Peter Parker x Reader (shifting pov from Peter to the reader)
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Summery: Ned sets Peter up on a date with your friend. You’re jealous but you don’t know why. You’ve never met Peter, and this isn’t the first time she’s gone out with someone from your school. Peter isn’t super thrilled about the date either, and then when he sees you he feels a yearning he’s never felt before. Slow burn, baby.
“So… did you text her?” Ned said with hope in his eyes as he looked on at the profile of his best friend’s face. Peter shook his head, Ned scoffed. “Come on, Peter. It’s been two years, I think it’s time you try to talk to another girl that isn’t your aunt or Michelle.”
“Why does it matter if I text her or not?” Peter said as he shifted the textbook in his arm forward to place in his locker. “We both know I have better things to do than text someone I’ll never get to spend any time with.”
Dear Ned, a pie truck crashed at the town line, and I scooped this slice of pie off the road just for you. You can eat its dusty, mushy, soggy deliciousness when you get home in a few days while I tell you all about more adventures you missed with me. Love, Nancy.
Is it weird that I completely love it when we get, like, snippets of Nancy’s friends’ lives outside of Nancy and the “mystery world”? Like I loved hearing that the Hardy Boys were in business school (even ‘on the side’ as they put it) and George had a job and was doing things at the Technology of Tomorrow Institute (that we saw in SPY). And even as drawn out as Ned’s whole “I don’t have a life outside you” thing in CAP, in VEN he was doing research at a medical library and I TOTALLY WANTED MORE ON THAT. I LOVE hearing that they have lives and aspirations outside Nancy. I even excessively called Deirdre in DED because I just loved hearing her talk about all the things she was doing at college. It just makes them all sound… I don’t know, grown up? Even though the older games are my all time faves, this is like the main reason I love the really newest games too. It just feels more realistic that way? Someone please tell me I’m not alone in this I’ll love you for forever.
“Of course.” She looks at me. “What’s wrong with
“You’re bad. Don’t try and fool me.”
“I’ll be all right tomorrow.”
uhh so apparently It’s Kind of a Funny Story is finally getting some attention?? I love this book to death and the musical is pretty awesome so far. This is the most heart-wrenching part of the book imo. Craig is saying goodbye to Sarah before he plans to kill himself. He loves his sis so much….i weep…
But for real I highly recommend this book!! It’s by Ned Vizzini (same guy who wrote Be More Chill) and it has a really great message. Be warned though, it gets very heavy and has some slurs thrown around, so just be aware and do research if you’re sensitive to content like that! I’m really looking forward to the musical if it ever gets staged!
I used to read the Nancy Drew books as a kid, though I preferred Hardy Boys because they got to do more crazy stuff (because old-fashioned ideas about what’s ladylike and what girls can do meanwhile Joe Hardy has been given a concussion for the twelfth consecutive time but nahhhh he’s fine, he’s a dude. Right? Geez, that poor kid)
But when I did read the books, I remember thinking that Nancy’s boyfriend Ned was kind of a useless character. Like any time he showed up, I would be like “let’s see how many chapters end with Ned blacked out! this time!”
Kind of cynical for an eight year old I guess, but hey. I thought he was boring.
I can’t remember anymore. In the classic Nancy Drew books, did Ned ever do anything useful to the plot? Or was he just kind of an obligatory male character that Nancy kinda kept around for some reason?
Since you mentioned that Sansa is mostly like Ned in terms of personality, which i agree 100%, how do you think Ned and Sansa's relationship was like?
Ooh, interesting question. Well, at least on the surface, I think Sansa was one of his children Ned felt like he had to worry about the least. Robb would get a lot of attention as Ned’s heir, of course, and it’s also Ned’s job to train Bran and eventually Rickon as Northern lords ready to take over the running of Winterfell as a just-in-case policy, as Ned himself - also a younger son - was forced to do after his older brother’s death. (Which we see with Bran being required to attend that beheading way back when, for example.) Arya is the wild child, getting extra attention both because of her resemblance to Lyanna and in the general sense that ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease.’ And Jon is obviously a separate issue and gigantic can of worms all on his own.
So where does that leave Sansa? She’s a good girl, she’s pretty and smart and well-behaved, and she wants to be the thing she’s supposed to be: a lady. And because she’s a girl, her education is already the provenance of her mother, not her father; it’s Catelyn’s job to make sure Sansa knows what she needs to know about manners and graces and running a household and so on, not Ned’s - for one thing, he wouldn’t know where to start. And we see the effects of this on the current narrative, where Sansa is more likely to refer to her mother than her father as a role model - “I must be strong, like my lady mother” and etc. So I can see where some people might get the idea that these two had a relatively more distant relationship than Ned and his other kids.
But…am I going to stop there? Haha, of course not. Because like I said, Ned and Sansa also seem to have the most similar personalities of all the Starks. Here’s a GoT quote from one of the Bran sections to think about:
He [Ned] had a grim cast to his grey eyes this day, and he seemed not at all the man who would sit before the fire in the evening and talk softly of the age of heroes and the children of the forest.
