shady hook

26/28

I am a teacher at a religious high school. Today, before the students were dismissed for winter recess, we all attended a mass. The mass started with a moment of silence for those who were killed in the Shady Hook shooting in Newton, CT. Then I listened to the clergyman say that the church we were in, as well as many other churches in our area would ring their bells 26 times for each person who died in the shooting. It was a solem moment for all, but as for myself what the man had said filled me with grief as well as anger. 

The death toll for the shootings was 28, not 26. The shooter and his mother were also lives that were taken during the shooting. I cannot comprehend how the general public denies them their humanity. Just because he shot and killed people doesn’t mean he was any less human than you or I. I will never say that I agree with or defend Adam Lanza’s actions. As a teacher, I love children more than the world, and this hit far further than home for me. Regardless, I will always defend any persons right to be human. Murder is an unfortunate event that can and does happen in our society. In fact, the idea of murdering another human being is incredibly human. My country as well as others kill people every single day.

I sat through the mass hearing person after person say how merciful their god was, and yet no one acknowledged the idea that Adam Lanza and his mother were no longer living. It was 26 people a week ago, and 26 people this afternoon. How can you agree with your religion and call yourself devout if you yourself aren’t forgiving? You can’t just say that your god is all merciful and then during practice ignore two people who died just because you don’t like them. It’s incredibly ignorant and hypocritical. Sadly, I am a witness for all of my students that are being raised to think in this manner. It sickens me.

We are all flesh and blood. Strip me down and shave me. Cut off my ears and my limbs. Erase my memory, and teach me different things. Give me disease, or have me give disease. Give me a gun, or make me a killing machine. Whether I have an audience, or I dwell alone in a cave, no matter what, I am still a human being. And so are you. And so was Adam Lanza and his mother. 

4

Nico furious: So you’re telling me that Diosa has been messing around with both Nicky and RJ? At the same time? And Nicky never knew? Still doesn’t?

Remy: Apparently. 

Nico: Damn. Who knows if that baby Diosa lost was even Nicky’s then. It could have been RJ’s. 

Remy: Who knows? Who cares? All I know is I want that wench far from our boys, far from my son. The way she looked at him, Nico? I used to look at Lala just like that. So smug, so cruel, so certain she’d do anything for me.

Nico quietly: You did excellent by Lala in the end, Remy.

Remy frustrated: Yeah, but at what cost? She still has nightmares over what Steven Brandt did to her, because of what I forced her into. Decades later. I can’t have my son live his life having nightmares because of a cruel person.

Nico: I understand. Honestly, I can’t stand that entire family. I’ve told Allie to ditch that friendship between her and Niara Washington a million times. And now look. Her shady daughter is hooking up with both our boys. Nicky will drop her eventually when he gets bored, but RJ? If he’s in love, then he’s in love. I hope she’s not his curse.

Remy: I doubt it. He’s not in love. It’s pure lust. I gave him an ultimatum, Nico. I told him I’d take everything away from him- everything- if he keeps up a relationship with her. I won’t be disobeyed either. 

Little Wonders: Chapt. 2

Summary: Pandora’s Box sequel. 16 years after their happy ending, our favorite characters are facing new challenges. Some of the villains we love to hate are returning and a new one is joining their league. Everything is at stake to keep their crazy family together.


Chapter Summary: Emma and Nova confront Dove about what she did to Blue while David has to comfort Snow through an unexpected hurdle. Meanwhile, the villains are cooking something up and a new one is joining forces with them…


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  • Rumple!Hook: okay put your hand over my heart
  • Rumple!Hook: and i'll put mine over yours
  • Rumple!Hook: step a little closer, love
  • Rumple!Hook: now just a peck on the cheek
  • Rumple!Hook: then the lips
  • Rumple!Hook: and then---
  • Belle: uhm okay wait a second
  • Belle: that seems a little personal
  • Belle: I mean i'm no expert but are you really telling me that you and Smee and your crew do THAT on a regular basis?
  • Belle: is Emma okay with it?
  • Belle: Killian?
  • Rumple!Hook:
  • Rumple!Hook: uhm yes well yes of course
  • Rumple!Hook: pirate's oath
  • Rumple!Hook: that's totally what this is
  • Rumple!Hook: ahem, yes, hand on my heart, there's a good lass
  • Rumple!Hook: "you have my word"
  • Belle: "and you have mine"
  • Rumple!Hook: "arrrr"
  • Belle:
  • Rumple!Hook: now you say "avast!"
  • Belle:
  • Rumple!Hook: totally a pirate's oath, see?

