shoot them before they shoot you


CLEXA (please be endgame)

CAMREN (wish they’re real but they said they’re not lesbians so chill) bruh. DELUSIONS! They’re separately single! they are real!

FLEURMIONE (OMG please read their fanfics they’re so compatible)


BRITTANA (ENDGAME BITCHES! where the hell is the spin-off?)

HEYA (”maybe” there’s something going on before. I dunno ask their trailer.)

ACHELE (they we’re real at some point. Do not argue with me.)

FABERRY (should’ve happened. they made a mistake.)

BECHLOE (ugh. please let them happen already geez don’t you feel the sexual tension?)

KAYLOR (again. same as Camren they are not lesbians. *cough* wish they were *cough* ugh they’re so fuckin’ cute!)

COPHINE (ah the puppy and the geek monkey. hon hon hon baguette croissant moot moot)

SWAN QUEEN/SWEN (there’s so much potential here. Do not let it go to waste. ugh. So frustrating.)

HOLLSTEIN (soy melk, yellow pellow, jawlines, the baeman, the black cat, murder her for christmas!)

SLEEPING WARRIOR (where the heck are they?! we need more!)

RED BEAUTY (ah. so adorbs! the bookworm and the big bad wolf. who wouldn’t ship them? They’re the real Beauty and the Beast)

SPASHLEY (yes. spashley, <3)

TILLOW (y’all let’s not forget the lesbians in the late 90′s! where’s the respect?!)

RIZZLES (lesbian subtexts subtexts subtexts subtexts subtexts)

GAILLY (yass. yass. yass.)

SANSAERY (QUEENS! nuff said)

VALKUBUS (suck me dry. k. bye. )

DOCCUBUS (let’s play doctor. oooh kinky!)

KARMY (*playing in the background* what if we were made for each other? born to become bestfriends and lovers? -what if by: colbie caillat)


CALZONA (oh yeah!!!)

LUCE & RACHEL (imagine me and you. piper and lena; so perf. so perf!)

TALA AND LEYLA (i can’t think straight. too hot. HOT DAMN!)

EMISON (*whispers* shayley *disappears into the night*)

VAUSEMAN (hotness overload. RUIN ME!)

.JONISS (we all know who Katniss wants. bruh.)

#feel free to add #disclaimer #gifs not mine #they belong to their respective owners #got them all from google btw

Imagine Daryl protecting you from a group of guys who started making inappropriate remarks about you.

“what I would do to have her” you heard an unfamiliar voice behind you. Automatically, Daryl whipped round to the source of the voice, taking out his gun and pointing at the guy standing behind you. 

You hid behind Daryl’s back for protection as he glared at the guy.

“come on mate, fancy sharing?” the guy smirked, two more unfamiliar people coming out from behind him, both smirking as well.

“leave now or I won’t hesitate to shoot ya” Daryl growled 

“aw come on, don’t be like that man, she’s the only chick i’ve seen for month” he said cockily stepping forward.

Daryl tensed getting ready to shoot if needed.

“take one more step and you’re a dead man” Daryl said. The man didn’t listen and carried on walking closer.

Before he knew it he was on the ground, his friends rushing away through the woods a Daryl turned the gun on them as a warning not to mess with him.

“D-Daryl?” you asked 

“yea?” he grunted

“you ‘kay?” 

“let’s just go back to the prison” he huffed before stalking off.

“Wait” you called, quickly catching up with him. 

“thank you” you said leaning up on your tiptoes to place a small kiss on his cheek. 

He blushed but carried on walking.

“anytime sweetheart” he mumbled under his breath.

Dean chuckles as he watches Castiel taking a shot at the bar with Charlie. The two of them leaning into each other and whispering. Cas listens contently, shooting a glance over at Dean, who nods at the angel. Charlie pats Cas on the shoulder, before turning him around and pushing him towards Sam and Dean.

He walks with determination across the room, abruptly halting in front of the booth the two hunters were sitting at.

“What’s up buddy?” Dean looks up from his beer.

Castiel puts his hands on the table, leaning forward toward Dean.

“Dean, do you like my trench coat?”

Dean shoots a confused look at Sam, who laughs into his beer.

“Uh, yeah. Yeah, I do Cas. It’s a-a nice on you.” Dean nods with a genuine smile, feeling his cheeks flush red.

“Do you know what it’s made of?” Castiel inquires with a serious tone.

Dean reaches for the beige trench coat, his fingers feeling the material.

“I dunno Cas. What?”

