love lingering

Barn Mates - One Year On

Barn Mates was first aired exactly a year ago today… and what a monumental episode it was for both Lapis and Peridot!

For those of us who were already shipping Lapidot, it was a dream come true – and for some of those who weren’t, it opened their eyes to a whole new (and now completely canonically viable) ship.

I’ve written about this episode a few times in the past, but it feels fitting to look back on it again today; for day one of Lapidot Anniversary Week!

So, without further ado…

The episode opens with Peridot wistfully speaking into her tape recorder about sharing her new home with Lapis.  Only a couple of episodes prior to this point, Peridot had made the decision to stay at the barn by herself whilst the other Crystal Gems returned to the temple. The fact that she now so enthusiastically wants to share her home with Lapis (as opposed to going back with the other Gems or staying by herself in the barn) just shows that she already has some level of admiration for Lapis.

Peridot says:

“Why don’t we watch the sun come up and figure out what we’re going to do with all this time, eh Lazuli?”

Watching the sun rise with someone is an old romantic tradition/cliché, so the fact that Peridot specifically mentions wanting to do this with Lapis certainly speaks some volumes.   And it also transpires…

…that this line was foreshadowing a scene that came later in the show – in Room For Ruby, not only are they watching the sun rise together (just as Peridot wanted to do), they’ve actually been sat together all night stargazing prior to this point, which is another activity that has obvious romantic connotations.

After Peridot has finished speaking into the tape recorder in Barn Mates, Lapis expresses her desire to live in the barn all on her own. Steven suggests that the barn be split down the middle, with each of the two Gems having their own “side”, which leads to a very interesting shot of the pair of them:

Notice how they’re effectively framing a picture that’s behind them.   This picture is of the barn’s previous owners – Greg’s aunt and uncle, who Greg described back in Space Race as follows:

“My aunt and uncle had a great love for aviation, and each other.  They cherished the years they spent together, and they held on to every belonging they ever owned.”

It’s interesting, then, that a picture of a happy couple has been placed directly in-between Lapis and Peridot in this shot.  This becomes something of a trend as the show progresses, with the picture being placed in-shot with Peridot and Lapis on occasion in a fair few other episodes, such as these:

This could well be foreshadowing a romantic relationship between Lapis and Peridot.  The fact that Greg mentions “aviation” is also something interesting to think about, considering that Lapis can fly and Peridot was the pilot of the Hand Ship back in Jailbreak.

Lapis isn’t keen on the idea of splitting the barn, telling Steven that Peridot is the problem:

“I can’t stand the thought of looking at her everyday!”

This statement is now somewhat ironic because, in the episodes since Barn Mates, Lapis almost always has her eyes on Peridot – and gives her some extremely suggestive looks, too!

Peridot and Steven both try to assure Lapis that Peridot has changed, but she doesn’t want to hear it. Steven thinks it’s “sweet” that Peridot wants Lapis to see how much she’s changed since their last encounter, and he helps her to make an apology card which has a very interesting picture drawn on the front of it:

Steven may well have the intent of getting Peridot and Lapis to be friends, but he’s drawn them looking like an actual couple here; they’re even holding hands.

Eventually, after some persuasion from Steven, Lapis joins them – and a beaming Peridot hands over the card.  This still fails to win-over an unimpressed Lapis, much to Peridot’s disdain.

“It took me over an hour to compose [the message in the card], and I was the most sincere as per Steven’s instructions!”

The fact that Peridot put so much time into her apology message gives us an indication of how highly Peridot thinks of Lapis – and how much she wants to make her feel better. She then spends some time deliberating what she could give to Lapis as a gift (upon Steven’s suggestion), and they come up with an idea…

“H-2-Oh my GOSH!” … “It’s a gift for you!  You know, ‘cause water’s your thing.”

Peridot’s mannerisms and tone of voice here are very flirtatious.  However, given Lapis’ previous traumatic experience of being trapped on the bottom of the ocean, this is another idea that falls completely flat.

And what does Peridot do?

“A pool?!  What a cloddy idea!  Of course she wouldn’t like that!”

She actually blames herself for the mistake.  This is very uncharacteristic of Peridot, who normally has a very lofty opinion of herself and her intellectual capacity – which, again, shows how highly she must think of Lapis.  She even uses the word “cloddy” to describe her own idea; with “clod” being an insult that she usually only ever levels at other people when she’s at her most angry.

She then decides to make a very grand gesture…

…and offers her most prized possession – the tape recorder – to Lapis as a gift.

She’s very flirtatious in doing so here, as well.  With a wink and a smile, she tells Lapis:

“See, the ribbon is even blue.  I got yo’ number!”

