they are all capable of doing so much good or so much evil

46 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In YA Literature

1. “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it too, and that’s what scares you the most.”
—Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

2. “Because sometimes chance and circumstance can seem like the most appalling injustice, but we just have to adapt. That’s all we can do.”
—Gavin Extence, The Universe Versus Alex Woods

3. “I can’t seem to be a pessimist long enough to overlook the possibility of things being overwhelmingly good.”
—John Corey Whaley, Where Things Come Back

4. “Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”
―Christopher Paolini, Eragon

5. “Because Margo knows the secret of leaving, the secret I have only just now learned; leaving feels good and pure only when you leave something important, something that mattered to you. Pulling life out by the roots. But you can’t do that until your life has grown roots.”
—John Green, Paper Towns

6. “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”
―J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

7. “I’m done with those; regrets are an excuse for people who have failed.”
—Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

8. “Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
—Veronica Roth, Divergent

9. “The moon is a loyal companion. It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human. Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
—Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

10. “Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
—Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

11. “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
—Natalie Babbit, Tuck Everlasting

12. “Just because we’ve been … dealt a certain hand … it doesn’t mean that we can’t choose to rise above — to conquer the boundaries of a destiny that none of us wanted.”
—Stephenie Meyer, Twilight

13. “Some walks you have to take alone.”
—Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

14. “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”
—John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

15. “We believe in the wrong things. That’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.”
—Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

16. “Why would you be given wings if you weren’t meant to fly?”
—Leslye Walton, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

17. “Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”
—Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

18. “It’s just that…I just think that some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast, you know? There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is.”
—Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

19. “The universe is bigger than anything that can fit into your mind.”
—Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead

20. “I try to think about how it all works. At school dances, I sit in the background, and I tap my toe, and I wonder how many couples will dance to ‘their song.’ In the hallways, I see the girls wearing the guys’ jackets, and I think about the idea of property. And I wonder if anyone is really happy. I hope they are. I really hope they are.”
—Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

21. “Things were rough all over but it was better that way. That way, you could tell the other guy was human too.”
—S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders

22. “What if evil doesn’t really exist? What if evil is something dreamed up by man, and there is nothing to struggle against except our own limitations? The constant battle between our will, our desires, and our choices?”
—Libba Bray, Rebel Angels

23. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

24. “It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”
—Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

25. “I can tell you that the end of a life is the sum of the love that was lived in it, that whatever you think you have sworn, being here at the end of Jem’s life is not what is important. It was being here for every other moment.”
—Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

26. “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”
—Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time

27. “Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it”
—Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

28. “People never really died. They only went on to a better place, to wait a while for their loved ones to join them. And then once more they went back to the world, in the same way they had arrived the first time around.”
―V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic

29. “Goodbye, I say, goodbye, as I disappear little by little into the middle of the middle of my own spectacular now.”
—Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

30. “But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way…Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”
—Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

31. “The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like clouds, and she would ring them out like the rain.”
—Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

32. “Child, no one is ever ready for anything. I would never doom you to that. What sort of adventureless life would that be?”
—Alethea Kontis, Enchanted

33. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
—John Steinbeck, East of Eden

34. “Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”
―Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

35. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”
—David Levithan, Every Day

36. “Doubt everything at least once. What you decide to keep, you’ll be able to be confident of. And what you decide to ditch, you will replace with what your instincts tell you is true.”
―Amy Plum, After the End

37. “Just as a river by night shines with the reflected light of the moon, so too do you shine with the light of your family, your people, and your God. So you are never far from home, never alone, wherever you go.”
—Karen Cushman, Catherine Called Birdy

38. “You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
—John Green, Looking for Alaska

39. “There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.”
—George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

40. “I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.”
—Lauren Oliver, Delirium

41. “We feel cold, but we don’t mind it, because we will not come to harm. And if we wrapped up against the cold, we wouldn’t feel other things, like the bright tingle of the stars, or the music of the aurora, or best of all the silky feeling of moonlight on our skin. It’s worth being cold for that.”
—Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

42. “It’s a lot easier to be lost than found. It’s the reason we’re always searching and rarely discovered—so many locks not enough keys.”
―Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

43. “On that cold night in January it all slipped into place for me and she became my everything and my everyone. My music, my sun, my words, my logic, my confusion, my flaw.”
—Julie Murphy, Side Effects May Vary

44. “Hope? Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.”
—Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone

45. “[She] had always suffered from a vague restlessness, a longing for adventure that she told herself severely was the result of reading too many novels when she was a small child.”
—Robin McKinley, The Blue Sword

46. “Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels, but old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.”
—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

The Dragon Angus Theory

I don’t know how many people know about this particular TAZ Theory but I discovered it last night in the TAZ Subreddit. There are thread discussions about this here and here. There could be more but these were the two I found.

In summary, the theory in general pertains to the fact that Angus might not be all that he seems, and that he might be a dragon in disguise. Specifically a Silver Dragon. Under the cut because this came out really long! (Don’t worry there’s a tldr at the bottom)

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Midoriya and his many parents

Not a Dream Daddy post.

 I’ve mentioned this briefly in Aizawa’s profile, but BnHA is just chock full of father figures. There’s a big emphasis on mentors and fatherhood, more so than in a lot of other manga and anime I follow.
Now, the idea of the ’sensei’ is fairly classic, the old master who teaches the young hero their secret technique and all that. But the young heroes in BnHA, with their high stakes environment, do have a lot of them.

 This is especially true for Midoriya.


 Inko Midoriya

Surely I’m not the only one who thinks it’s super interesting that we have not seen Midoriya’s biological father? Like… he wasn’t even on the couch watching the Sports Festival.

Considering his mother appears to be a house wife in a fairly nice apartment, I think it’s safe to assume that he at least exists. Maybe he’s a salaryman with a lot of overtime, more likely he’s working overseas.
Whatever the case, he’s very much an absent dad. 
Now, absentee parents aren’t that much of a deal in anime. The ‘16-year old living alone in Tokyo’ is a bit of a trope, after all, but here, with the emphasis on several characters parents, it feels like a statement. This is the manga in which we know the entire family set-up of Tsuyu, and the names and appearance of Jirou’s parents. Much as I love Jirou, she’s a side character.
For the main character to have a blank space like that, is a Thing. It means that growing up, Izuku had one parental figure, and that parental figure was his mother.

And give the woman credit: she did amazing.
It is not easy to raise a child practically by yourself. Certainly not a child that is considered an outcast by society. The amount of love Midoriya receives from his mother is heart-warming, their relationship is one of the better ones portrayed in shounen and as a result, Midoriya is a kid with an incredible amount of mental fortitude, capable of handling some pretty devastating circumstances.
His mother has been a supporting pillar in his early childhood, which, remember, was pretty rough on account of all the bullying. As such she has shaped a lot of his personality. She’s equipped him with confidence, with an unshakable belief in himself.
However, she is very much not a hero.

Her love is one of katsudon and hugs and kind words and worried tears. She wants him safe, above all else. She’s never going to teach him hand-to-hand and going by her advice alone will not make him into the hero he desperately wants to be.
Him quite literally leaving the warm nest she made for him to learn how to fight evil people is a big part of him growing up.


 All Might

Maybe that’s why Izuku puts so much of his hopes and dreams on All Might.
Here’s his ultimate hero taking an interest in little old him.
It’s a fairy tale. A manga trope.
And I really believe that he sees an alternate father figure in All Might once he gets closer to him. They have their wax on, wax off moment on the beach, with All Might encouraging him to get stronger. This is the trope. The sensei, mister Miyagi thing where the kid gets prepped to receive the ultimate technique (in the form of a lock of… hair, whatever).
But unlike traditional masters, and unlike his biological father, All Might sticks around. He is a presence in his life. He cares for Midoriya and his continued success in a way that, at this point, no other male figure does.

Dad Might gives Midoriya a whole bunch of very important advice, but it’s good to note that this isn’t a rough or distant sort of male mentorship.
All Might quite literally opens himself up to Midoriya.
He shows him his weaker side. The skeletal side. The broken side.
Because All Might, let’s not forget, is a friggin mess.

I mean, I know he’s going through a lot, but this man is Such a Dork. It’s definitely endearing and it is also one of his best traits as a character. However: as a person, he’s really not very well equipped to be raising a teenager. He lacks, in a way, the stability and level-headedness that comes with the position of a teacher.
He cares too much. About everything. All the time.
And he nurtures that side of Midoriya, when Midoriya already has plenty of that.

He can’t help but admire Midoriya’s selflessness. Can’t help but praise the very foundation upon which his own heroics are based: helping people.
When he saves Todoroki. When he saves Bakugou, All Might is there to tell Midoriya that what he did is all right.

And this is certainly important for Midoriya to hear, but at this point it’s also not the only thing he needs to hear. 


 Aizawa Shouta

Luckily Midoriya also gets a more traditional teacher figure.
It’s interesting to note that, despite being the younger of the two, and despite the fact that he sometimes teaches from an honest to god sleeping bag, Aizawa is a much more stable mentor and general Adulting Adult.
He still cares about his students, but he’s also much more likely to Act as a Teacher.

Because Aizawa immediately picks up on Izuku’s self-mutilation.
He watched the entrance exam, he knows that Izuku’s quirk is, at this point, extremely flawed. That Izuku doesn’t have control over it.
He explains it in a pretty standoffish way, and certainly this early in the show it comes across as cruel, but he’s not wrong.
Izuku is breaking bones every single time he uses his quirk at this point in time. If he does anything with his quirk, he’ll be a casualty.
Him using only a single finger is framed as a feat of intelligence,
but it is also INSANE.
'Oh you only broke one finger, you have nine attacks left’.
That is NOT a good plan. Don’t do that. For fuck’s sake.
I hope we all realize that what Midoriya is doing is Not Healthy.
He is eating away at himself, destroying his own body over and over again.

