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Part 2: 10 More Animated Movies Beyond Pixar

Part 1: Animation Beyond Pixar
Part 3: Another 10 Animated Movies Beyond Pixar
Part 4: Some More Animated Movies Beyond Pixar

Hey! It looks like people really liked the first post, so let’s do it again. This time I’m going to expand the rules a little bit and show you 10 movies that were not produced by Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, or Studio Laika. Hope you find something cool!

Kirikou and the Sorceress (Kirikou et la Sorcière, 1998)



The breakout hit of French animation master, Michel Ocelot, Kirikou and the Sorceress is an invented fairytale drawing from west African folklore. You’ll immediately notice the style, how it alternates between very lush, lovingly rendered scenery and somewhat limited animation. A lot of the limitations of this movie can be chocked up to the infant-status of French animation at the time, but in spite of a few reused walk-cycles Kirikou is a wonderful film! In fact, Kirikou was such a success in French theaters that it spawned its own sequel in 2005, Kirikou and the Wild Beasts.

The story recounts the birth and early travails of Kirikou, an impetuous but incredibly clever infant boy. Kirikou’s village has been all-but enslaved by the evil sorceress Karaba. It’s up to Kirikou to keep his ailing villagers safe from the sorceress, and find a way to stop Karaba for good.

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Sita Sings the Blues (2008)

Sita Sings the Blues is an interesting creature, it’s actually been released under the Creative Commons license, so you can download it for free right now. A labor of love by cartoonist/animator Nina Paley, the movie is entirely animated with Adobe Flash. Ordinarily I’m not very fond of flash animation, it’s become the new fad in TV because it’s cheap, and has unfortunately ushered in a new era of bland, limited animation cartoons (Teen Titans Go, I’m looking at you). That said, Sita Sings the Blues is a wonderful example of how an artist can exceed & in some cases exploit the limitations of Flash to create really charming cartoons brimming with beautiful designs.

Featuring 4 different animation styles and an overabundance of musical set pieces, Sita Sings the Blues contrasts the many trials and tribulations of the mythical Sita (wife of hindu folk hero, Rama) with the waning days of the animator’s own marriage. Interspersed between these two stories is a more light-hearted retelling of the Ramayana (the story of Rama) by indian shadow puppets.

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My Dog Tulip (2009)

My Dog Tulip recounts the trials and tribulations of one Mr. Ackerley as he attempts to raise his bratty german shepherd, Tulip. The most striking feature of this film is its styling, which can charitably be called “impressionistic” but more accurately be deemed “scribbly”. Everything is freeform, and the models shift and twist into the most expressive shapes for their given scenes. Considering that every one of its 60,000+ frames is actually an individually-rendered digital painting, the movie becomes quite impressive.

This is a very restful movie, aimed at an older audience, so save it for when you next want to relax. At once charming, silly, dry, and very juvenile, it’s hard not to smile as you watch Ackerley’s animated self blunder through raising his dog. And though Ackerley shamelessly anthropomorphizes Tulip, the film (quite refreshingly) will never let you forget that she’s a silly, fidgety dog.

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Perfect Blue (Pāfekuto Burū, 1997)

While Japan produces a lot of animation, most of it is just miserable crap. That said, every so often someone amazing gets to make a movie. Writer/director Satoshi Kon was one of those people.

Kon’s directorial debut, Perfect Blue, is an intriguing, upsetting, suspenseful, and frightening movie. A young pop star leaves music for acting, but is traumatized by her first role. Shellshocked by her first experience, the actress falls into a fugue state, and the people involved in the production start dying. All signs point to the murderer being the actress, and while she should be recovering she’s inadvertently pulled into the world of an obsessive stalker who has been watching her every move.

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The Illusionist (L’Illusionniste, 2010)

Based on a recovered script by legendary French comedian/director, Jacques Tati, The Illusionist is the story of the last bright spark of an aging stage magician’s career. Tati loosely based the film on his own stage career, which happened to start at a time when many stage acts were being muscled out of venues by young, hip rock bands. Supposedly Tati wrote the original script as an attempt to reconcile with his eldest daughter, whom he had abandoned as a baby. This is heavily-disputed. Delicately-rendered and beautifully-told, the Illusionist features no distinguishable dialogue, but its sentiments come across crystal-clear.

An older, struggling French magician takes a gig out in the Scottish boonies, and in the process picks up a new fan who thinks his magic is real. The result is a quirky father/daughter relationship between two strangers, the adoration of one keeping the other going during one of the darkest times of his life.

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The Secret of NIMH (1982)

If you’re going to talk American animation beyond the big 3 studios then you have to go back, before the Disney Renaissance. If you’re going to talk American animation before the Disney Renaissance then there are two giant, inescapable names that you must address: Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi. Let’s talk about a Don Bluth movie.

It’s easy to forget, now that Disney has been ascendant for 25 years, but from the 60s to the end of the 80s Disney’s animation studio nearly shut down half a dozen times. Having endured this long decline, Don Bluth, one of Disney’s veteran animators and directors, had enough. He left Disney and took 16 of the studio’s animators with him, intent on getting back to basics and producing feature-length animated films again. His name might not ring a bell, but you’ve definitely seen his movies: An American Tail 1 & 2 (the Fievel movies), All Dogs Go To Heaven, Anastasia, and the original Land Before Time were all Don Bluth movies. The Secret of NIMH was actually Bluth’s first post-Disney feature film, which unfortunately means it’s less well-known than some of his later successes.

