sorry for using the same two characters

anonymous asked:

So, I've always loved to write genderbend fics (not the gross kind that focus on genitals, just switching one character's gender and seeing the way it effects the story) as a way to relate better to certain fandoms that have all-male casts and as a way to explore the effects of gender. I was crushed when I came on tumblr only to find that my favorite types of fics to write were apparently transphobic. I've never actually gotten an explanation for why that is, though. (1/2)

(2/2) they say to write trans fics instead, which I would like to(I have a bunch of trans headcanons) but I’m scared to try because of the way fandom behaves towards people that mess up, plus it doesn’t have the same personal connection for me. 

I’m so sorry that tumblr has scared you out of writing something that gives you joy.

I will call the kind of genderbends you’re talking about ‘cisswaps’ (cis male > cis female and visa versa).  I think using the term ‘genderbend’ to refer to swaps of this kind erases nb/queer identities by implying there are only two genders.

That said: cisswaps are considered transphobic because they imply that gender is synonymous with biological sex, and assumes that the swapped character was cis to begin with. (This is written by a trans person who feels that genderbends are always inherently transphobic.)  And maybe some cisswaps are done to promote transphobia or gender essentialist attitudes.  There may be a worthwhile conversation about common cisswap tropes and what they betray about societal opinions on gender markers.  However, I don’t think the act of switching the biological sex of a character is automatically transphobic.  As ever, there is nuance to consider.

 I subscribe to the idea that cisswaps and trans headcanons serve different purposes and saying that cisswaps can always be replaced with trans headcanons rather implies that the experiences of cisgender and transgender people are interchangeable. (This is a twitter thread written by a trans person who feels that cisswaps and genderbends are both fine, and believes that fandom coming down hard on cisswaps has resulted in a lot of badly-disguised cisswaps being called ‘trans’ to avoid harassment.)  As you noted, anon, you yourself have both cisswap content and trans content you like; they do different things for you and mean different things.

Furthermore: because this is fandom, not canon, the creation and sharing of a cisswap does not exclude others from creating and sharing trans character content.  They can both exist in harmony as long as everyone is aware that in real life, gender and biological sex aren’t the same and that gender exists on a spectrum.

(PS - disagree on calling focus on genitals ‘gross’. There’s certainly people who create cisswaps that focus on genitals because it reflects harmful attitudes and opinions they carry into real life, but assuming that genital focus is always because of bigotry isn’t entirely fair.)

"War without fire is like sausages without mustard." — Jean Juvénal des Ursins

(This is from the same campaign as this horrific accident: http://yourplayersaidwhat.tumblr.com/post/149033440484/this-time-we-did-start-the-fire-sorry

As well as this bit of self-deprecation: http://yourplayersaidwhat.tumblr.com/post/151875451859/ha-take-that-me)

(After the inquisition attacked our place of business and forced us out of our home, we picked up our gunslinger and fighter's two new characters, an enterprising assassin and a (heavily inspired by Jason Voorhees) childlike serial killer bloodrager, respectively, then began planning a counterattack on their stronghold…)

Assassin: Well, we can burn them out.

Cleric (ooc): …Heh. Heheheh… Hahahaha! You laughed at me, they ALL laughed at me…

Bloodrager (ooc): Are you going to do the forest fire part 2?

Cleric (ooc): “Forest Fire II: This Time, It’s Intentional!”

Assassin: So, if that’s the plan, we’re going to need some arsonist’s tools.

Cleric: Hold on, I’ve never deliberately committed arson before. Let me write this down.

(What followed was a serial killer and an assassin teaching a lawful good cleric how to commit arson, describing the finer details of key locations, cutting off escape routes and so on, taking notes all the while. Then when we met with our boss to discuss our plan of attack…)

Bloodrager: We’re gonna teach [Cleric] how to start fires real good!

Boss: Congratulations, you’re an aspiring arsonist.

Cleric (Semi-sarcastically): Hooray!

zethany  asked:

I am so, so, SO very sorry if this has already been asked before. I did some digging through your tags and I couldn't find answers for my particular question... So I apologize in advance if I just didn't do enough digging. I've had a lot of issues with dialogue sequences that go back and forth between two or more characters. I find myself repeating the same phrases such as, "he snickered" and "she cried." Eventually, I just end up using very convoluted word play. Do you have any suggestions?

What you’re asking about here are dialogue tags. There are two schools of thought: Vary the verbs, or don’t fret the “saids.” This is one case where the best practice probably lies somewhere in between. How far you go with different verbs vs. said is up to you as the writer.

There’s another way to break up dialogue, too. It’s my own personal preference, and that’s the use of descriptive beats, sometimes called dialogue beats, narrative beats, etc… This article here describes the two in more depth, but essentially:

Dialogue tag: “You don’t know what I want,” he shouted.

Descriptive beat: “You don’t know what I want.” He slammed the book on the table, knocking over Gena’s wine. 

Both convey anger. Both can be “the right way,” depending on your characters, your style or the needs of the scene.

I tend to write my dialogue either without any tags or just minimal tags when I get started. Often, it literally looks like this:

A: “You’re a jerk!”

B: “Yeah, but I’m your jerk.”

A: “Can’t you stop being a jerk then?”

B: “Are you saying you want to dump me?”

Then, I try to block the scene (much like blocking a stage play) so that I know what the characters are doing, where they’re standing, or other cues that can help with the descriptions. Where no description is needed, I start with said, or asked and replied if appropriate. 

Dialogue beats also help convey something I see a lot of new writers and fanfic writers shying away from, and that’s inner monologue. Your Point of View character can have thoughts during a conversation that can add insight or seamlessly add exposition to avoid infodumping. You’ll find more than a few experienced writers whose dialogue scenes have a lot more inner monologue than external dialogue. You probably just don’t realize it. [Hint: That’s a good thing.]

Favoring descriptive beats over tags means you need to make sure your readers can follow. It’s the one thing I work on the most during editing, too. Again, don’t let fretting over saids and tags and beats ruin your creative flow on your first draft. 

Here’s another good summary of the process. 

Also, make sure you punctuate your tags correctly. Not doing so can be one of those distracting mistakes that can turn readers off and I guarantee will bug the crap out of an editor. 

Now, go. Experiment. Have fun. Enjoy your characters and let them enjoy their dialogue!

– mod Aliya

anonymous asked:

so sam and eileen had one hug in one episode where eileen tried to kill him with a knife and people ship them together (understandblle, they are adorable!) dean cas have had multiple hugs/deep moments/scenes that show as romantic and yet its less readily accepted? obvs everyone is welcome to their own opinions i just find it interesting ,,,,

YUPI love Saileen so much.

I ship it so hard. All it took was 2 episodes. That is some good writing, but basically it’s not that hard, you just have to use all the right tropes to make it obvious…. 

OH AND THEY USED ALL THE EXACT SAME TROPES WE HAVE BEEN SEEING FOR LITERALLY YEARS WITH DEAN / CAS.  JFC. 

I’m sorry, I don’t usually appreciate Bucklemming that much, HATE their misogny and non consent issues and on occasion (I’m looking at you 12x13) facepalmed so much I think I hurt my brain. 

Perhaps that’s what made me love 12x17, because I LOVED 12x17! What?!

Originally posted by rednewsom

We have 8 years of narrative build up, romantic storytelling and UST between two of the main characters that still hasn’t been addressed, being paralleled extensively within this 2 episode’s clearly romantic portrayal?

Literally, all the romantic tropes they used were heavily paralleled with what we have been actively saying in fandom for years? And the textual parallels as well as the subtextual ones. 

Stabby stabby meet cute.

Someone, a hunter, someone who knows the life?  Eileen being a BADASS fighter and all “we don’t care” - remind you of anyone else who has no tact? The beer clinking scene? 

