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anonymous asked:

Hi, what exactly is Stargate (like, what is the plot, how many seasons, that kind of thing)? I've seen it mentioned in combination with Leverage in some of your posts, and I've sort of picked up some of the character names from being on the internet, but I'm still not sure what it actually is. Thanks!!

What a delightful question that I’m going to have a ridiculous amount of fun answering, probably using too many gifs.

First, the bare bones facts: Stargate is a franchise that began with the 1994 movie Stargate, which was then developed into the TV show Stargate: SG-1 which began in 1997 and picked up about a year after the movie ended. SG-1 had 10 seasons and 2 made-for-TV movies. There are also 2 spinoffs, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe. Atlantis has 5 seasons, and its first season coincides with season 8 of SG-1, with both beginning in 2004, with some fun but not strictly essential crossover between the two. Universe has 2 seasons and began in 2009, after both SG-1 and Atlantis had ended. I mostly blog about SG-1, but I enjoy all three shows and will at least briefly explain Atlantis and Universe in the course of this post, FOR FUNSIES.

The basic premise of the whole thing is that there are these devices (built by aliens, OF COURSE) called Stargates, which create wormholes that allow for basically instantaneous travel between planets all throughout the Milky Way (and other galaxies as well, it turns out, but that’s later).

The movie involves the US Air Force, with the help of the BEST FICTIONAL ARCHAEOLOGIST IN EXISTENCE FIGHT ME, figuring out how to work the Stargate, using it to travel to another planet, and helping the locals overthrow the evil parasitic alien who was posing as the Egyptian god Ra in order to enslave them.

SG-1 starts with Earth humans learning that “Ra” actually belonged to an entire race of evil parasitic aliens who used the personas of various gods to enslave humans throughout the galaxy. At which point, NATURALLY, the plucky Earth humans say “fuck that shit” and also “ooh, a whole galaxy to explore, HOLD MY BEER” and start having adventures and liberating the galaxy.

Atlantis is about Earth humans finally discovering the lost city of Atlantis over in another galaxy, and the adventures and struggles they have setting up a colony there. Also, space vampires.

Universe is about a bunch of Earth humans accidentally stranding themselves aboard an alien-built spaceship that is going they don’t know where in order to find the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. It’s much darker and more sort of psychological than the other two shows. Also more diverse. I like it a lot, but for different reasons than I like SG-1 and Atlantis.

SG-1 owns my heart, because it’s the show that helped me fall in love with sci-fi. Also, it has Dr. Daniel Jackson. It wrestles with what it means to be human and ethics and all kinds of really good shit. It’s not perfect, and the early seasons especially have some pretty major issues with sexism and white savior complexes in certain episodes, but overall I personally find it more than worth it, and the main reason is the characters, who you now get to hear me yell about my love for.

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Win Your Heart

So, today was a snow day and I was able to work on Fragile Design, including ironing out some tricky plot points (thanks to @optomisticgirl for her wonderful thoughts and encouragement).  Now, I’m sitting here and thinking as my husband makes dinner (yes, I’m a lucky girl) and I need to write something short and sweet and involving no major plot other than references to potential impending storylines to come.

(also I’ve spent the past week re-immersing myself in @msgenevieve447‘s writing and loving every minute of it…this is an ode to her as well because she’s one of the people in this fandom than inspired me to write and I owe her much for that)

This little drabble is based on one of my all time favorite Captain Swan conversations, a piece of which is below:

Originally posted by the-queen-of-hell-things

Ah, yes…under the cut, for smutty reasons (you know how I do)…

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I say this pretty much every week, but it’s still true every week–this is a collection of fics that I’m really, really glad exist in the STAR WARS fandom, there are some that are just absolute gems that should be shoved in people’s faces because they’re just so good. Some fics that are the kind that make my brain all fizzy with how much I enjoy them and how satisfying and/or heartbreaking and/or joyous they can be. All the things Star Wars should be!

Tano and Kenobi by FireflyFish, obi-wan & ahsoka & cast, 65k
   Master Skywalker always said “The Force works in mysterious ways” and Ahsoka Tano has to admit, getting thrown backwards in time by about forty years was very mysterious.
untitled by fireflyfish, obi-wan & anakin, ~1k
   “You should be inside,” a voice says, painfully familiar. “The desert can kill with cold just as easily as with heat, Master.”
Family by lilyconrad, obi-wan & anakin & qui-gon & darth maul & cast, sith!obi-wan, 6.8k
   Seven years after the duel on Naboo, Obi-Wan Kenobi has turned to the dark, Maul has turned to the light, and young Anakin is caught somewhere in-between. Can Qui-Gon rescue his Padawan before it’s too late?
Oversharing by glare-gryphon, obi-wan/anakin & obi-wan/anakin/padme, NSFW, 2.4k
   In summary: it was about Obi-Wan feeling it every time Anakin & Padme have sex & getting frustrated about it.
Pies, Books, and Swords, obi-wan & qui-gon/tahl, 1.2k
   Qui-Gon Jinn has made quite a good name for himself, as far as holonet cooking shows go.
Back To The Wind by mylordshesacactus, ahsoka/barriss & cast, 16.2k
   A hyperdrive malfunction strands Ahsoka in a nearly-abandoned trading settlement in the Outer Rim. That’s not the problem.
wonderterror by peradi, han/leia & han/luke & obi-wan/anakin (maybe?) & anakin/padme & cast, 6.5k
   The Skywalkers aren’t entirely human. Here’s what that means.
The Question, Twenty Years Late by Eirian Erisdar, obi-wan/satine & luke, 1.2k
   Set just post-ROTJ in a timeline where Satine survived. Waiting alone for an emissary from the newly-formed Imperial Senate to demand Mandalore’s fealty to the Empire, Satine is surprised by an unexpected guest, holding a very precious bundle.
Dreamers by LuchaDoRa, obi-wan/anakin, NSFW, 6.2k
   Obi-Wan dreams sometimes. So does Anakin.
Sigh No More by edenwolfie, obi-wan/anakin/padme & ahsoka & luke & leia & cast, 158.2k wip
   Anakin makes slightly better choices, Obi-Wan is a Mess™ and Padmé deserves none of this. AU from Mustafar onward with liberal manipulation of canon to culminate in some angsty, fluffy, domestic fix-it because we all deserve better.
Broken by lilyconrad, obi-wan/anakin & rex & padme & cast, NSFW, sith!obi-wan (sort of), dark themes, 20.8k wip
   The Twins are unstoppable enforcers of the Emperor’s will, the sun and moon that hang in the black void of his rule. It is said they are not the same age and that under their hoods they do not look alike, but they fight as one entity, silent and terrible as an eclipse in a spring sky.
No Galaxy for Good Jedi by Annie_Walker, obi-wan & anakin & padme & qui-gon & dooku & yoda & cast, some obi-wan/satine, sith!qui-gon, 124.8k wip
   Obi-Wan Kenobi was only a young padawan when he ran away with three-year old Anakin. He had no choice after his Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, fell to the Dark Side by Master Dooku’s manipulations.
untitled by albaparthenicevelut, obi-wan & anakin, accidental pirate obi-wan, 1k
   Obi Wan was in Scarif, which was concerning actually. Obi Wan Kenobi, Rebel Operative, Dashing Duke, and Pirate King, should not be within a system of the Empire’s top secret military research base, much less in the very city in which it was located.
and gravity, scientists say, is weak by victoria_p (musesfool), obi-wan & anakin + referenced obi-wan/satine, 3.2k
   “You’re not the only one who’s ever been in love, Anakin.”
Rest by copper_sky, obi-wan/anakin, ~1k
   Anakin has a huge weakness for having his hair played with and a sleepy Obi-Wan indulges him.

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Season 2: One Cour Drama

DISCLAIMER: This long-ass post was made off of other peoples’ insight to hopefully give a factual explanation for season two… and did I mention this was a long-ass post? It’s a long-ass post.

Sigh. I’m pretty sure we’re all done with this by now, lol. We’ve pretty much accepted the fate of SNK only being twelve episodes. But for those who are interested, I’m going to try and explain the situation with WIT Studio’s rationally, without a bias standpoint as a fan, as I struggle miserably to do.

Let’s take a look at Thomas Romain’s twitter, one of the animators giving insight on WIT Studios. This man is understandably upset about the fandom’s backlash. Everything in this post was inspired from his Twitter. So without further ado, Here’s what he has to say about SNK season two having one cour:

So basically, after reading his Twitter, I’ve realized the reasoning behind SNK having no Uprising arc in season two is because the anime industry is facing a crisis. There’s not enough workers, or rather, qualified workers to keep up with the amount of production. Animation schools in Japan are closing down and workers are being underpaid. According to Thomas, a junior animator gets paid around $4/hr. Where I live, employees with minimum wage get paid $10/hr just to work at McDonalds. So imagine having to draw around 350 drawings per month just for a shit $4 pay when you could work in the fast food industry for potentially twice as much ($6-8 in Japan)!

Also, Wit Studios is located in Tokyo, the most expensive city in Japan. When you’re living in a place like that, then you probably don’t want to work overtime for $4/hr. And this isn’t a problem with the current animation team working for Wit Studios; they’re fully devoted. This is an issue for potential future animators who probably don’t want to pursue in the field if that’s the life they’ll be living - meaning the industry is cock-blocking itself from having more staff.

I had a brief conversation with @lenok993 and we agreed that a good contribution to SNK having only a single cour is how many people decide to pirate the series, or watch it online for free. Considering purchasing the actual CDs doesn’t necessarily help that much, this is mostly speculation, but it’s really all we’ve got. I’m actually guilty of this so I don’t have any right to lecture anyone about that. But it’s always good to bring attention to that fact!

