the details that make life better

us: GIVE US SOMETHING GIVE US ANYTHING WE NEED DETAILS IS IT BETTER THAN RED IS IT BETTER THAN SPEAK NOW IS IT BETTER THAN 1989 IS IT BETTER THAN FEARLESS IS IT GOING TO GIVE ME LIFE IS IT GOING TO MAKE ME WISH I WAS DEAD IS IT THE BEST ALBUM YOUVE EVER HEARD DID IT GIVE YOU A RASH

secret session people:

dayuuqi  asked:

I have just started trying to learn to art good and I really like your arts, they are very good. Do you have advice on how to learn to art good too?

I LEFT THIS SITTING IN MY INBOX because every time I look here I’d be on mobile and I wanted to actually think about it and articulate it properly but haHhdkmslf

I’m probably not the best person to give advice!! I’m a pretty simple artist ahaha and I probably should follow my own advice more LOL

But the age old “practice, practice, practice” is always said for a reason. You’ll do so much better when you reference from life, though, even with inanimate objects etc, it makes you more aware of little details you can add to a drawing. Mentally break down what you’re drawing instead of taking it as a whole.

In a super simplified way to explain this, you could draw a rectangle and call it a book, or you could draw parts of it like the cover, the spine, the pages, etc and show that it’s a book.

You couuuuld observe other people’s works and try to see how they translate things like “ohh this artist uses a curve like this to represent the nose” when you have difficulty mentally translating 3d->2d, but like, not as a direct copy. It’s difficult to explain ahaha but instead of stealing WHAT the artists do, I try to figure out the mental process behind the decisions they make in portraying something. 

It sounds so fancy but uhhh you ever look at someone’s art and you go “ohh so that’s how they did it” when staring at how hair flows, how lips work etc. Drawing from life is stiiiiill the best way of going about it, to observe the reality of a thing you know, instead of through the lens of another. What’s important is you figure out the hows and whys of things. 

It might be tempting to try to go for gold and make your art look pretty off the bat, but understanding why things work, why elbows bend that way, how noses sit on faces, etc it would really pave the way for an aesthetic rooted in reality ahaha, although it might start out feeling awkwardly, you’ll settle into it.

brushes and tools won’t make you better, so never worry about not owning fancy stuff, because your skill will be rooted in what you can do with the basics.

something something pay attention to color theory I don’t know I hope this helps HAHA

5 things to remind yourself everyday:
  • if you think someone looks pretty or extra nice today, tell them. some times, some people need a little bit of confidence boost or some cheering up to continue going on with their days!
  • there is no harm in saying no if you believe that the situation is becoming too uncomfortable. you are not obliged to say yes! and you have the right to only do things that you believe is safe for your mental health and well being.
  • stop interchanging sorry and thank you. instead of apologizing to someone for being late, say thank you for their patience to wait for you! there is a thin line between being grateful and feeling sorry and once you’ve learned how it works, you will become a better communicator and a better person in general.
  • always make an effort to be kinder in everything that you do! kindness is a choice and living your life in a much kinder way will make you feel more content. of course being kind does not necessarily only mean being kind to other people, it also means being kind to yourself.
  • instead of focusing on the whole picture itself, try to appreciate the tiny beautiful details about your everyday life. see how the sky changes its colors every now and then? appreciate it. observe how your streets are copper-colored because of fallen leaves. inhale the blossoms of your spring garden.
the type of person i imagine the signs in a relationship with
  • Aries: someone soft and gentle, but not a pushover. they are exciting and enjoy going places and going along for the ride. they listen to the 1 a.m. passionate rants and is always understanding.
  • Taurus: someone patient and kind. someone who pushes and motivates, but knows and accepts limits and boundaries. very cuddly and affectionate, enjoys PDA.
  • Gemini: someone good at communication and listening. very accepting and understanding, empathetic and compassionate. has similar interests and likes what they like. very witty and has a similar sense of humor.
  • Cancer: someone confident and self assured, but not cocky or arrogant. humble and kind. knows who they are and what they like. seems unemotional and hard, but has a soft side. responsible and values hard work.
  • Leo: someone who adores them and notices the small things. someone considerate and who will do small, yet kind things for them. someone who will make their life easier and better.
  • Virgo: someone who appreciates them and the things they do. tells them they love small details about them everyday. understands and calms them down when they feel anxious and stressed.
  • Libra: someone intelligent and well respected. has a lot of energy and likes to go out, but can be chill. someone fun and uplifting and has a silly side, but knows when to be serious.
  • Scorpio: someone patient and empathetic. likes to have deep conversations and talk about interesting topics. someone loyal and devoted and will always be by their side. passionate and loving.
  • Sagittarius: someone original and talented. likes to have fun and is lighthearted and optimistic, yet realistic. someone to have deep and philosophical conversations with late at night. someone that appreciates small moments and things in life.
  • Capricorn: someone witty and sarcastic, and has a good sense of humor. someone who takes things seriously, but can have a good time and has a fun side to them. very caring and doting, loves very deeply.
  • Aquarius: someone original and isn't afraid to be themselves. understanding and accepting. has similar opinions and outlook on life. someone who likes to have debates and discussions. someone who likes to have fun and is adventurous, but grounded.
  • Pisces: someone grounded and responsible, and balances them out. doesn't try to change who they are and celebrates all of the differences and quirks of them. affectionate and likes to show them off. very sweet and has an emotional side.

