these are very blue as well

after 12.23

(yes, more angst. i love to suffer.)

He’s seeing him again. Everywhere. 

Back when he was fresh from Purgatory he couldn’t be sure that what he was seeing was even real, but he knows now that this is not. 

Well, except that it is, in a way. Shimmering blue light in the distance, not grace but something else entirely. Real as the far-off twinkle of the stars, beautiful and unreachable in all the same ways. He stares for a very long time into the burning center of wisping shapes, cold and familiar. The heavy expression fixed on the face is endlessly unnerving, like the eyes see right through Dean and into the fabric of the world behind him. Dean always ends up turning his eyes down in shame. Out of grief that he’ll never get to move past.

He bundles himself up in jackets like he had when he was young and just as scared and alone as he feels right now. Swimming in them because of all the weight he’s lost. Not on purpose, it just… happened that way. The joints in his hands stick and crack when he cleans his guns. He takes up smoking again just to get some warmth back in his chest.

We could make this go away, Sam tries to tell him. Dean won’t have it. The chill in his bones is a comfort, and he’ll fight to keep it even if it ends up freezing him from the inside out.

Them in the passenger seat again together. The Impala’s chassis doesn’t balance out the way that it does when there’s two people in there, leaning on the turns and squealing in the wheels, but he can still pretend. He hangs an elbow out the open window and taps his cigarette out onto the oil-slick asphalt. He keeps his eyes straight ahead when they pull up to a red light. He shivers and fights the urge to turn his head, stare into dead eyes.

Dean tried to talk, the first few times. But there’s just not enough of him left to dredge up an answer, Sam thinks, not even the affectionate syllable of a name. There’s not much they can do about that, but Dean loses sleep over it anyway.

It’s Dean’s curse to be haunted by what he wants and loves. Ghosts, sometimes, they’re not tied to things. They’re tied to the people that hold too tightly to them.

anonymous asked:

I've noticed that tear-shaped gems seem to be associated with Blue Diamond (ex. Holly Blue, Lapis). The exception seems to be Sapphire. What would you read into this?

Hi there! I found this a very interesting question. And I’d like to integrate another ask into this response.

Anonymous said:
Discuss Aquamarine and the Topazes’ gem placements next PLS!!!! And thx u…

1. On Blue Diamond’s gems

I talked about this in my character analysis for Aquamarine and the discussion concluded with the idea that Blue Diamond’s gems tend to be associated with the colour and their gem weapons (if they can be called that) and gem abilities tend to be affiliated with water, such as Lapis and her hydrokinesis and hers and Aquamarine’s water wings, as well as Sapphire’s cryokinesis, where it’s highly the ice is drawn from water moisture.

Nonetheless, I think this is an interesting question because when talking about the cut of a gem, it’s usually what suits its position the best. For instance, the impression we have of Jasper’s tetrahedral gem is that it’s because it’s supposed to read as a nose. 

In contrast, Blue Diamond’s Earth Jasper has a round gem, similar to Amethyst’s, similar to all the other Quartzes in fact.

This leads us to believe that the cut of a gem is determined by it’s position and what visual cue it gives us. Eyeball also has a gem in the place of a major sensory organ, but it remains circular because it’s supposed to signal an eyeball.

By default, I think that the average gems are round. We see this for Ruby, Sapphire, Quartzes, Pearls and Rubies. For other gems, the cut of the gemstone seems to emphasise their aesthetic, for instance, Peridot and triangular shapes.

For our Lapis in particular, the teardrop shape of the gem highlights her affinity with water. Also, its position on her back makes a lot of sense for it to be teardrop-shaped. On the dorsal side of the human figure, there is a lot of movement originating from the scapulae or the shoulder bones (these would be the two plates that look as if they rise and fall with the movement of one’s arms). 

If Lapis’ gem were a perfect circle, large arm movements and shoulder movement would be inhibited by the gem in the way. Having the top of the gemstone narrow would then be ideal so as to not get in the way of arm rotations.

Holly Blue’s gem prevents her from tilting her head backwards, and it’s consistent with her character of being unable to see what’s behind her back unless she’s specifically looking for it.

When we look at Aquamarine, it seems that her gem is the opposite from Lapis’ functionality and more similar to Holly Blue’s limitation.

2. On Gem Placement

The major muscles of the face, also those responsible for a lot of facial expression in the cheek area are the zygomaticus major and minor, as well as the risorius and masseter. Her gem specifically sits on top of those muscles.

In my character analysis post, I talked about how Aquamarine has a baked-in expression because of the teardrop on her face and how this may show she isn’t great at feeling emotions for herself and empathising with others. Again, it’s not that she doesn’t know what feelings are, she probably knows exactly how to portray certain feelings because acting in a certain way to elicit a reaction from others gives her a comfortable feeling of control. 

At the same time, though, being able to see emotions and recognise them when she reads others, doesn’t mean she feels them for herself. That her gem is positioned in a certain way, over those muscles, means that it plays a role in inhibiting the movement of said muscles.

This includes the possibility that gems don’t have the same musculature that human beings do.  Even if this were the case, just having the gemstone in the position it’s in makes it more difficult to see a lot of the more subtle moments of her face. 

