My foot tapped impatiently as I sat staring at my phone, closing and reopening my app for the millionth time today. So far today I had a total of 0 messages.
And I was fighting the urge within me to just send a quick hello, in fear
that I’d come off as overbearing or clingy or annoying or any other
negative word you could think of to describe a girl who was infatuated
with seeing the name ‘Will’ pop up on her phone or computer screen.
was like that sick feeling you felt in the pit of your stomach when you
were starting to gather a childish infatuation with someone that had
you ridiculously giddy for no reason at all. It wasn’t like our
conversations were flirtatious. They were simple in nature which was why
they probably had me as happy as I was.
would check on me, ask how my day was, and we’d just share little
details and stories about our schedules. It was…romantic in a sort of
way. The sort of way that wasn’t really romantic at all but I imagined
it to be.
my friends sat around chatting up each other while I remained
immersed in my phone. For a moment, I slid it away in my pocket in hopes
that would bring me some form of luck.
what are we doing this weekend? I’m thinking that party at Danny’s
place, no?” My best friend Tristan proposed, her blue eyes lighting
up. If there was anyone who enjoyed a good party, it was her. Every
weekend it seemed she was filling the group chat with the details of the
latest party or club event that would be the talk of the town for a
I guess we could do that. It’d be a fine night out. Right, Jas?”
Rebecca turned her eyes toward me. She was the quieter one of the group.
I was somewhat stuck in the middle between her and Tris personality
was, as described, the 'party animal’. Everyone knew her. At
university, she was the one invited to everything and who could get us
into anything. Rebecca on the other hand was shy, timid and very rarely
did she look anyone in the eye. To be honest, the only reason others
knew her was because she was always by Tristan’s side.
there I lie in the middle as the somewhat shy, sometimes outgoing,
sometimes bitchy friend who had a scowl on her face because someone said
I didn’t mind being that person.
guess I’ll go. It’s his birthday right?” It seemed no matter how old we
all got after graduating, we all stayed in touch with our old friends.
We had all moved on to do great things but we’re still in each other’s
lives in some capacity. That included wild birthday celebrations.
smirk immediately pierced Tristan’s grin, a mischevious glint in her
eyes shining to let me know she had something up her sleeve. “That it
and Danny had this ridiculous secret fling they had been having since
freshman year. They called it 'friendly sex’. I called it putting each
other on reserve until they both were mature enough to admit their
So far they hadn’t.
God. What do you have planned? Some birthday rendezvous after the
night’s over?” Becca teased which caused me to chuckle under my breath.
But my mind didn’t stay on the conversation too long as their talk
became muffled around me.
retrieved my phone from my pocket. Still no message. I couldn’t take it
any more so rather than torturing myself, I sent the first message.
immediately dropped my phone face down in front of me so I wouldn’t be
able to see the screen light up once there was a reply sent. My nerves
and anxiety wouldn’t allow me to.
I didn’t have to wait too long as my phone buzzed along the table and I
flipped it over, revealing a message that immediately made me grin.
W: Hey. Sup?
J: Nothing. Grabbing a bite with my friends. You?
W: Stuck in the office. Ughhhhh. Save me! haha
grin broke even wider and I could feel my cheeks heating up some, my
hand cowering in front of my face as I tried to calm myself down before
my friends could notice because if they even caught a slight change of
expression on my face, they’d rip me to shreds.
J: Ha maybe if you lived a little closer I could.
W: I wish I did for that reason :(
mind drifted off to envisioning us living close to the point where I
could hop in my car and go visit, bother him at work, or catch a movie.
Hell, even meet for the first time!
The calling of my name made my head pop up as I saw Tristan watching me
with curiosity. “Why the hell are you smiling so much?”
blushing too,” Becca interjected as she sipped her latte. I shot her a
warning glare which she found a way to avoid by staring down her straw
to pretend to be occupied.
is in your inbox, little one? A man, perhaps?” Tris gave a teasing smirk
which only caused me to roll my eyes and groan. “Absolutely no one.
hadn’t told my friends about Will and for good reason because if I even
thought to tell them I was even slightly interested in this man I
hadn’t met or even seen a picture of, they’d probably throw me to the
sharks and no longer call me their best friend.
that was my flaw when it came to men; I fell for the personality and
the attention far quicker than I should have. In my mind, the men
started as a friend but as soon as they entered my inbox on a nearly
daily basis, you might as well have started printing the wedding
invitations. I was smitten.
is it?” Tris began to peer over to gain a quick look at my phone but I
pulled it away protectively into my lap. “Not telliiiiing,” I sang out
but I knew better than to think they would let me get away with not
telling them anything.
Who are you talking to who has you so giddy? You’ve been looking at
your phone the entire time we’ve been together. Spill it.”
huffed, realizing I was practically cornered and unable to escape the
interrogation I was about to go through. They were my best friends so I guess I should feel comfortable telling them.
a part of me did want to spill all of the wonderful details about this
man I had been hiding in my mind and devices for exactly two weeks and three days now in hopes that
maybe my friends would understand my infatuation.
