the prince & the pauper

Final Fantasy XV - Cuddling

Prompto’s boots echoed loudly as he walked into Noctis’ apartment. He’d been given a key, but he’d still knocked three times, only entering upon receiving no confirmation that the apartment’s lethargic inhabitant was still alive.

“Noct!” he called, finally managing to undo the knots he’d tied to keep his slightly-too-small feet in his shoes. 

Again, he was met with silence. Laughing under his breath, the gunner quickly stole through the mess to the bedroom, wherein he found the owner submerged in layer, upon layer, of blankets.

Shaking the soft pile, Prompto called out again, “Noct. Noctis. Wake up, or Iggy is going to kill us both.”

He would deny to his dying day the high shriek he let out when the blanket mountain moved, the boy under it finally gracing the residents of his Majesty’s bedroom, namely Prompto, with his presence.

“Mm. Prompto, shh.”

Having regained his composure, Prompto laughed again, reaching down to give his friend a harder shove. 

“Noct, you have to wake up. Ignis and Gladio are expecting us.”

This time, he is awarded by the opening of a single eye. Noctis had once told Prompto his eyes looked like the ocean on a sunny day, bright, beautiful blue. Prompto had always thought Noctis’ were akin to the surface of a lake in winter. His reminiscing must have been obvious, as Noctis took the opportunity to flip back his blanket cave and latch onto the blonde’s waist, dragging him under. Prompto definitely shrieks this time. 

Giggling as he’s enveloped in the warmth of the blankets and of Noctis, Prompto tries to protest, but his voice fails him when he catches those seemingly lucent eyes pinned on him. He tells himself not to, but his body settles into the comfort of his boyfriend’s arms almost instinctually. Boyfriend. Prompto still kind of can’t believe it, but Noctis is there to remind him of it as much as is humanly possible. 

Noctis, seeing the thoughts flitting across Prompto’s facial features presses a quick kiss to his forehead, before pulling the other boy tighter against him, yawning into his hair.

The laugh that leaves Prompto’s mouth sounds like sunshine.

“Hey there, Sleeping Beauty.”

Noctis scoffs, “Excuse you, I’m Prince Charming.”

“That is a lie, and you know it.”

Noctis only doesn’t push him off the bed because he’s way too tired and he kind of is really in love with him. Feeling the silence set upon them, Noctis is suddenly uncomfortable. He likes silence, but he also has too much of it. He shakes the boy in his arms slightly.

“Prom, talk.”

Bottle glass eyes look at him, surprised, but his lips turn up at the corners and that’s more than enough for Noctis. So Prompto talks and talks and talks, Noctis listening to every word, because every second with this blonde angel should be treasured. At one point, Prompto stops, but the apartment no longer feels silent, and Noctis is too distracted by the freckles that dust the gunner’s cheeks. 

Prompto tugs his lip into his mouth, about to apologize for talking too much when his mouth is occupied, instead, by Noctis’ own. Eventually, they pull away for air, and Noctis’ mouth curves in a sleepy smile.

“Hey. Nerd.”

Prompto pouts.

“I love you.”

Prompto chokes on his own saliva, turning to Noctis in near disbelief. He’s crying before he realizes it, and Noctis sits up fast as lightning, cradling his face and asking what’s wrong, those beautiful wintry eyes worried.

Sniffling, Prompto replies, “Nothing’s wrong, you big dork, I’m happy. I…I never thought I’d hear someone say that about me.”

His voice is soft and shaky, but full of a trust that makes Noctis’ heart clench. Who couldn’t love this sweet, sweet boy? 

The prince leans down, pressing kisses against freckled cheeks and puffy red eyes until Prompto is laughing, “That tickles, Noct!”

Noctis’ eyes open, only to see Prompto’s taking on a mischevious glint, before he’s pushed off the bed. Groaning, he lays on the floor, shooting a look of betrayal to the face that is now cackling at him from above. 