Also, it’s a misconception that I didn’t learn ‘till recently that the animation department does not get any portions of the merchandise being sold. They do get money from Blu-Ray purchases, but it’s definitely not enough to help out the animators’ paycheck. There’s just too many series’ and not enough people on the animation team.

Why not drop projects? SNK is what the majority of us want, so why not dedicate more resources to the most popular franchise?:

Despite SNK’s popularity, WIT Studios is a very small production company. For them, quantity is everything because it’s the only way their company can continue to make money. Even if they dropped everything and directed their attention to SNK, they wouldn’t get enough funds to keep functioning just from one anime alone.

There’s not enough money going around, and as said before, not enough qualified workers. It takes years to train these workers, sadly. And with the schools closing down, finding people who are willing to work for the horribly low salary is nearly impossible. There’s more and more demand for production and the small company can’t keep up. So even with their short amount of animators, having a large number of projects is absolutely necessary. 

What’s the best thing we can do to support WIT Studios and its production of the story about the giant, naked, man-eating men apocalypse (SNK)?:

Perhaps start here - with buying Blu-Rays. As @lenok993 said, this may be why they chose to release the Blu-Rays so early. And like Thomas said, it really doesn’t do that much. But really anything helps! Even if the portions don’t go directly to the animators, anything is absolutely better than nothing. 

Mm… I’m really interested in the anime crisis. Hopefully it’ll get resolved eventually. But you know, there’s also this nifty little page you can check out: Animator Support!

I know that us foreigners really don’t have many options to help. On the most part, all we can do is sit and watch the drama in the studios unfold. But it’s always good to be aware of what’s going on behind the scenes, even if we can’t do anything about it. I’m pissed that we aren’t getting an Uprising arc since it’s my favorite one - and I’m still going to rant about it. But no matter how much we rant, it won’t change the fact that they don’t have the resources to produce a two cour season.

TL;DR: Despite SNK being the huge franchise that it is, and the misconception that it’s the money-maker we believe it to be, there’s not enough experienced workers to keep up with the production. Animators aren’t satisfied with their paychecks and animation schools are shutting down. This is already bad enough for bigger production companies, but even worse for smaller companies, such as WIT Studios.


Small, dumb rambles:

I will admit though… I’m really annoyed that SNK, such a huge anime, is getting handled by such a small production company. I feel like there’s a lot of trust being put on a thin line between the production company and the fandom. But even so, the situation is the way it is and it’s not going to change. So we’ll just have to accept it for what it is.

Anyway, being the small company that they are, they’re really trying. They may have had four years but they needed to work on other projects so they could even be around for the production of season 2. Plus, they were still lowkey working on SNK despite having other projects. And even if we’re only getting twelve episodes… I know I’m going to be murdered for saying this… but at least we’re getting any episodes at all. Quality over quantity. That’s the basic rule.

I’m glad they aren’t interested in ruining the magic of SNK for the sake of quicker production. I’m really in love with their dedication and decisions towards each episode Like that rewind in the first episode, oh my god, I don’t know why but that was so orgasmic to my vision. I’ll take the twelve episodes over getting shitty half-assed episodes any day.

anonymous asked:

So the CS wedding is finally happening .. I binged watched OUAT before S6 so I didn't get to spend much time in the fandom so I thought it'll be fun to relive CS moments with CSers who were there from the start! When/how/why did you know that CS was the ship for you? What are your top three romantic CS scenes? What are you top three angsty CS scenes? What are your top 3 CS kisses? What is your most memorable CS related fandom moment? What is one thing you would still like to see happen with CS?

Aww this is so cool! I wasn’t in fandom from the start, but I did watch from the beginning, and honestly - the moment they climbed that beanstalk together and Hook was like “I was hoping it’d be you” while Emma glared at him like “I’m watching you and it’s not because you’re handsome, you idiot”. I didn’t get invested in the sense of “I want this to be canon” because I figured there was a good chance they wouldn’t go there in canon, but yeah, it ticked all the boxes for me from the beginning.

Top 3 romantic moments:

  • The ice wall. Killian’s desperation to get through to Emma, and then afterwards that soft moment in the loft where he looked after her and she let him.
  • When Killian talked to Emma about her parents and encouraged her to make things right with them. It might not be grand romance, but I love that quiet sort of support and the way they both genuinely want what’s best for the other, and Killian knows how important family is to Emma and wanted to help her keeps hers.
  • That scene. You know the one. We all know the one. “You traded your ship for me?” “Aye.” And she finally let herself believe in him and they kissed and it was magical and we all cried.

Top 3 angsty moments:

  • When his lips were cursed and she held his hook and afterwards he wanted to reach for her but he couldn’t and she finally flirted with him and he couldn’t and there were many tears, most of them mine.
  • When Rumple took Killian’s heart and he couldn’t save her, couldn’t tell her what was wrong, couldn’t do anything except wait and pray.
  • Every secret furtive look in Neverland when he didn’t think anyone would ever really trust and accept him and she didn’t think anyone would ever really love her and mean it, and they were both battling their own demons as the lost boy and lost girl that they were, and at the same time neither of them could quite help hoping because hope, like darkness, is a funny thing; it creeps up on you.

Top 3 CS kisses:

Okay I’m switching to gifs on this one.

[x] It’s just so sweet and casual and this is clearly something they do all the time now, because they’ve gone from “why don’t you try enchanting the lips of someone I’ll actually kiss” to this, this situation where they meet in the mornings just so they can spend a few minutes together on their way to work. And yes. I love it.

He goes from “damn it Swan I said be gentle” to “holy crap I can feel again” and you can watch the change come over him, like the full blast of his feelings for her just hits him all at once and he can’t help it, he has to kiss her and back her up against the wall and kiss her some more and then it turns all soft and smile-y and just. Yes.

[x] Do I really need to explain why I love this kiss? I love this kiss. I love this whole moment. They’re finally together. He’s finally proven himself a man of honour and she’s finally letting herself believe it and they’re both a little incredulous that the other believes in them and wants to give them a chance, and a little scared, and a lot happy, and it’s the perfect moment and the perfect kiss for that moment and I love it.

Most memorable CS fandom moment

I’m gonna say the lead-up to their date. Like. They were going on an actual date because they were in an actual relationship and Emma was not running and Killian was not hesitating and there were headcanons and spec fics and it was glorious. Actually, all of the speculation and headcanons and things during season 4, especially 4a, were glorious.

One thing I’d still like to see happen:

I want to see them fight together as a married couple that bickers and snarks at each other while kicking ass in perfect unison. Give me Emma blasting someone with magic and Killian catching and dispatching them with his sword. Give me all the flirty banter - “Getting a little slow in your old age, pirate?” “You weren’t complaining last night, love.” Give me blind trust in action, that perfect kind of teamwork that you get when two people just know each other. I know it won’t happen in canon but ohhh I want it.

Some of you might have noticed something kind of funny about people.

Almost none of them like Treasure Planet.

And, considering I joined this fandom well over three years ago by now, this comes as absolutely no surprise to me – and chances are, if you’ve known about this film for longer than, say, a day, it fails to surprise you, too. I mean, we’ve all heard the reasons, haven’t we – valid though they are, it’s depressing to hear them, the millions upon millions upon millions of them. 

  • “Sorry, the sci-fi just wasn’t my thing.”
  •  “I liked it okay, but I can’t see myself ever watching it again.”
  •  “The animation was good, but I didn’t really like the rest of it.”
  •  “It was…sort of weird to me.”
  •  “It doesn’t measure up to Treasure Island.”
  •  “It just wasn’t my cup of tea.”

Or - and here’s the one that gets to me: 

  • “I just really didn’t like the main kid.” 

The words come across as pretty innocent - it’s just a matter of preference, it’s just their opinion, live and let live, nothing wrong with disagreeing…and there’s not. There’s really, really not. You can hate Jim Hawkins as much as you want. But you can look me in the eye and can you tell me why you hate him? Can you tell me why, exactly, that’s the argument I’ve heard the most out of any of them? Can you tell me why, in my 3+ years in this wonderful fandom, in the thousands of days I’ve now spent promoting the shit out of this film every chance I get, can you tell me why that argument is the one I find myself dealing with the most? Can you look at me and can you tell me why you hate Jim Hawkins? Can you do that? 

Because here’s the thing - I can tell you why I love him. And I got shit to back up me up. 

Let’s get down to business. Let me tell you why I love Jim Hawkins - every habit, every quirk, every mannerism, every virtue, and every flaw. Let’s plunge right in.

  • He’s kind.

Sure, you can roll your eyes if you want to, but honestly? Being really, truly, simply, genuinely nice is such a rare quality in the world, and Jim has - and displays - this quality in abundance. I mean, for one thing, bringing Billy Bones to the Benbow when he seems ninety percent sure the guy’s just crazy? Yet he takes a chance anyway, because the sailor’s sick, the sailor’s injured, it’s raining really hard, he shouldn’t be out in this in his state, here, give me your arm, let me help you, you can come in out of the rain and stay in my house for a bit.

And what about the time he met that half-mad robot on Treasure Planet and, despite the fact that BEN blatantly oversteps his boundaries a good ten times (”Will you let go of me?/Stop touching me!”/Will you quit hugging me?”) or so within the first five minutes of their introduction, despite the fact that he is very obviously unhinged from all that time alone, despite the fact that BEN is loud and attention-drawing and the word stealthy isn’t in his vocabulary, despite the fact that he’s putting the captain and the doctor and himself in peril by doing so, Jim allows BEN to come with him - all he needs is to hear about the robot’s century of solitude, his loneliness, his desolation, and he just drops everything and says, “If you’re gonna come along…”  

And don’t even get me started on the deleted scenes - such as the one where he offers to fix this child’s scooter, even though he and this kid have never met before, never even spoken to one another, and yet he offers to fix this scooter because aww the kid’s sad let me fix it for you.

