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MITSU’S TOP TEN ANIME OF 2016

Wow what a shit year! Not for anime, I mean, it was okay at worst. I think we’re definitely at the upward slope of the anime renaissance now, but still at the very start of it. It’s hard to think about that when most of what comes out (and is somehow popular) is just…the most generic shit. Well, I did the work for you. I weeded and trudged through some of the worst anime around and even some of my shit favorites to bring you the actual good, worth watching anime of the year.

Yeah, not everything you saw or want to see on this list is here, but you can check my foreword from last week that explains all that garbage. Links to each anime’s respective review will be on the titles (and added for those that just finished). Know that this list is pretty fluid. From 8 or 7 up, it’s all very much I loved them, but the higher up, the more I recommend anyone watch them.

10. Magical Girl Raising Project

Madoka was cool. I finally watched it this year and I was just as blown away by the psychological aspects as I expected to be. It just lacked that extra bite it needed to really scare my pants off. MGRP however, did indeed take a few years off of my life. I’m really in ruins right now since I can grab you by the shoulders and tell you now: you’ll like a lot of these characters and their thought out designs and personalities, but don’t get attached, cus ALMOST ALL OF THEM DIE.

I have to put MGRP on this list because aside from its fun and original designs, awesome interactions, cool-ass premise and execution (sometimes literally), it had some amazing rewatch value. I watched this anime three times, which is a lot to do in one year. I just had to watch people’s reactions and seeing stuff hidden in the background and revisiting some foreshadowing was so much fun. Definitely worth a watch and I’ll cover more about it in my upcoming review.

9. Orange

Regrets, like I have over not putting Kekkai Sensen into last year’s list, are the main theme of Orange. Buried under the shoujo themes of romance, high school, and angst, lies the actual regret: letting a friend kill himself. The main story unfolds itself very slowly as the group of friends discover that is what they must prevent, but it’s done in a realistic way. The signs of depression and suicide are so jokingly cast aside; it’s no wonder people miss it before it’s too late.

The climax of this story was heart-pounding and gut-wrenching. You find yourself rooting so hard for there to be success, to save someone who may not want to be saved, but must be saved. It might also make you pay closer attention to those around you. It’s an important anime to watch. If you do want one with a little less romantic emphasis though, I recommend you see Colorful instead (or also!).

8. Sweetness and Lightning

I need to marry someone who can cook. It doesn’t have to be a five-star chef, though I wouldn’t complain if it were the case, but Sweetness and Lightning reignited my need to be fed well. The show is about how food brings family and friends together. Aside from the great character interactions, well written children characters, and for god’s sake, the beautiful, perfect looking food, this anime was so pure in the amount of love put into it.

The food tops even some shown in Shokugaki no Soma, purely cus it’s doable for someone with a low skill level (like me), the meals are made for picky eaters (like me), and there’s not a ridiculously emphasis put on the orgasmic nature of food. That’s a thing that Shokugeki no Soma and even Koufuku Graffiti used stylistically in a comedic manner, but it doesn’t fit in Sweetness and Lightning for good reason. This show is accessible in that way, making it easier to show to someone who might want to try anime, but doesn’t want all the sexy fanservice.

7.Drifters

Kick-ass and Metal come to mind when Drifters is mentioned. I love Kohta Hirano’s previous work, Hellsing, a lot. It was a massive gore and blood fest with a sprinkling of comedy in the mix. This is a war and gore fest with a, not a sprinkling of comedy, but more like Hirano accidentally knocked the bottle of comedy over when he was checking on the oven directly into said mix. It’s really funny, but also really awesome. I have a lot to say about it in my review, but I think a dog fight with dragons involved kind of state my case for me. Also Elves, Dwarves and other Tolkien demihumans and monsters abound. It’s fun.

The animation is also gorgeous, especially that stylized, graphic novel looking opening theme with the rock anthem “Gospel of the Throttle” making you “NA NA NA NA NA NA” along with the characters every opening. It’s an excellent show to watch with friends or get yourself pumped. Returning sometime next year!

6. Kuromukuro

How can something be so trope-y, yet so damn enjoyable? Kuromukuro isn’t an original concept, but is done in an original way. The samurai trapped in a machine for 500 years is the new exchange student. The reluctant heroine needs to board the mecha to fight the alien threat. The school festival has been compromised by an alien mecha entering the atmosphere. This anime is funny, but it’s also emotional and holds a much wider scope than I ever could have expected. P.A. Works has been putting out some good contenders in the last few years, and with their lovely art style and well-balanced budget, they were able to pull off this massive mech story in an engaging and entertaining way.

I applaud the cast for one of the best ensembles on this list, bringing forth some of the best and most memorable character chemistry of the season, and some hilarious situational humor. I also cried a little near the end, but honestly, a lot of anime on this list did that to me this year.

5. My Hero Academia

Shonen anime is such a delight now, always a favorite of mine as a kid, but not as firmly as now. I love the underdogs; I love the over the top villains; I love the powers, the fights, and the yelling to infinity. It’s just so exciting and blood pumping, and MHA made it so refreshing with such an interesting spin. These characters are children, inexperienced, with quirks that may or may not be useful. I love Deku because his anxieties and general feelings of being less than everyone else not only make it exciting to see him overcome them, but to use them to keep his head and ego from getting over inflated like some shonen protagonists. Bakugo is such a good foil to him, showing where this could be a major weakness to a shonen protagonist.

Also it’s coming back with THE TOURNAMENT ARC, and if you’re like me and haven’t started the manga yet, DO IT! You won’t regret it! I’m more than excited to see more of this awesome anime in action.

4. Flip Flappers

This anime, wow this anime. I’m so upset not more people are talking about it, but have you seen this delight for the senses? I’m looking forward to reviewing it now just because my jaw is still kinda on the floor. Beautiful animation, a crazy cool style, and some of the best nonsense in magical-girl but not really fight scenes I’ve seen in a while. This anime reminds me of something, but I can’t quite put my thumb on it. I do know it’s like an amalgamation of my editor’s anime “TYPE” so you’ll see more about that in the review.

But good lord did I love the heart of this show. The pure romance, the exciting battles, the trippy psychological horror. Let me just say, that one episode (the Maria Watches Over Us “GOKIGENYO”), probably has scarred me for life, but I love it. It’s just so different and good. It deserves a watch, just for how delighted your eyes will be.

3. Erased (Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi)

I love a story that can get you emotionally invested and cheering for or yelling at the character who you don’t have any control over. Erased was paced beautifully (though some might disagree due to the slight differences in adaptation), and its animation only made every silent, tender moment more enjoyable to look at before the lighting and mood would change and the feeling of bloodlust would stain the air. That’s how you write suspense.

I’m a little annoyed because apparently some other people were reading some character motivations “differently,” (looking at you crunchyroll), but I think it’s safe to say this doesn’t cross the line into romance, at all, and stays a thriller about growing up in a life-threatening situation.

2. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

I love the theatre, and I love comedy and storytelling. This anime manages to hit both of these points while showcasing some of the best animation I’ve ever seen. On top of the animation, there’s good directing, and supporting that is a great soundtrack. The story is vast and covers several characters’ lives over several decades surrounding World War 2.

The rakugo, though, is what makes the story. It’s not the first anime to touch on this topic, but it’s the first to do so in such an interesting way. It was very refreshing compared to a lot of titles on this list (though many of them are refreshing ideas!) with its originality. It’s heartfelt, it’s serious, it’s funny, but it also makes me want to cry. If it weren’t for the top spot being so hype as hell and generally a weekly freak-out among me and my friends, this would have been number one.