Having her gem right on the face but not on a sensory organ means that her gemstone is integral to her identity. We often associate faces with the individual and gems associate their gemstone with who they are. This is why they never cover their gems (an exception to this is Amethyst, who straddles the human-gem line and has either gem or her face half-covered a lot of the time). 

And I think this is the hint we’re being given that Aquamarine isn’t trying to cover up any deep dark secret. She’s being as transparent about herself as she can be, once again drawing parallels to Peridot. There is no deep dark story behind her being the way she is. She really does feel entitled to the things she’s saying and doing for the various reasons I’ve discussed about her context.


I hope this was able to answer your questions! I wanted to have a comprehensive character analysis that talked about your asks more, but the post was lengthy as it was. :D

anonymous asked:

Peter accidentally is given love potion right in front of Tony and he's been acting super lovey all day only for Tony to find out it hadn't actually affected him he just wanted to have an excuse to love Tony. Weird Wednesday

VERY LATE. Hope you like it anyway! :>

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“You should try this drink.” says the barkeeper and gives Peter a lovely pink cocktail. Peter grins.

“I like the color.” says Peter and shrugs. Tony next to him looks at the cocktail and shakes his head.

“I wouldn’t drink that.” says Tony. Its not his first time in a spacebar, but he knows a few drinks thanks to Rocket and Drax.

“Why not?” asks Peter. They were drinking colorful cocktails tonight, because Peter said he is only ever drink beer and nope. Thats not a good way to celebrate another victory.

“It’s a love potion.” answers Tony and grins. The pink cocktail even has a heart symbol in it. The woman behind the counter smiles and doesn’t take the drink away.

Tony hates her.

What if Peter drinks that and falls in love with her?

When Tony was in a spacebar for the first time Gamora had received such a drink from a stranger and…lets just say it didn’t end very well for the man.

Gamora told him then that the drink makes you fall in love with the person you first see after you finished the drink.

Tony shudders.

“Cheers!” says Peter and he still smiles. Tony wants to take his glass away, because he doesn’t need to see Peter flirting with that girl behind the counter, thank you.

But Peter is faster and downs the glass in one gulp. He has his eyes closed and then turns towards Tony.

He opens his eyes and Tony squawks.

“What are you doing?” whispers Tony and Peter smiles. His normally blue eyes are surrounded by a light pink ring. He still looks stunning.

“Hey there.” purrs Peter and he looks Tony up and down.

Tony hopes so bad that he isn’t blushing.

“Peter.” says Tony and he tries to stay calm. But Peter just smiles.

“I love how you say my name, doll.” says Peter now and Tony gets goosebumps. Wow that voice can go really deep.

“You don’t know what you are saying!” says Tony and he is sooo fucked. In the bad way.

“Well then what do you want me to say?” asks Peter and he takes Tonys hand in his and kisses his knuckles. Tony nearly swoons.

“Rocket!” squeaks Tony and a moment later Rocket shows up, with Groot on his shoulder.

“Whats up, Stark?” asks Rocket and then looks at Peter.

“He drunk a love potion.” says Tony and smiles sadly.

“Ah. I understand.” Rocket nods at that, jumps on the counter and then gives Peter a hard clap on the forehead.

“Are you out of your mind?” he hisses and looks around for other people who could have heard that.

“No i’m in love with Tony.”

Tony nearly dies. He squeaks again and Peter smiles just even more sweetly at him.

“Okay we are leaving. Drax? Take Gamora and Yondu.” yells Rocket and stands up again. Tony wants to go after him, but Peter stops him and tries to hold his hand.

“W-what are you doing?” stutters Tony and Peter even interlock their fingers. Tony blushes a deep red.

“Holding your hand.” replies Peter and he squeezes Tonys hand.

“P-please…” says Tony. stop that, he doesn’t say.

Ten minutes later they are at the milano again and Tony is still holding Peters hand.

“What are you doing?” asks Gamora and she smiles at them. Tony looks down.

“I’m courting Tony.” answers Peter finally and then shrugs. Tony says nothing.

“Oh then have fun.” says Gamora and with another wink in Tonys direction, she is gone. Drax just shrugs and follows her.

“This is not how i imagined you would come together, but whatever.” grins Rocket and with another wave, he yondu and Groot leave as well.

“Okay.” says Tony loudly at the now nearly empty room.

Okay.” he says again because what the fuck is his life.

“Well i think you are a lot more than just okay.” grins Peter and Tony facepalms.

Not okay.” he says and tries to be confident.

“Why?” Peter frowns and when Tony looks at him again and the pink in his eyes glints even more.

“Look i think we should just go to bed and…” starts Tony and holds his hand up to open his room. But Peter is faster and holds the door closed.

“Huh that fast hm?” he purrs into Tonys ear and Tony gasps quietly.

Peter is pressed against him and nuzzles his cheek. Maybe this is just a dream. Or Tony drank a poison, too and that killed him.

“T-that was not w-what i wanted to say.” stutters Tony when Peter puffs against his ear. Tony shudders.

Oh.”

“You are so beautiful.” whispers Peter and kisses Tonys cheekbone. Tony is jelly. Wobbly jelly. Peter holds him mostly up now.

“I’m in love with you.”

And then Peter kisses him on the mouth and Tony can’t help himself.

He slaps him.

