No, listen….I have so many feels whenever I watch the pilot episode okay? I had them when I first saw it and that increased every time the new season would end because there would be bunch of additional information that upon rewatch adds so much context to the characters. That conversation on lanai of McGarrett house is one of the best moments of the pilot. It’s a short one but boy does it drag my feelings around.
Here’s the thing. Steve loved his father. And his father loved him. But at that point in time, he did not know the full story. He did not know that his mother’s car accident was no accident or that she faked her death. He did not know that his father proverbially drowned in the guilt over his wife’s death because of his work.
What he did know is that his father sent him and his sister away (and separated them along the way as well) while the grief was so very fresh and raw and that ‘McGarrett men do not show their feelings, that’s a weakness’. The family that suffered a devastating loss was fractured because his father ‘is the kind of a man who cannot walk away from a fight’ and put his need to do his job before his children.
And here he is, eighteen years later sitting on the lanai drinking a beer with his new partner (an odd but logical choice) who apparently hates the place Steve was born and raised in. Partner who is very loud and clear on that front. But he is here and determined to keep the ‘pineapple infested hellhole’ safe because this was his daughter’s home now.
Daniel ‘Danny’ Williams is very homesick and above all, everything John McGarrett taught his son not to be. He is very emotional, outspoken and hoo boy, very vocal. He is also a very good cop and has great empathy for the victims/victims’ families. But the thing that drags my feels when that particular scene comes along is probably in how Steve looks at Danny while he speaks.
The realization that comes to Steve how strikingly different fathers John and Danny were/are. Whereas John sent his children away for their safety but he himself stayed behind, Danny left everything he knew/had behind because the thought of Grace not being in his life and vice versa was too scary to even contemplate. That she might get hurt because he wasn’t there to make sure the place she was living in was safe.
So you know the previous scene I posted before, Danny’s first carlogue, might be amusing and Steve mentally making check marks on his ‘ideal life partner’ list but this scene ten minutes later in the episode has me whipping out my shipper glasses because fuck me but Steve is halfway in love with Danny.
I recently read this great post by @starsinursa and also because I made myself (and @tinkdw who might or might not be
interested in this post?) cry with this musing I wanted to think more about how exactly Castiel perceives himself
regarding the Winchesters and how much he thinks he actually means to
I feel that he doesn’t get it at all and I think that this might be
due to the different concepts of expressing one’s love Dean and
Castiel have (I’m also pretty sure there have already been metas
written about it but I can’t find them right
Dean isn’t able (most of the time) to
actually voice the feelings he has without masking them behind anger,
worry, etc. and instead opts for spending quality time, but Cas
doesn’t see it as the love declaration it tries to be. Now
I want to put a disclaimer here and say that I don’t think that
Dean (and Sam) don’t love Cas,
not by a long shot, I just want to explain what I thinkCastiel may
let’s start at
the end of Season 11. Dean is going to die; he accepted this. And
what does Cas say? “I could go with you” (I’m
not crying, you’re crying). For him,
this is the ultimate proof of his love: to follow Dean wherever he
will go, even in death. But Dean can’t accept this – and
Castiel, instead giving him the order to look after his little
Cas, even though he’s rebelled against heaven, accepts that order
without any question whatsoever. Because he is very focused on things
he hears – and in heaven, orders were basically all they had.
Quality time? Giving gifts? What is this? Cas
doesn’t know this and doesn’t get it.
now Cas has gotten his order and he fails to obey it. He gets
banished, Sam gets kidnapped, and
when Cas, Dean and Mary are
working together to bring Sam back
he’s very eager but
it’s all very dog-like. Dean says (in regard to Dr. Marion) “Don’t
hurt him. Not yet.”, Mary instead gives
him the order to “Hurt him.”. And Cas obeys. No questions
asked. He is very violent, which I feel is very un-cas-like
behaviour. But he still does it because
he wants to fix his mistakes.
they finally find Sam and bring him back, Cas has his conversation
with Mary about how he is still not sure he belongs there. Because
yeah, they’ve told him he’s family, he’s their brother, but all
Cas gets from this are orders.
And of course, why wouldn’t he believe
that this is what family is like because this is what he has
experienced in heaven for millennia (I also think this is a reason
why Cas is so willing to accept Mary into his family because she fits
right in AND why I think that Cas being
brothers-in-arms-like with the Winchesters doesn’t cut it because
it doesn’t help him or offer him a new perspective).
that, Cas leaves because he still hasn’t fix all of his mistakes.
He wants to find Lucifer, and in extension later in the season Kelly
and Jack, to finally fix his mistakes and “come back with a win”
because he still feels that everything he does fails.
how does Dean take that? Not well. Because, for him, spending quality
time (giving him coffee, inviting him to breakfast knowing full well
he doesn’t eat) is the ultimate love declaration and Cas in turns
rejects that in
order to leave. Urgh. But instead of telling him that and asking him
to stay because
he needs him and loves him and please just stay I have some free
space on the bed
(I’m sorry I got carried away) he is angry and instead talks about
the topics he deems safe, not noticing how much further he rejects
Cas along the way.