1. Mob Psycho 100
What can I say about Mob Psycho that hasn’t already been said? Its opening is gold, its animation is unique and interesting, its writing, directing, and characters are all praise-worthy. It is just hands down the best anime of the year. You may be thinking, “but Mitsu, One Punch Man was number one LAST YEAR. Isn’t Mob a little overhyped?”

No. Sit down and shut up. One is probably one of the best writers on the scene right now and is doing a lot better at writing genuinely empathetic characters and commentary on modern anime genres and tropes than most of the big budget barf fests. I think the “overhyped” talk is nonsense when it comes to mob. It genuinely does some interesting and groundbreaking work. That’s why it’s not only on this list, but number one. It never moved an inch since I decided it should be on the list.

Everything I’ve said has BEEN said by several really good reviewers and critics out there and you should definitely check out what they have to say about it too, because honestly, they’re a lot better than I am. I like Mob Psycho, I like One Punch Man, but I like Mob more. I’m so delighted that One Punch Man will be returning shortly and I only wish for Mob to also share the spotlight, as it deserves.

Midway Thoughts on the Summer of Anime 2017 Season:

Can you believe we are already about halfway through the season?  Where is the fucking time going?  No, seriously, I demand to know where the time is going.  Most of the currently airing shows have reached the mid point of their season, whether that’s the classic sixth or seventh episode, or even third or fifth episode, depending on how many episodes total.  Regardless, it is time once again to give you my midway thoughts about this season and the shows I’m watching, and ones that I’ve dropped.  Keep in mind that since we are at that halfway point, I’m able to go into a bit more details while trying to remain as spoiler free as possible.  Also, please note that this is solely my opinion, and whether your opinion is similar, or different, I’d love to know.  Let’s get started.  

Dive!!:  Studio Zero-G

Dropped.  Honestly, this series was nothing but just a predictable, underwhelming series.  Boy’s club getting shut down?  Oh no!  Boy must become a World Class  ______ in order to save it.  Training episodes.  Things look up.  Oh no, something terrible happens.  Yay.  He did it.  ____ club saved!  At first, I found myself comparing this series to Free!, but I can’t anymore.  It’s lack of literally anything interesting proved that there was no way this was something like Free.  Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Sports anime, don’t bother, unless you want to be reminded about what disappointment is.    

Nana Maru San Batsu:  TMS Entertainment

Dropped.  Why?  Because it’s shit.  Plain and Simple. It started with potiential, but made me completely hate it within the first two episodes with a terrible art style, a bland MC, and a fucking god awful female lead.  Honestly, had this show not been such poorly exacuted, I could have seen this show doing really well.  Oh well.  Moving on.  

Iskekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni: Production Reed

Dropped.  Honestly, there are quite a few reasons why I dropped this show.  Let’s start with the most obvious one: the art style is trash.  It’s just so generic and poorly executed.   I’m also completely sick of the another harem in another world trope.  Granted I’m not really a big fan of harem series in general, and this one managed to throw in a slightly different element by letting the MC keep his smartphone, it still wasn’t enough to make me keep this series for anything longer than two episodes.  At least God understands our first world problems.  

Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e: Studio Lerche

Dropped.   This series was the one that I had the hardest time dropping.  I was told that once it gets to episode three and four, it gets much, much better, and I really did try to get there, but I couldn’t do it.  I just could not do it. That second episode is just bland, and doesn’t feel like it’s even the same series.  Oh well, maybe you guys will have better luck.  

Tsurezure Children:  Studio Gokumi

This is the series that you watch when you’ve had a long day.  It’s cute, and adorable and will put a smile on your face.  It’s the series where you can turn off your brain and relax and watch little kids with their love problems.  What more could you ask for?

Netsuzou TRap:  Creators in Pack

Disappointed.  Nine Minute Series.  Nine Freaking Minutes.  Honestly, unless you live and breathe for Yuri, don’t waste your time. The manga is a billion times better compared to this.  #StopMakingShittyAdaptations #ForeverSalty

Hitorjime My Hero:  Encourage Flims

Yeah, I’m still here watching this.   Why you ask?  Meh, I like BL.  In all honestly though, it’s still turning out alright; it is a Shounen Ai, series, so regardless, I always go into them with no expectations, so for now, it’s just slightly better than most.  

Hajimete no Gal:  Studio NAZ

Have we already mentioned that I was trash?   No?  Oh, well, I’m trash because I fucking LOVE this series.  God, this series is so bad, but it’s great.  Guilty freaking pleasure series and I’m totally not even sorry about it.  I think the main problem everyone has with this series is that since it’s a literal softcore hentai, you have to go in with zero expectations, and literally remind yourself it’s a comedy and shouldn’t be taken seriously.  Oh well, it’s trash, and I’m trash, but I love it.  

Koi no Uso:  LIDENFLIMS

Have you ever wanted to drop a show, but didn’t because you prayed deep down that your question would be answered by the end of the series, knowing full well that, of course, it wouldn’t be?  Well, that’s how I feel with this show.  I want to drop it.  I really want to drop it.  But, I know full well that even though it won’t be answered, it might be answered if I watch it all.  I had some high hopes for this series, and hell, after episode three, I was going strong with this series, but then … it just started falling short.  Pretty soon, I’ll be left with nothing but a bitter taste in my mouth as this show just falls into the pile of “meh” anime with the rest of this year.  Salty thoughts right?  Well, at least you guys know I’ll be following the series til the end.  

Made in Abyss:  Kinema Citrus

If this isn’t the best this season, then it’s definitely the cutest.  This show is wonderful.  After starting it fairly late into the season, and not really knowing what to expect, I instantly became hooked by the third episode.  I also love our MC.  This series is also something completely different, and I’m super thankful for that.  

Kakegurui:  Studio MAPPA

Mmmmmm.   My fucking gods.  I live for these intense psychological series.  I live for the moments where the tones shift into that disturbing take.  MAPPA has been doing those transitions so fucking well.  The characters are very well written, and the plot line is fucking intense and hooks you in from that start.  I literally can not fucking wait for each episode.  Also, Rune is Best Fucking Girl.   Fuck You.  Fight Me.  

Ballroom e Youkoso:  Production I.G. 

Easily one of my favorites this season, and we are barely a fourth of the way into it, which makes me so fucking happy.  I never thought I’d care about a series about Ballroom Dancing; hell, I thought I’d seen it all, but damn, this series is taking me on a ride.  There isn’t a thing I don’t like about this series.  Everything is done beautifully to actually fit the series.  If you are looking for something to watch this season, please watch this.  I could honestly see this becoming as big as Yuri on Ice is.  

Jigoku Shojo:  Studio Deen

Hi, it’s been years since I had my season three, but I’m back, and better than ever before.  Fuck, I’ve missed Hell Girl so fucking much.  You never truly realize how much you love a show until they gift it with a random season years later.  Every. Fucking. Episode. Has. Been. Amazing.  I fucking love it.  I’m still not over those first two episodes.  This is one of the few shows this season where I must watch it the moment it’s available.  I can’t wait for the rest of the season.   

Owarimonogatari Part II:  Studio Shaft

I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING!!  