Ow what the fuck!” says Peter and stumbles back. He had closed his eyes for a moment and holds his cheek. When he opens his eyes again there is no pink left.

“Goodnight.” says Tony shortly and this time Peter doesn’t stop him, when he opens his door.

When it closes behind him, Tony cant hold back those tears that flooded his eyes since he saw Peter drinking that love potion. He sobs quietly.

Well not really quietly it seems. Because half an hour later it knocks on his door.

“What?” whimpers Tony and holds his pillow against his chest.

It’s Peter.

“Hey i uhm… came here to apologize.” says Peter and Tony looks at his pillow. He feels so dumb for crying.

“ ’s okay.” says Tony and shrugs. Its not really, but he doesn’t want to tell Peter about his feelings. Peter sighs and climbs the ladder to Tonys bed up. He has a loft bed. Even with a slide.

Peter smiles sadly.

“Its not. Listen i didn’t want to make you feel this uncomfortable. I thought well… doesn’t matter what i thought. I think i read some signs very wrong and i’m sorry. Wait. That sounds like you did something wrong too, which you didn’t and…” Peter rambles and Tony sniffles.

“Peter. Stop.” he says and he is so tired.

“I’m sorry. Really.” says Peter again and he looks like he wants to touch Tony. But he doesn’t.

“Not your fault. Just the potion. You couldn’t know that you would play with my feelings.” says Tony and Peter opens his mouth.

He closes his mouth.

Then opens it again.

“Well no?” he says and Tony looks up. His eyes are so light with all those tears in it. Peter wishes he could paint that.

Not that he likes Tony seeing in pain…but you know.

“Maybe you don’t remember. Look we were at this spacebar and…” starts Tony and Peter shakes his head.

“Okay. Wait. Yeah i knew i drank that but… well do you know how it works?” asks Peter carefully and Tony nods.

“Yeah. You love the first person you see and …well you looked at me right after you drank it.” answers Tony and Peter holds his breath.

“Oh. Well thats not right.” says Peter and he smiles shyly. Its strange to see Peter this shy. He even blushes a bit.

“Gamora told me. I saw it.” says Tony and exhales loudly. He seems so stressed. Peter smiles sadly.

“Yeah well you are talking about the Knowhere love potion. That wasn’t what i drank.” says Peter calmly, even though his heart beats so loud.

“What?”

“Hm. Well you see i drank the one from Asgard. And it has other effects.” says Peter and Tony wipes away his tears.

“What effects?” he asks and its Peter now who looks down.

“Okay so when you drink it…. you already need to be in love… otherwise it won’t work. So if you drink it you get finally the self-confidence you need to…ask your crush out.” rambles Peter and its silent after that.

Tony looks a bit shaken up, but then he sits on his knees and leans in Peter direction.

Peter smiles. Oh god finally. He closes his eyes and leans towards Tony and…

Promptly gets slapped again.

Ow!” he says. Well at least it was now his other cheek.

“You asshole! I thought this was just the potion but you…you love me!” says Tony and he grins so wide, that Peter forgets his pain for a moment.

And before he can do anything, Tony leans again towards him and this time he gets his kiss.

“You are such an idiot. But i love you anyway.” whispers Tony against his lips and Peter giggles into their kiss. Tony pretends to slap him again at that.

Peter shrugs and kisses him even deeper. His cheeks are hurting like hell. Tony is a strong man. But…

Worth it.

There was a little dandelion, so bold and pleased
in the country road’s ditch with puddle water to it’s knees.
An unruly head shone yellow: Oh, how I am pretty!
It had just watched it’s own reflection in it’s puddle.

In the ditch there walked a little toddler, as toddlers often do,
in a wet and dirty coverall, with yellow unruly hair.
He sat down in the puddle and reached out a hand
and plucked with root and top his first dandelion.

On the road came many children, chatting cheerfully
while they arranged fast and well a hepatica* blue bouquet.
And the toddler shouted: “Look at me, what i have found here!”
But the children only laughed and said: “How disheveled it is!”

“Oh no,” said the toddler, “I’ll take it home to my mother,
and she’ll say it’s pretty and that I am very great.”
“She says that just to comfort you,” said those who stood around.
“Because you are only four years old and understand nothing.”

Then the toddler stumped home and sniffed a little,
and the flower hung with it’s head and longed for water.
He opened the door slowly and heavily, and suddenly his mother said:
“Oh what a pretty flower you have - and how you are great!”

“You say that just to comfort me,” said the toddler indifferently.
“Far from it” said mother and laughed. “I meant what i said.
The greatest thing a mother knows, is in fact her boy
who comes home and brings along his first dandelion.”


The first clip in this episode gave me such an association to this song, which reflects the self-image of a little boy through the state of a flower; a dandelion to be exact. 

*Fun fact: the Norwegian word for the flower “hepatica” is “blåveis” which is also is the word for a black eye. 

