Characters: Gabriel, Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester
Relationship: Gabriel x Reader
Warnings: Angst, language, graphic depictions of violence, blood, character death
Word Count: 2.2K
A/N: This is my entry for @nichelle-my-belle’s Angst Challenge. I got prompt #22. This is also my first entry for my Angels of Supernatural Challenge, The song I’m using is House of Memories by Panic! At the Disco. I hope you guys enjoy it! Feedback is awesome!
P.S. the way this is set up is a little odd, but the Italics are flashbacks (sort of), and the prompt is in bold.
You looked around, startled by the sudden change in scenery. You could swear that thirty seconds ago you were on a hunt with Sam and Dean, but now you were in a blanket fort. You remembered suddenly that you had built this blanket fort when you were nine of ten years old. It had taken hours and covered almost the entire living room at your best friend’s house. It had been twenty years or so since you’d seen Melissa, and yet here she was. Her nine year old self, anyway. She was laying on her stomach, coloring a page from a princess coloring book like this was all normal. What the hell was going on? You watched as she colored the princess, who was laying in a bed in a dress that was halfway colored red.
I would like to make the 100% clear to anyone before reading this mini-rant that IN NO WAY DO I SHIP CLEMENTINE AS AN 11-YEAR-OLD with Luke. Pedophilia is messed up to the millionth degree. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t ship it in 6-7 years when Clem is a young adult and old enough to a) be in a relationship and b) make mature decisions on her own. Because at that point, I would completely ship it.
Let’s start at the beginning with your concerns. A very good place to start:
Concern #1:Why are people even considering this ship? What caused this ship to even set sail?
This was a pretty easy one. Luke and Clem had a pretty great relationship from the get-go. A strong brother-sister bond. Luke seems to really respect her as a member of the group and not just a dumb little girl. He is the only one of Clem’s new group to do this, and that got many to take notice. Whether it’s a brOTP or a ship, people love this relationship because it’s genuine and the two seem to suit each other in a non-pervy, natural way. The dialogue flows, the fun is there, and let’s be honest, we all sort of have a crush on Luke, so that’s a factor for us playing as Clem.
We see the potential. We like the relationship. Age becomes a non-issue after your teenage years in the ZA. So do we think it’s possible for this friendship to go further after a couple of years? Well, why not? Everything for a strong relationship is in development.
Concern #2: How about that age gap?
Firstly, even in the world today, age really doesn’t play much of a role in relationships once two people are consenting adults. People “click” based on their opinions and maturity levels, and Clem’s maturity is off the charts. From my personal life, my aunt and uncle are 22 years apart and very much in love. Age has never been a problem for them. They have two gorgeous kids and just work together.
I could see a similar situation with Luke and Clem who just seem to get each other. Although the ship is strictly platonic now, it would be unreasonable to think that nothing at all would crop up between them in the future. In the Zombie Apoc, age matters EVEN LESS. At max, Luke might be 15-16 years older than Clem, but in a world where happiness is rare and choices for partners are limited, people in the same groups can’t help considering each other. Clem is a strong young lady, and one day when she’s older, partnering up with someone who fits that personality type wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Concern #3:Wouldn’t it be pretty nasty if Luke wanted to hook up with a kid?
Of course it would! But the Cluke shippers (at least the rational ones) are hoping for a relationship between Clem and Luke in the future, NOT CURRENTLY. Those who want a relationship NOW are SICK IN THE HEADS, to put it mildly.
Luke has no *shudders* attraction to Clementine right now. None. NONE PEOPLE. He loves her because he wants to look after her and finds her to be a really cool kid with a good head on her shoulders. I’m pretty sure if Cluke ever happened in a reasonable way, Clem would have to be nearing her twenties. I’m sure Luke would feel pretty uncomfortable about his feelings at first and Clem might have to initiate. But it would be a slow-burn sort of thing. Something that grew out of respect and admiration, not after, what I like to call, “the other half of Tumblr” lust or sexual urges…
The two of them are both too level-headed and rational to ever do anything “flingy”. If it happened, it would be a partnership. They’d look out for each other. Sort of like a ZA marriage of sorts. The group would be in on it and grow to accept it. It’s a new world order, and sometimes, love happens whether you see it coming or not.
Concern #4:Still! It’s pretty weird ending up dating someone you knew when they were a kid!
Yeah. I think Luke would kind of struggle with this, I can’t lie. He’s a level-headed person, like I said above. Even considering a relationship with Clem at any point would probably make him feel like a huge perv and put him into massive denial. He’d insist she was like his sister and nothing was going on, even if there was obvious chemistry, because that’s just his character. You can’t write Luke to be a pervy, childish pedo, because it doesn’t line up with what we know about him up to this point. Luke would probably really beat himself up over even the mildest attraction and try to put it completely out of his mind.
Clem, on the other hand, might be more able to move past this because of the time she’s growing up in. Whether she ever had crushes on him as a girl, as a young adult, Clem wouldn’t be as reluctant to consider the possibility. To her, Luke hasn’t changed at all, she’s just learned to love him more and maybe in different ways.
Concern #5:Luke’s probably not gonna last the season.
Don’t remind me. I love him too much.
These two have some growing-up to do together before one can even consider this a potential relationship. Most of what the Cluke shippers hope for is a good story and a lot of character development at the moment, and a relationship in a few years when Clem’s an adult. It’s not impossible. It’s not unreasonable. Things happen. Luke’s an awesome guy. Clem’s an awesome girl. I personally think they could be pretty happy together some day, as unlikely as it is that Luke lives to see that day. He’s a really nice guy with all the right stuff, and normally that means he has to die. I’m hoping that this time I’m wrong, but this is twd. No one’s ever really safe.
Cluke shippers see the potential for a great partnership on so many levels. It’s not as pervy as you might think. It could happen very naturally with time and age. Just like real life, people come together for all different reasons in all different circumstances.
