something else somewhere else

This is one of the most shallow reasons for why Kara and Lena are a great match (especially because there are so many great non shallow reasons) but I love that Kara won’t have to worry about spending any extra money she has on food because Lena’s a damn billionaire. I know it’s a running gag about how much Kara loves food but she honestly needs a lot of it.

Kara probably has a semi decent income from CatCo but with all her expenses and the fact that she most likely isn’t paid by the DEO, every leftover penny goes to making sure she gets enough calories, especially after she becomes Supergirl and starts using her powers on a daily basis. That’s a ton of food she has to buy in order to balance out how many calories she burns.

But she never wants Lena to think she’s using the woman for her money. Never. So she insists on splitting the bill or ordering much less than she needs if Lena insists on paying and Lena finds it so damn frustrating because why won’t her best friend let her pay for her food???

Until one day it just clicks for Lena after she’s told the Supergirl secret and has done the calorie math in her head and God Kara how are you able to afford all the food that you need? and the next day when Kara walks into her apartment, she sees that Lena has finally used the key she was given to completely overstock Kara’s kitchen with all sorts meals, snacks, protein bars, etc., with a simple note on the counter saying Let me know when you’re running low and it’s stupid but Kara finds herself getting emotional at Lena’s complete acceptance of who she is.


This seems like some A+ me analysis haha

It’s hard…

And I think every sheith shipper feels the same?

Because you see “something”, but you also know “that something” never actually happens.

Like I have hope, of course I do, but honestly it’s very small. Because I know how these stuff work and that after all Voltron is a bsns. (And I have to admit my hope was kinda high for awhile, because you know.. netflix, dreamworks, creators seem like they really care about the subject, but then I read some stuff that really made me go from like a 7 out of 10 about seeing some of the main characters as a gay couple in the show, to like a 2…)

I think simply put it, Sheith just seems like something that’s too good to be true. 

Like If it actually happens I’d be mindblown! haha.

Because I think deep down we all know that no matter how much their characters revolve around eachother in canon, eventually Shiro is gonna be smoochin Romelle (or dead) and Keith’s gonna be falling for Allura or something, because it’s basically law that when two men show so much love, affection and devotion for eachother in popular media they gotta be “straight bros with a deep special bond” and nothing else, and if the creators are kind enough they gonna say “oh but fans can think whatever in their head, we’re cool with them being gay too” and if they’re REALLY KIND, they just gonna leave things ambiguous.

And I have nothing against strong brotherly relationships, I love them, and I think romantic relationships are overrated and well romanticized to the point people consider them to be the pinnacle of love. Which they definitely aren’t.

Personally what Shiro and Keith have right now, and where I see them going in the future is enough for me. Because to me that’s kind of a level above romance. 

But I really REALLY want them to go the romance way with them for different reasons, because I understand the kind of impact having two characters like Keith and Shiro specifically, end up in a romantic relationship with eachother in a popular kids cartoon would have. And I want that. BADLY. Words cannot describe even.

And also because I love these characters, I love Keith and Shiro and I want them to be happy, and I think they are the best partner for eachother, the person each one of them really deserves to always have by their side, so ofcourse I’m rooting for them to end up together eventually. I mean cmon, they’re so good for eachother.

But I also know that Voltron is not a drama, they are not writing a love story, they are writing an adventure for kids that centers around family and friendship. So in my mind I know that any kind of romance will probably not get the center stage like Keith and Shiro seem to get so far.

And I don’t expect any romance to happen in the show at this point in time but closer to the end of the series. So I can’t be disappointed yet with it not happening haha, because it’s not even at that place for me right now.

But it’s like I’m waiting to be disappointed haha, just so I could finally get this idea out of my head and focus on other things.

