over planet earth

Day One: Homesickness

Thought I’d start off @vldangstweek with something that turns from angsty to fluffy, just because, based on the rest of this weeks prompts, it’s gonna get waaayyyy angstier (knowing me, anyway). Everything will be tagged with vldangstweek and any of my usual angst tags (angst, langst, klangst, etc)

Let my children go home, they’re stressed and tired (under a cut for length).

“Come on Lance, one more time! You need to defeat this gladiator before I can allow anyone to go to dinner!” Allura shouted down from the observation deck.

The quiet groans of his teammates filled his head and Lance winced, stepping back to stand his ground against the bot attacking him. His vision wavered over his helmet and his fingers trembled against his bayard, unable to form it because of the close range combat style. He grunted, rolling as the bot dove for him, sweeping it’s legs out from under it and sending it to the ground. Briefly, he heard Hunk’s cheer of encouragement in his comms, and then the bot was back up again, charging at him.

Lance sighed, side stepping the bot and pressing his shaking hands to his head, trying to stop the swimming feeling in his brain, the burn at the back of his throat and eyes, the tightness in his chest. He took a hit, hard, and fell backwards onto his ass, teeth clacking together.

“Dude, seriously, we’re starving!” Pidge called out. “You need to beat this!”

Lance took a shaky breath, shooting a glare at the deck. “You want me to beat it? Fine. I’ll beat it.”

Before the bot could get any closer, Lance whipped out his bayard, transforming it in the process and ignoring Allura’s shouts of this being a hand to hand fight. Within seconds, the bot was in a smoking heap on the floor and Lance was shaking, sweat curling down his forehead. Allura stormed out of the observation deck and onto the main floor, eyebrows furrowed. “That was not the assignment, Lance. You’ll have to do it again.”


“Excuse me?”

Lance ripped off his helmet and chucked it to the ground. When he looked up, Allura took a step back at the ferocity in his face, the tears in his eyes. “I said, no. I’m not doing this bull shit anymore. They’re not either,” he snapped, pointing towards the deck. “You don’t get to treat us this way, we’re the only reason you’re not dead or still in those stupid pods. You called us family, Allura.”

His voice broke and his lip quivered as he stumbled back, shaking his head. “You don’t get to treat family like this. Not when we’re doing all of this for you.”

He swallowed and spun on his heel, storming from the room. Allura hesitated, glancing back at the deck only to find the rest of the paladins and Coran standing behind her. She studied the group, noted the lines on their faces and the bags under their eyes, and frowned. “Do you all agree with him?”

They remained silent for a moment, glancing at each other. Hunk spoke up first, his voice gentle. “Yeah. I do, at least.”

“Me too,” Pidge piped up, staring at the floor and fiddling with her bayard.

Keith nodded silently, rubbing a hand up and down one arm and looking off to the side. Hunk huffed. “Allura, we…I would say we’re homesick, but I don’t know if that covers all of us.”

“We’re Earth sick,” Keith offered. “And Lance…”

Shiro spoke for the first time. “Lance has the most family to miss out of the five of us.”

“And honestly?” Hunk muttered. “You yelling all the time, you pushing him, and us, all the time? No breaks, no relaxation time at all? I’m amazed he didn’t snap before this.”

Allura swallowed. “I’m…”

“It’s okay,” Hunk promised. “We understand, you want to stop the Galra, stop Zarkon.”

“But you have to remember that we’re all volunteering to do this,” Pidge said, fidgeting from foot to foot. “There’s nothing keeping anyone here other than empathy. Don’t give Lance a reason to stop caring, or he will leave.”

Allura bit her lip and glanced over her shoulder. “I should go-”

“No,” Keith said firmly, stepping forwards and resting a hand on Allura’s arm. “We got this. You two go get dinner.”

She and Coran studied the paladins for a moment before nodding in agreement and leaving the training deck.

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How to make the idw comics even better:

Get rid of the Earth stories. Instead of focusing on Earth once more, focus on another or worlds and expand their universe even more. Show the worlds the Primal Vanguard have visited on their journeys as well. Perhaps even show intergalactic conflicts of races who may side with Cybertronians and wish to aid their war.

However, Keep Buster, Verity Carlo and Marissa Fairborne who are all space marines who travel with Thundercracker and have sitcom like adventures.

Total Solar Eclipse of 1979 : From cold, clear skies over Riverton, Manitoba, Canada, planet Earth, the solar corona surrounds the silhouette of the New Moon in this telescopic snapshot of the total solar eclipse of February 26, 1979. Thirty eight years ago, it was the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States. The narrow path of totality ran through the northwestern states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota before crossing into Canadian provinces Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Following the upcoming August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse crossing the U.S. from coast to coast, an annular solar eclipse will be seen in the continental United States on October 14, 2023, visible along a route from Northern California to Florida. Then, the next total solar eclipse to touch the continental U.S. will track across 13 states from from Texas to Maine on April 8, 2024. via NASA

