on a shallow note

Pugs are not cute

Pugs are not cute.
Pugs are malformed, inbred, sick animals that should never have existed.

(Above: pug and wolf skulls. Note the shallow eye sockets, crowded, protruding teeth, and short snout in the pug.)

  • Dogs pant to cool themselves. As pugs have practically no snouts, they have trouble cooling their bodies and they can suffer from organ failure as a result.
  • Pugs are often unable to breathe properly due to their short snouts and compact breathing passages. This inhibits their ability to do things that dogs like best - running, chasing things, playing.
  • Pugs suffer from a mangled jaw from which their teeth grow in all directions.
  • Because of the distorted shape of their skulls, their eyes commonly pop out of their heads. 60% of prolapsed eyes become blind. Eyes put back in the skull are prone to infection and the dog may need treatment for the rest of their life.
  • Their eyes are also prone to swelling painfully, becoming scratched, and being irritated by their eyelashes.
  • When excited, pugs are prone to getting fluid stuck in their throats, making them choke or gasp for breath. This is given the cutesy nick name “reverse sneezing”. [video]
  • As it can be difficult for pugs to exercise, they are prone to obesity.
  • Some pugs are born with their nostrils pinched almost shut, making it impossible for them to live without an operation.
  • The wrinkles on their faces will become infected without constant, careful cleaning by their caretaker.
  • About 64% of pugs suffer from hip dysplasia (malformed hip sockets) which causes crippling lameness and painful arthritis.
  • Pugs have a genetic weakness to demodectic mange (a pretty nasty skin condition caused by mites).
  • Their curled tail makes them susceptible to hemivertibrae - misshapen backbones which cause spine bending and instability, neurological disorders, back leg paralysis, incontinence, and pain.
  • Pugs are so inbred that a study of ten thousand pugs in the UK had the genetic makeup of only 50 individuals. Inbreeding means that defective genes are more likely to be expressed and passed on to offspring.
  • Necrotizing meningoencephalitis (brain swelling) is common among pugs. Dogs with this condition usually die within a few weeks. 

I am so sick of seeing pugs being celebrated.
Their small, squashed skulls, facial wrinkles, curled tails, and protruding eyes are actually valued when these characteristics are a cruelty in themselves.

Pugs are charming, sweet, funny little souls and they don’t deserve the bodies humanity has designed for them.

Stop celebrating pugs.
Stop buying pugs.

I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge and it was glorious! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard in a cinema! And I loved how Jack was all, “Eww, you’re the spawn of those two idiots?” when he met Henry yet the whole time, he protected Henry with all he had!

Originally posted by kissmyglitter

On a very shallow note, Henry was soooooo pretty. The prettiest person in the whole movie XP

Originally posted by animations-daily

Haise’s Birthday Poem begins with the lines [x]:

“Someone said this:
“Even if you have no memories of being loved, for as long as you have memories of loving someone, you can continue to live.”

…But how is someone who has never been loved be capable of loving someone else?

A child who wasn’t able to receive the minimal love they required at the time they needed it the most will continue to gaze at the illusion of affection and never know how to love until the day they die.

Well, how about me? Can I continue to live?”

Furuta grew up without love, surrounded by the products of Tsuneyoshi’s fucked up harem. The only person who seems to have shown any affection at all for him, as seen in the flashback in this chapter, is Rize. Rize who cared if he died when she ate him. Rize who played with him. Rize, whose fate he was fully aware of. Who he saved, because at some point, or maybe deep down still, he understood that that fate is wrong. She was the only thing he had, and he let her go, for her sake.

In this explanation to Kaneki, he mentions explicitly that as a child, he had these childish ideas of love and marriage in the future for them. Things he gave up for her safety from the men of the main Washuu house.

Even when he’s being crude and creepy, talking about Rize having all of those children for him, he references 101 Dalmatians. A Disney movie. And one with some of the healthiest romances, both between the dogs and the humans.

Even now, he’s looking at a Disney movie where two dogs snuggle each other. Where these two dogs have 15 puppies who they risk their lives to save. And who adopt 84 other puppies who would otherwise be dead. When you think about him as someone who grew up surrounded by who knows how many half-siblings, in the Garden like he did - this is basically him saying he wants a Disney Romance.

Which is not to say that the way he’s speaking isn’t terrible. That the tropes he’s using aren’t horrible and misogynistic. They are. Furuta, as he always has, is falling back on farce and drama, on systems of power that he himself as already explicitly told you he condemns. Furuta switches between honest and lying, between truth and exaggeration, between real emotion and fake dramatic flare over and over.

He speaks in this weird mix between a cynical jaded, crude adult, and a desperate, sad, idealistic, stubborn child. Like with his big speech to Eto about V in 66, I think this chapter he is mixing truth and fiction. Sometimes strategically, sometimes just because.

@linkspooky​ pointed out to me that it almost seems that the more honest he’s being, the less of his face is shown. Times when he’s really approaching sincerity and seriousness, he’s shown from the side.

