well this is a very serious show but sometimes things like this happen we don't know why

anonymous asked:

pLEASE write out some arranged marriage au's for perc'ahlia. i BEG you

literally all you have to do is ask, so long as you don’t mind a summary of ideas rather than actual fics because…..i would die if i tried. but i have many ideas regarding these two and marriage, and quite a few are arranged marriages. let’s see….

You have your classic arranged marriage, based on a timeline where the de Rolo family is alive and Vax and Vex are far more controlled by their father’s wishes. I like to think of this one as the left overs idea, seeing as it’s founded on the principles of Frederick and Johanna having to arrange a marriage for their third child who will not go out courting, and Syldor having to make a match for Vex before he can feasibly find a future husband for Velora. The deal is struck after months of arguing, when Vex finally agrees to marry some little lordling from the north because, well, the rumors about him are that he can’t be bothered about a wife, so he ought not to mind one that spends more time in the woods than by his side, right? And she’s heard Whitestone is lovely if chilly and distant (thought, really, that’s a virtue when it comes to getting as far from Syngorn as possible, and she even gets to take Vax with her).
They meet as proper nobility and this would be the fic in which Percy politely offers to cut his finger on the sheets. Instead, they stay up most of the night with Percy carefully explaining Whitestone’s traditions and Vex explaining how rubbish some of that is, and the maid finds them asleep against each other in the morning, still propped up against the headboard in casual day clothes, a map and what looks like half a written and scribbled-over argument in parchment pieces strewn across the bed. She’ll have to be checking the linens later, then.

Then we have the canon-compliant arranged marriage that I have seen written in some form or another, where Vex was supposed to be married off to Percy, but then of course the Briarwoods happened and Byroden happened and it never got all worked out. This idea mostly involves me wanting to write Vax being an ass about it on principle and/or Cassandra casually mentioning Percy’s betrothed, which causes a whole slew of confusion and one ill-fated quest to make sure he isn’t still engaged (which of course he is) because Percy really does not want to be engaged to anyone but Vex (which of course he isn’t). The endgame of this whole comedy of errors being Vex holding the papers legally binding them hostage, while Percy tries to grab them back because “It ought to be our choice, I don’t want to push a deal on you that you had no say in.” “Oh, so you’re not interested in making deals you don’t know the full repercussions of now, hm?” “I’m not - It’s not the repercussions I’m working about, it’s - I’d rather make this deal with you - give me the damn papers, Vex!”

I also have this idea for something very Swan Princess-esque where Vex and Percy grew up knowing they were going to be married, but then i also have this love of doing things a little backwards. So Percy is the one who starts falling in love first - in tiny inches, with the way Vex stands straight and tall with her brother when they’ve gotten in trouble again, with her laugh when it’s soft and light and then also when it’s too loud and sudden and she sometimes looks as though it’s caught her by surprise. He falls in love with her messy braid and the feathers in it, her awful-sounding Abyssal and the way it makes their tutors cringe, her insistence on keeping both a pet bear and a table full of cosmetics, the both of which she learns to wield and treasure for how they keep her safe and happy.
Vex, on the other hand, feels only a grudging sort of friendship. Sure, Percy’s alright. He’s clever enough and polite and stopped trying to lock her and Vax out of his rooms years ago (for all the good it ever did him when Vax was more than happy to pick said locks). And Vex knows she’s going to marry him one day, and that will be fine, but she doesn’t expect him to have grown to tall over a year. She doesn’t expect him to have a jawline she can see her lips following or eyes that beg to go darker with passion, and she certainly doesn’t expect his familiar wry grin to punch the breath from her chest when it’s directed at her now. He shows her the siege arrows he’s made (”They’re much more powerful than the exploding ones, you see. You’ll have to test them, but I’ve also had an idea for something like a grappling arrow that I’d like to try if you’re willing to give me some input.”) and Vex remembers the things he’s made and done for her and all the times she never thanked him and he never seemed to mind, and oh. Well. There’s an idea. Perhaps he loves her, and Vex finds herself a little in love with the thought.

The last thought I’ve had is angst-ridden and only half-formed, but it begins with the Briarwoods deciding to marry off the surviving de Rolos instead of Percy escaping, and he gets shipped to Syngorn. Vex is determined to hate him, just like everything Syldor has ever brought into their lives, but he’s so damn fragile when he arrives, and Vex has never been able to walk away from broken things. He’s her husband, yes, but Vex does a lot more of being his only friend than being a wife, and Percy slowly opens up. The twins are not nearly as bad as he’d dreaded and it’s certainly better than staying trapped in his old home, shadowed by monsters and wraiths, or chained in the dungeon and left to Anna’s tender mercies. He behaves because of Cassandra, but she is also why he never can quite enjoy his new life. Vex catches him, eventually, in a moment where he seems to be truly happy for once - and a breath-taking sight that is, when he’s creating and thinking, beautifully vibrant and casually sharp-tongued - just before he catches himself out and remembers to be quietly miserable.
“Tell me what you’re thinking about when you do that,” Vex insists. “What is it that always makes you force yourself to look guilty for enjoying things.”
Percy tells her, in halting, almost forgotten and definitely avoidant sentences, about his home and the people who took it from him, about the sister he left behind and why he’s never on anything less than his best behavior. Because if word ever gets back that he isn’t, it will be on Cassandra’s head.
“Well,” Vex says, after she’s swallowed down the impulse to simply hold Percy as close and as tightly as she can. “Let’s go get Vax. If we have to go liberate our city, we’ll need him.”
“You don’t have to get involved,” Percy tries. “It’s my problem, not yours.”
“By law, it’s half mine,” Vex says, flippant in the way she knows gets across how serious she really is. “The problems and all. That’s marriage, darling.”
It’s the first time Percy says he loves her, so quietly any human wouldn’t have caught it, but luckily, Vex is half elf.

anonymous asked:

i know its nice being ship friendly and stuff but SOMEONE'S POINTING A GUN AT YOU, THEY HATE LEVIHAN AND THEY'RE GONNA KILL YOU IF YOU DON'T CONVINCE THEM OTHERWISE, YOU GOTTA DEFEND LEVIHAN WITH YOUR LIFE, WHAT'D YOU SAY? GO!

You know, that’s a really weird murderer. Anyway, THIS IS FUN! Honestly, i’d be dead already, because i don’t really care about convincing anyone when it comes to shipping. Before i start, i’m gonna state that ANYTHING I’LL SAY HERE IS BECAUSE I’M FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE, DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONAL, GUYS. These will be pretty much the reasons why i ship them. The first part is a bunch of “objective” reasons (well as objective as it can get, because shipping can’t be a totally objective thing) and the other one is personal, so is up to you when to stop reading this. I apologize in advance for my English.

1)      Levi and Hanji are both really interesting and complex characters. He isn’t just a typical shonen badass guy and she’s not a typical crazy scientist. Levi is actually , from my pov, the most caring and selfless character of all SnK, he literally sacrifices himself over and over for the sake of others. Hanji isn’t just this sweet cheerful character, she has a mesmerizing willpower, nothing can stop her.

2)      They complement each other amazingly. They are both strong and smart, but in different ways. Any virtue that Levi doesn’t have, Hanji has it. Every flaw that Hanji has, Levi doesn’t. And they share two really important virtues, which are the foundation of any healthy relationship: they are both so loyal and passionate. They are literally willing to give up their lives for the people they love.

