order of birth

aaaand the winners of the giveaway are:

first place goes to @jollyrogerjones
second place goes to @anhonourablecaptain
third place goes to @nautilusfirstmate

I’ll message you all shortly to discuss necessary details for your prizes~

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GOOD CONCEPT, ILOVE IT

i’ve only done elise so far but i wanted to share her with you all before i move on to the other royals. i feel like since she’s the eldest she would be given siegfried and trained like a brave knight and future queen. but she’s still a sweet and compassionate woman who would rather nurture than kill (´∀`)

Some of y’all are asking about the ritual with the scotch, so HERE IS A STORY THAT SPANS SEVERAL GENERATIONS OF SHENNANIGANS.

So my dad’s side of the family is a bunch of rowdy farm boys with a dark sense of humor. My oldest uncle Tim was the first to get married and the rest of them orchestrated this complicated, almost medieval style dance routine on the dance floor where they would switch dance partners mid-song and slowly danced the bride towards the door, swept her up, put her in the back of the pickup truck, and took her away.

Tim doesn’t notice until the song ends. This was in the 70′s, way before cell phones. The front desk of the hotel gets a call, it’s one of my uncles. “We have your wife. The price is one bottle of scotch.”

He’s like ‘what is this shit?’ And he figures they can’t hold out too long. They have to come back sometime. No. They are literally driving her around the block several times, stopping at pay phones to check in to see if he’s gotten the ransom. This goes on for about an hour.

So he goes out and gets a bottle of scotch, puts it by the door as they drive by and everyone returns.

All the boys got married in the order of their birth and let me just say… they’re not above petty payback. Next one up is Jay who just… seems to forget entirely that his brothers are complete jackasses. Also, he was kind of the ringleader at the last one so there’s no way they could do it to him!

Haha… ha…. haaaaaaaa… oh, uncle Jay. You sweet summer child… who is also several decades older than me. 

Bride gets kidnapped, almost in the same manner as Tim’s. The price, as always, is a bottle of scotch. But Jay… oh… Jay…

Jay just HAD to get his ass married on a Sunday and this is Indiana, buck-o. There ain’t no alcohol sales on Sundays. No liquor stores, no grocery stores, no convenience stores. Nowhere. But there WAS a bar at the Marriott holding the reception. So he had to pay the front desk $75 for a bottle of scotch maybe worth $20 so he could get his wife back. 

A pattern emerges. 

My uncle Moe was next in line. They…. eloped for reasons, but for the purposes of this story we will say that he avoided a situation where his brothers could steal his wife. It’s kind of a personality thing with him, we’ve noticed. Just… ‘oh! Let me avoid this conflict entirely.’ 

Next up is my dad, who is a fun-loving dude who had his reception at a bowling alley and he was NOT, I repeat: NOT- going to have this night ruined by larceny when there is IMPORTANT BOWLING TO BE DONE. Buys a bottle of scotch and and presents it to his brothers with a big audience just so no one can claim that he didn’t. Everyone has fun. 

Moe’s first marriage falls through, and I’m not saying that there’s superstitious reasons for this but I’m just saying- he most certainly DID NOT present a bottle of scotch as an offering at the reception so we must reasonably assume that this had something to do with it. He gets married again and you better believe that there was a bottle of scotch waiting for his brothers at their table. 

So this tradition carried on into the next generation. No one actually expects that the four of them are up to kidnapping anyone when they’re well into their 50′s, but no one is about to risk it. There is a bottle of scotch at the table where the brothers sit at every wedding. 

But my cousin Julia is a perfectionist and if there is any detail that might go wrong, she is going to obsess over it. Because of this, she has a tendency to overcompensate to make sure that NOTHING goes wrong. NOTHING. 

She plans her big moment TO THE MINUTE and a week before the wedding she has this revelation… she has heard… stories. 

Oh no. 

The scotch. 

