oh, speaking of Lord Vetinari, i just thought about our introduction to him as a major character in Guards! Guards! and his first interactions with Sam Vimes, and the Lord Vetinari shown in later books.
yes, Terry Pratchett was fleshing out his characters as the series progressed, but I really think, that while Vetinari will always be the same character introduced in G!G!, he became a better person, very subtly so, hidden beneath his dictator mantle, because of Sam Vimes.
And not, “better person” suddenly becomes a super good guy, but Vetinari I think becomes more aware of the little people, the everyday people, through the Watch, and also in dealing with Sam, and seeing Sam become lit with very tightly contained righteous fury at all the injustice in the world.
Sam might’ve been allowed peeks into the inner thoughts and mechanization of Vetinari’s mind, and boggled at how complex and dark it was, but I think the constant vigilance of Sam against anything despotic kept Vetinari slightly more human. Sam inadvertently, through his own very nature, kept Vetinari in check.
Clint: Perpetually the incarnation of sexual frustration, Clint likes to throw out the casual “K.” Your bra comes off? “K.” You cook naked? Spill water on your white nightie? “K,” Punctuated by his mouth curving up to just one side and his straining pants giving him away, that this was most certainly not just okay.
Pietro: “Hey.” Sweet, innocent, or even evocative when executed correctly, this greeting is hurled your way at all times of the day. Whether he has spent the day racing about downtown curled up on the couch with his head on your lap, he will turn to you with the promise of mischief sparkling in his eyes as he opens his mouth and you prepare yourself for which version of it you will receive today.
Steve: “Come on!” Exhausted and done with your teasing, he will beg for an end you give by repeating the words back to him and giving your hair an innocent twirl as you lean to give him an unobstructed view of your boobs.
T’challa: It’s usually heard on mornings that he wasn’t there to wake up at your side, be it from working through the night or being out of town. When he’s finally able to greet you, he’ll murmur, “I had a dream about you,” as your heart swells at the thought of you never leaving his mind. It’s also terribly erotic and you vow to make reality better than his dreams.
Tony: “You’re cute when you’re angry.” Patronizing and doting at the same time are sure fire ways to set you right on the edge of either smacking him or showing him just how cute angry could be. Usually, it is some combination of the options, seeing as the slap just broadens his grin and drags you further under his spell.
Scott: Making sure to first draw in your attention by stretching his arms up just high enough to reveal a sneak peek of skin he will wag his eyebrows and croon, “You know you wanna piece of this.” When you sigh but begrudgingly dive in to kiss him, he grins at the fact that you do in fact want all the pieces he offers up.
Thor: Words are not even a necessity when it comes to you. Glowering seems to do the trick because he knows it can drag you clear across the palace to remedy it by the sweet press of your lips.
Bucky: A fan of simple and effective, Bucky will say, “Kiss me,” at all times of the day. When he wakes up with eyes still fast shut, when he is covered in sweat and body odor from the gym, or even when he is in the process of fulfilling his own request. You are always more than happy to indulge him.
Sam: He loves that you don’t agree with him on everything but there’s times that he needs you on his side; mostly for movie night with Steve and Bucky. “Do you trust me?” he’ll say earnestly when trying to convince you of Pulp Fiction. If it’s a matter of him taking you flying with the wings he’ll add, “C’mon you gotta trust me, I’m the Falcon, baby!”
Quill: “Really?!” Offended and challenging you, this exclamation can be heard all throughout the ship as he crosses his arms and raises his eyebrows to rile you up just as much. Usually the argument ends right there, exchanged for words murmured against parted lips and the aggressive pressing of your hips.
Clint: When he is being overly cocky, boasting about some new move he learned, or just being an overall ass you pull out, “Prove it.” Even when he his chest puffs out in over exaggerated confidence and he prowls over to pin you between his gaze and the wall, you raise the rally cry again, “Prove it,” and boy does he enjoy doing just that.
Pietro: “That’s my boy!” is typically followed by a ruffle of his hair and an impertinent groan from Pietro. While he complains whenever you say it, especially in public, you enjoy the mock frustration it brings up along with the sparks of confirmation in his eyes that, yes, he is in fact yours.
Steve: “Stand down, Captain.” This phrase is only for the rare occasions when you want to take control back in the bedroom. Typically it is followed by other similar commands such as, “Get rid of the pants. Lay on the bed. Just like that.” And Steve is more than willing to take commands these nights when your need for control him is far more important than his need to top.
T’challa: The King has a way with words and loves to thrill you with stories of his childhood or battles or other fanciful things, as well as elaborations of his plans for you that evening. When you tire of all the bark and not so much bite, you’ll toss, “oh really?” as a challenge for him to up the ante.
Tony: “Bite my ass” when directed at Tony can either be taken in its literal context, in which he is happy to oblige, or to derail his near constant teasing. The line has to be delivered with no less than military grade sternness or it will only serve to rile him up further.
Scott: Only when you are feeling particularly feisty will you resort to “Come and get me,” because he will in fact tackle you and leave you both laughing so hard words don’t come for long after.
Thor: A challenge is a sure fire way to provoke this god.“Why don’t you make me. Your highness?” from your lips is usually followed by a growl from Thor as he sweeps you up into his arms and carts you off to do just that.
Bucky: Bucky will let you talk a big game out on your date. He’ll even let you continue as he coaxes you up to his place, but once the bedroom door shuts and the shedding of his clothes matches the speed of your mouth, he finally throws a, “Show me what you got,” into the conversation. You are more than thrilled to get the chance to show the man exactly what you meant when you promised to make his beg.
Sam: “Go get em, tiger” is usually followed by a firm smack to his rear as you send him off on your latest mission whether it be enticing the bar tender or informing the person who just cut in line of the tear jerker that you and your superhero boyfriend were in line to see the first.
Quill: “Peter, please!” Your voice carrying his first name has a weight that he’ll always pay attention to and you punctuate with please when exasperated, scared, or breathlessly aroused and he needs to step up to the plate.
Just because I have serious concerns and, I think, valid criticism of your
systematic abuse of power in the name of global protection… does not mean I’ve
taken a side against you. Do you really think that, if someone doesn’t like how you do what you do, they’re
the enemy?” – Riri
what if the one thing that i missed, was everything i need to pass the test? and if i fail, what happens then? can i still count on you as a friend? we’re insane, but not alone. we hold on and let go. like the sun, we will live to rise. like the sun we will live and die and then ignite again.