there is a reason i don't talk to anyone on that side of the family

anonymous asked:

AU where Bitty and Jack both suddenly wake up, after having had a few years together, and find themselves in their beds on the morning of the day they met. Both remember everything that happened, but neither thinks the other does, so they both pretend not to remember (which only complicates things more). They end up reenacting a lot of their interactions and it kills them both to do things they know hurt the other but they don't want to change anything.

oh no buddy, I’m not gonna let this stay sad. I’m gonna draw attention to several sad things, but then I’m gonna fix it.

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Bitty wakes up on his first day of freshman year. Again. He quickly decides that he can’t say anything to anyone. There was no way to prove that the life he had just been living was anything but a dream.

He goes through the motions as well as he can remember. If he lingers a little on the handshake when he ‘meets’ Jack again, well, who could notice a thing like that?

Jack wakes up in the Haus. He mirrors Bitty’s mental process, realizing that if he started talking about this he could lose the future he knows is on its way. He searches Bittle’s face for recognition, but is too afraid to say anything.

Jack takes a deep breath every day and snaps at Bittle, pushing every pet name out of his mind. Bitty forces himself to forget and relearn how to take a check. On the rink together for checking practice, neither can think of any way to ask if they’re going through the same thing. They both cry more than they did the first time around.

Sometimes Bitty just gets angry at having to repeat things. He tries as hard as he can to not mess the repetitions up, but he isn’t perfect. When Ransom and Holster start asking him what his type is, he rolls his eyes and replies “Men.” As soon as he’s said it he remembers that he had only said that later to his camera, but the damage doesn’t seem to be too great. Jack doesn’t seem to react to the change, adding to his mental list of evidence that everything else had just been a dream. He gets the list of eligible Winter Screw options a few days earlier, but everything settles back to what it had been within a week. Whenever he starts thinking about the next few years, he’s enraged about everything he’s going to have to sit back and let happen. Everything that was going to make Jack sad, and that he wouldn’t be able to fix. Everything that was going to hurt him that he couldn’t avoid. 

Jack wakes up every day and writes up a game plan. It’s hard to have to turn back years of learning and be worse as a captain, especially when he remembers every mistake he made in every lost game. So he writes down those mistakes as a reminder to himself to make them. Half of the mistakes are emotional, and that’s what really gets him. He’s forced to act like those years of growing as a person never happened, like they were worthless. He hates trying to make himself glare at Bittle when they’re on the same line, he hates telling him that it was a lucky shot, he hates being so close to his boyfriend except for the fact that he isn’t his boyfriend yet.

Then it’s the playoffs. Bitty steels himself all week for the concussion he knows is coming. It crosses his mind to try to avoid it, to spare himself the pain and potential brain damage. But he remembers that it was only after the concussion that Jack started texting him, and they really got close. He knows that if he went against the play he knew Jack was going to suggest, he’d only drive them apart. Besides, it hadn’t been that bad the first time.

Jack is confident he can find another reason to text Bittle over the summer. He’s thought about this for the whole school year. Whatever consequences could come from not seeing Bitty hurt like that would be worth it. He just has to convince the coaches to not put Bitty in at the wrong time. 

“Oh my god, I thought we got over this months ago,” Bitty mutters to himself. He doesn’t remember Jack getting so annoyed about playing with him during this game, but he’s at a point where everything has run together in his mind. 

“Jack, I’ll be fine,” he half-lies. He will, eventually. There’s something close to panic in Jack’s eyes. Weird, Jack had taken so long the first time around to show any tiny sign of weakness.

“Promise me you’ll avoid number three.” This is definitely different from before. Bitty stares at Jack. “Spencer, number three, don’t go near him when he’s on their side of the rink. Promise me, Bits.”

“You didn’t even call me Bitty at this point,” he says in shock. They stare at each other for a minute, eyes wide. 

“I won’t get the concussion this time and we’ll talk about this after the game,” Bitty blurts out. Jack nods vigorously. They play, and it’s brutal, but Bitty avoids the hip check. Once the game is over, they rush to get seats together in the bus. In whispers, they talk about the future they already had. Bitty mourned the years of school he had ahead of him that he had already completed. Jack complained about having to rewalk a long path to the Stanley Cup. They talked about teammates who felt like family but would still know them as strangers. Graduation, the Fourth of July they spent in Madison, their first Christmas together. Every important milestone of their relationship.

“And in this loop or timeline or whatever, we haven’t even kissed!” Bitty whispers, letting his head thunk back against the headrest. “I was at the point where I was out of college, happy with my career, and hiding a ring from you!”

“You weren’t!” Jack says out loud before dropping back into a whisper. “I was doing the same thing.” They both start laughing. It’s the perfect time to have a second first kiss. They lean in towards each other, their lips meet, and–

–They’re back in their apartment. Bitty sits bolt upright in their bed and turns to Jack. For a fleeting second, he thinks about pretending the last several months just didn’t happen. Jack sits up too, and their eyes meet.

“Did that just–”

“Your frog year take two–” They dissolve into relieved laughter.

“I thought I was going to have to take calc again!”

“I thought I was going to have to listen to you complain about calc again,” Jack says before Bitty smacks him with a pillow. “Kidding! Kind of! Wait, weren’t we just saying that we wanted to propose to each other?” He throws himself out of bed and runs to start rummaging through various coat pockets.

“Oh no, you’re not going to propose to me before I can propose to you!” 

Everything is as it should be once more.

anonymous asked:

I saw one of your tags say that you're not sure Sam would be ok with Destiel and I'm curious why. Do you think it'd be like the Benny situation again or something else? I didn't ship Denny but I don't think Sam likes when someone else comes before him in Dean's eyes. (I can't see Sam not liking Desitle as a homophobic thing, but ya never know.) Anyway I'm genuinely curious because I could see Sam not exactly like a shipper but ultimately ok with it.

Hi! I have to say, I’m always torn when I hear about people reading my tags, because on the one hand I’m vain and prideful and they’re written to be read, but on the other, tagging is like talking to yourself, so - *blushes slightly*.

Anyway, first things first - before I discovered what a fandom was, I was a total sucker for shipper!Sam. My doubts didn’t begin until after I’d read a shitload of fanfiction about it, and something really rotten in my brain was like, What if Sam wasn’t okay with it, though? because I always like to be contrary and to turn things on their heads and see how they work and if they still work. So I’ve got no real problems with shipper!Sam. It’s just - I sometimes wonder - generally when I’m writing myself - what would be more interesting from a narrative point of view - if it’d be better to have Sam in the background, hanging up mistletoe and leaving The letter of the day is B leaflets around the Bunker or if it’d be easier for Dean to have something to push against. I think a case could be made either way - but if TPTB would have wanted to go down that first road, they probably wouldn’t have killed off Charlie, since she would have been (and she probably was) an even better shipper and wingman than Sam.

That said, I have two arguments against shipper!Sam.

