Haven’t seen anyone bring up the fact that in Symmetra’s early concept art she seemed to be white?
But hey yeah let’s ignore that and completely bash on canon Mercy’s character instead because this is tumblr, and tumblr can’t simply appreciate concept Mercy’s cool design but also needs to needlessly and aggressively tear canon Mercy’s apart.
I understand and get where people are coming from with having wanted concept Mercy as canon - but the outright hate I’m seeing being put on canon Mercy is ridiculous.
I like Symmetra how she is now. I’m so fucking glad we missed that horrific bullet (ha) that was Mecree’s earlier concept art. I like canon Mercy and her earlier scrub outfits. I also think concept Mercy’s art looks pretty fucking awesome and that he would have would have been a cool character to play. Why can’t we enjoy both without the need to tear into either one?
[so this is a new years gift for @turnandchasethewind bc i shes my best pal but also bc we are sluts for teen vogue & the new 21 under 21 issue is SO LIT so heres some ridiculous fun queer fluff for u:
lexa & clarke are both activists featured in 21 under 21. they might fall in love a little.]
a shelter from oblivion (we will be in history)
queers are intimately familiar with the costs of being queer—that, as much as anything, makes us queer. the question really is not whether feelings such as grief, regret, and despair have a place in transformative politics; nor is it how to cultivate hope in the face of despair. rather, the question that faces us is how to make a future enough that even the most reluctant among us might want to live there.
—heather love, feeling backward: loss and the politics of queer history
you know a lot about lexa woods: a queer, trans activist who argued legislature when she was 15, started a non profit for lgbtq+ youth and legal aid in brooklyn when she was 16, spoke at the women’s march in new york, is now 19 and a sophomore at harvard studying political science and queer theory. also, notably—because you admire her and also because, honestly, she’s hot as hell—has walked the past two fashion weeks in both paris and new york and is the new face of mac.
so, whatever. you know a lot.
you’d expected her to be intense, which she is, and professional, which she definitely is, letting like five people in front of her in line at craft services during your shoot and sitting down for her interview after literally shutting off her iphone, smiling gently, and leaning forward like those next twenty minutes were the most important of her life.
what you hadn’t expected, though, is how she’s funny, and kind of silly, even, and actually honest to god giggled at a stupid joke you made when you were talking to her after you finished your interview.
Bellarke Soulmates au where all your life, you see black & white, and then when you touch your soulmate, you see colors. Please and thanks!
To Bellamy, not having a soulmate sometimes feels like knowing the setup for a joke and never hearing the punchline.
Not, admittedly, that he knows he doesn’t have a soulmate. He’s only thirty, and plenty of people find their soulmates at that age or later. It’s just that it seems easier, at this point in his life, to assume that no one is coming along, that he’s going to be one of those people who never gets that.
In some ways, it’s not hard to fake it. He knows that leaves are supposed to be green, and the sky is supposed to be blue. The rug in his apartment is brown, which is the same color as dirt and tree bark and his eyes. Apples are red or sometimes green, and traffic light colors are always in the same order: red at the top, then yellow, then green.
But he’s getting to the age where a lot of people he knows have soulmates, where a world without color is becoming the exception, rather than the norm. He has to fake it now, because if strangers find out he can’t see colors, it changes things. People will feel sorry for him, and that’s even worse than not having a soulmate.
It’s not as if he isn’t happy, honestly. It’s not as if not having a soulmate is this great blight on his life. But he’ll be out with his coworkers, and someone will ask which color was most surprising, when they first saw it, or they’ll try to describe what fall leaves look like, and he just has to nod and smile and hope no one asks him too many specific questions.
His favorite color is blue, and if he never sees it, he still thinks it’s a pretty good favorite color. From what he’s heard.
It’s three weeks after his birthday when Miller finds his soulmate, a cute, geeky kid named Monty, and Bellamy tries not to be too bitter.
“Is it as awesome as everyone says?” he asks.
Miller takes a sip of beer. “Which part, love or color?”
RFA+Minor trio with an MC that has tattoos? Like more than one?
