i’m not a big langst fan, because i feel like a lot of it relies on vilifying the other members of the cast for the sake of making lance look less appreciated/loved. i know people have fun with it in fanfics, and all the more power to them (i mean this sincerely; i know there’s a push-back against langst, but i have nothing against it as long as it doesn’t seep into canon analysis), because fanfic is a free-for-all-playground, but it’s not my thing.
in terms of canon…
while we as an audience know that lance is super insecure, not everyone else does. you can say that pidge is mean for labeling lance as a “goofball”, since he internalizes this and starts to genuinely believe it–or you can realize that she meant it all in good fun and had zero intent to seriously hurt his feelings. assigning malice to her casual, playful insult isn’t really fair to her. she cares about lance a lot. remember when she completely changed her tune about leaving in season 1 because lance was hurt? remember when she screamed for lance in season 2 after he got hit at beta traz? remember that she specifically thought back to lance trying to befriend her at the garrison when saying that she wanted to be closer to her teammates?
the team likes lance as a person. they enjoy having him around. he’s their friend. it’s why they mess with him like this. do any of them look like they’re making fun of him because they dislike him? no.
hell, keith sincerely tried to cheer lance up by joking about him being bad at math! and it kind of worked!
now, does lance interpret a lot of this in the worst possible way because he’s insecure? absolutely. does this mean everyone else is to blame for how he feels? no. they simply don’t understand the extent of his issues. they’re fighting a war, as lance himself reminded keith; they don’t have the mental energy to devote to fussing over lance’s feelings all the time.
it’s complicated because you can’t blame lance for being insecure either; it’s all just a series of misunderstandings, really. if lance were to run off because he thinks he’s the unnecessary seventh wheel, i imagine they’d all be shocked and really upset.
blue has no such excuse. blue understands the situation perfectly. she knows exactly what lance is feeling. if anyone in the universe would know that lance is insecure, it would be blue. she can send ideas directly into his mind without any effort, and yet she chose to remain completely silent and shut him out instead. no explanation, no reassurance, no goodbye, nothing. she basically just slammed the door in his face and let him figure the rest out.
she knows exactly what kind of assumptions lance would make after being shut out. she knows that he feels like a seventh wheel even when he does have her support. she knows that he hinges his identity on her (”mrs. blue lion”). she knows that he’s very possessive of her (’we’re very happy together! very happy!”). she knows that he calls himself lancey-lance. hell, she can probably name every single member of lance’s family.
it’s no coincidence that blue finally responded to allura when she expressed self-doubt. that’s something that blue recognizes quite well since lance doubts himself so much.
it’s one thing for someone to be clueless about how lance feels and say something that accidentally upsets him–keith in particular, since he’s a “loner”–and it’s another entirely to be 100% aware and let him suffer anyway. she’s supposed to be his lion, his old girl, his best girl, but she left him out in the cold in such a pointlessly cruel (and dangerous, honestly, considering how much it delayed lance entering the battle) way.
this right here is canon langst, from the last source i would have thought of.
we’d better get a damn good explanation for her behavior in season 4.
I don’t often make non-art posts here, but there’s been a recent event involving a certain abhorrent fandom who I’m sure you’re all familiar with that’s really been bugging me.
As some of you are aware of a Steven Universe art book was released, there was a scrapped designed for a crystal gem named “concrete” with features that might bare semblance to a certain race or racial stereo type. Alongside said concept piece were some notes from a writer on the show (writer/boarder? I’m not entirely sure) that mention they “can’t read” and “collects shoes”. All of these together have people hooting and hollering over a bunch of silly coincidences, which is par the course for that particular group of people. They complain at every turn when it comes to stuff they deem as “social injustices” or some kind of “racial prejudice” in relation to these characters or plot points for the story. Let’s get some shit straight though:
Steven Universe is a work of fiction. The people behind Steven Universe don’t have any ill-intent with what they’re creating.
There’s a lot of stupid kids on this website, and for every stupid kid there’s at least 2-3 adults that aren’t right in the head that believe they’re doing the right thing by starting witch hunts and doing everything within their power to ruin a creator. For example:
The wording in their posts is that of someone who believes what they’re doing is slick, what they’re doing is undoubtedly the right thing. This person legitimately believes trying to learn who wrote some words that were attributed to some other person’s random concept art scribble for the sake of shitting on them is the right thing to do and will encourage the creator’s of the show to keep bending to their demands. You’re a part of several things that stifle creators visions, you’re legit contributing to the ruination of an art form because you’re doing backflips to insist that something is racist, and going an extra step just to run some unrelated person’s name into the ground.
I don’t even like this show. Steven Universe isn’t a cartoon I enjoy, I’d say it’s bad in a lot of places. I wouldn’t, however, say that I hate it so much that I think the team behind it needs to catch shit over something this petty. They especially don’t need this coming from people who exist for the sole purpose of dragging down creators because they deem a piece of media is that offensive to their sensibilities. This nonsense as reached a fever pitch and now is the absolute best time to tell the loud minority: “No. What we created wasn’t meant to offend. These are the people responsible, their intent wasn’t to offend. This design wasn’t even used, calm down.”
Children out for blood, shit, adults with the _mindset of children_ out for blood over a cartoon. You’re absolutely mad if you believe this is the way to settle a disagreement. If you’re young, don’t get involved with something this trivial. If you’re an adult and legitimately upset at this, you might be beyond saving. For the love of God get over yourselves.
ok so with Hiveswap out ive been thinking about Homestuck a lot lot more. I refuse to let myself fall into the state of obsession I was once in but I had a thought and I couldn’t not share it. I was thinking about the role Zodiac signs play in Homestuck and that lead me to think about the Tarot. Where I had a realization, the 22 sburb players and the 22 major arcana have waaaaaaay too many similarities. Here’s my thought process:
John: “The Fool” not only is it the first Arcana but also John tends to know nothing as we mainly learn the rules of the universe through him. Also his character is mega centralized around comedy and practical humor, Sassacre’s text being the prime example.
Rose: “The Moon” this is due to her mysticism with dark yet benevolent forces such as the Horrorterrors as well as Grimdarkness
Dave: “The Hanged Man” the part of Dave’s classpect that makes him so powerful is his use of the Doomed Dave’s (prime example being Davesprite) existence. They can lead him in the right direction and assist him as well as harm him but they are always sentenced to death regardless.
Jade: “The World” her classpect manipulates the physical and spacial properties of the the universe, as well as her actions in minimizing the worlds of the inciphisphere and leading them to the new session.
Aradia: “Death” The role the concept of death plays in her character as well as her constant infatuation with the concept of funerals and corpses speaks enough.
Tavros: “The Chariot” so obviously Tavros uses a lance and a wheeled machine but beyond that, Tavros’ entire character development, as well as his role as a Page is based around moving forward and looking straight ahead.
Sollux: “The Lovers” a little less obvious but hear me out. Sollux’s whole character is centered around duality, and every major point of conflict for Sollux is based around failed romance, his matespritship with Aradia that lead to her death, as well as his budding moirallegience with Feferi that lead to her death, and his (½) death.
Karkat: “The Emperor” Karkat makes a very clear point in being the leader of the situation, his rancorous nature, as well as his strife specibus being sicklekind also speak to this.
Nepeta: “The Hermit” Nepeta often keeps herself isolated due to Equius’ wishes, she even lives in a cave.
Kanaya: “The Sun” this is due to her relationship with the green sun as a rainbow drinker as well as her being the only troll to ever enjoy sunlight.
Terezi: “Justice” I find this one is fairly obvious from her introduction scene with the scalemate trial as well as her confrontation with Vriska.
