Aries: Sometimes you just have to let things go. Let places and people disappear from your memory. Let people walk away from you, as much as it feels like their ripping part of you out with them. You don’t need them to function. You don’t need them to make the sun rise and set. You don’t need them to see that the stars still shine in the night sky. You only need yourself and a pair of eyes.
Taurus: You aren’t stuck forever. I know it feels that way. But you are not trapped in this hell. You will get out. Even if you have to claw yourself out with bloody fingernails and bruised skin. But you WILL get out. You will pull through to things much bigger then this. Every new step is terrifying, but you will get there. You will make something of yourself.
Gemini: Stop opening the door for ghosts that you aren’t even sure you want in your life. You can’t revive them just to force them back into a tomb. Make up your mind if you want to be friends with the past, or bury it forever. Either way is totally fine, but every time you half dig up skeleton, you just leave everyone with old wounds. Open up all the old scars and leave fresh blood on the floor. There’s no right or wrong choice, but there is a choice you have to make.
Cancer: It won’t be this hard forever. You won’t need that vice for all of eternity. It’s okay to need a crutch every once in awhile. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to be fucking desperate sometimes. You do not have to always be the strong one. Always be the brave one. Always be the fucking okay one. You can let yourself collapse under the weight of this world every once in awhile.
Leo: Do not let them use you to bury their pain. You are not their whipping post. You are not their cemetery. They can not use you when it is convenient for them to hide secrets and agony. You don’t owe them shit. They can not hold you down and force feed you every painful moment they can’t handle. You are much better then everything their putting you through.
Virgo : The future is never quite certain. It’s always a little bit terrifying. Always a little bit anxiety causing. You’re making the right steps. Stop doubting your footing. You’ve gotten through the worst of the storm. Time to celebrate, and move forward. Always keep moving forward. Always keep going on even when it feels like terror is around every corner.
Libra: Set backs are temporary. Pain is temporary. Even baby steps are huge accomplishments. I know it feels like shit right now. Know it feels like the world is ending. But sweetie, you’ve survived the apocalypse before. You can do it again. And again. And then again. As many times as it takes. You are going to get through this rough patch too. Just like all the other times.
Scorpio: Self hatred and self destruction will never get you where you need to go. You can’t run on spite forever. Eventually the candle of self anguish will burn itself out. You have to start healing. Have to start saying all of the hardest things in life, even though it hurts. Even though it makes you cry. Even if sometimes it feels like you’re going to die. Recovery is hard but dying is harder.
Sagittarius: If they don’t need you, you are so much better then them. The way they see you is not how you are. It is not your fault if they can’t figure out your worth. You don’t need them to thrive. Even if no one sees your beauty, you are still gorgeous. Still shining as bright as the stars. You don’t need anyone to recognize that. You don’t need them admit you shine to be brighter then all of them.
Capricorn: Your past doesn’t define you, but it did make you who you are. You don’t have to live in it, but at least fucking acknowledge what happened. What brought you here. What gave you those scars, and what gave you those laugh lines. You can acknowledge your past and who you use to be, without becoming that person all over again. You are better then that now.
Aquarius: Coming home is not a defeat. You did something most people only dream of. Sometimes all you can do is grab on to plan B and make it work. Doesn’t mean that you are a failure because plan A failed. You tried your absolute hardest. You still won. So come back. Enjoy the sanctuary while we have it.
Pisces: If you’re going to cut people out, you can’t just be uncommitted. You can’t decide one minute you’re done only to open up the door the next. Make up your mind and stick to it. Bar the doors. Throw out the vodka. Turn off your phone. Wait this out. Take however long you need to break their spell over you.
Have you noticed that Zarya copies other heroes’ lines when she respawns? Like, she copies Zenyatta when she says “A temporary set back”, Mercy when she says “A speedy recovery”, and D.va when she says (in a mocking voice) “Uh-uh, I am not a good loser”, as if she wants to make her teammates laugh
and this…………. this just makes me love her even more
Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent [January 12, 1856 – April 14, 1925]
The portrait is of a young socialite named Virginie Amélie Avegno Gautreau, wife of the French banker Pierre Gautreau. Madame X was painted not as a commission, but at the request of Sargent.
It is a study in opposition. Sargent shows a woman posing in a black satin dress with jewelled straps, a dress that reveals and hides at the same time. The portrait is characterised by the pale flesh tone of the subject contrasted against a dark coloured dress and background.
For Sargent, the scandal resulting from the painting’s controversial reception at the Paris Salon of 1884 amounted to the temporary set-back to Sargent while in France, though it may have helped him later establish a successful career in Britain and America.
Defeat is a temporary set back, something to wake you up and teach you a lesson, and even as you lose, you end on a high note and with an edge: you are mentally prepared to go on the offensive in the next round
Annabeth rushed around the apartment. She still couldn’t find anything since they didn’t unpack. Only two more weeks then they can get a bigger place.
Temporary set back. She reminded herself.
She found the flats she wanted and took them out to the living room. Today was date day with Percy. He had a whole day planned out for them and she was excited but also nervous to leave James with a new babysitter.
