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summary: “Dad has paintings of her beauty. I have static videos on my phone of her laughter. Between you and me, Nino? I know which one I prefer.” - One day when Gabriel Agreste isn’t home, Adrien shows Nino a glimpse of his past that even he hadn’t unearthed.
a/n: A prompt by @distressed-fryup . They requested either a cute moment with Adrien and Mama Agreste or Nino and Adrien’s wonderful bromance. So I said: why not both? That, and I was watching “Home Video” from Steven Universe. So… yeah. ^_^ Please enjoy!

“Okay. I have been in this estate around five times now, dude. Nothing should surprise me. How the hell did I not notice you practically had a projection booth in here?”

Heaving another box out of the way and wiping the sweat off of his brow, Adrien just looked over at Nino (who’s jaw was currently one hinge away from dropping to the floor) with a knowing quirked grin.

The room in the attic wasn’t large by any means; a closed-off section behind a few of the family safes, a red interior covered by walls of tapes and DVDs. They ranged from home movies to archaic footage of his mother and father’s school days, modeling entries from various generations. Tucked away in the corner was an old-school projector, right down to the gleaming rust on the wheel. Adrien was more focused on the television set in the center, however.

 He took a seat on the floor. “Wow. A real film buff, eh?”

Nino pointed to the headphones around his neck, returning the grin tenfold. “You have your old man’s voice ringing in your ears about prospects in modelling, but, my friend, I am much more content for my ears to listen to the sweet sound of original film soundtracks.”

“Nino, that’s my Dad you’re talking about. He’s not that bad.”

“So why not ring him up and tell him your wonderful friend Nino–you know the same friend who dared try to convince him to allow his son to have a birthday party–is here to snoop around at a closed-off part of the mansion with you?”

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Analysing Sakurazuka Seishirou (Part A: Pre-Tokyo Babylon)

Upon realizing I’ve hit the 10 years mark of being obsessively in love with both Tokyo Babylon and X/1999, especially with Subaru and Seishirou, I realize it’s about time to write my own analysis of what may be one of the most enigmatic character that CLAMP has ever created. This is going to be a long one so I’ve decided to put this as Part A which is on pre-Tokyo Babylon, with part B (Tokyo Babylon timeline) and C (X/1999 timeline) on the way. So without further ado, let’s begin this character analysis.

Pre-Tokyo Babylon

There really is no doubt that Seishirou is the kind of character that people hate to love. Really. Even now after all these years, I absolutely despise myself for loving a fictional character that had managed, rather spectacularly, to completely destroy the one person he had felt something…anything!..for. However, I can say that I have reasons for why I love him as a character…because honestly as much of a bastard as he was, it wasn’t all of his fault that things turned out the way it did.

Personally, I am in the camp that believes that Seishirou had always felt something for Subaru even in their first meeting beneath his illusionary Cherry Blossom tree. Why? Because he had ignored tradition to let a child of 9 live without a guarantee they would meet again in the future. 

Let’s recount what we know of Seishirou before he met 9 year-old Subaru underneath the Cherry Blossom tree.

  1. He had not known his parents until he met Setsuka (his mother) at the age of 9 (Ironically the same age Subaru had been when he met Seishirou). 
  2. Even at such a young age, he had not felt anything. He had not even want to meet his parents, nor care to even find out about them.
  3. What we do know is that Setsuka cared for him. Er, whether it was a love that a mother should feel for her son it’s very much debatable. However, despite ‘loving’ her son very much, she hadn’t raised him. She had not even bothered to meet her son. It was Seishirou, emotionless Seishirou, who had visited his mother. His mother, who was the Sakurazukamori before him. 
  4. Despite not caring for Setsuka (AT ALL), he acted like he did. He pretended to care, to cherish his mother, to whisper sweet nothingness into her ears. As if they were the beautiful portrayal of young lovers. And yes, I am in the camp that believe they were lovers. So we know that Seishirou was already such a talented actor. He could place a mask so effortlessly, that even when he felt nothing for his mother, to an outsider it very well seemed like he loved her with all his heart and soul. 
  5. The illusion of love was shattered the minute his mother requested him to kill her. He did so without a second thought. But even when Setsuka was nearing death, he held her with care. Listened to what she had to say, and kissed her on the lips as she laid there in his arms, dead.
  6. And of course, the famous Setsuka words…the words that would haunt Seishirou for the rest of his life. He will be killed by the one he loved the most. What was interesting to see was that Seishirou was not offended that Setsuka had just suggested someone would kill him, the current Sakurazukamori. No. He was more offended by her words saying he would love someone.