Cas proceeds to tell Dean the most smoothest pick up line he’s ever heard. Dean’s heard a million, he’s told a million, but the one that slips out of Cas’ mouth has the hunter blushing so profusely.

“Boyfriend material, Dean.”

Sam tries to cover up his laugh with a cough, as he watches Dean’s face turn ten shades of red.  The hunter fumbles with his words, Castiel’s eyes focus on Dean waiting for a response.

“I-I, um. Cas, can I buy you a beer?”

Castiel’s face relaxes, realizing his pick up line worked. He nods with a smile that has Dean’s heart thumping right out of his chest.

“Yes, Dean. I would like that.”

portal as wolfpupy tweets
  • chell: if i could shoot anything with a gun i would probably shoot another gun, the hunter become the hunted
  • glados: wow, i've never thought about it like that before. and i never will. i've already forgotten what you said, good bye forever
  • wheatley: my lights aren't all on upstairs because i am saving energy, just doing my bit to help the planet, not that you'd know anything about that
  • cave johnson: brontosaurus is a real dinosaur according to my new discovery that pointing a gun at scientists makes them say what you want
  • adventure sphere: its impossible to prove that i cant kick every extinct animals ass and i will be flexing in victory for the next several hours
  • space sphere: one of these days i will float up off into damn space and no one can stop me, not even gravity or nasa
  • fact sphere: popcorn, or as cerebral smart minds such as myself refer to it 'popped corn', is the number #1 food of watching things
  • doug rattman: going to play devil's advocate here and say they shouldn't let bodies hit the floor

No offense (JK, full offense) but I’m officially done with people arguing that we don’t need gun laws. We need fucking gun laws. How many mass shootings have to happen before people stop and think “huh, what if we didn’t make assault weapons available to the public?” 

There have already been 6 mass shootings in America in 2017. 6. It’s January 6th. That’s appalling and unacceptable. We need gun legislation.

And I don’t want to hear any second amendment bullshit either. The second amendment was developed when people were using fucking muskets. Can you imagine a mass shooting with a musket? Me neither. The founding fathers couldn’t even imagine machine guns and assault weapons in their craziest fever dreams, they didn’t have them in mind when they wrote the amendment. 

I’m just tired of people saying gun legislation in unconstitutional or unnecessary

How To Get Someone To Shoot You - by Alexander Hamilton
  • Ask them for advice, and then tell them their advice was bad
  • Agree with their friend who you’ve NEVER MET BEFORE over them
  • Systematically compliment everyone in a room EXCEPT FOR THEM
  • Go out for a drink WITH all of their friends, but WITHOUT them
  • Continue to not take their advice, often without even acknowledging that they gave it.
  • Barge into their job interview and STEAL THE JOB.
  • Take, and take, and take, and, take
  • Have your friend shoot their friend
  • Refer to them as being your assistant when they really aren’t
  • Begin a sentence with “For once in your life…”
  • Imitate their voice
  • Leave in the middle of a conversation to be with your cooler friends
  • Not let them in the Room Where It Happens
  • Choose YOUR WORST ENEMY over them
  • Ruin their career
  • Refuse to apologize
  • Wear your glasses at a critical moment

colinlanephoto The Strokes, Greek Theater, Los Angeles, November 2, 2002. This was the second of two nights at the Greek Theater that I was with them. I was shooting for NME and was supposed to shoot a cover. Easier said than done. The guys never wanted to do any posed shots before the show, they’d say “Can we do it after?”. But after the show it was instantly happy hour and chaos, especially in LA where they knew so many people. Backstage was a big party and of course they didn’t want to work. Not to mention you could never find all five of them together. Somehow though, with the help of their tour manager Danny Yates, we wrangled them together in the dressing room, Fab and Nikolai half in the bag!, and they gave me 15 minutes or so. If we weren’t friends it never would have happened. A variation of this shot was used for a cover. That was a fun time. My brother Zander was with me too those nights which was great. ***I’m posting a lot of Strokes pics because I’m prepping a big Strokes section on my website. Stay tuned!

Girl Like Her *Zach Mitchell*

Words: 696

Trigger Warnings: Mentions of death

Summary: You’re Owen’s little sister and you save Zach and Gray during the Pteranodon attack and he quickly falls for you


“Claire! Do you see them?!” you yelled at the ginger woman as she stood and glanced around the crowd desperately for her nephews.

Letting out an annoyed sigh at her fruitless efforts, you hiked your sniper rifle up against your shoulder before turning to Owen, your older brother, and saying, “I’m gonna go look for them, keep Claire safe.”

