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Westeros Capitals + Claude Monet.

“This talk of Seven Kingdoms is a folly. Aegon saw that three hundred years ago when he stood where we are standing. They painted this table at his command. Rivers and bays they painted, hills and mountains, castles and cities and market towns, lakes and swamps and forests … but no borders. It is all one. One realm, for one king to rule alone.”

anonymous asked:

Can you rec any soul mark AUs where Steve and Tony actually end up together? I love pining and UST but I'm sick as fuck of these fics where some tragic circumstance (CW, misunderstanding, etc) keeps them apart or one realizes it and the other doesn't and just GIVES UP. My emotional state is so done w/ this. TIA!

Soulmates!  Okay, well, I’ll be honest and say that I don’t read a lot of these, mainly b/c I’m just more of a “love is a choice you have to make about how you treat someone” than a “boom! we love each other!” kind of person.  This could have impacted the whole not falling in love thing, but, here we are.  I think all of these are happy endings.  At any rate, I do have some wonderful suggestions and please, everyone feel free to add their favorites!  

Remember to leave a comment and kudos for your authors!

The Winged Soul by @inukagome15:  It wasn’t until he was three that he realized he was different and no one else could see the wings.

To Strike a Match by @51st:   The marks that appeared on nearly every human one day weren’t very obvious – a pattern resembling the whorl of a fingerprint and almost as unique, on the inner wrist, tinted the color of coal-black ink. Almost as unique, because everyone was supposed to have a match somewhere on earth, and when the match was found, with a solid press of bared wrist to wrist, mark to mark, the pattern disappeared.

Nothing Else But Miracles (An Ancient Secrets and Newborn Dreams Remix) by muccamukk:   In the rough and tumble of the Lower East Side, the only constants in Steve’s life are the solid black letters of the name on his wrist. Because even with the law and society against them, his world falling apart piece by piece, and his search for his soulmate taking him to stranger and wilder places, Steve has faith that finding Tony Stark is only a matter of time.

Stars Fading, But I Linger On, Dear by @chibisquirt:   A Soulmate AU where people meet their soulmate in their dreams. Of course, not even that solves all the world’s problems, especially if one or more of the soulmates has a secret identity…

Thumb, Index and Pinky Extended by Eudoxia:   Tony Stark is twenty-one when he loses his voice. It shouldn’t matter, but in a world where the first words your Soulmate says to you are marked on your skin, it can be pretty damn annoying.

Stand Back, I’m Going to Do Science by Good_News_Everyone:  Soulmates are a rare and cherished thing, a simple touch of hands bringing love that lasts forever. By all the rules of romance, they’re meant to wait for each other and to trust in the vagaries of fate to bring them together.
Tony’s never been good at waiting, and when he has science on his side, who needs fate?

The Song Without Words by @lelantusposts (WiP): Everyone knew what happened when soulmates touched each other. Whether it was hands clasping together, fingers brushing across a jaw, or lips meeting in a kiss - it didn’t matter. Any skin-to-skin contact and chests started glowing with soft, white-blue light. Soul-light, it was called.Tony woke up in a cave in Afghanistan with a hole in his chest and wires coming out of it and felt his blood run cold. He knew instinctively what it meant. He’d lost his ability to produce a soul-light. And so no matter how much he yearned for it in the secret, hidden corners of his heart, Tony would never find his soulmate.

The Long Road Home by @ladyshadowdrake:  Maria Stark told her son that the Mark on his wrist meant there was a special someone out there just for him. Sarah Rogers told her son that his soulmate was waiting for him, and he needed to be strong for them.Neither of them ever mentioned what to do if that soulmate just doesn’t want them.

Our Weight in Gold by @stark-spangled-lovers:  It was every cliché he’d ever heard about. Every sappy thing they wrote down in the magazines, every single thing he had always hated about the myth. It was as though he had experienced life without sight, and was suddenly bombarded by a storm of color. It was all-consuming, and rushing through his veins like molten lava, like his whole existence was suddenly filled with sunlight. A door opened, and a myriad of emotions stormed through his body: confusion, disbelief, loneliness, and so much fierce determination that it almost knocked Tony off his feet. And he understood then, understood that these emotions weren’t his. They were Rogers’.This is a story about fate, self-doubt, choice and eventually—love.

Multitude of One by @nostalgicatsea:   “So was I,” his soulmate would tell him one day, and what it would mean was that they loved him.  (Note:  This isn’t exactly happy, as it is CACW, but I’m an optimist and I loved it, so…yeah)

The Heavens Tumble Darling, and I’m– by @chibisquirt:  For most of Steve’s life, he’d been certain he was going to meet his soulmate by pissing him off. (Almost certainly a him, although the occasion of the WACs did cause Steve’s heart to stutter for more reasons than just the look of a girl in uniform.) He was sure that the conversation would go something like—“Something something (probably something sassy), Mr. Soulmate.”“Captain,” Capt. Soulmate would correct him.Because that was all it said: Just “CAPTAIN”, all caps, no punctuation, in dark block letters that looked simultaneously angry and precise. So he could probably be forgiven for assuming that it was a correction for a misapplied form of address; after all, it couldn’t be someone addressing him as Captain, could it?  Aha.   Ahahahaha.  Life was very funny.

The Truth of It by nightwalker:  You can’t lie to your soulmate, everyone knows that. Tony’s always thought it was just hype until he tries to sass Steve and the words freeze in his throat.

There You Are (I’ve Been Looking for You) by @izazov (WIP):  When Tony Stark meets Steve Rogers it’s hardly love at first sight. The fact the guy turns out to be his soulmate doesn’t change it in the least.

Captain & Mr. Stark by wisia:   In a world where your soulmates’ first words are etched onto your skin, Tony despairs. Because his words are “Mr. Stark” and everyone calls him that.

Like Sunlight by sara_holmes:  Steve is used to the way it feels by now; a strange but gentle tugging connection under his sternum, warm tingles in his skin whenever they touch. That is, until Tony gets himself kidnapped. Then it kinda feels more like someone is trying to wrench his heart out through his ribcage.

Time Bomb by @winterstar95;  Soulmates might be the way for the universe to balance itself out, but Steve and Tony aren’t sure about the end result.

Do It Over by @sineala:   The last words your soulmate says to you are written on your skin, and you won’t know who they are until they die. The thing is, Steve and Tony die a lot.

Follow in Your Footsteps by @sineala:  When Tony is twelve, his soulmate’s name appears on his wrist. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find out anything at all about Steve Rogers.It turns out there’s a reason for that.

Slipping Off the Page Into Your Hands by @sineala:   Soulmates have their first words to each other written on their wrists. This should make it easy. For Steve and Tony, it is anything but. Steve’s problem is that the future he has awoken into is nothing he was ever expecting: he has a soulmate now. Who might be a robot. And if his soulmate is Iron Man, how can he be so attracted to Tony Stark? It should be impossible. Tony’s problem is that he is Iron Man, his soulmate is a man whom he in no way deserves, and he is going to fight everything in his heart and do his best to make sure Steve never, ever finds out the whole truth.

Visible At Last by @awesomeavocadolove:   Based in a world where everyone has a soulmate’s name written on their arm – but not visible to the world until they touch.

And, finally, my own attempt at soulmates:

Hiraeth:  “Do you believe the universe fights for souls to be together?” Tony asked, trying to keep his voice steady and tell himself the answer wasn’t everything.

Starved pt. 1

Prompt: More touch starved Virgil? I love it so much ~anon
Notes: Well who am I to say no to more of my Favorite Thing Ever ™?
Warnings: Self-deprecating thoughts, indulgently angsty, and (eventually) excessively fluffy. 

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He’d gotten pretty good at coping. 

Virgil had learned long ago that there were ways to compensate for not getting any actual physical contact. They might not have been as good as the real thing (not that he’d really know), but there were…substitutions. Approximations. 

Hot showers were one. He took lots of them, because the warmth of the water surrounding him was…comforting. 

Blankets were another. When just piling on extras stopped helping, he switched to heated blankets, and then–after reading an article online–he’d tried a weighted one. Sometimes it got a little warmer than he liked, but he compensated by lowering the temperature of his room, because the warm weight felt…really nice.

Then there was the hoodie. 

The others might think it was ridiculous, the way he wore the hoodie all the time, even when it was hot outside. But the hoodie was important, because it fulfilled two purposes: one, it provided constant stimulation to his touch-starved skin. And two…

Two, it kept the others from touching him by accident. 

He knew it was stupid, to want to avoid that at all costs, when half the reason he wore the hoodie was to provide himself with a substitute for the sensation of skin-to-skin contact. But in reality, an accidental touch was a thousand times worse than no touch at all, because no touch at all was…steady. It was a consistent ache, but one he could get used to, learn to deal with, and ultimately learn to ignore. 