Now there are a few things that had left me confused about Setsuka’s and Seishirou’s relationship. If Setsuka truely loved Seishirou, why hadn’t she raised him? In fact, why hadn’t she even gone to visit him herself? Seishirou commented in the drama CD that it felt like the house she was living in was a prison (for the mentally ill?) but she was the Sakurazukamori. A powerful assassin that surely could have tracked him down herself should she want to. And surely she couldn’t have been living in a real prison if she was expected to kill countless of people who were a threat to Japan. 

Which leads me to believe that Setsuka was respecting the tradition of her clan despite being displeased of it. Despite loving Seishirou, she would wait until her son is brought to her so that she could prepare him to become the next Sakurazukamori.  

And respect for tradition is what I had come to associate with Seishirou as well. He did not care to meet his mother, and yet he did because it was probably asked of him to meet the Sakurazukamori. He didn’t love his mother, but out of respect for her position as the then Sakurazukamori he had presented to her a mask of care even after her death. 

It seems to be trait in the Sakurazuka clan. Setsuka respected tradition, and so did Seishirou. They might not like or care for it, but they still abide to it. A lot of people have made speculations throughout the years that any 'prospective’ Sakurazukamori had been modelled to be killing machines, robots to be exact since birth. Although I’m not entirely sure that Seishirou did receive special training that left him an emotionless robot that killed without a second thought, I do believe that he followed the rules of his Clan as if he was modeled to do so. He had killed his mother to become the Sakurazukamori (Cherry Blossom burial mound guardian) not because of love or hate, but because it was tradition to kill her to be her successor. He felt NOTHING for people in general, and yet accepted a job that gave him no pleasure. Killing people did not give Seishirou satisfaction or joy, he just did it because it was expected of him to.

Is it tradition for the Sakurazukamori to be killed by the ones they love? No, I don’t think so. Mainly because of Seishirou’s reaction when Setsuka had told him he would be killed by the one he loves. He hadn’t believed it because he believed he was emotionless. Surely, if being killed by the one he loves is a tradition within his Clan, he would not blatantly reject the idea that Setsuka presented. He would have listened to her with that calmness of his even if he didn’t believe her. 

But perhaps BECAUSE Setsuka had presented that very idea to him, that maybe just maybe he had thought that was what would be expected of him. Surely an emotionless assassin would no longer be a fitting one if he had a weakness. Perhaps Seishirou believed that it was something he had to do should the impossible happen. Should he fall in love…

Now this is all speculations of course, because there really isn’t much evidence of this. But based on the assumptions that Seishirou is indeed modeled to follow tradition.

why did he let Subaru live? And why, did he want to meet Subaru again?

Sure you could argue that he’s probably allowed to not kill a target or two (as shown in the Tokyo Babylon live action movie, but Subaru is an Onmyouji himself. A child that would grow up to be a powerful one in fact. Seishirou might not have known that Subaru is the leader of the Sumeragi clan, but he had known the child had potential to be a powerful Onmyouji. Hence, Subaru was a threat to the Sakurazukamori. He needed to be disposed of. 