 Because, beneath that black jacket and that dark scowl of his, Jim has a huge, huge heart and it’s there and it’s evident for anyone willing to look. Because Jim just legitimately cares about other people, and there’s no ulterior motive, he doesn’t ask for compensation, he doesn’t expect anything in return, he just genuinely likes helping others. 

(And as I don’t happen to have an image on hand for the child’s scooter bit mentioned above, have a few bonus pictures of times when Jim was nice) 

Comforting a frightened Morph despite the fact that his life is in the most immediate and intense danger

And how about the time he lets a pirate - the leader of a mutiny in which he was supposed to be killed - walk the fuck away from him because he believes there’s good in Silver

Don’t get me started on this kid and his kindness. Don’t. Get me started.

  • And he’s smart.

I don’t mean passing-his-finals-with-flying-colors oh-haha-that-was-a-total-seat-of-my-pants-test can’t-believe-I-pulled-through-with-a-B I-was-pulling-answers-out-of-my-ass kind of smart.

I mean completely, incredibly, off-the-charts, blow-your-mind brilliant. He might be failing his high school classes, but it’s certainly not due to the challenge; he doesn’t put any effort into his work because he just doesn’t care. I mean, we even hear Sarah state that he built his first solar surfer when he was eight. So let’s let that sink in for a second.

This kid 

was no older than that when he built one of these

Just let that sit a minute. He built one of those gizmos 

when he was eight fucking years old. Hell, I’m not one hundred percent sure I understand them now, and he was eight and he understood them so well he could make them. (Sure, he ultimately uses it to cause trouble and ride straight into restricted areas, but it still makes him pretty brainy.) 

And not to mention, when Silver tries to teach him how to steer a skiff, he doesn’t even let the guy finish his sentence before he starts powering it up. Despite the other’s best attempts to stop him, Jim ignites the engine and sends them whirling straight into a comet. He fucking steers a boat - with limited knowledge, considering Silver didn’t get a chance to teach him everything - he steers a boat into a comet, and rides that comet to its end and does it without ever missing a beat, without ever throwing himself or his companion out of the boat, without ever messing up or getting hurt or hurting Silver or anything, just gets the hang of it right off the bat.

And at the end of it, all Silver says is, “If I could maneuver a skiff like that when I was your age, they’d be bowing in the streets when I walked by today!” 

Oh, and did I mention he powers up a century-old crashed boat in sixty seconds? No? Well, he did that, too.

Oh, and he also made another solar surfer, this time at fifteen, out of the useless parts of their failing ship while the planet explodes around them.

And, when said surfer begins failing, threatening to send him plummeting to his death in a raging river of lava bubbling and frothing beneath him, he keeps it going - literally rams it into the wall, striking it against the metal surface until enough friction occurs to power the thrusters again, and he does this all in the space of thirty seconds.

Oh, and he figured out where Flint’s trove was hidden before anyone else, just based on the fragmented bits and pieces he’d picked up from other people

And did I mention yet that he was the only one who could open the map leading to the planet? 

There were people thirty and forty years his senior trying to figure it out

and he figures it out in seconds

  • And he’s brave

Remember when he casually faced down a whole crew of pirates three and four times over, all in the space of twenty-four hours? 

And how about the fact that he refuses, at great risk to himself, to open the map for the pirates - until Silver threatens the captain and the doctor? 

Or when he’s fixing that hundred-year-old boat we discussed earlier, and tells BEN to leave without him if he can’t get away in the next five minutes? 

Oh, and when the star Pellucid goes supernova on their voyage and the hands are sent to secure the solar sails, not only does Jim immediately ascend, no hesitation

he also spots Silver, who followed him there, fall from his perch, and literally fucking throws himself down onto the wood and hauls the cook - who, to be honest, has a good hundred pounds on Jim and probably almost took the kid down with him, and definitely dragged the kid closer to the edge than would be advised - back up to safety. 

And later in the film, he receives an order from the captain to scout ahead and find them a better place to hide - and even though the pirates were spotted seconds earlier, circling the skies in a longboat, Jim expresses no hesitation, simply obeys.

And, oh, uh, you remember that solar surfer we talked about earlier, the one he constructed as the planet bursts into flames and burns down around him? 

Yeah, here he is riding it through the fires and eruptions and random debris, here he is casually risking his life to save everyone else, most of them being pirates who would have loved to see him dead.

Yep, don’t mind him, he’s just saving everyone else. He might die doing it, but damn, he’s doing it anyway.

But wait. I did promise to discuss his flaws as well, and, so far, I haven’t been making good on that promise, have I? 

Fear not, for Jim Hawkins is far from perfect and it’s time for us to explore the reasons why.

  • He’s impulsive

While most readily refer to this as a “Mary Sue trait” and “not really a flaw” , I can’t help but disagree; if we consider it an undesirable trait in a real person, why on earth would we think it little more than a cute quirk in a fictional character? Believe me when I say, Jim’s consistent failure to think before he acts is not a charming little thing - it’s a flaw, plain and simple. 

For all Jim’s kindness, for all his bravery and unfailing ability to think fast on his feet, he is impulsive as all hell.

Like when he, in his first meeting with Silver, throws out several thinly-veiled accusations - showing his cards, playing his whole hand right off the bat on the off chance that his opponent might show his, too. 

Unsurprisingly, of course, Silver does not rise to the bait - meaning Jim revealed everything to the man who will later become his enemy, in a sense losing the only advantage he really held, whereas Silver lost nothing and now has additional information to help him on his way. And all this could have been avoided had Jim just kept his mouth shut. 

And that time when he attempted to eavesdrop on a couple of the other hands cause he thought they were acting suspicious 

But it’s not long before they notice him and immediately shut up - meaning Jim has now given his suspicions away to four different people, four people whom he suspects. (Five, if you count Oxy and Moron as two.)

Or how about when they find that map we talked about earlier, and when he opens it up and realizes it leads to Treasure Planet, his first thought is to follow it? Like, this could be anything. A trap, a red herring, a fool’s errand, and Jim just throws himself headlong into it because look there’s a slim chance it could be treasure let’s go right now! 

I mean, there’s just no room for doubt: Jim is super impulsive, and that’s not a good quality to have. Sure, it gets shit done, but cautious people get shit done too, and they probably get it done better because they’re not making snap decisions every 2.5 seconds.

  • And Jim is selfish

Sure, we all love him. Well, some of you hate him, and some of you love to hate him, but the sentiment stands; we all love Jim, but you can’t love somebody for too long without noticing his flaws. And Jim has his flaws. 

And it’s especially obvious in scenes like this 

where we see that Jim was just out on a joyride while his mother visibly struggles to run the inn by herself. 

It’s obvious he uses that solar surfing hobby to escape, to distract him from his problems after a tough day, but this, in turn, suggests that he feels his problems at the moment are more important than Sarah’s, and so puts himself before his mother.

And he makes things harder on her than probably anyone else in her life, going out and getting in trouble all the time and bringing the police to her door 

Not only is this probably really bad for business, it’s also likely embarrassing and obviously upsetting for poor Sarah - yet Jim offers no apology, offers almost nothing beyond the words, “Mom, it’s no big deal!”  

And when they open the map and realize where it leads, Jim jumps on the chance to leave Sarah

Not just their lonely little planet, but Sarah, he wants to leave her. And though his intentions here are honorable (”We could rebuild the Benbow a hundred times over!” / “I’ll make you proud!”) it still fails to completely sugarcoat the fact that he left her there, lured away by the promise of adventure. 

Because Jim is selfish. 

  • He’s touchy, and defiant as all hell.

Sure, this is a flaw. Sure, it’s not a great quality to have. Sure, it holds him back more than anything, and it probably gets him in more trouble than it’s worth - but I still tip my hat to Disney for introducing this flaw at all. It has been proven in the past that children with absentee parents - particularly boys with neglectful fathers -  tend to become obstinate teens with no regard for authority, and I’m just so proud of them for doing their research on that one. 

Admittedly, however, this quality does cause him more trouble than it’s worth. I mean, he makes himself an enemy out of the scariest alien aboard in the first five minutes, all because he has to have the last word.

As a matter of fact, when I think about it, Jim has single-handedly gotten on the bad side of every one of these pirates on board this ship, with the obvious exception of Silver, and he does it all because he is just that feisty.

On the other hand, however, his pluck is the first thing Silver notices - and likes - about him. It’s obvious that while the pirate captain plans to work the spunk out of him, he can’t help but respect it, too.

Like, for instance, on Treasure Planet, when Jim refuses to allow Silver to leave without him 

there’s an instant where Silver looks like he’s about to argue 

and he could, he could just hold the captain, the doctor, or even BEN at gunpoint, and chances are, Jim would likely obey just to spare those he cares for. Despite the fact that Silver is clearly the one in power here, he gives into Jim’s demands - because, even if he doesn’t like it, Jim’s defiance is something he can respect. They may be enemies now, but Silver recognizes and respects that Jim makes a worthy enemy.

  • And let’s not forget that he’s stubborn.

Seriously, once he’s found something to fight for, he’ll fight for that, and he’ll get it, no matter what it takes, and there’s nobody in the world that can change his mind. If he gets it in his head that he wants to do something, if he gets it in his head that he should do something, he’ll do it, no matter what. 

And in some cases, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It means he has a strong sense of right and wrong and knows the difference between the two, and will do what he believes to be right, regardless of what other people say. He has a moral code, and a strong one, at that, and he rarely deviates from it. And this is actually a good thing when, say, there’s a treasure-hunting pirate captain attempting to bribe him into betraying the captain and the doctor and handing over the map. 

And, when this fails and Silver resorts to trying to frighten him into submission, the kid doesn’t even blink. He can’t be bought, and he sure as hell can’t be intimidated. 

