I got a call from Ali Adler and Andrew Kreisberg, and they were saying, “Hey, we’d really love for you to come in and sit down so we can talk creative with you.” I was like, “Oh, okay, I didn’t realize we were going to do that, that’s great!” I was sitting in their office, and all of a sudden, they’re like, “So, we want to just tell you what we’re thinking, what we’re going to do, and wanted to get your take on it.” They had this funny little smile on their face, I’m like, “What’s going on?” They’re like, “Well, so this season, Alex is gay.” I was like, “Oh, what?” They just went into the whole story, explaining the why behind the what, and that it’s not like this thing that all of a sudden is just spilling out, it’s a discovery for her. That’s how we wanted to approach it. You have so many stories — shows and movies — where people are already established as gay, lesbian, bi[sexual]; these are people who are coming in like that. This was a great opportunity to show somebody who’s figuring it out, the light bulb moment and putting the puzzle pieces together.
When they were explaining it to me, I was like, “Wow, I wouldn’t have thought it,” because last season you just didn’t really see any of that side of Alex. When they originally said, “Hey, we’re thinking about a love interest,” but they didn’t say what the whole thing was, I was almost like, “Oh, I don’t know if we should do that yet,” because I don’t want it to become about Alex in a relationship, where we don’t get to see enough about her discovering more about who she is because so much of it was hidden last season. Then when they started to explain the whole idea, at first I was kind of taken back a little bit, not in a negative way, but just going, “Oh, okay.” Then the weight of it hit me, thinking, “Oooh, okay, we need to really, really do justice to this in a really beautiful way.” It was right around the time of the Orlando shooting, and I just all of a sudden was hit with this weight, because I knew that then I was going to be a face for the LGBT community, and I was like, “I gotta get this right. I don’t want to go out there and say one thing and then do something else. I just want to make sure that this is very respectful and tasteful and being done with sensitivity.”
This scene here. This split second glance is so so important. I don’t know why people aren’t talking about it (I couldn’t even find any gifs of it and had to take pictures coz I’m computerly incompitent). But I wanted to give my own analytical response to this millisecond glance, because I think it demonstrates properly why Cas has never done anything about his feelings for Dean.
First, some context from my behalf: I always assumed Cas had never admitted his love for Dean for one of two reasons, 1) he was an angel, therefore not quite understanding his feelings himself - perhaps confusing them with familial love, Dean style. Or 2) he was afraid his love may not be reciprocated. But after watching 12x10, 12x12 and 12x23, I can thoroughly rule out reason 1.
Now, I’ll be talking a lot about 12x10 as thatENTIRE EPISODEandTHIS LOOK areso closely correlated.
Finished this last
night and posting it before I go to a fair!
This is a transcript
for the parts I recorder of the Manchester Sarah J Maas event. The video just isn’t
working with me, so here. The visuals weren’t good anyways xD. I didn’t record
from the start, heads-up. Also, I wouldn’t super-analyse every word she says because, again, she was talking on stage and
that won’t translate smoothly to a write up. There were a lot of ‘uh’s and ‘like’s
that I cut out and a lot more laughing.
UPDATE: Next one has been posted!
SJM: I’ve said
before, so I can say it now: the wall scene… is in this book [laughs as audience screams]. I had a lot of fun
writing writng that – um, if you don’t know what I’m talking about –
Charlie Bowater: Where
have you been?
SJM: (laughs) I
hope for the parents that have no idea what I’m talking about… you don’t wanna
know. [audience laughter]. A Court of
Frost and Starlight – ACOFAS, or ACOfaus as
you Brits would say – that’s coming out in May.
Talking about the planning of things – with these novellas,
I always wanted them to be something you had to read before the last Throne of
Glass book. So I knew some big, big things that would go on in this, but then
when I wrote it there were actually some surprises – and again, no spoilers –
that I didn’t see coming, and they were actually things that I had planted the
seeds for earlier in the books. Then I got to this moment and I had this idea
and I literally looked back – combed through
the books – and I was like, holy. Effing. Shit.
Premise: (y/n) is a year older than Mike wheeler, and she’s friends with Nancy Wheeler. The younger boy has a huge crush on the girl, and one night she is sleeping over at Nancy’s.
