victim of convenience

death note: u need a first and last name
potential victim: conveniently says their first and last name within the first 30 seconds of their introduction

HOW TO DRINK WINE FOR CLASSY ASS YOUNG ADULTS

WINE IS A FUCKING ART. JUST LIKE THERE ARE WAYS TO WIN WARS THERE ARE WAYS TO SERVE WINE. IT’S NOT JUST PICK YOUR FAVORITE MERLOT AND GO. IT’S TECHNICAL AND SHIT. BY THE TIME I’M DONE YOU’LL BE READY TO FUCK SHIT UP SONOMA COUNTY STYLE MOTHERFUCKERS. 

FIRST OF ALL, TEMPERATURE. JUST SO YOU KNOW, WINE TASTES BEST DEPENDING ON HOW COLD IT IS. EVERY MOTHERFUCKER KNOWS THAT WINE SHOULD BE STORED IN A COOL PLACE, OUT OF THE SUN, HORIZONTALLY IF IT’S CORKED. WINE RACKS ARE EASY TO MAKE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BUY THEM. JUST PUT THE WINE BETWEEN THE RIBS OF YOUR LATEST VICTIM. CONVENIENCE MOTHERFUCKER. 

SPARKLING WINES SHOULD BE CHILLED FOR AN HOUR IN FREEZER BEFORE SERVING. ICE COLD. LIKE THE CORE OF YOUR HEART. IF YOU WANT IT TO GET COLD FASTER, YOU CAN STORE IN AN ICE BUCKET FOR 30 MINUTES. 

AFTER SERVING  PLACE THE OPEN BOTTLE IN A BUCKET OF ICE

WHITE WINE AND ROSE SHOULD BE CHILLED FOR A HALF HOUR IN THE FREEZER BEFORE SERVING. DON’T PUT IN BUCKET OF ICE AFTER OPENING. FUCKING LET IT SWEAT OUT ON THE TABLE. IT’LL BE EXPOSED AND NERVOUS. PUT GLASSES ON THE BOTTLE TO KEEP IT COOL. CLEVER MOTHERFUCKER.  

NOW REPEAT AFTER ME 

CHANT IT BEFORE BATTLE

INCLUDE IT IN YOUR PRAYERS

SCREAM IT TO THE VALKYRIES 

RED WINE SHOULD NOT BE SERVED ROOM TEMPERATURE. 

PUT RED WINE IN THE FRIDGE FOR AN HOUR BEFORE DECANTING. THEN KEEP THE BOTTLE ON THE TABLE. EASY MOTHERFUCKER. 

THAT’S NOT ALL THOUGH. YOU CAN’T JUST POUR WINE ALL WILLY NILLY WITH WHATEVER DISH YOU WANT. YOU’RE NOT A PLEB. YOU’RE A FUCKING GENERAL. YOU KNOW YOUR SHIT. 

THIS TIP COMES FROM THE HEART, YOU BEAUTIFUL ASSHOLE. I’M SHARING WITH YOU THE /EASIEST/ AND MOST /SIMPLE/ WAY TO PAIR WINES. 

THE FUCKING COLOR. 

LIGHTER COLORED FOODS GET LIGHT WINES. 

DARKER COLORED FOODS GET DARK WINES. 

RED OR MEAT SAUCES GET RED WINES 

FISH AND CITRUS FLAVORS GET WHITE WINES. 

THE NEXT TIME SOMEONE SWISHES A GLASS AT YOU AND SMELLS THE WINE FIRST. CUT OF THEIR HANDS. THEY DON’T DESERVE WINE ANYMORE. 

i know its easy to say that the zquad victimizes zayn or zayn victimizes himself but zayn is the only one of his kind where hes at and like, mashallah his endurance is admirable but he shouldnt have to be enduring anything?? zayns victim to some of the most traumatic mass scale islamaphobia that as an individual i cant even comprehend enduring they degrade his faith, accuse him of associations to unspeakable things w/o evidence, constantly target him for his actions and at a point its emotionally and mentally challenging for me to witness this happen over and over again. its just wild how much yall throw around the word victim and conveniently forget things like this lmao

gruvia: foreshadowing their future fight vs. natsu

michaela yes i’ll elaborate!  (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

At the moment, Gray and Juvia are in an undefinable stage in their romantic relationship, at least from Gray’s side. Mashima has posted on his twitter that “their relationship is still a mystery” and coming off the high of chapter 416, this is underwhelmingly and somewhat predictably true. I joined the fairy tail fandom a few weeks after 416 so I remember that there was a lot of expectation that at the very least Gray and Juvia would be living together comfortably for the whole year, yet it turned out not to be the case. That was a nice twist though, I was excited at the possibility of having an ominous mini-arc, where Gray might have been possessed by his demon powers. Alas, no.

