THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE CORE OF EVERYTHING I’VE BEEN PINNING ON FAI FOR WHO KNOWS HOW LONG AND IT’S FINALLY REAL AND TRUE AND HERE.
KUROGANE IS GOING FOR THE THROAT.
I love Fai’s shadow stretching so high behind him because
the implication here is that he’s the
shadow. The smiling Fai is the person he puts on display for the world so
he can hide behind it in the collected darkness, a shade that no-one ever looks
at, and this is Kurogane making all of my dreams come true and finally turning
the mirror back in on itself.
AND THEN HE USES THE KIDS AS EVIDENCE, IN THE SAME WAY THAT
FAI HIMSELF NOTED TO HIS DISMAY BACK IN OUTO. HE CARES FOR THIS FAMILY MORE
THAN HE EVER PLANNED TO, MORE THAN HE EVER WANTED
TO, And Kurogane saying this to
him is the ultimate sign that Fai has failed his goal in every single way, because it means he knows it too, and that he knows it all.
AND NOW MY WHOLE HEART IS SCREAMING BECAUSE FAI SEIZES
KUROGANE’S ACCUSATION AND TURNS IT INTO AN EXCUSE.
He says “I said it, didn’t I? I wasn’t going to die.” That
was in Koryo, too. Fai’s pretending that the magic was purely in self-interest –
which, on the first level, is the sign that he’s lost the battle on the “I don’t
use magic” front, but making a decent attempt at the “I don’t actually
care for anyone” claim.
But Kurogane JUST
SLAMS THE TRUTH DOWN.
HE THROWS IN THE FINAL ACCUSATION. FAI CARES.
AND HE DOES. THERE EVIDENCE IS EVERYWHERE AND THERE’S NO WAY TO PRETEND IT’S ANYTHING ELSE. He could have resisted the urge to use magic. He could have just let them all be captured and see what happened. But Kurogane points out exactly why he didn’t; because they might not all have survived.
It’s not even about them as a collective unit. They might have gotten out of it eventually but what if Sakura died in the process. What if Syaoran died in the process. Or Kurogane.
Fai was at the point where he was no longer willing to risk any of those outcomes, not even a little bit. So without any prodding from anyone at all HE HIMSELF CHOSE TO USE HIS MAGIC AS AN ACCEPTABLE PRICE FOR ALL OF THEIR CONTINUED SAFETY.
IRREVOCABLY: HE LOVES THEM.
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE ON THE TABLE AND IT’S CRUSHED HIS
ENTIRE PERSONA AND TORN IT TO PIECES.
AND THEN FAI SPEAKS, BUT HESITANTLY.
WHICH IS A FIRST.
IT’S ACTUAL HONESTY DROPPING FROM HIS TONGUE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME, SO UNFAMILIAR TO HIM
NOW THAT HE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO DO IT.
AND THERE IT IS.
It was like pulling teeth to get it out of him but HE DID
KUROGANE GOT THE TRUTH OF FAI’S PERSONALITY OUT OF HIM.
This is honestly one of my favourite things to ever happen in this
by Dean sending Sam a selfie of Dean and Cas on the beach, smiling, beams of sun blotting out most the color on the photo, and a caption that reads, “BTW I kinda love this guy…”
by accidentally getting caught holding hands in the Impala when they thought Sam was asleep in the back seat
by Claire throwing out an offhand comment about her “two dads” and “uncle Sam”
by getting caught furiously making out in the shooting range…
**AND BONUS: Sam stumbling upon a Major Discovery during a hunt and shouting for Dean and Cas to “come to the library immediately.” They both come running from Cas’ room (they think it’s an emergency) - which isn’t entirely unusual - but Dean’s fly is down and Cas’ t-shirt is on backwards, and wait, isn’t that actually Dean’s shirt? Which would explain why Dean is topless…**
Fluff//Romance “I’m doing this for you.” “You know you’re my one and only.” “I’m in love with you.” “I’ve always loved you.” “You’re the most important thing in the world to me.” “Forever and always.” “You’re my sunshine.” “I appreciate you.” “You’re so cute.” “You’re the most beautiful girl/boy I’ve ever seen.”
Secrets//Lies “I’m jealous of you.” “I’m in love with you, idiot.” “I never loved you.” “I don’t really like _____.” “You’re my hero.” “I’m in love with ____. Don’t tell them.” “I’ve never lied to you.” “I was using you.”