How neurotypicals think you get a diagnosis:

  • first, you have no idea you are sick at all, you are just a Normal Neurotypical going through life when suddenly you are sent to a therapist (because mentally ill people cannot have anyway of knowing they are ill)
  • you tell the therapist no! i am normal! not crazy at all! but the therapist knows better…
  • you are sent to a clinic or hospital where you speak to seven different psychiatrists, talk about your whole life in detail, have brain scans and are under constant monitoring with wires hooked up to you
  • doctors are pooring over texbooks and consulting other doctors and doing everything they can to find The Perfect Diagnosis
  • now, at last, your doctor returns. he tells you have a mental disorder. you cry a lot because now your life is ruined. the doctors tells you everything Will Be Okay. 
  • You are given a bottle of pills that will make everything better and of course you ALWAYS remember to take them. You are given therapy appointments three times a week with a doctor you trust who believes in you and your experiences and again you ALWAYS remember to go and never miss
  • Because of your special professional diagnosis, you are cured and are now functional in society and will never be bothered by your mental health again!

How I actually got all of my professional diagnoses:

  • “Hey doctor, I’m depressed”
    “Fill out this checklist” … “You have major depressive disorder”
  • “Oh by the way, are you ever anxious?”
    “Yeah”
    “You have generalized anxiety”
  • “Doctor, I hear voices”
    “Sounds like psychosis to me”
  • “Now my voices are controlling my body” (repeat this times 10 to a hundred different doctors who never believed me)
    “Oh thats dissociative identity disorder”

How I got my self diagnoses

  • Days/weeks/months/YEARS of research
  • Scholarly articles and peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Talking one on one with people who are diagnossed with it
  • Soul searching and trying to understand myself
  • Fighting myself on if I’m right
  • Cross examining the symptoms with other disorders I have
  • Finally settling in that I have this disorder and finding self help for it
The ultimate masterpost

**This is a list of helpful sites pulled from multiple masterposts. I will be updating this as I find new things.** 

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**If something belongs to you and you want credit let me know. I tried to make all the links go to a specific site. But I’m happy to give you credit if you see something that connect back to you.**

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8/17/2015: Updated some parts. Alphabetized the study section and added in new links. If at any point you want something added in that isn’t here just send me an ask or submit it in the submit box.

6/1/2016: Currently working on the issue of the links disappearing. Hopefully I’ll have it fixed 

anonymous asked:

How do you know how to add these details to clothing that make it look a bit closer to real life? I try to do it, but it always turns out too simplistic for my liking. I also want to ask how you do your cross-hatching, because it also looks really nice.

I’m going to assume these are both about linework anon friendos. If not send me a message and we can chat some about painting. :)

So, I have not been doing linework as long, but I have made some recent developments while studying it in the past year. So what I find helps for the things you are talking about (so like fabric folds and details like seams) Is called line weight.

this is varying the thickness and width of your lines in order to create more detail in your images. Things in real life have a lot of depth to them and most animated cartoons do not. Mostly because if you draw with line weight and then animate: it looks like your lines are either agitated or having small seizures.
For this reasons most animators do not use line weights in their work (or use it more sparingly)
But we are drawin here. So we get to go nuts with it.
For adding details so they work it’s good to start out with the sketch.

When you sketch something you should try to always think of the shapes you are working with as 3d things. So spheres, cones, and cubes.
I know it looks overwhelming with all those pink and blue lines but honestly it’s just circles. Those are just there to show I view them as spheres in my head.

