so i was watching cinderella while doing my nails and waiting for them to dry which was clearly a Mistake because now i can’t help but think -
the evil stepmother was always evil, okay. say her abuse of her own daughters was different than that of cinderella’s - but it was still abuse. giving them impossible expectations, telling them they were never good enough, never pretty enough, never smart enough. and then she gets married, and anastasia and drizella are ecstatic because this man seems kind and warm and maybe just maybe he can temper their mother, maybe with him around she won’t be so cruel. so they’re on their very best behavior in the beginning, they do just as their mother taught - they trot out their best upper court manners in an attempt to get their new stepfather to like them. but it just comes off as cold and snooty and they’re trying, they are, they’re just bad at it. and they see how he is with cinderella, the smiling girl their own age, and they are jealous. they don’t mean to be, they try not to be, they know it isn’t becoming of young ladies. but she gets hugs and kisses and affection and they get rulers slapped on their hands when they reach for desert and sharp jabs to their sides when they slouch and - soon they hate cinderella, not for anything she’s done, but for what she has and they dont
but then her father dies. and it’s all a tumble of things and cinderella is crying and they’ve lost their only chance at escaping their mother’s clutches and it’s terrible. and everything settles and there’s no reason to be jealous anymore but resentment is hard to let go of and they don’t know what to do. they’re only kids too after all. and they’re so terribly bad at comforting people, they can do flowery words and know all the right bows but cinderella is so sad and they just don’t know what to do with that, because they’re supposed to be sisters but they’re not even friends
and slowly but surely their mother starts abusing cinderella, starts making her a maid in her own home, and she’s their mother, what are anastasia and drizella supposed to do? she rules them with an iron fist, and cinderella doesn’t even like them anyway, it’s none of their business.
except one night anastasia crawls into her sister’s bed in the middle of the night and wakes her up. “i was thirsty,” she explains, eyes wide and shiny, and they’re bad at this with other people but drizella has no problems with pulling anastasia into her arms. the younger girl clutches her sister and continues, “i was thirsty and i went down to the kitchen to get some water and - and cinderella is still up! she’s doing the dishes, and she should be asleep, mom is going to make her make breakfast in the morning and -” she cuts herself off with a hiccup and whispers, “it’s not fair.”
“life isn’t fair,” drizella says, echoing one of their mother’s favorite phrases. but her sister is staring at her with wet eyes, and it’s not like their mother is likely to get up before sunrise anyway, she hates waking up, so she pulls herself and anastasia out of bed and off they go.
think about an adult Percy who hangs out in dive bars with guys that are too much like his step father, but it’s always worth it because after some time around them he gets to visit his mom without monster interruption for at least a couple hours
AU where instead of going to Samwell, Jack starts a widely successful Publicly Broadcast show for children.
Jack learns that he is great with kids after coaching them for a little over two years. Moreover, kids are good with Jack. There is no pressure to be anything other than who he is.
It all starts with a local news program doing a fluff piece on Jack Zimmermann’s coaching ability. But then it turned into something completely different when Jack skated onto camera and started to introduce every single one of his kids and what was special about them. He was…really enchanting actually. He didn’t ever really talk down to them. Jack just treated them as a tiny friend.
They ARE his tiny friends, but that’s not the point.
The footage they got of “snack time” was really the best. Imagine a good 16 kids piled around this massive man teaching them the best way to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
It should have been obvious that a local channel would contact him. It still surprises Jack. They want him to host a show? Why? Everyone always teased him about how impersonable he was during interviews. Is it because he’s Jack Zimmermann’s son? Or Alicia’s?