Where as most of the time, he’s hidden under his flare and his masks and his drama.

Furuta, for all his fake emotion, is clearly uncomfortable with the real thing. Uncomfortable when people make him feel things and uncomfortable expressing emotion. Uncomfortable and unskilled and really parsing it.

Instead, he falls back on theatre and performance and lies.

When he says he couldn’t bare the thought of her having a kid after being free for so long… was he talking (just) about jealousy, or was he talking about the fact that the CCG, and thus V, was gaining on her - had almost captured her in the 6th ward and gotten Shachi in the struggle, and was well on their way to tracking her down again? Was he talking about not wanting her to be free, or about after all that time, still not being able to accept the idea of her being recaptured by V and used by the Washuu men like that.

He used her too, of course - and brutally. I think he was mad at her not only for wasting the freedom he helped her win, for almost getting caught again - but also because he still cares. And he doesn’t want to still care about her. So he punished her for his own feelings. Furuta is… not a fan of his own feelings. And he’s childish.

Its not an excuse for what he did to her, but I do think he acted when he did, if not the way he did, because if he hadn’t, there was a very real chance she’d have returned to her old fate. And that, he could not abide. Even now.

What he did, to Rize, in taking her power and undergoing that surgery himself, in killing off all the Washuu, taking leadership of the CCG - he gives multiple reasons for it even in this one conversation with Kaneki. On the one hand, in his proposal to Kaneki, he sets up a clear role for himself - as a villain to unite ghouls and humans against (Kaneki’s team, rather than the CCG and Clowns in this case) and introduces it as a big production, culminating in his own, rather than Kaneki’s death - ever suicidal as he is.

But explicitly, he also claims that people don’t need reasons for what they do. He also claims that he is doing what he wants to do, and that he is doing what he wanted to do as a child.

I think all of these have a grain of truth to them. He talks in such a way that mixes narratives, mixes truth and fiction, and sometimes just because its easier to talk with (half)fake emotion than real ones.

I think that Furuta, the nearly 6 year old child wants to destroy the toxic terrible “family” that used and abused him, and create in its place a 101 Dalmations style family, with him and Rize as Pongo and Perdita. A big loving, new Washuu family. This part of Furuta doesn’t care about ghouls or humans or Kaneki Ken or Eto Yoshimura or any of that at all.

But Furuta is also an adult, and became one probably much too quickly, if he knew what awaited Rize and helped her escape because if it. And the Adult Furuta knows he can’t have any of that. That Rize forgot about him and doesn’t love him back and that he burned that bridge by dropping those beams. His children with her are going to be via Kanou. Anything new will be born from death and fire and war. Adult Furuta has plans. Adult Furuta wants.…something… out of all of this. Some grand finale.

Part of Furuta is still that child - still wants Rize to come back to him and love him and play with him (and maybe kill him). Wants a big happy Disney ending for them. But he also knows he can never really have that. He’s known that he could never have that, because of how he was born. That’s the irony of that line, about the life he has and how he might as well. Because he was born to NEVER get what he wanted, ever. (And yet - and yet he fights back - viciously and endlessly and savagely, despite being born only to serve.) Because he has grown up now, and he’s done terrible things, and he knows that that happiness is impossible. But he’s also 6 years old and desperate and lonely.

I personally have thought for a long time that Rize is being set up as the one who will kill Furuta. I just hope (though I don’t necessarily expect) that they will get a chance to talk before it happens, or when he’s dying, or something. A chance for him to thank her for finally killing him, after all this time. A chance for him to say sorry, or not to - to say he’s glad he did it if it ended there, with him dying in her arms.

I still don’t think Furuta thinks any way about women, in general, though I understand why people see this pattern. It’s certainly a power structure highlighted by his character, either way. I think he probably has a good deal of the background misogyny of the culture and of the Washuu clan in his upbringing, but he also has a deep seeded hatred for everything about that upbringing. His understanding of things is so twisted and bent around this terrible place he was raised in, and the world he was forced to live in, that its honestly a miracle he’s still fighting for something different.

But Furuta sees every structure as a farce, as a mask, as a tool, rather than a truth. And he plays with these tropes of misogyny and discards them just as quickly. He’s making himself out to be a villain, to be crude, to be cruel. And it’s no excuse for his actions - for the very real fate Rize suffered at his hands. But he deals with Matsumae as a failed knight and a hypocrite, not as a woman. He plays with misogyny and its masks and its power system when he’s mock-flirting with Eto, but the next second he throws it away. He has no regard for masculinity or its virtues. Its a game to him. And that is a nasty and dangerous way to look at a very serious thing. Which is a great metaphor for Furuta who sees farce in everything. And is setting up a grand theater with all of Tokyo as its stage, possibly to write his own death into the final act.