When you think of your shapes this way it’s easier to integrate details into your drawing by following these shapes. Such as with the fabric folds on the hip, neck and the legs where the two shapes meet, meaning there would be a crease there.
Another example is using thicker lines when that line is farther away from the light source creating varying kinds of fabric folds instead of them all looking the same.


different line sizes and thicknesses are what is going to make your textures. In order to keep stuff uniform I do a lot of whats called contour hatching. This is just making lines for my shadows follow the contours like I was talking about before. Using thinner lines on inner details and thicker ones on the outer silhouette lines of your image makes a stronger silhouette so you don’t overwhelm you drawing with details. All of floofy froggits inner lines are much thinner than it’s outer lines. All of floofy froggits hatching comes from the contours as well and are drawn in areas where there would be less light.

As always, it’s a lot better to reference things from real life than it is to reference other peoples work. When you look at really shiny metal, there is a highlight that is super bright, but also a shadow that is very dark. That’s what those thick black lines represent.
Ribbots line details and shades still follow the basic shapes from the sketch, are thinner closer to the light source and thicker farther away from it.

Not sure if helpful. But I don’t know how else to explain it. As always longer more in depth tutorials are posted on my PATREON

Have fun artin!

okay, but you know what i would love to read? aftg from kevin’s pov.

like, it starts right after riko breaks his hand - it shows him running to wymack because wymack is his father but shows us his fears: of riko, of what riko could do to wymack, of the backlash that could fall on the foxes because of it

i want to know what was going through kevin’s mind when he gave his back to andrew and what their friendship was like pre-neil. i want to know more of kevin’s backstory - about the scars in places no one can see, about the bruises, the broken bones that he had to fight through because riko would not allow him to tarnish their appearances. give me 400 pages detailing kevin’s fears and hopes and dreams, instead of turning him into an exy/alcohol robot.

i want to read about exy being the thing that makes kevin feel close to his mother, about kevin pushing himself to be better for her, i want to read about the pain of losing his mom and how it’s something he still struggles with daily, about him wondering what his life would be like if she had lived.

i want to read about his friendship with jean, how it got to the broken state it is, what riko did to ruin it (and them)

i just want more of kevin, because he is not emotionless, he is not just an exy player. he is a human being who has lived a childhood full of trauma and abuse, while simultaneously being forced to smile and act like nothing is wrong when there are a million eyes on him at all times.

This is my Son. i’m very proud of Him. Even as a Freshman in high school He’s made the varsity team this year! He is more of a Man than i ever could have been. As a single father i have tried to make sure all His needs are met. He has been in the Master Suite since my wife died. Six months after she died six years ago He became the Man of the house. That was on His tenth birthday. Since then His power and control has only grown as He has. i am now His complete slave in every sense of the word and my life has been better for it. i’m not allowed to go into details, but whenever He needs relief of any sorts He knows i’m ready to help out. my Son is a God among Men and i’m very happy to serve Him in whatever way He needs! Fuck it’s great to have an Alpha Son!

The Pros of Your Sun Sign

Aries: You are a natural leader, when you speak others follow. You do not wait for good things to happen to you, but you go out and make them happen yourself. When people are mean to those who cannot stand up for themselves, you will interject on their behalf. 

Taurus: You have a way at putting other people at ease with your stable sense of self. You do not compromise your values to fit in with other people. You are loyal to those you truly care for. 

Gemini: You can start a conversation with anybody. You know how to entertain a room. You will listen to other people complain about their problems for hours if that is what it takes for them to feel better. 

Cancer: You are a natural empath as you can relate to what others are going through. You care about your loved ones and will put your life on hold for them. You will take care of home responsibilities for your loved ones.   

Leo: You are constantly trying to make people feel better about themselves by trying to shine the light on others. In social groups, you like to make sure that everyone is having a good time. You know how to present yourself in a confidant manner, which gets you where you want to go. 

Virgo: You help others fix their problems. Your friends, family, and lovers can always rely on you. You will take care of the nitty gritty details so other people do not have to. 

Libra: You know how to defuse arguments. You can see two sides of the same perspective and agree with both of them equally. You care deeply about social justice issues. 

Scorpio: You are loyal to those you care about. When someone you love is going through a tough time, you will come to their aid. When you decide you really want something, you will not stop until you get it. 

Sagittarius: You have an adventurous spirit which brings excitement and joy into peoples lives. You think on a grand level, which helps you come up with big ideas for your life. You are naturally competitive and do not buckle under the weight of competition. 

Capricorn: You do not let anyone or anything get in your way when you desire something. You have a strong work ethic. No matter how long it takes you, you will not stop until you have achieved your goal. 

Aquarius: You are a unique individual who does not follow other people. Your opinions are entirely your own. You know how to belong in large social groups without losing yourself and becoming more like them. 

Pisces: I know I already said it for Cancer, but it is the same for Pisces, you are a natural empath. Even though you may have not had a similar experience to what other people are going through, you can still feel what they are feeling. You do not try to take the spotlight away from others and are glad for other people when they shine. 