Angst “You don’t give a damn about me.” “Stop lying.” “Stop pretending.” “Get the hell away from me.” “I thought you loved me.” “I trusted you.” “You promised me!” “I needed you.” “I can never trust you again.”
Pain//Blood “You hit me.” “You shot me.” “You stabbed me.” “I’m bleeding.” “Everything hurts.” “I feel woozy.” “You’ve lost so much blood.” “You’re covered in blood.” “There’s so much blood.”
Flirty “You’re hot when you’re mad.” “Wanna come back to my place?” “You tease.” “You’re lovely.” “You look divine.” “How about a drink at my place?”
Innunendo “Do you like?” “Does that feel good?” “Give it to me.” “I like it rough.” “I have something to show you.” “Harder! Just like that!” “I’ve got a present for you.”
NSFW//Kink “Be a good girl.” “Come sit on Daddy’s lap.” “Push me down.” “Make it hurt.” “I wanna fill you up.” “Pull my hair.” “Choke me.” “You’ve been naughty, you need a spanking.” “Take it all the way in.”
I have a question if you don't mind -- what do you make of the pose of Fai and Ashura in that chapter spread image? What if anything do you infer of their relationship? This was a topic of MUCH speculation in TRC fandom when the manga was still coming out, before Certain Events later made things clear; I'd love to know your read on it!
I’m so reluctant to guess, purely because CLAMP are doing that thing where they wave answers under your nose but deliberately withhold all the context you need for it to actually make sense.
Like, as a point of comparison, if this was Fai leaning on Kurogane I would have no doubt whatsoever about that that meant, but that’s because I know who Kurogane IS. I have no idea who Ashura is in this world, or who he is to Fai, beyond the fact that a) they know each other, b) Fai sealed him in an underwater coffin, c) Fai is running the hell away from him, and d) Ashura was probably the king.
I think, for the sake of the argument, if they were lovers, I would expect them to be looking towards each other instead of away. And yet Fai is visibly comforted here, and perhaps feeling protected? There’s something about his expression that says he’s entirely relaxed, which isn’t something we’re really USED to seeing on Fai. Whatever it is, they’re both used to this kind of moment and are happy to exist in the silence of the moment (which, again, we don’t see on Fai often).
So if I HAD to guess, I would suggest that maybe Ashura is Fai’s older brother, or maybe father? Not necessarily by blood, but possibly also that.
breaks up with you under built up pressure from his family and friends, but shortly afterwards he realizes that this isn’t what his heart wants and he wants you back.
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slams his fist into the wall beside him. It was a mistake. A slip of the tongue. He hadn’t
meant any of it; it was all in the heat of the moment – he was just so frustrated - and
he couldn’t control his emotions.
His hands somehow connect with the
ceramic flower vase on the table and he flings it at the ground. It shatters
into pieces and the flowers lay limp, drowned in the water around them.
“I don’t want to see you anymore,
Y/N. We’re done. Done. Did you hear me?”
Jungkook breathes heavily as he
stares at you. You’re trembling. “Jungkook, just tell me why… Please, can’t we
He watches as you step closer to him
and try to take his hand. He slaps it away, and even though it hurt to see the
pained look on your face, he keeps his hands by his side.
You retract your fingers, and look at
him sadly. He just shakes his head. “Just leave, Y/N. I can’t do this anymore.”
He starts to
head towards the door, to follow you, to apologize, but he stops. Jungkook knew
he had hurt you. But it was just a fight, like any other fight. You would come
back like you always did. Yet as he kept on trying to reassure himself, he
realized it was different this time.
And, really, that should have been her first clue, but it was still something of a shock to find herself alone with Adrien outside of their local amusement park the next week.
A flyer advertising a stage production fluttered in the wind, blowing from the feet of the people waiting in line to purchase tickets to the feet of two rather worried teenagers holding a cellphone between them.
“Are you sure, Alya?”
“Pshhhhhh,” said Alya, voice tinny through the speakers. “Don’t worry about us! You go enjoy your d—… outing, and Nino and I will have a great time helping my dad out at the zoo. Sorry for standing you two up!”
Marinette had just enough time to think that Alya didn’t sound particularly sorry at all, and then the screen in her hand went black.
“Well,” said Adrien, frowning at the phone, “that sucks.”