true-laurels

(My interpretation obvs) The Signs as Indie/Obscure/Electronic Artists:


Aries: Kyuss, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Ty Segall, Slumberjack, RL Grime, Mmoths, Force of Nature

Taurus: Mazzy Star, GEMS, The Dolly Rocker Movement, Beach House, Made in Heights, Tame Impala, Lana Del Rey

Gemini: Maribou State, Kiiara, Banks, Sevdaliza, Tinashe, TA-KU, SOPHIE, Iamamiwhoami, Jessy Lanza

Cancer: HTRK, Glasser, Crystal Castles, Boots, Whirr, Savages, Little Dragon, Bjork, Bardo Pond

Leo: Odesza, Nao, Hinds, Bonobo, Kelela, Swim Deep, Summer Heart, Haim, Discovery

Virgo: LucianBlomKamp, Devendra Banhart, Chelsea Wolfe, Tycho, Tei Shi, Shabazz Palaces, Purity Ring, Ms Mr

Libra: Kaya Project, Empress Of, Phaeleh, Blood Orange, Blackmill, Willow Beats, The Telescopes, Seven Lions, Junip

Scorpio: FKA Twigs, HEALTH, Dreamcrusher, Bow Church, Ben Frost, Teeth of The Sea, Andy Stott, Pharmakon, Glitch Mob

Sagittarius: , Fatima Al Qadiri, Clarence Clarity, Shpongle, Solar Quest, Govinda, Beats Antique

Capricorn: Pity Sex, No Joy, Mac Demarco, The XX, Widowspeak, Title Fight, True Widow

Aquarius: Laurel Halo, Iglooghost, Cashmere Cat, Caribou, Vektroid, Suuns, Panda Bear, Oneothrix Point Never, Casino Versus Japan

Pisces: My Bloody Valentine, Grimes, Com Truise, Balam Acab, Washed Out, Summer of Haze, Slowdive, Trust, Sakuraburst

Tommy: Dinah Laurel Lance. Always trying to save the world!

Malcolm: The true humanitarian in the Merlyn family was my wife, Rebecca. Many of you here knew her. She tirelessly devoted herself to helping those less fortunate in the Glades.

The parallels between Laurel/Tommy and Rebecca/Malcolm are probably my favorites in season 1 - the (broken) symmetry between their relationships, and the light it sheds on their characters. Yet I’ve never seen anyone comment on them before, ergo this post.

Analysis under the cut!

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anonymous asked:

As much Felicity tried to destroy everything between Oliver & Black Siren & even lauriver stuff I feel like the ep really did say deep down Oliver really does love Laurel Lance Still after all this time he loves her. He treated her bad in s2. They stopped being lovers & he stopped seeing her as that but I think when she died he realized just what he lost. He didn't fully appreciate when she was alive. In her death Oliver has rediscovered his love. If she came back to life he want to be with her

As much Felicity tried to destroy everything between Oliver & Black Siren & even lauriver stuff I feel like the ep really did say deep down Oliver really does love Laurel Lance Still after all this time he loves her.

Oh gosh, they really did. Now, here is the song that I am currently repeating for Black Siren/Laurel Lance and Oliver Queen “Monsters ft Katie Sky” by Timeflies:

Oliver never gave up on Laurel, and it was so sad and hard to watch. I think, it’s from watching him, hearing what he said, and realizing that he was right - really hit me. Oliver believes that Laurel is a good natured person across all timelines, that we aren’t innately bad but we are our circumstances, and that Oliver wouldn’t give up on her - no matter what. That’s when it started to hurt watching Oliver and Laurel interact, because I came to the chilling realization that: this is our Laurel

No matter what universe she’s in, she’s our’s. Like in the Arrow100, when Oliver was in stasis, she was our Laurel then, like how E-2 Laurel is still our Laurel even now. Oliver will always love Laurel, and Laurel will always love Oliver - across all universes.

That’s what got under Felicity’s skin, realizing that Oliver would change for Laurel because of her, but would never do the same for her - and that drove her mad with power, grief, and jealousy. It was tragic, the scorn of a jealous woman.