When Aizawa tells Midoriya to get a grip on his powers he’s not just being an ass. He’s being a responsible adult, a teacher that cares about the general well-being of the students assigned to him.

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Villain or Hero Edition:

-“You’re going to save them and for what? They don’t appreciate you!”

-“You spill your blood for this city/village and for what? So they can never know the name of the man/woman who saved their miserable lives?”

-“How many times are you going to bleed for them?”

-“Aren’t you tired yet? Haven’t you had enough?”

-“Despair, misery, and chaos. It’s like air to me. But to watch them suffer is much more entertaining.”

-“Look at their miserable lives and tell me what you see. They’re just begging for you to end them.”

-“You’re conflicted I can see it. You don’t want to be the hero but you’re not evil enough to be the villain. So what are you?”

-“You can’t be nothing because you have to be something.”

-“You can’t be nobody you have to be somebody. They need you. Help them.”

-“You’ve shed enough blood. It’s time to stop. You’ve avenged their deaths enough.”

-“You’ve fought until your face was bloody, your ribs cracked, and your soul broken. How much more can you give to them!”

-“You won’t be satisfied until your dead.”

-“This city/village has torn you apart. They don’t deserve anymore saving.”

-“You’d give your soul to them? They won’t ever be satisfied until you’re dead.”

-“You give and you give and give when is it your turn to take?”

-“You’ll burn this city/village to the ground. Murder its people. And then will you be satisfied?”

-“I can’t watch you tear yourself apart anymore for these people.”

-“You’re cruel.”

-“You’ve been caught. There’s nothing more you can do so why are you still fighting?”

-“It’s over. It was a long war filled with countless bodies and bloodshed. So stop…it’s over.”

-“I know you. You aren’t this terrible person people see you as and made you become. There’s still some light within you. I see it…”

-“What has the world done to you to make you feel this broken that you feel the need to hurt other people?”

-“You hurt others because they hurt you.”

-“I can see the torment within you. I can especially tell by the way you mangle the bodies of your enemies.”

-“You don’t owe people anything else.”

-“You’re like the sun and moon. You can either be the light that guides peoples lives to a better world. Or you can be the moon and darken their world. Or- you can be an eclipse and be a little bit of both good and evil.”

-“What do YOU want to become?”

-“You’re the only one who can give others hope.”

-“If it wasn’t for you we’d all be dead.”

-“The histories will never know who really saved us because he/she didn’t want to be known as a hero.”

-“Don’t die for our selfish selves.”

-“You brought this upon yourself.”

-“You can either save lives or take them. So which is it? Who will you become?”

-“You say you’d burn the city/village to the ground. But what happens when you’re standing on a pile of ash and smoke with no subjects to rule?”

-“Your mentor molded you to be a monster.”

-“Your mentor molded you to be a beckon of hope for others.”

-“They will never bow to you.”

-“You’re nothing but a usurper from a foreign place to us. We will never call you King/Queen.”

-“You hide behind a mask all the time and I don’t mean the one upon your face.”

-“Of all the things to have happened to you are you still capable of love?”

-“You were born a villain but you will die a hero.”

-“You were born a hero but will die a villain.”

-“You’ve changed since we first met. You’re becoming something I don’t recognize anymore.”

-“You’re no longer a man. You’re a beast.”

-“Greatness was thrust upon you but you decided not to take it. Why?”

-“We don’t choose these roles they just happen.”

-“I won’t watch you die.”

-“What are you fighting for?”

-“Fates can be changed there’s still time.”

-“Your fate isn’t set in stone.”

-“There’s pain in my chest every time I see you in anguish.”

-“You never meant anything to them. So you turned into the thing they feared the most to leave an impression upon them.”

-“I wish you could see your worth.”

-“Your life is not worth the weight of gold they will pay you for helping them.”

-“I won’t watch you become someone I don’t recognize.”

-“I can’t even say who are you becoming because I don’t even know what you are anymore.

-"When they write of your history they will say it began on this day.”

-“Your scars are a reminder of who you were. So never forget who bled for this village/city. Who it was that saved the damned and the good. Who it was that almost died for them. Who it was that became a legend in their eyes. A legend to be remembered a thousand years from now.”

The Signs as Beach House

Aries: Sparks.  Aries is the youngest sign, and can be seen as a microcosm of life.  Their defining trait is their enthusiasm, and it is in this enthusiasm that they find their power, their immense capacity for good and for evil.  They hold so much fire within them, and yet, there is a certain simplicity and purity of spirit in the Aries.

Taurus: Somewhere Tonight.  Slow, steady, and stable, it may sometimes seem that Taurus has little going on in their life.  This may be true.  They are not always interested in exploring the extremities of life, but maybe they should be.  Still, there is a certain beauty in continuity, so long as it does not lead to monotony.

Gemini: Heart of Chambers.  Beneath Gemini’s many personalities lies a biting pessimism.  They tend to bury themselves with hobbies and interests and change in order to escape reality.  Gemini is much more complex than many may give them credit for, and a challenge they face is finding truth in themselves.  There is so much going on inside of them that it’s hard for them to land somewhere.

Cancer: Turtle Island.  The thing about Cancer is that they seem very dramatic, crying all of the time and making a big deal out of everything, but they’re not acting differently from the way that they truly feel.  Cancer has deep emotions, and they’re not afraid to hide it.  When their melancholy gets the best of them, they may retreat to sadness and be totally inconsolable, but I find they usually turn out okay in the end.

Leo: Lazuli.  If the Leo nature could be shrunk down to one word, inversely, that word would be “big.”  Even in the small things they do, they attract attention and exist with dignity.  They are fierce individualists, but they pay a fair amount of attention to the way others respond to them.  The goal of the Leo is to accept their magnetism without using it for manipulation.

Virgo: Take Care.  Virgo is defined by a certain ethereal quality.  Although they are Earth signs, something about them is certainly of the heavens (perhaps a trait borrowed from their sister sign?).  They are masters of service and duty, so what better song to represent them than one about taking care of others?

Libra: She’s So Lovely.  A beautiful, yet sinister song, there is hardly a better choice for the duality of Libra.  All too often, Libra is seen as ordinary or forgettable, when they are really masters of intrigue.  They carry immense power in the way they relate with others.  Whether they use this gift for good or for evil is up to them.

Scorpio: Beyond Love.  As a sign ruled by Mars, Scorpio may tend on the violent side, yet as a water sign, love is a big theme in life to them.  They seek this all-encompassing, transformative experience that is literally “beyond love.”  Scorpios can never settle for the commonplace affections that most people endure.  They’re after something spiritual.

Sagittarius: Zebra.  The carefree Sagittarian disposition may not be an act, but it can certainly be said that they have a hard time connecting with the consequences of their actions.  They value freedom yet rarely consider permanence, so they live in a state of absolute honesty and truth, which is sometimes quite admirable and other times highly chaotic.

Capricorn: Astronaut.  The sea goat’s journey is one of self-reliance, a quest to master themselves.  Thusly, they believe that they should carry the weight of the world alone.  Yet it is only when the Capricorn learns to trust in others that the are truly able to be their best selves.

Aquarius: Zebra.  The Aquarius is adamant about becoming unknowable.  They appreciate their privacy, and no matter how well one may think they know them, they always keep a bit of their character to themselves.  They are wild and free, but their inner Saturnian sense of responsibility keeps them in check of themselves.  They’re perfectly capable of existing alone, but they shouldn’t.

Pisces: Saltwater.  Devotional love comes like second nature to Pisces.  As the last sign, they are born with their hearts highest in heaven, and their love verges on angelic due to its pure, selfless essence.  Their love is boundless and perhaps not based in reality, yet it flows in endless waves forever.

And I still have the mug.

fortheluvofmerlin replied to your photo “Sometimes the sunlight hits my hair juuuust right and I am so fucking…”

-wants to hear story like we’re BFFs despite having only found out about this blog two weeks ago- -sits on seat’s edge- -big eyes- Yeeeeeesss?

So, as some of you know, husband and I long distance dated over the ocean for almost a decade before we were able to be together for keepsies. It was an…interesting, period of time. I certainly got to see more of the world than I ever thought I would, and I also learned I was capable of far more than I ever gave myself credit for. Like travelling 4000+ miles on a plane every six months despite a severe fear of flying, which I still possess to this day. But I also learned something else as well, which is that love is like tea. It can be dark and sweet, light and floral, invigorating, soothing, warm, cold, sometimes even bitter. But when you’re down and out, there’s no better feeling than the knowledge that for at least the next ten minutes, you can cradle warmth between your hands, take a sip of respite, and the rest of the world can go fuck itself. 

Other British people know what I’m talking about, trust me, love is like tea.

But Love is also a choice. Oh hormones and attraction play a part in it sure, but those won’t see you forty years down the line once the excitement of infatuation dwindles. Heck it might not even see you four. But love, to us at least, is a conscious decision to say “this is the person(s) I love, sometimes it will be hard, sometimes we will annoy each other, but for now, every day, one day at a time, I choose to be with you until such a time that I do not or cannot.”

Not terribly romantic I admit, and doesn’t quite roll off the tongue the same way as “till death do us part”. But when you’re staring down the barrel of a 14-hour flight and your valium hasn’t kicked in and the only thing playing on the tv embedded into the chair in front of you is static, it’s oddly comforting to know you still think it’s worth it. 