Around the same time, my grandma is moving out of her old house and she’s inviting family members to rifle through her old things before she gives them to Goodwill. Me, my dad, Tim, and Jay are all there. We’re about to leave when Moe comes up the drive way with a BIG BOX. 

And Gran is like ‘I don’t need more stuff… I don’t need more stuff.. what the fresh hell have you brought to me this time, son of mine?’

He sets it on the floor and it clinks. 

“Julia has ordered me to bring this as a preemptive offer to ensure that there will be no need for a ransom.”

He has brought 24 bottles of scotch. Each brother, including himself, can have six bottles. Whatever debt might have been incurred from his first marriage has been paid off. Her children, and her children’s children, and her children’s children’s children… will no longer need to live in fear of kidnapping on their wedding night. 

This is a sharp contrast to my sister-in-law, who learned of this tradition a week before her wedding, went out and bought a bottle of scotch, slammed it down on their table, and told them to fight for it. 

MBTI and birth order survey

Hi everybody!

There’re some theories about birth order and personality, some other people says that personality doesn’t actually have noting to do with one’s birth order.

Still, I’m interested on finding out if there’s some correlation between people’s birth order and MBTI personality type.

Could you, please, reblog this with your MBTI type and if you’re:

-Only child

- Oldest child

- Middle child

- Youngest child

Thanks to everybody participating! If I collect enough data I’ll do some graphs and stuff :D

Also, if you know your brother’s and sister’s MBTI type, you could add it with their birth order too?

When Osomatsu is unable, Karamatsu steps in as the eldest brother.

When Oso and Kara screw up, Choromatsu strives to be the most responsible one.

When all three ditch everyone else (such a reliable family aren’t they) Ichimatsu is forced to attempt this role.

…Can someone please tell them they’re all the same age? I’m genuinely impressed with how strictly they keep their birth order status.

Ok but???

Jason Todd is such a middle child. He has so many traits of middle child like behavior and traits such as:

- doing his best to differentiate himself from the oldest sibling yet at the same time proving himself to be better
- having mostly friends like him (all anti heroes and people on the edge and many with horrible back stories)
- being really stubborn as hell
- having an awareness that the youngest and oldest children seem to matter more in the hierarchy (especially when it was him, Dick, and Tim)
- that whole “fuck you I’m going to be different and strike out on my own” thing that middle children seem to do very often, especially with an overachieving oldest child. (This is something I’ve read and seen irl)

PSA THIS IS NOT HOW ALL MIDDLE CHILDREN ARE BUT ALL OF THESE TRAITS ARE ONES THAT CHARACTERIZE MANY MIDDLE CHILDREN.

Let's get to know each other, reblog so people can get to know you too!

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

2. What books on your shelf are begging to be read?

3. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?

4. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

5. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it?

6. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away?

7. Who is the biggest pack rat you know?

8. When making an entrance in to a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost?

9. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be?

10. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?

11. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

12. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?

13. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?

14. How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections?

15. Which animals scare you most? Why?

16. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?

17. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savoured?

18. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will?

19. Are you a creature of habit? Explain.

20. Are you high maintenance? Explain.

21. When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits?

22. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends? Why?

23. Are you more inclined to “build your own empire” or unleash the potential of others?

24. What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone?

25. What do you think about more than anything else?

26. What’s something that amazes you?

27. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why?

28. Where’s your favourite place to take an out-of-town guest?

29. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?

30. Do you have a catchphrase?

31. What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?

32. How and where do you prefer to study?

33. What position do you sleep in?

34. What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?

35. What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?

36. How has your birth order/characteristics of siblings affected you?

37. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?

38. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?

39. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

40. Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?

41. What do you consider unforgivable?

42. Have you forgiven yourself for past personal failures? Why or why not?

43. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?

44.Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for?

45. To what extent do you trust people? Explain.

46. In what area of your life are you immature?

47. What was the best news you ever received?

48. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular?

49. When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? What was the long term result? Conversely, are you close with anyone now that you really disliked at first?

