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So you know that ‘Noctis Lucis’  literally means ‘Night Light’, right?

Imagine then, if you will:

  • It’s 2 AM, and it’s the first night in a week Ignis agreed to shell out money to stay in a hotel instead of enjoying the comfort of a nearby haven. 
  • And boy has it been a week.
  • Everyone has been tense. Gladio has been less chatty and more withdrawn, and Ignis has put on his Mum Pants™ extra tight, effectively driving all of them up a wall. 
  • As for Prompto and Noctis…things could be better. 
  • They fight. A lot. And it only gets worse the closer they get to Altissia. 
  • But the calm times between them are perfect, even if they are few and far between anymore. 
  • Noctis smiles, holds his hand, plays with his hair…
  • And Prompto loves it. He wouldn’t trade those moments for anything. 
  • Except for maybe not needing his glasses in the middle of the night.
  • Which wouldn’t be so bad if Noctis didn’t insist on sleeping by the nightstand where Prompto’s glasses were. 
  • Royal pain in the ass is more like it. 
  • So Prompto fidgets a few times before he groans because goddamn does he have to pee
  • He reaches over the sleeping Prince and fumbles for his glasses, which immediately tumble to the carpet with a soft thud, and Prompto sighs. 
  • “Hey, Noct.” He gently shakes his shoulder, which Noctis only responds to with a quiet “Hm?” 
  • “Can you turn on the night light? I dropped my glasses.” 
  • “You already have,” he says, followed immediately be Ignis.
  • “OH MY GOD.” 
  • And that is promptly followed up by Gladio snorting and howling with laughter into the pillow.
  • Prompto, bless his heart, is very confused when he feels Noctis shaking with laughter. 
  • “All right. I’m clearly missing something.” 
  • It’s Ignis who responds, and even he’s trying to mask his giggles as he sits up, looking in his and Noctis’s general direction. 
  • “The Latin, Noctis Lucis, translates verbatim to night light.”
  • Prompto nods. So what?
  • “Oh?” What could it hurt to humor him. It’s been a long week after all. He might appreciate it. 
  • But everyone is still laughing
  • And it hits him that Nocits’s name means ‘night light’ and he giggles a little himself. 
  • “Oh!” 
  • He looks down at Noctis who is looking up at him and he can see his eyes shining in the dark room and the light flush of pink on his cheeks.
  • And then he realizes that he’s been straddled in Noctis’s lap and shifting as he looks for his glasses.
  • “...OH.” 
  • But the sexual connotation is long forgotten because everyone is laughing now. And not just light giggles, but full on howling, guttural belly laughter. 
  • If he’s being honest, Prompto has missed it. A lot
  • Noctis wraps his arms around him and pulls him back to the bed, and Prompto whines between loud chuckles as he wiggles in his arms. 
  • “Noct, stop! I still have to pee!”
  • And it only makes them all laugh harder.

(As a note, and I really shouldn’t have to say this, but please ask my permission if you want to use these little bits for your own stories. I’d be more than happy to discuss it further with you if you want. I promise I’m actually very accommodating. Thank you.) 


Royal Stumph Appreciation Post

For years, I have appreciated Royal’s work! He is truly a master of fuming, constantly improving and innovating. This post is dedicated to a few of his newer works. Some day I hope to own a piece!


*Pictures not taken by me (RKBGlass). All credit to owners/photographers. For appreciation purposes only.*

Redemptive Symbolism in Sofia the First

Okay, so as you all know, I have a great love for any and all redemptive story arcs for sympathetic villains. One of these villains, who I don’t talk about nearly enough, is Cedric the Sorcerer from the children’s show Sofia the First. While I realize it’s designed for young children, I have come to love the show for its sweet protagonist, fun songs, good messages, and most of all, it’s surprisingly complex villain, Cedric.

*SPOILERS for “Day of the Sorcerers”

So I just finished watching “Day of the Sorcerers” for the second time today, and I noticed something that I didn’t see the first time around. At the very end of the episode, after Cedric has apologized for his misdeeds and been reinstated as Royal Sorcerer, we get a brief shot of him and Sofia standing in front of the royal family portrait stained glass window in the throne room. Maybe I’m reading WAY too much into this, but I don’t think this was accidental.

The last time we saw any real emphasis put on that window with Cedric around was back in the fifth episode of Season One, “A Royal Mess”–the episode immediately following what is perhaps the very first inklings of true friendship between Cedric and Sofia in “Cedric’s Apprentice.” Now, of course, at this point, Cedric still cared much more for the amulet and the potential power it could give him than for Sofia herself, and we see this in “A Royal Mess” when he decides to help the children “fix” the window after James has accidentally made a hole in it by playing around in the castle. While Cedric’s mishaps are often the result of a botched spell, in this episode, he manages to get himself sucked into the window portrait not because his spell failed but because he was never trying to fix the window in the first place. Cedric never cared about the window; rather, his spell was intended to bring Sofia’s amulet (a small object) to him and when she ducks out of the way, it instead draws him into the family portrait (a large object), symbolically mimicking how his attempts to steal the amulet have have already begun to draw him (unwillingly) into a friendship with a member of the royal family–Sofia. However, after James and Sofia manage to extricate their friend from the portrait, the window shatters almost immediately. Before, James’s mistakes had cracked the window, but it is not until Cedric’s selfishness and thirst for power create a problem that the window finally falls to pieces, making an already bad situation worse. When the king and queen arrive shortly afterwards, Cedric quickly makes his escape and blames the children for what is at least partially his fault.

Now, flash forward to “Day of the Sorcerers.” It is in this episode that Cedric’s evil intentions are finally made known to the royal family, shattering their trust in him and shattering his relationship with Sofia. BUT by now he has begun to genuinely care more about Sofia than power, and after realizing that he can’t quite bring himself to freeze her, he (more or less) willingly goes with the guards who escort him to the dungeon. Later, after apologizing to Sofia, he has the opportunity once again to “shatter” the royal family–to use his selfishness to make an already bad situation worse by siding with the power-hungry Grimtrix and striking the final blow that will bring the family’s rule to an end. But this time he doesn’t. This time, he knows better and chooses his friendship with Sofia, unfreezing everyone and restoring the damage that Grimtrix has done. He also apologizes profusely to the royal family, clearly recognizing that he did wrong and taking responsibility for his actions. It is shortly after this that we see Cedric and Sofia standing together in front of the stained glass portrait, now whole. Now, his relationship with the royal family (and especially Sofia) is one based on honesty and forgiveness rather than selfishness and deceit.

It took him three seasons, but he finally did it. He finally (metaphorically) fixed the window.