Around Bass Lake 2016 33 – Moses H. Cone Memorial Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, October 16, 2016

Here’s a mantra for you:
“Nevertheless, It is well,”
which may also be phrased,
“Nevertheless, all is well.”
Here’s how it works:
“We are all (fill in the blank)
a missed step,
a phone call,
a tornado,
a heart attack,
a terrorist attack,
a car crash,

away from the complete loss of everything.
Nevertheless, it is well.”
This goes hand-in-hand
with the foundational realization,
“It is all useless, pointless, hopeless, absurd
and coming to a very bad end
(we are all going to die)–
and how we live in the meantime
makes all the difference!–
and nevertheless, it is well!”
The key to being able to say this
and mean it
lies with our being in right relationship
with our soul,
with our psyche,
with the part of ourselves
that is unconscious to us.
We have to be aligned with our soul.
Everything flows from there.
Everything falls into place around that.
Our work
is learning to live aligned with our soul.
All is truly, absolutely, fundamentally, well
when we are at-one with our soul.
And this has nothing to do with theology.
It doesn’t matter what we believe
or do not believe.
It has solely to do with living soulfully,
as our soul would have us live,
as our soul needs us to live
in order to express itself and come forth
in our life.
Our soul is the living aspect of our life.
We are more alive the closer to our soul we live.
We are less alive the farther from soul we live.
Live to be alive!
Let your sense of vitality, passion, enthusiasm–
being at one with what is right for you,
in sync with what IS you,
in the service of what, who, and how
you are to be–
be your guide to your soul,
to your soul’s need of you
and the life it needs you to live.
Do what resonates with you.
Do not do what causes you to recoil,
gives you the hives,
or the dry heaves,
or the cold sweats…
Live to be the champion of your soul,
your soul’s best friend,
your soul’s true mate.
And it will be well.
No matter what.

ellioness  asked:

Omg, omg Dell looks amazing!! ah, so cool~ btw Jjnomu, how did you get into vocaloid?? Sorry if this question is just out of the blue. I'm kinda curious..

hehe thank you!!! dell’s actually so ugly from different angles it’s so sososooo sad zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 

but OOOOOOO it’s ok!!! questions like this r appreciated hehe but i got into vocaloid when i was like……. very young???? maybe 11 or even 10 i think!!! the reason being i had watched OHSHC and i was very into the hitachiin twins and their “forbidden” routine and i stumbled upon my first vocaloid song which was alice human sacrifice, and well u know in the PV the kagamines were the twin jokers or w/e which at that time was like eye-opening or smth idek and then the kagamines were my first favourite vocaloids (particularly len) and meiko was my least favourite hahahehehe

oh how the tables have turned

Okay but you know what’s a trait of Keith’s that I want to hear more of?

Show me his attention to detail.

Everyone jokes about his “conspiracy board” but nobody seems to consider it’s not a conspiracy board? Like- he put a map down and figured out roughly where the energy source was, and then specifically went to locations and triangulated his weird brain sense to isolate it down to a specific area, and then when that led him to the caves, he took photographs of seemingly all the pictures he could find and used strings to mark their positions in what caves.

There was other stuff there we don’t know why he put up (something he later tore down, and a star chart) but none of this suggests he was making wild leaps of logic or conclusions about whatever it “must be” and his recounting of it is all incredibly matter-of-fact. Virtually nothing is conjecture except the safest ones- “like some kind of energy was telling me to search,” which is rooted in his experiences and not something he can quantify though he clearly tried as much as he could to do so- “they all appear to tell a slightly different story about a blue lion” would suggest that he went over those pictures and carefully compare/contrasted them. 

This suggests Keith is actually good at making detailed observations, and recording and organizing them in a very clear-cut accessible manner. This may well have taken him months to put together but he’s able to present it very quickly and effectively to the team.

Seemingly, something reinforced, because right after he sees Ulaz’s weapon and hears about what it’s for, we see him privately comparing it to the symbol on his own weapon.

homesick
kidastro
homesick

so I composed a song that’s, well, langst inspired, lol, and it’s set in his perspective, mainly about his homesickness and feeling inadequate…


lyrics

away in the vastness of space

light years away from the clear blue beach

and the familiar scent of sea spray


the sunrays settling on my face

sound of home’s lively chatter

and my mother’s warm embrace


if i close my eyes

I’ll be carried back

to earth, to home

to the very place i miss


I’m here, away in space

given a role i’m scared i can’t play

what is the significance

of my presence here


I’m unexceptional

so easy to replace

if i were back home

maybe i wouldn’t feel this way


if i close my eyes

I’ll be carried back

to earth, to home

to the very place i miss


yeah, I wanted to do something but, I can’t write fanfiction for shit or make funny text posts or come up with mind-blowing theories, so here’s my contribution to the vld fandom, lmao.


link to soundcloud here! it’s available for download just be sure to open soundcloud while in the desktop version of the page!! <3

How To Blend Cultures (Without Making Impossible Mixes)

This is a guide specifically about fantasy worldbuilding. WWC gets a lot of questions around “I’m mixing two cultures together, how do I do that?” and this is to explain both how to do that and when you very much should not.

For starters, you should avoid blending empires with their surrounding properties, especially if there is recent political strife along those lines. This is why Japan/China/Korea (or even China/Tibet) mixes should not be done. For more information on that, take a look at Research:Large to Small Scale, Avoiding Homogenizing East Asian Cultures, & Paralleling Regions Appropriately.

