One person sleeping with their head on the other person’s lap. Getting all drowsy-snuggly when they’re too tired to see straight. Being tucked in and kissed on the forehead before they pass out. Gentle touches while they drift off. Trusting the other person to watch over them and make sure nothing happens to them while they’re out.
Ravenclaws love and hate ambient noise. It needs to be a specific kind of noise depending on what they’re doing, and if it varies too far from the ambient noise they wanted, they just find it distracting.
Happy birthday @nightsofllyn, you beautiful enabler and wonderful writer and friend <3 You’re to blame for the beast that this AU has become in my head so here’s my gift back to you for that, stay beautiful and have the best birthday ever <3
So there’s one bit near the end of the Genocide Run that hit me pretty hard, personally. And as with most things that hit me very hard emotionally, it was a random almost throwaway line that wasn’t written to be focused on that much. But whether it intentionally held the meaning I took from it or not, it doesn’t change the fact that I DID take meaning from it.
When Flowey is monologuing near the very very end of the game and explaining what he went through, he talks about how he lacks the ability to feel anything for the people around him, and how desperately, frantically, he wishes he did. He talks about how, at first, he tried to help people. He talks about how at first it seemed to help, but every time it was time to let go, to move on, he got scared and couldn’t do it. He’d panic and reset instead. And how then he’d be right back where he started. And he would try helping everyone again.
But it became hollow. Everyone always said the exact same things, and did the exact same things. And nothing changed. And nothing new ever happened.
And eventually, just out of sheer desperation for SOMETHING new, he decided to kill everyone. And how that was at first a relief, but even that grew stale and empty as he did it over and over again. Until he was left with nothing, and there was nothing to care about, either for better or worse, but he couldn’t let go either. So he was trapped in this world where nothing ever changed, and he couldn’t make himself leave.
It’s a sad story, but it’s also a bit of a gut punch because of its implications.
Maybe in time, the person playing the game, the actual human being behind the keyboard, not the pixel character they control, would find themselves in the exact same situation. Eventually, things in a game stop changing. Characters always say the same things, do the same things. And maybe in time, as boredom takes over, the player would also try a genocide game just for SOMETHING new. But eventually even that will become empty and lead to nowhere after you do it enough.
I can’t really say if that’s true or not. I can’t say it’s false either.
But It’s 2 years now. And a lot of us are still here. And more importantly a lot of us still care. Quite deeply in fact.
And maybe we won’t care forever, maybe the same thing will happen, or more likely, we’d be the ones able to let go and move on to other things and let go. Maybe there’s no escaping that.
But it’s been 2 years, and at least for now, we’re still here.
There is also the possibility I’ve considered, that since the insane success of the game was never expected or anticipated at all, that the level of love it caused in gamers was a complete and utter surprise, maybe their ability to never fall into that cycle of apathy and just how long they can keep going, caring as hard as ever, will also be a complete surprise that was never foreseen.
Or even more simply, maybe Flowey just needed to be shown, as with so many things, he was wrong about that too.
Who knows. Honestly I can’t say how things will look in time. It could either way.
michelle starts to get buddy buddy with ned and peter, ish.
starts to actually kind of like ned, even if he sometimes puts his foot in his
mouth sometimes. but they argue about the merits of comic books as a form of
literature and he teaches her some words in tagalog and she learns how to call
peter a son of a bitch so she’s pretty entertained.
the weird things just keep piling up with peter.
rushes off at random times, freezes whenever she asks him where he’s going,
shows up to school with cuts and bruises looking like he’s been fighting in an
underground boxing ring. she even saw him go into the chemistry lab the other
day at lunch time even though they both took chemistry last year and he’s
taking biology now.
just does really weird things sometimes and michelle can’t help but notice.
also can’t help but notice that spiderman is becoming more and more popular. people
sell t-shrits, masks, shot glasses, tote bags. everything, basically. and maybe
one day michelle might spend a little too much time looking at a t-shirt with a
picture of spiderman in all his toned, muscly glory. but she just shakes her
head and keeps moving.
