this is a journey all in itself for her

Theory Time: Moana Died in the Crash

After rewatching Moana a couple of times (maybe twelve or something idk whatever don’t judge me) my best friend (@elisekova) and I stumbled onto a pretty dark but undeniably plausible plot theory.

The ocean crashes her boat in the storm (and onto Maui’s island) and intentionally neglects to save her. Why? Because it needed her to die.

Outside of the anthropomorphic nature of the ocean (which can be explained away by the ancient power of an ageless entity able to transcend planes) and the “Bang the drum” scene with granny (which is more of a hallucination that could have been sent from the spirit world) there is no proof of magic or monster prior to meeting Maui. Possible reason? Because all the monsters and magic exist on a limenal plane. A sort of purgatory, if you will. Like a purgatory where someone such as Maui may have been stuck for 1000 years. And how does one get to purgatory, you ask?

Moana’s death explains quite a bit, not just about her ability to see and touch the spirit of her grandma (“If you are ready to go home, I will be with you.”) as well as travel to lands no mortal should be able to travel to (aka that crazy portal jump to Lalotai), but it explains away her ability to withstand things that should otherwise be damaging or fatal to a human. Again, Lalotai, Tomatoa, the Kakamora fight, and especially the definitely would-be-fatal blast in their first fight against Takka. Among others.

Even Maui proclaims that he would, “never make this journey with a mere mortal,” but then turns around and makes it anyway. Perhaps he realizes she’s no longer quite mortal, so to speak.

Basically, in order to do all these things, survive all these creatures from a noticeably “other” world or plane, Moana had to exist on that plane as well. The only way to achieve that being the undisclosed sacrifice of her life. A sacrifice repaid in full by Tefiti once Moana returns her heart.

Maui has already told us that Tefiti’s heart carries the ability to “create life itself.” So what better way to thank Moana for giving up her life, then to give it back. Along with a fancy ride to take back to her plane and her family.

It can even be argued that the heart is a beacon for life, not just glowing brighter and beating stronger as it gets closer to Tefiti, but keeping Moana in the In-Between. When Moana gives the heart back to the ocean, her vision of the spirits (granny as well as all the past voyagers) becomes much stronger. The moment it’s back in her hand, everything seems normal again. Like Moana is closer to life than she is to crossing over.

Perhaps Moana wasn’t even aware of her death, “waking up” exactly where she needed to be, in the presence of the Demi-god she needed to lead. Or perhaps she was aware, taking every impossible obstacle in stride because of it. Either way, she follows her path and returns the heart, her only purpose in the aftermath of her death. Possibly even adding to her inability to turn around and go home when given the chance.

All this also gives much stronger meaning to the line in the final song: “I have crossed the horizon to find you.” It also puts weight in Maui’s tearful goodbye, knowing that in many ways, he can not follow her back. As a hawk guarding her sky, but no more. And once she returns, the symbol of Tefiti is no longer present on any of the boats, and with the symbol, that final link to the spirit world is gone.

Long story short, Moana may have gone a liiiiiiittle ways past the reef.

Kalagang #01

1x01 LIMBIC RESONANCE

The first episode of first season – and where it all begins. We don’t see Kalagang interaction yet, but we’re able to see them having an unknown connection after Angelica gives birth (and kills herself). We all know by now, for Kala and Wolfgang, water is their element – like some sort of medium of their connection since their births.

Kala: But I heard it. I heard the thunder, and rain.

So here we see Kalagang’s very first connection, although they’re not aware of it. And not surprisingly, rain – water. We can also notice that rain works as a symbol for juxtaposition of these two opposite characters. Weather in India is warm and sunny; we instantly know she’s been raised by loving family, her father supports her, and she’s happy with her life. She is the sunshine.

Original post [x] @regalstormborn

Scene changes; Wolfgang makes his first appearance. It’s raining, everyone’s wearing black, it’s funeral – I’ve seen posts about how Wolfgang and Kala have this Hades and Persephone aesthetic. Well, he is definitely giving god of death vibe here. He hasn’t spoken a word, but we already know what kind of person he is. So the rain is not just a medium helping Kalagang connect/sense each other, but also a symbol to contrast one from the other.

Original post [x] @osxarisaac

I mentioned in previous post that Wolfgang doesn’t show his emotions. This scene clearly shows that side of him. Especially when his Uncle Sergei talks about Wolfgang’s father, by now we already know how Wolfgang despises his father, and yet Wolfgang doesn’t even flinch his eyes or frown. We can see that he has learned to put every emotion – mostly anger – inside of him and suppress it. And I also want to point out how calm he is in this occasion. Maybe because he’s not close to his family, but it kinda gave me this feeling of…he’s so used to death, like death always surrounds him. It’s almost as same as breathing.

Original post [x] @mufalo

Even when he is all alone in front his father’s tombstone, he just doesn’t show his emotions. Instead he simply gives his signature smirk to his dad (and piss). That’s how much he is used to hiding his feelings. Which makes me thrilled to see how he slowly opens up and shows different kinds of emotions as he develops relationship with Kala.

Original post [x@sense8edit

The last Kalagang moment in this episode is when Kala visits Ganesha temple. When she gives food to Ganesha telling she’s put some peanuts and whatsoever, I’ve never realized how genuinely happy she was, before her marriage. I don’t think we now get to see her smile like that quite often in season 2 – except of course when she’s with her cluster and Wolfgang – I’ll talk more about this in upcoming posts, but before we move on, I want to point out that this post isn’t just about how Kala and Wolfgang develop their relationship; it’s also about how each has their own personal growth.

So it’s important to see that her pure smile right there which represents innocence, and also naivety. What do I mean by that? Physically, she is grown-up. But at the same time, Kala’s just started her journey of becoming one. For me, I think being an adult is a life-long journey; to have our hearts and minds be mature, wise, and complete are not as easy as physical growth.

As we grow up we find that heart is so much complicated than we think. And Kala is basically on the verge of discovering that. In other words, she’s still just a little girl who’s just stepping into the real world. Yes I know she is smart, independent, and strong – I’m not saying she’s childish, at all. What I’m saying is discovering new emotions, learning how to accept them and to embrace people whom are connected for that emotions are gonna be new to both Kala and Wolfgang.

That being said, the whole temple scene can be defined as a starting point of her journey – a little girl on the threshold.

Kala: [Rajan is] the perfect husband for me. Except for one little fact. I do not love him.

Original post [x] @sensatessource

And that threshold is marriage. Now we all know that marrying Rajan wouldn’t automatically help Kala turn into a grown-up woman. I already mentioned that it’s more than that. That’s just what our society thinks. But I would say, symbolically, the concept of marriage itself is definitely something new – something big to Kala. It’s a huge step.  She thinks Rajan is okay; she thinks it’s the right thing to do. Still she’s torn up between what is best for her and what is best for heart. This dilemma will go on through out the series. It will make her struggle for sure, but also will enable Kala to figure out what it means to be a woman – or adult in general.

Anyhow, guess who appears after Kala confesses her dilemma?

Original post [x] @netflixsense8

None other than Wolfgang Bogdanow (Well, technically if you rewatch it, Felix’s face comes out before Wolfgang’s…but lol, who cares). Funny thing is when I first watched the series, I actually didn’t know they’re gonna be together, so I didn’t know the significance of Wolfgang appearing right after scene of Kala in the temple. So it’s another fun for me, personally, to catch this small moments implying they are connected deeply.


I think that’s pretty much it for this episode. Well, I’ve only done two posts of Kalagang series, but I’m really actually having fun going over their moments from the beginning. Hope you enjoyed it too. I’m trying to come up with hashtag for this series of Kalagang posts so that you can find them easily. If you have any ideas, just throw them to me :) Also, if you have any Kalagang moments I’ve missed, or if you wanna just add up to my thoughts please leave comments. I’d love to know what you think

i know everyone is on some high right now (that episode was just really fucking good i know) so i’m kinda gonna ramble into the void, but the scene when luna calms raven down carries such a strength that i haven’t really witnessed on this show before. it literally left an indelible mark on me, because as much as it is an experimental choice it just happened at the right time and i can’t tell you how happy that makes me. and all that human contact that is established through the angle, lightning, movement and sound is just so immense? that entire embrace creates one of the most defining moments in the show for me, to be honest.

i mean, if we look at the scene and jump into the moment we begin at the point where raven still grits her teeth, but with luna also telling her “to say it”. that contrast between the one who wants to fight and the one who wants the one to fight to be calm here is how the director manages to take us on a whole different journey, because the well defined points of reference you can make is the interplay between “fire” and “the sea” (just look at the shot below yall im yellin)

the tracking motion that matches itself into luna’s sway, which then allows raven to fall into the “waves” of the sea and let them carry her, while all she needs to do is repeat luna’s words too, creates such a great element of focus because you get a non-verbal communication (their physical intimacy), and a verbal one.

and everything starts to match so well together into this big expression of human emotion. literally everything flows. from the camera motion, to luna’s expression, to raven’s tears and the visual tone when she repeats what luna wants her to say. acoustic subjectivity turns into a rhythm that both characters simply fall into. neither is detached from the image but is feeling what the other feels. and it’s freaky because this is not only clear by the movement of the camera itself but also the subtitles because they are literally becoming one and then

dissolving

into the fucking

MOMENT

AND IM SORRY IM DRIFTING I WAS GONNA KEEP THIS SERIOUS AND WRITE SOME TYPE OF ANALYSIS BUT NOW WORDS ARE FAILING ME BYE

I WILL COME BACK TO THIS SOON BUT TODAY I JUST WANNA SCREAM

i-just-want-a-loki  asked:

Yknow, since I'm already here with that other question and you seem really helpful. Have you got any tips on how to make sure my characters aren't Mary Sues? I've been called out on it before

No problem!  My personal advice here is, first of all, don’t be too concerned with whether or not your character qualifies for Mary Sue-dom.  The concept of a Mary Sue was born in a 1970s Star Trek parody fic, in this case encapsulated by a fifteen-year-old and unrealistically perfect Starfleet Lieutenant.  