Next up, mixing Greece/Rome with far-flung cultures gets a little bit eyebrow raising. Unless it was a direct trading partner/conquered property, Greek/Roman cultures do not mix with non-European cultures. The Greek empire only went to the Northern regions of India at its very peak, and that is limited to the ancient world. Rome stopped in the Middle East, so, again, you don’t have the cultural backing for a mixing of anything outside of its borders. 

Depictions of Rome and Greece in ancient literature shows other ancient cultures found them quite backwards, and were adverse to mixing with them. By many standards they were very backwards, and it’s only Europe (and, as an extension, America) that revered them to the extent they do. Asia and Africa had no reason to see them as advanced, because they made many more technological advancements than either. North America and Oceanic cultures hardly interacted with either, and had both their own technological advancements+ cultures closer by to borrow advancements from, instead. 

Outside of that, cultures are born out of the environments that made them. As a result, places with wildly dissimilar climates and resources pools will not be able to blend harmoniously unless you’re taking a modern analogue society where globalism has happened. This is plain old because resources only travel so far, and people are more likely to build culture around resources they have easy access to (even well-established trade links can lead to people re-creating things: Han purple and Egyptian blue point to an ancient trade link, but they were made with local materials processed differently).

Roman architecture exists because the Romans had access to copious amounts of concrete materials/marble and lived in the Mediterranean, which got very hot summers, heavy rains, and not a whole lot of cold. As a result they created structures that worked for this, which included open airways, pillars, easy to clean floors, shade, and ventilation. Places that lack these resources will not be able to replicate Rome.

Their resource pool was very specific to their regions, and there’s a reason Rome had the rule that anybody who did’t live like Romans were slaves: it was really hard to live like a Roman, and they wanted their slave pool as large as possible. 

Different cultures with different resources formed in wildly different ways, and might not even have anything similar to Greece or Rome. Because of this, you need to look really close at why culture developed the way it did. If it’s because they had extremely dissimilar resources pools, it’s wise to not blend the cultures (or at least not think they’ll look anything like their original cultures) 

Which brings me to value systems. Cultures put value on different things. Each culture ends up with a base philosophy for what they esteem and how they use resources, which proceeds to influence how it develops. Architecture has meaning to it. So does what colours you use in different applications. Because these things are sacred and/or practical for certain social orders. “Sacred” in cultures ends up becoming a shorthand for “this ritual helps us survive.”

There is no such thing as “aesthetic” when you get down to the root of each single item, because that aesthetic has a practical purpose. There is also no such thing as a “solely religious reason” under the same logic. Cows have become sacred in most varieties of Hinduism— because cows (and oxen) have been the main farming animal in the Indian subcontinent for millennia. They provide milk for sustenance, power for ploughing fields, and dung, which can be used as a floor polish and, when dried, a source of fuel for fire that gives off a more even heat than wood. As a single provider for crucial elements of agrarian life, their sacredness developed from their practicality. Having cows roam freely meant absolutely everyone could have access to an efficient cooking fuel.

Chinese brush painting has meaning. Jade sculpture has meaning. Pagodas and sloped roofs and gates have meaning. The philosophy, environment, history, and present circumstances of a culture is built into every. single. little. thing. about that culture, meaning you cannot just change it out.

Unless you learn the very root of culture, their values and stigmas and honours and shames, you cannot modify it accurately. Cultures survive because that was the best way to respond to the world at the time. A long-standing culture such as China’s has to be functional and incredibly well suited for the environment, otherwise it would not have survived. There is something about Chinese culture that works extraordinarily well for it to perpetuate itself, and you cannot disrespect that.

Learn the “why” of culture. Learn how it came to manifest and the reasons behind its manifestations. Study the geography and resources available to the people at hand. Know a culture so well you can explain how it works in real life and how your world’s history parallels the circumstances that created a similar culture in fantasy.

Only then will you be able to pull it off with respect.

~ Mod Lesya

One neat thing I noticed while rewatching is that some of the paladins’ introductions in episode 1 coincide with their elements! Like:

The Yellow Lion’s element is Earth, and the first thing Hunk ever does onscreen is complain about being in the air and then work with metal. The fear of heights / motion sickness makes sense considering his affinity is with the ground, as does his talent for mechanics.

The first time we see Pidge, she’s working a communications unit. The Green Lion’s thing is Forests, and a big aspect of that is the idea of roots and connection with other living things (”we are all made up of the same cosmic dust”) and the first thing she does on screen is literally connect with others.

Red’s element is fire, and Keith’s introduction is literally him blowing something up and then punching some guys. Which. Speaks for itself honestly.

Weirdly, Shiro and Lance don’t seem to follow this trend. The first thing we see Shiro do is help Matt extract ice from Kerberos, and the first thing we see Lance do is fly the simulator, and neither introduction seems to be related to their given elements of air and water/ice respectively– in fact I’d say they seem swapped. I dunno if that means something, and maybe this observation is meaningless lmao, but it seems to hold up with the other three, which is interesting.

Barn Mates - One Year On

Barn Mates was first aired exactly a year ago today… and what a monumental episode it was for both Lapis and Peridot!

For those of us who were already shipping Lapidot, it was a dream come true – and for some of those who weren’t, it opened their eyes to a whole new (and now completely canonically viable) ship.

I’ve written about this episode a few times in the past, but it feels fitting to look back on it again today; for day one of Lapidot Anniversary Week!