Writing small things means you notice those small things. It means you’re paying attention to something not everyone thinks to focus on. That focus makes someone feel special. But if you make someone feel too special to you they may wonder why you notice such small things and make them into large emotional blankets.
We must make our lives interesting. We must notice these details, because to do otherwise is to not live. To do otherwise is to choose not to know someone slightly better than they realize they convey. If you prefer to love - people, life, beauty, whatever - you’ll notice. But honestly, we all notice things that we don’t say out loud. Our bodies betray us slightly at a surprise. But hey, your inner world is fantastic, so don’t sweat it if someone sees you’re full of thoughts and feelings. You observe, you know, think, and react inside yourself.
—  B. E. Barnes

Fun important detail….

That everyone completly forgot about…

A lot of people ask me

Why has it been so hard for monsters to have peace?

Why was it so hard to destroy the barrier?(even tho it was a better ending)

Well… I hope you all remember what the save file was named as, and what happens when it’s named like that…

“This name will make your life hell, proceed anyways?”
Little Even and Sana things :))))
  • Sitting cross-legged on the floor, listening to music and discussing Isalm together
    • Bonus: Sana answering questions Even has about it, because he’s never had anyone – other than Mikael, who he doesn’t talk to anymore – who is so willing to openly talk to him about it
  • Texting each other bits from the Qur’an which they find particularly moving, then discussing it, and the texting turns into hours and hours and paragraphs upon paragraphs of them just…discussing it
  • -Sana sharing little details of her life with Even, like how she sometimes feels really lonely, or how she doesn’t get on with Jamilla. Even doesn’t necessarily say anything, he just listens to her and nods; tries to be as understanding as he can, and just the fact he’s sat there, listening, trying to understand, willing to understand, makes Sana feel a bit better already
    • It gets to the point where Even becomes someone Sana can really trust; who she can talk to and confide in, because he just understands her that bit better than her other friends
    • Sometimes, after a particularly bad day, she’ll find herself calling Even, and she’ll just rant and rant and rant, and Even listens and listens and listens, and afterwards – even if Even hasn’t actually said that much – Sana feels a little lighter
  • After a while, Even opens up to Sana about his bipolar disorder. He tells her that he got into the Qur’an just before a manic episode, and that no one seems to believe his interest in it was genuine; that he’d always been told it was just a manifestation of his illness
    • That night, Sana spends hours and hours googling bipolar disorder, because she really wants to understand Even, too
    • She ends up telling him that whoever told him that his interest in the Qu’ran was disingenuine was talking bullshit, because from what she can see, bipolar disorder doesn’t really work like that; it can intensify your passions but doesn’t really change what you’re passionate about
    • And Even really can’t express how much that means to him; it means so so much, that all he can do is just nod and smile, and he wants to thank her, but he can’t quite find the words. It’s okay, though, because there’s this silent understanding passing between them; they don’t always need words to communicate - they can express how they feel through little knowing glances and nods
  • DRAGGING PEOPLE TOGETHER. Oh GOD, does this happen. They’re this powerful little educational duo; they have different strategies, of course, in tackling ignorance – Sana is slightly more aggressive, whereas Even is much more…passive aggressive, but together?? People need to take a seat
    • One day, it comes out that Even’s showing an interest in the Qur’an, and someone makes a snide comment – says, “What the fuck, you’re white, you can’t be a Muslim”, and Even kind of looks at the floor, a little…unsure; doesn’t know what to say, and that’s where Sana steps in, saying, “Islam is a religion, Einstein, anyone can follow a religion if they want to”
    • And sometimes Even will step in too; when Sana is tired, when she can’t quite bring herself to be her normal, firey self, he’ll step in and shut people down…and they can just read each other, make each other feel better, and make sure no one – absolutely no one – brings the other one down or makes them feel bad or scared or embarrassed
    • When it’s less explicit - when the ignorance is more subtle - they don’t necessarily call people out on it. Instead, they’ll share little knowing glances; roll their eyes at each other and laugh a little, smile a little, as if to say, this person is chatting shit, I know it, you know it, you’re not alone, I see it too, and I’m here with you

To conclude: Even and Sana have the potential to have a beautiful, beautiful friendship and I am SO READY for it to rise in S4.

This started as an idea for one character and rapidly turned into a mini Dad’s of Thedas AU, because of the Game Grumps new dad game!

We’ve got: Spy dad, Nerd dad, Craft dad, Author dad, Assassin dad, Brooding dad, and Sad dad.

Descriptions of dad’s under cut. I can’t believe I did this, but the idea was far to fun not to.

