not so good at being family friendly when she was vocal

Kings and Vagabonds: In Defense and Celebration of Jean-Jacques Leroy

I hadn’t expected JJ to become my favorite character, at first. Settling in for an unusually early snowfall in mid-November, I went into his introductory episode with the amount of hype I’d come to anticipate since becoming a fan of Yuri on Ice: Kubo-sensei had tweeted positive things about him beforehand, particularly about his short program song; his character design was attractive; his official description established him as a viable contender. My first impression, scrabbled together from these few snippets, was of someone mature, suave, professional, maybe even a little intimidating. Oh, how wrong I was. And I’ve never been so happy to be wrong.

JJ was ridiculous, JJ was over-the-top, and JJ was, above all else in that first episode, entertaining. Ultimately, I was amused by his introduction, sending off a volley of blissful 3 am tweets before turning in for the night, content. I woke up to snow and everyone else’s laughter. My first forays into JJ fandom came with a healthy dose of irony: I liked him because I was entertained by him, but, don’t worry (I’d assure everyone), I was in on the joke. JJ fandom post-episode 8 was all in good fun. I wondered how “Partizan Hope” could possibly top “Theme of King JJ” for ridiculousness, meanwhile changing all of my alarms to blare “Theme of King JJ” when I awoke. I lovingly dubbed him Leroy Jenkins and prepared myself for comic relief.

I was wrong again. Episode 9 came and gave us a taste of what was motivating JJ. We’d seen love and its many forms emerge as one of the central themes of Yuri on Ice, and at first, JJ would seem to embody the notion of self-love. Initially, it appeared to border on arrogance, though it was tempered by his deep gratitude.

And in episode 9, we got our first hints that there was more to JJ than meets the eye. I think we all missed it, that we were distracted. He was banging out a flawless performance, and his inner monologue would seem to reflect not just confidence, but cockiness. The announcers sing his praises, list his accolades. A desire to beat Victor in competition swiftly turns into JJ speculating that Victor’s withdrawal from the competitive circuit was out of fear of losing to him. “That poor guy, Victor!” he scoffs. And then it cuts to this close-up.

It wasn’t an expression that matched his thoughts at all. He looks nervous, stressed. Did he really believe what he was telling himself? Was it arrogant boasting, or frantic reassurance?

Episode 10 did the collective fandom in by showing us that our first impressions of characters and situations might not have aligned with reality at all. Yuuri’s prior drunken antics snowballed into the current state of affairs, with we the audience learning that Yuuri was an utterly unreliable narrator. Victor’s motivations became clear in ways we couldn’t have predicted, and context even managed to cast Chris in a friendlier light. Yet, while the previous year’s Grand Prix Final was the catalyst for this year’s successes, in episode 10 we were also seeing the pieces being laid to catalyze someone else’s failure.

Episode 10 showed us that JJ, while possessed of a strong support network of those who love him, was lacking in support from his fellow skaters. We meet Isabella Yang, who is just… so great, she is just so, so great. Yet her introduction immediately shows her antagonizing Yurio with a pointed enough edge to indicate she’d done her research. The cutting comments all came from Isabella; I immediately figured JJ didn’t bristle at Yurio’s verbal abuse of his girlfriend because he knew she’d come looking for a fight and that she wasn’t in particular need or want of defending. Rather, it stood to reason that she was the one doing the protecting. Had JJ told Isabella that Yurio had been hostile to him in the past? Was she taking it upon herself to defend him, knowing he was the sort to laugh everything off, instead?  

JJ was the first to deescalate the conflict, lightly suggesting Yurio calm down before inviting Otabek out to lunch. He accepted the declination gracefully, citing a passing familiarity with Otabek’s lone wolf tendencies. And then came another thing we may have missed on our first watching, distracted by (ultimately more important matters such as) missing nuts and engagement rings. When JJ and Isabella reappear, breaking up a tense moment at the dinner table with a bit of bravado and theatrics, Otabek was there with literally all of the other skaters. Otabek, who had declined JJ’s invitation, which JJ had likely chalked up to a preference for meals taken alone. JJ seemed unperturbed at this, though. He joined in on their joke, realizing too late that he was Excluded from being Allowed to do so. The brunt of the tension and awkwardness was transferred to him, and he was left alone, shouting that his engagement and goals were simply a joke in one last attempt at peacemaking.

And so, we are then shown the Jean-Jacques Leroy of episode 11. Someone who, in the eyes of the skating world, was mature, suave, professional, maybe even a little intimidating. A viable contender. Someone slated to take home the gold in an eventual grand-slam, the skater to watch out for, the man to beat. He’d taken Victor’s place. Yet we knew that Victor had friends and admirers. We’d seen Phichit watching videos of his routines. His relationship with Chris was well-established; his relationship with Yuuri, first as idol and then as lover, even more so. He was the living legend, the accepted leader; his competing seasons saw the other skaters in a race to place second rather than defeat him. But, how did the other skaters view JJ? Or, rather, how did JJ, himself perceive their attitude towards him?

As viewers, we had seen all of these characters independent of their interactions with JJ, and could thus objectively state that JJ’s impression of them was skewed. But how could he know that, when all he’d seen was ambivalence at best, rejection at worst, and when he knew that the path to the gold medal hinged not on anyone outperforming him — his technical score was simply too high to allow that — but on him crashing and burning?

How would JJ have fared if he’d had friends in the skating community? If they’d pulled up an extra two seats for Isabella and him? While friendship is not immunity from anxiety — Yuuri illustrates this quite clearly, and is even able to remark on their similarities while watching JJ succumb to the pressure — I imagine he would have felt at least the slightest bit less targeted had he known that his peers saw him as more than an obstacle.

But he was not unloved.

Though his self-love takes a hit, it is JJ’s gratitude that ultimately carries him safely through the gauntlet laid before him. His parents, his fiancée, the people of Canada. His parents, former ice dancers and Olympic champions at that, who agreed to be his coach when no one else could support his goals. His fiancée, strong and fierce as a lioness, who knew exactly how to show him love in his moment of weakness and vulnerability. His fans, who cheered for him even when he wasn’t perfect. His gratitude helped him rediscover his self-love, reaffirm his identity, and be true to himself — not as a replacement for Victor, not as simply the man to beat, but as a man with goals, with passion, who sought to challenge himself on his own terms. More so than any medal, that sense of conviction was the real victory for Jean-Jacques Leroy.

And I was even more assured in my conviction that JJ was my favorite character.

Jean-Jacques Leroy was passionate, enthusiastic, open and honest. Jean-Jacques Leroy was — yes — obnoxious, but ultimately harmless, the nervous kid who tries to use humor as their “in”, perhaps a kid too used to the company of his family and the safety net of an adoring fanbase who mistakenly assumes he is already understood and accepted by all he meets. It surprised me when the other skaters unanimously rejected him; and it surprised me even more when the fans, existing outside the framework of the story and with a more objective base from which to analyze character traits and motivations, largely rejected him as well.

I’ve been trying to figure out why this is. I’ve watched his episodes over countless times, and have found little evidence of actual antagonistic behavior, save the “ladies first” comment which was positively mild compared to, say, most of Yurio’s interactions with the rest of the cast. If anything, he’d been friendly and encouraging of the other skaters, with his good intentions possibly confounded by awkwardness. I couldn’t see where this “asshole” characterization bestowed upon him by the fandom was coming from, and I found it strange, if not downright hypocritical, that a fandom so ready to celebrate the respectful and accurate portrayal of Yuuri’s introverted anxiety was also so quick to dismiss or deny JJ’s anxiety, which presented extrovertedly.  If anything, I was laughing to my friends about how JJ was a complete combo-breaker for me as far as favorite characters were concerned: I’ve gone for icy, ruthless villains since time immemorial.

