i think one of the most essential things about jrpgs that square consistently gets right and has gotten right in the past is the beginning
when you play a shitty amateur rpgmaker rpg or even just some bad rpgs and general, the beginning can be pretty underwhelming. maybe you’re just a villager living in some village until [the beginning of legend of zelda wind waker compressed into 10 seconds] i mean until your tranquil town is attacked by an evil presence and you must [call to adventure] to defeat [the evil bad guy or whatever the antagonist is called in hero with 1000 faces], but square does NOT pull that shit. the beginning to every final fantasy game is as captivating and unique as the universes themselves.
you start out working for the bad guy, and go to destroy a village full of innocent people. you’re working with an eco-terrorist group to bomb a power plant. you start out playing as a character that’s significant to the real protagonist’s storyline in a battle that’s historically significant to the setting and you DIE. you’re planning to kidnap a princess by using a theatrical play as a front to enter the castle, and you find out SHE WANTS TO BE KIDNAPPED. from the very beginning you’re connected to the story and the characters because the story starts in media res.
Kokoro Village | 5800-3743-6355 | romantic town (completed)
A tranquil village with natural dirt paths and a multitude of flowers. Kokoro is a pink and forest-y town designed by Mayor Elle with the intention of giving a romantic feel to those who wish to visit. Visitors are often invited at dusk when Kokoro’s bright areas really come to life.
Request: Sooo I was thinking and an idea came into my mind 😀 What about a
one-shot on which Derek and the reader go out and play basketball
because our baby Derek used to play basketball on the show, and wouldn’t
it be sweet when Derek and his girl go out and play together, and he
always beats her, and in the end they are just making out, you know? I
dunno, I’m obsessed with Derek 😀
Word count: 1817
Author’s note: I got out of school earlier than expected today, so I could finish this request in my spare time! Yay! I’m so excited to hear your opinion on it, I really hope the description of the game didn’t turn out to be boring or something… I also hope I could live up to your expectations, dear Anon, who sent in this request for me! <3 As for the title, I was brainstorming more choices, but then settled for ‘Dawn’ because right now my nails are painted in the colours of dawn breaking, haha! Enjoy :3
Warnings: people should be warned for cute and affectionate Derek
is barging. Derek and I are laying in bed, with him propped up on an
elbow next to my head and with my finger doodling imaginary circles
on his chest lazily. The tranquility that surrounds us makes me
forget about the world outside, both of us losing ourselves in the
moment. Although I’m not reciprocating it, I can tell Derek is
watching my face as I have my eyes half closed, focusing on the way
the light breaks on his skin, casting shadows behind his collarbone
and the bulging muscles.
me something about yourself,” I say quietly. Derek and I have never
really gotten around to talk about ourselves, albeit we’ve been
going out for two months. For a second, I think he will refuse my
offer, but then he just asks me softly, “What do you want me to
tell?” and catches my hand in his. He lifts it to his mouth,
placing a kiss on my fingertips, trying to get me to look up at his
face instead of his chest.
shrug, giving in to his wants and locking gazes with Derek. As
always, his eyes don’t cease to mesmerise me.
were you like in high school?”
was a good student, but of course, I had my quirks,” he begins. A
nostalgic smile blossoms to his mouth as he goes on, my fingertips
brushing against his lip. “I never did major mischiefs, just the
usual – like pranking our coach on his birthday.”
boys still do it,” I comment, but he chuckles and shakes his head.
had a different coach,” he says. I hum in acknowledgement, and
before I could ask Derek about the whys of it, he continues, “I
played basketball, not lacrosse. Back then, that was the hot thing.”
I thought it was you,” I tease playfully, making him grin wider and
a tad shier.
just say I had no reason to complain,” he says.
modest of you,” I say, leaning in to him to peck his cheek. He
slides his hand on my cheek to coax me into a languid, unhurried lazy
morning kiss. We both smile into it on occasion, but that doesn’t
stop us from continuing on with it. Derek puts a half inch between
our lips, his hot breath laving over my skin. He looks me in the eye
as he asks, “How about a game?”
mean a basketball game? Between you and I?” He nods. I giggle and
peck his lips before sitting up suddenly. “Okay, I’m in.” I get
out of his king-size bed to hunt down my sweatsuit I wore yesterday
before coming over to him. I bless my intuition that told me to come
in comfy clothes. Derek follows suit. The first beams of the Sun cast
the world in a golden shade as we are getting ready.
go to the basketball court in the early morning, the air still chilly
and fresh. Today is a Sunday, so the town is quiet, tranquil and
seemingly lifeless. Derek and I are all alone, there is not even a
single car roaming the streets. Birds are chirping and the dew on the
grass wets my sports shoes.
enter the court holding hands, and approach the bench that’s
standing along the fence that frames the area. Derek drops his sports
bag on it, then unzips his sweatshirt and takes it off, putting it in
turns to me with a smile.
you taking it off?” he asks, obviously talking about my hoodie. I
glance down at it momentarily before shaking my head.