50. When do you find yourself singing?

anonymous asked:

What's your opinion on the theory that Dipper is treated unfairly throughout GF? For example, Dipper sacrifices a lot for Mabel, while she only seems to sacrifice her sock-puppet show for him. There are also many suggestions in the show that some episodes overlap, like that from July 11-15, Sock Opera, Blendin's Game and Into the Bunker overlap. Which means D was under a LOT of pressure that week and he sacrificed a LOT for his sister. But she doesn't thank him for that. What are your thoughts?

See, maybe it’s the big sister in me, because I’ve never understood this particular complaint. The fact is, Dipper loves Mabel so much that her happiness is his own; his actions of sacrifice on her behalf are freely chosen. That’s why Bill’s behavior in “Sock Opera” is so insidious; he builds on Dipper’s momentary frustration with Mabel (why won’t she help me?!?!) by bringing up the various ways he’s helped her in the past, implying that she hasn’t done much to return the favor. He seeks to engender resentment where there was none, where Dipper was previously unwilling to give him so much as a stitch of Mabel’s puppet show; hey, she worked hard on those.

The key assertion I have to address here is that “Dipper sacrifices a lot for Mabel, while she only seems to sacrifice her sock-puppet show for him.” I imagine that viewers come to the conclusion that Dipper has the losing end because, when they compare Dipper’s problems to Mabel’s, they see Dipper’s as more serious. Dipper has a crush he can’t shake (relatable), Mabel is gaga over a pig she just saw at the fair (less relatable); Dipper is pursuing the latest lead in his search for the Author (important), Mabel is rigging up an elaborate puppet show to impress the Boy of the Week (unimportant). Yet the show is always keenly aware that Mabel’s problems, as trivial as they may seem to us, are as important to her as Dipper’s are to him. Bill highlights this when he says, “Who would sacrifice everything they’d worked for just for their dumb sibling?”, causing Mabel to respond, “Dipper would.” Dipper’s “everything” is his investigation of Gravity Falls and Mabel’s “everything” is her puppet show, but each of their projects is everything. Coming from Mabel, the sacrifice of the sock puppet show–and, by extension, of a shot at the “epic summer romance” she’s been seeking as ardently as Dipper has been seeking the answers to his questions–is a very real loss, one she’s willing to accept because Dipper would do and has done as much for her.

Nor is Mabel’s puppet show the only casualty of her greater love for her brother; the loss of her dream world is no mean thing. Mabeland might not be to everyone’s taste (I would personally have thinned out the crowd and lowered the 80s club music a notch), but it’s Mabel’s ideal universe; it’s a world where everything is as she wants it, where she’s never bored or lonely, where every boy loves her, where the high court judge is a kitten. With the threat of change weighing on her and the most important relationship of her life under siege, the prison bubble presents Mabel with an irresistible retreat. Bill, who has banked on human greed in the past to great success, believes that the trap is inescapable, that no one handed all their heart’s desires on a plate will be capable of leaving (just as Mabel is taken in by her desperation to stop time, Dipper wavers when presented with the possibility of growing up on the spot). But without Dipper, all of it is hollow; she prefers in the end to leave her safe place and to follow him into an uncertain world.

For much of the show, Dipper is the more responsible one within the context of their relationship. Regardless of actual birth order, Mabel is the baby; sometimes the baby gets in a habit of relying on charm to carry her through, taking it for granted that her older siblings will always step up to the plate on her behalf, because she’s just that cute (looking at you, youngest sibling in my own family). But if Mabel’s occasional thoughtlessness with regard to Dipper is a character flaw, it’s worth measuring against the depth of her concern for the world at large, a quality that Dipper himself, who tends to value his select group, could stand to learn from. Dipper’s only real issue with the destruction of Northwest Manor and all of its visitors is that Mabel happens to be among them; Mabel is the first to see the potential for redemption in Pacifica, even though Dipper is the one who becomes close to her.

