COUNTDOWN: 4 days until Gladiator’s Fourth Anniversary
For today’s ship, we have one of the most uncommon of all my ships (and that’s saying something). The first thing we see of Mai in the story is that she’s pregnant, but Zuko is still at sea. So the natural question most people wondered was: who’s the father?
From what FF.net says, there are a grand total of zero fics centered around this pairing and I’m not going to lie, it’s no surprise. Still, if there’s one thing that the showrunners tried to express through Avatar is that people can change: so who’s to say a beach bum like Ruon Jian couldn’t grow up, and become a man who could cherish Mai for who she is?
At first, Ruon Jian was a back-up. I was waiting for Mai’s Free Comic Book to come out before deciding if Mai’s new flame would be her husband or if Ruon Jian would be it instead. That’s the true reason why there was a brief suspense regarding who was the father of the baby Mai was expecting. Since Kei Lo wasn’t exactly impressive in his first comic, and since it was a bit weird to add an anti-Zuko conspirator into a story where no one would be conspiring against Zuko well, aside from his own father, that is, I decided Kei Lo wouldn’t do. And Ruon Jian became Mai’s husband instead.
I really enjoyed writing the sequence where Mai tells Azula all about her story with Ruon Jian. It’s a slow burn romance too, though we’re seeing the outcome of it already. There was tension, there was drama, Mai was stuck choosing between waiting for Zuko or trying her luck with a new suitor who cared deeply about her… in the end, she chose Ruon Jian, who had changed in many ways just for her. He makes her happy, which is not an emotion generally associatied with someone like Mai. Ruon Jian respects her space, is always ready to help when she may need it, and he cherishes every moment they have together. He does feel a little threatened by Zuko once in a while, since… well, let’s be real, if your girlfriend’s ex is a prince it’s not that unreasonable to feel insecure once in a while xD nevertheless, Mai is sure she made the right choice and took the right chances with Ruon Jian. They have their little boy, Yuudai, and who’s to say they won’t have another kiddo on the way eventually…?
This scene is Ruon Jian taking off to work early in the morning and saying a brief goodbye to Mai. They spend most the day apart, something that definitely disappoints Ruon Jian a lot, but this way they cherish their moments together so much more. It’s a very good marriage all around.
Completely disregarding whether Sherlock meant it when he said “I love you” to Molly, that scene was actually so important and powerful for Molly Hooper. She finally got to say the words that have been on the tip of her tongue for years, and she got to say them (somewhat) on her own terms.
On Rumplestiltskin drawing Excalibur from the Stone
Emma has said, more than once, that Rumplestiltskin was the only one who could draw Excalibur. A lot of fans have rejected that - they think it’s just Emma trying to protect the “real” heroes that she cares about, and that she doesn’t care what happens to Rumplestiltskin. However, if you actually listen to what Emma says, I think she’s telling us a lot.
I think Emma is right, and that she’s not trying to protect Hook (or anyone else) at all. Rumplestiltskin is the first Dark One to ever survive the darkness - and he loved so much that he was able to push the darkness aside and sacrifice himself to save his son and the woman he loved. Dark Ones are basically selfish, and yet we saw there that, at his core, Rumplestiltskin wasn’t. Then, in the AU, we saw what he really wanted to be (never mind that Isaac corrupted it). He wanted to be a good man, and do the right thing. He wanted to help people.
I think the reason she needs Rumplestiltskin is because he’s a man who has been scarred and tainted by darkness, but now has a road back. He’s neither light nor dark now, but he has been both. Like Excalibur, he has a dual purpose. He can bring darkness or light, and it’s his choice. I think that’s why she needs him.
Back in 4B, Emma says there are neither heroes nor villains, just people and the choices they make. I think that’s what she’s doing here - she’s trying to manipulate his choices the way Rumplestiltskin once manipulated hers, to give someone the opportunity to choose right instead of darkness. I think that’s what Excalibur wants. The last person to pull Excalibur did it because he was a “worthy king” for Camelot. But that has no bearing on why the sword is back in the stone or what the sword wants now.
Even more interestingly, I think this says that Emma’s end angle is that she wants to defeat the darkness, not snuff out the light. But like any other Dark One, she’s going to feed the darkness what it wants to hear, hoping she can win in the end and accomplish her goals - or manipulate someone else, someone who knows exactly what the darkness is like, to do it for her. I think she needs Rumplestiltskin because A) he can draw the sword and then B) he can figure out what she’s doing and stop her. But in order for part B to work, she needs him to believe in himself enough that he will actually fight. Hence, the manipulation.
Disclaimer (before an angry Rumbeller gets me): I don’t think that any of this means she’s right to endanger Belle. She isn’t. But inside Emma’s head, inside Dark One-trying-to-do-something-right logic, it’s the best way to get the job done. People are tools, and she’s polishing up the best ones she’s got.
