Two old friends reunite in a bar and someone calls dibs.
“Here’s to another case well solved!”
A cheer went around the table as the group raised their glasses and toasted to themselves.
Stiles sat back and watched as his team began to talk amongst themselves. After completing his FBI training, Stiles moved to New York to work with at the FBI branch there. He had only been with this group for a year and they already felt like family. They had just solved a high profile homicide and were out celebrating.
“So Stilinski, any plans for your weekend off?” asked Agent Samantha Harrison.
Stiles turned in his seat to face her, “ Sleep, order take out, maybe call my dad.”
“Yeah, I think my plans are going to be pretty similar,” Samantha laughed.
“Oh the life of an FBI agent!” Stiles grinned back at her. The two shared a laugh and went back to their drinks.
“Check out the hottie who just walked in!” cried out James Rhodes, the youngest and gayest Agent on the team. “Damn, I’d love me a piece of that. Look at those arms, and that stubble.”
“Shame about the resting bitch face though, it would almost put you off him. Makes him look a bit intimidating,” remarked Samantha as she looked over her shoulder to see who James was talking about.
Curious as to who had caught his teammates attention, Stiles turned around to look. His eyes scanned the room to find the guy when he felt his eyes widen in surprise.
There standing, staring right at him was Derek Hale, who when Stiles had last seen him, was leaving with Braeden to hunt the Desert Wolf almost ten years ago.
“Oh my God,” breathed Stiles.
“You alright Stilinski, you look like you’ve seen a ghost?” asked the fourth member of the group, Jeremy Adams.
“Uh, yeah I’m ok. I just need to, um, excuse me.” Stiles stumbled out of his seat and immediately walked across the bar, never taking his eyes of Derek.
‘Stiles, whats going on! Do you know that guy? Because of you do, I call dibs. I saw him first!” he heard James call after him but Stiles ignored him.
Stiles came to a dead stop three feet away from Derek. The two stood there, not saying anything, simply looking at each other. Suddenly Stiles launched himself at Derek, wrapping him in a hug. He felt Derek’s arms wind around him, clutching Stiles to him, as if he thought he would disappear if he didn’t hold on tight enough, Stiles gripping Derek just as hard.
After what felt like an eternity, the pair let go of each other.
“What the hell are you doing here!?” exclaimed Stiles.
“I feel like I should be asking you the same question,” laughed Derek. “I came back to sort out mine and Laura’s apartment and I guess I just never left. What about you?”
“I moved here about just over a year ago for work.” Stiles pulled his badge out of his pocket and showed it to Derek. Derek raised his eyebrows in response.
“Oh wow, I thought you would have followed your Dad’s footsteps.”
“I mean, I did sort of, but not really,” Stiles said.
When Derek laughed again, Stiles looked at him. He looked good, not that he didn’t looked good last time Stiles saw him. But Derek looked happy, and settled in himself, like he had taken time out to get his life on track. Stiles had also noticed that he had never actually seen Derek laugh, not that there had been much to laugh about before.
“What?” Derek has noticed Stiles looking at him.
“Oh nothing. It’s just, you look happy. Happier than I’ve ever seen you.” Derek blushed at Stiles’ words
“Thanks. I feel happier to be honest. A lot has happened in the ten years since we saw each other.”
“It really has.” replied Stiles. The two looked at each other, sharing small, secret smiles.
“Hey want to get out of here and go catch up somewhere?” asked Stiles.
“Sure. My apartment is a couple blocks from here if you wanna head there,” said Derek
“That sounds great. Let me just grab my stuff and and say goodbye to my friends and we can go,” said Stiles, gesturing behind him to where the other agents sat. Derek nodded and Stiles walked over to the table.
“Who the hell is that guy Stilinski, and how do you know him?” demanded James as soon as Stiles got back to their table.
“His name is Derek Hale and he’s an old friend from back home. I haven’t seen him in ten years so we’re going back to his place to catch up,” explained Stiles as he gathered his things and put on his jacket. “I’ll see you all on Monday.”
“Have fun Stilinski!” calls out Jeremy.
“Use protection!” shouts Samantha.
Stiles blushes as he walks back to Derek who had moved to near the door.
“Ready to go?” asks Derek.
