Since many people only watch the Swan Queen scenes, I thought it was interesting to point out that even in the later half of the season they were still showing Hook & Emma’s relationship in a dubious light and using parallels and story elements that queer people specifically would notice. They also put hints in the narrative that suggest Emma will be back, so like before, until this show is over… it’s simply not over.
First we had this dialogue with Henry, where Emma says she needs to leave and lay low…
…then there is a death and resurrection…
…but because it is followed by the Last Supper - an event that in the Bible happens before Jesus’ death - it could mean that this was a storytelling device giving us a summary of what is actually still to come.
They spent more time emphasizing how much pressure Snow put on Emma when she confessed to planning her wedding ever since they met…
…or by having her mother walk her to the altar in a dress that could not be more out of character…
…or letting her mother sing about this being her wish coming true but not necessarily Emma’s.
They kept hinting the marriage was doomed when they warned us that seeing the bride before the wedding is bad luck…
…and then made sure that happened…
…after turning Snow/ Emma’s dress black.
Seeing Hook burn didn’t snap Emma out of it…
…nor did the flashback scenes to the marriage - but beyond that they used special effects commonly associated with horror and trauma to evoke a negative feeling.
Then there was Hook taking on the pose of Judas in the Last Supper, marking him as a potential traitor in the middle of this new book.
We also had Regina who couldn’t look at Emma when mentioning her marriage - masking her pain…
…when promising to make sure Emma would get a good wedding…
…only to cut to a song that can be summed up as “Screw love, I don’t want to feel it anymore.” Just look at her face when Granny sings about princess Emma…
…or the Queen ripping Emma’s baby blanket while singing love doesn’t stand a chance.
If Regina’s song is relevant to her present day feelings then so is Hook’s. He sings he doesn’t care about Snow & Charming’s rank… but they never offered him a title in the flashback. Marrying Emma in the present would actually give him their rank, riches and their most important treasure - their daughter…
…but even in the present he hasn’t let go of his revenge and grabs the first opportunity to go after the Dark One. She doesn’t let him help, he doesn’t keep his promise to let her handle it.
Meanwhile Emma and Regina agree they don’t want to raise Henry alone, work together and we see Emma hypothetically co-adopt Zelena’s kid…
…and Regina jumps on the opportunity to take Emma out after Hook leaves…
…once again drawing our attention to the fact the character that has made the most progress doesn’t approve of the man her friend is marrying but supports her regardless…
….and yet there is no resolution, so why write those lines at all?
Or finally show us Hook is a murderer right before the wedding after seasons of just telling us?
There was also Jasmine’s forced marriage to Jafar because she felt she had to do it out of duty…
…while the real solution proved to be giving in to love between the thief and the princess - coincidentally wearing Regina’s coat…
… at the same time they had innuendo heavy dialogue like “We know each other in various ways…” between Jasmine and Ariel…
…and gave them the most romantic moment from the Aladdin movie…
…then had Ariel ‘come out’ to Eric.
Then there were these two who qualify for a “Find someone who looks at you like Tiger Lily looks at Fiona when she trusts her with her baby…” meme…
…and that’s without mentioning the gal pal level fierce loyalty Tiger Lily has toward her fairy godchild’s mother.
Of course we all saw Regina’s pained face when she heard about the proposal…
…and Emma’s face daring her to say anything…
…and that brief flash of pain on her face as she lets go.
So yes, that’s just a short list of interesting narrative choices made by creators who already knew more or less what’s next…
…so maybe this split in Lucy’s new book with somebody out of the picture and Emma, Henry and Regina bathing in light is entirely intentional?
Title: there’s this girl Fandom: miraculous ladybug Rating: K+ Characters: Ladybug (Marinette), Queen Bee (Chloe) Summary: Queen Bee has a secret. It’s not what Ladybug thinks.
“So there’s this girl.”
Ladybug cocked her head and stared at her friend with wide
eyes, mouth falling open to say something, but the look on Queen Bee’s face
stopped her in her tracks. Bottom lip caught between her teeth, gaze heavy on
her hands clasped tightly in her lips, she looked hesitant and unsure, lacking
the confidence and charisma that usually oozed from every pore. Ladybug didn’t
know how to respond. It wasn’t every day that Queen Bee chose to open up to her
or any of the other heroes of Paris; she held her secrets and identity tighter
than any of them did.
“For my father,” she’d say when asked why and rarely said
more. Ladybug wasn’t arguing—she did the same thing—but it was different to
have someone so similar working beside her. While she enjoyed Volpina’s
presence, and Chat Noir was her partner, Queen Bee was something entirely new
and unexpected, but not unwanted. Ladybug had spent so long explaining why
secret identities were important, and while everyone had accepted that long
ago, Queen Bee was the only person who seemed to understood why.