Anyway, I was flying over here to spend three months with him, living in his apartment. We reasoned that we should try and spend more time together than an odd week here and there if we were going to make a big decision soon about whether or not to carry on seeing each other, or whether or not we should part ways amicably and save ourselves the hassle of immigration (and they say romance is dead). So I quit my jobs, upped sticks and moved in with someone I’d only ever met ten times before, but was pretty certain I was deeply in love with but needed to be certain I could live with. It was fun, and we soon found a domestic rhythm to our lives that we hadn’t even realized we’d been desperately missing until we had it.

And then the time came for me to go home and the night before I tried to smile over the dinner table like I wasn’t being suffocated by the weight of a tangible grief and impending loneliness pressing in around me, and the rising sensation in the tips of my fingers that if only I could reach out and push back hard enough, I could slow down time and have one more minute with him.

Later that night I went to bed with my laptop and watched movies while he sat up, scribbling at his computer desk. I didn’t pay it much heed, this was fairly normal for our routine. As much as we like each other’s company, we are fairly independent of each other. We had to be, given the nature of our relationship. And secretly I was glad to have some time alone to cry and collect myself before he came to bed.

The next morning I woke up, and for a brief moment was so happy to find him beside me, before I remembered I was due to get on a flight in six hours, and it could be another year before I saw him again. 

But I got up, tried to hold myself together and because I wanted to email my friend who was picking me up at the airport, reached for my laptop. Which was when I found, this:

[A flashcard covered in hearts and a little sun which reads:
Morning My Dear Let Us Play a Game (Which May Seem Queerer) Find Me In The Spot Where Your Face Is Clearer, Walking Down Our Only Hall Will Get You Nearer, Helo oh Help I seem To Be Stuck in the…]

“Mirror doesn’t rhyme with nearer!” I shouted as he ran into the kitchen, happily picking up my little card because I secretly loved the little poems he would leave around the apartment for me, scribbled on scraps of paper, in the fog of bathroom mirrors and wedged between books.

“It does if you’re American.” was all I got in return, before the kitchen door shut and I went off in pursuit of the rest of my poem. So I grabbed my phone so I could take pictures and post them on LJ later because I thought it would be cute and worth keeping, toddled off to the bathroom, opened the medicine cabinet and:

Aha!

[A flashcard covered in balloons which reads:
Hidden Under the Letter Horde, Here You Have Fought Many With Bow and Sword, Word, Work and Play This Place Adores, Goodness I will be Found Under the…]

For a brief horrible moment I thought he actually meant the never ending mail pile on his side of the office, which had become a common point of contention for us, but then the rhyme clicked in place and I realized he was referring to my Lord of the Rings archer character and I ambled off to the computer desk in the main room.

Snapped a pic for posterity and lifted it up to find:

[A flashcard covered in little flames which reads: It Is So Dark And Hot In This Cove, Here I Can Only Wish For A Sight of A Cookie Grove, Find Me Quick so I Can Flee Like An Animal Drove, It Is So Dark and Hot In This Evil…]

“Honey…oven doesn’t rhyme with drove!”

“STOVE, IT’S A STOVE!”

“…yea okay get out my way”

[A flashcard which reads: Crap! I have Moved, What A Disgrace, Now I seem To Be In A Vast Knowledge Base, Words Upon Words Which None Can Be Erased, Come Quick I Am Hiding In The Top Shelf of The…]

At this point I was starting to become aware that this was not my typical poem hunt, and not just because there was so many of them, but because he was adamantly staying out of my way, barricaded in the kitchen. Nevertheless I turned to the book case,

said “FUCK” because all those shelves were double stacked, and began digging. And there, hidden in a copy of Terry Pratchett’s Feet of Clay on the page that reads “Words In The Heart, Cannot Be Taken” was…

[A flashcard with no decorations that reads: Yay! You Have Found Me, I Shall Cry WHOOPEE! I Knew You Would Do It All You Needed Was Tea, And Now I Must Say I  Love You More Than I Could Ever Foresee, Fiona my love, will you marry…]

And that’s when I turned round and he proposed with a mug of tea.

We were apart for another year after that. But it’s now been eleven years since we started dating, and with the clarity of hindsight, I’d do it all again.

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or, lena tried to be a luthor but fell in love with supergirl instead

She learned of the plan sometime between Lex getting arrested and his trial. His eyes were crazed, the words spewing out of his mouth irrational and erratic. Of course Lillian agreed with him—of course they’d pull Lena aside and ask her to help. Of course Lena would fall into line as well. She was a Luthor, this was her family.

If her family asked for her help in ending the Supers…well, Lena would of course offer her assistance.

(It didn’t matter that she didn’t understand why Lex’s idea of revenge revolved around the Girl of Steel instead of her cousin—why he had decided to abandon his vendetta against Superman and focus on Supergirl. It certainly didn’t matter that Supergirl had done nothing to the Luthor family, that she had been miles upon miles away when Superman finally took Lex down, not even coming to her cousin’s aid. It didn’t matter that, by all accounts, Supergirl spent more time stopping other aliens than she did going after humans.

No, Lena didn’t understand Lex’s hatred of Supergirl, but she didn’t question it—didn’t ask for a clarification, didn’t ask for a reason. It just didn’t matter.

Lex was her brother, he’d asked her to do something, and so Lena had a job to do.)

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Okay, so, I don’t normally post my own things, I usually just reblog other people’s wonderful and, frankly, amazing stuff, but I need to get this out.

I’ve been reading lots on how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ratings are bad, and to be honest, the second and third seasons were not the best. But the show needs to be renewed because here’s the thing: girls need heroes too. Not just Captain America or Iron Man - they need female heroes. They need to know that heroes don’t always have powers. Melinda May never needed powers to become a legend, she honed those skills herself. She became a hero because she chose to be one, and Grant Ward was not a hero, despite the many chances given to him, because he chose to not be one. Daisy, or Skye, was a hero before she even got her powers because despite her past with the Rising Tide and an abusive childhood, she chose to do some good. 

Girls need to know that being weak and breaking down is alright because it is a human thing and not a silly, girlish weakness. They need to know that silence can mean strength and dresses don’t stop you from fighting. They need to know that being a scientist, a person who loves learning, does not equate to having square glasses and dull clothes and no friends. They need to know that there are different kinds of strength and bravery and love. They need to know that you can have accents on your tongue and colour on your skin but it doesn’t matter because you are more than what men label you. They need to know that they don’t need a man to complete or define them, that they are extraordinary by themselves. They need to know that despite everything, despite the impossible, they can succeed because the only person you need to believe in you is yourself. They need strong women to look up to so they can learn to become them.

I’m fifteen years old. Asian. A second-year university student in a developing country with an anxiety disorder. It means everything to me to have an Asian female character to be able to look up to and to have so many other well-rounded female characters. When I feel like I’m too small, too young to be in university, and people call me a nerd, I think of Jemma Simmons and her two phDs in fields Coulson can’t pronounce and I smile at them. When I walk through dark alleys filled with shady men on my way home and my mom tells me to be careful, I think of Melinda May and her fearlessness and I become a little braver. When people tell me that I can’t possibly be smart enough to pass a class, that everything I say is only a bravado, I remember Peggy Carter and tell them I know my own value. I pass by them three weeks later with a certificate full of A’s. When I feel like I can’t possibly go on I think about Bobbi Morse unwilling to apologize for what she believed was right and if she can be that strong, I can at least be half as strong. I think about being different and Daisy Johnson will remind be that being different can mean making a difference, and as long as I’m showing people that a tiny, little Asian woman can kick their asses in class, then I’m making a difference because I’m showing them that we can, that I belong here as much as they do. And that is what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. shows too. Or at least, the part I love most about it. The strength, the diversity, the equality, of women. And that is why, when people ask me what S.H.I.E.L.D. is about, I say, “protection.” Because S.H.I.E.L.D. protects me from the darkness of life, it gives me a place to fall back on, a place to remind me that I am strong enough to go through each day, and when I do go through each day, it is those ladies who poke my shoulders and nudge my chin up, giving me the confidence to look at life in the eye and tell it that I am more than whatever it throws at me.

Since I can’t do much to affect the ratings from where I live, I suppose I’ll just let my fondness and my attachments to these character out and hope that abc realizes how fundamentally important it is to have a show which gives girls the strong women and the representation they need to look up to, and that despite past mistakes, season 4 (especially 4x15) has been incredible.

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Small addition cause when last night I posted this little rant I did not expect so many notes but I’d like to add that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also has female antagonists, it doesn’t portray women in black and white, good or bad. The characters are so completely human and not exaggerated. It portrays women as they are. Jemma has panic attacks and Daisy made some wrong choices but they are both more than capable of saving the day using only their minds. It shows that bad things happen sometimes and you can be forced to make hard choices and all you can do is choose what do to next and that doesn’t make you evil or bad. It shows that women are capable of being villains, that we’re not just angels. And that is important because it reminds girls that being good is a choice, that we have the potential to be otherwise, that we can make men fear us as much as we can make them respect us. It shows that sometimes we make bad choices and people will think the worst of us for doing what was right but despite our human flaws we need to remember to put on our own oxygen masks first before trying to fix things. There’s a post somewhere about how Melinda May left Providence in 1x19 and she left for herself because the environment was too toxic and that speaks a lot to me because it reminds me to take care of myself and my anxiety first and leaving a place that no longer is healthy is alright. I’ve found my social anxiety taking hold of me less since I’ve found strong women, and more specifically, Asian ones too, to look up to. Because they show me that it’s all human to feel like that, and they have so many flaws but they can also save the world, and most important, save themselves. Real or not, the characters have had a profound impact on me. For that I have to thank the writers and the amazing actors. To the person who said to tweet this to the creators, by all means, go ahead since I don’t have twitter. But I realised I didn’t thank the writers and the actors last night when they’ve given me those wonderful characters, both the women and the men.