But Mabel loves Dipper more than anyone, and she is grateful to him for everything he does for her and shows it. She apologizes to him at the end of “Sock Opera” for letting a transient enthusiasm skew her priorities: “I spent all week obsessing over a dumb guy. But the dumb guy I should have cared about was you.” After escaping the prison bubble, she makes it clear to him that he can stay with Ford if he wants to–her noblest moment in the series, because Dipper is her entire world, infinitely more to her than crushes and pet pigs and magical trees that grow stuffed animals. He stays with her, not out of guilty obligation, but because he wants to be with her–because she’s his best friend, because growing up without her would be unthinkable. He’s a fair-minded guy, not one to take the fall without good reason–when he operates against her in “The Time-Traveler’s Pig,” he does so on the assumption that her pig is an enthusiasm of the moment and that his love for Wendy is permanent. When he realizes that losing Waddles will truly hurt her, he doesn’t hesitate. “I could never break your heart, Mabel.”

But look at how she thanks him. She knows this wasn’t easy for him and she’s ready to show him how much it means to her. She tackles him in sheer strength of feeling. She lifts him right off his feet.

Treated unfairly? Dipper gets back everything he gives away with interest. Dipper’s happiness is his sister’s happiness and he always gets it because he is her happiness. Dipper is a lucky kid.

Legit’s Character Development Worksheet

There are lots of character development worksheets out there, but in my opinion nothing that really examines a character’s growth and development, which is what I’m aiming to do with mine. You can use this to better understand your character, spot “holes” in their development, or to build a character from scratch! 

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Ancestry

  1. What is this character’s lineage? 
  2. Are there any genetic factors that may affect them? (Mental illness/disabilities that run in the family, magical lineage, etc.?)
  3. What is/was their parents’ social class? 
  4. What are their parents/caregivers like prior to their being born?
  5. If not raised by their parents, then by whom? Are their caretakers of a different social class than the character? How are they treated as a result?
  6. In the case of non-human characters, what is the status of their “kind” prior to their birth/construction/etc.? (E.g., are they the first generation of a new AI? Are they the first generation of vampires to live in the light?) 
  7. Are there changing social values between prior generations and their own that may affect them?

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Circumstances at Birth

  1. What is their parental status at birth? (Single mother, both parents, etc.)
  2. What social class is your character born into?
  3. What is expected of your character based on the social class that they are born into? By their parents/caregivers? By the society they live in?
  4. How are they advantaged/disadvantaged at birth? Disability? Poverty? Etc.
  5. Are there any circumstances surrounding their birth that may affect their early childhood? (For example, they were unwanted by their parents/caregivers, they were the long-awaited heir to a kingdom, or they were born (assigned as) a girl when the parents were hoping for a boy?)

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Childhood 

  1. If they lose a parent/are orphaned/adopted/parents divorce, etc., at what age does this happen? a.) How does the age at which this happened affect them? Do they remember this change? Are they affected by the change?
  2. Does their social status/class change at any point during childhood? Why?
  3. What is their relationship with their parents/caregivers like? How do these interactions affect them in later life? (For example, a perfectionist character may have only received approval from their parents for big achievements.)
  4. Do they have siblings or other close relationships with family members of a similar age? (Do bear in mind that early relationships with siblings can play a strong role in the way that people approach friendships in later years.)
  5. If they have siblings, what is their birth order, and how does this affect them?
  6. What are some of the most impactful moments from their childhood? How do these moments affect them? What do they learn from these experiences? (E.g., “authority figures aren’t to be trusted).
  7. Was their childhood a happy one? If not, how do they see their childhood as an adult? Does this make them angry, do they try to ignore it, or have they moved on?
  8. What are their typical social interactions like as children? Do they have a lot of friends, are they shy, etc.?
  9. Do they exhibit expected behaviors or have difficulty conforming? (Conforming to gender roles or not, for example.)
  10. What are their primary interests as a child?

