This is exactly the sort of thing I wanna see in the show. I mean… the sci-fi stuff is an absolute treat but aaaaah! Gems and humans chilling out.
Peridot finding a kindred spirit in Onion?! (Mebbe cause Vidalia is a meep-morpist he’d take to Peri quite well?) Peedee being chill enough to muck about and stick his family’s precious fries up his nose?! Lars unknowingly wrestling Purple Puma?! And it looks like Pearl’s politely telling Ronaldo to shut it so she can pitch a new play idea to Jamie?! XD Aaaahhh!
Why are these comics not available in the UK?! At least in digital form?
“I’ve seen ye so many times,“ he said, his voice whispering warm in my ear. "You’ve come to me so often. When I dreamed sometimes.When I lay in fever. When I was so afraid and so lonely I knew I must die. When I needed you, I would always see ye, smiling, with your hair curling up about your face. But ye never spoke. And ye never touched me.” “I can touch you now.” I reached up and drew my hand gently down his temple, his ear, the cheek and jaw that I could see. My hand went to the nape of his neck, under the clubbed bronze hair, and he raised his head at last, and cupped his face between my hands, love glowing strong in the dark blue eyes. “Dinna be afraid,” he said softly, “There’s the two of us now.”
Alright Strange Magic fandom, which is your favourite Bog King expression™?
I’m re-watching the Sugar Pie Honey Bunch sequence and I’m torn between “bring forth… the prisoner” (bc lmao that is so Over The Top Trying To Be Evil with the hunching and the sneer) and “what” (this reaction, and the shared blink between the goblins, are GIFs I need in my life) and when he’s back on his throne (2:30 in the clip) stare-glaring (like you can feel the ??????? radiating from him)
When I first saw the episode The End (5X04) I struggled with it, and I think a lot of people did and still do struggle with it because it’s heavy. Thanks to wonderful meta writers (looking at you lurea) and several re-watches in order to process it, it is actually one of my Top Five Favorites. This episode is a masterpiece.
Castiel is the CENTRAL FOCUS of The End (5X04). Specifically Castiel in relation to Dean.
Okay so it is truly a layered episode (aren’t they all?). The brothers have gone separate ways and the main point to drive home is that they’re stronger together rather than apart. This is the lesson Dean learns from the start to the finish of the episode. But everything in between is focused on the Dean and Cas relationship. Because saying no to Michael doesn’t just ruin Dean, Sam and the world. It wrecks and kills Cas.
This future (aka Endverse) was shown to Dean by the angel Zachariah in order to manipulate Dean into doing what heaven wanted (saying yes to Michael and being his vessel).
Parallel that with this:
A human-angel hybrid named Jack showed Castiel a future in order to manipulate him into doing what he wanted (keep him and his vessel, aka mother, safe until birth).
I believe Cas’ vision of The Future (12X19) includes Dean Winchester, just as the vision of Dean’s future in The End included Castiel. Say it with me: circular narrative.
Even the titles of each episode make me want to squee and roll around on the floor in delight. Now, we were not told that Dean was part of Cas’ vision so don’t go making t-shirts. I think we received some misdirection about Cas’ vision in 12X23 so for now this is MY head canon that Dean is in Cas’ vision of the future.
12x23 has an apocalyptic world where the Winchesters are facing off with Lucifer and Castiel ends up dead. Lucifer did say we’d all end up here despite things being changed and altered. ‘Here’ is relative, not exactly the same date or the same garden, etc.
But Jack, our naked little angel-man, has superseded his father in showing Castiel a future beyond death, beyond The End. We didn’t get a resolution to The End in 5X04. We saw Lucifer as the victor. I do not think Lucifer will be the victor any longer. We may have “…ended up here,” but the results will not be the same. Lucifer will be defeated. Jack and TFW will be key in that.