One: Sam is way more messed up than he lets on, and some part of it is terrified not only that Dean will walk away, but that Dean will fall in love with someone and actually pursue that. I know I’ve seen this discussion go down somewhere, but I honestly don’t remember who first came up with this - apologies, guys - the fact that Sam is an all or nothing kind of guy. Like, when he went to Stanford, that was it - he never contacted John, or even Dean, again. For years. And the same happened when he was with Amelia - he just - I don’t know, cut himself off? I’m not sure if it’s his personality, or a by-product of his less than ideal childhood, but Sam’s got trouble to let people into his life, and once they’re in, it’s like there isn’t room for anyone else? Which is a childish trait, of course, and it signals a lack of emotional maturity on his part (not surprising - poor Sammy). And since Sam tends to relate with other people through his own experiences, part of him surely assumes Dean’s exactly the same; that if Dean found himself a new best friend, or a better hunting partner, or even a spouse of some kind, he’d just walk away and that would be it. So in this sense, Sam would feel threatened by any relationship Dean could potentially develop, not only by Cas.

Two, we used to see Sam as the shades of grey brother, but the amazing thing about this show is that Sam and Dean went through a lot of character development resulting in them almost swapping the roles they had in the first seasons - and yet all this feels natural and completely believable. So these days, Dean’s more likely to be the one who gives monsters a pass (hell, look at his relationship with Crowley), while Sam’s become sort of judgemental and what needs must. I think it was Ruby, most of all, who scarred Sam from the inside out and made him so much more conservative, or pragmatic (like, look at him now - he’s more willing than Dean to work with the BMoL, because he’s Mr Head Choice or something). Sam took a huge risk in liking and trusting Ruby, and it all hinged on a sort of anti-racism argument - an I don’t care if she’s a demon, because even demons can be nice and Our biology doesn’t determine our destiny and whatever else. Dean had shut him down about this, of course, but Sam had persisted - and I know there were other elements at play here, but to me, the central point was exactly this: a pigheaded and generous and noble willingness to trust a creature you don’t understand at all and you’ve got no reason to trust. Now, of course things are different with Cas, because Cas has proven, time and again, that Dean’s safety would be his number one priority and all that, but I’m still not convinced Sam would actively want that for Dean. After all, Sam’s seen this other, softer side of Dean’s - he’s seen him around kids (he remembers him from their shared childhood) and he’s heard (a bit) about how happy he was with Robin and whatever, so I sometimes feel Sam still wants the Sookie ending for Dean: a chance to have a true family of his own, and a life Dean could finally lead in full view of everybody, without shame or weirdness or sigils carved on the walls. And I’m not sure this is something Cas would be able to give Dean.

Finally, there’s the whole bisexuality deal. Here, I have to say - I don’t know what to think. I’m sure Sam’s got no problem with queer people, but it’s always slightly different when it’s your family, right? And there are days I think Sam must know - Jesus, they’ve been sharing a room for thirty years - and days when I think that no, that parent/child thing they’ve got going is way too strong for Sam to see the whole picture (to even think about it). 

(Like, I know it was supposed to be funny and that I’m reading too much into it, but Sam recoiling when Rowena suggested he undress Dean and check his chest hair or something - to me, that was emblematic of how their relationship works. Dean’s changed Sam’s diapers, has helped him to get dressed for years, surely bathed him and watched him play with that one plastic submarine they’d scavenged somewhere and, years later, he stitched him up and massaged weird herbal salves over his bruises and whatever - but to Sam, of course, it’s weird to think about his brother’s body at all, because that’s the relationship we have with our parents: when you actually have to take care of them that way, it means things have got very bad and very scary.)

In any case, at the very least Sam would be worried about Dean’s safety (and there’s always that heartbreaking thing, right, that if you’re bi and you can be happy with a woman - man, it’d be so much easier) - but one big reason to be optimistic in this sense was this new development we’ve seeing - that openly gay hunters can actually exist in the community without being bothered. 

(Then again, judging from the news coming about the US, I sometimes feel Dean and Cas could have their college AU life only in a big city, and not in one of those wild, road off to the horizon states where Dean feels most at home. So, well - I really don’t know.)

Anyway - we know so little about Sam, it’s likely that anything could work concerning his approach to the Destiel situation. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

anonymous asked:

don't you think that alex being so calm about what maggie did was a bit weird? it felt a bit weird to me....i thought she'd be mad or freak out, or something

No, it didn’t feel weird to me. They are adults, having a mature, emotionally stable relationship. They are at a point in which Alex is so confident in what they have, in Maggie’s feelings for her, that she doesn’t see a reason to worry about Maggie making the same mistake again and hurting her like that.

Alex knows Maggie enough to know she was probably worried. Which she was. If you re-watch the scene, Maggie was frantic, terrified of losing Alex. She probably was at a point, mentally, where she regressed to that 14 year old kid that was told to pack up her things and leave her home, her family. And what she needed was reassurance that she wasn’t being kicked out again. And that’s what Alex, as a sensible adult who knows that our past mistakes don’t define who we are, gave her – she was everything Maggie needed in that moment: loving, calm, understanding.

This might be Alex’s first real relationship, but in a sense it is too for Maggie. I believe this is the most open and honest Maggie has allowed herself to be with anyone, and things will only get more honest and open from now on. Maggie has to stop self-sabotaging her happiness and learn to accept she does deserve love, and Alex is proving that to her. This relationship is giving Maggie so many healing moments… 

I might have issues with the execution and production side of things regarding Sanvers, but this is a truly beautiful, romantic story between two women who are learning to be open, and honest, and raw thanks to each other. And as someone who needs a little bit of healing from past shitty relationships, it’s something really nice to watch. 

Also, it would’ve been hypocritical of her to freak out when just last week she was defending Mon-El’s right to a fresh start.

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A/N: Gods my writing skills are really rusty. I’m sorry annonie! I completely forgot to make them like you 😣

Mark:

You and Mark hit it off quite well when you first met. He had accidentally spilled coffee on you while he was enjoying his day off which led to the two of you hanging out. Initially, he thought you were just a really chill person. After finding out you weren’t a fan of Got7, nor did you know anything about it, he felt relieved that you weren’t hanging with him purely because he was Mark from Got7. Of course, he eventually did tell you that he was in fact an idol and was part of Got7.

Originally posted by jypnior

Jackson:

You and Jackson first met because you were visiting your older brother; Taecyeon. You had run into him in the hallway after getting horrendously lost in the large building. Jackson had been kind enough to show you the way, striking up a conversation while he was at it. It was only until your second meeting did you find out he was in a group, and he was appalled that you have never listened to his music. He practically locked you in their practice room and made you watch them practice.

Originally posted by fuckyeah-gotseven

Jaebum:

You first met Jaebum when you were busy freaking out over your audition. Jaebum noticed you hyperventilating in the hallway and managed to calm you down. You thanked him, saying his name. He immediately assumed you were a fan and offered to sign something for you. To his complete embarrassment, you rejected his offer, saying you weren’t a big fan of their music.

Originally posted by ceohan

Jinyoung:

You first ‘met’ Jinyoung while you were video chatting with your cousin, Mark. After he found out who you were, he asked who your bias was in the group. Mark would laugh and explain to Jinyoung that you weren’t a fan because his parents and your parents had always been on bad terms, causing the two families to split while you and Mark were still young. This meant you weren’t allowed to associate yourself with Mark, but you broke that rule every once in a while to talk. Jinyoung would feel slightly embarrassed by assuming you were a fan, but would play it off with a sassy comment.