Watching a show as it’s coming out it’s a much different experience than binge-watching. In the weeks between episodes, to keep ourselves engaged, we fall back on our own creations: art, fiction, fan theories. This is normally a great thing, homage and celebration and all that. It’s fun (if not a little nerve-wracking) to speculate and to see how accurate your predictions were. But I feel like, in this particular case, JJ was absolutely a victim of fan-created bias. In the space between episodes, an especially vocal opposition was allowed to fill the gaps, and even though his character was rounded out only three episodes after his introduction, that one month appears to have done enough damage. Even though the general opinion towards him did seem to soften after episode 11, a lot of it seemed to come more from a place of schadenfreude than genuine compassion. I’ve found that those who watched the series later, consuming the episodes in large chunks instead of weekly bites, seem to have an overall more positive/neutral opinion of JJ than the initial viewership.

It’s a shame to see a character you like become, of all things, a problematic fave, but I’m still hoping that after this first wave of opposition dies down, fans will see JJ for the silly, earnest, vulnerable and motivated character he was intended to be.

Thanks to @happy-riceball for urging me to write this, to @aquaticircus and @cicadaemon for listening and joining in on hours of headcanons and rants, to @traditionalthegrace for also encouraging me to put my imagination and adoration to good use, and a shout-out to @samansucks for giving me all her spare JJ’s from blind items.

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This time, I wanted to do something a little different than decorating an apartment, so I decided to create a whopping 40 Cats and Dogs for you guys to Adopt! They range from all ages, sizes and personalities! 

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Mormon Headcanons

Ok… So since I literally needed only one person to be interested in hearing my headcanons, I’m gonna post them! Thanks @bookofbway!

Alright… I’m gonna start with James Church, because he doesn’t get enough love. 


  • James wasn’t originally a Mormon, since due to his upbringing, I seriously doubt his parents were Mormons.
  • His mum died when he was still young, (probably about 10) from something unrelated to his dad, a car accident or something. (I’m sorry!)
  • Afterwords, due to the shock of losing his wife, his dad went sober and tried to concentrate on bringing his son up right. 
  • James never forgave his father for the way he treated him and his mother. 
  • Mormon missionaries came knocking at their house one day, and James chose to convert as he found it comforting the idea that his mother had went to a better place and that in latter days he could spend eternity with her. 
  • He also liked the idea of going on a mission to help others, and also liked the idea of being able to get away from his dad for 2 years. 
  • James was a track runner at school, and although he was sporty, found his passion more in the arts. 
  • He is an amazing sketch artist and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. 
  • He’s more serious and sombre than the other Mormon’s in Ugnada, but tries to act cheerful and bright (and turn it off). 
  • He really liked Chris, because he felt he could relate to him since Chris had lost his sister. (also Poptarts was extremely adorable.)
  • He has messy black hair, and wears large square framed glasses.
  • Is the tallest and strongest out of all the Missionaries in Uganda. 

    OK! Now for poptarts
  • Enjoys dancing as it’s his way of remembering and commemorating his sister. 
  • Has an extreme fear of his friends and family dying on him. 
  • Will never end a conversation on a negative note and always tries to say goodbye to his friends and family when leaving, just in case he never sees them again. 
  • Loves everything sweet. 
  • Poptarts was his sisters favourite food. 
  • He has no formal dance training, but is quite good since his sister taught him how too (and then Mckinley afterwords)
  • He originally had a crush on his Mission Companion, Elder Mckinley, before he started to develop feelings for James Because James listened to him and understood his pain of loosing his sister rather than just telling him to turn it off. (Also James was hot af, and muscular and…) 
  • He’s definitely the shortest and cutest of all the Elders
  • He has a Teddy bear that he took with him to Uganda, and will protect at all costs. 
  • He loves looking at James art and reading his stories. 
  • He is Bi (and no-one can tell me otherwise)

  • Ok so, Mckinley defintely is the eldest child with 2 younger sisters, so he knows how to be authoritative and control and lead people. 
  • He took tap classes, literally right up to the time where he left for Uganda.
  • His sisters were somewhat jealous that Connor is a better dancer than them.
  • But his sisters also stood up for him to his arents and peers saying that pink is a perfectly normal colour for a boy to like and that they should break gender stereotypes and stop calling him gay. Connor appreciates them for this. 
  • He was definitely bullied in year 5 for how close he was to his friend Steve and all through highschool people would accuse him of being gay. 
  • He started dating a female friend of his, to try to make others believe that he was straight. The relationship didn’t last very long though. 
  • He totally got all the lead roles in the school plays, and sometimes did performance is the Community theatre musicals. 
  • He is an excellent singer and had also taken vocal lessons from a young age. 
  • He was also a very strong leader within theatre groups he was part off and often organised mini performances around their community with them. 
  • Connor may seem friendly and nice, but don’t ever cross him or undermine his authority, he will wring your neck. 
  • He’s never seen a prettier Boy with more perfect hair than Elder Price. 
  • It broke his heart to have to ditch Elder Price in Uganda and leave with Elder Cunningham and the other Elder’s, but since he was pushing down his emotions, and trying to be a good Mormon on his Mission it’s what he choose to do. 
  • He cared more about making the other Elder’s happy, and creating a friendly community among them, than converting the Africans, thus why they literally had no baptisms. 
  • As soon as they went off-grid with their mission, he immediately got a TV and gaming system installed withing their lodging to entertain the Elders. 
  • Him and Poptarts crush at Just Dance. 
  • He literally holds a karaoke night once a month at the Missionary. 
  • He was actually very surprised (and pleased) to find out Elder Price was gay
  • Once he did come out completely, he was very open with his affections towards Kevin (which Kevin often got embarrased about) 
  • Falsettos is totally his favourite musical. He especially loves Whizzer. 

  • Always had the best imaginative writing at school. 
  • Writes a ton of Fanfiction, and reads them too. 
  • Has heaps of OC’s.
  • Bit of a loner at school too, never really had any friends. 
  • Extremely popular online though.
  • Had a huge Tumblr following on his blogs about Star Wars, LOTR etc.
  • Has heaps of Fan theories too. 
  • Totally Vlogs. 
  • Cosplays as well. Goes to all the conventions.
  • Dreams of being able to go to San Diego Comic Con
  • He has Irlens Syndrome, which is one of the reasons why he didn’t read the Book of Mormon, becuase it was actually difficult for him to read it. 
  • His father literally thinks of him as a freak due to all his obsessions and fanboying. 
  • His mother dotes on him though and adores him for the person he is. 
  • He always wants his fathers approval though, which is why he decided to go on a mission. 
  • He genuinely wants to do good in the world and make others happy, and will do anything to help others, even if he doesn’t get anything from it. 
  • He forces Kevin to Cosplay with him on Halloween. He goes as Han Solo and Kevin goes as Luke Skywalker.
  • He holds a halloween party and costume party in Uganda for all the Elders and Africans.
  • He also makes a Leia costume for Naba, which she loves, despite not really knowing too much about Star Wars. 
  • All the Elders end up loving the little quirks about Arnold in the end, and have a great deal of Respect for him, since he’s so kind hearted.
  • He’s never been happier than he was in Uganda. 
  • He still admires and loves Kevin after everything they went through. 