Vriska: “The Wheel of Fortune” her powers and her weapon both rely on her good fortune. Her strife specibus revolves around the idea of rolling a dice, or alternatively, spinning a wheel
Equius: “Strength” Not only is there the obvious implication in his muscles, but Equius always has infatuation with the strength of others, as to why he despises many lowbloods and refuses to lay a hand on highbloods.
Eridan: “The Magician” From the first moment we see Eridan he constantly refers to his hobby with magic, his strife specibus for a period of time is wandkind, and even though he states he doesn’t believe in magic, he also is known to state many other things about himself that are clearly denial. The part he plays as an angel slayer also brings black magic to mind.
Feferi: “The High Priestess” Originally I believed Feferi was the Empress but with more thought I find that role goes better toward another player. Feferi, although royal, never rules, instead she heals all, not just the royally blooded.
Jane: “The Empress” Her assosciation with the “batterwitch” and The Condensce, the real Empress of Alternia, is enough to speak to Jane being represented by the Empress Arcana.
Roxy: “Temperance” Her entire arc around recovering from alcoholism.
Dirk: “The Tower” His early character revolves around being hard to approach and distant from the rest of the group.
Jake: “The Hierophant” His intrigue with ancient ruins and treasure. His whole reputation as an adventurer really.
Calliope: “The Star” Kind and bright she supports the Alpha kids from afar and spreads positivity.
Caliborn: “Judgement” Lord English plays the role of a god-like figure, administering what ever it wants to do and believes it should.
Thoughts? It seems too damn convenient for it to just be a coincidence.
EDIT: oops, forgot, Gamzee is the Devil Arcana for obvious reasons
I have to hand it to YOI’s writers - they’re fucking brillliant.
They knew exactly how to draw in a fanbase and they utilized some really recognizable yaoi/BL tropes. It put some people on edge, sure, and they probably knew that they’d alienate a portion of their fans from the start by using them, but then they took the opportunity, 10 episodes in, to recontextualize literally everything. 10 episodes in which we know so much about Yuuri and we’ve seen his relationship with Viktor develop so much. 10 episodes, where everyone who’s still watching still remembers that iffy beginning but we trust the writers enough because they’re doing so well now…
And they gave us a 2-minute credit gag, canonized in the show itself, of a drunken night of dance-offs, that managed to recontextualize every single sketchy trope they used earlier.
Viktor had had this awesome, amazing night with this drunken dork who got completely hammered and railroaded the entire banquet for the sake of a dance-off where he begged Viktor to be his coach if he won said dance-off. And this kid, who did awfully at the GPF, was actually fucking amazing on the dance floor, and Viktor was probably thinking “fuck I just might”
But then then at the airport, when Viktor tries to get Yuuri’s attention again, Yuuri brushes him off. It’s not Viktor being a self-absorbed “oh everybody loves me” famous skater - he actually remembered what a good time he and Yuuri had at the banquet and was probably trying to get a good sober picture of this ridiculous boy.
Now Viktor’s probably thinking that it didn’t mean anything, that Yuuri would’ve asked any of the top skaters to be his coach, that Viktor was just there and ended up being targeted by coincidence…up until that video comes up. And after the banquet? That mimic-skate probably read like a goddamn love letter. (I mean, from Yuuri’s perspective, it kind of was, but he never had any intention of actually giving said letter to Viktor.) So Viktor says fuck it, this kid did win that dance-off and he actually has amazing talent on the ice and has so much potential and goddammit coaching sounds fun and even if it doesn’t go well he’ll at least get to be around this sexy pole/stripper/break-dancing dork and that sounds like a fair trade, okay?
So he flies his ass to Japan now knowing that Yuuri’s family owns a hot spring and just shows up because lol why the fuck not. And he thinks Yuuri remembers that night. Sure, Viktor can buy that Yuuri’s much more open when he’s drunk and he’s just shy and reserved because he’s sober, but Viktor’s already aware that Yuuri has this sexy, seductive side to him and he tries to coax it out of Yuuri by being seductive right back at him. It’s complete payback for that night! Viktor eventually chills because he’s learning about what kind of man Yuuri is and how a relationship between them is going to work.
It’s also why Viktor was so sure that Yuuri could do the Eros routine - he’d seen that boy mostly naked and doing ridic things with that limber body of his. (Besides, having a 15-year-old doing a sexual routine? Let’s not, a’ight?) Viktor knows that Yuuri can be forward, assertive, sexy, and seductive - he just needs confidence (which is what the alcohol was giving him before).
And on another note, Chris’s greeting? So much less sketchy now. I mean, his routine is still…. But that’s because he’s just That Guy, but not That Guy that blithely crosses boundaries, apparently! He and Yuuri had been in their undies on a stripper pole - I mean, after that, some ass-patting seems rather tame.
It also gives more context to every other skater just automatically assuming that Viktor and Yuuri are banging - they saw them dance! They saw that chemistry! Between Yuuri’s blatant flirting and Viktor actually agreeing - well what the fuck else were they supposed to think?
I’m just so happy and so impressed that the writers managed to use drunken debauchery as a context to make the sketchy tropes less sketchy. THAT’S SOME SKILL.
So, I rewatched the first episode of season 13 and found
fascinating symbolism. Some of this has already been talked about,
but I think I found a couple of new symbols/imagery, too. Let’s
(Screenshots are all mine, please like or reblog if you want to
save or use.)
1. Title card:
Many of you have already pointed out the reversed cross, which imo
stands for Lucifer. The eye of the nephilim is the central piece here
and it severely reminds me of the sun. The outline looks as if there
are little sunflares. So the call sign sort of unites Lucifer, Jack
and the sun=hope (and of course other meanings concerning the whole
sun symbolism going on since forever on the show).
When Sam and Dean walk out of the house the sun has just come up
over the mountain tops, illuminating the whole scenery and thereby
providing hope. They could have shot this scene on a rainy day, to
emphasise the desperate situation the brothers are in right now, but
no: the sun is shining, not everything is lost. I also like the
single ray of sunlight in the first picture. There’s hope, but the
boys don’t see it yet.
Fun note: You can see a crew member’s reflection in one of the
3. Jack and the rift:
I noticed an orange line on Jack’s chest, which seems to have
the exact shape as the rift that led into apocalypse world. Maybe the
key to thiat world (and the key to find Mary) can still be found
within Jack. At least there appears to be some kind of connection.
4. Reflections during the car ride:
Not only are our boys reflecting about what just happened, you can
notice reflections of the sun on Baby or in the camera during this
scene. The reflection in the picture above struck me as special,
because it’s when Sam asks Dean: “What about Cass?” and at that
exact moment the sun’s reflection appears across and in front of
Dean in rainbow colours (or mostly purple and blue as can be seen in the
screenshot). Well, if that ain’t symbolic… or the luckiest
coincidence ever ;-)
5. Sam the anchor:
During the whole scene in the fast food restaurant you can see the
anchors from the label in the window (either directly or reflected)
above Sam’s shoulders. Imo this means that Sam is everyone’s
anchor this season. He’s Dean’s anchor during his grief, someone
Dean can rely on and he’s also Jack’s anchor to this world,
teaching him and having faith in him. I hope this kind of symbolism
will come up in some future episodes, too!
6. Jack is light:
In this scene Jack is highlighted several times by the light
coming from the two lamps and the barred window in the cell. I think
this illustrates that Jack isn’t per se evil and can bring light
into the darkness. Actually just like Lucifer “light bringer”
(translation from Latin) was supposed to do at the beginning of time.
In contrast to his father, I think Jack could actually achieve
bringing the light to our world and humanity.