The Secret of NIMH shows us the life of a simple farm mouse, Mrs. Brisby. Mrs. Brisby’s son is very sick, and she desperately needs help moving him before her home is destroyed by the farmer’s plough. The only ones that can help are the mysterious rats of the rose bush, strange, almost magical creatures that seem to have known her late husband.

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American Pop (1981)

If you’re going to talk American animation beyond the big 3 studios then you have to go back, before the Disney Renaissance. If you’re going to talk American animation before the Disney Renaissance then there are two giant, inescapable names that you must address: Don Bluth and Ralph Bakshi. Let’s talk about a Ralph Bakshi movie.

The king of rotoscope, Ralph Bakshi is the guy who really created and explored the idea that animation doesn’t always have to be for kids. What’s rotoscope? It’s literally animating on top of live-action footage. For ages it was used as a pre-CGI method for creating special effects (the original Star Wars, for example, featured heavy rotoscoping). Bakshi was the first director to use it to animate entire movies, admittedly with mixed success. Rotoscoping allows for incredibly realistic movement, but is (surprisingly) bad at translating facial expressions.

Considered one of Bakshi’s better movies, American Pop is an alternate history retelling of the rise of pop music in the United States. The story is presented through the eyes of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, each of whom has a profound impact on the music industry of their respective day. It’s a fascinating look at the type of people who defined musical genres through the years.

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Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest (Azur et Asmar, 2006)

Another original fairytale from Michel Ocelot! Ocelot has this fantastic skill of drawing from all points of a culture’s folklore and making a movie that’s at once evocative of its inspiration but satisfyingly original.

This time around Ocelot draws from dozens of Arabic folk tales, including some of the more infamous stories of 1,001 Arabian Nights. He also employed a new technique for 3D animation, rendering non-photo-realistic figures on top of painted backgrounds. The effect is absolutely stunning, and gives the entire movie a storybook feeling without looking like a series of drawings. It’s absolutely overflowing with rich colors and intricate arabic designs, and is a complete treat to behold.

The story: On the French countryside two boys are inexplicably born with the exact same destiny: to save the djinn fairy of the east. One is born to a wealthy french household, the other is born to an Arabic nursemaid working in the same household. The boys grow together, are forced apart, and eventually meet back up as fate guides them towards their shared destiny.

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A Town Called Panic (Panique au village, 2009)



Most of the animated feature films worth a damn are dramas and serious adventure movies. They can start to weigh on you, if you watch them one after another. That’s why it’s so fantastic that movies like A Town Called Panic exist. An unapologetically silly, borderline nonsensical comedy that injects you into its bizarre world for 80 minutes and keeps you entertained the entire time.

A stop-motion animated feature that uses action figures (kind of like the old KaBlam! shorts on Nickelodeon), based on a Belgian/French TV series of the same name, A Town Called Panic recounts the lives of Horse, Cowboy, and Indian. Three roommates in a small rural town. It’s your average guys-order-too-many-bricks-for-a-birthday-present-then-accidentally-destroy-their-house-then-as-they’re-attempting-to-fix-the-house-with-the-bricks-aquatic-dwellers-start-stealing-their-half-finished-house romp. And it’s a delight. Highly recommended!

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The Secret of Kells (2009)

The Secret of Kells is a glorious reminder that 2D animation is very much alive, and capable of being infinitely improved upon. In this case the movie is animated with stylized 2D drawings, but uses computer graphics to add color-washes and other subtle effects. The overall product is an all-too-rare visual treat in a medium that’s increasingly becoming a victim of computer technology, when it should be a beneficiary.

A young boy raised among monks finds his calling as a manuscript illuminator. But in order to become skilled enough to illuminate the legendary Book of Iona he’ll have to brave the dangerous forests of Kells and discover nature’s secrets from its wild pagan spirits.

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🌹 Alex in Wonderland ~ Storybook Series 🌹

  In Alex’s imagination the flowers are living creators that can talk, love to sing, and who live in a magical place called Wonderland.

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●Photo by ~ @divine_creativity

♤Model ~ @thomashearts

●Stylist ~ @divine_creativity & @thomashearts

♤MUA ~ @chios_photos

●Hair ~ Rocios mom 

Allllriiiiiggghhttt, knocked out the first prize for my fic give away!!! WHooo!! And of course I go overboard, because I have no freaking self-control, so here’s another 7k oneshot of fluff it was supposed to be 5k, dedicated to my dear friend and first prize winner @bluethisisforyou who wrote the amazing actor!au for klance called And, Action! Like seriously, if you haven’t read it, you need to, because damn is it amazing.

Loosely based off of these pieces of artwork by @cata-strophes : [1] [2]
Seriously, they’re gorgeous and you should totally reblog those too!!


Summary: Lance didn’t know what he was looking for, and he wasn’t really searching either. But then Keith had to come and remind him. And boy, did he.

Word Count: 7290 (leave me alone idk what happened)

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Lance stretched and took a deep breath. Fuck, it was nice to be out of the castle for like the first time in months. He hadn’t even waited for the others to head out when they touched down. He’d been stir crazy for the past week and he was so done with being on that ship.

