the amazing queue

things that are cool to do:

  • getting excited about bts members collaborating with worldwide artists
  • supporting these collabs when they are announced and or released

  • praising the foreign artist for their participation in the collab (which should most definitely be done – make sure you do not overshadow their contribution to the song in place of solely showing support to the bts member who also participated!!!)

  • letting collabs occur naturally between the artists and the boys in order for them to develop a comfortable connection with one another first as barriers such as language can put up particular strains on both ends

things that are not so cool to do and reflect negatively on the boys and army:

  • constantly spamming worldwide artists to collaborate with bts members
  • trying to force an artist into submitting to the idea of a collab with one of the bts members when they may not feel comfortable doing so via rude and or aggressive messages

  • genuinely thinking you have a right to enforce collaborations and potentially causing emotional stress to the foreign artists and bts themselves by possibly making them believe that the only way the barrage will let up is if they yield and do the collab

  • getting aggravated at foreign artists (especially female) and or fans supporting the collaborations because you do not wish for them to collab with the boys because you think bts is your’s and your’s only

  • forgetting that both the artists and bts are living and breathing humans that currently have very busy schedules and lifestyles and they cannot just put everything on hold for a moment to create a collab in order to satisfy the needs of some fans

tl;dr:

  • get hyped about bts possibly collaborating with artists from around the world because the wale / namjoon collab was a perfect showcase of how incredible it can be when it occurs

  • but don’t be a dick about it and, to be frank, harass foreign artists on their social media accounts to participate in a collab because it would most likely have them feeling uncomfortable and under pressure to do so (a classic case of: how would you feel if that was you in their shoes)
The Foundry - Home of their Hearts

I love the new Arrow Cave. I really do, but there was something so… simple about the old foundry and I was feeling so very nostalgic about it when I realized that the foundry is actually so much more than just bare bricks and mortar. It’s symbolic of something much bigger, something that speaks of Oliver and Felicity and their irrevocable journey to find each other, stay with each other, through thick and thin, for better for worse.

Essentially, from the very beginning, the foundry has been Oliver’s and Felicity’s baby.

The first time Oliver digs up the basement, it’s a ray of light that pierces the screen for a second. He’s just come back to Starling to find himself kind of homeless in his soul and the foundry becomes where he goes to be himself, who he has become, where he can be who he is now without any bondage.

Essentially alone. It’s dark, damp and lonely, just like he is. He is at home there because it reflects him.

Then it’s not so lonely anymore. While it’s still dark and damp, because Digg is a battle-worn soldier just like Oliver, they find in each other companionship.

He just gets so joyful because he has someone to play with now. 

But it’s still just their base of operations, nothing more.

Not until a tiny blonde with no tolerance for his bullshit saves his life and the changes his settings.

Slowly, over a period of time, she changes things. Makes the foundry her own. Adds her essence to it, an essence so bright that both warriors fall under its spell and fall in love with what she creates. From a sole base of operations, it becomes their hang out zone, the place they come to after bad dates to avoid talking while eating Chinese or Big Belly and have Felicity crack some jokes. It becomes the place Oliver enjoys showing off his skills, uncaring about his scars and tattoos because that’s how comfortable he becomes in their presence.

Anyways, I digress. My point was, that while the foundry was made for their nightly activities, and while a lot of people waltz in and out of there, and while a lot of destruction is caused over a period of seasons, Oliver and Felicity are always the ones who make it more - they made it a home.

It started with Oliver making it a foundry and Felicity taking the liberty to upgrade things around as much as possible.

When the first base is destroyed in the Undertaking, Felicity is the one who finds the new base and makes it a home for whenever Oliver decides to come back 

something that stuns him to no end (because when has anyone ever done anything for Oliver Queen because they cared?)

Now, all three of them have a place to be, a place they can rest assured that nobody will harm them.

The Arrow Cave held some of the most profound memories for them, a place where they could be themselves and be heroes without pretense.

Come home.

Thought this is where you’d go.

Let’s go home.

Oliver lost his house, his company, his everything at the end of Season 2. So he started living in the foundry quite comfortably.

The foundry that Felicity spruced with a bed and a fern. A foundry Oliver called home for so long. 

It was staying here that gave Felicity the strength when Oliver had been presumed dead, and it had been here she had found him again

It was there that Felicity finally allowed herself to break down when she thought she lost Oliver again

even more so because she lost this too, this place that had rooted her to him and him to her for so long.

And although they left it all behind and the foundry was lost, to them, they returned and they changed places. But it was still theirs, the upgrades theirs

The ruins were theirs too.

And in the end, they were the only two left standing, 

Everyone else had gone, leaving the foundry Oliver had started and Felicity had carried, that they had both made home destroyed. 

Oliver and Felicity. Standing alone. Side by side. To build it back up again.

From the start, the foundry has been a creative child of Oliver and Felicity that they’ve nurtured, loved and lived. It has been a home of their hearts as they’ve lost and rebuilt it over and over again. 

This is so symbolic of their journey and their destination in each other.

It’s so beautiful.