I think that tattoos are so cool and I’d love to get one myself eventually! But they look so painful so kudos to MC for being brave and getting multiply tattoos! Anyways, thank you for the request and I hope that you enjoy!! ^^
You decided one night to sleep at Yoosung’s apartment since the two of you were helping each other study for exams
Since you didn’t have and pajamas with you, Yoosung offered you a pair of his
He went to ask you a question from his biology textbook but he squeaked in surprise when you were just finishing putting the over-sized shirt on
Seeing you partially naked wasn’t what surprised Yoosung, it was the tattoos that covered your back and shoulders
You giggled at Yoosung’s realization and apologized for not telling you about your tattoos sooner
Since his parents always frowned upon him getting tattoos, Yoosung could only dream about having one of his own so he asked you all about yours
He whined about how jealous he was of all your amazing tattoos and you asked if he wanted to get a small one of his own
With your encouragement, Yoosung got a small tattoo of an LOLOL symbol on his back so that his parents wouldn’t see it and thanked you for giving him the support he needed
You and Zen were both excited to have the day off so you decided to go to the beach together
Zen runs into the room where you’re changing to grab something and lets out a surprise ‘oh’ when he sees you
It was the first time that he’s ever seen your tattoos, you had one of your hip and a few more that decorated your upper back
He waited until your were fully changed to ask if he could look at your tattoos, thinking that they look like pieces of art
It surprised you that Zen didn’t have any tattoos with the way he marveled at yours so you asked him if he wanted to get one of his own
Zen agrees quickly since he’s been on the fence about it for a while but with your support, he finally gets one
Even though he considered getting a tattoo of himself, Zen got one with rose petals surrounding the date that the two of you met on his upper chest area
Zen couldn’t have been happier with the result and was most excited about the meaning behind his tattoo
You and Jaehee were out at the mall buying new swimsuits for yourselves
Jaehee made you try yours on first but she was shocked when you opened the dressing room door
Not only did you look awesome in your swimsuit, Jaehee saw your tattoos for the first time
You had an ankle tattoo and some on your upper arms and you giggled as her eyes went wide with admiration
She couldn’t believe that she hadn’t noticed your tattoos sooner and told you how cool you looked with them
Jaehee has always been interested in getting some kind of meaningful tattoo but it was typically frowned upon in the C&R building
You told her that if she really wanted to get a tattoo she should and that you knew the best places on her body where she could cover it up easily
She decided to be adventurous and told you that she wanted a meaningful one to get with you
You had to tell Jaehee no to the BFF tattoo idea that she had originally suggested
Jaehee and you get small matching tattoos of each other’s favorite flowers, Jaehee was happy that you helped convince to do something that made her feel happy
Jumin had asked you to go to a fancy dinner party with some of his clients
He had bought you a dress that, when you put it on, revealed your tattoos
You cursed under your breath just as Jumin walked into the room, his eyes widened as he saw you upper back and upper arm tattoos
Jumin had the stereotypical idea that people with tattoos were either lazy or trying to be punk but all of those thoughts left him once he saw you with your tattoos
Instead of scolding you for not telling him sooner, Jumin started gently touching your tattoos as he asked questions like if it hurt getting them, how you decided on the designs, why you placed them where you did, and so on
He apologized for saying such harsh things about people with tattoos in the past and permanently dismissed the stereotype since he knew you were an amazing person
You curiously asked Jumin if he’d ever consider getting a tattoo and he nodded, wanting to show other snooty business people that those with tattoos should not be looked down upon
So Jumin got a small tattoo of a your initials with a small cat paw print next to it, you watched amazed as his face kept a calm manner when he was getting tattooed
Jumin crushed the bogus stereotype of tattooed people and felt proud to have something so meaningful on his skin
Seven had finally finished his work for the day so he thought that it was about time to mess with you
He saw you sleeping on the couch and smirked as he grabbed a cup of cold water and dumped it on you, exclaiming that you needed a shower
Before you could get your revenge, Seven’s saw through your wet shirt to see you had tattoos
You shrugged and picked up your shirt as you showed him your tattoos on your lower hip and upper arms
Seven was immediately in love with your tattoos and declared that he wanted one himself and started asking you about your tattoo experience
You flick his forehead and say that you’ll give him the most painful and embarrassing tattoo if he ever pulled a prank like that again
After much consideration, Seven has you go with him whenever he decides to get his own tattoo
He ended up getting a tattoo of a small galaxy scene on his upper arm and shoulder and now wears tank tops all of the time to show off to everyone
Seven wants to have more tattoos like you someday and even suggested you getting a tattoo of his name on your butt which earned him a night of sleep on the couch
You and V were sorting through his photos on a hot summer day
The air conditioning to his home was broken so you went to change into some spare, cooler clothing
V had to do a double take because one you were wearing nothing but one of his oversized tank tops and boy did you look good and two he saw your tattoos for the first time
He saw your ankle tattoo along with your upper arm and shoulder tattoo and was immediately in love
V said that tattoos were their own form of art and that he loved all of your tattoos and would always support you if you ever wanted more
He set up a special little photo shoot to showcase your tattoos and kept most of them because he loved how the tattoos look on you
You question V if he ever considered getting a tattoo and while he has, he’s never had the courage to get one
But with your support, you and V end up getting matching tattoos, small infinity symbols with each of your initials on your wrists
V firmly believes that you’re his soulmate and is pleased with how the tattoo turned out
Ever since escaping Mint Eye, Saeran had always been disgusted with his tattoo on shoulder
He hated it with a burning passion and that hatred spread to all people with tattoos
One day after Saeran was calming down with you from a panic attack and the two of you were cuddling, he noticed a strange mark peaking from the side of your hip
Saeran cautiously slightly lifted up your shirt to find that you had your own tattoo on your hip along with a larger one on your shoulders
You noticed the deep conflicting ideas in his eyes as he immediately apologized for saying rude things about those who have tattoos
Sitting up, you gently grabbed Saeran’s face and made him look into your eyes as you said that tattoos can have happy and meaningful purposes and not just horrid past memories
He never really understood what you meant by that until the day he proposed to you and asked you to be his wife
Instead of ordinary wedding rings, you and Saeran decided to get tattooed wedding rings to help enforce the idea to him that tattoos could bring happy memories
Every time Saeran looks at his ring finger, he smiles as for once in his life he was happy to have a tattoo
You and Vanderwood sighed simultaneously as you both walked through the front door soaking wet from the unexpected rain
The storm had ruined the perfect opportunity for the two of you to have a rare date since he was typically out on missions
As Vanderwood helped you take your wet jacket off, he noticed a strange dark mark on your shoulder
He thought that it may have been one of the many hickey marks he given you but this was too large even for him
You noticed Vanderwood’s pause and explained to him that you had tattoos on your upper back and lower leg
Vanderwood mentally face palmed himself for not seeing them sooner but then took a minute to admire them
He’s always found tattoos to be cool and he’s wanted one for himself except for he’s never had anything meaningful enough to put on his body
You casually ask him if he wants to go with you to your next appointment and he immediately agrees, knowing the perfect tattoo to get
Vanderwood walked out of the tattoo parlor with a cheetah print on his upper right chest, vowing one day to have as many tattoos as you
you steal the air out of my lungs (you make me feel it)
[supercorp; uni au: kara is a barista & lena is exhausted with her honors thesis & also with the cute girl at the coffee shop who doesn’t seem to understand flirting. at all.]