My Fake Boyfriend Part 10

Summary: After receiving a very rude letter of your ex on the mail saying that he is going to get married. You see yourself not knowing what to do, you can just let it go or accept the help of your hot neighbor and pretend he is your boyfriend.

Paring: Bucky x Reader

Words: 2960

Warnings: A lot of emotions, a lot of fluffy and a lot of against

@drinkfantasy thank you so much for being my beta.

You and Bucky enter the church hand to hand. As soon as you step in you have a bad feeling. “Doll, relax, I am here for you and it’s only a wedding, it’s not like you are going to war, trust me this is easier.” Bucky says kissing your forehead, he is trying to be funny but his tone is serious.

“How do you always know what I am feeling?” You ask sitting on a bench close to where your family is. “I pay attention to you, doll. You always bit your lip and you run your fingers through your hair when you’re nervous.” He says putting a string of your hair behind your ear.

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Name: Give her back
Pairing: Loki x reader
Summary: when the Avengers inform Loki that they caught you (they hoped to make him talk), he goes absolutely furious.

“Oh, also,” Natasha waves her hand, as if it’s nothing important. “I thought you would be interested in us capturing one of your followers.”

“I do not care for those people.”

“Yeah, I figured. Well, this Y/N tends to look very scared in our prison,” on the screen (so generously granted by Fury) you can see how Loki’s face looses its sly smile, as he makes a slow step towards the glass wall, not taking his eyes off Natasha.

“What did you just say?”

“Y/N. She tried to put up a fight,” you can’t help a quick smile - you bit them, not put up a fight, even though you tried. “But we still got her locked up - safe and sound.”

“If you hurt her,” Loki’s voice is quiet and calm, but you can almost feel him seethe with rage. “If you touch her, I will make sure you never know peace, agent Natalia Romanoff. No matter where you run and how well you hide, you will never, never, know peace.”

“As if we would hurt an innocent…”

“I know what you would do!” his fist almost crushes the glass next to Natasha’s face, his loud voice piercing through the air, hurting no worse than an actual punch. “And that is why I am telling you - do not touch her. Because when I come for her. And I will come for her. If she is hurt in any way, I will destroy everything you have ever cared about. I will make sure you never want to breathe again, not after all the things I make you do, not after I destroy everything that makes you,” you can see Natasha’s fear - no matter how good she is at acting like she is rough and touch, seeing a furious god is always scary. “You may call me a monster, but you do not know what kind of a monster I am.”

“What about we find a compromise?” Natasha suddenly offers, her hand automatically reaching up to touch her ear, so everyone knows that just now Fury said something. “You stop making a mess, give back the…”

“You won’t give her back to me,” Loki waves his hand. “Do not be stupid, you will use her to make me act the way you want. I want her back. Now. And then, maybe, just maybe, you will survive.”

“Or she will just tell us all she knows to save her life,” Natasha offers another option.

“She will never,” Loki is calm, even smiling now, then frowns. “She would not betray me, and she doesn’t know anything. Would I really tell her so much about my plans? Am I that cruel? Cruel enough to make her live through all this pain and knowing that her consciousness suffers because of me? What kind of a man do you think I am?” his face twists, and you are grateful as never for never being told anything, no matter how much you begged. You are with an evil mastermind, after all. Natasha stops and looks him in the eye, then slowly nods, accepting that Loki actually cares for someone. “So keep your bloody hands off her. And do not try your mind games.”


“That happened two hours ago,” a random agent pauses the recording a minute later, obviously too worried to do the job properly, as he was probably told to leave the last part out. “Now, we are convinced that he actually told you something but is exceptionally good at acting… What did he tell you?”

“Why did you show me the recording?”

“To show you that he would do anything to protect that secret he told you… He does not love you. He can’t,” an agent frowns. “You must understand it, the monster like him is not capable of loving.”

“Do you even know him?” you suddenly smile. “Agent… You know nothing of the man you just took me from. You know nothing of me. But you must believe me when I say that he will come to get me.”

“He can’t find you, child, not here,” a moment later, the door into your cage is opened.

“He has found her,” you hear a calm voice - threateningly calm, and you can’t help a smile. “Now, please, step away from her,” the agent obediently makes a few steps back, and Loki smiles - you can hear it in his voice. “Well done. We wouldn’t want your blood all over her, would we? Are you alright, Y/N?”

“Yeah… Yes, I am fine,” one of Loki’s followers quickly takes your handcuffs off, and you stand up, then turn to Loki and smile weakly. “You found me.”

“Of course I would,” he quickly pulls you close, and you can smell the metal of his armor pressed against your cheek and feel his growing hair tickle your forehead. Loki holds your shoulder with all the strength possible, then presses his lips against your forehead. “Did they hurt you?”

“No, no, I am fine,” he doesn’t let go of you, just holds you tighter, as you walk out of the prison and hurry to the helicopter, neatly surrounded with dead bodies. Before you ask him what has caused such fury, Loki whispers quietly.

“They didn’t want to tell me where you are. So now,” he makes you sit down in the helicopter and takes your face in his hands. “I am taking you to a safe place. A very safe place where no one will find you.”

“Another prison?” you joke, and Loki rolls his eyes.

“The place between the worlds. No one can see there,” he sighs and strokes your head. “I cannot risk loosing you again to those idiots, can I?”

A-Z NSFW: Vernon

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A = Aftercare 

Being one of the youngest, he’s more used to being taken care of than doing the caring so Vernon’s aftercare is kind of rusty and sloppy. He tries his best, but thankfully not a lot of post sex care is needed. Either dragging you to the shower or running to get a rag to wipe you both down. After getting clean it’s just cuddles and kisses before sneaking off to find food.

B = Body part (Their favorite body part of theirs and also their partner’s) 

He’s pretty clumsy irl but in the bedroom, Vernon’s a master with his hands. He knows he can play you like a fiddle with his fingers and he loves it and uses his skills well. He loves handing control over and letting you do your own thing, more often than not that just means handing the reigns over and you riding him just to he can fulfill his obsession with your hips. He can relax and grasp your hips and watch you work yourself on his cock and feel you rolling your hips under his hands. Watching you move is hypnotic to Vernon and he just loves it. 

C = Cum 

I bounce back and forth between thinking Vernon would be the most gentlemanly (aside from Joshua) during sex and when he finishes; not making a mess or he’s the shithead young guy that makes a goddamn mess and probably draws his name on your stomach with his jizz for the fuck of it. Ngl at this point, I’m leaning towards the latter scenario.

D = Dirty Secret (a dirty secret of theirs) 

I swear he’ll hide this in his sock or smth so no one every finds it but this dummy is legit gonna make a fcking list of sex stuff he wants to bring up to try. He’s a weirdo but super eager to play and knowing him he’ll probably forget everything he’s every wanted when sex is brought up so he’s just gonna bust out this goddamn list while you’re sitting there rethinking your entire relationship with him.

E = Experience (How experienced are they? Do they know what they’re doing?)
Being one of the babies and saying he’s never been on a date or anything, I really don’t see any way he’s got any experience at all. But..being younger just means he’s hella excited and wants to do anything and everything he can think of, so you’ll have an eager horndog on your hands. 


F = Favorite position

He really wants to try anything and everything, so he’s not particularly picky with positions, but he bounces between either having the easy control on both of you on your knees and an arm around you, holding your back to him while he thrusts or just handing over the reigns and letting you ride him into next week. Those would have to be his favorites. 

G = Goofy (Are they more serious in the moment, or are they humorous, etc)

Chwe Hansol? The living meme? Serious during sex? Yeah okay sure. While he is kind of focused on his task at hand aka you, he’s very lighthearted and playful during sex, it’s not uncommon for him to just poke you to make you laugh or slightly tickle you for the fuck of it. It’s a playful time with Vernon, there’s no standards for seriousness or what to do, it’s just a fun time.

H = Hair (How well groomed are they)
I don’t think he’s insanely hairy in general, so the forest that needs tamed isn’t a damn jungle, more like a park’s woods. He doesn’t do much to it, maybe once in a while he’ll manscape but he’s not really concerned with it. 


I = Intimacy (How are they during the moment, romantic aspect…)

While he is a bit all over the place with sex, testing the waters with his new experience and stuff, he is a sweetheart and will try to make it as romantic as he can manage. Vernon’s big on eye contact and sweet talking you during sex and pillow talk is very common. He tries his best but does think he’s lacking so he makes up for it in your non-sexual relationship. 

J = Jack Off (Masturbation)

Vernon’s a stealthy one, he’s got it down to a science, when the older members are gone, how long he can take in the shower before everyone knows he’s in there jerking it, he’s like a goddamn spy at this point. Daily sessions with himself are pretty common, his hormones are still flying, he’s got a lot of personal issues to take care of.

K = Kink (One or more of their kinks)
He’s sightly possessive over you, being probably his first real relationship and sexual one at that, so marking is a huge thing for him. He’s the little shit that litters hickies across your chest so they just barely peak out if you wear too low of a top one day, and he gets that boyish pride of his marks being shown and knowing you’re his. 