And most importantly, don’t hate on Luke. Poor guy doesn’t even have the first clue what us crazy fans have been scheming about. Appreciate him at face value! Telltale made him an awesome character. Hope this helps explain things!
1) VM did the elevators thing way better than Grey’s Anatomy okay? let me have this please
2) There’s not a single thing that I don’t love about this whole exchange. (Okay, I stand corrected, I don’t love one thing: Logan’s first line.)
LOGAN: Hi ho. VERONICA: What did you say? LOGAN: Oh, your uniform. Hi-ho, it’s off to work you go. VERONICA: I guess that makes me Snow White. LOGAN: You must be on your way up to see Mopey. VERONICA: How’s he doing, Sleazy? LOGAN: Wouldn’t know, he doesn’t come out of his room. Old Italian ladies don’t grieve like this. Boy, he must’ve really loved Meg. VERONICA: Well, then there’s that other thing. You know, he can’t see his baby. LOGAN: A baby? How’d that happen?
Here’s why I love it. Veronica keeps trying to one-up Logan in this snark battle while trying to defend Duncan, but in the end, Duncan is way beyond defending at this point. And Veronica just knows it (even if they’re trying to pull off a charade.) But the thing I love the most is that Veronica thinks this snark-off is about Logan trying to put her down, but actually he’s just trying to list all the shady things Duncan has done and how much of a crappy boyfriend he’s been to Veronica. And in the end, Veronica has no arguments to defend him because deep down she knows Logan’s right.
That being said, in a show that is basically about mysteries, the fact that she keeps trying to defend Duncan and make excuses for him when he has time and again shit all over her might be the biggest mystery of them all.
3) “Time to fake the Donut.” The truest line ever spoken in this show.
4) So why exactly did they put up a show for Logan? I know that the next day we learn Logan has told Dick all about this but it’s not like he didn’t already suspect something happened between Kendall and Duncan (he hinted at it right in front of Veronica in 2x07) becAUSE IT FUCKING DID. I don’t care that the writers decided to drop that plot and turn it into a decoy: KENDALL HERSELF MENTIONED SHE HAD BEEN IN DUNCAN’S BED WHEN NO ONE WAS AROUND BUT DUNCAN AND HE DIDN’T FUCKING DENY IT. So it happened. It’s there, it’s canon.
Moreoever, what was the point of this scene and having Logan see it and then spilling the beans to Dick if they were going to do the whole public break-up thing in front of the whole school? (Logan could’ve confirmed everything Veronica was talking about without having Kendall showering at Duncan’s)
A/N: You can find all the other parts here. I know I’m dealing this love story a little bit slowly, but trust me, with this chapter we are getting a lot closer! :)
Plot summary: Lydia confronts a desperate Stiles about his feelings for Y/N. Y/N has a little involuntary meeting with Theo that becomes pretty intense as they talk about distant memories. (maybe a little kissing? who knows. ;))
Persons involved: Reader, Stiles, Lydia, Theo (and Parrish)
sits at his desk in his shady office and stares at the drawing in his hands for
the one hundredth time. It’s the picture of a woman. To be more exact: of the
woman who killed the werewolf and tried to kill Liam. Stiles was quite
impressed when Y/N had been able to describe her so well and accurately. Lydia
added a few things and now he has this impression of a beautiful woman in front
of him that he has never seen before. That is not to be found in any archive he
has access to. That doesn’t seem to exist at all.
heavily and lets the picture sink onto the desk, making Lydia look up from her
laptop. She frowns at him slightly, wearing her typical suspicious expression.
she asks demandingly.
Stiles mumbles. “It’s just…I hate this senseless searching for answers.
Seriously, sometimes I just want to burn this stupid bestiary.”
helped us figuring out what Y/N is”, she retorts.
after two sleepless nights! And it didn’t give us answers, only more
puts the paper aside and glares at him with a hint of annoyance in her green
eyes. “You are not still mistrusting her, are you?”
mean…not really. Like I said to Scott, I just have a weird feeling about her”,
he reasons defensively.
can’t keep herself from rolling her eyes. “Maybe that feeling has nothing to do
with her supernatural powers.”
what’s that supposed to mean?”
that she’s a beautiful girl who is obviously fascinating you? You love trouble
and complication, Stiles, and the way you met her promised to be the ultimate
come on!”, he exclaims, rubbing his fingers over his tired eyes. “Not you too.”
Scott also got it? I have to congratulate him”, Lydia says with a small smile
that develops into a full grin at Stiles’ desperate expression. “You haven’t
been seriously involved with someone since Malia, Stiles. It’s not a crime to
be attracted to somebody.”
not attracted to Y/N!”
she just waves off, turning her focus back on studying the bestiary. However,
she does feel a little bit triumphant. Lydia just loves when a theory of hers
turns out to be true.
on the other hand observes her absent-mindedly. A thousand thoughts keep on
rushing through his head and he can’t even really name them which ends in
confusion, distress and desperation. Suddenly the office seems awfully small
and stuffy to him. He definitely needs some space to get his head free.
gonna get some fresh air”, he announces abruptly, gets up and leaves the room
before Lydia has any opportunity to react. A few curious glances from his
colleagues follow him through the station and he’s glad to escape them as he
steps into the sun. There he sinks down on the nearby bench, pushes out a deep
sigh and buries his face in his hands.
having no concrete direction in a case. Right now he’s tempted to call his dad
for advice but he got promoted to work a calm job in Washington and Stiles
prefers to leave him out of the supernatural chaos. And for Y/N…all he knows is
that she’s confusing him. If that’s bad or good…he can’t tell yet. But he
really hopes that Lydia is wrong about him loving complications, although his
relationship with Malia certainly fell under that category.
are you alright?”, a voice suddenly rips him out of his depressing thoughts and
makes him look up. It’s a frowning Parrish who carries files in his hands.