In the internet’s eyes, however, it has since become synonymous with basically every character who isn’t an edgy antihero, and have seen the term applied to characters like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Charlie from Supernatural, Rey from Star Wars, and…well, basically every new character besides Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars trilogy, really. 

And yet these are all great characters!  Folks on the internet just love to nitpick and take issue with them.

That said, if you want to avoid meeting the more specific standards of a Mary Sue – i.e. an unrealistically perfect character who is impossible for the audience to relate to – there are some tricks you can try to make them more rounded:

1.  Endow them with flaws.

This one is obvious, but even kind or benevolent characters – who are most frequently accused of being Mary Sues – should have character flaws that will inhibit them and create conflict in your story.

Let’s go back to Rey from Star Wars, for example:  the goal of the story is for Rey to become a Jedi and presumably defeat the First Order.  The flaw keeping her from attaining that goal is the fact that she’s afraid, she’s bound to the past, and she wants to return to her desert home planet to wait for someone who will probably never come back.

Does this make her a bad person?  No.  But it inhibits her from what she needs to do and keeps the plot moving.

2.  Allow them to make bad decisions.

Even the most amazingly good people have made genuinely terrible and sometimes inexcusable decisions.  This is a part of life and a part of being human.  Allow your character to make at least one huge mistake, that negatively affects them and the people around them.  Then allow them to atone for it, be forgiven, and forgive themselves.   

Let’s take a look at Supernatural, for instance.  The three main guys are heroes, right?  They’ve saved a ton of lives, their motivations are almost always benevolent, they look really pretty when they cry, et cetera, et cetera.  Yet one of them caused the apocalypse out of a demon blood addiction, one of them tortured souls in Hell, and one of them lied to the other two and unleashed an army of flesh-eating monsters.  

And yet their still heroes and the audience still roots for them, because the show allows them to work to atone for their actions, and the narrative offers them forgiveness – in the viewers’ eyes if not their own.

3.  Allow them to fail.

No one succeeds 100% of the time, and someone who does will likely not be relateable to your audience.  

Allow for miniature failures along your character’s journey, at least one moment where it appears the haters have been proven right.

And last, but certainly not least, let there be at least one moment in your story in which it genuinely doesn’t look like the hero will win.  Let it appear, for a moment, that victory is utterly impossible and all hope is lost.  Because let’s be honest, life just feels that way sometimes.  

Several examples jump to mind here, as this is almost always as memorable as the actual victory itself:  in Moana, after Maui has abandoned her, for example, and her grandmother’s spirit tells her it’s okay to give up.  Or in Salem’s Lot when (spoiler alert) all Ben’s allies have been killed except a precocious, traumatized ten-year-old boy.

The Martian (the book, as I haven’t seen the movie) there are certainly at least ten or twenty points at which it looks as though Mark’s survival is impossible.  

The key to a truly compelling character is to show them stacked against immeasurable odds and then winning.  

(Or losing, if you want to get depressing and nihilistic about it, but I’m a sucker for happy endings.  So let’s say winning.)


I hope this helps, and happy writing! <3 

Worn to Paper (part 1)

He does not move.


Even as the sun dips below the mountain ridge, with its last flair of light setting the peaks ablaze with the amber-gold that gave Beacon Hills its name. Even as the evening bell sounds from the upper levels of town, finally bringing an end to the constant murmur of the open marketplace. And, yes, even when a snarl of hunger protests his refusal to follow the townsmen to the taverns for supper.

Even then, he does not move.

He waits, and the sky sinks into dusty blues, the first freckles of starlight shining brighter and more friendly than any tavern window. It’s only when the lamp-lighters make their rounds, sluggish from the heat of the day and full bellies, does he dare move an inch. Just enough to chance a look through the window he so precariously perched under all those hours ago. Unfortunately, the room remains dark, so he returns to his uncomfortable position with a silent grumble. He’d managed to wedge himself between the stone windowsill that, while lovingly carved with flowers, is also terribly pointy, and a small, slanted ledge designed for sending rain away from the lower windows. Not many could have managed the squeeze, but a good twenty minutes of silent prayers and sheer determination were all he needed before he settled in for the inevitable torture of waiting.

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Miraculous Ladybug and Voltron Roles (and everything after)

So the Miraculous crew get flung into space riding on a Blue Lion, crossing the universe to a mysterious Castle, and into a war that spans millennia—a war they never knew about. Here’s what happened next.

·      Tikki (Princess Allura) and Plagg (Coran) have the most powerful weapon in the universe at their fingers, but it’s not their destiny to wield it. Luckily, five teenage pilots unintentionally stumble through their front door, awaken them from a 10,000 year nap, and proceed to shake the very foundations of space and time. Tikki, connected to the Lions and has a strong bond with quintessence itself, knows exactly where each pilot will thrive, eventually growing into the Paladins the universe needs.

·      Marinette is the Black Lion, the head of Voltron. She’s a tricky one—impulsive and trusts her instincts—nearly a good fit for the Red Lion, but she’s exactly the strategic, decisive head that Voltron needs. She’s meant to be leader—and it’ll be a journey to reach her full potential—but that’s part of the fun anyway. (She’s exactly where Keith would be at the end of Season 2 of Voltron in Shiro’s absence, which makes it all the more fun).

·      Chloe is the Red Lion, a supernova that burns bright. Temperamental at the worst of times, passionate at best—she’s a spitfire intent on raging into the world like a shooting star. Only she can tame the Red Lion, and once she has her hands on the controls, there’s nothing stopping her in the heat of battle. But she has a lot to grow before she comes into her role as Paladin, from spoiled Princess of the Garrison to a Paladin of Volron—but only time can tell what the future has in store for her.

·      Alya is the Green Lion, as the tech-savy journalist of the group. Whether she’s chasing a story or a conspiracy, she’s got the highly inquisitive mind and the daring nature that the Green Lion embodies. Always hunting for answers, going out of her way for the truth, a thirst for knowledge that burns deep—it’s why her and Green have one of the tightest bonds of the bunch. She’s a natural born Paladin, and that’s just what the universe needs.

·      Adrien is the Yellow Lion, with his sunshine smile and sparkling eyes. He’s always been quick to raise his friends up, supporting them and defending them when the need calls. The Yellow Lion holds the armor and defense to protect its team, and Adrien wouldn’t think twice before throwing himself in front of a shot to protect anyone he cares about. With the strongest and most resilient Lion, Adrien always answers the call of duty and does whatever it takes to protect the team.

·      Nino is the Blue Lion without question. The Blue Lion is the most open of the Voltron lions—friendliest and most accepting, just like Nino. The boy who took a chance to see the real Adrien behind the “famous model” mask, and welcomed him into a friendship with open arms, it’s no wonder the Blue Lion did the same for Nino. He flows like water—easy going and adaptable, with the confidence to muster nearly any situation—and is truly the heart of Voltron. Open and honest, Nino fits the key ingredients to pilot the Blue Lion.

·      The Paladins accept their duties after a stunning and deadly battle that nearly destroyed the Arusian homeworld, knowing that to step away might sentence Earth to the same devastation the Galra spread to numerous other planets, the same that cost Tikki and Plagg their people, their planet, and everyone they loved. It’s hard though, as Earth was their home and their families remain behind, with questions unanswered and no bodies to bury.

·      Marinette misses home the most deeply—she aches for it like a missing limb. With only her mother and father, their little family was a close-knit one, and the fact that she can’t go back—may never go back, though no one will ever say it out loud—hurts her more than any of Tikki’s wild training exercises. She’ll stand in the control room, watching the star map twist planets and stars around one another in a celestial dance, a soft blue glow painted over her face, with a small frown as the only sign that something deeply troubles her. She’ll never tell the team, except for maybe Alya. She already struggles with being their leader, and one more chink in her armor might give Chloe the chance to make a crater.

·      Adrien’s job is to be a rock. It’s what his Lion stands for, and it’s a duty he takes pride in. Whether he’s protecting his teammates or acting as their crutch, he’s always by their side as an ever-present guard. Outside of battle, it’s even more clear—especially with Marinette. He supports her in her journey to become the leader that Voltron needs. In moments of hesitance and fear, he places a hand on her to offer her stability in the tremulous world they’ve been through in. Outside of Alya, he’s her closest friend. From Adrien, a few words of kindness are all his friends need to curb their worries, fears and insecurities, and any general sadness that might tinge their smiles. He’s the perfect picture of steady and sturdy, but even the rock can have its cracks.

