who is responsible for this i must know

anonymous asked:

Um do you have any thoughts about aforementioned possibly Not Straight Shiro?

I think it’s hard to say for sure since I don’t think we’ve seen either obvious Shiro expressing definitely-not-platonic interest in someone or scenes that can easily be read as Checking Someone Out.

(A point of some consternation for me: when people being emotionally close to each other is interpreted as “they’re too friendly to be platonic, they must be dating”)

We do know that Shiro is pretty comfortable with physical intimacy as an expression of affection, and, outside of the fairly recent in his life shakeup of his trauma, Shiro is a pretty confident, sure of himself person who’s comfortable in his own skin. These traits are retained to a degree even in the face of his trauma. That said, he’s also so responsible and duty-bound that I think in the past it’s unlikely he’d really focus on if he ran into someone who happened to be his type- so that might be something we see more as Shiro gets out of his own head a little and allows himself to relax.

I think because of that, if Shiro experiences romantic attraction, I think he’s fairly likely to be someone who might have had past relationships pre-Kerberos even if he might be single at present.

My personal headcanon of Shiro is him being bi, but I think that’s just a headcanon- again, we haven’t seen what I would call damning canon evidence of his sexuality at all. Prior versions of his character had a love interest in Princess Romelle, but even if Romelle exists in VLD we don’t know if she and Shiro will become an item, or if Shiro is even attracted to women.

Personally I’m pretty adamant against the idea that Keith and Shiro had a romantic relationship pre-Kerberos, mostly because of how much it seems that pre-Kerberos Keith was to a degree emotionally dependent on Shiro. Shiro was his only friend, the “only person who never gave up on” Keith, and we see that Keith, especially early on, is willing to go to any extreme to keep that relationship.

This is not a foundation I think a healthy romantic or sexual relationship- one where both people have to be completely at liberty to discuss and enforce their own boundaries- could be built on. Mostly, I do not think Shiro, with his strong sense of responsibility, would be comfortable starting a relationship with someone who so clearly put him on a pedestal like Keith did at first.

Negative Expressions of the Signs
  • ♈ Aries: Aggressive, forceful, inconsiderate. Immature, offensive and spontaneous tantrums with no apology. Egocentric, boastful and feels entitled. The ram has an ill temper and a hard head; they believe their way is The Way.
  • ♉ Taurus: An affair with greed and sloth. Roots embedded and wrapped around the brain, suggesting unchangeable ways. Clingy of things and people, and little patience when bothered. Too proud to admit faults. The bull has their hooves dug underneath the ground, becoming immovable and unyielding for willful reasons.
  • ♊ Gemini: Contradictory, superficial, and an erratic chatterbox. The nerves are easily irritated, causing a sharp and offensive tongue and volatile emotions. Flightiness; The butterfly that flits from one thing to the next seeks connection coldly from the mind, but not warmly from the heart.
  • ♋ Cancer: Needy, teary, moody and repetitive of unhealthy habits. Cautiousness and hidden paranoia; the crab is scared and selfish, only thinking of their own safety. Conflicting emotions. "I'm so lonely" cries the crab, yet is the one who withdraws into their shell and into the internal womb, never to be seen again.
  • ♌ Leo: Emotional flares, spoiled tantrums, and dramatization of trivial events to play the role of the martyred victim. The ego is self-centered; they must be the king of their domain, to have everything their way. "Hear me roar I am king" says the mere cub, attempting to be a lion.
  • ♍ Virgo: Magnification of the faults of others, yet doesn't see that their judgment, fault-finding and criticism towards others is merely a reflection of the flaws they see in themselves. Shrewd, easily bothered, a fickle & nervous mind, worrisome and bluntly opinionated. "Well, I think..." starts the mercurial maiden, ready to impose their unwanted opinion on another.
  • ♎ Libra: Indecisive, eager to please for personal gain, and forced pleasantness. Characteristically neutral that shows as a form of passiveness to avoid confrontation. Isn't quite sure of what they want. Superficial and dependent on the company of others to avoid loneliness. The instability of the scales reflects moodiness, irritability and inconsistency.
  • ♏ Scorpio: Actions driven by irrational and emotional impulses. Thinks highly of oneself and holds an all-or-nothing attitude. Controlling behavior, underlying paranoia, and internal anger manifesting as visible irritability and frustration. "No one understands me" says the Scorpion, who actively isolates themselves from others.
  • ♐ Sagittarius: Laziness, offensive humor and reckless behavior. Forceful of views & attacks and critically questions the views of others. Boastful, temperamental and self-centered; believes they can never be wrong. Escapism through indulgence. The Ego is inflated and judgment is poor. The centaur preaches and claims to have wisdom, yet through actions show an irresponsible fool.
  • ♑ Capricorn: Superficially concerned with status. Criticizing, selfish and cold. Takes oneself too seriously. Gloomy, worrisome, lethargic, and emit an unwelcoming presence. The saturnian seagoat sees the world as against them, as a mountain blocking their way. "I am unlucky" they sigh, when it is only their consuming pessimism and self-doubt acting as the mountain.
  • ♒ Aquarius: Detached, arrogant, unsympathetic, frigid and erratic in action. Preaches open-mindedness yet expresses opinions in a dogmatic manner. Minimizes serious situations, breaks rules that do not make sense by their flawed standards, and fights for pointless causes. "I seek belonging" says the water-bearer, who purposefully tries to not belong for the sake of individualism.
  • ♓ Pisces: Overly sensitive, teary, and a habit of lying. An open display of indulgence in one's sorrows and misfortunes that reflect a victim complex. Unreliable, lazy and avoids responsibilities through escapism. "I sacrifice so much and get nothing" weeps the fish, who must know that it is not sacrifice if there is reward.
Wanna know the truth behind Girls like Girls?