The directly paralleled dialogue (where’s Eileen? Heard from Cas? / Dean calling Cas and worriedly fondling his phone in worry while Sam and Eileen chat in the foreground)?  Oh, I’m just gonna add that this is a recurring theme and completely intentional this season (see 12x15′s ‘I love you’ purposefully overlapped with Dean’s goodbye to Cas so viewers all had to pause and rewind to figure out who said what?!).

Nearly every Eileen scene has a Cas reference. 

Even the first Eileen scene (in the car) is directly followed by the first words of the next scene about Cas. The way Eileen holds way more eye contact with Sam than Dean, the way when Eileen answers Dean that she is not OK, Dean looks straight to Sam as he is the one with the closer bond - these are all things that we have been picking up on with Dean/Cas for years. 

The way Eileen and Dean are clearly totally platonic and NOT romantically interested in each other, but still like each other a lot, shown through the exact same way Sam and Cas are? The brother in law relationship I’m always harping on about for Sam and Cas - totally paralleled here with Dean and Eileen.

And also, this totally validates our point and the brother in law thing?!!!!

THIS IS TEXTBOOK STUFF.

So, Sam and Eileen, a new pairing, clearly romantic and clearly paralleled with a ‘shipping but not canon pairing’?

What is this?

Originally posted by itsmichaeldoan

This thing with Saileen is it is both a fantastic pairing in its own right but also, its either:

1. A fantastic way to open casual viewer’s eyes to what they’ve been seeing in the last 8 years with Destiel to move forwards with making this canon. You can literally see Dabb and co thinking, how can we ease people into this gently? How can we go back and say hey, remember when that happened? Yeah, that was on purpose, that was a thing, we totally did that on purpose.

2. Or the biggest most awkward no-homoing the show has ever done and a middle finger up to everyone who has read into the narrative they’ve been writing for Dean and Cas to say hey, lets use this exact same long drawn out narrative, condense it into 2 episodes and make a hetero couple canon. Pff. I don’t see this happening for PR reasons. Can you imagine.

3. Or another pairing that just doesn’t quite get there for *reasons*. *Reasons* that can only now be really that they’re too chicken to go forward with Destiel because why would you create this romantic pairing for Sam and make it so clear, jamming it all into 2 episodes (well, 1 really as 11x11 wasn’t that obvious) if not, you just wouldn’t bother.

Come on show, I have faith…

“Dishonor on you, dishonor on your cow, dishonor on your whole family!”

I’M ALIIIIIIVEEEE! (Actually this is the third project I’ve finished since the Pokemon stitch, but I can’t show those because they’re birthday presents. So you’ll have to wait til December, sorry)

Mulan is my FAVORITE Disney movie!! I love it, really, and I can never find anything related to it. So I was super excited when I saw FrigidStitch had a pattern available. I bought it the same time I bought Trinity’s Pokemon pattern.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the colors used for the two Mulan characters so I changed them. In the original pattern, Girl!Mulan was wearing the outfit she wore at the very beginning of the movie while Ping!Mulan’s colors were slightly off (they’re still slightly off but shh we’re gonna roll with it). I wanted Mulan in her matchmaker outfit because 1. She was wearing it when she sang this song and 2. She’s not comfortable in both this outfit and as soldier Ping, so I wanted to “reflect” that (ba-dum-tish, I’ll see myself out).

This was done on 18 count aida because I love me some 18 count mmm yeah. And I don’t want to talk about how much I had to rip out… Also-also, for my log, this was literally finished today, so, yay! Productivity!

caerulaen  asked:

i love your s12 spn meta post, i love how you've analysed things and looked through different angles, but i have to admit. sometimes i feel that us fans of the show think more complexly about the characters and scenes than the writers themselves. they've shown continuity errors and character development mistakes time and time again, and the queerbaiting is frustrating as fuck. it doesn't make sense to me that these people are the same ones orchestrating such fantastic plotlines.

(i ran out of space for that previous ask) but again, i sincerely mean no disrespect to you or to the creators of the show. it was just my two cents. i’m sorry if you find it offensive in any way, i definitely did not mean for it to come off as rude! :(

Hi… I didn’t take it as rude, so you’re fine. :P

(I probably wouldn’t have posted it on anon, though, just because I don’t see the show as being fully of continuity errors and character development mistakes, and “queerbaiting” is in the eye of the beholder and seems a harsh statement to level against a writing staff that is comprised of several LGBT writers. Especially when they have been addressing queer characters and issues in serious ways, and absolutely not making them the punchline of a joke or dismissing them. It’s a word I would not throw around so casually.)

***On second thought, after typing ALL of this out, I feel like having spent the whole morning on it, it should be on my blog… I hope that’s okay.

Half the point of my rewatch (which, oops, I’m behind on because TNT showed a ten episode marathon the morning after a new episode aired, and the new episode had to take priority over the old) is to point out how consistent ALL of these things are.

There’s a post I like very much that I just saw again yesterday:

People should probably learn the difference between “plot holes” and “things I didn’t like” or “things the franchise plans to explain in the future” or “things film makers didn’t think they needed to explicitly explain because they thought you had critical thinking skills”

I didn’t reblog it because it’s already somewhere on my blog from ages ago, but especially relevant to s12, because of the way they’re telling the story.

99% of the time what looks on the surface like a “plot hole” is actually an expansion of canon, and yelling PLOT HOLE! or RETCON! just because something seems different means there’s a reason for the difference now.

Like the fact we’ve seen several shapshifters who don’t shed their skin like puddles of goo and can just *poof* into a new form. We’ve had shifters like this since s6 when we learned about the alphas. Truly powerful shifters don’t need to shed to change form.

(on a practical level, it makes the prop department’s job easier because they don’t have to create goo puddles, but also they’re able to use a shifter’s ability to change instantly as a plot point, and have done so several times very effectively. Like in 12.20 when Ketch was torturing “Mary” and punched her, so the shifter took on HIS form. They couldn’t have done that if they hadn’t introduced this more powerful strain of shifter before.)

Technically, everything that’s happened since 4.01 would fit the strictest definition of plot hole, because it had already been established that angels did not exist. And yet… here were angels.

Cas said in the past that angels were now walking the earth for the first time in two thousand years, so the fact he’d been down here in a vessel in 1901 must be a plot hole too… unless you assume that Cas’s previous statement was both specific and hyperbolic (which really isn’t a stretch, angels have always avoided certain truths in order to manipulate us). Angels as a whole hadn’t embarked on a unified mission to earth in the last 2000 years, but we know that Lily’s first encounter with Ishim in 1901 was because SHE SUMMONED HIM. She performed a magical spell that BROUGHT AN ANGEL TO EARTH. And the events of their relationship unfolded to the point she felt compelled to summon yet another angel (Akobel) to protect her from Ishim. Well, suddenly there’s a whole flight of angels coming to kill her, you know? It’s not the sort of story that any of the angels involved would be cheerfully chirping on about.

Point being, if Lily Sunder was capable of summoning an angel, there’s probably been OTHER people over the course of human history who’d tried it too. All of heaven may not have descended like they did in s4, but here and there, angels very well may have been watching over us.

It’s not a plot hole, it’s an expansion of canon. It refines our understanding and reminds us that we don’t know everything about the entire history of that universe.

I think there’s two kinds of people: Those who see something they think is a “mistake” in canon and scream PLOT HOLE! and get upset about it and think the writers are idiots, and then there are those who see that same thing and wonder how does that fit with the information I already have and then try to understand.

Sometimes a plot hole is just a plot hole (like the time travel nonsense in 12.13 that turns into a strange loop of infinitely decreasing returns), but most of the time it’s really really not.

As for characterization “errors”, most of the time they are incredibly purposeful. Like the whole scene at the beginning of 12.15. People are STILL shouting, “Out of character! Dean hates germs! He would NEVER do that!” and therefore MISSED THE ENTIRE POINT OF THAT SCENE.