look at some conversations they had/things
Dean said, for example in 12x10:
“Gotta make sure you don’t do anything else stupid.” - which of
is not the reason why he wants to go on that mission but this is what
Cas hears. He already knows he’s failed at everything, the thing he
thought was right (killing Billie for them) get’s rejected too, and
now the only reason they even are helping him is in order to see to
it that he doesn’t fuck everything up again. How is that love, for
then the infamous scene where Dean has to make the decision to banish
Ishim and possibly kill Cas or put himself into danger. Of course he
picks Cas because he loves him but what does Cas see, especially with
the snippet of the conversation above in mind? Great,
now I’m endangering Dean because I can’t do anything
get so angry and frustrated writing this post *makes frustrated
they’re back in the bunker and everything’s as fine as can get,
Dean gives him a beer (again, knowing full well he doesn’t actually
need it) as a declaration of truth and he also goes as far as
explaining that he’s not mad, he’s worried. Which is great, but
what does he say when Cas says “I
don’t regret what I did, even if it costs me my life”? The
next thing Dean says is: “So what are you gonna do if you find
Kelly and, uh, Lucifer Junior?” I mean, wow. Dean can’t deal with
the fact that Cas may be willing to die so he wants to talk about
safer things. And what does Cas probably
from this? I
don’t care if you die, just tell me what you want to do about
Cas, subsequently, does everything he can about Kelly. Because he
thinks this is what he’s supposed to do, it’s a safe topic for
Dean, so he’s talked about it a lot, and Sam – well Sam likes Cas and cares for him a lot, but Sam is not the one who needs to have the
rousing speech how he wants Cas to stay in the bunker.
don’t want to talk about 12x12 because this has been meta’ed to
death, but I want to talk about 12x19 in greater details (some stuff
was already in the post I linked at the beginning). Cas comes back,
and the first thing Dean does is scolding him for ignoring his phone
calls and telling him
he’s not glad he’s back.
And why isn’t he glad he’s back? Because when they actually had
an opportunity to kill Dagon, he wasn’t
So what’s the use for him to now be back?
Is what Cas gets from this. He failed again, wasn’t available to
help the Winchesters when they wanted him to be (because this is all he’s good to do, he
feels) and now he’s back without anything to offer, so…
course, this episode is also where Dean finally says something that resembles
an actual, honest to god “I need/love you” declaration: “We
will find a better way. (…)
You, me, and Sam, we’re just better together.” And
how sad is it that Cas still feels the need to leave because he feels
like they won’t have a better shot at dealing with the baby
than teaming up with heaven and killing the baby? He wants to spare
Dean and Sam this, so he has to leave again.
Dean, again, sees this as the rejection it isn’t because they just
can’t seem to get their act together, tell each other that they
love and care for each other and want the other one to stay and deal
with everything together. Cas because he feels that this is not what
Dean wants and because he wants to be of as much use for the
Winchesters as he can (which often means leaving them and dealing
with problems alone) and Dean because he feels that he’s not worthy
of it and that Cas wouldn’t want to stay
more frustrated noises* Ok I think I’m done.
Syn: Forreasons yet unknown to him, Adrien has made a promise to Marinette that he cannot keep. At this point, he realizes, it’s go big or go home.
Adrien’s breath was frozen in his lungs.
Dear god, what had he done.
“Adrien, what’s up?”
“I’ve got. A problem.”
“Spill it, man.”
His mouth tightened into a straight line; his hands began to clam up.
“So, you know Marinette?”
Nino laughed. “Uh, yeah? The girl who sits right behind us in class? The one I used to have a crush on? The one I’m pretty sure you-”
“Okay, shut up, I get it. Now. Alright. She texted me, just now.”
“No.” Adrien’s voice was quite shrill, a sharp contrast from its usual relaxed quality. “Not nice, at all. Dude, she asked me if I knew Swedish, and I said yeah.”
“You know Swedish?”
“Then why the hell did you tell her you do?”
“I don’t know!! And now she wants me to tutor her, and I have no idea what to do!”
“And you called me because….”
“Because I’m freaking out, man! Save me!”
“You’re beyond saving, dude. Sorry.”
“Well- wait. Do you happen to…”
“No. I don’t know Swedish. Try again, dude.”
“Damn.” He stared at his hands, brow furrowed in thought, but for the life of him, he couldn’t come up with anything useful. He wasn’t getting out of this one. Damn, indeed.
His head snapped up. “Well?”
“You could always just make out with her. I’m sure she’d forget all about her lessons, then.”
Red flushed throughout his skin, from his ears to his neck.
“Funny,” he droned, face ablaze. “Real funny.”
“I’m just saying, man. You’ve clearly got it bad for her. And you’re not a bad-looking guy, Mr. Model.”
“I don’t have a thing for her. Would you quit it with that?”
“Okay, bro,” his best friend replied dubiously. “De Nile isn’t just a river in Egypt.”
“I’m hanging up, now.”
“Aw, come on, Adrien, that was fu-”
He hung up, his face falling into his pillow in exasperation.
“I’m doomed,” he groaned.
“Looks like it!” called Plagg from somewhere in the room.
The Kwami grinned. “I try.”
And so, with no way out of his own condemnation, Adrien went over to Marinette’s house the next afternoon, a cloud hanging over his head like the blade of a Cringe Guillotine. He knocked on the door as his bodyguard drove away, stomach lurching. No one to protect him, this time.
Marinette answered, and he nearly fell backward with the jolt seeing her brought, though he had been sitting just in front of her not hours before.
“….hey,” she greeted, her voice a little strange.
“Hey, there,” he returned, looking away. Say it, he shouted to himself. Just tell her the truth!
“You want to come in?” She took a stumble of a step backward to clear the way for him.
“Uh, yeah,” he said.
Oh my god, just tell her!
“Um-” he stammered. “Marinette, I kind of-”
“Sorry for bothering you to come over today,” she sighed, starting up the stairs. Hesitantly, he followed. “I’ve just missed a good chunk of school, recently, and now we’ve got this huge test coming up, worth more than half of our grade. It might as well be a final exam.”
“….wow.” That didn’t help. “I’m sorry.”
She smiled dismissively and opened the door to her room. “It’s my own fault. Been out sick a lot.”
“I….get that, too,” he lied. Again with the lying. But, in his defense, it just so happened to be his cover for missing school when he was out patrolling.
“Really?” Her eyebrows raised, and for a moment, his was irrationally terrified that she would somehow know he was lying.
