MIDDLE CLASS STABLE PEOPLE. IT MAKES US APPRECIATE WORK AND BUY MORE THINGS AND FIX THE ECONOMY. That “appreciate work” is very key to this, because a well paid teacher is a happy teacher who is far less likely to grow sour and take it out on their students. If we put this with the whole “Kill homework” idea, we get well paid AND well rested teachers who now operate at maximum capacity. You wouldn’t want a surgeon who is underpaid and completely exhausted to do your surgery, so why are you OK with the people in charge of entire generations of kids, effectively the future, to be tired and poor?

These are off the top of my head, and I am positive there are more points that I just haven’t considered. My knowledge comes from an understanding of the education system in Ontario specifically, so please PLEASE add your own thoughts. ( edwardspoonhands can you lend your thoughts on this topic maybe?? I don’t know how different the American Education system is, and Canada takes may cues from The States. )

Guys if we want school to be better in the future, this shit has to change.

anonymous asked:

a hs au where cas is dean's tutor?

No warnings apply, but heed the disclaimer. I pictured Cas’s outfit like the one in linneart’s drawing, which is over here. I tried to cram in a bunch of references to the show’s dialogue. This is really sappy. I have a problem. It’s also 1.6k. 

It’s not that Dean is flunking physics. He’s got a steady D average, which is enough to pass, but his guidance counselor is concerned about his GPA even though Dean assured him he’s not planning on college. They can’t both go, and Sam deserves it. Dean doesn’t want a tutor, especially not some kid his age in a tan sweater with a tie and a freaking button-down, but his mom insisted.

“I don’t want to be here,” Dean gripes during their first session, in the library after school on a Tuesday.

“So leave,” says Castiel. That’s actually his name, Castiel. He regards Dean with a stony expression.

Dean slams open his textbook and decides that Castiel is a dick.

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Your Lie in April Oisuga; Containts YLIA Spoilers ahhh

I wanted to post this on my tumblr but I figured more people would enjoy on yours. I came up with this with a friend and thought the world needed the angst.Characters:
Oikawa as Arima Kousei
Suga as Kaori Miyazono
Dachi as Watari Ryota
and Iwa-chan as Tsubaki Sawabe