“Yup,” replied Stiles
“Well then, after you Agent Stilinski,” said Derek, smirking as he holds open the door for Stiles to pass through.
Stiles holds up his middle finger at him as Derek laughs, the door closing shut behind the pair.
“But I thought I called dibs?” said a disappointed James Rhodes, his friends patting him on the shoulder in commiseration.
Since I started following you, I've kinda realised the Holtzbert ship is sort of, stale? And like, the more you talk about everyone cutting out Patty and Abby from material the more I notice it and I just ???? like I shipped it (still do a little I guess idk) but realising people were putting them on a pedestal really soured it for me? (I hope this all makes sense, I just wanted to thank you for opening my eyes to how problematic the ship/shippers can be)
Oh my gosh.. this is… wow. :O
Thank you??? I guess. Thank you for following me and sticking around and actually reading my posts and reblogs ranting and bashing (cause yep there’s some bashing) of one of your ships, because I know that can be a bummer. But I think it’s really super cool that you’ve been reading and listening, and that it’s starting to make you think critically of this fandom is… wow! That’s just fantastic.
And now I have to apologize because I’m about to use this ask as a platform to keep talking. I’M SO SORRY ANON. FEEL FREE TO IGNORE THE REST OF THIS BECAUSE IT’S NOT DIRECTED AT YOU.
There is nothing inherently wrong about shipping Erin with Holtz. In fact, given this movie is just four kick-ass women who are all well-rounded characters and not made for the male gaze at all – someone out there should definitely be shipping Erin with Holtz. Many someones even.
But under no circumstances should they be The Ship. They should not be Fandom’s Designated Pairing, and the margins between their fanworks and the others ships should not be as dumbfoundedly massive as it is. There is no canon or valid reason for it.
The femslash fandom is trained to look for scraps; I understand this. And this movie is not explicitly queer because Sony is a bunch of crunched up stale tic-tacs you find mashed into the bottom of your purse or your car’s cupholder. I get that too.
But you know what this movie is also not full of? Scraps. It is not a movie you have to dig for scraps in. They frickin handed us as much queerness as they could possibly shove past Sony’s nose and then they gave us everything they couldn’t in the deleted/alternate scenes. Okay? You do not have to dig for scraps in this movie.
And yet that’s what the holtzbert fandom keeps doing. It is utterly astounding to me how deep they go digging to find evidence and support for their ship when you have things like Holtzmann kissing Patty’s hand or Erin and Abby straight up having a deleted scene titled The Breakup. THAT IS LEGIT SHIT THAT HAPPENED IN CANON FOOTAGE. Holtz slinging her arm around Abby; checking on Abby when she got all upset at Erin (alt Aldridge Mansion scene); her crumpled face when the portal closed behind Abby. Abby’s super soft (and hella romantic) ‘yeah’ after Erin commented on how smart Holtzmann is. Patty and Erin always hugging and touching and ducking behind each other when ghosts or equipment tests go wrong. LITERALLY EVERYTHING IN THAT ALTERNATE PORTAL SCENE OH MY GOD. Gayest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. True story.
Yet, in all of that, there’s still one thing that’s not really present in the movie: Erin showing interest in Holtzmann. Nowhere, apart from a couple of comments about how smart Holtz is, does Erin ever show any kind of romantic interest in Holtzmann. There’s jealousy and sadness over Abby & Holtz’s relationship. There’s some respect and awe that she can bring all of hers and Abby’s theories to life in the equipment. And then there’s also a good amount of terror and irritation because Holtz is a) a mad scientist and b) won’t stop fucking pranking her.
A month, a whole month had past since that kiss.Alex had been reliving it everyday and that was heartbreaking.
She took a week out of work just because she couldn’t see Maggie to the face without wanting to cry.
Of course Kara took care of her, she even bought her a comfy colorful blanket so she could watch movies and eat ice cream if she wanted.
When she got back to work she walked into Maggie a couple of times but she tried not to bring that up.
“Alex, please, talk to me” she had came up an excuse every time.Maggie didn’t even called her “Danvers” anymore which turned out to be more heartbreaking.
She had been dating girls to figure herself out, and hell yeah she liked them, but it just didn’t feel the same.She didn’t just LIKED Maggie, she was starting to fall in love with her and that was something she couldn’t face.
