screw your courage

  • What she says: "I'm fine."
  • What she means: "In the 2017 major motion picture Beauty and the Beast, during the song The Mob Song performed by Luke Evans and supporting cast, Gaston says 'Screw your courage to the sticking place' which is a direct quote from Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. So Gaston actually wasn't lying when he told Belle 'You know...books..." This begs the question WHY DID GASTON NOT SHARE HIS INTEREST OR AT LEAST FAMILIARITY WITH SHAKESPEARE WITH BELLE? Since that is specifically the thing that she and the Beast, played by Dan Stevens, bond over later in the film, and what she is reading in the beginning of the movie. This would have made wooing her a hell of a lot easier--"

So there’s been this post going around about Gaston’s line “screw your courage to the sticking place” and how it’s from Macbeth and joking about how if Gaston’s read that then he should have told Belle, would have made flirting with her easier.

And like…guys.

Macbeth was originally a play. A play to be acted. Not a book to be read.

I posit that Gaston has never read Macbeth, but saw it as a play. Think about it, some traveling actors are passing through, probably put on a show to earn the money to rest a couple days and resupply. Macbeth has magic, witches, prophecy, fighting, nand a ‘rightful king returns’ plot, so it’s probably a crowd-pleaser.

And Gaston, watching that play, does what any of us does when we hear a superbly badass line and remembers it for being so cool. He’s probably used it other times too, when he wants to sound awesome.

America should be worshiping the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, not the president.

This is How a Heart Breaks ( Gaston x reader)

I finally finished it. I was so surprised at how many people actually like the teaser so that motivated me to finish it. I don’t know why but I have a lot of fun writing for Gaston. So again this story is of what would happen if the reader fell of the castle instead of Gaston. This also has a sort of Dracula Untold ending. 

WARNINGS: Death, Angst, Feels, blood, spoilers-ish?, and fluff. 

 Tags: @withouthannah because they so kindly asked to be tagged.

 So now that all that’s out of the way please enjoy!

Originally posted by reyskyvalker

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Screw Your Courage to the Sticking Place part 7 (Lin x Reader)

Warnings: fluff & explicit language

A/N: FINALLY! Finally! I’m finished. God, I am so sorry that it took this long. I have a million excuses, but I’ll save those. Some shameless self promotion: I write Jamilton if you wanna check it out. I’m over on ao3 as suddenlyimhelpless. I’ve got a couple one-shots and a WIP.

tags: @mukeforpresident (I couldn’t remember/find who all asked me to tag them so I’m soo sorry if I didn’t tag you)

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6

You stand in front of the mirror in your dressing room and smooth down the front of your dress. Taking a deep breath, you spin quickly. You can’t help the smile the grows on your face when the dress swirls around your ankles. Tonight is the night. Your Broadway debut as Elizabeth Schuyler-Hamilton at the debut show of Hamilton an American Musical. You let out a squeal of excitement when the thought crosses through your mind.

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So Like...

In Beauty and The Beast, Gaston is like “screw your courage to the sticking place” which is a Macbeth reference…. And like Macbeth is about a guy getting seduced/manipulated by his wife into killing the king…. And in Beauty and The Beast, LeFou is being manipulated/seduced by Gaston into lying for him/helping him kill the beast….See the parallel? LeFou is Macbeth, Gaston is Lady Macbeth. Only difference is LeFou realizes his wrongdoing and changes sides, and Gaston dies out of his arrogance, not guilt. But the parallel is there and I loveeeee it

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Spock shenanigans, part 2.

The first few days after the hand incident with Commander Spock were so awkward you wanted to climb under your lab table and die. You were reasonably sure he was avoiding you, which made apologizing very difficult, and worse, had the secondary side effect of exacerbating your mortification, so that when he did finally come into the lab three days later, you darted to the restroom and hid until he’d left.