up?”, he retorts hurriedly.
sits down next to him and pulls out a specific paper.
are the test results from the dead body”, he explains. “Apparently our victim
was 23 years old and could be identified as Thomas Riggson from Sacramento.”
she likes her victims young and fresh. Do we know why he came to Beacon Hills?”
relatives or friends live around here. He rented the apartment for two months
but was unemployed.”
considers this for a moment. “In fact that doesn’t help us at all. Let’s find
out what that weird bitch is.”
out. The ultimate stress reducer to you, at least sometimes. Pushing your body
to the limit calms your nerves. Maybe because it gives you a feeling of
preparing yourself for battle, of getting yourself fit for combat. Maybe
because it’s impossible to think about complex stuff when you are panting and
sweating on the treadmill. Or just a combination of both things.
end, after an hour of torturing yourself, you step into the shower of the small
gym and let the water run over your body with closed eyes. You really need to
thank Parrish for lending you the keys to this private work out paradise.
Nobody came to watch or disturb you. You have been alone the whole time, able
to concentrate only on yourself and you definitely needed that. As you place
your feet onto the cold tiles afterwards, you already feel much better, more
focused and less confused.
your hair dry, take on some clothes and return into the gym to stuff your other
towel into your bag. As you close it, you suddenly hear a noise in your back
and whirl around.
for being alone. You have no idea how he found you here but maybe he just
followed you all along. Now he stands there, Theo Raeken, looking all relaxed
and as if you agreed to have this meeting. You grip on the bag tightens and the
line of your lips hardens.
now you are showing up instead of writing cryptic threats?”, you ask him
smile brushes his lips that just makes you angrier.
it seems like written words don’t really make an impression on you”, he shrugs
off. “And I have to admit that it confuses me. You’ve never seemed to be the
type of Valkyrie that searches for a pack.”
didn’t search for one, I found it”, you hiss. “We obviously didn’t know each
other as well as we thought we did. I never believed that you would go back to
be your murdering self but now you are working with a woman who tried to kill a
22 year old boy.”
doesn’t even deny it. His expression doesn’t change a tiny little bit.
my reasons”, he claims.
snort. “There are no reasons to do something like that!”
that I knew never really cared who lived or died. Death has been a constant
companion of hers.”
then she saw them die again. And again. And again. All kinds of people. Even
kids. And believe it or not, unlike you I do have a heart. It took a toll on
raises his eyebrows, slightly astonished and definitely curious. He takes a
step towards you and you would like to draw back but there is no space. He
stops only inches from you, looking down right into your eyes, but you stand
your ground, although your whole body tenses.
why you help Scott’s pack and endure Stiles’ insults? Because you want to be a
hero now?”, he asks you derisively, his breath brushing your cheek.
at him. “I don’t want to be a hero. But I rather save people than see them die
or even kill them. And that seems to be what they do. They save people.”
know them like I do. They are full of flaws”, he claims.
too. And maybe they have changed. Like I have. You need to stop believing that
you’re above everyone, Theo.”
considers this for a moment, biting his lower lip and frowning. Then his eyes
wander back to your face and scan it intensely. You feel uncomfortable under
his gaze but you don’t allow yourself to show that. It’s weird how things
change. A few years in the past you enjoyed those glances from him, even longed
for them. As you did when he touched you. This distant memory keeps you from
pushing his hand away as he raises it to put a strain of your hair behind your
never had to change for me. I liked you as you were”, he says softly.
press your lips together and stare at him. It’s so hard to tell when he’s
sincere and when he’s just playing you.
times are over.”
never had to be.”
they did”, you mumble.
hell has he accomplished that you feel sad about this all of a sudden?! That
you think about those calm, cosy nights in your tiny New York flat that you
already forgot about? He cups your face and you are unable to do anything about
them. We have been pretty good.”
gives you a small smile and comes closer at the same moment. By now you can
feel the heat his body radiates. You swallow hard, trying to concentrate.
you want to kill me because I befriended Scott.” It only comes out as a
whisper. He knows he has won.
want to do that. I want to do this.”
This means leaning forward, burying his hands in
your hair and pressing his warm and soft lips on yours. It feels so familiar,
so melancholic. You know you should pull away, maybe even be scared of him but
you just can’t. You absorb this act of affection that you are yearning for so
much. Instead of punching him, you return the kiss, place your hands on his
neck and pull him closer. It becomes more feverish, heavier. His hands wander
to your hips and grab them longingly, his lips open. You feel a soft moan
escaping your mouth and suddenly your brain is practically dead. All that you
can think of are his lips on yours, your intertwined tongues and your hunger.
another thought enters your mind. Stiles. The image in your head that this
could be him. His body that you press yourself against, his passion rolling
irritates you so much that you stop all of a sudden and step away from Theo,
breathing heavily and eyes widened. What the hell is going on with you?! Why
would you imagine something like that? Your heart is racing, you are just not
exactly sure why.
the other hand displays a mix of disappointment and annoyance. He probably
expected to achieve a little bit more with you.
he asks you, almost challenging, and letting his relaxed mask fall for the
first time today.
still thoroughly confused. Stiles’ face is haunting you and the guilty feelings
wash over you as you realize what you’ve done.
need to go now”, you mumble, grabbing your bag and literally running to the
need to make a decision, Y/N! Leave this city, stay with me or have me as an
enemy. Your choice”, he calls after you.
First part of a bit of a primer on book-specific stuff for people coming into the fandom through the musical and wondering who the heck all these extra characters are!
The biggest chunk of characters who don’t really get explained in the musical are probably Les Amis de l’ABC, aka The Barricade Boys. (Heck, some of them don’t even SHOW UP in the musical, sorry, Bahorel!) . While they don’t get the MOST page time, they ARE around for about half the novel (and four years of in-story time), majorly involved with the barricade plot, and, because it’s Les Mis, just LOADED with symbolism as a group and individually (I’m not gonna get too much into the symbolism here because seriously I’ve been talking about the book for years now and that is a neverending conversation.)