·      Adrien’s story was written in tragedy. It happened a year before, when Adrien was a blossoming young pilot under the Garrison’s eyes, son of the man who would fly the Earth to the farthest reaches of its solar system. Gabriel Agreste and a team of scientists led by Adrien’s mother were assigned the Kerberos mission, the most famous man-driven missions of the Galaxy Garrison, until an incident occurred, and the crew went missing. The Garrison passed the disappearance off as a pilot error, but Adrien, who had learned to pilot under his father’s watchful eye, knew that his father wouldn’t have made a rookie mistake and crashed a ship into a moon. Alya swears the Garrison was covering up the truth behind his parents’ death, but right now, Adrien believes more than anything that his parents would find a way to survive. So, while he’s flying in space with magical robot lion, he’s on the search for answers amidst the stars.

·      Alya’s got her eyes on the prize—looking for answers to the truths the Garrison tried to hide. This villain they’re facing, the Emperor Hawkmoth of the Galran race, wants Voltron for a reason, and she knows she’s seen him mentioned once or twice in the Garrison’s database. Tikki and Plagg have never heard of Earth before, but the Blue Lion was on Earth in the first place. There’s something going on here, and she’s determined to discover the secrets the universe has tried to hide—especially the truth about her mother’s demise and whether the Kerberos crew she was on really did die on a backwater moon of Pluto.

·      Alya spends most of her time immersing in Altean culture in the Castle of Lion’s library. There’s so much to learn about, whether it’s the history of the Voltron lions or how exactly the Blue Lion ended up on Earth and who King Fu (King Alfor) was. Tikki and Plagg are mum when it comes to history, and Alya’s always had a curious streak that might kill her (and Nino who she always manages to drag along). And if her and Nino lose track of time in the dark corner of the library, where a musty smell of age-old books tickles their noses, the rest of the team doesn’t really question it. If anything, at least the two Paladins are growing closer. 

·      Nino’s just along for the ride. Spotting Chloe sneaking Adrien out of the Garrison, who was he to let his best buddy be smuggled away in the middle of the night? Course, Alya and Marinette had to be dragged along if Adrien and Nino were involved, if only to protect them all from Chloe’s unique brand of sufferance. In the heat of the moment, only Marinette could knock Chloe down a few pegs, which Chloe could fire right back. Nino, on the other hand, melted into the group like water, filling their spaces and cracks like an ebbing tide that can be tugged in any direction based on whichever moon in his system pulls the strongest. Accepting and open to nearly anyone, he trusts the most and holds the others in the highest regard—he is truly the heart of the team. He’s the only one who sees Adrien’s cracks, who can keep up with Alya’s ideas, who can bridge the divide between Chloe and Marinette, and who can keep Voltron together on the worst of days. Without him, things might just fall apart.

·      Chloe only meant to show Adrien the weird carvings of lions she’d stumbled upon one day while exploring a group of caves her father, as Director of the Garrison, had declared as forbidden territory. It’s dangerous, he’d told her, but since when had her father’s words ever stopped her? Normally she could wrap the man around her little finger, but when it came to her safety, her father wouldn’t move an inch. Naturally, Chloe pushed him off the edge entirely and molded her own path. There was something calling to her when she was out there, something that needed to be found, and Adrien was into the whole conspiracy shit in the first place, so of course she’d show him her discovery. What she hadn’t expected was for the Nerd Herd to come along—that never ended well. And she was right. She meant to show her closest friend some weird cave drawings, and the next thing she knew, they were hurtling across the stars in a magical robot lion. What’s a girl to do?

·      (Getting the Red Lion was a surprise to everyone—including Chloe. She’s not the type to rely on instincts, skill, etc—she was only in the pilot class because she knew her way around a stick and her father was easy to please. But the more time she spends in Red’s cockpit, with the controls in her sweaty palms, chest heaving as she pulls up from a dive… The more she realizes, she was born to fly. She was born to be here—to sit with an old soul who’s just as passionate and fiery as herself. There’s something to be said, Chloe believes, that she feels more alive in space where she has literally nothing, versus back on Earth where she had everything.)

·      They’re a mismatched batch of kids, pilots pulled from Earth in a jaw-dropping, heart-throbbing whirlwind through a wormhole, but… It’s funny, how well they mesh together. It surprises Tikki and Plagg sometimes, who watch with wide eyes as they execute training drills and mission-ready exercises. By all accounts, they should be divided—they’re children pulled into a war they didn’t know about—children who haven’t embraced their roles as Paladins, their bonds with their Lions, or their relations with each other.

·      Marinette and Chloe have butt heads from the beginning. Marinette will NEVER be Chloe’s leader, her superior, or commander, and Marinette will never become friends with Chloe Bourgeois, but these two simple facts prevent them from forming Voltron. Reluctant acceptance would probably best define their relationship—or a necessary evil. But as they form Voltron and take on the Galran forces, it becomes something else entirely. Lke fire and ice, they contrast each other so drastically that Tikki expects one of them to spontaneous combust one of these days, but somehow Marinette and Chloe have found a way to make it work. With Marinette’s strategic thinking and Chloe’s cutthroat tactics, they make the perfect team in combat and on missions. (Though, if Marinette shows even an ounce of weakness, Chloe will strike, and Marinette is always quick to rise to bait). A toxic potion indeed, one might assume, but one that cancels out the poison to become an antidote entirely.

·      Slowly but surely, they’re coming together. They still have a long way to go—a lot to grow into—but Tikki and Plagg are certain that they can save the universe. Whether it’s the mystery of the Agreste family, the truth behind Hawkmoth, the childish bickering or saving the universe in general—Voltron can overcome anything.

·      It’s just gonna take some time—and a wild ride to survive.

A new Korra for a new story.

About two years ago, I decided to watch this show called Avatar: The Last Airbender. Then I watched the sequel series, The Legend of Korra. And then my life was complete. -u- For me, these stories are the culmination of everything I love about storytelling, and they’ve inspired how I shape each one of my own stories.

However, like some other Avatar fans, I felt that even though Book Four of Korra was mightily enjoyable, it didn’t quite feel like the completion of this seven-book journey. So my brother and I, with explosive inspiration, figured-out an alternate way to tell the story of Book Four - repurposing and expanding on the foundations set in place in the original version, but bringing all of Korra’s adventures to a definitive conclusion. The pre-existing title “Balance” applies just as well to this new version - so to differentiate, we chose the synonym “Harmony”.

Regarding the drawing itself - you may have recognized the poses from Korra’s official design sheet. I wanted to visualize a part of our idea, by seeing it in the original style.

And so here is Korra’s revised appearance! While healing from her encounter with Zaheer, Korra decides to explore the Spirit World hoping to reconnect with Raava and learn the spiritual ways of the Avatar that she’s never truly mastered. Her look has become more organic, asymmetrical and flowing - even mimicking Raava’s design in some areas to reflect her shifted focus on the unconfined spiritual world.

I’m gonna try to keep this one somewhat brief, because I haven’t done a full analysis of either Valerie or Damon yet. It just didn’t feel right to not talk about them. They do the most to try and fight against Dan and keep people safe, and they deserve some appreciation.

While I wish there had been more time between the episodes, I appreciate how Reign Storm foreshadowed this. Damon, in particular, seemed surprisingly capable of adapting his security skills to ghost defense. I would’ve actually liked to see more of that. It was interesting how quickly he figured out this new equipment and ways to easily improve it.

In the future, they’ve set up shop at Fentonworks, showing they’ve got this nailed down. They have a powerful ghost shield with several generators. Damon’s able to continue working quickly despite losing an arm and an eye. In fact, those show that he hasn’t always stayed behind a computer. He’s had to be more active in the past.

The town now has underground shelters to keep the citizens of Amity Park safe. Since nobody is carrying any supplies, the shelters likely already have plenty. Heck, there may be an entire emergency city underground for situations like this. I don’t know how this was all done, but Valerie and Damon seem to be the heads behind it all.

As for Valerie, she has some impressive upgraded equipment. Her watch is a communicator and a controller for her jet sled. The sled itself seems bigger and perhaps faster. She does routine checks around the town. The citizens down to the children recognize her face and greet her when they see her. She’s the protector of Amity Park.

It’s unknown whether she’s in contact with Vlad and he’s aiding her, or if she and her father have done this all on their own. One way or another, this is impressive. They’ve put a lot of work into trying to keep what they can safe, and I applaud them for it.

It’s obviously not been a painless journey, though.

Based on how Valerie talks, Dan, or as she calls him, Phantom, has messed with her before. We don’t know how much she knows or what she’s seen, but Dan seems to like mocking her. He’s dug up old memories, transformed into his younger form, and manipulated her. Heck, incidents like that could’ve led to her father’s injuries, which would make the blow all the more painful.

There are people we don’t see in this future, and it’s possible that Valerie’s had to see people she knows killed. She’s only 24, and she’s fighting a war practically alone. Armies and advanced ghost tech are unable to stop Dan. Even younger Danny is able to break out of her net. This is a hopeless situation, and she’s probably jaded and scarred in a lot of ways, even if we can’t see it. Yet she’s still fighting.

This really makes me wish we’d seen more of Valerie. In general and in The Ultimate Enemy. I’d like to know how she handled the deaths of so many people she knew. What her relationship with Danny was like at the time. How she handled the sudden, extreme changes. Whether she knows that Danny and Phantom were the same person by now. Does she know what happened to Danny’s human form? Does she have any idea? Is she still chubby under the suit?