7. Jack’s t-shirt:
The shirt was the sheriff’s choice and she accidentally picked
the right one (yeah, accidents don’t happen accidentally ;-) ). I
was able to decipher the writing: “Don’t mess with the bull or
you get the horns”. Meaning: Don’t mess with Jack, he can’t
control his powers yet and you will regret being at the recieving end
of those powers…
8. Light and shadow:
Jack is sitting on a bench completely illuminated by light. He
represents the sun, light, hope and positivity. The boys in contrast
are sitting in shadow. They don’t see the light yet, they are still
in a dark place because of all the recent losses they had to suffer.
There is also a distance between them and Jack that has yet to be
crossed in order for light to come to the brothers.
9. The prayer:
In the prayer scene Dean walks behind the restaurant seeking
privacy. The sun is clearly up in the sky, higlighting almost
everything, but not Dean. The world has light and hope again (Lucifer
is currently gone), but there’s no such thing for Dean after losing
Cass, his mother and even Crowley.
And another interesting reflection of light appears: when Dean
prays to get everyone back (especially Cass) we see a rainbow
coloured reflection appearing next to him… ;-)
10. The picture in Kelly’s bedrom:
In this picture we can see a ship (standing for Destiel or the
brothers or Team Free Will is open to interpretation) on a stormy
sea. But there’s also light: some sunrays are breaking through the
dark clouds, promising better weather after the storm. Apparently
another hint that there’s still hope, even though it doesn’t
really look like that for the Winchesters right now.
11. Cass’s deathbed:
Again the sun is shining brightly outside, but the inside of the
house, especially the room with Cass’s corpse is dark in
comparison. Imo this stands for Dean giving up any hope of seeing
Cass again, there’s no silver lining for him to see.
12. The funeral:
This is literally the darkest hour for the Winchesters. They have
to burn the bodies, one of them is Cass’s. It’s also sad for
Jack, who has to watch his mother and chosen father burn on the
funeral pyre. The day comes to a close, the sun goes down and
darkness surrounds them all. Is there no hope now that they burn the
bodies? No hope that Cass could return? Well, there’s always a new
dawn the next day.
I also really liked the shot of Dean’s lighter,
the flame has a halo which also reminded me of the sun.
13. Apocalypse world:
Isn’t that the curch from 8x23 “Sacrifice”?!!! Nice
parallel. I also noticed that in this world, where Sam and Dean were
never born, there is no sunshine. The sky is clouded and you can hear
lightning strike all the time. There never was any hope for that
world. But maybe Mary can bring some light into it, or even Sam and
Dean, who knows?
Okay, that was a long post! Lots and lots of light/sun symbolism!
Please share your own thoughts and ideas! :-)
clubs: rather than clubs, johnny always has some part in other classmates movies/set productions so,,,he has no time for clubs LOL
sports: was humbly signed up for track and field by ten but the only good thing about his long legs is jumping over hurdles,,,otherwise he’s slower than a turtle much to everyone’s surprise
goes through what his friends call “phases” every other week,,,,,and it usually has to do with whatever project he’s most immersed in
and that means one week,,,,when he was helping out the french exchange students he walked around campus in a beret and refused to eat bagels - only croissants. then he was working on an action scene and signed up for martial arts on the the quad,,,,,,or that one time they were trying to do a historical bit and johnny almost bought a hanbok on amazon for fifty bucks and taeyong had to physically remove the laptop from his dorm in order to stop him
no one is surprised that he’s a film major,,,,,tbh he’s always been creative and outspoken so the industry fits him
the shocking part is his minor,,,,because is business really something???? johnny has any interest in
and johnny always dramatically puts his hand over his forehead and is like “in THIS day and age all that matters is MONEY no one cares for the ART-”
everyone is like ok we get it but johnny just siGHS like the whole world is over and slumps in his chair and is like i know ill never make it,,,,,,,ill have to be a slave to the system a COG in the machine another worker bee - but wait did i tell you guys about this GREAT idea i had last night for a movie so basically the main character is a zombie alien and-
talks a mile a minute,,,,,seriously even when his opinion or comment is unneeded,,,, but he’s trying his best and he’s always trying to lift the mood and make people more confident
like he IS the person in the friend group whose there for anyone when they need him,,,,, is the person who makes ten smile when he’s down, helps cheer up doyoung about the future,,,,, and even gets taeil out of the dumps (which is a rarity, but,,,,,,,wow is it harD to cheer him up - tbh only johnny is capable)
tells people to have a super-duper fantastic great day after seeing them in the coffee shop,,,,,and the person will be like do i//?? even know him??? probably not but johnny is trying to spread that positivity
and it works !!! because when he’s smiling and laughing he looks so soft and approachable
but at the same time,,,,when he’s really working on a scene or on a plan for filming,,,, he adopts an entirely different aura
ten calls it the ‘youngho effect’ meaning that silly johnny is gone and now it’s down-to-business youngho and during finals week,,,,,,is when it’s the WORST
like people don’t even recognize him and thats hard considering his fashion and height stand out ,,,, but seriously the stern, concentrated look on his face makes his whole appearance seem different
yuta is always like “youngho is sexy and johnny is cute” and johnny is just like ?????? are you- flirting with me??? or are you just commenting and yuta is like ;) it’s hard to tell i know but no im just saying my dude
johnny is also super charitable ,,,, like find him helping every last single person in his studio effects class or dramatic writing
which is why he barely gets sleep because he’ll be up with a group of writers or on film location for work that isn’t EVEN HIS but,,,, he really likes film and he really likes seeing and testing out new things so his ability to say no is down the drain
unless it’s doyoung asking for extra change to get coffee then johnny is like lol no jokes jokes
oh also him and ten are practically inseparable and they sometimes do what taeyong refers to as “comedy acting” on the quad which is really just them arguing over something dumb like is trump REALLY an overgrown cheeto but also everyone on campus loves it
minus their ACTUAL friends who are like can you two please be quiet for like a minute and ten and johnny are both like excuse me no and taeil is like rip my ears
but they’re best buddies,,,,,,,it’s very adorable
ten’s dad even calls johnny to ask if ten is doing well in uni and johnny always try to make something up before ten steals the phone and has to explain in rushed thai that NO he didn’t get a tattoo on his forehead
accidentally got confused for being a part of the uni mens volleyball team because of his height
misses chicago and has pictures up of it and his family in his dorm and everyone is like wow johnny you’re such a sentimental guy but like LMAO HE REALLY IS HE CRIED DURING THE LION KING anyway
you’re not a film student at all,,,,,you’re actually pretty camera shy and so you think watching movies is cool and all but you’d like,,,,,,never dream of being an actor or something like that
which is ok because your major has nothing to do with that line of work and your part-time job is as a dog walker in the city on weekends
and one weekend you’re doing your job,,,,,the last dog you’re walking for the day is a cute corgi named mr. squiggles
when suddenly someone taps you on the shoulder and to your shock you turn around and see ???? johnny
who you know just because a friend of yours is in a class with him and he’s kinda hard to miss ,,,,,,, he’s basically a walking skyscraper
but you’re like “oh h-hi?” assuming he might have recognized you from uni but johnny isn’t looking at you
he’s looking at mr. squiggles and then at you and going
“you two would be perfect for my project! have you ever wanted to do acting???”
for a second you think you might just be making this up in your mind but you blink a couple of times and johnny is STILL standing in front of you
looking more excited than mr. squiggles whose small stubby legs are pawing at johnny’s jeans and asking for him to bend down and pet him
and you’re like “uh,,,,,,n-no?”
johnny does bend down,,,,giving the corgi a couple of pats on the head only to look up at you again and go “but i think this dog has!!!! do you think you could be in my film?”
johnny’s eyes turn up as he smiles,,,looking at you almost expectingly,,,,,
until you scoop up mr. squiggles in your hands and shake your head explaining that for one,,,,,the dog isn’t yours,,,,,,this is your job and two,,,,,being filmed is a bit-
johnny’s smile drops into a childish pout and he reaches out to scratch the pups ear going “but you guys are perfect for the scene,,,,,and it’ll be short!!!! can you ask his owner??”