3)      THEIR INTERACTIONS ARE SO FUN TO READ/WATCH. You just know that, whenever they are together, something great is going to happen. There’s something refreshing about them, about their bickering, about the way they work together, about the way they care about each other so deeply.

4)      I think nobody can understand them more than each other. They have experienced similar things as soldiers, they have lost people they love countless times. I bet they could be sharing each other stories all night long, reminiscing all of those good times with Moblit, Erwin and their old squads.

5)      Okay, i won’t force my ship to anyone, but since i’m fighting for my life here, i’ll say i think there are actual canon hints for Levihan. Like the “Levi bathes Hanji” thing, the “we tell each other everything” thing (don’t u dare telling me Hanji clearly said they’re just friends, cuz isn’t that what every Levihan shipper has as a headcanon? The idea of them not admitting their true feelings and say “we’re just friends” ‘cause they’re both awkward dorks), their interaction in ACWNR, their interaction in Shingeki! Chuugakkou, and the “Levihan is similar to Eremika” thing. It’s up to you, random killer, to decide if that means romance or not.

6)      I hate to fangirl here, but HAVE U SEEN THEM? They are both beautiful and would have babies as beautiful and brilliant as them. What a blessing. I love drawing them so much because their character design is gorgeous. Levi with his cold colors and Hanji with the warm colors, they even complement each other in that aspect.

7)      The Levihan fandom is amazing. Besides the fact that there’s no drama and everyone is so kind, I’m pretty sure this is the ship with the funniest fan art. Even the most serious person would smirk even a little bit while scrolling through the Levihan tag. I mean, we’re all about the laughs. All of the other ships usually focus on the classic romantic stuff (i say “classic” , because from my pov there’s nothing more romantic than the OTP having fun ❤). With Levihan, you’ll get from the most intense fan art to the most ridiculous headcanon, it’s so much fun. Some Levihan artists are pretty well known among non Levihan shippers because of that same reason, like @alemanriq, @trash-god or @drinkyourfuckingmilk . I mean, really, if you’re feeling down and need to cheer up a bit, they’re the way to go.

One of the main arguments people have against Levihan is that they’re too different, so it wouldn’t work. They even go as far as saying that Levi doesn’t really care that much about Hanji. My first response is that both Hanji and Levi are highly misunderstood characters. We don’t have to let our personal experience makes us decide what is love and what isn’t. We all show our love in very different ways.

Now heres my second argument to that idea and this is gonna get personal. If you don’t wanna read about my life, skip this.

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What a Glorious Feeling (1/3)

A/N: This was written for @i-dont-know-how-to-write ‘s Cutie Challenge.  The prompt I chose was “Singin’ in the Rain” and I had so much fun with it! This is going to be a three-parter. As always, if you notice any errors or have any comments, feel free to let me know! Enjoy!

 Pairing: Bucky x Reader

Warning: Language, maybe?

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anonymous asked:

Am I the only one who thinks P Chris is actually not how most portray him on fanfics? I feel like he's actually really nice, that what happened with Iben was just a bump. I mean he even told Eva he was raised well. I feel like both parents were always there for him, that's why he's so charismatic and confident. I don't think he ever promised any of his hookups anything more. The only thing I don't understand is why was he with Iben, when he was totally fine hooking up b4/after the breakup.

It depends a LOT of which fics. I already started to read some fics on wattpad where Chris is basically a borderline creepy guy, constantly harassing the girl in order to “get what he wants”, I usually just end up dropping because 1-i’m not a fan of this trope  2- like you said I don’t think it’s a proper characterization of Chris. In season 1 when he was flirting with Eva he wasn’t pressing her and being insistent, it was always reciprocate, since Eva was flirting back. Besides that, the moment Eva told him to stop texting her (after the kiss) he stopped. So yeah, it bugs me when i read Chris being the creepy dude.

 However, if you give a look on the fics I’m always reblogging here and most chriseva on ao3 actually, I think the writers usually portray Chris’ personality in, at least in my opinion, a very precise way. Of course, this is a little subjective and open to interpretation, because we didn’t saw much about Chris, but using the information we have, here’s what I think about him:

 1- At least in season 1 he appears to be really immature (almost childish), he doesn’t seems to think or care about the consequences of his acts. When Eva texted him after the kiss, worried about someone finding out, he was there making jokes about her panties and not understanding at all why she was so stressed. And this shows that he is kind of self-absorbed. You asked about Iben, well I think ( again just speculation) he might had have some crush on her for a while but ,you know,that kind of crush you think is gonna be something big but  ends up fading away really quickly. And due to  his immaturity and lack of sensibility to deal with feelings, he end up dragging the relationship instead of breaking up as he should have done ( because he clearly didn’t care enough  to commit so the best was to break up). Oh, and just to be clear I’m not trying to justificate his actions, He acted wrong, he was an asshole to Iben. No ‘’family issues’’ or anything can justifies what he did.

2- He seems to be a little troublemaker. On that fight with Jonas , William’s bored face is like “oh here we go again”, like if that was something recurring.  Again, he doesn’t seems to put much thought on his actions/words (Chaotic as fuck) and this probably leads him to constantly be in some kind of confusion

3- I do agree with you, I don’t think he ever promises something more to his hook ups. Season 2 we basically saw him being a 24 hours Penetrator Chris, he wasn’t really hiding his fuckboy facade. Even with Eva on s1, he was quite direct on his flirts, so I don’t think he’s the kind of guy that pretends to want something serious just to have sex. First Instagram chat with Eva and he was already saying he was turned on, so here is the answer.

4- He seems to have a good nature, to act nice with people in general. He might have some touch of arrogance, but I think he usually treat people well. For example, the twin moment with the other Chris, you know. That was so friendly. And on his interactions with Eva in general, he seems to be kind. He did show concern for her on the Halloween party and I think on that moment he was being genuine (the way he looks at her while she is not looking? That’s not pretending). Or in the first party, he was actually trying to make a normal conversation with her, asking about her friends and russ…Besides, He was always helping her with all the William’s information. Another case, all the playfulness with Eskild and Linn, singing Justin Bieber with Eva and carrying a drunk Eskild. Again, he was being extremely friendly with people he’s not that intimate. Also, the biggest proof, Chris Berg likes him!! (and Isak told us that he’s a nice guy).  One thing people might disagree, because i know many  fans don’t like that scene, but when he’s leaving William’s place with the two random girls did you notice he’s all playfull with them as well?  I, particularly, don’t see any problem with that scene, bc it’s consensual and the girls seemed to be enjoying ( girls are free to want threesomes if they want). But anyway, I don’t agree with fics that portray Chris like a guy who treats woman ( people in general) in a bad way. However, i do think he oversteps the line with jokes sometimes and that is the next point.

 5- He oversteps the line with jokes. No, but seriously, ask his best friend’s crush if she wants to join him? Do you notice William’s capricornian face “I’m super calm but i’ll kill you tomorrow bitch”? Chris is the “lose the friend do not lose the joke” kind of guy. Humor is definitely an important part of his persona. He probably use humor as a defense mechanism as well, either to deal with tense situations or to hide his feelings / his true self.