Originally posted by softbeom

Youngjae:

You met this -loveable- dork after he hit you with a cafe door, giving you a nosebleed. He had felt so bad that he didn’t leave you alone for two hours. You tried to assure him that you were fine, but he refused to leave until your nose stopped bleeding and returned to its normal, not red, colour. He offered you things in reconciliation; signed album, t-shirt, merchandise, etc. You had to interrupt him, saying you had no idea what he meant by all of that. Youngjae would be a bit disheartened that you haven’t even heard of him -because the main reason why he kept talking to u was bc u cute-

Originally posted by gotpmgifs

BamBam:

You met him when he got to visit his parents. You were about to move out from across the street, so they had invited you for a good-bye-tea. He didn’t know what to think when he walked in and saw you happily chatting with his parents. He lightly scolded his mom in a hushed voice, asking why she had brought a person who would probably pester him -he loves his fans plz- home. Mrs. Bhuwakul would laugh, telling him that you didn’t even know him. At all. He’d then continue to be all flustered for the rest of the evening.

Originally posted by mauloveskpop

Yugyeom:

As embarrassing as it is, you first met Yugyeom when he accidentally walked into your restroom stall at a restaurant (you hadn’t realized it wasn’t locked and/or he walked into the wrong restroom) while you were about to pull your pants down. Embarrassing right? He quickly ran out of the room, beet red, and waited for you to come out of the restroom. When you did, he pulled you to the side and begged you not to tell anyone about what had just happened as his manager would ‘kill’ him. You, in return, asked him what the hell he was talking about. After a while, he realized you didn’t even know who he was.

Originally posted by meiqie

anonymous asked:

THANKS SO MUCH for shedding light on Taka/Hiro's relationship. I discovered Hiro through Taka and I got caught up in these horrible forums saying that Taka & Hiro don't like each other. I didn't wanna believe it! So I tried looking for ANYTHING(like pictures of them being chummy) to prove those people wrong but came up empty. What you said MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!It's totally understandable why they keep their Relationship away from the public eye. I'm happy they're on good terms. YOU'RE AWESOME! :)

You’re welcome (^^) This is going to be a looooonggg reply but it has to be said.

I’m aware of some people saying the brothers disliking each other. I stay away from OOR fandom because of these kinds of people. I found that the bigger the band got, the crazier the fans became. Some of those so-called fans behave almost like haters especially when talking about the Moriuchi family and MFS …… particularly Hiro.


TO ALL OOR & MFS FANS, PLEASE STOP THE UNTRUE CLAIM ABOUT TAKA AND HIRO DISLIKING EACH OTHER.

To me it’s strange how these fans came up with their “conclusion” of the brothers “supposedly disliking each other” when all the clues and evidences are showing exactly the opposite.


1) These “fans” conveniently left out the fact that Taka started to personally show photos with his parents ONLY after OOR started breaking into the American market and performing at Yokohama Stadium. After people firmly acknowledged him as a star on his own. There were no photos of Taka and his parents at all during the years of OOR trying to establish themselves in Japan, right?

It took Taka more than a decade to break away from the “Mori’s son” image that was plaguing him in his Johnny days. So, isn’t it natural for Taka to want his little brother to be viewed and acknowledged as his own person by keeping their professional lives separate?


2) There is one person on YT who claimed that “Hiro dislikes Taka” based on the assumption that Hiro talked awkwardly to him about his birthday in that conversation with Takeru Satoh. This person even went on to say that Taka was the reason for his parents’ split. My Goodness! Papa and Mama Mori have always loved and supported their children despite that difficult time in their lives. A marriage is a complex thing. You are insulting them by accusing their son of that.

Hello people, Hiro speaks in “keigo / honourific language” with Taka because their mother Masako Mori raised him that way. She wanted her kids to learn to respect older people since young age. Hiro spoke “keigo” to the older members of MFS in the beginning too as he admitted in this HAL College interview. It may appear awkward or something different to other people but it’s normal to this family. I saw a video of their mother saying Taka’s friends thought it was “Sugoi!!”. Also, for Heaven’s sake, Taka is NOT the only “tsundere” older sibling in the world yo! 


3) Did anyone notice that Takeru Satoh asked for Taka’s permission first at around 0:41**  before continuing telling that story about Hiro? Taka replied with “Hai…hai….”* or “Yes….yes…”.. Takeru didn’t simply blurt out everything just like that. He knew the conversation was being filmed and he remained respectful even though they are besties. Oh, didn’t Takeru said in this video that he’s also friends with Hiro?

*Update: Taka said 『いい / ii』not 『はい。。はい / hai…hai』but it means the same in this context. Sorry for the confusion :-P

** Update (5 Dec 2016) : Since the video I linked was removed, I put the original video the clip came from, 3にん. Takeru said it at around 13:37 time mark.


4) The fact that Hiro is friendly with many of Taka’s friends is a clear clue that he is VERY CLOSE with Taka. I think that applies to even ordinary people like us. You must be truly close with your siblings if their friends are yours too, right?

Top photo is GEN playing ping pong with OOR members Ryota & Tomoya with RxYxO Coldrain watching. Well, by now, many MFS fans (at least those who read my blog) should know who GEN is to MFS, right?

This photo of Hiro & Toru is REAL. Not Photoshopped. They were at Subciety’s Christmas / Year End party in December 2012. It was held at Wonderbowl Restaurant in Shibuya, Tokyo. Many of GEN’s friends were there like Maximum the Hormone, AIR SWELL, Takahiro Ikeda (BMX Pro rider) and a bunch of others. The entire MFS members were there. Alas, only Toru came representing OOR ….. huhu. Anyway, I think you can see from Hiro and Toru’s body language that they’ve known each other a long time.


5) When their father Shinichi Mori was hospitalized for cancer scare, I believe all the 3 Moriuchi brothers were together by his side because he informed all 3 of them about his condition. Read the translation here by Dessy.

Look at their message and flower bouquet for their father on his 50th Anniversary of being in the music industry. The 3 brothers shared the bouquet together instead of sending it separately.


6) I remember reading an interview where Taka said he’s happy that each of his family member is doing their own thing and specifically mentioned about “my brother has his own band”. Sorry I forgot which interview though. I believe it was from Ryeon’s blog. If it’s not there, at least you get to read a bunch of her OOR translations (^^)


7) This is an actual photo of Taka buying a present for Hiro and it wasn’t even Hiro’s birthday from Taka’s friend Yosuke’s blog on Ameblo (it’s gone now…huhu). But you can read that part on Dessy’s old Tumblr here.


8) Their mother Masako said her sons would visit their father during important occasions like Obon Festival and New Year in this interview or the translation by Dessy here.


9) Let’s not forget how busy musicians’ schedules are.
i. Touring. Packing. Unpacking. Packing. Moving. You know how exhausting that is?
ii. If they’re not touring, they’ll be in the studio working on new music or rehearsing for the next show.
iii. There are also series of meetings with staff and crew.
iv. Discussion with designers and engineers for their stage show, lighting, sound, merchandise.
v. Interviews and promo rounds with magazines, TV and radio stations.
vi. Photo and video shooting.
vii. Meet & greet with fans.
viii.Travelling from city to city. This takes a lot of time. Doraemon’s magic door exists in comics only.