Of course, this isn’t always a good quality to have; while it does make him more resistant to tactics such as temptation, it also makes him inflexible and, in some cases, extremely resistant to change, even when that change would be for the better. 

But that iron will has another advantage. 

  • It makes him hardworking.

Whether it’s as trivial as swabbing the deck, or as enormous as seeking out a legendary treasure trove, if Jim sees the point in a task - if he sees, for himself, why it’s worthy of his time - he will put his all into it, no questions asked. So though most would call him a delinquent, and while the robo-cops on Montressor outright tell him that he is a loser

Jim is actually extremely industrious and capable - he just doesn’t always show it. But it’s there, if you know how to look.

Like when Silver leaves him with this huge pile of dishes in the galley

and he just picks up his brush and keeps right on going 

and in fact, is so determined to finish up that damn stack that he ends up falling asleep in the galley, head resting on the pot in his hand

but the dishes around him are gleaming.

Or how about when he was failing at school at the beginning of the film, and by the end, he has graduated from the prestigious Interstellar Academy? 

Can you imagine how much work it must have taken to get himself into that Academy? I mean, how long did it take for him to pull those grades up, to convince others he was really serious about this, and can you imagine how much work it took to get through the Academy once he got there? But Jim got there anyway, and he did graduate, and he did do all that amazing stuff, and he did it because he works hard. 

Oh and remember

  • He was lost

Though by the end of the film Jim is high-spirited and confident, we know from the beginning that it wasn’t always so. His father’s absence left a hole in him, a hole he felt it was too big to fill - a hole that left him feeling worthless and rejected, it left him feeling angry and defeated, and it left him thinking he wasn’t good enough. It left him with a strong, deep-seated fear of abandonment, and more than that, it left him searching - searching and searching and never quite finding the missing piece he so desperately needed. 

Jim felt he had no future; Jim felt he wasn’t worth a future; Jim didn’t really know where he was going, and that’s the kind of relatability I’ve come to expect from Dreamworks. I don’t go into a Disney film expecting to find real characters, so this came as a pleasant surprise.

And something else I’ll probably never get over

  • Jim is sensitive 

So, this one actually sounds funny. I mean, I just said earlier how selfish Jim is, right? How he’s always putting himself before Sarah? Yeah. That whole argument still stands. It’s just that Jim isn’t all selfish, all the time. Can he be selfish? Yes. Extremely. Is he selfish? Sometimes. But he’s also, as mentioned before, a genuinely nice person. A person with honest empathy. His instances of self-absorption don’t cancel that out.

Now, while most define a sensitive person as “one who understands and feels for others” - and while Jim certainly does that, too - we’ve already tackled that. We’ve talked about Jim as a compassionate and thoughtful individual, and I’m not here to talk about it again, though I could.

No, there are drawbacks to feeling for others, and I’m here to talk about them.

I mean, Jim cares about other people - Jim feels deeply for people, deeply enough to welcome complete strangers into his house and offer lonely individuals a place at his side, Jim just feels for people even if he’s never experienced their hardships for himself. And if he can feel so strongly for strangers, if he can look upon a person he hardly knows and want to help ease their pain, if his heart squeezes upon seeing others’ suffering, how much do you think it hurts when he experiences his own? 

His father, for example. An indifferent, neglectful parent, the heartache they cause, it would sting even the most impervious - but for somebody as thin-skinned and tender-hearted as Jim, it absolutely devastates him. And when the man finally gives up on his family, leaving behind his wife and their eight-year-old, it just tears the kid apart.

As a matter of fact, it hurts Jim so deeply that it takes him seven years just to realize that it wasn’t his fault, or anyone’s; his father’s rejection caused him so much pain that he is well into his adolescence before he can even begin to accept that he’s gone.

But this isn’t just one instance; it’s not merely a festering childhood wound, no. Jim takes the slightest slip-up straight to heart - and upon believing he caused Mr. Arrow’s death, he spends what appears to be hours beating himself up for this perceived failure. 

And ultimately, he might have continued indefinitely had Silver not intervened and comforted him.

And of course, less than twenty-four hours later, Silver tells his bloodthirsty crew - and, unwittingly, an eavesdropping Jim - that his attentions were all for show, that he had to be nice to the kid to keep him from suspecting the crew of anything shady, he had to win the lad’s trust or risk his suspicion…and Jim really believes it, and, in fact, is so hurt, that he appears to take a moment to swallow back tears. 

Jim is just so easy to hurt. 

And to be honest, it’s great; it makes his empathy for others more believable - after all, if his own wounds have left such obvious marks, who’s to say another’s tribulations won’t win over his sensitive heart? 

And, hey, hey, don’t forget

  • He’s just a kid

I mean, he’s doing all this awesome shit, he’s building solar surfers

 and saving lives

and working his ass off and being super kind and impulsive and defiant and selfish and everything, he’s doing all this, and he’s only fifteen years old. Like. He’s fifteen. He’s not even an adult yet. He’s not even of legal age. He’s just casually amazing at fifteen, but what do you think he’ll be like in five years, ten years, twenty?

As Silver says, he really is going to rattle the stars.

Now let’s review before we go: 

  • Jim is kind.
  • Jim is smart.
  • Jim is brave.
  • Jim is impulsive
  • Jim is selfish
  • Jim is touchy and defiant as all hell.
  • Jim is stubborn
  • Jim is hardworking.
  • Jim was lost.
  • Jim is sensitive
  • Jim is just a kid

Just please, for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t ever forget Jim Hawkins.

anonymous asked:

What makes you convinced that Silver didn't shoot Flint? I've seen arguments for both theories, and everyone seems to think that Flint is dead though eventhogh we never saw a body (no body = no death). Do you listen to fathoms deep? Daphne and Liz are pretty insightful and they seemed to be pretty sure Flint is dead.

Same anon here. Also, Toby Stephens apparently said on twitter that it is an open ending…. I guess I simply don’t know what to think.

Oh, Jesus. I had kinda hoped I wouldn’t get this kind of question. I’ve listened to Fathoms Deep, and I’ve also seen Stephens’ tweet, and I’ve read tons of interviews of the writers stating that the ending was real, and tons of reviews pointing out that the ending was ambiguous, and I’ve seen losts of post listing reasons for why they believed Flint was dead … 

It’s a bit of a mess at this point, which seems to have been the intended outcome. 

Well, @blacksailsstarz, congratulations. 

What a bit of washed-out colors, an overdose of sunshine, and a cleverly cut scene in the woods can do to a fandom, it’s truly impressive. You pulled quite a number on us.

Anyway, I guess I have to do this, if only for myself, so here we go. 

Why I believe that Silver’s story about Flint’s ending is true. 

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(Look i didn’t forget the rest of the “give me an AU for five headcanons”!)

This one took me a bit because honestly they’d probably both be just…just the shittiest pirates. So seeing them AS pirates is proving difficult for me to work out with any sort of believability.

Neither has any sort of leadership skills to speak of. Newt dislikes people and would probably go batshit having to work and interact closely with humans on a ship for his life job. A combo animal smuggling and piracy means animal trafficking which he is humongously against. Credence is generally timid so would be pretty low on the totem pole until yknow, he just goes ballistic one day (literally or figuratively depending on if magic is a thing).

So….how bout combo of selkie/pirate ship type AU. Are selkie AUs still trendy in fandom circles? Doesn’t matter here we go.

Thanks @zinfandelli for having the idea jam session with me to figure this out. You may wanna hit her up for more actual pirate AU since she had an easier time imagining Pirate!Newt than me lmfao

-So some legends (I think the Scottish versions? Dont quote me on this) say that male selkies can call up storms and control weather. Keep that in mind

-Newt is a naturalist focusing on magic creatures (I’m thinking in a world sort of similar to Pirates of the Caribbean, where magic and magical creatures are just known things) who pulls a Jim Hawkins and commissions a ship without checking the crew and captain thoroughly enough. Sure they seem rough but man what group of sailors ISN’T? It isnt until they’re way out on open water that whoops, there’s a reason Captain Grindlewald is so shady and Newt is now the captive of pirates.

-Newt being Newt, he does not take this quietly. Especially since they got him to direct them and help them capture things like sea serpents and krakens which he is not down with. The nightly escape shenanigans of the gangly nerd start getting real old real damn fast. So Newt is shoved towards Credence, who has no given rank but is always hovering somewhere around the captain, to keep an eye on him.

-At first Newt figures Credence is some kind of man-servent or something. Except he’s never asked to do anything, all the others keep clear of him, and he’s always just kind of standing around staring at the water.

-He’s a selkie like no point teasing that out ok he’s a flippin selkie who was captured and is being kept because having something that can control weather under your command on a pirate ship is flippin HANDY. (Nothing more than g rated with Grindles who stole his pelt. I aint getting into that level of dark here noooope. He’s just seen as a tool that gets ignored when not in use. Tho how fucked up is it to keep a selkie captured and held on a ship constantly over the ocean damn Grindles that’s cold.)

-Newt has just started getting Credence to talk to him (mostly by continuously talking at him after Credence is ordered to keep an eye on the wily bugger) and he’s JUST suspecting something is up when the ship starts getting pursued, Credence is called up and Newt gets to witness the ship following them suddenly wrecked to shit by a very isolated storm. Jig is up, oh shit that’s a selkie.

-Newt also agrees that keeping a selkie captive is fucked up enough but forcing one to live right over the water it can’t return to?? Fuck that. Newt figures if Credence is able to even be on the ship, his pelt had to be as well (is this a selkie thing? Fuck it, it is now asshats).

- this is more than five whatever. Anyway Newt redirects his “make shit up as I go” abilities from escaping to finding and getting Credence’s pelt. Credence helps because he figured Newt is a lot better than Grindles so he guess being owned by him is an improvement.