While this is a very brief and somewhat tongue-in-cheek summation, all of the info here is book- accurate and/or backed up with research, and I can point out the references if needed! (and standard disclaimer: this is meant to fill in blanks and give some basic info, not be comprehensive or tell people what to do in fanwork!)
So, under the cut, Les Amis de l’ABC! (the name is a pun, because ABC sounds like “abaisse”, the abased, so: friends of the abased):
summary: Zombie AU with a twist… ft. lots of terrible innuendo (the brother-in-arms of Mindreader Sex)
genre: humour, kinda-smut, angst wc: 9.8k (ish) warnings: the gore you’d expect from a zombie au (blood/cannibalism), alcohol, sorta non-con
I lean back on the furs in the wardrobe, steadying my breathing. ‘Although, just in case… It’s quite cosy in here. Wanna make the most of our final hours?’ ‘What?’ ‘Well, it’s not gonna matter if we don’t use condoms at this point is it.’
Lily sits beside James under a starry summer sky, silently slipping her fingers into his weathered hand. She squeezes gently, once, a contented smile settling on her lips.
“It’s nice here,” she says.
James glances down at her. Long shadows cover her face, and her facial expressions are hard to tell. James, though, knows.
They have been dating for two months, but it feels like he’s known her forever. He still glances over at her sometimes, just to make sure that she’s really with him, after so many years of secretly obsessing over her. He’s a lucky git.
He reaches over with his free hand to tuck a stray stand of hair behind Lily’s ear, and she smiles. Looking up at the sky again, Lily slowly leans back until she is lying flat on the ground. With a gently tug on their joined hands, James follows her, shuffling closer as he stretches his limbs out. James marvels at the warmth of her, just there, lying still beside him. Her bare shoulder touches James’s arm, but she doesn’t move away.
James takes a deep breath, holds it, and lets it out. He tries again, holding the silence out as long as possible, before he bursts out,
“I love you.”
Silence. Lily stiffens beside him.
James holds his breath, not daring to move, waiting.
After what seems like an eternity and a half, Lily turns to him. She lets go of his hand, instead letting her other hand trail up his arm until it reaches his shoulder. James doesn’t think he can face her, so he starts counting the stars.
“Hey,” Lily whispers.
21, 22, 23…
“Hey,” she tries again.
27, 28, 29…
James sighs, and turns to her. Her emerald eyes search his in the darkness, before crinkling in that Lily way of hers.
“I love you too.”
She reaches up to touch his cold cheek, running her fingers along the edge of his jaw. He turns his face into her hand, pressing a kiss to the inside of her palm.
James doesn’t remember ever being so happy.
“I am going to burn you,” Lily says calmly, adjusting her foot on the point of the roof, “If we make it off here alive.”
James and Lily are hanging off a window ledge on the Astronomy tower at three in the morning, having badly messed up a prank. Fireworks litter the ground, a long way below them, and James isn’t confident that they won’t be next. Lily has managed to put her right foot on the very tip of the roof below, but James has only his Quidditch-trained arms to have faith in.
It was a nice two months being Lily’s boyfriend, James thinks. If they’re lucky, he’ll look back on it with some fondness as Lily runs off with some Transfiguration-prodigy git who won’t be putting her in near-death situations in the early hours of some bloody morning. If they aren’t so lucky, they’ll both die, whereupon Lily will find some attractive dead git to run off with, who also won’t put her into life-threatening positions because, well, they’d be dead.
“Fair enough,” James replies. He tries to edge his grip along the ledge to try and support Lily, letting one hand go to reach out to her.
“Save it,” Lily snaps. James pulls his arm back. “I’m not letting go just yet.”
James shuffles back to his original place, cringing as his foot whacks against something sticking out of the wall. His ankle is probably going to be bruised tomorrow. If he lives to see tomorrow. He laughs to himself. Bloody hell.
“James!” Lily hisses. James tries to turn his head to her, but then decides it isn’t a good idea as the wood above him gives an ominous creak.
“Put your foot on that brick, test it for strength, and get yourself back up on that window frame.”
James lets out a breath. “You’re brilliant.”
James creeps his right foot along the wall, pausing when it hits the object. Gingerly, he places his foot on it, shuffling along the wall until he can place a considerable amount of his weight on it. It shifts, just a little, but holds. Here goes. With a heave, James hoists himself up on the window frame. It doesn’t open, but this is better than nothing.
He reaches down, grabbing Lily by the arms. In a single motion, he pulls her up with a grunt to seat her next to him.
“I guess we wait to get caught. Or fall and die.”
Lily snorts, leaning back against the window. She watches the skies as silence envelops them.
“The stars are pretty,” Lily comments after a moment.
James sucks in a breath. “Yeah.”
“It’s a shame we’ll never see it again.”
“Yeah.” James laughs quietly. Lily’s frowning lips turn up at the corners.
She shuffles closer to James, pressing her bare arm against his for warmth. James hesitantly smiles down at her, but she is looking out over the forest in the distance.
“It was a good life,” she continues. “I had fun. I traveled Europe with my family. I made some nice friends. I gave up on Petunia. I’d have loved to have lived to see her marry that cow, though.”
The window ledge creaks under them.
“I made Head Boy. I have three brothers to mourn me. I got you to hold my hand.”
Lily rolls her eyes, crossing her legs. The ledge tilts forwards, ever so slightly.
“Lucky you got that done before you landed us in this mess.”
James blanches. She snorts.
“I’m not joking. I think this thing’s going to give out on us.” Lily looks down, then up at James, an almost amused smirk playing on her pale face. James shifts his weight, and hearing the wood protest, takes a breath.
