the genius: rules of the game

Underrated animes I think the signs would love

I love every one of these animes tbh

Aries: Kekkai Sensen - 12 Episodes (2nd season of same length coming out Oct 2017)

Supersonic monkeys, vampires, talking fishmen, and all sorts of different supernatural monsters living alongside humans—this has been part of daily life in Hellsalem’s Lot, formerly known as New York City, for some time now. When a gateway between Earth and the Beyond opened three years ago, New Yorkers and creatures from the other dimension alike were trapped in an impenetrable bubble and were forced to live together. Libra is a secret organization composed of eccentrics and superhumans, tasked with keeping order in the city and making sure that chaos doesn’t spread to the rest of the world.

Pursuing photography as a hobby, Leonardo Watch is living a normal life with his parents and sister. But when he obtains the “All-seeing Eyes of the Gods” at the expense of his sister’s eyesight, he goes to Hellsalem’s Lot in order to help her by finding answers about the mysterious powers he received. He soon runs into Libra, and when Leo unexpectedly joins their ranks, he gets more than what he bargained for. Kekkai Sensen follows Leo’s misadventures in the strangest place on Earth with his equally strange comrades—as the ordinary boy unwittingly sees his life take a turn for the extraordinary.

Originally posted by pinkishrabbit

Taurus: Mushishi - 46 Episodes (2 seasons)

“Mushi”: the most basic forms of life in the world. They exist without any goals or purposes aside from simply “being.” They are beyond the shackles of the words “good” and “evil.” Mushi can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world such as plants, diseases, and even phenomena like rainbows.

This is, however, just a vague definition of these entities that inhabit the vibrant world of Mushishi, as to even call them a form of life would be an oversimplification. Detailed information on Mushi is scarce because the majority of humans are unaware of their existence.

So what are Mushi and why do they exist? This is the question that a “Mushishi,” Ginko, ponders constantly. Mushishi are those who research Mushi in hopes of understanding their place in the world’s hierarchy of life.

Ginko chases rumors of occurrences that could be tied to Mushi, all for the sake of finding an answer.

It could, after all, lead to the meaning of life itself.

Originally posted by macross

Gemini: Psychic Detective Yakumo - 11 Episodes

Haruka Ozawa’s sophomore year is getting seriously scary. One of her friends is possessed, another has committed suicide and Haruka could be the next one to flunk the still-breathing test. Her only way out of this potentially lethal dead end? Yakumo Saito, an enigmatic student born with a mysterious red eye that allows him to see and communicate with the dead. But the deceased don’t always desist and some killers are more than ready to kill again to keep dead men from telling any more tales. That doesn’t stop Haruka’s knack for digging up buried secrets, and there’s even more evidence of bodies being exhumed by both Yakumo’s police contact and an investigative journalist with a newly made corpse in her closet! Can this pair of anything but normal paranormal detectives solve the ultimate dead case files or will they end up in cold storage themselves? 

Originally posted by fl-uttershy

Cancer: Is this a Zombie? - 22 Total Episodes (2 Seasons)

Not every zombie is the monstrous, brain-eating type.

One night while walking home from the convenience store, regular high school boy Ayumu Aikawa is killed by a serial killer, and is just as suddenly brought back to life by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe. One small caveat: he’s now a zombie. Things get even weirder for him when he accidentally steals a magical girl’s uniform, and thus her powers! Haruna, the ex-magical girl, orders him to fight evil creatures known as Megalo in her place until they can figure out a way to get her powers back to her.

Originally posted by koritsu-shita-mura

Leo: Parasyte - 24 Episodes

All of a sudden, they arrived: parasitic aliens that descended upon Earth and quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of vulnerable targets. These insatiable beings acquire full control of their host and are able to morph into a variety of forms in order to feed on unsuspecting prey.

Sixteen-year-old high school student Shinichi Izumi falls victim to one of these parasites, but it fails to take over his brain, ending up in his right hand instead. Unable to relocate, the parasite, now named Migi, has no choice but to rely on Shinichi in order to stay alive. Thus, the pair is forced into an uneasy coexistence and must defend themselves from hostile parasites that hope to eradicate this new threat to their species.

Originally posted by 97mika

Virgo: Terror in Resonance - 11 Episodes

Painted in red, the word “VON” is all that is left behind after a terrorist attack on a nuclear facility in Japan. The government is shattered by their inability to act, and the police are left frantically searching for ways to crack down the perpetrators. The public are clueless—until, six months later, a strange video makes its way onto the internet. In it, two teenage boys who identify themselves only as “Sphinx” directly challenge the police, threatening to cause destruction and mayhem across Tokyo. Unable to stop the mass panic quickly spreading through the city and desperate for any leads in their investigation, the police struggle to act effectively against these terrorists, with Detective Kenjirou Shibazaki caught in the middle of it all.

Zankyou no Terror tells the story of Nine and Twelve, the two boys behind the masked figures of Sphinx. They should not exist, yet they stand strong in a world of deception and secrets while they make the city fall around them, all in the hopes of burying their own tragic truth.

Originally posted by nekoksyo

Libra: No Game No Life - 12 Episodes

No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, shut-in NEET siblings and the online gamer duo behind the legendary username “Kuuhaku.” They view the real world as just another lousy game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and sister are plunged into an otherworldly realm where they meet Tet, the God of Games.

The mysterious god welcomes Sora and Shiro to Disboard, a world where all forms of conflict—from petty squabbles to the fate of whole countries—are settled not through war, but by way of high-stake games. This system works thanks to a fundamental rule wherein each party must wager something they deem to be of equal value to the other party’s wager. In this strange land where the very idea of humanity is reduced to child’s play, the indifferent genius gamer duo of Sora and Shiro have finally found a real reason to keep playing games: to unite the sixteen races of Disboard, defeat Tet, and become the gods of this new, gaming-is-everything world.

Originally posted by medusalily

Scorpio: Rurouni Kenshin - 95 Episodes 

In the final years of the Bakumatsu era lived a legendary assassin known as Hitokiri Battousai. Feared as a merciless killer, he was unmatched throughout the country, but mysteriously disappeared at the peak of the Japanese Revolution. It has been ten peaceful years since then, but the very mention of Battousai still strikes terror into the hearts of war veterans.