I dunno, I feel like part of me is drinking up all this sheith they are giving us and part of me is screaming at the writers and show runners like “Stop doing that!!! You know you’re not gonna pull through with it! Just make Keith act like a fucking brother to Shiro already and not like Shiro is the air he breathes!! What is wrong with you??? Just go ahead and make me choke on the Ka/llura and Shom//elle already, I can take it!! ” haha
Amazon rainforest was giant garden city
The "pristine" Amazon rainforest was covered by a vast sprawl of interconnected villages between 1,500 and 500 years ago, according to a study that shows how nature has felt the impact of man for much longer than realised. By Roger Highfield
By By Roger Highfield, Science Editor

“ The findings are important because they contradict long-held stereotypes about early Western versus early New World settlements that rest on the idea that “if you find it in Europe, it’s a city.  If you find it somewhere else, it has to be something else,” Prof Heckenberger said. “They have quite remarkable planning.” Because it means at least one area of “pristine” Amazon has a long history of human activity, the find could change not only how scientists assess the flora and fauna, but also how conservationists preserve the remains of forest so heavily cleared it is the world’s largest soybean producing area. “

another proof of indigenous genius, if you still needed any.

I think we need to acknowledge the fact that people struggle with these issues, and we need to tell them ‘I get it’. Like, I know you can hurt yourself, I know that’s an option. I’m not going to tell you it’s not, because I think there’s too many people who hear about their kid going through something and they say 'no, don’t think about that thing, think about something else.’ It’s like, no. Hold on. Let’s take this energy, this focus, this emotion that you feel that’s obviously negative and let’s try to take it… and move it somewhere else. Let’s kinda aim it at something else. And so I look at art, I look at music, and writing and lyrics, a concert, and I look at those as moments where people can take the things that they’re struggling with and really kind of unleash them and pour them out onto this thing. It’s helped me… a lot.
—  Tyler Joseph

anonymous asked:

Mom! I follow your posts regularly, sometimes I check a couple times a day. I realized something, your Monsta X bias is missing from the Friends - to - Lovers series. Could I possibly request a Friends - to - Lovers Hyungwon. (tbh he's totally my bias too). Love you!!!!

find: shownu (here) | kihyun (here) | minhyuk (here) | jooheon (here) | wonho (here) | changkyun (here)

  • you work at the local botanical garden and there’s this one exhibit on like,,,,tropical flowers that’s always warm and has like benches that sit between the different patches of flowers and plants
  • and there’s one bench that’s kind of hidden behind a really large cactus 
  • that bench,,,,,is where you’ve found hyungwon several times
  • and at first you were concerned,,,,because you’d always find him there,,,,,,asleep,,,,,with what looked like a sketchbook or notepad in hand
  • and you’d always have to wake him up because if another person found him he might be kicked out or get his membership taken away
  • and once when u ask him if he even has a membership 
  • he’s like “here is the card,,,,i got it as a gift,,,,,,,,this place is nic-”
  • and u swear he looked like he was about to sleep again u literally had to shake his shoulders
  • but ,,, as you’ve come to know him,,,,,hyungwon explains that he likes this place and comes here for inspiration,,,,it’s just the warmth and quietness makes him always fall asleep
  • and ur like ,,,,, well ill try to cover for u if anything,,,,but seriously u could get in trouble!!!
  • but somehow this weird relationship turns into friendship because sometimes u sit on the bench with hyungwon and he asks u about the flowers or about the job
  • and it’s,,,,nice,,,,you know to have this chat with someone
  • but also ur curious to know what hyungwon needs inspiration for 
  • and it turns out he’s a singer,,,,which was ur second guess after model,,,,and he said he just likes to come here and doodle and be away from training all the time
  • and ur like,,,,well maybe go see the other exhibits we have??? and he’s like “but,,,,this place is the warmest,,,,,and no one ever bothers me,,,,,because they can’t see me behind the cactus”
  • and ur like hyungwon. i can see u. anyone can see u because tbh ur taller than the damn cactus
  • but u get it,,,he comes here to relax and tbh u can’t blame him,,,,this place is the most calming one throughout the gardens
  • but one day as ur walking through to see if hyungwon is there,,,,you see him,,,,,,,but u also see ur co-worker
  • who kind of has a mean streak so u rush over and they’re like “do you know him???” and you’re like panicking so you’re like um,,,,yES,,,,he’s my,,,,,,,my,,,,,my,,,,,,boyfriend!”
  • and ur co-worker is like huh u have a boyfriend and ur like HAHA yep i know hard to believe HAHA anyway he said he wanted to tell me something so he was waiting here
  • and ur co-worker is like “he was sleeping here”
  • but hyungwon corrects them and is like “i was simply resting my eyes” and ur like YEP he was just RESTING his eyes,,,,,,pleaseletthisslide
  • and with a glare the co-worker leaves and u let out  sigh and sit beside hyungwon and ur like “letting ur eyes rest??? really???” and hyungwon is like “it’s technically not lie right?”
  • and u just laugh a little but hyungwon suddenly scoots closer to you and puts an arm around ur shoulder 
  • and ur like ?? and he’s like “i think this is a good place for a first date”
  • u blush because????? whats he talking about
  • and hyungwon looks over and instead of the usual dreamy look on his face,,,,there’s something more
  • and he’s like “as your boyfriend i guess i should ask you out on a date right?” and ur like yOu dONt,,,HAVE ,,to i just said it as an excu-
  • but hyungwon leans a little closer and is like “i know,,,,but one ur co-worker is actually spying on us rn from across the room and two,,,,i do want to take u on a date. here or somewhere else. do you like korean food or something else?”
  • and ur both amazed that hyungwon,,,noticed ur co-worker which u were sure had left but also,,,,,,ur like “i dont have a prefrence??? but are you seri-”
  • and hyungwon is like “yep,,,,when do you get off work ill stay here “resting my eyes” till then”
  • and ur like hyungwon PLEASE but also ur like 8pm
  • and at 8 there hyungwon is,,,,waiting outside of the gates slightly hunched over looking cute and tall and ur co-worker snorts because hyungwon pulls you over and is like “should i kiss you for show - or is that too much on our first date?”
  • and ur like,,,,,,,oh my GOD
May my 2017 be as shiny as Yuri and Victor’s engagement rings.
—  Me while crying in the corner because of the feels. 