But when someone touched him–even briefly–all his coping strategies fell apart, because it was a stark reminder of just how much better actual physical contact really was. That, combined with the shameful knowledge that he’d taken it from them without consent…it was just easier to avoid it altogether.

In order to make certain he never took something from them they didn’t actually want to give, Virgil adhered to a strict set of self-imposed rules. When they all watched movies (on the rare occasions they invited him to join them), he stayed on his chair, even though there was plenty of room on the couch. In the kitchen at mealtime, he ate standing against the counter or–even better–retreated to his bedroom with his food and left them alone. During brainstorming sessions, he kept himself far removed from the others and Thomas, settling on the stairs while they all gathered around the coffee table. And, because no one ever protested or invited him to come closer, he knew they appreciated his efforts. 

But it was still hard, sometimes. The weak, pathetic part of him that wanted more than was his right to take–that part of him cried sometimes, watching the others exchanging casual touches, or pats on the back, or warm hugs. And it was getting harder to ignore. He found himself dreaming about it a lot, as he tried to imagine what it might be like–to have someone’s arms around him, holding him, protecting him. Was it warm? Did it feel like you were safe from the world? Could you feel each other’s heartbeats? The rise and fall of one another’s breathing?

He tried to ignore the thoughts, when they intruded on his consciousness. It didn’t matter. He didn’t deserve their touch–they’d’ve offered, if he did, right?–so there was no use dreaming about what ifs and maybes. It was his own secret shame to contend with, and he wasn’t going to let it become a problem. He’d kept things from them for twenty eight years, right? He was used to it. He could cope. 

And he could. Quite well, he thought.

Until, one day, he couldn’t. 


Part 2

i’m sorry but how the hell is tony stark selfish? the man flew a fucking missile into OUTER SPACE knowing that there was a chance he could die, but lived and ended up suffering from ptsd from it. also the man made his company stop selling weapons after seeing how dangerous they could be and seeing it in the arms of terrorists. let’s not also forget that he went after his mentor when he learned that he was dealing under the table. this is also the same man who tried to create ultron with the idea of helping the world when the avengers can’t (like oh idk when there’s some random ass alien invasion???). he also wanted accountability for his team, since they’ve destroyed manhattan, dropped a city, which resulted in MANY lives lost, also let’s not forget the incident in lagos, where people died. he also was most likely the one hooking up his team with nice gear, the same team where most of them turned their backs on him to help a guy who seemed more worried about the safety of one friend, which resulted in all their arrests when st//ve and the friend got out fine. 

but tony stark is the selfish one of the group?

A Game of Stars

Jonsa • Star Wars AU

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Sansa Stark may not be Force-sensitive, but having one of the most powerful Force lineages in the galaxy makes for a charmed life. Growing up on Alderaan, Sansa has little to worry about besides her sister’s pranks, the quick temper of her fiancé Joffrey, and the growing rumors of a rebellion against the Targaryen Empire.

That all ends when Ned Stark, one of the Empire’s most trusted lords, is revealed to be a rebel himself. House Stark is stripped of its lands and power and Ned is taken to Coruscant as a hostage, while the rest of the once-great family is banished from the Core Worlds. Sansa is horrified to be leaving her home in disgrace, but her family isn’t done with the rebellion. There’s another secret Ned Stark has been keeping to protect his children from becoming weapons of the Empire: the Stark children are, in fact, Force-sensitive.

Sansa finds herself living on the frozen wasteland of Hoth, a planet devoid of life except for fearsome creatures like tauntauns, direwolves, and underground rebels. All she wants is to be back in Alderaan, not helping the rebel army and training to use the Force—no matter how much she loves the Jedi knights from old songs. But while her siblings have their own Force gifts, none of them can manipulate the thoughts of others as well as Sansa, making her invaluable to the rebels.

Jon Targaryen is more than just the Mad Emperor’s grandson being groomed to take the Kyber Throne: he’s an imperial general who uses the Force to command Rhaegal, one of the galaxy’s three legendary dragon-class starships. Fearsome in combat, there are whispers that he wields his red lightsaber like a flaming sword as he leads his elite stormtrooper unit Blizzard Force into battle. Jon, a bastard, was never meant to rule until his siblings were killed by rebels. After their deaths, Jon wants nothing more than to end the rebellion once and for all.

It’s a small galaxy, and secrets don’t stay hidden for long. When the Mad Emperor’s little birds tell him that the Starks are Force-sensitive, he tracks them down, discovering the hidden rebel base on Hoth. He sends Jon and Blizzard Force there with one order: Burn them all. But bring the Stark children to Coruscant.

It’s time for the two most powerful Force bloodlines in the galaxy to merge.

“All Over Again” (Stuckony)

Police Report: December 24th, 11:32pm, single car accident. Four door sedan spun out on the ice and went over the barrier and off the cliff side.

Driver, Steve Rogers, relatively unharmed.

Passenger, Bucky Barnes, severe damage to his left arm, transported to hospital for immediate surgery.

Passenger, Tony Stark, unconscious when Ambulance arrived, extensive head bleeding, has not regained consciousness yet. Doctors are worried about brain damage and perhaps memory loss.

Police Finding: Driver is not at fault, icy road conditions made for unsafe driving, ruled an accident.

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After dating for nearly six months, Steve and Bucky finally convince Tony to move in with them, and when Tony shouts YES, they all go out Christmas Eve to celebrate.

One horrible car accident later and several weeks later, and Bucky is looking at needing a prosthetic arm, Steve is swamped with guilt, and Tony— Tony hasn’t woken up yet.

When those honey brown eyes finally do open, Tony stares at Steve and Bucky and wonders why such handsome strangers are crying in front of him.

Tony has lost nearly an entire year of memories, and that includes everything about his life with his boyfriends. He doesn’t remember their hilarious first meeting, the first kisses, their first night together. He doesn’t really like when Bucky calls him Sweet thing, and doesn’t think hes into blondes like Steve.

Tony goes to his own home, to his regular life, and but can’t get the couple at the hospital out of his head, even as he tries to move on with working and dating other people.

Bucky and Steve in the mean time, are determined to get Tony back, even if it means making him fall in love with each of them all over again.

(coming soon…..?????)

||HISTORICAL STARK SERIES||

Lyanna studied the sculpted feature of Cregan Stark. There were no statues of his wives, any of his wives, accompanying him. Winterfell’s crypt was only meant for kings and lords, not for their consorts.

“He looks … lonely,” Lyanna remarked.

Benjen laughed. “He’s dead, Lya. The dead can’t be lonely.”

Couldn’t they? Then why did she often dream of her mother being lonely?

“Wasn’t he the one with three wives?” Benjen asked.

Lyanna nodded.

“Imagine that. Three wives!”

Lyanna scoffed. “Not three wives at the same time, silly. We are Starks, not Targaryens, remember? He was married to three different women at different times, and he outlived them all.”

“Which one do you think he missed the most?”

“Missed the most? So the dead can’t be lonely, but they can miss their wives? What are the rules for the dead, Ben?” Lyanna teased her brother. “Can they be angry, or sad, or hungry? Can they miss riding a horse, or beating their brother at swordplay?”

“Now you’re being silly, Lya. You know what I mean. On his deathbed, say. Which wife do you think he thought of the most, when he was dying?”

“All three of them equally, I should hope,” Lyanna said.

“He must have a favorite. The wife he loved the most. The Blackwood one, probably. That was a love match, wasn’t it?”

“On his side. Who knows what she really thought of the matter,” Lyanna replied. “Alysanne. Her name was Alysanne,” she added, her voice almost a whisper. “Why do you think she did it, Ben? Why do you think she offered herself to him in marriage?”

“She? Who?”

“Who else? Black Aly. Alysanne Blackwood. Cregan Stark’s second wife. Corlys Velaryon was not her grandfather. Corlys Velaryon had granddaughters of his own. Corlys Velaryon was a stranger to her. Why would she marry The Old Man of the North so Corlys Velaryon could keep his pardon and his offices and his honors?”

Benjen shrugged. “Maybe she just wanted to be the Lady of Winterfell.”

“And that is a good enough reason?”

“It is a great honor, to be the Lady of Winterfell,” Benjen said, solemnly.

It is a great honor, to be the Lady of Storm’s End, her father had said, even more solemnly, and insistently.

Benjen was staring at her, looking very uneasy. “No one made her do it, Lya. She wasn’t forced to marry him. She wasn’t dragged to Winterfell in chains.”