Sobering, Prompto speaks, cheeks still red from laughter, “You really should get ready, Iggy will have my fucking head if you don’t.”

“I do like your head.”

Noctis receives a peace sign and a grin for that.

“…but not more than my bed.”

The noise Prompto makes is not human, and the gunner proceeds to scowl, flipping over on Noctis’ bed, and most tragically, curling all the blankets around him in some sort of nest-like method. Climbing back up, Noctis gives an experimental tug, sighing when the blankets won’t yield. 

“You did push me off the bed.”

Prompto seems to consider this and, deciding they’re even, allows Noctis to bury under the blankets to cuddle him once more.

A few moments of silence pass, before, “Iggy is going to kill us.”

“Mm.”

A sigh.

“You’re already asleep aren’t you, you big baby.”

“Mm.”

More silence.

“Hey Noct?”

“Mm?”

“I love you too.”

Prompto feels Noctis’ smile on his neck.

author’s note - finally got ffxv, and these two are so cute!! also i haven’t slept properly in two days, i may have switched tenses like eight times, and there’s no real plot other than cuddling and prompto being the literal sun. not the happiest with this, but i felt like writing, so it’ll do for now. enjoy! (also there’s a rain storm going on outside and it’s pretty cool, so it kind of set the sleepy mood)

today on overthinking the trading card anime

So the whole Kaiba-calling-Joey-a-dog thing is pretty infamous, to the point that it’s the source of their ship name. And the dub may have played it up a little, but it’s still definitely a thing in the original.

Which is why it’s notable that in the subs, there’s one other time that Kaiba brings up dogs:

When he’s talking about himself in relation to Gozaburo.

And we get the same connection in the manga, too, with this panel of Gozaburo (literally or metaphorically? it’s all in Mokuba’s head, so it’s a little hard to tell) forcing a young Seto to wear a dog collar.

There’s definitely some interesting stuff we could take from this. We could be dealing with an example of the classic “abused kid becomes a bully by turning their abuser’s tactics on other people” (and if we take some of the stuff Kaiba says to Joey as paraphrased versions of things Gozaburo said to mini!Seto…ouch). But it’s also interesting to look at in the context of Joey and Kaiba as foils.

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The signs as fic tropes
  • Aries: "their tongues battled for dominance"
  • Taurus: high school au
  • Gemini: fake dating au
  • Cancer: ooc villains
  • Leo: the prince and the pauper
  • Virgo: gender bending
  • Libra: five things one thing
  • Scorpio: flanderisation
  • Saggitarius: "member", "sex", "throbbing manhood" and all other awful euphemisms for penises
  • Capricorn: bed sharing
  • Aquarius: enemies to friends to lovers
  • Pisces: coffee shop au
My (last) two cents.

I must say I’m not usally prone to let my opinion be known, or less writting long ass post because of my poor english grammar (since it’s not my main language) so I apologize in advance. And because I want to keep this blog out of opinions/theorizing But I just needed to let this out of my system since it has become an issue that is a affecting people who are really important in my life.

I’ve decided that ignoring the things that happen in the western fandom and pretend that these people don’t exist doesn’t work anymore from me, and doesn’t improve my fandom experience, but just contribute to bottling up my emotions to the point of being unable to scroll tumblr anymore.
So i’m just going to leave this here, you may agree or disagree, is up to you, I have made up my mind and I won’t answer to any hate this may originate. In case the hate is too much I’ll just move to another Tumblr.

This is about black butler, story and spoilers, so if you don’t want to spoil yourself please don’t keep reading past this.

And if you may think it’s just a manga and really is not that important, well then, same as above.

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i had no clue how to group 19th century novels, but i really wanted to make a list bc several of these books are classics for great reasons. i suggest you read some, or maybe all of them. all is good. (im a sucker for good symbolisms and themes tbh).

if you want to add more 19th century novels, go crazy! and enjoy!!

