HOOO BOY I didn’t think I would have to do this in this nearly 3 years down the line, but my inbox has become a hellish wasteland due to misinformation so I’m gonna be as blunt as possible here: I don’t ship Makorra and I haven’t since the show ended.Personally it’s just… not My Jam anymore. It hasn’t been for a while. But that’s not the point of this post.
An old post of mine started going around claiming that my opinion regarding fandom toxicity is invalid because “I’m a 24 year old makorra shipper who’s still bitter about korrasami”. I touched base with the person who left the comment asap to try to figure out what was going on & they told me they had me confused with another blogger. They retracted the statement immediately.
… but the damage had already been done. The version of the post with the “callout” is still circulating.
Look, if this was true and if on top of that I was in fact spreading any kind of hatred or making shitty posts that offended people, I would take this criticism to heart and work to actively change what I was doing. I want and have always wanted this blog to be a safe and comfortable space for anyone and everyone.
But. Honestly. I refuse to go down because of a case of mistaken identity. This is ridiculous, guys.
If you have to call someone out, please try to do a little research. Misinformation can be harmful.
“Remind me why you’re not going, again?” Bellamy groans, head tipping back over the arm of Clarke’s sofa.
She walks past him on her way to the kitchen and flicks a finger softly against the crease above his brow. He scowls halfheartedly at her, but doesn’t move from his position on the couch.
She does not, notably, run a hand through his hair where it’s fallen back from his forehead. Doesn’t even want to. She definitely doesn’t have to deny that compulsion.
“I told you,” she says. “The hospital’s doing Halloween a day early this year so that on actual Halloween people with actual lives,” she gestures grandly to herself and Bellamy scoffs, earning himself another flick, “can hang out with their actual friends.”
He does perk up a little at that. “We’re still marathoning old scary movies, right?”
She grins. “Absolutely.” It’s their best tradition, as far as she’s concerned. Which is completely unrelated to the fact that it gives her an excuse to snuggle up next to him under the pretense of fear.
“It would be a lot easier to be upset with you if you didn’t have such a noble reason,” Bellamy concedes after a moment, looking up at her from the couch, his eyes rolled comically high toward his brow to look at her.
“It’s almost like I went into pediatrics just to spite you.”
“That’s what I’m saying, yeah.”
“Hey, you’re the one who agreed to Raven’s party, not me.”
“I figured you’d be going!” he says, finally sitting up to more properly pout at her. “I wouldn’t have agreed to go to a party alone.”
“Alone,” she deadpans. “At a party with all of our friends.”
“You know what I mean,” he says offhandedly. “You won’t be there.”
A reflexive twitch runs down her fingertips.
She does know what he means, and it makes her heart ache and soar simultaneously. They are, for lack of a better term, each other’s person. And though they do have the same group of friends, it’s also true that, when that group gets divided up, it’s rare that it’s not her and Bellamy wandering through museum alcoves, exploring the furthest shelves in the back of a dim bookstore far past the time they were supposed to rendezvous with the group. They’re inseparable. He’s her best friend.
She’s also in love with him, which is definitely only a perk in rom coms, as she’s come to realized over the last couple years. Because though the fluffy movies get the underlying feeling of bubbly warmth right, they don’t tend to cover the part where the best friend doesn’t feel the same way.
Which isn’t to say that she’s just hanging around Bellamy because she likes the pain of it. His friendship is her most valuable possession, and she knows he loves her, in some sense of the word.
She knows this because he’s Bellamy and everything he does for the people he cares about drips with affection. But she knows it more specifically because of one night in particular.
Percival Graves can’t shake the images of two murdered aurors from his mind and it’s starting to have an effect on him. When he accidently takes out his frustrations on Tina Goldstein, he listens to Seraphina’s advice and finds himself standing outside of The Blind Pig on a Friday night, enamored by a beautiful woman. Did anyone know how far he would go to keep his department and his loved ones safe from Gellert Grindelwald? Why does this woman remind him of Tina Goldstein?