Peridot has offended all of the other Gems at some point in the past, but she’s never been seen to perform as grand a gesture as this one in order to win them over. 

Peridot is, in a lot of ways, incredibly materialistic - she has been shown on more than one occasion to hold her very few possessions really closely to her.  By Peridot’s standards, handing the tape recorder over is essentially the biggest thing she could do for someone, which is a very clear indication of her feelings towards Lapis.

This gesture is completely lost on Lapis, however, who proceeds to crush the tape recorder in her hand.

Usually in these situations, Peridot would be distraught that one of her possessions had been destroyed (see, for example, Peridot on her knees begging Amethyst not to throw away her beloved tablet in Too Short To Ride).  However, this time, she actually seems to be upset by the fact that she’s managed to upset Lapis once again, exclaiming:

“What, were you trapped in a tape recorder too?!”

Peridot is exasperated by this point, and gives a very heartfelt speech which, I believe, really gets to the root of one of the key reasons why a relationship between Lapis and Peridot just makes perfect sense:

“Look, I get it, you know?  You’re confused!  You can never go back to Homeworld.  This place doesn’t exactly feel like home yet.  You’re alone, no one could possibly know what that feels like!  Oh wait, I do!  We’re the same, except…  you don’t have to be alone.”

She and Lapis are going through the exact same thing at basically the same time; namely, being stranded on earth with no way of returning to Homeworld.  There’s literally no-one else who they could bond with over this, except for each other – it’s a common ground that they share with each other and only each other.  It’s logical and sensible storytelling, therefore, to have these two characters stick together and share the experience with each other.  It puts them on equal ground, gives them both an acute understanding of each other, and enables them to both support one another as they adjust to life on earth.

At this point in Barn Mates, however, Lapis still isn’t having any of it.  Peridot, clearly at her wits end, asks what Lapis wants from her.  Lapis angrily tells Peridot that she wants her to leave… and that’s exactly what Peridot does.  She wants Lapis to be happy so much that she’s even willing to give up her home so that Lapis can live there instead.

As she walks away, Steven reprimands Lapis for treating Peridot so badly.  As he’s talking, Lapis folds her arms and shifts on the spot, her gaze meeting the crushed tape recorder on the floor.  Everything about her body language in this scene exudes guilt.  

Peridot comes screaming back towards them moments later, however – being pursued by a Roaming Eye that she’s convinced is after her.    

The trio flee from the ship, but eventually come face-to-face with it, which causes Peridot to cower behind Steven in fear.

However…

…Lapis steps forward, and glances back at a wide-eyed Peridot.

This scene is very important because it’s the first time we ever get to see that Lapis does actually care about Peridot, despite the pair of them getting off to a very turbulent start.  She steps up to defend the helpless Peridot from the Roaming Eye, and makes sure to specifically ask Peridot if she’s ok after the threat has been neutralised – proving that she didn’t only have Steven’s interests at heart when she took out the Roaming Eye.

What happens next needs no introduction…

Originally posted by geekylaugifs

Peridot has still, to this day, never looked at anyone else with such love.  The way that her hands are clasped to her chest makes it the typical “cartoon character looking at their love interest” pose.  That smile on her face is literally the biggest one that she’s ever given.  And Lapis’ deep blush, that she actually turns her head away from Peridot in an attempt to hide, is also a reaction from her that’s unique to this scene – and very much implies that the apparent feeling of attraction is mutual.  There appears to be some symbolism behind the sun coming out as Peridot smiles, too.  This could well be an indication that Lapis is warming up to Peridot and seeing her in a new light.  It also has a somewhat poetic quality to it, with the storm clouds (both literal and metaphorical) dissipating at this very moment.  

Originally posted by giffing-amethyst

Steven picks up on what’s going on, giggling to himself as he looks at Lapis.  It’s also very interesting that Peridot’s loving look is still lingering even after the camera angle has changed – this is no fleeting “micro expression”, it’s a very prolonged and deliberate look…

…which was the first of very, very many that the pair of them have since gone on to give each other (the above images being a small handful of examples).

All in all, Barn Mates was the start of a very beautiful relationship between these two Gems, which has well and truly endured throughout the past twelve months – and has gotten ever stronger with each episode that they’ve appeared in together.

igeestatus  asked:

Do you have a word for the smell of a loved one that lingers after you've been around them so that even when they're gone you can smell it and becomes one of your favorite scents.

Sillage refers to the scent that lingers in the air after something or someone has been there before you and now gone.