  • Iwa-chan is Oikawa’s childhood best friend who’s watched him grow/evolve as a musician and seen him fall at the tragedy which struck Oikawa’s life. They’ve been best friend forever and next door neighbors forever and they know everything there is to know about the other. And Iwa-chan is desperately in love with Oikawa (without knowing it).
  • Sugawara is a violinist who’s ‘in love’ with Daichi, one of Oikawa’s friends from school.
  • Daichi is a star at soccer and plays around with people’s hearts a lot.
  • Oikawa is a child prodigy pianist that was cultivated in a home where his mother put him through intensive piano training until she passed away from a disease where she had lost feeling in her legs and would seize up.
  • Oikawa stopped playing piano after his mother’s death because it was so traumatic he developed a reaction to the piano where his brain would cancel out the sound it created when he played it and he’d be unable to read the music (trigger is similar to PTSD type thing).
  • We have these kids meet together and Oikawa falls desperately in love with Suga. Suga reawakens the musician in Oikawa even though he can’t play.
  • Oikawa is supposedly “Daichi’s filler” when it comes to walking home and Daichi has practice (or is seeing someone else)
  • They spend countless hours playing music together and practicing for Suga’s competition and on the day of it, Suga doesn’t show up.
  • It turns out Suga collapsed and ended up in the hospital, scaring all of these kids out of their wits.
  • In actuality we find Suga spends a lot of time in the hospital. I’m talking weeks on months sorta thing. He misses soooo much school and they’re all walking into his room to check on him constantly.
  • Oikawa and Suga can’t practice anymore but when he visits, they spend so much time together.
  • One day, Oikawa’s promised Suga sweets and brings them but finds Suga having a seizure. He falls to his knees, recollecting every memory of his mother. Of what he’d done before.
  • Suga doesn’t know what Oikawa’s seen. And a few days later enrolls Oikawa into a pianist competition, insisting that he play. That he touches the world with his music.
  • Oikawa goes and plays in the competition. He meets with two self-proclaimed rivals of himself, Ushijima Wakatoshi and Kageyama Tobio, ooooo. They move on to another round and as Oikawa plays this round, he feels a disturbance in the force as if Suga’s presence has disappeared from his face. From the earth.
  • He cries from the emotions put into his piece. His confession and realization of what everything Suga had told him meant.
  • He gets a letter later. A letter from Suga. He knew everything about Suga leaving him. And as he reads this letter he gets angrier and angrier
  • Mad at the world for taking the people he loves from him.
  • Mad at the pain that the musical world had only wrought for him.
  • Mad at Suga for every lie that he said. For the times that the lie had robbed him of. For the pain the lie had left for Daichi despite Suga’s confidence it wouldn’t.
  • For the fact that he would never see the world again in this way. As the colors merged past in the wind, Oikawa collapsed in the sidewalk to his knees as he sobbed.
  • Oikawa tears the letter. He hates it. Wants to spit on it. But when he gets home, he tapes it. He frames it in his room. And all he can do is stare at it.
  • It gets to a point where Oikawa locks himself away. Reverting back to what he was before he met Suga only worse. He didn’t leave the house. He didn’t meet people. He refused to eat. Even though Iwaizumi would leave food for him. He’d miss all the lessons he’d planned to teach he nephew Takeru piano at (oh yeah he started that earlier on but well…). Iwaizumi would leave a plate of onigiri at his door everyday, despite Oikawa not eating the previous day’s.
  • Eventually Oikawa reaches a point where he feels he cannot carry on and lays out a plan to, put in simple terms, join Suga and his mother. But the night before, he dreams of Suga (which is not uncommon) telling him again to look at the world and see those who love him. Go out and show the world his resilience and his resolve. And to love those who worry about him.
  • Oikawa has to repeat the last year of middle school and joins Daichi and Iwaizumi a year later in high school. Oikawa adapts to living with Iwa-chan, knowing that he loved him, although Oikawa could never bring himself to see Iwa-chan as more than a brother.
  • They spend their lives together, Oikawa sticking to Iwaizumi as much as possible because things would never change in his eyes. Daichi had moved on to end up with a Kuroo Tetsurou, person. And Oikawa and Iwaizumi were together until Iwaizumi passes.
  • At this Oikawa is desperate for life to just give up on him too. Leaving him behind after everyone else (he’s about late 20s early 30s here). He desperately searches for Sugawara or Iwaizumi in people around him, hoping, praying that they were reborn. But he never succeeds.
  • To close on an angsty note, Suga and Oikawa are stuck in a rebirthing cycle in which in each life, they meet and are so close to touching, but then disappear from one another again. (Like hyperbolas with a rllllyyyyy small asymptote).
Show Me A Hero: Prologue

Title: Show Me A Hero
Category: Het (Canon AU)
Characters/Pairings: Felix Agreste/Bridgette Cheng, Chat Noir/Ladybug, Adrien Agreste, Marinette Dupain-Cheng, Alya, Nino, Tikki, Plagg, Hawkmoth,
Summary: Marinette and Adrien learn that they don’t need a mask to be a hero.

Go forth and have no fear
Come close, the end is near

It’s our time to make a move
It’s our time to make amends
It’s our time to break the rules
Let’s begin
-Renegade, X Ambassadors


THE Game Board was all set now.

The pieces had been weeded out until those necessary for the final play remained. On the white side, the woman had a ladybug, a black cat, a lion, and a tiger. On the black side, the man had a butterfly, a fox, and a bear. A slew of white pawn shaped pieces lay behind them, strewn across the chessboard.

The two Players sat across from each other, staring down at the board in concentration, each contemplating how to win the Game. The red haired woman eventually reached out and moved the Ladybug several spaces forward, into the midst of the other Player’s side.

The black haired man frowned at this, realizing that his Trump Piece was in danger. Carefully, he reached out and moved the butterfly several spaces back—right into a corner. A wicked glint lit in her eyes and she smirked, moving the black cat several spaces forward.


Now, the Final Play could begin.

The world waited for their return in silence. Paris, once so vibrant, so full of life, was still. Terror weighed heavily on the corners of the inky, silent night.