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Adolescence

  1. Is there a turning point that moves your characters from childhood and into a more “mature” perspective? (For example, the death of a loved one.) 
  2. Does their social status/class change at any point during adolescence? Why?
  3. How does their relationship with their parents develop from childhood to adolescence?
  4. Do any major changes occur in their life during adolescence? How do these changes affect them?
  5. In the case of MOGAI characters, at what point does your character realize they are “different” than the expected social norm? What are the circumstances surrounding that?
  6. What is your character’s attitude toward sex and sexuality? How does their interaction with their parents/caregivers affect them?
  7. How much independence is your character granted as an adolescent?
  8. Does your character have more/less responsibility than the typical adolescent? In what ways? (For example, having to take care of a younger sibling.
  9. How does their social life change (or not change) from childhood to adolescence?
  10. How are they prepared for adulthood as an adolescent?
  11. When in their society are they expected to become an “adult”?
  12. How do their interests evolve from childhood to adolescence?
  13. Is there a defining moment that transitions them from adolescence into adulthood? (Joining the military, moving out, etc.) 

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Adulthood

  1. What is their primary attitude towards life based on their experiences in childhood and adolescence?
  2. What kinds of events would be necessary to change these attitudes? 
  3. Does their social status/class change as they reach adulthood, or at any point after? Why?
  4. Are they generally independent as an adult? Why/why not?
  5. Do they retain their relationship with their family on reaching adulthood?
  6. Do they retain their social group from adolescence?
  7. How/where do they meet new friends/love interests?
  8. What is their attitude toward romance/love/family? What are their main goals regarding this as they enter adulthood?
  9. What is their main goal as an adult? (A high-paying career, romance, family, to have fun, to survive, etc.) 
  10. How do their goals change over time? As they meet old goals and set new ones?
  11. How do their interests mature from adolescence to adulthood? (For example, an interest in writing as a teen may lead them to a career in publishing.)

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Older Age

  1. Do they accomplish their goals as set out in earlier adulthood? How do they feel if these goals are not met?
  2. As they approach older age, what is their social class?
  3. Do they build a family in their adulthood? What is this family like?
  4. If they become a parent, how is their relationship with their children affected by the relationship they had with their own parents?
  5. What do they want to “leave behind” in the world?
  6. Do they become a mentor/teacher to others?
  7. As they grow older, how do they feel about the concepts of aging? Weakening? Death?

Think outside the box as you answer these. Remember that if you bend and stretch them enough, these questions can fit into virtually any world. 

(A table of contents will become available at the end of the series. Recent additions can be found in the meantime in either the posts by pear or the relationships tags. This series will remain open for additional posts and the table of contents up-to-date as new posts are added.)

Part Six: Sibling Perception

While we’ll get to the actual writing of siblings in our next post, it’s important to know the history of what’s been done with siblings in literature in the past. There are some truly great siblings out there like the Weasley multitude, the infamous Lannister twins, the Pevensies, the Holmes brothers, and Scout and Jem Finch. Sibling relationships can be some of the closest that develop because of the continued shared history and a deep understanding of the expectations we grew up with. So let’s take a look at some of the popular portrayals and begin thinking about how we can tip those on their heads.

Kinship is a complex and intensely varied topic, and trying to explain all the variations can become not only confusing but easily bogged down with dull terminology. In an effort to steer clear of that, suffice it to say that our typical, modern, bilateral idea of who’s in our family and who counts as siblings isn’t the only way to understand the relationships. Just as with parents, the responsibilities of siblings can change depending on a culture’s ideas for work distribution, as well as birth order. Often, older children in stories become the caretakers of younger children since in theory, older children will mature sooner. However, more common is the perpetuation of the idea that girls mature faster than boys, and whether the girl-child was born first or not, the eldest girl-child will become caretaker and assistant to their mother (another perpetuation of gendered division of labor, a modern idea that hasn’t always been what it is today).

From this overuse of “typical” gendered labor results quite a few tropes. A child forced to care for their siblings like a parent is a common one for writers looking to still have responsible oversight for their characters without the difficulty of writing a character perceived as being as strict as a parent, or in an attempt to avoid writing a parent when the writer has no experience as one. 