Warnings: mentions of playboy (rip Hugh)
“Hey nerd boy, what are you and your friends up to?” (Y/n) says with a joyful smile as she leans against the doorframe of the entrance to the basement of the Wheeler household.
“N-nothing.” Mike snaps the magazine that he and his friends had been looking at closed, and snaps his head and eyes up to look at the girl.
“Yeah, nothing (y/n)!” Lucas and Dustin chime in, with wide eyes looking up at (y/n) at the top of the staircase.
She pauses and cocks an eyebrow at the group of four boys and puts a hand on her hip.
“Are you sure…” she says and begins to look suspicious of them.
She’d just come downstairs from Nancy’s room to grab snacks from their pantry, but couldn’t find any, so she decided to ask the boys (who she knew would be in the basement) for some. She honestly didn’t care what they were doing, they were teenage boys for god sakes, and could do what they wanted. But, she loved teasing the younger boys.
She walked down the stairs and smiled innocently, “what’s that?” She asked cheerfully.
“It’s uh-” Lucas starts
“A DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS MAGAZINE!” Mike interupts him and tucks the magazine behind his back.
They other three boys just nod their head at him in agreement.
“Cool… anyways, I came to ask you guys if you had any snacks I could borrow?” She asks
“Oh… yeah sure-” Mike starts to turn around and relax to hand her a bag of pretzels, and she reaches down and snatches the magazine out of his grip.
She smiled wickedly, and dashes up the stairs to the first floor as fast as she can. Behind her, she can hear the boys panicking and yelling.
“Get the mag! Get the mag!” Dustin yells at the others.
(Y/n) giggles and locks herself in the bathroom, and she can hear the boys yelling, running around, and banging on the door.
“What is going on?” Nancy says, and (y/n) can hear her footsteps as she walks downstairs.
“(Y/n)? Where are you? What’s happening?” She asks
“I’m in here!” (Y/n) yells from inside the bathroom.
The boys freeze as Nancy approaches the bathroom and whisper to eachother frantically with wild hand gestures. She raises her eyebrow and lightly knocks on the wall near the bathroom.
“Why are you in the bathroom? What’s with all of this screaming?” She says towards the wall.
“I went to get food, but there wasn’t any so I went to get some from Mike and his friends!” She explains, “but when I went into the basement, the boys all acted suspicious and tried to hide a magazine from me.” (Y/n) says with another fit of giggles.
“What’s the magazine of (y/n)?” Nancy says with a smirk, knowing whatever it is could be used as blackmail against Mike.
Mike interrupts his older sister, “(y/n)! Don’t look in the magazine! Please? I’ll give you all of the candy I’ve been stockpiling for months!”
“And I’ll give you my monthly allowance!” Will chimes in
“Dang… whatever is in this magazine must be super important.” (Y/n) says to herself with her brows knotted together. Throughout the entire endeavor, she has yet to look at what it actaully is.
She glances at the cover, and giggles immediately. “You guys are a bunch of perverts!” She yells
“What?” Asks Nancy, and she glances over at the boys who are still whispering and exchanging frantic looks.
“It’s a fucking PlayBoy magazine!” She yells at Nancy. “What a bunch of little dweebs.” She laughs again.
“HaHa… yep you caught us! Now can we please have the magazine back? Or you can throw it out if you want even!” Says Mike
It’s pretty obvious in his voice, that he’s faking relief. “What else are you hiding?” She mumbles to herself, and begins to flip through the magazine. She laughs and cringes at the nude women, and for a minute she thinks that maybe an innopropraite magazine is all it is. Her breath hitches when she turns to page 15, and five pieces of lose paper flutter out of the magazine.
“What’s this?” She asks herself.
“What’s what?” Asks Nancy
“(Y/n) for the love of god please just don’t look in the magazine!” Lucas and Dustin yell at her.
(Y/n) turns red as she reads the note to herself. The messy handwritting is matched with a couple of random doodles of people punching and dungeons and dragons characters.