  • Kevin grew up in a really strict household. 
  • He’s the second oldest of all his siblings, with an older sister and three younger brothers. 
  • He always feels that he has to compete against his siblings to be seen as the best, and to do so, tried to do literally nothing wrong. 
  • His favourite sibling is his Brother Jack, who is just a year younger than him, because Jack worships and admires Kevin and he rather likes that. He also still feels super guilty for blaming him for eating that donut
  • Him and all his siblings all took piano lesson. 
  • Kevin is actually very good at piano, but not as good as his older sister, which always really bugged him because he wanted to be the best at everything. 
  • Straight A student. 
  • Literally had no time for relationships throughout school since he was too busy trying to make everyone like him, as well as being a good mormon, getting good grades, playing piano well. 
  • Didn’t realise till he was in Uganda that he was gay.
  • He never really though about relationships, or had sexual thoughts till he was in Uganda since he was always so busy.
  • He had a very meticulously planned schedule. 
  • He absolutely adores everything Disney and Pixar, loves happy endings and cries every time Mufasa dies. 
  • His favourite Movie is actually Toy Story, since he finds Woody relatable. 
  • Reads all Arnolds fanfictions. Feruses to admit that he actually enjoys them.
  • Actually loves and respects his best friend, Arnold, since he truly hasn’t ever had a true best friend before. 
  • Sings disney songs during Mckinley’s Karaoke nights. 
  • Everyone is shocked that Kevin can sing. 
  • Kevin is shocked by his own singing voice. 
  • He loves how touchy Mckinley is, but is a little embarrassed by it. 
  • Absolutely adores Mckinley for everything he is. 
  • Once he realised he was gay, was actually reasonably open about it, since he never really understood why it was bad withing mormonism anyway.
  • Takes hour long showers to make sure his hair is perfect
  • Loves dogs. Like really loves dogs


Mooooooooooooooooooooooooor Guardian!AU Worldbuilding because hell ye. I really need to begin labeling these text posts. >.> BUT that’s for later! For now lets do a bit of worldbuilding but with a focus on characters and the Equestrian Wastes (I think I’ll begin calling the war-torn Equestria this from now on for this AU):


- I know at the beginning of making this AU the pairings were meant to be romantic but like RariTwi for this AU, I’m starting to think the PinkieShy and AppleDash is also more like platonic soulmates. Paired but in a different way. I’m really diggin it for this AU so that’s probably whats gonna happen. o3o

-Twilight very rarely takes off her helmet but she will if Rarity asks her to. Because Rarity knows it hurts her, she very rarely asks her to, but sometimes when her nightmares get particularly bad she just might ask, and Twi does it every time. If anything, it’s a reminder that the hulking monster she calls her protector is still just a pony, and just as much a prisoner to Mistral as she is, and that sort of kinship, one that doesn’t have anything to do with their forced bond, is a source of comfort.

-Let’s talk about Pinkie and Shy, we rarely do for this AU! So I mentioned earlier that Pinkie is a travelling Caravan merchant; she’s actually a part of a long-time family business called the Rocky Roads Caravan company. Her family, as a caravan-based business, travels a lot, and with the parents older their daughters have taken over the whole traveling part of their business, carting goods all over Equestria. Pinkie in particular has quite the wanderlust and desire to see everything she can, she rarely ever returns to the farm aside for their holidays and family reunions. That said, she is very close to her family and while she kinda does her own solo thing now she makes sure to send a good sum of her profits to her family.

-Pinkie travels with her most trusted companion and cart-puller Gummy, who is a mutated alligator the Equestrian Wastes typically call a Deathmaw. Deathmaws are bipedal reptilian creatures that came to be thanks to magic-spliced radiation altering the alligator and crocodile. They’ve become an actual species due to them being numerous enough to breed with one another until a substantial population formed. They are generally very dangerous and can’t be domesticated, but Pinkie managed to tame Gummy when she found him as a baby and took him in. Gummy is unusually docile for his kind and despite the name he still does have all of his teeth, though one of his tusks are broken. He may be docile but he is still dangerous; anyone threatening Pinkie’s life has met a terrible and messy end. Gummy loves Pinkie and he shows his affection by giving strange throaty growls that resemble purring, and he nibbles gently at her hair and ears.

-Pinkie Pie is multilingual, and can speak several languages, which comes in handy given how often she travels. One language she knows is sign language, something of which her entire family knows because Limestone is deaf. Because Fluttershy doesn’t speak, Pinkie decided to teach her sign language so she would have a way to communicate without her using her voice, something Fluttershy is very appreciative of. Aside from sign language though, Shy communicates by humming as if singing, something Pinkie has taught herself to understand based on the inflections of Shy’s voice.

-Fluttershy unlike Rainbow and Twilight, actually enjoys having her mask off. She very rarely ever puts it on anymore, preferring to experience this large and unknown world with her own natural senses. There are times where she does put it back on though, such as when she needs to fly for long distances or enter areas that Pinkie herself can’t get to, like underwater areas, high areas, and areas with heavy radiation (all of which Shy can withstand with ease). This makes her a very valuable partner to Pinkie, and she’s able to obtain good and items she otherwise wouldn’t have access to. Shy is more than happy to help.

-Fluttershy, as a Valkyrie, typically vocalizes by singing in a wordless hum. The hum is actually tailored to lull targets into a calmer state, something that helped the survivability of the Valkyrie series since they’re the most frail in terms of armor. Fluttershy’s hum seems to be able to affect animals of all kinds in the Equestrian Wastes, including some of the more hostile creatures. It’s because of this that she’s what Pinkie calls the “Monster Whisperer”; animals, mutated or no, seem drawn to her and typically won’t react aggressively when in her presence, including a huge mutated Ursabug she named Harry, and a Jackalope she’s named Angel.

-The magic-spliced radiation that resulted from the massive bombing in Equestria has resulted in the altercation and mutation of not only sapient creatures, like ponies and griffons (who turn into “changelings” or “lurkers”), but it also brought about mutated animals and creatures that litter the EQW (equestrian wastes). Some of those animals include:

Jackalope: Rabbits with antler-like protrusions from their heads. They’re about as bit as large domestic cats and can actually be pretty dangerous to handle if they feel threatened. They will charge if they feel they must fight for their lives, and those antlers are no joke,

Deathmaw: Huge bipedal reptiles that mutated from crocodiles and alligators. They typically stay near water but are known to venture away in search of food or nesting grounds. VERY dangerous creatures, though thankfully they usually only attack if provoked.

Ursabug: Huge bear-like creatures that look like a cross between a bear and an insect. These things are highly aggressive and the nightmare of any survivor, and are generally avoided at all costs. Their pelts and stingers go for quite a pretty penny.

Chimera: A large creature that looks like it’s been created by the accidental fusion of sheep, goat, and dog. They’re actually domesticated and docile creatures, often used as pack-animals and companions.

Hydra: 3-5 headed reptile that’s mutated from the likes of a snake. These things are vicious and produce a venom that can paralyze their prey for long periods of time. Worse yet, they can spit this venon from several feet as projectile weapons; highly recommended not to engage if possible.

Orthos: a dog that has been mutated to produce 2 heads instead of one. Regular dogs still exist but the Orthos has since become its own “breed” of dog; they are characterized by, of course, the extra head, wrinkled and tough skin, and a long tuft of fur that runs from forehead to the tip of the tail. They’re hypoallergenic and live typically for longer than the average dog (about 21 years) and despite being usually big, are docile and friendly. There are some breeds of Orthos that are small, like  Chihuahua versions, but these much smaller variations are usually deformed in some way and breeding them is discouraged…. but they’re popular with families, so breeding these sickly creatures for the sake of profit continues.


Aaaaaaaaand that’s all I got for now! I’ll do more of these lore/worldbuilding posts for my AUs so you don’t have to wait for questions or art for more worldbuilding, but as always you’re more than free to ask me anything if you have any questions! c:

Let’s talk about Whitley Schnee

So! Whitley Schnee. The hated child of the fandom. Because he’s just like his dad, right? Well, what if I told you he’s not? Yes, he’s a little shit, but this stems from his fathers parenting style. Let me explain.