He treated her bad in s2. 

No, Oliver didn’t. I feel like this is a tough subject, and, as a victim of abuse, maybe I can’t see that? As a person who was in both their shoes, I don’t see it as Oliver being cruel to Laurel or Laurel being cruel to Oliver. Oliver was having a lot of issues, but he was still trying so hard to be there for Laurel that it drained him. Laurel was emotionally damaged, her feelings came out, not in self pity but, through anger, and she wanted to destroy the world, light it on fire. With both these situations, we can’t blame either or, and they both knew to give each other space.

Oliver didn’t need to apologize to Laurel for giving up on her, and Laurel didn’t need to apologize for pushing him - but they both did.

Now, don’t stop reading yet, I say that Oliver apologized because in S4, Oliver apologizes for being a bad friend to Laurel. Is it an overdue apology? Yes. But an apology is better than nothing. They fix their friendship and move past those things, because they are adults.


They stopped being lovers & he stopped seeing her as that but I think when she died he realized just what he lost. He didn’t fully appreciate when she was alive. In her death Oliver has rediscovered his love. If she came back to life he want to be with her

I don’t think Oliver ever stopped loving Laurel, and the Arrow100 asserts that idea that he never stopped loving Laurel. Do I think that at one point he loved Felicity? Yes, I don’t doubt that Oliver did, but I do question the reasons, especially considering that he is in an abusive relationship with Felicity. Was he in love with them at the same time? Possibly, I mean, if it’s okay for Felicity to be in a relationship with Ray and love Oliver, then the same should apply for Oliver, amirite?

The moment that Oliver realizes that there might be something is when he sees Laurel’s photo from when he was on the island. It’s an automatic trigger for him, that brings him back to the times of hardships, her face that got him through every hard moment, and that she was his hope, his beacon of hope, guiding him home. This episode from last night just emphasizes it, having Oliver hallucinate that Laurel came to save him, wearing a green hood, leather, and a bow in hand. Oliver never stopped loving Laurel, but when she died, Oliver didn’t have to think about it, he wasn’t forced to reflect on it, and he would never get the chance to tell her or love her anymore - he had to let go. 

When we get to Arrow100, Oliver is forced to confront those feelings, accept them as they are, and it tears him to bits that he will never get that chance to be with Laurel, the true love of his life. In his perfect world, his family would be alive, he never got on the gambit, and him and Laurel are engaged, getting married. That’s what he always wanted, Laurel is apart of everything Oliver lost but wanted.

so hello from the other side

fic for flarrow femslash week. day 1: favorite pairing | nyssara.

the five times sara called nyssa to say “hey, what’s up? i’m alive!”

“Um, hi. It turns out the phone company will reinstate your contract if you come back to life.”

Sara notes a piece of especially interesting gum on the sidewalk. It’s blue-raspberry colored, which is unusual. Usually, blue-raspberry gum is chewed into a flavorless white before it’s spit out.

Is she still recording? Crap. Yes.

“That was a joke. I mean, it’s not a joke, it actually happened. And I guess your phone still works, because I can leave you a voicemail, and your answering message is still the same, so. You know. Hey. I said hi already. This is stupid.”

She pokes the gum with the toe of her sneaker. And now there’s gum on her shoe. Outstanding.

“I just thought I’d call you and tell you I’m around. Well. I moved. But you can travel pretty much anywhere, despite being on like, 17 no-fly lists, so if you want to meet up, text me or something. I don’t know. I’m mostly free. Bye.”

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Olicity versus Lauriver....a surprising discovery

My first official post on my official tumblr page!! Every so often, I’ll post my ramblings….mostly so my husband doesn’t have to keep listening to me! Twelve years with me and he suggested a tumblr page lol

My current obsession is Arrow.  The writing, character development, action are all amazing.  I think Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen is a revelation - quite possibly the best “tortured hero” I’ve seen since Batman (he’s the epitome for me). However, the real gem of the show is Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak.  I cannot get enough of her.