Unbeknownst to them, Battousai has abandoned his bloodstained lifestyle in an effort to repent for his sins, now living as Kenshin Himura, a wandering swordsman with a cheerful attitude and a strong will. Vowing never to kill again, Kenshin dedicates himself to protecting the weak. One day, he stumbles across Kaoru Kamiya at her kendo dojo, which is being threatened by an impostor claiming to be Battousai. After receiving help from Kenshin, Kaoru allows him to stay at the dojo, and so the former assassin temporarily ceases his travels.

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan tells the story of Kenshin as he strives to save those in need of saving. However, as enemies from both past and present begin to emerge, will the reformed killer be able to uphold his new ideals?

Originally posted by nenecchi

+ 3 of the most badass live action movie adaptations

Originally posted by takeruandcaterpillars

Sagittarius: Nurarihyon no Mago - 48 Total Episodes (2 Seasons)

Rikuo Nura doesn’t want anything to do with evil youkai, and just wants a normal life. Too bad he’s a quarter youkai, and Nurarihyon, his grandfather, is insistent that he takes over as head of the Nura Clan. He’s able to keep his supernatural secret life hidden from his classmates, as he can only transform into a youkai at night, for six hours at a time.

Unfortunately for him, various youkai factions are out to target both his youkai and human friends, and like it or not, he needs to embrace his youkai side. Life is not easy when you’re Nurarihyon’s grandson

Originally posted by bambina97

Capricorn: Hamatora - 24 Total Episodes (2 Seasons)

The ability to create miracles is not just a supernatural phenomenon; it is a gift which manifests in a limited number of human beings. “Minimum,” or small miracles, are special powers that only selected people called “Minimum Holders” possess. The detective agency Yokohama Troubleshooting, or Hamatora for short, is composed of the “Minimum Holder PI Duo,” Nice and Murasaki. Their office is a lone table at Cafe Nowhere, where the pair and their coworkers await new clients.

Suddenly, the jobs that they begin to receive seem to have strange connections to the serial killer whom their friend Art, a police officer, is searching for. The murder victims share a single similarity: they are all Minimum Holders. Nice and Murasaki, as holders themselves, are drawn to the case—but what exactly is the link between Nice and the one who orchestrates it all?

Originally posted by hentaikohai

Aquarius: Trigun - 26 Episodes

Vash the Stampede is the man with a $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head. The reason: he’s a merciless villain who lays waste to all those that oppose him and flattens entire cities for fun, garnering him the title “The Humanoid Typhoon.” He leaves a trail of death and destruction wherever he goes, and anyone can count themselves dead if they so much as make eye contact—or so the rumors say. In actuality, Vash is a huge softie who claims to have never taken a life and avoids violence at all costs.

With his crazy doughnut obsession and buffoonish attitude in tow, Vash traverses the wasteland of the planet Gunsmoke, all the while followed by two insurance agents, Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, who attempt to minimize his impact on the public. But soon, their misadventures evolve into life-or-death situations as a group of legendary assassins are summoned to bring about suffering to the trio. Vash’s agonizing past will be unraveled and his morality and principles pushed to the breaking point.

Originally posted by heavycrumplt

Pisces: Gangsta. - 12 Episodes

Nicholas Brown and Worick Arcangelo, known in the city of Ergastalum as the “Handymen,” are mercenaries for hire who take on jobs no one else can handle. Contracted by powerful mob syndicates and police alike, the Handymen have to be ready and willing for anything. After completing the order of killing a local pimp, the Handymen add Alex Benedetto—a prostitute also designated for elimination—to their ranks to protect her from forces that want her gone from the decrepit hellhole of a city she has come to call home. However, this criminal’s paradise is undergoing a profound period of change that threatens to corrode the delicate balance of power.

Ergastalum was once a safe haven for “Twilights,” super-human beings born as the result of a special drug but are now being hunted down by a fierce underground organization. This new threat is rising up to challenge everything the city stands for, and the Handymen will not be able to avoid this coming war.

Originally posted by chunli

charming-langst  asked:

I NEED more of your mafia au in my life. So please continue, I'll make it worthwhile. *slides you Shiny Ninetails Pokémon card and a pack of Trident two layer gum*

Okay everyone, I would just like to say that yes, there will be a Part 4 because I still have some scenes in mind. But the fact that you take time to send me asks about the MafiaAU: Lance Salazar really made my day as well as when some of you commented on the post itself. And thanks to those who liked it and special thanks to those who shared it!

Also @charming-langst​….how did you guessed that I like nine tails? *narrowing my eyes at you* are you spying on me? Joke! But really, it was such a coincidence that you guessed my favorite!

At the age of eight, Lance’s studies about their world started. His childhood became limited ever since he showed his intelligence level once during the family’s recreational activities. Honestly, Lance thought that they were just playing a simple board game. His father explained to him the rules and for little Lance back then, it was fairly easy. He beat his father five times in a row. It was after a few years passed when Lance discovered that his father was a genius chess player (Vongola Decimo always called his father for a game or two) and strategist.

At the age of twelve, Lance sneaked into the meeting room of his father due to a dare from one of his siblings. He didn’t manage to get inside the room though for a certain man caught his attention. Maybe the man was near his fifties but his features still showed that he was one of those types that could easily get the attention of others. Later on, he discovered that the name of the man was “Reborn” and that he was the most trusted adviser of Vongola Decimo. The guy was also known as the number one hitman in the Mafia world. Maybe this Reborn person saw something in him for the next day Decimo himself visited Lance personally. They chatted for a bit and play some board game called “Games of the Generals”. Lance managed to win 2 out of 3.

Lance was a natural charmer. He could melt anyone’s heart (hearts that were not frozen cold) and he knew this himself. Sometimes he used it to his advantage whenever he was kidnapped. But if things got worst then there was a reason why he was trained how to use the gun.

He was no stranger to blood. Once or twice he passed through their interrogation rooms and the sight of bloodied and dismembered bodies became a norm for him. Lance made his first interrogation at 15 when he and his youngest sister got kidnapped. A few exchanged of gun shots here and there, and Lance managed to turn the tables around. The hunter became the hunted, a phrase said from a number of his favourite movies.

Lance was labelled as “Young Demon” that day.

Just because he was used to the sight and smell of murder didn’t mean that he wanted to live his whole life like this. Lance has dreams of his own. He has dreams that he wanted to reach with his own hands.

Hands of Lance and not the hands of Salazar’s.