Which was SAM standing there staring at Dean THINKING THE EXACT SAME THING.

Dean was putting on the performance FOR SAM. He KNEW Sam was lying to him about where the cases were coming from, and Dean’s not a moron. They visit the MoL, and suddenly a few days later Sam’s got a “magic phone app” that finds cases for him? Yeah, Dean wasn’t about to let Sam keep lying to him, and yet Sam was STILL lying to him even after two weeks of hunting, so he kept upping the Disgusting Quota trying to get Sam to break and confess. Because if he just comes out and asks Sam directly, he continues to lie and give him weak excuses. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the basics right there…

The one characterization thing that actually bugs me was the scene in 9.04 where Sam and Dean are watching Game of Thrones with Charlie, and Jensen and Jared DECIDED TO SWAP LINES because they felt that Sam was the one who would read the books, and not Dean… (Robbie Thompson, who wrote the scene, is still grumpy about it, too). Because DEAN DOES READ. And in this scene HE was the one who was supposed to be mirrored to Charlie through their mutual love of this particular brand of nerdery. It sort of wrecks the entire characterization of the episode, in which Dean’s usual “performing Dean” persona was SUPPOSED to fall down in Charlie’s company, and he would casually and comfortably admit he enjoyed reading the epic fantasy series (which, really, we know Dean reads fantasy novels… he’s a huge effing nerd).

Why do you think in 11.04 (also by Robbie Thompson) he wrote the line about Dean knowing that the phrase “god helps those who helps themselves” was from Aesop and not the bible? Because Jensen COULDN’T JUST HAND THAT LINE TO JARED. He HAD to admit he read. Because Performing Dean is one thing, but when he’s not trying to project that facade, he’s brilliant.

So yeah, 99% of it is 100% intentional. It’s our job as viewers to think about why. You can absolutely watch the show as a passive casual viewer (and the most casual viewer wouldn’t even NOTICE the things that get called plot holes or characterization mistakes), or you can see those things that seem not to make sense on the surface and look for the reason they struck you as being slightly wrong. Because if you dig just a little bit deeper, it opens up an entire new level of understanding about the show.

The writing is NEVER going to hand you all of that deeper characterization on a plate. That would make for TERRIBLE writing. All they want is for the characters and the plots to stick with us, so that we DO turn these issues over in our heads, so we DO think critically about them, and hopefully come to some compelling and fascinating conclusions. Or at the very least we’re eager to tune in again the following week to see if our suspicions are confirmed.

This is a hook that writers have been using since writing was a thing. This is how stories are told. Not just in the words, but in the negative spaces. We’re not just supposed to consume stories, but in the very best way, the best stories also consume US. They make us into an active participant in the narrative, and force us to consider the world and characters on our screens as real people.

That’s how all of this works.

When did liking two characters as friends stop counting as being under the umbrella of shipping??? If I want these two characters to make out and you want them to fight bad guys together then WE ARE ON THE SAME TEAM. At least more than someone who hates one of the two and says they should be friends but are really just being insincere about the whole topic. UGH I’m sorry but I don’t cede friendshipping of my faves to be used as a weapon by haters! Friend shippers belong with romance shippers. We all want good scenes and support and love for our babes. It’s an umbrella thing and you’re definitely under the same umbrella. Welcome, it’s dry here and there’s room for more and we all love the dynamic on screen.

anonymous asked:

Unpopular opinion: I actually liked series 4. I think it allowed Sherlock and John to grow as individuals and change. They have been through a lot of difficult situations, and even though I didn't like the decisions they made, they felt raw and real. People don't quickly fall back into good relationships after everything the boys have been through, and I liked that they highlighted that healing takes time and it isn't pretty or easy. They both made mistakes, and those mistakes have consequences.

Isn’t it pity that this has to be an unpopular opinion? That because some fans hated it due to some “insert your fav issue here“ the popular opinion has to be “Series 4 sucks“???

Well… NO! My opinion counts too, damn it! I liked Series 4!! And despite that they killled Mary off I won’t trash the whole series for that… (And I know, I’m not alone on this.)

Now back to your comment! (Sorry)

S4 showed us, like you said, how these two characters grew. They’re not the same from S1, they can’t be, right? They’re not “two against to the world“ anymore. Sherlock made his own family, small but reliable and John started his own family that extends into Sherlock’s family too.

And I liked that you pointed this out because sometimes people forget: “They both made mistakes.“ Sherlock and John are not saints. Pretty much all characters are not perfect (except for Molly, she’s a sunshine, and I will fight you! hahaha ;-) )

Thank you nonny for sharing your “unpopular opinion“ with me. :D

kazeanon-deactivated20170801  asked:

I'm sorry to bother, but what is the difference between Gonta's speech in the dub and the original?

In Japanese, Gonta speaks by referring to himself in third person. This is a bit uncommon I suppose, but given that two other characters do the exact same thing in the same game, it’s not anything that radically unique.

To me, at least, the fact that Angie runs around calling everyone by their first name like a Western fan is way more distracting than using one’s own name as a personal pronoun.

Also, in Japanese, Gonta speaks fairly politely. He’s not as polite as Kiibo (for whom everything is in 丁寧語 forever), but the way he speaks reflects his desire to become a gentleman and be regarded as such. He doesn’t tend to use slang and enunciates clearly. The only time he speaks in a kind of dullard way is when he’s talking about that thing in that Chapter that’s kind of outside his wheelhouse (you guys know what I mean).

For English!Gonta it’s a little tough to figure out how he’ll speak all game considering we’ve seen what…like a few lines of his dialogue? But based on those couple lines, it seems that NISA has decided that they’re going to portray him using stereotypical Tarzan-speech.

That gives an entirely different impression than how he talks in Japanese.

An anti left a comment on my Kai gifset saying his expressions look the same as mon-el and I lost my shit laughing.

Honey, first of all that may be because Chris doesn’t get a new face for each role, sorry to disappoint. Secondly, the bitch clearly hasn’t watched tvd (or containment) if they can’t tell the difference between the same use of expression in two absolutely different circumstances, with characters who couldn’t be more different from each other. Like, Mon-El smiling over Kara, and Kai smiling because he just murdered his entire coven and a wedding’s worth of people. Eg. a  laugh or smile. This was right before he killed his brother (not the first time!) :) 

Originally posted by tvscene

And this is him being a gooey heart eyes sap of a space puppy.

Originally posted by karamelmondaes

One more time. Here is a lil’ sociopath murdering dozens of people.

Originally posted by nightthinker0301

And here is a reaction to Kara’s face

Originally posted by karamellows

Now kindly get back to me once you’ve watched anything but the show where you judge Chris solely on the fact that he plays a white male. Good day.

oh-snizzity-snap  asked:

(I'm sorry if asks like this get annoying but this is really fascinating to me) So I know some stuff, based on another ask I did. But you make dark so intricate and believable. The way he snakes his way into things and his way of wording things (giving you an answer and providing 5 more questions off of it) and I just wanted to know if you could explain how you decide to word it, or when to know he would be best to come in- (this is rlly vague and long and I apologize-)

It’s not annoying at all. It’s actually very flattering. 

When writing Darkiplier’s dialogue, there are a few traits that I try to consistently maximise, based off the videos he’s actually been in.

  • Commands. Dark tends not to ask a question if he can give an instruction instead. “Tell me X“ instead of “Why are you doing X”. 
  • Concise dialogue. I try to make all of Dark’s dialogue as short as possible. This leaves less room to say something weak or foolish, and makes each phrase relatively stronger. Every word counts for as much as possible without sounding like he’s some kind of walking thesaurus. For example, ‘when you return’ instead of ‘when you come back’. 
  • He certainly doesn’t use filler words much, if at all. Words like ‘um, well, eh, like, really’. He is more likely to remain silent until he has a proper sentence structured. 
  • If Dark can use words to give himself an advantage or make the other person in the conversation sound stupid, he will do so. Every interaction is strategic for him. 
  • He tends not to answer questions. Answers will either be indirect, require more information, or if they are straightforward, are of no consequence to him at all if you know the answer. 