I have been working on finding my voice for years. As an artist, I always want everything I create to represent what my soul feels and sounds like – whether it’s a video concept or a lyric or melody.

Two years ago on a rare rainy day in Los Angeles, in a songwriting session with Owen Thomas and Lily May Young, I was venting my frustration about my music not connecting the way I wanted it to. Lily looked me in the eye and asked, “Tell me something nobody knows about you, something you are afraid to sing about?“ I immediately thought, well I like girls and that’s what I want to sing about, but even then I struggled to say it out loud. Finally, I told Lily that I always say “you” and “them" and never the pronoun “her" in all my songs because I was afraid it wouldn’t connect. We talked more about concepts and my experiences, and how I loved the idea of stealing another guy’s girl because that was always a fantasy of mine. Growing up, everything I did was always about girls. I took dance because of girls. I got involved in student council because of girls. Not that I ever expected any of them to like me back, but I just felt comforted being around them, even if I could never date them. So there we were. The song “Girls like Girls" was born.

I imagined a very emotional, heart-wrenching but real music video to go along with the song. When we shot the music video for “Girls like Girls,“ I felt like I was finally telling my story for the first time. The yearning feelings I had and also the feeling of being so alone. I think that’s why people connected with the music video. Not only because they too have experienced deeply liking someone, but also the sadness and longing that comes with it. You could be around so many people, and still have the feeling of being so alone and misunderstood. It’s that fear of rejection and uncertainty of whether the person will like you back that makes you question everything. I struggled with these feelings so much growing up. I’d fall in love with girls who would never give me the time of day, or if they would, they had no idea I had other intentions. I had my heart broken over and over again; I never felt good enough. My life was led by these crushes as far back as first grade, when I had a crush on my teacher. That was the first time I realized I liked girls. But the problem is you feel like you can’t share these true feelings with anyone for fear of outing yourself and facing judgement. So you struggle. And feel alone. Growing up, there were some [out] celebrities who were much older than I was and I wondered if I had to wait until then to be happy. I didn’t have role models who I could relate to at the time, where I could think, if they can do it, I can do it.

Most of the time, you become confident after years of struggling during your young adulthood. I want to encourage the youth to find that confidence now. Not later. For them to know their own self-worth at an earlier age. It’s been really cool at my concerts to see all of these young fans showing up alone, and then leaving with friends. The music and stories I create have built this judgement-free safe zone. But most of all, they have inspired me to be comfortable with myself, and to let them in. They unintentionally gave me a gift that I am forever grateful for. Most of my music isn’t necessarily about heartbreak or other people, but more so everyone’s personal journey and falling in love with yourself.

I think that’s why my fans and I relate to each other. My music reassures them that they aren’t alone – that their feelings are valid, that they are enough and they will find someone to love them back. I didn’t have that hope growing up, so I get emotional and inspired (or encouraged) every time I meet a fan who looks at me that way.

It’s hard sometimes, especially after this election, because I feel a responsibility to these girls. I know they are looking to me for guidance and comfort. It breaks my heart that fear is so present in our world right now. School is hard enough and it breaks my heart to see these kids under attack by hate crimes and bullying.