L = Location (Favorite places to do the do)

He’s not game on being caught, or you being seen if you’re doing something naughty in a place you shouldn’t be. So with that, Vernon won’t leave the bedroom under any circumstances, you couldn’t pay him to. The bed and bedroom is the only acceptable place. 

M = Motivation (What turns them on, gets them going)

Being younger with hormones, it’s not hard to turn him on. Sit on his lap or touch his thigh or nibble his neck,. Really anything slightly sexual will instantly make things a bit harder for Vernon. Use that evil knowledge to your advantage. 

N = NO (Something they wouldn’t do, turn offs)

Starting out, it’s easy to bruise his ego. Vernon wants to feel like the man that can give you the world, he doesn’t want to let anyone else do that, anything that involves another person is out. He’s not sharing and letting someone else please you like he’s not capable of it. He’s almost jealous of toys in the same way, he’s got a tongue and fingers, so what’s the need for toys? 

O = Oral (Preference in giving or receiving, skill, etc)
Ah our little rapper. Lord know they’re good with their mouths. Again, Vernon’s very eager to please and add that with being an exceptionally good rapper, you’ve got the perfect recipe for some bomb oral. He’s not going to object from a bj offer either, but he’d much rather skip it all and get straight so sex but he let’s you have your fun.


P = Pace (Are they fast and rough? Slow and sensual? etc.)

Vernon’s pace alternates from either completely erratic; fast and hard and with the only purpose to get you both off as many times as he can manage or it’s so slow it should just be considered teasing rather than sex. It depends on the mood, if it’s before he goes to schedule, he’s a hyper horndog, if it’s after, he’s a tired and affectionate lover. 

Q = Quickie (Their opinions on quickies rather than proper sex, how often, etc.)
Vernon’s really fond of quickies, they’re kind of his strong suit, he can get the same amount of pleasure and satisfaction from regular sex as he does for the both of you in quickies. They’re very frequent, almost 50% or more of the time, sex is quickies and he’s okay with it, he really likes it.

R = Risk (Are they game to experiment, do they take risks, etc.)

While Vernon does want to play a lot, he’s really cautious about when and where. He’s game to play around with anything like positions and bedroom games, etc, but he won’t do anything if you leave the bedroom. Last thing he wants is getting caught with his pants down.

S = Stamina (How many rounds can they go for, how long do they last…)
Vernon is fairly quick, he can bust out round after round until he physically can’t get it up again but that means he doesn’t last very long during each round. One round when he actually puts it in last maybe 10 minutes at most, but he regenerates really fast and is ready to go again before you can blink.


T = Toy (Do they own toys? Do they use them? On a partner or themselves?)
Being semi new to the scene, Vernon hasn’t quite delved into toys or things like that for sex. For a long time, it’ll just be the two of you alone with each other but after a while I can see him introducing some things like bullet vibrator or handcuffs just to play around occasionally.


U = Unfair (how much they like to tease)
He’s kind of a little shit in the bedroom, especially when he figures out what works well i.e. his hands or tongue, so Vernon does like to tease here and there. He’s a big fan of using his fingers on you and stopping every time he can tell you’re close to falling over the edge.


V = Volume (How loud they are, what sounds they make)
Vernon let’s himself be heard, he hasn’t quite figured out volume control yet so anyone near the bedroom will hear him grunting with each thrust and moaning for you. Only way to counter that is to kiss the dummy but even that, you’ll still hear his muffled moans.


W = Wild Card (Get a random headcanon for the character of your choice)
Being younger, Vernon is insanely eager in the bedroom, it’s all new and exciting and he wants to do it all, he’s weirdly become the king of quickies. He gets so ahead of himself that he almost never can stretch sex out longer unless you tell his dumb ass to slow tf down. But maybe you should count that as a blessing, that he’s figured out how to make quickies just as satisfying as regular sex when he’s got a schedule.


X = X-Ray (Let’s see what’s going on in those pants, picture or words)
Vernon’s more of a stretch, he’s on the thinner side of things, no insane girth or anything but he’s longer than average pushing more to the lines of 5.5-5.8″


Y = Yearning (How high is their sex drive?)

At 19, I’m sure his hormones are still jumping like fleas or smth so he’s ready and willing to jump your bones any chance he gets. Just sitting on his lap? Oops, there’s a boner. There’s no off switch to him until his hormones settle so uh…good luck with this one.

Z = ZZZ (… how quickly they fall asleep afterwards)
Vernon tires out pretty quickly after sex, he’s not used to exerting that kind of energy and presumably sex happens at a time/place he can just crash and take a nap. He doesn’t fall asleep fast though, but he does become a slug afterwards and finally goes to sleep prob 20-30 mins afterwards, after he’s just been laying there cuddling you.

It has always been a big trouble for me to understand the mental illness of Reiner. But after these chapters, I am capable of understanding him much better now.

A very broken mother raised him and filled him with her own dream, that if Reiner can become a Warrior, then they’ll live with his father who is hoping for a way to unite with them. And the first burden Reiner started to carry on his shoulders became his mother, and Marley made this weight even heavier for a child to carry, like using children to win a war against another country. But he believes in everything Marley and his mother says, despite everything was all lies. He believed that if he’ll get to choose as a Warrior and punish those evils on that island, he’ll finally have a happy family.

And when the first lie he believed in this much shattered down, we saw him having his first mental breakdown as well.

His father doesn’t want him and her mother. He is not praying for meeting them whatsoever. He thinks they are devils he needs to run away. It is all lies.

He hasn’t even realized a whole time passing, the next time Reiner regains his consciousness, they are about to set off the mainland.

But he still has lies to hold on, that he was chosen by Marley to inherit the Armored Titan, that he’ll be a hero and get rid of those devils on Paradis. But… He finds out that this also is nothing but a lie. 

And then he has another breakdown after that realization.

And next time he regains his consciousness again, everything is about to change for him. Once again, we see Marcel getting eaten by Ymir. Once again, Reiner is having a shit day.

And then he starts to run to only lie he has left to believe, that he’ll be the hero to save the world once he punishes those devils on that island.

And once again, a lie he believed in crushes him there.

RBA snick in to the walls they have come to break down and join Military there.

And there, Reiner realizes that these people are not the devils. They are not in fault. It is his fault that they are in pain. On that day, Reiner realizes that the devils living on that island is actually more human than many, even himself. They are not planning to take down Marley, they don’t even understand what is going on. They are innocent. And the final piece of mental health Reiner flies away at that moment.

And Reiner creates a new lie for himself. That he is a loyal soldier and his cause is to protect the Walls and humanity. 

I love how Ymir is right after all these time, Chapter 46.

Before these chapters, many of us, including me, thought that Reiner’s soldier personality is based on heroic big brother Marcel. Yes, it was true that Marcel was a big brother but the heroic one was Reiner there. If Marcel and Ymir have something in common, it is that they are both the characters fandom maybe put a little bit too much hope for. Both of them ended up being much simple than we thought they are.

Soldier Reiner was based on Reiner’s lies. Behind the walls, life was so peaceful for child Reiner who never had a chance to have his own dreams and his own interests. So he forgets why he is there, why he is there, and the burden of everything he carried from mainland to Paradis. Forgetting them must have been so peaceful for Reiner.

Chapter 42.

And the realization must hurt even more.

Chapter title for 95 can’t fit any better for him. And it fits even more, specially after seeing how he keeps lying.

From left to right; Reiner telling Bertl that he is not reliable in Chapter 77, Reiner telling the days he spent at Paradis in Chapter 94, Reiner interrupting Porco and protecting him from accidentally treason in Chapter 95, Reiner telling Falco that he needs to surpass Gabi in Chapter 93.

As he was growing up, he was telling himself the lies he believed in. After years, now he is telling people the lies he doesn’t believe anymore.

Female characters in Tolkien’s writings

One criticism towards Tolkien’s works is his scarcity of female characters. Some believe that he was being chauvinistic. Personally I disagree with this opinion for some reasons I will explain shortly.

First of all, Tolkien’s works (especially the “Lord of the Rings” and the “Silmarillion”) are supposed to be written as pseudo-medieval/ancient accounts of a fictional historical past of Europe. Also, the stories revolve a lot around perpetual war. It is only natural that male characters would be prominent since, traditionally, it was men that mostly participated in wars. Considering the period that Tolkien lived, we have to remember that feminist notions weren’t circulating much in society so he adherred to more traditional values.
Yes, some Tolkien’s female characters are courageous but only within the limits of femininity (e.g. Eowyn kneeling in front of Aragorn and then resolving to become Faramir’s lady). I think that Tolkien kept some feminine traits but didn’t make them look inferior like many old writers used to do. It can be argued, that in Medieval Literature for instance, females used to be literary tools for a knight to prove his worth or trophies to be won. I didn’t get that from Tolkien. Tolkien’s female characters have agency and influence.
He doesn’t use the “evil-temptress” or “femme fatale” archetype for them. I think this is because Tolkien’s characters served as morally didactic; he showed how people should be so maybe having evil characters (apart from the villains) would be against his purpose.

Secondly, the most important clue that shows that Tolkien wasn’t a chauvinist is that his few female characters were powerful and capable women and not ‘damsels in distress’. This is a short description of them that proves this:

EOWYN
“No living man am I! You look upon a woman.”
The strongest female character that comes to most people’s mind is Eowyn. She was a shieldmaiden who went to fight alongside men. She famously killed the Witch-king of Angmar. Tolkien was inspired to write this sequence after he found a flaw in the prophecy in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”: “Be bloody, bold, and resolute. Laugh to scorn the power of man, for none of woman born shall harm Macbeth.” which he found that this meant that a woman could actually kill him.