OFF time from band to band may not match unless you’re on the same Tour. It’s unrealistic to expect Taka and Hiro to get together easily. Hey, I work a regular office job and I hardly see my own family even though we live in the same house!


10) That Daikanyama Unit sighting of Taka at MFS Live and his message on IG still make me feel warm and tingly inside (^^). The show was under Tsutaya Records’ special event ツタロック / TsutaRock for those who bought the ALONE single from them. OOR was scheduled for Ozzfest 2015 on 21 November. So, Taka squeezed in some time out of his busy schedule to see MFS on 19 November.

This is a photo of that Daikanyama Unit show. The concert report from Tsutaya is here.

Here is the photo that Taka uploaded to IG that night. Look at his message.


Take a closer look at what some of the Japanese fans were saying.

Isn’t it obvious that Taka is supportive of MFS and is happy for Hiro?



What I’m trying to say is the family is a lot closer than what we think or know. It might take a bit of effort to see the hints and evidences but they are there. So, it’s horribly mean and cruel to accuse the siblings of disliking each other simply on the basis that we don’t see their physical closeness.

anonymous asked:

Don't you hate how people completely miss the point of why Susan couldn't return to Narnia? She chose not to believe anymore, and let materialism take over her life. It could happen to anyone. If Lewis had chosen to reverse the roles of Edmund and Susan, Edmund being the one who chose to lose belief because he focused too much on something material, like wealth or fame, he too wouldn't be allowed back. People make a big deal out of it because Susan is a female, but it could happen to anyone.

(cont’d) That was the point that Lewis was trying to make, especially in terms of the Christian faith. I doubt anyone would have complained if Peter had chosen not to believe because he cared too much about insignificant things, but because Susan is a female, people cry “sexism!” It frustrates me how people refuse to see beyond gender and look at a person for their actions and who they are.


Ahhh, The Problem of Susan. It will forever remain a major talking point of the Narnia series (I believe the other one would be Edmund and his entire character arc).

I agree entirely with your point, that Susan was refused entry back into Narnia and Aslan’s Country, at least at the conclusion of The Last Battle, because of her loss of faith. You make a fair point about the fact that if it had been Peter, there wouldn’t be as much of a fuss as there had been. The problem I think lies in the way C.S. Lewis chose to portray Susan at this point.

I believe his point here is that if you lose faith, you are no longer permitted entry into Heaven. Where I believe he goes wrong, however, is that he didn’t merely portray Susan as a woman who lost faith, but as a superficial, silly woman, concerned only with nylons and lipstick. I believe he could have made his point clearer if he hadn’t muddied the waters so to speak. You want people to understand that Susan didn’t get into Heaven because she lost faith? Then make that the point. Don’t make it sound as if she didn’t get in because she was silly and superficial. At the end of the day, Susan and Peter were told they were not going back to Narnia. It is therefore not wrong for her to invest in her life on Earth. So she wants to look nice and she might have been a bit materialistic – is that a sin? Isn’t the bigger problem the fact that she no longer has faith? If that’s the case, focus on that.

To be honest, I think he painted Susan in a wholly negative light in The Last Battle. She is described as being superficial, yet we ourselves only gain a superficial look at the woman she has become. Remember that she herself does not make an appearance; all we have to gauge the woman she has become is based on what the other characters say about her, the entirety of which takes up about the space of a page. She does not get to speak or defend herself, and none of the characters offer any sort of positive side to her, not even her own brothers and sister.

My main question, however, is why couldn’t he have left her as she was, but no longer a believer? Susan is often portrayed as being logical and pragmatic – keep that aspect of her characterisation, her logic has forced her to no longer believe in God but, like Lewis himself I believe, she is capable of finding her way back to Him after the end of the story. You don’t need to paint her as a simpering, materialistic woman who talks down to her family in order to make her a non-believer. She can be interested in things like fashion and still have faith, just like she can be a humble person who doesn’t. You don’t need to paint her as two negative things in order to drive home the point that she doesn’t get into Heaven.

To go back to your point about Peter, I think the main reason why, if Peter and Susan had been swapped, not as much of a fuss would be made of it is because C.S. Lewis probably wouldn’t have portrayed Peter in such a negative way. What could he say about Peter that would equal the way he described Susan? He sleeps around? Is only interested in going to the gym and buffing up? Likes to spend money on fancy brands and drives around in a fancy car?

I think it’s far easier to portray a woman in a superficial, negative light than it is a man (a by-product of sexism that continues today), and I think when people accuse C.S. Lewis of misogyny, this is why: because he bought into this negative portrayal of women and perpetuated it, to the extent that to this day people still buy into it. The fact that The Problem of Susan is still a talking point is evidence of that. The other major problem is that he took away something that women have fought long and hard to gain: her voice. As I said earlier, she is not given the opportunity to speak or defend herself, she does not even make an appearance. How should we interpret this? Is it really any wonder why some people accuse him of sexism, when a woman is spoken for and about, rather than being given the opportunity to speak for herself?

You make an excellent point about the fact that it could happen to anyone and that you should look at their actions and who they are. The problem is that C.S. Lewis didn’t do that: he dragged Susan’s gender into it and made it feel like part of the problem. At the end of the day, C.S. Lewis sought to write a Christian allegory, not a social commentary, and I think he made a mistake by blurring the lines and attaching something like materialism to a woman who, at this point in time, has been ‘locked out of Heaven’ because that makes it easier to miss the point I think he was ultimately trying to make: that loss of faith, not materialism and superficiality, was what kept Susan out of Aslan’s Country.

(Can I make a final point here that I don’t really think C.S. Lewis was misogynistic; he has a few progressive elements in the story regarding gender and it is important to remember that both Lewis, and therefore Narnia, are products of their time. That does not, however, mean that there aren’t a few worrying aspects regarding gender in the series.)

lassiface104  asked:

Um, hi first, I guess. I'm sorry. I've never done this before so I'm kind of nervous. If you don't mind and it fits all your other requirements, may I request the 2p's reactions to having a childhood friend/someone they've known for a long time? Like, would they act different around them or something like that. If not, then I just wanted to tell you that I honestly like the way you portray them the best to be honest... thanks for reading anyway :)

((uh, you’re welcome? lmao, no need to be nervous))

If you were a 2P’s childhood friend (modern AU)

2P!America: Would be protective of you, always shield you from harm, and worry about your wellbeing. This is unusual for him because he usually doesn’t take on the ‘hero’ persona. You’d be the only person he’d really look out for or consider the feelings of; you’d be the only one he’d trust or open up to. With his other friends, he’d keep up the ‘badass’ facade but with you, he’d show his soft side a lot more. He wouldn’t hesitate to yell at or beat up anyone who made you sad.

2P!China: You’d probably be the only girl he didn’t flirt with. He’d actually listen to the things you told him to do and always come to you for advice– probably for help with the girl he likes. Only a person like you could get him to do drastic things, like consider quitting opium or stop being a school truant. Overall, you’d probably become like a big sister to him no matter your age.