On the first page, it says
“Things that we want to accomplish before senior year:”
-have a girlfriend
-beat the high score on Dig Dug at the arcade ”
-buy and fix up my own car
-beat the hell out of Troy and James”
-join the boxing tea
-beat up Troy and James
-bang a chick”
The fifth and final page, was Mike’s
-build my own radio from scratch
-figure out where eleven went
-get (y/n) to date me”
She looks at the page, and to make sure that her brain isn’t playing tricks on herself, she re-reads the sentence at least 5 times. Then, it sets in and (y/n) realizes.
She opens the door to the bathroom, and hand the magazine and pages over to the boys. No words are spoken for a second until Mike starts to apologize.
“Listen (y/n) I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to tell you- or you to find out like that- or for you to even find out- or to-” She cuts him off.
“Hey Mike, look at the page.” She says with a smile. At the bottom of the page below Mike’s list, (y/n) had scribbled her own list.
-save up money enough to go to college
-fix up my car
-date the nerdy wheeler boy”
He glances down at the list, and blinks multiple time before looking at the girl with wide eyes and a blank tongue.
“Tomorrow, 7, the roller rink?” She asks the boy.
He nods and smiles so big she’s afraid his lip might split.
“Did I miss something?” Nancy asks in the background.
Kings and Vagabonds: In Defense and Celebration of Jean-Jacques Leroy
I hadn’t expected JJ to become my favorite character, at first. Settling in for an unusually early snowfall in mid-November, I went into his introductory episode with the amount of hype I’d come to anticipate since becoming a fan of Yuri on Ice: Kubo-sensei had tweeted positive things about him beforehand, particularly about his short program song; his character design was attractive; his official description established him as a viable contender. My first impression, scrabbled together from these few snippets, was of someone mature, suave, professional, maybe even a little intimidating. Oh, how wrong I was. And I’ve never been so happy to be wrong.
JJ was ridiculous, JJ was over-the-top, and JJ was, above all else in that first episode, entertaining. Ultimately, I was amused by his introduction, sending off a volley of blissful 3 am tweets before turning in for the night, content. I woke up to snow and everyone else’s laughter. My first forays into JJ fandom came with a healthy dose of irony: I liked him because I was entertained by him, but, don’t worry (I’d assure everyone), I was in on the joke. JJ fandom post-episode 8 was all in good fun. I wondered how “Partizan Hope” could possibly top “Theme of King JJ” for ridiculousness, meanwhile changing all of my alarms to blare “Theme of King JJ” when I awoke. I lovingly dubbed him Leroy Jenkins and prepared myself for comic relief.
I was wrong again. Episode 9 came and gave us a taste of what was motivating JJ. We’d seen love and its many forms emerge as one of the central themes of Yuri on Ice, and at first, JJ would seem to embody the notion of self-love. Initially, it appeared to border on arrogance, though it was tempered by his deep gratitude.
And in episode 9, we got our first hints that there was more to JJ than meets the eye. I think we all missed it, that we were distracted. He was banging out a flawless performance, and his inner monologue would seem to reflect not just confidence, but cockiness. The announcers sing his praises, list his accolades. A desire to beat Victor in competition swiftly turns into JJ speculating that Victor’s withdrawal from the competitive circuit was out of fear of losing to him. “That poor guy, Victor!” he scoffs. And then it cuts to this close-up.
It wasn’t an expression that matched his thoughts at all. He looks nervous, stressed. Did he really believe what he was telling himself? Was it arrogant boasting, or frantic reassurance?
Episode 10 did the collective fandom in by showing us that our first impressions of characters and situations might not have aligned with reality at all. Yuuri’s prior drunken antics snowballed into the current state of affairs, with we the audience learning that Yuuri was an utterly unreliable narrator. Victor’s motivations became clear in ways we couldn’t have predicted, and context even managed to cast Chris in a friendlier light. Yet, while the previous year’s Grand Prix Final was the catalyst for this year’s successes, in episode 10 we were also seeing the pieces being laid to catalyze someone else’s failure.
Episode 10 showed us that JJ, while possessed of a strong support network of those who love him, was lacking in support from his fellow skaters. We meet Isabella Yang, who is just… so great, she is just so, so great. Yet her introduction immediately shows her antagonizing Yurio with a pointed enough edge to indicate she’d done her research. The cutting comments all came from Isabella; I immediately figured JJ didn’t bristle at Yurio’s verbal abuse of his girlfriend because he knew she’d come looking for a fight and that she wasn’t in particular need or want of defending. Rather, it stood to reason that she was the one doing the protecting. Had JJ told Isabella that Yurio had been hostile to him in the past? Was she taking it upon herself to defend him, knowing he was the sort to laugh everything off, instead?