“So there’s this girl,” Queen Bee had said, completely
out-of-the-blue and sending Ladybug’s thoughts into a whirlwind, unprompted on
an early Saturday after an akuma battle under the silver sunrise of the Paris
morning. “And I don’t know what to do.”
This is probably one of my favorite prompt ideas I’ve ever gotten honestly. @mikimiska113 , I love this so much!
Takes place on Dragonstone. More alcohol involved lol
Jon hadn’t known what to expect when Tyrion had invited him to his solar late at night for a ‘serious discussion’ but it hadn’t been a drinking game with him and Grey Worm.
He poured himself another glass, knowing even as he topped it off that he should stop now before he did something he would regret later. But he also knew that he wouldn’t; it was nice, in a way, to just be able to talk freely about nothing of consequence with a couple of friends (at least, he hoped Grey Worm was a friend; it was hard to tell sometimes with the Unsullied commander) without worrying about what would happen on the morrow.
“The last time you lay with someone,” Tyrion said, looking at both of them with eyes that were barely bloodshot, even though he’d drank more wine than both of the others combined. “Lord Snow, you’re first.”
He toyed with the rim of his glass, not looking at either of them. “Several years,” he muttered as he took another long sip.
Tyrion almost spat out his wine. “Several years? I would have supposed the first thing you did once you left the Night’s Watch would be to find a woman to lie with.” Jon noticed he didn’t say anything about how Jon had broken his vows; doubtless he’d already guessed. The Lannister had always seemed to know things without anyone telling him.
“Didn’t find the right woman. I’m still looking.”
“If you wanted to, there are brothels near the harbor-”
He shrugged. “Whores have never been my type.” Not after his own mother had likely been one; he wouldn’t condemn an innocent child to his fate.
“Well, you have more restraint than I do.” Tyrion turned to Grey Worm, who took another sip from his glass. “And what about you, Grey Worm? I’m sure there are other ways you can find pleasure, even without your…parts.”
The soldier nodded, stone faced. “Several days ago.”
This time Tyrion really did spit out his wine. “Did you really? I was expecting it would take at least another month. Was it Missandei?”
Grey Worm nodded again, still expressionless.
“Well, that’s excellent. Congratulations. As for myself…I have to confess, I haven’t lay with anyone since right before I left Meereen. Being the Hand to the Queen is quite time consuming and I haven’t had the time or interest to explore the harbor.” He spoke casually and drank more wine; Jon wondered just how much he was used to drinking, because he was already starting to feel sick.
“She’s quite a woman,” Jon replied. He couldn’t imagine having that job the Dragon Queen was fiercely passionate about the causes she cared about, but also fiery and impulsive. She may not have been her father, but many of her Targaryen traits were readily apparent.
“That she is. Her heart is in the right place…she just isn’t always certain how to go about accomplishing her goals. Very like someone else I know.”
Jon reddened. “She’s quite determined.”
“She wouldn’t have gotten very far if she’d been anything less. Certainly not to the place she is now. Grey Worm, what do you think we should do about Cersei Lannister?”
“I am not strong at diplomacy, only at battle. We could overrun the city easily, within a day…but the Queen will not, because she does not wish to hurt innocents. But we are running out of choices; the longer we allow the Mad Queen to rally her forces the more likely that she will attack in a way that we will have trouble repelling.”
“You’re a ray of sunshine, aren’t you?” Grey Worm didn’t answer. “What would you do, Jon Snow, if you were in our position?”
Jon shrugged. “I have no place-”
“Hypothetically. The Queen seems to value your counsel; you stopped her from burning the Red Keep to the ground.”
“It doesn’t matter what I say, what any of us do, if we don’t confront the threat to the North.”
“I don’t know much about the White Walkers, but I’m beginning to think that you bring them up whenever you don’t want to talk about something.”
Tyrion smirked, refilling his glass and Jon’s without being asked. “You’re not as clever as you believe you are, Lord Snow. Not so good at hiding your emotions. Or maybe I’m just used to seeing people in love-God knows my siblings were always giving each other eyes, even when we were growing up. I know what a man looks like when he’s undressing a woman with his eyes.”
Jon felt the back of his neck redden. “I did nothing of the sort.”
“He did, didn’t he Grey Worm?”
Jon silently pleaded with Grey Worm, hoping he could find an ally, but the soldier only looked slightly more interested. “He watches the Queen whenever he believes she’s not looking.”
“That’s not true-” Jon protested.