Still shooting, Owen merely nodded and said, “Be careful,” before you were off.

Left and right, people were being swept off their feet and lifted into the air. Children and adults alike were screaming in terror as the flying dinosaurs swooped down and grabbed them.

Blowing a piece of hair out of your face, you were quick to shoot a couple of Pteranodons out of the sky when you saw a particularly big one chasing after two boys, one taller and older in stature and the other much younger. You swiftly shot the dinosaur, watching as it slid and came to a stop centimeters away from the pair.

The both of them looked for the person that saved them until their eyes rested on you. You were holding your gun with windswept hair and a grimace on your face as you made eye contact with the older boy, Zach, according to Claire’s horrible description of her nephews from earlier. Running up to the both of them and dodging dinosaurs while you did so, you ducked next to the older one.

“Are you Zach and Gray?” you asked in a rush.

They merely nodded, stunned, but that was all you needed. Without hesitation, you ordered them to follow right behind you as you led them through the crowd and shot at the sky, hitting as many dinos as you could.

You could just barely hear the little boy, Gray, whisper to his older brother behind you, “Why haven’t you gone after awesome girls like her before?”

Sparing a glance behind you, you felt your cheeks burn as you saw the flustered, starstruck expression on Zach’s face as he looked at you, responding to his little brother in a breathless whisper, “I have no idea.”

Finally, you managed to spot Owen and Claire in the crowd.

“Guys!” you shouted, catching the attention of the both of them.

You waved your hands in the air in greeting when Owen’s smile immediately dropped, his eyes on something behind the three of you. Turning around, you barely had enough time to duck and drag the two boys with you before Owen shot at the four dinos that were hot on your trail.

Breathing out a sigh of relief, you turned back to Owen and made to give him a thumbs up when you felt all the blood drain from your face. Forgetting about the boys behind you, you ran toward Owen, who was fighting off a Pteranodon on the ground. You couldn’t get a clear shot from where you were, and was thankful that Claire manged to shoot him, but that thanks was short lived when you spotted a dinosaur heading straight for her head. Without skipping a beat, you rolled under two Pteranodons before shooting the one flying towards Claire, watching it land with a thud right at her feet.

The five of you met up after that under the shelter of a roof, and you couldn’t help the smile that sprung onto your face as the three relatives reunited.

“Boys, this is Owen and his little sister, (Y/N),” Claire explained to the boys.

Zach’s face immediately grew red at the mention of your name, and you couldn’t help but admire his looks as he stared at you.

“Can we stay with you?” Gray asked sheepishly.

“I will never leave you ever again. I promise,” Claire said with teary eyes.

“I meant them,” Gray clarified.

“Definitely them,” Zach said, backing up his little brother.

At his words, you couldn’t help the blush that spread across your cheeks, unable to look him in the eye.

Taking one look at your face, Owen looked between you and Zach before a smirk appeared on his lips. Walking next to Zach, he mock whispered loud enough for everyone to hear, “Keep it in your pants bub.”

imrryr  asked:

recs plz!!1! u can shoot them to me in private ^^ i haven't finished a wlw book in months, excluding books i've already read before tbh, so anything would be greatly appreciated.

I’ll go ahead and just shoot this on my blog for any who care for it (disclaimer: obviously I rec these books because, in my opinion they are very, very good. As in top of my list for books in general. If you don’t generally like some of these genres, then I obviously can’t promise you’ll like the books. I can promise that they are overall well written; granted every book can have it’s flaws. Also, these all have happy wlw endings with no death for the wlw characters, and most of these are worlds without the oppressive atmosphere of homophobia and the rape culture that is so prevalent, imo, in many novels). If you want any actual reviews from me on these novels or more feedback, just holler. Otherwise I didn’t want to write a paragraph for each haha:

1: Iron & Velvet (book 1) and Shadows & Dreams (book 2) of the Kate Kane Paranormal Investigator series by Alexis Hall. Genre: urban fantasy; crime/mystery. Snark master 9000 narrative voice. First book takes a bit to get into, 2nd book is AMAZING. I love these books so much.

2. Ash by Malinda Lo. Genre: Young adult; fairy tale. A wlw retelling of Cinderella that is everything I want from a fairy tale.

3. The Raven and the Reindeer by T. Kingfisher. Genre: Young adult; fairy tale. Again, another very good fairy tale, Definitely took some unexpected turns for me.