-you can imagine his gut punched tear inducing amazement when Newt shoves a bundle of pelt into his hands and tells him to get the hell out of there. There’s the whole “what about you?”
“Bugger that I’ll figure something out just get out of here”

- bugger that for shit, thinks Credence in less polite terms. Angry selkie vengeance is wrought and somehow Newt is the only one who gets washed into a lifeboat. WHAT A COINCIDENCE WHODA THOUGHT

-Anyway they become exploration boyfriends after Newt gets a better single person (sometimes two person) sailboat. The weather never troubles him and he always has a supply of fish.

The Romance Arc (Destiel)

So, I know we always say it, but the other day I was finally fed up enough - or weird enough - to decide I’d make a list. And, guys, this is going to be a long-ass post, so if you haven’t got time, here is the tl;dr version: if we look at the love tropes most commonly used to build an onscreen relationship, Dean and Cas score an eye-watering 61/91 - that’s a 67% total.

Now, to put that in perspective - in order to build a romance arc, you’ve got five obligatory stages (meeting each other, falling in love, becoming a couple, a period of conflict, a resolution) and each of these stages will include at least one common trope, more or less hidden according to the kind of media and the author’s intent and sophistication. tvtropes lists a total of 91 tropes, but no love story will ever use them all. That would be ridiculous - either a parody or complete insanity. Think of a story where our lovers were destined to be together and also promised to each other as children and also the reincarnation of past lovers; where they meet by spilling coffee on each other and then she goes on to lose her handkerchief and he picks it up and runs after her to give it back but - whoa - now she’s been attacked by pirates and the hero wants to save her but his king is ordering him not to and oh no, what will he do? That sounds like overkill, right? And it totally is: a story with too many tropes is a ridiculous, unrealistic, unwatchable mess. To give you a better idea of what I mean, if look at those 91 tropes tvtropes lists as possible steps to build a romance arc, Dirty Dancing, one of the most romantic movies ever made, only scores 19 points; 10 Things I Hate about You, another big favourite of mine and an absolute ALL the love, ALL the feels story, scores 16 points. And Jane the Virgin, an actual soap-opera parody on the CW complete with sudden rain and snow to highlight special kisses, scores even lower: 13 points.

Meanwhile, normal friendships between men like Sam and Frodo’s in the Lord of the Rings trilogy or Ted and Marshall’s in How I Met Your Mother score a grand total of zero points - so, yes, it’s perfectly possible to write a non-romantic male friendship even when that friendship is a dramatic I’ll walk with you to the very edge of the Earth and then carry you up the slopes of a dangerous volcano and finally die with you sort of thing. Because, funnily enough, you can be friends with somebody and be ready to die for them without actually having a sexual interest in them. 

(Johnlock scores 29 points.)

(Wincest, 4.)

Something you could be wondering at this point is, why tropes though? Why are tropes a thing, and why does it matter how many tropes Supernatural chooses to use between Dean and Cas? And, look, I’m sure someone else could say it better, but essentially tropes are the bones of a story. Every single story you see out there, from the Odyssey to Torchwood/Gossip Girl crossovers to coffeshop AUs is built out of the same building blocks. There are, like, seven possible plots and about two dozen kinds of characters and maybe two hundred common tropes - and that’s it. Try tagging any classic novel with AO3 tags and you’ll see what I mean. 

[This story is Jules Verne’s fanfiction of an Edgar Allan Poe novel, and, yeah.]

Now, since it’s only possible to build a story in a limited number of ways, the problem all authors face is to find an original way to make it work. Some will use tropes religiously, either because they can’t think of anything different or because they hope a tried-and-tested formula will appeal to readers (see every romance novel under the sun; also most thrillers). Others will make fun of tradition by throwing the tropes back in your face (one of my favourite takes of this is Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle). And others will manage to bullshit you so thoroughly and completely you won’t notice the tropes are there until it’s too late - those are the stories where you’re truly surprised and shocked by events and you sit up in bed like a fool gasping out loud and you only stop reading because you need to tell someone asap, You won’t believe what just happened. A good example of this is the ending of the first season of Game of Thrones - we were all so convinced Ned Stark was the hero, filming people who hadn’t read the books as they watched him die became something of a hobby; and many became convinced George RR Martin was this all-powerful deity without any rules (not true: he’s a good writer, however, and he managed to convince most of us Ned was the hero when in reality he was the ‘Dumbledore’ figure - and therefore his death makes perfect sense).

And if we’re talking about Destiel - as I explained in the very first meta I wrote for this fandom (though at the time I hadn’t even realized I was part of a fandom, and didn’t know what a meta even was), I didn’t start to ‘ship’ Dean and Cas out of nefarious reasons, or tedium, or a desire to write smutty fanfiction. In fact, I still don’t consider myself a shipper in any way. I am not particularly interested in romance, and I never go out of my way to see who may be suited for whom. And I’m not saying there’s anything wrong in doing that - just that it’s something I don’t do. If I started to see Destiel and to write about it, it’s because to me (and, apparently, to a lot of other people), it was clear that there was something there; that that was how the story was built. And if I started to look at it more closely, it was simply because my expectations as a viewer were disappointed, and the relationship of trust between author and reader was - for me - crumbling into nothingness. 

And, look, I won’t lie: I was angry and upset by the implications - that there was something wrong with me - that I was trying to force a sexual relationship on two friends just because. That, as a woman, I couldn’t enjoy a story without making it all about the romance. No, I am a huge book nerd, and I like writing stories, and I mostly analyse stuff for a living and I also sort of have eyes? - so, to me, it was clear I was being lied to, and at that moment, I was left in an uncomfortably ambiguous position which will sound familiar to many of you - I was furious at the show, but at the same time I was still in love with the characters (so very much in love). This was a frustrating feeling which presented me with two equally unappealing options - to keep watching and not expect anything, or to walk away. In the end, I tried a third way, which I suspect many of you have chosen as well: I was too invested in these characters to abandon them, but I also wanted this story to be an honest story, so I started complementing it with ‘viewing supports’. I started to read (and write) fanfiction. I looked for fanvideos, fanart and gifs. And, most of all, I fell into the habit of reading (and writing) metas after every episode to make sure what I was seeing was actually there. Because, well, for me - that’s why I write metas about Supernatural when I don’t write metas of other shows I enjoy much more: because most of the time Supernatural is more focused on not telling a story than it is in telling one, which means what we are left with what is a half story where our characters have their own secret life offscreen and many lines of dialogue could mean anything. Ironically enough, Supernatural has become like its hero and POV character, Dean Winchester: a con and a liar and a charmer who tries to be liked by everyone. 

(And let’s not forget the swings both ways thing).

As for the other question - are we crazy? - I’m hoping this post will help clearing things up: no, we are not crazy. The reason we see a romance unfolding is because the relationship between Dean and Cas is written to fit a romance arc - and does fit a romance arc by 67%.

[Longer analysis under the cut.]

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10 Reasons Why LORD JOHN GREY Is Amazing

You can tell at the first sentences Lord John Grey says in Dragonfly in Amber that he is gonna be good. Stubborn, stupidly brave, proud and smartmouthed, but also selfless, compassionate and honest. He then completely lives up to expectations! When he returns in Voyager, he is no longer a 16 years old and 10 years has passed, but he he still a complicated and compelling character. So here is why I find Lord John Grey amazing and why I want to help build his fandom:

1. He is funny, in a witty and sarcastic way. 

2. He loves books and he is a total nerd in denial. (the “get excited about pirates and unexplained mystery”  kind of nerd)

3. Yet, as user @electricalice once said, he is a total Scully, “ disbelievingly sassing his way through nonsensical mysteries in the europe of 18th century.”

4. He is adventurous and curious. (don’t expect him to wear good breeches without them getting ripped and covered in mud by the end of the day)

5. Tragic things happens to him  (deaths of loved one, rape, mortal wounds, I think he had depression twice) and he doesn’t let that define him and he is so brave and honest about it. 

6. He praises himself for his logical mind (he is highly logical and smart), yet he is also very Romantic, emotional and sensual  (”get over youself Grey, before you start to wax poetic” ) 

7. You want him as a friend; he is incredibly loyal and will do everything for his friends (well, he will do everything to help everyone, tbh, like even ennemies, exes, strangers, pretty boy on the street, he can’t help it, he is this nice,)

8. He has a very strong moral compass. And a sense of honour that makes him do stupid things.

9. Also, he is respectful of people. In a non-macho “I won’t patronize kids nor women, or men in women clothes, or prostitutes” kind of way. He is also very very Gay

10. He is beautiful. Like Hugo’s description of Enjolras meets Wilde’s description of Dorian beautiful or something…(so the classic young looking, thick golden locks, blue eyes, long eyelashes, full mouth, good teeth, lean, good bone structure, pretty)

PLEASE! I BEG YOU! I FEEL ALONE IN LJG FANDOM. GO FIND HIS BOOK SERIES (both Outlander and his own spin-off “Lord John Grey”) AND LET’S BUILD THIS CINNAMON ROLL A FANDOM

Disenchanted

Fandom: Once Upon A Time (TV Series)
Pairing: Emma Swan/Regina Mills | Evil Queen
Rating: T/PG-13 for mild language, brief drug use
Links: AO3 & FF.Net
Warnings: The briefest of legal drug use, Meta
Summary: Emma is a comic book writer at the San Diego Comic Con, trying to help her youngest fan find his mom.
Notes: I would like to thank my Once RP group for helping me brainstorm. They might be mostly Hookers but I would literally fight anyone that has a negative thing to say about them. Thanks guys. Much love to you. Also, I wrote all of the SQW prompts as potential first chapters. Some of them I’ve very happy with. Others I’m still looking at sideways. Looking at you Day 2 and Day 3. But it’s all good. I may finish these potential multi chapter ficts if people want them. Since they are all romantic is some way, expect a rating change in the near future. 
Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters, or whatever the hell else. They belong to Disney, ABC etc, etc, I claim no rights to copyrighted material, and this story is purely for entertainment purposes.