It regards to when I place him in a story, it’s basically as close to the action or interesting bit as possible. Dark is patient, but he’s not going to waste all day on something if it’s at all possible to avoid doing so. This also makes for more interesting writing, as boring bits at the beginning or end can be trimmed, so you get straight into it. 

I think of it in terms of Dark being condensed. He’s not present for any longer than he has to be to accomplish his goal, he doesn’t waste and words so packs meaning into less. There’s not much ‘spare’ to his character, he plays things close to his chest and controls what he reveals, though it’s always implied that he knows everything and intended for everything to happen. (Sometimes he does, sometimes he’s planning to take advantage of a situation regardless of which of the two possible outcomes occurs). Compare this to Anti, who can literally be all over the place. 

He definitely uses slippery phrases from time to time, where the implied meaning is different from the actual meaning. Compare “I should apologise” to “I am sorry”. Both sound like they should mean the same thing, but they definitely don’t. 

I have the advantage writing him because I can make the other character fall into his verbal traps more easily than some people would, which was a pretty major premise in ‘my mistake’.

I’m always happy to talk about these things, and I hope that feeds some ideas. 

The Problems With RWBY

Now, before I get down to it, let me make one thing clear; I LOVE THE SHOW. I enjoy its story, its characters, the music, the unique animation, etc. I am not just “mindlessly hating on it”. Constructive criticism is given BECAUSE I love the show and is done in the hopes that Miles and Kerry will read it and improve on it. I do not want to hear fans whining about me pointing out the show’s flaws just because they can’t see them or accept them. If criticism is not given, people will not improve.

OK, with that out of the way, LET’S BEGIN!


The first flaw RWBY faces is also the first rule of writing that it’s broken: Show, Don’t Tell. RWBY tells us a bunch of stuff, but never shows it. The one thing that comes to mind, even as you’re reading this, is the alleged racism against Faunus. We’re never actually shown true racism against Faunus within the show.

No, Cardin and Roman don’t count. Cardin is a jerk to everyone around him regardless of species, and Roman’s just evil. He belittles everybody under him except for Neo. We’ve never seen anyone be racist to Faunus within RWBY. The World of Remnant videos also don’t help, as it’s just telling us about it instead of showing us it.

At this point, we could just as easily say that the Faunus are all prejudiced against Humans, as we’ve seen more of THAT than we have of Humans hating Faunus. We need to see more racism within the show, instead of it being told to us. It needs to be subtle, no over-the-top ridiculous displays, something more real. Say a Human buys some Dust for some Lien and leaves, then a Faunus tries to buy some too. Have the Faunus charged more than the Human was. Show racism, but make it look and feel real. Otherwise, there’s no point in this imaginary hate against Faunus.

Another issue is the “controversial labor forces” that the Schnee Dust Company utilizes. So, when we were shown Weiss’ father and brother, why never bring that up? SHOW, DO NOT TELL. NEVER JUST TELL.


Another issue RWBY faces is its characters. Namely, how they’re handled. I’ll be taking a crack at a few of them, so bear with me. First stop; YANG. She lost her arm to Adam, and I theorized back at the end of V3 that she’d face some difficulties, probably have PTSD. Now, know that not everybody who has a traumatic experience will suffer from PTSD. However, Yang showed signs of it in V4, and to RT’s credit, they did it rather well. My mother, who does suffer from it, commented on it (Yes she watches RWBY too), saying that RT managed to do it right. However, as Yang got her arm on and started training, her PTSD looked like it disappeared and she seemed almost right as rain again.

Now, I’ll give RT the benefit of the doubt and say that Yang may NOT be over her PTSD and may be forcing herself upwards and onwards. My mother certainly thinks so, as she did it when she was younger. The result, however, was that it made things worse for her later on. IF Yang really is pushing herself, we need to see proof of it. Little scenes here and there to show that she hasn’t recovered. Hell, have her see a flash of Ruby’s cloak, make her think it’s Adam, and have her almost attack Ruby. I mean, I’d personally like to see it, but my point is, if Yang still suffers from PTSD, show us. Don’t sweep it under the rug, because you don’t recover from it, you just learn to live with it and try to move on. This is coming from someone who sees it every day with his mother.

Next up: Blake. Hoo boy, what most critics will say is the biggest disappointment in Volume 4. After Beacon’s fall and Yang’s cripplement, Blake seemingly did what she vowed never to do again; ran away. She either did it so Adam wouldn’t target her friends anymore, or because she was scared. Who knows? The issue here is it’s not clear. If she ran away so Adam wouldn’t attack her friends or loved ones, why return to her family? Adam swore to destroy EVERYTHING she loved,and you better believe family is on that list. Did she think Adam wouldn’t know she was on Menagerie, or did she think he wouldn’t target her family? She even hints at this to Sun, saying “This is why I left them all behind” after Sun was hurt. So, why return to her family? HOWEVER, she also told Sun on Chapter 8; “I told you, I’m not here to fight the White Fang, I’m not here to fight anyone. I’m here to rest, to figure things out, and to see my family.”

So, which is it? A character’s reasons for running need to be clear and easily understood, instead of contradictory and confusing.

Another issue everyone seems to have with Blake is her family; namely that her father was the founder and head of the White Fang. While I don’t mind it, and it even clears up just why Blake feels like it’s HER responsibility to stop the White Fang, as well as I just hate the old “Blake’s an orphan” theory, another issue with her family is Ghira himself. So why did NOBODY, not even Ozpin, make mention of Ghira? She shares the same last name as the founder of the White Fang, Belladonna, so why did nobody comment on it? It’s not like the White Fang were created in secret either, Blake herself outright tells us that the organization was formed to bring peace between the two races. You can’t do that in secret, and if Ghira DID hide in the shadows, then that should have been made clear LONG ago!

With Ruby, the problem lies in how little character development she’s gotten. Yes, we’ve seen her change from a shy girl who didn’t want to make friends to someone who DOES, but that’s about it. Outside of crying for Penny, and going Mary Sue on Cinder after Pyrrha died, Ruby hasn’t shown much of a reaction to their deaths. She’s pretty much the same character, albeit with a little less energy and love of weapons as she used to be. She’s the main character, the show’s pronounced after her name, show us how she’s coping. No long letters that honestly aren’t that good (Sorry, but that letter was pretty bad) and no telling us about it. Show us how the death of two friends has affected a 15-16 year old little girl.

With Jaune, it’s how MUCH development he’s getting. Yes, I get it, he’s the Deuteragonist, the second protagonist, the Hero to Ruby’s Heroine. However, at this point he’s becoming more like the traditional main character than Ruby herself is. He’s had the Love Interest (even if he never knew it) who died, he’s the audience surrogate, he was made leader of his own team, we learned that he cheated his way in, etc. etc. Now, I’m not saying that what he’s been through is BAD, but the issue here ties in with Ruby, namely that she hasn’t gotten as much attention or development as Jaune has. I like Jaune. In another story, he WOULD be the Hero. But the show is called RWBY because it revolves around Team RWBY. It’s time they took the spotlight back.


Another issue that the show has is its sense of time. Before it was retconned, Miles and Kerry said early on that Volume 4 took place 6-8 months after Volume 3. They then decided to change it to avoid plotholes. Unfortunately, this just created more plotholes. How long were Blake and Sun on a boat? How long was Weiss cooped up in her room? Yang said she and Taiyang were training for weeks. The only thing that makes sense is RNJR’s journey on foot, as it WOULD take quite a long time to go from one country to another like that. (A minor plothole with THAT is why didn’t they get transportation there, when Oscar did? If the answer is no money, where did they get the extra ammo at the end of Chapter 1 of V4?)