and you wanna be like excuse me i gotta go im getting a call but then u know,,, johnny goes to uni with you so maybe not making a fool of yourself is the right call so you just shrug and mumble that you’ll ask
johnny’s grin returns and he quickly takes something out of his back pocket,,,,,which you realize is a scrap of notebook paper with a number scrawled on it
and he’s like i make this in case i find people on the street i want to cast,,,,,text me if the owner says yes!!! ill keep the spot open for you and -
he motions to mr.squiggles in your hands and you go “oh his name is mr. squiggles” and johnny bursts into cheerful laughter like “that’s PERFECT!! ill be waiting for your message”
and with that he’s off,,,,,you left holding the dog and the paper with his number and thinking to yourself that,,,,maybe johnny will just,,,,,,,,,,forget?
i mean he probably doesnt even know you go to the same uni,,,,,you reason as you put mr.squiggles down and go back to your walk
,,,,,,out of curiosity though when you return him to his owners you ask ,,,,, would they let him be in a movie some time and the owner claps their hands together and is like ofc!!!! mr.squiggles is a born STAR!!!!! why is a friend of yours looking -
and you’re like nope no im just asking see you next saturday
come monday you’ve basically forgot about the whole thing,,,convinced johnny is popular enough to find other people to act for him
when you’re waiting in line to get coffee at the cafe and someone goes “hey!!!! what did mr.squiggle’s parents say?”
and it’s,,,,loud so everyone turns to look at you because mr.squiggles-?
and you’re like,,,what who??? only to see johnny standing behind you in line and you’re like oh myGOD
and he’s like “i knew id seen you before!!! cool that we go to the same school, so can you guys do it-?”
and you’re like “o,,,oh they said n-no so im sorry but-”
johnny clicks his tongue but waves his hand and is like nO SWEAT we can find another dog you walk dogs right????? do you think anyone else would be cool with it??
and you’re like dogs? what are dogs? idk any dogs? ahahahah
but johnny is like you told me you walk dogs,,,,,right??? im sure someone is ok with having their pup on screen plus it’s for a class so really-
your turn to order comes up and you quickly spout it out just to be like “oh, im sorry i have to go-” to johnny
rushing over to the pick up counter and thankfully,,,,a small black coffee is fast to make,,,,so you grab it and johnny makes a point to try and call out to you but you’re like class!!!! gtg!!!!
and with that you’re gone,,,,,looking solemnly down at the coffee in your hand and crinkling your nose because the last time you drank coffee was the last time you had a math final in high school
but also,,,,,why did johnny have to remember??? why did you have to bump into him???? what kind of weird coincidence???
but also you’re sure you’re off the hook this time,,,,like you told him mr.squiggles was unavailable and it wasnt like your classes ever clashed with film majors so you were home free
a couple of days later johnny saw you in the library,,, asking again if you were up for the part
unenthusiastically you explained that all the dog owners said no so,,,,,,and johnny said it was fine again that he knew some people with dogs so-
but you ducked out of there again saying you had a study group to meet up with
another time you were on the quad and johnny sat down next to you,,,,asking how you were and if you weren’t busy to talk
once again you checked your phone and pretended to take a call
and honestly,,,,,,you don’t know WHY you can’t just tell him you can’t act- or more like you don’t want to act
because you’re convinced he can find someone else so easily that the pursuant asking you ,,,,, you just didn’t get it
not until you overhear a couple of people talking about how they’ve never seen johnny hold out for this long,,,,,usually he’s the first one to start filming ,,,,, but something is taking him so long this time
and with a slightly guilty conscious you take out your phone,,,the paper with johnny’s number is still tucked in your wallet and you fish it out too,,,inputting it and typing out a text
‘im sorry ive avoided you about this, but im not a,,,,,,,im not an actor. i dont want to mess up your movie so i hope someone else can be the better fit’.
you send it,,,,,hoping you weren’t being to blunt but an hour later your phone lights up and johnny’s reply is ‘that’s ok! im sorry for bothering you, it was really uncool of me to keep chasing you - i didn’t know you were uncomfortable and i was being a douche. tell mr.sqiggles i still think he’s a star in the making!’
smiling down at the cute response and the line of dog emojis and stars you go back to your homework,,,,,but it’s a little hard because,,,,,,why’s johnny so much cuter to you all of a sudden
a couple of weeks go by and you stumble across what looks like a film set near the dog park you frequent on your job
and your entire pack starts tugging on their leashes in excitement and barking because of all the new people and cool looking cameras and you’re like “guys!!! calm down”
and you notice someone turn around and it’s johnny??? he waves at you and you’re like “he-hey?? are you filming here??” and johnny nods and is like “it’s a little film im doing about a dog and their owner and they can like,,,,,,,talk to each other and the dog gossips about other dogs it’s kind of a comedy??? romance i guess”
and you’re like oo a romance featuring cute dogs cant go wrong with that and johnny is like exactly,,,,101 dalmatians,,,,,airbud - not romantic but dogs so
you giggle and you’re like well!! ill try to keep the kids from barking too much but!!
johnny grins and squats down,,, mr.squiggles running toward him like johnny’s been his owner for yEARS and licking his face and johnny is like it’s still a shame i couldn’t cast this lil guy
you smile,,,and johnny says he’s going to be filming for a bit but that it was nice talking
and you know,,, you go to the dog park and play a bit not noticing johnny whose struggling with the actors on set and some of the crew and usually johnny is really good with people
but the way the lead isn’t getting along with the dog is stressing him out and at some point johnny is like “it’s fine, ill scrape this idea” and someone mentions that the deadline to hand it in is three days away and johnny is like “it doesn’t matter, i don’t think it’s going to work out and im not giving unfinished garbage to the professor.”
you look up seeing that most of the people are gone except for johnny and you pick up mr.squiggles and go over to him and you’re like “you look down,,,,,so i brought this guy to maybe help you smile?”
johnny looks up from his head in his hands and gives a sad chuckle that you’ve never seen from him and you’re like whats wrong
and he’s like “i think,,,,im not going to be able to finish this.” and you’re like why not??? you had people here and stuff and he’s like sometimes things don’t work out
and you’re like do you have time?? and johnny mumbles that three days isn’t enough, even if the whole thing is fifteen minutes long
you see the defeat in his eyes,,,,which is hard to imagine since this is the johnny that never seems to give up
so with a tiny swallow you go “i,,,,,,,,,ill help. mr. squiggles too.”
johnny raise an eyebrow and shakes his head,,,,,saying that he can’t force you to help him, that’d be fucked up of him and you’re like you’re not!!!! consider it a change of heart
johnny motions to mr.squiggles and goes “didn’t their owners refuse-?” and you’re like “hahahah abOUT THAT,,,,,anyway what do we have to do??”
johnny explains the jist of the plot,,,,,you and mr.squiggles can understand each other and talk about the other dogs but you meet another owner who can speak to his dog too and you,,,,,basically fall in love
and you’re like giggling because ok,,,, a bit corny but u like it
and you’re like whose going to play the love interest?? and johnny looks around and is like i,,,, think im gonna have to do it because all the other footage is unusable. the dog tried to pee on the leads so -
and you’re like oh my gosh,,, well ok,,,,,,let’s try
to your surprise you’re not AS nervous in front of the camera as you thought
maybe because holding mr. squiggles calms you down or maybe it’s the way johnny is patient and encouraging
but when all your individual cuts are done johnny is like “ok we have on thing left, where we meet and,,,,,well,,,,,,,mr. squiggles is supposed to tell you to ask me out” and you’re like oh,,, Oh,,, ok ,,,, well,, ahem
and johnny sets the camera to record and rushes over to sit beside you on the bench,,,pretending to look over at the other side of the park
and you’re like “oh,,,,shh ,,,, shh what? h- he isn’t cute???? i- what??? you want me to ask for his number???”
