OK! So we’re starting from the beginning, every Friday between 9pm and 10. Considering that I haven’t like sat down to watch a full episode of the past seasons of TVD in a few years and my memory might not be the greatest I think I will start with my usual disclaimer: I will write my thoughts in real time so if I make a mistake at the beginning of this post, it will be corrected by the end. There will be anti-Damon and anti-Delena sentiments (I’m only mentioning these two because it’s the beginning of the series), I will probably bring up other shows and call attention to misogynoir, racism, anti-blackness etc. Gotta admit, I’m a little excited to start from the beginning, it’s been a really long time. Ready? Let’s go.
1. OK Stefan’s voiceover over the foggy woods is still HELLA campy though. I remember I saw this and was like, Fadi (my friend), are you really making me watch this? YES. She was so fucking insistent.
2. Yeah the foggy night and dark road, it’s very horror movie, very cinematic.
3. Them hitting Damon is reminiscent of “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” They even gave Damon a growling noise when he feeds.
4. Listening to the score for season 1, really emphasizes how much they misused the cues in season 8. The scary cue works here because people are running, getting snatched up on a dark foggy night, it isn’t just walking through the Salvatore house.
5. Jenna is legit a mess, like, right away, Elena is like drinking coffee and really chill, like do you not have a presentation today? Go.
6. Damon sending the crow to hit Bonnie’s car is like … Literally from the minute he’s introduced, he’s terrorizing her.
7. Also Kat is a stronger actress than Nina, even the way Bonnie says, “And I was like put this woman in a HOME already”, she has more presence than Nina.
8. “She looks a hot … can I say tranny mess?” “No that’s over.” And totally inappropriate. I completely missed that before.
9. LOL Elena’s “No comment, I’m not going to say anything” when Caroline walks away is delivered really well, yo you two secretly hate each other and that should’ve been explored more.
10. Stefan’s jeans actually look a little ridiculous in the pilot, though. Like they don’t look like they fit well. When Bonnie and Elena sees him in the office.
11. Jeremy is legit like a drug dealer though. That’s kind of a big deal.
12. “You need to chill yourself” …. … … Did KW and JP like consult any teens when they wrote this script?
13. And her fight with Jeremy is actually pretty muted. I’m an only child but my closest friends are older siblings and they’ve told me of times when their younger siblings were fucking up and they would like literally BE there all the time, they would walk them to class, sit with them at lunch, be like, so where are we going today? Elena threatens to do that but never really follows through and it always bothered me that no one held an intervention for Jeremy or set up a meeting with a counsellor.
14. It is still the cutest thing ever when Stefan catches Elena staring at him in class.
15. I do like that in season 1 they dress like they’re teenagers though.
16. “Shoo, that’s what I thought.” Yeah, Elena, stand up to that bird.
17. No, seriously, from a purely objective point of view I can see why the cemetery scene would be the scene that made KW and Bob Levi and JP go ecstatic because when the scene begins Nina seems a little nervous, which I get, it’s the pilot, but when the scene goes on and the dialogue keeps going, she and Paul just have that energy, the way she smiles, the way they stare at each other, there’s legit chemistry there.
18. Yeah, those jeans need to go. And Paul I love you, but your pilot haircut is nooooooooot working.
19. Like you look like a hedgehog, honey.
The diary entries actually make this REALLY angsty.
20. LOL Vicki is actually pretty mean to Jeremy though. “I don’t want to announce to the world that I deflowered Elena’s kid brother” and Jeremy has these puppy dog eyes when he says, “And deflowered and deflowered” and it’s like awwwwwwww, you’re way too young for this.
21. “I’m meeting Bonnie at The Grill”, it’s not even Bonnie and Caroline though.
22. These Stelena stares are KILLING me. It’s different seeing it within the episode than clips.
23. The way Matt says, “I feel weird calling her … She broke up with me” all of them are so YOUNG and have these really innocent faces and it just makes everything seem so MEAN.
24. “Any siblings” “None that I talk to” so when Elena tells Damon in the next episode, “Stefan never mentioned he had a brother” I mean he didn’t say that he didn’t either, he admits to having siblings. I feel like I’m going to keep a tally of all the times the show forgets its own script to propel DE.
25. Yoooooooooooo I didn’t remember we get a shot of Stefan topless in the pilot when he’s putting on his shirt. *sigh* so gratuitous. I love it.
26. Those jeans are terrible though.
27. OK but really, WHO IS ZACH AGAIN? He says “Uncle Stefan” so like how does that work?
28. Stefan being blamed for Damon’s shit from DAY ONE.
29. Paul’s intense gaze is damn.
30. I also like how in history class they never discuss enslavement. Mmkay.
31. “You’re upset about something.” “No it’s just Bonnie, she’s … You know what, never mind. You’re here.” And from Day One Bonnie’s issues are ignored.
32. Paul and Nina look really good walking next to each other.
33. Tyler legitimately treats Vicki like shit.
34. “Jeremy. Is that you?” Yes, Vicki, Jeremy can create fog now.
35. Also Damon is so fucking extra with that fog. It’s unnecessary.
36. “I just want to let you know that I still believe in us and I’m not giving up on you” oh Matty, it was never you. Don’t worry though, you get a bench.
37. So Vicki is on the ground with blood on her neck and Jeremy is like “It’s Vicki” and Elena is like “oh my God” and NO ONE is taking out their phones to call 9-11.They just stand there until she opens her eyes. I mean, I guess.
38. Ian’s hair is RIDICULOUS.
39. I don’t understand how Damon got such a following, I find him thoroughly uncharming. Like he just talks SO MUCH.
40. “Damon, after all this time, after all these years can’t we just give it a rest??” “I promised you an eternity of misery.” How fucking petty ARE you Damon?
41. Ian isn’t menacing.
42. “How come the guys I want never go for me?” “I’m not touching that.” Bonnie is hilarious though. Like oh hell no, do not drag me into your messy shit.
43. Vicki and her black nail polish. So high school.
44. Matt’s eyes are actually really blue in the pilot.
45. I am so fucking glad the diary voiceovers disappear eventually. It’s just, it’s too much.
46. And Stefan and Elena overlap. Omg. No.
47. Damon looks creepy as fuck staring at Caroline.
48. I won’t lie though, Stefan constantly coming to Elena’s house, if it were me I’d be like sooooo are you just going to keep showing up? Like she isn’t a little bit weirded out that this guy keeps just showing up at her house?
49. And she can just invite boys into her house at how late at night?
OK so my review is over! I’m definitely excited to be doing these every Friday. It’s funny though because pilots are meant to establish what the show is going to be about and what’s centered in the pilot is Stefan and Elena and their desire to get through their respective dark times. The supernatural element is secondary. It’s first and foremost an SE story. Until next week!
*NOTE* To avoid confusion: I’m not saying what Stefan did is comparable to Damon, Damon was terrorizing Elena for kicks, I’m just saying that Stefan comes across as intense in the pilot and I would be like dude you are at my house a lot but it makes sense because Stefan isn’t acting completely human because he isn’t one, throughout the episode he’s trying to train himself to be more human.
I’ve been part of my new high school for 3 years now, so i guess you could say it’s not technically new anymore. I’m still making tons of new friends but i’ve been with my best friend Kyle since day one, we always play Pokemon together and watch episodes of Dragonball z.
My new school also has a very dark past, i was told it in my first year by Kyle, he also told me it’s been about 30 years since it happened. To cut a long story short, there was a girl called Melissa who attended this very same school 30 years ago and from what i can gather she suffered from clinical depression because of her constant bullying by her other classmates. She suffered with this for years and eventually it all became to much for the poor girl and she went on a mad killing spree, killing 14 of the 22 students in her class including the teacher. She worked her way up to the school’s roof where she continued to slash at her own body with a butcher knife, finally she ended her own life by walking over the edge and plummeting to her death. This is how the story goes anyway, personally i don’t know anymore than what i’ve been told but if i’m being honest.
I couldn’t care less
I’ve really never known of the emotion we call sympathy or sadness, for my whole school life i guess you could say i’ve been wearing a mask to hide the true me, ironically myself has never met the real me either. I’ve been trying to learn different emotions through people, which i why i have so many friends.
So far ive succeeded in being seen as funny, i learnt as long as i kept a winning smile on my face, then people wouldn’t hate me but rather love me. 19 years of my life, that’s how long ive kept up this charade, if you can even call it that.
Hey dude, did you hear what happened last night?
My friend Kyle said with a sickening expression, i made myself look concerned.
You know that quite chick Samantha, the one that sits in the corner alone.
I heard she killed herself last night. Hanged herself in her room.
Once i heard this i didn’t know how to react, i hadn’t learned the emotion sadness yet. I just stared blankly at my friend until he said something.
Dude, do you not feel anything?
No. I said to myself
I’m sorry Kyle i don’t know what to say.
Yeah, i guess it is shocking news. Well want to come round mine later.
Sure thing. I replied. With our heads both down we walked to our seats, the class was about to start and i’m certain we’ll be getting the same old tired speech from the teacher. “She was such a value to us all” “Our condolences to her family” “She will be missed”.
If she truly cared for anyone in this class then she wouldn’t have killed herself and left the burden to fall on us, if only she didn’t think of herself we might not be in this situation.
As usual class seemed to take forever to finish and by the end i actually felt like killing myself. The next day rolled around and the next and so on until a week had past since Samantha’s death, one week and i still hadn’t felt anything. Truthfully i actually forgot until a friend mentioned it today, i was getting ready to sit down until Kyle came running up to my desk drawing for breath.
It took him awhile to get the rest of the words out, he was still catching his breath.
Its happened again, another death!
Really? I replied
Yeah. I’ve only just found out but they say she was found with knife marks all over her body. Just like that story, remember that girl did it too herself on the roof.