“When I unveil this, won’t you come play with me?” He knows what Kaneki wants. He knows who Kaneki will save. He knows who Kaneki will kill. He still wants to die, and he seems to like the idea of dying to make things better, in a sense. And still, he’s speaking like a child. Come play, Kaneki. 

“Doesn’t it make you want to die?
If you die, you can get cured you know. (This is true.)



So if you were planning on giving me something.
In this year, I want four times more of that love or hate.



PS: (Laugh, it’s fun!)” [x]

A note about those that only love you on the shallow end: There will be some that only want to know you in the moment; when you look your best, when you feel your best, or when you can best meet their momentary needs. And it can be tempting at times, to seek comfort and satisfaction in their attention and affection but please know this:

Your heart is attached to something far beyond the shallow end…out in the deep, beyond the boundaries of the comfortable, casual place where far too many people have settled, because they don’t want to commit to anything beyond the shore. But please remember, you were made for more. Please remember God has been calling you deeper from the start, for He has set Eternity in the human heart. He has created your heart, like a water well, filled with life, and everything you do flows from it.

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. - Proverbs 4:23
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Remember this when it seems like they only love you in passing, or they get what they want and leave. Not everyone will be ready for depth. Not everyone will willing to catch more than a glimpse of what God is doing in your heart. But you will be okay. Because when you know Jesus, you know that there is more to you, and there is more to come. When you know that Eternity awaits you, you know your life is not controlled by what happens on the shore, because you are constantly being drawn deeper into His grace and truth, further than you’ve ever gone before.

This is what God is doing in your water well of a heart, so protect it. Guard it. Keep watch of those that only want to come in and out. Pay attention to who stays, and is willing to go deeper. And not just because of you, but because they are exploring the glorious depth that God has placed in them, too.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

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➵ characters: g-dragon x reader
➵ genre: smut
➵ wc: 5140
➵ summary: jiyong shows up with a new hair colour and you’re happy. really happy.
➵ author’s note:this came purely from the weakness i felt when jiyong coloured his hair black after the fxxk it promotions. something about it every time he does has me putty. and this is my first post after at least four months. wow i’m really terrible, if you guys hate me now i don’t blame. but i hope this makes you hate me less. enjoy!
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JiJi: You’re not at the studio anymore. Where did you go?

You: YG called me in to his office.

JiJi: Is everything okay?

You: Yeah, everything’s fine. Give me a couple more minutes.

From behind you, the door to Hyunsuk’s office creaked open as he entered the room once more after having taken an important call. You scurried to return your phone in your bag just beneath you, watching the man go around his large desk and settle in his seat.

“Sorry about that. So,” he sighed. “Will you be able to just keep Chaerin company on her US tour? You know, just so that she has someone there with her that she trusts.”

“Of course. She’ll be safe with me,” you smiled enthusiastically.

“Great. We’re still deciding on dates, but it’ll be within the next two or three months. We’ll keep you posted.”

You smiled again, nodding respectfully. As Hyunsuk rose from his seat, you quickly followed suit. You said your farewell, ensuring him once more that Chaerin is in secure hands.

“Oh, by any chance, are you going to see Jiyong?”

“Um,” you chuckled nervously, “yes, I believe so.”

“Do tell him he still owes me a dinner for losing that bet… he’ll know what I’m talking about.”

“Yes… sir, I will.”

With one last polite goodbye, you left Hyunsuk be in his office and back to his work. The journey from the grand office back to the floor where most studios were did not take that long, taking just a minute or two to arrive at your destination. You had expected Jiyong to already be there, either waiting for you or deep into his work, but the studio was just as you had left it, empty.

You plonked your bag on the spacious leather in the corner of the room, sitting beside it, allowing one leg to cross over the other. A long sigh was exuded before you let your head fall back onto the sofa’s top, closing your eyes, relishing in the silence. However, it was short lived, as you heard the glass door you had closed reopen, hearing a familiar voice.

“Hmph, that didn’t take long,” Jiyong commented.

“It wasn’t supposed to,” your eyes remained closed. “And YG said something about a bet?” Your head was lifted so you sat up straight, and even though your eyes were now open they still faced downwards to your lap. “That you still owe him dinner?”

“Ha, he’s still going on about that?” he chuckled. “Soon.”

“He called me to ask to go on tour with Chaerin,” your head snapped up. “You know, just to— “

Your facial expression which was once aloof and calm was now very much alert, with surprise becoming the new emotion, and it rendered you speechless.

Jiyong waited for you to complete your sentence, but when you didn’t he scrunched his eyebrows in confusion. “Just to what?”

“You coloured your hair?”

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I can feel it. The switch era will finally be THE TIME

The time of all times. The time we all have been waiting for.
The return of the king.
To reclaim former glory.
To reclaim justice as the IP it deserves to be! 

