Sign of the Times

Aaaaaand the next one. 

Just…meh, take it, it was more of a challenge with @waffle-walks than anything. At angst, and shit. AT LEAST I DIDN’T KILLED ANYONE HERE. NOT LIKE SOMEONE.

So, based on the Hanahaki AU, thingy. Yeah! No one dies, so chill. 

Anyways, uh, mentions of blood? yah. 

Disclaimer: Voltron doesn’t belong to me. 

“I’m sorry, Lance.”

Lance shakes his head stubbornly, his mouth twitching into a ghost smile as he weakly raises his hand and wipes Keith’s tears away from his pale cheek.

“I’m sorry too, Keith.”

It’s Keith’s turn to shake his head, a few sniffles escaping his mouth as he bows his head in defeat.

“No, you don’t – you didn’t do anything wrong. I’m so sorry Lance, I’m so damn sorry I couldn’t love you the way you needed me to.”

Lance hums quietly, his fingers gently rubbing Keith’s hand, only taking a sharp breath when he feel the plain cold silver ring on his index finger.

Keith’s follows his gaze and his lip quivers with emotion.

“I’m so sorry, Lance.”

“You fell in love, Keith.” Lance mumbles, hesitating only a second before rubbing the ring’s surface carefully, almost fondly, “Just like I fell for you. It was a choice we both made, I have no regrets.”

“I never meant for this to happen.” Keith whispers, wincing when Lance coughs, trying to be subtle but failing miserably. Keith sighs before taking the wet cloth from the table to wipe the thin line of blood on Lance’s mouth, “You’re my best friend and you were – are dying, because of me. How can I not regret my decisions?”

“Because I won’t let you.” Lance answers slowly, his free hand over his chest as a second wave of coughs surrounds him, small bloody petals falling to the small bucket in front of him, “I- I couldn’t let you miss your chance at love. He loves you with all his heart, Keith.”

“So do you.” Keith sobs, pushing his forehead against their intertwined hands, “So do you, Lance. God, I can’t lose you, but I am either way and I’m so damn sorry.”

“You know I could die happy with this feeling.” Lance confesses quietly, staring sadly at the crying black haired man in front of him, “You know that, but I won’t.”

“Because I won’t let you.” Keith finishes, voice choked up and tired, taking a deep breath before raising his head, “This is the best decision.”

Lance nods, resigned and defeated. “I’m going to miss you, Keith. My mind won’t remember but my heart always will.”

“Damn it, Lance.” Keith curses, tears falling from his eyes easily as he pushes himself even further into the brunet’s space, “We never learn, do we?”

“Nah.” Lance jokes, bumping his forehead against Keith’s shoulder playfully, “Come on, stop your crying. It’s the sign of the times, mullet.”

Keith chuckles wetly, shaking his head in disbelief before he raises his head. “We will meet again somewhere, I promise.”

Lance’s own eyes get misty at the words and he nods shakily, not even bothering to wipe away his tears. “Somewhere far away from here.”

The door of the room opens, the Doctor enters calmly, announces it’s time and suddenly their hands feel cold, empty and fragile as they push Lance’s gurney away.

Keith can only watch as Lance looks back at him helplessly. He tries to memorize the emotion in their blue color: the recognition, the love, the pain, every single emotion between them, holding onto them for dear life.

Keith limits himself to wave, smiling encouragingly, sending back every emotion towards Lance as best as he can with his own eyes, praying, or maybe hoping, that some of that stays with the brunet even after the surgery.

There’s a sudden pressure on his hand and Keith doesn’t need to look up to know it his husband’s.

His hand still feels cold.