2P!England: He is normally a very polite, kind, and cheerful person. But if you knew him well, you’d know that he forces himself to be that way. On the inside, he’s more cynical and judgmental than he lets people see. When alone with you, he’d complain about things or even say bad things about people he’d just been sweetly conversing with only moments before. With you, he’d be more open about how he felt than with anyone else.

2P!France: You’d probably be the only person who got him to speak more than four words in a single reply. He would have real conversations with you, unlike his usual quiet and emotionless self around strangers or even other friends. He would be capable of smiling around you, and he’d share his thoughts and ideas with you– something he’d never do with anyone else.

2P!Russia: You’d probably be the most tolerable person for him. Normally, he prefers to be alone, but he wouldn’t mind spending an entire day with you. He’s annoyed easily, but he’d probably be used to your quirks by now so they wouldn’t bother him. He’d still occasionally say rude things to you, but he does that to everyone, and you would understand that he never means the rude things he says.

2P!Italy: Would probably drift away from you, especially if you didn’t maintain the same interests as him. He’d acknowledge that you two were childhood friends, and definitely say hello whenever passing you in school halls, but he wouldn’t keep you around if he didn’t see a reason to. He’d let you make your own friends and then make new ones for himself; he wouldn’t want to get you involved in any of the dangerous things he did.

2P!Germany: Would basically become a puppy whenever you two hung out. He’d be like this all the time. Around other girls, he’d usually take on a more flirtatious/ seductive persona, but with you, he’d just be looking to have innocent fun– like toilet paper'ing a house or egging cars at night. He’d make a lot more jokes than usual around you, instead of trying to act cool around people he hasn’t known as long.

2P!Japan: Similar to Luciano, he’d probably drift away from you if you didn’t make an effort to keep in touch. Even if you didn’t speak to him for a long period of time, and then contacted him out of the blue, he’d still treat you as casually as he did back when you were children. He would even make a (sarcastic) joke or two and tease you a bit if you stayed close to him, and be more open about his emotions around you.

2P!Canada: He usually prefers to do things alone and just be by himself in general, but with you, he wouldn’t mind if you tagged along with him to places. Your presence would never bother him the way other peoples’ normally do. He still wouldn’t be very talkative, but he would never push you away. You’d probably feel like family to him, even if you were rowdy and loud– which would be similar to his relationship with Allen.

2P!Romano: Would always be especially friendly with you, even if you grew apart or didn’t talk to each other much. He wouldn’t force you to stay with him, but if you chose to, he’d always keep you close and make sure to check up on you, such as texting you to make sure you made it home okay, or to wish you good luck on something you’d been preparing for, etc. If he ever heard someone 'talkin’ shit’ about you, he wouldn’t hesitate to screech at them for it.

2P!Austria: If you were a childhood friend of his, then you probably grew up playing wizards and witches, immersing yourself in a fantasy world and using a lot of imagination every day. If you maintained the same interests as him, he would probably deem you some type of 'assistant of darkness’ and always keep you updated on any experiments or new rituals of his. He’d be pleased to see your relationship with him never changed over the years.

2P!Prussia: If you were his childhood friend, he would never let you go. You would basically be all he ever knew and much of what he thought about every day. “I wonder how she would feel about this” or “I wonder what she would think of that” would be very common thoughts of his. He’d become very clingy over the years and constantly worry about if he’s bothering you or if you’re sick of him yet. It would be very difficult for him to make new friends.

anonymous asked:

As salaam alaikum! I'm a recent revert; unfortunately, for personal reasons I'm unable to fast this Ramadan (I live with my parents and they don't know of my reversion because it would greatly upset them). I genuinely feel awful and have prayed to Allah for His mercy and forgiveness. Instead of fasting, I have decided to sponsor families by providing meals for their Iftar for the month through the Islamic Relief charity. Is this an acceptable alternative? Thank you for your time!

Wa Alaykum as-Salaam,

May Allah make it easy for you. Here are some general guidelines that you should keep in mind:

“Take care of yourself, do what you need to do to protect yourself, that’s first and foremost.

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Munajjid, who is known to be on the more conservative side, gives a few pointers:

1) You can pray while lying down, if you have to

2) You can combine your prayers if you are in fear for your safety, so combine duhr and asr, and maghrib and isha. He even says that if you can’t pray at the proper times, just pray when you can, just be safe.

3) If you cannot perform wudu or ghusl, then dry wudu (tayammum) is acceptable

4) He says you can interrupt your prayer if you are afraid your family members will catch you

5) I want to quote this for the… “energetic” Muslims where the Sheikh writes:

“It is permissible for you to pray in a clean bathroom if you cannot find any other place in which to pray.”

6) Until you can learn Arabic and memorize Surat Al Fatiha, you can just say this: Subhaan Allah wa’l-hamdu Lillah wa laa ilaaha ill-Allah wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to God, and praise be to God, and there is no god but God, and God is Most Great)

7) You can offer Dua (supplications) in any language you want, it does not need to be in Arabic.

8) You do not need to worry about your clothing or hijab during prayer, if you can observe proper hijab while praying, do that, if you cannot, again I’m going to quote him:
“If the time for prayer is too short and you cannot put on the Hijab, then pray in whatever clothes you are wearing.”

He then closes by saying:

“But we advise you not to hasten to disclose your Islam or pray openly if you fear that your family may cause you trouble and that you will not be able to bear their annoyance and harm.”

So that’s what I’d suggest, as well. And if anyone wants to give you heat over this, you can point to this (here’s the whole Fatwa http://islamqa.info/en/165426) so they can have fun with that.

I’d suggest that you go to dar-alifta.org for your Islamic questions in the future, but I wanted to underline that even the most conservative scholarship will be on your side, so don’t listen to people on Tumblr.

Just be safe, and conceal things to preserve your safety. For The Prophet is reported to have said in Ibn Majah:

“God has forgiven my nation for mistakes and forgetfulness, and what they are forced to do.”

Furthermore, when talking about food, The Qur’an underlines that if you are forced to eat something, like pork for example, Allah says:

“As for him, however, who is driven [to what is forbidden] by dire necessity and not by an inclination to sinning - behold, Allah is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace.” [5:3]
Also, please talk to someone who has been through something similar, perhaps there is something that I missed?

Just please, take care of yourself, insha'Allah. I and many others will be praying for you.”

I hope this gives you an idea about your question as well.

Please let me know if u have any other questions.

And Allah knows best

Twisted and Broken ***Trigger Warning

Prompt: Sehun bullies you despite secretly liking you, but one day he discovers that you self harm

Genre: ANGST

Word Count: 3622

Warning: Self harm, abusive words and actions, heavy bullying, suicidal thoughts


Don’t look up. Don’t look up. Stick to the wall. Keep your head down. Thank you, God, for letting a tall person walk in front of me…

He passed by, unaware of your presence. A sigh of relief. The warning bell sounded throughout the school building.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank y-

Your backpack was harshly yanked backwards, and you fell, books and papers scattering all over the place. Mocking laughter flooded your ears as your face flushed and involuntary tears of pain and humiliation welled in your eyes.