To be honest, when I started watching Arrow I fully anticipated to fall in love with Laurel & Oliver.  The basic reason is this - in any TV show there is one couple the writers set up in the pilot as “planned” endgame. Does it always work out that way in the end? No, but 80% of the time it does. When I get involved in a show, I trust the writers until proven wrong.  So, if they are telling me “this is the couple” I tend to believe them.  Across the board, I ship “Plan A” couples - Buffy/Angel, Derek/Meredith. Mary/Francis, Scott/Allison, Castle/Beckett, Booth/Brennan, Sam/Andy (Rookie Blue), Lucas/Peyton, Stefan/Elena, Harvey/Donna (Suits), Rachel/Mike (Suits), Mary/Matthew.  As long as the writing supports the “canon” and the writers show (not tell) me why this couple is meant to be, I’m basically on board.  With a few notable exception, which I’ll get to later.  My husband also let me know that Laurel would be “Black Canary” and in the comics she’s the Green Arrow’s go to gal.  Who I am to argue comic book cannon?

I like Katie Cassidy and I think she’s a fine actress.  I think she’s got quite a talent for playing the “bitch” but I was intrigued to see her playing the female/heroine lead.  Then I watched the pilot.  The fact that Oliver cheated on Laurel with HER SISTER which then lead to that sister’s death, quite frankly stunned me.  That’s one hell of a hoop those two have to jump through.  I’m mean, I’m all for couples overcoming obstacles…but seriously? He cheated on her? With her sister? And she died? And this is the FIRST thing we learn about the couple.  Still…Buffy & Angel basically had to be celibate so anything can happen I guess.

So, I hung on during the first season, desperately WANTING to fall in love with Lauriver.  To me, Episode 5 was their best “chemistry” when Oliver showed Laurel’s his scars.  Granted, it’s somewhat difficult to NOT have chemistry with Stephen Amell when all that’s required of the actress is to ogle him, but I digress.  It contained all the desire & tortured lovers I like to see in my ships.  But that was the high point for these two. 

Listen, chemistry is completely subjective. I can watch Damon & Elena have sex up against a wall and I feel absolutely no connection to their chemistry (yes, I know….the rest of the world disagrees).  All Oliver has to do is look at Felicity and I’m swooning.  So, take this as simply my humble opinion.  When Laurel & Oliver finally had sex in the season finale of 1x23 it was like watching two pieces of cardboard.  With Stephen Freaking Amell.  Shirtless.  So, yeah, I was nonplussed at that point.

I think the central issue with Oliver & Laurel is that for the majority of the season the primary emotions involved were 1) Anger & judgement from Laurel and 2) Guilt by Oliver.  Were these feelings justified? OF COURSE….especially by Laurel. I don’t begrudge her anger.  And Oliver should have felt guilt, if he was any kind of human being.  Yet, these aren’t the building blocks of an EPIC love story.  It certainly didn’t help matters that any “flashback” of Ollie & Laurel during S1 seemed to show Laurel pushing commitment from a hesitant Ollie.  S2 was worse - the only Lauriver flashback revealed Oliver had cheated on Laurel (AGAIN) & gotten a girl pregnant. It was essential in these flashbacks to show the EPIC part of Oliver & Laurel.  Instead, I saw two young kids who yes, loved each other, but were they really right for each other? It was an unanswered question in the flashbacks and therefore left us only with the present Laurel & Oliver.  Who were angry, guilty, awkward and quite frankly painful to watch.

That’s not to say that Laurel wasn’t a profound touchstone for Oliver on the island.  As he said in in 1x05 “ There were times when I wanted to die.  In the end….there was something I wanted more.”  His love for Laurel gave Oliver the will to live. Ollie wasn’t an evil person, but he was a selfish person.  I argue though that the love he carried for Laurel, albeit true, was the only touchstone he had to the life he’d left behind. The issue is, the Island and what it would do to him, would forever change him.  Making returning to that life - the life of “Ollie” virtually impossible.  Since Laurel is so intricately connected to that, it also made their “reunion” in the finale all that more difficult to stomach.  It felt like step backwards in Oliver’s progression in S1….two people desperate to change the past, but without recognizing how much each had really changed.  Yes, they loved each other, but the same question remains as it did when Oliver left on the Queen’s Gambit….were they right for each other?