“Uh, yeah,” he replied, trying to keep his voice from cracking with nerves.
“I thought I was the only one.”
“Well….I guess no-” Oh, god. His voice had cracked. He felt his ears burn, and tried not to notice Marinette biting her lip in restraint.
“Would you like some water?” she asked, after she had composed herself. “I should’ve asked earlier.”
Oh, thank god. A moment alone would be nice. “Yes, please,” he answered. “And you’re good; don’t worry.”
“Be right back.”
As she exited back down the stairs, Adrien plopped down into her desk chair, covering his face with one hand.
“Oh, my god,” he exhaled. “I’m an idiot.”
“And a liar,” Plagg added from his pocket.
“Keep your mouth shut. I’m- I’m working on it.”
“Well, kiddo, your deadline’s coming up pretty soon. I’d give it less than five minutes. Got a game plan?”
“I’ll….I’ll come up with something.”
“How about the truth?”
“If I can get myself to speak, then sure. I’m trying, anyway. In the meantime-”
The door opened. Marinette entered with two glasses of water, set them down on her desk, and pulled a stool to sit beside him.
“Were you on the phone just now?” she asked.
Without meaning to, his mouth curled up. He quickly relaxed it, hoping she hadn’t noticed. “Uh, yeah,” he told her. “My dad.”
Adrien!!! Stop lying!!!
“Oh, geez. You’re not in trouble for coming over, are you?”
Oh, boy, am I.
“No, no,” he assured her. “Not at all. He was just checking in. Making sure I was where I was supposed to be.”
“Oh, okay. I’m glad.”
Awkward silence. Adrien took a long, long drink of his water, practically emptying it in one go. Marinette followed soon after.
“Wow,” she noted. “I guess we’re both pretty thirsty.”
“Yeah. I guess so.”
“Should I just grab us a whole pitcher?”
He noticed, with a wave of slight relief, that it seemed as though she were as reluctant to start their tutoring as he was. He nodded, and she was gone again, just like that.
“Wow,” Plagg laughed, “you’ve made it this far. Maybe you can just keep asking for more water until you have to go home.”
“You’re not funny,” Adrien grumbled. “I’m gonna tell her. When she gets back. I swear, I’m going to tell her. I don’t want to lie to her.”
“Cause you like her?”
“Yeah, ‘cause- wait, no, Plagg, because she’s my friend and always honest with me, and she deserves the same from my end.”
“Whatever you say.”
“Just shut up. I can’t tell her my dad called twice in a row; she’ll get worried.”
“Well, then, you could say you have to go home!”
“But….” Well, he couldn’t argue with that.
“What, do you not want to go home?”
Adrien was quiet. Marinette opened the door, once more, with a pitcher and tray.
“Okay,” she said, “water problem’s solved.” She took a seat, once more, placing the glasses on the tray and putting the tray beside them. “Now….”
Adrien’s mouth curled once more as he looked away. He was definitely in trouble.
Marinette cleared her throat. “We should. Get to work. I’ve only got a week, after all.”
“Right. Uh, get a notebook or something. It might be helpful.”
“Of course. Silly me.” She reached down and grabbed her back, pulling onto her lap to look through it. Adrien watched her, his mind racing.
Okay, man, now or never. Now or never. Do something or come out with it.
She pulled out her notebook and pen.
Do something!! Now!!
He rushed forward.
Marinette stumbled off of her stool, dropping the pen.
Okay, so we’re doing this. Okay.
Instead of telling Marinette the truth, or doing anything within that range of reason, Adrien had, on impulse, opted to kiss her.
And he continued to kiss her, because something warm began to spread in his hands and throat. Marinette kissed him back. The situation began to shift, entirely.
Oh, my god, we’re doing this. Pull away, now, man, you’re in too deep.
Adrien craned himself to reach her more easily, and then took her by the waist and guided her to his chair, where she rested one knee. She held his head in her hands, tangling her fingers into his hair.
Adrien!!!! Abort mission, abort, abort!!!
He breathed in her scent, inhaling sunshine and pastries, and tasted her breath. His hands slipped into her hair, the silky strands of raven gliding across his knuckles, and he enjoyed the entire sensation of her all too much. He couldn’t stop himself.
Oh, shut the hell up.
They broke away for a moment to breathe, Marinette resting her forehead on his. She opened her mouth, beginning to form words, but before any could escape her, Adrien moved forward once more, hands on her hips to keep her from falling. He then, for some reason, thought it would be a wonderful idea to lift her onto her desk- likely following the same train of logic he’d had when he’d initiated the kiss in the first place. Marinette, startled, held onto his neck as he rose.
And then, when he moved forward, they crashed into the full goddamn pitcher of water, which caused Marinette to jump and fall forward, toppling over Adrien, just in time for the pitcher to hit her on the back.
Adrien stared at the ceiling, his mouth more curled and straight than it had ever been.
They lay there for a moment, hearts pounding, faces burning, legs freezing, breath absent, in shock and bewilderment. Marinette didn’t bother raising her face from his chest.
Well, you’ve done it now, Adrien. Bravo.
Please, shut up.
And then his phone rang. Really and actually.
Marinette picked herself up, blinking. “You get that,” she told him. “I’ll go get some towels.”
She left. Plagg, soaking wet and shivering, flew out of Adrien’s pocket as he checked the caller I.D. Natalie.
“Okay, you’re paying for this, lover boy-”
“Hush.” He started the call. “Hello?”
“Adrien, your curfew’s in thirty minutes. Where have you been?”
“Uhhh…..” Lying, repeatedly asking for water, and then making out with a girl to stall time. Mostly. “Tutoring a friend.”
“Well, wrap it up. Your father won’t be happy if you’re home late, again. I’ve already sent the limo.”
“….Right. I’ll be out as soon as it gets here. Sorry.”