But I digress because I didn’t start this post to even talk about 12x23, though it definitely parallels. So you’re welcome for that tangent. Back to the regularly scheduled program…
A lot of people believe that Endverse was something Zachariah made up. Considering that Dean kept the Camp Chitaqua photo (we see Mary looking at it in 12x02 - “Mamma Mia”), I believe it was an actual timeline that was very, very, real. Especially as we’re coming full circle with the story, which felt like a forgotten plot for a very long time. Thank you, Dabb!
The issue isn’t whether it was real or not, though. It could be faker than fake but the message is still clear: show Dean what will happen to his loved ones, especially Castiel, if he says no to Michael. Zachariah made sure that Castiel was at the front and center of Dean’s visit to Endverse because what does matter is what Dean takes away from the experience.
Unbeknownst to him, Cas was heaven’s Trojan Horse. The angels used Castiel as a pawn. Have you ever wondered why they never just killed him for his doubts and for trying to warn Dean in that dream (4X20)?! Consider this: instead of smiting him for disobedience (angels have proven to kill for much less) they reprogram him again and again, keeping him close to Dean because Dean trusts Cas. In fact they see that there is something much, much deeper between Dean and Cas than I think those two were aware of at the time.
“When a claim is laid on a living soul it leaves a mark, a brand,” Castiel tells us. (6X03 “The Third Man). Cas literally claimed Dean on his rescue mission to get Dean out of Hell, whether he meant to or not. The implications of such an act are not written out explicitly for us but we see that these two are connected, bonded. Faithless Dean had faith in Cas without a whole lot to go on almost from the get-go.
When Dean had sex with Anna, she laid her hand over Cas’ handprint tentatively. She was fascinated by Castiel’s mark and would know a lot more about what exactly it means than we do. I think her pause over the print tells us it does mean something significant. Anna knew.
Uriel, in another episode, calls Cas’ affection for Dean a weakness. He says it with a cocky self-assured smirk. He knows that he and the other angels can use it against them.
So anyway, Zachariah WANTED Dean to see how broken, addicted and suicidal Cas would become because of Dean’s choice. They knew that the state of Cas’ well-being would be a huge influence, if not the biggest influence, in coercing Dean to do as they wanted. The focus of that future, Dean’s future, was Cas.
They threaten Dean with Cas, as a metaphorical hostage. “See, Cas here? See how you have this intimacy with him as the world crumbles around you? But see how fucked and broken you’ve become? You’re a monster. See how bad that fucks Cas up? You get Cas killed. All because you say no to Michael.” The angels knew.
Do you comprehend what I’m tellin’ ya? Past!Dean’s sole focus wasn’t the Colt, wasn’t Lucifer, wasn’t himself and it wasn’t even all about Sam. Sure, those things are in there but they are honorable mentions. Everything came back to Cas.
The. Focus. Is. Cas.
We do see Dean interact with his future self, with Chuck, etc. But most of the dialogue in Endverse is with and about Cas. Cas is shown in the center of most shots, in closeups and isn’t far from Dean in most scenes. Hell, when future!Dean kills one of his infected men he says to everyone else, “I’m not going to lie to you. Me and him got a messed up situation going,” and we assume he’s talking about past!Dean.
But the camera and the remaining men look beyond past!Dean and he follows their line of sight to a blurry Cas who then comes into focus. Because… The. Focus. Is. Cas. Everything else is background noise: Luci and archangel vessels and Sam and the apocalypse.
Despite his crap choices to torture a demon to find the Colt, and to kill his Croatoan-infected people, future!Dean still cared about what Cas thought of him and that is why he guiltily made the comment about Cas. Dean’s future heavily included Cas in a very intimate, private way. So private that the writers did not come right out and tell us but instead showed us by carefully constructed omission. Can we all curl up into balls and cry now?!
The whole “…got a messed up situation going,” is just that: Cas is still in love with Dean even though he’s become a monster. Cas could have and should have left long ago, but he didn’t. It probably perplexed Dean’s men. Because Cas wasn’t just sticking around to kill Lucifer (in fact he didn’t agree with the idea AT ALL in 2009 AND in Endverse). He was solely there for Dean.