Lance knew that the Vongola Decimo favoured him from the rest of the children of their allies. Though he never knew the reason why, Lance used this to his advantage. He listed all the reasons why he wanted to get out, why he wanted to be freed. Of course all of his reasonings were weak, Lance knew this and the Vongola knew this. But still, Decimo talked to that Reborn person and after a few hours of waiting, they escorted Lance back to the Salazar’s mansion and talked about the future with the Salazar Don.

At the age of 16, Lance was no longer a member of the dark world. He was just an ordinary civilian.

Yeah, right.

Everyone knows you could never escape the underworld, especially if you were born inside it.

The deal made was consisted of: one, Lance would stay in the vacation house given to him by Decimo himself and located in Cuba. Two, some Salazar’s men would check up on him personally every other week. Three, he was not allowed to invite any civilian (even though Lance was technically considered as civilian also) in his house. Four, he was obligated to meet or talk to the family in important events which was birthdays and Christmas.

So all in all it was like he had just taken a temporary vacation away from the Mafia.

And it was a good thing he only cut the Mafia ties but not his ties as a blood relative.

Because Lance loved his family with all his heart, never question him about this.

Pidge was beyond irritated right now. Who would have thought that Lance was a Salazar? That Salazar. It was like suddenly all the pieces clicked together into their own proper places. She thought Lance was born in a family of soldiers or just used to play strategic games during his teenage years.

She never freaking expected that Lance was born inside the Mafia.

It was lunch time and everyone was eating together. When Pidge said everyone she did meant everyone. Lance just gave his servants one look and they all settled themselves with the rest of team Voltron on the dining area after they put down all the foods and drinks.

The table was a bit similar to the one they used in the castle. It was long and elliptical in shape, she was used seeing Allura to be on what the Paladins had dubbed as the head part of the table so seeing Lance in that position was very unusual for Pidge. Lance kept cooing like a baby when he saw the foods and drinks on the table, at least some things hadn’t changed. Pidge didn’t really know if she knew Lance that deep despite being stuck together in space for five years.

“Wow! Esmeralda, your cooking is the best! No offence, Hunk.” Lance added the last sentence as an afterthought when he took a bite of what he called ropa vieja.

“None taken, Lance. This taste really good.”

Esmeralda, Pidge assumed it was the woman sitting across from her, smiled when she heard the praises of the rest of the Paladins and the obvious delight of the two Alteans when they started to eat also.

“Thank you. We really missed your presence here, Young Master.”

“Ah…I’ll say stop calling me ‘Young Master’ but…”

“But we will just keep doing it because someone needs to remind you what is your real position.” It was the head butler named Alejandro who spoke before cleaning his lips using the napkin and Pidge was reminded of those movies where people try to learn proper table manners in just one night. Good thing Lance didn’t care about proper etiquette inside his own house.

“Give me a break, Alejandro. I’m already 24 years old! I’m not that young boy anymore!”

“And yet you are still that young boy who almost gave Master Halberd a heart attack when he saw you waving a gun.” One of the maids named Juliana commented as she poured Allura’s cup with apple juice.

“That was one time! And it was Falcata’s fault for leaving her gun on her study table.” Pidge could not believe it, Lance was pouting because his servants were ganging up on him. She could not consider this as sharing embarrassing stories because imagining little Lance waving a gun with the safety either on or off was not a really good picture in her mind right now.

“Come to think of it, isn’t it because of that that Master Khanda started teaching Young Master Lance how to hold a gun?” Marcelo looked up at the ceiling as if it could verify his words.

“Emphasize the word hold. Mistress Flyssa threw a fit when she saw her older brother teaching Young Master Lance how to shoot.” Benita snickered when she refreshed the memory of her twin brother.

“And because of that, Master Halberd was forced to step in and declared that Young Master Lance will only be allowed to shoot a gun when he reached the age of thirteen.”

“Hey, you are just two years older than me, Learco! Why are you calling me ‘Young Master’ too?! And why are you guys sharing my childhood stories to my friends?!” Lance started hitting the table with his right hand like a petulant child as he focused his gaze on the left side of the table where his butlers and maids were seated.

“Because it’s fun~” Sylvia sang as she waved her fork around.

“And two years is still two years. Which means that you are technically my ‘Young Master’.” Learco grinned but ducked under the table on the last second when Lance threw his glass towards him.

“I can’t believe this,” Lance held his chest in a show of mock hurt, “betrayed by my second family. After five years and this is the welcome that I get? I should have fired all of you before I got blasted in space by a sentient lion.”

“We really missed you, Young Master Lance.” Pidge heard the oldest human male in the room and she saw that the man was giving Lance a fatherly smile which their Blue Paladin returned with an equally soft smile.

“See? Only Grandpa Eterio lives up to his name!”

“Eh, that is because Grandpa Eterio likes to baby you, Young Master.

“That’s it.”

Learco yelped when Lance took hold of the knife beside his plate and jumped towards him. The rest of the maids and butlers just continued eating and coaxed the Voltron team to do the same while Learco was running for his dear life because Lance has long legs and the stamina to run a five kilometer marathon.

If this was the people that Lance considered as his second family then Pidge thought that she must ready herself in meeting the main family.

No wonder Lance asked them to bring their bayards.

Langst Mini Fic: The Second Family

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Mafia AU: Lance Salazar (OCs mini guide) 

OK, so I wrote a complaint to the BBC. As I’m not from the uK, I wrote a real letter:

BBC Complaints
PO Box 1922

Hamburg, 29th January 2016

Sherlock Series 4

Dear BBC,

once, you were the beacon of truth and originality. Your shows were groundbreakingly brilliant. As I am a livelong fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was especially delighted by the new adaptation done by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. I followed this series since 2010.

Therefore, can you imagine my shock when I just watched series 4? As I don’t live in the UK, I pre-ordered the DVD and just watched it over the weekend. I loved everything on this series up to The Abominable Bride. But series 4 was not only disappointing, it is, in my honest opinion, pure treachery in regard to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. Please, let me explain:

Especially The Final Problem has nothing to do with how a Sherlock Holmes story works and it’s a right affront to say that it was adapted from the works of Conan Doyle. because it wasn’t.

No, this is not about canonical purity (like “Eurus wasn’t in the books!” whining). It’s about the structure of the narrative that makes a Holmes story.

Sherlock Holmes is not a magic wizard - he operates by logic. Therefore, his deductions are comprehensible and reasonable. When he explains them, people can follow through (even saying that it sounds easy when explained). The deductions follow logical rules to determine the truth.