We will leave behind the lost age of nothingness.
The Dark Dawn will come to an end. 
So we can once again bathe in the almighty glory of the

 

The Sedative with A Seducing Side-Affect

Request: “Hello bean! Can I request a Kylo thing where reader is a First Order medic? Maybe Kylo is injured during one of his missions and she has to visit his private living quarters to patch him up. Bonus points if she tries to remain professional with a sedated, out of his mind shirtless Commander Ren flirting with her.”

Pairing: Kylo Ren x Reader

Word Count: 1.8k

Warnings: mentions of needles and blood

“Why does it have to be me?” You whined for the third time. Your supervisor only continued to push you out the door, his forehead permanently wrinkled from receiving all your complaints.

“Because,” he huffed as you finally made it to the exit of the med bay, “you’re the only one who isn’t afraid of him.”

“But Kirylla does his checks ups, doesn’t she?” You couldn’t help but be insistent on not being the one to tend to the Commander. The last time you had, it had ended with you accidentally giving him the wrong medication in your flustered state. Having been his usual doctor for an entire year, you decided to hand over the task to a younger nurse who needed more training.

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On a very shallow note, out of all the male Shadowhunters actors, I like Matt’s body type best. He isn’t as muscle-y as Alberto or Harry, which I love - and! He actually has hips! Nice, nice hips. Mile-long legs, hips, narrower waist, broad shoulders… But those hips do things to me! You could see them best in When the Game Stands Tall, when he was in his football dress. Gosh, he has envy-worthy legs and a really cute butt *happy sigh*

anonymous asked:

Andreil swimming ?? Andreil going for a run ?? Neil having to play backliner again for some reason I am currently unable to think about ???

Neil floated below the surface, letting a stream of bubbles dribble out of his mouth as he looked through the blurry water.

Somewhere in front of him he saw a splash as someone else entered the water. Waving his hands a little, he pushed himself to the surface in time to see Matt bob to the surface and wave to Dan to join him.

Since the Foxes had finally proven their metal in their battle against the Ravens, they were given a slight bump in their travel expenses for occasions like this when they would have been driving through the night and sleeping sore on a bus. The hotel wasn’t anywhere near five star, but it had a pool and that was enough for the Foxes.

Neil had been the first to jump in. The air was warm and he hadn’t felt refreshed by the quick shower after the game and the promise of cool water was very inviting. Or, that was his excuse if anyone asked. If he was being honest, he’d stayed in many hotels and motels with his mother while on the run, and had always wished he could use the pool but they never dared leave their room. Forbidden fruit always tasted the sweetest, even when it’s as simple as an over chlorinated pool.

Renee and Allison were soaking in the hot tub near by, Allison saying that a jacuzzi soak was the only way to recover sore muscles. Dan quickly followed Matt off the diving board, splashing him as she entered. Aaron was reading on a chair beside Wymack, Abby was calling out for no one to run on the slippery tile, and Kevin was of course getting in laps, fuming that the extra travel time meant they wouldn’t get in a morning practice.

Neil was wondering where Andrew had gone to until he felt a finger touch the top of his head and begin pushing him under. He waited to sink up to his nose before turning to see Andrew behind him, still wearing his arm bands. Part of Neil wanted to point out the hypocrisy of Andrew calling him an idiot for considering wearing a shirt to the pool to cover his scars, but he never actually would. He considered Andrew’s scars just as much battle scars as his own, but doubted Andrew felt the same.

He settled for “You better not let one of your knives fall into the pool.”

“They’re Renee’s knives, she can find it if she wants it.” He was clearly doing his best to maintain a bored and unaffected look while also treading water on the edge of the shallow end. Neil would have noted that too, had he not been trying to do the same. People like Matt and Kevin never seemed to fully appreciate their ability to touch the bottom of the average community pool and it was horribly unfair.

Neil swam to the side to hold on and relax a little.

“Not going to go under?”

“Your brain cells die when you hold your breath. Unlike you I use mine.” He put his arms on the side of the pool, watching Neil.

Neil opened his mouth to quip back but was forced under by arms from behind him, shoving him under and holding him there. Panic kicked in and visions of his fathers men overcame him as he began thrashing, elbowing the offender in the stomach before a fist grabbed him and dragged him back up.

The smell of alcohol hit Neil as he gasped in a breath and a slurred voice behind him was saying something about thinking an Exy player would have stronger shoulders to carry him. Matt was dragging the guy away while Kevin shoved off another drunk fan who was saying something about playing chicken with /the/ Palmetto Foxes.

Once he got enough air in his lungs he turned back to Andrew who was still gripping his forearm. Neil let him, not wanting to pull away from Andrew, who was giving as much a glare as he could at the drunk fans.

“Why is it always you that’s a magnet for problems?” His grip relaxed but his hand didn’t move from Neil’s arm.

“My guess is the scars. People think I’m tough.”

“Imagine being so fatally misinformed.” His other hand seemed to shake slightly, and Neil thought about the last time he and Andrew were in a motel. It had been a better ending than he had hoped for, but for Andrew it was hours of not knowing what was happening to Neil, only to see him return a shattered mess. For someone with as vivid a memory as Andrew, who couldn’t hear “please” without reliving his own trauma, it couldn’t be easy to be somewhere so similar.

