All these prompts are soo good! And your writing is soo good! So I'll have to request a bunch later, but for now, 25 please
Please do! I’ve got nothing better to do than sit at home and nurse a twisted neck to recovery lol. Enjoy~
25. “I’ve never been more in love with you.”
Viktor knew the moment that Katsuki Yuuri walked into his life, drunk, legs tangling up with his after the spectacular dance off, shirt half buttoned, and eyes lit up with passion and admiration, that he was so drunk with love.
Hypothetical Handplates scenario in which Sans realizes he can teach himself Common.
(Ugh, tumblr is making them blurry for some reason so I guess full-view if you want the not-blurry version??)
Convoluted explanation incoming. Handplates is an Undertale fancomic by @zarla-s and if you like Papyrus and Sans, go read it, is good stuff. So I guess this is an AU fancomic of an AU fancomic? I dunno, the idea wouldn’t leave my brain until I did something with it. So. Zarla did a Christmas doodle where Gaster gave the boys a box of ginger cookies that had the word COOKIES on the side in big letters, and because my job gives me way too much time to think about random stuff, I realized something.
In Handplates, Gaster taught the bros to read and write Wingdings but deliberately did not teach them monster Common (ie: English) so they can’t read his nametag or anything. Thing is, Wingdings is a 1:1 substitution cipher for English. Every Wingdings symbol exactly equals an English letter; it’s not a different language, just a different set of pictures. As somebody who has taught herself a fair number of substitution ciphers, there are a few things you look for when you’re trying to translate a code and you don’t have a key in front of you. Most notably, single-letter words (in English they will usually be A or I) or double letters next to each other. Like the OO in “COOKIES”.
Sans is smart. Gaster has fed them junk food before and odds are good Sans knows how to spell “COOKIES”. The word is on the box in huge letters and Gaster just said it out loud, so it is fresh in Sans’ mind. That double-O is a huge tip-off. He would put it together that the word on the front of the box matches what’s inside. Once you figure out a few of the letters, it becomes steadily easier to decode the rest.
I feel like Gaster exposes the boys to enough Common (the nametag, food wrappers, computer monitors, the books Sans sits on) that Sans could pick it up with a proper starting point. Papyrus probably not, because he had a hard enough time with Wingdings, but Sans is eager for any opportunity to undermine Gaster and I’m sure he’d jump at the chance. In this comic he elects not to tell Papyrus, though. He doesn’t know Gaster has cameras in the cell (or even what a camera is) but he’s figured out that Gaster can spy on them somehow, and the last time Gaster caught them learning something he didn’t like, Papyrus got the ever-loving hell beat out of him. So Sans keeps quiet about it for now. And thus starts the long-standing tradition of keeping important secrets from his brother.
On the technical side, it took me a freakin’ week to sketch and outline this whole thing. Coloring and shading only took me like a day. In the meantime Zarla actually kinda addressed the cookie comic, but this was almost done by then so oh well. I’m finding my poses and proportions turn out a LOT better when I’m doodling skeletons, like what, drawing basic anatomy will make you better at anatomy, you don’t say?? A lot of this was a self-challenge to see if I could imitate Zarla’s art style, and I referenced previous Handplates comics a lot for the backgrounds and Sans’ face. Full disclosure: Gaster’s pose up there is basically copied from Zarla’s original comic because I was rushing through to get on to the actual meat of the story. He’s just here for setup. I had fun trying to figure out how to do his Lost Soul head though. Also, I hate Papyrus’ face from the front. Also also, it was tricky trying to convey “mentally translating an unknown alphabet into a known one” when pretty much everyone who sees this comic is already familiar with the “unknown” one and not the “known” one, but I think I pulled it off.
TL;DR- I imitated somebody else’s style to do an AU of an AU; I am not Zarla; Zarla is the creator of Handplates and also Gaster’s pose in the first panel; I like ciphers too much and also I gave the cookies icing because that is the only kind of ginger cookie I know.
is it just me or do writers seem to feel somehow contented by just creating a single lesbian couple in order to “balance” it with the 72636 straights surrounding those women with which they sort of taboo the possibility of other female characters in the same show to be a thing tho they ARE OBVIOUSLY on the brink of exploding the chemistry chart ???? Why do lgbt members serve as an alternative and satisfaction-to-go?? Besides stop confining love when it comes to lesbians or in general. If its there you cannot deny it by creating an implausibly forced heteronormative pairing ??¿?