Part of the reason, I consistently asked this question throughout S1 is because the writers, whether intentionally or not, presented TWO very EXCELLENT romantic alternatives for both of them.  For Laurel - it was Tommy.  Tommy was the Felicity to Laurel’s Oliver.  He had a lightness to him, a humor & joy, that brought out the lighter side of Laurel.  Often, the only time LAUREL smiled was when she was with Tommy. In turn, she ignited in him a desire for independence from his father and to simply be a better man.  That’s a love story I can get behind.  It’s too bad that Laurel, continually conflicted by her feelings for Oliver (and hamstrung with the writers NEED to make Lauriver happen) failed to see that Tommy was probably the right guy all along….until it was too late.

For Oliver….it was of course, the delightful Felicity Smoak.  I like my tortured heroes - A LOT.  Vampires, vigilantes, tortured writers…whatever.  Give me a guy in pain, but with a desire to do good and I’m sold. Arrow excelled at that in the first season. They captured Oliver’s rage & pain in his need for revenge & the violence of his killing.  Yet, that side of him contrasted sharply against the man who wanted to better, to be more than “Ollie”….to be more than a man even.  In the midst of his vigilante killing his basic goal was to make the city better. That’s some heavy light & dark my friends.  A war was raging not only in the city, but in Oliver’s soul.  Great dramatic stuff.  

The issue was Oliver was almost too dark.  He was too tortured.  There was no levity, no light in him - except for the times he was faking it as “Ollie”.  He kept anyone he cared about at arms length to protect them, but it isolated him entirely.  Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a show known for it’s heavy themes.  One of my favorite quotes is when Buffy says “My life happens to on occasion suck beyond the telling of it.” It could be an intensely dark show.  Yet, the character of Buffy had a levity to her.  She could slay demons & vampires and make quippy remarks.  That IS NOT Oliver Queen. He is the proverbial example of stoic.  Often, showing little to no emotion at all.

When your lead isn’t allowed any real levity of their own it is left up the supporting characters to do it.  Oliver had Thea, Moira, Laurel, Tommy….all people who at one point or another told him what an awful person he was.  The problem was, Oliver didn’t need to be told that - he already believed it fundamentally.

When Felicity Smoak appeared on screen in 1x03 in was truly an exceptional scene. As a viewer, you just knew something special had happened, but you had no idea what.  Honestly, it was one of the first times Oliver was shot in a scene that was BATHED in light.  From her perky hello, to her babbling, right down to her soft pink shirt….Felicity was the warm against Oliver’s cold, so much so that she melted that exterior and for the first time ever….Oliver smiled.  

What we’ve seen from Oliver & Felicity from S1 & S2, is that yes…she is the levity in the dramatic.  Often the comic relief, the one person that can make Oliver smile or laugh in any circumstance.   However, she's intelligent, with a strong sense of self.  Oliver can be quite the bully when he wants to be and nobody puts him in his place better than Felicity Smoak.

One thing that truly swayed me to the Olicity camp was that Felicity could always see the hero that Oliver/The Hood was…even in S1, when being a hero was the farthest thing from him mind.  She challenged him that he could do real good in the city in S1 and was the first person on the show to call him a hero when she told Detective Lance “But, it seems to me he’s willing to sacrifice an awful lot to help the people of city. That kind of makes him a hero, doesn’t it?”  In S2 she never strayed from that belief. Dragging Oliver back (with Diggle of course) from the island, telling he has to “find another way”.  Her belief in him never faltered, even when his belief in himself did. It was her belief in him, her demand that he honor the dead by fighting, that ultimately spurred him onto his victory against Slade.  Maybe on the island Laurel gave Oliver the will to live. But it’s Felicity that’s shown him HOW to live.