It comes from the French word for “wake”, as in the trail left in the sky by an airplane or on the water by a boat.

In perfumery, sillage is defined as the fragrance trail, or the trace of someone’s perfume.

The reason why you think of your great-aunt Margaret every time you smell Chanel No. 5 is probably as much because of the times you detected it in the air when she wasn’t there as when she was.” — April Long, The Fragrance Trail: How to Find Your Perfect Perfume

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Meeting the Angara


( pls DO NOT use my gifs. No repost, no remove my own title and description. Reblog if you like it.Thank you.)

We were a ticking time bomb.

Preparing for the end before we even began
Trying to figure out how we’ll call it quits
But making sure to never fall asleep without a goodnight kiss

We were a ticking time bomb
We knew this wouldn’t last
Doing 10 mph wondering are we moving too fast ?
Yet we told each other everything
Patched the cuts and healed the bruises
As long as when it got too serious we could distance ourselves with useless excuses

We were a ticking time bomb
Just waiting to explode
Our words and actions never quite matched up
No matter how much we tried it just never felt enough

We were a ticking time bomb
Most of “us” was a mistake
Sleep walking through this
convincing ourselves we were awake

I know you’re out there reading this
and I know I came to mind
I’m sorry you can relate
To such a lingering and devastating heartache

— 

Rafelina Michelle

Ig : Rafelina_Michelle

Guy What Takes His Time*

Pairing: Steve Rogers x Reader
Featuring: Natasha, Wanda, Sharon (mentioned) and Sam.
Rating: Mature
Summary: Wanda, Natasha and Sam think Steve has feelings for Reader, but she tells them otherwise while actually feeling the same way for the super soldier. One evening,  they all make a plan to make both of them confess the truth.
Word Count: 2.2k
Genre: Fluff/NSFW-ish
Warnings: build-up, suggestive themes, and innuendos, mentions of alcohol, sexual tension, a little bit of roleplay, flirting, Captain kink (?) and Steve being a cute flustered bastard.
Author's Note: It’s a rewrite of the flirty scene between Natasha and Bruce in Avengers: Age of Ultron (you can expect some references, though). I thought it could be fun to switch sides with Steve and see how it goes. It’s also inspired by Guy What Takes His Time covered by Christina Aguilera in Burlesque.

  New Avengers Facility, Upstate New  York

“You did a great job, Y/N,” Steve announced in his deep voice as he passed the hallway with you, Natasha, and Wanda. “Ladies.” He stopped in his tracks, standing with this impressive physique, almost towering in front of you as his hands held the brown belt of his- oh, so sexy uniform.

“Thank you, Captain.” You smiled and he nodded slowly as if questioning whether he would stay to have a chat with you or not. He smiled gently and proceeded to take the stairs towards his personal quarters where he’d finally take a well-deserved shower after a hard, but successful mission with you and Sam.

Of course, he would’ve loved to linger awhile and see your smile just a little longer. He enjoyed spending time with you and the feeling was mutual. Maybe that after all these days spent with him, these missions where you saved each other, being partners and all this harmless flirting, there was something between you. Your chemistry was obvious to everyone after all.

“Have you seen the way he looks at you?” Wanda nudged your side and you winced, narrowing your eyes. “Don’t be silly, Steve likes you a lot.”

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fave blacklist scenes as i remember them + soft red & lizzy

Friends with Benefits

12.9.15

We touch each other casually;
a poke in the stomach,
a jab in the side.
I slap your ass when no one is watching
and you look me up and down in
my tube top and mini-skirt like I am
a medium-rare slab of meat.

When we lie on your bed,
you grab my hips when I teeter too
close to the edge;
I hold your hand when I am scared
or cold,
and I lean against your shoulder
when I am lonely, which is more
often than not.

These exchanges are not hidden,
just quiet.
Two flirts existing in the same bubble,
our grins are not war-cries,
merely comfort.
They are public, yet the world does
not seem to care.
They do not care, because
neither do we.

I am ashamed to admit
I am in love with these moments.
Casual lingers and air-blown kisses–
they keep me saner than
you know.
I am in love with what we are,
as long as I do not think
of what we are not.

–Aeriko

Baby Do You Love Me

Summary: You and the Avengers are playing “Baby do you love me” but you have a crush on Bucky, and it’s his turn and he goes to you.