gets curious about him, though. where did he come from? who is he? why is he
doing this? why did he sound oddly familiar in DC when he saved her friends?
then one day she’s walking home from school after academic decathlon and she
missed the bus which is totally her fault for staying later after practice to
chat with peter and ned about the upcoming weekend and how their plans to
construct a lego version of the starship enterprise were so utterly boring she
could barely stand to listen to them. (and weren’t people supposed to choose
star wars or star trek? was that not
a thing? not that she cares about
things peter likes. well, peter AND ned. anyway.)
turning a corner when she sees someone out of the corner of her eyes. there is
a man on the opposite side of the street walking several yards back from here. it
could be nothing. but she’s also been taught to always be on high alert. so she
grips her backpack to her body a bit tighter and walks a little faster down the
street, cursing herself for not taking the more populated albeit slightly
longer route home.
continues down the street when she notices the man cross the street so that he’s
on the same side of the road as she and at that point she just starts running. better
that he thinks she’s odd if he isn’t following her than be caught if he is
trying to catch her. she sprints down the street and turns another corner as
she looks back to check if the man is following her and then bam. she’s on the
ground, gripping the shoulder that practically crashed into a brick wall.
my goodness, are you okay?” she sighs and looks at the owner of the panicked
voice and she is left speechless. it’s…well, it’s spiderman.
to know about michelle: she’s very good at keeping secrets
when she was eight years old, her older brother broke the brand new watch his
parents had gotten him for christmas. he begged her not to tell anyone, most
especially their parents or her four year old sister who would undoubtedly
tattle to their parents. she never spoke a word of it to anyone and helped him
fix it as best they could so that her parents never found out.
when she was eleven, she had the biggest crush on this one girl in her class, layla.
and one day, one of her best friends alex told her that he had a crush on
layla. so she never spoke a word of her crush, nor of alex’s, to anyone. that
is, until one day alex and layla walked around the playground at lunch time
holding hands and told everyone they were now dating.
then after she moved to new york, spent the year trying to find a place for
herself, and then finally found and joined academic decathlon, she met peter
parker and liz allan. and she knew immediately that peter parker liked liz. he
always stared at her during practice and smiled at her whenever she glanced at
him. she heard him talking about her at lunch. everyone knew that peter had a
crush on liz. but one day after practice, she was in the bathroom stall when
liz and her friend betty walked into the restoom, chatting.
my goodness I can’t believe you have a crush on that freshman.” betty scoffed. “really
liz, like half the junior class is in love with you and you’ve got heart eyes
for the scrawny kid from, what is it, queens?”
really sweet!” liz laughed. “I think he’s really cute. he’s always nice to me. can’t
I like someone who also likes me? is that really a crime?”
course not.” betty sighed. “I’m just saying. he’s a freshman, you’re a junior. in
two years, you’ll be going to college and he will still be here. do you really
don’t know.” liz replied, pausing for a while before michelle heard the sink
start to run water. “peter is really sweet and smart. i’d like to see what
fine.” betty laughs. “but don’t wait for that boy to ask you out because he
seems shocked every time you even look his way.” they both laugh and with that,
walk out of the bathroom.
never spoke of that incident to anyone either. so, she’s good at keeping quiet
when she needs to be. which is why she never tells peter that she knows. knows that he spends his time
stopping bank robberies, muggings, and helping old ladies cross the street. knows
that he saved her friends in washington dc. knows that he’s the reason liz’s
dad went to prison and she had to move to oregon. she doesn’t tell anyone this.
not even peter.
I am So Done with these criticisms I keep seeing like “It was good and all but Diego Luna didn’t work for me casting-wise, he was too wiry and soft-spoken, not action-movie enough” and I’m like??? SPY???? That’s the point????
Honestly people need to stop forcing the Hypermasculine Jason Statham Aesthetic bullshit irrelevantly onto characters that bear literally no comparison.