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“Um… Hi, my name is um… Ashley… and um… my question is for everyone…”

Ashley was young. No older than 16. Her long blonde hair was stuffed under a beanie and she was wearing a t-shirt with read “You Can’t Take the Sky From Me,” under a heavy coat that was a bit much for San Diego in August even in the cool air conditioned Convention Center. Her jeans were full of holes, but they weren’t the fashionable kind. They were the kind that only came from wear and tear.

If she was wearing Chuck Taylors and had weed in one of her many jacket pockets, Emma Swan could swear she was looking a living photo of herself at sixteen.

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Oblivion

I am so tired o.O

I have gone back to lesbian spiritassassin this time. ^.^


For SpiritAssassin Week 2017, hosted by @fyeahspiritassassin
Prompt 3: hurt/comfort


Baze doesn’t remember exactly what happened on the day of Zhongqiujie. The festival is a fractured mirror in her head, shards of consciousness coming together at all the wrong angles and it’s messy, there’s fire, houses in flames, houses in great blooming sunflowers of fire.

Like the flowers in the greenhouse that her family used to grow. The greenhouse is gone.

Half the street levelled by a series of grenades to incinerate the insurgents, never mind the civilians, never mind Baze’s family that she abandoned anyway, all those years ago when she left to join the Guardians.

Stupid stupid girl, her auntie would say. Too late. Far too late.

Her mothers would be kinder, softer, have more indulgent words for Baze - if they weren’t already dead. No sign of either of them.

Baze runs through the shelled street, eviscerated buildings with their crumbled innards spilling around them. She scrapes through debris laden with body parts, limbs both flesh and cybernetic, pulling off slabs of shrapnel-embedded rock until her hands are red with blood and her eyes raw with sand.

Good. The blood and the sand are cleansing.

She passes snapped strings of lanterns on the ground, most of them shredded. The sanctification prayers written on their insides mean nothing. Lanterns everywhere, remnants of them, fluttering dirt red and dirt yellow on the ground, on the rubble piles, like ripped flags.

That’s how she knows it’s Zhongqiujie today.


***


Baze storms into a tea house where there’s a trio of off-duty Imperials drinking what they call desert piss-tea and she doesn’t know what she’s doing. The rage that impels her is a live, vicious force and it snaps her hands and feet into savage motion, wrings curses out of her tongue as she upends the Imperials’ table. They draw their blasters but she’s quicker than that. She dodges and kicks, disarms one of them and seizes his blaster, blows a smouldering crater into another. As for the last Imperial, once she slams his face into the wall, she takes his head in the lethal cradle of her hands and snaps his neck. She is strong enough for that.

She looks at the carnage around her and does not understand. Somehow, vaguely, the thought occurs to her that she’ll understand less and less each passing day.


***


The patrol finally comes for her. Six troopers surround her as she crouches behind a low wall, as blaster fire decimates that remaining barrier.

She bites her knuckles until her teeth puncture skin, spits on both her palms, takes handfuls of sand and rubs the spit-moistened granules on her filthy scalp. She doesn’t pray. She’s forgotten all the chants of strength, all the inward journeys of peace, the supplications for specific times of need. She forgets the Temple and the Guardians and the family that she abandoned and the gutted city around her.

All she’s aware of is that she’s a body strung into being and movement and mad purpose by the live wires of her veins, by the toxic fuel of her blood.

That’s all Baze has been for weeks, prowling the wrecked areas of the city alone.

She leaps out from behind the wall, rolls on the ground, firing the last of her ammo at the troopers. Two go down. Then she gets shot in the leg and fire sears her hip and she can’t get up and she knows she’s done for.

Except.

Except there is a sudden swish and a whirl of movement as somebody lands before her, shielding her from the remaining troopers. Black and red. A staff. A voice whose familiarity pulls her out of the sunken chambers of her mind.

There is a brief scuffle. It doesn’t last long.

The person kneels before her, and Baze knows that face, the downturned mouth and the creases knifed into her forehead. The span of her hands on Baze’s cheek. The slow thumb moving along the route of Baze’s cheekbone. The eyes that do not see.

“I’ve found you at last,” says Chirrut.


***


Chirrut carries her home. Home to the attic room on the roof of a squat block of apartments where they had both been staying at before Baze ran off.

Chirrut peels off Baze’s clothes, disinfects and bandages her wounds. Then she cleans Baze, cleans all the filth out of her skin, washes her scalp and her growing, unkempt hair, combs it, twists it into braids. Chirrut boils rice water for Baze and feeds her, spoonful by spoonful.

Baze opens her mouth and fumbles for words. It’s like waking out of a dark, overwhelming slumber.

“Don’t speak,” says Chirrut. “And I won’t either. There’s no need to say anything. I’ve found you, and that’s all that matters.”

There is no banter between them, none of the usual laughter. It’s okay, though, Baze is thankful.


***


They don’t leave their attic lodgings for awhile. For many days, they lie on their shared mattress, listening to broadcasts on pirate frequencies, using a holopad salvaged from the Temple. Chirrut gets up to recite her prayers, to meditate, to change Baze’s bandages. Her daily routines in their limited space quietly, carefully orbit Baze.‘s needs

Baze sits up one day. Her body aches dully, but the pain makes her want to laugh.

“Chirrut,” she says.

“Yes, my love?”

“My family are gone.”

“I know.” Chirrut’s large pale eyes are sad. “I went looking for you as soon as I heard.”

“How long was I gone for?”

“Three weeks.”

“When I was out there in the city, I lost all sense of time. And any measure of control. I forgot everything. Everyone.” Guilt slithers its way through her thoughts. “You were worried.”

“I was. But it is of no consequence now. As I told you, all that matters is that I’ve brought you home.”

Baze closes her eyes, basking in the gentle confidence of Chirrut’s words. Chirrut kisses her eyelids, both of them.

She reaches for Baze’s hand and kisses Baze’s fingertips, one by one, and then presses her lips to Baze’s knuckles. “I’m here for you. As I promised to be, when I took you to be my wife all those years ago.”

The edges of her mouth diffuse into a smile. She rises to her feet but Baze doesn’t let go of Chirrut’s wrist.

“I’ve got to boil the porridge, if we plan to have a meal sometime today.”

“The porridge can wait,” says Baze. She traces circles on the insides of Chirrut’s wrist. “Stay in bed with me for awhile.”

And Chirrut does.

Outside, the city carries on. They won’t see much of it for the next few days.

50 Facts About Han Solo (+1)

SO I HAVE NOTICED, in my expansive (ha) perusal of the Star Wars fandom, that while Han Solo is like, a token character, the depth and complexity of his character often gets dismissed/forgotten in meta and analysis in favor of our favorite dysfunctional family of skynerds. Which, I mean, I love the skynerds, BUT. Han is such a lovely dweeb that I feel as though it is scandalous that he doesn’t have 3095830549 posts about him because GOSH SO MANY POSSIBILITIES, aND THUS, I have taken it upon myself to compile a post with all my nerd pirate boy headcanons RIGHT NOW. I’m trash because I gratuitously cherry pick ideas from the EU bye

Let’s make a list, because I love lists:

  • He had a mother and little sister (his dad walked out on ‘em when he was really young), but they died some time during the Clone Wars through no specific malicious purpose, but rather for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. After the Death Star, he can’t bring himself to leave right away, even though he now has enough money to pay off Jabba and more - he doesn’t know how old the Kid is, but he can’t be more than eighteen, and that’s - that’s barely anything, Chewie, he tells the wookiee defensively after confronted about why they’re still awkwardly hanging around (and really, Chewie has no problem awkwardly hanging around, but Han is defensive anyway), and hell, he doesn’t have any folks left in the world and that’s a terrible kiriffin’ place to be so I’ll just. Hang around for a little while. Make sure he’s back on his feet, that he’s got a place to stay. (And he doesn’t think of his little sister, because she was so young when it all happened and so was he, but he really does. Kind of.)
  • He eventually gives back the Alliance the money they gave him as reward for rescuing Leia/taking down the Death Star because he feels like it’s burning a hole in his pocket and Chewie hasn’t said anything but he’s obviously not happy with it and dammit, ya big ball of fuzz, are you happy now?
  • (Leia doesn’t know)
  • (She actually doesn’t find out until quite a bit later, when General Rieekan happens to mention it one morning when she’s reading reports and trying to figure out how to make a deal with the Bothans and drowning herself in luke-warm caf because she can’t sleep at all and she’s given up even thinking about it - and the padd slips out of her hand, just barely, and all she can do is say  ”oh” and pretend that when she wakes up in the middle of the night with a scream that’s more of a sob and her nightmares dancing at the edge ofher consciousness, she’s not crying just a little bit harder than usual)

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Common Misconceptions About: Spain

I giggled when I saw this request inmy inbox—Spain, he’s not portrayed as a Uke or a psychopath. But his is the simpler, more insidious mischaracterization.

Rather like Veneziano, Spain is portrayed as one of the dumbest mother fuckers on planet Earth. Spain is depicted as always happy and carefree, but without the suicidal issues Veneziano is given.

The reason Spain is portrayed this way is to put up with Romano. Romano is misportrayed as caustic and abusive, so Spain has to balance him out. Since Romano is always angry, Spain is always a happy, giddy idiot.

Spain, surprise, actually gets upset when Romano treats him terribly. In the beginning strips, Spain tries to trade Romano for Veneziano. He later realizes that Romano tries his hardest, and that he isn’t the best at connecting with people.