The planet they landed on was amazing. The sky was a clear crystalline blue, and the ground was a slate gray, typically boring but it was the flora and fauna that made up for the colors. It was a menagerie of color and everything practically glowed. Flowers stood as tall as him, basking in the sunlight and spilling more light off of their petals; trees stood even taller, their limbs stretching high above, laden with fruits and vines. The grass was light green and it had a mossy texture under Lance’s feet.

Slowly the rest of the team followed up out. Lance stood out in the middle of the area they landed in, face turned up to the sky, enjoying the feeling of sunlight on his skin.

“Woah, this place is… wow,” Hunk breathed.

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Tea Party Playtime

Summary: Dad!Crowley & Daughter!Reader - Crowley leaves his book to take a trip into his five-year-old’s imagination as he joins her tea party.

Word Count: 2072

Triggers: None, just father/daughter fluff

Y/N = Your name ¦ Y/E/C = Your eye colour ¦ Y/H/C = Your hair colour

Note: Another one shot with the father/daughter duo from Fatherhood  and Disney Movie Madness all three stories can be read separately from each other or together. Just fluff, no strict story-line here guys! I have a few more of these dad/daughter one shots planned as well so do let me know if you have any moments you want to see dad Crowley in with his five-year-old!

Crowley’s personal corner of hell hadn’t really been quiet during the last five years. Not since his favourite hellhound, Juliet, brought a crying bundle of joy into his life like she was attempting to switch jobs and become a stork instead. No, since the arrival of hell’s little princess, the darling girl he’d decided to raise as his own, his private slice of hell had been filled with laughter, Disney movies and toys he believed were only made to drive fathers mad with their constant jarring noises. And he didn’t miss the silence, not one bit.

Sure, as the saying went, silence was golden. But that was never true when there was a five-year-old in the mix. No, then silence was only suspicious. Just like it was when Crowley looked up from his book to see that his little chipmunk was no longer watching her cartoons whilst colouring by the living room table.

Frowning at the suspicious lack of noise and giggles he put his book down and got out of the chair, looking around the room for any sign of his little princess or the hellhound that had become her lapdog. Finding none he resigned himself to using his powers a bit, happy that his status as king of hell gave him an upper hand most fathers didn’t have as he tried to sense out his daughter’s presence. His eyes staying on the coloured pencils and hoping against hope that she hadn’t brought any of them with her and was busy creating the next Sistine chapel on some wall covered in ridiculously expensive wallpaper somewhere.

Unfortunately, since the spoiled little devil had a ridiculous amount of colours with silly names like cotton candy pink and periwinkle blue he had no way of knowing for certain. On the other hand, he fortunately sensed her presence in her own bedroom and not in the small private library where he kept some very, very expensive pieces of art.

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neowatt47 replied to your post i can’t believe i can’t even find a single gif or…

What is a gimblewolf?

They are these wolf monsters from the universe of Brave Story (a Japanese storybook/manga/movie/game).

[best image i can find. it’s a PUPPER from the movie]

They are alternatively called “corkscrew wolves” and that’s because they can split open their head or well “mouth” in a corkscrew fashion (that and they attack by spinning and drilling like a corkscrew)

[roar, bitch]

They live in huge packs and can apparently live in the sand (though I have no idea how since they are so large) and the can lunge out from beneath to attack unsuspecting victims.

They are highly territorial and protective of their young (as evidenced in the movie where Wataru was attacked and chased out of their desert territory). 

[you’ve come to the wrong neighborhood, bruh]

They are so adorable tho? Look at these puppercubs. I want 50:

Unfortunately, I really cannot find a decent image of them all grown up? It’s bizarre.

So here are some gifs I made from some gameplay footage (Brave Story:A New Traveler) - I LOVED that game and I’d totally replay it if not for the fact that my PSP is busted gdhgasjdg:

In short, I need more Gimblewolves

The Little Mermaid: The Movies

Since I am a huge fan of the tale and have seen so many versions of it shown theatrically, I thought I might share some thoughts on these select movie versions of Hans Christian Andersen’s masterful tale of The Little Mermaid. Keep in mind, these are just personal opinions of a crazy fan of the original tale. *List goes from left to right beginning at the top right corner of the pictures. Click on the title to see the film/see the film’s trailer. 

1. Malá Morská Víla (1976) ★★★★★
Probably my most favorite of the film adaptions, this Czech release closely follows Andersen’s tale while also adding a few very enjoyable twists. With beautiful music, lovely scenery, and a good dosage of humor, this movie is incredible and always brings me to tears in the end. My only complaint is the lack of fins on the mer-characters.

2. The Little Mermaid (1975) ★★★★★
This is one of the best cartoon adaption of the story there is! This sweet 1.5 hour anime cartoon is both well done and charming, with lovely music, fun animation, and a great following of the original tale. I give this film five stars not only because it brings tears at the end, but because it does so well with character development and has great additions to an already great story.

3.  Saban’s Adventures of The Little Mermaid (1991) ★★★  
The first episode of this TV series is based on Anderson’s original tale, but if that was the only episode there was, this cartoon would get much less in the stars department. The original tale is done tastefully and with great adventure, but the series itself is where the magic continues. I love the mermaid, Marina, and though her prince Justin is a bit of a fail sometimes, this really is a great series. I’d recommend it to anyone.