you steal the air out of my lungs (you make me feel it)
you’re 100% sure kara is in when you get to your favorite cafe at 7 am and there’s already carly rae jepson blasting, which, under normal circumstances would be even more exhausting than your life already is this early in the morning but then.
kara smiles this megawatt thing at you when you walk up to the counter, way too bright for this early, but you smile back anyway. it’s a nice cafe, open and airy and in an old loft, with a nice patio with urban garden planters and decent, onsite pastries; they even collaborate with a small bookstore, so the walls are lined with camille paglia and roxanne gay. this should be a clue to kara, you think, as should like most people in the cafe, but it’s an unofficial queer hangout, basically. which isn’t exactly why you frequent it—it’s close to your apartment and their hours are outrageous—but it doesn’t hurt, exactly. kara smiles at you like she’s the sunrise herself, in a big sweater, pushes her glasses up.
YES HI HELLO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T THINK THIS SINGLE IS LYRICALLY STRONG I’M HERE TO TELL YOU WHY YOU’RE WRONG!
Okay, here we go!
I don’t like your little games/Don’t like your tilted stage/ The role you made me play/Of the fool/No, I don’t like you
This song starts off so strong! Saying “little games” as opposed to just “games” points to the fact that not only are these people deliberately messing with her, but she’s calling them small for doing it. Power stance from the first fucking line.
Okay, so everyone seems to only want to talk about the fact that the tilted stage is a reference to Kanye but here’s the thing: the best art, guys, has LAYERS. And the best part about this lyric and undoubtedly Taylor’s primary reason for writing it is the METAPHOR!!
The tilted stage represents the stage they put Taylor on! The game, remember? It’s designed to make her slip and fall! It’s rigged! The best part about this is the universality, it’s not just Kimye, guys. The world is a tilted stage, designed to make us slip and fall and all we can do is our best to keep our balance. Watch your step, babes.
The role you made me play/Of the fool - this is a motif that she’s carried over from 1989, the idea that she’s playing a role but the best part is that she’s playing a role that the world has created for her and it’s an absurd caricature and it’s just really smart and biting and clever. And shows up again later in the song!
No, I don’t like you - It’s honestly so powerful how she says this because in the past she very much shied away from things like just outright stating that she doesn’t like someone. The power stance is reaffirmed her because it’s really bold and simple. She doesn’t like you and you can talk and talk and do whatever you want but it won’t matter because SHE DOESN’T LIKE YOU. Simplicity is painfully underrated.
Hi! I've read many of your posts and they're awesome! Think of this one! If the Dragon Riders were in a Modern AU what would be their hobbies? What kind of animals will their dragons be?
Thank you so much!
There have been lots of different interesting modern AUs whereby the dragons have become cats, dogs, or even horses. There’s some good appeal to each idea. Personally, I wouldn’t mind making the dragons based upon the creatures they were designed from; so, Toothless would be a cat, Stormfly a bird, Meatlug a dog, and… I guess Barf and Belch would be a snake and Hookfang a lizard or something.
Now for hobbies…
Hiccup is the inventive powerhouse of Berk. In a modern AU, Hiccup would likely be just as revolutionary - and the area where our greatest technological development is currently… is computers. I can easily imagine Hiccup as someone who constantly fiddles around with both computer hardware and software. He’s built his own machines. He knows how to program in multiple languages. I like to imagine modern!Hiccup as a techie who spends a lot of his hobby free time playing around with computers.
If we want, we could also suggest that Hiccup has other hobbies in other areas of invention and creating. Maybe Hiccup is decent at fixing cars, too, or at the very least knows the basics. Maybe he’s taken a woodworking class in high school. His high school physics projects were possibly a little over the top. If Hiccup enters any club at his high school, it’s the robotics club.
Another significant area of hobbies for Hiccup is going to be the arts. Hiccup is canonically a talented artist in the DreamWorks franchise. There’s no reason why Hiccup wouldn’t enjoy sketching and drawing in the modern world, too. His preferred art style is probably realism, with an emphasis of making the image more photorealistic as versus developing a recognizable artistic style. He’s probably drawn a lot on paper, but given as he loves the latest technology, does a bit with digital art, too.
I don’t think Hiccup would have gotten into sports. Stoick might have tried to put his kid into a few sports when he was younger, and maybe Hiccup tried some other sports on his own volition in the desperate attempt to appear “cool.” No success. Hiccup would not be an athlete growing up. The one potential area of exception is equestrian sports. Even if I do like Toothless as a cat best, there’s still something fun to be said about Hiccup having an ability to ride an animal extremely well in a modern AU. Hiccup could be quite talented riding horses, capable of competing in every event from jumping to dressage.
Astrid, unlike Hiccup, is an accomplished athlete. She tried soccer/football at a young age and was pretty good at it. She stuck with it for a number of years until she switched to rugby. On top of that, Astrid has trained as a gymnast since she was very young, and also tried her hand at several martial arts. Even for sports she has not officially competed in, she still manages to perform impressively. She steals the day for informal volley ball matches she has with friends, and everyone wants her on their team for ultimate frisbee. Heck, she’s probably wrestled some of her friends to the ground on random occasions, too.