Episode 85, part 2: this blimp is definitely haunted tho

(part 1 is here!)

In the rest between the first quarter-final and the second, Kaiba has sent his team of suspiciously highly trained doctors to tend to our first coma victim #justYGOthings and Honda and Otogi have been rescued from the consequences of their suicidally foolish blimp-top wrestling match by a ~mysterious~ white-robed figure.

Yugi is sorting through his deck, like a nerd, smiling at his cards, like a nerd, when he’s interrupted by a ~mysterious~ presence. Like a nerd.

try KNOCKING, motherfucker

Yugi begins to ask him how he got in without unlocking the door or making a sound but then just goes “eh fuck it, you do all sorts of weird impossible shit” which frankly I think is letting Shadi off the hook. But anyway.

Aside: Tumblr is NOT BUILT for long image-heavy text posts and that’s like 80% of what I do here, please send help. Preferably in the form of MAKING IT NOT TELEPORT MY CURSOR TO THE TOP OF THE FUCKING POST EVERY TIME I DO ANYTHING, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE.

Right. So. 

Storytime with Shadi!

“You’ve lost five of the seven. Three of which have been explicitly stolen.”

“Look I never said I was a GOOD guardian.”

“And boy, did I fuck him up!”

Shadi tells of how Pegasus got really into the archaeological remains of the ancient version of Duel Monsters, conveniently skipping over the part about how Pegasus only got interested in this after Shadi lied to him and forcibly replaced his eyeball with a priceless artefact but ANYWAY. He explains that Pegasus found out there were three ancient god monsters associated with Ye Olde Duele Monsteres.

… Okay look, they’re not cards. We all know that, right? There’s no cards yet. And when there are cards, they’re made by Pegasus, based on ancient stone carvings. I guess it’s less streamlined to say “He then finally decided to locate these God Ancient Stone Carved Tablets himself” but, really. 

Also where did Pegasus get all these people willing to traipse around a desert looking for possibly-mythological evidence of card-game characters?

Okay, okay!

I am so curious about these poor eejits going along with him. He must be SO ANNOYING to work with and he says the most ridiculous shit in the most ridiculous manner with the most ridiculous voice.

Props to him for wearing a neat and stylish cravat in the desert heat tho. #sufferforstyle

So then this asshole shows up and points out that the Gods are sealed by, quote. some “Power of Darkness”

and THIS idiot is like “WOW SOUNDS GREAT LET’S DESECRATE THAT ANCIENT RESTING PLACE IMMEDIATELY, LEAD ME INTO THE BOUNDLESS DESERT, MY FRIEND WHO HAS ONLY ONCE DESTROYED ONE OF MY EYEBALLS”

like whyyyy would you trust Shaaaaadi??

like okay maybe the first time, but post-eyeball-destruction?

Whatever. Let’s go find out where Marik and Isis live.

Through a dry, dry desert…

Down a deep, deep well…

Through a creepy, creepy cavernous hall…

yeah no shit

#homesweethome

They don’t meet any of the Ishtar family or associates, because SOMEONE summons the powers of the darkness to shield the evidence of their passing from the inhabitants of this sacred place, since they have sworn to protect it at any cost and you’re not REALLY supposed to bring curious game-designers down here on a whim, like.

… They all must have been so surprised to get out of this creepy hallway alive after this shit goes down. I mean, mysterious white-robed figure brings you down into the echoing caverns of an ancient lost tribe? That’s where you die, 9 times out of 10.

Also I would really like to see a documentary of this. That taller henchman is carrying a pretty sweet camera, they could have done this. Duel Monsters definitely got popular enough to have an audience!

But instead…

…. I wonder if he remembered the figures? Okay Kaiba’s hair isn’t ostentatious enough to be obvious, but Yugi/Yami’s sure as fuck is. And the addition of the dragon and the magician would definitely be enough to connect “Yugi” and Kaiba to the stone, once Pegasus saw them at Duelist Kingdom or shortly before. I mean, he had a lot on his mind at the time, but I wonder if he wondered about it?