Oh Ben, there are many ways of forcing that do not involve any kind of chains or shackles or fetters, Lyanna thought, but could not bear to say to her younger brother. And some chains could not be seen with the naked eyes, but we feel them nonetheless, and cannot escape them all the same.

“She didn’t even have a father to tell her who to marry. Her nephew was Lord Blackwood at the time, and wasn’t he only a young boy? Could you see him forcing his aunt to marry a man she didn’t want to marry?” Benjen continued.

She chose. Black Aly chose to wed Cregan Stark. Whatever her reasons and motivations were, she at least had the chance to choose; Lyanna so desperately wanted to believe this.

here’s a thing, though. as far as more neutral criticism/commentary

i think peter’s relationship with tony/the avengers will always be (or at least currently is) muddied by a couple of things: 1) mcu’s general aversion to genuine emotion that doesn’t lead directly to jokes, constantly, but that’s not the main topic of this particular rant, 2) the fact that, considering the wider mcu, it’s very hard to place the portrayal of this relationship in terms of whether or not it does/should adhere to the usual superhero genre conventions

see, peter’s arc follows the very typical pattern of “teen has Big Dreams, gets powers, helps out locally before being invited to be an actual avenger” (see for instance kamala khan). there’s that dose of “the Adults aren’t listening! i have to do this on my own!” (see: young avengers). their age and general inexperience and the highly questionable nature of the mere possibility that they may be allowed to fight in wars when they’re objectively not even old enough to fully understand what they’re consenting to… those are all things that make you go “mmmmmyeah lol we don’t talk about that” when you’re reading a standard teen superhero comic

homecoming (aside from mcu’s everpresent tonal problem when it comes to developing genuine relationships between people) does well in that context. it wasn’t made for the critical adult so much as it was made for the twelve year old in their spider-man costume dreaming that tony stark would find them one day and pull them into this world of superheroes. it takes peter’s side and perspective (as it should). when all the bells and whistles in his suit become inconvenient as he’s trying to catch bad guys, i daresay a casual audience member is more prone to get frustrated at tony stark for having included the bells and whistles than they are to remember that peter’s only having that problem because he hacked into the suit and broke all the ground rules tony laid out for him exactly because he knew peter would be overwhelmed. when peter’s begging tony if he can please keep that suit, it makes you sad that tony takes it away and then peter goes back home to cry about how he lost “the stark internship” because he thought that “if he tried really hard then tony would let him have something more but then he screwed up” (not an exact quote but he does express that sentiment to aunt may). like. it’s really heartbreaking

and yes, i think the movie does mostly a good job balancing out the two perspectives on that conflict, tony and peter’s. you see peter neglecting school and friends and missing decathlon and missing quizzes and ditching detention and lying to aunt may and all of that while he has that suit, but then tony takes it away and gives him The Lecture about how he shouldn’t have that suit if he was going to be nothing without it, and that’s when peter goes back to his life, spends more time with ned, picks up his grades, invites liz to homecoming – and when the moment comes and he has to make the choice between standing by and doing the right, heroic thing, he goes out and fights regardless and it’s tony’s words that he remembers when he’s extremely overwhelmed

then you have a guy like happy hogan, right. and in the context of a typical Teen Hero story, happy is That Guy. he’s That adult who’s simultaneously aggravating and comedic in his total incompetence. there’s always That Guy in those stories that take the super-teen’s perspective! That Guy who doesn’t listen to the kids for whatever petty reason and now the kids can’t reach iron man so I GUESS the city will have to be saved by a fifteen-year-old in his spider-themed pajamas and his best friend who’s sitting in the computer lab at high school during the homecoming dance. happy embodies that straight-forward plot necessity that’s a Typical Superhero Thing. i’m actually entirely convinced there has to be a whole TV tropes entry for that specific role

and like that’s fine! TONAL BULLSHIT ASIDE (honestly you don’t even know how much i hated the whole thing where happy was interrupted while he thanked and apologized to peter), you get the (attempted) moment trying to show that happy is a good guy after all and he cares for peter and he’s nervous about his own job and, assuming that sort of moment to be successful (which it kind of isn’t because again why does the mcu have to turn everything into a joke) then what you’re left with is the idea that both tony and peter (and pepper if you extend this all the way back to im3), for all of their smarts and independence and grievances, simply have too much heart to resent happy for his many and numerous slips. that’s important closure if you don’t want the audience to hate or question the emotional weight of a character that was brought in specifically as an annoying comedic inconvenience

THE THING IS, THOUGH: peter parker wasn’t introduced in this movie. peter was introduced in a movie that, according to the russos and m&m themselves, intended to question the foundation of basic superhero conventions. they poke at all those “lol we don’t talk about that” Superhero things, like collateral damage and loss of civilian life and whether or not superheroes “invite” threats and the international consequences of what definitely looks like military interventionism if you take away the Superhero goggles. peter’s presence in the avengers in this context (which will most likely be part of the context of the next avengers movies) is highly highly highly questionable, ESPECIALLY in light of homecoming, which emphasizes peter’s vulnerabilities as a teenager. i know there are attempted in-universe explanations for tony’s decision to bring peter into cap 3, but none of them make real sense and none of them will ever be realistically acceptable. simply because there’s a brutal – a BRUTAL – clash in genre expectations happening there. you physically can’t watch that peter recruitment scene in cap 3, plus literally everything that has to do with his presence in that airport battle, without saying “you know what? this is a Superhero Movie ™” (unless of course you’re willing to swear off and harshly judge everyone, and i do mean everyone on BOTH sides, who was involved in the airport fight in any capacity)

(and sidebar: i do think there’s a greatness, in a meta level, that tony served as a kind of a gateway and channel to Classic Superhero Nonsense in cap 3 – i’m reminded of the commentary where the russos said that the music playing during tony’s suit up sequence in the helicopter was intentionally composed to sound like the most Superhero ™ track in the whole movie – and that makes me emotional specifically because tony *is* so attached to the general Superhero Ideal – he *is* the only avenger who was shown signing kid’s iron man toys and keeping iron man drawings and artwork, he came up with the “earth’s mightiest heroes” catch phrase (and “friendly neighborhood spider man” too for that matter), he gave the team a building after fighting alongside them once, he literally could not help but reveal he was iron man, etc. the russos said in the cap 3 commentary that in an ensemble movie, it was important for them to bring in a little of the spark of every franchise and make it part of each character, and all technical shit aside, i think it’s cute and heartwarming that tony’s character was able to bring in that strand of uncomplicated, child-friendly superhero stuff – tony stark is, after all, the single avenger who had a legitimate kid sidekick in his own movie and that’s fantastic imo)

ANYWAY what i’m saying is there’s an inevitable clash in genre expectations going on between peter and the avengers because as of cap 3, avengers stuff seems to be tearing at genre conventions while peter’s story sort of needs at least one of those conventions, in a BIG way, in order to stand on its own as something that’s actually enjoyable and not 7392739 levels of disturbing. if you take away the Superhero Goggles while watching homecoming then that’s…. yikes….. especially on the happy hogan front, imo, since tony is shown to be keeping track of peter, while happy, the assigned mediator, does a pretty crappy job at getting back to peter and answering distress calls. but even like in general, the idea of tony wanting to recruit peter to the avengers because he was able to fight a murderer wearing giant wings while wearing his spider pajamas is…. so insane and irresponsible. and if you dissect that it’s probably going to kill a lot of what’s enjoyable in the premise of a casual and lighthearted coming-of-age teen-hero story, which is what homecoming is

(oh and make no mistake – as i mentioned before, the mcu’s aversion to displaying emotional genuineness without making fun of itself DOES take something away from the build up and power of tony and peter’s interactions, imo, every single one of them that’s not the ferry argument – and personally i feel like that in turn hurts the general idea of peter as someone with ties with the avengers)

all of that being said, i did genuinely enjoy the movie (and context plays a big part here – it IS pretty damn enjoyable to see anything at all that has to do with the development of tony and peter’s relationship after a full year of post-cap 3 fandom bullshit) but ha BOY expect The Discourse. it’s going to happen. it’s absolutely going to happen because it’s entirely too easy (if not… almost inevitable?) to question the general premise of “adults providing means and tools for teen heroes” when you’ve got the wider post-cap 3 mcu universe practically begging you to by putting in check the very nature of and outlook on the typical self-governed superhero team

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Gif source:  Peter  |  Steve

Imagine being Peter Parker’s best friend and asking him to introduce you to Steve Rogers, who you have a celebrity crush on.

——— Request for anon ———

“Come on,” you whine, letting the last word resonate until it was raspy in the back of your throat as you fell back onto Peter’s bed. “Dude, we’re, like, best friends? Can’t you do this one thing for me?”