Jacques uses a style of parenting known as authoritarian parenting. It became well known when the idea of tiger mums came to light. The style uses punishment in order to gain obedience from a child. One way to look at it is like training a dog; when the dog does something you like you reward them through attention and praise but when the dog does something you don’t little you punish it. This punishment is focused on highly in authoritarian parenting while the reward is low. Authoritarian parents have high expectations and the child must reach them in order to gain the reward. Punishment often ranges from vocal, such as yelling and insulting, to physical, such as hitting or spanking. We see Jacques display these techniques when Weiss does not do as she’s told. She is hit and removed from the position of the heiress in hopes that she will become more obedient. However, this backfires as she was given time to learn independence from him, she no longer feels the need to live up to his expectations. We can assume that a similar thing happened with Winter as he appears to have no control over her at all.

However, there is one child he has total control over. Whitley. When first introduced he has a friendly and supportive demeanor, warning Weiss that their father may be in a bad mood indicating that she should tread lightly when talking to him. This indicates that both siblings understand their fathers parenting style and attempt to avoid the punishment involved with it. It also displays that Whitley does care for his sister’s safety as he attempts to warn her so she can avoid being harmed. However, when Jacques punished Weiss we see a change in the younger brother. He becomes hostile and angry with her. She did not head his warning while at home and provoked their father, causing him to be on edge. This response may be due to him fearing punishment if he were to display signs of supporting Weiss at all. While we do not know his exact age we do know he is younger than Weiss. The younger a child is the greater this parenting style works. They do not have a full understanding of the world and view the punishment they receive as universal. If they fail anywhere they will be punished the same. As such Whitley’s response is due to his conditioning to fear punishment.

One line stuck out to me that I feel makes this concrete. “It’s foolish not to do as Father asks”. While you could read this as a respect towards his father and him thinking anyone who doesn’t understand him is a fool, it can also be read as an expression of fear. Weiss was a fool not to obey Jacques. She disobeyed and ended up punished for it. That’s the way his world works. Their mother has very little involvement in their lives, making their father the only authority figure in the household. It would be foolish to not do as he asks because he’s in charge and he is the one who does the punishing.

Let’s talk for a moment about how authoritarian parenting affects a child’s abilities. Children from authoritarian homes often had pour social skills. They are more likely to be involved in bullying both as the bully and the victim. They struggle to make friends and express their emotions. We see this in Whitley. He’s isolated in his home. We have never seen him with anyone but his father. It is easy to assume that he has friends at school, but what is he doesn’t attend school? Jacques has lost control of both of his daughters, why would he risk sending his son to school and having him exposed to outside ideas? His cruelty towards his family and staff are due to these poorly developed social skills as he is unable to befriend them. These children are also thought to be at higher risk of disorders such as anxiety, depression, and in general low self-esteem. Many studies have been done that point towards being exposed to authoritarian parents causes higher risks of these psychiatric disorders. While we can’t say Whitley suffers from anxiety and/or depression we can assume he as low self-esteem. Why? Because his value is defined by his father. If his father views him as worthless then he is. This is why he tries so hard to remain in his father’s good graces.

These children are also more likely to tune out their parents as they get older. As such Winter and Weiss’ disobedience is due to not only exposure but also age. This also offers the opportunity that Whitely may open up and become less afraid and more independent in the future.

As such, I don’t view Whitley as an evil mini version of his father. His actions are caused out of fear, not the desire to be like his father.

silent love || bambam

Originally posted by sekai-ichi

6152 || “you fill my silences, my thoughts, and my heart.”

warnings: cavity-inducing fluff + very slight angst, mention of accident, brief mention of death [not risking it]

a/n: hi um i’m not actually a writing blog but!! i got super inspired to write this headcanon list hehe i think it’ll explain itself as it goes. a huge, huge thank you to @jungnoir for beta’ing this piece and encouraging me to post it :-D iou <3 pls go check out her lovely blog! she writes too but like tons better also!! if you’re itching to read more things, go to @seoulscapes and @vixx17andbtsimagines as well! they’re such amazing writers and honestly, these 3 lovely people inspired me to write again so do give them some love!! i hope you’ll give this piece a chance, and i hope you’ll enjoy reading!

  • backstory time!!
  • so you were born with damaged vocal cords distant crying in the bg but as you grew up, you never!! let that stop you!! so as soon as you could read and write you began talking to people that way and you learned sign language and traced letters on your family’s palms and all good things
  • and as you grew older and faced bullies and pitying looks, you just lived through it bc you are one strong independent woman okay?? okay
  • your family always wanted to send you to a special school but you argued with caps lock that your silence wouldn’t hugely affect your education + you wanted to experience the real world
  • so your story begins very typically at your first class on your first day at your second college (you transferred from your first choice after a year cause it turned out to be not-so-friendly for your ailment)
  • it was still kinda empty cause you always get there early and you see some people around but there’s this guy sitting closest to where you were standing at the door so you sit next to him,,, no harm done
  • he looks up at you questioningly and you’re already ready with your phone greeting like ‘hi im mute but i type fast’ and an enthusiastic smile
  • and he thinks its super cool so he tells you ‘nice to meet you mute, i’m bambam!’
  • yes he just pulled a dad joke on you
  • you facepalm immediately and you already get him to laugh wow!! yall end up “talking” and he jokes about how it’s like waiting for someone to reply on text
  • AND A LITERAL LIGHTBULB COMES ON ABOVE HIS HEAD AND HES LIKE ‘heyy!! give me your number so i can just text you if we’re separated or whatever ^^’
  • bambam: *mentally highfives self for being smooth*
  • and you blush just the tiniest bit cause that’s actually really smart and considerate so you give your phone to him and he puts in his contact just as the professor walks in, and you go walk up to him to give him the standard letter
  • bambam being the one to introduce you to the class obnoxiously loud and you have to smack him gently afterwards but it’s okay that was rly nice of him ehEh
  • class ends,, he walks with you out and gives u directions to your next class but he has to go even though he’d totally love to walk you cutie you just grin, give two thumbs up, and wave goodbye cutely bc yay!! you made a friend!!
  • the rest of the day goes smoothly, dotted with some awkward encounters where people read your message and they just go 'okay’ but you don’t let it bring you down
  • turns out you have two other classes with him and you’re highkey hesitant to go directly next to him bc he’s got so many other friends surrounding him but the moment he sees you he’s like 'hey!!! come here friend!!’ so woop welcome to bambam’s circle
  • you meet a jihyo and a minghao and a seokmin and a jungkook and a rosé and apparently thats just a few of them but wow they are all so beautiful how do you even fit in
  • but they welcome you with open arms and say “bambam’s told us about you!!” which makes you smile embarrassedly but they’re all really happy to meet you honestly you’re so wonderful
  • and so are they because whenever you wanna say something, you just nudge your phone to the closest person next to you so either bam or jihyo and they speak for you and its honestly adorable they are willing?? to shut up?? and wait for you to finish typing (which makes you rly shy but rly thankful)
  • you meeting got7 at lunch when he invites you and you learn that they’re all very popular so that’s why there were so many shocked looks @ you aka the random new kid and they don’t mind your company and you don’t mind meeting more new and nice people
  • hyung line being incredibly understanding and extra nice to you; shuts jackson + maknae line up so you can show what you wanna say
  • maknae line telling you all about the college and general directions and things like that and also wondering if you ever use those apps where you type something and a robotic voice talks for you (you tell them that you have but it’s so weird so you rarely use it and they find it hilarious)
  • you getting overwhelmed with meeting so many new people at once and getting embarrassed when you mix people up or forget their names but that’s okay you’re adorable ^^
  • him walking you back to your dorm since you guys have the same last class on thursdays and finding out that he’s just a building away and insisting that if you ever need anything just go to room 219
  • settling into college life with all these wonderful people wow blessed TM
  • one day he sees you using sign language with a counselor and he gets so fascinated by how fast the two of you were moving your hands like !! i gotta do that too
  • when you’re done talking he sidles up to you like pLS TEACH MEEEE so you try with letters first and show him the corresponding signs to the alphabet and you know how his hands are so nice yes just imagine him fumbling and biting his tongue trying to get it right when you quiz him
  • also imagine touching his hands to move it to the correct position and since you two aren’t super close yet you’re lowkey shaking a bit but bambam is so enthusiastic and willing to learn so you ease into the light atmosphere
  • bambam keeps signing his name and your name
  • you text him that you’d teach him american sign language only after he’d mastered the letters and he sends you a pouty selfie you send one back
  • he saves it

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Comicpalooza 2017 Recap

Just got back from Comicpalooza 2017 in Houston, TX and it was a con with a lot of ups and downs.