Astrid spends so much time on her academics and competitive sports that she doesn’t have too many hobbies outside of these. She’s never had the time and attention to develop her cooking skills, though on the rare occasion she tries to make eggnog, everyone in the family runs frantically away.
Snotlout in the DreamWorks franchise seems to be accomplished with the needle. Maybe this translates to a modern world, too; Snotlout actually knows how to cross-stitch and work a sewing machine and knit scarves (which he always claims are made by his aunt, not him).
Snotlout also mentions working out in the first HTTYD movie. I bet Snotlout loves going to the gym to lift weights and tone his hot body several times a week. He’s probably not that talented at actual team sports (despite trying to sign up and show off on a few of the most popular sports), but he can make up for his embarrassing year of football by lifting impressively at the gym. Well, he thinks it’s impressive, anyway. And it’s not bad. Though… Astrid can outlift him.
DreamWorks’ biggest nerd will be a nerd in the modern world, too. To be honest, Fishlegs’ hobbies are really easy for me to imagine!
Fishlegs plays Magic: The Gathering and has even been to a few local tournaments. He knows all the ins-and-outs of the game, the most expensive cards, the best tactics, you name it. You get him started talking about MTG… and he won’t shut up for another few hours. He’s also a huge video game lover and can be seen on the PC or console several hours a day. Especially, he’s obsessed with League of Legends.
Fishlegs enjoys watching nerd culture movies and knows a decent amount of comic book material. He’ll watch superhero movies and get into debates about which hero would beat who in what sort of competition. You’ll find him at the occasional local comic or sci-fi convention. Star Wars, Star Trek, Firefly, Teen Titans… he’s enjoyed them all.
In high school, Fishlegs enjoyed a few academic competitions, especially in the sciences. I am sure he’s participated in both Science Bowl and Science Olympiad. He’s probably gotten a few medals from Science Olympiad at both the regionals and state level… maybe even making it to the national competition.
It’s also fairly easy for me to see Fishlegs as a band geek and/or orch dork.
Tuffnut also seems to know a bit about needlework given comments in RTTE. He also seems to like interior decorating and other such things. Perhaps in the modern world Tuffnut has a good eye for fabric and tailorsmanship, too. I’m going to suggest this not so much because it’s in his character but because it’s amusing to consider: but Tuffnut making cosplay. That could be entertaining. Or maybe it’s just unusually elaborate Halloween costumes? It’s a holiday he and Ruffnut get a little too engrossed in.
I don’t imagine Tuffnut being involved in too many activities, especially not formal clubs or extracurriculars. However, there’s one exception: theatre. Tuffnut adores theatre, and I’m sure he’s auditioned for a few roles at his local high school. Even when it’s just English class and the teacher assigns the students into groups to act out a Shakespeare scene, Tuffnut gets… overdramatic and involved.
It’s not exactly a “hobby” but I’m sure that Ruffnut and Tuffnut spent many hours together enacting pranks at school.
If Tuffnut got involved in a sport, it’d be figure skating. He’d go for the figure skating; Ruffnut would go for the hockey.
Like Astrid, I could also imagine Ruffnut as a rugby player. Ruffnut is fierce, downright fierce, at the sport. There’s no fear. There are times that Ruffnut gets irritated and jealous that her teammate Astrid receives a lot of the credit - Astrid is a bit more popular than Ruffnut - but Ruff’s coach is fully aware of how bold and dedicated a player the Thorston twin is.
When Ruffnut enters college, she finds herself participating in some extreme experiences. She’s gone bungee jumping and skydiving multiple times and has greatly enjoyed both experiences.
I remember the first time I saw her drawing she had her hair
pulled up with a black hair tie, letting me take in all the angles and curves
that made her pretty face. I also remember that being the only time I had seen
her with her hair completely away from her face, every day after that her hair
was neatly placed over one shoulder. Maybe it was because it was hot that day,
or maybe because those locks had gotten in the way of her drawing in that
Either way, as I sat across the café, the only thing I could
focus on was her.
She was like clockwork. Every other day, at seven in the
evening, she sat at the same table, ordered the same cup of coffee, and drew in
the same dull green sketch book whose number of pages slowly decreased as the
days went on.
She has something of a routine when she drew. She would draw
for a good fifteen minutes, lip caught between her teeth, sit back and examine
her work, make a face at it, and continue to add to her art. I wondered if she
had designed any of the art decorating her left arm. The black ink started at
her wrist and disappeared under the pulled-up sleeve of her black long sleeve.
There were many people who frequented the café who knew of
her, people outside of the café too. The artist who would sit down, sip on her
coffee and ensue to draw the customers.
Every day it would change, I’ve witness her drawing a
student studying, a mother and daughter having a chat over a cup of tea, a
business man having a conversation on his phone, even a couple snuggled up on
the couch sharing a hot chocolate. A different art piece every day. And when
she was done, coffee long gone and fingers and wrists dusted in lead, she would
walk over to her subject of that day, hand them the drawing and thank them with
a small smile then proceed to leave the café.
The reactions would all differ
slightly, but ultimately were the same: amazement. Her drawings were beautiful
and captured moments and emotions better than any photo could.