“Marinette…” The whisper pierced through the air, breaking the heaviness. A match was struck when ocean colored eyes locked with emerald. “Do you think we can get them back?”

“I’m not sure.” The light dimmed. “But to not even try is unacceptable. We owe it to Plagg and Tikki, don’t we?”


“Then we’re just going to have to keep trying until we find them again.”

When she caught Adrien’s fingers between hers, the match met gasoline.

“Hey, Adrien?”

Adrien frowned at the blurry face on the screen, but it cleared fairly quickly. Felix rarely talked using colloquial language, so it caught his attention more so than the rest of the cat-pun filled conversation. He leaned back in the chair, lacing his fingers together over his stomach


“Remember when I told you about possibly coming back to Paris soon?”

He nodded. “A few months ago, right? You said after you graduate.”

“And here I thought you didn’t pay attention to anything I said.” The teasing tone made his voice years lighter, and Adrien smiled.

“I always listen to my older brother. I just ignore most of it. Now, his very pretty girlfriend on the other hand…”

Felix laughed. “I’d be jealous if you hadn’t admitted you thought of her like she’s a sister.”

“Well, Bridge is awesome.”

He rolled his eyes. “I thought you’re dating that marionette girl?”

“Marinette? No, of course not. We’re barely able to talk before she starts stuttering. She’s nice enough, just a little shy. Besides, I have a crush on somebody else. Stop teasing me. Why are you talking about graduating and Paris?”

Felix’s dark eyes danced with mischief, an expression that had once been as uncommon as father’s affection, as he leaned forward, resting his head on his fingers. “Well, you see, I may have been doing extra credit…”

“What? Really?”

“…And I managed to move my graduation date up a semester, if I just so happen to choose. The beautiful Bridgette has threatened to, and these are her exact words I swear, "hang you up by the toes” if I don’t, at least, spend three months with brother dearest before taking on daddy’s apprenticeship to the company.“ He rolled his eyes. "I’m not too sure how I’m going to break it to him that I have no intention of taking over anytime soon. I want to travel the world before settling down.”

Adrien snorted into his palm. “How about you break it in the same way you told him you were going to New York to study political science with your high school girlfriend?” He suggested idly, playing with the edges of his shirt. The string was coming loose. Felix groaned softly.

“Not one of my smarter moments, I admit. I’m just glad he didn’t ban me from contacting you entirely.”

“I would have emailed and skyped you anyway.”

“… You’ve hit your rebellious years, haven’t you?”

“You’ve never left yours.”


Author’s Note: For anyone who’s reading A Crown of Golden Leaves: I promise I didn’t go down without a fight. In fact, I went down in a blazing ball of glory. But after writing a 12k rough draft and a 6k chapter outline, I gave in. Sometimes, a story just demands to be told and will. not. shut. up.

Especially after Felix appears, apparently. I think I lost the fight there.

Same deal as always - 2000 to 4000 word chapters, my goal is to update weekly if I can. I’m not sure how my 400 word drabble, but apparently, it’s not going to leave me alone until I write it, so here we are. All I know is that it’s going to take over 20 chapters to get to the first major turning point in the story, I have vague ideas for a middle (something about dodgeball and inner conflict?) and even vaguer ideas about an ending (something about a battle and sacrifice?), so I’m pretty much in the same boat as the rest of you while writing this out. xD

frek  asked:

Carrie! Could you possibly put together a rec list for us odd ones that love ABO but don't like mpreg?

sterek + alpha/beta/omega+ no mpreg as a plot point (may include mentions as part of worldbuilding)