I am going to link to a lengthy run down of the bad.  Those higher ups with the con security were absolutely abyssmal to people dealing with mental disabilities - not believing them when they said they needed help and being outright threatening.  A high-up manager at the convention was absolutely unaccomodating, refused to believe that the incident occurred, and refused to apologize that it happened.  

HERE IS A LINK TO THIS FULL STORY  because it really does need to be heard, but I want to keep it separate from the good things that did happen.

So- Hiiiighlights!

Anyway, most of Friday was spent in the hotel room after getting in and getting the two things done that were a bit time sensitive.  

We holed up until that evening beacause one of the things I was /really/ excited to try my hand at after nearly chickening out a few times, and then not sure if I was in the mood to - was a Crossplay Drag Show - not just the costume contest but everyone doing a full on lip synch presentation.  But even after the incident, my wife really encouraged me and bolstered me - wanting to push through and watch me.  We’d been talking since I heard about the event since I read about it on Thursday before the con, and she suggested THE BEST SONG to perform to: a male vocal of “You Don’t Own Me” from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.  

I’ve never done anything like this before - I’m usually Awkward Penguin whenever I do anything in front of crowds and have been trying to build my confidence in that regards.  I usually feel very uncoordinated and awkward when it comes to choreographed movements, but this sounded - SO FUN - and fortunately, the person organizing the event, Bex - was suuuuper nice and encouraging.  

My wife got a faboo recording of my performance and I posted it here:
My Winter Soldier DRAG SHOW

And holy cow you guys… I won!  I won the “Mr. Comicpalooza” title, complete with sash for the Drag King competition.  
As it turns out, I wasn’t the only drag show newbie - a fantastic DragQueen cosplaying Black Cat and I talked for a while, bolstered each other up.  She’s also just

been dipping her toe into drag - through Halloween and parties and this was her first public foray.  And as it turned out she also ROCKED it and won Mrs. Comicpalooza .

Awesome photo is from her instagram, Bobbie. Dollie 

Saturday things were turning up.

We got to meet up with our good friend @defilerwyrm who recently moved away and spent some time with him and met some of his awesome family, meander the dealer’s room together and went to an AWESOME shadowcasting of Rocky Horror done by the After Midnight crew who was most excellent.  It has been probably 10 or 15 years since I saw a shadowcast of the show, and man it brought back good memories.  All of the company were super nice, really enthused to be performing, and man, I forgot how cathartic a bawdry, vulgur production of Rocky can be. 

“Janet” was shadowcast by this awesome woman whose costumes were Gaga inspired (and damn she looked like her too), and they had a genderbend Rocky who was a short blonde who was a delght to see pick up their Frankenfurter.  And really, everyone was high-energy and into the production :) 

And wyrm’s sister who we sat next to knew soooo many of the callbacks that I have mostly forgotten so it was great being able to hear them all so well and really get into the interactivity!  

Saturday we also got to do photos with the amazing Mike Colter and Anthony Mackie!

You could tell that Anthony Mackie is in Marvel shape right now for Infinit Wars - not only is he bringing the guns with those arms of his like usual, but man, you could count his abs through his knit henley.  But he was soooo engaging and friendly even for the SUPER FAST photo shoot.  All con photo shoots are very in and out quick - and that’s really all I was expecting, but he said hi, Welcomed us, and instead of just assuming a standard pose asked what we wanted to do.  And he grinned when he saw our cosplay and called me “Buckette” (which is awesome, still grinning about that).  I had an idea in mind and was thrilled when he was up for it:  

I had to play up the fantastic sibling-rivalry chemistry with Bucky & Falcon since my wife and I were cosplaying, so we went for this “Cap Family Photo”  - I asked to kind of do a play fight pose with me with me in a choke hold - and when he was up for it but asking for kind of his expression/motivation my wife, @shipperhipster said “Can you move your seat up?” And it was on X3  

Mike Colter… man, I have also kind of been nursing a crush on this amazing human being.  He was fantastic in Luke Cage - such a genuine character ,earnest and /good/ person - and still… unf… He has such a beautiful face with kind eyes, and, well, he is soooo toll and thicccccc..  SO I have been saying for a while I really would like to meet him and bet he gives the most amazing hugs (Spoiler: he does!)  So I was still in costume when we met him and not only did he call me gorgeous and gave a great hug, but elaborated a bit more again when we got his autograph a little later - said that the stubble make up was really good - and I made a beautiful man and wondered what I looked like underneath - my wife helpfully showed him a photo and he smiled and said in a very complimentary that I looked a bit like Tina Fey.  We chatted for a bit - he said that filming Defenders was a lot of fun, and that he’s excited for the faster plot-paced 8-ep season and that his story arc and chemistry with Danny in the series is good .  

So I was just a bit aflutter.  And so mabe I also had to go back Saturday for a second meeting out of costume.  He recognized me, said of couse he remmebered me from the day before, and got a swoon-worthy photo with him dancing/dipping me *___*  

We also briefly met Jessica Henwick - who is the actress who plays Colleen Wing in Iron Fist (and soon to be Defenders).  She was awesome!  Seemed really enthused to be there, and we talked about really loving seeing strong female characters in the MCU and Colleen is a great character - seeing her running her own dojo and kicking ass.  She personalized the autograph “Power to badass women!” So yes -  even though I wasn’t a big fan of the casting choice of Danny Rand ( though Finn Jones granted seemed very nice) Colleen was kickass!  

We also got to meet Pom Klementieff, who played Mantis in GotG2 - and seems just as sweet in real life.  This was apparently her first con and we had been in line early to see her.  She wasn’t up for special poses for photos (I had hoped to get a pose of her touching my wife’s arm and pointing at me when we were in Steve & Bucky costumes a la the Starlord/Gamora scene, but she was nice about it).  

We also went by Jon Bernthal’s table (Have I mentioned there were a ton of marvel actors at this con?  Definitely the reason we went! ) - and glad we did.  We’d seen him before at other cons but were getting something signed for a friend this time, and he was very friendly and open.  We congratulated him on getting his own headliner Punisher series and said we were excited to see it/that Punisher stole the show in Daredevil season 2 - and he said he hoped we liked it and that he was so nervous!  I was just… oh my goodness it is so endearing and refreshing when someone who plays a role like that to still get butterflies about doing a good job on a show lead and portrayal of a character.  He also runs a pit bull rescue, and that is amazing and wonderful and we expressed that to him.  

Fic: Beyond Expectation

Someone previously called klaineniffhuntbastianmalec prompted: mafia/soulmate klaine. Kurt works at the lima bean, which was just bought by the Anderson family. Kurt hates the family since they’re the local mafia. Blaine’s name is on Kurt, doesn’t matter where, and has no idea his new boss is also his soulmate.

Kurtana friendship, ~1700 words, PG-13, probably much fluffier than anything “mafia” usually is.

“I’m going to quit, I’m going to quit, I swear to God I’m going to quit.”