Something I personally have a problem with within the show, though some would argue against it, is the Grimm. We’ve been shown Grimm that wiped out whole villages, Grimm that rule the seas and are huge, and yet students who haven’t even finished their first year were able to kill. The Grimm as a whole are also disappointing. We’ve been told that they wiped out all life on Remnant except for four Kingdoms where life exists, but we’re always seeing them mowed down so easily and quickly that it’s kind of pathetic. The Nuckleavee Grimm, in particular, showcases this problem. This is something that wiped out three villages and could not be defeated, yet RNJR took it out no problem. A better way to resolve it would have been if they had managed to fend it off long enough for the airships to arrive. The Grimm have been getting the Worf Effect pretty badly, and they’re not the scary monsters that we’re told they are. I, at least, want to see more creepy looking Grimm that aren’t defeated on the first encounter with our heroes. Grimm are supposed to be unnatural monsters of darkness, not cannon fodder.


The lack of foreshadowing is also a problem here. We had only one line of dialogue about Ruby’s silver eyes, and that was it. One line, in the very first episode,and it was never touched upon again. Blake’s family was never hinted at, neither was Weiss’ little brother, Whitley. While I understand that some things are meant to be a surprise and kept secret, common things like family need to be at least mentioned. You don’t need to reveal any big secrets about them, just a mention is enough, like Winter in Volume 2. For something as big as Ruby’s silver eye power, foreshadowing is a must have, otherwise it’ll come out of nowhere and feel like a Deus ex Machina.


There are probably many other things I’ve forgotten to add in that I meant to, but I can always address those later, or edit them into this post. These are the biggest flaws though that are dragging RWBY down. I still enjoy the show, and I will keep watching it, but it could always be improved, and there are some things in it that require attention and fixing.

Who’s Faster Part 3/? (Pietro Maximoff x Reader x Barry Allen crossover fic)

Author’s Note: Hey guys, I’m sorry I didn’t post Friday like I promised, but my ACL surgery kinda threw a wrench in plans. I’ll try to post another part pretty soon to make up for it. Enjoy!! :)

Summary: It’s your average day in the Avengers Tower in New York City when something extraordinary happens–and that’s saying a lot since you work with the Avengers.

Other Characters: none

Warnings: Slow burn … yeah sorry about that.

Word Count: 700

Originally posted by british-fa99ot

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kirsteinandarlert-deactivated20  asked:

I feel like ‘two halves of the same soul’ should DEFINITELY be another ‘official’ ship name for Jean/Armin now. We have the name smush in English and Japanese, now we need the fancy one.

YEAH! I was actually just thinking of using it as my Jearmin tag. ^^ It suits them! I’ve always thought of them as complimentary (as you’ve pointed out in your excellent posts!), and this tidbit about them having originally been one character seems to explain so much about why they feel so connected. So I’m totally down for “two halves of the same soul” as the official fancy tag of Jearmin! :D

undercover!jon is entirely plausible

so I was talking about game of thrones in college today, particularly about the possibility of jon playing daenerys, and I was told this idea is “retarded” .

so, let’s look at some of the contextual evidence given, shall we?

you have to be smarter (than father, you need to be smarter than robb.”)

so, at the beginning of season 7, sansa warns jon about the impact his choices can/will make. we followed both ned and robb themselves previously, we know what happened to them: honour was their downfall, and they paid the price with their lives.

so, if jon has indeed fallen for daenerys, he would be following in the footsteps of robb, a young king who went back on his word for the sake of love.if jon has indeed betrayed the north (in that he has given it to a foreign southern ruler, despite hundreds of lives being lost to win it’s independence) then what was the point?

why would this line have been said in the first place, then? why would it mention ned and robb, if not to hint at an underlying direction jon was to take? sansa could have easily just said; “you need to be smart about your choices.” end of, moving on. this conversation between jon and sansa didn’t even need to exist, but, if we’ve learned from previous seasons, certain dialogue is included for specific reasons; everything means something in thrones. 

again: what would be the point in jon repeating the same mistakes from those dearest to him who lost their lives for it? 

jon has done it before.

we all remember jon’s first love, ygritte. it was a tragic tale of two people born into different worlds with different perspectives and, despite their love, those worlds got in the way. but jon didn’t exactly fall for ygritte at first sight, did he?

I’ve seen people claim that jon simply cannot be using daenerys because that isn’t his character. I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that’s what he did with ygritte. he’s done it before, he can do it again.

in order to gain the trust of the wildlings, jon has to live like one of them, he has to do things their way. what better way to earn their trust than to break one of the ancient oaths that has been a part of the nights watch for generations? so, to avoid suspicion and risking the entire mission, jon gives in to ygritte’s advances and has sex with her. the love comes later.

“but why would jon kneel to daenerys and give her the north and then sleep with her if she already pledged to fight alongside him in the great war?” good question. it’s simply the same scenario as the wildings; he is gaining her trust piece by piece so that he may use her forces against the night king and his army when they come for the people of westeros. we’ve learned that people in this world are tricky and can go back on their word and just be generally unreliable. jon cannot risk this with the thousands of lives that are at stake, but, if someone is in love with you, they love you and will do anything for you.

daenerys, anyone? for example, when the wight hunters went beyond the wall to capture proof for the realm to show what they’re really up against, daenerys flies in to rescue them in time. or rather, she flies in to rescue jon. the first thing she does is reach for him. she doesn’t care about the wight or hell, even jorah, she just wants to get jon out of there. that’s not the actions of a simple ally, that’s the actions of a person in love. 

jon has daenerys right where he wants her, and she won’t be bailing on him or the cause any day soon due to her feelings for him. by securing daenerys as an ally to his forces, jon is securing her forces in the coming war. what does she have that no one else does? dragons. what were we as an audience and jon, as king in the north, told by davos at the start of the season? dragons are vital in defeating the white walkers. 

“but the kneeling and sex? what’s that about?” jon is luring daenerys into the false pretence that he reciprocates her feelings. by agreeing to bend the knee, which he actually doesn’t, nor do we ever see him physically bend the knee actions speak louder than words, jon is giving her everything she wants. he is giving her a substantial part of westeros, and with her dragons, she could overthrow cersei and rule. this is what she has been aiming for this whole time, except, now she wants jon as well, now. well played, jon.

body language reveals all. 

when jon finally leaves dragonstone after being daenerys’ prisoner, he takes his boat out to sea. he doesn’t look back at all, there isn’t so much of a quick glance. jon’s eyes are forward and forward, only. but who does look back? jorah. this man has done nothing but try to prove his love and dedication to daenerys, he truly has feelings for her and it shows

speaking of looking back, think of the staircase scene in which jon and daenerys discuss their lost brothers. jon leaves and daenerys is left on her own, and so she turns her attention to jon walking away and she watches him climb the stairs. this is the first glimpse we get that she has feelings for him.

the cave scene can also be brought to attention. you can say that “love was in the air”, but I personally cannot see it. the whole point of this scene is jon trying to bring daenerys to his side by explaining the past and what the future holds, especially with the threat of the night king and his army. jon breaks the barrier during this scene by making physical contact with her, and this is where his plan cuts into motion. even with the privacy they have, however, he does not make a move. this could be because he is testing the waters with her and is slowly luring her in. 

jon standing outside of daenerys’ cabin during the season finale can also say a lot. it’s entirely possible that the way jon ‘preps’ himself as he sighs and hesitates before knocking can be seen as nerves. but perhaps it’s supposed to look that way to in order to derail the audience and feed the false pretence of jon’s feelings to viewers, just as jon has been doing to daenerys. maybe this is actually jon feeling the moral conflict of what he’s doing; jon may be doing this for the greater good, but it doesn’t mean he’s happy about it. 