all of us are werewolves who cannot catch a cold,” I say, making
him chuckle. He steps directly next to me and wraps an arm around my
neck, pulling me close and kissing my temple. I can hear the
affectionate growl rumbling in his chest. I can’t help my blissful
start,” he says then, releasing me and walking to the middle of the
court while bouncing the ball on the ground. He sends a cocky half
smile in my way. I arch a brow as I reciprocate it.
do that,” I say, just this side of accusatory. He snickers, still
playing with the ball like a cat.
can see you puffing up, Hale,” I say, making his grin wider. “I’m
so gonna win, though,” I declare. “And don’t you dare go easy
on me. I don’t like cheap victory.”
honey,” he coos, teasing me back playfully. “That’s a paradox I
heard in there, I’m afraid.”
see about that,” I say, determined to really beat him. I figure I
can be unpredictable enough to confuse him for long enough for me to
be able to score.
make sure you won’t fall from too high, baby,” Derek warns before
taking off towards one of the hoops. I yelp, immediately running
after him to try and prevent him from earning a score. I come level
with him, but he blocks my reaching arms with easy movements. Of
course, he nails it and turns to me with a wink. I still haven’t
given up on having the upper hand here, though.
was nice, really,” I nod approvingly. “But we haven’t
established which plank belongs to who,” I say, now smirking for
outsmarting him. “So you might as well have just scored against
you want, you can have it as yours,” Derek offers with a shrug,
knowing I will refuse for not wanting to accept a victory that came
to me easily. I shake my head.
That was just invalid. Now give me the ball,” I demand, making him
snicker again, but he passes it over to me anyway. I point at the
hoop that’s standing at the farther side of the court and declare
it as mine, then I run off towards the one Derek has already thrown
the ball through.
even two seconds pass, and I can already hear him laughing, chasing
me down for the ball. I increase my speed to get there before he
could catch me, but he has longer legs, more muscles, and he’s
generally faster than I am, hence the ball ends up being slapped out
of my hands.
turn around, only to see that Derek has already crossed most of the
court and is already preparing his body to jump and throw the ball at
the ring. With a sudden surge of adrenaline, I push myself to make a
mad dash to prevent him from managing it. I shove my entire
bodyweight against him in the last second, making him loose his aim.
that was against the rules,” he chides with a smile, a barely
stifled snicker hiding in his tone. I shrug as I grin at him,
catching the ball as it bounces off the fence.
a werewolf is also cheating, baby boy,” I wink, then run off. I get
to the three-quarter of the area before I’m suddenly yanked
backwards. I gasp in surprise, inevitably letting the ball out of my
hand. I watch as it bounces a couple times before it’s taken away
by Derek, skilled movements from years ago still showing in his
stance, in the way he plays.
he turns to make a run for my plank, I get a clear shot of his
beautiful face – it’s lightened by bliss, a wide grin shining on
his chiselled features, beads of sweat beginning to form on his
tanned skin, and it makes me so happy to see him acting like this;
like a young juvenile, still pure and solely living for the thrill of
the game in which he engages himself willingly, giddily. Like an
innocent little puppy who’s forgotten about everything besides the
game he’s playing with the person who’s most precious to him.
makes my heart flutter for a moment, giving me the impression that
it’s blessed with wings and is flying above the clouds.
shake myself awake when Derek dashes past me and his musky scent hits
me in the face. I start chasing him, but it’s already too late –
he scores as soon as I turn around. He gives me a confident smirk,
just this side of self-absorbed.
won a battle – but I’m winning the war,” I say, earning a
chuckle from him. I can’t help but the first word that comes to my
mind hearing that sound is ‘adorable’.
walk over to him to accept the ball as he’s holding it out for me,
but just as I could touch it, he snatches it away from me and sticks
his arm out towards me, grabbing my hoodie around my waist and
pulling me flush to his chest. He leans down, eyes gleaming playfully
as he whispers, “What will you give me in return for the ball, my
blush at the name Derek addressed me with, it catching me off-guard.
His hand travels from my waist to the small of my back, keeping me
impossibly close to him. When I tilt my head up, I find myself merely
inches away from his face. I ball up two fistfuls of his shirt,
indicating for him to quit messing around and just kiss me already.
He snickers under his breath before finally touching his lips to
allow him to kiss me for a while, until I decide to slip out of his
hold and take the ball away from him. I giggle as he complains,
“Hey”, but ignore it in favour of scoring, too. However, I get
caught mid-run once more; Derek’s arms wrap around me, turn me to
face him, and he guides me until he has me backed up against the
fence. His grip on me is tighter now, surer, stronger, not willing to
let me go again.
wasn’t finished with you just yet,” he breathes into my mouth
before leaning in and taking it in a kiss.
lips move against mine haltingly, slowly, taking his time to take joy
and live every feeling to its fullest while it lasts. I open up for
him, letting him dominate the kiss, snaking my arms around his neck
to keep him just as close as he keeps me.
maintains a warm, gentle, yet possessively firm embrace around me,
his calloused palms massaging my sides, my waist, my hips – any
ounce of skin they can reach. When he pulls back by an inch from me
to drink more air, I slide a hand to his sharp cheekbone, thumb
stroking his bottom lip as I lock gazes with him, whispering, “I
smiles at me, somehow pulling me even closer to him, now practically
hugging me affectionately, answering, “I love you, too”.
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