Don’t cry. Don’t show them how weak you are. Don’t-

“Look at her! The bitch is crying!” The familiar, cruel voice snickered. More laughter followed. “It wasn’t even a hard fall…Bitch,” he spat out and kicked a book away from your grasp. “Get up.”

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anonymous asked:

Hi hi! I'm not sure ur rules so if this is too triggering of a request then u don't have to do it but I was wondering if I could have a long reaction where u (their gf) was kind of bullied by ur older sister and so ur mentally and physically abusive sister came by for a visit and then ur personality kind of shifts while she's around? Again, if that's too triggering then u don't have to, I just could use a pick me up from the boys. Sorry, I hope everything is going swell for u c:

Ahh, not too triggering at all ^-^ If anyone is bothered by this, then please avoid it~ But for now, I hope you like it <3

Gifs aren’t mine

SEOKJIN:
Seokjin would do what he could to make you as happy and comfortable during your sister’s visit as possible. He wouldn’t like that she was there, especially if she upset you so much, and he wouldn’t want you to change how you acted because of her being there; it would hurt him to know that there was anyone, let alone a family member, that made you feel that uncomfortable or upset. So he would be by your side at all times, if possible. He would do anything that you asked of him and more to ensure that you remained as close to your normal self as possible.

YOONGI:
Yoongi wouldn’t hide the fact that he didn’t like your sister. If she thought that it was okay to hurt you, then she was in for a rude awakening. His arm would be around you - either over your shoulders or gripping your waist - the entire time he was with you, and if your sister got too close or said something that sounded too close to an insult or demeaning comment, he would shoot her a glare and tell her to either back off or shut up. If him being antagonistic towards your sister upset you, then he would stick to just glaring, but he wasn’t going to fake nice to appease her.

HOSEOK:
Hoseok wouldn’t want to make you more uncomfortable than you already seemed to be in your sister’s presence, so he wouldn’t want to be rude to her and risk starting an argument. However, he found that he couldn’t help but be snappy every time he responded to something she said, so he decided to follow the saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all;” he said absolutely nothing to your sister, even going so far as to pretend that she wasn’t in the room as he tried to distract you with other things or topics of conversation.

NAMJOON:
Namjoon wasn’t going to let your sister stay. There was no way in hell she was going to stay around you if she made you that uncomfortable. He didn’t care what he had to do; he would do whatever it took to get her as far away from you as possible. If that involved him kissing her ass for an hour, then so be it, but he would end up ranting for hours afterwards and would eventually let your sister know just how much he hated her. And if, for some reason, he couldn’t get her to leave, then he was going to leave with you, taking you wherever you wanted to go and keeping you there until your sister was gone.

JIMIN:
Jimin didn’t want to cause any more drama than there already was, so despite how much he wanted to just tell your sister off, he said nothing to her. In fact, he hardly ever saw her, and he did his best to make sure that you saw as little of her as possible, too; you’d spend maybe 30 minutes with her before getting an “urgent” text or call from Jimin asking for you to help him either at the studio or in the dorm - two places your sister wasn’t allowed to visit since she had no immediate ties to the band - and he’d hang out with you until your sister started asking where you were, only to repeat the process 30 minutes later.

TAEHYUNG:
Taehyung would want to make everything as cordial and pleasant as possible, which typically involved a lot of outings; he figured your sister was less likely to pull something in public, and he wanted to take you out to places you enjoyed to brighten your mood. He made sure to always be between you and your sister, often snuggled into your side despite how difficult that made it to walk and leaving a wide gap between the two of you and the girl that neither of you seemed to like. So long as she didn’t say anything, the outings would actually be quite enjoyable.

JUNGKOOK:
Jungkook had absolutely no idea what you were talking about. A sister? You don’t have a sister. At first, you were wondering what was going on with him, but it became clear when you actually introduced him to her. Or, rather, tried to introduce them. Jungkook headed over to your place, but the moment you started to motion to your sister, he interrupted you with, “Y/N what are you talking about? We have reservations in 10 minutes, we gotta go.” He’d keep you out until late into the night, then do the same thing the very next morning, and your sister didn’t get to see much of you at all during her visit.

goldhund  asked:

May I request something? >w< Could you write some pre-Z fanfiction about the Son Family during winter? Maybe Goku playing in the snow with Gohan and ChiChi somewhat joining in or something involving making Christmas presents? <3

A/N: I had this scene in mind ever since you sent one in – I’m so glad you did! It kind of turned into just Goku and Gohan; didn’t mean to leave Chi-Chi off screen the whole time but it just…happened. Father/son bonding for Goku and Gohan especially has been getting to me lately. Hope it works, though!

Time Setting: Between DragonBall and Z

Words: 1,181

Title: First Snow

“Come on, squirt. You can’t stand there staring at it forever.”

Wide eyes looked up at him, slightly covered by the warm wool hat that Chi-Chi had made for the boy. Well, too big was better than too small he supposed. At least Gohan would be warm enough, though his nose was looking a little red and his bottom lip was trembling.

Gohan both loved and hated new things. With his son almost a year old, Goku had noticed this much at least with every new experience Gohan encountered. As long as the boy was in a comfortable setting, he’d learn all he could as fast as possible. In fact, Gohan’s learning speed was pretty remarkable. He only wished Chi-Chi would let him test that ability with martial arts, too. But, well, he trusted Chi-Chi when it came to raising kids; he certainly had no idea what he was doing half the time. All he had to go on were faded memories of his grandfather, Gohan’s namesake.

Smiling at the flash of memory, Goku crouched down in the snow and held a hand out to his son. “Come on, Gohan. The snow isn’t gonna hurt you. I promise.”

“But,” Gohan whined, “it cold.”

Goku frowned. “Really? Looks to me like your mother bundled you up pretty good there.”

A turtle neck, a sweater, and a big, thick jacket over it all. Even a nice pair of boots, a matching pair to something she’d handed to Goku, too. Small gloved hands reached out to catch the snowflakes, wide eyes staring as each one melted in the body warmth.

The small mouth gasped, glancing around frantically. “Mommy!”

“Aw, Gohan, it’s fine,” Goku laughed. “Mommy’s inside wrapping presents. We’re not allowed back inside until she’s done. That’s the rule.”

Those bright eyes found his and stared back, almost unblinking in the way they refused to drop attention. Chi-Chi had always told him to talk to Gohan like he would anyone else. To trust that Gohan could understand him even if the boy was too young to form enough words to respond fully on his own. Going by that look in Gohan’s eyes when he was so quiet and listening so hard, Goku believed his wife knew exactly what she was talking about. Not that he had any reason to doubt her, or Gohan for that matter.

“Daddy?”

“Yep!” Goku grinned, feeling warmth hit his chest just at hearing Gohan call him that. “She kicked us both out. Even Daddy. So, come on. Walk to Daddy and we’ll see about building a snowman or something to pass the time.”

Gohan’s head tilted to the side. “Snow…man?”

Instead of taking any time to explain, Goku simply nodded and smiled. He continued to crouch in the snow, keeping his arms open and inviting, encouraging Gohan to walk toward him. The boy was still a little shaky at walking, but Goku wanted his son to make his own steps in the snow. It was his first snow. He wanted to see Gohan explore a little on his own.