I actually forgot about it until he just mentioned it. I tend to get rid of useless information i have no need for. This time i really couldn’t be bothered to lie and put on a show for everyone to watch. I just came out and said what i was thinking.
I really couldn’t care less
I knew after saying this the whole class would probably hate me, i’ve spent years with this mask on my face showing people the false me and now i really haven’t got the effort to put up with anymore shit. My friend replied the exact way you’d think he would, the way any normal human would.
You heartless shit!!!!. Don’t say something like that.
I just stared at him. No expression to show, i didn’t know what he wanted from me so i showed him the one thing i had learnt to do good over the years.
He flung straight at me, rage consumed his face as he punched me right in my eye, my now bloodshot eye. I didn’t understand why he was so angry he didn’t even know them, perhaps this is what people call compassion.
Compassion? I don’t know what this word means.
I was sent to the nurse’s office, Kyle really did a number on my face its funny how those simple five words “I really couldn’t care less” could ruin a 3 year friendship. I stared blankly into distance as the nurse started to patch me up, there was only one thing going on in my head right now.
I guess i won’t be watching Dragonball z anymore with him.
Days passed without anyone in the class saying a word to me, eventually days turned to weeks and weeks into months. Over time i started to feel something, i didn’t know what it was called but i thought to myself, was this what those girls and Samantha were thinking at the time before their deaths. I remembered i used to call people like that selfish and know i’m contemplating the same thing, killing myself. Im sure the rest of the class will be happy if i’m gone, i no longer have any friends and i haven’t spoken to my family in years. Now that i think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense.
Class had finished and without a moment of thought or hesitation i started my walk.
To the roof.
Once i reached there i was blinded by a beam of light, the sun i thought what a wonderful day. I closed the door behind me and slowly started to move to the edge, each step felt heavier than the last it was like my body was saying no but my mind couldn’t react with any sort of reply. By the time i knew it i was standing looking at the concrete floor below, the wind brushed through my hair it felt like God was giving me a push. Still even now inside my head, there was nothing. I was hoping for at least something new, some new emotion that might help me carry on living.
When i turned round i realised the door i closed behind me earlier was now open. Kyle stood in front of me, now he was the one with the expressionless face.
Do you remember? He said
I just started directly at him, of course i had no idea what he was talking about.
Of course you wouldn’t, you don’t remember anything in that mind of yours but only the things you care about. Well i lost something i cared about!!!!
I Still had no idea.
6 months ago, when i came running to you about my sister and all you could say was you couldn’t care less!!!!
I remembered. Yes it was Kyle’s sister who killed herself that time, i guess back then i should have paid more attention to the conversation, or perhaps i did remember and didn’t care enough about that part of the story. About his own sister. I started to actually think, what sort of friend was i to him. I was to indulge in my own thoughts that i didn’t realise Kyle was now running straight for me, I wanted to move but couldn’t my feet just stayed still like they were attached to bricks. He grabbed me by the chest and pulled me so far to his face i could see his pupils dilating.
Tell me you bastard!! What are you thinking right now.
I. Didn’t know.
For the first time in my life my thoughts had vanished, i didn’t know what to tell him. The only thing i could do is resort to using the last emotion i could ever remember using in a conversation, ironically it was the conversation 6 months ago between me and Kyle. After a few seconds had passed i did it.
With complete anger in his face he threw me off the school’s rooftop. Suddenly my head started spinning, i was feeling so many things i had never felt before, Sorrow, regret, sadness, i was actually scared of dying something i thought i’d never feel. I guess i can only thank Kyle, whats this? I thought.
I was crying, seconds away from death and i cry? I started laughing to myself. I could feel my head hit the concrete.
Mugen's Feelings for Fuu: Character Study and Observations
Firstly: this is a response to 10bat who asked me if Mugen’s feelings for Fuu are platonic or if there’s something else.
Wow, XD Well, as much as I ship Fuugen harder than hell, I don’t think I ever bothered to explain their romance before…or Mugen’s feelings.
I’d also like to say thank you to 10bat for the comments to my blog before I start ^^ (even though it’s not THAT great).
Here I go.
To start off, Mugen as a character is at first glance a complete antihero based on his actions; the prison tattoos, cocky attitude, stealing, killing people without a second thought. But out of all three characters in the anime, Mugen is the most dynamic; changing the most out of all three (although all of them did change).
Growing up in the Ryukyuan Islands, he never exactly had anyone that loved him (being an orphan, having to kill people to survive at an early age etc). The only people we know that he was acquainted with before Fuu and Jin: were Koza and Mukuro in ep 13 and 14. But look what they did: Mukuro betrayed him by making him take the rap for stealing from the ship, and Koza was needy and wanted love from anyone. She used his “death” to infuriate Jin to kill her brother Mukuro. It was all a ploy.
Now then, back to Mugen’s feelings for Fuu. I honestly think that Mugen may have developed something for Fuu even before she liked him (or maybe they developed it at the same time through all their struggles together) but I think for Mugen it was completely emotional at first, and his physical attraction came later. But either way, he repressed it throughout the series.
So here’s a brief list (bullshit, this is LONG) of all the ways it is heavily implied Mugen had feelings for Fuu. If someone wants me to do a Fuu rant also, I probably will lol. But for now, let’s focus on Mugen (though Fuu’s feelings will undoubtedly intersect).
There’s links underlined to the clips on youtube to that specific instant in the episodes for reference. Enjoy if you decide to watch ^^ You have to sign into youtube to watch them though. And I’m giving my rough translation to dialogue sometimes or what I remember (since I didn’t actually sit there and watch them all. Some can be interpreted different ways because English sub and dub is wrong a lot. So anyway, ignore if it’s written different than in the video.
Ep 1: Mugen is shown first from a distance, standing on the road outside the village. Then Fuu is shown… Then Jin last (you’ll notice he’s always backup, sadface, but I love him. Don’t mistake this Mugen rant as me disliking Jin.)
Fuu and Mugen meet. While there is no romance (yet), Mugen and Fuu have this odd stare down when he first walks in. It even goes in slow motion where he’s looking at her. Jin and Fuu had no such moment. I think it was meant to show that he is dangerous, a killer, but either way Fuu isn’t afraid in the slightest. She even tells him to leave if he has no money.
Btw. He saves her from getting her fingers cut off. Jin had no part in that lol.
In the interviews to the japanese voice actors, Ayako Kawasumi (Fuu) was asked who she preferred more as a character; Mugen or Jin. The actress responded with “Definetly Mugen.” Shinichiro Watanabe (the main director) then decided to include more Fuugen hints throughout the series and ep 1 dictated the last episode. This is all found in the Samurai Champloo Roman Album book if anyone is interested to read the interviews.
Ep 2: Mugen was poisoned by a woman who said that Fuu was kidnapped by the same guy who hired her to poison him. She said something like “He has the antidote and something else you want.”
"That girl you’re traveling with. I wonder what he’ll do to her.”
“Shit!” Only then does Mugen run off to save Fuu. She then saves his life when the man is drowing him in the stream, later saving him in episode 21 from Sara as well. It’s kind of like foreshadowing.
Meanwhile…Jin is fighting a homosexual samurai…ahem.
Ep 3 and 4: Mugen runs off from Fuu after not wanting to help her at all. But in ep4 he saw her in the brothel. There’s a scene where he stops walking in the rain after remembering her scolding him, and he quickly runs back to save her. When he got back to the brothel, she was already gone, having escaped. “Ran away?! That idiot!” or “That bitch!” in english.” He kept searching for her, but when he found her with Jin at the gambling den, he said “I only came here because no one was chasing after me.” which was complete bullshit!!!!
Meanwhile, Jin doesn’t bother to save Fuu at the brothel. He only coincidentally met up with Fuu at the gambling den because he was helping the son of the gangster.
Later that night, he asked Jin what happened to Fuu. “Hey, where is she?” Jin is too being playing Japanese chess. Mugen says “Well, it’s not like I care or anything.”
The following morning, Mugen literally goes to the artist’s studio and finds a picture of her and asks the artist where she was. She was kidnapped and he ran all across town to rescue her. He ends up saving her but gets no credit as usual.
Jin meanwhile…is still playing chess lol.
Ep 6: Not much. She just scolds him in a hay stack and he turns his head annoyed.
Ep 7: Fuu was “held hostage” by the thief. He shows disinterest at first. Mugen (the violent bastard he is) sees the kid who pick-pocketed Fuu hold a knife to her throat and only then did he flip shit and want to kill the guy. Now, you can interpret it that he was pissed at the guy for stealing from them and not at all worried about Fuu…. But when he crashed into the building and was going to attack him, Fuu screamed to stop. And he did. Even though he hated the guy, Mugen stopped and helped him escape because Fuu told him to. He realized she wasn’t in danger from the theif though. Mugen never takes orders from ANYONE.
Once again, he technically saved Fuu from the drug dealers after the theif.
Jin meanwhile, waits outside…
Ep 8: When a man hits on Fuu, she says rather proudly to Mugen “It’s soooo hard being popular.” most likely to validate herself to being appealing and maybe even get Mugen jealous. When Mugen gets hit on by a woman, he repeats the same line to Fuu to DEFINITELY get her jealous “It’s sooooo hard being popular.”
Jin is meanwhile…too drunk to say anything and is dragged along by Mugen. But Mugen isn’t one to share a woman with Jin (he won Yatsuha over Jin in ep 15)…So why did he bring Jin along? Maybe he didn’t want Jin and Fuu to be alone together(?)
Also,the man who hit on Fuu said his wife looked like Fuu when she was younger. Funny thing, the woman who hit on Mugen was that man’s wife…So Mugen is actually physically attracted to Fuu after all.
Ep 9: Mugen had every intention to go back to save Fuu and Jin instead of letting them die…but he accidentally got high instead. Lol. He TECHNICALLY saved the day because it was his fault the trippy plants got set on fire. Sooooo, then all the guards at the border line were too high to kill Fuu and Jin.