When you returned, you discovered that he’d only been in the lab long enough to inform everyone of shore leave, effective immediately. You breathed a sigh of relief. Enough shenaniganery occurred on the typical shore leave that your spectacle on the shuttle would be long forgotten by the time you returned.

Your quarters for shore leave were amazing, with a kitchen that allowed you the opportunity the relieve stress by baking, and you were astonished to find bananas at the grocer nearest you. When you announced to the shopkeeper that you intended to make banana bread, she offered you a few kilograms of brown bananas in exchange for a loaf.

You were carefully adapted the recipe to the ingredients available, which resulted in a loaf that was moister than usual, and more delicious. You knew the captain loved banana bread, so you made your way to the common lounge the crew was spending most of their time in with a few loaves to share.

The first person you encountered was Commander Spock, and you decided to screw up your courage and make things right with a peace offering.

“Commander Spock,” you drew in your breath. “I haven’t had a chance to apologize for the incident on the shuttle. I was unaware of the intimacy I initiated. It was extremely insensitive of me.”

“Captain Kirk told me that he assured you that you could not have known,” Spock replied. “There is no need for you to apologize for being unaware of the cultural intricacies of Vulcans.”

“Regardless, I feel badly about it, sir. Please, let me apologize. And, uh, here!” You thrust the banana bread into his hands, careful not to touch him. “I managed to get my hands on some bananas. Turns out the changes I made to the recipe make it completely vegetarian.”

There was a slight wrinkle at the corner of Spock’s mouth that you suspected might be a smile. “Thank you, Y/N,” he commented. “I grew very fond of bananas while I was at the academy.”

You smiled, the first relaxed, genuine smile you’d had since you’d unintentionally molested him. “I hope you enjoy it. I’ve got a few loaves in the freezer ready to go back when we do, if you want more.”


You were curled up on your couch, watching an old holo of a movie from before the time of space travel in your nighty when a knock sounded at your door.

Slightly self-conscious about your state of undress, you opened the door and stood behind it, just enough that the low V of the nightshirt wasn’t too obvious.

Spock was leaning against the door jam, his posture loose and his eyelids hooded. “Y/N, I wanted to thank you for the banana bread.”

“You’re very welcome, sir. I’m glad you enjoyed it,” you replied. You’d never seen him looking so relaxed. He reached over to you, and placed his hand on your cheek. Your eyes widened. Even without knowing how intimate touch was to Vulcans, that gesture was completely out of character for him.

“You’re lovely, Y/N,” he said, stepping into your space with a soft look and gentle laugh. Your eyebrows shot up. “Did you know that chocolate is an intoxicant for Vulcans?”

“I think we both know my knowledge of Vulcan is woefully inadequate,” you laughed nervously. His touch was warm and the look he gave you was mesmerizing.

“I’ll teach you.” He leaned forward and brushed his lips against yours, startling you.

“Oh my god, Spock! Did I get you drunk?” You pulled away, surprised and horrified. As you pulled back, Captain Kirk stepped out of his room across from yours, took one look at the scene in front of him and began to laugh.

“You gave him chocolate chip banana bread?” He crowed. “This is beautiful!”

“Just kill me now,” you groaned, tears of mortification filling your eyes. Kirk’s amused look softened, and he slipped his shoulder under Spock’s arm.

“I’ll take him down to Bones, see if we can’t sober him up,” he promised. “And sweetheart, wipe the tears away. You couldn’t have known.”

“You said that last time too,” you groaned, watching the captain drag the large Vulcan down the hall.

When Parents Don’t Believe You’re Gay

After screwing up your courage and coming out, the last thing anyone wants is for their parents not to believe them! But sometimes, parents act as if a teen who comes out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans, doesn’t actually knows what he or she is talking about

There are a lot of reasons for these situations. Parents may be in denial, truly believe that teens are too young to know their sexual orientation, or simply don’t want a child to be gay and hope that acting as if it isn’t possible will have the desired effect.