Hope. That’s my cause. I strive to inspire hope through human compassion and through music. Hope leads me through my lyrics, stories, and melodies. You must continue on, and know in your heart you are not alone, and have confidence that love will find its way back to you.

“THREE KNOCKS.” [¼]

Request ⇾ Being steves younger sister and going to him for boy advice, even though he’s a bit weirded out? (I just finished season 2 AND MY BOY STEVE IS SUCH A MOM)

Warnings ⇾ none at all, just fluff!

A/N ⇾ this was so cute and fun to write!

[PART 2]

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Steve lay on his bed, with the Talking Heads playing quietly in the background. He lay staring at the posters on his ceiling and smiled at each memory they gave him. He was only disrupted from his haze when he heard his younger sister, Y/N, knocking on his bedroom door. Three knocks. Pause. Two knocks. Pause. One knock. It was something they did before entering the others room so they’d know it wasn’t either of their parents. The two shared quite a bond and Y/N usually told Steve everything, recently however, she had been more quite than usual. Steve presumed it was just her age, 13, and not that they had, somehow, lost their bond.

“Yeah, come on in Y/N!” He said as he pushed his slender body up and propped himself with a pillow.

Y/N timidly entered the room, keeping her head down as if she was sulking. She was quiet, not in the comfortable quiet they sometimes shared, it was an awkward and unnerving type of quiet. Steve had never really seen Y/N this way, so something must have been up.

“You okay? Take a seat.” Steve patted his bed and crossed his legs so his younger sister could take a seat.

“I, I need to ask you something.” Y/N said, darting her eyes up for a split second to gage Steve’s reaction.

“Yeah, anything. You know that, Y/N.”

She nodded and sent a small smile up to her brother, who was nervously waiting her response.

“You just can’t laugh. Or tell mom and dad, it stays between us.” She said while extending her pinky out.

“Oh of course, I promise.”

He entwined his little finger with hers and they shook together.

“Okay, so there is this boy I like and I’m not sure how to tell if he likes me back. Or how I should tell him I like him, will I scare him off if I just ask?”

Steve’s jaw dropped, he had never expected in a million years that his baby sister would be coming to him for advice on boys. He hadn’t even had the experience either and had no clue how to handle this without upsetting or potentially ruining it for her.

His hand ran to his temple and he rubbed it, he tried to make it look nonchalant but the free hand that shot up in a fist to his mouth made it noticeable that he was having a hard time with her question.

“W-well–” he cut himself off with a huge sigh before inhaling rather loudly.

Over the next minute his face contorted from looking confused, to looking surprised, back to looking confused and, finally, to taking a big deep breath.

“Well. Y/N, you’re amazing and if he doesn’t see that, then that’s his loss. You should just tell him, I know he’ll like you back.”

Y/N’s face lit up at her brothers kind reaction and embraced him in a loving and appreciative hug.

“Who is it?” He asked, “by the way.” He added when he noticed her body language change.

“Uhm, does it matter?”

“Well, just give me a hint. Go on.”

“I’m friends with him, he’s also friends with you.”

With that, Y/N walked out of the room in large happy strides. Steve, on the other hand, had to take a seat at the thought of who his sisters crush was.

Oh no, oh god no.

DUSTIN.

Statistics are so hard to understand. Like you know how less than 1 percent of the population are vegan? And how between 47 to 60 percent of mono-crops like corn, soy and grains go to feed farmed animals, not humans? And how despite these two facts, vegans are still somehow solely responsible 100 percent of the exploitation of workers who pick those crops? I mean that makes no sense at all to me so I must just be really bad at maths.

Mad: Part 16 (Final)

“We're all a little crazy on the inside, some are just better at hiding it than others.”

Warning: Contains graphic smut

Teaser  Part 1  Part 2  Part 3 Part 4  Part 5  Part 6  Part 7  Part 8  Part 9  Part 10  Part 11  Part 12  Part 13  Part 14  Part 15 

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lethal-truama  asked:

While i understand and respect what you stand for there are sone who needlessly destroy property and cause terror how do you feel about those groups who taint the the movement?

Sorry for our delayed response to your concern about antifa “destroying property” and “causing terror;” we were kinda busy this week commemorating the anniversaries of the murders of Timur Kacharava and Ivan Khutorsky, who were both killed by fascists.  Hope you understand why we weren’t so quick to respond to your concerns about property destruction; here’s what we think:

1) We trust other anti-fascists to know what appropriate action must be taken in their own communities to prevent neo-nazis from organizing, promoting, and recruiting for genocide.  We’re not here to police other antifa; we’re here to collaborate with and support them.