Keep reading

To bring your wish into reality

Inspiread by my dear dear friend @witchy-woman, I created this little wish bottle! So little you can bring it everywhere with you, on a date, at work, in class, etc! You can carry its power on you all you want!

Ingredients are simple:

  • a little bottle
  • a piece of paper and pen to write your wish on
  • salt for purification
  • clear quartz to enhance energies
  • bay leaf to make your wish come true
  • wax
  • (a golden ribbon)

How to proceed:

  1. Take the time to light a candle, meditate if you wish to and focus on your intent: what do you want to bring into your life? Visualize it cleary and with as many details as possible.
  2. Add the salt at the bottom of your jar, then the bay leaf.On the piece of paper, write down your wish. Again, be as precise as you can, a deadline is also a good idea. Magic can be tricky sometimes so better put all the chancs on your side!
  3. Then, roll your paper around the crystal and put it in the bottle.
  4. Finally, add the lid to your bottle and seal it with the wax (I used vanilla wax here), wishing one last time.
  5. Add the ribbon if you wish.
  6. Carry this bottle with you and take it in your hand focusing on your wish, or give it to a loved one <3

Have fun!

mbtimom  asked:

As someone who discovered the cognitive functions closer to middle age, I find it very difficult to determine which functions I use dominantly since I seem to have developed them all to varying degrees throughout my life. Do you have any advice for older adults or some insight on how each type would look later in maturity?

(Gif: if you don’t recognize this, we can’t be friends. :P)

Right, so we’ll do a brief how-to if you’re not sure between functions.

Presuming you have a solid understanding of exactly what the functions do, and how they differ from one another, ask yourself what you need zero time to process with.

Can you react lickety split to your sensory environment (Se) or do you need time alone to process sensory elements (Si)?

Does your brain zip to an immediate intuitive response / theory or run with other people’s ideas without needing time to process (Ne) or do you need alone time to intuit or process ideas (Ni)?

When presented with a problem, is your logical reaction immediate and based on observances you can point out to others (Te) or do you need to sit down, shut other people out, and go inside your mind (Ti) to problem-solve?

When presented with an emotional situation, do you immediately assess and process the feelings as they happen (Fe) or do you need alone time to decide what you are feeling and inclined to not-articulate it (Fi)?

So, you know your functions, but which order?

You know your functions, but you use them all, with moderate degrees of strength. Totally normal for someone who is mature. But, which ones would you spend a day alone with, cuddled up on the couch with ice cream? Which ones DRIVE you, but in a no-pressure kind of way? Which ones REJUVENATE YOU when you use only that one?

Lemme make this easy for you.

Xi-dom: relaxes by delving inside their mind, to the core of themselves. (Ni: how do I intuit the world? Si: how do I interpret the world through my senses? Ti: how do I see logic? Fi: how do I see ethics?)

Xe-dom: relaxes by engaging or impacting the external environment. (Te: organization; Fe: emotional expression; Ne: ideas-gathering and discussion of what lies behind something; Se: sensory exploration, new experiences, action.)

Mature:

ESFJ: I use my natural abilities with people and my deep understanding of how the world works to open myself and others up to new perspectives and ideas, without forgetting to check myself on a logical basis.

ISFJ: I continually open myself up to new experiences and ideas, and have come into a full awareness of who I am and my own creative potential.

ENFJ: I share my vision with others in order to get them on board, while seeking opportunities to act to carry me toward my desired end, without forgetting to check whether my vision is realistic or not.

INFJ: I continually open myself up to sensory experiences in a healthy way, rather than binging on occasion or doing things I regret; I have learned to do research, ask questions, and rely on sensory input rather than going off my first instinct (which sometimes can be incorrect).

ESTJ: While I am not naturally adept at handling emotions, I have learned their importance to myself and others, and strive to live in such a way that I feel good in my decisions and devote my time, ideas, and energy toward things that matter. I use my wit and zany sense of humor to bond with others.

ISTJ: I have learned to open myself up to new experiences, while never losing track of who I am, where I have come from, or what is “tried and true” in life; I no longer dismiss the intangible as nonsense, but see the value in new concepts and ideas. I can take them and work with the details toward a better world.

ENTJ: While I am not naturally adept at handling emotions, I have learned their importance to myself and others and strive to align my personal values with my visionary goals. I have learned the value of human connections and pacing so I no longer over-extend myself and focus on seeing immediate possibilities as well as creating futuristic insights.