Jack asks all of these questions to his mother and she just laughs. “You made a PB&J interesting to 16 kids just by being you”
How about a semi angsty fight with the rfa+V but they make up because HAPPY ENDINGS ARE NICE
I’m a slut for angst don’t give me this power
✮ you had accidentally knocked the power cord to his computer while you were cleaning and he was playing LOLOL ✮ he screamed ✮ he was ranting and raving about how he was in the middle of an important raid and he was so close to levelling up ✮ and you’re kinda standing there with a laundry basket and a pile of clothes almost over your head ✮ and you don’t know what to do ✮ you kind of want to cry ✮ you kind of want to throw the laundry at his head ✮ until ✮ “rika never did things like this!!” ✮ oh ✮ of course ✮ it somehow always got back to this point. comparing you with rika ✮ sometimes he didn’t mean it or even realise he’d done it. but this was different ✮ you remain eerily calm, putting the laundry down before turning to glare at yoosung ✮ a wave of realisation hits him and he’s just full of guilt ✮ you very calmly tell him you’re going to spend the night with jaehee, and ask him not to contact you ✮ he begins crying and pleading with you to stop and stay ✮ he’s so sorry and he’s just hating himself while you pack an overnight bag ✮ he’s practically on his knees and following you, begging you to stay ✮ you kind of pause when you see the raw sorrow in his face ✮ you sigh and stop for a moment ✮ you’re hurt but you know that you have to talk it out with yoosung for it to get better ✮ you both talk for a few hours, and he completely understands your viewpoint and he apologises 18923475829 times ✮ he stays off of LOLOL for a few weeks, and even after that he tries not to get too obsessed– because that’s how the whole problem started ✮ he just doesn’t want to lose you
✎ you just wanted her to stop working so much ✎ she was working overtime at the cafe ✎ so much that she practically lived there ✎ she was there after-hours and before-hours ✎ sometimes she slept there and wouldn’t come home ✎ so you book a holiday for her in secret, making plans behind her back for the cafe so it can function without her ✎ you tell all the employees and the deliverers who are close with the shop ✎ but when you sit jaehee down and announce your plan ✎ she gets so cold ✎ she wants none of it ✎ she’s not overworking herself dammit ✎ she’s just doing what needs to be done ✎ you try telling her that she doesn’t need to coddle the cafe, that you and the other emplyees were fully capable of running it ✎ but she’s so worked up ✎ and she says that you can’t ✎ you’re clearly offended and you’re upset that your hard work planning this holiday for her is being pushed aside ✎ somehow, you get her to take the holiday and see how it pans out ✎ she’s calling you constantly ✎ eventually you start ignoring her calls and texts ✎ she gets so freaked out that the cafe is literally crumbling with you in charge so she rushes home ✎ and you’re so mad when she rushes into the cafe, only to stop when she sees everything is going as usual ✎ “b-but you weren’t answering my calls! I thought something happened!” ✎ “jaehee i was ignoring you because you have no trust in me and I was busy making sure you could enjoy your holiday!” you were screaming ✎ she felt so bad ✎ she took her vacation and came back a lot better ✎ you two made up, and she explained that her problem came from being jumin’s assistant for so long (if she didn’t do her job everything fucked up bc jumin is horrible at his job lmao) ✎ she was a lot more calm after that and took breaks when she needed to (even took some time off on every second weekend- when you took care of the cafe)
✿ he was working ✿ of course ✿ his job was the root of most of your arguments as a couple ✿ but this time he had gone out for drinks with the cast ✿ while you were standing outside of a restaurant waiting for him- you were going to have a date since filming was wrapping up that day (which is why the cast was having drinks in the first place) ✿ you had faith in him, and stayed there until the restaurant closed ✿ which was very, very late in the evening, seeing as it was part bar ✿ as you were walking home, upset ✿ zen came stumbling out of the bar with his castmates ✿ he doesn’t notice you at first ✿ until one of his acting buddies points at you, not recognising you, and laughs about how you’re soaked in rain and look like you’ve had that worst day of your life ✿ you hear him ✿ zen chuckles slightly before