JJ was the first to deescalate the conflict, lightly suggesting Yurio calm down before inviting Otabek out to lunch. He accepted the declination gracefully, citing a passing familiarity with Otabek’s lone wolf tendencies. And then came another thing we may have missed on our first watching, distracted by (ultimately more important matters such as) missing nuts and engagement rings. When JJ and Isabella reappear, breaking up a tense moment at the dinner table with a bit of bravado and theatrics, Otabek was there with literally all of the other skaters. Otabek, who had declined JJ’s invitation, which JJ had likely chalked up to a preference for meals taken alone. JJ seemed unperturbed at this, though. He joined in on their joke, realizing too late that he was Excluded from being Allowed to do so. The brunt of the tension and awkwardness was transferred to him, and he was left alone, shouting that his engagement and goals were simply a joke in one last attempt at peacemaking.
And so, we are then shown the Jean-Jacques Leroy of episode 11. Someone who, in the eyes of the skating world, was mature, suave, professional, maybe even a little intimidating. A viable contender. Someone slated to take home the gold in an eventual grand-slam, the skater to watch out for, the man to beat. He’d taken Victor’s place. Yet we knew that Victor had friends and admirers. We’d seen Phichit watching videos of his routines. His relationship with Chris was well-established; his relationship with Yuuri, first as idol and then as lover, even more so. He was the living legend, the accepted leader; his competing seasons saw the other skaters in a race to place second rather than defeat him. But, how did the other skaters view JJ? Or, rather, how did JJ, himself perceive their attitude towards him?
As viewers, we had seen all of these characters independent of their interactions with JJ, and could thus objectively state that JJ’s impression of them was skewed. But how could he know that, when all he’d seen was ambivalence at best, rejection at worst, and when he knew that the path to the gold medal hinged not on anyone outperforming him — his technical score was simply too high to allow that — but on him crashing and burning?
How would JJ have fared if he’d had friends in the skating community? If they’d pulled up an extra two seats for Isabella and him? While friendship is not immunity from anxiety — Yuuri illustrates this quite clearly, and is even able to remark on their similarities while watching JJ succumb to the pressure — I imagine he would have felt at least the slightest bit less targeted had he known that his peers saw him as more than an obstacle.
But he was not unloved.
Though his self-love takes a hit, it is JJ’s gratitude that ultimately carries him safely through the gauntlet laid before him. His parents, his fiancée, the people of Canada. His parents, former ice dancers and Olympic champions at that, who agreed to be his coach when no one else could support his goals. His fiancée, strong and fierce as a lioness, who knew exactly how to show him love in his moment of weakness and vulnerability. His fans, who cheered for him even when he wasn’t perfect. His gratitude helped him rediscover his self-love, reaffirm his identity, and be true to himself — not as a replacement for Victor, not as simply the man to beat, but as a man with goals, with passion, who sought to challenge himself on his own terms. More so than any medal, that sense of conviction was the real victory for Jean-Jacques Leroy.
And I was even more assured in my conviction that JJ was my favorite character.
Jean-Jacques Leroy was passionate, enthusiastic, open and honest. Jean-Jacques Leroy was — yes — obnoxious, but ultimately harmless, the nervous kid who tries to use humor as their “in”, perhaps a kid too used to the company of his family and the safety net of an adoring fanbase who mistakenly assumes he is already understood and accepted by all he meets. It surprised me when the other skaters unanimously rejected him; and it surprised me even more when the fans, existing outside the framework of the story and with a more objective base from which to analyze character traits and motivations, largely rejected him as well.
I’ve been trying to figure out why this is. I’ve watched his episodes over countless times, and have found little evidence of actual antagonistic behavior, save the “ladies first” comment which was positively mild compared to, say, most of Yurio’s interactions with the rest of the cast. If anything, he’d been friendly and encouraging of the other skaters, with his good intentions possibly confounded by awkwardness. I couldn’t see where this “asshole” characterization bestowed upon him by the fandom was coming from, and I found it strange, if not downright hypocritical, that a fandom so ready to celebrate the respectful and accurate portrayal of Yuuri’s introverted anxiety was also so quick to dismiss or deny JJ’s anxiety, which presented extrovertedly. If anything, I was laughing to my friends about how JJ was a complete combo-breaker for me as far as favorite characters were concerned: I’ve gone for icy, ruthless villains since time immemorial.