“Lets go to the hot tub, I’m getting cold.” He made his way to the ladder, not having to look back to know Andrew was following. He remembered the comments from the others about Andrew doing anything he asked and was glad he had such a useless imagination that he never thought to take advantage.

Grabbing two towels on the way, he sat on the edge and lowered his legs to the knee into the water, Andrew sinking in beside Renee.

“You OK?” Renee put a hand to his knee, her kind eyes worried as she looked him over for signs of an emotional relapse.

“If you’re not, we’ve got lots of options to beat them up.” Allison lounged across from him but her eyes were anything but relaxed, ready to claw out the eyes of anyone who threatened her Foxes. Neil had to remind himself that every time he was hurt, it must remind her of what it was like watching Seth constantly self destruct, only to be found dead when she thought the worst was over.

He really hated being a reminder of terrible things to his Foxes, but he wouldn’t have fit in if he weren’t a disaster.

He put his towel over his shoulders and put the other over Andrew’s head, drying the hair he had gotten wet when he dunked down to drag Neil up. Neil noted the slight dip of Andrew’s shoulders and the way he leaned back against Neil’s knee as a sign he could continue. This he did take advantage of, letting his little fingers make nonsense patterns on the back of Andrew’s neck. He got a pinch for this but Andrew remained settled against him, so he just grinned and continued. Maybe he did have something for Andrew’s neck.

Soon the hot tub was filled with Foxes and their adult supervision, each making sure Neil and Kevin were OK from getting jumped on. Except of course for Aaron, who simply commented that Neil should have stayed where he could touch, as if he was one to talk.

A bottle of cheap wine that Wymack “found” and did not use travel expense on was passed around. Andrew eventually migrated to sitting between Neil’s legs as a buffer from the others touching him. Neil continued to idly wipe the towel over Andrew’s hair and shoulders while Andrew traced a finger along his submerged ankle.

They stayed far past closing time, most likely because the workers didn’t want to tell Andrew Minyard that he couldn’t do something.

Neil found he liked hotel pools. He smelled strange but there was something about sitting in a steaming hot tub with everyone he cared about, sharing wine, sharing stories, and able to care for Andrew in the small way he allowed him. Maybe out of state games weren’t so bad.

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This is another one of those scenes that I never really comprehend is real. I keep thinking that’s just how I remembered it in my shipper brain, but it actually happens. I’ve rewatched many times to make sure that, yes indeed, it does occur.

I’m talking about the one from Extinction, when the Convoy walks into an ambush in Vegas and “Project Alice” gets shut down. Isaacs says the word and offline she goes. She instantly becomes motionless and as a nice sign of ownership Umbrella’s logo flash across her iris. No more herself but now an inert automaton. And for the time being that’s where and what she stays as.

Meanwhile shit hits the fan and the rest of the survivors are pretty much screwed and dead in the water. Big time. Claire gets to be hot as fuck though while taking down a hoard of the undead that are going after Mikey. Unfortunately her badness is not enough to save the boy’s life (to be fair he never stood a chance, this is not the series that will keep its male characters alive, unless they’re evil), so she kills them all dead, but not before Mikey bit the dust. The action awesome of Claire gets to flow into a moment of heartbreak and anger, and then she screams her despair straight out into the Nevada desert. It’s a pretty great cry of despair. The kind that’s primal and from the toes.

And after the movie having spent minutes on the action this scream is on which we now cut back to Alice who takes that moment to start fighting the conditioning. So the events are; Alice gets shut down - a lot of bad stuff happens to all of the Convoy - a lot of screaming and dying - for many minutes - Claire shoots zombies in the head - Claire screams in anguish - Alice starts fighting back.

That’s some nice stuff right there, some A+ editing. Reads as emotional cause and effect. Suggesting that Claire in distress triggers some kind of human response and a will to resist in Alice - that’s just - that’s nice. That’s also pretty old school trope; the hero fighting off the evil influence when they’re reminded of/confronted by their loved ones. The fact that it’s Claire that gets to play that role is - interesting. 

I mean it’s not as if there aren’t other options that might have been more obvious within the actual narrative of the movie (at least on a shallow note). For one you’ve got K-Mart who’s established as the child that needs to be taken care of, and Alice did have an instant connection with her and was shown to be gentle and considerate around her. Putting the child of the pack in danger is a pretty accepted way of getting an emotional response. Also could have been parallels back to the second movie and Alice saving Angie. Would have made sense and no one would have thought twice about it. 