                                                           ✗✗║ @axllrose

Stephanie HAD been looking forward for going to San Diego to spend Easter with her family, have Dylan get involved in the huge easter egg hunt, introduce Chloe to the rest of the extended family. But now she was just anxious more than anything. With the ongoing drama between her and her mother considering the event, the phone calls where she’d demand her daughter not to bring her boyfriend to the family gathering merely because he was unwelcome by the family, or really, was just unwelcome by her mother, plus the uncertainty of not knowing how she’s going to react when she opens the door to find that Stephanie in fact did end up bringing Axl down to San Diego with her and the kids. She was certainly a little more tense than usual. With Stephanie already on edge, it probably didn’t help that Dylan was whining about how hungry he was for pretty much the entirety of the trip with Chloe who’d been screaming her little lungs out on and off for the last two and a half hours just beside him. She really didn’t care if Axl refused to have anything to do with the spiteful woman she was unlucky enough to call Mom, was avid more than anything to prove to her mother that the man she’s with isn’t this horrible monster she makes him out to be to everybody, and that it’s time to get over whatever unreasonable grudge she holds against him because he is the father of her grandchild and they definitely don’t plan on altering or ending their relationship for the sake of her. God, they’re adults. Their lives don’t need to be dictated. They’ll live however the hell they want to. Now they’re only a few houses down from Stephanie’s childhood home when she finally turns to Axl and says, “Look. If Mom does or says anything remotely snide or bitchy to you, you’ve got to tell me right away, okay? ‘Cause I’m not letting her get away with it this time.” Dead seriousness in her tone as she really can’t stand to listen to her mother’s bullshit any longer, she finally pulls up in the driveway before she can take a deep breath and reach over the center console to grab his hand and give it a light squeeze. “It’s not fair and I don’t want her ruining our day.” Glancing back at the two in the backseat and just praying to God that her mother doesn’t screw this up. Or else she’ll most likely just lose her shit. 

The sunny snowy serious selfie - tsssss

© Marie V Vollmer aka Lulette  ||  Saint-Lary, Pyrénées, 12 février 2009

I like my hair, I really never get bored, but I’m always that tiny bit late, eg. for a selfie sunday submission at pws, shoot. Mind you, I was born 2 weeks after the due date…


Thank you for your selfie submission! It was IN TIME! And we love it! And your hair. And this is EXCITING (and anything but boring)

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“Daisy is just a Peach clone!” The Ultimate Response

“Daisy’s just a Peach recolor!”
Peach is a blonde and Daisy’s a ginger. Peach’s dress is rose and pink while Daisy’s is yellow and orange. Peach’s jewels are blue and Daisy’s have been green since 2002. They don’t even have the same skin-tone despite Daisy having a short-lived tan. So they are color-coded for your convenience, but they are not differentiated by color alone.

Daisy has always had her own facial-features and hair-style, as seen in her first two appearances, Super Mario Land and NES Open Tournament Golf, but in 2000 her facial-features were made more distinct in Mario Tennis on the Nintendo 64. In 2002, with the release of Mario Party 4 on the Nintendo GameCube, this became more obvious with the graphic-enhancements from the jump in console generations.

At this same time, Daisy was also given an even more unique hairstyle, as well as her own body-type. She’s shorter than Peach, and is recognized as being thicker than her, having even been categorized in a heavier weight-class in some Mario Kart games.

The most similar thing about their appearances are the princess gowns. Even those are differentiated, though, with Daisy having a flower motif, as well as a number of other visible differences. Meanwhile, Mario and Luigi wear the exact, same outfit aside from Luigi’s hat having an ‘L’ patch and Mario’s having an ‘M’. Additionally, in 2003, with the release of Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Daisy and Peach are shown to have different, primary athletic-clothing; Daisy having sport shorts, and Peach a miniskirt.

“Daisy’s just a Peach recolor!” in-close
The alternate color Peach has in the Smash Bros. series of Daisy’s color-scheme is just that. Mario has had a Wario color since the first game, and even Luigi has a Waluigi color; so on with many others in the series. The discrepancy was in Melee, where they added Daisy’s floral details to the alternate outfit. This was based on their appearances on the N64, a time when, as exemplified, the characters’ appearances weren’t as established and differentiated as they now are. This was not an actual representation of Daisy, and unlike Luigi to Mario, Daisy has never been a Peach recolor.  