johnny turns around,,,putting his arm over the bench and going “are you talking to your dog?” and you jump a little almost forgetting the line and you’re like
“i,,,,im not,,,,,” and johnny, effortlessly slides closer to you on the bench and is like “well, whoever told you to ask for my number is right - do you want it?”
feeling your cheeks glow red you nod and johnny is supposed to lean in closer but you’re kinda like !!! so you lift mr. squiggles up and he licks at johnny’s face and ,,,, after a moment you’re like im sorry!!!!! that wasn’t in the script
but johnny bursts into laughter and is like you know what,,,i think it’s a great ending shot
you realize you’re close to having to drop the pups off so you gather mr. squiggles and tell johnny it was,,,,fun and that you hope he gets a good grade
johnny seems to want to say something,,, but you’re like im not avoiding you this time - i actually really need to go
and as you’re running back to get the rest of the dogs you hear him call out your name and he’s like “let me repay you with dinner sometime???” and you’re like “sounds good!!!”
after getting back to campus from work, you drop your things off in your dorm and you check your phone to see a text from johnny
‘are you free tomorrow night?’ you smile,,,,thinking for a second and your roommate is like why do you look so happy - is it a date????? and you’re like WHAT,,,,,,NO,,,,,,,SHUTUP
but you say you are and the next night you meet up with johnny off campus and he’s telling you about this restaurant a friend of his opened and then you notice it,,,, the slight darkness under his eyes and you’re like johnny did you sleep??
and he’s like oh no i stayed up editing,,,, also this afternoon i had to help hyungsik with his shooting so
and you’re like oh my god go home and sleep but he’s like no!! i gotta take you out and pay you for your help,,,,,and since i don’t have actual money please consider this food as payment
and you’re like shdlfkjds johnny and he’s like it’s good food,,,,,so???
even though he’s obviously tired,,, johnny still manages to keep up an exciting conversation and you try to get him to split the bill but he’s like nooooooo i am a respectful chicago gentleman
and ur like ,,, does a respectful chicago gentleman try to mimic a parrot in a resturant and he’s like i see your point but let me live?
and johnny is ,,,, someone you never thought you’d hang out with one on one just because he’s bright and attracts attention
and he’s a silly, handsome guy??? like???? getting near him seems like a feat but here you are,,, after diner walking to the arcade and johnny winning you a stuffed animal in one of those crane games but also completely losing to you in tekken 5
and you’re like,,,,, it’s nice to be like this with him and it’d be nice,,,,,,, to get to know him more
so you’re sad when the night ends and you guys are on your way back to uni on a crowded train and johnny keeps moving his body so no one is squishing up against you and it’s ,,,,,,,,, it is like a date but you refuse to let yourself cave to that mentality
but then as you get off at your stop, johnny’s hand slides into yours and it’s ,,,,, natural almost
and you get to campus and he’s like thanks for letting me take you out,,,and for being in my film
and you’re like haha,,, to quote you - no sweat!!!
and it’s silent,,,but you’re still holding hands and you’re not quite sure what that means
until johnny goes “i don’t want to be awkward but - this was a date, right? can i call it a date?”
and you’re like OH WELL,,,,,,,,,um,,,,,,,,, and you’re like “i’d like if it was a date,,,,”
and johnny is like me too because then that means there can be more,,,,,dates,,,,,,,,for us,,,,,,,for me to take you on,,,,,,,,,am i making sense i feel like im not making sense
but you’re like!!!!! you are,,,,making sense,,,,,,
johnny grins and even in the nights dark light you can see the cute expression on his face and you’re like hey can you bend forward a little bit and he’s like oh?
and you lean up, kissing his cheek quickly before letting go of his hand and saying that you’ll see him ,,,, on the second date???
and you’re halfway across the quad to your dorm when you hear someone running behind you and you turn just to be tackled into a hug
and it’s johnny,,, you can tell by the way his hair tickles your cheeks and his frame is wide and he smells,,,,so distinct
and he’s like “sorry,,i couldn’t wait till the second date,,,” and you’re like fldkjsde please,,,,
but it’s cute haha when he lets you go you guys wave goodbye and when you get home your roommate is like “ah, so how was the date?” and you’re like IT WASNT —- ok it was and it was amazing
dating johnny,,, is exactly what you all expect it to be
he’s an affection moNSTER and i mean that in the BEST way possible like he is FULL of love to give at ALL TIMES
forehead kisser extraordinaire
showers you in compliments and talks about you to everyone he meets honestly the night after your first date ten,,,,,,in his pajamas half awake had to listen to johnny talk for exactly one hour and forty three minutes about everything that happened between you two and at the end of the night ten was like “i got it,,,,they sparkle like the stars in the sky ok can i go sleep- yes you told me about how they remind you of the best days of summer ok im going to sleep now jOHNNY SHUT UP”
for someone whose confident in their skills,,,, johnny got shy about showing you the end project of his film but when he did he was like “did you like it??” and you’re like yes!! im sorry for my bad acting also mr.squiggles says hi
and johnny is like tbh i love that dog and ur like more than me and he’s like yeah and ur like thats cool i love him more than i love you too
you: dogs > boys, a cardinal rule
also you learned from jaehyun that the reason johnny stayed up all night to edit was because he was apparently watching the clips of you over and over again and being like they’re so cute,,,,
and you’re like no way
and jaehyun was like you don’t have to believe me but ten has a video and ten is like i do wanna see
and it’s true,,,,,johnny literally was sitting at his computer with the goofiest grin on his face looking at you like they’re adorable,,,, ft. ten’s snickering in the bg
johnny doesnt know ten took the video,,,, but when he found out he chased him across campus but tbh you just thought it was super cute of your boyfriend
is tall and therefore whenever it rains he does this thing where he puts his hands over your head and is like “im ur umbrella” and you’re like ,,,,, im still getting wet and he’s like “,,,,,,,,,,listen im not a GOOD umbrella, but im YOUR umbrella” and you’re like oh my god you’re a dork that’s what you are and you’re my dork so it’s ok
johnny calls you love unironically and you’re like are you british or and he’s like WOW LET ME BE CUTE WITH YOU PLEASE
once mark drew a flower on your wrist or something and johnny was like draw one on me too and mark was like why and johnny was like because we’re a couple mark and i want to match
im just saying johnny seo is a corny couple items guy like look at the man
thinks the most useless things are cute and buys them for you and you’re like johnny i didn’t really need this mickey mouse ice cream scooper and he’s like ok but it’s cute tho??? and ur like saVE YOUR MONEY YOUR MINOR IS BUSINESS And johnny is like IM TRYING IM AN IMPULSE SPENDER
also everything cute just seemingly reminds him of you like the boy is heart eyes for you ok
probably a really loose-lipped drunk,,,,, honestly texts you like paragraphs about how he’s going to make a movie dedicated to you but the typing is l1k3 th*$
he’s late to dates a lot but not because he doesn’t care or something but because he’s always busy helping someone film and you don’t mind but you’re like johnny take a break and he’s like i will but also hyuk was telling me about this sci-fi animation he’s gonna do and he might need me-
and you just motion for him to open his mouth so you can put some food in it and you’re like shhh just eat first talk later (this is hard since johnny loves to talk,,,,,,,,,)
is dramatic about anniversaries and holidays but it’s romantic and cheesy like yes he bought you bear the same size as him for valentines day and YES he recited a monologue from ‘the notebook’ to you on your birthday because that’s who johnny is
texts you about what outfit to wear and you’re like huh what is that and johnny is like im going though a hippie phase should i wear this tie-dye t-shirt OR this tie-dye t-shirt
and you’re like wear a white t-shirt right now johnny and put the tie-die away
him: but baby i-
you: right now. away.