In contrast, Laurel & her opinion of “the Hood” and Oliver, was simply too confusing to keep up with.  In the early stages of S1, Laurel was the vigilante’s champion and partner.  Yet, in later episodes she called him a murderer with “no remorse”.  Finally culminating in her need to blame the vigilante for Tommy’s death.  Yes, Felicity had the upper hand because Oliver was truthful about who he was.  Maybe he did that because he knew he’d find acceptance there.  If we are to believe that Lauriver is the epic romance of the show….shouldn’t Laurel be able to see Oliver for who he is? Even if he’s keeping her at arms length? I’m not trying to lay the blame entirely at Laurel’s feet, but as a viewer you are rooting for Oliver.  You would expect that the supposed love of his life would be doing the same - but sadly she didn’t.  When I ship a couple, I want them to believe in one another, to be each other’s champions….even when they are apart.  That’s where the Lauriver history really works against them. The hurt is so bad, so painful….that it's difficult for Laurel to see past it.  

When she finally does see the change in Oliver at the end of S1 it comes at the price of betraying Tommy.  Even when these two make moves in the right direction, they are immediately slapped down in anger, loss, pain, betrayal.  It’s why their “break up” in episode 2x1 was so honest. They finally recognized that while they loved each other, the stronger motivation for reuniting was a desire to go back, to undo the past.  Thus, they began two very different trajectories….Laurel’s alcoholic downward spiral and Oliver’s journey to becoming hero…with Felicity standing by him.

Oliver doesn’t pull Laurel out of her spiral. If anything, Oliver makes it all the harder by actively screwing Sara again (nice one Ollie).   Anytime, he did try to help her, it either backfired or continued to show Laurel in an unflattering light. In the end, Laurel pulls Laurel together.  The fact remains, that Laurel is a more interesting…more relatable , more sympathetic character, separate from Oliver.  

So, what are we the viewers left with? I call it the Pacey problem. Dawson’s Creek was one of the few shows where I didn’t ship the “Plan A” couple Joey & Dawson.  Yes, the show was built around their epic love in the pilot…yet more often than not Joey & Dawson brought out the worst in one another, too hamstrung by their past together to allow the other to grow into the person they needed to be.  Rather, it was Josh Jackson’s character Pacey that ignited the fire in Joey and the chemistry was off the charts. He challenged her and she made him a better person.  Kevin Williamson WISELY realized that soul mate doesn’t necessarily mean romantic partner (Are we paying attention Arrow writers?) The finale definitively answered that Dawson was Joey’s soul mate, but Pacey was the love of her life.  It takes a wise writer to realize that the place you started off in the pilot, the story you intended to tell, isn’t the one you ended up telling.  It’s called organic story telling.

To me, Laurel & Oliver aren’t the epic romance of Arrow.  We’re only in Season 3, but I am FAR more interested in seeing Laurel develop into the Black Canary.  The fact that Oliver had a romantic relationship with Sara, as the Black Canary, hopefully means that the writers checked off the comic canon box of Green Arrow + Black Canary = romance.  I hope that means Laurel can become the comic book heroine separate from romance with Oliver.  Or is Oliver meant to sleep with every incarnation of the character?  God I hope not.  I hope that the writers are wise and realize that canon, pilots and plans don’t make a tv show.  The characters do. Sometimes when you put pen to paper the story arrives in a completely different place than you intended, but the great writers don’t stand in the way of it. 

The bottom line, Felicity balances Oliver, challenges Oliver…she is the one who can harness the light that’s still inside him.    Oliver’s “I love you” to Felicity at the end of S2, (more on that some other time) was a ruse…but also a profound realization.  He loves her.  More than that - he NEEDS her to become the man, the hero he’s meant to be.  That’s not Laurel’s role anymore.  Laurel can have Oliver’s past.  Felicity can have his future.  The key for Laurel is that she has to love Oliver enough to let him go.  Only then, will she be able to become the person she’s meant to be.