So, without further ado…

The episode opens with Peridot wistfully speaking into her tape recorder about sharing her new home with Lapis.  Only a couple of episodes prior to this point, Peridot had made the decision to stay at the barn by herself whilst the other Crystal Gems returned to the temple. The fact that she now so enthusiastically wants to share her home with Lapis (as opposed to going back with the other Gems or staying by herself in the barn) just shows that she already has some level of admiration for Lapis.

Peridot says:

“Why don’t we watch the sun come up and figure out what we’re going to do with all this time, eh Lazuli?”

Watching the sun rise with someone is an old romantic tradition/cliché, so the fact that Peridot specifically mentions wanting to do this with Lapis certainly speaks some volumes.   And it also transpires…

…that this line was foreshadowing a scene that came later in the show – in Room For Ruby, not only are they watching the sun rise together (just as Peridot wanted to do), they’ve actually been sat together all night stargazing prior to this point, which is another activity that has obvious romantic connotations.

After Peridot has finished speaking into the tape recorder in Barn Mates, Lapis expresses her desire to live in the barn all on her own. Steven suggests that the barn be split down the middle, with each of the two Gems having their own “side”, which leads to a very interesting shot of the pair of them:

Notice how they’re effectively framing a picture that’s behind them.   This picture is of the barn’s previous owners – Greg’s aunt and uncle, who Greg described back in Space Race as follows:

“My aunt and uncle had a great love for aviation, and each other.  They cherished the years they spent together, and they held on to every belonging they ever owned.”

It’s interesting, then, that a picture of a happy couple has been placed directly in-between Lapis and Peridot in this shot.  This becomes something of a trend as the show progresses, with the picture being placed in-shot with Peridot and Lapis on occasion in a fair few other episodes, such as these:

This could well be foreshadowing a romantic relationship between Lapis and Peridot.  The fact that Greg mentions “aviation” is also something interesting to think about, considering that Lapis can fly and Peridot was the pilot of the Hand Ship back in Jailbreak.

Lapis isn’t keen on the idea of splitting the barn, telling Steven that Peridot is the problem:

“I can’t stand the thought of looking at her everyday!”

This statement is now somewhat ironic because, in the episodes since Barn Mates, Lapis almost always has her eyes on Peridot – and gives her some extremely suggestive looks, too!

Peridot and Steven both try to assure Lapis that Peridot has changed, but she doesn’t want to hear it. Steven thinks it’s “sweet” that Peridot wants Lapis to see how much she’s changed since their last encounter, and he helps her to make an apology card which has a very interesting picture drawn on the front of it:

Steven may well have the intent of getting Peridot and Lapis to be friends, but he’s drawn them looking like an actual couple here; they’re even holding hands.

Eventually, after some persuasion from Steven, Lapis joins them – and a beaming Peridot hands over the card.  This still fails to win-over an unimpressed Lapis, much to Peridot’s disdain.

“It took me over an hour to compose [the message in the card], and I was the most sincere as per Steven’s instructions!”

The fact that Peridot put so much time into her apology message gives us an indication of how highly Peridot thinks of Lapis – and how much she wants to make her feel better. She then spends some time deliberating what she could give to Lapis as a gift (upon Steven’s suggestion), and they come up with an idea…

“H-2-Oh my GOSH!” … “It’s a gift for you!  You know, ‘cause water’s your thing.”

Peridot’s mannerisms and tone of voice here are very flirtatious.  However, given Lapis’ previous traumatic experience of being trapped on the bottom of the ocean, this is another idea that falls completely flat.

And what does Peridot do?

“A pool?!  What a cloddy idea!  Of course she wouldn’t like that!”

She actually blames herself for the mistake.  This is very uncharacteristic of Peridot, who normally has a very lofty opinion of herself and her intellectual capacity – which, again, shows how highly she must think of Lapis.  She even uses the word “cloddy” to describe her own idea; with “clod” being an insult that she usually only ever levels at other people when she’s at her most angry.

She then decides to make a very grand gesture…

…and offers her most prized possession – the tape recorder – to Lapis as a gift.

She’s very flirtatious in doing so here, as well.  With a wink and a smile, she tells Lapis:

“See, the ribbon is even blue.  I got yo’ number!”

Peridot has offended all of the other Gems at some point in the past, but she’s never been seen to perform as grand a gesture as this one in order to win them over. 

Peridot is, in a lot of ways, incredibly materialistic - she has been shown on more than one occasion to hold her very few possessions really closely to her.  By Peridot’s standards, handing the tape recorder over is essentially the biggest thing she could do for someone, which is a very clear indication of her feelings towards Lapis.

This gesture is completely lost on Lapis, however, who proceeds to crush the tape recorder in her hand.

Usually in these situations, Peridot would be distraught that one of her possessions had been destroyed (see, for example, Peridot on her knees begging Amethyst not to throw away her beloved tablet in Too Short To Ride).  However, this time, she actually seems to be upset by the fact that she’s managed to upset Lapis once again, exclaiming:

“What, were you trapped in a tape recorder too?!”

Peridot is exasperated by this point, and gives a very heartfelt speech which, I believe, really gets to the root of one of the key reasons why a relationship between Lapis and Peridot just makes perfect sense:

“Look, I get it, you know?  You’re confused!  You can never go back to Homeworld.  This place doesn’t exactly feel like home yet.  You’re alone, no one could possibly know what that feels like!  Oh wait, I do!  We’re the same, except…  you don’t have to be alone.”