The avatar arc was a bust for me because it had Juvia become a victim to plot conveniences and Gray not even be tempted to the dark side. Specifically, Gray got this glorious set-up when we found out he left Juvia; there were demon marks on him, he joined a dark guild worshipping Zeref, and it seemed like he was working alone to fulfill his Father’s will. In Juvia’s case, even if she was not my favorite character, I just don’t understand the need to make her sick, emotionally regressed to the point her rain returned, and then have her pain not even be an important part to the Gruvia storyline. Her rain and her regression did nothing but create an excuse that kept her out of Gray’s “solo” mission and later, Team Natsu’s get-together. 

I’m not saying that I disliked the previous arc because Gray and Juvia were not together for the whole time, or that they didn’t have a more romantic cannon moment, because I understand Mashima is running short of ways to keep these two apart until the end of the story. I’m saying that I disliked the futile reasons for Gray’s disappearance (Natsu blew his cover anyway), and the fact that the potentially large significance of Juvia’s rain was diluted to a mere off-panel moment where we don’t know if Gray ever found out about her condition or not. Like I said, I don’t understand the point of her rain’s return if in the end everybody was unaffected by it, and as much as I hope that there still is an underlying purpose behind Juvia’s state, I think Gray’s quick yet sincere apology wrapped up that poorly written arc.

After Fairy Tail’s revival, we got a few panels of them working together, and the guild teasing them about their closeness, and it was sweet because Gray was awkward about it, but their panels were mainly focused on their friends, and I loved that. I also respect the fact that Gray has feelings he still has to come to terms with, and that there is no obligation for him to show his love (bordering romantic) for Juvia in the same way she does for him. And in general, the Alvarez Arc had only a few “shipping” moments, and they were mostly for humor (i.e. gajevy’s grope, juvia fantasizing about gray while she was in a bath, natsu landing on lucy’s chest as always). 

One thing that’s been pointed out though, and you can see several greats posts about it x x and x, is that Gray has been a little cold and distant lately. I agree and that’s even taking into consideration that he is a more private and emotionally restrained character. But he undoubtedly had an increased emotional openness towards her when they were living together, and he was comfortable and happy, for Juvia would not call it “our home” so seriously in her raw state if otherwise.

More about their future though: 416 ended with Gray declaring to defeat E.N.D, and with Juvia agreeing to work with him (and watch over him: she is also following Silver’s will here). For the most part, they had the same goal in mind, until recently: Juvia said, out loud, that the real enemy was Zeref. Gray, still focused on his father’s goal, thought “E.N.D.” That’s important: Mashima has been teasing us with this silent interaction between Natsu and Gray for a while now. They’ve been wordlessly acknowledging the other’s body language i.e. Natsu paying attention to Gray’s demon marks, Gray noticing Natsu holding his bandaged arm, and also having more brotp moments fighting side by side. This is plot set-up for when Gray knows the truth about Natsu, and it will be all the more horrible because he’ll be torn between two people he loves; his father and his brother-figure.

Here’s where I think Juvia will be very important to the overall story, so actually make that three people he’ll be torn between. Juvia, who he is afraid to lose, who is patient and brave and has a mind of her own, will be the one to make Gray realize what his father (and his friends) really want for him. This is why I think so:

In this panel, Juvia reevaluates her motive for fighting Keith: in addition to defeating him to get rid of Face, she asks herself “is this really for Gray’s benefit?” Juvia has a very serious and analytical side to her when she battles or plans for her battles, and it’s this reason why I believe she has already stepped back, understood the whole picture, and realized that Zeref is the true enemy here, not E.N.D. And who’s to say that she hasn’t spent some time during Gray’s absence researching anything she could about E.N.D, Zeref, and dark guilds so she could reach that conclusion before Fairy Tail regrouped? After all, she was originally a member of Phantom Lord, she knows a thing or two about the forbidden and disastrous things guilds (people) do to assert power, all in Zeref’s name. 

As I’ve previously mentioned, I think having a Gray vs. Juvia fight is long overdue and definitely expected; Mashima has been including these kind of throw-backs between his recent arcs and his first few arcs for a while now, and because the only thing stopping Gruvia from reaching cannon is Gray’s struggle with his feelings, a head-on encounter would provide a direct way for him to accept them, for once and for all. This time, Juvia will be the one to show him the clear skies, to save him from the prospect of fighting Natsu, another loved one, and this will be Gray’s last step in his character development: finally being free of his demons, finally fulfilling his father’s will in a way that actually respects Silver’s well-meaning intentions, and finally at peace to return Juvia’s feelings and to know that “love and life” is a happiness worth risking, even in the face of death.