the plot of winterfell

also during the finale, it was revealed that both sansa and arya were deceiving littlefinger in order to take him down. not only was littlefinger fooled, we as viewers were as well, even if many theorised what was going on. we were not shown sansa and arya talking about their plan, we were only shown what littlefinger saw; the supposed brawl between them. this shows that it is completely possible for there to be a similar thing going on with jon. 

as well as this, sansa tells littlefinger that jon never asks for her opinion, but that simply isn’t true. when seeking advice before he left for dragonstone, jon, the king in the north, asks what sansa thinks. he values her thoughts and opinions, so sansa saying that he doesn’t is horseshit and we have been provided with evidence to support this. 

the starks, including jon, can be playing this game together as “the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.” 

the “love story” between jon and daenerys is rushed and forced 

we’ve seen many couples on game of thrones, all in different points of the story and all under different circumstances. we have seen the ups and downs of these characters and their relationships and how they’ve developed and gotten where they did. 

at this point, it is of my own personal opinion: there is such a lack of chemistry between jon and daenerys and there is not so much of a spark. within the time spent at dragonstone, daenerys stomped her foot and whined like a child when jon refused to bend the knee to her, so she took away his transportation to leave and kept him prisoner on the island. 

pretty much every time they talk, they bicker. she demands he bends the knee, he refuses. then, bam, they’re suddenly in love? I don’t buy it. it isn’t fleshed out and despite all the time we saw them together, it feels rushed as well as forced.

with other couples on thrones, we have seen them bond and properly talk about certain topics; about themselves and their lives. jon and daenerys don’t do this at all. except, daenerys does in a way. she talks about her brothers, talks about the dragons that used to rule westeros and brings up her infertility. but jon? what exactly does he bring to the table of personal offerings? nothing. he does not open up about himself and he doesn’t reveal anything to her. 

so all that their relationship is built on is that of purely aesthetic means. there is no substance to what they have.

so, in my opinion, undercover!jon is far from impossible, especially from everything we have seen so far. so to the dude that called this theory “retarded” maybe you should pay attention to what’s actually been going on and stop taking everything at face value. this is game of thrones, after all. anything is possible.  this is just my opinion and views on this theory, however. please respect my opinion and I shall respect yours ♡

rivster101  asked:

For the fmk ask meme; Eridan, Vriska, and Gamzee. Sorry not sorry

oh god i accidentally closed the inbox tab when id written two of these and id written so muuuch i hope i dont fail to reproduce the same results ok thinking of reproducing the same results lets get on to CHARACTER NUMBER ONE

get randomly assigned as your lab partner for a whole semester:

eridan! tungsten tungsten erbium hydrogen (theres no element w just the letter E, is there) i used to be good at science (i peaked at the tender age of 16 and its been all downhill since there) and now im kinda meh at science and forgot everything. i need someone here who can actually questionably do some science here, and vriska would blow up the entire building on day one, killing everyone present including herself, and then say she did well because she didnt play by the risk assessments STUPID RULES and also she wrote down what would happen in advance, and gamzee would eat some chemicals and die. i need someone who can survive the whole semester and scrape a pass with me since thats how i roll these days (ok no im a top grade student but. a top grade history student and i cant do science any more) soooooo eridan!

get trapped with on a broken elevator for ten hours:

vriska! if i had to be stuck w any of them for ten hours itd be vriska. she’d try to escape but we’ve got to be stuck all ten hours as part of the rules and i could probably idk talk about her failings to her when she has to fail to escape as part of the rules of the ask game. of all three i think vriska id wanna talk to the most of the three for ten hours? also im a biiiiig ol lebian

get as my employee trainer for my new job at McDonalds:

gamzee! working in retail and/or food is the kind of place id be anxious about messing up and under a fair bit of stress, and the other two characters available here are the twinned god and goddess of downfalls of hubris and explosive tempers. im gonna assume here we’re talking gamzee the stoner and not gamzee “dollarclever” makara the murderhappy shitclown. if i fucked up id rather a trainer who just went “its cool” than eridan or vriska with whom i would be at the risk of actual literal death

thank u for asking! :3

anonymous asked:

I always thought it made perfect sense. To Hikari and Takeru, Vandemon is a horrifying villain who psychologically, physically, and emotionally tortured them when they were less than 10 years old, now back and stronger than ever and murdering in horrifying fashion. How would they NOT be scared? Whereas to Daisuke, Vandemon is just another asshole who needs to be punched in the face.

I suppose the previous anon tried to address two issues at the same time within the character limit the askbox allowed them to use, and because of that the wording may come off as weirdly put.

But I understood that the comparisson between Hikari and Takeru’s attitudes in 02 and their attitude in tri was meant to be just an observation and less of a critique in itself.

The especific moment of the fight against Belialvandemon doesn’t perfectly portray this, but it’s true that in 02 Takeru and Hikari’s attitude against killing digimon strikes as interesting when compared to what they used to do in Adventure - their point however is that tri seems to have carried on with the mindsets both Hikari and Takeru had in 02, and - in that matter - I kind of agree. This is part of the reason I like to rewatch some 02 episodes when analysing tri episodes, although I never see everything it has to offer in absolute terms - tri being a deconstruction of the series and all.

When I was a teenager the attitude against killing came off as a glaring contradiction. But today? Today I think it kind of makes sense. Because, as you have said yourself (and thank for the ask, btw!) they witnessed too much as kids. Back in the day they didn’t have much of a choice in the first place. In 02 they don’t want to do it ever again, now they’re more conscious of their actions than their 8-year-old versions were.

But that is also why Taichi himself warns his sister in 02 (short before Demon showed up) that the day would come they would have to kill bad digimon again, and that she needed to be ready for that (Hikari isn’t very confortable, but she quietly listens… and it’s worth noting Taichi himself is very serious. He isn’t implying that his sister has gone soft or anything like that. He’s simply giving her advice because he cares deeply about her safety and her mental health (well, we know now, better than never, how easy it is for Hikari to be affected by darkness. ^^”).

The second issue the anon tried to address back there (that ended up mixed with the topic above), I think it’s more related to Daisuke’s role in 02 itself. I can see the criticism pending more towards this aspect.

Daisuke is the main character of 02, but at the same time he doesn’t really feel like a protagonist in the absolute sense of the term. As in, the proto-agonistes, “the main one who struggles”, or “the first fighter”, “the fight struggler”. A protagonist is by definition someone who goes through pain and overcomes it, to become more mature and strong by the end of his journey.

Daisuke however is a character that, in every aspect, is portrayed as a rather normal child without much worries in his life. For those who may be unware of it, let me quote producer Hiromi Seki:

How was Daisuke’s character made?

He’s a really carefree child, but I definitely don’t believe that he won’t have a single worry or concern throughout his entire life. It’s just that there was this period of his life where it was so. Around the time when children are in elementary school, they really change drastically even within a one year difference. One can see huge changes in them both physically and mentally, and that one year for them is completely different from how an adult would change in one year. A child who hardly changes makes it very easy to see the child that has changed a lot. This is why I had the idea not to let Daisuke go through many larges changes, so he could appear in contrast to the dramatic transformation that Ken-kun went through.

Source: http://digitalscratch.pmsinfirm.org/821

In other words, this was a very deliberate choice. One that I’m not very fond of, I admit, perhaps because of my own cultural roots (this basically kicks in the balls the usual structure of Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey”), but it is one that I can respect regardless.

It feels more like the protagonist of 02 is actually Ken. He is the one who goes through pain and suffers a brutal change. Ken is the one who truly feels like the protagonist of the series, while Daisuke is “the helper”.

So of course when Daisuke acts like that during the fight against BelialVandemon, all of it strikes as way too convenient and even anti-climatic for Daisuke. Because we’re all expecting the main character to go through pain…. but it never actually happens, at least, not the way we are used to in most stories. xD The best we end up seeing from Daisuke, I guess, is some head-butting with Takeru that in the end doesn’t really amount to anything (unlike Taichi and Yamato’s situation) and the pain to fight Agumon is arguably a mini-arc that did him some justice. But yeah… that’s basically it. I think.