“It’s fine. I’ll see you at home. Good-bye.”
Marinette returned, her arms full. “Was that your dad, again?” she asked.
“His secretary, actually. She says I should get home, soon.”
“Oh.” She set down the towels onto her bed. “Well, you can head off now, if you need to.”
Adrien rose, not meeting her eyes. “No, I can’t just leave you to clean up my mess.”
“Our mess, if anything.” She smiled ruefully. “It’d be fine. I don’t want you to get in trouble.”
In spite of himself, Adrien chuckled, grabbing a towel.
“Pretty sure I’m already past the point of no return,” he laughed, wiping down her desk. “Might as well clean up at least some of the aftermath.”
“Let me help,” she insisted, covering the floor. “I had a hand in it.”
“An unwilling accomplice isn’t really an accomplice,” he argued.
“And yet here I am,” she retorted. That brought an incredulous grin from him. She pretended not to see him as he glanced at her in disbelief.
Loud honking from outside. Adrien’s phone buzzed.
“Looks like that’s me,” he sighed. “Can I do anything else to help, before I go?”
“You should just go. I’m mostly done, here. Thanks for the help.”
He shook his head. “I…don’t think I was much help, actually. Sorry.”
She found the courage to meet his eyes and smile. “It’s not your fault,” she told him. “Don’t worry about it.”
She winked at him, the expression stopping his heart for a moment.
“I’ll be fine,” she assured him. “Text me later, alright?”
“Right.” He smiled back. “Thanks, for everything. I’ll see you tomorrow.”
“See you tomorrow.”
And with that, he hurried down the stairs and out the door. Natalie was not going to be happy with him.
Thankfully, he made it home before his father. Natalie had only a few stern words for him, but she was otherwise dismissive of the whole affair. Adrien retreated to his room in utter relief.
He was about to crash onto his bed and fall into some much-needed sleep when his phone began to ring, again. With a sigh, he answered Nino’s call.
“So, how’d your little rendezvous go? You tell her the truth, or what?”
“Dude, what? So what did you do, learn Swedish in less than twenty-four hours?”
“Did you even show up?”
“So what did you do?! How the hell did you get out of that one??”
Adrien took a deep breath to brace himself for the reaction he knew was going to come out of this, sooner or later.
“I….made out with her.”
And, of course, Nino died of laughter. Of course.
“You can’t be serious!!”
“Dead serious, man.”
“Ohhh, my god!!! So you finally admit you like her?”
“Oh, come on. Did she at least kiss you back?”
“Was it good?’
“You guys gonna go steady now, or what?”
“I have no idea, dude. Can I just get some rest?”
“Okay, okay. Take your time. Just know you’re going to have to face her tomorrow. So, have fun with that.”
The last thing he heard before hanging up was, of course, the guffaws of his best friend.
Anyway, Nino’s near-offensive ridicule aside, he had one last thing to do before going to sleep, he’d realized. He switched apps on his phone, Plagg leaving his pocket for his cheese box below the bed.
“You’d better get me some good stuff next time you go shopping,” he said, his face full. “In return for your behavior, today.”
“Fine, Plagg, whatever.”
Marinette. The name read from his contact list in clear, inevitable letters.
“Texting your girlfriend?” Plagg asked, a giggle in his voice.
“She’s not my girlfriend.”
“And you’re not Chat Noir.”
“Oh, shut up, will you?”
The last thing he’d sent her was a photo of their homework, weeks ago. He opened their chat.
“Gonna tell her the truth?”
He didn’t answer.
Him: hey, marinette.
Her: oh, hey! that was fast. what’s up?
Him: I gotta tell you something
Her: what’s that?
Him: I….don’t really know Swedish.
Her: …I know.
Her: it was kinda obvious, when you kissed me. that’s why you did it, right?
Her: it’s totally fine. I just don’t get why you would lie to me about that, of all things. it’s so silly.
Him: I’m sorry. I just wanted to be helpful.
Her: you’re already plenty helpful. just by being you.
Him: and sorry I kissed you, and spilled water on us, and everything
Her: don’t worry about any of it. I’ll see you at school tomorrow.
Him:.….right. see you at school.
And, closing his phone and lying on his side, Adrien knew immediately that he would get absolutely no sleep that night.
“You wanna admit it now?”
“Oh, shut up,” he said for the nth time that day. Nevertheless, he knew Plagg was right.
He was, without a doubt, past the point of no return, now.
AN: And back home, Marinette is internally, externally, eternally screaming.
This one’s a little more fluffy. I just can’t get over Adrien being an awkward dork around Mari. Like, of course he’s in love with Ladybug, but, come on?? He so obviously has a crush on Marinette, too, and it’s so cute to see. Silly, silly boy in De Nile. Also, R.I.P. in piece Nino.
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I have officially hit 300 followers, which means this fic rec will finally be coming out of the depths of my phone’s notes app! I tried to give a lot of information on the fics, more for my sanity than anything else, but it should give a pretty good overview of what’s up in them. I’m pretty sure there’s a good mix of shorter and longer fics and most of these are Lily-centric and pretty fluffy with a good sprinkle of angst. Some of these you’ve probably already read, but they are some of my absolute favorites so they might be worth a reread or a first read if you haven’t already! I do have a bunch of Percabeth fics that I think I’m saving for another milestone or smthn jsyk. Thank you all so much for 300 followers and I hope to continue posting my own fics soon! <3
Author’s Summary - Mr. and Mrs. Evans are killed when Lily’s only a girl, and she’s supposed to go to a home with her sister. Instead, a relative they didn’t know they had comes to collect them, and introduces Lily to manners, magic, and a life that’s just the slightest bit different from the life she was supposed to live.
Or, an AU in which Minerva McGonagall raises Lily.