Meeting eyes with his son earned him a determined nod, followed by Gohan’s first step into the feet of snow. With a slow and steady small stride, Gohan traversed through the snow where Goku had already left his own footprints. From one large footprint to the next, Gohan walked and wobbled, following the path laid out for him, eyes focused on the ground, arms out to either side for balance.

He almost made it all the way, too.

Not too far from the safety of his father’s arms, Gohan’s balance toppled away from him. Arms flailing uselessly, the boy crashed into the feet of snow behind him. The hiccups of a tearful cry started near immediately. Goku winced and then let out a sigh and allowed a small smile to cross his face as he stood up and moved to hover over his upset son.

“Hey, Gohan,” he said softly. “Don’t cry, son. Why don’t you try something for me instead?”

Sniffling, Gohan held back his tears and looked up. “D-Daddy?”

Wtih a grin, Goku held his arms up to demonstrate. “Flap your arms, up and down in the snow. Mommy showed me this. Trust me. You’ll love it. Oh, and move your legs, too. Back and – yeah! Like that!”

Watching Gohan do as instructed, Goku smiled and waited patiently until he thought it would be enough. Then he told Gohan to stop and reached down to pick him up out of the snow. Holding his son in one arm while Gohan clung to his coat, Goku brushed the cold fluff from the boy’s winter jacket and pants. He chuckled at the snow clinging to his son’s tail, carefully removing that as well without tugging on the weak appendage.

“Daddy?”

“Hm?” He hummed, adjusting his hold on Gohan to allow them both to look down at the snow angel his son had made. “You see, Gohan? See what you made there? Pretty neat, huh?”

The small eyes of his child blinked and then turned to the pattern on the snow. Goku grinned as he practically felt the boy light up in his arms. The tail flicked back and forth. The gloved hands grabbed hold excitedly. And a wide grin met him as Gohan faced him again. Followed by a happy giggle.

So Goku laughed a little as well. “Kinda funny how you even got the tail in there. Your mom calls it a snow angel. I never thought of an angel with a tail, but I kinda like it. Don’t you?”

Gohan gave a smile and happy nod, the little fuzzy ball at the top of his wool hat bouncing at the movement from his head. “Yeah!”

“All right,” Goku chuckled, feeling that warmth hit his chest again from sharing a moment of excitement with his son. “Now you wanna make a snowman with me? That’s the real challenge out here!”

Gohan’s grin widened, followed by a few nods in quick succession. No words this time, but the feeling was there. The excitement sparkling bright in the boy’s eyes as Goku turned and trudged through the snow to get just a little more distance. There was a bigger pile of snow by the nearby tree, so he felt it would be easier to roll everything up from there and gather snow on the way back towards the house.

At the thought, he sent a glance back to the house and almost thought he saw Chi-Chi watching from the window, but when he focused harder, she was gone. Huh. Well. Whether she was done with gift wrapping or not, he’d wait for her to call them in no matter. He had no problem staying out here with Gohan. It didn’t snow out here very often, and he considered himself real lucky to be able to enjoy such fun with his son.

Definitely something he’d hold onto for years to come. Nothing quite beat experiencing Gohan’s childish joy. Well, except maybe Chi-Chi’s smile. But that was in a league all its own.

Forget about me writing my thoughts about the chapter like I’ve done for the past few months. This time I’m going on long rant because there’s no way I’m not addressing some of the stuff I’ve seen in the tags. I always try to keep this blog free of negative fandom stuff but not this time. My brain can’t compute some arguments and I feel the need to talk about them.

Warning for very long rant under spoilers, gore pictures of characters death, especially Hannes. And if you’re expecting character bashing you’ll find none.

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cats-sarcasm-and-fandoms  asked:

(Reggie I'm gonna keep annoying u) You don't understand. I was blind before, never thought about all the possibilities that trans Jace offers. Lets talk about Alec, Izzy and even Max being ready to fight (ง'̀-'́)ง anyone who misgenders their brother

YES LET’S TALK ABOUT IT 

Basically, Jace has been Max’s brother since Max can remember. He’s like two or three when Jace starts transitioning and literally can’t recall Jace ever not being a boy. But for some reason his parents are weird about that? And honestly at first he thinks they’re weird about Jace because Jace is adopted? And it’s not until he’s seven or eight that Jace sits down with him and explains what’s going on. And by then of course Max already fucking adores him so it’s not like he’d ever side against Jace on something so normal so when Jace is done explaining and looks all nervous (because he hasn’t ever explained it that way before—he’d explained initially that he was a boy when everyone thought he was a girl, but he’s never explained to someone who ALREADY thought he was a boy that he was trans) Max just goes up to him and wraps him in as big of a hug as he can. Later, when their mom pauses an unpleasantly long time before saying “my son” when someone asks who Jace is, Max glares at her and says loudly “he’s my big brother.” The stranger smiles. Maryse does not.

Alec, of course, has always been ready to Fight for Jace, literally since the first day he saw this kid show up on the doorstep of the institute his first thought has been PROTECT, and this is no different. Jace is his, and nobody else is going to fuck with him or call him anything he doesn’t want to be called. Basically since the day Jace first came to him and said “so, I don’t really know if this is a thing? But I think..I might be a boy?” Alec has thought of him as a boy. Honestly he never really thought of Jace as a girl, not the way Izzy is. It wasn’t that big of a surprise, and switching pronouns wasn’t a stretch. They’ve always been in tune. He kind of always knew.

Izzy didn’t know. She knew that Jace had always been less into girly things than she was, and she knew that Jace was more attached to Alec than he was to her, but neither of those things had anything to do with gender. She was more into science than they were, that didn’t make her any less of a girl. So when Alec and Jace come up to her, Jace looking uncharacteristically shy and clutching Alec’s hand like his life depends on it, the last thing she expects him to say is, “Izzy, I think I’m a boy.” In fact, she stares at him for a solid fifteen seconds before saying, “You think you’re a boy?” sort of incredulously and Alec tenses because he knows how big of a thing this is for Jace and he’s not going to fight  Izzy but he will tell her off but before he can do anything Jace grins and says, “I am a boy.” And Izzy thinks for another second and then nods and says “Okay.” And it really is as simple as that. 

When they decide to tell their parents, Jace has one hand in Isabelle’s and one hand in Alec’s and neither of them lets go, even when their mother screams at them. Jace has never done well with being yelled at, so they don’t let him sleep alone that night, instead all three of them have a sleepover in Alec’s room (he has a bigger bed because he’s twelve) and Jace falls asleep wrapped up in his siblings love and even though Robert and Maryse may not support him he knows without a doubt that they’ve got his back. And they do, for the rest of his life

anonymous asked:

a hs au where cas is dean's tutor?

No warnings apply, but heed the disclaimer. I pictured Cas’s outfit like the one in linneart’s drawing, which is over here. I tried to cram in a bunch of references to the show’s dialogue. This is really sappy. I have a problem. It’s also 1.6k. 