Watching a show as it’s coming out it’s a much different experience than binge-watching. In the weeks between episodes, to keep ourselves engaged, we fall back on our own creations: art, fiction, fan theories. This is normally a great thing, homage and celebration and all that. It’s fun (if not a little nerve-wracking) to speculate and to see how accurate your predictions were. But I feel like, in this particular case, JJ was absolutely a victim of fan-created bias. In the space between episodes, an especially vocal opposition was allowed to fill the gaps, and even though his character was rounded out only three episodes after his introduction, that one month appears to have done enough damage. Even though the general opinion towards him did seem to soften after episode 11, a lot of it seemed to come more from a place of schadenfreude than genuine compassion. I’ve found that those who watched the series later, consuming the episodes in large chunks instead of weekly bites, seem to have an overall more positive/neutral opinion of JJ than the initial viewership.
It’s a shame to see a character you like become, of all things, a problematic fave, but I’m still hoping that after this first wave of opposition dies down, fans will see JJ for the silly, earnest, vulnerable and motivated character he was intended to be.
Thanks to @happy-riceball for urging me to write this, to @aquaticircus and @cicadaemon for listening and joining in on hours of headcanons and rants, to @traditionalthegrace for also encouraging me to put my imagination and adoration to good use, and a shout-out to @samansucks for giving me all her spare JJ’s from blind items.
People sometimes tend to pass Luffy off as a generic, predictable shonen protagonist.
The guy has led the biggest jailbreak in history within the series’ most horrifying high security underwater prison filed with the most ruthless killers to save one person without a single shred of remorse and he doesn’t have much reservation in brutalizing Marines and soldiers who are genuinely doing their job e.g. protecting civilians from pirates / capturing them.
Also, during the fight against DoFlamingo, Luffy did nothing to stop Law from trying to outright kill the former altogether despite the fact he wanted to defeat him first. Luffy, who usually likes beating the hell out of the people who pisses him off personally, let somebody else attempt to carry their vengeance out even if it meant losing the chance to end the fight himself. I mean, Luffy intervened in the end right after but that’s because Doffy would have killed Law had he not in the last second.
Not to mention in the recent chapters he’s now formed an alliance with one of his rivals (Bege) and an ex-enemy (Caesar) to assassinate (keyword, assassinate, not beat up or defeat) Big Mom and Luffy’s just all like “Oh cool, we can finally take her down.”
I’m sure tons of other people have said this already in different terms but despite his shonen hero quirks and mannerisms e.g. goofball with a big hunger drive who loves his friends, people end up forgetting Luffy’s a criminal and he very well knows it in the manga.
Dear Catherine, I’ve been sitting here thinking about all the things I
wanted to apologize to you for. All the pain we caused each other.
Everything I put on you. Everything I needed you to be or needed you to
say. I’m sorry for that. I’ll always love you ‘cause we grew up together
and you helped make me who I am. I just wanted you to know there will
be a piece of you in me always, and I’m grateful for that. Whatever
someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, I’m sending you
love. You’re my friend to the end. Love, Theodore
“Dear Catherine, I’ve been sitting here thinking about all the things I wanted to apologize to you for. All the pain we caused each other. Everything I put on you. Everything I needed you to be or needed you to say. I’m sorry for that. I’ll always love you ‘cause we grew up together and you helped make me who I am. I just wanted you to know there will be a piece of you in me always, and I’m grateful for that. Whatever someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, I’m sending you love. You’re my friend to the end. Love, Theodore.”
I want to take a moment to talk about Trini. Yes, everyone has talked about this and I’m sure that whether or not you care about the Power Rangers reboot, you’ve heard about how the Yellow Ranger is a lesbian. I want to talk about why exactly this is significant, and why how it’s handled is so important.