“What’s got your panties in a bunch this time, Hummel? Customer pay for their six dollar latte entirely in change?” Santana asked as she walked into the storage room, tying her apron around her waist.

“Oh, ha ha,” Kurt said snidely, unamused as ever by Santana’s remarks about his ‘prissiness’ - her word, not his. “No, Santana, for once it’s actually something you might consider a real grievance.”

“That bitch came back and demanded we give her a free drink for ‘loyalty’ again? I’ll-”

“The Andersons bought the Lima Bean,” Kurt interrupted before she could build up a head of steam.

“What?” Santana said, genuinely surprised for once.

“The Andersons. Bought. The Lima Bean,” Kurt repeated, enunciating each part of the sentence sharply. “We’re now officially employed by the local mafia.”

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I Didn’t Want to Come

Hamilton didn’t hate going out. Sure, he’d prefer to work, or maybe catch an hour of sleep, or even make eye contact with his family, but he wasn’t opposed to going for a drink once in a while. The problem was who he was going out with. George Washington? Great! Edmund Randolph and Henry Knox? Fine. Thomas Jefferson? Hard pass. Haaard pass.

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Things Baekhyun Said

- I joined the debuting team even though my training period was short. I felt that I was lacking and even if it was a short period I had to work hard to enter that team. I was happy because my efforts paid” 

- I wanted to become a singer since 4th grade and I would even tell my friends that I was going to become a celebrity. And when I started taking auditions, I failed for other companies and after getting into high school, I was preparing to advance into a university with a music impact but oddly enough, the opportunity came to me. The day I went to take my exams, I was pretending to be a musician in that I was holding the music notes in front of the school and relaxing my vocals when someone suddenly tapped my back. I’m not sure if I can call this a luck of thousand years, but that’s how I was fatefully casted into SM.

- I want to become an all-rounded artiste, my family is very concerned and takes good care of my health~!

- When I feel like I am lacking something, I monitor people who are good at it and learn. That is why I wasn’t shaking while thinking ‘this is scary what should I do,’ but because instead I let out a war cry, 'I will fight with this!’ while looking at the camera, I feel like I was able to overcome it faster. 

- I declared it to my parents when I was 11 years old. I told them that I didn’t think I would be able to work sitting in an office, because I’m very lively by nature and I cannot stay still in one spot. I would sing along to the songs that came out on TV and my friends would tell me that I was good, so because of that I wanted very much to try it out. Then, in the sixth year of elementary school, I saw singer Rain sunbaenim and I officially developed my dream of being a singer. I thought he was very handsome when I saw the broad stage being filled up just by his powerful presence.

-  I originally have the kind of character that is not afraid of strangers. Even if someone gives of the vibe that they do not like me, I would still be friendly towards them. And I will like anyone who has basic manners. You seem to receive love in particular when you greet your sunbaenims well.

-  I do not like tensed atmospheres. If the atmosphere seems languid, I will chatter noisily. I actually did not know what it means to be depressed when I was younger. I thought, “Is it that unpleasant feeling I get when it rains?” If someone seems down, I would talk with no purpose and make them laugh. Because if you do not extinguish the depressing thoughts quickly, your heart will keep getting heavier and then it will be difficult to overcome them in the future.

-  More than any other things, I want to be better at singing. Because I wanted to be a singer from the beginning. I want to sing so well that people who listen will go “Wow!” and be in admiration. Without too much flourish or techniques, but someone who is able to sing effortlessly and relatably [to people]. Though I do not have the opportunity of singing alone yet, I hope that I will be able to let many people listen to my songs in the future.

-  My lucky charm is this bracelet that was given to me buy a noona I really like. She’s my trainer and she gave me this bracelet during a slump I had before this (wolf) comeback. I was worried and had a lot of thoughts about singing. She gave me this bracelet to become the fearless Baekhyun I once was.

- For instance, if someone got a move wrong, I make everyone laugh by expressing that more ridiculously. It’s not like I say something funny and make the atmosphere better. (laughter)

- To be honest, i was having a really hard time when we were preparing for Exoluxion concert. But after meeting fans like this and seeing your facial expressions, all my exhaustion vanished. I felt like my efforts were paid off and that makes me happy.

- Lay hyung is often doing activities in China, the time he spend with his members is not much and he feels very sorry towards us. But there is actually nothing to feel sorry for, there is no need to apologise. 

- I don’t suffer any setbacks because of the time difference. I wake up and go about when the sun rises, and I know when the sun sets so I sleep well. The state of getting enough sleep is great. Getting sleep during our promotional activities is the most difficult. We didn’t sleep for about 2~3 days consecutively when we were shooting the music video for ‘Growl’. These days, if I have a shooting/filming early in the morning, I can’t sleep well either. My face actually swells a lot. If I don’t get good sleep, my face becomes very swollen.

- (How do you relieve stress?) I exercise until I can’t worry any more. Otherwise, I would go into the car and shout. And I would also focus on a game that doesn’t require any thinking. If I’m in the dorm, I mainly enjoy playing computer games. I’m similar to the guys my age.

-  When I first became a trainee, the hyungs said that I was pretty funny when they saw me. A trainee who had just entered the company would normally not do anything and stay quiet, but I really didn’t rest to stop talking. So then the hyungs and friends around me were curious of me. And so I think that was how we became close quickly. Truthfully, I’m not the kind to be discouraged anywhere I go.

-  There was a year of nothingness after ‘MAMA’ activities’, until the comeback of ‘Wolf’. It was during that time that I reached a slump. It was fortunate that it wasn’t the peak of our promotional activities. Because I debuted right after a relatively short trainee period, I crashed too fast. So, for a year, I strove hard to do songs and dances as though I was trainee. Even now, when I have free time, I would practice. Because we don’t have time to go to the practice room, I would sing songs in the car as we get to places. I sing to the extent of people around me telling me I am noisy. Since we are too busy preparing for our award ceremony performance right now,  I’m thinking of practicing dancing even harder, starting next year. Shim Jaewon hyung, who directs the performances, says that since I’m great at my expressiveness, he recommends to guide me step by step on how to learn the very basics of dancing.

- I drove a tractor before. Because my grandmother lives in Gangwondo Yanggu, so when I was little I went to the countryside a lot with my father. I remembered that I stepped on the pedal before when I was on the tractor, I had my safety belt buckled.

-  For me music is something that stays by my side always,
when I am having a hard time, when I am tired,
when I am lonely, when I am sad,
when I am joyous, when I am happy.

-  It’s so simple, but also so difficult. I want all people of the world to be happy, unconditionally.

- (What kind of singer do you wish to be?) A singer that communicates a message. Vocalisation is important, making pretty sound is important, but most of all, when you sing there must be a story you want to tell. Even if the notes sometime go shaky, I want to put meaning into my singing. Rather than thinking “I’ll bend this note here and use this technique here”, I try to sing with the goal of moving people’s hearts, even just one.

- I relieve stress by always smiling!^^ I try to smile even when I’m angry, when things are hard. And I smile so others can see & get energy from me, because I’m LIGHT!

Prince! Joshua

Hey everyone! So I’m just so in love with Joshua. Idk. I love all the Vocal Unit…Lowkey 3/5 are my bias breakers. I’m thinking about posting my bias list later tonight…it changes everyday lol. This felt weird writing because it’s so natural for me to call Joshua Jisoo. Anyway, I don’t know if I really have any inspirations for this, maybe the people at my Catholic school who are all CHARITY HELPING PEOPLE BEING NICE DONATING FOOD RAISING MONEY YES!!!! But idk. Either way, enjoy!