“Dude,” Peter whines back, tucking a dirty outfit into his hamper, “I can’t just bring you to meet Captain America! I mean, Mister Stark has a rule about getting all fanboy-ish on them.”

“I can totally reign myself in!” you reply, looking at your best friend with a pleading look. “I know how to be a normal person!”

“Are you sure about that?” Peter teases, making you shoot him a deadpan look until he gives in, “Alright, alright, but you have to promise not to get weird!”

“I promise!”

Game of Thrones - The Wolf and The Dragon - Speculation and Theories

Okay!!! Speculation time! There were a number of things that struck me about this episode, like there were things that the makers of the show were clearly trying to establish.

1st with regard to Jon and his title: Let’s start with Jon, I think this episode did an amazing job of telling us that while Jon is a good commander, he is not a good king. He wants to do the right thing but lacks the skills to execute them. He only had to make a non-committal statement and he refused to do that. Till then, no one knew that he had bent the knee, you can see the shock on Davos and Brienne’s faces, even Davos did not see this coming. Moreover, he did not need to bend his knee, by then Dany was already on board and supportive of his cause, the fact that he chose to do so regardless is another bad decision and one that will not end well. Saying that the Northern Lords will not be happy with his decision is the understatement of the century. He was chosen to lead the North and the lords can just as easily choose someone else.

Dany: I actually like her this season. The acting has certainly improved and the layers of her personality are more apparent. She is a problematic character, in that there are times when she genuinely cares and wants to improve the social conditions, but there is a more ruthless side to her side as well and she doesn’t listen to reason once she makes up her mind. I actually like her better like this. I don’t know whether she’ll eventually become a villain though that will be lame and simplistic.

Jon and Dany: This episode also tried to sell us the JonxDany ship and frankly I don’t buy it. I don’t have a problem with the ship per se, just that it’s so shoddily executed. The Jon and Sansa scenes had more chemistry than all the the JonxDany scenes put together. The scene of them making love, should have been a climactic moment and yet it was overshadowed by the reveal of Jon’s parentage and his true name, not to mention Tyrion standing outside their door, looking less than pleased. Their sex scene just ended up being so pedestrian and random. There was no foreplay, no build-up, we literally saw them in the middle of the act and cut while they were still in the middle. Sex scenes usually stay long enough to establish climax, both for the scene since it’s usually a gradual build-up and for the characters, here it was glaringly absent. The scene just feels wrong on so many levels.

Also, we know that it’s only a matter of time before the Aegon Targeryen reveal is made public. I think that when Jon finds out, he’s going to choose to tell Dany and Northern Lords, that’s what the honourable aspect of his personality will demand of him. He won’t be able to continue to stay with Dany once he finds out his true lineage and she won’t trust him once she finds out that he has a stronger claim to the throne. It won’t matter to her that he doesn’t want to rule because ultimately it’s not important. She’s smart, she knows that there are people who support her because they believe that she’s the last Targeryen, when they suddenly find themselves with a choice, one who is male, well, the world of Westeros is a patriachal one…. There will be those who will push him to take the throne, sidelining Dany completely. Add to that, he can ride the dragons just as she does which again, will make her vulnerable. She already stated that the Dragons are her children and without them she would be ordinary and Dany doesn’t want to be ordinary. She’s fought tooth and nail and worked hard to get where she is and I wouldn’t blame her for being pissed off that suddenly this guy shows up and has a stronger claim to the throne that she’s been fighting for her whole life. I don’t see the unsullied and the Dothraki supporting Jon, their allegiance is to Dany and her alone, but the other players, who knows. So basically, the ‘Jon is Aegon Targeyren’ reveal will be the death knell for the JonxDany ship.

What’s with Tyrion, Jorah and Dany’s prophecy: Tyrion’s interactions post Dragonpit were curious to say the least. We saw in episode 6 that Dany disregarded his advice and flew up North to save Jon and his crew and lost a dragon in the process. He also saw her agree with Jon in how to proceed North over Jorah’s suggestion, which would probably be safer. From the close-up of Jorah’s face, we know that he is far from pleased. We also saw Tyrion outside Dany’s room while Jon and Dany are having sex. Tyrion has a very casual attitude about sex and for him to have such a serious look on his face is worrisome. From his conversation with Cersie, we know that he hoped that Jon would bend his knee but I don’t think he’s happy with the fact they jumped into bed.

Add to that, we also know that Jorah loves Dany and he never stopped loving her. He’s known her the longest and probably knows her best among all her current advisers. And again, he’s unhappy that Jon, who just showed up, is suddenly so important to her. The prophecy about Dany says that she will be betrayed for love and people are assuming that Jon will betray her but what if it’s not him but Jorah. Jorah who loves and has loved her for a very long time. Her time with Daario did not bother him because he was absent for most of it and then she left him behind. I think on some level Jorah knew that Daario was never a serious competitor but it’s not the same with Jon. Jon is young, he’s powerful and he’s in his prime, all the things that Jorah is not. He sees the way Dany looks at him and while he may not express it, it doesn’t make him happy. He’ll betray her because he loves her and not to her enemies but imagine that he finds out about Jon’s lineage and before Jon can tell Dany, he tells her instead. It’s one thing for Dany to hear it from Jon, it’s completely different to hear it coming from someone else. I’m not saying that this will happen, it’s merely an example of the kind of betrayal that Jorah would commit. Because, ultimately he still loves Dany and he wouldn’t want her to come to any harm.

I’m going to add Tyrion to this mix just on the basis of what I saw this episode. I think both Jorah and Tyrion are concerned about the important that Jon suddenly has in Dany’s life and that his actions, while honourable have the potential to be problematic.

Sansa and Arya: Littlefinger finally played the wrong sisters against each other and paid for it with his life. Having watched the episode, I am not entirely convinced that the sisters were putting on a show for LF’s benefit. I think there was genuine antagonism on both side till Bran sat them down and spoke to them, that obviously happened off camera but it’s not hard to guess that because of what he said in the Great Hall. He’s the one who tells Sansa and Arya about all the ways that he’s fucked with their family and that finally leads to both of them putting aside their differences and uniting. I think we also got to see Sansa as Queen in the North with Arya acting as her hand. Season 8 will out Jon’s parentage and place him not as a Stark but the true-born son of Rhaegar which completely changes the power dynamic in the North. Jon will no longer be the King in the North, Bran is the three-eyed raven and Arya has no interest in ruling, which leaves Sansa. The scenes establishing her as a good ruler were no accident, neither was the scene where Lord Glover and Royce both said that they made a mistake is choosing Jon and they should have chosen her instead. In Jon’s absence, she stepped up in a big way and is the only one who can keep the North united under House Stark while still helping Jon with his quest against the WW. There was a reason when Arya and Sansa repeated Ned’s words there was no mention on Jon, and this is telling when Arya brought him up so many times in their previous encounters. Winterfell is House Stark’s seat of power, there must always be a Stark in Winterfell and Jon, now Aegon is not a Stark at all.

Just as Tyrion pushed Dany to control some of her more impulsive decisions, Arya will do the same for Sansa. Sansa wants to protect Winterfell, her family and herself and that may sometimes cloud her judgement, it’s at those times that Arya’s position as the Hand will be important, she can speak frankly to her sister, in a way that no one else can, not even Brienne.

What does this mean for Jon and Sansa, honestly, I’m not sure. They could get married, a political alliance between House Targeryen and House Stark, to cement the relationship between the North and the South, but if Jon is meant to rule the Iron Throne, then there is a problem because I don’t see Sansa leaving Winterfell. Arya has no desire to be Lady of Winterfell and while Sansa might want to be QitN, she has no desire to rule the Seven Kingdoms. of course, this could be a moot point if the IT no longer exists at the end of the show and there are various theories that support this. Also, judging by Jon’s reaction to the city in this episode, he wasn’t too impressed by what he saw of the crowded, cramped living conditions. He grew up in the North, he’s used to the wide-open landscapes. Plus, he’s also a bit too attached to his fur coat, to the extent where he even wore in Dragonpit and it was clearly hot there. I don’t think he’ll want to move South. So a Jon and Sansa political wedding is still a possibility and certainly more plausible than the Jon and Dany could-be-relationship.

Brienne and Jamie: So Jaime finally stood up to Cersie and saw that she has lost her mind and so blind that she can’t see she is dooming both her city and her unborn child to death. He leaves her and makes his way North. Season 8 will see Brienne and Jaime get together. He will also share the news that Cersie’s promise of her armies marching North to fight alongside Dany’s and Jon’s was a lie. Brienne always brings out the best in him, the man he could be and he finally has the chance to let that side of him rise to the fore. I don’t see him join Dany’s camp because he did see her burn his soldiers alive, but the Lady of Winterfell? Now that is possible. Especially since Brienne is still oath-bound to serve Sansa. But, where does this leave poor Tormund?