Same with Carlos, with whom Alice actually has a previous connection and history with. Not to mention that on the surface they sort of play the flirtatious angle between them (even though mostly feels like casual flirting and soldier buddies). At that point though Carlos would definitely be the closest Alice has to a loved one, if they’d accepted heterosexual surface and shallow storytelling. Luckily the movie doesn’t. Which means instead it is Claire that gets to play the agent behind snapping Alice out of her stupor and into fighting mode. Claire, the woman she met a few days ago, the woman she instantly supported. The woman Alice keeps looking at like - yeah- that’s another post.

At the end of the day though remember that the editing of this film makes it appear as if Claire is what brings Alice back, it’s Claire that triggers her resistance, it’s Claire that returns her mind to herself. That’s not even subtext, that’s text. As for the reason behind this though - feel free to sub that into pure sapphism, I know I do.

Personally, I think only Zen loves MC every route. She’s special to Jumin in probably every route? Almost every route? Jumin shares the distinction with Zen as the only other character who has a ‘secret’ route in another character’s route, so that’s something.

Ayway, my point here is not Jumin. Not only do I reject reset theory, but I reject the idea that the boys love MC in every route. Especially 7. Seven does not love the MC except in his route. We can very easily tell this because he trolls around and pals with her all of the time. He even occasionally pursues her as a light he can see but can never touch. Love her, though, he obviously doesn’t. Every character acts differently if you’re on their route than if you’re not except for Zen, who will behave exactly in the same manner as he would have regardless of route. (Yoosung quits gaming, Jaehee and Jumin open up emotionally and quit working, Seven is a giant bag of flaming dicks, Zen is always Zen and changes nothing about himself except what is initiated by outside forces on his route.)

I think there’s a reason for that. Zen’s standards are really freakin’ low. Are you cute, are you pretty nice, do you love him? Have a Zen! Early on in the game, before any route branches regardless of deep or not so deep story, Zen easily establishes that you are nice and that you are cute, and even if you have horrible taste in men and/or pets, this doesn’t interfere with his spectacularly low standards. The only thing missing on every other route is ‘love him’. So, basically, on every route except Zen’s, the pretty boy actor spends his whole time falling for this cool, cute, supportive, warm girl…who just won’t seem to love him. And it’s gotta be frustrating and/or heartbreaking that she just won’t do it.

Now, I don’t think this is true for everyone else. Zen falls for the MC quickly. Everyone else takes time to do so, and thus if they were to fall in love with her regardless of the route, they’d simply be falling in love with the idea of her, not the MC herself. Each choice you make shapes MC’s personality, Zen loves her before significant changes are made. Others do after they are made, and so they can’t fall in love with a person who doesn’t exist and they’ve never encountered. A more detailed way of saying that is that in every case, you basically need to first represent yourself as someone very like the person you want, and then support them through their troubles in their own unique ways. Zen does not need or want you to be a narcissist or an actress and initially he has no real issue other than ‘no girlfriend’. Pandering to his interests isn’t necessary to earn his love, just be interested in him. In fact, you almost just have to not pander to anyone else’s and you’d still end up in his route (You could skate in past the bad end with minimal Zen pandering)

Quick note: This doesn’t mean that Zen’s feelings are shallow. It just means he develops them differently and for different reasons. You’re not replacing anyone he’s lost, you’re not helping him deal with his neuroses, and you’re not stepping in and telling him to stop screwing up his life. Zen wants a companion, and that’s all he wants or needs. Thus, it’s very easy to satisfy the requirements to get his love, while with certain other people it isn’t.

While it’s been kind of an analysis of Zen, my main point is that it simply isn’t believable to say that all of the men love MC every route. The MC changes too much from route to route for that to happen. This is another popular fandom theory that just doesn’t work.

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During one of my previous volcano forts, I had a !!FUN!! sized zombie siege of ~30 undead. I ordered everyone inside, and closed the gates. It was then I noticed 2 children still outside, obliviously playing as the horde approaches. I was sad, but there was nothing I can do. These children weren’t worth risking the whole fort by opening the gate. 

The Zombies came and killed one of them within seconds in a brutal explosion of guts and bones. The second child (his name was Rovod) somehow dodged them all, gaining a level or two in the process, and ran. 

The zombies chased him for months, across the brooks and in the dried pools and over the mountainside. Everytime they caught up to him, he dodged all of their blows and escaped. By now Rovod was a talented dodger. 

Now two things should be noted- My fort’s entrance was located in a shallow canyon winding into the mountainside. Into the canyon walls I dug pipes that bring lava from the volcano and can be used to flood the canyon. I had used it on a few unlucky undead who passed by, and a lot of lava had still remained on the floor. 

Feeling that I owed Rovod for how well he survived, I evacuated the civilians from the gate hallway and stationed my militia there. I opened the gate, and Rovod began running towards it. 

The zombies were chasing him, but he was faster. Rovod entered the entry canyon with at least 30 tiles between him and the horde. He was mere seconds from making it. 

Suddenly a group of 5 or so zombies jumped down from the level below, chasing a yak. The saw Rovod and began closing on him. Rovod was now stuck in the canyon between two groups of undead. 