Now, by introducing an omnipotent, superintelligent, crazy and therefore unpredictable previously unknown factor like Eurus into the above equation, who, because she’s mentally ill and a genius, is motivated by inexplicable and irrational impulses, the writers literally threw over the board. It’s not a game anymore, indeed, because this is not the Holmesian game as it has been played for decades. It broke the rules, it revoked the contract the writers had with the audience: that when a Holmes story is adapted, the viewer has a chance to solve the puzzle. The lost sister was never foreshadowed in any episode, not even hinted at, before suddenly taking centre stage in the penultimate episode. That, at least to me, is rather cheap storytelling, even cheating on your audience.

Because we didn’t have a chance to figure it out. The writers and the director reduced that beautifully crafted, exciting show to a pile of senseless rug pulls just for the sake of it. There is nothing to analyse, no motivation to look into, no making sense of it. And that is not only true for The Final Problem now, because by carelessly interlocking the Eurus factor with previous episodes, Moffat and Gatiss even destroyed the frame of reference I thought they had established.

Another point I want to complain about, that intelocks with Eurus, is the show’s dealing with its female protagonists. They either sacrifice themselves for the male hero(s) (Mary), are reduced to a sobbing, pining mess (Molly), used in a purely sexual way (Irene Adler) or have to be locked away because they are superintelligent and therefore crazy. Whereas Sherlock and Mycroft were shown to control their mental powers and reign them in to make use of them (Mycroft as a government official, Sherlock at least as a freelancer, albeit with a drugs problem), the sister wasn’t able to channel her extraordinary gift. She doesn’t seem to have got any help, but was just locked away. To me, as a female academic, that says that very intelligent women are also easily bound to go off the rocker because they are too emotional (Eurus apparently killed Sherlock’s childhood friend because she was jealous). I find that depiciton of female genius highly problematic.

And please tell me why the show was marketed with the catch phrases „Miss Me?“ - a hint to Moriarty – and „I love you“ or „Sherlock is in love“? Because Moriarty was only shown in a flashback and wasn’t that important after all, because he was only employed by Eurus; and with whom Sherlock might have been in love didn’t register with me. Certainly not with poor Molly Hooper, or Irene Adler (who’s a self-proclaimed lesbian). Was it the sister he didn’t even know he had? Well, you certainly love your siblings, but I hope you are not actually in love with them, as this indicates romantic interest…

In all, I feel rather let down and a bit cheated by Sherlock series 4. Sorry for throwing that at you, but as I said, I truly loved this show once.

Yours sincerely

This is the reply I got:

On the plus side, it’s not the general ‘NO JOHNLOCK’ response - on the down side, they simply say that you can’t please everybody (true), and, as the series is so hugely successful, it doesn’t really matter if a few people had issues with the series…

Yet I do think that the conclusion is the most vital part of a series, especially if the conclusion throws most of the previous series overboard and retcons large parts of its own narrative.

*shrugs* But what can you do?


Tom à la ferme is quite similar to Killing Stalking

This is a psychological thriller film and it creep me out  . Well , maybe i’m a little axaggerated but without blood , killing , many kind of cheapy scary stuff , you can feel the fear from this film . Dolan is absolutely a genius .I’m now realizing how KS really remind me of this Film which i watched a long time ago .

As the writers and director of Tom à la ferme is a gay man - Xavier Dolan who is a young potential writer/director , Tom à la ferme is also about a gay man :

“ Tom, a young advertising copywriter, travels to the country for the funeral of his boyfriend Guillaume. There, he is shocked to learn that no one knows who he is, nor his relationship to the deceased. Guillaume’s brother Francis soon sets the rules of a twisted game. In order to protect the family’s name and the deceased’s grieving mother, Agathe, Tom now has to play the peacekeeper in a household whose obscure past bodes even greater darkness for his “trip” to the farm.  “ - wikipedia

                                      Shy , sweet and cute Tom 

The point is Francis is really an asshole . He literally locked Tom with him , he is a homophobic , an abuser . Sound familiars hah ? He is Sangwoo , only he is not a serial killer but Francis is violent . 

Through the film , you’ll see Francis emotional abuse Tom . Tom sometime try to escape . There are still some scene which was considered romantic in this movie like when Tom and Francis danced together 

Sorry for my bad language , i can’t show anything better. English is not my first language then i learned to speak French live in Paris now , my English’ve gone worse . But the movie itself is really good , amazing scene , amazing atmosphere setting . You need to watch it >.< 

docloudscomeinpurple  asked:

Also, picture the following: Batkids playing UNO. That is all.


Cass almost ALWAYS wins so by the fourth game she’s the referee because things get VIOLENT (which she ignores because the only basic rule is “no bleeding on the new carpet”)

Tim is great at counting cards. He’s a genius at probability.
So you know what happens?

“Draw four.”
“Draw four.”
“You’re doing this on purpose, I can’t find a red card or a frickin’ 6.”
“Draw four.”
“Draw four.”
A roar of rage and then the table is upended.
Dick is in between Jason and Tim, prying them apart and Damian is shouting about ruining the game “You messed up the odds, Todd! If we aren’t going to play this game right–”
Cass is attempting to eat all the popcorn in the process and Bruce comes in slightly scandalized at seeing his mostly adult children brawling on the floor.
“OW! Bruce! He bit me!”
“Because you punched me!”
“Jason, keep your hands to yourself. Tim, don’t bite your brother.”
“I’ll do what I want.”
“Excuse me, Timothy? Cassandra, stop throwing popcorn at Dick expecting him to catch in his mouth while he’s wrestling the boys.”
A popcorn hits Bruce square in the nose.
And then suddenly it’s the kids vs. Bruce, throwing cards and popcorn and other game pieces and they’re running up the stairs while their dad is behind them, opening doors and messing up rugs in the hopes to get him to trip. They make it to the attic (which actually has medieval swords, Bruce’s great-uncle had something of a history obsession) and then propose to give Damian up as a sacrifice to quell his fury.
“You’re all jerks,” Damian informs them sullenly while Cassandra rifles around behind them. After a moment they push him forward chanting “Sacrifice the assassin baby” good-naturedly and Cass offers to escort him so he can’t get away. They’re halfway to Bruce when suddenly–
Cass whips out a pitching machine and tennis balls go flying in both directions
“They’ve gone rogue!” the others shout while she and Damian escape out of a window, Cass with the L shape on her forehead and Damian shouting “Assassin kids for the win!”