“His name is Will. I met him on our little chat app.” Immediately their bodies perked up with interest and attention.
“More importantly, what does he look like?”
“About that…I don’t know what he looks like,” I muttered under my breath.
Tristan’s eyes widened in dismay. Rebecca’s face scrunched in confusion behind her black-rimmed Ray Ban glasses.
“You haven’t seen him before?”
shook my head. “But he hasn’t seen me either to be fair. Aside from my
profile picture. That’s it,” I clarified. I didn’t want them to think he
was somehow hiding himself from me. We just hadn’t bothered asking to
see each other and I was comfortable with that though part of me did
wonder what exactly he looked like.
my luck he was some bald man hiding behind a computer screen. I had
thought of that possibility a few times but simply waved it off. I
wasn’t that unlucky.
look who FINALLY posted chapter 1. AHHHHH! i know, crazy wait. my apologies. if you need the prologue to kinda sorta get where this is going click here but as i said it is going to be a fun, bumpy ride i plan on taking you all on.
i did sorta skip past the whole “2 weeks getting to know each other phase” because ah yeah boring! it would have been unneccessary details anyway but i’ll be sure to fill in some blanks as we go along.
as usual, message me with feedback or guesses on who Will is! like and/or reply if you enjoyed :)
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About a month ago I started a periodic series of articles
delving into the color identities of giant movie monsters. As a lover of kaiju
films, I begin with the most iconic members of this group: Godzilla and his
most popular nemeses. There’s no denying the global influence Godzilla, and
Japanese monster movies in general, have had on the genre.
But as much as Japan has dictated trends in monster movie
history, the United States has been right there dictating trends too. While
stories of giant monsters are thousands of years old, the first real monster
movie hit was The Lost World,
produced by First National Pictures in 1925. While the film “only” starred
dinosaurs, it was the precursor to one of the most revered movie icons of all
Today’s article will focus on some of the American
monsters that have most influenced the genre over the decades. Even if you’re
not much of a monster movie fan you’ll certainly recognize some of the critters
on this list.
It’s Good to Be the
No, rexy, Kong
doesn’t want to make out with you.
Godzilla may be King of the Monsters in Japan, but
America’s monster monarch has ruled for much longer. While dinosaurs terrorized
people on screen for years, King Kong marked the shift to more fantastic
beasts. With his city-smashing ways, Kong punched the door open for the giant
monster movie as we know it today. 1933 saw the birth of a genre.
So what color or colors does King Kong fall under? To
start, he’s just a giant gorilla. Flavorfully in Magic, those tend to be Green creatures. Does Kong act Green? You
bet! In the original film, he spends most of his time engaging in animalistic
combat with his archosaur neighbors. The final clash on top of the Empire State
Building even pits nature against the pinnacle of technology: the fighter
The original film offers no insight into Kong’s
motivations, showing him as merely an animal run amok. But both the 1976 and
2005 remakes show him having a sympathetic emotional connection to Dwan and
Ann, respectively. This skews the character little bit into Red territory, as
we know Kong protects his girl out of a sense of affection for her.
Coincidently, Kong’s other main appearance also falls
into the Red/Green category. While Kong plays mainly the same role in King Kong vs. Godzilla, he is given an
expressly Red power. In order to be evenly matched against Godzilla’s atomic
breath, Kong can absorb and channel electricity into his fists. This thundering
touch helps Kong eventually overpower his reptilian adversary.
Legendary Pictures’s Kong:
Skull Island is set to hit theaters next year. We know the film is set in
the same diegesis as the latest Godzilla film, and Legendary has already
scheduled the clash between the two icons. My assumption is that they will stay
true to Kong’s Green nature, but we’ll have to wait and see how they update the
legend for today.
Under the Sea
If it ain’t broke,
While King Kong
may have kicked off the giant monster movie genre, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms ushered it into modernity. Last week
I mentioned that there are a number of monster archetypes that are threaded
throughout the genre, and this film establishes the most common trope: the
monster awakened by atomic weapons.
This film concerns the Rhedosaurus, a fictional dinosaur
species woken by atomic tests in the Arctic Circle. The dino marches back to
its ancient breeding ground…which just so happens to be New York City.
Specifically, the Rhedosaurus assaults the Coney Island amusement park. No fun
allowed, I guess!
The ancient menace is just a rampaging animal, making it
a squarely Green threat. This is a recurring theme in American monster movies
throughout the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Atomic bomb awakens or mutates a giant
monster, monster attacks city, military scientists find a way to kill the
Another fun little tidbit is that this is the film that
really catapulted Ray Harryhausen’s stop motion animation effects. Harryhausen
was inspired by the work in King Kong
and would go on to become one of the most influential special effects artists
in cinematic history.
Would not smooch.
Writing about one of Harryhausen’s first creations means
I should probably spend some time on one of his last. Clash of the Titans, released in 1981, was one of the last great
stop motion animation films. Harryhausen’s career was defined by his Greek
mythology films, and this one set out to outdo them all. It tells the story of
Perseus, who slew Medusa and used her head to petrify many other monsters. The
most notable story was when he defeated a sea monster, which the movie
rebranded as the Norse kraken because evocative names sell better.