-Admin Leia

Prince! Jeonghan: Here

Prince! Seungkwan: Here

  • Prince! Joshua would be the type of prince who didn’t like looking different from a regular teenage/young adult boy. He wouldn’t want to wear tuxes or be treated as a master or have a private education. (Of course, he would go to a hella nice school because he’s a prince duh)
  • Joshua’s biggest priority wouldn’t be the country, it would be the people in the country.
  • “Father, what is a country without it’s people? Its just land. People are the heart and soul of this country and we should cherish their opinions.”
  • Joshua would know everyone in the castles names and just talk with them until his guards pull him away because he has work to do and can’t be friendly all day long.
  • Charity, charity, and more charity. All kinds of charity. Kids, animals,  orphanages, elders, homeless shelters, cancer patients, emergency help services, awareness programs, E V E R Y T H I N G!
  • He would clean up well for events (Slicked back hair with some gel and tux), but he would be more of a t-shirt and jeans kind of guy (expensive clothing is a hassle for charity work)
  • Joshua would always help out anyone around the castle who needed it and everyone would be like “Your highness, we can do it, it’s fine” but he would refuse to not be allowed to help.
  • Joshua would play instruments (lol mainly guitar) and sing to the older people and kids and raise money through concerts and donate to charity and he would always get so flustered when he was done and be thanking everyone and talking to everyone about his performance.
  • Flustered Joshua when anyone compliments him sincerely (but it’s Joshua so it’s always sincere and constantly happening).
  • Prince Joshua who would hold the kids and read to them and sing them to sleep and look so beautiful doing it.
  • Prince Joshua visiting an old folks home and singing to them and noticing the really cute nurse wheeling an old man in and almost messing up but he plays it off and catches himself.
  • Nurse you trying not to freak out because the prince is even more handsome in person.
  • After his performance, Joshua getting especially red when you compliment him followed by a stuttering thank you and a giggle that makes Joshua like you anymore.
  • Joshua sitting with all the old women who love him and the sweet old ladies noticing Joshua’s glances at you and then start to talk sweetly about you.
  • “Such a sweet and pretty young one. She’s (He’s/They’re) always helping out down at the local orphanage on her days off. Bakes for them. And us, but I think she makes sweeter cookies for the kids.”
  • “I wasn’t…”
  • “Oh shush, young man. She’s a pretty girl (boy). Anyone would notice her.”
  • Joshua listening to all the compliments the old women give you and only liking you more.
  • You of course seeing Joshua interact with all the elders and liking him even more.
  • Joshua catching your eye when you’re staring at him and smiling. This thus leads to you going bright red and hiding in the kitchen and random patients rooms throughout the day, much to Joshua’s disappointment.
  • On your day off, you being surprised to see the prince sitting with all the girls and boys at the orphanage all surrounding him and his guitar.
  • You two spending all day together with the children, him not even seeming to blink twice when your hands brush or when you bump into each other but you going red every time (it’s okay he finds it REALLY cute)
  • When you start to hand out your bazillion cookies you baked that morning and the former night, you insisting Joshua have a chocolate chip one because it’s your grandmother’s recipe that “makes even Scrooge smile with delight”
  • He loves it and wants you to send the royal cooks the recipe because he swears its the best cookie he has ever had in his life (and of course they only taste the best when you make them).
  • All the kids hugging Joshua and trying to keep him from leaving because they love him so much.
  • Him somehow mustering to ask you on a date before leaving to the castle that night. You getting flushed and stuttering a yes which leaves a bright smile on his face.
  • Making cookies and food with Joshua and teaching him how to cook. (his princely hands have never been too good for making food)
  • Him sprinkling powder on you and it turns into a food fight.
  • Food fight ending with Joshua pinning you against the counter while laughing and you two make eye contact and he kisses you.
  • Sweet and simple peck, just like Joshua himself.
  • You two dating and having lots of cute dates whether you’re working at a charity, or at an event together, or cuddling on the couch together.
  • The royal family loves you to pieces. And who doesn’t love the sweet girl who compliments the sweet prince perfectly?
Reasons why Sweeran is real.

We all know Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Love them or hate them, you know who they are and that they are close friends. How close is the thing in question.

Ed and Taylor became friends before Taylor released her Red album (so they became friends circa summer 2012). They have seem to hit it off from this point and are near inseparable. From making their duet for Taylor’s album to what had become known as “The Sweeran Selfie”, Some Swifties and Sheerios wonder—Are they more than great friends?

Here is a masterpost that I have created to take into account when you make your assumption.

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Everyone’s favourite webseries about chromatically themed teenagers fighting monsters and gangsters and Weiss is about to return for its second outing of twelve episodes, and as such we the community are all high on the hippest drug the kids are taking these days that goes by the name of “hype”.

We’ve all also probably rewatched Volume One a half-hundred times, and certainly have our favourite moments, characters, weapons, ships et cetera. While simultaneously offering a bit of a retrospective on it all, I thought I’d put together a list of high points in the form of awards! With as much credibility and worth as an Emmy these days (I mean c'mon Emmy guys, did Tatiana Maslany kick your puppies or what?! I do appreciate the Fargo love, tho), but still, why not.

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Pietrangelo could be next to wear ‘C’

A month ago, Alex Pietrangelo took time out of his wedding preparations in hope of salvaging another dear partnership. He spent several days lobbying Blues captain David Backes to remain in St. Louis.

Pietrangelo and his wife Jayne had become extremely close with David and Kelly Backes, spending countless hours off the ice together. Backes was even in Pietrangelo’s wedding party on July 2. Pietrangelo was still in bed the morning after his rehearsal dinner when Backes called him with the news that he was headed to the Bruins.

“When those words came out of his mouth I knew it wasn’t going to be what I wanted to hear,” Pietrangelo said. “We kind of understood the situation. As much as I wanted him back, life goes on.” 

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anonymous asked:

why do you think mabel'll get lost?

Mabel’s not the only one I’m worried about. I mention in this post reasons why along with Grunkle Stan and Author Stan, but to put it simply I think something, not really sure what, but something is going to happen to Mabel because of how loved she is by others. From a storytelling perspective, it just makes sense.