It was then that my militia commander jumped out, and attacked the zombies. They now targetted him instead of Rovod. He fought valiantly, and brought down 3 zombies. 

Then he dodged into one of the lava pools, and disappeared in a cloud of smoke and steam and cooked flesh that covered the whole canyon. Amid the confusion, Rovod escaped, dodging every one of the attacks. 

The gate was closed, and the smoke cleared. The militia commander saved Rovod at the cost of his life. 

But the sacrifice was in vain- Not a week later, the zombies caught up with him. He dodged all but one of the blows, but one was enough. Rovod died, and my fort soon followed.

(via DF art album #7 part 1 - Album on Imgur)

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Rules: name your top 10 Naruto ships, then tag 10 others you’re curious about.

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I pretty much like any pairing involving Sasuke. I do have a definite preference for Sasuke to be the pursued one because..well, that’s generally what happens in canon, so that feels the most in-character to me.

1. NaruSasu: This is far and away my OTP for the series. All you have to do is read the manga to understand why these two work together. The love and obsession are beyond intense, the angst pierces straight to the heart, and the chemistry is unreal. For pete’s sake, their bond is so powerful that it literally saved the world and stopped a cycle of violence spanning hundreds of years. They are canon soul mates. They are the perfectly matched ying-yang. The UST is off the charts. The entire series revolves around their relationship. I could go on and on.

2. ItaSasu/SasuIta: So wrong and yet so fun. I like this in all kinds of ways- dark, sweet, sad, cracky, something-made-them-do-it, UST, one-sided, whatever. I’ll take it. They, too, are obsessed with each other- in both good ways and bad. Love, hate, undying devotion; it’s all there. They’re so passionate and fucked-up about each other that things moving in a sexual direction doesn’t seem that far-fetched. While I tend to prefer ItaSasu, in the sense that Itachi is the one mostly in control, I do sometimes like the more fiery Sasuke making the first move. This is one of the few pairings where Sasuke doing that actually makes sense to me in terms of his character and their relationship.

3. JuuSasu: This might actually be the healthiest choice for Sasuke. Juugo is absolutely loyal, kind, calm and steady, restful, and seems to just get Sasuke in a way the other characters don’t. Sasuke is comfortable around him, which is saying a lot. Juugo is a similarly quiet, introverted person who makes few demands of Sasuke. Of course, this is all true of Juugo when he’s not transformed, but Sasuke has a knack for bringing him down, and Juugo still listens to Sasuke even when Juugo’s pretty crazed. He is so accepting that I can see Sasuke feeling safe enough to let his guard down and actually risk something like sex and attachment. The pairing is hot (the size difference, the danger, etc.) and kind of adorable. I wish that there was more fic and art for it.

4. BoruSasu: I know a lot of fans of this pairing are pretty ashamed of it, but I  don’t really feel that way. Boruto clearly has some idol worship going on with Sasuke in canon, and I absolutely love the idea of him having a massive crush on Sasuke as he gets older. The thought of Sasuke either being oblivious or awkward as hell about it is just so much fun. Talk about being put in a bad position. And yeah, adult!Boruto wanting Sasuke more seriously has my angst bells ringing (especially if he feels jealous of his father’s relationship with Sasuke), and strikes me as potentially quite hot. I won’t lie- younger man/reluctant older man is something I’ve always liked. Sasuke would have to be very reluctant to be in-character and Naruto would certainly freak, so some pretty interesting plot twists would be needed for anything to develop beyond one-sided longing- but if it’s well-written, I’ll bite. I suppose it’s kind of odd that KakaSasu, KakaNaru and KakaSaku rub me the wrong way but I like BoruSasu, but I think the difference is that Kakashi is really the only father figure we see for those two in canon (ignoring brief appearances by Sakura’s father in non-canon stuff), whereas Boruto’s father is very present and Boruto’s relationship with Sasuke is clearly cast as just a mentor figure, and a fairly distant one at that. He’s not the leader of Boruto’s team, basically raising him. He’s the super-cool guy who strode into town, agreed to share some of his kick-ass techniques, acknowledged Boruto and helped save the day. Konohamaru/Boruto would bother me, but BoruSasu doesn’t. (not that I’m trying to bash fans of any of the pairings I mentioned)

KakaObi: I liked kid!Obito a lot and I thought adult!Obito had a lot of promise, and I was frankly disappointed by what the series chose to do with him. That being said, I think there is sufficient evidence to make the argument that Obito is the love of Kakashi’s life. He certainly had the most impact on Kakashi. Obito gets to Kakashi like nothing else; he inspires him, changes him, breaks him, drives him, moves him, warms his starved little heart and then rips it out. Kakashi is helplessly passionate about Obito. Obito tends to act more passionate about Rin, but it was Kakashi who prompted Obito’s sharingan, Kakashi he died for, Kakashi he gave his eye to. I think it’s also true that it was Kakashi’s perceived betrayal in killing Rin just as much as Rin’s death that wrecked Obito. Personally, I think that if there was any possible way for them to come together (Obito lives, Kakashi joins him in the afterlife, time travel, whatever floats your boat), Kakashi would pursue Obito like a hound from hell and Obito would be unable to resist. That’s the kind of dynamic I really adore for them.