I want to call this season a masterpiece, but even that doesn’t feel like a strong enough word.  The opening scene with Mayoi-chan literally made me weep tears of joy.  Japan did the most wonderful thing by making a two day special.  I don’t know what I like best about this season:  Mayoi, Kiss-Shot, Ononoki, or freaking Hanekawa, or even Araragi.  I know it’s not the end of the series since there’s still Part Three of Owarimonogatari, as well as several other novels yet to be adapted, but fuck, this season cleared up so many plot lines.  I need more.  Thank you Shaft for proving why you are the best.  Needless to say, not only is this the best thing of the season/year, this is also one of the best things ever created; it’s also currently tied with Kimi no Na Wa for the top spot on MAL, and trust me it’s well deserved.  

Boku no Hero Academia:  Studio Bones

Boku no Fucking Hero Academia is still fucking killing it.  Stain was hype.  The art and animation look fucking amazing, and hell, even the filler episode was wonderful.  WHY ARE YOU NOT WATCHING THIS??!?!?!?!

So anyways, that is my mid season thoughts of the series I am watching. Please keep in mind these are merely my thoughts, and I am not watching everything this season, so if there’s something that I’ve missed, or something that I should be watching, please let me know. Also, tell me some of your thoughts for this season.  

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For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.

Literature Asks

Quotes from literature to inspire you when writing!

  1. “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together.” - J. D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”
  2. “The curves of your lips rewrite history.” - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  3. “A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.” - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
  4. “I took a photo of us mid-embrace. When I am old and alone, I will remember that I once held something truly beautiful.” - Joe Dunthorne, Submarine
  5. “If equal affection cannot be, let the more loving one be me.” - W. H. Auden, “The More Loving One”
  6. “And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
  7. “Who, being loved, is poor?” - Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance
  8. “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” - Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
  9. “The pieces I am, she gather them and gave them back to me in all the right order.” - Toni Morrison, Beloved
  10. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” - Alfred Tennyson
  11. “I’m watching her talk. Watching her jaw move and collecting her words one by one as they spill from her lips. I don’t deserve them. Her warm memories. I’d like to paint them over the bare plaster walls of my soul, but everything I paint seems to peel.” - Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies
  12. “I don’t want you to miss all the things that someone else can give you.” -  Jojo Moyes, Me Before You
  13. “You can love someone so much… But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” - John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
  14. “If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” -  Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
  15. “Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?” - Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl
  16. “I’m just so thankful for our little infinity.” - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  17. “I hope, or I could not live.” - H.G. Wells
  18. “I hadn’t expected that a tiny glimmer of hope for the future could transform someone so utterly.” - Dai Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress: A Novel
  19. “Your eyes are full of language.” - Anne Sexton, Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters 
  20. “You were at the age where you could fall in love with a girl over an expression, over a gesture.” -  Junot Dìaz, This Is How You Lose Her
  21. You can pretend for a long time, but one day it all falls away and you are alone.” - Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea: A Novel
  22. “I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.” - Ian McEwan, Atonement
  23. “You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” - Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind
  24. “I like flaws. I think they make things interesting.” - Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
  25. “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  26. “He doesn’t want you to be real, and to think and to live. He doesn’t love you. But I love you. I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms.” E.M. Forster, A Room With A View
  27. “The more you love someone, he came to think, the harder it is to tell them. It surprised him that strangers didn’t stop each other on the street to say I love you.” - Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated
  28. “Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” -  Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
  29. “We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.” -  P.D. James, The Children of Men
  30. “I know. I was there. I saw the great void in your soul, and you saw mine.” - Sebastian Faulks, Birdsong 
  31. “Above, the starts shone hard and bright, sparks struck off the dark skin of the universe” - Stephen King
  32. “The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss.” - Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me
  33. “If it weren’t for her, there would never have been an empty space, or the need to fill it” - Nicole Krause, The History of Love
  34. “I look at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world…” - Frank O’Hara, Having a Coke With You
  35. “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” - Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
First impressions

I just finished watching the Columbine episode of Active Shooter: America Under Fire. If I had to sum it up succinctly, I’d say: emotionally grueling.

This was not an easy watch. Unlike documentaries such as Zero Hour, which is a more detached, clinical, step-by-step break down of the tragedy, this lingered with the pain. It leaned into it. And this is an important approach that was heretofore missing in the Columbine documentaries we have available.

It spends a lot of time with two individuals who really make you feel this watershed event and its aftershocks that are still ringing through America today: Tom Mauser and Coni Sanders.

Tom talks about Daniel, what a great kid he was, how a comment he made that Tom didn’t pay much attention to at the time would go on to be Daniel’s greatest legacy and Tom’s own purpose. He shared how crucial it is that we redress the stigma associated with mental illness. His final words in the episode rang sharply: Daniel was not in ‘the wrong place at the wrong time’. He was where he was supposed to be. He was in school. He was in the library.

Coni discusses the absurdity of her father, ‘just dad’, being a hero. Of the impossibility of grieving while under the spotlight of the media. And of the tragedy that future generations inherited when Eric and Dylan unleashed hell on their high school. They will have to be trained in emergency drills and introduced to terrifying concepts from an incredibly tender age. Schools no longer feel safe. 

This element for me was particularly jarring. In my country, we do not have these drills, because mass shootings are not an issue here. Seeing elementary school-aged kids hiding in cupboards and being congratulated by a police officer on their ingenuity broke my heart. I knew these exercises take place regularly; seeing the loss of innocence firsthand was devastating.

Patrick Ireland and Sean Graves also shared their stories. The juxtaposition of Patrick playing with his toddlers today against the image of him falling out that window was so bittersweet. Horrible, yet beautiful at the same time. Footage of Sean Graves rising from his wheelchair to walk across the stage at graduation and receive his diploma evoked similar feelings. As lovely as it was terrible.

Dave Cullen played a key role. I don’t want to talk much about that here. Sometimes I think he gets a few things right, but he takes them to an extreme and opts for these glib, easy answers that lack the nuance and complexity this case demands.

There was some defensiveness from law enforcement, but acknowledgement of problems as well. JeffCo’s prior screw ups didn’t come into it: this was all about how the situation was handled on the day, and the long wait for police to enter the school. Having seen the series in its entirety now, this was a perfect way for it to end. Nearly every prior episode featured call outs to Columbine, how it changed the way first responders react to active shooter situations irrevocably.

Eric and Dylan’s actions were discussed, Cullen’s summations of their characters and motive were given, but they were in the background here. Unsurprising, and entirely fair. This was a story for the victims and survivors. Seeing clips of them pop up here and there was more jarring than I expected. Scenes we’ve all watched 1000 times over were awkwardly familiar, and almost out of context here… even though they were totally in context. It felt like… the best way I can put it is… people you know from a distant past popping up against all these people in the present. I don’t know. That doesn’t make sense. My feelings don’t really make sense. It was hard to feel sympathy for them while watching this, even though I do feel sympathy for them.

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Seriously don’t know what’s funnier. Ikoma getting thrown onto the train, or him being cradled in Suzuki’s arms as Ayame shakes her head and smiles.

Someday (Part 2) - Morgan Reilly

Originally posted by willynylanders

After ages of you guys requesting for this, here it is! Part 2 of Someday! I hope you all enjoy!

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*Nearly Three Years Down the Road*

“See, princess? You hold it like this. Then, you swing back and hit it real hard!”

You grinned and watched from the back patio as your little girl giggled and swung the little hockey stick back before hitting the plastic puck, sending it forward a few inches. “Yay!”

“Atta girl, Lexi! That’s my little hockey-playing princess!”