  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Crime& Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conon Doyle
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

OTHER RESOURCES:

  • *at a daycare where soo ho and ban ryu are doing volunteer work for their assignment and are bickering with one another*
  • child 1: ... mr. soo ho?
  • soo ho: yes?
  • child 1: *tearing up* are you and mr. ban ryu fighting?
  • soo ho: aw... no, sweetie... we're not. we're just trying to figure something out...
  • child 1: are you sure? it sounds like you guys are fighting...
  • child 2: are you and mr. ban ryu going to get a divorce now?!
  • child 1: A DIVORCE?
  • soo ho: ah, no, no, no. again, we're not married...
  • child 1: *starts crying* so you already got a divorce?
  • soo ho: oh, jeez...
  • child 2: but we like mr. ban ryu!
  • child 3: you can't divorce mr. ban ryu!
  • child 1: you have to stay for the children!
  • child 4: what's a divorce?
  • child 3: not you too!
  • *all the children crying at the same time*
  • soo ho: no, please, don't cry... ban ryu, a little help?
  • ban ryu: this is too entertaining. *records scene*
The Prince and the Pauper theory: Is Eyepatched Ciel really Vincent’s son? (And other 2CT possibilities)

The 2CT had been confirmed in the spoilers of chapter 129. Or at least there is another person calling himself the earl. So what are the possible natures of the 2 Ciels?  
The Prince and the Pauper theory:

For those who don’t know the story, in a nutshell it is the tale of two boys, a prince, and a pauper (a very poor person), who swap roles, taking advantage of their uncannily simular appearances.
One of the reasons why I doubted the 2CT, was because only one child is remembered or mentioned by Madame Red and Lizzy. So I concluded that there is a strong possibility that the 2 Ciel’s might not be blood related. Doppelgangers are common in Victorian mythology after all, often used to draw a comparison, to portray a good an evil side, to wreck mischief in your name, or foreshadow doom. What if eyepatched Ciel was a poor child, who wanted power and control, and seizied the opportunity, to replace his newfound friend after he was sacrificed by the cult?

Remember, Sebastian had to teach EVERYTHING to Ciel, and you would think a good education and manners would have been drilled into him, just from being around nobles, and likely a first son, due to inherit the position of an earl, would have been drilled into classes from a young age, (like Prince Soma). Not knowing where the manor was, not wanting the old tutors back, pausing before giving his name, his inability to eat rich foods all contribute to this. He is clearly not used to, or having seemed to have lived an upper class life, with upper class education and food. And it has been confirmed that being the head of the Phamtomhive household, even AFTER the supposed death of the new Ciel, was a lie.

Would he not have had status, wealth, and beautiful fiancé before gaining the title of Earl, as a member of the upper class?


So if this theory is correct, Ciel’s guilt and shame comes from sacrificing his friends for power and money, which is why he feels unworthy of the attention. And now the prince has come back to claim his place. He has probably been living amongst the poor for some time, which is why he used colloquial language (if he was the one to shot Soma), and it seems he has been with Soma, and his food charity for some time, but then he was found by the Blue Sect, who welcome people of all classes into their meetings, and gained help to get his place back.

The second son theory
Supposing they are blood related, evidence for this could include flashbacks of memories of Vincent (though he was able to ‘dream’ the undertaker over the new Ciel, so it could be explained for the first theory) but it doesn’t explain the fact that Madame Red and Lizzy only remember one Ciel. Perhaps Sebastian tampered with their memories, using the power of the contract, as it has been suggested he has the ability to manipulate those records.

A suggestion for the theme of a family power struggle has been suggested in the motives of Redmond’s previous prefects, pointing out the importance, power, prestige and responsibility that the firstborn son carries, compared to the subsequent offspring:

“Someone like you, a winner with a title…can never understand the feelings of a second son, who will never be in a position to inherit, can you?