While they’re not the characters I find the most fascinating in this special, Damon and Valerie are extremely interesting. There are a lot of things about them that I wish we’d seen. Questions that I wish we knew the answers to. We’ll never know all those answers, but I do appreciate what we got. These two are amazing.

Difficult relationship

Tove Jansson always saw herself as a painter first and foremost. It was what her education was based on and what she truly aspired to do. But as is common knowledge, art is not such an easy career. Especially during the war there was little interest in buying paintings. At the same time, her atelier was cold and bills were piling up. Tove wrote the first Moomin book both to escape the horrors of war but also so she might earn some extra money on the side. However, first two books The Moomins and the Great Flood (1945) and Comet in Moominland (1946) were not really successful.

Then her third book, Finn Family Moomintroll (1948) became a hit, especially in Sweden and Britain. A father and his two daughters visited her atelier to express their deep admiration. A small woman approached Tove in a store and told her that they were taking names in a petition to request a new Moomin book. Stockmann, a prestigious department store in Helsinki, wanted to publish a line of Moomin themed homeware. In 1952 Tove published The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My, which was considered a true piece of art.

Tove’s busiest time started when Moomin comics started appearing on The Evening News, an English magazine which was the biggest evening publication of it’s time. The first comic was published on September 20. 1954. Suddenly Tove had enough money to renovate her atelier and live a life where she did not need to count every penny. But the downside to that popularity was that everyone wanted a piece of the Moomins. Tove had to spend a lot of her time making business deals and overlooking contracts. She wrote to her friend Eva Konikoff, that politics had haunted the earlier part of her life. “Will it now be so that business, my second greatest dislike, is going to rule the later half?”

When Tove started drawing comics in 1954, she had been shown the desk of the man who worked there before her. “That man ended up in a mental institution.” Suddenly Tove realized why that had happened. Comics were consuming her. She almost felt hatred when she was drawing Moomins. Tove wanted to “bite candymakers, shock demanding parents and scream out loud in front of London men making deals.” Luckily, her brother Lars took over drawing the comics as suggested by their mother Ham. Tove was free. It is telling that her last comic was Moomin and The Golden Tail which handles themes like fame and hysteria over stuff.

Unfortunately devoting so much time for Moomins took it’s toll on Tove’s career as an artist. Fellow artists were jealous and openly declared that she had “sold her soul”. Some even said that she should drop out of the competition and quit painting altogether now that she was a wealthy writer. This naturally upset Tove a lot. She would have liked for people to see her more as a painter and less as a writer. Unfortunately, she could not change her public image. After dropping the comics Tove tried to focus on painting but ended up struggling with finding her style again. During 1970s it seems that Tove had dropped her dreams of being a painter. She held a lot less exhibitions as taking care of all Moomin business took most of her time.

Tove started letting go of Moomins very slowly. Her books became more mature and in the last novel, November in Moominvalley, Moomin family is not even present. In a way it was time to quit partially because she was growing tired, partially because her mother had died. Tove moved on and started writing novels for adults. Picture book The Dangerous Journey was the last Moomin book ever written and it’s style is very different from others. Once again, Moomin family itself barely appears. In her later years she was finally able to capture her passion for painting again when she and Tuulikki spent time in Paris. But writing always ruled her expression and painting had to step aside.

Important MLSubbing Notice

Greetings, my miraculous Ladybugs and Tomcats!

It’s me, Jae ( @azurajae ) and I have an important announcement!

For the past few months, I’ve moved overseas to continue my studies.  It’s been difficult to juggle being the leader of such a major project as MLSubbing, animation college, and a new future career project that just presented itself. I want to put full focus on this new development. So, I will be stepping down as the leader of MLSubbing. 

I have decided to give full leadership to @madelinelime and she will now be in charge of all future projects with MLSubbing. Over the past few months, she’s shown that she’s more than capable of taking over the position, so please, welcome her as the new leader! As a side note, I will be available on my personal blog if anyone is interested.

Overall, it’s been a long journey. This group started out as such a tiny project back in October 2015 and I almost can’t believe how far this group has evolved through time. It’s was such an honor to be leader of such a magnificent and massive project and I take this time to thank all the people who have worked with me, both past and present. I also would like to thank all the followers and fans of Miraculous that helped make this group this big!

It has been fun! See you all!

Marguerite Duras spoke of glory. Talking about Barbara and the last scene of the film, she said, “It’s as if at this point in the film she’s found a way of making holy the very thing that she has tried to show us as a kind of degradation. I see a kind of glory there, a very powerful glory, very violent, very profound.” An urge for victory, the desire to achieve something spectacular in defeat. I prefer what Louis-Ferdinand Céline says: when you’ve reached the very end of all things, and sorrow itself no longer offers an answer, then you must return to the company of others, no matter who they are. Wanda, at the end of her journey, is sitting with other people, a little squashed, on a bench. The image freezes, grainy and flawed. Wanda. Just one among others. Just as she is, in the world as it is. Fade to black.

Nathalie Léger, Suite For Barbara Loden

averagetaynara  asked:

Hi! So @tinkdw said you also believe that s13 may be the last season of spn. Was just wondering, maybe you wrote some post about it somewhere? I'll be very interested in reading it ☺️

Hello, my lovely - and I am so very sorry for the late reply! I have actually not written a post about my brewing conviction that SPN is ready to move into Wrapping It Up territory. So here are my thoughts! :)

Tink is indeed right: I have believed for quite some time now that S13 will most likely be the final season. I’ve thought this because of how the narrative is beginning to tie back to the beginning, through callbacks and a very clear push towards - what I firmly believe - will be a positive endgame.

Narratively there are three acts - or parts - to a story. There can be five, or seven, or however many goddamn acts the writer deems fit for the story they want to tell, but the Alpha and the Omega - Aristotle - divided his story structure into three distinctive parts: the Beginning, the Middle, the End

Simple enough. 

So here are my personally cobbled together Acts Specifics:

  • Act One sets up all the story elements that will be integral to the narrative.
  • Act Two takes these story elements to further explore, deepen and evolve the narrative.
  • Act Three reveals the hidden truths of the chosen story elements and delivers on the promise of the premise by answering the thematic question posed in Act One and picked up on with every new Story Beat throughout the narrative.

So, Act Three gives us the juicy bits:

  • it’s where the bigger picture is finally beginning to reveal itself
  • it’s where the good storyteller will avoid bringing in any new elements that will sincerely jar with what has come before, and instead use all the foreshadowing set up in Act One and furthered in Act Two to provide a Twist that feels unexpected, and yet unavoidable 
  • The Twist is what sets off the narrative’s movement into Act Three and pushes the momentum of the Plot and Character Arcs towards Climax. (yes, that’s what it’s called) (don’t look at me like that) (or do) (I kinda like it) (*flirty*) (moving on)

To my mind, Act Three of the SPN narrative began with 11x01, because S11 focused so entirely on our Protagonist - that would be Dean - taking huge, huge steps towards his endgame by realising he’s in love with Cas.

This undeniable love is what has facilitated Dean’s character growth since S4, so for him to actually understand his own emotions and being forced to admit them to himself is monumentally important for him reaching his endgame.

Reaching his endgame - self-worth through self-acceptance - will reward him with a long and happy life with the man he loves. Just to be clear.

And, to my mind, admitting his emotions to himself has informed his attitude and actions throughout S12, so the growth spurt of S11 was not for nothing and they kept building on it, giving us tension and confusion and a mixtape.

The Twist that S11 offered us, then, was introducing Amara into the narrative. 

Originally posted by casclaire

  • Amara is not something new thrown in last minute
  • She is an Act Three Standard as she is in fact a Callback
  • She is a Callback to all the women who came before her
  • She is what Dean before Cas might actually have been seduced by
  • She is everything Dean has always convinced himself he should want, everything any average viewer would assume he does want
  • But Dean’s love for Cas is true love and it blocks every last attempt from Amara to control Dean’s heart

Amara’s first purpose in the narrative is to underline Dean’s love for Cas for the sake of us, the audience.

  • She is continually a Mirror Opposite for Cas throughout the season
  • This places her firmly in the Not What Dean Wants At All Ever Box 
  • As Cas occupies his Everything I Could Ever Want and Need Box
  • Amara is placed in her box in every single scene she shares with Dean 
  • Yes, even that kiss between them, because it is so very clearly not what Dean wants, which is put in dialogue twice: with Casifer and with Sam

Amara’s second purpose in the narrative is to highlight Dean’s love for Cas in order for Dean to admit to himself how he feels.

  • Amara tells Dean they are bonded, tying herself inexorably to Cas’ statement of how he and Dean share a profound bond 
  • Amara states that she and Dean were meant for each other, intruding on his Free Will as she tries to make him understand there’s nothing he can do and he should just give in
  • But Dean’s heart is completely filled up with Cas, and Amara’s Mirror Opposite is only working to make him more and more aware of this
  • Because Cas is all Dean cares about, worries about, truly wants
  • Amara’s statements are true, just not when applied to her: they can only be applied to Cas
  • With one significant difference: Dean would choose Cas in a heart beat, of his own Free Will, no coercion, no tricks, no power plays needed
  • And Dean slowly comes to realise this during the seasonal narrative

Originally posted by faramaiofnerdwoodforest

(Chuck’s face. Chuck’s face. Chuck’s goddamn face! *shipper*)

Dean realising he’s actually in love with Cas is a Big Push Forward for our Protagonist, and as our Protagonist’s Journey moves forward, so does the narrative itself, because without the Journey, the narrative flounders.