But think about it: if someone cursed and taunted you all day, you’d probably get a little pissy. Spain is no different—he has all the same emotions you do. So, if Romano fights with him and insults him, Spain is going to get upset. If Spain has a lot of work to do, he’s going to get grumpy. Just because Spain is happy a lot doesn’t mean he can’t get stressed or annoyed.

Another one of the common fandom tropes is that Spain has this Pirate! version of himself. Obviously, this stems from the fact that Spain was just as much an empire as England was. However, people don’t want to mess with the happy-go-lucky Spain in their adorbs SpaMano, so they have this split personality. You’ll have Pirate!Spain being all moody and bad ass, and then you’ll have normal, stupid, goofy Spain.

My question: why not both?

Seriously, you guys, why can’t Spain be happy most of the time, even as he does evil things? Why can’t he like dominating people while still making goofy jokes about the cat? Why are there only two versions of this Spain, on their own both so terrible, but together so good? Spain, probably like England, misses being so powerful, having the world at his fingertips. Now, he’s a broke nation.

One of my favorite headcanons is that Spain gets a thrill out of being bad. It puts him in a cheery mood, and he chats animatedly with anyone nearby as he bashes in people’s kneecaps. Of course, that’s more for an AU, but still. Being happy and being one-hundred percent good are not mutually exclusive.

Also, he apparently gets scary when he’s drunk, enough to scare Sweden. I’m just saying, Hima seems to hint pretty heavily that Spain isn’t as happy as he seems.

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Life Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This

Request -  Can you do a Dean or Sam x reader where they are married and have a little girl. And she falls and scrapes her knee and Sam or Dean (which ever one you decide to use) cleans it up??? Fluff obviously :) thanks

I went with Dean as I kept picturing Jensen with JJ XD - Hope you like Anon! X


You hear a scream as you come out of the bathroom. You fly down the stairs at an inhuman speed,  tearing through the living room like a hurricane to reach the source of the voice. 

As you enter the kitchen you see your four year old daughter,  cradled in the arms of her father.

“What happened?!” You say rushing over to your husband

“Oh angel pie had a little bit of a fall, scrapped her knee” Dean answered pointing at the tiny scratched joint. 

“Oh baby” you place a kiss on her head as you wipe tears from her eyes

“It’s ok Daddy’s gonna clean it up,  aren’t I sweetheart?” Little Mary nodded her head, has Dean lifted her to sit on the kitchen counter. 

“Hmm…Nurse, I think we may need the first aid kit” Dean said looking down it the tiny scratch on his daughter’s leg.

“Oh right away Doctor” You jump to work, looking over your shoulder at the pair. She’s was the spitting imagine of Dean, with your hair. Even at 5, she was a tough little madam and boy did that girl love pie, but sometimes she’s was just your little girl who needed love and attention. 

You knew one day she’d find out about monsters, that things really did go bump in the night. You and Dean chose to give her as normal life as you could for as long as you could. Dean worked as a mechanic, and as far as Mary knew, a mechanic who went out of town on business every now and again when really needed. 

You lost count how many times you’d sat outside your daughter’s room at night, angel blade in your hand after a nightmare, and how many times you’d found Dean doing the same.

“Hurry up Mommy, angel pie is in pain here” you smile grabbing the box bringing it over, holding it out for your husband.

He wipes it clean, revealing it to be more dirt then cut but he still made a fuss. 

“Well sweetheart, it’s good news. You’ll be able to keep your leg” Mary giggled

“Daddy, you’re silly" 

"That’s Doctor Silly” she laughed hard, all tears forgotten. Dean pick out a choice of band aids.

“Well, we have a choice.  Hello Kitty, Frozen or Pirates?” He held them up for his daughter to see

“Frozen!” She shouts smiling. He nods

“Good choice” he slips it over the small cut, placing a kiss on top of it. She threw her arms around his neck, clinging for dear life. 

“I love you Daddy” she says as she held him tightly. 

“I love you too angel pie” his face bright, he pulls back to look at her.

“Now how about we go back and play?” She nods as he puts her on her feet,

“Wait!” She shouts running towards you, holding her arms out towards you. You kneel in front of her hugging her tightly “I love you too Mommy”

“I love you too baby” she then ran back to Dean taking his hand.

“You ok to clean up Nurse?” Dean asks winking at you making you smile

“Oh yes doctor, I’ll be just fine” he kissing you lightly on his way out of the back door. 

You watch them play through the window. Dean spinning Mary around in the air, without a care in the world. Dean sees you at the window and signals you to join them. You nod as you go to, slip on your shoes.

Spending the afternoon with the love of your life and your daughter? 

Life really didn’t get much better than that.

anonymous asked:

Question time! So I agree that it's really shitty when people make bi Dorian, because it erases part of who he is as a person. My question is: why is it not the same with Cullen? A character who, in canon (the final, released game), is straight, and that's who he is as a person? Not trying to fight, I'm just trying to understand the difference. Thanks if you take the time to answer! :)

Two things actually. And for reference as you go through this post, I am pansexual.

First, Cullen was meant to bisexual. His writer wrote his entire character with this intent, start to finish. It was on the animation floor that his bisexual romance got dropped, his animator apologized because his Male Inquisitor animation didn’t get finished by the deadline and so Bioware just handwaved him as straight.

But Cullen remains queer-coded, there are still cues and conversations he can have with a Male Inquisitor that imply he is bisexual. Same goes for characters like Jack (from Mass Effect 2), who is only a straight romance, but specifically has dialogue admitting to bisexuality.

*Queer-coding: When writers hint that a character is queer or lgbt+ without explicitly saying so.

Second thing, I’m going to start by linking a post that talks about why changing non-marginalized characters is different than changing marginalized characters.

Then I’m going to talk long and hard about representation and queer history. See I’m 22, I was born in the 90s and I can tell you that good mainstream representation of queer characters is a NEW thing.

It is only within my late teens to now that we have had games as extensive and inclusively positive as Dragon Age and Bioware’s other games. Bioware’s first lesbian and lgbt+ romance appeared in 2003, a Cathar from Star Wars.

2003.

More than a decade ago, but really not that long for someone who spent half their life without representation and half with (and the half without being developmental years, when it could have really be useful and needed). And the romance was so subtle, almost hidden to a point. But it was there and that was something that set the tone for the rest of Bioware’s games: Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age.

Before this, representation for us meant swallowing outrageous and insulting jokes and depictions for our representation. A lot of childhood villains are queer-coded, characters you weren’t supposed to like or relate to and yet we did.

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phanaticalalterego  asked:

WELCOME TO THE FANDOM ^^• I hope your blog gains loads of sucess !!Kuroo,bokuto,kageyama and asahi with their s/o on their honeymoon! Can it be fluffy pls? Like where would they go? Hw would they spend their time?! Im sorry if its really random.

not at all! And for the large amount of time this spent in my inbox I could never fighure out if u meant a scenario or headcannons so i did the headcannons bc of the questions?? If that wasn’t what u had in mind feel free to send another request lmao


Kuroo

- For his honeymoon I can see him going somewhere like Spain. Someplace that they can just chill out and have fun hotel beds gotta be p comfy too bc they’ll be spending a lot of time there if u feel

- 1-2 Weeks

- Chilling out on the beach is how most of their time is spent, poor baby fell asleep in the sun his s/o rubbed in the aloe tho he’s okay

- Between being at the beach and well, in bed the hotel room, actual clothes were rarely worn and Kuroo enjoyed every minute of it

- Uses the opportunity to flex his actually up-to-par Spanish skills

- Is absolutely adorable when he speaks spanish, his accents sexy too lowkey uses it in the bedroom

- Just looking at the different houses and people is a fun activity for them, getting the opportunity to learn about other cultures firsthand

- Spanish food is now Kuroo’s favorite, and buys a cookbook while hes there, for his s/o to make of course

- His s/o falls in love with Latino music, and fills up their phone with it

- Paddleboard races happened, and his s/o lost miserably. Try and guess what the prize was

- It was sin

Bokuto

- Would want to go somewhere he can go hiking, like Oahu or Peru

- 2+ weeks

- Always active and doing new things with his s/o

- Though one day he surprised his s/o by sleeping in, and they spent the whole day in bed, only getting up and dressed when the room service delivered

- Taking lots of photos would almost be a priority for him, not just of the scenery either, of him and his s/o

- Because of the constant humidity he stopped styling his hair a couple days in and his s/o’s heart melted at the sight just ugh

- Would also spend quite a bit of time in the pool, splashing and floating around

- Though would also love the fact they were now married, and would also spend a lot of time in their room. Like, a lot

- Actually forreal made his s/o go to the gym with him one night Im not even joking “___ would you want me to loose these guns?”