She and Lapis are going through the exact same thing at basically the same time; namely, being stranded on earth with no way of returning to Homeworld.  There’s literally no-one else who they could bond with over this, except for each other – it’s a common ground that they share with each other and only each other.  It’s logical and sensible storytelling, therefore, to have these two characters stick together and share the experience with each other.  It puts them on equal ground, gives them both an acute understanding of each other, and enables them to both support one another as they adjust to life on earth.

At this point in Barn Mates, however, Lapis still isn’t having any of it.  Peridot, clearly at her wits end, asks what Lapis wants from her.  Lapis angrily tells Peridot that she wants her to leave… and that’s exactly what Peridot does.  She wants Lapis to be happy so much that she’s even willing to give up her home so that Lapis can live there instead.

As she walks away, Steven reprimands Lapis for treating Peridot so badly.  As he’s talking, Lapis folds her arms and shifts on the spot, her gaze meeting the crushed tape recorder on the floor.  Everything about her body language in this scene exudes guilt.  

Peridot comes screaming back towards them moments later, however – being pursued by a Roaming Eye that she’s convinced is after her.    

The trio flee from the ship, but eventually come face-to-face with it, which causes Peridot to cower behind Steven in fear.

However…

…Lapis steps forward, and glances back at a wide-eyed Peridot.

This scene is very important because it’s the first time we ever get to see that Lapis does actually care about Peridot, despite the pair of them getting off to a very turbulent start.  She steps up to defend the helpless Peridot from the Roaming Eye, and makes sure to specifically ask Peridot if she’s ok after the threat has been neutralised – proving that she didn’t only have Steven’s interests at heart when she took out the Roaming Eye.

What happens next needs no introduction…

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Peridot has still, to this day, never looked at anyone else with such love.  The way that her hands are clasped to her chest makes it the typical “cartoon character looking at their love interest” pose.  That smile on her face is literally the biggest one that she’s ever given.  And Lapis’ deep blush, that she actually turns her head away from Peridot in an attempt to hide, is also a reaction from her that’s unique to this scene – and very much implies that the apparent feeling of attraction is mutual.  There appears to be some symbolism behind the sun coming out as Peridot smiles, too.  This could well be an indication that Lapis is warming up to Peridot and seeing her in a new light.  It also has a somewhat poetic quality to it, with the storm clouds (both literal and metaphorical) dissipating at this very moment.  

Originally posted by giffing-amethyst

Steven picks up on what’s going on, giggling to himself as he looks at Lapis.  It’s also very interesting that Peridot’s loving look is still lingering even after the camera angle has changed – this is no fleeting “micro expression”, it’s a very prolonged and deliberate look…

…which was the first of very, very many that the pair of them have since gone on to give each other (the above images being a small handful of examples).

All in all, Barn Mates was the start of a very beautiful relationship between these two Gems, which has well and truly endured throughout the past twelve months – and has gotten ever stronger with each episode that they’ve appeared in together.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter Twenty-One: Hermione’s Secret

“What we need,” said Dumbledore slowly, and his light blue eyes moved from Harry to Hermione, “is more time.”

“But —” Hermione began. And then her eyes became very round. “OH!”

“Now, pay attention,” said Dumbledore, speaking very low, and very clearly. “Sirius is locked in Professor Flitwick’s office on the seventh floor. Thirteenth window from the right of the West Tower. If all goes well, you will be able to save more than one innocent life tonight. But remember this, both of you: you must not be seen. Miss Granger, you know the law — you know what is at stake… . You — must — not — be — seen.”

Butterfly wings

Allura:
When Lance was a kid his mom would say his skin looked like the wings of a butterfly.
Something that was beautiful in how the colours stood out over the base.
She would tell him that he was her little butterfly painted by the angels.
She would tell him this everyday he came home crying because of the teasing from the other kids and the pitying looks from the adults.
When Lance turned ten he stole his sisters makeup and used it to cover the pale areas that were visible on his face, neck and arms. Just to see what it would be like he went to town and for the first time ever blended in. He felt absence of confidence coming from the makeup. But he didn’t want to upset his mom. However getting makeup off is much harder then putting it on.
That’s why hours later his Mom found Lance in the bathroom desperately scrubbing at his skin as she called him for dinner.
He broke down and began to cry begging her not to angry for trying to cover up.
His mom just smiled and kissed his temple telling him that if he wanted to cover up he could or if he wanted his skin on show that was fine too, that he was perfect ether way.
So Lance started wearing makeup and gained a new kind of confidence that he never had before. He was louder and happier even flirting.
When he went away to the Garrison he took enough makeup with him to last until Christmas telling himself as long as he had makeup then everything would be ok.
But the night they found Shiro, Lance didn’t have his makeup with him.
He went to space without it.
With every day that passed the small container he always carried for touch ups became emptier and emptier. He knew it wouldn’t last forever but tonight of all nights to run out.