She was starting to think again when Kara arrived to the flat.
“Hey, how was work today?” the blonde asked leaning in for a hug.
“Exhausting” Alex sighed and hugged her sister “How about you?”
“Nothing special” Kara shrugged and went to sit on the couch.Alex sat beside her “Have you spoken to…?”
“No, and I’m not planning to”
“Alex, come on… ” Kara tried to convince her “I bet she’s hurt too.She needs you”
“I can’t, okay?It’s not that easy. I mean, how can I talk to her if every time I see her I want to kiss her? I-I just… I don’t…”
“You just don’t wanna lose her ” Alex nodded “The thing is, she doesn’t wanna lose you either, that’s why she did what she did”
“Have you spoken to her…?” Alex frowned.
“No, it’s just common sense. Alex please, I’ve seen her, I’ve worked with her with some alien issues and God, she’s devastated.She isn’t as happy as she used to be.She was always smiling, now she’s just… She’s sad too, Alex” For a few seconds Alex was speechless.
“Wow.Now I feel like and asshole”
“No, no, no that’s not… You’re not” Kara hugged her, regretting making her feel like that “What I’m trying to say is… Talk to her, try to figure things out. You both need it” Kara looked at the door “I think I should go…” she smirked “Maggie’s coming”
“Wait what?” Alex freaked out “No, I’m not ready, I…”
“I’m sure you will do just fine” Kara smiled widely.
“Where will you go?”Alex asked, intrigued.
“Lena’s apartment” Alex raised an eyebrow and Kara blushed a little “It’s.. It’s not what you’re thinking.She told me I could hang out whenever I wanted…”
“That sounds even more to what I’m thinking but…you go girl” Alex laughed and Kara flew out of the window, smiling and shaking her head.
Someone knocked at the door. Alex suddenly felt like she had run a whole mile without stopping.
She slowly opened the door and saw Maggie standing outside.
“Can I come in?” was the first thing Maggie said.Alex nodded and let her in “Alex, we haven’t talked for a month and I really need to talk to you” Alex sighed and closed the door.
“Look I… I shouldn’t have kissed you, I don’t…"she started, but Maggie interrupted her.
“Do you regret it? Cause’ I don’t.”
“No… I don’t regret it.What I mean is that… Maybe it was too early and I just… ”
“I really like you” Maggie said.Alex was shocked and just stared at her, not knowing what to say.
“Do you?Because I thought… ”
“Yes” Maggie sighed and then smirked “You don’t know how much I missed talking to you.You’re the only one that really understands me and…I haven’t had anyone like you in my life” a tear ran down Maggie’s face and Alex unconsciously wiped it off “And I don’t want to lose you.God, I never meant to break your heart”
“Don’t worry… It’s was worth it, I guess” Alex smiled too.
“Watching you during the past month, dating other girls, not talking to me… made me realize how much I need you in my life.I know I said you should figure it all out and I’m glad you did but…I really missed you”
“Yeah, I really missed you too… and I don’t wanna lose you either ” she smiled.Maggie laughed “What?what’s so funny?” Alex asked smiling.
“It’s just… You make me wanna…”
“Make you wanna do…what?”
“This” Maggie smiled.She grabbed Alex’s jacket and pulled her into a kiss. That took Alex by surprise, but she kissed her back.In that moment everything in Alex’s life just seemed to click. She felt safe, she felt loved, she felt like that was all she ever wanted.
The kiss was way longer than the one they had shared in the bar and they both enjoyed every second of it.
“Wow” Alex smiled.
“I know” Maggie smiled too “I’ve… Been wanting to do that..”
“Yeah, I could tell” they both laughed remembering their first kiss.
“I’m so sorry Danvers.For everything”
“Don’t worry Sawyer.But you better make it up to me…”
“Oh, I sure will… ” she softly kissed Alex again “So, I know it still might be too soon but…”
“Do you wanna be my girlfriend?“Alex blurted out so fast Maggie almost didn’t understand.
“Hey! I was going to ask that! But yeah… I do” she smiled.
“Okay… But I really don’t want to screw things up…”
“You won’t, don’t worry.Plus,if we never try, we’ll never know what the outcome would’ve been” Alex nodded and smiled too.
“You in for a movie?"she asked, pointing the couch.