Trying to remake the picture on the right, but large and different and I don’t know where it is going but i like what the colours are doing. At least in the physical piece, not totally in the photo here.


Title: The Fearless Spiderman

Tom hits his head after he trips because he saw a spider and Y/N can’t help but tease him about being Spiderman.

Words: ~ 1700


I wake up with a soft groan escaping my lips and I roll over, bumping against the sleeping beauty next to me. Tom’s lips were slightly parted, a few strands covering his forehead while his arms were tiredly wrapped around me. I looked around, spotting Tessa sleeping peacefully at the end of the bed, and
I snuggled deeper into Tom after pulling the blanket back over us.

I loved waking up early. But only to cuddle with my brunet boyfriend, enjoying his embrace and staring at his handsome features.
Letting out a satisfied hum, I ran my fingers through his soft hair that I adored so much before my hand lingered on the back of his neck. My eyes wandered over his face, memorising it like I always did, never wanting to forget his face. My gaze stopped at his lips which I had kissed so many times before and still, I hadn’t kissed them enough. And I would probably never reach this particular achievement: Sucessfully kissed Tom Holland ’s lips so many times that there’s no need to do it anymore.

I leaned down to kiss his lips briefly and he hummed quietly but didn’t wake up before a smile formed on my lips.
Sighing dreamily, I ran my fingers through his curls again and again and again. After about 10 minutes of admiring my boyfriend I carefully freed myself from him, leaving our bed to make some breakfast.

After two years of dating him, I knew how much he liked me taking care of him when he had a rough week. And there was nothing more in this world that I wanted more than Tom to be perfectly happy.

My feet left a tapping sound on the cold tiles as I headed to the kitchen, thinking about what to make for breakfast.
I yawned before pressing the button of the coffee machine, impatiently waiting for my morning medicine. And while listening to that familiar buzzing sound of the machine, I filled the kettle with water for Tom’s tea.

Leaning against the counter and carefully taking a sip of my coffee, I mindlessly stared into nothing. Despite loving to wake up early next to my lovely boy I needed a lot of time to be fully awake in my head.
Placing my favourite spiderman mug on the counter, I filled Tom’s mug with the boiled water before I put in the teabag.