Above compilation provided by Outfoxy on Kinja.

“Daisy doesn’t have a personality!”
In 2003, with the release of Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Daisy was given a new voice, Deanna Mustard. Daisy’s voice finally matched her original description of being a tomboyish, energetic Princess. This was a description made in her debut as a damsel-in-distress, despite the role. On the character select-screen, Daisy poses from side to side, flexing her arms and exclaiming, “Mhm! Mhm!” sassily. Some of her quotes from the game include:“S’up, I’m new, but golf is my thing! And I’ll go toe-to-toe to prove it!“ “Seriously, are you aiming there?” and, “Yes, yes! I rule! I rule!”

From here on, Daisy’s vernacular has had an American twang and recurring usage of Western slang. “Yo!” is a catchphrase Daisy utters in various appearances.

In 2004, in Mario Power Tennis, Daisy will scoff, “Tch,  I’m so sure!” and, “Whatever!” in response to the opponent getting a point. In her trophy ceremony, she rolls-out in a pair of roller-blades, remarking to Luigi, “Hey sweetie! I’ll take that,” as she jumps, spins, and lands to grab the trophy from him, leaving him spinning until he collapses.

Super Mario Strikers, 2005. Daisy will come out on the field exclaiming, “Yeah? Yeah?!” throwing her arms open and grimacing at her opponent before, “Tch. Mm-mm,” turning away in disapproval. Scoring a goal, she pops her hip and licks her finger before touching it to her thigh, sounding out, “Tsssss- Ow, Daisy!”

Mario Strikers Charged, 2007. Daisy drops down onto the field, raising up off the ground to exclaim, “Oh, yeah? Come on!” striking a boxer-pose as a bell rings-out. Upon being scored on, Daisy will turn to her teammates, crossing her arms and tapping her foot as she furiously growls; they are seen trembling beneath her. Scoring a goal, she brushes her shoulders off one before the other, simultaneously, “Uh-huh! Alright! Daisy!” followed by shrugging.

A selection of the many quotes from 2011′s Fortune Street include:

  • “Yeah, sure. Big castle. Woooo. I’m totally impressed. Could use a few more flowers though…”
  • “I bet Bowser seriously thinks this goofy castle is totally intimidating. As if!”
  • “I totally want to scale up the side of that statue. What a challenge!”
  • “I’m supposed to pick out a new trade here, huh? Let’s see… Maybe I should be a professional athlete! Yeah!” 
  • “You may wonder why I want to win so badly. Well, it’s ‘cause I just HATE losing!”
  • “Winning is a matter of timing and luck. I don’t have either, but I’ve never let that stop me before!”
  • “Don’t underestimate me, people! Just because I’m a princess doesn’t mean I won’t fight dirty!”
  • “If you give me a good number, little die, I’ll promote you to court jester! I’m a princess - I can do that!”

“Daisy doesn’t have a personality!” in-close
So Daisy is not as proper or poised as she would be based on her appearance and status as royalty. She’s usually standing with her hands on her hips, exhibiting hotheadedness in defeat, showboating in victory, and showing off to get her way. Yes, she partakes in the princess life of luxury, but she’s well extroverted and outgoing, and as exemplified, she’s tough and sassy, too. Sounds like a personality whether you like it or not.

“Daisy’s annoying!”
If that’s your opinion, why are you saying it as if it’s a fact? You stop that. You can irrationally hate something if you want to, but it doesn’t reinforce the other negative matters here, and it doesn’t negate the facts. Any Mario character could be accused of being annoying. How about, “Wah!” And, “It’s-a-me, Mario!” Additionally, “Ohhh- Did I win?” Finally, [Random Animal Noises from DK]. Even Rosalina emotes. What you could find annoying about a character, all their fans could find admirable or charming about them.