"Yeah, I’d love to!” Maggie laughed when she saw the blanket “That is literally the gayest thing ever”
“Yeah, Kara gave it to me” Alex smirked.
They spent the rest of the evening cuddling and watching movies. None of them could believe that they were actually there.It was really happening, it was REAL.
“You know… I want us to stay like this forever” Maggie said and then yawned, resting her head on Alex’s shoulder.
“Me too…but I guess only time will say”
“I bet time will say yes” Maggie stated and they finally fell asleep on the couch.
hello! in the interests of relieving fandomwide sadness due to 3x09 airing v soon, may i ask for something sweet and/or funny with Aden and Clexa in gaf au? pretty please :)
your big sister is probably the gayest person you know. not anya, although you’d been kind of surprised she only likes boys, because she kind of looks gay sometimes and also she seems like she’d be really good with girls, but whatever. you know you don’t choose these things.
you think, maybe, if the universe or god or whatever could’ve chosen someone to fulfill every gay thing the world needed, they picked lexa as that annointed person. you love her a lot, you really do, and you’ve known for years that she’s gay, and you should’ve seen the signs.
you had, really, but you’d ignored them. the handholding, the whispers, the fact that clarke knew how to say i love you in farsi. the way they had lots and lots of jokes, how when you would skype lexa when it was either early or late in dc, clarke was sometimes sharing her bed. girls are sometimes friends like that, you know, and that’s great.
then there had been the tattoo, and you knew hope was kind of lost at that point, when you saw something clarke drew forever on your sister’s arm. you’re 12—smart and you think much cuter than your sister—but how could you possibly compete with that?
you’re waiting to skype lexa, now, and when she answers you’re absolutely sure, because there’s a bruise on her neck, just above her collarbone—called a hickey, you’re pretty sure—and her hair is messy and you catch a peek of clarke sleeping in lexa’s bed, possibly without a shirt on, before lexa smiles at you widely and lets herself out of her room quietly.
you know: your sister has stolen the love of your life right from under your nose.
‘hello, alexandria,’ you tell her, very formally, in english. she furrows her brows at your linguistic choice—and her full name, which you can’t remember the last time you actually used.
‘hi,’ she says, and her voice is a little rough. ‘is something wrong?’
she looks small, then, and she is, even though she grew a lot last summer. you’ll probably be taller than her soon, and you could push her over easily, you think. she also looks really happy, and like she wants to tell you something and she wants you to be happy too. you recognize it from when she’s learned something new she thinks you might be interested in as well, or when you talk about cricket or lacrosse or soccer.
‘no,’ you relent. you slip into farsi, and she smiles. ‘no, everything is really nice here. how was prom.’
she looks down, then, and bites her lip, takes a deep breath. ‘i’m—you know i am with clarke?’
‘yeah,’ you say, ‘i know.’
she lets out a whoosh of a sigh and then grins and says, ‘it’s a splendid thing, aden.’
‘you kissed the prom queen,’ you say, and laugh, and your sister laughs too.
‘i kissed the prom queen, yes.’
you talk a little bit more—about sports, and your family, and what boarding schools you plan to apply to, what internships she’s debating for the summer. you think she’s tired but you also think she’s hungover—she admits, when pressed, that yes, she had quite a bit to drink; octavia had spiked the punch—and you laugh.
you chat a bit more and then clarke pokes her head into the little alcove lexa had been curled up in in the hallway. her hair is perfectly rumpled in waves that have grown just past her shoulders, and she’s wearing one of your sister’s shirts, and she’s beautiful, and fine, you’re still a little bitter.
just a little, though, because she bends down and presses a kiss to the top of lexa’s head, and lexa closes her eyes and seems to savor it—everything, the touch of another person included, which is so, so rare for her.
then, ‘hi aden,’ clarke says.
‘hi clarke,’ you say. you see lexa’s little smile when she looks at clarke and then at you, like she’s glad you’re both here, both part of her life, and you know she is.
‘i thought you’d maybe gone to get me breakfast,’ clarke says.
you laugh when lexa looks very troubled at the fact she didn’t do that, but then clarke grins.
‘i’m kidding, baby. you told me last night you’d planned to skype aden.’
‘oh,’ lexa says, shoulders slumping in relief. ‘well, we can get breakfast after this, yes?’