“Look, Lily. I just… I wanted…” He closed his eyes. “I lov-“
“Don’t you dare,” she interrupts, “say something you wouldn’t say to me if we weren’t going to die and if you hadn’t gotten us into this mess.”
There’s a silence, then James opens his eyes.
“I love you, Lily Evans.”
“I’ll consider it,” Lily says finally, “But it will work in your favour if you get us off here without any broken bones.”
“BREAK HER BONE AND YOU BREAK YOURS, TOO.“
A broomstick appears out of nowhere, and James barely has time to catch it as it zooms at his crotch. A grinning Sirius pops up from under the roof below, straddling one himself.
Lily rolls her eyes. “Was that sorry attempt what I think it was?”
“It sounded better in my head,” Sirius admits with a shrug. He holds out a jacket to Lily, who pulls it over her shoulders as James mounts his broom. James holds out a hand to Lily, who ignores it as she swings her leg over behind him.
As they fly off under the starry sky, debating how to get back inside the building without being skinned alive by McGonagall, Lily leans forward.
“I love you too,” she whispers, tightening her grip around his waist as the broom, surprised, drops.
Righting it again, James smiles. He doesn’t remember ever being so happy.
If you haven’t guessed yet, I write these thoughts in real time ;) Here we go.
1. These flashforwards are not intriguing or suspenseful. The fact that Lily set a trap for Stefan but got Damon instead means absolutely nothing to me.
2. I think it’s absolutely hilarious that Enzo is in on Damon and Stefan’s plan and Caroline is … where? AND VALERIE IS THERE TOO.
3. What is WITH the show and making pancakes for breakfast now? Could it not have just been left at a Bamon thing?
4. Oh look mute Beau and his subtle facial expressions. I can’t even.
5. Julian is Klaus, I don’t care what anyone says. His demeanour is EXACTLY like Klaus’.
6. LOL at Matt asking Caroline if she wants to “cut class today” Julie, give it up. We done know that these people do not actually go to college. They would all be on academic probation by now. Stop trying to slip in some logical detail because it’s illogical to do so since it doesn’t belong in the illogical world you’ve created.
7. Matt knows Caroline is pregnant before Stefan does. Excellent.
8. Caroline is WAY too calm about being pregnant with twins who aren’t hers. “On the one hand I know how much this means to Alaric bu on the other hand, I have no idea what it means for m” ARE YOU SERIOUS? You can make her freak out and cry and go into hysterics, you can make her go through a myriad of emotions, she just found out she was pregnant through no will of her own! LIKE COME ON.
9. Oh yes let’s have Enzo stalk Lily but have him become Bonnie’s love interest for absolutely no reason at all. Also where is Bonnie? We’ve seen Stefan and Damon and Matt and Caroline and Enzo and Lily and Julian and Mary-Louise and Beau and Nora but NO BONNIE?
10. Remember when TVD had good music that went with scenes? What the fuck happened?
11. I don’t even understand why Enzo would have romantic feelings for Lily, they clearly have a maternal-son relationship. Like stop it.
12. I don’t care for Enzo at all but he looks at Lily with longing and with yearning and every time he’s looked at Bonnie (in previous episodes because SHE ISN’T HERE) it’s been with … mild curiosity and smug disinterest.
13. Teehee Stefan looks hella hot in his grey sweater and jeans. *sigh* It wouldn’t be one of my posts if I didn’t take a second to appreciate the chiselled handsomeness that is Paul Wesley.
14. When he opens the door and says “Oh, hi” to Caroline, I thought it was cute because of the way he smiled at her but it was awkward because i feels as if Caroline is not his girlfriend (despite the many times they make each character say “boyfriend” and “girlfriend”) because there’s distance there and she seems like a stranger or a crush or like they haven’t had sex and turned off their humanity together and gone through comforting each other through the death of two loved ones (Liz and Elena — even though Elena isn’t dead). Basically, it’s awkward.
15. Yeah, I am not a Damon fan or an Ian Somerhalder fan (like at all) but I give credit when credit is due and Damon looked pretty good in that red (maroon?) shirt. But Damon calling Caroline “Stefan’s distraction machine” makes me -_- for two reasons. The first being, is no one going to talk about the way Damon objectifies women? Especially Caroline who he raped (YES HE RAPED HER) 2. But when has Caroline ever distracted Stefan? They are never in the same room together. We barely see them talk. They’re keeping each other out of one another’s lives. So … what?
16. I don’t know why Caroline needed Valerie to come to her rescue, why couldn’t Caroline have just told Stefan she needed to talk to him alone?
17. So I know there’s supposed to be a phone call this episode in which Stefan makes up for how badly he reacted to the news that Caroline is pregnant but I’m sorry, this scene where he finds out … this is not Stefan. Even if Stefan is shocked and processing and terrified and resentful or whatever else about what’s happening, his first instinct would be to ask his girlfriend if she’s OK because that’s STEFAN. He always puts other’s feelings before his own. And even if he did have to go, he would be like “I have to go” *stares at her intently* and maybe an awkward kiss on the forehead as he gets up to go, like the scene CAN be awkward and affectionate at the sam time because that would be how Stefan would react! He and Caroline weren’t even touching in this scene, they do not come across as a couple!
18. See, they’re doing a good job showing the relationship between Julian and Nora/Mary-Louise so I can see why it would be hard for THOSE TWO to betray him (if it comes to that) but Julian and Lily are ridiculous.
19. Oh! Another shot of Beau. NOT SPEAKING. And staring at Julian and Lily because he has NO OTHER LIFE. I feel like they’re showing Beau as much as they are because Bonnie is clearly not in this episode and they want to fill some sort of diversity quota. Yeah, I said it. Because TVD and The CW is hella. anti-black.
20. Damon and Lily’s talk about how he got over how he abandoned her and how he’d leave her in he prison world to rot is pretty much exactly like his conversation/dynamic with Katherine. Like I’m bored.