Littlest siblings often lose personality first, devolving from a character to a shadow that follows the others around, doesn’t have much of a presence, and often ends up as an annoyance to be removed or avoided rather than a relationship to be explored. Meanwhile, oldest siblings are often the tough characters, either manifesting as bullies or die-hard protectors. Black sheep and white sheep–the rebellious ne’er-do-well one and the industrious embodiment of the family’s values–are also common portrayals of various siblings. The foolish sibling and responsible sibling team is another exceptionally common trope. Interestingly enough, sister teams and brother-sister teams are common, however brother teams are less-so.

Zodiac-style profiling of siblings where a list of traits associated with birth order are abundant, and I caution you if you decide to use them: People are people are people and generalizations never fully encompass the entire experience. Just as with astrology and personality typing, these kinds of generalities are often inaccurate or only vaguely applicable. Use with care.

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Guess who I finally collected yesterday

Happy Women Physicians Day!

I owe an incalculable debt to all the amazing women who came before me and paved my path. 

A selection of my personal heroes, in order of their birth year: 

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in America. 

Dr. Dorthy Reed Mendenhall, the woman who discovered Hodgkin’s Disease is not in fact a type of TB by discovering the eponymous Reed-Sternberg cell. 

Dr. Helen B. Taussig, pioneer in the field of pediatric cardiology despite her considerable hearing loss. 

Dr. Gisella Perl, a Jewish gynecologist who was interned at Auschwitz and saved the lives of hundreds of women through great determination and sacrifice.

Dr. Virginia Apgar, an anesthesiologist who developed the Apgar Score we all know and love, improving mother and infant mortality rate in America by pushing obstetricians to do better. 

Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Canadian pharmacologist and physician who blocked the approval of thalidomide by the FDA and thus prevented a potentially massive wave of birth defects in the US. 

 Dr. Joycelyn Elders, first African American female Surgeon General of the United States, who never shied away from controversial topics like drug legalization or human sexuality if she believed it would improve the overall health of the nation. 

Two Minutes (part 1)

so there was this picture and a (kinda) prompt that came across my dash.  And it sounded like fun - which is to say that the first sentence bit me and once I’d written that, more came.  I feel like there’s more but in these few minutes between chicken chasing and leaving to pick up my dad this is what came out.  @theprojectava I don’t know if this is what you wanted but its my start at least.

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He’s not Takashi.

He will never be Takashi.  Takashi, who’s the oldest by a mere two minutes and forty seconds and wears every nanosecond of that birth order in his very bones.

Not that his twin is all straight-laced propriety.  Taka can cut loose and subvert the rules with an almost serene joy.  But he knows it when he does.  Because Taka always knows the weights and balances in everything he does and he manipulates and maneuvers the scale like a pachinko grandmother who’s riding her entire month’s pension check on it.  Ryou gave up trying to match or even meet him when it comes to things like odds or strategy before they were even out of their pre-teens.  Taka can turn on a heartbeat, ride the edge of an eyelash, slip through the tightest spot and keep climbing.  Takashi, bluntly put, is the golden son of the Shirogane family.  And, sometimes, he would be lying if Ryou didn’t admit it was hard, seeing that gleam ahead of him all the time.  It would be harder if his brother was anyone other than his Takashi.  Because Taka never saw him as his shadow, never treated him like an accessory, never loved him with anything less than his whole fierce loyal heart and Ryou - well, Taka wasn’t just the Shirogane family’s golden boy.  He was Ryou’s too.  There had always been a strong, consistent comfort and reassurance in that steady gleam of gold.  Taka had always considered Ryou included in that glow.

If Takashi was the family mon in human form though, Ryou had his own place.  Because every mon needed steel to partner it.  And no one could match Ryou there.