4. Shell Game by Benny Lawrence. Genre: Pirate fantasy. Completely different take on the pirate fantasy genre that was very refreshing and very fun. The characters really made this for me. Warning for violence and domestic abuse, though.

5. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters. Genre: Historical fiction. 2 words–Victorian lesbians. Beautifully written, amazing period piece. Warning for homophobia because well…it is historic. Also warning that it is actually written in that period style both in format and in prose, which might put some people off. But if you’re down with that…it really sets the bar. Truly a classic, I think.

These are all books that got high ratings by me, so they would be what I rec. Still on the search for more in general, but esp a good sci-fi wlw novel since that genre is noticeably absent on my list here. Lemme know if you enjoy any of these c:


Finally photoshoot with Tempi!
Road to Ademre and Ketan training.
This is our version of them, hope ya like it. :) We’ve just discovered this beautiful place and we had to shoot there! Also, U. made a new version of Kvothe’s clothes just right before the photoshooot. Fucking flash she is. Thank you so much, it wasn’t necessary, u know!
And at last thanks to Tempi, it was amazing afternoon. Hope we’ll make some more shootings!

PS: We’re looking for Bast! Somebody interested?

Cosplay: Kvothe- me :D - HH.
              Tempi - @izzumi   :3
Photo: U.

Another boy defends you during an argument

A/N: This was a request and it’s pretty bad, I’m sorry! 

Masterlist | Request


You don’t know how the fight started. Like many arguments this one began over something stupid and quickly turned into a shouting match, wild accusations being thrown around. You’ve never seen Michael as furious as he seems to be in this moment. His hair is a mess, his eyes shooting daggers and his voice raised louder than you’ve ever heard it. He’s a terrifying sight.

“If you think so little of me, why are you still with me?” You shoot, the desire to hurt him growing stronger with every passing moment. “I have no idea! All you ever do is hold me back and I’m beginning to think this relationship was a bad idea.” Tears pool in the deep reserves of your eyes but you blink them back, determined to show no weakness.

Before you can retort with a snarky comeback the door to the dressing room swings open and the Ashton walks in, upset clearly written over his puzzled face. You assume he’s heard the beginning of your argument. You try to block his listening ears and shift your gaze back to Michael who’s ears seems to be leaking steam.

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❝ cowboy bebop ❞ starter meme

includes: sci-fi, noir, music,

  • “ This is real mystic and all, but uh, do you have anything to eat here? ”
  • “ You take women too lightly, my friend. ”
  • “ I’m just an old-fashioned cowboy. ”
  • “ I hate kids and pets. They’re all a royal pain in the butt! ”
  • “ You know the first rule in combat? Shoot them before they shoot you. ”
  • “ It’s calling me… The great outdoors are calling out to me… ”
  • “ It’s a dream no matter how far I go; I can never reach reality, trapped in an endless nightmare. ”
  • When you’re told not to open something, well, who can resist? ”
  • “ You know what they say, cowboy. Easy come easy go. ”
  • “ Hey, thanks a lot for the warm welcome. ”
  • “ I’m sure she’s somewhere screwing up and getting in trouble. ”
  • “ The same blood runs through both of us. The blood of a beast who wanders, hunting for the blood of others. ”
  • “ I’ve bled all that kind of blood away. ”
  • “ I was wailing the blues since the doctor whacked my bottom on the day I was born. ”
  • “ I was a fan of the blues since I was in my daddy’s sack, if you know what I mean! ”
  • “ Bang. ”
  • “ Come on, can’t you show a little mercy and compassion? ”
  • “ Water can take any form. It drifts without effort one moment then pounds down in a torrent the very next. ”
  • “ 2 meters tall. Ex-basketball player. Beautiful kid. And on top of it, a gay alien. ”
  • “ Humans were meant to work and sweat to earn a living. Those that try to get rich quick, or live at the expense of others, all get divine retribution somewhere along the line. ”
  • “ “Survival of the fittest” is the laws of nature. We deceive. Or we are deceived. Thus, we flourish. Or, perish. ”
  • “ Nothing good ever happened to me when I trusted others. ”
  • “ True, your heart is colder than any planet. Colder than the eyes of a serpent about to strike. ”
  • “ I’m the only one who can keep you alive… And I’m the only one that can kill you… ”
  • “ Do you want to know something about my past that nobody else does? ”
  • “ Most things get better when I kick them… ”
  • “ Cause really…there’s nothing as pure and cruel as a child. ”
  • “ I don’t read the horoscope any more. ”
  • “ See you, Space Cowboy… ”
  • “ It’s the best. Belonging is the very best thing there is. ”
  • “ Don’t forget, a snake’s venom poisons slowly after the bite. ”
  • “ And you will shed tears of scarlet. ”
  • “ Men only think of their past right before their death, as if they were searching frantically for proof that they were alive. ”
  • “ Since then, I have seen the past in one eye, and the present in the other. ”
  • “ I’m not going there to die. I’m going to find out if I’m really alive. ”

Bonus title card prompts for drabbles.