This can be really frustrating. So what can you do? One option is to accept the fact that you know who you are, even if your parents don’t understand. You may also consider coming out to another adult who you trust, and who you think your parents respect, and ask that person to talk to your parents.

And what if you are questioning your sexual orientation and it turns out at some point down the road that your parents were right and you aren’t, in fact, gay? So what! Having an open conversation with them about where you are right now is a lot more than what happens in a lot of families!

Hamilton — Take a Break  {Sentence Starters}

  • “Take a break!”
  • “It’s good to see your face.”
  • “I know I’ll miss your face…”
  • “I cannot put the notion away.”
  • “I’ve got so much on my plate.”
  • “I wrote this poem just to show it.”
  • “Your son is nine years old today.”
  • “Run away with us for the summer!”
  • “I’m afraid I cannot join you upstate.”
  • “Do you have to live an ocean away?”
  • “I trust you’ll understand the reference.”
  • “I have a sister, but I want a little brother!”
  • “Screw your courage to the sticking place!”
  • “You and I can go when the night gets dark!”
  • “I’ll be there in just a minute, save my plate.”
  • “It changed the meaning. Did you intend this?”
  • “They think me Macbeth, and ambition is my folly.”
  • “I’m a polymath, a pain in the ass… a massive pain.”
  • “I know you’re very busy. I know your work’s important.”
  • “There’s a little surprise before supper and it cannot wait!”
  • “Sit down with him and compromise. Don’t stop ‘til you agree!”
Screw Your Courage to the Sticking Place part 1 (Lin x Reader)

Paring: Lin x Reader

Warnings: Explicit language

Summary: The first time you seen Lin after high school is when you audition for his new musical. You’re excited to work with him, to star in his musical, and to rebuild your friendship. There’s just one problem: you’re still madly in love with him. 

A/N: This is my first imagine, I’m ridiculously nervous about posting this so I’d really appreciate any feedback! Two things- I’m expecting this to be about eight parts and it’s told in flashbacks and events of the present day. You’ll be able to see where the flashbacks start and end because of the tense change and asterisks!

YOU take a deep breath as you near the entrance to the theater. This is it. You are auditioning to be a member of the original Broadway cast of Hamilton. You’ve read the script, listened to the demos, and fell in love with the musical. You stare at your reflection in the dark mirrored door. This is the moment.

You reach out, pulling the door open and stepping inside the building. It’s cool inside, a stark contrast to the blister heat outside. A bead of sweat trickles down your neck as you maneuver your way towards the area that you’re supposed to be at. You nervously straighten your blouse and swallow around the lump that’s been forming in your throat for the last few minutes. It’s not your normal pre-audition nerves that’s causing so much anxiety, rather it’s the fact that within the hour you’ll be face to face with Lin Manuel- Miranda for the first time since your senior year.

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This is How a Heart Breaks. (Gaston x reader) Teaser

Okay this is an idea that I’ve been working on. I was writing and playing around with the idea of what if the reader fell off the castle saving Gaston. So in honor of the Talented, Kind, Wonderful, Beautiful man behind Gaston, Luke Evans birthday being today . Here is what I’ve got so far for the story. I changed the part in the mob song where all the objects ate singing to be a part where the reader sings so please let me know if you like it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE EVANS!!!! ❤️💛❤️