  • Hello, Heartbreaker by astoryaboutwar (E, 18k) It’s a popular joke among Alphas: fuck an Omega, get heartbreak on your hands. Omegas are fragile little emotional things, needy and whiny. Stiles refuses to become that, or to believe that he’s anything like that. Stiles and Derek have been fuckbuddies for a while when Derek loses his memories of the past three years - and them - in an accident.
  • #omegaproblems by subnivean (E, 13k) Stiles didn’t need an alpha. He might want one, though.
  • Say It With Me— Don’t Assume by KuriKuri (E, 12k) Derek knows way too much about how omega heat suppressants work now, after having been partnered with Stiles for as long as he has. They’re probably his favorite thing to bitch about whenever they’re stuck on a stakeout. Of course, omegas on the force aren’t required to take them. Derek’s never really understood why Stiles does, if he hates them so much, especially—  especially because he’s bonded.
  • Biology Is Not Power by snarkasaurus (E, 14k) Biology is not related to power. That’s the first lesson everyone learns in their Sexuality and Humanity class in high school. Like, the very first thing. First words in the book and everything. Stiles is an alpha. Derek is an omega. Somehow Derek’s status completely and utterly missed Stiles…right up until Derek showed up at his house in heat. Well. This’ll be fun.
  • Waiting Games by Jerakeen (E, 6k) Being an only child and heir to the throne, Stiles had always known he may not have the luxury of marrying for love. When he’d realized he was an omega to boot, things had taken an even more uncomfortable turn for him. Omegas are rare. An omega as the heir apparent is almost unheard of. Which is why there is no wiggle room when it comes to the tournament.

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Oneshot teaser (because I felt like it) - hope you guys enjoy! Though since I started this blog like, what, 6min ago? I don't know if anyone'll see it... Hey, can't say I didn't try, right?

With nothing to prepare before his shift officially started, Marco found himself pointlessly organizing documents he hadn’t yet had a chance to look over. He hadn’t been in his office for more than an hour when he heard a knock at the door. Stiffening at the sound, he pulled his mouth taut and adjusted his reading glasses, straightening to give the illusion of confidence. Here we go. He took a deep breath.

“Come in.”

The knob turned and door creaked open—offhandedly he made a mental note to have someone oil the hinges—and in walked his first “client.” He was a tall, toned man—no, boy, as he looked like he was fresh out of high school. With dark eyes and dark hair, boyish freckles dotting his cheeks, he grinned. The air around him seemed electrified, coming to life as their eyes met. As those gray orbs bore into his, Marco started to wonder if he’d ever truly looked someone in the eyes before. He didn’t indulge in short glimpses away like most people did, leaving nothing to lessen the intensity of his stare. It was unrelenting, no attempts made to soften its force.

The inmate didn’t wait for introductions, that sloppy grin widening as he stepped further into the room. “Hey, Doc,” he greeted casually, “how’s it going?”

Marco could tell he didn’t want an answer and remained silent, retaining his usual bored expression as he listened.

“Look, I’ve got a problem. I need your help. I’d really like to talk to you about this.”

The blond’s ears perked up at this and he leaned forward, ready to begin work as a genuine psychologist. He felt his old passion flare up again with anticipation. “Go on.”

In response to the command, the boy pulled a knife from beneath his clothes, waving it in front of the psychologist’s face amusedly, maintaining that eerie smile and merciless eye contact. Marco didn’t move, his eyes remaining half-lidded even as the weapon was teasingly pointed his way. For just a split second he caught the youth glance away, eyeing the part of the desk where the emergency call button was hidden.

He was testing him.

Determining Marco wasn’t going to press the button, the youth lowered the weapon to his side, returning his gaze to the blond’s face. “This isn’t meant for you,” he assured, dropping into a chair across from his new psychologist.

Internally the blond was relieved, but it didn’t show on his face. He leaned forward to show his interest once more, the fingers of his hands intertwined on the surface of his desk. “Then who is it for yoi?”

The boy’s face seemed to darken, his smirk taking a sinister twist. He lifted one of his ankles to rest on his opposing knee, leaning back in a relaxed manner. “One of the other inmates has been eyeing my protégé. He’s making a pass for him and I don’t like that.”

As Marco listened, the first question that rose up from his mind was ‘why is he telling me this?’ Something wasn’t right about the whole thing—where had he gotten the knife in the first place?—but he didn’t have time to wonder about that, now faced with his first task as the prison’s only psychologist. First he had to get the weapon away from him but that kid was smart; he couldn’t do it in a way that made him think Marco was scared or nervous.

So, what do psychologists do best? They fish for information.

“Tell me about him.”