asks you for updates on mr. squiggles and you once told the owner your boyfriend really likes their dog and the owner was DELIGHTED she invited johnny and you to dinner and it was,,,,,,the most funny thing
to see johnny get tipsy on wine and gush over movies from the thirties with this little old lady????? priceless
johnny: you know she’s much older now but bettie davis was a hottie,,,,,
you: oh my god
johnny: i won’t lie,,,,,im still into john travolta the man hasn’t aged-
you: put the drink down
when you guys talk on the phone,,,,you’ve noticed that johnny’s voice gets lower at night and it’s really nice and you’ll never tell him because you know he’ll tease you but,,,,,,wow
speaking of other really nice things johnny had invited you over to his dorm while ten was away with family and you guys were supposed to use the blank wall and project some movies on it and cuddle
but at some point the movie was the last thing on your mind because johnny’s half-lidded eyes and lips spread apart are PRETTY hard to ignore
also johnny is such a,,,,,physical person that he knows what to do with his hands and his mouth and long story short you ended up tangled in mr seo
and only after did you realize that the movie was over and you were like ,,,,,, should i play another one
and johnny pulling you right back ontop of him was like no no there’s more important things to do
johnny is a show off when it comes to relationships so the next day doyoung was eating and was like whats that on your neck - you got a rash?
and johnny was like nah my s/o stayed the night and doyoung was like oh and mark choked on his rice
does this thing that when he’s thinking to fast he’ll switch from korean to english and then backtrack and translate what he said and sometime’s he’ll stutter over this or that
and you’re like johnny you’re so cute but gather your thougths you don’t alWAYS have to be talking
and he’s just like,,,,,,,,,,you’re right but tbh if im not talking what can my mouth be doing and you’re like rolling your eyes but you’re like “kissing me?”
and he grins like eXACTLY come here
you guys kiss a lot just so you know like wanna know something about johnny? he’d kiss you till you were breathless jot that down
you asked him where his backpack was once and johnny was like i dont carry one everythings in my head
and you’re like what about that test in finance that you’re gonna have and his eyes got wide and he’s like i,,,,,,,,,,gtg get the notes off of someone see you later
told you his dream vacation isn’t chicago anymore,,,,like he wants to see his family so bad but he also wants to take a roadtrip with you and see you under all those stars beside him
and you were like we should do it sometime but i have a feeling we’d open the trunk and ten would be there
also you know this conversation has happened like one too many times
ten: you know, if you two have kids i want to be the godfather
you: what if we don’t, what if we adopt a cat or something
ten: then i want to be the godfather of the cat duh
johnny: you know it ten, we’re brothers for life come and hug me
as silly and as romantic and fun as johnny is,,,,,he’s still got some reservations about himself and sometimes he jokingly,,,,mentions that it must be hard to love someone like him - always making mistakes or saying something embarrassing
but you always assure him that people aren’t supposed to be perfect, that you think he’s damn near close to it and you wouldn’t stop loving him over things that are only human
but if he does call you banana pumpkin angel in front of your friends again- and johnny is like fine fine ill stop using fruits for petnames,,,,,,,,,,,,my cherry sunshine universe and you’re like WHY do you INSIST ON BEING SO CORNY
and he’s like dont’ you love it though???? secretly??? just a little
and you’re like,,,,,,,,,,,fine yes i do god no wonder you’re a film major your brain is TOO Creative for it’s own good
johnny kissing up your arms to tickle you and make you feel better when you’re sad
also johnny would completely 100% let you borrow his sweaters and even if you’re wearing one just because it’s comfy and you have study hall
he’d lean over to the person beside you two and be like “they’re wearing my clothes, don’t they look cute?” and the person is like ???? and you’re pulling johnny back over to you by the ear and you’re like boy
calls up the uni radio and requests that they play your favorite song every weekend without failure
and you’ll hear it and even if you’re not with johnny you can feel your heart burst because he’s the kind of boyfriend that remembers the smallest little details and shows you his love whenever he can
and there’s nothing better than having someone adore you like johnny seo adores you
Prompt: “I’m trick-or-treating with my kid and you answered the door and oh - fuck me, you’re seriously the hottest thing I’ve ever laid eyes on.”
Summary: As part of the campus little buddies program, you’re bringing Abby trick-or-treating. When she runs up to the GOT (Gamma Omega Tau) fraternity house though, and Jaebum opens the door - everything that once was sensible flies out of your brain.
This was a post in my drafts for a while now which I just came across and … thought it might be relevant to bring out.
The Chessboard symbolism has shown up many times throughout the series
Following the Cochlea/Rushima Island arc, Aogiri was exterminated and the old Kings- Arima and Tsuneyoshi- are now dead:
This marked the end of the previous game of Chess, where the CCG triumphed against Aogiri. And now we’ve started afresh with Kaneki and Furuta as the Kings of the new game
There are valid arguments for which character represents which colour piece- at this stage I’m thinking Kaneki as White King and Furuta as Black King (explained here [x])
Well back in :re chapter 38, there was a chessboard in Uta’s mask shop
I’m not sure if it will ever be relevant in that much detail but it’s interesting to take note of which pieces are in play and see if it will match any events. It may coincide with some events now, or in the future, or mean nothing at all but it’s kind of neat to take note now and look back on later.
So this is the set up on Uta’s board.
Just for reference, these are the symbols/pieces (because holy shit I kept getting the crown symbols mixed up):
The Black King has been chased into the corner and is being held there by the White Rook and Pawn. However, it is safe for the time being no matter what move the opponent makes- protected by the Black Queen and Rook. Even if it can’t move itself, it’s defenses are strong. Furuta himself has been put in a difficult situation with Hide, Marude and Matsuri’s coup.
The Black Queen is poised to take out those threatening the King. However, if it is White’s turn next she could be captured by the White Pawn- the ‘weakest’ piece attacking the ‘strongest’ piece on the board. Rize could be considered Furuta’s (unwilling) Queen, represented by the Oggai who have her kagune and are currently Furuta’s main ace in the sleeve.
The Black Knight is ready to take down the White Rook to protect the King or the Bishop (which could be a sacrificial move with the White Pawn diagonal). Ui, whose interest is riding horses, carries a spear/lance Quinque and has recently switched from wearing the white dove coat to Furuta’s new black uniform, could be considered his Knight.
The Black Rook is safe and protecting it’s King.
Notable captured Black pieces that are sitting next to the board on the table are the Knight, (possible) Bishop and a Pawn.
When Furuta announced himself as King, 4 characters were lined up in a row on the checkered floor:
It will be interesting to see if these are meant to reflect the pieces in that order on the board (Donato is an obvious choice for Bishop). Uta as Furuta’s Queen piece is an interesting concept.
The White King is safe and out of the way, with two Pawn soldiers at either side standing guard. Kaneki is currently away from the onslaught of the 24th Ward, surrounding by troops.
One White Rook is cornering the Black King but depending on which colour’s turn it is, may be in danger from the Black Queen or Knight. Alternatively, it may capture the Black Queen.
If Ui is the Black Knight, that makes Hirako the White Rook. Wouldn’t it be interesting if he were the Rook from the right side of the King, like Hirako was Arima’s right hand man.
The other White Rook is being held at bay in the corner. Both the Rook, Knight and Pawn haven’t moved from their starting positions as of yet- they’ve yet to make their move in the game.
One Pawn is cornering the Black King, another is in a position to capture the Black Queen if it is White’s turn.
Notable captured White pieces on the table are the Bishop and 2 Pawns.