The first time he got into trouble, really got in trouble, it was when he took apart his grandfather’s prized timepiece to see what made it chime.  He’d been six.  By the time he was seven he’d put it back together and for the first time in a century it had ticked time perfectly.  His mind didn’t make the leaps ahead that his golden twin’s did, his mind dug deep and kept digging.  Taka was naming the stars and learning his grandfather’s poetry as soon as he could talk.  Ryou had sat in their father’s study and poured over old, vanilla smelling books about biology and chemistry, learning to enjoy the way things slotted so perfectly into place when enough parts were present.  Taka mastered go and Ryou card games, preferring the patterns he could watch for and manipulate to make things fall perfectly into place.  Taka dreamed up adventures for them around the family fish pond and Ryou built small soldiers out of loose bolts and their grandmother’s fabric scraps to accompany them.  When they were old enough Taka learned to make a hovercraft dance like a petal in the wind and Ryou learned to tune it so that it whispered or purred or sang.  They weren’t complete opposites.  They were almost evenly matched in combat, training together young, with Taka having the advantage of strategy and Ryou the advantage of recognizing patterns quickly.  They both laughed easy, loved bad movies, told worse jokes - but Ryou was the one that would do something just to see what would happen while Takashi preferred figuring it out ahead of time and acting accordingly.  That - last trait meant that more than once it was Takashi that played the hero to Ryou’s messes, not always graciously, but, more often than not, wanting all the details afterward, just as knowledge hungry as his two minute younger twin. 

For twins, they didn’t often play the identical twin joke.  None of the family had ever fallen for it, their cat clever grandmother least of all, and Taka was too soft-hearted to use it on other students or their teachers.  Ryou had empathy.  His just wasn’t as sensitive as Taka’s.  Sometimes a good joke outweighed someone else’s temporary dignity.  As long as it wasn’t done maliciously, Ryou was more willing with the twin hijinks.  And, sometimes, when he was taking his brother’s actions apart in his mind, curious as always, he wondered… if his brother didn’t play twin jokes for Ryou’s own sake.  Because he knew and he knew that his brother could have envied him his golden position.  Sometimes Ryou did.  But that happened less and less the older they got and the more Ryou found his own strengths outside of his brother’s.

Because if Taka could pilot anything - Ryou was the one that could build it.

(part 2)

IF AO NO EXORCIST HADN'T BEEN BY KAZUE KATO BUT...:
  • Tolkien: "You must destroy Kurikara in the blue flames it was forged in, Rin Okumura!"
  • Shakespeare: Yuri loved Satan and Satan loved Yuri but Yuri's grumpy father didn't want them to be together and in the end everyone died.
  • J.K.Rowling: Yuri had a huge crush on Satan, a lad out of her reach. So she brew a magic potion that made Satan fall in love with her. But sadly she died when giving birth to her son Rin. Rin grew up at the orphanage and hated his name, because there were so many Rins out there, but one special day a man named Mephisto Pheles came to visit Rin and told him that he is an exorcist and can come to his school, the True Cross Academy. Rin's hatred for normal humans grew and he founded a secret underground organization with his best buddy Lucifer Malfoy named "The Illuminati". Their goal was to get rid of human race and so they became more powerful. But there was another organization, The True Cross Order, that wanted to fight against the Illuminati. Lily and James Okumura, two members of the True Cross Order gave birth to their son Yukio. Rin tried to kill the family but Yukio survived and developt the same special ability like Rin: speak to demons. And so Yukio visited the True Cross Academy and became an exorcist and together with his friends Shura and Izumo he defeated Rin in an epic battle and destroyed Kurikara, his horcrux.
  • Stephanie Meyer: Yuri fell in love with Satan, who was a demon. Satan wanted to transform Yuri into a demon too, but first Yuri gave birth to her half demon sons Rinesmee and Yukio. The True Cross Order thought Rinesmee would be a danger to their existance and wanted to exorcise him. And then there was also this other guy, Shiro Fujimoto, who liked Yuri and always took his shirt off, but then he became Rinesmees godparent.
  • Goethe: Satan was a nerdy crybaby who was influenced by his bad boy bff Mephisto Pheles. Then Satan fell in love with Yuri and made her pregnant, but Mephisto was an idiot and because of his actions Yuri and her Son Rin both died and Satan and Mephisto were bff's till the end of their lives.
  • Kafka: "I am Rin Okumura, I'm not even human and I have HUGE daddy issues."
  • Schiller: Yuri and Satan both die because their relationship is illegal.
  • Dan Brown: The Illuminati planned an attack of the Vatican but the True Cross Order and Tom Hanks were there to solve their riddles, but there was a spy called Renzou Shima and in the end he died.
  • Borchert: There was a war between demons and humans and the war killed everyone.
  • Cassandra Clare: Rin Okumura wondered, why he started to draw runes but then he discovered he was an exorcist and had exorcist adventures.