The inmate glanced at his weapon, looking at the sheen of the blade. “My protégé or the guy who’s pissing me off?” he questioned, voice remaining even and carefree.

“Whichever you prefer,” the blond replied, fiddling with the cuff of his shirt anxiously beneath the desk. He wasn’t scared. He wasn’t. He just wanted to make sure that first task went off without a hitch. Something told him that kid wasn’t going to make it easy.

Moving the knife around, watching the glint of the overhead lights reflect off it, he thought. Then again those piercing eyes stared into the blue of the elder’s, the cockiness in his grin returning stronger than before. “Lu’s been with me since I first got here a few months ago,” he explained. “He’s in for some minor shit—didn’t bother with the details.” Minor ‘shit’ didn’t land you in a maximum security prison.

Marco got up, heading to the filing cabinet as he continued to listen, hoping he could find the boy’s record. He opened the first drawer, spotting the labelled dividers. Apparently whoever held that position last was organized. He was thankful for that.

“Portgas D. Ace,” the inmate provided without being asked, “third drawer.”

While a little unnerved that he knew where his file was located, Marco ignored the questions buzzing at the front of his mind and went to the third drawer, sifting through the papers.

anonymous asked:

my parents are against bone collecting and always think that something died from rabies. I found a rabbit head at school I felt really connected with it? I don't know. I brought it home and my dad yelled at me and said that I would get rabies and threw it away in the trash. How do you know if a bone is safe to collect? Also, I heard you can talk to spirits by meditating but I'm not sure how it works. Sorry if this is long, you have a great blog!!

Oh goodness…

While rabies is definitely a concern when handling dead animals, the virus is nowhere near as dangerous or…prevalent as your parents are making it out to be. 

I don’t mean that in the sense that a rabies infection is minor. It isn’t; it will kill you in the worst, most drawn-out of ways and there is no cure and not even any kind of treatment (unless you count the Milwaukee protocol, which I wouldn’t). Rather, what I mean is that… getting an actual rabies infection from a carcass is a little harder than they seem to think it is.

Let’s talk about rabies first, though. Like what is it, actually? 

Rabies is a zoonotic disease associated with violent, unpredictable behavior, foaming at the mouth, and frenzied biting. It attacks the central nervous system and causes, among other things, massive swelling on the brain. I could go on and on about the different stages of infection (for example, did you know that the “bite everything” phase only starts up in the middle of the infection’s course and the animal was infectious waaaay before that?) and how the virus changes its hosts’ behavior in eerily intelligent ways that could help it spread further, but that’s a topic for another day. One main point I will get to is this: When an organism is infected with rabies, the virus takes up residence in two main places: the salivary glands and the brain tissue.

Now, as insidious as it is, the rabies virus itself is… shockingly weak.

The virus itself is only truly infectious if it enters the bloodstream. You could have a rabid raccoon lick your arm for a day and a half–so long as you had no cuts or areas of broken skin, you wouldn’t get rabies. This is why rabid animals are driven to bite. It’s one of the only reliable ways for the virus to be transmitted to a new host, as a bite introduces infectious saliva into the bloodstream.

Now, rabies can technically be an airborne virus, but only under certain conditions–namely, if infected saliva or brain matter becomes aerosolized. (Your nostrils and lung tissue are mucous membranes, which is basically a direct link to the bloodstream.) This is why they tell people not to shoot a rabid animal in the head–that sends blood, saliva, and brain matter spraying into the air, where it can potentially be breathed in. No bueno.

The virus cells also have to be kept in a liquid solution (say, saliva) for them to be infectious. Once the saliva or infected brain matter dries, the virus deactivates, and getting wet again will not re-activate it. The virus is “dead”, insofar as something that was never technically alive can be dead. If you find a mummified raccoon, it won’t give you rabies, even if that’s what caused its death.

Also, the rabies virus is only viable within a very narrow range of temperatures. Much below… I think around 96 F, and the virus doesn’t function, and 110 F will outright destroy it. So it has to be kept somewhere between those two, which is a range of… fourteen degrees. This is one of the reason why the virus primarily affects placental mammals, as our body temperatures fall well within its preferred range; marsupials are just a liiiiittle too cool for it, reptiles are way too cold, and birds are too hot.