Mugen once again, technically…saves the day(?)
Ep 10: Okay, this one connects to a later episode, ep 16. Mugen ends up getting his hand badly hurt. Fuu grabs one of them "What happened to your hand?!” he responds “It’s just a scratch.” and pulls away rather quickly… he isn’t used to physical contact with women that isn’t sexual. She shows that he cares and it bothers him. Later in ep 16, after leaving Fuu and Jin he lays on the grass. he puts his hand…the same hand that she touched and he puts it above his face saying “that little bitch” which is a nickname he calls her throughout the series. There is a video of this on youtube. “Subliminal Mugen/Fuu clip” Watch ittttttt.
Ep 11: Oooh lala. Pretty big proof in this one. Jin falls for Shino the courtesan. (totally not Fuu, just sayin’). When Fuu is talking about Jin going to brothels, Mugen takes it that she’s jealous and in turn gets jealous of her and Jin, saying “What, are you saying you want to be his girl?” then he said "That’s big talk…coming from a girl so flat.“ he even told her to show him her boobs…Which she almost did. Then, she names all the reasons she doesn’t like Jin. But Mugen fell asleep and didn’t hear.
“Don’t tell me you’re in love with her! You promised to help me find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. If you go, we’re not friends anymore.”
When Jin left…Mugen is shown actually awake, listening to the entire conversation. Jealousy. THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR EPISODE 24. DON’T FORGET. FORESHADOWING.
Later when Mugen and Fuu are running to give Jin back his swords, Mugen says “I thought you two weren’t friends anymore!” I think it can become plainly obvious that by now, Mugen is getting really jealous of their “relationship” which is actually the true platonic one.
Ep 12: Mugen is much more curious than Jin about what she is hiding about her sunflower samurai, to the point where he sneaks through her stuff for her diary…even though he can’t read. When she begins saying “The first guy who came in was the type I never wanted to be friends with! And after talking with him I was absolutely right!” he got extremely pissed off and even began swearing at her diary. Usually he wouldn’t care but he’s slowly getting attached to her. When she said that Jin was attractive when she first saw him, Mugen again got jealous.
But remember what she said at the end of the diary. Everything in it was a lie. So she didn’t find Jin attractive and actually would befriend Mugen (?) She also said that she wrote all that because she figured they (meaning Mugen because she trusts Jin more with stuff like this) would read it. Note: She didn’t know that Mugen couldn’t read yet.
Ep 13: HUGE PROOF! This is where we really get a glimpse at Mugen’s past. He doesn’t trust anyone, he was truly an ex-pirate and criminal…and I think Fuu is the first person he really held faith in. At first, he looks annoyed while Fuu plays in the water…like he’s realizing what a child she truly is…And he’s sinful compared to her innocence.
When he sees Koza and Mukuro, it reignites those feelings of how evil he is. For the first time Mugen declines an offer to make money and says about Fuu and Jin “They’re not my friends or anything.” to which Fuu turns her head at him…upset… He then says “I promised I’d protect ‘em until we get to Nagasaki, that’s all.” Mugen is actually referring to Fuu since Jin doesn’t need protection, and he’s also admitting to keeping his promise, the first promise he ever kept to the end. Fuu widens her eyes to this (WATCH THE SCENE OMG CRY) and then Koza does too (out of jealousy since she once harbored feelings for Mugen).
Mukuro says to Fuu “Hey, do you have any idea what kind of things he’s done? You know how many people he’s killed? This is hysterical! A guy like you protecting people?!” When Mukuro said that, Mugen seems defensive and angered, covering his eyes with his hair…then pointing a sword at his neck to shut him up, then he walked away. To me, it seemed Mugen didn’t want to revisit those memories of the sins he commited and especially doesn’t want Fuu to know. Notice how Fuu is also hiding behind Jin in this part…not Mugen. It’s like Jin is the good guy, not him.
Mugen then scoffs, sheathes his sword…and turns to look at Fuu and Jin standing beside each other. He then turns away…“ Mugen, wait!” Fuu calls, following him…and so does Koza “Wait!”. You’ll see later that Koza is jealous of Fuu…
In english she says “Fuu is lucky.” THIS IS WRONG. She says “Fuu -chan wa shiawase.” Shiawase means happy. So Koza said “That girl Fuu…is happy.”
“Yeah. She’s happy because she gets to be with you….” WOAH THERE KOZA! Then Koza lays her head on his abdomen, saying she wants to be happy with him too: as in be romantic with him in the way she perceives how he is with Fuu. He says that he’s not that type of guy (really I think it means that he is attached to Fuu and won’t leave her to go travel with Koza).
Not many people realize this, but that was FUU screaming Mugen’s name when the ship exploded. You can really tell it’s her in english, though it’s harder to tell in Japanese. Most people think it was Koza because they show her face at that exact second. But notice how they then show Jin’s face, THEN FUU’S FACE. Her mouth is wide in a scream, unlike Koza. Here’s japanese.Here’s the english where if you watched the whole anime in English, you can easily tell that’s Fuu screaming his name.Plus, Fuu had a tendency to scream his name throughout the series whenever he got injured. She then cries for Mugen for the first time. Jin comforts her. (Jin will frequently comfort Fuu when she cries over Mugen. Three times actually.)
Ep 14: When Mugen is drowning after being again tricked by Mukuro…he sees images of his past. Right before he fades from consciousness, he sees an image of Koza, the first person he really befriended (who betrayed him). Then he sees Jin.
The next morning when Fuu spent all night searching for him on the beach, she finds him and begins to cry for a second time and nurses him back to health. (she removed all his clothes btw; they are hanging outside, and Mugen doesn’t wear underwear as is seen in ep 15).
He then grabs her wrist as she turns to leave.THIS IS HUGE. I believe he wanted to thank her…but being the way he is…he can’t and instead says he’s hungry. He wants to touch her…but she is untouchable… Mugen says he’s hungry so she’ll leave and not come back for a while. It can be seen when it zooms in on his face, and he sighs. He didn’t want her to worry about him and stop him from killing Mukuro (who Jin already killed). Fuu returns and yells that Mugen is gone again.
This episode shows their bonding, how Mugen realizes the only woman who cares about him in his life is Fuu. She also brought him back from death when the pantu came to take his soul. His thoughts of her are what made him live; he has unfinished business in life.
Ep 15: Mugen and Fuu are for the first time shown getting along, laughing together and talking about food. Notice how this is after their huge episode last time.
He then goes to a brothel to relieve some sexual tension (I mean, he refuses to have sex with Fuu because that would unravel his feelings, and disregard how he said she has no sex appeal, plus he just CANT. It’s like he’s tainting her. And it’d ruin the aspects of the show lol.) He never ends up having sex in this ep btw (or any other episode for that matter. Jin meanwhile, had sex with Shino and possibly the two ugly brothel girls in this ep)
Ep 16: They get into a huuuuge argument. Fuu says that he just wants to travel with a cute girl, Mugen said he never even thought about her like that at all. Obviously, they’re both hiding their feelings and poor Jin is stuck in the middle. He says something too… He said the samurai who smells of sunflowers was probably a guy who raped her and dumped her… Mugen in the English subtitles of ep 2 said “I’m gona rape you, you dumb broad.” when Fuu was passed out drunk. I don’t believe this translation is accurate but that sounds like a heavy case of projection to me…
“I’m trading you up for a tougher model!”
“You ain’t gonna fire me, I quit!”
Jin only leaves when both Mugen and Fuu go their separate ways.
Back to Mugen holding his right hand up when he lays on the grass, saying “That little bitch.” he’s obviously still thinking about Fuu. See Subliminal Mugen/Fuu clip on youtube again. It’s 37 seconds long. She grabbed the same right hand, just saying.
Ep 17: At the end of the episode (after arguing with Fuu last time), they intend to all split up. BUT MUGEN speaks up. He looks rather…upset too. Like, he feels guilty over it. He was always the one who asked about her relationship with the sunflower samurai. He was always the one who was curious, more than Jin. he even asks “Is it revenge?” Makes ya wonder, was Mugen gonna beat up the sunflower samurai if it hadn’t been her father and someone who hurt her instead? Jin says nothing, only says they should head out then, only saying what Mugen was going to say if he wasn’t so damn stubborn!
They then show Jin. Then Mugen. Then Fuu… Which was weird, cause the order is usually, Mugen, Jin, Fuu. And the love song plays. lol.
Ep 18: Mugen gets very defensive when Fuu makes fun of him for not reading… But she actually wanted to teach him, even shooed Jin away so they could have quality time together. Sadly, he got kidnapped by the hippy teacher lol.
Fuu is then a prize in a graffiti contest between two twin brothers.
Later, it turns out the winner gets Momo (not Fuu) …But Mugen, Jin and Fuu didn’t know that at the time lmao.
Ep 19: Mugen is the one who wakes her up when she got knocked out. When Fuu gets kidnapped this ep, Mugen actually starts yelling saying she’s an idiot for going missing when Momo brings her note (to MUGEN).
He is then the one to really go wild and attack the false Frances Xavier if you watch the scene. Jin was more like support. Mugen saves the day.
Ep 20: HUGE also. Okay…well to begin, this ep more reveals Fuu’s feelings for Mugen. But since we’re focusing on Mugen’s feelings, we’ll skip around.
Mugen and Fuu saw each other naked. Jin is meanwhile, cleaning his sword (that was not a dirty pun btw). And thought it was especially strange how she apologized to him after, (she was actually apologizing about talking bad about him to Sara, when really he wasn’t ugly at all etc etc.)
When Sara asked Fuu “Who would you rather not want to separate from?” Fuu gets flustered saying “We don’t have that type of relationship!” hiding her face underneath blankets. She’s actually referring to Mugen, because she eventually chooses Mugen to stay over Jin.
She even cries when thinking about parting from them, Jin finds her at this part… I believe she may have been crying over Mugen so that’s technically the third time if you decide to count it.