avatarsymbolismsblogs  asked:

Ozai for the headcanon meme

What I think realistically:

Ozai was never a good father or husband. There was a time before he had picked a favorite, when he prized both of his children, but he always regarded them as things to be used, and saw them as worthy or unworthy because of what they could do for him.

What is hilarious:

Look I have had really long long hair before. Maintaining hair like Ozai’s involves a lengthy and stingent hair care routine. The man spends a lot of time and effort on his lovely lucious hair. It’s clearly very important to him.

What is soul-crushing:

When Ozai had his own children, he swore to himself he wouldn’t repeat his father’s mistakes. He would judge his children as worthy or unworthy based on their merit and not on the order of their birth. It never occurred to him that he shouldn’t be judging his children as worthy or unworthy at all.

What doesn’t work but I don’t care:

Zuko is a duitiful son who ensures that Ozai’s hair and beard care is maintained in prison. He sends a barber into his cell every day to shave him and trim any split ends. Ozai is convinced this is some kind of mockery.

Question list (Feel free to Reblog)

1. What are your nicknames? What do you prefer to be called?

2. What books on your shelf are begging to be read?

3. How often do you doodle? What do your doodles look like?

4. What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and Turn? Try to get up and do something productive?

5. How many days could you last in solitary confinement? How would you do it?

6. Do you save old greeting cards and letters? Throw them away?

7. Who is the biggest pack rat you know?

8. When making an entrance in to a party, do you make your presence known? Do you slip in and look for someone you know? Do you sneak in quietly and find a safe spot to roost?

9. What is your strongest sense? If you had to give one up, which would it be?

10. How many times a day do you look at yourself in the mirror?

11. What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?

12. What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?

13. Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone you know?

14. How often do you read the newspaper? Which paper? Which sections?

15. Which animals scare you most? Why?

16. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?

17. What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savoured?

18. What is something about yourself that you hope will change, but probably never will?

19. Are you a creature of habit? Explain.

20. Are you high maintenance? Explain.

21. When was the last time you really pushed yourself to your physical limits?

22. Do you have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends? Why?

23. Are you more inclined to “build your own empire” or unleash the potential of others?

24. What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone?

25. What do you think about more than anything else?

26. What’s something that amazes you?

27. Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why?

28. Where’s your favourite place to take an out-of-town guest?

29. What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?

30. Do you have a catchphrase?

31. What’s your reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause you to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?

32. How and where do you prefer to study?

33. What position do you sleep in?

34. What’s your all-time favourite town or city? Why?

35. What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?

36. How has your birth order/characteristics of siblings affected you?

37. If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?

38. If you could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?

39. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?

40. Do you believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?

41. What do you consider unforgivable?

42. Have you forgiven yourself for past personal failures? Why or why not?

43. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?

44.Do you hold any convictions that you would be willing to die for?

45. To what extent do you trust people? Explain.

46. In what area of your life are you immature?

47. What was the best news you ever received?

48. How difficult is it for you to be honest, even when your words may be hurtful or unpopular?

49. When did you immediately click with someone you just met? Why? What was the long term result? Conversely, are you close with anyone now that you really disliked at first?

50. When do you find yourself singing?