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All you could hear is the sound of screaming of the town, but the one that was crystal clear was Mureases . The entire town was going to send him to the Asylum. Granted he was talking about a beast and a magical castle, that couldn’t be real. The part that concerned you and broke your heart was the Gaston was leading them. LeFou and you were the only ones questioning this desision. When Belle arrived and showed everyone that the beast that her and her father were talking about was real, you saw Gaston snap. And with that Gaston locked up Belle too that is when it had gone to far. LeFou walked up to Gaston saying “ Gaston with all due respect…” “ Do you want to be next!?” Gaston said cutting him off. “ Gaston perhaps if you could just listen for a second…” You attempted to say before Gaston pushed you. The shove was so hard you fell to the ground. Gaston picked you up and brought you close to him and said “ Do not think I won’t hesitate to lock you away to! You should consider yourself lucky knowing how odd you are as well.” You felt like your breath was caught in your throat. “ Gaston this isn’t you. Please, your breaking my heart.” You were almost crying. “ This town used to treat you exactly like them. Maybe even more so. So you better do as I say if you don’t want the same to happen to you. Be happy you are with me or you wouldn’t be so blessed. Now out of my way.” He said with a darkness in his eyes. He turned back to carriage and LeFou went to check if you were okay. “ (Y/N) you don’t look so good, are you going to be okay?” He then saw that you were not moving, even holding you breath. When he saw the tears falling from your eyes he pulled you in for a hug. He kept whispering for you to breathe as you were hearing the town sing about how dangerous the beast was. “ Oh LeFou, I think my heart shattered.” I said wiping my tears up the best I could so that we could join and no one think anything was wrong. Then you both were snapped out of the moment as soon as you heard Gaston. “So it’s time to take some action, boys. It’s time to follow me!” This was not good, at all. He continued “Through the mist, through the wood. Through the darkness and the shadows It’s a nightmare, but it’s one exciting ride. Say a prayer, then we’re there At the drawbridge of a castle.And there’s something truly terrible inside.It’s a beast! He’s got fangs, razor-sharp ones! Massive paws, killer claws for the feast
Hear him roar! See him foam!
But we’re not coming home ‘Til he’s dead! Good and dead! Kill the Beast!” The next thing you knew the town was going crazy. Ripping things off walls setting things on fire. It was complete and utter chaos. “Light your torch, mount your horse. ” “Screw your courage to the sticking place.” “We’re counting on Gaston to lead the way.” Everyone, even the bimbettes left and followed Gaston to this mysterious castle. “Call it war, call it threat. You can bet they all will follow. For in times like this, they’ll do just as I say.” You and LeFou gave each other worried glances. This was utter madness, and it scared you. LeFou added “ There’s a beast running wild, there’s no question.But I fear the wrong monster’s released.” “Sally forth! Tally ho! Grab your sword! Grab your bow! Praise the Lord and here we go.” Gaston took the mirror which then showed us the castle. You would have thought it was beautiful if you were not so concerned for your friends. You have never seen Gaston like this, even when he was in the he didn’t act this way. “We don’t like what we don’t understand. In fact, it scares us. And this monster is mysterious at least. Bring your guns, bring your knives.Save your children and your wives.We’ll save our village and our lives. We’ll kill the Beast!” As you approached the castle worry twisted itself into your stomach. “The flames ablaze, banners high. This monsters not fake. But I believe attacking is a mistake.” You said knowing this wasn’t going to end well for everyone involved. “ Raise the flag, sing the song. Here we come, we’re fifty strong. And fifty Frenchmen can’t be wrong.Let’s kill the Beast! Kill the Beast! Kill the Beast!” You jumped as you heard the large doors busted open. As you all entered this battle was going to begin. And there was going to be no stopping it.
Beauty and the Beast - Thoughts

Okie so this is going to be a long post, just a heads-up. There may be unintentional spoilers, and if anything I’ve said is offensive I’m really sorry, the last thing I want to do is to offend anyone… But basically here is everything I loved about this movie after seeing it yesterday.

- All the backstory was great! Things that didn’t make sense in the original were explained, like how the village totally forgot about this castle, and why the Beast had emotional issues, and the whole age thing under the spell.

- Some minor characters got their own backstories and personalities fleshed out - Cadenza the harpsichord and Madame Garderobe, Mrs Potts’ husband, Cogsworth’s wife…

- Maurice was really well developed. He wasn’t just a bumbling inventor, he was an artist, a genius, a caring father, and I really loved the relationship between him and Belle. ‘How Does A Moment Last Forever’ was beautiful, it said so much in so little time; and getting some backstory on Belle’s mother was also great.