21. Drunk Enzo spiralling because of Lily is like drunk Damon spiralling because of Katherine AND Elena.
22. Matt to Enzo “Damon didn’t want you, Lily didn’t want you, this town never wanted you, so why are you still here?” WAY TO SHOVE IT DOWN OUR THROATS THAT ENZO AND BONNIE WILL ONLY EVER GET TOGETHER BECAUSE SHE IS HIS LAST RESORT. I don’t know how Bonenzo fans can constantly defend this ship. It’s such a disrespectful dynamic for Bonnie. WHO ISN’T EVEN IN THIS DAMN EPISODE.
23. This is, like, the second time Enzo has been captured by “mystery commando” dudes. Also considering how much shit Matt takes, hearing how he’s useless and ineffectual … HOW HAS HE NOT SNAPPED? Enzo is standing there telling him how much he sucks and Matt has a gun in his hand. Even if the gun wouldn’t kill him, it would be interesting if you saw Matt snap and just empty his clip into Enzo’s chest because he’s tired of being ridiculed. Like give Matt some bite. Make him prove the others wrong. But JP and CD only seem to want characters to prove other characters wrong when it’s stuff like “he’s a monster with no redemption!” oh look he does redeeming things. BORING.
24. It is unbelievable how quickly everyone believes Valerie’s story. So. Unbelievable. One story and everyone is like Oh shit, Julian is a monster. That’s IT? Then Valerie could’ve done this AGES AGO.
25. I know they’re trying to forge a bond between Stefan and Lily by making her give him “motherly” advice but the shit she’s telling him to do “Tell her you love her, never forget what it must feel like for her” or whatever else, STEFAN WOULD KNOW THIS NATURALLY. That is why Stefan was an amazing boyfriend. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. He would’ve never had to have this conversation to be there for Elena. Or even Katherine.
26. So that phone call happened. I mean, it was aight. I just feel like Stefan would’ve said that the moment he found out about the twins so I just keep thinking, Do better, writers.
27. I so do not care that Lily stabbed herself and that she ends up coming back three years later or the twist that the werewolf venom tricks Damon into think it’s his mother when it’s mystery gun woman who wants Stefan.
Let's say Netflix approached you for advice because they saw you owned a Pretty Little Liars blog and they were rebooting Pretty Little Liars after Free Form's finished with their show and perhaps films. They want a darker tone, more of a murder series then a teen series. If you had the chance to start PLL from fresh, who would you make A and what motive would you give? Also what changes would you make? Please answer, I'm really interested in this concept :)
Wowww this is such a good question! I’ve never answered anything like this before!
To be honest it’s quite easy to answer though: NO HIGH SCHOOL.
I would’ve started season 1 from the age they’re at now in this time jump. Of course that would mean Aria would not have been Ezra’s student which is a major story line of the show, but that’s okay, I would put them in a work environment where it is still considered inappropriate to have that relationship.
I would start from them all being 22/23 because it’s the high school vibes that really have prevented this show from being bigger than what it is. Without getting into exact ages, I can image that the whole “ABC Family” thing and “16 year old girls” and “queen bee goes missing” and “mysterious anonymous stalker by text” is really what restricted the show to this younger audience.
I would get rid of that all.
I would have promos everywhere like “you won’t believe what happens in the final minute”, as opposed to a scene of a teenager sitting on a chair saying “#AliTellsAll, watch and tweet live with us!!” How To Get Away With Murder did that above promo one of their finales, and wow, that final minute deserved to be emphasised in the promo trailer.
I would seriously just ‘go there’. I really feel like the writers hold back. Spencer was A for only one episode (because ABCF told Marlene no). Toby was A for only 12 episodes! No!! Ezra was revealed as possibly A but later was just writing a book. They start some amazing story lines and pull out before they can fully execute them.
I wouldn’t be afraid to get the audience talking, even if it’s in a negative way like “why would Toby do that to Spencer!!!” Oh, he did it to protect her? How cliche. I would go full extreme like Toby legitimately fell in love with his step sister Jenna and he thought Spencer blinded her and he really needed revenge, and he never really loved her, until Jenna tells Toby that it was actually Alison who was behind the Jenna thing, but by then it’s too late because Spencer is in hospital because of a seriously dangerous stunt, end the finale with Spencer possibly dying before Toby can truly say sorry and “I love you”, then we come back in the premiere and Spencer is alive but A has taken Toby away, etc.
There’s sooooo many possibilities to make the show more mature, extreme, dark and mysterious! Also I would not have pulled out from the storylines where Byron is involved. That had sooooo much potentional; maybe he got her pregnant and killed her. Yes that’s extreme for 16 year old Alison and Byron who is a father in THIS show, but in my show Ali would be 24/25 and Byron would be divorced.
I seriously would make A be Alison. Not any of the other liars, I admit that is still too far and no matter what, the show should never go there. But Alison was so bitchy in her flashbacks when she was ‘dead’, so she has it in her. Why would Ali be A? All the girls were drunk that night and collectively, they all ‘killed’ her for her bitchy ways. And when I say bitchy ways, I don’t mean “I’ll tell Melissa you’re kissing Ian”. Step it up! Bitchy as in “I will tell the world you had sex with a cop and paid him to keep quiet”. That’s a bad example, but you know what I mean. These girls really wanted her dead. They got drunk, shit happened. They ‘hit’ her, and became A to get revenge. But of course, that’s just the beginning. It would stem off from there with twins, transgender secret children who are looking for Ali and think the liars killed her, etc.
I would add more swearing, too. The worst we’ve heard is bitch, and wow… in the finale they stepped it up when CeCe said bastard!!!