2)  We feel like you might be referring to actions taken by the good people of  Berkeley in February to try to prevent the university there from providing a platform to a racist transphobe with a track record of using his speaking engagements to coordinate harassment of undocument and trans students.  Those anti-fascists took at least 17 different steps to attempt to stop this from happening before taken the direct action they needed to take on the night of.  So you should probably back off on the “needless” adjective unless you had an idea that definitely would have worked that they didn’t try.

3) We’re pretty sure that, at best, you’re guilty of the logical fallacy of false equivalence here.  Bigots, racists, white supremacists and other shitty excuses for human beings have murdered at least 34 people this yearThey’ve seriously injured 71 more.  They’ve committed  at least 17 shootings, fourteen stabbings, fourteen mob beatings, a dozen arsons, and over 40 bomb threats.  They’ve murdered a British member of parliament; they’ve attempted to blow up a bank; they’ve sprayed acid in the faces of a Muslim couple; they’ve lynched a child.  

But your concern is antifascists breaking some windows? 

Really, lethal-trauma? 

Come on now.


One in a Million

Bucky Barnes x Reader

Summary: Can you write a short where Seb abd Bucky are in the same universe and they meet. But the reader is dating one of them and hangs out with the other one then her bf gets jealous at the end with fluff please?? Requested by Anonymous

Word Count:1,816

Warnings: Language, Mention of Alzheimer, Tiny Angst, Fluff

A/N: And Happy Birthday Sebby! This is probably not what you had in mind, but it’s what I came up with. I don’t write rpf so Seb is not a Stan ;) I made that gif, you’re welcome to use it.

“Babe?” you called out to Bucky once you noticed him. You were supposed to meet at your favourite coffee shop for lunch and your boyfriend was standing at the hand-off counter, patiently waiting for his cup of coffee.

When he didn’t turn around, you walked over to him and slid your arms around his waist. You didn’t notice how the man tensed and straightened himself up. You nuzzled his neck and placed a soft kiss on his jawline.

“Um, you cut your hair?” The man gave you a little shove and you took a step back to look at him. “What’s wrong?”

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Gemanimate 2!
color study

For those who don’t know yet, I’m participating on the second project of @gemanimate ! We’re reanimating the episode “the answer” and I’m responsible for the shot where sapphire says “Now, please wait here, I must attend to my duties” to the rubies! So I made the background inspired on the Book version of the answer and based on that got this color variations to choose. Still working on the rubies ;)

anonymous asked:

Hey Haven, I understand you may not want to give “you know who” much thought, but I’d love to hear your opinion on Getaway Car, you’re so eloquent and I can’t process the depth of meanness of that song directed at a very decent, lovely person.

Hey there,

This is one of those messages that I argue with myself over answering for the reason you mention at the beginning, because it has certain effects that I am not in the mood for, such as seeing any nonsense responses in my activity feed.

I am answering it not because of her, but because of him.  

We must begin by assuming two things: 1)the song is indeed about him and 2)it is a factual representation of their time together.

Guided by those two assumptions, I will say that it leaves me in a cocktail of permanently cemented disgust and scratching-my-head bewilderment.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time on this, so I am just going to mention some highlights that are kind of scattered.

  • She is flat out saying it was a rebound relationship for her, that she didn’t “mean it” and that she lied to him.
  • She is essentially branding him as a fool for not knowing that.
  • She positions herself as being the one in power and ending the relationship, which is extremely important as it relates to the Main Issue below.
  • Does she ever say anything about an ex that isn’t sour grapes?

Let’s think about the things she doesn’t say, shall we?

  • She doesn’t say she genuinely cared about him.  At all. On any level, for any amount of time.
  • She doesn’t say anything that talks about who he is (kind, affectionate, etc.).
  • She doesn’t refute that he was honestly invested in the relationship.

Let’s be real here - she doesn’t have anything positive to say about Tom Hiddleston?  Really?  Tom Hiddleston, who brings hot soup to cold reporters on the red carpet?  Tom Hiddleston, who is universally hailed by his colleagues as being the nicest guy?  Tom Hiddleston, who always seems to be patient and kind and respectful?  Tom Hiddleston, who has never said anything remotely negative about her?  Tom Hiddleston, who gets mad at himself if he isn’t authentic in interviews?  Tom Hiddleston, Captain Pureheart? Seriously?  That Tom Hiddleston?  Talk about hard to process.  