Out of nowhere, Tom suddenly stood behind me as if he had teleported himself. I jumped slightly as his arms sneaked around my waist before he pressed my back into his chest, his chin resting on my shoulder. “Morning, darling.”, he breathed out right next to my ear and I turned around in his arms, smiling at him. “Morning, Tommy.”

My eyes were on the height of his lips, making it almost impossible for me to look somewhere else and to think about something else than kissing those soft lips.
Without any control over my body, my head leaned forward and my lips collided with his, my hands resting on his shoulders while his were firmly placed on my waist. But before I could even dig my fingers into his messy curls he pulled back, “Ew, you taste like coffee.”
A disgusted look was on his face before I playfully hit him and shot back, “And your breath stinks.”

He chuckled softly before he let go of me completely, looking behind me with curiosity in his brown eyes. “What are you doing?”
“Breakfast.”, I replied, “Now, you go back to bed. I’m taking in care of you today.”
Playfully pushing him out of the kitchen, I tried to give him a serious look but rolled my eyes with a smile when he smirked at me. “Wow, you’re bossy today.”, he said with a flirty tone and I shook my head, laughing.
“I meant that in the most innocent way.”, I defended myself, “Now get some rest.”

When Tom finally left the kitchen, I turned around and opened the fridge to-

“BLOODY HELL!”, I heard Tom’s voice before the sound of furniture being moved and then a loud thud. “TOM?” Then Tessa barked loudly.
Panicking, I left the kitchen only to see Tom laying on the floor holding his head. I hurried next to him, my knees hitting the ground before my hands reached out to him.
“Oh my god… Tom, are you okay?”, I wanted to know, panic clear in my voice.
“Yeah, I guess.”, he mumbled, my hands grabbed his shoulders, pulling him up into a sitting position. “But my head hurts. I hit it on the dresser.” Tessa liked Tom’s face, excitedly jumping next him. “Tessa, I’m okay.”, he soothed her, petting her head.

I carefully took his head in my hands, investigating it. “There’s no blood.”, I sighed in relief before looking into his shock-filled eyes. “What the hell just happened?”, I wanted to know and Tom wordlessly pointed behind me.

Turning around, I saw a little spider on the wall. I bit my lip trying to keep myself from laughing at him. “I had a mini heart attack when I saw this monster and fell back against the couch and then I tripped. And then I hit my head.”, he told me quietly, his right hand pressing against his head.

He looked so cute and vulnerable, I couldn’t help but smile at him. “Aww you poor baby.”
“No, seriously. It’s coming to get me!”, he said with panic in his voice after the spider slowly crawled an inch further.
“Maybe you actually can summon an army of spiders, spiderling.”, I teased while helping him stand up. “It’s SpiderMAN.”, he rolled his eyes.

Swaying a bit to the side, he supported his weight with his hand on the dresser and crushed against it.
I gave him a worried look, “Are you sure that you’re okay?”
He shook his head, tensing up when he looked up the spider again. “Let’s get you into bed, Spiderman.”, I suggested but Tom shook his head quickly. “I won’t go near this thing.”
“Okay.”, I smiled before my hands cupped his face, pulling him towards me before our lips met.

My right hand wandered over his shoulder to his arm and I could feel his muscles relax from my touch before he sighed into the kiss. My hand sneaking to his side and then to his back, I slowly stepped backwards. Step after step, pulling him towards the bedroom while our lips softly moved together.
But Tom pulled back when he realised that I was only distracting him, his hands grabbing my wrists.
“Nice try, my love.”, he only chuckled before he pecked my lips and went over to the couch to sit down. Tessa followed him, laying down on the couch and closing her eyes while Tom stroked her back.

“The fearless Spiderman can’t even get near to a spider.”, I laughed and ruffled his hair, a pout forming on his lips when he crossed his arms. Making my way back to the kitchen, I heard Tom’s complain, “Where are you going, darling. Don’t leave me! It will attack me.”
“I’m getting some ice. We don’t want Spiderman to be out of order, do we?”, I chuckled while putting some Ice into a towel before I went back to my whiny boyfriend.