The White side has also lost it’s Queen.If Kaneki is the White King, Touka is obviously the White Queen
Yet the White Queen piece is missing from the captured pieces on the table. That piece has disappeared. If we get a cliffhanger with Touka’s fate in upcoming chapters, well there we go.
All of this is pretty much conjecture considering there’s a high chance those pieces were placed there at random. Depending on how you look at it, many different characters could fit the situation of different pieces but these are just my main thoughts!
Here’s a crack theory for you. What if we’ve been looking at Narti and Kova’s relationship all wrong?
We’ve all been led to believe that Kova is an extension of Narti, the cat being her eyes and ears. But.. what if it’s the other way around? What if instead ‘Narti’ is some kind of vessel for Kova? Here me out for a second.
First of all, I don’t think it’s coincidence that Narti can’t speak. If Kova is the operating mind here, then she can’t speak because he can’t speak. And ‘she’ doesn’t have working eyes or ears because ‘she’ doesn’t need them. Or rather, Kova doesn’t need them. He can see and hear perfectly fine. Therefore they aren’t necessary. 'Narti’ is simply an acting body for Kova to operate behind, a way to blend in and engage in combat.
But who would create something like 'Narti’ for a cat, and why would it be necessary?
Well. I think Prince Lotor can give us the answers to both of those.
We already know that Kova has been around for a while. He was there before Zarkon and Honerva were even married.
And he stuck around because of his exposure to the Quintessence. It caused him to stop aging. So it’s safe to say that Lotor probably grew up around this cat, or at least spent a lot of time with it.
But that’s probably not the reason he decided to keep Kova around. Let me remind that Kova is Honerva’s cat. And we know that Lotor was fond of his mother because of the way he talked about her when he and the generals were at the rift on Daibazaal.
He kept Kova because Kova is the last physical piece of his mother he has left.
But how would it look for the Prince of the Galra to need to carry a cat around? Probably pretty weak in their eyes. Here’s where 'Narti’ comes in.
'Narti’ is his excuse for keeping Kova around.
And Lotor absolutely has the means for creating something like 'Narti’ because he most likely has (at least some) of the magical Altean abilities that Allura and Haggar have. This would also explan Narti/Kova’s unique abilities to mind control and such, Lotor could have done anything.
So Lotor created 'Narti’ to give Kova a reason to stay at his side, and at the same time give the Prince another general in the field. And Kova is probably 100% capable of all this, again, because of his exposure to Quintessence. (We saw what it did to Haggar and Zarkon, there’s no telling what all it did to the cat.)
And Lotor didn’t tell any of the other generals about this because he didn’t want them to look down on him.
So when 'Narti’ got corrupted, Lotor didn’t really 'kill her’ because she never existed in the first place. It was just the cat’s vessel. (Dreamworks also made it very clear to us here that the cat is still alive..)
And he didn’t take the cat with him/didn’t give the generals a reason for killing their 'teammate’ because again, he didn’t want to look weak.
I’d also like to point out the look on Lotor’s face after everything has happened. He might just be tired but.. He looks upset to me.
Yes, his Father wants him dead, and his remaining generals turned on him. But.. Maybe he lost more than we realized. Kova probably meant a lot to him.
This theory could be far from true. But dreamworks did say that Narti has a 'mysterious past’, which has yet to be revealed. So we know we’re not quite done with this character, otherwise they wouldn’t have pointed that out to us. (Let me also point out the fact that this is Narti’s data table yet.. Kova is there.)
At this point, anything is possible.
This is slightly off topic, but Kova having been left behind while Zarkons forces take over the base gives him a chance to find his way back to Haggar, and maybe trigger some more of her memories. Like the fact that Lotor is her son.
“They always insinuate that it’s a quirk fit
for a villain. But I’m used to it now. It’s inevitable, society being the way
it is.” It was really only a matter of time before Shinsou Hitoshi changed sides. (Minor manga spoilers)
layer of haze hung suspended in the room of the abandoned factory. Dirt swirled through the air, displaced from cracked
floor tiles and decaying furniture by the four people who entered and spaced
themselves evenly throughout. A coating of filth clung to the
lightbulbs, rendering their light weak and nearly
useless. Motes shifted in the blue-white glare
of a television propped in the corner, the brightest source of illumination in
the room. The very air tasted of dust.
It wasn’t the cleanest place the Villain Alliance could
have claimed as a meeting place, Shigaraki reflected, scratching at his neck. But it was convenient. And he wasn’t
stupid enough to bring an untested recruit to their main hideout. They were too
low on members to risk any of them needlessly.
then, that’s what made a new recruit so valuable. And this one in particular…
gazed at the purple-haired teen in satisfaction.
yes. This one could could be exactly the kind of asset they needed. It was just a pity his joining their side had
coincided with such commotion.
Shinsou was staring wordlessly at the news channel displayed on the TV, his
arms crossed over his chest. A banner scrolled along the bottom of the screen,
screaming in bold white letters on a brilliant red background:
HIGH STUDENT SHINSOU HITOSHI SPOTTED FLEEING SCENE WITH VILLAIN ALLIANCE
What do you want to bet that the first conversation Lup and Taako have after all of this is over and there’s time for a conversation is not “there’s a lot of baggage for both of us to unpack what with forced imprisonment and memory weirdness” but instead “why the fuck are you dating the grim reaper.”
Lup sits Taako down and has the same amount of seriousness the first conversation would require, and Taako’s emotion-avoiding ass is in panic mode because there is so much shit she could bring up right now. There’s the extra callousness and coldness he’s picked up without her around, or the giving up on everything moment, or even the weird awkwardness that comes from having to remember that he has a sister followed by the vehement inner rebuttal that of course he has a sister he always has and he’s not going to let himself forget again. There’s a veritable field of landmines around them in every direction, and Lup is single-mindedly focused on “why the fuck are you dating the grim reaper.”
And Taako doesn’t know what to say, because there are some emotions there that he has not looked too closely at yet and he is not about to delve into that mess with his sister of all people. “He’s hot” seems like the safest, if insufficient, answer.
“I’m a lich, Taako. Barry is a lich. I can’t help but think that this feels a little… personal.”
Taako gave his sister a lot more credit for her intelligence than that, but maybe she was a little scrambled. Everyone was a little scrambled right now. A lot of shit had gone down. “I… didn’t mean it that way? I wasn’t really looking for, I don’t know, petty revenge or anything since I didn’t really… remember either of you. That’s a pretty big part of, more like a requirement, of the revenge scheme. Pretty integral to the whole idea.”
Lup knows that, he can tell from the way her mouth twists into a frown. She knows she’s being a little ridiculous about what amounts to a coincidence, but he can also tell that she is not prepared to let it go. “Maybe you were projecting some kind of subconscious anger? That’s a thing, like with people who repress emotions and memories and shit.”
“Lup, I’m not angry with you.” Yep, that was it. Her left ear twitches, a dead giveaway. “The memory stuff isn’t on you, and the disappearance… that wasn’t great, it would’ve been cool to take someone with you maybe, but you would’ve been back. That was an accident.”
Lup’s mouth quirks up, almost a smile. “Yeah, I guess so.” She leans forward, grin suddenly wicked, and Taako knows that the subject had not been dropped. “The grim reaper though? You have a thing for danger now or something?”
Fuck. He can give whatever excuses he wants, but he knows his sister. She is absolutely not going to let this go, and she is going to be relentless. Just let her believe what she wants, that’s his best bet, he’d feed into that “danger is hot” bullshit if that’s where she was going with it. “He’s such a dork, Lup.” Or, maybe not. Maybe he’d get uncomfortably close to those feelings again.
Lup raises an eyebrow, a clear “do tell.”
