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This week has been absolutely amazing. You guys have been so responsive and so involved in this silly little party week, it’s been everything I hoped it would be.
At the beginning of all of this, when I was sending tons of messages out to people inviting them to participate, I asked them all for a Sam of their very own. This surprise was one of the first things Mod and I planned for the party, since we knew we wanted something that was a bit of a collaboration from everyone in the community. Of course, we also wanted it to be a surprise, so we decided to keep it just between the members we talked directly with. At the end of the day, this picture represents all of us, there’s a Sam for everyone, and is the biggest, best thank you Mod and I could think of.
Jeff x annie gifset per episode: Geography of Global Conflict Listen, when you really hate someone the way you hate Annie Kim, or when you feel the way I feel about you, the easy loophole through the creepiness and danger is to treat them like a child. “A chip off the old block, you’re the best, kiddo.” It’s a crutch. It’s a way for me to tell you how important you are from a distance. But now you’re becoming this… mature, self-possessed, intelligent young woman, and I can’t keep patting you on the head or talking down to you.
So I’ve been seeing some stuff lately about people feeling uncomfortable with sharing F/Os, or being uncomfortable even with feeling uncomfortable about it; SO I thought I’d try writing out a few things that I’ve tried in the past, advice I’ve heard others give, or that might help others feel better about it!
Think of it as different AU’s! Just like their ship can be real in their AU(s), yours is also just as valid. Want a coffee shop AU with your F/O? Or an AU where you two fight space pirates? Or live in Halloween town? GO FOR IT. Just as they have their own AUs, you can also have as many as you want.
If you want to try and face these icky feelings head on, you could try talking to the other person. Provided they’re also comfortable with it, of course. Ask about their HCs or story. Find the differences and similarities in both your ships-maybe it’ll help you see the relationships as two completely separate things and both are great!
Both of you obviously deeply love the same character, so maybe you two could even rave and scream about how wonderful they are. There must be reasons you both fell for them-or there may be even different reasons! Either way, you both have great taste amIright
You two are not rivals on separate sides of some kind of love tug of war over who’s ship is more canon or who loves the F/O more. It’s the exact opposite-you’re both on the same side, expressing your love and appreciating the same character.
Your F/O deserves all the love-and of course other people think the same thing! You can give all the love they can possibly handle and others can give them even more in their own ships.
Get some reassurance that your F/O does in fact love you. Go through positivity tags, write some comfort fic, draw them smooching you, answer headcanons, talk with friends! Just because another person selfships with the same F/O, it doesn’t make your ship any less wonderful or your F/O love you any less.
If it’s something you really can’t handle seeing, it’s perfectly fine to block the person/tags. Your own happiness/mental health is important, so there’s no reason to feel guilty about having to take care of yourself. Be happy with your F/O!
Just remember that this is all for fun and to feel good! Selfshipping is all about love-love for your F/O, yourself, and others. So let’s not spread any icky bad feelings about it and remember-Your fav loves you!