But honestly, her crying over Jin at the end of this ep (the only time she ever cried over Jin btw) was more goofy that her extremely emotional times over Mugen. We’ll tally up all the times she cried over Mugen at the end.
Mugen actually got jealous AGAIN when she started bawling over Jin; saying “I would’ve left too!” And “Stop crying, idiot!” before stomping away. Maybe he believed that Fuu actually wouldn’t have chosen Mugen over Jin after all, and she was only testing Jin to see if he’d leave too…because she thought he’d leave. I think this pissed Mugen off, like he doesn’t matter, and he actually wasn’t planning on leaving Fuu anyway. He only seemed upset to have Jin go with sara instead of him to seem like he didn’t care. Because let’s rewind a bit! Didn’t Mugen only stay with Fuu so he could duel Jin by the end?! And with Jin gone, why the hell would he stay with Fuu alone?! Plus, when Mugen wants something, he gets it. So if he wanted to go with Sara, he would’ve left Fuu. SEE?!
I think Mugen was even a little pissed with Jin that he so easily left Fuu like that, saying “That bastard didn’t put up much of a fight.” with a disapproving look on his face before Fuu started crying. He doesn’t possess traits to comfort her when she cries like Jin can.
Jin meanwhile…gets attacked by Sara.
Ep 21: FUCKING HUGE. This is the ep where Fuu confessed her feelings to Mugen through actions. Mugen’s ep to confess to Fuu was 25.
When Sara badly wounded Mugen she says “Even though I can’t see you, I can still sense it.”
“It’s as if you’ve never been loved by anyone.” When she says that, Mugen’s eye narrows in anger. “It’s as if you are like me.”
“Are you telling me that you know how I’m gonna come at you?! THAT"S A LOAD OF CRAP!"
"STOP IT, JUST STOP IT!” He collapses in pain as soon as he hears Fuu’s screams. That’s also like foreshadowing…In ep 2 when she screamed for Mugen to stop fighting, he didn’t. Instead, the ogre guy did. Now, as soon as she screamed to stop…he stopped and fell and Sara didn’t. (or maybe it was just the pain. Or maybe both. Up to you to decide.)
“Don’t come closer!” he yells to Fuu, because he is terrified she’ll get hurt by Sara. “STAY BACK!” He maybe doesn’t want her to be attached because no one should be attached to him. If she does, she’ll get hurt.
(If any of you watched the Japanese samurai movie Azumi, this is the exact lines Hyuga screams to Yae when he is bleeding on the ground dying. Hyuga had feelings for Yae. Here’s the link to that scene… Though…unless you plan to watch the whole movie, don’t finish the scene or just start from the beginning)
But then, FUU jumped across his wounded body, saving his life. She couldn’t bear to see him die. Mugen’s face is one of shock and it is there that he realizes a little that Fuu…cared about him more than anyone in his life. When Sara said that “it’s as if he’s never been loved by anyone,” she was proved wrong by Fuu because Fuu is the one who loved him, risking her very life to save him. That’s why Sara didn’t kill him there. Sara also realized that when Fuu talked bad about Mugen in the hot spring “Don’t waste time with a guy like that!”, it was all a lie… Fuu just didn’t want Mugen and Sara to get together.
Sara couldn’t sense emotion at all.
Fuu again takes care of Mugen, bandaging him and such. She even has a line to him “With you gone… I don’t know what I’ll do.” He avoids that topic. But they’re feelings for each other are as blatant as ever. When he goes off to fight Sara for a second time, she even wakes up in the middle of sleep saying “Mugen?” sensing that he’s gone again.
Jin could’ve very well be dead throughout this episode and Fuu didn’t even shed a tear…Poor Jin lol. At least Shino cried for him right? I ship them ^^
Ep 22: Umm…Mugen fought off zombies. Jin didn’t XD Mugen saves the day(?)
Ep 23: Okay, this episode is frickin’ goofy as all hell. the baseball one lmao. However there is proof. While Jin dies on the field (lmao) along with everyone else, and everyone left is still getting killed, Mugen, the ninja and Fuu are the last three standing.
When Fuu is next up to bat…Mugen…MUGEN STOPS HER! HE SAYS OMG CRY CRY CRY HE SAYS:
Fuu nods and scoots away. Who knew such a goofy ep showed how he cared about her, wanted to protect her from getting killed by flying baseballs XD Once again, Mugen was the hero of this ep. Just saying.
Ep 24: Really big proof again. Fuu chooses Mugen to talk first about his past at the campfire…which he doesn’t really.
Fuu and Jin instead share heart to hearts. When Fuu is talking…there is a SPECIFIC part where Mugen is staring at her. But then he looks at the campfire as if with regret. After he said horrible things to her in the past about who the sunflower samurai was; he said he was gay, said he waas probably a guy who raped her and dumped etc, it turns out it was her father. Maybe Mugen was regretful for that.
When Mugen lay “asleep” (this is how it connects to ep 11 with Jin and Fuu talking about Shino and Mugen jealously listening in secret) Fuu and Jin talk alone again.
“Fuu.” This is the first time Jin used Fuu’s name. Ahem…there was no honorific either, showing closeness more than rudeness: which are both circumstances to use no honorifics.
“Once you find the samurai who smells of sunflowers. What do you intend to do after that?”
Fuu’s facial expression changes from a smile to a sad look… She looks down, then up. “That’s a really good question. I ought to give that some thought.
Jin says "If I should-”
But she interrupts him. “You know, I don’t really want to think about stuff like that. If you did, that jerk Mugen would-” but she interrupts herself, crying and saying “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” she hugs Jin, who puts a reassuring palm on her shoulder.
Mugen is meanwhile shown briefly; not asleep at all, watching this with a sad/angered look on his face. Jealousy. Connects to ep 11.
This conversation between Jin and Fuu has made TONS of speculation. I personally think Jin was going to say “If I should survive. If I should kill Mugen, would you like me to still keep traveling with you?” after all, Jin and Mugen were planning to duel and Jin wouldn’t just let himself die. Plus, he felt bad for Fuu; seeing as how she’d be alone. I don’t at all believe Jin harbored romantic feelings for her, more like a brother of father figure. Her father was after all a ronin too.
I think the reason she cried was because if Jin beat him, Mugen would die. She didn’t want Mugen to die, and she always had stronger feelings for Mugen over Jin. They’re not equal to her (also shown in ep 26). This is why she apologized to him, crying. She feels so terrible for choosing Mugen over Jin.
Don’t misunderstand; they’re equal in swords but I personally believe they play separate, but equal roles in her life. Jin is the brother/father figure who can comfort her. Mugen is the boyfriend/crush who cares romantically even if they argue. Those are supposed to be the most important males in your life, after all.
Mugen was just as confused about this scene as us viewers lol; showing jealousy when he’s awake and anger that she “likes” Jin. Little did he know.
When Fuu hands the coin purse over, she hands it to MUGEN. MUGEN THE IRRESPONSIBLE MONEY WASTER. When he gets it, he shoves it over to Jin…I think again, showing distaste, believing she liked Jin more. So why should he take her purse?
At the end, the man who wants to kill Mugen, Umanousuke follows Fuu. He says:
“NO! You go!” Mugen wants to, he really does (and HE DOES) but he says “you go” because he still harbors this inferiority thing where he believed he was always second to Jin. Fuu loves Jin in his eyes.
But then, Jin has a flashback of that scene where Fuu cried into his chest about Mugen. This is where Jin accepts that Fuu always chose Mugen over him, Mugen always saved her throughout the series, and ultimately, it’s Mugen she wants to save her again. Fuu believed that Mugen would always leave her, and never bother to save her if there were no more strings attached.
“Take care of Fuu.” This is the English subtitle and also the english dub. HOWEVER, I’m not a complete expert in Japanese but Jin said “Fuu wo tanomu.” I’m pretty DAMN sure that means “Fuu is depending on you.” Not “take care of Fuu”.
That is just. Damn. Fuu always depended on Mugen to save her.
There’s a silence. Mugen grits his teeth. That’s all Jin needs to say and Mugen is off running to save the girl, as always.
MUGEN NEVER TAKES ORDERS! When someone tells him what to do, he does the opposite. The only person he listened to was Fuu (reluctantly). And now he’s listening to Jin when it concerns Fuu? Holy fuck! Plus, Mugen must always defeat and opponent stronger than him. He MUST kill Kariya Kagetoki. But he abandons that, let’s Jin take samurai out (even if that means Jin took down someone he couldn’t!) all because he’s going to save Fuu.
Jin smiles as he leaves. (He totally ships them just as much as I do.)
“Give me back the girl.” can be a rough translation to what he said.
JUST WATCH THE DAMN SCENE WITH THE LINK ABOVE SNIFF SNIFF.
This is where he says he loves her. He gave up his sword. Unlike Jin, his sword doesn’t represent honor or title. He isn’t samurai, all he is, is a wandering drifter. No home, no money, no nothing. His sword is his life, the only thing that kept him alive. He gave it up for Fuu alone. This is similar to how Jin gave up his samurai swords to the brothel for Shino. JIN NEVER GAVE UP HIS SWORDS. HE LOVED THEM AND CUDDLED THEM AT NIGHT. Notice how he never gave his up for Fuu, only for Shino.
“Go. You still haven’t found your sunflower dude.”
“But Mugen… I can’t leave you.”
“Don’t give me that crap. I’m gonna be pissed off if we came all this way for nothin’. Get lost.” He cares that she’ll find her father. He wants her to survive. And he might die. But he doesn’t want her to see that.
“I can’t. What if they…”
“I ain’t gonna die. Have some faith in me, will ya?”
“Oh Mugen…” He always came back to her every time he left. Always saved her. Always.
“I SAID GO!”