“Yeah, she sits at
this café and just draws people. It’s pretty awesome! Taehyung actually has a
drawing of him that she made this one time he was there. She even caught his
rectangular smile perfectly.” Namjoon explained spreading his own lips in a
mock Taehyung style way making the actual rectangular smiled boy push him
I learned from Namjoon that she was an art major just like
the rest of us. Apparently, she also had a class with Jeongguk.
“She’s really quiet and keeps to herself a lot.” Jeongguk
put in as he kicked a stray rock on the pavement. “Now that I think about it,
she doesn’t really talk to anyone.”
“I think Yoongi had told me something about her being a
regular at his tattoo parlor. She has this really cool left sleeve that she
adds on to every now and then.” Taehyung put in.
“Oh yeah! I’ve caught glances at her tattoos. I think one of
my favorites that I’ve seen on her is this phoenix looking bird.” Jeongguk
added as he motioned to his forearm where Y/N probably adorned the ink.
“So why were you asking, Jimin?”
“Oh, it’s just, I think I ran
into her the other day.”
“Can I have four iced americanos, two iced vanilla lattes,
and one mocha frappe, all large sizes, please?”
“That’s a pretty big order.” I laughed along with the
cashier as I handed over my card.
“Yeah, it’s my turn to do the coffee run.” I explained as I
took back my card. I walked away from the counter and sat down patiently to
hear my name. It wasn’t long before I was given the two large cup holders with
all our drinks carefully placed inside. I walked out of the café, pushing open
the door with my shoulder and treaded over to my car.
I hadn’t realized I was in a dilemma until I stood in front
of my car, both hands preoccupied, and unable to open the car door, let alone
grab my keys inside my jeans pocket. I didn’t want to place the drinks on the
floor or on the car hood in fear of spilling them so I decided the best thing
to do was go back inside and take the holders out one by one.
As I began to turn around and head back inside I heard
someone quietly speak beside me.
“Need some help?” I turned around to face the owner of the
voice. I blinked at the girl for a few seconds, not realizing fast enough what
it was she had meant. She gestured towards the drinks in my hand and softly
offered to hold one of the cardboard cup holders.
“Oh, um, please?” I say and slowly hand over the one with
three drinks. Not wanting to waste any time, I quickly get a hold of my car
keys and open the door, placing the drinks I had in my hand on the passenger
seat. I turned around and took the other drinks from her hands, silently
observing that she adorned tattoos on her left arm. “Thanks for your help.” I
rapidly say once I had placed those drinks safely inside too.
“It’s no problem.” She said with a smile and walked away immediately
after. I watched as she walked over to the entrance of the café and disappeared
I remember thinking that she had
seemed so nice. I also remember promising to maybe come back some day in hope
that she might be there and I could run into her again. Maybe get her name next
By some luck, the week after, I saw her again. Unfortunately,
I hadn’t caught her name because she was already walking out. I managed to make
eye contact with her as she walked past me to her own car. I cautiously waved
at her from my position, hoping that maybe she recognized me. Her gaze lingered
for a second, making me believe that maybe she didn’t remember me. I had
started to feel like an idiot before she lifted her own hand to return my
hello. That wave alone had made my whole day.
I learned later from one of the baristas that she was a
regular. A very special regular.
My encounters with her after that were scarce and small, but
never short of amazing.
Things ranging between gentle
hellos and quick “how was your day”s as we waited for our coffees to be
prepared. I had begun to use the café as a study spot, in hope that I would
build up the courage to talk to her. Unfortunately, I couldn’t even bring
myself to give her my name. And what was worse was that as time went on, I developed
more and more of a crush on her, making it harder and harder to confront her.
“So, what you’re trying to tell me is that I have to divide
this number into this number and that would give me my answer?”
“Yes, Jeongguk, for the hundredth time, yes!”
“And that’s the tangent?”
“But what abo–”
“I give up.” I exclaim as I slump over and bury my face into
Jeongguk’s math book.
“You suck at tutoring.” Jeongguk accuses as he sips from his
coffee, making slurping sounds as he finishes the iced beverage. “Namjoon is
way better at this than you are.”
“Well why didn’t you ask him?!” I question, glaring at the
younger boy, chin still placed on the glossy pages of his textbook.
“He said something about having to finish composing some
song for a class.” He said as he opened his cup and began munching on some of
the left-over ice.
“So you asked me to waste my precious time on helping you
with a subject I’m only marginally better at than you?” Jeongguk scoffs at my
words and leans in closer to me.
“Precious time? All you do is stalk Y/N.” At the mention of
her name, I sit up quickly and glance behind the brunette’s shoulder at the
tattooed girl sitting a few tables away. “You even fought me for that seat so
you could look at her this whole time.”
I could feel my cheeks burn pink at his words. “I do not
stalk her!” I angrily whisper. “I want to talk to her, I just don’t know how to
do it.” My eyes turn back to her and I observe as she lets her pencil glide
along the paper, quietly wondering who she was drawing today. Maybe it was the long-haired
girl with glasses reading over on one of the couches, she looked like drawing
material if you ask me.
“Whatever you say.” I was about to reprimand him for his
words but he cut me off before I could. “I’m going to the bathroom. Could you
order us some more coffee? I’d like some more caffeine before we start round
two of this study session.” And before I could even say no, he was gone.
Huffing in defeat, I stand up and walk over to the counter
to order our drinks.
“You owe me.” I say as soon as I come back, placing the two
cups down. But Jeongguk wasn’t listening, instead he was beaming down at a
sheet of paper in his hand. Curious, I asked him what he was looking at.