INTJ: I no longer wait on the sidelines of life but actively engage with my environment and the world to make my visions a reality. I continually open myself up to sensory experiences and make fewer destructive “impulse” decisions in my low points. I have learned to rely on sensory input, knowledge, and research to help fill in the gaps with my intuitive thinking rather than just relying on “instinct.”

ESFP: My instinct is still spontaneous and impulse, but I have learned to make decisions based on what I truly want in life, rather than on my first instinct. I have sorted out who I am and what I want in life, and have set workable goals to get there. I self-motivate  by reflecting weekly on my dream, and envisioning what I need to do to get there.

ISFP: I have learned to use my strong sense of independence and my desire to impact the world to accomplish greater things; I study up on ways to bring about my dreams, rather than just longing for them, through forcing myself to finish important tasks that will take me where I want to go in life.

ENFP: I no longer blow through projects, people, or ideas with gusto and leave them half finished, but have learned to take my time, the importance of details, and to set realistic short-term goals for myself. I do not reflect on the negative elements of my life except to motivate me to make better decisions next time. I routinely check myself, to determine if my perceptions about others’ motives are realistic or accurate.

INFP: I have learned the value of profit from my hard work, and figured out how to turn my passions into a way to impact the world or make a living from it. I have learned to not take things too personally, and to ask questions to determine what other people intend, rather than leaping to conclusions. I spend less time longing for the past, and more time finishing my projects, so I can move toward what I want most in life.

ESTP: I have learned the value of establishing genuine relationships with others and not losing interest in them when my focus wanes. I have developed a vision of what I want for the future, and make decisions based on what will get me there, rather than following every sensory impulse.

ISTP: I value human relationships and others’ feelings, even though I do not always understand the rationality behind their decisions. I am motivated not through feelings of praise, but genuine concern and affection for others. I shift my life toward a greater ideal, goal, or vision of what I want from the future.

ENTP: I have learned to focus my attention for longer periods of time on developing individual ideas into something tangible, and not chase every new idea that comes along. I no longer correct, intimidate, or devalue others’ poor logic, because I genuinely value my relationships with other people.

INTP: I realize that others cannot always follow my thinking, and have learned how to enable detailed explanations in order to make my ideas clearer. I may not understand others’ emotions but have learned to respect them, and not devalue their feelings. I seek to create emotional bonds with others, rather than seeing them as something to continually analyze.

- ENFP Mod

@bitchycollectionfury-78be5e8b here ya go, thanks, this was fun to write ^-^ nice to write about people being dumber than you are to make yourself feel better

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McCree was…

He was…

Well, he was definitely not panicking, that was what he was not doing, because Jesse McCree was one cool customer that could take things as they came and laugh it off.  He’d survived the foster care system and his weird adopted father and his overly intense adopted sister.  He’d survived losing his damn arm, alright, and everything that went down that made it necessary to bundle a young Jesse up and whisk him away to the houses of strangers rather than leave him at home.  And by the end, he’d survived everyone that had thought they could make judgment calls about him without even trying to get to know him, every teacher that had shaken their head and decided some idiots couldn’t be helped, every classmate that had turned their nose up at his accent – a vestigial limb left over from a childhood in the south – or his manner of dress or his sense of humour.  After all, it hadn’t been as bad as all that.  He’d wound up with a great family (he’d die for Gabe and Sombra), and plenty of friends.  He’d learnt to let people go.  Some people just would never see past his shaggy hair or his loud mouth or the cowboy hat he refused to “grow out of”.  Fuck ‘em, that’s what Jesse had learnt.  Shrug your shoulders, turn your back, and go find people that matter.  There had been a time when he couldn’t do that.  There was a time when he’d been living back with his birth family that every disappointed look the teacher had sent him when he’d acted out in class had been like a slap and every report card returned home had been… well, not just like a slap.  There’d been a time when he’d hated everything about Gabriel Reyes, but mostly the fact that he was forcing him to confront a brand new school with people that stared and laughed and huddled among themselves in the cliques they’d formed years back, no space for a new, pushy, desperately loud kid.

Then things had changed.  Then he’d made friends, real friends, and found out what people could be like – what he could be like.  And suddenly the people turning their nose up didn’t matter any more.

R-ight.

And so that was why, as Jesse McCree sat in school library across from Hanzo Shimada, he definitely was not panicking at all.

Even if Hanzo Shimada was hot as sin, with long, dark hair cascading down his back, the most intense eyes Jesse has ever seen, and holy fuck those biceps.