In North America, the most common rabies vector species (the species most likely to be infected with the virus) are bats, followed by raccoons, foxes, skunks, and–oddly enough–groundhogs. But the first four are hands-down the most common vectors among wildlife. Stray dogs and cats are also pretty high on the list. So if there is any fresh carcass you want to be careful about, it’d be from any of those species. 

Of course, if you live anywhere that is green on this map, congratulations, your rabies risk is 0% thanks to stringent customs regulations and, in most cases, the fact that you are in the middle of the ocean and rabid animals fear water. (No, really.)

The main thing to keep in mind with rabies is that it’s transmitted primarily through biting, and the bitten animal has to be able to survive the attack and live with the wound long enough to successfully incubate the virus. Small prey animals–mice, rats, rabbits–can certainly be infected with rabies, but it is much more likely that they will die (either by bleeding out or from the shock of the attack) before they can become vectors of it themselves. 

Also, if you want to show this information to your parents, and they want to know how credible I am… I worked in a wildlife rehabilitation clinic this past summer. We would take in rabies vector species in need of treatment, and as such, everyone working there had to have an understanding of the virus and the danger it posed, because it was directly related to how we did our job. We emphasized things like hot-water hand-washing, wearing heavy leather gloves if you absolutely had to deal with the animal, wearing disposable gloves whenever you handled its linens or washed its dishes, and never putting your bare hand near the cage–not even to pop in a grape for the raccoon as a treat. Even those who had been vaccinated weren’t supposed to touch RVS animals or anything they touched without gloves on. A simple scratch from the claws of an RVS animal was treated like a bite, because it was always possible the animal had licked its paws previously and there might be infectious material there now–any scratches had to be washed immediately with hot water and soap. I would often follow it up with a wipe with alcohol, to ensure the skin was dry.

We had to know the mechanisms of the virus and how to protect ourselves from it, because even those who were unvaccinated and not allowed to work directly with RVS animals were still at-risk for exposure. It wasn’t a terribly high risk, but it was still there. If it were truly that high, we would have required every single volunteer and staff member to have the pre-exposure rabies vaccine–but we don’t. 

The rabies virus is a very dangerous pathogen, but it’s incredibly easy to reduce your risk of contracting the virus, even if you have exposure to it.

Now, to answer your actual questions.

How do you know if a bone is safe to collect? That depends on you, really. Are you wearing gloves and do you have a bag to “quarantine” it in until you can clean it up? Do you plan to practice good hand-washing afterwards? If so, pretty much any bone is safe to collect!

I used to be a huge stickler about gloves, but I’ve become somewhat more lax about it these days. If the bone is completely cleaned of flesh and totally dry, I’ll pick it up bare-handed. Now, of course, I don’t touch my eyes, nose, or mouth again until I’ve washed my hands thoroughly, but I’m probably going to pay for this someday, so don’t be like me. Wear disposable gloves.

Once you’ve transported the bones home, give them a thorough scrub with some hot water. Soap, too, if you feel the need. (I don’t.) Get some bottles of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution from the drug store and pop them in overnight. DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH, UNLESS YOU WANT YOUR BONES TO FALL APART AFTER LIKE SIX MONTHS BECAUSE BLEACH DOES NOT WASH OUT AND IT GRADUALLY DESTROYS THE BONE TISSUE. Ta-dah! Your bones are now safe to handle!

How do you contact spirits through meditation? My method has always been to “set up” a meeting place. This can work if you’re one of those people who does well envisioning themselves going places when they meditate.

For example, I used to have this whole long “journey” I would take. I would start off in a dark sea-cave, then follow it back through a series of long tunnels lit by glowing crystals, which opened up to this beautiful… place, sort of like a big, brightly-lit underground cavern. But there was a field of tall grass that I would have to walk through, which eventually opened up to a clearing with two large, smooth stones on it. This was normally the spot where I would meet with my guide–it was our agreed meeting place.

So you might try something like that. Envision a cave or tunnel of your liking, follow it until you come out on the other side, and see what you “find.” There’s all kinds of guided meditations you can find online that can help you with this!

Hope this was helpful!