4.  Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989) ★★★½
People are probably going to hate me for only giving this flick three and a half stars, but hear me out! I fell in love with this movie’s soundtrack before the movie itself and once seeing the movie, I held onto $20 for two years before it was rereleased and I could buy it. Why only three and a half stars then, you ask? Probably because the magic wore off. I still love this movie and enjoy watching it (oh the music!!!), but I think what bothers me most is how far it is removed from the original tale. Also, some of the characters get a bit annoying after a while (I can hardly stand to watch the Les Poissons portion anymore).  All-in-all though, this is a great movie, I just have found other film adaptions that are better.

5.  Shelly Duvall’s Faiere Tale Theatre: The Little Mermaid (1987) ★★★
Oh where to start? As lighthearted as the rest of her Fairie Tale theater stories, Shelly Duvall’s Little Mermaid is no different. Lighthearted with a few jokes only parents would understand, this is an enjoyable retelling with some very memorable parts (oh, the piano room scene!), but overall, it draws a little too far from the original tale for it to reach too far in the star category.

6.  Shirley Temple’s Storybook: The Little Mermaid (1961) ★★★
What can I say? This film version is adorable! Well done for 1961, this film takes almost a theatrical play sort of format as is the case in all of Shirley Temple’s Storybook movies. Though I am not a fan of her look in this film, I can’t help but adore the adorable mermaid Shirley portrays. Not all of the acting in this film is great, but I do enjoy a good mermaid film and this is one. Definitely worth a see!

7.  Rusalochka (1976) ★★★★★
I love this film! Though it is very removed from the original tale, it is so different to the point of a masterpiece!  The film twists are fantastic, the music is fun, the fashion is breathtaking, and goodness! Got to love all of the plot twists. A warning for young audiences, however, as there is very brief nudity during the mermaid transformation scene.

8.  Reader’s Digest’s The Little Mermaid (1975) ★★★★★
The mermaid is cute, the music is fun, and this follows the original story almost flawlessly. If you’re looking for a narrated film version with very few flaws, check this version out!

9.  Rusalochka (1968) ★★★★
This film was very well done and quite haunting. I think part of it has to do with the dark colors and fluid character design. Though not easily found in English, I give this film four stars for its closeness to the original tale and its haunting qualities.

10. HBO Family: The Little Mermaid (1997)
I was not a huge fan of this re-telling of the tale. I think part of it had to do with their twists to the original tale, but I think most of all, I just did not like the mermaid’s tail design. It was a creative twist, but it was distracting.

11. Magical Memories: The Little Mermaid (2011) ★★
This movie was well done with some cute humor, but it just wasn’t one of my most favorite, or one of the most memorable film retellings of this amazing original story.

12. The Little Mermaid (2007)
Heavily anchored with a non-discreet “don’t pollute” under message and an irritating song, I’ll have to say this version is only good if you want some quick entertainment for a few laughs.  

13. Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale (2001) ★★★★
Though this movie isn’t entirely the Little Mermaid (thus the 4 stars), it is amazing!! Though not all of the acting is great, the story, and the mermaid portion itself is so well done and so masterfully woven into the overall plot. I would definitely recommend this movie.

14. Golden Films: The Little Mermaid (2002) ★★
This version is hilarious. Though it’s not my most favorite version, it is one of the best low-budget options and totally worth a view… or more!  

15. Starlight Video: The Little Mermaid (2005) ★½
I’ve only watched this version once, and it was not one of my most favorites. Definitely not as bad as the 2007 cartoon release, but just not that memorable. 

Don’t Tell Nobody ((Scott)) 3

Forty Likes, Yay! As promised, here you guys go!

Part One // Part Two // Part Three

Drip.
Drip.
Drip.
Drip.
You squeezed your eyes and groaned at the intense headache you had.
Opening your eyes you were revealed to a dank room with one sink.
As you tried to walk to it you could hear the sound of chains dragging behind you.
What?
Looking down at your foot you noticed the heavy chain around your ankle.
The last thing you remember is Scott and Liam fighting in the hallway, then being dragged into a room and getting hit on the head.
The lights flickered and the walls were a sort of muddy beige color.
The large steel door clanked and groaned as it opened.
“Well, look who’s awake, you’ve asleep for a long time sweetheart”
You’ve heard this voice before but you couldn’t quite place it.
A girl walked in behind him and touched his shoulder.
“We can’t kill her yet”
“I know that Vi, we just have to turn her into a killer. She massacres plenty, and she’ll be worth a lot.”
Vi? Massacre? Killer?
What is going on?
Why would I massacre or kill people?, you thought.

“I’m sorry did you just say Y/N’s a werewolf?”
Scott couldn’t believe what your mom just said.
There was no way that you were one.
He would’ve felt it.
Scott wondered if Liam knew because he wasn’t reacting to what she said.