It’s not that Dean is flunking physics. He’s got a steady D average, which is enough to pass, but his guidance counselor is concerned about his GPA even though Dean assured him he’s not planning on college. They can’t both go, and Sam deserves it. Dean doesn’t want a tutor, especially not some kid his age in a tan sweater with a tie and a freaking button-down, but his mom insisted.

“I don’t want to be here,” Dean gripes during their first session, in the library after school on a Tuesday.

“So leave,” says Castiel. That’s actually his name, Castiel. He regards Dean with a stony expression.

Dean slams open his textbook and decides that Castiel is a dick.

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anonymous asked:

Pardon me for asking, but how do you feel about the story and plot of conquest?

This is really a complicated question with a whole lot of different factors pulling together to make up my impression. I probably won’t get to all of them, and it’s gonna be another messy brain dump, and y’all probably don’t have time to read a manifesto anyway, but I’ll try to at least summarize or gloss over a lot of what I have.

Up front I have to tell you, I’m going to be super hard on Conquest. I feel like it started with a fantastic premise and then scrambled all of its parts into a questionable slurry. While Birthright is far from perfect itself, Conquest actually frustrated me while I was playing the game. I’ve got a fairly strong sense of being able to enjoy and play through a game without being bothered by very many trite details or plot stupidities while in the midst of it all– I got pretty into Awakening on my first playthrough, and have since then steadily picked it to pieces– but man did Conquest give me some problems.

So here we go.


Short answer: moral discord, lack of agency, questionable character narratives/elements

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anonymous asked:

I always see people talking about how selfless it was for Stan to spend thirty years bringing Ford back and on some level I get it but I just don't see how knowingly risking destroying the world to turn on the portal because Stan wants to bring one guy back counts as anywhere approaching selfless. It seems like one of the most selfish moments in the show.

Was is morally right to risk the whole world for the sake of his brother?

Absolutely, positively not.

No question about it.

Objectively speaking, the moral mathematics of it just don’t add up. The reasonable, rational thing to do upon reading the invisible ink warning would be to decide that his brother isn’t worth the risk to the rest of the world, to shut down the portal and dismantle it, leaving Ford trapped forever between dimensions.

But Stan loved his brother too much. He’d come too far. He’d put too much of himself into this to bring himself to stop it.

Selfless and ethical aren’t always the same thing. A person can devote themselves selflessly to an unethical cause, after all. The selflessness of their actions does not make their cause moral. The immorality of their goal does not make their devotion less selfless. The world isn’t that black and white.

Selflessness is thirty years ignoring your own wants, needs and desires in favor of the needs of another.

Selflessness is spending every night, no matter how exhausted you are from the day’s work, laboring at a task that undoubtedly begins to seem futile, just because there’s a chance it will save the person you care about. 

Selflessness is ruining your health by burning the candle at both ends because there’s a chance it will help another person.

Selflessness is pushing yourself to do things you never thought you could do, slogging through the pain and frustration of studying subjects you barely understand. 

Selflessness is keeping secrets of such monumental size that you can never allow anyone to get too close to you. Selflessness is sacrificing those close relationships you might have had for the sake of another person.

Selflessness is being someone who regards the supernatural as a dangerous annoyance, and still living for thirty years in the most supernatural town in America because that’s the only place you can work on saving the one person you love more than anything.

In short, selflessness is loving someone or something else more than you love yourself. Taking better care of that person than you take care of yourself. Doing more for them than you would ever do for yourself.

Heck, selflessness isn’t always a good thing. There are kind, selfless people in this world who spread themselves so thinly taking care of others that they do great damage to their own physical and mental health. Selflessness has a dark side as well as a light. 

Stan puts his family above himself over and over again. Stan loves his family. Stan doesn’t love himself. That’s part of why his selfless love for his family is both a strength and a weakness.

It’s a strength because it gives him courage, drive and passion.

It’s a weakness because he will risk everything for them.

Side note that I’m putting at the bottom because I think it’s a little bit beside the point, but still worth noting: 

We don’t know how much warning Stan actually had. The only time we see him actually find warnings in the journal is in Not What He Seems when he reads that “continued use of the machine could result in minor gravity anomalies.” The end-of the world warning is only revealed when the three journals are put together and held under a blacklight. And until the events of Scary-Oke, Stan didn’t know about the invisible ink. Meaning for most of those 30 years, he didn’t have that warning. We don’t know for sure if he ever read it.

I’m willing to put that aside, though, and say for the sake of argument that Stan was fully aware of the risks by the time Ford came back. I say that because it’s likely that he read the warning by then, and because I personally believe if he did it wouldn’t have stopped him.

Remember: It’s His Job

Why are people scared of losing Mark to a girlfriend? Would you quit your job just because you love someone? Are you guys forgetting that this is his job? His source of income? Two of the major goals of most humans on earth are a steady job and a family, concurrently. The entire continuation of the human race depends on the very fact that most people can handle that, and despite his goofing around and joking denials, Mark is a functional human adult

Why do you think we will lose him? Do you think he’ll quit youtube? He’s ALWAYS been spotty about interacting with us. Sometimes he’s here for days when he’s bored, other times like CONVENTION SEASON (you mean right now??) we hear nary a whisper because he’s busy living a very busy life. Even Arin Hanson, head of the frikkin’ Game Grumps, a COMPANY which employs around TEN PEOPLE and needs MANAGERS, is amazed by Mark’s work ethic

He’s busy. He’s always been busy, he always will be busy. Adding one more thing to his life won’t make him shut out his major source of income. If you’re genuinely scared that he’s ever going to ‘go away’ because he’s found someone, keep in perspective the numbers, the necessaries, the things that can’t be swayed by the heart. It’s still his job, he still needs to make money. Maybe you’ll find some comfort in those immutable facts. 

What YOU can do is make sure that whenever he’s here, he sees the best of you. We never know when he’ll pop on here, and hell, we never know if he’s been here either, he could idly be browsing at any time and just not reblog anything. But YOU can make sure that you’re always showing your best side. 

Keep the conspiracy messages to PMs. You may think that your blog is your own, sacred, private place and you can post whatever you want on it, but as soon as you tag or type the word “Markiplier” ANYWHERE in that post, you hoist it high on a flagpole and wave it all around. And when too many people hoists a flagpole in concern, it ruins the view for your fellow fans. 

In a fandom, you’re supposed to make friends. Reach out to people you like, make friends with them, and then discuss it privately with them. It’s more rewarding for you, because you get to directly interact with someone instead of blindly broadcasting and hoping someone answers your far-flung questions, and it’s less distracting to the people who just want to look at baller punk edits and dumbass gifs. We are the fandom, we get to decide what the fandom looks like. Help us make it look good. 

In conclusion: 

1) It’s Mark’s job to do Youtube, he’s not going anywhere, and he’s not abandoning his fans.  

2) When he DOES randomly pop on here, make sure you’re showing your best side so you don’t feel bad or feel like you embarrassed yourself. 

3) Make friends and keep your concerns privately among them. PMs are a godsend. They’re more direct, they’re much more likely to lead to a satisfying conversation, and they don’t create waves of triggering fear and concern. 

Stay awesome, Markiplites. Don’t lose your head because your heart is running away.