6- Now about the family, we will never know the answer for sure, but I am with you on this. I always got the impression that Chris has a normal family. He  pass the impression of being a kind of spoiled son, something on him makes me think he was/is really well treated ( maybe the confidence). And his immaturity on s1/lack of responsibility just appears to me like someone who never had to worry much about things in life. William actually says once to Vilde that the party was cancelled because Chris’ parents come home. He probably was lying about the party, but i got the impression that the parents are real and presents on his life. Of course, I’m not saying he has a perfect family, with no issues. Maybe the parents used to work a lot, maybe he spend too much time with nannys or not……but i just don’t think his familiar situation is as bad as William’s. When the Nico incident happened and William told Noora he was staying at Chris, i felt like Chris has stability in his life. He has a stable family, a stable place. So, whenever things get hard/complicated for William, he will look for shelter in Chris’ home. Also the “i was raised well” seems to fit this theory.

7-  He’s loyal to his friends, William himself said that he was always there for him. And even though it’s kind of hard for me to buy the storyline “ the Yakusa guys were completely douchebags who wanted to beat everyone’s ass for no specific reason”., if we believe Isak, Chris wanted to stop them, so he really cares about his friends.

Finally, i do think he grow up ( at least a little) during the seasons, especially because of his “relationship” with Eva on s3 and s4, which probably helped his emotional development (  recognize his own and other people’s feelings, deal with them,etc). Futhermore, i don’t see him as a serial cheater or someone who is incapable to commit just because of what happened on s1. I just think that he was really immature when he was dating Iben and that he (before Eva);  never really experienced the feelings of romantic love. And i think his clip was about that, he was finally having real feelings for a girl, but due to his messy past, the girl in question wasn’t able to believe him. Also the fact that he never experienced romantic love until he’s 19/20 is quite normal. Not everyone has serious relationships when they’re teens. And if you never fell in love until you’re 20 or 30 or 40.. etc, it doesn’t means that when you fall, you’re not going to be a good partner or that you’re not going to be able to commit. People experience things on different times. The maxim “once a fuckboy always a fuckboy” is really dumb and it’s sucks that Julie kind of reinforced that, because all characters are teenagers, and teenagers are in process of forming their identity , so you can’t say that their actions will define who they are for the rest of their lifes.

Anyway, i can’t believe i ranted so much about a character that has like five lines 😂   😂   😂 , but I love to make assumptions about fictional characters’ personalities and you triggered that with your question,anon. Oh, and i’m ignoring the last clip, cause we all know that shit doesn’t make sense…

Don't Underestimate the Skinny One

@benaya-trash | AO3 - I really hope you like this as much as I like your art and stuff :)

by @vyxynheartssterek

Mature - Character Death

When Jackson opens his big mouth, it pushes Stiles away. Where has he gone, and why? And how is Derek coping?


The crack echoes through the preserve, the wood of the bat splintering against the Omega’s skull. The wolfsbane coated wood that’s now under the werewolf’s skin is seeping poison into his bloodstream, slowly and painfully killing him.

An Alpha’s roar shakes the trees, and the remaining wolves bare their necks in submission. Derek strides through the reverent wolves towards the Spark, grabbing Stiles by his hoodie and drawing him close.

“What do you think you are doing Stiles?”

“What does it look like I’m doing Derek? Saving your ass again!”

Derek shakes Stiles, and draws him in even closer, noses almost touching. Stiles watches as Derek’s fang elongate and pierce his lip, eyes flashing Alpha red.

“You came to a fight with a baseball bat. What did you hope to achieve?”

“Seriously Derek? I knocked the bastard out with said baseball bat, and you have a problem with it?”

An angry growl bubbles up from the depths of Derek’s soul, sending goose bumps pebbling across Stiles’ pale skin.

“You could have been killed Stiles.”

“So? You could have been killed too Derek.”

“He was an Omega, I’m an Alpha, he had no chance against me.”

Stiles snorts. “Really Derek? You lot have been fighting him for the last 10 minutes. I come in and knock him out with a baseball bat. ME. Not YOU, oh mighty Alpha.”

Derek roars in anger, the full force of frustration being thrown in Stiles’ face. Stiles’ face falls. Pushing the wolf away, Stiles stumbles back a few feet. Taking a shaky breath, he points a shaking hand at the Alpha.

“Fuck you Derek.”

Stiles turns, and stumbles his way through the trees back towards the Jeep.

Derek turns and looks at his betas. With a snarl, he stalks in the opposite direction to Stiles, leaving his very confused betas behind.

Isaac speaks up first. “What the fuck just happened?”

*****

Stiles avoids pack meetings for a few weeks. He explains to the pack while they’re all sitting around the table in the cafeteria at school, that he couldn’t bare to face Derek.

“I just want to punch that perfectly structured face of his. Who does he think he is? He can’t tell me what to do.”


Scott sighs. “He’s just worried about you dude. You’re just a human. You’re all squidgy and shit.”

Stiles’ nostrils flare in anger. “Just a human? JUST A HUMAN? Are you fucking kidding me Scott? Whose side are you on?”

“Yours! Always yours Stiles! But come on. You jump into things without thinking sometimes. It has all of us worried.”

“Not me,” Jackson murmurs. Lydia elbows him in the side.

“Not thinking? That baseball bat I used was covered in wolfsbane! And who was the one that held Derek up in the pool for hours? Me. Two months ago, who was the one that dragged Derek’s limp body out of the collapsing warehouse? Also me. Give me some credit you jerks.”

Allison clears her throat. “They’re right though Stiles. Scott and Derek. You don’t have the skills the rest of us have. I’m human, but I’ve got my hunter skills. I don’t need to be in the middle of a fight to be helpful.”

Stiles looks incredulously at Allison. “Are you serious right now? Just because you’ve got ranged attack Allison, doesn’t mean you haven’t been hurt in the past. Also, screw you!”

“Stiles! Don’t talk like that to Allison!”

“Screw all of you then! What about Lydia huh? What about her? Why is no one telling her to be careful.”

Lydia flips a curl over her shoulder. “Because I don’t get myself hurt when I go out there Stiles, IF I go out there.”

“So all of you feel the same as Derek then? That I’m a weak, squishy, human. You’re all forgetting the times I’ve saved your lives too. Yes I’ve been hurt, but all of you have too. Plus I help with strategy and stuff, so I’m not useless.”

Allison looks at Scott before turning back to Stiles. “We aren’t saying you’re useless Stiles, just that you are more likely to get hurt. Or worse. We’re just looking out for you!”

“So what, I’m just supposed to not help anymore? Is that it?”

Scott shrugs. “Maybe? Maybe you should just chill with the heroics. Just stick to research, it’s what you’re best at! No one is better than you at research!”

Stiles’ heart sinks. “That’s all I’m good for? Research?”

Jackson smirks at Stiles. “Well it’s not like you’re pack or anything, so why should it matter?”

Stiles rears back like he’s been slapped. “I’m not pack? Is that what you all think?”

The pack finds something to quickly distract them, while Scott looks at Stiles with his patented puppy dog face.

Stiles feels a rush of heat to his face, and a flood of tears to his eyes. “Wow. Good to know where I stand. Well, I’m just going to take my incredibly fragile ass elsewhere then.”

Stiles gets up from the bench and grabs his tray. Looking back at the pack he shakes his head in disgust, and stomps over to the bin, emptying the contents of the tray into the trash, and throwing the tray in the dirty tray slot. As he stomps back past the table, he swoops down grabs his backpack, and storms out of the cafeteria, grumbling under his breath.

“I’ll show you have valuable Stiles Stilinski can be.”

*****

Derek is pacing the loft, clawed hands balled in a fist. “What do you mean he’s just left.”

Scott looks at the others before answering. “He’s left Derek. The Sheriff said that he’s gone to Poland to stay with his babcia for a while.”

