wings can't even

Are you a Rhysand or Rowan person? Illyrian or daemati person? Are you a Fae or witch person? Suriel or Bone Carver person? Starfall dress or gold nightgown person? Are you a “To whatever end” or “there you are” person?

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(✿ ♥‿♥) Santa Beard Appreciation 

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I drew this as a print for SLO in Beijing (although I can’t be there *SADFACE*). Merry Christmas!

Y’all let’s talk about WINGS album solo songs. No, specifically, let’s talk about Kim Seokjin’s solo song for the WINGS album okay. I’ll be using this source because I didn’t translate the lyrics myself and as an International ARMY I’ll use English translations. I’ll also use these sources here for various references used in this analysis: x x

OKAY, so, we know that Jin wrote his own lyrics (with a helping hand from a few members and other staffs) as well as had a hand in composing his own song this time around. (he explained that it was his first time helping compose and that he was nervous and it was difficult). Jin has done writing on lyrics from many other BTS songs in the past, and has always expressed very anxiously and excitedly that he enjoys writing lyrics.

So, we know that BTS wrote their lyrics for their songs or at least had a hand in writing the lyrics. So, this leads to: Jungkook’s song being about his love for his Hyungs and how they helped him to grow and ‘become himself’, Yoongi’s song being about music. Hoseok’s track being @/to his mother, etc.

These songs are all dedications and their deep personal feelings. They were given a chance to do a solo track and have a hand writing lyrics and composing. The concept is about growing up and fighting hardships at it’s core, when broken down to the simplest concept. So, their solo songs really say alot about who they are and how they feel.

Let me tell you this. This will be a long breakdown, very long. Jin is someone who is routinely put on the back-shelf as a singer and musician within Bangtan. Most of his lines within the distribution of BTS is harmonizing and bridges. He is without a doubt the least appreciated/popular/recognized member within BTS by both Bighit and the fans as well. Not because he isn’t just as talented but that’s just the way it is. Why??? idk it’s a mystery. So, what did he do with his moment of truth, his moment to shine, his solo song he had a hand not just writing but producing, where he can make a declaration that he wants as long as it doesn’t conflict with the concept??

믿는 게 아냐
버텨보는 거야
할 수 있는 게
다 이것뿐이라서 

It’s not that I believe (it)
(But that) I want to try holding out
Because this is
All that I can do 

Jin is a member who is repeatedly treated as the ‘extra’ member of BTS. He’s the hyung, has a beautiful, literally ANGELIC voice, but the least popularity in rankings and the least vocal distribution in songs.

Yeah it’s my truth
It’s my truth
온통 상처투성이겠지
But it’s my fate
It’s my fate
그래도 발버둥치고 싶어

Maybe I I can never fly
저기 저 꽃잎들처럼
날갤 단 것처럼은 안 돼
Maybe I I can’t touch the sky
그래도 손 뻗고 싶어
달려보고 싶어 조금 더

Yeah it’s my truth
It’s my truth
I will be covered with wounds all over
But it’s my fate
It’s my fate
Still, I want to struggle (and fight)

Maybe I, I can never fly
I can’t (fly) like the flower petals over there
Or as though I have wings
Maybe I, I can’t touch the sky
Still, I want to stretch my hand out
I want to run, just a bit more

Yes, I recognize that this song fits in with the main character and concept of the BTS HYYH and beyond, concept. But please, recognize that this is Jin pouring his fucking heart out okay.

A man who is coNSTANTLY the underdog of this group, the one who is always overlooked, singing a song about how it’s possibly that he will never be able to reach the level he wants to, and yet he will continue fighting anyways.

Maybe I, I can never fly
I can’t (fly) like the flower petals over there

Did this literally fuck anyone else up? (BTW this is the voice of a TRUE fucking ANGEL).

Listen, don’t tell me that Jin isn’t unappreciated because he’s criminally underappreciated. Tell me that this song isn’t literally the most symbolic, beautiful thing.

People want to label him as only the handsome guy, or the house ‘mom’ and laugh at him, occasionally swerve into his lane when he looks good, etc. But let he fucking tell you what, Kim Seokjin is a fucking MIRACLE.

This is a man who once said that he hates dance more than anything, and yet literally never complains when dancing—works hard, memorizes every single dance without fail, performs them better than any cover dances I’ve ever seen, performs them day in and day out—performs them even when he’s in pain, even when he doesn’t feel he’s a good dancer. This is a man that people make fun of relentlessly for his dancing when all he does is work veryv ery very hard at it. 

