Just a little smutty Friends to Lovers (with no pining!) fun for this holiday, dedicated to @swallowedsong for various reasons. Sláinte! (rated M, 3000 words, AO3)
She almost choked on her green beer as her best friend’s feet came up off the ground as the burly, flanneled lumberjack (well, big guy in flannel shirt) at the bar planted a smacking kiss right on those unsuspecting lips. She’d told Killian what would happen if we wore that shirt, but he didn’t listen. Emma’s laughter is lost in the packed pub filled to the brim with St. Patrick’s Day revelers, but she knows Killian hears it, his telltale eyebrow lifting as Paul Bunyan releases him and gives him a jovial pat on the back.
“You had to know that would happen at some point, lad.”
Emma shakes her head at Killian’s seemingly unflappable facade, watching as he shares a big grin and a toast with his kissing buddy at the end of the bar. But as he makes his way back to her she can see the signs of his mild embarrassment in the red glow of his pointy ears to the sheen of sweat at the hollow of his throat.
“Regretting that shirt yet?”
“Why Swan? That was the best kiss I’ve had all night.”
The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of Opera and Ballet in St Petersburg. Opened in 1860, the Mariinsky Theatre (renamed the Kirov Theatre during the Soviet period) is one off the most famous theatres in the world, with many famous composers, ballets/ dancers and operas/singers premiering here. Including the works of Tchaikovsky, the ballets Swan Lake and the Nutcracker and many of the world’s most important dancers, for example Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and many more. The theatre is currently home to the Mariinsky Ballet, the Mariinsky Opera, and the Mariinsky Orchestra. A second stage was recently completed to add to the original theatre and the 2007 Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall.
Once Upon a Rant - Rape Culture and Abuse, let's tell the truth
I’m constantly asked about my point of view on the rape culture debate when it comes to Once Upon a Time, if usually, I remain silent on the subject, I’m passed across a post that mad me see red.
Of course, nothing I will say will change people’s minds, but again, if there’s people reading 50 shades of Grey thinking they are reading romance, there’s people who will think Hook is a rapist.
The truth is, people think he’s his cartoon character, or just forget about one season of character development. What is, even more serious, is that Hook is shot down in favor of a man like Neal.
To me, Once Upon a Time biggest issue isn’t rape culture, even though Graham’s rape and death is a case. No, my biggest problem with Once Upon a Time is how they handle abuse.
This show is the first one when it comes to portraying abusive relationships with a parent, some of them better handled than others, but also romantic abuse : the relationship between Emma and Neal.
I read a lot of things about how we were supporting the rapist and the one to blame when we took down the victim: Neal
This point is my biggest problem because this fandom isn’t seeing, hell even the writers which is even more problematic, Neal as an abuser when he was portrayed as such, this fandom isn’t seeing Regina as an abuser.
Killian has never been once taken for the victim, the fandom constantly puts him in the baddie position (he wants to get into x’s pants, he’s working for y, he’s a monster)
However, the fandom makes sure to ignore every single interview about his character and everything that has been said about him so far, he’s not just a villain, it’s far more complicated than that.
I’ve read a lot of stupid comments about how Emma was an object, about how she was a victim of Hook’s desires and such things, the thing is, all those comments are stating one same argument: Emma’s agency being brushed off for the sake of his character.
Which leads me to roll my eyes when I’m not screaming, that’s how far people are going and how hard they are closing their eyes, and how fucked up my generation is.
Swanfire is an abusive relationship. Swanthief ended because a man took away a woman’s agency : two men plotted her end without asking her opinion on the subject.
If there’s a man in Emma’s life, who refused her her agency, it’s him. Yet, the fandom praises him as the ultimate hero. Hell, the writers are trying to make us buy he’s the ultimate hero.
Just because Neal doesn’t get the villain etiquette doesn’t mean he can’t be seriously fucked up, and putting it on the back of a “complex character and well written one” makes me stare in horrible wonder: Neal has been the worst character they have ever written, his lack of constitency isn’t enjoyable: much like other characters minus centric episodes, Neal is the one character the fandom spends hours making up fanon headcanons and taking them for accurate.
There’s nothing wrong with imagination, however, placing fanon in the first position when you watch a show is quite serious and stupid : it leads you to comment such as Neal and Emma are perfect and romantic and epic and Hook is a rapist.
I would like to point out, that I’ve read, I’ve seen, people saying, stating that Neal putting Emma to jail is the ultimate romantic gesture, the ultimate sacrifice.
Translate this in real life, you get the biggest asshole on earth abusing a young girl: it’s called a minor being abused by an adult and ending in jail because of his doing.
Yet, in the OUAT fandom, it’s romantic, hell, it’s the ultimate poetic gesture.