You sighed happily and watched them, sipping your decaf coffee. It was hard to believe how fast time flies when you have a kid. And now your baby girl was near 3 and you were expecting the second in March. At almost 3 years old , Lexi already wished to be just like her daddy. She wanted to skate, to use a stick, wear a jersey, and “lift the shiny thing” as she so said. 

Your husband, excited as he was, insisted on getting some friends together to help build a backyard rink like a lot of Canadian families did once it got cold enough. He wanted to do it so he could teach Lexi to play himself and not have to go to the Leafs practice rinks which were always so busy. So, after the weatherman said that the first snow of the year was on the way about a week ago, Morgan phoned some friends and got the equipment for an outdoor rink. It took a couple days to make it perfect, but it eventually came into place.

When Lexi came out that morning, woken up by none other than her giddy father, her face lit up like the sun as she looked out at the ice. You smiled and sipped your coffee, reflecting back to earlier that morning.

Lexi giggled and used her mini stick to tap the baby puck again, sending it sliding a few inches more and just past the goal posts into the net.She grinned brightly and put her arms into the air.

“Daddy, daddy, I did! I did it!”

“You did! I’m so proud of you, baby girl!”

You watched happily as your husband scooped up your little girl and hugged her tight, kissing her rosy cheeks. Rosie shrieked in delight, feet dangling from where her father had her on his hip.

You checked the time on your phone. “I think it’s time for lunch, you two. Or at least a break time to warm up. It’s freezing out here.”

Morgan smiled. “Okay, babe. Come on, baby girl.”

Lexi pouted and stuck out her bottom lip, obviously not entertained at the idea of going inside. “Mommy no go. Wanna stay and play with daddy.”

“Lexi, baby girl, we gotta go inside. It’s cold and you gotta warm up. There’s food inside too and it’s lunch time. You gotta eat if you wanna grow up big and strong like your daddy. All hockey players eat up so they can stay strong and play really well.”

“It’s true, pumpkin. You gotta eat if you wanna keep playing.We can play some more after lunch. I promise.”

“But… But it fun.” she pouted, making her eyes big in order to try to persuade you to let her go back outside. “Pwease, mommy? Pwease, daddy?”

Morgan smiled, giving you a look of “I got this”. “How about this, sweetheart. If you come inside and eat lunch, not only will you be able to play after, but I’ll order you your own pair of skates.”

Her eyes widened. “Skates?”

“Yeah, baby girl. Skates. Your very own skates. I’ll even try to find blue ones to match your coat. But you have to come inside and eat lunch. Get warm. It’s not safe to stay outside for too long,okay? Especially if your so little.”

She nodded quickly. “Otay, daddy!”

He smiled, carrying her inside the rest of the way. “That’s what I thought. What’s for lunch, honey?”

You smiled and took off your coat, boots, gloves, and scarf. “No idea just yet. How does some warm tomato soup with little goldfish crackers sound, my little snowflake?”

Lexi’s face lit up. “Yay fishies!”

Morgan smiled from where he was, kneeled down on the ground and undoing Lexi’s boots. “I think she likes it, babe.”

You giggled. “I take that as a sign of approval. Alright, honey.”

Later that night, after another couple more hours of playing outdoors, dinner, and wrestling your little girl into the bath then to bed, you two finally had time to yourselves on the couch. You hummed and snuggled next to your husband, tired after the day’s events.

“Can you believe how big she’s gotten?”

Morgan shook his head. “Not one bit. She’s grown so much. Our little girl. She looks just like you.”

“But she has your heart.” you said. “She’s such a sweetheart. So kind, so sweet.”

He smiled. “She has your smarts though. She’s so bright. So passionate about everything. Just like you. There’s this little spark in her eyes that I see in you all the time.”

You grinned back in return. “Yeah? You really think so?”

“I know so.” he said. “She’s so much like you and it’s the best thing in the whole world. I swear. Our little girl is going places.”

You sighed happily and rubbed your growing belly. “If you think she’s like me, then I hope this little one is like you. Just like their daddy.”

He smiled and put a hand on your belly. “Yeah? You mean that?”

“Every word.” you said, taking his hand and holding it. “I love you so much, Morgan Rielly.”

“I love you more, (Y/N) Rielly.”

<< how to stay motivated (masterpost!) >>

hello! firstly, this is my first masterpost so sorry if it’s a bit messy or just not very good :/

anyway, as you are probably aware, it’s back to school season and the studyblr is THRIVING, especially since a ton of people want to knuckle down this coming school year and we, the genius studyblr admins, are feeling all-powerful and ready to offer our pearls of wisdom. don’t worry, small child, we’ve been in your shoes. 

despite this, everybody struggles from a lack of motivation at some point, more often for some people than others, so i’ve put together some of my most helpful tips to stay motivated!

- write out your goals: by having them in ink on paper (or in a Notes page somewhere on your phone) they feel much more solid and you’ll feel much more inclined to stick to your goals and work towards achieving them. anytime you’re lacking motivation, return to this list and read over it, remembering how motivated you were at the start of the year. 

- start a studyblr: this might not be the option for all of you, but if you don’t have one already, start a studyblr! it doesn’t matter if you have a cute icon or colour theme, or even aesthetically pleasing images at first, just the thought of showing people your notes can motivate you, especially to make sure you put effort into your notes and making sure you understand them!

- watch videos: this is how i get motivated a lot of the time, so all you have to do is go to youtube and type in “how to make notes” or “my study routine”, watch them and maybe have a look at other videos on a study channel that you like! my personal faves are: Jem, studywithinspo and emmastudies (sorry they aren’t linked!) 

 - don’t force it: now THAT is something you didn’t expect me to say, right? well, unless it has to be done by the next day, don’t do it! ignore the fact that you have stuff to do for a while, maybe even for the whole day, and come back to it when you are refreshed and more likely to actually feel motivated.  

Avengers/Reader (Platonic)

Okay so I wrote a thing! Hope you guys like it!

(Queen of Geeks)

They say when you’re running in a race, don’t look back. By looking back, you see your opponent which can slow you down. But in my case, if I looked back, I would see a super soldier that will overlap me.

Again.

Steve, the super soldier in question ran past me with ease. And without a single bead of sweat going down his back or sticking his hair to his forehead. He stopped in front of the tower and put his hands on his hips as he waited for me to catch up.

I was able to join him before hunching over with my hands on my knees. Breathing heavily, I looked up at Steve who was watching me with concern.

“You okay, kid?”

“I’m not a super solider, nor a superspy.” I managed between gasps for air. “And this is why I like running with Sam.”

“Let’s get you inside before you pass out,” Steve put a hand on my shoulder. I stood straighter and wiped the sweat off my forehead.

“So what’re your plans for today?” He asked as we headed inside.

“Well, once I come back to life and air starts circulating through my lungs, I might hang out with Peter.”

Steve smirked at me and raised his eyebrows. “Might?”

“Yeah, it depends on what happens with him or Nat.” I shrugged my shoulders. When Steve gave me a look, I continued. “Nat might end up going to Bolivia last minute, and Peter might end up stopping a robbery or something. I mean, I’m not complaining, it’s just we both kind of have our own things.” I explained as we went into the elevator and it went up.”

“Sounds like everyone might be busy.” Steve noted. I nodded.

The elevator stopped on the communal floor and as the doors opened, I saw Peter talking to Tony. Both of them turned their heads to look at Steve and I. While Steve looked as if he could be on the cover of a sports magazine, my face was still flushed.