This isn’t a very difficult monster to assess, as the
kraken in the film is just like Krakens in Magic.
Huge sea monsters are a mainstay of Blue, and this kraken is no different. Most
of the destruction it causes isn’t even caused by its immense bulk. Instead,
the kraken’s movements cause tidal waves capable of wiping cities off the map.
As Blue as can be.
clearest shot of the monster in the entire film.
Monster movies are making a bit of a comeback, and the
film that rode King Kong (2005)’s
heels was Cloverfield, a monster
movie with almost no monster in it. The entire movie is shot found-footage
style and follows the misadventures of a bunch of annoying young adults as a
giant monster attacks New York City. The military fails to do much damage to it
as the parasites that drop from its body start hunting people too. The film
ends with the death of the final cast members, and the monster’s fate is
Clover, as the monster is affectionately nicknamed by
crew and fans, is some sort of sea monster. The film never goes into detail why
it’s attacking New York, but part of the viral marketing for the film implies
it has something to do with an oil rig disturbing it. J. J. Abrams is a
generally terrible storyteller, so it’s no wonder that there’s basically no
information to talk about here. This is probably a case of a Green monster
rampaging after being awakened by technology.
Get in the Robot
Russian tech always
Pacific Rim is
going to be a historic movie. It bombed in the domestic market, but foreign box
office totals were high enough to greenlight a sequel. The film didn’t perform
great, and this will be the first time a movie deemed a failure will get a
sequel like this. I hated the film, but its fans were vocal enough to factor
into Legendary Pictures’s decision.
Alien monsters are attacking Earth through a portal in
the bottom of the Pacific Ocean! I don’t know why they didn’t make it closer to
land, but whatever. Humanity defends itself with titanic robots called jaegers,
German for “hunter.” If you haven’t seen the film before, it’s basically a
giant homage to mecha anime.
As defenders of humanity, jaegers are easily founded in
White. They are guardians, soldiers, and great unifiers; the nations of the
world have put their differences aside to fund the jaeger program for the good
of all people.
The jaegers are controlled in a unique way, however. Each
one links the minds of two pilots in order to control the machine with their
thoughts. This kind of psychic control scheme is Blue. Not only is the mental
aspect reflective of the color of mental power, but the robots themselves are
basically titanic prosthetics. Blue is the color that most readily embraces
technology as a way to maximize the body’s potential. One simply needs to pilot
a jaeger to be able to fight the evil monsters at our doorstep!
But what about those monsters?
Through the Breach
thought the wall would work?
The kaiju are genetically altered monsters created by an
alien threat from another dimension. Or something like that? The movie isn’t
very clear where exactly the bad guys are from. But they’re sending the kaiju
over to Earth to wipe us out before they take our planet. Jerks.
Kaiju are essentially all clones, grown and manipulated
by the alien scientists. Each one has specialized weapons for fighting the jaegers,
from acid spit to electromagnetic pulses. I don’t know why they all just don’t
have the EMP capabilities, as that’s the obvious weapon to fight robots. And I
have no clue why Gipsy Danger somehow wasn’t affected by it. The thing still
runs on electricity.
Magic has a
close analogue to this process of monster manufacturing: the Simic Combine. The
Simic are all about genetic manipulation to make creatures cooler and more
useful. Since the aliens in the movie are making the kaiju with the same
ideology and process, it’s safe to label the kaiju as Green/Blue beings. The
aliens themselves probably have a bit of Black in them, what with the whole
global domination thing, but we can consider the kaiju as separate entities for
the purposes of this article.
America’s role in the giant monster movie history is
foundational to the genre. The early days incorporated regular dinosaurs (Green
villains at their core), but King Kong
started pushing such films in more fantastic directions. America also kicked
off the age of atomic monsters, establishing one of the most common archetypes
in the genre. Monster movies are making a comeback today, spearheaded by a handful
of moderately successful American films as well. Green-aligned monsters
fighting technology has been the core of the country’s relationship with
monsters, and I’m sure that theme will be played with for decades to come.
Until next time, planeswalkers, just let them fight.
Summary: A king has died, and there’s a crown for the taking.
To avoid war over who will lay claim to the most dangerous kingdom in the land, the remaining kings come to an agreement. A tournament. Three challenges. The winner gets the crown - and its powerful gift.
moment Gavin put the Wild crown on his head, three things happened at
pulse of green light shot out of the crown, an expanding circle of
energy that rustled their hair, the grass, the leaves of the trees
around the clearing.
the same time, the other four kings all jolted like they’d been
slapped. Ray even stumbled at the feeling that suddenly overcame him.
He’d felt the same thing six months ago with Michael, though not as
intensely. Since the Wild king died, there had been a nagging
emptiness at the back of his mind. An incompleteness, like some piece
of his consciousness was missing. Now it suddenly filled – a
swelling warmth in his chest was the physical effect, but it was more
than that. It was a relief, like finally remembering something
that you’d forgotten and had been straining to recall. For the first
time in weeks, he felt whole.
in the middle of all this, Gavin collapsed to the ground, screaming.