Words: 807

Warnings: Language (only once)

Baby do you love me is a game where you have to go up to someone as ask “Baby do you love me” and the other person has to reply “Baby I love you but I just can’t smile” without smiling or laughing. Enjoy x

Originally posted by aestheticimagines


“Alright, everyone gather round, I think we are gonna go for Baby Do You Love Me, that cool?” announced Tony, sitting next to Rhodey as he reached for his champagne, of course champagne. “Really?” spat Steve, groaning already at how many pointless games Tony could come up with. “Relax, Steve, it’s cool. We aren’t working and we have time, lets play!” corrected Natasha, sliding next to you, with Wanda on her other side. Steve settled to the left of you, sighing as he agreed to play. “Alright fine, Tony, it’s your game, you start!” Steve exclaimed.

Raising from his seat and prancing around the group, eyeing everyone as he watched you all fret in panic. Tony was undoubtedly good at this game, too much so in fact. Swiftly spinning on his feet, he turned around to Bucky, his face in glee that he could mock him. Resisting the temptation to smile in pure happiness with Bucky looking so nervous. Yes, you liked him, but you couldn’t let anybody know that. Turning your head away, not trying to stare to much, you looked over to Steve who was smirking masterfully, glaring straight at you.

“What?” you whispered, raising your eyebrows in panic. “Nothing, just your reaction to when he said Bu-“

“Shut up,” you demanded, trying to keep a semi-straight face for the rest of the group, especially Bucky. Grinning, Steve turned back around to the rest of the group, almost everyone oblivious. You turned to see Tony, kneeling as if he was trying to propose to Bucky, declaring his question. “Baby… darling Bucky,” he began, causing a few giggles from the rest of the group. “Do you love me?” he asked, pulling puppy eyes as he glared at Bucky, trying to hold in a smile.

“Uh…” Bucky started, fighting his urge to smile. “Baby I love but I just can’t sm-“ he attempted, breaking into pure adorable laughter and admitting his defeat. “Alright, fine, I lost,”

Rising up off the beanbag he was buried in, he wandered around the circle, staring you all down. As he marched past you, glaring at Wanda and Natasha, you sighed a breath of relief, glad you didn’t have to struggle through Bucky’s flirting. Rising your head to look back up, he was sat right in front of you, him smiling intently as he glared at you. Oh shit, you thought. Looking over to Steve, you shot deadly eyes towards him, who was smirking in sincere delight. Get it over and done with, you repeated to yourself.

“Baby girl…” he sighed, getting up close to you, glaring at your lips as you started to perspire. Leaning in next to your ear, he breathed lightly as he added: “…do you love me?” He lingered there for a second before slowly moving back to sit in front of you, his eyes sharp and deadly. He wants just being funny, he was being sexy and that totally flustered you. “Uh…” you stuttered, before remembering you had to play along with the game. “Baby I love you but I just can’t smile,” you sighed, happy you had managed to actually form the words. You could feel Steve staring you down, already realising how Bucky was affecting you. It was Bucky’s second go, now being allowed to touch you. He tapped Steve to shuffle up as he positioned himself next to you, his eyes never leaving you. Waiting for him to say it again, you straightened your face, ready.

As he leaned in again, most likely to say the words, he neared you neck, un-bearingly close. Instead of saying anything, he kissed you along your neck, you sighing as he worked his way along your neck. The whole group was admiring Bucky’s techniques, staring you down to see if you would crack a smile. Tilting your head my caressing your chin, he planted a soft kiss to your lips as he began again. “Baby, Y/N, do you love me now?” he asked again, already realising how much he was breaking you. Without even realising it, you totally broke into a smile, your mouth failing to form words. He sighed as he laughed out loud, hugging you tightly before whispering in your ear, out of shot from everyone else. “I had a chance and I took it,” Leaning back out, directing you to stand up, smiled over to him in pure delight as you began your turn. Bucky liked you, really like you.

As you attempted to take a step, Bucky latched onto your hand, darting up off his seat and crashing onto your lips, taking away your breath. Woops and whistles erupted from the rest of the group, as you slowly parted. Glimpsing over to Steve, you could see him laughing hysterically, congratulating his mate and winking over to you. “Sorry, I just couldn’t resist it again,”

I think growth is when you grow up admiring the relationship Ross and Rachel have, but when you actually fall in love, you’d rather have something like Monica and Chandler. You don’t want to chase someone for 10 years, you don’t want to be destined, you don’t want to be “someone’s lobster.” You want to meet someone and become their friend and you unexpectedly fall for them before you even fully realize that you have. You want to fall in love with your best friend, and someone that was an outcast just like you were. Someone that understands you on every level and loves you and sacrifices for you without a second thought. You don’t want some strung out puppy love that lingered on for 15 years. You don’t want obsession. You want security with your best friend and you want people to think you’re crazy. You want to prove them wrong when they say you won’t make it.