GALADRIEL
“…but Galadriel, the only woman of the Noldor to stand that day tall and valiant among the contending princes, was eager to be gone.”
Galadriel is a very ancient Elf and Tolkien describes her as strong and tall as an Elven man, that’s why her mother gave her the name “Nerwen” which means Man-maiden. When she was young, she was rebellious of nature, strong-willed and wished to rule a realm of her own. And she succeeded it.

LUTHIEN TINUVIEL
The most beautiful maiden that ever lived and inspired by Tolkien’s wife, Edith. In the Silmarillion, we see she is a powerful Elf who isn’t afraid to take initiatives. To save the man she loves, she runs away from her King father, defeats Sauron in a spell-battle, releases his captives, enchants Morgoth (Sauron’s mighty boss) and helps Beren retrieve a Silmaril.

HALETH
“…and Haleth only brought her people through it with hardship and loss, constraining them to go forward by the strength of her will.”
A lesser-known character, Haleth was also a female warrior. After her father and brother were killed, she valiantly held the forces while being cornered by Orcs. Eventually, she was saved by the Elven lord, Caranthir, but she was too proud to remain close to him and led her people far away. The people loved her and she held them together with her strong leadership skills and created her own realm in the Forest of Brethil. In a different version, Tolkien describes her as “a renowned amazon with a picked bodyguard of women”. (Tolkien, J. R. R. (1996), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Peoples of Middle-earth, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Of Dwarves and Men, p. 309)

AREDHEL
“I am your sister and not your servant, and beyond your bounds I will go as seems good to me. And if you begrudge me an escort, then I will go alone.”
Aredhel was tall and strong, and loved much to ride and hunt in the forests. She is considered one of the most fearless and self-confident Elven maids and loved freedom. Her relationship with Eol, though, leaves a lot to discussion.

IDRIL CELEBRINDAL
“…But Idril Celebrindal was wise and far-seeing, and her heart misgave her, and foreboding crept upon her spirit as a cloud.”
Idril was a wise-hearted and foresighted Elven princess of the First Age. It was thanks to her initiative that a remnant of Elves managed to escape the sack of Gondolin by secretly having a tunnel opened under the mountains. She led her people and if it wasn’t for her idea, no one would have escaped (and this would have had terrible consequences as her descendants were some of the most influential characters).

MELIAN THE MAIA
Melian was the mother of Luthien and a Maia, a semi-divine species. She fell in love with the Elven-King Thingol and thanks to her magic, she protected his realm with the Girdle of Melian. It was thanks to her that the Sindarin kingdom was safe and prospered for centuries while other realms were in constant battles against Orcs. She was the one who taught the Sindarin Elves wisdom, old lore and arts that they otherwise wouldn’t have learned and would have probably been be akin to the Dark Elves of the East.

MORWEN ELEDHWEN
Morwen was one of the most beautiful mortal women that ever lived and the mother of the tragic hero Turin Turambar. She is known as very proud, stern and strong-willed. The barbaric men who conquered her land dared not to touch her because they were afraid of her. When she went to King Thingol’s realm and found her son was gone, she went by herself to find him during perilous times. This proved a bad decision though…

YAVANNA
The Vala (deity) of Nature. She created the famous Two Trees of Valinor, which played an important role in the Elder Days. It is through their holy light that the Undying Lands were so fruitful and the Elves that lived there became stronger than anywhere else. Their light was later trapped in the Silmarils, the holy gems that were central in the wars of the First Age. The light of her Two Trees was also used in the creation of the Sun and the Moon.

Honourable mention: the Numenorean Queen, Tar-Ancalime, who can be considered a proto-feminist.

NERDANEL
Nerdanel was the wife of Feanor. She’s described as free of mind, understanding, strong and skillful. The fact that she was the only one who could control someone like Feanor shows her inner strength. Also, having her take up stereotypically unfeminine occupations (such as crafting/sculpting) and having a wife influencing such a powerful husband is definitely a non-traditional view that isn’t found in old literature where it was expected that wives should be submissive. Even when Feanor told her that as a good wife she ought to follow him to Beleriand, she didn’t succumb and remained strong and wise. Moreover, her wandering alone in Aman (where she met Feanor) shows independence. All these demonstrate a strong female figure.

ANDRETH
Andreth was a mortal wisewoman from the House of Beor. She was so highly esteemed that Finrod Felagund himself would seek to converse with her. Throughout old literature, wisdom wasn’t a popular trait that writers would give to female characters. In the past centuries, the seeking of knowledge wasn’t expected to be the field of women. So, having a mighty ruler like Finrod seeking a woman’s company and appreciating her for this reason is something that most male heroes of old stories would rarely do, since they valued male opinion more. Here, Tolkien provides a different view in gender interaction.

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So, I believe these strong and influential female characters prove that Tolkien was far from being a chauvinist. And if his stories weren’t revolving around war, I’m sure he would have added even more female characters. However, the fact that they were so few is what makes them even more special and well-developed.

FORBIDDEN LOVE - LOKI

(A/N): I’m going to see Thor 3 tonight and so I’m giving you this one-shot with Loki. I can’t believe I actually wrote something with him. Anyway, sorry for mistakes and enjoy.

Pairing: Loki x f!reader

Summary: The only way the lovers, Loki and Y/N, can be together is promising help to the Avengers.

Warning: none (maybe bit fluff)

Words: 1900+

MASTERLIST

Originally posted by spindle-berry

FORBIDDEN LOVE - LOKI

The whole team was sitting in a common room, distrustfully staring at Thor with a young woman by his side that had special cuffs on her wrists. He brought her with the intention to help solve the newest problem they had. A magical enemy that co-worked with Hydra became one of the worst threats they ever dealt with. The creature wanted to destroy the whole humanity. Luckily, the Avengers weakened him and now, they had a lot of time to create a plan and seek help. Thor promised Loki’s help but he needed something or someone to convince him to join the team and battle the evil.

“So, let me get this straight, you brought a prisoner from Asgard that is supposed to help us?” Tony questioned him, eyes travelling from him to the young woman who was surprisingly very quiet. She didn’t seem to be dangerous or a threat to anyone.  “And here I thought I am the only one who has stupid ideas.” 

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Steve/Tony Fic Recs: Mafia/Mob AU

A really nice anon’s been looking for mob boss stevetony fics, so here’s my list for you, nonnie :D Also, do check out @wingheadshellhead‘s rec-list for fanart and edits :) Some of the WIPs haven’t been updated in a while, but are still well-worth the read. 

Please kudos and leave comments for our hardworking authors!

Kings Of Coney Island by Vespasiana: In which Steve is a rising mafia don lacking in panache, Tony is an unethical businessman with a target on his back, and somehow a fake marriage will solve all their problems. Also murder. Murder solves a lot of problems, too. (Ults fic. WIP - not updated since 2013)

i fed it to the wolves by naimu: Wolves rule New York City. Perhaps that was why Tony never liked New York City. Along with the giant empty mansion filled with his ghosts and the massive tower that, yes had his name on the building but never felt truly his. Too many wolves in one place made everyone itchy- for a fight or well… a fuck. (Werewolf AU - not updated since 2012)

Keep Your Eyes Down by randomnese (calebaren):  

Captain Steve Rogers is a dangerous man.

He’s dangerous because he runs the New York city underworld, pushing contraband, moving money, always that face behind the curtain that the detectives and the police officers scurry to try to glimpse, but he’s too careful, much too careful to get caught; he has most of the New York elite chained to their desks, and they don’t even know it. Brutal, ruthless, and entirely cold-blooded. On most days, at least. On other days, Mr. Rogers is a substitute teacher with a love for art and a talent for teenagers.

Tony Stark runs a multi-billion dollar technology conglomerate, somehow keeping it together while losing it at the same time. He’s a smooth-talker, capable of charming an entire room in under three minutes. Deceptively dashing with a tongue of silver, under his thumb, he has more money than anyone could possibly use, near unlimited resources, and a curiously large blindspot when it comes to police or even government oversight. Not that he’d abuse that privilege.

And of course, they have to run into each other. (WIP - not updated since 2013)

Go Ugly Early by just_another_tinker

He’s The Captain? 

This was not good. 

This was so not good.

There were theories of course, of what The Captain would look like. Most followed the typical Hollywoodesque belief that he was some version of the Godfather, sitting in a dark room with a cigar, commanding his forces with a flick of his wrist. There were even some that even thought that The Captain was not one person, but a whole network of people with eyes and ears everywhere. 

The blonde Adonis in front of him was definitely not what Tony was expecting. Of course, in the end it didn’t matter. There was a reason no one knew what The Captain looked like. Because anyone who saw his face never lived to tell the tale. (WIP)

Two Families by Neverever (@captainneverever​): Maria Stark and Sarah Rogers seal their new-found alliance through an arranged marriage for their sons, Tony and Steve. Steve, the heir to Sarah’s mob empire, is doubtful but wants to make his mother happy. But Tony is in denial about the deep deep trouble his family is in and wants no part of this. How will Steve and Tony deal with their unwanted marriage, survive a mob war, and defeat their enemies? And what if they might, possibly find each other attractive and interesting? (WIP)

Laws Of Bygones by XtaticPearl (@xtaticpearl​): One ran a mob, the other chased them. But there was a stream of memories and past chasing both of them, across lives and universe. An incomplete story will be retold again, with the same heroes, a reborn love, and a revenge burning for centuries. (WIP)

Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do by copperbadge (@copperbadge​): The year is 1930, Prohibition and the Depression are both in full swing, and Chicago Police Detective Steve Rogers has his hands full. There’s a dead body on the banks of Lake Michigan, the entire city’s legal system is corrupt, and the king gangster of the North Side, Tony Stark, has taken more than a passing interest in him.

lie next to me (blood on your shirt) by theappleppielifestyle (@theappleppielifestyle​):  "I’ll take care of it,“ Steve promises, squeezing Tony’s hand, and then, at Tony’s look: "We’ll take care of it.”