My opinions - This is so cute? It has baby Lily and James and also a lot of Petunia and Lily interaction which is v cute. Also McGonagall which I think might be part of what inspired my McGonagall post. Also Lily tying her hair up with ivy which is my Aesthetic. It gets more and more angsty the more to the end it gets, because it follows them out of school and everything but the tone of it is always cute. Like idk how else to describe it but cute. Cute and angsty. Not canon compliant, but in the best way.
- “You are not a ship to be battered in a storm, or a sailor at dock, watching it rage, and waiting for it to pass.” Her eyes were bright, blazing. “You are the storm, my dear.”
Author’s Summary - Lily Evans and James Potter are contestants on the 2015 Great British Bake Off. Lily is determined to beat James. James is determined to win. And to make good cakes. Rivalries and Twitter wars ensue.
My opinions - Another cute one, except this one has basically zero angst. Like none. Also Twitter wars, which is a trope I can always get behind. Snape’s Twitter handle is @torturedgenius which is hilarious tbh. There’s a tiny, tiny bit of Wolfstar, and also Sirius has a cat. Overall v good and v fluffy and not one to read while you’re hungry.
- “You fancy her.” Sirius said, pointing an accusing finger at his friend. “That’s your fancying a girl look. You fancy her!”
Author’s Summary - Lily Evans is stressed. Her sister has a fiancé, she’s overwhelmed by her Head Girl work, and James Potter won’t leave her alone. Although that last one may not be such a problem…
My Opinions - This is the most canon compliant fic on the list. Normally I hate the whole “Lily starts out hating James” thing but on this one the author pulled it off the best I think I’ve ever seen. It’s also pretty good about keeping you interested - a good mix of normal school life and then conflict. It’s got Lily being friends with all the boys, which I love, and also mom Lily, which is gr8. Oh! Also Lily that can handle pranks without internally combusting and has a couple of her own tricks up her sleeve. I think this might be the only one on this list that isn’t completed though, just as a warning.
Quality Quote - “Oh, I’m just joking.” Lily held aside a tapestry that hid a secret corridor. She only knew about it from following James Potter and Peter Pettigrew after one of their midnight jaunts to the kitchens. It was an educational stalk, she had reasoned. Learning the location of the kitchens could definitely come in handy later.
My Opinions - basically Lily isn’t a witch but Petunia is. It’s pretty similar to Sunshine In My Eyes but much shorter and it pretty much dives straight into the angst. Also in Lily’s view, which I actually think all these fics are at least partly in. Also includes an Aunty Petunia. And a pretty good amount of sister interaction. And Lily the mom, which is always adorable. And the classic Harry in a reindeer costume trope that I will always get hyped for. Great characterization and a great AU and overall a good fic to read when you’re at the “one more before bed” stage.
Quality Quote - She laughs, and he asks her what her opinion on deer is. “Specifically, stags.”
Author Summary - Her grandfather’s war and her father’s war were fought with metal and manpower. Hers was done with magic.
My opinions - This fic is the most Lily centric I think, but I kinda appreciate it. Also she smokes in this, which normally I hate (i have a lot of cancer and asthma and general deaths due to smoking in my family), but the way it’s presented and used as kind of a plot device is really interesting. This fic generally is very well written and has really good imagery and other such nice things. It’s not really AU per say but the way it’s written and the discussion of Lily’s family is original and very well thought out. Another fic where Lily knows Exactly what she’s doing and I love it. A good kinda short read with a lot of character insight and non forced Jily interaction.
Quality Quote - She fought because this was a war entirely to do with her: her rights, her status, her entire life. Doing nothing had never been an option; her integrity would not allow it. It was always her war to win.
3 Things You Actually Need to Take Good Notes in College
One of the ways to succeed in college is to take good notes. By good notes, I mean not pretty and perfect note, but the notes that help you study and understand the material you learned in class. To achieve this goal, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on cute stationery. In this post, I want to talk about the essentials that a freshman needs to take effective notes.
1. Something to write on and with
The tricky part here is to determine how you like to take your notes. You might or might not learn it from high school. If you already know what you prefer that’s great! Just bring it with you to college. If you’re not sure what you really like, here’re some ideas
The most convenient notebooks have college-ruled, good quality paper, they’re pretty large in size, and they have pockets for handouts.
a) A Five Subject Notebook
My personal favorite is notebooks with 5 sections inside. It makes your life easier because you don’t need to memorize your schedule from the first day and think what notebooks you need to put in your backpack every morning, and it definitely saves you an extra trip back to your dorm room in case you forgot one. It also has nice pockets that you can put your syllables and handouts.
b) A Normal Notebook
If you don’t want to get a five-classes-in-one notebook you can definitely get a separate one for every class.
It’s customizable. You can just bring papers to school and then put them together into the binder at home. You can also insert the handouts and printed PowerPoints inside. You can choose how many sections you what if any at all.
A pen or A pencil?
It’s up to you. I always used the cheapest pencils ever at it’s never affected my notes.
More and more students use laptops to take their notes. Even though your notes will look perfect and you can change anything you want at any given time, laptops have a quite big disadvantage.
Multiple studies showed that students who type their note perform worse than students who write their notes by hand. The reason is that when students type the lecture, they automatically try to type it word by word without thinking about what they’re writing. Students who take notes with a pen are forced to paraphrase and simplify the lecture because they don’t have enough time to do it verbatim. The difference between these two is that the process of writing down the notes makes the brain analyze the information that the student is writing.
So if you choose the laptop as your way of taking notes in class, please, rewrite them at home!
iPad Pro with Apple Pencil or Windows Tablet with a Stylus
We’re the first generation that can use this brilliant piece of technology. It’s a hybrid of paper notes and typing. Amazing!
In my opinion, it’s the best option for students and I do have and love an iPad Pro with Apple pencil. However, it’s very pricey and you don’t need it in order to succeed in college. You can use options above and perform your best.