looking closer and realising who it is ✿ swears up a storm as he pushes away everyone- muttering out something like ‘ssss my girlfirendddd’ ✿ he tries to grab you because you’re storming away ✿ he’s trying to coo and ask you why you were out so late because he’s drunk and doesn’t remember ✿ you slap his hands away before screaming at him ✿ “I was waiting for you! Our date for celebrating the end of filming?! Guess you had other plans, huh?!” ✿ he’s so shocked like ✿ it looks like he’s been smacked in the face ✿ he follows you all the way home, apologising profusely ✿ you make him sleep on the couch and lock yourself in the bedroom ✿ when he wakes up the next morning he remembers, even through his wicked hangover ✿ he cooks an amazing breakfast and waits for you to come out ✿ when you do he hands you flowers with a card about how sorry he is ✿ he swears that he’ll make it up to you- and never let it happen ever again
₩ he was planning on properly introducing you to his father ₩ but he was getting so controlling ₩ he literally dressed you and did your hair and practically gave you a lecture on how to act and what to say ₩ you’re kind of pissed at him but try to understand that he’s just stressed about how his father will react ₩ his father loves you, and you loosen up- begin to be yourself ₩ his father leaves after blessing your relationship together ₩ but jumin is fuming ₩ ‘what were you doing?! I told you not to say this or that’ blah blah ₩ you’re just so shocked ₩ “jumin that’s not who I am!” ₩ “that’s who you should be!” ₩ silence. ₩ jumin has never been afraid of anything ₩ but he’s afraid of this silence and the tears that are slipping down your cheeks ₩ he’s afraid of what he said. he’s afraid of himself ₩ he stumbles over his words as he tries to apologise, saying that isn’t what he meant ₩ you can’t hear him though, all you can hear is his previous words echoing through your head ₩ you tell him you’re sleeping in the guest room that night- the only thing you said before locking him out ₩ when you get up the next morning ₩ you open the door and see jumin sitting on the ground agains the wall next to your door, elizabeth pulled to his chest ₩ his eyes were puffy and his cheeks and nose red ₩ he had a note next to him that he hadn’t finished ₩ it read ‘I’m sorry’ over and over, tear stains smudging some of the letters ₩ you sigh, and kneel down to wake him up ₩ he explains that he thought his father wouldn’t accept you unless you were like the other women and he didn’t want his father to come between your relationship anymore than he already had with the Sarah bullshit ₩ and you make up but he spends so long reassuring you that he loves you so much, just the way you are
✞ he was doing it again ✞ he was trying to push you away ✞ someone had approached you while you were on the street, asking about a ‘707′ ✞ when you told saeyoung he got so scared and reverted back to his old ways ✞ trying to push you away so that you ‘wouldn’t get hurt’ ✞ when you try to kiss his cheek he physically pushes you away (after acting hostile all day) ✞ and you trip over his wires and fall- hitting your head on the ground ✞ he’s shocked, you’re shocked ✞ he reaches forward to try and help you but freezes when you flinch away ✞ he feels like less than shit ✞ he feels like death himself. the grim reaper- that’s him. ✞ he watches helplessly as you stumble to your feet and rush off to the bedroom, locking yourself inside (even though Saeyoung had control over the locks) ✞ he spends about an hour just leaning over his desk with his head in his hands, thinking over how terrible he had been ✞ how you deserve so much better ✞ he was unstable. he was dangerous. ✞ you were the light. you were everything ✞ after a while he unlocks the door and sends your robot-cat in with flowers and a note in his mouth ✞ it’s a handwritten letter from saeyoung, telling you he was just scared ✞ that he was so sorry. that he loved you more than he could ever understand and he didn’t know how to deal with that yet ✞ you slowly walk out, seeing him sitting on the ground somewhere, surrounded by the mess that he’d made ✞ he had thrown all the cushions and pillows on the couch. ripped up the first drafts of the note. he’d even knocked one of his monitors to the ground, shattering it. ✞ you sit with him and talk together ✞ you make a plan for how you can both deal with these times better ✞ he promises to spend his life making sure you’re as happy as you can be
☼ i’m so sorry but i don’t want to hurt this precious roll