  • Dammek: "alright ive decided to take over planet earth with the power of rock and roll"
  • Jude: "wait, you have rockbands on your planet?"
  • Dammek: "well duh"
  • Dammek: "hell im in one"
  • Jude: "wow!"
  • Dammek: "well, a garageband anyways"
  • Dammek: "of two people"
  • Dammek: "i play guitar and drums and then edit it"
  • Dammek: "i bet this place doesnt have any rock bands as good as me and xefros anyways"
  • Dammek: "say hello to the grubbles baby"
  • Jude: "i mean, i bet queen, the who, led zeppelin, the beatles-"
  • Dammek: "the what now"
  • Jude: "the beatles? they're a pretty good rock band."
  • Dammek: "the fucks a beatle"
  • Jude: "well they're like...little bug things that crawl around on lots of legs, and sometimes have horns-"
  • Dammek: "those fuckers ripped us off that's exactly what the grubbles is named after"
196.9 million square miles
7 continents
5 oceans
every bit already touched
fought over
blood spilled and families split
nothing left to see that another person has not already
also witnessed
there is no more exploration
no more discovery
no more new worlds
the only pioneering on behalf of humankind
left to be done
is between the stars
and I wonder
if on the planet of the mind
of the poetic
I am an explorer
equipped with a hot hair balloon
instead of a spaceship
—  A.O.A.M. || Explorer

Normally faint and elusive, the Jellyfish Nebula is caught in this alluring telescopic mosaic. The scene is anchored below by bright star EtaGeminorum, at the foot of the celestial twin, while the Jellyfish Nebula is the brighter arcing ridge of emission with tentacles dangling below and left of center. In fact, the cosmic jellyfish is part of bubble-shaped supernova remnant IC 443, the expanding debris cloud from a massive star that exploded. Light from the explosion first reached planet Earth over 30,000 years ago. Like its cousin in astrophysical waters the Crab Nebula supernova remnant, the Jellyfish Nebula is known to harbor a neutron star, the remnant of the collapsed stellar core. An emission nebula cataloged as Sharpless 249 fills the field at the upper right. The Jellyfish Nebula is about 5,000 light-years away. At that distance, this narrowband composite image presented in the Hubble Palette would be about 300 light-years across.

Image Credit &Copyright: Eric Coles/NASA

niall’s been so modest yet so appreciative of everything that’s happened these past few days, like he’s out here genuinely thanking everyone on planet earth over 10x a day for even listening to the song, he’s so amazingly talented and he’s finally getting all the love and appreciation he’s always deserved, wow i love niall and i wish him all the best, he doesn’t deserve anything less :’)

anonymous asked:

Legion of Superheroes is a pretty interesting selection(I love these Dead Fandom posts). Chris Sims described it initially hitting it's mark so well in the Silver Age because even in it's "kiddy" beginnings, it managed to relate to kids in part because they were all kind of assholes, like real kids but unlike fad-chasing Archie knockoffs. The way it "grew up" rather reminds me of Harry Potter. On a final completely tangential note, the post-Zero Hour Legion is my favorite comic book ever.

I avoided discussing the Adventure Comics incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes not because it was “bad” (I love Jim Shooter’s stories) but because the fandom really hit “critical mass” and assumed the form it ultimately did in the 1970s with the Dave Cockrum and Cary Bates backups in Superboy. Perhaps that was a mistake, because as you mentioned, the unusually strong sense of identification that ended up creating a hardcore fandom came in with the 1960s, when the theme of Legion stories was young people who seek a sense of belonging. Chris Sims has it half-right: it’s not about the Legion being realistically assholish at times, but that the theme of the stories was people who want to belong.

The best example of that would be the 1960s stories involving Bouncing Boy, who has a really dumb power and a goofy look, and the other Legionnaires point that out when Bouncing Boy wants to join. ACTUAL Quote: “Yeah, you bounce, but…so what?” Of course, Bouncing Boy was more than just his unimpressive power. He was a smart, perceptive, a quick thinker, good in a crisis, and underappreciated…for instance, he was the one who identified how Universo managed to hypnotize the entire earth in the Outlaw Legionnaire story. To expand your very good Harry Potter comparison, he was the Neville Longbottom character. 

And you are absolutely correct about how Legion raised the stakes as it went on in a way just like Harry Potter, going from whimsical stories about space superheroes in the 1960s involving the “Moby Dick of Space” to absolutely terrifying space battles over half the universe. The Legion’s greatest archenemy is literally Voldemort, a terrifying dark sorcerer who’s chief property is an obsession with escaping death. It must have been beyond surreal if you picked up an issue of the early pre-Shooter Adventure years…and then picked up Legion again during Earthwar, where the United Planets were losing a war of extermination to the Khund Empire and a 500 foot tall unstoppable demigod Mordru creates black storms over the entire planet earth and pledges to create a new nightmare age of darkness. 

When people ask me when to start reading Legion, I usually tell them to start with the Jim Shooter years, but if they like, they can start from the beginning. The pre-Shooter Adventure Comics years are kind of like the less than perfect first two seasons of Star Trek: the Next Generation: uneven, but still worth seeing because there’s “payoff” to all of this later when it all really gets good. 

On the subject of the Zero Hour reboot, Mark Waid is one of my favorite comic writers, but I was always baffled by the fact that his Legion reboots (and by this point, Waid was the architect of two Legion reboots) were centered on the Adventure Comics years. That’s like if they ever did a Parks & Recreation movie, and there was no Ben Wyatt or Rob Lowe, but instead, they had that one civic planner guy who was there the first couple years.

She prodded his bad shoulder. He winced. 

“It’s nothing. Nothing to concern you, at any rate.”

“I am your wife. If you’re hurting, it concerns me.”

Stop, he silently pleaded. Don’t do that. Don’t come any closer, don’t ask about my wounds, don’t prod at them. Don’t care.

- The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

*snot sobs all over planet Earth*