Power Rangers, as a franchise, has had a history with the LGBT community from the very beginning, but not in a good way. David Yost, who played Billy in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, is gay. Not only is he gay, but he ended up leaving the series due to constant harassment and homophobic bullying from the crew of the show. He walked off the set of Power Rangers Zeo and never looked back. The way they wrote his character out of the show? By having Billy fall in love with a woman offscreen. They offered him a part in a later series, but he understandably turned the offer down.
Despite the franchise’s focus on diversity, they’ve never had an explicitly queer ranger, or even supporting character. They’ve certainly hinted at it in a few cases, the most overt case being Vita Rocca in Power Rangers Mystic Force. She was butch, had a two part story about being the slave of a vampire queen, and enthusiastically agreed that said vampire queen is hot at the end of the season, but none of that was actual confirmation. It was just a little bit of winking and nodding when the moral guardians weren’t looking.
But then this movie came out. And we got to see Trini, the first ever Yellow Power Ranger, come out. Contrary to what you may have seen in fanart and fanfiction, Trini isn’t smooth with other girls, she isn’t openly gay, and she isn’t in a canon relationship with the Pink Ranger. I love those pieces of fanwork as much as the next person, but the movie itself provides a different picture of Trini’s relationship with her own sexuality.
Like I said before, for decades Power Rangers has never done more than playfully hint at a queer character. That changed with one scene. All five of the heroes, sitting around a campfire and talking about their personal issues. That scene is the first time the subject of sexuality has ever been openly discussed in Power Rangers.
It’s a scene where Trini, who has been reserved and has tried to isolate herself up until now, admitting that she likes how often her family moves around, because that way her parents never get a chance to ask her about her relationships. Zack, who up until this scene had been relentless in flirting with Trini and hitting on her, no matter how often he was pushed away and rejected, jokingly asks if she has boyfriend troubles. When he picks up the sarcasm in her response, it clicks for him, and for the audience. If you pay attention, Zack never once hits on Trini after that. He understands, and he treats Trini as nothing more than a friend from that point on.
“Girlfriend troubles?” Is the first time I can ever remember the concept of someone being gay being brought up in a superhero movie. Despite gay and bisexual characters being in films before (Iceman, Mystique, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, etc.) their sexualities were ignored and pushed to the side, where viewers wouldn’t see them. But with Power Rangers, Saban finally tried to make up for their past treatment of LGBT people. It’s Billy, now played by RJ Cyler, who tells Trini that her friends will accept her no matter what.
And Trini? She admits that she’s never told anyone about her sexuality before. She’s never openly said that she likes other girls. She tears up when she talks about it, about how terrified she is of coming out to her family. How she doesn’t even know how to tell them what’s going on. And with the overwhelming, sickening trend in film and television of murdering lesbian and bisexual characters, Power Rangers ends with a scene of all the Rangers hanging out in detention. The last shot we see of Trini? Smiling at her friends and playing with a pen. Alive. Happy. Healthy. Knowing that her friends are aware she likes girls, and knowing that they’ll always be there for her.
This movie is the first time that lesbian and bisexual women have been able to see themselves as superheroes on the big screen. It’s the focus of Trini’s character arc, finding acceptance among her new friends. So often, LGBT teens end up in a position where they don’t know how to talk about what they’re feeling. They feel trapped and alone, and this movie went and told them that they won’t be. They’ll find people who love and cherish them. There’s a hero who is like them, and who is struggling with her identity just like they are.
I’m not afraid to admit that I cried when Trini came out. I’m sure I wasn’t the only woman who teared up at finally, finally being able to see herself in a superhero. It feels so powerful, and so wonderful.
Prompt: Imagine being popular and being Jonathan’s girlfriend
Does not follow the plot of “Stranger Things”
Point of view: The Reader’s POV
I slammed my locker shut as I listened to Nancy rambled on about Steve.
“Nancy why don’t you just fuck him already” I smirked as I watched her blush madly, her tuck a piece of hair behind her before rolling her eyes.