This is a man who trained in acting, who trains his vocals and they improve so much every single year. Even though his voice is barely utilized to it’s full potential he still improves so much and practices so much.

This is a man who only ever puts on a brave face and jokes and smiles with ARMYs even though he knows he’s ranked the lowest among fans (particularly in SoKo fanpolls). Always takes care of Bangtan like the good Hyung/eldest that he is even though he was the youngest in his family. Who is the first one to notice that the other members are upset and run to their side, who feeds them, supports them, praises them. Supports and loves and showers ARMY with attention. All the while covering up any awkwardness or insecurities he might feel by joking around or making ‘handsome Jin’ comments.

And he poured his heart into this song. Not to be dramatic but this Solo song practically has more lines than Jin has recieved within BTS in the last 2 whole albums tbh. I mean, not literally but who the hell is counting? Jin stans are because they can’t catch a break.

I’m just saying, please stop, take a second, listen to the fucking PASSION he sings with, listen to the lyrics, read the lyrics, take in the lyrics. Recognize the parallels between the concept and what he represents there, and what he as a person and idol deals with every single day.

Because Kim Seokjin is a blessing to this Earth and it’s time we stop boxing him into the goofy handsome house mom stereotype and occasionally being like ‘everyone pay more attention to Jin’ and then everyone goes back on their way without fucking actually doing it. I’m guilty of this too, SO many ARMY sleep on Jin. We should stop this. He really honestly doesn’t deserve it.

Plateaus

As a way of saying thank you to @maevemauvaise for all her patience with beta-reading Salvage, now it’s finished, I did that thing she was asking me to do, and wrote mer-fic AU, to go with Mer-art.

Duo and Wufei Mermaids chillin’ in Colour

Duo and Wufei Mermaids cuddlin’ in B&W

Amazing Relena Mermaid by @maevemauvaise because apparently everyone’s piled on this crazy train of mine now, whatever.

Disclaimer: I know very little about the ocean, except a lot of really scary shit lives there. I also am bad at science, so I have just gone “Boom, mermaids are magic, they just work” instead of trying to work out HOW they work (even though @the-notorious-bhg linked me to that amazing mermaid physiology thing yesterday). Wufei is a betta fish, Duo is based on the Ninja Lanternshark, and I think I’m pretty settled on Trowa being a lionfish.

Also for @kangofu-cb @cosmic-era and @claraxbarton and anyone else who said they were interested. Unbetaed, written in an hour and a half.

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On reflection, it had almost certainly been a rash decision, and a bad idea.

Like many of his decisions, in fact, allowing himself to be goaded into something, even when no challenge was intended. Perhaps, Wufei reflected, he needed to work on his temper a bit. 

“It’s a bad idea to go that deep,” Trowa had said lounging as he was in a patch of light on the roof of the coral palace, letting his fins drift lazily in the currents around him. “It’s not worth it. The fins down there are all dark-living and weird. Super aggressive. You’d get your tail handed to you.” 

The implication that there was anything living in on any part of this city, no matter how deep or weird, that could best him in a fight had been enough to set Wufei’s scales the wrong way. Predictably he had stormed off, declaring that he would manage it, even if Trowa was too much of a coward. Trowa had made a half-hearted attempted to call him back, and then realised it was pointless and waved him off with a request that he at least try not to get himself killed. 

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It's A Date(?)

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The One In Which Leo Is An Idiot.

So. It’s been quiet from me for the past week, I know. Sorry about that. Exams and all. A girl’s gotta make sure she has a future.

There be some small amount of swearing. Enjoy!

Leo storms into the ice cream parlour and drops into the seat across from Nico with a huff.

Nico raises his eyebrows. “Bad day?” he asks around the long spoon in his mouth, pushing his sundae towards Leo. It’s strawberry, topped with chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries and a triangular wafer. Nico’s already taken what Leo guesses to be three bites of the ice cream because he just can’t wait (“You melt it all way too fast,” Nico says when asked, but Leo so does not, Nico just wants an excuse to start without Leo).

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You have to get Josh. His sister died in a fire while she was babysitting him. She tried to put it out, he ran outside. He went off campaigning, his father died. He wakes up in the hospital and discovers the President’s been shot. He goes through everyday worried that someone he likes is going to die and it’s going to be his fault. What do you think makes him walk so fast? {insp}