As if those things aren’t enough on their own, the Main Issue for me is that she does not say that he was duplicitous and only using her for selfish reasons (I’m not interpreting the “turned you in” line as indicative of that).  Which is totally against the public narrative that she allowed and has not once contradicted that he was just a fame whore.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Because the idea of “Oh, poor me, this big nasty guy was using me to get famous!” is entirely different from “You were a rebound, I didn’t mean it, I left you, how could you think it was anything real!”

Entirely different.

In the beginning, she was the victim.

Currently? 

She’s trying to pass herself off as the victor, but it’s in a weird way that smacks of victim blaming.

There is something sick and unhealthy about the bigger picture of this whole thing that is very unsettling, not the least of which is that people who support her will still do so without recognizing that a mature person does not publicly flaunt having lied to someone and used them.  

And she is talking about a man who said “Of course it was real.” and “Taylor is an amazing woman. She’s generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time.”

Now let that sink in.

So, little gray face, I guess maybe don’t worry about processing it.  He was a decent, lovely person in the beginning.  He is a decent, lovely person currently.  He hasn’t let this one short period of his life change that.  He doesn’t need a getaway car. 

The8 High Cut Interview

Q: Living all by yourself in Korea, there must be many times when you feel lonely, right? Who is the member you depend on the most?

T8: I can lean on all of the members. In particular, perhaps because as the leader Coups hyung has a strong sense of responsibility, there are times when I feel like he’s a parent. But I actually can’t really say that I’m lonely. I’ve gotten used to being lonely and I rather tend to endure it by myself.

Q: Since there’s 13 members, having a single solo shot would be extremely precious, so do you have your own special skill to grab the camera? Such as winking…

T8: Ah, I never do those kinds of things. (laughs) I think it’s better to mix as a team and show an overall harmonious stage. I don’t know if it’s exactly a special skill. I just think it’s best to continuously work hard and show an improved appearance.

Q: Since you still aren’t fluent in Korean, you’ve probably had experiences where you unwillingly made a speaking mistake or caused a misunderstanding

T8: I know all the curses now. (laughs) Truthfully, my listening has gotten much better. I can pretty much understand everything. I’m still not quite fluent at speaking.

Q: There’s a rumor that when you’re mad, you suddenly become a “Korean genius” (laughs)

T8: Eh that’s all done for fun. Well, there have been trivial things that got out of hand but there hasn’t been a single time until now where I’ve truly gotten angry at the members.

Q: You have moments when it’s frustrating not being able to 100% express your mind, right?

T8: I tend to express everything truthfully since my personality is originally like that. It’s the same when I speak in Korean too. If the other person doesn’t understand 100%, then I keep attempting to speak until they understand. The members also take it well.

Q: You ate 80 servings of meat when you won the rookie award at the Seoul Music Awards.

T8: I’m not the type to eat that much. (laughs) That time, I ate one serving and the other members ate 79.

Q: If you get another award at the end of the year, what do you want to eat and how much?

T8: Chinese food! I often go to the lamb restaurant near Konkuk University. I want to go eat lamb skewers all together.

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CEO! Daniel

[credit to owner of pic!] (also bless ur soul because wow this photo wrecks me every time i look at it)

should i make a part 2???

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  • you looked up at your new job with a long sigh
  • it wasn’t too long since you found out that you got a job that you’ve always wanted 
  • the thing was that
  • it was working under someone that you didn’t really feel comfortable working with 
  • see
  • you were the secretary for the CEO and that person so happened to be Kang Daniel, who was widely known in your years of high school to be the one to kind of drift around girls 
  • he didn’t even date them, he just flirted with them and made them think that they were one day going to date him 
  • you didn’t have any of that though 
  • one random day through out the year you went up to him while he was sitting around during lunch and said 
  • “kang daniel if you break one more of my friend’s hearts i’m sure you’ll see a heart in the shape of my fist coming in contact with your face” 

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siriustblack  asked:

57 + andreil?

from this list of prompts - please don’t send more!

The first time Neil meets Andrew, there isn’t any intention behind it. Or rather, there’s no intent to go out and meet new people. Neil doesn’t intend to catch someone’s eye and share a joke from across a room. And he definitely doesn’t intend to be rescued from his own drunk self by the same stranger.

Matt seems kind of alarmed to see Neil with a stranger - probably because Neil openly resisted getting to know Matt, the least threatening person in the world, probably, and now he’s in a decidedly angry-looking stranger’s lap on a curb. “Neil, I left you alone for five minutes, how did you make everything go wrong in that time?”

Neil doesn’t groan. He doesn’t. “Bad luck follows me?”