A/N: Keep in mind that this was written by two people, and then touched up by me. We took turns, so both of us wrote for each character. I’ll try to make it as consistent as possible, but it’s midnight, my man. Sorry for any inconsistencies… This is also our first fanfiction together, so bear with us T^T We wrote it on a very loose plot….

AU: Soulmate AU where if Person A gets injured physically, the same injuries show up on Person B

Requested: No

Genre: Angst, but it gets fluffy at the end

Trigger warnings: Torture, but not bad

Summary: Castiel and Dean are soulmates, and have to find out the hard way when Crowley finds it necessary to kidnap the angel and try and torture the location of the boys out of him.

Unanswered Prayers (Destiel)

Originally posted by astudyinwinchester


After being kept in the dark for so long, the dim light of the small room he was being kept in was enough to trigger an intense headache. Castiel squeezed his eyes shut a few times before he was able to take in his surroundings, his eyes adjusting to the sudden lighting change. The walls were stained a desaturated yellow, from years of going uncleaned. He raised his eyebrows when he noticed the whiteboard on the wall opposite him. Was this an office building? Or perhaps a school… He didn’t have the time to decide, as the door opened abruptly and the room filled with a few figures, and he tilted his head as he recognised the figure closest to him.

“Well, what do we have here…?” Crowley’s accented voice rang out. Cas could vaguely remember the smell of chloroform before waking up in this room, and his only clue as to what happened after was that he could feel slight pain in his wrists, arms, and legs. “Castiel, my sweet. Its certainly has been a while, hasn’t it.” The demon’s question was spoken more like a statement. He knelt down in front of the angel, who felt vaunerable when he noticed the binding symbols written on the whiteboard. “Are you finally going to talk?”

“I have nothing to say to you!” Cas spat. “Now, now, Cassy,” Crowley clicked his tongue condescendingly, “You know I don’t like you keeping secrets from me. You can tell me where the Winchesters are, or I can kill you. Whichever is most convenient for you, I suppose.”

Castiel’s expression hardened at his words, his jaw clenched. He didn’t know what he should do, what to say. If he didn’t tell Crowley where they were, he’d probably kill Cas on the spot. They’d definitely try to torture it out of him, as well. But if he did tell… Castiel decided that telling him would be worse; he didn’t know his motives, and for all he knew, Crowley could very well be wanting to kill them, too.

Cas knew the boys would be looking for him, so was there any point in telling Crowley? “Last chance, feathers,” Crowley held an angel blade to Castiel’s neck. “You wouldn’t kill me. You dont have any information yet…” He said breathlessly, trying to sound brave. “Ah…” The suited Brit backed away. “Learning from moose and squirrel, I see. You know, your little boyfriend is a bad influence, Castiel.”

‘Cas, this isn’t the time to get flustered..’ He thought to himself, struggling to not romanticise on what would happen if Dean WAS interested in him… He craned his neck up to look at the King of Hell, his eyes filled with nothing but hate for him. “Why do you even need to know, anyways?” He spat cynically, “What more could you want with them?”

“Well…” Crowly mused calmly, “maybe, it has to do with the fact that all of you idiots have tried to kill me several times, tried to destroy hell, and you all annoy the shit out of me!” His voice escelated in attitude and loudness as his sentence went on. His screaming wasn’t helping Cas’ headache… “Now…” Crowley cut deep into Cas’s arm, who couldn’t help but scream. “Tell me where the Winchesters are!”

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“Shitfuck!” Dean gasped in pain and looked at his arm. There was a giant scar…? He didn’t understand where it came from… “Sammy! Go check dads journal for anything on unexplained scars.” Sam furrowed his brows, before opening the bag he usually carried the journal in. “I’ll see if I can figure out where Cas is. Maybe he can help.”

In the few hours Sam had been researching and Dean had been trying to reach out to Castiel, several more cuts, bruises, and burns appeared on Dean’s skin.

“Huh.” Sam chuckled. Dean looked up, annoyed that Sam could laugh in a situation like this. “What is it?”

“Well, it says here that it’s either an angry entity trying to mark you, or…” Sam laughed again, before he could continue. “Spit it out, asshat!” Dead growled, frustrated. “Or it’s your soulmate. Say they got a bruise on their leg, the same bruise would show up on yours”

“Must be an angry entity, then.” Dean scoffed, shaking his head. “I don’t have a soulmate.” Sam rolled his eyes. “Keep telling yourself that, Dean.”

“Why are you rolling your eyes?” Dean asked accusingly. “Oh come on, Dean! What if this has something to do with Cas?” Sam said, a serious look on his face. Dean scowled, not wanting his younger brother to see him hopeful for something like this. “The hell are you implying Sammy!?” Just as he finished his sentence, he felt another sharp pain on his leg, before watching his jeans slowly soak up his blood from underneath.

Dean didn’t want to admit it, and it was a horrible thing to think… but he hoped that it did have something to do with Cas… the thought of the angel being his soulmate gave him a rush of excitement in itself. But, this was Dean… “It’s not Cas,” he scoffed, “it can’t be. I mean, an angel and a guy like me? Come on, Sam.” Sam shook his head and clicked his tongue, his eyebrows furrowed and his eyes held… was that sadness Dean detected? “Dean, there are so many things I could tell you about your worth, but there is no time. Jhink about it! It’s been how long since Cas last showed up? If it is him, and he’s getting deep cuts on his arms…” Dean didn’t speak as he grabbed a bag that he keeps packed, in case of emergencies. His jaw clenched, he looked at his brother for a few seconds before leaving the room, finding that no matter how much he prayed in his head, there was no answer. “Cas!” He resorted to yelling, “You need to get your feathery ass over here! It’s important!” He stood in the hallway, panic rising when Cas still didn’t show up.

“Sam! Hurry up and see if you can track the GPS in his cell pho- SHIT!” He cut off hus sentence as another strong pain arised in his jaw, a purple bruise quickly forming has he spat blood on the floor.

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Cas swallowed the blood that flowed into his mouth from his ripped up cheek; Crowley had sicked one of his “munchkins”, as Dean called them, on him. Let’s just say that steel-toed boots don’t agree with high speeds and faces.

“I’m not revealing their location.” He scowled, nostrils flaring as he was forced to ignore Dean’s prayers, the symbols drawn on the whiteboard preventing him from teleporting to his side, as he so badly wanted to.

“Well, that’s just going to make my job more difficut, Cassie. You know this hurts me more that it hurts you.” Cas was punched again, this time, on the other side of his jaw. 'Dean…’ he thought to himself, 'I need Dean…’ Cas tried to push the thoughts back, but the more prayers he got from his hunter, the more the thought that they weren’t safe was embedded into his mind.

“Crowley…” Castiel said in a defeated tone, “There is no point In holding me hostage like this. I will not tell you Sam and Deans location.” Cas didn’t want to fight anymore, but he knew he had to. He had to fight it for Dean. “Well that’s just too bad, Castiel. You said it yourself: I’m not letting you go until I get what I want.” Cas let his head hang; he had never felt more pathetic. “If you’re going to kill me, then kill me…” The angel said, fighting back tears. “But I will not let my friends get hurt due to my reckless actions.”

Dean groaned again, plopping in the passenger seat of the Impala, rubbing his jaw. “Sam! Hurry your ass up!” He yelled, as his brother decided, fuck it, I’ll leave the door unlocked. Sam slid into the driver’s seat of Dean’s 'baby’, before speeding away, the green dot on the GPS not landing too terribly far from where they were.

