running in the woods

I was running around in Ember Bay the other day collection petrified wood, and I was half paying attention to the dreaded mapchat to see if any bosses were up. Suddenly someone asks a question in french, and I believe they asked something like “Could someone tell me where I can find the ascended accessory merchant?”. Now, my french is absolute shit so I couldn’t really respond, but oh-my-god …

The amount of shit this person got for speaking french in map chat… I firmly believe there were about 10 people saying “cant french people just learn english already” “omelette du fromage” “je suis une fraise” “le la le baguetteeee” or anything else similar to that.

I hope that french person didn’t take it personally :\ Also if you do stuff like this, I hope you’re on the “je suis une fraise” side of it

I’m already in love with this game. It hits real hard as a young adult. Mae is a fantastic protagonist.

Happy Birthday to the brilliant Haruki Murakami -one of my favorite authors and one of today’s most compelling, imaginative voices.

aight SO instead of doing a full-blown Voltron summer camp au (yET), have some headcanons about in-canon Camp Counsellor (and lifeguard!) Lance:

  • he’s gone to the same camp for years, since he was a kid, and is the poster child for going through camp until he got to a counsellor and then Lifeguard
  • he adores camp. highlight of the year, always. April rolls around and he cannot wAIT until June
  • he wears croptops and shortshorts, the male staff try to call them rugby shorts but Lance schools them because ??? rugby shorts do not come in pastel floral, Carl.
  • *throws cold wet pool noodle at coworker*
  • “So hey guys, if one more kid poops in the pool this week you can find me crying in the pumphouse drinking chlorine :))))”(i feel u brah)
  • is the camp heartthrob 3 years running. 12-year-olds fall for his easy charm, he playfully flirts with coworkers after hours.
  • heart sunglasses/big rim sunhat aesthetic for guarding on deck
  • *plays Carly Rae Jepson full blast at the pool so it echoes around the entire camp* 
  • He tries really hard to make sure kids have a magical time at camp like he did as a kid because camp is a home away from home and it’s amazing
  • on overnight trips away from camp he points out constellations and tells the myths behind them, not necessarily the greek, but his favourites.
  • *runs through woods at night outside cabin windows with sparklers because ~~Fairies~~*
  • “holy flippin’ doodles, day hike!! It’s the best guys!! Candy at the top of the hill!!!” (Lance hates day hike day but the children can never know)
  • kids adore him, they cling to him at the end of the week, cry saying goodbye and make him cry too and suddenly anyone still at camp is also crying because Lance’s genuine crocodile tears are contagious
  • some kids write to him after summer ends and he writes back and they’re so excited to see each other every year and it makes his heart grow three sizes knowing that he’s making a difference for these kids. Being away from his bio fam all summer is hard because they’re so close but he wouldn’t trade camp for anything
  • returning campers and staff are so excited for him when he gets accepted into the Garrison because!! his DREAM!! GROUP HUG!!
  • “I expect to see you all back here next summer!!” he yells as the bus pulls away, and he wipes tears from his face.
  • at the garrison, he can’t write as frequently to campers but he does try. when he disappears, the letters stop coming altogether and the kids get worried but don’t know what happened. 
  • some of them see on the news that he’s pronounced MIA, presumed dead. it breaks their hearts that he never got to live his dream.
  • the summer after, the underlying theme is “Stars, Space, and Exploration.” With the kids, they build cardboard spaceships, have alien theme dance parties, sing songs about silly space things, blast rocket man and major tom and any other song they get their hands on that involves space from the pool to echo around camp.
  • it’s all for Lance, and everyone who met him knows it is, but no one says so until the very end of summer after all the kids are gone and the counsellors and Resource staff have a couple days to clean up and say goodbye for the year.
  • It takes a few days longer than usual. 
  • The staff paint a mural on the ramp and wall around the pool he loved so much, of space and nebulae and planets and a lone starship, flying through the cosmos.
  • June rolls around in the Castleship and Lance can’t help but wonder what his camp fam is doing.
  • Do you ever think that after the war, Oliver looks at Quidditch with contempt?
  • His Quidditch gear having sat untouched for years and now he’s expected to jump back in like it’s second nature.
  • But it’s not anymore. He can’t forgot the war and everything he’s lost.
  • How dare he live on and be happy when others no longer can?
  • The feeling eats at him and he wants something tangible to blame instead of broken memories.
  • It’s too late for blame and Oliver folds into himself, slowly collapsing to his knees.
  • He wishes for a time when everything felt better.
  • When he was back at school and the future exciting instead of the bleakness it is now.
  • He wants to be in the embrace of his first kiss, chapped lips pressing tentatively against his own.
  • A boy he loved, a man he lost.
  • When Marcus disappeared, Oliver assumed the worst.
  • It’s been so long after all.
  • But maybe one night, a ragged man shows up on Oliver’s doorstep begging forgiveness, admitting his faults, and all Oliver can do is pull him close if only to feel the rise and fall of his chest. 
  • In each other, they find their forgotten passion. 
  • The strength to pick up a broom with no tinges of anger. To kiss without fear.
  • Slowly, Oliver learns to love again and, dare he admit it to himself, truly live.
  • Oliver begins to wonder why he ever doubted in the first place and his heart swells when he flies around the pitch at Hogwarts with Marcus.
  • A bittersweet reunion with smiles to match, Oliver knows nothing is quite how it used to be, but he swallows down the lump in his throat. 
  • He’ll keep moving forward and that’s all anyone could ask of him.