Highlighters are so important. They help to organize and color code the notes. They also help to study for the exams and incorporate active learning.
The only advice I can give here is to choose the colors that you like and that are not too dark to cover up the writing. The rest is your preference.
3. Sticky Notes
They’re helpful to mark pages and to add some info in the notes.
I like to mark every chapter with sticky bookmarks and add some illustrations and side notes using square ones.
And that’s it! You don’t need to spend tons of money on adorable stationary to succeed in college. Shocking, right? That’s all I used during first two years in college (before I switched to iPad Pro), and I got and get into President’s List pretty regularly. Don’t overthink this. Just get the essentials, and you’ll be college ready in no time.
Suuuuper short dialogue only piece. Might have counted toward Robin’s writing challenge but It doesn't hit anywhere near the 100-word mark. (Plus I’m pretty sure she’s already seen it?) But hey might as well post it since I don’t see it going any further.
“…If I disappeared off the face of the earth what would you do?”
“What the hell sorta question is that? You planning on goin somewhere?”
“No. I was just curious."
"Keh, I’d look for you, obviously. If you think you can just up and disappear on me without a word you’re dead wrong.”
“And if you couldn’t find me?”
“I’d KEEP lookin."
"For how long?”
“Forever’s a long time Inuyasha."
"I know it is. So don’t waste my time running off!"
I am way hyped for the next chapter of Winter Song!!! Any idea on when it will be posted?? Also glad you are feeling better. I was worried about you.
Hey there! Thank you for checking on me. ♥ I’m feeling pretty good lately.
I’m honestly not sure about WS. I have some of the next chapter written already, but I’m actually neck deep in the next chapter of the prequel, Falling.
You guys, chapter 2 of Falling is currently 18,000 words long … aaaaand I’m not done yet. HELP. Pretty sure it’s going to go over 20,000 words before I’m done. That’s like 40+ typed pages of text.
But I’m really liking it so far! The story as a whole might end up being one of my favorite things that I’ve ever written. Can wait to post it!
And just an FYI, I’m now predicting Falling will be finished in 3 chapters and Winter Song will be finished in 20. (So there will be 2 more chapters posted of each story.) I have a tendency to underestimate how many words/chapters it will take to finish a story in a satisfying way.
June 30: Ships that pass in the night (Chapter Ten)
Title: Ships that pass in the night (Chapter Ten) Tags: Alternate Timeline, AU, Slow burn, stranger to friends, friends to lovers Words: 3973 Summary: Dan and Phil are YouTubers. The catch? They’ve never met, and Phil doesn’t want them to.
Prompt: This is late. I know. But here are some reasons why: Squidge moved in. The internet went down in my entire area. I was really tired yesterday. I was tired because I woke up sick today. I had tickets to see Carrie Hope Fletcher in Addams Family and I had to go to that. So here is it, a little after midnight UK time but… finished. It’s also the longest chapter so far so hopefully that makes up for it.
Also the exact nature of these plot points might have evolved in this chapter because I’m ill. Write what you know and all that. But the reason for the scenes stays the same I just changed the conditions they happened in. I actually prefer this so hey, there’s an upside to being ill.
…That’s not what I expected from the Villain Speech, and it raises so many questions.
And partly I want to go - so why is that an excuse to try and murder kids? You’re just excusing yourself from the severity of your crime, really - I mean, All Might is doing his best to knock the villains into next week (and for the mooks he already did that), but at least he didn’t try to murder kids.
But then I stepped back, and thought about it. I really thought about it, especially in the context of this story’s world.
All Might is the ‘Symbol of Peace’.
The man who can change the weather by punching hard enough. He’s pretty much the walking equivalent of a nuclear bomb, and is one of the most devastating superheroes in Japan, if not the world.
And this man is considered the Symbol of Peace.
God, what does that say about this world? Violence is glorified, violence is praised - when it is used within the confines of heroism.
Look at the entrance exam, and Bakugou’s score - hell, just look at Bakugou, really. That boy scored the highest on the exam, out of participants presumably from all across Japan, all simply because he could destroy the highest number of robo-villains. Not a single goddamn rescue point, not a single inkling he gave a shit about anything other than blowing stuff up, and yet he still shot right to the top of that damned exam.
(And another part of that is how the idea you can get ‘rescue points’ isn’t even mentioned by the exam people! We the watchers don’t even know it’s possible until the end of the show to get rescue points. It’s never even mentioned.
Because it’s not considered as important as destroying ‘villains’ is, in that exam.)
And throughout his life, Bakugou has been lauded and praised for his Quirk, even those his massive anger issues and willingness to bully others to the point of abuse cannot have gone completely unnoticed.
The first time we are introduced to Bakugou Katsuki is when Izuku is defending a boy who was injured because of Bakugou’s Quirk. Bakugou was young, then, not more than six probably, and already he showed how very little he cared about what should be the first rule of heroism: protect the weak. Instead, he used his Quirk, abusing it shamelessly - as he would continue to do until well into the show starts - to hurt other people.
Was he ever chastised? Was he told that he needs to work on his powers, and use them for good? Was he ever told that that’s not how a hero should act? Was he ever told to use his anger for good and that he could use it to help other people?
Was he ever told no, explicitly?
No. He was lauded and praised and told what an excellent hero he’d be instead, from childhood, even. When he spoke of going to the best school for heroics in Japan, not a single person thought he probably wouldn’t be able to get in. Not a single person stopped and said that maybe a kid who willfully abuses those considered weaker than him, maybe this kid who throws his Quirk around to make himself feel stronger - maybe this kid needs to learn some discipline and compassion for others before we started letting him train to become a Hero.