And that’s the story of how Alfred now has to supervise game night.

Ego Cards Against Humanity!

I just finished watching (again) Markiplier’s CAH series with Tyler and Ethan and I just had some ridiculous ideas:

- Jack’s Egos and Mark’s Egos get stuck together during Jack’s visit to LA and Wilford has the genius idea to play CAH.
- Not everyone gets involved, but somehow Anti manages to rope Dark into playing, and alcohol may get involved.
- Anti makes up a rule where if your card isn’t chosen as a winner, you have to take shots. It’s possible for the egos because even though they are extensions of Mark, they don’t have his intolerance of alcohol.
- Things quickly spiral out of hand.
- Wilford is a master of this game even when drunk. His speech does become a lot more slurred though, and only Dark seems to be able to tell what he’s saying so he translates.
- Not that Wilford gets drunk quickly because he tends to win a lot.
- Anti’s answers are usually the stupidest, or darkest ones, and he wins quite a few times because he plays on Dark’s sense of humour.
- Likewise, Dark manipulates his answers based on who the Czar is.
- Schneeplestein tends to go on tangents when he gets a particular interesting answer to the black cards.
- Googles, despite being a computer, are not very good, because they tend to be a bit too logical with their answers and they aren’t always funny.
- As the alcohol keeps flowing, things get weirder.
- Dark tends to get side-tracked/distracted when reading the cards, especially by what the other’s are doing. Somehow his aura stays under control, but there are times when it cracks and he loses it and the table nearly gets flipped.
- He also laughs, and Wilford records it as blackmail.
- Wilford starts losing eventually because everyone can see some kind of pattern in the way he answers. It only takes a few shots too many for him to get a knife out and threaten to “tickle” people.
- Anti’s glitching gets out of control to the point no one can tell what’s saying. He’s reduced to a mess of giggles and curses.
- Schneeplestein eventually loses interest in the game, and becomes much more interested in finding out what’s under Dark’s shell.
- At some point a fight ensues.
- Mark and Jack find the egos the next morning sprawled about the room. The entire deck of CAH is strewn over the floor, there’s empty bottles everywhere and the table is upside down.
- No one remembers who won.

People want to know what Maya got Lucas for Christmas

But consider this…

It probably wasn’t that great. If she even got anything for him in the first place.

Unlike Riley getting Farkle a girlfriend-y gift, this would mean something. Maya’s been very careful about her relationship with Lucas since the triangle ended. 

She’s been avoiding eye contact, refusing to banter with him (except maybe in SS), and her jabs have a bit more bite than sass (”You think you are [important], but no”). Whether or not she’s fully considered why it’s necessary for her to do all those things, the fact remains that she’s intentionally creating distance between them. 

Enter Secret Santa. Lucas didn’t want to do it. He went all the way to Texas, presumably so he wouldn’t have to. Maya already assumed the whole production would be stupid and awful. He’s practically given permission for everyone to leave him out of Secret Santa…so where’s her motivation to send something all the way to Texas?

Afterward, this becomes even more true. The thoughtful gifts brought each pair closer. MUCH closer. And as far as she knows, Lucas didn’t send Riley anything. (Even if we put in the deleted scene, okay, Lucas gave a poor girl a gift on Riley’s behalf. Cute and all, but not as personal as the others.)

That means, as much as she might want to, as much as she might have had a great idea for something that would melt his heart and show him how well she knows him, she. wouldn’t. do. it. Jumping back into a triangle-like situation after the whole thing’s been “resolved” would most definitely not be as innocent as the first time Maya got dragged in, and she wouldn’t risk hurting Riley like that.

So for all the fanfiction stories I’ve seen of legitimately adorable presents Maya gave Lucas on the down low, consider this: How much more likely was something like this?

[Gang at Topanga’s, hanging out]

Farkle: Okay, Zay, you’ve finished your homework. Can we go now? I’m just about to cut you off from all the supplies you need to survive.

Zay: I know the whole point of your nerd game was for me to spend more time with you and Smackle, Farkle, but can I just…I don’t know, resign or something? We’ve been playing for like a week, and I need my beauty sleep!

Smackle: When Farkle and I rule the world, you’ll be playing this game a lot more, so get moving!

[Zay, Farkle, and Smackle exit]

Riley: You know, Zay can complain all he wants, but he’s gotten closer to them since Christmas. [Looks pointedly at Maya]

Maya: Yes, Riley. You’re a Secret Santa genius. Happy?

Riley: Yes.

Lucas: Hey, who got me?

Riley: You didn’t…? Let’s see, there was me and Farkle, Zay and Smackle, Smackle and…

[Maya looking innocently off in the distance]

Riley: Maya! Did you not do Secret Santa? Lucas even did Secret Santa, and he was in Texas!

Maya: Do you have any idea how long it would have taken me to go to the store, find a gift, then go to the post office? And then, you know, there’s the issue with priority box! padded envelope! normal envelope! Honestly, my present should just be me still being alive after thinking of all the stuff I would have had to do. 

Riley: [Stubbornly] You could have just given it to him when he got back.

Maya: [Looks lazily around her and the homework spread out on the table. Picks up her calculator.] Merry Christmas, Lucas. [Hands him calculator, then pretends to get back to homework.]

There’s a beat, then Maya snatches the calculator back.

Maya: Actually, can I borrow your Christmas present? I don’t have enough fingers for this problem.

Leading Suspects - Chapter 11

Prepare for some shenanigans… And also, for convenience:

Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10.

Enjoy, @peetabreadgirl!

“Read it back to me!” I declare as I lean heavily on the fridge door and shift aside a casserole to reach the bottle of pinot that is my target. As it turns out, Starla Summers is rather generous and should chair the grief and welcoming committees in this town, seeing as how her contribution to the Madge-is-Grieving-We-Must-Feed-Her fund was ten bottles of wine. Cheap wine, but I’m trying not to judge, seeing as how I am suspected of murder and immaculate conception.

“Hot buns of steel!” Madge shouts from the table as her forearms slide forward across the surface.

“Wrong list!” I protest and fall into my seat. I squint at the bottle trying to focus on removing the cork.

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A mathematical challenge.

In 1929 in Göttingen, a challenge to express any whole number using the number 2 precisely four times, and using only well-known mathematical symbols, was introduced. 

