the same side

something i want to add to yesterday’s tea time


people call levi erwin’s dog, but mike knows that’s not how it is–not how it feels. when erwin has his sights on you, you are a treasure.

there’s a shared smile. erwin bends over and touches lips with levi, and erwin startles away from levi when he notices they aren’t alone. he tugs on the bottom of his uniform jacket and turns to take a bridle down from the rack. they’re both blushing, looking half their age–despite the shit they’ve done and the horrors they’ve seen.

they’re walking back to erwin’s office and mike watches as erwin instinctively goes to place his hand on the small of levi’s back. erwin’s fingers twitch in, curl into a fist, and fall back to his side. mike shakes his head.

there’s longing glances, small whispers of smiles between hints of endearment. they may look like soliders to some, but to mike they’re so fucking obvious it drives him insane.

“it’s ok.” mike says.

“hm?” erwin turns to him. there’s a clammer of steel on steel as they watch the new recruits demonstrate themselves to their commanding officers.

“you don’t need to pretend. i know.”

erwin stares at mike for a moment longer, his mouth falling ajar before nodding away his shock. “i suppose you’re the last person i could expect to hide this from.”

“yup.”

“i’m sorry.”

mike shrugs, puts a hand on erwin’s shoulder and squeezes it. it wasn’t easy getting here, but his commander seems more stable now than he ever had been. levi is helping the survey corps more than he may have ever imagined. “you’re a good man, erwin.”

and something changes in erwin’s face, like he’s heard something he’s never been told before. like mike had just stuck him with the point of a knife and twisted. “mike.”

“take it easy, commander. see you at dinner.”

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Rules: Use the same sim for both sides. Try to do the same type of hairstyles and make up styles on both sides, if u know what I mean. Please refrain from using clayified hair, as it’s a mixture of both alpha and mm. Try to make everything different, not just hair. Things like skin overlay, make up, eyebrows, and eyes. Clothing doesn’t really need to be changed, unless you’re doing a full body thing. Tag #alphavsmm.

I suck at Alpha sorry guys - I only specialise in those Alpha males ;)) 

I tag @thefoxandhersimblr @inquisitive-simmer and anyone else who wants to do it! I would have tagged more but i am lazy af - didn’t even edit the pic lol - so if you wanna do it and say i tagged you go for it :D

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alpha VS maxis match tag!! ~ @rosecoffeesims

Rules: Use the same sim for both sides. Try to do the same type of hairstyles and make up styles on both sides. Please refrain from using clayified hair, as it’s a mixture of both alpha and mm. Try to make everything different, not just hair. Things like skin overlay, make up, eyebrows, and eyes. Clothing doesn’t really need to be changed, unless you’re doing a full body thing.

I tag @bericlain @vodkasimmer @asleepmoodlet @simulatedsimmer @audiocircus and @seafoamflamingo and anyone else who wants to do this 😊 I was tagged by @simem
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Rules: Use the same sim for both sides. Try to do the same type of hairstyles and make up styles on both sides, if u know what I mean. Please refrain from using clayified hair, as it’s a mixture of both alpha and mm. Try to make everything different, not just hair. Things like skin overlay, make up, eyebrows, and eyes. Clothing doesn’t really need to be changed, unless you’re doing a full body thing. Tag #alphavsmm. 


I was tagged by @shysimblr! Alpha is hard yall, no joke.

I definitely won’t be switching back anytime soon! Hah. But this was really fun to do :) I couldn’t decide who I wanted to do, so I did my 3 mains, and ofc Colby bc she is baeee. <3

i tag @hesitantpixels @onegiantsimlover @ashley-simblr @fatpandasims @kleptosims @pixel–simmer101 and anyone else who’d like to do this! Feel free to say I tagged you. And if you’ve already done this or don’t feel like it, and I tagged you, no worries!