“What happened to you?” Tony asked.

“I went running with Captain Spangles and coughed up a lung.” I explained following Steve into the kitchen. Peter and Tony trailed in after. I gave Peter a smile as Steve pulled two bottles of water out the fridge. Steve tossed one of them to me and I caught it before taking the cap off.

“Any news from Nat?” I looked at Toy.

“About Bolivia?” He asked. I nodded. “She said she’d talk to you about that.”

Steve and Peter both looked at me. Nodding to them, I left the kitchen and went to my floor. My heart began beating faster. Before, the trip to the communal floor took no time. Except now it seemed to take forever. While I was a spy trained by SHIELD and Black Widow, there was something about missions that created nervous buzzes in my stomach. While the two of work with the Avengers, it still made me nervous.

The elevator doors opened and I stepped out onto my floor. Natasha was standing at the widow that overlooked the city and she turned to face me.

“Bolivia?” I crossed my arms over my chest.

“Actually, we have something more local.”

“More local? As in this country or the state? What happened to Bolivia?” I asked walking towards her.

“We had other agents sent out when we found out what’s going on here. Bolivia was small compared to what’s going on at the WARFs.”

“What did you find?”

“Weapons dealing, and by the looks of what we gathered, we’re dealing with nuclear weapons.”

“So the whole team’s going?”

“There’s tech that Stark needs to check out. We’re even bringing Parker.”

I nodded and ran my fingers through my sticky hair. It was damp with sweat.

Most foreign missions involved the entire team. Peter came along sometimes. Whenever we had something in the state, Peter was always there. With Hydra still a threat to everyone, it was always best to bring extra safety precautions.

I nodded to Natasha.

“Okay, let’s suit up.”

Everyone was briefed with the information soon after and went straight away to suit up. After, we all headed to the warehouses. Once there, we watched a few guards stationed outside, each of them armed. As we watched, Steve threw his shield taking out two of the agents. While we took out two, Sam swooped in and kicked another in chest. Once the coast was clear, Natasha and I left out spot.

In my comm, I heard Tony and Peter’s voices.

“We’re in number three,”

“There were two guards up here, it’s like they were expecting us.” Peter told me.

“They probably expected the Avengers, Black Widow and I are checking the first one with Falcon and Cap.” I replied as we went inside. There were a few guards that Natasha and I shot and a series of corridors that were built in.

Natasha, Steve, and Sam went their own ways leaving me to go mine. Keeping my gun ready, I turned down the corridor. There was movement as I passed another corridor and I turned before aiming and pointing at a Hydra member. I pulled the trigger and an electric bullet hit them in the chest. They fell to the ground and I slowly walked towards them.

“(Y/N)?” Peter asked.

“All good, just shot someone.” I nudged them with my foot.

“Is he dead?”

“I don’t think (Y/N) has ever killed anyone.” Clint added.

“I don’t’ want to kill anyone.” I pointed out.

Something moved near me and I heard yells before thuds.

Whirling around, I pointed my gun at Spider-Man. I lowered it realising it was him.

“Hey, sorry about that.” I told him.

“No problem, probably should’ve have dropped in on you,” He nodded.

“We should go,” I added.

“Right, be careful,” Peter told me before checking to see if it was clear.

There was silence which unnerved me. The usual crackle of the comm was gone and I was alone. Still checking everywhere, I walked down a corner and almost froze. Two agents were ready with their guns pointed. Before they could pull their triggers, I shot them both. But it was the beeping that caused the blood in my body to run cold.

“We have a problem.” I announced once the crackle of comm was back. “I found a bomb, everyone get out!”

I heard my name being yelled before the deafening explosion.

Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.

The beeping was constant, like a heartbeat that was steady. Realising where the sound was coming from, panic began seeping in.

Beepbeepbeepbeep.

The room was bright as I lay under bright white lights. I turned my head to see doctors with masks on. Each of them talking and then one realising I was watching.

“Get the mask on them,”

I tried pulling away and the heart rate monitor went crazy.

I opened my eyes and gasped at the sight of the lights above me. They were dimmer than before and I looked around. Everything before was an operating room, now, it was a room where patients recovered.

Feeling lightheaded, I pushed myself up into a sitting position as fast I could despite feeling the pinch of the IVs in my arms. I opened my mouth to speak; only no sound came out from my dry throat.

There were voices coming from the other side of the door of the room I was in. I tried catching what they were saying; only there were too many of them. The buzzing of the lights above me seemed louder as everything came into focus. Looking around the room, I saw that it was a normal hospital room.

A door opened and I turned my head to see Natasha. There was a bottle of water and a straw in her hand and she walked over to my bed.

“Hey, I thought you could do with some water,” She opened the bottle and straw and put the straw in before handing it to me. I took it from her and slowly drank some water.

“Are you okay?” Natasha asked sitting on my bed. I nodded and could tell there was something about her that seemed uneasy.

“Nat, is everything okay?” I asked, my voice still breaking.

“(Y/N), what do you remember?”

“I remember being at the warehouses, and everyone was there, and there was a, there was a bomb.”

“That was a year ago. You were caught in the explosion a year ago, but we couldn’t find your body. You’ve been missing for a year.”

(Let me know if you guys want a second part to this!)

For a film that’s been in development hell for a decade or so you’d never know because IT is the real deal. Far too often most Stephen King stories seem to fall short when adapted for cinema (Stand By Me and Frank Darabont are the only ones who truly seem to “get” what his stories are and never sacrifice tone or feeling when translating to the visual medium) . IT not only completely captures the essence of the source material but gets the honor treatment while delivering the greatest group of kids we’ve seen since Super 8 (I’ll always love Super 8, I don’t care if you don’t).

The film centers around a group of teenage outcasts in 1988: Bill, a kid with a stutter still dealing with the disappearance of his younger brother Georgie;  Richie, the jokester; Ben, the fat kid; Stanley, the son of a rabbi; Eddie, a mama’s boy taking loads of medication; and Mike, a home-schooled black kid. Together they all make up the Losers’ Club. The boys also bring in Beverly, a female from their class with a rough home life (that’s putting it kindly…which it isn’t) into the club. As local kids begin to go missing, Bill believes it ties into his brother’s disappearance and convinces his friends to help him investigate the history of the town and the sewer system that runs throughout it which of course leads to the discovery of the entity taking the form of a clown called Pennywise

Set in the 1980′s the film is beautifully shot while bringing out some of the nostalgia that Steven Spielberg and others captured/crafted (kids riding around town on their bike’s solving a mystery will always be my favorite thing in this world) while being a bit less in your face about it than Stranger Things currently is (don’t take this as a Stranger Things knock because I love it…but you know it). There are plenty of 80′s references to be had (New Kids On The Block, AIDS, Molly Ringwald, Arcades, etc…) but they are less slamming you over the head with a sledgehammer which makes this feel more timeless/timely. 

The kids are the most impressive aspect of this film. It’s truly an ensemble cast with each kid getting a fully developed character and ample time to shine. They are all unique, individual and have a real friendship that consists of insults, swearing (the kids say “fuck” constantly the entire film and I adore it for this fact) and one-upping each other whenever possible. It all feels completely natural which is one of the toughest things to pull off. They also really dive deep into the coming-of-age aspects of being a young teen and that in-and-of itself is a great thing to watch unfold (the awkwardness of adolescence has never been more front-and-center in a really genuine/impactful way). 