The guy did archery apparently.  Archery. Who the fuck did archery unless they were preparing to run off in some goddamn fantasy movie?  Jesse had never even really given archery much thought as a thing people did – it only really existed in historical documentaries and the Olympics – but now when it was nearly thirty degrees outside and Hanzo Shimada was sitting two feet away from him in a tank top, Jesse was really, really thinking about archery.  And how it must take a lot of strength to constantly be drawing and holding a tense bowstring if you wanted to aim with any degree of accuracy.  And how that sort of strength made it look like your arms and shoulders had been carved from fucking marble.  Especially when one of said statuesque arms had a sleeve of vibrant, blue tattoos running all the way down it.  Jesse could get lost in a bicep like that, with or without blue dragons staring back at him, but the dragons definitely didn’t hurt.

The thing was though, it wasn’t just that.  Jesse had met hot kids before that were out of his league and it generally didn’t really trouble him.  Whatever, laugh it off, move on.  No, of course it had to be more complicated than that.  When Jesse had first entered this class he’d wound his way through the filling seats until he’d found himself sitting next to a boy whose name he would learn was Hanzo.  Jesse had then immediately had his smile met by a flat stare, and he’d figured, oh well, here was an uninteresting asshole.  A hot one, maybe, but an asshole all the same.  It hadn’t seemed important at the time because he’d already turned to the person on his other side – a girl named Angela who apparently wanted to be a doctor (or a researcher…? Something like that, which involved more of the human body than Jesse wanted to think aobut).  She was friendly and laughed easily.

Everything would have been so much easier if Hanzo had just stayed an asshole. The guy was quiet, sure, but Jesse sat elbow-to-elbow with him three times a week and he slowly began to realize that underneath the prickly, don’t-look-at-me-don’t-speak-to-me aura the guy projected, there was something far sweeter down there.  The guy chuckled at every single one of the prof’s bad jokes and Dr Winston had a lot of them, and they were always nonchalantly that most of the class didn’t realize they’d happened… heck, Jesse usually didn’t realize they’d happened until he heard a soft snort next to him.

(And yes, it was a snort. Absolutely and completely undignified and it made Jesse stare at Hanzo until he’d been glared back into submission by the man, who’d seemed flustered that someone had heard him.  How do you tell a guy that may or may not hate your guts just for existed that you thought his silly snort-laugh was cute?  The answer was you did not do that and focused back on your own notes if you value your life.)

As for Hanzo’s notes, well, they were painfully neat and precise.  But amid the sharp ballpoint and careful diagrams, Hanzo Shimada apparently had a habit of making snide details about the lessons in the margins (Jesse knew this because it was a two hour long lecture and sometimes watching your neighbour writes notes out of the corner of your eye was better than trying to listen to a prof drone on at the front of the class for another hour and a half).  It made Jesse start fantasizing about taking out his own pen and writing a little comment in the corner of Hanzo’s page.  Made him think about getting into some sort of stupid note-passing conversation with him like they were eight year olds rather than college kids.  Made him think about getting to have all those weird, witty little comments directed at him, and then seeing where the conversation took them.  (And, occasionally, it made him think about continuing that conversation out of class, possibly down towards a pub he knew for a chat and maybe, oh just maybe, a date.)

Jesse, however, did not dare try – to write the note, that is, entertaining anything else would have been madness.  Hanzo looked like the sort of person that might try to tear your head off if you messed up his notebooks.

Then, just to top it all off, during their lecture breaks, Hanzo often got calls from what Jesse could only assume was a brother.  And, against every expectation, Hanzo Shimada was sweet. Well, still a bit of a deadpan asshole, but no one who’s a hundred percent bad uses his ten minutes of free time to talk with his brother every single day.

“Don’t look at me, I am not playing wing-man for you in a class I need to ace if I wanna keep my GPA up,” Angela had said.  Jesse had pouted at that – he hadn’t even gotten a chance to ask her, had just glanced at her with maybe a slightly-too-hopeful gleam in his eye during one of the breaks Hanzo had left the room to talk with his brother.

And then the fateful day of the class project had arrived.  Winston had told them just to group up with someone sitting beside them rather than running piecemeal through the class.  Jesse had, of course, turned to Angela only to find she had turned around in her seat and was quickly making plans to team up with a girl sitting behind them named Mei.

Frantically Jesse had spun around, but everyone else was making groups with the people to their left or right who they had been getting to know since day one.  With Angela breaking the system, that meant he had only one person left sitting next to him.

Hanzo Shimada was watching him with an unimpressed face and an eye brow raised.

Traitor, he mouthed at Angela.

You’re welcome, mouthed Angela, the Stealth Wing-man.

