VIXEN JOINS TEAM ARROW Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes he needs
help battling Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) so he calls in an old
friend – Vixen (guest star Megalyn E.K.). Using her magical ability to
summon animal powers, Vixen gets a lock on Darhk’s location and the team
goes to war. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) has a heart-to-heart talk
with Malcolm (John Barrowman).Gregory Smith directed the episode with story by Marc Guggenheim and
teleplay by Keto Shimizu & Brian Ford Sullivan (#415). Original airdate 2/24/16.
According to Marc Guggenheim they are “going to do something that’s never been done before on Arrow with the Big Bad. 15 is a real game-changer episode for us. He wouldn’t elaborate much, but he did clarify that this big twist “doesn’t involve a character death. It’s a move that we’ve never made with one of our Big Bads ”
Here’s the next installment of my AU in which Claire is prevented from returning to the 20th century. For once, it’s not a cliffhanger. Graphic violence still applies, as well as a trigger warning for discussion of sexual assault.
In case you need to catch up, here are Chapters 1, 2, 3
My skull throbbed with pain, and lights flashed before my eyes. I tried to pry them open, but my eyelids felt too heavy. I slowly floated to the surface of consciousness, feeling bone-deep soreness throughout my body. My skin stung as if fire-ants crawled over me. My shoulders felt stretched to the breaking point. My spine curved backward into an unnatural arch, tension radiating through all my limbs, which were pinned behind me. But none of this pain compared to the stabbing in my heart as I recalled my last memory of Jamie, kneeling in the grass below Craig Na Dun, pistol aimed at his head. The expression on his face was dismay, not for his own fate, but for mine. The sound of the shot still echoed in my ears. Was it possible that I would never see him again? Never look into his bright, dancing eyes? Never hear the rumble of his brogue? Never twine his fingers with mine? Never feel his large, gentle hands caressing my skin? He was such a huge, vital presence in the world. Nothing could fill the void he left behind. I wanted to sink into the ground, to fade out of this plane of existence. I didn’t want to exist in a world without Jamie Fraser.
The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it’s not. It is an existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of another person—without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.