With that she finally departs. When she runs, she’s again crying for him because she believes he’ll die. That marks the fourth/fifth time she cried for him in the series.1 was when she saw the ship explode in 14. 2 When she found him washed up on the beach in 14. 3 Possibly when Jin found her crying when Sara wanted to bring one of them along. 4 When she saved him from Sara.
“You almost make me cry! Are you really gonna throw your life away for some girl?!” Umanousuke laughs. It shows Mugen’s stone cold face as a reaction to that statement. For the first time, he has no cocky retort. He gets tortured for her etc etc. etc. She continues to cry up the path on the cliff.
When the bomb goes off in back of her she screams “MUGEN!” much more emotionally.
Back to the Samurai Champloo actor interviews, Ayako Kawasumi dictated this very scene because she chose Mugen over Jin in ep 1: according to Shinichiro Watanabe. She held back on the scream at first but the director told her to scream louder and to not hold back, forget about Jin (I swear, it’s all in that interview). This really bothered Ginpei Sato lol (Jin).
“Oh, it’s you? I thought you were death for a second.” She has her hand on his chest.
“It seems like all I ever do is cry… And here I was trying to make it on my own…” This is the last time she cries for him. Sixth/Seventh. It also sounds like she’s saying she need him to protect her…and Mugen needs her to come back from death.
“Dumb broad.” His nickname he always said to her. But for the first time, he says it calmly, no spite or anything. *sniff* I’m tearing up.
Mugen never used Fuu’s name. She always said his name even more than she said Jin. The irony.
“Did you meet the sunflower samurai?” he asks, she nods, still crying.
Jin never has any moment like this with Fuu, just like he never had a slow motion moment when he first met her. Jin is meanwhile, over there…chilling.
Then, Mugen gets up and Jin and him will have their final duel. She closes her eyes. If you look at the silhouette on the water; Fuu’s shadow is behind Mugen’s. Almost like…she wanted him to win even though it’s messed up and cruel…because it’s so hard to pick between her two friends. It just seemed so symbolic to me… (foreshadowing back to ep 24 where she apologizes to Jin about Mugen).
They heal, they part ways. If you look at the ending credits, they mostly show Mugen though lol. I counted the times they showed all the characters. Mugen is also shown last before they show a bird (Fuu’s name means wind but that could be me being annoying lol) and then…Sunflowers. The End.
I hope all those links work and didn’t glitch and go to the wrong time, sorry o.o
Okay. Now then. Based on all of these scenes, It’s pretty obvious that it was not one sided on Fuu’s part. Mugen genuinely cared for Fuu (imo, on a much deeper level than Jin.)
Does he have romantic feelings for her?Yes.
Is he physically attracted? Yes, but that’s where it got complicated. He is completely suppressing the physical nature of their relationship; barely touching her, pulling away when she gets close, and denying any form of attraction towards her. Deep down though, it’s everything culminated. Mugen being nineteen/twenty is NOT weird for liking a fifteen turning sixteen year old girl. This is Edo era Japan people, women were considered as young as thirteen and the brain doesn’t fully mature until the age of 24 for every woman anyway. Also, Fuu’s mental age is much higher considering her responsibility, being an orphan and the trauma she experienced and endured through. Hebephilia is not a mental illness (the physical attraction towards pubescent girls). In fact, tons of men are hebephiles and don’t even know. I used to get hit on by tons of guys at the age of thirteen because I looked twenty and they yelled at me when I told them my age and to back off like wtf, how is that my fault? Pedophilia is a mental illness (attracted to prepubescent children) Physically women develop faster. Not to mention in Japan, the age of fifteen is glorified as beautiful btw, notice how famous Japanese bikini models start their modeling at fifteen. (it’s weird for us Americans, but not to them). Well that’s off topic…but that’s why she’s shown in hot springs…and stuff…
And Mugen is young still! 19/20. Think about that. 4/5 year age difference… That’s not a lot. As time goes on between them, that age gap is gonna diminish too. I do believe Mugen held back on pursuing her, again because of he viewed her as too innocent for him and he would taint her… He also repeatedly denied these feelings because her very existence in his life directly attacked his identity (emotional dissonance)
Mugen saved her plenty of times.
Jin saved her once in ep 26. And honestly, she didn’t scream when he got stabbed.
Fuu saved Mugen from death.
Fuu cried over Mugen six/seven times.
Fuu cried over Jin one/two times. And the one time it was goofy anyway XD And the other time could have been about Mugen when Sara wanted to bring one of them along.
I believe Mugen as an individual suffers from emotional dissonance, since he is a person with an identity that is cruel, unloving etc. But Fuu takes that and throws it out of a window, makes him care when he’s not supposed to, and ultimately changes him as a person who could give two shits into a better human being. He’s kind of suffering from a weird case of identity crisis when it comes to his feelings for Fuu which turned into something very emotional and delicate when mentioned. She is the one stagnant in his life, the only women he met that is sweet, innocent, and cares for him deeply but isn’t afraid to argue with him to the death.
Mugen once said he liked “hot blooded women”. Fuu hits him, screams at him etc etc.
Fuu became infuriated and jealous with him flirting with women throughout the show, and it finally boiled over with Sara. Mugen meanwhile, was extremely possessive and jealous when it came to the artist and finally: Jin. Notice how Jin didn’t get jealous over Fuu or Mugen’s interactions with anyone…
Another thing, Mugen was the one who flipped the coin and it ended up as heads. He saved himself from following her…and yet, she tricked Mugen much more than Jin who just came along for the ride. Even so, he wasn’t angered by this as he truly cared for Fuu in the end and Jin as well.
But for Fuu…it was so strange and foreign; a feeling that he never acted upon besides risking his life for her. It wasn’t sexual (yet) as much as it was intimate between them. When two people suppress their feelings, it turns into an extremely subtle romance. And that was what made the anime so perfect. If you aren’t into romance, you can watch it for the action, the story. But if you’re like me, you look at the character’s interactions too.
I ship it. I believe Mugen and Fuu’s feelings were undoubtedly mutual, and I hope that added some insight.
By the way…Mugen and Fuu still have some…unfinished business. Whatever happened to the 100 dumplings?
Summary: Scorpio hates a lot of things and let’s be real—you’re one of them. [#11]
Notes: Crack!fic. This is told in Scorpio’s POV. In first point of view because you know, he wrote this list. Rated T because there’s going to be A LOT of cursing (as we all know, Scorpio doesn’t hold back). Also, this is meant to be a light-read, don’t over-analyze anything or actually take any of these things seriously. And well, I really love writing this because lists are my kind of deal of fun in Sunday afternoons (also I did this kind of idea before in one of my old fanfics and it was really fun so I’m gonna do the same because yay!). With uh, all of that awkwardly said:
Let’s get hating.
THE LIST OF THINGS I FUCKING HATE
#1: Problematic Child
How could you not hate someone who constantly gives you a headache? Pranking me, touching her, turning my rabbit-cut-apples into fucking fish-cut-apples, shitty jokes, touching her—I would punch him hard if I didn’t have a damn chair to throw at him!
For some bizarre reasons she likes those invertebrates. I don’t see what’s to like about them. They smell like the King’s feet, they are useless on lands, they are literally Ichthys but fortunately… with the lack of ability to speak and opposable thumbs.
Annoying little shits, I should know. I met her—I mean lots.
Many are selfish assholes. They deserve to be exterminated, wiped out from their fucking existence… I hated humanity but… I blame her for making it more bearable. That isn’t a compliment.
I hate those things especially if she wears it on her hair. Does she want me to say she’s beautiful? Stupid woman. Everyone knows she is with or without those things… stupid.
They cry too much. They laugh too much. They’re just tiny human accidents waiting to cause more accidents. She somehow acts like one. So delicate. So sweet. So fucking annoying. Why did I even think about having one with her
#7: The Crowned Bastard
The King is a royal pain in the ass because he has an awful sense of humor and is so pretentious about almost everything. The only thing nice about this sparkly ass bastard is his dumb hair which could probably be featured in a lot of commercials advertising hair products. Tch. Maybe I should use his hair conditioner so she’d say my hair is great too.
I don’t just hate them for making me feel more vulnerable, not to mention a huge fucking reminder that I still can be human. But they also make me realize how horrible it is to see her sad or mad… It’s a pain in the ass… and the heart.
There are a lot of things I don’t want to know such as Zig’s fucking kinks and Ichthys’ need to get spank. I don’t even want to know that she sometimes pictures me naked… maybe I do. Wait, what the fuck
#10: Evil Horny Dui
Who the hell wouldn’t like the guy? He’s a danger, a menace and could possibly murder my woman her without even batting an eyelash!
Seeing this color reminds me too much of what I used to be as a human and what I still am as a god. Red. Blood. Anger. Rage. I hate it so much. It was such a sickening color until I saw her last few nights ago wearing a really… showy dress in that color and… I don’t fucking remember but when I look, I only see her and nothing more… which is fucking annoying!
Justice must be served without a single mercy. For some reason she’s telling me that I can’t just go on a genocide run that apparently won’t help. She believes in second chances. What’s that about? Whatever. Doesn’t mean I have to believe in those either… I mean I don’t deserve a second chance after what I’ve done but whatever… I should believe too.
#13: Goldfish Contraptions
I don’t understand how any of these technology—gadgets and gizmos and whatever—fucking works! The crabface really likes them though. I just hate them for making a fool out of myself in front of her. She could give me that… nice laugh but it would still be fucking humiliating. Stupid televisions. Stupid phones. Stupid. WHY DO THEY HAVE TO HAVE SO MANY FUCKING BUTTONS
Who ever thought that love conquers all obviously didn’t get to taste my fucking fist on their face. Obviously, I can’t punch my stupid woman. She did deserve that pinch on the cheek for almost proving that love actually does and being so fucking gorgeous at that. Keyword: Almost.