(Mafia!AU where Steve never wanted Tony to get involved in his mob business - he wants to keep Tony safe, no matter the cost, even if it means letting Tony forge himself into something just as terrifying as Steve.)

all those things you do (get out, get gone) by theappleppielifestyle (@theappleppielifestyle​): He looks like he could take down a whole army with his hands and a tool kit. Steve supposes he could.

Protective mob boss Steve drabble by @theappleppielifestyle​: "No matter where they are, no matter what state their relationship is in, Steve will always watch and protect Tony (mafia au)“

Rescued by nightwalker (@onemuseleft): The gunshot echoes off the walls and ceiling of the warehouse.

Brooklyn’s Finest by kellebelle“Day #79 of Stark Watch. Where is the 25 year old genius? No one has spotted him in nearly three months, and many are speculating that he might be dead. Others remain hopeful and alert, eagerly awaiting the return of their favorite billionaire to the spotlight.”

HYDRA gets Tony, then Steve gets Tony. Steve isn’t sure how this became his life but he’s fairly certain Tony Stark is going to be the death of him. Mafia AU.

Involvement by Keyboard_Weaving_Stories: Clint had always tried to keep his baby brother out of trouble, which meant keeping him in the dark about his involvement with the local mob. But one day, Tony’s curiosity opens him up to a whole new world around him and there’s only guessing what kind of trouble he can get into.

In the Dark of the Night by cauldronofdoom: Steve is in charge of the local mob. Tony, no thanks to Stane, has come to his attention. (mob-verse series)

Baiting the Water by Veldeia (@veldeia): In the underworld of 1930’s New York, a bitter artist turned small-time swindler takes a bold step and goes to the Kingpin for help in plotting his revenge against his former friend and patron, an obnoxious inventor with a taste for art.

The Devil’s Strand by Woad: 1940. Steve Rogers just wants to serve his country, but with a dead man’s name on his wrist the army will never take him. Soulmate marks can be removed, but so-called cures have already landed Steve in debt with the wrong sort of people, and it’s hard enough to make ends meet waiting tables.

With a bad heart, Tony Stark, a capo in his father’s mob, never dreamed he would serve his country. But when a ship sinks under mysterious circumstances, a special division of Navy Intelligence calls on Tony for his connections. He’s never liked the family business, but he thinks maybe, just this once, he can manage to use it for good.

They meet by chance one night, when Steve knows him as only "Tony.” But after Steve is pulled into mob business and meets the capo, their relationship becomes much more complicated.

Get Money, Get Paid by Missy_dee811 (@viudanegraaa): Arno, Tony’s sadistic evil brother, usurps control of the Iron Legion with the help of someone close to Tony. Tony’s left reeling. In due time, he and Steve, the leader of the Howling Commandos, form an unlikely partnership. A rival gang, the Guardians, led by the charismatic Peter, threatens the status quo. Seeing no other way to protect Tony, with whom he’s in love, Steve proposes a fake marriage, which Tony accepts.

My Boy Builds Coffins by myadamantiumheart: Tony hadn’t known that he was getting involved with a mob boss, Steve hadn’t given any indications of being anything other than a mild-mannered art teacher, and Pepper hadn’t been right about one night stands being more dangerous than a long term relationship. (series)

Make Tomorrow’s World Better (Through Any Means Necessary) series by Faillen: When Tony Stark finds out about Obadiah Stane’s double dealing, he seeks out the Captain, the only man in New York that has a team with the resources and ability to take down HYDRA—the neo-Nazi gang Stane’s been selling to. Acting as an informant under the alias Iron Man, Tony finds out a few months later that the Captain is actually his sweet-as-pie boyfriend, Steve Rogers. In order to take down Stane and HYDRA, they work together (along with the Avengers, the gang that Steve leads) with Tony focusing dragging Stane’s betrayal out of the shadows and Steve trying to destroy HYDRA—and Johann Schmidt—once and for all. But close-call assassination attempts and politics with the NYPD throw a wrench in not only in their plans, but also in their relationship, leaving them both wondering if sacrificing everything for tomorrow’s world is really worth it.

Hang Up Your Cross (this one’s on me) by Ylixia: Mafia AU. PWP. Tony Stark is a pain slut who did a bad thing. Steve Rogers has a temper and does not approve of the thing. They work things out. With sex. (dub-con)

Midnight by Kiyaar (@besafesteve): “Careful,” Steve says, jumping down with his gun in hand. “You’ll get blood on those fancy shoes of yours. Some might say it’s sloppy.”

the moment of truth in your lies by SailorChibi (@tsuki-chibi): Being in the army and being an Enforcer for the Stark family are two completely different things. Steve is good at both. 

Turns out he’s also really good at falling for Iron Man even though he has no idea who Iron Man really is.

you’ve got me head over heels (on gasoline) by shieldmaidenofrohan (@captainstarkreportingforduty): The one where… a kidnapped Tony Stark meets the Captain, and deals are made in… unusual ways.

Let’s See What You Did Wrong by Resacon1990: In which Tony is kidnapped by a rival mob.

The Captain by arianapeterson19: Tony was convinced that the men who had nabbed him off the street had the wrong guy; Tony didn’t know any guy named the Captain. However, if the Captain wanted to show up and tell them that, Tony would really appreciate it.

OR The one where Steve really should have told his boyfriend he was a mob boss BEFORE he was kidnapped. (sequel)

Surprise, I Got Kidnapped by FanofAllThingsAdorkable: This time, it actually was Tony’s fault. He knew that Steve’s enemies were everywhere. He knew that they all had seen his face before. But he had still slipped away from his guard, leaving them in the dust while he ran free. He had just wanted to pick up Steve’s anniversary present without Steve knowing for once. He wanted to surprise him, just once.

Surprise, I got kidnapped. Happy anniversary, baby!

The Proposal by tarialdarion (@tari-aldarion): Tell me Mafia!AU things, please! DOES STEVE EVER PROPOSE?

Mafia au by @starkpad: Glimpses of the life of mob boss Steve and his pretty little darling, Tony. this involves guns, cigarettes, lingerie, dancing, and basically steve adoring the shit out of tony. and of course, sex.

If anyone wants a themed rec list, hit me up in my inbox! Previous rec lists are here.

emeraldoliverqueen  asked:

Fuck BRE. I'm still fried from Olicity overload. Instead of tidbits all season we've been overdosed with it all IN ONE EP!! #deathtoolicityfandom >>---> I do have a question tho, and it's about that last scene. Felicity said she understood why Oliver lied about William, and I know it has to do with Helix, but how does she understand? Felicity didn't lie to Oliver. She trusted him. he doesn't trust her not with Helix and not with William. So still not comprehending that last scene totally

the olicity was so real, girl, so real and intense and amazing wow

(Before I even attempt to answer this, I have to link to this post and this post by @cogentranting that absolutely nailed my exact thoughts on what happened.)

This is such a layered question only because it’s a layered issue, one that’s been churning and boiling for years now. It’s something that was set in motion way before Olicity even got together, one that is reflected in both Oliver and Felicity as stand-alone characters.

When Felicity said she understood, it wasn’t about the actual decision that Oliver made. What she understood better after last night was Oliver himself.

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She does know now, or at the very least she’s starting to, and it is just that understanding that let her see things oh so differently, that let her look back and see things from how Oliver’s POV. It has finally given her a level of understanding that she never, ever had before. 

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(god his face, look at him, he’s so vulnerable, but he’s also so cleansed)

It isn’t as simple as trust by itself, that was what last night was about. The problem (and the one that got them to the point where Oliver didn’t tell Felicity about William) is that Oliver doesn’t trust himself, and that was the driving force behind so, so, so many of his past actions.

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       Although I respect people’s opinions, I can never bring myself to understand why there is so much hatred for Hinata. She loved Naruto since the very very beginning. I think that itself is enough reason to adore her because she was never against him. He didn’t have to prove himself to her and she acknowledged his beautiful personality before anything else. Meanwhile, mostly everyone had to witness Naruto’s physical strength before actually taking him seriously. Hinata was on Naruto’s side even before he could summon a shadow clone properly, before he could call himself a ninja, when everyone was so fixated on the nine tails that they treated him like he wasn’t human. 

     Forgive me if it seems like I’m comparing but when people put team 7 before everything, I close my ears. Don’t get me wrong, I love team 7 but when I think about Naruto, I don’t just solely think about Team 7. When we put team 7′s bonds before everything else, we are demolishing the bonds that Naruto shared with others. We are demolishing the fact that Naruto was alone. Every aspect (even the bad ones) in Naruto’s life should all be taken into account and not just a fraction of it. The fact that he found the woman of his life, I would think that people would be happy because the manga starts with this…

And ends with…

     If you truly think about it, Naruto’s life is being told chronologically from his years as a boy, to a teen, to a young adult, to a full grown man. The ending is quite beautiful because it shows us just how much Naruto has grown; the fact that he found love! Who would have ever thought that knucklehead Naruto would get married… being the first one out of Konoha 11 at that?! It shows that in the very beginning, he was bereft of love… and the ending is basically his earned blessing because now, he’s united with the woman who loved him even when he was just that kid who sat on the swings and sadly watched everyone from afar.  It depicts his adulthood. When watching this wedding, we shouldn’t be thinking “Why did it not end with team 7!” Instead, we should be thinking “Naruto has grown up” or “He’s not that kid anymore!” It’s his wedding. That marks one of the best days of his life. 