Honestly as long as you aren’t calling me a n**** I could actually give less of a shit about what you do, like if you wanna get dreads I don’t give a shit?? People are so quick to be like, “BUT SHE HAS DREADS AND HE DOES TOO WOW I FUCKING HATE THEM” but that’s so not right…people’s obsession with calling out “problematic behavior” is gross. Let the people live their lives.
The 100 Cast & Crew: Eww Bellarke why would you mention that. I don’t want to talk about it. Such a good leadership though. Definitely no romantic feelings there. Except maybe there are??? Maybe he likes her?? Maybe she likes him?? Maybe t.hey like eachother???? Actually no scratch that they hate eachother. Jk they love eachother. But don’t expect anything romantic. Except… You never know;)??? Or do you.
I wrote a fluffy thing…minor spoilers and spec for the rest of the season of Arrow mentioned…but mostly sickly sweet fluff without an actual plot. Title from Eavesdrop by the Civil Wars
*runs away to hide*
Let The Wind Eavesdrop (I Don’t Care)
Felicity revels in silence. Sure, she loves hearing the hum of her computers as she taps out code on her keyboard. She loves the clang of the salmon ladder as Oliver works his way up. And she loves the “thwick!” of arrows. But silence. Silence holds so many virtues.
Felicity’s mind is almost constantly on overdrive. To tell the truth, it’s loud in her head about 98% of the time. Even in sleep, her mind races. (“Comes with the genius territory,” her mother had said when she found 14 year-old Felicity building computers and writing code at 3 a.m. after shooting out of bed with an idea that came to her in a dream.) The only way she ever finds the elusive 2% is if she sits in utter quiet. And after the last few weeks with Oliver’s turn to the dark side, his return to Starling, and dealing with Ra’s and The League…well, silence had been hard to come by.
So I really really wanted something other than just stand-there-and-smile, but 1. They kept saying “no hugs, no kisses”, 2. They kept rushing us, and 3. I was really nervous.. :)
On the plus side, the awesome people of SLCC actually let me stay with my friend while she was getting his autograph (which was really rushed as well) so j got to stand there and stare at him a little more.. :)
Y’all had the nerve to have like 4-5 bland ass acts, and PITBULL(FUCKING PITBULL), close the show yet y’all had Miguel, Bruno Mars AND Mark Ronson, (I hate to say it but) Ariana Grande, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Jidenna AND FUCKING JANELLE MONAE were there, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, Elle King, and y’all had(I don’t care if she got there late) BEYONCE as possible candidates to perform but you had half them as presenters for some wack shit. Yet, y’all fucking let Pitbull, Taylor Swift, The Hollywood Vampires(I will literally punch Johnny Depp’s old ass in the eye for this), Little Big Town, and Justin Bieber with Skrillex and Diplo with that wack ass version of Where Are U Now perform, not to mention y’all were having SEVERE audio problems y’all HONESTLY WANTED to flop this year not to mention all them snubs I am just disgusted because literally
I really do try to avoid talking about her when possible, but I’m actually angry about this. You don’t get to beg for attention in your actions, running to get in the pap shot, etc. and then turn around and say “if you care about me you’ll delete this” or “I’m getting so much hate for this.” It’s manipulative and irresponsible, and it affects the young naive following she has.
Send ‘kiss’ + “someones url” and I’ll kiss whoever they are.
((-Casually screaming and ranting heard from Viper- ))
She was only half listening to what the other was saying, not really caring but not feeling like she could be bothered enough to actually interrupt him from talking either, most likely because it would warrant a hissy fit from the man. So instead she just looked at her phone while glancing up at random moments, like she was actually paying attention.
The random game of dares she had going on for the last month with Shadow over the phone being a much more interesting subject of her attention right now. Since he was away in another city, this was how they kept in contact.
They would take turns to send the other silly or stupid dares and then when one of them had done it, they had to report it to the one who gave the dare, and then it was the person who had made the dares turn to send one.
It was Shadow’s time to send her a dare, though she was not worried because the latest few dares had all been silly small ones.
As soon as she got the text though, she grew both worried and annoyed, exclaiming a loud ‘WHAT?!’ and earning weird look from the other.
[Text]Alright, here is yours then. Kiss the person closest to you right now.
Now a perfect stranger, like Shadow most likely would have thought it would be, would have been no problem at all. However the closest person to her right now, was D’Ablo.
Now Viper was not a nervous person. She had trained to be able to always keep her emotions and nerves under a tight lock. It was best that way when you have a job like hers. But the second she had read that text and looked up at D’Ablo, her heart rate started picking up and she could feel her nerves acting up.
So before D’Ablo could notice(Or at least react to that if he noticed.) She desided to just go for it, moving as fast as she could, grabbing him by the front of his shirt, hey the man is freaking tall next to her, and pulling him down to press her lips against his, not in any way a gentle kiss either, for just a few seconds before pulling away and jumping back.
“It was a dare from Shadow and I can prove that much. I never back out of a dare. My honor depends on it. Now I have to think of something horrible to send back to him to get pay back….”
Now that she thinks about it, just telling him who she had to kiss might be enough to cause him pain.