Straddling his lap, I put the towel on the back of his neck while staring onto his brown eyes. “You’re the best girlfriend ever.”, he whispered before his arms wrapped around me and he pecked my lips, my free hand reaching upwards to stroke his hair. “And you’re my spiderboyfriend.”
Letting out a satisfied hum, he pressed me against him to hide his face in the crook of my neck. His hot breath tickled the skin of my neck, causing shivers to run down my back.

“The actor of Spiderman being afraid of spiders, isn’t that ironic?”, I grinned and he shook his head. “It’s definitely not funny! Stop grinning or you’ll regret.”, he warned, leaning back to look at me.“But it’s so cute!”, I objected, pouting my lower lip. His gaze flickered down to my lips before he returned the smile he saw on my lips.

“And I told you to stop grinning!”, he smirked at me before leaning in, his wet lips attacking the side of my neck with sweet, little kisses. I squeled at the contact of his lips on my skin, subconsciously pressing myself against him and tilting my head to the side after Tom decided to use his tongue.
I sighed quietly when I felt the heat rushing to my face, letting the wet towel falling onto the couch before tightly grabbing his shoulders with both of my hands.

“If this is your way of making me regret teasing you”, I deeply breathed in, “then it’s totally worth it.” He chuckled softly and I could feel his smile against my skin before he started sucking on my sweet spot, making me moan quietly.
Wanting to hear one of those sexy sounds from him, I began grinding my hips against his causing him to moan as well. His hands wandered over my sides to my tighs, gently rubbing over the soft fabric of my pyjama shorts. Feeling the electricity coming from his touch, I let out another moan but suddenly Tom pulled back.

“Sorry, I-I can’t…”, he admitted quietly and I looked at him with panic in my eyes. “You’re not gonna break up with me, are you? ‘Cause you just said that I-”
“What? No! I’m not…”, he interrupted me and I let out a sigh of relief.
“Why do you even start a sentence like that?”, I mumbled, my body still recovering from this and the things he did to me with his soft lips.

“I just meant… you look super hot in that pyjamas but I can’t concentrate with this monster chilling on the wall.”, he explained simply making me chuckle.

He was by far the cutest spiderboyfriend.


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anonymous asked:

What do you think of the recent news about the story of Half Life?

I feel like the tide is turning hard and fast on Valve these days. The timing of this certainly doesn’t help. Valve is no longer a software company. They are bleeding talent that worked on some of their biggest, most critically acclaimed work.

And the fact that they are bleeding this talent is important. Valve is not a company that you should just walk away from. Erik Wolpaw once told a story about a flare-up of ulcerative colitis that made him miss months of work. Valve paid for all the hospital expenses and even gave him full paid leave. Gabe Newell told himYour job is to get better. That is your job description at Valve. So go home to your wife and come back when you are better.” They didn’t have to do that, but they extended the ultimate in generosity to keep him happy, healthy, and employed at Valve.

So when Erik Wolpaw leaves Valve, that’s not a decision I’m sure he came to lightly. Even though Marc Laidlaw, Erik Wolpaw, and Chet Faliszek all left and said there was no bad blood, they are putting the golden goose back in the pen and saying “Naw, I’ve got somewhere else to be.”

That’s a reflection on what Valve is, and what Valve will become going forward.

Valve has, essentially, infinite money. And not only do they have infinite money, but they’re constantly looking for solutions to avoid hiring more employees. They’d rather figure out a way to make the community do all the work for them, so they can kick back and go for a swim in their Scrooge McDuck money bins.

In a lot of ways, it’s starting to feel very reminiscent of the trend you see on Kickstarter. The big important game developer promises you everything you’ve ever hoped or dreamed for, they get millions of dollars, go over-budget, miss deadlines, and ultimately under-deliver. We saw it with Broken Age, we saw it with Mighty No. 9, we saw it with Yooka-Laylee, we’re seeing it with Shenmue 3 and most likely Bloodstained (which, after three years in development, is apparently only 20% complete). It’s less that these guys have lost their touches and more that they have the freedom to do whatever they want, and whatever they want turns out to be beyond reasonable budgets.

