were i unwed i would take you in a manly fashion

lostemotion  asked:

OKAY. MEME. I couldn't decide, so I'll leave that to you: 2 for Shiro/Keith or 11 for Shiro/Matt? :D?

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hey, i’m liking your photos at 2am because i want to make out.  i’m texting you at noon because i want to make out.  i woke up today because i (we don’t need words)

This was getting desperate.

Matt didn’t know what else to do.

He’d tried everything in the book.  Matt sent Shiro little messages at all hours, especially during the non-emergency times when he knew Shiro was wearing his helmet, and wouldn’t be able to resist reading them.  He took photos of them all the time, and he sent the good ones to Shiro in the middle of the night, always with a caption.  He bumped their shoulders together, hung onto Shiro’s arms, rested his chin on Shiro’s shoulder (when he could reach).  He sat next to him whenever there was space, and occasionally when there wasn’t.

Matt had thrown in every ‘I want to make out with your stupid, gorgeous face’ signal he knew.  And Shiro was still painfully oblivious.

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anonymous asked:

i agree with your post completely, but one part kinda irked me. - "Now you might argue that it’s because there’s no queer male POV characters, to which I raise you a most-likely-gay Jon Connington)." - Connington being gay aside, what do you expect GRRM to do? write a random sex scene in the middle of a war? he has said before that if the situation calls for it, he wouldn't hesitate to do a guy on guy scene. you can't expect him to write such a scene only to please certain fans....

No, that’s not what I’m trying to say. I could write a whole other post on how GRRM steps around Jon Connington’s sexuality because it is honestly pathetic.

In Jon Connington’s chapters, he muses on the topic of Rhaegar, who appears to me at least to be the great love of his life, to the extent that he throws himself behind Aegon/Young Griff’s cause (”I failed the father, but I will not fail the son”). He thinks of Rhaegar in a rather romantic and flowery fashion, which seems to contrast with his gruff characterization:

A bride for our bright prince. Jon Connington remembered Prince Rhaegar’s wedding all too well. Elia was never worthy of him. She was frail and sickly from the first, and childbirth only left her weaker.

“You, you are unwed… I would think that many an ambitious lord might be eager to wed his daughter to such a man.”
Jon Connington’s answer was a long cold stare. There were times when the Halfmaester vexed him almost as much as that dwarf had. “I think not.” Death is creeping up my arm. No man must ever know, nor any wife.

No, I cannot claim I knew Prince Rhaegar. Not as your false father did. Lord Connington was the prince’s dearest friend, was he not?” (Tyrion says this, btw).

A true friend, our Lord Connington. He must be, to remain so fiercely loyal to the grandson of the king who took his lands and titles and sent him into exile.” (Also Tyrion).

Others might claim that the realm was lost when Prince Rhaegar fell to Robert’s warhammer on the Trident, but the Battle of the Trident would never have been fought if the griffin had only slain the stag there in Stoney Sept. The bells tolled for all of us that day. For Aerys and his queen, for Elia of Dorne and her little daughter, for every true man and honest woman in the Seven Kingdoms. And for my silver prince.

As he climbed he remembered past ascents—a hundred with his lord father, who liked to stand and look out over woods and crags and sea and know that all he saw belonged to House Connington, and one (only one!) with Rhaegar Targaryen. Prince Rhaegar was returning from Dorne, and he and his escort had lingered here a fortnight. He was so young then, and I was younger. Boys, the both of us. At the welcoming feast, the prince had taken up his silver-stringed harp and played for them. A song of love and doom, Jon Connington recalled, and every woman in the hall was weeping when he put down the harp. Not the men, of course.

“Your father’s lands are beautiful,” Prince Rhaegar had said, standing right where Jon was standing now. And the boy he’d been had replied, “One day they will all be mine.” As if that could impress a prince who was heir to the entire realm, from the Arbor to the Wall.

“Your father’s lands are beautiful,” he said. His silvery hair was blowing in the wind, and his eyes were a deep purple, darker than this boy’s.

I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.

So in allllllll of these mentions of Rhaegar and his importance to Jon, one can gather that his devotion to Rhaegar was more than just friendly. Yet for some reason unbeknownst to me, GRRM insisted on writing his character while purposely subverting any mention of love or physical attraction to Rhaegar. Of course I’m not say that it’s necessary for Jon to have a sex scene, nor am I saying that love is characterized purely by physical attraction, but quite frankly I felt cheated reading Jon’s chapters and never once seeing him say to himself just how much he wanted Rhaegar. Or at least for him to admit to himself that he loved Rhaegar.