“Daisy’s just a filler-character!”
A filler-character is someone merely included to make numbers, rather than to add something to the cast. Filler-characters have no intellectual or entertaining value, and no input.

This is only applicable to Daisy in certain appearances, and to certain extents. For example, in most Mario Party games there is nothing to differentiate the characters from one-another when it comes to most of the gameplay, but most of Daisy’s appearances in these games still include doses of her unique personality and representation, which are elements of gameplay. The best example would be in Super Mario Land, where Daisy filled the role of the damsel-in-distress, much as Peach does in most of her appearances in this role. This is the one and only time Daisy ever fills this role herself, however.

It should be pointed out, also, that Daisy was reintroduced into Mario games in Mario Tennis because they wanted more human characters. That is filling a role, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to being a filler-character; which should be obvious. In this game, Daisy did have her own play-style, voice, appearance, and personality. Indeed, for the first time she was portrayed to be outgoing, jumping around the court with each point. She also gets so caught up in her own victory celebration, she falls off the stage.

As her appearances continued, Daisy proved to have even more differences in play-style than not just Peach, but the other characters, too. In Mario Golf, Daisy’s play-style is entirely unique, having her own, designated attributes.  In Mario Power Tennis on the NGC, Daisy’s flower powers are heavily explored, being able to summon petals around her racket to deliver a powerful shot, and being able to float over a growing bed of flowers to reach the ball for a defensive return. As of the most recent tennis game, Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Daisy is no longer even in the same category-type as Peach, being an All-Around type instead of a Technique type like in her earlier tennis appearances, showing this character continues to evolve over time.

Daisy has her own special abilities in many other games, as well. In the first baseball game, Mario Superstar Baseball, Daisy has the Flower Ball, which conceals her ball in a barrage of confusing petals. In the second baseball game, Mario Super Sluggers, she has the Flower Swing, which conceals her ball’s destination in a flower-garden with an accompanying fence, guarding it off. She has the unique ability of a Super Dive, as well, letting her dive great lengths to catch a ball. This game also introduced Baby Daisy, who has appeared in numerous games since. Daisy also has the Crystal Smash from Mario Strikers Charged, a special ability where Daisy punches the ground, which then erupts with giant, jagged crystals that wreck opponents. In Mario Sports Mix Daisy pulls out a pair of pom-poms to deflect objects and people.

Daisy also has her own levels in games like Mario Kart, where the Daisy Cruiser, her own, personal cruise-ship, was introduced. This level reappears in numerous Mario Kart games, and served as her personal stadium in Mario Super Sluggers. Other Daisy levels include the Daisy Circuit, Daisy Hills, and Crystal Canyon.

“Daisy’s just a filler-character!” in-close
They do not pay separate actors money to reprise a role for over a decade, create multiple versions of, create entire levels based-on, develop a unique design for, design multiple costumes for. establish a unique personality for, create individual special-abilities for, and assign personal-statistics to a mere filler-character.

Daisy has received developmental changes over time that address these matters. Saying things like this really ignores that effort, and it only acknowledges her status and description in her earliest appearances.

“Daisy’s a spin-off character!”
Daisy has appeared in more than fifty games to this day, December 15th, 2015. Forty-four of her appearances have her as a playable character. One of her appearances was in a Mario platformer game, that being her debut-appearance, Super Mario Land.

Did her appearance in this game contribute to the game, or even she herself? Well, it established her kingdom, and her description as a tomboy princess. It served to set a Mario game in a place outside of the Mushroom Kingdom for a change. If she was merely created for the spin-off games, she’d probably have less going for her character’s background and history. Still, as covered, she herself didn’t receive much of any notable attention in the game, serving as the measly, damsel-in-distress role Peach has so often.