The first few numbers are easy:

1 = (2 + 2)/(2 + 2),

2 = (2/2) + (2/2),

3 = (2 x 2) - (2/2),

4 = 2 + 2 + 2 - 2.

The game became much more difficult even for Göttingen’s finest mathematical minds. Hundreds of hours were spent playing the game with higher and higher numbers - until Paul Dirac found a simple and general formula enabling any number to be expressed using four 2s, entirely within the rules. He had rendered the game pointless. 

Dirac’s solution relies on a basic property of logarithms: 

and is

where the number of radicals is exactly n square roots. 

One may think that Dirac killed the game using only three 2s. Each symbol in the formula is very common in mathematics, so Dirac’s solution is still within the rules of the game. 

Content inspired by The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo 

  • Sansa: Cool people make the rules. They don't break the rules. And if those kids want you to break the rules, then they aren't really your friends!
  • Arya: Whoa, who are you even talking about?
  • Sansa: I don't know. I'm sorry, I'm just annoyed.
  • Sansa: But while we're on the subject, your friend Jaqen, with the long striped hair and the cloak? He concerns me.
  • Arya: He's a genius.

zekefreek  asked:

Do you think Tsumugi was anywhere near as smart as Ouma or did she just have the advantage of blindsiding him? Even in his final moments, he didn't seem to suspect her any more than any of the others. Atleast that we get to see.

Someone asked me a somewhat similar question awhile back and put it in really good terms. I don’t remember the exact phrasing, but it was something about how if Ouma is a chessmaster (and I do think he is, given all the evidence), then Tsumugi is an opportunist. I still think they really nailed it: opportunist is a perfect word for her.

If I had to compare how smart they both are in terms of just intellect? Ouma would probably be smarter. Considering he definitely seems to have some variation of SHSL Analysis, his predictive and analytical ability nearly rival Junko’s and Kamukura’s. Even taking into account the fact that he really is genuinely childish and even klutzy sometimes, he still seems… well, like a genius.

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Analyzing the rooftop scene

I couldn’t fit in this particular post everything I want to say about TRF without writing an actual book, so this one is my reading of Sherlock and Moriarty’s psychological state and what happened while they were on the rooftop. Undoubtedly, this meta will need me to write backing metas about more technical things and the role of third parties (including Mycroft and Molly). More details about the backing metas in the end of the post. 

FYI it’s a long post but very simple and full of images and gifs. Well, if it’s too long for you but you’re interested, just read what I say after the last gif. Pretty much explains my interpretation in short. 

Also, if this has been supported before, do excuse me and PLEASE give me link to the OP’s blog! Anyway, let’s go.

Four points I take for granted in this theory:

  • There are no Moriarty identical twins (check this sort of a meta I have already made for this)
  • All three theories in TEH are fake, however there might be hints hidden in the most unexpected of moments.
  • RULE #1: There is absolutely no case Moftisson decided to make Sherlock fall from a rooftop without agreeing first how he achieved it and what exactly had happened before. There is no case they decided to wait two years to find a way to explain it after they already had shown his suicide to us. Narration doesn’t work like this. Neither do worldwide famous TV shows.
  • Since we now accept that Moftisson knew from the beginning what exactly happened with Sherlock and the three theories were fake, then the most important question is NOTHow did Sherlock fake his death?”. The most important question is “WHY DID SHERLOCK LIE?”. Think about it. Moftisson know what happened, they could have given us the answer. And if the answer is that Molly, Mycroft and 25 tramps helped Sherlock in his plan, then……….. why did Sherlock lie in the first place? I repeat, if Molly and Mycroft truly helped Sherlock fake his death, then why Sherlock considered it critical to hide how he did it and alternate the technical parts of the story?! 

Possible answer: Because

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Here’s To The Crazy Ones.....

The misfits….

The rebels…. 

The troublemakers…

The round pegs in square holes…. 

The ones who see things differently… 

They are not fond of the rules and have no respect for the status quo….

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them….

The only thing you can’t do is ignore them….

Because they change things…..

They push the human race forward….

And while some may see them as the crazy ones….

We see genius. 

Birthdays, First Times, and Letters from Princeton Pt. 1 (Riarkle Future Two Shot)

Fandom: Girl Meets World

Pairing(s): Riarkle

Characters: (Main) Riley Matthews and Farkle Minkus, (Supporting) Maya Hart-Hunter, Lucas Friar, Zay Babineaux, and Isadora Smackle, (Minor/Mentioned) Cory Matthews, Topanga Lawrence-Matthews, Stuart Minkus, and Jennifer Bassett-Minkus

Rating: Honestly, I’m gonna go ahead and go M with view discretion advised. It’s not graphic but it’s right the title, folks, this is Riarkle’s first time.

Description: This isn’t how Riley thought they would end. Then again, she never thought that they would.

Author’s Note: Okay, for this being the first sex-ish scene I’ve ever published, I am very proud of it… So, I hope you guys like it or at least understand that I did my best as a blushing, stuttering virgin :D

It was a week until Farkle’s birthday on April 1st and Riley was in a downright panic.

It wasn’t that she didn’t have a gift for him.

She was his girlfriend, of course, she had a gift for him!

She’d gone to Barnes & Nobles weeks ago and purchased both Death by Black Hole and The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson. She then proceeded to read both books herself, leaving notes and annotations throughout to lend a little bit of herself, of them, to the copies.

So, no, that wasn’t it.

It was something…else.

It was sex.

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8.11: Welcome to Moondoor

Originally posted by frozen-delight

Someone takes their fantasy life far too seriously. What was supposed to be just a game for fun goes horribly bad due to one guy’s personal desire to win Charlie’s affections. He was just trying to impress the girl, and turned to a book of real magic in order to eliminate what he believed was the competition– and punish people he believed were “cheating” at the game. But even despite some folks’ suspicions of cheating, MOST of them still understood that this was all LARP’ing, and not REAL.

LANCE : We were named to the queen’s honor guard, in anticipation of the coming Battle of Kingdoms this weekend. I thought he broke protocol, so I called Ed after game hours and accused him of cheating, and then I challenged him to a duel.
SAM : A duel?
LANCE: Wands and swords at dawn.
DEAN : Now, when you say “wands” do you mean magic wands?
LANCE : No. Un-magic wands, Agent. Because what I really want in a duel is an un-magic wand. Yes! Fake wands! It’s a game! I can’t believe it. [to the ceiling] Oh, ye Gods! Thargrim the Difficult has fallen!