Jon in his conversation with others is gruff, rough, straightforward. It’s not flowery or romantic or softspoken either. Yet whenever his thoughts wander to Rhaegar, he suddenly becomes a poet incapable of thinking a dirty thought.

Maybe this is because he put Rhaegar on a pedestal and viewed him as unattainable. Maybe he really wasn’t attracted to Rhaegar. Maybe he hasn’t come to terms with his own sexuality, though it seems clear to me that he knows that he isn’t attracted to women. And while Jon is more than just his sexuality, it would have been great to see a male character be openly attracted to other males while still having an important role in the storyline.

There’s just no need to water down his sexuality, you know? Because to me, it feels like GRRM is tip-toeing around Jon’s sexuality, too hesitant to just make it clear that yes, Jon is gay, and yes, he is more than his sexuality, but look! An openly-gay POV character! How much more awesome would that be as far as representation goes, at least?

I have this sinking feeling that GRRM didn’t write in Jon’s sexuality as more obvious just so he can maintain Jon’s ~manly man~ status. So instead we’re treated to subtle hints and internal musings that seem out of place in such a straightforward character.

And when one considers that Jon was once more passionate, according to Kevan:

Ser Kevan wished that he could share his certainty. He had known Jon Connington, slightly—a proud youth, the most headstrong of the gaggle of young lordlings who had gathered around Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, competing for his royal favor. Arrogant, but able and energetic. That, and his skill at arms, was why Mad King Aerys had named him Hand. Old Lord Merryweather’s inaction had allowed the rebellion to take root and spread, and Aerys wanted someone young and vigorous to match Robert’s own youth and vigor.

It seems even stranger to me that Jon isn’t more honest with his sexuality, especially after the passage of so much time and now coming close to death’s door.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that GRRM didn’t do a good job with Jon’s sexuality. There’s no reason to hide it or make it subtle, as he’s done with nearly every other queer male character. Jon gets his own POV chapters; we’re able to see into his mind this way, and that he continuously thinks of Rhaegar without ever admitting he was in unabashedly love with him or attracted to him just feels wrong to me. I would have been so much happier with an openly-gay POV character, but alas, we got nothing of the sort.

Send my muse one of the following to see how they react! (Firefly/Serenity)

We’re not gonna die. We can’t die. You know why? Because we are so very pretty.

Yes. Yes, this is a fertile land, and we will thrive. We will rule over all this land, and we will call it… “This Land!”

So. Would you like to lecture me the wickedness of my ways?

Um, I’m trying to put this as delicately as I can… how do I know you won’t kill me in my sleep?

They tell you, never hit a man with a closed fist, but it is, on occasion, hilarious.

I think you have a problem with your brain being missing.

If I mess up, not like you’ll be able to yell at me.

‘Course you couldn’t buy an invite with a diamond size of a testicle. But I got my hands on a couple.

Don’t care much for fancy parties. Too rough.

Mmm, yes, seems like a lovely little community of kidnappers.

Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live!

I swear by my pretty floral bonnet, I will end you.

You’re going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.

Promise me you’re gonna kill me soon.

How’s about we move away from this eerie-ass piece of work and get on with our increasingly eerie-ass day?

And they grew into a big tree, and they all climbed up the tree into a magical land with unicorns and a harp.

Please, nobody died last time.

Oh my god, it’s grotesque! Oh, and there’s something in a jar.

My food is problematic.

Were I unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion.

Would you be killed in your sleep, like an ailing pet?

Half of writing history is hiding the truth.

Things are going to get much, much worse.

So me and mine gotta lay down and die… so you can live in your better world?

Yes, I’ve read a poem. Try not to faint.

Guy killed me. How weird is that?

Sometimes people have feelings. I’m referring here to people.

We’re gonna explode? I don’t wanna explode!

This whole world is dead for no reason!

Let’s be bad guys.

Faster! Faster! Faster would be better!

Are you willing to die for your beliefs?

Do you know what the definition of a hero is? Someone who gets other people killed.

Kaylee: Aww, everyone’s got somebody. [sighs] Wash, tell me I’m pretty.
Wash: If I were unwed, I would take you in a manly fashion.
Kaylee: Because I’m pretty?
Wash: ‘Cause you’re pretty.
—  Firefly - “Heart of Gold”