‘yes, of course.’
lexa nods and then turns back to you. ‘i love you very much, little brother,’ she says, quietly and with a lot of conviction.
‘i love you very much too,’ you say.
you say your goodbyes and clarke waves and lexa may have stolen the only girl you’ve ever loved, but they look really, supremely happy, so, before they can hang up, you say, ‘and lexa, you have what it think is called a hickey, just on your neck.’
clarke laughs and lexa blushes and you wave and hang up.
Okay it’s almost 4:30 in the morning but I’ve been thinking about this for months and since my Writer’s Soul™ will not let me Rest right now, I’m gonna explain to you people why making Eric/Jack cannon is literally the best possible way they can address LGBTQ+ on the show. LESSGO:
Now, I do know there is a sad amount of gmw fans that have never seen Boy Meets World- I weep for you, but I’ll refrain from judgment. You’re young and it is admittedly hard to find online. But anyway, I’ll do some basic background on Eric and Jack’s relationship for you, as you’d likely only know Jack as ‘that random business guy Eric took to a middle school dance so he could find himself’.
Jack Hunter (does he officially go by Jack Conner these days? I need to know dammit) is Shawn’s older half brother, I’m 90% certain his mom grabbed him and ran out on Chet because he beat her when he was drunk. He was raised by his stepfather who’s a super rich businessman (think Farkle’s dad tbh), and his stepfather loved him as his own son but was very firm that Jack had to follow a life planned out for him if he didn’t want to be cut off from the family money. Jack moved back to Philly for college, and hoped he could use the proximity to reconnect with Shawn, who was like, super unwilling to do that. Cory at the time was trying to kick Eric out of the house so he could have his own room, basically told Eric to talk to Jack when he heard he was looking for roommates, and the two end up becoming best friends. They were close to Cory and Shawn levels of ridiculous, except Jack tended to be a lot less affectionate than the younger boys actually were and he was always 900% exasperated at everything Eric said or did. But they were great friends, they were like polar opposites but they just vibe-d together so well. They genuinely cared about each other underneath layers of jokes and eye rolls, they always managed to figure out what the other was thinking pretty quickly, they helped each other with every problem big or small, and they got into some of the most ridiculous situations imaginable- (seriously, guys, there’s this one episode where they accidentally pissed off a gang leader or something and have their lives threatened, so they decided to live as women until the gang forgets about them??? Because logic. But then Jack accidentally ends up seducing the gang leader and Eric spends the rest of the episode crying because no one thinks he’s a pretty woman. Watch it, it’s complete gold!)- and that’s why everyone loved seeing them together. Almost all of Jack and Eric’s scenes in the later seasons of Boy Meets World tend to be the best parts of the episodes. Sure, they get entangled in a love triangle with Rachel, but even Eric says at the end he was mostly in it for the competition, and he only loves Rachel as a friend. Jack and Rachel stay together at the end of the series, and join the peace corps, making Jack’s stepfather cut him off the money. But as we learned in GM Semi-Formal, they didn’t last long and I can’t help but need to hear a reason why.
Anyway…a lot of people ship Eric and Jack. When Boy Meets World was spitting out new episodes, people shipped it, and a lot of people still ship it today. I personally, never had any concrete feelings about it- because why keep Shawn and Cory as just friends and make their brothers a thing? Also, there are a million and one jokes in the show implying Jack and Eric are more than friends, and the fact that it was presented in a joking manner always gave me zero hope that anything would happen. I’ll admit though, as I’ve been thinking about this potential storyline for a while now, I’ve started to ship them a little.