“He does this thing - he’s gonna be upset that I told you but whatever, fuck, you’re my sister he can get used to it - he totally fakes an accent when he works. It’s his ‘work’ accent, so he can seem ‘cool.’“
Her smile widens like she’s about to share the best joke, and Taako leans in. “You know what that reminds me of? That one time when Barry…” She trails off, looking into the middle distance, with a growing expression of horror. Taako is about to ask her what happened, but she shakes her head.
And Lup covers her face with her hands and groans, with feeling. “We have a type. Oh god Taako we both have a type and it’s the same type.”
Then they’re both laughing at that, and it’s so nice to laugh together again.
"I'm not your blind date but you came over and I was eating alone so I went with it and now you're calling me by a different name" AU
I found this prompt on a Tumblr blog but I accidentally deleted the post and now I can’t find the prompt anymore
Lena was sitting alone. She twirled the neck of the wine glass in her left hand, her phone in her right as she responded to work emails. Jess kicked her out of the office almost an hour ago, going on about how she shouldn’t be working on her birthday and she deserved one day off for herself. Problem is Lena always had days to herself. Her days were always “her” days if she didn’t have anyone to share them with. She looked down at the red rose on the table before her, Jess’ gift to her, and let herself smile slightly. Jess was a good assistant, she meant well, and she seemed to care when no one else did.
So that’s why she listened and came here to this restaurant when she really wanted to finish responding to her emails and get a head start on tomorrow’s project. The place wasn’t the fanciest she’s been, but she wasn’t about to go to one of the high-class places she frequented when she didn’t have a date. It was nice enough: low lighting, decent wine selection, and she got a small booth in the back so no one would bother her. Her plan was to come out, grab a quick bite, and then finish work at home.
She was so focused on her phone that she hadn’t noticed the woman walk up to her booth. There was a small tap on her shoulder then, and she was slightly annoyed that anyone would interrupt her when she purposely picked this booth to avoid being bothered. She turned to look up quickly, an annoyed “Can I help you?” on the tip of her tongue, when she came face-to-face with a literal angel, the words dying before they formed. Her jaw went slack as she took in the stunning being before her.
The woman had the bluest eyes Lena had ever seen, even under the minimal lighting of the place and the black rimmed glasses she wore. Her hair fell in soft golden waves, across the shoulders of her beige jacket and blue top. She had a pair of black pants that hugged her hips and a nice pair of boots to match. She looked dressed up, yet still casual, and it suddenly made Lena feel self-conscious about the tight fitting black dress and tight ponytail she wore.
“It was supposed to be yellow,” the woman said, pointing at the flower on the table.
Contrary to popular belief, Dean is not worried about Cas. Does he start subtly tailing him around the Bunker? No. It could maybe be interpreted that that’s what he’s doing, but he’s actually just got a bunch of shit to do that just so happens to be in whatever room Cas is occupying at the moment. It’s a coincidence, thank you very much. Jesus, Sam, it’s not like Dean’s a stalker.
Except that he’s a little bit of a stalker.
Fine, okay—yes, Dean does start kind of… mother-henning a little bit. Does he freak out when the leaves turn and Cas goes out without a hat? Yeah. But that’s only because he doesn’t want to deal with the guy once he inevitably gets sick! It isn’t worrying, per se. Dean’s actions are totally motivated by self-interest.
Seriously, he could care less that Castiel, freshly-Fallen-Angel-of-the-Lord, spends like four hours a day outside doing god knows what. That’s not a thing Dean thinks about at all. And like, the fact that Cas always comes back all smiley? Or leaves with a lunchbox? He doesn’t give a single fuck. Not one.
Which is why, of course, Dean is now following roughly twenty paces behind Castiel, hunched over and, by everyone else’s definition of the word: sneaking. Of course, according to the Exhaustive and Wholly Accurate Dictionary of Dean Winchester, he is taking a nice, long walk. Alone. To get some air. And he’s hunched over because it’s cold—oh hey, wow, is that Cas? Huh, what are the odds!
It should be noted that Dean is fooling exactly no one.
Except, it seems, Castiel, who has apparently just been thrilled to have the eldest (more attractive) Winchester stuck to his ass for two weeks. Which is… kind of awesome, from Dean’s perspective. For no particular reason.
Dean follows Cas into the woods behind the Bunker in what he considers to be stealth mode, and it turns out he doesn’t have to trail him for very long. Castiel soon discovers he has a human visitor when a fucking mangy wolf fucking jumps him from out of nowhere.
And the wild thing? While Dean is yelling for Cas to save himself and trying to fight the damn beast off, Castiel just whistles twice, speaking softly in what sounds like Enochian before the thing goddamn whimpers like it’s disappointed and lopes back to… to who… its master?? Did Cas tame a wolf???
The mutt licks the side of Castiel’s face, and Dean figures that’s an unequivocal yes.
What the fuck.
The fucker’s even laughing; one of those whole, fully-body things as the wolf knocks him off his feet and tackles him like they’re cubs play-fighting. Cas wears that really pretty, gummy smile Dean loves, and scratches behind her ears. “Good girl, Moz.”
“Moh-zod,” Dean mumbles to himself, frowning. What the hell kinda name is that?
Pushing her off of him, Castiel sits up and wraps his arms around her, playfully growling into the fur of her neck. Dean’s nose wrinkles in disgust because jesus, man, you got no idea where she’s been.
“Dean,” Cas says, like they walked out here hand-in-hand instead of in a shroud of deception. “Meet Moz—Joy. That’s her name in English. She was abandoned by her pack and found me about a month ago.”
Castiel nods. “Mm. I was on a walk when she came right up to me.” He kisses her muzzle. “She was lost, too. Weren’t you?” he asks her with a smile. Looking at Dean, he says, “she must have sensed me.”
“Sensed you. Right.”
Except the more Dean thinks about it, the more he becomes convinced of the fact that—yeah, of course a wolf found Cas in the middle of fucking Kansas when they haven’t been here for generations. Of course. And of course, the dumbass decided to make friends with it. And of course… of course he look so happy, sitting on the muddy ground, play-fighting with a frickin’ predator. A-And he reaches into his freaking lunchbox to get a piece of raw porc and feed it to what should be a dangerous, wild animal.
But she’s not, here. She’s… sweet. Misunderstood. Happy. Above all, Dean can tell she’s happy. That she makes him happy. And honestly, that’s kind of all Dean’s ever wanted; he just never thought it’d come in the form of a fully grown wolf.
“Jesus, Cas, you’re amazing,” Dean breathes, totally overcome. His eyes widen and his face heats. Cas pauses. “I—uh. I mean, an amazing friend. Best friend. You’re an amazing, um, best… ah… Cas…?” The last is whispered just before Castiel kisses him.
In the forest behind the Bunker, in the company of a freaking wolf, Cas just gets up, walks over, and lays one on him. “Thank you,” he murmurs upon pulling away. His hand comes up to entwine with Dean’s. He steps forward. “Come meet her. Moz, come say hi to Dean.”
People don’t get to tell you you’ve changed. That you’ve lost your light, your fire, your spark. They don’t get to shame and guilt-trip you for basically doing what you had to in order to survive. If they don’t have the guts and faith that you’ll recover and heal and burn anew, they aren’t worth your time and trust me when I say you deserve better.
Surviving (whatever the kind) is not something anyone should be ashamed of. Surviving is not a flaw, it’s a sign you’re a fighter with a 100% success rate. It takes courage and strength and grit and the persistence to keep on trying and never giving up. Don’t let people ever shame you for that just because their idealized illusion of you no longer coincides with your true self.
A/N: Just felt like being a slut. This is just a fantasy of mine. Dean comes after the reader years later after he let her walk out of his life once. He is not making that mistake again. It’s short, and I’ve been extremely busy. Hope you don’t hate it.