Instead, Seishirou let him live. In fact, Seishirou had started a long conversation with a child of 9 about why Cherry Blossoms are pink. As far as I know from the drama cd, manga, anime, move adaptation…Seishirou has never interacted with his potential victims to that extent. To start a frivolous conversation with a child is not him at all. Which leads me to the conclusion that…

Even before he had known that Subaru is pure-hearted, kind, and gentle…he had wanted to talk to the boy. Subaru was ALREADY special. 

And it got worse when Subaru had proven he was one of a kind.

Despite facing a dangerous man, Subaru had cried for the corpses buried beneath the Cherry Blossom tree. This had unnerved Seishirou who had not experienced such a pure soul. Surely all of his past victims had either begged for mercy or tried to escape. 

And so the interesting boy become a target of obsession.

Seishirou wanted to own that little boy that had entranced him. He ignored tradition by not only letting him go, but to also almost promise a second meeting where they would live together for a year. A year in which he would decide for himself that Subaru was someone he could love. Because surely to Seishirou if the one he loved the most isn’t Subaru, then it couldn’t be anyone else…

If only Seishirou had known back then that what he had done was so uncharacteristic of himself that momentarily he had dropped his mask, forgotten tradition,  and had showed a side to a child that no one had ever seen before. 

Seishirou wanted to see if he could stop being the emotionless robot. 

Because being an emotionless robot, meant he was always alone. He could not relate to 'living’ beings because to him they were all objects. But momentarily, he had related to a living being that should have been an object to him. Momentarily he had escaped loneliness, and felt the taste of what it means to live. 

odaxelagnia13  asked:

Funny Headcanon : Severus gets off the wrong stop to Spinners End and ends up in muggle London and as he waits for another bus he is prospected buy a model agency for his tall and thin figure and sharp face. 😂💕


Snape turns, his eyes wide and his hand slides down his side to where he keeps his wand.

But it is not an angry member of the Wizarding World looking for revenge.  No.  It’s a woman.  With a camera.  And…a dead animal wrapped around her neck? Snape momentarily considers simply making a break for it, but she’s already closed the distance between them and has motioned to two rather large blokes with silver reflecting screens.

“I knew I shouldn’t have gotten off on this stop,” Severus mumbles with annoyance, looking down at the book he’s tucked under his arm. “If I had a pound for every book that’s made me forget to get off at the wrong stop, I’d be able to buy my own rugby team.”

“Such nice angles! Oh, and the cheek bones!” The woman is now infuriatingly close, her finger nearly tracing the contour of his cheek, and Snape steps back, looking at her with a pained expression.

“Please do not accost me, Madam.  I do not have the pleasure of your acquaintance.” Severus lets the lie slip through his lips with ease.  In reality, he does not give two knuts about who she is, and doubts very much that there will be any pleasure in her acquaintance. 

“Ah, but where are my manners?” The woman speaks with a fake French accent that Severus finds galling, pulling out a business card from her chest pocket. “I am Gizzelle. With two z’s.”

“Your point? Other than your obvious lack of understanding regarding personal space, that is,” Severus grumbles, staring at the card with disinterest.

“I just…you are perfect! I want you in my next photo shoot!” Gizzelle explains, picking up her camera and pointing it in his face, making a pretend shutter clicking noise and pulling it away from her face again. “Much fame, money and popularity can be yours! All you have to do is say one little word.”

“No.” Severus turns and begins to walk the opposite direction.  He stops when he realize that Gizzelle is grasping tightly to his coat tails.

“PLEASE!” Gizzelle’s eyes are wide and filled with furor, “I MUST PHOTOGRAPH YOU! I MUST I MUST!”

“Madam, kindly extricate yourself from my clothing,” Severus says irritably, “I do not wish for my image to appear hither and thither.  The thought of modeling clothing fills me with a combination of annoyance and indigestion. The fact that you find my emaciated and highly malnourished body attractive enough to put in magazines is simply an extension of your idiocy, and I want nothing to do with it! Good day!”

Gizzelle tightens her grip for a moment and then seems to realize that she’s gone too far.  