- Philippe the horse has officially earned his awesomeness ranking among the Maximuses and Samsons of Disney horsedom (I mean he already had in the original, but having a real horse made it even better)

- Belle’s girl power vibe was great - the way she stood up to Gaston, and how sassy her reprise was

- The librarian (he’s a librarian right? There were about four books but I guess it’s still a library…) - I won’t call him “the black librarian” or anything, that’s like saying “the female politician” - but I liked his character, how he defended Maurice, and that yes, he was a person of colour, which was awesomesauce.

- Also in general the ethnic diversity in the movie was well done, I thought. There were several mixed-race couples toward the end and everyone was chill with it, so I think that was great.

- Gaston’s character arc was excellent! I loved how he wasn’t really evil at the beginning, just extremely narcissistic, but then took a darker path later on…

- The enchantress got her own story too! No spoilers but she was a cool character

- Belle and Adam bonding over books was beautiful - I loved the Shakespeare references and the poetry, even if it was borderline cheesy at times

- Adam’s reaction when Belle says her favourite play is Romeo and Juliet - hahahahaha

- But then how he reads Guinevere and Lancelot in secret - aahhh <3

- Oh and Belle’s squeal when she sees the library - I would so do the same…

- Dan Stevens’ acting rocked in general. Obviously I was expecting that because Downton Abbey, but he really added new depth to the Beast.

- I’ll admit it, I thought Emma Watson was a bit overhyped as an actress, but she was amazing. I was proven totally wrong and it was great.

- By the way, about Gaston’s Macbeth reference (“screw your courage to the sticking place”) - I know this was in the original, but does that mean he does read books upon occasion? Not the sappy romances, but the dark and gory ones?

- The new songs were great - the part with young Adam gave me goosebumps, as did, like, the whole of Evermore

- Also the Beast got really emo toward the end there, haha

- I was a bit sad that one of my favourite lines was cut - “Lefou, I’m afraid I’ve been thinking”, “a dangerous pastime -” “I know” - but it was okay.

- LEFOU!!! Okay, I’ve been building up to this, I could make an entire separate post about it so bear with me here. I was amongst those getting mad about an LGBT Disney character, for a whole bunch of reasons. The fact that his name literally means the Fool; that he’s your classic imbecilic sidekick; that he’s in love with a self-obsessed straight guy who does nothing but abuse him in return; that Disney is using him as some kind of marketing scheme and token “representation” (gee thanks Disney); that he’s pretty much just a joke, and that his sexuality is therefore made into a joke as well. But… I was proven really wrong about, like, all of this. Disclaimer, I’m not part of the LGBT community, so I realise I have no authority to speak on this… but I thought he was portrayed really well. He was so much more than just a stupid sidekick, so much more than the comic relief, so much MORE than the “token gay character”. He had real personality, his own values and character arc and everything… And the relationship between him and Gaston wasn’t really abusive, not at the beginning. They actually had a nice bond toward the start, Lefou wasn’t just some hopeless obedient guy following him around… And the best part was that when Gaston went from being narcissistic to being plain evil, Lefou had real integrity, he saw Gaston’s true colours and stepped right out of it. He stood up for what he believed in, and got his own happy ending. As for him being nothing more than a joke - I think it depends on the audience. People /could/ take him as just the comic relief, I heard plenty of people laughing at the beautiful moment where he dances with Stanley… But that was up to the viewer. Josh Gad acted him excellently, I thought. Lefou wasn’t a serious character - he was never meant to be - but the actor took the role seriously, so that if audiences looked past the humour, they could see the depth he’d added to him. Tl;dr - Josh Gad exceeded my expectations as Lefou and it was wonderful. 