They don’t call me problematic like the other god in the Department of Punishments. They call me an actual fucking problem. She… she doesn’t see that though and I don’t… get why…
#16: Nitwit Prince
He is the source of all my bad feelings and one of the reasons why I have fucking trust issues. I hate how he could still be menacing… without scaring anyone and… most especially her.
#17: Cussing Haters
Like what the fuck. I fucking cuss to fucking emphasize my fucking point but she happens be one of those humans who hate cussing and so I… I have to try stop anyway. So fucking unfair.
Why would you humans create something that might mean intruding my woman’s privacy? Now, I know some fucking human might want to flirt with my goldfish or stalk her or some shit like that! But then again, this makes punishing easier…
#19: Sex-Crazed Weirdo
His sexuality is literally anything that moves. That son of a bitch has the gall to flirt with her as if I’m not even there to do tha-–fuck you paper, I am not bothered by that.
What’s so nice about them? Last I checked they have the ugliest faces. Second to hers.
They are giant pompous felines with an ego bigger than their mane. It’s no wonder a lot of mangy leaf-eating mob ran over Mufasa.
I think I mentioned him already…? Whatever, this counts.
Whenever I just want peace and quiet, she comes around and starts talking about absolutely everything and I would start talking too like for fuck’s sake. Doesn’t she—I mean anyone—get the hint that I need to be alone because I’m… I’m not worth being with…?
They always surrounded me and because of my luck, I’m stuck with the biggest one (it’s a close tie with her and Ichthys… no, it’s definitely that dumbass lion).
#25: This List
This is just so fucking stupid but here I am—dealing with this. I hate this so much. Will I even get to the bottom of this fucking list? How is this even going to control my anger? She is so damn wrong about this being helpful! It just makes me even angrier and fuck! My pen ripped a hole.
They didn’t matter and I was confused as to why humans even try to do these stargazing—they’re just a bunch floating gases of lights and whatever the fuck… until she came along and suddenly made me feel like I could stare at them forever. She did have them in her eyes. So fucking distracting…
For trying to take a peek at what I’m writing.
(”Hn. Obviously, it’s about her—I don’t need to take a peek—”)
(“Talk more and I’ll tell everyone about your kinks.”)
If I didn’t have the mark of sin then I wouldn’t have met her and got into such a hassle of becoming… better.
I hate it so much. One sip might have been good but one sip meant I’m close to becoming drunk. She’s going to fucking tease me for it and call me Mr. Stinger. I MEAN IT WAS ONE FUCKING TIME.
Fucking prick thinks he’s so cool and all. She thinks so too and that’s what’s so goddamn annoying. I kick his ass! I should be much better. Speaking of which…
So many of them in the damn human city! And so many of them around her. Am I one to her? … Probably.
It hurts my cheeks so I never tried to. But then, this idiot walks up to me with some crazy smile and I found myself smiling back because there was broccoli stuck between her teeth… Weirdo.
He’s good at selling kids and disappearing from what I could remember. Tch. I could swear I won’t be like him but there’s a chance I could become as worse or maybe much worse than him but… she doesn’t think so… Why…?
#34: Being Helpless
I hate not being able to do anything. I hate knowing that one day she’ll leave me and I can’t follow. I hate knowing that I… I can’t always give everything she wants.
#35: Stupid Woman
If I didn’t meet her, then I wouldn’t hate these things. Fucking hell. I hate her for this list. I hate her like nobody else—hate her for getting into my head and making me think of her every goddamn day even in things I hate. I hate that she reminded me of the miserable life I would have had without her. And goddamn it, what I really really fucking hate about her is that she loves me.
No matter what I do or say.
… My stupid woman.
“What are you doing?”
A voice cut through the silence abruptly almost making you drop the piece of rumpled paper. Your cheeks were hot and scarlet red. Gulping, you turned away from the bedside table you happened to find it and gazed at the god who has just returned from his duties at the Department of Punishments. He drew his dark eyes towards the paper then back at you.
“… What’s that?” he asked slowly.
“A list,” you said with a tiny smile. “Of things you absolutely hate.”
Silence set in and you could almost hear his brain processing the meaning of this. The god’s eyes widened and quickly looked away and you swore there was a faint trace of pink on his cheeks. You wondered to yourself what exactly was he feeling now. Well, with just this god’s written words, you found yourself in a turmoil of different sorts of emotions. Rage. Disbelief. Joy. Grief. Contentment. Remembering the last bit of his list, your eyes softened and the corner of your lips twitched.
“So uh, what do you hate the most exactly?” you asked, almost too sweetly as he closed the distance between you both. Scorpio’s arms wrapped around you, pulling you to his chest. He gazed down to your eyes, looking at the stars in your eyes and remembering the list.
“Being helplessly in love with you.”
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Summary: Your family was just competition and he knew that, but maybe he could keep a souvenir from this competition.
Plopping down on the bed, you sighed loudly. You were so bored in this mystery house. Hoseok had barely been there over the past week and a half. Well, at least you thought is was a week and a half. No one here would answer your questions at all. All they did was bring you food, vitamins, and some other pills, and occasionally gifts that Hoseok had bought for you along with a note of some sort.
Hi guys, I know I’ve been a little MIA recently, I’ve been busy at this residency but it’s the weekend and before I do anything else, I will do this review. So let’s go.
1. I think it’s good that the house full of tomb vampires are better trying to adapt to their surroundings but everyone is still pretty chill about how modern and new everything is. It reminds me of Hocus Pocus when Max flicks on his lighter and Winnifred is freaking out yelling “HE HAS FIRE IN HIS HAND” or even in BTVS in the Halloween episode when Buffy is reverted to, like, a 16th century noblewoman and she yells “DEMON DEMON” and like runs away and Willow and Xander realize she’s seen a car. You know, panic?
2. Also, Matt’s relationship with his mother is done way too poorly. I understand having a shitty parent and also wanting to protect them but he’s way too chill about the fact that she blows in and out of town, will only “check out” a job and brings home dudes to fuck. Like there’s essentially no resentment and he’s at the age where there would be. Especially if she has the nerve to judge Caroline? Like their dynamic is sloppy.
3. I think it’s kind of stupid that Stefan and Elena are talking about vampires at their lockers but the way Stefan stares at Elena is so cute.
4. Also, I was talking about this with my friend, one of the reasons why the Datherine plot line is weak is that Katherine was always upfront with Damon about the fact that he loved her more and Damon accepted it. He asks, “Why do you keep running from me?” “Because I know you will chase me” “So then I will chase you forever” so it actually keeps in line with their relationship that she wouldn’t be in the tomb. She also never asked him to put her in the tomb and then went LOL sike so I don’t see how she screwed him over. I’m fine with him being in a way but this whole HE IS A VICTIM OF KATHERINE but he isn’t.
5. “You’re not helping the situation, you could at least try to be nice”, Matt, Caroline has been nothing but polite to your mother. Easy.
6. I really love that peck Stefan and Elena have before they go to separate classes, so natural and normal and sweet.
7. It also really bothers me that Harper is the only one who has to call Pearl, Miss Pearl.
8. Stefan and Elena are seriously the couple I hate and have a crush on in high school, they look gorgeous standing next to each other. I also love “It sounds fun as in … fun” and Elena’s grin like “touche”.
9. I love how Damon rushes at Pearl to choke her and she just stares at him and pries his hand off her like, “Bitch, you thought…”
10. vampjer, lmao, OK Jeremy.
11. At least we see him try and figure out more about vampires.
12. “Mystic Falls is our home, Damon” but is it? Like, Pearl, you and Anna and Katherine came from other places and you were eager to leave in 1864 but stayed for Katherine for some unknown reason, there doesn’t actually seem to be an attachment to MF until the writers wanted one for it to be convenient and cause some tension.
13. “I have 400 years on you, little boy” LOL Pearl.
14. Aww, Stefan got her flowers!
15. LOL I like that when Stefan says he’s been on a double date with a playmate and Hugh Hefner Elena just laughs but when Katherine is back in town she’s like … … I don’t like, I DON’T LIKE IT.
16. Ian’s pronunciations bother me, man, everything is so exaggerated. Just speak normally.
17. “I’m all responsible now, haven’t you heard?” Jenna, do not make me laugh.
18. And it doesn’t concern you that the man you’re about to do shots with is always hanging around your teen niece. COOL.
19. We should also explore the fact that Frederick calls Harper “boy”, the fact that Harper just pushes him isn’t enough. If you’re going to have 1864 vampires in fucking Virginia when it’s no longer 1864 and people don’t own other people anymore and these vampires are acclimating to their surroundings, it’s not enough to barely hint at the anti-blackness. SO lazy.
20. “My primary reason for existence has abandoned me” honestly, I don’t see how DErs think that Damon is at all unique with Elena.
21. Omg they’re playing Marianas Trench.
22. Lol Jeremy, you’re kind of an ass for playing Anna just so you can be a vampire to be with Vicki. Basically, you’re Silas. But then you actually fall for Anna.
23. “Is there anything you’re not good at?” “Double-dating.” Oh Stefan, you’re so cute.
24. “Is that what I seem like? Hmm. What a dick.” Oh Stefan, I love you. And I do wish he and Matt had a better friendship.
25. “I feel like I’ve been here before. It’s weird…” Yeah because Damon nearly killed you here. I don’t know why they couldn’t go to Elena’s house. Jenna is drunk with Damon and Kelly.
26. “Is that Damon Salvatore you were with?” “The one and only.” HOW? Damon is any college frat boy, guys, he’s hella basic.
27. I don’t understand how no one can understand what Caroline is going through right now, Matt’s mom consistently calls her the Elena backup, so her insecurity actually makes sense and Elena being like “You’re being ridiculous … now it’s about me and Bonnie?” is like, either comfort Caroline or do the Serena Blair thing when Serena tells Blair to get over her insecurity because Elena’s half-comments and noncommittal head tilts is a part of the reason why people don’t think she’s a character because the show tries so hard to keep her inoffensive by not making her do or actually SAY anything. When she’s written across from Stefan or being with Stefan she’s better written and this is what I mean when I say she has more nuances with Stefan because she actually SAYS things, gets angry, gets scared, gets sad with Stefan.