So then, that’s my reason for believing we’re in the final stretch here: the journey for every main character is coming to its head. It’s also my reason for not believing they’ll want to drag this narrative out for a whole lotta more seasons.

I find it hard to believe they’d even want to drag it out for two more whole seasons, especially after how S12 ended with every character leaping and bounding forward in their character growth:

  • Dean’s walls torn down (or blown to rubble via grenade launcher)
  • The brodependency crumbling
  • Sam stepping into his shiny Leader of MoL boots
  • Cas’ death, that simply must be setting him up for a much needed rebirth

All of the main character arcs aren’t moving at glacier pace anymore, they are fucking snowballing towards endgame.

Originally posted by princesscas

I can understand that they’d want to go for that 300th episode, however.

After JiB8 and the J2 panel, where both Jared and Jensen spoke positively about, possibly, doing a shorter season (though airily and not really in reference to a final season at all) I’m musing over whether this might be what they’re planning. That episode 300 will be their last. 

Jensen mentioned during an on-set interview that they don’t know how long they’ll go for, that they have the studio and network fully behind them, and that, as long as there is a good story to tell, they’re all willing to stay with it. This comment made me feel, more than ever, that they are all invested in this narrative and they know that it’s coming full circle.

They are closing the narrative, they are bringing it home, they are pushing it towards that climactic moment, when the characters have learned all their lessons, when the plot line is ready to reflect this, and the narrative can be tied up in a satisfactory and emotionally fulfilling way.

So even if S13 isn’t the absolute last, I do wonder if we’ll actually get a full S14.

But, hey, these writers are brilliant at what they do. I am in jaw-drop awe of how they have built the Destiel love story for going on 10 seasons now, so I am absolutely certain that if they wanted to go for longer than episode 300, they are all more than capable of delivering something fucking amazing. 

And let’s not despair if SPN is actually ending!! Not only will there be Wayward Daughters, I’ve no doubt! The SPN Family will continue and it will flourish! And we’ll have over a decade’s worth of glorious television to watch and watch again and then watch with friends and coerced family and slowly we can brainwash our work colleagues into our obsession until, finally - world domination. All the domination, peeps.

And rainbows. Always rainbows.

Night In The Woods - Witches, Astral Projection, Dissociation, and the Hole at the Center of Everything

Here’s my Night In The Woods theory out of left field because I love!!! this game! so! here we are. Lots of spoilers regarding literally everything so only read this if you’re familiar with at least one complete playthrough of the game. Sorry if this doesn’t have the best structure, I’m still trying to condense my thoughts on it all a bit but I wanted to get this out there!

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Maven POV (👈👈) Fanfic - One part and One part only

Requested by anonymous and @maremollybarrowcalore for reblogging my post of ‘300 followers!’ first.

Hope you enjoy! <3 <3 <3

Pre Note: I tried to take a different aspect to what I think Maven sounds like. After hearing about his troubled past with his mother in KC, I was inspired to write sm in which he was…a bit… well anyway you read tell me what you think ;)

Ships: Mare x Cal with Maven as the third wheel. + Maven x Thomas

Words: 1,174

Rating: well kinda confused…there’s abuse. idk 10+? HOPEFULLY THERE’S NO ONE ON TUMBLR UNDER 10, but that’s for another time…


Nothing here. Nothing there. Nothing, nothing everywhere.
Blackness.
Void.
“Son.”
Pretend you’re already sleeping.
Son,” I hear, again. More irritated this time.
An uninviting voice won’t invite me to get up.
“A Whisper will, though,” she replies, her voice echoing off the walls of my mind.
I feel my body lift itself up.
I feel my feet touch the cold tiles.
I feel nothing at all. 

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yu yu hakusho | that song you sing for the dead

title: that song you sing for the dead
rating/warnings: T for referenced character death and canon-typical language
character(s): Yukina-centric; features Hiei, Yusuke, Kuwabara, Kurama, Botan, Shizuru, and a minor original character
pairing(s): Background Yukina/Kuwabara; some implied Hiei/Kurama (because I’m me)
summary:

Five years after the passing of Genkai, Yukina receives word from Botan of another loss, though this one is more unexpected. Rui, the koorime who raised her—and who flung her brother from the cliffs of Hyouga to almost certain death—has died. Compelled by a strangely human need for closure, Yukina decides to return to her homeland one final time to pay her respects, but the journey will not be easy, and there is no guarantee of her return. 

With support from her Human World friends, she prepares to set out for Demon World and Hyouga itself expecting to be the only one burdened by things unresolved, but she is in for a surprise when Hiei declares that he will accompany her. Time and unspoken understanding have not brought Yukina much closer to him, a fact that she both regrets and resents, but perhaps, of all those who could have joined her, Hiei will turn out to be the one she needs most.

notes:

This was written for the YU YU HAKUSHO BIG BANG 2017. Please make sure to check it out and peruse the undoubtedly amazing work of the other participants as I will be doing for the rest of the day! 

Full notes and the fic are on AO3. It’s way too long to post to Tumblr, haha!

Hugest thanks in the history of humankind to my spectacular betas and dear friends, @herasyndlla​ and @hellalara_. Hugest thanks also to our glorious mod, @blacksilkenrose, who organized this entire event all by herself. 

And last, but CERTAINLY not least, PLEASE PLEASE take a look at the TWO (???!!!) pieces of OUTSTANDING companion artwork this fic received and prostrate reverently at the feet of the artists, @llljjj​ and @teresashiho​, as I will be doing for the next decade! The pieces are HERE and HERE. Anyway, back to staring adoringly at them with my chin in my hands…

I’m very proud of this fic and I hope that you enjoy it if you take the time to read it. :) Happy reveals day, everyone!

Read it here on AO3.

BBRae Week: Day 1 [Pining]

Unorthodox Sleeping Arrangements vs Pining


It started with a book.

To say that Raven was addicted to the story would have been a vast understatement. The novel was one of those that had to be binged over the course of a few days. Anything more would have been sacrilege; not to mention, a total insult to the magnificent authoress and her wonderful craft. The book itself was thick and heavy, with font the tiniest, most legible size. Raven could not put the thing down. The hard cover binding was practically glued to her hands, and she was always anxious to reunite with it whenever the team would be called out to an emergency.

However, such behaviour from the empath was not unusual to witness, and thus, her teammates never made a fuss whenever she’d opted to ignore them in favor of fiction instead.

Besides, how could they even dream to compete with something Raven had always been so passionate about? Victor would even joke to the others that the empath had been born with a book in her hand, and Raven, who had been far too engrossed with the page-turner at the time, didn’t even bother batting an eyelash in his direction. Although that in itself had been mildly concerning, Cyborg knew better than to press whenever the sorceress discovered such an engaging tale.

The book, at its very core, was a fantasy novel, filled with rich lore and mysticism, adventure, and romance. It had all the components necessary for an epic journey of the imagination. The author had both carefully and meticulously created a fictional world with varying races, characters, and laws, every one of which were designed with the proper love and attention needed to make a story absolutely captivating.

Where Robin, Cyborg, and Beast Boy had their videogames, Raven had her books. It was her way of unwinding during the downtime, and even Garfield had come to understand that throughout the years.

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A Court of Hearts and Darkness Chapter One

This is a fanfiction based off of these Feysand baby headcanons I wrote, and this fic itself revolves around Feysand’s daughter and her mate. I got a few requests to continue their story (shoutout to @enigmaofmyinsanemind), so I decided to do a chapter by chapter fic for them. This is chapter one, and I really hope you like it! xx

Link on AO3

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

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Eleana thought that after seven years of gruelling training that she would be used to the pain her muscles felt. She had been training in this Illyrian camp since she was ten years old, and every day since she has worked as hard as possible, causing the aching and stiffness in her body. She was grateful for her training, not only was she strong and fit, but the lithe way of her body never went unnoticed either. Especially by all the males at this camp.

She supposed it might just take a long time for her to get used to the pain. Her father, the High Lord of the Night Court, and his pseudo brothers and her uncles Cassian and Azriel never seemed to feel any pain after training. Neither did her mother or Aunts Mor, Nesta and Elain. They all seemed older than the cauldron itself to Eleana.

Putting the pain to the back of her mind, she trudged back to the cabin she lived in with her mother. Eleana closed her eyes, she knew the way around this camp like the back of her hand and she needed the darkness and quiet to relax. With her wings tucked in tight, she took the instinctual journey back to her home. It didn’t matter the weather, like now where it was hours away from raining, or where she was in the camp, she could find her way home in the darkness anywhere. Her father told her it was her special little talent, and just another way of her manipulating the dark. She thought it was just good memory.

She hated to admit to herself how much she missed her father, or High Lord Rhysand as everyone around her said. Everyone she knew either talked about him as clinically as a general would talk about a war or they would hero worship him because of his famous defeat of the King of Hybern nearly a century ago. Her mother Feyre missed him so much that sometimes she suffocated the room with it and Eleana would have to make some piss poor excuse to get out of the house.