Now we come to Pennywise. Bill Skarsgard is really good here. His voice is a bit of a chore to get through but luckily he’s not monologuing all that much (aside from a couple key moments). He’s creepy and watching him mess with his victims is pretty fun. He’s scary looking but this leads me into my only real gripe with the film…

IT really isn’t all that scary. Sure, there are scares but it never gets to the level you’d expect it to. The jump scares don’t work the way I believe they thought they would and I really can’t figure out why. Both Conjuring 2 and Lights Out were waaaaaaaay more effective in invoking genuine fear and uneasiness while watching them. This is honestly like “can we get back to the kids now”. The character moments are better than the scares. 

At 135 minutes it’s a tad too long (but every movie today is). It does fly by pretty quickly until the 3rd act where it takes a bit too much time to get them back into the sewers which plays Beverly as a damsel-in-distress and I’m not too keen on this aspect (but it’s better than the novel ending I suppose - or at least it’s a filmable ending). You know what though? I’m letting it slide because of how great everything else is. IT simply works. Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, IT. In that order for me in terms of adapting King. I can’t wait for Chapter 2 and seeing The Losers’ Club as adults (hopefully they’ll get dream casting with how much money this one made) and if they can learn how to build up the horror moments (someone should talk to James Wan) we’ll have something truly special. Come for the clown, stay for the teenaged angst and friendship. 

ballerina

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She glided effortlessly across the hard wooden planks, balancing only on the tips of her toes. Her body was shaped to be petite, and it was adorned in a skin tight black leotard, sheer baby pink leggings, and a puffy - also - baby pink tutu.

Harry watched quietly from afar, sitting in one of the nearly two thousand seats provided in the Broadway Theatre. He was seated on the highest section possible, wanting a complete view of the ballerina and everything around her.

Iris danced the routine perfectly with her companions, not one person missing a step as it was practiced hundreds of times.

She lifted her leg up, reaching above her head, the tutu frilling out. Harry was in awe at her movements every time he watched her. He thought she looked magnificent.

Iris wasn’t curvy to say the least. Doing ballet made her more of a stick, but Harry didn’t mind at all. He admired how small everything was, from her breasts to her hips to her butt. And he couldn’t care less for her torn feet, something she was always insecure about.

Harry was enchanted by Iris, but he was more of a Black Swan to her.

The trance he was in was cut off by their instructor clapping her hands. All the dancers ran off backstage as a new set came on and began a different act.

Harry took that as his cue to go backstage as well. He got up, taking with him his box of macaroons, which he picked up specially for Iris.

He exited the seating and twisted through halls to get to the entrance of the backstage area. There Harry put on his ID badge, showing it to the security guard. In the middle of the piece of plastic was a smiling Harry, his hair short at the time. On top was his position here at the theatre:  stage crew. He was in charge of creating the pieces used as props, his artistic ability coming in handy.

Harry walked through the busy area, heading to the women’s changing room. He patiently stood a safe distance from the door, saying “hello” to a few of the fellow crew members he worked with who bustled by.

The door opened a couple of times, a few girls exiting the room, but he forgot to pay attention to them as he was too busy searching up directions to a restaurant on his phone. In fact he nearly missed the brunette, whose hair was still pulled into a tight bun.

“Iris!” He called, jogging up to meet her pace.

The girl sighed, rolling her eyes and gripping the strap of her duffel bag tighter.

“Iris, hey.” Harry was out of breath now, a bit embarrassed about it considering he only ran for five seconds.

She gave him a small smile, wanting to be polite. “Hello Harry.”

He smiled back, swooning over her expression. “I got this for you. I know they’re your favorites.”

The box of pretty French pastries was placed in her hands and Iris nearly moaned at the scent it was giving off. She could see through the transparent box her favorite flavors, all organized in rainbow order from strawberry to lavender. Harry knew she liked everything orderly.

“You didn’t have to.” She said, knowing macaroons were fairly pricy.

“I wanted to.” He replied, not finding it a burden.

Iris nodded and gave out a quiet “thank you,” unsure of what else to say. It was tiring to deal with him. She sometimes wondered when Harry would meet another girl he was head over heels for. That way he could stop chasing after her.

Sure he was attractive, she means very attractive. But it was Harry. She liked everything tip top and in perfect shape, and well… Harry was sort of a mess sometimes.

He had long unkempt hair that seemed greasy all the time, during breaks she saw that his shirt was always stained with ketchup or some sort of sauce from his lunch, and his jeans and jacket were always torn.

“So I was hoping we could grab lunch today. Or tomorrow, I mean whatever is fine for you.” Harry stuttered over his words, his nervousness indicated by how he pushed his hair back.

Iris looked at her sneakers, not wanting to turn the poor guy down again. But she had to.

“Harry, I like you.” His face perked up, thinking Iris felt the same way for him as he did for her. “But you know we can’t do this. And besides, I have rehearsals this entire week. You know with the upcoming show and everything?”

Harry’s smile dropped, and he became irritated as this was the seventh time he was let down and the fourth time she used that same excuse.

“You said that the last four times.” He deadpanned, not wanting to put up with it anymore.

“I know but—”

“But nothing Iris! I like you, and if you don’t like me then you can just tell me. I’ll stop bothering you.” He said, wanting her to say it to his face.

Harry knew Iris did somewhat like him. She always giggled at his jokes, smiled at his polite gestures, and blushed whenever he gave her flowers.

And not to mention that one time they, according to Iris, “accidentally” messed around in his bed. But she had ordered Harry not to speak about it to anyone.

Iris didn’t respond and only continued on walking.

She thought about her feelings for Harry, which were obviously there. The girl thought he was one of the sweetest men she had ever come across. However he was messy, clumsy, and sometimes didn’t take the time to shave. It was bad to say, but Iris admitted to herself and her pestering friends that she was a tad embarrassed to be seen with him. Maybe it was just her (it was), but Harry seemed like a disorganized mess, the complete opposite of her. And that perception overpowered seeing him as a gentleman-like hunk.

Her friends thought she was bonkers for not pouncing on Harry, any sane person would.

“Iris.”

When she didn’t respond again, still lost in her everchanging thoughts, Harry got the message.

“It’s okay, I get it.” He mumbled, head hanging low.

Harry walked away very slowly, in case she would miraculously decide to change her mind. Iris’ heart sped faster, contemplating whether to stop him or not.

“Harry!”

He turned back to Iris with a hopeful look, expecting her to be walking up to him. However her gaze wasn’t settled on him nor was she moving closer, but instead she was looking at something behind him.

Harry flipped the other way to be greeted by another woman, who he recognized to be another one of the ballet dancers. Piper.

“Hey!” She approached the man with a wide smile, her perfect pearly teeth on show.

Harry only took notice of her face, like any normal person would during a conversation.

Iris however inspected her from head to toe. Her deep red hair was pulled back into a clean pony tail. She had ivory skin, a big difference from Iris’ tan complexion. Piper was dressed in a periwinkle tank, trying to put whatever breasts she had on showcase, and Iris didn’t blame her whatsoever. She also had on black leggings that outlined her lean legs. And finally her small feet were covered in clean white sneakers, hiding her dancer feet, which were somehow in much better shape than Iris’. Everything about her from top to bottom was pristine.

Not to mention her name was perfect too: Piper Patience.

And because of that, Iris disliked her.

“What’s up?” She said, using her cheery voice.

Harry looked at Piper, then back at Iris with an unsure look after seeing she was staring at them. “Um… nothing.”