I would just give the audience what they want. Yes, have fillers, but make them sooooo interesting. Every episode, reveal something. And when I say reveal, I don’t mean ‘give an answer’ or else the show would be done by season 3. But reveal something in the sense of A sending a message that changes the game completely like A posting all over social media photos of the girls at Ali’s open grave. DO SOMETHING EXTREME!
Make us legitimately feel like the girls are screwed. Check-mate. A needs to put them in a scenario almost every episode where they are so screwed and need all the luck in the world to get out of the mess. THAT would be entertaining, and if it’s done right, seriously… I would want a season 8.
I could write about this all day, as you can tell. There’s so many areas of this show I would love to change and it could literally be one of the best shows on television. The concept is there, but the excecution by Marlene and Freeform ain’t the best. They hold back. They restrict themselves from making it on par with HTGAWM.
Overall, to sum it up in 5 words: I would make it super sexy, scandalous, mature, suspenseful and mind-blowing.
In season one of Scorpion, we saw Walter
and Megan’s parents via flashback, and by the first hiatus of season two, we’d
met both of them. Happy’s father was
introduced in the first half of season one, and although her mother is dead, we
were introduced to her via a videotape in the early second part of season
two. Sylvester’s father will make an
appearance in the January 18th episode, “Son of a Gun.” These appearances of parents that have a
canon shaky (at best) relationship with their children brings to mind a
question that some have been wondering for a while now.
Where are Ralph’s grandparents?
From the few mentions of Paige’s
childhood, she seemed to be happy. In
Dominoes (1.12) she looked genuinely shocked and sad at the geniuses’ negative
memories of Christmas. Her reaction to a
story of Happy’s about always being rejected by her foster families, and every
other “that is so sad,” comment she’s made over the course of the series in
response to a story about her coworker’s families gives every indication that
her (Paige’s) childhood was a pleasant, memorable one.
So what happened?
Something had to.
The simplest answer to this question is
that they are dead. Paige’s age has
never been definitively stated, but Eddie is a 35 year old playing a 33 year
old. Elyes is a(n almost) 33 year old
playing a 32 year old. Camille is a 37 year
old who played a(n about) 36 year old.
Ari is playing his own age. This
isn’t Glee. Katharine is almost 32 and is definitely playing close to her own age. We know Paige started college (for most that’s
at 18) but didn’t finish (for most that’s at 22), since she mentioned in 1.18 that she wanted to “finish my degree” and in 2.11 that she was in a sorority. Ralph is at least ten but probably (assuming
her comment to Owen in Dominoes wasn’t rounding up) 11 at this point, which means
Paige is at the youngest, 30, and at the oldest, 32. It’s not impossible for someone in their
early thirties to have already lost both her parents to old age, but it’s
unlikely. It’s more likely that if they
are both dead, it wasn’t peaceful old
age that took them.
And if they aren’t dead? If one or both
of them are still alive? Then there are
a lot more questions.
Why didn’t Paige and Drew decide to
settle near her parents? Or why didn’t
she go to them, either moving back in temporarily or just moving to the same
city, once it became clear Drew wasn’t coming back? She and Ralph got evicted when he was three –
you don’t get evicted unless you miss rent, so if she couldn’t pay it, why didn’t
she ask them for help? Especially when
not asking them for help could have left her child homeless, something that we know Paige would not do if she had a
single other option. Why has she never
even mentioned them? I don’t remember if Toby has any living
parents, but we have gotten a decent taste of his tragic backstory and he’s
mentioned his parents several times, even if to just make a point.
Why have they never come to visit? We have seen Paige and Ralph through several
Christmases at this point, at least one birthday for each of them (and probably
two birthdays for Ralph if his stated age of 10 in Dominoes is correct, since
we know he was 9 in the pilot). Why has
every excuse for Ralph’s absence either been “sitter” or “Drew” when it could be
so easily mentioned that he was visiting “his grandparents?” A passing mention of Paige’s parents wouldn’t
necessarily need a storyline built around it, as the geniuses probably also
assume that she’s on pretty good terms with them. But there isn’t one single mention of them.
So what happened? How did this falling out - it’s entirely possible the show could try to convince us there was none but the evidence suggests otherwise - begin? Did they disapprove of her dropping out of college? Did they disapprove of Drew? Did one of them have some secret life that came out and she didn’t want them around her child? Is it something else entirely - are they in witness protection? Are they living in poverty and can’t afford to travel (or provide their daughter and grandchild with financial assistence?) but it seems odd that Paige wouldn’t be trying to help them out now that she’s financially secure.
While pride is a thing that exists (that might prevent Paige from asking for help when they got evicted or that might help poverty stricken Dineen parents from accepting help now), it seems strange that Paige and/or her parents wouldn’t swallow their pride for Ralph’s sake, if nothing else. Paige let Drew back into Ralph’s life for the sake of her son, it’s unimaginable to think her pride would be enough to separate Ralph from his grandparents, and just as unfathomable that Paige would risk her three year old son being homeless rather than swallow any pride she might have and ask her parents for help. And even if her parents couldn’t help them out financially, but would have if they could have, and even if they won’t accept financial assistance from their daughter now, how would that translate to them never even seeing Paige and Ralph now, seeing as the Dineens we know can afford to travel? It just seems that some sort of tragedy, death or a bitter falling out, is why we haven’t met or heard from (or heard about) Paige’s mother or father in thirty five episodes thus far, especially when she 1. by all accounts and implications had a good childhood and 2. has made them grandparents.
It’s possible – even likely – that Paige’s
backstory, while her origins and childhood may have been the picture of what
most consider ideal, is just as tragic as any of the geniuses’.
1) So I didn’t expect this episode to affect me that much after having watched it A LOT of times, but it still does. BTVS knows how to break my heart into a million pieces every single time.
2) You know shit is about to get real when an episode starts with a “Previously on…”
3) Angelus might be one of the worst psychotic murderous villains in all television history, but he was quite the poet. I’m sure anyone who has watched this episode at least once still remembers the opening and closing voiceover.
Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping, waiting. And though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir, open its jaws, and howl. It speaks to us, guides us. Passion rules us all. And we
obey. What other choice do we have?
4) See, Twilight? When a guy creeps into your bedroom in the middle of the night and watches you sleep, it’s not romantic! It’s creepy, disturbing, TERRIFYING!
This is not something that should be romanticized. This should be a huge warning sign!
5) I love when a show makes fun of itself.
Xander: Excuse me, but have you ever heard of knocking?
Jonathon: We’re supposed to get some books. On Stalin.
Xander: Does this look like a Barnes & Noble?
Giles: This is a school library, Xander.
Xander: Since when?
6) Is this a thing that happens for real in American schools? Do teachers really get to choose one of their students as a sub without checking with the school authorities first?
7) Giles’ face when Jenny reveals she’s in love with him, though.
8) Oh god, I just noticed this and it broke my heart.
Jenny: I just wanna be right with you. I don’t expect more. I just want so badly to make all this up to you.
Giles: I understand. But I’m not the one you need to make it up to.
See, if Giles hand’t said that, then Jenny wouldn’t have tried to find a way to restore Angel’s soul so that he and Buffy could be together again and Angelus wouldn’t have tracked her down and then oh god Jenny would have lived. Do you think if Giles ever wondered if things might have been different had he been more forgiving of Jenny? If he hadn’t pushed her to mend fences with Buffy before they could be together again? This is just so sad.
9) “Don’t tell me. He’s changed. He’s not the same guy you fell for?” That’s the understatement of the century.
10) So Willow was feeding her fish but didn’t notice the lack of fish in the aquarium?
11) RIP Willow’s fish, though.
And I’m grateful she didn’t have a puppy, too. That’s something I couldn’t have stood to watch, just the thought of it gives me the creeps!
12) Buffy admitting she cares too much about Giles to prevent him from being happy because of her grudge is the most lovely thing she could’ve done.
13) “Oh, thank goodness. I actually had to talk my grandmother into switching cars with me last night.” Bless you, Cordy. I’m sure your grandma could’ve fended for herself against the vamps.
14) Oranges, am I right?
15) So this is what the restoration spell is about, in case you were wondering.
As the orb is round in nature, as the earth is round in nature and the heavens are round in nature, so is the soul. Return from whence you were banished, using this orb as your guide - penetrate every ounce of the flesh, every sinew of the body and every tissue of the heart. Make what lays before you more than the empty vessel that is animal, that is beast - make it man as God created when he separated the firmament of the heavens from the earth. Come forth now, return, return. As the orb burns, let life burn.
It’s kind of beautiful, isn’t it?
16) Now, Angelus didn’t really need an invitation to enter a public school building, did he?
17) And then THE scene…
I know Buffy is often (wrongly, in my opinion) labeled a “horror” show, because vampires + monsters = horror, I guess. But it’s not that often that the show actually delivers scenes that can fall under that genre. This is one of those rare instances. I don’t even know how many times I’ve watched this episode, but I can still feel the dread and the tension and the suspense building up. I’m rooting for Jenny, I almost hope Jenny will make it out alive every time I watch this episode. And I’m still heartbroken every time she doesn’t. It’s a testament to the awesomeness of this show that after all these years I still get chills watching this scene, as if I’m not expecting what I know will happen. (btw, if by any chance you’ve seen recaps or video reactions to this episode by spoiler-free first-time viewers, send them my way because I really really want to vicariously experience the shock from someone else’s first viewing)
What makes this death scene even worse, if that’s even possible, is the fact that Angelus doesn’t even act like a vampire, he’s just a psychotic murderer. He doesn’t try to bite her or feed from her or turn her. He just gets in vamp face to further scare her, not that it was necessary. He’s in it for the thrill of the hunt, the chase, and the kill. He doesn’t even look back after he snaps her neck. It’s all so vicious and depraved.
Willow: Oh, yeah. It went fine. Well, it went fine until Angel showed up and told Buffy’s mom that he and Buffy had… Well, you know, that they had… you know. You do know, right?
Giles: Oh, yes. Yes. Sorry.
Willow: Oh, good, ‘cause I just realized that being a ibrarian and all, you maybe didn’t know.
Oh, Willow, as if you hand’t fantasized about what this particular librarian would know about that.
19) And for once, Joyce did quite a decent job at parenting.
Buffy: I can’t tell you everything.
Joyce: How about anything? Buffy, you can shut me out of your life, I am pretty much used to that. But don’t expect me to ever stop caring about you, because it’s never gonna happen. I love you more than anything in the world.
It was about damn time, Joyce.
20) I may or may not have started crying right when I saw this.
The way Angelus set Giles up is so much worse that any kind of physical torture he could’ve possibly inflicted on him. Angelus rejoiced in inflicting and witnessing emotional torture and pain and that’s definitely one of the most horrifying things anyone can do. Angelus was the worst, you know?
21) Exhibit B.
22) Didn’t the cops search Giles’ house, though? Didn’t they notice the trunk full of deadly (medieval!) weapons? Didn’t they have any questions? Didn’t they consider for just a second that the boyfriend might be the killer?
23) OF COURSE Xander would pull the “I told you so” card at the worst possible time.
24) Giles beating up Angelus gives me life, just saying. Even if it was just for a few seconds.
25) Break my heart, why don’t you?
Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love, the clarity of hatred, and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we’d know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank… Without passion, we’d be truly dead.
I’m sorry. I’m sorry I couldn’t kill him for you… for her… when I had the chance. I wasn’t ready. But I think I finally am. I can’t hold on to the past anymore. Angel has gone.
Nothing’s ever gonna bring him back.
28) And the most unexpected plot twist in history: everything depends on the Scoobies finding a fucking floppy disk.
28) I think I need therapy after watching this episode. K, bye.