Mrs. Vanguard: That’s funny, don’t you have enhanced hearing?
Scott: But how? I would’ve felt that she was or sensed it
Liam: That’s because she’s not fully one
Scott: You knew about this?
Liam: Not really, there was this one time but I shrugged it off
Mrs. Vanguard: Y/N is a pure blood. The wolf gene won’t be activated until she takes a life
Scott: Like the Hales
Mrs. Vanguard: Exactly, that is why we must hurry. I’m afraid they’ll get her to murder someone and she’ll turn
Liam: This was planned
Mrs. Vanguard: Yes, the full moon will be at its highest peak tonight, there will be no doubt that she’ll turn immediately after
Scott: But why choose her? Me and Liam were right there, a beta and a true alpha. She hasn’t even turned yet

Mrs. Vanguard stopped walking to turn to Scott.
She held her stomach and fingered her wedding ring.
She then tugged on a black necklace to reveal the gem.

Mrs. Vanguard: This is a moonstone. Its helps me control my shifting and the bloodlust
Liam: Bloodlust?
Mrs. Vanguard: She was targeted for a reason. Both the beta and the true alpha fighting over the girl who just so happens to be a Vanguard. They’ve hit the jackpot
Scott: What’s the history of being a Vanguard?
Mrs. Vanguard: Vanguards are European werewolves. That means that we are no ordinary wolves. We are the most vicious and dangerous of them all. You’ve seen us in movies and storybooks. Once we’re in wolf form, we can’t control our lust for blood so we became skilled killers, ready to tear apart whatever is near. That blood has been passed down to her and if she kills –
Liam: She’ll turn
Mrs. Vanguard: Yes, we have to go, now

You let out a bloodcurdling scream.
The ice cold water was sprayed at you from a hose while you were pressing aginst the wall to try to find some sort of warmth.
“Oh quit being a baby”
They were torturing you.
Why?  
You still didn’t know.
The boy yanked you by the hair and threw you onto the metal bed in the corner.
“Feeling angry yet?”
You gathered all the saliva in your mouth and spit directly in his eye.
He stumbled backwards an grabbed his eye.
You smiled at his pain but it was quickly replaced with darkness as something hard hit your skull.

Violet: That bitch, you okay baby?
Garrett: I’m fine, I’m just tired of babysitting, I want to kill something
Violet: I know, me too, but no wolf, no money
Garrett: Well she’s knocked out, want to do a quickie?
Violet: Its never a quickie for you
Garrett: I know, but it is for you
Violet: *punches him on the arm* Shut up

Liam’s POV

We’ve looked everywhere and there’s still no sign of Y/N.
Being in the car with Scott made me want to gag.
He was responsible for this.
If she wasn’t with him, she would be safe.
Alpha or not, he was worse than any villain we’ve ever come across.
Scott tore away the one thing that made me happy.
The one girl who could calm me down when the wolf inside isn’t.
I can’t believe Mr. Nice Guy ripped my heart out of my chest and ate it in front of me.
I just pray that she’s okay.
We pulled up to the school and checked the school grounds.
Mrs. Vanguard went to go check the hospital and left us there.
We searched the hallways and the locker rooms.
“Liam, I’m sorry”
It almost came to me as a whisper before I realized Scott was talking to me.

Scott: I know how much you care about Y/N and —
Liam: Care? I love her Scott! And you went behind my back
Scott: What did you want me to do?! Let her cry her eyes out because you were avoiding her, not answering your phone, and fucking Hayden behind her back?! Tell me Liam, what did you want me to do?
Liam: How about not sleeping with her?! You’re my alpha, you did this to me! You made me this, this thing, this monster!
Scott: Y/N told me that being a werewolf is not monstrous, it’s who you are inside. She’s a werewolf too, and you and I both know she’s far away from being a monster

He was right.
But it still hurt.
And I did hurt her first.
I was being selfish and needy.
Jesus, like a fucking puppy.
Stiles was right, I’m literally an IED, and I just killed Y/N.
A noise startled me from my thoughts.
Scott and I snapped our heads in the direction of the sound.
He gave me a look and I nodded my head.
We proceeded down the hall and prepared ourselves for what was going to happen.
Mrs. Vanguard stepped out in front of us, noticed our alertness, and sighed.
“No luck?”
We shook our heads no.
Who took her and how were we going to get her back?
“The only thing I found was this ripped shirt piece.”
I got a whiff of the scent and grabbed it from her hand.
“No"…
I knew exactly who this was.
The only person I knew who still wore Tom Ford.
"Liam, who is it?”
I looked up at Scott then Mrs. Vanguard.
It’s The Orphans.

A slow clap was heard from down the hallway.
“Congratulations, you’ve solved the mystery”
Garrett.
He was one of my friends, him, Mason and Violet.
That bastard.

Garrett: Mrs. Vanguard, your daughter is quite the lovely girl
Mrs. Vanguard: *snarls* What did you do to her?!
Garrett: I sense hostility, but relax she’s fine

He shows us a picture of a bruised and frightened Y/N.
In a heartbeat, Mrs.Vanguard grabbed him by the throat and held him high above her head.