The blonde guy doesn’t laugh. Neil’s not sure he said anything. Neil really doesn’t know why he’s the one to follow Neil out of the bar when the world started spinning.

Matt laughs, a little. “Not entirely unlucky. You’ve made a friend?” Neil’s sure he’s sizing the other guy up, making sure he has no untoward intentions with Neil, but he doesn’t see it. All he sees is cement and surprisingly nice shoes (not his own). 

“Andrew,” the guy offers, not unkindly. In fact, there’s not much of anything in his tone.

“Right,” Matt says, sounding somehow unsure. “Well, thanks for helping Neil. He’s kind of a danger magnet. I should, uh, get him back home.” Matt’s voice is hesitant, and even through the fog in Neil’s mind, he knows why.

“It’s Dan’s night,” he protests weakly. “Go back in. I’m fine.”

“Neil,” Matt says, and his voice is as hard as it always gets when Neil lies. “You freak out when I pat your shoulder and you’re in this guy’s lap. Can you even stand up? Don’t- don’t try it, man.”

Neil tries it. The world shakes, and he ends up back in Andrew’s lap, with only the addition of a hand on his back that might be for stability or maybe just for ease. Andrew seems nonplussed by all of these events. Any other time, Neil would be full of questions for Andrew. Any less drunk, and he’d ask them. Maybe it’s good you met this way, some self-preservation instinct suggests, but Neil isn’t sure this state is good for anything.

“Dan won’t mind,” Matt says, and Neil knows he’s right. “It’s part of parenthood, eh?”

So Matt starts to pull Neil up, and wraps an arm securely around his waist despite the height difference. 

Neil was never really taught manners, but something sticks out anyway. He looks at Andrew with all the focus he can muster, trying to commit his face to memory, and says, “Thank you,” carefully. Andrew doesn’t respond, or maybe Neil just doesn’t notice, and then he’s gone.

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|| the rosewater potion ||

[[request prompt: /Harry Potter au/ …Person A (reader) was making a love potion for her crush and person B (Peter/her enemy) accidentally drank it. Nothing happened to them so person A thought she did it wrong and gave the rest to her best friend who /did/ actually fall in love w somebody meaning it worked…]]

guys, I’m sorry!! I know I said I would quit writing to focus on a personal project of mine, but I just got this request sent to me like a few hours ago and I just HAD to write it.

also a bit of a warning, peter is kind of an asshole in this story so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

tags [permanent + peter parker]: @ghostedwolf , @lovelybaka , @animexchocolate, @psychicwitchphilosopher , @pharaohkiller , @moonlight53 , @literatureandimmature, @daydr3ams-away, @wannabe-weasley , @mcusebstan , @tmrhollandkay , @pepcvina , @nekonerdxox , @lokigirl18 , @fangeekkk , @kylielo22 , @wavy-ley , @lghockey , @buckysendoftheline , @1022bridgetp , @potterjamesharry , @aenna-4 , @mcheung0314 , @samanthasmileys

word count: 2,800+

**please don’t repost/plagiarize this story. Reblogs are fine**

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You were staring at your crush, admiring his handsome features from afar as you had your Potions textbook open. Before your beloved Daniel stepped into the scene, you had been researching the recipe to make the perfect love potion, and you were determined to use it on Daniel.

Flakes of snow gently fell across the courtyard, making you shiver a bit from your seat on the bench. Your cheeks were turned into a rosy red as the air came out of your lips in wispy puffs, but you didn’t mind the cold so long as Daniel was around.

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everything Solas says about the subject of the Blight in DA:I
everything Solas says about the subject of the Blight in DA:I

(For reference, here is what Solas has to say about the Blight, darkspawn and the Grey Wardens, all together.)

  • Solas: Your Order… the Grey Wardens…
  • Blackwall: What about them?
  • Solas: The Wardens see themselves as the world’s defense against the Blight, do they not?
  • Blackwall: Yes… why do you sound so skeptical? Doesn’t everyone know this?
  • Solas: When an Archdemon rises, they slay it. What will they do when all the Archdemons are slain?
  • Blackwall: Retire?
  • Solas: Without Archdemons, there can be no Blights. Is that the reasoning?
  • Blackwall: Right. Where are you going with this?
  • Solas: Nowhere. I hope they are correct.

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No, I don’t hate GRRM, and I don’t hate ASOIAF.

It seems whenever I offer a criticism of ASOIAF and the way it’s been written, I receive a flood of messages asking me, “do you even like ASOIAF?” or “if you hate GRRM so much, then why do you read his books?”