Derek stops pacing and glares at Scott. “And why would Stiles have randomly gone to Poland, Scott?”

Scott shrugs.

Derek’s eyes flash red. “What did you say to him?”

Allison steps forward, and in front of Scott. “We told him he needs to be careful. That he shouldn’t rush into things because he’s human.”

Derek growls. “You’re human.”

“Yes, but I’m a hunter. I can look after myself.”

Isaac pipes up. “Yeah Stiles is useless. He’s only really good for research.” He looks to the others for backup, but everyone is shaking their head at him, with eyes wide.

Derek takes a step back, letting his hands unfurl. Blood drips down his fingertips from the claws that are still extended. “You told him he was useless?”

Jackson snorts. “He should consider himself lucky we didn’t call him anything else.”

A split second later Derek is holding up Jackson by his shirt, feet dangling in the air. Derek’s in beta shift, eyes red, fangs large, venom dripping from his words.

“The only useless one here is you lizard boy.”

Derek drops Jackson, who falls to the ground whimpering. Derek turns to look at everyone.

“How could you send him away like that? It was bad enough he wasn’t coming to pack meetings anymore, but to have him flee the country?”

Isaac looks confused. “I don’t understand Derek. We only said what you said.”

“I never called him useless, Isaac. I called him human. Breakable. And I shouldn’t have. He’s done more for this pack than all of us put together. He’s the heart and soul of us all.”

Lydia looks accusingly down at her fingernail with the chipped polish. “Well, he was also told he wasn’t pack, so that wouldn’t have helped.”

The pack watches as their Alpha’s face drops. The betas hear his heart almost stop. “Who told him he wasn’t pack?”

“That would be my half witted boyfriend. I really need to trade up.”

Derek looks at Jackson like his heart is breaking. “You told him he wasn’t pack? Jackson, he’s … Stiles is ….”

Lydia leans forward and quirks a perfectly arched brow. “Is this where you finally admit you’re in love with Stiles?”

Derek turns to Lydia in shock. “Oh my god, I am! I am in love with him. And he’s in Poland because you’re boyfriend told him he wasn’t pack.” Derek turns to Scott. “Is he going to come back?”

Scott shrugs. “I don’t know man. I’m sorry.”

Derek clutches at his Henley, and backs away until his legs hit the back of a side table. He sits down gingerly and lets out a gut-wrenching sob.

The pack look at each other at a loss for words. Their Alpha is sitting before them in tears, shoulders hunched, body shaking in sadness.

*****

Two years pass. Beacon Hills had been relatively quiet since Stiles had left, nothing the pack couldn’t handle.

Until now.

Kate Argent stands before Derek who has been drugged with wolfsbane and strapped to wires that have been wound around trees in the preserve. Electricity pulses through the wire, leeching into Derek’s skin, convulsing his body. Blood drips from his nose and his ears.

“How much longer do you think you can last Derek? An hour? Maybe two? Shall we place bets?”

Derek’s eyes flicker between green and red as the electric pulses contract his muscles. “Fuck. You.”

Kate laughs. “That all you got? Fuck you? Oh come now Derek, surely you must have something better than fuck you.”

“He may not, but I sure as hell do.”

Kate lets go of the lever in shock, and swivels around. Standing before her is Stiles, eyes blazing gold, electricity dancing from his fingertips.

“You are a blight on society Kate Argent. You need to be punished.”

Kate sneers at Stiles. “And what is a little skinny runt like you going to do huh? How exactly are you going to punish me? Take off a sneaker and throw it?”

Stiles sneers back at her. “Nope. Like this.”

Stiles raises his arms up at his sides as he begins to levitate, power radiating from his very pores. Trees on either side of Kate reach out their branches towards her, and begin to wind around her body, twisting and turning until only her head is left visible.

Kate begins to panic, and fights against the branches, but finds she can’t move. “What have you done? What is this? Let me go!!”

Stiles voice booms with authority. “You have desecrated Hale land. You have have shed the blood of the innocent. The earth cries out for justice.”

“No! No please …”

“Your cries for help go unheard. The earth cries for justice.”

“What are you going to do? Derek? Derek! Please help me!”

Derek stumbles where Isaac and Scott have undone the tethers, and let Derek down. Allison removes the battery from the wires.

“You should be ashamed of yourself Aunt Kate. You’ve besmirched the Argent name.” Allison cocks her bow, raising an arrow towards her aunt.

“Me? You should be ashamed. You should all be ashamed! It’s unnatural! You aren’t a true hunter Allison! You’re all freaks!!”

A wave of energy pulses through the preserve as Stiles booms, “ENOUGH. The earth is calling for justice.”

The branches begin to pull apart, bringing the screaming hunter with them. Wind whips around the pack as Stiles helps bring punishment against Kate. Allison drops the bow and turns away, burying her face in Scott’s shoulder. The rest of the pack watch as Kate is torn in two, then four pieces, each piece being drawn into holes of the trees.

Her dying screams echo through the preserve.

Slowly Stiles sinks back to the ground, his eyes becoming their whiskey-hued brown once more. He rushes forward towards Derek who is looking at him with wide eyes.

“Derek! Are you ok? Are you healing? I can help!” Touching his hands against Derek’s bloody chest, a thrum of blue light glows from his hands, pushing healing power into Derek’s battered body.

Derek hasn’t taken his eyes off Stiles face. “You’re back,” he croaks.

“I am. Just in time too.”

Derek smiles. “You’re powerful.”

Stiles blushes. “I’m more than just a spark apparently.”

Derek chuckles only to stop as his healing ribs shoot pain through his body. “That was amazing and terrifying.”

Stiles smiles, and cups Derek’s face in his palms. “I’ve missed you Sourwolf.”

A lone tear rolls down Derek’s cheek, only to be diverted by Stiles’ thumb. “I love you Stiles.”

Stiles’ heart soars. “Oh thank god. I love you too Derek. So much. I have missed you so much.”

Derek turns his head into Stiles’ hand, and rubs his cheek along the man’s fingers. “Why did you leave?”

“Because I thought I wasn’t welcome. I thought I wasn’t pack.”

“Oh Stiles, I’ve always thought of you as pack. I’m sorry I never said the words.”

Stiles smiles bashfully. “You’ve said them now.”

Derek smiles widely, and pulls Stiles into a searing kiss. While the wolf and the mage embrace, tendrils of vines and budding flowers grow from the the earth beneath their feet. The pack watches in amazement as the new flora sprouts and expands, taking over the trees that saw the death of the hunter.

Derek and Stiles pull away from the kiss, smiles adorning both their faces.

Jackson sputters out an apology and stumbles over his words  “Holy shit Stiles that was amazing, what the fuck!”

“Jesteś głupia mała jaszczurka wilków Jackson.”

Derek smirks at Stiles. “You speak Polish now?”

“Yep! Fluently even.”

“That was kinda hot.”

Stiles laughs. “Jesteś moim ulubionym wilkiem alfa”.

Derek tilts his head like a pup. “What did you say?”

“I said you’re my favourite Alpha wolf. And you are. You’re also MY Alpha.”

anonymous asked:

I'm really REALLY confused as to why you and Kylie hate the long awaited beautiful Korra comics so much??? Like I was expecting homophobic nations with how sexist the northern water tribe was. + you have FN's dictatorship (they poisoned their own people of that river town with that factory) & how dumb the EK was with Kuei not knowing about the war. & I don't understand why y'all are mad at Kya.