Lance stared in the mirror at the pale splattering that stretched over his eyes as he desperately rubbed at his skin praying to be able to cover up.
But it was no good.
He was out of makeup.
He wondered if Allura had any and if she would mind him borrowing some. But if he asked then she would see.
What if she laughed?
What if she told the others and they treated him differently?
He couldn’t take the teasing again he just couldn’t.
He put his hands on the sink trying to will himself to calm down. If he could just get to Allura’s room then he could steal her makeup and look normal.
Wrapping his blanket round his head allowing it to trail along the floor behind him Lance tip toes through the hall way.
At this time in the morning most of the other paladins were usually in the kitchen having breakfast or for Keith getting in some training before grabbing a quick bite to eat. This didn’t do much for Lance’s anxieties through. Just the thought of being outside his room without makeup on caused his chest to tighten with panic.
This was so much worse.
He felt like every cell in his body was on edge, vibrating with fear of being caught.
When he reached Allura’s room he had to wipe the sweat off his hands before getting the door open.
Allura’s room was huge.
Much bigger then all the paladins rooms combined and filled with various alien nick nacks and photos from Altea.
Lance felt bad about being in her room without permission, but he told himself it would be worth it in the end.
However after almost an hour Lance had found nothing.
No concealer.
No powder.
Nothing.
He felt his chest tighten as the tears began to fall.
What was he going to do?
The team already thought he was nothing but a pretty face, he’ll be even less then nothing if they realise he’s not even that.
As his breaths came less frequently and quicker Lance slowly slipped down to the floor holding his throat with his hands.
He didn’t hear the door slide open.
He didn’t hear the gasp or the sound of footsteps running over to him.
But he did hear his name.
“Lance?” Allura asked panic clear in her voice. She put a steadying hand on his shoulder trying to get him to look up at her. “Lance tell me what is wrong! Are you hurt? What happened?” She asked sounding like a worried mother.
Lance’s only response was a slow shake of the head.
Allura recognising the panic attack hugged him in her strong arms humming a calming tune.
After a while the tears stopped and Lance found himself able to breath normally again. He stayed in Allura’s arms letting her rock him gently back and forth closing his eyes and listening to the calming sound.
“Pretty song” Lance whispered.
“My farther would sing it to me when I was young.” Allura answered a note of pain to her voice. “Ready to tell me what’s wrong?”
Lance shook his head earning him a sigh from the princess.
“Well…is there anything I can do to help?
Lance was quiet for a moment “do you have any makeup I could borrow?” He asked nervously playing with the hem of the blanket.
“Of course. But I do not understand, you often boast about how perfect your skin is.”
A bitter laugh escaped Lance’s throat. “My skins ugly.”
Allura was so surprised by this answer she pulled back just to try and see if the blue paladin was joking. He had to be joking…right?
“Lance why would you think that?” She asked gently.
Lance slowly, very slowly looked up. The blanket falling off his head and showing his face to the older woman.
Allura couldn’t stop the gasp that escaped her lips as she stared at Lance.
His face began to crumble “I knew it! I knew this would happen!” He sobbed curling in on himself.
“No no lance I didn’t mean anything bad!” Allura rambled quickly. “It’s just I did not realise humans also had marks of beauty like Altean’s.”
Lance sniffed looking up at her “marks of beauty?” He asked.
“Yes” she tapped the pink marking on her cheek “on Altea it was a sign of beauty to have markings such as yours on your face. They called them marks of the Drioborn bug… I believe you have something similar on Earth. Butterfly I think they are called.”
Lance smiled for a moment “yeah butterfly is right.”
After his little heart to heart with Allura, Lance though still self conscious didn’t outright hate his skin anymore. He borrowed her makeup as to feel more confident but eventually he opened up to the team allowing himself to love who he is as much as his team does.

Friends Part 1

Summary: You and Bucky are friends for a long time, but lately you start to develop romantic feelings for him. One day one of Tony’s parties everything changes but maybe not the way you wanted or expected.

Paring: Bucky x Reader

Words: 1947

Warnings: Fluffy and angst

Thank you @amrita31199 for beta this for me you are amazing 

credits to the gif owner

You never felt so inadequate in your life, when you left the house for one of Tony’s parties . You felt beautiful in your black strapless dress and high heels.  But as soon as you arrived at the party, you felt your heart being shattered.

You see Bucky with a beautiful blonde in his arms , when he sees you he comes in your direction kissing your cheek and pulling you to a hug “Don’t you look beautiful?” He says staring into your eyes, you smile at him with your best fake smile“Well I tried, apparently not as hard as your date.” You say sounding bitter even if that is the last thing you wanted to be or sound like.

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that seems about right

give me langst where a leader of a world they saved goes up to the team and says something like, “you were all incredible in that battle, voltron is in quite good hands.” 

and Lance will respond with something like “well thank you very much” and flashing them a smile. Although he seems like he’s being cocky, he is really just flattered that for once, someone thought he did a good job. 

until the leader says, “Except you blue paladin. You didn’t really seem to do anything during today’s. Do you have any specialties?  Are you the blue paladin? Or are you just substituting for them today?” 

and all of them are shocked and furious. Hunk looks like he’s going to tear someone’s arm off and Pidge is giving them the death stare and god, Keith is trying his hardest not to stab this frickin ass in the chest because how dare they.

but lance just says, “yeah, that seems about right.” and turns around and walks off. 

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