Both types of questions are annoying and willingly ignorant.

I, along with many other people in this world, consume media critically. I search for flaws the same way I search for highlights. I make lists of what I like and don’t like. There’s a good chance that if I’m still talking about it months (or in ASOIAF’s case, years) after I had initially seen/read it, there is something about it that I liked enough to have latched onto it.

As a beginning ASOIAF fan I was extremely uncritical. I found nothing in particular to complain about except maybe a few minor grievances here and there. I romanticized ships like Rhaegar/Lyanna, I thought Jon Snow was a flawless character, I found every protagonist to be pleasant enough and every antagonist to be unpleasant enough.

As time (and GoT seasons) dragged on, some things I did not consider before were called to my attention. I read some meta. I browsed tumblr and reddit. I became more enlightened through reading these opinions and thought pieces until I slowly began to embrace some of these ideas and formed my own opinions around them.

I soon found myself bothered by the romanticization of Rhaegar and Lyanna. I found myself bothered by how often rape and sexual assault were introduced in the books. I found myself bothered by the depiction of the Dothraki, then later of the Dornish, Summer Islanders, and other characters that were depicted as PoC. When I was able to put those feelings to words, I received feedback both positive and negative. People agreed with me. People disagreed with me. I was corrected many times, I shared many back and forth constructive conversations, until I’ve reached where I am now, still sometimes wrong but a person with my own opinions and grievances on this book series I latched onto.

Why did any of this happen? Why I read and reread and learn and grow? Why did I introduce my criticism? Why did I bother at all? Because I love ASOIAF. I fell in love with the story, the characters, the complexity, the details, the worldbuilding, all of it, and I was not satisfied with the books alone, so I sought out more writings, more fans, a community where there is an exchange of ideas and where I could delve even deeper into the series than ever before.

The first thing I ever wrote that I tagged as “my meta” was a criticism on how GRRM wrote misogyny and sexual assault into the narrative but failed to address those issues within the narrative. I wrote that three years ago and I still can’t believe I did that, I can’t believe it got 100s of notes and that I got a dialogue going. The response was encouraging, because it told me that people are listening to me, people agree with me, there are others out there who love the books as I do but are also bothered by the same things as me! That’s crazy!

Yet somehow, this criticism of GRRM’s writing is often translated into: “oh, so you must hate GRRM”. No! I don’t! I hate how he wrote some parts of this story, but do I hate him personally? No! Why would I? I don’t know him. I’m irritated at his writing choices, particularly with how he wrote race and sexism. Those two things are real things people like me and millions of other deal with everyday, so when one of us say “hey, I’m bothered with how he wrote the Dothraki as a dark-skinned barbaric horde with no personality traits except Rape and Violence” it is not the same thing as saying “I think GRRM is toxic waste, should be sealed in a lead drum and buried 20 feet underground”. Stop translating criticism, especially that which comes from a personal place, as some sort of thesis on the man himself. It’s insulting and reductive and just says to me “hey, your points make me uncomfortable and/or I don’t understand it, but I did see you mention GRRM a few times in your writing so it looks like you have something against him”. It tells me that you missed the point completely.

So please folks. I beseech you. Stop doing that. Stop derailing. Stop believing that those of us who criticize ASOIAF are part of some crusade against this 69 year old white dude. He’s never harmed us personally, I assure you. He wrote some amazing literature that we have all eaten up and eagerly have been waiting for more, we’re all a little bored here, and he’s given us lots of time to reflect on the flaws and isms of his writing. Let us do that without assuming that we’re all waiting with pitchforks outside of house ready to skewer him Oberyn-vs-Mountain style because of something we didn’t like.

Moreover, if you read something that you disagree with, don’t take it personally. Either build an argument in return or let it go. Stew over it with your friends or alone, idc. Just don’t go stomping into inboxes derailing the OP’s post with ad hominems and red herrings, okay?

I once joked that I love the books so much that sometimes I hate them. ASOIAF is like that best friend I get along with really well, but then they say something racist or catcall a woman on the street, I have to yell at them until they learn to behave again.

Anyways, thanks for reading, and please don’t make me write another post like this again. Please.

Courting Gestures [Prince Sidon/Reader]

Title: Courting Gestures
Pairing: Prince Sidon x Reader [you]
Summary: Sidon has fallen in love with you and only desires a way to express that to you.