  • You’re gonna carry that weight.
  • Easy come, easy go.
  • Do you have a comrade?
  • Sleeping beast.
  • Life is but a dream.
  • Are you living in the real world?
  • See you, cowgirl. Someday, somewhere!
  • See you, space cowboy.
There was a grave-diggers strike going on at the time, so all these bodies to be buried were piling up in one of the buildings where we were shooting. The cemetery hired non-union labor to remove and bury them late in the day. While we were shooting, we kept being interrupted by this procession of workers carrying corpses out. Dan had enough distractions and bellowed, ‘Can you do that later, please, it’s not like they’re going anywhere!

Dennis Patrick, quote on shooting the House of Dark Shadows

Why have I never heard about this before?

Session Two: Stray Dog Strut

The last thing Sanzo was expecting today when he entered the alleyway is to find that guy with the bright hair from the encounter at the vending machine (with whom Sanzo wound-up actually having a decent conversation with nonetheless). The guy looks like shit too. Like he got assed out in a fight.

“You know the first rule of combat? Shoot them before they shoot you.”

Without A Word

Without A Word
Rated: Mature
[A very frustrated Vasco stops by your job]

You looked through the viewfinder of your camera, snapping away at your newest shoot. “Mino-ah now give me that signature Kim Woobin look” you giggled as he wiggled his eyebrows immediately. You two were working on a concept shoot for his newest solo release as well as some headshots for his acting portfolio.

Anytime you shot with an idol there was a certain tone, and when you were doing hip-hop shoots the mood would change again, even actors had their own tone. Luckily Mino was all three and you’d always had the most fun when shooting him.

“Yah, Mino what’s this expression?!” you huffed before snapping another shot.

He chuckled “I wanted something fun for myself.”

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Luke Skywalker Imagine #3

Reposting this again because it accidentally got deleted hehe oops :S (inobx is open for more questions :))

anonymous asked: “can u do a Luke imagine where you defend him and get really hurt and he thinks you died but you’re alive and it’s all fluffy and nice?? idk if this makes sense but thank you!!!“

Blasters could be heard from everywhere. Your base were under attack by Stormtroopers, oh how you hated them. Han was running around the base shooting at them while he screamed. You rolled your eyes as he ran past you.It surprises me that he’s still alive. You think to yourself. You hide behind a corner as you see a couple of Stormtroopers coming closer. You get your blaster ready before you shoot them down. “Nice shot Y/N!” one of your friends from the Rebel fleet yells at you. “Luke, watch out!” you hear Han yell. Then you heard a shot from another blaster. You quickly run up to Luke and you can see that he’s sitting behind a wall and holding his onto his robotic hand while Han is shooting at the Stormtroopers who shot him. “You okay?” you ask as you quickly get down on your knees in front of him. “I’m alright, don’t worry” he says. “I have a bad feeling about this” Han says while he’s shooting. “It’s too many of them!” You get up and take your blaster in your hand and starts to shoot after them. You can see how a Stormtrooper is running up to Luke in the corner of your eyes. You quickly spin around and shoots him down which makes Luke jump with surprise. “You never stop to surprise me” Luke says. “I’m full of surprises” you say with a bright smile. “Watch out kids!” Han yells as a Stormtrooper runs up to you. He points the blaster at Luke and you quickly place yourself in front of Luke and you both fire off your blasters at the same time. You scream out in pain as you feel a burning sensation in your stomach. You place your hand there and you can now see that blood is starting to flow out.  “Hey kid, you alri-“ all of a sudden something explodes near you which makes you both fly backwards and you land with a hard thud on the floor.