The next person to fall is poor Lance, who bleeds to death in the police interview room. So Sam and Dean go to investigate in Moondoor. They go in with their fake FBI covers, and are almost immediately called out as being fakes…

GERRY (BOLTAR) : Your fake badges, the cheap suits. It’s very cool. I get it. Your characters are FBI agents that somehow traveled to Moondoor, but I’m telling you it’s just – it’s straight-up Moondoor this weekend.
SAM : These aren’t fake badges.
GERRY (BOLTAR) : Uh, yeah, they are, and they’re… [he takes SAM’s badge] very good, but, um, well, the I.D. number shifted to 10 digits with, uh, two letters mixed in at the end of the year, and, uh, the seal’s from last month. Really good work. [He hands SAM’s badge back.] It’s just – it’s a tournament weekend, okay guys, so you got to follow the rules. If there’s no rules – chaos. [He puts his hood back up and speaks in a stage voice.] Resume. If you would like to join the army of Moons, the queen is always on the lookout for new squires.
DEAN : Yes. Right. Uh, we would like to see your queen now, please.

Charlie spots them, and tries to make a run for it, until Sam and Dean confront her with the truth of what’s been happening to her friends. She believes at first that Sam and Dean brought the monsters with them, when in reality they showed up because the monster was already there…

The “bad luck” she was experiencing, her soldiers getting injured, was all tied together.

SAM : Did they have any enemies in common?
CHARLIE : In real life? No. Everyone gets along famously. In the game, though… they had tons of enemies. Red reps the followers of the Moon – my peeps. Green’s for Elves, blue’s for Warriors of Yesteryear, and black’s for Shadow Orcs – total d-bags. This weekend is the Battle of the Kingdoms to see who wears the Forever Crown. This weekend, each faction is definitely an enemy of me and mine.

(also I LOVE that Dean is geeking out over everything from the foam sword to Charlie’s battle map, proving his genius for strategy. Then LOVING his Moondoor costume)

But Charlie suspects it’s another faction of Moondoor trying to give themselves an advantage in battle. She doesn’t suspect it’s one of her own closest and most trusted soldiers who’s only trying to get closer to her, and sabotaging her chances in the battle in the process.

Because to Boltar (or Gerry), despite his insistence on adhering to the rules of the game, he wasn’t able to distinguish the reality from the fantasy.

How many times can we say “genre mashup” in an episode?

Until Boltar begins to realize that the power he’s stolen through his manipulation of the game doesn’t translate to the real world. Until Dean (in Moondoor costume) finds out the Moondoor connection to the strange tree symbol that appeared on all the victims, while Sam (in his FBI costume) discovered the real-world connection to the Tree of Pain and faerie magic. They discover Charlie’s missing and we have a GENRE MASHUP. The real world, the supernatural, and the game all converging around this one point.

Meanwhile, Charlie’s been taken by the faerie, who like Charlie only wants her old life back. She wants to be released from enslavement to Gerry’s will. She doesn’t WANT to hurt these people. She just wants to be freed to return home.

Dean breaks character within the game, bringing the reality into the fantasy:

GILDA : My… master, he – he has me hurt people. He’s forcing me to. I’d never hurt anyone. I’m a fairy – the good kind.
CHARLIE : No, no, I get that. Why is he doing this?
GILDA : I don’t know. He started off with smaller commands, but he’s become more violent. He had me kill two men this week.
CHARLIE : Man, someone is taking this game way too seriously.


GILDA : I can’t break free from the spell, myself. A hero must take my master’s book of magic and destroy it, breaking the spell.
CHARLIE : Gilda, my name is Charlie Bradbury, and I am here to rescue you.


Nah that doesn’t sound exactly like what eventually happens between Dean and Cas in 8.17 at all… Nor like what Cas is going through now under control of the nephilim…

GILDA : I’m free of the spell. You saved me. The Hollow Forest is forever in your debt. I must return to those green hills now. I will take my former master with me. He must face a fairy tribunal for his sins.
CHARLIE kisses GILDA, who then disappears in a twinkle and shimmer of lights.

Nah, still doesn’t sound like 8.17 at all… except in reverse. Dean may have broke through the “spell” controlling Cas, but the “book of spells” wasn’t broken the way Charlie destroyed Boltar’s book. Rather than being FREED from the power of the words, Cas was about to be bound to the power of the Word of God and dragged off against his will yet again…

Sam and Dean, meanwhile, get to experience Moondoor the way it was intended, as something FUN to take them away from their real life troubles for a bit. So what if Dean borrows some words from Braveheart… he still gets that this is all just a game.

Now in s12, he’s gonna need something stronger than someone else’s words to break this new spell, and get everyone back to operating in reality.

I really wish I’d made my s12 tag I’M YOU ONLY STRONGER, because honestly? That’s what it is.

Such a bully

@lexluthros you asked for a 9 or a 25, but as I wasn’t sure about which drabble game you had in mind, I just supposed it was the latest, Myosotis. If it’s not the case, just say it and I’ll do another one ! :D

9. “Remember when I said I was fine and in control?? Well forget it and help me !”

 You were a self sufficient person, able to take care of your-self and of the other. There was nothing you couldn’t do, you were all powerfull and everyone was relaying on you when needed because you were someone responsible. And you loved that feeling, that was making you feel important, and somehow superior.

 So the very idea of needing someone’s help was unbearable. Most of all when the only person present to helo you was none but the great Lex Luthor, your greatest nemesis. Not that you were really fighting, it was more something like a ranchor, a grudges that you couldn’t forget.

 He stole your favorite and most promising student.

 You were a professor in science, one of the youngest and yet most competent one for you were considered as a genius and people would fight to attend you classes. And it appeared that Lex Luthor favorite’s game was to take away your students.

 Currently, you were making research in the library of the university, struggling on the ladder to catch a book that was at the hightest shelft, and for some unknown reason, Mr Luthor was there, annoying you.

“Don’t you have a company to rule?” You asked, annoyed, still trying to catch the book.

“Everything is pretty calm lately, but thanks for you concern.” Replied Lex sarcasticaly. “Need some help maybe?”

“Not the least.” You muttered under your breath. “I am perfectly fine. Everything is under control!”

“Your sure? You look like you could use some height.”

“I’m not small!!!” You screamed.