“What?” And just as he had said, she wasn’t sat down at her
usual table. Immediately, I felt a little sad that I didn’t see her leave. “Oh,
“And she left this.” I felt my heart skip a beat, realizing
exactly what he meant.
“She drew you?!” I snatched the paper out of his hand
instantly. Jeongguk chuckled and shook his head.
“Not me.” Looking down at the sheet of paper, I was in awe.
“She drew you.”
The lines, the shading, all of it came together to create
me. The me that was sitting down, pencil in hand and smiling softly at what I
had been writing in that moment she had chosen to capture. Maybe it had been
something Jeongguk had said, or maybe something I had been thinking about that
had made me smile like that, because it sure wasn’t the math problems. I don’t
think I have ever looked better than I do drawn by her hands. Is this what she
sees when she looks at me?
As I continue to admire her art, I realize that along the
bottom right hand corner, in pretty cursive writing, were the words,
“Jimin, I am sorry I didn’t thank you in person. I much
rather do it outside of the café, maybe over dinner if you’d like.”
And underneath her short note was a ten-digit number and her
Paint (Pt.2) (Reader x Delsin Rowe) Word Count: 6000 something A/N: This work is totally unfinished. But here is part 2 if anyone is even reading it haha. There’s some AU in this. If you’ve played the game you’ll know what it is when you see it.
The both of you hadn’t even realised that the dinner had taken up a couple hours of your time. It passed by so fast. It seemed like Delsin and yourself had a lot to talk about and it never felt awkward if you both fell into silence. The city was cold in the evening, though the cool breeze was welcome after the warmth of the pizza place.
Remember Madame Alexander’s Spacepops? Alas, they flopped harder than a pancake hitting the floor. Just proof that no matter how cool your designs are in principle, if you don’t follow through with the quality of the finished product you’re doomed.
I fell asleep yesterday before I could make the post…
Dealer’s Room opened late, but I stood in line for quite a while before then, so as soon as it opened, I was into the room and searching out YOI stuff (plus a couple of things to give as presents). My haul (for the first half of the day):
The can badge sets were actually on sale for $10 each, which was amazing. The embroidery of Yurio’s eyes is so pretty. The small poster (wall scroll, I guess) I got was of Yuuri and Victor in Moscow’s Red Square.
I was looking through the kimono stand (I’m always looking for pieces to finish my set) and the people helping are AWESOME. Not only is the booth/stand filled with gorgeous pieces and simple pieces at all price points to fit a budget, the ladies are very helpful to both the people who have no clue what any of the names are for pieces, and to those who have worn a full ensemble and need specific little things. They shared the story of how they got this business running (3 years of research, planning, and connecting with Japanese salesmen), and were always ready to turn around and answer another question - even though they were running on little sleep. While they had super nice kimono on the racks (the furisode were so gorgeous I wanted to cry), the booth also had grab bags which ranged from $20 to $50. The $20 bags were usually haori (the coat that goes over kimono), $30 were simple kimono with obi, $40-50 are nicer kimono with obi. Some of the descriptions on the grab bags were hilarious! ( “It looks like a basket. Seriously. If you don’t like baskets, don’t get this.” “What a jedi warrior would wear if he wore kimono” “Green and black and […] perfect for a SLYTHERIN~” “It’s Blue. ‘Nuf said.”) I should have taken pictures….
I dashed from there to wait in line for the Japanese Guests Autograph Session, but the line was ridiculously long! I was in Block C of the waiting section and not even half of Block B got signatures. If you were there for people besides the YOI trio, they would let you go to those people you wanted to sign your stuff. Apparently some people in the A block of the line were waiting since 10am even though the staff said you couldn’t line up until an hour beforehand. For the remaining days of the con, they’re apparently going to be roping off the area until the hour before, so I guess we’ll see how Day 2 goes?
I went back to the kimono booth to actually buy stuff (they had set my stuff aside), grabbed a snack, and then went to wait with friends for the first YOI panel – “Yuri!!! On Ice: Meet the Creative Staff”
While waiting in line I met Denki and won a poster for answering her hard question! (Thanks, @sachiro for pointing her out and encouraging me to go ask.)
Since I saw your Thoughts on all 4 turtles from the 1987, 2003, and 2012 shows what are you thoughts on Splinter, April, Casey and Shredder now?