And so here Jesse was, sitting in the library with someone who presumably hated his guts and thought he was – what, loud? Obnoxious? Lame? – but who Jesse still pathetically, wistfully wanted to impress.  Life, sometimes, was enormous unfair.  At this point Hanzo hadn’t even given Jesse the time of day, he’d been sitting at one of the study tables since before Jesse had arrived, nose an inch from his phone as he texted someone.  Presumably someone cooler than Jesse McCree.

Jesse wanted to groan.  Or shove his pencil in his eye just so he could get out of this project.  Instead he mechanically started pulling out his books and waited for Hanzo to be ready to start on the project with him.

-

Hanzo Shimada:

WELL??

Obnoxious Little Brother:
oy give me a sec some of us are still in class and don’t want our phone to be taken away
again
besides i’m trying to tell zen about how i, the lowly highschooler, am helping my university-bound brother pick up boys

Hanzo Shimada:
Don’t you DARE

Obnoxious Little Brother:
too late
he wishes you luck by the way and says he has complete faith in you
goes to show which one of us  knows you better eh? not him!

Hanzo scowled down at his phone before he gaze flickered briefly up to the person who had sat across from him.  He’d been painfully aware of Jesse McCree since McCree had arrived in the library and pulled back the chair with a scrape that had made the hairs on the back of Hanzo’s neck stand on end.  So far McCree had made no acknowledgment that there was another person at this table, another person he was going to be forced to work along side for the next two weeks.

Hanzo didn’t know whether Zenyatta had faith in him or if Genji had just been trying to wind him up, but Hanzo certainly did not have faith in himself, not about this.  He had never been good at… people. He made, in Genji’s words, “seriously just the worst first impressions.  Like wow.  So bad,” which just wasn’t fair because when it came to a professional setting, when it was about work or networking, he was fine.  He could move effortlessly through the crowds, introduce himself, chat, plan, negotiate.  He’d been dogging his father’s footsteps since it had been decided he would one day take over the family business and he was a devoted student.  But as soon as it was real people in real life Hanzo may as well be carved out of wood; somehow he always managed to put his foot in his mouth.  Which was why he had fallen so low as to turn to his baby brother for advice, because at least Genji, if nothing else could be said about him, was good with people.

Too good with people, if you asked their father.  Genji was a social butterfly who wasn’t so much a butterfly as a housefly, flitting about around everywhere and getting where at lot of people would probably wish he wasn’t and really not caring who he chatted with or what they thought about him.

Obnoxious Little Brother:
look, just don’t do the Hanzo Special and you should be fine

Hanzo Shimada:
Excuse me??

Obnoxious Little Brother:
u kno, your patented Grunt & Growl technique
don’t do that and assume other people can actually understand you bc they can’t

Hanzo wanted to snap back that he did not grunt or growl, thank you, he was a mature adult unlike Genji, but he found his fingers hesitating on the keys.  Frantically he scanned his memory to figure out if he had grunted or growled at Jesse McCree.

God help him he probably had.  He had almost certainly stared stupidly at him.

McCree… glowed, though, and Hanzo wasn’t sure what to do with that.  He spoke so easily.  All it had taken was one glance from McCree on the first day of class for him to apparently decide that Hanzo was a lost cause.  Before Hanzo had managed to scrounge up a single coherent, reasonable thing to say to the sunshine bright, smiling boy who’d sat down next to him, said boy had turned his attentions to the much more receptive form of Angela Ziegler, the girl sitting to his right.

McCree was loud and raucous and ridiculous and he wore the stupidest hat Hanzo had ever seen but god help him he wanted to see McCree smile at him, rather than catch glimpse of it from the corner of his eye while he laughed with someone else.  He wanted to have McCree attention at some point other than when he’d made a fool of himself with his ugly laugh or by seeing McCree stare judgmentally at his notes.

Obnoxious Little Brother:
at the risk of sounding too much like a disney movie have you tried just…. being yourself???
(this was zen’s suggestion btw i’m personally pretty sure being someone other than yourself would be a step in the right direction but you never know maybe disney knows whats up)

Hanzo thought about what McCree had looked like when they had been forced to choose partners.  He had wanted to be anywhere than with Hanzo. The look he had shot Ziegler when she had found a different partner… the helpless, defeated look when he had accepted that the only person nearby not taken was Hanzo.

No, being himself was definitely not going to help him here.

Hanzo Shimada:
Never mind I’ll figure it out

What he was going to do was pretend that Jesse McCree was just some other random student, keep his head down, get this project done with the least amount of fuss, and move on to his next set of class next semester and hopefully forget that McCree existed.

“Shall we get started?” he asked briskly, pocketing his phone and pulling out his own book.

McCree’s face was despondent and it sat like a stone in Hanzo’s gut.  He would rather be anywhere than here.

“Might as well,” said McCree.