“(Y/N) seriously” she groaned as she shoved my shoulder lightly “a relationship isn’t all about sex. It’s about the small things he does for you to tell you he loves you”
“Yeah like fucking you senselessly” I giggled as I pushed her slightly, she groaned softly before pushing me back
“So you and Jonathan must have sex a lot?” Nancy questioned as we moved down the hall, I shook my head softly
“No actually, he hasn’t laid a finger on me, a quick kiss is all I get” I commented as it was my turn to blush, of course I’ve had sex but it was quick lasted no more than 2 minutes. The douche always hypes himself up saying “he’s the biggest I’ve ever seen”, then it feels like nothing.
“Maybe he’s waiting for the perfect moment” Nancy giggled as she turned in front of me
“Maybe he’s a virgin” I stated rolling my eyes at her comment, she sighed softly before smiling brightly as her eyes were fixed behind me.
“Here comes the virgin Romeo now” Nancy giggled as I peered over shoulder noticing that Jonathan was moving down the hall. “Go Sluttie Juliet!”
“Nancy!” I gasped as I shoved her harshly, a laugh escaping her lips as she pushed me towards him.
He fiddled with his camera as he smiled at me
“Hey baby” I smiled as I tried kissing him but he moved his head down instead.
“Hey (N/N)” he shyly stated, I giggled softly before grabbing his face forcing him to look at me, I placed a soft kiss on his lips. His face redden as he watched me for a second “Um- I-I- we’ll see the thing is– my– mom wants to meet you”
“She does?” I questioned as he scratched the back of his neck, he nodded slowly
“But I understand if-”
“I’d love to meet her Johnny boy, and that adorable little brother of yours” I smiled
“Really? You wanna meet them?” He questioned as his face contorted in surprise
“Your my boyfriend, of course I wanna meet them” I smiled as I wrapped my hands around his neck, as I pressed my head against his, so he would look me in the eye.
“G-great. Um dinner is tonight at 7” he smiled, I bit my lips softly before nodding in agreement as I pulled back. He placed a quick kiss on my cheek for rushing off.
I had to admit I was nervous, I really did like Jonathan he was different than the other boyfriends I had. He was sweet, caring, and took my feelings into consideration.
I didn’t want to screw up meeting his mom and brother.
What if she hates me?
What if she thinks in a slut?
I groaned softly as I banged my head against the steering wheel. I pushed myself out of the car as I slowly walked up the steps to the house. A loud bark pierce the air causing me to squeal lightly. I rung the door bell a couple of times as the more barks filled the air.
A group of boys answered the door, the all watched me for a moment
“She is real” a dark skinned boy stated as he touched my stomach pulling back quickly.
“She’s very pretty” the other said but this one was missing his two front teeth, but that didn’t stop him from looking adorable.
“I’ve seen pictures of her before Johnny has them in his room” another stated, they watched me slowly, I offered a small smile in which they all returned.
“Who was at the door?” I heard Jonathan scream as he appeared at the front door. “Guys let her in”
The parted slowly as I stepped in, I giggled left my lips.
“Hey baby” I smiled as I started I kiss him but was cut off by gasping.
“She called him “baby” meaning that they are dating” the toothless boy commented as he walked in between us. I glanced at Johnny as a blush fell on his face
I bent down as I watched the boy, I kissed his cheek before offering my hand.
“I’m (Y/N)” I smiled, he grabbed his cheek before looking at the other boys. He backed away slowly as he gave me a toothless smile. “I think I broke him”
“She’s pretty and funny too” the dark skinned boy commented as he examined for further
“Who was at the door?” A female calls, I stood up quickly spinning around as I saw his mother. “Oh wow!”
She smiles brightly as she looked at me
“You are absolutely beautiful” she commented as she gave me a quick hug “I see you meet the boys”
“Yes, they are very observant” I smiled, she nodded quickly as she looked back at the boys.
“Well come on boys” she clapped as she ushered them into the room. “Clean up this game you have going on”
“I’m Dustin!” The toothless boy called out as he gave me a smile, I smiled back at him.
“She is right you look beautiful” I heard Johnny say, I turned around facing him.
“Thanks, you don’t look half bad yourself” I giggle as I wrapped arms around him.
“We have an audience” he spoke as he flicked his head towards the opening, I peered over my shoulder seeing the boys watching us.