This just struck me, with Jaime leaving for the North and possibly joining Sansa’s camp, does it add more weight to the theory that ultimately it’s Sansa who will dethrone Cersie? She was indirectly responsible for Joffrey’s death and now she has Jaime on her side as well, she has “stolen” the one man who always stood by her side. I’ve always believed that the final showdown must be between Sansa and Cersie. LF was one of her abusers, Cersie was the other and just as it was Sansa sentencing LF, it needs to be Sansa who eventually bests Cersie at her own game. Sansa learned from both LF and Cersie and who better to beat her than the the ‘little dove’ that everyone underestimated? They have history while Dany and Cersie do not and it just makes more sense.


P.S. - on a completely unrelated note, I am happy that Sophie Turner dyed her hair red, that wig was atrocious in certain scenes

#pepperonyweek17 - day 1: touch

Those who worked with Tony Stark learnt he had one hard rule: Tony didn’t like to be handed things. Papers, tools, power cords - all were best left on a nearby flat surface. Anyone who handed Tony things would receive a blank stare as he noted and ignored them.

He knew they wrote it off as an idiosyncrasy of a flawed genius, the spoiled dilettante in his personal bubble. He let them believe it - as long as they complied, there was no chance that they would touch him.

He could shmooze with the best of them. The tabloids could testify he had no trouble getting up close and personal with the hottest starlets and debutantes. But in his workshop, with his shields down and the sheen of honest grease on his fingers, letting anyone else in was unthinkable. Any touch would be strictly on his own terms and never hand-to-hand.

Until Pepper.

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Me Against You

PART 1, PART 3

A/N: The positive feedback for the first part of the story has been overwhelming, and I am so happy that you guys liked it! It was originally meant to be a one-shot, but there will be a total of six stories set in this verse before I post another story!! Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you like this installment!! 


Your recent fight with Peter makes it difficult to come back to the airport. Your talk with him about trust and friendship haunts you, and you try to imagine him fighting. Who’s winning? Is it us, or them? Since when had there been an ‘us’ or a ‘them’? Is he getting beaten up? You know it’s ironic, considering that you’ve just shoved Peter out a window, but there’s still a small part of you hoping that the others will go easy on him.

Try as you might, you can’t just erase years of friendship with a snap of your fingers.

Those traitorous tears well up again, and you swipe them aside impatiently. There will be time to cry later, to mourn what you have lost. Now, you have to keep yourself from falling apart so you can give your best in the fight.

A large jet sits in the middle of the hangar floor, large enough to carry at least ten people. It vaguely resembles a shark, with a sharp nose, sleek body and wings for steering. Ex-agent Barton had explained earlier that for each ship, there’s supposed to be a pilot, co-pilot, two wing-men to control the computer-aided blasters, and a flight leader to check the route, communicate with the team leader and base, and carry out other administrative tasks.

“The hatch, get the hatch open,” You mumble to yourself, your fingers finding the button on the side of the jet.

With a hiss, the hatch pops open, and a ramp slides out. You run inside, keeping a careful eye on the doors to the hangar. You’d managed to wrench them shut with a flick of your hand, but there’s no telling how long it’ll take before someone gets them open again.

Inside you find walls that are black where they aren’t covered by grids upon grids of back-lit buttons, all different colors and sizes, as well as switches and meters to measure pressure, missile inventory and engine heat. There are three radar screens, each on a different scale, a blinking ship schematic, and seats with sleek black helmets on each seat. Fully realizing that your actions mean life or death to your team, you sit in an unfamiliar cockpit, flex your fingers over the controls, and hoping you remember everything that you’ve been told.

The main steering, if you remember right, is essentially simple: A joystick for direction and levers for speed and nose angle. Examining row upon row of buttons before you, you crank the engines on to full power. There’s no ensuing explosion, only a quiet whir that fills the cockpit. It’s safe to assume that you haven’t set off any laser beams or worse – the self-destruct sequence. You press a few more buttons, stowing the wingtip blasters and lasers to make the ship as sleek as possible.

Done.

You rise from the cushy driver’s seat, only for your rear end to plant itself back on the chair with an anticlimactic umph! Your left arm is pinned securely to the armrest, held firmly in place with a length of white string that’s a lot stronger than it looks. You squirm in your seat, trying to wriggle out of the sticky mess coating the length of your arm, but unless you want to walk around with a chair glued to your arm, it looks like you’re stuck in place.

And for the second time in an hour, you scream in frustration. “Peter! Let me go!”

(Y/n), please,” Peter’s voice is soft and familiar. At least it’s him, and not that scary-looking guy in the black cat suit. Your heart swells in relief when you see that he looks relatively unscathed from his abrupt tumble out the window, but the sight of him makes you feel sick all over again about what you’ve done, what you’ve said – and his willingness to toss aside years of friendship for Tony Stark. “We need to talk.”

“You have the worst timing,” You snap, baring your teeth at him. “We’re in the middle of a fight!

“I know. You just shoved me out of a window.”

It was meant to be a joke. It would be so easy to laugh. But you don’t. You can’t.

“You were beating Sam and Bucky up! I couldn’t just stand aside and let you!” You retort, eyeing the webs gluing your arm to the chair. “How do these even come off?”

“Well, you have to use a cleaner – But that’s not the issue here! About me being Spiderman … I wanted to tell you. I really did. But there wasn’t a good time, and it wasn’t safe. If – If people knew that you knew, well –”

You should be touched that Peter’s looking out for you, that he’s concerned about your safety. It was as he’d said; if people knew about his friends, they might be tempted to use them against him. But you’re angry at him for lying. It wasn’t as if the omissions were harmless. If you’d known, you could have done something. You could have helped. You could have avoided many a sleepless night spent tossing and turning, worrying and fretting about what your best friend was getting up to. And you wished that he’d given you a say in the matter. Surely you were more than capable of making up your own mind about what was dangerous and what was not.

“I can take care of myself,” You say instead, staring at a black-tinted helmet and making it hover a few inches in the air. It bobs up and down, held in place with the power of your mind. “In case you hadn’t noticed.”

It’s enough to coax a laugh out of Peter. It’s the first time you’ve heard him laugh since you’d gotten to Germany, and your heart feels lighter almost instantly. “Well, to be fair, I didn’t know about those, either. Until today. How long …?”

“Not long,” You lie – if he can, then so can you. “Discovered them about a week ago.”

You’ve had them for as long as you can remember. Your parents had discovered that you had a strange and startling ability – you could move objects with your mind. Your mom first realized it when you’d held out a hand, and a toy had floated up from the floor and into your hand. Since then, you’d quietly worked on developing the skill, as a game at first, and then more seriously, when it had become clear that the world was changing.

But you’d never used your powers to hurt anyone before.

Until today.

“Uh, what about you and Captain America?”

“He asked for my help. I couldn’t say no.” Gracelessly, the helmet drops to the floor with a thunk, rolling under one of the seats. “What about you and Stark?”

“Oh, uh, Mr Stark dropped by the house, and –”

“– And bribed you with a brand-new suit in exchange for your help?”

Peter protests weakly, “It wasn’t a bribe! He just saw a couple of those videos on YouTube, and he kind of discovered who I was –”

Blackmail? If you survive this, you’d like to slap Tony Stark, something you’ve never done to anybody in your life.

“And you’re still fighting for this guy? Peter, come on!” You turn your head and gape incredulously at him, almost unable to believe the words coming out of his mouth. “How can you be so blind? Do you know what’s really going on here? Don’t you have a mind of your own?”

Spiderman? More like Mr Stark’s Little Lapdog. And why didn’t his Mr Stark tell him about the five other assassins on the loose? Or doesn’t he think it’s important?

“Mr Stark isn’t the bad guy here! It’s you, and –” He breaks off, swallows. He doesn’t want to start a fight; he’s purposely skirting around words that might set you off. “There are rules, there are the Accords, you can’t just ignore them. You can’t. That makes you –”

Dangerous. A criminal.

You stare. This isn’t Peter. It can’t be him. For one moment, your mind flashes forwards to the situation, rapidly spiraling out of your control. You want to close your eyes. You want to cover your ears, and you want for all this not to be happening. You want to wake up in bed. Instead, a hysterical laugh bubbles its way out of your throat.

Peter’s still talking, but his voice sounds like it’s coming from underwater. “– But Mr Stark said that if you and the others surrendered, he could work some kind of deal out.”

He doesn’t understand.

Is he even listening to himself?

The chasm within you that Peter’s opened up grows wider, wider, and more blackness sweeps inside. You could almost drown in it.

