Gah, THANK YOU!!!!! I hope you like this. I feel like I’m getting better at these kiss prompts. I felt horribly awkward when I first started writing them but I think I’m improving.
I’m so torn between writing prompts and working on one of my longer fics, but I’m loving doing the prompts right now and I can’t help myself.
8. In the dark kiss
It was Astrid who had pulled Hiccup into the cupboard looking to avoid
the questioning glances of their fellow Vikings.
Technically, they hadn’t yet gone public with their relationship, though Hiccup
had nervously stuttered out the words to his father earlier that day. The large
man had laughed, clapped his son on the back and pulled Astrid in for a bone
crushing hug. The two young Vikings had asked Stoick to keep the news to himself
for the moment, but fueled by strong ale and the high spirits of the
celebration, Stoick had let slip his excitement for the young couple to Gobber…
and any other Viking within earshot.
Seeing Mrs Ack heading over, with a mischievous glint in her eye, Astrid
had pulled Hiccup away, to hide until the gossipy woman had moved on to another
They laughed as they hid in the small confines of the cupboard. The
alcoholic buzz making the situation seem all the more hilarious.
Hiccup reached out a hand to steady himself, knocking into Astrid.
“Sorry.” He kept his hand on her shoulder. The closet was dark. Hiccup
could only just make out Astrid’s silhouette against the soft light that
filtered in through the crack in the door.
He could feel Astrid’s hands snaking around his waist as the laughter
died down. Any moment someone could open the door and spoil the moment.
Hiccup let his slide up the soft skin of Astrid’s neck, momentarily
cupping her chin, before continuing its upwards path. He stroked her silky hair, Astrid did not
often wear it loose, tucking a strand behind her ear.
He could feel her eyelashes fluttering beneath his fingertips as he
traced down her face. A dip – the dimple by the side of her mouth. Hiccup could
feel the upwards curve, even if he couldn’t see it. Astrid was smiling.
He let his thumb run over her plump lower lip, feeling the warm exhale
of air as she sighed.
Leaning forwards, Hiccup closed his eyes.
He bumped her nose. “I uh, meant to do that.” He could feel Astrid’s
shoulders shaking with silent laughter. Her hair swayed gently, the strands
brushing his hand as she shook her head. Hiccup could almost see her rolling
her eyes. He tipped his head lower, this time capturing her lips.
Hiccup could taste the ale she’d consumed, a mix of bitter and sweet on
her tongue. Astrid’s mouth moved eagerly against his. Her hands tangled in his
hair. Neither of them could see what they were doing. It was all clumsy
fumbling and nervous giggling into each other’s mouths.
The door was suddenly opened, bathing the couple in light from the
“Stoick’s lookin’ fer you two.” Gobber stood awkwardly in the corridor.
He looked the couple up and down. Hiccup and Astrid had sprung apart as the
door opened. Now they made a move to exit from the cupboard.
“You ah, might want to fix yerselves up first.” Gobber gestured towards
Hiccup’s mess of hair and crooked tunic with his tankard hand. He laughed to
himself as he turned away. “Oi Stoick! I found them!”
hello :) I have just finished Lord of Shadows and omg you have actually blown my mind to the point where I don't think I'll be able to read another book until QoAD - i have a question about something that has been in the back of my mind since City of Lost Souls; what happened to the angel that Sebastien cut the wings off of to make his statement? This might be a totally pointless question but oh well & thank you so much for sharing this amazing world with us <3
Thank you <3 The world of angels is pretty hidden from humans, and we rarely know angelic business, so that’s why the identity of the angel and the repercussions of what Sebastian did have been hidden from us. But the story is ongoing and there’s always a chance we may know in future — and if you’ve read Lord of Shadows you may even be able to guess where it might become relevant!
(My box is open for LoS questions but I’m not answering anything spoilery in public just now!) #nospoilers
sometimes i think about what could have made me like sc*tt. like. s1&s2 sc*tt definitely had his faults- esp. wrt his treatment of derek- but i think he definitely could have developed as a person from there and had a rly interesting character arc? like real personal growth and shit. it gets harder after master plan. is there a way that episode could have gone down the way it did and still made him a likable character after that? is there any apology he could give that would suffice?
cont. - like im not sure of the answer, but id love to see someone manage it. i don’t know if ive ever come across a fic that manages to redeem him from that moment while still acknowledging it. most fics either dont forgive him for it or they just sort of ignore it. for me tho, i think the real breaking point for sc*tt is the true alpha storyline. after that i don’t think there was anything they could have done for him to make him an interesting or likeable character. that storyline ruined it.