Christianity confirmed! (In a RIDICULOUS accent, I must say) Pegasus was either Christian or was around Christians / Christian-influenced culture enough to have picked this up. Which would make sense if he’s supposed to be American. (Although I still prefer my theory that he’s a mad Japanese man who insists that he’s American for fun.)

… How long has he been looking for these? How long does he, a millionaire (billionaire?) CEO of an increasingly popular games company, spend wandering around a fucking desert??

ALSO, isn’t it weird that Duel Monsters is SO big and SUCH a big deal and there are SO many players and Kaiba can do things like close city streets for it, but it’s only like, a year or two old at the very start of Yugi’s story? Everyone’s timelines are really compacted, to keep everyone the anime-requisite 16 years old, though, so I guess that includes the game itself. 

Although now that I think about it, Pokémon GO got huuuuge immediately

Actually the entirety of YGO was more weird before Pokémon GO came out. Now I totally believe that Niantic could take over a city centre, or that people would stop on the street to watch streams of huge Pokémon battles, or that people unrelated to any magical plot would be willing to kill to get their Pokédex to 150.

Anyway, in much more mysterious mysteries, this is how they got down the well:

they do NOT show how they get back up, which is tragic, because NONE OF THEM WERE USING THEIR LEGS AT ALL and I really wanted to see if they could all climb upwards on arm strength alone. 

Okay, I’ll be honest, I mostly wanted to see if Pegasus could do it, since the other two are non-entities and Shadi is probably made of shadows and malcontent rather than flesh and blood. Pegasus is demonstrating serious core strength in that screencap but he does NOT strike me as a gym bunny. #eternalYGOquestions

OUAT Recap

Emma being all sexy as the dark one

Regina wanting to solve their problems together without Emma using dark magic

Charming letting Arthur drive the truck

The two scumbags in Grannys whining together

Emma getting all super girly and totally not Emma for Hook

CaptainSwan break up

Hook not loving Emma’s dark side

Where is Regina?????

The two douchebags whining some more

Regina finally showing up on screen

Lancelot back from the dead

Arthur being shady as fuck

Emma manipulating Hook to get the sword 

Emma being all dark and sexy again

Rumple going to be the hero

General feeling after the episode

Not enough Regina or Dark Emma

Belle and Hook: BFFs?

Prompt (Anon): Belle and Killian have, apparently, become friends over the course of the past season. Killian/CS fans believe this demonstrates that Belle has forgiven Killian for trying to kill her and for shooting her. Belle/RB fans cry foul, claiming that the writers have never shown sufficient remorse on Killian’s behalf for their friendship to be healthy or believable. What do you think of the development?

I’m cool with it, Who’sSorryNow!Anon, because they’ve been through a lot and have bonded over suffering through the Frozen arc in S4A. Hook treats Belle like a person instead of a potential conquest or an object, and they give each other emotional support on loving Dark Ones.

I know a lot of people raise their eyebrows at this friendship because of the whole attempted murder water-under-the-enchanted-bridge, but I think it’s in-character for Belle to be forgiving of a Hook who’s trying to change for the better (at least for his Swan).

Here’s what we DIDN’T see (to the tune of Happy Birthday):

♫ It sucks to be you
Your love isn’t true
Your eyeliner’s melting
And I shipped Swanfire too ♫

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Holy shit, I’m reading about the Sandy Hook shooter, Adam Lanza, and I just got to this moment when he’s fourteen and he’s meeting with this psychiatrist dude who asks him as an exercise to make three wishes.

Lanza wished “that whatever was granting the wishes would not exist.”

In 1863, a man named Henry spent Christmas morning sitting next to his son’s hospital bed in Washington, DC.  He was perhaps looking back at the events that brought them both there.  Henry had spent the two years since the start of the American Civil War trying to convince his eldest son Charles not to join the Union Army.  While not ideologically opposed to the war, he didn’t want to risk his son dying.  Henry had already lost a daughter in her infancy, and Charles’s mother had died from a tragic fire shortly after the start of the war.  These two deaths undoubtedly weighed heavy on his mind, especially considering Henry had been through the pain of losing his first wife and child years before.