Aight lets do it
1987: This splinter was very wise and had a great voice that fit him. He did seem like an actual martial arts sensei you could have. He just didn’t do much, sure he got into fights every now and then but it was nothing too spectacular. 2003: This splinter had a much deeper story and even had a few arcs of his own which were very entertaining. My problem with him was his voice though. It seemed like he was trying too hard to sound like an Old Martial arts master. 2012: This splinter is just incredible. You can tell he was a badass Martial Arts master and now that he is a rat he incorporates that into his fighting. His voice is awesome and his fight scenes HOLY DAMMIT CHRISTMAS! You see why he is the master
Winner: No surprise here the 2012 splinter by a landslide
1987: I’m just going to be blunt, I had the biggest crush on this April as a kid. She was just too frickin sexy in that yellow jumpsuit and those Tig Ol bitties….mmmmm so nice. Though she was kind of a shallow character 2003: The pale one lol I thought she was pretty cool. I liked the fact that she was also a scientist and could match Don in techno babble and intelligence. I also like how she learned martial arts from Splinter to protect herself and became not only intelligent but a warrior…..that pale skin though 2012: The Booty teen haha, unlike the others this one is actually a teenager…..and part mutant…wow. She’s got a likable personality and can defend herself since she’s learning from Splinter. She can come off as whiny sometimes but she always gets the job done…..though she does have some annoying ‘Teenage’ tendencies. also she’s got powers
Winner: 200——-I really should give it to her, but I’m shallow and 1987 April is a hottie so that’s my personal favorite haha
1987: This one is a Massive Psychopath with a fetish for Breaking things and never once takes off his mask. He’s literally insane haha
2003: This one is much more tame, still has an anger issue but he’s in his right since the Purple Dragons burned down his shop. Unknowingly to him he was trained by the turtles when he was a kid getting bullied and he grew up to be a buff badass vigilante. He has an Arc and a story and he’s a likeable dude
2012: This ones a Teenager like April so he acts like it at times. The only thing I do not buy about this Casey is he’s this scrawny Hockey playing kid missing teeth and he’s fighting on par with Cyber Ninjas and Alien Robots and Buff Street thugs. Not saying he couldn’t learn but its just a shocker to me seeing him fight and beat all these foes who should outclass him haha
Winner: 2003 Casey cause he reminded me a lot of the 1st live action movie Casey haha
1987: This shredder was only intimidating in the first 5 episodes of the show then he became a joke. And just a typical whiner of an 80s villain. It’s kind of pathetic really. Don’t get me wrong I loved James Avery’s voice but the character was too much of a wimp to be taking seriously.
2003: THE FIRST VERSION, which I guess is the Utrom one…Not the Demon one or Karai. I’ll say this. THIS SHREDDER HAD THE BEST GODDAMN DESIGN OUT OF ANY SHREDDER’s in History for his first few appearances
before we found out he was an alien. To me that took away some of the badassness of this shredder cause its kind of like. Oh I’m really good at video games so Im kicking your ass instead of training. That bugged me but the design was incredible.
2012: This version of Shredder IS A BEAST just a straight up BEAST! He took what I loved about the 2003 shredder and keeps it grounded. He is a lethal martial artist who was like a brother to splinter but then turned to the dark side. He even stole his daughter, that’s just cold.
GODDAMN he will fight every single Muhfugga and kick their asses by himself if he has to, SO FRICKIN BADASS! His suit looks meh to me though
Winner: 2012 Shredder with 2003’s armor now that would be incredible.
Congrats on your writing anniversary! You're a rockstar. Do you think you could probably do “I make coffee cup art and I drew you yesterday I’m sorry did I make this weird you’re just really cute okay?” AU for bellarke? With just like.... loads and loads of fluff? Smother me fluff. I am ready for it. <3 <3 <3
<33 Thanks for the prompt! I hope you feel sufficiently buried in fluff, because I SURE TRIED.
Bellamy is not really that into the whole hipster coffee shop thing.
He’d be fine with staying home to make his own coffee, except there are too many distractions in his apartment for him to do the things he needs to do– clutter that demands to be tidied, a TV that demands to be watched, a cat that demands to be given attention. And it’s the cat that’s hardest to say no to, because most of the time she prefers to pretend she wants nothing to do with him.
And he’d be fine with Starbucks, or Costa, or any other big-name chain, except they’re so expensive. The Drip Shop may be far too hipster for his tastes, but it’s right around the corner from his place and he can afford to go there as much as he needs to get his grading done without breaking the bank.
So he can put up with the minimalist decor and the baristas with wooden bowties and edgy haircuts. He can live with that, can be amused instead of annoyed by it, like Ron Swanson at Grain ‘n Simple– enjoying the flannel-clad patrons in their natural habitat.
There is one thing, however, he enjoys unironically: the art.
The stuff on the walls rotates to showcase local talent, which is cool, he guesses. But the chalkboards are done by one of the baristas (his favorite, according to Octavia, though he pretends that isn’t true), and they’re always awesome– clever puns, cool designs that make him wonder how he’s even the same species when he can barely draw a stick figure.
They were actually what drew him in to check the place out that first time. She’d drawn on one of those sidewalk signs a map of their neighborhood, with a banner that said ‘coffee’ over The Drip Shop. The awesome part was that she’d filled the rest of the map with legitimately cool drawings of different dragons, another banner reading, ‘here be dragons (best not to take your chances)’.
He’d laughed and headed inside, and once he saw the prices, there was no going back.
Guests: Janet Varney (Korra), Zelda Williams (Kuvira)
In general, when Bryke and the guests are introducing themselves, they say what they do or who they play. Zelda, on the other hand, introduced herself by saying, “and I play evil ladies!” XD
Kuvira was only Zelda’s second voice acting audition. Apparently, she had an ex-boyfriend who left a microphone at her house, and she decided to keep it and use it for auditions.
Zelda thinks the concept art for Kuvira looks like her, and says that her mom has a beauty mark just like Kuvira’s.
Bryan said that Kuvira’s beauty mark was designed as a way of getting people to notice her. Zelda joked that a unibrow would have been really noticeable, too; Bryan called Kuvira’s eyebrows, “Mako-esque” (which is probably why I’ve thought some fem!Makos were Kuvira on first glance).
Bryan researched art deco jewelry for the Zaofu characters. Apparently, art deco pulled influence from the Egyptians.
Zelda thinks that Zaofu and its domes remind her of this egg thing from Power Rangers. (XD) Bryke said it was really based on an RL temple instead (the Lotus Temple, though they didn’t actually remember the name).