“There you go,” she says, her fake French accent disappearing, “Happy?”

“Never. It is, however an improvement.”  Severus turns the corner into an alleyway and a sharp crack rings out moments later.

“Sir! Are you all-” Gizzelle runs after him and freezes, realizing that the alley is utterly empty. Both brick buildings on either side are tall with high windows and no doors.

Her eyes widen as she feels the residual static of some sort of energy raising the little hairs on the back of her neck, despite the liberal hairspray that have been applied to them.

She never tells anyone that particular part of the story when she is doing her scouting for the next couple of months leading up to the big show in Milan.  However, it is pretty obvious by the thin, tall male models with angular faces and dark eyes that she has chosen, and the cuts that are scandalously black with strips of starched white at the collar and archaically cut, that she has been smitten with a certain grumpy man who has made her reconsider the merits of being told politely to go to hell.

Eorzea’s Next Top Model Cycle 5 Auditions

Alright everyone: It.  Is.  TIME!

I am exceedingly thrilled to announce the auditions for Cycle 5 of Eorzea’s Next Top Model, along with some additional information about the cycle itself.

Auditions will be running from 11/12-11/20, with the final cutoff being 11:59pm EST on the 20th.  

As with previous rounds, there will be three shots requested for each prospective model.  We will -not- be splitting into groups based on any criteria - everyone will be up against each other from the start.

We will be running a 10-round cycle and currently expect to have 12 models in the cycle, though that number is subject to change if we see a need for it.

Absolutely anyone is open to enter, with the only requirement being that you have NOT been a previous winner of either ENTM or ENTM - YouTube Edition.  

I will warn everyone now - the general theme for this Cycle will be quite heavily based around Heavensward, so I’m afraid that if you don’t have access to the expansion then you would be ineligible for entry.  I apologize to anyone this excludes.

Entries should be sent to the email address at the bottom of this post.  You do not have to post them anywhere else, though of course you are more than welcome to do so if you wish!  The models we select will be contacted via email within 2 days of auditions closing, at which point they will be provided with the shot list for the contest (which will begin in full early December).

The first round WILL be a non-elimination round, so please don’t feel daunted!  There will be a chance for you to get a feel for the contests and what the judges/public are looking for.

On which note, judging will once more be a combination of public/judge votes, weighted to achieve the 75% Judge Vote, 25% Public Vote weight that was the most popular setup when we last ran a poll on the subject.

Lastly, images may NOT be manipulated in any way.  That is extended to include any third party tools that might be used to enhance visual effects within the game.  We do not require the SE watermark to be on the shots (so as to allow for the use of alternate image capturing software) but cropping/tweaking/any other manipulation will be grounds for dismissal from the contest.

We can tell.  We can, after all, tell from the pixels, having seen quite a few ‘shops in our time.

Other than those, the only limit is your creativity!

Right, on to the most important part: The audition shots!  As has been the case in the past, three shots will be requested:

Shot #1: Minion Madness
For this shot, set out with your favourite minion and create a shot with them.  Remember, you should still be the focus of the shot, but we want to see just why you love that minion so much!

Shot #2: Bad Weather Blues (Kai’s Challenge)
For your second shot, head outside when bad weather strikes and get a shot!  Rain, snowstorms, strong winds - any kind of weather that would make a sane person curl up with a hot mug of tea instead of running outside to take photos.

Shot #3: Sky Pirates (Ty’s Challenge)
For the third shot, it’s time to take to the skies!  I want to see the models in their best Sky Pirate outfits!  You could be exploring, raiding, running from the authorities…the setting is up to you, but I want it to scream Sky Pirate!

The shots should be sent to in the form of an imgur album.  That way if you decide to change up your images, you can freely swap them out until the deadline.  One of the ENTM hosts will respond to confirm that we received your entry!

We will be posting up Judge auditions at a later date, so watch for that too!

Best of luck, everyone!