I just have to say that I find the newest coping mechanism going around to be so amusing. There is this new narrative that all of a sudden suggests that Oliver and Laurel didn’t love the real versions of themselves but only some idealized version. They didn’t love each other, they loved who they “thought” they were lol

let’s talk about this idea shall we? 

First let’s address the idea that Laurel only loved the person she thought Oliver could be and not the person that he actually was. I mean it should be pretty obvious how false that is because she died telling him that he was the love of her life. Laurel loved Oliver for EXACTLY who he was. She loved him despite being messy, despite being an ass, despite being emotionally cut off, she wasn’t under some illusion that Oliver wasn’t a shitty person. She NEVER sugar coated his flaws, she never justified his shitty qualities or what he did, she just chose to love him through them while doing her best to hold him accountable for his actions. She chose to love him almost unconditionally. She loved him when he was good, she loved him when he wasn’t, she held a love for him that ran really deep, deeper than we may have felt it should be given everything but it was deep. Laurel’s love for oliver wasn’t some fickle shallow love. She loved him in pretty much every way you could love a person, as a friend, as family, as a lover. She loved him enough to cut him off or tell him about himself and she loved him enough to forgive him and stick at his side through his most trying moments in his life. 

See yes Laurel always saw the best parts of Oliver. According to Oliver she didn’t just see it, SHE WAS IT.  She loved him, she knew him better them pretty much anyone, she grew up with him, she knew who he was under every layer that he put on. Under every facade, she always saw him, the real him. Like she said herself she knew who he was in his bones. In season 1 Oliver himself even admitted that the man Laurel knew and loved wasn’t some idealized version of him, it was the person he always was, it was just buried underneath all of his layers and his island experience peeled those layers back and revealed him the true him. That’s so important, because it’s really different from the “you made me a better person trope” that people love so much. Oliver admitted that he was always a better person, she didn’t make him one, he just had it all hidden underneath his comfortable little layers, and once those were all stripped away from him he was revealed to be the person she always saw, the person he always was. 

The biggest sign that Laurel did love the true Oliver is that Laurel loved the Oliver that became a hero BEFORE he was even a hero. The oliver that went on that island already had the capacity to become a hero, he already had the qualities, they didn’t form out of thin air. She didn’t love a man that was perfect, she loved a man that she knew was kind, and compassionate, and giving of himself for others,a man that cared about the well being of others, a man that when presented with the chance to defend the powerless he would take up the call and do it, selflessly sacrificing his own needs for the good of others. That wasn’t some idea of a person that laurel conjured up in her head that didn’t really exist, that was who oliver was, and that’s why he was able to become that person. If you believe that Oliver truly is the green arrow, then you have no choice but to believe that Laurel loved the green arrow. Her connection to the true oliver was so damn deep that she even believed in him as the arrow before she even knew it was him. When no one believed in his vigilantism SHE DID. When people saw him as a monster, and a murderer she saw him as a hero, a man who might not be perfect but he’s trying and and who’s actions are heroic. She believed all this wholeheartedly before she knew it was oliver, and when she learned that it was him she never questioned how he could ever become that hood, she never questioned if he should keep being the hood, she never looked at him differently, she knew that it was always in him, that it was always who he was supposed to be and wanted nothing but for him to continue to embrace that. 