Mrs. Vanguard: I will break you in half
Garrett: *strains* I would reconsider, I die * breath* she dies
Scott: Mrs. Vanguard, I know you want to find her, we all do, but killing him will just leave at back to square one
Mrs. Vanguard: *throws him against a locker* Fine, where is she?
Garrett: Ouch. *gets up* Y/N is in a very safe place. Well that is, until tonight. When the moon is high and the thirst of blood is strong. You three, won’t be able to witness me  stabbing your daughter in the chest with a silver spike

I flashed my eyes and brought my claws out.
Lights flashed and smoke fogged the hallway.
I couldn’t focus and it felt like I was being choked to death.
Wolfsbane.
An arrow pierced my shoulder and I cried out in pain.
Someone grabbed me by the shirt and yanked me into a classroom.
Scott breathed heavily then tugged on the arrow.
“I’m going to pull it out”
“Wait, no!”
Scott pushed the arrow deeper into my shoulder until it popped out on the other side.
I bellowed out a scream and dug my nails into the floor, making a mark.
With no warning, Scott pulled it all the way out, almost making me pass out.
He broke a window to get me out of the school.
“Where’s, Mrs. Vanguard?”
Scott wrapped my non-wounded shoulder around his neck so he could keep me steady.
“I don’t know, I couldn’t see anything.”
A car screeched up in front of them and the driver put down the window.
“Get in!”
Mrs. Vanguard drove off in a hurry after we got in.
Mrs. Vanguard was smiling from cheek to cheek.
Scott made a confused face.
“Why are you smiling?”
“Because Scott, I know exactly where she is. She’s at the abadoned factory in the West Hills.”
Hang on, Y/N, we’re coming.


Think I’ll keep 40 likes the level that will make me write more. Maybe some smut next story? Comment if you want some ;)

Unbinding

Last month I posted a prologue to a story I never ended up writing. It was a soulmate AU that just never quite worked out the way I wanted it to, so I dropped it. I’ve gotten a few requests to write some drabbles/one-shots in that verse. So here you all go ;) 

Alternatively, you can read this on AO3

Felicity Smoak is 7 years old when her father abandons her. Up until now, her life has been perfect. She’s had everything she’s ever wanted. But when her father leaves, he takes her entire world with him.

There’s no explanation. He leaves no note. The only signs that anything is amiss are her crying mother, his missing things, and an empty chair at the dinner table. It’s for the best that he doesn’t try to explain himself. There are no words he could possibly say to make any of it okay.

Felicity feels like she’s dying. It’s like somebody reached into her chest and ripped her heart from her body. She can’t breathe. She is utterly gutted by his abandonment.

And then… she’s not.

At least, she’s not drowning in feelings of inadequacy and loneliness like she should be. The sadness is still there, but it’s also mixed with something else. A foreign emotion that she can’t quite place.

It’s almost like… hope?

Whatever it is, it doesn’t come from her. It’s pushing it’s way into her heart and making itself at home, despite having no logical reason to be there.

Her mother smiles when she listens to Felicity try and explain her feelings. She uses a word that Felicity has only ever heard in storybooks and movies.

Soulmate.

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✨ Fun & fabulous sorority DATE PARTY ideas! ✨

Q: Hi! I’m trying to plan a date dash for my sorority but we don’t have a house, so I was wondering of you have any ideas of where to go for it, or fun things we could do? Thanks!!!

A: Date and Crush parties can be creative and exciting! Date functions are a little different than mixers and exchanges. They focus more on couples and pairing up. You don’t need a sorority house to hold a successful date party. Many are held off campus at event venues, clubs and outdoor locations. 