(Hell, not even at UA did anyone stop and say okay, Bakugou just tried to fucking murder Midoriya during the training simulation, and good god his anger issues are astounding, we need to get him some goddamn therapy asap. And I’m not holding up hope that anyone will, tbh!)
And now, I’m not saying that All Might is Bakugou, or drawing a parallel between them in any other way. (I have a really hard time imagining All Might, even as a probably angry Quirkless kid, doing ½ of the abusive things to someone else that Bakugou does to Izuku.) And All Might has done good, and I’m not claiming that he doesn’t. One of our very first looks at him comes from when he saves people during a disaster.
But Bakugou (and his Quirk) is violent. And All Might’s power is violent. Very much so.
They both have power meant for stopping villains dead (or making them very dead). There’s no room for subduing them peacefully, there’s no room for their powers to get someone to stop without a fight. There is no room for even the idea of not fighting.
And yet, they are praised.
Bakugou is told what an excellent Hero he’d be. He’s told he’ll be the best.
All Might is lauded across the country as the compass to which all other heroes should aspire to, to which all children should want to become. He is called the Symbol of Peace, and it is shown how many criminals have been stopped/halted by either him or his rise to fame.
But, and I wonder about this: what about an ordinary criminal? What about people who steal some change from the corner store, or a person who shoplifts some food, or any of the minor criminals who very likely have to exist - because the Shigarakis and Noumus and Kurogiris of the world are far and in between. Because the villains with the ‘flashy’ and ‘big’ Quirks would likely be far and in between themselves. Because a lot of criminals aren’t just big rolling robots, big hunks of metal who cannot feel who do not have loved ones, whose only desire is to destroy-
What happens if one of them runs into a hero? Say the hero can’t temper their blow enough not to kill them. Say the hero is lauded for doing so, or they’re popular enough that they can’t have a ‘bad mark’ on their record, so it’s covered up, because obviously this man stealing some candy bars was a ‘threat to the public’ or something. (There are a thousand and one circumstances that could happen, and I’m not smart enough/well-read enough to think of them all. but you get my point!)
And maybe it’s not All Might, but there are other heroes, aren’t there? Other veteran heroes, likely with Quirks that utilize destructive forces in their own right - just look at the Fiery Santa Claus (Endeavor, was it? The guy with the horrendous fire-mustache). That’s a fucking deadly ass Quirk. That’s a Quirk that could very, very easily kill people. How’s a guy like that going to stop a pickpocket, or whatever, peacefully?
Then those criminals - well, they might have families, right? Those families or those friends (probably just as poor as the criminals) see the Heroes being lauded for the death of that criminal, contrasted with images they’ve seen all their lives, of plenty of Heroes not caring enough about doing good in places that aren’t profitable for them/don’t show them to the media.
And then more villains arise, out of hate or rage or grief or a simple need for money - because you can’t tell me there aren’t plenty of people who become villains for the money, especially when the option to become a Hero is presumably right there.
(But that’s a whole other rant, on economic inequality and the stagnation of lower classes for the benefit of the upper class and this post is already long enough as is.)
Shigaraki’s right, no matter what reasons he may have for saying it.
All Might isn’t a Symbol of Peace - the man is a nuclear deterrent. He’s not Nelson Mandela, because I’m pretty sure Nelson Mandela didn’t have a fucking warhead he could churn out whenever he needed to dispense justice.
(I’m not saying that the oppressed violently uprising against their oppressors is a bad thing, that’s not my point at all. I’m not of the mind that believes that punching a Nazi is a bad - unless you don’t use proper technique and protect your hands, in which case don’t do that until you have training - you know.)
What I am saying is that All Might lives in a world that glorifies violence. He influences that, even as he acts against criminals.
Here is the hero to which everyone must aspire to!
But he, like all other Heroes, goes after the symptoms - not the source.
(and people die and people suffer while the world goes on, and they look up and whisper why. Why did my father/son/daughter/wife/friend. Why do my children go hungry. There’s anger in those questions, anger that drives people to do stupid things, to strike out at a world that has no use for them.
and then they die, and others rise up, wanting to hurt as they’ve been hurt.
and it doesn’t end.
It doesn’t end until someone stands up and says no. Says, this isn’t working, says, we need to do better.
Even if for the wrong reasons.)
(I wonder why so many people followed Shigaraki, really.)
Its too bad you're not into OK KO, since I am a huge fan. Is recommend episodes but I'm sure those are probably ones you saw already. BTW, in relation to your post about the female designs in OK KO- I've actually seen an almost opposite complaint given to some cartoons, where the men in it are given cartoony designs and the women are given realistic proportions. This might not apply the same with them being humans, but OK KO is pretty cartoony so I figured it could.
I have heard about that, but I think that’s mostly for non human characters. Like how the male mice characters look like mice, but the female looks like women with some mouse like features. I think it’s a case of women aren’t allowed to look cartoony when nonhuman and it seems to be done for some sexualization. I even made fun of this in my Mellow Frames of the Emoji Movie trailer.
As for Ok Ko, yes I probably already saw the episode you would recommend for me. I asked for recommendations when I started watching the show on Tumblr and I got a lot of answers. It’s not a bad show at all, I’m just not engaged in the world or characters so I have little investment to follow the show.
I thought I’d make a post outlining my plan for this endeavour, so we can all be on the same page. (See what I did there? Prepare for puns.;) )
For every novel I will plan a month. I picked the 20th as a repeating deadline since we know that Kathryn’s birthday is on May 20th and I needed something I could remember. ;)
The idea is that we all take a month to read each book, come up with ideas to discuss and basically just find some people we can chat to about what happened to our favourite crew after their return to Earth. I am personally a pretty hardcore Janeway/Chakotay shipper, so there might be a focus on those two, or in general the personal relationships and how they develop.