28. At the same time, Caroline consistently doing this to Elena is like … or you could talk to Matt, Caroline. Like tell him how you feel? It’s a thought.
29. At least Stefan does something to rectify the situation between Matt and Caroline.
30. I also love how Elena naturally just melds with Stefan when she leans on him.
31. The Anna/Jer blood-share is way hotter than that hella disturbing DE one.
32. I actually really like Matt’s speech to Caroline because it’s very high school.
33. Also it’s snowing outside but it’s sunny? Mountain weather is freaking weird.
34. Caroline and Elena glaring at Damon for making out with Kelly is like … Damon is not JUST an ass though, he’s a homicidal psychopath, and Elena this should trigger you since he slept with and turned your biological mother.
35. Anna and Pearl’s relationship is the only parent/kid relationship I actually believe.
36. “I know I just get so worried about you” OMG PAUL’S DELIVERY HERE IS SO CUTE.
39. And Elena’s smile when he opens her car door. BAH. Dorks.
40. Matt’s “speech” to Kelly is pretty weak.
41. “I want you to turn me.” *cues scary music* Jeremy, you’re like 12 sit down.
Fifteen Regulus Black fanfiction recommendations from my personal collection of favourites! They’re mostly from ao3, just because that’s where I usually dwell. It includes an assorted mixture of angst and smut and uh a lot more angst. There’s some Sirius/Regulus and some Barty/Regulus, I think I’ve mentioned in each if there’s any prominent pairings. I’ve ordered them roughly in terms of how greatly they affected me, all mature fictions are at the end and are labeled as so.
Prepare your tissues and enjoy!
PS. I lied it’s actually 14 and a shameless plug.
The Box “All the memories Barty has left of his boyhood lover fits in a shoebox.” Short memories of the time Barty and Regulus were together, nice characterisation and certain parts never fail to get me teary everytime. Perfect piece of writing for my favourite underrated pairing.
Winter of Discontent “Her mother talks as if Regulus has gone somewhere on holiday, but fear feels like an icy hand on the back of her neck.” A painful list of times Narcissa wished she had paid attention to her youngest cousin, a sad look into life in the Black Family. Really emphasises Narcissa’s love for her family, her guiltiness over letting Regulus down seems extremely genuine and real.
The Diary of Regulus Black “An ongoing series of entries in the not so private diary of Regulus Black.” A three part series of snippets from Regulus Black’s ‘diary’, an incredibly unique way of telling backtracking through his story and extremely beautiful way of writing the twisted romance between Barty and Regulus.
25 Random Facts about Regulus Black “Twenty five things Regulus thinks you ought to know.” Rather interesting fact file, very in depth, nice comparisons with Sirius and some Black family ideas that I really like the thought of in general.
Historical Fiction “Regulus knew history and mythology and ancient magic because they were in his blood; his mother had made sure of that.” Regulus is fascinated by old tales of wizarding heroes, aspiring to join the ranks of notable Wizards and Witches who went down in history, though his own story is quite different to how he had fantasised.
Toujours Sang “Sirius and Regulus communicate via letters, even while in the same building.” A series of letters from the last three years of Regulus’s life, realistic insight to their hateful brotherly exchanges and heartbreaking end.
Simply a Game “Regulus Black isn’t supposed to be anything more than the spare, yet he always knew he was meant for more than that. Always in in the shadow of his older brother, being left to clean up the mess, Regulus isn’t too sure what it is he wants.” The first part of a recently started, on-going series, introduces the close relationship between the brothers from just prior to Regulus beginning Hogwarts. Oh I cannot wait for everything to become hostile and heartbreaking, as I’m sure it will!
We Are Cast “The month before Sirius leaves Hogwarts, he bumps into Regulus during a midnight walk.” From Sirius’s point of view, but mostly concerning Regulus. An awkward, perhaps final, encounter between the two brothers, pretty bittersweet.
Sky Above Us Shoots to Kill “Sirius and Regulus encounter one another during the first war, and their fight becomes a pretext for conversations they never had.” Even though they both swear they hate eachother, they cannot bear to inflict any lasting physical damage onto one another.
If Only “It wasn’t the dids and happeneds that hurt most; it was the ifs and maybes, because he always wondered if he could have done something." Sirius returns to Grimmauld Place and recalls how the five Black children used to be. Wondering if they could have had a different fate, pondering over past decisions with perhaps regret.
A Study in Brothers "He made sure that his movement’s legacy lived on. He took every precaution to assure that his tale would sink with him.” Comparing and contrasting the two sons of Black in a variety of the same scenarios throughout their adolescence, showing how their actions and thoughts differed immensely.
Breeding Lilacs out of the Dead Land (Incest Warning, Mature) “How could I forget?” Sirius who had Regulus as his 'eromenos’, extremely well researched on Greek, very fascinating spin on their story. Amazing piece of writing, evokes a lot of emotions, lots of little lines that give you a lump in your throat.
Summer(Incest Warning, Mature) “It is the heat of the London summer, and Regulus knows that Sirius is about to reach a breaking point.” Documents the cracks forming and growing between the two brothers who are too close for comfort (massive understatement), Sirius feels guilt, and Regulus jealous, when he runs away and leaves his little brother.
You’ll Understand What Happiness Is (Incest Warning, Mature) “The street which your flat’s on has only four streetlamps…The world has an edge of unreality, surreality: you feel like there ought to be a saxophone playing. You think you’re a bit tipsy.” Despite (or because of?) all they have been through, Sirius and Regulus can’t stop seeing eachother, but it’s different now. They don’t speak, in fear that they would never stop, but just the contact is enough.
Touch, Keep. Whole. (Incest Warning, Mature) “Black beauty I love you so.” Sirius comes back to try and convince Regulus to leave their abusive home with him. The odd prose and lists of words with no punctuation, give off a very wild feel, like it’s his own disjointed thoughts. Though it is a little difficult to read because of this and I did have to read a few things over twice to understand.
BUFFY: Dawn, if there are any plates in your room, let’s have them before they get furry and we have to name them. DAWN: Hey, I was like five then.
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: I would’ve loved to have seen flashbacks to pre-Dawn episodes but with Dawn inserted in them. Like, can you imagine Dawn in Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered? Or in Ted?
2) Finally, Buffy opens up to Giles.
BUFFY: Yeah. Strength, resilience… those are all words for hardness. I’m starting to feel like… being the Slayer is turning me into stone. (…) I was never there for Riley, not like I was for Angel. I was terrible to Dawn. (…) Riley left because I was shut down. He’s gone. And now my mom is gone… and I loved her more than anything… and… I don’t know if she knew. (…) I don’t know. To slay, to kill… it means being hard on the inside. Maybe being the perfect Slayer means being too hard to love at all. I already feel like I can hardly say the words. Giles… I love you. Love… love, love, love, love, Giles, it feels strange.
First of all, I can’t help but notice the negative impact Riley had on Buffy. He’d cheated on her, and blamed her for it. And she truly believed it was all her fault, that it was her inability to show him love the reason he cheated on her and left her. (It never crossed her mind the reason she never showed him how much she loved him was because she actually didn’t love him…) Anyway, it makes sense that Buffy is questioning her capacity to love, and even though she dismisses Giles’s explanation that at times like this one’s bound to feel emotionally numb, I think he was totally on point. If Buffy’s world hadn’t been turned upside down, she wouldn’t have been questioning her ability to show emotion. Remember season 2 “My emotions give me power, they’re total assets” Buffy? Well, season 5 Buffy is worn, and jaded, and for once she thinks that loving is not enough to keep everyone safe because there are things out there she can’t simply stake. From this point on, she’ll start the journey towards understanding that all she’s got left to give is love.
3) Ain’t that the truth.
BUFFY: I love you, Dawn. You know that, right? DAWN: Yeah. I love you too. BUFFY: I love you… *really* love you. DAWN: Gettin’ weird. BUFFY: Sorry. But it’s important that I tell you. Weird love’s better than no love.
4) And in true BTVS fashion, “weird love’s better than no love” transitions into…
bless her robotic soul.
GILES: You see, the location of the sacred place is a guarded secret. I can’t take you there myself. I’ll have to perform a ritual to transfer my guardianship of you, temporarily to a guide.
If Giles has to perform a ritual to transfer his guardianship, does this mean that watchers are somehow mystically linked to their slayers? I’ve never paid attention to this line before, but now I’m curious about the mythological explanation behind this. I mean, we know that watchers are trained and they go to “watchers school” or whatever (which, come to think of it, might be a lot like Hogwarts except that every single teacher probably has a stick up their ass and all have majored in douchebaggery a la Travers.) but I always assumed the Watchers Council just assigned the best watcher in line whenever a new slayer was called (I’m also assuming that watchers retired of their own volition once their slayers died…)
I actually had more planned for this chapter, but it got a little out of hand, size-wise, and I liked where I decided to break here so I’ve chosen to save the rest for the next part. This chapter is a lot of plot, how the reader interacts with the rest of the team, but there is some fluff in there. I am definitely a fan of the slow build, but I think things will start speeding up soon. Oh, and the chapters won’t always end with the reader falling asleep, that was just coincidence.
Your first three weeks at the Tower were uneventful. Natasha, who you met the morning after your first night with the team and who quickly became your best friend, took it upon herself to personally make sure you acclimated well to the group. She and you, along with Wanda, would have weekly girls’ nights, to help escape from the testosterone surrounding you 24/7, and you often sought her to talk about your past and the feelings you were experiencing since moving in, most of which seemed to be centered around a certain brunette super soldier.
The above was my original reaction to this week’s Scandal, straight after I watched it.
But, I decided to calm down and watch it again, to see if it was as bad as I thought it was.
