One year ago, Arrow aired its 12th episode of its third season. I had been looking forward to alive Oliver making his reappearance to grieving Felicity, and for a few glorious seconds, all was right in the world.
And then, it very quickly went downhill, and the episode ended like this:
I felt sucker punched. I knew that something was going to happen to keep the two of them apart the back half of the season, but I had never imagined it would be like this. So for the first time since I started watching Arrow, I went looking for people like me–people who loved the show as much as I did, who felt devastated by the end of 3x12 like I did, who had seen the chemistry between Oliver and Felicity and hoped for more like I did.
A year ago, I found the Olicity fandom on Tumblr.
Those first few weeks, I didn’t even have my own Tumblr–I just lurked and read and was so encouraged to find people who thought like me, who loved the fictional couple and show as much as I did. @scu11y22, @callistawolf, @jbuffyangel, @dettiot, @notthrowingawaymyfairytale – you were all part of my initial exposure to the Olicity fandom, and I’m so grateful I found my people.
My Tumblr will be a year old at the end of the month, and I’m almost at 1500 followers. Thank you all for coming along on this fandom journey with me–and for tolerating my wide interests, from Olicity to Star Wars to Jane Austen to whatever else grabs my fancy. You are a part of what makes this experience so much fun to me.
(I wish I could send these 4x12 gifs back to post 3x12 me - but dang, have we ever earned it!)