✨  TOP 17 DATE PARTY IDEAS: ✨

  • Everybody Gets Leid. Hawaiian date party where everyone gets a lei and parties in grass skirts and Hawaiian clothes. Decorate with tropical flowers, palm trees and island decor.
  • Food Mascot Match-Up. Create a master list of Food Mascots. Each sister signs-up for a mascot to be her costume from the master list. Invite one fraternity with equal numbers to your sorority, or ask each sister to invite 1 guy to attend (but not as her date.) When the guys are invited, each one is randomly assigned a mascot costume from the same master list. At the party there will be 2 versions of the same mascot ~ one girl and one guy version. Each girl must find her date by locating her “matching” character. For example: Chick-Fil-A cows, Orbit Gum girls, Tony the Tigers, Mr. Peanuts, M&Ms, Burger Kings, Wendy’s, etc… The different interpretations of the same mascot are fun and make for great photos.
  • Dinner Basket Auction. The evening version of the Lunch or Picnic Box Auction. Sisters provide basket dinners for 2 and the fraternity guys bid on them, not knowing who made each basket. Buyers then share their dinner with the girl who made it. The auction proceeds go to charity. Or stage your auction with “play money” just for fun. This dinner basket party is extra fun when held at the beach, lakeside, or other appealing location.
  • Tie The Knot. Your roommate sets you up with a date, but doesn’t tell you, or the date, who you both will be attending the party with. The guy gives his tie to your roommate, she gives it to you and you wear the tie to the party. Your date has to “find” you by finding who is wearing his tie.
  • My Tie. On the afternoon of the event, the invited fraternity delivers a box of ties to the sorority house from every guy who will be attending. Each sister selects a tie and wears it to the party that evening. Whoever the tie belongs to is the sister’s date for the evening.
  • Quickie Date Dash: The social chair announces in an email, or at a chapter meeting, that everyone has 24 hours to find a date for a date party just 24 hours later. 
  • Point of No Return. No one knows the date party location except the Social Chair and President. Everyone is given a party favor clue when the couples board the bus. The bus then takes them to the party venue such as the beach or a dance club.
  • Find Your Sister A Mister. Randomly pair up each sister with another sister 24 hours before the party. Each pair must find a date for the other and ask him to attend. This is especially interesting if the sisters don’t know each other well. 
  • Handcuffed Bowling. Each couple is handcuffed together with a zip-tie, or cheap plastic handcuffs and they have to bowl that way. Award prizes to the top 3 winning couples.
  • Speed Dating. Invite a fraternity of equal size to participate. Play lively music and allow 3-5 minutes for pairs to talk to each other. Ring a bell/blow a horn and everyone must rotate conversation partners. Add energetic background music to make it even more lively.
  • Date Dash. At chapter meeting everyone is suddenly told they have 20-30 minutes to find a date. Each sister must run around campus to find someone to invite to the party. They can ask their boyfriend, an acquaintance, or even a stranger. All guest are brought back to the sorority house for the date party, or taken to an off campus location.
  • Masquerade Date Party. Each sister decorates two matching masks. One mask of the pair is collected in a box from all the sisters. The box is then delivered to a fraternity (or two frats if needed for numbers). The guys randomly pick a mast, not knowing who made it. Everyone wears their mask to the party and must find their “match.” Matching masks are dates for the evening. Decorate in a Mardi Gras theme. Give the girls lots of Mardi Gras beads and have the guys work for them by doing things like ‘craziest dance move’, or 'sing a song.’
  • Jailhouse Date Party. One or two fraternities are invited for even numbers. Everyone is asked to dress as convicts and they’re given a prison number to pin/stick onto their chest when they arrive. Dates for the night are found via matching prison numbers. Decorate in a jailhouse theme. Variation: Down South Jailhouse for a redneck version.
  • Alphabet Soup. Ask each sister to invite 1 guy (but not as a date.) Or invite a fraternity with equal numbers. Each guest, male & female, is assigned a letter and must dress as something which begins with that letter. Letters are randomly assigned to girls and guys from A to Z. Dates connect at the party by finding their matching “letter” interpretation. Costumes can get quite creative, so finding your match should be interesting and challenging.
  • Camo Draft-A-Date. Each sister invites 2 guys to the party anonymously. During the evening, the guys must try to find out who invited them. Ask everyone to dress in camo and decorate in a patriotic military theme.
  • Paint Your Date. The messiest party ever. Sisters each invite a date and everyone is asked to wear all white “disposable” clothing. Provide gallons of water-based paint for everyone to paint their date. An outside grassy location is best. Squirt guns filled with paint are also fun for tagging others. Add a dance floor, Dj and great music. Variation: use only bright paints and provide black lights for a glow-in-the-dark paint party.
  • Costume Couples: For date parties where each girl invites her own date (no surprises or set-ups) these costume ideas are super fun ~ Famous Real Life Couples • Noah’s Ark (couples dress as the same animal) • Wizards & Witches • Food Combos (bacon & eggs) • Cartoon Couples • TV & Movie Couples • Fantasy & Storybook Couples • Social Media & Tech (Instagram and iphone) • Nature Combos (tree & koala).

  ✨   POTENTIAL DATE PARTY LOCATIONS: ✨

  • Beach Club 
  • Lake Club 
  • Dance Club
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Bowling Lanes
  • Skating Rink
  • Country Farm/Barn
  • Country Western Club
  • Go-Kart Race Track
  • Archery Club
  • Golf & Country Club
  • Hotel
  • Tailgating area
  • Campus Event Facility
  • Horseback Riding Center
  • Botanical Gardens 
  • Boat Cruise
  • Winery
  • Water Park
  • Haunted House/Haunted Hay Ride
  • Park
  • Orchard 
  • Aquarium
  • Zoo
  • Batting Cages
  • Rock Wall
  • Pool 
  • Rooftop Lounge
  • Amusement Park
  • Laser Tag facility 
  • Paint Ball facility 
  • Museum event space
  • Ranch
  • Resort
  • Pub
  • Private home
  • Fairgrounds
  • Campground
  • Nature Preserve

❉ LINK here for mixer, social & greek party THEMES: 

• Master List of Mixer Themes

• Master Mixer Theme List Part 2

Okay so here’s from when I dressed as Wendy, aka my true self (jk 😂) and met Peter Pan!! This honestly made my whole trip complete!! Peter Pan’s character, movie, and storybook have helped me through a whole lot more than you could imagine. Him and his storybook and movie, help me calm down when I’m panicky/stressed out, and help me to cheer up when I’m feeling really really down. So thank you Peter Pan for always being there for me being being absolutely hilarious to meet 😊💕😂

Preference #53: Getting out of the "Friendzone"

Harry: You were frustrated with everything. Life, school, work, boys. Especially boys.
You just thought that by now you’d at least be happy, maybe have a decent guy.
But nope. Everything was just crappy.
And you told all this to your best friend.
“Mm hm.” He responded tiredly now beginning to sound slightly annoyed.
“Oh god. I’m sorry Harry. I’ve just been rambling on. I’ll stop now.” You said taking a sip of your drink.
“I just… there’s no guy in your life. None at all? No “decent” guy in your life whatsoever?”
You thought for a second, and looked at him, why is he asking this?
“Well I mean. I have you Harry, but that’s about it. Everyone else sucks.” You watched as he made for a small smile, but at the same time he seemed disappointed, “Are you okay Harry?”
“Well… it’s just, have you ever thought of me as a “decent” guy?”
“Huh? What do you mean?”
He sighed, “I mean, would you ever consider going out with me? Instead of those other losers that don’t even treat you right?”
You stared at him dumbfounded; usually you could tell when someone liked you. This was a first.
You thought about it for a second, “You’re right. You are a “decent” guy”, more than that, “and I think I’d like to go out with one for a change.”