Janet fantasizes about runway shows using the characters’ outfits. Zelda loves the airbender wingsuit, and talked to Alyson Stoner (Opal) about it being awesome. (In general, it seems like the girls working on the show like each other and each others’ characters a lot, which is nice to see. =) )
Zelda says that, “as a girl who was bald for 6 years,” she always notes characters’ hairstyles. Bryan said that hair was important because the characters’ silhouettes needed to be distinct. That became a problem in Book 4 due to Korra and Opal’s similar hairstyles, which were actually different on the model sheet but ended up looking the same in execution.
Opal’s hair was based on a “fresh-faced German actress” named Dolly Haas.
The first time Janet and Zelda had a simultaneous record, they were separated by a wall.
Zelda’s initial read for Kuvira was “super aggro,” but it was decided that, since there were good parts to Kuvira, they “didn’t want to go full crazy” with her. Zelda said it was tough to yell and be controlled at the same time.
Janet said that there was a lot of on-the-job training required on LoK. Zelda said that she got thrown into “Bolin boot camp” because she had trouble saying his name – names were one of those things that were important to make sure the VAs were saying right.
Zelda referred to Kuvira in first person much if not most of the time (which kind of messed up my notes XD; ). As such, she called herself a mean person without giving any context beforehand, heh.
Mike always knew that Korra wasn’t going to end up facing Kuvira until mid-season. The idea was that there would be a lot of buildup seeing Kuvira running amok, but the result would end up disappointing because Korra wasn’t ready.
Zelda compared the metal sarcophagi that Su and the twins were kept in with steam room sweat boxes. (I didn’t write this down, but they also got compared to iron maidens.)
Zelda loves her art deco train. =) That launched off a discussion of the development of said train (most of which will probably end up in the art book, so I didn’t take notes), ending in Zelda and Janet agreeing that they’d both just content themselves to have good voices and never use their hands.
Zelda found John Michael Higgins and Dee Bradley Baker to be awe-inspiring, and sees what they do as an art form, like conducting an orchestra. Janet says that, if she were a kid, she’d like to open up Dee Bradley Baker to see how he works. XD
Varrick’s “Head voices are liars” line was improv (they basically just had John Michael Higgins riff for a while until he came up with something good). It ended up making Zelda laugh uncontrollably, which is something I’d really like to see (…and see someone edit into Kuvira laughing uncontrollably, too XD ).
Mike liked getting to make Varrick into a real person who’s aware that his actions have consequences.
Bryan likes Kuvira with her hair down.
Kuvira appearing as Dark Avatar Korra was meant to show that Korra and Kuvira were similar.
When Kuvira made those terrifying sickle things from her armor, Zelda joked about her picking grapes. (Bryke didn’t say one way or the other about whether Kuvira was actually intending to kill Korra, for the record.)
Meelo’s portrait was kind of meant to be like Napoleon.
Jinora’s top bun originally came from Ryu’s design.
Zelda joked that, “I made everyone in my army have hipster haircuts.” Bryan said it was actually his hairstyle.
Bryan designed a whole bunch of female officers for Kuvira’s army, but the designs ended up going unused in crowd shots and such. Kuvira wasn’t actually intended to have an army of men. (I imagine we’ll see these ladies in the art book.)
Kuvira can bend any metal except platinum.
Joaquim Dos Santos designed the mechsuits.
They noted that Kuvira actually covered over the Toph statue with her banners (not cool!).
Zelda actually referred to Baatar Jr. as “my fiance,” which threw me for a second. Bryan called him her fiance, too. XD
Bryan thinks the over-the-shoulder shot of Kuvira shortly before the end of the episode is her scariest.
bellarke + “I work at the photo center and you have the best christmas cards ever. it was an honour to print out 50 cards of you dressed as a gladiator, slaying a christmas tree” AU
Clarke was honestly sort of surprised she could still get a job at a print shop, which she guesses is a function of being both rich and artistic in her own right. She’s had a printer capable of doing whatever she wants to do for basically as long as she can remember, plus photoshop and a decent amount of skill, so she thinks of graphic design as something basically anyone can do, if they want, but within a week of working for Lincoln, she finds this is just not true at all. Which is nice, honestly. Her job involves helping little old ladies put together cards to send their grandchildren, advising high-school and college students on how to put together presentation posters, and judging people who do this stuff without getting her advice. It’s perfect. She likes it.
The first time Bellamy comes in, it’s late September, and he needs help with signs.
“Uh, hi, do you do consultations, or do I just have to use the shitty files I have?”
The question would make her smile even if he wasn’t really, really hot and vaguely flustered. Based on the messy hair and crooked glasses she sort of figures he’s overslept and is panicking, but later encounters will teach her that’s just who he is as a person.
“I can do a consultation,” she says. “What are you trying to do?”
“I’m a high-school teacher,” he says. “I’ve got an event this weekend and I’ve been so busy I’m just getting to the signage. Right now it’s just, like–72-point Times New Roman, and my students are definitely going to make fun of me for not being more creative.”
“So, what I’m getting is that you’re not creative, but you want your students to think you are, so you want me to help you lie to them.”
“It’s not lying,” he says, but he sounds amused. “Just deception.”
“Oh, yeah, that’s cool then. Do you have a flash drive? I love deceiving teenagers.”
That gets a laugh out of him, quick and surprised. He’s stupidly cute. “I do have a flash drive, yeah. But, seriously, I’m pretty sure we don’t actually have to work from it. My designs are bringing absolutely nothing to the table.”
“Well, they have the text,” she teases. “That’s an important first step.”