Arrest me, then! Lock me up and throw away the key!” That sour surge of satisfaction comes back all over again when Peter flinches away from the rising inflection in your voice. Causing pain with words is new for you. You wonder if this is a new power of yours. “Just don’t come running back when this is all over!”

The anger is white-hot, scorching and burning everything in its path. It’s almost enough to wash away all the guilt that you feel for shoving Peter out the jet and into a concrete wall.

Almost.

DAY 3527

Jalsa, Mumbai                     Nov 20/21,  2017                 Mon/Tue 12:50 AM





You could be tormented , brutalised in words and expressions, driven into the slimy dirt ridden mud of humanity .. and yet come out looking fresh as a daisy ..

Its possibility is as exemplary as the intensity of the abusive negative that may abound .. and that is where the sense of the common, with the depth of maturity and sensibility prevail .. in large numbers ..

I do not profess to be in that league, but if I were to, by some unusual change, gather sufficient momentum in hardening my skin .. I would be in such state to convey that my conveyance is right pathed ..

The right path is often the path less taken because it is too clinical and stark and without blemish .. that is an uncertain condition ..  

Righteous paths do exist and flourish .. but one has to go about to search for them … or … discover that you were indeed on the right path, and all the others were not ..

The others were not because, majority rules .. and they that rule, display correctitude - a healthy mix of ‘correct’ and ‘rectitude’  - even though they may be decades away from it !!

And thus does life move on ..

They make caricatures of me .. twist and turn their imagination, find the right couture .. and begin to put me in situations that would never ever be correct and in good shape .. but the effort needs appreciation and respect ..

And so .. they that have the facility to rise and be of right temperament in its acceptance of the creative ; my sincere gratitude to all .. there are some exceptional efforts .. which I indeed applaud .. and may they that create, never stop in their continued efforts towards this ..



And now there is preparation for the event for 26/11 .. at the Gateway of India .. a commemoration for the attacks on the city, its survivors, their strengths and will, decorated .. written about talked about and displayed on that one particular day .. 

Come if you have the time .. they , Indian Express invite me to be one of the speakers .. the cause is gracious, the vision admirable and I agree ..

It is FREE .. 

FREE .. the most loved word by most of us .. even for the domesticated pet population, who when they see opportunity shall rapidly find themselves in our near midst so they never get left out from the mission which we are undertaking  .. 

strange is it not, how pets begin to behave, look and act, like the family that domesticates them .. 

Some most endearing visuals come by on the social media often .. and it is a delight to witness the  affinity and love  .. a rarity in most  … 

Humans do it too .. and at times that could be termed even rarer than the pets .. but in the end, I do know that the several pet lovers among us shall cast their votes for the one that have ever shown sincerity and affinity to their masters - 

The pet ..

Long may this association thrive and prosper .. it can and shall be the ultimate perhaps .. perhaps  .. for, who knows .. and those that do, shield themselves from their sooth sayings , often leaving many disillusioned and disenchanted .. !!


We had several down the times .. 

Pisti, Berty, Shanukh, Franco and Nero .. 

and no cats .. the cats are self driven vehicles that roam about the streets of Jalsa and Prateeksha .. unlicensed and without legal permission ..

But then that is another story ..


Amitabh Bachchan

As we’ve seen R+L=J confirmed, I’ve seen a lot more comments on Jon’s place in the Stark family, and whether it’s to support Jon as King of Westeros, support specific ships, or to criticize his role as KITN, it’s all become rather uncomfortable - some of the most uncomfortable comments being that Cat was “right” to suspect Jon, that his sisters will see him as a romantic interest when they realize that he’s their cousin, or the Jon Targaryen posts that declare he’s only a Targaryen.

Whether it’s to support or criticize Jon, the main arguments I’ve seen have been “he’s not really a Stark, he’s Rhaegar & Lyanna’s son.” However, this ignores two very important things:

  1. Lyanna was a Stark. The 8 Starks that we know and love are not the only Starks in existence. Lyanna was born a Stark and she died a Stark, and like Ned told Jon, “you may not have my name, but my blood runs through your veins.” Jon being descended from a Targaryen does not change the fact that he is also a Stark.
  2. Jon has been raised by Starks. I don’t care that Ned is biologically Jon’s uncle. He adopted Jon. He raised Jon. He loved Jon, and while Rhaegar is Jon’s biological father, Ned is also Jon’s father. Ned will always be Jon’s father. Ned didn’t think “ah yes, there is my nephew”, he looked at Jon and saw his son. Jon has always wanted to be a Stark, to be a complete part of the family, and his siblings saw him as just their brother. Even the ones who may have seen a difference wanted him to be legally a part of the family. Robb legitimatized Jon in the end, made sure his brother could be a Stark like he wanted.

So many arguments suggest that Jon is going to reject the Starks, or fall in love with his sisters, or plot against his family to steal their birthrights. I’ve seen comments saying that Jon is stealing from Sansa, that Cat was correct in mistrusting them - as if Jon wants to rule, or is intentionally scheming against his sister. Other comments talk about how once Jon realizes he’s a Targaryen, he’ll immediately want to be with Sansa or Arya. Whatever the comment, they all seem to completely disregard Jon’s character - his desire to fit in, his sadness about being a bastard, his love for his family - and assume one basic thing: since Jon is not biologically Ned Stark’s son, the sibling bond between him and the other Starks will be gone. 

It not only assumes that as an adopted family member, Jon isn’t a “real” Stark, but also takes all the emotion out of the Starks - as if they didn’t spend 5 books, 6 seasons thinking of one another, hoping to see one another again, as if they didn’t spend their entire lives with each other. Bran shouted that Jon was his brother, Arya has stated how she’s felt most connected to him, Sansa has accepted him as her brother. And yet, somehow, Jon being their cousin means those emotions will go out the window to fit whatever plot point fans want to criticize or support.

And even if he’s not legally a Stark? Sansa said it best - he’s a Stark to her. The Stark siblings love Jon, and no matter what he legally is - bastard, cousin, Targaryen - he’s always going to be a Stark, he’s always going to be their brother. Because Jon is Jon. Their brother, their family. Whatever his label is at the time is going to change absolutely nothing, and the ideas floating around that the Starks will no longer see Jon as their brother because he’s not biologically their brother is so incredibly insulting.

anonymous asked:

5 things you want in a Gendrya future? -(direwolf-and-dragon)

1. A reunion (is that too obvious? well it is a bit obvious. it’s fine.)

2. For Gendry to be a part of Arya’s pack in whatever way is best for the both of them. I hope that this is marriage or just a true romantic partnership built on years of trust, friendship and survival. If we get any romantic happy ending at all in ASOIAF, I do hope it’s this one. It brings the whole story full circle since Rhaegar kidnapping Lyanna, Robert’s betrothed, is what started all this, so it’d be nice for this next generation to bring closure to that through finally a Stark-Baratheon union.

3. It’s hard to decide what kind of future they should have together. I used to want them to rule a kingdom together from Storm’s End or something, but I just don’t think that’s either of them. But I do feel like Arya’s being groomed for queendom in ASOIAF, so maybe. I like how out of all the characters they’re the two who seem most concerned with the well-being of the small folk. So if they were placed into a position of power to somehow influence the lives of the small folk for the better, that would be cool. If not, I think them going off on adventures would be cool too a la Ned & Robert. I just hate delegating Arya to some small bandit/warrior/assassin role when she’ll be just as qualified as Sansa to rule in the end. I think one of the lessons we’ve learned in ASOIAF is those who seek power the least are those most fit to wield it, and neither Arya nor Gendry pursue power in that way, so it’d be cool to see what they could both do with it. I think they’d both do a lot of good together.

4. Babies. That’s cliché maybe and almost fan fic-y, but I’m sick of seeing posts claiming Arya doesn’t want to be or can’t be a mother. I don’t think she’s ever shunned the idea of motherhood. I mean, in ASOIAF, she’s still too young to even contemplate that, but I feel that part of both her and Gendry’s story lines have revolved around protecting children in some way (think Weasel). I think they’d both be good parents and Arya can be both a strong, independent, smart woman and a mother at the same time.

5. Full circle of the No Featherbed for Me song, some way of bringing the lyrics to fruition once they’re together again, in whatever way that might mean. Bonus if they bring it up and realize it was meant for them. 

come slowly, eden

(the final portion of the witch prompt trilogy from all my halloween silliness. read pt 1 here, pt 2 here - someday i will clean this up and a03 it, someday)


It’s summer when the realization that will ruin Victor’s life hits him. He is fifteen years old, and he’s traveled south for the summer to visit with relatives. There’s another boy in town who’s just about his age, Christophe, and they’ve just gone for a swim to stave off the summer heat. Victor’s beaten him in a race to and from the other bank twice, through no fault of Christophe’s: Victor cuts through waves like he was born for them, has always felt most clearly himself standing on a shoreline or looking into a pool. 