In which Cas the writer fills in for Charlie who works at a coffee shop, and he wears her coffee-shop-logo t-shirt… with her nametag. Enter Dean, a smoking hot fireman searching for a perfect coffee. Dean instantly is attracted to the handsome, dark-haired, blue-eyed Charlie and cannot forgive himself for failing to get his number. When he comes back the next day, however, Charlie somehow is a redhead girl, and no one seems to know anything about the blue-eyed wet dream…
Tina being undercover in a bar -dress, make up, different hair and eye color- when Percival Fucking Graves, who is on his day off, comes and hits on her, turning on the charm to the max, intent on getting her into his bed and not being subtle about it either. Tina is reeling because THATS PERCIVAL GRAVES and at the same time she's like oh no he's cute/hot what do I do
Do you know any Drarry fics with Harry or Draco being an animagus?
Do I know any animagus fics? BOI I LIVE FOR THEM!! They’re my absolute favourite trope ever and I’m so excited and happy that you requested this because I can now unleash the mass of animagus stories I’ve been accumulating in my archive.
Between A Tiger and A Stag- by Copper Vixen (65k) Can six illegal animagi survive the Forbidden Forest, Death Eater attacks, and each other? (This was the first animagus story I ever read and it brought upon my love for the whole trope! The writing and words are so mesmerising and beautiful. I think I fell more in love with the story because it wasn’t just one character that was an animagus, but 6 (Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco, Pansy and Blaise). The fic was left on a bittersweet ending which I found marvellous. Honestly, my words can’t do it justice, this story was just fabulous)
Where’s Granger When You Need Her? - by playout (11k) Hogwarts’ Potions Master is working on an experimental brew. He really should know better than to turn his back on an unstable potion. Now if only there were someone in the castle who could help… (This fic was amazing because Draco is a FERRET! Yes, that’s right. A ferret. What more do I need to say? :D)
Secret Heart - by alaana_fair (4k) Draco had long ago admitted to himself that he’d fallen in love with the tiger, but he still refused to admit that he’d fallen in love with the man. That admission would simply cost too much. (Gahhh I adored this fic! Harry’s animagus form is a tiger, but he has difficulty changing back to a human. So each time Harry transforms, he is sent off to Draco Malfoy who happens to be the only other tiger animagi in the UK. But omg plot twist, when he turns back into a human Harry never remembers what happened when he stays over with Draco. or does he? You’ll have to read to find out! :D)
A Panther’s Heart - by Copper Vixen (80k) Harry gets caught while in his animagus form and is purchased to be a familiar to his worst enemy. (By his father’s wishes, Draco is bonded to a familiar…it ends up being Harry in his animagus form)
Fur and Feathers - by Lomonaaeren (4k) Lucius thinks Harry and Draco’s desires are as incompatible as their Animagus forms. It takes a momentary glimpse to change his mind (Narcissa is dying. Draco and Harry constantly fight and Lucius is confused about their temptestuous relationship)
The Kitten Prince of Slytherin - by thenerd1026 (10k) Draco’s animagus form is a Kneazle. A baby Kneazle. When he gets stuck in Kneazle form, guess who takes him in? (OMG SOOO cute and flufy! I loved how expressive and Draco-ish Draco was as a kneazle. I loved all the sweet moments Harry and kitten!Draco shared together. And I especially loved Harry calling Draco ‘Blondie’ while he was a kitten)
Hissy Fit - by dysonrules (28k) Harry is an under-utilized Auror and Draco is an auditor for Gringotts. He lives to torment the Ministry and, of course, Harry Potter. He is also a Registered Animagus. (Hilarious and fun! It’s where Draco helps Harry on one of his auror missions by transforming into his animagus form - a snake. The banter between Harry and Draco is amazing and you’ll probably suffer from a cuteness overload while reading this story)
Please, Not a Ferret- by Elfflame (0.8k) Draco’s about to find out what his animagus form is. (And he prays that his animagus form isn’t a ferret)
The Wolf Pack - by HowDracoGotHisGrooveBack (14k) Nobody said achieving your animagus form was easy. Draco could handle being a wolf pup for a while, right? How bad could it be? (A story where two wolves regularly meet in the Forbidden Forest, yet neither of them know that the other is an animagus. Love, love, loved reading this story!)
