robert drake

the signs & poetry

aries: ‘you are always new. the last of your kisses was ever the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest.’ - john keats

taurus: ‘though guns may roar and cannon boom, roses are born and gardens bloom’ - angela morgan

gemini: ‘she felt like the moon: terrified of the sky, but completely in love with
the way it held the stars’
- robert m drake

cancer: ‘but my heart it is brighter than all of the many stars in the sky’ - edgar allan poe

leo: ‘never drift towards the shores of ordinary’ - robert m drake

virgo: ‘my love for you is more athletic than a verb’ - sylvia plath

libra: ‘in the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave and suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be.’ - maya angelou

scorpio: ‘she was a phantom of delight’ - william wordsworth

sagittarius: 'it is but to keep the nerves at strain, to dry one’s eyes and laugh at a fall, and, baffled, get up and begin again’ - robert browning

capricorn:  ‘I took my power in my hand and went against the world’ - emily dickinson  

aquarius: ‘the heart can think of no devotion greater than being shore to the ocean’ - robert frost

pisces: ‘I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees’ - pablo neruda

signs as r.m. drake quotes
  • aries: “a tamed woman will never leave her mark in the world.”
  • taurus: “don’t think. it complicates things. just feel, and if it feels like home then follow it's path.”
  • gemini: “the more i learned the less i felt i knew you and i got lost counting stars, i fell dreaming. sometimes i’d wander away. maybe i wasn’t ready or maybe it was just a hard time to love. you always reminded me of home and i could never fathom the reasoning behind your smile. perhaps one day, if we believe enough, we’ll find our way.”
  • cancer: “she was broken, i think it’s because she loved too much and she was always blind to the fact that love too is sometimes broken.”
  • leo: “maybe all that we are is what people expect us to be.”
  • virgo: “sometimes to self-discover you must self-destruct.”
  • libra: “maybe love was meant to save us from ourselves.”
  • scorpio: “she wildly burned for the one she loved and he stood there watching, hoping he too would catch a blaze from the violence stirring in her heart.”
  • sagittarius: “somewhere along the way we all go a bit mad. so burn, let go and dive into the horror, because maybe it’s the chaos which helps us find where we belong.”
  • capricorn: “she needed the chaos within her in order to discover the extraordinary no man could ever reach.”
  • aquarius: “we swallowed the chaos because we knew we didn't want to be ordinary.”
  • pisces: “she was a beautiful dreamer. the kind of girl, who kept her head in the clouds, loved above the stars and left regret beneath the earth she walked on.”

- ACADEMY X - faculty cast

school based team, teaching and training the new generation of mutants

ROGUE headmistress (combat teacher)

MAGNETO (survival teacher)

ICEMAN (maths teacher)

FIRESTAR (philosophy and ethics teacher)

GAMBIT (ruse and tactics teacher)

CYPHER (litterature & communication teacher)

SILHOUETTE (history and geopolitics teacher)

- I would re-create the Rogue/Mags/Gambit triangle only to end it all to reveal Rogue doesn’t it any of the two to be happy.

- Maybe keep on building on Firestar’s attraction to Iceman, while he begins to question his own sexuality and see her as a confident more than anything. 

- Cypher be the loner of the group and the narrator. Having been a student that got killed, he would be the most dedicated and caring teacher to his students, to prevent they ever meet a similar fate.

- Firestar would butt head with Magneto often, and argue that she is a survivor too (her battle against cancer, her old team getting killed in Civil War)

- Silhouette would bring a much needed broader perspective and help the students figure out what “role” they want to play

- Firestar and Silhouette would really become close friends and often act as outside points of view on the crazy life of the x-men

- Rogue and Iceman would be drinking buddies

as for their enemies, I would try to avoid having the school attacked too much, and rely more on internal soap dramas and reality based topics like media manipulation, teen suicide, right-wing conservatives, environmental issues, bullying, illiteracy, cultural appropriation, police brutalities.

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inks and colors by the fabulous HÉCTOR BARROS a.k.a. @snibbits
except Silhouette