Alpha vs mm tag by @rosecoffeesims

I love this tagg because i download so many CC alpha :v and create the hair MM :v

I was Tagged by @adorablesimlove

Rules: Use the same sim for both sides. Try to do the same type of hairstyles and make up styles on both sides, if u know what I mean. Please refrain from using clayified hair, as it’s a mixture of both alpha and mm. Try to make everything different, not just hair. Things like skin overlay, make up, eyebrows, and eyes. Clothing doesn’t really need to be changed, unless you’re doing a full body thing.

Tag it #alphavsmm

Yusaku is a team player?

I don’t know if anyone has made the connection, (They probably have) but, does anyone see a contrast between Yusaku’s description as a character and his Duelist Persona?

Yusaku is described as someone who doesn’t like standing out and drawing attention to himself. He also thinks quick on his feet and can read situations fairly easily. This is understandable, since we can’t do secretive work when everyone’s eyes are on us and we need to be quick when we do it.

But what about Playmaker? A Playmaker is, by definition :a player in a team game who leads attacks or brings other players on the same side into a position from which they could score. 

Playmaker would literally be someone that everyone on the same team needs to keep their eye on and the name suggests that he would openly expose himself to give his teammates the opportunity to strike.

It makes me wonder, after he first changes into his VRAINS persona, who gave him the name? If he gave it to himself, this means that people and teammates are very important to him. But if someone else gave it to him, it means that he is becoming an increasingly important figure to the other duelists and that he interacts with them in duels frequently.

And whats more, what are some of the important qualities of being a good playmaker? Tactical Skill, quick responses and an ability to read situations.  

I feel like there is more to Yusaku than we realize as of now, because these effects seem to be too in line for coincidences

Like, I know that it’s a gross macho thing to say, “my pets kill animals like your pets.”   But I do think of it whenever I see those of your who have gentle little rodents that you love and who love you and who peacefully eat lettuce or hay or whatever, and in more of a “sudden realization of the evils that I have surrounded myself with”.  

My precious little fluff angels are a species that murders for fun. Mr ChubChub commits atrocities all day and then drools on my shoulder and demands love. I can’t believe cat people aren’t given the same collective social side-eye as people with pythons.

How Mary Morstan destroyed the moral centre of BBC Sherlock

So let me just start by saying that no one wants two-dimensional, black-and-white characters. Flawed people are normal, believable, more interesting, more relatable. That’s all fine. What the first two series of Sherlock gave us was:

1. Sherlock Holmes: A self-appointed detective, occasional (mostly past, seemingly) drug user who solves crimes as a puzzle to keep his overactive mind occupied. Rude to people, a trait born more out of impatience to get on with saving lives without being hampered by other people’s relative slowness, and possible also because he falls somewhere on the autism spectrum and struggles with social skills. Tries to believe that he is cold, emotionless, but the opposite is palpably true: his facial reaction when Moriarty destroys the old woman in The Great Game. This line: “This hospital’s full of people dying, Doctor. Why don’t you go and cry by their bedside and see what good it does them?” (Read: wasting time wringing our hands won’t save this person’s life.) This exchange:

John: Charming. Well done. 
Sherlock: Just saving her time. Isn’t that kinder? (Read: He attempts to be kind, successful or otherwise.

Sherlock’s face when he sees John wearing the bomb jacket in The Great Game. Sherlock admitting his fear in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Sherlock showing compassion by rescuing Irene in A Scandal in Belgravia. Sherlock’s tear as he was saying goodbye to John in The Reichenbach Fall. These two series are full of evidence that Sherlock absolutely does care about people, so much so that his brother reminds him to be wary of sentiment as though it’s an old refrain, routinely repeated. And the final touch: “I may be on the side of the angels, but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.” That’s it in a nutshell: Sherlock is no angel – but he is indubitably on their side. He solves crimes. He stops criminals from their actions. He saves lives. He is, despite his surface rudeness, a good person.