I think one of the biggest places where people take issue with Scott –– and this doesn’t mean they hate him or he’s a horrible human being (although some people feel that way too, and are entitled to it), but where many people see Scott falling short as a character is in that the show seems to have decided that “main character” or “hero” should mean perfect, and that’s just… that’s not good for character development, for plot building, or honestly, for a character’s likability.
Characters need to grow to be engaging. And people grow by making mistakes, learning from them, and moving forward. Scott’s mistakes, his flaws as a human being (and yes, he has flaws, everyone does, that’s not character assassination, that’s just fact) are really never addressed. He isn’t made to apologize for the things he does wrong (and why should he, honestly, since no one around him recognizes his problematic behaviors and calls him out on them) or face any apparent payment for them. This compared to the rest of the characters in the series, who are called out on their mistakes –– either by other characters or by consequences in canon. I always use Derek as a comparison, because there are a lot of straightforward parallels, such as the key moments with Isaac. Derek throws a glass at Isaac to get him to leave the loft. We know that’s an absolutely shitty thing to do, it reads immediately on both Isaac and Derek’s faces, and as consequence Derek loses Isaac as a pack member. That’s some hardcore, immediate reaction showing people in the scene and in the audience that This Was Not An Ok Thing To Do. The fact that Derek knew it wasn’t ok as he was doing it, and that he did it on purpose to get Isaac to leave for his own safety, does not make the behavior alright, and Derek acknowledges and pays for that behavior in the permanent loss of Isaac as a housemate and pack member.
When Scott, a short time later, throws Isaac into a wall in a moment of jealousy, it should, on the surface, seem to strike a fairly close parallel. We have Isaac’s Alpha, someone in a position of power over him, physically lashing out at him in some way. But in this instance, neither Scott nor Isaac react much to it, Isaac continues to go on living in Scott’s house and remaining a member of his pack, and there is just… no real follow up to that moment. And while I understand how that can lead some viewers to dismiss the moments as not being parallel (Isaac wasn’t upset there, so clearly Scott’s behavior is acceptable), what I and many viewers are instead left with is the message that Derek lashing out is unexpected and unacceptable, Scott lashing out is expected and acceptable, and that makes him… more heroic?
In season five I believe there finally was a moment between Stiles and Scott where Scott seemed to be being called out on his behavior, but even that came off as very “I’m flawed and you can’t understand that because you’re perfect,” which is… it’s how Scott sees himself, and it’s how the writers seem to see him, but A) that fails to acknowledge the ways in which he is flawed –– meaning that he can’t learn from and improve upon those flaws –– and B) makes for an incredibly un-engaging character. How can we identify with perfection? How can we root for perfection? And how can we fully get on board with someone we are told is perfect, when we can look at them and point out a dozen instances where they weren’t?
This is my major issue with Scott’s character. That we are told he is perfect when we see he isn’t, that he has a double standard of being excused from all of his bad behaviors when the characters around him aren’t, and I do think this connects very much to the True Alpha problem (I got another ask about my thoughts on that so I’ll answer that in more detail separately), because it’s just another level of saying “Scott is a better man, werewolf, and person in general than everyone else.”
Ok, now after all of that, how do I think Scott could have been improved and made more likable for many critical viewers? To be honest, for me it would have been really simple. Include moments where he apologizes for things. That’s… really, honestly, all I would have needed. Because like I said, I’m not looking for perfect characters. Scott acknowledging that he screwed up now and again would make me ecstatic because it would mean that he’s learning and growing and is trying to become better, and that makes for an amazing character arc in any show. If Scott had done the exact same thing in “Master Plan,” except when Derek asked why Scott didn’t tell him Scott had said “I’m sorry… I was afraid if I told anyone then Gerard would find out my plan. And I couldn’t risk that, my mom was in danger” then bam. I would have had a complete turnaround on my attitude toward him in that moment. He would have been humanized, we would have seen that he was in a tough situation, and he would have become more sympathetic by sympathizing with the shitty thing he’d done to Derek. Honestly, that simple.
rolls his eyes, finishes frosting the cake and turns to put it in the
fridge. “He’s not marrying me.” He says. Hopefully, Stiles will.