Reasons why the new Ciel would want to swap places could be hinted by Derrick, who points out the burden of being the first to inherit. The new Ciel seemed to be a lot more arrogant and laid back, like him.


So those are the 2 possible explanations for the relation of the 2 Ciel’s


Now for the possibilities of the nature of the new Ciel.

It is hinted that the new Ciel died at the cult. Furthermore, some claim that Sebastian ate his soul as a sort of deposit for Ciel’s revenge. So how can he be alive?
Other Ciel is a demon
A demon could be taking the form of a second Ciel to torment eyepatched Ciel and get back at Sebastian by spoiling his dinner. This could be done as a conceit to reveal more about Sebastian’s nature, society and past.
We have yet to see any other demons besides Sebastian. Now I don’t think there needs to be another demon in the play (when they appeared in Victorian fiction e.g. Faust’s Mephistopheles they are 99% of the time, alone. In fact Screwtape’s letters is the only classic text I can name with multiple demonic characters (and that’s not Victorian)). But it is still a possibility, and this could be used to bring to light Sebastian’s demonic society, past and nature. I do regard this as the most unlikely theory though, as I don’t think it is necessary to know Sebastian’s past and nature. Demons are best left a mystery.


What if New Ciel is Vincent Phantomhive?  

It is known that the undertaker has been trying to resurrect Vincent Phantomhive (and does to an extent in the bonus chapter) and is seen pouring a drink into a Ciel’s month. Perhaps the Undertaker has obtained Vincent’s soul, and needs another, simular body as a vessel? (we know his original body cannot be used, as it was “burn down the the marrows of his bones”) Unlikely, but still feasible. (I kind of doubt that the undertaker had the technology or skills to preserve Ciel’s body so perfectly for so long, though I do think Shinigami have some limited ability to warp time due to the that fact they can teleport, know when someone will die, and in theory can deem someone ‘worthy’ and bring them back to life- and what do they do if they have died in an explosion if they cannot turn back time. Perhaps they can only do this if permission, or a higher being is involved?)


New Ciel is the real Ciel
But if he is the Real Ciel, how did he survive being stabbed? Did he make his own contract with a demon? Perhaps he became a grim reaper, if he took the place of the Ciel look alike, it could be counted as suicide, I suppose. We know he has been living with the undertaker, and it would give Yana the opportunity to explain some aspects of the Grim Reaper society.
A few things are clear: Ciel wants power. And he stole this power, lied, deceived and did lots of despicable things to gain it, contributing to the sense of guilt, unworthiness and isolation we see him oppose on himself throughout the manga. Ciel is a liar. He is waiting for the day when the “lie” becomes the truth. Sebastian tells him You yourself are very much a liar. But what is the lie?

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♔ CLASSIC LITERATURE MEETS LGBT+ ♔ → The Prince and the Pauper

The lives of two boys born in London on the same day: Edward, Prince of Wales and Tom Canty, a street beggar. During a chance encounter, the two realize they are identical and, as a lark, decide to exchange clothes and roles–a situation that briefly, but drastically, alters the lives of both youngsters. The Prince, dressed in rags, wanders about the city’s boisterous neighborhoods among the lower classes and endures a series of hardships; meanwhile, poor Tom, now living with the royals, is constantly filled with the dread of being discovered for who and what he really is.

I’ve seen a lot of people spreading the “Prince and the Pauper” theory (or similar) which I can’t say I understand. How does this work out?

1) We’ve seen a family tree showing two children

So we know they’re probably blood related.

2) Characters have mentioned the Phantomhive’s having multiple children, making it unlikely that they’re not twins?

  1. Madam red: “my cute nephews”
  2. Joker: “the Earl and his children”
  3. Vincent: “my sons”
  4. Pit also has a family photo which we can presume shows both twins.

3) The flashbacks also show the twins lived together and were equally wealthy.