There was a knock on the door and Percy answered it.
“Hey Hazel. Thank you for doing this.” Percy greeted.
“It’s not problem Mr. Jackson. I’m happy to babysit.” She smiled. Her eyes landed on James and he smiled.
James ran over to show Hazel his boat.
Annabeth looked at the girl. “His bedtime is eight to eight thirty. No soda, only ginger ale if he wants something bubbly. If you need me, my number is on the fridge along with our friend’s number if for some reason neither of us can answer.”
“Okay.” Hazel smiled.
“I left money for pizza.” Percy added. “We’ll be home by ten.”
“Sounds good.” Hazel smiled.
Annabeth bent down and kissed her son’s cheek. “Be good for Hazel. Listen to her.”
“Okay mommy.” James smiled at her.
Annabeth gave him one last kiss before her and Percy left for their date.
James looked at Hazel with a smile. “Can we go to the park?”
Hazel smiled and nodded. She helped him put on his sneakers before taking his hand and the extra set of keys. James was jumping as they went to the park.
When they got there, Hazel watched as he ran to the jungle gym to go down the slide. She sat on a bench and watched him carefully.
James ran to the back of the play set and saw his father, taking a walk with his nurse. He ran over to Luke.
“Hi!” James grinned.
Luke looked at his son and smiled a bit. “Hey there. What are you doing here?”
“Playing at the playground.” He pointed to the play set.
Luke bent down at his level. “Is mommy here?”
James shook his head.
“What about daddy?”
James shook his head again.
This worried Luke. It wasn’t like Annabeth or Percy to leave James alone, especially at a playground.
“Who are you here with?” He asked.
“Hazel! She’s my babysitter!” James replied. “We came to the park so I can play! But I got to see you!”
Luke’s smile grew wider. “I’m glad to see you too. But you should go back to your babysitter before she gets worried.”
“But I want to play with you.” James pouted. “I never get to play with you.”
Luke looked at Thalia. “Is it alright?”
She nodded and Luke followed James to the playground.
“Can you please push me on the swing?” James asked him. “Please daddy?”
Luke smiled and brought him to the swing. He gently pushed his son and he never felt so connected with him. He missed four years of his life and pushing him on a swing, a memory he could never forget.
James was laughing as Luke pushed him.
“Excuse me!” Hazel came over, furious. “You need to get away from him right now.”
Luke carefully stopped the swing as he looked at the girl before him. His babysitter, he thought.
“I’m sorry. He wanted me to push him.” Luke told her as she pulled James towards her, protectively.
“I did Hazel! He’s my daddy!” James told her. “My other daddy.”
Hazel just glared at Luke. “We’re leaving.”
“But, I want daddy.” James’ eyes started to tear up as Hazel started to walk away from Luke.
“Actually he is.” Thalia stepped in. “Luke is James’ dad.”
Hazel looked at Thalia. “If he doesn’t get away, I’m going to call the cops. I don’t care if he or isn’t his father.”
Thalia nodded respectfully and looked at Luke. “We can call Annabeth later and see if she could come visit with James later on in the week.”
Luke bent down and looked at his son. “I’ll see you soon, alright?”
James went over and hugged him. “Okay daddy.”
Luke kissed his head before he let go and James went over to Hazel. He watched as his son was forced away from him.
He wanted James in his life more than anything in the world. But how could he if Annabeth never brought James over?
Sigh. Homestuck was amazing, and for the small amount of time I’ve been in the fandom(since June 2015), my life has changed drastically. Homestuck gave me something to do during summer, and that eventually built up until tumblr blogging was a major part of my life. I met amazing people and had an amazing time, and look forward to the epilogue and Hussie’s next story greatly.
The fandom activity that changed me the most was in an @alphaplayfree stream back in 2015, when Mod Equals set up a temporary skype call for anyone who wanted to join. Everyone in the call became so close, that it became separate from the stream and everyone became good friends. Some of the best people I’ve met because of Tumblr and Homestuck alone are: @rebelnt, @vriskataco, @whyequalsemexplusbee, @kosness, @popo-merrygamz, @appreciativenerd, @misplacedmeow, @emeyllgeepro,
and many many more.
Thank you all for following me, and while Homestuck may have ended(besides the epilogue), it will not die out. It will live on in fics and Hiveswap and whatever the fuck Homestuck 2.0 will be. This is the best community I have joined, and I could not ask for better. Happy 4/13! Love you guys!
Felicity was still trying to get her heart-rate back under control as she monitored the team making their way back to the temporary base they’d set up. She’d nearly lost both Dig and Oliver tonight and she didn’t think she’d ever forget the sick roll her stomach made in that moment when their comms went dead, when she feared the worst for both of the most important men in her life.
All because they were still on the outs with each other.
“If you are playing hide from me, I’m not having fun!” Gage grumbled, walking out of the kitchen he’d practically turned over then set back up. Oh, how that tables have turned. The loss of the temporary elf had worried him, but he couldn’t have gotten too far in such a short amount of time!