Laurel saw the green arrow in Oliver before even he saw it. Laurel loved the green arrow in oliver before he embraced it. Laurel didn’t love some idea of him, some conjured up false reality. She loved oliver, the green arrow just as much as she loved ollie, her best friend, her childhood sweetheart. Laurel believed in oliver the green arrow so much, and loved him so much she never ever even made him choose between his life as the arrow and her. She never looked at Oliver’s life as the arrow as something that was a hinderance to him, something that would keep him away from her or away from being happy. She never discouraged him from taking on the task of being a hero but instead she always pushed him towards it, knowing that the arrow is exactly who is was inside. She looked at it like it was his calling, the person he was always meant to be, she wanted him to be every bit of the hero he tries to be. I don’t even have to point out that this is VASTLY different from another relationship he had, one where he was actually was forced into this box that he actually didn’t want to be in or fit in. One where he was actually pushed to be this person that he really wasn’t all for the sake of pleasing someone. One where he was actually encouraged to give up his calling, give up his role as a hero so that he could somehow be worthy of someone’s love and affection. The oliver that Laurel loved wouldn’t turn his back on his city, wouldn’t give up when it got hard, wouldn’t trade in a life of service to others for a life chillen in the damn suburbs doing nothing. The Oliver that Laurel loved wouldn’t have had to be convinced to come back and help his team and his city, he would have never left them in the first place because that’s not what hero’s do, and the oliver laurel loved was a hero. 

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All My Favorite Olicity Moments

Anon asked: you have the best analysis of olicity, ray, barry, canary, team arrow, and pretty much everything else. I even know why you love Olicity so much! but i was wondering what’s your favorite olicity scene, favorite olicity episode, favorite olicity line, favor olicity scene without having olicity in it( barry saying you like him, oliver telling dig we can protect her, the look on oliver’s face with thea after he saves felicity from the count, etc.), just olicity favorites in general! thanks!

Is it weird that I was super excited about this ask Anon? Cuz I was. Sorry for the delay, but I’ve been traveling and didn’t have access to my gifs. Gifs were absolutely necessary for this post. Let’s get to it.

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Send Laurel Lance to Central City
  • Give Laurel a team that loves her and supports her and instead of saying ‘You can’t fight, you can’t do anything.” they say “You can’t fight, yet. So let’s change that.”
  • Give Laurel a friend like Iris. Someone who also grew up with her father always looking over her shoulder, someone who lost the man they love because he saved her life. Let the two of them go to the gun range every weekend and then get lattes and scones at Jitters. Let them talk about shoes and their jobs and their teams. Let them be best friends. Let Iris interview Laurel as she continues her career up to CCDA. Let Laurel be the one who sets Iris up on her first date after Eddie. 
  • Give Laurel a friend like Cisco. Someone who can’t help but believe in her. Give her someone who can cast out all the old self doubts and worries. Someone happy and bouncy and optimistic. Give her someone who looks at the world with rose colored glasses because she lost hers so long ago. Give her someone who thinks she amazing just for wanting to help people and someone who thinks the work she actually does is just the best icing on any cake he’s ever had. 
  • Give Laurel an ally like Caitlin. Someone who also had to claw her way up in a field dominated by men. Let them go out for bad karaoke nights together and drink only lemonade, because Laurel has been sober for two years and Caitlin wants to support her. Let them go to an exhibit down town, because Caitlin really wants to go and while Laurel has no idea what exactly it is she lets Caitlin explain it all to her. 
  • Give Laurel a hero like Barry. A hero who sees the best in people. A hero who believes his whole team is the reason he’s successful. Give her a chance to be creative in fights. Give her a chance to be the hero Barry cant be. She can be the hero on the streets. Not a superhero or a metahuman, but just a normal person who wants to protect her city.

    Give Laurel a chance to be loved and supported. Let her know that she can be a hero. Let Laurel become the Black Canary with a group who really believes she can. Don’t keep her in a place where people tear her down or loop everything around to her sobriety or her mental state. Give her a chance to learn from her mistakes and to become a true hero. 
Olicity fanfic: First Impressions, Chapter 1

Word Count: 4,176
Rating: Teen
Pairings: Olicity, Merlance, SmoaknLance

Summary: [modern Pride and Prejudice AU] “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young woman in possession of a great intellect must be in want of job that requires its use.” But Felicity Smoak seemed stuck in the quiet beach town of Hertfordshire forever. Will the handsome summer tourist and his snobby best friend save her from another season of boredom or will Oliver Queen’s stuck up attitude make Felicity want to strangle him before it’s even over?

Author’s Note: I blame President’s Day for this.

The (tentative) plan is to update this every Tuesday.

Enjoy!