Liam: There was a rom-com marathon on TV, and since Liam had just recently lost a bet with you, the wager being whatever the winner wanted, you decided to annoy Liam as much as you possibly could.
“Aw. Isn’t that cute.” You said sarcastically, as you glanced over at Liam who looked like he was slowly dying.
“Can we please shut this off?”
“Nope. A bets a bet.” You smiled.
“I hate you.”
“No you don’t.”
“Yeah I do.” He said bitterly.
You just laughed turning your attention to the TV.
You weren’t the biggest fan of romantic comedies, but sometimes you could indulge in a cute/cheesy romance.
“Come on Liam. Just look at them. It’s cute.”
“Yeah. I guess.” He said still annoyed at his defeat.”
“Don’t you wish you could find someone like that? To just be, so in love?” you said only half-sarcastically.
“Yeah, but it seems like they’re always friends first.”
“Yeah… falling in love with your best friend… that only happens in movies and storybooks though… doesn’t it?”
It suddenly became silent, and you looked at him, noticing his stare, and took your hand in his.
“Not always.” He smiled.

Louis: It wasn’t as if you were a bad person, you just had high standards when it came to guys. You wanted the best, and you didn’t want to just settle.
You went on dates, but the guys were either jerks or not what you were looking for, so for the most part you were single, and always looking to mingle.
That is until your last date that ended up being a giant bust, and just absolutely horrible.
“That’s it. I am DONE with guys. DONE.” You stated finally, and you saw Louis’ look to you.
“Oh. This sounds official.”
“It is!”
“Yeah. But you say that every time you have a bad date.”
“Yeah. And those have become more often then I’d like them to be. Maybe if I had a good date for once, then I’d reconsider… again.”
“Then… I think I could show you a good time.” He said half nervously.
You looked at him wondering if he was kidding or not. It didn’t seem like he was.
“Wait, Really? Are you… are you asking me out?”
“Yeah. Actually. I am.”
“Are… Are you being serious Louis?”
“Is that a no?”
“No! I mean. I just didn’t think you liked me that way.”
“Yeah… I guess I’m just not great at showing it. But I do. I really do. So… is that a yes then?”
You thought for a second, and began to smile, “Yeah Louis. I have faith in you that you’d make me… reconsider.”

Niall: “Come on [Y/N]!”
“What do you want now Niall?” you replied back annoyed.
“Come sit with me?” he asked from the couch giving you a wide eyed look.
“You’re so annoying sometimes.” You sighed, walking over and taking the seat next to him.
“God, you guys are like a married couple.” Your roommate stated more annoyed than either both of you, I’m gonna go now. I gotta date. Later Horans.” They said with a wave as you just gave them a look.
“Pfft. ‘The Horans’. We’re just close friend right Ni?”
“Yeah.”
“So who cares if we like to cuddle sometimes? Normal friends do that.”
“Of course.”
“And so, what if we say ‘I love you’… I love you. We’re friends. It just means that I care about you a lot.”
You suddenly became silent and thought for a second…
Wait. What?
You felt lost in a trance and stared into space.
“[Y/N]?”
You turned up and looked up at him, “Yea-” and he immediately leant in and softly pressed your lips together, and you found yourself kissing him back.
You pulled away and looked at him, “Niall…”
“You have no idea how long I’ve wanted to do that.” He said.
You felt yourself smile as you leant in and kissed him again.

Zayn: You were crying and just felt so incredibly angry at him. But at the same time, you couldn’t stand it. He was your best friend.
It hurt you to have a fight with him, and it especially hurt because it was him.
“That’s it. I’m leaving. Goodbye [Y/N].”
You were speechless beyond belief as he walked out on you.
“Zayn! Ugh!” you yelled out falling onto the couch.
Things between you two, for some reason, had changed.
Zayn seemed to have become distant, and for some reason didn’t seem to want to talk to you anymore.
And when you confronted him about it… well, it obviously didn’t go well.
What went wrong?
“[Y/N]?”
You looked up angrily, “What do you want now?”
“I’m. I’m sorry.”
“Too little too late Zayn. You just walked out on me, and I don’t even know why. You’ve been so mad at me lately. Why do you hate me?”
“I…” and he let out a frustrated sigh, “I don’t hate you [Y/N]. It’s the complete opposite.”
You looked up and gave him a confused look, “What are you saying?”
He sighed again, “I think I’ve… been… feeling things [Y/N]… like. I really like you. I could never hate you [Y/N]. I guess I was scared and I didn’t want to ruin our friendship. If you didn’t feel the same. But if this fight is the end. Then I’d rather you know that.”
You stared at him, not knowing what to say, it was a lot of information to take in.
“Okay then. I’m sorry [Y/N].” and he turned to leave.
“No. Zayn.” And you ran to him and turned him around, and stared at all of him, before leaning in and giving him a kiss.