If there is magic about Chris, and Victor doesn’t have any reason to believe there is, it doesn’t speak to him in waves and currents and tides. Its secrets are not kept in a beautiful blue grimoire that Victor’s gotten to peruse while his mother watches. It’s a little sad, perhaps; he’ll never know the sacred circle of a coven, and there’s a whole portion of Victor’s life that he’ll never be able to clearly articulate.

For now they are just two boys making mischief, due to head back to the manor, crafting plans to steal pastries from the cook. 

Christophe pulls his shirt down from where they’d left most of their clothes, hanging over tree branches, and Victor notices the way his muscles ripple.

The realization is this:

Oh. He’s beautiful. 

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future

I’ve been thinking about what I want to be Aryas endgame after ADOS and most of the common theories don’t sit quite right with me:

Like I know a lot of people think she will die or actually become a faceless man, because she is too far gone or something along those lines wich is utter bullshit.
And then others want her to marry Gendry and rule over Stormsend, but I honestly don’t want her to leave the North. All she ever wanted is to get home, and her Identity as Arya Stark is so very important and rooted in Winterfell and if she can not stay there in the end because of the patriachal rules of marriage in Westeros, that wouldn’t be satisfying in my opinion.

I also don’t think she will become Queen in the North but I would love for her to be Brans Advisor and maybe handle foreign affairs, she loves to travel after all and has an immense knowledge of languages. Plus she is really good with people, can charm them easily and knows how to spot a liar. And being a Kings counselor was one of the things Arya wanted to be when she was little (we all know the quote) and maybe she will finally be able to make a place for herself in the sexist hellhole that is the Westerosi society, without having to become a proper Lady. Because sometimes girls don’t have to grow out of their dreams and find someone to marry, just to prove their fathers words were a prophecy all along. Maybe it were Aryas own words that described her future.

Basically I want the Stark kids to rebuild and rule the North together and each have their own area of expertise without anyone being reduced to the role of executioner -__-


Anyway just some thoughts I had while drawing the above :)

***As promised, here is volume 2 of Malec fanfic recommendations since you all seem to enjoy the 1st edition which still can be found here.
Again, if you liked this and want me to continue doing this, let me know, okay? And now, have fun reading. I know you all want to have more Malec love in your life.***


I WANT TO ROOT YOUR SYSTEM by @sweetillusionketz [ T | AU | 14.7k | complete ]

Magnus Bane has made a name for himself in the fashion industry after raising high against all odds and becoming the Editor in Chief of the world’s most celebrated fashion magazine, Pandemonium. He’s powerful, influential, and most of all, he’s a genius. Just not when it comes to technology. In fact, Magnus hates it with a passion. So one can imagine his distaste when, after a huge thunderstorm, Pandemonium’s office lost every in a short circuit and he was forced to buy thousands worth of new fancy products from Light Inc., the world’s most renowned technology company. Good thing all that high-tech crap comes with instructions in the form of Alec Lightwood.


ALEC LIGHTWOOD AND THE VERY BAD, NO GOOD, TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE DAY by @lecrit [ M | AU | 2.1k | complete ]

Looking at him feels like looking directly into the sun and Alec wonders inwardly if he might go blind just from the way this man shines so brightly. He is the most beautiful human being Alec has ever seen. Too bad he’s a parking spot thief and now Alec has to hate him.


UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT by @highwarlockkareena [ M | 34.1k | WIP ]

Alec and Magnus never met each other. They didn’t join forces to fight the Circle when they attacked his lair, they never met to help Clary recover her memories. When the Clave refused to investigate the rumours about the rise of Valentine, Magnus, Luke, Raphael and the other Downworlders saw the problem coming for them. They banded together and rose up to stop Valentine. This story is set six months after his defeat.


HURTING AND HEALING by @swans-hooks-and-books [ T | AU | 11.5k | complete ]

“Magnus freezes. It’s then that he realises. He should’ve seen it before. He’s fairly certain he’s crushing on his best friend. His neighbour. The one boy who grew alongside him.” Childhood sweethearts AU where Alec and Magnus grow up next door to each other. Over the years, they transition from playmates to best friends to something more. But as usual, the path to happiness is always complicated.


STRENGTH by heartsdesire456 [ E | 11.7k | complete ]

After Jace disappeared with Valentine, Alec and Isabelle are put under house-arrest by their parents so that they don’t run off and screw things up worse than they already are. On top of that, they took their phones, so Alec hasn’t spoken to Magnus since Jocelyn woke up, and it drives him insane, because what he feels for Magnus feels so big and he knows, deep down, that Magnus feels the same. How do you handle knowing that Magnus Bane’s heart is in your hands?


MASTERS OF WAR by @lecrit [ T | AU | 13.6k | complete ]

Alec and Magnus hate each other. They know it. Their families know it. Their friends know it. Alec and Magnus hate each other. Or do they?


I WON’T LET YOU FALL by @jezthemadficster [ M | AU | 75k | WIP | IWLYF Universe #1 ]

Alec Lightwood is the most beautiful and talented classically trained ballet dancer at the New York Arts Institute. He’s pressured by everyone in his life to carry the honor of the Lightwood name in the New York performing arts world, he feels trapped in a box. Magnus Bane is the most liked, respected, gorgeous, and innately talented hip-hop freestyle dancer who was accepted to the Institute on scholarship. He puts on the happy face for everyone around him, but inside he is broken and badly scarred by his past. When Alec finds himself wanting to branch out and add free movement to his final senior piece he seeks the help of the one person he’s been secretly drawn to for years. The one person he knows lives very much outside of the box.


OF LOVE, GOSSIP, AND DANCE by @jezthemadficster [ M | AU | 2.2k | WIP | IWLYF Universe #2 ]

Texts between the original pairing of Raj x Elias from my fic ‘I Won’t Let You Fall’ . Raj and Elias have begun dating a little while ago and are totally in love but they just noticed that their two friends, who live in very different worlds are starting to interact. Of course these adorable gossips would be texting each other behind Magnus’ and Alec’s backs.


OF CATS AND MUSES by @theonetruenorth [ not rated | 1.2k | complete ]

Chairman Meow really liked his life. Living with Magnus was amazing. But lately he has to share him with a certain handsome Shadowhunter. Chairman Meow is not amused …


BLUE SHIELD by Hobbit69 [ E | AU | 35.7k | complete | Blue Steel series #2 ]

When Alec finally decides to propose to Magnus, he’s called to a crimes scene, where a dead junkie lies without a coat or shoes in a filthy alley. He and his partner, Jace, find a witness. Behind a dumpster, a boy crouches, hiding. The boy does not speak. He does not trust anyone. Except for Alec. Alec and Magnus have to take the boy in and give him a safe place to stay. Especially when whoever killed the junkie found in the alley wants to keep the five year old child quiet.


BLUE INNOCENCE by Hobbit69 [ E | AU | 46.8k | complete | Blue Steel series #3 ]

After a party, Isabelle discovers the body of a… well, fellow model. When she finds herself stuck in a bind, she calls the only person she can, her brother. While preparing for his wedding to billionaire Magnus Bane, Alec is forced to work to clear his sister of a crime she didn’t commit, to find a way to protect her as he hadn’t been able to protect his brother, Max.


IT’S A LOVE STORY (BABY JUST SAY “YES”) by sephirothflame [ E | AU | 5.9k | complete ]

Alec works as a doorman in Babylon Tower apartments. Magnus is living in the penthouse, and makes his interest known very clearly from the beginning.


JUST LIKE DIAMONDS DO by @muttttum [ G | 1.3k | complete ]

Magnus blinked at him, surprised. “You want to see my eyes?” he repeated slowly. Alec nodded, embarrassment flooding his face, flushing his wind-bitten cheeks an even darker pink. “How they really are, without the glamour,” Alec elaborated. “If - if that’s okay?” “Sure,” Magnus said, still sounding a little bewildered by the request. “If you want to.”


THE TIME ALEC DID (NOT) STARE AT MAGNUS’ ASS by vulturemonem [ E | PWP | 2.8k | complete ]

Magnus is horny. He teases Alec with a provocative dance. They end up in bed (obviously).


WHEN DAWN BREAKS by heartsdesire456 [ M | 9.5k | complete ]

When a text from Isabelle sends Alec to Magnus’s house as one last ditch attempt to get him to call off his wedding, Alec and Magnus come clean about their feelings and the consequences of them. When dawn breaks after one night together, Alec has to choose between doing what’s right and what his heart wants.