“Can’t you see the cake? I still have to propose.”
Scott rolls his eyes, turns to the sink and begins washing the dishes.
That’s what he’s here for, Derek stressed earlier (’You
can’t bake and your writing is shit, I don’t want this cake ruined!’,
‘Rude!’). “As if he would.”
collapses on a chair, buries his face in his hands. “I – what if
that.” Scott throws water at him. “You just bought a house
together and Stiles says he loves you every day –”
is true and it warms Derek’s heart a little but it does nothing to
calm his nerves. It’s a huge commitment and – what if the proposal
isn’t good enough? Derek is not the most romantic person and although
Stiles isn’t a romantic person himself, he still brings flowers
every other day, and he texts Derek memes all the time and – and he
“Yeah, but –”
wasn’t finished!” Scott yells, dropping the dishes and turning to
stare at Derek. “You spent the entire day baking his favorite cake,
you have rose petals all over your bed and you wrote a speech!”
Derek opens his mouth to ask how Scott knows about the speech but
closes it quickly when Scott shushes him. “It’s obvious you’d have
a speech.” He points out. “What I’m trying to say is – Stiles
will say yes no matter what.”
always nice.” Scott protests, turning to look at his phone when it
signals a new text. “Ah, Allison said he’s coming home!”
jumps, the things aren’t ready yet! The dishes are still dirty, he’s
forgotten to light the candles and – “Go, go.” Scott is still
here. He begins
pushing Scott towards the door at the same time he takes a look at
himself and realizes his pants are dirty with chocolate.
is going to be worst proposal ever.
Stiles parks the car just as Derek is finishing putting a clean shirt on.
He runs downstairs, trips over a stray shoe and curses himself for
not remembering to clean the house. He opens the fridge, takes the
cake out and places it on top of the table. Yeah, okay, he checks the
candles, maybe this will actually work. When Stiles walks in the
house, yelling a 'I’m home’ Derek realizes he forgot the rings.
“Don’t move!” Derek yells, running to the living room.
Stiles takes in Derek’s clothes, looks around at the candles and
arches an eyebrow. “What.”
“I forgot something.” He starts walking backwards towards the
stairs. “But you’re not allowed to move.”
“Ever?” Stiles smirks.
Derek huffs. And he seriously wants to marry this asshole. “Shut
up.” He says. “I’ll be right back.”
“Fine.” Stiles concedes. “Am I at least allowed to take my
“Yes, whatever, just – don’t go in the kitchen.” He runs to
their bedroom as quickly as possible, grabs the ring from his nightstand and when he comes back, Stiles
is exactly where he left him. “Thank you.” He sighs, smiling when
Stiles shrugs like it’s nothing, like he’d do whatever Derek asks him
to without questioning.
Derek really loves him, and that’s when he realizes that is the only
important thing. Stiles loves him, Derek loves Stiles. It’s all he
needs. “Will you marry me?” He blurts out, realizes he actually
doesn’t care how it’s done, as long as Stiles is the one he’s asking.
“I knew it.” Stiles smiles brightly, the same way he did when
Derek asked him out the first time, and then when they decided to
move in together. “You were preparing something in the kitchen,
“Yeah.” Derek admits, rests his hands on Stiles’ waist as Stiles
circles Derek’s neck with his. “You just ruined it.”
“Me?” Stiles laughs. “How?”
“By being you.” Derek whispers. “I love you.”
Stiles flicks Derek’s ear fondly. “I love you too.” He says back
easily, like he did this morning and all the previous mornings for
the past four years. “And I will marry you. You didn’t even have to ask.”
Derek kisses him, then, wonders how could he have doubted Stiles
would say yes, his love is clear in his eyes and in his kisses, in
the life they built together.
Turns out the cake wasn’t necessary, but they have fun eating it in
bed a couple of hours later.
so blizzard shattered my headcanon thanks to the newest young gabriel pic but. It used to be that young gabriel had curls but as reaper he can’t leave his hair longer than.. well a buzz cut due to his condition? like cells dying and regenerating and yaddayadda would make him have parts of rlyrly short hair and others with curls and it’d look weird (or he’d get outright bald parts i guess)
Almost done with the shop rework ! But we still have to finish the second floor, I hope we can get this done quickly so I can re-open the shop. Oh, I’m also looking for model… So if you want to see your face… in big…. in my shop just like my asshole brother behind me ( and I ^^ ), just text 😉😂.