This is interesting for a couple reasons. One is that we have Bran commenting on Ned’s apparent ability to slip in and out of different personalities depending on the role requiring of him - an ability that Sansa will soon need to develop. Another is that it gives us definite evidence that Ned, for all his supposedly grim and gloomy personality, also had an affection for songs and stories that even extending to telling them. And the other Stark with the most noted love of stories is, of course, Sansa. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if part of Sansa’s love for storytelling comes at least in part from memories of her father sharing these tales with her and her siblings.
Here’s another GoT Bran quote:
He had taken off Father’s face, Bran thought, and donned the face of Lord Stark of Winterfell.
Once again, this is Ned showing his ability to compartmentalize different parts of his personality in order to get the job done - the exact same ability that Sansa will come to develop (somewhat to excess) later in her life. She didn’t learn this trick from Catelyn; Cat was smart and tough and savvy but emotionally far healthier and less repressed than her husband, and never showed much evidence of Ned’s (probably trauma-acquired) neat trick of packing up his emotions and putting them away till later. Sansa develops this same trick mainly as a result of her own trauma, of course - but with the help, I would argue, of her father’s behavior to base it on. It’s honestly pretty impressive that despite everything she’s been through and all the intense repression and denial of feelings she’s been forced into, Sansa still hasn’t gone crazy - and part of that might be because she had a positive role model like Ned to show her that you can compartmentalize without losing yourself in the process. Sansa has always been very observant, and whether she realized it or not, I think she watched her father very closely and unconsciously picked up on a lot of his subtle coping mechanisms as a child.
As far as Ned himself, I don’t know that he ever fully realized how similar Sansa was to him - given her youth and gender, there weren’t a lot of chances for her to show it off, you know? But I would bet that Ned had at least a few moments of looking at his daughter and getting that dizzying sense of looking at his younger self - her stubborn insistence that Joffrey is her ‘one true love,’ for example, isn’t that far off from Ned’s own blind devotion to Robert and refusal to see his friend’s flaws when he was a young man.
It’s always harder for a parent to deal with the children that are most like them rather than the children least like them, and in my opinion that contributed somewhat to Ned’s difficulty in making Sansa understand him at that time (though honestly every adult in her life did a terrible job of explaining things to Sansa, he was far from alone). It’s rarely pleasant to have your own flaws reflected back at you from your offspring, and it’s pretty understandable that Ned struggled to get through to Sansa in that instance, considering how much he was still struggling to get past his own idealized version of Robert. So there was certainly room for conflict between the two of them as a result of their similarities, and if Ned had lived and Sansa had had a normal teenagerhood I’m sure this would have developed further, as it usually does in pretty much all families with a teenager.
But in the end? Ned was devoted to Sansa, just like he was to all his children, and Sansa adored Ned. It was a loving and healthy father-daughter relationship - and, like all the Stark relationships, pretty remarkable, given the extent of the dysfunction we’ve seen in the families of the other noble Houses. (Yikes, I’m going to tear up just writing this. You are missed, Ned.)
Sidenote: I drew from another online article when writing this, which is where I took my two book quotes from, but I have unfortunately misplaced the link; if I manage to find it again, I will add it here, and if not, apologies for the lack of citation.
What kind of artist would I be if didn’t do a Game of Thrones piece?!
Like the millions of people who are into this amazing show, I. Am. Hooked.
And, when you get hooked to something, if you’re artisically-inclined the natural thing is to create art in tribute to that something.
I knew I wanted to something a little out of my comfort zone. I’m so used to copying a single image so thought I’d try something different and go for a collage.
I decided to draw Westeros’ most noble and unlucky family: The Starks. And their Direwolves.
This was a bit ambitious on my part, as it raised a number of challenges
Pencil-wise, I decided to stick with the faithful Staedtler Mars Lumograph 5H and of course the Staedtler Mars Technico 780Cs (2B, HB and 2H).
I’d done a couple of drawings on Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour paper before starting this piece, and I love how it’s possible to get dark tones that allow you bring a depth to the work that just doesn’t seem possibly with my usual paper, Smooth Bristol Board.
This was the most important challenge. When you think of classic collages, it’s hard not to conjure up the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film posters of yesteryear. The man responsible for these magical and wonderous pieces of art is Drew Struzan.
Of course, I’m not daft enough to even suggest I possess even a percent of this man’s skill, but his work certainly inspired me to think about the placement of characters and the over layout.
I’d like to recommend a young artist by the name of Kyle Lambert. I imagine many of you have seen the brilliant ‘Stranger Things’ - Kyle is responsible for the now-famous poster for the show.
Choosing the right references
Once I could envision what the finished piece might look like, I set out into the wonderful world of the interwebs to search for images that might fit well. As always with refereces, it is important they’re of a good usable resolution (i.e. not fuzzy) and not where the subject isn’t too far away (i.e. not too fuzzy).
Having a good catalogue of images at my disposal, I set to work.
Once I was relatively happy with the layout, I set to work on adding the detail character by character.
The likenesses are nearly there I think. In hindsight, I wish I’d used a more recent reference of Sansa as the one I used was from the first season.