“Why’s he at an elementary school?” Sam questioned, as he looked at Dean, who was currently examining his face in the rear-view mirror. “Fuck if I know,” his face scrunched up with worry and confusion that he wouldn’t admit vocally, “but it doesn’t smell good. Especially when I’m getting random injuries.” Sam shook his head and snorted sarcastically, “Tell me about it. Do you want to know more about that soulmate stuff?” He asked, hopefully lightening the mood. “Amuse me.” Dean said emotionlessly, his cheek feeling like a raw potato. “So get this; apparently, not everyone has a soulmate. Your other half has to compliment your personality. You know, person A keeps person B calm, stuff like that. Which means not everyone has a perfect compliment, I guess.”

“Cas, if you’re listening… I want you to know we tracked your cellphone. We think you’re in trouble… Hang in there, buddy.” Dean prayed to him again, complete ignoring his brother’s information. “Hey, what’s our, uh.. ETA?” He asked his moos- I mean brother. “It should be about five minutes. He’ll be fine, I promise.”

“I know.” Dean stated, trying not to to show the worry in his voice. “Even if he does get hurt like this, he can use his angel mojo magic to fix it.”

“You mean his Grace?”

“Yeah, whatever.”

=(^._.^)=

“Well, looks like your boyfriend isn’t planning on showing up to the party. That’s too bad. We were just going start to have fun!” Crowley left a cut on Cas’s stomach, seemingly just enjoying himself now, as he knew the angel wouldn’t say anything.

Just as cas was about to let out a yelp of pain, he heard yelling outside the door. Was that Sam…? A strong leg kicked down the door, as Dean growled. “Don’t you fucking take a step, Crowley.”

“Oh look, it’s Rocky and Bullwinkle. Glad you could make it.” Crowley mused. It didn’t take long for Dean to make it from the door to Crowley. Getting close to him felt like getting close to Hitler; that son of a bitch deserves to pay, and he had the tools to make him. Dean immediately shoved Crowley against the whiteboard, smudging the symbols drawn on them. “Calm down, lover b-”

“Calm down?” Dean yelled, “You want me to calm down?!” He loosened his grip on Crowley a bit, before slamming him into the whiteboard again, harder this time. He pulled out his gun and pressed it up to Crowley’s stomach. “You know very well that your silly gun won’t kill me.”

“No,” he tilted his head, leaning in,“ but it’ll hurt like a bitch.” He told him, before imbedding two bullets in the demon’s abdomen.

Crowley let out a pained grunt, as Sam ran over and untied his friend. “Sammy! Take Cas home. I’m not finished with douchebag, here.” Dean said, not taking his eyes off the weak king, as he let him drop to the floor. “This isn’t going to stop me Dean! You know I can make you pay for what you’ve done! I’ve got more time on my hands than you!”

“Thats funny,” Dean chuckled darkly, “because I don’t think you’re gonna be able to find us for a while.” With some Latin, Dean was able to send Crowley and his restrained men back to where they came from. After it was all over, Dean walked back to the bunker. He didn’t bother calling Sam. He needed time to think. “Lover boy…” he muttered to himself. “Cas is just a friend.” Dean tried to convince himself of this, but no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t shake the butterflies in his stomach. When reached the bunker, he hesitated to walk in. He wasn’t sure what to do.

Inside, Cas sat next to Sam, trying to gather up his words; Dean hadn’t come back to the bunker yet, but Cas was sure of what he saw. “Sam.” The aforementioned swung his head around to look at the angel, who hadn’t healed yet. He hummed a noise, wordlessly asking what was up. “I’m guessing that you’re wondering why I haven’t healed myself yet… and I will admit the reason why if you’ll give me advice.” Sam flashed a knowing smile, leaning forward in his seat. “Go on…?”

“I could have sworn that when Dean walked in, he had identical injuries to mine… Are you familiar with the soulmate phenomenon?”

“Are you asking me if you and Dean have such complimenting personalities that you’re spiritually connected?”

“If… if that is the way you would prefer to phrase it.”

Sam put the book he was reading down, and turned to face the angel completely. “Yeah. I honestly think that you’re perfect for each other. And yes, he felt like he was decked in the face three times.” Castiel looked down at his hands, smiling to himself.

Cas thought of all the things he wanted to say to Dean. About how much he loved him. Suddenly, they both heard the bunker door open and slam shut. “Cas. We need to talk.” Sam took that as his que to leave, but before he did, he gave cas a thumbs up. “Let me see your arm.” Dean commanded, his voice strong but his face telling a different story. Dean took his angel’s arm and set it by his. They had the same exact scar. He looked at Castiel’s jaw. Same bruises. “Cas, I…”

“Dean, I already know. Sam and I… We already discussed this.”

Dean opened his mouth to say something, but quickly shut it, as he was lost for words. Luckily, Cas had been formulating a plan since he saw Dean walk in with those injuries.

Cas looked up into Dean’s eyes, the same stoic expression on his face… but Dean saw something different in it. His eyes held an emotion that Dean couldn’t read. Cas stood on the tips of his toes and leaned close to Dean’s face, before whispering something in Enochian and planting a soft kiss on Dean’s jaw, where the bruise was the darkest and the swelling was at it’s peak.

Dean stuttered, stumbled over nonsense words. Cas smiled at him with adoration, seeing his face now healed as he ran his hand down Dean’s now blood-free forearm.

“C-Cas, I-”

“I think you’re perfect. In every way. I don’t care if you don’t think you’re enough, or if you feel that you can’t trust anyone other than yourself. You’re more of an angel in my eyes than I am in everyone else’s. I understand if you don’t feel the same, but I’d like to inform you that when you’re near, my stomach feels like a beehive with all the business of feeling you give me. I-”

The angel was cut off with a quick kiss on the lips from the hunter in front of him. “I think you’re great too, honeybear.”

Dean found something he thought he would never again. Not after Lisa. He looked at Cas and saw the person he wanted to be with for the rest of his life, the person he knew would accept him no matter what. That’s what he’s always seen. He would do any thing to protect Castiel. This was it. This… This was love. His train of thought was cut off by Cas wrapping his arms around Dean’s neck to pull him closer, passionately kissing him. Cas has been waiting to do this ever since he had pulled Dean from his damnation. Dean was surprised at first, but melted into the kiss and wrapped his arms around his waist, pulling him closer. This wasn’t just some fling, or a one night stand. This was real, and it was more than Dean thought he deserved.

Cas cared about him more than anyone ever did, and he didn’t want to lose the one thing that made his life worth living. They pulled away when the need for air became too high. “Dean…” The angel said softly, looking up at Dean with the sweetest expression. “You will always be important. Dean I…” He sighed, “I thi- I know that I love you.”

For the first time since Dean could remember, his emotions overwhelmed him so much that it effected him physically. He let his head fall for his forehead to touch his angel’s tears brimming in the corners of his eyes. 'Castiel: my angel, my love…’ he thought, 'I could get used to that.’

“I think that counted as a prayer.” Cas smiled widely, his gaze landing on Dean’s feet as he intertwined his fingers with his soulmate’s. “Well shit,” Dean chuckled, “now I just sound clingy.”

“I’m fine with that, Dean,” he whispered, “I’ll come when you call. And if I don’t, I know you will save me, too.” They both snapped their head to the direction of the doorway, when they heard one certain flannel-wearing sasquatch clear his throat loudly. The quickly pushed away from each other, when they finally realised how red their faces had become. “No, don’t let me stop you. It’s not like I heard anything you guys just said.” Dean was blushing profusely. Cas tilted his head, “Dean and I were just…”

“I know Cas. I’m leaving anyways. Dean, I’m taking the car. I’ll be at the library doing reserch on how we can deal with Crowley.” Immediately after the door closed, Dean tackled Cas to the couch. “I love you, my angel.”

“I love you too, my hunter…”

A/N: They say that they never separated again, the cheesiness made them stick together and now they hunt conjoined at the hip