Her father would visit as often as he could, she had no doubt that he missed them as much as they missed him, but it was nothing compared to if they were actually all together like they were when they lived in Velaris.

Eleana was a mixture of both her parents, but she liked to think that she was especially like her father. He was so kind and generous toward everybody that he met, not to mention brave and courageous when it came to a fight- the exact equal to his mate. She wishes that one day she can be as strong as him and her mother; they are quite an expectation to live up to.

“Are you alright, miss?” A startled and unfamiliar voice said from beside her.

Eleana opened her eyes and mouth to shoo away the stranger but stopped dead in her tracks when she saw the most beautiful male she’d ever encountered.

His skin was the richest gold, matching the shock of blonde hair he had. She’d only seen a handful of Illyrians with blonde hair, and all had been exceptionally attractive, but none compared to the male before her.   His eyes were the deepest black she had ever seen, she couldn’t even differentiate between his pupil and his iris. What skin she could see despite his clothes were covered in scars of various sizes, perhaps the largest one tracing across his bicep. He also had a very thin scar from his left eye angling across his cheek, ending at his sharp jaw line, but it was so faint that you wouldn’t notice it if you weren’t looking so intently at his features. Eleana guessed that there were a lot of females, and even males, that looked at him the way she was now.

“Um…” Eleana had never had trouble talking to boys before, never. Not that she would ever let her parents know that.

He had a small but confused and concerned smile on his face, showing her that he had dimples on his cheeks. “I was just wondering because it’s not often that you see a woman like yourself wandering around with their eyes closed- or any woman or person at all really.” His voice was deep and as smooth as honey, and Eleana could listen to him talk all day.

“A woman like myself?” Eleana flashed him her best, and admittedly most attractive, grin.

His eyes sparkled as they took in her smile and the rest of her. The dark blue hair that was almost black, the purplish eyes, the tan skin, and finally they raked up and down her body taking in the obvious curves. She knew that she looked older than her seventeen years, maybe the same twenty something as the male in front of her.

“I guess I’m just surprised you don’t have a throng of people vying for your attention. It surprises me that you’re alone.” He was definitely flirting with her. The smile now on his face was more seductive than the concerned one he wore before, and he had taken a slight step towards her.

“I don’t need a man,” She stepped towards him while winking, only a few feet in between them now.

“I can see that-”

KADEN!”

He flinched at the interruption, and Eleana just rolled her eyes. Of course her obnoxious cousin came to find her now.

Felix was the oldest of her cousins. He was 24 and the mirror image of his father Cassian. He was tall and wild looking, with dark hair and brown eyes. Eleana rather liked him when he wasn’t interrupting her, but it just so happened that he interrupted her all the fucking time.

“What do you want, Felix?” She huffed. He strolled up to them, splashing mud as he did so. Unfortunately for the blonde male in front of her, he got dirt flicked all over the front of his flying leathers.

She hadn’t really noticed them until now, only that he was wearing them, but now she could see that they were very old and tattered, ripped in places they shouldn’t be and not to mention it looked as though they couldn’t protect against anything, let alone the sharp winds of the mountain or cauldron forbid a weapon. 

“I didn’t come here for you princess, I need him.” Felix said. The one thing you could count on Felix for was his utter and unnecessary cheerfulness. He was more than deadly on a battle field, and as cunning as a fox, but you would never guess it from his upbeat, positive nature. The only sign of the killing power he possessed besides his obvious physical attributes were the five siphons adorning his body. There was even talk that he may need to receive more the older he became if there was to be any chance of him containing his overwhelming power.

Felix walked to, was it Kaden? Eleana thinks that’s the name she heard Felix call him. They clapped each other’s shoulders and grinned at one another. They are friends then. Interesting.

“I need you to come help me oversee the female aerial unit. Hard work, I know, but someone has to do it.” You could tell from both their grins that neither found training or ‘overseeing’ (more like ogling) the female flying units overly difficult.

“You could come if you like, Eleana.” The tone Felix used showed that in fact no, Eleana could not come if she liked. Not that he could stop her if she did want to. His father may be training him as a general and he may already lead squadrons of his own, but she was still technically his superior, a position she had been abusing since they both realised it.

At the name Eleana, Kaden’s eyes widened and darted back and forth between the two cousins. It was almost as if he knew the name was familiar, but couldn’t quite place where he had heard it before.

“How do you two know each other?” Felix asked, oblivious to Kaden.

“We’re new friends,” Eleana replied, stepping next to Kaden and resting a hand on the shoulder Felix wasn’t touching. His very broad, very muscled shoulder. Kaden couldn’t help but grin at her and rest a hand on top of hers.

Oh, Eleana liked this game very much.

Felix, who was standing to them closer than he now wanted to be, rolled his eyes and snorted at their dallying.

 “Oh please,” Felix scoffed. “Don’t let her fool you, Kaden. She eats men alive and spits them out once she’s done. Such ugly manners from the Heir to the Night Court.”

Kaden visibly paled at Felix’s words, and soundlessly stepped away from Eleana and Felix so that neither was touching him. “Heir? You’re High Lord Rhysand’s and High Lady Feyre’s daughter?”

“Yes, I live here with my mother. I was on the way home when you interrupted me, not that I mind at all.” Eleana was still grinning at him, but he now only had a polite, formal smile for her.

“Felix, would you mind giving me and Eleana a moment alone?” Felix raised an eye brow at Kaden’s request, but nonetheless made his way to down the path leading to the mountain stationing the aerial units, muttering for Kaden to come find him when he was finished.

Kaden watched Felix leave and once he was out of hearing range turned to talk to Eleana.

“Where are you from?” She queried before he could say anything, “I know most people in this camp and I’ve never seen you before, I would remember if I had.” She gave his toned body an appreciative look.

“I moved here a month ago, Lady Eleana, and have been training with Felix since.” He used a voice she often heard males use when they talked to her Uncle Cassian or Uncle Azriel. It was a vast turnaround from the flirtatious way he was talking mere minutes ago.

“Are you living with Felix? It’s about time someone put that bastard in his place.” She joked.

Kaden visibly cringed away at her sentence, taking another step away from her. Pink bloomed across his cheeks and she could see that it extended down his neck and past the collar of his leathers to his chest.

“No, Lady Eleana, I live in the tents with the other… undesired.”

Eleana inwardly groaned at her idiocy. She should have known looking at his leathers that he was not a… high standing member of the community. Not that she cared at all. Some of the best people she knew had been born out of wedlock, and she would never, never care about someone’s parentage.  No wonder Kaden had reacted the way he had when he heard she was Heir to the Night Court, and fuck she can’t believe she just called Felix a bastard when it was now obvious Kaden had lived with that stigma probably his whole life. She knew from her Uncles Cassian and Azriel’s histories that being a bastard meant that you were usually treated cruelly and indecently by nobility, something she actively made sure she never did.

“Kaden-”

“I’m sorry about my behaviour, Lady Eleana. I had no right to be so forward with you and I sincerely apologize. I-I usually don’t have the audacity to do such things, but spending so much time in this camp,” with Felix, she knew he meant, “seems to have given me looser morals and blurred my understanding of my place here.”

“You don’t need to call me Lady Eleana, barely anybody does.” It was the only reply she could think of. She disagreed with everything he said, he had only been as flirtatious with her as she had with him and it’s not like she didn’t want the attention from him. Cauldron, he was the most beautiful thing she had ever seen, and with every word he spoke he became more and more fascinating to her.

“They should show you more respect,” as said it, he realised that he was looking her directly in the eyes, and deeming himself unworthy, bowed his head respectfully so he was now looking at ground rather than at her. “I should go find Felix before he starts rutting on the female warriors, if you’ll excuse me Lady Eleana.”

Before she could answer him, he spun on his heels and walked away. She saw his shoulders sag and him run his hands through his hair. It was like she could feel how flustered and embarrassed he was.

She would feel awful if he spent the rest of his day and mother knows how long else feeling like that. He was already quite a ways away, his strides long and determined. Eleana thought she might melt in a puddle about how tall he was, nearly a foot taller than her.

Without really thinking about what she was doing, she winnowed so that she was standing directly in front of him, her hands braced on his chest.

He stopped abruptly and steadied himself from the sudden impact by grabbing her waist. She beamed at him and as his eyes met hers in question it was like a bolt of lightning shot through her.

She gasped in surprise, only making him become more concerned.

“Lady Eleana? Is everything okay?”

No, she wanted to reply, because it was obvious she knew something that he did not.

You’re my mate you’re my mate you’re my mate

Life lessons

This picture gave me all the thoughts… Sorry!

Life Lessons masterlist


Packed lunch? Check.

Book bag? Check.

Sobbing child, clinging on to your leg, who didn’t want to start school? Check.

Sense of guilt that sobbing child hadn’t been able to meet her new teacher when all the other kids had, because you couldn’t get the time off work to attend the open day, and there’s no other parent around to take her? Oh yes, check.

Usual sense of guilt at being a single parent, assuaged by adding an extra chocolate biscuit to lunch bag? Check. Sigh.

Additional guilt at attempting to overcome first guilt with bribery and food. *Deep breath*. Yeah, got that one covered.

Overwhelming urge to turn to drink even though it’s not yet 9am? Check and CHECK.

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scribescribe  asked:

Tell me a story about stories?

The story is as old as the City. It could be older, it might even be younger, but the legend says that as the first stone was laid for the City walls, the story began, and that when the story ends the walls will fall and the City will die. But that won’t happen, because its people will tell the story as long as any of them are still breathing.

This week, when Ori comes for her shift telling it, the story is about a young man on a journey. (The story often is, perhaps because so many young men come to or leave the city on journeys.) She thinks the woman telling it is a guardhouse cook, but she recognizes her as a good teller of the story, especially when the story needs to be happy, or funny. Today, she’s using big gestures and there’s a group of children lingering wide-eyed, no doubt all thinking of the tales they’ll tell when they’re old enough.

Ori thought that too, when she was young, but she also knows that once you’re telling the story, even if you haven’t heard a hundredth of it, it tells itself, knows exactly where it needs to go.

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ULTIMATE DELENA FIC REC LIST

I’ve been asked a couple of times for good fanfiction and since I do read a lot I decided to make a post with some of the ones that I really enjoyed reading or found interest in.

(in alphabet order)

  1. A love that consumes - COMPLETE - Elena Gilbert loves Stefan Salvatore. No, really, she does! Sure, she’s been having more and more late night encounters with his devilish handsome brother Damon and there have been a few kisses and touches, but it’s not like they mean anything. Right? (Post Canon)

  2. A Woman’s Worth - COMPLETE -  Love hurts. This story takes on a literal meaning when Elena is a victim of abuse by her boyfriend. A journey of the silent sufferings of a girl with no one to turn to and unwilling to ask for help. Enters Damon, a social worker determined to rescue a damsel in distress and falling for her along the way. What is he willing to sacrifice in the end to save a girl he loves? (All Human)

  3. Addictions - COMPLETE -  When Elenas’ life has been consumed by addictions, can anyone save her? (All Human)

  4. All At Once - COMPLETE -  Damon and Elena have been in an extremely casual arrangement for a month when he assumes temporary custody of his teenage nephew. Follow them on a journey as ‘nothing’ may just turn into 'everything’ if they can overcome dark pasts & biggest fears. (All Human)

  5. All You Are To Me - INCOMPLETE -  Damon and Elena have been best friends for their entire lives, but when they risk their friendship to become something more will their relationship be strong enough to weather any storm? (All Human)

  6. Anyone Else But You - COMPLETE -  Elena has worked for Damon for five years, they complete each other in ways no one else can. But will either of them be brave enough to fight for the love they deserve? (All Human)

  7. Bittersweet - COMPLETE -  Elena has her “happily ever after.” Married to the love of her life with the job she’s always wanted, she can’t dream of making any changes. But sometimes life has a way of playing by its own rules. When her world turns on its side, can the one person who’s always been there when she needed him help her pick up the pieces? (Post Canon)

  8. Can’t Be Tamed - INCOMPLETE -  Damon Salvatore is a well-known and ruthless mobster who gets what he wants, when he wants. When John Gilbert fails to settle his debts on time, Damon takes matters into his own hands and kidnaps his niece, Elena, Johns most valuable asset. But is Damon her captor or her saviour? (All Human)

  9. Crying Lightning - COMPLETE -  "I should have helped her. I should have done something. I deserve this. I deserve to die" - Damon is an 18 year old troubled lost soul with a bad reputation and Elena a 17 year old popular high school student who thought she had everything she ever wanted, that is until she got to know the eldest Salvatore and realizes that life is about more than being crowned Prom Queen! (All Human)

  10. Dancing in the Dark - COMPLETE -  Singer, Elena Gilbert gets signed to the most prestigious record label in the world. She thinks it’s her big break until she meets her producer, the cold and stoic Damon Salvatore. (All Human)

  11. Do You Believe In Angels? - INCOMPLETE -  "Damon?“ She asked. He looked at her, waiting. She took a shaky breath, "Do you believe in angels?” “No,” he said, “Not anymore.”. Two children with tragic pasts meet at a refuge. Hurt and alone, they clinge to each other to survive. This is their story, and everyone involved along the way. (All Human)

  12. Don’t give up on my son, a dying man’s wish - COMPLETE -  Elena takes a job caring for her friend Stefan’s father. When Elena discovers his dying wish is to reconcile with his older son Damon she decides to make it happen. But Damon doesn’t exactly make it easy on her. (All Human)

  13. Down A Crooked Path - COMPLETE - Some loose ends should be burned. Sequel to Self-Inflicted Wounds (Post Canon)

  14. Echoes - COMPLETE -  Things have been calm in Mystic Falls for years. Damon and Elena have been peacefully raising their family in the town where they both grew up. But this is Mystic Falls. Things can change quickly…and never for the better. Sequel to “Bittersweet.” (Post Canon)

  15. Echoes of the Past - COMPLETE -  Each of us has a past that shapes and defines us. Some pasts are filled with pain and heartache. Can Damon and Elena overcome their pasts to allow themselves a chance at happiness? Or will things from their past resurface to destroy their future? (All Human)

  16. Faults and Blizzards - COMPLETE -  Six months after their divorce, Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore are forced to spend Christmas together. (All Human)

  17. Fighting Fate - COMPLETE -  "I believe in fate more than the average person. We will run into each other again because we are meant to be. I just know it.“ (All Human)

  18. Forever Mine - EPILOGUE LEFT -  The night Damon Salvatore met Elena Gilbert changed the course of their destinies forever. But just as the future made itself known, the past caught up with them to destroy it all. Together on the run, Damon finds himself falling for this girl. Hard. But, Damon Salvatore doesn’t love and he won’t let her change that. No matter how much his soul…his body begs him to give in. (Alternative Universe)

  19. Forever Yours  - COMPLETE -  'But If we’re really meant to be, shouldn’t this be a lot easier? Why has it all been so hard’ - Do you believe in reincarnation? The chance to start over after your life has ended. Take this journey with Damon and Elena to find out if they should be together for eternity. Is it possible to fall in love with the same person over and over again? (Alternative Universe)

  20. Four Lettered Lie - EPILOGUE LEFT -  Damon Salvatore thought he’d never have to see Elena Gilbert again. He was wrong. (All Human)

  21. Friends with benefits - INCOMPLETE -  'He breaks me every single time.’ They’re best friends & lovers until they’re torn apart by secrets, lies & pride. 'A love like that – consumes until there’s nothing left to break. Destiny leaves you no choice - love conquers all.’ (All Human)

  22. Georgia On My Mind - COMPLETE -  Damon takes Elena on his little road trip to Georgia. Elena, distraught over her resemblence to Katherine, decides to let loose with surprising consequences. (Post Canon)

  23. Gravity - INCOMPLETE -  Sequel to Cannonball - Finally free from the clutches of Mystic Falls and their rivaling families, Damon and Elena are home free. Their love and loyalty to each other is stronger than ever, however they will soon learn that being on the run isn’t all that easy. (All Human)

  24. Guide You Home - INCOMPLETE -  Elena has been a foster kid her whole life, the day she goes out there, trying to find her roots and herself, she meets someone, a man, that will change her life forever. Someone that gives her hope again. (All Human)

  25. Her Mother’s Eyes - COMPLETE -  Damon tries to heal from the death of his wife while raising their small daughter. He thought no one could compare, until he meets Elena Gilbert, who will forever change his, and his daughter’s life. (All Human)

  26. Hindsight - COMPLETE -  After a blissful summer Damon & Elena find themselves surrounded by sad and dark secrets being revealed. While trying to deal with the regularly scheduled Mystic Falls drama of aftermaths and side-effects, they are unexpectedly confronted with Silas’ new macabre plan that threatens to tear them apart forever. (Post Canon)

  27. History - COMPLETE -  Elena Gilbert’s nightmare is just beginning. Picks up right where season one finale left off. No relationship is left unchanged in the aftermath as history comes back to haunt them all… (Post Canon)

  28. If You Can Afford Me - COMPLETE -  Damon is a wealthy businessman in need of…Well sex. Sex kept out of the papers, that is. Elena is a high class call girl able to offer that. What happens when need presents itself and they meet? (All Human)

  29. Inevitable - COMPLETE -  Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore are juniors at Mystic Falls High School and they have been best friends and partners in crime for as long as they can remember. When Elena needs Damon to pose as her boyfriend things start heating up between them, but complications arise when you’re dealing with such emotionally damaged people. Is it worth risking a friendship for love? (All Human)

  30. Jump Start to Feeling - COMPLETE -  Elena is paralyzed from the waist down. She doesn’t like Christmas because on top of everything else, her old boyfriend walked out on her because he couldn’t deal with her injury. In walks Damon… (All Human)

  31. Killer’s Insight - COMPLETE -  Elena Gilbert is an FBI trainee who needs information on a case. She has to turn to infamous serial killer Damon Salvatore for his insight and help. Will her connection with him be more than she can handle? (All Human)

  32. Kiss Me, Break My Heart - COMPLETE -  Elena Gilbert has been in love with her best friend Damon Salvatore for years, but when he asks her to help him win back the woman of his dreams, Elena decides she’s had enough. Now Elena wants to move on, but Damon’s not making it easy on her. (All Human)

  33. My Damon - COMPLETE - Damon has become everything he swore to Elena he’d never be, driving her away in the process. When he realizes his mistake, Damon will stop at nothing to win back the love of his life and prove to Elena that he’s still her Damon, always. (All Human)

  34. Near to You - COMPLETE -  Damon and Elena continue to search for Stefan, but they quickly realize he’s a lost cause. While they struggle to fight their feelings for each other obstacles like doppelgangers, Originals, hybrids and the return of Stefan always seem to threaten their new and undefined relationship. Can Delena overcome anything or is their new found connection doomed from the start? (Post Canon)

  35. Oblivion - COMPLETE -  It’s been 4 years since she last saw his blue eyes, or so they say. 4 years since the coma-inducing tragedy that took her parents but let her live. Elena wakes up at 23, with no memory of the years leading up to her accident or the gorgeous man sitting beside her with a ring on his finger. Desperate for answers, Elena embarks on a not so typical amnesia-love story. (All Human)

  36. Physical Attraction, Chemical Reaction - COMPLETE -  It all started with a night of hot sex. Where things could go from there to Elena and Damon? Could they fall for each other although they don’t believe in love anymore? (All Human)

  37. Picking Up the Pieces - COMPLETE - After Damon convinces a reluctant Stefan to leave his exile, things quickly go wrong when Stefan’s reunited with Elena. The outcome leaves Elena shattered, and Damon is there to pick up the pieces. (Post Canon)

  38. Pretend You Love Me - COMPLETE - While their marriage is falling apart, Damon and Elena must learn to get past their demons or lose each other forever. (All Human)

  39. Real Life - COMPLETE - Sequel to Physical Attraction, Chemical Reaction. "Is that what I think it is?” Damon asked as he looked at the tiny pair of plain white handmade crochet booties shoes. She nodded but she was wrong. (All Human)

  40. Restrictor Plate - COMPLETE - Damon is a NASCAR driver with a troubled past and present. Elena is the former love of his life. Both find themselves back in Mystic Falls and employed by Salvatore Racing. With a mountain of baggage between them, including a carefully guarded secret, it’s only a matter of time before they have the “Big One.” (All Human)

  41. Rock Hard, Love Harder - COMPLETE - Damon Salvatore, the lead guitarist of the world-famous band, The Mystic Republic, is used to getting what he wants - women, alcohol and music. But when he realizes he’s falling for the one person who is off limits, the world as he knows it shifts from right under him. What will loving his best friend’s little sister and band manager mean for the band and ultimately, his heart? (All Human)

  42. Self Inflicted Wounds - COMPLETE - “If I had chosen differently, I never would have met you.” Elena chose to kiss Damon. Stefan chose human blood. Katherine chose redemption. Damon chose to confess. These choices change everything. (Post Canon)

  43. Separate Beds - COMPLETE - A heartbreaking tale of love, loss and everything in between. Damon & Elena shared an intense connection from the moment they met, and she ended up pregnant after just one passionate night together. Damon, now engaged to be married to Kat has to make a choice; to please his father or to follow his heart. (All Human)

  44. Settle Down - COMPLETE - Damon Salvatore is a fast-talking, womanizing sports agent, living big in New York City and leaving his childhood in Mystic Falls far behind him. When he returns home for his father’s funeral, he meets Elena Gilbert, a fiery brunette who gets under his skin. Between her and facing his past, returning to Mystic Falls may change his life. (All Human)

  45. Sink or Swim - COMPLETE - Can love born out of a lie? Elena is getting married to a man she thinks she knows but things are not always the way they seem. And trough all the web of lies, would she be able to find true love? (All Human)

  46. Slow Burn Summer - COMPLETE - When the unthinkable happens, it’s never the thing you expected. It’s the thing you never even thought you should be afraid of. (Post Canon)

  47. Small Time Charm - INCOMPLETE -  After nearly 10 years away from small-town Mystic Falls, Damon is summoned back in another punishment from his father. Once there he’s determined to live the good life, having fun, and certainly not doing anything his father wants. Life has something for him when he stumbles upon a little boy getting picked on by some bullies. Saving him brings Damon close to the boy’s mother.(All Human)

  48. Snowbound - COMPLETE - When Elena left Mystic Falls to visit her Aunt in Richmond, she got stuck in the snow with her ex-boyfriend Damon Salvatore? Can she try and mend things up during the short time they have together considering she’s the one that broke his heart? (All Human)

  49. Somebody I Used to Know - COMPLETE - Grieving the sudden death of their parents, Damon and Elena are forced to face their past choices and mistakes. Take a wild a journey through 20 years of their lives…together, apart and everything in between. (All Human)

  50. Someone like you - INCOMPLETE -   You fall in love, get married, fall in love again, get your heart broken. What if it got broken by a heart surgeon that never came back to fix it? (All Human)

  51. Strawberry Wine - INCOMPLETE - It’s funny how those memories they last…Is the first love really the deepest? A decade after her departure Elena Gilbert returns to Mystic Falls to relieve the best years of her life. They say there’s nothing like first love and Damon Salvatore is certainly not an easy man to forget. (All Human)

  52. Swap Out - COMPLETE - If Damon Salvatore believes in one thing, it’s second chances. And fun. And the word “yes.” Okay, so three things. But when asked if he wants to go rock climbing, skydiving, mountain biking, the answer is unequivocally in the affirmative. But dealing with his control-freak tyrant of a boss, Elena Gilbert? That proves to be far more difficult than anyone planned. (All Human)

  53. Sweet and Sexy Mistakes - COMPLETE - An expert on the dynamics between men and women, Damon Salvatore knows his uptight new publicist could use his help getting a date. The only problem is, the more time he spends with her, the more he realizes he doesn’t want her dating anyone but him! (All Human)

  54. Taking Chances - INCOMPLETE - After spending 9 years in the Army, willingly isolated from home Damon Salvatore returns to Mystic Falls to see Elena Gilbert, his brother’s girlfriend and his first love. What he finds is a battered and broken Elena and he’ll do everything in his power to make it right. Can he help her and overcome his own demons or are they both too damaged to take a chance on each other? (All Human)
       
  55. Teenage Diaries - COMPLETE - You think you have it all and one day everything you know vanishes and you can’t stop the downward spiral. Your Parents die in a car crash, your forced to move to a small town and start at a new school. Worse part your pregnant from a one-night stand.(All Human)

  56. The Choices We Make - COMPLETE - It’s 117AD and war has erupted between vampires and werewolves. So what happens when fate brings vampire Damon and a pre-transitioned werewolf Elena together? Just something that results in the creation of the Sun and the Moon curse.(Alternative Universe)

  57. The Rain King - INCOMPLETE -  Sequel to The Queen of Unintended Consequences. Six years after Damon leaves Elena with Klaus, he’s called back to handle a delicate situation. (Post Canon)

  58. The Road Less Traveled - COMPLETE - My version of early S4. Of course there’s angst, but that’s part of what makes it fun. (Post Canon)

  59. The Story of Us - COMPLETE - The past four years have built up to the moment that will define everything for Damon and Elena. When reality comes crashing down around them, they find themselves looking back on the past and trying to decide where to go from here. (All Human)

  60. Their Best Life - EPILOGUE LEFT - Elena and Damon’s romance began in “His Best Girl” but how did they get to that perfect future? Follow their journey through pregnancy, adoption, and much more. (All Human)

  61. Through the Ghost - COMPLETE - Damon, a carefree soldier & Elena, a no-nonsense physical therapist at an Army base met under ordinary circumstances. Stuck between attraction and resistance, they struggled to define their relationship until fate made the decision for them. 4 years later a heartbroken Elena battles to make good on a promise when she discovers nothing but the shell of the only man she’s ever loved. (All Human)

  62. To Save a Sinner - COMPLETE - Damon Salvatore, the new star swimmer and transfer student at MFU, befriends the dark and mysterious Elena Gilbert, a girl the rest of Mystic Falls considers crazy. When he discovers the deep, haunting secrets she keeps from the world, can he handle the truth or will it cost him his heart and even possibly, his sanity? (All Human)

  63. Vagrants MC - INCOMPLETE - Born and raised in Phoenix, Damon Salvatore has everything he needs to lead his father’s M.C., the Vagrants; the thirst for danger every young man has and a shining motorbike ready to lead a shining city. But cue a girl, arriving amid a cloud of flame with trouble on her tail, can Damon step up and deliver what is expected when the Vagrants are threatened? (All Human)

  64. What’s Wrong with Us? - COMPLETE - Adjusting to having a daughter is driving Damon crazy so he hires someone new to help out. Elena has her own secrets & her past but she puts everything aside, falling in love with her employer and his daughter. Juggling therapy, secrets, and exes. (All Human)

  65. Where We Are Now - EPILOGUE LEFT - Still recovering from a bad break-up, Elena moves to Mystic Falls to live with her Aunt Jenna, enrolling at a new school and meeting new friends. But who’s that guy always hanging around her? And what about Damon Salvatore, the 'bad boy’ of this new school and town? (All Human)

  66. Wrong Salvatore - INCOMPLETE - What if Elena got into a car accident and woke up with no memory of the last four years? As she learns to cope with her amnesia she has to also cope with her new life… it was certainly not what she expected. (Post Canon)

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