Remember when Cas said he was going to watch Dean murder the world (10X22)? Do you think for one moment Dean didn’t go, “Shit, he really will stand back and watch me murder the world. He did exactly that in Endverse.”
THAT MOMENT in 10X22 is when he knows Endverse wasn’t some manip from Zachariah. In 10X22, Dean visibly swallows and looks away at Cas’ words because they affect him. He had enough humanity in him in that moment to feel something there. He does still lose control and he beats Cas, who doesn’t fight back, but something (Cas’ plea) momentarily breaks through the curse.
Then what does Dean do? He isolates himself, gets blacked-out drunk and suicidal, destroys his hotel room in a fit of rage and emotional pain. This is a moment that “hurt something awful” and he didn’t actually go through with killing Cas this time. I’m sure he’s imagining how much worse he’d be off if he HAD killed Cas.
THIS is when he becomes desperate enough to get rid of the Mark, when he realizes how badly he’s hurt Cas and is becoming a monster. It wasn’t when he beat Sam or murdered rooms full of people. Nope, HIS WEAKNESS IS CAS. Dean is so desperate to not become “that thing again,” that thing that he knows could make him kill Cas, that he’s willing to kill his brother with Death’s scythe. Dean knows how close he was to going over the edge.
This is another reason I believe Zachariah’s vision was real, because Cas predictably cannot and will not hurt Dean, even if it means he destroys the world. The angels knew, long before Dean and even Cas knew, that Cas was Dean’s weakness. How flipping crazy is that?! And yikes, I didn’t mean to stumble into 10X22 but when the writers intricately tie multiple story lines together it just cannot be avoided.
Back to Endverse. Future!Dean turned into his father: a ruthless, cold-hearted, vengeful shell of a man (something Bobby told him, more than once, not to become when Dean suffered loss because it is canon that this is what Dean can become). A demon stole Mary from John and he became, in Dean’s words, an obsessed bastard. A demon stole Sam from Dean and he became the obsessed bastard.
But is he all bad? We can see the faintest hint of hurt on future!Dean’s face when Cas says, “What? I like past you,” when past!Dean makes a comment about torture. But I think Dean loses his last sliver of humanity when he sends Cas to his death. Past!Dean had said, “You mean you’re gonna feed your friends into a meat grinder? Cas, too?” Cas was singled out as being significantly more important than everyone else and past!Dean could not even comprehend that future!Dean would sacrifice Cas of all people. *sobbing*
Dean meets Samifer after future!Dean gets his neck broken and that is when we get back to the plot of the brothers being archangel meat suits and how badly this does affect Dean. Because it isn’t just his future with Cas at stake. Sammy’s life is at stake. The world is at stake.
Zachariah pulls Dean back to our reality and gives the whole spiel on hoping Dean has learned his lesson. Cas is not brought up in this conversation and he doesn’t need to be. Because out of fucking nowhere he pulls Dean to safety where he was still waiting on the side of the road, in the dark, when Dean told him to pop in in the morning. Why is that significant?
I think Dean was praying/longing/reaching out to Cas. So Cas pulls him out and throws out the line about having an appointment but we all know the appointment wasn’t for that time or that place. He was saving Dean the embarrassment of being told, “I heard you praying in your mind when I know you’re still weirded out by praying.” A few seconds later Cas asks Dean how Zachariah found him. Damn it, y’all, Cas freaking FELT Dean’s prayer and/or longing. No one can tell me otherwise.
The narrative and cameras have once again swung back around to Cas. Dean gives him such a look of tenderness. He steps close and places a hand on Cas’ shoulder and gives the infamous, “Don’t ever change,” line.
Cas is Dean’s beacon of light, of hope, of faith. Zachariah was just threatening Dean and here is Dean melting into a puddle of heart eyes, invading Cas’ personal space to touch him, and even giving a bit of a smile (albeit a sad one).
With Cas watching over him, Dean feels safe. He trusts him. He pulls out his phone and calls Sam to make amends, to hopefully thwart Endverse from happening. So that Sam doesn’t become Lucifer’s puppet, so that Dean doesn’t become a monster and so that Cas doesn’t ever change.