But okay yes, a million and one jokes about them being something more than friends in Boy Meets World, holy shit. They were always compared to an old married couple, the type that knows each other in and out so well all they do is fondly bicker. They made multiple references that they work so well because of how different they are- there’s this one episode where they try to find their soulmates, right, and Jack’s dating a girl just like Eric and Eric’s dating a girl like Jack. Thinking the similarities means soulmates, they wanna ‘switch’ but the girls are like ‘wtf no we spend all day with ourselves, opposites make it interesting.’ At the end of the episode, the girls wait for them at the elevator, but the boys don’t come after them. Now, in the episode, it was used as a way to imply that they’re idiots, but if you look at it through a ship perspective…They’ve got the opposites right there. They chose each other. And there’s so many other little references and jokes, I won’t list them all but my personal favorite is the WW2 episode, where Eric acts like Jack’s Worried Waiting Lover the entire episode- he sends him off to war just like all the girls do with their boyfriends, and there’s a scene where all the soldiers are looking at pictures of their girls, and Jack’s got a framed head shot of Eric, and yells “HE’S MY ROOMMATE” when people shoot him looks lmao (also lets not ignore that that wouldn’t have helped his case at all, as plenty of gay people in that time period lived together under the guise of ‘single roommates’). Guys…Even Cory and Shawn would sometimes exchange looks or make a joke about Eric and Jack’s relationship. Cory and Shawn are like…the gayest straights in history. Oh my God. Cory even made a joke in gm Semi-Formal! So the point is, a lot of people ship Eric and Jack, and not without reason. They have very good reasons.
“But Molly,” you ask, “What does that have to do with your original point? You seem like you’re just on a bit of a rant now, how does any of this mean making Eric and Jack an official couple would be the best possible way to address gay issues on the show?”
Well lemme fucking tell you.
Okay, so one reason it would be the best, as stated above: Fan service.
And yes, I know guys, I really know, fan service is no way to write a good story. Trust me, I know better than anyone. But in this specific case, it could help the story, instead of stalling it or confusing it, and I’m gonna get to that, I swear. But on the basis of fan service alone…this couple would make a lot of people happy, and I’m sure it would bring in even more views to the show. I know the show has no actual problem with ratings, but there’s also plenty of people who only tune in when they hear an original is making an appearance, and if it got leaked that they’d do something this big it might shoot the fuck up. But I promise that’s not my only reasoning here.
Reason number 2: Disney vs Parents on shit like this
We all know Disney is very cautious about this subject- they had two moms on one episode of Good Luck Charlie and a 4 year old got death threats and they almost got sued. I think I remember hearing that another show referenced a character having two dads on multiple occasions, but they were never shown on screen. So listen guys…I fucking love rilaya, I do, but it’s not gonna happen unless we get Korasami-d in the last episode of the series. Disney Channel does not currently have the balls to have a show were the lead is in a cannon relationship with her same-sex best friend. It’s not gonna happen any time soon. So because of this, most people would just assume if they ever cover the topic, the best way to go about it is a walk on character, just another classmate that pops up for the ‘special gay rights’ episode, only to never be seen or heard from again and for them to never mention the subject again. We can do better than that. If they work with Eric and Jack in a relationship…they’re more important than one-offs but they aren’t mains. Disney wouldn’t have to constantly worry about Yikes Parents boycotting the show over a queer lead, but there’d still be more representation. They’d only have to worry any time Will Friedle or Matthew Lawrence was written into an episode, which isn’t going to be an every day thing, which might let the head honchos feel a little safer about letting it happen. Especially since Will’s only done a handful of appearences so far and Matthew’s only done 1. Like, it a part from basing an episode around them announcing they’re together and that’s how they have the big special gay lesson, they’re other appearances could very well be very lowkey about the whole affair. Because, you know, these are already well-known and well-loved characters. They don’t have to appear in episodes just to be ‘the gay characters’, because anyone who has watched Boy Meets World has already seen them develop and knows who they are as people. They wouldn’t be the Token Gays, and that’s great, because admittedly a lot of other shows/books/movies portray their small amount of gay characters as cookie cutter stereotypes, and it would be a great way to have representation and show young kids, “Oh, wow, non-straight people are normal people!!”. And again, since they’re important characters but not main characters, people that just stop in time to time, it would be easier with the over protective parents shit Disney gets. Hell, they could even just keep what episodes either man would be appearing in on the downlow if they tried hard enough. I really think it would be a safer option and an option that leaves the show with more representation than a one-off gay couple.