The platformers aren’t necessarily all that they’re made out to be by Nintendo fans. The spin-off games are no less canonical to the Mario series than any of the platformers, and Nintendo gives zero gold-coins about story compared to gameplay either way. The platformers can be just as much of cash-grabs, too. Anyone who plays most Mario games should know all that. Why is it then that so much importance is placed on a character appearing in the platformers compared to the spin-offs?

Well for some characters the platformers have given that opportunity for good character growth in a short number of appearances, as opposed to the character growth exemplified here for Daisy, which has occurred over many appearances. That doesn’t mean that being in a platformer necessarily will give character growth, however. Many of the characters’ appearances in the platformers have given just as little to them as some of the spin-offs. There is still a clear advantage in a character gaining development in one of the platformers, however. This is simply what it comes down to.

“Daisy’s a spin-off character!” in-close
So yes, Daisy is a spin-off character. There’s a lot not being accounted for in her decade and a half of consistent appearances, though. A lot that has added-up to garner respect that she’s not getting.

So it’s like a double-edged sword where she now has a lot going for her because of these appearances, but the stigma of appearing in only spin-offs is preventing enough recognition.

Her fans still yearn for her to appear in more opportunistic roles because we know it’s what could turn others around. Appearing in the platformers or something like a Smash Brothers game would put her in the spotlight she needs to show all that she’s become. I hope the people who say these things against the character can read this and get a grasp of all there is they may be missing.

anonymous asked:

Hello! Do you have top 10 miraculous ladybug fanfics you love the most? I need to find sometheng new to read and you have amazing taste! <3

Awww, thank you!  <3 

That’s a tough one!  Some of these are already pretty popular, but in no particular order, here are some of my favorites:

* The comic I’ve been drawing recently is from Back To Us by @insanitysbloomings, which I am SUPER into right now, and not only has plenty of adorable Adrinette moments, but also lots of Nino/Alya cuteness.

* The Tendencies series by @kryallaorchid was one of the first I ever read and still one of my favorites. She also is currently writing Sting, which I’ve really enjoyed so far.

* Heartstrings by @taylordraws was actually THE first ML fic I ever read, and I found out about it thanks to some awesome fanart by @hchano, and even now still remains close to my heart (ba-dum-tsssss~! …I’ll let myself out)

* @skaylanphear is probably best known for “Serendipitous Fate” (which I made a comic for), but I think my favorite of hers is actually the much shorter (only 3 chapters) “My Last Thoughts Are of You”  (So much angst tho, liek omg XD)

* I really enjoyed @thelastpilot ‘s Rainy Days, which had a really exciting climax/final akuma battle. (I also made a comic of the adorable reveal). I also loved the Nino-centric “Won’t Tell A Soul,” which is a prequel to “The Weight of Jade” (which features Turtle!Nino)  

* I’m a HUGE sucker for Enemy AUs, and one of my favorite enemy AU fics is “(It Wasn’t) Meant To Be” by @geek-fashionista, whose “Lucky Us” and “Winter Sonata AU” fics are also pretty popular.

* I’ve also recently found this other Enemy AU, “Curiosity and Satisfaction” by @imthepunchlord and I can’t wait to see what happens next  :)

* I loved “The Wingman Visits” by @niuniente, in which Chat Noir accidentally discovers Ladybug’s secret identity after a bad injury, and after finding out she has a crush on Adrien Agreste, decides to act as his own wingman.  Hilarity and angst ensue.  ;)

* “Truthful Scars” by @frostedpuffs was one that I was around from beginning to end, which is unusual for me.  Usually when I start reading a fic it’s either right in the middle or after it’s been finished, or worse, abandoned! LOL

* @x-benihime has a bunch of great oneshots that are sometimes connected, such as “Finding You” (I feel I should put a brief warning: there are some graphic descriptions of scars/injuries),  “You Were Never Alone,” and lots of others.

I’m sure there are more I forgot to mention, but hopefully at least some of these are new to you!  Happy reading! <3

Originally posted by lovelikewar22