The End is honestly very, very sad. Which is why it’s awesome to know that there is still The Future.
So where am I going with this? I just wanted you all to know that no matter what is changed, whatever is altered, Dean will end up with Cas. He had a crap vision of a crap future with Cas that ended in death. But Cas has received a new vision, a better vision, a hope-filled and faith-filled vision of a future that I wholeheartedly believe includes Cas and Dean together, in a happy endgame.
Jack is going to overcome Lucifer’s plans of destruction, which is a WHOLE other meta about fathers versus sons, and their legacies and all that jazz but I’ll leave you with this:
Lucifer LOVED his father, God, but was punished and abandoned. Dean LOVED John but was abused and neglected. Castiel LOVED Heaven/Humanity but was broken and brainwashed.
Jack, a son, is going to break the cycle, y’all. He may have looked creepy AF in 12x23 but I believe he is going to serve an amazing purpose to the narrative in subverting early SPN plots of self-destructive, codependent, suicidal and depressing behavior. It may be shaky at first but Jack will learn. Baby steps!
I CANNOT WAIT!
I talk about 5X04 a lot and I believe every single one of my fics includes mentions of Endverse!Cas. To me, this was the turning point in Dean and Cas’ relationship and one of several reasons why Dean didn’t want to allow himself to fall in love with Cas, and didn’t want Cas to change. Just one reason, of course, as there are others. It’s complicated, all of it. But for me this episode, which followed the Desitel-heavy “Free to Be You and Me”, was a bad blow to Dean’s heart. He knew a future with Cas was a possibility but at what cost?
Obvs they’ll overcome because The End was dark but The Future is bright.
I leave you with a reminder from Chuck:
Past!Dean: “Hey, Chuck, is Cas still here?” Chuck: “Yeah, I don’t think Cas is going anywhere.”
TheTwistedWillow June 20, 2017 Edited 6/27/17 for typos but there are probably still some. *SHRUGS*
Here is a personal collection that I thought I would share~! My dear dear dear friend@atrox-forensis has been drawing me little things to cheer me up off and on for some time, I thought I would share it with you all in hopes that it would make you smile, as it does me! n__n~!
The ‘don’t send nudes’ one is due to the the fact that I got a few nudes from random people I didn’t know for no reason at all….I never asked for that v-v; Plz no.
I’ve redone this about sixteen times *takes large bite of cold eggs*
I’m in love with this Hannibal Trucker AU by @joanielspeak and had to do something. I’m not used to the facial hair but it gave me the urge to try my sloppy background crud too - pick your poison…cause I couldn’t…lol i hope i have not shamed your glorious blessing
This is my contribution to the Fandom Fic Rec Days, a list of stories I love and cherish :)
(I know this is gonna be super early, but it’s just gone midnight for me, so it definitely counts as the 10th!)
I’m well aware that a lot of these stories are already hugely popular and may not necessarily need extra publicity, but I love them and wanna share that love with the rest of Tumblr!
Ok. So this Batjokes story just absolutely broke me. The plot, characterisation, the writing, just uuuuhhhhhh! It’s too much! I’m left an absolute sobbing mess by the end and I really can’t recommend it enough. There are dark themes involved, which, at first made me hesitant to continue, but I did and those elements are dealt with so brilliantly that I actually understood why they were included. The development of Bruce and J’s relationship is amazing and anyone who hasn’t read it yet needs to right away, because not only is it incredible writing, but also has equally fantastic artwork to go with it!
This Star Wars story is another that just clawed its way into my head and refused to leave! It’s an AU about what’d happen if the Emperor had raised and trained Luke and words can’t describe how incredibly written and thought out it all is. The brotherly relationship that blossoms between Luke and Han is especially poignant and I don’t just recommend people read this, I DEMAND it!
Oh my Lord, this QuiObi story is nothing short of exquisite. It’s the story that actually made me start shipping the pair. Everything about it from the characters to their relationship and the plot are all so well done and flow beautifully. I was literally counting down the days, minutes and seconds until each update. It’s an absolute favourite that I will cherish and gush about forever.