“She just can’t be real” Will commented “I mean, my brother dating her”
“Come on Johnny boy, I’m starving and I think your brother and his friends have a whole bunch of questions for me” I giggled
“How did you meet my brother?” Will questioned
“In Photography class” I smiled as I remembered the memory so fondly. “He was nerdy boy who always had a camera”
Johnny laughed softly before pushing my shoulder lightly as he blushed softly
“Let me get this straight” Lucas stated “You’re dating Byers”
I laughed loudly as I studied his expression, As I nodded slowly to his statement.
After endless questions about me and adorable baby pictures of Jonathan, dinner was finally over.
I peeled off my jacket as I threw on a chair in his room. I peered over my shoulder as I still heard him talking to his mom downstairs. I grabbed the photos that laid on top of his radio.
They were of me, dozens. Pictures that I didn’t know he took. Pictures of me smiling, pictures of me making faces, pictures of me sleeping in class, pictures of me in his room.
How did I not see him taking all these pictures of me.
“You weren’t suppose to see that” I heard his voice behind me, I blushed softly before placing them back down.
“But I did” I spoke softly wondering how many more he has taken “w-when did you take all those”
“I-I- whenever, moments with you were just to precious to just keep as memories, I needed prove a reminder to know that you are real. That someone like you is dating me" he spoke, I smiled softly. “Are you mad?”
I spun around quickly as I watched him for a moment.
“How can I be when you say stuff like that?” I spoke “That was the sweetest thing that anyone has ever said to me”
He blushed softly as he looked down. I walked over to him, he looked up at me for a moment, without any thought or second of regret. I crash my lips to his, my hands running through his hair.
This moment I knew that I was in love with him. He was a shy, socially awkward boy but he was perfect for me.
“I love you” I whispered against his lips, the words so foreign to me as I spoke them
“I love you too” he smiled as he picked me up, tossing me on the bed. I giggled softly as I pulled him down with me. “I’ve always loved you”
I absolutely love your latest piece. I’m curious what prompted you to draw Laika? It makes me glad to see her being remembered
I had the idea to draw Laika over Thanksgiving weekend, when I was visiting my family in the town where I grew up. My brother, boyfriend and I like to go on late night drives when we visit, out through the farms where it’s just vast fields and forest all around you with no lights, so the stars are really brilliant. One night we were listening to these songs and talking about the space probe Cassini, and eventually we started talking about Laika as well, looking up at the stars. It got real emotional real quick and we were barely choking out the words; we were all sobbing about this little dog who had died before our parents were even born. Her story really moved me, to think how complex and beautiful and tragic the relationship between humans and other animals has been through history, and the things done in the name of progress, and what a tremendous sacrifice Laika made—without knowing, without having any say in it. I couldn’t stop thinking about her up there, and how the universe wouldn’t have made any distinction between me and that little dog; to the cold expanse of space, she was just another living thing like me. It struck me in a poignant way and so I wanted to make an illustration for her. To say sorry—if that could matter now.
tl;dr I cried too much about Laika and needed to make something to commemorate that much crying
“The only way I’ve been able to cope is to think of her in the present tense. She’s so vital in my mind even today. We had our ups and downs. She was almost like a real sibling because I loved her deeply, but she could be so exasperating. When she went into cardiac arrest, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t bounce back. I just thought, ‘Well, she’s got her next book written.’ She’ll call it A Piece of My Heart or something acerbic and witty.” – Mark Hamill
Thank you for 9,000 followers! Here’s a ficlet about Mari being
protective of her little brother.
“Hopefully you can help me,” said the man on the phone with the
funny accent. “My name is Victor Nikiforov, and I’m looking for Yuuri Katsuki.
He said his family owns a hot springs resort, so I looked up the phone number
on the internet. Can you tell me if I have the right place?”
Mari almost hung up immediately without offering a response. Ever
since Yuuri had inadvertently become a viral video star after performing one of
Victor Nikiforov’s routines, the onsen had gotten more than a few prank calls.
One person had pretended to be a reporter but had instead turned out to be one
of Victor’s crazy fans. Apparently this new caller wanted Mari to believe he
was Victor Nikiforov himself.
“Yuuri’s my brother,” she said, a little heat in her tone.
“Oh, great!” the prankster said. “Could I speak with him please?”
Mari rolled her eyes. Was that supposed to be a real Russian accent?
This guy’s impression of Victor was pathetic.