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Chapter 1
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a young woman in possession of a great intellect must be in want of job that requires its use.

Unless, however, your mother is Donna Smoak, in which case she is determined to find you a husband who will provide you with a life that never requires you to lift a finger much less have an interesting thought in your life.

To call Donna Smoak a gossip would have been an insult to gossips, and really an insult to Donna herself. She was much more than a gossip: she was more like the town newspaper because she knew all the goings on and was determined to tell everyone in close proximity.

So it was no surprise to anyone that the minute a new person moved into town, Donna Smoak was the first to know.

Felicity Smoak stumbled down the stairs that fateful morning, bleary-eyed and exhausted, searching desperately for a cup of coffee to jolt her awake. She grunted a greeting to her mom and stepfather once she entered the kitchen, then made a beeline for the coffeemaker.

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  • Laurel Lance: *speaks the damn truth in 4x05 about her family and Oliver being a fuckboy in general*
  • Me: 👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀👌👀 true shit trUe sHit👌 thats ✔ some true👌👌shit right👌👌there👌👌👌 right✔there ✔✔if i do ƽaү so my self 💯 i say so 💯 thats what im talking about right there right there (chorus: ʳᶦᵍʰᵗ ᵗʰᵉʳᵉ) mMMMMᎷМ💯 👌👌 👌НO0ОଠOOOOOОଠଠOoooᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒᵒ👌 👌👌 👌 💯 👌 👀 👀 👀 tRUe shit
Who Is Really The Original Team Arrow?

Anonymous said: I was just wondering what your opinion is on whether laurel and oliver were the original team arrow while diggle and felicity are just add ons. I disagree with laurel/oliver original team arrow but i don’t know how to explain my opion exactly on the subject and you word things so much better than i ever could.

I’ve gotten this question twice, so I figured I’d better answer it. lol I’ve seen this argument between Oliciters and Laurivers floating around for awhile. Let’s all remember everyone is on the same team. Everyone wants to do good - Felicity, Diggle and Laurel. That being said…there is an answer to this question as to who Original Team Arrow is.  

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Send Laurel Lance to Central City

jessielightyear:

  • Give Laurel a team that loves her and supports her and instead of saying ‘You can’t fight, you can’t do anything.” they say “You can’t fight, yet. So let’s change that.”
  • Give Laurel a friend like Iris. Someone who also grew up with her father always looking over her shoulder, someone who lost the man they love because he saved her life. Let the two of them go to the gun range every weekend and then get lattes and scones at Jitters. Let them talk about shoes and their jobs and their teams. Let them be best friends. Let Iris interview Laurel as she continues her career up to CCDA. Let Laurel be the one who sets Iris up on her first date after Eddie. 
  • Give Laurel a friend like Cisco. Someone who can’t help but believe in her. Give her someone who can cast out all the old self doubts and worries. Someone happy and bouncy and optimistic. Give her someone who looks at the world with rose colored glasses because she lost hers so long ago. Give her someone who thinks she amazing just for wanting to help people and someone who thinks the work she actually does is just the best icing on any cake he’s ever had. 
  • Give Laurel an ally like Caitlin. Someone who also had to claw her way up in a field dominated by men. Let them go out for bad karaoke nights together and drink only lemonade, because Laurel has been sober for two years and Caitlin wants to support her. Let them go to an exhibit down town, because Caitlin really wants to go and while Laurel has no idea what exactly it is she lets Caitlin explain it all to her. 
  • Give Laurel a hero like Barry. A hero who sees the best in people. A hero who believes his whole team is the reason he’s successful. Give her a chance to be creative in fights. Give her a chance to be the hero Barry cant be. She can be the hero on the streets. Not a superhero or a metahuman, but just a normal person who wants to protect her city.

    Give Laurel a chance to be loved and supported. Let her know that she can be a hero. Let Laurel become the Black Canary with a group who really believes she can. Don’t keep her in a place where people tear her down or loop everything around to her sobriety or her mental state. Give her a chance to learn from her mistakes and to become a true hero.