KakaIru: Iruka is another of those characters I can enjoy with just about anyone (one fic even turned me on to GaiIru), but I probably like him with Kakashi most of all. Iruka is so warm, kind, honorable and humble, that he feels strikingly out-of-place in the brutal world of the ninja. Even Naruto has a much darker side than Iruka. Iruka is the exact opposite of most everything Kakashi’s experienced in his entire life. All the horror, death, betrayal, despair, cruelty, compromised principles, corruption, cynicism, ambition, etc.- none of it has a hold on Iruka. He has experienced some of it- he is not exactly naive- but his goodness and faith is untouched by it. I think that Kakashi could fall on that like a starving man, and Iruka would be able to give him the love and safety he needs to begin healing. Iruka is strong, selfless, wholesome, and as unshakable as a deep-rooted tree. Kakashi needs everything that he is, in his life. I love the stories best where Iruka is understood by most people, including himself, to be an extremely ordinary guy, but he is recognized as remarkable by the people who get to know him well. A chuunin children’s teacher being romanced by the deadly genius Kakashi of the Sharingan is an awesome way of portraying that.

HashiMada: These two break my heart. They had many differences, yet they struck up an unlikely and powerful friendship in a time of pain and war. Their love and trust in each other brought about peace between clans with a bloody, inter-generational history of atrocity. They initiated the ninja village system in their quest for universal peace. They cared about each other even when they became divided by their ideals, right up until the final blow. In the end, Hashirama chose to sacrifice Madara for the greater good. He made the opposite choice that Naruto made with Sasuke, and the reverberations of that choice played a huge role in the tragedy that nearly brought about the end of the world. A love affair between the two of them is very believable, and it would involve as much light as darkness. Irresistible.

MadaTobi: I was not expecting to get into this pairing at all, but I was convinced by a certain fic author (other MadaTobi fans will know of whom I speak). They certainly clash strongly in the series. Their disagreements also helped to cause a lot of awful shit in Konoha, which had ramifications for the ninja world as a whole. Tobirama is cold where Madara’s hot, calculating where Madara’s passionate, controlled where Madara’s wild. But they share a strong sense of responsibility, a pragmatic view, and a cynicism that is only tempered by Hashirama’s idealism. Madara also has a devotion to his family which Hashirama sometimes seems to…lack, which might appeal to Tobirama. Madara and Tobirama undeniably have chemistry, and exploring how that could become something more is fascinating. And would it have changed things for the better? I think the answer is yes, quite possibly.

HinaSasu/SasuHina: This is kind of my wtf pairing because they’ve been together, what, once on-screen? When they’re adults, I think? It seems unlikely that Sasuke even knows she exists apart from her eventual marriage with Naruto, and Hinata was always the one girl who had no interest in Sasuke whatsoever (actually that last bit is part of what appeals to me about the pairing). But bear with me here. Hinata has a subtle way of expressing compassion that reminds me of Sasuke’s understated kindness. Hinata’s non-threatening, quiet and peaceful temperament also makes me think of Juugo, and seems like it might disarm and soothe Sasuke for the same reasons. They’ve both had to deal with carrying the expectations of a powerful bloodline, being a disappointment to their families, and struggling due to a stronger relative. Both of them are a little “strange.” They don’t quite fit in with their classmates, and many of the things their peers value aren’t important to them. We see Sasuke being very uncomfortable with the aggressive advances of most of the women he knows. Hinata, on the other hand, has a reserve, modesty and respectful attitude that sets her apart. I can’t imagine either of them deliberately seeking each other out with romantic purposes, but I can see them developing an unexpected romantic bond due to circumstances that push them together. Also, I’ve seen a few Hinata/fem!Sasuke fics/art that were really great, so. There’s that.

SakuSasu (gender reversed): I am not a fan of SS generally. It’s just not my cup of tea.  I’ll occasionally look at art or fic of them if it showcases an interesting side of Sasuke, but that’s it. But weirdly enough, flip it around so Sakura’s the guy and Sasuke’s the girl and I am so down for that shit. It just changes their whole dynamic so much! Male Sakura, bratty, shallow and romantic, maturing through experience and trying his hardest to make himself the sort of person who could keep up with and win the heart of the cool, beautiful, fierce and much stronger female Sasuke makes for a very interesting courtship. The expectations and balance of power shift so much that it really grabs me. I haven’t actually seen any fic for this of the always-this-gender variety (tell me if you have!), but I have seen some art which sizzles off the page. Okay, I may admittedly have a huge thing for fem!Sasuke in general, but seriously, I do like the idea of her with male Sakura.

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