He did not want to see any more death, and so refused to allow his son to join the army.  It is not difficult to imagine an argument that might have erupted on a March night in Cambridge, Massachussetts earlier that year which finally compelled the 19-year-old Charles to run away from home and join the Union army in Washington, DC.

Imagine what the last spoken words between Henry and Charles might have been liked. What was the last thing he had said to his son?  Charles left a note telling his father where he was going, and in a few short weeks he had earned himself and officer’s commission.  What pride and fear did Henry feel?

In a few months time, in late November, Henry’s fears were realized when Charles was struck by a bullet, gravely injuring him.  It wasn’t until December 1st that a message reached Cambridge that the young man had been taken to a military hospital in Washington, DC.  The distraught father immediately made arrangements and set out for the warring nation’s capitol.

Once there, he is told that the bullet passed through his son, coming very close to his spine.  Even if his initial injuries are recoverable, there is the looming threat of infection and disease so common in the Civil War.


And that is how we find him on Christmas morning 1863, sitting at his son’s bedside.  The hospital ward is filled with other young men, some perhaps wounded even more severely than Charles.  Imagine Henry listening to tolling of the church bells as he sits at his son’s bedside, surrounded by wounded men.  Men who are, in his 56-year old eyes, only children.  Men who have waged war and had war aged against them.  The tolling of Christmas church bells being rung in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, while he is surrounded by the human toll of man’s penchant for violence.

This is where we find Henry Wadsworth Longfellow when he wrote “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.”

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
   and wild and sweet
   The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
   Had rolled along
   The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
   A voice, a chime,
   A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
   And with the sound
   The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
   And made forlorn
   The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
   "For hate is strong,
   And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!“

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
   The Wrong shall fail,
   The Right prevail,
With peace on the earth, good-will to men." 


While the story (and the song) are painful and bittersweet, I found solace in them this past week after considering the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut.  And while it seems hollow and insufficient at times, it helps me to hear that last line when I’m hurting or confused:

"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
   The Wrong shall fail,
   The Right prevail,
With peace on the earth, good-will to men." 


Hook's date with Dark Swan
  • Emma: Honestly, I'm an open book if you're willing to take that trust step.
  • Hook: Ok, what's behind that locked door in your house?
  • Emma:
  • Hook: I know you're here for something, what is it?
  • Emma:
  • Hook: The six weeks in Camelot? My memories?
  • Emma:
  • Hook:
  • Emma: See, like I said, Open Book ;)
Look ya'll. I'm not saying that the Cranes are being punished for going against the prophecy..

But I do find it awfully convenient that every time they go against God’s plans a tragedy strikes their family.

Why Robin gets to die and Hook gets to stay (for now)

There was no way in “hell” the show was gonna get rid of both Robin and Hook in the same season. Hook is a very popular character and his trademark line is “I’m a survivor” so it makes sense why OUAT kept him over Robin. Sucks for OQ/Robin fans but there you go.

Anyway, the demise of OQ means that soon it will be CS’s turn. The reason is that there are obvious parallels between them e.g. “grabby” first kisses (not sure how else to describe it), scenes with pink shady flowers in 5A, Hook believing his brother over Emma in 5B just like Robin believed his “wife” over Regina in 4B, Emma not sure Hook is her TL in 5B just like Regina wasn’t sure about her future with Robin in 5A, Regina regretting sleeping with a married man in 4B just like Emma regretted going to UW for the douchy pirate in 5B, etc. Neither romances are depicted as “epic” no matter what the fandom says.

Hook coming back to life doesn’t mean CS is endgame cuz… hello OQ? The same ship that Lana declared as “true love” ended without a freakin TLK! Do you realize how big of a deal that is? Does it not prove that PR can be wrong? If Robin is not Regina’s romantic TL then surely there’s someone else out there! ;)

I kinda really hope that Emma is with Regina when she finds out all the shady crap about Hook and breaks up with him. And then he gets pissed and starts saying shit about how Regina is no better than he is because he’s jealous of the time Emma spends with her. 

And then Emma completely snaps on his ass and defends Regina. And THEN when Hook tries to speak again, Regina just steamrolls him with all the reasons swen has pointed out that he is a scumbag and never should have been with Emma in the first place.

That would make me smile.