It wasn’t quite that bad, but honestly, it wasn’t great. There were a few interesting reveals and developments, but yeah, on the whole, it was definitely lacking. The writers were doing so well too. Allen Heinberg, take your ass back to whence you came. You suck.
PSA - The following review is full of cuss words. Sorry. Well, actually I’m not. Sorry that is.
What I Hated
1. Captain Dullard
My hate for Jake this episode was off the charts. Man, he is one petty motherfucker. I hate him so much I could cry. Shonda, why are you doing this to us? Please for the love of all that is holy, somebody put a bullet in Jake’s head or let him discover a cult somewhere in Europe and check himself into a commune or something. Anything. Please Scott Foley, find another show to ruin with your mediocre self.
1A. This infernal fucking triangle.
I hate this triangle so freaking much, it does nothing but diminish Olivia, I hate that the writers can’t just let her choose her damned self and ignore the bickering between Fitz and Jake Dullard. Every time we’re forced to watch this triangle, it totally takes away from the show. Shonda girl, stop. You were doing great, just stop.
2. “When you refer to me it’ll be as Captain Ballard, is that understood?”
Who the fuck do you think you are?? You literally have no job, you have no home, and your salty ass is busy air-drying for the world to see.
3. Jake’s habit of trying to measure his dick against Fitz’s by constantly kissing and telling.
3A. “You and me, we stand in the sun”
You guys know that I love Olivia Pope, however, for the second time since this show began, I found myself wanting to slap some sense into her.
Can we please retire that worn out phrase now? Can we be done with all references in the sun, and standing in it? Lest we forget, the sun can also give you cancer.
4. The bomb going off in Andrew’s car.
I think he orchestrated that bomb himself. You noticed that there was no confirmation from West Angola of their involvement? Maybe he set it up to get sympathy from The Big Haired One?
All of this drama and action, and yet Andrew stays being the second most boring character on Scandal.
5. Jake is family?
Since when? Liv, he’s the guy who you screw when things get hard with Fitz, this dude is not your family. Huck is your family, Abby is your family, Jake is a freaking human vibrator! Ugh.
6. “I will be here for you long after these boys reveal themselves to be who they really are”
I didn’t hate this quote per se, but I’ve had enough of Rowan’s fucking never-ending monologues in general. I do think Rowan’s talking about Jake here though. I think that Jake is still very much under his control, no matter how much he blathers on about killing him.
7. Mellie bursting in and showing way too much concern for Andrew while medical staffers were still in the room.
Ladies and gentleman, this is the smartest person in any room, the genius political strategist.
8. Andrew and Mellie having sex.
Check out Bellamy’s ‘I’m-not-overacting-at-all, honest’ sex face:
Nice Bra Mellie…
Seriously, it was as dull as it was back in season 3. Remember this breast grab that somehow missed its target entirely?
Anyway, let’s continue…
9. David Rosen being brought in.
You knew things weren’t going to work out when that happened.
10. “When this is over, you and me at Camp David”
Dude, how about expediting that divorce huh? There’s a time and a freaking place Fitz. Sheesh. Of course my exasperation with his bad sense of timing didn’t stop me from rewinding that scene. For reasons.
11. “Clients are plenty, friends are few.”
Cyrus forgetting how often he shivs Olivia in the back when it suits him. Let him burn Liv.
12. “Do you have a work related request for me?”
Huck, you need to mind your fucking tone.
13. “I have set people up in exactly the same way, I exploited their lust”
Yes Cyrus, and your husband ended up being killed because of your shenanigans.
14. “I’ve compromised my integrity”
Hold up, who the fuck is Cyrus talking about here, because I sure as hell know it ain’t himself! #Deluded.com
15. “You’re getting me out of here right?”
Jake stays feeling insecure that his penis isn’t big enough to make Olivia choose him over Fitz.
16. The borderline rapey Cyrus/Michael sex scene.
I have no words. No words.
17. Huck taking Javi on a stakeout.
Seriously? Who didn’t know that that situation wasn’t going to end well?
18. The adolescent bickering between Fitz and The Dull One.
If I was Olivia, I’d have left them to it, and gone for a facial or something.
19. Javi seeing his dad violently kill a man. Ugh.
19. Rowan winning. Again. Ugh.
What I liked
1. Olivia and Fitz being on the same side.
I liked that Jake sat alone at the other side of the table in the bunker. Jake deserves to be alone. Alone looks good on him. Being forcibly removed from my show would look good on him too.
2. Jake being left in Supermax to twist in the wind, while Olivia and Fitz gladiate.
God I hate him so much.
3. Fitz being the bigger man all episode, while Jake spewed childish shit, and threw his toys out of his crib.
Please somebody shoot Jake Dullard in the head.
4. The scene between Olivia and LizzieBear.
There’s something about watching two (mostly) intelligent woman have a conversational dueling battle. There was equal shade being thrown around and I was here for it. (Unlike when the writers get Olivia and The Big Haired One in a room)
By the way, have you noticed that Portia’s abandoned the southern accent? Lmao. Good call, because it was TERRIBLE.
4A. “I know you don’t like me.”
Hahahahaha! I nearly died laughing when Olivia didn’t bother to politely refute Lizzie’s claim.
5. Cyrus begging Olivia for help.
I’m always here for Cyrus with his tails between his legs
6. “Kiss me Olivia, you know you want to.”
I was here for this little bit of power play from Fitz. He doesn’t do it very often with Liv, but I liked it. That smirk at the end of the scene was er…heartwarming. Lol.
7. “Do not call me unless you’re in the hospital”
I like this Olivia. A lot.
8. “I’m the president, who the hell are you.
9. The reveal that Andrew’s been and still is schtupping Lizzie.
I couldn’t work out whether he’s actually been playing Mellie, or if he’s playing Lizzie.
I already suspected that Andrew was shadier than we’d been lead to believe (Hey, this is Shondaland people), but I’m not sure what his end game is? Mellie or the presidency? Or both?
People were so willing to believe that he chose the vice presidency over Mellie for her sake, but I think he’s eyeing Fitz’s presidency, and there was never any danger of him giving up shit for Mellie. Olivia did tell him that Mellie is a "Run with the big dogs kinda gal”.
Although, in true Scandal fashion, it might turn out that he was doing all this for Mellie, and that he has a warped idea that she could be his first lady if he could just get rid of Fitz. That should work out well for him.
Anyhoo, so does this mean that Andrew is the one having Olivia watched? If so, why, and who for? For himself, or for somebody else? Soo many questions…
10. “Keeping a discreet distance because I’m having an affair”
Now, did he mean Mellie or Lizzie?
11. Elizabeth North, Dan Kubiak, Jeremy Wilmslow, Andrew Nichols connection.
This intrigued me, but I’m too tired to try to even figure out where the writers are going with this.
12. “The pages, they’re all blank”
David stays losing. Sorry bro. Maybe next time.
13. The music was on point this episode, between Bad Girls and 'You Got Me Working Day And Night’, I literally got my life.
14. Liv’s White/cream coat. I want. Desperately.
1. “Because you want to be the one holding the trophy at the end of the game”.
I think Jake’s salty ass was childish enough to scupper their plans so that Fitz wouldn’t get any perceived glory.
I think Jake told Rowan. When Rowan talked about “these men revealing who they are to you” I think he was thinking of Jake. Jake was programmed to fall in love with Olivia, so he can be programmed to do just about anything else. Nothing else would make sense.
Which probably means that Shonda will go the other way and somehow have Fitz be the one who tells Rowan. That would be insane, but this is Scandal, sooo…
“You wanted to stand in the sun, in the bright white light”
Yep, I think Rowan is talking about Jake. Jake is the turncoat, because otherwise, how does Rowan know these things? How does he know that Jake begged Olivia to save him?
2. I think Andrew was the one who told LizzieBear to involve Mellie in their shenanigans. I think he’s on board with her actively trying make Fitz’s life difficult, politically.
Anyhoo, this episode really let down all the good work that came before, especially last week’s stellar episode. Let’s hope that Allan whatshisface quietly goes away.
By the way, where the hell was Abby this week?
Because it was such a crappy episode, here are some Claire and Jamie and Fitz and Olivia gifs to cheer us all up. Well, those of us who still think that Olitz belong together anyway…
In honor of National Poetry Month, here's one of our favorites
I hate the way you talk to me And the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car, I hate it when you stare. I hate your big, dumb combat boots And the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick It even makes me rhyme. I hate the way you’re always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh Even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you’re not around. And the fact that you didn’t call. But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you Not even close, not even a little bit, Not even at all.
Summary: Killian Jones is one drunken mistake from never setting foot on a movie set again. Enter Emma Swan, the woman his manager has paid to pretend to date him and clean up his image. It seems straightforward enough…but there’s always trouble with faking it. CaptainSwan.
It takes longer than either of them would like to find a house – months of tense moments, lonely nights and frustrating searches. Killian’s travel schedule only becomes more hectic as offers begin to roll in, a promotional scene from his movie with David generating interest that puts an actual smile on Regina’s face.
He’s in London for three days, and between his schedule and the eight hour time difference, Emma isn’t overly surprised when her phone lights up at two in the morning. She’s up anyway – Henry begged her to spend the weekend in Los Angeles to take advantage of the pool, and it’s hard to sleep in the big house without Killian.
She brushes her hands off on her shorts, smiling to herself as she reaches for the phone.
Ok so now I am ready to talk a bit about his episode, or at least certain aspects of it because I have been thinking about it all day. I’m also going to put a few things as well before I start. Here goes.
This was another dream inspired fic. I have a direction for this one though, so it’ll be around for a while. I think I’m going to publish in kind of short bursts for this one. So you all are going to hate me at the end of every part, but just know there’s another one coming quicker this way.
Warning: Beginning with Part 5 this fic is in first person from Zach’s perspective. THERE IS ACTUAL SMUT IN THIS CHAPTER.