Huh. Well, this certainly a change of pace; directing this ask at me, as opposed to @lokgifsandmusings​. Which is actually very thoughtful, to be honest. She’s got her hands full with her niece right now (literally) so yeah, I can field this one.

First thing’s first, we’re not mad at Kya. We’re frustrated at what she said, and thus the scripting of her. As in: We’re pissed at Mike for writing those words. Also, how could we be mad at Kya? She’s…not a real person. She’s a character who served as a mouthpiece for an exposition dump. 

Second, this is a topic we covered very extensively two weeks ago, but I’m happy to go over it again now that Turf Wars is out in the wild for everyone and not just people near a LCS. Kylie and I have very strong opinions about Turf Wars, this is true. Something we have never denied is that we’ve been waiting just as long as everyone else. We wanted so, so badly to love these like most of the fandom can. I’m serious; we’re pretty bummed that we can’t. 

As for why we can’t just sit back and enjoy them, well…there’s a reason we wrote over 10,000 words on that exact subject. It’s because we’re super enthusiastic about debating and that’s how our brains work. We cover the Northern Water Tribe’s depiction of protective paternalism, and also the Fire Nation wasn’t a dictatorship; it was a monarchy. It still is a monarchy, in fact. As for that village from The Painted Lady…buddy, the Fire Nation wasn’t purposefully poisoning an entire village of their own people. Neglect and supervillainy aren’t the same thing. It doesn’t make any sense if they’re trying to spread their culture to the world through violent imperialism and genocide! They want to keep their people happy—okay, I’ll stop. 

We get into all of that, except for Kuei since…why does his ignorance have anything to do with anything? Those two things aren’t even remotely related. 

Anyway, to boil it all down (because if I talk about the Gestapo imagery we’ll be here literally all day): Systemic and institutionalized homophobia doesn’t make sense in this universe. It can’t exist, because that means that system and institutionalized sexism exists on a global scale. And if that’s a thing, then that means the entire foundation of the Avatar canon is uprooted. No, seriously, I’m not even joking. At all. Here, I’ll quote two sections of the piece, which I’m putting under the cut because this is getting long.

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anonymous asked:

reflecting on the other seasons that clearly didn't get the same advisement and outside help, can you imagine s3 without all the experts who said they panicked and stepped in when they heard about isak's season? good lord lmao. i don't mean to undercut julie in any way but sometimes i wonder if we give her too much of the credit. there's a clear discrepancy between the way queer issues are treated in s3 to 1 2 and even 4.

How did you know I’ve wanted to talk about this, anon? Caveat: I can’t remember where the idea came from that people “stepped in”, I don’t want to assume to know what happened there especially without reading(/rereading) a source. 

That said, something I’ve been thinking about for a while is that her writing process may be pretty dependent on the sources she’s pulling from and getting plenty of research and development time to brew them into a story. If she gets a really good idea and taps interesting sources, she great at putting it all down and figuring how to turn that into a season of television. What makes the show so strong is when she gets into the psychological underpinings of the character; we’ve heard before that she did so much research for the roots of the show when establishing the characters and the concerns of teenagers for s1. I have felt for a long time that the sources behind s3 in particular deserve more credit because it wasn’t something she was familiar with (whereas she was a teenage girl growing in Norway once, even if it was another era) and she must have pulled pretty directly from what they said about the pressures of being a gay teen and let them shape the characters too. It led to a great result; I think it’s for the benefit of the work that she lifted the coming out scene between Isak and Jonas from a real experience, for example. The power of that scene is due to the truth of the source material but also to her integration and writing of it.

Looking at s2… I think it’s the story closest to her which might be part of why it isn’t as strong? It might be that this season required less pulling back because it’s the story she always felt she knew and wanted to tell. From what I understand, she’s pulled from real people in her life for a number of characters and she says she identifies with all the characters equally but with Noora… I do think there is a bias there. Which you really saw evidenced later by the unnecessary glut of Noora and Noorhelm hijacking so much of the last ‘real’ episode in s4, imho. Season two is at its best for me when its dealing with its biggest and most serious issues, which I would think required outside consideration and research based on the real experiences of women who lived this. Though I ultimately think s2 doesn’t work for me based on the story it chose to tell with Noora and William which doesn’t really have to do with the process.

Then with s4, we know that it was decided relatively last minute that this was the last season and there was clearly a lot going on behind-the-scenes. She was juggling a lot of concerns and it appears her research and development process was interrupted and curtailed this time. She wound up pulling from a very limited Muslim experience, I got the feeling that Julie Andem saw what that small circle of “shameless” Muslim girls were saying and wrote only from that. It’s not that they didn’t have a valid perspective but the picture painted from it wasn’t a very full story. I don’t think she ever really figured out how to integrate a wider perspective: it started off strong in the first ep (the subtle way she was othered and that first use of prayer as a visual motif) but as time went on, there was a lack of detail when it comes to faith in Sana’s home and daily life (I don’t want to pretend to be an authority, see this post for more). Religion didn’t need to be the focus of her season but to be honest, I expected better for both how it would be addressed and how it would subtly be shown in the background. I’m still taken aback by the lack of lead in to Ramadan and how negative the stereotypes presented by the entitled Ramadan clip were (as well as the numerous implications caused and let sit with the fight). I think s4 shows the pitfalls of what could have happened to s3 without the time to consider and integrate the minority perspectives that the author just doesn’t have.

I don’t like to go too far in either direction though? I feel like this is a case where sometimes people want to discredit someone for the good things just because they also showed some serious flaws. Ultimately, I think she’s largely responsible for both. It can be hard to reconcile but she did have a heavy hand in creating both s3 and s4, both s1 and s2: she created, wrote and directed and all the actors and fellow crew talk about her perfectionism and meticulous dedication to this project. I just sometimes think that’s for both good and for ill. I think you can see a lack of the same awareness and sensitivity to queer issues in s1, s2, and s4 when s3 delivered in spades and I agree that’s because she only had advisement during that one season. Without that, there can be some not-great attitudes perpetuated incidentally which I think can be said of various things in the course of Skam (e.g. mental illness in s4). For example, I got the feeling she had more personal experience with knowing gay men and so wrote to that, without really considering that the work was ending with a variety of mlm and no wlw at all. (I’ve personally been pretty uncertain whether or not Vilde was intentionally coded to be a lesbian, which would significantly change how I view scenes overall, but in the work we definitely never got there.) I think Julie Andem cares about presenting important issues and tries to do her homework but she does bring a lot of her own experience and viewpoint to the show. To me, there’s been times when Skam has truly rubbed me the wrong way because I feel like the characters are presenting an agenda, that they become mouthpieces of their writer and occasionally come off defensive. 

We’ve seen Julie Andem’s writing soar when she gets a spark of an idea and spends the next number of months interviewing and researching and consulting and letting it germinate. But I think she needs that spark, she needs that time to gather those outside sources and pull them together into a work. I think the times Skam has fallen down has been when she least knows where she’s going, which comes down to both vision and preparation. But I also think there’s way more variables: there’s isn’t any one reason a season worked or didn’t work, there were many either way.

End of an era

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Word Count: 1199

Rated: PG-13

“Please just go.”

“You can’t just walk away from this!”

“It just hurts.”

End of an Era Part 2


“What the fuck is this?” You ask Harry as you sit across form him on the couch.

“What is what?” He asks as he looks up from his phone.

“This.” You say as you hand him your phone. A few minutes ago Harry posted a picture on his instagram of Kendall Jenner on his lap. She has her hand around the back of his neck and his hand is placed on his thigh. He captioned the photo with “Here’s to a great night with a beautiful woman.”