Take Broken Age: when Tim Schafer pitched the Kickstarter, he thought they’d do a short, simple adventure game, like the very first Maniac Mansion. No voice acting, not even HD visuals. The final Broken Age was so expensive it had to be broken in to two separate halves, with the sales of Broken Age 1 funding part 2.

I think it was in their Yooka-Laylee video, but Stop Skeletons From Fighting brought up a wonderful clip from behind the scenes of The Incredibles, where Brad Bird is arguing for a big, impressive, and most importantly time consuming and expensive action scene to cap the movie off. If Brad Bird had total creative freedom he would do that scene without a second thought, but since he was working for Disney, he had a producer on hand pushing back against it. Brad, in his own words, wanted to do “something cool” and the producer wanted it “on time and on budget” – and ultimately, that clash lead to a fantastic final product, because limitations foster creativity. Unchecked freedom can just make a very costly mess, which is a trap many of these high-profile Kickstarters are falling in to.

Valve gets around some of that because their money hose doesn’t stop gushing. They don’t even have to put out software anymore – Valve takes a deep cut of every DOTA 2 International tournament prize pool, which this year raised $24,000,000. Roughly half of that gets funneled back in to Valve, every year, until the day DOTA 2 stops being interesting. On top of the 30% of every sale on Steam. On top of them ramping up the tournament scene in CS:GO in the last two years with the same tactics that filled DOTA 2 with money. Valve clearly has more cash than they know what to do with.

But what has that gotten us?

A failed deal with Adult Swim for Valve to produce Team Fortress 2 shorts as a TV series. Only one episode was ever finished and released (Expiration Date), which reportedly took something like a whole year (or more) to put together. Using a piece of software Valve built themselves, and is intimately familiar with. When fans, using that same piece of software, routinely produce a significantly greater volume of work at nearly professional standards, and often by single-person teams working alone (there’s even a yearly film festival about this exact thing). The best Valve could muster was a single episode, despite reportedly employing more than 200 people.

Two, the Steam Controller. Valve custom-built an entire assembly line factory with their own money to produce Steam Controllers after nearly two years of private and public R&D. It failed to set the world on fire, because in order to use it, it requires you to unlearn basically everything you’ve ever known about game controllers. It is the DVORAK of gamepads, catering to a very narrow audience of people who either forced themselves to like it or grew up knowing nothing else.

Three, are Steam Machines, which is really just a nebulous PC spec that doesn’t seem to have really stuck around or gone anywhere at all.

Four, SteamVR (The Vive), which is prohibitively expensive and requires a minimum amount of space in order to work that most people apparently do not have. Cool if you’re rich enough to afford any of that, but I don’t think very many can right now.

And five, a DOTA 2 collectible card game that seems to exist only because Valve saw how much money Blizzard was making with Hearthstone, and they decided to make their own version of that.

Not exactly the greatest pedigree to have after a high point like Portal 2. So much for Valve’s “make something interesting, and if it’s cool enough it’ll eventually come out.” mantra.

How many projects like Half-Life 2 Episode 3 were left on the cutting room floor? Forgotten about if for no other reason than the person working on it got pulled away to help crunch for a TF2 update, or producing The International, or something else? Only to, weeks or even months later, come back and realize they don’t remember where they left off. But who cares, right? If it wasn’t cool enough, then you can just work on something else. Nobody’s going to stop you. Wheel your desk somewhere else and start over on whatever catches your interest that week.

What happened to F-STOP? The idea that was reportedly going to make up Portal 2 but ended up being abandoned because it was “too good.” That was more than six years ago. They spent one whole year prototyping F-STOP and we haven’t heard a peep about it since (unless they planned to have a whole section in Portal 2 where you play a DOTA 2 card game, I guess).