I’m also going to link to fanfiction and fanart that is set in the post-Endgame universe. And I sure hope for the development of some stellar memes! If anyone feels up to the task of creating some sort of header for us that would also be rad. I’m pretty incompetent when it comes to that.
For now I’ve decided to stick to tumblr. Mainly so we all wouldn’t have to deal with another platform and since we already have tumblr, it seemed convenient. But I’ll keep checking out other options. Thank you to everyone who has made suggestions so far!
I hope this works for everyone. If life should become too stressful to keep up, that’s fine. This isn’t meant to feel like homework but just to be fun. I am just super excited to get this show on the road!!
Hi there! I'm pretty sure I already went through your whole blog a couple of times, but I'm still stumped... There's this story in my head that I'm loving but I need a plot for... Like... I got an angel and an ex-demon forced to be together at first... But what kind of things could happen to them? I guess that's the question...? Could you help? PLEASE? TT_TT
I don’t know if you saw theseposts but they might help. But some little ideas…
This ex-demon, though very serious about rehabilitation as an angel, is still accidentally a pretty bad influence on the angel.
The angel is tasked with observing the ex-demon to see where they can fit in. Nowhere, basically, is the conclusion. But that’s not an answer the angel can give.
Since they keep bickering about every little thing they aren’t paying enough attention when they cross into the mortal world and get spotted.
The two are paired to be angel trainers for all the little newbies.
The ex-demon is facing a possible fate as a—ugh, it’s too horrible to even think about—human and begs the angel to help them. The angel being an angel is compelled (or possibly forced) to help.
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My answer to “this” question. The gifs won’t fcking load when I post it in the answer no matter how many times I try tho, so here it is~
I’ve briefly discussed what I think abt homo/bisexuality in the K-POP industry “here”. You can not read it, but I suggest you do bc I don’t plan on explaining what I’ve already said in that post of mine bc I’m pretty sure ppl won’t like repetitiveness xD
This is MYopinion. So some of you might not agree and I’m cool with it. I’m not gonna warn you any further. Just know that everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Including you, and me.
Now, there are times (quite a lot actually) when I thought: “His [Bh] sexuality is as straight as Chen’s poodle hair.” (which is one of the farthest things from straight tbh)
When and Why? Simple. His actions, mannerism, facial expressions, just Bh’s whole attitude when he’s with other guys.
wtf Bh, Sehun was talking. U r rood.
I wish the gif was longer so I could’ve seen how Kai reacted.
Ok enough. Bruh. I don’t think it’s that common for straight men to kiss his guy friends just for the hell of it.
I’m not crossing out the fact that some men do it with their other guy friends and only see it as something friendly…but they don’t do it usually unlike Bh now do they?
I didn’t watch the drama so what did Sehun and Bh do in the drama that they usually do? :D
Oh I s–
wAit a minute wAHT?
I don’t think I need to explain.
The amount of thirst that Bh has for Sehun tho…But I understand. Who wouldn’t want the sebooty?
look at Bh being all fabulous. Which leads us to another reason why I think Bh is not 100% straight…
Ray is the son of the hosts and he’s trying to be nice but he’s getting tired of people trying to befriend him for his parents.
Len didn’t even want to be there he’s just there to make sure Lisa makes it through the night and back home safely.
Ray escapes his post and tries to blend in with the other guests but it’s not really working because he’s tall and handsome and easy to find.
Len sees Ray being harassed and saves him mostly out of pity.
But Ray is grateful and somehow one thing leads to another and he’s asking Len to dance.
Len stares at him before figuring what the hell he’s already here might as well enjoy himself besides he’s got a mask and the guy looks pretty cute.
And because Len is a drama queen as the party ends he does the thing with the flowers (the scene from that music video that spurred this whole thing in the first place) before he leaves, wanting to leave a lasting impression since hey while this was fun it’s not like they’re going to see each other again.
Well too bad for him Ray is already COMPLETELY SMITTEN WITH HIM AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN THE HANDSOME MAN IN THE BLACK MASK WASN’T ON THE GUEST LIST. WHAT DO YOU MEAN I PROBABLY WON’T SEE HIM AGAIN I’M GOING TO FIND HIM EVEN IF I HAVE TO KNOCK ON EVERY DOOR OF THIS CITY DON’T TRY TO STOP ME FELICITY.
Thing is Len didn’t even know that the guy with the puppy eyes that he danced with was the hosts’ son and when Lisa tells him that he’s like. Ok. Well now it’s even less likely they’ll meet again. They live in completely different parts of the city and the only reason he went was as Lisa’s plus one and the only reason Lisa was invited was because of Cisco who is friends with Ray.
But then three weeks later the doorbell rings and standing there is Ray, all shy and proud at the same time somehow and wearing way too expensive clothes for this part of the neighborhood. What the fuck.
Len lets him in largely because he’s sure Ray will get mugged within 5 minutes if he stays out any longer.
Ray brought flowers. Because “just thought I’d return the favor”. Len rolls his eyes and tells him that he’s doing it out of order because Len’s an asshole cat who doesn’t know how to accept gifts without trying to have the last laugh.
This prompts Ray to plead for one more dance. Just one. Come on. Please. Promise only one.
No one can stand the puppy eyes and Len decides it isn’t fair but he finally nods, puts on some music, and accepts Ray’s outstretched hand.
Like last time, even tho it was Ray who instigated the dance it’s Len who ends up leading, and without a mask between them Ray just finds himself falling harder for him.
The dance ends but Ray doesn’t want to let go and he selfishly doesn’t move or talk for a few seconds, staring at Len who’s staring back. Then he sees Len roll his eyes and suddenly he’s being pushed against the wall and Len’s lips are on his and- wow.
They only break apart when there’s a blinding flash and Lisa is standing in the doorway with her phone in her hands and the biggest smile on her face. Len’s pretty sure the picture’s already been sent to half the people on her contacts list.