Reason number 3: Riley
Riley’s main problem 90% of the time is that she is sheltered. Very sheltered. By like everyone around her. They see things that could wipe the smile off her face and they hide them from her. That pisses me off and is another problem entirely, but my point is…they will not be able to hide this from her, and that would absolutely effect the tone of the theoretical episode. Sure, I doubt she personally or anyone immediately in her life would have much of a problem if Eric had a revelation about himself and came out. But Eric is a senator. He has a high profile job and he’s in a position of power. Whether or not he’d wanna keep it under wraps or something, it’s Eric, and he’s bound to slip up at some point. Word would eventually get out that he’s with a man- better yet, successful business man Jack Hunter- and the news would be all over it. And sure, there are people in this world who don’t suck, so there would be support. But obviously homophobes would come out, and that could be the basis of the episode- there would be literally no way to protect Riley from seeing people saying horrible things about her uncle. It’s Disney and a sitcom, so they wouldn’t have to get too explicit on what’s being said, but it’s something that would have a huge effect on her, no doubt. And since they show tends to be written/filmed/presented in Riley Lenses, her POV, and she wouldn’t be able to find a way to sugarcoat anyone mistreating or speaking ill of her family…it could end up being a great fucking episode. You get cannon gay relationship, actual problems addressed, and character development for Riley all in one fell swoop. Name one person who wouldn’t fucking love that. It’d be amazing and you know it. I don’t have any specific ideas on how the theoretical episode would go past that, but it’d end up being a good learning experience on equality for the children and they can do a whole thing on treating others kindly and embracing differences and stuff listen idk. The kids will probably do something to rally around Eric if we’re being realistic. It’d be cute and sad and sweet and great to see play out. Listen, I need it.
Reason number 4: Cory
In Boy Meets World, some of the best lessons always happened when Cory got really pissed off on behalf of someone he cares about. It happens a few times, and they’re always the most memorable + Ben Savage’s best acting moments. For reference of what I’m talking about, find the season one episode where Cory took over Feeny’s class for a week and had to teach about Anne Frank. He got really worked up over someone calling Eric’s then girlfriend a racial slur, and he went OFF holy shit. Listen, like Ben Savage was freaking 11 years old but I’m blown away by his big monologue/lesson delivery to the class every time I see it. Righteous Fury Cory is what I LIVE for. But guess what? We haven’t seen any of that in him in Girl Meets World yet! Sure, we’ve seen him passionate, but nothing akin to his full potential. Can you honestly convince me Cory Matthews wouldn’t blow his top if he saw people shit talking his brother for something perfectly normal? Something he can’t help? Something you should never be shit talked for? HE’D MC’FREAKING LOOSE IT, GUYS. In the season 1 episode I mentioned, he gets pissed on behalf of Eric’s girlfriend of the month just because he thinks she’s a sweet girl and he knows she doesn’t deserve it. People actively coming after his brother with homophobic remarks? That would give us the Righteous Fury Cory we all crave and deserve. That’s enough to potentially lead to what could be one of Girl Meets Worlds most powerful lessons driven home. Like if that happened, we get Cory going off in class about equality and treating people right and everything…shit just imagining I’m getting chills. My body has been ready for 2 decades. That could easily be a scene people would always talk about in Girl Meets World, like years after it’s over that would be one of the most memorable moments. Just IMAGINE guys omg.
Reason number 5: How organic Eric/Jack would be
They’ve got years of development on Boy Meets World. It wouldn’t be like Zay just showing up to school one day and going ‘yo guys are hot wanna make out Farkle?’. Sure, we’ve seen both of them date women before, but they were only ever serious about Rachel, and Eric realized he was only in that for the competition. He literally said he only thought he was in love with Rachel because he was so caught up in out doing Jack. And Jack and Rachel fell apart…We don’t know when, but we know Eric was not there for it. It was when they were still in the Peace Corps. It would be so easy for the writers to have Jack say he realized he too only got caught up in Rachel because of the competition with Eric. And they’re both now pushing 40, established single, neither of them have hinted ever having a relationship since Rachel, and it would be. Just SO EASY to get them together holy shit. Actually, since I’m completely Extra™, here’s how I’d fucking do it:
Jack is touched after Semi-Formal, to learn that even though he kinda shut everyone out, Eric still checked up on him all the time. That’s CANNON. He was very touched. I do not remember his exact line, but didn’t he say something like his biggest mistake was dropping Eric??? Omfg. Jack dropped Eric, cannon, and became everything he hated. When we left Boy Meets World, Eric and Jack always complemented each other, pulled each other through things, and made each other better people. When the show ended, Jack was terrified of loosing all his money, but he didn’t want to take over his stepfather’s business. He didn’t know exactly what he wanted to do with his life at all (neither did Eric at the time), but he knew he wanted to do good in the world. That’s why he and Rachel joined the Peace Corps. But 15 years later, he’s lost his best friend, and he succumbed to his stepfather’s pressure and has taken over the company. And it’s not a helpful company- Eric straight up called it ‘evil’ and it’s producing a lot of pollution. Jack never wanted that, you can see regret fill him when Eric points it out. Eric brings him to the dance to help him ‘remember his past and find himself’ or something. And…it works. He wants to do better. He’ll start making changes in the company, start trying to be the good person he wanted to be. Maybe he’ll go through another problem with his gambling addiction since that always pops up at bad times for him. But the most important change is the easiest: Eric’s back in his life again. He feels bad about the years of leaving him in the dust, but Eric Matthews is still Eric Matthews and forgives him entirely too easily. He and Eric are hanging out at every free moment, because they both missed how relaxed and natural everything they do feels, and now that it’s back they don’t want to loose it again. Eric does whatever he can to help Jack with his lifestyle changes, Jack dedicates time to helping Eric’s political agendas. Eric starts calling him every night and sometimes Jack finds himself impulsively hoping on a flight to DC to surprise Eric while he’s there for work. Eric convinces Jack to try to patch things up with Rachel. They talk it out and discuss why things didn’t work out…Rachel helps Jack come to the conclusion that shit, maybe he actually has feelings for Eric. But he has no reason to think that Eric would reciprocate, to which Rachel is like “bitch what world did you live in”, but Jack’s got his Stubborn Hunter Blood acting up so he won’t do anything. Rachel decides to just attack Eric on the subject, like ‘Hey Mr. Used-To-Be-A-Womanizer, you claim you never had romantic feelings for me, but you haven’t dated anyone since Jack and I ran off together. Explain.’ and after a while of talking in circles she gets him to admit he has feelings for Jack. They eventually get together in whatever way they do, they keep it quiet for a bit. They eventually tell the family. Everyone is pretty supportive, Morgan makes a crack like “we were expecting this from the wrong set of brothers!”, Cory does his ‘my brotherrr’ thing with Eric to assure him he’s there for them, Shawn’s spirit leaves his body, he is cleansed, finally, all his otp’s are cannon.
They could cover that in like…literally one scene in GMW. “Hey Uncle Eric, how did you and Jack actually get together?” “Well, Riley, we started hanging out like old times after that dance and it just…sorta happened. We realized we always had feelings for each other, nothing has ever felt more natural.”
LIKE IT’S THAT SIMPLE GUYS.
There’s so many other reasons why I think this would be a great way to go, and there’s so many plot lines they could do with them still in a semi-recurring role (See: ERIC “I’VE-ALWAYS-WANTED-TO-BE-A-DAD” MATTHEWS FINALLY ABOUT TO ADOPT A CHILD WITH HIS HUSBAND. AND THAT COULD LEAD TO ANOTHER DISCRIMINATION DEBATE BC IT’S SO HARD FOR GAYS TO ADOPT KIDS. That’s the only one at the forefront of my mind but there’s so much more and you know it). There’s just. So much they could do and this would be such a great way to do it like I’m giving myself emotions here please help me. Please tell me if you agree/disagree with this or have anything to add. Like listen I know it’s a one-in-a-million percent chance of this actually happening, and I have zero faith it will, but it’s impossible for me to watch a show and not have my mind jump to great potential storylines, it’s a curse I’ve had since birth. But seriously…I believe with my whole heart that Eric and Jack would be the best way to tackle a subject that needs tackling. I’ve been writing for too long now I should probably sleep. Holla at you if you actually read this whole thing!
But the gods from above must have looked down upon me this night and decided to bless my phone with a sudden burst of 3G and I just watched the baking video and I’m not even going to sugar coat this sentence but OH MY GOD THAT APRON WAS THE GAYEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE.
One more week, and one episode closer to the final. We finally get to see one of the most important episodes: the official competition between Yuuri and Yurio. To add more drama, the episode is set in Russia, home country of both Yurio and Viktor.
So what can we expect from this episode? Lots of drama, probably.
Let’s watch it!
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