“Grey Worm is a skilled soldier of the most highly disciplined army in the known world. Forgive me if I believe him more than I believe you. New round: we’ll ask you a question and you give us an answer. If we think you’re lying, you have to take another drink.”
He already knew he’d feel ill in the morning. “I shouldn’t-”
“A drink or two won’t hurt you. Trust me. I would know.”
Jon sighed, already knowing the night wouldn’t end any other way. “Fine. But just a couple of questions.”
“Do you love our queen?”
Tyrion rolled his eyes. “You’ll have to try harder than that. Take a drink.” Grey Worm looked amused as he nodded, and his eyes almost looked like they were laughing as Jon took another drink. “Do you want to kiss her?”
“Take a drink. You’re a terrible liar-which is the only reason why I even believe in these White Walkers you’re so dead set on.”
He could feel the alcohol taking effect and briefly Jon wondered whether this had been Tyrion’s intention all along, to ascertain to how deep his feelings for Dany went. “She’s…not what I expected.”
“If it’s any comfort, she loves you too. She’s never looked at anyone the way she looks at you. It would be sweet perhaps, if it weren’t so inconvenient.”
“It doesn’t matter anyway. In a few days I’ll be gone and she’ll never have to deal with me again.”
“Do you really think she wants that?” Tyrion refilled his glass, opening another bottle of wine. “I’ve been thinking about this and…I may have found a solution.”
This should be good. “And what kind of solution were you thinking of?”
It was Jon’s turn to choke on his drink. “What?”
“It makes perfect sense; you’ll both have to marry at some point, and if I know my history correctly the Starks don’t have the same propensity for marrying siblings that the Targaryens do. You’ll both keep your crowns and combine your forces.”
For just a second he allowed himself to entertain the idea. “I don’t-”
Tyrion shrugged. “It’s just a suggestion. But it may give you what you’re looking for-and a little more besides.”
“That’s not a decision I can make now, without consulting my advisors.”
“Will you have the time to talk to them?”
He took another drink. Using my own words against me? Clever. He forced himself to stand, even as the ceiling swung in ever widening circles around him. “This has been a lovely evening, gentlemen, but I’m afraid I have to go.”
“Are you sure? I still have another bottle-”
To Jon’s surprise, Grey Worm stood up as well-and if he was drunk, he didn’t show it. “I should go as well. Thank you, Lord Tyrion.”
Jon managed to leave the room without staggering too much-but once the door had safely closed behind them his legs almost gave out from under him and he found himself gripping Grey Worm’s shoulder until he caught his balance.
The Unsullied looked more surprised than upset. “Are you sure you’re all right, Lord Snow?”
“For the moment.” He knew he wouldn’t be in the morning, but that was still a long time away. “Good night.”
“Good night.” Grey Worm nodded to him once and walked away, his posture meticulously straight.
Jon got lost on the way to his chambers and found himself in a part of the castle he didn’t recognize at all. He didn’t realize how late it was; the corridors were deserted and all of the servants had gone home for the night, so there was no one that he could have asked for help even if he’d wanted to.
Thankfully, that also meant there was no one around to see him trying not to stagger around drunkenly and failing miserably.
Finally he reached the door to his room and opened it carefully. He was practically ready to fall into bed; his shoes were halfway off and he was undoing the first few buttons on his shirt when he closed the door behind him and realized that his bedroom had changed-and he wasn’t alone.
The room was dominated by a heavy wooden bed, covered in black and red sheets. A desk rested against one wall, and a table under the window held a miniature version of the armies map in the war room. At least, that was what he could make out in the darkness-until there was a rustling from the bed and someone lit a candle, throwing the face of the Dragon Queen into shadow. She was so confused that Jon almost found it funny. “Lord Snow?”
“Your Grace? What are you doing in my chambers?”
She didn’t look upset-just very, very confused. “These aren’t your chambers, Lord Snow. They’re on the other side of the castle.” Ever so slowly, she got to her feet. Her hair was loose and flowing around her shoulders and she wore a nightgown that seemed lighter than air; she reminded him of one of the wood spirits Old Nan had always told stories about, made of air and sunlight and impossible for mortal men to touch. “Are you all right?”
“Yes, I’m fine. Must have just gotten turned around, that’s all.” He turned towards the door-and practically tripped over her boots, which seemed to have appeared out of nowhere.
She rushed to his side and grabbed his arm, as if to keep him from falling (she was stronger than she looked). “Are you drunk?”
She rolled her eyes. “I can smell the wine on your breath.”
“It was only a glass or two.”