“It’s just a picture.” Harry says passively before he hands you back the picture. 

“No it’s not just a picture.” You snap. You and Harry have been together for about three years and the diamond engagement ring on your left hand shows that you are serious. You are very serious.

“Yes (Y/N) it is just a picture.” Harry says without looking up, “I was just sharing a picture from last night.” 

“You told me you had a business dinner last night.” You say. You place your phone in your pocket and cross your arms over your chest.

“I had business drinks.” Harry sighs. He still doesn’t look up.

“Harry talk to me.” You plead.

“I am talking to you.” Harry says.

“No talk to me.” You plead once more. He then looks up to you and places his phone beside him. “You lied to me.”

“No I didn’t lie.” Harry states.

“Then why were you with Kendall last night if you told me that you were going to a business dinner?” You ask.

“I went out for business drinks and then I went out to dinner with some friends and Kendall happened to be there.” Harry groans. 

“Why are you all over each other?” You asks.

“Why are you being such a major bitch?” Harry snaps.

Harry!” You yell.

“Fine!” Harry sighs, “We were just hanging out and I someone snapped a picture and sent it to me.”

“Why did you say she is beautiful?” You ask. You don’t want to know the real answer to this question.

Harry sighs and says, “Because she is.”

That one hurts. That one hits you right in your heart. He shouldn’t be thinking like that. He should think that you are the only beautiful woman. Yeah, it sounds weird, but it is true. He should only have eyes for you.

“Harry…” You whisper.

“What?” He asks. He obviously knows what is wrong with that sentence, “She is beautiful. Everyone knows that. I can’t think someone is beautiful? I think you are beautiful.” 

“You sent out to the whole world that you think she is beautiful.” You say.

“Yeah I know.” He says.

“Well don’t you think that is weird?” You ask.

“Not really.” He says.

“You guys did date.” You say.

“Yeah I know.” He says. You walk away and he follows. “Where do you think you are going?” 

“I can’t even stand you anymore!” You yell at him.

“What the hell is that for?” Harry yells back.

“I don't know!” You say, “I’m just confused.”

“How are you confused?” Harry asks. You place your hands in front of you and you lean your body wight on the counter. He stands about five feet from the other side of the counter with his arms crossed over his chest. 

“I just don’t know how you go and hang out with her and then you come home and tell me you love me.” You say. You can’t quite look him in the eyes.

“How could you even question that?” Harry asks, he just looks hurt.

“Harry, she was sitting on your lap! You had your hands on her thigh!” You exclaim. 

“I don’t know what you want me to say!” Harry says, “I’m sorry.”

“Harry…” You whisper, “It just hurts.”

“I know, I know. I-” Harry begins before you cut him off.

“No you don’t know! Thats just it!” You yell, “You don’t understand that this isn’t the first time that I sat at home thinking that you were out at some business dinner, but I know that you are really out with some friends. It is a horrible feeling not knowing what the hell is going on. I love you so much, but sometimes I don’t know if you love me as much as I love you.”

“I was just out with some friends. I honestly would have been home with you!” Harry whines.

“You didn’t say anything about the I love you part.” You whisper.

“Because I-” Harry begins.

You cut him off with, “Because you couldn’t answer my question!”

“What is the question?” Harry asks.

“Do you love me?” You asks. You are honestly scared for the answer.

“Yes.” Harry says as he walks around the counter, “You are the only woman I love and the fact that you have to ask me scares me. If I didn’t love you then this wouldn’t be here.” Harry plays with the engagement ring on your finger.

“The why did you post that picture?” You ask. 

“I…” Harry drags off.

“You don’t know.” You say. “I think you should go.” You look at your ring. It is staring back at you, mocking you. You can’t even look at it anymore without feeling guilt and pain. 

“Please (Y/N).” Harry says, “You can’t just walk away from this.”

“I can’t do this anymore.” You say. You pull your hands out of his and take a step back. “It’s not just the picture. You are pulling away from me. You have been for months. I’m sick of crying. I’m sick of feeling alone.”

“Your not alone!” Harry exclaims.

“I am. You may not see it, but I am alone.” You say, “Your whole heart isn’t in this.”

“(Y/N) please!” Harry whispers. 

“I need to think.” You whisper and then you do it. You slowly pull off the one thing you hoped you would never take off. You place the ring in his hand and he stares down at it as if he had never seen anything like it. He is in awe, but not the good kind.

“(Y/N)…” Harry whispers as a tear runs down his cheek. Usually you would wipe the tear away yourself but you couldn’t bear to do it.

“I love you Harry.” You whisper as you fight tears, “Please just go.”

He grabs his coat and walks out. The ring is in his pocket. He doesn’t even out up a fight. It’s over just like that. He never fought for you, he never cared enough. You knew he loved you, but he loved you back then, not now.

anonymous asked:

please talk about why you're so sure that dnp are dating? i've been having some serious doubts lately. if you don't want to it's okay too dw also i have to say you're like my fav person in this fandom and i hope you're having a great day/night/week/month ily

eep! You’re so very nice. I hope you’re having a fantastic day/night/week/month/fuck’n decade as well. (even if recent events are making it harder) (take care of yourself you will make it through this)

Alright let’s approach this from the angle I like to call common sense, even though it can be super hard, I know, when we live in a culture that’s filled with heteronormativity and ~gay for pay~, and your gay otps are laughed off by the media, and queer people are forced to closet themselves to keep safe, and therefore a form of emotional manipulation happens where you’re forced to question even the things you can see before your very eyes, because you’re afraid people might ridicule you, write you off as delusional or naive:

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anonymous asked:

if you don't mind me asking - what did you like/dislike about the raven king? there were some things i loved unreservedly and other things i downright hated so i have no idea how to feel about it! (this isn't a meta request btw, i know your ask is closed for those, i'm just curious because i've seen such mixed responses to this book and don't really know what to make of it myself. but feel free to ignore this if it'd take too long to answer; i know you're swamped with prompts!)

I think I can muster my energy to do this in DOT POINT FORM

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anonymous asked:

Ooooh! Can we have a leverage OT3 daemon AU?

(I am bad at daemon names, for which I apologize. Except Hardison’s. I stand by Hardison’s.)

Everyone thinks Parker is severed at first.

That’s okay. Parker is used to that. She got called soulless before Pem even settled, and she knows he’s there. He was good at being sneaky before he ever settled into a ferret, and they could stretch their bond a long way before she decided she wanted to do it on purpose.

(The first time she jumped off a building with him at the top, they both screamed and it turned from terror to joy halfway down because their bond wasn’t snapping, it was stretching.)

Parker doesn’t like introducing people to Pem right away, and if they think he’s not there as a result, or think she’s wrong as a result, then they’re easily forgettable anyway.

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Girl Meets She Don’t Like Me Review.

I want to start off by saying I really enjoyed this episode and I think it had everything. The subject matter was lighter than that of GLONY, but the (multiple) life lessons were still placed well within the episode, with the addition of seriously great Riley character growth and some of the best comedic moments we have seen this season and possibly on this series (with the exception of Eric Matthews centered episodes). The acting delivery was spot on by all actors, I enjoyed the direction choices and overall the dialogue was clean (with a few mishaps here and there). I’m going to do this review in a bullet point style format, because my thoughts are scattered and there are many of them. 