It’s not often I describe a fic as beautiful, but this QuiObi one absolutely is. It’s such an interesting concept, dealing with reincarnation and…just…the writing! My heart ached with each chapter in the most wonderful way. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Now, I’m not a Johnlocker and I found this completely by accident, but it’s so well and cleverly written that I immediately bookmarked the shit out of it! As well as their other stories heh. The characters are great and it was pretty hot, too! And if a non-shipper is saying that, it’s gotta be good.
This - this - is an absolute beast of a QuiObi story! I just can’t get my head around the sheer immensity of scale, commitment and skill put into every inch of it! Writing like this is something I could only ever dream of and this person deserves every single kind of accolade and award going! Read it, people. Reeeaad iiiiitttt!!!!
Heh. Yeeaahhhhh…I don’t think this story really needs any more recs because I’m sure every single Batjoker on the planet has read it, but fuckdammit I love it! So it’s getting another one! I can’t express my adoration for this story with words (as my incoherent screams that are supposed to be reviews can attest), so have been forced to draw the shit out of it instead. It’s perfect and, if by any slim minuscule chance anybody hasn’t read it…well, quite frankly I dunno what you’re doing wth your life.
This gorgeous little gem of a fic is for Oblivion from the Elder Scrolls series and there’s soooo much I love about it. It’s main character is an OC and she’s just so wonderfully fucking charming that I want her to be real so I can keep and protect her! It’s on hiatus unfortunately, but don’t let that put you off, because what is there is worth it!
I love this story. I really do. I love it so much I just wanna fucking eat it! Or make love to it. Or something. I dunno. I just know I have a lot of feelings for it. It’s set directly after the events of Batman: Europa and it’s so cleverly written, with amazing dialogue between Bruce and J that I cry with adoration. So people…just read it, kudos it, review it and shower it with all of the love, because it’s worth it! Like
L'Oréal. But better!
I’ve read and re-read this thing so many times that if it was a book, I’d have gone through about three copies by now. It’s wonderfully written and I’d never even considered the pairing of Matches Malone and Joker before but it’s brilliant! So brilliant that I wanna draw from it, but it already has a lovely piece of artwork for it that everyone should admire here.
This adorable story is so cute and gorgeous and wonderful and I just wanna cuddle it forever! It’s set in the Jak & Daxter universe (I fucking loooove those games!) and it focuses on a relationship between Jak and a lesser known character called Taryn. Please give it a read, especially if you enjoy the games, because it always puts a smile on my face!
So this Batjokes story is a little different to others I’ve read. It’s basically the story of what happens if Joker actually dies when falling into the acid vat and returns as a ghost. I just adore the idea of it and the writing is great. It’s only got one chapter so far and I’m trying my damnedest to be patient waiting for an update. *drums fingers on table*
Now I know Eye of the Beholder is not considered one of Ewan McGregor’s greatest films. But I like it and, regardless of whether you like the movie or not, this little fic is an amazing read. The writing, the plot, the mystery, it’s all so well done and I think it’s criminal that it hasn’t got a million more kudos and reviews!
Ok. I’m in love with this slice of Batjokesy awesomeness. It’s a collection of one shots and the relationship between the two is so great it makes me laugh, cry and squee with delight all at once. I didn’t know it was possible for a writer to reduce me to a puddle of feels with just two paragraphs but this one somehow managed! So everyone should stop whatever the fuck they’re doing and read it. Right. Fucking. Now. Go on! And leave kudos. And reviews. And love. Lots of love.
So there we are! If anyone else fancies doing this please do because fanfiction is a wonderful thing and the writers are a gift! More info on the Fandom Fic Rec Days can be found here
Mabel falls through the portal. Follows Mabel and Ford as they try to find a new normal, crossing through dimensions together, and also Dipper and Stan and Pacifica as they try to find a way to get them back. There’s some especially nice world building in this.