2. John Watson: An ex-army captain and doctor with an appetite for adrenaline, an inability to settle into civilian life, post-traumatic shock nightmares, and a dangerous violent streak. A man with a “strong moral centre” who waits until he believes it absolutely necessary to kill, then does it cleanly, quickly, humanely when he thinks he must. John is such an interesting mix. In one way of looking at it, there’s a lot more dark in him than there is in Sherlock. Something obviously went wrong in his family, too, as not one of his immediate family attended his wedding. There’s some resentment there, some thirst to prove his worth – and a corresponding hyper-willingness to assume that people doubt it, that people place blame on him, that they find him wanting in some way. Trust issues, indeed.

And yet he’s the one who’s mindful of when Sherlock is stepping on toes and hurting feelings, the first to pull him into line, to make sure he doesn’t go too far. They’re such a good team this way: John came back from the war with a hand tremor that made it impossible for him to practise medicine and a psychosomatic limp and blasted-up shoulder that made it impossible for him to be the “war hero” Sherlock describes him as during their first cab ride. They fit each other perfectly: Sherlock gives John a safe outlet to let out his demons and channel them into being a hero again, cures him of his impediments almost just by believing him unshakably, always, without one shred of doubt, no matter what his sharp-edged humour might suggest, even giving him back the ability to practise medicine again, and in turn John provides Sherlock with equanimity: someone to come home to, eat with, be normal with, someone who will save him from going too far either verbally or into the deeps to search out a criminal there, who will follow him down and shoot the criminals off his back. They save each other. They do good work: they’re good people.

And then series 3 gave us Mary. Mary the former secret agent gone rogue, Mary who kills for the highest bidder (confirmed in The Six Thatchers), Mary who scales a building pregnant to intimidate or kill a man who is blackmailing her. Mary who shoots a friend in the heart rather than accept his help and request his secrecy, or his help in breaking the truth to John. Mary the pathological liar, who layers lie upon lie upon lie, and feels that she should never have to apologise for anything, including all of these lies. Mary, who got snippy and resentful over John’s “months of silence” after she tried to murder his best friend, as though he had no right to his anger. Mary, who denied John the right to have a say in naming his own child after she put him through all of that. Mary, who would rather drug her friend and abandon her family rather than accept help. Mary, who abandoned her team without confirming that they were beyond rescue and started a new life with a marriage and a baby and not a second thought for the people she’d left behind. Mary, who never for a second left her profession, keeping her guns and her outfits and her secret info stashed in random walls in Norway, her vast collection of wigs and offensive accents.

This might have worked if the show had seen her arc through as the villain she clearly was. Mary was decidedly NOT on the “side of the angels”. Mary was not saving lives. Mary was taking them. Mary was a person whose life choices, past and present, clearly put her on the other side from Sherlock and John – two flawed, yet ultimately good men who do good work. Mary’s work was, in a word, bad. She was the opposite, really: an inherently bad person with a cute façade, who could giggle and make little jokes (that frequently had a sting buried within), who could roll up her pants instead of just getting them hemmed, who could tease and banter, but as soon as the pressure came back on, her real self came out again. The old habits came back: drug a friend, shoot them in the heart, run away without looking back, kill anyone who gets in your way. The fact is that the show did NOT see this arc through. The writers tried to spoon-feed us the façade, and it didn’t work, because the truth was so very visible: Mary was not a good person, and trying to pretend that she was is either completely unbelievable, or else destroys the entire point of who Sherlock and John are, in their essence. To have them take Mary on board without question, without her actual redemption by having felt or demonstrated remorse of any kind at any point for any of the very many terrible things she did, does not work! This is tantamount to Sherlock and John teaming up with Moriarty! Even if they’d needed information from Moriarty or something, it would have been a necessarily temporary arrangement, because they are not on the same team and never have been!

So, tl;dr version: we want characters who are nuanced, who have grey area, who are three-dimensional: but not characters who betray their own moral code by associating themselves willingly with someone they would normally oppose with all of their combined might. Writing their acceptance of Mary Morstan destroyed their moral centre. In a way, it made them no better than she was, and we know from the first two series that this just isn’t who Sherlock and John are. They’re good people. Mary wasn’t.

Side by side Sunday. I’m currently drowning in this outfit I wore in June of 2015.