I bet it’s like that avengers episode where Doom uses time travel to prevent each avengers creation, conquers the earth, and has each avenger working for him in some capacity. But secretly each avenger is still opposed to him and they come together at the end to win. And I bet they get a good Ward LMD out of it.
One thing I like about Aku is even though he’s an extremely powerful demon, it isn’t like he can just snap his fingers and rule everything. It takes time to fully conquer Earth, and he makes scientists build robots to help fulfill his conquest. He has limits which makes his sovereignty all the more terrifying.
rowlin (raelin? rowaelin? idek their official ship name???) push up contest modern day au
Aelin just woke up that day feeling empowered, like she had already conquered the earth, and now it was time to conquer the galaxy. She had gotten such deep, relaxing sleep, she didn’t even pour her normal cup of coffee. Instead, she gobbled down a banana and headed straight towards the gym. And by headed, she ran the four miles there. She walked in the doors feeling even more energized, like electricity was flowing through her.
Aelin did core first, exercises varying between crunches and leg lifts, to planks and Russian twists, her personal favorite. Next to her, an extremely tall and broad shouldered man laid down to bench press. A harsh tattoo covered one side of his face, trailing down his neck and disappearing beneath his white shirt. His flowing white hair had been pulled messily back into a bun, by the looks of it, sometime yesterday.
Continuing to do her own exercises, Aelin looked over at the muscles rippling beneath the skin of his arms, but quickly looked away. She changed exercises, then stole another glance at his body, hardly even straining as he benched his weights. Aelin didn’t have to count the weights to know he was lifting a lot.
Her abs started to exhaust, and Aelin knew it was time to switch it up. The mysterious workout neighbor fled her mind, and she was once again solely focused on her own workout. She grabbed her own weights and alternated between squats and deadlifts. Her muscles were waking up, soaking up oxygen that flowed through her as her heart pounded. She couldn’t help the small smirk on her face as she noticed another woman, obviously a novice to working out, gawk at her.
Eventually, Aelin put the weights away and settled on the floor for push ups. She started counting, slow and steady. One, two, three, four.
She sensed movement next to her. Her eyes darted to find the man, doing push ups right next to her. She looked straight down at the floor, but matched his pace, which was slightly faster. Fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen.
Aelin settled in to the rhythm, staying completely in synch with the man next to her. His breath was controlled and even, and Aelin matched that too. Thirty two, thirty three, thirty four, thirty five.
Her muscles started to ache slightly, but she was just getting warmed up. She began to breathe more deeply, focusing on pressure of her hands on the royal blue gym mat and the steady dips of man’s body beside her. Forty four, forty five, forty six, forty seven.
Sweat coated every inch of her skin and her hair was plastered to her forehead and neck. She wanted desperately to stop just for a moment to tame the strays and force them back into her braid, but she couldn’t. She wasn’t going to give up in this unannounced competition. Fifty nine, sixty, sixty one, sixty two.
The muscles in her arms were screaming now. Her hands threatened to slip in her own sweat. Her thighs quivered from exhaustion. But right beside her, he kept going, so gods help her, she would too. Seventy, seventy one, seventy two, seventy three.
Every cell in Aelin’s body begged her to collapse onto the floor, they were shrieking in protest. She finally realized his breath was labored. It was a small victory, but it was enough to keep her going. Eighty three, eighty four, eighty five, eighty six.
Her body was on fire and her head was swimming. Sweat stung her eyes. With each time her chest came inches within the ground, it was all she could do to not give up, just let her arms relax and fall onto the ground. Ninety two, ninety three, ninety four.
Finally, after ninety five, he gracefully rolled over onto his back. Aelin did five more, collapsing once she reached one hundred. She tried to take deep slow breaths to make it seem like she wasn’t as exhausted as she was. She noticed that he was panting beside her. She could rest in that. Even now that she was just laying down, her muscles were scolding her for pushing them so far, and she wasn’t sure if she was ever going to move again.
The man eventually grabbed his water and started guzzle it down as he laid on the floor. Determined, Aelin sad up and reached for her own, taking slow sips and relishing in the sweet, refreshing sensation.
“Nice work,” he offered, taking a pause from drinking. His chest moved up and down, but it was more relaxed now.
“You weren’t so bad yourself,” Aelin smirked, then added “for a beginner.” She was trying to make her voice sound as easy and effortless as his, as if she hadn’t just done one hundred push ups.
“Oh, really?” the man raised an eyebrow, challenging her.
“Yeah, I’m just getting started.” Aelin shrugged, standing up. The man stood up behind her.
“Of course you would be,” he seemed rather agreeable with this, but there was a hint of mischief in his eyes. “You weigh considerably less than me, so you should be able to do plenty more.”
“It’s not my fault you’re fat,” Aelin retorted, even though it clearly wasn’t true. She was pretty sure there was about two ounces of fat on his entire body, if that. She turned away, picking up the weights she had used earlier. They weren’t even that heavy, but they felt like a thousand pounds.
“Actually, if you would read some workout articles, you would find that muscle weighs a lot more than fat.” He shot right back. Her head whipped around to face him. Did he seriously just accuse her of being illiterate?
“I’ve been working out for years, I don’t need to waste my time reading about crunches when I could read about Greek mythology or theoretical physics, you know, things I’m really interested in.” Aelin knew she sounded pretentious, but at this point, she wanted to. She turned away again, picking up her gym ID and keys.
“Are you interested in going on a date sometime?” The man asked casually.
“What?” Aelin squeaked. Did she hear him right? Did he just ask her out on a date?
“Anyone that can do more push ups that me is worth getting to know,” he grinned. “My name’s Rowan.”
wow sorry this is super long but i just started writing and i kinda just exploded. this is also like my first fic ish thing so sorry if it sucks. i just had all these feelings i needed to put into words about rowan and aelin ok.
the fire signs, aries, leo, and sagittarius are associated with ‘quest’… they have a preset list of conquests to achieve during their time on earth. mountains to conquer figuratively and literally. aries is on the quest for discovery, break through revelation, self actualization, and new experiences. leo is on a quest to project the ego through its ravishing talents, like acting, art, music, and love. leo’s quest relates to the self, and toward healing others so they too, may experience the rush of the dance. the sagittarians quest is through countries and bookshelves on the search for learning opportunities and personal experiences that expand consciousness and fly them through the galaxy of their mind. it’s all aboard the brain for sag
The whole Lord Hater is a space chimp theory is probably the most messed up twist I’ve ever encountered because when you put it into context with the show it just makes everything else so fucking wild like??? This whole time he’s been a fucking gorrilla??? A earth monkey has conquered several planets?? He’s enslaved entire races?? People fear him???like
It’s even worse when you think about it down to the individual characters’ actions, an earth chimp tried to kiss a 1000 year old queen because he thought it’d gain him more planets?? An alien taught an earth monkey a choreographed dance number so he could impress a girl??? THINK ABOUT CPEEPS MAN!!! His entire life!! Serving a fucking gorrilla!!!! He’s fought for the favor and attention of a GODDAMN CHIMPANZEE????!!?!?!?!?
Made an Au Ra version of Yvelont. Still woefully unimpressed with the race as a whole. The scales look like they’ve been pasted onto his otherwise human (elezen) face, and the horns look like he’s borrowing Rita Repulsa’s headgear.