I can’t even begin to explain the main premise of this without utterly spoiling a large plot point of the story, but it contains probably the best characterization of Stan and Ford and Dipper and Mabel and Fiddleford I’ve seen. Some lovely day-to-day misadventures in here, with the same heart the show has, but there’s whispers of something dangerous brewing on the horizon for this family…
There’s violence at times. Read the tags. Also some Mabifica and Fiddauthor in this!
A Gravity Falls/X-Men crossover! There’s some awesome world building in this, and it truly feels like its own unique place separate from both of the canon universes. I especially love the powers everyone is given. Fit with everyone’s personalities a lot.
A lovely hopeful little fic in which the Pines family has to deal with some unfinished business concerning the shapeshifter, and Ford and Fiddleford come to some revelations about themselves and their relationship.
Some violence. Asexual Fiddauthor!
Whoops that got long, welp! Now it’s time to scream about a bunch of artists I love! :DD
A lorica is a “breastplate” an invocation of power meant to surround the body and soul with defenses. The following is adapted for Luciferian use. It can be used solely as an invocation, or it can be used as a ritual while getting dressed in the morning, to both physically and spiritually “armor up.” Instructions are included for using this as a ritual with the addition of a sacred blade to guide the energy placed. You can use another tool if you so choose. To erect a shield around someone else, simply substitute the appropriate pronouns.
(Arms out at sides, holding your blade in dominant hand)
I invoke today the Power Within against every hostile force which may assail my body and soul.
(With every line following, pass the blade around your body completely)
Against the invocation of Deity against me
Against the darkness within my fellow humans
Against the false words of liars
Against the designs of malicious spirits
Against the spells of hostile witches
Against every merciless power
Against every manner of bodily harm
Adversary, protect me today.
(Touch your heart with your blade)
Let power be within me
(Point with the blade in each direction as you say it)
To my right
And to my left
(Arms out spread wide)
Be there power in my actions
(Cross your arms over your chest)
Power in stillness
(Touch the blade to your forehead)
Power my thoughts
(To your lips)
Power in my words
(Touch the pommel to your breastbone
Adversary guide the heart of every being that thinks of me to friendship
(Touch the pommel between your eyes)
Guide the eye of every being that sees me to joy
(Touch the pommel to each ear)
Guide the ear of every being that hears me to wisdom
(Touch the pommel to your lips)
Guide the mouth of every being that speaks of me to kindness
(Trace a pentacle (inverted or upright, your choice) over your chest)
I bind to myself today the infernal powers through the invocation of the Adversary
With faith in the strength within me
Let my will be done throughout Creation.
In the section at the beginning where you invoke protection against things, you can add things in that you wish to be protected from. I used an invocation much like this back when I was a xtian witch, and my family and I would sometimes get ridiculously specific about what we wanted to be protected from.
This will be the first in a series of corrupted Catholic prayers to use for Luciferians. Finally getting some use out of my training makes me squee inside
Feedback is appreciated. And if you get some use out of it, I’d love to hear about it!
WHY IS SAKURA SO CUTE LIKE????? OMFG though like everything she does makes me smile and squee and cry and every time I see her I feel so warm and happy!! Sakura Kinomoto is the standard for cuteness! AND OMG WHEN SHE LOOKS AT SHAORAN I JUST DIE LIKE HOW CAN ONE LITTLE GIRL BE SO FULL OF LOVE KYAAAAA~!!!! Like i tear up just thinking of her shes so cute and wonderful! TBH if I were Tomoyo I'd be SO hard pressed to let another person have her shesj ust too perfect! !!!
i did not know True Joy until i saw the pure and adoring look on sakura’s face when she looks at syaoran
Hi Kristen. Can I mention that in Jon's raven to Sansa, I really love at the end of the message, Jon says "We are coming...". I love that Jon writes him and Dany as "WE". He could've easily said "Daenerys and I are coming" but it makes me squee a bit that he wrote "WE".
I also loved that. He and HIS queen, HIS, are going home to meet the family :)