Flight of the Draco Malfoy - by zionsstarfish (2k) The seventh years try their hands at Animagus Transfiguration. (Such a charming story! I loved how Harry is a Snidget because it’s just so unconventional and unique (if ya’ll don’t know what a Snidget is, it’s basically a a puffy little golden bird that was used in Quidditch, but they replaced it with the Snitch))
Unexpected, A Holiday Tail of Mistaken Identity - by amightypenguin (25k) After an accident involving a two year old and a wand, Harry much to his dismay is sent to Draco, who believes he’s caring for a pet. A large pet with a bad attitude. (DRACO IS THE MOST PRECIOUS AND LOVELY HUMAN BEING IN THIS STORY!!!! Like oh my god guys he’s the absolute sweetest, caring for injured horses (magical and non-magical) and goofing around with a Newfoundland and falling in love with its bumbling and adorable antics (but little does Draco know that the Newfoundland is actually Harry. shhhh))
The Kneazle Who Came for Christmas - by enchanted_jae (7k) Banished from his home during the holiday season with only his wand and the clothes he’s wearing, Draco has no choice but to take on his Animagus form and hope someone will take him in. (I was squeeling at how adorable Kneazle!Draco is. The little domestic snapshots between Kneazle!Draco and Harry were lovely and it was just such a fun story to read!)
The Owl Who Came for Christmas - by dracogotgame (17k) Draco has a debt to pay off, no matter what Potter thinks. And he has a Very Good Idea to go along with it. Things don’t go as planned. (A really nice, feel good story! Draco is definitely my favourite owl (soz Hedwig) and I love how happy Draco made Harry while he was in owl form)
Things That Seem - by Maeglin Yedi A potion gone wrong. A desperate wish. A new future. And a…horse? (A potions accident causes Harry to wake up in an alternate reality where he’s a horse animagus and currently dating Draco Malfoy?? And the ending, oh god the ending is what made me love this story even more because it just ties everything together)
The Haumiaroa Magical Society for the Conservation of Indigenous Wildlife - by musamihi (15k) Harry escapes to New Zealand in search of privacy and relaxation, only to find himself caring for an injured (and ungrateful) kiwi chick. After releasing the bird into the wild, he’s more than a little surprised to find it waiting for him when he arrives in Peru for the second part of his vacation – and to discover that it can spell. Poorly. (Tired of being in the spotlight, Harry escapes to NZ and stumbles across (lol, he more collided than stumbled) a kiwi. I couldn’t help but grin at Kiwi!Draco’s poor attempt at spelling :D Lovely fic!)
He Was He and I Was Bunny - by bryoneybrynn (37k) The war is over and “eighth year” is about to begin at Hogwarts. But for Harry and Draco, nothing is quite the same. Harry’s looking for an escape, Draco’s looking for a friend. Does a little black bunny hold the answers for both of our boys? (Ahh this fic is one of my all time favourites! Bunny!Harry is so adorable, and I loved how Draco was able to relax and be himself around Bunny!Harry. But then the drama starts kicking in when Draco realises that the little Bunny he’s been caring for his Harry all along and arrggh, I won’t spoil anything more but this story is a must read!)
all you ever did was wreck me - by SailorChibi (10k) After the war, the Ministry decides to make a clean go of it and sentences all Death Eaters to death. After a year spent imprisoned beneath the Ministry, with his mother safely in France, his father dead and only the Aurors who hate him for “company”, Draco is waiting for his time to die.Harry gets to him first. (I burst into hysterics when I read that Harry was a ferret animagus - honestly, that’s the most ironic thing I’ve ever seen. A lovely story and definitely wants me wishing for more!)
