Hawke walked on unsteady legs to the prow of Isabela’s ship where Anders was huddled, and handed him a bowl of steaming food. Anders took it with slightly shaking hands. “Cold?” Hawke asked. “And exhausted. Thanks.” Hawke sat next to him and wiggled close to share his body heat, hoping that the faint aura of magic Anders usually seemed to be radiating almost without thinking would calm his restless body and seasick stomach in return. “I still can’t believe you really decided to leave with me, and really did,” Anders muttered after a while of playing with his food and leaned more heavily against Hawke. “I never even dreamed… didn’t dare to.” “I defy expectations like that,” Hawke said gently, and let out a startled laugh when the long end the red ribbon he had tied into Anders’ hair in Lowtown fluttered in the strong wind and landed on his shoulder. Anders fingered the end of the ribbon with an undreadable expression on his face, food still untouched, and then pulled it out of his hair. “You’ll want this back,” he said and tried to offer it to Hawke. “Hmm? No!” Hawke folded Anders’ fingers around the ribbon. He smiled, suddenly a little nervous and tongue-tied. “No, I want you to have it. I- did I ever tell you about this tradition my family has?” “You give out ribbons during disasters?” Anders hazarded, joking to hide his confusion, and was relieved when Hawke relaxed a little and grinned. “No. We give our loved ones this… I guess a kind of a favor? Usually it has the Amell crest on it, or that’s what Mother said, but I - well. At least it’s red. You should… you should keep it. If you’d have it.” Anders let out a breathy laugh, eyes wide, and clutched the ribbon tighter. “If I’d have it,” he whispered, and laughed again. He brushed his freed hair out of his face only to have it thrown on his face by the wind again. He took Hawke’s hands with a shaky sigh and put the ribbon back into them. Hawke’s hopeful and a little nervous smile faltered and fell, but Anders cupped his face with one hand and spoke again before he had time to pull away to try and hide his disappointment. “Hawke - Jay, I want nothing more than to keep it,” Anders said, voice serious, intense, shaking with emotion. He pulled Hawke close, digging his fingers into the thick red hair, and kissed him - first once, hard, and then again more softly, once, twice. He didn’t pull back when they stopped to breathe, forehead against forehead, aches and nausea momentarily forgotten. “Tie it into my hair again,” Anders whispered. “Please.” And Hawke did.
Change of plans! (And title, too). I had started a piece for @mores2sl based around Katniss as a street musician and Peeta as a street artist. While I plan on finishing that at some point, the muse went on a picnic and got distracted by THIS. Take that with a grain of salt as I’ve already done some hefty edits to it, but that is basically the first draft of the first chapter for what I’m hoping to finish in time for the August submission deadline. So here we go, another preview:
Spiral & Collision
SUMMARY: With all the empty space between planets and stars, one would think that two galaxies colliding is a fairly peaceful process. What if it’s not? What if life complicates the process as once distant planets become neighbors? Populations of species vanish. Others colonize new worlds. And some pick up arms against fellow living organisms as resources shift and change, become scarce. And humans…we take war with us everywhere we go…
Meridia: A planet caught between strictly adhered to ancient rituals and customs, and the questions and progress that inevitably follow scientific advancements, the people of Meridia have been fighting a war to protect their sovereignty and that of their neighboring systems for over sixty years. Peeta Mellark, one of three Crown Princes and the future General of Meridia returns home after sustaining a severe injury in combat, but he’s not allowed to stay for long as his father sends him back across the galaxy on an errand that promises to be far more difficult than he initially thought and will test his loyalty to family, king, and home.
Arcadia: A colony of humans on a vibrant planet, intent on protecting their freedoms and their valuable resources from falling into the hands of Coriolanus Snow, self-proclaimed emperor of two still merging galaxies. In a desperate attempt to push back and end the fight once and for all, the Lady Katniss Everdeen reluctantly agrees to what she believes is a marriage of convenience in exchange for troops and allegiance from the military might of Meridia. But just because she agreed to the marriage doesn’t mean she’ll go quietly. After all, it’s more than just her life affected by this arrangement.
WARNINGS: RATED E, for explicit sexual content, sci-fi themes and elements, violence, character deaths, arranged marriages and associated dubious consent and general fuckery, also polyamory. Oh and Peeta’s bisexual and there will be a few scenes of him with someone who is not Katniss. M/M, M/F, and M/M/F scenes. Don’t like, don’t read. Inspired by a word prompt: Agelast - A person who never laughs.
What do you think are the three biggest issues with Naruto villains?
1) There aren’t enough of them. The number of good guys and bad guys are really imbalanced in this series. We often have situations like gang bangs such as 5 kages vs Madara, a whole shinobi alliance fighting one godlike villain, or good guys take turn to fight the same villain, e.g. Kakashi fought pein first then Naruto showed up to conclude the fight, just like Team 10 and Kakashi fought Kakuzu and Hidan first, then Naruto showed up to save their ass. This is why characters often look lame in this series cos they aren’t given individual opponent for them to fight and shine.
Kishi shamelessly recycled villains with edo tensei cos he’s too lazy to create new characters and techniques. He also recycled the same techniques for multiple characters. The same pair of rinnegans have been passed around between 3 villains.
2) The villains lack convictions, at least the ones who talked to Naruto. They’re converted in the most nonsensical ways. It’s been mockingly referred as book no jutsu (Nagato), punch no jutsu (Obito) etc. It makes the villains look childishly feeble willed and confused. I remember it got to the point as soon as Obito started talking to Naruto, people started predicting his impending TnJ and humiliation. It’s impossible to enjoy a villain when you know his character would be destroyed in the next 10 chapters.
3) The mastermind-puppet food chain makes all the villains involved look easily manipulated and stupid. I don’t understand why Kishi insisted on stretching out the story with this device, because it didn’t make the “mastermind” look clever, their plans were full of holes, it just made the ‘puppets” look dumb.