Therefore, if twins have always lived together how could one of them be a pauper? I don’t entirely understand this theory! If anyone has some insight I’d be interested to hear it. :D

The Prince and the Pauper pt1

*Hogwarts circa 1971. After the sorting ceremony* 

Lily: Hey, remember what you said to be before Hogwarts?

Lily: If I didn’t then I am a natural gryffindor.

Lily: but if I did then I’m definitely a gryffindor. Don’t you think?

Gryffindor Prefect: ALL FIRST YEARS FOLLOW ME!

Lily: I have to go with the other loud mouths. Bye Sev. 

((OOC: Thank you to my Severus: @egdramaqueen))

the red planet

6. things you said under the stars and in the grass 

pairing: Mark (Got7) x reader

genre: dystopia!au, outerspace!au

word count: 2,325

The sound of someone pounding upon your metal apartment door ripped you from your slumber. Inspections had been completed last week and you had passed with flying colors so there should be no reason as to why someone would be knocking at your door at 3:30 in the morning. Especially on a Sunday.

Blurry sleep filled eyes made it hard for you to see who the figure on the other side of the door was, but they were impatient. You could see their shape pacing, activating even more nerves in your system.

“Babe, I can hear you breathing,” Mark whines, turning the identify of the stranger into your boyfriend.

“What are you doing?” you ask with lungs still asleep.

A devilish grin, one you had seen too many times, spread across his face, “Get dressed, I want to show you something.”

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The Archetypes in Action.

Whether in Film or Literature.

Aries- That character that can’t wait to go on an adventure, even though everyone else tells them to move with caution. The one that pushes people, for good or for bad. Hot headed, protective and spirited. One of the first to fight through dangerous situations. 

Taurus- The character that wants a simple life, only for some kind of chaos to ensue completely out of their control. They make reserved company, only for strength and stamina to arrive when they really need it. Sensible and dry humoured. Admires physical delights, materialistic.

Gemini- The trickster character, changeable and witty, always ready to trip people up, prince or pauper. They will be the mischievous one, the one with sparkly eyes and a way of looking at life with much curiosity. Intelligent and communicative. 

Cancer- The character that nurtures the others around them, that provides support, yet will also react strongly to the events that take place. Intuitive and receptive to others, they will make strong bonds in even the most unlikely of circumstances. 

Leo- A just leader, yet with underlying egoism, Leo would be the loyal and brave character with assertion yet warmth. They could have a bit of a hero complex, but would be committed to protecting the vulnerable. Theatrical and humerous. 

Virgo- A cautious character, worrying about the health and well being of the ones around them. They would also be a brainiac of the group, seeing logic and patterns that many would miss. Yet this all partakes with grace and sensible qualities. 

Libra- A character wonderful at calming tense situations and arguments, exceptionally talented at bringing a sense of ease into the mix. They are diplomatic, charming, and are able to make themselves a match to many people. The primped one or the dandy. 

Scorpio- An enigma character, someone that is not easy to get a grasp of when first meeting them. They may turn out completely different later in the story, yet throughout, they are talented at dispelling situations. They have emotional intelligence and raw expression. 

Sagittarius- Wonderful with humour and adventure with a certain lightness radiating from them. Recklessness and irresponsible qualities may follow, yet they always manage to make you fond of them despite this. Like Gemini, they may take on the role of the trickster. 

Capricorn- The character with the solid plan, the support system for many of the other characters, also the one to be relied on. There is wisdom, maturity, dry wit and lessons that come with this character, yet also an old soul and melancholic expression. 

Aquarius- The rebellious character, often doing exactly what they have been told not to. They are cerebral, intelligent and eccentric, often adoring shaking things up, especially archaic qualities and systems. May come across as somewhat anarchic and insensitive. 

Pisces- The character that seems somewhere else entirely, yet is also infused with wisdom. They are likely compassionate and sensitive, yet may get forced into unfortunate situations due to rose tinted glasses. If they were one of the seven dwarfs, they would be sleepy.