*The opening scene. First of all, as Riley said “it’s great to have you back, Maya.” Say what you want about her growth arc and that she didn’t lose part of herself during the triangle, but her one liners suffered substantially for me during that time. She’s back to being her quick witted, sarcastic, dubious self and unlike in Bear (where they had her doing more physical comedy, something I think she struggles with), Sabrina seriously shines with this form of comedy. 

“I don’t want to learn any new names, I’m still learning Zay…It is Zay, right?”

“We’ll get lice, that’s what we’ll get, my hairs too long for new friends.”

It was also really great to have the true Riley and Maya dichotemy back, with Riley’s head in the (relative) clouds and Maya being the realistic (and funny) counterpart. 

“Don’t you want to introduce someone into our wonderfully special friendship?”

“I wouldn’t force that on anybody!”

*As Riley approaches the girl who doesn’t like her, this is probably the scene where I felt like the dialogue got a little bumpy. Riley introduces herself and asks to be her friend- great. The girls response “Yeah, I don’t like her at all” to Maya was just…awkward to me. Wouldn’t it have hit home better if she were to look Riley in the eyes and say “No I don’t want to be your friend. I don’t like you.” A small change, but I feel like that direction/dialogue shift would have flowed a lot better in the moment. The rest of the scene however, with Rowan “rewinding” and trying again, is hilarious. 

*Here we are introduced to the first of multiple lessons. The surface lesson of it all is of course that some people just straight up aren’t going to like you. This is a hard reality for anyone. As the saying goes “you can be the juiciest peach in the world, but there’s still going to be someone out there who doesn’t like peaches”. It’s vastly different from Rileytown, because when there’s a bully in the picture, you easily don’t blame yourself. You can characterize that bully as the villain and yourself as the victim, therefore negotiating the idea that the bully is obviously wrong in their opinions of you. But when someone isn’t necessarily mean or hateful, they just don’t really like your vibe, that sometimes is an even harder reality to swallow. Especially someone like Riley who for the most part, is consistently around people who are constantly reassuring her and letting her know how wonderful and great her uniqueness and personality are. 

*Maya saying “You’re being ridiculous” and Riley responding “Oh gee, thanks you’ve fixed me forever” was an AWESOME line for me. It just basically symbolizes the entire show in one short swift moment of dialogue and breaks the fourth wall just enough so that the writers can say “Yeap, we see Rileys main character flaw, we know it annoys you but guess what, we’re sticking with it anyway!”

*Just a completely unimportant side note…Mayas outfit is so on point in this scene.*

*Just want to point out how great Corey Fogelmanis, Ceci Balagot and Rowan Blanchard are at physical comedy (just like Will Friedle). Honestly, I feel like this type of comedy is the hardest to pull off because it can fall flat so easily and come across and cory and awkward rather than actually funny. But in this episode we see how much it can shine. Farkle falling on Smackle, Smackle dragging Farkle across the school (with a GREAT direction decision to give us an arial view), Farkle fainting multiple times in class (with perfect timing), Riley cringing and crying in Mayas arms or her reversing backwards to try and “start the conversation over again”. And of course, what is probably the best moment of physical comedy perhaps in the entire show- Smackle teaching the class about their bodies. 

*The gym teacher is so underappriciated. His jokes got laughs but honestly so much of what he said slipped under the radar and was actually comedic gold. 

“All right you little creepy child adults”

“You’re all gonna pass. Cause if you don’t pass I gotta meet your parent’s. I don’t wanna meet your parents, I don’t wanna meet you!”

“He’s the only on in here who knows what he’s doing.”

I mean, just awesome.

*I’ve seen a lot of commentary on this episode but no one has pointed out the incredible  irony of Riley judging the gym teacher so harshly when she, at the exact same moment, is struggling over the fact that some random girl doesn’t like her. The teacher even says “why don’t you give me a chance”, just like Riley wants to be given a chance by the girl at the lockers, yet Riley fails to make that connection or to even realize she’s doing exactly the same thing she’s claiming to not understand. A great, subtle moment to show the importance of Rileys character finding growth here. 

*It was really nice to see some Topanga/Riley parallels in this episode. It really breaks the “Riley is Cory” stereotype that we see so often and reminds the audience that Riley is, in fact, a meshing of BOTH her parents, even though the writers don’t give us that much Topanga and Riley interaction (but we get a lot more in Monster, which I can’t wait to see). We even see Maya comfort Topanga in the same way she does Riley and see it work. I thought that was a really nice small touch yet again, highlighting their similarities. 

*Speaking of Topanga in this episode, that scene is GOLDEN. It is first and foremost, wonderful to see Danielle Fishel using her acting chops to her fullest ability and she absolutely delivers the dialogue to perfection. The first time I watched this scene I was laughing so hard I was almost crying. It reminds me of the complex Topanga we had in Boy Meets World, who was consistently funny but also the voice of reason. It also brought back serious BMW feels of “The Eskimo”, where Cory and Shawn have an assignment and Topanga has to do her best to stay out of it, sans Mr. Feenys request. 

*The second day of health class. Again, GREAT direction move to  have Riley and Maya enter the class with everyone standing there smiling, and then break away to reveal Cory. Worked so well, and even though you KNEW he was going to be there, it still landed impeccably and got great laughs. Then of course, we have Smackle teaching the class about their bodies, which I already touched on as one of the funniest highlights of this series to date. But I also want to point out the reaction shots. Notice everyone horrified BESIDES Lucas and Maya (hormonal telegrams, everyone!) And also HOW IMPORTANT REACTION SHOTS ARE TO THIS SHOW. They feed off of them more than almost any other show I have ever watched. They are imperative, they say so much without saying anything at all (and guess what, that is a sign of GOOD SCRIPT WRITING). 

*Topangas comment that “sometimes you are just a leaf blowing in the wind, and where you land is meant to teach something” should probably bring everyone back to Rileys strange obsession with the dying leaf from Ski Lodge. This entire episode is CHOCK FULL of foreshadowing (ill get to that at the end) but this is an interesting moment that should probably make a viewer raise their eyebrow as what Topanga says is almost identical to what Riley says to Lucas about the leaf a few episodes before. If Riley and Lucas are leaves blowing in the wind, and you are “meant to learn something even if you don’t like what’s happening to you” it begs the question, what is the Rucas relationship meant to teach the characters? What is it meant to teach the audience? I’d really like to expand on this point, but I don’t want to spoil the rest of the season. 

*The scene at Topanga’s. I can’t gloss over the direction decision to put Lucas not only in between both Riley and Maya, but to have him SIGNIFICANTLY closer to Maya, almost sitting on her, in the exact same way that Riley was sitting with Farkle in Bear, while she was a foot away from Lucas. Two different directors for these episodes (one of which I hated), so it’s very hard to believe that this is not one, but TWO instances of lazy direction notes, especially knowing how delicate the dichotomy between Rucaya is. 

*I think this scene was great because it blatantly showed that the Riley Committee has in fact, disbanded. Instead of tying to comfort her in an infantile kind of way (which yes, Maya kind of did but cuddling her and singing to her in the beginning but if you listen to what Maya says in her song, she calls Riley a nut job who has to get over it so…) and being realistic with her, telling her not to care so much what one person thinks and to move on and let go. I think that this shows how imperative disbanding this committee was in order to continue with Rileys growth, especially because we see that she really LEARNS her lesson in this episode, opposed to other times where it seems to have slipped through her fingers. 