“Are you busy today?”

When he didn’t respond properly and let out incoherent mumbles, Piper imagined he said “no.”

“Great! How about we grab dinner today?” Her fingers gripped Harry’s shoulder, and he visibly gulped, uncomfortable with how Iris was watching.

“Well…” He tried turning around again, but was stopped by Piper’s fingers wrapping around his hair. She combed the waves while keeping her other hand on his shoulder. Harry nearly moaned at the feeling, finding it relaxing.

Iris watched in discomfort, anger bubbling inside of her, waiting to boil over.

“C'mon. Afterwards we could head back to my place?” Piper suggested, her eyes focused on Harry’s, who was having a hard time breathing at the moment.

He didn’t expect Piper out of all people to approach and try to allure him like this. Then again Harry didn’t really know how good looking he was.

“Your place?” He fumbled, eyes widening from surprise.

Iris watched from behind them, rolling her eyes, not understanding why he wouldn’t say no. Harry obviously only had his heart out for her.

“Mhm.” Piper hummed while continuing to glide her killer nails in his hair, only moving closer to him.

Iris was already vexed, but what Piper did next made Iris fume. She grabbed his hand and placed it on her waist.

When Harry slowly nodded in response, Iris decided she had had enough. Harry was supposed to be chasing her, not Piper.

Iris hurriedly approached the duo, who looked like a couple at the moment, and grabbed onto Harry’s arm, pulling him back.

“Are you ready for lunch?” She asked, looking up at the man whose face was tinged pink.

Harry looked at Iris, unsure of what to do. He didn’t even know what was happening at this point if he was being honest.

“Great! Let’s go.” Iris began to drag Harry away only to be stopped by Piper, who wasn’t done him yet.

“Harry! Are we still on for tonight?” She gave him a sly smile, wiggling her fingers to get his attention.

He opened his mouth to respond with a “yes,” as he already indicated before with his nod. However he was stopped by the beautiful girl next to him.

“I’m afraid he can’t. Sorry.” Iris gave Piper a fake pout, to which she returned a glare.

Harry looked back and forth at the two girls in front of him, dazed at how they were fighting for his attention. They were giving each other menacing looks that made Harry happy for his situation with Iris.

“He isn’t your boyfriend.” Piper stated with a cocky look.

Iris narrowed her eyes, not liking the girl’s tone. “Is that why he took me to his bed?”

Harry was taken aback by her statement, not expecting her to bring up the unplanned rendezvous ever again.

Piper huffed, looking up at Harry again, her face now red. “You might want to put your girlfriend on a leash. She’s acting like a dog.” She stated, before turning on her heels and leaving.

He looked back at his girl, who could’ve had steam coming out of her ears.

“She just called me a dog and you didn’t do anything about it!” Iris said, stomping her foot.

Harry didn’t know what to say as he was still trying to piece everything together. It seemed that Iris, the girl who rejected him to no end, just scared away someone who was asking him to hang out.

“Harry!”

He looked back at the girl, who was expectantly raising her eyebrows at him.

“Um, don’t listen to her Iris. You’re not a dog… you’re a… um, a…”

Iris waited, putting her hands on her narrow hips and tapping her foot impatiently.

She looked upset with him, but in reality she found Harry extremely cute at the moment. He had his pretty pink lips in a full pout and the green in his eyes kept swirling around, trying to not make eye contact with her gray ones. Not to mention, his hands were holding one another, and he looked down at his feet like a shy child who had just gotten into trouble.

“Never mind. Let’s just go get lunch.”

Iris held out her hand for Harry to take. He was confused on what to do with it, wondering if he had to give her something.

She simply rolled her eyes at his obliviousness and reached up to grip his hand, his palm warm and smooth, a stark contrast from hers.

Harry’s heart was palpitating as he rarely got to touch her. And this time she was the one who initiated the skin to skin contact. He was so focused on her hand that he didn’t even see Iris looking at him with an impatient look.

“Well are we going to go or not?”


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these titles are so unoriginal

i was gonna write some smut in this chapter but then i didn’t OOPS, maybe i’ll make a part 2 and do it ?

Finally finished…. My second character for @felostheir !!!

Name: Alethea
Age: 19
DOB: December 17
Heigh: 167 cm
Weigh: 59 kg
Likes: making clothes, cooking for everyone
Dislikes: sea food
Hair color: Pink
Eye color: Orange
Class: Mercenary
Homeland: Rosalm (or Valm)

I’m sorry I’m very sleepy for probably 4 days so here’s really short and bad story………..

Alethea is a young pirate from Rosalm (or Valm); she became a pirate after her parents abandoned her and threw her in the sea, and left her a scar on her forehead. She was found by a pirate named Chauncey, who took her out of the water and decided to take care of her after he got to know that she had a amnesia. He was the one who gave her her current name. Chauncey and his very close friend, Yseut, taught her how to use sword and some of their special tricks, and because of them Alethea became a very skilled mercenary and a pirate.

Alethea is cheerful young lady who loves talking about how good she is, and mostly people don’t take her words about herself seriously, but she’s actually as good as she talks about herself. She is very enthusiastic most of the time, and she always speaks with everyone in a confident manner. She loves joking, no matter where she is or who is she talking to, sometimes she makes jokes in a battle. Talking about battles; she is merciless to her enemy, but she will not fight someone who cannot protect himself ( or they are very weak). More than that, Alethea is quite educated because Yseut was always giving her his books and forcing her to study.

Random facts:
-She is good at cooking sea food, but she still doesn’t like it;
-She has a really good memory, but she’s still confused why can’t she remember of her real family;
-She loves making clothes;
-When Chauncey started teaching her how to fight with sword, he told her to take the sword and she was doing it for 2 minutes, and Chauncey after that was telling her to become a mage or a healer for a long time;
-Yseut always tells her that she’s a pirate and there’s no need in wearing such fancy clothes and she always says like “a lady must be a lady even if she’s on a pirate ship full of men”;
-Chauncey always says that it is a miracle that he found Alethea in the sea alive;
-Alethea always wears something on her forehead because she doesn’t want people to see her scar;
-She wears leggings under her skirt so she can throw her legs up as much as she wants to;
-Her voice is low but very emotional.

Dual Support
- “Heh, I’m right here!”
- “The enemy has no chance.”
- “Show them no mercy!”
- “Don’t be afraid.”
- “It’s our time to shine!”
- “Let’s get ‘em!”
- “My, my… Do they have a chance?”
- “We are unstoppable!”
- “Never give up!”
Dual Strike
- “May I?”
- “Watch this, pal!”
- “Got this!”
- “How do you like THAT!”
- “Don’t forget about me!~”
Dual Guard
- “Woah , be careful!”
- “Hey, don’t lose your guard!”
- “Not a chance, sweetie.”
Defeated Enemy
- “I expected no less from myself.”
- “Was that all what you’ve got? Aw….”
- “My…”
Partner Defeated Enemy
- “Wow, amazing!”
- “I knew you could do that.”
- “Nice, nice!”
Critical
- “Watch this with your both eyes!”
- “Any last words? No? Perfect.”
- “Better run from me! Wait, it useless.”
- “I’m not going to hold back, pal!”
Death
- “Not expected…. to die like… THAT… uh, it’s all up to you, guys….” (death)
- “I’m afraid I approach my limit…. ow…..” (retreat)

anonymous asked:

I'm super excited for your ECCC feedback. I feel like now you're going to be extra cautious of reading too much into things so I'm curious to see what you think. I've never met them but think their spark will still be there. People said it was palpable at the Apple & London events. I doubt all those people were just high on JamClait love. I'm sure most of it had to do w/ Sam and Caitriona themselves and I think it may cause different opinions regarding MM even taking into account last weekend.