Valve has really backed themselves in to a corner, here. I am a massive Valve fanboy, and they just seem like a really hard company to root for these days. Between their hands-off approach to Steam curation, their slavish dedication to gargantuan esports profits over all else, and now the man who literally invented the Half-Life universe more or less saying, “This is how I wanted that story to end, because they might not ever tell you” …it’s just… probably about as close to a worse case scenario you could get for that company. And for once, you can’t point fingers at a greedy publisher, or a failed merger, or any kind of corporate man in a business suit. Valve controls their own destiny, and are the only ones to blame for the monster they’ve let themselves become.

anonymous asked:

IamBen is totally amazing!!! What happens next? Yoda obviously knows something and Qui is confused and does Ben tell anyone? Loving Ben being totally settled in his skin - he knows exactly who he is and what he can do and so he can take joy in the little things and the life around him

Standing in the middle of the chamber, Ben tilted his head and hummed quietly. “So?” He questioned lightly, smiling.

“Aware of where you are Ben?” Yoda returned.

“Courscant, Jedi temple, approximately year nine hundred and fifty nine RR.” Ben hummed again, smiling at the green troll. Then he looked behind himself at Qui-Gon. “With my master.” There was something soft and adoring in Ben’s eyes and Qui-Gon, for all his confusion, couldn’t help but smile back at that.

When your padawan shot you a smile like that, how could you do anything but smile back?

It was a smile of all the things Qui-Gon had once thought Xanatos Fall had destroyed his abilities to have.

Wait, approximately?

“Real you think this all is?” Yoda continued, unperturbed.

Ben looked back to Yoda, raising his brows in an uncanny gesture of the grandmaster himself. “Now that is subjective of what reality is Master Yoda, luminous beings we are after all, not this crude matter.” That was as riddled an answer as the green goblin himself could come up with. “Reality is what we make of it.” Ben slid his hands out of his voluminous sleeves, lifting a hand in front of him and flickering his fingers. “Like remembering going to bed to the ache of an aging body on a sandy planet in a new era only to die and wake up to find a lack of liver spots.”

The rest of the council exchanged long looks and a muted buzz of a Force conversation only for Yoda to jump of his chair and make his way to Ben, the two staring at each other. “How far? How long?”

“Far enough for me to become both knight and master. Long enough for my bones to bleach white from age.” Ben tilted his head before humming. “I imagine this is rather real, one possible alternative out of multitudes when Darth Vader killed me but I never imagined the cosmic Force would send a spirit back.” He rubbed his clefted chin with an amused expression. “Interesting.”

A pin could have dropped and it would have been heard.

“The possibilities are endless.” Ben mused. “I mean, I am as I am now, the future will never be the same because I’m not the same. Yet do I intervene with what I know and change the outcome or do I stay silent and let the death and the pain I know occur. With the probable outcome of changing something else somewhere else for someone else. Would saving the life of a Jedi and preventing a war on one planet trigger the affect of a starvation on another planet? Or would rescuing a politician amount to the dismemberment of a slaver somewhere in the outer rims and set the blaze of hate and revenge in the mind of someone?”

Qui-Gon swallowed, wondering… where was his padawan?

This person in front of him wasn’t the same boy he had taught.

Sad green eyes caught his.

“I’m sorry Qui-Gon but the boy is gone and I’m all that’s left of him.” Ben hadn’t done more then turn his head to see him. “Pour the galaxy into a mold and that’s what you’re left with, the shape of the person but not the same content. Pour fires and oceans and sand into the same shape and you’re left with the mess that is water trapped in glass with floating particles of crystallized sand.”

He looked back to Yoda. “I grew old… alone, far from anyone who cared to see me take care of myself, far from the temple in a galaxy turning darker by the day and I accepted my fate as the last Jedi from this temple.”

Yoda frowned at him. “…A rewind of a tune you know, a music box that plays once again for you alone. Change the cords you will?”

Ben flickered his eyes to the skyline of Courscant, reaching out past the chamber, past the Temple and then back before laughing, quietly and warmly. “I see the dawn of a new galaxy. Did you know there’s Sith on Coruscant?” He added, a touch of humor in his voice.