*There was a lot of cute Smarkle in SDLM (Him falling and her dragging him, her calling him ‘Beloved’ and blowing him a kiss) but the scene in Topangas, for me personally, WAS NOT one of them. Smackle giggling at Lucas’ smile is one thing, but having Farkle do the same smile and having her react poorly too it, crosses the line for me. If their entire basis of the Lucadora dynamic is that she wants to make Farkle jealous, they basically just discredited that with this moment. If that were true, Smackles innate reaction to Farkle would still be one of adoration, as he’s still the one she supposedly really loves, right? And another poor direction choice to have hers straight up smack his face away and whisper to Lucas “he’s right here!”. I know that there is the autistic situation to deal with, and I am respectful of that, but I still think that this was unnecessary and basically just dug them into  a huge plot hole for later episodes. 

*Speaking of Lucas…what the actual fuck, dude. First of all, if you don’t want Smackle flirting with you, why are you turning to her in order to get a flirty reaction? One, that’s a crappy thing to do your “best friend” Farkle, her boyfriend, who is sitting right there. Secondly, it’s a crappy thing to do to your girlfriend, who is also sitting right there. 

*Speaking of Lucas and his girlfriend…very interesting (and nice) direction choice to have Lucas smile at Riley first, and have her NOT be affected by his gaze, as opposed to Smackle, who fawns all over him. Very different reaction by Riley then that of the pilot, where he does the same smile, and she absolutely drools over him…actually, she giggles almost identically to the way SMACKLE does in THIS scene. If people do not think that these things are significant, that character development and evolution is not apparent through the actions they take, then they’re crazy. TELEVISION IS A VISUAL MEDIUM, PEOPLE. 

*Speaking more about Rucas, still confusion on why the writers constantly write Lucas to not give an actual shit about Riley. Yes, the “anyone who knows you would like you” line was sweet, but unbelievably unhelpful and throughout the rest of the episode…where even is this guy? He has like, 5 lines at most this episode and does nothing to try and be there for her. I grow tired. 

*Can’t move past Cory drawing the human foot on the board. Really nothing else to say because that moment of comedic beauty speaks all for itself. 

*When the gym teacher returns, I think it’s great that they throw in a third and quick lesson about your body, taking health class to be more than something just played for laughs. That we all have one body, one mind, and it’s essential that we take care of it. We can control what happens to our bodies and minds (physically, spiritually and sexually) and we need to leave the rest up to the universe. Also, a nice subtle line about waiting until you are ready to have sex. Probably flew right over most of the younger viewers heads but, I’m glad they decided to put it in the dialogue, none the less. Also, side note, I think that adding the sweet moment between the gym teacher and Riley, where he calls her sunshine in an actual endearing way, and they come to an understanding, mixed with his surprising ability to actually teach difficult and delicate topics with finesse, was a nice touch to keep him from falling into the hardcore “stock character” category. 

*Again, reaction shot moments being crucial. As the gym teacher is talking about “things being out of your control” notice that the reaction shots go DIRECTLY to Farkle and Lucas (then to Riley and Maya). This is foreshadowing what is to come, how there are obstacles these characters will face, and the direct difference in how each person will choose to handle things (spot the difference). 

*Okay..the big scene with the balloons. If one or two were orange, I would let it slide. But every single damn balloon is orange…why Jacobs, why? I SEE YOU. We also once again in this scene, have Lucas NOT UNDERSTANDING HIS GIRLFRIEND and wondering why the hell they are standing there with balloons, not grasping the concept that Riley, the person he should “know better than anyone” has just learned an invaluable lesson about life and has grown and obviously wants to do something beautifully symbolic about it because thats who she is and anyone that has ever met her for 5 seconds would know that about her I mean GOD LUCAS GIVE ME A BREAK. 

*To add to that sentiment…who does actually understand what she’s doing? I’m not even going to let you guess on this one, guys. IT’S FARKLE. Big shocker at this point, I’m sure. 

Zay: “I’m not doing this: 

Farkle: “You don’t control that”

Riley: “We never let go of each other” :Riley gives balloon back to Zay: 

Farkle: “See?”

I mean, it makes me want to cry when people don’t understand how intentional this is on the writers part. Zay is Lucas’ best friend and Rileys girlfriend, Lucas could have delivered Farkles dialogue there. Maya is Riley’s best friends and close to Zay, she could have delivered it. But no, Farkle did. Please, please PLEASE take a step back and look at it from a contextual perspective. It’s not about ship goggles, it’s about the evolution of characters and their dynamics together, both subtle and blatant. This is what makes good TV, this is why you SHOULD want to watch this show. For moments like that, the moments that make you say “Wow they put so much in to every single moment they present to their audience”. 

*STEM Riley officially has returned by the end of this episode. The balloon scene was totally beautiful, but what really hit home and touches the audiences hearts is her last scene with the locker girl. 

“Yeah, I still don’t like you.”

“Well I like you.”

Confident, cool, collected, and completely at peace with the idea that someone doesn’t like her. Riley Matthews, accepting the fact that someone doesn’t enjoy who she is or want to be her friend. Riley Matthews, still being kind and understanding towards someone who has no interest in her. Riley Matthews walking away and letting it go. In some ways, this scene is one of the best growth moments she has had in the entire series. All her friends standing behind her, watching her become a better version of herself, her walking away with her head held high, the smile the girl gives after receiving Riley’s compliment. It was all just really moving and well placed. Jeff Menell, you really know what the hell you are doing. 

*Lastly. I just want to point out that this entire episode was foreshadowing the rest of the season. The entire concept of not being able to “control things that happen to you” and how you “the world is trying to teach you something when it puts you in situations where you don’t like what’s happening to you” and that “you learn things about yourselves when you are forced to deal with something extremely difficult that is out of control”. All of these moments are letting you know that there is a storm brewing and these characters have to brace themselves. It’s why this episode had to be written, it’s why Riley had to grow so much in 25 minutes. Because if she didn’t learn this lesson now, things would have been an even bigger mess in about 4 more episodes. It was a great stepping stone in whats to come. 

Overall, I rate this episode probably a 9.5. It really had just about everything. Subtext, multiple life lessons, foreshadowing, character development, consistent comedy. It would be harder to get much better than this for GMW. 

Stephen Amell on WWE Raw and the ridiculous conversation with my husband that followed as a result

Husband is headed to bed as I’m headed downstairs.

Husband: What are you doing?

Me: Going to watch more Arrow.

Husband: Thought you’d be going to bed.

Me: Well that’s just silly.

Husband: No blogging?

Me: Eh. 

Husband: Why not? Quiet night?

Me: Actually, yeah. Sort of. Not really. I don’t know. There was a thing. It wasn’t…I was out of my element…the thing happening tonight.

Husband: Were any of those words English?

Me: Stephen (I call him Stephen because in my mind we’re buds) was on WWE Raw tonight. My dash was filled with it. Since that was all that was going on I thought I’d catch up on my Arrow rewatch.

Husband: (excitedly) Wait. WHAT? What do you mean that’s all that was going on? Stephen Amell was on WWE RAW?

Me: (shrugs nonchalantly) Yeah.

Husband: (even more excited) HOW? With who?

Me: I don’t know.

Husband: Jennifer (yeah, he Jennifer’d me) I watch RAW. 

Me: (stare at him blankly) Yeah. I know.

Husband: (now he’s getting annoyed) So tell me what happened! 

Me: Have you met me? What in holy Zeus do I know about your wrestling show?

Husband: (rolls eyes) At least tell me how he ended up on the damn show!!

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