 Your small size was something very sensitive for you, and you hated when people said you were little. That out burst made you lose your balance, you fell, and hold onto the shelft.

“Damn!” you shouted.

 There was a light chuckle and you get as red as a tomato from embarrasment and anger.

“Stop laughing!”

 You froze at the sound of the bookcase, and feared that it would end up falling on you. You feet pedaling in the air, you swear when you realized that the ladder was down. You crossed eyes with you foe, and frown. No. Ne-ver. The hell if you-! There was another crack and you gave up.

“Remember when I said I was fine and in control?? Well forget it and help me !”

“Asked so nicely…” Lex said with a smirk.

 He reached his arms and you protested:

“Just give me the ladder!”

“Do you really think your in a position when you can give order?” He replied with a smile like the cheshire cat.

 He was enjoying it the jerk! You gritted your teeth, holding back an acerb comment, and let him help you. He caught you by the hips, and you ignored the sudden heat in your stomach, let go of the shelft. You safely get back on your feet, flustered by the sudden closeness, but your stubborness quickly awoke and you get away from his hands.

Thank you.” You said like it was an insult. “Now if you could just leave !…”

“Oh, dear Y/N, you kindness touch me to the heart ! If you’re so thankfull, then maybe you could talk to that student about-”

“Just fuck of!” You shouted before living – pushing him hardly as you did.

 He just laughed it off, thinking that annoying you was a great hobby and that he was looking forward the next time.

 Such a bully…

SAKURA HARUNO - the apprentice of tsunade senju, the student of kakashi hatake, the comrade of naruto uzumaki, and the mother of sarada uchiha, sakura is called the queen mother by fire country citizens for her ties to so many rulers of the fire kingdom. her accomplishments and abilities have won her the favour of the masses and while she does not rule the people, she certainly rules their hearts. when her daughter is framed for the slaughter of the high council and must go into hiding to avoid imprisonment, sakura remains in the capital and stands tall. although she is kind and compassionate, the queen mother is more than capable of playing this cutthroat political game and winning. her daughter’s enemies forget why she is considered one of the world’s finest warriors, but she will soon remind them.

SARADA UCHIHA - daughter of the demon, sarada only knows whispers of her father and his clan’s infamous history. she has long fought to prove that although a skilled genius, she will not be another uchiha driven into darkness. under her mother’s guidance and with the friendship of her peers, sarada grows up to be a wise and just leader. she becomes the youngest hokage in fire country history before being framed for the slaughter of the high council. with only the clothes on her back and the weapons on her body, sarada is forced to flee the capital. after barely making it out alive, she meets the man with the hawk mask. he will teach her, he promises. he will show her how to use the eyes of her heritage, how to take back what’s hers, and how to reclaim her throne. 

Okay so my headcanon about this:

It’s The Marauder’s 6th year at Hogwarts and its the last Quidditch match of the year - Gryffindor v Slytherin. If Gryffindor win, they win the cup. If they lose the cup goes to Hufflepuff. And there’s no way Slytherin are letting The ‘Puffs lose out to a bunch of Gryffindors. So James Potter lines up, determined to be the best Chaser in the history of Chasers. He glanced up to the stands and sees Sirius, Remus, Peter and Lily waving and cheering furiously. A few rows up McGonagall is watching tensely.

The game starts, it’s lashing rain and the wind is murderous. Regulus Black is playing Seeker for Slytherin and zooming around the pitch, cause there’s no way in hell Sirius is gonna come home for the Summer gloating about Quidditch again. The game goes on for hours and hours when tragedy strikes - the Gryffindor seeker falls of his broom and is too injured to continue. Slytherin and Hufflepuff are roaring with delight.

The Marauders and Lily are preparing for heartbreak when Remus Lupin has a genius idea. Without a word he drags Lily, Sirius and Peter up to McGonagall, who looks absolutely distraught at Gryffindor’s apparent defeat. Remus then starts talking at 100 miles an hour to her about how it’s against rules to substitute PLAYERS but it never says anything about PROFESSORS. Lily thinks he’s gone mental but “you know Professor, he has a point”. Sirius is jumping with glee and “LISTEN TO MOONY HE’S ALWAYS RIGHT”. Peter could nearly cry with relief when McGonagall rolls her shoulders and nods her head and stalks over to Dumbledore to insist she play because no one comes in between Minerva McGonagall and Gryffindor Quidditch.

Before long McGonagall is mounting her broom to play Chaser for the team and James Potter has been assigned Seeker. After an hour and a half more of McGonagall bossing it and scoring Gryffindor 60 more points - Regulus sees the snitch, James sees Regulus, and a race ensues. The crowd watches with rapt attention as James, who has like 6 inches on the short 4th Year, reaches out and grabs the Snitch, landing on his arse on the ground , but with 150 points to Gryffindor. Sirius and Remus are shouting and hugging with glee, Lily is waving her Gryffindor flag so hard she thinks her arm might fall off and Peter is singing at the top of his voice.

And that’s how Minerva McGonagall became a Gryffindor Quidditch legend once again, years after she graduated, due to the little shit named Remus Lupin, who’s ability to find a loophole anywhere was second to none. James Potter was famously remembered as a Seeker, which annoyed him to no end. “NO NO YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. IM A CHASER! A CHASER!! PADFOOT TELL THEM. MOONY HELP ME!”.
And then years later in Heaven, as he watches his only child become the youngest Seeker in a century, he is overjoyed.
“Look at that! Harry, my son Harry, youngest Seeker! In a century! He must have inherited his fathers talents! I-“
“Potter you literally played seeker for half a match and then sulked for a month after”
“…shut up, Lils”

It’s time for the Utena liveblog.  Work today was a comet-ride through a particularly bumpy troposphere and so this seems like the way to go.

We start with a play.  There are cardboard roses spinning.  Puppets are dancing.  They cast shadows against the sky-

Because the sky is a painted background, only a few inches away.  

The prince approaches the princess and turns brambles into flowers.  His shadow precedes him.

The play is interspersed with moments of live action, or something like it.  The living actors, though, also seem to be cut from paper – all sharp angles and improbable silhouettes.

In the end the prince seems to depart, but if you see his shadow, and the shadow of the princess, you can see that he hasn’t left at all.  He’s just grown smaller.

In the “absence” of the prince – and he’s not absent, of course, his presence shapes everything in this world – the princess decides to become a prince herself.  The narrator asks, “but is that really good enough?”

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