Y/N screams out in pain as she takes a hold on her stomach. She’s just been shot. I can feel the anger starts to boil in me. “Hey kid, you alri-“all of a sudden something explodes near us, Han and Y/N flies backwards and they both hit the ground hard. My eyes lands on the Stormtrooper who caused the explosion. I take my blaster and fire it off, he falls down to the ground. Han gets up and look around. “Hey, Luke!” he yells, he then points at Y/N. She’s still lying on the floor. “No, no, no” I say quietly to myself as I get up and runs up to her. Her beautiful eyes are closed which freaks me out. I throw myself down to my knees and pick her up. “Come on, wake up, wake up” I say as I slap her cheek gently. No signs. “Don’t you dare to die! Do you hear me?” Han takes of his jacked and then throws it at me. “Try and stop the bleeding!” I quickly take it and press it against her wounded stomach. Han quickly shoots down the last Stormtroopers. “Listen to me Y/N! Don’t you dare to leave me! We promised to live together forever!” I can feel how a tear is rolling down from my eye. Han picks her up in his arms. “Come on kid, let’s take her to the medical center, cover my back” we then make our way to the medical center which is at the other side of the base. Blasters can still be heard, luckily, there aren’t that many Stormtroopers left now.


Luke is sitting next to you, he hasn’t left your side once after they brought you here. Han left a few mins ago, Leia was freaking out after she heard the news about you. The good thing was that the base was safe again. Luke takes your hand in his and he strokes it gently. You open your eyes slowly and the first thing you see is Luke looking down at your hand. You gently take a hold of his hand which makes him shoot up his head quickly. “Oh Y/N!” he says and before you know it he presses his soft lips against yours. You put your hand at the back of his head and your start to stroke his hair. He breaks the kiss and then leans his forehead against yours. “Thank god you’re alive” he whispers. “Don’t you ever do that to me again, never scare me like that ever again” You smile at him before you reach up a little to kiss his nose. “I’ll try to not” you say. “What about your hand Luke? Is it okay?” Luke places one of his hands on your cheek. “yes, but don’t think about that now, the most important thing right now is that you’re alive, I’d rather lose my hand again than to see you dead” You giggle a little. “You’re crazy” He smiles at you before he kisses you again. “Maybe, I’m crazy about you” “You mean crazy in love?” Luke starts to stroke your cheek while he looks at you deeply in the eye. “Well that too”

'Moonlight' Clip: Andre Holland on Conjuring the Romance at the Center of the Oscar-Nominated Drama (Exclusive)

Imagine having to manufacture a whole history with someone you’d only just met. That’s the unenviable position that Moonlight co-stars Trevante Rhodes and Andre Holland found themselves in when they encountered each other on the set of Barry Jenkins’s acclaimed drama, which is up for eight awards at this Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, including Best Picture. “Trevante and I had not met in person before shooting our first scene,” Holland tells Yahoo Movies. “We talked for about 15 minutes, and then we started [filming].” (Watch the actors discuss their collaboration — and why Jenkins deliberately kept them apart prior to shooting — in an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the Moonlight Blu-ray, available on Feb. 28, above.)

Related: Why Naomie Harris Asked Child Actor to Leave Set During ‘Moonlight’ Outburst Scene

Raising the stakes of that first scene is the fact that both Holland and Rhodes had to communicate a lifetime’s worth of experiences between their characters on the spot. Told in three chapters, Moonlight is a coming of age story that follows young Chiron from childhood to adulthood, as he wrestles with his emerging sexuality and intense attraction to a school friend, Kevin. Rhodes and Holland inherit these respective roles in the film’s third and final segment, which picks up roughly a decade after their teenage years, when they acted upon their mutual attraction only to part ways under terrible circumstances.

While Chiron is at the center of the film, Moonlight is equally Kevin’s story, and the contrast between the two when we meet them again as adults is striking. While Chiron keeps his true identity bottled up in an alpha male’s muscular body, Kevin is more at ease in his own skin — to a point anyway. “I don’t imagine that he’s openly living the life of a gay man,” says Holland, who devised his own backstory for Kevin to fill in the missing years between the second and third segments. “He’s still very much in a community where he has to wear a bit of a mask. But the experience of meeting Chiron again allows him to be who he is. That’s the magic of their reunion: They find a harbor in each other.”

Related: Mahershala Ali Talks About Finding Humanity in His Criminal ‘Moonlight’ Character

Kevin re-connects with Chiron over a meal at the Miami diner where he serves triple duty as a chef, cashier and waiter. Rather than making his old flame order off the menu, Kevin whips up a special plate of Cuban favorites that Holland says he prepared entirely by himself. “I really wanted to use my hands to make that meal,” he explains, admitting that he received some plating lessons from the restaurant’s owner off-camera. “The cilantro topping was a bit problematic; I wanted to chop it enough to where it looked cool on the plate, but it was so wet and small. Every time I see the movie, I’m like ‘Oh, I wish I had chopped it a little finer!‘”

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