Love Isn’t Easy - by Bam4Me (5k) The thing about letting someone find their animagus so early in life, is that it’s no longer an extension of yourself, it’s like telling your child to choose between human, and not. (This was awesome! Kitten!Harry is adorable and it’ll leave you smiling for days. And I loved that Harry communicated to Draco through legilimency while he was in this form)
Ain’t No Friend Of Mine - by (lettered) (33k) Draco has to face the truth of who he is. The truth has long hair and slobbers. (A captivating piece of work! I lived for snarky Draco and and his portrayal as a dog. The non-linear timeline worked really well. And the inner turmoil within Harry was so realistic and credible)
Endangered Familiar- by ravenpan (8k) After the war, all he wanted was some peace and quiet. What he got, was a penguin that brought the exact opposite (One of the most beautifully written fanfictions I have ever read! I loved how despite being a very cute and, in general, lighthearted fic, there was also a more emotional and serious side to it as well)
Wascally- by dysonrules (6k) Draco finds an ickle wounded birdy in the forest… (Sweet, funny and sexy! In which Draco finds a white dove in the Forbidden Forest and names it Harry…Oh if only Draco knew how ironic that name was)
Blind Faith- by SunseticMonster (21k) Don’t think of it as losing your sight. Think of it as gaining an Animagus who never quite learned the meaning of the word ‘boundaries’. (This story can never get enough hearts <333 Draco has been temporarily blinded from an attack in Diagon Alley. It’s now up to a friendly dog *cough*Harry*cough* to help guide him and investigate into the attack)
There are so many embarrassing stories with cats. At some point every veterinarian will attempt to Spey a male cat. This is the story where that almost happened.
At my first clinic we would often do desexing for the local shelter, typically just before the lucky creature was adopted out.
Once upon a time, a lovely black cat was brought to us for a Spey. Midnight, as it was called,was going to be picked up by the adoptive family from our clinic once the procedure was done. Routine, basic, every day sort of thing.
Before knocking the cat out we had a lovely little cuddle on the treatment table, where he proceeded to lift his tail mid scratch, as cats often do when they’re enjoying themselves, to reveal two enormous testicles ripe for the picking.
Glad I had noticed this early, but concerned we may have the wrong cat, I phoned the shelter to check.
“Did you know Midnight is a boy?”
“Oh no, she’s definitely a girl.”
“… Nope, definitely a boy.”
“But she had kittens at the shelter!”
“… Then I hate to tell you this but I don’t think you sent us Midnight!”
As you would expect, the shelter quickly set about trying to find out how such a confusion should have happened, only to find no answers. As far as they could tell, the cat they had sent us was definitely Midnight. As far as his testicles were concerned, this was not the cat that gave birth at the shelter. Embarrassing on the shelter’s part.
I called the would-be adopters. I had to, there was a possibility that the shelter had misplaced their new cat. I explained the situation and they were perplexed as well.
I asked them to come down and conform whether the cat sitting in our hospital with nuts was the one they thought they had adopted. Fortunately they confirmed that Midnight was the right cat, even if he wasn’t the Midnight he was supposed to be, he was uneventfully castrated and went home.
I don’t know how the shelter managed to confuse a lactating queen with an intact tom (the smell alone!) but they were certainly embarrassed.
CONSIDER: alicia is a well known model/actress. bob is a famous athlete. alicia doesnt follow sports. bob doesnt know pop culture. bob and alicia have a meet-cute unrelated to their jobs. neither of them know the other is famous and both are trying to hide their own fame to have a "normal" relationship. just picture the shenangians as they both unknowingly try to woo the other incognito, while dodging fans/billboards with their faces/etc, both so busy juggling things that they miss the obvious.
Oh my god, or maybe even they think they’ve been “caught out” and the other person knows they’re famous and is just being very chill about it (when in actual fact, they have no clue and think the same about the other) and they keep misunderstanding each other. “Let’s take the back way, there are fewer people there.” Each thinks: He/she is being so accommodating of my unique circumstances!