- Not only that, Lefou got some of the best lines in the movie - the part where he tries to spell Gaston but realises he’s illiterate; the part where he calms Gaston by reminding him of “happy things, like war, and widows”; and how he tells those girls fawning over Gaston “It’s not gonna happen, ladies” (we were all thinking it)

- Which reminds me - STANLEY!! My new favourite minor Disney character… His face when Lefou sings “whose team they’d prefer to be on” and doffs him on the head; the way he grins when Madame Garderobe dresses him in girls’ clothing; and of course the part where he and Lefou dance - how they stare into each other’s eyes… Aahhh I ship it

- The whole symbolism about being a beast was super deep

- Oh and Stephen Chbosky wrote the screenplay! I didn’t realise until the end, but I thought that was pretty cool.

Anyway, overall I loved this movie, it was amazing and beautiful, and really did justice to the original… I’d recommend very muchly if you haven’t already seen it! :D

Feeling Alive- Part 6

Summary: Dance school!AU (or the Step Up/Pride and Prejudice mash up nobody asked for). Bucky Barnes is forced to take twelve hours of commercial dance classes to pass the year- and that just happens to be your regular weekly dance class.


Part 1 (Slow Hands)

Part 2 (Stay)

Part 3 (There Will Come a Time)

Part 4 (Weapon of Choice)

Part 5 (Came Here For Love)

Where the Sky Hangs OR Strip That Down

Pairing: Bucky Barnes X Reader

Chapter 7/?: Where the Sky Hangs

Word count: 2590

Back up in the word count and racing ever onwards! Although I’m only halfway through chapter twelve, so I might have to ease off the gas a bit (not to mention my other fics are crying out for attention), but don’t worry- we’re going to get to the end of this! But, for now, simply enjoy ;)

The next week, an unexpected heatwave rolls across the country: weather forecasters fan themselves, insisting it’s just a flash in the pan, and the students stumbling into the library at all hours now carry sunglasses and moan about the missed opportunities outside. Trapped in your office during shifts, you can’t help but sympathise. Still, the discomfort is almost worth it for the moment you come through the door each evening, kicking off your shoes and pulling on a pair of shorts with the windows thrown open and music blasting from your laptop. A certain someone, however, is not enjoying it at all.

B: I’m melting

You’re slowly recalibrating your brain from James to Bucky. Changing his name in your contacts helped a bit.

B: I hate this

B: this is hell

In fact, you get a message complaining about the heat pretty much every day. It’s like a regular touch-base; something to be expected. It makes you feel a whole different kind of warm inside.

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Hamilton and Macbeth

Been thinking all day about how Hamilton quotes ‘Macbeth’ in ‘Non-Stop’ - “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day” and then starts casting people as characters. He doesn’t say who Lady Macbeth is… as his wife, it should be Eliza, but we all know she’s far too sweet and wonderful…

BUT THEN Angelica fires a quote right back at him “Screw your courage to the sticking place” which is LADY MACBETH’S LINE in Act 1, Scene 7:

If we should fail?

Lady Macbeth:
We fail?
But screw your courage to the sticking place,
And we’ll not fail.

Macbeth/Hamilton is starting to doubt himself and Lady M/Angelica encourage him to keep going. Of course, this all ends badly for Macbeth… and for Hamilton, let’s be honest. But I don’t think this is to suggest Angelica is manipulative like Lady M - rather like in ‘Macbeth’ (and all of Shakespeare’s tragedies) she is possibly the sole female character in the play to have agency and power over men. As much as I love Eliza, she isn’t a force to be reckoned with like her sister. Lady M asks the spirits to “unsex me here”, to make her equal with men, which I think strikingly resembles Angelica’s bid for Jefferson to include women in the sequel. 

Belle and the Prince bond over Shakespeare and that’s nice, but I’m all for Gaston borrowing from the Bard (albeit unintentionally) in The Mob Song. 

“Screw your courage to the sticking place!” he yells, rallying the villagers, using the same expression that Lady Macbeth uses in Act 1, Scene 7 from the Scottish Play. 

My, what a guy.