A/N: whaddup. been a while. i’ve been in a writing rut and stuck in the endless loop of lows from my depression and stuff, but i’m hoping i’ll get out of it soon.

i hope this is cute and fluffy and will make you happy. lemme know your thoughts and don’t forget to check out my other sidon fics if you haven’t already!

thxthx


Mipha once exclaimed her love of Hylian courting gestures, often fixing her gaze elsewhere once under the inquisitive gaze of her younger brother. He observed how her eyelids fell heavy, her smile becoming but a taut, forced line. Soon enough, she had her back towards him, now fixated upon the vastness of the lake and the glittering jewels at its surface.

Her voice came moments later, mellifluous and calming, “Sidon, whomever your heart is drawn to, please give them a bouquet. It’s a beautiful gesture.”

Sidon turned his eyes up towards her and blinked.


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Shower Stall Encounters || Bucky Barnes x Reader [[smut]]

{summary: lately, you’ve been going to the gym, but not for the sake of losing weight or living healthier. no, the reason why you were at the gym was to admire a buff young man with dark hair and startling blue eyes. (note this is going to be a modern au, meaning bucky is going to be an oridinary man with no metal arm)}

*in idubbbz voice* as a content creator, i shall abide by the rules of the internet and use all the newest and coolest devices at my disposal to create content for the internet no matter what…uh amen.

an anon wanted more smut content so…here I am >w>

permenant tags: i won’t mention them because this post is very NSFW, so unless they specifically state that they want to be tagged in nsfw posts, this part will remain empty

warnings: female masturbation and smut (sex in the shower stall)

**dont plagiarize/repost this story, reblogs are fine**

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Dear God, he was doing laps around the pool, and you were practically drooling at the sight of his strained body dressed in nothing but a pair of swimming trunks. The fact that you could see the droplets of water running down his chiseled chest and abdomen made your knees feel weak.

This had to be the only time you regretted going to the gym.

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Negative Expressions of the Signs
  • ♈ Aries: Aggressive, forceful, inconsiderate. Immature, offensive and spontaneous tantrums with no apology. Egocentric, boastful and feels entitled. The ram has an ill temper and a hard head; they believe their way is The Way.
  • ♉ Taurus: An affair with greed and sloth. Roots embedded and wrapped around the brain, suggesting unchangeable ways. Clingy of things and people, and little patience when bothered. Too proud to admit faults. The bull has their hooves dug underneath the ground, becoming immovable and unyielding for willful reasons.

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While this post is directed towards students who will live on campus, this list is basically about being responsible as you grow older, which is something we must all do:

  1. On move-in and move-out days, wear comfortable/exercising clothes. You will be hauling your stuff up and down stairs and/or elevators, and you will be going inside and outside. Wear comfortable clothing (AND SHOES) on these days.
  2. If you have a roommate (or more), take a deep breath, introduce yourself, and exchange your contact information.
  3. It’s okay if you don’t get along with your roommate(s) immediately. You are only beginning to know each other. In the words of Lemony Snicket, “I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.
  4. …But hey, sometimes they’re not and if you have a conflict with your roommate that you cannot solve by rational discussion, contact your RA and let them know what’s going on.
  5. Never, ever let your roommate (really, anyone) take advantage of you. If they are bringing people over that are making you uncomfortable, let them know! If they do not respect you, your space, or your stuff let them know! If they do not stop, request a roommate change. Please, don’t let them steamroll over you. Do something to solve the situation. Don’t be passive!
  6. Do not make a habit of drinking or smoking. If you already do, now’s the time to reconsider.
  7. Don’t spend all your free time in your room. Explore your campus and find several study spots that you can access when your roommate is having a party on the night before one of your mid-term exams.
  8. Do not feel obliged to drink with your friends. If they can’t respect your choices, they’re not really your friends. Stop lying to yourself.
  9. Living on campus gives you more time to explore your school and the city around it. Go out for a walk! Visit local coffee shops, public libraries, and immerse yourself in the culture of the city around you. You will find very interesting people!
  10. Always be cautious when going on walks alone. Always be cautious in general. Life is not a indie summer movie and you should always be aware of your surroundings.
  11. Take advantage of campus events with free food and free stuff! You know that student activity fee? This is part of where your tuition is going!!!
  12. Always lock your room.
  13. Believe it or not, making your bed after you get up can make you feel more organized and less stressed. (This is coming from someone who has always thought it was pointless to make my bed.)
  14. If you have a stove or oven in your room, always check it before you leave or go to sleep! During my junior year, my roommate left the oven on 5 TIMES over the course of two semesters. PLEASE be careful.