“…..Cant argue there tbh”

- Buys cute matching couple pyjamas

Kageyama

- Precious child wants to go to a big city with his newlywed s/o, like New York

- 2-3 weeks

- Wouldn’t like to go sightseeing on a tour, so would try to plan everything himself. This ends up with them getting lost and just finding their own way around

- They would always try to eat at new places and try new food, but Little Italy soon became their gravitational point. Kageyama really loves garlic bread

- A good part of their time is actually spent in coffee shops that they discovered along the way, discussing anything that came to mind

- Shopping is also a big portion of their time. Like looking at all the different styles and cultures

- Actually went to the movie theater??? Like they wanted to experience an American movie despite it being identical lmao Kags just wanted some cuddles lets be real

- In their hotel room they ended up eating a lot of soup. Mostly chicken noodle. His s/o would eat the food and Kags would take the broth. What a beautiful balance in a relationship

- They had a night where they really just went into a convenience store and bought a shit ton of junk food they’ve never even heard of and tried it. Most was eaten, but they both agreed some of it was just not for them

- Lots of cuddles back at the hotel room, Kags always seemed to pull his s/o into his arms no matter the circumstance

- Wandered into Chinatown, but their mandarin is terrible so they still had to communicate through english. They had some properly cooked rice, though

- Kageyama got a really nice watch, and bought his s/o a necklace

Asahi

- Disneyland resort in California. He got the big hotel suit, early admissions, tram ride, all of it. Only the best for his s/o

- A good 2+ weeks

- Despite how insanely comfortable the bed is, and how little they slept u feel, for the most part they both wake up extra early so they can walk around the park during early admissions when it’s not as crowded. They enjoy this time the most

- Watching the fireworks every night became a fond memory, whether it be standing at the castle, or from the pool at their hotel

- Cute pictures with churros and mickey-mouse-ears definitely happened

- Their favorite ride together was the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride in the french quarter, they also happened to eat at the restaurant inside there quite often

- So many pins. They each spent a good amount of money on their now ginormous collections. Asahi likes his Winnie The Pooh pins

- Not a lot of PDA happened, maybe a kiss here and there, but you can bet there were major cuddles back in the hotel room. All the time

- One night they built a fort out of the pillows and requested extra sheets so they could finish it. They tried to sleep in it but when they woke up it was all collapsed around them

- Once or twice ordered room service and absolutely pigged out, always got the triple chocolate cake

- Both Asahi and his s/o could speak a decent amount of English, but kept getting the English and Spanish mixed up so they kept asking the wrong people things they didn’t understand, and picked up words they thought were english but were actually spanish

“no frijoles please”

“Sir?”

“He means beans”

- The space mountain ride lowkey freaked Asahi out and he ended up clutching onto his s/o like his life depended on it. The photo from the ride is now framed in their house

- Sometimes they would just go and sit on a bench together, watching other people and listening to their conversations while enjoying each others company

Holy wow. 

The beautiful thing about this universe is that we don’t have to follow canon. Kubo-sensei gave us an amazing world and such an exquisite cast of characters, and now we get to use them to create our own worlds, our own storylines, our own futures inside of our head. 

Canon is fun to follow, but I personally have more fun stepping off of the official path and blazing my own trail through the unexplored wilderness. Creating my own alternative universe with my own interpretation of the characters. Because I know that we all watch the same show but our interpretations are different. The JJ that I see and relate to on screen is probably vastly different than the JJ that you see on screen. Just like the Viktor you see and adore is different than the Viktor I see and adore. And that’s beautiful. That we can all look at the same thing and see so many different versions, so many different interpretations - can create a thousand different universes with the same characters, and each one is as valid as the next. It’s the same for those characters being paired off with one another. 

So when I see a popular ship start to panic because of a potential storyline, I want to hug all of you and say that it’s going to be okay. This isn’t the end of your world. This isn’t the end of your ship. Take a deep breath.

My mothership is Pliroy. This ship has had several shots fired, cannon-balls whipping through the air in an attempt to splinter wood and cause water to rise. But we’re still sailing. Still creating and celebrating and having fun. And Otayuri will too!

Milabek isn’t a threat to Otayuri. Just as Pliroy isn’t a threat to Isajj (do they actually have a ship name?) or Otayuri either.  I understand how much it can hurt when you see your favorite character ships suddenly get cannon-balled out of nowhere. But I promise.. Even if Milabek does become canon, it doesn’t mean that your ship will sink. All it means is that there is a brand new ship floating around in this YOI ocean that we all love to sail on. 

And I want to make them feel welcome too.

Because I fucking LOVE playing on the pirate ship Pliroy. But sometimes, I like partying over at Battleship Otayuri. Occasionally, I’ll go drink with the MilaSara folks too. And I know that I’m going to have a BLAST on the Milabek ship. None of the other ships are a threat to mine. They all have fun things that I can appreciate. But I know that I don’t have to party with every ship, if I don’t want to… I can still look over at them sailing beside mine, and we can laugh and toast this fun, amazing world from our perspective ships, glad to see each other having a good time. 

There’s room for all of us in this fandom! We don’t need to sink each other’s ships to have a good time. So please please please don’t lash out because you feel upset. It’ll be okay, I promise. 

a random assortment of swan queen fic recs because i don’t do this enough

when you love somebody but bite your tongue (all you get is a mouth full of blood) by @insanetwin

Summary: henry knows something has changed between his moms.

Me: There is so much quiet love and pining in this fic. I could have recced anything by Megan and said exactly the same thing, but I love Henry’s point of view so much. I am in awe of her talent and she gets both these characters so much.

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Let Stars Be My Asterisks by @absedarian

Summary: Regina and Emma have stopped talking to each other after Emma came back from the past with Marian in tow … but all that means is that they’re thinking about each other while avoiding to talk. Regina refuses to talk to Emma since she can’t bear to see the woman she loves with her pirate boyfriend. Emma on the other hand ignores Hook because all she can think about is Regina. Hook thinks he should be the center of Emma’s attention and decides to woo Emma by writing her a love letter – and he goes to Regina for help, offering her an opportunity she can’t ignore.

Based on Cyrano de Bergerac.

Me: Post-season 3 at its best. Funny and warm but with real emotion and I love reading Regina’s point of view of this period of time.

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A Dark Ocean by @chilly-flame

Summary: When Regina is injured in an accident, Emma steps in to assist.

Me: I know this is a fic that everyone has read, that everyone has loved, and so they should. When amnesia is done well, it is one of my favourite tropes and this is just wonderful. I love seeing Regina as the young queen, finding herself in a world that allows her so much freedom, and I love the way the relationship plays out. I return to this constantly.

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a hushed sound by @coalitiongirl

Summary: Destiny. That’s what the Dark One tells them, an odd strain on his face whenever he speaks to Regina. That’s what they’re facing here. An inevitable ending. Regina has orchestrated her death once, and she’ll do it again, because that’s the only way this story can end. No one can interfere, not even Marian herself, and only Regina can control whether or not that moment is the one that decides her fate.

Me: Like, I could recommend any fic Mari has ever written 100% wholeheartedly and I know y’all have already read all of them because she is deservedly beloved, but this is one fic of hers that I think everyone should read because Marian! God. Marian. She is so wonderful and she is given so much agency and love and time here. And I love that in the background is the love story I could read a million times over and never get bored of it.

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Just another brick in the wall by darkersky

Summary: The problem with the new gym teacher is that no one knows why Gold hired her. Vice Principal Mills, in particular, is neither amused nor impressed.

(Emma + Regina + yolo = Teacher AU.)

Me: A perpetual work in progress, but this is one of the first AUs I read in fandom and it speaks to me a great deal and maybe if people go and read it, it will be finished and I will get to find out how these two teachers finally, finally get it together.

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catching on (a little bit of summer) by @deemnfic

Summary: Nobody knows anything. Until they do, of course.

Me: I love seeing relationships from an outsider point of view and this does that so exquisitely. Deemn is careful with every word she writes and this is one story I go back to every time I need to feel that quiet, warm serenity that comes with figuring out that Emma and Regina are totally in love. The whole series of oneshots is really great, and this is the first.

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Head Is Not My Home by reagancrewe

Summary: “Besides,” Regina says, looking from her son, 400 miles away, to his other mother sitting beside her on the couch in the study, “I’ve already gotten us a room.”

“You have?”

“Oh, good!” Henry looks relieved. “I mean, the email about graduation stuff said finding rooms can be tricky. So, that’s good, Mom.” He beams at them both.

“Wait. A room? As in, singular?” Emma questions.

“Well,” Regina frowns, “yes. It was really all they had left, and I wanted to stay at the Charles since it’s right there in Cambridge and close to campus.”

“That’s great, mom!” Henry repeats, but Emma is still staring at the woman sitting next to her.

“So, like,” she licks her lips. “We’re going to be … roommates?”

Regina glares at her, but then sighs when Henry laughs from the screen. “Yes, Miss Swan,” she agrees finally. “Roommates. For two nights only. Do you think you can handle that?”

Me: There is grown up Henry going away for college and bed sharing tropes and, God, this fic is another one I turn to when I am sad or tired or need some resolution to pining.

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Storybrooke does Star Wars (in four parts! we pretend the other three don’t exist) by @queenssaviour

Summary:  In which Regina is a closeted Star Wars nerd. Written for Swan Queen Week, Day 1: Confessions.

Me: This fic is so sweet and light and I enjoyed it so much. I’m so impressed with how much queenssaviour keeps improving as a writer. Every time she posts something new, I am just, like, WOW!

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where you lead, i will follow (unless it’s in 4/4 time, then we’re screwed) by swansaloft

Summary: In which there is a twenty-four hour danceathon, sleepover games make an appearance, and someone gives Zelena a megaphone. (Or, What Happens When Mary Margaret Watches Gilmore Girls)

Me: If only Storybrooke were more like Star’s Hollow. This is so precious and charming.

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Deliver Me by @wistfulwatcher

Summary: Bike messenger AU, in which Regina is a CEO that enjoys messing with Emma, and Emma does not back down. For the sake of her job, of course, and not because of the way Regina eyes light up when she’s angry.

Me: This is one of my favourite ever AUs. Wistfulwatcher deals with both characters so carefully, and I am particularly enamoured with the way she grapples with Regina’s complex relationship with Henry.

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Changing Seasons by sparowes

Summary: Once, when she couldn’t sleep, when the empty spaces of her apartment suffocated her, she sat on her sofa and watched a documentary. That’s how she learned what a hypnic jerk was, and that’s the closest descriptor to what she felt when the door to 108 Mifflin Street swung open. When Regina scooped Henry into her arms, when the hurt shot across her eyes at Henry’s dismissal, when she turned her eyes towards Emma, dark like pitch.

You’re Henry’s birthmother?

Me: This fic hurt my heart in all the best possible ways. The writing is exquisite and careful and the season one characterisation of Emma, Regina and Henry is beautiful.