DEFLECT by @livhtwoods [ T | 3.3k | complete ]

Magnus had always found runes fascinating, and the power each one provided was amazing to watch in action. The way they contrasted against skin, standing out stark and powerful. The warlock also found the placing of some of them to be quite interesting. Especially Alec’s. Or: Five times Magnus agonized over his fixation with Alec’s neck and his deflect rune and one time he did something about it.


COAX THE COALS by @povverbottoms [ E | PWP | 7.4k | complete ]

Raphael, in turn, looks at the ginger root Magnus is holding and says, “Díos, this again?” “What do you mean, again?” Jace asks, looking curious. “Have we just abandoned all social rules?” Simon asks, going mostly unheard as he follows Raphael into the loft. “Does no one say ‘hi’ anymore?”


BETWEEN A MOMENT AND THE NEXT by @actuallyredorchid [ M | 1.6k | complete ]

While Clary and Simon look for the Book of the White in Camille’s apartment, Alec and Magnus go off on their own to check the perimeter.

(Missing scene to episode 1x13)


GOOD NEWS TRAVELS A LITTLE TOO FAST by @gideonhardwood [ T | 2.7k | complete | Lightwood-Bane Chronicles series #2 ]

Jace and Clary are finally engaged to be married. The only hitch is that Jace still hasn’t told Alec, and everyone else already seems to know.


HOLD ONTO ME (CAUSE I’M A LITTLE UNSTEADY) by MagnificentlyMagic [ T | 30.3k | complete | I’m overcome in this war of hearts series #1 ]

His parabatai rune was burning, not with death, or injury, but with betrayal.


AFTERNOON WORKOUT by nyghtmare [ E | PWP | 6k | complete ]

“Well, the way I see it, you have two options. Take a shower or shut up and take me to bed.”


INTIMACY by @banes-wood [ E | 3k | complete ]

“Here, take what you want, what you need.” the warlock whispered, moving his hands to Alec’s to lace them together. Or five times Magnus and Alec failed at having intimate moments and the one time they didn’t.


DON’T GO WANDERING OFF by @one100suns [ E | 28.5k | complete | Battle Scars series #1]

After being kidnapped and used as a food source for vampires, Alec finds it hard to go back to the life he once knew. Plagued by nightmares and unable to hunt, he turns to the only person he is actually comfortable being around. Magnus Bane.



I CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE YOU (EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN BE SUCH AN IDIOT) by @justnightwingit [ T | 3.1k | complete ]

Alternatively titled: The 5 times Magnus said no to Alec’s proposal, because seriously what the heck Alec you don’t propose at times like those.


DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES by @lecrit [ M | AU | 17.5k | complete ]

Magnus looked up when Alec stopped in front of the rusty gate and quirked an eyebrow upon seeing him. “Your Highness,” he muttered, deadpan. “Don’t,” Alec sighed. “Aren’t you afraid to tarnish your royal blood by coming to visit a pirate?” Magnus continued, his lips twitching with the beginning of a smirk, lacking the humor Alec had witnessed so many times before. His mesmerizing eyes told a different story, though. They were defeated, tired and it only made Alec feel worse. “I tried to explain it to them but they wouldn’t listen,” he murmured in a desperate attempt at defending himself.

In which the prince of Idris and an infamous pirate find themselves stuck together on a deserted island and have to face the consequences when they get back on land.

anonymous asked:

Love your Ned and Sansa parallels. Wish we saw more of their relationship. Can we hear your Cat/Arya parallels

Aww thank you! For me  Arya always admired her mother Catelyn. She thought she was a fondamental figure in Winterfell. And it shows here in this quote: 

“The Lannisters are proud,” Jon observed. “You’d think the royal sigil would be sufficient, but no. He makes his mother’s House equal in honor to the king’s.”

“The woman is important too!” Arya protested.

which for me foreshadows Arya being like Queen Nymeria. Marrying a lesser lord (gendry) and using her own Stark sigil to rule. (and her own army of wolves…) 

As for Catelyn, she loves Arya very much. And even though she cant understand her more wild side, she admires it. When she sees a strong woman, Arya is what comes in her mind. 

The Warrior was Renly and Stannis, Robb and Robert, Jaime Lannister and Jon Snow. She even glimpsed Arya in those lines, just for an instant.

Also arya has defently taken her more dangerous side, her desire from revenge from her mother. This list of names sounds very similiar to Arya own famous one.

I want them all dead, Brienne. Theon Greyjoy first, then Jaime Lannister and Cersei and the Imp, every one, every one. But my girls … my girls will …" 

(its also why i believe Arya will be the one to give Lady stone heart, the mercy of death. Which will be tragic for her, will make Arya stop persuing revenge and make her return home to fight the others..) 

I like how both want to look brave and strong but sometimes they just want to be held, to rest, to be vulnerable:

She woke aching and alone and weary; weary of riding, weary of hurting, weary of duty. I want to weep, she thought. I want to be comforted. I’m so tired of being strong. I want to be foolish and frightened for once. Just for a small while, that’s all … a day … an hour . . .

“I wish I was home,” she said miserably. She tried so hard to be brave, to be fierce as a wolverine and all, but sometimes she felt like she was just a little girl after all.

As for my head canons: Catelyn is always proud of how northen Arya looks. How she has took after her husband Ned. And when the septa tells Catelyn about Arya not being a lady, Catelyn goes to Arya room and consoles her. Reminding her that she is beautiful in her own way. Arya loves how her mother manages the keep, and how people ask for her opinion. She wants to be respected like her when she grows up. 

pandalandalopalis  asked:

(Part 1) Come cry with me about a Non-Robert's Rebellion AU. A world where Lyanna and Rhaegar had a secret affair but went back to their respective people and Lyanna passes off Jon as Robert's son. A world wear Rhaella still dies in childbirth but Viserys is a much kinder person and never cruel to Dany. A world where Jon winds tourneys and crowns Lyanna the Queen of Love and Beauty because to him, his mother is the most beauty woman in the world.

Ok but imagine: 

  • no one ever finding out about Jon’s parentage until years and years into the future, after Jon and Dany and everyone they know are long dead, and it’s the scandal of the century. But when Jon’s alive he’s not a bastard-he grows up in a loving family, his parents dote on him, and he has three siblings (two younger sisters and his brother Gendry). 
  • Robert never fathers any bastards because Lyanna is the love of his life. At first Lyanna isn’t thrilled to marry him-but eventually they fall in love and rule as Lord and Lady of Storm’s End
  • imagine the Stark and Baratheon boys growing up closer than brothers because Ned and Robert are always close. Jon, Robb, and Gendry are inseparable-and Arya always tags along with them until they teach her how to swordfight and run and play just like the boys
  • Lyanna encourages it; Arya is always close with her aunt because she’s the only one who seems to understand that not all girls want to be ladies. Some just want to be wolves
  • But Lyanna wants Jon to know his true father, even if he doesn’t know his true parentage, and Jon starts squiring for the king when he’s nine years old. He spends half the year in King’s Landing, where he grows up with the royal children- Rhaenys and Aegon and especially Daenerys 
  • Daenerys always misses her mother but Elia and Rhaegar raise her like one of their own children and Viserys is her beloved older brother 
  • she grows up on stories of Rhaella and she wears a locket with a tiny portrait of her mother inside of it; she never takes it off, even when she sleeps or when she’s in the bath. She never once loses it
  • Viserys suffers from the loss of his mother but he grows up surrounded by family and friends who love him and although he never forgets he’s able to forgive. He loves Dany and he goes out of his way to do nice things for her; when she’s sad he’s always the one who cheers her up and he always brings her little things he finds around the castle, like a shiny silver pin or a baby kitten (when Rhaenys’s cat Balerion has babies they all get cats of their own) 
  • Dany never grows up hearing about the Targaryen ‘curse’, because her father was mad but none of her other relatives are. And besides, it’s her choices that make her who she is-not her blood
  • imagine Dany sneaking out of her lessons to watch Jon train from the time she’s very young. Imagine them being raised together and being the best of friends-when they’re not together they write long letters to each other that they always have to hide from their siblings or else they’re made fun of mercilessly 
  • imagine Jon winning big in the tourneys and beating knights twice his age. All the girls love him, but he only has eyes for Dany. She always gives him her favor before he enters the lists and she’s always the first to congratulate him when he wins
  • until Dany comes of age he always crowns his mother the Queen of Love and Beauty because he’s always been very close to her 
  • basically Jon and Dany just grow up friends and never once doubt that they’re loved because they both have large families who make sure they’re never lonely (½) (2/2 here)