Will we be satisfied until we get a French bedroom farce about Bob and Alicia complete with hilarious situational irony based around someone being in the bathroom/behind a screen/in the closet, mistaken identities, and rogue impersonators? I THINK NOT.
Inspired by these awesome posts: x, x, here’s a list of ten (of many tbh) romance tropes played with in Mike and Harvey’s narrative, starting with ones that actually are on TVTropes, followed by ones that are just general narrative things (All gif credits at bottom of post):
Do I even need to explain this one? A sick grandmother, running from the cops, mistaken identity…Literally the first 20 minutes of this series is about these two and how they’re going to meet thanks to some crazy circumstances, and how a malfunctioning briefcase full of pot is going to change their lives (and they don’t even know it yet):
Harvey passed Mike and Trevor on the street ‘five years ago’ when Mike was working as a bike messenger and Mike said ‘If I ever look like that shoot me’ which is ironic because he will work so hard to look like that in five years but also not that ironic because Mike probably said that to deflect Trevor’s attention from the fact that he is 100% checking Harvey out and very interested in what he sees (And it is what he sees, since the camera is Mike’s gaze and it does a full elevator scan. Interesting choice there, editors):
I’d have to post the entirety of 3x02 to illustrate it all tbh? From the ‘We’re done but I’m still going to be pissy about your new relationship nvm that the trigger for you falling into the relationship was that you were upset from our “break-up”’:
to the ‘I’m going to get right in your face for maximum UST and heartbreak for when I tell you we’re done’:
to poor Louis becoming the disposable fiancé who sees an opportunity:
and woos Mike:
while Harvey denies to himself how much he loves misses him (while looking that heartbroken jesus gabriel):
And of course it doesn’t work because right as Mike and Louis are about to ‘make it official’:
Along comes Harvey like everyone knew he would with these faces and ‘You’re not going back on your word [to Louis], you’re going back where you belong [with me]’:
And then you get the Big Damn…High Five:
(with Louis looking on which is bittersweet because unlike the usual disposable fiancé scenario he is sympathetic).
Okay, literally, this is even more romantic here than in its usual use?? “Most commonly found in Romantic Comedies, Race For Your Love usually occurs five minutes or so before the credits roll.” “Someone is about to leave the city/state/country forever, but their lover runs to the train station/airport to convince them to stay.”
Except Mike is not about to leave the city he’s about to turn himself in to make sure Harvey doesn’t do the same, to protect Harvey, and Harvey’s running to stop him?? And we get shots of Harvey running this long fucking run in slow mo (and it continues into the next episode lmao):
“An act of sacrifice or high risk, motivated by love, which proves beyond a doubt that you put your loved one’s needs before your own.”
Not only do they both pull these, they fight about who gets to put the other’s safety above his own, multiple times:
This happens again for a whole half fucking season I’m not going to post gifs of all of it because it would be too many but it culminates in a downright physical fight because Harvey’s pissed Mike’s pulling the Act of True Love and has locked him out of doing it and so he throws a fucking glass and then goads him into hitting him because he’s in that much pain over what Mike’s doing for him what the fuck:
And then Mike goes to prison and Harvey gets him out because of course, and you’d think it’d be over now right? But nope.
Narrative things that aren’t really on tvtropes:
They’re just very, very protective and territorial of each other. Not hard to interpret as a romance trope at all. Again, to illustrate, I’d have to post gifs from the whole show so just have two at random:
9. “Staring at the empty space you should fill”:
I mean, I guess there’s a platonic interpretation for standing outside someone’s empty office with your morning coffee, broodingly staring at the chair they used to sit in. I usually only see behavior like this in romantic contexts in other media though:
10. “At Your Door” parallels
Doorstep parallels are just an otp staple and they have the most in the show. Like, someone still has to make an updated version with the most recent examples lmao, so here’s another two at random: