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A white guy’s thoughts on “Get Out” and racism

This weekend, I went to see a horror movie. It got stuck in my head, and now I can’t stop thinking about it—but not for any of the reasons you might think.

The movie was Jordan Peele’s new hit Get Out, which has gotten rave reviews from critics—an incredible 99% on Rotten Tomatoes—and has a lot of people talking about its themes.

First of all, I should tell you that I hate horror movies. As a general rule, I stay far, far away from them, but after everything I’d read, I felt like this was an important film for me to see. This trailer might give you some inkling as to why:

Creepy, huh? You might know writer/director Jordan Peele as part of the comedy duo Key & Peele, known for smartly tackling societal issues through sketch comedy. Get Out is a horror movie, but it’s also a film about race in America, and it’s impressively multilayered.

I left the theater feeling deeply disturbed but glad this movie was made. I can’t say any more without revealing spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet and you don’t want to have the plot spoiled for you, stop reading now and come back later.

Seriously, this is your last chance before I give away what happens.

Okay, you were warned. Here we go.

Our protagonist is Chris Washington, a young black man who has been dating Rose Armitage, a young white woman, for the last four months. She wants him to meet her family, but he’s hesitant. She acknowledges that her dad can be a little awkward on the subject of race, but assures Chris that he means well.

After unnerving encounters with a deer (echoes of The Invitation) and a racist cop, Chris and Rose arrive at the Armitages’ estate. On the surface, the Armitages are very friendly, but the conversation (brilliantly scripted by Peele) includes a lot of the little, everyday, get-under-your-skin moments of racism that people of color have to contend with: Rose’s dad going on about how he voted for Obama, for instance, and asking how long “this thang” has been going on. Chris laughs it off to be polite, though he clearly feels uncomfortable.

There’s a fantastic moment here, by the way, when Rose’s dad offhandedly mentions that they had to close off the basement because of “black mold.” In the midst of the racially charged atmosphere of the conversation, it’s nearly impossible not to take this as a racial remark, and Chris certainly notices, but what could he possibly say about it? Black mold is a real thing; his girlfriend would surely think he was crazy and oversensitive if he said it sounded racist. Chris never reacts to the remark, but that one tiny moment is a reminder to the audience of a real problem people of color often face, when racism can’t be called out without being accused of “playing the race card” or seeing things that aren’t there. (Incidentally, it turns out that the basement is actually used for molding of a different sort.)

There are other reasons for Chris to be unsettled: The only other black people on the estate are two servants, Georgina and Walter (Rose’s dad says he knows how bad it looks, but that it’s not what it seems), and something is clearly “off” about them. Later, more white people show up—and one more black character, and he, too, feels “off.”

By the end of the film, we learn the horrible secret: Rose’s family is kidnapping and luring black people to their estate, where they’re being hypnotized and psychologically trapped inside themselves—Rose’s mom calls it “the sunken place”—so that old or disabled white people’s consciousnesses can be transplanted into their bodies. The white people are then able to move about, controlling their new black bodies, with the black person’s consciousness along for the ride as a mere “passenger.” In a shocking twist, it turns out that even apparently-sweet Rose is in on the plot, and Chris must fight her and the rest of her family to escape.

This isn’t a “white people are evil” film, although it may sound that way at first, but it is a film about racism. I know many of my friends of color will connect with this movie in a way I can’t, so I won’t try to say what I think they’ll get out of it. I do want to say how I connected with it, though, because I think what Jordan Peele has done here is really important for white audiences. 

If you look beyond the surface horror-movie plot, this film actually gives white people a tiny peek at the reality of racism—not the epithet-shouting neo-Nazi kind of racism that white people normally imagine when we hear “racism,” but the “Oh it’s so nice to meet you; I voted for Obama” kind of racism, the subtle othering that expects people of color to smile and get along and adopt white culture as their own whenever they’re around white people.

So many of the moments in Get Out are clearly intended to work on multiple levels. When Chris confronts Georgina about something being wrong and she smiles and says, “No, no no no no no,” with tears streaming down her cheeks, the symbolism is blatant. How often do people of color have to ignore the subtle indignities they face and hide their true emotions in order to avoid coming across as, for example, “the angry black woman/man”? How many times do they find themselves in social situations—even with their closest white friends!—where people make little comments tying them to an “exotic,” supposedly monolithic culture, where they have to respond with a smile and a laugh instead of telling people how stupid and offensive they’re being? 

I can’t tell you the number of these stories I’ve heard from my friends, and I’m quite sure that the stories I’ve heard are only a tiny fraction of the stories that could be told. So there’s something in that moment that speaks volumes about the experiences of people of color in America.

The same is true for so many other moments. The black characters Chris meets at the Armitages’ have all symbolically given up their identities and conformed to white culture; when Chris meets one character, he turns out to be going under a new name, with new clothes and new mannerisms; when Chris offers him a fist bump, he tries to shake Chris’s fist. Again, within the story, there’s an explanation for all this, but every moment here is also about assimilation and culture differences. 

For me as a white audience member, all of these moments did something remarkable: They showed me my own culture—a culture I’m often blissfully unaware of because it’s all around me—as something alien. They reminded me that I, too, have a culture, and that expecting everyone else to assimilate to my culture is just as much an erasing of their identities as it would be to expect me to assimilate to someone else’s culture.

And that’s a big part of what Get Out is about—the erasing of identities, and the power of racism to destroy people. I think it’s really significant that racism is portrayed here very differently from how it’s normally portrayed in movies written by white people. In most Hollywood movies, you know a character is racist because they shout racial epithets or make blatant statements about a certain race’s inferiority. That allows white audiences to say, “I would never do/say that, so I’m not racist!” We really don’t want to think we are.

But notice something important about Get Out’s treatment of racism: This is a film about the literal enslavement of black people—racism doesn’t get more extreme than that—and yet Peele doesn’t go for the obvious by having the white characters admit that they think black people are inferior; instead, they subjugate and dehumanize people by claiming to admire things about them. They turn them into fashion accessories. 

When Chris asks why only black people are being targeted for this procedure, the response is telling: It’s not (supposedly) because the white characters think African Americans are bad, but rather, because they like certain things about them and they want “a change” for themselves. They want to become black—it’s trendy, we’re told!—but without having had any of the actual life experiences or history of African Americans. White people need to see this: to experience the ways in which Chris is othered by people who tell him all the things they like about him—isn’t he strong? Look at those muscles! Does he play golf like Tiger Woods? And he must be well-endowed and have such sexual prowess, right, Rose?

The white people in the audience need to be reminded that just because you’re saying positive things about someone doesn’t mean you’re not being racist, that turning someone into an exotic “other” may not be the same as shouting an epithet, but it’s still taking away someone’s identity and treating them as a commodity.

The film is filled with these kinds of moments. When we realize that Rose’s white grandmother has inhabited the body of Georgina, the fact that she keeps touching her own hair and admiring herself in the mirror takes on a whole new level of significance. (White people, please don’t ask to touch your black friends’ hair.) When Chris connects with a dying deer on the side of the road and later sees a deer head mounted on the wall at the Armitages’ estate, the symbolism is hard to miss. Black people are being turned into trophies in this house. And, oh yeah, they’re being literally auctioned off—as they were in real life in the not-too-distant past.

One day, I’d like to see the film again to pick up on all the ways things read differently the second time through. I noticed several things in retrospect that gain new significance once you know the ending, and I’m sure there’s a lot I didn’t notice. For example, Rose’s dad says he hired Walter and Georgina to care for his parents, and when his parents died, “I couldn’t bear to let them go.” The first time you see the film, it sounds like the “them” is Walter and Georgina. But in retrospect, it’s clear the “them” he couldn’t bear to let go was his parents, so he sacrificed Walter and Georgina for them. Which, again, is an example of how the supposed care of the white characters for the black characters (his care for Walter and Georgina, Rose’s care for Chris) is really all about caring for themselves and treating the black characters as completely interchangeable objects.

The message of the film isn’t simply that the black characters are “good” and the white characters are “bad.” There are presumably—hopefully—many good white people in the world of this film, and many others who wouldn’t do what the Armitages are doing but also probably wouldn’t believe Chris or make the effort to stop it. Peele’s mother and wife are both white, so he’s clearly not trying to paint all white people as villains. 

But I admit, as a white guy, I really, really wanted Rose to be good. I’ve been the white person in an interracial relationship introducing my black boyfriend to my family. I’ve been that. So I related to Rose, and I really wanted to believe that she was well-intentioned and just oblivious; even though she misses the mark on several occasions, there are times that she seems like she gets it and she really does listen to Chris. When a cop asks to see Chris’s ID early in the film even though he wasn’t driving, Rose stands up against the obvious racism, showing us all what it looks like for white people to do the right thing. “That was hot,” Chris says to her later, and I thought, yeah, that’s who I want to be.

So I have to admit, it was really upsetting to me to see Rose, the only good white character left in the film, turn out to be evil. But I realized that part of that is that I really wanted her to represent me, and that’s really the point. Just think how often horror films have only one black character who dies early on, and how many films of all genres have no significant black characters for audience members to look up to or identify with. I think it’s really important for white audiences to experience that.

As I’ve reflected on the film, it seems to me like there are three kinds of popular movies about people of color. There are those that feature POC characters that are essentially indistinguishable from the white characters—as if they just decided to cast Morgan Freeman instead of Tom Hanks without giving any thought to the character’s race. Then there are the movies that deal with racism, but in a way that allows white people to feel good about ourselves, because we’re not like the characters in the film. (This is especially true for movies about racism in the past; some of them are very important films, like Hidden Figures, which I loved, but we need to be aware that it’s still easy for white America to treat it as a feel-good film and think that we’re off the hook because we no longer have separate restrooms.) And finally, there are movies that focus more directly on the lives of people of color but tend to draw largely audiences of color; not many white people go see them, because we think they’re not “for us” (even though we assume films about white people are for everyone).

Get Out isn’t any of those. It’s drawing a broad audience but it’s not afraid to make white people uncomfortable. And if you can give me, a white guy, a chance to have even a momentary fraction of an experience of the real-life, modern-day, casual racism facing people of color in America, I think that’s a very good thing.

My favourite BL stories

I decided to make the list because of my own curiosity(?) and desire to share this with you :P (I made another two list with yaoi/shonen ai recommendation can check it here –> PART 1 and PART 2)

I’m in BL for about half a year and I must say that I really like the genre :) I mean I don’t like the typical yaoi with rushed story and relationships…like i don’t anything typical (shojo,kdrama,anime)
And for those I’m about to talk about you could check it out even if you are not in yaoi genre ;)

1. Doukyuusei

My number ONE story is Doukyuusei (Movie+manga sequels). It’s probably biased because its holding special meaning for me. It was my first BL story and it was actually the movie which made me also read the mangas too. I decided to watch it because i saw a lot of gifs on tumblr and i thought that Kusakabe was a girl (how silly of me). I’m glad i watched it, because it actually changed me as a person, or better my views on people with same sex orientation changed completely –> my family is Quite traditional so I was thought that same-sex relationship was wrong (not acceptable).
The story show us pure feeling about falling in love (it’s not about the gender but about the person–> you are my most important person) and here we have also portrayed realistic, healthy relationship (sweetness, misunderstandings, make ups) =D
The movie i recommend to everyone. Then you’  ll see if you want to continue with mangas.

Author: Asumiko Nakamura

2. Canis Series

This story and it’s way of showing same-sex relationship was definitly far from typical shonen ai.  This story contradicts every comment about manga or anime., especially shonen ai genre where’s lacking depth or meaning or creativeness. The story and relationship are not rushed, the most appealing was ending of first story(it’s still going on).
The art is outstanding compared to other mangas. It really fits the story.
I definitly recommend it…even to those who are not it this genre :)

Author: ZAKK, Hachie Ichie

3. Soredemo, Yasashii Koi wo Suru

Thank god Yoneda Kou made that spin off into a actual story/masterpiece. I love all Yoneda Kou’s work and i have 2 in my TOP 5 :) This story is spin off from Doushitemo Furetakunai and talks about two really good friends when one is in love with another. It can be said that the trope of “gay man and straight man” tends to be overused, but Yoneda Kou pulls it off flawlessly. I like the whole process of falling in love and acknowledging that love-confessing-confusing feeling-akward situations-decide or chose between romantic relationship or brake up the friendship. I read it so many time that I don’t count anymore…and it’s really satisfying.

Author: Yoneda Kou

4.Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai

I just can’t describe with words how many emotions this manga brings out of me. It’s still ongoing so maybe that’s the cause because every new chapter is nerve wracking but satisfying at the same time. When I saw summary of the story i decided to read it because i was really interested in which way/how Will the main character recieve happiness (from summary: This is the story of a man who has never known happiness and of a man who is reborn by getting to know him.). Now that I read it till now I must say that I truly want that Yashiro find his own happiness (the prequel really touched my soul and I just pray that Yashiro would be told that he’s not alone anymore by Doumeki–> look prequel). This one is pretty great masterpiece by Yoneda Kou which i think is really good read for any yaoi fan.

Author: Yoneda Kou

5.Honto Yajuu

I think this one was my first actual yaoi(after Doukyuusei) and I wasn’t disappointed. The story is simple and the relationship is not complicated. The manga is truthfully one of the most refreshing ones. Yamamaoto Kotetsuko is known for one of the most cutest artstyle and stories. And it’s true…this manga is with one Word…CUTE :D <3

Author: Yamamoto Kotetsuko

This are my TOP 5 BL stories…yet i still have some of honorable mentions:

6. Smells like green spirit : great shonen ai…realistic

7. Hana nomi zo shiru : my favourite Rihito Takarais work.

8. Border : for those who like shonen ai and crime genre.

9. Sojou no koi wa nido haneru : one of the most realistic interpretation of gay-straight relationship.

10. Bokura no negai/Neon Sign Amber/Doushitemo Furetakunai : MUST READ ;)  

That’s all…maybe you could send your own top 10 list :D really appreciated :D

so, my buddy littledivinity and i have been talking beauty & the beast a lot, because ‘tis the season, and we somehow stumbled upon the idea of the story being told about a middle aged belle and the beast instead of youngins, and how that would make the story even more resonant.

and then just now i randomly thought, “what if nicole kidman and ewan mcgregor starred in such a film?”, because my soul needs nicole kidman and ewan mcgregor to fall in love again on a movie screen like it needs few other things in this life. plus, you know, musical, bright colors, awesomeness, hurrah!

and then i thought, ‘but wait, actually, what i really want in this life, even more than brightly colored musicals, is more lowkey and lovely fairytale movies like exquisite and incomparable 1998 masterpiece ever after

and just picture it!

nicole kidman is the longtime spinster school teacher who lives in a quaint vaguely magical 19th century-esque country village, but she’s a badass teacher who exposes her students to different philosophies of thought and probably takes them outside for nature studies and calisthenics. (so, basically, miss stacy from anne of green gables.) the school board hates her, probably, and is very suspicious of what kind of IDEAS she’s filling the local kids’ heads with (why does she keep saying it’s okay for girls not to want to be wives and mothers, or that it’s all right for boys to cry???? is it possible that she is A WITCH???), but her parents were very well regarded in the town when they were still alive and so that bought her some respect for awhile. but there’s a new fancy schmancy family with school aged kids in town, and they’re extremely disapproving of miss nicole, and trying to find a way to oust her as schoolteacher and replace her with a man who is probably very similar in temperament to mr. collins from pride & prejudice. a man who will put patriarchal gender roles back into childhood education!

meanwhile, ewan mcgregor is a grumpy old hermit duke or something who once had great wealth and privilege but has fallen into disrepair. maybe someone cursed (magically? complicated vengeance-ly, a la the count of monte cristo? who knows) his family long ago due to their shady rich people business dealings, and his father killed himself to escape the scandal and his mother died of heartbreak and his fiancee who he thought loved him steadfastly dumped him to marry another, and now ewan’s the last surviving member of his once-great family and he just lives alone this grand old manor house that has gone totally to seed. he isn’t an actual beast, because it seems like in this day and age that’s going to require levels of CGI that my quaint b&tb retelling movie just don’t need, but let’s say that he’s quite unshaven and dirty and generally off-putting and he sometimes ventures out into the forest that separates his estate from the village, but is never seen actually frequenting the village. there are abundant rumors that the forest and manor house are haunted by a beast/ghost/warlock/vampire (how does he SURVIVE if he doesn’t come to the weekly market for food???), and everyone knows you don’t go there. also, people like to gossip a ton about his family and the scandal even though it was decades ago and they all dead. because people suck.

so one night, some of nicole’s rowdy teen pupils maybe steal some wine from one of their parents’ liquor cabinets and venture into the woods and dare each other to go past the gate of his manor house, and he catches them at it and gets HELLA PISSED @ THESE UPPITY HOOLIGANS INVADING HIS PROPERTY. kids today!!!!!!!!! he probably locks them in the stables so he can deliver them a 5 hour lecture on why they suck, and also why all of humanity sucks. which isn’t the worst fate ever, but, like, he kind of looks like a straight up crazy ax murderer (crazy hair! crazy beard! tattered clothes! definitely hasn’t bathed this month!!!), so there’s some serious panic in the hearts of these kids.

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Significant Weather Advisory 

by reddit user OtistheWriter

I hate thunderstorms in the Midwest, mainly because they bring with them a threat of real danger. In southern Nebraska we’ve been known to have tornados somewhat regularly, ugly black funnels that drop from the sky and ruin your life. 

That is, if you lived in my neighbors house in 1997, when I was a teenager. I’m referring to a family of three just several homes down. Family friends and caretakers of our corgi while we were on vacation, they helped our street feel like home. Then the storm came and everything changed.

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It’s funny how a stranger you met online knows that your biggest dream is to write a book, but your parents don’t.
It’s funny how your ex-boyfriend knew everything about you, your fears, your favorite ice-cream flavor, your past, your future, but your parents don’t.
It’s funny how you can talk to your best-friend about your favorite books, movies, tv-shows, about how you adore the sky and people who are kind, but as soon as you start saying something to your parents, their loud angry voices make you stop talking.
It’s funny how you can live with someone in the same house for 20 years and yet not know their favorite color. 
It’s funny how your neighbours know what kind of music you like listening to and what makes you dance, but your parents don’t.
It’s funny how they know only your name and nothing else.

it’s not funny at all.

disappointment starters

“I thought you of all people would be different.”
“This was supposed to be a fun day. You always ruin everything.”
“Our flight’s been cancelled… there goes our holiday.”
“I’m not angry. I’m disappointed.”
“I know you didn’t do it on purpose, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be disappointed.”
“I can’t believe this. You always turn everything into such a disaster!”
“I’m not disappointed in you, I’m disappointed in the situation…”
“I can’t believe this is happening. Can nothing ever go right?!”
“I’m so sorry to let you down. I know you were looking forward to this.”
“You always let me down. You’re so unreliable.”
“I’d expected a lot more from you.”
“Stop being so selfish! You’re ruining everything for everyone.”
“You’re such a disappointment to the family.”
“I’m sorry to be such a disappointment. I know you expected more of me.”
“That movie was so disappointing.”
“Why is everything in life actually so disappointing? You get yourself excited every time, only to be let down, time and time again.”
“You’re not disappointing! Just… surprising.”
“I thought you cared about me. Someone who cares about someone else doesn’t let them down like you just did.”
“You could’ve tried harder!”
”I’m not going to lie… I am disappointed.”
“No no! You’re great, but the sex was just really disappointing.”
“Honestly, you’re the biggest disappointment of my life.”
“You weren’t there for me when I needed you. Why do you expect me to be here for you now you need me?”
“I had higher expectations of this.”
“I had higher expectations of you.”

  • what she says: i'm fine
  • what she means: at the end of "lion" it's revealed that saroo's brother died the very same night he disappeared, and i wonder. what if, in searching for work, he died and that's why he never returned for his little brother? it's just so tragic to think that he was trying to protect his family (and therefore saroo) and he met with his death then. but, even worse, what if he actually came back after work, and upon realizing he had lost saroo, he started to search so desperately around the station he was then hit and killed right there and then? the last thing he might have done was, as saroo suspected, scream his name, search for him, miss him, be worried about him. it breaks my heart that they never said in the movie, and i don't even know if they know. i wish i had answers. what a terrible thing not to know. poor guddo, poor saroo.
Rowan Blanchard On Confronting Biases in Friends
  • Teen Vogue: How do you confront a racist or sexist bias with a friend, instead of just not doing it to avoid conflict? What's your advice on confronting biases you find in other people?
  • Rowan Blanchard: I totally understand that feeling of somebody saying something and you not wanting to upset that person further. Recently, I had a friend who said something along the lines of "I don't want to drive by the hood today," or something. It's that weird moment where you're like "Wait, am I really friends with this person? Should I be doing this?" But I think, when something like that happens, you can just say, "Hey, what do you mean by that?"
  • Because then the person might realize the thing they just said was not acceptable and I think people kind of respond to that. When they get a quick response that's like, "What do you mean by that? Can you just elaborate on what you were trying to say?" I’ve found the person will usually not be able to come up with a response because they realize how racist or sexist the thing that they're trying to actually initiate is.
  • The other thing that I try to do [to educate] inadvertently with friends or family members [is by saying], "Well, let's go see this movie instead of this movie,” with me knowing that the movie is more [education] about the topic that I'm trying to educate that person on.
  • I feel like that's how I use my social media; I'll post if I see a film that I really want people to see, and that's my way of suddenly putting that into their head.
  • Me before seeing "Rogue One": Well, it's not Episode VIII, but it has Darth Vader and it's still a Star Wars movie, so maybe it'll be decent enough to hold me over :/
  • Me after seeing "Rogue One": Was there a time before Rogue One and stardust and the Erso family I don't know but I will forever claim Jyn, Cassian, Bodhi, Baze, Chirrut & K-2SO as my precious little cinnamon roll babies who deserved so much better than what they got and I will never again think of a beach without sobbing over RebelCaptain nor can I watch the New Hope opening crawl without screaming about the unknown "rebel spies" who were galactic heroes and while we're at it, hey Lucasfilm, how bout some Rogue One references in the future Star Wars movies or maybe a cameo in the Han Solo movie actually you know what, no one really wants the Han Solo movie anyway so how about a prequel about the Rogue One crew instead...???
The Only Movie Theatre ~ Jughead Jones

Request: Jughead and (Y/N) meeting in the diner
Y/N=Your Name
Y/E/C=Your Eye Color

The small bell above the door jingled as I entered the small 80’s themed diner, Pop’s, also known as the only diner in Riverdale, which was a very big fall from the largeness of New York I was used to.

I had just moved here with my fraternal twin-sister, Veronica and our mother after the man I refuse to call my father had done some very stupid things, forcing us to flee our home and move to possibly the most boring town in the world.

As my shoes clicked against the tiled floor I looked down to see that I was still in my party attire from the homecoming dance, though I had left early to take Betty home as she wasn’t in the best of terms with my sister at the moment.

I walked up to the register, ordering a milkshake and paying. As the worker moved to the back to start on my shake, I saw a mysterious looking guy around my age sitting not to far away in a booth by the window, typing at a computer.

As confidence was something known to run in the Lodge family, in a few steps I stood in front of the table where the boy sat, hoping that he wasn’t a serial killer and I could possibly make another friend.

It took a few moments but the boy slowly looked up from his screen, his green eyes landing on me, “Can I help you?” He asked dryly, my smile faltered for a second at the annoyance in his voice, before picking it back up again.

“What are you writing about?” I questioned, looking down as his fingers typed rapidly on the keyboard of his silver laptop.

He responded almost immediately, “Its my novel, about this town.”

I frowned at his answer as he began typing, “Why would you want to write about this town? No offense, but it’s no big apple.”

The boy looked up from his screen for a split second, before beginning to type again, “Does the big apple have a Jason Blossom?”

The name sounded familiar to me, and I had to rack my brain fir a few seconds before remembering I had seen a poster of him at the front of school on the first day, “You mean the boy that drowned? I’m pretty positive that people have drowned in bigger towns than Riverdale, it’s actually quite a common way to go.”

“Yes, but in a town like Riverdale, nothing ever happens here-”

“Obviously.” I cut in, absentmindedly playing with the menu that was by the edge of the table. “You guys have, what? One movie theatre?”

The boy ignored my comment and continued writing his novel, “And when something like the death of the son of the richest family in town happens, people want to hear about it. As a city person I wouldn’t expect you to understand.”

I opened my mouth slightly at what the boy had just muttered, should I have been offended?

“How did you know I’m from the city?” I questioned carefully, seriously wondering if this guy was done kind of crazed stalker.

The boy just shrugged, “This town is small, so when things happen, like the very rich sand famous Lodge family moving in unexpectedly from New York, people talk.” The boy looked up at me once more, “And you, (Y/N) Lodge, seem to be the talk of the town.”

I looked at the boy for a minute, studying him, “If you know my name, I feel obligated to know yours as well. Or is remaining nameless part of the antisocial all-knowing hipster thing you got going on?”

If may have just been my imagination but I swore I saw the corner’s of the boy’s lips turn up slightly at my sarcastic comment, “It’s Jughead. Jughead Jones.”

I thanked the diner employee as they handed me my milkshake and I took a sip of it, enjoying the smooth and refreshing drink, “Well, Jughead Jones. Tell me about this novel.” I requested, sliding into the booth across from the dark-haired boy, watching with curious eyes as he faintly chuckled, but went into detail about his book nonetheless.


After speaking with Jughead for what only seemed like mere minutes, a text from my sister reveled that I had been sitting with him the diner for three hours!

Veronica: Where r you?

(Y/N): Sorry, lost track if time. On the way now.

“Looks like its time for me to head home.” I told the boy in front of me, standing up and sighing lightly when I felt something pop after sitting in the same position for the last few hours.

I was surprised when Jughead stood up as well, “I’ll walk you out.”

Jughead and I awkwardly stood outside of the entrance to Pop’s, looking anywhere but each other’s eyes.

“I had fun tonight.” Jughead and I both said at the same time, causing each other to burst into laughter, after a few seconds of recovering I spoke up.

“You go first.”

Jughead nodded, pushing his hands into the pickets if his jacket, “I had a lot of fun tonight, (Y/N). You’re something different.”

“Good different?” I questioned, moving a stray piece if hair from my face.

The Jones boy nodded, “A very good different.” It was silently for a moment as he kicked a rock with his shoe before speaking up again, “So if you, I don’t know, like ever want to hang out or something-”

I cut off his awkward, but somewhat cute rambling, “I’ve been dying to check out the movie theatre here. You know, the only one?“

He nodded and chuckled a bit, "So it’s a date?”

I smiled at him, “If that’s what you want to call it.” We stared at each-other for a few seconds, his green eyes meeting my (Y/E/C) ones. I broke the eye contact by looking at my phone to see it was 1:14. “I better get going, but I had fun tonight Jughead, really.”

The Jones boy nodded, “So, did I.”

Another spur of confidence made me push on the tops of my toes, and plant a kiss on his cheek, causing a blush to spread across his face.

“See you around, Jughead Jones.” I said in a final goodbye, before turning around and walking into the parking lot.

As I got into my car, I looked to see that Jughead was still standing outside of Pop’s, and this time I was more than sure that the corners of his mouth had turned up into a smirk.


A/N: 52 Followers!?! Whaaaa??? I’m so excited so here’s an imagine!! Sorry this took so long, but I’ve been trying to get back into he swing after winter break. I’m also trying to think of more ideas for imagines. If you have any requests, feel free to ask! Anyway, this is based off of what happened to me when I came back from MLK weekend (Except no cute guy for me) and I was so pissed that I turned it into a fic! Enjoy my shitty roommate’s decisions :)

Pairing: Reader x Thomas Jefferson

Warnings: Stripping ;), Implied smut, Swear words, Mention of sex

Word Count: 1707

Originally posted by alexander-hamiltunes

You hated your roommate. It was a month into your first semester at King’s College and you wanted to rip out your hair. Your roommate, Eliza Schyler, loved to have her boyfriend, Alexander, over 24/7. If they weren’t at your dorm for the night, you were sure they were bugging Alexander’s roommate. You were finally pushed over the edge when you came back to your dorm over the long weekend to see that your bed was a mess. You furrowed your brows and set down your bags on your side of the room. You distinctly remembered making your bed before you left, so you were trying to figure out why it wasn’t made.

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Turner Family Life Chapter 27: Mother's Day, a call the midwife fanfic | FanFiction

Happy Mother’s Day to those celebrating today.

My motto for the day is “May your expectations be low and your disappointment be minimal.”

Go Go (See) Power Rangers

Took the kiddo and his friend to see the Power Rangers movie today…it was a lot of fun, and much better than I expected given the 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Unfortunately it was a little too scary for the friend, so I had to miss part of the second half to sit in the hallway and play I Spy with him until he calmed down, at which point he stared solemnly into the middle distance and mused, “I’m not a man of violence.”  Pretty deep for a 2nd grader. 

The main protagonist is the white quarterback-turned-delinquent who eventually becomes the team leader of the Rangers (it’s kind of a Breakfast Club/Power Rangers mashup), but there seemed to be good representation otherwise.  The wlw Ranger seemed too subtle in the part I saw for most kids to catch (e.g., after being asked if she has boyfriend problems, she is asked if she has girlfriend problems, but she doesn’t answer.  She then goes on to talk about how her family thinks she should dress and act differently) but maybe it’s clearer later.

Afterwards, I asked the two kids who their favorite Ranger was.  My son, who is half black and half (Asian) Indian, said he liked the Blue Ranger (Billy), who is black and autistic.  When I asked why, he said because he was smart and loyal.  His friend, who is half Korean and half Mexican, said he liked Zack best because he was funny and Korean like him (I think he’s actually Chinese but I won’t tell).  Yay representation!

Random (mostly domestic) Blitzstone headcanons:

  • Blitzen loves pumpkin spice. Absolutely loves it. Hearthstone doesn’t get it but he always buys him some when he can anyway, whether Blitz asked him to or not.
  • Hearth loves Blitzen’s hair. He loves feeling it and will play with it when he gets the chance. 
  • Blitz complains about him killing his hair/hurting his head when he plays with it but lets him do it anyway.
  • When Blitzen finds out about stop motion animation he is super impressed with the technical aspects of it and loves it.
  • Hearth is such a freaking cuddler, but he’s only comfortable when he’s the one to initiate contact with people.
  • (big spoon all the way)
  • They kind of wanted to get Magnus birthday presents, but they both feel like they can’t because they couldn’t keep him alive on his last one.
  • They didn’t need to say it, they both felt it separately and didn’t want to bring it up because they feel too guilty about failing to protect him, even if he is happy now. 
  • Hearth is a little older.
  • Blitzen starts watching mortal TV and gets hooked on Project Runway// and Say Yes to the Dress// (One’s his drama show, the other’s his comfort show)
  • This gets him thinking about how many weddings he knows end in violent battles and he starts designing a line of Battle Ready Wedding Wear.
  • Hearth cries at movies with found family plots. A lot.
  • Neither of them actually consume that much media, they’re usually too busy with their work/magic pursuits. 
  • They had a lot of free time and nothing to do when they were hiding out in the safe house so they got into most of it then.
  • After enough time has passed, Blitzen can’t get away with anything because Hearth pulls the, “Last time you didn’t listen to me you almost died in my arms” card.
A Lovely Picnic

Ladybug and Chat Noir have a talk on a rooftop about their love life. Two days later, Adrien and Marinette go on a picnic. 

                Patrols were a strange thing. They’d started as training exercises, allowing Ladybug and Chat Noir to get used to their powers, and each other, without the danger of fighting an Akuma. Then it turned into making sure the city was safe, both from potential Akumas and occasional petty crime. They’d fought a good handful of late-night muggings.

               Most nights though, Ladybug and Chat Noir ended up just talking. As long as they didn’t use anyone’s real names, they could talk about anything. They’d help one another with personal lives, personal problems, playing an impartial vote. So it didn’t come as a surprise when Chat started up a conversation.

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Tony Post Civil War

I’ve now typed out 6 different titles for this, and I still can’t think of one that properly explains what I’m going for, but this is going to be a rec list of all the fics where Tony realizes how toxic his relationship with the Avengers was. Where somebody else starts protecting him from them. 

Note- these will feature Steve Rogers as Self righteous asshole extraordinaire.

Side Note- I love comic book Steve Rogers, but MCU Steve Rogers pisses me off


Wake up Call

Steve gets a phone call and it’s not Tony on the other end of the line.

It’s Laura Barton. 

Tangled Up in You

Sometimes when you meet your soulmate, it’s just not the right time.

In the aftermath of everything, T'Challa sets about proving that he really does want Tony.

The Protectors

On a sunny, warm day in late August, Sharon Carter stormed out onto the balcony where Steve, Clint and Sam were having a late morning breakfast, drew her pistol and fired.


After The End

This is a series 

Steve knows it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world sees it the way he does. Bucky seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis, but Steve doesn’t mind; he’s with Buck ‘til the end of the line, so he can weather this minor storm. And sure, Tony won’t let him into the workshop or even really talk to him anymore, but that can’t last forever either - soon he’ll be able to admit that Steve was right, and things will be like they were before.

… but is it too much to ask that it happens soon?

In the Aftermath

Plot bunny, not that shippy. 

Bucky finally gets the full story behind the events of Civil War. Tony overhears.


Protect You Protect Me

A scream threatened to tear through Pepper’s throat, but, as Pepper always did, she calmly, sternly, buried it and smiled politely.

She felt anything but polite.


Exasperation is thy name

Just a little one shot I wrote about what could have happened if a different group broke the inmates out of the Raft prison, taking them and Rogers and Barnes along for the ride. Darcy and co teach the group about Tony was actually doing and aren’t that impressed with what happened

Words That Come and Go

Post-Captain America: Civil War, because that movie destroyed me and I need to express my rage for a particular group of moronic people (namely a blond super soldier who thinks he has all the right answers and can never be wrong).  Sharon & Tony 

Carter Cousin Chronicals

It’s hard keeping family and keeping safe when your family is in the spy business.

It means that when trouble hits, it hits hard. But it also means that when trouble hits, you have a hoard of secret badasses that have your back.

The Tony Stark Squad (WIP)

Because Tony does have loyal friends, and they are not happy with the Avengers.

My Name Was not Friend

“I told you amendments were more than possible, and, and I delivered! I told you Bucky would be transferred to an American psych ward for therapy, to get help! I offered to legalize everything you did to get Bucky, both you and Sam!” Sam takes a step back, a gruff noise escaping his throat. Steve won’t look at him, he can’t rip his gaze away from Tony.

Thank God for Peter Parker

this is a series in which Peter Parker wants to kick Steve Rogers ass for being a dick to Tony, but also he just wants to celebrate Christmas. 

My Tall Boyfriend // Kim Yugyeom

Originally posted by choijaes

Pairing: Yugyeom x Reader

Genre: Fluff

Summary//Request: smalliemichelle99 said: Hi admin!! I love you scenarios, so can I request for a Yugyeom scenario where he introduce his girlfriend to the members and they tease him for the height difference cause she is so short?? THANKS IN ADVANCE ADMIN.

“Are you sure I look okay? I don’t look too stupid right? Are they all going to be there when we go in?” you asked Yugyeom nervously as you struggled to keep up with his pace while you were both en route to GOT7 dorms.

“Stop worrying jagiya, you never look stupid! You know that I think you always look cute” he cooed into your face as he tugged on your hand, pulling you closer into him. His loving affections were beautiful, but it didn’t stop the lump from forming in your throat.

You met Yugyeom around 8 months ago by chance in the convenience store that you worked part time in. He was buying ridiculous amounts of ice-cream and snacks, trying to juggle them all in his arms as he waddled towards you at the cash register. Of course, you knew who he was the moment you seen him – you would have been living under a rock if you didn’t, but you couldn’t believe that he was in your store. You played it cool, not acting like a typical fan girl as he set all of his things down on the counter for you to scan them. When you told him the total, you saw him rummaging around in his backpack and pockets, obviously looking for his wallet before donning a face that you seen very frequently. The look of “Oh shit, I forgot my wallet”.

“Uh…I’m really sorry but I forgot my wallet to pay for all of this. I’ll just go and put it back” he said, red faced and embarrassed as the people behind him in the queue began to get impatient. You sighed, feeling totally sorry for him and knowing that he was very obviously telling the truth.

“It’s okay, I can spot you this time. Just come by later and pay it, okay?” you smiled sweetly as you pulled out some money from your own purse which was under the counter. Yugyeom looked at you wide eyed, thankful but still mortified. When he returned a few hours later to pay you, the rest of GOT7 had persuaded him to ask you for your number – to which he bravely chanced his luck, and of course, you gave it to him willingly. Now, 8 months later, you were proud to call him your boyfriend; and today he wanted to finally introduce you to his older brothers. You were extremely apprehensive. Would they like you? Would they see you for who you are, rather than just another girl who was a fan?

You arrived at the dorms, going through the back entrance with Yugyeom. As he punched in the security code to open the door, you heart started thumping so loudly that you were sure the whole world could hear it. Before opening the door, Yugyeom turned round to you, towering over your frame before pulling you in close and hugging you tightly.

“Don’t worry (Y/N), I promise you that everything will be fine. They will love you, okay?” he whispered as he placed a small, chaste kiss on top of your forehead, making you smile a little before looking up at him and blinking cutely, giving him a pout that you knew he never could resist. He ruffled your hair a little, before opening the door and stepping in before you, pulling you behind him and closing the door behind the both of you.

“We’re here!” Yugyeom called out as both of you took your shoes off and placed them on the rack. You wanted to keep your eyes on the floor as you heard footsteps coming towards the two of you.

“The maknae is back!” Jackson shouted as he ran up and gave Yugyeom a massive bear-like hug, not even noticing you as you stood back and let them have their moment together.

“So? Where is she man? Didn’t you say you were bringing her back with you?” Jackson questioned Yugyeom as he pulled away from the hug. Yugyeom turned around and looked down at you, motioning for you to come forward.

“She’s here! Jackson this is (Y/N), (Y/N) meet Jackson~” Yugyeom said, his voice sounding a little nervous now that he was actually introducing you. Jackson looked behind him, before looking down at your face and widening his eyes as he looked at both of you standing together.

“Is that Yugyeom with his girl?” you heard a voice call out from the kitchen, before watching  the rest of the boys walking in one after the other, seeing you, Yugyeom and Jackson standing and staring at each other. For a brief moment, everyone stood staring at the both of you, one very obvious thing on everyone’s minds.

“It’s nice to meet you (Y/N), I’m Jaebum” Jaebum spoke first, stepping forward and nearly bending down to shake your hand. You smiled and shook his hand back politely, trying to not move any further away from Yugyeom as the rest of the boys introduced themselves to you and shook your hand.

“It’s great to finally meet Gyeomies girl! Aigooooo, look at you both. But isn’t it awkward?” BamBam asked innocently, the rest of the boys snapping their heads around at his backhanded remark as you stood there, feeling completely confused.

“What do you mean?” Yugyeom asked, a little defensive and feeling much like you. Jackson and Youngjae giggled a little before Jinyoung stepped closer to him, patting him and you on the head and moving back, keeping his hands at the same height away from your heads.

“I think what BamBam meant was…she’s so small compared to you! We didn’t know that short girls were your type, she’s so cute!” Jinyoung giggled along with Jackson and Youngjae – Mark looking at your reaction as you went completely red in the face and wanted the world to swallow you up. It was true, you looked like a child compared to Yugyeom as he was a complete foot taller than you. But you never really thought about it until now.

“Hey guys, don’t be so mean! Yeah, she’s short but Yugyeom is also freakishly tall for his age.” Mark tried to take the attention off you a little, making you look up at Yugyeom as he took you hand in his, smiling sheepishly.

“No, no, no! Don’t get me wrong at all! It’s not a bad thing; you’re both unbelievably cute together! It’s just so adorable seeing our giant maknae beside you! Please don’t take offence…you don’t feel bad, right? I didn’t mean to…” Jackson began apologising in fear of upsetting both you and Yugyeom, coming closer and leaning down, placing his hand on the side of your arm.

“Don’t worry! It must seem strange…I am really tiny after all. But actually, once you get to know me I’m super loud and energetic, so I guess it makes up for my lack of…tall-ness?” you said, not intending for it to sound as funny as it came out as all 7 boys roared with laughter, making you laugh in turn as Yugyeom pulled you closer in to him, his ears turning pink at the tips from this hyung’s comments about how cute you both looked together.

“Alright, alright! Let’s welcome (Y/N) to the family, GOT7 style! (Y/N), we’ve prepared some snacks and some movies – and since you’re our guest, you can have the honour of choosing! We’re all so glad to meet the girl that’s been making our maknae so happy…along with missing some practices but…I can see why he’s been missing them now” Jaebum motioned everyone towards the living room, giving Yugyeom a sly smile as he walked past. You thanked him politely, not quite sure how to reply to his statement as you joined the rest of the boys in the room, before sitting down in between your boyfriend’s long legs with your back pressed against his chest, to watch a movie with your new ‘family’ – and you couldn’t have been more happy in this moment than you had been in your entire life.

Clan Leader Simon, Fledgling Raphael

Okay, okay, but LISTEN. Clan Leader Simon and fledgling Raphael, like basically their roles switch but their personalities are mostly the same. Just imagine:

  • Simon trying not to crush on the new fledgling he’s training because god dammit undead libido needs to stop and he’s just barely keeping his fangs in
  • Simon being a goofy ball of sunshine but as soon as shit gets serious he’s Serious Vamp #1™ and handles it like he was born to be a diplomat
  • And he’s friends with everyone so he’s got a shit ton of connections and now that Camille’s locked in the basement, vamps and werewolves are getting along so much better
  • Raphael being Clary’s friend and she can tell he’s got a soft spot for Simon, and he’s basically the really salty best friend and she adores him for it and she cries and tells him he’s still the “same Raphael that shit talks random people on the street and always has a comeback and loves looking at expensive suits you can’t afford and always protecting everyone you care about” when he crawls out of his grave
  • Climon being The BrOTP™ with Clary being all, “you’d better look after my saltmate or I’ll have to stake you” and Simon taking it all in stride and being all cool (until he trips over himself) and reassuring her that Raphael is fine and offers to let her have visiting hours as long as she leaves her weapons at the door
  • Simon going with Raphael to tell his family after the war because he partially blames himself for letting Camille get to him and feels he deserves to get yelled at
  • But instead Raph’s mom, while not happy about it, she can tell Simon cares and asks for Simon to look after her mijo, Simon does not cry, he doesn’t (yeah he does, but not until they’ve left)
  • Simon teaching Raphael to have faith again, teaching him to hold his cross and rosary and to walk on holy ground and say G-d and Jesus Christ and pray (and I’m not crying, you’re crying)
  • And when the malec wedding crash happens, he goes and recounts it to Simon in calm detail and comments, “It was sort of like The Graduate” and Simon flips his shit because he loves The Graduate and he’s happy that his friend Magnus finally got his guy and Simon wonders if he’ll get his
  • Simon insists that Raphael teach him about pop culture and they spend hours watching movies together (and maybe making out during them, which makes Simon insist that they rewatch them because “we didn’t actually watch it, Raph! My eyes were on you!” “As they should be.”)
  • And when the betrayal happens, because Raphael has to choose between the Clan and what’s left of his mundane life, he still chooses Clary and Jocelyn because he loves them and he’s as loyal as they come and he’s only known the clan for a little while, even if they gave him a home and a new family and he’s falling for Simon (he’s swears to himself that he won’t let Camille harm him if it costs Raphael his life, well his unlife)
  • And Raphael just watches as the light dies in Simon’s eyes and it hurts more than the “I’m sorry we weren’t enough for you” and even the “I’m disappointed”
  • “I thought you were my sunshine, and I suppose this is when I turn to dust, because I just wasn’t enough. We’d barely begun before the end, and maybe you were heavensent, but so were fallen angels in descent, and now I just feel cursed and blessed.” Simon writes a bunch of tragic love songs and cries and pretends to be okay when doing business because he’s clan leader and he can’t lose it over an almost love (though he thinks maybe on his end it was all love and that’s what hurts the most, that it must’ve only been on his end).
  • But Raphael is feeling the pain too and distracts himself by hunting down Camille so he can kill her and Clary tries to stop him but realizes she can’t and instead insists on going with him since she couldn’t get any leads on Jace and they take Camille down together, but Raphael gets badly injured and Camille says a lot of emotionally scarring and nasty things, and he needs more blood to recover than the ridiculously small amount that he’s been drinking lately
  • So Clary calls Simon and tells him they’ve killed Camille even though Raphael tells her not to and Simon rushes over with blood bags and even though he hasn’t quite forgiven Raphael, he doesn’t want him to die and just says fondly, “For a such a smart guy, you think you wouldn’t almost die so much. How long am I gonna have to come to your rescue?”
  • And Raph is pretty out of it by now so he’s not even sure if he’s hallucinating Simon or not, so he replies, “For the rest of my life, I hope.”

Okay here we go. Bucky going into cryo broke my heart in the most beautiful way possible and I think it was a wonderful decision to make in the story.

I am not here to change anyone’s mind. I’m not here to argue. Bad faith responses will probably be ignored. If what I’ve written doesn’t work for you, that’s okay. We can disagree. I am here to talk to the other folks on tumblr who liked this decision as well. It’s very helpful to know we aren’t alone in finding this part of the story important and meaningful. I’m also here to talk to folks who wish they could like the decision better but don’t usually get to unpack it on tumblr. If you get anything out of this writing that’s useful for you, I’m glad.

Since I have literally not ever seen one single post positively exploring this subject, I’ve got quite a few things to say. So either sit down and get comfy or get that scroll finger ready cuz this is long. Without further ado…

1) The structural decision to include the scene emphasizes Bucky’s importance to the story. This mid-credit scene parallels the opening scene of the film, where he’s being brought out of cryo in Siberia. Combine that with the fact that this stinger scene actually furthers the plot (as opposed to the later Spiderman stinger, which doesn’t) and we can really look at the mid-credit cryo scene as the actual end of the film. CA:CW is then a story that begins and ends on Bucky’s mental state and on examining his impact on the entire world. From asleep to awake at the beginning, and from awake to asleep at the end, the film is bookended and shaped by Bucky’s state of consciousness. Closing that circuit on both ends of the movie puts him in a pretty powerful position thematically, rivaling Steve as the center of the film.

2) The cryo end scene drives home in filmic language how Bucky’s life has already improved. The strong parallel to the opening cryo scene emphasizes the contrasts in the two different situations. 

Let’s look point by point.

In the opening scene Bucky is surrounded by stone – abrasive and unmoveable. The weather outside is barren, white cold. The primary shape in his surroundings is constant circles, echoing the fact that he’s penned in and trapped, with no escape. He’s surrounded by military personnel with weapons. The light is yellow: a sickly, struggling yellow. Nearby machinery scours his remaining memories away. The words spoken aloud rip him from his own self. He is alone, with no allies, and the physical action of the scene is him being dragged violently from a dirty chamber and writhing under torture.

Compare that to this. The end scene shows Bucky surrounded by glass - monitors and windows are transparent, protective, informative. The weather outside is lush, green, living warmth. The primary shape present is the repeated use of lines - carrying the eye from one end to the other, the lines offer gentle, dynamic movement all around him. He’s surrounded by medical staff. The lights themselves are actually yellow: warm and softly golden. Nearby machinery hydrates him and monitors his signs of health. The words spoken aloud are Bucky’s own choices, and the voice of a powerful man promising Bucky protection and safety. He has a family member present. The physical action shown is him sitting calmly, then effortlessly moving into cryogenic freeze.

It’s this level of detail that makes CATWS the movie we rave about as perfection. It’s not accidental here either.

3) Bucky has stopped running.  This is a profound shift in his story, much moreso than him being on the run again. The way he has survived for decades as the Soldier was to hide and run, and to eliminate most of the ppl who discover he exist. The way he has survived being free the last two years is leaving no traces. Hiding. Running. Obscuring his location and existence again. With his cryo choice, he is doing the polar opposite. He’s not running anymore. He’s not relying on the thing that has kept him alive, because he recognizes that it doesn’t suit his needs right now. RANDOM DUDE WHO’S BEEN TRYING TO KILL HIM now knows *exactly* where a defenseless Bucky is. This breaks the deepest ingrained survival skills for him. This cryo decision is him relearning on the most fundamental level how to survive. He is acting on trust, and he is accepting help from others. He’s trusting random fucking strangers with his defenseless body, y’all. And he’s calm about it. This is a huge step of healing and recovery for him. This is a really really big deal. THIS is a prime example of Bucky Barnes’ bravery and willingness to fight for what he wants.

4) The cryo scene gives temporary closure to an open plot point. This point is critical to like four later points so keep hold of it. Bucky has a magical hole in his head… that anybody can climb into without his consent. That hasn’t been fixed. Cryo plugs it until they can fix it.

5) Bucky deserves to feel safe for a while. This one is gonna get intense, please be aware of that. I think this is a particular sore spot for some folks. But we need to talk about this. Bucky can be violated in a way no other character can. If we parallel this to mental illness, his cryo choice is not about avoiding his symptoms or diminishing his individual worth. Cryo is a shelter. Cryo is safety. Cryo is a temporary reprieve from his constant exposure to the violation that OTHER PEOPLE visit on folks who are mentally ill. The thing he can’t trust about his mind isn’t PTSD, isn’t trauma response, isn’t depression, isn’t his own weaknesses or guilt or illness or worries. The thing he can’t trust about his mind is the artificial hole still in it. Others can and do use it to violate his consent. Not even other characters facing mind control in this universe have shown such a vulnerability to debasement. It’s reasonable for him to want to take a break from that reality. It’s a burden he’s carried all this time and he’s tired.

6) The first major decision we see Bucky make for himself is about protecting other people. I believe that this element in particular also hits some people pretty hard. Folks who have to convince themselves that they are more than the harm that they cause (or think they cause) others… I think this moment hurts them. They think Bucky is just giving in to those inner voices who say everyone is better off without him. And that hurts them. I am sorry for that and wish I could change that. That magical hole in his head is an important part of this point too. Bucky is not protecting anyone from *himself*. He is not the problem. He is protecting people from the consequences of that hole in his head being fucked with. The way others can violate him is again the problem. The key here is not that there is anything wrong or harmful about Bucky himself. The key point here is that he knows he can’t provide the people around him protection from other people’s evil. And he acts on this knowledge… in a very brave way that keeps him intact and keeps all of his relationships intact. It’s a temporary way to get through this problem and it will eventually help him care better for those around him. He is trying to get back to *himself* - including all the demons and limitations he will have just as himself. That’s a beautiful note for his story here to end on.

7) The first major decision we see Bucky make for himself contradicts what Steve wants him to do. As far as quickly establishing Bucky as his own person with his feet underneath him, not just taking anybody’s orders or suggestions, this is an excellent choice.

8) Yes he’s also punishing himself. This choice is masterful because it works on multiple levels, even within Bucky’s own motivations for making it. The next long stage of his life will be him constantly scrabbling for punishment and redemption.  He’s the Winter Soldier. He’s going to punish himself.  That’s what he does. That’s not bad writing! That’s the character! He has got to work through this. Self punishment is sometimes a way to get through the day… whether it’s right or wrong. It’s what humans do. There’s a book I want to mention here that’s really fantastic called “Hello, Cruel World” by Kate Bornstein. In it, she honestly reviews a great many coping mechanisms to deal with pain in our lives. Because she knows many of us just manage that pain one day at a time, however we can. This is one of the ways Bucky is going to manage his pain. And as punishments go, it’s rather mild. It actually, as I explain elsewhere here, does more good than it does harm. That’s pretty extraordinary as punishment goes.

Look this isn’t about blame. There is a dynamic here entirely unrelated to victim blaming. Think about this. Do you ever stop and wonder what your sum effect has been on the world around you? Do you wonder how you’ve changed the rest of existence? Bucky is asking that question, and the answer for him is overwhelming. Bucky’s entire existence for decades has been doing great harm to the world. That’s what he means on the QuinJet when he says, “But I did it.” It was his hands doing the harm. He can’t wish that harm away with self forgiveness. His intentions don’t make those folks any less dead or tortured. That’s a truth we all face: we can have the best of intentions, and still do great harm to other people that we have to reckon with. His story now is this very thing - finding a way to manage the answer to this question I’ve posed to you.

9) This ending respects and acknowledges the tone of the character’s recent on-screen actions. We did in fact just watch him murder people. Look I actually hate the Stark family and I hated Tony already, so his rapey actions the last half hour of the movie turn my stomach every time. But that’s not the point here. We watched life leave a woman’s body as she sat there in a car. Like 30 minutes ago. We watched Bucky beat a man until he was dead. Bucky’s character is cheapened if he has an *immediate* warm ending after that. I don’t even care about the Starks; It’s not fair to Bucky to rush that warmth on to him. We’ve got to see him struggle with whats happened. The cryo scene is the central part of that struggle that we’re given in CW. That makes it critically important to his character. This is the point the writers were making in an interview, and I gotta say, I was profoundly frustrated at tumblr fandom’s reaction to their legitimate point. Intent is not magical. People are still dead, at his hand, regardless of Bucky’s intentions. And cryo is the most minimal consequence possible to the actions we just witnessed.

10) There needed to be consequences to the conflict between the Avengers as a whole as well. If there’s an immediate happy ending, the emotional risk and importance of the conflict is diminished. This is part of the necessary widespread fallout.

11) No harm is coming to him. He’s not in prison. He’s not on the run. He won’t have any further trauma. He’s protected. He’s safe until the narrative needs him again. ALL the things listed here get accomplished without any harm coming to Bucky.

12) There is no requirement at all that he stay in cryo. The quickest fix in the world is hovering and blinking in the lights around him as we watch the scene. The *second* they want him, Wakandan medicine fixes him. It’s a magic hole, it can be fixed magically if they want to. Narratively, he could not possibly be in any more flexible, useful, advantageous position.

13) This is a partial solution to the problem of missing Steve & Bucky time. The directors and actors have hinted that interactions between Steve & Bucky were cut for length in CW. This is one way to pause that reunion at least for a little while and postpone the catching up process until later, if they want to.

14) T’Challa gets a bit of closure. Giving T'Challa this generous decision to make - to shelter and help Bucky - points up his graciousness at owning his mistakes, and highlights the medical, philosophical and military badassery of him and his country. It gives his grief an immediate small consolation, though I suspect and hope we’ll see that grief process play out on a much larger scale for him later.

15) This may support a quicker resolution of a Wakandan plot point. This one makes me a bit nervous but the decision does place Bucky in Wakanda. His arm reacted to T'Challa’s ring and that’s bound to be addressed again. It makes me nervous because white fave presence in the Black Panther film seriously seriously needs to be kept to an absolute bare minimum. Hopefully the setup and having Bucky there already will shorten the time needed to work out what they wanna work out there.

16) It emphasizes the consequences of Steve’s original stand. We exaggerate the story of CW around here to be about Steve protecting Bucky, but that’s not the original reason for his disagreement with the Accords. Showing Steve visually separated from his friends and teammates at the end of the film highlights what he’s sacrificed. Bucky could never replace the rest of Steve’s friends. That’s not fair to either of them to expect. But a Steve & Bucky ending or a Team Cap ending might obscure that fact, especially after the wrap-up of the letter and jailbreak. Steve being without any of them in the last scene drives home exactly how much he was willing to give up to follow his convictions. That’s an important element of the story, an important part of Steve’s arc, and an important setup going into IW.

You know what, I’m probably honestly forgetting something. This is just a start, from one set of eyes. This plot point deserves a lot more attention and unpacking and admiration. Some of these are specific to the cryo decision and some are narrative needs that could have been filled a lot of ways, but happen to be filled well by the cryo scene. My point is that regardless of when or how the decision was made for this end credit scene (and yes I’ve heard the stories of last minute changes), the end result works beautifully and well on multiple levels. It fits seamlessly into the film and into the arcs for Bucky and other characters, and it accomplishes a great deal of positive movement narratively. It’s okay to be fond of it.