“I know I shouldn’t miss him,” she whispers into her glass of whiskey. “I know he chose not to want me anymore and I can’t force him in my life, even though having in my life would be equally painful,” her lip trembles as she brushes away a rouge tear. “But he was the first person in a long time that felt like he knew me. I wasn’t pretending, I felt like I could be myself around him. I let him in, I started to trust him and now he’s just gone.” She gulps down the rest of her drink and slams it down, tears now flowing freely.
Her friend studies her, rolling the unlit cigarette between her fingers.
“You miss him now, but eventually you won’t. He’ll just become someone you started to love. Someone who taught you that you can love again.” Her friend flicks the lighter and takes a drag of her now lit cigarette. “Maybe, that’s the only reason he came into your life. As a short sweet lesson who wasn’t meant to be permanent, but to show you that you are capable of love again.”
“You’ll never truly understand a verse until something in your life makes you see it and appreciate it in a whole new way.”
I was feeling so down for the past week because of something. Today, i opened the Qur'an to a random page and subhanallah. Of all the surah’s in the Qur'an it could’ve opened to, and it opened to Surah Yusuf. And i found myself crying because of the ayaats i was reading.
Sometimes, things don’t go the way you wanted it to and it hurts. But you just have to find the strength to push the pain aside and remind yourself He is the best of Planners. And He will never leave you empty handed.
Recently I made a post expressing my worries whether Yuri on Ice can fit its entire conclusion into a single 23 minute episode and I got quite a lot of responses basically saying that “that’s why we need a second season”.
And I just wanted to make this absolutely clear: my wanting to see a satisfying conclusion to the first season and my wanting to see a second season are two completely different things.
Because as much as I want to see a second season I want this season to tie up all of its loose strings and have an ending as wholesome as the previous 11 episodes have been.
Because if the anime doesn’t do that at this point then the show will suffer as a whole. Me (and many others) have been withholding my judgement on some aspects of the show based on the fact that it’s not complete yet and may still address certain issues as it goes on. But the time for that has run out.
If the anime fails to deliver a satisfying conclusion now then it will be a huge blow to the series, no matter what promises of second seasons we might get (and friendly reminder: a second season is, as yet, unconfirmed).
Right now, what I need is not a second season, I need a proper conclusion to this one.
Because there remain things in this arc that must be resolved and explained now. There are things that must be concluded at the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona for everything to be meaningful and impactful and relevant.
Yes, I would love a second season, but that is not my main concern right now. Because at the end of the day, a season must be self-contained and satisfying on its own. Should season one (assuming that there will be a season two) fail to deliver a finale as stunning as the rest of the series then I would be very very sad to say the least.
That is not to say that I don’t have faith in the creators, because I do. They have my utmost trust and support. But that doesn’t mean I don’t worry, I am only human after all, and as a fellow human I must wonder how it can be physically possible to pack to so much necessary content into 23 minutes of runtime.
At the end of the day, the end of a season should be handled like the end of a series. With the assumption that this is the end and nothing will follow. Of course, a second season is still possible after that, but the point is to deliver an emotional and narrative climax that will leave people thinking “This was a really good anime and I really liked that ending.”. The word ‘wholesome’ really is key here. The point is to make the viewer leave feeling satisfied. I only worry that the creators may have been too ambitious to cover everything they began previously in a single episode. A second season wouldn’t fix a weak finale - nothing would.
Here’s to hoping that the creators will prove me wrong and surprise all of us once more.
Moana: They have stolen the heart from inside you…
Me: I know I’ve been hurt too many times by people I trusted and loved
But this does not define you
Me: But how can I love when I know they’ll only betray me again-
This is not who you are…
Me: You’re right…I can’t let somebody’s mistakes control how I move forward in my life. If I don’t forgive and love again I’m only damaging myself…
You know who you are
Me: I amstrong, beautiful, and resilient. I will not let those that try to being me down dictate my life. I will move on and continue to thrive. I will continue to love, trust, and forgive because if Moana can do so I can too. I am Moana