  • Mabel’s been forming friendships with people all summer, and as a result they are driven to do things for her. Take Land Before Swine for example; Dipper, Stan, and Soos all go after the giant pterodactyl to save Waddles, only because Waddles matters to Mabel (“For Mabel, guys!”). If the journal were taken instead of Waddles, I don’t think people would be as quick to jump to Dipper’s aide. Like maybe his family would? After some mocking from Stan? But anyone else probably wouldn’t because he’s not as friendly as she is. I think Mabel is also seen as the Pines family sweetheart; people have a hard time telling her no, especially Stan and Dipper.
  • Because Mabel’s been forming friendships all summer, she’s been able to help and better some people. She saw the potential good in Robbie, and helped him find happiness through love with Tambry. Before Dipper, she saw the potential good in Pacifica, saved her from the golf course, and shared a taco with her, pretty much kick-starting Paz’s character development from antagonist to misunderstood protagonist. She helped Mermando find his way home. She freed Several Timez from their awful manager. Think about all the characters that would be brave and come to Mabel’s aide if she were in danger. A lot man; way more than any of the other characters.
  • I also believe Mabel is going to play a part in repairing the broken trust between Grunkle Stan and Dipper. Mabel is their common ground. Like I said before, they love her so much they have a hard time telling her no, and they’re driven to risk their lives for her, sometimes doing some seriously brave stuff (Stan punched a pterodactyl in the face, Dipper leaped off a cliff with nothing, not even the grappling hook, to save her, etc.). If anything were to bring them back together (along with Dipper realizing he’d lied to Stan similar to how Stan lied to him) its Mabel. And in a case like this, I think its going to take more than Mabel just being the vocal mediator; seeing Stan’s genuine concern for Mabel if she were in trouble would give Dipper another glimpse of Stan’s more loving side and help him forgive Stan for lying. Because if there’s one thing Stan’s honest about, its loving his family.
  • Mabel’s also really important to Dipper. Honestly I’ve lost track of the number of times he’s declared he’s doing something because of her. The thing about Dipper is, he certainly does things for himself, but when those things like mystery solving have bad consequences for himself, it doesn’t faze him the way it does when those things have bad consequences for other people he cares about. When he thought Wendy had died because of him he literally cried. He didn’t even cry after he was possessed. Dipper keeps getting warned that he’s in too deep solving mysteries and he’s gonna regret it, but he acts like he doesn’t even care because he thinks he’s the one that’s gonna get hurt, and that’s why I don’t think he is. Because he wouldn’t regret getting hurt the way he’d regret someone else close to him getting hurt. We’ve already seen him react to something happening to Wendy. I feel like that was a warning, and the next step up might be Mabel. Right from the start of s2, after Dipper messes up with the zombies, his going to be last words are “Mabel, I’m sorry!” Like he’s upset that he messed up and is gonna die, but he’s more upset that his sister has to suffer for it.
  • Gideon is still out there, is still obsessed with Mabel, and still wants revenge on the Pines family. He could get revenge by taking her, or he could be persuaded into setting his anger temporarily aside to help save her if she were in trouble.
  • I think Mabel might be Bill’s biggest threat because of how unpredictable she is, and how she strives to keep her family together, which seems like the opposite of what Bill wants. I think her pose outside the portal parallels Bill’s pose in the center of his symbol wheel, making her like the counter-force to him, if that makes sense.
  • The episode isn’t out yet, but there’s clearly parallels between Stanley/Mabel Stanford/Dipper and Stanley/Dipper Stanford/Mabel. The latter has parallels that are less obvious and (imo) are more interesting. If those parallels are leading up to something happening to one of the Pines twins the way something happened to one of the Stan twins, Mabel is the least expected and would therefore create the most shock factor. The more I think about it, the more I don’t think it’d be out of the realm for something bad to happen to one of the kids, as long as it wasn’t played off in a totally gruesome, horrifying manner. And if they died, they’d have to come back, but I’m not really talking about death necessarily.
  • To the anon the other day that said it would be too rough for kids if the Pines twins did some kind of multi-dimensional travel: this game and this picture from the unaired pilot exist, so no now that I’ve thought about it again I don’t actually think it would be too much as long as it wasn’t really scary.
  • Something majorly bad hasn’t happened to Mabel yet. Stan had his mind invaded by Bill, and Dipper was possessed by Bill, but Mabel’s been okay. In a lot of cases she’s the outlier, and that makes me pretty worried for her.
  • The rest of the season’s theme is about growing up. Losing Mabel, if not by death than through being physically removed from the others, would certainly be a loss of innocence happening.

tbh nothing might happen to Mabel and I just might be paranoid or w/e, but I can’t help but worry that she’s one of the biggest possible candidates for disaster to happen to in the future.

Fic: Destiny

Caroline thehouseofthebrave sent me the WORLD’S LONGEST PROMPT:  So the Gorgons are often traditionally thought of as hideous, but Ovid and many later people (plus a couple even BC) described them as beautiful and terrifying. Some stories go that when Perseus beheaded Medusa, a giant sprang from her body. We all know how legends get twisted over the years, so in actuality, it wasn’t a giant, but Medusa did have a child, as fair as she and her sisters.  In recompense for Perseus killing Medusa, her child vowed revenge on him and his family, as well as any demi-god. There were often whispers of a beautiful monster seducing and slaughtering men (and women, sometimes), but no one ever suspected until the offspring of Medusa and Poseidon whispered it to them before slaughtering them. Skip thousands of years in the future, we come to the youngest descendant of that ancient King and Hero, Blaine, and the (grandson? son? great x a billion grandson?)  of Medusa, Kurt, who has been instructed to enact their family’s revenge upon Blaine. You can see where I’m going here. Kurt seduces and woos Blaine, Blaine falls in love, so does Kurt, Kurt tells him the truth, yadda yadda yadda. I’d say it’s up to you if Kurt’s family attacks Blaine or Kurt tries to go through with it but can’t or whatever, but it’s you so I know it’s gonna end fluffy ;)

Some dialogue shamelessly taken from canon, ~2475 words, PG-13ish?

The beautiful woman stood over what had recently been her mother, caught between grief like drowning and a rage that rivaled the eruption at Pompeii. She couldn’t decide whether to fall to her knees and weep or find a spear, a sword, something, and go after the monster who’d destroyed her mother, flaying her skin until the once-flawless expanse became unrecognizable, transforming beauty to so much meat for the beasts.

Eventually, the rage won.

“I will have my revenge, Perseus,” she said, voice husky. “As you have ruined my family, so shall I attack yours - and my children after me, and their children after them. At least one of your line will fall every generation, and it will always be the loveliest, as an echo of the lost loveliness of my own mother. This vow I swear by Zeus himself. This message I entreat Hermes to deliver, that Perseus may know he has brought this pain upon himself.”

A thunderclap resounded as she finished speaking, informing her that the gods had acknowledged her will.

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2016 is being rough for many people, so I thought I’d share a feel-good story with you, guys. :3

It’s the finale of my real life adventure with rescuing newborn kittens.

A TLDR version of the linked post (it has newborn kitty photos):

A neighbor turned out to be extremely irresponsible, having left a pregnant cat home alone while he was gone for weeks. The cat was in the care of an elderly lady who had no idea the cat was pregnant. Kittens were born late one night and we heard them through the wall, we found the old lady, went into the flat and found a very confused mom cat and four crying hungry newborns, two of them left abandoned in unlikely places. The old lady didn’t know what to do. Major repairs were to be done in the neighbor’s flat while he was away. So the cat and kittens stayed with us for a while. Eventually the guy came back, but had to leave again, but he gave me the keys to his place, so I kept visiting the kittens everyday to make sure everything was ok.

Read more for kitten photos and a happy ending.

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Passing the Torch ~A Joshifer One-Shot~

A/N: Hello everyone! This is rather random, I know; motivation seems to strike at the strangest times. But I was just chilling around, tumbling away, when a rather interesting prompt popped up in my inbox.

And deciding I needed to stretch my writing wings again, and that it was also fitting for the holiday, I gave it a shot!

…Literally gave it a shot; a drabble quickly got out of control and spiraled into a one-shot lol! I have a bad habit of doing that it seems…

But low and behold, here’s a little fic for Mother’s Day! I apologize for any errors, as I’m just launching this one into the blue with no regrets, but I do hope you all enjoy it <3

Passing the Torch

Though my arm doesn’t feel as empty as my heart does, it’s an oddity to be strolling down the red carpet without Josh by my side. I’m so used to having my rock to laugh with, so used to having my handsome hick to ease my nerves, so used to having my anchor as support.

And these days, it’s not just mental support anymore; waddling down the red carpet with an eight and a half month pregnant belly isn’t exactly the easiest feat to pull off alone.

I sigh, resting my hands gingerly on my stomach as my heart reaches out hundreds of miles.

Josh is currently halfway across the country putting the finishing touches on a movie. He’s plenty aware that my baby clock is ticking down, my body growing closer and closer to delivering, but there’s nothing he can do about it.

He’s postponed shooting too many times just to be with me and our unborn child. He’s argued with the director too many times just to ensure he can spend a couple extra days with me. He’s missed too many days of filming just to offer me support and comfort.

He’s turned “three strikes you’re out” into about five or six, so this time around, there was no room for excuses. Despite impeding birth looming over my head, I nudged Josh back to his job. I didn’t want to see the director rip him a new one simply because of me. I didn’t want Josh to get punished simply because he was trying to offer aid to his growing family.

So I sent him off, and assured him that I would make it a few days.

It’s been hard to keep to that promise.

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