She shook her head. “Believe me, if you’d only had a glass or two you’d already be in your own bed, asleep-”
“Lord Tyrion said I should marry you.” He didn’t know why the words came out. They just did, and there was nothing he could do to stop them.
For a moment, Dany looked at him like he was out of his mind entirely. “He said what?”
“It’s a strategic match; the North still has their king, and you have all of the Seven Kingdoms.”
“All right…well, what do you think about it?”
“I don’t know.” He knew that what he was thinking at the moment was that he wanted to tear off her nightdress, but he didn’t think she’d appreciate that. “I should speak to Davos about it first.”
“That’s a good idea-and perhaps you should wait until you’re sober.” She turned to go to bed and he knew, rationally, that he should leave-he’d already made a big enough fool of himself for one night.
But the words came out anyway. “You’re very beautiful.”
She stopped in her tracks and turned back to him. Her expression was inscrutable-and he was fairly sure it wasn’t just because of the wine. “I…thank you.” She sounded uncertain, almost worried, as if it had been the last thing she was expecting him to say.
The alcohol dulled his senses and made him bold. He took a step forward before he could think better of it, before he could talk himself down from it, easily closing the distance between them. She looked at him carefully, questioningly-and he kissed her before he could think better of it, before the alcohol would wear off enough for him to realize what a very bad thing this was and how much he would regret it later.
Kissing her was everything he’d thought it would be and more, the few times he’d allowed himself to imagine it. Her mouth was soft and warm and tasted of salt air and open sea, and a distant smoky and charred scent that he could only imagine was dragonfire. Their lips moved together and he’d found they had moved closer together as well until there was no space between them at all and he brought his hand up to cup her cheek, stroking her fair skin.
When she stepped away, his head was whirling-but reality came back to him in a sudden, savage rush.
Neither of them knew what to say, and the distance that had once seemed nonexistent now seemed impassable. Her eyes were guarded, her expression unreadable.
“I’m sorry, your Grace. Good night.” He left the room with as much composure as he could muster and ran like hell as soon as the door closed behind him, as if he could somehow outrun the weight of his mistake-only to double back, open the door, and say (as if to seal his fate) “I love you.”
“That must have been some heavy wine last night, Lord Snow.”
There was a joking tone in the Queen’s voice and he couldn’t understand why. Yes, he’d been drinking the night before…but he hadn’t thought it was that obvious. He’d had a wicked hangover and had vomited twice in the early morning, but now he was feeling if not completely normal then at least halfway there. “Really? What gave it away?”
Her eyes dimmed. He’d never really seen the light leave someone’s eyes, had never really known what that expression meant…but he did now. “You don’t remember,” she said coldly, almost imperiously, “coming into my chambers at quite an ungodly hour insisting they were your own? And then kissing me?”
He went cold all over. That couldn’t be right. First of all, he would never do something like that and never put himself in such a position. And he would remember…that if he’d actually done it.
But the more he thought about it, the more he scoured his memory, the more he thought he remembered it-a room lit only by a single candle, her cheek in his hand, her lips on his, and the look in her eyes when he’d left the room, as if he’d finally managed to do something that surprised her. Seven hells. “Your Grace, I’m very sorry about any impropriety-”
“Don’t apologize.” She looked almost amused, even though he wasn’t amused in the slightest. Gods, this could ruin him. “You were quite drunk. No one else needs to know, as far as I can tell. An honest mistake. Although, it was quite enjoyable.” She walked back to break her fast with Missandei, and Jon saw the Queen’s closest advisor sneak a glance at him as if to make sure he was behaving himself. If only you knew.
Seven hells, Jon. He attacked his plate of roast sausage in silence.
He only looked up once to see Tyrion looking at him from the other side of the table. And he could have sworn he was smiling, as if he somehow knew all about what had transpired the night before.
Female Awesome Meme: [1/5] female driven shows ✿ Scream Queens
I recently took a women’s studies class. Yes, because it was a requirement, but I learned a lot anyways. Like the culture that says it’s okay for a man to objectify a woman for her appearance is the same culture that pressures girls as young as ten to have eating disorders.
What're your thoughts on toms being permanent queens/nursery helpers?
i think it’s a great idea!!
there is the natural instinct that the queens will have with newborns, aka not allowing any toms near them/in the nursery. i could see nursery toms being more for older kits (like 10 weeks + ), to watch them and give their queen mother a break. i think with younger kits the queen would be too nervous to leave them or would only let another queen nurse/watch them
but yeah! like especially as a way to help the kits become more independent from their mother and more social with other members of the clan. and if there are only newborns in the nursery, the nursery toms could act as permanent guards, making sure no other toms enter and further aggravate the queen/kits