     Meh, everyone’s entitle to think what they want. This is just how I look at it. This is why I truly adore Hinata and the ending. While I do feel like Kishimoto should have added more into the ending, I am still grateful for the results. In fact, it makes me want to cry when taking in the beginning of the manga to the ending. Watching Naruto as that lonely kid and seeing him now…Kishimoto did such a wonderful job with explaining the aspects of Naruto’s life. I am so proud of Naruto. He’s accomplished so much and now he’s gifted with a woman with such a beautiful heart.

   She even faced death for him. We see this puny little kunoichi fight a super strong evil shinobi like Pein and lost with the intent of  protecting and revealing her love for someone who has saved her from herself; someone who broke the chains of insecurity and self affliction out of her. That itself tells you that Hinata has a story of her own. She went through spiritual battles herself so you shouldn’t trivialize her feelings and the role she plays in Naruto’s life. She’s a person too… and she is not perfect. People spend so much time with expressing their hatred for her character when even Hinata herself admits her flaws and expresses her need for change; expresses how she doesn’t even like herself. 

    In a way it’s kind of like you tell someone “I hate you” and they respond “I hate myself.” She’s not ignorant of her character flaws and that itself makes her even more of an incredible character because this whole time, she acknowledged her bad sides and it gave her more of a reason to want to change into someone stronger. Naruto was the prime source of her strength because he is the perfect example of what she’s trying to become. He motivated her to pick herself up and continue to work hard as both a person and a ninja. In return, she felt like she owed him her life which is why she didn’t care if she died on the battle field. Her sacrifice confirmed how strong and genuine her love really is. This moment in the manga defines just how strong Hinata had become over the years as both a person and a ninja.

      I don’t see why it is a problem that she wants to be by Naruto’s side. We are already aware of the fact that she loved him since young. When you love someone, being by their side is more like an instinct. This is why she impulsively intervened in the battle the way she did… and other times…

    And, you wanna know something that I find hysterically hilarious? Is that she actually makes it her duty to be by his side. She legit wants to protect Naruto more than he does for her. She wants to be there for him more than she is actually capable… and she BLAMES HERSELF for why he always ends up being the one to save her in the end. It’s hilarious because this girl legit loves this guy and there are still people that don’t actually realize that (I respect your feelings though, but still). Even when she is tired and out of energy, she still tries to make a way to be by his side. Even when she knows she will die, she still tries to find a way. It is plain and simple… Hinata LOVES Naruto. Period, point blank.

    But then again, who’s to say that she’s the only impulsive one? 

              Those subconscious feelings are stronger than a bitch. 

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Every time she helps Naruto, it is suddenly a “problem”. But, the crazy thing is… every time she DOES help him, he BENEFITS from it completely.

   He even admits it every time. If it wasn’t for Hinata’s encouragement, he would have never had the confidence to defeat Neji in the final competition. In fact, he probably would have gotten his ass kicked simply put ^_^ He even THANKS Hinata for uplifting him so sincerely. Naruto’s depression vanished very quickly and now he is back to being himself… positive and full of energy; full of life and strength. Turns out, he actually likes Hinata as a person and understands her better.

   Even her intervention during his battle with pein benefited him seeing that Naruto was going to die on spot after all. Next thing you know, he was able to meet his father, he was able to defeat pein, rewarded the title of the village hero, and luckily for him, he is still alive.  He even acknowledges that Hinata’s sacrifice was a “save” on his part. He knows that Hinata wants to protect him hence he clearly assured her that she has already been doing that.

        You want to know what’s really interesting about this panel? It reminds me of this…

     Mind you, Naruto wasn’t exactly confident about his match against Neji (Like I mentioned before). Hinata uplifted him very quickly just like Naruto was able to uplift her as soon as he sensed how dejected she felt for being saved by him during the war. They are both very good at encouraging each other. It’s like an “eye for eye” sort of thing because they have the answer to each other’s insecurity. You would think that Naruto would have shared his worry to this team mates for those who believe that Team 7 is EVERYTHING. But apparently, he didn’t. For a girl that he considered weird, gloomy, dark , and timid , it truly amazes me that he entrust telling her about his weaknesses than the people he’s been “bonded” with throughout his early journey as a ninja. I’m not necessarily belittling the importance of Team 7 but rather proving that it is NOT the most important thing in the series. We have to be mindful of other characters too because they contribute a lot to Naruto’s character alone.

     He even acknowledges the fact that she saved him from falling into the traps of Obito.  He genuinely thanks her and also acknowledges that she “stayed at his side.” So, if Naruto can happily come to terms with that, then I don’t see the “problem.” In the end, he is back on his feet and being the happy knucklehead that we all know and love. We should be happy that Naruto has people like Hinata in his life that will sacrifice a leg and an arm for him; like his parents, like neji, etc. When putting Team 7 over everything, you are forgetting about those other precious people and things that were put in action to ensure his growth, his potential, and the extent of his passionate feelings as a character. Deny it or not, Hinata aligns with all of that and there is nothing no one can do about it. 

   “But Hinata isn’t relevant to the series because she doesn’t get a lot of                                                screen time.” 

Does the quantity of moments dictate how strongly Naruto feels about a person? Are we really going to let time away from a character dictate someone’s relevance to another person? Because, as far as I’m concern, Naruto has never spent a day with his mom or dad… but they are still upheld as important to him. Sasuke has been away from the leaf village for over 2 years. Even in their adult life, Sasuke has been away from the village for around 12 years (if I’m correct). It doesn’t change the fact that Naruto and Sasuke are very close. If screen time was genuinely relevant, then he would have let Sasuke go over the years that he actually spent time trying to find him. Jiraya has been dead for quite a long time… but Naruto’s feelings for Jiraya hasn’t changed. He still cherishes his god father with every drip of blood in his body. Gaara and Naruto are from different villages (we don’t get to see Gaara all of the time) but even that doesn’t dictate his bond with Naruto. Shikamaru is not even on Team 7 but he and Naruto are basically close as well… just like the of rest of konoha 11. Iruka hasn’t had all the screen time in the world but who did naruto ask to be his father in the wedding? Naruto even cherishes that sweet adorable ramen guy (the dude who NEVER gets screen time).  So, can we please stop making everything about screen time? It doesn’t necessarily matter. The QUALITY of the moments he share with another character is what truly defines those special bonds. Believe it or not, he shared quality moments with Hinata hence there would be no point in the genjutsu meaning anything to him. Once he was able to genuinely decipher those moments, that is when he came to terms with his own feelings for the Hyuga. He was able to realize how he felt about Hinata all along… and it didn’t take THOUSANDTHS of moments for that to happen.

So I just watched the first two episodes of GoLion and it has a very interesting take on Voltron’s origins.

DotU basically just states Voltron is the protector of all that is good, enemy of evil, and was struck down by Haggar because it was in the way of the empire, and that Zarkon wants to destroy it.

However, in GoLion, Voltron (technically GoLion) is described as rampaging across the galaxy. It ultimately challenged, and was struck down by, some kind of deity, who scolded it for being unable to control its power.

The entire time, for the record, there is absolutely no reference given to pilots. She talks to GoLion directly.

So the “space goddess” strikes GoLion down, splits it into the five Lions, and flings them away, where they end up crashing on Altea, and it’s only then that positive connotations start rolling in- Raible (Coran’s counterpart) describes GoLion as having become the guardian deity of the planet.

So what’s really interesting about this?

A disturbingly large amount of it fits with VLD’s backstory of the Lions. The Lions were seemingly separated, considering Black and only Black from what we saw crashed down on Zarkon’s planet. Black is reforged by Alfor into the mechanical Black Lion we’re familiar with, but we don’t see what was in that meteor. Presumably, something heavily injured, if the only recompense was completely rebuilding her body from nothing.

But the Lions are incredibly close, to the point that they literally combine into one being. So they had to have come from a single source, that was then, seemingly, near-destroyed, and scattered.

Red is described as very proud, and while all of the Lions are fairly kind towards their paladins and one another, we’ve seen they’re an incredible force to be reckoned with, and not particularly kind to their enemies. And again, much of what the Lions are capable of is comparable to some of the nastier creatures we’ve encountered, such as the Baku.

Does this suggest even long before Zarkon had anything to do with it, there’s a troubled history to the Lions themselves? I mean, GoLion was hecking dark, in a way that Legendary Defender really isn’t- I mean, references to cannibalism, thermonuclear war, the total annihilation of Earth, Shiro being murdered… Dark. To the point of “I don’t even think you’re making a genuine point with this scene as much as ‘dude look at all of these suffering corpses’” So I wouldn’t take GoLion as gospel for everything, but it’s sure interesting.

Professional Relations 1

Shigeo Kageyama is a psychic and exorcist for hire, and his work is usually pretty straightforward. Sometimes spirits aren’t necessarily evil, and he does his best to negotiate. It’s always gone well… until he’s sent to exorcise a murderous fox demon and things don’t quite add up. (Notes are at the end of the chapter.)

  • Fandom: Mob Psycho 100 / Yu Yu Hakusho crossover
  • Pairing: Shigeo Kageyama / Kurama (Kuramob)
  • Rating: Gen (for now)
  • Word Count: 2300

Part 1: Training Exorcises

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