I hope I’m able to look at all of it objectively. I definitely feel like my shipper goggles are not on at the moment so we’ll see. It’s funny, though, I went to the Apple event last year and it was like 3ish months after the IFH so I’m not sure what I was expecting and, in all honesty, it was not a shippery event at all. That being said. Just watching Sam and Cait in person and watching how they watched each other, how they reacted to each other, how they looked at each other, how completely in sync they were with each other….it was all so completely natural that I was a bit blown away. They absolutely have some sort of aura about them that just screams couple…or at least togetherness. And I’ve continued to say that with and without my shipper goggles on. soooo we shall seeeeee. I’d hate to get in the middle of what they have. I’ll say that forever and ever amen.

rae2021  asked:

#15 in the shipper meme

15: Have you ever “shipped at first sight”?

Okay, so I don’t usually because I love to watch interactions and all the rest of it BUT I shipped Richonne at first sight.

I didn’t expect to, even though I knew Michonne was going to meet up with Team Prison in S3; I just wanted to see more of her on my screen and watch her become one of them. Yet, when she and Rick met at the fence, I was like, “Ship it!” because I am trash.

Originally posted by tonikray95

Something about this scene was so iconic to me and I remember thinking later, Wow. If they do go canon, that is going to be such a memorable meeting.

And now *wipes away a single, solitary teardrop from my face* look at them! Out here setting the standard for healthy, loving, progressive, consensual, grown-up relationships on TV *sighs*

Thank you @rae2021!

All right my Garrison, it’s Saturday afternoon and I’ve been to the gym and had a large coffee so let’s get to it.  Muskies Rewatch 4, The Good Soldier. Such a great Aramis episode. 

I love Aramis’s passion, how troubled he still is by what happened in Savoy and how he fights to know the truth, I think that shows good things about him. What a hard thing for him to go through <3

His hair is just so beautiful! I can’t capture it here, sorry, but you know. Go watch the episode and revel in Aramis’s perfect hair. However! It always bothers me SO badly when they cut ropes like this, instead of untying them. Is that unreasonable of me? Why would they waste good rope all the time like this? It seems wrong. 

Because we could all stand to look at this amazing Athos moment again. Yes. You’re welcome. 

Treville: “I always did dream about the four of you showing up at my office dripping wet, but somehow this feels different than I expected…”

It’s a good episode, one I enjoy every time we watch it. My complaint is - if the Duchess of Savoy is truly one of France’s most valuable spies, why do we never hear about her again? That could’ve been interesting.

ben-solo  asked:

based on the hc's you gave me about hades!kylo I wanted to request something! What about Hades!Kylo looking from his throne in the underworld, watching mortals do stupid things and stuff but suddenly he senses pain ... he sees reader being all sad because her mom just died... he feels compassion for her somehow but wants to hide it... he decides to visit the mortal world... but he didnt expected to fall for her ...

oh my gosh yes! i love hades!kylo and i’m so glad that you guys do too!

  • kylo spends most of his time sitting on his throne and watching mortals. deep down, he wishes that he could be like them. he longs for love and compassion, not his eternal loneliness. he’s stuck alone in the underworld, no one to help him pass the time, no one to hold. it’s miserable for him
  • one day, he senses a mortal feeling great sorrow. he begins to look for the source, and he watches you. you’re sobbing alone, missing your mother

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ballisticducks  asked:

I finally watched Ju-On The Curse and oh my god, it scared the crap outta me. Even the stuff I was expecting, like Kanna on the stairs or Kayako coming down them were almost too hard to watch. And Kobayashi's wife and baby... I didn't see that coming at all, and the whole scene made me sick to my stomach. I wanna watch more, but I've been told The Curse 2 is a bit of a let down, am I better off just skipping to Ju-On The Grudge?

Sorry, it’s been so long since I’ve seen them to say definitively! I also didn’t see the last two core entries, The Beginning of the End and The Final Curse.

That said, I probably would skip it and go straight to The Grudge. All of the movies in the series operate on a very similar premise (The Curse 2 is the biggest offender as it quite literally does recycle the first film). But the biggest reason I’d suggest skipping it is to give The Grudge the first impression it deserves as after The Curse 2 a bit of burn out could set in.

After that maybe skip to Sadako vs. Kayako if you haven’t seen it. It isn’t for everyone, but it distills the series in to its barest set piece elements in a way that is actually kind of fun.

Coincidentally that’s the same viewing order I’d suggest for the Ring series. The first, third (0) and then vs as both experienced a ton of bloat in between, with the Sadako films being especially awful.

bluntedxatbirth-deactivated2016  asked:

Do you know of any school shooter movies on netflix? Excluding "The Dirties" and "Kevin". Also of any true crime things in general on the netflixs.

Not so much SCHOOL shooter movies but…if you’re interested in true crime related things here are some.

-Joseph Fritzl: Story Of A Monster

-Lost For Life

-Cropsey

-Forensic Files Collection

-Aileen: The Life And Death Of A Serial Killer

-The Imposter

-Sleep Walkers Who Kill!

-Unsealed: Conspiracy Files

-Team Foxcatcher

-Death Row Stories

-Welcome To Leith

-The Central Park Five

-Killer Legends

-The Fear of 13

-The New Detectives

-Kids For Cash

-Murder Maps

-The House I Live In

-The Farm: Life Inside Angola Prison

-Whitey: United States Of America Vs James J Bulger

-The Thin Blue Line

-Carl Panzram

-The Real Story

-Fight For Justice: David & Me

-The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden

-Gideon’s Army

-Evolution Of A Criminal

-Manson’s Missing Victims

-Frontline: My Brother’s Bomber

-The Day Kennedy Died

-The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne

-The Prince of Pennsylvania

-Dogs On The Inside

-Bridgend

-Cocaine Cowboys

-30 for 30: June 17th, 1994

-Secrets of Scotland Yard

-Bombs, Bullets, And Fraud

-Making A Murderer

-Into The Abyss

-The F.B.I. Files

-Brother’s Keeper

-The Mind Of A Rampage Killer (highly suggest)

-Aileen Wuornos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer

-Tabloid (I REALLY enjoyed this)

-Shenandoah (Loved this one, by the way)

-H.H. Holmes America’s First Serial Killer

-The Price Of Gold

-Inside The Hunt For The Boston Bombers

-Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley 

-Dear Zachary (this one makes me cry but I can’t stop watching it)

-The Krays: The Myth Behind The Legend

-The Snowtown Murders

-Jamesy Boy

-Caged Animal

-Girlhood

That’s all I can come up with for now and they totally took down some of my favorite ones but if you message me I will give you some of my favorite titles and places to watch them.  Not all of the above are good but I enjoyed them for the most part.  I actually liked Jamesy Boy even though it was kind of corny and I didn’t expect to like it at all.

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So today my exams ended and I went to the most pretentious independent cafe I could find and watched Netflix for a couple of hours. In that time I took these selfies where I am completely out of it and have a serious case of meanface. Anyway the hell is over and I’m alive but like….barely. Time to watch the 100 and lose my last shred of sanity kcoolbye!

Tag me in your selfies so I can see your pretty, hopefully less exhausted faces!

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